Letter: Have the ULP, Dr Gonsalves and Vincentian police turned themselves and half of the citizenship into criminals?

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Dear Sir:

When Ralph Gonsalves told the electorate something, commenting after the failed referendum poll 2009, he made it very obvious that he was aware that bribing the voters at the time of elections is the only sure way to get elected. A criminal act, both for the briber and the bribed. You can be sure he already knew that for years because he claims to be a lawyer with constitutional expertise. He is an expert in-law and a political scientist.

So, what was the difference between bribing the people at the time of an election which there is plenty of evidence that has been done before every election since at least 2006? What is the difference between that and bribing the electorate at the time of a constitutional referendum, whereby none of the voters was [known to be] bribed? The referendum was held to rid us of the Queen as head of state and replace her with a republic system with a president as head of state. Had the electorate been bribed at that time the British government and the Commonwealth would have reacted in such a way that Gonsalves may well have found himself held on bribery charges. So, unlike the general election, there were no building materials distributed as bribes before the constitutional referendum in 2009. Had it of passed, Gonsalves would most likely be president right now.

When the police are told or know about a chargeable offence and do nothing about, that is a criminal act on the part of the individual police force members. When the Police chief and commanding officers know of the bribery campaign and do nothing to stop it that is at the very least police misconduct and may be chargeable offences are committed.

When a man walks down the road with knapsack or bag, or goes to the ferry port and is searched, or a ladies shopping bags are rifled with no previous information laid before the police, that is a fishing trip.

When a thousand small and medium trucks loaded with building materials drive past the police station for days and weeks before an election and the police act as if nothing is happening. That is at the least, dereliction of duty, perhaps an illegal act by the police. The police like everyone else know what these trucks are carrying and for what purpose. Some of those trucks will perhaps even be going to the homes of police officers.

When the police and even the police chief know that truckloads of building materials are being delivered to private homes as gifts to encourage the recipient to vote for a particular political party, failing to act on that knowledge is a criminal act on behalf of the police. The police even helped direct traffic when the roads are jammed outside the store yards. They aid and abet the flow of stolen property to the bribed electorate.

The St Vincent and the Grenadines: Electoral law; representation of the people act part v1 election offences, is very clear on the matter:

44. 44. (1) The following persons shall be deemed guilty of bribery within the meaning of this act-.

(a) any person who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, gives, ends, agrees to give or lend, or offers, promises to procure or to endeavour to procure, any money or valuable consideration to or for any voter, or to or for any other person in order to induce any voter to vote or refrain from voting, or corruptly does any such act as aforesaid on account of any voter having voted or refrained from voting at any election;

(b) any person who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, gives or procures, or agrees to give or procure, or offers, promises, or promises to procure or to endeavour to procure, any office, place or employment to or for any voter, or to or for any person on behalf of any voter or to or for any other person in order to induce such voter to vote or refrain from- voting or corruptly does any voting, or corruptly does any such act as aforesaid on account of any voter having voted or refrained from voting at any election;

(c) any person who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, makes any such gift, loan, offer, promise, procurement, or agreement as aforesaid to or for any person, in order to induce such person to procure, or endeavor to procure, the return of any person as an elected member of the house of assembly, or the vote of any voter at any election;

(d) any person who, upon or in consequence of any such gift, loan, offer, promise, procurement or agreement, procures or engages, promises or endeavors to procure, the return of any person as an elected member of the house of assembly or the vote of any voter at any election;

(e) any person who advances or pays, or causes to be paid, any money to or to the use of any other person with the intent that such money, or any part thereof, shall be expended in bribery at any election or who knowingly pays or causes to be paid any money to any person in discharge of repayment of any money wholly or in part expended in bribery at any such election;

(f) any voter who, before or during any election, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, receives, agrees or contracts for any money, gift, loan or valuable consideration, office, place or employment for himself or for any other person, for voting or agreeing to vote, or for refraining or agreeing to refrain from voting at any election; and

(g) any person who, after any election, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, receives any money or valuable consideration on account of any person having induced any other person to vote or refrain from voting at any such election.

(2) the provisions of subsection (1) shall not extend or be construed to extend to any money paid or agreed to be paid for or on account of any legal expenses incurred in good faith at, or concerning, an election.

