Above: Businessman Samuels protests his illegal arrest
“ULP members must learn that supporting your political party when they are inflicting wrong on any citizen is an acceptance and involvement in an evil act on your part. You are as evil as the inflictors. You must speak out. It is the obligation of any decent human being to do so.”
by Peter Binose
Mr Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuels was in most people’s minds attacked and his business destroyed because he ceased supporting the ruling political party, the Unity Labour Party [ULP]. His changed support from ULP to NDP in the 2010 elections brought wrath, spite, hatred, malice from the ULP government two months later in 2011 – which turned out to be pure evil hatred poured upon him, his family and his work force.
“There were no boundaries considered in the destruction of the Bigger Biggs Enterprise, the man, all those around and connected to him, and his company.”
Bigger Biggs claims that the original reasons for cancelling his operator’s license to mine his land at Rabacca were magnified out of reality. I believe they were trumped up by government ministers in several ministerial meetings. His very words were, and still are “the government claims are bogus.”
Now after returning his license on his birthday last week – a license that supposedly sat on the desk of the Attorney General for three months, a license that has taken over three years to be returned or reinstated – the license is still worthless and unacceptable in terms and content. A week after delivering the license, the unelected family regime Senator says there are now new terms demanded by the government which affect his rights and ownership. Also that the license must be ratified by the Cabinet.
One of those being the claim that some of the land now claimed by Bigger Biggs is government owned. I believe that they are referring to the addition of land to that of Bigger Biggs adjacent to the river, an addition brought about by nature [Avulsion].
“The amazing thing about “Bigger Biggs” is that he has remained a gentleman throughout the whole matter.”
Government favours Taiwanese over citizens
I write the following from British law, I hope it also applies to SVG…
I believe that the river bed and the water in the river is under the control of the government for protective reasons, not for commercial reasons, not for the extraction of income. Despite the governments control of the river banks and the bed of the river, the river bed, soil or ground there-under is owned by the adjacent land owners and is known as riparian ownership. If the river moves and land is added to the adjacent land owner, it remains the property of the adjacent land owner, not the government.
With regards to riparian ownership, seeing as the river bed belongs to the riparian owners, and not to the government, any such license may be ‘ultra vires’. If its mined by the government or by anyone licensed by the government, all that income belongs to the riparian owner, and there may well also be damages due. It may be that Bigger Biggs and other land owners are owed multi-millions by the government by their allowing the Taiwanese and GESCO to dig and mine Rabacca in the river bed.
They are also demanding as a term that Bigger Biggs gives the local farmers a public right of way through his land to their lands beyond. Before there was a road and a bridge that has been washed away. The farmers were in recent years accommodated access by a “way-leave” rent paid by the government to Bigger Biggs and his predecessor in title, which the government have stopped paying. This clause is little less than theft of his land and cannot possibly be legal unless Bigger Biggs agrees to it.
We have seen over the years many references to the Government owned firm BRAGSA burning vehicle tyres at Rabacca. I read with much disgust what the one of the country’s leading independent social analyst and commentators “Patrick Ferrari” [PF] wrote this week on page 10 of “The News” Newspaper October 10 2014, titled “TB at Rabacca – Cancer and respiratory disease factory!”, where he exposes the government’s own involvement in a gross act of polluting Georgetown and the whole island.
I am told that Georgetown has double the instance of lung cancer than any other area on the island. So you see whilst the government are knowingly sentencing people to death, the charges laid against “Bigger Biggs” pales into a comparison when you consider the international offence of polluting the Worlds atmosphere. I must say I admire Patrick Ferriri because like myself, it is not about Party Politics – we just tell the truth the way we see it.
Because the NDP have no power at this time there is little they can do wrong, but I am sure like myself he would lambaste them as he does the evil he sees coming from any quarter. It is in my opinion pure unadulterated evil emanating from an evil Marxist-led regime.
We must at this point ask ourselves has the ULP Government become tyrannical? Does the government fear the people? Or, do the people fear their government? I must say I believe ULP government is acting tyrannical in this very matter, and many Vincentians fear them.
I also wrote a piece about tyre burning in 2013, entitled “THE BURNING OF TYRES THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN AND IN PARTICULAR SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES” but only one online media house would publish it. No printed news would publish or print it. If you would like to email email@example.com I will be pleased to send you a copy of the article.
