Falklands : Falklands: The Hon Dr Tim Thorogood's Motion for Adjournment Speech
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 21.12.2011 (Article Archived on 04.01.2012)
I wanted to thank Members for their remarks and thank you all for that and I really have enjoyed working and very much with each of you over the past two years and with past Members of the Assembly as well.
The Hon Dr Tim Thorogood:
Mr Speaker I have never made speeches to this Assembly. I am not going to change that practice now. But I wanted to thank Members for their remarks and thank you all for that and I really have enjoyed working and very much with each of you over the past two years and with past Members of the Assembly as well. I am enjoying working with Ian and Barry already. It’s been huge fun and very, very stimulating. If there’s been one frustration that I have had in particular over the past 18 months or so it has been the great difficulty we have all had in being able to share fully with members of the public. The plans of actions we have in hand deal with issues that have an international relations context.
I empathise with Barry’s feelings about that completely but it really has been very difficult for reasons I think people can understand and do understand. I suspect that will be the case, unfortunately, over the next two years because we know what the agenda is likely to be.
However, I, having had the privilege of working with the inside, have no doubt that Members will continue to deal with those issues very carefully, very effectively and indeed turn them into opportunities which we have already been doing and I know things are in hand which will continue that trend.
I wish you the very best of luck in that and I shall take a great interest from afar no matter what the detail of what I am doing.
Can I just also say, Mr Speaker, I am delighted that several members of Legislative Assembly mentioned Phyl Rendell’s retirement. Phyl has been an outstanding Falkland Island Senior Civil Servant and it’s a great shame that she’s retiring at least from the public service. She’s been an inspiration to many Falkland Islanders in the public service. I very much hope Phyl will continue her links with the public service through mentoring and so on in the future.
I wish you all a merry Christmas.