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Regional journalist comments on Motion of No Confidence

 

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be the odd one out by not hearing a motion of no confidence filed against the government almost 10 months ago. Recently in Barbados, the finance minister Chris Sinckler survived a motion of no confidence filed by opposition leader Mia Mottley. Months prior, the government of Trinidad and Tobago survived a motion of no confidence; both motions heard in a timely manner after it was filed, considered to be the norm in the Caribbean. 

Caribbean Media Corporation journalist Julius Gittens speaking to Ken Richards on a recent edition of WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture, believes the St. Kitts situation does not speak well of the country’s parliamentary record. “It cannot help the situation in St. Kitts and Nevis in terms of its parliamentary record and a proud parliamentary heritage and tradition that this matter is not heard but the stark reality Ken, must be the government is uncomfortable with its numerical strengths in the house and therefore is going to try its best not to have the matter heard,” Gittens said.  

Mr. Gittens is suggesting that any government facing a motion of no confidence should take the matter to the electorate. “Any government if it fails to convince the majority of the members of the house to support it must take its case to the people and must be willing to argue, to prosecute that case or defend that case and be able to succeed where it really counts—in the ballot box on polling day,” Gittens said. 

Listen Mr. Gittens on the motion of no confidence 

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0 #3 Robert 2013-11-04 20:00
Correction: "505" in my second paragraph above should be "50%".
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+3 #2 Robert 2013-11-03 22:07
To: J. Donovan:

Running a Government is not the same as operating a business. Most governments operate on deficits which contribute to perennial national debts. The trick is to keep the debt as a reasonable (60-70)percenta ge of Gross National Product.

Moreover a large percentage of the St. Kitts-Nevis national debt is owed to the local SKNA National Bank, itself 505 owned by government.

Hence the debt is essentially localised, domestic or "self-financed."

The lands conveyed to the National Bank as collateral need not be sold off to foreigners in "one big swoop", but could be held in trust, be leased, as the Bank's need for liquidity arises.
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+4 #1 Jeffrey L Donovan 2013-11-03 12:30
The Motion of No Confidence will never make it to Parliament, because despite the fact that Dr. Douglas touts Full Confidence publically, privately he knows that his administration is Fully Incompetent. There is no business anywhere in the world that would keep a manager that runs up their debt from 250 million dollars to 3 billion dollars, and have to sell assets to bring it down to 1.5 billion, and that manager keeps his or her job. The head of Microsoft and countless others lost their job because of the company’s declining value, but here you have an inept leader claiming progress, when it is actually regress. Only in Tug-Of-war does the winner go backwards to my knowledge.
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