NewsSaint Lucia News Online Makes Disclaimer – We are Not a Party Organ

St. Lucia News OnlineOctober 18, 2021215773 min

Saint Lucia News Online (SLNO) is not the property of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), nor is it an arm of its operations. We understand, however, why some readers may think we are a communication tool of the SLP because of the strident tone we have taken criticizing policies of the last administration.

We are committed to supporting what we believe to be in the best interest of Saint Lucia and make no apologies for being highly critical of policies and individuals, inimical to the development of Saint Lucia.

The last administration has done untold harm to our country, by undermining its institutions, creating an entrenched culture of corruption in government and reversing the little self-belief progress we had been making. Allen Chastanet presided over this administration and did so in a contemptuous way. The country must not be allowed to forget these last five years, lest we repeat the mistake of voting for Allen Chastanet, who most people believe led the worst government we have had.

We are not supportive or against any political party. For the sake of the good democratic health of our country, we would like to see a vibrant United Workers Party led by a person, who is proud to be Saint Lucian and cares about the people.

Moreover, we need an opposition party that can hold this current government to account for its stewardship over the next five years. SLNO does not believe that Allen Chastanet has the moral authority to lead such a party, nor has he the smarts, intellectually and emotionally. His absence to date from parliamentary sessions is another indication of his uncaring and scornful nature towards the people of Saint Lucia.

Let us see if he will be present at the next parliamentary session scheduled for next week Tuesday. Surprise us!

St. Lucia News Online

2 comments

  • The Crow

    September 10, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Thank you SNO for taking this stance. I am with you 100%!

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  • Ras Biko

    September 10, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I just want to reiterate some of your points because it is noteworthy for people to understand how democratic institutions ought to function. Case in point: A healthy opposition is essential in a democratic society. In the absence of checks and balances, we need an opposition to make the clarion call whenever the government is going off track. St. Lucia doesn’t have a history of demonstrations like France or the United States. However, it is incumbent on the opposition to expose any perceived wrongdoings by the government. As was carefully articulated, the present leader of the opposition doesn’t contain the expertise and gravitas to mount a vigorous challenge to the government. In the absence of such a leader, I would challenge this newspaper, St. Lucia online, to play the role of arbitrator. There is a lot within the social fabric of this society that needs to be addressed and corrected. Let us not pretend that things are immaculate on this island and let us not romanticize the ill-gotten gains of many politicians. I look forward to reading more thought-provoking issues irrespective of the slants. We need to have more robust, spirited, serious, and honest debates on taboo issues. And I can say with all honesty that it seems you are on the right path to satisfying my expectations.
    Finally, please don’t be deterred by the naysayer’s accusations. Every serious publication or newspaper has a slant. Even the great New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, etc., all appeal to their readership be it left-leaning or right-leaning using their political parlance. Keep on the good work!

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