|'The Big Bad Wolf.' Battle-scarred, but far from broken.|
Richard Frederick has Castries Central on lock.
The United Workers Party already knows that. There is no foreseeable future in which they will challenge hi for it.
And still, there he is, the man whose first election was called the most dangerous development in local politics by then and current Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony. They asked for a Big Bad Wolf and he gave them one.
|My brother, my rival, my lil pig, lil pig, let me in...|
Anthony has been promising that he has the goods on Frederick and threatening to release the hounds for a long, long time. Richard Frederick has been a sitting MP for seven years and nothing has come out on him except for the stuff in the very public dispute with a Customs Comptroller and the very timely leak of US diplomatic cables.
Frankly, it's beginning to seem like whatever Anthony thinks he has on Frederick is a lot of bluff, because the time to go nuclear has come and gone. Then again, Anthony does have delayed strategy syndrome where he does exactly the right thing, except the wrong way and too late (see 2006 general election).
|Seven years of 'Soon come, soon come.' Enough! If you have it, drop it!|
But as Flambeau re-organizes and struggles to put some distance between them and their former favorite maverick, it has become clear that they cannot be counted on to make any moves to bring Richard Frederick's chapter in local politics to a close.
If they could they would. At present, they are content to let him be a sympathetic independent, 'not one of us, but definitely and enemy of them.' It's all they can do.
If Labour truly thinks that Frederick is such a bad guy and that everything in the US diplomatic cables is true, they'll need to shoulder some responsibility. They will have to cut off the head of the dragon themselves. They can't afford to make political capital from his passive association with Flambeau or from any trouble he might make for them. That will cost the country too much. If he is such a bad guy as they say he is.
There is only one way to end the era of Richard The Maverick Frederick. You have to take his fort. You have to take Castries Central from him. But Frederick, while giving ground to his own party's strategy of forced containment, does not seem to be any weaker as a constituency candidate. And Labour cannot remember a time when they were stronger in the ghettos of Central Castries than any Flambeau challenger.
The FLOGG can.
|Who is the dragon-slayer of Central Castries?|
Yeah, we know a guy.
You know him? He's the only person right now who could have a hope in hell of taking Central from Frederick. He's the only person that Frederick wouldn't have a hope in hell of beating.
|The Dragon Slayer cometh....or not, depending on whether Labour has the guts....|