British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith
Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.
In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana. I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa. The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana. Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published. I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.
Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions. Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises. Continue reading
This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.
But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change. Continue reading