There have been rumours, mostly promoted by sources on the government side, that suggested that the Premier, who also leads the Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM, on Nevis, was not committed to the concept and because of his absence at a few events, he was not “on board” with others in the coalition of opposition parties, including the People’s Action Movement, PAM and the People’s Labour Party, PLP.
Bur speaking during an interview on Sugar City FM radio on Wednesday, 8th January, 2014, Amory dismissed those rumours, saying that “If persons were to analyze my statement read at the launch of Team Unity, they would understand that I made a commitment and the commitment is to country, through a new construct, a new type of politics, a new type of political arrangement, and that political arrangement could include anybody.”
Amory said he shared in the beliefs of the construct, adding that “in the long run, it is a concept which has merit and I think the people of St. Kitts and Nevis need to see this, not as a divisive, or contentious issue, but as something which has some positive aims; it’s a new paradigm, it’s a new approach and I think that new approach could make a difference for the people of Nevis and the people of St. Kitts generally; and for anyone to say I am not supportive of the Team Unity concept, having given my word in that, they clearly don’t know me.”
Understanding the political terrain in which he navigates and operates, the CCM leader added, “And I don’t expect them to say anything differently because there will always be the nay-sayers and those who want to make me appear that I am not a man of my words. I don’t give my word lightly and having given my word, I don’t take my word back.”
Amory explained that though he is committed to Team Unity and its objects, this does not stop his Nevis Island Administration from seeking to work closely with the Federal Government. “Now it may seem like there is a dichotomy, that there is a conflict. There is no conflict,” he stated.
“The key is that concept which says, here we are presenting an issue, we are presenting a new construct for the people to consider. And when it comes to the (Nevis Island) Administration, we are dealing with the people’s business, which warrants that the Administration and the Federal Government deal with matters which are of mutual interest, as governments, not necessarily political parties. And I think that this is what our people need…the point at which our people need to rise if we are to get rid of the political divisiveness, the political diatribe and really get some seriously constructive discussion on the future of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the future of the Caribbean, because what affects St. Kitts and Nevis, what affects the central currency area, would affect every single country in the Caribbean and if we can spread that out, it would have repercussions elsewhere, and I think we need to rise above petty, simple party political issues and give the people the type of possibilities and opportunities; and give us the dawn of a new day, the dawn of a new era, in terms of our political development in St. Kitts and Nevis.”