THE words which I choose to describe the first sitting of the 11th session of the Parliament of Saint is a ‘class is class.’ Yes, and before Tuesday, the few men I had personally observed who exuded the type of class I refer to here include such greats as Sir Garnet Gordon, Sir Leton Thomas, Vincent Floissac, Sir Allen Louisy and Sir Wilfred St. Clair Daniel.
Such class is defined by the manner these examples carried themselves, by their gait and stature, their ready smile and gentile manner and by the words of wisdom which escaped them no matter the interlocutor.
I was reminded of these Saint Lucian greats when I listened to the policy address as presented by the Governor General, Dame PearletteLouisy in the joint session of Parliament. I am aware that that speech represented the policy direction of the new Saint Lucia government headed by Allen Chastanet. It certainly reflected the deeply held belief of many Saint Lucians who prayed for change, including of course, many Labourites.
There were no veiled innuendoes, no airing of past political greviances, no scandalous assertions and certainly no threats. This is how persons of class and intellect behave and speak. On the government benches only Guy Joseph appeared in a colour which may have betrayed his party affiliation. I hasten to add, that yellow is a preferred colour for some persons just as sky blue is for me. But no one can deny the red-tie intent of the sour losers opposite.
Finally, I liked the fact that no specific date was given for the opening of St. Jude hospital at Vieux Fort. I feel certain the Prime Minister and his Minister of Health will see to it that that hospital is re-opened as soon as possible. I have tried to find something which needs improving in that Throne Speech and so far I have discovered none. Congratulations are therefore in order. Saint Lucia can continue to breathe easily and live in hope. That first sitting of the new parliament was a class act. Well done guys and try your best to maintain that standard.