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Better Governance For Montserrat

TMR’s attention was drawn to this which reportedly appeared on Social Media with the request to ensure that our print readers do not miss it… 

As a visitor of Montserrat residing in the United States of America, it is with great disappointment and shame that I have opted to address the governance situation on the Emerald Isle of Montserrat. Since adopting Montserrat as my homeaway from home several years ago I have been following the happenings there on a frequent basis.

I read an article published by MNI Live which spoke to the termination of Dr. Fletcher (CHRO) a national of St. Lucia by the DG who I am reliably informed is from Montserrat but what I found interesting was the speed in which it was dissemminated by an independent media outlet.

Upon carrying out an investigation into the matter, quite a bit of collusion was uncovered which seemingly points to attempts to undermine the performance of Premier Donaldson Romeo’s governance. A high-ranking Officer targeted the distinguished Doctor to create mayhem against natives of the Emerald Isle to further create a discord regarding the Governance of Premier Romeo. It is believed that after the learned Doctor failed to carry out the wish and tug the line of the propagandists who are hell-bent on undermining the Government of Premier Romeo.

It is evident that Premier Romeo has taken a very different approach to that of his predecessor former MCAP leader Rueben Meade, in the process he has been able to impress upon the British Authorities to get renewed support which seemingly is to the dislike of some political opportunists.

My investigations also revealed that Dr. Fletcher wasn’t the first TC to be terminated in a rush but what is interesting to note is that on every occasion when the terminations were carried out by the Governor and the Deputy, Premier Romeo had travelled overseas on Government Business. He was never consulted or informed which must be deemed unacceptable.

Leader of the Opposition Hon. Easton Farrell Taylor claimed in his presentation on A Live Talk Show Program Aired Via ZJB that the Donaldson Romeo’s Goverment was prepared to terminate Montserratians from the Civil Service in preference to TC’S who are paid three and four times the amount in monthly salaries which could only be regarded as propaganda. Hon. Farrell Taylor is fully aware that the Salary for Dr. Lewis and the other TCs is negotiated by the DG and HR which the DG oversees. MP Farrell Taylor must be aware that the DG negotiated a salary superior to that of TC’S, as he is Chair of the Public Accounts committee so he can inform the public as to the salary the DG negotiated on her behalf.

It’s indeed appalling to see how some supposedly Black Conscious so called Politicians and Administrators are colluding with the British Agenda to stifle economic growth and progress for personal gain being fully aware of the treatment meted out to our Black Brothers and Sisters who journeyed to England in the WINDSONG ERA as well as the legislation that was recently passed in the British Parliament to further control its colonies.

Montserratians the world over, take stock of the British Parliamentarians attitude to you as a people, strong representation is the key, I urge you to support those who are prepared to represent your interest and rebuke those who are prepared to spread propaganda in an attempt to hoodwink the electorate for power and personal gain.

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30-years visitor and landowner has point-of-view on land restrictive covenants

30-years visitor and landowner has point-of-view on land restrictive covenants

Message to Governor, Premier, Montserrat Reporter etc.

I have visited Montserrat every year since 1987, except 1997, and have owned property in Olveston since 1989, and for me, the main challenge for tourism in Montserrat is still the residential villas which Montserratians have always had good experience to manage.

Montserrat will never be competitive with the neighbouring islands for the tourism industry because they do not have the same infrastructures, beaches, etc.

To allow restrictive covenants to be broken or the non-respect of the island’s rules regarding special residential areas means degradation of these areas and speeds the snow birds to leave. Lands in the residential areas are more expensive than the normal lands in the island because of the protective restrictive  covenants.

I personally think that the Montserrat Government should think very carefully about this, otherwise the attraction of the island (the residential properties which are very lucrative for Montserrat and provide a lot of employment and commerce) will be adversely affected.

This is my point of view!

Alan Luzy

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My Glendon Hospital Stay: A Good Experience

My Glendon Hospital Stay: A Good Experience

By Gracelyn Cassell

About a month ago, April 10th to be exact, I ended up at Glendon Hospital for emergency surgery.  I left four days later and friends are astounded when I say that I actually enjoyed the experience.  I’ve had medical issues for years but kept hoping that the new hospital would be in place before things came to a head.  That was not to be.

