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There seems to be growing concern among St Lucians about the level of politics practised on the island. Already this has produced a state of voter apathy that is unprecedented in St Lucia with a less than 60 percent turnout at the polls in the last two general elections in 2006 and 2011. In recent years we have heard increasing statements by people of voting age that they will not exercise their franchise in the elections of 2016. Many are simply fed up with politics and the fact that it has not been able to produce the required results either for the people or for the country, in terms of bettering individual and national expectations.
Why is there such a resentment among the population to the quality of our politics? When did this trend really begin and what is the reason for it? Surely the quality of politics is dependent on the quality of persons we elect to office. Is there anything that can be done at this stage to entice people back to the polling booths? Let’s face it, bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. An American clergyman Howard Crosby once said that to let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool; is a double crime. It means that we, the people, have the responsibility for righting our own wrongs.
So where do we go in St Lucia? With another general election fast approaching, should we not assume this responsibility and pressure political parties into presenting us with candidates who will uplift public discourse and so raise the standard of politics. But considering the fact that political parties seem to care so little what the public thinks about such issues, is there another way to bring them to heel?
Those are actors that have the potential to be a negative force in the election cycle.
Ray Davies once said money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we’re tired of hearing promises that we know they’ll never keep. And as of today I have believed and seen this happen OVER and OVER..I don’t think it could change. NOPE!
Politicians are the same all over they promise to build bridges over rivers that don’t exist, Let’s not even get with the bridges topic for we all know where this will end up. So there is no way to heel political parties, they all lie.
Jody we all are actors when you think about it. Who don’t want to earn fast money? I would love to be in a political party . I know #1 my pension will be wonderful and #2 my pocket will be HAPPY. Those people don’t care about us why should we care about them. Vote and don’t vote those guys will get fatter and we will get slimmer.
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