Governor Writes Speaker Agreeing to House of Assembly Debate on Motion to Borrow. The Speaker read out a letter from the Governor indicating that he did not object to the debate on the motions to borrow some $60 million, but that it was still up to
It would appear that what some persons have been saying all along may be right. The British have no objection to
The big crisis the Chief Minister and Minister of Finance told us to expect at the press conference on Tuesday appears to be a non-issue. This is what the Chief said then, among other things:
If when we go to the House of Assembly on Friday to borrow the EC$49 million... we have asked the Governor to send this to
The government leader said if there is no approval by the British government, once his administration can find an institution that will give us the money "we borrow the money, let them do what they want to do, they can arrest us, no problem."
It was all apparently a smoke screen to cover up our incompetence in having gone to
All the posturing by our Ministers was just for show. Hopefully, they have spent the time preparing to make a proper presentation. Expect to hear about new travel plans in the next couple of weeks at the latest. If I am wrong and, despite all the last-minute preparation and improved presentation, our application to borrow more is refused, at least we will get to blame the evil British for all the consequences.
Both the Chief Minister and the Minister of Finance complained that the Opposition made no substantial suggestions during the debate for correcting the present deficit in income over expenditure. With humility, these are some personal suggestions for increasing
- Collect property tax from all the 1,000’s of householders who refuse to pay it;
- Disconnect the 100's - or maybe 1,000's - of illegal water connections;
- Hire an animal control officer, enforce dog licenses;
- Ticket every driver with no car-seat for child;
double for child in front seat;
triple for child standing on front seat;
and four times for kid sitting on driver’s lap steering the car!
- On the spot fines for speeding – or car gets towed;
ditto littering (if no car, impound something else);
ditto untethered goats and other farm animals;
- Enact and enforce seatbelt laws;
ditto use of cellphones while driving;
- Enforce noise and environmental pollution fines;
- Legalise marijuana use [preferred by all Anguillian youths above the age of 13], and tax it like cigarettes.
Maybe now, after having had a further month to prepare ourselves properly, and including the above suggestions, we will go back to
Once we have such a clearly thought out plan to repay any borrowing, I do not expect any objections from
One last immortal thought:
"It's like a blocked toilet. You have to flush all the shit out to get it working properly again." --Gary Lightbourne, Michael Misick's former bodyguard