{Opening Ceremony of Assembly of Caribbean Peoples #3} Travelling as Colonies more frequent than flying as Independent territories: Barbadian author lambastes Regional heads for lack of an air carrier within Caribbean

In our final segment of looking at the Opening session for the Assembly of Caribbean Peoples, we return to scrutinising comments from Barbadian literary icon George Lamming, where he offers a solution, of sorts, to an ongoing Caribbean problem.

Professor Lamming discussing his findings at Roy Marshall Law Lecture Theatre 1

Professor Lamming discussing his findings at Roy Marshall Law Lecture Theatre 1

In speaking with the audience that night, Professor Lamming observed that people of the region were far more likely to have parents from different islands and be born in still another territory while ending up to reside in still another colony – this showed that while British possessions, West Indians did far more moving about than currently pertains in this so-called Independent island-chain.

This lack of an essential service cramps the capacity for intellectual expansion, in the author’s view, and it is mainly due to the fact that with the current yo-yo like vagaries of Caribbean Airlines, Air Jamaica and LIAT in addition to the collapse of Caribbean Star, there needs to be a dedicated service as a flagship carrier to the entire archipelago.

Yet many politicians throughout the region harbour reluctance for one reason or another, Profesor Lamming says if they continue to procrastinate on a vital arm of the Caribbean’s existence there is a way to pressure such officials {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The UWI lecturer told participants that peoples of the Caribbean had every right to vote out any political figure who refused to spend money on creating the infrastructure necessary to make a Regional Carrier a full reality

The writer, who crafted the landmark “In the Castle of My Skin” at age 23, says such insularity makes for difficult diplomatic relations under certain circumstances {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Lamming told the audience he had severe challenges defending his fellow islanders to any Britishers who query why seek Independence when the WI Federation did not even last a decade?

The UWI amphitheatre was loaded to about 68% capacity that night, while significant - nevertheless, I felt more could and should attend even as if from a sense of loyalty to the West Indies of iteself

The UWI amphitheatre was loaded to about 68% capacity that night, while significant - nevertheless, I felt more could and should attend even as if from a sense of loyalty to the West Indies of itself

These comments from Professor Lamming make far more sense than his mere lashing of West Indies’ political structure wherein he did not provide an alternative solution, here – in the challenge of getting an air carrier for the Caribbean – the professor advocates holding politicians up by the scruff of their votes; which may well see a necessary change finally happen?

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  1. Your thoughts are incisive! You know how to keep your audience entertained. You’re stance in disagreeing with Lamming is so brave, not many would dare – let me tell you. Nevertheless the time is indeed ripe for a carrier to ply the region with fares no one can dispute are best!

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