IS CABINET PROTECTING ONE OF ITS OWN?
They know, they know, they know….
They know, they know, they know…” - Drake
You might be questioning which Lucian politician has a secret millionaire life in Florida. But St Lucian politicians aren’t. They know.
In the Lower House, they know. In the Upper House, they know. And in the Cabinet, they know. It’s you that doesn’t know. Because you’re the sucker in this whole thing.
"I'm innocent, man. I'm persona non motherfucking grata!"
The only thing you can figure out is that it’s not Richard Frederick. He has no US visa. Funny how the black sheep comes out white as snow.
In fact, the way things are going these days, Frederick, once dubbed ‘the most dangerous’ man in local politics, is nothing special. They’re all the same as him. All the ones who wield actual power, anyway. The ones who are clean are basically patsies who go to Cabinet meetings without actually participating in real decision-making.
But think about this.
At this point in the story, you, the reader, are not ruling out anyone close to the apex of power in St Lucia. Not Kenny Anthony. Not Stephenson King. Not Guy Joseph (in fact, that was one of the first names that came to your mind when you read the headline). Not Richard Frederick, even though he has been wrongfully denied of his US visa. And certainly, not Allen Chastanet – and he never even won an election.
Is it me? I'm reading with baited breath.
In your mind, it could be any one of these guys. Except Richard Frederick, because he has no US visa.
The core truth of the story that follows is not that one St Lucian politician has betrayed your trust and stolen your money. It is that you don’t trust any of them. You think that any one of them could do this to you. None of them has given the majority of us enough reason to stand up and say, “No! XYZ-Politician would NEVER do that!”
Doesn't even matter whether it's you or not.
You knew and you didn't report to us.
What happens when the servant fails to report a matter like this to the boss?
What happens, Kenny?
But enough with the collective introspection.
Let’s FLOGG someone.
Or better yet, let’s FLOGG them all, for the wrongs that one of them has done. That’s right. We’re redrawing the lines of class and race warfare. Now, ‘Them’ means everyone in the political elite who profits from not keeping their promises to the people. And ‘Us’ means everybody who somehow ends up paying for their bullshit.
Any politician who doesn’t want to be painted with this stick has to be prepared to do some good old fashion ‘standing alone.’
Guy whispering to Allen:
"You feenk he know about my apple farm in Kunayda?"
THE LUCIAN POLITICAL MILLIONAIRES CLUB
There is, among us, a class of people belonging to two political parties, who make millions regardless of what the hell happens in the economy.
These millionaires are a special class, in particular because if they were not in politics, they would have zero possibility of making the amount of money they do in politics.
Some of them are elected. Some are appointed. Some of them are Leo Clarke, who by the way is not the subject of this story.
Doh dig, Leo. We eh dealing with you and Bebef yet.
All serve at the behest of the Honorable Prime Minister of St Lucia.
Let me tell you how they live.
There is a house in Florida. It’s a half-million dollar house, by today’s American standards. You understand what that means in EC.
Don't hate! You gotta...No, wait...We paid for this? Hate!
It was bought in August, 2013 by a very famous St Lucian politician. There are no outstanding financial arrangements on this house. It’s bought and paid for.
Bought and paid for.
It’s a 3800 square foot house. Maybe more. It sits on a property a little over 11,000 square feet. I didn’t have a ruler, but I’m pretty sure.
The house has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The house is not alone. It is married to a white 2013 Mercedes Benz. I’m not good at cars, so I don’t know what model it is.
But the license plate number is BHUC78. The engine is 5.5L V8 Twin Turbo. It’s a seven-speed Automatic. Sweet!
Ah, there we go. It’s written right on the car.
That is one sweet fucking ride, Boy!!!
It’s a Series 63 AMG. CLS model. I think I’m reading that right, even though I’m sure I’m saying it wrong. That car costs almost 100 grand. Now, convert to EC.
There is no outstanding balance on this vehicle. It was bought and paid for. Bought and paid for.
WHERE THE FUCK YOU GET ALL THAT MONEY, DOG?
Now, explain this:
If Richard Frederick is the only millionaire elected to Parliament, like, ever in the history of St Lucia, how does any politician (apart from him), Flambeau or Labour afford this?
If the Prime Minister of St Lucia makes less than 200 grand year for five years, he has to be pinching pennies the whole time to afford this expensive, upscale Florida life.
Either that, or there is something else going on in St Lucian politics. And it’s not enough to blame one person anymore.
They must all be held responsible.
Because they know what I just told you. And they tolerated it. You know why? Because no matter what they tell you, they all want that life. They want more than a pension, these days.
They want to live like millionaires at our expense.
So one side covers up for the other side, while making noises, as though they are something different.
But in Cabinet, they know of this Lucian politician’s lavish Florida life. And they know it came at the expense of the St Lucian people. But they let it pass.
Because when it’s their turn, they want the other side to let it pass, too.
And that’s why even though Kenny Anthony didn’t do this, he still has to get a big ‘Fuck You!’