Thom Cross says that the UK has obligations in the Caribbean it should not shirk, Colin Burke argues that companies who base themselves for tax purposes in the Virgin Islands should cough up funds for reconstruction, and Richard Coates says that the navy’s new aircraft carrier should be put to use

We should all reflect with deep sympathy on the circumstances imposed on the people of the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma and seek ways to contribute to disaster relief (Report, 12 September).

In the Caribbean deadly and destructive hurricanes are almost an annual phenomenon at this time of year. Yet despite major improvements in forecasting, disaster management and higher levels of construction standards, we are still witnessing tragic outcomes.

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