Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Hilaire Concerned Over Political ‘Tribalism’

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Castries South MP, Dr. Ernest Hilaire says he is disturbed by the level of  political ‘tribalism’ in local communities.

Hilaire observed that there have always been political sides in this country.

“We used to have elections and people generally waited for the next five years for the next elections to then decide who they would vote for and for the campaign to start,” he said.

However, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) MP noted that modern society has changed.

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As a result of 24 hour television and social media, he explained that the campaign takes place daily.

“What it has also brought is the expression of division, the expression of distrust, the maliciousness,” Hilaire said.

According to the Castries South MP, these have become an everyday feature.

He disclosed that people like him have had to suffer from it.

“There were people who thought that I would be a threat – somebody that they need to keep in check. They came after me,” Hilaire recalled.

But the SLP MP explained that he entered politics wanting to serve.

“I never thought for a moment that our politics would be so personal and so malicious,” he said.

Nevertheless, Hilaire recalled that he has often told people that he has ‘a thick skin.’

“I will fight my battles as I go – vindication will come one day,” he asserted.

However he observed that at the community level over the past four years, there has been a level of tribalism.

Hilaire described the development as being ‘so unhealthy’ for this country.

Therefore the opposition MP expressed the view that a labour party government must address the issue of building social cohesion again as much as possible.

He indicated that this would involve reducing the tribalism and getting people to believe in the possibility of working together and achieving more together.

“And then we will fight again politically when the time reaches,” Hilaire said.

“And even when we do fight, we do it in a particular manner where we are not retarding the progress of the country,” he said.

“There is just too much political tension and fighting and struggling taking place between the two sides,” Hilaire said.

“We have to try to create an understanding that yes, we need to fight our political battles, but there’s still a Saint Lucia.”

Hilaire made the comments during the SLP’s Town Hall Tuesday with host, Maundy Lewis.

 

 

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