MP Famous: OT’s Must Speak With One Voice

June 22, 2018

MP Chris Famous, who was in Cayman for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Forum, told a Cayman news outlet that “as British Overseas Territories, we must speak with one voice.”

Cayman 27′s website said, “When it comes to seeking changes on areas where British Overseas Territories and Great Britain disagree, like public beneficial ownership registries, Bermuda MP [Chris] Thomas Famous said there should be unity.”

“As British Overseas Territories, we must speak with one voice, we must act not willy-nilly, you doing one thing, we doing something else; we must act in one single action,” said Mr. Famous.

“Mr. Famous said such unity shows strength and as a region that’s something we may sometimes forget we possess.”

Video courtesy of Cayman 27

His comments follow after the British Parliament passed legislation which will allow the UK to order Overseas Territories to make their beneficial ownership registers publicly accessible.

A beneficial ownership register is a database of information on business owners, and while the vast majority of nations worldwide do not make theirs public, the UK does, with their register going public in 2016, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.

This matter has been discussed for years, and the Bermuda Government’s position has been that they maintain registers, provide information to official entities at request and will make the registers public when it becomes world standard, which it currently is not.

The legislation, which has been welcomed by some of the international tax campaign groups, resulted in accusations of colonialism by some of the Overseas Territories, with Premier David Burt calling it a ”return to base colonialism” and an “action that has no place in 2018,”

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  1. Mark says:

    how embarrassing. lets hope he does no more of these silly interviews and stops writing his nonsensical articles.

    • Trufth says:

      Agree. This was painful and embarrassing to listen to and watch. Stop, just stop.

  2. aceboy says:

    There are differences between the OTs, particularly in relation to our Constitution. We do NOT want to be bundled up with those territories who do not have the same protections afforded to us by virtue of our Constitution.

    Sorry Famous, I know you want us to be close to your people in St. Kitts but this is Bermuda!

    • What? No “United Islands of the Caribbean and North Atlantic”? Well, shucks ….

      • This is a product off a Historical Colonistic enviroment, European Nations benefitted from exploiting Islands either from exterminating natives and/or shipped in Africans to build up the land while the Europeans wallowed in wealth, then after they used the land and people they packed up with all the wealth they plundered and left or settled and ruled the land with an iron fist and biased policies.
        The insane espect of this is, everyone in the Caribbean (and Bermuda) will give their life for the flag to the country they were born in and are biased with each other, but forget we came on the same Slave ships and got dropped off at different islands.
        Talk about phsycological damage.

      • Clem says:

        We are in the carribean just like St Helena and the Falklands.

  3. Keep on doing the people’s mission, Famous!!
    Well done!!

  4. SMH says:

    “doing the people’s mission”

    LOL, what a bigot….easy to understand though, based on your level of education. Poor, simple thing.

  5. Stevie says:

    Famous…more like infamous. Silly comments.

  6. puzzled says:

    You voted for him.

    Enjoy your soon coming demise.

  7. cpm says:

    Can’t wait for independance with a passport from a tiny island being recognised throughout the world for free passage between countries