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Sunday, 14 March 2010


In our legal system you can only own rights to land. You can't directly own (that is, have complete claim to) the land itself. One (person or business) has a right to enjoy the privileges and uses of such property. For such reason you pay for such rights, uses and privileges; and as such, the reason for such powers as compulsory acquisition or state’s right of eminent domain.

Ownership can only be described as a bundle of rights or group of legal rights that can be held by one with respect to some property. These usually include the right to use (or not use); exclude others from using; irreversibly change; sell, give away or bequeath (Trust); rent or lease; retain all rights not specifically granted to others; retain these rights without time limit or review.

However, even such rights are not absolute and have certain responsibilities, such as paying taxes, being liable for suits brought against such property, and abiding by the laws of the land such as zoning laws, building codes, and environmental protection laws. As such, you may find that your rights to use and irreversibly change are not as unlimited as may seem.

Each of these rights can be modified independently of the others - by law or by the granting of an easement to some other party, producing a bewildering variety of legal conditions.

Almost every country in the world respects and understands such and its citizenry does their civic duty accordingly. However, on Anguilla it is embarrassing to primitive life and can only be in accordance with ignorance, arrogance and greed that we continue to politicise a wrong which need to be righted – we need to fulfil our civic duties if we so care about our beloved nation home.

This week, the Gordon Brown administration will not wink when telling the Anguilla administration that the luxury of tax-free days is over. The walls of Westminster will echo with these words: “go and do what’s right – Anguillians must pay their way.”

In October 2009, the British government has agreed to allow the government of Anguilla to borrow EC$20 million to cover its recurrent deficit over six months, providing the local administration commits “now to the introduction of new revenue measure(s), no later than the beginning of fiscal year 2010-11″ to broaden the revenue base.

This is the agreement to which the British government is committed to – none other. If the Government of Anguilla is not prepared to do “what is right”; and primarily as a consequence cannot pay its civil servants’ salaries... then the British Government will have no alternative then to introduce an interim executive on Anguilla for the unforeseeable future.

End of discussion.

Government's lack of foresight, empty promises of false hopes, and lack of legislation or enforcement on Anguilla must be brought to a screeching halt.

However, a crafty politician like the Hon. Chief Minister Hubert Hughes will return and blame the British...

Mark my words.

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