13 November, 2009
I get really angry when I read an uninformed tourism promotion article about
Anguilla. If you are a real Anguillian, visit this stupid article. In the breathless prose we expect from tourism industry advertising hacks, we are invited to “succumb to this island’s charms.” There follows all the usual rubbish about “crystal clear turquoise waters”.
Perhaps the most annoying part of the article is the nonsense about The People. Apparently, our island policies have resulted in a prosperous population in
Anguilla with a good education system and a proud heritage. Yuck! Yuck! For those of us on the front line, the one thing you notice in our schools is how totally uneducated our school population is. There is no good education system “with a proud heritage” in Anguilla. Our graduating children can hardly read or write. That is a fact. As for the prosperous population, I have a few unemployed friends I would like to introduce you to.
The author blithely reports that there is only one criminal in
Anguilla, and he has been caught. She writes that the last crime wave in Anguilla involved one young person who was responsible for a few break-ins and minor thefts that were a challenge to the island’s reputation. His arrest, and the community’s disapproval, served as a lesson to anyone with similar intent. Please, I want to puke! Who fed this author on free meals and drinks?
This would be embarrassing if it was written by a blogger. But it was published by Macleans. This is the Time Magazine of Canada. It is embarrassing and unprofessional, and the author does not spel so good either!
The only thing that makes sense in the article is the advice that “if you don’t arrive on your own yacht or your own jet, you’ll have to travel via St Maarten”. I can only conclude that Donna must be doing a great job of promoting our subsidized, very expensive, alternative transportation to