Below is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister in response to Parliamentarian Guy Joseph who along with another member of Parliament received parking tickets on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Yesterday, Hon. Guy Joseph, the parliamentary representative for Castries South East, made certain public pronouncements to the effect that the government of Saint Lucia was involved in a conspiracy designed to embarrass and belittle him.
It transpired that during yesterday’s sitting of parliament, a vehicle belonging to Mr. Joseph was ticketed for what a police officer considered illegal parking. At the time, the entire cabinet of ministers was within the parliament chamber attending to the people’s business.
For the Castries South East representative to even suggest that a police officer going about his or her lawful duties was actually being directed by the government defies logic. Indeed, while Hon. Guy Joseph is well-known for making statements entirely bereft of factual content, this allegation of his that the government of Saint Lucia is involved in a conspiracy against him, simply because his vehicle was ticketed, is ludicrous to say the least and certainly beneath the dignity of a parliamentary representative.
It may well be that during his party’s tenure in government that Mr. Joseph and his colleagues often gave directions to the police and he has now come to believe that this is the norm for governments. The government of the Saint Lucia Labour Party rejects that sort of behaviour and has never engaged in the same as it recognises that there ought to be no impediments in the way of law enforcers in the execution of their duties.
The government, therefore, condemns in the strongest possible terms Mr. Joseph’s frivolous accusation that the political directorate was somehow involved in yesterday’s ticketing of his vehicle, and calls upon him to withdraw the same whilst issuing an appropriate apology to the hardworking police officers.