The 20th century was shaped by leaders, civil rights workers, playwrights, entertainers, scientists, writers, influential people who molded the century. Men and women have made great contributions to our Grenadian society throughout the 20th century as well -- Grenadians who have achieved greatness by either advancing civil rights, or making a major impact in government, sports, and entertainment.
One of those people was Maurice Bishop. Bishop was by far one of the most powerful and greatest prime ministers that Grenada has ever witnessed. Rising from a modest and humble beginning, it was his sheer determination and honest effort that led him to the nation’s highest office. An astute politician and proficient lawyer, he played a vital role in the unification of all Grenadians and led from the front for the cause of creating employment. He made Grenada a better place just by being in it.
He not only envisioned but actually brought to the forefront a truly socialist government which was led by the concept of “a conscious, educated, organized and vigilant people can never be defeated”. Though the New Jewel Movement (NJM) embraced broad Marxist-Leninist beliefs, its policy was much in line with current pragmatic Caribbean interpretations.
What’s more, Bishop led the people and country when it faced its greatest moral crises. He was effective in strengthening the nation’s government and modernizing the economy. Maurice Bishop was a saviour of the people and an emancipator for education. However, just as astonishing as his rise to the top notch position and his eventual governance, his death was equally bewildering as he became the first Grenadian prime minister ever to be assassinated.
I want people to know that all the lives lost were people. They were beautiful, incredible individuals. I want the focus to be on honouring them and not giving the persons who were responsible for their murders any recognition. I’m not an absolutist on such things.
After all, I’m not naming these killers precisely because I think the culture matters, including the new culture. But I am more concerned about the effects of culture on sane people. Turn the pages of Grenadian political history, and you are sure to find one man who clearly outshines all others and manages to attract the attention and interest of all, yes, that man is our own Maurice Bishop.
I think we do the people of Grenada, who stay on the outside looking-in, a great disservice when we assume that they want to be outsiders, and when we judge them and find them lacking in commitment, and in a desire to improve their lives. I have never met a person who didn’t want his or her life to matter, who didn’t hope to be a better person, and who wasn’t looking at least on some level for support towards reaching those goals.
People just need the confidence to know that they can. We live our lives of small steps with great consequences in each of them. The issues and challenges facing families in Grenada today is part of what prompts highly skilled end educated intellectuals to get involved in the political, social and economic process, to examine the reality and challenges of the Grenadian family lives today. To support people and country and assist them is fundamental to moving forward.
We cannot afford to starve our poor. Obesity, a serious problem, can hardly be due to the deprivation of the legal poor, and the huge taxes represented by the loss of benefits of the persons who start working at a low salary creates a demeaning situation.
One of those skilled intellectuals and visionary is Mr Terry Noel from Mirabeau, in the parish of St Andrews, who is returning to his country of Grenada later this year to embark on a mission to work for courageous Grenadians. Mr Noel studied at the University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, in Barbados, obtaining a degree in political science. He has an avid interest in the rural transformation of Grenada, he has an unblemished record and it is his duty to work hard for the people of Grenada, all Grenadians, no matter their political affiliation. He believes every Grenadian needs representation.
Mr Noel would be very effective in whatever he does as a politician, when he decides to run with any political camp in Grenada and move on to better and bigger things with and for the people.
Progress will be made in the areas of Grenada, because Mr Noel will give it the attention it deserves. Noel is regarded as a vibrant leadership citizen who believes that unity and reconciliation enlivens and motivates our entire communities, and he wants to make a difference. He wants to take initiatives to raise awareness and take action as advocates for positive change. His initiatives centres on Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “My life is my message”. This super qualified professional is sure to be popular with the Grenadian population.
One of his goals is to initiate charitable and social activities to help the poor and the needy; he wants to help bring back economic growth and stability in Grenada. Today, Grenada’s economy is at its worst.
Mr Noel said, “Grenada needs great leaders like Senator Nazim Burke, but what we also need right now are great followers, bring back the Grenada who used to respect and honour their commander-in-chief, bring back the good vibes.” He is no stranger to the plight of the underdogs. He really thinks that a lot of Grenadians are becoming aware of the overreaching power of the NNP government getting involved in our pockets and our home.
He believes in pushing for legislation on financing of political campaigns, which is a component of the current political framework that is most responsible for breeding corruption in this Mitchell government.
The NNP institution is an institution of greed, lies, corruption, secrecy, monetary distrust, where the members of Mitchell’s cabinet talk about him behind his back, yet their brand of democracy rules all.
Opponents have said members of the NNP cabinet are not happy with Mitchell. Who would? They talk behind his back, but are too chicken to say anything to his face, and Mitchell knows this, for he himself said it. He is showing his true dictatorial tendencies.