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, they will be dealt with in the most severe of manners.
These lumpen elements will be treated just as back in the days of the 1979-83 Revo when heavy manners were the order of the day for all counter-revolutionaries and lumpen elements.
The forecast is that if the gang members proceed to form any political entity, they will receive the shock of their lives as Andre Donald recently said on one of his morning discussions.
The Stone Crusher is of the firm belief that their returns from the various polling stations will come in as lottery numbers (2 – 5 – 0 – 7 – 1 – etc.). Grenadians would not put up with them after they sought to terrorise the nation for the sake of their political ambitions.
And if the New National Party (NNP) intends to form any strategic alliance with them, it will be more of the same in terms of strife, conflict and more mayhem.
The only difference here is that this time “somebody is going to die for real” because the NNP people might eat them up raw for trying to destabilise KCM and their party.
And what is there about some secret meeting on Tuesday between some of the leading members of the Gang and a certain person from NNP at Morne Jaloux near the home of a particular church man. The people are watching the power hungry and thirsty corbeaux politicians.
People, do you remember when this country was known as “scandal plagued Grenada”? Would you like to contribute to the return of those days when internationally acclaimed scoundrels were passed off on us as investors, stealing was taken to a new level and took on the appearance of being legalised, government spending was going out of style, free money was given away to people who didn’t need it, but got so accustomed to receiving it that they grew to consider it an entitlement?
And today the NNP big man is coming back with talk of foreign investors waiting to fly into Grenada as soon as NDC is voted out of office. Tell him to name the investors. The list might sound like Steve Altman (sex goods man), Van Brink, E.J. Miller (the man who disappeared with the US$20 million for the hotel at Mt. Hartman, as well as Rita Regala, David Rowe, Larry Barnabe and others.
The provider of the briefcase of US$500, 000.00 Eric Resteiner is soon to come out of prison in the U.S and might be thinking of heading back to Grenada since he has an Economic Citizenship passport from Mitchell’s NNP administration.
Grenadians, do you recall when bids were done for government contracts the preliminary cost of some were as high as 37% of the entire project to the point where one of the brothers who struts his wares now boasts of how he is a millionaire – even though at his age he cannot speak too well?
Prior to NNP coming into office, this same individual was issuing all kinds of “bounce” cheques and could not even pay his rent but under NNP became one of the richest men in the country. KCM, the people are not going back down that road again with you and NNP.
Well in case you do not know it, when the country changed administration on July 2008 and rightly so (even though we did not cater for St. Peter making a grab for power and retarding the government’s ability to deliver) – the breaking news was that we amassed over $1.7 billion in national debt with very little to show for it.
That scandal plagued administration was amassing debt while fooling the majority of simpletons into thinking that they were so liquid, only to realise today that every working Grenadian now owes something like close to $85,000 of that national debt. Where are we going to get the money to pay back this high level of debts?
The strain is on as the international lenders are holding out for their payments and whereas in 2007 the repayment demand was around $91 million, one year later it went to over $280 million that a new administration had to pay and now in 2012 it is more than $320 million.
The NNP was borrowing and borrowing but failed to build an economy with a strong productive base so that the country could withstand the pressures of the worldwide economic and financial recession.
And the man who presided over the NNP finances for most of the 13 years in office has turned out to be the biggest joker now in the NNP pack, talking about growing the economy.
Anthony Boatswain, the former Minister of Finance (the man with the loss memory) has conveniently forgotten that Grenada was declared as uncreditworthy towards the latter days of the first NNP government of late Prime Minister H.A. Blaize and his deputy Ben Jones.
Is Boatswain a pathological liar when he is trying to tell the nation that Grenada was declared uncreditworthy in 1992 when NDC was in office? Tony knows much better than that since he was the “blue eye” boy of George Brizan.
Tony was given a nice job in the Ministry by George Brizan as Macro-Economic Planner. He has conveniently forgotten that it was the same George Brizan who was forced to introduce a self-imposed Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) with the support of some Caribbean leaders to take Grenada out of the bankrupt state left behind by the first NNP government.
The heavy over-spending by NNP back in 1984-90 was due to the frequency in which the Ministry of Works headed by Keith Mitchell was often engaged in over-spending of its budget. Ask Richard Duncan how many times, the Ministry had to make Supplemental budgetary arrangements to bail out the Ministry of Works under Mitchell.
It is the same mentality that Keith Mitchell brought into government in 1995, no wonder that the national debt was running with speed from $EC373 million in 1995 to almost EC$1.8 billion when the NNP was kicked out of office in July 2008, and did Boatswain grow the economy, when he had a chance to??
As soon as the U.S cutback on their budgetary support to the first NNP government of Blaize, it was downhill for the country. Blaize was left with a big hole in his finances and before long the country was declared as uncreditworthy.
Tony, the next time NNP has a public meting, please refute the facts as outlined herein. This Tony Boatswain was a Rolling Stone in the 1980 and 1990’s with jobs since he was a non-performer. Boatswain was in IDC, Blaize had to move him, Brizan rescued him in the Ministry of Finance, the EU did not renew his contract, it was back to IDC and then Cromwell Scott before Jerome Joseph got fed up with him.
