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PRESS RELEASE – In summarising Allen Chastanet’s televised address to the nation last night (Jan 28th, 2015), the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) states that while his presentation was at times reminiscent of scenes copied from the great American political playbook for aspiring politicians, it did not live up to the hype.
Whereby, generally, a political challenger would be forced to offer plausible and definitive solutions to support his claim of incompetence on the part of the incumbent, this was certainly not the case.
According to the LPM, what was presented to the nation in the guise of a national speech by the leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) was nothing short of a mishmash of jab en sac promises.
The LPM is also adamant that while Chastanet may have tried desperately to demonise the policies of the government, the essence of his own recommendation bore a great deal of similarity to the illusive package of colourful words which swept the Saint Lucia Labour Party into office in 2011,and the terrible state of affairs in Saint Lucia today.
The LPM, therefore, caution the people of Saint Lucia to consider their own experiences and the reality which is reflected in the heavy economic and social burdens they are forced to bear on a daily basis.
The Saint Lucian people need to make a serious and informed decision as to whether they are willing to hand over control of the country to a failed cast of the UWP, former ministers and advisors who were essentially kicked out of office after barely surviving a single term.
Saint Lucians should not only opt for a simple change of the party in power but also a change in the mindset of those who seek to represent us in the island’s House of Assembly.
Our nation is deserving of lawmakers who have a hunger to change once and for all the economic and social disparities that currently exist in the country and whose understanding of service to the nation is not based on an opportunistic desire to enter into a marriage of political convenience with the son of an aristocrat who has never walked a single day in the shoes of the average Saint Lucian and who, therefore, has no understanding of the crippling effects of poverty and life’s daily struggles.
Short-term political handouts and personal profit for a few are not what our nation needs at this time. What Saint Lucia desperately needs is a leadership team that can sincerely speak to and address the systemic issues of poverty and the lack of social advancement that have kept an entire class of malaways in servitude in their own country since the dawn of colonialism.
Our nation needs to break free from the politics of snake oil salesmen, who offer misguided information to voters that are already struggling.
We need a serious national conversation on how each party hopes to create jobs, as well as a presentation on their policies on education, agriculture and agribusiness, alternative energy and health care. There is also a need for a reassessment of our foreign policy positions and the operations of our embassies and consulates abroad.
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