Letters & Opinion

SLP Reaction Disappointing

By Alex B. Montgomery

IT is a regressive observation that certain key proponents of the Saint Lucia Labour Party and their followers are hell-bent on assuming an anti–patriotic posture, as a result of their dissatisfaction that their party did not register victory at the polls on Monday, June 6.

We urge the incoming SLP leader and executive to collaborate with other more politically mature members of the party to continue to appeal to their supporters to desist from this unproductive behaviour. Perhaps they can go further to hold a workshop or retreat for those persons so that they can get an opportunity to properly detoxify and neutralize to a level that will allow a return of rational thinking, personal responsibility and sense of nationalistic consciousness. This post – election activity should engender healing, peace and positivity. Hopefully that will allow them to quickly join the rest of the populace in working for the good and advancement of Saint Lucia. There is no need for anyone to alienate themselves, or withhold their valued contributions, nor is it necessary to spell gloom and doom for the country where you and your loved ones live, just because the government has changed.

We have come down to the shameful truth of realizing that too large a section of our island’s electorate and wider public are angry in the aftermath of free and fair elections. Evidently they do not understand what democracy and a two party system is all about. In such a political climate where the people exercise their right to elect their political leaders, one should never, ever condition one’s mind to have forever and ever one supreme leader of Saint Lucia be it Dr. Kenny Anthony or any other politician. Such thinking embodies ignorance at the most basic level and for this we blame the education system. The Saint Lucia education system needs to teach the rudiments of political science at secondary Schools and also encourage more vigorous school debates. This will banish ignorance so that our children will avoid the pitfalls of becoming compulsively one – sided thinkers, but will nurture the healthy ability to perceive both sides of issues and appreciate the nuances involved, while respecting and tolerating the various views of others.

It cannot be acceptable that persons emerge from the formal education system of this island with such low levels of tolerance and high resentment for the existence of a healthy democracy in their country. Labourites who are incensed that flambeau is in power now seem to be implying that they want dictatorship in Saint Lucia. They represent a segment of the society that does not want a democratically elected leader, which is to say, elected by the majority, and therefore subject to change. Their attitudes can be summarily construed to be an endorsement of dictatorship.

It was our learned former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony who said on the eve of elections in an address to the nation, that we should all consider ourselves a part of “Team Saint Lucia”. Well-spoken Sir, but your good intentions and spirit of patriotism have not resonated with your many followers who are now bitter and vexed because of the SLP’s defeat at the polls.

They do not know how to be honourable in defeat. They are yet to comprehend the categorically unambiguous statement made by the electorate of Saint Lucia on the sixth of June through a free and orderly elections process. They fail to accept that the people have spoken and that it is their preserve to know what is good for themselves, their country and their future.

The reasoning has been conveyed to Labourites who doggedly put party first that this incoming UWP administration were not imposed on the people in any shape or form but they still do not get it.

Many have taken to their Facebook pages to vent all manner of venom and senseless and reckless statements. Such unpalatable posts serve to deepen and reinforce the conviction of the majority that they made the right decision in voting out the SLP. The question must be asked, are these the attitudes of the individuals who want to hold the reins of leadership of this country?

AustinaFanus:
“Jason Hollingseed, I trust that you are not a proponent in the concealment of criminal activity and you have reported the vandalism to your vehicle at the Micoud Police Station.

“It cannot be right that whilst you were asleep at a residence at New Extension in Micoud over the weekend, someone would maliciously smash the windscreen of your vehicle. Let’s avoid someone else’s vehicle getting the same prescription. I expect this to make the midday news on Monday ending with, “Jason Hollingseed reporting”

Jadia Jn. Pierre
“Oh? So you thought the Labour Party was wounded and would be in mourning for five years? You expected us to go into hiding?

“After serving Saint Lucia honestly…After transforming lives and communities…After looking after the poor and vulnerable…After delivering NICE, laptops, bursaries, scholarships, farm assistance, health centres, bridges, roads, new and refurbished schools, you really thought we would be down and out and embarrassed by the election results?

Think again darling. We are proud we delivered what we promised. We are proud we did not give anybody cocaine and money in exchange for their votes. We are proud we did not promise to ease the police off drug runs in Vieux Fort. For us, it was a clean and honest campaign. We did not believe in winning at any and all cost.

“Each team member is at peace. We have accepted your choice. It is our right and our choice to gather and celebrate our hard work. If our smiles offend you, GO SO”

Last Weekend’s VOICE carried a feature on a young Saint Lucian who currently is in a state of apology after she renounced her flag and country just because she was unhappy with the election results. Other individuals continue posting negative comments like “St. Lucia end” and “St. Lucia finish”. One wonders why the island has even made it to the middle of June, judging by their apocalyptic predictions.