“Bigger Biggs” was beaten up on his own land by farmers whilst a policeman and politician looked on. Both took no action to protect “Bigger Biggs” or control or restrain the perpetrators. Instead, they looked on with grins on their faces and spite, hatred, and malice in their hearts. The evil that I believe was sent down from those higher up the government ladder.
I believe “Bigger Biggs” was set up to be there to take a beating, yet he never retaliated – probably believing that they wanted to arrest him. Despite severe provocation, he remained a gentleman.
Despot Marxist Government acted outside of the law
A team of Black Squad police officers along with a young man from planning department went to Rabacca and ripped down the gates to Bigger Biggs land when he was not there. It must be questioned on whose instruction was this force being used as a political tool? Did they have court order to carry out such actions?
History will eventually tell if the planning department was instructed by a government minister or if a government minister was instructed by the planning department. The one thing I feel sure of is that nothing happens without the blessing, agreement or direct instruction of the Prime Minister. I very much doubt that the planning department would act against “Bigger Biggs” unless the PM approved of that action. The PM has told us on a number of occasions that he is in charge of every inch of SVG. I am sure that includes every situation and action by every department.
Everything must be revealed at some point, you cannot stop that, too many people are in the know. There are too many future whistle blowers, just waiting to feel the safety of regime change.
Taiwanese mining Rabacca
What do we know about the terms of any agreement between the government and the Taiwanese who are mining Rabacca aggregate and selling it? I have inspected their operation several times and must say I have found far more pollution on their activities than that of “Bigger Biggs’. What restrictions are in their license for mining? Are they being given an unfair advantage over Bigger Biggs”?
Unfair competition in this sense means that the competitors compete on unequal terms, because favourable or advantageous conditions are applied to them as competitors but not to others; or that the actions of them as competitors actively harm the position of others with respect to their ability to compete on equal and fair terms. It contrasts with fair competition, in which the same rules and conditions should be applied to all participants, and the competition by them does not harm the ability of others like Bigger Trucking to compete. Unfair competition means that the gains of the Taiwanese and also BRAGSA are conditional on the losses of others, when the gains are made in ways which are illegitimate or unjust.
Can it be right that the Taiwanese are taking the bread from the mouths of Vincentians?
It took a series of comments by the Bishop of SVG’s Catholic Churchs to prompt the government into appearing to give “Bigger Biggs” back his license. Which has turned out on the part of the government to be yet again a matter of smoke and mirrors. They know that “Bigger Biggs” cannot accept the unfair and anticompetitive terms they are demanding. They fully well know that those terms cannot be accepted, they are little more than administering a further application of spite, hatred, malice and pure evil.
I believe “Bigger Biggs” has been disenfranchised as a citizen and has been a target of Human Rights abuse, by the application of spite, hatred, malice and pure evil. He and his employees have been destroyed mentally, physically, and financially by such actions.
His plant and machinery at Rabacca has been stolen, robbed for parts and scrap metal, damaged and destroyed, by man and by none use in a sea-blast area. Millions of dollars worth of equipment now lies useless, a pile of scrap.
“The amazing thing about “Bigger Biggs” is that he has remained a gentleman throughout the whole matter.”
…Doing his own demonstrating by writing and displaying signs outside parliament and elsewhere. He has begged and pleaded in meetings with minister and planning officials. Recently he was arrested outside the offices of the Attorney General and had several charges brought against him. I am unaware of exactly what those charges are so I will not comment on them, lest to say I just hope that they are not trumped up charges like those I believe he was accused of at Rabacca. I just hope the great magician waves his wand and the cases become magically Nolle prosequi.
The shame must be on all Vincentians, at home and the Diaspora, people who have sat back and let this happen to a man who could not be a nicer and more pleasant person, a gentleman of the first order. A man who deserved much better from us all. By failing him we must all be responsible for his maltreatment. It’s a disgrace on the heads of all Vincentians.
The best way out of this matter is to rid ourselves of this government who have showered spite, hatred, malice on many Vincentian’s.
What I have written here is from my personal understanding of this matter from all the written matter over the months and years. But beyond that, by my own firm belief in what I have written being true, and that is my opinion. Others may have their own opinions.
If the ULP and its members are offended by what I write, I am sorry, but right is right and wrong is wrong regardless of love for party. I know the truth hurts the party, but members must learn that supporting your political party when they are inflicting wrong on any citizen is an acceptance and involvement in an evil act on your part. You are as evil as the inflictors. You must speak out. It is the obligation of any decent human being to do so.