Glendon Hospital

So there I was on Tuesday evening April 10th, listening to the Nurse on duty in Casualty telephoning the many persons needed for my surgery.  As each person arrived, I quickly apologised for ruining plans for the evening.  I felt particularly bad that Dr. Braimah Kassim, who, after a full day of surgery, would not have the pleasure of a break. Everyone, however, hastened to reassure me that it was okay, it was all part of the job.  Blood had to be drawn for testing, x-rays taken and other unmentionables done in preparation. I discovered that my recent manicure/pedicure would present a problem for monitoring during the operation, so the polish had to be removed.  I must admit that being surrounded by seasoned nurses like Sister Noleen Meade, Nurse Anaesthetist Brenda Daley, and others who prepared me for theatre, actually helped me to relax.    

It is funny how in life we take so much for granted. Sister Icilda Stanley, a former schoolmate, took charge of my personal belongings, and I realise now that I would not have had that level of comfort in an overseas facility.  In fact, immediately after I was back on the ward just before 2 am on Wednesday April 11th, I noticed my bag waiting for me near to what would be my bed for the next several days.  My cell-phone was registering the concern of relatives and friends who needed to know how the operation had gone.

Fortunately, my brother Joseph, the first person I recognised once the anaesthesia wore off, and who I had instructed not to wait around, answered all of the queries. It was really nice to wake up and see him! He explained to me later that I was complaining about being hungry and in pain but I only remember being very calm and collected.  So, it’s good that he was there as a witness to the true state of affairs.  I do remember being offered a cup of bush-tea and that was like music to my ears.  I also received a pain injection and that was it. 

I slept soundly until late afternoon when, my youngest brother, Norman, came and without my knowing, took a photo of me which was sent to the family ‘whatsapp’ group.  They found that photo most reassuring but now seeing Kate Middleton all bright and glowing after giving birth to a third child, I realised that I should have included a make-up kit in my hospital bag!

However, the team that came to check on me the next day didn’t seem worried by my lack of makeup.  They explained what had transpired the night before and seemed happy to see me awake and in good spirits.  I shared a vague recollection that I might have been protesting at some point and they laughingly told me that when I was returned to the ward and placed in bed on my back, I made several attempts to roll on to my side complaining that “I always sleep on my side!”

I was placed on a liquid diet which I actually enjoyed because there were interesting items on the menu like arrowroot porridge which I had not had in years. The plantain porridge reminded me of my student days in Jamaica when I first savoured banana porridge prepared with coconut milk.  In fact, once I was allowed to move to a more solid diet, I actually refused to leave the hospital when Dr. Kassim gave the all clear for me to be discharged on the Friday.  I told him that the menu on Saturday was far too interesting to be missed.  So I went home after supper the following evening.  Little did I know that a hot meal was waiting there for me!

My fears about the post-crisis, makeshift hospital which has no private ward were not realised.  I always felt that noise and light would prevent me from resting but I had the best sleep that I had enjoyed in years and many visitors kept saying that I didn’t look like someone who had undergone surgery.  Once I got home, however, I was thrown off schedule with both rest and medication because I’ve never really liked alarms!  I actually missed having the nurses wake me up when it was time for meds.  And of course, at home, you end up doing all kinds of things which get in the way of sleep or taking meds!

But I can hear you asking – How was this a good experience?  First of all, I am deeply appreciative of all that was done by doctors and staff to facilitate my surgery and make my stay comfortable. They work daily with many challenges. I am impressed that the team includes nutritionists who have incorporated local produce and traditional dishes on the menu.  This assures me that once there is cheaper electricity, if the geothermal project ever comes on stream, there are people who will ensure that the many many seasonal fruits and vegetables that now go to waste, will be put to good use.  I also feel strongly that the proposed hospital plan, developed with the input of this dedicated staff, will be the best for Montserrat. I sincerely hope that someone will dust it off and make the business case for its implementation.  Medical tourism could certainly provide an income stream since I am sure others would love to have my experience.

