27 January, 2010


The United Front? I received a cartoon today in the mail that I thought I would share with you. It shows the members of the United Front in the best light that I know. Here it is:

I believe it is called "a nest of vipers".  Do you recognise the snakes in the grass? Will they succeed in seducing the voters of Anguilla in the upcoming elections?  Only time will tell.


  1. I dont see the AUF at all. I see Pam Webster, Paulette Harrigan, Josephine Gumbs Connor, Sutcliffe Hodge, Hubert Hughes, and the one in the glasses look very much like Don Mitchell. The seventh isnt so clear, but could be Hadyn Hughes, Eddie Beard, or the host of fearmongers and liars who have come out of their pits to mislead Anguillians.

  2. Don, I thought you weren't going to publish any more rants from Realist Spikenice.

  3. I don't agree that the Front candidates are vipers. However, I fully respect, defend and support your right to pubish your opinion, and I am thankful we live in a country where the police do not come for us in the night if we dare do such things.

    An AUF supporter

  4. Oh Please. It is all too apparent that who is represented. I particularily like the forked tongue idea - how can we possibly judge if the airport project came in under budget and on time when numbers have never been publically released (as far as I know), in spite of being asked for in the House of Assembly.

  5. How can you be such excellent contributor on some incidents that goes on in Anguilla then revert to such hate and disdain for a political party that you could equate them to be Vipers. It is shows a very dark side of you that should not be revealed on this public forum.

  6. Dear Mr Mitchell,

    This is more of a question rather than a comment and it has nothing to do with the post.

    I believe the Constitution says that four persons should form the government and the person that can demonstrate that they have the support of the other three to be Chief Minister that position would be name Chief Minister by the Governor.

    What happens if the AUF wins 3 seats, the AUM 3 seats and the APP 1 seat and they then cannot come together to form a government? How much time, if any, is granted for the winners to form a government? And if no one gives in would the Governor choose a Government in his discretion or would the people of Anguilla have to go back to the polls? And if we get the same outcome, what happens?

  7. That is not an unfamiliar scenario. In St Vincent in 1972, the St Vincent Labour Party won 6 seats while the People’s Political Party won the same number of seats. James “Son” Mitchell was an independent candidate and he won the thirteenth. He refused to join either party if the party leader was to be the premier. There was an impasse. Eventually, the PPP leader, Ebenezer Joshua agreed to his terms. Son Mitchell would be the premier and he would appoint as his ministers the leading candidates of the PPP. History does not always repeat itself. But, if this happened in Anguilla in February 2010, it would not be the first time in the West Indies.

    If two of the parties could not agree to this solution, the Governor would have to consider appointing a minority government. It is conceivable that one of the other parties would agree to give it parliamentary support, without joining it, for a short time, sufficient, say, for a budget to be passed, and with an agreement to return to the polls after a period of time.

    That could continue indefinitely, as has happened in Italy for decades. It is not a particularly stable form of government, but it would reflect the wishes of the people of Anguilla in their voting pattern.

    Isn't the cartoon good? I wish I could afford to make a t-shirt of it for every man, woman and child in Anguilla!

  8. Thanks Mr Mitchell and the cartoon is excellent.


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