Category: Editorial

#BTEditorial – Far and wide went Carson Small’s Visions

The late Carson Small MBE, who died last Thursday morning, was not gifted with sight. And Barbados was all the better for it. Deprived at an early age of this vital sense, he developed one of the most uncannily sensitive abilities any human could possess. For Carson Small listened. He made listening his life’s work […]

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#BTEditorial – The judicial process needs no media flavouring

The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a tenet of both Roman and Islamic law that has remained constant throughout the ages – ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat – the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on the one who denies. And this holds true whether the […]

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#BTEditorial – We have no choice but to promote safe sex

Sometime last week the Ministry of Health issued a release through the Barbados Government Information Service which, for the most part, flew a long way beneath the radar. Barbados TODAY reported the story under the headline: Government reports dramatic rise in syphilis among pregnant women. It said the number of cases rose from an average of two a year […]

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#BTEditorial – Whither our churches?

Whether or not we like it, the conservative, genteel society of Barbados is fast disappearing. More and more we see it: the lack of courtesy, the violent manner in which we settle our conflicts, and the poor treatment of our elderly, our women and our children. We could belabour the point, but to what end? […]

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#BTEditorial – Time now for practical decisions to be made

We look once again at the task Government faces in reducing its public spending and breathing significant life into Barbados’ flagging economy. If one takes into consideration that Barbados has been in a recession for the past decade, or euphemistically speaking, not doing too well, then the Government cannot afford to play to the political gallery […]

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#BTEditorial – Baring all on breast cancer in Barbados

Last Sunday evening, when Minister of Education Santhia Bradshaw dared to bear the startling news of her breast cancer diagnosis to constituents of St Michael South East and by extension Barbadians, the impact went far beyond her stated intention to be transparent and open with her people. Her action, though described by the cynical as […]

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#BTEditorial – Soldiers marching to the right tune amid the worries

With Government already signalling the necessity to reduce the size of the public service – more than likely in compliance with the dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – thousands of public workers will be waiting anxiously to see if their respective jobs will be among those earmarked to be cut. Already the National […]

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Former Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy (left) denies claims by his successor Kerrie Symmonds (right) that the island’s cruise sector is in peril.

#BTEditorial – We want greater earnings from cruise, not a war of egos

Most of us are likely to be familiar with the phrase, lies – damn lies – and statistics, attributed to Mark Twain, who himself had attributed it to the British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli. However, not many of us are familiar with the reference by Leonard H Courtney, later Lord Courtney, in New York in […]

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Dr Anton Best

#BTEditorial – We must confront this high risk sexual behaviour 

Barbados needs to have a conversation about sex. Admittedly, it’s not a topic that most might feel free to bare all—no pun intended—but hushed silence and whispers under sheets and behind closed doors won’t help us to deal with this subject so vital to life itself. Moreover, the idea that sex is still a taboo […]

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#BTEditorial – Are we truly in this thing together?  

Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s recent indication that layoffs in the public service are imminent should come as no surprise to the Barbadian populace. Trimming recognised fat in the public service was a decision on which the former Democratic Labour Party administration dawdled though knowing that such a strategy was inevitable. Perhaps, cognizant that they were […]

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#BTEditorial – Remembering VS Naipaul

“Mr Naipaul? Are you coloured?” the prospective London landlady is reputed to have queried down the telephone line. “Hopelessly, I’m afraid,” came the world-weary voice, in a tone one imagines dripping with all the complexity and ambiguity that only VS Naipaul could meld into three words. This was 1950s London, a place that was mad, […]

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#BTEditorial – New blood for the traditional bloodsport

The still powerful and surely relevant Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has seemingly started its rebuilding process. We say “seemingly” because we acknowledge that the naming of a new president and new officers is just an initial step but the major advance of re-engaging the Barbadian public and restoring confidence within and outside the party is […]

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#BTEditorial – In support of Barbados on the Ross University issue

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is not the most popular person among the Dominican population at present, neither is Barbados high on the love scale. Since Ms Mottley announced last Friday that Barbados would be home to the American offshore medical school, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), Dominicans – and a few Barbadians – have […]

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#BTEditorial – It is time we take charge of our health

At the height of the festive Crop Over season another warning about our poor eating habits was sounded. Few probably heard or paid attention. However, it is worth repeating. “We are eating ourselves to death, and we’re expecting different results, ” cautioned Dr Anne St John as she delivered her parting speech at a Legacy […]

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#BTEditorial – Beneficial for all to embrace the Caribbean Premier League

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is once again upon us and cricket enthusiasts throughout the region and beyond are surely caught up or soon will be in the excitement that the tournament has generated since its inception in 2013. Some cricket purists weaned on traditional Test cricket still scoff at what they term fast […]

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#BTEditorial – Making Crop Over sweeter still

Whatever our differing views on Crop Over, one thing we can agree on is the widespread impact of the festival at all levels of society. The music, the fetes, the shows, the tents, the competitions, indeed the very spirit of the season, all entice us to listen, sing, dance, mingle and lighten up. Yesterday, the sweet summer […]

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#BTEditorial – Still a few more questions for Mr Lashley to answer

In Greek mythology, a Chimera is a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. It does not take a physiological or engineering genius to figure out who or what the remnants of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) regard as this monster that so brutally condemned them to relative […]

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