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A few questions for Ralph Gonsalves…

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Ralph Gonsalves

Dear Dr Gonsalves:

I have a few questions that I would like to ask, again!. Here goes:

  1. Have you as the Prime Minister earned any income other than your 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 you develop a private property in the hills at Gorse?
  4. Did your wife acquire a property in Cane Garden? If so, at what cost?
  5. Two of your children are educated in England at the A’Level stage. Why weren’t they sent to our community college?
  6. How much did it cost you to educate Storm and Soleil in England and who footed the bill?
  7. Did Eloise Gonsalves, your wife, 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?

Ericka A. Ballantyne

Why is Gonsalves so angry at the NDP?

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Dr Ralph Gonsalves is mightily upset with Arnhim Eustace and the NDP for announcing the party’s decision to  switch its support from Taiwan to China upon assuming office. This announcement took everyone by surprise, especially Dr Gonsalves. Among other choice adjectives, he described the move as “stupid”.

According to the Prime Minister, Eustace and his party are in opposition, yet they are foolishly making foreign policy pronouncements. In light of his reaction to date, the question arises, why is Gonsalves so angry at the NDP?

Could it be that Gonsalves was upstaged by the Opposition? Is it true that Gonsalves himself had been contemplating a similar move for some time now? After all, for most of his years as a political activist, Gonsalves supported China! He had a change of mind upon assuming office especially when faced with the generosity of Taiwan.

Good move by the NDP! Vincentians are looking forward to more like that! Keep the Comrade upset and we may well get fresh elections!

E. Wyllie

Of Ramen, Boxers and Infection: Is Ralph Gonsalves sick?

Oh what a sad day in St. Vincent and the Grenadines! Our esteemed prime minister has been reduced to a joke. how can a man in his position allow himself to be having phone sex with an adolescent female?

Is this the same Ralph who is often portrayed as larger than life? Is this the same leader with greatest reputation in the Caribbean? Is this the same gentleman, arguably the most intelligent head of government in the Western Hemisphere?

Spin it however you may wish, the voice on those tapes belongs to none other than Dr Hon Ralph E Gonsalves the current prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Here he is discussing Ramen, boxers, and infections; here he is making me puke!

E A Ballantyne

Ralph Gonsalves to Deliver Eulogy at Edgar Cruickshank’s Funeral

The Late Edgar Cruickshank

The Late Edgar Cruickshank

Vinci Kallaloo was reliably informed that Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and leader of the Unity Labour Party is set to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of the late Edgar Cruickshank. Although there has been no public announcement regarding the funeral arrangementsa, it seems as if the PM is making it known every opportunity he gets. Some persons have even suggested that Gonsalves himself may have cajoled the widow and children of the deceased into letting him deliver the eulogy.

Edgar Cruickshank, a former supporter and foot soldier of the ULP, met his death in tragic circumstances on the night of Saturday December 6, 2014. He was at the time a part of the audience at a public meeting held by the NDP in Clare Valley. A car allegedly lost control and ploughed into the crowd killing Cruickshank and injuring 10 others.

This funeral will be of great interest. One is not sure whether it’s a ULP or an NDP funeral. In the months before his death, Cruickshank had reportedly renounced the ULP, a party he had support in the most flamboyant of manner since its inception. It is also reported that Cruickshank had now pledged his support to Nigel “Nature” Stephenson, the NDP candidate and incumbent in that South Leeward seat.

Will the hierarchy of both parties attend this funeral? Would the leader of the NDP be called upon to pay tribute? What about Nature? Would he too mount the rostrum.

Memories of the funeral of EG Lynch are still fresh. Are we destined for a repeat this time with the shoes on the feet of the NDP?

In any case, in one of his many rants, Gonsalves is reported to have said that he would NOT allowed what happened at Lynch’s funeral to happen to him again.

Ralph Gonsalves

Ralph Gonsalves

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!

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?

 

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