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Letter: When the NDP are elected
Published on September 17, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Some of the things we should look forward to with an elected NDP party.

1. Lower cost electricity for the public, helping people to afford electricity

2. Lower cost electricity for industry, encouraging investment

3. Starting and completing in good time alternative energy, cutting fuel oil imports

4. The removal of VAT on many food and essential items

5. To introduce a real Education Revolution with apprenticeship, getting the youth working

6. Introducing a fiscal policy that will reduce our loans and borrowing

7. Removing communism from our education system

8. Removing communism from our government

9. Stopping all spite and malice against citizens regardless of political affiliations

10. Stopping all the nasty name calling and insults by ruling politicians

11. Kick-starting the agriculture and farming industries

12. Bringing several large corporations into the island, at least one Leeward and one Windward, big employers paying real wages

13. Re-employ and re-engage all those people like teachers and port police who have been removed from our system to satisfy the ruling regime, they will all get their jobs back

14. Stop all the graft, bribery, theft in government, in ministries, in government companies

15. Introducing far reaching and proven methods to cut crime by 50% over five years

16. Full and in depth investigations of all complaints and such regarding rapes, theft, graft and all wrongs against the state and people

17. Finish the Argyle airport to a better style and quality than is presently presented, correcting the current gross engineering problems and mistakes

18. Paying all the people who are owed multi millions under this current government and just cannot get paid

These are just a few of the things that we should run with.

Peter Binose
Self appointed keeper of the whistle
 
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Ricardo Francis:

Peter:

I am of the view that you should have more faith and confidence in a Prime Minister Ricardo Francis of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to do the right and proper things for Vincentians.

Prime Minister Ricardo Francis of St.Vincent and the Grenadines in Waiting.

Vinci Vin:

Peter:

I was amazed to learn that consumers of electricity in SVG pay a 100 percent surcharge on their bill. How is this possible when we are being provided with low-cost oil from Venezuela? Where do the savings from the concessionary prices go?

4. The removal of VAT on many food and essential items
Response: VAT on essential foods, over-the counter medicines, and clothing is criminal in a society with a dying economy.

5. To introduce a real Education Revolution with apprenticeship, getting the youth working

Response: Just Relevant and Effective Education process/system. Revolution is a term which braggarts are enamoured for propaganda effect.

6. Introducing a fiscal policy that will reduce our loans and borrowing

Response: That depends on the type of borrowing. If we are borrowing for productive purposes, that is a good thing. On the other hand, if we are borrowing for consumption, then that should be denied.

7. Removing communism from our education system
Response: Is the system impacted by communism? If so, how? If you are thinking of banning the references to communism in school, then I know that you are not serious.

8. Removing communism from our government
Response: No need, our government is not communist. That's a Red Herring.

9. Stopping all spite and malice against citizens regardless of political affiliations
Response: Ditto! How?

10. Stopping all the nasty name calling and insults by ruling politicians
Response: Ditto! But how?

11. Kick-starting the agriculture and farming industries
Response: The state of our agriculture is a national disgrace. This is fueled by the miseducation of our young people who see agriculture as a negative word.

12. Bringing several large corporations into the island, at least one Leeward and one Windward, big employers paying real wages
Response: To do what? How do you expect them to be competitive? What structural an ownership strategies would be employed?

13. Re-employ and re-engage all those people like teachers and port police who have been removed from our system to satisfy the ruling regime, they will all get their jobs back
Response: Victims of political victimization should not only get their jobs back but must also be compensated for lost wages and pain and suffering. But where will the money come from? Suing the former government and its leaders?

14. Stop all the graft, bribery, theft in government, in ministries, in government companies
Response: We have heard that before. It did not materialize. How do you expect to accomplish it this time?

15. Introducing far reaching and proven methods to cut crime by 50% over five years
Response: THis is akin to the 5,000 jobs promised by the ULP. We will never solve the crime problem until the economy has recovered to present jobs for the jobless at living wages.

16. Full and in depth investigations of all complaints and such regarding rapes, theft, graft and all wrongs against the state and people
Response: This is an elementary function of a democracy. Why isn't it being done today?

17. Finish the Argyle airport to a better style and quality than is presently presented, correcting the current gross engineering problems and mistakes
Response: This is your best thought on the airport to date. However, the airport will be finished and in operation by the next election date.

18. Paying all the people who are owed multi millions under this current government and just cannot get paid
Response: Again, how do you expect to generate the cash? We cannot simply print money!

This is a good debating start. The ideas need to be fleshed out and disseminated to the Vincy public.

Best regards,

Vinci Vin

Peter Binose:

Good evening VINCY-VIN

Just to respectfully correct you. We do not get low cost fuel from Venezuela. We were led to believe we would get a lower price, but that was lie, we pay market price as set by Opec, it is against Opec agreements for any member country to sell below the set international price. We pay full price for our oil. Where we are supposed to gain is by the credit term offered by PETROCARIB, and fully taken advantage of by our minister of finance. We pay 40% at 30 days and the balance we have up to 25 years to repay at a low rate of interest. That money taken by us as loan can then be used for social contracts of our choice. We take that money and put into the airport. Remember we were told that a 'coalition of the willing' were going to pay for the airport. Now it turns out that the citizens are paying for it. When we the people pay for our gasoline at the petrol pump, the pay the full price which includes duties, taxes and VAT. The state of SVG is buying it for a fairly low price and the price at the pump trebles. Then somewhere down the line citizens are going to have pay PETROCARIB the loan, we are paying for our gasoline several times over, we have been ripped off royally.

Founded in 1960, OPEC is an open conspiracy in which representatives of the rulers of a dozen kleptocracies Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela get together at periodic meetings and decide what the world price for oil should be, and then assign production quotas to each so as to force the price to that level. This is very different from the way business is conducted in a free market, and it produces very different results. They agree to not sell for less than the agreed price, but can sell for more.

vinci Vin:

So this is a classic case of "What you hear is not what you get". Indeed, much international aid is being received in the name of Vincentians. But as in the case above, the benefits do not reach ordinary Vincentians. Consequently, we need to ask the Opposition party to do the research and analysis of international aid received by the Vincentian ruling party in the name of providing benefits to the Vincentian people.

How much aid have we received over the past twelve years? How has this aid been used? How has Vincentians benefitted?

Mr. Eustace, please put your skills of economic analysis to do the analysis and inform us, Vincentians who do not have access to the actual numbers, about the reality of international aid received in the name of Vincentians.

Ours is a democracy. Therefore the opposition party MUST have access to strategic economic information.

Me garn,

Vinci Vin


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