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Gov’t didn’t pay for nurse to accompany PM to Taiwan

Retired nurse Jacqueline Browne-King has accompanied Gonsalves to Taiwan.

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has defended his decision to bring a retired nurse to Taiwan, saying the cost would have been justified even if his government had to pay it for.

Gonsalves — who came to Taiwan to attend the second-term inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou last Sunday — was treated for an abscess last month and doctors told him he should bring a nurse to Taiwan to dress the incision twice daily, he said.

He told Vincentians here on Saturday that his government did not pay for the airfare and accommodation for the six-member delegation, which includes Jacqueline Browne-King, a registered nurse for 33 years, who is the Eastern Caribbean Representative to the World Paediatric Project.

“I shouldn’t be put in a position where I have to state that because those who speak in this manner don’t look at any large picture and behave with a certain narrow-mindedness,” he said.

“It is not even self-interest, so it doesn’t reach the level of Demetrius in the book of Acts when he opposed Paul on his teaching,” he further stated.

Gonsalves said that even if his government were funding the entire trip “it is an expenditure, which, in my view, would have been justified given the importance of strengthening the relations between ourselves and Taipei.”

Kingstown and Taipei have almost 30 years of unbroken diplomatic ties.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

Gonsalves noted that more than 30 Vincentians are studying in Taiwan and added, “I am not even going to talk about the US$30 million for the terminal building (at the Argyle International Airport); I am not going to talk about assistance given in all kinds of other areas.

“Persons who speak like that have no real appreciation of diplomacy and the truth of the matter is this. After all my years in the political vineyard, and the level of experience and maturity I have, these are the kinds of questions — which diminish not me but our civilisation,” he said.

The Vincentian delegation — which leaves Taiwan Wednesday morning — also includes Gonsalves’ wife, Eloise Gonsalves, Press Secretary Hans King, Lance Neverson of the Agency for Public Information and a member of the Prime Minister’s security detail.

“If I didn’t bring Eloise and Sister King is not retired and I had brought a night nurse — like Gregory Isaacs — that would have been a different issue altogether but let’s keep this thing within a proper compass,” he said light-heartedly to chuckles.

“As you will notice, my surgical procedure and my recuperation they have not dulled my sense of humour,” he further said.

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31 thoughts on “Gov’t didn’t pay for nurse to accompany PM to Taiwan

  1. I would imagine that Taiwan paid the airfares and accomodation cost’s. If Gonsalves had paid himself he would be shouting it from the highest building.

    “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual powers of darkness an evil princapalites in high places..”

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 06:28
  2. But I heard Crook on Nice Radio yesterday talkng about how the governent paid for the trip of everyone. That is why E G Lynch was in court every Monday morning because he talked the same nonesense that Crook is now talking. Watch it Crook….Hope you have money to pay for your mouth

    Posted by proud vincy | May 22, 2012, 07:03
    • Cook Never said this. He was asking questions. Not making statements. SMH

      Posted by CJP | May 29, 2012, 15:34
  3. THAT’S RIGHT MY COMRADE…I AM 1 000 000 PERCENT BEHIND YOU. YOU CONTINUE TO PREP SVG FOR TAKE OFF AND LET IT EAT OUT THE HEARTS AND HEAP UP HOT COALS OVER THE HEADS OF YOUR HATERS, PETER AN DEM CAN’T STAND THE FACT THAT DE COMRADE IS A MAN OF DESTINY AND NOT SIMPLY A FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY….MAY THE GODS CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM….AS TO PETER AN DEM STUCK IN THEIR ANTI MARXIST IMPLODING VORTEX, DON’T THEY SEE AND HEAR THE COMRADE QUOTING BIBLE INCESSANTLY (OVERBEARING AS HE IS NOW BUT IT’S PART OF MY COMRADE’S CEREBRAL EPIPHANY: He’s actually going to checkmate Arhnim with Jehovah) SIGH AND?????????

