Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown St. Clair Leacock says persons who don’t want their rape history listed should “leave me and my wreath alone”.
Leacock made the statement Saturday night in response to persons who have spoken on radio about an incident in which he retrieved steel frame from wreaths two months ago.
“I have been in politics for over 15 years, and I am tired of Hekeziah (sic) bad; how much cheque bounce; how much this that; how much wreath yo’ thief. Well, is better yo’ thief wreath than rape,” he said to loud cheers in Sion Hill at the launch of the New Democratic Party’s election campaign.
“It is better to thief a wreath than to rape. And if people don’t want a list of their rape history, leave me and my wreath alone,” Leacock said.
“As a matter of fact, I was up in the Quarry a few weeks ago with Mr. Eustace, and one of them ask me, ‘Leacock, wha’ yo do with the wreath?’ Ah say, ‘Ah put it pon yo mammy grave.’
“Mr. Eustace doh like to hear them things. Leh me geh back to politics,” Leacock said in reference to NDP president and Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace.
Leacock told I-Witness News in March that he had retrieved on behalf of his wife from the Obelisk at Dorsetshire Hill the steel frame for wreaths she had made for National Hero’s Day.
He said the steel frames are difficult to make and his wife recycles them.
Leacock told I-Witness News that he retrieved the frames four days after the ceremony, by which time most of the frames were already discarded.
He told the rally that he could not see why the NDP cannot employ 100 persons in Central Kingstown immediately if it wins the next general elections, widely expected this year, ahead of the March 28, 2016 constitutional deadline.
The opposition lawmaker said some of these persons can be employed to repair or construct roads, drains and retaining walls.
He also promised that an NDP administration will build retaining walls and footpaths for citizens.
“Well, that ain’t so new you know, because we had the ‘gouti track thing in place before,” he said.
Leacock accused the Ralph Gonsalves government of using “unlawfully” monies from PetroCaribe, Venezuela’s oil-initiative with several Caribbean countries, to keep the Vincentian economy afloat.
“It is only because he is spending unlawfully, unlawfully, illegally the monies from the PetroCaribe Fund, which does not have the approval of the Parliament, why this country is still afloat. Had he not done that, we would have been on our face,” Leacock said.
He further told party supporters that the election is about a choice rather than a transition between leaders.
“This is an election, not a coronation. … We are not replacing King Gonsalves by Prince Camillo or whoever else to come,” he said.
“Where horse reach, donkey can reach, and in this crowd, anyone of you can be the next prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Leacock said that his job as a vice-president of the NDP is to ensure that the party can deliver a better life for every Vincentian
“My first priority of the day as I see it and as I understand it, is for job, job, jobs for every single Vincentian. We must put this country to work and we can do it and we must to it, but we will do it in a different way,” he said.