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Pat Brown, a Stalwart of the Saint Lucia Labour Party has taken the Saint Lucia Labour Party To task.

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  •     PAT  BROWN  OF  THE  SAINT  LUCIA  LABOUR  PARTY  RIPS  HIS   GOVERNMENT  APART:     AS  I  SEE  IT     By  Pat  Brown     Regarding  my  article  on  the  11  million  dollar  bridge,  as  a  diehard   Labour  Party  supporter,  my  adulation  was  expected.  But  my   comments  were  not  directed  at  anyone  but  at  the  Labour  Party,  whose   habitual  performance  is  to  isolate  its  supporters,  and  go  about  its   merry  ways  as  soon  as  an  election  is  won.     Historically,  the  Labour  Party  leadership  cannot,  as  deceased  Sir  John   Compton  could,  claim  to  have  led  the  Party  into  its  first  election   victory  without  the  support  of  professionals  and  technicians  in  their   several  fields  of  endeavour,  and  the  red  mealy  bugs  whom  the  Labour   Party  discarded  immediately  after  the  election  victory.  After  the  16-­‐1   landslide  victory,  instead  of  uniting  a  Party  which  remained  in  the   wilderness  for  over  fifteen  years,  they  divided  it  in  twain  with  the   introduction  of  New  Labour.  They  discarded  Old  Labour,  and  did  not   extend  a  hand  to  the  youth,  the  “red  mealy  bugs”,  or  Rastafarians,  but   kept  UWPees  in  senior  positions  in  the  civil  service,  which  contributed   to  the  Party’s  decline,  culminating  in  the  loss  of  one  seat  in  the   following  general  elections.     In  the  next,  Labour  Party,  even  with  a  cadre  of  Doctors  of  Philosophy,   legal  and  economic  experts,  were  put  to  route  by  a  sickly  octogenarian   who  passed  away  some  nine  months  later.  
  •   What  followed  was  a  government  whose  leader  was  appointed  by  the   octogenarian,  and  whose  accomplishment  was  overshadowed  by  the   troika  who  controlled  his  Cabinet.  The  rest  is  a  subject  of  history.  But   even  with  a  weak  and  not  entirely  honest  government  fighting  the   following  general  elections,  the  Labour  Party,  with  their  “An’  rouge,   en’  rouge”  chants,  managed  to  edge  through  with  an  11-­‐6  victory,  with   two  seats  still  being  contested.     It  may  be  said  that  the  “en  rouge”  chant,  coupled  with  assistance  of   Party  faithful  and  the  relentless  efforts  of  the  Party’s  secretary  had  a   lot  to  do  with  this  last  election  victory.  Yet,  after  almost  mid  term,  no   Labour  stalwart  has  been  seen  to  be  enjoying  the  spoils  of  victory,   except  for  a  single  UWP  civil  engineering  firm,  and  a  single  contractor   whose  allegiance  is  doubtful,  who  is  singled  out  for  civil  and  structural   engineering  consultancy,  and  a  single  contractor  who  is  handed  all   contract  work.     On  the  other  hand,  this  is  where  Sir  John  has  to  be  remembered.  He   led  the  UWP  into  every  election  victory;  his  last  effort  was  as  an   octogenarian,  when  he  defeated  the  Labour  Party.  Additionally,  Sir   John  always  rewarded  his  supporters,  even  to  the  extent  of  him  calling   Mr.Lubin  from  retirement  and  appointing  him  Deputy  Governor   General  after  his  last  election  victory.         The  present  state  of  the  economy  and  unemployment  do  not   guarantee  the  Labour  Party  a  smooth  ride  into  the  next  general   elections.  Doubt  as  to  its  leadership  was  created  by  the  frequency  of   the  absence  of  the  prime  minister  from  the  State  immediately  after   the  election  victory.  His  preference  in  meeting  President  Rawool   Castro  in  Cuba  instead  of  Vice  President  Biden  in  Trinidad,  the  present   decline  in  assistance  to  our  police  by  the  United  States  as  a  result  of   human  rights  violations,  the  aired  choice  of  Dr.Hilaire  in  preference  to   Deputy  Prime  Minister  Phillip  J  Pierre  as  our  next  Leader  by  Jeff   Stewart  on  prime  time  television,  notwithstanding  that  Mr.  Stewart  no   longer  carries  any  weight;  but  these  signs  cannot  be  ignored  while  the   new  UWP  junta  is  busy  undermining  the  government.     Politics  today  relies  more  on  a  “modus  operandi”  which  generates   public  confidence  in  the  administration,  the  slightest  decline  of  which   must  be  arrested.  Hence,  a  massive  public  relations  mechanism  must   be  put  in  motion  at  once,  to  revert  the  present  trend.  The  Labour   Party  cannot  continue  with  business  as  usual  when  the  electorate  is   showing  signs  of  distrust  and  lack  of  confidence  in  the  government.  
  •   The  prime  minister,  and  by  extension,  the  Labour  government,  has   enemies,  the  primary  ones  being  the  troika,  voicing  their  non-­‐stop   destructive  crusade  in  weekly  articles  in  the  Voice  and  the  Star  news   papers  for  the  past  twenty  years.     Coming  back  to  the  11  million  dollar  61’0  span  bridge,   notwithstanding  the  circumstances  which  required  that  the  Eastern   Division  Corps  of  Engineers  vet  that  project,  the  powers  that  be   should  always  secure  the  input  of  the  University  of  the  West  Indies,   through  its  engineering  faculties  at  Mona,  Kingston,  Jamaica,  St   Augustine,  Port  of  Spain,  Trinidad  and  Tobago.  and  the  University  of   Guyana  in  any  such  endeavour.  The  university  has  trained  and   graduated  enough  engineers  to  engage  in  any  possible  engineering   exercise.  No  external  firm  will  export  their  senior  engineers  to  the   colonies.     With  personal  experience  as  structural  engineer  on  record  at  the   Jalousie  Plantation  Resorts  development,  I  recommended  that  the   roads  throughout  the  Resort  be  of  a  rigid  pavement  type,  whereas   Wallace  Evans  and  Partners,  the  consulting  engineers  for  the  project   required  a  flexible  pavement.  The  Resort  accepted  my   recommendation,  but  Wallace  Evans  insisted  that  their  engineer  be   sent  from  London  to  supervise  my  work.  The  only  engineer  with  my   qualification  as  a  Fellow  was  Wallace  Evans  himself,  so  the  engineer   the  firm  sent  at  a  salary  of  $20,000.00  per  month  compared  to  my   $7,500.00  was  one  with  no  idea  of  the  mix  of  a  grade  B  concrete.  I  had   him  deported.