Good Relations between St. Kitts and Nevis Better for Nevisians Says NRP’s Patrice Nisbett

Unlike previous elections when he ran and lost against his own family, Mrs. Jean Harris, the NRP candidate will be vying against newcomer, Alexis Jeffers of the Concerned Citizens Movement, in the elections scheduled for Monday 11th July, 2011.

The opposition CCM believes however, that Nibett has an uphill battle, given that he did not win even one of the boxes (polling divisions), in the last local elections. However, he has performed better at the Federal elections level, because the boundaries of the constituency are very different in that poll, which he has won on several occasions.

Since being appointed Attorney General in the St. Kitts & Nevis Federal Cabinet, Nisbett has been presenting the portfolio as part of his credentials that separate him and his opponent. In the campaign, he has touted, what he considers, many accomplishments for Nevis that may not have been possible, had he not been a member of the Federal Administration.

Though he has been criticized for taking the Attorney General appointment and for working with the Labour Party Administration in Basseterre, Nisbett believes that “a healthy working relationship between the Federal Government in Basseterre and the Nevis Island Administration is in the best interest of the people of Nevis.”

According to a release from the NRP, Nisbett holds the view that the campaign strategy of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) is that they have injected the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis into the local Nevis politics. Clearly it is the promotion of the policy of division and (CCM) people still believe once you speak about Labour in Nevis you evoke certain kinds of emotion,” said Mr. Nisbett.

“But I believe clearly the people of Nevis now have demonstrated that that talk was for a different era. The people of Nevis recognize that a better working relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis is in the best interest of the people of Nevis,” Mr. Nisbett said on the radio programme “Breakfast Menu with Walter Morton” on Choice Radio 105.3 FM Friday Morning.

The NRP release said that He pointed out that when one looks at the CCM political billboards throughout the length and breadth of Nevis, “you would believe that (Prime Minister) Denzil Douglas is a candidate in the Nevis Island Assembly election in Nevis.”

Mr. Nisbett said there are numerous pronouncements by Prime Minister Douglas that he is in no way involved in the local politics in Nevis.

“I believe that the Concerned Citizens Movement, having no issue and  no real agenda to bring to the people of Nevis as to why they should vote for them in this election, have resorted to the politics of the 1960’s and 1970’s whereby once you divide the people, you will be able to rule them. But I say that I believe that that strategy has failed miserably because the people of Nevis have not responded to that,” said the Federation’s Attorney General.

“What the people of Nevis (have) recognized and it is for them to see before their eyes that a better working relationship between both governments – the Nevis Island Administration in Charlestown and the Federal Government in Basseterre – is in the best interest of all concerned,” said Mr. Nisbett.

He said he is not surprised of that particular strategy.

“The CCM seems not to be concerned about a harmonious and professional relationship with the Federal Government in St. Kitts. I really do not think that the CCM is concerned. They do not care because for 14 years in Office, they promoted a policy of confrontation with the Federal Government and we realize that confrontation with the Federal Government is not in the best interest of the people of Nevis,” said Mr. Nisbett.

He continued: “For 14 years (of the Vance Amory CCM Administration), we had no major Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Nevis and that is as a result of the message of instability that was sent not only regionally, but also to the international community that the local government and the Federal Government are recognized internationally, were not getting along.  So the people of Nevis suffered as a result of that particular policy that was promoted by the Vance Amory’s CCM Government and it would appear by their current pronouncements that they would want to take Nevis back into those days.”

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