“There­fore speak I to them in para­bles; be­cause see­ing they do not; and hear­ing they hear not, nei­ther do they un­der­stand.” Matthew: c13 v13 St. James ver­sion.

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

In a Novem­ber 2014 ar­ti­cle, I sug­gested the St. Lu­cia Labour Party had good rea­son to love and ad­mire Allen Chas­tanet. I deemed it ex­pe­di­ent that my mes­sage be re­peated and ex­panded to in­clude dis­grun­tled oth­ers with no party af­fil­i­a­tion. Such per­sons see the leader of the UWP as their bar­rier to the na­tional trea­sury. They are there­fore de­ter­mined to dis­credit the prime min­is­ter, in the hope the elec­torate will be­lieve their lies. In their des­per­ate bid for govern­ment they ac­cuse the PM of be­ing a non-politi­cian, in­co­her­ent and without uni­ver­sity de­grees. These ‘smart’ men ought to be told that a non-politi­cian who un­der­stands busi­ness and man­age­ment is ex­actly what Saint Lu­cia needs for econ­omy re­cov­ery and growth.

These lost wannabe mega­lo­ma­ni­acs who imag­ine them­selves more im­por­tant than the elec­torate will say and do any­thing to get rid of Allen Chas­tanet. They are afraid of con­fronting him in free and fair elec­tions, so they try and muddy the po­lit­i­cal wa­ters with a vote of no con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter. They are also de­ter­mined to steal the good name and legacy of for­mer UWP leader Sir John Comp­ton, aided and abet­ted by failed for­mer UWPs. Those who once plot­ted Sir John’s demise now flat­ter and pan­der to the Comp­ton fam­ily that se­cretly they de­spise. They hyp­o­crit­i­cally un­veil a stone mon­u­ment in Sir John’s me­mory but the peo­ple see them for what they are: hyp­ocrites, im­i­ta­tors and im­posters. They serve fur­ther to turn young cit­i­zens away from pol­i­tics.

Through­out their cam­paigns they promised bet­ter days but their ob­vi­ous lack of tal­ent pre­vented de­liv­ery. They se­cretly de­pend on the Chas­tanet fam­ily to de­liver the bet­ter days by cre­at­ing jobs and car­ing for the es­pe­cially needy, even as they plot to sab­o­tage the ef­forts of the govern­ment. Mean­while they de­pend for sur­vival on hand­outs from du­bi­ous sources. The de­tails of their not so se­cret ar­range­ments will one day spill from their own mouths as, typ­i­cally, they turn on one an­other.

In the mean­time, Saint Lu­cia should pon­der the fol­low­ing facts: Allen Chas­tanet vol­un­tar­ily gave up his United States cit­i­zen­ship when he de­cided to run for po­lit­i­cal of­fice. He faith­fully served un­der Prime Min­is­ter Comp­ton who ap­pointed him Se­na­tor and Min­is­ter of Tourism. Allen Chas­tanet sup­ported the govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Stephenson King, fol­low­ing the pass­ing of Sir John Comp­ton. We note here that Chas­tanet has never asked any­one to vote for him be­cause he needed pol­i­tics to make him rich and im­por­tant. He cer­tainly does not need pol­i­tics to com­plete his per­sona or to make him a man. How many of his op­po­nents in the SLP or in pseudo-po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions can say that? How many politi­cians can con­fi­dently bare their soul to pub­lic view­ing? How many are pre­pared to put coun­try be­fore self?

The SLP ought also to cher­ish and ad­mire Allen Chas­tanet for his con­ser­vatism and will­ing­ness to di­a­logue. Such open con­ser­vatism is com­mon­sense and rare in those new to pol­i­tics, es­pe­cially in a post-colo­nial so­ci­ety. He ap­pears to have no need to show off or to pre­tend he is what he is not, which is more than can be said about some of his more vo­cif­er­ous op­po­nents. He makes no se­cret of his con­vic­tion that eco­nomic growth comes mostly from pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ments and that to cre­ate jobs and ex­pand the tax base, govern­ment must en­cour­age the pri­vate sec­tor. Chas­tanet has promised to en­cour­age pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment even as his govern­ment em­barks on pub­lic-sec­tor in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment.

On closer ob­ser­va­tion, one is per­suaded that Allen Chas­tanet is no rad­i­cal; nei­ther does he pre­tend to be. He is more in the mould of for­mer Prime Min­is­ters Allen Lewis and Al­lan Louisy. He cer­tainly is no Ge­orge Od­lum. Or, I dare to say, Peter Josie or Ge­orge Charles. Nei­ther is he an­other John Comp­ton, for that mat­ter. Had Chas­tanet in­her­ited more of his mother’s Ir­ish blood, who is to say he would not by this time have re­acted as the Ir­ish tend to in the face of threats to him­self and his fam­ily? Those who find rea­son to com­plain about his skin tone should in­stead sing hal­lelu­jah. Allen is more like Papa Chas, a most ami­able con­ser­va­tive Cre­ole mul­ti­mil­lion­aire.

Politi­cians rise to power by promis­ing to make life bet­ter for their peo­ple. They beg for the peo­ple’s trust. Too bad some of them make prom­ises they know they will never de­liver. Such politi­cians should keep in mind that dis­af­fec­tion with a rul­ing regime can fuel anger and dis­con­tent and help usher a new leader into of­fice with his truck­load of prom­ises. At the mo­ment, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet is prov­ing he can de­liver on his elec­tion prom­ises de­spite the im­ped­i­ments placed in his way by mind­less sabo­teurs who know the con­se­quences of spit­ting at the sky. I say in sup­port of Allen Chas­tanet: For­ward ever, back­ward never!

The au­thor holds a dim view of the leader of the op­po­si­tion Philip Pierre’s (pic­tured) pend­ing vote of no con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter, and of­fers ev­ery good rea­son why Allen Chas­tanet sup­port­ers should be wary of the SLP’s his­tory!

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