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Letter: A doltish St Lucian political leader speaks his mind
Published on April 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

The Hot Button Issue (HBI) on Wednesday evening April 23, 2014, via Choice TV, with host Timothy Poleon, featured Allen Chastanet. I could not have asked for more late night TV at my age, to view Allen Chastanet in a familiar dodgy moment. And by the way, could someone outfit him with a better suit!

Straight to the point, Timothy Poleon inquired about the UWP preparedness to govern. Allen Chastanet’s script was in front of him and he would not move one bit. That was the beginning of evasive answers. Allen’s response referred to the UWP record and ability to deliver and the infamous ongoing restructuring of an un-united workers party. He re-affirmed Sir John Compton quadrant plan, which explains Allen’s lack of originality and brainless ideas to economic development in a modern era.

He attempted to redeem himself on the Black Bay matter but even on this everyone knows that was a bad deal complements Allen Chastanet’s negotiating skills. Tuxedo Villas resurfaced and again Allen Chastanet could not redeem himself. How can he? When three judges ruled Allen Chastanet could not be trusted!

On the economy, he knocked down all four bills tabled in parliament last week, without offering a single alternative. It is properly true that Allen’s UWP is like tonic water – soft and weak. As usual, there was comedy with numbers, while claiming the UWP could do better. I suppose with Taiwanese money and his father’s fat payday since selling the supermarket chain. But I am not convinced. Losses can’t produce results -- they attract like equals, so it was interesting listening to the false doctor, Walter François, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) director, offering a lecture on rudimentary economics to Allen Chastanet live on television.

Moving on, Timothy Poleon challenged Allen Chastanet on the leadership issue, he ducked (a familiar work out) claiming it was the desire of like minds since the party had not changed since 1996, change was needed. By then his head rocked back, part of a familiar routine, his face red up, and you know what that means. Truth or false! Remembering that a UWP convention is due in August/September 2014 and anything can happen.

That opened Pandora’s Box, Hon. Stephenson King and Hon. Richard Frederick! Can the UWP win without them? They have political capital! Allen went soft on King, claiming he is in a different situation, probably thinking there is room for negotiating a kiss-ass compromise. So much so for doltish thinking!

On Frederick he was braggadocio. The doltish comedian in Allen Chastanet came alive, claiming that no one will hold the party ransom, drawing reference to Super 8, and the episode that surrounded the death of Sir John Compton. I guess Allen Chastanet’s memory has collapsed, forgetting he was part of that scenario. The UWP, according to Allen Chastanet, is united, working (in the absence of Hon. Stephenson King and Hon. Richard Frederick) with executive meetings every last Tuesday of the month. The impression is Allen’s UWP believes in what it’s doing and if King and Frederick can’t shapeup, be submissive and kiss-ass, they can go somewhere else. Whoop! It seems the sidebar meetings at Coco Palm and Coco Kreole, the real decision makers of Allen’s UWP have spoken.

But wait! The breaking news was the UWP national council meeting that is scheduled for Sunday April 27, to decide the fate of Hon. Richard Frederick. What a joke, by a mindless group of losers that includes Marion aka Marlon Arnold Martin Gill-Devaux. For heaven’s sake, information reveals that Allen Chastanet has secured Marlon’s services as an investigator/provocateur, while forgetting to turn the guy upside down first, and to examine his rap sheet. A document extensive in nature at the criminal court of the city of New York, case/docket #2007!

This revelation blew Oswald Augustin’s main fuse. As general secretary of the party he was once again duped! Could Allen Chastanet take credit for that – that’s possible?

On the HBI talk show, someone called to congratulate Allen Chastanet: “I just want to thank you, Mr Chastanet, because when you were minister for tourism, one day I passed and saw fourteen cruise ships in the harbour!" Classic indeed! Even that, whether it was intended as comedy and just being facetious, Allen Chastanet could not clearly state that never happened!

And then there was the statement of the night that speaks to Allen Chastanet’s doltish and undisciplined mind, “When I walked around the Castries market these are people who are not supposed to be educated, these are people who …are not suppose… they have a better understanding of what’s taking place in Saint Lucia.”

Like me, I hope all Saint Lucians understand this language and mind set!

Tori Fatal
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