Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he does not share the view that the “average” Vincentian is not interested in the nation’s foreign policy.
“The only way you can have a meaningful democratic foreign policy is to put it to the people and let the people in their election of a government, by that fact, endorse the manifesto, and thus, in this case, the foreign policy so that when others snipe from the sidelines and want to surrender the independence and sovereignty of our country to every force external to our country and we reproach them, we report them on behalf of the people because democracies deliver governments which are responsible to the people and responsive to them,” he said.
The prime minister was speaking Monday at the biennial consultation, in Kingstown, of the nation’s heads of missions and consulates.
“We do not share the view that the peasant farmer in the hillsides or the fisherman in Clare Valley or Calliaqua or the construction worker in Sharpes or the teacher or the public servant or the mothers who are staying home, the women who traverse this land in one occupation or the other, it is a lie that they are not interested in foreign policy.
“They are interested in it if it is explained to them and there is a linkage, a joinder between their own interest and the foreign policy which is being pursued,” Gonsalves said.
His comments came as he outlined the foreign policy position of his Unity Labour Party administration, as stated in its manifesto for the December 2015 general elections.
Gonsalves said that the election of his party on that manifesto gives his government the moral authority for the foreign policy positions it has adopted.