For a short while I had enjoyed reading Mr. Binose’s opinion pieces on this site. It is not because he writes balanced, accurate and well-informed articles. On the contrary, on June 17 Mr. Binose told us here that the distance from Canouan to Toronto was 2,500 miles, while the distance from Canouan to Texas was 2,800 miles.
What I had enjoyed about Mr. Binose’s opinion pieces were the strong opinions he expresses, and that he had appeared to be attempting to hold the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines and his Government to account. Unfortunately, in article after article on this site, almost without exception, his strong opinions can be summed up as follows: “I have a visceral hatred of Prime Minister Gonsalves, and I shall oppose everything that he and his Government do.” It seems pathological, and I fear that Mr. Binose has squandered much of his credibility as an opinion writer. In their totality Mr. Binose’s articles here smell like a soup of bitterness spiced with thwarted ambition.
No doubt those with political axes to grind will lap up with relish what Mr. Binose serves up. But it is hugely disappointing that a seemingly intelligent man does not appear to be able to discern that popularity borne out of divisiveness is less important than being credible to those who do not participate in tribal politics. The challenge therefore for Mr. Binose is to recognise that it is possible for him to criticise the Prime Minister and his Government and do so often, restrain his vengeance every once in a while, remain popular with those who share his hatred, and gain additional following among those looking for entertaining opinion pieces, for which he undoubtedly has an aptitude.
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