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LPM denounces Alva’s statements

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LPM leader Therold Prudent

The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon Saint Lucia’s Foreign Minister Alva Baptiste to tone down his hateful and divisive political rhetoric towards the leader of the United Workers Party, Allen Chastanet, and members of the Saint Lucian media.

Speaking immediately after viewing a video of Baptiste address to members of his party last weekend in Vieux Fort South, Prudent said, “Hon. Alva Baptiste insidious politics do not mesh with the important responsibility and position he holds as Saint Lucia’s external minister.”

Prudent continued, “You cannot, on one hand, purport to represent the nation abroad and proclaim to the world a ‘unifying sentiments’ at home, while simultaneously, when in the presence of Labour party colleagues, behaving in a manner so inconsistent with the dignified temperament expected from a foreign minister.”

It is for this very reason that Prudent reiterated the LPM’s earlier calls to Saint Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony to consider restructuring the Ministries of Tourism and External Affairs.

According to Prudent, Saint Lucia might be better served if these ministries were not headed by elected officials. These two ministries, the LPM believes, are too important to the livelihood of the nation to be entrusted to the care of politicians with divided responsibilities and loyalties to constituents, party, and country.

“How can Hon. Alva Baptiste and the Labour Party government believe that they can wage an effective foreign policy on behalf of the country when the rest of the world, through the availability of social media, witnesses so-called dignified men behaving like political bullies and vagabonds towards their political adversaries?” said Prudent.

You can never effectively represent the interests of an entire nation abroad, if you consistently insult and belittle other citizens who find themselves at odds with your political persuasions.

Prudent also alluded to a statement by Baptiste in which he mockingly proposed offering short-term employment through the government-backed charitable programme called STEP to a particular journalist.

This alone, said Prudent, “revealed a lot about what the Labour Party truly believes about the plight of the poor and unemployed in the country.”

“Hon. Alva Baptiste and the Labour Party government are in dire need of a reality check—one that will eventually teach them the virtues of humility and reconfirm to them, that despite the apparent height of their positions, they are still servants of the Saint Lucian people.”

Prudent also questioned the silence of Baptiste’s colleagues in the government, saying that their refusal to condemn his behaviour is no doubt an unspoken endorsement of a dangerous brand of politics.

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34 comments

  1. Labor and Alva was elected to serve the Nation, have Labor live to its promises and expectation, it's not Alva job to tell us who TI CHAS is, we know. Flabeau wasted five years of this country and its citizenry life, the reality is we don't expect any difference from Labor.For all these reasons and more, it's LPM TIME....REAL

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  2. I meant harry

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  3. harp pay jell karkar

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  4. Pius you are belittling yourself. This is really unfortunate. People like Alva could easily take advantage of such ignorance. Time to wake up, bro.

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  5. Alva Baptiste is just an idiot! Shame on you! Very condescending!

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  6. First time I ever see so many comments on Prudents Press Release...Oh, the same old desperate flambeaus...poor jab...Sar Feb!!

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    • You talk about Prudent??? I can count for you a great number of press release that Kenny and Jaidia put out and no one ever sh.t on it. I respect what Prudent and his party put over the crap the Leo Clarke, Jaidia and SLP puts out. The LPM and them always makes for a more interesting read.

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  7. Alva baptiste continues to refer to LABORIE as the republic of laborie.He says this foolishness while in his capacity as MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    He says this in the presence of the prime minister and other ministers.
    Surely,the prime minister should be able to tell Alva to stop talking like an idiot.He should know better.

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  8. Is you to know who I am

    AA look it Alva can't even walk in the footsteps of Chastanet? What crap I'm I hearing? A failure at Air Jamacia your father doesn't think you're worthy to run the family business and suddenly he is good enough for Lucian's? My God white folk still have you all under manners

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  9. Yes. He needs a wake-up call. Putting our political affiliations aside, our politicians and public sector employees are servants of the state/people. We cannot afford that attitude especially in the world we live in now. The time for that sort of politics is long over, and our younger generations need to stamp it out. Totally unacceptable!!

