PM says journalist, newspaper must ‘stop the lies’

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (shown) told journalist Ashford Peters that he and The News newspaper must “stop the lies”.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (shown) told journalist Ashford Peters that he and The News newspaper must “stop the lies”.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 27, IWN — Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told Ashford Peters on Monday “it is amazing the extent of amnesia you have as a journalist” and that he and The News newspaper, for which he works, must “stop the lies”.

The comments came during an exchange between the Prime Minister and the journalist during the question and answer period of a press conference.

Peters, a freelance journalist with over 10 years’ experience in the field, said that while the decline of some financial institutions here was because of the global financial meltdown, there were also “allegations of corruption”.

He said that Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party administration, which came to office in 2001, had accused the New Democratic Party government of being corrupt.

“What do you have to say about all these allegations of corruption?” Peters asked the prime minister, adding that there were also talks of corruption at the Inland Revenue Department.

One public servant at that department has been charged with over 100 counts of fraud.

Gonsalves said that a government report in 2009 on the financially troubled Building & Loan Association (BLA) found evidence of a “serious management issues”.

The BLA came under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance in 2009 and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) — a State agency — took over its management and control in February.

“The report didn’t speak to corruption in the Building & Loan,” Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, said of the 2009 findings. “I am very slow to make that allegation against anybody but it is clear that there was a lot of neglect,” he further said.

He further said he doesn’t see how practices contrary to the rules or prudent financial management could be “laid at the door of the Government.

“It is a peculiar twist. It is the first time I hear it being done, or attempted to be done,” he said in response to Peters’ question.

But the journalist interjected that it is not blame being laid at the foot of the Government but that “at a particular time” the BLA was under Gonsalves’ oversight.

But Gonsalves responded that that period was the first time anybody was seeking to put anything in place to maintain oversight of the 72-year-old building society.

“Individuals have their responsibilities as board members and managers and the like. If they acted in a manner which is contrary to the best prudential guidelines, we will have to await to see what the FSA or any shareholder in Building & Loan will do in relation to that,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that contrary to comments that the Government was entering Buildign & Loan to access its money, the State has had to borrow money to shore up the financial institution.

“So, we are trying to save it, when others and their friend, clearly didn’t run it properly,” he said.

“In relation to the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it is amazing the extent of amnesia you have as a journalist — and this is not a personal attack,” the Prime Minister said in reference to the former National Commercial Bank, another of the institutions where Peters said there were “allegations of corruption”.

 “Prime Minister, you are accusing me of lying?” journalist Asford Peters (shown) asked Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Monday.

“Prime Minister, you are accusing me of lying?” journalist Asford Peters (shown) asked Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Monday.

“I have repeatedly stated, and you seem not to get it, that the last three years of the NDP rule, which included the two and a half years that Arnhim Eustace was minister of finance, the independent auditors of the National Commercial Bank gave a qualified audit,” he said.

“… When I came to office, and I saw the state of the National Commercial Bank, what were among the things? In the first few months — and I want to lay it out and you and Shelly must write it in The News and stop the lies,” Gonsalves said, referring to Shelly Clare, editor of The News, the most widely circulated paper here.

“Prime Minister, you are accusing me of lying?” Peters interjected.

“Wait, no, no, no, no,” the Prime Minister said.

“You are accusing me of lying in any article?” Peters further contended.

“I am not accusing you of lying,” the Prime Minister said.

“Well, that is what you have said,” Peters responded.

“I’m saying and stop the lies about what happened under the watch of Ralph Gonsalves with the National Commercial Bank,” the Prime Minister said.

He further stated that shortly after the ULP came to office in 2001, a bank in Trinidad offered to pay EC$500,000 for the NCB.

“Go and look at the figure. I have spoken these over and over. But, some people don’t want to hear them. The extent of Government’s equity in the bank was a number approaching zero,” the Prime Minister further said.

“When we sold 51 per cent [in 2010], Government’s equity was $84 million. The bank had grown in value, in wealth,” Gonsalves further stated.



4 thoughts on “PM says journalist, newspaper must ‘stop the lies’

  1. ASFORD PETERS, at last a non-arse-licker, a man who is not afraid to ask pertinent questions, a man that is not about to cower from Gonsalves onslaught that journalist are forced to endure on a fairly regular basis.

