Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock. (IWN file photos)

An opposition parliamentarian has called on Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves to apologise for saying he is the blackest prime minister in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Mr. Prime Minister, Mr Prime Minister, … do you know how insulted I feel when I listen to a comment from you that you are the blackest prime minister?” St. Clair Leacock, MP for Central Kingstown said in Parliament this week.

“You are not black, so you can’t feel my blackness, and it is totally out of order to refer to yourself as being any blackest prime minister,” Leacock said during the debate on the reparations motion tabled by government senator, Jomo Thomas.

“Picture me talking about me being the best Portuguese prime minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I may well have been, because there are black Portuguese. But it may not go down easily.

“This has nothing to do with whether you are doing a fine job or otherwise — and you are not doing a fine job as prime minister.”

Leacock said Gonsalves must apologise for that statement “and several other remarks”.

The motion was passed but opposition MPs abstained from the vote.

14 replies on “MP wants apology for ‘blackest PM’ comment”

  1. Peter Binose says:

    The only time he will be black is if someone tars and feathers him with feathers from a crow.

    That may well fall in with some ritual that he may wish to perform when he next works Obeah, remember when he told us in parliament ” if I work Obeah, I only work Obeah for the Lord” I have continued to ask, would that be the Lord of Darkness?

    Please people do not take what I say as what should be done, all the tar we have is needed at the airport, to tar up someone as fat would use half the runway tar up.

  2. Apologize for what? Hell no! I wouldn’t disagree with PM Gonsalves one bit when he says he is “the blackest prime minister in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” History don’t lie… he has proven it over and over. What has “black man” St Clair Leacock done for us lately, but prove to us that he’s fast becoming a jackass in Parliament; ask the Speaker of the house. The Speaker last words to “bad boy” Leacock was…”listen now, you need to conduct yourself, you’re addressing the parliament of this country, you need to watch yourself”! LOL!

    1. Miss Knight, based on some of the views that you have expressed on these forums, one would be forgiven for thinking that you either had an agenda or that you are just an idiot.
      Your vicious bile spills forth like Vesevius; poising and corrupting everything in its path. You are destined for great things because this is the land you inhabit. And these great things will be your downfall.
      I wish you the best of luck.

      1. @ DFP. Foolish grumbling! The last paragraph should read.
        “Your magnanimous warmth spill fort like La Soufrière ; nurturing and encouraging everything in its path. You are destined for great things because this is the land you inhabit. And these great things will be your upkeep.’
        I wish you the best of luck.

  3. Brian Alexander says:

    THIS IS A NON-ISSUE !!!

    PM Gonsalves is of Portuguese descent……..that is absolutely obvious!

    The fact that the PM said that he is “the blackest PM, ” simply means that he was speaking METAPHORICALLY!

    Since the PM is literally not BLACK, he had to be making a reference for comparison purposes.

    Is that brain-surgery?

    1. Brian! I disagree. The exact words are “the blackest prime minister in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”. Note “prime minister,” and “history”. No metaphor here. Rule out Cato ,Mitchell and Arnhim. As it stands, that statement is absolutely correct.

  4. irate reader says:

    Peter Binose, words are not enough to express your hatred for Prime Minister GONSALVES , man you really spit out venom against the comrade. I cannot help but sit and laugh at you whenever I read your bias and hateful slander of the PM. I keep wondering what in the world the PM has done to you that would cause you to hate him with such deceitful vengeance. Do you really want to see St Vincent prosper, or would rather see the country fail due to your deceitful contempt for the PM? You really need prayers!

  5. I AM SO SICK BY PKNIGHTS COMMEMTS THAT I KNOW THAT ST.VINCENT CANNOT BE BETTER AT AL;L TWO WRONGS WILL NEVER MAKE A RIGHT

  6. Peter Binose says:

    Dear Irate reader,

    I would like to apologise to you if you believe I have offended you in any way.

    I have never expressed hatred towards the PM, I have exposed situations, because the SVG newspapers are all cowed into a corner where they are all to frightened to comment on all the wrongs.

    I do not spit venom and I do not tell lies, show me one lie I have ever written and prove it to be so.

    I am not vengeful towards the PM, you surprise me that you even consider me so.

    Have you ever investigated anything that I write about? well have you? perhaps if you did you would see just how you have been fooled like so many Vincentians have.

    You see if what I write is true then there must be something wrong with you, not me.

    Of course I want SVG to prosper, but not at the price of Marxism, which brings with it, hate, spite and malice.

    Port policemen fired because they asked for what was owing them for three years.

    Government irrigation workers fired because the demanded their wages which hadn’t been paid for months.

    Dozens of NDP workers fired and replaced with ULP workers.

    Big bags of money, 1 million dollars in cash, hawked around Kingstown.

    The big US dollar share out.

    All sorts of spite, malice, corruption and downright evilness.

    These are facts not fiction, please open your eyes you have been deceived.

  7. DFP,unlike you, I’m enjoying PKnight. He appears to be very skillful in smashing up nonsense. We need more like him. “Keep the fire burning” PKnight.

  8. Vinci man as it stands, or rather limps, don’t you agree that PM Ralph Gonsalves is “the blackest prime minister in the history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines”?
    Milton Cato, James Mitchell, Arnhim Eustace would never have supported the call for reparations or written a master piece like “Reparations For Caribbean Slavery And Native Genocide”, much less give us Chatoyer as National hero!
    Please! Leacock should cross over and apologize to the comrade.

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