San­tas in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

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.

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