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Fri 12th May 2017

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Gonsalves - Governance in default

The economic and social situation in SVG has deteriorated so deep and so fast, that barrels have been prepositioned around SVG begging for food donations for our people. Please see photo. This further illustrates the incompetence of Gonsalves.

Gonsalves is governing in default: he is not measuring up to the standard that is required and he has failed to fulfil his obligation to the people and the country.

As PM, the standard that is required of Gonsalves is to increase the overall wealth of the country, increase the overall financial situation of the people, increase the standard of the living of the people and create sustainable development for a sustainable society.

On all levels, Gonsalves has not measured up to the standard.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to comply with instructions to pass the Director of Audit’s public accounts audit, having failed audit many times.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to manage the economy so as to move the country forward, as all indicators show our country is more in debt and poorer and the economy much weaker.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to provide high-quality education, as not only is the education system falling apart, but many schools are literally falling apart too, since only EC$7.7 million is being invested in education this year.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to provide equality in our country, as the tax system discriminates in favour of Taiwan and the white, super-rich of Mustique and Canouan.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to competently manage the country’s agricultural resources such that the land provides for food security for all, having killed hundreds of acres of high-quality agricultural lands by building Belle Isle jail, allowing Buccament Bay tourist resort and building Argyle airport. We now have a food crisis in SVG.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to stimulate jobs and revenue, so as to provide adequate employment for the people and an environment for businesses to grow and flourish.

Gonsalves has failed to fulfil his obligation to ensure the human rights of all our people as prescribed by the United Nations. We deserved the right to a peaceful society, education, jobs, dignity and much more.

Gonsalves’ foolish economic policies, coupled with the lack of ability to competently manage the public accounts, have mashed up the economy and caused this food crisis. In the best interest of our economy and our country, Gonsalves should resign to protect the economy of SVG from falling deeper into the graveyard.

Since 2001, our country has gone backwards: poverty has increased, unemployment has increased, education has fallen downwards, agriculture has been devastated and many businesses have been forced to close down.

Gonsalves is governing in default. His standard of governance is poor and the people of SVG are suffering as a consequence. He has failed to fulfil his obligation to the people and the country in virtually every way possible. SVG needs change. Time for the ULP regime to be voted out of power.

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