Above: Washington State erects a Bailey Bridge in 3 days!
by Peter Binose
Let’s get one thing straight, the Bailey bridges are a ULP election propaganda project. Why on earth would we need a ceremony to celebrate the start of installing three temporary bridges, why? Because that is what they are: temporary, bolt together structures, they are not meant to be permanent.
There is currently a battalion of Ecuadorian Army Corps of Engineers posted in St Vincent [3×16 men platoons and three officers make a 48-man battalion]. That’s the official number according to reports posted in St Vincent’s media. Yet only 25 Ecuadorian goosestep-marching soldiers paraded in our so called independence day celebrations. Perhaps 48 goosing Ecuadorians would have been nice for the ladies, but would have been a little intimidating for the spectators — 48 foreigners goose-stepping in the park named after and gifted to us by Queen Victoria: Victoria Park.
We need to examine the Bailey bridges being installed and exactly what a Bailey bridge is. A Bailey bridge is a temporary structure that is used during an emergency to temporarily substitute a previously built bridge that was destroyed by flood or war activities. The bridge simply bolts together in sections, like a toy ‘Meccano set’ or even a jigsaw puzzle. The British Army has been known to assemble one of these bridges overnight. But the normal time during an emergency installation is one week for 35 men plus three engineers to install an 80-foot span. See this YouTube video.
We have had the bridges for six months; they could have been assembled and installed months ago, so why wait for the election time to come before bringing in the troops?
Our ministry of roads and bridges would have us believe that the Ecuadorian military are here to construct three bridges. They are not; they are here to assemble three Bailey bridges, a totally different thing to constructing three bridges. Why would it take them eight months to install three Bailey Bridges that should take one week each, but in SVG three weeks each? That’s nine weeks in total. Why are they here for eight months? Why are they here during the run up to, and during and after an election? Why?
I suppose they could string out the assembly of three Bailey Bridges to eight years, never mind eight months to do an eight-week job. It’s all the eights, Comrade, one better than all the sevens, but I am still confused over seven is more than ten.
It’s presented to us as if Ecuador is doing us some massive favour; remember they are probably being housed and fed at our expense. The Bailey bridges we purchased or acquired are from Saint Lucia, so it’s only the Ecuadorians’ presence that we should consider as a gift.
If it works out anything like the Venezuelans paying the Cubans’ wages at the airport, which turned out to be an untruth, perhaps a little further down the bridge we will find we are also paying the Ecuadorians’ wages as well; and that would be a bridge too far. It’s always difficult for me nowadays to judge fact from fiction when it comes to statements by our Marxist government.
The British military would have come here free of charge and erected those temporary structures in a few weeks, and left long before the elections. So why do we need these Ecuadorian military men at all.
I am not sure these are even army engineers, because the Ecuadorian corps of engineers are not usually trained in the ceremonial goosestep marching. Perhaps they have just let the goose out of the bag.
I do not think that any foreign military armed forces should be in St Vincent and the Grenadines during the run up to, during, and post the elections. Especially if they come from any ALBA country, they know nothing about British fair play.
We chased the British military from our independence celebrations, only to bring a bunch of military from a third world country to goosestep in Victoria Park.
That march by the Ecuadorian military is nicknamed the “Nazi Goosestep”. It’s now widely used by communist countries and former communist countries like Russia.
The “Stechschritt” originated in the 18th century. It was introduced into German military tradition by Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, a field marshal whose close attention to training transformed the Prussian infantry into one of the most formidable armed forces in Europe.
The Latin American countries currently known to use the goosestep during ceremonies are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
Let’s hope the only coo we have is from the pigeons on the roof of parliament in Kingstown. Cuba-de-Coo, Cuba-de Cooooooooooooooo! Comrade.