He opined that an “intolerable brand” of politics is threatening to undermine democracy and national unity in the Federation, and that the freedom of speech comes with responsibility.
“This brand of partisan politics is buttressed by abusive rhetoric, which slanders, derides and defames. 2015 affords us a splendid opportunity to turn a new page and write a new chapter in our political narrative. Those who authorize and condone the politics of hate and divide must be made to understand that despite the fact that they have the right to speak and be heard, there are limits to liberty, and that rights come with responsibility,” said Premier Amory who also indicated that changing the political culture is the duty of every citizen.
But the premier also encouraged citizens to look toward the remainder of 2015 with united effort and focused energy in facing the challenges of the future and to create opportunities in the country, as he outlined several priority areas for the year.
“In 2015, we will focus on some priority areas to improve our infrastructure and to encourage the private sector to expedite the investment to create employment and generate revenue for our government… Among the projects would be the renovation of the education building, the construction of a new diagnostic wing at the Alexandra Hospital, the opening of Paradise Beach Development, the construction of Paradise Palm Resort and the construction the fishermen’s cabanas at Jessup’s Bay,” he informed.
According to Premier Amory, fighting crime would also be a priority, and he urged citizens to be involved and to be unified.
“In 2015, your Government would continue to do all in its power to combat crime and anti-social behavior… As a Government, we cannot do it alone. We need all hands on deck, the police and every citizen in every community to accomplish the eradication of crime and violence from our midst.
“We must speak with one voice and proclaim to the criminals ‘enough is enough’. No longer would we tolerate senseless acts of violence,” said Amory.
He suggested that silence is not an option if peace and stability are to be sustained.
“As a law abiding people, we must never succumb to the silence of complicity and allow our indifference to embolden the criminals,” said Premier Amory, as he called on citizen to break the silence, and to take action to preserve the peace, the security and stability of the country.
He was of the view that the past year has resulted in important social and economic progress on Nevis, with improvements, he indicated, in areas such as education, health, job creation, tourism, poverty reduction and physical infrastructure, as he informed of several projects to be tackled or completed in 2015.
“Among the projects would be the renovation of the education building, the construction of a new diagnostic wing at the Alexandra Hospital, the opening of Paradise Beach Development, the construction of Paradise Palm Resort and the construction the fishermen’s cabanas at Jessup’s Bay,” the premier named among others.
The premier said the Nevis Island Administration would work to improve efficiency in the Government system, build a more resilient and robust economy, as well as a more equitable and just socio-political climate for all persons living on the island of Nevis.