A death in Antigua

Darcus Howe, writing (2 December) on Tim Hector's death in Antigua, celebrates the life of a ferocious adversary of the neocolonial Caribbean. No Caribbean ex-colony of Britain, except perhaps Barbados, has established the liberalism of a two-party social-democratic tradition. A 500-year tradition of aggressive obscurantism has degraded and destroyed indigenous radical critics. Tim was pushed into collaborating with the triumphalist philistinism of contemporary Antiguan political culture. Heaven knows the pressures that broke him.

Garry Burton
London N18

This article first appeared in the 09 December 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Why the French call us Londonistan