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.