The dismissal over the weekend of Senior Minister of Government, Dr. Timothy Harris, has created an even more unstable political environment. But Harris is placing the blame squarely at the feet of the man who fired him, Dr. Denzil Douglas.
Dr. Harris is of the view that the country was already in a crisis, economically and financially and to those woes, Dr. Douglas has added a political crisis of his own making.
“He has not listened to the people nor has he listened to the elected voices of the people and as a result he has distanced the government and distanced the party from the people,” said Dr. Harris, about his former colleague in Cabinet, Dr. Douglas.
Dr. Harris who was fired by the prime minister on Friday 25th January, 2013, indicated in a radio address the following day, Saturday, on Freedom FM radio, that the Labour Party, the government and the country are not at peace.
The reason for this, explained Dr. Harris, is that it is the “unhelpful and destructive leadership of the country by Dr. Douglas’ that has brought the country to where it is today.”
Echoing a sentiment that many in the opposition have been stating quite often, Dr. Harris was emphatic when he argued, “The country has had enough of a Prime Minister who has overstayed his tenure in terms of having the confidence of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
He promised that at the right time, the people would demonstrate as they have always done, that they will take their country back. “The people require at this time someone who understands their hurt and their suffering and their pain. Dr. Douglas has no feeling anymore for those people,” opined the MP for Constituency Number Seven in St. Kitts.
Dr. Douglas has also been accused of moving the party away from the philosophical underpinnings of Labour and into something of his own construction and his own image.
“We are not talking about a Labour Party; we are talking about a party that Dr. Douglas has basically created in his image, to do his bidding. And it is a sad day for the party in this particular moment in time. It is sad because we had special faith and special confidence that the Labour Party will remain just and true to its history and its philosophy. Dr. Douglas has taken it elsewhere,” charged Dr. Harris.
He said he remains firm that the philosophy of the Labour Party is a good one for the country. He added that Dr. Douglas may succeed in throwing him out of the party, his (Douglas’) party, but Dr. Douglas cannot take the love that he has for the philosophy of the Labour party, the love for its history, the respect for Bradshaw, for France, Southwell and all those genuine servants…Dr. Doulas cannot take those away from him.”
“So let him do what is in his power to do. The power will not last. He is a prime minister now on his way out,” suggested Harris.