|Letter: PM Gonsalves: A desire to lead without a plan|
|Published on July 6, 2012||
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I can remember well, when I was a teenager, the president of the Clippers basketball club, Heracho Skeet, migrated, leaving the club without a willing administrative leader. Conrad Simon, who at the time was the captain of the Clippers basketball team, was along with Mr Skeet responsible for the day to day management of the club. So with Skeet’s absence, it was the natural progression for Simon to take over leadership of the club. Although everyone looked forward and hoped that Mr Conrad Simon would step into the slot that Heracho left vacant, unfortunately Conrad Simon was pursuing a degree program at university and did not want the added responsibility.
As a result, from the excellent job I did when I was awarded the responsibility as a member of the fund raising committee, but more specifically in the manner in which I planned and executed a fair on the club’s behalf, and the volume of funds generated from that fund raising venture, it was Conrad’s opinion, I would better serve the club in the capacity of president, he also reassured me that he will be there to guide me if I needed his help. As a stamp of approval, Mr Conrad Simon took the time to make his opinion known to the other members of the club. Although I was a new member (just about a year as a member) no one showed their objection to Mr Simon’s recommendation of me to hold the post of president of Clippers.
I was not only flattered by the recommendation and the confidence exhibited in me by Mr Simon and the other members of the club, I made up my mind to take on the responsibility, which at the time seemed eminent and set in stone.
As is expected in a democracy, one of the members was secretly, trying to sway the other members of the club to elect him as president. His campaigning was not good enough to sway the majority on his side, so he solicited the help of a few of his brothers, and a few of his friends from his neighbourhood, none of whom were members of the club. On the day of the annual general meeting, my opponent entered the meeting with a gang of non-members, which included his brothers; unfortunately for the club, none of these persons had any interest in the development of or membership in the club. My secretive opponent made the argument that our club had lost some members and he had invited these people to be a part of the club. He also took the opportunity to request that the preliminaries to make these strangers members be addressed immediately and, with a little argument opposing the move, my secretive opponent’s wish was granted.
To cut a long story short, my secretive opponent managed to capture the presidency with the vote of his newly enlisted friends and I, being a good sport, despite the fact I was dissatisfied with the events that led to his election, vowed to cooperate with him, which I did. Unfortunately for our new president, he did not have anything to offer the club or its members, other than his desire to be president. Under his presidency, the club moved from being a vibrant club to a basketball team only focused upon obtaining funds for uniforms and participating in the local basketball league.
This event of my life reminds me of Prime Minister (PM) Ralph E. Gonsalves, who is no different than my secretive opponent (who will remain nameless), who took over the leadership of the club. Like my secretive opponent all PM Ralph E. Gonsalves had/has was a desire to be prime minister and an even greater desire to hold on to that post regardless; nothing else. Gonsalves manages to hold onto his post with empty big talks and infrastructural refurbishing. Gonsalves really did not build any new roads but he resurfaced several miles of roads, he undertook the task of renovating a large number of public buildings and he made sure every building, which includes community centres, district clinics, police stations, etc. that was renovated received an official opening and coverage in the island newspapers, on TV and on the radio. There were some new constructions that occurred under Ralph Gonsalves’ administration; however, most of them were planned and financed by the James Michelle NDP administration, but because the people rejected the NDP in the polls, these plans were executed by PM Gonsalves’ government.
We have seen agriculture and tourism, the two chief money earning industries in St Vincent and the Grenadines, devastated and remain so under Ralph E Gonsalves’ watch. We have also seen a consistent fall in the GDP; there was no new industrial development. The Marketing Corporation, a government commercial entity which the PM personally took the responsibility to oversee, and pumped millions of dollars in, with the hope of running CK Greaves and Bonadie and Vieira Supermarket out of business, failed again and again. Yet these entities are still flourishing.
LIAT, a regional commercial entity, which PM Gonsalves persuaded Caribbean heads of government to give him charge over, with the assurance he is able and capable of revitalizing and making the airline into a profitable institution. Unfortunately, LIAT began to hemorrhage even more than before when PM Gonsalves took over its reins. Year after year LIAT has been operating at an annual loss, losing millions of dollars yearly. As a result, PM Gonsalves had his time in the sun, providing the people of the region with a false hope of cheaper fares and better service as the fares consistently rose and in an effort to stop the hemorrhage (loss of finances) LIAT has been consistently cutting back on its human resources, leaving fewer people to provide the service the company was so poorly providing before the job cuts.
There is the Cross Country Road which he (Gonsalves) abandomed after wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars on such a useless project. Without skipping a beat, PM Gonsalves jumped right into the construction of an international airport, which he started without securing adequate funding for such a project. In order to secure funds for the Argyle International Airport, the genius doctor is going around cap in hand, begging a dollar here a dollar there, in an effort to complete a project that costs billions of dollars to complete. We have seen the falling apart of the health system, even under administration and operative restructuring. But what is most unfortunate is the fact that PM Ralph E. Gonsalves did not fail to lead the country by example down a path of social, moral and ethical degradation.
