Kenny You Can’t!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LCOMMENT - By Lu­cia H. Best

In­quir­ing minds want to know: Is ca­lyp­so­nian Papa Vader the one who has started the ca­lypso sea­son early with “You can’t” or was he hired to write the par­tic­u­lar song for the pur­poses of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party’s elec­tion cam­paign?

Kenny An­thony and his red­min­is­tra­tion are leav­ing no cess-pit un­turned in their ef­forts to dis­tract the peo­ple from the day’s se­ri­ous health and bread and but­ter is­sues. The ob­jec­tive is mass dis­trac­tion by any means, at what­ever cost to the coun­try. What was the prime min­is­ter’s ob­jec­tive when he at­tempted to sling mud all over Allen Chas­tanet from the IMPACS bucket?

There has not been a day when this SLP red­min­is­tra­tion has not tried to make the op­po­si­tion re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery evil in this coun­try, from voodoo to un­em­ploy­ment to IMPACS. Didn’t this red­min­is­tra­tion in­herit a monthly stipend for stu­dent nurses; didn’t it in­herit a stipend for teachers at­tend­ing train­ing school to help them off­set some ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with ad­vanc­ing them­selves to serve the peo­ple? Didn’t it in­herit a sub­si­dized school trans­porta­tion sys­tem to take stu­dents re­sid­ing out­side Cas­tries safely to and from school?

Why were these in­her­ited good UWP poli­cies dis­man­tled? Is the SLP able to dis­man­tle only the good? In the face of a dis­ap­pointed and ag­grieved na­tion, this SLP leader seems to be­lieve in his heart that a catchy ca­lypso by a beloved per­former will pull the wool over the eyes of the peo­ple? Kenny you can’t!

It is a fact that this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s achieve­ments are over–hyped, while its many gi­ant fail­ures, in­clud­ing the new Ci­ti­zen­ship by In­vest­ment Pro­gramme, mount­ing pub­lic debt and the ques­tion­able an­nounce­ment of an imag­i­nary Di­a­betes Re­search Cen­tre for Saint Lu­cia are se­creted away from the pry­ing eyes of the pub­lic. Well, guess what? Even if the coun­try is po­lit­i­cally di­vided, when it comes to cov­er­ing up your unim­pres­sive track record, Kenny you can’t!

This cadre of politi­cians who cre­ated a mon­ster in the form of the IMPACS In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Re­port is also well known for yet an­other mon­ster called “Bet­ter Days” cre­ated by feed­ing the peo­ple co­pi­ous amounts of false prom­ises. Now on the road to a na­tional elec­tion, the Kenny An­thony ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­sort­ing to child­ish and ran­dom at­tempts to pass the buck on to the mem­bers of the Op­po­si­tion. Please Mr. Prime Min­is­ter, take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this na­tional se­cu­rity dis­as­ter. The prime min­is­ter is try­ing to im­pli­cate the Op­po­si­tion, but Kenny you can’t!

The harsh re­al­ity that the prime min­is­ter has been mask­ing and su­gar–coat­ing for the sake of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ence is that the Saint Lu­cia econ­omy has ex­pe­ri­enced con­sec­u­tive years of de­cline un­der his watch. We re­fer back to de­clines in 2012, 2013, and like­wise wor­ry­ing con­trac­tions in 2014 and 2015. By all in­di­ca­tions Saint Lu­cia’s fis­cal po­si­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated un­der Labour. So when Kenny An­thony wants to make the peo­ple for­get that they were sim­ply ex­ploited for votes in 2011, Kenny you can’t!

In fact this Labour party has proven it lacks the skills set, in­tel­lec­tual agility and cre­ativ­ity to steer the ship of state. It has had the chance to prove it­self and has failed mis­er­ably. The United Work­ers Party warned the peo­ple that putting a Labour gov­ern­ment into power would sink this coun­try into an abyss of hope­less­ness. Now it is time to show slate, and the red­min­is­tra­tion wants to avert a land­slide de­feat. Kenny you can’t!

The so-called shrewd eco­nomic poli­cies of Labour have proved to be any­thing but. The na­tional debt has long sur­passed 80 per­cent of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. A truly shrewd prime min­is­ter would have tried to re­verse this trend by de­creas­ing the pub­lic debt. Af­ter four years, Kenny An­thony thinks he can make the peo­ple for­get how this gov­ern­ment sought to cut pub­lic salaries by five per­cent. Oh, no, Kenny you can’t!

Dr. Kenny An­thony, his cab­i­net and their cronies are still talk­ing about “the cir­cum­stances” they in­her­ited from the UWP. As it is, Labour’s poli­cies have ex­ac­er­bated pre­ex­ist­ing chronic weak­nesses in crit­i­cal sec­tors.

There has been an em­bar­rass­ing nose dive in Saint Lu­cia’s Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness stand­ing. The stoic Cham­ber of Com­merce tried keen­ing qui­etly but as things un­rav­eled un­der this gov­ern­ment some is­sues came to a head. With no ob­vi­ous suc­cour forth­com­ing from this SLP red­min­is­tra­tion, the Cham­ber has had to go the way of the me­dia to high­light its anx­i­eties.

Saint Lu­cia’s de­vel­op­ment in tourism, con­struc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, agri­cul­ture and the much touted for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment does not sup­port this gov­ern­ment’s propen­sity for self–praise. These sec­tors have been slug­gish at best. The in­cum­bent reeks of bad man­age­ment of Saint Lu­cia. So when the prime min­is­ter is seen danc­ing on TV and declar­ing he is a cham­pion ready to do cham­pion things, well, Kenny you can’t!

Come ca­lypso fi­nals 2016 will Kenny An­thony try to outdo Steven­son King by mak­ing an ap­pear­ance on stage?

In­quir­ing minds want to know is Papa Vader be­ing fi­nanced by state-funded cre­ative in­dus­tries?

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