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President-InspectsBasseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 12th September, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) – Times of disaster can either make or break politicians and destroy their careers.

 

The same fate can also be realized by governments that are thought to have performed poorly, in their response to provide assistance to victims.

With the passage of Hurricane Irma and the unveiling of damage in Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, much criticism is being levelled against the UK government, with some claiming that its response and support for the people of these British Overseas Territories, has been paltry.

This denunciation is coming despite the 32 Million Pounds already pledged by the British Prime Minister, to help affected territories. 

However, the weight of the condemnation appears to be impacting British authorities and they have now decided to dispatch their top Foreign Office official to get a first-hand look at the devastation that has become the current experience of thousands of residents in Anguilla and the BVI.

Some residents in Anguilla are being advised that it may not be until December before they can be brought out of the darkness with a return of electricity.

In both territories, basic food items are unavailable, schools are closed, hospitals destroyed, homes demolished, telecommunications (mostly) out of service, emergency facilities and institutions in shambles, businesses destroyed, gas shortages crippling all sectors and air access remains a challenge-but improving.

Leaders of sister Caribbean countries like St. Kitts & Nevis and other OECS states, have visited or are scheduled to make an appearance, to help their nationals and to offer a hand to rebuild each island.

But with the British Government under much fire over its response and provision of aid, the Government of Theresa May is sending Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to the demolished British dependencies.

Unfortunately, there are many who believe that Johnson’s trip is only now being considered because of the pressure from the opposition Labour Party in Britain, and also because the French President Emmanuel Macron is on his way to visit the people of Sint Martin.

Johnson’s visit will allow him to meet with resident governors and political leaders, while also getting the opportunity to hear directly from those badly affected, with no homes, no food and no sense of what is next.

The Shadow development secretary for the Labour Party, Kate Osamor demanded that either Johnson or the prime minister visit the residents in the Caribbean territories, and as the opposition politician put it, “Look them in the eye and put their concerns at the centre of her government’s response plan”.

That is exactly what he is going to have to do as the people try to get the essential resources they need to begin the long process of restructuring their lives and countries.



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