Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has criticised the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration, accusing it of failing to cushion the effect of rising prices on people while not implementing government austerity measures.
“There is no safety net. The Government has done a piss-poor job of trying to cushion the blow of what has been taking place in the country,” the former Prime Minister told reporters on Wednesday.
Chastanet said he genuinely believes the people elected the SLP on a social conscience platform.
But he lamented that this has yet to translate into policy.
In this regard, the UWP leader told reporters that the Government had ‘deliberately and intentionally’ not absorbed any part of increasing inflation this year.
On the other hand, Chastanet said the Government has insisted on recovering and maintaining its revenue.
“If you are going to do that as a policy, to me that ought to be commensurate with a government of austerity. Where are the sacrifices by this Government? Where was the freeze on employment? Where was the stopping of travel? Where were the attempts to be able to preserve revenue so that maybe there would be less of a burden put on the more vulnerable?” He stated.
Instead, Chastanet observed that bread prices, bus fares, cooking gas and the cost of living have increased.
And he noted that the people and not the Government had borne the brunt of the impact.
“That to me is unconscionable,” Chastanet asserted.