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Are Caribbean governments leading by example in these tough economic times?

That’s the question BBC Caribbean is asking in light of Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s decision to cut his salary by 15 per cent.

In Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning says his country is “more difficult to govern now”, and as a consequence, reducing his salary was not being considered. Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, responding to an opposition call, has said he will consider a pay cut by 10 per cent for his government.

But Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson thinks that pay cuts are not an option.

Recently Prime Minister Skerrit made an announcement, saying that his government is cutting down on number of public servants traveling aboard, in an effort to reduce government spending in this global recession. How ironic, when the PM is one the “public servants” who travels the most. But that whole other story by itself.

What do you think? Should Dominican leaders take a pay cut given the current economic circumstances? Have you say in the comments.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has been discussing the issue of Jamaicans living abroad with dual nationality, on the basis that there is a potential of “conflict of interest” for Jamaicans MPs who might have to pass legislation against the interest of another nation for which they might also hold citizenship.

This comes from a recent court ruling made by the Jamaica Labour party, disqualifying an MP from the party on the ground that he had dual nationality.

BBC Caribbean reports, that this isn’t the first time the issue has come up for Caribbean Governments. Islands such as St kitts/ Nevis, Grenada, St Lucia, Guyana, and Trinidad – as all gone down this similar road. Where people in the diaspora holding dual nationality were disqualified to run for public office on the potential of “conflict of interest” to the citizenship they hold.

What do you think:

Do you think Dominica should create some type of legislation that will disqualify Dominicans in the Diaspora holding dual nationality, to run for public office?

Have you say in the comments.

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