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In reply to ULP activist Vincypowa (LETTER)

By Peter Binose

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I have never called the airport at Argyle a phantom project. I have always supported an airport being built.

The only thing Phantom was the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ and the funding, I believe it was a fabrication. A smoke and mirrors deception on the Vincentian people. I also believe there was no Coalition, and no Willing partners. It was all a play on evocative words to fool the people.

We were told that there was a Coalition of the Willing, a group of countries that were willing to pay for construction, plant & machinery, and all the cement and tar-macadam. Everything to be paid for by others, countries willing to help us because Gonsalves was their beloved comrade. It was all lies, there was no Coalition of the Willing, and there is still no Coalition of the Willing, only a Coalition of the Unwilling. Countries who wanted us to employ their workmen and corporations. Countries that wanted to give us loans, to earn money from us, no willing givers of anything.

Initially some trucks and a few pieces of second-hand reconditioned newly painted plant and machinery arrived from Panama and Miami. I inspected it at close range on several occasions and took the serial numbers to get an idea of prices and values of the equipment. It was driven in convoy from the docks to Argyle flying red communist flags, accompanied by a whole lot of idiots wearing red shirts and T-shirts and a big police escort. I big show off and load of crap rhetoric by Gonsalves. As a matter of dramatics it happened on the busiest day of the week, wreaking havoc to Kingstown’s commercial and retail districts, causing further damage to all those very traders that the government owed money and still owe money, owed now for years, government won’t pay, can’t pay. Now there is doubt in my mind that the initial items were in fact free, a gift from Venezuela. I say that because everything else has proven to be untrue, and the Prime Minister said he sometimes tells lies. This small amount of initial equipment has been added to as the project progressed. The major part of the equipment we purchased, paid for by us taking out loans, even loans from Venezuela, PetroCaribe and ALBA, so much for willingness.

A number of ex British Army Terex Articulated dump trucks arrived. I took the serial numbers and checked on the price they were sold for in the UK, to compare at a later date what was purported we paid for them.

To help us understand the funding, Ralph Gonsalves cousin Julian Francis told the people that Gonsalves had assured him that when the project is finished there will be no debts, and there would of been no cost to the tax payer.

For those of you who do not know Julian Francis, he is the man that told us in the newspapers that if anyone has got a problem being paid by Harlequin at Buccament, to go and see him, and he would try and resolve it. Buccament’s Mr Fixit I named him at the time. He is a Senator in the ULP government, and he has unsuccessfully stood for election once, sometimes called by me the unelected unelectable. Of course I forgot to mention, he is Ralph Gonsalves’ cousin.

I have objected all along to the lies and deceit about approvals and funding, about using the Cubans to build the airport, which could have been built by Vincentians. Robbing Vincentian families of a living, by employing Cubans to do their jobs, jobs that should have been theirs as a right. Paying Cubans three times as much as the highest paid Vincentian artisan worker. All that money being shipped back to Cuba, helping the Cuban economy, damaging the Vincentian economy. Telling us that the Cubans wages were being paid by the Venezuelans, which turned out to be untrue, they have never paid a single cent. SVG have been paying just under EC$400,000 a month, no help from the Venezuelans.

Had the wages been paid to Vincentians instead of Cubans it would have put food on the tables of good Vincentian people. It would have created extra jobs in Kingstown stores. To top that the Government would have got about 50 per cent back from duty and tax’s and VAT. And the Wages bill instead of being about $400,000 monthly, would have only been about $125,000 a month.

In the meantime Gonsalves has been running from country to country scrounging, sponging, poncing, and begging, to try and get a supply of money for the project. He has taken money from countries such as Iran, even they wanted something in return, they were unwilling also, they wanted us to vote for them at the UN. Why? Because they were killing Christians, just because they were Christians. Also they are believed to be constructing an atomic bomb. Iran needs all the votes from little crap prime ministers and UN ambassador’s that they can gather, men that are willing to sell the souls of their countries and citizens in return for a vote in Iran’s favour at the UN. A vote to try and stop the wrath of decent countries from punishing Iran.

Some believe Hugo Chavez contracted cancer whilst carrying on the new direct flight that connected the two countries, a sample flask of uranium from Venezuela to Iran in 2007. It is said he carried the flask on his lap during the flight.

Chavez had come to SVG to look at the airport site and on a rostrum with Gonsalves launched into a tirade of hate against the United States and the U.S. President. Students of the medical college who were there, later wrote to Gonsalves and all the newspapers objecting to Gonsalves slapping the back of Chavez, laughing and hugging Chavez up, after Chavez’s diatribe. They objected to Gonsalves for not rebuking Chavez for making those statements on Vincentian soil.

