The flag has been lifted – Election race is on

With just about Six Months of the current term of the NDC Government Parliamentary term remaining – the Prime Minister on Wednesday 9th January advised the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, and thereby set the scene for an Election date to be announced, within the next ninety days from the date of dissolution. That state of affairs was not surprising, because the alternative was re-opening Parliament which has been on recess and later prorogued for nearly Six months, and there was also a no-confidence Motion pending debate on the Old Order paper, by Karl Hood. So now we are waiting … Continue reading

Planning beyond Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez, the populist leader of Venezuela, could not turn up on January 10 for his swearing-in ceremony as President for a fourth consecutive term. Quite naturally, the doubt that this has created over the governance of Venezuela has thrown the country into turmoil. It has also caused alarm among Caribbean governments that have become dependent on discounted oil and concessionary financing under the Venezuelan-financed Petro-Caribe programme. The question on everyone’s mind is: what will happen with Chavez’s policies domestically, regionally and internationally, and how will change affect them? What is certain is that there will be change whoever succeeds … Continue reading

All weak-hearted should visit the doctor!!!

By Stone Crusher   Grenadians both at home and abroad are waiting with baited breath for the outcome of the general elections set for February 19th, 2013 as announced by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. One sure thing the country should all know by now is that win, lose or draw – Uncle Tilly would be able to include on his résumé that he was Prime Minister of Grenada and that he was never expelled from any political party. The closest the gang man came to the Sixth Floor in the Botanical Gardens was attending weekly Cabinet meetings until Uncle Tilly … Continue reading

Peter Wickham – Pollster or fraudster?

By Special Correspondent   With our general elections just around the corner, on Monday 28th January, 2013 – a paid messenger of our main opposition delivered what he considers the latest opinion poll, which outlandishly favours them. Peter Wickham, the Director of CADRES – a polling company out of Barbados said a poll he did last week shows an 11% swing in favour of the New National Party (NNP) heading into the February 19th general elections. According to Wickham, the poll shows that most of the people polled do not want to see Tillman Thomas and his team remain at … Continue reading

President Obama: The man unveiled

The speech may have been directed to a domestic United States audience, but in its boldness, its frankness and its inspirational quality, it was a speech to the citizens of the world. In the inauguration speech on January 21 marking his second term as President of the United States, Barack Obama returned to the liberal thinking that summoned people to his support and marked him out as a leader who could take the entire world to a higher place than the religious intolerance, racial bigotry, international suspicion, and discrimination against vulnerable groups in which it has languished. Many people all … Continue reading

INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY & ELECTION MONTH

Thirty-nine years ago – on the Seventh February 1974 – our Mini-Colony of Grenada received its Independence from Great Britain, to become the Independent State of “Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique” within the British Commonwealth of Nations. Like many other instances since then, we were the “First” of the OECS Islands to receive our Independence – and it came about after a whole lot of struggle and protests, and even loss of lives, and some serious brutality by the “Green Beasts” of Eric Gairy’s Security Forces of those hectic days and nights. And as our political history would confirm, the … Continue reading

Good will always prevail

By Stone Crusher   As the general election nears with some seventeen days before our version of D-day on 19th February, strange things would unfold as desperation intensifies. Many are saying that envy for the thriving businesses of La Qua and Otway/Bailey would continue to prevail as one way or the other quite a number of us may succumb to the results very shortly after the winner is announced. Stone Crusher is appealing to our people to take warning and do not get too caught up in this excitement to the point of attracting death on the night of or … Continue reading

Reflections on Independence and Voting

On 19 February, 2013, two weeks after Grenadians would have celebrated 39 years of independence, we will exercise our right to vote for a party to form the government for the next five years. Every election is important; however, this election comes at a pivotal moment. The outcome of the election could determine the direction of the country at a time of regional and global uncertainty. Beyond the necessary ritual of colourful campaign rallies and party jingles, we are about to participate in a very important process that can affect our lives in direct ways for many years to come. … Continue reading

Save the Commonwealth brand: Tell Sri Lanka “Enough”

It is time for the Commonwealth of Nations to suspend Sri Lanka from its councils. In doing so, the Commonwealth would restore confidence in its 2.1 billion people that it is not a hypocritical association that claims to stand for values, including democracy, human rights and the rule of law but fails to act to discipline governments that violate these values. The Sri Lanka government has now seriously and persistently violated the principles to which every Commonwealth country has declared itself to be committed, and, according to the Commonwealth’s rules this is ground for suspension from its councils as a … Continue reading

All set for 19th February

The stage is now all set for General Elections come February Nineteenth – and even the OAS has already agreed to assist, and to monitor the Elections on that important date. The political climate was so cool and low key, for the previous Six months from July to December, 2012, and in just a few days of the New Year it is like a political heat wave – with everything happening almost overnight with very little time to spare. It all seems to suggest that while actions in the political arena appeared very quiet and standing still – those in … Continue reading