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with Clevon Raphael
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Q: Mr Fabien, your
intention to fight the
upcoming St Joseph
by-election...is that a joke...a
lark?A: (At his Victoria Street,
St Joseph, home, 5.17 am
Friday) No. I am very
serious about representing the peo-
ple of St Joseph at the parliamen-
Exactly what got into you to
embark on this big electoral ven-
Clevon, I have been on stage
and the media since I have been
19 years old, "ponging" politicians,
including MPs. I am getting older
now, I want to get involved to help
and I feel I could do it at that level.
There seems to be some doubt
as to what ticket or party you
would be going up on?
My options remain open, and
the day may come when keeping
options will close (chuckling). I am
talking to constituents, and I know,
Clevon, that just like in an accident
everybody is right, in an election
everybody going and win. People
would tell you they going to vote
for you, but on the day of the polls
that is where the proof of the pud-
ding is going to happen.
Why fight the by-election
instead of taking on the general
in 2015 alone?
My fighting the by-election is
like a probation for an independent
before the general comes, so people
can decide if this independent
could really do something for them
or is it a waste of time putting an
independent in the legislature.
Is it that you have made up
your mind to run as an independ-
I have made up my mind that
I am going and my options are still
Ok. Let s play a little game here.
the chance of you going up for
(In the porch of his home, where
his two youngest sons and a grand-
son left their beds to join him
shortly after the interview began.)
This is a very difficult game
(laughs) to play, so let me get
straight to what you are asking
me. The PNM hasn t called me,
and I don t think they are inter-
ested in me going up for them. I
don t think I am interested in going
up for the PNM.
So that is zero?
(Laughs again) That speaks for
The COP has spoken to me.
On a scale of one to ten?
(Chuckling aloud) I do not desire
not want to be a government can-
didate. I have spoken to a senior
person in the Partnership and
expressed as much.
I have spoken to David Abdulah,
and at this point I am still an inde-
Why you do not want to run
on a government ticket?
My sense is that there is a lot
of disenchantment with this Gov-
ernment, and in fact I went to a
UNC stronghold in St Joseph---
Bangladesh---and it is unlikely that
people there are going to give a
government candidate their vote.
Clevon, as I said, I have knocked
politicians over the years and as I
mature over the years, I am real-
ising more and more if I want to
see the changes we are talking
(Pausing to greet his grandson
18-month-old Kadin, who sits on
his lap) I need to get in there, and
I want to get in there with a dif-
As you must know, Mr Fabien,
politics is not a nice game. What
really motivated you to jump into
It is not. And that is why I want
to get inside there, and sometimes
when I listen to the parliamentary
debates I feel there is
some kind of war
taking place in the
Parliament. I feel
it is a place for
a voice that
like to get so and so," without hav-
ing an agenda to get back a vote
or whatever it is, you know?
It might be naïve of me, it might
be idealistic of me, but I feel very
strongly that that sort of voice is
needed. That parliamentarians
should be speaking about the needs
of their respective constituencies
and not who is sleeping with
Mr Fabien, apart from your
celebrity status, why do you think
you would make a good repre-
I think the visibility will assist
What else do I bring to the
table? I think the main thing I am
going up for is a desire to effectively
represent the people and want to
take their needs to the Parliament.
I feel I could get the councillors
and the ministers to deliver to the
people what they want, which is
why they would put me into Par-
liament in the first place...to boldly
Mr Fabien, nobody wants to
discourage you from your goal,
but surely you must be aware that
as an independent, you are swim-
ming against the political tide?
Clevon, I am, but all my life I
have swum against the tide. With
Gayelle I am swimming against
the tide and I could be a millionaire
if I carry alcohol ads and foreign
content to the station. I did not
set out to make money as much
as I wanted to make a difference.
Are you opposed to money?
(A big smile) I am not opposed
to money. I want the station to be
a place where it is an independent
station and we do not belong to
...of contesting as an independent
Prominent entertainer, motivational speaker and media owner Errol
Fabien is sure he is contesting the St Joseph by-election on November
4.But he is still not certain whether he is facing the polls on behalf of
a party or as an independent candidate.
Fabien, 52, who admits he is swimming against the political tide, does
not intend to spend a cent on his campaign which he says has already
a party, a religion, a conglomerate...
We belong to the people and we have
paid the ultimate price for that. Gayelle
is now downstairs my home here in St
Joseph and this is an instance of my
independence. I believe in the people,
and anywhere you are on the planet
you could turn on to Gayelle and that
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