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Thursday, 24 June 2010


The Hon. Hubert Hughes was visiting the ALHCS and was asked by a teacher if he would like to lead the discussion on what constituted a "tragedy". So the AUM leader of government business asked the class for an example of a "tragedy".

One little boy from the Valley stood up and offered: “If Mr. Victor Banks were Chief Minister, the island would have been experiencing good governance, peace, political stability and economic growth. The AUM Administration is a bunch of no-brainers, visionless, and clueless to the hardship of the populace. Isn’t that a tragedy?” “No," said the Hon. Hubert Hughes, "that’s a mistake."

A little girl from Blowing Point raised her hand: "If the Government of Anguilla continue depleting the Social security funds and don’t have a clue how to jumpstart our economy – then most people will die on Anguilla, and that would be a tragedy". "I'm afraid not,” explained the Chief Minister. "That's what we would call a great loss." The room went silent. No other children volunteered.

Mr. Hughes searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"

Finally, at the back of the room a little chap from Island Harbour raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: "If the Hon. Edison Baird resigns from your government - wouldn’t it be getting rid of a tragedy?"

"Fantastic!" exclaimed Hubert. "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?" "Well," says the little boy, "it has to be a tragedy, because losing this government would certainly not be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be a mistake."

Our Chief still doesn’t get it.

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