In 10-page letter, PM says BBC’s response ‘wholly inadequate’

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves reacts to a BBC journalist on board the airplane in Barbados on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves reacts to a BBC journalist on board the airplane in Barbados on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 8, IWN — The response by Tim Giles, editor of BBC’s “Panorama” programme, to a complaint about two of his journalists is “wholly inadequate, defensive, nit-picking and unsatisfactory,” Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says.

“You have adopted the posture of an advocate in the cause of Messrs Paul Kenyon and Matthew Hill, the two offending BBC journalists. You were not seeking truth from facts,” Gonsalves said in the March 5 letter to Giles.

Giles on March 4 responded to Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 letters from Gonsalves to Lord Chris Patten, chair of the BBC Trust, in which he complained about the “rude” and “unprofessional” approach of Kenyon and Hill when they asked him about an allegation on board a landed airplane in Barbados on Feb. 17.

Patten had referred the letters to Tim Davie, the BBC’s acting Director General, who forwarded them to Giles for response.

The Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday circulated to the media two one-page letter that Gonsalves wrote to Davie and Patten, respectively, on March 5 and 6, respectively, and a 10-page, March 5 letter to Giles.

Gonsalves said that the conduct of the journalists on the LIAT aircraft in Barbados and subsequently, “leads right-thinking persons to conclude reasonably that they came to St. Vincent and the Grenadines with a jaundiced mindset, unwittingly embroiled themselves in the snake pit of Vincentian partisan politics, and have themselves become protagonists in this story against the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“I reiterate that your response is in many important respects factually incorrect and quite unsatisfactory,” Gonsalves said in his letter.

But while the Office of the Prime Minister did not circulate to the media Giles’ response to Gonsalves, the Prime Minister at times quoted from it, thereby giving an insight into its content.

Gonsalves said that Giles, in all his “self-serving, defensive, untruthful and less than impartial commentary … have not once reproached Messrs Kenyon and Hill for their unseemly and unprofessional ambush/tackle of me…

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind and the minds of most Vincentians that the two BBC journalist and Mr. Matthew Chapman [a “Panorama” producer] have set out to belittle me. But I know for sure that although I am not better than anyone, no one is better than me. I teach this to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, especially the young, every day…

“Your response obviously does not address the fundamental concerns which I raised originally and which are now more than every fortified in this exchange. Your unsatisfactory, self-serving and defensive joinder, stuffed with falsehoods, strengthens the case for the relevant BBC authorities to address swiftly the unprofessional conduct of Messrs Kenyon and Hill. The reputation of the BBC is at state. So, too, are truth and facts. my complaint still stands,” Gonsalves wrote in the letter.



12 thoughts on “In 10-page letter, PM says BBC’s response ‘wholly inadequate’

  1. Gonsalves said
    “no doubt in my mind and the minds of most Vincentians”

    Here is evidence that Gonsalves now considers himself a mind reader, not a very good one at that. Most everyone that I have spoken to about the matter feel that the reporters did what the should do.

    Mr Gonsalves stop the crap, just wait for the program, like we are all eagerly waiting for the program.

    Even your paid and favoured propagandists that usually come here in your defence are silent.

    Wouldn’t you Gonsalves love to now heap spite on the Panorama crew and get them all dismissed from their jobs? I know it sometimes works elsewhere in the Caribbean, but not in the UK, they are to intelligent and sophisticated.


    ps did you tell the BBC what you told the Vincentian people, “I sometimes tell lies” [his actual words, not mine] have you told them that you are a self confessed liar .

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 09:26
  2. By the way why not show us the BBC letter, lets all have squint at what they say, it will further help us in assessing the true situation, because unfortunately, you as a self confessed liar, I feel unable to accept what you tell us without evidence.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 09:31
  3. Peter, tell us a lie that Dr. Gonsalves has told the nation since you always say he is a “SELF CONFESSED LIAR.”

    Do you know of any?

    That said; I can tell you LIES that Arnhim Eustace has told the nation. In fact, he even CONFESSED to LYING to the CITIZENS of SVG.

    For example, Arnhim Eustace said that the march against poverty was to show the PRESIDENT of Taiwan the STRENGTH of the NDP, because he did not want Taiwan to give the government of SVG financial assistance to build the International Airport at Argyle.

    Not only is Eustace a liar, he is UNPATRIOTIC.

