PM touts ‘long and deep’ experience in government

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has declared that any comparison between him and US President Donald Trump stops at the fact that both of them are business people.

“My experience in government is long and deep,” Chastanet declared to reporters Monday at a news conference.

He spoke in the aftermath of a warning from University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Doctor Tennyson Joseph, against the rise of the businessman-politician in the Caribbean.

According to media reports, Joseph cited Chastanet and Trump as examples of why businessmen as politicians are bad for society.

However Chastanet noted that he started working in government as an Economist in the mid 1980’s, becoming the Director of Tourism here in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Chastanet said he also worked with the ‘quasi-government’ Air Jamaica and returned to Saint Lucia to serve as minister of tourism for five years.

“My understanding and knowledge of how government works is very substantial and I think that my administration has benefitted from that and certainly I would like to think that we have been very clear on what our policies are and when you look at it,   I think  with what we have achieved with one year in government, or just over one year, hopefully Mr. Tennyson himself would have recognised our success in government,”  the prime minister stated.

He said  that other than make allegations, Tennyson Joseph did not substantiate anything he was saying.

“Those were some of the same things he was saying about being a white man and  all this. We have seen several articles written by Mr. Tennyson which I think are racist,” Chastanet declared.

He expressed surprise that Joseph was still a Professor at UWI given the articles he has been writing.

“I am really surprised that the University of the West Indies has not called him out on that and that he would be allowed to continue to teach students,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said.

20 Comments

  1. A Voter
    August 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This animal is getting an ego trip over his comparison to the Donald. But his retardation always kick in, in that the US is filthy rich and powerful. And St. Lucia is dirt poor and powerless. Lol. Allen’s chastanet is fit to play in a circus. Lol.

  2. Basoo Dee
    August 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’m really lost as to what the PM is referring to as his party’s success. I can’t recall any programs that this Govt have implemented. It’s far easier to point to the negatives and the complaints than to find anything. His clear policies are still a mystery as well. Can anyone point to those?

    1. Anonymous
      August 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      The success and vision we never got from Kenny for 15 years as PM. That is the success he is referring to and there is more to come. Bunch of losers.

  3. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Tennyson should have been fired a long time ago. But kenny is friends with Hilary so we know how this goes.

  4. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I totally agree with the PM. He simply inform of his political experience and that of a civil servant. I have read some of Tennyson Joseph writing on politics and it is so immature and stupid. As a speech writer for Kenny Anthony I can understand why he is out of government. The whole idea of taking out God and prayers in parliament was Mr. Joseph idea which Kenny fell for.

  5. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The not so smart Prime Minister of the Caribbean, is calling for the dismal of an intellectual.. ……… The not so smart Prime Minister will never get an honorary degree from UWI….. The not so smart Prime Minister is a jack of all ministries and a master of nothing……..

    1. John J
      August 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      UWI is usless cult society who spreads a failing socialist ideology, and their degrees are only recognized in third world regions like dominica and Stvincent etc. Guess what, that cult of oldie goldies is dying and as for that Dr woman who appeared on HTS, i think she should go renew that doctorate to fit in this current environment. Socialist Morons

  6. Anon
    August 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Tennyson Joseph is one if those pseudo intellectuals playing at being of any value to the Caribbean. They are part of the liberal academic fraud aimed at gouging out a fantastic lifestyle from students forced to pay increasing costs for use less courses that are mandated by UWI for no other reason but indoctrination in the failed socialist experiment and pay and perks for buffoons like Tennyson.

    1. Anonymous
      August 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      well said Anon. We student are suffering while that Ahole out there talking rubbish.

  7. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Allen stop responding to every dog that barks. You need to stop answering . Are you Trump . The SLP and their proganda machines will not stop. So ignore them. Do your work and ignore these . They will soon find something useful to do. but really and truly what is slp doing other than causing mayhem in the country. That is all they are good for. Once they not in power, is pure hell in st.lucia. st.lucians need to kick them to the curb.

  8. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Anti-intellectualism is popping up its head all over the world. I still firmly believe that education plays a very critical role in society. From his statements, I’m convinced that Mr. Tennyson Joseph is an intellectual light weight. His comparison is chucklesome in the least and asinine at best. Mr. Joseph is dishing insults because of his own rejection at the polls. The PM touted the many achievements of his government without any specificity. No one can find any not even when using a microscope. Mr. Castanets, tourism is not the panacea for the country’s economic woes. Agriculture, agro-processing,light manufacturing, service industry, entrepreneurship and more are needed to resuscitate the ailing economy.

    Vibz

  9. The Crow
    August 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Allen “The Hurricane” Chastenet is the third world representation of Trump. Menm bet menm pwel!

  10. Jacques Boucle
    August 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    t is pathetic for a sitting prime minister to call for the dismissal of a college professor because he disagrees with his views. This is an indication of how much Prime Minister Chastanet is willing to undermine our fragile democracy in St. Lucia just to massage his lustful ego. For your inIformation PM Chastanet, US President Hoover was a businessman who brought the Great Depression to the world. Like you, he thought that privatization and an unfettered market were the answer to all economic problems. Recently, the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, thought privatization would solve all of Italy’s problems, instead he brought on one of the greatest economic downturn to Italy. Based on the cited examples, Chastanet is terrible for St. Lucia. Calling himself an economist does not make him one. He is woefully unqualified to run St. Lucia based on his first year performance. His administration is a woeful revolving merry-go-round of mediocrity.

    Professor Joseph is exercising his academic freedom whether you like his views or not. And to those students who are shamelessly spewing venomous rhetoric about the professor, Voltaire said “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Go get a good education and come back and debate the professor. This is how people of good will challenge their opponents in a democracy and not through threats and intimidation like Prime Minister Chastanet is proposing.

  11. Mo
    August 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Allen the not so bright PM of the Caribbean lol…

  12. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 14, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Lol…he’s in government, long and deep. Lmao

  13. Trump
    August 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Allan will make st lucia great again

  14. Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Allen just shut up sms go back to work. Enough of you already

  15. Cabaca
    August 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Well said Mr. Prime Minister. Some of our Not So Bright detractors expect you to do what Kenny could not do in five years. Blinded by their racist mentality. Rome was not built in a day. Be strong and ignore political failures.

  16. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    If you are so experienced why did you need King’s help with the protocols in Parliament at the beginning of your term?

  17. fly
    August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    its sad that the Minister of Finance does not speak like he knows any thing about the country’s finances or even the finance act. how can u speak against a system that enshrined in law and speak about non financial systems. if u wanna change it then change the laws and the constitution.

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