Hard for some to believe, but many people are happier without the outside interventions of other, wealthier, better armed societies.
Smugly insisting everyone needs to live like onesself, even in the face of the other community's wishes against it, is colonialism plain and simple.
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Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 7:39 am
Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] A rapid pace of change
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Caroline Gaden" <cagaden@...>
They have wanted an airport for many years, otherwise they will continue to sink into economic and population decline. The airport will bring jobs, people, fresh thoughts and economic growth. Welcome to the 21st Century! I am sure some people will look back to the "Good Old Days". Most young people won't!
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From: "caulton@..." <caulton@...>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:10:03
To: Caroline Gaden<cagaden@...>; <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] A rapid pace of change
It's sad that it has to start with blatant tourism, hotels, re-zoning. Sounds like they feel about to be colonized all over again.
In recent weeks we have talked about landing on St Helena by ship. The
British government has agreed that an airport is to be built, signed the
contract, and annual visitor numbers are expected to go from 900 to
30,000. Here is a comment from a friend who lives on the Island ....
there is obviously great fear about the rapid pace of change and
Islanders no longer being allowed to build houses for the family
members... it is a tradition on the island that young people, with help
of family and friends, build their own homes... most people have a
'trade' used within the building industry even if it's not their 'main job.'
All the best
"WE are almost all apprehensive about the airport except for business
people, I suppose - everything is so unplanned, there are so many
conditions which have to be fulfilled in such a short time, indirect
taxation means the poorer members of the community suffer and now they
are trying to re-zone land, so that some 60 islanders cottages would go
into the Green heart and so prevent them building on their own land, for
children, while the Shelco hotel complex is allowed on 400 acres of
Green heart on a wirebird breeding site, beef cattle grazing, main water
source for the area and of course a Boer Camp site. Not only the hotel
and golf course but 175 villas!! (3-storey)
There is a lot of concern about the pace of change and soon we will have
300 migrant workers descending to make a start, so we must make this
Xmas season special with our families as it will all change. I am really
depressed about it. I had hoped we could become a World Heritage Site
quickly to protect the island's uniqueness, but too late."