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In a private e-mail, I have thanked Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, for satisfying my right to a long overdue Vincentian passport.
After eight months of frustration with the Vincentian bureaucracy, this event has unfolded so quickly that I am left in total amazement. Except for providing hints in previous articles, I have not and will not detail the many circumstances that allowed the bureaucracy to drive me into frustrated anger over this period of time. But, I would like to ensure that no one would now give this issue any sort of political spin.
I admit that, in his handling of this matter in the past few days, Ralph Gonsalves has, once again, demonstrated the type of political savvy and bravado that has kept him at the top of the political pile in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A few crumbs, designed to signal a “master stroke”, however, will not result in silence on my part! Bit by bit, the message got through!
Here, I am indicating clearly that his benevolence, in this matter, although much appreciated, will not, in any way, distort or redirect my thinking on matters pertaining to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Evidence of this will be demonstrated as our universe continues to unfold.
During the late morning of Friday, August 8, I was able to reach my brother, Jerry Scott, who had made several urgent attempts to contact me earlier in the day. According to him, he had received a phone call from the prime minister expressing concern about my attacking him on the Internet. According to Jerry, Ralph Gonsalves’ phone call about me was not the only one they (the family) have been receiving; apparently, he and his family are being bombarded by telephone calls from people wanting to know more about me and how to reach me.
Jerry made it clear that he would not provide Mr Gonsalves or anyone else with my phone number without my agreement. I thanked Jerry for that, apologized for the discomfort they have been experiencing as a result of my writings, and made it clear that I had no problem with speaking with the prime minister and that he has my permission to give him my telephone number.
Later that afternoon when I answered the phone, I was very surprised to hear Mr Gonsalves’ voice, introducing himself as ‘the comrade’, a greeting that I abhor since I do not consider myself to be anyone’s comrade. Nonetheless, we spoke for some time, mostly about Grammar School and the frustrations of political leadership as experienced by him and James Mitchell and the faithfulness of those who work for and with him, but none of the issues I have written about came into play during our conversation.
In many ways, our conversation was like a one-sided chitchat between two old friends. At the end, he informed me, in no uncertain terms, that he himself will deal with the matter of my passport because, as far as he is concerned, I am a Vincentian citizen and have the right to a passport.
Imagine my surprise when, early on the morning of August 16 (with a weekend in between), I was informed by Jerry’s wife that Jerry has possession of my passport. Wonders (some people say ‘miracles’) never cease! I say fight for your right! Fight against all odds! Win or lose, in the end, you will have served a greater purpose!
I am, once again, officially, a Vincentian citizen and I do intend to fully utilize that privilege and the many rights that go with it. For me, it is full steam ahead and I will let the chips fall where they may.
I’ll keep on smiling, staying in touch and I’m so looking forward to my six months each year as a snowbird in the land that is truly “home” to me!
The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].