(3) for the purposes of subsection (2), “legal expenses” include

(a) the payment of the agents, clerks, canvassers and messengers of candidates;

(b) payments made for the purpose of hiring vehicles for the conveyance of voters to or from a polling station;

(c) payments made for the use of any premises for a public meeting in furtherance of the candidature of any person or for the use of any committee room or office for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of a candidate;

(d) payments made in respect of postage, stationery, printing, advertising, the distribution of advertising materials and the use of any public address system.

45. the following persons shall be deemed guilty of treating within the meaning of this act-

(a) every person who corruptly, by himself or by any other person, either before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly, gives, or provides or pays wholly or in part the expenses of giving or providing any food, drink, entertainment, or provision to or for any person for the purpose of corruptly influencing that person, or any other person, to vote or to refrain from voting, at such election, or on account of such person or any other person having voted or refrained from voting at such election;

(b) every person who corruptly accepts or takes any such food, drink, entertainment or provision.

46. Any person who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf, makes use of, or threatens to make use of, any force, violence or restraint, or inflicts or threatens to inflict by ‘himself or by any other person any temporal or spiritual injury, damage, harm, or loss upon or against any person, in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting or an account of such person having voted or refrained from voting at any election, or who by abduction, duress or any fraudulent contrivance, impedes or prevents the free exercise of the franchise of any voter, or thereby compels, induces, or prevails upon any voter either to give or refrain from giving his vote at any election, shall be guilty of undue influence within the meaning of this act.

47. Any person who at an election applies for a ballot paper in the name of another person, whether that name be the name of a person living or dead or of a fictitious person, or who, having once voted at any election, applies at the same election for a ballot paper in his own name, shall be guilty of personation within the meaning of this act.

48. Any person who is guilty of bribery, treating or undue influence under the provisions of this act, is liable to a fine of $750 and to imprisonment for six months.

49. Any person who is guilty of personation, or of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of the offence of personation, is liable, on conviction on indictment, to a fine of four thousand dollars and to imprisonment for two years.

50. Any person who is convicted of bribery, treating, undue influence or personating or of aiding, counselling, or procuring the commission of 49 the offense of personation shall (in addition to any other punishment) be incapable during a period of seven years from the date of conviction –

Before each of the last three elections, thousands of citizens received building materials either owned by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines or the Unity Labour Party. The materials were distributed only to known Unity Labour Party supporters. Some members of the government tried to create a sham reason for the distribution by saying the materials were for the repair of previous storm damage. However, materials were given to people who obviously did not even need such materials and the goods ended up stored at dwelling for months after the elections.

This must never happen again. If the police do not act to stop this happening, they should be filmed, and foreign TV companies should be invited to carry the story. Every truck carrying bribery building materials in the future should be filmed, the recipients should be filmed, the goods being unloaded should be filmed. Footage should be sent to every news agency worldwide.

Constituency offices where it was observed last time order sheets of confirmed amounts were given out to citizens to be able to collect government and ULP owned building materials should be filmed.

This kind of bribery should never be tolerated again, tell the authorities they are being filmed and recorded. The NDP should employ people to film bribery and publish it on YouTube.

Be prepared to ask the British and US government for help with the matter, ask them months and weeks before an election to comment on previous and present elections. Ask observers to make reports specifically on these matters, weeks before the election day; when most of this bribery is going on.

It has to stop, and the police should stop protecting the government and protect the people from this dastardly corruption.

The police have become a private police force owned by the ULP, the prime minister and his family dynasty. Ralph Gonsalves must pass almost anything and everything that has political under or overtones for approval.

Police misconduct under the ULP is out of control of public oversight but under the control of the ULP leadership. Misconduct refers to inappropriate conduct and or illegal actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties. Police misconduct can lead to a miscarriage of justice and sometimes involves discrimination and or illegal motives of segregation combined as obstruction of justice. There is no civilian input of the police anymore. The police have become politically jaundiced carrying out precise political orders, sometimes with mal-effect on citizens.

Individuals and groups should now be filming police at every opportunity, in an effort to force police to become accountable for their actions and for their inactions. With the proliferation of mobile devices capable of recording alleged misconduct, police misconduct and abuse should now be receiving publicity on social media and websites including YouTube. Police often try to intimidate citizens into preventing them from using cameras. In other circumstances, police will illegally seize or delete evidence recorded by citizens, notwithstanding laws that make it a crime to destroy evidence of a crime being committed, irrespective of whether the crime is committed by civilians or by the police.

