With the arrest of former premier Michael Misick, TCI residents are beginning to anticipate his eventual prosecution, as well as ongoing criminal charges against a number of his former cabinet colleagues and family members.
Misick’s supporters have been vocal in defending the former premier, saying that former Governor Richard Tauwhare had signed off on many if not most of the Misick-conceived deceptions.
Now being widely recalled are statements made by Governor James Poston (2002-2005) and Governor Tauwhare (2005-2008). Posten, now deceased, when demitting office spoke of the advice he gave then opposition leader Derek Taylor to call for a commission of inquiry because he saw evidence of corruption. Taylor opted not to make this call and was later replaced by Floyd Seymour. Poston went further in his departing statement, telling listeners he was handing over the information he had to his replacement (Tauwhare), who would follow up.
On the eve of his departure in June 2008, Tauwhare stunned an audience at a Provo Chamber of Conference meeting, saying that shortly after his arrival in mid 2005 he saw evidence of corruption and reported it to his superiors at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), who also declined to go forward with an inquiry. Tauwhare also indicated after returning to England he would be assigned to a small office well out of the way.
It was Seymour who, as chairman of the public accounts committee, amassed evidence of reckless and corrupt spending practices by the then government and premier, which he forwarded to the FCO and later to the Foreign Affairs Committee. As a direct result of an investigation by a subcommittee of the FAC, then FCO Minister of Overseas territories Meg Munn was dismissed and director of overseas territories Leigh Turner was transferred to the Ukraine.