Lawyer, Parnell R. Campbell, QC, opined on his TV show — “The Law And You” — that Senator Vynnette Frederick’s latest arrest was conducted in a manner best “reserve[d] for terrorists”. Can I get an AMEN from the Resident ULP apologist on here.
I would not put it pass the ULP members and supporters, that this is exactly how they view Ms Frederick’s fiery outspokenness, as her mother so eloquently stated a few nights ago on the rostrum.
It is through their sycophantic prism and tinted perspective of politics in Vincyland that in their estimation she is the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Vincyland. A “snotty nose gal” who dare to stand up against their Dear Leader, Ralph Gonsalves — who got “tun ova” on several occasions over the years by this gal.
With vengeance and malice in their heart, the ULP acolytes have devised their own brand of payback with these nine charges filed by an over-zealous DPP. By his own admission, the merchant of Vincy politics, Julian Francis, sees this as the perfect opportunity to collect a pound of flesh on behalf of his master, and no amount of public outrage is going to stop these of band of sycophants and zealots from claiming the scalp of V.
If these are acts that deem you a “terrorist”, then by all means, ALL VINCENTIANS SHOULD BECOME A TERRORIST.
Here are NINE acts of “terrorism” carried out by V:
1. “My ambition therefore is to be a real standard bearer for the youngster who wants to contribute and hopefully make a difference in shaping how our politics changes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
2. “(Vincentians) are fed up of not being able to make ends meet and add to this environment a practice of flowery talk with no action and that does not bode well for the people who want and deserve to have their concerns heard and responded to,”
3. “While the government panics about where to find the money to pay salaries this end of month, while it sinks under a large deficit budget where the dance can’t pay for the light and where the budget that they presented is largely not possible to implement, to suggest that they are doing great things for our development is to choose to live in a bubble of rhetoric”.
4. “The attack on the rights of the people of our nation to secure the government with its one-seat majority in the Parliament is unacceptable; the removal of the right to private access to the court; the empowerment of the DPP and the attempt to legalise gutter politics and decriminalise the offences under the Representation of the People’s Act which the Government may have committed during the last election, is an affront to good government and an assault on the rule of law in this country”.
5. “Mr. Prime Minister, you have decided to hide behind a letter, and to hide behind me, with the hope that the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will somehow stop asking you for the reasons for your decision to free Mr. Lawrence. But understand Prime Minister the feeling of the People is that you are arrogant and you have handled this matter with incompetence and contempt…. Answer the People without contempt, without arrogance and without a partisan slant to your function as Prime Minister. Answer them absolutely without compromising national security.”
6. “Universal access to education has spawned a number of chronic problems such as spiking dropout rates and the quality of student we put out there in the workforce. And, there is drain on teacher resources and capacity so that it is not the resounding success it could and should be. Without money to spend a ULP administration can do nothing more than declare its brilliance while those in the trenches of this so-called revolution indicate that all is not well and that in the long run our students are the ones who suffer. For those who have benefitted they have unemployment to look forward to after they graduate”.
7. “Have we become so accustomed to this standard that it seems normal? Our Prime Minister is an alleged RAPIST… Is this OK with our society? our women? our men? How could he go around with that hanging over his head? Have we over [the] years been conditioned into thinking this was something normal that happened?
It’s funny, but what was once a headline — ‘PRIME MINISTER ACCUSED OF RAPE’ — has been slowly turning into a by-line in this country. An allegation is levelled against the sitting Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines that he raped a policewoman. We heard the Police Force waffle, we heard the DPP perform and basically the charge died soon after being laid. The Prime Minister responded with the rape rally in which women, including Rene Baptiste and Girlyn Miguel, stood by his side in support. He even declared that it was a set up by the NDP … He basically used all his political power and savvy to stay out of the court”.
8. “I see poverty increasing, people literally starving, crime rising, suffering at my door step, (old people hungry and falling down) no employment, a healthcare system that is crappy … I see a fractured Police Force, demoralized teachers and a depressed population with a failed economy, no opportunity, wild zealots inciting violence and making calls for people to be killed on political party radio stations…”
9. “I haven’t concluded anything as yet, about how I feel being a woman in this race. Truly I have never been preoccupied with my own gender. I come from a line of strong and assertive women, I grew up among boys with five brothers and attended GHS an all girl school which never placed a fetter on what you can accomplish with effort. I went into Guides, where that was underscored even more. I see the Prime Minister’s utterances as confirmation to me, that his brand of politics is no longer the norm. It does not resonate, it does not influence, and it certainly does not impress. I see him as a man losing hold of himself and his mind, as he loses hold of power”.
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