‘I’ve walked in Mia’s shoes’ – Chastanet 

The political leader of St Lucia’s main Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, says he knows only too well what his Barbadian counterpart Mia Mottley is going through.

Chastanet, who was on a short visit to Barbados, recalled that when he became political leader of the UWP three years ago, Castries Central MP Richard Frederick, who is an attorney-at-law, had refused to attend party meetings, accept him as political leader and even made derogatory remarks about him and the party in the media.

“We went through the process where he [Frederick] was expelled,” Chastanet reminded in an interview with Barbados TODAY.

Opposition Leader - Mia Mottley
Opposition Leader – Mia Mottley

 The UWP leader, while making a comparison between Frederick’s situation and the recent dismissal from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard, further recalled that Frederick’s expulsion was tested in the law courts.

“He took the UWP to court on the eve of our convention and the court ruled against him,” the St Lucian hotelier said, adding that “once you go through the process at the end of the day it was not the political leader who expelled the member, there is a process.

 “We in the UWP have a disciplinary committee and then the matter goes to the National Council which voted overwhelmingly in favour of Frederick’s expulsion,” he noted.

However, lawyers for Dr Agard, who was expelled from the BLP on November 22 have been adamant that due process was not followed and that there was no provision in the BLP’s constitution for any disciplinary committee.

Dr Maria Agard
Dr Maria Agard

Dr Agard has also dismissed as “frivolous” the nine charges, which were brought by the party’s National Council against her. She has also charged that her removal was based on the fact that she dared to be different and had sought to challenge her leader’s “tyrannical and autocratic” style.

Like Mottley, Chastanet said he had been accused of being a dictator. However, he sought to remind the Barbadian public that at the end of the day the political leader has only one vote in any internal ballot.

“Decisions of whether people are to be expelled or policy decisions accepted require everybody’s votes and participation. Political leaders only have one vote,” he stressed.

Recalling the halcyon days of 1964 to 1997 when former Prime Minister Sir John Compton was seen as a colossus on the political landscape in St Lucia, he said ever since then the UWP has been struggling to maintain its relevance.

Since assuming the office of political leader, he said he has been focused on extending the democratic process and modernizing the UWP.

“We have established a new vision, mission and set of values. We have been in the process of modernizing the party and what we are saying, it is a bottom-up approach.

“The idea is to strengthen our constituency branches . . . and  [become] a party of consensus.”

15 Responses to ‘I’ve walked in Mia’s shoes’ – Chastanet 

  1. dave December 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Maria ! It is Over. You need to bow to the Leader or Bow Out like Owen Arthur. It is that simple in this region where the maximum Leader BS is still the norm. Unless you can change it to a more consensus based decision making process-You Maria have to tow the Line because it is Mia not Maria . Who you think you is ? Mariah (Carey ) ??

  2. Tony Waterman December 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    What i don’t understand is why any Court would get involved in what is for intents and purposes a disagreement between two Members of a POLITICAL PARTY, the CJ was right to exit the BHL Affair, and should do likewise with this one.

    In my present Jurisdiction, just recently, members of two of the three Political parties were put out of Cacus and had to sit as Independents for much less than what was laid against Mis Agard. they were dropped for ONLY being ACCUSED of improprieties, no charges were ever laid against them, and the accusers never came forward, and one must note, that in these instances that i just mentioned, there was never ever any hint of anyone GOING to COURT.
    To Mia Mottley, assert your authority, and to Freundel!! If you ever in your time have this happen you too should assert your Authority, in Maria wants to be leader, she can challenge at the next National Convention.
    I don’t know why anyone would want to fight to remain in this TOXIC (For them) an environment.

  3. Sue Donym December 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Cute speech from a politician who understands words like factions, canvassing and lobbying.

    Are the ‘one vote’ comments directed at primary schoolers, when even they understand the concept of the teacher’s pet? Everyone knows how politicians constantly jostle for favour and to be aligned with the right group or the right ideas.

    Leaders influence. And they check to see who’s on their side so that when appointments are being made it’s often more about rewards than ideology.

