Premier Parry demands public apology from PAM’s Sydney Osborne

Premier of Nevis, the Hon.Joseph Parry (Photo by Peter Ngunjiri)

Charlestown, Nevis–(Wednesday, February 8th, 2012) Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry has said that a libelous statement made by Mr. Sydney Osborne, the People’s Action Movement (PAM) party representative on a weekly local radio programme, “was malicious and uncalled for”, and he is calling on Mr. Osborne to make a public apology.

Speaking Tuesday, February 7, on his weekly radio programme, ‘In Touch With the Premier’ on Choice FM and other radio stations in the Federation, Premier Parry said “it was regretful” that Mr. Osborne could have uttered words to the effect that he (Premier Parry) was personally involved in the removal of names from the electoral list in Nevis, knowing very well that they were false.

“You fully well know that the statement that you made was false. It was malicious and uncalled for,” said the Premier. “You have been a teacher at the Grammar School, you have been a Senior civil servant; you come from a certain background in St. Kitts, that I expect you to be true to yourself”.

“You do not have to be true to me or to anybody. If you were angry or you were resentful, that little apology you made is not good enough. You should have the decency to call me on the phone and say to me – Boy, Parry I made a mistake, I am sorry.”

Mr. Sydney Osborne of the Peoples Action Movement (PAM)

On WINN FM’s 98.9 weekly ‘Inside The News’ programme aired live on Saturday, January 14, 2012, Mr. Osborne uttered words to the effect that Premier Parry had personally removed names from the voters’ list in Nevis ahead of the July 11, 2011 local elections. When challenged by the Nevis Reformation Party’s (NRP) representative on the programme, Mr. Alastair Yearwood, and the programme host and station manager Mr. Clive Bacchus, all Mr. Osborne said was, “I have taken back those words”.

“I just want to say something publicly to Mr. Sydney Osborne,” the Premier said on Tuesday. “Sydney Osborne, you and I know each other very well. You were my Permanent Secretary, I think you are older than me, and we have been good friends all these years. I think you have put me in a position where people are asking me to take you to court. You really made a statement that I did not expect of you.”

Premier Parry said, however, that notwithstanding the demands of some people for him to take legal action, going that route would not solve anything. “I do not know it is going to help anything, and I certainly do not enjoy being in court opposite you. I really think that you need to send a message to the public that you erred, and you knew better, and that it is something you are going to avoid in the future.”

The Premier opined that if Mr. Osborne were to make that apology publicly, it would help in the relationship between the two, and it would take the pressure off him (Parry) to take Osborne to court, adding “the action of taking him to court would not serve any meaningful purpose”.

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