Fitzgerald Huggins. (Internet photo)
Fitzgerald Huggins. (Internet photo)

This country’s newest diplomat has defended himself against opposition criticism of his appointment.

“Mr. Cummings, please, please, allow my father and brother to rest in peace,” Fitzgerald Huggins, who will soon become this country’s consul general in Toronto, said on radio Thursday.

He was responding to comments by opposition lawmaker and West Kingstown representative, Daniel Cummings, made earlier in the week on a radio programme.

Cummings had said that Huggins continued to support the Unity Labour Party, although his late brother could not find work in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and had to take up a senior position at the electricity company in Dominica.

“I just want to tell those guys that they are not going to shake me with those attacks,” Huggins said on another radio station.

“So, if they want to make me stronger, keep attacking me. I depend on those kinds of attacks to make me stronger. I just want to put those things out there. My money is mine; I made it honestly –that is very, very key. I could get nasty if people want me to get nasty,” the former executive at a telecommunications company said.

“First, I’ve always been honest, and I believe that is why people trust me,” said Huggins, whose “Drop ah Dollar” campaign raised EC$11,000 towards the construction of the Argyle international airport.

“I just want to put those things on the record, because I think it is about time we stop beating up on everyone who tries to have a different opinion, who tries to make a way in life.

“And as soon as somebody rises up and starts to air their voices, some persons who believe they have an authority on speech and on radio in St. Vincent try to shake them down, especially if they don’t speak the language they like to hear. I just wanted to put those things out,” Huggins said.

8 replies on “SVG’s newest diplomat responds to critics”

  1. Next time cummings throw himself down stairs I hope he falls on his head and breaks his neck and die. He is truly a scum bag.

    1. Do not propagate hatred and inhumane attitudes. Humanity in these small countries already suffer too much because we are not mature enough to learn how to “agree to disagree” and still live together for tomorrow’s better.

      1. Tell that to the NDP and Daniel Cummings, St. Clair Lecock, Vynette Frederick and Arnhim Eustace in particular

  2. FITZ HUGGINS, what have you got to say about only raising EC$11,000 for the airport project in 4 months, when you told us and the world you would raise EC$500,000 in 6 months.

    Isn’t that just what people are talking and commenting about you being untrained in diplomacy, because you should never of made such projections un-scientifically, that shows lack of fiscal intelligence, and common sense, and common sense is a most important and critical requirement in diplomacy.

    Diplomacy is about not saying the wrong thing, not doing the wrong thing, doing the right thing and saying the right thing, even holding your tongue and just listening.

    Remember you are not out there representing the ULP or Ralph Gonsalves, you are there representing the whole of Vincentian society.

    Seeing as the government has taken it upon themselves to put you out there without any diplomatic training, no course or schooling. I suggests you book yourself into one of the schools for diplomats, do a course, if necessary pay for it yourself. There is a really excellent college of diplomacy in British Columbia.
    http://newwestminstercollege.ca/school-of-diplomacy/

    Remember SVG is on the brink of being bankrupt, it is trading whilst insolvent, so be careful what you spend. We have a deficit approach 1.5 billion, the 500 thousand you promised to collect would of been useful.

    Perhaps you would be kind enough to ask the PM why he has not been to Canada now for several years. Ask him if the Canadian human rights lady lawyer that accused him of sexual assault in SVG is still looking for some kind of translucent justice, moving the playing field to Canada. Can you get us an update please?

    Finally, I wish you well and hope you are open to advice, best wishes for the future.

    PS as a diplomat even personally answering people criticisms or remarks about you, is kind of undiplomatic. You only invite more remarks and criticisms, it creates a circle of more and more replies and comments.

    Look what happened when the Gonsalves boy had the dust down with NYPD police officer, speaking out only made them and us look more foolish. Remarks should come from our foreign ministry not from diplomats, not from the boys daddy.

  3. John Alexander says:

    DAN-O, I totally agree with you regarding “agreeing to disagree,” however, one political party does not see it that way!

    They have failed to accept the PM’s call for unity.

    They have refused to accept the results of the Dec 2010 elections and took to the streets in continuous protest.

    As recently as last week they were calling for elections THIS YEAR even though they know that elections are not due for another 2+ years.

    They continue to disrespect the Speaker of the House, and lie consistently on the PM and anyone else associated with him.

    It seems to me that the message should be directed squarely to the NDP.

  4. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON YOU ADULTS , THERE IS SO MUCH HATRED IN ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES FROM THE ADULTS AND WE HOPE THE CHILDREN WILL DO BETTER , LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS TODAY , WE THE ADULTS HAVE TO TAKE SOME OF THE BLAME , SHAME ON YOU JASON, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL.

  5. Patrick G Ferrari says:

    Fitz Huggins stated it clear. He said it LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AGO. He said that his job was to “keep the ULP in power.” He said it on his last ULP Sunday morning propaganda programme

    Canada has a large, large voting dire spora.

    “Consul General” is the Party’s camouflage to use State’s moolah to pay their party man, Fitz, to “keep the ULP in power.” It is what Fitz said.

    Diplomacy, as you can tell, is not Fitz strong point.

  6. Ugh…Is all i can say about the way my fellow country men and the state of the politics in stvincent. At the end of the day I still love my country. Love my country too bad to get caught up in he say..she say in SVG.

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