Peter Binose: Mendacious Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

PM Ralph Gonsalves

PM Ralph Gonsalves

Whilst talking with an old friend in Dublin recently we were discussing Prime Minister Gonsalves.

For this letter I will describe my friend as Paddy. That’s not his name, nothing like his name, but will hide his persona from any collective spite that may just be gathered against him after this little tête-à-tête.

He follows both the printed news and the online news very carefully regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As a child his parents were posted in SVG and he has holidayed there a thousand times since becoming a man. He loves our little country and has fond memories of us as a people, our verdant island and the beauty of the white sanded Grenadine pearl necklace of islands.

The discussion that started with old times eventually got around to what is happening today. He is so disappointed in what he reads about the political situation under the leadership of Dr Gonsalves and his Unity Labour Party.  

Paddy is not a Guinness drinker, but he does like a very nice glass of fine Port after dinner at his lovely old house, where we chatted after we had the most delightful dinner. He has worked all over the world and we first met in Moscow whilst both heading up different American companies there.

With our several refills of Port we smoked a King Edward American cigar each. Paddy had introduced me to them in Moscow as one of the duty free benefits that he brought in whenever he came from New York. Old habits die hard as they say.

I forgot to tell you about the Vintage Port, it was a very nice bottle of 1960 Taylors Vintage. It was like drinking pure velvet.

But enough of that, our chat got around as I said to discussing Dr. Gonsalves. He called him a mendacious man. Having forgotten what the word meant I continued to chat into the early hours of a Saturday morning. But when I got up the next day and was checking my emails and other online activities, I looked up mendacious. Below is what I found, and I am not sure if all those synonyms are what Paddy meant to apply to the comrade. I recognize a few that I would apply but ‘all of them’ not too sure about that, and in any case I am sure Gonsalves would want to sue me if I tried to apply them all. So we will leave it at that, because I never told Paddy that I had looked the word up, therefore never asked him to better explain exactly in what context he was applying it.

MENDACIOUS

artful, clever in deception, collusive, concocted, counterfeit, covinous, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, devoid of truth, dishonest, distorted, embroidered, fabricated, false, falsified, feigned, fictitious, fraudulent, given to lying, incorrect, insincere, invented, lacking truth, lying,

made up, make believe, mendax [mendāx], misrepresentative, misstated,

not straightforward, perfidious, perjured, perverted, pretended, prevaricating, sham, sly, spurious, truthless, uncandid, ungenuine, untrue, untruthful, unveridical, varnished, void of truth, wrong.

Paddy’s command of the English language, like most educated Dubliners is just amazing. Eating a wonderful fresh lemon sole for dinner, drinking the lovely Port, smoking a nice semi green leafed sweet cigar, and listening to the cultured brogue of Irish excellence, made a most wonderful evening to remember.

For those of you who like looking at dictionaries, take a look online. Take each of the listed synonyms and look up the synonyms to each of those synonyms, you will be left in amazement.

Peter Binose

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8 responses to “Peter Binose: Mendacious Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

  1. John Hanson 1781-1782- I SERVE 1788- 1792 BARBADOES.

    This is how Barbados is being ran today and many years under the BLP and DLP , The World can see this , but not the People ,

    MENDACIOUS

    artful, clever in deception, collusive, concocted, counterfeit, covinous, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, devoid of truth, dishonest, distorted, embroidered, fabricated, false, falsified, feigned, fictitious, fraudulent, given to lying, incorrect, insincere, invented, lacking truth, lying,

    made up, make believe, mendax [mendāx], misrepresentative, misstated,

    not straightforward, perfidious, perjured, perverted, pretended, prevaricating, sham, sly, spurious, truthless, uncandid, ungenuine, untrue, untruthful, unveridical, varnished, void of truth, wrong.

  2. Earl

    Any idiot reading this article would know that it was written by an even bigger idiot! The lies contained are as if the writer was penning ” his ” own autobiography!
    He started off by mentioning Dublin as some great and majestic city when in truth it is broken city propped up by European bail outs. It was a haven for Tax Avoidance Companies, predominantly America ( no surprise there )
    So the fact that Mr Binose fictitious friend is set in dublin having an imaginary great life while knocking SVG and its PM is somewhat of a paradox- I challenge Mr Binose to look up paradox in his online dictionary, and while he is there how about fantasist, delusional, Onanist, Charlatan to name a few!
    You see I too has been to Dublin on many occasions its best days were in the 90s to mid noughties. I have had Irish stew,Colcannon, Braised corned beef, Chicken and dumpling soup, I have NEVER had a Lemon sole served, the only good Seafood the Irish do mussels, or Seafood chowder,
    And for the lack of class and etiquette displayed by Mr Binose it is really laughable that he should boast of having port with fish?? Is there a fish flavoured cheese now? Because the last time I had port it was served with a cheese selection.
    People who know about fine dining would always have a glass of WHITE wine with fish- Something I am sure our capable PM would know.

  3. Jack Bowman

    This is probably the most pointless post I have seen on BFP since the blog’s inception. I could give a rodent’s rectum about Gonsalves. Whether they cart him off to prison to morrow or crown him the new Holy Roman Emperor, it makes zero difference to me.

    It might have been interesting, though, to read something about why he’s so wicked that he should be carted off to prison, or so glorious that he should be crowned. Just, you know, something with a tiny bit of substance one way or the other.

    Instead, the writer spends God-knows-how-much time laboring over his keyboard to produce 587 words telling us this:

    “Recently I had an agreeable dinner in Dublin with a friend who’s acquainted with SVG. We had post-prandial snifters and an agreeable smoke. He said that Gonsavles is mendacious. Here are a lot of synonyms for ‘mendacious’.”

    That’s 37 words and I’m sure I could cut it even further with judicious editing.

    Did I miss anything of substance in the original post?

  4. Anonymous

    I would agree with every thing that Earl has said in his apart from one. The Blackwater trout is well worth having and is caught locally in Ireland.

  5. Anonymous

    In his “post” apart from one.

  6. question #67

    I enjoyed the post actually. Gonsalves is a despot big frog in a little pond. The SVG press dares not say a word. Thank you to Binose no matter how amateurish he writes at least he has the stones to say it.

  7. Helen

    Gonsalves is a well known Perv in SVI…He want locking up.
    Tom run he out of Buhbaydoss years ago.
    He lshould be castrated & sent to jail.

  8. Jack Bowman

    question #67 avers, on May 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    “Thank you to Binose no matter how amateurish he writes at least he has the stones to say it.”

    To say what? To say that his friend thinks Gonsalves is ‘mendacious’?

    What planet do you live on? A planet where adult testicles are the size of peanuts?

    What did he say that requires balls? “My friend far away thinks this guy is ‘mendacious’?” That takes balls on your planet, does it?

    It would merit some attention if the writer had said: “I think Gonsalves is a liar.” And it might merit some respect if he adduced some evidence for that assertion.

    But what we get, in the end, is a shy 13 year-old boy asking his bolder friend to tell the pretty girl that the shy boy likes her. It is almost the opposite of having ‘stones’.