The more things change the more they remains the same. At least that’s what the old adage says, which may well be the United Workers Party (UWP) legacy with Allen Chastanet as political leader.
The loyalist Hon. Edmund Estaphane, the newly acclaimed Pastor Estee, delivered an unusual summons in parliament during the budget debate. This may have been the beginning of the end. His chapter and verse was wrong. His references to King Solomon, King David and Dr Kenny Anthony in relation to the budget were unreal, even to the most acclaimed Queen’s Counsel and speaker of the house, much less other parliamentarians. Does this matter? In this current crisis a disclaimer is necessary.
Dear reader, as you know, Allen Chastanet and Oswald Augustine are working out the details to discipline and or, to fire Hon Stephenson King and Hon Richard Frederick for insubordination, non-submissiveness and the general lack of respect to me as political leader. In part this is not easy to do. Nevertheless their presentations were not approved by me. We cannot be in the same room. ~ Allen Chastanet
Not surprisingly, the highly favoured brown upper class party (UWP) has continuously shown its disregard for voters and other in-between toned people. So is was quite a part for the brown skin, blue-eyed leader to have included in his vocabulary during the budget proceedings, “poor people” and sounding like the new found saviour. But lo and behold, the ‘unsavoury’ stranger Allen Chastanet who was sitting in the gallery had well-established black coaches and the biggest surprise was the framers of the UWP response to their disastrous budget debate.
But last week that changed, because the old thinking superficial lunch-bucket, talking-heads outdid themselves.
In this lexicon, the regular tendency is to use the services of regular unassuming Joes in primitive and token ways, expecting those below to rise, with the expectation they won’t be noticed. I’d like to say more; however, I’ll hold my tongue, but could anyone clarify what was Titus Preville, the permanent secretary in the ministry of commerce, business development, investment and consumer affairs doing at a UWP caucus in preparation for the budget response?
What was Dr Claudius Preville, of Preville and Associates, a proposed candidate for Babonneau and, as the whispers go, is expected to challenge Allen Chastanet at the August convention for leadership of the UWP, thinking last week in following through with a statement on television saying, and I paraphrase: “There are too many permanent secretaries and as I have been saying to spend money in areas that provide growth like the productive sector. The SLP is not using our money efficiently enough.”
Did he completely forget... or try to blind side Saint Lucians that his brother is a permanent secretary, and part of the entitled club, grades 19 -21, who are “ inefficient and claim a degree of entitlement”? I wonder if this is what he was getting at.
Last week as well, Rock Jean, a public servant, could not hide his cover anymore and sought to play Shaggy’s version of “It wasn’t me” when he appeared on Radio Caribbean Newsspin program to clear his name, saying “that the caller to the programme, that sounds like me… is not me… though, what the caller is saying has merit and is probably true.”
It was painful to hear the not so smart and soon to be doctor in economics, try Shakespeare. I tell you: soon Saint Lucia will have the most doctors with the least prescriptions.
But hey, hanging around Allen Chastanet, expecting him to win a seat in parliament, is as dumb as a post, just as much as the expectation to become director of finance or permanent secretary in the ministry of finance under his leadership. The best chance is to stop at the newly build residence that Allen’s father is building for him in the south with the expectation to run the Micoud South seat. This will soon become a welcome location to facilitate Hon Alva Baptiste’s, the minister for external relation, interpretation of diplomacy: “Cocktails are the lubricants of diplomatic intercourse.” Be careful though!
On another level, maybe someone would provide an explanation why Titus Preville, Dr Claudius Preville and Rock Jean, served as the enlargement of Allen Chastanet dead brain, along with other economists that strategically appeared on island and on television stations giving their two cents diagnostics?
This is really catastrophic to see say the least. And equally, to expose some of the career brain cells in the public service and that of Dr Kenny Anthony that have contributed to the degrading social and economic decline of Saint Lucia.
The more the UWP reorganizes the dumber it becomes, exposing “intelligent wonks” that unknowingly cannot connect with the voters much like the blue-eyed political leader that is attempting a shameless metamorphosis.