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Editor: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been engaged in the silly political season for at least the past 15 years, as a proliferation of talk shows has permeated the airwaves. Political diatribe has become the order of the day and our political leaders have to suffer through the daily indignity of having outright lies and innuendoes about their character become fact. Both political leaders have been demonized by persons residing on the opposite side of the political divide.{{more}}

I have known and been friends with Ralph Gonsalves for almost thirty years and I have never seen in him the caricature that his opponents would like to portray. He is not an evil person who hates people and wants to destroy the economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In fact, quite the contrary, he has prepared himself both academically and by being an avid reader to make a contribution to the development of his country. He has studied many political systems and economic experiments and has used best-practices and learnt from other leaders’ mistakes in an attempt to advance the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the long term.

Having said that, I recognise that like all of us, he suffers from the imperfections of men and often appears dismissive and impatient. He is accused, even by his friends, of not listening to advice.