Fri 13th Nov 2020


Concern for the next generation of Vincentians

Five terms in a row, but will the ULP regime replace Haiti with SVG as the poorest country in the world? Under the ULP regime, poverty, destitution and unemployment are high and an environment of crime is what the next generation in SVG will be born into.

There is a whole generation of young people who have grown up or were born under a Gonsalves government (2001 – 2020). This generation has seen their life opportunities diminished and many grown up in poverty, low income households and under an appalling education system.

The poor education system offered by the ULP regime, coupled with a badly run economy, has led to a vast number of young people leaving school with little, or no, education, and the prospect of long-term unemployment and a life of destitution and poverty.

Will anything be different for the next generation of Vincentians? Policies and projects concerning our economy and society carried out over the next few years, will affect the lives of Vincentians in years to come.

Tourism is dead. Agriculture is dead. Education is poor. The economy is virtually dead. The ULP regime’s management of the Public Accounts and Finance is hopelessly incompetent. Kingstown is a slum. There is no Fiscal Surplus to drive sustainable development. There’s no money circulating the country.

SVG is in a very bad place and getting worse. SVG is in a very serious mess financially and in the hands of persons who are grossly incompetent and highly unqualified to make a meaningful contribution.

When we look at countries such as Singapore, which is a World Bank success story with one of the highest standards of living in the world, we know that very high-quality education, free from Pre-School to a Science University, driving a knowledge-based economy, is the formula for success. In SVG, the opposite is being done and it is a formula for failure - high levels of poverty, unemployment and crime.

In the newspapers and on tv, we hear of case after case where male youths are being shot dead. Under Gonsalves, the ULP regime has created a conveyor belt where many male youths leave school prematurely, embark on a life of crime and then end up in jail or being shot dead, all whilst they are still youths.

Will anything be different for the next generation of Vincentians? The ULP regime has locked up many of our male youth. The big ULP regime jail in North Leeward is already crowded and it believed that 9 out of 10 males in the ULP regime jail cannot read.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA lived in Singapore with his wife and three children from 1963 to 1965 and witnessed first-hand the incredible transformation of Singapore from deep poverty to having one of the highest standards of living in the World. The ULP leadership is far too narrow and far too selfish to move our graceful country out of poverty into prosperity. The ULP Regime has the attitude that can replace Haiti with SVG as the poorest country in the world.

What hope for the next generation of Vincentians!

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