Submitted by Old Onions Bag
Wednesday’s proffer from the Senate to consider as source, additional revenue via punitive measures on the poor man’s barrel trade smacks of perturbation, pettifogging and pittance. A shallow deputation …a humbling for the poor and a generous ‘stimulus’ givings to affluent. How easy it is to hear of a loftiness to the tune of $600 Million in placate for mega construction magnates, and with the now ‘accustomed prissiness,’ a pitchfork for the destitute. Must we all be reminded that the barrel trade initiated out of need, sometimes even desolate hardship.
Have some forgotten from whence we came? From all humble recalls, when granny used to tell that a barrel coming from New York, ..it was a time of elations for everybody, sometimes even the neighbours. One could rest assured always, there would be inside something of sweetness and ‘muchly needed proteins and viddles’ that would have had to be done without for reasons of affordability in one’s homeland. Even a $2 Salvation Army happy pants (checkered) that would be proudly worn to the next upcoming school fair, a 10lb Spam ham to ease on the souring meat loaf and baloney,..a couple of t-shirts for Sis with shiny sequin. Much needed tings and more tings sent from ova n away by a considerate relative from the land of Great n Plenty.
Now to hear of such ponderous and taxing plans to put an end to this now entrenched, Bajan ‘great expectation’ is nothing more than political folly coming on the eve of a recent serendipity. Pooh Pooh even poodle scoop, Friar Tuc, dare say, and not the way to go prosy. ..“more than an economy, more a society.”