Anguilla And Independence
by J. Forth
(New York, New York)
As a frequent visitor to the island of Anguilla for 10+ years, and someone who would love to retire there one day, I have always been impressed with how well Anguilla's elected government manages its own affairs.
So the topic of Anguilla independence is an interesting one.
I'm sure the Anguilla government is not perfect. But one has only to look at our own U.S. government to realize that "perfection" and "government" are two words that do not seem to go together.
Anguilla has perhaps allowed itself to "overheat" to some degree, but the government has taken steps to slow down major developments and delay future ones. That shows the maturity to "leave some of the money on the table today" for a more balanced, gradual growth for the future.
Not many governments, let alone private companies, do that.
Look around at other Caribbean islands and you can see the difference. High rise hotels. Casinos. Thousands of people from cruise ships overrunning beaches and restaurants. Where else but Anguilla do you find magnificent beaches that you can still have to yourself?
Progress and growth is inevitable, of course. And the future news for Anguilla is one of continued growth and development. One can only hope that an independent Anguilla would continue the same policies. There is no reason to doubt such would be the case.
It would, of course, be a shame to lose the perceived credibility/stability of its current association with the British government (a condition seemingly imposed by the U.K. if Anguilla insists upon full internal self-government). "Big money" from around the world seeks, first and foremost, risk-free environments.
A "British-less" Anguilla is an exciting prospect in one sense, but could turn out to be a costly one in the long run if Anguilla is somehow perceived to be less stable due to the loss of its association with the U.K.
Future news and developments regarding Anguilla independence will be one of Anguilla's most important stories to follow in the years to come. Here's hoping Anguilla can manage to secure the best of both worlds.
I, for one, have great faith, in its ability to run the best tropical island in the world with or without a formal association with the U.K.