So here’s the real reason

An island dependent on the hundreds of millions of pounds in tourist revenue brought in by Britons every year (about a third of its holidaymakers come from the UK) is pursuing institutions such as Lloyds of London, Oxford University and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Barbados’s prime minister Mia Mottley is leading the charge.

She is hailed in diplomatic circles as the new “voice of the global south”, the cheerleader for the developing world, despite being prime minister of a country with a population of just 300,000.

In Ms Mottley’s republican Barbados, once dubbed “Little England” for its rolling hills, churches, manor houses and red postboxes, new friends are being sought in Africa, the Gulf and in China to fund her vision of a country that will rely less on “sun, sea and sand” tourism.

Well, it’s a vision, certainly. One can agree with it or not, to taste, but it is a vision. So, what’s driving it?

Ms Mottley is the favourite to become the next general secretary of the United Nations

Ah, personal ambition.

The Mayor of Bradford wishes to become Prime Minister sort of thing. Oh well, might well do Ms. Mottley’s career all sorts of good but Barbados perhaps not all that much.

22 thoughts on “So here’s the real reason”

  1. I of course feel that the Africans should compensate you Brits for all the criminals, paupers and enemies they not only foisted on you, but made you pay for.

  2. It is a sad fact of life that all the people likely to become politicians are exactly the sort of people who should be buried under a stone and never allowed to see the light of day.

  3. Being friends with China is the sign of a very stupid person.

    If you don’t realise their friendship is entirely transactional there is very little hope for you.

  4. When Drax Hall becomes a slavery museum who is going to visit? It would certainly be a tourist attraction for BLM grievance mongers but not enough of these would get funding to replace the well-heeled visitors the island previously attracted.

    Replacing “sun, sea and sand” with a recrimination fiesta will take more than imaginative marketing if it is to succeed.

  5. “It is a sad fact of life that all the people likely to become politicians are exactly the sort of people who should be buried under a stone and never allowed to see the light of day.”

    Something along the lines of: the people who most crave power are the ones you least want to have it.

  6. I was 99% certain that the term “pursuing” was not being used in the context of encouraging more tourists to visit.

    I was correct.

  7. So she’s (probably one of many) being funded by China to cement its control of the UN? Her reparations grifting is probably to order too.

    Not sure her fellow Barbadans (is that right) would be overjoyed to see wealthy Brits replaced by wealthy Chinese…

    Although I also suspect it might be tricky to persuade industrialists from Dalian to fly all the way to the Caribbean in order to eat food prepared by black people, when they could just go to Thailand.

  8. Barbados pursues damages for sins of its colonial past

    It’s good that they want to shrive the sins of the past.

    So when are they returning to Africa, and how much can the Arawaks and Caribs expect in compensation?

  9. MC – why do you assume Chinese mischief, when she’s doing exactly what the US, UK, and EU elites want her to do? In what way does her political agenda differ from the BBC’s?

  10. Well, the Chinese are considerably less enthusiastic about castrating their own children, and they haven’t created a new secular religion based on holy eco-poverty and worshipping brown people. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  11. They do push it for us Steve.

    And of course they also want all of the money they can squeeze out of us. But that’s just normal.

  12. Well, the Chinese are considerably less enthusiastic about castrating their own children, and they haven’t created a new secular religion based on holy eco-poverty and worshipping brown people.

    Dunno, the Chinese have done a pretty good job of castrating their population, and they’ve been following a secular religion based on holy [changing tosspot whims] whilst worshipping selected yellow people.

  13. I don’t know who the current Mayor of Bradford is, as it doesn’t really matter…

    Yet I’d be scared, very scared, even extremely scared if Councilor Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council got anywhere near any real power!

    Incompetent and arrogant and beloved of brown envelopes from the “right” communities. So inept and despised that she couldn’t even beat the Coronation Street actress to the leadership of the fake new council in West Yorkshire…

  14. @TMK75
    I don’t know who the current Mayor of Bradford is, as it doesn’t really matter…

    Alderman Jabez Foodbotham, “the 25-stone, iron-watch-chained, crag-visaged, grim-booted” Lord Mayor of Bradford and “perpetual chairman of the Bradford City Tramways and Fine Arts Committee.” Officially died in 1928 but local legend says that, like Charlemagne, he “lies asleep in a mountain cave near Northowram”, waiting the summons “to save his city in its hour of supreme danger”.

  15. I don’t know – the Riccardo is going to smash her in the chops I expect
    She says “fund her vision of a country that will rely less on “sun, sea and sand” tourism”
    But Barbados is good at that stuff, Taiwan and a few other richer places could do it even better probably but they make silicon chips and stuff.

  16. Well Bongo, she says Africa, the Gulf and China should fund this nonsense. Provided it’s not my money, I don’t give a damn.

    But of course when it all fucks up, she’ll be shrieking for me to pay for everything anyway.

  17. If they want to diversify the economy, why don’t they grow more bananas? Barbados is a republic, isn’t it?

    Someone whose only experience of international relations is holding out the begging bowl is shortlisted to be one of the most powerful people in the world. In a world where even the Nobel Economics Prize goes to the hip flavour of the month, I’m not surprised.

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