With Carnival fever still in the air in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I must say thanks to “Patches” for the constant reminder of the plight of Ms Michelle Andrews and Ms Margaret Parsons (Canadian of Vincentian heritage) in his song “Ring the Bell.” Police officer Michelle Andrews was the genesis of “Papa Iston’s” big 2008 song, “Hip Hip, Who Rape.”
Well, it all got started with the infamous “rape rally” held at the Victoria Park by the governing party in defence of the accusation of rape and sexual harassment brought against the Prime Minister (PM) Ralph E. Gonsalves by police officer Michelle Andrews. Of course, as prominent party members were hoping to garner a hip, hip hooray response from the crowd, what was garnered instead was the theme for “Papa Iston’s” now legendary “Hip, Hip, Who Rape” calypso. It’s time to revisit some historic statements made by the PM.
Here are a few quotes; I will do my best to translate or decipher the ramblings of this political animal. As a trained zoologist (out of practice), I spent the last couple of days getting reacquainted with my animal behaviour text books and a good helping of all five movies in the “Dr Doolittle” collection. I think I have broken the code and can decipher the following ramblings. Or is it the ramblings of this Mustela putorius politicus
(political weasel)? Here are my interpretations of what was being said.
Gonsalves: "I categorically deny these allegations."
My interpretation: What do you expect me to say? I may lie at times! I did that already!
Gonsalves: "It is an outrageous allegation; both allegations are false and malicious."
My interpretation: How dare these women accuse me; don’t they know I am Papa!
Gonsalves: "I am wholly innocent of them".
My interpretation: Holy Cow! Police Commissioner, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), anyone on the government payroll, help!
Gonsalves: "In the fullness of time, all the conspiracies and plots against me will be revealed."
My interpretation: When pigs fly; I am still looking in the mirror.
Gonsalves: “I shall defend myself resolutely.”
My interpretation: Since I am the PM, it will never see the light of day in the courts.
Gonsalves: "It is all falsehood . . . . I will let my lawyers deal with that."
My interpretation: That’s what the DPP is for; have you ever heard of the term, nolle prosequi!
Gonsalves: The charges were an attempt by political adversaries "to damage me politically and to discredit me in the eyes of the people."
My interpretation: Time to divert attention and blame it on the New Democratic Party (NDP). Peep in their bowl!
Gonsalves: “I shall not give into the politics of personal destruction which are enveloping this country and this region."
My interpretation: I don’t care what the people in SVG think much less to those in the wider Caribbean.
The PM has sued many Vincentians since becoming leader of the country. However, isn’t it very strange that the PM has not sued Ms Parsons (Margaret Parsons - Part 1
, Margaret Parsons - Part 2
)? Moreover, why has the PM not set foot on Canadian soil since the accusation by Ms Parsons?
Furthermore, why is Ms Andrews still a policewoman today? Why hasn’t she been sued by the PM and kicked out of the police force? Or is it as “Patches” said in his “Ring the Bell” hit song of 2014, “Michelle Andrews didn’t tell any lie?” So, are we to believe this 2011 I-Witness News story based on Wikileaks cables “Cop offered cash, house, scholarship to drop rape charge against PM: leaked US cable
”? Looking back, such is the life of Kaiso, politics, and Hip, Hip, Who...?
Peace and justice and get real.