CASTRIES, Saint Lucia –Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has been accused of “playing silly games” with the minds and emotions of the St. Lucian population.
Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Mr. Allen Chastenet said in a statement today that all St. Lucians should turn their backs on the latest attempt by Prime Minister Anthony to resuscitate his flagging popularity and political fortunes, by promising a bounty on the eve of the calling of general elections.
Mr. Chastanet says it is reprehensible for a Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to refuse going to Parliament to present an official Budget, but would now offer to substitute this with 15 “political trinkets” in the form of plans and promises by a future Labour Government.
This is a continuous game of deception being played out by a Prime Minister, who knows he is no longer held in high regard and trusted by the majority of citizens.
If Dr. Anthony had solid plans and programs for the country, he would have followed up the laying of the Appropriation Bill in Parliament with the presentation of a much needed Budget.
But, he knows that the Opposition was planning to unmask the shortcomings of any such package, so, following our presentation of the “Five to Stay Alive” Program, he now says he has 15 trinkets to offer the people of St. Lucia.
This is scandalous and reprehensible behavior, in the part of a Prime Minister.
The UWP Leader insist that the PM’s pledge of 15 trinkets later this week was a mere reaction to the positive feedback the country has given to the opposition party’s “Five to Stay Alive” initiative.
“We came, under no pressure whatsoever, and outlined five measures to ease the strain on the most vulnerable in society. Dr. Anthony knew of all these hardships and never sought to address and remedy them.
He saw nothing wrong with poor people being turned away from Victoria Hospital because of previous indebtedness. He has stubbornly refused to reduce or eliminate the VAT.
He has starved the educational system of resources to provide adequate nutrition and transportation to our children and he has made property ownership a major burden for first time home owners.
St Lucians have become immune to the promises and deceit of the Labour party. St Lucians have not forgotten the lie disguised as a promise to inject 100 million dollars into the economy immediately.
WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THAT five (5) years later absolutely nothing has been done about our astronomical unemployment rate, increase crime and spike in the cost of living, despite his party’s ridiculous chorus of Job jobs jobs.
St Lucians are a resilient people, an un-forgetting people, and wool will not be pulled over our eyes by the master of illusions this time around.
The United Workers Party has consistently shown that with proper plans come, delivery. Our five (5) simple, effective points under the torch will lights our way slowly but surely back into deliver of much needed relief to our ailing country. Five (5) to stay alive, simple, tangible, effective and most of all; doable in the short term with long term results.
The Castries Market Steps is not the place for a Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to outline meaningful fiscal measures.
Dr. Anthony should convene a sitting of Parliament and present his programs as part of a Budget that could be evaluated and debated by both sides of the Chamber and in the full glare of the public of St. Lucia.
Mr. Chastanet is challenging the Prime Minister to cut out the political games and set a date for general elections. “General elections are what we need in this country right now. Not more of Dr. Anthony’s empty promises”.