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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The divisive nature of politics in St Kitts and Nevis and its impact on the society is again being commented on by QC Charles Wilkin. 

“We live in tiny society which has prolonged for fifty years a political culture based on enmity over a turbulent birth in which no one was seriously hurt. The same society is unable to come to grips with the murder in fifteen years of more than 300 of its young men, that is a telling indictment of dysfunction.”

QC Wilkin who delivered this year’s History and Heritage Month lecture, mentioned what he described as other manifestations of the dysfunction he referred to.

“A win at all cost mentality leading to consecutive governments failing to create a structure for fair elections. A my-turn mentality that means that all the spoils of government must go to the supporters of the party in power, the opposition must suck salt.  An entitlement mentality, with constituents expecting government largess, and government squandering public money in pandering to them for votes.  We know what that mentality did to the national debt also it decimated the SIDF. Low productivity has been the natural result, politicians seem afraid to address this, but it is a reality which we continue to ignore at the peril of our economy. Conflict resolution is rarely practiced, animosity and hostility rules, the politicians lead the way and the public follows. The inevitable decline in social discipline, and crudeness in social interaction. Look around the streets and elsewhere in public and you will see the disorder. You see how public vending is uncontrolled, littering is rampant in an island which when I was a boy was acclaimed as the cleanest in the region without doubt. Everybody wants to do as they like.”

However, there were some positives mentioned by the prominent lawyer, including the progress made by women, followed by what could be considered a pertinent question. 

“On a more positive note, I am pleased to acclaim the more prominent role that women are playing in business, in the professions, in the civil service and every other area in society except politics. I must ask, why aren’t more women going into politics or speaking out more on national issues? Perhaps because politics has been a man’s ego game for so long and women do not wish to play by its unpalatable rules. We as a society should be debating this paradox.”


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-1 #2 Natty Dread 2017-03-05 17:21
You want she sell us!
+1 #1 Jeffrey L Donovan 2017-03-03 22:56
Excellent points made Attorney Wilkin. When we listen to some comments made by some vendors, one gets the impression that they feel entitled to setup business where ever they feel like as they make certain comments suggesting that their vote gave them the authority to setup shop anywhere they feel fit. I have nothing against vendors; I make them my first preference when shopping particularly for vegetables to cook or cooked food, along with fruits, but some of them can benefit from a quick course in customer service. Even when greeted on approach before buying, there is no response from some or thank you after the purchase. And even if one says thank you after the purchase, there is not response such as your are welcome. Some of the vendors are void of mannerism, but I overlook it sometimes. However, in my personal experience with the Rasta vendors, I have to say that they always have a friendly greeting and always have parting kind words. In fact I mentioned it to a young man who works for the Tourism Department and was surveying departing passengers at the airport one day when I was leaving the Federation. As it pertains to women in politics, the bellicose behavior by their male counterpart may be deterring them from wanting to venture in that field. I applaud those who have done so, and I hope that more will take the plunge and work to transform the disposition of their male counterpart. I remain positive that one day the Honorable Marcella Liburd will be our first female Prime Minister.

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