Fri 29th Sep 2017
A Kingstown businessman told the Leader of SVG Green Party, Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, that the ULP regime is unable to govern SVG.
SVG has seen an explosion in bloody violent crime and brutal killings. The living environment in SVG is no longer safe and that is a serious cause of concern. Also, it is a worry that the ULP regime has no strategy to deal with the explosion in bloody violent crime and brutal killings in SVG.
Already in 2017, SVG has had about 32 brutal killings and yet Gonsalves is quiet on the subject. Gonsalves is the Minister of National Security, but he has not announced a plan to stop the explosion in bloody violent crime and brutal killings.
One could be forgiven for thinking that he is happy for guns to be smuggled in to SVG and to let the bloody violent crime and brutal killings continue, as it is black people killing black people.
Our economy and country has been destroyed by the grossly incompetent ULP regime. The inability of the ULP regime to manage the country’s finances and create revenue has made the economy very weak. This has caused high levels of unemployment, illiteracy and poverty, and consequently, the current explosion in bloody violent crime and brutal killings.
Action needs to be taken now to stop the bloody violent crime and brutal killings. Gonsalves – what the hell are you waiting for? It seems that SVG is on the verge of anarchy.
SVG lacks leadership under the incompetent ULP regime and this has contributed to SVG being mashed up and the high level of crime. SVG needs competent leadership to implement short-term and long-term plans to save our country.
In the short-term to provide an immediate crackdown on the brutal killings, SVG needs:
• armed United Nations peacekeeping troops to intervene and help the local law enforcement agencies to eradicate the out-of-control gun crime. This happened in Haiti in 2007 and helped bring peace and civil security.
• food aid, as many thousands of households have no income and no food and rely on other relatives for meagre food supplies.
• water aid, as many households have no mains water. International agencies could help set up the infrastructure for hundreds of water standpipes around the country to provide free water. This will help prevent an outbreak of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
In the long-term, SVG needs a coherent economic plan to create revenue and thousands of new jobs. This will require an update of our infrastructure and a quick and substantial injection of money, which we can obtain by abolishing the tax exemptions given to Taiwan and the super-rich white migrants of Mustique and Canouan and imposing a billion dollar windfall tax on Taiwan and the super-rich white migrants of Mustique and Canouan.
As they have not paid tax for decades, this billion dollar windfall tax is a fair amount.
To avoid further social calamity and to give our young people hope and a brighter future, we would invest some of the revenue from the windfall tax in education, skills training and the development of a light industrial sector.
We should also use money from the windfall tax to set up:
• a tuna fishing and canning industry;
• factories for agro-processing to export fruit juices and other products;
• the infrastructure and a factory to export surplus fresh drinking water in tanker-loads.
These industries would create work for thousands of unemployed, low-skilled workers in SVG. This will in turn provide a financial income and more food security to the many thousands of poor households and reduce crime.
Gonsalves is foolish to sit back and do nothing and hope the bloody violent crime in SVG will just go away by itself.