“Democracy is dead in the UWP” – Richard Frederick

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“Democracy is dead in the UWP” – Richard Frederick
Richard Frederick
Richard Frederick

United Workers Party (UWP) Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Frederick claims there is rise of dictatorship in the party with little or no democracy.

“It is quite clear once you do not support Allen Chastanet or you do not totally submit to him, you are in for it,” he said.

Frederick’s comment comes on the heels of a recent decision made by the UWP General Council to have him expelled for not attending meetings and labelling a member as a political failure.

The UWP MP referred to the way in which Stephenson King was unceremoniously removed from his post as opposition leader and his employees were dismissed.

“If Allen Chastanet could treat two members of parliament, those with a voice in that manner, how would Allen Chastanet treat the average poor Saint Lucian who cannot even gain access to him?” he questioned.

Frederick said the main reason for his expulsion is for calling his colleague, Oswald Augustine, a political failure.

“Let me reiterate, Augustine has been a member of CDP, NDM, PLP and other failed political parties. He contested elections and could not put together double-figure votes. So if calling Ossie boy a political failure is not justified, I don’t know what is,” he stated.

Shifting his attention to Chastanet, Frederick accused the party leader of being destructive wherever he is.

“Chastanet’s record at Wind Jammer and Air Jamaica are destructive, they are a disaster. Allen Chastanet did his fair share of destruction on the public purse of this country. We remember him paying Hepple hundreds of thousands of dollars while poor St. Lucians could not get something to eat. Boxing in Paradise got millions of dollars through tax payers’ monies,” he added.

Further, Frederick recalled that Chastanet was responsible for renting a tent for $3 million for the FCCA conference.

“As if that was not enough, Allan Chastanet’s travel expenses amounted to hundred, nearing millions of dollars. His telephone expenses were hundreds of thousands of dollars, more than any prime minister ever incurred. Allen Chastanet is renowned for being destructive. The sad reality is Allen Chastanet has laid his hand on the UWP, doing what he doing best, destroying it. Sir John must be turning in his grave,” he added.

The UWP MP claims that Chastanet has also been successful in dividing the support base.

Frederick also suggested that the party has been “wounded” by his actions and it would take a lifetime for the wounds to heal.

“With Allen Chastanet there is and there can never be hope. However, one thing is certain before I leave, I will continue to do whatever I can for the people of Castries Central and by extension Saint Lucia,” Frederick said.

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  1. Here's the thing, Kenny expelled Sarah while he was PM with a very comfortable majority. Chastnet has not won a seat yet he is moving against two key players namely king and Fredrick.

    I can see it coming from a country mile. He needs a Castries seat to swing himself into power. he needs the kind of seat where his money can reach beyond his appeal. He sees King and Fredrick as easy targets occupying safe seats in the commercial district.

    This move shows how naive this guy is. Compton in his last foray saw the political value of both those guys, shrewd operator he was. Chastnet will pay a high political price for his lack of judgement.
    Kenny must be laughing.

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  2. Didn't Kenny Kick Sarah Flood Beaubrun out of SLP (forced resignation)whilst she held the Castries Central Seat? Was that publicized as much?

    I really thought St lucians had a problem with Richard when he won his seat,i really thought he was a criminal in their eyes? so why all the drama

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  3. VOTE IN FULL FORCE AT NEXT GENERAL ELECTION EVEN IF THERE ARE SEVERAL PARTY OR INDIVIDUALS LET THE POLITICIANS KNOW YOUR TRUE AFFILIATION DO NOT STAY AT HOME AWAY FORM THE POLLS IF YOU DO STAY AWAY FROM. POLITICAL DISCUSSION BECAUSE YOU ARE A COWARD YOU WILL TELL YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU VOTED WHEREAS YOU DID NOT YOU ARE AFRAID OF YOUR FRIENDS AND THE POLITICIANS YET YOUR ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD YOU PREFER TO COMMMIT A SIN. I'M NO JUDGE.

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  4. Flambeaus prefer winning without Richard than to win with him. “Country First”. We are not that desperate.

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  5. Our economy is in a mess because of inflation. Ie UNNECESSARILY high prices which leads to less sales for businesses therefore lower wages. Stop blaming the politicians. Blame yourselves and y'all reckless spending on nonsense!

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  6. Chastenet gave the impression that he would bring to us a better form of politics. But he just dove dipper into the sh*t than the others. Richard has yet to say what we should know. But I'm waiting patiently.

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  7. We chat nonsense as though only lucians are suffering, what about other countries in the world and islands in the Caribbean who are having even rougher times than we do. Now concerning what mr Frederick wrote about chastenet's leadership and stewardship, before we and talk shouldn't we take to heart these and see whether mr chastenet is qualified to have a seat in parliament as well as become leader of this country, Think and you be the judge, and write and talk for the sake of your future, as well as your children's future, Whether he can be trusted with our purse.

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    • St Kitts and Nevis is not, and we were doing better than them 4 years ago. St Vincent is not. The USA and Greece economy have improved tremendously.My answer to your question is "YES WE CAN"

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  8. Flambeaus prefer winning without Richard than to win with him. "Country First". We are not that desperate.

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  9. I live to see a better Helen! Richard will win his seat again, maybe Chastnet can try contesting it a be the man with the big mouth. No seat no voice

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  10. A true and experience leader would know how and when to make use of strengths of others not their weaknesses to help the party move forward in a positive direction..
    Be not afraid,time is the greatest factor,have patience...we are too much in a hurry,God is not asleep,just taking a nap.Hate is a bad thing, but I prefer to be hated by others than to be envied of.
    Politics in the entire Caribbean has gone wild,crime has escalated to heights beyond the expectations of many and it will get to that point where many will jump ship,remember Guyana? the gem of the West Indies/ Caribbean ....search the archives "Guyana in the 50's & 60'S," what happened ? unfortunately,St.Lucia is currently at the point where Guyana was in the beginning,then slowly just like termites when you do see them ,it's too late,I pray to God it's not.I plea to the authorities,those with hindsight and foresight,please ,don't allow "CRIME AND CORRUPTION RULE".
    Our main policy makers /law enforcers the wrong you do today affect many especially the mal-lay-way more than ever. Remember Mr. Compton's wife's words ...the UWP will fail the nation,we need to judge ourselves before we judge others,respect yourselves/ show respect to others...back to basics...go back to ground zero...where it all started..let us all work for the benefit and prosperity of our country St.Lucia . Remember,the politicians are our SERVANTS,why we are not demanding that they serve us as they have promised before the polls,only a few of them keep their word so far.Richard & Shawn just to mention a few.
    " Whom God Blessed ,no man cursed" Whatever you sow,that you shall reap.We need to educate our selves and stop being fooled by the politicians.
    Time will tell..
    Good bye...
    John M C

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  11. We must treasure our democracy and respect the decision of the UWP to expel whoever they wish. In the same breath we must applaud Messrs King and Frederick for standing up for their right to express their opinions. These two gentlemen seem to have assisted more poor and average Lucians than most.

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  12. When it comes to UWP there can never be a set of men like LANSIQUOT,BOSQUET, MALLET, IRA,LOUIS GEORGE . ECT, All those there now Are A set of HUNGRY LIONS

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  13. Everybody calling everybody all kinda names. Yet, how many want to stand there and take the licks. Put up your names, run for office. If you not ready to be part of the solution don't just criticize. Offer something. Cause just calling each other names not helping our country. Screaming and cussing God for creating water never saved a drowning man.

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