When he brings our children a “billionaire junkie and sexual anarchist”, how should we judge our prime minister?
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves recently told us that in summer of 2013 he approached Felix Dennis, who I believe is a friend of his and resident of Mustique, owner of Dennis Publishing in the UK and elsewhere. He said he discussed launching a scheme to empower every secondary school child in the region, by providing each one with a state of the art laptop and software. The idea behind the scheme was to allow the children to learn to demonstrate their creativity and business skills whilst in a secure environment. Nowhere in Gonsalves’ statement is there reference to the laptops being free to the children.
One of the things very wrong with this statement by Gonsalves is that, in 2010, as an election promise [stolen from the NDP] he told the nation that by 2011 every child in St Vincent and the Grenadines would have a laptop supplied by Venezuela. I would say, as usual, this promise was based on several lies. Because every child did not get a laptop, there was a huge shortfall. Also the laptops supplied turned out to be crap, with an operating system and software incompatible with that of government and schools.
Everyone thought this was to a free distribution of machines at no cost to the student or parents. That turned out to be untrue, if it was a promise or just an assumption, it was untrue and the children and/or parents had to pay. Also every child did not get a laptop. Those that did soon found they were inferior and broke down with an alarming frequency. They were then expected to pay for repairs or a replacement machine. It turned out that the children and the parents were expected to fund the government’s so called education revolution. Can anyone believe that our Marxist government has a revolution and it has to be funded by children and parents? Just like children and parents have to fund school books, 300 to 600 EC dollars a year. Most of the kids being poor, it creates a real hardship, and takes food off the tables of poor families.
In this latest deal in 2014, the supply of 12,500 new laptops and technology, Gonsalves tells us that Dennis Publishing, as the UK’s largest technology publisher, is to help specify and build a programme that would suit this scheme. Taking in factors such as usage, security, longevity of the products and a system that would be free from IT managers, Dennis brought in software and IT hardware specialists Carteme to help source the right selection of products. Westcoast, the specialist in information technology, who has great relationships with Acer and Microsoft, was brought in to help Dennis build this programme.
Dennis Publishing, who owns brands such as PC Pro, Computer Shopper and Expert Reviews, specified Acer for its leading edge and robust technology, Microsoft for its usability and longevity of its product range and Trend Micro to build security so that the St Vincent government would be safe in the knowledge that the children would be protected.
Gonsalves tells us: “This project is the result of two extraordinary partnerships; one between the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and the ‘maestro’ Felix Dennis.”
After a little research I ask, “What kind of judgement is that from a legal genius?”
Felix Dennis was better known for publishing his girlie magazines and sex labelled magazines. Maxim magazine, which sold in the UK, used to sell 350,000 copies a month and was described by some as pornographic.
Felix Dennis proclaims in his book ‘How To Get Rich‘: "If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent it."
Described by the UK’s Daily Mail as a “billionaire junkie and sexual anarchist”.
They went on to say, “By his own admission, for much of his life the publisher Felix Dennis has been a ‘coked-up, overweight, cigarette- smoking, malt-whisky swilling idiot with too much money’.
“When he was younger he also had a passion for ‘"five-in-a bed’ romps with some of the ‘14 mistresses’ kept on his company's payroll, as well as a crack cocaine habit that saw him squander £50 million.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1006103/Billionaire-junkie-sexual-anarchist-But-Felix-Dennis-murderer-too.html
Written by Geoffrey Wansell in 2008, is an article every Vincentian should read.
Now I understand that Ralph Gonsalves has from time to time spent periods with Felix Dennis at his Mustique mansion home. I have for the life of me tried to fathom out the similarities between the two men, also what attracts Gonsalves to Dennis. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please leave them for me via the editor.
Whilst you’re at it read this as well, written by Sean O’Hagen in 2013:
“Felix Dennis is laughing like a loon as he tells me how hard it is to spend a fortune on crack cocaine, fine wine and wild women: ‘$100m on sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll!’ he shouts. ‘I literally pissed it away. Do you know how much hard work that is?’” http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/jun/02/nine-lives-of-felix-dennis
Should the name of Felix Dennis be mentioned in the same article as one that refers to our children and their futures? Our kids can look on the internet, find out all about the man, and equate him with sex, drugs and huge amounts of money.
I am sorry to say that once again something like this shows just how stupid Gonsalves choice of man is, how tainted and warped his actual judgement is, and shows us that he is unfit to be our leader.
Gonsalves should be doing due diligence on everyone and every corporation who he engages in state affairs, he even should be careful who he limes with, because we all know that you are often judged by the company you keep.
Gonsalves has made Camillo Gonsalves, Andreas Wickham, and Jerrol Thompson, Acer, Microsoft, and Trend Micro, Carteme and Westcoast look like a bunch of pratts.
Prime Minister, you have let down the Vincentian people once again.