In addressing the public during Tuesday 31st May, 2011’s edition of his radio programme, “Ask the PM”, PM Douglas informed that his government has taken and will continue to take steps to “bring back to St. Kitts and Nevis the traditional small island…values behaviours and attitudes…These old fashioned but truly exquisite and elevating values and attitudes have been falling left, right and centre as a result of the Caribbean’s so called modernity, as a result of the rapid interplay, overlap and mixing and blending of Caribbean culture with all kinds of other cultures and value systems.”
He said one of the steps that his government has already taken “in our effort at reaffirmation and self-respect” is the closing of “the doors of clubs casinos and other adult entertainment and night spots to anyone under 18 years.” He said the next step would be taken during Thursday, 2nd May, 2011’s sitting of the Federal Parliament.
“The second step that the government has taken along this path to reclamation and reaffirmation…will be debated in the house on (Thursday). We will at that time introduce a bill, a bill to ban the sale of any and all liquor, alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 18 years and will make a compelling case to the public during the debate as to why this should be made law.”
“…I believe and indeed I know that my government’s determination to recapture here in St. Kitts and Nevis what the entire Caribbean once had is also very very powerful. And this government will keep working until we have succeeded in recapturing those small island standards, small island values, small island behaviours and attitudes that once won the Caribbean the respect and admiration of people far and wide.”
Dr. Douglas says that it is in the best interest of the nation that “…we reinstall in our culture, that instinct to stop, to pull back…where such things as drunkenness, vulgarity, depravity, drug abuse and other social ills are concerned. As we did in early years, we must, all of us, once again, see these ills as causes for shame because ironically, it is in those societies in which people still have the capacity to be shocked and to feel ashamed that people most often try hardest to live in a way that makes everyone proud.”