Thursday, 22 August 2013


"Of course I believe in you. You're the new John Compton," said the most equivocal man in St Lucia to the new Flambeau leader.

Flambeaus big and small are pretending that Allen Chastanet is the new John Compton.

They praise his vision for tourism even though he offers nothing but the willingness to bend over backwards for all investors, conceding to them things that should never be conceded. They praise him even though what he really stands for is the exact opposite of what they need. For example, the owners of  Soufriere’s best eco-tourism heritage resort  imagine that Chastanet’s dreams of Miami-style mega-tourism will somehow redound to their  benefit. Sad. It won’t. They’re not on his radar at all. They're political points in his book.

But the party is pretending he is the new John Compton anyway.  Partly, it is because Flambeau has never been a team, just a bunch of followers behind a leader. They have only just learned the danger of not having a team in place who can disconnect a bad leader from his power base.

Partly, they are trying to scare Labour into thinking that Allen Chastanet is more than he really is.  It’s working.  Soon after Chastanet and the new team swept into the executive, swatting King and his lieutenants like flies and wiping them from the face of Flambeau’s power circles, the ruling party went into panic mode.
Labour called an emergency meeting of its heads.
Labour leaders: What a bunch of babies!

They wailed. They gnashed teeth. They clawed and bit at each other and quarreled and pined and whimpered, thinking that this was somehow an equalizer that put Flambeau back in competition. Labour, it seems, is buying into the myth of Allen Chastanet more than Flambeaus themselves.

Stop your damned crying! Chas won't last!

Flambeaus in the know already know  that Chastanet is not in charge of Flambeau.  Flambeau is in charge of him. Flambeau has to keep Mr Foot In Mouth on a tight leash if they hope to successfully achieve the remaking of their party, after the wanton self-destruction of the 2006-11 government. In a way,  this bodes well for the emergent new Flambeau.

The inmates who run Flambeau's asylum
They are, for the first time, a true party, where the sum of the followers is greater than the executive and the sum of the executive is greater than the leader. Both the peasants and the snobs of Flambeau were fairly well organized against Stephenson King and company before they let Allen Chastanet know that he was the front man for their new boy band.

Some Flambeaus seem to have hope that he might actually amount to something. After all, Kenny Anthony was nothing to speak of in 1996,  but within a year had morphed into  a platform giant. The rest of Flambeau doesn’t even care who is political leader as long as they keep Richard Frederick and friends as far away from the power center of the party as possible.

Now that a new executive is in place and they have made some distance from the most disturbing thing in their party. Now they have to do some specialized political surgery to excise the most dangerous cancer from their party.

Their problem is that this surgery may take a bite out of Allen Chastanet in the end. After all, he was part of the 2006-11 government. And he was not the squeaky-cleanest one.

Rare of photo of the infant Ti Chas
On top of that problem, TiChas will make it even easier to get rid of him, by putting his foot in his mouth in a very public way at regular intervals. His father, Michael, while known as a very practical man, who  despite his  reservations,  will not be caught not supporting his son’s greatest venture,  will make things even worse, will only help TiChads’ demise. Michael can be counted on to, on occasion,  put his foot in Allen’s mouth.

As  Allen grows more impervious to public outrage and ridicule  of his gaffs, he will probably venture to put his foot in Michael’s mouth, whereupon Michael will probably put his own foot in his  own mouth,  completing the Chastanet family tradition.

It is not  the Chastanet’s fault that they are so predisposed. It’s a genetic condition.

Don’t judge. But don’t worry about facing an election against him either.  It’s a waste  of  energy.

Regardless of when Labour calls the next election, Allen will turn out to be a loser. The only scenario in which TiChas wins a seat in parliament is if he escapes his own mouth and furthermore, successfully presses for the splitting of the Gros  Islet seat and gets  the bourgeois side to himself. In commercial and suburban Gros Islet, kweyol is not necessary, white people are as common a black people and just about everyone has foot in mouth disease.

Apart from that, he’ll lose any election he contests. You can tell by the way he is avoiding any by-election at present. And furthermore,  TiChas may not even make it to the next general election. The Flambeau team wants a winner. They want a leader. Not just a new horse to pull the cart. Not just a janitor to do clean up  after King.

And that’s exactly what TiChas is to them.  The janitor.

Flambeau may be a better team than ever. But the truth is that Flambeau is still looking out for a leader.

More importantly, given the problems on both the domestic and international relations fronts, Labour’s biggest problem isn’t TiChas.
I am not your biggest problem. YOU are!


  1. In order to be PRO ST LUCIA, my own provisional conclusion one is that these half wits are forcing one to be ANTI-FLAMBEAU and ANTI-LABOUR. Is there any where else on the ballot to put a TI CROIX?

  2. I can think of two places to shove some TI CROIX.

  3. Tichas have promise to remove VAT on medication his first 3 Month in office, that OK, but we know base on his past record he will remove Vat on hotel services his first day in office, that's bad, because in addition to that Lucian expect him to give Hoteliers free land and Tax free for life - Lucian4life the only other place on the ballot is LPM, trust me, Lucian getting tired of that Labor and Flabeau business, coupled with that half white leader mentality they trying to fool us with.

  4. Half white leader mentality, don't let them hear you Bob1956, people have suggested people get shot for much less than that...right here on the FLOGG. But I concur...

  5. Cursed are you Jason Siflet…..
    The Lord shall not hold his peace with you Jason Siflet;
    for your wicked and deceitful mouth is opened against innocent people:
    You have spoken against them with a lying tongue
    You have compassed them about with words of hatred;
    and fought against them without a cause.
    For their love you are an adversary
    And they have been rewarded evil for good,
    and hatred for their love.
    Wicked men shall stand over you Jason Siflet
    and Satan himself shall stand at your right hand.
    When you shall be judged you shall be condemned:
    and your prayer shall become sin
    Your days shall be few
    and another shall take your place
    Your children shall be fatherless,
    And your wife a widow.
    Your children shall be continually vagabonds, and beg:
    And they shall seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
    The extortioner shall catch all that your hath;
    and strangers shall spoil your labor.
    There shall be none to extend mercy unto you
    neither will there be any to favor your fatherless children.
    Your posterity shall be cut off;
    and in the generation following your name shall be blotted out.
    The iniquity of your fathers shall be remembered with the LORD;
    And the sin of your mother shall NOT be blotted out.
    Your own sin shall be before the LORD continually,
    that he may cut off the memory of you from the earth.
    Because you remembered not to show mercy,
    but persecuted the poor and needy man,
    and you even slayed the broken in heart.
    As you loved cursing,
    so it shall come upon you:
    as you delighted not in blessing,
    so shall blessings be far from you.
    As you clothed yourself with cursing like as with a garment,
    so let it come into your bowels like water,
    and like oil into your bones.
    Let it be unto you as the garment which covered you,
    and for a girdle wherewith you are girded continually.
    This SHALL BE YOUR REWARD from the LORD Jason Siflet,
    For speaking evil against the souls of innocent people who have done you no wrong
    Cursed are you Jason Siflet from this day on….

  6. Poor jab. You're too late. All that shit done happen already.

    Thanks for the kind sentiments though. I know the value of haters andLove all of mine dearly.

    Welcome to the club.

    1. By the way, Legal say

      Your curse will fall on He who persecuted the poor and the needy.

      Poor Chas.

      Your curse reversed and fell on him. Now when he loses he'll have no one to blame but you.