UPDATED by Cliverton. Scroll to Bottom.
Original Post by Marcus…
“Doan Worry ‘Bout Nothin” Says A Man Who Wants No Questions From Barbados
Nope. We stupid ordinary citizens have no reason to hold up the full implementation CARICOM – so says Sir Ronald Sanders in the Barbados Advocate article The Caribbean At The End Of 2006 And Beyond (link here).
According to one of the other articles I found about Sir Ronald Sanders, he is a true elite believer in CARICOM …
In the book entitled “Crumble Small”, Sir Ronald who worked at the Caribbean Development Bank and served as consultant to the OECS and chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force stated that the small states of the Commonwealth Caribbean are in crisis and that there is need for urgent action at the domestic, regional and international levels to spare them from sinking into widespread poverty and becoming client-states of larger nations upon whom they could become economically reliant.
The man might have a point, but still I get very nervous when people start pushing with the “Just do it, everything gonna be OK” arguments for instituting CARICOM.
What’s Holding Up CARICOM?
According to Sir Ronald, two things are holding up the full implementation of CARICOM …
1/ Politicians Playing On People’s Fear Of Being Swamped With Immigrants (Notice he doesn’t say “unreasonable fear of being swamped with immigrants”)
2/ Ordinary People Don’t Understand What CARICOM Means
In an article in the Barbados Advocate, Sir Ronald lays out why he thinks CARICOM is stalling…
… At the root of this lack of progress in deepening CARICOM’s integration arrangements are two things: political pandering to, if not exploitation of, the fears by groups within national communities that they will be swamped by an influx of other Caribbean nationals into their territory; and a failure to explain effectively that CARICOM should be a single space, like the United States, where people, production, and capital of each state move freely just as, for example, the people, production and capital of Texas move to New York…
… from the Barbados Advocate article The Caribbean At The End Of 2006 And Beyond (link here).
You Have My Attention, Sir Ronald – But Do We Have Your Attention?
Can Sir Ronald or anyone assure Bajans that the full implementation of CARICOM will NOT result in Barbados being “…swamped by an influx of other Caribbean nationals…” ? We have enough immigration concerns and problems right now even without CARICOM, thank you.
Sir Ronald also says that we just don’t understand “… that CARICOM should be a single space, like the United States, where people, production, and capital of each state move freely just as, for example, the people, production and capital of Texas move to New York.”
Has Sir Ronald and the other CARICOM pushers ever considered that maybe we stupid Bajans DO UNDERSTAND what CARICOM is all about?
If Sir Ronald and other CARICOM pushers want to see progress, then they had better stop whining that we stupid ordinary people just don’t understand – and start to directly answer the valid concerns that we have.
UPDATED – by Cliverton
Just found an article by Sir Ronald Sanders on the web – seemingly at odds with his CARICOM position…
It would appear that Sir Ronald has no problems with hordes of Jamaicans being able to bring their violent culture to Barbados, but damns multiculturalism in Britain. Does he see CARICOM only as a financial arrangement? Can he not see that CARICOM’s cultural implications are probably much more significant than the economic impact?
Or is it that we Caribbean island darkies are all the same to Mr. Sanders?
(Update & this offensive comment by Cliverton)