“Easy To Talk About Potholes”-Shocked And Dismayed By Lavern King

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Dear Mr. Editor

I was quite shocked and dismayed at the implications of the recent statement made by Sir Louis Straker that it is “easy to talk about potholes” but a seat on the United Nations Security Council signals that SVG has come a long way.

While a seat on the Security Council may bring some measure of prestige to SVG, the appalling potholes to which Sir Louis so dismissively alluded, remain a clear indication that we have not come far enough. In my view, potholes are symbolic of all the things that are going wrong in SVG.

What really is Sir Louis’ point? Should this nation, in its quest to secure a Non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, forget about the poor medical services, the broken education system, the spiralling crime and murder rate, persistent poverty, burgeoning unemployment, among other ills? It would appear that in pursuit of the dream, the ULP has lost touch with the reality of what is going on here in SVG.

Additionally, what real and tangible benefits are the Vincentian people to realize from this all-consuming desire for a UNSC seat? How will a seat on the UN Security Council improve the lot of the vast majority of Vincentians? Or is it merely another avenue to provide plum positions for the progeny of ULP politicians and supporters?

Editor, on the face of it, a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council will undoubtedly be an admirable achievement, but will bring few if any tangible benefits to this tiny nation. We are inundated with domestic problems that the government seems unable to properly address. Let’s get the small things – like filling the potholes – right. Let’s make the lives of Vincentians who live here better.

Lavern King


  1. Wow, I speechless. This is a masterpiece and is well articulated . As a diaspora vincentian the quest for a UN seat while it is a noble achievement should not take precedent over issues that are burdensome to the lives of the average and ordinary vincentian. We will be the laughing stock of the world if we to win the non-permanent seat while the burden of the ordinary vincentian become more and more acute as Laverne king just enumerated. The media will decend on St Vincent and will certainly filmed the very pot holes, speak about the crime rate, unemployment and the list goes on and on. There is an old adage that goes like this, “the higher the monkey climbs the more it exposes the behind”.

  2. Truly well said indeed! I am totally in agreement with Robertson here, who in expressing that opinion have said it all. We here in SVG do need to get a grip of ourselves, and state clearly as to what are our real priorities, for this “small poverty stricken nation” of ours. Poverty alleviation or grandstanding?
    When small nation states lose their way, clear priorities often gets distorted and misplace, confused loyalties are often allowed to become corrupted and distorted, thereby giving rise to circumstances for the populace to become neglected, only to be replaced by skewered objective with individuals pursuing personal objectives, as was the case in Panama and is now the case in the Maldives when Paradise gets stolen. Can we not learn? should we not learn the lesson from the existing disaster of the Maldives? https://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/stealing-paradise/
    Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno February 11, 1934 – May 29, 2017 overthrew President Arnulfo Arias in a coup, establishing himself as leader of Panama. With misplaced priorities, Noriega consolidated his power to become Panama’s de facto ruler in 1983. The misplaced priorities of his allowed Noriega to amass a personal fortune through drug trafficking operations in Panama. Much to the dismay of the USA and his populace.
    Like the leader of the Maldives, Noriega did not espouse any specific social or economic ideology however, the neglect of the populace of Panama, in place of his own personal ego was very much quite in evident. Noriega was eventually arrested and charged by the USA with much crimes and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    We therefore see, that when leaders of small states overreach themselves, neglect the needs of the populace, personal objectives are often allowed to override local wants, much to the detriment of the populace well-being. Can we not learn from the Maldives, Panama, Libya and Iraq, to name but a few states that lost their way?

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