Williams must resign from the FIU!

ULP hopeful and head of the FIU, Lawyer Grenville Williams

ULP hopeful and head of the FIU, Lawyer Grenville Williams

Lawyer Grenville Williams is the head of SVG’s Financial Intelligence Unit. This is a highly critical and sensitive arm of the crime fighting apparatus in the country. The main function of this unit is to go after the assets, financial and otherwise, of those criminals in our midst who benefit from ill-gotten gains.

Since its inception, the FIU has chalked up impressive victories in its fight against money laundering. Millions of dollars in cash and real property have been seized and many criminals remain behind bars. Indeed, the FIU has received numerous commendations from regional and international agencies.

As head of the FIU, Grenville Williams has been outstanding. Unfortunately, however, he is now prepared to give that all up for partisan politics. Williams now spends a significant amount of time and resources openly campaigning to the ULP’s candidate for South Leeward in the next general elections. He goes from house to house; attends every funeral; mounts posters; and places ads in the newspapers all in an attempt to get the nod from the party’s leadership and rank-and-file members in the area.

In the meantime, Williams, his supporters and the leadership of the ULP, ignore this crucial fact: Williams is currently the head of an important and highly sensitive agency of the government. He therefore CANNOT and SHOULD not be openly engaged partisan politics.

Such actions have serious implications for the work of the FIU. At the very least Williams runs the risk of shattering the public’s confidence in the work of that agency. They also fly in the face of good governance as so often touted by his party leader, Ralph Gonsalves.

Williams CANNOT have it both ways. Now that he has entered the partisan political fray, he MUST resign from the FIU!

Who the hell is Carlos James?

ULP Hopeful for North Leeward, Carlos James

ULP Hopeful for North Leeward, Carlos James

The question must indeed be asked: Who the hell is Carlos James? His name has surfaced as a potential candidate for the Unity Labour Party (ULP) in the North Leeward constituency. In fact, James is among three ULP hopefuls seeking to unseat incumbent Hon Roland ‘Patel’ Matthews of the Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

According to our understanding of the ULP’s candidate selection process, James is in a three way tussle with former holder of the seat Jerrol Thompson and teacher Lawrence Hooper. At some point, the North Leeward Constituency Council in consultation with the other relevant organs of the party and the ultimate blessings of the leader, will make a decision on whom they would like to be the candidate to face Matthews.

In the meantime, Carlos James conducts himself as if he is the candidate of choice. No! He behaves as if he is the elected representative for the area.

James shows up at EVERY official function and other events to make remarks. He demonstrates, in the process, utter disrespect, disregard and downright contempt for the duly elected representative for the area, Hon Roland ‘Patel’ Matthews.

Now, where was James when North Leeward was being wholly neglected by the ULP government? What does James say about the excessive conduct of the police in communities? How does James respond to the list of ULP failures in all of North Leeward recently highlighted by the representative, Matthews?

It seems as if James and some of his misguided supporters have taken to the social media to attack Matthews. This is so dishonest and unfair! James knows full well the the ruling ULP, his party is the ONE that has miserably failed the people of North Leeward. What has he said or done to help the situation?

Come election time, the people will remember who had been there for them. Was it James or was it Matthews? Time will tell!

Breaking news: The PM has AIDS!

Originally posted on Vinci Kallaloo:

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Unconfirmed reports reaching us indicate that the PM has contracted the deadly virus that causes AIDS. A source to the PM’s family confided in one of our regular contributors about the PM’s status. That source noted that the family became concerned when it was revealed that a long time partner of the PM passed away after a long period of illness. It turned out that this person died as a result of complications associated with AIDS.

Our source pointed out that the PM may have known about his status for quite a while. However, he shunned repeated calls to take an HIV test. As fate would have it, he was forced to do so when he was hospitalized  while in transit in another country as he embarked on a marathon sojourn overseas. It is believed that it was at that point that doctors confirmed that the PM had indeed contracted AIDS.

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The Catholics and the ULP!

Do you remember the last time the Catholics of this country rose up against the government? That was way back in November of 1999! The NDP was in office. Hundreds of Catholics took to the streets of Kingstown to protest against the dire conditions facing Catholic schools and the government’s failure to effectively address them. Less than two years later there was an election and the government came tumbling down. Catholics, it is surmised, went to the polls and voted them out with a vengeance.

The current crisis at the St. Joseph’s Convent School Kingstown (SJCK) presents a stark reminder of what happened in 1999. In the space of a week, teachers walked off the job; students bearing placards staged a vociferous protest. All of of this was against the actions of a newly appointed ULP government senator who filed law suits against the school and its key stake holders on the behalf of an ill-disciplined child and her misguided mother.

