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The Great White Chief knows best.

Or so she thinks.

Meg Munn, who represents a part of the Caribbean called Sheffield Heeley was asked the following:

"To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has agreed to the request of the Chief Minister of Montserrat for the island’s accession to the Caribbean community single market and economy".

Montserrat is a colony 'British overseas territory' in the Leewards, and by pretty well any reckoning, a rather more pleasant place than Sheffield Heeley, bar the volcano.

Meg doesn't think that the Chief Minister of Montserrat, the Honourable Lowell Lyttleton Lewis, is capable of making decisions in the best interest of Montserrat, and told him so:

"I wrote to the Chief Minister of Montserrat on 12 June 2008 responding to his Government’s request to join the Caribbean Community Single Market and Economy. Given the recognised internal capacity constraints in Montserrat, I explained that it would be more appropriate to focus on the key economic priorities identified in the new Montserrat Sustainable Development Plan, rather than prepare for the Caribbean Community Single Market and Economy".

And just in case he hasn't worked out that massa knows best, "I also offered to discuss these issues in more detail with Chief Minister Lewis when he visits London for the Overseas Territories Consultative Council in October".

That's told the Honourable Triple L, hasn't it? How dare he think that free trade might be a good thing for Montserratians, and to presume that as someone elected by Montserratians (if not to this post - the Chief Minister is appointed by the Governor General from among elected Legislative Council members) he is best able to judge the island's best interests?

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 11:16 am

I think Britain has thrown away quite enough colonies in the past to have learnt to leave trade policy up to the locals...  



Anonymous nomad said... 1:45 pm

I am utterly baffled why such a question would ever be asked in our Parliament. I can only conclude that it must be a plant to make Millvolt look like he's on top of his job. Since 90% of Montserrat is covered in solidified volcano lava there is not much room left to either grow or make very much anyway.  



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