It is blatantly clear for all eyes to see that St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and controversial Grenadian journalist Hamlet Mark have a lot in common. They are doing the same kind of political meddling in the political affairs of other English-speaking Caribbean countries within the OECS region.
Just recently, Dr. Gonsalves was invited to Grenada by an unrepentant faction of the former People’s Revolutionary Government, as their guest speaker for the Grenada March 13th revolution remembrance lecture.
However, some months ago, Mr. Mark was very active as a Caribbean journalist in St Vincent and the Grenadines’ general election, as a media mouthpiece for the main opposition party.
Based on the political activities of those two gentlemen’s involvement in the past three decades in Caribbean politics, it is obvious that they are willing to go all out to accomplish their political wants and needs, when they are given the opportunity.
In the case of Dr. Gonsalves, he seems to have the notion, that he has a God-given right to lead Caribbean people with his intellectual big talk that attracts some Caribbean folks who lack rational reasoning skills because they are too lazy to read and think for themselves.
Mr. Mark, on the other hand, seems to be using his media company within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as a political business that will accept media jobs from the best paying political customer during general elections.
In other words, I can say that Mr. Mark has no loyalty to any political organisation in the Eastern Caribbean. He is all about making money as a Caribbean journalist and he will work for any political party that is willing to pay him the money he wants during a general election campaign.
However, even though Dr. Gonsalves and Mr. Mark have a lot in common, based on their activities in Caribbean politics, they are also enemies. Dr Gonsalves almost lost his mind when he saw Mr. Mark in St Vincent working as a Caribbean journalist for the main opposition party.
As a matter of fact, on one occasion Mr. Mark was arrested by members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force ad many felt rightly or wrongly that it was done under the orders of Dr Gonsalves himself.
In the heat of the election campaign, Mr. Mark was seen by Dr Gonsalves’ supporters as a foreigner meddling in Vincentian domestic politics.
In addition, although Dr. Gonsalves and his supporters were upset, with Mr. Mark’s mercenary style of journalism activities on their home soil, Dr. Gonsalves is also guilty of the same behaviour pattern, as he did during the Grenada revolution.
It is no secret that he was a very close political friend of the late Maurice Bishop. As a matter of fact he admitted that he was an advisor to the late Grenadian leader. Therefore, if what Dr. Gonsalves is saying is correct, he was meddling in Grenadian domestic politics as an outsider too.
That shows that he and Mr. Mark are the same style khaki pants, designed by the same tailor. And as a matter of fact, the political tailor designed Dr. Gonsalves before Mr. Mark.
Dr. Gonsalves must remember that the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) was supposed to be the New Jewel Movement Revolution. It is time that we as a Grenadian people tell Dr. Gonsalves that Maurice Bishop betrayed the grassroots rural Jewel Movement and created a Caribbean intellectual club with the revolution.
It is time that we let him know that Caribbean intellectuals destroyed the Grenadian Revolution with their big book theories that were not practical for the way the vast majority of us live.
Basically, the Grenada Revolution was supposed to be the revolution of the people, for the people and by the people. However, only we as Grenadians can have a proper discussion about the revolution. We are the ones who should be asking the unrepentant faction why they stole the revolution from its grassroots base and later turned the guns on the people.
Additionally, it is a known fact that Dr. Gonsalves and Grenada’s present Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell are not very close politically, in terms of sharing the same political ideology. Dr Gonsalves is still dreaming of a type of Caribbean socialism, while Dr. Keith Mitchell is a practical politician.
However, as some Grenadian politicians keep jockeying for political position in the last four years or so, some former members of Maurice Bishop’s PRG regime are now aligned to the Mitchell government.
However, it will be a matter of time before the Grenadian people start questioning those former PRG politicians’ real agenda, as they seek refuge inside Dr Mitchell‘s political camp. But the other funny thing is that Mr. Mark is also at peace with Dr Mitchell and he no longer criticises the Grenadian leader.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Mark is working for the government and he is also very close to those unrepentant former PRG comrades.
In conclusion, although Dr Gonsalves keeps on preaching the same political socialist utopia as he is accustomed to do, it seems as though he is trying to play jack on both sides with Bishop’s followers and the unrepentant faction that executed Bishop.
With that kind of political trickery game he is trying to play, therefore, there is a possibility that he could have some information about why Bishop abandoned the original members of the Jewel Movement, after March 13, 1979, and why the unrepentant faction killed Bishop.
However, as Dr. Gonsalves and Mr. Mark continue to play their selfish political games in Caribbean countries’ politics, it is easy to see that they are selfish individuals. Dr Gonsalves likes absolute power and when he cannot get the political attention, he becomes very arrogant and disrespectful to his opponents because he thinks that he is the brightest mind in Caribbean politics.
On the other hand, Mr. Mark likes money. He is a unique capitalist but he portrays himself as part of the progressive movement. But the saddest thing is that both Dr. Gonsalves and Mr. Mark are enjoying the luxury of capitalism, while their main dream is to grab onto absolute power for themselves and their political posse.