History offers a clear verdict: governments that respect the will of their people are more prosperous, more stable and more successful than governments that do not.
Democracy is about more than holding elections -- it's also about what happens between them.
Repression takes many forms, and too many nations are plagued by problems that condemn their people to poverty.
No country is going to create wealth if some of its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or police and judiciary can be controlled by politicians.
No foreign investor wants to invest in a place where members of government are Marxists.
No foreign investor wants to invest in a place where large sections of the electorate are bribed to vote for a Marxist-led government.
No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and beatings by the police. That is not democracy that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end.
Make no mistake: history is on the side of brave Vincentians and politically and morally Vincentians. Those in the judiciary, police, and in any other position of knowledge to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, to blow the whistle on corruption. SVG doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.
People should have the right to run a business, knowing if they sell or trade with the government they will be paid. People should have the right to get a higher education without having to consult a politician. People should have the right to work and study without being a party member of the ruling political party. People should have the right to sell their land or property to the government and know they are going to be paid promptly at a current market valuation. People should have the right to live a peaceful life without political hate, spite, and malice being applied to them. People should have the right to vote or support whatever political party they wish, without being penalized and punished by the ruling party. People should have the right to know that they are being led by decent people, truthful people, people who are not serial liars.
We have a responsibility to support those who act responsibly and to isolate those who don't.
For the sake of tourism and investment, the Caribbean must be seen to be made up of serious minded countries committed to democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights, peace, stability and the will to fight against corruption and poverty. It’s time to remove the pretence of doing these things by some Caribbean leaders, whilst doing the opposite. It’s time to dump all the old politics based on Marxism and the cloaked evil of 'modern socialism', which is simply a dressed up name for communism.
A government that respects the will of their people will be more prosperous, more stable and more successful than governments that do not.