Why LPM grew to dislike and oppose St. Lucia’s Prime Minister

PRESS RELEASE:-By Therold Prudent, Political Leader, Lucian People’s Movement (LPM)

In the last seven years of our existence as a political movement, no one has ever been able to accuse the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) of not being a responsible opposition that always fights for the best interest of our country.

While we fought bravely against the inadequacies and failures of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) when it governed St. Lucia, we also demonstrated balance in our praise of its efforts whenever it was warranted.

By June 6, 2016, on the very day that the SLP was finally booted out of office, it was the consensus within the LPM that a grace period of six months should be afforded to the new government of the United Workers Party (UWP). We felt then that the UWP deserved the very same consideration which was given to the SLP in 2011.

In honouring our commitment to respect the wishes of the people, the LPM did everything in its power to remain silent and to allow the UWP to make the transition from politics to governance. We had hope then that the UWP would see the merit in becoming the government of all the people and, thus, become transparent with our nation. It was also our hope that the UWP would have demonstrated that, unlike the previous administration, it was capable of governing with a remarkable difference.

Sadly, on the eve of its first anniversary in office, none of this has happened. Instead, what we have is a government that enjoys peddling untruths, seeks to alienate fellow St. Lucians who did not vote for it, and is not transparent about its activities and the work which it does on behalf of our nation.

We have been placed at a great disadvantage by this government’s inability to create a level playing field, which would ensure that local entrepreneurs are given the very same respect and lavish opportunities that are granted to their foreign counterparts.

Today, what we have in St. Lucia is a government that continues to promote political tribalism, engages in gross victimisation, and enjoys promoting internal corruption (which puts some members of government on track to becoming very wealthy overnight), among a whole list of dirty laundry and political transgressions against the common interest of the people of St. Lucia.

To make matters worse, we have become very disillusioned with the direction in which our Prime Minister is taking the country. His arrogant political posturing and high-handed behaviour in undermining the opinions of those who disagree with his policies invoke a growing dislike for him within the ranks of the LPM.

While Mr. Chastanet has aligned himself with conservative political values, he has failed to realise that St. Lucia is not the United States, where there are safety nets to protect the poor and less fortunate among us. Moreover, even the great United States, which is today ruled by an irrational and perhaps insanely dangerous president in the person of Donald Trump, still cannot prevent millions of its poor and disadvantaged citizens from falling through the cracks.

Therefore, when the Prime Minister of St. Lucia purposefully sets out to introduce a Donald Trump- or Republican Party-like agenda which seeks to benefit the rich while crushing the ambitions of St. Lucia’s already poor and desperate lower class, the LPM can no longer remain silent in the face of this vicious political onslaught.

Those who believe that the Prime Minister is alone in this need look no further than at the men and women around him and, specifically, at those who enable him through their silence to pursue these incoherent policies. They, in the view of the LPM, are no different from the Prime Minister.

Although it has been a full year since the election of the UWP into office, there are no tangible signs that things are about to get any better in the country anytime soon. Unemployment is still dangerously high, and crime is threatening to finally destroy the existence of peaceful communities throughout the island while only a few members of the UWP have profited from a change in government since 2016.

As members of the LPM, we affirm that the end results will be no different from what has traditionally obtained in the country. It is our view that, given the governing trajectory of the UWP, one can expect nothing more than but ti-boutik-style road repair projects, upgraded public facilities, and the offering of rations and other political sponsorship in hopes of securing re-election in 2021.

Within the entire scope of this perpetual struggle for economic survival in St. Lucia for the last 38 years of self-rule, all we have seen are big promises of jobs, which, in the end, amount to nothing more than a grand illusion of comfort to partisans and political fools.

The Desert Star Holdings Limited (DHS), with all of its economic trappings of grandiosity and infused with the short-sightedness of all Mr. Chastanet’s men put together, will prove grossly inadequate in terms of fulfilling our nation’s need to effectively eradicate poverty and provide decent-paying jobs for most St. Lucians.

