According to the Observer (not known for their accuracy when it comes to facts) NODS (National Office for Disaster Services) are trying to account for all the donations that came to Antigua for Barbuda, and are finding it difficult. Well, that's not a surprise...I'm sure they have absolutely no idea where to start because they are controlled by higher powers who are certainly going to have to make it all up. But there is no doubt that a great deal of it stayed in Antigua and contributed to the Antigua economy to the extent that many Antiguans benefitted from our disaster, and some more than others. It would be an interesting calculation - to see how much the aid given by you for Barbuda contributed to the Antigua economy? In a more organised, self-determining and transparent Barbuda administration, the whole lot should have come to the Barbuda Council. We have sunk to such depths of corruption that it is going to be hard to get back to those days, but we will get there.
Trevor Walker successfully removed Arthur Nibbs from Barbuda politics forever, in the snap general election held yesterday on Antigua. In spite of attempts to prevent Barbudans voting by moving the ballot to Antigua, Walker's election sent a clear message from Barbudans who went by ferry and plane to vote, to the Antigua Prime Minister, Gaston Browne regarding their land rights and his divisive, inflammatory and derogatory remarks about Barbudans. The UPP lost all their seats but one, and Trevor Walker will be one of only two opposition in the new Antigua government.
'Now that man who they call worl’ boss will see who is deracinated, his man is out,' one woman said, as she recalled words used by Gaston Browne, leader of the ABLP, to describe people who objected to the ABLP’s policies following the devastation caused by hurricane Irma in Barbuda last September. 'He will see none of us are imbeciles,' she added, before re-joining Barbudans in the chant through the street...
It was clear that none of the effort thrown at the general election was here in Barbuda for ALP candidate Ricardo Nedd in the by-election, this time held in Barbuda.They didn't visit Barbuda to campaign on his behalf, but this might be because all their supporters are still in the various 'shelters' in Antigua and they would have to organise them all back over to Barbuda to vote. Primrose Thomas (Green) Ricardo Nedd (ABLP) and Calsey Beazer (BPM) contested seats. Calsey Beazer won by a large majority, emphatically confirming the direction in which the people currently resident on Barbuda want to go.
'... a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence we do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals' Lucy Parsons.
We still await the judges decision about whether Barbudans who returned to live on Barbuda now have to go back to Antigua to vote in the snap general election. Are we no longer a recognised consituency? How will they get almost 450 of us to Antigua on the day when the ferry depends on the weather and SVG cancel flights on a whim? Who will assist the people who are older or who have children to look after? Is this a day trip or are we staying the night. Those of us who have returned to live in Barbuda will certainly travel to vote but it's looking like a rather desperate and misguided attempt to effect the election result they need - to remove Barbudans permanently from their communal land.
All homes who requested reconnection to electricity were visited by an APUA inspector last week. He advised home owners that the new system in Barbuda will be to install both 220 and 110 current facilities in every home, eliminating the need for transformers.The problem with this is that every house visited failed the inspection, and will need to be adapted to suit the safer guidelines. Wait Foundation have agreed to provide the necessay materials. As APUA have not re-connected many of the posts in the village in most areas since the Cubans and Venezuelans left, we are not expecting electricity any time soon!