With everything happening around us, and the growing election hype in the air, it is important that we reflect on some of the things we often overlook. Too often we shower praises on our parents, friends and leaders when it is too late. I have been a student of Prime Minister Dr Hon Ralph Gonsalves since about 1998. I have not always agreed with him but there is no doubting that he is a gifted individual who has contributed much to upliftment and development of our blessed country.
The scholarship of Dr Gonsalves in particular as documented in his many writings and speeches evidences the fact that he was born for a moment and time like this. I also reflect on his plans to have left the political scene and pass the baton to new leaders following the 2015 general elections. The current Covid-19 pandemic shows that his sage approach to the management of the country particularly our borders has stemmed any potential devasting economic fallout.
In early March, the opposition party and other vexatious spirits clamoured for the closing of our borders defying all economic reasoning and common sense. The Opposition leader himself showed that he was not yet ready to be thrusted into leadership as he is untested and weak. He was too quick to be swayed by the wind of hysteria and fear. On the other hand, Prime Minister Gonsalves having overcome many political and personal challenges has been astute, sensible and principled.
Dr Gonsalves will not always be with us. Let’s pray him up to have life and strength to continue to help our country through this crisis. Moreover, let us put aside our narrow political lenses to engage in serious learning. I advise everyone to get copies of his books, and other writings. Listen to his speeches and reflect on his own attitude to life, living and production.
Before its too late, I just want to say Dr Gonsalves has been a most inspirational figure and worthy to be considered for this country’s highest honour.
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