Category: UK News

Welcome Prince Charles by Royal wish and better sense

Welcome Prince Charles by Royal wish and better sense

| April 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

For two and half years since Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Malta in 2015, the British Government had been anxious to ensure that Prince Charles should succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.  Indeed, lobbying for agreement on such a succession was already in play before and during the […]

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Brexit’s many imponderables

Brexit’s many imponderables

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The View from Europe  Many months have passed since this column last addressed the issue of Brexit and what it may mean for the Caribbean and its long-standing relationship with the United Kingdom. This  is  because  the  shape  of  Britain’s  future  relationship  with  the  EU27  and  other international trade partners including the Caribbean remains ill-defined, […]

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MP David Lammy puts pressure on Home Secretary

MP David Lammy puts pressure on Home Secretary

| April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

MP David Lammy puts pressure on Home Secretary in defence of the many displaced Caribbean nationals through a government cock-up under a new immigration law.

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The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

| April 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations.   Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments start with the inferred condemnation that CIPs are inherently bad.  But this blanket […]

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OAS dysfunctionality requires Charter review

OAS dysfunctionality requires Charter review

| April 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

On March 28, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) experienced a public spectacle of disarray that, in 36 years of diplomatic life in many international and multinational organizations, I have never witnessed.  A similar observation was made by many other seasoned Ambassadors. The spectacle, which was a complete breakdown of all […]

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BFUWI invite you to special fundraising concert

BFUWI invite you to special fundraising concert

| April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The British Foundation for the University of the West Indies is pleased to announce a fundraising concert on 11 April 2017. In celebration of its strong ties with Commonwealth countries through a shared common law tradition, Inner Temple joins BFUWI in celebrating over 50 years of Caribbean nationhood. This year Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago […]

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One Love. The Bob Marley Musical Review Part II

One Love. The Bob Marley Musical Review Part II

| March 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bob Marley comes Alive Part II One Love The Bob Marley Musical tells part of his life story, part of his success, with hints of why he is still remembered today. The show starts with his early career and ends with the 1978 One Love Peace Concert in his native Jamaica. In true Hollywood style, […]

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One Love. The Bob Marley Musical Review

One Love. The Bob Marley Musical Review

| March 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bob Marley comes Alive A few weeks ago almost everyone I had spoken to in Birmingham, seemed  to know that the Bob Marley Musical was about to be staged in the second city. A former headmaster offered, “they have already extended the run”.  Come what may expectations were high. I arrived from London on the […]

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Political leadership in the Caribbean

Political leadership in the Caribbean

| February 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The remarks in this Commentary were spoken in a television interview in Grenada on the day that Fidel Ruz Castro, the former President of Cuba, died.   The discussion centred on whether contemporary Caribbean leaders lacked the courage that previous leaders, such as Castro, displayed. Fidel Castro is a controversial man of history.  But he was […]

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Exceptionalism and failure: Caribbean lessons from Britain

Exceptionalism and failure: Caribbean lessons from Britain

| December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Brexit chickens are coming home to roost in a troubled British economy, however much British government ministers and other English nationalistic hopefuls are trying to suggest otherwise. It was a colossal mistake to hold the referendum.  In the words of former Conservative Party Prime Minister, David Cameron, it “unleashed the demons”.   The decision of […]

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