Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday that the upcoming general elections will be “a fight for the soul of St Kitts and Nevis” and if the nation wants good governance “we must first elect good people.”
Dr. Douglas noted that while the war of words between Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris and Premier of Nevis, Hon Mark Brantley, has left the Cabinet Room and has spilled onto social media, “coalition members are fighting over their pickings, all economic activity has stalled; unemployment continues to rise; our schools are falling into disrepair; our social security is becoming increasingly compromised and our public healthcare is going to the dogs.”
“It is time to put an end to the nastiness and rancor that has overtaken our political discourse. It is time to elevate the national debate and to put the focus back to where it belongs, on people and what we can or should be doing to take our country to the next level,” Douglas said during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Leader” on Tuesday night.
He noted that as the election date gets closer the Unity administration is becoming increasingly unstable.
“It appears that the entire nation is being caught up in an intense power-play between the various factions of the fragile coalition as they squabble and fight over who exactly is in charge and who should lead in the upcoming election,” Douglas told listeners.
“(Prime Minister) Harris, who was the legitimizing figure in the run-up to the last election, has been totally discredited and has fallen into disrepute. Over the last four and a half years, Harris has put his own personal enrichment and that of his family above the needs of the people. Despite his complete lack of legitimacy, as one man with one seat, Harris continues to browbeat his colleague ministers into subjection. In the face of a cloud of scandals hovering over the Prime Minister and his growing unpopularity, the other members of the coalition are seeing this as an opportunity to encircle and isolate him and usurp his position as leader of the Team (Dis)Unity construct. They are all turning on each other in the face of an upcoming election defeat. The Team Unity house of cards is beginning to collapse,” Dr Douglas said.
He pointed out that the squabbling and jockeying for power has moved from behind the closed doors of the cabinet room and into the public spotlight in full view, for all to see.
Federal elections are constitutionally due by earlier next year.