The George Brathwaite Column – We are not Safe

George C. Brathwaite

George C. Brathwaite

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass.

Many of the events occurring over the last few weeks, together tell a sad story of my Barbados. It now seems placidly clear that Barbados is precariously lodged on the edge of a cliff – waiting either to be quickly saved or pushed to the point of no return. Unfortunately, it is with recurring regularity that Barbadians are experiencing incredible tragedy and life-altering trauma instead of promised safety and prosperity.

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4 Comments on “The George Brathwaite Column – We are not Safe”

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 15, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

    Even if the demise of the ship was due to an engineering fault, the captain, if he survives, becomes the key suspect. It is situation where, more often than not, he is blamed and subsequently fired and charged for the lost of property and life even if mechanical failure significantly contributed to the sinking or run a ground of the ship.

    The state of Barbados, therefore, must be adjudicated on the basis that its many ”feel safes” were categorically and systematically removed under captains who were elected to be craftsmen of our fates.

    Their policies and lack thereof either instil the accumulative effect of a well-managed system or, subsequently, conveyed a gross representation of neglected social keys, crucial to maintaining stability and order.

    The crossroads that we now find ourselves at, i.e. shame, blame, disrespect for law and authority, rising crime, a weak economy, and political uncertainty, are all signs and symptoms that testify to a lack of strong governance and sensible policies.

    The future was considered only in what the present undertook. So it became marred by myopic thinkers and their unrealistic pursuits, many of which, were staged to ensure significant returns on investments consented.

    At the heart of the selfish decisions made was the sacrifice of the proper development of a nation. Now we are holding on to the dismay that trumpets the adage that says, ”where there is no vision the people perish.” And, when people start to perish, the heart of a nation becomes broken with fear of what will happen next.


  2. Gabriel June 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM #

    To the mature among the citizenry who have experienced the management of resources as a guide to human conduct,it is clear to all but those who cannot or do not want to see,that Stuart is so out of his depth in guiding the affairs of this country,not last year,not yesterday,It has always been his modus operandi to pass the buck and see himself as a cut above the rest……of the mob of incompetents that is the cabinet of Barbados.

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  3. Well Well & Consequences June 15, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    SSS…on closer analysis…this is a life altering power play between Maloney, his ilk, the politicians and MPs…Bizzy et al need to assert their domination of the politicians and government ministers they bribe, taking their stranglehold on the island to another level….because of all the years of online exposure, the politicians are wary, elections is around the corner and that is the only time the politicians need the majority people,….but herein lies the rub, Maloney et al want what they want now, they can’t wait until after elections, besides the bribes have already been paid, it’s just the campaign financing left, but the politicians do not want to take the chance, too many eyes watching too much internet exposure…but Malonry dont care about thrir problems he has deadlines to meet.

    The one saving grace for the people is that the politicians and business people are all vulnerable because of complicity and knowledge they all have of the other’s corruption, money laundering, gun running and drug dealing….the shit can all come apart at anytime, it just needs a couple people to release the information ….just a little nudge.


  4. Alvin Cummins June 15, 2016 at 1:07 PM #

    George: “…placidly clear” ? Kindly explain. I have other issues with your article but this comes first. Dos mean “Pellucid”? Typo?


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