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Chief Executive Officer (Ag)
It s Election Day in Britain---
the most exciting in living mem-
ory because nobody knows which
party (or rather, parties) will win.
Like T&T, Britain has been gov-
erned by an unpopular coalition
dominated by one party for five
years. While the Trinidad govern-
ment has been shambolic and
scandal-ridden, the UK govern-
ment has damaged social cohesion
and endangered long-term eco-
nomic growth by slashing budgets
for social services, community out-
reach and welfare, reducing pay
and benefits for teachers and health
workers, tripling university fees for
students and letting the one per
cent and corporate tax avoiders
get away with repugnant practices.
We ve seen nationwide riots and
looting. One million people are so
poor they use food banks.
Another coalition is the likely
outcome and this time a Labour/
Scottish National Party (SNP)
coalition is a viable alternative to
the Conservative/Liberal Democrat
Labour (a former left-wing party
now occupying the centre ground,
though still working for the poorer
people in British society) and the
SNP (a genuinely socialist party
committed to the poorer people
in Scottish society and a manifesto
based on leaving the UK to achieve
Scottish independence) would be
a revolutionary moment in British
It would be my most favoured
option. Anything that keeps out
the Conservatives and the United
Kingdom Independence Party
(Ukip) will be best for Britain.
Ukip is an anti-immigration
party---they don t want Eastern
Europeans coming to Britain. They want
the UK to reduce net immigration from
300,000 per year to 50,000. If you
transposed that from the UK population
to T&T it would be like T&T having
an annual net immigration of 6,100
people and a party campaigning for
that to be dropped to 1,040.
As T&T has experienced a net loss
in migration for most of the last half
century it s a moot point. In fact, T&T
needs a party that actively encourages
immigration. In reality, it s just as hard
to move to T&T to settle and work as
it is to come to Britain, which is why
people go there illegally.
Ukip also wants to stop freedom of
movement for workers from within the
European Union. That s like scrapping
the Caricom migrant workers system.
Ukip wants out of the EU altogether
and has seduced not only the xeno-
phobes amongst the white working
class but also amongst black and ethnic
minority communities. They have
wooed some of the Caribbean com-
munity in Britain by favouring trade
with the Commonwealth over our
Now, I m all for Britain trading with
the Caribbean, Africa, India, Australia
et al, but given the history of Britain s
trade with its former colonies, are we
really expected to believe it will be fair,
mutually beneficial trade?
Ukip s black politicians clearly believe
it. In the past few weeks I ve inter-
viewed Clive Morrison, who was born
in Jamaica and moved to Britain in
1969; Winston McKenzie, who was
born in Jamaica in 1956 and moved to
Britain aged five; Neville Watson, born
in London to Jamaican parents in the
1950s; Ace Nnorom, born in Cameroon
to Nigerian parents who migrated to
London in 2001 and Ukip s head of
policy Tim Aker (real name, Timür)
whose father migrated from Turkey in
All of these Ukip migrant politicians
want to stop other migrants coming to
the UK. There s even a Polish candidate
standing for the party. As McKenzie
put it, "Polish people are trying to make
a life for themselves here, they don t
want to see any further influx of Poles!"
McKenzie certainly doesn t want any
more. Like the Brits who spat racist
abuse at his parents, he s now affording
a similar welcome to others. He d even
send the Poles back and incentivise
them to go.
"Black people don t have anything
in common with Europeans," he told
me. So I pointed out that my half-
sisters are half-Polish and half-
Jamaican. But it was only met with
more blind rhetoric.
Morrison thinks Poles get preferential
treatment in housing, schools and the
health service. He s also worried that
in black areas of London, black people
are becoming the minority again.
Immigrants turning on other immi-
grants is a shameful thing---just like
the extremes of tribal ethnic politics
in Trinidadian society, the stupidity is
"All the parties are racist to some
extent," Morrison told me.
Looking at the dearth of black and
Asian MPs in the UK there is some
truth to that.
But will Britain ever have a black
prime minister, I asked him?
"Maybe in another 50 years."
Even that might be optimistic in
truth. And what about an Indian or
Chinese PM? It s probably something
most Brits have never even contem-
plated. And that says something about
Has anybody in any society ever real-
istically imagined a transgender PM?
Jowelle De Souza may not ever be PM
but she s blazing a trail in Trini politics.
Researching this column, I discovered
that Anna Grodzka, a transgender
politician, is running for the presidency
of Poland for the Green Party. Here in
Britain we have had two elected trans-
But the politics of equalities isn t
straightforward---one of those British
transgender MPs is affiliated with Ukip.
And De Souza said in an interview she
would not use her position, if elected,
to give the LGBT community more
power in Trinidad.
We often assume that one person s
struggle means they support all worthy
causes. Perhaps that s naïve. The one
consistent thing in modern politics is
Read a profile of UK Labour party
leader Ed Miliband on B11.
An election too close to call
Like T&T, Britain has been
governed by an unpopular
coalition dominated by one party
for five years. While the Trinidad
government has been shambolic
and scandal-ridden, the UK
government has damaged social
cohesion and endangered long-
term economic growth by
slashing budgets for social
services, community outreach
and welfare, reducing pay and
benefits for teachers and health
workers, tripling university fees
for students and letting the one
per cent and corporate tax
avoiders get away with
repugnant practices. We've seen
nationwide riots and looting. One
million people are so poor they
use food banks.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative party are in a close
battle with the opposition Labour party in today's general elections.
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