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The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has said that based on the expectation that Dr. Kenny Anthony’s speech tomorrow night will offer more than an update on the island’s progress since the disastrous rainstorm on Christmas Eve, it plans to tune in and would like to encourage Saint Lucians from all political spectrums to do likewise.
The LPM describes Sunday’s speech as a “make-or-break moment for the prime minister because he will have to prove that his administration’s understanding of the role of government far exceeds the typical self-serving references to national unity that have been made in the past”.
National unity, according to the LPM, “goes beyond utterances about coming together made in a speech or the mere formality that occurred last December when former opposition leader, Stephenson King, was invited to attend an emergency meeting with the prime minister”.
“In fact, while the government’s outreach to King was commendable and was perhaps the right thing to do, given what our nation had just experienced, it failed in its objective to move the spirit of ‘national unity’ beyond the corridors of governmental formalities. In that respect, Dr. Anthony’s administration may have missed an opportunity to galvanise national support for his government’s disaster relief efforts along with the myriad problems that we currently face,” the LPM said in a news release.
“The storm may have compounded our ability to dig ourselves out of our current social and economic woes; however, it certainly should not be used as an excuse to buy time or delay the implementation of structural reforms, which are necessary components to achieving social and economic independence. In addition, while we should all undoubtedly be grateful for the tremendous level of assistance that has poured into our island from charitable governments, agencies and organisations from around the world, our nation cannot continue to remain in this perpetual state of dependence,” the political party added.
The LPM strongly believes that tomorrow night is a defining moment in which “we hope to finally find agreement with the prime minister and his government and to begin a new era in which opposition political organisations (in or out of parliament) are able to respectfully exchange ideas with the government of Saint Lucia for the greater good of our nation”.
“Therefore, unless there is a concerted and genuine effort on the part of Dr. Anthony to reach out to all Saint Lucians and to address the pertinent issues of unemployment and job creation, crime and his government’s plans to undertake a series of long-overdue structural reforms throughout the civil service and other governmental agencies, his speech tomorrow night will be merely another national exercise in futility,” the LPM added.