By Elma Gabriel
It is interesting how the impact of one situation, as in the case of the saga of Yugge Farrell and SVG Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves, has only created much contempt within an already divided society. However, contrary to either opinion, this situation has brought to light a pattern of disregard and betrayal not only felt by the less privileged Farrell family but to persons everywhere.
So, what makes this incident differ from many similar extramarital escapades of the past? Can anyone provide any justification as to “Why Can’t Vincy Women make the grade as First Lady?”. The reality is that history has disclosed a pattern where our men, especially those in top leadership positions of SVG Government, see no drawback in having affairs and children with our Vincy women but inexcusably pick their brides from another country.
These men are our brothers, fathers, uncles. My people, the time has come to confront this matter; the continuous disrespect to our women must stop. Let’s start with Ebenezer T. Joshua, whose wife Icy Joshua was a Grenadian national, Milton Cato whose wife, Lucy Alexander-Cato, was non-Vincentian, and also Sir James Fitz-Allen Mitchell whose wife is Canadian.
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves married twice, first a Jamaican and then a Dominican.
Who knows who will replace Dr. Gonsalves as the next leader of the country, but as the current situation has illustrated, the Leader of the Opposition’s wife is a Canadian, therefore, already the blueprint should the NDP becomes the leading party. Consider also should Camillo Gonsalves, whose wife is Jamaican, succeeds his father?
So, tell me my heritage sisters and brothers, why can’t vincy women make the grade as first lady?
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