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Ralph Camillo Gonsalves

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and his son, Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves at a press conference in Kingstown on April 28, 2022.

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By *Esteban Richard-Hernandes III

This piece is not meant to speak ill of anyone, and although it may be perceived as being pessimistic, I invite rational minds to hear me out:

Ralph is old. By way of biology, like it or not, he is not getting any stronger.

We have all over the years witnessed the prime minister degenerating and it is obvious that the weight of not having a successor also plagues him. Let us be honest, in the past few years Gonsalves, who in the past was able to speak for hours on end, is currently unable to make it through an entire day of Parliament. In fact, he barely makes it through half a day sometimes. Now he takes breaks so frequently that one cannot help but notice.

Within the past three years, the frequency with which we are told that Dr. Gonsalves is travelling for medical attention is worrying to say the least. I’d like to think that he needs and wants to rest, but just like he has failed the nation, he has also failed his party in failing to groom a successor.

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Does the ULP have a shortage of leadership candidates? I think not! What they are short of, however, are formidable candidates. Indeed, Gonsalves’ larger-than-life personality, which apparently caused many to gravitate towards him, now seems to be the very quality that will be his undoing. What seems crystal clear at this point is that the eventual exit of Dr. Gonsalves from the political stage, will also signal the death of the cult he has created — the Unity Labour Party.

Gonsalves succeeded in securing his position over the years b either demoting, resigning, or simply outlasting all other potential challengers: Rene, Girlyn, Straker… Those who are hopeful now — and more so, perhaps, his most favoured to succeed, his eldest son, Camillo, just don’t make the cut. ‘Mill” is simply not viewed as prime ministerial material by a significant majority of the electorate. Even when given one of the most important ministries to help “prop him up”, Camillo just comes up short. The rest in the pack are not even deserving of any analytical consideration at this point since. Like Camillo, they simply do not have what it takes to lead a country!

Honestly, at the rate at which he’s going, it doesn’t appear as if the septuagenarian can go on for much longer. It appears that Dr. Gonsalves wants to die in office, literally and figuratively. His inability to handover even after slowing down significantly shows no one in the ULP is capable. The question facing us now is this:

Whither goes the ULP with Ralph?

*Esteban is an undergraduate student of economics and banking at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].

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4 replies on “The mortality of Ralph and the death of the ULP”

  1. Over the years Ralphy get kick, bus hed and boos at funerals but dat ownly mek im moor d-termined fo stap day. 2b truutful e outsmart eself n naw e don haf a fallo up man to kerry aan d legasee. Ai beleev e fraid fo retire cuase e hav sumpn fo hide ar[…]

  2. Ralph is indeed the ULP and the ULP is Ralph. It is ineveitable that the party will suffer a shock when nature takes its place. There is no apparent successor. They all fall short of having either the Chrisma or the ideal to lead. Mill suffers from the image of arrogarance and may not recover from the Yuggie Farrell syndrome. Long live the comrade and he will certainly say as Fidel, History will absolve me”.

  3. Fr. Ulric Jones says:

    It would have been interesting and perhaps instructive if Esteban had done a bit of research to see what the subject in this article, while at the same Mona Campus, U. W. I., would have written about the Prime Minister of SVG then. Much food for thought.

  4. Well done my brother you said it all. SO
    now let me speak to the rest of the ULP Team from permanent security pass and present who work under the ULP Well have to answer the board of the NIS Pass and present heads of department including customs ministry of finance people who held financial positions at the AIA .The pass and present heads of BRAGSTA.The BOSVG Pass and present heads of department and also the Director of finance pass and present and many other. This tax payers of country needs accountability for over one billion dollars.

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