    Posted by F.U.D.Z. | May 22, 2012, 07:51
  4. Yes Ralph, yo right; Its only you can represent SVG so carry a Nurse, you dumb …

    Posted by ragealways | May 22, 2012, 08:56
  5. “Persons who speak like that have no real appreciation of diplomacy”, I almost spit out my coffee when i read that. The PM is talking about diplomacy?? when the first thing he wanted to do was sue for hi son’s rude behavior. PM just shut up, I think by now no body believes what you have to say, when your people are getting handouts for nothing and are in your pocket, their would be no need to pay them for any specific favors you want done. As the saying goes, you scratch my back and i will scratch yours.

    Posted by blane | May 22, 2012, 10:03
  6. GONSALVES, Canada is waiting for you, there is a special welcome awaiting you, Be a man and go to Canada, stop being a coward, if you have nothing to fear go.

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 12:57
  7. What the backside I hearing Here. GUNZZIE STOP THIS BULLSH*T AND TELL WE WHO PAY FO THE NURSE. TELL WE how much ah tax payers money use up for this joy ride by yo family and little political poddles? DID YOU PAY OUTTA YO POCKET? EH? DID THE PEOPLE FROM TAIWAN PAY? WHO PAY? You continue to tek we for a bunch ah askes. WHO PAY FO THE NURSE? I don’t believe that tax payers money was not use…… So show we the evidence instead of this nonsensical BLA! BLA! BLA! BLA! Yo’ too darm lie, so show we the evidence.

    Posted by AHA | May 22, 2012, 14:02
  8. Gonsalves said that even if his government were funding the entire trip “it is an expenditure, which, in my view, would have been justified given the importance of strengthening the relations between ourselves and Taipei.”

    This is nothing but share bullsh*t. Why is it that everytime people question the recklessness of this PM”s action in regards to public spending he try to lay this Bulltootoo on us. So what you telling us that it is OK for everytime you, yo wife and yo political sidekicks wanna go off to spread joy, this is the justification you gwine lay pon we? What damage is it going to cause between the relationship between SVG and Taipei if you extend congratulation and thanks to the Taiwan government through the Embassy that is here? So way you telling we, that Taiwan gwine brake relations with SVG because you did not go to say Thanks? This is wha you telling we? WTF is wrong with you?
    Ralph, if this country had plenty money you could travel all you want for any fart. But, things really bad man. You na know that? No medicine in the hospital. The road dem real bad. No money nah dey. Julian say so. Beside that, people a go home fo retirement and can’t get dem graturity, nor pension for up to 5 months. Dem thing never use to happen under NDP. So excuse we if we digging sweat when you lift up we tax money and spend it pon dogfart just because is you and yo family and friends who ah always benefit.

    Posted by WEHHE | May 22, 2012, 14:22
  9. COMRADE, you don’t have to satisfy these damn IDIOTS!!! Do what you have to do for the betterment of SVG!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | May 22, 2012, 15:43
  10. He still has not said who paid for them. And he does not have a government which spews out its own money. The people/taxpayers generate the money.

    Ralph calling people narrowminded.He is one of the most narrowminded vincentians ever.

    Posted by justice | May 22, 2012, 16:44
  11. Justified Cost; like any other PM from other country the cost of travelling is reviled if the president of the USA travel they know, we in this small Island where people crying every day about not getting paid or paid on time we have to asked questions, we elected you and therefore you Mr. PM have all right to tell us the truth.

    Up to now you have not say who paid the cost for the 6 member delegation, what large picture you talking about mr PM? Do you really love the people of SVG, as you clams to say? And what narrow mindedness, cause we need answers? wow the bible, well that bible if u read good tells you that one of these days u have to give an account.

    Mr. PM we have a right to asked you questions when it comes to our monies, and why you have to feel offended cause we talking, to many things is this country is covering up, the time has come when these things will uncover, speaking about that we would like to have an financial up date on out International Airport, thank you, not with words, black and white thank you

    Posted by prince | May 22, 2012, 19:49
    • Prince, go and ask Arnhim Eustace about what happened to the monies given to him monthly to maintain a constituency office in East Kingstown.

      Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 23, 2012, 11:41
      • POWA, Arnim thief the money! Now all alyo haffa do it prove it and send the police. If all yo na satisfy with what Arnim doing with the money just stop paying him. What is the fuss about? Send in the auditors and find out what happening to the money? If all yo find that Armin is misappropriating the money for personal use. Arrest the man and send him to jail. Plain and simple. Please do that and stop asking what Arnim do with the money. If yo all nah gwine do that then shut … up….. COWARDS!!!

        Posted by AHA | May 24, 2012, 13:18
      • Vincy power, he said he gave it to the poor ppl in East Kingstown:- I guess that bought plenty ‘half pound ah chicken back and half-ah-soap’ fu de NDP IDIOTS dem!!!!!

        Posted by no-nonsense | May 30, 2012, 17:47
  12. FUDZ, have you misquoted yourself, you said you are 1million percent behind Gonsalves, shouldn’t that be US$1 million in crocus bag cash that you refer to?

    When Gonsalves only gives half a story is it to mislead the people, is it another form of telling lies. As a confirmed liar we cannot trust anything that Donkey Dung Gonsalves tells us.

    We need whistle blowers, decent people who wish to stop the rot.

    PROUD VINCY, you are a sheep, beware politicians wearing water boots.

    GONSALVES IS A LIAR, HE TOLD US SO. HE ALSO TOLD US “SHOW ME A LIAR AND I WILL SHOW YOU A THIEF”

    Posted by Peter | May 23, 2012, 07:58
  13. A TOP SVG LAWYER recently, at one of their courtly sessions, made the pandering statement, according to the PRESS reports, that “RICH people are MORE LIKELY TO STEAL than POOR PEOPLE” !

    Now, I believe most would agree with me that LAWYERS IN SVG “make a good piece” as the comrade would say. So, certainly LAWYERS IN SVG ARE DEFINITELY AMONG “THE RICH” or THE RICHEST in our local society.

    Does that mean that, to closely follow his words or line of reasoning, that that local lawyer, as reported by the media fairly recently, was actually saying, then, that ‘LAWYERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO STEAL THAN POOR PEOPLE’ ?

    Don’t these officers of the law think that they ought to be MORE CAREFUL with their lawyerly words and speeches ?

    Or, is he correct ? WAS HE REALLY TARKING THE UN-ADULTERATED TRUTH ?

    Do you think that he was a BARRACUDA whistle-blower ?! Ouch !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 17:14
  14. SO WHO PAID FOR THE “NIGHT NURSE” AS ‘GUNNY HUMOROUSLY NOTED ?

    AFTER ALL THAT BORING, TIRING TALK, AND PLAIN GOBBLE-DE-GOOK, are we any wiser as to WHO PAID FOR THE ‘PRIVATE’ NURSE ?

    IT IS CONTEMPTUOUS TO THE AUDIENCE AND THE LISTENING/READING VINCENTIAN PUBLIC to appear to give an answer to the matter at hand, but instead give us that ranting ‘talk around’ rigmarole, without giving the answer to the main point, indeed sole question.

    A half lie is still a lie. PROMISES ARE LIKE PIE-CRUSTS — MADE TO BE BROKEN.

    IT IS TOTALLY OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE MEDICAL/SURGICAL DOCTOR TO TELL THE PM TO CARRY A NURSE TO TAIWAN. Don’t try to throw the professional doctor under the ‘bus, now. Do not put the blame on the medical-surgical professionals. Shameful passing of the buck. Apportunism.

    If the hospital authorities told you to carry a nurse, then LET THEM TELL US THAT. Are they totally VOICELESS?

    By the way, WHICH “DOCTORS” TOLD YOU THAT ? Those in BARBADOS ? Or, those in SVG ?

