What is wrong with these people in the UWP? On Thursday night we witnessed the deputy political leader Lennard “Spider” Montoute on television talking about divisions in the party and the need to heal the rift before the next convention and elections.
On the surface it seemed like a statesman-like position that he had taken, but at no time did Montoute tell us what he had done as No. 2 man in the party to bring the divided factions together.
I fail to understand the rationale of people like Montoute, Michael Flood, Dr. Matthew, Dr. Preville and others all claiming to be solid members of the UWP repeatedly appearing on television and undermining their party the way they have done. Do these men believe that their behaviour is going to endear them or the party with the people. Don’t they know that the public will only perceive the UWP as useless and hand over the government back to the equally useless Labour government so that it can continue to oppress and demoralize the people?
A year ago, no one had heard of Dr. Andre Matthew and I find it strange that he can seemingly jump out of nowhere and begin to question the leadership of the party in public? Is that discipline? This never used to happen in the UWP that I grew up with. The party has recently thrown its doors open to all sorts of dubious characters who have nothing but their own personal interests at heart.
Imagine Rufus Bousquet is back trying to re-enter the fold?” Imagine Keith Mondesir? Imagine Richard Frederick talking about a coalition party? These men are not wanted in the politics of St Lucia today and they don’t seem to know it.
I do not know much about Allen Chastanet but it occurs to me that he has defeated two opponents by two votes to one in successive years for the leadership of the UWP. That has to count for something. So the challenge is for people like Montoute to use his position of seniority to close ranks in the party, if his concerns about division are sincere.
But for heaven’s sake Spider, stop undermining and demoralizing your party in public when it is poised to return to power. This only strengthens the hand of a Labour Party that has failed us and should be kicked out of office.
–Stephen V. Rosemond