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Member of Parliament for East St. George, Camillo Gonsalves, speaking at Sunday's rally. (iWN photo)
Member of Parliament for East St. George, Camillo Gonsalves, speaking at Sunday’s rally. (iWN photo)
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Member of Parliament for East St. George, Camillo Gonsalves, has dismissed the leadership of the main opposition New Democratic Party as “politically prehistoric, political stone age, political Flintstones.”

He told his Unity Labour Party rally in Calliaqua on Sunday to mark the party’s 17th anniversary in office that his party will always do good because Galatians encourages not growing weary of doing good.

“And we are not weary and we will not give up,” said Gonsalves, who is into his first term as an elected member of Parliament, having won the East St. George seat in 2015, after two years as a senator and minister of finance.

“The opposition is weary. The core of the opposition NDP is unchanged from the licks that they got in 2001. Eustace, Friday, Cummings, Leacock. Same set of old people who get licks in 2001, in 2005, in 2010, in 2015. Politically prehistoric, political stone age, political Flintstones,” Gonsalves said.

He was referring to Arnhim Eustace, who has been representing East Kingstown since 1998, MP for the Northern Grenadines, Godwin Friday, who came to office in 2001, and Daniel Cummings and St. Clair Leacock who began representing West and Central Kingstown in 2010.

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Camillo cited Jamaican dancehall artiste Vibes Kartel’s song “Yabba Dabba Doo”, in which the artiste says, “When you see a gyal and her crew say, ‘Who let the Flintstones out?’ Yabba Dabba Doo!”

“Yabba dabba doo,” Gonsalves said to some laughter, adding, “Alyo know it man.”

Further referring to the NDP, Gonsalves said: “They replaced one of their fresh legs, Vynnette [Frederick], with an old man, Jules Ferdinand [in West St. George in 2015]. And they replaced that old man with an even older woman, Kay Bacchus. The youth come and go in the NDP, but only the dinosaurs are constant.”

Gonsalves said that when Leacock called eight years ago for fresh legs in the NDP, then party leader Arnhim Eustace – now 73 — was younger than Leacock is now.

“So how he ain’t calling for fresh legs for heself? But our party is a party of change and renewal we change personnel, we change attitudes, we change cultures, and together we are changing this country for the better and building a nation fit for the future…

“The older ones would know that when Joshua was no longer a political force, his political party collapsed. And when Mitchell surrendered his party to Eustace, it collapsed and it can’t catch itself yet. And when Cato gave up the reins of Labour, it was many years before Sir Vincent and Sir Louis and Gomery and Sister Rene and Comrade Ralph led us out of the wilderness.

“But this ULP has built a party, a new structure and a new base that is bigger than any one man. We are mass party in the trustiest sense. Together, we have survived the global economic depression, survived the hurricanes and floods and survived storms, we have survived mindbenders and political dirty tricks, and we will survive the planned and unplanned changes that lay before us, because what e’er the future brings, our faith will see us through,” he said, quoting the National Anthem.

36 replies on “NDP leaders are ‘political Flintstones’ — Camillo”

  1. That Jamaicanight that is what he is. He is not one of us but a foreigner. Mother Jamican, wife Jamaican and where was he born? Look at how he allegedly treated Yuggie Farrel. My prediction is that the party will crumble when Ralph hands over the reign of power younger Kim jun un boy wonder.

    1. C. Ben-David says:

      He was born in the United States of America. He is a political carpetbagger par excellence. And half-white too! Why are our own born and bred Black people undeserving of leading our country? are we so insecure about who we are and where we came from? For the last 34 years we have been rule by 100 percent and 90 percent White people. Watch a time!

      1. I an not sure about that Ben David, I think we should demand a paternity test. Look at that nose, nothing like mummy or daddy?

  2. C. ben-David says:

    I can find little to object to with this message except to say that this government and its party are also dinosaurs having done nothing to actually transform SVG from a relatively poor country to a relatively rich country in over 17 years in power. Still, they must be excused for not doing so given that we lack the resources — human or material — to do so.

    Yes, we are better fed, clothed, and housed today than ever before in our history but this has more to do with global economic events than with anything this or any other government has ever done for us.

    1. Much of the increased material wealth one may “see” has to do with debt and the extension of credit to people who can’t afford. Much of it also has to do with Western Union money transfers from the USA and UK. SEE THE LINES OF PEOPLE AT THE WIRE TRANSFER INSTITUTIONS!!! Our biggest import is not food, it is funds from abroad mainly from Vincentians that could not find work here because there has been NO job creation.
      The major accomplishment of the ULP is a massive increase in the national debt. Spending money we do not have. Example: building an airport that we did not need with money we do not have.

  3. Okay, while we applaud “the party of change in hope for the building of a nation fit for the future” and while the untested contemporary visions of ‘fresh legs’ are limited to the Flintstones’ Yabba Dabba Doo!’ Babies.

