Name calling in politics has received the thumbs down from Leader of the opposition, Doctor Gale Rigobert, who has spoken out against the practice.
The Micoud North MP said:
“I am increasingly concerned that politics is losing its decorum and politicians are failing to maintain a level of comportment expected of them.”
Rigobert told reporters today that there is no reason why politicians should descend into name calling.
She asserted that name calling suggests a dearth of ideas on what should be done to correct the social and economic issues that confront the country.
According to the leader of the opposition, politicians should recognize that the electorate has no appetite for name calling, which is a distraction from the real issues.
“I hope politicians on both sides realize that name calling will not increase the voter turnout and ensure more people will support them,” she declared.
Rigobert expressed the view that what Saint Lucians want to hear are policies to address issues of concern to them.
The opposition leader’s comments come amid stepped up political campaigning for the next general elections, and concern over what is being seen as personal attacks on candidates by politicians from both main political parties.