This year the Grenada New National Party sympathizers members, friends, organizers, and support groups, NNP St Patrick’s in New York and Mrs Irene (Joy) Rathan is pleased to present its Man-Of-The-Year to all readers and the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
And this year he is the Rt Hon. Dr Keith C. Mitchell, former prime minister, and present leader of Her Majesty’s People’s Opposition, and leader of the Grenada New National Party. A man of humble origin who has never lost the common touch with Grenadians and who through self discipline and love for his country has soared over many hurdles to be in a position to assist our beloved Grenada to enter better fields of dreams.
With a brain and temperament totally suited for his present post, Dr Mitchell stated, while attending a New National Party rally in Brooklyn in New York on Sunday August 19, 2012, as the guest speaker addressing a crowd of more than four hundred-plus, along with constituent representative, for St Andrew’s, Miss Emmalin Pierre, said “Grenada needs a foundation of concrete and steel, not one of sand.”
He made it abundantly clear from the outset that “Our government first and foremost responsibility is the welfare of all our people and not just one or two sections of the population.” According to our Man-of-the-year, the NDC government has the task to manage its scarce finances wisely, so as to attend to its people’s needs. On the one hand, and on the other to satisfy its domestic, regional and international obligations to our creditors and to institutions of which we are members.
Dr Mitchell spoke of Grenadian families in Grenada who cannot afford to send their kids to school, because of the terrible high cost of living. These parents, he said, “Have no money to purchase food, or books, or even pay transportation to get their kids to school. To deny a child an education is to deny them a future.”
Dr Mitchell was accorded such an enthusiastic reception as to suggest that much of the sympathy during these few months’ stormy events had been on his side. Mitchell is a strong leader with a great personal charm. His leadership and organizational skills that are proving essential today.
In his speech, the former prime minister took the opportunity to outline his legitimate policies designed to lead to the economic revival of the country, once he is elected as the new prime minister of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
Under the new leadership of the New National Party, economic growth and unemployment will be Grenada’s highest priority, rather than ideological purity. Mitchell’s own confidence of success comes from his conviction that he will at last make Grenada, a government of institutions. He has certainly done much in that direction before.
There is a magnetism about him that communicates itself in the confines of a drawing room as surely as it does in his constant public appearances. Today, the strength of the authorities is no longer measured by the number of weakened opponents but by the number of supporters won.
Mitchell said, “We must reorder our priorities, investing far more in rural areas, helping small farmers and small entrepreneurs and creating jobs on a massive scale, we need to focus our consciences on the needs of the people.”
The New National Party will face an enormous task in tackling the economic crisis and in restoring confidence. They have strong public support; the public is also supporting their policies, employment for all Grenadians, restoring real wages, and normalization of foreign relations.
The New National Party will be attributed mainly to our campaign for permanent changes in the administration of Grenada. Mitchell carries a commitment to his countrymen. He is responsible mainly for Grenada’s financial affairs, foreign policy, political matters, unemployment, health care, education are only some of the badly needed economic and political reforms that the New National Party has to bring about.
The New National Party’s primary task is to infuse new hope, faith and dynamism in Grenada and effort to restore its warning prestige.
Mrs Irene (Joy) Rathan hailed Dr Keith Mitchell as a brilliant educator, politician and champion of the poor. He has emerged as one of the Caribbean most popular politician, while representing some of Grenada’s poorest people in Parliament. His popularity has increased to its highest point.
Endurance, endurance, endurance, those are the three things that make a true prime minister, though the Grenada NDC political party may think differently, they seem to forget that “you can’t keep a good man down”, or Dr Mitchell either.
Some of the NDC officials and their propaganda no longer seem so funny or wrong. Those officials, I think their repeated frequent lies are bringing them down very rapidly.
Dr Mitchell has been fighting all his life, and he’s going to fight on, with the last breath in him, he will fight back. Sure, Dr Keith Mitchell is, as Mrs Irene Rathan puts it, a good government crusader. He has been a public servant his entire professional life.
Do we need a more creative brain in this era than his?
So many of the practices in our island nation were forged in the industrial revolution, but we are now in a new era. We must develop our brains with energy and commitment we once used to develop ourselves and our country.
Carnival is over and from here on in we are heading straight to hell. What I am referring to is to the country’s situation in general. Even though the country is literally falling apart in our hands. For that reason, the leader of the New National Party enthusiastically outlined at the rally some of the most relevant aspects about our country’s basic needs. The response he received has made him sure of what he’s doing, before departing for Washington, D.C. to meet with locals and businessmen. The New National Party seeks a new politics that puts people first, that rejects dogma, and embraces practical common sense solutions.
Mitchell highlighted issues relevant to Grenada. His interest is the welfare of every Grenadian man, woman and children. The vast majority of Grenadians live in villages, and this past year in particular, since the inception of the NDC government, their lives have been rather painful financially.
The NDC has done nothing which is designed to improve the quality of life in Grenada. Instead what we have is deliberate callousness, strategy to pauperize and marginalize the people of Grenada.
What happened to the various oaths that the prime minister and every member of his cabinet swore to uphold and defend the interest of Grenadians?
No help, no assistance, no jobs, no healthcare, no education, Nothing.
What the NDC proposes instead is to drain as much as possible from the pockets of long suffering and hard working Grenadians into the pockets of the fat salaried privilege party supporters.
Instead of putting money into the rural economy, we are seeing a decline in money paid to road workers, our roads are in despair, since this uncaring, vindictive, heartless and deceitful NDC administration came to office.
Agriculture in serious trouble, construction is down; the banks have no money to lend for the building of homes. This government is engulfed in a socialist framework and this country will see no progress under this present administration.