June 15, 2007
Eustace: PM has too much security

Dr Gonsalves’ security detail is too big for a Prime Minister of a small state like St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

This is the view of Opposition leader Arnhim Eustace which he shared during a rally last Friday 08, following his party’s march through the city.

Eustace said that the leader of a small state should be closer to the people and should not need tight security, except what is expected during official functions.

He said that outside of these special functions that there is no need for outriders to accompany the Prime Minister’s car.

“When you see a Prime Minister in a small island like this having to walk with so many security men all around, that tells you something is wrong,”’ Eustace said.

He said that the Prime Minister needed to take stock of what he is doing that would require that he be so protected as he carries out his duties.

Eustace said that in small islands like St Vincent and the Grenadines leaders should be so close to the people that they will not need so much security.

“It tells you something of the person; they are concerned with the trappings of power but not the desire to help the people of their country,” Eustace said. (KJ)