There are exceptions to the right to be protected from discrimination. The Constitution mentions three. The first is numbered (4)(a). It permits us to pass a law discriminating against non-belongers. That is what makes it legal for us to prohibit non-belongers from owning land in
The Members of the House of Assembly suggested a fourth exception to be numbered (4)(d). It would add the words, “for the provision of services in favour of Anguillians”. They wanted to make it legal to pass a law discriminating in favour of Anguillians in the provision of services. The problem they were discussing is what is to happen in the future, for example, if Indian contract labour parents begin to demand schools for their children. If we refused might we face the risk of discriminating in the provision of educational services on the basis of race, place of origin, or colour? What if our hospital is inundated by immigrant labour coming with medical problems? Can we make a rule that only Anguillans can get subsidised treatment, and all others must pay the full economic cost. Without this exception, it might be discriminatory for medical services to be provided at one rate for Anguillians and another rate for non-Anguillians.
I do not have a problem with that amendment to the Commission’s recommendations. What about you?