Month: January 2014

To the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne 

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Recipient of state support Peter Campbell Hello my name is Peter Campbell. My letters are primarily directed to the Governments and people of the Caribbean. However I would like to use this medium to send a message to you the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain. I know that you and your aids will hear me because nothing of importance goes unheard by the intelligence and other apparatus of the United Kingdom. I wish for my brothers and sisters in the Caribbean and the Commonwealth to listen in and take notes. Let it not be lost on anyone who reads this that we each have a voice if we choose to speak. I am twenty-four years old and so I  fall within the category of people whom you, the Chancellor, would like to disenfranchise of their economic right to benefits and state support in a prosperous welfare state (see The Evening Standard Story here). I have needed benefits to survive in the past and without it I would not be where I am today. I suppose that there are many others like me who, with even the most basic tools, could get ahead. Would you take these tools away from them? Maybe you can make the argument that there are not enough people like me to warrant state generosity to the masses....

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Travel; a means to greatness 

The traveler King Mansa Musa I of Mali. Hello, my name is Peter Campbell. I am the Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. We specialize in the Recruitment and Relocation of highly skilled migrants from the Commonwealth, particularly the Caribbean for shortage industries such as Engineering, Teaching, Social Work and Nursing in the developed countries of the Commonwealth particularly the United Kingdom. My new role model is a great man who lived seven hundred years ago. His story taught me that travel is what makes us great. The name of my role model is Mansa (King of Kings) Musa I of Mali. The travel of his predecessor brought him to power. I will quote the great man telling his story. “ The ruler who preceded me did not believe that it was impossible to reach the extremity of the ocean that encircles the earth (the Atlantic Ocean). He wanted to reach that (end) and was determined to pursue his plan. So he equipped two hundred boats full of men, and many others full of gold, water and provisions sufficient for several years. He ordered the captain not to return until they had reached the other end of the ocean, or until he had exhausted the provisions and water. So they set out on their journey. They were absent for a long period, and,...

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Freedom of movement (Relocation Consultancy) 

You cannot climb the Burj Khalifa without the help of others. Hello, my name is Peter Campbell and I am the Managing Director of the Relocation Consultancy Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. Today I would like to talk about freedom. Are we as a world community of people truly free? To demonstrate my hidden gripe I will tell a short story. There are very tall buildings in the Arab world (Dubai) one day a businessman said to his colleague, you are free to go to the top of this building (Burj Khalifa) using your own strength alone. You may not use the stairs or the elevator. However, you are free to climb or jump to the top. I ask you this, did that man truly have free access to the top? There are many underlying concepts to freedom and when people bend these underlying concepts they have the power to subtly deny our freedom. By manipulating the underlying concepts it is also possible to deny freedom while maintaining the facade of freedom.  In the example above the climber’s freedom was taken away from him when the clause was inserted that he act using his own strength alone. We often envision freedom as the individualist acting on his own. We rarely think of freedom as an action of the collective or the action of one man using the assistance of...

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Job Security

“Now we see everything that’s going wrong With the world and those who lead it We just feel like we don’t have the means To rise above and beat it So we keep waiting Waiting on the world to change We keep on waiting Waiting on the world to change” John Mayer (Waiting on the World to Change) Hello my name is Peter Campbell and I am the Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. My job is to give an ethos to the work that we do as a company. I will try to represent a coherent and practical opinion on “The Big Issues”. I believe that there are bigger issues to you the reader than poverty, war, racism or even climate change. I believe that your personal job security means more to you than any of the issues named above. Some of you may not even have a job and I don’t mean to exclude you. When I refer to the issue of job security I am referring to the entire process from education to job acquisition to job retention to retirement. Part of the reason why I got into this field was because I saw that if we solved the big issue of people’s job security we would positively affect the world economy, poverty, war, racism and even climate change. What is job security? Job...

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