Polls show UWP cannot win elections with current leader – former Foreign Minister

Polls show UWP cannot win elections with current leader – former Foreign Minister

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.


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  1. Kimber
    November 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Tell us what happen to the Moroccan money (expression removed by Admin)

  2. Vigilant
    November 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Bousquet’s days as a politician are all but over. If the UWP for some reason includes him in their line up for their next election, like the last election the party is doomed to fail like it did in 2011 when Bousquet along with Frederick within the King Cabinet did what they wanted when they wanted. He has lost all credibility to speak on the future of politics in St.Lucia as long as he retains a vested interest in returning to resusitate his now dwingling finances.

  3. Concerned
    November 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Mr Bousquet, Kenny Anthony crucified you as corrupt, the man who killed Sir John etc. Why are you bent on attacking Chastanet who has in no way done as much damage to your reputation and credibility than those in the SLP. I believe that all those comprising your team are SELF SERVING, GREEDY, MANIPULATIVE and CORRUPT! Remember it is Kenny Anthony and the SLP that accused and told St.Lucians these things about some of the men on your team:

    1)Rufus Bousquet aka “Bruce Dwayne Tucker”, Leader of the “Super 8”, Accused of stealing millions from the Moroccan Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Corruption etc etc

    2)Keith Mondesir: “Tuxedo Villas Scandal”, etc

    3)Stephenson King: “Weak Leader, Easily Manipulated, Controlled by Richard Frederick”

    If you have conveniently forgotten these things then I can only assume that this is all being controlled and supported by the SLP who know that the only way that they can win the upcoming General Election with their track record of 3 Years of negative growth, 25% Unemployment, 50% Youth Unemployment, Record Business closures, etc etc is if the UWP is perceived to be so divided that ppl have no choice but to vote Labour. If this is the case and I believe it to be so….Politics makes me SICK!!!!

    1. Sidney
      November 11, 2015 at 11:36 am Reply

      Perceived to be divided? Are you delusional? Do not make the messenger out to be evil before listening to the message. If you harbour these thoughts about Bousquet what about Flood,Mary,Spider,King and Dr Preville?

  4. Joe
    November 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm Reply

    It is understandable how emotional people get about these issues but the fact is that the polls show that Chastanet does not have the credibility to beat Kenny.
    Just talk to the young people about Chastanet and it is the same thing. They have no interest in him as a leader. Does not matter if they are from Castries, Bouton, Micoud or Anse La Raye.
    The average voter does not care for Chastanet or at best is ambivalent about his leadership quest.

    He has been nothing but aggravation.

    On Nov 15th all that can be put to rest if the UWP vote for Sarah Flood as leader. She is the one Sir John trusted as Speaker of the House to watch his back at a critical time in the life of St Lucia and has a track record of courage and willingness to get things done for St Lucians.

  5. Gene Smith
    November 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Allen Chastanet was democratically selected on two occasions to be leader of the party and he will win again come Sunday November 15, 2015. Are you saying that the Executive Body of the United Workers party do not know what they are doing? You are a loser, and when Chastanet weeds out people like you and the other creatures of distraction from the party, the UWP will be in a better position to win an election. What you are not saying is that the UWP cannot win an election with you, King, Montoute, Mary Polius and others who are currently creating divisions in the party. After Sunday’s convention you and your cohorts can form another party and let’s see if Saint Lucians are foolish enough to vote for any of you.

  6. Bruce
    November 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Go get a life Rufus, we all thought you were dying, but now where politics is concerned you are DEAD!!

  7. ahmed popo
    November 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm Reply

    During MR Bousquet’s stewardship there was so much rancor and disunity , almost nothing was done to push St.Lucia forward economically .The state of the economy was in shambles with a large deficit thereby causing the Labor government to start with an empty bucket so to speak.It is hypocritical for Mr.Bousquet to say that labor has done nothing,. Labor stabalized and managed to grow the economy.Sir John Compton left a blueprint for growth in St.Lucia and nothing was done , shame on the warring UWP why didn’t they put the interest of St.Lucia first as the great Sir Compton always did .I hope that Looshans are looking at the constructive and transparent way that the current government is running the great country of St.Lucia.

  8. Amen
    December 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Typical Bousquet! You slip away when the chips are low, but as soon as you seethe the party is making some progress you inch you way again!

    You are out of place! The delegates chose Chastenet. Who are you to say that they are wrong? Your ability to speak will not carry you along for ever. You have reached your peak. U.W.P. has suffered more because of you, than you have contributed to the development of the country. You are a spent force.

    If you feel so strongly about the leader, why don’t you join another party, or form you own! Your reluctance is probably because you have realized that you have no more value to the people of Saint Lucia, than an inflamed appendix has to one’s body!

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