|Letter: Gonsalves please tell me I am wrong|
|Published on October 12, 2013||
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One of the many sayings that stuck with me from the seniors I associate with is: never put all of your eggs in one basket. The moral to this parable is critical and should be considered when one is engaged in any stage of personal and or other planning. In that, when we are planning, we must have alternatives routes and means to meet and achieve our goals. In other words: when one door is closed we must have another door or window that we can open. Today, such thought and consideration are called contingency planning.
The plan has been set in motion, a committee to decipher the whole issue of reparations has been formed, and they have had a launching. All this in spite of the fact that the world is currently going through an economically tumultuous spin and first world countries are now experiencing and fighting to overcome third world problems, as well as the fact that it is unrealistic to believe that any European nation is going to shell out monies for the suffering even of my fore-parents; most of whom have died hundreds of years ago. In my mind this whole reparations thing is ludicrous and a waste of money and brain cells; brain cells that could have been dedicated to more worthwhile developmental ventures.
Here we have a situation, where the economic instability of most Caribbean countries, as well as the fact that most Caribbean heads of governments, have allowed their fear of failure and the insecurities that accompany managing the ailing economies of their countries to be transformed into desperation, which is allowed to compete with and in some cases replace their rational thoughts. Now they are like a drowning man clutching at anything that moves and embracing every scheme they think could bring money into their countries. They are willing to settle for a hand out rather than to try to come up with plans to empower their people and have the people combine their gray matter to solve their problems and find a way out of the present hardship. The question is: after the reparations handout is received and the monies are spent, what next? It will be important to know that the nations will be in a creatively and innovatively worse state than they were before reparations.
For Ralph E. Gonsalves, reparations mean one thing and that is monies to complete and paint his potential white elephant gray. Here we have the self-professed brilliant prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, who started several capital projects and abandoned them midstream; as a result, millions of dollars were wasted; then he took on a project with a financial scope that is much bigger than his capacity to understand such a project even with help.
It is common knowledge and practice that when any government plans to undertakes any extensive capital or other project, before they begin any such project they first seek out and secure funding for such. It is only after securing such funds that the project can be tentatively given a date of completion, barring everything goes as planned.
In the case of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines, which is led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is the alleged holder of a doctorate (PhD) degree, he planned a project, had no finances to start and or complete this extensive project; however, he burdened the other sectors of government by drastically cutting their already small budget to facilitate the commencement of the airport. He also put a hangman’s noose around the necks of the people by cutting back on government provided essential services, raising taxes on a variety of goods and services, cutting (the port police for example) jobs, etc., all in an effort to start the international airport.
To date he has spent an unknown sum of money that runs into hundreds of millions of dollars on this project. It is expected that hundreds of millions of dollars more will be spent. Yet he does not know where the monies to complete, run and maintain the new project will come from. What is even worse, to date, he has not secured the services of an international carrier to service the St Vincent route.
Who has ever heard of a person, a company, a corporation or government giving an official completion date of a project for which they did not have the monies to start and or finish such project? I will like to know the nature of the calculation Ralph Gonsalves and his advisors used to come up with the four or so completion dates he has so confidently placed on the Argyle International Airport? Another question that must be answered: is the regional airline LIAT going to be the primary and official airline to operate from the Argyle International Airport; thus making the AIA the first international airport in the world to be constructed to facilitate a regional airline? Gonsalves, please tell me I am wrong.
Ralph Gonsalves is not concerned about securing monies for his constituents and the population of the other countries who have joined forces to go in search for monies from our once colonial master. Gonsalves don’t care about the people or improving their conditions; however, he is desperately hoping that the monies will come in time to complete the Argyle International Airport. Gonsalves was unable to secure monies for this project yet he went about like King Kong beating his chest boasting of the empty promises that were made to him. Then he resorted to soliciting from Vincentians the world over; unfortunately enough funds cannot be generated from begging, the less than 500,000 Vincentian the world over as he though.
Now hopelessly, here we are, back to where we began, no money and the project is still undone. PM Ralph Gonsalves is now depending on the monies from reparations that may/may not come for the completion of, the operation and the upkeep of the Argyle International Airport. This is what I call wasted hope. When you speak about putting all of your eggs in one basket; this is a perfect example.
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Spot on Allen, now comes the attack, they just hate the truth because it damages them.
Watch out, watch out, there is a comi about.
Allan, as much as I respect your stedfast commitment to our homeland I think you have to separate your personal disagreements with the PM from your analysis of the infrastructural needs of SVG. If the ULP cannot complete the Argyle International Airport, wouldn't that create a great opportunity for the succeeding government to step up to the plate and show its mettle? I tend to feel that such a project should not be placed squarly on the shoulders of one man or one political party. It is too important to our future.
Furthermore, by cloaking the PM with the burden of the airport development you tend to empower rather than minimize him. Let's look at this projecvt as "arwee own" and not the personal property of Rslph Gonsalves.
Best regards, my brother,
Allan Standing Tall Palmer:
Vincy Vin, my long lost brother,
There is no hiding it, there is no sending back the airport now, to much have been invested and it is impossible to do so even now Gunzie wants to send it back.. Although it may be cheaper in the long term if we did.....
Unfortunately, I think you missed the point. This article is about incompetent and irresponsible behavior by our prime minister: Ralpg E. Ginsalves.
1. For starting such a finincally intensive project without first securing the needed monies to complete it. Now we have good.money sitting at argyle and God knowns when the people is going to get the benefit of and form it. I am not putting a return into the equation
2. The shame he Ralph EG. brought upon the country and people, not to mention how foolish out PM and our people looked to the rest of the world, fo see our PhD hilder PM trying to finance a billion dollars project by begging cap in hand. Didn't Ralph know that the administrative cost of soliciting and soughting out all the begging would have eaten up the bulk of the donation.
3. His continued inability to do what he should to confirm to international standards as it relates to this project, so he can access conventional financing for this project...
Vin, from Vincy, an international air port does not give me greater or more important when with my regional and international friends but Gonsalves' behaviors is surely an embarrassment I am always wearing in public as well as when I am in private.....
If countries did not trade slaves, and Caribbean island countries did not buy slaves, who is suing who?
Can the descendents of slave owners be sued? can the descendents of slave traders be sued? can the descendents of slave shippers be sued?
Who can sue who and why are they responsible for actions of their predecessors hundreds of years ago?
None of the people involved are alive, their children are not alive, how on earth can anyone prove their relationship with any party living or dead?
The British government did not trade slaves, but they did make laws to stop slavery.
Allan Standing Tall Palmer:
Peter that is my argument ever since, I got interested in the whole reparation issue. I don't know why common sense is not prevailing in this case. Why these people cannot see the folly in their effort to claim monies from the children of slaves owners most of whom are broke as a consequence of retribution.
I hope Gonsalves remember that Retribution still exist and will one day meet up on him. I am sorry for his children they are going to pay for the sins of their father if they don't encourage him to change his ways... What Gonsalve gets in the form of retribution he deserves however, I am sorry for his wife and children.
Alan, its my belief his wife and children are already being punished for his actions and behaviour.