The opposition New Democratic Party is an asset to the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), as it seeks a fifth term in office.
Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves told the ULP’s 25th anniversary celebration rally on Sunday in Arnos Vale that the NDP “continues to bless us with their political incompetence.
“They are reliably consistent source of negativity, a reliably barren desert with no ideas and no plans to offer the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a reliably empty barrel, mekking a whole set ah noise, pulling down St. Vincent and the Grenadines for political gain but never supporting progress,” Gonsalves said.
Gonsalves, who is into a first five-year term as Member of Parliament for East St. George, said that the NDP said no to the construction of a bridge over Rabacca Bridge, to PetroCaribe, to the geothermal energy project, the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) programme workers, the construction of the Argyle International Airport, and to the country’s bid to secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
“But that is how they stay: negative, negative, negative. That is how they stay. Like Busy say, ‘A nuff ah dem stay so. Chat dem a chat, no action fuh back’,” Gonsalves told the rally, which featured Jamaican artiste Busy Signal.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said that Vincentians will vote by the end of next year, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline.
And the finance minister, who is the prime minister’s son, said that in the empty barrels are going to “make a whole set of noise and spread a whole set of negativity and will try a whole set of distraction” during the election campaign.
“But remember, empty barrel will make noise but this is the busy government. This is the action government; this is the Labour family that has been taking this country forward since 2001,” he said, punning on the lyrics of some of Busy’s songs.
“They can’t hold we back. As long as we stay focused, they can’t hold we back and we have a secret weapon. The secret weapon sit down in the front row. The greatest political leader and greatest prime minister in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves said.
He said the NDP will get desperate and will try all sorts of things to pull down the ULP.
“The only force in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that can defeat Labour is Labour itself. Only if we lose our unity, only if we lose our focus, only if we lose our commitment to country and to party, only then can we lose. The NDP cannot defeat this Labour family. Never happen,” Gonsalves said.
“Time — five years, 10 years, 15 years — time cannot defeat the Unity Labour Party. Only we can stop ourselves. And when they start the commess, when they start the pull down, and when they start to come about this and that and forget about all the progress that this party has made, remember the Labour family.
“We ain’t perfect, nobody is perfect, but remember we love you with a perfect love, remember we love you with a perfect love and if we slip once in a while, you are our family, help us to stand up, if we stumble, help your family up.
“We are the greatest political force in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This family is the agent for change in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. United, we are unbeatable, united, we are invincible, united, we will win again, and again, and again,”