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melanius alphonse

Can incompetence fill a vacuum?

A “lame duck” in politics describes an elected official continuing to hold high political office pending the inauguration of a more recently elected successor. The official is often seen...
melanius alphonse

Other than snobbery, what else is at stake?

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said, “I sincerely hope that our efforts during the early decades of...
melanius alphonse

St Lucia’s vulnerability a growing concern

There can be little dispute that Saint Lucia’s economic and fiscal policies are generally unstable, along with the latest crisis of governance exacerbated by new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.  In...
harvey_cenac

Trans-colonial collaboration in St Lucia’s political system

The title is meant to be deliberate and thought-provoking, in particular, to the sensationalist spectre of seeing Saint Lucians as subjects and objects, rather than as a people and...
melanius alphonse

St Lucia walking a tightrope

Recent reports pertaining to trade and investment, and long standing drug trafficking and money laundering issues, have implications for Saint Lucia, amid a stagnant economy (rising corporate debt, capital...
melanius alphonse

A country in denial; pie in the sky

Abraham Lincoln said, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is...
melanius alphonse

The King is dead, long live the King

What should have been the serious business of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly on August 16, 2016, descended into farce as former prime minister Stephenson King tried valiantly...
melanius alphonse

St Lucia PM’s semantics and incompetence: A toxic mix

The current crisis of governance in Saint Lucia, orchestrated by new prime minister Allen Chastanet, is perhaps more serious than the setbacks that occurred in the 1979 leadership crisis. The...
melanius alphonse

Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes?

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." ~ Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli After various claims of “taken out of context”, “deliberate buffoonery to provoke...
melanius alphonse

Trump 2.0 The Saint Lucia edition

It didn’t take long for Saint Lucia’s newly elected prime minister Allen Chastanet to get caught in one of his frequent faux-pas, which brings to mind US Supreme Court...