Former Saint Lucia Foreign Minister, Rufus Bousquet, has told the Times that every single poll that has been done, including those commissioned by United Workers Party, UWP, leader Allen Chastanet and not made public, indicate that the party cannot win an election with Chastanet at the helm.
Bousquet was responding to criticism that he and a group of other party members who have requested a meeting with Chastanet, want the UWP leader to step down in favour of a compromise candidate whom they can manipulate.
According to the critics, Bousquet and others were in the past able to get Stephenson King, who is one of the group seeking the meeting with Chastanet, to do their bidding when King was leader of the UWP.
“I don’t know of anybody seeking to be a compromise person in terms of leadership,” Bousquet told the Times, asserting that the group including him and King want collective decision making, using the experience that is available to the UWP.
According to the former Choiseul MP, the UWP is currently bereft of experience with a lot of persons harbouring several assumptions.
Bousquet declared that among the assumptions is that the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party has performed so poorly, that a victory for the opposition UWP in any form or configuration is automatic.
“Far from it,” he remarked, adding that what he and others want is what is in the best interest of the country and the party.
“If people want to see a situation where new ideas will be injected into the governance of this country, then let us start by leaving our egos at the door, let us sit in a room and let us say what is in the best interest of the UWP as a political entity,” Bousquet told the Times.
He said that it t cannot be a situation where anyone is preordained to be leader irrespective of whether they have the ability to win an election or not.
“That is the crux of the matter,” he told the Times.