    Let us be guided against embracing a culture of disregards to our aging society, let’s not be blinded to the fact that “success consist of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

    Let Mr. Camillo Gonsalves be reminded that as “old people” of SVG, while we embrace renewal and change personnel, and while attitudes change; let us not allow the audacity of misuse and disregard which persist within our society; and as Camillo highlight >> “the Jamaican dancehall artiste song, when we see a gyal and her crew say Who let the Flintstones out?”<< We will know that silent is just NOT the answer, rather as leaders of our country, we should be more accountable, moral, compassionate, taking responsibility for our action. Exhibit maturity, humility, emotional intelligence, lead by example……

    1. Camillo, you may well be one of the classified young politicians ‘Yabba Dabba Doo’ Babies of SVG ULP but it would appear that you are experiencing early Alzheimer’s, due to the fact that your campaign strategy continually focuses in tune to that of a ‘Jamaica’ methodology.
      May you be reminded that you are in SVG and we are Vincentians, proud and patriotic like our SVG political ‘dinosaur’ PM who I believe happens to be your dad? I will be honest to say:- I question the level of your authenticity to my/our SVG people, so son; would you stay silent on this concern?

  4. The neophyte is correct! The NDP has long been without strategic thinkers…They have long hung to dogma and belief systems of the ’60s; allowing another old man(Ralph) run rings around them.

  5. Sometimes I think the majority of us Vincentian is plain stupid and dumb. Look at the shame that he has brought upon our nation recently. I was in the country last year and it’s the most begging I could have endured. High employment, you visit the hospital and the stench down there is unbearable. You asked people about the airport and the only thing they can say, it is nice. Camillo, if you happen to read this, go sit your ass down. Vincentians rise above party politics. Some of you young people, who are out of school, I know the burden you’re facing, please don’t believe the hype. Listen, read and understand. This is a government whose mandate has EXPIRED. After 17 years in power, tell me other than an airport what have they done to enhanced the life of us Vincentians. These punks go to bed each night on a full stomach, they don’t have to worry about rationing their electricity and there water. RISE VINCENTIANS RISE!

    1. …says the human who called our delegates for the Ms. SVG pageant ugly or some other derogatory word.

      You think after that anyone takes what you say seriously?

      Introspect before you tell others how to act!

  6. C.Ben -Davis they did a bit though, I commend them for the education revolution and the airport , is actually your beef and I don’t see your reasons why you object to it. Your a dressed the issue many times it substance and logic .Have you ever used the new airport since it was built? Be honest here.

    1. Stop being a silly blinded idiot or dynasty employee, there is no other airport to use, what do you expect C-ben do, swim?

      He may have written numerous articles but most/some of them are factual, despite the fact that he is using a stolen identity.

  7. If Camillo says the NDP are behind the times he means that the NDP believes in things such as waiting until you can afford something before you buy it. In modern times governments go heavily into debt and enslave themselves and future generations to lenders, such as Saint Vincent is now enslaved to Venezuela and many other lenders. This tells you why those soap powder smugglers with a fishing boat that killed Vincentians were allowed to go free, back to Venezuela, because that government “owns” our government. Camillo is just like his father: recklessly spend money we do not have and will not have for hundreds of years. Let the future generations pay for it, after all, Camillo is wealthy, it is nothing to him.

    Camillo knows the doltish that continually vote ULP never ask themselves: “why are taxes going up?”

    Camillo mocks the NDP because they do not propose lavish spending projects that YOU and your children and great-grandchildren will have to pay for with astronomical taxation.

  8. My prediction for the next election to come is five in a row. A lot of the electorate are not politically savvy plus bribery is the next big thing. The ULP has,exploited thes area and it is not going to stop.

    1. Al, personally I believe that there should be term limits on leaders of parties. I do not believe this means that a party should have limits.

      However, you are correct in what you said. The NDP has failed to show the Vincentian populace a viable alternative to the ULP, which will ultimately lead to “five in a row” or what is the new chant? “Five and alive or Alive for Five???”

      1. Wow….. That comment was not mine comment above. Someone has hijacked my profile name to assassin my views and character…… Nice try iwn
        VINCY LAWYER yiu see this

      1. Don’t have the time to be bothered….. It’s only this comment at the foremost top. When setting a profile name I thought one can only use a name once ??

  9. Some of us are concentrating on Ralph Gonsalves being a dictator who don’t have a clue about managing a modern small Island economy and that he governs with an iron fist, but this dude is far worst: I have been studying him closely and I shiver at the thought of he becoming PM.

    1. ? Paperbag; I agree with the observation to your study. I always support the fact that Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is still today one of Caribbean’s most accomplished PM but let us not be blinded to the reality of the temperament displayed by that brood…… My hope is that our PM himself is not ‘enslaved’ !!?

  10. The NDP need five more Mr Leacock and two more Patel in there circle. The reason why I say this is because the understand the nature of politics in SVG. They are aggressive when it comes to pressing the government even when they have nothing with substance to talk about.
    When major ask a question weather it be in parliament or on radio he trigger some for of reaction and more than likely will get his satisfaction, when Dr Friday raise any issue the PM scribble something on paper and give Friday he take says thanks and go home. This is the NDP chance to challenge the bulls at the gate for the ULP if they miss this might as well Dr Gonsalves do like the president of Burundi and confiscate power.

  11. Al, them too greedy, stupid, foolish. everything.. something wrong with these people. It seems like a wicked fairy has cast a spell on them. Remember the story about the princess who fell asleep for one hundred years after a wicked fairy has cast a spell on her, lets pray that they will soon wake up.

  12. Vincy Lawyer, we are entitled to our own freedom and expression. What I said about the contestants I apologize. Guidance

  13. Brown Boy USA says:

    This guy is just a political puppet, nothing of any real substance to offer this country. All he seems to do is attack the opposition as if they are the ones in power. The opposition has been out of power for more than 15 years and all you concern about is them? You got to be kidding me!

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