KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – With Prime Minister Dr. Hon Ralph Gonsalves out of State on family and other business, his son and Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves and Dr Orando Brewster have criss-crossed several campaign events last weekend to fortify the labour support.
Bellowing his call to action that St. Vincent and the Grenadines “was safer with labour”, the East St. George MP decried earlier speculations by members of the New Democratic Party (NDP) that at least 2000 Vincentians would have died if the country did not closed its borders and implement ‘draconian measures’.
While speaking in support of Senator Deborah Charles bid to unseat incumbent MP Daniel Cummings, Minister Gonsalves roared:
“NDP said Covid is coming, Covid is coming, let’s hide our heads underground. Two thousand people are going to be dead by May, that’s what they said you know”.
“Covid was going to kill 2000 Vincentians by May and that fifty thousand of us would been infected by the illness. Is that true?” he asked the modest audience that came out on a rainy evening at the Kingstown Netball Centre.
“They say lock up the place tight, don’t let anybody sell anything in the market, don’t let no farmer go to their land, don’t let no fisherman go out to sea, don’t let none of our citizens come home who worked on the cruise ships. Tight like a drum, to use draconian measures, jail everybody in their house. Lock it down tight like a drum. Is that the right thing to do in our context?”
The first term MP who secured a convincing win in the last general elections asked several rhetorical questions as he echoed his message:
“How would people have made a living in this country? How would the economy keep ticking over? How would people decide which school they going to because it’s the same NDP which said don’t have common entrance, don’t have CPEA, don’t have any exams, lock down all the schools for ever.”
He questioned the integrity of the opposition New Democratic Party claiming that they did not have the people’s interest at heart. He said that they could have relied on ‘hook ups, friendships and pull strings’ to secure the advancement of their children while ordinary Vincentians would be denied the opportunity to see their children progress.
“They don’t care because they have hook ups, friendships, who they know, strings to pull, their child would have got into school regardless. Your child won’t have that chance. They wanted to take away the opportunity to earn a living, the rights of citizens to come back to their own home.”
He also accused the political opposition of lying about COVID-19 saying:
“They wanted to say that that they had community spread in Greiggs which is a lie. They wanted to start rumours about who have and who don’t have. And at the end of it, St. Vincent and the Grenadines today has zero cases of COVID in the country and nobody has died from Covid in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
“You are safer with labour. They would have buried their heads in the sand and run around doing what other people are doing. The country that is doing the best in a COIVD time in the Eastern Caribbean is St Vincent and the Grenadines.”