PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucan electorate is once again being treated with disdain and contempt by Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and his Cabinet of Ministers.
After weeks of practicing aggression and spewing insult and abuse towards every sector of the Saint Lucian society, the SLP Administration has taken its “road show of arrogance” to another extreme.
In the continued perpetuation of a modus operandi which is marked by blatant disregard for the will and welfare of the electorate, Prime Minister Anthony and his cadre of ministers have now announced their decision to use the setting of a SLP political meeting to: “report on the programmes and policies …. including recent diplomatic decision” of government.
This announcement comes after Saint Lucians have been persistently and openly expressing their concern and disgust over the policies of the current administration which have been impacting negatively on their livelihoods and the image of our beloved nation.
These major issues which have now become popular concern among the electorate include: the impact of VAT particularly on medicine, membership of the leftist ALBA Alliance and Saint Lucia’s relations with the US, the escalating incidents of violent crime and the absence of government policy, significant job losses over the past year, and full disclosure on the agreement with Grynberg and implications for Saint Lucia, among others.
It is clear by their approach and pronouncements over the past weeks that the government of Saint Lucia displays very little regard for the democratic rights of Saint Lucians.
It is also apparent that the prime minister and his cast of ministers have no appreciation for the distinction between political practice and their responsibility as custodians of the government. This explains their decision to resort to addressing issues of major national importance via the avenue of a St Lucia Labour Party public political meeting.
The United Workers Party condemns this display of gross disrespect by Prime Minister Anthony as relates to giving account of his stewardship to the Saint Lucian electorate.
We say to the prime minister that the Castries market steps is not the forum to talk to Saint Lucians on national issues. Neither is the market steps an avenue to allow for dialogue or for him to be challenged concerning the policies of government which have to date only brought increasing hardships to Saint Lucians and all sections of the economy.
We expect that Dr. Anthony will step down from his pedestal of political posturing to fulfill his responsibility to the people of Saint Lucia by upholding one of the tenets of good governance i.e. accountability.
The United Workers Party along with many Saint Lucians therefore looks forward to an announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister scheduling a press conference at the soonest when Prime Minister Kenny Anthony can account to the electorate on his stewardship and be subjected to questioning on the policies of his failed administration.