    Shame though that some of the other newspapers are frightened of Gonsalves, or perhaps frightened of the prospect of any ensuing spite that might follow a confrontation with the fat man.

    He did most certainly call Mr Peters a liar, he also said that the News printed or published lies against him.

    Isn’t that a bit ripe coming from a man such as Gonsalves, a self confessed and confirmed liar.

    Our own Kenton Chance, listened to a tirade of crap from Gonsalves, then calmly asked his questions.

    I believe that Gonsalves has no respect whatsoever for journalists, yet expects respect and obedience from the journalists.

    Its time that some of the newspapers stop brown-noseing Gonsalves just for the government advertising. They have already been pushed into 2nd and third place by kowtowing to Gonsalves, their reader numbers still dropping.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 27, 2013, 20:46
  2. POOR PETER, still in the WILDERNESS CRYING OUT for SOMEONE to hear his VOICE of SORROW, but still NO ONE has COME to his RESCUE.

    That said; Dr. Gonsalves is ABSOLUTELY on the BALL to be ROBUST in his RESPONSE to Ashford Peters,

    In FACT, I COMMEND him for his PATIENCE with this particular reporter.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 28, 2013, 01:24
  3. VINCYNEEDSASHOWAPOWA, I am not surprised by your comment as you are known as a non believer of free speech.

    Would you like the list of nasty things Gonsalves has used against our people and to journamists? All decent people who get up and go to bed like normal people, not creep about the garden at 4 am, kissing and hugging police officer, being accused and charged with rape.

