Should Government Buy New Homes For Squatters?
“A charity simply cannot treat to this demographic, and this underscores the main argument against the squatter sympathizers: charity, whether by the Government or some other institution, will not make life any better for squatters or remove them from poverty. Charity only gives a temporary fix, a transient comfort, but does nothing for improving self-governance or livelihoods.”
“While I agree wholeheartedly that the squatters should be removed, I am not surprised that there have been cries in the press by some of the squatters themselves and members of the opposition bench that Government should involve itself in finding alternate accommodation squatters before demolishing their homes, or even that Government should purchase the lands on which the squatters live to resell at a cheaper price. Neither of these calls reflect wisdom or initiative. While I am acutely aware of the social and economic factors that would lead individuals to squat illegally, to outfit squatters with new homes at state expense and to purchase squatter land in compromised water zones would be tantamount to rewarding theft and wrongdoing. I do not make this statement heartlessly or callously, but it sets a dangerous precedent if we say to other poor Barbadians – and indeed, Barbadians in general – that stealing out of necessity can be excused, condoned and rewarded. It is also a slap in the face to those who struggled to acquire housing and land legally to see those who went about the process illegally being outfitted with free housing and land.”
… excerpts from Bajan Dream Project Blog Squatters And Shanty Dwellers On The Upsurge In Barbados
Frightening business reading Jovan Reid’s blog…
The more I read what Jovan has to say at The Bajan Dream Project blog, the more I find myself agreeing with many of his ideas – even ideas I had rejected before.
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