Reconciliation Gonsalves Style By Amor Rodney

Ralph Gonsalves

After a bitterly fought elections in which Ralph and the ULP emerged battered and bruised but with a mere one seat majority, there has been a call for national reconciliation.  Indeed, Gonsalves has since proceeded to establish a ministry of national reconciliation.  Naturally, one now expects positive initiatives and policy pronouncements that are consistent with a philosophy of “national reconciliation”.  But, what have we had so far?

Apart from naming a ministry and minister of national reconciliation, absolutely nothing has been done to heal the gaping political wounds in this country.  If anything, Gonsalves and the ULP have been promoting policies and practices designed to widen and deepen the political divide.  Consider the following:

  1. The call by Gonsalves for ULP supporters to “own the government”;
  2. Police harassment of two prominent citizens who supported the NDP allegedly for drug trafficking and money laundering, yet no arrests;
  3. The decision to stop sand mining by Bigger Biggs putting over 60 persons out of work all because the proprietor openly supports the NDP;
  4. The passage of bills top amend the Criminal Procedure Code and the Representation of the People Act despite widespread opposition; and
  5. The use of brutal force to eject the Opposition from the House of assembly.

Is it  reasonable to conclude that Gonsalves and the ULP have pursued a policy of reconciliation since the last elections? Certainly NOT.  Like “together now” of 2001, “reconciliation” is a big joke!  Gonsalves and his cohorts are bent on deepening the political divide in this country. So, let the protests continue!

Amor Rodney

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by no nonsense on March 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    WE don’t expect anything better from a Ralph Hater. They are so greedy and power hungry


  2. Posted by progressive woman on March 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Give examples of policies and practicesthat have widened the political divide.


  3. Posted by me on March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    There is no need to stage a counter-protest Vincnet?.People actualy have jobs and some of us want to get on with the running of the country. As i maintian you guys will NEVER get rid of this overnment with the silly protest u been having. When there is election in the next five years maybe u will get into power. But as long as the government continue to do their job you will never get in there…. GET USED TO IT…and that is the bottom line


  4. Posted by Vincent Charles on March 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

    From the moment the PM suggested that elections are not beauty pagent, and there is no consolation prize to the opposition, even in the face of a nigh 50-50 split, I knew this man was not serious about reconciliation….


  5. Posted by Vincent Charles on March 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    The parameters of “public” are vast… my sense is that a large plurality, if not a slight majority of the public oppose these bills.

    What I conceed however, is that even though thousands mobilized agsint them, especially in the second “fire truck” demonstration, this issue is not palpable enough to attract nationwide protest.

    To suggest however, that the support was minimal is to distort reality even in light of the well documented images and clips.

    If the opposition to the opposition’s protest was so great, why are the ULP meetigs so scanty? Why not blow your whistle and come and show us how STRONG you are? You have about 1.75% more of the electorate right? So you should at least be able to equalize the situatioin……..


    • Posted by me on March 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Where do u get ur figures? How did u come up with ” a slight majority of the public oppose these bills” and if that were the case how come the numbers of protesters are so small? How come when they call for business to close they remain open. How come then they ask for kids to stay home the kids still go to school?

      On Thursday night at a ralley at Correys, I heard members of the NDp say that they were going to protest throughtout the night and into Friday. I thought ” damn, they finally got balls , good for them”..then i had to chuckle when their boss came on radio and called off the protest because thee was no ” bathroom facilities”…wow

      The protest on that faithful Thursday was so sancty. I know because i was there. ( not as part of it but because i was curious). Then there was the melee happened in court. also the NDP called busiesses saying there bombs in the buildings. All this was done to get people on the street. Vincent you guys are fighting a loosing battle. You will NEVER force this government out of power as you are trying to do.


      • Posted by Vincent Charles on March 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        “my sense is”…. A vast majority of the coun try supports freedom of expression right? Let me see you get more than 100 to go out in the hot sun and march…. it aint gonna happen..

        As I said, this not the “killer app”, this is not the issue which will capture critical mass. I nevertheless based on my eyes, recognize that all three events were well attended with the apex being the second one.

        How embarassed wee you at the first protest when even though the PM called his base to mobilize, just a few persons turned out?


      • Posted by no nonsense on March 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Vincent, don’t worry, you will will see ULP’s march later this month. Don’t think for a minute that all the persons on the street at the NDP’s protests were all NDPites. I was there on March 3rd and I saw many other ULP supporters. Why do you think as soon as they tried to pull away Senator Francis’ bag he was surrounded by ULP supporters? We are protecting our government and our democratic right because Human Rights not doing it.

  6. Posted by Vincy To The Bone on March 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Explain to the public why there is no public support for the protest/


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