January 22, 2010

Without Borders

Published on: 1/22/2010.

CITIZENSHIP of one Caribbean country should not disqualify someone from serving in high political office in another.

That's the view of Prime Minister David Thompson, who said yesterday that such people should not be "disqualified" from serving as legislators in another island.

He was addressing thousands gathered at Bath, St John, to celebrate the birthday of National Hero and former Prime Minister Errol Barrow.

"I find it somewhat flawed that we send . . . our children abroad for education and to gain valuable insight and experience in other lands, but then tell them the legal status they would have acquired while residing in those developed countries would prevent them from serving in and helping to build their own countries as legislators.

"It gets even worse," Thompson added.

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