In no time, Boatswain was sent packing to Grenada Grand Beach for rescue by Issa Nicholas and then back to IDC again. A rolling stone cannot gather any moss.
The Stone Crusher has now come to the conclusion that Anthony Boatswain has also forgotten that the sum of $240, 000.00 disappeared from the IDC when he was in charge of the Corporation.
Is this the same Anthony Boatswain from Marli in St. Patrick’s who used to defend the NDC government in those debates on the radio against NNP’s Rupert Agostini? No, it must be a different Anthony Boatswain – a man with two different faces.
Tony, do you remember who the police charged for the theft of the IDC money? Tony, do you want to hear a tape-recording of what your leader said about you on the issue of the missing IDC money? Tony, ask him to speak the truth to you on this one. Tony, you are advised to please speak the truth always and do not misbehave.
Tony, please remember that Aaron Moses and the others are still alive and can tell the nation who helped to put together the first NDC manifesto for the election? Tony, do you remember who helped to write the portion of the manifesto that addressed economic matters? Boy, do not force George Brizan to arise from the grave and expose your many deeds.
On another but current note: Stone Crusher listened with special interest to the follow-up comments from Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Mitchell on the NDC’s expulsion of the renegades and found it rather alarming that after he made some earlier comments on this appearing to be a clean break initiated by the Prime Minister and not the gang members themselves and that if he were to advise them he would have advised them quite differently from what he saw them doing and that he would not want to give them his public advice.
One would have thought KCM would have left that there. But instead, he had to go on in a later television interview by saying: “The action taken to remove five elected members of the House as members of your party by expulsion is a very far-reaching action; and therefore the leadership of the country having taken or endorsed that decision should do the next noble thing. The only thing left to be done is to say to the people: “I have now decided that I can’t work with the majority of the members of my team that you gave me at 2008 July, and therefore I am now asking you to give me a new mandate or someone else a mandate to govern the country……. When you compare this action with the action I took in 1999 when I was being defined as a dictator and I was being defined as Mugabe; today I think people in the country can see who is the real Mugabe in the country, because the action taken is similar to what Mugabe would have taken and in my case I acted quite quickly when I lost the majority in the House by one…… The country cannot be held to ransom by those who are in government today. The country and the economy of the people of the country cannot be held to ransom……”
In Stone Crusher’s mind, the issue of Mugabe does not arise here at all except to point right back at Dr. Mitchell as Uncle Tilly neither resembles Mugabe nor is he inclined to behave like him.
Do you recall Dr. Mitchell dressing up like Mugabe or other tyrannical African leaders of note on the campaign trail last election? Do you remember the suit he wore at the final NNP rally at Queen’s Park? KCM likes cricket so he should ask for a TV replay of his performance that night and see if that was not Mugabe-like.
Doc, do you recall making life miserable for some of your inner circle members like Dr. Raphael Fletcher and Mark Isaac – just to name two (and God knows there are others).
Dr. Mitchell – do you recall the following names: Reynold Benjamin, Winston Whyte, Finton DeBourg, Denis Campbell, Richard Lewis, Teddy Victor and Dr. Keith Braveboy? (There might be others but these are the main ones). They were called the “A” Team who came up with a vision for the NNP which you were not the architect of and recognising that there is strength in numbers and with you left on the “paff paff” side with visionless ‘yes men’ devoid of any substance – what was the due process you invoked to rid the NNP of the “A” Team?
You certainly did not take this matter of you and the “NNP A” team up at your party’s General Council or Convention. Did you bring any of them before the Disciplinary Committee of the NNP?
The Stone Crusher put it to you without any fear of contradiction that instructions were issued not to accept their membership dues and very shortly thereafter it was followed up by a thank you note for their services to NNP by the Chairman of the party.
The NNP disenfranchised the “A” team members since the action taken against them made their membership card null and void. That is what you call Due Process by NNP. Doc, is that not how the “A” team members were sent packing? Do you recall this? The Wild One was not around to give you legal advise on that one against the “A” team.
Is Dr. Mitchell qualified to talk on the subject of the justifiable expulsion of a handful of troublemakers and power-seekers on the other side who are now left of nowhere? Thanks god that Chavez won Sunday’s election in Venezuela so they might still be able to get a few ALBA dollars.
Stone Crusher senses that the NNP leader is getting desperate these days. He would have to look for something else to sell to the electorate now that the NDC has expelled the infidels for good. The NNP cannot peddle anything about disunity within Congress anymore.
The NDC is back in business with one leader in Uncle Tilly – a man who can be trusted by the people. Uncle Tilly is not the person who was caught on camera in St. Moritz, Switzerland stuffing a whole set of US one hundred dollars notes into his pocket from Resteiner.
Uncle Tilly is not the person that the U.S Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada described in her confidential memo to Washington as the most corrupt leader in the Caribbean – worst than any of the Birds in Antigua. What a wicked description of a Caribbean Prime Minister!!!