    I reccomennd the patience of all the journalist, because sometimes he is so rude some may think he deserves a smack. But as a bully and coward, he hides behind a whole battalian of armed body guards. If they were not about he would not dare to say half the things he says. But thats the make up of the man, I have known him for years.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 29, 2013, 11:10
  4. 1/ To the Media; they are Chattering nabobs
    2/ All Vincentians are from the Chattering class
    3/ Wash “ yo foot” before you come to my Palace
    4/ The Women of Mespo know their men are thieves and they’ll never say
    5/ Mr. Eustace is useless
    6/ Mr. Eustace will always remain a servant [slave]
    7/ People like Mr. Eustace can be bought for a dime a dozen
    8/ SVG People are untutored
    9/ SVG People are unlearned
    10/ SVG People are uncultured
    11/ Dinkie Balcombe is nothing
    12/ Members of the NDP is a minority rump
    13/ NDP members are asses
    14/ SVG people are voting cattle
    15/ Mr. Eustace is doltish
    16/ Mr. Eustace suffers from foot in mouth disease
    17/ PM push up his middle finger to all Vincentians
    18/ Vincentians are terrorists
    19/ The shaker Religion usually over eat, Rounce will ride them but they would wake up and say they get a vision.
    20/ Vincentians are the lowest common denominator
    21/ Son Mitchell a Windbag.
    22/ Vincentians are malignant
    23/ Only if you are a potogee, you can get funds
    24/ Mr. Eustace is a roast breadfruit
    25/ Patel Mathews is a yam boy
    26/ Junior Bacchus is an Idiot boy
    27/ Keith Joseph is a refugee
    28/ All Mr. Eustace creative juices are dried up
    29/ Bush will not see Eustace in the night he is too black
    30/ Bassy Alexander is a stinking dirty dog
    31/ Nurses and Doctors at the Hospital are thieves
    32/ The once noble Farmers [the Rastas] in the hills are vagabonds
    33/ To the Civil Servants he said they wanted to come to the trough, (Pigs eat in troughs).
    34/ All NDP people are backward
    35/ Eustace is a Jackass in a Lion Skin
    36/ Anesia is a dry head Girl
    37/ Anesia is a Donkey
    38/ Vincy PPL can’t read, they use reading material to wrap up Fish.
    39/ Vynnette Federicks is a snotty nose Gel
    40/ The Officials at the Ministry of Education are clueless and superfluous
    41/ Vynnette Fredericks is a Gad Fly.
    42/ No one would read the NEWS NEWSPAPER it is a rag only fit to wrap up FISH.
    43/ Doctor Frazer is a lazy lack luster man.
    44/ Anesia Baptiste is in a CULT.
    45/ Dougie Defreitas never bother the examiners, he walks with pliers in pocket daily.
    46/ Mr. Eustace is a Servant [slave], he would never be a Leader.
    47/ Mr. Eustace is not in the class of my Woman.
    48/ Vincentians read up stuff on the WWW and feel they know, they are all clueless.
    49/ All who voted NO in the Referendum are backward and dunce.
    50/ Castro is the greatest man to walk the face of the Earth [insult to Lord Jesus].
    51/ Vincent Beache is a coconut Bat.
    52/ “Milton Cato the worst Oppressor”
    53/ “Milton Cato a Sucrofile”
    54/ “PR Campbell a Cocobay”
    55/ “Renwick Rose is not fit to be a Leader of anything”
    56/ “Vincent Beache is just an Electrician”
    57/ “Hendricks Alexander is the Worst Speaker of the House ever in SVG”
    58/ “Vincent Beache, dirty beach”
    59/ “Matthew Thomas is a dirty stinking dog”.
    60/ “Barbados’ two main parties are so similar that differences will have to be
    manufactured to keep the party faithful happy.”
    61/ “Chastanet talks a lot of rubbish when it comes to regional air transport.”
    62/ Alan Chastanet is among “a species of brown people in the Caribbean with
    money” who are “not loyal to anybody”.
    63/ The Chastanet‘s are “Castries mulattos”, who believe they are “oracles” and represent a “break in the social advancement in the Eastern Caribbean.”
    64/ “you cannot use general economic theories” with countries such as SVG
    65/ “Margaret Hughes Ferrari s cynical in her view that so-called Western nations
    used the human rights issue selectively.”
    66/ “Show me a liar and I will show you a thief”
    67/ “I tell lies sometimes”
    68 / “shouting across the Caribbean waters is not leadership”
    69/ “even opposition supporters love and adore me”
    70/ “a statesman is a dead politician”
    71/ “snotty nose Vynette Frederick”
    72/ “she went away a girl and came back a tomboy”
    73/ “I wasn’t the one who threatened to make the country ungovernable after the
    1998 general elections”
    74/ “Some of the public servants in the agricultural sector dropped the ball on the
    issue of black sigatoka and should have ordered the materials earlier”
    75/ “those who accuse me of racism are like roast breadfruit, black outside white inside”
    76/ “I am the Blackest Prime Minister St Vincent ever had”
    77/ “blackness is a philosophy not a colour”
    78/ “black Democrats are brainwashed”
    79/ “You cannot please people by doing what they want”
    80/ “Do you really think Chastanet cares about poor black people”
    81/ “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with Bull Sh..t”
    82/ “no one else can run SVG”
    83/ “I have given you the truth and there it is as always”
    84/ “I am here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop”
    85/ “Cornibert said, people completely misinterpret an earlier communication’
    86/ “we have to lift our quality and on an on-going basis”
    87/ “an old lady tell me to take off departure tax for Bequia”
    88/ the IMF is schizophrenic.
    89/ Argyle Airport “ the folly many people utter, completely reflective of their inability to engage in independent thought and action,”
    90/ Argyle Airport “the same bogus nationalists who parrot these inanities, they are the ones who are among the most backwards, colonised and un-emancipated minds in the country”
    91/ Vynnette Frederick is not now a spring chicken
    92/ About Vynnette Frederick: wen she talking the impression yo’ get is like – yo’ know like if a mango drop before it ripe and it force ripe?”
    93/ About Vynnette Frederick: “they say she is a tomboy.”
    94/ “Ah mean, Bayliss would be a very unfortunate fellow if he send a daughter to
    study law, and came back and get a son, … a tomboy,”
    95/ “You know, I don’t want to say anything against Vynnette but I have said
    elsewhere in the constituency, there are three types of mangoes: ripe mango, green mango and fluxy mango. You take your choice.”
    96/ “We not ready yet”

    You the readers be the judge, did these utterances come from the mouth of a man described as honourable.
    Is this the behaviour of an honourable man or a dishonourable moron.
    Will this kind of behaviour bring repute to SVG or disrepute?
    Will this kind of behaviour encourage SVG’s youth to be of good character?

    Posted by peterbinose | March 30, 2013, 16:40

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