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BBC producer ‘totally out of place’ – PM

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 27, IWN – ‘Totally out of place.” That is how Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves described a BBC producer who said no British Prime Minister would behave as Gonsalves did at a press conference on Monday.

Matthew Chapman, producer of a BBC “Panorama” show to be made about Harlequin, which owns Buccament Bay Resort, told I-Witness News on Tuesday that while Gonsalves wants to be treated like his British counterparts, he doesn’t behave like them.

“… I can confidently say that no British Prime Minister would stoop to waving private and confidential documents around during a press conference, openly displaying the personal details of people who had applied to enter the country,” Chapman told I-Witness News.

During a press conference on Monday, Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, briefly displayed

immigration forms signed by BBC journalist Matthew Hill and Paul Kenyon.

He said the men had indicated on the forms that they had come to the country as tourists, but had in fact come to work.

“Now, one of them said today you can’t compare me with British prime ministers. Apparently, they [are] better than me,” Gonsalves said as he hosted a special edition of “ULP Speaks” on Star Radio, to celebrate the station’s fifth anniversary.

“Well, the point about it is this: I never sent planes into Iraq to bomb there and kill people, I never colonise this country (SVG), I am not responsible for the genocide of the Garifuna people; it’s the British,” Gonsalves said.

“I did not impose slavery on the people here; it’s the British. And they gave 20 million pounds to the slave owners across the Caribbean [when slavery was abolished]. They didn’t gave the ex-slaves one thing.

“So, tell me. I am not like them. I am better than them. I am never got involved in any of those things. So the point about it is this, … I made a simple point, I am no less a prime minister than Brown, Blair and Cameron and therefore, there are basic things you have to threat me with respect,” Gonsalves said.

He has said that Kenyon and Hill were unprofessional in their approach when they asked him in Barbados on Feb. 17 about an allegation that British investor Dave Ames had taken a bag of money to the office of the Prime Minister and left without it.

Both Gonsalves and Ames have denied the allegation.

Read: Bribery allegation is ‘an outrageous lie’ – Ames

“So, don’t come and treat me with no foolishness that … I can’t compare myself with them (British prime minister)? Why? Because they came in here saying they are tourists and they came to work. They can’t do that. That is against the law,” Gonsalves further said.

He further said the BBC journalists came and “picked a side in this country.

“So I must not tell the people what I know about how they came in?”

Gonsalves, however, said he did not want to turn the situation “into an anti-British thing, because there is a lot in British civilisation which is good.

“… But don’t come and talk that kind of an arrogant colonial foolishness to me. Totally out of place,” he said.

He further accused the opposition New Democratic Party of joining “with people who want to pull down St. Vincent and the Office of the Prime Minister.

“… the 400 and something people who are working down at Buccament [Bay Resort], they must know that the NDP is conniving with people in England to see if they can close that down so that they go lose their work,” Gonsalves said.

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5 thoughts on “BBC producer ‘totally out of place’ – PM

  1. Wow at last the truth and hate for the British is rising to the surface. Gonsalves to quantify his own bad behaviour is attacking Britain, perhaps consulting his ALBA MARXIST colleagues to make a strike against Britain, thank MARX for the ALBA Military school.

    Referring to British Prime Ministers, Gonsalves said ” I am better than them”. Better at what we must ask? have they ever been accused and charged with rape? are they self confessed liars? have they declared that they work Obeah?

    We are not debating what the British State has or has not done in the past, any more than we are debating what the Gonsalves family did in Madeira in 1440 odd, his families links to slavery, we are not debating that at all. We are not debating that the Portuguese were the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade, and that his family were close to the very root of that. We are comparing men’s actions now, not a few hundred years ago.

    “Gonsalves, however, said he did not want to turn the situation “into an anti-British thing, because there is a lot in British civilisation which is good“. Yes and we all know what that is, its all the multi-millions of Pounds and Euro that they and the EU have given and are still giving.

    Gonsalves, stop acting like a spoilt child, in the need of smacked legs. If you behave like a proper prime minister perhaps you will deserve to be treated like one, but at the moment you have fallen short of the mark.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 27, 2013, 12:17
  2. BBC, just show the program, ignore all the ignorance, its an island trait.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 27, 2013, 12:19
  3. PETER, the ONLY IGNORANT PERSON has always been U and will CONTINUE to be U.

    Why don’t you give us an UPDATE on the BBC PROGRAMME that was SUPPOSED to BRING DOWN Dr. Gonsalves?

    You’re MOST DEFINITELY the LAUGHING STOCK of this BLOG.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 6, 2013, 09:53

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