St. Vincent & the Grenadines Green Party


Fri 30th Oct 2020

The need for Green MPs and advantages of coalition governments


SVG needs Green members of parliament. It is well know that coalition government serve countries better than single party government. Since independence, SVG has had single party governments and SVG is still in real trouble with a massive amount of public debt and high rates of crime, poverty and unemployment.

Coalition governments:
1) provide good government, because their decisions are made in the interests of a majority of people;
2) represent a broader spectrum of people and a wider range of views, therefore making them more democratic and fairer;
3) offer a chance for supporters of other parties to be represented in government. When voters believe smaller parties might form a part of the government and might have a chance of political power, they may be more likely to vote for a party they really feel represents them rather than just choosing between the two main parties;
4) offer a wider range of opinions to be involved; policies are more likely to be debated with various points of view considered before policy is implemented;
5) offer smoother continuity in administration of government.

Dutch governments since 1946 have invariably been coalitions of two to five parties with many lasting three to four years and prime ministers often winning a second successive term.

Paavo Tapio Lipponen, prime minister of Finland from 1993 to 2005, also pulled together broad-based coalitions which produced the two longest-lasting cabinets in Finland’s 93-year post-independence history.

“We were in recession and the prime minister wanted as many parties as possible to share the responsibility,” said Juha Akkanen, editorial writer at Finland’s largest paper Helsingin Sanomat, adding that coalitions could be sources of stability.

Germany is another good example of how coalition government are better. Since 1949 to today, Germany has had coalition governments apart from once in the 1957 election. This has been very good for Germany. Germany is a thriving country with a strong economy and a high standard of living.

Germany’s GDP per capita is US$56,305. Youth unemployment is just 3.1%. The average wage is US$53,637. Germany's overall unemployment rate is just 4.2%. Germany had a murder rate of 1.18 per 100,000 population in 2016. Germany’s number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens was 9.4, ranked 43rd worst in the world.

When you compare Germany to SVG, you can see that there is a massive difference between what a coalition government achieves and single party government achieves.

SVG’s GDP per capita is only US$11,500. Youth unemployment is over 30%. SVG's overall unemployment rate is over 40%. SVG had a murder rate of 37 per 100,000 population in 2016. SVG’s number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens was 25.5, ranked 17th worst in the world.

The definition of madness is ‘trying the same thing again and again and expecting a different outcome’. SVG needs to try something different in order for our country and our people to succeed and get a different outcome. No one wants a continuation of high rates of poverty, crime and unemployment.

SVG needs a coalition government. After a long and successful military career, Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, went on to gain a BSc (hons) degree in Accounting and Finance and Economics from Oxford Brookes University, England, an MSc degree in macro-economic policy and planning in developing countries from University of Bradford, England, and an MBA from the University of Leicester, England.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA has shown that he has the ability and is qualified to do what the ULP regime has failed to do alone – competently manage the SVG public accounts and create a strong economy.

Vote SVG Green Party to strengthen our country. SVG needs Green members of parliament to move forward and bring the financial and economic competence previous governments have lacked.

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