Former Labour Party MP, Damian Greaves, has urged the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party, SLP, to engage in some sober introspection as it celebrates its 65th anniversary with a series of activities this weekend.
“It is Important as we look forward we engage in strategic foresight in some ways we are losing our way,” Greaves, who is a former Health Minister said.
Referring to the ruling Labour Party as “my party”, he asserted that the SLP had a lot to celebrate, but can do better.
Making it clear that he would not seek to become a candidate in the next elections but stay in the background to assist in other ways, Greaves described the SLP’s 65th anniversary as an opportunity to bring the troops together.
He asserted that there are some people within the party who are not happy with what is going on right now.
The former MP spoke of the need for the SLP to go on a “charm offensive” to reach out to those individuals.
“Don’t leave them out in the cold and make people believe they are no longer relevant. Everyone has a contribution to make; this is not a time to engage in pushing people away,” he declared during today’s call in programme, “Newsspin”, aired on Radio Caribbean International, RCI.
Greaves warned that sometimes success can go to the head.
He asserted that one of the significant things the SLP is beginning to forget are those who walked the path before and who would have made a significant contribution.
In this regard the former MP mentioned persons like Cecile Lay, Cyprian Lansiquot, Felix Finisterre and Ferguson John – all former MPs, along with those who have made other contributions to the party but may now feel that they are not being taken into account.
Greaves also spoke of the need to educate the youth of the party.