What could a donkey do without a cart, and what can a slick snake oil salesman sell a preverbal rookie?
This was my conclusion on the news that United Workers Party (UWP) political leader Allen Chastanet and Gale Rigobert (‘LOO, Tom Girl’) leader of the opposition travelled to Barbados on March 10, 2014, for three days, to meet with public and private sector stakeholders for discussion on the economy, health sector, education and foreign direct investment.
Don’t choke up yet; if this was the main course, wait for the dessert. The meetings were meant to be part of preparations for the upcoming Saint Lucia Budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year and to be a part Allen’s UWP policy development strategy ahead of the next general elections. I am still laughing on my balcony chair, sipping my afternoon brew. Yeah, right! I guess that was what Allen and Gale ('LOO, Tom-Girl') cooked up for public consumption.
For starters, the Barbados economy is sinking; Barbados and Saint Lucia’s economy are not compatible and the cultures are different and complex like Gale’s ('LOO, tom-girl') head and Allen’s toes. The one similarity seems to be between the two opposition leaders, but that’s for another soaps episode.
The other situation is the frequent trips to Barbados by the UWP political leader Allen Chastanet, including stops at the Bridgetown US Embassy. I leave the explanation of such to others’ imagination and the Richard Frederick visa issue that is bugging Saint Lucia now. It won’t be to long before the defendants and informants appear in US court to answer their names. Despite this, Allen attempted to make an impression on Gale ('LOO, tom-girl') with his US embassy contact, not knowing that the instruction from US authorities is to stay clear of Allen Chastanet -- and probably at this point any Saint Lucian politician.
So much so, that all the money Allen Chastanet promised and his assertion that the US government is supporting him; and his access to business tycoons for investment in Saint Lucia on becoming political leader, is a pipe dream. That’s Allen, for those of us who know him well. Unlike others, who think he is the best thing since sliced bread or the laughable notion that he is rich. His best attribute is his ability to spend other people’s money like a kid in a candy store. It is my hope that, at the next sitting of parliament, the UWP pit-bull will unleash on Allen Chastanet’s stewardship as the former tourism minister.
The bottom line is this, what can Allen and Gale ('LOO, tom-girl') learn from each other, or from the public and private sector in Barbados? If anything, they are twin failures. A submissive rookie to Allen Chastanet; a conspicuous failure in continuous motion saved only by his pigmentation.
Recently a friend reminded me that “Allen’s UWP is nothing more than a bluffers party”. I guess there is no need to understand why the next UWP press conference will pronounce that the Allen and Gale ('LOO, tom-girl') make-up in Barbados was a success. Ooh la la!