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‘No Airing of Dirty Linen’ – New UWP Chairman Warns Members

Image: Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Image: Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
NEWLY-ELECTED Chairman of the United Workers Party (UWP, Guy Mayers, issued a stern warning to party members at the party’s 39th National Convention held at the Gros Islet Secondary School last Sunday.

Mayers, who was elected to the post unopposed at the party Conference of Delegates a few days ago, said party members need to end the “side-shows” and unite for a common cause, that being the removal of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government from office.

While addressing the delegates, Mayers, who succeeds Ezechiel Joseph in that position, said the party now needs to stand behind its leadership in preparation for the upcoming general elections. Key to doing so, he said, is the need for party members to stop airing their grievances in public.

“From now on, we behave as a family,” Mayers told the hundreds of delegates present. “No more washing dirty linen in public. No member of the United Workers Party should be going to the media denigrating another member of the United Workers Party. This is forbidden.”

Mayers’ comments follow numerous incidents in which party members, including Stephenson King, Mary Polius, Lenard “Spider” Montoute, Keith Mondesir, among others, have made public statements regarding the state of the party.

In fact, public denouncements of the party and its Political Leader, Allen Chastanet, resulted in Castries Central MP, Richard Frederick, being expelled from the party on August 17 last year. Mayers told members that chastising the party in public was counter-productive and urged them to use the various systems available internally to resolve their matters.

“It is time that our United Workers Party understands that when you go to the media bad talking your members, you’re doing damage to the whole family of the United Workers Party. And this thing must stop as of today,” Mayers said.

“We have one mission and that is to take the Labour Party and Kenny Anthony off the backs of the people of Saint Lucia,” Mayers told cheering delegates. “My role as Chairman is to work with every constituency branch to ensure that we are ready.”

The new Party Chairman said UWP members need not adopt the approach of the Labour Party which in the 1980s and 1990s “consistently washed its dirty linen in public”, resulting in Saint Lucians losing confidence in that party. The present focus of the UWP, he added, is to ensure that the party’s seventeen candidates and constituency branches are ready should Dr. Anthony announce the elections date.

“It’s time that we get our act together,” Mayers, a former Senator and Government Minister in the last UWP administration, said. “As your chairman, I am pleading with every member of the United Workers Party who says you have the party at heart to get on that train.”

During a post-convention press conference last Sunday, Mayers was asked by the media to issue a statement regarding Mary Isaac’s unflattering remark to Stephenson King during her vote of thanks earlier that day. In his response, Mayers resorted to the new party policy on dealing with such party matters.

“If there is a matter pertaining to members of the party, we’ll deal with it internally,” Mayers stated. “I will not speak openly about it outside of the party. There are organs in the party to deal with those matters and we’ll deal with it that way.”

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

7 Comments

  1. All those Gays in the flambo full of bullshit.

    The S L P will demolish the U W P At the next general election.
    This is already written in Heaven.
    As it is written so it will be don.
    All fall-down fot the flambo.

  2. Gay dirty linen you say?

    But Gay all of de flambo have Drty- Lining and Dirty-Mouth. lol
    Gay tell the people what your bible say about coming out from among the unclean and lying-people
    and not to touch the unclean and dirty people and things.

    Gay you say that you are a “WHAT AGAIN” in the First Baptiste Church?
    Gay come again. PIP will make you wipe with those DIRTY LINEN LOL

  3. SOM/
    This was a carefully orchestrated Wall Street style “hostile takeover”of the extreme right wing faction of a legal political machine whose sole “Pinochet” style purpose is to rivet this island firmly into the snare of the aristocracy.
    Mary performed her latrine disposal duties with much fanfare.
    Event the CONTRIVED feeble challenge by Sarah was merely washing of the party’s picket fence as nod to democratic protocol –
    a public facade.
    Like the failed boxing staging g tourney during his tourism minister stint, Chaz does have a penchant for “staging” make believe.
    I shall get back to a closer analysis of Mary’s role now and upcoming- in a few days.
    Even Josie’s article titled SQUABBLE hinted at a staged fight as in WWF.
    Once we can decode the role play book of each player in the “Hyena Junta”, we can then read the leash handler’s master plan as in the Emperor’s New Clothes.- long before Game Day.

  4. Why does the UWP still have continued use for morons, who are not capable of bringing it to the next level? Sad.
    Such can only extend Kenny’s better days. But watch the UWP insult our intelligence if they should become the majority. All their unemployable shoot-shaters will be parked in the Senate and in full force to continue and embellish their historical shoot-shating records.

  5. LOVENCE U ARE LOVE lol

    But i tell you the truth: Not one letter of the word “love” will depart from the hearts of true loving S L P’S. WHEN THEY ARE FINISH WITH THOSE ………………………………………flamboes”
    come next general election.
    The prophetic writing is written on the hearts of all true loving Lucians to put those dirty- ISIS (AKA: FLAMBO) TO R I P.

  6. Such political dinosaurs really belong to a museum. They should be waxed and dusted there regularly. I am tired of hearing more than their fair share of ignorance from such complete idiots. They have never have anything sensible to say. When given a ministry, fail to run it properly, but airing their stinking mouths as a matter of expected routine.

    It is unalloyed stupidity for a party trying to polish a very tarnished image, to revive such a relic of its ignorance and sordid past, placing that once again in the public domain. Shameless UWP, shame on you.! You stink!

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