By David Tapfer
Recently Ewonka Selver posted a letter in the Weekly News commenting on the silence we have experienced since the election. She was right on! Why was there so little celebration? The answer lies in many places.
Directly after he won his seat in North Caicos, Don-Hue Gardiner lowered his head, spoke not a word and departed. He has yet to be seen again, but he did show up for the first house session. Otherwise, look at the photos of the winners.... he is missing. Is he ill? Perhaps he knows how he won?
David Tapfer is a retired, US-born engineer and management executive. He is the former chairman of the Middle Caicos Branch of the Peoples Democratic Movement
Then we have the Doc Smith issue. According to law, when nominated you must have singular loyalty to the TCI or you are automatically disqualified. Since Hayden the Bajan thinks Smith is clear, this is a clear indication he most likely is not. Fact is the laugh of the week was when Conrad used the Sun headline as evidence there was no issue. That group is so desperate they have their former deputy premier as a “talking head” on their video clips but only before she goes to court. What a comedown.
Then there is the third rail, with the winning candidate from Long Bay, she voted in the 2008 US election and was ready with her US passport to do so again yet the PDM says leave her alone. Why the silence there.
Now the man who always lost playing monopoly, broke the bank and just about everything else studied for three days to realize we are broke. Where was he in 2005 and beyond? This is first we have heard from him since he turned over the government in less than four years to Mr Derek Taylor in 1995.
The country’s biggest singular problem is the health scheme, which promised to cover everyone but as it turns out it only covers foreign workers, government employees and the few working in the private sector. Even primary care has been compromised. Does Doctor Premier want to talk about this mess, his mess? Silence it seems is golden. We heard that last week the doc took a trip on the resort’s private jet but who knew it? That could be good or bad. Again, silence gives us the answer
The only thing wrong with the election was the second handling of the ballots after they were marked. This is the word from the British election surveillance team. They have the insight of Governors Posten and Tauwhare. Where were they when the district voting lists were being made out?
Then the silence from the prosecution team, while expected, has been with us way too long. Good old April. It seems everything will come to a conclusion next April. The budget results, the VAT and now the first court cases. We can't wait for April Fool’s Day.
The country’s most basic problem is a lack of honest development. Governor Ric says he has 30-plus lined up but he can't tell us who, what or where except for 28 storeys, captured dolphins and the reef killing dredge.
First it was June, then it was November, when or when will we ever see work on the causeway begin? Dead silence from the government and the contractor. One wonders what the tourists who hump over two miles of pot holes and dodge the ocean crossing this mud mess think. I suspect they will not be silent.