|Former Chief Minister of Anguilla,|
the Hon. Osbourne B. Fleming:
"... I gonna speak the truth!"
Mr. Fleming used his stature as a past Chief Minister to get his message across and did so with both the dignity and grace befitting that image. It was a soft touch. But it was an effective touch. He was able to make the entire interview an opportunity to clarify a considerable amount of misinformation, which has been rampant in the community during and since the last election and to educate on certain aspects of Government. The Host constrained by parameters within which he was unaccustomed to operate, had no choice but to “go with the flow”. In the end he also (the Host) was the recipient of compliments for a well-conducted interview. Of significance was his open criticism of Ministers of the AUM Government who he described as “not having a clue”
|"I don't have a clue..."|
One caller used the atmosphere of cooperation and patriotism, which Mr. Fleming cleverly devised, to suggest that I should be persuaded to stop writing my column in The Anguillian. Clearly showing that for many members and supporters of the Anguilla United Movement cooperation and patriotism means unconditional adherence to the policies and politics of the Chief Minister and his colleagues. In this regard, though Mr. Fleming was most effective, it is uncannily obvious that many of them do not and will not ever understand the point being made that this Government is using the wrong “style, approach and attitude” to deliver on their promise of economic recovery for the people of Anguilla. And I remain flattered that many of them continue to believe that my column stands in the way of the Government’s ability to function effectively. However, I am also disappointed that so many Anguillians have not yet grasped the importance of constructive criticism in the democratic process and of how the intolerance of leaders to criticism can lead to authoritarianism and dictatorship.
|Anguilla former Minister of Finance, Economic Development, Commerce|
and Tourism, Hon. Victor F. Banks
In accordance with Executive Council’s request the Attorney General’s Chambers drafted the appropriate legislation, which, after the required period for publication in the Official Gazette was taken to the House of Assembly and passed on January 5, 2010. Governor W. Alistair Harrison gave his assent to the Bill on January 8, 2010. The Bill entitled the Stamp (Amendment) Act 2010 is very specific in its intention as follows: (1) Where beneficiaries who are relatives of each other have inherited real estate and that real estate is owned in common by the relatives who intend to use that real estate for the development of a project, the administrator or executor of the real estate may apply under subsection (2) to the Executive Council for the waiver of Stamp Duty. The Act goes into considerably detail to ensure that all conditions of the application are met and if Executive Council is satisfied that the application “enhances the economic development of Anguilla”, it may waive wholly or partially the payment of Stamp Duty. The penalty is equally strong “any person who fails to comply with subsections (5) or (6) commits an offence and is liable to summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of 2 years or to a fine or both. The conviction shall not preclude the payment of the waived stamp duty.
|Former Speaker of the House, Hon. David Carty|