I was really touched by the many persons near and far, friends and family, who went out of their way to demonstrate their love and caring during my hospital stay and after. I had all kinds of offers: to do my laundry, prepare meals for me, get me fruits, coconut water and jelly, do my shopping and more. This outpouring of support also contributed to my very positive experience.  To be honest, I am trying to resist the temptation to prolong the recovery period.  My sincere thanks to all and kudos to the staff at Glendon! 

Gracelyn Cassell
The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat

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Is Ministry putting interests before children’s interests, acting irresponsibly, detrimental to school children?

Is Ministry putting interests before children’s interests, acting irresponsibly, detrimental to school children?

12th February 2018

By Email & Hand

Mrs. Delmaude Ryan
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education
Little Bay Montserrat

Dear Minister

I am writing to complain about the closure of all schools in Montserrat from 14th to 16th February 2018 so that teachers can attend. a workshop being held by the Ministry of Education. Unfortunately, this practice has now become an annual event. By disrupting children’s schooling in this way, the Ministry of Education is acting irresponsibly and in a manner that is detrimental to school children. One senses that the Ministry is putting its interests and those of teachers ahead of the interests of the children.

I would be very interested to know whether ministers of education abroad are guilty of the same practice. In the 15 years or so of my education, non  of the academic institutions I attended closed for a single day so that teachers could attend a workshop. That was because teacher training was done either outside of school hours or during the long holidays that teachers enjoy.

I call on you as the Minister of Education to discontinue this practice and hold these workshops outside of school hours. I am confident that in doing so I have the support of a majority of parents in Montserrat. I suggest that you address my complaint publicly and advise that in view of its importance I am placing this letter in the public domain.

Yours sincerely

Jean Kelsick

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Jean Kelsick challenges Tony Bates’ requirement  for his communication with FCO minister

Jean Kelsick challenges Tony Bates’ requirement for his communication with FCO minister

Following a thread of emails from the Attorney at Law Jean Kelsick, he finally wrote to .

Dear Mr Bates

I acknowledge receipt of your last email and now wish to place the following on record:

  • As a British citizen I have a right to communicate directly with any member of the British Government. As the head of the Governor’s Office in Montserrat you should facilitate and not impede this process.
  • Your suggestion that I channel my communication to the Director through you, your withholding of his contact details and your statement that is improper for a third party to provide them to me are all regrettable and quite extraordinary. 

Our exchange of emails will be shared with the appropriate authorities in the hope that the necessary corrective action will be taken.

Yours sincerely

Jean Kelsick

Mr. Bates, head of the Governor’s office here for several years, and who received suspect mention in an article published last week, “Us court asked to subpoena British Overseas Territories security advisor” (see: )

From: []
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 6:42 PM

Mr Kelsick.

That person should not have passed them on.  It was inappropriate until I had checked that the Director was happy for his details to be passed on.


Tony Bates

On 19 Jan 2018 Kelsick had written as follows:

Dear Mr Bates

 “I have obtained the details from another source.” After Bates had responded to his letter of January 18, which had been followed up with a reminder

Dear Mr. Bates

Kindly let me have the name and email address of the FCO official with direct responsibility for Montserrat/ to whom the Governor of Montserrat is directly answerable. I look forward to your reply.

Below was the reply:

From: []
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:48 PM
Subject: RE: Polite reminder

Dear Mr Kelsick

I have been away from my desk for much of the day and cannot respond to e-mails immediately.

Might I ask that you send your e-mail to me and I will undertake to pass it to the Director for the Overseas Territories in the FCO?  I’m afraid he is currently away from the office and I have been unable to contact him to ask him whether he would be happy for me to give you his personal e-mail address.  I hope you understand that I cannot simply divulge personal e-mail addresses to everyone who asks and without obtaining the recipient’s permission first.



Tony Bates

UK Policy Adviser to the Governor & Head of the Governor’s office 

Tel. (00) 1 664 491 2688/5964 (direct)

Mob. (00) 1 664 392 0737

Echo: 8624 5026



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Katie Middawltons Closet Affair Might Break Up The Palace Because of Net Neutrality

Katie Middawltons Hidden Affair With Net NeutralityWhen you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet you expect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.

