Editorial

It Is The People Speaking

ONE thing about our politicians: they never seem to understand when the people have had enough and want change.

We listened in awe this week to the opening presentations in the parliamentary debate on the Constitutional Reform Commission report with a degree of disappointment because it appeared so early in the day that attempts are being made, maybe by those who have profited from the system that we now have, to retain the status quo.

One understands the rationale or desire for wanting to protect personal interest. But we never imagined that the debate would have prompted assaults on the integrity and questions about the motives of the 23 Commissioners who took the time to do what our politicians have never done over so many years: meet the people of St Lucia and elicit from them their feelings about the state of governance in their country and the remedies they felt were necessary to correct whatever flaws and inadequacies that had appeared in the system over the last 36 years of independence.

We watched once again, the immaturity of some of those who want to lead our people, failing to appreciate the fact that the Constitutional Reform Commission’s report was merely conveying to the entire country, the feelings of a sizeable portion of the population of St Lucia about the way they are being governed. The bottom line is St Lucians are dissatisfied with what has gone on since independence and want change. We fail to see what is so difficult in that position for our supposedly intelligent Members of Parliament to grasp. Instead, we have began to do what we seem to do best, which is to smear, to castigate, and put into “classes”, the messengers of the people, members of the Commission.

One of the most impressive aspects of the CRC’s mission was the wide body of opinions that it was able to canvass. Indeed, there has never been such widespread level of consultation with the people of St Lucia at any other time in the past that we can recall. It is clear therefore, that the Commission’s task was quite thorough. Also, and ironically, even in its quest to achieve consensus among its members on the various items on which it deliberated and the attendant recommendations that ensued, the report publishes the reservations on some issues by several of the very Commission members.

This kind of transparency on the Commission’s behalf is most welcomed. In fact, as we go forward with the national debate on the report, we perceive that the positions of the many dissenters on the Commission will provide value-added to the exercise. But we must make the point that the people of St Lucia will be watching the process with great interest. During the CRC’s consultation, they spoke loud and clear about the aspects of the present system of governance that they are not happy with and want changed.

During Tuesday’s debate, the MP for East Castries made the point that it was “the people who were the ones to tell us how to run the country and not any group of men or women…..”. To say the least, it appears that Mr. Pierre is unaware that this is exactly what is happening, that it is the people who are speaking, not “any group of men or women”, not the Commissioners.

In the final analysis, it is left to be seen whether Members of Parliament will continue to frustrate the will of the people or join them in ushering a new dawn in the governance of this country, which is what the Commission report is all about.

2 Comments

  1. HOW CAN ST LUCIA ECONOMY GET BETTER.
    We used to go to Marlin Quay every year as we had timeshares all 40 of us are from Canada,USA,UK .
    and we spent 1000s of £ $ in the years we stayed at Marlin Quay.
    The owner of Marlin Quay let us down by not updating the units and after visiting St Lucia for 8 years
    we were told by Mr Gavin French that we cannot use the resort as he was getting it updated (it would take 2 yrs.
    we had to pay maintenance charges. After 2 yrs when nothing was done we have gone and rented luxury apartments only to find Gavin French had started construction on another project on the grounds of Marlin Quay.
    He left the Previous units to rot and also left the new construction as a shell ,eye sore.
    We met with Astt. Director of Tourism who said she would take it up with the Director.
    We stopped going to St Lucia where we all spent thousands of $s and £s.
    The economy could not pickup as many tourists stopped going Marlin Quay , and 2 other resorts constructed by Gavin are left vacant ,which another big reason for the economy downhill.
    Nobody has helped owners of these resorts to take Gavin to task.
    Unhappy timeshare owners and other owners who have spent 1000s in these resorts.
    to go go downhill. He borrows millions from the banks but doesn’t pay back. He would not return our calls nor emails sent to his office in St Lucia even though we saw him on the island many times.
    Can the editor or some govt. official help us. What can we all do to get this sorted out.

  2. HOW CAN ST LUCIA ECONOMY GET BETTER.
    We used to go to Marlin Quay every year as we had timeshares all 40 of us are from Canada,USA,UK .
    and we spent 1000s of £ $ in the years we stayed at Marlin Quay.
    The owner of Marlin Quay let us down by not updating the units and after visiting St Lucia for 8 years
    we were told by Mr Gavin French that we cannot use the resort as he was getting it updated (it would take 2 yrs.
    we had to pay maintenance charges. After 2 yrs when nothing was done we have gone and rented luxury apartments only to find Gavin French had started construction on another project on the grounds of Marlin Quay.
    He left the Previous units to rot and also left the new construction as a shell ,eye sore.
    We met with Astt. Director of Tourism who said she would take it up with the Director.
    We stopped going to St Lucia where we all spent thousands of $s and £s.
    The economy could not pickup as many tourists stopped going Marlin Quay , and 2 other resorts constructed by Gavin are left vacant ,which another big reason for the economy downhill.
    Nobody has helped owners of these resorts to take Gavin to task.
    Unhappy timeshare owners and other owners who have spent 1000s in these resorts.
    to go go downhill. He borrows millions from the banks but doesn’t pay back. He would not return our calls nor emails sent to his office in St Lucia even though we saw him on the island many times.
    Can the editor or some govt. official help us. What can we all do to get this sorted out.

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