LPM accuses gov’t of being reluctant to tackle crime and security issues

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LPM accuses gov’t of being reluctant to tackle crime and security issues
LPM Leader Therold Prudent
LPM Leader Therold Prudent

The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) is urging all St. Lucians to demand from government a greater security and justice system that can assist with the development of the island.

LPM leader Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) recently that it’s embarrassing that people do not feel a sense of security because of the increased criminal activities.

“As long as we continue to accept old ideas, ideas that have absolutely no meaning and no basis for improvement, which Dr. Kenny Anthony is presenting at the moment, then we are going nowhere,” he told SNO.

Prudent pointed to the increased number of gun-related crime, break-and-enter and petty crime as reasons people are fearful and continue to live in discomfort.

The LPM leader recalled that when the United Workers Party (UWP) was in office, his party (LPM) suggested a National Consultation on Crim to bring the people, experts and stakeholders together to find resolutions to crime.

Prudent told SNO that the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) at the time, not wanting to align itself with the LPM, came up with a “Symposium for Crime”, which was essentially saying the same things that the LPM plan entailed – and the former government did not accept it.

To date, he said the SLP is yet to implement the symposium and find any concrete avenue in addressing the level of crime on the island.

“One of the reasons why politicians are reluctant in doing so is because they are afraid of hearing from the people directly. They are afraid of constructive criticism,” Prudent stated.

He said he has already challenged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony on several security issues, but according to him, Dr. Anthony has failed to act upon them. The LPM leader said the government must assist with the overall improvement of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

He urged government to root out “corrupt elements” within the police force and provide better equipment and training. He said while some police officials are doing their best, others are not.

“An LPM government will ensure that the police have the equipment and the intelligence.”

Further, Prudent stated that the judiciary system is a failure and does not allow for a fair hearing. He advised that the government fix the current system before thinking about signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

“Unless St. Lucians are given a referendum to decide whether they want to join the CCJ then they can’t accept that. This is a democracy. If you can’t take care of your own judicial system here, how you will take care of the CCJ?” Prudent asked.

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  1. I must say I am very impressed with what the LPM has to offer. I have never seen a political outfit that has served the people when in opposition. It's time we see it for what it is and I don't see the LPM as a bad option. I think it's time to get rid of the old and put in the New. LPM 2016

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  2. No serious opposition to keep the government in check. UWP in a power struggle. Everybody wants to be boss. "See them fighting for power, but they know not the hour."

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  3. The off shore party is once again making some wonderful suggestions.
    You guys can't bake and eat the cake in New York and pass the crumbs that you'll consume to lucians.

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    • There is nothing about LPM that is off shore. Last time I checked the LPM is made up of Saint Lucians who posses very good ideas that can help the country.Off shore or not I rather entertain their idea than the set of jokers seating in the country all their lives and milking dray.

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    • The question should be whether LPM's suggestions are good or bad. It eh have nothing to do with who is producing those ideas. Last time I checked they were all St. Lucians in LPM.

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      • LPM fails to observe too that implementation of great ideas presupposes the capacity, skills and ability to execute. That is managerial pre-requisites. Obviously that is way above the ken of even the most voted for SLP candidates in government today. But this groping and SLP muddling through morons are just that. They are just very highly-educated, over-rated and overpaid chattering morons.

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  4. Respect to you Prudent. Keep on saying what needs to be said. A good idea is a good idea, regardless of where it comes from. The current lot are devoid of ideas, and they keep repackaging the same dog sheet as a gourmet meal.

    KENNY THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.

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  5. Criminals have more liberty that Law abiding citizens.

    SMH

    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755

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  6. Boy, I tink dose fellas are wishing crime would go away, that is why they eh taking it seriously. A fine of only $3,000 when dey catch you with a gun. Some criminals are carrying two guns to show how pappyshow the law is.

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