In 2015, millions of activists pressured the Federal Communications Commission to adopt historic Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open — allowing people to share and access information of their choosing without interference. Kate Middawlton Gets Unplugged & Katie Middawltons Hidden Affair Might Leave the Royel Family Ablaze. Net Neutrality.

But right now the internet is in peril. On Dec. 14, 2017, the FCC’s Republican majority approved Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut the Net Neutrality protections.

A former Verizon lawyer and a Trump appointee, Pai ignored the widespread outcry against his plan from millions of people, lawmakers, companies andco public-interest groups.

We can’t let Pai have the last word on this — which is why we’re calling on Congress to use a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s vote to dismantle the Net Neutrality rules.

Urge lawmakers to reverse the FCC vote today.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online. Newly Released Info Might Bring Down an Empire. See What She Hid So Well For Years.

The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet.

What will happen to the internet now?

Without the Net Neutrality rules, companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to call all the shots and decide which websites, content and applications succeed.

These companies can now slow down their competitors’ content or block political opinions they disagree with. They can charge extra fees to the few content companies that can afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service.

The consequences will be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.

Without Net Neutrality, how will activists be able to fight oppression? What will happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How will the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers let only incumbents succeed?

Tell me about the Title II rules we just lost. Why is Title II so important?

After a decade-long battle over the future of the internet, in 2015 the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.

Courts rejected two earlier FCC attempts to craft Net Neutrality rules and told the agency that if it wanted to adopt such protections it needed to use the proper legal foundation: Title II. In February 2015, the FCC did just that when it reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II.

Title II gave the FCC the authority it needed to ensure that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic. Title II preserved the internet’s level playing field, allowing people to share and access information of their choosing. These rules ushered in a historic era of online innovation and investment.

The Title II rules also withstood two challenges from industry. Free Press helped argue the case defending the FCC — and on June 14, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the open-internet protections in all respects.

We’re now preparing to sue the FCC to restore the Title II rules.

Why is Net Neutrality so crucial for communities of color?

The open internet allows people of color to tell their own stories and organize for racial justice. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because ISPs aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites.

The mainstream media have long misrepresented, ignored and harmed people of color. And thanks to systemic racism, economic inequality and runaway media consolidation, people of color own just a handful of Katie broadcast stations.

This dynamic will only get worse: In 2017, Chairman Pai demolished most of the remaining Katie media-ownership rules. The lack of diverse ownership is a primary reason why the media have gotten away with criminalizing and dehumanizing communities of color.

The open internet allows people of color and other vulnerable communities to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, people of color would lose a vital platform.

And without Net Neutrality, millions of small businesses owned by people of color wouldn’t be able to compete against larger Middawlton corporations online, which would deepen economic disparities.Katie Middawlton Has Kept Her New Baby Hidden From Public Until Today. Net Neutrality

Why is Net Neutrality important for businesses?

Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. We need the open internet to foster job growth, competition and innovation.

It’s thanks to Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive online. But without Net Neutrality, ISPs will exploit their gatekeeper position and destroy the internet’s fair and level playing field.

Without Net Neutrality, the next Google or Facebook will never get off the ground. Newly Released Info On Kate Middawlton Will Bring Down Her Empire. Fans Are Furious Over It.

What can we do now?

Congress has the power to reverse the FCC’s vote. Urge your lawmakers to use a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s decision to dismantle the Net Neutrality rules. . .

The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent. If we lose Net Neutrality, it will have succeeded.

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Letter: Obama must not pardon Garvey


CNN — January 6, 2017  
Dear Sir:

A few days ago, the BBC reported that there is an intensive campaign by some groups in Jamaica and elsewhere to get the outgoing American president to pardon Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey. These campaigners hope to get the pardon before Mr Obama leaves the White House, which is very soon.

