Negative Change for Our Community – Cameron in Jamaica
I know this is old news, however, I would like to use some relevant snippets from David Cameron speech to The Jamaican Parliament to highlight an imminent and disturbing change that could affect the black families and other nationalities here in the U.K.
The following snippets are taken from his speech to The Jamaican Parliament on 30 September 2015.
At the beginning of his speech Mr Cameron made reference to the strong links that binds the U.K, Jamaica and the Caribbean Commonwealth:
I’ve come to the Caribbean – and to Jamaica in particular – to celebrate these extraordinary ties.
When the world faced despotism and evil in two World Wars, British and Jamaican soldiers, and soldiers from all over the Caribbean, served together – and died together – in the cause of freedom.
When the United Kingdom was tired and indebted after the ravages of Total War, hundreds of thousands from the Commonwealth Caribbean made their way to our shores, helping to build and energise our great public services like the NHS.
Today I can announce a major new package of British investment in this region.
£360 million in new financial commitments, including a £300 million much-needed infrastructure fund across the Caribbean. I am launching a new UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership to build real, tangible things that will make a difference for people across the Caribbean. Roads. Bridges. Ports. Critical economic infrastructure that will set the foundations for growth and prosperity, and in turn reduce poverty while helping the region become more resilient to the risks of climate change”.
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Cameron Drops The Bombshell
During his visit to Jamaica, there were official calls for the UK to apologise for its role in the slave trade or pay reparations. This is what Cameron had to say:
Slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms. It has no place whatsoever in any civilised society, and Britain is proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition.
That the Caribbean has emerged from the long shadow it cast is testament to the resilience and spirit of its people. I acknowledge that these wounds run very deep indeed. But I do hope that, as friends who have gone through so much together since those darkest of times, we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future.
The irony of the bombshell – £25m prison gift
Here is the irony. During his visit he announced that the British Government would help fund the construction of a prison, in Jamaica, where Jamaicans imprisoned here in the U.K would complete their sentences.
David Cameron didn’t disclose how much the project would cost the British Government. It was the media that revealed it would cost the government £25m.
With more than 600 Jamaicans in British prison, government officials said the deal could save the taxpayers £10 million a year when the transfer begins in 2020.