The much anticipated opening of the House of Assembly, the people's house, was full of the expected pomp and pageantry. Every Turks and Caicos Islander felt a sense of hope or pride -- we had finally been set on a path of self-governing after three years of the interim administration.
PDMs observed with a mixed sense of hope and pride. Though full of pride, the pending court cases give us hope that all is not lost -- we may become the governing party after all. So, as proud Turks and Caicos Islanders, we tuned in to the three-day event. On day three, we gasped a collective breath!
The campaign trail has not yet gone cold and might be heating up again shortly... folks, you may recall while on stage at her political rally, the candidate for Cheshire Hall attacked both the leader and deputy of the PDM referring to them as a "career politicians" and an unemployed unambitious attorney who chose to complain about not finding work rather than emulating other local attorneys who had hung up their own shingles. Rather than point out the absurdity of such a statement emanating from a career gambler, our leaders shirked it off. Why bother to trade barbs with someone who even her staunch PNP For Lifers were forced to admit that she brought nothing to the table (unless it was well placed in a casino setting).
But alas, a cruel twist of fate that we hope will be unraveled in the court of law, made the candidate (who seemed to have an aversion for gainful employment) successful at the poll. She now sits in splendour and majesty demanding to be referred to as Honourable by members of her peers who no longer are her "equal".
I did digress, but found it necessary. So, on the third day while the Hon. House of Assembly was in session, lo and behold, the Hon. Minister made the most impassioned speech -- not on behalf of the numerous out of work Turks and Caicos Islanders; not on behalf of the voters who gave her the golden opportunity to sit as their elected representative; not on behalf of the myriad pressing issues waiting to be addressed by the people who campaigned ferociously to be given the chance to fix our many ills.
Hon. Amanda’s first speech made in the people's house was to decry the paltry sum of $10,750. She declared that it was scrapings and an affront to offer her and her cronies such peasant wages! The question is: what was her last salary? Did she give up a lucrative employment/career to do the people's bidding? This out of touch/above the masses attitude is exactly why the PDMs were shocked that she actually was successful at the polls. She gambled on her party supporters’ loyalty and won big time! But instead of taking a page out of her PDM opponent's book and pledging a percentage of her salary to one or more of her campaign causes, oh no, the Hon. Amanda wants much more of the people's money.
The question is: How much is enough? If we are sent back to the polls in Election District #7, that question will be answered by PDMs and PNPs and PPPs alike.