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melanius alphonse

Saint Lucia government’s naked self promotion

If it is completely uncomfortable that “we are overtaxed” and “basically the country is in a mess”, the government of Saint Lucia certainly highlighted this by the compulsive utterances of...
melanius alphonse

St Lucia’s spiral to happy Vat reduction

In difficult financial times, the strategy of 20/20, tactfully employed, favours a methodical approach to delivering and implementing an economic plan, a chemistry to bridge the gap on matters...
melanius alphonse

St Lucia government severely handicapped

It is long proven that governments can’t function effectively when citizens are not working or paying their fair share of taxes, resulting in decreased national revenue, especially when...
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...