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Letter: The robusticity of blind governance
Published on March 6, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Someday, I hope the gods of good governance smile on St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Today, however, the powers that be sit in their political bureaucratic silos and rain down polarization on the nation. Labour Now! We na turn back! Own the jobs and own the country!

Yet they utter the good governance rhetoric. Then targeted criticism, intimidation, victimization and lawsuits against those who choose not to follow their whacked out policies of good governance.

What is good governance? Good governance is the management of government by regulations that are virtually free of abuse and corruption. At the heart of good governance are public participation, accountability and transparency.

Under the principles of good governance, the integrity legislation would have been implemented from day one. It’s almost 12 years later but still no integrity legislation in SVG.

Shenanigans such as the weekend initiative to punish the people of the Grenadines with the Grenadines departure tax (implemented then later withdrawn) would not have been possible. The Grenadines are part of SVG. We do not have people paying leeward or windward departure taxes to leave Kingstown. Additionally, the cost of living in the Grenadines is much higher than on St Vincent.

It is difficult to characterize what this government considers good governance. When asked in parliament about the US$1 million deposited at the now defunct National Commercial Bank (NCB), he replied, “I will not dignify this with an answer.” This is a far cry from what is considered good governance.

Moreover, it is highly ridiculous to suggest that as an elected member of parliament and Minister of Finance you don’t have to answer a very serious question about money. Much less to suggest that there is good governance in the country.

Furthermore, the false positive analysis that selling the NCB was a masterstroke leaves much to be desired in terms of good governance. It was your government and policies that caused the demise of the NCB. Impudently you denied that the bank was for sale only to later sell controlling interest for less than 50% of the money borrowed to make the bank liquid. And that’s considered a masterstroke?

These and more to come are some of the numerous developments in the robusticity of blind governance that has plagued SVG in the last decade plus.

Peace and justice and get real.

Lenford O’Garro
Washington
 
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Peter:

LENFORD, nice balanced truthful and honest piece.

Thank you once again for your always treasured submissions


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