Repect Our Soca Pioneers
k: :good:you are right, we should not have signed on to this CSME nonsense. A lot of the countries in the region are not doing well financially/economically so they busy looking for people to blame, to take their country citizen from focusing on their own failures. Up to now no one is addressing a very important point in this whole saga.
Back in the days Jamaicans migrated to the US/UK and Canada to get better opportunities, thats why they have an even larger diaspora than those who live on the homeland (same can be said for Guyana and Haiti). After the US/UK/Canada made it harder for Jamaicans to enter, yes Jamaica is actually ban from the US visa lottery for a couple years now. They started going to Turks, Bahamas, Cayman, Antigua...but those countries put a stop to it and now the Jamaicans extended their reach and trying to get into Barbados and Trinidad (which is far away). Anyway so people should address this point, that the exchange rate is 105-1, things are getting tougher for the average Jamaican to do well. Notwithstanding their are some very rich people on the island.
In Trinidad's context now, we cannot play fast and loose with our borders, we were always lax and allowed hundreds upon thousands of illegal Vincies, Grenadians, Bajans, Guyanese and even Venezuelans to come in. Now we reaping the whirlwind from that because they did not have proper settlement patterns, a lot of these people built and magnified ghettos on the cusp of Port of Spain, while they did contribute, we cannot negate the fact that we were too loose with who got into the country.
Also, this wanton bringing in of any side, can be viewed as RACIAL voter padding...A large number of Jamaicans and other small islands people can be looked on with suspicion from the UNC/Indo group who always lashed out against the perceived manufactured voted blocs of the PNM/Afro base.
And a large influx of Indo Guyanese and Indians can be viewed with suspicion by the PNM/Afro group who always looked on with suspicion at the rather close ties with UNC governments and Guyana.
Also, other caribbean nationals were angry at Kamla for her ATM statement, granted she may not have said it in the most diplomatic manner she was correct. Trinidad for a while was the father giver of the West Indians, not saying that we should look back at things done, cuz we can never know what can happen in the future. But we never really got good treatment in return.
Manning opened a Caribbean fund, dont know what they did with the money. Ralph Gonsalves was in Port of Spain every Monday morning asking for more. I have no problems giving and being nice to our brothers and sisters but at the end of the day you all have nothing good to say about us, we have good and bad but they only know the bad.