    Arnhim Eustace also attended a town hall meeting in North America and told Vincentians abroad that things were so hard in SVG that Vincentians were buying half a pound of chicken back and half a cake of soap.

    When it comes to LYING in PUBLIC OFFICE, Arnhim Eustace has proven that he has NO MATCH.

    Again, feel free to tell us a LIE that Dr.Gonsalves has told when it comes to PUBLIC POLICY.

    As for posting on this blog, if you are the only person that one has to debate then CLEARLY you will hardly see any active participation by others.

    In other words, people are probably tired of seeing the same silliness about “confessed liar”…Marxism…communism and all the other regurgitate nonsense that you spew on a daily, and so there is no motivation to contribute their opinions on the content of these articles.

    Again ,here is your chance to give examples of Dr. Gonsalves being a liar.

    Knowing your usual practice, we will not see any, just more of same nonsensical noise coming from your fingertips to keys.

    See you around Bub.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 8, 2013, 11:42
  4. Why is Ralphie posturing? He knows this feigned outrage is going nowhere…all this letter writing is simply an act to distract folks from the disastrous state of the economy and the ineptitude of this Administration, By the way, word to Mr Eustace, this is what you call a DISTRACTION…A DISTRACTION IS NOT SOMEONE LAYING PIPE ON YOU AND EMASCULATING YOU IN FRONT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY…but I digress, this is the modus operandi of Ralphie when ever he is confronted by folks overseas…he gets scared and start to cry for mommy…never seen a man who can be so wrong and strong when dealing with his own people, but when foreigners say BOO! he all whimpering in a corner…SMH. And what the hell, Ralphie got to say to write a 10 page letter? 10 pages? Really?

    What if Gonsalves acted in the way when he is at home…what if Gonsalves in that picture, gave those reporters the MIDDLE FINGER? Here is a reenactment of the news conference explaining his behavior…well, let me tell you what happen, I am on the plane with my people about to get my luggage to disembark, when all of a sudden two white rapscallion looking individuals, was all up in my grill…asking me questions I have not the faintest idea, I was flabbergasted to say the least…so I say, look, you STINKING DIRTY DOGS, get out of my face…but these CHATTERING NABOBS continue asking these DOTISH questions…I wanted to SPREAD DEM OUT, right there…but somebody hold me back, and say COMRADE, nah worry with these ROUNDS and not to become the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR…so I just grab my stuff and proceed to get off the plane…that’s when a heard one of the POTOGEE, say, is it true you RAPED A POLICEWOMAN?…so I turned back and said…you all are nothing but UNTUTORED, UNLEARNED, UNCULTRED MINORITY RUMP that needs to WASH YO FOOT BEFORE YO COME TO MY PALACE…then I show them my PERFECT MIDDLE FINGER…cause how do you respond to such DASTARDLY LIE…well that’s all I have to say…any questions?

    Kenton Chance from I-Witness News….Mr Prime Minister….what or who is a ROUNDS?

    Posted by Teacherfang (@Llijame) | March 8, 2013, 17:32
  5. COOeeeeeeeeee Ralphy,

    What’s my favorite word? B*******

    Why they gotta say it like $hort? B*******

    You know they can’t play on my court

    Can’t hang with the big dogs, stay on the porch

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Your mind is gone, your brain is blazed

    You’ve been wide awake for the last 3 days

    Poppin’ pills, it goes down for real

    Don’t stop, just keep rollin’ down hill

    Crash and burn, can’t stand, fall back

    You’re doin’ too much, you can’t handle all that Man, it’s been way too long

    Don’t walk in the garden at 4 am

    Less they say you do again

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Who blow the whistle?

    Do you really wanna be like me?

    Spit game like Snoop and TIP

    Pretty girls in the V.I.P

    They came with the Dr, they don’t need I.D.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 9, 2013, 08:06
  6. VINCYNEEDSASHOWERPOWA, Good morning stinker-poo, you wrote

    “Peter, tell us a lie that Dr. Gonsalves has told the nation since you always say he is a “SELF CONFESSED LIAR.”

    Ralph Gonsalve told us in parliament several things that he possibly regrets, but has never said so, these things are recorded in ‘Hansard’, they are written into Vincentian history. Those were his recorded words, his admittance, no input from me or anyone else.

