Friday, August 12, 2011

A UK tax that hurts its former colonies.

As if we didn't have enough to worry about in the Caribbean, the UK is hurting our fragile tourism plants with a totally uncaring tax. When I hear some people speak about getting Europe to consider reparations I don't actually agree with them, but to be honest I do feel that we here in the Caribbean (black, white, or other...) have been left in a very bad situation by the former colonists. Very little in the way of resources and no proper educational framework have left us vulnerable to all sorts of threats and internal problems. Tourism is all we have to ply, and if the UK damages it with this tax then I don't know what we will end up with. This great documentary shows what it is about. If you are coming on holiday from the UK then you should have a look. Appeal to your political leaders that they need to change this thing.


Anonymous said...

I agree that the tax is hurting everyone.
I am interested in the difference between the islands that sought independence and those who didnt, Montserrat has great roads, good school system etc all supported by the British tax payer. Antigua choose independence 25+ years ago, now 25 years later the going is tuff!
I dont have an answer do you?

365 said...

I think that while I am a patriot, I feel we would be better off as a UK dependent. In a recent poll most patriotic Jamaicans felt the same.

Anonymous said...

Here's a novel idea. Why not drop your departure taxes - another form of daylight robbery which is just as 'unfair'.