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The Moyne Commission was a waste of time. Critically discuss the view. The Moyne Commission started August 3rd 1938 and ended on February 20th 1939 which was appointed by the British Government to investigate social and economic conditions in Barbados, th

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THE BARBADOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIVISION OF COMMERCE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN ATRS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL STUDIES GOVT 101 SEMESTER 1 The Moyne Commission was a waste of time. Critically discuss the view. NAME: Aisha Browne ID NO: 19920706-0204-2010 DATE: 13TH OCT 2010 TUTOR'S NAME: MR BOBB In this essay one would seek to critically discuss the view that the Moyne commission was a waste of time .The Moyne Commission started August 3rd 1938 and ended on February 20th 1939 which was appointed by the British Government to investigate social and economic conditions in Barbados, the Leeward Islands, Jamaica, British Honduras, British Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands. This Commission sought to bring about change to the real cause of the two local populations that had caused the events of the 1930s. This commission came under great pressure from the region's middle class representatives for the type of constitutional reform that would satisfy their class designs for social and political mobility. The Royal Commission didn't ask for or recommended responsible government for the countries who are still under the control of their mother country. Nevertheless, while the Royal Commission recommended the extension of the franchise based on adult suffrage, this didn't fail to decrease the power of the local governors who were over the executive in the colonies and trusteeship was therefore the prevailing British attitude (Cynthia Barrow-Giles,p.79). The adult suffrage was extremely significant because even for the first time the underclass was now included in the decision making process. ...read more.

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In many colonies, the movement towards a member of the class of farm labourers and small farmers made balance progress and was closely involved, both as cause and effect, with the introduction of new crops. This Commission of Walter Edwards, Baron Moyne, as chairman and nine others including Sir Walter Citrine, Secretary if the British Trade Union Congress and Professor Frank Engledow who had only recently undertaken a study of agriculture in the British West Indies. For a period of nine months, the Commission took formal evidence, oral and written, from individuals and groups including many large delegations in Britain and the West Indies. In addition to the formal evidence, the Commission created on the spot investigation of conditions in housing, agriculture, hospitals, schools, prisons, factories, clocks, lunatic and leper asylums, orphanages and land settlements. This Royal Commission as we see touched all aspects of British West Indian society. The Commission realized that the problems of the West Indies were essentially economic with harsh depression in industry showing itself in widespread unemployment in the county and countryside and in weak public finances which created government unable to take remedial action to better the conditions. The Commission attached great importance to the subject of health and begged the unification of the medical service of the colonies in order to promote efficiency and to attract able professionals. According to the economic aspects of the commission, the early settlement of the West Indies was undertaken with the object of suing them as sources of valuable tropical products, such as spices, sugar and logwood. ...read more.

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sugar industry, and there was the introduction of holidays with pay and also the creation of a Wages Board which I mentioned earlier to regulate the wages of shop assistants and significant amendments to the Trade Union Act. Last but not least there was the building of roads, expanding water facilities, the building of secondary schools which I also mentioned awhile to and the grating of old pension. Over in the country of Trinidad during 1941, eight secondary schools and five primary schools were constructed. Dr. Eric Williams stated that agricultural diversification that took place was to reduce the dependence on monoculture and agrarian reform programs to supply the masses with some form of land. Conclusively, as argued by G.K. Lewis in his text The Growth of the Modern West Indies, the decade of the 1930's can be regarded as the watershed in the history of the British West Indies, and not only did the events of the 1930s and their aftermath accelerate the pace of constitutional and socio-economic development but they also signaled to the attack on the entire structure of colonial administration and society. The 1930s therefore saw the emergency of the modern West Indies. As I conclude the Moyne Commission which is also known as the Royal Commission was not a waste of time because it showed how it benefitted many caribbean countries. It includes the improvement of the trade unions, it allows the Caribbean countries to access foreign investors and it improves the political decision-making process. ...read more.

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