Governor Ric Todd, in an interview with a local newspaper, said that Premier Rufus Ewing’s recent speech to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government was politically motivated but that he understood that, during the by-election campaign, this “could be expected”. Todd declined to comment further.
Ewing responded to the governor’s remarks by taking the position that the governor failed to appreciate the importance of CARICOM.
“If the governor will say that the UK did not think about CARICOM or think about what the world will think of them they are not thinking strategically... I am sure CARCOM has some influence,” Ewing said.
However, it seems that few in the TCI understand what Ewing is referring to, because CARICOM took no public position on the relationship between the UK and the TCI or on VAT for the TCI. Furthermore, none of the CARICOM member states has been quoted as supporting either the UK or the TCI.
The TCI has only recently been reinstated as an associate member and this was Ewing’s first trip to meet with heads of the other Caribbean nations.