How long be­fore SLP long knives do to Pierre what they did to Ju­lian Hunte?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - Peter Josie

Cyn­ics that have lit­tle faith in pol­i­tics, and even less in politi­cians, must be be­side them­selves af­ter hear­ing the news em­a­nat­ing from the bo­som of the St. Lu­cia Labour Party. Oth­ers, more prone to ob­jec­tive ob­ser­va­tions, must have no­ticed the long dis­tance love af­fair (rap­proche­ment, if you pre­fer) be­tween a cer­tain loud-mouth po­lit­i­cal miss­fit, (who was re­jected and ex­pelled from the United Work­ers Party) and the day’s shame­less SLP. The de­ceit­ful SLP hi­er­ar­chy has em­braced that loud-mouth who has been as crit­i­cal of Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet as of them. To add in­sult to in­jury, the con­tra­dic­tions are un­fold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously, adding spice to lo­cal pol­i­tics.

Since the dis­clo­sure by Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet in 2016 that cer­tain pro­pos­als by a for­eign multi-mil­lion­aire had been in the hands of the former govern­ment for two years prior to the last gen­eral elec­tions, the SLP has not an­swered the charge. The former smart-men in the SLP govern­ment had hid­den these pro­pos­als, and did not breathe a word of them dur­ing the last elec­tion cam­paign. Those who are dis­trust­ful of pol­i­tics and politi­cians must have had their worst in­stincts con­firmed be­liev­ing that, had the SLP been re­turned to of­fice, it would have foisted the DSH pro­posal down the throats of Saint Lu­cians, and the anti-Chas­tanet hyp­ocrites would have glee­fully swal­lowed it.

I dare say that the an­tiChas­tanet and anti-UWP noises do not faze the core el­e­ments of the elec­torate who voted for change two years ago. Few peo­ple have for­got­ten that the Stephen­son King-led UWP would have won the 2011 elec­tions had the party demon­strated the courage and dis­missed the can­di­date whom the av­er­age voter from both par­ties be­lieved was a neg­a­tive force. In­deed, an HTS poll carried out af­ter the 2011 gen­eral elec­tions re­vealed that the ma­jor­ity of the elec­torate thought that the UWP lost be­cause the elec­torate did not fully trust at least one of its can­di­dates.

To Allen Chas­tanet’s ever­last­ing credit, he had the guts to mo­bi­lize the party faith­ful of the UWP who had voted him as party leader, and got rid of what many con­sid­ered a can­cer on the body politic. Chas­tanet’s UWP be­lieved the brag­gart needed to be dis­carded from the party. Of course, the re­cent de­vel­op­ments within the SLP will, I feel cer­tain, fur­ther an­i­mate the UWP from top to bot­tom.

Money is cru­cial in ob­tain­ing the crea­ture com­forts of life. Even so, the more stoic Saint Lu­cians have a place for money in their lives, which does not come close to their be­lief in the supreme power of an almighty God who pro­vides for the faith­ful, and those who obey his com­mand­ments.

It will not sur­prise the cyn­ics among us that Richard Fred­er­ick has fi­nally ar­rived on the same plat­form as those per­sons who had most dis­par­aged him, say­ing that he was the most threat­en­ing thing that had hap­pened in the pol­i­tics of Saint Lu­cia. When Fred­er­ick stood on the SLP plat­form and an­nounced that he would lead the charge to re­move Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet by this De­cem­ber, the lead­ers of the SLP were all seated on the same plat­form, ap­plaud­ing him. So why fin­ger po­lit­i­cal leader Philip J. Pierre as the only one re­spon­si­ble for Fred­er­ick’s ar­rival in the bo­som of the SLP? Pierre has never given clear ev­i­dence of po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence and strength and it seems doubt­ful he, and he alone, was re­spon­si­ble for Fred­er­ick’s pres­ence on that SLP plat­form.

The re­ported chal­lenge to Pierre’s lead­er­ship is both in­ter­est­ing and re­veal­ing, though not al­to­gether un­ex­pected. It is hap­pen­ing con­tem­po­ra­ne­ously as some SLP hacks, pre­tend­ing an in­ter­est in the is­land’s na­tional her­itage, try to frus­trate the govern­ment’s ef­forts at dis­man­tling a de­crepit and long for­got­ten prison, to build in its place a new po­lice head­quar­ters and court house in Cas­tries.

Those of us with more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in pol­i­tics know in­stinc­tively that Kenny An­thony would never ever per­ma­nently give up the lead­er­ship of the SLP to Philip J. Pierre, or to any­one else. For my part, one rea­son might be that An­thony does not trust Pierre to sup­port and de­fend him when the crunch comes, as it ought to. He may also fear that Pierre would ex­pose his (An­thony’s) lack of man­age­ment skills by the way he (Pierre) com­mu­ni­cates ideas for the so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

It is said that God works in mys­te­ri­ous ways his won­ders to per­form. Richard Fred­er­ick is a man who has spo­ken as a true be­liever about God on his talk shows. I have said be­fore about him, and I will re­peat it here, you may fool some peo­ple with your God line, but you can never fool God. Be­sides, the only path that can lead to a re­turn to pol­i­tics as a can­di­date in a gen­eral elec­tion in Saint Lu­cia is that which dis­plays your United States of Amer­ica visa for all the scep­tics to see and feel for them­selves.

What­ever Saint Lu­cians here and in the USA may think about US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, given the chance of a US visa to travel to that coun­try, the ma­jor­ity of our peo­ple would grab the US visa with both hands. And so will Richard Fred­er­ick and his friends, no mat­ter what they may say on and off the me­dia and pub­lic po­lit­i­cal plat­forms about Chas­tanet or Trump.

I re­peat: God is good, and if my friends in the UWP un­der­stand any­thing about pol­i­tics, they will know that their prayers are be­ing an­swered and that the pres­ence of Richard Fred­er­ick on the po­lit­i­cal plat­form of the SLP must be viewed as a bless­ing from God. I say no more. In­stead, I pray that the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia will wit­ness for them­selves the events that are un­fold­ing within the SLP that will make even their staunch­est sup­port­ers bow their heads in shame.

Philip J. Pierre (pic­tured) by him­self never would have per­mit­ted Richard Fred­er­ick to speak on his plat­form. It could only have been a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion.

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