The Intrusion At Nicole’s Vigil

RIP Nicole Harrison-Watson

The murder of  Nicole Harrison-Watson remains fresh in the minds of Barbadians, and in particular the Ferniehurst community. When death comes to a young person, Nicole was 37, it always seems to twist our emotions.

To the credit of Nicole’s friends, neighbours and workmates her death galvanized them to stage a vigil to her memory. It was meant to be an occasion for friends to remember her by creating a serene atmosphere in the community which knew her best. It did NOT happened as planed much to the chagrin of those from the neighbourhood.

Unfortunately the political candidates for St. Michael North West Messrs Sinckler and Nicholls, along with the CP and UDC fraternity intervened, and in the process annoyed a community which only wanted to express its grief. Those present got to hear the expressions of disgust which were targeted mainly at Sinckler. What the night’s event exposed was the inability of some who should know better to demonstrate a required level of emotional intelligence. The vigil was not a time to be perceived as trying to secure political  mileage. This is not to say Nicole was not known to Sinckler or Nicholls. The nature of this event required the politicos to step back and let the community do what communities are suppose to do.

Why the hell should Sinckler have to chaired the vigil? Why did the BLP candidate feel constrained to write a note to persuade Sinckler to give him a chance to say a few words? The people who organised the event barely made it to the late Nicole’s porch to say a few words, and only did so at the insistence of the BLP candidate. Why should such insensitivity had to be demonstrated at such an event?

It is the community now that Nicole has gone who will have to lend support to her family. To usurp the role of the community has only served to disrupt a process which is better placed to provide comfort to the family. What was the value in making such an announcement except to engage in cheap politicking?

The large crowd would have been impressed by Sinckler’s ability to quote the bible, well done!  BU understands Sinckler is a Christian.

14 thoughts on “The Intrusion At Nicole’s Vigil


  1. Men getting desperate or what? Even a solemn vigil they want to showcase themselves at. Don’t they have any respect?


  2. Politicians always acts like this at funerals. Brandford Taitt was possibly the best example of such entrenched insensitivity to family members at numerous funerals.


  3. Deryck Alleyne’s comments David were indeed very disrespectful, there is a time for where and when, thats why some people take nothing from politicians and political pimps – as a former union man he should have known better, but the union uses the people too. That was not the place to brag or embarras Nicole.

    Gregory Nicholls, spoke pretty well just a simple something

    Sinckler spoke well and yes quoted the bible, but yes also David, almost everything you have heard is true. His indeed the number 2 work for work.
    Or shold I say work for money.

    But more importantly my question is where does all the money given to the community come from?

    Oh and I hear that congrats are in order, well at least for him.


  4. We promote NISE and ask our companies private and public about the need to become people centric yet our politicians continue to operate in a self serving manner. Why accept it?


  5. Checkit-Out | May 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM |
    Politicians always acts like this at funerals. Brandford Taitt was possibly the best example of such entrenched insensitivity to family members at numerous funerals.

    And the ever grinning Marshall of St Joseph has adopted a similar style.Deliberately entering the church,during a funeral service, just before the deceased is wheeled up, grinning like a Cheshire cat,shaking peoples hands, and at the last funeral I attended, kissed a lady supporter before taking his seat in or near the section reserved for the family. But the church in general,especially the Anglican, must stop paying homage to politicians when ever they pay a visit. Christ is supposed to be the Church’s one foundation, not a sitting member of Parliament. And there is no way that any one of the clergy is able to go into any one of the Houses of Parliament and utter a single word unless, specifically invited to lead of in prayers, then why do we allow politicians to mouth off in the hallowed walls or any church.
    Politicians have no respect for the living, why should we expect them to show respect for the dead.


    • BU received the following email today which speaks to a rising disillusionment with the political directorate:

      I attended the Soca gold concert on Sunday an it was interested to note that the emcee recognised that the minister for Social care and tourism were at the function and informed the audience about their presence, however no one seemed to care since the crowed became silent for a few seconds to hear the announcement and never applauded or seemingly recognised their presence. The emcee carried on with the show. A few years ago the audience would have happily welcomed their presence. I wonder what are the implications of Bajans’ silence or stark disregard of ruling party ministers on the eve of an election?


