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Jamaicans say "we should have remained a British colony"

Jamaica celebrates 50  years of independence this year.  But the government says it wants to go further and it's calling for a complete break with Britain.  

Right now, it's a "commonwealth realm," like Canada, with the Queen as its monarch and head of state.

But Jamaica's plans to re-invent itself as a republic, come as surveys show most people aren't enjoying independence, and wish their country had  remained a colony. 

Bit of a patriotic paradox really.  One that's weighing on the anniversary preparations, as Dispatches contributor Nick Davis discovered after dropping in on a musician who's marking it with music.  

Nick's dispatch

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