Corruption and (re)colonialism

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. The Head of State is Queen Elizabeth II, and she appoints a Governor who in turn appoints the Premier of TCI. TCI also has a House of Assembly, with 15 of its 21 members directly elected. In March 2009, the Governor suspended the Islands’ constitution, removed the Cabinet and the House of Assembly. This followed an interim report on corruption, where ‘ Governor Gordon Wetherell said British investigators had found ‘clear signs’ of political amorality, immaturity and incompetence’ (TCI News, 16 March 2009). The removed Premier describes this move as ‘recolonisation’, claiming that ‘despite all the progress we have made and how far we have come from slavery and colonialism to the modern day, the British still think that there are none among us who are worthy and/or capable of running the affairs of our country. They still view us all as a corrupt people, unfit to govern ourselves’ (TCI News, 16 March 2009). There is little coverage of this in British or Irish newspapers, but the story is covered in detail in the Turks and Caicos Weekly News

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