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November 27, 2013.

An Open Letter to Sir James Mitchell

Dear Sir James,

I was not at all surprised after our successful convention on Sunday, to hear you make your usual negative comments about me, and the New Democratic Party. All NDP supporters and the general public now expect that from you. As far as you are concerned, without you the NDP can do nothing right. I must say, that I have come, over recent years to regard you as an acolyte of the ULP, activated, particularly when our party’s message is resonating with the people.

I was amazed at the depth to which you descended, indicating that our Convention’s Guest Speaker Ms. Luzette King would have been compelled by you to tear up her ULP party card had you been on the platform. I found your statement infantile and in poor taste. We in the NDP have made it clear that we have a big tent and all persons regardless of party affiliation are welcome. This is our policy and the hallmark of the type of Government we shall form when we take office

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For several years now, you have not attended our party convention, despite being invited on all occasions; we invited you because of the substantial historical role you played in our party. You indicated that for this convention, you regarded the invitation from General Secretary Allan Cruickshank as coming from “hypocrites.” Now that you have expressed your position on this matter, we will act in accordance with your wishes at our next convention. We do not wish you to be uncomfortable in the company of hypocrites.

You have also indicated that you have not heard from me. I wish to point out that I, as Leader, have not heard from you, anything but public criticism and derision, of myself, and the NDP.

Curiously, these past years past years, where our nation has teetered on the brink of economic collapse, you have chosen consistently to say almost nothing in criticism of the ULP administration that led us to the edge and lacks the capacity to turn back now. Instead, you point aim, always, at the NDP.

In your usually negative, post-convention comments, you indicated, “it would be a disaster if next time around Eustace loses his seat; we had a real struggle last time to make sure that he kept his seat.” That is a lie. My margin of victory in East Kingstown last timearound reached to 467, an increase of 310 votes over the previous election- a tripling of my lead. What did you have to do with that result? Nothing. Indeed, during the last election, we had difficulty with your unacceptable comments relating to Almighty God, for which you were asked by me to apologize, and did. Sir James, you, may well have cost us votes. I quietly observed that you had become an anachronism.

You indicated that over the years, presumably since you left, the NDP has been slumping in the vote. That is also a lie. In 2001, the NDP received 23,841 votes and lost to the ULP in that election by 9,091 votes. In 2005, the NDP got 25,734 votes and lost to the ULP by 6,272 votes, and in 2010, the NDP got 30,568 votes, and lost to the ULP by 1,531 votes. Sir James, your arithmetical skills have deserted you.

We both know there is more to be said, but the issues that confront Vincentians take priority. I must return my full attention to the cries of the unemployed, the single mothers, the struggling farmers, our battered tourism, failing healthcare, our crumbling economy and those challenges which we in the NDP are being asked to face on behalf of a hurting population.

Have a Merry Christmas,

Arnhim Eustace.

4 replies on “An Open Letter to Sir James Mitchell by Arnhim Eustace”

  1. “Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant, but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar; The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us, but he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us.The attack is psychological, Vincentians, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen.”

    Father Eustace: I cast you out! Unclean spirit!

    Demon: Cocoa Cocoa, I love Cocoa…you want some Cocoa?

    Father Eustace: In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!

    Demon: Grand Beach Accord! I made you PM and you made yourself Opposition leader three times!!

    Father Eustace: Be gone…

    Demon: Its my Party…You go!

    Father Eustace: …from this creature of God! Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!


    **” in an effort to save NDP from the demon, Father Frank Dasilva acts as a sacrificial lamb, and cries, “Take me. Come into me. God damn you. Take me. Take me.” The demon accepts the new host, enters the priest, and then the priest jumps out the window and falls to his death. Whether the evil entity died with the priest or slipped away in the vapor, well, that no one knows”.

  2. Wilmoth Aberdeen says:

    Please excuse washed up, has- been, discarded Political Crow and parasite…James Mitchell and Julian Francis.They often exhibit symptom of political diarrhea of the mouth.

  3. It is quite interesting the way Sir James does indeed find the time to pester harass degrade and annoy the NDP particularly at certain times after handing the reigns of power to Eustace. I could now understand why he has no ‘sons’. I hope he has a merry Christmas indeed and a prosperous new year.

    I wonder how his businesses on Bequia are doing? Somebody needs to do some investigative journalism there, since he seems not to be experiencing hardship like the rest of us.


  4. I am very disappointed in prime minister Mitchell! As a founder member of the NDP party, even though he does not approve of the NDP’s way of handling matters, he has lost all credibility in his comments about the NDP.. Mr Mitchell never told us what secrets were exchanged at the grand beach accord and even though he disapproves of the present NDP, he has distastefully gone about it the wrong way or may be to him it is the right way as he has now, very clearly, given the ULP ammunition to gloat against the NDP, thus trying to kill the NDP party. He must remember that although he is a founder member he cannot dictate to the present party. If, at all, meant well for the party’s existence, he should have spoken to the Leader making whatever suggestions or discusssions etc. He must remember that he cannot dictate to adults not even adult children. He must accept that he is a retired politician and must have the courage of his convictions. If he wants to join the ULP (there is nothing wrong in so doing) but he does not have to step on the back of NDP to justify his actions!

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