Mitchell dumped by the NDP! By Lesli Patterson

Sir James Mitchell, Founder of the New Democratic Party of SVG

It is now confirmed.  Sir James Mitchell has been effectively expelled from the party he founded! This must be a first in the history of liberal democracies in the Western World. A man founded a party; led it to four successive victories at the polls; on one occasion winning all available seats; he is still alive, healthy, vibrant, active  and  present in the country. Yet, he is nowhere to be found as that party celebrates a significant milestone, its 36th anniversary in existence.

A few weeks ago, (November 20, 2011) the New Democratic Party held its convention at the party’s headquarters, the house that Mitchell built. As these events go there was nothing out of the ordinary. Except, the  founder and longest-serving leader was nowhere to be found. He was not on the platform among the dignitaries neither was he in the audience among the rank and file, supporters and well wishers in attendance.

To make matters worse, the name of James Fitz-Allen Mitchell was not even mentioned once by any of the main speakers including current party leader Arnhim Eustace. The entire episode could only be described as gross disrespect for an elder statesman and a titan of Caribbean politics. Is this the manner in which the founding father of a party must be treated?

Even as the NDP snubbed Sir James, he was lauded by Dr Ralph Gonsalves at the ULP’s National Convention held one week later (November 27, 2011).  Mitchell came in for high praises as Gonsalves declared him a true leader. And, perhaps for the first time, the Comrade expressed unrestrained and profound admiration for his friend Sir James. So, what is the problem with Mitchell and the party he founded?

Arnhim Eustace and the rest of the NDP hierarchy have been quite mum on this issue. None of their propagandists have dared to address the matter on the party’s numerous radio programmes. However, it is obvious to all and sundry that Mitchell has been booted out of his own party!

Lesli Patterson

17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Amber Greaves on March 5, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Just remember this is a blog and not a reputable news agency and to add my two cents there is a season for everything. Is this the silly season?

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  2. My advice to Sir James! The next election, you should run in the Northern Grenadines and your daughter in the Southern Grenadines as Independents, So that when the ULP win all the seats on the mainland, it will break the back of those power hungry ungrateful ingrates>>>

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  3. Posted by jason on December 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

    THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE NDP PARTY TODAY.A PACK OF RATS!!!! ARNHIM VYNETTE AND THE REST ARE MONEY AND POWER HUNGRY ANIMALS.JAH DON’T SLEEP REMEMBER THAT.CURSES WILL FOLLOW YOU ALL TRUST ME ON THAT.

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  4. Posted by Monica R. on December 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    What do big moth Jerry George have to say about all this now. Who have their big foot push in their mouth. You see the NDP had to disclude Sir. JAMES FROM THE CONVENTION BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GET WHAT THEY WERE GOING FOR. “POWER”. Well! They did not get it, too bad for them

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  5. Posted by Vincylover on December 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

    “Mitchell came in for high praises as Gonsalves declared him a true leader. And, perhaps for the first time, the Comrade expressed unrestrained and profound admiration for his friend Sir James. So, what is the problem with Mitchell and the party he founded”?

    Strange that for the first time in over ten years the Comrade expressed “unrestrained and profound admiration” for Sir James. Something ain’t right in that cup of tea!!

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  6. Posted by mourine on December 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

    My party will pay a price for this. No matter what, the party must respect Sir James. If he was invited and refused to acccept the invitation is another matter. Was he invited?

    Had it not been for Sir James the party would not have won 7 seats. I have spoken to several long time members who said to me that Sir James is always a breath of fresh air when he is in attendence and they always look forward to seeing him at the Convention. One lady said to me it is never the same when he is not there.

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  7. Posted by Janus on December 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    NDP should have booted Mitchell long time ago!!!

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    • Posted by Ronald foster on December 13, 2011 at 2:14 am

      i have a lot of good things to say about the former prime minister.i had a crew member who would always wear his ULP jersy to catch fish,but when we go to mr. mitchell hotel even if he is their he would insist the staff buy our fish.he is a man who love his countryman.

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  8. If he was “INVITED AND NEVER CAME,” how does that ACCOUNT for his name NOT to be MENTIONED by any of the SPEAKERS at the NDP NATIONAL CONVENTION, ESPECIALLY ARNHIM EUSTACE, A MAN WHO Mr. Mitchell SELECTED to TAKE OVER HIS PARTY and GOVERNMENT when he RESIGNED from OFFICE in 2000?

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  9. Posted by VEXALWAYS on December 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Nice name, Lesli Patterson and sounding just like Ralph Gonsalves. Where is your proof that Mitchell was snubbed? Mitchell was given an invitation to come to the Convention, the Party was snubbed, Mitchell did not come. I truly wished though that the WINDBAG as you all called him was really snubbed, for after he declared that the Party should bribe ULP Ministers to cross the floor and when he also stated that business people helped to bribe Ministers of the past Labour Party to cross the floor his credibility hit the floor. This is a none issue.

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    • VEXALAWAYS, it is a NONE ISSUE to NOT MENTION the NAME OF THE FOUNDER of the NDP…the MAN WHO was at the CENTER of LEADING the NDP to GOVERN SVG for 17 STRAIGHT years…the MAN who SELECTED ARNHIM EUSTACE to RUN in EAST KINGSTOWN, even resorting to GERRYMANDERING so that EUSTACE could SECURE his SEAT in East Kingstown when he SELECTED him to run in that CONSTITUENCY back in 1998?

      WOW!!!

      Truly AMAZING.

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      • Posted by gyalist for life on December 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        WOOOW U GOT SUM FACTS THERE …I JUST LEARNED ABOUT GERRYMANDERING FROM A CNN SPECIAL LAST WEEK HAHAHAAH HOW KOOL IS THAT!!! ITS HAPPENING HERE IN THE CARIBBEAN TOO LOLOLOL ….ANWAYS THEM SHUDDA NEVER DO THE MAN SO HIM WILL ALWAYS BE A BOSS!!!!! SMH.

  10. Posted by Observer on December 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    It’s amazing how Ralph is praising Mitchell now..all of a sudden..he never did it in 10 years, but now he has high praises for Mitchell…Has anybody found that weird???

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  11. Posted by urlan on December 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Maybe he was invited and never came. The fall out came after the last election when he wanted Arnhim to resign the next day.

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    • Posted by Marsha on December 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      there is absolutely no excuse for the behaviour of the NDP. even if he was invited and did not came they did not even mention his name. Shame on them. The Bible says ungratefulness is worst then witchcraft and their behaviour is one of gross ungratefulness.

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      • Posted by Vincent Charles on December 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        So what if his name was not mentioned? How does this translate into ungratefulness? Why on earth will that name be referenced so soon after the whole cocoa debacle?

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