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I am not here questioning the intelligence of any of the current Government’s ministers, only their qualification and competence to exercise the responsibilities of their current appointments.

This country lives in a small Petri dish with only limited competencies available. The top leaders of the most important and vital aspects of our economy, education, culture, infrastructure, and society at large are the government ministers. Too many held the same position in the previous administration, and now look at their performance records. Does it inspire confidence or even hope? Several failed miserably at previous appointments and had to be shuffled and reassigned multiple times (Montgomery Daniel foremost, but others as well).

Others are figureheads with the real responsibility being assigned elsewhere (McKie in Tourism, for example, with Beache having the authority), while others are simple patronage positions (Dad gives this and that to his son, and apportions other ministries to proven lackeys).

This is the picture of your Government today; you chose it, how do you feel about it? How do you feel about foreign journalists being arrested and detained and told by the police not to criticize the ULP party? How do you feel about new arrests and detentions every day of peaceful protesters while similarly acting ULP adherents (firearms infractions) are left unmolested, about 15 years of deceit, lies, incompetence, corruption and a total failure to perform in agricultural revitalisation, fisheries advancement, tourism improvement, business renewal or any industrial development at all? Did you think at all before you voted in this Government? Was a lifetime of “Papa Doc” administrations what you really wanted? Is all this OK with you? Is this the future you consciously voted for, “One man, one rule”?

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7 replies on “Is this what you voted for?”

  1. Jeannine James says:

    I’ll raise a glass to this! The voting notwithstanding and it being shamefully in contention the way it is, I might also ask if this is the prize for which ordinary people were urged to trade their integrity for the proverbial “thirty pieces of silver”. Pieces that some are still afraid to produce and spend for fear that a piece might be counterfeit.

  2. What you are really questioning is the intelligence of our people and their ability to choose effectively. What you fail to address is why they rejected the opposition yet again.

    1. Jeannine James says:

      Okay then, let’s try it another wsy. How come it was so easy for the people to reject the opposition at the polls? How come it was so easy in the face of such ineffectual performance by a sitting government?

    2. Jeannine James says:

      lol! Also, Cb-D, HJA’s caveat falls well within his right as the author of the piece, no? This is not to say that it cannot or ought not to be challenged ?. But I, for one, could live with it. For starters, if it really is a question, it is neither illegal, inappropriate nor insensitive. And, if it rates as a question, it might even be worth considering.

  3. Very good points! It appears that the current government leader is grooming his son to take over before even the 5 years are up. Nearly all the SVG government is incompetent. the failures are covered-up by constantly borrowing money rather than any of them having any competence in creating conditions where the country can earn its own money. The borrowed money creates the illusion of competence and prosperity. You cannot change the poor work ethic when you condition the people that they will continue to get free stuff. Most of us had to work all our lives for a house. Why? when all you have to do is be a big supporter of the ULP? All paid for by the future generations of SVG. Some people have paid most of their life for retirement to get 250.$ a month. Why, when poor relief pays 240.$ a month without any contributions, and without waiting for retirement age?

  4. HJA, you have asked the wrong question.

    You should ask if this is what they sold their vote for.

    Not is this what you voted for.

    There is a big difference.

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