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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973
SFor the Week Ending 26th November 1983
11th Year of Publication - - 294th Issue
Volume 11 Number 15




SCOON NAMES ADVISORY COUNCIL
Impeccably dressed in a grey lounge suit, Governor General Sir
Paul Scoon stood on the steps of Government House in the rain
under a black umbrella on November 9th and disclosed the names
of 9 Grenadians he has invited to serve onian advisory council
which will help him to run the Government until general elections
can be arranged.

Heading the list and designated to be Chairman of-the Council is
Alister McIntyre, 51,: currently Deputy General Secretary of the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Mr. McIntyre educated at the Grenada Boys. Secondary School (GBSS)
worked in the private and public sectors before taking up a 3
year scholarship at the London School of Economics in 1954,

Qualifying with first class honours, he lectured;at the Univers-
ity of the West Indies (UWI) in 1960 and 1961, during that per-
iod undertaking several United Nations assignments. In 1962,
he accepted the post of Director of the Institute of Social and
Economic Research of UWI, relinquishing that position to become
Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 1977,
subsequently moving on to UNCTAD.

Mr. McIntyre will have responsibility for finance, economics
Trade, planning, security and electoral matters.

Next on the list is Nicholas Brathwaite, 58, Regional Director
of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Centre with head-
quarters in Guyana. Mr. Brathwaite's background is education
in which he received a diploma from UWI in 1962.
.-continued-

Pr~duced & Printed by Alister a CyIthia. Cu-l
P 0 eBox 65, St.Georgae., Grenbja, Wevtjdles
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Pae TE GRENADA NIWS LRTTER Wef~~EkLdiagZ ~Q1/83


He has been Chief Education Officer of Grenada, Principal of the Gre-
nada Teacher Training-College, and he' served the CARICOM Secretariat
in the field of education.

Sir Paul asked Mr. Brathwaite to accept the portfolios of Education,
Health, Youth and Community Development, and Sport.

Mr. Arnold Cruickshank,now the senior manager of the Agricultural
Division of the Caribbean Development Bank, located in Barbados, was
educated at GBSS and qualified in Agriculture at the Imperial College
of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad.

Mr. Cruickshank,who has been with the CDB since 1972, will handle
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Industrial Development.

Construction, Housing, Environmantal Matters, Science and Technology
have been entrusted to Dr. James DeVere Pitt, 49, director of Grena-
da's National Science and Technology Council. Mr. Pitt, educated
at 3BSS, also taught at that institution and, in 1975, obtained his
doctorate in Botany at the University of Reading, England.

Dr. Patrick Emmanuel, senior Research Fellow at the Institute of So-
cial and Economic Research at the Cave Hill campus of UWI, Barbados,
has been assigned the portfolios of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Civil
Aviation.

Educated at the Presentation College, Grenada and at UWI, Dr. Emmanuel
qualified in 1974 at Manchester University, England, for his doctor-
ate in Political Science.

He has lectured at the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of UWI and at
Northwestern University, USA, 'abd, for a short period, was Foreign
Affairs Advisor to the Peoples Revolutionary Government.

The Civil Service and the Secretariat of the Advisory Council will
be the concern of Dr. Allan Kirton, now Permanent Secretary to Prime
Minister Edward Seaga of Jamaica.

Educated at GBSS, Dr. Kirton studied Natural Sciences at the Mona,
Jamaica, campus.of UWI on a scholarship awarded in 1952, following
which he joined the Jamaica Civil Service and rose to head the Fish-
eries Department. He returned to UWI first to study and then to
lecture on public administration, later returning to the Civil Ser-
vice to be Permanent Secretary to then Prime Minister Michael Manley.

Mrs. Joan Purcell, local director of the Canadian Save the Children
Fund, will have the portfolios of Labour, Employment and Women's Af-
fairs. She holds a degree in Sociology from UWI.


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Sir Paul assigned no responsibilities to Mr. Christopher Williams
who is the former Principal of a Junior Secondary School. Now
involved in Community Welfare and Youth work, Mr. Williams is a
farmer and a lay preacher in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Raymond Smith, 53, Consultant in Broadcasting and Telecommunica-
tions, has been assigned the portfolios of Telecommunications, In-
formation and Postal Services.

