Submitted by: Erasmus Williams
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 12TH 2017 – Douglas, Wattley, the former chairman of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris’ co-ruling Peoples Labour Party (PLP) says life was better under former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas’ St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and every change is not for good.
“I don’t know your situation, but I lived much better under Labour than under Team Unity. I am just saying,” Wattley posted on his Facebook page.
Mr. Wattley regarded as “hilarious” a statement by Wallis Wilkin, one of Dr. Harris’ chief propagandists that a smiling Dr. Denzil Douglas is due to the fresh start by the PLP/CCM/PAM coalition which took office in mid-February 2015.
“So if the former PM (Douglas) is smiling and looks good, don’t you think it’s because he is laughing at the Team Unity Government? He is laughing at the jokers’ who said they could do better than he did but who are failing miserably. He is laughing because he showed greater loyalty to his supporters than the TUG. He is laughing because Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris doesn’t seem to know his ass from his elbow-notwithstanding his PhD. He is laughing because you defending Tim while Tim only cares to enrich himself and his family,” said Wattley, a former permanent secretary in health and human resource in the previous Labour administration.
“You ever stopped to think that the former PM is laughing because he is going to win back the Government while hardly lifting a finger? I think he can’t stop laughing at the TUG’s ineptitude. Think about it! Every change isn’t for good,” declared Wattley, who along with several other executive members of the PLP were unceremoniously ousted from the PLP hierarchy for demanding the PLP leadership give proper account for millions of dollars in campaign funds.
A poll released in February poll by the renowned Jamaican pollster Bill Johnson has found that over 80 percent of Kittitians are concerned about the high levels of corruption in the Timothy Harris-led Team Unity Administration.
The poll conducted on behalf of the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) found that over 60 percent of likely voters feel that the country was heading in the wrong direction.
Among the top issues rousing public concern and major setbacks are crime, corruption and nepotism victimisation and the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
81 percent of voters are concerned about corruption, 70 percent about nepotism, 75.6 percent about crime, 51.8 percent about victimisation and 46.4 percent about the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
In the 2015 General Election the Labour Party lost two St. Kitts seats it held – St. Christopher 1 by 4 votes and St. Christopher 4 by 26 votes.
The SKNLP remains the largest single party in St. Kitts and Nevis, gaining 11,897 votes to the Hon. Shawn Richards’ Peoples Action Movement (PAM), 8,452 votes; Hon. Vance Amory’s Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) 3,951 votes; Hon. Joseph Parry’s (Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), 3,276 votes and Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris’ People’s Labour Party (PLP), 2,723 votes.
Seatwise in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, the PAM holds 4 seats, the SKNLP, 3 seats, the CCM, two seats; the NRP and the PLP, 1 seat each.
Harris’ three-party coalition is made up of the PLP, CCM and PAM.
The NRP and the CCM did not field a candidate in St. Kitts and the SKNLP and PAM did not field any candidate in Nevis.