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Gonsalves: Only I can run St. Vincent

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves believe he is the only person with the “global stature” to govern St. Vincent and the Grenadines now. (File photo)

ST. VINCENT: – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is not contemplating being voted out of office when Vincentians go to the polls on or before March 28 next year.

In fact, Gonsalves, who came to office on March 28, 2001, thinks that he is the only Vincentian with the “global stature” needed to lead St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) now.

Speaking from Cuba on WE FM’s morning show on Friday, Gonsalves said it would take a “miracle” for the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) to beat his Unity Labour Party (ULP) when Vincentians go to the polls.

“The NDP doesn’t have leadership, they don’t have quality candidates, they don’t have any programme. And, they have a lot of angry people who hanging around, and a long of people who [are] just greedy and they want to get into the State to rip it off,” he told radio announcer Ernesto Cooke.

“Now, in relation to me, I am the least important person in terms of what would happen if the ULP lose. I’m a professional,” said Gonsalves, a trained lawyer. (Go to the homepage to subscribe to I Witness-News)

“Now, the point about it is this: What I am focusing on, I have to complete the airport — international airport. If I don’t complete it, who gonna complete it? Look, St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the moment, –and I don’t want to sound immodest here — which leader in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has the global stature to get things done for St. Vincent and the Grenadines? Which one? None [of] them! Absolutely none! And this is not something which can be made. If you don’t have it, you don’t have it,” Gonsalves said.

He said that before entering politics he had delivered lectures internationally in addition to practising law.

“As a professional and as an intellectual, I had made a mark. And the politics, my role as Prime Minster, simply added to that,” he said. (Follow I Witness-News on Facebook)

“So you are saying there is nobody else in St. Vincent who has the stature on the world stage to deal with this business except you?” Cooke asked.

“Name them for me,” Gonsalves said, adding that he is “not indispensible”.

“I am not indispensible. Because, if I die — I get very sick — somebody has to do the job. But you are dealing right now with the choices which are available. And that is the point I am making. And I don’t sound immodest about it, even though the point I am making is true,” he said.

Cooke told Gonsalves that that was not a decision for him only but for all of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to make.

“But you know it and the people know it and I say sound as though I am blowing my own trumpet. I am not doing that. I am just asking people to look at these matters,” Gonsalves said.

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5 thoughts on “Gonsalves: Only I can run St. Vincent

  1. While Dr. Gonsalves was quick to list his qualifications as he often does, he’s missing the basic ingredient to good leadership- “Governments are voted into office by the people to respect and protect the God-given,inalienable and inviolable Rights and Freedoms of ALL citizens.” It doesn’t matter how many lectures he has done, how many projects he has managed, bla, bla,bla… If all he does is to seek to silence desenting views through insults and “out of place ness”.

    Posted by Ann-Marie John | September 13, 2010, 15:38
  2. While Dr. Gonsalves was quick to list his qualifications as he often does, he’s missing the basic ingredient to good leadership- “Governments are voted into office by the people to respect and protect the God-given,inalienable and inviolable Rights and Freedoms of ALL citizens.” It doesn’t matter how many lectures he has done, how many projects he has managed, bla, bla,bla… If all he does is to seek to silence DISSENTING views through insults and “out of place ness”.

    Posted by Ann-Marie John | September 13, 2010, 15:46
  3. Please don’t forget his constant urge to SUE-ONNNNNNN…This “Sue-Ann” is so manipulative in himself, he uses the legal system as his own personal handbook… I tell you…This man is truly UNBELIEVABLE!!

    Posted by Mad as HELL!!! | December 12, 2010, 12:39
  4. Typical communistic PERSONALITY CULT BUILDING.

    The bright boy FORGET TO TELL US that HE DIDN’T SEND HIS CHILDREN TO ‘STUDY” IN RACIST, SLAVE-STATE CUBA, but in the great CAPITALIST USA.

    Our poor people children, though, will go to the CUBAN COMMUNIST INDOCTRINATION AND IDEOLOGICAL BRAIN WASHING..

    Since their YOULIMO days, they ‘bin sending hapless Vincentian youth to the COMMUNIST HEARTLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN, YET, TO DATE, NOT ONE OF HIS CHILDREN HAVE EVER GONE OR BEEN SENT TO CUBA, HIS IDEOLOGICAL NIRVANA, TO STUDY. And, he the most loudmouthed communist adherent in the country and subregion, WHO “KNOW MY CHILDREN:”. apparently doesn’t have any “SUPPORT SYSTEMS” in vaunted communist ‘homeland’ of Cuba. Now we have this vulgar, shameless, self aggrandisement and duplicitous building ot personality cult. THE COPYCAT COMMUNIST COMRADE , cal me comrade, is getting the same IDEOLOGICAL DISEASE afflicting his POWER MAD COMMUNIST MASTER IN CUBA. What intellectual lunacy.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | November 13, 2012, 14:40

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