Many ULP supporters ‘aggrieved’ as party marks 12 years in office

General Secretary of the Unity Labour Party, Sen. Julian Francis. (File photos)

General Secretary of the Unity Labour Party, Sen. Julian Francis. (File photos)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 29, IWN — The ruling Unity Labour (ULP) on Thursday marked its 12th year in office, with supporters talking on the party’s radio station of the policies and programmes that have redounded to their individual benefit and that of the nation.

But two days earlier, Sen. Julian Francis, the party’s general secretary, said on his weekly programme that many party supporters were “aggrieved” and noted that not many political parties are elected to a fourth consecutive term in office.

Francis had, in his programme, earlier this month noted that the number of popular votes the ULP received has decreased every election since 1998, when it first won the majority of popular votes.

Read: ULP Gen-Sec notes declining popular support for party

And while he said he was not copying U.S. President Barack Obama, Francis on Tuesday said “yes we can” as the ULP looks towards a fourth term in office.

General elections are constitutionally due in 2015.

In the 2010 poll, the ULP’s margin of victory was reduced from 12 seats to New Democratic Party’s (NDP) 3, to a single seat majority.

“There is a lot of desperation coming out from the NDP and we are not to take our work for granted,” Francis told listeners to his programme, as he warned against over confidence.

“It is always better to strategize and plan with the impression that you are coming from behind,” he further said, adding, “We have a lot of work to do.”

Francis said that with political leader of the ULP, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves heading the team, “the elected members doing what they should be doing, the strategy committee, the general secretary and his work crew to actually put the things in place and get them done, we are a formidable team”.

“There are not a lot of governments that gets four terms and … we have to continue the programme that we are doing, we have to continue the work that we are doing, we know what it is.

“These are not things we discuss on radio. And we all know, and in certain areas the work has started and it will continue.

“Let us be reflective on this weekend, those of us who are not pulling the weight as we should, those individuals who feel aggrieved, there are many of them –supporters of the Unity Labour Party. …

“We have individuals — and quite a few of them — who have matters that are yet to be settled and we have to try to settle and satisfy as many as we can. There will always be some.

“But the individuals who are aggrieved and who have things yet to be done for them, don’t take it out on the other 32,098 [persons who voted for the party].”

“We have a lot of work to do. We can do it — yes we can. We are not copying Obama but I know we can do it. We have the men and women in this party. We have the organisational skill, we have the intellectual knowhow, expertise can be bought where there are deficiencies.,” Francis said.

The ULP has said that it is not organising any major celebration because of the closeness of the anniversary to Easter.



10 thoughts on “Many ULP supporters ‘aggrieved’ as party marks 12 years in office

  1. Sorry, too little to late. I admire your honesty on this Francis, you have more balls than I thought, but your time is up and I hope that when you all leave office, that the new government investigates all areas of suspect and prosecute you all to the fullest extent of the law, if anything is found amiss. Thank you all for bringing our country to it’s knees, and thank you all for showing that Vincentians are like cheap hookers that can be bought with Cement and Lumber, and thank you all for destroying every and all industry that we had. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all, for showing the real face of Vincentians to let you all get away with all that nonsense.

    Thank you all for showing the world that we truly are a third world country by all the bad things you do and still go support for it. thank you all for showing the world why St Vincent is so high in the world for rape, You had a rape rally to support the very act that is sick beyond belief. Thank you all ULP for bad roads, bad health care, the destruction of the financial sector. I THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart, we deserved it, but it’s time to go.

    I believe that a lot of the young people are smart enough to get rid of you all, the same young people that you told that your budget is to keep your jobs and the people that have in their, and that all young people without a job would not be getting any, anytime soon. THANK YOU ALL for the years of nothing but smoke and mirror cons and performances and press conferences that talk about nothing.

    Thank you ULP, I hope that you all are proud of yourself. You the party supporters who were suppose to keep your own party in check, and keep them in line, gave them a ticket and the right to destroy your fellow Vincentians because they didn’t support your views. THANK YOU ULP for the massive debt that you now put St Vincent in, Thank you for all the taxes that St Vincent now have, Thank you, Thank you Thank you all. But it is time to go

    Posted by saneblane | March 29, 2013, 17:25
  2. I am sure there will be many aggrieved about not being part of the big ULP share out. Not getting any of the icing, not even licking the mixing bowl.

    Secondly, tell the people where the US$1 million dollars in the old bag came from, where it went, and what happened to it eventually.

    Shouldn’t be difficult for you to answer because as you once pointed out, “we are Portugie we know how to do these thing”.

    There are lots of questions that will eventually be demanded, prepare yourself, time is short in the scheme of the universe.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 29, 2013, 20:53
  3. If as Julian stated that there are many ULP supporters who are aggrieved by his party ineptitude; and we know ALL NDP supporters are aggrieved, then it is safe to say that the whole f’king country is aggrieved by the performance of this Gonsalves Administration.

    I don’t know who switch Julian’s kool aid for truth serum but this fool has been on a confession tour for the past couple of weeks. I think Julian sees the writing on the wall and is preparing the ULP faithfuls for the inevitable,i.e the demise of the ULP. The only thing left for Julian to tell us about, is the 1 million dollar deposit; why the Commissioner still has a job; who shot Glen; what is his definition of rape; the real completion date of the A.I.A and whether or not his cousin planning to see the lease out to the end of 2015 knowing there is no chance of renewal or is he planning to vacate the premises before time with the hope of avoiding a landslide.


    Posted by Teacherfang (@Llijame) | March 30, 2013, 02:11
  4. Teacherfang you not only preaching you teaching too,most of all i want to know who kill cousin Glen.

    Posted by Isola Ollie | March 30, 2013, 08:55

    Posted by Isola Ollie | March 30, 2013, 09:05
  6. TEACHERFANG, yes, we have been HEARING the DEMISE of the ULP for OVER a DECADE coming from your FINGERTIPS to KEYS.

    As a “SAADISS,” one of these DECADES you’re going to get it RIGHT, but I HIGHLY DOUBT IT.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 30, 2013, 11:53
  7. You know I dont really like this boy called Julian but he has a way of getting things done and he has the ear of the masses that support the ULP. He is despised by the NDP supporters not liked by some of his own ULP and he can shoot crap sometimes. I sometimes wish that they didnt have him in the position he is in. We in the NDP could really do with someone like him. I agree with TEACHERFANG above that he may be feeling so but dont ever underestimate him and the ULP. They sprang Victory from the jaws of defeat after the referendum.

    Posted by Augustus de Freitas | March 30, 2013, 15:42
  8. VINCYPOWA, did you get your share or the spoils, would you still be coming here with all your lies and crap if you didn’t?

    TEACHERFANG, your quite right, this man is the unlectable unelected that is only there because he is put there by his cousin GONSALVES.

    ISOLA OLLIE, sooner or later Glenn’s killer will be exposed.

    AUGUSTUS DE FREITAS, be careful of how you talk about the Francis boy, he is one of the wealthiest in SVG, show him the respect he deserves.

    Posted by peterbinose | April 1, 2013, 17:58
  9. Who is the man Mathias who is currently spending millions on land and property all over Saint Vincent?

    Who is he and where is the money coming from?

    Posted by peterbinose | April 4, 2013, 08:39

    Who is the man Mathias who is currently spending millions on land and property all over Saint Vincent?

    Who is he and where is the money coming from?

    Posted by peterbinose | April 15, 2013, 14:03

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