UWP takes issue with SLP ministers’ comments at conference

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UWP takes issue with SLP ministers’ comments at conference
The UWP has accused the SLP of targeting businessman Michael Chastanent, the father of new UWP Leader Allen Chastanet.
The UWP has accused the SLP of targeting businessman Michael Chastanent, the father of new UWP Leader Allen Chastanet.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has accused a number of government ministers of exhibiting “reckless and shameful” behaviour which it said threatens the democratic rights of citizens.

In a press release on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, the party pointed to comments it claims were made by St. Lucia Labour Party ministers during a conference over the weekend. These comments, according to the UWP, can be regarded as that which poses a threat to the safety of its leadership.

The entire release has been posted below for your viewing:

“Saint Lucians have watched and listened in awe over the past three (3) weeks to outlandish and ominous statements/actions espoused by persons who hold the highest offices in our land.

“These developments appear to challenge the guarantee on basic rights accorded to every Saint Lucian under the constitution. Under the heading: Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedom; Chapter 1 (b) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia states: “freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association ….”

“We have all witnessed the reckless and shameful behavior by Ministers Alva Baptiste and Harold Dalson who have now been joined by Prime Minister Kenny Anthony. Saint Lucians have every reason to be concerned over these manifestations which appear to threaten the democratic traditions of our country and our basic rights guaranteed under the constitution.

“In comments made over the weekend during a conference of the Labour Party Anse La Raye/Canaries Branch, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony took aim at Saint Lucian business icon Michael Chastanet by suggesting that he should “stay at a distance” and threatened that “…. you have to expect that the Labour Party will handle you like a politician”. The question must therefore be asked: is there anything wrong with a father supporting his son in politics? Secondly is Michael Chastanet the first father/businessman to be supportive of his son’s endeavors in politics?

“Finally, the UWP is extremely concerned over recent actions and utterances by ruling Party senior officials that can be interpreted as posing threats to the safety and security of its leadership and the fundamental rights and freedom of all Saint Lucians.”

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  1. I do not work at CFL or mega j or hv any family who workl there but thank god chastanent has invested. Name one other looshan who has invested for the th eyoung ppl to hv jobs? Atleast chastanent is an econmist. Thats wat we ned now. The PM is a lawyer and yet still our judicial system is in shambles. Why he does not speak about Grynberg?

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  2. I tend to agree with Arsene James that the politicians need a code of conduct. Those guys are crossing to many lines this insights rage in the supporters if we don't what it the two side will become like rival gangs. Our PM needs to lead by example these foolish childish innuendos must stop. We the ppl want change! Or we will put yall out whether yall leave voluntarily or we have u removed! We vote foe responsible governance. Shut up and work! Wasting my income tax and vat money on ppl that don't deserve it.

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  3. ITS Amazing that after so lolg of being quiet it seems the UWP has droped a bomb in the back of the SLP underpants. I is it because of the appointment of--Allan Chastanet??

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  4. Tenisha, what did Alva say? What did he mean? time for the idiot to explain himself.

    I don't think Lucians can actually handle democracy and the responsibilities it involves. It's just treated like an excuse for the parties to put their snouts in the trough.

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  5. If I can look back from the john Compton era unto Stevenson king cabinet, Can someone look back and ask that under the upw reign The united workers party have had more corrupt minister, Ministers who took millions, plus bleed the country resources.
    This is a proven fact, yet still our people believe they are for the poor, I pity those, Rum and chicken that's all good for them.
    can someone say otherwise, waiting

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  6. The politics in St Lucia is tribal akin to many of the African countries. The consequences of this type of political behaviour is that the country and most of it population suffer's and hence the disintegration of our customs, values and many things our forefather's worked so hard to achieve under colonial rule. The political leaders should be focusing on how we can attract long term investment from the multi-nationals so we can begin to produce goods and balance the over-reliance on tourism. Fighting with each other under the canopy of the coconut tree is not the way forward.

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  7. I think the GG should dissolve parliament and call for new elections, the current government has lost all credibility.

    Alva, please don't say over your dead body because people can arrange that, you fool!

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  8. this clearly shows that the st.lucia labour party is trying to lead st.lucia into a dictatorship.

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  9. Such statements can only come from a shameless,cowardly and desperate leader who realises that his reign as prime minister is coming to an end faster than he had planned.
    Is kenny Anthony of the view that the immediate family of UWP politicians should stay from supporting them or be treated like politicians?
    Is he aware that he and his ministers may have fathers,mothers,sisters,brothers wives,husbands,boyfriends,children,ete,ete?
    Would he like the UWP to subject his wife to the same political rhetoric that he is exposed to?
    This is the same man(Kenny anthony)who said that he had learned to be a better person while in opposition(pugatory)and he was a changed man.
    What have we seen.We see a man who believed that he should not have been removed from office and now his subjects must pay for their disrespect.we now have a man who is more vindictive,more revengeful,treats people with more dis-dain,refuses to answer questions of national importance.
    While he continues to behave in this disrespectful manner the economy gets worse and worse.
    His responce to the near-dead economy is to throw red meat to his supporters.Throw out threats,hiding behind words like reportedly,i think the US will do this and that,they may have been involved,ete,ete,and he hopes his supporters will act on the things he said.They usually do in a negative way.
    What a coward!

