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PRESS RELEASE – Is Dr. Kenny Anthony Cleaning out the Treasury? The ongoing spate of projects on the island during an election year should be frightening to all St. Lucians, even those that are benefiting directly.
Where has all that money been for the past four years?
From 2011 to-date, the Kenny Anthony administration has been unable to attract any form of direct investment. In addition, the country has recorded a 24.5% unemployment rate with a youth unemployment rate of almost 50%. As a result, the island has been unable to generate new and direct taxes from an expanding business sector and from a reduction in the unemployment rate. Where is that money coming from?
The Saint Lucia Labour Party’s culture has been one of party before country. 100% loyalty to party, first, represents 100% loyalty to country. This means that Kenny D. Anthony is more interested in his party holding on to power in preference to the economic soundness of the island.
Kenny D. Anthony is taking a huge gamble with the finances of the island and the economy of the island. His gamble is based on the premise that if the St. Lucia Labour party wins the next election, it will enjoy another four years of a cooling economy and could point out to the people the good life they enjoyed pre-election.
The second premise is if his party loses the next election, as they will, the incoming United Workers Party find an empty treasury and will have difficulty in meeting the expectations of a hungry and angry population. This will provide Kenny D. Anthony another opportunity to pursue his mischievous way of claiming that the economy was on the re-bound when he was in office and the United Workers Party does not have the capacity to govern.
This will make him relevant, as he has no intentions of retire. Being Prime Minister of Saint Lucia is the only position, which Kenny D. Anthony has held and will ever hold where he will not be accountable to anyone on how he manages other people’s money.
The United Workers Party, social partners and well intention St. Lucians should start sounding the alarm bells that Kenny D. Anthony is on a spending binge. Of course, he will counteract by stating that these people are anti STEP. This argument could be debunked by informing STEP recipients that Kenny D. Anthony is using them to satisfy his selfish political agenda because if he loved them they would not be cutting grass after four years.
They would have formal, long- term sustainable jobs. St. Lucians should demand elections now to save the island from that madness.