On July 16, the Flogg Blog wrote on social media “Digicel vs the People -- Help Us, LPM. The Other Politicians Won't Talk.” I have to add LIME in there to complete the sauce. It is no secret how telecommunications companies in the Caribbean are going back to their old ways of Cable and Wireless to milking Caribbean countries with the help of corrupt politicians.
Local parliamentarians in May of this year during the budget debate received tablets from Digicel in the House of Assembly. This “donation” was broadcast live for everyone to see. With time on my hand, rocking on my favourite chair overlooking the Caribbean Sea, I can recall taking objection to this promotional activity and wrote a letter to the editor: “Take one tablet and call me in the morning
”, not knowing I would live to see the results in my lifetime of politicians with frozen mouths unable to speak, compounded by old age with arthritic fingers and limited freedom to write, much less to make a call in defence of the citizens of the country who voted for them.
Both telecommunication providers deliver lousy but overpriced service to customers. Making Digicel and LIME too big to fail I suppose, with politicians and parliamentarians in their pockets making it easier to form a telecommunications cartel in the Caribbean.
My English pension is getting smaller every day. The farm has to now pay 15% VAT on food. If Digicel and LIME succeed to block and charge more for VoIP then I will have no choice but to return my Blackberry, and to ask my children and grandchildren to hold onto their money and start writing letters.
Anyway, now that Jason Sifflet is asking the LPM for help, a UWP like me should have no problem to do the same, since they seems like the most capable among the political parties in Saint Lucia today. And since kerosene is more expensive now, with 15% VAT, Allan Chastanet’s UWP is quickly running out of kerosene to keep the Flambeau lighting. After all, the Flogg Blog was an insider helping Allan Chastanet’s UWP media propaganda machine, but ran out of cash to keep him on staff. The UWP is really lopp-eee!
Added to that, Allan Chastanet, with an imperialist father, is a new socialist student of Che Guevara. Like it or not, it is what it is. Last Sunday he was in Washington, DC, looking for financial and political support, not knowing he is under close watch.
While, Digicel and LIME are flexing their muscles to become the new telecommunications cartel in the Caribbean, Allan Chastanet now has a frozen mouth and arthritic fingers, given his history of EC$50,000 cell phone bills per month, as minister for tourism.