Regrettably, Saint Lucia’s prime minister and minister of finance Dr Kenny Anthony’s New Year’s address sought to express a sympathetic twist — with the expectation that our people would gravitate to it, so that his flaws and carelessness do not emerge strongly in the media by unions and opposition party members.
Many of the points that the prime minister and minister of finance made as solutions to our economic troubles are outdated and now that “push has come to shove” all sad numbers that reflect badly on our nation are coming to the forefront. So it makes our people think, “Well, boy, we have no choice but to live within our means if we do not want the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to finish us off.”
Many observers predicted the upcoming economic troubles years before Dr Kenny Anthony and his economic team. But, when politics is used to cloud peoples’ mind about “better days”, all that is left when reality hits is, “Kenny lied to us!”
While opposition voices have been preaching the following for over two years now:
• That compensation of workers should be commensurate with worker productivity and eventual impact on overall output.
• That borrowed money should be invested in high return project initiatives
• That STEP, NICE, SMILES is wasteful spending
• That worker productivity should be the outcome of “On the job training and education.” Education should not be the only indicator because productivity is measurably identified overtime. On the job training defines an immediate impact to output and development.
Additionally, Dr Kenny Anthony said nothing about how the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration intends to reduce crime on the island – a vital problem that, if reduced, will help foster self-sufficiency practices on the part of our citizens.
Furthermore, when Dr Kenny Anthony said that the rest of the world “Will invest in us only if they have an interest to protect” — this is a very scary statement.
It speaks to the fact that both Dr Kenny Anthony and Stephenson King have been selling Saint Lucia for a lot less than it is worth.
Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant. He is an advocate for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality; the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) critic on youth initiative, infrastructure, economic and business development. He can be reached at [email protected]