(PRESS RELEASE) – Many St Lucians and sadly, one or two media professionals have taken issue with a decision by the UWP Administration to offer to house three (3) prisoners from the hurricane ravaged BVI. Clearly, we continue to suffer from selective amnesia.
Was it not the Dr. Kenny Anthony Administration in 2004 which offered to house over 20 prisoners from a hurricane ravaged Grenada?
Where were the current voices to oppose it then? As we would recall, many praised Dr. Kenny Anthony for his generous gesture.
Now before you give a sad argument about a comparison of the population of Bordelais in 2004 as opposed to 2017, might I remind you that the current PM, Mr. Allen Chastanet, only offered to house 3 prisoners from an acceptance of up to 50, should the BVI choose.
Let’s not forget that Grenada also rescued us from a dire need to house our prisoners after fire had damaged parts of the Castries Prison while Bordelais was being constructed.
Clearly, we choose to remember what we want simply because we do not like the current prime minister. Nothing he does will ever satisfy us. Had he offered to take in the homeless, we would complain and say that he should use his hotel. Had he offered to take in students, we would complain and say that he is adding an extra burden on the economy of the country. Will anything he does be ever enough? I really don’t think so. For now, I will just encourage him to remain human and do the best he can, while his critics continue to find their humanity, if they ever do find it that is.
Again, in case you forget, please read the press statement issued by Earl Bousquet from the Office of the Prime Minister on September 23rd, 2004.