He continued, with all the leadership mess, the on and off again, firing of parliamentarians and nonstop restructuring of his wayward son Allen Chastanet that has injected his poison into the United Workers Party (UWP), you mean his father, Michael Chastanet — “One of Saint Lucia’s leading businessmen – is calling for general elections this year? You’ve got to be kidding; Dr Kenny Anthony could not want a better gift than that.
Seriously, I replied, Michael Chastanet is a novice in political advice, and he very well could be having a fantasy moment. But let’s assume this is his original idea, it goes to show the competence of the “leading businessman” and the advice he is giving Dr Kenny Anthony.
And to go a bit further, let’s say Dr Kenny Anthony calls an election this year, the UWP is in no position to win under Allen Chastanet or the leader of the opposition, “LOO, tom-girl” Dr Gale Rigobert.
Going into a general election with the UWP in this twisted mess and a situation where no one knows who’s really running the UWP, it will be a repeat of the last general election. Just another day in paradise for a well financed street party every night, offering exotic food, bounty (the spirit of St Lucia) and local pot from Mount Gimie or Vince. That would certainly make Jason Sifflet and the Flogg Blog happy.
A comment on social media said it best: “This is sad very sad to see what is now a fight within the party instead of coming together to make this party a viable alternative for the next government. If this behaviour continues Mr Prudent should now begin the process of recruitment. It is time this foolishness ends. Fed up.”
The strategy as suggested by Allen Chastanet’s foreign advisors, which could not help him win the last election, is to cut-off business taxes, block foreign direct investment and new business where they can from Dr Kenny Anthony. This is an open playbook for everyone with eyes to see. This is a replay from Dr Kenny Anthony when he was in opposition that has contributed to jeopardize the stability and growth of Saint Lucia.
Suffice to say, this will not work despite the island’s current economic woes. Saint Lucians are accustomed to suffering, and Dr Kenny Anthony is smart enough to ride out two and half years of his retirement playing Santa Claus. His parliamentarians need theirs. And the party boys and girls need more time to pad their pockets. Dr Kenny Anthony also knows that the masses will not risk taking to the streets for a repeat of cardboard city like 1979.
And so, “this is my take”, to borrow Claudius Francis’ signature phrase. If Allen Chastanet and his imperialist father Michael Chastanet had any smarts and money, as they would like people to believe, by now they should have bought out at least four hungry parliamentarians from the government side to the UWP, to substantiate their marketing and negotiating brilliance. Not the Francis Brothers with nothing but used, abused, and rejected political baggage.
If Allen Chastanet and the leader of the opposition, “LOO, tom-girl” Dr Gale Rigobert had any semblance of political intelligence and leadership, by now they should have forced a vote of no confidence in the Dr Kenny Anthony-led administration and toppled the government. The magic number is nine. How hard is that? So don’t let Michael Chastanet, who I think has a little too much time on his hands that is causing him to sleep and dream too much, call for a November 2014 general election. The people of Saint Lucia will not buy a new socialist student of Che Guevara and his imperialist father, not even for a dollar.
I think Michael Chastanet is hoodwinked along with his son Allen Chastanet and caught up in their own fantasy.
August 1st was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Saint Lucia. I for one will not be re-enslaved by “Castries mulattos” dreaming of numerous possibilities in this current climate to prostitute the country even more than Dr Kenny Anthony and his boys and girls.
Think again, Allen and Michael Chastanet, and clear your minds. It looks like the Flogg Blog may have had an effect on both of you. Too much pot and Bounty Rum!