SLP General Secretary says  PM forced into appointing Sarah

SLP General Secretary says PM forced into appointing Sarah

The General Secretary of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Leo Clarke, has asserted that Sarah Flood-Beaubrun’s appointment as a government minister is not surprising.

She was sworn in yesterday as Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service

“We always knew that Mrs. Flood-Beaubrun would not settle to be Deputy Speaker of the House and therefore Allen Chastanet was forced to handle the matter,” Clarke said.

He described as “interesting”, Chastanet’s assertion that the House of Assembly can operate without a Deputy Speaker.

“This is a matter that we are very curious about and we are checking it out – we are looking at what the constitution says and examining it very closely,” the SLP General Secretary disclosed.

He said that if necessary, the SLP would consult with some legal minds to make sure that the right thing is being done.

Flood-Beaubrun had to resign the post to take up her ministerial appointment, since she could not be both Deputy Speaker and a member of cabinet.

Clarke described the appointment of the Castries Central MP as the country’s newest government minister as a continuation of the trend of increasing the number of cabinet members.

Flood-Beaubrun’s appointment brought the number to sixteen.

“By UWP logic, if we listen to what was said earlier about the new configuration of ministries and the appointment of fifteen, now that there are sixteen I would have to say by the same  logic that perhaps the cost to government has reduced because this is the sort of thing that the UWP has been trying to sell – the more people they put into government, the less it would cost than under the  labour party,” Clarke stated.

He remarked that the nation will see how that works out.

The SLP official declared that the time has come to check the facts.

He recalled that the labour party was placed under a lot of pressure in relation to persons who were appointed on contract immediately after the 2011 elections.

He said that an objective examination of what happened at the time would reveal that the number of persons appointed by the then labour administration was “severely less” than  those appointed by the United Workers Party.

Clarke observed that the UWP got away with it and now believes that it can get away with anything and say anything to the electorate.

He called on the UWP to settle down and take the management of the country seriously.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Watcher
    July 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Sarah makes the Sweet 16.

  2. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Bla bla bla…stop thinking party think common sense. There is certainly an increase! Can’t rum away from the blatant facts. Less ministries but more persons to run them compared to when they were more ministries. Sad.

    1. chichi
      August 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm Reply

      I thought that you pay the ministers and not the ministries. I can have 16 ministries and 16 ministers reduced to one ministry and have a 40 ministers, the cost of salary will go up. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO UNDESTAND.

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Ludacris is the idea “less ministries”. Has the any operational arm of government been removed, disbanded, irradiated or abolished?
    Then how could it mean a reduction on expenditure?
    The government should come better at refuting this notion and in fact expenditure has increased.

  4. Sad-But-True
    July 27, 2016 at 2:49 am Reply

    This was their Master-plan of the ‘5 to stay-alive,’ (down to 4 to stay-Alive,) since Allen insulted the US, and now the US has retaliated with Vitriol back at St. Lucia. So VISA free travel is out the window. But it has always been known that the ‘5 to stay alive, were just for a selected few. And we are all witnessing the benefactors. They have completely snubbed their own Poor Black supporters. Hissed at them with disdain and contempt simply because their Poor Black Supporters’ begging Bowls, cannot be filled and still hungry by this Buffoonery.

  5. anonnymous
    July 27, 2016 at 3:24 am Reply

    Clarke had to say something. A [REMOVED BY ADMIN] political operative fulfilling his mandate of saying whatever it takes to keep himself and his Labour elites in power and feeding at the trough at the taxpayers expense.
    Sarah was the most successful SLP politician at fulfilling her commitment to the people of St Lucia. She gave rather than took like all these kleptomaniacs.
    They responded by firing her then destroyed her work in Health.
    Let them stay in the wilderness forever.

  6. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply

    Que Sarah Sarah. You got what you wanted my girl. If lament can get a ministry why shouldn’t you

  7. jess
    July 27, 2016 at 10:00 am Reply

    clarke…shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….itS time for new blood in the SLP..

  8. jess
    July 27, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

    Clarke…shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…
    it’s time for new blood in the SLP….

  9. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply

    I never heard that the 5 to stay alive was not having visa to enter the USA. .. sad but true stop spreading papuganda “you should be sad but not true “

  10. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 10:46 am Reply

    You believe Chas would ever keep Sarah out of a Ministry. Chas is not dead. Sarah is an anointed and humble servant and did what had to be done for progress as a member of a Team. She accepted to be Deputy Speaker to enable Parliament to take place. Bravo S. She always wanted External Affairs which the PM promised she would receive and it is done Bravo PM. SLP rejected the post of Deputy Speaker to achieve Opposition Performance, well Opposition will last for 5 years. Wait until Chas appoint another Deputy Speaker at his time not Opposition time. SLP threw away the opportunity they had now looking for legal advice the continuation of wasting money. Choooops. Time wasted cannot be regained. Leo select your Deputy Speaker from your Team. Chas was not forced to give Sarah a Ministry that is why at the beginning both he and Sarah expressed that everything was and is ok between the two of them. As a humble servant Sarah allowed the PM to make the announcements instead of licking it out so all we had to do was wait wait. Look it, accept it, be reminded of it. Chin Chin Chin

  11. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply

    Leo clark [REMOVED BY ADMIN] the shoes on the other side, you know what you should do,go and vomit.

  12. Who is willing to Humbly
    July 27, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply

    You believe Chas would ever keep Sarah out of a Ministry. Chas is not dead. Sarah is an anointed and humble servant and did what had to be done for progress as a member of a Team. She accepted to be Deputy Speaker to enable Parliament to take place. Bravo S. She always wanted External Affairs which the PM promised she would receive and it is done Bravo PM. SLP rejected the post of Deputy Speaker to achieve Opposition Performance, well Opposition will last for 5 years. Wait until Chas appoint another Deputy Speaker at his time not Opposition time. SLP threw away the opportunity they had now looking for legal advice the continuation of wasting money. Choooops. Time wasted cannot be regained. Leo select your Deputy Speaker from your Team. Chas was not forced to give Sarah a Ministry that is why at the beginning both he and Sarah expressed that everything was and is ok between the two of them. As a humble servant Sarah allowed the PM to make the announcements instead of licking it out so all we had to do was wait wait. Look it, accept it, be reminded of it. Chin Chin Chin

  13. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

    I had hoped defeat at the election and the resignation of your master (Kenny) that this would be the end of having to listen to your pompous diatribe.
    You have the audacity to criticise the actions of the government yet you were one of the main players who perpetuated cronyism within the SLP.
    Mr. Clarke you are now financially secure thanks to your masters manipulation . For the betterment of SLP and the country at large, please follow your master and resign as General Secretary.
    Your continued presence is a reminder of all that is wrong with the SLP
    Out of interest was your wife contracted extended pre the election?

    I am sure that the government will find a way to address the deputy speaker issue without any help from the SLP.
    Ought not this matter be addressed by the new political leader and leader of the opposition?

  14. Choops tun
    July 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply

    [REMOVED BY ADMIN], just there getting favours from government for your family. Your wife was forced into being appointed in Washington to discredit Saint Lucia with nothing to offer, can’t talk, can’t represent our island. Well we voted and she will be forced to get out. [REMOVED BY ADMIN] Leo, from the garment factory you have failed.

  15. Febert
    July 29, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

    Mrs. Clarke COME BACK HOME

  16. rum & coke
    August 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Come on Leo clark you look like a tired old man, you done your bit ,go and spray some roaches and ants .

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