PM Gonsalves says Dr. Harris not ready for “Test Cricket”

 

Speaking at a press conference this week in his home country, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines intimated that there is no need to intervene in the matter because “There is no breakdown of law and order.”

 

He added also that “There are no human rights issues at stake in St. Kitts.”

 

Gonsalves stated that the internal mechanisms of the state (St. Kitts and Nevis), the democratic institutions, are at work, including the Office of the Governor General, the Office of the Speaker and the courts.

 

“Those are the unvarnished facts,” stated Gonsalves.

 

However he did not explain what he meant by these institutions are working. The opposition which calls itself Team Unity has for the past 15 months protested and taken court actions because they feel that those very institutions are not working and have failed the country and its people, except the court which has recently declared that the opposition does in fact have a constitutional right to have the motion heard and voted on.

 

Though sitting in the chair as Chairman, Gonsalves however could not contain his obvious displeasure with the fact that the leaders of Team Unity, Shawn Richards and especially Dr. Timothy Harris, travelled to St. Vincent this week to protest against St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and lobby CARICOM leaders to force Douglas’ hand.

 

Dr. Gonsalves criticized Harris by saying that he Harris “came here to St. Vincent and he did not ask whether he can speak to the Chairman of CARICOM, he chose to speak to the leader of the opposition of a party that has lost the last three elections.”

 

Gonsalves said that instead Harris elected to “associate with political failure.” The Vincentian Prime Minister suggested that if Harris wants to succeed in his quest to sway the opinions of CARICOM leaders, “I would have thought that if he wanted to have the image of success he would have associated with people who have been successful, not go to those who have failed.”  He opined that this confirmed to him that Harris is not ready for Test cricket. In other words, the charge is that Harris is not ready to be prime minister and to operate at the higher level of CARICOM.

 

“So if you are not ready for Test cricket, why you want me to catapult you into a Test cricket position,” asked Gonsalves, in reference to Harris.


It is not known what the other Caribbean Prime Ministers, except Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, feels about the matter, but if one was to judge from the continuous smerks and sometimes even laughter of Barbados’ Freundel Stuart, it could be interpreted that he feels the matter is one that warrants a good laughter. In the video provided from the press conference, Stuart could be seen laughing away as Gonsalves spoke about the issue of the delayed motion of no confidence and the sentiments about Dr. Harris.

 

However, Harris is no stranger to CARICOM meetings, having served previously as Minister of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

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