Petition Update

Sadly we must announce that our Petition for recognition of Jamaica as a priority country was rejected in the Scottish Parliament in February as the Scottish Government said it did not have the funds to extend its development funding to additional countries. Although we got a very positive reception from the Holyrood Petitions Committee in December 2015 we cannot hide our disappointment at this outcome. However we also note that Scottish Government Minister for InternationalDevelopment Humza Yousaf MSP hosted a community consultation last month precisely on the issue of extending the number of countries being given development assistance. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/i…/meeting-global-challenges This indicates that the Scottish Government may well be thinking about expanding the list of eligible countries! You can be assured that Flag Up will not let this matter rest....

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica Petition Presented At Scottish Parliament

Three representatives from Flag Up Scotland Jamaica – Graham Campbell, Ish Lennox and David Pott were at a meeting of the Petitions Committee at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday December 19th.  They presented the petition, the focus of which was “to urge the Scottish Government to create a formal bilateral partnership with Jamaica and make it a Priority Country for trade and international development, as a means of acknowledging that trade with Jamaica has contributed significantly to the foundations of economic growth and prosperity in Scotland and recognising that Scotland should now seek to advance the prosperity of Jamaica.” The Petition Committee meetings are televised and our presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zloco-Yepg0 starting after 1 hour and 19 minutes of that meeting and it lasts for just 16 minutes. We are glad to report that the petition was well received.  The Committee agreed to forward the petition for further consideration to the Scottish Government and the Cross-Party Group on the Caribbean.  They will also write to local authorities to find out if any of them have existing connections with Jamaica which we are not aware of. It is likely that we will be asked to return for a further meeting after we hear back from the Government and the Cross-Party...

FUSJ Petition Goes Before Parliament Committee

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica’s petition to the Scottish Parliament closed on the 20th November. We have been given the opportunity to present the petition to the Petitions Committee at the parliament at 11am tomorrow, the 15th December. The text of the petition can be found here  http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01585 You can watch the events from 11.00 by going to http://www.scottishparliament.tv/ and selecting committee room...

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica Petition Receives National Press Attention

The launch of the Flag Up Scotland Jamaica petition to the Scottish Parliament has received attention from the National Press.  Both The Herald and The Scotsman featured articles on the petition with The Herald outlining the aims of the petition and The Scotsman looking at the historic and more recent links between the two countries.  The articles can be found here Herald Article   Scotsman Article The petition to the Scottish Parliament can be found...

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica Launches Petition to Scottish Parliament

This morning Flag Up Scotland Jamaica launched a petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to create a formal bilateral partnership with Jamaica, making it a Priority Country for trade and international development as a means of acknowledging that trade with Jamaica has contributed significantly to the foundations of economic growth and prosperity in Scotland and recognising that Scotland should now seek to advance the prosperity of Jamaica. The petition has the support of Anne McLaughlin, MP for Glasgow North East and Sir Geoff Palmer, Jamaican Professor Emeritus at Heriot Watt University. Scotland has many links with Jamaica and these begin with Scottish prisoners of war from the Battle of Dunbar and the Jacobite Rebellions being exiled to Jamaica.  Later many Scots came to make their fortunes in the slave economy.  The consequence is that there is a greater frequency of Scottish surnames in Jamaica than in countries like Canada or New Zealand.  A large number of place names in Jamaica are Scottish and include Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Elgin, Roxborough and Culloden.  More recently in 1962, a Scottish missionary in Jamaica, William McGhie was responsible for the inclusion of the saltire in the Jamaican flag. The petition highlights that between 1760 and 1830 the Scottish economy grew from one of the weakest in Europe to becoming one of the most powerful.  Profits were made from vast amounts of Jamaican sugar as the old sugar sheds that still exist in Greenock today testify.  Other industries in Scotland profited in unexpected ways.  The import of linen to clothe slaves in Jamaica increased tenfold between 1765 and 1795.  Recent...

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica Calls Press Conference

Flag Up Scotland Jamaica has called a press conference for tomorrow, 12th October, at 10.00 am at The Wild Olive Tree Cafe, 163 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2JX.  All are welcome to attend.  The press conference will be the official launch of our petition to the Scottish Parliament.  The petition calls upon the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to acknowledge that trade with Jamaica contributed significantly to the foundations of economic growth and prosperity in Scotland during the industrial revolution.  As a response to this, the petition also wants the Scottish Government to recognise a moral obligation to advance the prosperity of Jamaica and to declare Jamaica as a Priority Country for Scotland in terms of trade and development....