Published On: Tue, Jul 1st, 2014

No More Jab-En-Sac Promises

Therold PrudentCASTRIES, St Lucia – The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has expressed his profound disagreement with the political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, over comments which seem to suggest that the role of an opposition party is simply to hold a government accountable without feeling pressed to offer any alternative ideas or suggestions to improve the overall management of Saint Lucia.

Prudent states that he fully understands the propensity of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to ridicule and belittle its opponents and to even go as far as to dismiss with fervent bias any intelligent argument or suggestion which may expose the deficiencies in the SLP’s concepts and approach to governance.

However, he insists that the onus lies on all opposing parties which consider themselves progressive to not only raise the level of the political discourse in the country but to also boldly and continually offer a competing vision which makes an effective and relentless case as to why the SLP is no longer worthy of governing Saint Lucia.

The LPM leader argues the notion that a 50-year-old party (The UWP), which has had a cumulative 35 years in power, does not have a single identifying policy to govern, but would opt instead for the eve of the next general election to share with the people of Saint Lucia its vision for moving the country forward. This indicates an antiquated approach to the politics of enlightenment. Moreover, it serves as further proof that the people of Saint Lucia will be unable to adequately review and scrutinise the party’s policies on a wide range of issues.

In an age in which most Saint Lucians can readily accept that they were duped by the dubious nature of Dr Kenny Anthony’s manifesto of “Better Days,” which offered no credible explanation of how it intended to create thousands of jobs and deliver prosperity en masse to the people of the country, one would have thought that the UWP would have learnt from the SLP’s painful experience.

Perhaps the UWP can take a page from the LPM's progressive agenda which does not simply oppose the SLP, but readily offer a number of viable alternatives and solutions as to how Saint Lucia should be govern.

Prudent concludes that since political parties are in the business of preparing to run the country one day, there should be no reason why the people of Saint Lucia should not know years ahead of any elections how these parties hope to govern.

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