Where's the Premier?
The answer to that question is posing in photos in New York and Boston for the second time in two weeks. However, the premier managed to cancel a similar outing in Florida at the last minute, much to the chagrin of the Diaspora association members there.
While it is nice to see Premier Romeo in photos with Diaspora associations, are those the places we need to see him right now?
We collectively hung our heads when we realised he wasn’t going to be able to be at the President Barack Obama’s historical visit to Jamaica in April. He’s been noticeably absent at regional meetings. Regional heads of government made their way to Martinique along with their Ministers of Environment to meet French President Hollande on the critical issue of climate change but he was not there. As a proponent of Montserrat going green then his attendance would have helped to reinforce that statement.
He has cancelled a press conference with the local media twice in one week. The political rhetoric of transparency, open communication comes to mind but we are seeing none of it from Montserrat’s most senior official.
We are still waiting to find out whether we have DfID’s approval on key projects which will move the nation forward. We are a country in limbo as business owners wait for a sign that their is economic hope on the horizon.
So where is the premier in all of this?
Answer: Doing more photo opps.