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Letter: No thank you, governor
Published on June 14, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Dr John Freeman, the Honourable Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, apparently thinks that my personal complaints and my expression of our people’s discontent with the current attorney general and the obstinate, oppressive and damaging manner that she has routinely employed in the exercise of her official duties, is some kind of request from me to meet with Governor Freeman. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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The governor’s focus should not be on me but on the substance of the complaint; it is an undisputed fact in the Turks and Caicos Islands that the TCI attorney general, Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles, has and continues to effectively discourage outside investment and development into the Turks and Caicos Islands to the extent that the present status of our outside investment and development is almost non-existent, as it has been since 2008.

The British apparently cut all of their Overseas Territory governors with the same “cookie cutter” and use a “McDonalds” style training manual to guide governors because they all act the same as evidenced from the TCI of past.

Former Governor Richard Tauwhare incessantly defended former attorney general Kurt DeFreitas no matter what he did despite the obvious incompetence of DeFreitas and constant allegations of his corruption.

Former Governor Ric Todd incessantly defended former attorney general Huw Shepheard no matter what he did despite Huw Shepheard’s alleged assault on a co-worker in the AG’s Office, his apparent incompetence and constant allegations of him being drunk.

Now we have the current governor, Dr John Freeman, defending Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles and everybody in the country, except Governor Freeman, knows Rhondalee has an indefensible history of offending and discouraging ministers of the TCI Parliament, investors and developers without regard for the financial consequences of her actions to the country.

Apparently FCO policy forbids an Overseas Territory governor from terminating an attorney general that has been appointed by an Overseas Territory governor no matter what they do, who they offend or how much the country suffers from lack of inward investment, even if it is the life-blood of the TCI.

Governor Freeman’s vociferous denial of the TCI attorney general’s negative impact on the country has earned him the same degree of credibility as Donald Trump who incessantly denies the reality of global warming at the very moment that sea levels are rising.

Just because the governor says it, don’t make it so.

Somebody should tell Governor Freeman that having your credibility compared to Donald Trump is not a good sign.

I pray that the governor will soon have an awakening.

Edith Delancy
 
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