Types of misconduct include coerced false confession, beating of interviewees in the interview room, intimidation, false arrest, false imprisonment, falsification of evidence, planting evidence, spoliation of evidence, invention of charges previously unknown, police perjury, witness tampering, police brutality, police corruption, unwarranted surveillance, unwarranted searches and unwarranted seizure of property.

Police are making selective enforcement, sexual misconduct by police officers, off-duty misconduct, and the killing of dogs unjustly. Noble cause corruption, where the officer believes the good outcomes justify bad behaviour. Using a badge or other ID to enter concerts, to get free food and drinks in restaurants and bars, to get discounts and other things. Influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty. Violations by officers of police procedural policies. Police officers often share a “blue code of silence,” which means that they do not turn each other in for misconduct, while some officers have called this code a myth.

We must be sure that the rape of our voting system stops and that elections are free and fair without bribery. I am calling for everyone to film everything that they think is untoward. You can if you wish forward it to me and I will see it is properly archived or used against perpetrators, sent on to overseas government agencies.

Jolly Green

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Nobody should condone such bribery and other illegal activities, whether they involve police officers or not. But nobody should be so biased or naive as to assume or argue that such acts are confined to any particular Caribbean country or political party.

    In SVG, as throughout the Caribbean, the most obvious forms of bribery are the free distribution of t-shirts, caps, and other clothing and ornaments bearing party logos, slogans, and colours — often several to the same individual — followed by lavish concerts masquerading as party rallies in which famous Caribbean artistes are handsomely paid to entertain for free and in the process “bribe” people to vote for one party or another.

    Free gifts like this meant to induce people to vote for one party or another are a clear form of voter bribery prohibited by the 1982 Reresentation of the People Act. Yet they are condoned by all people across the Caribbean.

    But you choose to focus almost exclusively on the free distribution of building materials, a form of aid given to people who could not otherwise afford to purchase such items.

    Again, all forms of voter bribery are unacceptable but such is the nature of party politics in our “Caribbean civilization.”

    Fortunately, such forms of bribery are confined to attempts to influence the general voting population on or before election day. They do not extend to or influence the conduct of election officlals on voting day as the various unsuccessful Caribbean election petition cases have shown over the years, most recently in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the 2015 general election was declared free and fair by five different bodies: (1) the voters on election night; (2) The Organization of American States; (3) CARICOM; (4) the National Monitoring and Consultative Mechanism; and, most recently, (5) the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

  2. Peter Binose, you have repeatedly called this government and country corrupt but fail to acknowledge that according to most studies, including reports by Transparency International, it is far less corrupt than most other countries in the world.

    Nor should the term “corruption” be extended to favouring the supporters of the ruling party, since such a definition would call most of the world’s democracies “corrupt” since they favour party supporters in a variety of ways including, most importantly, hiring them for prestigious, influential, and remunerative government jobs and the awarding of government contracts.

    • The bribing of citizenship is not a secret every single Vincentian adult knows that prior to every election the voters are bribed. So that is clear evidence that the government and the receivers are corrupt. The briber and the bribed are criminals. Besides bribery to give to one portion of the citizenship and not the other is little more than theft of government-owned materials and the recipients are receivers of stolen property.

      Why once again David are you trying to make wrong right on behalf of the ULP? I know if they fall your ladies job may come into question as the cards fall one by one.

    • Dear Dr., Because it’s a constitutional matter and contrary to an existing act of parliament the world court would intervene if a dirty government tried to control the judiciary on such an important matter.

  3. Harry, Nothing you have written can be a basis of making wrong right. You have in fact confirmed that such actions are wrong and illegal. But to argue that it is done in many Caribbean countries cannot make it right either.

    Thank you for reminding us that the parties given cloaked as political rallies are also a form of bribery.

    You are a 100 % correct that it is all contrary to and prohibited by the 1982 Representation of the People Act.

    Thank you for your respected input, as usual, I cannot agree with your sentiment that appears to agree with bribery.

    (1) the voters on election night; If the votes were rigged the voters were not given a fair representation.
    (2) The Organization of American States; The OAS was not there to look out for pre-election day bribery.
    (3) CARICOM; CARICOM is a jaundiced organization in that the leaders of such are part of the bribery group.
    (4) the National Monitoring and Consultative Mechanism; Again they were not there to observe the pre-election bribery
    (5) the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; It is now pretty evident that the court ruling is grossly flawed to the extent that it is appealable.

