Montserrat nationals in the UK can still practice traditional values for raising children

{FILE IMAGE: Montserrat's Chief Minister, Hon. Reuben T. Meade} Montserratians in the UK who may be experiencing challenges can contact Mrs. Janice Panton, Head of the Montserrat Government UK Office; 180-186 Kings Cross Road, London, WC1X 9DE, Tel. 020 7520 2622; Fax 020 7520 2624, or Email: j.panton@

Montserrat’s Chief Minister, the Honourable Reuben T. Meade said fellow countrymen living in the United Kingdom need to still practice the family values they were raised with in Plymouth. The leader of Government was commenting on the recent spate of riots and violence spreading across the UK.

Speaking to members of the media during a joint press conference with His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis, the chief minister said “take charge of your children and teenagers and ensure that they stay indoors and away from those areas where there are such elicit activities. If we look at the way we bring up our children in Montserrat, going to the UK doesn’t mean that you allow your children to do as they please. Let us bring back some of those family values that we’ve grown up with in Montserrat and even in the UK we need to enforce them.”

Chief Minister Meade, who also is responsible for Diaspora Affairs, said most of the Montserrat nationals now in the UK are citizens and he is assured that the British government will do what is in its power to do to secure the lives and future stability of the country.

It is not okay to go and burn somebody’s shop because I am angry with you. It does not solve the problem,” he added.

In his response to the same issue, Governor Davis quoted from the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s press statement from August 9 which said; “For me, the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing that I have spoken about for years. It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society. People are allowed to feel that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities and that their actions do not have consequences. Well, they do have consequences. We need to have a clearer code of values and standards that we expect people to live by and stronger penalties if they cross the line. Restoring a stronger sense of responsibility across our society, in every town, in every street, in every estate is something I’m determined to do.”

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