13th March, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Chairperson of the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Hon. Marcella Liburd has labelled Premier of Nevis and the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Hon. Mark Brantley as a hypocrite and is demanding that he stop playing politics in an attempt to confuse the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Hon. Liburd’s comments came in a response to recent comments made by Premier Brantley on the diplomatic passport matter concerning the Leader of the Opposition, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas.
Her remarks were made in an attempt to spread awareness and truth to this and other issues and to encourage Premier Brantley to be honest.
Going on, Ms. Liburd accused Mr. Brantley of having no respect for people or for their intelligence.
In her written statement, Ms. Liburd said, “It is an insult to people’s intelligence for you to suggest that they cannot think for themselves and make their own decisions. Perhaps that is why you feel you have to force people to stand to attention whenever you enter a room.”
The opposition MP continued that Mr. Brantley, showed his “usual passion for ‘obfuscation’” in his explanation of the matter involving Dr. Douglas when he was well aware that, “that the matters to do with Shawn Richards and Lindsay Grant, are not the same as this matter with Dr Douglas.”
Liburd explained that in the case of Hon. Shawn Richards and Hon. Lindsay Grant, both men were, in fact, American citizens who had sworn allegiance to the United States of America which they would have needed to renounce in order to be eligible to serve as parliamentarians in St. Kitts and Nevis.
This she says is not the case with Dr. Douglas who she added Mr. Brantley knew had not sworn allegiance to Dominica or to any other country.
Accusing Mr. Brantley of being disingenuous, Ms. Liburd also called on Mr. Brantley in his capacity of Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform the nation of the nationality printed in St. Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passports issued to non-national holders of the document and to address whether the nationality printed meant the holder had become a citizen of the Federation.
Hon. Brantley has, to date, offered no response to Hon. Liburd.