Santa met me in Milan’s Bar (Choiseul Village) and he wanted to know how I felt about Christmas in Choiseul/Saltibus and - in the context of the high cost of living and the VAT - whether or not it would worth celebrating the festivity in 2012. In defense, I replied that Choiseul is the Christmas Capital of St. Lucia; and Choiseulians - being the traditional Christians we are - believe that we have a natural obligation to celebrate the birth of the Holy Child, and irrespective of the tough times or come what may, we will celebrate it at all costs.
"One final question, Mr Tucker" echoed Santa, "Are you behind this new self-styled group of pseudo-intellectuals in my constituency who call themselves the CSL?"
Tucker feigning ignorance, replied, "What are you talking about? Do you mean the SCL" and on that note he departed.
"What's Pippin's blog?" I asked.
"Choiseul-on-the-Move . . . that's the Blog run by the UWP PRO for Choiseul", Santa proffered.
"Santa, who or what is the CSL?", I asked curiously, "Is it the same as SCL?"
Santa informed me that CSL stood for "Choiseul/Saltibus Lobby", a motley group of native constituents who have bandied themselves together to promote the Choiseul/Saltibus Agenda.
Then I asked Santa: "What about you? Are you interested in a second term?" He replied it depended on the success of his Xmas programme. He added, “As long as 'me father' is alive, anything is possible”!
"The party and government have rejected me; and they won't even pay me for services rendered to them during the election; they wouldn't even enroll me into the job-for-the-boys programme, and look now Santa is on my back! I must be some kind of whipping boy!" I thought.
The article hinted that even Santa’s inner circle was on the list of co-conspirators. Pippin’s suggested that even Santa's "inner circle" had become so downright disenchanted with Santa, that the members had convened a special secret meeting to discuss an alternate candidate. He claimed that we all have stabbed Santa in the back!
Santa has predicted that the J'ouvert Parties at Sugar Plum and Lambert’s Disco will be bigger and so will be the Christmas day “La Séwénal” in Mongouge and Morne Sion. He even promised that to make up for the shortfall in sorrel as a result of Hurricane Thomas in 2010; a shipment from Taiwan will land on the new Choiseul jetty behind the Choiseul Fisheries in time for Christmas. We should also expect plenty of meat from mainland China. The containers are already on the wharf. The barrels are already arriving from the USA. The remittances from the UK are in the mail. Nuff "Gwad Blanche" will arrive from Martinique.
Christmas 2012 in Choiseul will be like Boxing in Paradise in Gros Islet – a world class event and potentially a platform for promoting Christmas tourism in the constituency.
He confessed, "I used to take these messages for granted and made a fool of myself but no more will I allow Mose, Alva and Musa to put me in the shade. This time around, I took time to write my own message."
In his new format, he has taken time to reassure all constituents that he is on his way down from the “City of Bethlehem” with a galore of gifts including those that were not delivered last year to the children in Derriere Morne and Park Estate!
Our understanding is the CSL is already on the road, mobilising hard for a better Christmas in 2016.