I was especially proud to be Saint Lucian on Tuesday evening during our Prime Minister’s significant press conference. He deserves high praise – fulsome praise even – for his execution of that interview session. What a cosmic difference from that which we’d been ‘treated’ to in the recent past.
Hon Allen Michael Chastanet was a king-sized combination of intelligence,knowledge,information, openness, preparedness, confidence, equanimity, fluency, spontaneity, affability, obvious talent and heart:a joy to behold in action. And there’s more: in the face of all his (and the country’s) inherited trials and tribulations, he was able to tell his people that he is both optimistic and up to the challenge.
So, while we greatly rue our recent unpardonable history, let us thank our lucky stars that we (not least through our own great good sense) have escaped its stifling clutches, even as we continue to suffer the unbelievable after-effects of its burdensome reality. Shameful and criminal stuff, for sure. And I simply can’t help but wonder where the new vision would have already taken us even in this brief post-election period had the legacy handed us not been so horrendously hostile.
But let us, like our intrepid, industrious Prime Minister, adopt an optimistic attitude as we go forward with interest, patience, co-operation and selflessness.
And, Rick, I’m looking forward to hearing you give Jack his jacket, Hugh his due and Allen his gallon! I really can’t imagine you doing otherwise in this context.
— Nahdjla Bailey