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Local Expressions: Surprise, surprise, surprise: Gomer Pyle, I mean Mr Ex-premier!

May 28, 2015
Can someone please say when it was that the PNP government ever approached Britain for independence? The one time I know that independence ever became an issue between the two governments was when in 1979 then Chief Minister JAGS McCartney went to London...

Local Expressions: The PNP never insisted on jury trials before

May 18, 2015
If you roll back the hands of time you will find a desperate and eager Mike Misick petitioning the court to overturn elections results in two constituencies to try to gain power from the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM). The Progressive National Party (PNP), as a whole...

Commentary: TCI held hostage

May 18, 2015
Commentary: TCI held hostage Kidnapped and being held hostage is one of life's most terrible possibilities. Freedom is a precious thing! However the former premier has held the entire TCI hostage for three long years. Michael Misick's exit and hiding and his fighting of extradition from Brazil absorbed two years. He arrived back...

Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda?

May 18, 2015
Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda? Recently on April 3, 2015, I read that the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands had signed a $224 million arrangement to develop a hotel resort. At first glance it sounded great. Then something grabbed my attention. A name I had heard before very recently and very frequently. No way, José...

Local Expressions: Whither next?

May 14, 2015
In what must be a huge disappointment – feeling that they would fare better with a jury of their peers – the Privy Council on Monday, May 11, rejected the appeal of eight of the ten defendants. In Misick and others (Appellants) v The Queen (Respondent) (Turks and Caicos), “The appellants argue that...

Local Expressions: Grand Turk - the island the PNP forgot

April 28, 2015
Of course they haven't forgotten that Grand Turk is still the island on which the country's capital of Cockburn Town is located, as there is that regular obligatory visit for the sitting of the parliament. Although, it must be hastily added that the ministers residing in Provo, including the premier...

Commentary: Caribbean men's health

April 28, 2015
Commentary: Caribbean men's health Over the last few months I have attended a growing number of funerals of Caribbean men of various races and ages. Seemingly almost every other week, someone I know or know about, is collapsing suddenly and dying. Often, too often, this stems from heart failure. For many of us...

Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth

February 14, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth Imagine this. You are the premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and encouragement over a long period, the nation’s financial services and tourism sectors have flourished.

Commentary: The Donut Shop

August 8, 2014
Commentary: The Donut Shop I admit to a love of donuts. In recent months I have exercised a valiant effort to control my appetite for those treats as I am on a weight loss ethic to get the extra pounds off my damaged vertebrae discs. Recently I heard a comparison of a liberal government to a donut shop: The donut shop advertised free...

Commentary: Growth in the islands after 40 years of observation

August 8, 2014
Commentary: Growth in the islands after 40 years of observation The debate over our future growth is raging and there are two distinct schools of thought. One is for a free market system that would see the government open the doors to development and population growth and the other held by some people is very ‘protectionist’ – an attempt to control all aspects of...

Commentary: Guilty?

July 8, 2014
Commentary: Guilty? I am guilty and I admit it. It happened the better part of 30 years ago. I had just returned home from the TCI accompanied by Yvette and my two sons Tom and Steve. I was thinking about that trip and the then promise of the TCI while driving north on the Florida Turnpike at 5 mph under the speed limit.

Commentary: Challenge - to tax or not to tax!

June 25, 2014
Commentary: Challenge - to tax or not to tax! As a last ditch effort to educate, inform and enlighten the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the wider world, and in spite of my promise of hiatus; I now go back on my word and with prejudice give this review on the Payroll Tax Bill 2014. Review of the “A Strategy for Recovery” (document)...

Commentary: Canadian Club

June 20, 2014
Commentary: Canadian Club Our folks went back to Canada trying to round up tourists but I believe they are wasting their time. The country of Canada is the biggest North American territory but only has 10% of the population of the USA. Most Canadians drive to Florida for vacations. I love Canadians; two of my children and two grandchildren...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands government and the University of the West Indies

June 20, 2014
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands government and the University of the West Indies Recently, the Turks and Caicos Islands government became a contributing territory to the University of the West Indies. This debate has been around for decades as to whether the government should or should not become a contributing territory to the university. Some years ago, this was done but only with...

Commentary: Our Caribbean: The political party and the elected government

May 14, 2014
Commentary: Our Caribbean: The political party and the elected government Gordon Lewis, in his book “Main currents in Caribbean thought”, states that different European colonising groups put their distinctive mark upon different Caribbean colonies, and this is shown by the fact that, in the British islands, abolition by parliamentary edict made possible the future development of...


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