Mr. Smith was educated at GBSS and qualified in Electrrnics in 1954
at the Radio College of Canada, Toronto, Canada. He returned to
Grenada in 1955 to set up the Windward Islands Broadcasting Ser-
vice (WIBS), holding the post of Chief Engineer until WIBS was
closed in 1971, and then assisting the Governments of St.Vincent,
St.Lucia and Dominica to set up their own radio stations. Mr.
Smith, who was the first President of the Caribbean Broadcastiiv
Union, has been a consultant to most CARICOM countries, UNESCO
and the British Development Division.

Members of the Council resident in Grenada are Dr. Pitt, Mrs. Pur-
cell, Mr. Williams and Mr. Smith. Mr. McIntyre, Dr. Kirton and
Mr. Cruikshank paid.short visits to Grenada and are expected to
return; Mr. Brathwaite and Dr. Emmanuel have returned to the is-
land.








ELECTION POSSIBILITIES

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon has announced that Grenada is to
have general elections within a year, and speculation is growing
as to the gladiators who will enter the political arena when the
doors are opened.

Interest centres on the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) of Sir
Eric Gairy, 61, who was deposed in the March 13th 1979 revolution
of Maurice Bishop's New Jewel Movement (NJM). Sir Eric still
exiled in the United States, is handicapped in that he has not had
a physical presence in Grenada for the last 41 years and, he may
have to face serious charges in the courts of l".w. Significantly,
however, chalked up signs have appeared in St. George's saying:
"Vote Gairy, Russia no".

Facing the Grenada electorate Sir Eric must contend with other
handicaps. His opponents will not fail to remind everybody that
two commissions of inquiry exposed extremely damaging aspects of
his administration. -continued-




Page 4 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 26/11/83


The first, the "Squandermania" inquiry, conducted in 1962 when Gre--
nada was still a colony of Great Britain, exposed much questionable
expenditure by Government and resulted in suspension of the island's
C constitution.

The second, in 1974 after the island become independent, disclosed
Sir Eric's employment of a gang of criminals to intimidate his poli-
tical opponents. A riot, the death of one man, injury to scores of
others and the looting of St. George's were the direct result of Sir
Eric's use of these criminals against anti-government demonstrations.

In spite of his ugly record, however, Sir Eric is attracting some
support because, in comparison with NJM, his party seems desirable.
NJM carries the stigma of "Communism" and of the massacre of civil-
ians at Fort George on October 19th and, side by side with this, Sir
Eric and his "Mongoose Gang" of criminals rate as angels.

On the other hand, a faction of NJM while~unable to escape the ac-
cusing finger of violation of Human Rights over the past 41 years,
is not associated with the bloodiness of October 19th. The most
visible representative of this faction is Mr. Kendrick Radix, 42,
a barrister and PRG Minister of Fisheries and Agro:Industries, but
he declines to discuss his political future.

"Some elements of the NJM party lost contact with the people" he
said, "and I didn't want to fall into that trap. Before I make any'
decisions, I want to know what the people want".

Mr. Radix has the advantage of some popular support because he led a
demonstration demanding Maurice Bishop's release when Mr.Bishop was
under house arrest. Because of the way he was executed, Mr. Bishop'S
already high personal popularity has soared but, even in the unlikely
event Mr. Radix can convince the electorate that he will not carry
on.the evil ways of the NJM, he does not have the charisma to take
the place of his slain leader.

In any case, NJM has been strongly against the "Westminster Type"
system of elections under which the general elections will be held.
Mr. Radix would have to sacrifice his principles to offer himself
as a candidate under this system and this will discredit him even
further as a person to be trusted.

A third force to be considered is the Grenada Naticaal Party (GNP)
of Mr. Herbert Blaize, 65. Mr. Blaize is respected in Grenada
and regionally as a statesmanlike politician but his party does not
have the organisation which was developed by GULP and especially by
NJM. Nor does he have the flamboyance of Sir Eric Gairy or the
charisma of Mr. Bishop.
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


But, GNP has already thrown its hat into the ring. In a Press
Release, the Party pledges to work towards establishment of parlia-
mentary democratic institutions. The General Secretary, Miss
Gloria St.Bernard, said on November 9thIGNP is "willing, ready and
able to lead Grenada back to good government".

