‘Don’t disrespect me!” PM tells Journalists

‘Don’t disrespect me!” PM tells Journalists

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has called on members of the local media not to disrespect him following an exchange on Monday with HTS Television Journalist, Rehani Isidore.

HTS during its evening news last night, reported that Isidore had pressed Chastanet on his frequent travels and a marketing promotion by a local resort ahead of a visit here by Britain’s Prince Harry.

The Prime Minister appeared to become testy in his response to the question regarding the Royal visit, accusing the Journalist in the presence of other members of the media of lying.

Chastanet eventually walked off, ignoring further questions.

At a news conference a few hours later, the Prime Minister said Journalists have a responsibility to be able to “vet” questions and ask for relevant information.

“What was being brought out was a situation that had absolutely nothing to do with me. The Prince’s visit to Saint Lucia is being managed by the Governor General’s Office. My office only gets the information,” Chastanet declared.

“The Prince is not staying at any hotel. The Prince is staying on his boat. That information was made public. I have nothing to do with the day to day operations of my hotel and the point I was making this morning – I am very proud of the fact and I intend to protect that, I was Minister of Tourism for five years and nobody can make an allegation that I ever used my office to support my hotel,” the former Tourism Minister said.

He said:

“My sister is running the hotel. She ran a press release. My office contacted her and said we would like her to retract that letter because we thought it was confusing. She did so and it was cleared.”

According to Chastanet, for someone to ask him a question or put up information to suggest that the Prime Minister is using his position to influence Prince Harry to go and stay at his hotel is irresponsible.

“I expect only stuff like that from the labour party but I don’t expect that from Journalists,” he told last evening’s news conference.

The Prime Minister said that he will be open and honest with Journalists and members of the public, with any question being a fair question.

“But please, don’t disrespect me – don’t try to tarnish my reputation,” Chastanet said, adding that he takes that issue very seriously.

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71 Comments

  1. Vaughn A R Blanchard
    September 20, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

    I think that the Prime Minister was correct. That matter could have easily been cleared up by Journalists.

    1. Anonymous
      September 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply

      Agreed

  2. Motana
    September 20, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply

    I think the PM [REMOVED BY ADMIN], I’ve never such [REMOVED BY ADMIN], for a prime minister you can’t answer a simple question without getting all red? I’ve always wondered about “[REMOVED BY ADMIN]” in st lucia, well this is evidence, Chastanet can do no wrong in some peoples eyes, you are no longer the leader of the uwp, you are a Prime Minister to all, If the villan of st lucia, Kenny Anthony did that then lucians would be calling for elections now, smh………..

  3. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply

    Yes. I agree. Journalists must know their place. Don’t disrespect the Honourable Prime Minister. He is above you and yih must totally submit. Ask only fair and vetted questions

    1. Anonymous
      September 20, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

      “He is above you and yih (you) must totally submit”!!!!!! Did you think before you wrote this? I’m not commenting on the situation but rather your thought process that the PM is above you and you should submit. It’s thinking like this that have us where we are. To not understand the role and power of the people (all including journalists). The government works at the behest of our vote.

      1. aLucian
        September 20, 2016 at 10:28 am Reply

        Alright, alright, let’s not get our underwriter in a twist; I’m sure the commenter was being sarcastic.

        1. Anonymous
          September 20, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply

          Yes indeed. Be calm. Chastenet did ask for total submission. I was just reminding us

    2. Gaddfi
      September 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply

      Apparently St Lucia no longer has Freedom Of Press. Even in the US the press that are no state controlled have the right to criticize the President. Reminds me of North Korea.

    3. Anon1
      September 21, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply

      We need to stop this “Honourable” PM and Minister PAPISHOW! Who determines if they’re honourable or not? Wait still they retire and we know they track record before we refer to them as Honourable.

  4. Kermit
    September 20, 2016 at 8:45 am Reply

    There was a Press Release. I saw it. So the PM saying doh ask him about the Royal visit? He going to decide what questions the Press must ask? He going to hide behind “disrespect”???? PM you are a public servant. When asked a question you must do your best to answer it.

    WARNING TO ALL MEDIA PPL – THIS IS THE DAY CENSOURSHIP STARTED. MARK THE DATE DOWN.

    1. Anonymous
      September 20, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply

      Yes he is a public image , but he don’t have to answer all question , and we all have a right to say DON’T DISRESPECT ME , nothing wrong with that

  5. Smugglerscove
    September 20, 2016 at 8:46 am Reply

    I think the prime minister is a down to earth man and he can answer any question you want , once he is available. Stop making assumptions.

