Please allow me space in your newspaper to contradict statements made by Mr. Theodore Hobson in his open message to CCM and NRP in your issue of June 2, 2006.
Mr. Hobson himself ran in four (4) elections in Nevis (1983, 1984, 1987, and 1992) which he lost. He was vehemently against secession as he was an ally of the Labour Party. Some people forget for their convenience.
In the 7th paragraph of his writing he sets out, in his view, to try to embarrass the NRP and myself. Mr. Hobson should first learn the political history of his country.
I will try to help his as follows:
Let us start from 1956.
In 1956 the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands was dissolved and St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla became a separate colony of Great Britain.
In 1958 the Colony enters the West Indies Federation as a separate unit.
In 1962 the West Indies Federation is dissolved and St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla returns to colony status under Great Britain.
In February 1967, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla became the first Associated State of Great Britain. In June 1967, Anguilla revolted and drove the police and all civil servants out of Anguilla. Britain was asked to help bring Anguilla back to the fold while it looked after Anguilla.
Anguilla was still a part of the Associated State of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla and remained so until 1982 when a resolution was passed in the House of Assembly in St. Kitts declaring that Anguilla was no longer a part of the Associated State of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.
Many commissions were established and reported on possible solutions to the St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla problem but none were acceptable to the people of Anguilla. It is worthy to note the St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla was the first Associated State to apply for full independence. The British Government, however, would not grant Independence until the Anguilla issue was settled.
Three Premiers – Bradshaw, Southwell and Lee Moore all tried to gain Independence; NRP was there every time to plead for secession for Nevis.
In 1979 Mr. Nicholas Radley, Minster of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office states, and it is recorded, that the British Government would not accept Nevis as a dependency, neither would Nevis be eligible for British aid as an independent territory.
In 1980 the NRP Manifesto for the general elections for the House of Assembly was “Secession at all Costs.” At no time since 1970 when the NRP party was formed was Nevis offered colonial status.
The British Government would not interfere in the internal affairs of the country as St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla was already an Associated State and Britain was responsible for External Affairs and Defense only. NRP was fortunate to gain section 113 of the constitution. All of the three islands were able to move forward politically and economically.
It is obvious that the people of Nevis do not entrust an independent Nevis in the hands of the present CCM government. A younger generation of politicians, whether NRP or CCM, may be more successful.
Leader of the NRP for 22 years;
First Premier of Nevis.