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I am not a political scientist nor a strategist, but a young undecided, unemployed Vincentian.
I have listened to the two major political parties to help me decide who to vote for. St Vincent and the Grenadines belongs to all of us and I want the best for my country. I sat and listen to Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace and his party, and, to be fair, they have laid out plans upon plans to take us forward. I also listened closely to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and his party but all I hear is an ongoing rant about the NDP, and it reminds me of a quote by a famous U.S. president “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.” — Barack Obama in 2008.
That is exactly what the ULP is doing. I am sick of hearing that Vincentians don’t want to move backwards and only the ULP can move the country forward, but I am not hearing how the ULP will move us forward.
For the past weeks on the ULP radio programmes, convention and 14th-anniversary celebration, the only thing the ULP is doing is to paint the NDP as a horror movie. Weeks about Leacock removing wreaths from the obelisk. I am not in agreement with Leacock doing that, but at the same time, it’s as if they were so happy that he did that and then it was on; day and night it’s about Leacock, nothing about what will happen during the ULP’s 4th term. This makes no sense for a ruling party and a party who makes themselves out as the only alternative.
On April 16, 2015, I listened to “Shake Up” with Elson Crick and Frank Da Silva and it was all about Ben Exeter, who, instead of saying “children”, said “childrens”. Like really? At present, the ULP has no substance only style. Each and every rally is like a party and what the NDP did or the NDP said. I want to hear from the “phenomenal leader” what will be happening in the country in the next five years. When will the airport be finished? What youth programmes do you have? How are you going to tackle the national debt? What will happen with healthcare? When will we get our roads fixed? How are you going to increase tourism? How will you revive agriculture? That’s what I want to know; don’t tell me that Eustace pulls down St. Vincent every day or Cummings stone church. Bring the issues.
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