  6. Mercie
    September 20, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply

    The journalist can ask any question of the Prime Minister. They do not have to pick and choose the questions he would like to receive. It is incumbent upon him to provide the answers to the question and that could have been done with the same information he provided in this article. What he tried to do is intimidate the journalist so in the future, she will think twice to ask him a challenging question. It is the same authoritarian leadership style on display. Give me a break! “Mwen Fauchee”

  7. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply

    Atleast that PM coming too answer the questions put too him and not hidding behind a press secretary.i totally agree he is a civil servant he shud clear the air about it Buh too my knowledge he did clear,the prince staying on his boat and not in chasnet hotel Buh I feel the boat go be in Anse chasnet waters.lol PM

    1. elegal
      September 20, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply

      he is not a civil he is a public and he has to answer to the public cause the public put him there your stupid self.

  8. annonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

    It has become ‘pelucidly clear’ that HTS is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the SLP.
    Every news release is slanted towards negatives on the Prime Minister and this Administration.
    Is that because the Chairman of the SLP have complete psychological control over the ‘little men’ at that station.
    Every question asked on the UWP is negative, every position laces the broadcast with the full blown SLP position and views expressed by its leaders. You might as well have Pip or alva or hillaire or Kenny doing the HTS news reports! Lol !

    Even through all the obstructionism by the SLP as for example their political operatives in the diplomatic field or ‘appointments’ to the civil service things are moving on nicely.

  9. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply

    PUT SOME RESPECT ON THE PM NAME , don’t ask disrespectful question , don’t try intimidating the PM

    1. Be gone chastnet
      September 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

      (Words removed) Don’t disrespect him??? Craziest (Word removed) I’ve heard. He DIDNT disrespect him. He asked alone simple question and your so called “PM”said he’s ashamed of him?? C’ Mon. All you do is just sit and agree with everything chastanet says. And now he’s calling the guy a liar. Never have I ever heard a liar call someone else a liar. Chastnet is a lie. Y’all just don’t want to accept the fact that he is. And BTW. Ain’t nobody gonna respect a lying pm pike he is. Chpz. (Word removed)

    2. SMH
      September 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm Reply

      (Expression removed) Dumbest (Expression removed) ever. What disrespectful question did he ask?? Tell me. A simple question he asked and he had the heart to sat he’s ashamed of him. And you whoever u are saying put some respect on him???? C’mon. I don’t respect any pm that lies!!!!! All you uwp supporters do is agree with everything your so called pm does. Bs. Get your facts right before commenting. Chpz

  10. Mwe Mem
    September 20, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply

    Why do the members of the current government ALWAYS have to bring up the SLP in every negative thing that comes out of their mouth? What do you mean Mr Prime Minister when say you “expect that kind of thing from the labour party??” Now tell me when Dr Kenny Anthony was prime minister didn’t you and your fellow men of the UWP disrespect him too?? The new members of Government are sooooo PETTY!!

  11. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

    Yeahhh munnnn

  12. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply

    Yeahhhh munnn

  13. Uncle Sejay
    September 20, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply

    Kermit u a nothing but a frog and what u people don’t know it yes the press can ask questions but also have to be respectable about what he or she is asking

  14. Uncle Sejay
    September 20, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    if I was the PM I would find out who she work for and do like what Kenny did jook bois and fire

  15. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply

    media people probe. its the nature of their job..ask rik wayne u no kenny .grindbirg relentless.hear sumthing go the horsemouth.politicians bring it upon themselves and lest u;all forget its a pm with sumthingto do with soufreire village council funds .matter pendin 8 not 800/us embassy upset/ and the famous quip ..u were economical with the truth mr minister.., so ok lets talk credibility

  16. True Lucian
    September 20, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply

    JOURNALIST?????????! Really… are they? Credentials hanging loose

    1. Anon1
      September 22, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      Lol quality “True Lucian” we’ve also got so called politicians!

  17. Boujon Guiyave
    September 20, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply

    This arrogant green nut comes out like a lord and master admonishing his subjects bouy! This incident is only a small taste of the sheer poor sense of humour of the man. He really believe, like they all do, he is superior and as such don’t associate him with certain things and we should know this. He is just as capable to do unacceptable deeds just like anyone. Get off your high horse!

  18. watch them well
    September 20, 2016 at 9:46 am Reply

    media people probe..nature of their job most times relentless//ask rik wayne/politicians bring upon themselves u no the trust element.a pm who was target of the conclusion…u mr minister was economical with the truth,, a matter concerning a certain resort own by a politician .so u see

  19. Smfh
    September 20, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

    Lucia down d drain just wait on it

  20. Mark Philogene
    September 20, 2016 at 10:03 am Reply

    I think its an insult to St Lucia that the Prince is living on his boat.As PM you should be able to answer any question the Press ask.(Presse Freiheit).

