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Letter: Spin and twist doctors on parade
Published on May 1, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Seems like we have more ankle twists in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) than Chubby Checker doing the twist or the late Sam Cooke twisting the night away. So, was it a reparation twist that prevented the prime minister (PM) from attending the Chicago conference? Or was it an ankle twist as stated?

As a former athlete, I have had my fair share of twisted ankles, hamstring pulls, and a host of injuries. However, a few Ibuprofen and an ice bucket does wonders for an ankle injury! When push comes to shove, you “man-up” even with an ankle injury and give it your best.

Former British 400m athlete Dereck Redmond will always be remembered for his Olympic spirit at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Come high or low water, even with a torn hamstring, he had to finish the race. It was too important not to finish the race.

Furthermore, former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling pitched Game 2 of the 2004 World Series with an ankle injury. The one with the famous bloody sock!

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! No hamstring or ankle injury could stop these guys. The cause was too important and it was not life threatening! Career ending, possibly, but not life threatening!

Therefore, after claims of championing reparations for black people, an ankle injury stopped the PM from attending the Chicago Reparations Conference. By the way, didn’t he hobble with a stick to the Royal Wedding? Similarly, didn’t he take a nurse on other trips abroad?

I am sure he could have sat in first class with his foot elevated and also used a wheelchair. It is not like he had to walk one block to get to the conference. He would have been chauffeured all the way with wheelchair accommodations available.

After all the talk about reparations, aren’t reparations too important for you to be sidelined with an ankle injury?

Or was it the contents of the letter (Gonsalves eminently unsuitable to lead reparations) from the Concerned Vincentians at Home and Abroad that put the spotlight on the hypocrisy of your reparations talk? I have said it before, “Like charity, reparations begin at home”!

So, was it a case of “He-car-go to Chicago”? Or a case of “Ankle in Reparations Mouth Disease”? Or just plain old, “Gunzy Twist”?

Well, ah hear there is an “Ankle Twist Revolution” in SVG and the spin and twist doctors are on parade. I am sorry for them, as I rained a few smart bombs on their spin cycle parade!

GAO boy! In 1986 you did a number called, “I Man I” on Mitchie. How about a little “Gunzy Twist” for Vincies?

Peace and justice and get real.

Lenford O’Garro

P.S. Doug, it seems like retaliation for your effort has started in SVG against your brother with the raiding of Howard’s Marine and new taxes on outboard engines. How small-minded! Here is a not so revolutionary idea because in the end only the people and the nation suffer.
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Peter Binose:

Thanks for that Lenford.


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