Another political party, minor in comparison with GULP, NJM and GNP,
but not to be overlooked, is the Peoples Action Liberation Movement
(PALM) of Mr. Winston Whyte. Mr. Whyte has had a varied political
career. Originally, he was a member of Sir Eric's GULP but re-
signed because, it is reported, he was overlooked by Sir Eric in
favour of another person as a candidate for a by-election.

Mr. Whyte then joined the United Peoples Party eventually becoming
its Political Leader, and under that banner he joined with GNP ad
NJM to fight the 1976 general.elections, winning a seat for himself.

Six months after the revolution of March 1979, he was arrested and
detained by the Peoples Revolutionary Government, it being alleged
that he was involved in a plot to assassinate the NJM leadership.
No charges were laid against him but he was held in prison until
he broke out with all the other detainees after the arrival of the
U.S. Rescue Mission.

His long detention has brought him public sympathy but his politi-
cal record has not been distinguished. After his four years of
isolation, reorganisation of PALM must be basic and, unless he has
some surprises to spring, it is unlikely that he will be a serious
threat to other contenders in the elections.

The "dark horse" in this coming race is Mr. Lloyd Noel. Formerly
member of the PRG, Mr. Noel, 48, a barrister, held the post of At-
torney General and Director of Public Prosecutions. Because of
undisclosed"differences of opinion" with Maurice Bishop, Mr. Noel
resigned from the PRG in July 1980. He was arrested and detained
in July 1981 because of his association with publication of an in-
dependent newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice".

Mr. Noel does not have the charisma of a Maurice Bishop but his
popularity, especially in some areas of the island, is high. He
is seen as having the potential to be a rallying point for a
slightly-left-of-centre grouping, but he will have to build from
the ground up.

He has no political party now and, indeed, he has not committed
himself to fight the general elections. "Grenadians must under-
stand", he said, "that I must consider my family, if not first,
then with equal priority with my obligations to.my country".
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


As compared with Mr. Noel, Mr. Blaize (GNP) must be considered right
of centre. Mr. white (PALMJ will also be right of centre.while Mr.
Radix (NJM) is far left enough to be Communist. Sir Eric is hard
to characterise. His support was based in a Trade Union which fact
would suggest a lean to the left, but he led a personal life of a
capitalist

Undoubtedly, there will be other political figures arising in the
coming months. There will be new parties formed, new groupings made
and new alliances :established. And time must be given for this,
If elections are held too soon, the older parties will have an unfair
advantage. But there is an even greater danger. Without suffic-
ient time for assessing all the leadership offering itself, Grenad-
ians may not pick the best of the crop. Instead, they may find
themselves voting for the least unsavoury of a rotten lot.








CCG THANKS GOD
The Council of Churches, Grenada, an ecumenical body representing
the principal Christian Churches in the island, has issued a message
to the nation expressingthanks to God that Grenadians can now look
forward to a life of freedom and peace.

"Our gratitude goes out also to all who made this possible by answer-
ing the appeal of the Governor General", the message says, "and part-
icularly to the American and Caribbean forces who responded to the
call for help".

The message, which was read in all Roman Catholic, Anglican, Method-
ist and Presbyterian Churches on November 6th, offers, as the Church's
first concern, sympathyy and prayers to the bereaved relatives and
to the wounded and suffering".

"The challenges that face us now are immense", the message says.
:Under God, we must make our country a place of peace based.on
justice, truth, love and freedom".

The Governor General has announced we will have elections within a
year, the message says, and it is therefore imperative that, as a
nation, we prepare ourselves adequately for all that this involves.

7he message, which is signed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Grena-
Ca, Sydney Charles, acting Chairman of the Council of Churches,
Grenada, declared November 13th to be a national day of prayer to be
observed throughout the nation.

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THE GRENADA NEW LETTER


Page 7


CCC CHANGES VIBW OF GRENADA SITUATION

The Caribbean Conference of Churches(CCC) which oplpsed the United
States action in Grenada, has now pledged its support for the
Council of Churches, Grenada (CCG), which welcomed the American
intervention.

