Letter: The NNP administration is a hot mess
Grenada is at a very low point at this time with Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell; we’ve become the laughing stock of the Caribbean. It’s time for every registered voter in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique to take Mitchell and his deplorable administration out. A truly despicable man, not working in the best interest of the country and people. He sounds like an arrogant, pompous, egotistical, bully, manipulative villain in Die Hard movies, who are always surprised at the end when they get defeated.
Every Grenadian person knows that Mitchell is a vindictive megalomaniac. It’s time for him, Bowen, Emmalin, Steele and other to go. Everyone is laughing at Grenada, it’s so sad that this sorry excuse of a prime minister represents Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. This whiny disgraceful man child, who uses people and then throws them under the bus, must not come back. Mitchell is always talking about resigning, but it’s a huge lie, he has no interest in stepping down. He brings it up among his ministers, to see who within the party or government would be a threat to him, then he sidelines and reprimands them, becomes their worst nightmare and just like clockwork, you can expect this lame duck speechfest from him.
Not surprising, not difficult to fathom, that this poor excuse for a man is the prime minister of the tri island. Unfortunately class cannot be bought or taught with money. While Keith Mitchell is to blame for what Grenada has become, he is only the visible cancer, and the ignorance and hypocrisy by the churches is more to blame. The ignorance of superstition fomented by all the various Christian cults is far worse than any plague carried by the mosquitoes in Grenada.
Mitchell, the master manipulator, has discovered that he can make quite a career out of pretending that situations within his government and party are much better than they really are. Mitchell does not have any bold new economic proposals since he came into office in 2013.
Regional commentator Melanius Alphonse pointed out that the Grenada government of Keith C. Mitchell appears to have no coherent national development strategy; they have not introduced any ambitious reforms to reduce the gap in employment protection between workers on temporary contracts and those on permanent contracts. Unemployed citizens have no benefits to fall back on.
Instead of talking a load of crap about rebirth on its way, after more than 18 years in government, Mitchell has not created employment, or boosted job creation in order to help the youths into work. Mitchell does not want to give the youths a chance, because he doesn’t want them playing their part in Grenada. Grenada is experiencing for the first time in its history the highest unemployment rate in the region. Youth unemployment is over 50% and they are left in despair.
Mitchell’s and his administration’s corrupt policies and poor governance are strangling Grenada, its people and the economy. The nonsense coming out of Mitchell’s mouth will not curb youth unemployment. The youths are encouraged to get involved in fighting corruption, because after all, it’s their future that’s at stake, and the power to tackle and eliminate the government corruption is in their hands. This is a government already plagued by waste, infighting, inefficiency and nepotism.
Mitchell, in one of his famous lacklustre rants, made mention of some kind of rebirth on its way. What is the prime minister talking about, really? The poverty and unemployment rate in Grenada remains criminally high. Mitchell is suffering from self serving bias. He is unable to move above and beyond his egoistic and primitive need for power and attention. We may as well realize at once that the essence of his politics will from now on consist of nothing but a struggle for the permanent possession of his feeding bottle for himself and his family.
There is no “rebirth” to come under Mitchell and his NNP government, under this government Grenada is dead and buried, it will not rise from the dead under Mitchell.
Grenada and its people are uttering a tragic cry in her last moment. The tragic cry she is uttering is, “Oh God, when will you deliver us from this sociopath Keith Mitchell, why have you forsaken us?” God is answering, “Deliverance is on its way, be not afraid my children, you have suffered so much in humiliation and despair. Take courage for the NDC will soon triumph and set you free.”
Complicating things for him and his government, is that many former NNP associated with him are running for political office as independents, and some are gaining in popularity in their constituency.
We are living in a dictatorship, where the prime minister alone is exercising absolute power. A poll was recently conducted in Carriacou among three possible NNP would be candidates vying for political office. The poll showed one of the individuals, Senator Cox emerging as the favourite to run for the NNP in Carriacou and Petit Martinique. He emerged with the highest approval rating, yet Mitchell announced another person, the only female as the candidate for the 2018 general elections.
But the question comes to mind about the constitutional validity of such announcement in the current electoral system and parliamentary democracy. Keith Mitchell keeps violating Grenada’s democratic set-up with the constitution. He has violated Senator Cox’s democratic rights of the citizens to elect him as a member of Parliament, he violated the people of Carriacou and Petit Martinique’s right to choose. If the election commission and the parliamentary electoral office are responsible for conducting fair election, shouldn’t Mitchell be playing by the rules?
Mitchell is going too far, preventing nationals from tapping someone whom they reasonably view as their constituency competent representative. The obstructive powers of Mitchell are great, and the NNP executives have so far shown no appetite for confronting the unsavoury side of their party’s leader.
Grenada sons and daughters did not witness in vain the heroism and sacrifice of the thousands who fought with courage in 1983. There were unanimity and determination on the part of the youths and old alike. Today in Grenada under Mitchell there is only indignation and horror everywhere. Instead of building bridges, he destroys them by creating conflicts, tension and separation.
The wish of people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique is to move this government, with all its old ideas, a victim of the love of fame and corruption, that acts and manifests itself in unnatural and unreasonable errors to be removed permanently, so they the people can right all what is wrong with this government.
Mitchell should have resigned after Grenadian voters dealt him a stinging, devastating defeat on his referendum issue. In voting no, Grenadians also delivered a rebuke to all those who had backed the referendum. Instead of trying to pass the referendum, the government should have tried instead to make some inroads in cutting the staggering rate of youth unemployment in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
Throughout the history of Grenada, the youths and young people have always played a crucial role in politics but today Grenada is in the hands of old, lazy, corrupt, incompetent, individuals who call themselves politicians. These individuals must remember that Grenada belongs to the youths; they are the future of this country and its political system. The young people of Grenada like Tevin Andrews, Wayne Mitchell, Earl Maitland, Ali Dowden, Natasha Bhola, and many others have a responsibility to be involved with politics and with their civic duties.
Grenada youths must get involved in politics to ensure that Grenada remains a country of freedom, of principles, and to combat the corruption, the chains and bondage, affecting the people of Grenada today. And to give back to their country and leave a legacy of political and civic participation. They must know that they are charged with the task of ensuring that our country and people remain free, without their involvement in politics, this would be impossible.
They have been forgotten by this NNP government and have been left behind. There is no employment for them and no unemployment benefit. What are they supposed to do? Well instead of drinking themselves to death in a rum shop, or committing petty crimes for which they are sent away to prison, they need to take a more active role in politics, such as running for political office, vote out the NNP who has not done anything to benefit them. This is the only way they will be able to put their beliefs into actions and ensure that Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique upholds its long standing values of freedom and equality.
Prime Minister Mitchell is in dire need of some assistance with his “rebirth”; he seriously needs a virgin for that miracle.