Former MP for Micoud North, Jeannine Compton-Antoine has lamented that partisan politics is dividing and destroying Saint Lucia.
“We have become so tribalistic,” she observed last night during the MBC television programme – Current Affairs, with Journalist, Clinton Reynolds.
Compton-Antoine, the daughter of the late Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Sir John Compton, recalled growing up in apolitical household.
“When I was born my father was already in politics,” she said.
Nevertheless she observed that the level of politics and destruction that exists right now, she did not see growing up.
She stated that her uncle, former Saint Lucia Labour Party leader, Julian Hunte, was then leader of the opposition.
As a result Compton-Antoine explained that she grew up in two households, belonging to the labour party and her father’s United Workers Party (UWP).
She observed that she had uncles and aunts on both sides of the political divide.
“But right now the acrimony and the hatred and the bitchiness that is going on we have to stop it, because it is retarding out growth and our development,” the former MP asserted.
She recalled an incident when Kenneth Foster met her father and stopped him at the side of the road and said, ‘Did you hear what I said about you on the market steps?’
Compton-Antoine said she remembered her father laughing and saying: “Don’t worry I am coming back for you in the Boulevard.”
She disclosed that she was then a child about four years old peeping out of a window and wondering how two men who were supposed to be enemies, were behaving in such a manner.
“We should not be enemies in politics; we can have differences of opinion,” she declared.
Compton-Antoine has said that she will make another bid to win the Micoud North seat as an independent in the next elections.
She represented the Micoud North constituency from 2007 to 2011, having won the seat for the United Workers Party in 2007
Antoine resigned from the United Workers Party in 2011 and continued to serve as an independent MP, but lost the seat in the 2011 general elections to the UWP’s Doctor Gale Rigobert.