Former prime minister, retired politician Sir James Mitchell says that the Vincentian economy is having difficulties, not doing as well as the ruling Unity Labour Party.
“As a matter of fact, the ULP is in better shape than St. Vincent,” he said on radio on Tuesday.
“People are broke,” Sir James said on Tuesday, adding that a visit to grocers will give a clear picture of the state of the Vincentian economy.
“If you want to know the condition of the economy, go to the supermarkets, as I am sure you do. I will say to the general public, assess the number of cars in the car park, look at the number of tellers working at cash registers in the supermarkets and look at the amount that the people are bringing out.
“You will find that the car parks are full, people who own cars and have a bit of money and yet the stuff they are bringing out of the supermarket is not more than $100 when they are shopping. And bear in mind, a lot of businesses are closing,” he said on Xtreme FM.
Sir James said that whatever can be said, “the evidence is there before the public about the state of the economy.
“And I can tell you, as far as I am concerned with the tourism business here in the Grenadines, we have more competition for a smaller pie. The piece of tourism in the Grenadines is not expanding,” said Sir James, a hotelier.
Sir James was prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 1984 to October 2000, five months before the New Democratic Party, which he founded, was voted out of office in elections in which he did not compete.