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Time to make a stand

Yes, Grenadian patriots, the time has come, and is here right now, for all of us who love our dear nation, the land of our birth, to rise up and be counted in the struggle for our way of life and identity.

For the last 2 decades and more we have left it to a man and his group to lead us. They won our hearts by deception, lies, fancy speeches, charisma and political scheming. Khief and his cronies have become rich, while year after year the international community publishes the fact the Grenada is becoming poorer and poorer in their eyes, as our poverty index keeps on growing while we listen to the political lies about “economic  growth”; jobless economic growth.

Khief and company herald “economic growth” using untested and unedited numbers created by his lackeys in the Ministry of Finance, while the prices of basic items for food and other essentials keep on rising and taxes follow suit, while  wages are frozen and  the masses struggle to  find jobs in  this “new economy” that he has advertised.

Yes, a new economy that is more and more open and exposed to external shocks; a new economy that  ignores agriculture and fishing; a new economy that ignores manufacturing; a new economy that relies less on export and more on imports; a new economy that is doomed to explode and implode.

Look out now for some big announcement to lift our hopes and to distract us from the reality that  we are just existing in a country that is governed by a group of truly clueless incompetents that show no respect for the rule of law, for the primacy of our constitution, for our Grenadian values, for our personal choices or for our overall well-being.

This is really a spineless, blind, vindictive group that is confirming the contents of my articles more and more: “Blind Leadership”, “I told you so”, “Empty Nice Talk”, The Great Betrayal, The  Ducking Doctor, Time to Go, Run Grenada or Resign and so on.

Khief will come just now and talk about oil and gas again after abandoning that talk since the 2018 election campaign, as he looks for a way out. In any event, the oil and gas belongs to us all as Grenadians and he  has done nothing to enhance its proper exploitation and its benefits to us as a nation.

Khief is truly grasping at straws as all his plans are now going up in smoke. Since 1993 Khief and his sidekick Gregory spent their time lambasting WRB’s ownership, and then management of Grenlec, and now that they have paid way over the top for the shares from our treasury they are now showing that they are actually incompetent and have no clue. They are desperately looking for management people that they can manipulate, that type is always sub-standard and not easy to combine with competence; the fact that the unit prices  for electricity are indeed fair is being revealed slowly but surely; and my projection is that  they will now offer worse prices and terms than that offered under WRB’s tenure. Let’s wait  and see, Grenada!

Recall that I told you from the onset of this pandemic that Khief is really bad and hopeless at crisis management. He showed us that very clearly during the passage of hurricane Ivan and less so during hurricane Emily’s passage. What he always focuses mostly on is how to turn a situation into a political opportunity. The genuine needs of Grenadians always come after the political issues.

When Covid started Khief immediately panicked and began to pressure farmers and fishermen, banning them from going to their garden, seeing after their animals and going to the ocean to find fish and other food for us to eat. Khief made provisions for his friends in the big supermarkets but made none for the poor farmers who really needed the income.

Khief has indiscriminately locked down Grenada even when he has told us that we have no Covid cases in our community and has said boldly, many months ago that he would keep a state of emergency until there is a vaccine. I have always said that it is easy to pass unconstitutional laws and rules to control people but the real challenge is to navigate our way out of the lock-down and have the economy up and running.

Remember that this is Khief’s economy, one that he has created over the last 2 decades or more. He has largely abandoned agriculture, manufacturing, agro-processing and other self-sufficient initiatives and has placed us squarely into the hands of outsiders who can now dictate our destiny. When will we learn, Grenada?

If there is only one thing to be learnt from the Grenada Revolution it ought to be that a united small nation that commits itself to developing its own local resources and depending on them more and more is a powerful nation. Khief has abandoned that policy for tourism and selling passports. Easy money, but we  know that,  “easy come, easy go”.

Now, in this time of crisis our self-styled, “Only Maximum Leader” has to be dictated to by  the outside world; it is now an adopted and naturalised Grenadian that is out there telling us about the policy of our government, while Khief and his gang do not have the guts to tell us that they have sold Grenadians out to the hoteliers, the vaccine manufacturers and the international grifters; those who hang around to make a quick dollar on any scam or scheme.

Khief needs these external people to have confidence in Grenada at their accepted imposed standards of safety in this pandemic, in order for his economy to stand a chance of survival. Don’t be fooled, it is not about what is needed in Grenada but only about what the airlines, the hoteliers, the passport sellers and CBI promoters say is the standard.

Remember that over 25% of Americans have now been already vaccinated and still there are surges in the  virus. The European Union is unable to come to a consensus about the use of the AstraZeneca  “vaccine” and yet a strange hotelier is telling our people publicly that they cannot get or retain a job in the hotel sector unless they take the AstraZeneca “vaccine”.

I call it “vaccine” because scientists have said that these operating systems do not qualify to be called vaccines according to the definition of what is a vaccine; and my first and basic training is that of a  scientist. We have no cases in Grenada and yet clueless and callous Khief demands that we take an unproven vaccine in order to satisfy the demands of foreigners.

