October 5th, 2011
Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency Branch
Condemns Shameful Posturing by Invader
The United Workers Party Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency Branch condemns the shameful political posturing displayed by Calypsonian Invader during a recent cultural event organized by the Choiseul Development Foundation. During the event which was held in the village of Choiseul on Saturday, October 1st, 2011, Ignatius Tyson known in Calypso circles as Invader sought to disrespect the integrity of Choiseulians when after the performance which he was contracted to deliver he proceeded to engage in partisan political antiques by seeking to denigrate the Parliamentary Representative for Choiseul/Saltibus, Hon. Rufus Bousquet.
Many Choiseulians and indeed patrons of the event continue to be appauled by the disgraceful and grossly unprofessional actions of someone who many Saint Lucians have respected over the years as a leading Calypsonian. As proud Choiseulians we take strong offence to the ill-judgement of Mr. Tyson who chose to utilize a cultural event which brought together Choiseulians from all “walks of life:” to inject in such a blatant manner political divisiveness.
Mr. Tyson’s actions represented an insult to the integrity of the proud people of Choiseul. That Invader would use the stage of a cultural event organized by the Choiseul Development Foundation to tarnish the spirit of unity and community goodwill that contributed to the staging of such an event is indeed sad.
We therefore call on Ignatius Tyson – “Invader” to apologize to the people of Choiseul and Saint Lucia altogether. We also call on the Choiseul Development Foundation to clarify their position on this un-fortunate incident in order to preserve the integrity of the organization and the understanding that it is in fact a non partisan entity which is primarily concerned with advancing the interest of Choiseulians. We do hope that Invader would understand that such actions on his part would only serve to undermine the respect and admiration he has earned over the years as a Calypsonian. Invader the people of Choiseul await an appropriate and timely response on this matter from you as a professional artiste.