Post By-Election Statement by Albray Butterfield, Jr.
published in TCI Post,on 31th March 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Albray Butterfield, Jr.
26th March 2013
Post By-Election Statement and Letter to:
Hon Premier Ewing,
Hon Amanda Missick,
Mr Oral Selver
First and foremost, let me give thanks to our awesome God for granting us Turks and Caicos Islanders the courage and stamina to endure seven long months of a hard fought political campaign, a general election, endless Supreme Court battles of election challenges, a by-election, and several occurrence of external political interference by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) and Waterloo. True democracy was on display for the world to see, as we exercised our democratic franchise to self-governance. Today I am proud to say that we as a people are well on our way to one day achieving our national aspiration of political independence.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order to Honourable Amanda Missick for her successful unquestionable victory in the general election of 9th November 2012, and again in the by-election of 22nd March 2013, in the constituency of Cheshire Hall, Richmond Hills and Kew Township – electoral district 7 of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Hon. Amanda Missick’s margin of victory in the by-election spoke loud and clear that “We The People” of Cheshire Hall, Richmond Hills, Kew Township and by extension the Turks and Caicos Islands support and have full confidence in The Honourable Premier Dr Rufus Ewing, his leadership and the direction he is taking the country. Hon Premier Ewing’s stellar management of his professional “Team PNP” and the long hard fought political campaign demonstrated his managerial and leadership abilities necessary to navigate the Turks and Caicos Islands through this current tempestuous period in our history, which will eventually lead us into a prosperous future.
Congratulations are also in order to Mr Oral Selver for running a stand-up, clean and respectful hard fought political campaign. He demonstrated true strength and courage, as well as helping to usher in a new generation of honourable persons seeking to enter public office. I would encourage Mr Selver to stay the course and continuing to support his community.
Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, you have no reason to hang your head down as a result of the defeat of your political fraternity at the polls. You stood strong throughout the entire political campaign, and you gave the incumbent a real fight. In your concession speech/press statement to your political fraternity supporters, you showed the nation and the world what it is to possess political maturity by opening your speech with sincere congratulations to Hon. Premier Ewing on his victory and for also retaining the government of the day. Continue to represent the people, as you progress in your political endeavours.
Now that the issue of our political governance has been decided; the euphoria of victory among the victors has subsided; the shocking disappointment of defeat has finally settled in among the defeated; we should have by now returned to the realities of life, and realise that we have to reunite in order to fight for our economic prosperity, constitutional rights, and democratic and political freedoms. This cannot be achieved if we continue to allow ourselves to be divided on important issues that are in our national interest. The same way we united to fight the FCO and Waterloo against the implementation of Value Added Tax, we now have to do the same to fight for our socioeconomic prosperity and freedoms.
Hon. Premier Ewing, you have been given an unmistakable and clear mandate of what and how the electorate are expecting you to govern. At the moment, you possess tremendous political capital, PLEASE SPEND IT WISELY AND DO NOT SQUANDER THIS ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY, OR YOU WILL BE A ONE TERM PREMIER. King Solomon gives some sound advice that if followed, will avoid various pitfalls while in office. King Solomon advised: “Where no (wise) counsel is, the people (nation) fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” – Proverbs 11:14 (KJV). Hon. Premier, it is recommended that you encompass yourself with wise counsellors from both sides of the political divide; blind partisan counsel will only lead you and your government down the same primrose path as your predecessors. You have been elected to govern this nation of all political persuasions, race, and creed.
The Lord instructed Habakkuk to: “… Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV).
The sort of “vision” the Lord instructed Habakkuk to inscribe plainly upon tablets, you have outlined such a vision in your political manifesto titled “Going for the Gold: A Plan For Prosperity”. The Turks and Caicos Islands electorate have read your vision and elected to run with it; and on Friday 22nd March 2013, the appointed time has come for you to commence implementing that vision, hence, the electorate have granted you forty-eight months to bring the vision to fruition. Your four months honeymoon, and the period of getting familiarised with your new appointment came to an end on 22nd March 2013. Therefore, I plead of you to tarry no longer, time is of the essence, the electorate have been crying for strong, prudent leadership; the nation is now in your hands. Only your performance during your tenure as Premier will determine how kindly or harshly history will judge you, and whether history will label you as an Armorbearer of the United Kingdom’s Pharaoh at the FCO, or our modern day Moses, or Joshua as outlined in the biblical canon books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua.
We the people will continue to hold you up in prayer, as you continue to seek Gods guidance during your tenure as Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS A CROWN”; William Shakespeare; 1597.