Who s lying? If you are relatively new to St Maarten politics, and you start to garner a lot of votes and popularity… You become a target, even among your own ‘friends’, ‘family’ and ‘colleagues’. St Maartener’s love to see a young politician rise, almost as much as they love to see them fall.
Several names gained more attention during the 2016 elections. One was Brownbill, no one could believe that he just showed up and took all those votes because of his charisma. He can barely speak, so that was suspicious to many… including his very own party members.
Emil Lee was another rising politician who got a surprising number of votes, beating his own leader. Many were saying that he was getting all of the Chinese votes, but I know local Chinese who hate Emil, they say that he feels that he is ‘White’, I’m quoting. They feel that he is fake, there is nothing authentic about him, and he has nothing for the Chinese community. So Lee did not just manage to get the Chinese vote, he got quite a bit of local support too.
So I knew within the first week after the votes were counted, there would be at least two politicians in the crosshair…. Brownbill and Lee.
Whenever you see a politician targeted in a hitjob, like the one Bibi Ho pulled on Emil Lee last week, accusing him of using his Minister’s privileges to siphon free gasoline, to generate electricity for his hotel….
Don’t just consider the ‘usual suspects’.
Automatically, one of my friends accused the National Alliance and United St Maarten Party of sponsoring the hit.
I agree to a certain extent, SMN resides deeply in the NA’s back pocket, but I think people need to think outside the box.
The USP and NA are the obvious suspects in a hit job against the new ‘golden boy’, Emil Lee… but so is Sarah and Theo.
It’s never a good idea in politics for the understudy suddenly to become more popular and to steal the lead actors role. 🙂
Don’t forget Emil Lee and Dawn Beach were involved in a vicious battle against Sarah and The Dp concerning Dawn Beach and their generators.
The next thing we know, Emil was on her slate..
Theo has tried and failed to take the DP from Sarah… She made him go out and create his own party. Now that they are pretending to be best buddies again does not change their true history, or the facts. Sarah refused to give Theo what was basically his ‘birthright’, leadership of the party his grandfather Claude Watheyy created, so what makes anyone think she will just hand it over to Lee now?
Now, from within the DP party, there have been muttering and mumbling, that Silveria took over her former leaders top spot, now it’s time for Emil Lee to do Sarah the favor…
Your first mistake is believing that Sarah will willingly give anyone anything. You will have to pry the DP Party leadership from Sarah’s cold, dead fingers.
William Marlin did not just give Silveria anything. He was supposed to have given up the leadership to Silly years ago when she surpassed him in popularity, within the NA Party, and for the national elections.
It took the force of a category five hurricane, the people turning on him, and the Dutch deep in his colon before William Marlin reluctantly ceded the leadership position to Silveria.
It will take a lot more than that to make Sarah cede anything… to anyone.
Some say Emil Lee started smelling his piss real early in the game, much too early for Sarah’s comfort.
All of those letters to the editor, and random Facebook postings they are saying came directly from Lee himself, or those in his camp.
The National Alliance, using the USP as their proxy saw their chance to come in and cause more chaos in the the DP leadership argument, so they did.
Humpty Marlin sat on the wall, Humpty Marlin had a great fall….
An International spectacle. In his hour long resignation speech that he gave, after he was fired… he vowed that it was not a defeat, he would be back for next years elections.
That’s the time Sxm political veterans start to stock up on popcorn and tea.
With 36 hours, William Marlin’s favorite blogger, Ms. 666, was posting incriminating photos of Emil out looting gas, in his personal truck.
You are a fool if you think that the timing of her hit piece, and the fall of Marlin were coincidental.
Everyone knows that William Marlin has been stewing since Irma brought his arrogance to its knees. It was alleged that as he was hiding from the media, and his son was arrested for looting. All that he needed to set things right were a ‘mea culpa’, all he did was damage control which made everything worse.
He was dragged extensively all over the internet. There were hundreds of new memes in one 24 hour cycle.
The jig was up, yet it took him over an hour to try to explain how everything was every body else’s fault, and he was neither responsible nor to be blamed for any mishaps that happened before, during or after the hurricane, although he was the leader of government.
William Marlin is on Facebook more than I am, and to watch him quote just about every Facebook meme and joke about him was hilarious to watch, but also pissed many people off considering William Marlin swears up and down all day, and every day that he does not ‘do’ social media, he does not have a Facebook account.
Lashing out publicly will not work if the public already hates you, so he had to find another way to undermine the newly established merger of UP and DP.
He could not just go at Sarah, he used Frans to go after her in Frans little editorials where he is trying to get the people to sympathize for him and his party, who were cruelly betrayed.
He could not just go after Theo 🙂 Theo has remained pretty quiet, and it was Sarah and Theo who took leadership of St Maarten after the hurricane when William Marlin could not be found.
I’m not saying Willy paid for the hit, I’m not saying it was Sarah.
All that I’m saying is… think outside the box.
Emil Lee disputed the allegation, hours after the initial hit job. Posting a photo of his damaged Government vehicle and explaining why he had changed the license plate. Emil also said that William Marlin had given the ‘OK’.
William Marlin came back yesterday denying that he had approved anything, so somebody is lying.
If I were William Marlin/Bibi Ho, and someone had brought me those photos of Emil Lee doing something which appeared to be illicit, I would have held on to those photos as a blackmailing tool or for some leverage down the line. Emil is very popular right now, a straight up attack might backfire.
If I were Emil Lee, and I was using my government privileges to get free gas to power my hotel, and I realized someone had taken a snapshot of me committing my ‘sin’….
The first thing I would do would be to go home, and bust a rock through my government vehicle windshield, so that I could prove that it had been so extensively damaged, the only option was to replace the license plate, since renting a vehicle would be to expensive especially in times like these 🙂
I’m not saying Emil Lee saw the photo being taken, and went home and smashed his government ride for a good alibi.
I’m saying, if I were Emil Lee, and William Marlin had Bibi Ho Shaw stalking me, I just might be forced to commit crime or take part in some unethical activity too… Just to keep things fair and balanced.
William Marlin has the motivation to lie. First of all, he is a veteran politician so lying is always his first option, but he also has to cut Emil down a few pegs. Discrediting him, labeling him as a thief, an underhanded, shady gas guzzler was the first step in that process. Then denying that he had given permission to Emil discredits him, and makes him out to be a liar.
Emil Lee is also motivated to lie… well, because he has ‘golden boy’ privilege and status in St Maarten right now, and there are many in the political arena who want to snatch that virgin glow away. 🙂
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Maybe Sarah got tired of looking over her shoulders for Emil, and had Marinka email those photos to Bibi 🙂
Maybe it was Theo trying to take back his ‘Golden Boy’ title.
Maybe it was just Frans Richardson being… well, Frans Richardson
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