There is wailing and gnashing of teeth in Grenada by the people who are clamoring and awaiting the return of Mitchell and the New National Party. The economy is bad and Prime Minister Tillman Thomas cannot explain how he’s going to fix it. The prime minister has not created any jobs, although he says he did. Apparently, those are secret jobs, because the unemployment rate hasn’t dropped in almost five years. Grenada is not prospering economically. No matter what Thomas says he’s done, the facts are that personal income is down, no jobs, and unemployment is on the increase.
It is the New National Party’s goal to work diligently in support of the interests of businesses large and small to advance a legislation that encourages economic growth, job creation and employment. Mitchell’s re-election as prime minister will help produce sustained economic growth, help create more jobs and get our country back on track.
Grenadians recognize his ongoing commitment to job and business growth. Prime Minister Thomas’s failed policies have left our economy in a stagnant state and created a stifling environment for business growth. Thomas has failed to identify with people, failed to identify himself. People don’t know him, and what they know, they don’t like. The people of Grenada are also frequently disappointed and disillusioned by the NDC melodrama.
This poisonous trend is exemplified by the campaign of NDC candidates, who are challenging the NNP candidates. Shirking any opportunity to communicate their individual ideas and experience, the prime minister has scarcely made a single public statement without bashing Dr Keith Mitchell, while a concrete plan to address the most pressing issues goes unmentioned. The people of Grenada would love to hear just one substantive self-promoting achievement or qualification from the prime minister.
Let’s demand more from our political candidates. Please, pay us some respect. Scrap the talking points, the one-liners, and the mud-slinging. Look us in the eyes and say, “Here’s who I am. Here’s what I’ve accomplished. Here’s what I can do. Here’s why I’m better for Grenada.” I think we deserve that much.
The people of Grenada are seeing Thomas as an out-of-touch stiff without core beliefs, willing to hold onto power at any cost. Thomas is in over his head and the country can’t get any worse off. What Thomas has failed to realize is that he was elected to represent all of Grenada, regardless of party affiliation.
Mitchell stands on issues; we know that voters from all political parties will be supporting him on election day. The Grenadian people are not looking for chest thumping and empty rhetoric and that’s really what we’re hearing from the Thomas team. Thomas’s opinion piece lacks a real vision for leading the country, his policies have wrecked the economy.
The New National Party campaign has spent much of this year focusing its arguments against Thomas’s handling of the economy. The people of Grenada have defined Mitchell as a trustworthy moderate who will reinvigorate the economy without empowering the rest of Grenada. Now Thomas must explain why unemployment remains so high, why Grenadians are as hopelessly divided as ever, after his soaring promises of hope and change, more money for seniors, employment for everyone.
The people of Grenada have to go at Thomas and his NDC and make them defend their first term. Thomas has always had Nazim Burke running interference for him, Thomas needs to talk to the people of Grenada and explain to them about his failed agenda.
Why weren’t his plans enacted, the plans he described to the people of Grenada almost five years ago? Is it just me or does anyone else see the strong similarity between Tillman Thomas and Thurston Howell the Third from the old “Gilligan’s Islands” show? Both just don’t get it. The only difference is Thurston Howell was a fictional character, but Thomas is real and running for the leadership of the country again.
If the NDC and Thomas are so confident that their party holds the best interest for Grenadians then why are they trying so hard to suppress the New National Party vote? The NDC misrepresentation policies and job performance is unethical. They are blinded by hate and venom and come across as dumb and dishonest.
Keith Mitchell is both a visionary and an efficient leader. Thankfully the New National Party candidates have 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.
The NDC government has not created an accountable democracy for the people of Grenada. They are hopelessly divided as ever, failing to realize that employment is the long term solution. Quality employment that’s dignified and provides people with an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. This in a nutshell has become the people of Grenada’s nightmare, and Prime Minister Thomas has done nothing to correct it; he could care less about struggling Grenadian families.
These families are the backbone of our country; working Grenadians such as policemen, firefighters, teachers, small business owners, factory workers in Grenada. The truth of the matter is that the NDC is slowly destroying Grenada.
People are getting laid off and the best brain trust of NDC politicos on the island can come up with is to prorogue Parliament. This is outright criminal negligence on the part of Tillman Thomas, if you ask the people of Grenada. Proroguing parliament is their plan to save our country and its people? This reminds me of the movie “Idiocracy”. It’s time for real leadership for the people of Grenada.
Keith Mitchell has valuable experience as an entrepreneur and in government, he created jobs, he made government work for the people. For the last four and a half years, we have seen how the NDC government used their power to advance insignificant and ideologically driven issues that have not solved the problems that are plaguing Grenada. The New National Party will work towards real solutions for real problems, not manufactured controversies designed for media attention.
Mitchell’s dedication and humility to public service is evident when he leads efforts to provide needy families with meals. As prime minister he will continue to work for people. He has outlined his plans to Grenadians over and over, his plan of action to help correct the harsh economic ills that we are facing. The New National Party really wants to get working on solutions for Grenada’s sake. We should focus on fiscal issues; we should focus on unemployment and education.
Grenada can be the country it was when it had a spring in its step, a country in which markets, the voluntary collaboration of creative individuals-allocate opportunity, or Grenada can remain today’s depressed and anxious society of unprecedented stagnation in the almost fifth year of a faux recovery -- a bleak society in which the NDC government incompetently allocates resources in pursuit of its perishable certitudes and on behalf of the politically connected.