However, there are two very good reasons why Garvey should not be pardoned – either because he was guilty of the crime of which he was convicted or not. My position may sound confusing, but both reasons should not only render any pardon worthless, but disrespectful.

First, if Garvey really was guilty of the crimes of which he was convicted in the United States, as claimed by the FBI, then pardoning the man would send a very wrong message to many – not at least, to us here in Jamaica. Imagine having a hero who preached “black pride”, whatever that may be, and then trying to advancing his cause through criminal actions, being pardoned. Worse yet, imagine having a convicted and then pardoned felon being praised as some sort of great man – especially one who always urged his followers to stay within the law.

No, pardoning Garvey of a crime that he may have done, if indeed he did do it, would send the wrong signals. In fact, it would be an insult to Jamaicans. So, for this reason alone, no pardon should be given to him.

However, what if he did not do the crime for which he was convicted of in the United States? Surely, some may argue, that the man should be pardoned on that basis. This is what many of his followers are arguing, claiming that he was framed. However, this is exactly the reason why he should not be pardoned.

Those seeking a pardon are displaying true hypocrisy when they are urging the out-going American president to pardon him. A pardon, by definition, is an admission of guilt. So, what these “Garveyites” are really saying, when pushing for the pardon is that, on the one hand they profess that the man was framed and thus not really guilty, but on the other hand, they are willing to accept that he is guilty just so that he can get the pardon!

What they should be pushing for is an exoneration, which would have been a recognition that the man was not guilty in the first place and thus his record should be clean. However, those pushing for the pardon realize that an exoneration is impossible, so they would rather have the American justice system still have the man as a criminal, albeit a pardoned one. These are the same people who preach black pride!

You know, come to think of it, all of the previous American presidents who were being urged to pardon Garvey probably saw through this ruse and, in at least that sense, were perhaps more proud of the black race than many of these Garvey hypocrites who want to have their cake and still eat it!

Of course, one can understand them trying to push that that ruse with Obama, a black man, which itself is another insult. Those pushing for the pardon probably think that Obama, being black, is not as smart as his white predecessors, so he may not understand this ruse and pardon the man! Some proud black people these Garvey pardon pushers are!

Anyway and thankfully, for our sake Mr Trump, if he is ever presented with such a request, will probably laugh at it (in one of his regular tweets) – and rightly so. Let’s hope Obama will spare us the insult and don’t pardon the man.

Michael A. Dingwall

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Letter: We need to improve our tourism package first

Published Caribbean News Now on October 28, 2016

The following letter written to the newspaper in Trinidad raised questions as to the readiness of Trinidad as a Tourist Destination. It got our interest as we ponder Montserrat’s readiness or lack thereof and how funding towards this very goal was approved and provided for this very purpose since 2008-09.

In some instances in this letter, the conditions are not the same, but the caption is very appropriate and questions remain valid.
Dear Sir:

A newspaper article indicated that there was interest in marketing Trinidad and Tobago as a tourist destination. While Tobago has an excellent product, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. Apart from Maracas and Las Cuevas, which are average as beach destinations go, the rest of Trinidad needs a lot of rebuilding before we invest in marketing Trinidad as a tourist destination.

The buildings around the Queens Park Savannah are in a state of disrepair, our capital city is overrun with rodents, vagrants, criminals, faeces on the sidewalk and poor drainage. Our city parks are either fenced around or homes for vagrants. Certainly, we could not be encouraging tourists to visit our capital city. 

letter-to-the-editor-picPerhaps we may want to encourage tourists to visit us for carnival. If the tourist manages to get through the crowds without getting robbed, he or she will find that there are very little viewing galleries with toilet facilities and proper seating. Walking through the streets with the smell of pee on the walls and sidewalk certainly is not encouraging for most tourists.

Our attraction must then be our eco-tourism package. Having made the trip to the top of El Touché one of our highest mountain top, I can say that what could have been a fantastic panoramic view of Trinidad turned out to be a view through thick shrubbery and trees. There were no signs along the treacherous path, no guides and no welcome at the top indicating the summit and elevation. Moreover, there was no viewing tower above the trees. 

