Over the past months readers to Barbados Free Press have read the comments of Minister Lynette Eastmond and William Duguid MP. In fact William Duguid unlike his colleague has put in an appearance on BU! Many of us who read the Barbados blogs have commended the two for their willingness to communicate with Barbadians in the virtual world. We commend them because it is not easy facing a barrage of comments from people who operate from a position of anonymity. It is with regret that we have learned from a source that a gag order has been imposed on the two. Is this action familiar? Do you remember when David Thompson picked up the ruins of the DLP, the remnant of a leadership fight with Clyde “Malik with teeth” Mascoll? He was vilified and ridiculed for imposing strictures on the many DLPites who suffered from bouts of verbal diarrhea at the time, for example Estwick and Kellman.
The fact that the Minister and her colleague Duguid have disappeared from the web is understandably not making a news spalsh in Barbados because the traditional press is comfortable with being traditional! Maybe the day will come soon when David Ellis, Roy Morris and company will realize that the blogs can be a friend. They need to survey the North American scene to understand how we can disseminate certain types of information in a more effective manner. An example is the Chefette story which is spreading across Barbados like a tidal wave. The politics and the agendas at play in Barbados make it impossible for the Nation newspaper, Voice of Barbados and CBC 900 to cover this story. Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press can fill the vacuum to make sure the concerns of the people are heard.
Minister Eastmond and William Duguid, if our source is wrong please show us a sign!