Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mutiny in the Caribbean

The United Kingdom has strong and deep ties to tax havens in the Caribbean; in August it dissolved the parliament of Turks & Caicos and restored direct rule. This latest BBC story highlights the trouble that seems to be brewing:

"We currently have petitions going on about concerns of new taxes that are coming on stream. I think we'll see a greater agitation on part of the people," says Douglas Parnell, the new leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement party (PMP). "My view is that if he [the Governor Gordon Wetherall] doesn't correct course very shortly, you'll see that people will become ungovernable."

Memo: the Turks & Caicos achieved a remarkable 0% transparency rating in our Mapping the Faultlines project. Will the British government do something about this?

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