Letters & Opinion

A Message Retold

By Peter Josie
By Peter Josie

NOVEMBER 2014, I suggested that St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) should like and admire Allen Castanet. I deem it expedient that that message be repeated and expanded to include other disgruntled and discredited politicians. Such persons see the leader of the UWP as their barrier to the national treasury. They are therefore determined to discredit Allen Chastanet, and hope the electorate will believe their lies and distortions. In their desperate bid they accuse him of being a non-politician and lacking smooth speech and University degrees. These ‘smart’ men ought to be told that a non-politician who understands business and management is exactly what Saint Lucia needs to lead its economy to recovery and growth at this time.

These lost egotistical and failed megalomaniacs who, think themselves important, will say and do anything to get rid of Chastanet. They are afraid of facing him in free and fair elections within the UWP and in general elections. They also share a determination to steal the good name and legacy of former UWP leader, Sir. John Compton. Even those who had aided in his demise now flatter and pander to the Compton family, even as they all secretly despise that family. They hypocritically unveil a stone monument in Sir John’s memory but the people see these hypocrites (new SLP and their faux flambeau ‘friends’) as imitators and imposters, unworthy to fit in Compton’s shoes. They are a disgrace to young persons wishing to enter and participate in politics.

These jokers and their friends promised better days, but they have not (and cannot) deliver. Instead, they depend on the Chastanet family to deliver ‘better days’ by creating jobs and delivering charity to those in need. Not surprisingly all of Chastanet’s opponents depend on others for handouts from dubious sources for support. The details of such sustenance are unnecessary at this point. In any event, it is far better that such revelations should come from the mouths of the SLP and its new friends. But don’t hold your breath, my friends; plotters and connivers are not known to divulge their nefarious plots to a wise and discerning public.

In the meantime, Saint Lucia should ponder the following facts: Allen Chastanet returned to Saint Lucia and voluntarily gave up his United States citizenship when he decided to run for political office here. He faithfully served under Prime Minister Compton who made him Senator and Minister of Tourism. He supported the Government of Stephenson King after Compton’s demise. Chastanet has nevershown lust for office or asked anyone to trust him because he needed politics to make him rich and important. He certainly does not need politics to complete his persona or to make him feel important. How many of his opponents in the SLP or the UWP can say that? How many can bare their souls to public viewing? How many are prepared to put country before self?

The SLP (and the faux flambeaux), ought also to like and admire Allen Chastanet for his conservatism and openness. Such openly conservative politicians are rare in a society still recovering from past colonial dominance. There is no exaggerated need to prove himself as some of his opponents do. He has not hidden his belief that economic growth comes mostly from private sector investments and that, to create jobs and expand the tax base is his first priority. Chastanet has said that he will encourage private sector investment even as his government embarks on public sector infrastructure development.

Upon closer observation one is persuaded that Allen Chastanet is no radical – neither does he pretend to be. He is more in the mould of former Prime Ministers Lewis and Louisy. He certainly is no Foster, or Odlum, or Josie or Charles, or Compton, in their prime. Had Chastanet inherited more than fifty percent of his mother’s Irish blood, who is to say that that Irish blood (and fighting spirit) would not have set Saint Lucia alight, with inspired political protest? Had he been more Irish, he would have set those SLP and UWP pretenders asunder a long time ago. Those who criticize his skin colour should sing hallelujah; he is more like papa Chas, the likeable local Creole.

This bears repetition. Had Allen Chastanet behaved like the radical young John Compton or young George Charles, the opposition SLP (and some UWP opponents) would have had a more severe and intense fight on their hands. His lack of radicalism for which his opponents ought to be grateful, the obvious exhortations of his family and his UWP conservative friends, are holding back the young Chastanet from a path former chairman of the UWP Henry Giraudy would have taken.

Notwithstanding the doubters, there’s always a bigger and better picture in Allen Chastanet’s resume. Politicians rise to power by promising to make peoples’ lives better. They often ask people to trust them. And most people seem to fall for their empty promises. The rise of a politician owes less to proven trials and record of achievement, and more in the peoples’ belief. Disaffection with a ruling regime can fuel anger and discontent and help usher a new leader into office with his truck load of promises.

With the passage of time people are less likely to trust politicians. This is not to say that a new breed of men (and women), cannot rise and return dignity and honour to the art of politics. They can. They do this by refusing to be coerced into corruption and by governing even handedly as is expected in a democratic meritocracy. By so doing politics (and politicians) can work for the benefit of society. Positive change is more likely when politicians serve with honour, knowledge and wisdom and when guided by the principles of equity solid economic principles.

A leader whose sole acclaim was built on promises and whose rule has been marked by obfuscation and deceit rather than on performance and delivery soon disappears in the dust of history. Time will show that such a leader was never fit to be Prime Minister or to lead any political organization.

Many believe that what drives a politician is a thirst for glory and fame and the pursuit of personal ambition. Their insatiable thirst for power and office can be a costly price for a small developing country to pay. There are people who believe that politicians must not be trusted. ‘Their achievements may be admired but their vanity ought to stop us short of trusting them. Their inexplicable self-absorption should concern us deeply. Politicians should be lauded when they’re right and venerated when they’re dead but, they ought never to be trusted,’ some say.’

I beg to differ. Politics can be used to lift people from ignorance, poverty and disease, and politicians can earn the trust and grateful respect of their publics. Some politicians are able to raise politics to devotion for good deeds.

