Now all the spite, all the malice, all the hate and all the nastiness comes together at one time.
In my lifetime I believe there has never been one like Ralph Gonsalves — vicious, malevolent and always ready for cheap, political point-scoring at the expense of the weak, vulnerable and those he calls dunce. He also demonstrates the most shameful ineptitude and incompetence and he’ll stab anyone in the back to protect his political continuance in power. That is why if you notice I never address him as Honourable, in my eyes that is not a word to use as right of office, its something that has to be earned.
He is authoritarian, anti-libertarian, secretive, oppressive, unjust, a self-confessed liar and represents everything that is bad in politics. He would be far better suited to joining the Castro government in Cuba, or the Maduro government in Venezuela, even, perhaps, the Assad government in Syria. He is the antithesis of democracy, the enemy of freedom. He shames Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and has done more damage to the cause of Caribbean socialist politics than anyone ever before. He even made Hugo Chavez look reasonable, personable and relevant.
Usually, when politicians get spiteful, it’s one-on-one, and they find relatively subtle ways of getting back at each other — in the opposition party someone gets skipped over for a judgeship, or a legislator loses a choice committee assignment at CARICOM. That kind of thing is common and, in Caribbean politics, sometimes expected.
It all comes to a head when the Gonsalves government refuses to allow a shipment of aid to the opposition party leader, Arnhim Eustace of the NDP, to be cleared free of duty and charges. Gonsalves claims that he was offended by something that Eustace had said about NEMO. Because there is clear evidence of mal-distribution of aid in the past under the undue influence of some within the ULP, NEMO has allowed itself to be a political pawn on behalf of the ULP hierarchy. People who belong to the NDP party have been refused aid. People from the ULP party who did not need aid got it. This, to me, is among the lowest point of his career. Not considering the accusations of rape and sexual crimes against women.
All sorts of people and groups brought in aid, the Lions, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Rotary, private people. They all got approval for duty free concessions, no duties no taxes, no tailgate or any other such charges. But when the NDP was consigned a batch of aid — aid for the people — it was announced that the Cabinet had not approved it. I for one would never believe it was the Cabinet that did not approve it. It was Gonsalves that did not approve it. The Cabinet would rubber stamp anything that he told them to.
As far as I am concerned, bringing in aid items duty-free at the time of an emergency, or following a disaster, is not a concession; it’s a basic human right. For Gonsalves to punish the contributors from the diaspora who sent the consignment, and more so to delay the distribution of the same to the needy, is an utter disgrace and proves to me this man should not be prime minister. To administer spite, malice, hate and nastiness to thousands of people, because he, Gonsalves, took objection to what one man had said, must be the act of a seriously mentally ill individual.
Of course his application of spite, malice, hate and nastiness is sheer evil, but it is also unfortunately supported by political colleagues and supporters, even if they say nothing they are supporting him by saying nothing.
I know I keep ramming this home, my family were all decent labour folk. This Unity Labour Party is not the old Labour Party. It is a party hijacked by a group of Marxist’s, led by Ralph Gonsalves. And aren’t we paying for that?
It really is only the greedy and the ignorant that support the ULP, and the ULP government, as it is administered and I believe fully controlled by Gonsalves his cousin, and son. I liken it to a family owned plantation administering to its field slaves.
Peter Binose, self appointed keeper of the whistle
Commonwealth Office London
US Ambassador, Barbados
Canadian, Ambassador, Barbados
British Representative, Barbados
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