Frederick stands by his King

By JERRY GEORGE

Castries Central MP Richard Frederick

Castries Central representative and United Workers Party (UWP) member, Richard Frederick, has extended an olive branch to the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP.)

On the morning show on Real FM (91.3) this morning, Jan. 23, Frederick said he “supported King 200 percent” and that if the SLP approached him for advice on any matter of national interest he won’t hesitate to offer his provide his expertise.

He prefaced his comment with a reference to the fatal confidential letter to ousted Opposition Leader Stephenson King from UWP Political Leader Allen Chastanet.

In the letter, which was leaked to the media,  Chastanet chastised King for accepting an invitation from Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony for dialogue on the situation in St. Lucia following the Christmas Eve trough.

In Frederick’s view national matters superseded partisan politics and King did the right thing.

Dr. Gale Rigobert, the UWP’s deputy political leader and parliamentary representative for Micoud North, has been recommended to the governor general to replace Stephenson King as opposition leader.

At an extraordinary meeting of the UWP’s National Council on Sunday, 50 delegates voted against King remaining as the leader of the opposition while four were in his favour. Six abstained.

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27 comments

  1. Chastenant has been a failure and will always be, ask him what happen to Air Jamiaca everything he places his hands on turns to dust.

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  2. Who fired Marcus Nicholas from the UWP party in 2002 STEPHENSON KING AND VAUGHN LEWIS for going against the party constitution. What goes around comes around. Who is all edged to have Slap KING. Why is Kenny tight LIP like KING on the visa revocation?

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  3. Frederick,Frederick,Frederick. My ass

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  4. King talked about being betrayed,did he not betray sir john for vaugh lewis? my how can u forget that. lmp was more of the opposition than king, time to move on. it ain't easy to see your pay packet cut by a few thousands. then again richard will pass ah ting.

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  5. frederick knows that the issue he raised regarding advice and king's issue regarding attending a meeting as leader of the opposition are very different and separate issues.
    If someone is asked for advice in his personal capacity(or as an MP)he or she does not have to mention or discuss this with anyone including his party leader.However,if someone is invited to a meeting in his capacity as leader of the opposition in the house to discuss the government's policies in terms of responses to the disaster which had hit St.Lucia,if the leader of the opposition in the house is not the leader of the party,then the intelligent,courteous,appropriate,(legal in terms of the party's constitution:the organization has a structure and organization chart)was to inform the party leader ,who if he is an effective leader would then call the other mps' to a meeting to discuss and provide King with their constituents's needs so that he can articulate at the meeting on their behalf since they were not invited.Also he would be taking to that meeting his party's suggestions in terms of how the recovery efforts can be approached.
    This is the approach which should have been taken in the interest of the uwp constituencies and the rest of the country by extention.
    This was not possible because King treated the invitation as a personal invitation(it was not)ignoring the fact that as leader of the opposition (a position given to him by the other mps,with the blessing of the uwp executive and the party in general)he must put forth the collective views of the other mps in their absence including the views of the party.
    King knows that,however for reasons only known to him chose to do otherwise.
    Frederick is trying to be smart by saying if he is asked for advice he would assist.However,he knows if asked as an individual or even as an mp(not that slp will ever ask Frederick for advice-they don 't need it)he does not have to tell anyone,but as leader of the opposition he (if he is a genuine member of the party and acts in the interest of the party)would discuss this with the other mps ,and the party leader.
    One question.Would King have gone to such a meeting without discussing it with Sir John?
    Let's not forget Kenny's action(deliberate,)in this matter.Given the nature of the disaster Kenny should have invited all the opposition mps to that meeting so that they could adequately give reports of the damage to their constituencies and suggestions as to how to tackle the problems.Any leader who was interested in the development of the whole country and not partisan politics would have done that.
    He forgot that after tropical storm Debby he and all opposition mps were invited to such a meeting.

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    • What Kenny did is true governance, after all Allan is the real massa and undermining King. Because that is past politics, the PM invited King in the capacity of leader of the Opposition so saying Kenny's action is deliberate is utter rubbish. furthermore Allan press statement about King taking the letter to the party to decide who is best to attend such meeting, here he is saying King is not competent, King cannot attend such meeting and make a valuable contribution, which I think is ridiculous. The man the led the country and made decisions wile you were part of his cabinet, today you are saying he cannot make a valuable contribution in the nation's recovery after the Christmas trough. The same man that started rebuilding the nation after Tomas....My goodness!!!
      Beware of Chastanet

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  6. Richard is for King? How pathetic and self-serving too.

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  7. I think Frederick should go back to being independent an convince King to do the same cus they not goin to loose they sit next elections this should keep them as MP's the way their voters want it an surly will keep them from UWP or SLP degrading offers of snake an dog fight

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  8. How sad for Saint Lucia's progress and development. Listen to our wannabe leaders. They talk and act like jammet... greedy, selfish and divisive... both political colors ...not different...do not expect any progress soon.

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  9. Sure he is going to stand by his king, after all he had the power to do as he pleased. Whenever he pulled his strings his king would dance. Chastanet may not be the man for the job but king has no backbone and needs to step aside. Let someone with balls run the party.

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  10. I dnt think chastanet wants to take care of our country. He wants too sell it. And he's goin to get reed of anyone who's goin to stand in his way

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  11. lets sit back, relax…..and enjoy the CIRCUS show.

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  12. YOU ARE THE ONE INFLUENCING KING WITH HIS SHITT ASK FOR YOU.ALLAN SHOULD HAVE FIRED YOU LONG,CAUSE YOU THE REASON WHY THE PARTY LOST.TIME WILL TELL I KNOW NOW EVERY BODY WILL REVEAL THE PARTY SECRETS CAUSE YOU ALL CAN NOT DEAL WITH CHANGE.

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  13. what this highlights to me is Chastanet's divisive leadership style. My question is, was King's action (weather right or wrong) worth that kind of divisive fall out that the UWP is having???? sometimes as a Leader you shud be shrewed enough to be able to weigh things and "lose" some for the greater good. "Torneer mun"

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    • "sometimes as a Leader you shud be shrewed enough to be able to weigh things and “lose” some for the greater good." ... perhaps that is exactly what has just happened with respect to Stephenson King. Just saying!

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  14. chasnet is there for himself

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  15. i agree with fedreick 100 percent urll wunna be bitchy to king take wat urll get he dammm rite

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  16. Of couse, because he was able to manipulate his King.

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  17. The fun now begins. Don't be surprised if Frederick crosses.

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    • Crosses to where, may I ask? To the party (the SLP), whose leader once described Frederick entry into St Lucian politics as the most troubling development in St Lucia's political history? Did you forget the "I know, you know, what I know" incident between the 2? Should i go on?

      I know that politics makes strange bed fellows (anyone say Vaughn Lewis), but 'bon dieu'!

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    • As a Flambeau I would like that.

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  18. If the Labour Party knows what good for it, it has better say far, far away from Richard's Olive Branch

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  19. Joke joke joke

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  20. I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN CHASTANET AND TO MAKE IT WORST MR JOSEPH IS LIKE A LITTLE PUPPET AND CHASTANET IS PLAYING HIM LIKE A FOOL. I WILL SUPPORT KING AND RICHARD ALL THE WAY.

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