Alister Thomas, United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City West, is is weighing in, with regret, on Tuesday’s Privy Council decision.
The country’s highest court ruled in favour of the Government in an appeal brought by Barbuda MP Trevor Walker and McKenzie Frank, who had challenged the Paradise Found Act, 2015.
Thomas, like his political leader, Harold Lovell, sympathizes with the people of Barbuda and also pledges to stand in solidarity with them.
Thomas, a vocal advocate for the rights of the native-born “ancestral children,” recalls Barbudans’ pursuit of secession from Antigua, an attempt struck down by the Gaston Browne Administration in Parliament last year.
The Barbudans have already made it clear that they will not be deterred by the Court’s ruling and have hinted that they may pursue other avenues to maintain their communal way of life.