Castries South MP, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, believes the next general elections in Saint Lucia will be the ‘nastiest’ in the country’s history.
“I am convinced of that,” he asserted.
“Our politics is entering a new low – real low and it is being led by the prime minister,” Hilaire stated.
However he expressed the view that a few decent persons will not be part of that, although Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is setting the tone.
“It will be all about character assassination,” Hilaire told reporters outside parliament Tuesday.
He accused Chastanet of being grossly insensitive to the people of Saint Lucia.
“From calling them barking dogs, to the forty three percent to single mothers, and now the stammering,” Hilaire told reporters.
The Saint Lucia PM at a ruling party meeting on Sunday made fun of the way opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre stutters when he speaks.
Hilaire explained that there was a time in the world when people could be made fun of in terms of their gender, sexuality and religion.
“These days you just don’t do that. You have to be more sensitive and more understanding of people,” he declared.
According to the opposition MP, perhaps the Saint Lucia PM found it ‘cool’ to make fun of the way the leader of the opposition speaks.
“I mean, attack a man on what he is saying – the substance of what he is saying; but not on whether or not he is stammering,” Hilaire stated.
When a reporter interjected by saying ‘Donald Trump’, the Castries South MP’s response was that birds of a feather flock together.
Hilaire asserted that Chastanet is no different.
“It tells you about bullies and people who lack substance, because I will stand up in the house and I want to attack the content of what is being presented. I am not the best public speaker – I make many mistakes. There are many words I cannot pronounce properly,” he explained.
According to the opposition MP, that’s part of being human.
“But argue with me on the content of what is before us and not on whether a man stammers,” he declared.
“And the prime minister of all people? But it shows – he is what he is.”
According to Hilaire, what was more disturbing and disappointing was that the PM was the one making fun of the leader of the opposition, setting the tone for the rest of the ruling party.