Jn Baptiste says Ezechiel Joseph is “sitting on his backside, a lazy man”

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Former Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste (left) and current Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph.

Former Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste (left) and current Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph.

The United Workers Party (UWP) government came under some sharp criticism Tuesday night as the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) held its “people’s parliament” meeting in Castries city.

The gathering was done to allow three of the SLP’s members of parliament, who had not gotten a chance to respond to the budget in the House of Assembly, an opportunity to voice their concerns.

Opposition members had walked out of parliament at its June 20 sitting in protest of what it said was “spiteful and vindictive” behaviour by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. They also decided not to appear at the June 22 sitting of the Upper House.

The three speakers – former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, Vieux Fort North MP Moses Jn Baptiste and Dennery North MP Shawn Edward – all addressed the public at Tuesday night’s assembly.

Among the topics of discussion were the non-appointment of a deputy speaker of the House of Assembly, former sports minister Shawn Edward’s alleged involvement in a “minister account” with the National Lotteries Authority and agricultural exports.

Former Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste criticised the progress of agriculture in St. Lucia, pointing to particular attention to the island’s export of dasheen.

“St. Vincent has shipped a number of tons of dasheen to North America. You can read it. Dominica has shipped dasheen. What has St. Lucia done? When UWP came into office, they abandoned the plan. So right now St. Vincent and Dominica are shipping dasheen and other produce to the northern Caribbean and Ezechiel Joseph is sitting on his backside, a lazy man, doing nothing and all he is saying is that he is going to plant bananas,” Jn Baptiste said.

Shawn Edward

Shawn Edward

Regarding the appointment of a deputy speaker, Edward was adamant that conventions of parliament are not being observed.

He said: “I always look forward to going to parliament to engage in constructive conversations and discussions and debate, but today, the parliament has been reduced to a pappyshow parliament. The conventions of parliament are not being observed. We have had so many prime ministers before Allen Chastanet [and] everybody recognised the need to have a deputy speaker, [and now] you’re telling me that Allen Chastanet is the only prime minister in St. Lucia who can decide that there is no need for him to appoint a deputy speaker?”

The Dennery North MP said that while he and other SLP parliamentarians have tried to cooperate with the UWP members in parliament, “there are going to be days when we will put our feet down and say we are not staying in the parliament to condone the nonsense that is being done by the United Workers Party.”

On the issue of Edward’s alleged impropriety of funds at the lotteries authority, the MP continued to defend his name, as he had done at a House sitting earlier this week.

“…It doesn’t matter how much of an investigation they do into the National Lotteries Authority, they can never find one instance where I as minister or the Board of the St. Lucia National Lotteries Authority misused monies belonging to the national Lottery. They can jump high, they can jump low. They can investigate, they can come to parliament. They can take attacks at me, I really do not care. My conscience is clear,” he said.

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19 comments

  1. One shoots himself or herself in the foot, if one brings into focus what one in the recent past, actively block. If one attempt to come at a late date, and criticises that same darn thing that one previously blocked is immoral, unethical, and decadent.

    (6)(0)
  2. The UWP under King tried to implement this dasheen project. you can search SNO in 2008-2010 and see the comments about this project. Investigate and you will find that it was an SLP sympathizer who was in charge of the project and did everything so that the project would not come to fruition. Now they turn around and blame the UWP. The same thing will occur if the government does not take the lead on DSH etc.. Already the government of Chastanet is beginning to realize the harsh reality that it needs to fire all these alleged SLP surrogates to have its policies materialize. I think that is where the leadership of King and Chastanet differ. This is apparently why the SLP preferably KDA prefers and did everything in their power to keep King in leadership. With a weaker leader they can manipulate the whole situation and keep progress at a standstill.

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  3. Say what you like, if you are on the opposition side. But the SLP is suffering from acute mental infirmity.

    Whilst in power, they do little. When out of power they talk much.

    Whilst in power, they do not even help those who helped them make their living out of their repeated tenacity. When out of power they find all the things that they did not do, or see to do as a failure of the government of the day.

    Whilst in power, the SLP suffers from moral bankruptcy, when in opposition, they combine that with great flair, with intellectual bankruptcy. The result is plain as daylight. SLP cannot come up with a single new meaningful idea. SLP has no new ideas. It is just at copying badly other countries ideas. Last time it was CIP.

    Messiay, zott tonbay bien bas. From CIP, now it is dasheen.

