Dr Timothy Harris (L) and Dr Denzil Douglas
By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has hit back at political opponents criticizing his leadership style. The opposition coalition Team Unity leader Timothy Harris has been particularly harsh in his criticism of the prime minister.
“This is the year when we should kick de dictator out,” Harris suggested to supporters of the unity partnership that has brought together the People’s Action Movement, Harris’ People’s Labour Party and the Nevis-based Concerned Citizens Movement.
Douglas hit back on Tuesday.
“There’s no doubt that if he (Dr Harris) ever was to get into power again, he is going to be spiteful, because I known him,” the prime minister said in response to the latest bout of criticism coming from the Team Unity camp.
The three-party opposition alliance fired their latest salvo at their rally on Friday.
“Douglas is bad for (the) country,” former senior minister Harris said there. Another Team Unity election candidate referred to “that dictator called Douglas”. The prime minister’s former deputy, Sam Condor weighed in also, telling Team Unity supporters “how bad Douglas is, how greedy Douglas is, how selfish and self-serving Douglas is”.
And the leader of the People’s Action Movement, Shawn Richards, one of Team Unity’s two deputy leaders, told supporters: “If Douglas goes to a funeral, you should be there protesting.”
However speaking on his Ask The Prime Minister Radio programme on Tuesday, Douglas accused the opposition MPs, including his two former senior ministers Harris and Sam Condor, of being hypocritical.
“A whole lot of talk, a lot of criticism, criticizing what is happening today. But they can’t come forward with any credible solution and position that is different from what we are doing today as a government,” the prime minister told his radio audience.
According to Douglas, the opposition is bent on destabilizing the country.
“But I want to say to the people of St Kitts and Nevis that the strong, determined, focused leadership of Douglas will take this country forward despite the attempts at distraction,” he said.
Douglas also chastised opposition politicians critical of the senators in the government, who they allege are wielding tremendous power even though they have not contested any election. Douglas said his senators were doing good work and should be commended. He also took note of a suggestion from a caller to the programme who called for reform to allow senators to vote on a motion of no confidence.
The parliament opposition, which holds the majority of elected seats in the House, has made it clear that it won’t be business as usual in 2014. That reference to the fact that more than a year after a motion of no confidence in the government was filed, it is yet to be tabled and debated.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network