United Workers Party (UWP) leader Allen Chastanet rejected suggestions that the party is in ‘shambles’ during an appearance Wednesday night on the DBS Television programme Newsmaker Live.
“I am not overly concerned that people talk about the party is in shambles. The party is not in shambles,” Chastanet, who led the UWP to a massive defeat at July 26, 2021, general elections, told programme host – Timothy Poleon.
Chastanet’s party lost power, holding on to a mere two of the eleven seats it formerly had in the 17-seat parliament.
Regarding the UWP, he said the organisation was going through what any other party would experience after an election loss.
“Everybody all of a sudden starts throwing everything on the wall in terms of what they think the solution is,” he explained.
“Should that person run the seat again? Should Allen Chastanet be the leader, should such and such be the Chairman?” The former Prime Minister said.
“That’s what’s going on,” he told Newsmaker Live.
Chastanet observed that an election process within a political party would involve people competing against each other with conflicting views.
Chastanet said some feel that’s a weakness, but it is not.
“The more of an argument you hear and the more difference of opinion you hear actually speaks to the strength of the party,” he asserted.
Chastanet said he hoped the UWP would hold its convention in the first quarter of next year.
And e disclosed that he has not decided to call it quits.
“I am here because I still believe there’s a contribution I need to make. I am here because I have been encouraged by a lot of people to be here,” he asserted.
“I think what’s good about me – I don’t need to be Prime Minister. So I am not doing this to become Prime Minister. I am not doing this because I want to control the party,” the former Prime Minister said.
“I have given sixteen years directly into the politics of Saint Lucia,” he recalled.
For a fair and unbiased democracy, a vibrant opposition is absolute, otherwise we can be ruled by a one Party State which, if we are not careful can lead to Dictatorship. No other Island in the Eastern Caribbean has as much violence. (Do not look at Barbados now ruled by one Tarty) Barbados can be set apart as one with their level of education, awareness and knowledge of world affairs, are pretty safe with their Government for now. The breakdown in our society with crime and violence with gangs armed with War type guns and ammunition, who do whatever they want, a home affairs Minister, seem lost in the fog of war, a Cabinet with men accused of illegalities both home and abroad; a very weak Police Force, needing badly of a strong head – is why we need an opposition in Government – The racism, the jealousy, the hate against the present opposition leader must stop, if you want any opposition in Government. Well known ex-members of the UWP may gloat at the present opposition, but that’s life, that’s politics, ‘release murderers from prison to run away’ & stop the construction of a world class Hospital & call it progress,’HE IS WATCHING’
The UWP is broken because of you! You are divisive, you do not listen, you are a spendthrift and you are “not a leader” (unlike what the UWP HACKS may want people to believe).