    “But you choose to focus almost exclusively on the free distribution of building materials, a form of aid given to people who could not otherwise afford to purchase such items.”

    You are quite right and it is for this reason that I do that because none of the agencies are looking at or reporting on the same. The value of those goods at each election is in excess of $50 million, some purchased by the ULP, but mostly taken [stolen] from government stocks.

    You can be sure next time around TV companies will be watching and recording, so will hundreds of phone camera videos be recording and evidence will be gathered as to who deliveries are made to.

    The bribery scam is over it is going to be filmed and shown to the world.

    • I hope you are correct but if such happens it will simply be exchanged for more of the surreptitious passing out of 100 dollars bills. There are many habitual non-voters — over 25 percent in 2015 — who could easily be induced to vote for one party or an other using bribes. Such bribery would never change because it is so habitual, expected, and tolerated, the party with the most resources having an advantage over their opponents.

      Welcome to the Caribbean!

      • We all know that happened at every election also. But it has previously been difficult to prove. Filming in the future of handing out envelopes and the opening of the same will hopefully take place but it is much more difficult than the delivery of a truckload of building materials.

  4. It really is time for this filth to stop, its time for the corruption of swathes of the electorate to stop, its time for the corruptors to be investigated by the police like in every civilized country, for the police who have dirt on their hands its time for those also be prosecuted.

    Bribery is little more than the action of the hemispheres lowest form of scum, police and politicians alike.

    Every truck that delivers to a recipient from now on will be recorded and filmed. Every such matter will be referred to as a complaint to the police, hundreds, perhaps thousands of individual complaints.

    If the police and judiciary do not act they along with all those involved including politicians will have their names submitted to overseas agencies with a request of sanctions, travel bans and canceling of visas and if possible green cards and work permits.

    I will be keeping Transparency International fully informed and up to date on this matter.

  5. Cheating at our election time with cash and material goods Jolly Green is one thing, but what a sorry spectacle we saw just recently in our nation’s Capital space, Kingstown, with the U.L.P and the Gonsalves extended family, there marching in their own bright read attire as their followers too wave their red flags? An extended family who has for all intent and purpose have “weaponised” the poverty of this country, the very poverty that they are here presiding over and thus exploits so well at election time.

    This regretful spectacle was so much further heightened by our seeing those redshirted Vincentian clots, marching and jigging about like demented drunken Baboons along the capital’s narrow streets. Idiotic buffoons for sure, there marching to their very loud fog horns and lurid vulgar whistles in celebration of the Gonsalves family eighteen year rule over both them and us.

    Truly, what a sad and sorry spectacle it was to see a people who cannot neither identify with their recent past nor even their immediate and very present circumstance, marching and jigging about to loud whistles.

    Frantz Fanon, in Black skin White Mask once remarked that, quote; “…There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it” See:
    (https://monoskop.org/images/a/a5/Fanon_Frantz_Black_Skin_White_Masks_1986.pdf )

    No doubt idiotic defenders of the Gonsalves family regime who often write here, individuals who perhaps may have benefitted from the regime’s well used nepotism and crony capitalism, those individuals may well respond here in defence of the gross behaviour of this family regime, but a reminder from Mark Twain, brings a sobering thought to mind, when he wrote; “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

    Yet, poverty have a way of enslaving many individuals regardless, both physically and mentally, thus debilitating their mind and body. Especially those who are particularly most unlearned and unable to escape the clutches of grubby charlatan manipulators, hell bent on control of others. And we sure have enough enslaved individuals here as that day’s march did demonstrate.

    That is why Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, could say, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.” Observable, it is however very doubtful whether those marching and jigging about in support of this family regime, would even be able to recognise their sorry plight, and their own dreadful indignity.

    Moreover, in that recorded song “Redemption Song,” Bob Marley too had something to say about those trapped in such idiocy and reminds us that we as a people, needs free our self, from “mental slavery” that is if we are to rise above our exploiters clutches. Quote; “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds,” he so sings.

    Nevertheless, one hardly sees how those marching in red attires and waving their red flags would help their own emancipation. Further one hardly sees how those marching together with the extended Gonsalves family, a family who has been singlehandedly denying them and us a “Freedom of Information Act” in this country for so long, while at the same time only paying lip service to our fragile democracy, can help their struggle in elevating poverty.