The college said a vote of the next terms students that would come from Grenada, had voted against coming to Saint Vincent by 85 per cent to 15 per cent. Shortly after this episode the Medical school pulled out. All sorts of other reasons have been given for the college pulling out, but having read the students letter, I am convinced that the Chavez episode was the reason.

There are now three medical schools in SVG, none that have generated the same kind of monitory advantage for the country. The St. George’s Medical University students were said to have generated annually $30 million for SVG. Their rapid departure caused serious problems for Aunt Jobes Supermarket at Stoney Ground who very much relied on them, and currently the Gittens Supermarket at Prospect is a shell of itself (Please go take a look inside, it will break your heart).

Almost all the apartments previously let to students at Ratho Mill, Prospect and as far as Brighton, have remained empty. Most of the owners who built these apartments to accommodate the medical students are unable to pay their mortgages and loans, if not causing the collapse, certainly the near collapse of institutions such as the NCB bank and Building and Loans, adding greatly to their problems.

The Argyle airport has destroyed the very fabric of Vincentian society, because of the way it was dealt with, the cost that we were told would not exist, the loss of St. Georges, the near collapse brought about of our banking and finance sector.

The government owe hardware and building materials suppliers about $40 million, owed it now for several years.

And on top of all that there about 60 ex Argyle land owners, who had their land taken for the airport, now several years later, they remain unpaid. What a disgrace.

 

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3 thoughts on “In reply to ULP activist Vincypowa (LETTER)

  1. Well said Peter. Mr Eustace said he would send in financial forensics and I hope he does so, we cannot let this man and his henchmen get away with destroying our country that we love for, many years to come. It is sick when people are still defending a man, while he is there killing them slowly. As a person who works in Information Technology I deal with facts and hard data, commess doesn’t interest me, and all the ULP is talking is commess backed up by hot air, smoke and mirrors and no facts. I have never heard the Prime Minister engage in a conversation where he sounds like he knew what he was talking about, he always comes off, at least in my opinion as a conman. Telling lies left right and center, and getting into gutter talk which he does often when any meaningful question is posed to him, or if that doesn’t work, he tells another lie about somebody wanting to kill him. “Watch way Arnheim ugly”, “Yo see how Eustace nasty”, and other nonsense like that.

    But he is not the only one to blame for the state of SVG, he was elected on the premise that his people would be taken care of while everyone would suffer. The people of SVG voted for him knowing fully well what he was going to do, but shame is a funny thing, and many of them cannot even face themselves in the mirror today. “Own the jobs”, “Own the government”, well comrades it is time to own the debt, and failures and in your face poverty that you have brought about to the people in SVG. Own all of it, and stop blaming an opposition that has no power. And I would like for the PM to grow some balls and stand on his feet like a man and take responsibility for his failures.

    And last but not least, there use to be a time when shows like “Encounter” and the likes use to be on the television when I was down there. But It is now my beliefs that those were nothing but agent provocateurs paid by the then opposition led by Ralph Gonsalves to talk about morals in SVG. Our church leaders have taken silver coin and sold us out long time ago, we just didn’t realize what was going on. And now the very same pastors are drivings around in big cars, but that was nothing new, because they sold their souls a long time ago for the mark. And that mark is the red sticker, and red shirt and party card. The bible say without the mark of the beast life would be very hard for people without. And what we have in SVG is that very same mark that the bible speak of. In closing I would like to say that we have a God and he is above all, and he doesn’t sleep.

    Posted by saneblane | March 18, 2013, 12:28
  2. SANEBLANE, its just a shame that more in the Diaspora cannot smell the fumes of Sulphur emmitted by this evil Marxist regime.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 20, 2013, 08:43
    • It’s sad man, If I didn’t come down there for myself I wouldn’t believe it. The ULP have some of the best marketing going on, they sell their party very well, remember they control most of the media that is coming out of Vincy. And the very few like Nice Radio and this very same blog by Kenton is like a whisper in a fish market. You can’t hear them over the sound of all the propaganda that leaves SVG.

      But don’t worry he can’t stay there forever, and I and many Vincentians like myself, we want him to be behind bars for the misuse of power in public office. And maybe after that he might not be able to hide behind the DPP for the rape accusations. It’s sickening that people defending this alleged rapist in office (accused and not defending is guilty in my eyes). Sick real sick.

      Posted by saneblane | March 20, 2013, 20:07

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