12 December, 2009
The battle of the press releases? The controversy highlighted in my post of yesterday continues in the press and on the airwaves. The Minister of Finance of Anguilla was on Radio Anguilla at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm last night attempting to explain away his embarrassment. What appears to be indisputable is that the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has lent the Government of
Anguilla the princely sum of EC$12 million. That should be just sufficient to restore the recent cuts made to public servants salaries, and to pay a double salary in time for Christmas. The doubt lies in the circumstances in which the loan was made.
According to the GoA press release, the government of Anguilla has never approached the government of
for a loan or gift at any time. That blanket denial would include a refutation that the GoA ever asked the GoD to extend some of its credit with the ECCB to Dominica Anguilla. Our position is that the PM of has made an unfortunate claim. Chief Minister Osbourne Fleming has contacted the Governor of the Central Bank, Sir Dwight Venner, and requested that he ask PM Skerrit to retract his statement. Here is the Dominica Anguilla press release in full
Here is part of the Dominica
It will be interesting to see who has to apologise to whom.