    “I sometimes tell lies”

    “show me a liar and I will show you a thief”

    ” I only work Obeah for the Lord”

    From the moment he said “I sometimes tell lies” he branded himself a self confessed liar. I do not know how we can decided when he is in lying mode, so I assume everything he says is a lie, until someone proves to me otherwise.
    I believe there are hundreds of lies that he has told, quite a few even in parliament.

    He even lied to the teachers when he told them in 2004 that the contract that he had put his signature to, was the best contract they had ever had.
    Later Gonsalves told us that he knew when he signed the contract that certain parts were unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable. That makes what he told the teachers a dastardly lie, written and spoken.

    In parliament when questioned about something he had once said “we will hunt them down until they exist no more” Gonsalves jumped up and demanded that the Spunker of the House demand an apology, because he had never said such a thing. It has since been proven that he did say such a thing by a recording being produced and given to the Speaker. No apology has ever been forthcoming from Gonsalves, despite having lied to the House and the people of SVG.

    Both of these lies affect public policy.

    Now stinker-poo, when this deck of cards eventually collapse’s, you must be held partly responsible because of your lies, your support of a liar, and your continuing unpatriotic behaviour.

    Thank you once again for offering me the opportunity to show the people the truth, which you know so little of.

    I am sure that once again Gonsalves will be horrified by your continuing stupidity, in inviting truthful answers that will damage his image.

    You certainly have not earned your stipend this month.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 9, 2013, 08:51
  7. Why is the PM so worried and getting ‘bazody’ over one(1) question?. He complained from Antigua, complained from Haiti twice, complained to Caricom, almost cried to two fictitious characters, ‘preachers wife’ and ‘professional gentleman’, and now like he wants to write a book too. ……. .”Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 letters from Gonsalves to Lord Chris Patten”……….. “Gonsalves wrote to Davie and Patten, respectively, on March 5 and 6, respectively, and a 10-page, March 5 letter to Giles.”……. . Are these letter writings acts of desperation?. With these 5 ‘chapters’ in your book so far why are we not seeing the preface, the letter written to you from Giles?, are the real questions, not your version, in that letter from Giles why it is hidden?.

    Posted by ks784 | March 9, 2013, 10:04
  8. Peter, as EXPECTED, nothing more than SILLY NOISE from your FINGERTIPS to KEYS.

    When you’re quoting people, make sure you do so CORRECTLY. Dr. Gonsalves said he doesn’t LIE when it comes to PUBLIC POLICY. So using your logic, we know that when it comes to matters of the people, we have a government that is TRANSPARENT.

    He holds NEWS CONFERENCES to let the NATION what is going on with his government and other pertinent matters. The PRESS always ask him questions pertaining to PUBLIC POLICY and what have you. So feel free to point to an issue that the PRESS REPORTED where Dr. Gonsalves lied.

    Again, your response will be another EPISODE of NONSENSE TALK moonlighting as truth, because you will be UNABLE to SUBSTANTIATE anything you say.

    When it comes to Eustace, we have IRREFUTABLE PROOF that Mr. Arnhim Eustace is a LIAR, especially when it comes to PUBLIC POLICY.

    Another EXAMPLE of Mr. Eustace’s LIES was when he LIED to the NATION about SVG has had 4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS of NEGATIVE GROWTH. This is a DASTARDLY LIE that he still REPEATS to this DAY, even after the Caribbean Development Bank, which he once worked for, REFUTED his CLAIM.

    Eustace is a man you simply CANNOT TRUST

    By the way, Peter, were you one of the persons who attended the PROTEST MARCH AGAINST POVERTY?

    In other words, were you one of the persons that Eustace LIED to?

    Again, Eustace used Vincentians to PARTAKE in a march that had nothing to do with POVERTY but, according to him, to show the Taiwanese President the STRENGTH of the NDP, with the HOPE that FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE would not be given to help BUILD the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at ARGYLE.

    Not only has Eustace lied to Vincentians, he proved that he is UNPATRIOTIC.

    In other words, Eustace doesn’t want to see St. Vincent and the Grenadines DEVELOPED nor her people PROSPER, because that would mean he would not get to become the PM.

    Mr. Eustace is simply a POOR LEADER who has no GENUINE INTEREST in the DEVELOPMENT of SVG and the CITIZENRY.

    See you around, BUB.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 9, 2013, 18:47
  9. KS784, if he wasn’t worried, he would of simply told us he was not guilty of such a matter. Then stepped back and waited for the untrue facts to be presented, so as he could sue the BBC.

