“Pep” ends stint in elective politics, says he was not pushed out

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“Pep” ends stint in elective politics, says he was not pushed out
Dr. Desmond Long
Dr. Desmond Long
Dr. Desmond “Pep” Long

PRESS RELEASE – Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye/Canaries, Hon. Dr. Desmond Long, has announced that he will not be offering himself as a candidate in the next General Elections.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly says this decision was made after much consideration over the last year and consultation with his family and strong supporters.

According to Dr. Long, given the pressures of his medical office, he felt he was not in a position to give his constituency of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention they deserve. Speaking at a Saint Lucia Labour Party Press Conference on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Dr. Long said,

“When in 2011 I entered elective politics I was a young medical doctor with an equally young private practice and it was my hope that I could successfully navigate the rigours of political representation whilst simultaneously building my medical practice. In reality, the marriage of the two has not worked out as I expected and has resulted in me not being able to give the constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention I would have liked. Mine is a single doctor practice which has become more and more demanding of my time over the last two years or so. A significant part of that medical workload also involves providing free services to constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries. Over time it has become increasingly more difficult to straddle the pressure of my practice with the job of a Parliamentary Representative. Whereas I retain the commitment to assisting those from my constituency in need of my medical help I must make way for the Labour Party to find someone who can devote the time and attention which the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries deserve.”

Dr. Long stressed his commitment to the Saint Lucia Labour Party. He laid to rest rumours that he is being asked to step down. Dr. Long said,

“I am aware that rumours have surfaced that I am being pushed out; that I was dissatisfied with not being given a ministerial portfolio and that the party did not wish me to contest as their preferred candidate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Political Leader and the Party’s executive have stood by me from my very first day in politics. No one called on me to step down or not to contest the upcoming election. That is my decision, taken after consultation with my family, loved ones and close friends. “

Dr. Desmond Long pledged to continue to assist the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries through his medical practice as he has done over the last four years through his private practice and years prior, through house visits.

 

FULL STATEMENT BY DR.LONG:

Statement Announcing Decision not to Contest Next Election:

Dr. Desmond Long, Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye/Canaries

Last week I held a meeting with the Leadership of my Party, the Saint Lucia Labour Party at which were present Party Chairman, Claudius J. Francis, Political Leader, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, First Deputy Political Leader Philip J. Pierre, the General Secretary, Leo Clarke and myself.

I informed those present that I had over the last year given much consideration to my future in elective politics and had now arrived at a decision. I have since shared my decision with the Anse La Raye/Canaries Constituency group as well as my key supporters and I now do so with the Saint Lucian public at large.

When in 2011 I entered elective politics I was a young medical doctor with an equally young private practice and it was my hope that I could successfully navigate the rigours of political representation whilst simultaneously building my medical practice. In reality, the marriage of the two has not worked out as I expected and has resulted in me not being able to give the constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention I would have liked. Mine is a single doctor practice which has become more and more demanding of my time over the last two years or so. A significant part of that medical workload also involves providing free services to constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries. Over time it has become increasingly more difficult to straddle the pressure of my practice with the job of a Parliamentary Representative. Whereas I retain the commitment to assisting those from my constituency in need of my medical help I must make way for the Labour Party to find someone who can devote the time and attention which the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries deserve.

Having given my future in elective politics careful consideration, I am now satisfied that I would not be in a position to give 100% of what is required during the upcoming election campaign. It is for this reason I advised the Party Leader and others present at the meeting of my decision not to contest the upcoming General Election. I wish to make it clear that I am not leaving the Saint Lucia Labour party, a party I continue to love dearly, but simply will not be contesting the next General Election. I also pledged to my colleagues my continued support and my intention to do what I can to ensure a Labour victory at the polls.

In the four years I have been their Parliamentary Representative, I developed a deep affection for the people of the constituency and I reassure them that I will remain true to my duties as Parliamentary Representative until such time that I am replaced after the next General Election. I assure my constituents further that whatever services I have offered them in my medical practice will continue even after my tenure as Parliamentary Representative comes to an end.

