Below is a press release from the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) political party
An online survey about the prime minister’s leadership on the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) website www.lpmstlucia.com has provoked a vigorous response from members of the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
According to the LPM, “Their ridiculous outbursts, laced with insults, demonstrated their intolerance for the political right of the LPM to question the leadership abilities of Kenny Anthony and were met with much amusement by the LPM.”
“For the first time since the SLP placed Prime Minister Kenny Anthony on the altar of political adulation,” the LPM said it has finally exposed their leader’s clay feet.
“To those who worship Kenny Anthony or are too frightened to question the policies and leadership abilities of the man, the LPM continues to prove that not only is it not frightened of the SLP’s Goliath, but also that it humbly accepts its status as David,” the LPM said in a statement.
The LPM said it will, therefore, frame the issues of the day in whatever manner it deems most effective in getting its message across to the people of Saint Lucia and to raise their political consciousness.
“Until such time as Kenny Anthony abuses his authority again (we refer to the CCJ issue) by tinkering with the Saint Lucian constitution to silence his critics, the LPM will continue to face the future unafraid. Furthermore, it will continue to choose the best methods available to marshal its political talents to help bring about an effective end to SLP rule,” the party continued.
The LPM said that, historically, the SLP and some of its overzealous group of supporters have exhibited a myopic mindset that sees everyone who disagrees with their policies as an enemy deserving of public ridicule and scorn.
“They seem to have forgotten how vehemently the leadership of the LPM railed against UWP excesses during its tenure in office,” the statement added.
“Today, whatever goodwill the LPM might have had towards the SLP in the aftermath of its victory in 2011 has all but dissipated. Whenever we have sought to offer input, our views have been rudely dismissed,” the LPM said, providing the following examples of such suggestions:
a) That the excessive expenditure on travelling abroad and maintaining Saint Lucia’s huge foreign bureaucracy in the form of embassies and consulates be curtailed.
b) That due consideration is given to South Africa as a destination where our students can receive quality but affordable education.
c) That there be a national consultation to combat crime and the accompanying negative image of our country.
d) That Saint Lucia’s patrimony be protected by not allowing huge corporations such as Sandals to build bungalows over our waters for personal profits, especially when such profits are not balanced by job creation.
e) That the SLP exhibit greater compassion for the poor instead of rushing the implementation of the value added tax (VAT), of 15 percent.
f) That instead of inflating the public purse by creating the non-essential position of attaché for Calixte George Jr., the SLP should allow him to utilize his training and skills as an electrical engineer for the greater benefit of our country. We believe that Mr George would be better suited to heading a division within the Ministry of Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. Instead of serving as one of several advisors to the prime minister, he could be devoting himself to uncovering advances in geothermal and solar energy technologies that could lower the cost of powering government offices, homes, businesses, playgrounds, and the streets, thus revolutionizing the island’s energy industry that would generate thousands of sustainable jobs.
g) That Kenny Anthony keeps his personal animosities in check and not display such vitriol towards those with whom he disagrees politically.
The party explained that, it is against this backdrop, and the fact that Anthony has served as leader of the SLP for 17 years and prime minster for 12 years, that it decided to pose this straightforward question to online users:
How would you rate Kenny Anthony’s leadership?
a) An excellent leader
b) A mediocre leader
c) A gross failure
The poll, which was not scientific, provided the LPM with a snapshot of how online users regard the prime minister’s leadership.
“However, despite our best efforts to prevent it, the LPM IT Department uncovered two instances where political supporters of the SLP sought to manipulate the votes with sophisticated software that dumped 97 votes in favour of Dr Anthony’s leadership. Our leadership was immediately notified, and we instructed our IT Department to keep tabs on the fraudulent votes until the voting was over,” the LPM said.
According to the LPM, this attempt at fraud failed. The total number of honest votes cast was 870. Two hundred and forty-five, or 28.16%, voted “excellent” for Kenny Anthony’s leadership abilities; 240, or 27.59%, voted “mediocre”; and 385, or 44.25%, felt that he had failed as a leader.