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    • The UWP under King tried to implement this dasheen project. you can search SNO in 2008-2010 and see the comments about this project. Investigate and you will find that it was an SLP sympathizer who was in charge of the project and did everything so that the project would not come to fruition. Now they turn around and blame the UWP. The same thing will occur if the government does not take the lead on DSH etc.. Already the government of Chastanet is beginning to realize the harsh reality that it needs to fire all these alleged SLP surrogates to have its policies materialize. I think that is where the leadership of King and Chastanet differ. This is apparently why the SLP preferably KDA prefers and did everything in their power to keep King in leadership. With a weaker leader they can manipulate the whole situation and keep progress at a standstill.

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    • Dasheen will not make it, uhn. I doh tink so. You all making joke. Right? No?

      (6)(0)
  4. Is this not typical of SLP? Castro buses his sheep around to mass political rallies and meetings. Waypah! SLP does it too. Okay.

    Dominica sends dasheen to US. Copycat SLP wants the minister to hurry up and send dasheen there too! Woy. Dasheen brains. That is why Saint Lucia is so backward. Mentally lazy SLP has no new ideas. It makes one wonder this.

    Can SLP think of anything original that is not about STEP and cutting grass? Those are not even original either. Hey! Make the rest of us think that SLP can only sue people and repeat law.

    God! SLP is so borrrinnnnngg. Can we expect any fresh ideas to come out from all those grey hairs? I doubt it, we. Take a rest, man. Stop boring us to death, man. Try to stop.

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    • That project was in St. Lucia before Dominica. The stalling and sabotage allowed Dominica to take the lead and benefit. Musa's mouth must have slipped since it showed clearly that he did not remember what happened to the project.

      (3)(0)
  5. Saint Lucian MPs have no enviable record for debates anywhere and anytime, save a few in the Upper Chamber. Reading out a wish list of items that have no sound basis regarding funding, or pushes the island into unsustainable debt, does not a budget debate make.

    We in this country, because of an unfortunate and rather abysmal lack of knowledge, habitually substitute froth and fluff for substance. Not even the Chamber of Commerce does a responsible job, of putting the governments of day on notice, that they are scuppering the economy with their serial nonsensical string of budgets.

    One expects better, even a one-sided, special interest bias, coming from the Chamber of Commerce. But lo and behold, they always disappoint. Therefore, in the land of the blind saint, Saint Lucy, the one-eyed man is elevated to the rank of king. They results are patent to all but the non-partisan and educated. It is a pity that the dumb and the very stupid have to be given equal voting rights.

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    • I share your sentiments. The difficulty we have as Saint alucians, is our inability to break away from political patronage. If we were truly independent thinkers, and if we were professional in our representation of the interests of the agencies we serve, such a position of apparent surrender would not be manifest on our part. So, the Chamber, the National Trust, the Bar Association, and countless other "independent" agencies, simply take the easy way out by allowing the Government to have its way in this country. Presumably, the leaders of these agencies will find favour with the Government when they bury their heads in the sand. Unfortunately, there are many of us who are prepared to read the riot act to any Government which is not working in the interest of the people, but we do not stand a chance of doing so, because our people are so bias and unforgiving, that they will not give us a chance to do so.

      (15)(0)
  6. Awa Musa, you joking right? You guys are making yourselves and the party look really, really ridiculous. You guys are taking us for fools or what. Stop the nonsense and start doing something meaningful.

    (27)(6)
  7. O M G people you all are a whole bunch of blind mice and a pack of fools what will it take to see through this present government.

    (5)(33)
  8. The SLP party from the the six opposition idiots to all their hacks are nothing but crack heads, drunks,toothless and catapol slippers morons.

    (27)(7)
  9. Pot calling kettle black. Once Mousa place his party hacks in the ministry to secure his seat he does not give a rat's ass about agriculture.

    (27)(7)
    • Party hacks in his Ministry to secure his seat? His staff that voting for him idiot?

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      • Idiot, ask how and why the last PM was able to get a free vehicle. When you find out, use the grey matter, if you have any left, to figure out how that minister benefits with votes.

        Just in case, you are too dumb, do not blame yourself. Na-a-a-a-h! You have lots of company. Check it out. You have the legions of idle SLP STEP grass-cutters cheering you on. You are blind. Better daze.

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  10. Not unemployment, crime or the state of our roads or medical facilities in this country or anything of substance. But they on the market steps wasting the people time talking about Dasheen, Deputy speaker and doing and not doing Borbawl. Waste of Tax payers monies going into the pockets of these fools.

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  11. Don't worry with him ezechiel ,GP he have so .all the time he was sitting his backside in office what he do for the famers nothing .lazy man hungry for power in your backside .man go sleep chooops

    (36)(8)
  12. SLP sick they not in power again .you alone that will see ezechiel lazy ,you self what you do for the farmer's s******

    (24)(10)

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