This past Monday, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, was heard in a local radio program criticizing members of the opposition TEAM UNITY for taking the matter of the motion of no confidence in the Denzil Douglas administration, to the High Court. Dr. Gonsalves told “The Bigger Picture”host Ken Richards, ‘they decided to put the matter in the courts. Once you go there, the court has its own time table, its own scheduling … the opposition in St Kitts has become a prisoner of its own tactics.”Now, there are a lot of things wrong with that argument and Ken Richards pointed out at least one. He reminded Dr. Gonsalves that the opposition sought the intervention of the High Court some four months after the motion was filed and not heard, a time delay that is unprecedented in normally functioning Commonwealth parliamentary democracies. To this day, the motion of no confidence is yet to be tabled, debated and voted on, some sixteen months after it was filed by an opposition that has a majority of the elected members of Parliament. At the end of the 25th Intercessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last month, Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, said this to the local press. “Certainly we hope the situation in St. Kitts and Nevis can be resolved very quickly and that there should be a resolution of the matter either by the allowance of the vote of no confidence in the Parliament or the calling of general elections. And I am sure that that is the general view of most of persons who support and adhere to the principle of parliamentary democratic systems.”Now, is Dr. Mitchell also speaking for Dr. Gonsalves when he says, ‘that is the general view of most of persons who support and adhere to the principle of parliamentary democratic systems”? Perhaps he is, because one would hardly think that CARICOM has another “galloping dictator”in Dr. Gonsalves! Not only that, but in an August 13, 2013 letter to Opposition Leader, the Hon. Arnhim Eustace, writing on the “political situation in St. Kitts and Nevis”, Dr. Gonsalves had this to say. “It is axiomatic that a democratically-elected government ought always to be representative of the people. That representativeness is made manifest in a government which commands the majority of the representatives elected in free and fair elections. When a government no longer has the support of the majority of the elected members of the Parliament, it has several options, namely: (i) To resign and cause fresh general elections to be held; (ii) to face a vote of confidence in the legislature in appropriate circumstances; or (iii) to act in accordance with any other appropriate constitutional directive given by the Head of State (Governor General). These are eternal, core principles of good governance.”Lest we forget, in 1974, Ralph Gonsalves completed a PhD in Government at the University of Manchester, England and so he must know good governance core principles, especially in Commonwealth parliamentary democracies! So how now does Dr. Gonsalves, a Prime Minister who is likely to go to the polls this year to seek a fourth consecutive term in office, square those two, obviously contradicting, positions…one that says a democratically elected government “ought always”have the support of the majority of representatives and the other that blames the opposition for pursuing every peaceful avenue to hold a government to the standard that he, Dr. Gonsalves, espouses? Was he for it before he was against it? Is this another example of dexterous posturing by old guard politicians who are out of lock step with the new expectations and demands of a more enlightened Caribbean voter? Dr. Gonsalves, “Uncle Ralph”as he is affectionately called, the first Prime Minister elected from the Unity Labour Party (ULP) construct, following a merger of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Labour Party and the Movement for National Unity, should know better and those who know better and are in positions of influence to do much good, must have the moral fortitude to act better…especially in Caribbean people’s interest. It is wrong to do otherwise.