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After 18 years, Gonsalves is ‘a man in politics’

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Government senator and General Secretary of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), Julian Francis this week congratulated Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves for reaching the milestone of 18 years as an elected Member of Parliament (MP).

“… I honestly want, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of members of this side, and I am sure, of the other side, to extend congratulations on behalf of our organisation to him,” Francis told Parliament, noting that Gonsalves is currently the longest serving MP.

“You do not become a man until you become 18 years of age. Your father tells you that. So he is now a man in politics,” Francis said of Gonsalves, who has been involved in politics or political activism for four decades.

“Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister on your achievement and may you stay in this Honourable House for a long time to come,” said Francis, who is currently the longest serving senator, having been appointed after the ULP came to office in March 2001.

Francis noted that the parliament was without an opposition between 1989 and 1994, when the New Democratic Party (NDP) won all of the 15 parliamentary seats.

“Not even a senator was named and the NDP had ruled supreme from 1989 until the 20th of February 1994 – 15 nil. And then on the 21st of February 1994, there was general elections and a young man of 48 years of age got elected to this Parliament along with two older citizens to represent the Unity Labour Party and to break the stranglehold of the New Democratic Party,” he said.

“Mr. Speaker, the old people say ‘‘Tory dey fuh talk but time nah dey’. So I wouldn’t take you into a long history of how he came to winning that election in 1994. That is for a different occasion. I hope it comes very quickly,” Francis further stated.

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6 thoughts on “After 18 years, Gonsalves is ‘a man in politics’

  1. Francis the unelected unelectable. Shame your both related, you could marry each other. How Gonsalves has stayed in a parliamentary position is beyond the wildest belief of anyone with half an ounce of intelligence. I actually believe stupidity runs in the family, can’t be sure if it’s the Gonsalves or Francis side, perhaps both.
    The Cubans have a poodle brain transplant waiting for you both, what an improvement you both can look forward to.

    It is obvious to me that Gonsalves has some kind of mental problem in accepting what is right and what is wrong. Inside is outside and outside is inside, downside is upside and upside is downside, clean is dirty and dirty is clean, black is white and white is black, forward is backward and backward is forward, paid is unpaid and unpaid is paid, realistic is unrealistic and unrealistic is realistic, truth is untruth and untruth is truth, ALBA is crap and crap is ALBA, diplomatic is undiplomatic and undiplomatic is diplomatic.

    What a scrabbled and disjointed mind he must have.

    As the minister of almost everything important, is he a suitable person to have such power and authority. He promised us truth and gave us lies, he promised us better times he has given us worse times, he promised us wealth and has given us poverty, he promised us decency and has given indecency, he promised us intelligence and has given us idiocy, he promised us a cut in crime and has given us an increase in crime, he promised the teachers a perfect contract and gave them worthless one, he promised us a Dream Team and has given us a nightmare, he promised us a new airport without cost and has brought to the nation a huge debt, he promised us a national stadium and has given us a muddy field, promised us a cross country road and has given us zilch.

    CAN WE CONTINUE IN THIS WAY?

    Posted by Peter | March 3, 2012, 20:12
  2. CONGRATULATIONS PM GONSALVES!!!! KEEP THE SHIP SAILING!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | March 4, 2012, 15:47
  3. NO-NONSENSE, the ship is heading for the Bermuda Triangle, shame that many of our population are going down with it.

    The Captain is drunk with power.

    Posted by Peter | March 5, 2012, 18:24
  4. AFTER 18 YEARS GONSALVES IS THE GRAND WIZARD OF CARIBBEAN MARXISIM, WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT.

    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:23
  5. CLUX UNITY LABOUR PARTY CLAN, WHOSE LEADER HASN’T GOT A KLU.

    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:25
  6. GONSALVES YOU EVEN GOT THOSE FIGURES WRONG, ITS 666 NOT 777.

    AND ITS KKK NOT CCK, Er

    Have you spoken to your Madeiran relatives yet about ‘Antonio’? got the wording yet for the apology to the World?

    Posted by Peter | March 16, 2012, 14:31

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