In a cable to Roman Catholic Bishop of Grenada, Sydney Charles,
acting Chairman CCG, read in all Roman Catholic, Anglican, Method-
ist and Presbyterian Churches on November 13th, CCC endorsed the
CCG call for reconciliation"at all levels" and indicated it now
has a different view of the Grenada situation.

"While we affirm our concern that the Christian's option is for
peace and peaceful resolution of human conflict-" the cable said,
"we have become aware of and fully appreciate the point of view
of Christians in Grenada, in common with that of a majority of
the people of your fair land, who .see the intervention by United
States and other friendly forces as a rescue exercise and a liber-
ation process".

The cable which was signed by Roman Catholic-Archbishop Kelvin
Felix, CCC President, and by Methodist Minister Reverend Allan
Kirton, CCC General Secretary, says "CCCtas part of the overall
move towards reconciliation, reaches out in love to you, our
sisters and brothers, and pledges its resources, human and other-
wise in support of your efforts towards fulfilling our common
Christian objectives".








SOUR NOTE

The first sour note in Grenada, on the United States rescue mis-
sion to the island,was sounded on November 6th.

It came from the Reverend David Hasslam, Methodist Superintendent
Minister of the parish of Harlesden, London, who is also vice-
chairman of the "War on Want" organisation. Reverend Hasslam,
a visitor to the island, was guest preacher at St. George's Meth-
odist Church and he told the congregation that the Americans and
British must bear their share of blame for what happened in Gre-
nada over the past few weeks.

"If Britain and America had given Maurice Bishop's Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government only 5% of the cost of the military operation
in Grenada, he said, "the events of the past few weeks would not
have happened". -continued-


Week Ending 26/11/83





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The Minister said Cuban aid is the "most principled" in the world,
and he did not believe Fidel Castro had any intention of taking over
Grenada. When the Cubans help, he said, they do not ask anything
in return and, when they are asked to leave, they go home.

Rev. Hasslam asked the congregation to consider his opinions as hav-
ing a different perspective "from outside", and he said he did not
'ind the Cuban and Russian presence in any part of the world to be
any more threatening 4han the American and British presence.

Throughout Rev. Hasslamls Sermoh, the congregation (which included
British parliamentarians and United States congressmen) became more
and more restless. The Superintendent of the Church, Reverend Phil-
ip Ponce, also appeared uneasy and, when Rev. Hasslam ended his ser-
mon, Rev. Ponce told the congregation, "I feel like being mischievous
but I think I'll leave it there".

After the service, Rev. Ponce told NEWSLETTER, "David Hasslam must
be taken for what he is, an outside who does not know the facts a-
bout Grenada".

In the courtyard of the Church, Rev. Hasslam faced irate members of
the congregation who totally disagreed with his sentiments.








HUSBAND "SHOT IN BACK"

"On the 19th October I saw Grenadians gunning down Grenadians, but I
ever realized I would live to see the day when another Methodist Min-
ister would stand in my husband's pulpit and shoot him in the back".

.according to Methodist Minister Philip Ponce, this is what his wife#
Ann1told Methodist minister David Hasslam following Rev. Hasslam's
controversial sermon delivered at the St. George's Methodist Church
cn November 6th.

In that sermon Rev. Hasslam said the United States and Britain must
bear their share of blame for the traumatic events which rocked Gre-
n.da recently.

"If Britain and America had given Maurice Bishop's Peoples Revolution-
ary Government only 5% of the cost of the military operation" he said,
"the events of the past few weeks would not have happened".

Rev. Ponce said on November 7th he regretted that, in the Press Report
of the Hasslam sermon, mention had not been made of the statement of
the Christian Council of Churches, Grenada, which disagreed entirely
-continued-





TH E GRENADANFNWSLETTER a


with Rev.. Hasslam'ssentiments. The Methodist Church, he said, was
a party to and whblly subscribes to that statement.