    1. Anon1
      September 21, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply

      Really Mark!!! please explain the insult.

  21. BimJim
    September 20, 2016 at 10:33 am Reply

    Regardless, Chastanet is taking a leaf out of Gonsalves book and making it a crime for all Lucians – even journalists – to have real, unrestricted freedom of speech.

    If you criticise Gonsalves in SVG you can go to jail – one person went to jail already.

    If it is OK with Lucians to have a King Allan with the right to put himself above all other Lucians, then go ahead, but this kind of behaviour is taking elected dictatorships to the extreme.

    I suggest you put Mr. “Silver Spoon” Chastanet in his place right now, right at the beginning, before his head swells, and let him know that HIS place is not up in a palace but down on the streets with everybody else.

  22. TC
    September 20, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply

    PM sans decorum. The hypocrites UWP supporters (SLAP) and others appreciate a PM that want to make ppl look small. You not perfect. all ur statements are mostly lies so now a man asking you about lies ou vlay more. Choops tan

  23. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply

    And we in little St. Lucia want to comment on racism in America. You find it ok for a PM to disrespect a journalist like that. Was an untruth told? Was any offensive language used towards him? You have to check the questions which you chose to ask? So as a citizen am I allowed to question the PM directly? Come on. Emancipate yourselves and have pride in yourselves. Stop accepting and justifying non sense.

    1. Anon1
      September 22, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      Hear hear……We Lucians like MASA too much

  24. Jessica
    September 20, 2016 at 11:10 am Reply

    ” I have nothing to do with the day to day operations of” MY” hotel.. ” says the PM. Hmmm..

    1. Lucian at blood!
      September 21, 2016 at 8:22 am Reply

      It’s his hotel, but my managed by himm, he’s not involved in the day to day running ” what so difficult to understand! Nonsense! !!!!

  25. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 11:10 am Reply

    Give da pm a break

    1. Craig
      September 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply

      You all did not give Kenny a break!! His popularity will be in the dirt way before his term is over.

      1. Lucian at blood!
        September 21, 2016 at 8:24 am Reply

        Wait in vain!!!!!!!

  26. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 11:12 am Reply

    Why you all dont surrender your lives to Christ and give him control seeking his direction. Hope all hearts and minds are in christ jesus. Thats where the emphasis is needed! LIVE FOR CHRIST JESUS not MAN.. BLESSED LOVE

    1. Anon1
      September 22, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply

      Some Lucians think he is Christ…backward masa mentality

  27. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    I hope Clinton Reynolds comes in the media and run his mouth on that

  28. Rosebud
    September 20, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    U MR PM remember u are working for us st Lucian u should answer the question stop acting up don’t forget we put u in this position and we can take it from u anytime.

    1. Lucian at blood!
      September 21, 2016 at 8:26 am Reply

      You didn’t put him in and you definitely can’t get him out!!!!!

  29. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Hurricane Allen strikes again!

  30. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Hold it deh!LABOURITES WITH YALL COMMENTS

  31. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

    What a bunch of jokers. You expect the prince to stay in his boat? Are u guys serious? Things got too hot for the PM. It was time for someone to put him in the tangle web. Check BBC news. Worst pm ever.

    1. Lucian at blood!
      September 21, 2016 at 8:28 am Reply

      So what if the prince is staying at cocoa palm, what wrong with that?

  32. Jeezy
    September 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    If Kenny Anthony did something like dat alot of people would be calling for his neck, Kenny Anthony is the most despicable person on the planet for some st lucians, he absolutely can do no right, but apparantly the “rich & white” hope aka “Mr Chastanet” can do no wrong, even if he spits in our eyes somebody will apologize for it, smh, I guess “white” privilege really does exist…………………..

  33. BirdMan
    September 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply

    “Stop Playing Wit mah Name”
    “I Ain’t Gon Say it No mo”
    “is yall Finish or is yall Done”
    “I Ain’t Got No Mo’ Talkin”
    “PUT SOME RESPECK ON MAH NAME!”

  34. Son of Iyanola
    September 20, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Chastanet has compromised the prince by saying he will living on his boat.
    On the issue of disrespect he is totally out of place. He should apologise to the reporter. Is he saying he shouldn’t be asked tough question. Someone needd to remind him that he is the chief public servant. He is not the CEO of Coco Palm. He is accountable to the public through the media.

  35. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 4:12 am Reply

    It was like watching tragi-comedy, our PM behaving like a punch drunk boxer and lashing out blindly at his opponent. Did not know whether to laugh or cry.

