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Open response to Turks and Caicos Islands governor
Published on April 13, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Governor Freeman,

Attacking the messenger and denying the message without proper investigation is routine operating procedure for the British FCO. Turks & Caicos Islanders are familiar with this FCO tactic and David Moore’s comments are typical of the FCO by accusing a TCI citizen of “attacking TCI public officials” for commenting or identifying government malfeasance.

If you had been properly briefed by the FCO prior to arriving in the TCI you would know that there is a very long and verifiable history of government retribution and retaliation against those who have the intestinal fortitude to complain or speak out publicly against government incompetence, abuse or corruption in the TCI, so you must please excuse my reluctance to invite you to tea.

There is no need and you have no obligation to answer my open letter to you but do not be so naive as to believe that your public denials or the public denials of David Moore from the FCO will remove or eliminate the clear and convincing perception of poor governance that has deterred and is continuing to deter new inward investment and development in the Turks & Caicos Islands. To be clear, that poor governance is emanating from the Attorney General’s Office and apparently everybody but you is aware of it.

You can call it whatever you want Governor but the evidence and statements from uninterested or disgruntled investors demonstrates that the Office of the TCI Attorney General has been killing the gooses that were laying our golden eggs and the laying of eggs has now been dormant for over eight years. You can deny the reason but you cannot deny the fact.

Lastly Governor, with regard to David Moore’s rude comments about me being “self-interested”; Yes, indeed I am self-interested. I live, work and play here in the TCI and I am effected like everybody else when government runs amuck and chases away investors and developers at a time when our economy and jobs sector desperately needs a boost.

Your predecessor former Governor Beckingham was a polite English gentleman with a very short list of accomplishments in the TCI. Generally speaking he sat by politely and didn’t really get involved. Consequently he left us with the same broken TCI government that was here when he arrived.

Will you do the same or will you endeavor to make the necessary changes that are begging in the TCI? Only time will tell but David Moore and the FCO’s defensive response to my identifying a problem well-known in the TCI business community is not encouraging.


Edith Delancy
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