Fri 6th Jan 2017
The ULP regime’s only achievement in 2016 was to make SVG one of the most dangerous countries in the world. It appears that SVG suffered 40 murders in 2016, making it one of the top 10 most murderous countries in the world. See chart.
Last year, was a terrible year for SVG. We had the highest murder rate in our country’s history and this is very worrying for the people of SVG. Blood is running in SVG and this shows our country is in a dangerous state.
A United Nations (UN) study shows that there is a link between high murder rates and development:
• countries with wide income disparities are four times more likely to be afflicted by high murder rates than more equitable societies;
• countries with high levels of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment suffer from high murder rates; and
• countries with low levels of human development suffer from high murder rates.
These 3 factors describe the state of SVG and illustrate how badly Gonsalves has mashed up our country.
There is a massive gap between the rich and poor in SVG. A certain group of people are earning millions a year, whilst others struggle with very low incomes and many have no income at all, as there is a very high level of unemployment.
Poverty and destitution is widespread throughout SVG. Thousands of households suffer insecurity every day, as they struggle to get water and enough food to feed their families adequately. Our economy is weak, failing and underdeveloped.
SVG has a low level of human development – only about 1 to 2 per cent of each school year goes on to become a university graduate. Our education system is shockingly bad.
Impoverishing our country and making it one of the top 10 murderous countries in the world, is a very odd strategy by the ULP regime to attract tourists. This paradigm alone shows the idiocy of the ULP leadership and the extent of their economic incompetence.
The high murder rate is very destructive for our society and economy. The UN study says that high murder rates destabilise societies and drive away business and foreign investment.
According to the World Bank, high murder rates undermine economic growth and social development, and leave countries caught in a vicious circle: high murder rates cause lower economic growth, which causes insufficient economic and employment opportunity, which causes poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment, which causes high murder rates, which causes…etc.
In SVG, the root cause of the poor economy, high murder rates, wide income disparities, high levels of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment and low levels of human development is the lack of REVENUE.
The billions of dollars of tax and customs duty exemptions given by Gonsalves to the super-rich, white migrants in Mustique and Canouan under the Mustique Act No 48 of 2002 and to Taiwan under the SVG Fish Act 2001, starve our country of REVENUE.
According to the Leader of SVG Green Party, Mr Ivan O’Neal BSc (Hons) MSc, MBA, allowing Taiwan and the super-rich white migrants of Mustique and Canouan to not pay about EC$2 billion in tax annually is stoking murders in SVG.
By simply abolishing these tax exemptions, we could quickly put ourselves on the path to solving the problems of a poor economy, high murder rates, wide income disparities, high levels of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment, low levels of human development and the lack of REVENUE.
SVG needs that money now to start the process of significantly reducing the murders. We need to break this unfair tax system immediately, without hesitation, for the sake of our people’s lives. Unless we do this, the murder rate in SVG in 2017, could be as high, or higher, than the murder rate of 2016.