Turks and Caicos, June 28th 2017: Opposition Leader, Washington Misick is taking issue with the response of the UK government to crime in the TCI. Following the incident involving American Tourist, Kevin Newman, Misick says the situation calls for everyone to become enraged, and the UK government should not be “cherry picking based on convenience or what parts of its constitutional obligation it discharges. National security is a responsibility with equal weight to that of good governance, and needs radical actions”. In calling for the response to crime to go “beyond knee-jerk superficial rhetoric”, Misick says the HMG must “bring the same resolve to the eradication of border control and serious crimes as it brought to the allegations of corruption in government”.
He says the time was now for ‘crucial conversation, a national forum’, to take place, where solutions put forward be put to work within a “tripartite framework agreement between TCIG, HMG and the TCI Private Sector with SMART goals broken down into short, medium and long-term targets”.
Misick continues saying “while we may empathize with victims and denounce all violent criminal acts”, he called these denunciations as “meaningless” unless solution-base strategies with full stakeholder buy-in replace domestic political rhetoric and apathy on the part of HMG in the UK.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader took a jab at the ‘long drawn out SIPT trials’ something mounting to over $70M which he says a bill that should have been borne by the HMG, and has had a direct impact on the islands funding.