Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. (IWN file photo)

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Why does St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have one of the slowest-growing economies in the Caribbean?

Ask Ralph.

Why has our national debt increased exponentially since 2001, the year the ULP was first elected to govern SVG?

Ask Ralph.

Why has the annual budget been in deficit for years?

Ask Ralph.

Why is at least as large a proportion of the working population unemployed and underemployed today as in 2001?

Ask Ralph.

Why are so many secondary school and college graduates unable to find employment?

Ask Ralph.

Why have thousands of Vincentians been forced to leave their beloved homeland in search of work overseas since 2001?

Ask Ralph.

Why are thousands of families almost entirely dependent on remittances from relatives overseas?

Ask Ralph.

Why have so many businesses gone bankrupt since 2001?

Ask Ralph.

Why are a record 6,000 people collecting “Poor Relief” if the economy is said to be performing well?

Ask Ralph.

Why aren’t wealthy business people ever prosecuted for tax evasion?

Ask Ralph.

Why is our per capita agricultural production at an all time low while the amount of idle arable land and per capita dependence on foreign food imports at an all time high?

Ask Ralph.

Why do so many of our women have to resort to prostitution to support themselves and their children.

Ask Ralph.

Why are there so many vagrants and beggars on the streets of Kingstown?

Ask Ralph.

Why, unlike most countries, is VAT charged on locally produced foodstuff, thereby discouraging the production and consumption of home-grown produce?

Ask Ralph.

Why has the so-called education revolution resulted in such a high drop-out rate at our secondary schools?

Ask Ralph.

Why are so many secondary school students functionally illiterate?

Ask Ralph.

Why has it taken over twice as long and cost over twice as much to build Argyle International Airport (AIA) as originally planned?

Ask Ralph.

Why have no international airlines committed to flying on a regularly scheduled basis to AIA at this late date?

Ask Ralph.

Why have no hotel/resort operators committed to servicing the thriving tourism business AIA is supposed to bring?

Ask Ralph.

What proof is there that any airlines (other than LIAT) or any hotel developers of any note have shown the slightest interest in coming to SVG?

Ask Ralph.

Why are we even building an international airport when our overnight tourist numbers have been stagnant or in decline for several years while those of our neighbours are breaking records all the time?

Ask Ralph.

Why are there plans to relocate the cruise ship terminal to Arnos Vale when the perfectly good existing facility is grossly underused?

Ask Ralph.

How can we possibly welcome more visitors to SVG when our handful of tourism sites are in such deplorable condition?

Ask Ralph.

Why has the physical condition of Kingstown been allowed to deteriorate so much since 2001?

Ask Ralph.

Why are our roads in such disrepair, our drains so full of stinking refuse, our rivers so polluted, and our beaches so littered with garbage.

Ask Ralph.

What happened to previous elections promises like inter-island fast ferry service, the cross-country road, and the tunnel under Kingstown?

Ask Ralph.

Why does SVG have among the highest rates of sexual assault against women in the world?

Ask Ralph.

Why are the highest ranking members of our society allowed to escape prosecution for sexual assault against vulnerable women?

Ask Ralph.

C. ben-David

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].

5 replies on “Ask Ralph”

  1. These are pertinent questions that the Vincentian population needs to ask themselves before making ANY decision at the poling stations.

  2. Maybe Ralph won’t answer but I will,from what i have observed in the last few years the young generation is not interested in working the lands, when they do, the underground economy of illegal crops do not put money in the Government pocket. also stealing is more profitable to them
    The Government have had a couple major disasters to which they had to compensate owners which I think was generous of them, Vincentians should realize in the outside world they would have to have insurance or else do without, Ralph is generous to use Government monies to help properties owners, maybe he should insist that properties owners obtain insurances

    1. Obeahman, you can’t be for real! That’s all ULP and their supporters do, find excuse for every single thing. One question, didn’t our neighboring islands have similar disasters, how come they are doing way much better than us? You tell me that placing VAT on local agricultural produces, such as dasheen, edoes, Tanya, etc. is a good economic practice? Stick to what you know, obeah.

    2. thats what most of Ralph DIE HARD supporters do, encourage him in wrong and sweep bad under the mat….are you serious not getting the point?!?!?! DAMN!

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