Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and it is incurable. This diseases is most prevalent among people 65 years and older with over 26.6 million sufferers worldwide of which Chester Humphrey unfortunately seems to be the latest victim.
Alzheimer's disease affects the brain, resulting in its ability to function normally . Alzheimer's patients suffers from memory loss and other intellectual abilities, including ones ability to think and behave normally.
The performance of the president of the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) on a recent GIS program leaves one to wonder if he is aware of what is happening in the environment in which he lives. For 13 years Chester Humphrey fought a battle against the dictatorial tendencies , corrupt practices and mismanagement of the economy by Dr Mitchell and the NNP. He led his union in many industrial actions during the 1995-2008 era, at one time threatening to shut down the country due to the excesses of the NNP . His union TAWU represents workers at the main seaport, the international airport , Grenlec and Cable and Wireless (LIME) among others. Essential sectors for which the smooth operation of the economy depends . A successful national strike by TAWU would virtually cripple the country.
As the senator representing workers, Chester Humphrey led the attack in the senate against Dr Mitchell and the NNP, referring to this political organisation as the worst and most corrupt to ever rule Grenada. How can Chester Humphrey forget so quickly the many unanswered questions he posed in an effort to get information on the excesses of the NNP regime? The many underhand deals that the NNP engaged in, including Levera, Call Center, Garden Group, etc. The many crooks and con men brought to the shores of Grenada by the NNP. The relationship between Chester Humphrey and Dr Mitchell was so adversarial that the two men wouldn't even talk to each other. How can Chester Humphrey forget the pledge he made to get rid of Dr Mitchell from the political landscape of Grenada because of his dictatorial leadership style? Humphrey has been very instrumental in leading the fight against Dr Mitchell and the NNP for many years. He was referred to as a murderer and criminal for his role and support the Revolutionary Military Council (RMC) which was responsible for the assassination of Maurice Bishop and other members of the PRG.
While I believe that citizens should work together in the national interest, no one should be given a blank check to do as he or she wishes Citizens need to be held accountable for their actions. Chester Humphrey accused the NDC administration of not dragging Dr Mitchell before a court of law whether criminal or civil. Today he is propping up the 'new Dr Mitchell'. Everything about NNP for him is shamelessly new. Humphrey's philosophy of whatever he is involved in is good and bad if he is not had had a negative effect on the development and growth of the country.
Chester Humphrey, the once radical socialist revolutionary who it was alleged shipped arms from the US into Grenada prior to the 1979 revolution, is now one of the most vocal supporters of a regime stacked with petite bourgeoisie and aristocrats.
The once proclaimed champion of the poor and working class has quickly metamorphosed into an advocate for the rich and famous.
The president's blindfold support for the NNP administration must be of serious concern to the hardworking workers of this nation. His false proclamation that the government is delivering on its promises and therefore workers must be prepared to make sacrifices by way of paying additional taxes is extremely hypocritical . Whatever the benefits the NNP provides to the workers of the nation today is reparation for the crimes they committed against the workers from 1995-2008
Instead of attending the reparation forum in St Vincent and the Grenadines for slavery over 200 years ago, Chester Humphrey should rally the workers and demand from Dr Mitchell and the NNP reparations to the workers for the many years that they suffered under the NNP regime. The verbal abuse suffered by the workers under the NNP is well documented Chester Humphrey forgets his struggle against the imposition of the National Reconstruction Levy (NRL) on the back of the workers by the NNP following the passage of hurricanes Ivan and Emily This tax was repealed by the NDC immediately upon taking office in 2008. Today he is supporting the likelihood of the same workers paying income tax or probably an 8% salary cut to satisfy his own selfish self interest However , being an Alzheimer's patient he quickly forgets the crimes of the 'old NNP' and is on board with the 'new NNP' with project Grenada. These old socialist revolutionaries have a tendency to create nice sounding slogans in their quest to advance their radical agenda.
How can Chester Humphrey forget that he was ostracised by Dr Mitchell for taking a free ride to Trinidad to be a guest at the signing ceremony of the boundary delimitation treaty negotiated between the NDC and PNM. He is on record for praising this bold initiative by former Prime Minister Hon Tillman Thomas. Listening to him on the GIS program one would believe he is a saint and Tillman Thomas is a demon. Chester is suffering from 'political dementia'.
He is now on project Grenada, as he claimed, for the following reasons:
(a) the government has promised to remove income tax on severance pay. There should not be a reason to retrench had it not being for the poor governance of the NNP, which has resulted in huge debts and deficits and a bankrupt economy . This legislation is nothing new since it was in effect under the NDC.
(b) the establishment of a national health insurance scheme. This has been long overdue and the initial work to established this scheme was by the NDC with the involvement of Humphrey. He also praised the government for staging a health telethon in which the rich and famous refused to pledge while the poor and vulnerable were called upon to make contributions,
While he showers praises on the administration for things that should have been implemented ten years ago he refused to openly condemn the attack on the free school books and free barrels initiative. Programs he strongly supported when the NDC was in office. He has also become mute on the issue of the national transport system for students and the issue of changes to the labour code as he demanded the NDC to do following his fight with the Breweries and Dr Patrick Antoine. Interestingly they are on the same side of the fence today at the expense of the brewery workers.
Chester also forgot that it was the NDC administration who passed legislation to increase the minimum wages of security officers and successfully negotiated salary increases for public workers.
Listening to Chester Humphrey in 2008-2009 and again in 2012-2013, one gets the impression that one of the individual is authentic and vintage Chester and the other a 'ghost' . It is just not possible for the same individual to have such incoherent recollection of information except he/she is suffering from dementia. Dr Mitchell is probably having a great laugh at these men in the comfort of his room.
Chester Humphrey's life has been one on chaos, conflict, confrontation and contradictions. One can therefore appreciate his love for CCC. From as far back as the 1970s he has fought many running political battles of which the longest is the one against Mitchellism. He has lost his two recent battles: the breweries struggle against Ansa Macal, Dr Patrick Antoine and company and the battle for control of the NDC from which he was unceremonious expelled.
These losses have resulted in a dent in his prestige on the national and regional stage. His one time nemesis Dr Mitchell has provided him with a sanctuary in the house of the NNP for which he is grateful. He has lost his way and so the workers of the Technical and Allied Workers Union need to seriously consider whether he has become irrelevant and is incapable of serving their best interest. The workers will have to make a determination as to whether the time has come for him to be replaced by a younger and more independent trade unionist. His willingness to have the workers concede to the demands of Dr Mitchell and the IMF is unprecedented. The time may be right for Chester Humphrey to go and I have no doubt that Dr Mitchell will be extremely happy to see the back of someone who has been a longstanding enemy.
The unholy alliance with Chester Humphrey, Peter David and their clique on the left, Dr Mitchell and the NNP on the right, with a sword separating the two, is one that may end up in some unwelcome events. The faction that pulls the sword first will win and Grenada may once again enter into another period of social , economic and political crisis. Then, according to President Chester Humphrey, he who controls the crime scene, controls the evidence. A quote to ponder on, Comrade Chess.