    The physicians or surgeons may tell you that you need to have the bandages or incision changed/cared for. They CANNOT PROPERLY TELL YOU TO TRAVEL TO TAIWAN. That was entirely your choice and decision. Please don’t try to so shamelessly pass it off on the medical-surgical authorities.

    Oh, the things that you does unashamedly try to get pass us. You seem to be incorrigible. Utterly insensitive.

    The doctors told to get the bandages, etc., attended to, NOT TO TRAVEL TO TAIWAN, with or without any nurse.

    Come again, ‘Gunny.

    After all ah dat : TELL US – – – WHO PAID FOR THE NURSE ? Accomodation, meals, airfare, internal transportation, entertainment, etc. ?

    How much did it cost ? What about the cost of the whole trip for the others in the delegation/party ? And, still, tell we, WHO PAID FOR THAT, TOO?

    Demetrius and Paul were workers in a church or religious organization run by Providence.

    This present enterprise we are holding under review is a SECULAR, TEMPORAL, POLITICAL ENTITY, accountable to a tax-paying, democratically representative electorate, who elect constituency representative in a public poll.

    So, tell we nah ? You tark so much, and nah say nuttin’ . WHO PAID FOR THE NURSE ?

    And, the full delegation ?

    Promises are … made to be broken. SAME COMMIE MENTALITY.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 21:49
  15. WHO PAID FOR THE TRIP, and, more SPECIFICALLY, the ACCOMPANYING NURSE ?

    If it was NOT the SVG Government, NOR the PM personally, then WHO ?

    And, IF NOT any of the two above, THEN LOGICALLY IT WOULD BE SOME OTHER PERSON or BODY ?

    IF SOME OTHER PERSON/BODY – – – ISN’T THAT THE SAME AS THE REASONS CITED, inter alia, FOR P.R. CAMPBELL’s political DISGRACE and FALL FROM POWER ?

    DON’T THE INDENTICAL SELF-SAME FACTORS APPLY, HERE ?

    WHO PAID FOR THE ‘NIGHT’ NURSE ?

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 25, 2012, 09:24
  16. Come on Comrade, we need ah new MENTAL ASYLUM to put all these IDIOTS in!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | May 25, 2012, 14:55
  17. IN THE ABSENCE of information to the contrary, we will have to conclude that the PM’s protestations are specious and self-serving, and that, INDEED, the SVG Government may well have paid for the “night NURSE”.

    Bear in mind that communist propagand is based on the LENINIST premise that : “PROMISES . . . ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN.”

    However, if our SVG Government DID NOT pay for the NURSE’s trip, or others of the delegation, and, the PM did not pay for such out of his own ample pockets, THEN WHO DID ? And, HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN THE POLITICAL “REASONS” USED TO VIRULENTLY, NOISELY, DISGRACE and DISCREDIT Parnel R. CAMPBELL, and finally DISLODGE HIM FROM OFFICE ?

    After all, WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE GANDER ?

    So, DO-SO NAH LIKE SO ?

    OR, are certain people really BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN DEY MOUTH ?

    The salient question begs an answer – – – WHO PAID FOR THE ‘NIGHT’ NURSE, if not the SVG Gov’t. ?

    What price – – – TRANSPARENCY ? Or, GOOD GOVERNANCE ?

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 25, 2012, 21:36
  18. STEVE-HUGGINS, less the people think your being a bit hard on Donkey, they must all remember that Gonsalves is the most dreadful liar, it is difficult to believe anything that he says.

    Not only have we found him to be a liar on numerous occasions, but he told us from his own mouth that he is a liar.

    Thank you Steve for your well thought through analysis. Even those with a half a brain or less [there are plenty of those in the ULP] should understand.

    VINCYPOWA, JASON, do you understand what STEVE wrote? or do you need some help, would you like it submitted in political brail.

    PROFFESOR, I am missing your input, VINCYPOWA hated your superiority.

