Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 11th March, 2019, (MyVueNews.com) – There is no doubt that Denzil Douglas has his eyes squarely focused on leading St. Kitts and Nevis again, come the next general elections that are due next year, (2020).
His recent court victory on the contentious diplomatic passport issue, seems to have given him and his Labour Party, some much needed added vitality, as he continues events to celebrate 30 years as a parliamentarian.
Speaking a church service on Sunday, 10th March, 2019, the former Prime Minister said he has learnt many lessons, since having the “opportunity” to serve on the opposition benches.
One of the lessons mentioned by Douglas as he addressed the congregation of the Antioch Baptist Church in West Basseterre, was “forgiveness”.
The 2015 elections in St. Kitts & Nevis was one of the most divisive and acrimonious, of recent campaigns. It was also an election that saw two of Douglas’ former colleagues, break ranks with Labour and joined with two other opposition parties. They eventually ended Douglas’ almost 20 years tenure as prime minister.
Now, with a new election, just over a year in the future, the Labour leader is seeking to present a new image. That new image, for him, includes forgiveness.
He said, he has learnt how to practice FORGIVENESS, which is essentially important in moving forward from where you are. Without forgiveness, said Douglas, you’ll be stuck forever in your own self.
Other lessons learnt in opposition, said Douglas, during the service which was carried live on radio, are patience, tolerance and humility.
“I have learnt as well how to be more humble, because I thought I was always humble. I have learnt to be more humble, because I came from humble beginnings and have not moved away,” he stated.
The Opposition Leader said one has to cultivate humility and to be humble at all times, no matter what and where you have advanced.
Douglas became a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly following the elections of 1989, and shortly thereafter replaced former Premier and former Labour Party Leader, Lee L Moore, as head of their party.