“The Labour Party is not our enemy; Kenny Anthony is not our enemy. His ministers and supporters are not our enemies.”
Those were the words of United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet in an address to the nation on August 7, 2013, as he called for unity to fight the “real” threats to St. Lucia – poverty, unemployment, ignorance and apathy.
Chastanet additionally spoke against UWP supporters “demonizing and maligning” members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), something which he said the party does not support and “does not put money in our pockets or food on our tables”.
He instead urged them to use their energies to question, challenge and oppose any proposed measures which stand in the way of St. Lucia’s economic and social progress, when necessary.
“And right now, there is much to question, much to challenge and much to oppose,” he added.
“…At this time when St Lucia yearns to be rescued from the grip of a Labour Party administration, which has managed to turn the country upside down, in less than two years, the patriots of our land can today find comfort in the commitment of the UWP to complete the rescue mission,” Chastanet said.
“We have done it before – each time we have been handed the task of cleaning up in the wake of a Labour Party administration, we have risen to the challenge and have left the country in a better position than we found it. And for God and country, I declare that we stand ready to do it again,” he added.
Pledging his commitment to a new order of leadership, Chastanet said this was “by no means just a call to help win votes in a political campaign for the seat of government”.
“Much more than that, we are joining our UWP brothers and sisters, and all the other patriots of this fair land, in a crusade to restore the brightness of the St Lucian spirit, which has undoubtedly dimmed under the dictatorial tyranny of the Labour Party,” he said.