The underlying theme of the meeting was Dr. Douglas’ unacceptable, irrational and irresponsible leadership and the quagmire into which he continues to plunge his fellow citizens.
The meeting featured four speakers: Kasim Queeley, Washington ‘Washie’ Archibald, Richard Caines and Astaphan and as each took to the platform, they seemed to strengthen and build upon the other’s points.
Archibald’s suggestion was that Dr. Douglas, albeit that he is a son of the soil, has no care for people of St. Kitts, which he displays through the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) at a time when people are economically vulnerable and the sale of lands to foreign investors or strangers, among other things. Archibald indicated that if such practices continue, the people of St. Kitts will find themselves “disinherited” from the land of their birth.
Caines’ contribution to the meeting, hinged on the issue of political corruption and he suggested that, in the past, Dr. Douglas has acted outside of the parameter of the supreme law of the land, The Constitution of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. Caines described him as “a lawless Prime Minister”.
During the January 2010 election campaign, potentially scathing information surfaced which suggested that Dr. Douglas was in some way linked to a US-based company called Lex Consulting; accusations which he denied. During the public meeting, however, Caines informed the gathering, as well as those listening via radio and live stream on MiyVue.com, that Astaphan has gotten his hands on a 150-page document about Lex Consulting.
Astaphan confirmed the information Caines disclosed but indicated that information contained therein will not be released at that time. The former representative for Constituency No. 2 said Dr. Douglas has no respect for his fellow Kittitians and has even demonstrated his lack of respect for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of which St. Kitts Nevis is a member. He said Douglas has demonstrated this by not adhering to a number of its suggestions.
He also indicated that Dr. Douglas has overlooked policies to provide personal benefits to his “friends” while others are left to suffer. In light of that statement, Astaphan challenged Dr. Douglas to publish a list of those persons who owe the government $50,000 and more and also a list of those persons in this country, who have received duty-free cars within the past five years.
A challenge was also issued to Dr. Douglas to come clean about the La Valle project.
Astaphan said PM Douglas is not fit to run this country and – without the aid of violence – he should be thrown out of office.
“You the people have to take a stand. You have to decide…that you are going to be strong; that you are going to be united, that you are going to be a part of Operation Rescue so that we could save our nation because we have to live country above self. It doesn’t matter whether you are Labour or PAM. It doesn’t matter! What matters is that you are a citizen or a resident of this country and you love where you are, you care for yourself, you care for your country and you care for your children, you care for the future.
“Do not be afraid of Denzil! Denzil is more afraid of all of you than he is making you believe. You must let him know who is the boss. Be respectful but be firm and be peaceful and be resolute and never give up! Never give up! At that very last moment when you feel like giving up, is when he will be ready to give up. He is bad for the country…and if you love your country and you want good for your country, then he really cannot stay. We are going to encourage you to mobilise yourselves from time to time in a number of different activities. Stay tuned to yourselves…forget PAM and Labour…”