Dec. 31st 2013
An open letter to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Opposition Leader Mr. Arnhim Eustace.
Gentlemen let me first state that this letter holds no malice or negative thought whatsoever. 2013 is quickly slipping away and I have tossed and turned all night wondering if I should do this or just leave it alone, but my conscience keeps telling me that it would be hypocritical of me to ignore this urge.
You are two gentlemen that I hold in the highest regard. I have nothing but respect and brotherly love for you both and I think that individually you both know that to be true. I am begging you to rebuild our nation together. As you said in your address this morning Mr. Prime Minister, this is our greatest natural disaster in living memory.
Actually it is our greatest disaster in over 100 years (since the volcanic eruption of 1902). This affects us all and it is impossible to properly rebuild a divided nation. Our island is so divided politically that it’s sad. You both have the keys to open those doors of change. Our people are openly resentful of and disrespectful to each other and too often, this is because of politics. The political division is destructive. Friendships are broken. Families are divided and communities are split.
I cannot, and do not consider myself a supporter of any political party in SVG but I guarantee that I will work vigorously and tirelessly with any positive entity to ensure the progress and advancement of my nation and people, hence the reason for this letter.
At this juncture, our island needs all hands on deck. Let us try to imagine the difference it would create if our people saw you working together. Can you imagine how much animosity would be dissipated if Vincentians saw the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader traveling around the country together examining the damage and speaking to them together in true and genuine concern for their well-being. Each of you have supporters who are fiercely loyal and protective of you so can you imagine how much tension will be eased in our nation if our people were to see a united face from you and realise that right now your primary concern is not politics and political mileage but that the only item on your agenda is to get their lives back on track and to work together while doing so.
Gentlemen, I beseech of you both to put your differences aside for now. You are both valuable assets to our people and you can both make sterling contributions to the reconstruction of our nation. I know you both love SVG and the people of SVG so for the sake of our people, pleaseeeee reach out to each other. It does not matter who calls who first because you have both made a pledge to serve the people, so somebody please call somebody before it’s too late and we slip into a national quagmire . God bless you both and your respective families.
Happy New Year to you both and remember: We have a nation to rebuild.
GOD BLESS ST.VINCENT & THE GRENADINES.
Your humble servant
Junior “Soca” Jones
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