Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves cannot go to Central Kingstown and do as he pleases and the same should obtain in New York.
So said Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, who told a town hall meeting of his New Democratic Party in Brooklyn last weekend, that he is sometimes upset to hear people say that the Unity Labour Party and Gonsalves has a stranglehold on Vincentians in New York.
“This is an international place. No self-respecting persons should allow that to be said,” said Leacock, who is also a vice-president of the main opposition New Democratic Party.
“He can’t come in into Central Kingstown and … how can he do it in Brooklyn?” Leacock said as a voice from the crowd shouted, “We send him to the basement, we send him to the basement.”
The audience member was speaking in apparent reference to the location of a house meeting, rather than his regular town hall meeting, that Gonsalves had with Vincentians in Brooklyn during his annual visit to attend the United Nations General Debate in September.
Leacock said he was at a funeral at the Methodist Church in the heat of the 2015 election and someone told him that Gonsalves was in Redemption Sharpes, a Central Kingstown community, and had to leave.
“I go and I park and I walk him out. And if he do it again I will do it again because I cannot go to South Rivers and Colonarie and tell him how to run business,” Leacock said, referring to two communities in North Central Windward, which Gonsalves represents in Parliament.
Leacock went on to address the audience on the Director of Audit reports, a topic on which he had addressed the town hall meeting before.
He said he was doing so because things have gotten worse.