Minister Skerritt Speaks Out On Upcoming Elections

Old Road Labour Party Meeting

Old Road Labour Party Meeting
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
June 30, 2009 (CUOPM)

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Sen. he Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt says the upcoming Federal Elections is about the choice between a Labour Party Team with a “solid track record” and “a good balance of youth and experience” as opposed to a group of men who lacks a track record.

“It will be a choice between the known and the unknown, between certainty and uncertainty, between low-risks and high-risks,” Sen. Skerritt told a massive meeting of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in Old Road on Sunday night.

He stressed that the elections, constitutionally due by October this year, was a time to rally behind the leadership of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas “and his very competent and able candidates.”

“In the upcoming election, you are voting for vision; your are voting for leadership, you are voting for care and concerns for all, but especially those who need a helping hand,” said Minister Skerritt, who has been serving in the Douglas Cabinet since October 2004.

He said there is no other Party in the Caribbean who has done more to give a helping hand to those who need it. “That is what makes this Labour Party special. It is a Party with a track record that goes beyond the call of duty to help those in need.”

“This election, you will be voting for courage and resilience. You will be voting most of all for credibility. That is why we can proudly say “˜It’s Working’ because we have credibility. That is why I can stand up here tonight and I can stand up anywhere and defend what we have been doing in Government because we have credibility. That is why when we speak people in the Caribbean region and internationally listen because we have credibility. Credibility is not something one can buy,” said Minister Skerritt, a former President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a former Manger of the West Indies Cricket Team.

“Some of us believe if you have plenty money in your pocket you could buy credibility. Some of us believe that if we have plenty money in your pocket you could buy credibility. Some of us believe that we could give people money and they going suddenly think we are credible,” said Minister Skerritt.

He said credibility is earned and proffered that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party platform of Cabinet ministers and candidates earned credibility the old fashion way. “We earned it and that is why you love the candidates on this platform because the candidates on this platform earned you respect and most of all they have earned your trust.”

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