    Heeding the call from Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and Frantz Fanon in a liberation from poverty and self-inflected drudgery sure demands more enlightened and sober behaviour.

  6. It’s very interesting the silence from Vinciman when such matter arises here. Obviously, he has been ordered to stay quiet.

  7. Peter Binose who could see into the future first wrote about this in 2011, I have been searching for the articles to no avail.

    But I did find a 2014 Article which is again a futuristic document as well as exposing the past.
    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/peter-binose-how-deep-does-the-election-fraud-go-in-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines/

    Again in 2016
    http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/peter-binot-positive-evidence-of-election-bribery-saint-vincent/

  8. My dear Jolly Green, it is very well known that all nasty political dynasties have certain things in common, and one of which for sure, is this their dreadful election scams.

    For as India kicks off its 2019 election, it is now being reported there as is expected, that the dynastic Congress party there, have been caught red-handed by that country’s Income Tax Department. The dynastic Congress party there it is said to have been skimming off government moneys, moneys that was intended for that country’s pregnant mothers and malnourished children.

    The dynastic Congress party there it is said to have skimmed off the money to assist them in bribing the electorate.
    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/elections/lok-sabha/india/modi-accuses-cong-of-election-scam-looting-money-of-poor/articleshow/68808649.cms

    It would be most surprising if our own up-and-coming budding political dynasty, the Gonsalves extended family here, proved themselves to be any different from the world’s political dynasties.

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), who was an English Catholic historian, a writer and a politician once remarked in a letter to an Anglican Bishop that; “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…” Hence dictatorships by their very nature usurps the people’s power absolutely, and therefore, it is not in any way surprising that when such power is in their hands these dictators that they will abuse it to their own advantage.

    The Gonsalves family here openly boast of their eighteen year rule over us, and perhaps intends to match the worlds other dictators like Fidel Castro, Jean-Claude Duvalier or Nicolae Ceausescu in longevity, but as of yesterday another one of their numbers fell to the power of the street.

    So perhaps the Gonsalves may not be so successful after all, as we now learn yesterday, that Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir who had ruled over that country for some thirty years, have now been sent into enforced retirement by his former defence chief, this so as a result of the growing street protest there. The said former defence chief has since declared two years of military rule. Another dictatorship in the making?

    It is very common knowledge to all Vincentians, that extensive election bribery has been commonplace here for a considerable length of time, but how to eradicate such abuse with a family dictatorship in power, and a family who has “weaponised poverty,” to their own advantage would no doubt prove to be seriously problematic, as it is in India.

  9. The Vincentian Police will not act on this matter they are too deeply involved politically, how about the British aren’t they even interested? Can’t this be sent to all the embassies?

    • Simon Binose, don’t play ‘yo just come’ with your “not a single person made a comment on what he wrote”! Vinciman, never once let up on O’Garro or the silly ‘yabbit Peter Binose. Here is what Vinciman wrote back then:

      11/9/2015 8:01 AM. What’s up Lenford de party animal (NDP that is). Lenford speaking about amnesia, you’re Mr. Amnesia himself. In other words Lenford, apart from being unbalanced and bias like hell, you conveniently seek not to remember anything NDP at all, but as always, you level all your criticisms on the ULP you party animal you.
      In your perverted amnesiac mind, only ULP bribes, only ULP hoodwinks, only ULP fool Vincentians, NDP don’t, and have never done any of these things, eh Lenford? Concerning all the bribery, hoodwinking, and tomfoolery lumped together, NDP takes the lead, takes the cake in a most barefaced and hilarious manner. Not even regional oppositions can come close.
      What do you call the recent NDP EC $75million “video game” hospital, the Garifuna citizenship proposal, the Balliceaux Hotel project, the 1000 acres of banana lands for farmers, the $500 a month incentive to banana farmers, the US $35 an hour call center jobs, etc, I could go on and on, but knowing you ‘me just ah waste time and God’s breath’!
      What you fail to see, fail to hear or even pay attention to Lenford, is what we call “Labor love”. The latter comes in the form of political “handouts” at any time, yep even election time, as a means of saying ‘… thank you, SVG, thank you Vincentians for believing in us your three (3) times going for four (4) elected ULP government. Here take this take that, it’s for all of you, you all earned it and we’re happy to give it to you. Come next election we hope you vote for us again. WE LOVE YOU’! … You call that bribery? No sir, not at all!
      Moreover, did I hear you say ULP “enslavement” and the ‘loss of 11,000 jobs, $ 2 billion and mismanagement of the country’s economic affairs’? “Nah! You must be hearing things? Have you been drinking again? Oh, I get it, you meking joke, nah tru! Good one Lenford good one. Ha, ha, ha … You almost had me there”!
      So Lenford we already know you don’t like PM Ralph and the peoples three (3) terms democratically elected government, and for fifteen (15) years ‘yo been vex like hell puking up all over CNN. So come next month if/when the people return ULP to power, ‘wey yo gwine do Lenford, wey yo gwine do? Oh! And would you be using the Argyle International Airport at any time? Just asking’!

