The Premier appears to subscribe to the theory of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”.
If there was any doubt about the Premier’s lack of probity that doubt should have been removed by his most recent media statement.
His claim not to be aware of being under any investigation (apparently to avoid my challenge to follow my example and be open and transparent with the police in their investigation) disastrously backfired when the UK Overseas Territories Minister and His Excellency the Governor and finally the RCIPS confirmed that indeed he is the subject of not one, not two, but three criminal investigations, with two involving “financial irregularities” and the other the illegal importation of dynamite.
For the record, I am not involved in any international campaign to smear the Premier. It is his own high questionable activities that have attracted these investigations. I am simply concerned for the welfare of this country, which is in jeopardy under his leadership.
As for his attempt to deflect attention by claiming that I gave CUC a “sweetheart deal”, even though there is no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing on my part, he needs to explain why the heads of agreement negotiated on behalf of his government of 2001-2005 would have given CUC returns on equity of 18-24 per cent while the target return under the licence negotiated on behalf our government there is a target return on rate base of 10 per cent, down from CUC’s previous contractual entitlement of 15 per cent.
Lastly, the record will show that his claim that he had wished to make greater reductions in MLA salaries but the PPM had objected is false and that it was the PPM that brought a motion to reduce MLA salaries by 20 per cent, which was rejected by the UDP in favour of a 3.2 per cent pay cut.
Mr. Premier, I will not allow you to evade the issue by misdirection, distractions and untruths. I have challenged you to follow my example and be open and transparent about the demand letter to Stan Thomas and allow investigators full access to your records but you appear to lack the confidence that this course will bear out your innocence. Since you continue to fail to do that, continuing to repeat “my hands are clean and my heart is pure” is hollow and meaningless and insults the intelligence of the people. The people of this country have never hung their heads as low as they are now. Your continuance in office amidst these very serious allegations is doing grave and possibly irreparable harm to the image and reputation of this country internationally and is likely to deter reputable investors. Therefore I implore you to, for once, put our country before yourself, restore our dignity, do the honourable thing and resign from the office of Premier and ask God for forgiveness for all that you have visited upon our people.