Month: July 2014

Dictatorship of the right thinking and the “One State Reality” 

Hello my name is Peter Campbell Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. First off let me say that it is expensive to mind other people’s business and as we say in Jamaica “cockroach nuh belong innah fowl fight.”  But as I considered that an Ebola outbreak in Liberia could affect our cushy lifestyle here in Britain, I also cannot help but consider all my friends posting their intellectual arguments for one or the other side in the Palestine Conflict. In my naive optimism I ask; why can’t we all just get along? But in my cynical realism I respond; because might is right yet we cannot help but feel pity for the weak.  The world felt pity for the Jews when they were weak and listened to their spokesmen in high places. Now that they are free and mighty it has become necessary for them to stand with their boots on the necks of the next powerless people.  My question is this, if we freed the Palestinians and set them up as governors of another minority, let’s say a Jewish minority, what’s to say that they wouldn’t abuse their position as chief boot wearer. Weakness, we must remember, is momentary and not at all a virtue.  No one’s suffering can give them licence to make...

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The British Money Tree

Post by Steve Williams. Hello my name is Peter Campbell. I am the Managing Director of the transnational recruitment relocation and immigration consultancy Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. My job is to be the face of an organization which represents the interests of people from the developing Commonwealth world and their peoples living in the developed world. Today I’d like to talk about an internet phenomenon which I’ll call the anti-begging rant. I named the article The British Money Tree because it was a more catchy title and I’ll come to it in a minute. The anti-begging rants, as seen above, are basically videos where people in the UK of Jamaican heritage rant that their friends in Jamaica keep asking them for things which they can scarcely afford and which put a strain on their tight budgets. As a Jamaican in Britain I would like to come out in favor of my Jamaican friends and chastise my fellow British-Jamaican residents for bringing into disrepute the relationship of patronage which has existed for the past sixty plus years between people of Caribbean heritage working in England and their less fortunate Caribbean friends and relatives.  The Money Tree is real [in Britain]  What do us as Jamaicans mean when we refer to a “Money Tree”? We are referring to a source of income which can be easily tapped without much effort....

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Wisdom of the Crowd

According to the Wikipedia article by the same name, “The wisdom of the crowd is the process of taking into account the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than a single expert to answer a question. A large group’s aggregated answers to questions involving quantity estimation, general world knowledge, and spatial reasoning has generally been found to be as good as, and often better than, the answer given by any of the individuals within the group. An intuitive and often-cited explanation for this phenomenon is that there is idiosyncratic noise associated with each individual judgment, and taking the average over a large number of responses will go some way toward cancelling the effect of this noise. When Katharine Peacock, Managing Director of ComRes said to me after the “Capital 500” London Quarterly Economic Survey on 7/7/2014 that I should “follow the crowd” I was taken aback. After some introspection I now know why. I come from a Jamaican culture where following the crowd or “wagonism” is seen as the path of lesser minds. We have a history of being led by politicians who deceive and manipulate the crowd towards its own nefarious ends. There have been other times when through sheer incompetence, naivety or greed the mass of Jamaican society has been led astray. Who can forget the great ponzi scheme Cash Plus which wiped out many...

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Lessons from American Independence 

The American Constitution Before the American Constitution there was the Magna Carta. It’s the fourth of July and I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to every British Citizen on the loss of the American Colonies two hundred and thirty eight years ago. While my tongue in cheek opening is a reminder that it is a rare wind which blows everyone fowl or fair I would also like to use this article to explore some of the lessons which history often serves up to us in hind sight. My name is Peter Campbell and I am the Managing Director of a British limited liability company called Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited.  It is well known that the causes of the American Revolution though complex revolved around the issue of fair representation in exchange for fair taxation. If we had been able to lower taxes and give the American colonies a seat in parliament then the embers of revolution would have been doused and our collective energies to make war would have been channeled into more constructive areas. We lost the opportunity to grow together into a transatlantic politically unified empire. This is all in the past though and who truly knows what could have been. The fact is that America, our former colony, is now the preeminent political power of the world. The lesson I choose to gain...

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