Barbuda Land Act - why we have it
The Prime Minister's lack of interest in the self-determination of Barbudan people to control their own land, and their sustainable development of it continues: 'We have to be careful in the duplication of the overall management infrastructure. It’s a unitary state and I find (that) within the Barbuda Land Act they’re trying to carve out a different space for Barbuda, as if Barbuda is independent of Antigua. As far as I am concerned, there should be one uniform national legislation to govern development right through the country. I don’t see why Barbuda needs to have any special committee, or any special law to govern development...' he is quoted in the Observer as saying.
Meanwhile the Gravesnor (now Virdee) development continues without any clarification for the Barbudan people, the current status of the De Niro project is unknown except to the priviliged few who are party to it (and we know what that means) and both huge developments continue to threaten acres of natural salt ponds and willdlife habitat and bring about legal action. This would be wholly unnecessary if Government Ministers, Council representatives and their 'investors' followed the terms of the Act.