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  10. OKAY EN ROUGE EDIOTT...STEP ALONE YOU CAN WORK ANYWAYS.

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  11. The problem is that Alva said, "over my dead body will Allen Chastenet be PM of Saint Lucia," now what if some twisted person took his challenge and arranged that, what if Alva is found dead before the next election? Be careful what you wish for because wishes do come true...sometimes, I'm still hoping to win the lotto though :).

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    • Alva also called Chastanet an "enemy"...and he declared war on him. Now if Chastanet is found badly hurt or God forbids dead and presumed killed somewhere would we not be correct to recall Alva's direction or the sentiment he had expressed? Think about it.

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  12. Alva cannot even put food on the table of citizens and he saying chastnet will never be prime minister. He better look for the ... better days they promise to the lucian people. he forget is the hungry people that put him there?

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  13. Now its confirmed that Step is a last resort and sentence to street hooligans. SHAME ON YOU ALVA BAPTISTE FOR BEING SO CONDESCENDING. Neg mawon

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  14. We must understand that governance goes beyond party. This article is on point!!

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  15. Again, On point with this article!!

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  16. Agree with LPM. Some of these politicians aren't fit to run a bath, let alone the country. Let's see how they would get on in the UK/USA - they have no experience to speak of, yet they swan around like they own the place.

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  17. Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

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  18. I agree with Prudent. Our politicians need to know that we no longer live in the 70s, 80s, or 90s. They need to present themselves as professional in every way. So, tone it down!

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  19. Bava Alva's utterances are always revealing. They confirm that he is a Bava, thoughtless, condescending about his own government STEP! His statement about Chastanet suggests that he can easily contemplate murder to get rid of an opponent. The constant reference to Laborie as a separate state smack sedition and deserving of jail....

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  20. Pride always goes before a fall. En rouge.

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    • You all people like to take things in your own ways too much. Prudent why don't you shut your flappers.It is people like you that will put division. Because Alva spoke out you and your cohorts are making it look like Alva hates the leader of the opposition so much that he is capable of harm. If You people have nothing to do find work. If it means you getting a job in step as well call one of the supervisors.

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      • Sacway Coyon. The lassie is in your red eyes and you can't even see. Prudent is not the one inciting hatred, Alva is!!! You all going down one way or the other.

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      • Pius, I hope you are not seriously. Your thinking is fuel for Alva's asinine behavior. I know Alva more than you. He says is what he means. Yes he hates the leader of the opposition. You should raise the level of the local debate.

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      • You to damn ignorant you quick to criticize RED CLOG YOUR DAMN EYES.YOU ONE OF THOSE EMPLOYED WITH STEP.

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        • Alva Baptiste is not even worthy of walking in the footsteps of Allen Chastanet farless inhaling the air he farts...

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          • Poor jab you can never know him as well as I do so I won't entertain you and the others who are trying to belittle me. I will come to his defence all the time you all spend talking crap about him. Andre Paul habit of always talking about Alva so who the hell is he or Charlie. Men stuck in females body. From James down to concern citizen take a hike.

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          • Just Watching.......You are hilarious and on point,puis is an ass kisser and on the STEP degrading program. Let's not forget he also has the job of cleaning all the shit that on the Laborie bay.

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      • Alva is taking lessons from his leader Kenny D Anthony. Yes, sadly they have real hate in their hearts. Trying to run our country as like the freaking wild wild west. Of course you will support Alva because you are brainwashed by party colours, what ever they did or will do is right. This is what brings so much division in our tiny island.

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      • People like Prudent have a role to play Pius. Please step outside of the blind loyalty you have because you will be seriously disappointed at some point. Taxpayers pay this man's salary, and he has an obligation to represent the citizenry not only of his constituency but the populace of St. Lucia. To showcase your attitude and stupidity in this manner does NO ONE any favours! Wake the hell up!!!!

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