This type emotionalism of is unnecessary. When the electorate spoke 16–1 in 1997 was it not to a large degree the same electorate? Likewise wasn’t the anticipated euphoria of the UWP cut short? What about the members and supporters of SLP and the other smaller parties whose hope of leading this country as a powerful party is for now all but a dot on the horizon? How do those people feel? Kudos to them for they are truly a personification of political maturity.

Let’s face it, inducements of money, drugs, or personal favours as implied by some sore losers, could not have brought about such a major swing against the former government. The temptation of underhanded campaigning cannot guarantee the outcome of democratic political elections. If so it can be argued, that inducements are present regardless of which party wins general elections. The fact is: the electorate has been dissatisfied with the performance of the former SLP administration–– period. It does not mean they hate Dr. Kenny Anthony or the SLP. That does not mean that Saint Lucians are not grateful for the genuine efforts of the former administration. It means by all accounts that the electorate wants a more compassionate government that will employ a more incremental approach in governance as opposed to Dr. Anthony’s big bang strategy which was exacerbated by the negative and personalized campaign he chose to run against only two UWP politicians, Allen Chastanet and Guy Joseph.

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    Alexander The Greek:

    You are a shameless embarrassment to all Lucians, perhaps a Negro even more mentally ill than the likes of Black Pete Josie and the Naked Stripper John Wayne.

    The nerve of your low down self to ask Lucians to surrender to this oligarch of these Caucasian Slave Masters led by Tarzan Jane and Boy, displays your disgraceful niggardliness, and your elation playing your role as a House Nigger.

  2. SON OF MAN
    THIS PIECE OF WHITE/ BACKRAY / ALBINO MIX SPERM DEAD-MAGGOT
    NAME MONTGO-BAYCHIT
    WILL HAVE 2 SHOW THAT IT IS HUMAN
    THIS PIECE OF WASTED MASTURBATE FALL-OUT
    DON’T DESERVE OUR TIME.

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    DR. AL-AMEEN:

    This is the great Amiri Baraka, the father of the current Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city of Newark, of course he reclaimed his name, and rejected the religion of the white God and the religion of slavery practiced by the Negroes Black Pete Josie and his Second, Rick John Wayne; add the Infamous Negro Derek Walcott to that group of self-hating Negroes whose life’s goal is loving a pale Caucasian woman because they hate themselves, their mother, their sisters, aunts and cousins, and must show their badges of “HONORARY WHITE MAN” because they love the White Jesus so much, that they bleach their skins. Thank Allah that these Sambos will soon die and be dispatched to HELL for worshiping a naked Caucasian they say is the son-of-God, and all the other dead Caucasians and created things they worship as partners of Allah/God

    WHO KILLED BLACK LUCIANS ? WHO WROTE THE BIBLE AND SAID IT’S GOD’S WORD ?

    https://www.facebook.com/blakprophetz/videos/1102812596429057/

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    Surah Al-Araf
    Say: “I have no power over any good or harm to myself except as Allah willeth. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I should have multiplied all good, and no evil should have touched me: I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings to those who have faith.” (188)

    It is He who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord (saying): “if Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful.” (189)

    But when He giveth them a goodly child, they ascribe to others a share in the gift they have received: but Allah is exalted high above the partners they ascribe to Him. (190)

    Do they indeed ascribe to Him as partners things that can create nothing, but are themselves created? (191)

    No aid can they give them nor can they aid themselves! (192)

    If ye call them to guidance, they will not obey: for you it is the same whether ye call them or ye keep peace! (193)

    Verily those whom ye call upon besides Allah are servants like unto you: call upon them and let them listen to your prayer if ye are (indeed) truthful! (194)

    Have they feet to walk with? Or hands to lay hold with? Or eyes to see with? Or ears to hear with? Say: “Call your god-partners, scheme (your worst) against me and give me, no respite! (195)

    “For my protector is Allah, Who revealed the Book, (from time to time) and He will choose and befriend the righteous. (196)

    “But those ye call upon besides Him, are unable to help you, and indeed to help themselves.” (197)

    If thou callest them to guidance, they hear not. Thou wilt see them looking at thee, but they see not. (198)

    Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant. (199)

    If a suggestion from satan assail thy (mind), seek refuge with Allah; for He heareth and knoweth (all things). (200)

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    TIME TO PRAY THE “FAJAR”/DAWN PRAYER. THE FIRST OF THE FIVE OBLIGATORY PRAYER, PRAYED AS THE ROOSTERS CROW.

    The Roosters Crow and give praise to Allah, for at this time the Recording Angels change shift. The two Angels that were with you at night return to the Station to enter your deeds into your book of Record, and are replaced by the two Angels that will be with you till the Magrib/Sunset, then the Night Shift will return and you will hear the Roosters crow again.

    So the Holy Prophet Muhammad taught us that : when you hear the rooster crow, give Praise to Allah, because it has seen an Angel, but when you hear that donkey bray, seek protection with Allah, for it has seen a Shaiyateen/Satan. Here’s a prayer of protection from the Quran:

    Surah Al-Falaq
    In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.

    Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, (1)

    From the mischief of created things; (2)

    From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; (3)

    From the mischief of those who practise Secret Arts; (4)

    And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy. (5)

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  6. Surah Al-Kahf/The Cave

    And (remember) the Day We shall cause the mountains to pass away (like clouds of dust), and you will see the earth as a levelled plain, and we shall gather them all together so as to leave not one of them behind. (47)
    And they will be set before your Lord in (lines as) rows, (and Allâh will say): “Now indeed, you have come to Us as We created you the first time. Nay, but you thought that We had appointed no meeting for you (with Us).” (48)
    And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed (in the right hand for a believer in the Oneness of Allâh, and in the left hand for a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allâh), and you will see the Mujrimûn (criminals, polytheists, sinners), fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: “Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!” And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Lord treats no one with injustice. (49)
    And (remember) when We said to the angels;”Prostrate yourselves unto Adam.” So they prostrated themselves except Iblîs (Satan). He was one of the jinn; he disobeyed the Command of his Lord. Will you then take him (Iblîs) and his offspring as protectors and helpers rather than Me while they are enemies to you? What an evil is the exchange for the Zâlimûn (polytheists, and wrong-doers). (50)
    I (Allâh) made them (Iblîs and his offspring) not to witness (nor took their help in) the creation of the heavens and the earth and not (even) their own creation, nor was I (Allâh) to take the misleaders as helpers (51)
    And (remember) the Day He will say:”Call those (so-called) partners of Mine whom you pretended.” Then they will cry unto them, but they will not answer them, and We shall put Maubiq (barrier) between them. (52)
    And the Mujrimûn (criminals, polytheists, sinners), shall see the Fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein. And they will find no way of escape from there. (53)
    And indeed We have put forth every kind of example in this Qur’ân, for mankind. But, man is ever more quarrelsome than anything. (54)
    And nothing prevents men from believing, (now) when the guidance (the Qur’ân) has come to them, and from asking Forgiveness of their Lord, except that the ways of the ancients be repeated with them (i.e. their destruction decreed by Allâh), or the torment be brought to them face to face? (55)
    And We send not the Messengers except as givers of glad tidings and warners. But those who disbelieve, dispute with false argument, in order to refute the truth thereby. And they treat My Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), and that with which they are warned, as jest and mockery! (56)
    And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, but turns away from them forgetting what (deeds) his hands have sent forth. Truly, We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this (the Qur’ân), and in their ears, deafness. And if you (O Muhammad SAW) call them to guidance, even then they will never be guided. (57)
    And your Lord is Most Forgiving, Owner of Mercy. Were He to call them to account for what they have earned, then surely, He would have hastened their punishment. But they have their appointed time, beyond which they will find no escape. (58)

  7. Alex go enjoy your thirty pieces of sliver and stop your obsession with SLP. They are not there focus on your new massa. That thirty pieces of silver have you ti re re…you eh see disappointment yet, Wait for massa Chastanet when the thirty pieces done.

  8. Mr. Montgomery, frankly speaking, I think you have a rudimentary understanding of politics in a democratic society. Being in opposition does not mean that you have to acquiesce to the ruling party. If you do so, then, democracy will cease to exist giving way to ‘tyranny of the majority.’ In a democracy sir, you need a health opposition willing to exert pressure on the ruling party, that is why it is called checks and balances. Your phrase ‘anti-patriotic posture’ to describe those who are antithetical to the UWP administration shows your infantile understanding of what constitutes a democracy. Please sir, you have demonstrated a profound lack of maturity as a result I would recommend that you do more reading .

  9. Mr. Montgomery, frankly speaking, I think you have a rudimentary understanding of politics in a democratic society. Being in opposition does not mean that you have to acquiesce to the ruling party. If you do so, then, democracy will cease to exist giving way to ‘tyranny of the majority.’ In a democracy sir, you need a healthy opposition willing to exert pressure on the ruling party, that is why it is called checks and balances. Your phrase ‘anti-patriotic posture’ to describe those who are antithetical to the UWP administration shows your infantile understanding of what constitutes a democracy. Please sir, you have demonstrated a profound lack of maturity as a result I would recommend that you do more reading .

  10. JACQUES BOUCLE

    CAN’T U C THE MAN IS A RETARDED ?
    HE CAN’T EVEN READ HIS OWN HAND WRITING.

    I AM LAMENTING FOR ST. LUCIA IN SACK CLOTH AND ASH
    ” PLE TA PLE TWIS “

  11. Lmao! These comments are hilarious! What books do you guys read!!!

    P.S – I read 1 paragraph of Alex and all the comments. That says a lot of the garbage that idiot wrote.
    From the time I read ‘free and fair elections’ I had read enough.

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