By Henry D Gombya
A former Prime Minister of Jamaica has made a withering attack on British Prime Minister David Cameron over his (Cameron’s) refusal to consider reparations for the role Britain played in enslaving Jamaicans.
In a letter to Mr Cameron, a copy of which The London Evening Post has seen, Mr PJ Patterson who was Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1991 to 2006 said 180 years of enslaving Jamaicans are still very much fresh in the minds of his countrymen. “It was and still is a most heinous crime against humanity – a stain which cannot be removed merely by the passage of time,” Patterson wrote.
He was referring to Mr Cameron’s recent official visit to the Caribbean country where he told his host, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller that slavery was a long time ago and that both Jamaica and Great Britain should move on instead and build together for the future. Mrs Simpson-Miller had requested the British Prime Minister to consider ‘in a spirit of mutual respect, openness and understanding’, discussing reparations for slavery to Jamaicans.