I am aware that rumours have surfaced that I am being pushed out; that I was dissatisfied with not being given a ministerial portfolio and that the party did not wish me to contest as their preferred candidate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Political Leader and the Party’s executive have stood by me from my very first day in politics. No one called on me to step down or not to contest the upcoming election. That is my decision, taken after consultation with my family, loved ones and close friends.

Regarding the rumour that I was dissatisfied as a result of not holding a ministerial position the truth is in the four years I have served within this government, I have never once raised this issue. My primary duty as Parliamentary Representative has always been to the people of the constituency.

In so far as the party hierarchy not wishing me to be a candidate, again this is false. Even during my meeting of last week, the party executive repeatedly asked me whether I was comfortable with the decision I had made. I remain satisfied that this is the right decision and I will continue to give my support to my party.

I take this opportunity to thank Political Leader and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony for first affording me the opportunity to be the party’s standard-bearer in Anse La Raye/Canaries in the General Election of 2011 and to also serve as Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly. They were both wonderful experiences. I also thank Parliament’s Presiding Officers for appointing me Parliament’s representative to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly. It is my hope that I have served my country with distinction at every given occasion.

I want to especially thank the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries for reposing confidence in me and electing me to represent them in the House of Assembly.  I will forever cherish that love and support you gave to me. Finally, I want to thank my dear wife and children who have stood by me all along the way. Without your support I could not have done it.

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  1. PEP cut the crap and the bull right now. You were dumped, plane and simple.
    You have admitted to the tax payers of this country that the burden of your medical practice compromised your representation of the constituency of Ante La Raye. That means that you have been receiving a salary for the past four year for doing nothing. And after that admission you continue to accept that monies.
    An honest and decent gentleman would of resign.
    PEP considering that your pockets are full right now, do the right thing and return those monies back to the Ante La Raye village council.

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  2. It was long over due Pep . Farewell to Politics next time stay in your section. Politics and Medical do not agree with each other .... Next time do your research before you enter Politics.

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  3. Eleven red bottles standing on a wall. Two red bottles took a mighty fall. Which red bottles going to go down next? I have a feeling this is not the end!

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  4. The third one has to go. All he does is head down south, sit at bars with his buddies and scope for your ladies. He is not interested in the development of the community. It's OK boss, you and your wife can end the show now.

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  5. Me personally I don't think your heart was truly in it from the start. Just by reading part of your explanation.

    "Given the pressures of your Medical Office! "

    So back in 2011 did you not have the same pressures as a young Medical Practitioner!

    To be honest I didn't bother reading too much further than that.

    You're a man of high intellect, don't take your ex-constituents and your fellow St Lucian brothers and sisters for complete morons or PAPISHOW.

    Think I have to agree it sounded like a script. Like someone had a gun or a needle to your vital parts.

    Didn't read like you or your writing as others have mentioned.

    But Peppy, am not here to crucify you, stick to what your know best, you'll always be an MP (Medical Practitioner, that is) and you can do SOOOOOO MUCH more for our/your people in that role.

    You should be in a better position to put pen to paper and compose some more shit hot CAYSO. Only if you've got the testicles Pep!

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  6. Weh weh weh weh! Pep ou sa muhtee oui. You mean when you went up for politics you didn't know it would clash with your private practice? How could you take up the job of a parliamentary representative, a position which you were elected to and is a full time job, and not know there would be conflicts with your other job as a doctor? You have been a virtual moomoo in the House and failed to adequately represent your constituency. This is no surprise to anyone as your being sidelined since day-one was very apparent to all and sundry.

    Regardless of political party no one was happy with what was done to you. You, Desmond Long aka Aloysius Brouet aka Pep, won your seat and were left languishing with some consolation proze of deputy speaker. Others who were not even elected were given ministries, some even hold portfolios for three ministries and never earned a single vote. Another who held no qualification or experience in the health field was strutting as the Minister of Health while you gazed on with steamy eyes and envy in your heart. The man who pounded the pavement, faced the insults and pressures of late night campaigning was reduced to nothing more than a sidekick.

