One way or the other he was right because the party he joined ended up forming government on the island of Nevis. However, the electorate did not feel that Hobson was the right candidate to represent them and in exercising its franchise, it rejected him.
The party that he joined ended up being consigned to the opposition benches in the parliament after some time. He did not give up on the party. Any knowledgeable observer will realise that this party’s headquarters is housed in a building associated with Mr Hobson.
When Mr Hobson had his own party, the People’s Democratic Party, he produced a manifesto, the People’s Charter, for the inaugural August 22, 1983 Nevis Island Assembly elections in which he accused leaders of the Nevis Reformation Party of “beginning to behave as if they own and control the entire Island of Nevis.”
Even though he could only raise two other candidates for the five-seat assembly, he did not see the irony of saying: “Only a middle-of-the road party like the PDP with a definite plan for national development can bring pride and prosperity to Nevis. The NRP has failed the people and neglected to provide firm leadership.”
The NRP was the party to beat. It had raised five candidates, one each for the five seats. Hobson was beaten by the NRP candidate, Mr Ivor Steven, for the St. Paul’s seat. He was back for the 1987 elections and was this time given a wholesome drubbing by Mr Victor Jay Martin of NRP.
Here is what I am trying say: In 1983 Mr Hobson did not have anything good to say about the Nevis Reformation Party, which was led by Dr. Simeon Daniel. But when in 1986 Dr Daniel negotiated to have the Four Seasons come to Nevis, he overlooked what Mr Hobson would have said, and did not stand in the way as Hobson was named the resort’s lawyer.
Dr Daniel was a principled leader and was fine with Mr Hobson getting the job.
Wednesday October 10 was celebrated as the World Mental Health Day, but Nevis observed the week October 7-12 as a Mental Health Week under the theme ‘Depression: A Global Crisis’.
That being the case, Let’s Talk programme on Voice of Nevis (VON) radio on Tuesday October 9, was split into two, as the first hour was dedicated to Mental Health Week awareness. Mr Hobson who was a panellist on the second half of the programme came breathing fire while advising the host that they had very little time to discuss the ‘critical’ matter he had at hand.
“When it comes to the Four Seasons, I have a personal interest in that particular development,” stated Mr Hobson. He advised that in 1986 he was the lawyer involved with a French company that bought the lands at Pinneys, meant for building a hotel.
“The finance wasn’t there, so I was invited to travel with the group trying to raise funds to build the hotel,” said the lawyer. “We went all over Europe, we went to America, we went to… we approached the Japanese and eventually we were able in about 1998 or so to have a combination of banks in Europe to put down this hotel here.”
However records show that the resort was built in 1991 and that even Chef Waltie said on his Breakfast Menu programme on Choice 105.3 FM on Thursday October 11 that he worked at the Four Seasons in 1992.
But the relevance today is not when the Four Seasons was built, but rather how the Four Seasons is doing today. Speaking on the Let’s Talk Programme on Tuesday October 9, lawyer Theodore Hobson defended the resort strongly, using unfortunate words on the person of the leader of this island, the Hon Joseph Parry.
“I can tell you as a fact Sir, that Four Seasons doesn’t owe any 200,000 US dollars property tax,” said Mr Hobson after a caller would have informed that the Four Seasons had paid part of what it owed to the government. “I could tell you that fact, I could tell you that fact because I have the agreement. I could tell you that fact…”
In the heated tussle between the caller and Mr Hobson, the moderator, Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert, intervened to restore order.
The caller talked of US$250,000 owing in property tax, and the fact that US$50,000 had been paid as a deposit on Monday October 8, to the Nevis Treasury and that “they promised to pay the balance shortly. So I am saying to Mr Hobson, that he needs to get his facts straight.”
Mr Hobson replied: “I know the facts, you do not know the facts, and if I were you I wouldn’t listen or believe what Mr Parry said. I can tell you as a matter of fact that the Four Seasons has an agreement since I was involved in it, of paying 50,000 dollars every year, US dollars every year, for property tax, all the Four Seasons has to pay.”