    KS784, your quite right, we must ask the question, why is he running about like a chicken with its head cut off. Why the panic, why the repetitious statements on numerous radio stations up and down the Caribbean.

    WHYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy CRYyyyyyyyyyy GUYyyyyyyyyyyyyyy WHYyyyyyyyyyyyyy???????????????????????????????????????????


    Posted by peterbinose | March 9, 2013, 19:31

    You wrote “When you’re quoting people, make sure you do so CORRECTLY. Dr. Gonsalves said he doesn’t LIE when it comes to PUBLIC POLICY. So using your logic, we know that when it comes to matters of the people, we have a government that is TRANSPARENT”.

    Perhaps you would like to tell me when and where and the date when Gonsalves said “I do not lie when it comes to public policy” .

    Even if he said such a thing, which I do not believe for a moment, but even if he did, having told us he is a liar, from then on any add on, or any further statement cannot be believed.

    Why? because he has already stated he is a liar, liars are not selective, a liar is a liar, is a liar. The two instances that I previously gave of his lies, both of those affect public policy.

    Thanks for your actually acknowledging that Gonsalves is a liar, but what you propose that he is a selective liar, is unacceptable.

    Which just adds to what you wrote being total nonsense, lies and unpatriotic rubbish. Whilst you may be patriotic to Gonsalves, on his behalf rendering all sorts of propaganda, untruths, innuendoes, even downright lies, you are not a patriot of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

    Instead of trying to get us to take our eyes off the ball, why not tell us about what the story on this page is about. This story has nothing to do with anyone else, all the crap and downright lies about Eustace, may be helpful to try and take us away from the subject matter.

    Why not try and explain to us what is in the letter that he received from the BBC, and what is in Gonsalves 10 page letter in reply.

    Lets have a good laugh at your reply to that.

    I doubt you will get your stipend next month either, you really are such an idiot, a candy coated twerp.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 12, 2013, 20:39
  11. Vincy Powa you sound like a fool and you will always talk foolishness as long as you live. While you keep on accusing Eustace for spreading lies that Vincentians are buying half cake of soap, please inform readers which corner-shops in SVG sells half cake soap. Anyway so what wrong even if Eustace said vincentians are buying half lb of chicken? I am certain that Eustace was referring to the very poor set of people in SVG. I am certain that poor people in SVG buy half lb of saltfish,onions chicken,salt,flour,sugar,butter ect from the rural cornershops. I have personally seen some people experiencing poverty in SVG. Foolishman how often do you travel?poverty is in countries of the world much larger than SVG and possible countries with even more resources or natural resources.Is party preference have you talking like a fool all the days of your life. Further, more I agree with Peter,Teacherfang and ks784. Ralph think he is invincible. The German Ruler Hitler used to think so too. Ralph make his cousin Julian Francis a political power in SVG, make his son Ambassador to the UN, lie to vincentians and by telling them the airport will not cost SVG a dollar. Only some body like you and the other fools who born from the behind of a cow will believe that. ST.Vincent is the only caribbean island that a PM disrespect the people and the still have him there. My feelings are really hurt when I have to believe and say that SVG have some of the most backward and retarded people on earth -truly people like Vincy Powa make up some of those numbers. Vincy Powa why don’t you make a bet with me(put $$$ where your mouth is)that the Argyle airport will not finish by the end of 2013 and neither by mid 2014. Stop talking ,you talk too much nonsense. Action speak louder than voice, lets make a bet! Bet with me so we will know if Gonsalves sending you more foolish. (WARNING: IF YOU GOING TO RESPOND I DONT WANT TO HERE ANY THINK ABOUT GONSALVES HATERS AND DON’T WANT TOO SEE SUCCESS FOR SVG.)Because it was not mention in the paragraph.Thank you

    Posted by profdasilva | March 12, 2013, 21:37
  12. PETER and the REST of the NDP CLOWNS, give us an UPDATE on the PANORAMA PROGRAMME and the BBC REPORTERS that you guys were PRAISING, DEFENDING and SUPPORTING.

    PETER, I have PITY on you and the others, because you guys are just PATHETIC Vincentians.

    Lucky for this BLESSED NATION, you guys are just a SMALL MINORITY who are SUFFERING from that STATE of MIND.

    As I said in the PAST, you wouldn’t know TRUTH if it SLAPS you in the FACE a BILLION TIMES.

    See you around, COLONIAL BOYS.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 6, 2013, 10:02

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