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.