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The Comrade vs 2Cool Chris!

Christopher aka 2Cool Chris is arguably the most popular radio personality in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But, 2Cool is much more than a radio DJ. He has become the accidental mouth piece, the voice of the suffering masses in this country. Every week day morning as he turns on his mic, it is safe to say that thousands of Vincentians both at home and abroad hangs on to his every word. After all, he speaks for them!

Interestingly, 2Cool hardly ever gives his views on the issues of the day. He simply poses the questions. At times he may give his own “two bits.” What he does however, is to generate significant interest in his chosen topic and this drives his listeners to call. And, they do call!

No issue is out of bounds for 2Cool! He raises questions about everything! The management of carnival; the state of the roads; the pace of economic decline; the performance of the police; man-woman relationships; homosexuality; demon possession; the spate of criminal activity; he role of the church and their pastors. You name it and 2cool has touched it!

Now, it seems as if 2Cool has some how gotten on the nerves of the “Big Man”! It seems as if he has annoyed the Comrade; it seems as if he has irritated the Prime Minister, Hon Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves.

Ralph Gonsalves

Why else would the Big Man use an official function to let loose a barrage of invectives against certain “DJs”? According to the PM, DJs know nothing about the management of the country and its economy. They are in no position to advise him accordingly. Let them stick to what they know, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, and Movado. Let them talk about Gaza and Gully…Leave the serious business of running the country to the expert. Leave it to the Comrade!

When I read those comment as reported in the press, I had to SMH and LMAO! OMG!

What is wrong with the Big Man?

I think the PM is losing it if he refuses to understand and accept what 2Cool Chris is all about. This is a man who has made a successful political career out of “listening” to and “speaking” for the masses, particularly the poor. Now that, they the masses, the poor and working people find a refreshing voice in 2Cool Chris, the PM is seeking to shut him up!

Attacking 2Cool in the way he did is just another of the fatal errors that the Big man continues to make. His utterances have driven thousands more to listen to 2cool. Dozens more will call, text, ping and tweet!

To be sure, the Comrade has a lot that get him vex. I suggest that he joins the line like everyone else and tell it to 2Cool!

E A Ballantyne

Does 2-Cool Chris pay his taxes?

Christopher “2 Cool Chris” Jones

Every morning the good people of this country are entertained by a blabber mouth DJ that goes by the sobriquet “2 Cool Chris.  He has no regard for our prime minister; he has a bone in his craw for the CDC; he shows no respect for the police; he beats up on government ministers. Indeed, Chris appears to bent on talking critical crap against a hard-working government just to ensure that his show sustains it ratings and he maintains his popularity and marketability. It is all about money for Christopher Jones!

Chris makes a lot of money. He is paid the highest salary at Hott 97 and this, we understand, is a substantial sum. Chris gets a DJ gig every weekend and public holiday locally, regionally and even internationally. He promotes all kind of shows all over the place. In fact a conservative estimate of Chris’s annual income might well be over $100,000.  But, how much of this does he pay in taxes?

This is a man who makes demands on the government EVERY day. Fix the road; fix hospital; build stadium; raise salary; build back wall; hire more police; hire more teachers. He goes on and on and on! But does he pay a single cent in taxes? Does he pay his fair share?

Come on 2 Cool, tell your ardent listeners how much taxes you pay!

Amor Rodney

Does SVG need another KFC?

KFC, Melville Street Kingstown St Vincent

KFC, Melville Street Kingstown St Vincent

Does this country need another KFC? Apparently it does. A new outlet was open recently in Arnos Vale. This takes the number of outlets to three. But KFC’s service has deteriorated terribly within recent times. And, Vincentians are still flocking to these establishments. Clearly, something is wrong with this picture.

Searching for Christ in Vincy Christmas

Kingstown, St Vincent

Kingstown, St Vincent

In another few hours, December 25, 2011 will be upon us. It will be Christmas day. This is what all the hustle and bustle is about; this is what all the preparations are all about. And, what a preparation it has been!

In the face of “hard economic times”, we Vincies have shown no signs of letting up. We are celebrating Christmas in ways that only Vincies can.

Apart from acknowledging the advent of the Saviour, a typical Vincy Christmas is marked by
1. Excessive eating;
2. Excessive drinking;
3. All night parties;
4. Drunkenness; and
5. Sexual promiscuity
Even as we do so, people continue to cry out that times are hard. But, is it?

