Douglas defends his Administration against opposition charges

Douglas used the occasion of his weekly radio talk show on Tuesday, 25th February, 2014, to also defend his Government against the charges made by the opposition in their document filed to bring a motion of no confidence against him and his Administration, in December, 2012.

As recent as this week, Dr. Douglas made it clear that he is more likely to call an early election rather than allowing the motion to be called and he be removed from office in that fashion.

That said, on Tuesday, he therefore set out what essentially was his defense, were he to go to parliament to push back against the claims that outline why the opposition says it no longer has confidence in his leadership and government.

He said that one day, 2014 and its developments will be history. “And when the historians write about this period, they will note that there were six nationals who brought a Motion of No Confidence against their Government, as it is their right to do,” said Dr. Douglas.

He charges that the six parliamentarians wish to see his Government fall because, according to their motion, St. Kitts-Nevis is “at its lowest ebb since Independence”. 

But he noted that historians will note that while ordinary people owned no land at Independence, and while they never dreamed of owning their homes; while the PAM Government had at the time of Independence not provided $100 million in student loans so the children of ordinary families could attend university as his Government has, today thousands of new landowners and new homeowners can be seen all throughout our country. 

He argued that it is not only the ordinary people of this country that his Labour Government assists.  They have included, he said, wealthy, prominent individuals, who shall remain nameless, and who stridently oppose his Government have come to him – in private – seeking the Government’s financial and other assistance for their children as well. 

“This, I have willingly done. And this I shall do again.  Because the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party exists for the strong and the weak alike.  That is why we not only welcome and aid wealthy families, but formulate pro-business policies that have caused this country’s big business to expand and grow.  The evidence is all around us – proving that our country is not at the lowest ebb of anything,” stated Douglas.

He also spoke about the economy, the land for debt swap with National Bank, electricity rates, manufacturing, exports and other areas of what he termed successes by his Administration.

 

The Lbour Party leader said he and his party are stronger today though the organization was impacted when two former senior members departed to join the opposition. He said that his Government’s strong support is being demonstrated in the large crowds that attend party events.

 

 

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