  4. Johnny Come Early December 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    The courts in St. Lucia never ruled on Richards Fredericks expulsion. The court ruled that those who brought the case had no locus standi in the matter. However it is just the nature of Allen Chastanet to distort the truth.

  5. Angel.Btouet December 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Allen knew very well Richard Frederick had nothing 2 do with the matter that went 2 Court before the 2014 Convention…..the matter was brought by one Mark Louis a Member of Castries Central Branch…..and the Courts did not Rule against Richard. ….in fact the Judge concluded that Mr.Louis had No right and was not the one 2 have brought the matter 2 the Court and as Such he could not rule 4 Mr. Louis….however 2 quote the Judge…..if it had been Mr. Frederick He would have gotten redress…..Why Lie by saying Mr. Frederick took the Party 2 Court. ….when U know very well That us a Lie.

  6. BaJan boy December 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    It is even surprising that the very Former Prime Minister of Barbados who has fired more Ministers of Government than all of the other Prime Ministers of Barbados called it a threat to Democracy.

  7. Big Brown December 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Oh Dear, oh dear. Just as I thought the Court has no business in what is to all intents a private organisation. From where I sit, Dr. Agard had four choices. Apologise to her Branch and the Party. Defend herself against the charges. Resign or walk out. She chose the latter. This makes absolutely no sense to me except that it is a continued expression of a well practised type of behaviour.

    Good luck Maria! I hope you have deep pockets for all those lawyers and I pray that someone shines a light on the garden path for you soon.

  8. Adrian Hinds December 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Two things this guy from St. Lucia said that Mia and the BLP must be concern about as I think they are.

    1: colossus on the political landscape are in the past.
    2: UWP has been struggling to maintain its relevance.

    The expelled St.Lucian politician may have lost his fight but the reality is that the party that expelled him is still damaged goods. The BLP is damaged goods, according to Mia, Peter wickham, and Owen Arthur; yet it is said that Barbados wants Mia, and there is no way for Barbados to get her other than via a political party – one that can win an election. We do not all get to vote for a person to be Prime Minister.

    Maria has a right to seek relief via the courts; whether she gets it or not is up to the court to determine; and none other than Mia Mottley backs Maria’s right to seek said relief – so that initiating this process alone of seeking relief is further damaging to an already battered institution.

  9. Born Lucian December 6, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Allen Chastnet consistently lies…While the party expelled Richard Frederick, Frederick never took him or the. UWP to court and as such the Courts in Saint Lucia never had to make such a ruling. So Saint Lucia has no such precedent. You in Barbados have to be very careful about quoting Allen when speaks as he lacks honesty.

  10. Caswell Franklyn December 6, 2015 at 8:21 am


    You just could not mind your own business. You are clearly not in possession of all the relevant facts. You are the classic example of a Caribbean politician; you don’t know when to keep your mouth shut.

  11. Michael Gustave December 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Lies and more Lies from the political leader Allen Chastanet

    Hon. Richard Fredrick never took you or the party to court for his expulsion, he was never even present during the court proceedings never gave evidence at the court so why the lies.

    Your words can not be trusted as every thing you have said from the time you entered the political field have turn out to be lies and i challenge you to
    prove that Hon Richard had any interest in
    the motion that was filed with the High Court on October 24, by Chairman of the Castries Central Constituency group of the UWP Mark Louis.


    The court at the hearing asked: “Where was the ‘expelled
    member’? Why was it that he himself was not pursuing the matter? Was he
    at all interested in being allowed back in the UWP?

  12. Sisleen Greene December 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Caswell you should be the last to tell people to keep their mouth shut, when you are guilty of doing the same, knowing not when to shut up at times.

  13. jrsmith December 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    And the winner of all of this ,political rubbish, talk, attitude and behaviour. MIA ….

  14. dave December 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Be off of Caswell -you Sisleen Greene
    You cannot tie Caswell’s boot laces
    Be Off !

  15. Adrian Hinds December 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Caswell is a Barbadian and has every right to comment on the political affairs in Barbados. In addition he usually has pertinent detail information on many things occurring in our country that we don’t get or hear from traditional media sources. He had every right to tell this guy from St. Lucia to mind his own business and i join with him in saying the same.


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