Sharing a vision for greater economic development is how the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) will woo locals to vote for its party in the next elections, its leader has said.
Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview today, August 22, he is confident that his party can steal the Gros Islet seat in the 2016 General Elections.
“We have to carry Gros Islet and we should,” Prudent said.
The political leader said his party has been on the grounds working with and listening to the cries of the people. He said while his office is based in Gros Islet and he has been working closely with residents there, the LPM has also been able to travel and meet with people throughout the length and breadth of the island.
“The mood on the ground is ripe for an LPM victory, if not an outright victory, picking up seats in the selections,” he noted.
The LPM leader stressed that the economic situation must be addressed and his party is ready and able to do the job.
“There is that feeling of frustration that both parties (SLP and UWP) have absolutely failed the country and there is that sense that nothing is happening,” he added.
The former United Workers Party (UWP) politician said after 60 years of traditional politics, there has been little development and people are realising that change is needed. Prudent told SNO that while the UWP is embroiled in all sorts of controversy, the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is not delivering on its promises and have created failed policies.
“A party that is serious about elections and serious about delivering to the people of St. Lucia does not behave in the manner in which the UWP is behaving,” he explained.
He said the UWP lacks unity and cohesiveness and has failed to declare its position on certain policies. He said while the party has called on Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to step down, which he is in support of, the UWP has failed to provide alternatives policies that have failed the island.
“You must be able to be concrete and inspire people because that is what politics is all about. Don’t just say I want to replace a man, but give people that sense that you know what you are going to do and you will do it better. That is what the LPM in essence is doing,” Prudent stated.
The political leader said while his minority party criticises certain actions and policy decisions taken by the current administration, the LPM always offers an alternative.
Questioned as to whether LPM has discussed having UWP members – Castries North MP Stephenson King and Castries Central MP Richard Fredrick – join the party, Prudent said: “We haven’t had discussions along those lines. But me and Stephenson, we go along a long way.”