For this past week, I have been quietly following reports from Grenada that some members of the “triumvirate”, in cahoots with others, are on a specific trajectory to politically destroy some of their own.
There has been a strong suspicion that the phones of some members of cabinet have been bugged.
The evidence has largely been circumstantial – and so I have never written about it, since I was quietly digging deeper for a few weeks now.
But the writing is on the wall, when it became clear last week that a specific request had gone out to the FIU – Financial Intelligence Unit – directing that they demand the phone records of a very senior government official. And I mean very senior. (However, more on that to come someday very soon).
There is no doubt – in my mind and in the minds of many others – that a clique in this government has embarked on the politics of destruction. The Glen Noel-led Tillman Thomas wing of the NDC has declared a scorched earth policy.
They are satisfied that they cannot win the next election on their own – and nobody else will stand to win it, which makes the Prime Minister – without him realizing – being the biggest agent for the return of Keith Mitchell.
It is both sad and amusing, when it has been government officials – and not the opposition – that have begun floating stuff that Joseph Gilbert somehow might have been involved in some impropriety – even though there is zero evidence to suggest anything such thing.
Peter David’s own government has floated all manner of things about him – some, if I repeat here, he would have all reason to make his lawyers send me a note. (I don’t know how he keeps going with so much friendly fire).
Unless the likes of Gilbert and David are strong, their own government will devour them.
Watch the train wreck – sped on by rumor, innuendo and half truths.
Remember what they did to Boxer in Animal Farm? They slaughtered him after he did all the great work in building the farm.
About a year ago in an article, I referred to David as Boxer – and the analogy might have been lost on some people.
Here I was sympathizing with these folks – but little did I know they were coming for me too.
They arrived this morning.
But to put things in context is to go back two Novembers ago, when the Prime Minister went infamously on George Grant’s show and suggested that I am angry at this government because of a proposal that was supposedly turned down.
And then on cue, George Worme printed the “proposal” – as if to suggest I demanded some huge amount of money – didn’t get it and was peeved.
Now let me say this regarding that issue, which I never said before – but which the Prime Minister knew – but omitted to obviously give the wrong impression:
(a) That referred to proposal was something that they sort me out on and ask if I can draft. I had pleadings made not once by at least five times. I finally said I would send one – when the last appeal to me was – “Man, help out a brother, nah!”
(b) The proposal was tailored, meaning the figures were based on what they said was a budget they can spend for one year.
(c) The proposal was not a job or project application on my part; it was a comprehensive plan that looked at a structure, staffing, rent, electricity etcetera, and it did not have to be executed by me. (In fact, I had verbally said to them that I can help them identify potential staff because don’t expect me to do it, because I cannot afford to stay in Grenada at that time).
(d) Unlike what the Prime Minister alluded to, I was not aware until he said it that the “proposal” was rejected. Was always under the impression they were seeking funding for it.
(e) On their request I developed a plan (for free) of what they requested and never once inquired about it again – because they did not necessarily have to get back to me on it.
(f) I had no reason to be “peeved” about a rejection because I did not know if there was one – and even so – it was up to them anyhow.
(g) Two weeks before the blow up that November 2010 (on the kind request of a colleague and for free), I drafted an address for the Prime Minister. (Not the act of a man who was upset).
Now, with that history, I understand first-hand the appetite in the top level of this government to want to destroy friends and perceived enemies.
Remember two years ago I wrote that ungratefulness is in the DNA of National Democratic Congress – and that was before any so-called “rejection” of any proposal.
So George Worme has been on this campaign about me being – as he put it a “money mercenary” – for supposedly wanting to be paid by government. Never mind all his friends are.
To understand this penchant for mischief, we could even go back to the midst of the 2008 campaign – when one of the current main advisers to the triumvirate – went to a top party official to say, “Be careful with Hamlet he is a paid Keith Mitchell spy.” (An adviser who boasted he wanted no job from NDC should they have won the 2011 election, but was among the first to receive a job in the Ministry of Finance and was front and centre of the infamous Sewang One World project on behalf of his minister).
But back to the current situation.
On Wednesday morning, I had a discussion with Michael Baptiste – “me pardner” – who as he put it – “one Munich man touching base with another Munich man”. Of course, we don’t always eye-to-eye on things, but we go way back – and we talk. In spite of his politics I regard him as a “brethren” – as “a Munich man.”
In the midst of “old talking” about the current political situation in Grenada – and a promise to one day meet and sit down to exchange notes – he asked me what is this about me sending a proposal to Keith Mitchell to do some stuff for him.
I actually started laughing – thinking he was joking around – and I said to him: “Cawoe (that’s his Munich name), you know better than that.”
At that point I did not make anything of it until, about half an hour later, I received a call from Wayne Modeste of the New Today – asking me some strange questions – which I got the drift of only midway through it.
It was then I asked if this was an interview or we were just chatting – colleague-to-colleague; colleagues who have gone way back to our Grenadian Voice days.
He asked me about some Florida company making a proposal to do work for Keith – and called two names; and if they work for me, etcetera.
I have known the ladies from long time – though none of them, incidentally, resides in Florida; and one of them I have not actually seen for about 10 years.
I don’t know if I am supposed to be guilty by the people I know – and I was not sure of their exact connection with the Keith Mitchell thing.
But basically Wayne – and I suspect the New Today eventually – would accuse me of working for Keith Mitchell – of sending some proposal.
Now he had initially mentioned a company to me and asked if I knew about the company – my response was it sounds familiar; it rings a bell but off the top of my head, I can’t say definitely I know of such a company.
He called back subsequently to say that the company was registered to my address.
I asked him to call back while I explore that detail – but he obviously was not interested in the whole truth.
Now my wife registers companies for many people in New York and Florida, mostly for work-at-home situations – and at registration routinely puts the address of the office to get it going.
Those people will change that documentation at the time of their first filing – which for that particular company will be by April this year.
Having spoken to her after the conversations with Wayne Modeste, I now know fully who ordered the company etcetera – but that’s her client’s information that I, on principle, can't state unless the principals choose to do so themselves.
How this development is important? The Georges are fighting a phony war on behalf of the ‘triumvirate,’ and specifically on the behalf one member of the “triumvirate’’ who is not Prime Minister Thomas, and will seek to discredit anyone they think is in their way.
This, to which I refer, is child’s play to what will come next.
But for now, this is where I suspect they seeking to go with this – it’s all an attempt to get at David I suspect – to say because he is my friend, I am acting in cahoots with him for Mitchell.
Guys, is that the best shot you’ve got?
In St George’s, it is clear that desperation has set in.
But there is a saying, “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.’’
PS: I was listening to Bob Marley just now. “Them ah go tired to see me face, but they can’t get me out of the race.”