'In that statements", Rev. Podce said, ''we stated clearly how *e felt
about the events" related to the "Resue Mission", and we expressed
our gratituJe to ail who made this possible by answering the appeal
of the Governor General, and particularly to the American and Car-
ibbean forces who responded to the ca' 1for help". Rev. Ponce
said Rev. Hasslam is a Methodist Superintendent Minister of the
British Conference and, because'of their past association, he (Fon-
ce) had offered Rev, Hasslam accommodation ai his: home when Rev,
Hasslam arrived in Grernada a few days bef6fo. Rev.' Ponce als..
offered Rev. Hasslam the opportunity to preach at the Sunday morn-.
ing service.

"That is what I 'invitAed him to do", Rev. Ponce said, "preach a
sermon, and I would have made that offer to anyone of my Methodist
colleagues, but I think it is important for me top state ,that I am
very sorry for what Rev. Hasslam 'has, done because. I feel he has
abused that privilege".

Rev. Ponce said he would be hesitant.o to trn, hispulLt over ,.to
anyone again because he would, not know who to trust, "particularly.,
if uou ask them to do a sermon and they end up doing a political
speech".

Rev. Ponce said Rev. Hasslam ,had described himse-lf. as a "Socialist
Minister" and he (Ponce) thought Rev. Hasslam sees the world
through "rose coloured spectacles".

"If that, is rosecolour or red colour", he said, "we are :talking
about shade only, and I feel he was looking at whatever he? said
from those spectacles, ignoring the hardships those same colour
spectacles would have. imposed on Christians living in- Grenada".
Rev. 'Ponce 'aid ReVI. fHassTamh had been -given the facts Sabout the
situation in Grenada: and the way Grenadians welcomed the "Rescue
Mission". These facts he hhd-before he delivered his sermon and,
if he wished to deliver a minority view, it'is his democratic
right to do so.

"The only thing I am sorry about is that he used a pulpit entrust-
ed to my pastoral care for that opportunity to exercise.that right",
he said.

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BRITISH PARLIAMENTARIANS HEAR "SOUR NOTEn

Two British Labour Party' Parliamentarians, on a fact finding mis
-sion to Grenada, were among those who heard the first :sour note
sounded here over the United States "Rescue Mission" to the island.

The Parliamentarians, Messrs Nigel Spearing (Newham South) and Ian
Evans (Aberdare), attended service at St. George's Methodist Church
on November 6th. Guest preacher was Rev. David Haslam, Methodist
Superintendent Minister of the Parish of Harlesden, London, and he
told the congregation the British and Americans must bear their share
of the blame for the traumatic events in Grenada.

"If Britain and America had given Maurice Bishop's Peoples Revolution-
ary Government only 5% of the military operation in Grenada" he said,
"the events of the past few weeks would not have happened".

RevS Haslam, who is vice-chairman of the "War on Want" organization,
said Cuban aid is the most "principled" in the world and the Cuban
and Russian presence in any part of the world is no.more threatening
than the British and American presence.

After the service, incumbent minister Rev. Philip Ponce said his ChurcN
endorsed the stand of the Council of Churches, Grenada, which welcom-
ed the American and Caribbean rescue mission, and he regretted in-
viting Rev. Haslam to preach.

"That is what I invited him to do", Rev. Ponce said, "preach a ser-
mon, but he abused that privelege".

He said Rev. Haslam described himself as a "Socialist Minister" and he
(Ponce) thought Rev. Haslam sees the world through "rose coloured
spectacles".

"If that is rose colour or red colour" he said, "we are talking a-
bout shade only, and he was looking at whatever he said from those
spectacles, ignoring the hardships those same spectacles would have
imposed on Christians living in Grenada".

Rev. Ponce would be hesitant to turn his pulpit over to anyone a-
gain, he said, because he would not know who to trust, "particular-
ly'if you ask them to do a sermon and they end up doing a politi-
cal speech".


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BURNED BODIES FOUND

A spokesman for the United States Mission to Grenada said on Nov-
ember 9th a grave with what appeared to be 4 badly burned bodies
had been discovered at the Calivigny camp of the Peoples Revolu-
tionary Aany.

A tip from a cook who used to work at the camp led to a spot near
to a large warehouse at the camp, the spokesman said, and the
remains were unearthed.

No identifications have yet been made.








