Britain To Employ British First Does This Sound Familiar?

Britain plans to reduce immigration in the face of a weakening economy and rising unemployment, the Times newspaper quoted immigration minister Phil Woolas as saying on Saturday.

“If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny … It’s been too easy to get into this country in the past and it’s going to get harder,” Woolas told the paper in an interview.

“This government isn’t going to allow the population to go up to 70 million,” Woolas said. “There has to be a balance between the number of people coming in and the number of people leaving.”

At a time of economic difficulties, employers should put British people first or they will risk fuelling racism, Woolas said.

Immigration has been high under the Labour government which came to power in 1997, and the Times said net immigration is estimated to be more than 200,000 a year until 2012.

Woolas also said he opposed an amnesty for people who came to Britain illegally because it would encourage more illegal immigrants.

The government recently adopted a system under which would-be migrants are awarded points depending on their value to the British economy, designed to encourage skilled immigrants and reduce the number of unskilled economic migrants. Britain’s population is around 61 million.

Source: Times Of India

Recently, Prime Minister David Thompson made several statements at a meeting of building contractors a month ago, expressing his views on the high unemployment rate amongst barbadians and the preference for labour from “parts know and unknow.” 

Prime Minister David Thompson has issued a stern warning to the business sector: stop importing labour and employ Barbadians instead. “This mad rush to parts know and unknow for labour, cheap and not so cheap, must and will stop under my watch!”……….the reality is that there is an unsatisfactorily high level of unemployment in Barbados among Barbadians. I have told the Immigration, I have told the Public Service and now I am telling the private sector – the rot must stop. I want Barbadians working!” he said.   Sunday Sun 09/14/2008

St.Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonzales wasted no time in rejecting his colleague’s statement and warning of consequences ahead.

Dr Gonsalves, whose country is fairly high among beneficiaries of freedom of movement under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. described Mr Thompson’s declaration as cutting across “both the spirit and letter” of the CARICOM Treaty and warned that the rationale for tackling Barbados’ unemployment difficulties could result in serious problems for the CARICOM single market “of which Barbados is currently the major beneficiary”. Sunday Sun 09/21/2008

Followed by the Mia Mottley remarks.

PRIME MINISTER DAVID THOMPSON’s call for employers to stop importing labour and employ Barbadians instead may not only lead to a breach of the revised CARICOM Treaty, but also the laws of Barbados.

That assertion has come from Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, who described the comments as “unfortunate”. Saturday Sun 09/20/2008

The topic of illegal immigration is a very emotional topic to address. History has recorded incidents of persons, sometimes families stowed away on boats and ships to get away from a substandard living at home and to seek a new and better way of life in a foreign land. On the other hand taxpayers who elect officals to manage their country expect those elected to put the country interest first along with the native population when it comes to managing the country’s resources. Unlike some countries where elected leaders “check” for other countries and then place their own second or last. A sovereign leader mandate is to protect his or her country at all cost.  Britain understand this too well. With the global financial crisis spreading like a cancerous disease across the globe, people will have less to spend because of unemployment, because of layoffs, because of cash flow, because of downturn in sales, etc, etc, etc. It is highly suspect leaders will look at the immigration issue. $500 will stretch further for a family of two than four. Which brings me back to the immigration debate.  

Holders of Caricom skilled certificates are allowed the freedom of movement under the Treaty of Chaguaramas to competed for jobs in other territories. How can they then be imported labour? Imported labour there refer to employers systematically hiring cheap labour overseas at the determent of bajans due to greed and  ignorant in how it will affect the local labour force in the end. Those that have ears, let them hear and well they did hear or read. Does not a government have a right to manage its resources as see fit? Put the country and its countrymen interest first above all else? Deal with the illegal immigration as humanely as possible without “cutting across the spirit and letter” of the Caricom Treaty? Did we elect leaders to cower in fear or have the guts to stand up and put Barbados first for bajans?

A mighty YES to all!!!

 Countries across the globe are looking at the immigration issue and taking steps to effectively deal with it. Why should we be any different?

Sovereignty should not be a political football to score political points with.

St.Vincent On US Radar List – Oppose Ties With Iran

Gonzales boy wuh ya gone an’ do

 

Last month St.Vincent & the Grenadines established diplomatic ties with Iran. This happen during a visit summit visit of the Nonaligned Movement over there. What is this Nonaligned Movement?

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It was founded in April 1955; as of 2007, it has 118 members. The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, Zionism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.” They represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’s members and comprise 55 percent of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the third world’. Source – Wikipedia

Quite a mouthful. Even those St. Vincent has the right to establish ties with whomever it wish to, what could cause Gonzales to engage in such an act at a time when the West continue to accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons with a possible bombing of Tehran.

