By Caribbean News Now contributor
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick, who is currently facing a number of corruption related charges, has apparently decided to re-engage in local politics.
Within the last two weeks, Misick has made four public appearances. He was interviewed at a music festival on his home island of North Caicos, where he said, “It is so good to back home again.”
Then, at a Progressive National Party (PNP) rally at a local church, Misick was seen applauding calls by against a new payroll tax being promoted by his brother, the current finance minister Washington Misick, and current premier, Rufus Ewing.
Days later, back in the church for a town hall meeting attended by PNP supporters, Misick claimed that the territory did not need the $260 million loan guaranteed by Britain and that the British had borrowed the money from themselves and now needed to pay themselves back by means of the payroll tax prescribed by Ewing and Washington Misick.
A few days later Misick was on the street in front of cameras again telling the same story.
Misick said he would not apologise for his administration, which incurred the huge debts, but did feel responsible for failures in his personal life.
Last week, when asked if he would return to politics, the former premier said he would make that decision once he cleared his name.
“I am proud of my administration, which improved education, sports and the lives of seniors,” said Misick.
He also said that he did not believe in income or property taxes, although these were both mooted during his 2003-2009 administration.
In his public appearances, Misick twice told interviewers in the last week that the TCI is ready to take on independence.