The hectic pace of shopping never slowed down. The streets of Kingstown have been crowded day after day with shoppers and revellers. Money is some how flourishing. Even the prime minister could afford to use tax payers’ money for an extended official trip abroad that would take him to Bethlehem among other cities.

In all of this, where is the reason for the celebration? Where is Christ? Perhaps he is in Bethlehem. Unfortunately though, only the Prime Minister can travel there to find him.

Merry Christmas to all!

Talent in Jail: “RJ” Stars at Prison Concert!

Inmate "RJ" entertaining patrons at this year's prison concert

Vincentians who turned up to the Annual Prison Concert yesterday (Sunday Day December 18, 2011) were in for a treat. A prisoner going by the name “RJ” sang his heart out and in the process became a clear favourite among the ladies in attendance.

RJ came on stage as the second performer and sang a popular Christmas song. Grantley Bramble the MC billed him as “Chris Brown”. With a voice reminiscent of Jah Cure and Christopher Martin RJ did not disappoint. He wooed the crowd in fantastic fashion.  At the request of the large appreciative crowd, RJ was recalled on stage several more times to do more numbers and he did not disappoint.

In one of the more poignant moments of the evening,  RJ public apologised to Commissioner Keith Miller for disappointing him and the other officers of the force. It turns out that RJ is no ordinary inmate. He was once a member of the police service himself.

The prison concert was once again a hit. Thanks to RJ, it may go down as one of the more memorable in years.

The police commissioner is a jackass!

SVG’s Commissioner of Police Keith Miller

The Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller is at it again!  It is clear that this man’s moronic tendencies have no limits. Could you imagine that Super Cop has publicly expressed his disgust over the lyrics of Godfrey Dublin’s soca song, “Any Number Could Play”.  Miller has to be a bona fide jack ass! What is wrong with the song?

I am sure that any reasonable person would agree that Godfrey Dublin is simply reflecting a reality in this country. He is in no way promoting the exploitation of young girls. This is a beautiful song with a timely message. But alas, this is lost on Super Cop Keith Miller.

This is the same Commissioner that protected the PM when he was accused of raping a female police officer; this is the same Keith Miller who reinstated three violent police criminals back into the Force. Does this man’s stupidity know any end? He is a bloody jackass!

Now listen the song here!


How much would the Royal Wedding cost the Vincentian tax payers? By Amor Rodney

The countdown is underway: There’s just over a week to go before Prince William marry Kate Middleton in London’s Westminster Abbey. This is supposed to be the mother of all weddings! But resist the urge to swoon and forget the romance for a minute as we take a closer look at the local economics of the royal wedding.

The wedding is estimated to cost the British economy 5 billion pounds or approximately EC480 billion.  That kind of money can build 5 international airports the size of Grantley Adams in Barbados.  This is indeed an obscene sum for a nuptial that might last as long as Miss Janey fire! The tax payers of St. Vincent will contribute a sizable sum as the Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves and his family have accepted the invitation to attend!  How much? We will never know!

Gonsalves is a strange creature! It came to many as a complete shock when he decided to accept the invitation.  After all, as an avowed anti-colonialist, why would Gonsalves be sucking up to the Queen and her a family at a wedding of all places? Given, his anti-colonial stance, Gonsalves should have nothing to do with this Royal Wedding.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is experiencing perhaps some of its worst days from an economic and fiscal standpoint.  Productivity is extremely low as traditional areas of economic activity continue to the decline.  There is no manufacturing to speak about; agriculture, particularly bananas, is practically no more; tourism is struggling to keep afloat; and the much vaunted financial services sector is utterly stagnant.

The struggling economy has had a negative impact on government’s finance.  Gonsalves himself admits that we are in for hard times.  Indeed, owing to declining revenue and a massive debt little is there to do anything. This is reflected in the bad roads, deficiencies in the health service and the failure of the government to address social basic services in many areas in the wake of two major natural disasters.

Yet, despite these bleak circumstances, the Prime Minister of this country finds the time and the resources to attend the Royal Wedding with his wife and children in tow!  No doubt, this is going to cost Vincentians a lot! Can the country afford it? Is Gonsalves for real?

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