Only a raging toothache kept me away from West End on Tuesday evening. Members of Antil had earlier announced a meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm to discuss the Cap Juluca proposed acquisition. Cap Juluca’s present owner, Dion Friedland, has just published a release saying that the last thing he has in mind is a sale to Antil. He is very happy with the purchaser he has found. We all agree that Anguillians must ensure that the heights of the economy are retained in local hands. Antil proposes to ensure this process continues by acquiring Cap Juluca whether the present owner wants to sell to them or not.
This is not an ethical issue. What is, is that several of the principals in Antil are government advisers and civil servants. Government has to approve an alien owning land in Anguilla. Government usually acts on the advice of its professional advisers. Why is it that Antil causes a queasy feeling in my stomach every time I hear about it?
I would very much have liked to have been present to learn what Antil is all about. What about you? Was any reader of this Blog present at the meeting in West End? What were your impressions? Is my instinctive reaction wrong and misguided? Can you elucidate?