Former Member of Parliament wants Prime Minister to Stop Playing ‘Hoop’

However, in his 1st article for 2011, former Member of Parliament, G. A. Dwyer Astaphan has issued a call to the federation’s Prime Minister to stop playing ‘hoop’

What does this mean? According to Astaphan’s commentary posted on on Monday, 10th January, 2011, the former National Security Minister is advising Prime Minister Denzil Douglas to stop playing games.

In his opening statement he said, “Indeed, Denzil and his style are now, to borrow a phrase from our reigning calypso King, Pungwa,”Old clothes”, and 2011 is the time for us to “take the old clothes off”.

“2011 is the year in which we, the people, 50,000 of us, need to take the lead on the course to transparency, accountability, good governance and integrity in public life. And that is a course which Denzil is unable to navigate.”

He went on to say “It is the year for us to demonstrate that it is we, not eleven elected and three nominated parliamentarians, and certainly not a little tyrant, who have the power in this land.

“The time is now. The evidence has piled up to the sky, and we need to save ourselves and our children. We need to drive this nation towards true democracy and to rescue it from the hands of a fiscal Dracula.”

The tolerance level of the citizens of the twin island federation concerning Dr. Douglas leadership was also brought into question by Mr. Astaphan.

“How can we continue to tolerate a man who had campaigned so vigorously for accountability, transparency and integrity in public life while in Opposition, but who, after fifteen, going on sixteen, straight years in office, has still wilfully and deliberately refused to pass the appropriate legislation?

“How can we continue to lower and disrespect ourselves by putting up with him? Is it any wonder that he is so arrogant and disrespectful towards us?

“He has fooled the nation long enough. Worse still we have allowed him to fool us long enough,” Astaphan added.

More of Mr. Astaphan’s article can be viewed on


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