The newly elected Chairman of the opposition United Workers Party, UWP, Guy Mayers, has told party faithful that the washing of the party’s dirty linen in public is forbidden.
Addressing yesterday’s 39th convention of the party at the Gros Islet Secondary school, Mayers declared that no member of the UWP should be going to the media to denigrate another member.
“We are all in this together. You have spoken and you have spoken loudly as to who you want to lead you into the next general elections so the party’s responsibility from now on is to stand behind the leadership of your party and ensure that we are well prepared for the general elections,” the former National Security Minister asserted.
“The side shows are over,” he said.
According to Mayers, the Labour Party government is penalizing citizens and members of the current administration are disgusted and dissatisfied with the leadership of the country.
However he noted that they do not come out on the media and criticize Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony, because they have learned their lesson the hard way.
Mayers recalled that during the 1980’s and 1990’s the Labour Party consistently washed its dirty linen in public, with the result that the people of Saint Lucia turned their backs on the party.
“Ask Doctor Long how he feels about Kenny Anthony in private and he will tell you, ask Musa and he will tell you, ask Pip, he will tell you,” he said.
Maysrs asserted that because Anthony could not find appropriate leadership within his party, he has brought in Ernest Hilaire.
“The rest of them are vexed like hell about it but none of them will dare go on the media and talk about the party or the leader, unless they try to promote the bad work he is doing,” Mayers stated.
“It is time that UWP understand that when it goes to the media we are doing damage to the family,” he told the convention, adding that if there are issues they must be discussed privately and resolved.