Based on his conservatism, his emphasis on job creation, his contacts with overseas developers and his willingness to work with persons of different viewpoints, Allen Chastanet is a worthy contender to be Saint Lucia’s next leader


  1. Pee-Tar’
    This is exhibit A -that you are a neo-“alchemist” (SOM, 2015).
    Unfortunately, your circa Middle Ages publishing tools are better fitted for maintaining Barons in their Feudal Castles, than elevating the aristocracy as sovereign mastas over a landless proletariat-majority.
    It is safe to state that BUSH -the son, effectively slammed the political gates of national leadership for scions of the aristocracy-ETERNALLY.
    I will focus on only one of your reptilian exhibits that attempts to beguile logical reasoning:
    Emperor CHAS GAVE UP HIS US CITIZENSHIP-in favor of lowly St. Lucia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Did you pray at the altar of Dionysus for this juxtaposition. Lucifer must be smiling with glee over your deceptive interjection.
    Your attempt to ambush the empathy of St. Lucian voters FAILs for the following logic:
    -IN which country does Chas has SUPERIOR socio-economic, cultural, ACCESS and the BENEFITS & PERKS of high brow STATUS QUO advantages?
    -In the USA Chas will not pass above the average of a NORTH CAROLINA ‘RED BONE OR HIGH YELLOW” African American (most will pass as White over him -if they choose- because his accent alone has not gone through the three generations of birthing filters necessary -to pass as an American -let alone white). Looking white is not good enough to be accepted in the status quo of ethnic WHITE POWER-in the USA!!!!
    -The slave bastard children of George Washington are still registered as BLACK.
    – Chas’ wealth would be consumed voraciously by the TAXATION structure of the IRS- PERCHANCE the REAL reason for giving up that ultra HIGH TAX BURDEN- Is that the reason for stumbling on the motive for the Civil War instead of Revolutionary War.
    No wonder he is not a REVOLUTIONARY like Odlum or Josie.
    When you are born with a silver spoon TAXES in support of social programs for the PROLETARIAT are your greatest nemesis!
    Therefore; the good life of a rich white male can best be enjoyed in St. Lucia- land where MONEY can buy the shield of OBSCURITY from tax penalization.
    The USA via the IRS will TAX you every year- NO MATTER what dirt poor country on planet Earth you were born in or reside in -on every thing you own or make money off of-
    as long as you have us citizenship-
    THEN IT BEHOOVES THE SMART rich man to jettison that very heavy USA tax burden BRACKET.
    For most rich island folks the US has been a convenient place for edu and medical visits.
    To truly live in the opulent grand aristocratic manner /manor- a “backwater” third world entity with a strict vertical economy will do.
    Now bleat after me EDDIE- ” ain’t dat da truth” in true Harlem underworld tone.

  2. Prophetic Massage:
    to all uwpppppppppp?
    peter Judas!!!!!!!!

    The ST. LUCIA LABOUR PARTY will wipe out you and your plutocrats blatantly braggarts scandalmongers stinky uwp come next election.
    as a drowning man catching and straining at a straw likewise your alla the albino..

  3. Pete ole boy, some songs so resonate about a topic /theme; the following captures the essence of the sharing-is-caring- phobic aristocracy-
    for whom you grovel so diligently:
    Money, get away
    Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
    Money, it’s a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream
    Think I’ll buy me a football team

    Money, get back
    I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
    Money, it’s a hit
    Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
    I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
    And I think I need a Lear jet

    Money, it’s a crime
    Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie

  4. Dear Pete, here is the ultimate FORTUNE-ATE SON
    -song with lyrics, composed for your benefactor.
    Do enjoy its Pentecost Revival appeal
    The following is the text version:
    “Fortunate Son”

    Some folks are born made to wave the flag
    Ooh, they’re red, white and blue
    And when the band plays “Hail to the chief”
    Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son, son
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no

    Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
    Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh
    But when the taxman comes to the door
    Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no

    Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
    Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
    And when you ask them, “How much should we give?”
    Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, one

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no no no
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son, no no no
    Writer(s): John C. Fogerty
    Copyright: Jondora Music

  5. This song is JUST 4 u Pete ole boy-just the lyrics. It is in recognition of your adulation and loyalty to the ALTAR wherein you worship.
    But if you want to see a video performance do get the live performance version

    “Sympathy For The Devil”

    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I’m a man of wealth and taste
    I’ve been around for a long, long year
    Stole many a man’s soul and faith
    And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
    Had his moment of doubt and pain
    Made damn sure that Pilate
    Washed his hands and sealed his fate
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game
    I stuck around St. Petersburg
    When I saw it was a time for a change
    Killed the czar and his ministers
    Anastasia screamed in vain
    I rode a tank
    Held a general’s rank
    When the blitzkrieg raged
    And the bodies stank
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
    Ah, what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
    I watched with glee
    While your kings and queens
    Fought for ten decades
    For the gods they made
    I shouted out,
    “Who killed the Kennedys?”
    When after all
    It was you and me
    Let me please introduce myself
    I’m a man of wealth and taste
    And I laid traps for troubadours
    Who get killed before they reached Bombay
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    But what’s confusing you
    Is just the nature of my game
    Just as every cop is a criminal
    And all the sinners saints
    As heads is tails
    Just call me Lucifer
    Cause I’m in need of some restraint
    So if you meet me
    Have some courtesy
    Have some sympathy, and some taste
    Use all your well-learned politesse
    Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, um yeah
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, um yeah
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down

    Writer(s): Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Keith Richards
    Copyright: Abkco Music Inc., Mirage Music Int. Ltd. c/o Essex Music Int. L, Mirage Music Int. Ltd. c/o Essex Music Int. Ltd.

  6. Jose smell bread and he thinks it’s coming from the direction of Allan so he is starting to sing early o’clock
    So sing Peter sing even if you are out of tune sucere

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