    Posted by Peter | May 26, 2012, 09:12
  19. CANADA

    Posted by Peter | May 28, 2012, 07:52
  20. You’re offering them in “. . . POLITICAL BRAILLE . . .”, PETER ? You have me in-stitches . . . !!!

    pobre vincypowa . . . pobre jason . . .

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 28, 2012, 19:18
  21. Is this the Steve Huggins from Saunders and Huggins law firm?

    Posted by Mourine | May 29, 2012, 07:00
    • Of what social import is this tidbit of info, MOURINE? Were you about to volunteer YOUR I.D. info, MOURINE?

      Posted by STEVE__HUGGINS | May 29, 2012, 21:30
  22. AHA, Arnhim Eustace is the CHAIRMAN of the PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE, so why is it that he is AFRAID to call a MEETING to deal with all the corruption that he said is taking place in the government?

    I believe Eustace has called a MEETING of that COMMITTEE only TWICE since he has been CHAIRMAN for OVER ELEVEN YEARS, yet he cries on a daily about CORRUPTION.

    As the saying goes, FOOL AH TAWK, but NUH FOOL ah LISTEN.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 30, 2012, 10:06
  23. VINCY POWA, if you have privileged or specific knowledge of acts of CORRUPTION by any parliamentary representative, WHY NOT GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO THE ROYAL SVG POLICE FORCE? I am sure that they have a functioning FRAUD Section, WHITE COLOUR CRIME Section, or such like.

    WHY NOT GO FUTHER, POWA, and call for a FULL-SCALE INVESTIGATION into the CONSTITUENCY OFFICES RACKETS? And, forensically vet ALL THE REPRESENTATIVES? You could mention that not very novel idea to the squeaky clean ‘Comrade.’

    FROM DAY ONE, I TOTALLY REJECTED THIS POLITICAL SWINDLE OF THE VINCENTIAN TAXPAYER when these HEARTLESS AND CYNICAL political patronage and largesse schemes were started. This system of doling out our tax monies in a politically partisan, parochial and utterly subjective way were just the CORRUPT GANGING UP OF THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS ON THE POOR SVG PEOPLE. Highway robbery of the CONSOLIDATED FUND.

    Then, again, my anti-corruption Vincy brethren, LET US ALSO TAKE A SEARCHING LOOK AT THE LAST SEVERAL ELECTIONS, OR EVEN ALL THOSE SINCE OUR BECOMING CONSTITUTIONALLY INDEPENDENT – – – and DO THOROUGH FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS into ALL FORMS OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION, MIS-BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC OFFICE, GRAFT, and BOBOL. Thank you for backing a similar call with me, this time. Like MIGHTY PRODUCER said some time ago: ” . . . ONLY SO ST.VINCENT WILL MOVE ON”!

    By the way, ah hear someone mention about a ‘harlequin’ house, recently. Do you know what kind ah house that be? I presented on professional blue print Draft plans before, but haven’t kept up with the latest, changed, terminology.

    Peace and love across “party lines.”

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | May 30, 2012, 19:05
  24. Steve, did I ask an invalid question? What ID are you asking for? I am at a lost.

    Posted by Mourine | May 31, 2012, 08:39
  25. Steve I am not a nurse but I certainly could of volunteered one for the Prime Minister of St. Vincent of St. Vincent & the Grenadines or the Leader of the opposition in SVG if one was not enough for the long travel and the busy schedule.

    Posted by Mourine | May 31, 2012, 08:45
  26. MOURINE, Steve Huggins is cloak and dagger secret 007 agent. He is trained to kill with one blow. Wow that must be exciting for the ladies.

    You actually sound like a canditate for the job of police officer in Gonsalves garden patrol. Your age or looks are unimportant because he’s not fussy. His old saying “if it moves pluck it” or something like that.

    Asking people for their ID’s on this blog, is like asking a lady her age. Its rude so don’t do it, and it could cost someone their life.

    Posted by Peter | June 7, 2012, 21:59

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