Call a spade a spade and done with that. Harmony Radio Tuesday’s 10:30 am slot is a UWP charade -- hitting across “their” line. Not “the” line! The talk show is of little substance. The little substance on the programme is the jaw dropping episodes that the guess all UWPs let out.
For starters, my eardrum was traumatized to hear that the “New UWP is the preferred party of choice.” This sounds more than a joke on a poker table, the rambling of a cork dice.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the UWP charade guest was the General Secretary Oswald Augustin, with the usual sidekick Peter Josie (commenting from a remote location). Two “reform socialist” if there is such a category, now Allen Chastanet’s New UWP joint cheerleaders, singing, clapping and dancing for their assumed sunset.
Oswald started by reading the new UWP mission, vision and values. I could not pay attention to that because it sounds like a recital of a monologue performed by a comedian. And trust me there are many.
Anyway, Oswald professes that Allan is a go-getter, a decision maker and a businessman. Sounds like none of that was part of his capability in the previous UWP administration. He continued chanting to have absolute faith in his new leader and would put his hand in fire for him. Well, Oswald, I fear that your hand may have to remain in fire for a very long time. And maybe you’re enjoying it more than the official translator and trusted companion from the valley!
Oswald and Peter couldn’t stop singing and praising their new messiah. After all, who wouldn’t… having been rewarded the handpicked general secretary and chairman of the Gros Islet constituency group assignments. A reward for being a trusted servant in more ways than one! Oswald continued, Allen does not need anything from St Lucia and his father can be a good advisor to him. Ah tissue… my reply to this would be. They just don’t get it.
It seems that the review of the financial operations of town and village councils /Taiwanese funds was not read by the new UWP upper brass. Also, as the minister for tourism and civil aviation didn’t Allen Chastanet collect a government salary, financed by the taxpayers of St Lucia? Probably, I am wrong on both counts! He never saw either.
On the matter of the advisor, maybe both cheerleaders can answer the following. Who was Kenny Anthony's advisor in his second term? On whose advice was a hotel not built in Vieux Fort, the area is now a populated slum?
Who was chairman of Bank of St Lucia for the better part of SLP’s second term in office? Who was chairman of the National Development Corporation, (NDC) for that period? Who was St Lucia’s ambassador at large with a diplomatic passport?
And what did St Lucia achieve, and by extension the people, by allowing one person and family to have so much power and authority?
Oswald, in case you need glasses to look around, let me know. But first, tell St Lucia how you became a major shareholder in the monopoly supermarket chain in St Lucia and as the preferred broker for that company. Also, how did you become an advisor to Stephenson King and sat on a number of boards with sworn allegiance to Allen Chastanet, the rest is history?
And Peter for enjoying your directorship on a number of boards prior to the election, hugging and kissing Stephenson King and then turning on the hand that gave food to you? There is a biblical term for this! You know it.
So please, Oswald and Peter, don’t try more slick maneuvering again. Of course, after having access to so much and enjoying state resources, it is not hard to sing the songs of a yellow canary that Allen Chastanet does not need anything from St Lucia, uh… until the well runs dry?
One good thing that stands out now! All of the advisors and known failures are head and should in the New UWP. How do you explain that!
You can bluff 264 votes at a conference to achieve a singular goal -- most of whom are unaware of history and the motives at hand, but the majority of knowledgeable St Lucians was not born yesterday.
Please, do St Lucians a favour, you and your New UWP should go on a slow sailing trip on one of the catamarans, en route for a protracted journey far, far, away. Bon voyage!