“We have term limits, they are called elections,” says Grenada’s former prime minister, the Rt Hon. Dr Keith C. Mitchell.
Mitchell is Grenada’s most outstanding politician and the majority of the people in that nation could not feel more complimented than to have him back as their prime minister. Among the characteristics which we know about Mitchell is his unfailing loyalty to his friends, whether they are up or down, his refusal to be anybody but himself as distinguished from other politicians who cannot resist putting on airs, and his unfailing candor and honesty in dealing with the media.
The Keith C. Mitchell I know is a patriarch, a friend, a businessman, a professor, a politician and so much more. He is a man with a public image built partly on fact and largely on myth. He is a man who embraces consistency, yet embodies contradiction. A man who is strong in a crisis, a compassionate friend and a fierce foe.
He is a decent man who cares about people. He cares about people that other people don’t care about, and the people of Grenada believe him and believe in him. Mitchell is an original, a Grenadian original. There have been countless words written about Dr Keith C. Mitchell in the past and surely a lot more will come, but whatever they say about him, be it on the one hand that he is complex, perplexing but loyal and generous man, or on the other hand something negative, the thing I know about him is that he’s a real complex, perplexing, loyal and generous man and not a pretender.
He is a man of action, determined to move onward, determined to move Grenada upwards. He expects all elected politicians to do their job well. Grenadians believe that the NDC administration has done a very poor job of fixing our economy and putting people to work, and that’s just the icy reality. Dr Keith Mitchell and his New National Party object to the efforts of Thomas to make fools of the Grenadian public. Thomas and his NDC are like an antibiotic they have destroyed a lot of good lives.
They conspired to spread lies to the Grenadian public, they tried to destroy Mitchell’s character back in 2008 and they’re still at it today. He took it because he is Mitchell. He survived it because he was innocent. It’s that obvious and just that simple. He never lost his self respect because he was innocent. The majority of the Grenadian people had made their choice; they gave the NDC the mandate to govern Grenada.
Today, almost five years later they are at it again, with their same lies, false allegations, propaganda, conspiracy theory, and innuendos. This will no longer work. The NDC is declaring war on Mitchell and his New National Party, and we are ready to take them head on. I say bring it on. We will not back down from these wannabe phony politicians. We the people of Grenada will fight to rescue Grenada and every Grenadian from those NDC radicals who continue to hold us hostage against our will. Not this time, NDC government, you will lose. I give my assurance to the people of Grenada that this time NDC will surely lose.
There are many NNP sheriffs in town, we are going to fight tooth and nail, we will not back down, and we will not take this lying down. Not this time.
Mitchell never blamed anyone, and he didn’t get mad. The idea that as long as he was innocent and right, he couldn’t be touched, even though the Thomas government made promises to hold him accountable and send him to prison. The growing perception that they told a multitude of lies to win the election and their failure to prove any wrongdoing on the leader of the New National Party. There was no evidence to support any wrongdoing on Mitchell’s part. The Thomas team was insensitive to the harm done by their lies and Grenadians did not realize they were being taken in.
But as the saying goes, what goes around comes around, and today Mitchell has lived to see them eat their words and be accused of the many things they tried to slander him with. The NDC, the Grenadian media and some calypsonians had aimed their arrows at Mitchell and that time they hit. As a result the NNP suffered a terrible blow at the polls.
But Dr Keith Mitchell was reminded of Rudyard Kipling, who wrote, “If you…meet with triumph and disaster… that those two imposters just the same.” The brouhaha turned out to be an annoying inconvenience for Mitchell and the New National Party, because today he is back better and stronger than ever. Mitchell is taking his powerful messages right to the people touching both their hearts and minds.
People say he gives a speech, walks down a path and leaves havoc in his wake. I say that the people who can’t keep up create the havoc. Mitchell is patient and tolerant, right and wrong clearly defined. There is no sneaky side to him. What you see is what you get. Let me tell you something you already know. The Hon. Keith C. Mitchell will be the one least impressed by reading what others think of him. It’s just not his kind of thing.
His dedication and activities are helping create the political climate that is opening people’s eyes for the first time in almost five years. His great concern for Grenadians who have long being denied an equal opportunity. He is a solid and devoted politician. Mitchell understands our priorities very deeply, because they are his priorities too.
We will campaign aggressively for him and do everything in our power with God Jehovah in charge to help him succeed. By contrast the NDC has been an unmitigated disaster for our people and country. We are now in a whole new political universe. Mitchell knows his subject matter. He clearly depicted at the New National Party’s Sunday rally that he is the type of leader we need to pull ourselves out of this depression.
Mitchell has shown more confidence about the New National Party vision for Grenada going forward. Mitchell is a visionary and an efficient leader, thankfully the New National Party candidates has that in spades. Their tireless efforts on behalf of Grenadians everywhere are why the New National Party is leading the way forward in every aspect.
Mitchell is an example of a legislator that supports education in words and actions. Even in this difficult period, we know we can count on the former prime minister to support education and our students. Mitchell says, “The teachers of this great country are the engine of our education system and it’s their hard work and dedication that influences the future leaders of our great country. I look forward to continuing my public service serving the needs of Grenadians and to continue to be a supporter for important decisions on education that help to shape our school system.”
Dr Keith C. Mitchell has indicted Prime Minister Thomas for the weak state of the economy, since coming to power almost five years ago. “We know the path we’re on is not working. It’s time for a new path. The NDC has been a failure to leadership in Grenada.” Today the NDC are just embarrassing. I’m sure that the global community is wondering what is happening in Grenada that a patriarchal chauvinistic philosophy has taken hold in one of our major political parties.