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Every Amazing CMO deserves a Supportive Prime Minister like Chastanet

Madam Editor,

It’s early days yet, but I think congratulations are in order to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for the manner in which he is leading this country in this time of crisis.

It takes my mind back to the months before the last general elections when the Labour Party did all it could to tarnish Mr Chastanet’s reputation as being incompetent and lacking in leadership. The United Workers Party did not buy it and come election day; the electorate didn’t buy it either.

In fact, in the nearly four years since Chastanet’s party has been in charge of the affairs of this country, we have done much better than we did under the Labour Party, especially its tenure from 2011 to 2106.

But it is the Coronavirus pandemic that has really brought out the best in Allen Chastanet, the cool and methodical manner in which he has led our country at this most difficult time has been truly revealing.   Mr Chastanet has shown not only his capacity to take tough decisions, but to do so at the right time. He has not done it alone and here I want to say “well done” also to our Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George and her team. They too have really led from the front and deserve the eternal gratitude of all St Lucians, regardless how this pandemic turns out.

The Prime Minister fell sick during that time, but still stayed on the job, getting tested and jumping right back into it. That’s what leadership is all about.

One of the ironies in all this was that the opposition from day one was busy selling the narrative about  using the pandemic for political purposes even when they were the ones who started playing politics when Mr Pierre made his irresponsible statements in Dennery for which he has never apologized.

In this first assault, Mr Pierre sought to paint the Prime Minister as being irresponsible, claiming that he had “refused” (his words) to go to a regional meeting on the virus, that was  held in Barbados.  He also alleged that Mr Chastanet had been heard on the phone asking for a drink somewhere, as though  that had anything to do with anything, but the objective was to make the Prime Minister look as bad as possible.

Earlier on, another former Labour Senator circulated what he called his “two cents” of advice on handling the pandemic but here again, the motive was clear, cautioning about “politics” but failing to mention that it was his party that was introducing politics into what was and still is a national crisis.

Even in the House of Assembly last week, Mr Pierre grudgingly supported the government’s state of emergency measure, claiming that his party would remain vigilant because of some silly unidentified suspicion.

But the Prime Minister has stayed focused and has exemplified his deep humanity once again in the manner in which he is leading St Lucia in this time, appealing for discipline among our people, urging them to ensure their safety and making it clear that this was his main priority.  It has been something worth noting.

–Marlon Serve
Vide Bouteille, Castries

1 Comment

  1. Please put politics on the back burner for now.This is not a time for petty party politics people.
    If anything we should practice some interconnectedness as a small nation State and put petty
    politics inside the freezer for now. Chastanet is a business man, his father is a very successful
    businessman and so was Michael’s father.Allen is wired with DNA you cannot take away from
    him – that’s life, it is what it is – some’s got it, some not, s’est la vida my friend that’s life; don’t
    worry, it kills. Look at me, by the grace of God I’m still around, you wont believe what I’ve been
    through, I will prepare it so one day someone will write an Obit, undoubtedly and respectfully.
    The man’s DNA propels the engine of his being, men such as J.Q. Charles, even Elwin in his
    little Boutique; business minded people just keep going. I thank God every day for all St.Lucians.
    like George Charles, a good friend of my relatives, out of the goodness of his heart he fought for
    us from the very beginning, and today bless his soul, he is at rest, no worry. I thank the Almighty
    daily for you all – St. Lucia is blessed – today we thank the Cubans; appoint Security for them all.

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