Submitted by Nomen Nescio
Roy Morris is back and his gun turns up.
On August 20 at 9.50 a.m. staff at the Nation Newspaper were informed via intercom that there would be a general staff meeting at 10 a.m. that same morning. Imagine ten minutes notice of a general staff meeting. Why not inform staff the day before? Anyway at 10 a.m. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nation, Harold Hoyte, informed staff that former Associate Managing Editor Roy Morris will be returning to the Nation as Editor-in-Chief from September 16. Harold really knows how to do things. Now the very people that this would affect, the editors, sub-editors and reporters, were not present at the meeting when Harold made his announcement, because of the short ten minutes notice of the meeting and also because most newsroom staff don’t arrive early since they work late into the evening.
Anyway Harold proceeded to tell the staff present that there are some who will not support the return of Roy (nuh wonder he hide and announce it to non-newsroom staff), but it was the decision of Board of Directors and he stood by the decision. Basically he was doing like former Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford did in the 1990s – saying like it or lump it. Hoye told staff that following advertisement of the position, Morris applied and after an interview process was chosen as the man for the job. Well if wunnuh think that Roy would just ups and apply for this job because he saw an advertisement in the Nation, wunnuh need wunnuh heads examining. Adults should leave lying to children. Roy had already told the staff of Barbados Today that Harold had called him and made the offer. Anyway Harold knows how to fool the staff at the Nation. He is notorious for crying, back in the days when he was Editor-in-Chief, when the Nation had to lay off staff. And wunnuh know they had some foolish bitches that would cry with Harold, including some uh those going home. But that for another occasion.
Nomen Nescio has learned that this return of Morris is not as transparent as Harold would like people to believe. This ent only about advertising and circulation numbers. It seems as though those Barbados Labour Party investors in the Nation think it is time to turn up the heat on the ruling DLP and they think Morris is the man for the job. I know I’m going to disappoint some of you, like Plantation Deeds, who think Roy is this fearless journalist and that he does let the chips fall where they will. But let me tell you all something when Roy was at the Nation no reporter could have written anything negative about Simpson Motors. Cause when Debbie call down there it is either suspension or go home. So yes the Bees on the Board think it is time for Hardball. Let me inform wunnuh that the last two general elections Roy worked for the BLP’s publicity campaign. In the February 2013 election he was the one who designed and managed the BLP’s blog. Well after Harold did his little song and dance, oh yea he’s good at it.
Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, in her no nonsense manner, told the staff that there were some conditions surrounding Roy’s return and that there will be zero tolerance. She also told staff that if they have any complaints when Roy is back, feel free to approach her. I guess she meant that if Roy makes any passes at any of the women feel free to report it. Mrs. Gittens I take my hat off to you. I would like to meet you and give you a kiss. You are the only one willing to stand up and be counted. That hypocrite Harold Hoyte couldn’t care less if Roy pull off one of the female’s panties in the newsroom in full view of all, once the paper mekking money. I forgive Haorld cause I guess when you ent too adept at something you does give others who skilled at it a big slap on the back. Yuh know Errol Barrow say Bajans got short memories. For those who are puzzled don’t forget Roy, who is known in Fontabelle as ‘Doggie’ Morris, because of his insatiable appetite for young slim ladies, especially interns.
He was on August 14, 2007 arrested and charged with rape of a teenage girl who was an intern at the Nation. Remember the girl reported that Roy had pulled his licence firearm (I nearly said weapon but I don’t think he got nuh licence for that weapon) and put it on the dashboard, we guess in an effort to intimidate her into giving in to him. Afterwards many people were wondering if the police had taken away the firearm from Roy since it was alleged to have been used in the commission of a crime. Well life has many ironies. The firearm has finally appeared. At the same time that Harold Hoyte was sneakily telling a handful of Nation staffers that Roy was returning in September, Morris son Rafiq was appearing in court on gun, ammunition and assault charges. He was later remanded to Dodds. I know a lot of you does don’t believe Nomen Nescio so wunnuh could read it on page 22A of the Nation dated August 21, 2013, headlined Teen face gun charge.
Well as the story goes young Rafiq had some issues with one of his friends checking his girlfriend so he went into Roy’s bedroom and took up Roy’s firearm and went off and confronted his friend. I leave the rest for the court. But all along we were wondering if the police had taken away Roy’s gun, well we know now compliments of Rafiq the firearm was still in Roy’s possession. Ain’t life funny. Wuh even when a police officer is suspended he or she has to hand in their service firearm. And here is a guy who has been accused of using a gun in a crime he was charged with and the police ent tek way the gun from him. That is when yuh got big-up friends in the police force. Now tell me who would have been at fault if Rafiq had shot his friend and killed him. Yes Roy for not safeguarding the gun, but also the police for letting him keep it after it was allegedly use in the commission of a crime. Don’t forget the rape case ent done yet since it was adjourned sine die – which means without a date.
If it is one thing I always admired Roy for was his zero tolerance attitude when it came to certain things like the ZRs and the shite they does do. He really went too far with his zero tolerance when he put those two school teenagers necking and making out in Queen’s Park. I would prefer any day my 17 year old son to be necking he little teenage girlfriend in the park than he looking to shoot he friend. Still I encourage the blogs to pray for Roy. He like he need a good old Bajan bush bath. Boy trouble don’t set up like rain yuh.