There are some who worry that St Lucia’s unilateral assertion of free movement in the OECS will result in dangerous people coming to St Lucia.
Unfortunately, we're in the way.
And they have a transportation problem you wouldn't believe. In spite of being on part-owners of LIAT, you can't get a direct flight to St Vincent from anywhere of any significance, except for Barbados. You would think that as the natural middlemen between the greatest producers of the Eastern Caribbean and the best market, we would be rather pleased to cultivate good relations over there.
Lucians had better idea. They were going to eat the Vincis alive and keep ALL THE MONEY.
So, of course, now we have a reputation as cold-hearted pirates over there. And with good reason. Over the last few decades, Lucians found that it wasn't enough to profit from transporting Vinci goods to Laba. They had to steal from the Vincis, too. Now, no one trusts a Lucian unless they know them personally.
Great going, Lucians.
Unfortunately, Lucians are well known in both Laba and Vinci as pirates, thugs and thieves. Even the white collar ones. In the last few months in St Vincent, the most high profile drugs and ammo arrest AND the most high profile white collar crime arrest were both of Lucians. Thaddeus Cox and Tamara Gibson are St Vincent's most notorious suspects right now. St Lucia couldn't ask for worse public relations. And when Vincis watch Choice News Now every night, they only get more confirmation that they should thank God they are not us.
HELEN'S STRATEGIC LOCATION
No matter how many times we read history, we still don't get it.
The island is situated in a very strategic position. This is not just a military advantage. It is a trade advantage, too. Barbados developed as a hub for British colonialism mainly because the French and the Negmarron frustrated every effort to make St Lucia that hub.
In the Independence era, the military importance of that strategic location has been reduced to a tourist shelf footnote in the romantic history of the island. But the trade value of that strategic location remains. And it will grow, as long as St Vincent does not own a cargo link to Martinique.
We have spent our energies looking over oceans for the foreign exchange we need, when Europe is only 14 miles away. We have struggled with domestic production, when we have a satellite producer less than 20 miles in the opposite direction. When people say they are afraid that the criminals of other islands will come here because of free movement, they're talking ass.
The problem with OECS unity isn't the criminals from other islands. That's ridiculous. Anyone who knows anything about small island crime knows that these guys are NOT the bad guys.
Lucians are the real criminals of the OECS.