Santas in Saint Lucia
At the House meeting last Tuesday, all attendant MPs remembered to wish constituents and nationals everywhere Merry Christmas. In their ritual televised Christmas messages they all prayed for national unity, peace and working together for the nation’s greater good. Of course the especially cynical among us could not resist contemplating the fact that our politicians are themselves the greatest dividers of our people, to the extent they make their living from division. If only our politicians could year round keep in minds the value they seem to appreciate only at Christmastime. But then, better once a year than never.
As can be seen by our accompanying pictures, some of our political representatives took time to visit their constituencies, in the process making the children happy and supplying the old folks with reason to keep on keeping on. How nice to be visited by politicians when there’s no election in the air— and with Christmas hampers full of gifts for children who might otherwise have been without Christmas toys and other cherished kiddie items.
They seemed to get a kick from seeing in the flesh MPs whom they had seen only on TV or in classroom environments. Among them Micoud South MP Gale Rigobert; Gros Islet MP Lenard Montoute and the prime minister himself Allen Chastanet. They kissed, hugged, and joked with their constituents and about being naughty or nice there was not a word, not a word, not a word. Not from the visitors, not from the surprised visited.