The NNP is also obsessed with the current changes to the electoral registration system and process and quite rightly so. No longer can any NNP operative in New York collect the names of supporters and send them down to St. George’s to get them onto the voters list.
As the NNP is now out of office, they cannot successfully take out blocks of votes from North-west and St. Mark’s and put them in marginal areas in order to help out some of their vulnerable candidates.
The NDC should also be on the look-out for any attempt made by the NNP to engage in acts of cheating. The Voter’s list will have to be scrutinised by the NDC very closely to make sure that persons are registered to vote in their own area and not be transferred to other places where the NNP is weak in order to sure up their chances.
A few years ago, The Stone Crusher remember reading in one of the weeklies about NNP making a request to the Electoral Office to move a few names from St. George South into St. George South-east. The then Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Emmanuel Roberts refused to go along with the plan. Do you remember what happened to Mr. Roberts under NNP after the elections?
Is it true that Mr. Roberts’ brother in NNP warned him about the plot to remove him from the Electoral Office? Where is that brother now in terms of his own association with NNP? Was he made a Senator after the last election and in quick time was replaced by one of the old guards?
The Stone Crusher is forced to keep laughing when a certain man keeps trying to fool the people with a lot of ole talk about “ah change, ah change” and calling for the people to forgive him.
If he wants forgiveness for the wrongs that he did to Mr. Roberts and others like Richard Duncan, Nolan Murray, Cecil Greenidge and other top civil servants then he must come out and tell us what are the specific things that he wants the people to forgive him for.
A good practicing Catholic will go down on his knees before Father and name the specific sins that he would like God to forgive him for. But this man who sees himself as a God in Grenada and also in NNP is not willing to tell the people of Grenada what are the sins he would like them to forgive him for.
KCM, please do better than that. Come out clean and repent so that the people might forgive you of your sins against them because Grenadians are truly a forgiving people. Stop making a pappy-show of the people.
The man on the other side must be trembling in his boots today due to the changing fortunes of the NDC with the expulsion of the ten renegades. There is now a resurgence of the political stock of Uncle Tilly and the main opposition is forced to admit privately that it is no longer a walk in the park for them on Election Day.
Reality has shown that since 1990, the only real consistent support the NNP has, resides in St. Mark’s and St. George North West. All other constituencies have been touch and go – an undisputed fact!
Dr. Mitchell’s thirst for regaining power in Grenada cannot be underestimated as he is pushing seventy and would love to be able to repair his legacy which is not so appealing at present based on his reckless behaviour in public office between 1995 and 2008.
This goes to show how important it is to not gamble with the present so that the past would not really matter when the present is over.
Even Lloyd Noel in his last piece in the New Today was clear on the vibes in the country based on feedback coming from the ground.
This is what Lloyd wrote: “From talking with, and listening to, a whole lot of undecided voters about the way ahead – a sizeable number have not yet forgotten, the carry-on that took place in the last few years of the last lot in control of our tri-Island State. And they are very clear in their thinking about the way ahead – in that they are not prepared to jump from the Frying-pan as it were, back into the raging fire of just four or five years ago.
“The great majority are in agreement, that many of the group still in control acted foolishly and without thinking positively – but many of them are still convinced, that with some sensible re-thinking and replacement of those that strayed for whatever reason – much good can come from a revitalised team.”
NNP and Dr. Mitchell may do well to take heed as they do not have anything in any bag just yet. The more the Doc double speaks and comes across too anxious, is the more he encourages the undecided voters to wake up and come out again to prevent him from taking office.
The NNP big man has to understand one thing, if the NNP loses the next general elections under his leadership, his party would disintegrate completely and they would not wish to have him continue to lead them, and fighting for the top position would become public and it would be his party’s turn to follow the disappearing act of the GULP and the MBPM.
The sensible and educated people in NNP have been speaking out quietly and privately among themselves and admitting that Dr. Mitchell is like a millstone around their necks and his presence can cost them dearly at the election.
Too many of the sensible and thinking people in the country do not want to see the return of Dr. Mitchell as Prime Minister and that is one of the biggest things right now in NDC favour.
Also, there are many people from unexpected places waiting in the slips to contribute to Uncle Tilly getting the chance the power hungry OREL/RMC gang members never gave him. There is an abundance of sympathy for Uncle Tilly in the country but NDC still has a lot of work to do in order to remain in the driving seat.
With the power-seekers kicked out for good, a lot of people are now showing signs of wanting to get registered to vote and to vote for the resurgent NDC under Uncle Tilly.
The new Congress Team with the lady Senator in the Town of St. George, Randall in St. George South-east and other new candidates already identified for the South and St. Patrick West will only see Uncle Tilly and his new team getting stronger and stronger with each passing day.
Better days are coming for the country under Uncle Tilly. Five more years are needed to continue with the mission of rescuing the economy and country after 13 years of reckless borrowing and give-away of assets to E.J Miller at Mt. Hartman and some others in Levera.