Stories by Rick Wayne

Bad News For Gobats, Bad News For St Lucia!

I know I run the risk of my meaning being lost or misconstrued. And yes (to paraphrase Frank Sinatra) I hear the warning voice that yells and repeats in my ear: “Don’t you know little fool you never can win … Continue reading

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UBALDUS: Will He Go Or Will He Stay?

It’s a centuries-old admonition, alas too often forgotten: that the bloody instructions we teach inevitably return to plague the inventor. Also that there’s a reason for every season. It should also be noted that, convenient memories aside, nothing can stop … Continue reading

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‘May the next generation curse a government so blind . . .’

T hese days, when we most need it, we hear not a word from Derek Walcott. Blame age, failing health and commitments that leave this genius son of the soil little time for anything other than work. Gone are the … Continue reading

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Liars Unbelievable Even When They Speak The Truth

As the story goes: A boy called Peter lived with his parents in a village on the hillside. His parents, like most of the other people in the village, were sheep farmers. Everybody took turns to look after the sheep … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Anybody Talk Straight Anymore?

He penned neither poems nor plays. At any rate, not for public consumption. On occasion he cited Scripture but never Shakespearean sonnets. He was not obviously blessed with the gift of the gab, as was say, George Odlum. Remarkably soft-spoken, … Continue reading

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Welcome Back Kayra!

It is with much pleasure and a whole lot of pride that I announce the welcome return to the STAR of Ms Kayra Williams, as editor. Pleasure, yes, because it always makes me happy to observe young people confidently pursuing … Continue reading

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Due Diligence Begins at Home . . . like Charity!

Soon after the Allan Louisy administration replaced that of John Compton I sought the counsel of the almost attorney-general-for-life and a long-time friend, Parry Husbands. I needed to know the options of a citizen concerned about the outcome of a … Continue reading

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A Rogues’ Gallery of Scoundrels, Fugitives and Tax Cheats

Over a year ago we featured prominently in the STAR our discomfort with the Citizenship by Investment Program. Typically, we were almost alone in our effort to underscore the risks involved. The day’s House opposition was as silent on the … Continue reading

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DSH: Only racetrack deal sealed!

Maybe with Christmas in the air MPs on both sides of the aisle had decided at last Tuesday’s House session to keep their guns holstered. Which is not to say the usual shots, cheap and otherwise, were not taken; whether … Continue reading

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The Elephant Is Dead . . . Long Live The Elephant!

I’ve often wondered why successive governors general and prime ministers so often see the need to remind us that we are a special breed, resilient beyond compare. There is hardly a throne speech or a budget address on record that … Continue reading

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Walcott-Doig Make Double-Barreled Magic at The Yard!

Derek Walcott is hardly the unstoppable whirlwind he used to be when he wrote Omeros and was awarded the Nobel in universal recognition of his literary genius—but then who among us can truthfully say we are today as active as … Continue reading

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PM’S WIFE STAGES BIG EVENT AT SANDALS TO BENEFIT FIREMEN AND COPS PAST AND PRESENT!

It’s not often you hear or read something good occurring in the name of the police and firefighters of our nation. Not only has their image over the last several years taken a beating—these brave men and women who daily … Continue reading

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Will Libel Suit Blow Open IMPACS Secrets?

It is an indisputable truth that the combined efforts of the 28-member European Union and the United States, on whom this nation has long depended for its security, a fact unforgettably underscored by the prime minister in national addresses delivered … Continue reading

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GRYNBERG APPEALS . . . SURPRIIISE !

  For unfathomable reasons, many in this Christian country of ours seem to take lasting pleasure in saying, with reference to suspect government activities: “Forget about it; dat dead arready; move on move on!” As far back as 1998 Sir … Continue reading

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Are High Profile Lawyers Dodging Media Spotlight?

The first thing we do, kill all the lawyers. So Shakespeare’s Dick the Butcher suggested as one of the ways a band of pretenders to the throne of Henry VI could improve England. Dick is clearly not the kind of … Continue reading

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Adrian Augier: Stop Impoverishing The Economy For The Benefit of Government

On Tuesday this week the Saint Lucia Senate convened for the second time since the June 6, 2016 elections. It is only fair to say there were the usual unabashed spewings of non sequiturs, albeit of a nature far less … Continue reading

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Is There a White Moron in the People’s House?

The morning after (why is my mind suddenly filled with images of disasters great and small, hangovers, consequences of mindless sex?) yes, the morning after Donald Trump shook up the world I received from at least a dozen individuals, some … Continue reading

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Before Trump Grabbed The Presidency By The Short & Curlies There Was Allen Chastanet!

On the very first episode of TALK immediately following our most recent general elections I warned—yes, warned—that we may well have experienced the last demonstration of public faith in the electoral process as we’ve known it since adult suffrage. Dependent … Continue reading

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The More Things Change The More We Remain Our Own Worst Enemies!

It seems there is some doubt as to who first said it and in what circumstances. Was it Franklin D. Roosevelt referencing the dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza? Or was the U.S. president referring to Spain’s equally brutal Francisco Franco? … Continue reading

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A Monster Worse than the ‘One Or Two Serial Rapists In Our Midst!’

Writing about the novelist Iain Banks at his death on 9 June 2013 Erica Wagner observed that “great writers do something new; great writers do something no one has seen before and actually it is a great compliment to upset … Continue reading

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