Although the Privy Council is primarily a British institution, officials from other parts of the Commonwealth are appointed. It appears that the opportunity for Barbuda to have a fair and just decision about communal land ownership can only happen in that arena, particularly when Caribbean judges make bad decisions based on their political allegiances, or simply ‘misinterpret’ our history. On Barbuda we have learned that leaders with a bigger world view and better understanding might make a fairer decision. It stopped the sand-mining when we raised the issue of our difficult relationship with Antigua in the past, with both the UN and the Commonwealth, and it is also why we have our own Council. We have had regular visits from officials from those organisations since, and they saw with their own eyes how we were treated after the hurricane.
In Antigua the PM is complaining to Harvard about reparation, chatting to anyone who will listen about protecting the environment,while at the same time trying to give Barbuda away to his friends for money. As the world is learning, it’s time to be serious about reparation for the trade in slaves. Economist Robert Browne stated the ultimate goal of reparations should be to “restore the black community to the economic position it would have if it had not been subjected to slavery and discrimination”. This is EXACTLY the economic freedom communal land currently gives us on Barbuda. Barbudans’ tenacity and resilience for hundreds of years and a way of life that should be celebrated around the world as an example of sustainable living – it should be an honour and a privilege to be an investor in Barbuda.