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Sunspot Baby 15-08-2009 17:05

Britain Imposes Direct Rule of Turks and Caicos Isles
 
See CNN report at Britain imposes direct rule of Turks and Caicos isles - CNN.com

George

Therapy 15-08-2009 20:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sunspot Baby (Post 317838)

Wow!

Hey Gringo, what do you say?

Talbot 16-08-2009 00:20

Not really news as this has been expected for some time. Sounds like even the judges were onboard the gravy train.


It is also not the first time this has happened. The Australian Government of Gough Whitlam was also dismissed by the Governor

Boracay 16-08-2009 01:19

God save the Queen...
 
The Whitlam Government was dismissed by the Governor General.

The famous quote of the time was by the dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam - Well may we say "God save the Queen" because nothing will save the Governor-General.

And nothing did.

Talbot 16-08-2009 01:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boracay (Post 317939)
The famous quote of the time was by the dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam - Well may we say "God save the Queen" because nothing will save the Governor-General.
And nothing did.

If I Remember Correctly, The Governor General at the time resigned immediately afterwards, with a recomendation that the Queen appoint Australian Nationals from that moment on as the Governor General, and again from memory, I believe the next GG was Sir Robert Menzies.

The fuss was all about the finance bill which the parliament would not pass, and that meant that no government employee was being paid, and no government cheques could be passed. There was an Australian Frigate on a visit to Singapore at the time, which could not purchase food for the sailors, or fuel to return to Aus, or even pay for the sailors. They were in severe difficulties. Back in Aus, none of the rubbish was being removed - not a goood plan in a very hot climate etc etc etc so the GG stepped in and immediately afterwards did the honourable thing in order to distance his decision from the Queen.

IMHO the man was in an impossible position and took the only honourable choice, knowing he would be villified, but unfortunately his old fashioned attitude to honour and duty seems to be a thing of the past.


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