Underreported: Turks & Caicos

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Earlier this month, Britain imposed direct rule on the Caribbean islands of Turks & Caicos. On this week’s first Underreported, Mark Wilson, a correspondent for The Economist, explains what led to the unusual decision and why Britain decided that removing the prime minister, dissolving the parliament, and suspending the constitution was necessary to address the problems on the island.

You can read Mike Wilson’s article about Turks & Caicos here.


Mark Wilson

Comments [8]

Richard from Malaysia

Dear Sirs,

The Netherlands (Holland) is doing the same on her islands in the West Indies (Caribbean)


Dec. 31 2009 07:18 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Suki, you should be asking why Britain did not find anyone fit and qualified to takeover from Prime Minister Michael Misick?

So, no one on the Islands qualifies? Except guys from the UK thousands of miles away?

How about an interim government or caretaker government?

Why dissolve parliament? sack the cabinet?

Why abrogate trial by jury?

Those are the questions we should be asking!

Britain engaged in power-grab and re-colonization/aggression and no one should applaud Britain!

Aug. 27 2009 02:04 PM
robert from Manhattan

I have been going there for years and the cab drivers for YEARS have said the government needs to be investigated.

Aug. 27 2009 01:57 PM
Phoebe from NJ

Can the British re-colonize the USA and bring some decent healthcare with them?

Aug. 27 2009 01:57 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

Paul I. Adujie - have you been there recently? Outside of Providenciales there is rampant poverty. There are a few people who are very wealthy and many who are very poor. The very wealthy tend to be in government and I am certain that the native born islanders are quite happy about this.

Aug. 27 2009 01:55 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

It was on Friday the 14th of August 2009, when Britain abolished political life in Turks and Caicos. Britain banished Turks and Caicos parliament, cabinet and Prime Minister Michael Misick into nadir. Britain in an imperial proclamation, a reminder of her faded empire “glory” days, also repealed the constitutional right of trial by jury in Turks and Caicos. Britain in an act of unbridled aggression reminiscent of the eras of the worst twin evils of human history, slave trade and colonialism; Britain took over and confiscated the political life of the Island nation of Turks and Caicos.

Britain in one-full-swoop, sacked the prime minister, dissolved parliament and truncated Turks and Caicos’ parliamentary democracy! Britain’s poor excuse for this outrageous usurpation of political public space in Turks and Caicos is that the Island nation is rife, allegedly, with corruption. Britain has, by her takeover or coup, assumed the command and control of Turks and Caicos, and thereby, in a very substantial sense, significantly altered, the way life is lived in Turks and Caicos, until last Friday, August 14, 2009! And it is as if the world barely noticed this political earthquake of seismic proportions.

The world ought to be in uproar. This is flagrant breach of laws, rules and protocols. This is an oppressive usurpation of political power, power which belongs to the people of Turks and Caicos! Britain ought to be told in very clear and certain terms, that the era of slave trade, colonialism and empire brigandage is past. Britain, if unchallenged, might repeat this elsewhere and other powers may seek to imitate Britain’s thievery of the political space of the people of Turks and Caicos. Britain is about to ensnare the world in a slippery slope rule of the jungle of might is right. Britain should be ashamed.

Aug. 27 2009 01:51 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Turks & Caicos Seized by Britain in Re-colonization Aggression

The world must stand up to Britain and demand and insist on political freedom and independence for Turks and Caicos. Turks and Caicos should manage their own affairs without Britain’s aggression, interference and meddling.

Turks and Caicos should resist this egregious rape of Turks and Caicos’ democracy by Britain and the world must stand up to Britain, even as the world stands with Turks and Caicos against this aggression by Britain.

Aug. 27 2009 01:49 PM
Suki from Williamsburg

I am actually quite happy about this. I love the Turks & Caicos and have vacationed there since my childhood. There is so much corruption in those islands that any sort of progress has been hindered.

Aside from Britain taking control of the islands, what can we expect for the island's future?

Aug. 27 2009 01:47 PM

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