The people of Grenada say that they don’t expect the newly elected prime minister and his New National Party government to perform miracles, but they know that with this recent election, all the people in Grenada are aware of the policies of the government, whether they accepted to believe it or not.
Dr Keith C. Mitchell built his campaign around a commitment to deal with the pressing problems of unemployment, poverty, education, health care, etc. He led a revived New National Party into the general election on February 19 of this year, 2013, seeking a firm mandate from the people of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique. He made many campaign pledges and asked for an end to the NDC disastrous rule because of the decaying economic conditions.
The general election resulted in the return to power of the New National Party with an overwhelming majority. Actually all 15 seats was won by the Grenada New National Party. Mitchell has a right to be pleased by the electoral triumph, and was accorded such an enthusiastic reception as to suggest that much of the sympathy during the month’s stormy events had been on his side.
The New National Party power group has now taking over the centre of our political stage. The professional, technical, and managerial middle class, affluent, and highly educated. They are different in their knowledge and in their sociology. They represent, therefore, not just a stepping up of the rate of change, and they are here to deliver.
In an atmosphere of political stability and economic confidence, Mitchell’s return to power is itself extraordinary. The new power envisioned by him relies on persuasion, technology and concrete incentives. Mitchell, consequently, has the delicate task of leading the New National Party; confidence having been established, the most urgent tasks of the new government now becomes, the unity of the people, the rebuilding of the economy. The working class must first develop worker consciousness in terms of roles, needs and duties.
Similarly the workers’ technical and managerial skills must be substantially developed before any self-management programs can be undertaken. Mitchell, a strong leader with a great personal charm, his leadership and organizational skills are proving essential today.
Once the country gave him the means for action on the broadest base, Mitchell is losing no time in getting the promised “reform” under way. The new leadership under the New National Party government is making economic growth and unemployment Grenada’s highest priority, rather than ideological purity.
Mitchell’s own confidence of success comes from his conviction that he will at last make Grenada a government of institutions. He had certainly done much in that direction before. There is a magnetism about him that communicates itself in the confines of a drawing room as surely as it does in his constant public appearances.
Today, the strength of his authority is no longer measured by the number of weakened opponents but by the number of supporters won.
The New National Party government is focusing its consciences on the needs of our people. They will tackle the economic crisis and restore confidence. They have strong public support. The public is also supporting their policies: employment for all Grenadians, restoring real wages, normalization of foreign relations.
The NNP victory is attributed mainly to their campaign for permanent changes in the administration of the country. As a result, the new prime minister emerged with his authority strengthened. He recently had the opportunity to form his new Cabinet and reform it as he wanted. His primary task is to infuse new hope, faith, and dynamism in Grenada in an effort to restore its warning prestige.
The political stability created by the Mitchell’s government is already doing much to improve the economic situation of the country, which had deteriorated drastically during the previous five years under the Tillman Thomas administration. Mitchell’s government has gained much sympathy by refusing to adopt a policy of revenge against political opponents.