So, I was interested to read the issues that consume the
There are influential nay-sayers who seek to undermine the Report. They have agendas of their own. They have no interest in promoting the proposals of the people of Anguilla as advanced by the Commission. The fear must be that they may succeed in the long run in sabotaging the Report.
But, what they cannot take away is the integrity of the process that produced the Report. It was formulated out in the open, in a transparent process, where everyone who was interested could see for themselves how the proposals were being developed and were being transformed by public discussion and intervention into the final Report. Each discussion paper was put up on the Commission’s website. Thousands of copies were printed and circulated throughout the island for the benefit of those who did not want to go on-line. Each revised edition of every discussion paper went through the same process. The Commission met with each and every organ of civil society to discuss the issues that concern the members of those bodies. The public was saturated with the discussion on constitutional issues over a six-month period.
Then, the politicians took over. Discussions now go on in secret, one year and six months after the final Report was delivered to the government. There is justifiable public suspicion over the present discussions on “full internal self-government” that are going on behind closed doors. These discussions are private, almost conspiratorial, creating heaven knows what new proposals in the “smoke-filled back-rooms” that we all despise so much.
Will these new proposals be dropped on a stunned and unsuspecting Anguillian public some day in the future?
Will any new proposals be rushed past the noses of an uncomprehending and unresponsive Anguillian public, with an announcement that we are all in agreement?
Will Anguillians who are genuinely concerned about transparency and good government be able to tell the substance from the froth and rise up in protest?
Or will it be the usual smoke screens and optical illusions that lull us into acquiescence?
Will all our efforts to secure a better system of government for
If we are not vigilant, then there is every chance that this is just what will happen.