Not many people can boast that their birth certificate is the country’s constitution. Billy Herbert was one. But, he has now passed on. James Woodley was another. But, he has passed on too. I wonder how many of us are left.
I am a Kittitian by birth. St Kitts is my native island. I had grown up in Trinidad and
The Anguilla Revolution took place in 1967. At that time, I was a student in
Five years later, in August 1976, the Executive Council of Anguilla consisted of Ronald Webster, Emile Gumbs, Idalia Gumbs, and Albena Lake-Hodge. They invited me to come to
In 1980, the Peoples’ Action Movement of
One problem was what to do with the many Anguillians who had chosen to work and to spend the rest of their lives in St Kitts. Would they suddenly become foreigners? And, the Kittitians such as Billy and myself who lived and worked in
And, so we got section 4(3) of the
“If a person who was born in St. Christopher or in Nevis before 19th December 1980 is ordinarily resident in Anguilla, having been so resident since that date, he shall be treated for the purposes of section 80(2) of the Constitution as if he had been born in Anguilla.”
Section 80(2) of the Constitution is the section that provides who is an Anguillian belonger. It reads:
“(2) For the purposes of this Constitution a person shall be regarded as belonging to
(a) is a
(i) who was born in
So it is that I can claim with pride that the Anguilla Constitution Order is my Anguillian birth certificate. My birthday is the 19th December 1980. As I recall, twenty-eight is a good age to be!
Being born in