Opposition says Allen Chastanet lacks decorum as PM

PRESS RELEASE:– The Saint Lucia Labour Party believes that Saint Lucians should be very concerned with the speed with which Hon Allen Chastanet is demonstrating his lack of temperament for the Office of Prime Minister.

The SLP notes that in the first two working days of this week, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet confirmed that he and Minister Ezekiel Joseph undertook a joyride to Europe and Morocco where they were unable to meet persons of governmental authority in any of the countries they visited – an itinerary which should have been planned before their departure.

Following the earlier visit to the American Embassy in Barbados, Mr. Chastanet should have learnt that Prime Minister’s do not just travel to other countries without planning and arranging meetings, especially if the taxpayers are the ones paying the bill.

According to the SLP, Mr. Chastanet then reaffirmed during a Monday morning press conference that he has no intention of honoring his Party‘s Manifesto promise (page 66) to end political patronage in the Foreign Service by standing firmly behind the appointment of UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers, to the position of High Commissioner to London.

It should be noted that it’s a breach of diplomatic practice to announce a diplomatic appointment before the receiving country has provided its agreement. In the process of supporting Guy Mayers, the Prime Minister has assumed the role of judge and jury to free Mayers of any association with the controversial Operation Restore Confidence – notwithstanding the fact that Mayers was the Minister directly responsible for the police at the time of the unfortunate events which continue to haunt our country.

The Prime Minister then insults St. Lucia’s Ambassador to Washington by calling her a Party Hack with no qualifications for the job.

Mr. Chastanet’s vile characterization of the Ambassador is a continuation of his election campaign rhetoric and a clear indication that he is unaware that such language is unacceptable from a person now holding the portfolio of Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

If Mr. Chastanet would take time to review the file of the present Ambassador to Washington, which is now available to him, he would realize that she is fully qualified to hold her current position and maybe he would be inclined to cease his repeated verbal abuse of a competent Saint Lucian woman.

Further, the SLP contends that Mr. Chastanet’s contempt for the people and Constitution was further exemplified when he on Tuesday proceeded to Parliament and pointedly refused to appoint a Deputy Speaker of the House, a difficulty he has imposed on himself and the Parliament, by appointing every elected member of his Party to a Ministerial position, including Sarah Flood Beaubrun who was first elected Deputy Speaker, thereby creating the largest Cabinet ever in this country’s history.

 The SLP believes that this is a case where he could easily temper his arrogance by learning from the example of Sir John Compton, one of the authors of our Constitution, who rescinded the appointment of Marcus Nicholas as a Minister in 2006 to ensure that as Prime Minister he upheld the Constitution.

As Parliament proceeded on Tuesday, Mr. Chastanet continued to display his lack of preparedness by demonstrating absolute cluelessness as to how the Prime Minister and Leader of Government business is to execute that responsibility.

Mr. Chastanet’s performance as Prime Minister so far has served only to illustrate his hastiness and poor judgement on several important issues in the execution of his duties as Prime Minister.  



  1. Sad-But-True
    August 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    He is basically a Child in a Man’s Chair, attempting a Man’s Job. And he got this Backing by the Poor Black and Ignorant UWP supporters. They all go ‘hand-in-hand.”
    There is NOTHING St. Lucian or Patriotic about ‘IT’

    1. Anonymous
      August 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Can you do better?

      1. Sad-But-True
        August 19, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        So you are admitting his incompetence. Great Job!

  2. Tracey
    August 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Chastanet is very correct

  3. Anonymous
    August 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    leo Clarke defending his woman..lol.

  4. Eagles Eye
    August 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Why can’t the leave Chastanet alone and speak of Kenny’s arrogance.

  5. Anonymous
    August 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    These guys can’t wait for an error from the government for them to cretisize they are the three Cs cretisize condem and complain.

  6. Not 4 party but 4 country
    August 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    The UWPs said (yo peh) trust me we Labour supports afraid for true from what we saw in the house. Poor representation. Weak and unready PM. Clueless of his role as PM.

  7. concern
    August 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    All you slp party hacks keep you all (Words removed) shut. Give the (Words removed) pm a break. And deal with you all loose.

  8. Anonymous
    August 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    persons must stop defending the PM and making excuses for him. he said that he possessed the knowledge and skills for the position. this is not a sporting event in which someone can recover from mistakes easily. the damage that has been done and may be done in the future may take several years or decades to correct. persons must stop calling others hacks and see the credibility of some of the criticisms.

  9. Anonymous
    August 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Totally agree with the description of our PM. What do we call children who behave like our PM – mal eleeve.