Partisan politics retarding growth and development, says Antoine

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Partisan politics retarding growth and development, says Antoine
Jeannine Compton-Antoine
Jeannine Compton-Antoine
Jeannine Compton-Antoine

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Micoud North Jeannine Compton-Antoine has expressed disgust with the political climate in Saint Lucia and constant attacks among politicians.

The daughter of former Prime Minister Sir John Compton told Current Affairs Programme host Clinton Reynolds on Tuesday evening that unless this changes, Saint Lucia will be robbed of real progress.

Compton-Antoine said personal attacks against politicians have taken precedence over the many important issues affecting citizens, remarking that this should never be the case.

While admitting that partisan politics has been around for many generations, both in Saint Lucia and countries around the world, the former MP said it has taken the worst turn here in the past few years.

Compton-Antoine recalled her father having mature and decent conversations with politicians who were not in support of his party, explaining that those days are long gone.

“We shouldn’t be enemies in politics. We can have differences of opinion. You can oppose something, but be constructive about it, not destructive,” she said.

Compton-Antoine who plans to contest the Micoud North seat at the next general elections as an independent candidate, said politicians sometimes oppose an issue without any proper reason.

She believes also that partisan politics is even more evident in Parliament, something she is not in support of, stating that the House should be used to debate critical issues and legislation.

“If a legislation is flawed you are supposed to comment on the legislation,” she asserted.

The former MP also pointed out that members of the opposition should play a more active role in taking part in the decision making process by introducing legislation, something she thinks is lacking.

“One of the issues with that is a lack of resources. But one thing I believe too is a lot of MPs do not understand their role. There is no training for MPs. You come in and you are given two books,” she said.

But more importantly, Compton-Antoine agrees that there should a budgetary allocation for each sitting MP, to empower him or her to implement projects that will directly benefit their constituents.

Compton-Antoine noted that there is a dire need for local government elections, which will allow for greater citizen participation in matters pertaining to their communities.

She also spoke about the need for greater accountability and transparency. Mention was also made about Saint Lucia’s economic performance being affected by the global economic issues and fewer grant aids.

The former MP also reiterated that she is running again for office because she was asked by people of Micoud North and is prepared to provide proper representation.

Most callers on the programme commended her for the previous stance she took as an MP, and views her as a genuine person who would serve well again in Parliament.

Compton-Antoine represented the Micoud North constituency in the House of Assembly from 2007 to 2011. She won the seat for the United Workers Party (UWP) in a 2007 by-election.

She resigned from the UWP in 2011 and continued to serve as an Independent MP. She lost the seat in the 2011 general election to Dr. Gale Rigobert, who secured 42.23 percent of the votes, while she got 33.88 percent.

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  1. I seem to recall a politician named Sir John referred to an individual as "Bram Bram".Then again I will agree partisan politics has been around for too long and cannot be the main way elections are being ran in this country.Their supporters especially the young need to be more observant of these politicians and their "promises" and not only coax but pressure them to getting things done in this country as a whole.

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  2. You are being USED, are you not ashamed, what have you got to gain.
    The 30 pieces of silver will not go far then they will laugh at you.

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  3. I HAVE HEARD OTHING ABOUT YOU WANTING TO RECONCILE WITH THE PART THAT YOU DAD WAS LOYAL TO UNTIL HIS DEATH. YOUR DAY WAS MOSTLY LOVED OR AT LEAST SEEN AS A GENUINE POLITICIAN WHO FOR THE MOST PART DID PUT THE COUNTRY FIRST. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY ARE YOU LEAVING SPACE FOR SO MUCH DOUBT CONCERNING YOUR MOTIVES? ARE YOU COVERTLY ASSISTING KENNY IN HIS BID TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTIONS. YOU CLAIM TO BE AN INDEPENDANT SO DONT HIDE BEHIND WORDS. SEMANTICS WILL ONLY GET YOU THIS FAR. WHO IS THE MAIN PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PARTISAN POLITICS? IS IT KENNY ANTHONY WHO IS ALLEGED TO BE THE KING OF VICTIMIZATION AND IS ALSO ALLEGED TO BE WELL KNOWN FOR MAKING PERSONAL ATTACKS ON HIS OPPONENTS? HEHAS REFERRED TO GUY JOSEPH AS CHASTENANT'S POODLE. HE HAS ALSO ATTACKED A MAN WHO HAS INVESTED HEAVILY IN SAINT LUCIA AND WHO STILL HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER IN THE PERSON OF MICHAEL CHASTENANT. YES INDEED PARTISAN POLITICS, VICTIMIZATION AND CORRUPTION ARE AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS,BUT MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHO IS BEHIND THIS? ALL HONEST SAINT LUCIANS KNOW ITS KENNY BUT CAN YOU ADMIT IT.

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  4. As a 23 yrd old, what i have seen thus far....i dont plan on voting ever...until there is no more yellow and red...which boils down to never...every election you guys eat your own vomit. what good is there when you buy your votes...be it through infrastructure betterment, providing TEMP jobs...which both sound positive but how many of those promises see the light...im not gesturing that they never do...but the focus of these MP's after awhile i dont know i feel like they stray from their course every, single time...GET rid of UWP & SLP...and to those lesser parties trying to follow the race....Elect people whom are well-off and well-known....now when i say well-off i dont mean RICH...oh no...we have one here already daddy has his back and he just wishes to extend his pocket lining through other forms of investment not favorable to locals...find those only interested in seeing others well-off...the older generation to be more specific....locate and elect an elite pack to run this country...and see how we flourish, I will vote for them....that i promise.

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  5. That's exactly why we will get no where with this politics thing. Antoine should have been honest enough to call the players. Admit that it is KDA in the main who has been responsible for the sinister and devisive politics here. Kenny says this election is not between SLP and UWP but SLP and the Chastanets. So where the hell does the man's family come in that. Did he Kenny not bring Lorne's father on platform in 2011? Didn't Lorne father's support his son? Did Stephenson King in 2011 say the election was between UWP and the Theophilus'.
    Kenny again. Yes calling Timothy media terrorist.
    Then Alva. Over my dead body Chastanet will not be PM of ST. Lucia.
    Look at what her very father got in the boulevard in 1979. Faeces thrown at him. Ill excuse you, yes maybe you were not ther Jeannine. Then making the poor man, yes your father Jeannine, walk up and down Parliamnet to answer his name in some witch hunt inquiry orchestrated by Kenny. A man who has done so much good for St. Lucia.
    So be honest Jeannine and call out the names if you gutsy enough

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  6. I listen to you last night and yes some of what you said made sense. I listen but realize you have SLP written all over you. Some of you excuses for leaving UWP to me the SLP have worst of persons who perpetrated domestic Violence also. I think on the whole it is wrong for sure, but you see person in government or politicians who does not stand against drug use, radicalism, and who are also devious in their quest for political power to me I cant support. I rather know a cat is a cat not a leopard. Sir John I will always admire because he was treated like dirt, brought to the courts, his packing spot taken away by the very same government you are helping to continue to bring down his work, and foundation.

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  7. Don't blame the politicians. Blame the people who support their nonsense explicitly and those who vote for them and support that nonsense implicitly.

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