Wednesday, June 16, 2021


The Unity Labour Party Unity Youths Queen Show, the first preliminary, was the most competitive, well-organised, and talent-filled pageant that I have ever seen in my life. The fact that this show was held virtually made it even more jaw-dropping. The nouveau approach to the talent segment especially will forever redefine pageants in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The party’s attitude to the use of technology must translate and make it way across government, its services, and its interaction with the public. Public servants cannot stand aloof to the changing environment in which they operate.

In the fifth term, the ULP government must establish a digital transformation task force made up of  cross-government representatives chaired by an envoy to the Prime Minister with the sole purpose of bringing about the type of transformation needed to make it easier for the public to do business with the government and quite possibly, between ourselves. We do not need to reinvent the wheel as such is taking place at a feverish pace in Barbados. The literature is there. However, what is needed is political leadership to drive the process. The Chairman of the task force should report directly to the Prime Minister on a bi-weekly basis.

After the next general elections, our country will speak once and for all that the ULP is the natural party of governance. Therefore, we should really find a way to drown out the vortex of distraction, commess and bad-mind that will emanate from the Opposition. We have been down this road for the past 15 years which has held us back somewhat. We need every Vincentian in this covid-era going to work and in their ordinary life in one accord to generate the level of activity and interest necessary to secure our economic development and future.

Alas, back to the beauty pageant. I urge the producers of that show not to become causal bystanders in the 5th term. You have shown great skills, but it has to be used to lift everyone around you higher. This must include Miss SVG by providing technical expertise and creative ideas and synergy with the Beauty Shows Committee where possible.

What was more outstanding is that the 5 delegates were representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines—of hue, shape, and size that we don’t normally see in beauty pageants. This was a most refreshing scene and absolutely would have inspired many young women to be confident in themselves.

I wish the five delegates all the best in the future. They were all deserving to be in the final but unfortunately only two could have proceeded further. They are all winners and the party should keep these young ladies in the fold.


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