What a fellow.
here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!
Is this Allan Palmer again?
Is this the same Allan Palmer who lied on me in his letter to this forum on June 3rd 2011?
Is this the same Allan Palmer who ACTUALLY HATES Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves?
Is this the same Allan Palmer who hates the Prime Minister so much that he planed to kill him?
Is this the same Allan Palmer who went to jail in St Vincent for conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister?
If Alan Palmer really tried to kill the Prime Minister, then one could certainly understand the above letter.
ON THE OTHER HAND...
If Allan Palmer DID NOT try to kill the Prime Minister, but went to jail innocently, then one could also understand the rant above.
Palmer is merely an empty barrel seeking attention.
An empty barrel that went to jail for his inefficiency.
HERE ARE ALLAN PALMER'S OWN WORDS...
"...to have me fired from the service (POLICE) and arrested, charged, tried, convicted and imprisoned to kill Ralph Gonsalves."
This is an extract from a letter which Palmer wrote on Caribbean News Now on Jan 3rd, 2012. It is entitled "An open letter to Ralph Gonsalves and his supporters: Setting the record straight." The end of Paragraph 5.
DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LOOK IT UP YOURSELF.
Go to the top left side of this page. Look under Countries/Territories and select St Vincent. Page back to Jan 03, 2012 and you will find Palmer's article where he admits that he was jailed for attempting to assassinate the Vincentian Prime Minister.
Palmer later journeyed to Dominica and attempted the same thing. This time he was forced to flee the country before the extent of his actions were discovered.
Palmer admits to this in the same article without going into detail. Here is what he said in that article. "...that caused my speed flight from the island of Dominica in 2008."
I have contributed this particular piece as a result of phone calls and emails received -- requesting my proof that Allan Palmer went to jail in St Vincent for conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister.
Palmer is actually PUBLIC ENEMY #1.
Palmer wrote an article on this forum on June 3rd, 2011 entitled, "Who is Simon Anderson?" This letter was completely filed with lies from beginning to end.
Palmer is a dangerous liar, a police-trained conspirator to murder, and someone to beware of.
DO NOT EVER, BELIEVE A WORD HE SAYS!!!
Allan Palmer is a semi-illiterate half-idiot fascinated with seeing his name in print.
Whenever I submit any of my writings to the Caribbean News, I will check a day or so after I submit that piece to see if it was publish, if it is, I will read it through to ensure that the thoughts are actually my thoughts, after that I may check back within a week or so if I check back at all to see who comment on my letter.
I will read every comment with the exception, those that is made by Simon Anderson, and if any of the comment dignify a response I will do them that honor but for the most part I don’t have to defend my writing from opposing views because that is a persons rights to hold and express an opinion that is contrary to those that I express.
Horace Williams AKA Simon Anderson is the brother of Colin John ex-police officer who was given a scholarship to do law on the government expense and is now working in the Director of Public office. That is another story for another day.
I have stopped reading Simon Anderson’s writing (letter or comments) for the simple fact: the man has nothing of importance to say. There is nothing one can learn from his writings.
Whenever I see the pen name Simon Anderson attached to a comment on any letter that was published, I laugh to see that I have become a preoccupation of Mr. Williams, at times I will see three and four comment back to back. I can imagine Horace going to bed and is trouble by his vision of me waking up and writing another of his rants. I can also imagine him having loud discussions of me. You see that is so because I am so important that I am the central theme on Horace’s mind. Horace Williams It is my desire and intent to keep you tremendously occupied with me: Allan Palmer.
O Horace Williams, Please Don’t disappoint me, I expect a speedy reply to this comment as a matter of fact; I expect three long replies, the central theme which must be His Royal Highness Emperor Allan Palmer. You are so predictable. Ahhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
ALLAN PALMER ARE YOU DENYING THAT YOU ATTEMPTED TO KILL THE PRIME MINISTER RALPH GONSALVES?
Further Palmer, are you denying that you went to jail for attempting to kill the Prime Minister?
Palmer, who is Colin John? I know of no such person, AND I HAVE NO BROTHER BY THAT NAME?
PALMER, plain and simple, you are a classical liar.
Why don't you write a column about your time spent in JAIL?
His Royal Highness EMPRESS ALLAN PALMER...
Should I start by commenting on your continuous lying, or should I focus instead on your lack of intelligence and education?
Maybe I should point out how you also continually bastardize, then murder the English language.
Palmer, what is this nonsense you wrote above about:
1) "To see if it was PUBLISH...."
2) "To see who COMMENT on my article."
3) "Those that IS made..."