      • The question of the hour: Why did CaribbeanNewsNow (CNN) delete all those past comments…?????? Oh, I forgot… someone hacked the site…Yeah right! And why has CNN now become such a pro-right-wing, imperialistic, anti-democratic, repressive, oppressive and backward news site, after those glorious years of being the Caribbean’s foremost progressive site? To find an answer to that we’ll have to ask St Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Bahamas. Sure they’ll be able to clue us in.

        • So you are happy to commit fraud and pretend you wrote a comment at the time. You did no such thing, seems you like a little fraud, what input did you have for the past elections.

          Your support for the election bribery tells all we want to know about the ULP fraud squad.

          • How about this: 11/30/2015. 10:57 PM. Binose, can you provide any proof that the ULP is involved in bribing Vincentians for votes? If you can, please do. If you can’t, then shut your beeping mouth! Your letter, sorry “litter” is bull, bellowing to the top of its voice to scare other animals away from the field. Pure bull-shit!
            And you exaggerate even further with (which is the same as telling a lie), “…the whole island is witnessing” bribery. The “whole island”… Binose! This is more proof that you JUST LIE, AND LIE, AND KEEP ON LYING!
            There has never been any bribing in the past, and there is certainly no need to bride anyone now; ULP is confident as to a clear win. FOUR IN A ROW!

  10. Sadly Simon for some unknown reason I had missed this excellent article there written by Lenford O’Garrow. It spells out the truth of our wretchedly gloomy predicament. The point is made most clear enough, even as some Vincentians may well remember that past election slogan of the Gonsalves family regime that read “Labour love.” Labour Love to do what one may well ask!

    Regrettably however, not enough of us Vincentians may have had the way with it all to ask that searching question nor even be able to extrapolate the slogan’s true cynical meaning. Were the rest able to make that leap in analysis, they would have transposed the slogan’s real discernible meaning, to read, “Labour love”, to keep us poor, needy and very dependent, as the Gonsalves’s family’s Government of our country have so well proved.

    The weaponization of poverty here have proved to be a very successful electioneering tool with this ruling family regime, when one has, as we have, a population so poorly learned and so inclined to basic and primitive tendencies of which Ralph Gonsalves and his family are so well acquainted.

  11. Let there be no doubt all the elections since 2001 were bought by corrupt bribery of the voters by the ULP giving away government-owned building materials.

    Let’s make sure this does not happen again and hold the police to account as suggested by Mr Green.

    • Oh, Binose! I wrote on that one too. You did ask for Vinciman…didn’t you? Well, ‘here I is…” ( so to speak).

      1/25/2016 6:50 AM. Hamlet was asked to move back a bit from where he was filming and refused. He was then asked again to move back, and again refused saying “I’m a journalist and journalist should be allowed to…”etc in a distasteful and contemptuous manner to the officer in charge, who then confronted him asking him “if he think he was the Police…” Well we all know what happened afterwards.
      Nothing really! Hamlet Mark was detained for a few hours, chastised and rebuked for disobeying the officer in charge. He then apologized and was released without charge, and was allowed to continue with his coverage (all be it one-sided).
      However, isn’t this the same Hamlet Mark who back in 2010, Grenada PM Tillman Thomas accused “of giving Grenada a bad name in the regional and International media”? Was this his intention in SVG?
      Isn’t this the same Hamlet Mark who Munich Farmer accused in an “Open letter to Hamlet Mark” of complicity in a number of instances, admonishing him for using “every facility and faculty at your disposal in publishing scores of blog wantonly attacking the NDC administration”?
      Was Hamlet Mark about to use ‘every facility and faculty at his disposal in publishing scores of blog “wantonly attacking” the ULP administration’? (Case in point… Read his, Saturday, January 23, 2016 “Eyeing down ‘Ralph’s enforcer’” and today’s Monday, January 25, 2016 “The hard reality of facts”). http://caribupdate.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-hard-reality-of-facts-late-american.html

