Sunday, 28 July 2013



You might have expected a bit of ‘En cho’y…He-Salop!”
White Knight and Squire
After all, the battle between Stephenson King and Allen Chastanet for the political leadership of the United Workers Party was a great movie. It had a lovable but incompetent king, played by King. It had a Rasputin, played by Richard Frederick. It literally had a white knight. Well, not perfectly white. His grandmother, you know…

But there was no He-Salop when the final results came in. The movie-goers generally knew how this was going to end.  Even The FLOGG predicted that Chastanet would beat King worse than Compton beat Vaughan Lewis in February 2005 – the first time Flambeau ever held any actual contest for the political leadership.
Well, so much for that, eh, Tucks?


Stage right at the assembly hall of the Marigot Secondary School, the last 99 of King/Frederick supporters were vocal about their disappointment.

“Speak kweyol!” they  taunted him when he delivered his first speech as leader.

“This does not reflect the view of the base of the party,” said one, just outside the door.

“This result does not reflect the opinion of the base of the party,” said another, later, after press conference.
The empty chair, Richard, the empty chair

“This does not reflect….” You get the picture. The Frederick faction of King’s supporters was well rehearsed to respond to defeat. The King’s own knights, however, were dejected. They knew they wouldn’t be able to put Humpty together again.  They still can’t understand how they couldn’t predict that he was going to take a fall. Everyone else seemed to know how Humpty’s story but them.

But we have started the story at the end.

“Rewind, Jason. Be kind. Rewind.”

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