Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has accused the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and its leader, Allen Chastanet, of engaging in ‘gutter politics’.
The accusation came during Pierre’s rebuttal at the debate on the Appropriation Bill.
The Castries East MP explained that politics is temporary.
“You’re in power one day and you’re out of power another day,” Pierre told the House of Assembly.
However, he observed that was a problem for Micoud South MP Allen Chastanet and Chastanet’s UWP.
“They do not understand that the people have voted against them, and they have to wheel and come back again,” Pierre declared.
But he said Chastanet and the UWP had not returned with policy, ideas, or solutions.
“What they’re coming back with is pure nastiness if you can allow me to use that word Mr. Speaker -the most gutter politics ever in the history of Saint Lucia,” Pierre stated.
“Mr. Speaker, when in these days you put on Facebook and you circle out people’s children and you identify them as ‘That is the child of X and Y’, Mr. Speaker – put them in the public domain. When you know out there there are people who are very emotional. There are people who take the politics to other levels that you may not want,” he told the House.
“And your leader endorses it, Mr. Speaker, and comes back to the parliament at some time and pretends that he is apologising on other things when he is the one who is the mastermind behind all these issues,’ the Prime Minister said.
Pierre indicated that some might assert that such behaviour occurs across party lines.
But he said he had told the men and women on the government side that ‘We will not go down to the gutter.’
“We will continue the policies that will support the people of Saint Lucia,” Pierre said.
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