Pierre: Government the most vindictive UWP regime ever

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre has accused the current Allen Chastanet administration of firing numerous workers and professionals in the most undignified manner.

Pierre told a news conference today that in so doing, the current government in its first one hundred days in office has shown that it is the most vindictive United Workers Party (UWP) regime ever.

Delivering the Saint Lucia’s Labour Party (SLP) preliminary assessment of the government’s first one hundred days in office, the opposition leader asserted that a number of campaign promises made by the UWP were unfulfilled.

Pierre recalled that the UWP when in opposition assessed the state of the country and offered its “Five to Stay Alive’ which would be implemented immediately upon assuming office.

Assessing what was achieved he noted that nothing has happened to achieve the promise of the immediate reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), while instead of a promised fifty percent reduction in vehicle licence fees, there was a fifty percent reduction of the increase.

Pierre said nothing has changed in the school feeding and transportation subsidies, despite a UWP campaign promise to double them.

He recounted that Allen Chastanet had described as being very dear to his heart, a targeted amnesty on hospital fees owed to Victoria and St Jude Hospital.

“Nothing has been done,” the SLP leader declared, adding that the same was true for a promise  to remove personal property tax for a period of three years

“The UWP Government promised that there would be no more STEP in Saint Lucia.  The Prime Minister described STEP as disgusting, demeaning and degrading.  He claimed that women were ashamed to engage in STEP and would hide when doing so.  Yet, the only action that the UWP has undertaken to stimulate economic activity is to undertake a national STEP as the Caretaker Programme,” Pierre asserted.

He declared that what was worse was that the programme has been used by the Government as a tool of political discrimination, with only UWP Parliamentarians and losing candidates allowed to recommend workers.

“It appears that the promised ‘ching ching’ is for only UWP supporters and not all Saint Lucians,” Pierre told this morning’s news conference.

He noted that the UWP made numerous promises and the electorate gave them a chance to deal with the challenges by electing them.

“The campaign is over it is now time for governing,” the SLP leader stated.

He said the Prime Minister cannot continue to lament that these are difficult times.

“The people of Saint Lucia know that.  It is time to deal with the business of Government and stop stating the obvious.”




  1. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    “Five to stay alive” sounds like a government health site encouraging its citizens to stay healthy and eat five pieces of fruit and vegetable to stay alive.

  2. cyah forget
    September 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    2006 //2011 the most embarrasing time in st lucia,s politcal history ;;tom choo,, highest murder rate//burning of st judes”’// worst vehicular accident 33 dead// worst earth quake 7.1 on reichter scale// a one year drought// the in power administration was castrigated by almost every calypsonion that year// they baaaacccckkk

  3. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Ashamed of this man called pip. Sound like another breath of hot air as usual.
    I’m not impressed you made more noise than that before elections, what was the end result.
    You and your cronies are kicking up a muddy hell trying to see how much can stain the white man. But remember this the majority of the islanders are young and not so foolish and they can see through your bubble and sprout (bs). Carry on then and let’s how far you will reach

  4. Boujon Guiyave
    September 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Some people have no shame indeed! You mean against that list of broken promises chastanet still have the nerve to talk about a journalist tarnishing his reputation? In all my life I have never heard a head of state make such a remark when questioned. I say this as one who listened to many press conferences. I think it reflects our PM poor communication skills. If he was a skilled diplomat he would have handled this much better.

    1. nemiah
      September 20, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      OMG hear who is speaking

  5. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Handle it better for him.

  6. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I have no doubt that this Prime Minister has no respect for black people, and couldn’t wait for an opportunity to hold power above them. Think of it to call a journalist that he is ashamed of him tells of how he thinks about St. Lucians freedom of speech. I am completely and utterly disappointed

    1. nemiah
      September 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Lots of (Expression removed)

  7. Truth Seeker
    September 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    All these politricksters are a hunch of jokers. On both sides. They are more concerned with dividing this country than building it up. Pip needs to relax and if he cannot contribute to the betterment shut (Words removed) up. His party have already lost. Next election may see a difference, in that his government may win again, then I will asked that the Flambeau shut up same way. Election done already!!!???

  8. nemiah
    September 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Before you blow your hot air philip Tell the people How U All Lefted the country. This government has to start all over again so stop fooling the ppl.

  9. tc
    September 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Leave him dere. That’s all he can do.that’s his way of finding distractions to deliver the ppl promises he say he could give them. Massa days eh done yet

  10. Uncle Sejay
    September 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    All u slp’s always have dirt to say bout chastenet but u know what we UWP supports are use to u’ll drama cah cah poo poo all u slp’s make the white man get ull mad uh choops sah sho sort pay toof A cmz Allen staying… Hahaha

  11. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    That white irish man is a disgrace he should desolve carbinet and call a general elections

    1. Anonymous
      September 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Oh wow. Its amaising. Lucian politics is now about race. OK. Its all good. Race it will be. Allen and Kenny how black are either of them. How poor white or black are either of them. How deprived are either of them. So what’s the fuss. This country voted one in for over 5 years and another is there for almost 100 days. We speak of white man/men when we have more mixed race kids at all walks of life making up St Lucian house holds than ever before. So, is it a case of sour grapes!!! Pick another punch line, the “white man”tag is stale!!! Yes, move on cause both sides picked them as heads of their political parties so touff!!!!its the same white people we going to for aid!!! Go figure!!!

  12. annonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    SLP Racists!
    ‘RACIST’ – the last call of the scamps as they fall into the dustbin of history!

  13. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 2:55 am

    the word immediately has found it”s rightful place to me there was a different meaning for immediately just a short time ago what a difference the day make
    FYI half a loaf is better than none pip PIP you forgetting fast ee
    but i don’t forget
    I was one of the professionals victimized by you yes you victimized by you now to talk about being vindictive I have files on you with the number of people you victimized
    thats your best traits and your legacy everyone will remember you as the master of victimization

  14. Flame
    September 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Same old same old …. and the pendulum swings back and forth and back and forth!!!!!

  15. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

    To b.g have you heard the words media terrorist.
    Is this a case of convenient memory loss, or are you to young to remember.
    I must say this though, our island leaders biggest accomplishments over the years has been extreme divisiveness and being a bunch of greedy jokers.

  16. facts4life
    September 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    The shoe doesn’t fit well on the other feet uh pip. Let someone else victimize for once. Its not for only SLP to do. Share the bread.