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Prime Minister speak at Government House at the swearing-in of Senator Keisal Peters as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.
Prime Minister speak at Government House at the swearing-in of Senator Keisal Peters as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.
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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says some of the criticism of Senator Keisal Peters’ appointment as the nation’s first female and youngest Minister of Foreign Affairs is “a simple question of green elemental jealousy”.

He told her swearing-in ceremony at Government House, on Friday, that he has heard some of the criticism, including by women.

“Apparently, their criticism resides in a common matter which has been written repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible and into the New Testament — a simple question of green elemental jealousy. I am speaking very openly and frankly,” said Gonsalves, who Peters replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, after 21 months as a senator.

“For some reason, they feel that somehow that their class gives them a divine right or some inside track to be the first woman to be foreign minister,” the prime minister said.

“Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It is Keisal Melissa Peters,” he said of the 36-year-old lawyer.

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The prime minister told Governor General Dame Susan Dougan he was not using Government House, her official residence, “to preach politics.

“I’m talking policy because we have to speak the matters very frankly, and very honestly,” the prime minister said.

He continued:

“I will not advert to a matter which had all the hallmarks of gutter politics, nastiness, entirely false. And when I spoke about it we brought that subject to an end.”

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Senator Keisal Peters listens as Prime Minister Gonsalves speaks at her swearing-in as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade at Government House on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

He said that people who are “the originators of the falsehood feel that I have done a disservice by rebutting the falsehood and because I have spoken about the falsehood, I only give their lie additional wings.

“That is a cockeyed view of the truth,” Gonsalves said, adding that he rebutted “the falsehood” and his rebuttal is known to the world.

“And the fact of the matter is this: I know that my word in the world counts far more than those who seek to tarnish the good name of Keisal Melissa Peters.”

Gonsalves — who once told Parliament, he “may lie about certain things” — said there are some people who “misunderstand what truth is about.

“Hypocritically, they conceive of truth not just as a virtuous lady — because she is a virtuous lady, truth — but they feel that this virtuous lady they must surround it, they must protect it by a bodyguard of lies. Well, if you seek to protect the virtuous lady called truth with a bodyguard of lies, it only means that you’re a sophisticated liar. That’s all it means.”

“I am duty bound, as their leader and because I’m much older than they are, as their veritable patriarch, to defend them when they are maligned,” the 76-year-old leader said.  

“And I will do so with all the skill that God and experience have devolved upon me,” he said and congratulated Peters on her appointment.

“We have a big visit to do together at the United Nations General Assembly. It will be your first one.

It would be an excellent experience for you,” Gonsalves told Peters.

“And I’m absolutely sure that you would continue to do your work with the level of commitment, savvy, competence that you ‘will faithfully serve the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, so help me God’,” he said, quoting the oath of office.

7 replies on “Some criticisms of Keisal ‘a simple question of green elemental jealousy’ — PM”

  1. Well, as is usual with Gonsalves’ speeches it is all about himself and the usual attemps to discredit his critics while elevating himself to devine heights. To a natural born vincy it just sound empty and more of the same self praising hypocracy. This outdated out of step old windbag must realize that his reign is at it’s end.

  2. The governor general is the head of government and not the head of ulp And that comment by the PM was not appropriate and the governor general should apologize for the actions taken by him in her official duty .

  3. This creature was planted in public discourse as a distractor to dereal us from d real issues including d hardship that is facing vincentian. Imagine d leader of a nation has so much to say of a crony instead of d cuerilty that has unleashed on us woman. I guess she is d closes creature to that leader. Talk about put down factories and reduce d unemployment rate in d nation man that will serve u well and down with all this rubbish. Guest she need d salary to help maintain d falsey appearance. While some of our underprivileged children walking d street begging to survive and families struggling to put food on d table.

  4. Duke DeArment says:

    I have no criticism of this lady, but I do question the way the PM promoting her, and drawing so much attention to the fact that very few have voiced very mild criticism or her.
    Why is the PM making such an issue out of it? Is it to promote the diplomat, or, more likely, to promote himself with his defence of her?

  5. Trump 2.0 at it again. Stevie Wonder could see that woman bleached so saying she ain’t bleaching ain’t going to make it so them again they say if you keep telling lies you yourself might start to think it’s true.

  6. The PM is a devout narcissist. He gets into frivolous arguments trying to be relevant. His judgment and leadership is highly questionable.

    Look at the state of the economy. It’s one of the worst performing economies in the western hemisphere. Everything he does is for political expedience including this appointment. He puts only his sycophants in high political offices. He chooses loyalty over quality.

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