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Letter from Antigua

Caribbean rains wash de Birds away

On the morning of 21st March 2004, two days before the general election in the eastern Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda, I was driving to English Harbour in the southeast of the island. On the car radio, Lester Bird, the prime minister, was in full cry: “I am the essence and the personification of what this country is all about,” he said, before adding that Beenie Man (a Jamaican dancehall musician) had told him that he was a Caribbean icon and that he (Beenie Man) wished that he (Lester) were prime minister of Jamaica.

Lester urged Antiguans to vote…

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