Not very often do you get Claudius James Francis, president of the Saint Lucia Senate, to eat humble pie. So Friday last morning July 25, on his radio program Straight Up, it was rather painful listening to him swallow humble pie cake. Thankfully, my eyes were spared having to look at him eat the pie slowly.
In a smooth but bashful manner he had to mumble the justification for the resignation of his two elder brothers Peterson Francis and Hermangild Francis from the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to the United Workers Party (UWP). That hurts, I bet you!
I could not believe by ears. With my hearing aid well adjusted this is what I can paraphrase: “The last time I checked we live in a democracy. We have a close knit family. Everyone one has the right to proceed where their head feels, including their hearts. That is their right, under the constitution that’s their choice and I respect that right to a choice, even if I disagree with their choice. Time will tell. Don’t expect any confrontation in the Francis family, bad talk or a break in the family structure. That’s my take,” said Claudius Francis.
I only hope he did not “Hurt it”, whatever “it” is, to paraphrase the road match song at the just concluded Saint Lucia carnival.
We all know the Francis brothers of the SLP. Peterson Francis (a known character whom Dr Kenny Anthony did not make chairman of the Housing Authority). Hermangild Francis (a former deputy police commissioner, Dr Kenny Anthony failed to promote to commissioner not once, but twice), and now is security director at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Gabriel Teddy Francis, director of carnival and a journalist mouthpiece of the party. Trevor Francis, official chauffeur at the Saint Lucia embassy in New York, and Claudius James Francis, president of the Saint Lucia Senate.
This week Amatus Edwards finally admitted that the UWP is in a mess. "With all the mess and confusion in the UWP you have two Francises defecting to UWP?" Which means the likes of Amatus Edwards and Dr Keith Mondesir contesting the Anse La Ray/Canaries seat for the UWP is a wet dream! Ouch!
My crystal ball tells me that the Anse La Ray/Canaries seat will be contested by Hermangild Francis, for the UWP. And the no contest battle in Castries Central with Peterson Francis for the UWP vs the pit bull, Hon. Richard Frederick. Which party will Hon. Richard Frederick run for? It does not matter for now. That’s the Showtime scenario. A must watch movie coming to the big screen soon.
The coming months with be interesting to see which additional sheep will have their ears up. With Dr Kenny Anthony troubles with the unions, loss of jobs and the downward economy, many could be bound for greener pasture to graze in search of better days. Allen Chastanet’s acceptance of the Francis brothers in the UWP fold is certain to let loose the coyotes, bears and mongrels among the Boston Terrier (“little gentleman” dogs are quite devoted to their owners) wondering what about me.
This coincides with his joyride in the United States, which was closely monitored as a new socialist student of Che Guevara.
Hopefully I will live to see at the upcoming UWP convention if my party continues to lose its soul in exchange for SLP rejects, swinging politicians, spies and socialist agendas of persons that need to put some fat on their skeletons.