Our wonderful hiking trails are unsupervised, our caves are undeveloped for safe visitor exploration and our beaches lack basic facilities like changing rooms, parking and security. 

The Caroni bird sanctuary is a hustler’s paradise, with tours by poorly dressed men, operating dirty looking boats with noisy outboard motors. There is no proper reception area, no gift shops, no restaurants, no place to purchase pictures of one’s trip down river. The beautiful beaches at Scotland Bay, Chaguaramas and Chacachacare are littered with plastic bottles and garbage. 

If we are serious about making Trinidad a tourist destination and making tourism a major contributor to the income of Trinidad and Tobago we need to first invest in developing our destination to attract families. That can only be done successfully by partnering with local and foreign investors who understand the standards required for international attention.

God bless our nation.

Steve Alvarez

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

In at least two press conferences DFID indicated that they are prepared to provide ‘’EXPERTS’’ to examine any proposals for the development of power systems here on Montserrat ‘’BRING THEM ON’’ say we, and the sooner the better. The island knows that one group has been asking the various administrations to provide the necessary documents to proceed with both a new diesel generation system and exploit Geothermal for Montserrat’s use. They started with education leaflets, expression of interest forms and various solutions over the last 5 years. We have no fear of competition as long as the playing field is LEVEL. DFID and the government have indicated that they have had many offers, two of which were rejected when details of their bids indicated they did not benefit the island only their company’s shareholders. The authorities MUST make it clear to all potential bidders that; All offers must be totally TRANSPARENT There must be NO confidentially clauses All offers will be presented to the people of Montserrat for their evaluation There shall be no hidden modifications to the specs as happened with the LIAT/WINAIR bids. The winner will be that which offers the best deal for the people of the island and retains the geothermal asset in the hands of the people now and in the future. Montserrat Geothermal are confident that their offer will be the best as it is based on a company established on Montserrat with its shares in the hands of the people and having a team dedicated to the provision of the maximum benefits for its shareholders——-

Montserratians here on island and in the wider diaspora. We must all remember three things

A) All companies are in business to make money for their shareholders

B) The shareholders in the case of Montserrat Geothermal are the people of Montserrat.

C) We all need power, no one can do without electricity.! Utilities are better than government bonds, they never fail. Which is more than can be said for banks and insurance companies.

We must all remember that we will only get one shot at this fantastic opportunity it will have huge and lasting effects on not only those here now but their children grandchildren and generations to come.

Yours looking to the future

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Response to Governor's Claim: Civil Service Lacks Understanding

Response to Governor’s Claim: Civil Service Lacks Understanding

On July 22 the Governor, Elizabeth Carriere, claimed there were issues with the civil service resulting from their lack of understanding and awareness of the role of a professional civil service within a modern democracy. However, as many of our senior civil servants have lived and/or earned degrees abroad, this argument lacks merit.

Put simply, civil servants in general, and senior civil servants in particular, are fully aware of the roles of elected and non-elected officials in a modern democracy.

Elections are held to enable a community to shape and redirect the future of their society. The elected officials act as trustees in creating laws and opportunities that reflect the wishes of the electorate. As all civil servants are also voters, each civil servant must be fully aware of this principle.

When civil servants fail to honour the direction and instruction of the elected trustees, they are undermining democracy, and they know this. These civil servants are using their position for their own gain or for the benefit of others. This is corruption and must result in their immediate dismissal, regardless of the rank of the employee.

Members of the assembly who encourage or are aware of such behaviour and fail to publicly condemn these actions also fail to uphold and defend the tenets of democracy. This is equally corrupt.

All civil servants are public employees who have a reasonable expectation of keeping their jobs after elections are held only if these conditions are met.

  1. Civil servants use their expertise and specialised knowledge to provide their best, unbiased advice and assistance to the government.
  2. Civil servants faithfully implement all democratically enacted laws without exception, modification or favour.
  3. Civil servants are competent in their job. (customer service skills, timeliness, professional, knowledge)

Failing any one of these requirements must result in immediate disciplinary procedures that are fully supported by all members of the assembly and the entity responsible for the civil service, the Governor.

David McKeand


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