Conditions are tough – relief invisible!

The latest piece of bad news concerning our money problems – in these struggling Islands very well known as Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, or the Spice Isles of the Caribbean – has come as no surprise to anyone who follows the happenings over the years, and more especially these latest two or three years. The Government was not able to pay some One Hundred and Ninety odd Millions to a Financial Institution about a month ago, and the grace period of that month has now expired and the payment was still no where in sight.  And in addition salaries … Continue reading

ALL ACCOMPLICES MUST BE DEMOLISHED!

By The Stone Crusher It is very symbolic that notwithstanding the shortcomings and omissions of the current administration brought on by “the little boys and little girl” playing with toys among their leadership ranks who mistook the calm and gentlemanly nature of Uncle Tilly for stupidity when they made their untimely grab for power, the main opposition led by Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell is not getting the impetus they thought they would get as a result. That is a fact that even the few open and upright educated NNP supporters agree that “Jonah” is not a good seller … Continue reading

Diplomatically cutting costs

Small states in the Caribbean would do well to follow the pattern of Britain and Canada in pooling and sharing diplomatic missions abroad. Caribbean countries spend millions of dollars every year on individual diplomatic missions when shared missions would be far more cost effective. On September 24, the foreign ministers of Britain and Canada, William Hague and John Baird, announced in Ottawa that their two governments have signed an agreement under which they would share facilities and consular services in several countries. Money is a significant factor in the decision. The foreign services of both countries have had cuts to … Continue reading

WHERE ARE WE HEADING – AS A FREE PEOPLE?

We gained our national Independence and Parliamentary Political Freedom from Great Britain in March 1974 – and although we lost same for some years between March 1979 and October 1983, we re-gained that freedom in the said month of October – after a whole lot of suffering, deaths, and political imprisonment of thousands of our sons and daughters, by our very Grenadian Rulers. And here we are again, twenty-nine years to the very month of October – and our political outlook, and the road ahead towards settled peace, and good governance, and some measure of progress and prosperity for our … Continue reading

Changing gears in the aftermath of mass political cremations

By Stone Crusher Now that the heavy roller has crushed ten of the political degenerates led by St. Peter and their remains have been totally cremated on Sunday, September 30th, 2012, it is time to move on to other more important issues.  In other words, this is settled politics. Time to move on to the next level. Stone Crusher has pledged not to contribute to the memory of the OREL/RMC gang members and to move on. This is not to say that eyes are not on them.  Should they proceed to go out of line as they are expected to, … Continue reading

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

NDC Convention cremated the remains of the Gang Members by The Stone Crusher The entire gang has finally been cremated! They got the surprise of their lives when they were expelled by resolution from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). They did not see it coming! If they were paying attention from the inception of their acceptance into the party, they would have heard the response Uncle Tilly gave to his former prison mate (Leslie Pierre) in a public discussion to the magical question: “What if the new entrants to the party under his leadership try what they tried on Maurice … Continue reading

Tenth anniversary of EPA Negotiations: Not a time for celebration

September 27, 2012 marked the tenth anniversary of the beginning of negotiations for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union (EU) and the 79-member countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.  But, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) throughout Europe say it is not a time for celebration. According to a joint statement issued by many of the NGOs, “10 years on, EPA negotiations continue to be fraught with concerns that, far from supporting development efforts and promoting regional integration, will do more harm than good”. This anniversary has prompted protests in Brussels, the location of the EU headquarters, and … Continue reading

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT AFTER SUNDAY?

What we need in our struggling Tri-Island State – in the existing circumstances now rising up all around us – is to proclaim a set of principles and live by them. Members of any Government must proceed with manifest integrity and humility.  And where these are absent, any attempts of trying to communicate with the people will only create more confusion and mistrust. These past two years, at least, have been so disappointing and frustrating – that to get a reasonable number of those who fell for, and relied on the promises and nice-sounding phrases of the divided group, to … Continue reading

The hypocrisy of it all

It is hypocritical in the extreme. The US Trade Representative has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) claiming that the Peoples’ Republic of China has given “extensive subsidies” to Chinese companies that produce automobiles and automobile parts for export. This is the same US government that is effectively allowing rum produced in two of its Caribbean territories to be extensively subsidised to the detriment of rum producers in non-US Caribbean countries, even though this damage has been pointed out to US President Barack Obama in a letter from the Prime Minister of St Lucia, Dr. Kenny Anthony, … Continue reading

IS THERE NO END IN SIGHT?

There was so much hope, and expectations, and solid promises, and a genuine need for a brand new beginning in 2008 – to move our people from where they had unfortunately found themselves, to some safer place where they could have lived in peace, with trust and confidence in those they had chosen to lead their public affairs, and chart a course towards a brighter and more prosperous future in the years ahead – that those who had been replaced by the majority of the Eleven against Four, really and truly felt that the change was for keeps. But here … Continue reading