Hayden Boyce, who describes himself as the publisher-editor of the TCI Sun newspaper has called Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) leader Oswald Skippings a “bold faced liar”.
The statement was apparently made in response to Skippings’ accusation that Boyce had accepted $120,000 from Lord Ashcroft to attack Skippings. Boyce did in fact launch an earlier attack on the PDM leader for his statements regarding the replacement of the principal of Provo’s Clement Howell High school with another foreign national educator.
Skippings called for the school to be picketed to exclude the new Guyanese-born teacher and install a TCI-born principal. This call by Skippings resonated around the islands as it seemed to be yet another move to bring foreign nationals in to take employment away from qualified TCI citizens.
In the back and forth Boyce denies he has accepted funds from Ashcroft and has called for Sharlene Carwright Robinson to lead the PDM instead of Skippings.
In the meantime, Boyce has made himself the standard bearer for the previous Michael Misick-led administration. Misick appointed Boyce’s wife Lillian as deputy premier, serving for a short period before Misick himself resigned. The PNP then voted to appoint Galmo “Gilly” Williams as premier and Royal Robinson as deputy. They also served for only a short term until direct rule was imposed by Britain in August 2009.
Boyce has also taken issue with the PNP slogan of “Dawning of a New Day”, describing it as inappropriate.