Turks & Caicos Constitution Suspended. Shaun Malcolm said it eloquently this morning:
Not one person, not one person who contacted me or with whom I spoke, was sad because of the decision in
The Governor's statement was decisive.
With immediate effect, Ministerial government and the House of Assembly are suspended meaning that Cabinet will no longer exist and the House of Assembly is dissolved and Members’ seats are vacated. The constitutional right to trial by jury is also suspended with immediate effect. In accordance with the Order in Council, this will be for a period of two years, subject to extension or abbreviation as necessary.
All the perverse efforts of Galmo Williams and Michael Misick to agitate the Turks and Caicos people to rise up in street protests and confront the British and to stop the suspension of the Constitution have failed. Their day of reckoning is approaching.
Suspect West Indian leaders such as Ewart Brown of
The Jamaican media has been up to the same mischief. They have been siding with the interests of such prominent Jamaicans as Butch Stewart, Delroy Howell, and David Smith. These have been shown to be intimately involved with Misick in numerous private and suspect financial dealings.
The touting of the issue of colonialism across our region is an exercise in cynicism. It amounts to an abuse of the people of the
The Constitution has been suspended, the House of Assembly dissolved, and Cabinet has been sent home. I say good riddance to bad rubbish.
It is a sad day for us in the West Indies when we look on and see the British Government suspending the Constitution of one of our fellow
The people of the TCI have been severely let down. First, by their elected leaders, who used their high public office to line their own pockets. Second, by their local bureaucrats, who did nothing to reign in the wilder schemes of personal enrichment of their leaders. Third, by the opposition parliamentarians, who wished only that it could have been them feathering their own nests. Fourth, by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which ignored all the hints and pointers to the corruption that has been endemic in the TCI for decades. For the past 30 years we have all known that the TCI is the most corrupt of the
The people of the TCI have been through this crisis before. The British suspended the government between 1984 and 1986 and sent the government home. Chief Minister Norman Saunders did not go home. He was in a gaol in
The lesson is that merely suspending the local government and running the country directly from
The present shut down of constitutional and democratic government, and the temporary imposition of higher supervision, will only have been worthwhile if the people of the TCI ensure it never happens again. We all know how that is to be done.
The question is, will the British help the TC Islanders to make it happen by putting the necessary safeguards into the law and the Constitution this time?
Or, will they be as thoughtless and as careless as they were the last time?
28 December 2006: Corruption
9 August 2007: Public Accounts
9 February 2008: Self-government
24 May 2008: Open Mic
24 July 2008: Barbados
20 August 2008: Grenada