Is it appropriate for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to continue to be the Department through which
If you would like to read a short account of the debate, you can find it here.
The debate was three hours long. If you have the time to view a video of the entire debate, it is available here
The full text is available on the on-line Hansard here.
There were several aspects of the debate worth examining and writing about. The one I want to focus on today was an observation made by Andrew Rosindell, the Conservative Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, and then to comment. He suggested that the FCO may not be the most appropriate British government department to have oversight of the
This is what he had to say:
“This issue should not be under foreign affairs. They are not foreign; they are British. Why is it under foreign affairs? Why are British overseas territories — territories of Her Majesty the Queen — under the Foreign Office? They are neither foreign nor Commonwealth. They are not members of the Commonwealth in their own right. They are British overseas territories in the Commonwealth only via
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Anguilla and the other colonies in the
The Colonial Office replaced the Privy Council committee in 1768. It ran the colonies in the
As an aside, it seems to me that the philosophy behind the merger was straightforward. Those were the days when, as it was said, “Wogs begin at
British attitudes have changed. They do not think that way or speak that way any longer. [I sometimes think that we in the colonies learned from them too well. Many of the older ones among us, those over 30 years of age, still hold tenaciously to our juvenile race prejudices and fear of the foreigner. We think it make us culturally superior to those mongrel British who now promiscuously treat with all those foreigners. Little do we realise that it is just old-fashioned and outdated British race prejudice that we are aping.] As is so often the case with mimic-men, as Naipaul calls us, the original source of the behaviour has long changed, but we remain zombie-like, our prejudices frozen in the colonial past.
But, back to the main point. It is time for the
And, as an aside, is it not remarkable that they have their parliamentary and committee debates up on their website on the same day?