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. It is usually a hyperbole touted as a myth along with the other “myth” that the streets of Britain are lined with gold. I would like to lay these myths to rest once and for all.

The streets of Britain ARE paved with gold and the money tree IS real. The discerning reader will sense that I don’t mean “real gold” however each borough in London is well financed to keep the streets pothole free. If a borough does not use its budget then that budget gets cut in the next year. Therefore the authorities repave the roads regularly with the money in their coffers and so yes the streets ARE paved and paved with government gold.

Where is the money tree? If you look too closely you would miss it. You need to take a step back and look at the system as a whole to see that as a whole Britain is one big money tree. How? Britain is a Welfare State. That means that if you are a citizen or someone who has recourse to public funding then you are entitled to Housing Benefit and Job-seekers allowance at the minimum. What are these things? Money; which the state gives to you to basically do things which in a developing country you would have to do on your own.

I know that some people are going to argue with me that these are small pots of money which only barely sustain an individual’s existence. I will concede this point, they are. But I will now show you larger money trees within the British system. Click on the links below to be transported to the few opportunities for finance which I have come across so far:

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

European Commission Funding

The Hep to Buy Scheme

Nesta [An Innovation Charity] 

Venture Capital Firms in the City 

Start-up Loans 

Each of these six links is a Money Tree; or a money branch if you want to get technical. You can harness the power of the system to do good for your brothers and sisters within the system and outside of it. My point is this. Don’t take out your anger on your less fortunate brothers and sisters who have no jobs and no prospects and who live in a harsher environment than you. Don’t castigate them because you have opportunities and failed to convert them. Don’t be bitter because the weight of expectations is on your shoulders because you have been given so much and so much is expected in return. Embrace the relationship of patronage. Aspire to give away the odd Ipad.   If you do then you will be spared a life of excess which is the downfall of many in first world countries and you will aspire to do good things for your brothers and sisters in a small way and a large way.

My name is Peter Campbell and I stand shoulder to shoulder with my friends in the Caribbean.