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Letter: Mommy, the other kids are being mean to me!
Published on December 20, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

It seems to me that the UWP political leader, Allen Chastanet, is a cry, cry baby, who has been caught running to mommy for some comfort. Oh, oh, I cannot blame him, that’s what kids do. But for goodness sake, if the kitchen is too hot you should step aside and let a competent Saint Lucian chef prepare the meal, this festive season. A rewarding time of year for a farmer like me to witness headless chickens come home from the chicken coop to the boiling plate of flambeau hospitality.

Resting quietly on my balcony on Thursday afternoon, a yellow bird revealed the news, that Allen Chastanet has reached boiling point and has reportedly contacted the American Embassy, and reported to them that person or persons unknown have been harassing him under the guise of Tokyo Rose and Tori Fatal who are threatening his political career. It seems Saint Lucia will finally get to know who the informants are!

Eh, eh… what political career is Allen Chastanet referring to? You don’t have a seat and won’t, and furthermore the purchase of the political leadership of the UWP is a false hope of importance, not to mention the false perception of authority, without a seat in parliament. This reminds me of the roosters running around on the farm trying to claim turf and ownership of the hens; when they could easily be plucked and put on the dinner table.

I would have suggested asking Stephenson King to do you a political favour, but I doubt he would. The claim by the attorney general of Saint Lucia dated December 10, 2013, accuses Mr Chastanet of acting in a manner that amounts to “breach of his fiduciary duties as a minister of government, in bad faith and/or constitutes misfeasance in public office” and the Town and Village report may prove a lot to answer for and drive home the message.

And I have to ask, since when did the exercise of free speech become grounds for a geopolitical complaint? Sounds really like, “Mommy, the other kids are being mean to me”, while on the other hand Allen Chastanet is on radio and television making bogus noises about free speech, and censorship of the media in Saint Lucia. What a bluff! This to me is speaking with a chicken bone in the mouth, moving from side to side with an uncontrolled tongue.

And talking about superficial arrogance, this may have been captured in the Wikileaks cables under the section LIAT, Race, and Culture:

10. (C) When asked about recent claims in the Eastern Caribbean that the sole regional air carrier, LIAT, was inefficient and guilty of price-gouging, Gonsalves replied that (St. Lucia's Minister of Tourism) "Chastanet talks a lot of rubbish when it comes to regional air transport." Noting the lack of air transport regulation in the Eastern Caribbean, and in regards to governmental efforts to increase competition in the region, Gonsalves stated, "we've been down that road before", citing the failures of Carib Express, BWIA, and Caribbean Star, among others. Gonsalves said he was "not against competition" but wants "fair competition."

11. (C) He further criticized St. Lucia's Alan Chastanet as among "a species of brown people in the Caribbean with money" who are "not loyal to anybody". Gonsalves continued by noting that such people, whom he described as "Castries mulattos", believe they are "oracles" and represent a "break in the social advancement in the Eastern Caribbean."

Source Wikileaks

However, per Brent Hardt, then US charge d’affairs in Bridgetown, at a reception on October 1, 2008, Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet outlined Saint Lucia's ambitious plans to redevelop its harbor and downtown area to permit the arrival of the new line of mega cruise ships. The scope of the project outlined came as a surprise, and Chastanet was vague on where the funds would come from.

Does Allen Chastanet have a history of being vague about money? I hope the attorney general’s claim can share flambeau light on this, and who were the ghost friends of his campaign financing potpourri.

Where’s the money Allen, and what happened to the ambitious plans? Are you expecting it is payback time from the Bridgetown embassy you went crying to? Or is it time to believe what Ralph Gonsalves and the US ambassador said, as revealed for posterity by Wikileaks: "Chastanet talks a lot of rubbish when it comes to regional air transport." And noting that such people, whom Gonsalves described as "Castries mulattos", believe they are "oracles" and represent a "break in the social advancement in the Eastern Caribbean." Or is this a case of political chickens at the altar of pretence?

I thank you.

Tori Fatal
 
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