Caribbean Report 05-05-1997


The new Labour government has promised to represent a new Britain but with government holding such a huge majority and therefore a mandate to please a wide cross section of British society we take a look first at black Britain. Britain’s multi-ethnic community received little mention in any of the party’s manifestoes. A Professor of Sociology views are sought. He was asked if the MPs closer aligned to the left wing of the party will be able to make themselves heard after the prime minister makes his changes. Then the question of overseas aid and the post of Minister of Overseas Development which would be of particular interest to the Caribbean were looked into. Also what role is there for Britain’s black growing middle class is addressed as well as the British Caribbean Federation of 1956 which is replaced in the form of Caricom, the ACS and Nafta.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. In the aftermath of the British general elections, what does a new Labour government mean for the Caribbean? Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Robin Coke and Social Security Minister Harriet Harmon, Gerald Segal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Professor of Sociology, Stuart Hall, Minister of Overseas Development, Claire Short are interviewed (00:28-07:38)
3. Black Britain still on the fringe despite Labour's election. Professor of Sociology, Stuart Hall is interviewed (07:38-09:48)
4. Debbie Ransome takes a comparative look at the vexing issue of a federal Europe, a single currency and a past Caribbean Federation. Lennox Boyd 1956 at the final plenary session of the British Caribbean Federation, Premier of Jamaica, Norman Manley, Sir James Goldsmith are interviewed (09:50-15:18)