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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock. (File photos)
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, left, and MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock. (File photos)
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One night after incumbent MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock said he was joking when he said Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves could not visit Redemption Sharpes, Gonsalves announced that he will visit the community on Sunday.

The prime minister said that the ULP constituency council in Central Kingstown will be having a whistle stop on Sunday.

“And at some time during the course of that event, I will be going into Central Kingstown, which is part of the territory of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, of which I am prime minister,” Gonsalves said.

Speaking at the New Democratic Party (NDP) rally in Sion Hill on Friday, Leacock said he had learnt from the media that Gonsalves had complained to the Christian Council about the matter.

“This morning, when I opened the newspaper, Ralph’s paper, the Searchlight, and I saw in it that Ralph report me to the Christian council, I start to laugh,” said Leacock, who is seeking a third term as MP for Central Kingstown.

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“I say, ‘What’s going on here? The man say he is an ancient warrior, he is a stallion, he is a thoroughbred, he hard fu dead and I just mek a joke and say don’t come Sharpes and he start to cry,” he said, referring to the prime minister.’ 

He said that persons who want to hear the rest of the story have to attend his party’s political event in the Central Kingstown community next week.

“You really ha’ come Sharpes. But is not me who say so you know. It’s the people of Central Kingstown and from Redemption Sharpes say Central Kingstown is Major territory,” Leacock said.

He added: 

“From the babe in arms, 3, 4, 5, 6, and when yo’ come Central is licks, licks, licks, and more licks. If yo’ want to hear more about that, come to Sharpes next week Friday night.”

And, speaking on Saturday, in Georgetown, at the launch of his campaign office, Gonsalves said that at the beginning of the campaign he had told the commissioner of police “that I have picked up signs of desperation from the New Democratic Party and I have heard them use language of a particular kind where it is easy for that language to be interpreted or misinterpreted by some of their more excitable followers”.

Gonsalves said that as Minister of National Security he had suggested to the commissioner that the police chief pay special attention to the matter “in whatever way he considered as a professional that he should deal with it.

“He could reject my advice, he can do what he want,” the prime minister said. 

Gonsalves said that Leacock has been saying “that he’s the major — well he was the major in a Cadet Corps … and he owns central Kingstown and if I come there I would see what would happen to me or words to that effect.

“Well, I don’t take that as a threat,” Gonsalves said. “I take it as a statement made by a man who is under pressure. So I didn’t make a complaint to the Christian Council.”

Gonsalves said he and Leacock are both Catholics so he spoke to Monsignor “Father Mike” Stewart of the Catholic Church.

“I say, ‘Talk to Leacock for me.’  Because I will be going up to Sharpes. I will be going up to Sharpes tomorrow, you hear me,” Gonsalves told party supporters.

“And St. Clair, be careful that not one single hair on my body is touched by any ignorant person who wants to follow this misguided statement which you have made.”

Gonsalves had said that Leacock had said that he (Leacock) would not visit North Central Windward because Gonsalves controls it.

But Gonsalves said that Leacock could visit the constituency, adding that he could arrange for a woman to cook a meal of the opposition politician’s choice and have a shop operator put Leacock’s drinks on the PM’s tab.

“I will welcome you with love, my brother, but we ain’t voting NDP in North Central or anywhere in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Gonsalves, whose ULP is seeking a fifth term in office in the Nov. 5 vote.

Gonsalves said that Leacock has said it is statistically impossible for him to lose at the next general elections.

“But what I do know is this. As a statistical fact, in this consistency, I won the last time by 82% of the vote. Leacock won his own by 55%. Leacock didn’t win his seat by a higher percentage than Sabby win his, or Gustaus win his,  or Camillo win his, or Jimmy win his,” Gonsalves said, referring to ULP politicians who were successful in the 2015 vote.

“But he say he is a gorgon up there. He say statistically he cyah lose.”

The prime minister invited Leacock to look at “a little history”.

“… somebody who was far better than Leacock as a representative, Parnell Campbell … scored 61% of the vote in 1994 in the same constituency as Leacock and by 1998, Labour took the consistency from Parnell Campbell, four years later.

“So Leacock, watch your statistics. Statistics ain’t voting. Is people who voting.   Ah just want give him that reminder,” Gonsalves said.

12 replies on “PM to visit Sharpes in defiance of Leacock”

  1. Nathan 'Jolly' Green says:

    Someone just whispered me a dynasty plan, to have Camillo knighted to become Sir Camillo Gonsalves if they win the elections.

  2. This worn out dictator (Pm) and pseudo intellectual needs to go and rest. Hope his political demise will come in the next few weeks. It appears that he wants to put on the mantle of immortality and invincibility to mask his cowardice. He is afraid to lose power and the protection of the state because of what he will answer to when he is no longer protected (sic).

  3. Percival Thomas says:

    I think the PM is rattled and running scared. He has no political composure now a days. But is not the same PM dishing threats to NDP and its leaders?
    I am convinced the PM has lost his way. He no longer sound like a leader. The NDP has got Ralph on the political ropes. They must know hkm out this time.

  4. The is the voice of desperation, they say a drowning man will grab at a feather. Are the words uttered by these politicians for real?

  5. Svg need decent people with moral, respect for its citizens, Intergrity, not accused rapists, when this happens I can then travel proudly.

  6. Always looking to silence anyone who dares to be bold- from killing Nice Radio with lawsuits to poor late EGLynch among others to now want to use cloak of Minister of Justice to silence what he knows is only political babble…How come cloak of justice was taken off for Yugge, Bigger Bigs and all those who suffered at the hands of this wicked regime….?Remember when he blocked roads shut down the country and all the slander on Shake Up when it was useful to them before the untimely murder of Glen Jackson?- NDP took no one to court. Such a vicious cycle of injustice that it makes me sick to even imagine Vincentians who vote labour love… stupes

  7. The French had the Guillotine and the Brits passed on to us the Gibbet. These things were the things of nightmares for past Villains.

    Will we Vincentians ever decide which to bring back for national use and will we ever get a Judicial enquiry into the lost near on Twenty years of tyranny and exploitation if this tyrant loses the coming election?

  8. What I don’t understand is the indecent language you vincentian is always putting on the media. You all blaming the leader of the government of his reckless behavior with the rape charges that the young girls is telling that took place. If the girls don’t like what is happening why didn’t they just run when they see advances that was coming their way. I was having a conversation with one of my vincie friends a few days ago and what I heard is disgusting. A 15 yr old allow Ralph to have his way with her. Are you people don’t have brains. Why didn’t that person run when she see the advancement that was coming her way. I know this topic is not what are commenting on , but all the bad remarks I am hearing about the head of your government is disastrous. Why don’t you all look at all the good things he accomplished there with that small country. Yes it may need a lot more to do, but it need its people also to help in other ways. Friday is not going to win, and those disgusting looking candies on the NDP sides is not going to win their seats. Good luck to you all.

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