Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pierre On Ubaldus Raymond Controversy: ‘We Have Bigger Fish To Fry!’

Opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre, Tuesday declared that his Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has bigger fish to fry, when questioned by reporters on the Doctor Ubaldus Raymond controversy.

“We have bigger fish to fry – we’re not getting involved in these things,” Pierre asserted.

“What we’re dealing with is Guy Joseph and writing a contract – direct award, for US $62 million, promising that contract to little known contractors. That’s what we’re dealing with. We’re not dealing with Mr. Ubaldus’ private life,” the opposition leader declared.

“We are not dealing with these salacious issues,” he told reporters.

Pierre described himself as ‘governance police’ and not  ‘morality police’.

Asked whether he believed it was right, if the allegations against Doctor Raymond are true, that Raymond should be serving in the same senate as opposition senators, the SLP leader’s response was: “I will tell you something. To each his own and God for us all.”

Pressed on whether Raymond’s alleged actions reflect badly on Saint Lucia and its leaders generally, Pierre said it depended on where one is on the ‘moral divide.’

“To some people that may be outrageous. My personal opinion is – that should not have been done, but I am not getting involved in the business of judging,”he explained.

Asked what he would have done had the matter involved a member of his team, Pierre said he would hope that no member of his team would be ‘caught in that manner.’

“If a member of my team was ever caught doing that I am sure that he would have, on his own, resigned,” he stated.

He gave reporters the assurance that ‘this Guy Joseph matter’ is not going to die, regardless of all the ‘spin’.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Pierre private sector workers are being exploited in St Lucia working for peanuts do you know that Guardsman Security Company has a big contract at the Owen King Hospital but paying guards 4;25 cents an hour working 12 hour shifts which adds up to 51 dollars a day if you really care about your people you should address this issue when you get in power make sure you put in a minimum wage rate of 12;50 an hour as this is one of the reasons crime is escalating on the island no one working in a hotel ,security guard gas station attendant massy supermarket worker could go to any bank to buy a piece of land or build a home private sector workers have to take food on credit to live what a shame and a damn disgrace after 400 years of slavery and 40 years of independence no one has risen from working class to middle class

    • You say that like the Guardsman staff don’t have a choice. Guardsman can continue to pay them $4.25 because they continue to accept it.

      They accept it because they agreed and they show up to work the next day. You want the state to somehow force a company to pay persons more money when those same persons are already willing to accept less.

      The solution is easy, let no one show up for work if they don’t agree to what you’re advocating to be low pay. If they do and no one shows up, then Guardsman, if they intend to keep their business going will have to raise their prices to reflect the change in the supply of labour in order to attract persons away from higher paying jobs.

      Guess what though, that will never happen, because jobs are scant and the moment the present staff leave their posts in protest, there will be 500 other persons ready to work for the same or less. That my dear friend is economics and no one government can control or legislate to all the angles that affect the working of the economy.

      If you want more pay for Guardsman staff, create other opportunities for them to work elsewhere that would force Guardsman to compete with these new opportunities (new employers). In a nutshell, you need more competition/opportunities if you want to see better conditions.

  2. Good going Pierre I like your style there is bigger fish to fry. Now go get that teefing G.U.Y. St Lucians has the right to know who getting and spending their monies each and everyday on this rock it’s tough as is now stands with poor people under so much pressure not that we are the least bit surprise as long it’s that G.U.Y.

    • Thought you guys already try that on Guy already. You all spent 3 million dollars to pay the best in the world and they found nothing. Release that report first. We paid for it.

      • Just as Guy spent a million dollars on a report on St.Jude he said he would publish to the Public. It been over two years, so release that report as well

  3. They can rob st lucians blind they dont care. They prefer their politcal parties more than themselves and their childrens future. But then again this is st lucia the land where uneducated people who try to sound educated. And the acutual educated ones are labeled as haters.

  4. It would be interesting to find out who is behind that ubaldus saga. Taping private conversations? Who has an interest in it? Was someone paid to do that and was a crime committed?

  5. Lol. So predictable. I expected that answer from him. There are bigger fish to fry because you too are guilty of the same thing, you just have not been caught. Hence the reason you reserved comment on this one. LOL.

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