After forty-two years of independence, Grenada really and truly cannot boast of true independence.
One can be easily confused with trade and dependency. No country can exist on its own especially one with limited resources and such a huge debt.
We will only find ourselves spinning around in circles and cannot get out of this situation. If we do not make a drastic discovery in discovering oil or so, God knows where we are going to be in the next ten years with the world’s natural resources being depleted.
The bleak situation is aided by global warming and climate changes that are heavily impacting on the lesser developed countries embroiled in more expensive armed conflicts.
We speak so much of uniting as a region that has been bonded by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973, which created Caricom.
Forty-five years after that treaty came into being, we as a region are still fighting amoung ourselves and are heavily polarised when we should be having free movements of people.
We are still faced with great impediments and selfish motives – Jamaicans still cannot enter Trinidad as expected while scores of Guyanese are on the receiving end of the rotten Barbadian Immigration – even placing them in a cell while in transit along with some Cuban nationals.
Do you see why the West Indian Federation failed? That same mindset from 1958 to 1962 has not changed much. Today we still cannot win the minds of our citizens to trust without a great deal of apprehension the attempt to convince them in adopting the CCJ as our final Court of Appeal.
The people are apprehensive about political interferences when they look back at the history of our politicians – and are afraid to completely do away with the British Privy Council as our final Court of Appeal.
When William Galway Donovan, that outstanding Grenadian Statesman of the 1930s made a strong appeal to the British against adult suffrage T.A. Albert Marryshow was being groomed by Donovan as a young journalist who heeded that call.
Gairy was also very mindful of the same philosophy of adult suffrage in fighting the British plantocracy on his arrival in Grenada from Aruba and in improving the lives of the working class people.
If we look back at the great revolts and revolutionaries who set the stage for us as a people in improving our lives over the centuries from Julian Fedon’s major revolt in 1795 in Grenada, the revolt in Barbados in 1816, Cuffie in British Guyana 1763, Samuel Sharp in Jamaica in 1821 and much more with Haiti becoming the first black republic in 1791.
We as a people within the Caribbean should have been much more advanced and united even looking back at the neo-colonial period of Eric Matthew Gairy and his Social Revolution in 1951, the Maurice Bishop armed revolution in 1979 which changed the socio-economic landscape of Grenada, these should have taught us a lesson.
Look at it: Europe with their huge countries could have seen the wisdom of pulling themselves and their resources together.
We as tiny Caribbean islands are still hesitant with an antagonistic mindset. We still cannot see the economic wisdom as a power block, as a region coming together and having more leverage and more bargaining power.
Let us not forget that Grenada became the head of the Windward Islands in 1885 when the Imperial Governor took his seat in Grenada from out of Barbados, which subsequently pulled out of the British West Indian administration in that same year.
There is enough history which paved the way for us by our colonial Caribbean heroes to remind us that we had failed them over the great sacrifices they have made.
Let us stop talking unity and let us unite because the time has come.