It is for this very reason that today, the LPM is drawing a line in the sand by stepping up our commitment to oppose a Prime Minister who is too proud to listen, does not entertain dialogue, and is too naïve to even understand that these bad policies serve only to diminish his political appeal.

As a small political organisation, it is clear that we cannot do it alone, and so, we would like to enlist the support of new members who are willing to offer our country a new flicker of hope.

No one who understands and values progress can sit around without questioning the rule of a man who is too arrogant to accept that protecting the country’s poor and those who are already economically oppressed is the very essence of good governance.

7 Comments

  1. straight shooter
    June 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I fully agree with the steps that the L. P. M has taken. Did not rush to judgement while at the same time gave this government time to prove that their plans and actions were guanine . This government is continuing on the same path that the S L P took while they were in office. Unless this government listen and understand what it’s people are crying about, they will never be able to govern and achieve their goals, not now not ever. === LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THEY COME FIRST === DICTATORS DOOMED TO FAIL.==

  2. Anon
    June 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Yadda yadda yadda!
    What time did the opposition give the UWP ?!
    They refused to appoint a Deputy Speaker in the House.
    They spew filth all day long on social media.
    They make pronouncements all the time to frighten away investors.
    The had bankrupted St lucia by billions so there is no money for development so the PM has to work mightily to get investments here.
    Just like a liberal Pavlov’s brainwashed dog that incompetent Prudent has to compare Chas to Trump.
    For decades now the prudents ad hillaires and kenny’s have failed us.
    Let Chas bring us out of the mess.
    Prudent – an irrelevant poseur.

  3. Nah nah
    June 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Great points Mr Prudent. I think you are better equipped to oppose this man because you have not done anything to mess up our country. Your conscience is clean so let those who have been given the chance in government and have not use it wisely shut up. You are a true example of one patriot.

  4. Justice
    June 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Prudent you are an arm chair theorist whose guerillier style hit and run politics is not what we would want as an alternative government. You posture between St. Lucia and America giving selective time to our politics when you perceive there is a an opening in an issue for you to theorize on.

    If you were sincere in contributing to your country and removing the baggage you claim is hindering St. Lucia’s progress you would make the sacrifice and commit to remaoning in St. Lucia and organizing a group of like minded persons into a party to put Helen right, as you would claim.

    But is it selfishness, lack of confidence or inability to attract a following that is shying you away from committing to St. Lucia. People like you think it is easy to run a perfect government as you would want to make people believe. Kenny has failed and the people are trying Chastanet but you seem to have already given Chastanet a failing grade after ONE YEAR. So then what qualifies you in governance that you are better than Kenny and Chastanet.

    You think St. Lucia is a mineral or resource rich island with assets to play with so that a PM and government can easily shine. You Prudent as PM would be struggling with the same high unemployment, debt, borrowing, crime, failed justice system etc. that Chastanet is now trying to combat.

    So if you have the magic formula and think you are a cheese show us. Assemble your team as of now and hit the road for an early poll.

  5. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Prudent you need to sit back and examine the structure within your own party before trying to comment or even think you can cast judgement on a prime minister who was elected by the people. I am in no way a UWP supporter but your party has been rearing its head to “contest” the last 2 general elections.. yet 7 years on you still can’t get a candidate to represent every constituency?. How are you going to form a govt from the 4 or 5 people you have managed to get on ur bandwagon and make decisions on behalf of an entire nation?. What have you done for your country or constituency in the last 7 years apart from numerous press releases berating both governments ?. I’m sorry, but you haven’t convinced me or many other st lucians why we should take you seriously

  6. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Mr prudent my big toe this guy is deh like a old woman who’s still in heat hes deh la ka bat jol bat jol he needs someone to wake him with a lolobef

  7. Through the wire
    November 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Anon biggest uwp idiot….since when the opposition has to fill the chair of deputy speaker.yall just party hack….

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