“IN their last days if it were possible even the elect would be fooled”… an adaptation of Holy Writ, from memory. To the many sensible and God fearing voters on the island, the question who should lead the United Workers Party (UWP) in the next general elections has finally been settled. For staunch UWP supporters that question was settled three years ago. The doubting-toms needed more proof. Did the last convention finally put this matter to rest for such toms? Not if Anthony’s Labour has its way. The ranting and raving of the failed St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will not stop. The spotlight has however turned to the appointment of a playboy of unknown pedigree (that word again!) to represent Saint Lucia at an important international forum.
Thanks to the determination of a majority of UWP supporters one may now declare, it’s Allen Chastanet time. Others have had their time. Allen’s conclusive anointing last Sunday has set the failed SLP trembling and quaking in their shoes. The excessively corrupt who have used the SLP as a ‘legal corporate entity’ for profit maximization providing jobs for family, friends and their several women is fast coming to an end. To such greed Allen Chastanet is no longer ‘white;’ he is now a ‘bet noir’ who threatens to discover their hidden nest eggs. It’s no longer politics; it’s personal survival at all cost. And they are panicking.
Saint Lucians ought to be as concerned with the hidden nest eggs and the secrets the SLP government is determined to hide from them. Some secrets are not connected to nest eggs but are nonetheless as pernicious and diabolical. Take IMPACS for example, or the playboy’s appointment. What is known about these two by the public or by Ministers of the government?
Thankfully, Allen Chastanet’s hands have been strengthened to go for broke after this useless and corrupt SLP government. Chastanet must demand that the playboy’s appointment be rescinded immediately. He must be prepared to take to the streets until that playboy goes – period!
Allen Chastanet and his candidates must take the high ground, and lead the charge against failed SLP. He must bear in mind that it was Kenny Anthony who said that the next general elections will be a fight between his failed SLP and the Chastanet family? How he arrived at such an alignment of the forces is anybody’s guess. Surely, those with a modicum of democratic blood in their veins would by now realize that the SLP is mortally wounded and is afraid to face a pauperized and hurting electorate. To add insult to injury they continue to appoint square pegs in round holes. It must be embarrassing even to those square pegs, whose nouns and verbs are always at war with each other, to fit where they do not belong.
To their chagrin New Labour has discovered that the next general election is for the SLP government to show its report card to the electorate for evaluation and marking. The UWP election campaign must see to it that the SLP does not cheat and does not hide its report card. The electorate must demand answers to the government’s failure; while their lies and bluff not be allowed to take hold. Let the gods of vengeance spell their doom.
‘Oh discerning fate let the tolling of the election bell spell doom to the trembling hands of the nervous SLP leader.’ This refrain one imagines will fall from the lips of those who have been made to suffer under New Labour. Even the misguided who lined up under the deceitful banner now cry out for help from the gods of fate. And fate has decreed a new leader sworn to follow in the footsteps of the father of the UWP and the nation, rise to free the people from hard labour and lead them to prosperity and success.
Let us now pause and take a moment to peruse the report card of new labour. They promised transparency but delivered blinding smoke, falsehood and deceit. For this they get an ‘F’… fail! They criticized the idea of a value added tax (VAT), alluded to by the former government, calling it oppressive and anti-poor, yet introduced a 15% VAT soon after they were returned to office. Mark another ‘F’… fail! They promised an immediate injection $100,000,000.00 (one hundred million dollars) into the economy if they won the elections of 2011. It’s now four years and not a word, not a dollar, not one cent. Mark another ‘F’… fail! They have injected more economic pain and misery than previously experienced. The economy is unable to get off its death bed and even the IMF is afraid to touch that feeble sick man of the Caribbean. Mark another ‘F’… fail! Did someone say ‘doctor, heal thyself’?
But that’s not all! These fools found an exit (departure tax) imposed by the former UWP government on persons exiting the island via Hewanorra Airport. They stopped it and instead imposed a tax on water, thereby hurting the poor, who must use water every day, and hardly ever travel via Hewanorra Airport. Smart! Very smart – another ‘F’ fail! The government would today have completed the redevelopment of Hewanorra airport with the proceeds from that tax. There is more. The same fools are planning to hand over that same international airport to foreigners we know not; another ‘F’… Fail! The details of the proposed deal remain shrouded in mystery – another secret which Allen Chastanet and his UWP must discover and reveal soonest. And who can forget Rochamel? Another ‘F!’
Then of course there was the insult to the vice president of the USA, and the secret appointment of a representative to ALBA and/or Venezuela at that same time which long remained a secret. And who can forget that smart American who had taken the sister island of Grenada to court for the same reasons he has Saint Lucia even though his precious drilling equipment for black gold is yet to arrive on the island – mark two ‘Fs’… fail! We may wish to compare this to recent news out of St. Kitts where a French company is soon to commence oil explorations.
On closer examination one must ask whether Saint Lucia is experiencing a curse under this clueless government. And did cluelessness extend to an error in the correct constitutional authority to sign an agreement for exploring minerals and oil deposits in Saint Lucia territory? As if the list of misery to which new labour has subjected this island was not enough, there has not been an audited report of the government finances for longer than one cares to recall. Why did the government challenge the long standing practice that the leader of the opposition chairs the parliamentary finance sub-committee? In addition, the IMPACS fiasco will not soon go away. The island has suffered the loss of one of the best liked and respected police commissioners arising from the secret IMPACS report. How many more ‘Fs’ are these? What is the Government hiding and why?
Together the above can best be described as ‘Labour’s Painful Secrets.’ Having failed to deliver their wild promises they now resort to a regime of silence, hiding. Their ‘in-your-face’ public meetings further emphasize Labour’s painful failure. They speak and say nothing. They act as if they are the opposition. Enough! Go now, losers to where you belong … in the opposition. Go now, please!