I HEAR it everywhere. Lo and behold, from the foul mouths of politicians. “Saint Lucians are not as gullible as before.” Meanwhile, the pied piper is piping, “I am red and ready.” Oh, how I wish that was, “I am read and ready”. But as the saying goes, “If you want to hide anything from a black man, put it in a book.” Many of us are graduates from “the university of the people” and have our degrees in roro and rumbustiousness but we are ready for change.
Can’t help but recall a pair of motifs, cartoon designs, that asked: Do you want change? All hands go up. The other which asked: Are you willing to change? No hands go up.
Many are under the delusion that because a person is successful at business then he will make a good prime minister. After all the Chastanet family, apart from government, employs the largest number of Saint Lucians. In fact sipsyon has it that if the Chastanet don’t pay into the treasury then the government has cash flow issues. In fact I have heard that they have often had to bailout government. If that is the case why are we blind to the injury (understatement) that the mix of economic and political power can cause for Saint Lucia. We’ve been through it already. We called it slavery.
Then a man, that same man promises us that Saint Lucia will be such a good place that the Americans will desire to live here and we will not need a visa to go to the USA or Canada. Mate must be another white Jesus. Are we that gullible Saint Lucians?
In this elections Saint Lucians must put on their thinking caps, all the people that the Education Minister claims we sent to schools and are so learned. I hope that they are learned enough not to believe that Mr. Joseph’s days are numbered because there were more spoilt votes in his constituency than the margin of votes by which he won. And can Saint Lucians pick out the mischievousness of a Prime Minister who throws sud into launder by asking the media to ask Mr. Joseph if he offered the then Prime Minister $2.8 million for the airport development project? If there is a claim of bribery do the right thing, finish the laundry and take the evidence to the courts.
Wake up Saint Lucia! I remember having a discussion with a party supporter on the dangers of excess governmental borrowing. She excused her SLP government but reasoning. How are they going to pay us if he (the Prime Minister) does not borrow money? Certainly this supporter has no appreciation for the concept of an adverse debt to GDP ratio. Saint Lucia will only rise when we have a band of critical and divergent thinkers not a mass of people who will call me a mad man when I say to them, “The next time you vote, don’t vote colour. Vote for the future of your children and for changing the direction of this our blessed country.”