Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has lamented what he feels is an all-time low in the level of politics in Saint Lucia.
“It’s nastier now. Much nastier,” Pierre declared.
“The level of nastiness, the level of bitterness in the politics now has never been there before. Never,” the Castries East MP stated.
Pierre, who has been in elective politics for over two decades, expressed concern over the situation during an appearance on the HTS programme ‘What Makes You Mad’.
Asked by proramme Host Stanley Lucien what he intended to do about the situation as ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Pierre disclosed that he attracts criticism, especially from his supporters, because he is soft.
“In the civil service, and I say that we have not made necessarily any changes, you know – not the way it works, in terms of the personnel, the people,” Pierre said.
“Look at the police force,” the National Security Minister stated.
He said he attracted criticism for keeping the then Commissioner of Police.
Milton Desir’s tenure as Commissioner ended in October last year, and Crusita Descartes-Pelius succeeded him first as Acting Commissioner and then as Commissioner.
“What I do is that I give people a chance,” Pierre explained, adding that he believes in the principle that someone is innocent until proven guilty.
“Some people say to me, ‘That person campaigned against you’. I say: ‘Give them a chance. Let’s see what they will do.’ If they fail, then I take action,” Pierre noted.
He said it did not mean that he could not take action.