Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, has called on citizens not to allow politicians to use them.
The Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation made the call during an interview on Monday with reporters.
He said some of the most denounced politicians of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) are today some of the party’s most loved individuals.
“If today I am affiliated with the labour party, I am the Saint – I’m a god; but as long as I remain an opponent of the labour party, I will be disliked,” Joseph asserted.
He explained that because he has chosen to be in politics, he has to take what comes with politics.
“I am not those who go out and cry,” he stated.
“If you want to talk about people who are being attacked, you are talking to number one,” Joseph declared.
He said his family has paid a heavy price.
The Castries South East MP stated that there is no other name that is mentioned as regularly as that of his family.
“Have you ever heard me coming out and calling other people’s family? Don’t you think I can? Don’t you think I have information at my disposal? I do have, but I choose not to go down a certain path politically,” Joseph told reporters.
He observed that such was his personal choice as he was not guided by the creed of any individual or party.
“We have our own value system and we live by the values we choose to live by,” Joseph explained.
“Say what you want. The fact is what can you come out and prove?” Joseph declared.
He said that the labour party spent several years in government but could not come up with anything against him.
“You think I am worried about what they say? I will not be disturbed by what the labour party is doing and in the area of denouncing, I have not heard anybody denouncing what is happening in government,” the minister said.
He recalled meeting with an investor two weeks ago.
According to Joseph, the investor said he knew if he was going to make an investment here and signs an agreement with the government at 4:30, at 4:31 it will be public knowledge.
“That was his comment. That is the image we portray of ourselves and we think this is so nice,” Joseph said.
But he warned that there is a price to pay.
According to Joseph cheap politics does not pay.