In all likelihood, other Catholic schools namely: St. Martin’s Secondary, St. Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua and St. Mary’s Primary could have taken to the streets in solidarity with SJCK. Indeed, this may still be an option if the goodly senator proceeds with his law suits against the Catholic educational establishment.

Hon Dr Ralph Gonsalves ought to be taking keen interest in these developments. He may recall that as a parent, he too joined the protest march of November 1999. It may be quite ironic if as prime minister the Catholic schools should lead a protest against his government all because of the vanities of one of the Comrade’s newest senator.

Dr Gonsalves can put an end to all this. He must neutralize this wild card senator and re-establish cordial relations with the Catholic Community. History must not be allowed to repeat itself. Remember, November 1999 marked the beginning of the end of the NDP in office. To this day, the party is yet to “catch itself”. Could it now be that the ULP is about to suffer the same fate?

 

Luke Browne the Budding Dictator

Luke Browne and His Idol, Gaddafi

Luke Browne and His Idol, Gaddafi

Just look at the leaders to whom Luke Browne pay homage. Is this the kind of boy that we the people of East Kingstown want to be our representative? Is this political neophyte better than the honourable Arnhim Eustace? Is this the best my party, the ULP, can do! If and when this “Rogue Scholar” is ever chosen as our candidate, the Comrade and his party will pay the ultimate political price!

The Comrade puts Luke under his wing!

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Luke Browne and PM Ralph Gonsalves

 

 

According to recent news reports, Prime Minister Gonsalves has appointed Luke Browne to some unknown position in the Office of Prime Minister. No one knows exactly what will be Luke’s assignment, not even the Prime Minister himself.  However, it is reasonable to assume that Luke now represents a big pain in the ass for the Comrade. Indeed, Luke serves no real purpose in the Comrade’s scheme of things.

At this tender age, Luke is already a spent force politically. He will never beat Arnhim Eustace or any other half good candidate for the NDP in East Kingstown. The Comrade knows that. To make matters worse, Luke screwed up big time on this whole Building and Loan Association (BLA) fiasco. His actions made the Comrade look dishonest and stupid.  Who deposits $20,000 after taking out over $1 million to demonstrate confidence in a financial institution? Had it not been for Luke’s rash conduct, Vincentians would have never known that the family of the PM had withdrawn so much money from BLA ($1 million plus) even as he, the PM, “pampaset” over a meagre deposit of $20,000!

One thing about the Comrade, he is an excellent general! Good generals do not leave the carcass of a dead soldier to rot on the battle field.  Thus, Luke is now being housed in some political morgue in the PM’s office. Vincentians may recall that Burton Williams of the NDP met a similar fate when he offended Sir James Mitchell. He too was put in the PM’s office, under Mitchell to await his last rites.

I think that Luke is politically dead and professionally compromised. He should be offered a scholarship to enable him to return to Oxford or some other ivory tower to pursue a PhD in some nebulous field!

9 Questions for Ralph Gonsalves

Hon Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves

Hon Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves

Ralph Gonsalves talks a lot! He is particularly effusive at his frequently held press conferences. Unfortunately though, I do not get much from the Comrade at these events primarily because the journalists present are not prepared to ask certain critical questions of the Prime Minister.

I am concerned about the personal finances of the Comrade since taking office. As I pay attention to his utterances in recent weeks I can’t help but to wonder aloud. Indeed, I have several questions for him but at this time. But just like the BBC, I pose only 9.

1. Has the Prime Minister earned any income other than his personal emoluments since assuming office in 2001?

2, If the answer to 1 is yes could we be told the source or sources and the approximate amount?

3. At what cost did he develop a private property in the hills at Gorse?

4. Did his wife acquire a property in Cane Garden? If so, at what cost?

5. Two of his children are educated in England at the A’Level stage. Why weren’t they sent to our community?

6. How much did it cost Ralph Gonsalves to educate Storm and Soleil in England and who footed the bill?

7. Did Eloise Gonsalves, the wife of the prime minister, do any work for Dave Ames at Buccament and how much did she make?

8. Is it appropriate for the spouse of a sitting prime minister to go seeking contracts from investors and developers in the ilk of Dave Ames?

9. Is it correct to say that Ms Michelle Andrews was paid substantial moneys to cease all action against Ralph Gonsalves related to the charges of rape and indecent assault levelled against him?

I have several more for the Comrade. But, to keep this post brief, I will stay here for the time being. I would be really grateful if the prime minister would oblige.

Ericka A. Ballantyne

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