The new Chairman of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Therold Prudent, told a news briefing Wednesday that the party has started the ‘long road to victory.’
On Sunday, the UWP concluded its national convention in Soufriere with a public meeting.
Prudent told the news briefing that no one could stop the party’s upward trajectory.
As a result, he appealed to Saint Lucians to get involved.
“Our doors are open wide to accept you and even to those persons who have supported the Saint Lucia Labour Party. This is your opportunity to join a progressive party – a party with a track record of accomplishments and we ask you to come on board,” the former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) stated.
“We are going to rescue this country from this government, so that we can continue the development started under the previous UWP government and will continue in a new United Workers Party administration,” Prudent declared.
He also responded to concerns over remarks by UWP Public Relations Officer Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute, who asked party supporters on Sunday what they thought the initial ‘J’ in Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre’s name represented and the crowd responded.
Prudent drew attention to what the labor party has said regarding UWP leader Allen Chastanet.
“Calling Guy (Joseph) a dog – a poodle. Calling Allen Chastanet all kinds of names. I mean, this is pale in comparison to the things the labour party says,” the UWP Chairman told reporters.
And he accused the ruling labour party of hypocrisy and self-righteousness.
“As if we cannot make fun of the labour party. We cannot make fun of their leader. It’s stupid, foolish and I don’t think that ‘Spider’ said anything there that was not in the political parlour – what normally happens here on the political platform and pandering to the supporters and members of the United Workers Party,” Prudent observed.
He urged the labour party to stop being foolish and ridiculous.
“If you are going to dish jokes and ridicule people, it doesn’t mean that we are going to follow your path. But if from time to time for the sake of being on the platform we want to have our supporters have a good time and we say a few little things, take it, because you have been giving,” Prudent said.
He accused the SLP of engaging in lies, deceit, and misinformation.
“We had a parliamentarian in parliament cursing. They didn’t think anything of it. And when all of the children were watching in parliament, he was cursing Allen, and no one said a word,” the UWP Chairman noted.
“We in the UWP are not hypocrites. We say it like it is. And if the labour party all of a sudden they want to put on this self-righteousness, washed in the blood of the lamb – they are hypocrites, sinners, Pharisees and Scribes,” Prudent told Wednesday’s news briefing.
In addition, he observed that parliament had become a dishonorable house that parents should not allow young children to watch, because someone never knows what will come out of the mouths of the government MPs.