    Now, after all that, in one last insult to you they have prepared a fabricated and disingenuous goodbye speech, ironically to save themselves from criticism. You have been the fall guy in your own stunt. How ironic is that? You were giving that swan song with your handlers watching over you to make sure you did not deviate and speak your mind in true calypso form.

    Your final act was a final blow to yourself. This will go down in the annals of St. Lucia's political history as the ultimate disrespect.

    Sing 'bout dat.

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    • The Minister of Health is sadly clueless. There are no thought processes associated with this woman that can be trusted. Her deficencies cannot be remedied. That should have been clear to her cabinet members from the start. And it should have been accepted rather than having her strutt around as something she can never be-an effective Minister of anything. Some of have IT. And some dont. unfortunately that is the world. If the lady is largely deficient "upstairs", accept that and give her a portfolio that is more suitable or dont give a portfolio at all. At the end of the day, its our development and our children's progress that will suffer with those kind of expedient decisions that can have lasting and damaging repurcussions for all concerned. Matching talents and skills to the job at hand is something that our government and our industries and businesses are blissfully unaware of. So in the short term and long term everyone gets screwed including those making the decisions.

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  7. What is happening is there is a remaking of the labour party so the alleged power hungry and egotistical can bring the friends who will likley support them. or so they think. It is a hilarious tactic.. The labour party is laughable.

    remember what the days were like under Hunte? where you basically for decades had an unelectable labour party? hilariously it is going down that path again. but those who fail to learn from their mistakes are bound to repeat it. the best thing about this whole debacle unfolding is that lucians have never been known to favour vultures. And that will be dealt with -AT THE BALLOT BOX.

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  8. Pep if you knew that a few years ago why did you stay to gain our hard earn monies. Why did you not resign before and be a man of integrity? I see the big Honchos were at the meeting to calm you down. They got wind of what your next move would probably be. I am fed up ,Labour must go St.Lucians, I rather suspect we give 5 years in five years out. K out forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Five years to notice that Mr. doctor anyway its a horrible feeling to see a primary school teacher given the role of minister of health rather than a qualified medical doctor, condolences doc.

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  10. In my opinion your service would have been more appreciated as a medical practitioner than a politician.

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  11. sooo it took you from 2011 to 2015 to realise you could not be a doctor and a politician at the same time.

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  12. I must say I admire the techniques of the Labour party! Uwp maybe more of you should join the secret society to learn how to behave in public, how to be secretive even when you disagree. Note how all the red rats rally together to dismiss everything.

    Good luck Doc we all know you didn't mean what you wrote most likely Jadia wrote it on your behalf , nonetheless the damage has already been done. Lord save my island sweet St Lucia from this evil hand called Labour...for the people.

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    • but its a gain and a big win for a country when things are done in the open, that the politicians disagree publicly. That way we know that they are not conspiring to give us the people the shaft..... Besides our system of government promotes this and you see this being displayed regularly in the UK where back benchers and even cabinet members publicly challenge their peers. wherever you see the appearance that everyone is agreeing be certain that someone is getting the shaft and in this case its we the people

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  13. A good example of the Peter Principle, where people are elevated to their level of incompetence. Mr. Long, with your lousy representation, notmonly did you waste your constituent's time, you also you also stood in the way of the progress of an entire country. Now you will always be rememberec as a failure in politics - and the shine you once had as a calypsonian prior to your entry into elective politics, has been besmirched.

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  14. Yeah right. But then again we did not expect you to say anything else. You know that we know that you know why you left.

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  15. Try to say that again but this time without the puppeteer's hand up . . . or the strings attached, or the boot on your throat. Even your word choices betray your true feelings to the insightful. Try again sir.

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  16. PEP you know that's a blatant LIE, you know you were allegedly pushed out.
    One thing for sure, Labour good at keeping its boys quiet. Only time will tell!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Pep who you fooling! They allegedly made you come and say they didn't kick you out. You didn't get a single vote from the delegates!

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