As it is just a matter of days before our dear leader depart from our presence; I think its only fitting that we show some respect to our Prime Minister. He is on his death bed and the last rites are being administered as we speak. The Funeral date is set for 13 December. It originally was set for the 15th, but due to the condition of Dr Gonsalves, his physicians advised that the earlier the better; for everyone concern.
In the next coming days, I will use this thread to pay tribute to a once great man. I say great, as Dr Ralph Gonsalves have done things no other Prime Minister have ever done before. For instance, our Prime Minister in the wee hours of the morning, came to the assistance of a policewoman who was in obvious distress. Our brave Prime Minster put his mouth where no other man has gone before according to the policewoman. Our Prime Minister is a true hero. May his soul rest in peace.
Here now are some tributes that have been pouring in from all around the world:
“Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note, As his cor[p]se to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged a farewell shot, O’er the grave where our hero we buried. We buried him darkly at the dead of night…by the struggling moonbeam’s misty light..” (Charles Wolfe).
In recent weeks we have seen a significant number rodents abandoning ship, so now we know that the ship is indeed sinking. As Mr Leacock explained in the Searchlight a few months ago “Ralph is indeed a destroyer of things” and people, himself included. When he joined with the Labour Party to form the Unity Labour Party, never for a moment did he let go of the aspirations for his own stillborn MNU. He must have known that one cannot breathe life back into the stillborn. Still he worked slyly and deliberately to subvert what ever agenda to which members of the original Labor Party may have subscribed.
Hoping that Ralph’s aspirations will one day triumph, many of the old socialists/Stalinists or Marxist/Leninists masqueraders hung to his cot-tails for life. Now that the writing is on the wall they are all scrambling as rabid skunks in every direction, their once divine King Ralph.
Among the leadership of the Peoples Movement for Change (PMC), Oscar Allen (Searchlight 08/03/10) can now cough up enough courage to write “Ralph Gonsalves has lost it” and “Arnhim Eustace never had it.” Mr Allen is all confused for thinking that Ralph ever had it. In reality what Ralph had was a lot of grandiose lofty unrealizable ideas that prudent citizens knew could not be fulfilled except with help from truly benevolent benefactors, not from devious opportunists.
Yet Ralph went about from pariah country to pariah country with hat in hand. That explains the anatomy of his economic policy.
Then in the Vincentian of 08/19/10 Jomo Thomas as he readies himself for the lifeboat, boldly proclaims “The ULP’s biggest problem is that it has only one idea of everything and that idea belongs to the leader.” He then further disparages the other members of the party declaring that “No one else in the party shows an inclination for profound thoughts or big ideas.” An obviously conflicted individual, this Mr Thomas.
In the words of our late calypsonian Lord Hawk, Comrade Ralph believed that the people could always be fooled and bamboozled by a little chicanery, so he would “Promise them the moon, promise them the stars, promise them a week-end trip to Mars..” So Ralph Gonsalves promised everything, a cross country road, an international airport by 2011. Most thinking Vincentians welcome an international airport but the promise was never backed by a comprehensive economic plan for financing the project, so most now believe that completion may be closer to 2020, if indeed the project is eventually completed. Then there is the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital to which many Vincentians refer as the “dead house.” We know he also thinks it so, for he wasted no time in getting his offspring off to Barbados when he sustained injuries in a vehicular accident some months ago.
Mr Gonsalves ought to know by now that as far as Vincentian politics is concerned he is dead and done with. However, as he readies himself to relinquish office he must not be so reckless that the treasury is so bereft of resources that he forces the new government to continue where he has left off ( hat in hand).
Mr Gonsalves certainly had a knack for obtaining borrowed money and blood money. What he has willed us in his last will and testament indeed leaves a bad taste on our mouths. In his final send off it is quite probable that even Eleanor Rigby would have fared better than him.