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Change of Governor of Anguilla

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Change of Governor of Anguilla She will succeed Mr William Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.  Ms Scott will take up her appointment during summer 2013. Ms Scott has had a wide ranging civil service career working across a range of domestic and international policies. Currently Director of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, she previously spent three years as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. She has also worked at HM Treasury, in the Department for Transport and at the European Commission. Ms Scott will transfer from the Cabinet Office to the FCO for this appointment. On her appointment as Governor of Anguilla, Ms Scott said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as Governor. I very much look forward to working with the people of Anguilla and their elected representatives as they build a vibrant, successful and resilient future”.

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In today’s artlcle about our new Governor-designate, the “Governor’s Residence” is actually Landsome House, which was unfortunately destroyed by arson in 1967, during the Revolution.  The site is now occupied by Landsome Bowl, otherwise known as the Carnival Village, in The Valley.

Being the Governor of Anguilla is a difficult and stressful job, trying to balance the representation of British interests in Anguilla and Anguillian interests in the UK.  Experience in foreign affairs is of little help, especially in trying to work with our combative current government.  I expect Her Excellency will have little time for lying on our beaches.  

Fortunately, Ms. Scott will undergo extensive briefing, which will not depend entire upon articles from The Daily Mail.  I quote from a rather different article from several years ago:

The Independent – United Kingdom
Jan 29, 2000

ROBERT HARRIS did not enjoy his time in the Caribbean. It was a waste of time, he said as he flew out.

But then Mr Harris was not a holidaymaker. He was one of the last of a dying breed, the Governor of one of Britain’s overseas territories, and like many of those hard-pressed men and women, he discovered that there is more to it than wearing a feathered hat. As Governor of Anguilla, Mr Harris had a tough time, a symptom of the increasing problems of many of the last red dots on the map.

“I did not have a successful tour and I have not found it possible to work closely with the government of Anguilla any more than my predecessors did,” Mr Harris said as he departed. “I would go as far as to say I personally regard it as a waste of my professional time.”

Anguilla, a flat, dusty patch of scrub in the Leeward Islands, is the destination of choice for wealthy tourists seeking a quiet but luscious time: it has some of the best beaches in the world. 

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The local government Mr. Harris was referring to was headed by our present Chief Minister, Hubert Hughes.  During his time here, Harris suffered a heart attack.  Mr. Hughes later joked or bragged about it, claiming to have been its cause.

I wish Ms. Scott the strength and endurance promised in our national shield:



A note from Bruce Potter based on Bob’s blog post

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands and the Chesapeake Bay; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see President of the now-sunsetting Island Resources Foundation.
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