United Workers Party (UWP) Treasurer, Nancy Charles, has called for an end to name calling in politics.
Her call came in the aftermath of strong criticism of her party from the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
In a statement today, the SLP said it was appalled at the apparent lack of respect demonstrated towards Gros Islet MP, Emma Hippolyte, by various UWP platform speakers including Lennard “Spider” Montoute and Guy Myers, at a recently held UWP Meeting in Gros-Islet.
The SLP quoted Montoute as referring to Hippolyte as a “Granny” who could not even walk.
While admitting that name calling was a serious issue, the UWP Treasurer asserted that it was surprising that the SLP would issue a press release on the mater.
Charles recalled that a few years ago Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony referred to Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, as a “Poodle”, and called Anse La Raye Canaries hopeful, Dominic Fedee a “little boy.”
“Name calling is something that has happened in the past and tends to happen with political parties and even I myself must say that I am guilty of it sometimes, but I don’t think it is something that we should continue as a practice,” the UWP Treasurer said.
Charles was speaking on the Radio Caribbean International (RCI) call-in programme – Newsspin, with Host, Timothy Poleon.
She asserted that the Island is at a stage in its politics when things need to be taken a bit more seriously and the issues that affect people need to be addressed.
Charles said when politicians are on the platform they have to be careful of what they say.
“I think it is something that we will definitely have to be a lot more conscious of because this is not what politics is about. It is about the issues that matter, the issues that hurt and what affects the people of Saint Lucia,” she declared.
She referred to the spirit in which the UWP officials made the comments that cause the offence.
“Maybe at the time everybody was laughing, but it seems to be a serious matter and it is something that I myself will be a lot more conscious of,” Charles said.