Ralph Gonsalves, a hypocrital spendthrift!

Ralph Gonsalves continues to lavish thousands of dollars on himself even in these tough times. The latest scandal is a planned trip to Europe and the Middle East over the next 15 days. As part of this extensive tour, the prime minister intends to spend Christmas in Bethlehem. Except for the passage of his son, as he claims, the entire trip, this “vacation” will be funded by the tax payers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines!

In the meantime, the PM has voted monies, $80,000 to be exact, for a new vehicle to be added to the fleet of 5 already attached to his official residence. He has at his disposal GI, a Mercedes; G7 a SUV; G77 another SUV; G777 yet another SUV and G17, yes a SUV. Now he is looking to add an 80,000 dollar vehicle to this fleet?

As far as we could tell, except for G1 which was parked up after less than a year in service, all of the other vehicles are in excellent condition. We see them on the road every day! How could Gonsalves justify the acquisition of another official vehicle in these hard times?

There was a time when former PM James Mitchell budgeted monies to replace the official car back in 1999 or there about and as a member of the Opposition Gonsalves kicked hell. Mitchell abandoned the idea! Does anyone know how much Gonsalves has spent on vehicles since assuming power? Talk about hypocrisy!

Some may say this is a trivial issue; some may say we hate the Comrade and blah, blah, blah! But, indeed, we need to examine the nature and extent of sums being expended on the office of prime minister in these hard economic times in an impoverished country such as St. Vincent.

Gonsalves spoke eloquently about exercising “Prudence” and “Enterprise” during the presentation of the estimates. Clearly, while it may be enterprising, the sums being expended on these forays abroad is certainly not a show of prudence. The cash voted to buy another ride is extremely extravagant, to say the least.

As prime minister of a poor country who often times spew the rhetoric of fiscal restraint, Gonsalves is nothing but a hypocrital spendthrift!

E. A. Ballantyne
erickaballantyne@gmail.com

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pamela George on December 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Of course he could qualify getting another vehicle. After all isn’t he big papa? Well Papa Doc and Baby Doc turn world traveler at Vincentians expense. Good for Vincentians, all they do is complain, how about acting for a change? Is your money he spending, is your sweat and blood that have him and his family living like royal family. It’s time for Vincentians to learn that they ultimately have the power and to take it back instead of just whining. Time for burning and looting.

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  2. Posted by Observer on December 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Jason had to be a “potogee”….lol…

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  3. Posted by jason on December 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Jealousy burning your hearts eh? Because he not black alyo trying to bad mouth the man…

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  4. Posted by jason on December 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Oh STFU you stupid morons.

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  5. you seriously came to the conclusion that ralph is a hypocrite only now?!?

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