THE least talked about political party in the country, the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), seems to have found a way to establish itself as a household name in the country and to offset the balance of political power in the House of Assembly.
Therold Prudent, the party’s political leader, believes that the formula is all in the grassroots connection his party has managed to make over the past year.
“We do not have to be loud to be strong. We do not have to make a big song. The LPM understands it will not win a general election, after all we cannot do things on the scale as that of the Saint Lucia Labour Party and the United Workers Party. However we have found a way to be effective, which is working on the ground,” Prudent told The VOICE.
Prudent says that his party will be fielding five or six candidates in the upcoming general elections, with the objective of pulling votes from both the SLP and the UWP.
However, he is adamant that his party, will have at least one seat in parliament after the election
“We will win in Gros Islet. The people of Gros Islet are with us. We are doing a lot of things in Gros Islet. Gros Islet is a must win seat for us,” Prudent said.
Over the past year and into this year his party has operated several community programmes for children and youths in the constituency.
His office, which is in the heart of the town, is a buzz of activity on account of the heavy human traffic that flows through its doors.
He believes that this time around the LPM will change the political trajectory of the country forever, a change, he says, that the country is crying out for, and has been in need of for many, many years.
“All we have to do is just win a seat and that we will do,” Prudent said.
The candidates the party will be fielding in the general elections are for strategic purposes, not that it believes it stands a chance of winning in those constituencies.
Said Prudent: “In those areas (constituencies) we are going to make a significant mark. These are areas we can compete with the other political parties.”
The areas he’s talking about are primarily Dennery, Anse la Raye and Canaries.
“We are working on candidates for those areas. In fact tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. we will be having a meeting in Dennery and on Saturday another in Anse la Raye. We are going for a balance of power,” Prudent said.
He described the responses from those areas to his party’s canvassing as encouraging. The idea is to siphon votes off the main parties.
The LPM has a hands off attitude regarding constituencies like Micoud North and Micoud South, Laborie and others where either the SLP or the UWP have a stronghold. As far as Prudent is concerned it would be a waste of the very limited resources the LPM has to make a bid for those constituencies. The best move, he notes, is to work on the ground in constituencies where the LPM can shift the balance of political power.
With Gros Islet already in the bag for the LPM, according to Prudent, the next constituency that the LPM is looking to do well in is Anse la Raye/Canaries.
“We are going for balance of power,” Prudent said.
You winning nothing, but will lose your deposit this time around, again.
Give it up, and go back and help Trump in Brooklyn. You two are the same, Spoilers.
These kinds of foolish talk coming from you can only make people foolish if they were to accept your flawed logics. It’s a fact that Mr Prudent has done more work in Gros Islet than Emma’s other opponent Spider. So if he think he stands a chance I have no reason to doubt him cause he has been more visible than both Emma and Spider combine. I agree with him that there is nothing out of the realm of possibility that he can win. Gros Islet right now is that kind of seat where he can win cause most people are fed up with both uwp and SLP.
And on your spoiler comment are you saying that Spider or Emma have a lock on votes in Gros Islet? In my case I voted Spider last election but I have no plans on doing so again. If I decide to vote Prudent its my damn right to do so. I won’t consider my vote a spoil vote because I have no gains in either Emma or Spider. Learn to respect we the voters! Choops
Perhaps a more middle of the road somber tone tinged with just the right sprinkling of optimism may suffice, e.g.,
” We have concentrated the full thrust of grass roots efforts and are hopeful for positive dividends at the polls”;
A generous cross section of the residents with low socio -economic satus have embraced our forays into sustainable bread / butter or low tech economic productvity. As a result we are are hopeful for positive dividends at the polls”.
Nevertheless, this election season can be dubbed the clash of TITANS, i.e, empathic native rule nurtured by SLP
versus central banking and their neo colonial cronies @ Flambeau Inc.
Consequently you are not supporting the BROAD national interests of we the people as you pursue your NARROW aims in Gros Islet
I don’t know or can see where your optimism come from. Last election 164 votes, you try to organize a political rally in Castries (complaining with the police about permission) and on the end nobody show up to support your rally…. i think that says it all.
still,all the best with your DREAMS.
Bois pain, my boy this Election is much different from any other. Labour have never been
broke in past Elections, and this time around, Moolah seem to be raining like Manna from
heaven, (excuse me, I mean from the hot Desert) who can match that? don’t seem fair, does
it; but that’s the name of the game in the so called Democratic World today. Only God will
decide the fate of St. Lucia, and will have to stretch a hand of blessing at ‘Barboneau’.
PEACE AND LOVE.
GO PLAY WITH YOU KITTENS.
PRUDENT HOU TOLD U 2 TALK SO MUCH BULL PLEASE U WILL HAVE ALL THE TIME 2 SHOOT SHIT IN THE YEAR 5066.
HOW IS KEN AND JOSIE ?
GO PLAY DOLLIE HO– USE WITH THEIR LITTLE GIRL IN THE BRONZE N Y USA.
I WILL REIMBURSE U THE $250 WHEN U GET YOUR AZZZZZ BEATEN BY GRANNY EMMA.