• He states that: “we are disappointed that following our discussions on issues pertaining to corruption that there has been no response from FCO on these matters”. In other words the Governor and the FCO have some complicity in what he perceives to be corruption on the basis of unfounded speculation because they have not responded to his request to launch an investigation!
The past Government also went to London in July 2009 but that visit focused on the critical issues affecting our island. There were no issues of personal power or relationships. Following that visit, in a letter to the then FCO Minister Chris Bryant, the Chief Minister at the time the Hon. Osbourne B. Fleming wrote as follows: “The Government of Anguilla came to London because we believe in the Partnership for Progress and Prosperity and the mutual responsibilities and the underlying respect contained therein. We also expected that our discussions would be conducted in the context of our historical relationship and our record of responsible governance as a territory which has been mature and exemplary in the conduct of its affairs.” With this approach the previous Government while being polite and courteous proceeded to make the strong case that resulted in a viable response.
Victor F. Banks
November 30, 2010