In recent weeks I’ve made no secret about my anxiety over the prospect of the Nevis Island Administration becoming a part of something called a UNITY GOVERNMENT after the next Federal election for St. Kitts and Nevis. My concerns about a Unity Government stems from my belief that up to now, no St. Kitts Administration, political party, or leader has ever made an equitable Federal relationship with Nevis a top priority objective, and that the Nevisian counterparts have always suffered the indignity of having to struggle to overcome a stultifying and patronising attitude from their peers across the waters. In order to seemingly make any headway at the Federal level, some Nevisian leaders have allowed themselves to become political tools for the St. Kitts administrations that have wielded power since attainment of independence thirty years ago. For many Nevisians this is a source of keen embarrassment and dismay as it is a disturbing pattern which seems to have become well entrenched. This is a major cause of divisiveness between the electorate of Nevis, and fuels the constant suspicion and festering enmity many Nevisians harbour towards St. Kitts. Can this sorry state of affairs be changed under a new Unity Government with some of the same players that formerly hindered Nevisian aspirations, in the mix? It hardly seems so if we recall that in November of 1994, leaders of the federation’s political parties participated in an ill-fated, but highly touted exercise called a Forum for National Unity, which was held at the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. Major participants also included representatives from the Christian Council, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association. I don’t recall the details, but some sort of agreement was negotiated and with great fanfare, enshrined in a document titled The Four Seasons Accord. All of the principals said what a fine thing it was that such a meeting was held and that there now was some sort of moral commitment for all parties to work together for the purpose of National Unity and the benefit of the people of this country. But the ink was hardly dry on the agreement before the various parties were at odds again and in less than six months the Unity principle was dead and buried. The results of that effort did not lead to anything close to what could truthfully be called UNITY. So my fears about the latest proposed Unity Government are not without foundation. The current thrust for a Unity Government for St. Kitts and Nevis is still very new, and is still (I hope), in the process of being fleshed out and presented in a manner that can be easily understood by everyone. On the internet I came across a communiqué attributed to Team Unity Communications. It stated that “The Nevis Island Administration will be given its due respect and cooperation by a Federal Government led by Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris.”This assumes of course, that Dr. Harris will be one of at least six Unity candidates to win a seat in the next election. In my opinion, stating who the proposed new government will be led by is a bit premature and exposes Dr. Harris as well as the rest of the team to much unnecessary criticism. I do applaud however, the sentiment expressed. Dr. Harris said “That fairness and equity will govern the relationship between the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration. Nevis will be given an equitable share of foreign assistance. Nevis will be equitably represented in our Embassies and with respect to the SIDF, Nevis deserves its due share. It is not a favour to have access to SIDF resources.”These bold statements will absolutely go a long way towards helping to allay some of my concerns about the Unity Government idea. This is not to say that I’m swallowing the bait, hook, line, and sinker. But certainly what has been presented by Team Unity so far, is light years better than what currently exists or can be envisaged for a future under the present Federal Administration. There can be no question then about what my preference would be in a toss-up between Team Unity and the existing NRP/Labour construct. NRP’s continuous bleating that it’s governance is ” the best for Nevis”accompanied by Labour’s obnoxious behaviour and asinine braying “ee a wuk, it’s working!”is nowhere near as appealing as the leader of Team Unity’s riveting statement at the Unity Launch on September 26 th , “The change in St. Kitts and Nevis begins today!”Because I want things to change, it simply makes common sense to align myself to those with whom I seem to have common cause. But the final, chilling words of the Labour Spokesman Editorial on September 28 th were, “…Labour will not allow them to succeed.”In view of the way the Labour Government has been getting away with doing things inimical to the country’s best interests such as evading the Motion of no Confidence, and short-changing Nevis in critical fiscal matters, I find that statement absolutely terrifying. Whew…! But perhaps I’ll say more about that later.