Moderator Webbo intervened diplomatically: “But let me ask this Mr Hobson: If they have an agreement to pay 50,000 dollars per year, for property tax, is it not possible that they could have an aggregate of 250,000 outstanding?”
Hobson: “Four Seasons, what I know Webbo, do not owe government money. They do not owe government money.”
Exactly ten (10) minutes and 22 seconds after Mr Hobson would have uttered those words; another caller was on the line and was pleading: “Basically, I just want to be clear, did Mr Hobson say that the Four Seasons don’t owe the government any money at all?”
Mr Theodore Hobson, QC: “I didn’t say that. No.”
The moderator who this time wanted to ensure that all sides got a fair hearing, intervened to the effect: “But Ted, I was just pointing out though, that 50,000 dollars a year and if you are in arrears it comes to 200,000.”
Mr Hobson said: “But as I indicated before, I am absolutely certain that the Four Seasons does not allow themselves to be in arrears.”
Well let someone correct me if I end up saying that persons saw apparitions of a cheque being sent to the Nevis Island Treasury on Monday October 8, and that Premier Parry is making it up about the Four Seasons Resort’s General Manager having called him on Sunday October 7.
ii) Was Webbo hallucinating?
In the first portion of this article I mentioned the fact that the first hour of the Let’s Talk programme on Voice of Nevis (VON) radio on Tuesday October 9 featured members of the Mental Health awareness week.
Three of them were in studio, and calling to the show was Consultant Physiatrist for St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr Sharon Halliday, who talked at length
Host Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert asked her eight questions, five of them in succession, and the last three also in succession:
The first five were basic questions including information on Dr Halliday and her work. He wanted to find out what would have been the reason for an upswing in depression cases, here even suggesting economic and cultural issues, and how Dr Halliday’s team was dealing with it.
I will however quote his sixth to eighth questions verbatim, because on Wednesday morning, (October 10) he was back on radio informing the world the questions he asked Dr Halliday.
6: Let me just ask, I am gonna let Dr Halliday go, but let me just ask Doctor, it with regards to perhaps the cultural behaviours, and the rhetoric especially these days, because you hear a lot of talk and people make comments, I myself make some of those comments that we have very angry society, how much would you say it is contributing to our depressive state?
7: So that, Doctor, if I find myself being angry at almost everything and everybody, whether it concerns me or not, it might be wise for me to take a step back and perhaps seek some help?
8: So then if I am doing that it might not be… the problem may not be the target that I am hitting really, the problem might be me?
Wednesday morning (October 10) was the actual World Mental Health Day and on his Morning Inspiration programme on VON radio, Mr Herbert told those that were listening to the programme from all the four corners of the world that if they missed the first part of the Let’s Talk programme, that they should tune in at 10 am.
“And folks were able to ask questions, including myself and you know, so I asked the doctor, one of the doctors,” said Mr Herbert. “I said well, if I… you see, first thing I do I search myself and I search my soul.
“So I say, but Doctor, if I am always angry, in other words reaping where I did not sow, or interfering with people who don’t seem to interfere with me. Shall we call that the target and if I am always angry and going at the target and saying ill things about somebody all the time and so on and so forth, well, Doctor, is that normal? Should I… is something wrong with me or something? What is my condition? Listen and hear what the Doctor said.”
The three pertinent questions Mr Herbert asked Dr Halliday on Tuesday evening are as I have them, word for word. So, on this World Mental Health Day (Wednesday October 10) was Webbo talking of another show I did not listen to?
In the last three questions, did Webbo actually tell Dr Sharon Halliday that he has a problem that needs to be addressed? Shouldn’t Nevis give thanks that we have Dr Halliday at the ready when needed? She has an able team on Nevis led by Ms Stevee Jones.