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Most politicians are pretty loquacious creatures. It comes with the territory. How else could they get the attention of voters if they didn’t talk a lot, sometimes with great erudition, on a whole host of political issues?
This is especially true of the Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whose verbal finesse, debating skills, prodigious intellect, and advanced learning are second to none. As some have said, he would easily best America’s Barack Obama, no slouch when it comes to oratorical sparring, in a debate on just about any issue of the Obama’s choice.
So it is more than surprising that our garrulous Prime Minister has been so taciturn when it comes to the two most important issues facing Argyle International Airport: the airlines that will be servicing an airport which he has just called “for all practical purposes, finished” and the hotels and resorts that will be constructed to serve the explosion in international tourist arrivals the airport is meant to unleash.
Whenever even tentative agreements are in place with airlines or hotel/resort developers, these are immediately made public by all parties to achieve maximum publicity gain and international tourism recognition.
When investors just pumped US$200 million into the Jamaican hotel sector, we were immediately told about it.
But our own Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has yet again “declined to call the names of the airlines that he said have agreed to service the airport” or those parties who have said they want to build a resort at Mt. Wynne, a city at Arnos Vale, and a hotel and other facilities in Kingstown.
This is all the more surprising given the way he shouted from the rooftops that Harlequin Hotels and Resorts was planning to build a resort complex at Buccament Bay 10 years ago.
All this secrecy about Argyle International Airport airlines and hotel spin-offs has not prevented the Prime Minister from still claiming, “But I am telling you, and I will call them when I am ready. We have two international airlines out of the United States ready to come to Argyle. We have one out of Canada ready to come and we have also out of Europe, including the United Kingdom.”
What are their names Prime Minister, or has the cat got your normally effusive tongue?
This is the eighteenth in a series of essays on the folly of the proposed Argyle International Airport.
My other AIA pieces may be found at:
- Get ready for a November election!
- Lessons for Argyle Airport from Canada’s Montreal–Mirabel Int’l
- Lessons for Argyle Int’l Airport from the cruise industry
- Lessons from Target Canada for Argyle Int’l Airport
- Lessons from Trinidad & Tobago for Argyle Int’l Airport
- The Dark Side of Tourism: Lessons for Argyle Airport
- Why Argyle Won’t Fly: Lessons from Dominica
- Ken Boyea and the Phantom City at Arnos Vale
- Airport Envy Vincy-Style
- Fully realising our country’s tourism potential
- Airport without a cause
- The unnatural place for an international airport
- The Potemkin Folly at Argyle
- False patriotism and deceitful promises at Argyle
- Airport politics and betrayal Vincy-Style
- Phony airport completion election promises, Vincy-style
- Is Argyle Airport really a ‘huge game-changer for us?’
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