No wonder Mary Ourisman [US ambassador of Barbados & Eastern Caribbean] expressed concern. What the hell was he thinking!

Gonzales response, “My assessment is that Iran wants to come in from the cold,” Gonsalves said late Monday  [15th] at a news conference. “Iran wants to be engaged internationally, and it is the duty of countries to engage others.”

I like how the Opposition Leader put it, ”These international agencies also have political agendas.  Well said!

If US and Iran goes to war will St.Vincent break diplomatics tie with Iran? If it is the aggressor? Or maintain ties if US is the aggressor? Does St.Vincent wish to risk becoming an enemy state in the world of international politics?

PM David Thompson: “Barbadians Feel Good About A Black Man Running For President Of United States” Examining Obama And McCain Polices For The Caribbean

       

While Barack Obama, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, appears to be the rage across the Caribbean, some analysts express concerns about how his policies would affect the region. And, although John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, generates less attention in the Democratic-leaning Caribbean, some observers say his support of free trade and his policy experience could be better for the islands.

Still other analysts see the Caribbean as a low priority for each and express little optimism that either will produce radical change.

Neither McCain nor Obama has ”expressed serious positions on the Caribbean, with the exception of Cuba, where there is a difference between the two candidates,” said Rupert Lewis, a political-science expert at the University of the West Indies (Mona) in Jamaica

Peter Hakim, president of the Washington think-tank Inter-American Dialogue, said he believes the lack of focus by either candidate on the region is a hint of what’s to come regardless of who wins in November.

”Americans right now are very insecure about their future. They are unhappy with the effects of globalization. There is not a great deal of interest in having the United States really engage in overseas these days,” Hakim said.

Others say it will be hard to ignore the Caribbean or Latin America, especially when so many nationals are registered U.S. voters. Brian Meeks, director of the Center for Caribbean Thought at the UWI, said that while many in the Caribbean are ”fascinated with the fact that there is a black candidate with a credible chance of becoming president,” leaders are not looking closely at either Obama’s or McCain’s policies.

”I don’t think they are approaching it in a hard-nosed realist way,” Meeks said, ‘which is to say `What is in it for the Caribbean? What is in it for Latin America and to what extent Obama, or for that matter McCain, will be addressing our concerns?’ ”

Caribbean leaders have increasingly complained of neglect following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as U.S. foreign policy shifted to other parts of the world. The region as a bloc opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In 2004, the Caribbean Community demanded an international investigation in the Feb. 29 ouster of Haiti’s democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Relations in the past year have warmed under President Bush, but they point out that he — unlike his predecessor Bill Clinton — has yet to set foot in Haiti or the English-speaking Caribbean. Clearly, Obama’s race has captured the imagination of many in the Caribbean.

”The idea of having a black man or a man of mixed race running for the president of the United States is very historic and important,” Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson told The Miami Herald.

“Barbadians feel good about that.”

And George Lamming, a Barbados-born novelist and intellectual, adds: “The planet has been ruled by white power for 500 years, and you have the overwhelming majority of the world’s population [as] nonwhite people. It’s not only black people down here.”

But symbolism isn’t good enough, critics of U.S. policy say, when leaders consider the challenges facing a region wrestling with crime and economic troubles.

”The United States has defaulted in the last decade in having any meaningful aid relations with the Caribbean, and that is where Venezuela has stepped in and has provided that,” Meeks said. “How does Obama view that? What are the prospects for that kind of mutually beneficial relations?”

Both McCain and Obama speak of a shift in policy. McCain supports expanding trade with the Caribbean basin, while Obama is much more restrictive on trade preferences.

”It seems to me that from an economic and foreign policy point of view, Obama may be more destructive to Trinidad and Tobago interests specifically, and Caribbean interests more generally, than a Category 5 hurricane,” said Anthony Wilson, editor in chief of the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.

Obama’s position on trade ”has the potential to cast thousands of workers into unemployment throughout the region,” Wilson said in an e-mail to The Miami Herald. “From the perspective of foreign relations, [John] McCain would be much better for Caribbean economies than Obama.”

While Obama’s support for wiping out poor countries’ debt is welcomed, his push to tighten regulations of offshore banking jurisdictions have riled others. He currently is sponsoring the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, legislation that targets tax havens. The bill lists Antigua and 14 other Caribbean jurisdictions among those countries singled out for increased scrutiny.

”I put that down to his lack of information,” said St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, a critic of the legislation but an admirer of Obama.“Once he is properly informed — he would see that these islands, which are among the closest friends of the American people — he would not do anything knowingly for them to suffer.”

While McCain and Obama have spoken of a need to address transnational crime in the region, neither has given any indication that the U.S. policy of deporting criminals will change.

Adapted from Miami Herald

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