In St. Kitts and Nevis, some 42 young people have been slaughtered over the past 15 months. Almost all 42 murders remain unsolved. Just recently, a hate-crazed mentally unstable zealot got his hand on an assault rifle and other firearms and slaughtered some 50 people somewhere in the United States. He was caught and killed by US law enforcement on the spot.


Lo and behold, Mark Brantley one of the ministers from Nevis in the Team Unity Government (TUG) collecting two salaries from the poor taxpayers of St. Kitts and Nevis saw this as an opportunity to jump unto public media to make a speech about terrorism. Note well, he is the Nevis minister of tourism (not terrorism) but some Nevis voters are saying perhaps he is confused. Why else would he seek to get into waters better navigated by Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump?


Many persons listened to hear whether this minister would address the reason why in the 16 months that he is collecting two salaries, economic hardship has increased in St. Kitts and Nevis. But they waited in vain.


The Concerned Citizen Movement/Team Unity Government CCM/TUG has brought hardship to working class people, hardship to students who once hoped to pursue tertiary level education and hardship to young men in the construction industry where over 40% of them are now jobless.


Under the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, government chalked up a 7.1 percent growth rate in 2014. Now, according to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Harris, the once thriving economy is collapsing.


Things are getting harder and harder in St. Kitts and Nevis as, according to Prime Minister Harris recently, whereas before the country enjoyed a 7 percent growth in economic development, we will only get 3.5 percent to 3 percent in 2016. But that is half of what we were doing before! No mention of this in the apparently self-appointed national security minister’s terrorism speech.


As a result of the stopping of the REACH programme some 1500 CFBC, Nevis Sixth Form and AVEC students have had to abandon the dream to pursue tertiary level education. No explanation as to why these programs have been denied our very young children by the two-salaried minister.


Our young children were just 16 months ago, being prepared to become computer literate by a Labour/NRP government that gave them their own lap-top computers through a popular one-to-one lap-top programme in a competitive world and to compete globally with any child of their age until it was stopped by the CCM/TUG who seem to be indicating that it was a waste of money to educate our children.


The minister failed to address the worsening situation in the construction industry as several development projects left by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration have been abandoned. Some forty percent (40%) of the projects left by the former government have been shut down and more are shutting down.


In Nevis almost all of the development projects on the island are in court fighting the tyranny, incompetence, spite and malice of the Ministry of Physical Planning. No mention of this in the minister’s vacuous speech.


Stalled projects mean that more and more of the young men of Nevis are unemployed  and their mothers, their women folk and their wives and their children will have less to eat and will certainly not able to look after themselves. There is a domino effect from poverty caused by a sudden onset of economic hardship to crime. The minister failed to address this fact. An increased crime rate under the TUG has already accounted for some 42 unsolved murders since the 16th February 2015- a date that will go down in history as a dark and dismal day.


Health wise, things are also getting harder in St. Kitts and Nevis and the minister knows this for it is under his watch as minister of health that the Alexandra Hospital is now a haunted house where sick people are afraid to go for treatment. They flee instead to Basseterre or to Puerto Rico, or St. Maarten, or to the main-land United States, in fact anywhere else but Alexandra Hospital under the watch of a minister who allowed dialysis machines bought by an NRP government with Nevis taxpayers’ money, to wither and rot while Nevisians died of renal failure.


It is now clear that our Team Unity Government has deserted the poor people of St. Kitts and Nevis. The conscience of civil society appears to have been seared with a hot iron- so no help there either. It is also clear that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis must stand up and face the tyranny of this government and fight for our children’s future on our own.


There should be more calls for equal rights and justice and an opportunity for Kittitians and Nevisians to be educated, work and carry on business without interference in the land of their birth. There should be more silent and not-so-silent marches through the streets of Basseterre and Charlestown. It is time that we the people send a strong signal to Mark Brantley, Vance Amory and the misshapen government they prop up in Basseterre that enough is enough.


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