A Let­ter to the Pub­lisher from Peter Josie

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

I’m forced to break a self-im­posed rule set in 2017 to let sleep­ing dogs lie in their po­lit­i­cal ken­nels, how­ever poorly built. This re­ver­sal has been brought about by fair He­len’s ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to let go. The man be­haves as if Saint Lu­cia is his per­sonal piece of real es­tate be­queathed to him by his English fa­ther. We once joked that his fa­ther, about whom he has said lit­tle that any­one would con­sider flat­ter­ing, may have been re­spon­si­ble for what­ever pre­vents him from rec­og­niz­ing when to let go. To bow out grace­fully takes class, and herein lies the prob­lem. The or­ga­nized ap­plause and cha­rade at his re­cent Vieux Fort pub­lic meet­ing fur­ther ex­posed a warped char­ac­ter which you de­scribed so skill­fully in your book

At the Vieux Fort meet­ing the dis­re­spect (chal­lenge?) to the present leader of the SLP, Philip J. Pierre, was pal­pa­ble. The meet­ing was ob­vi­ously staged-man­aged to make Pierre look ef­fete and in­ef­fec­tive. Frankly, my great­est dif­fi­culty was when he claimed that fol­low­ing the 1997 gen­eral elec­tions John Comp­ton re­quested an au­di­ence with him, which was granted. Con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances, the whole thing sounded to me like pure in­ven­tion; fan­tasy. The truth, as I know it, is that the new prime min­is­ter went cap in hand to Comp­ton at Ma­haut, Mi­coud to so­licit ad­vice on what to do about for­eign gov­ern­ments and in­vestors who re­fused to take his calls. Said the Old Fox to the po­lit­i­cal lamb, “My ad­vice would be that you give the in­vestors and the of­fi­cials rea­son to re­spect you: call fresh elec­tions!”

The naked em­peror left Ma­haut crest­fallen. Could Comp­ton’s an­swer have in­spired the de­ci­sion to haul the former prime min­is­ter and his re­place­ment Vaughan Lewis be­fore a Com­mis­sion of En­quiry that de­clared they were guilty of no wrong­do­ing? As for An­thony’s de­scrip­tion of the DSH de­vel­oper as “a very clever man”, was that a late dis­cov­ery, that the gen­tle­man had played him for a sucker, string­ing him along un­til the next gen­eral elec­tions? Did he not re­al­ize that DSH was merely re­peat­ing the same hand Hy­att Ho­tel had played Vaughan Lewis in 1996, re­fus­ing to in­vest be­fore Lewis called fresh elec­tions? When will our brain-dead univer­sity-trained politi­cians ever learn?

Bear­ing in mind the Hy­att ex­am­ple, could DSH have been re­spon­si­ble for the sur­prise elec­tion date, al­most a full year be­fore con­sti­tu­tion­ally due? Could his “no talks, no talks, no talks” be a de­layed re­ac­tion against DSH, not against Allen Chas­tanet? The former leader seemed to have fi­nally awak­ened from his im­ma­ture stu­por only to re­al­ize way af­ter the fact that he was tricked into call­ing early elec­tions. Politi­cians worth their salt know in­stinc­tively when to fold ‘em; when to walk away. Suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions turn on an ac­cept­able mar­gin of profit to the in­vestor while cre­at­ing new jobs and im­prov­ing the pro­file of the com­mu­nity and coun­try.

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