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‘Damn Labour if it’s not doing good for the country!’ – Dr Timothy S. Harris

- said some leaders of the region have spoken to Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Denzil L. Douglas about what is happening in the Caribbean nation
Hon Eugene A. Hamilton and Dr the Hon Timothy S. Harris during the press conference yesterday December 6, 2014 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre, Duff's Bottom. Photo: VINO
Dr Denzil L. Douglas - Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis. Photo: Caribbean 360
Dr Denzil L. Douglas - Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis. Photo: Caribbean 360
Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves. Photo: Provided
Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves. Photo: Provided
Former Premier of Montserrat Reuben T. Meade. Photo: Internet source
Former Premier of Montserrat Reuben T. Meade. Photo: Internet source
Dr Keith C. Mitchell - Prime Minister of Grenada. Photo: Internet source
Dr Keith C. Mitchell - Prime Minister of Grenada. Photo: Internet source
Baldwin Spencer - Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister. Photo: Internet source
Baldwin Spencer - Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister. Photo: Internet source
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI ­- Leader of Team Unity of St Kitts and Nevis Dr the Hon Timothy S. Harris has made it clear that he is not prepared to sacrifice integrity on the altar of loyalty to the Labour movement as he and others seek to bring an end to the Dr Denzil L. Douglas regime.

The head of the Opposition coalition of St Kitts and Nevis was speaking during a press conference yesterday December 6, 2014 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre, Duff's Bottom. Team Unity comprises three political parties: the People’s Labour Party of which Dr Harris is leader, the People’s Action Movement and the Concerned Citizen’s Movement of Nevis.

In the Virgin Islands for a listening tour over the last few days, Dr Harris along with others including Hon Eugene A. Hamilton, Deputy Leader of the People’s Action Movement, was making various stops interacting with citizens of St Kitts and Nevis who live in the Territory. There was a town hall meeting at the Save the Seed Energy Centre last night for citizens of St Kitts and Nevis.

Leader of the Opposition in St Kitts and Nevis Hon Mark Brantley two years ago filed a motion of no confidence against the Douglas Administration but to date it has not been brought before the country’s legislative assembly to be debated.

“Dr Douglas has been using every device, every trick, foul and otherwise to ensure that he stays in office against the will of the people of the region,” Dr Harris said, calling what is taking place in St Kitts and Nevis an injustice.

During the press conference yesterday Dr Harris related the reactions from leaders of the Caribbean region to Dr Douglas' behaviour.

Dr Harris spoke of the mindset of some Caribbean leaders towards Dr Douglas because of his roots in the Labour Party movement. “That was the mindset, that they had to try and preserve him because we’re all fraternal Labour Parties. Damn Labour if Labour not doing good for the country,” he said.

“That situation can’t help. You can’t make decisions like that. It goes back to the nature and the value of integrity in leadership and it is that integrity that will help you to stand on principle or else you will sell your country,” he said.

He said that privately many leaders of the Caribbean have spoken to Dr Douglas. “Indeed in one interview Dr Ralph Gonsalves [Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines] that while he will not speak publicly, he had been privately speaking to Dr Denzil L. Douglas. I made reference to Baldwin Spencer (Former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) two weeks ago saying that he was surprised because he had thought that by now this matter had been dealt with,” said Dr Harris.

He noted too that the former Premier of Montserrat Reuben T. Meade has said that he has spoken to Douglas on what was happening. “In fact he (Meade) told me that they spoke to him way back when Caricom had a special meeting in Haiti and said to him ‘this was a bad example which we did not want prolonged. We are not going to get into a public fray and embarrass you and so on but try and deal with it’. But Dr Douglas lies so naturally and slick,” said Dr Harris.

According to Dr Harris, Dr Douglas would keep saying that the matter is held up in the court when the court has ruled that nothing prevents the Douglas Administration from calling the motion of no confidence.

“Part of the problem is that either our leaders chose to be ill informed because if they were doing their research, if they had cared about the democracy enough they would have had more information to call Dr Douglas’ bluff and take a stand,” he said.

“I give credit to Dr Keith C. Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada) because he was the only Prime Minister in power who has [spoken out against Dr Douglas]. I have served as Foreign Minister and I interact with a number of them,” he said.

“When Dr Ralph Gonsalves called me to get us to support Dr Douglas I was disappointed in Ralph because Ralph wasn’t thinking broad as he professes. Ralph was telling me ‘we are Labour, we have to keep this Labour thing going,’” he said.

The coalition is hoping that with support it could bring an end to what it called injustices and warned that if it is not brought to a halt, it could spread to other countries in the region.