      Isn’t this the same Hamlet Mark that was labeled by “Grenadian Class” as …”the Joseph Goebbels of Grenada”.
      So what the hell was Hamlet Mark really up to in SVG? Well now we see… And so did the Police!
      There’s an old saying “every dog has its day”…well Hamlet Mark didn’t have his day (way) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and if wasn’t for our no nonsense, compassionate, full of restraint and professional officers his “ass” might have been in court facing a charge of “failure to comply”… and “obstruction”! Better luck next time Hamlet Mark!
      Vincy police are a bunch of “Sweet Hearts”…The “region” could learn a lot by looking at how they treat “belligerent citizens” on the protest line with such gentleness, such grace, such restraint… UNBELIEVABLE!
      Write about these things Hamlet! Write about these things!

  12. But this one was one of the best, of the lot: 12/15/2015 8:01 PM.

    Peter Binose up to his old tricks again!
    Now we have Sammy Binose, C Nichols Binose and expect more Pro-Binose’s “alter egos” coming soon.
    Peter Binose could never ever say “goodbye” and live up to his/her words. NEVER, EVER! I DARE YOU PETER BINOSE! Why? You’re a liar to your heart, that’s why. Always was, always is and always would be. And liars can’t be trusted.
    Oh, so now you’ve decided to just make comments. Is that so? Well, “dog luck ain’t cat luck”.
    A cat like Vinciman never wrote “litters” like you, and well …” who’s crying now …who’s heart is aching for breaking each vow”… certainly not a cat like Vinciman. ULP …FOUR IN A ROW!
    Binose you will forever be, “once a punk always a punk”. Welcome back “ah death”!
    Imagine, five more years of “dog dodo” from the Binose family.

    “Singing in the rain, I’m singing in the rain
    Did cash my check, I bought a plane and a train.
    La la la la, la la la, no ride for Binose let him walk in vain”….Punk!
    Ha! Ha! Ha! ‘Oh lard me belly ah bust’!

  13. The morality of this Vinciman is thoroughly left wanting and grossly stinks, but the man sadly do appear to have no problem at all with his gross moral turpitude, for see there how he gladly writes, boasting of both he and his party’s most immoral behaviour!

    Vinciman tells us that “Labor love”. …….comes in the form of political “handouts” at any time, yep even election time, as a means of saying ‘… thank you, SVG, thank you Vincentians for believing in us…” He there again gleefully adds;

    “Here take this take that, it’s for all of you, you all earned it and we’re happy to give it to you. Come next election we hope you vote for us again. WE LOVE YOU’!”

    Let us say Vinciman, that yours and your Party’s standard of behaviour sure gravely violates the sentiment and accepted standard of our Vincentian people, though neither you nor your Party can see how immorally bankrupted both you and they really are in behaving in that immoral way, in that devilish lust for power of yours, over our people, a people who has hardly escaped the bonds of slavery. Shame, shame on you and the usurping family regime.

  14. Dearest James, this is what Vinciman actually supports.

    Vote buying occurred in SVG when the ULP political party and/or its candidate’s sort to buy the vote of voters before each upcoming election since 2001. Vote buying took various forms such as a monetary exchange, as well as an exchange for building materials, household appliances and farm animals, bottles of strong rum and crates of beer. This practice was used to incentivize or persuade voters to turn out to elections and vote in a particular way. Even though this practice is illegal, its prevalence in Saint Vincent remains administered by the unity Labour Party, its leadership, and some now say the Francis/Gonsalves family dynasty is now deeply involved in the process.

    Before each election, a conspiracy takes place between constituency workers, politicians, the police, and draws in voters to complete the circle.

    In some parts of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it was open to view such as at the ULP constituency office in Calliaqua. Where openly the buying and selling votes took place. There was no attempt to keep the practice of vote buying secret; the ULP office was fully staffed as a vote-buying shop.

    The ULP constituency offices also hired runners, who went out into the public to find floating voters and bargain what items would be required for them to vote for the ULP candidate.

