Letter: Expectations in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Shortly after the December 2016 general elections, I ran into a good friend of mine who happens to be a high ranking Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) official in the front of the CIBC First Caribbean Bank in Grace Bay. As we were catching up, my friend boasted to me about how their government would be in office for the next 8 to 12 years minimum.
This, owing to the 10 to 5 victory margin by the PDM, which was called a landslide by many media outlets in the country. I told them that the only way that they would be right if the government was able to properly manage the expectations of our people. I gave the example that if you promised someone 20 things but only delivered 10, they would be disappointed; even if they only previous had two things. It’s always better to promise five things and deliver ten!
Six months has passed since the country went to the polls. Let us now look at some of the things that we the people expected of this ‘Change Government’ by now:
1. In relation to the Crown Land reform to ensure that it’s back under ministerial portfolio and the abolishment of the land lottery: No movement
2. In relation to the reform of the National Scholarship Policy to include US-based universities: No movement
3. In relation to the implementation of the 12-point crime plan and curbing the increase of violent crimes: Little to no movement
4. In relation to the review and reform of the NHIP treatment abroad policy to include US facilities: No movement
5. In relation to the reinstatement of gratuities for post 1992 staff and reintroduction of pensions for civil servants: No movement
6. In relation the regulation or eradication of illegal jitneys: No movement
7. In relation to the reinstatement of 100% service charge for hospitality employees: Amendment Bill killed in House of Assembly
8. In relation to the repeal and replacement of the Immigration and TCI Status Ordinances: No movement
9. In relation to the introduction of measures to reduce cost of living: No movement
10. In relation to articulating a clear policy outlining Turks and Caicos Islander preference in hiring practices in the public and private sector: No movement
Just a word of advice, if you fail to pick the low hanging fruit quickly, you will never get to those up high.
Jamell R. Robinson