Wednesday, December 01, 2010

CARICOM Secretary-General accused of Politics

I wanted to avoid politics in this blog, but this is too much like the Republicans in the US. The CARICOM Sectrtary praises St. Vincent for its actions during an emergency and Sir James calls that politics? Perhaps Sir James would have preferred that the results would have been more disasterous for St. Vincent, just like the Republicans are so desperate for President Obama to fail that they would be willing for the US to go down the tubes.

There's a limit to politics, fellows. There is no point in hoping for disaster in order to win a job. Just like I noticed the other day that the world's economic problems are all Ralph's fault. That's insanely arrogant--St. Vincent's economy is not that big that it can drag the world along with it.

Let's not go too far.

CARICOM Secretary-General accused of delving into politics

KINGSTOWN - Former prime minister Sir James Mitchell has accused Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Sir Edwin Carrington of getting involved in the politics of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sir Edwin paid a one-day visit here last week and media reports here last weekend quoted the outgoing CARICOM Secretary General as praising the administration of Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves over its response to Hurricane Tomas that hit the island in October.

“The capacity was essentially home grown; whether it be housing or farmers and agriculture, school and education or road,” Sir Edwin said during a press conference after a meeting with Gonsalves.

“That, to me, is a measure of preparedness, a measure of resources and a measure of the people’s response,” he added.

Also present at the news conference were Jeremy Collymore of the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDMA) and Michelle Forbes, Director of the National Emergency Management Office here.

During his visit, Sir Edwin announced that CARICOM would send a team to observe the December 13 general elections.

But Sir James, who was prime minister for 17 years under the New Democratic Party (NDP), said he was disgusted by the comments made by the high-ranking official.

“I am calling to express my disgust at the behaviour of the Secretary General Sir Edwin Carrington getting involved in St. Vincent’s politics at this stage,” Sir James said on local radio.

“How could the Secretary General be praising the government while the Parliament is dissolved and the CARICOM is sending in an observer mission into this country? Can the Secretary be impartial? Does he appear to be impartial in these circumstances?. (CMC) (Nation News)

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