Holy Black Or Not, A Kettle Is A Kettle Is A Kettle!
Anyone who continues to doubt the quality and the uprightness of the leadership of the Saint Lucia Labour Party might want to reflect on what is happening in other parties in the Caribbean that have recently found themselves in opposition. I am here from the island of Barbados which just had a general election in May which saw the defeat of the Democratic Labour Party which had been in government for two terms since 2008. Less than two months after the change of government in Barbados a former minister who was the minister of commerce in the last government was arrested in the USA on charges of money laundering and is now being tried in the US court.
The same can be said of the UNC of Trinidad and Tobago with the Jack Warner-FIFA scandal with former minister Warner paying extradition to a U.S. court. All over the Caribbean and in Saint Lucia itself, there have been credible reports of parliamentarians who have had their U.S. visas revoked. All over the Caribbean we have been receiving reports of ministers being fired from their cabinets for reasons of corruption and impropriety. In Saint Lucia, just a few months after the UWP was elected into office, a minister for agriculture from Dennery North, whose name no one cares to remember, was hastily dismissed from the cabinet leaving all of us to speculate about the reasons.
Just after one year after the UWP was elected to office all the little sons and daughters of Saint Lucia were seeing pictures on their cell phones of a minister in the ministry of finance, Ubaldus Raymond, with a red rooster in his hands like a man going to a cock fight. Who can forget the last cabinet of John Compton and Stephenson King who gave us a man convicted of Grand Theft Auto in the USA as a candidate and who gave us scandal after scandal from Tuxedo Villas gate to Taiwan gate to red envelope gate and Tom Chou gate?
It is a glowing statement on the quality and the uprightness of the leadership of the Saint Lucia Labour Party that more than two years after losing the 2016 general election and after being in office from 1997 to 2006 there has not been one credible or real instance of one of its ministers being in trouble with global or local authorities for acts of corruption and you have already clapped for that.
And yet despite being the best and only party in the past 20 years which has shown the ability and willingness to govern in the best interest of Saint Lucia as a whole, we find ourselves in a situation where the best and most prepared group of men and women have been put out of office in exchange for the worst and least prepared group of men for public office since independence. We have lived to witness the best prime minister so far, Kenny D Anthony, being cast aside for an unknown quantity, a djab en sac, a political misfit, a 'give me a try' prime minister, someone so socially and culturally alien to the soul of the people of Saint Lucia, an opportunistic pretender, a tech flow Allen Chastanet.
(From address delivered at SLP’s most recent convention in Laborie)
UWI's Dr. Tennyson Joseph addressing the SLP's most recent Conference of Delegates.