LPM implores Saint Lucians to get their politics right

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LPM implores Saint Lucians to get their politics right
LPM leader Therold Prudent
LPM leader Therold Prudent

The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) says the inefficiency of successive governments to deliver on promises to create sustainable jobs that are strategically important to eradicating poverty in the country is largely supported by the very same class of voters who are in dire need of a better way out of poverty.

This observation was made by Therold Prudent, leader of the LPM, who attributes this pattern of behaviour to the unprogressive nature of partisanship in Saint Lucia.

“When you are cultured to reject ideas that do not emanate from your party, and are further encouraged to adopt a hostile or antagonistic attitude towards individuals whom you perceive should not have a role in deciding how the country is governed, it is not very difficult to understand why elected officials are not motivated to push the country beyond its economic malaise and end the dependency syndrome that currently exists in Saint Lucia,” he said.

Prudent pointed to the deplorable state of politics in the country, which he says, “not only has a direct impact on the quality of the government a nation receives, but is made even worse when voters are unable to distinguish between the ideologies of the existing parties, or to offer a reasonable justification as to why they are supporting one party over another”.

“In fact, as long as the basis for supporting a political organisation hinges on traditional norms—which include partisan loyalty and the acceptance of manufactured political hysteria, both of which are common in Saint Lucian politics; and excludes civil debates, which force all political parties to explain how their proposed ideas and policies will benefit the country—it should be clear to all why Saint Lucia will never be able to produce the kind of government that is fortified by a detailed vision and a solution-driven strategy capable of transforming the lives of its people.”

This, according to Prudent, can only be achieved by an electorate that is independent in its thinking, unafraid of challenging its leaders, and willing to ascribe to the philosophy that Saint Lucia’s archaic system of politics (which promotes exclusion) should be replaced with a progressive agenda that encourages the active participation of all its citizens in the governance of the country.”

The LPM leader admonished the Saint Lucian electorate to place their country’s interest over the current political system, which continuously makes it possible for party bosses and their inner circles to emerge as the only winners at the end of every election cycle.

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  1. When you are cultured to reject ideas that do not emanate from your party.
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    It's called 'indoctrination,' and things will never change until all the old political farts die.
    The future belongs to the young ones and the old guard has to go, otherwise we'll still be spinning around like a dog trying to catch it's tail.

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    • The good thing about it is Mr. Prudent is always on target. It's always refreashing reading his view points. Dont' give up Sir!

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  2. I think that Mr Pru took a very long time to find that out. This is a subject that has been in the mind of every independent thinker in St. Lucia for some time now. Some have even suggested that the only way out is to allow for the entire generation aged 45-60 to die out. Further suggesting a solution cannot be at hand until another 20 years elapses. If this is for real then St. Lucia will be a failed state if it not already is. But one thing i would like to ask what does Mr Pru suggest can be done about this in a sustainable manner? My suggesstions are to mobilize the youth vote and allow youth institutions their atonomy so they can develop and function independently. Politicians understand if they under-develop these institutions to a state of molding them into partisan entites they would have youth leaders emerging to form more of the same breed of Politicians. They have held youth organisations very closely and used them as breeding grounds for future support. Check the history and facts. The only way foward is through the youth. Mr Pru if you are smart you had better start talking and identifying the most influencial and forward thinking among them. What is your suggestion?

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