I wish to share with the Bermuda community that the British Government provided to the country of Montserrat during the volcanic crisis of 1995 to 1997 an amount of £350 million (about $457 million).
The British Government also provided an amount of £246.6 million to build an airport in St Helena, a small island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic.
The British Government financed the airport! A report on this, published in March 2012, can be located at http://www.fco.gov.uk.
In a published report dated November 19, 2005, it was stated by the former Minister of Finance, Bob Richards, that the proposal to build a new airport for Bermuda using the Canadian Commercial Corporation and Aecon would cost Bermuda $249 million and take 40 months to complete construction.
Additionally, Aecon would have a concession agreement to operate the airport for the next 30 years.
The latter was pushed down the throats of Bermudians, who had no say in this matter.