Dr. Douglas who was at the time responding to a caller during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister,” about the weekly criticism by former minister Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, said; “I allow people who are consumed with hatred, who are consumed to a large extent with spite; those who grudge people; those who are covetous; those who I believe are consumed with what has been described as the cardinal sins, they have time to become involved in those things, I have no time to do those kind of things.”
The Prime Minister went on to say, “I believe I am very much attuned to what my mission is in life and I will continue to serve the interests of my people as long as the people want me to serve. I have no time to waste with the Astaphans of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Meanwhile in his most recent commentary the former Member of Parliament, G. A. Dwyer Astaphan called to the federation’s Prime Minister to stop playing ‘hoop’.
The tolerance level of the citizens of the twin island federation concerning Dr. Douglas leadership was also brought into question by Mr. Astaphan in his commentary.
“How can we continue to tolerate a man who had campaigned so vigorously for accountability, transparency and integrity in public life while in Opposition, but who, after fifteen, going on sixteen, straight years in office, has still wilfully and deliberately refused to pass the appropriate legislation?
“How can we continue to lower and disrespect ourselves by putting up with him? Is it any wonder that he is so arrogant and disrespectful towards us?
“He has fooled the nation long enough. Worse still we have allowed him to fool us long enough,” Astaphan added.
Astaphan who was elected to the National Assemble Monday 3rd July, 1995, submitted his resignation in July of 2008. He has served as Minister responsible, over the years, for the following eleven portfolios, namely, Tourism, Environment, Culture, Telecommunications, Information, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, National Security, Justice, Immigration, and Labour.