WHAT PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE WILL SAY ABOUT US
PRE-SUSTAINABLE ST LUCIA
They’ll call us Pre-Sustainable St Lucia, if they are kind. If they’re brutal honest, they’ll call us names. And they’ll be damned right.
1. Because we went from being landless servants to landed peasants and instead of growing food w grew a cash crop. One. Single. Crop. For 40 years. And it wasn’t ganja. Smfh.
|The Caribbean symbol of stupidity|
2. Because when Trinidad and Jamaica ditched the West Indies Federation, the small islands decided to go independent separately, instead of sticking together and milking the British Empire for scholarships, until we were prepared to go independent as the East Caribbean Federation.
3. Because, for a moment there, we imagined that tourism could replace monocrop agriculture as our new economic backbone. Pshh. Who ever heard of tourism being stable? Tourism isn’t cake. It’s icing. It isn’t bread. It’s not even butter, it’s cheese. Duh.
|OMG! 20th century Lucians...so stchooopid!|
4. Essiaygarconfellas, you mean to tell me we have a Noble Prize Winner in Economics who actually mapped out what we were supposed to do and we ignored him? We never really exploited our raw materials? We never got the right kinds of investors to help us turn our raw goods into high added value products and sweetass foreign exchange? St Lucia needs to stop giving Sir Arthur Lewis lip service and actually give him some action. A dirty sanchez, at least. I mean, show some respect.
5. Because we never gave the local manufacturing sector a fair shake and now, we’re leaving them to the ‘free hand of the market’. At some point, we have to stop taxing all production on inputs and agree that if you’re a creative business (not just some import/wholesale operation), you will only pay taxes on income.
6. Because we cry about foreigners headhunting our nurses, teachers and cops, instead of turning our training schools into profitable talent export agencies.
7. Because we have not used our government’s cultural offices for the organized and sustained export of the arts. You think they’re going to prosper in St Lucia? That’s not a market, that’s bakery. It’s place you make bread. Now we have to go out and sell it. Like Canaries bread.
8. Because we can’t see what Pancho and Melanie are saying about legalizing hemp.
|I'm not crazy. I'm from the 21st century.|
9. Because cocoa is growing and wasting, while the world craves more and more chocolate, regardless of economic upturns and downturns.
10. Because macaroni and rice are the practically traditional foods for the last two generations of St Lucians.
11. Because sports scholarships making dog, but local athletes have to make their own way and their own luck. The result: 99% of all ex-football players end up on crack, in jail or working in some kind of office. I don’t know which is worse than the other. (I’m exaggerating, but what you take it for, a Flogging statistical audit. It’s a BLOG!)