St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) mourns the passing of Elwardo Gideon (EG) Lynch, the little man with the big voice. EG was the former host of the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) “New Times” program on NICE Radio.
Traditionally, funerals in SVG are solemn. However, funeral services are highly emotional events. Thus by putting fuel to the fire, you end up with what we saw at EG’s funeral, an emotionally charged affair!
An emotional crescendo of boos erupted in the church as the prime minister (PM) was about to address the funeral service. Was the emotional transgression of booing the PM at EG’s funeral wrong?
Well, it all depends on your point of view. In 2011 at “Saluche’s” funeral, EG did not agree with people booing “a” PM. However he made it clear by saying, “But you see the present prime minister that we have here, what he got here yesterday with booing or whatever, that is a taste of what he use to do when he was in opposition.” EG further summed it up by saying, “You eat that now; eat that now, Ralph Gonsalves, because that is your trademark.”
How many times did the PM sue EG? The PM showed EG no mercy, even when EG begged the PM’s pardon “PM of SVG gloats over EG's demise!
” You named, shamed, and vilified EG, but want to go to EG’s funeral and speak of the dead man?
The people have spoken at EG’s funeral and they were unambiguous! Many of the people were the ones that took their last cent to help pay the $200,000-plus judgment to the PM that saved EG from going to jail and the loss of NICE Radio.
If the shoe was on the other foot, would Gonsalves’ family have allowed EG to speak at his funeral? Nuff Said!
In life as in death, the teacher, social activist, talk show host, and calypsonian, the venerable little man with the big voice Elwardo Gideon “EG” Lynch smiles! That’s how it is!
Peace and justice and get real.