The list of promises that the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) is coming with ahead of the general elections should have been a list of its accomplishments.
So says Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday, as he addressed a public meeting of his New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canouan on Thursday.
“These people that come to you with their long list of promises. Now, they’re giving out things, but they have their list of promises and they will come; not just here, in my own constituency, in Major’s constituency, in East Kingstown, in North Leeward, all over the country, they’re coming with a long list of things that they say that they’re going to do.
“Now this list should have been a list of accomplishments. It should have been a list of the things we have done. But when they bring a list like that, it is a list of their failures, because they’ve said, we haven’t done these things, when these are things that ought to have been done. So this is a list of their failures, they should be ashamed to bring them.”
The opposition leader said that most people will reject the promises of the ULP, which is seeking a fifth consecutive five-year term in office.
“But most people look at it and they just say, ‘Listen, go and come again, you’ve had 20 years, that’s enough, you fooled me once, you may have fooled me twice, but you ain’t going do it a third time.”
Friday said that as the NDP continues its campaign, it will continue to tell the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines “that there’s a better day, there’s a better way, that you people deserve better, that our young people should be able to stay here and find work, if they want to work, that we should have an economy that creates jobs, so that everybody who wants a job can find a job.
“That we can have a thriving tourism sector; that we can revive agriculture, using modern technology, proper marketing, and put resources in places for the farmers; that fisheries as Patel said, will get its rightful place, and opportunity to have a minister who focuses on the development of our fishing industry which has great potential to create wealth for our people.
“These are things that we can do to transform the economy of this country. Others will talk and they will come with all fancy languages. And the end of the day, the ULP have to run on their record. The ULP can no longer run on promise,” Friday said.