Let’s use our brains, Grenadians! Look at these facts:

(1). Our Government failed or refused to provide free mass testing in Grenada for the virus.

(2). The Ministry of Health and General Hospital published that a test would cost almost the whole salary of some of our workers in Grenada.

(3). Private sector companies were set up to make a huge profit out of the testing regime in Grenada.

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(4). The real cost to produce the “vaccine” is much more than to produce the test for the virus and yet the “vaccine” is being offered to us free of cost!

Can’t you see that there is a plan out there? This is just a whole big experiment and a set-up which has the cooperation of Khief and company. Our lazy government has refused to take time out to protect the health and genuine interests of our Grenadian people!

Even in the United States and the United Kingdom where hundreds of thousands of people have died  from the virus not a single person can be forced to take a vaccine shot. Not a single resident of Grenada has  died and yet this dumb, lazy, clueless and disrespectful government is allowing our poor workers to be railroaded into taking this experimental operating system that goes under the label of a vaccine. What a shame!

Khief has refused to stand up and protect the constitutional, religious and other rights of the simple Grenadian worker! Shame  on you, Khief! “Everything I do, I do it for you”! What a hypocrite!

Our government under Khief has given up the “running” of our country in this crisis time and  given it over to foreigners and those with ulterior motive and interests that are separate and apart from our national interests! They are “calling the shots” and providing him with the  ideas and initiatives that he uses to make  policy.

What a betrayal of the oath of office to respect and defend the Constitution of Grenada. Khief, it is past  time  for you to retire! Please go to your retirement home in Saint Mark and let us run our country!

This “policy” is a clear violation of section 1 of the Constitution of Grenada

(1). Fundamental rights and freedoms

Whereas every person in Grenada is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms, that is to say, the right, whatever his or her race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely –

(a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;

(b) freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association;

(c) protection for the privacy of his or her home and other property and from  deprivation of property without compensation; and

(d) the right to work,

We have a guaranteed right to freedom of conscience. Once it’s against my conscience to put GMO’s, parts of aborted fetuses and proven carcinogenic material into my system, I must not  be forced to do so.

We have a guaranteed right to work, not that the government has to create work for us but  that we are entitled, without more, to employment in the  fields that we are qualified for, without any other conditions being attached.

These people who are now pronouncing government policy know that they cannot promote such nonsense where they originally came from.

(5). Protection from inhuman treatment

(1) No person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.

It is inhuman to tell our people that they have to take an experimental operating system, or else. We are not in Hitler’s concentration camps, are we? This is inhuman and degrading treatment. We are not guinea pigs or experimental rats. How dare you, Khief and company? Let me decide for myself, Mr. Old Young Man!

(13). Protection from discrimination on the grounds of race, etc.

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (4), (5) and (7) of this section, no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

(2) Subject to the provisions of subsections (6), (7) and (8) of this section, no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by any person acting by virtue of any written law or in the performance of the functions of any public office or any public authority.

(3) In this section, “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to different  persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin,  political opinions, colour, creed or sex whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of  another such description.

These hoteliers are declaring in public that the “policy” of the government of Grenada is that  no person can work in the hotel  (and hospitality?) except they get vaccinated.

The  Privy Council and the Caribbean Court of Appeal have already pronounced that this discrimination  provision is not limited to the examples of the meaning of discrimination cited in section 13 of our Constitution above. The examples are not exhaustive and the general principles is that discriminatory treatment, except for the specified exceptions set out in section 13, is wrong.

Additionally, this “policy” cannot be shown to be reasonably justifiable in our democratic society of Grenada.

Where is the leadership of Khief at this crucial time? He was quick to come out and say that,  despite pressure from the international community, he is not changing any laws in Grenada with respect to homosexual rights because he, personally, has a problem with that lifestyle.

Well, I guess that it’s all about Khief’s personal beliefs! Even though I share his conviction it is not for me to favour my conviction and impose it on a democratic nation. Khief intends to run Grenada based on his “personal  beliefs  and  convictions”. His personal belief is that people should take the “vaccine” and so he is apparently prepared to force us to take the “vaccine” bit by bit.

Let’s wet our houses! There is a saying that if you see your neighbour’s house on fire then the wise thing is to wet your own as a preventative measure. Well, the houses of our Grenadians brothers and sisters in the hospitality sector are now on fire. It is time to take heed and wet our own.

It has started in the hospitality sector but it will not end there. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. The blaze has started and it is now high time to take a stand for Grenada or we may all be soon consumed in the fire. We have a unique chance to steer our very own course at this time as we did during our Revolution. We are an independent people, many of whom are blessed with brilliant minds!

Yes we can find a way in the midst of this crisis but not with these Lazy, Uncle Tom, Simpleton, Conniving, House Slaves who lead our country at this time.

(Cajeton Hood is an attorney-at-law who served as Attorney General of Grenada during the 2013-18 period in government of the New National Party of current Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell)