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Posted By: Facts are a stubborn thing

Posted On: September 8th
Views: 1178

Are Jamaicans still going to the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, and Bermuda for work to send remittances?

What are the standards of living and GDP per capita today on these British overseas territories, that were once ruled from an office in Kingston?

How has the percentage in crime statistics today in Jamaica changed vs 55 years ago?

Let us not ignore economic logic for political opinions any further in Jamaica. Had Jamaica retained if only the British pound (currency) alone and went along with independence, the standard of living and future for every Jamaican child today would be far brighter than it is today.

Factors of production are land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship. Islands that have distances averaging only a few hundred miles with no resources, but good governance, are reversing this equation and are able to absorb talent from Jamaica that has far more natural resources and a population exceeding two million.

Posted By: Robert

Posted On: September 6th
Views: 1345
Be modern

Colonialization is from times gone by. Jamaica should be proud of its independence and independence movement. The UK has plenty of bad experiences from this bygone era.
In the case of Cayman isn't that island highly discriminate about who lives there and money influences decision making. That not right.

Posted By: Talk truth

Posted On: August 31st
Views: 1696

Yea mi know Jamaicans are a proud set a people, so let mi help unno answer truthfully and free unno consciences.
Would it have been worse?
Would it have been the same?

Posted By: Independence

Posted On: August 27th
Views: 866
No Regret

British enslavement was as brutal as the Americas. Slavery was abolished in the 1830's but up until Michal Manley took power no dark skin Jamaican could work in a Bank. Our mistake was allowing America to influence our politics, send in the guns and teach us to hate each other. We are a much larger Island with greater natural resources than those others considered a success.

Posted By: Critical Reader

Posted On: August 27th
Views: 723
Take a look at Cayman

Had Jamaica remained a British colony we would have been the Hong Kong of the western hemisphere under good law & governance. There would be enough investments to develop the island as the premier financial and shipping hub of the region. We only have to look at the GDP per capita of the Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, and the shipping routes that pass through Panama to conclude that. By now, we would have figured development out and would have been exporting it.

It is going to take political consensus on the economy, debt, and gangs to get these results restarting today. There seems to be some measure success on the direction of the economy and debt.

Posted By: paddy

Posted On: August 13th
Views: 1421
Remote outpost

Jamaica started its real development after independence. Unfortunately, some cruel politicians put their personal ambitions ahead of the country's interest, and embraced criminals openly.
I don't think Britain wanted Jamaica as part of its sovereignty either, as Jamaicans had started serious resistance to the British Crown government, especially in the form of a new rastafarian movement. There was even an armed clash between a British Home Regiment and rastas, resulting in British soldiers being killed. The roots of Jamaica's problems had begun way before independence.

Posted By: DeAnne

Posted On: August 11th
Views: 1342
Under British rule -never again

Colonization was never an ideal in many regards because no colony is ever a priority for the "Mother country". The things which would make Jamaica better off is to stop the rampant corruption in our Politics, Contracts, Customs & imports and all spheres of Government. Also addressing archaic laws & more judicial efficiency will do. Less government red tape on a whole and reestablishing good family values and strong subsistence because our island is blessed.Stop looking back and look forward.

Posted By: Romain

Posted On: August 11th
Views: 1356
Jamaica Remaining a British Colony

I do believe we would be better off if we were still a British Colony. Why? I believe there would be less corruption as the leaders would have to be more responsible in carrying out their duties as they would have to answer to a higher body. Secondly, Instead of us begging the IMF for bail outs we could possibly get aid from Britain. Lastly, we would possibly be using the British currency which has a lot more value than the Jamaican dollar. Colonization though reminds me too much of slavery so I do not welcome it, however, let us not throw in the towels as yet, let us hope that we get a true leader someday hopefully not too late that will bring about change for the better and he/she will be supported by a team who also wants change, as well as get the support of the citizens to work together to implement these changes and recover our economy and put Jamaica back on the map because we have sunken.