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A challenge for Prince Charles

27 April, 2018

• IT’S not every day in Great Britain one can be mindful of the phrase “Black Lives Matter”.

With the terrible exclusions coming to light of the Windrush immigrants (throughout the UK mainstream experience), and the Queen’s handing over the Head of Commonwealth Countries to Prince Charles, there was never a better time for the élite of this country to scrutinise our handling of the Empire and Commonwealth’s wealth and administration as we left it post World War II.

Take Jamaica. Under British rule the island prospered because of the sugar cane industry. Notwithstanding that the Caribbean islands were furnished with labour from the British influence in the slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, history tells us that Jamaica fared better than others because white rule (and the sugar industry) enabled black inhabitants to enjoy a working relationship with the white owners which was more democratic than, for instance, the unlucky ones who were sold off and shipped to America.

Everything changed when World War II ended. Why? Because the British élite, having lost much capital at home, shut down the sugar cane industry in Jamaica and moved their financial resources back to the UK. Jamaicans were left workless and destitute.

There could be no greater act of retribution and compensation to the Jamaican people than to establish this island as a leading role for climate change and ocean renewal. Such industries would not only benefit the UK but would have greater Commonwealth significance and improve ties.

Could it happen, Prince Charles? Your reign would leave such a legacy

SANDRA HENDERSON
NW8

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