    Everyone knows that it’s not a secret; everyone witnessed it with their own eyes and ears. Every police officer is fully aware of the facts.

    In SVG, documentation, and stories of vote buying and vote selling are well known by all. The most famous episodes of vote buying came in 2015 SVG when rich and corrupt politicians decided to spend whatever money it took to win, even down to the theft of government building materials.

  15. Prior to each election, the ULP is flooded with money from the Cuban and Venezuelan Embassies and also the Taiwanese Embassy, they fully support the ULP regime. That money is then used to bribe the electorate. What is left is shared among the dynasty and its supporters.

    Dirty money from dirty countries for dirty politicians who they can control.

  16. Isn’t it amazing how Transparency International is so quiet when it comes to dealing with and commenting on the left wing perpetrators of these crimes?

    Something is seriously wrong with an organization when it gives good reports on dirty governments and dirty leaders.

    I am told and readily believe that ‘TI’ have informers everywhere and know everything that goes on, so why have they failed to comment on this matter?

  17. Exactly the same thing happened in West Saint George, the constituency office was used to buy and sell votes and runners went out to negotiate with villagers building supplies in return for votes.

  18. Is the US government following this discussion, can someone in the know make sure appropriate departments are sent a link?

    Even as important is the UK government being informed and the Commonwealth Institute?

    I would hate to think that scumbag behavior is going unnoticed and unrecognized.

    It would be nice if many more publications used this story.

  19. “Have the ULP, Dr Gonsalves and Vincentian police turned themselves and half of the citizenship into criminals”?

    There can be little doubt that they have done just that.

  20. This is one of the most corrupt happenings I think I have read about recently, I am surprised the US government do not make some condemnation through their embassy in Barbados.

  21. When many Vincentians were made criminals by the ULP and its leadership, the majority did not know and therefore never considered it to an illegal action to receive goods from their ULP representative. They did not even consider it as an act of being bribed, even though they were required to vote ULP in return for the goods. They were quite simply too ignorant of the facts; they did not know the goods were stolen or that they were given as a bribe, in law ignorance of the fact is not an acceptable defense.

    The ULP and its leaders knew without a doubt exactly that what they were doing was wrong. They knew the goods given out belonged to and were paid for by the state; they knew that giving the goods out to influence the outcome of an election in their favor was a serious crime.
    So should we consider the act of giving and distributing stolen goods as an act of bribery to such ignorant people as a crime against humanity also? After all, they caused ignorant, uninformed Vincentians to become criminals without those people being aware of such.

    Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are deliberately committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population. … Unlike war crimes, crimes against humanity can be committed during peace or war and can take many forms.

    As I previously said the police must be held as partly responsible for all of these crimes.

    So let’s add it up on the part of the ULP and its leadership, if its all found to be true what possible charges can be brought.
    Bribery of voters to influence the outcome of an election
    Electoral Fraud
    Theft of State assets
    Collusion with the police and others
    Crime against Humanity

    The Voters
    Are Vincentian voters so ignorant and therefore lack information about corrupt behavior and therefore unknowingly support a corrupt party and its corrupt politicians. Or do they know exactly what they are doing and choose to elect crooks and take bribes in doing so?

    Some ignorant voters may be willing to accept some shady dealings by individual politicians as long as they are conceived as doing their job properly. Or doing things for them the supporter that outweighs in their own minds the corruption involved in these politicians.

    A recent study’s findings uphold a commonly held assumption that the poor are much more willing to tolerate corruption than the middle class. I am not sure that is true because although the poor in SVG are continually given handouts, next to free Crown Land, envelopes with containing money, poor handouts at the prime minister’s office, even girls leaving a minister’s offices with their knickers in their hands. There is still a percentage that votes NDP and rejects the ULP. So perhaps different people support their party for different kinds of corrupt reasons.

    There are some middle class and the Vincentian rich involved with the ULP, people who are part of the cronyism created by the leadership. People who are willing to assist in the bribery schemes, traders and business people who receive rewards from the government. Contracts awarded, government jobs, paid positions on government committees and quangos, paid directorships on the boards of government utilities and manufacturing units. This class of person will always get away Scot free.

    So what could the poor people be charged who have taken goods from their ULP representative in return for their electoral vote?
    Receiving stolen state property
    Taking bribes in return for voting in a way instructed by a political representative, or the agents and supporters of such a person
    Electoral Fraud

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