Saint Lucia on wrong track, says political party

Saint Lucia on wrong track, says political party
LPM leader Therold Prudent
LPM leader Therold Prudent

CASTRIES, St Lucia — Leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, said that Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony’s 2013 budget address lacked sustainable program initiatives for Saint Lucia.

The LPM said that Anthony repeatedly used the global economic downturn as an excuse for his government’s lack of innovative vision and revealed problems in the social and education sectors that would never have reached such disturbing proportions if addressed while he was prime minister between 1996 and 2006.

“Instead,” Prudent said, “the prime minister continues to engage in unprofitable investment initiatives, such as the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, the outrageous cost of which may have contributed to a reduction in subsidy on rice, sugar and flour.”

In the 2013 budget, Anthony revealed that “lower than anticipated revenue and grants resulted in the widening of the deficit position.”

“This statement reflects the incompetence of the current administration and should not be taken lightly,” according to Prudent.

He added that, in the 2012 budget, Anthony detailed how he would finance spending and provided the actual source of grants and the amount of projected revenue. In this budget he combined the revenue and grants figures to cushion the impact of the estimated $181.97 million deficit that he does not want to explain to the public.

The LPM said it perceives this strategy as typical of an underperforming administration.

“Furthermore, if the Anthony administration took accountability seriously, he would have realized that based on revenue trends throughout the year, the projected revenue target will not be met,” Prudent said, adding that it should have taken measures to curtail expenditure to avoid a current account deficit of $45.56 million, which has plummeted from a surplus of $59.2 million for the previous 12 months.

Another point identified by Prudent in Anthony’s current budget address is that, according to the Saint Lucia Labour Market Needs Assessment, 60 percent of the labour force lacks secondary school education.

“Let’s not forget,” stated Prudent, “that Dr Anthony was special advisor to the Ministry of Education at the age of 28; let’s not forget that Dr Anthony was minister for education from 1980 to 1981; let’s not forget that Dr Anthony worked as a professor at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies for many years; and let’s not forget that Dr Anthony had a ten year stint (1996 to 2006) as leader of the country. So, the admission by Dr Anthony that 60 percent of our labour force does not have secondary level education in 2013 is disgraceful.”

Prudent said that the borrowing of funds by the administration to boost employment must be sustainable and should inject the type of economic growth that our communities desperately need.

“In his budget address, Dr Anthony specifically stated that the aim of his government is to cure the deficit and that it can be done by, and I quote, ‘Implementing growth, enhancing expenditure and tax reform measures.’ We all know what eventually happened; the deficit increased. While we admit that financing growth-enhancing program initiatives requires borrowed funds, the Anthony administration has failed miserably by not ensuring that the majority of the programs become community resources after the funds are depleted,” said Prudent.

The LPM asserted that, if the electorate is not proactive in monitoring the business of government, the country will suffer from social upheaval in the near future.

Therefore, Prudent urged all Saint Lucians to educate each other on matters that are obstacles to the provision of “bread and butter” to the people. This, he believes, will add significant value to efforts to become a self-sufficient nation by slashing our food import bill.

He added, “Saint Lucia operated at a loss last year due to the continued horrific leadership and the mismanagement of our limited resources, and we cannot afford to allow this to continue because it will eventually deter external assistance from reaching our shores.”

Prudent said that the time to be diligent and demand answers from the Anthony administration is now, or better days will become La Charité.

 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Lucian to the bone. You are a simpleton. If your chosen political party had made the above comments, you would be in agreement. Except that your party were in power and contributing to the current mess.

    Lucians can't read or write. Your Nobel winners were British educated. You'll never get another.

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    • Dude, when you pick on Lucians, you pick on all of us...so shut your trap and take your hatred somewhere else. This board is about trashing politicians, not each other!

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      • "This board is about trashing politicians, not each other"?

        How absurd.

        Who do you think the politicians are? They are of us because we are the ones who elect them into office. If they are screwed up its because the people who elect them are more screwed up. Foolish!!!

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  2. ohh so prudent wanna be a pm too? they all come with the most sophisticated reasoning and points and measures to repair the country and lucians believe them...i will put a beach in the middle of the country so those who have never seen the sea will for the first time and it will ecourage others to be strong swimmers and attract tourists and this will generate revenue...and boom they put me in power just so i could come back 2 months later and tell them why its not logically possible to bring sea water and shore to the mountains and then u hear then grumbling about promises i made....#typical politicians vs typical lucians

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  3. OPPORTUNIST! STAYING IN THE BACKGROUND AND GIVING ADVICE AND COMMENTING. WHY DONT YOU STAY IN ST. LUCIA AND SUFFER LIKE THE REST OF US AS YOU MAKE YOUR SENSELESS CONTRIBUTIONS. THE DAY YOU BECOME PM I'M FLYING STRAIGHT BACK TO ENGLAND EVEN IF I HAVE TO BE ON WELFARE THERE.

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    • Well you better start booking your ticket back to the UK because in my life time I have to live to see him become PM of the country.How dare you call Mr Prudent an opportunist? Was the country made to be run by only one set of people. Choops!!

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  4. And then if he becomes Prime Minister he does the same crap as Kenny is currently doing. It isn't the people its the position. Remember that

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    • these guys only knows wats best wen they're not in power...once elected dats it...SO MANY WORDS AND NO ACTIONS

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  5. Lucian to the bone-looks like if kenny gave u shit on a plate and told u it was steak u would gladly eat it. apparently we aint as enlightened and bright as we think. U criticise the man because he is lpm. Not because he is wrong. Cuz he isn't. Those rose colored glasses...

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  6. Prudent seems to have hit the nail on the head today. I hope he becomes Prime Minister one day. This man has said all the right things and I am loving it. Hats off to LPM.

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    • What has Prudent said in this statement that hit the nail on the head? This statement is the essence of the statement made by Melanius Alphonse last week. Nothing new, nothing of essence, nothing of substance!

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      • So much for your so called OBJECTIVITY and unbias ramblings on every blogg.You seem to be full of it!

        You can't force anyone to accept your bias and twisted logic.

        I don't have any horse in this race. I only want what's good for my country.

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      • Are you one of the 60%? Let me spell it out - Kenny has had his hands on the levers of powers for decades. The majority of lucians can't read. That is his fault. Does that help?

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  7. No damn legitimacy to criticize KDA so please run for cover. I hate coward and empty men. Men with so much mouth so much theory and no practicality. Therold you will NEVER get a chance in hell to be at the helm of that beautiful country of ours. We are an enlightened nation, a bright people, a people who stand up for what we see is wrong. So please do us a favor and crawl back under your rock

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    • When will you get it Prudent. You will never be prime minister so shut the hell up.

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      • If Mr. Prudent will never be Prime Minister what's all that stupid fuss you are making on the people's internet?????? You seem very worried that he might???

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