|Letter: Thank you! Mr Prime Minister|
|Published on August 20, 2014||
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In a private e-mail, I have thanked Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, for satisfying my right to a long overdue Vincentian passport.
After eight months of frustration with the Vincentian bureaucracy, this event has unfolded so quickly that I am left in total amazement. Except for providing hints in previous articles, I have not and will not detail the many circumstances that allowed the bureaucracy to drive me into frustrated anger over this period of time. But, I would like to ensure that no one would now give this issue any sort of political spin.
I admit that, in his handling of this matter in the past few days, Ralph Gonsalves has, once again, demonstrated the type of political savvy and bravado that has kept him at the top of the political pile in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A few crumbs, designed to signal a ‘master stroke’, however, will not result in silence on my part! Bit by bit, the message got through!
Here, I am indicating clearly that his benevolence, in this matter, although much appreciated, will not, in any way, distort or redirect my thinking on matters pertaining to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Evidence of this will be demonstrated as our universe continues to unfold.
During the late morning of Friday, August 8, I was able to reach my brother, Jerry Scott, who had made several urgent attempts to contact me earlier in the day. According to him, he had received a phone call from the prime minister expressing concern about my attacking him on the internet. According to Jerry, Ralph Gonsalves’ phone call about me was not the only one they (the family) have been receiving; apparently, he and his family are being bombarded by telephone calls from people wanting to know more about me and how to reach me.
Jerry made it clear that he would not provide Mr Gonsalves or anyone else with my phone number without my agreement. I thanked Jerry for that, apologized for the discomfort they have been experiencing as a result of my writings, and made it clear that I had no problem with speaking with the prime minister and that he has my permission to give him my telephone number.
Later that afternoon when I answered the phone, I was very surprised to hear Mr Gonsalves’ voice, introducing himself as ‘the comrade’, a greeting that I abhor since I do not consider myself to be anyone’s comrade. Nonetheless, we spoke for some time, mostly about Grammar School and the frustrations of political leadership as experienced by him and James Mitchell and the faithfulness of those who work for and with him, but none of the issues I have written about came into play during our conversation.
In many ways, our conversation was like a one-sided chit-chat between two old friends. At the end, he informed me, in no uncertain terms, that he himself will deal with the matter of my passport because, as far as he is concerned, I am a Vincentian citizen and have the right to a passport.
Imagine my surprise when, early on the morning of August 16 (with a weekend in between), I was informed by Jerry’s wife that Jerry has possession of my passport. Wonders (some people say ‘miracles’) never cease! I say fight for your right! Fight against all odds! Win or lose, in the end, you will have served a greater purpose!
I am, once again, officially, a Vincentian citizen and I do intend to fully utilize that privilege and the many rights that go with it. For me, it is full steam ahead and I will let the chips fall where they may.
I’ll keep on smiling, staying in touch and I’m so looking forward to my six months each year as a snowbird in the land that is truly “home” to me!
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Not Amazed. This continues to confirm that nothing happens in SVG without the consent of a paternalistic PM. In a democracy one should not have to get the approval of an elected official in order to obtain a passport.
Anatol, I have always heard that de Comrade is a micro-manager, but this takes the cake! Your case also shows that the worst things about government bureaucracy in SVG are laziness, indifference to duty, and incompetence not -- as many people say - graft, corruption, and political partizanship.
And remember two things: (1) your SVG passport will not, by itself, get you into America or many other countries and (2) don't stay away from Alberta longer than six months or you will lose your health care benefits.
P.S: My wife still claims the pages of the Vincie passport are too smooth to do you know what.
WELCOME back to FULL SVG CITIZENSHIP, Mr. Scott.
That is but a sample of the sordid extent to which these callous politicians have COMPLETELY POLITICIZED ALL normal administrative activity in our beloved homeland. Not a 'soul' will lift a hand to objectively assist you in this legitimate cause, EXCEPT 'Papa Doc' say-so, or otherwise give them the go-ahead. A ONE-MAN country, like castroite cuba.
IF THEY DARE go about their bounden duty, the Duplicitous one will politically destroy them. They dare not take the littlest chance with the whims of the doctrinaire ideologue. Thankfully he losing it real fast, and will soon be out entirely. Every dog has his day, compey be tell lion.
After reading this guy Anatol letter, I realized that Arnhim and no one in the NDP camp even his brother Jerry, couldn’t help him to get a passport? And even after the PM helped (in whatever manner) he still aint grateful? And I think he should ah’ thank PKnight P Knight (same difference). P Knight was right in his analyses of Anatol, and I wholeheartedly agree. Yep! A “house nigger” alright.
What a devil, what an ungrateful bastard of a man this Anatol guy is. Listen to him when he says…”I was very surprised to hear Mr. Gonsalves’ voice, introducing himself as ‘the comrade’, a greeting that I abhor (hate) since I do not consider myself to be anyone’s comrade”... You think he would have said that if it was Arnhim who addressed him as comrade? All his supporters are from the NDP camp and all are Ralph haters and so is Anatol. Birds of a feather flock together.
Anatol is not a brother in “our” struggle from enslavement, oppression, victimization, disenfranchisement, genocide and all the ills brought upon us from Satan and his gangsters of old, and now we are faced with a new bunch, and some of them even look like we, they even sound like we, even want to be like we. Their motto remains the same as always “never to do good, but evil continually”. In my book the PM should ah’ say…sorry “Persona non grata”.