A group of civil servants from a Caribbean paradise are visiting Norfolk today and tomorrow just weeks before elections return after a corruption inquiry.

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Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will next month hold its first elections since a 2009 investigation concluded there was a “high probability of systematic corruption” among former government officials.

The Foreign Office ordered the TCI to undergo reform work before elections returned, with Norfolk County Council picked to mentor political staff in finances, governance and economic development.

Now, a fourth group of TCI representatives visiting County Hall, in Martineau Lane, Norwich, as part of this work.

Derrick Murphy, Norfolk County Council leader, who visited TCI for seven days in May, said: “We very much hope that this visit will enable us to further develop relationships between the two countries and introduce new ways of working.

“The exchanges are mutually beneficial as they help to put Norfolk on an international stage and create a greater understanding of what our county has to offer as a place to work, live, and do business. They also have a positive impact on the future politics of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Questions have been raised in Norfolk about the suitability of the council for the role.

Campaigners protesting against plans for an incinerator at King’s Lynn have sent letters to TCI’s Governor Ric Todd.

One concluded: “When it comes to transparency, accountability and democracy, Norfolk County Council has a reverse Midas Touch.”

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, in his former role as a Foreign Office minister, has also been involved in working with TCI.

He visited the islands in June to announce new elections will be held on November 9.

Mr Bellingham, in a speech made during his June visit, said: “I believe that today is a time to look forward, not back. This is a territory about to adopt a new constitution, about to hold an election; a territory that is finding its feet once again.

“Now is the time for the political parties in TCI to prepare for elections properly and thoroughly, and to develop clear and credible manifestos for the electorate.

“What we are all keen to hear from the political parties is a clear vision for the future of the TCI. Now is the time for the media here to subject them to rigorous scrutiny, without fear or favour.

“I trust the people of these islands – like the people of the United Kingdom – will hold their political parties to proper account.”

15 comments

  • Put a comma after the word "Territory" in the headline to make it so much more accurate! Bellingham has been given the push so why on earth doesn't the British Government do the same to the hideous Murphy? I know we have to vote him out of Norfolk and that will happen next May but it is simply not fair on the people of TCI to have someone like that cosying up to their own (and unelected) really unpopular politicans. Mind you the islands are so small I think there is little likelihood of anyone not knowing what Murphy and his crew are all about.

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    alecto

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Choice - the US has its 3rd largest embassy in Haiti - why, because it has massive off-shore oil fields and a deep sheltered harbour for tankers. The US have been monitoring the area for over 15 years, when Haiti had the earthquake the Red Cross sent aid, the US sent troops.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Democracy Q&As: TCI: "What do you do if the electorate won't vote for you?" DM: "Run to South Norfolk".

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    Kenny Bunkport

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • 65.516 people said No to stinking waste incinerator and Derrick Murphy and his crew went ahead and signed contract. Out with the tories that have taken their own party into the stinking gutter.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Looks like a very popular tourist destination for other peoples' money.Couldn't be a tax haven could it?

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • January 13, 1998 -- A visitor to Gonaives, on Haiti's northern coast, would likely write it off as a typical down-at-the-heels Third World port town. Like most everywhere else in Haiti, it is desperately poor, with dilapidated colonial buildings and hordes of people. The visitor might never guess the city's most distinctive and bizarre characteristic: its history as a garbage dump for the city of Philadelphia.

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    Choice

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • TC&I channel4 news has an interesting interview with Derrick Murphy if you are interested in the views of the local reporter, go to the site and stick in DM's name. Likewise tcipost.com has several reports if you search his name. No doubt Murphy enjoys the 'international fame' although I would think that Bellingham is far from happy with the channel 4 video report which was highly embarrasing for him.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • They look very at home with each other! Is this where Derek gets his inspiration?

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    Marigold

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Hmm...Who's advising who??

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    City Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Yet again, Norfolk is going to be made the butt of jokes. Even the TCI Post carried a headline on 17th May this year stating “Leader of the most undemocratic Council in the UK advising the TCI about democracy”. Someone should do the TCI civil servants a favour, and point them in the direction of Vladimir Putin instead.

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Google.. Ship Dumps Philadelphia Ash, but Where? For more than two years, a ship carrying 28 million pounds of Philadelphia incinerator ash has been shunned by nation after nation as the ship sought to dispose of its cargo. Now the ship's owner says the ash has been dumped but will not say where. The Greenpeace environmental group says it fears that the cargo, which amounts to 16 pounds of ash for each Philadelphia resident, might have been illegally dumped in an ocean. And the company that was contracted by the city to dispose of the ash is suing the ship's owner, in part to assure it of future city business. The ship, which began its voyage in September 1986 as the Khian Sea, has been turned away from ports in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.. Ash May Be Toxic The ash from the city's Northwest incinerator was loaded on the ship by Joseph Paolino & Sons, the waste disposal concern with whom the city had contracted to dispose of the ash, which Greenpeace says may be toxic. Turks and Caicos Islands is situated above Haiti. I wonder has Derrick Murphy brokered a deal to take Saddlebows ash.

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    Choice

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Do you all know the law of attraction? 'Like attracts like' Pretty fitting one would have thought in this case.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Come to Kings Lynn Mr Murphy if you dare and ask the people what they think of you and NCC, lets tell your visitors the truth about whats been going on. Please explain why nobody wants you to stand next may? You really are a joke

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Are councillors on trips abroad,, paid for by us the taxpayer, allowed to use their time spent on official business for private business, for example, can they open a bank account in the Turks and Caicos whilst busy on official busoness?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • "Tinpot dictator welcomes visitors from overseas to see how corruption REALLY works....."

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    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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