Ruling Party accused of spreading hate

Saint Lucia’s ruling party, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), has been accused by Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, of spreading hate.

Joseph made the accusation while noting that members of the ruling party are resorting to persistent name calling.

“They criticize my accent, my educational background, where I come from and me being an Indian,” Joseph observed.

He said that SLP officials have now turned to criticizing the endorsed United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Anse La Raye-Canaries, Dominic Fedee.

“They are attacking Fedee in relation to his height and his size,” Joseph told reporters.

He added:

“Are the people of Saint Lucia going to accept this from a sitting government? They are spreading hate in this country. They are attacking people on their race, size and height. I mean how far will this government go and how far will the people of this country allow them to go with their attacks?”

When it was pointed out to Joseph that a member of the UWP had described ruling party MP, Emma Hippolyte as a Granny, he questioned whether that description was demeaning.

He noted that UWP MP, Doctor Gale Rigobert, is referred to as ‘Auntie’ Gale everywhere.

Nevertheless the former Minister of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities admitted that all politicians make statements which on reflection, they would not have uttered.

However, Joseph said that SLP officials give blows and when the opposition retaliates, labour cries foul.

“They called me a poodle,” the Castries South East MP recalled, adding that nobody will define him but he himself.