  36. Disgusted
    September 21, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

    Lol Mr PM dats how u gone act under pressure… ur jus an arrogant (Word removed)…. it was a simply question… all I had to was maintain composure n use some tact n this cud have been done with instead of u getting defensive n making urself look so guilty…. u stammer wen u lie… I c thru u!! U assumed the job of a prime minister was n easy one now u can’t handle a lil pressure..stephenson king wasn’t fit but he is now the one assisting u in the house. Ur such n embarrassment….u made ppl believe the country had sum kind of money dat Kenny Anthony was withholding from dem now the shoe in ur feet u preaching sumn else ur a fraud .smh ur arrogance will cuz your demise

  37. Lucian at blood!
    September 21, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

    So what if the prince is staying at his hotel! Has he breeched any contract? Chpz…. keep moving Chastenet

    1. Anon1
      September 21, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply

      Regardless of contract…If there’s any truth behind it then that means there’s a conflict or interest

  38. Anon1
    September 21, 2016 at 8:40 am Reply

    Apologies Mr PM but the moment you decided to take Public Office you should have realised your entire will be scrutinised.

    However saying that the way you respond to questions which you may very well know are nonsensical or provoking is extremely important.

    Even if you know the question being asked is a tactical one you should always respond in a professional manner.

    I reiterate, the moment you choose to take up public office meant that you will be a target.

  39. Anon1
    September 21, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

    http://www.slhta.com/coco-palm-lays-royal-carpet-prince-harry/

    This article was cleverly written in my opinion. It doesn’t goe as far as saying the Prince WILL be staying at the hotel.

    What’s completely wrong with it is this “…Prince Harry’s first visit to the island this autumn will add the royal seal of approval.”

    This insinuates the hotel will be granted a Royal Seal of Approval by the Royal Family which is totally incorrect.

    If this link was sent to Buckingham Palace I am in no doubt that the Royal Solicitors will be in contact with SLHTA not necessarily the hotel.

    As much as the article is cleverly written it’s stupid.

  40. Anon1
    September 21, 2016 at 9:04 am Reply

    Anger Management course maybe needed Mr PM

  41. Anon1
    September 21, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply

    Its not a boat Mr PM its a yacht or ship.

  42. Anon1
    September 21, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply

    http://www.slhta.com/coco-palm-lays-royal-carpet-prince-harry/

    I strongly suggest the SLHTA take this article down or edit it slightly.

    Am referring to this “…Prince Harry’s first visit to the island this autumn will add the royal seal of approval.”

    This is totally wrong and misleading and I tell you something for free, if Buckingham Palaces’ Legal team get wind of that line they will be in contact with the SLHTA and get them to retract.

    How can the SLHTA make a statement like that i.e. because of the Princes visit to the island the Coco Palm Hotel will receive a Royal Seal of Approval.

    So does that mean all other hotels on island will receive a Royal Seal of Approval!!!

    Now that’s the line which insinuates the Prince maybe staying at that particular hotel.

    Never the less, cleverly written article to attract business to the hotel. However I would have written it slight different.

    A bit of free advise to the Marketing Dept. of Coco Palms Hotel, set up an Google Adwords campaign on the name “Prince Harry.”

    If you’ll don’t realise what am getting at then reply to this comment with contact details.

  43. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    One does not have to be rude when making a criticism.
    There’s such a thing as positive criticism – it is a much more powerful and constructive tool of communication. TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT!

    1. Anon1
      September 22, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      You mean Constructive Criticism..

  44. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply

    BTW, my comment – I’m the last “Anonymous” – was not a response to the comment just before mine. It was about the reporter’s lack of good manners while interviewing the PM and several bloggers’ use of bad language and gratuitous insults to the PM.
    However, regarding blogger Anon1’s statement concerning Prince Harry and Coco Palm hotel, I agree with him/her unequivocally.
    If possible, maybe the hotel should be sued!

    1. Anonymous
      September 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply

      you never had any problem with the disrespect showed towards KDA. Return to the bush where you belong slave!

  45. Arlette
    September 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I think it’s time the press have access to the prime minister by appointments only. I find it disrespectful that the media find they have the right to ambush the prime minister (who ever is in power) and impose on him whatever questions that flow from their mouth.

    1. Anon1
      September 22, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

      Arlette is that what you really want for Lucians!

      Why would you want to take our people backwards and not forwards!

      Did you really think about that comment!

  46. Boujon Guiyave
    September 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm Reply

    In any case a little diplomacy would have decorated his already tarnished image immensely.

  47. reality
    September 22, 2016 at 5:15 am Reply

    look what trump and hillary are going thru nite after nite on abc news ,,cyah take it doh come in ,the stakes are for highest post in the world ,,u see .. in our case maybe 4 someone alittle anger management

  48. annon
    September 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply

    this pm lies.. this pm flies ;; not so wise 4 small isles

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