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  10. Bull Shit...you'll have the heart to use the word SHAMEFUL after that disgraceful behaviour by Allen chastanet in Soufriere? I could not believe what I was seeing on my TV last night? You brought shame to yourself and your family Allen. Arwar arwar Somebody cannot be so desperate like dat...dream on Allen...King and company must be having a filled day on your stupidity....stop that crap man...take your time. If you are there to be PM you will but by the rate you going there I really cannot see dat. It's just a matter of time before the UWPEEE dump you...LOL...

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  11. UWP really have no shame you know. Talking about threat. Wasn't it a threat when Eziekel stood on the same platform with Chastanet and said that they took over the country in 1982 and they will do it again. St. Lucian do you know your history? Can you remember what happened in those days? And to say they will do it again is quite disturbing. Well it would be nice for us St. Lucians to know how they intend to do that. What comes to mind is what happened in Grenada. so what you call that one UWP??? As far as I can see Allen Chastanet is making a fool out of himself. He is DESPERATE for power. He is digging his own pit. Like father like son......POWER HUNGRY!!

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  12. I was SHOCKED to hear the Min of External Affairs, Alva Baptiste statement that Chastanet could not become Prime Minister - "not over my dead body". Really what does the Minister mean? This is subject to broad interpretation. Why are these Labour guys behaving that way?

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  13. what does Michael Chastnet have to with the slp, maybe the uwp should targeting Mr. Theophilus , he may not be on the same scale Chastnet but he close. hence the reason why i have washed my hands of all political parties. I am more worried of when the tourist season begins and god forbid on U.S. visitor gets assaulted in our country, what do you think will happen to us as tourist destination which our security forces has been black listed by the world's police. and yet we have jackasses quarreling over a bloody bridge in Soufriere. Too the 2 major political parties stop the bickering and sort out the country's pressing issues or else we will have IMF setting up shop here soon.

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  14. Harold Dalson, Alva Baptiste are thugs in suits, running scared because without their positions they are dead brokes as in no freaking money. Did Alva say over his dead body Mr Chastanent will never be Prime Minister of St.Lucia? Well buddy you will continue selling your soul to the Devil, but always remember the evil you do live with you NEVER after you.

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  15. Micheal show Kenny who is boss shutdown CFL,Mega J Coco Palm and the rest for a week, send everybody home without pay, just for one week.

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    • THEM FLAMBEAUXS LIKE TO INTERPRETE THINGS HOW THEY WANT YOU ALL ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THREATS WERE MADE TO PERSONS LIVES. STOP MISLEADING THE PUBLIC. THE FATHER WAS THE ONE WHO MADE CERTAIN STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS BIG BIRD SON AND NOW HE HAS REGRETTED. I WILL LEAVE ST.LUCIA FOR YOU ALL, SINCE THE CHASTANETS BELIEVE THEY ARE RUNNING THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY.

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      • What do you expect us to think when Hon. Alva said "Not over my dead body will Chastanet ever be Prime minister" and the Hon Dalson literally confronting Mr. Chastanet in Soufriere.

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        • THE PM BRANDED THE POLICE OFFICERS IN THE SHOOTING CONTRAVERSY AS BEING ADHOC I WANT TO KNOW IF THE BEHAVIOR OF HIS MINISTERS ARE NOT ADHOC.ALVA SEEM TO FORGET WE ARE IN A DEMOCRACY HOW CAN DALSO ASK CHASNET WHAT HE DOIN IN SOUF. IS IT NOT HIS RIGHT AS A LUCIAN? HOW CAN THE PM SAY HE SAW A HIT LIST AND DID NOTHING ABOUT UNTIL THE SHIT HIT THE FAN HE COME AND PLAY BLAME GAME. WHO IS ADHOC IF NOT ALL OF US LUCIANS WHO SUPPORT CRAP BECAUSE WE ARE BLINDED BY PARTY COLOUR. TIME TO STEP UP

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        • SON OF HELEN YOU ARE THE FOOL. TAKE IT HOW YOU PEOPLE WANT. YOU PEOPLE LIKE TO INTERPRETE THINGS IN YOUR OWN WAYS TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT IS A THREAT. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS JUST A SAYING SO TI WAY KOR LAR SARKWA INUWON.

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        • We are REALLY TOO PETTY in this little island you know. The phrase "over my dead body" is used sooooo very often by soooo many different kinds of people (black, white, poor, rich, middle class, children, young and old alike)... SO WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL? It is a METAPHOR for Goodness Sakes. Why don't you guys use your dictionary more often...geez!!!

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