St. Kitts – Nevis PM – Denzil Douglas
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
January 20, 2010 (CUOPM)
In another push for re-election of the St. Kitts – Nevis Labour Party in the January 25th poll, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said his incumbent government’s record in housing, agriculture, health care, education, tourism, infrastructure development, economic management, youth affairs and sport far surpasses ““ far and away ““ anything that this country has ever seen.
“The facts bear us out ““ Labour has made the poor in this country, working class. We have made the working class, middle class. We have made the middle class wealthy. And we have expanded the economic opportunities in this country, and created the type of social and economic environment, that allows wealthy Kittitians and Nevisians to play an ever-increasing role in the expansion and growth of our economy,” said Dr. Douglas, the Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party in his opening statement on VON Radio on Tuesday night.
Dr. Douglas, who later fielded questions from the host, Mr. Everad “Webbo” Herbert and listeners said that his Labour Government’s achievements are beyond dispute.
He said that crime and the national debt are the two areas in which the opposition delights in attacking his party.
“My Government, as every-one knows, has been battling, and we continue to battle, crime in this Federation. We have been doing this via a strong combination of both preventive and punitive measures. In addition, we have rapidly expanded the training of our security personnel, we have upgraded our facilities and improved mobility via expanded bicycle and vehicular fleets and so on. As a result, the statistics make clear the fact that in all areas of criminal activity except one ““ gang violence ““ Labour has been successful at bringing crime down. That is a fact,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
He told his VON Radio and ZIZ Radio listeners that a new Labour Party Administration will still continue the campaign against gang violence, but it is also important for the nation to know that efforts in other areas have borne fruit.
Dr. Douglas said that his government is battling a regional and global plague – a plague has taken root amongst certain misled youth.
“And that is dramatically different from the type of criminality that gained St. Kitts and Nevis the awful reputation, in the 80’s and early 90’s of being “Devil’s Island.” That kind of criminality, as we all know, came to a swift and complete end with the election of a Labour Government in 1995. And today, with our regional and global partners, we will continue to do all in our power to battle this regional and global type of crime,” said Prime Minister Douglas.