4) "And if any of the COMMENT dignify my..."
5) "I will see three or four COMMENT..."
6) "And is TROUBLE...."
7) Palmer, your first four paragraphs were really four sentences -- since you did not use one single full stop until the end.
8) Palmer, what happened with the use of comas? Several of them are missing.
9) Palmer, I will not lie. I applaud you for how unconcerned you are about your lack of learning. I certainly does not bother you. Congratulations!
You continue to wallow in your ignorance, and thoroughly enjoy it, like a pig in mud.
Factually though. I do not have a brother who was a Police Officer.
I never had a brother who received a scholarship to study Law.
Why are you lying Palmer?
Why do you continue to lie on me?
Is it just that you simply cannot help yourself?
Palmer, I must ask you again. Why did you on June 3rd 2011 write that lying article on me to this forum entitled "Who is Simon Anderson?"
D. Markie Spring:
It is good to see some writings with intellect and direction.
As you know Palmer, I have been busy trying to deal with my situation. However, I am delighted to read your piece. Palmer by now you should realize that the so called “Simon Anderson” is a waste of Horace Williams’ time! You cannot blame the man for trying to make the “the great man” his god – after all he is looking out for his brother and maybe he too will return home one day and will definitely need some “hand-outs” In light of all this I beg you not to waste your time with him. You noticed that he copied and pasted the same thing over and over again. Well there is a reason behind all this.
He is not a competent server, the letters he posted comes from the communication officer of the “the great man.” However, he is tasked with the job to respond in ill manner when there are thousands of unemployed people in SVG.
Palmer, let me get to the ingredients of your letter. I don’t have anything to take away from your letter, but a few words to add. First well said! There is a need to have a well thought-out plan – one that mirrors bipartisanship. This plan should be communicated to voters before Election Day.
Taking into consideration the latter of your letter, of course the reason for such failure is lack of planning. Again, the airport situation is consequent to lack of financial planning; hence, the reason for the postponement of the completion dates.
LIAT has also been a failure and the only reason SVG has so much stake in this airline is because of our lack airport facilities, so I should give him some credit for doing so. Tourism had improved somewhat, but there are many factors that are lacking – had these things been put in place our Tourism Industry would be far better – not only is this lack of planning, but lack of vision. Our agriculture sector is also a prime example of the lack of planning within the administration and lack of know-how. It is stunningly stupid to see the industry breaking apart and allowing it to fail.
Palmer bring the letters, everyone enjoys reading them.
THOSE WHO HAVE EYES TO SEE, WILL SEE.....
It must be obvious to all thinking readers that Markie Spring is doing what he MUST do -- that is, to support his LYING PARTNER in crime.
Spring himself is accused of lying and will not...indeed cannot, defend himself.
Spring, on December 6th 2010 wrote a column on this very forum where he told the mother of all lies regarding pre-election violence in St Vincent.
Since he cannot deny he told the lie, and he cannot defend it, all Spring could do is to try his best to ignore it. And that is the course of action Spring has chosen.
Spring himself recognizes that this tactic is in itself a mercilessly weak one, so to strengthen his position, he does the only other thing he could do, which is to give suckle to his partner in crime, Allan Palmer.
Palmer himself has an interesting first name....."Allan."
One remembers Allan Stanford.
QUESTION: What do Allan Stanford and Allan Palmer have in common?
ANSWER: "...They both went to jail!"
Back to Markie Spring though. I can understand Spring not being able to stomach me though. I AM THE MAN WHO HAS SINGLE-HANDEDLY DISRUPTED HIS POLITICAL DESIRES.
Spring has categorically stated on his Facebook page that he planned to become Prime Minister of St Vincent before age forty.
Thanks to me, that will not, and never, happen. I have seen to that. ...Spring is not qualified. He cannot even write, and his grammar is atrocious!
This fact was drawn to my attention by a high female official from one of the OECS STATES. She even commented that Spring was trying desperately, but hopelessly, to mimic her style of writing.
Does Spring realize how many other Vincentians are more qualified than he is? Does Spring recognize how many of those Vincentians ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY INVOLVED in St Vincent politics? Does Spring really think he could leap-frog over them and attain the recognition he so ardently desires?
If he does, then he is more dumb than I originally thought!
Spring must definitely underestimate Vincentians if he thinks the majority of our citizens would vote for him as a representative, far worse for him to become Prime Minister.
So Spring and Palmer MUST form an unholy alliance! That is fine though, since as the saying goes, birds of a feather, flock together.
Do Spring and Palmer think that the CNN readers are not wondering why they are silent when confronted with the charges of LYING?
The readers read for themselves the respective letters on this forum where both Spring and Palmer lied to their heart's content.
What do Spring and Palmer think the readers are thinking of their honesty?
How could big men be so stupidly dumb?