  6. “however no one seemed to care since the crowed became silent for a few seconds to hear the announcement and never applauded or seemingly recognised their presence. The emcee carried on with the show. A few years ago the audience would have happily welcomed their presence. I wonder what are the implications of Bajans’ silence or stark disregard of ruling party ministers on the eve of an election?”
    at least this indicates that the rank and file are slowly but surely coming around to the view that politicians have outlived their usefulness and with the necessary leadership can usher in a new system of governance.in this regard,the rank and file seems to be more instructive than the vulturistic intelligentsia who are lagging for their own selfish ends. The political hangers-on needs to reminded that one day soon the pork barrel wil dry up.


  7. Within the new class known as the Negrocrats, so expertly coined by former PM Owen Arthur, there is a newer and even more dangerous underclass. It is called the Ghettocrats, a breed of politicians that were formerly poor and can now be said to belong to that new fat class of people that roam parliament, doing little and talking much, called the Fat Cats.
    Among the fat cats, that breed of animal seeking earnestly to create a society of victimhood, threatening and menacing subtly and unsubtly, who reek in unsophistication and are persons who it was felt once understood and empathized with the people in the communities in which they were born. Some of them however, though born in these communities, did not care to grace the neighbourhoods with their presence even as youth, except for the odd football game. Others, far less wise and more naive about the inner workings of society, politics and economy in their youth, did have a greater than average knowledge about the communities, their inhabitants and their needs and wants. They gave unstintingly until such time as they entered parliament and realized that this was indeed the land of milk and honey and they would drink of its fruit and the fruit of others til their hearts content while ignoring the plight of the very same classes from which they were sprung.
    These Ghettocrats reinvented the victimization ethos, using their own particular weaponry and gansterism. Their political predecessors lived by something far more sophisticated called inclusion. These ghettocrats, of gansta mentality, prefer the politics of exclusion and will lie, wield and deal and do anything to attain their devious ends. They more than Pinochet, Putin and Bin Laden and Ghadafi, take care of their families and friends, at the expense of the majority. They carry with them a clique of individuals who could be said to be steeped in the art of political white collar crimes and trickery, contriving to alter the outcomes of elections by corrupt activities and would even go as far as taking from the community that created them, their right to be properly heard and included in events such the Candlelight Vigil last week.
    The politicization of the event has everything to do with how these Ghettocrats see themselves and how they would seek to capitalize on the grief of the community. The opposition member’s push to be included is not to be denounced but applauded – or else those Ghettocrats would have indeed appeared to be the only ones doing anything. If truth be told, it is only on the rare occasion that they are seen. The murmurings in the crowd about why would these Ghettocrats (remember we are referring only to the political class that is so far removed from itself and its people that it has developed into a new kind of aristocracy which holds its community in a semi-feudal existence) would be so bold as to chair the vigil and why they would insist that it was organized by them – deserves the attention it is getting by BU.
    These Ghettocrats are the same ones who would allow the beautiful pasture created by the former MP to die , that would not give work to the people who used to take care of it,. Whatever sins of omission and commission that former MP was/is guilty of, he left a lovely pasture that was admired by all who had the privilege to walk through the neighbourhood. The Ghettocrats are so small-minded that they are running scared and would do anything to ensure their survival. Sad indictment. Barrow rise up from your grave and sink them for sullying your party and your legacy. They will not be ready for another two generations. Reason: their minds are too small, their bellies too big and their vision too narrow.
    Gone indeed is the era of yardfowlism. Here we present to you, the political Ghettocrats.


  8. You old onion ent even know how to respond with dignity or class. You are a sorry lot. A pity. Nic as I used to fondly call her was a beautiful person and if the politicians had a scrap of decency they would not have so boldy disrespected her memory. Shame on you all!!!


  9. Ms Sweetie
    Oh what guile….. you are a self proclaimed student of wha..Ghettocracy.. NOW.guilty of exactly what you have so painstakingly written….. But you know what is the dangerous part ?….. like a true politico.. the quick retort under the cloak of dignity….One only has to read to see what the true purpose of the article was all about…you be shame ..


  10. ”if the politicians had a scrap of decency ”

    Bwahahahhhahahaaa!!!!

    Sorry young lady, politicians and decency are mutually exclusive!

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