22 Responses to “‘Damn Labour if it’s not doing good for the country!’ – Dr Timothy S. Harris”

  • DON Q (07/12/2014, 10:21) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vip and team unity all the way
    • ---------------------- (08/12/2014, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      if NDP and LP goes back do you think there will be No more conflict of interest, no more morality, honestly or transparency????
  • ha (07/12/2014, 13:18) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    Waste of damn time. They are no different to the VIP. They are telling you to remove a sitting Government but cannot tell you how they can be different or better. Rumours are that PEP and PPA may join forces. Will VIP join them and form their own BVI Team Unity? Waste of time, total waste! The Douglas administration in SKN and the Smith Administration of BVI will be returned to respective power once elections in both countries are held. Pull the files when it comes to economic development in the countries, don't mind the fear mongering.
    • @ ha (07/12/2014, 14:21) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
      Keep dreaming keep dreaming its going to be harris in st kitts and fraser in tola now take that to the bank!!!!
  • bird rock (07/12/2014, 14:21) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ndp must go and douglas labour will go
  • Concern 1 (07/12/2014, 14:41) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is a down right shame when politicians are given the mandate to govern and then want to govern for eternity knowing full well others want their turn too. They stoned out others out of office and know full well their turn will come one day. Now you turn has come doc give some one else a chance. Kennedy had 15yrs, you had 20 or more, now move along and give someone else a chance.No amount of free vat, electricity, land,free hand outs and money can turn back the clock hands. Doctor you done. Loose the people of SKN and set them free,you Pharoah
    • qc (08/12/2014, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      While all of this is going on, the average Joe is kept busy putting food on the family's plate, keeping a roof over their heads and, when it's time to relax, watching sports on a flat screen TV. There is little time or interest in ferreting out the gangster operation our "democracy" has become or how little it has the average Joe in mind.
  • Concern 1 (07/12/2014, 14:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ ha, team unity have many policies of progress but the Douglas administration keep stealing them and implementing as his own in the firm of empty promises and after winning the elections he causes the people to suffer more and more turning his promises to vat, taxes and debt (death) in some causes,don't talk about the public debt me a$$ and over his dead body,etc. The people of SKN need a change and they can only get it by free and fair and free of fear elections.
    • ha (07/12/2014, 16:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      How can you steal and Implement ideas??? Wow. Solutions are solutions regardless of where they come from. That is childish.
  • chad (07/12/2014, 18:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    A change is on its way in st kitts
  • country above self (07/12/2014, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc you done go willingly or else we will vote you out. We will never under estimate you again because we know not which of the ten we will be dealing with. No more gimmicks and tricks. It's Harris again. We need our freedom once more. Pharoah let my people go. A fresh wind is blowing Unity ALL the way
  • Big Changes Coming (07/12/2014, 18:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here in the Virgin Islands We about government increasing the various taxes upon us; including the Departure tax. We also complain about the excessively high cost of groceries electricity and other necessities Now think of what the poor people of the federation of SKN have to deal with. As if the cost of living isn't expensive enough, they are faced with the burden of having to pay a VAT (value added tax) on just about everything; Reason being Excessively High National Debt, under Dougie's Labour Party while at the same time their passports being sold for $250,000 a whop and upwards.

    Did I mention the "Motion of no confidence" filed by the Opposition being still un-tabled and debated for more than 18-months now?

    Most terrifying is the crime rate (murders) which now stands just short of 2 murders per month; and considered to be among the highest in the world .

    With all these and other Negative happenings in the country creating a sense of the country "Heading in the wrong direction", here comes Canada with a devastating blow to the Federation's psyche; Cancellation of their VISA EXEMPT travel status; with other countries contemplating (because of security concerns), similar action.
    In the words of the Ndp, "It is Crystal Clear" that St. Kitts and Nevis is crying out for, and desperately needs a Change and Team Unity is their "Best Hope", for bringing about that Desperately needed Change. May God continue to guide...and keep the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in his care.
  • facts man (07/12/2014, 19:14) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    see people from all over the region goes home to vote and thoes NDP cowbird get mad when people from st. thomas comes up to vote...VIP all the way boss
  • freedom (08/12/2014, 00:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is how democracies die: behind closed doors.....Danzil your time is up
  • just asking.... (08/12/2014, 00:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What’s it going to take this time around?
  • Voters (08/12/2014, 00:31) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    The best ways to fight these power hungry men like douglas, Myron, mark and the likes are to vote,
  • Concern 1 (08/12/2014, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @HA .just like when you in school and not having any confidence in yourself you peep over and write or say the exact like the person(s) next to you or another way of saying you copy from me. As it is said copying and cheating are personal fouls.yes personal fouls on the Douglas administration as that is not a labour administration. Papa Bradshaw and other must be turning in their graves.
  • reality (08/12/2014, 10:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Government cannot decrease crime, the people are the ones responsible for that. You can bring back hanging or whatever you want. As long as you have a culture of evil people, no matter what Government is in power, they will kill each other. Using crime as a political crutch does not make sense. It starts with people and what they want for themselves. St Kitts has seen development like no other Caribbean Islands with new streams of jobs but the young men decide they want to be shottas and gangstas then somehow that is the Government's fault? The same sh.. is happening in the BVI where it's 'cool' to hang on the corner and smoke all day and beg/steal when the money runs out. Wake up!! It's amazing how we are so quick to blame Government for society's ills but somehow the Parents are left off the hook. Where are the parents, particularly the Fathers of the young men shooting and killing people? Let's blame Government.

  • WHY? (08/12/2014, 22:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why do I feel like I read this article four years ago?
  • truth be told (11/12/2014, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    talk is cheap voting cost money.. them two can't even look after themself muchless , like i said

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