BISHOP'S IMAGE TARNISHED

Mr. Lloyd Noel) former close associate of slain Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop said here on November 7th he has always considered
Bishop a brilliant lawyer, a man of high intelligence and, until
he realized otherwise, a dedicated Grenadian acting in the inter
-est of Grenadians' social, political and economic advancement.

"I am afraid, to my bitter experience", Mr. Noel said, "that that
image has been tarnished by the years after 13th March 1979 and
now, in retrospect, I realise he was more committed to an inter-
national fraternal movement than to a Grenadian domestic scenario".

Mr. Noel, a member of Bishop's New Jewel Movement (NJM) since the
movement was established in 1973, resigned from the NJM central
bureau in 1977. Following the revolution of March 1979, he act-
ed as Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions. In
1980 he resigned from the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)
because of undisclosed "differences of opinion" "with Bishop, and
he declined on November 7th to disclose what those differences
were.

"I like to feel I kept my side of the bargain which he (Bishop)
agreed with me at the time", he said, "and, now he is not there to
reply, I am not going to take advantage of that situation. I will
say we disagreed ideologically and leave it at that".

Mr. Noel was arrested in July 1981 because of his association with
publication of an independent newspaper "The Grenadian Voice".
He was held as a detainee until, together with all detainees at
Richmond Hill prison, he broke out of jail on October 26th the day
after the American rescue mission arrived on the island.

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Referring to General Hudson Austin, Mr. Noel said he hed never seen
him as "this hard line military man which seemed to have emerged"
from the incident at Fort George on October 19th when the Peoples
Revolutionary Army fired on unarmed civilians.

"I always found him (Austin) a likeable, charming chap", Mr. Noel
said, "very firm in his convictions for social justice. If, as the
situation tends to suggest, be became a hard line Marxist, it must
have happened over the years we have been out of association".

Mr. Noel said that, until October 19th, he would have thought that Mr.
Austin "worshiped the ground Maurice Bishop walked on". He had al-
ways considered Mr. Austin was Bishop's "right hand", but Mr. Noel
said he wanted it remembered that Strachan Phillip (another prominent
NJM member) was also close to Bishop but Phillip"was murdered on 19th
June 1980 by the forces of the PRG".


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NOEL UNCERTAIN

Mr. Lloyd Noel, former Attorney General and Director of Public Pros-
ecutions in the Peoples Revolutionary Government, who has spent the
last 24 years in Richmond Hill prisons as a detainee, is uncertain
about his political future.

Mr. Noel, who is being mentioned as a strong contender in the prom-
ised general elections, said here on November 7th that, until he has
assessed "what the interim Government is doing, what foreign Govern-
ments are doing and what Grenadians are thinking" he will not decide
whether or not he will enter the political arena.

"My options are open", he said, "but they are open to the extent de-
pending on what I hear or read between the lines as the weeks and
months develop. That will determine where I go and how I go there".

:rr. Noel said he hAs been a "political animal" for too long to sit on
the side lines when general elections are held and this means that,
if he is not involved in the campaign, he will not be in Grenada.

"I would not like to see myself failing to make a contribution" Mr.
Noel said, "and, if I can make a contribution for the people of Gre-
nada, for my family, for the friends who suffered with me, then I
would certainly want to do it. But I hope Grenadians will under-
stand that I must consider my family and my mother, if not first, then
with equal priority with my other commitments and obligations to my

ounry. -continued-





THE GRENADA NEMJSLETTER


Mr. Noel said, if he contests the aei.eral elections it will be on
a platform "left to centre" but he rejected the Marxist ideology
of the New Jewel Movement from whose Central Bureau he resigned
in 1977 and from whose Peoples Revolutionary Government he resign-
ed in 1980.

"I would expect that wherever I put my feet again or lean my head",
he said, "we would have to be very clear on a truly democratic in-
stitution bringing forth what I would call social justice rather
than Marxist socialism".

Mr. Noel said if concern for the poor and oppressed is associated
with being "left" then he is a "leftist" but he emphasised a dif-
ference.

"My base", he said, "comes not because of Marx but because of
Christ. I see as the Saviour rather than Marx."

Mr. Noel was arrested and jailed in 1981 because of his associa-
tion with the publication of an independent newspaper, "The Gre-
nadian Voice".











sister Hughes Cynthia Hughes
26th November 1983




















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