Prime Minister: Excuse Me While I Light My Spliff!

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

Excuse me while I light my spliff.

Oh, God, I gotta take a lift.

From reality I just can’t drift.

That’s why I am staying with this riff.

– Bob Marley

I do not smoke. I am not a smoker. The first and last time a real cigarette touched my lips, I near choked to death and that was the end of that. However, despite my disclaimer, I am willing to light up a spliff.

The fore mentioned was my opening paragraph prior to viewing a disturbing video that was posted on the Barbados Underground, evidence of Police brutality – The Brutality of the Royal Barbados Police Force, with video. I saw a shirtless young man lying on a stretcher, pants soiled with blood and that haunting look of near death on his face. To serve and protect does not mean becoming a predator of the poor. That video now adds to the recent occurrences in Barbadian society that if not halted will reduce it to a state of anarchy. I hope such glaring evidence will not lead to someone seeking revenge, taking the law into their own hand as society continues to lose faith in the delivery of its just actions. The evidence is building.

How many of you have read of the court case that was reported in Barbados Today on July 2, 2016 in which a man who light up a spliff and threw it away as the police approached was charged $350.00 for the possession of that spliff? I wondered what the fine would have been if he had 2 spliffs. As I read it, I again got sick and tired of being sick and tired of what has been happening regarding the use of marijuana for the past 35 or more years. Then there was another case in which a hungry man stole food and was given 6 months in jail. The punishments just do not fit the crimes.

The recent reports of the Attorney General announcing the granting of bail to a policeman who was on remand for murder, adds to my observation. He spoke a few days before the officer was released on bail. He wanted to let us know what would happen. It was a testament to the fact that we have political bullies in Parliament who exert their power to get the things they want accomplished. We will never know the extent of his involvement in influencing the judge to grant bail. A lot has been said on the topic that I do not wish to regurgitate but I wonder why the AG was so enlightened that former police officer should be on bail, and never voiced his opinion when people who steal food are sent to jail, or stated that it is a waste of the court’s time even to hear a case of a person carrying a spiff or that the government has never found any concrete evidence why the use of marijuana remains criminalized.

What is even more disturbing is that the Chief Justice has not raised his voice in the matter which in now in the public domain. Yet his silence is no great surprise since he has been operating as an incompetent from day one. It begs the question is the Attorney General and by extension the ruling administration running the show in Law Courts and in enforcement of the law? I clearly remember when the workers of a Government Department went to clear an offending encroachment at the Villages of Coverley that a call from a Minister prevented them from taking action.

Recently, the case of the Chief Town Planner against Mark Maloney was granted a stay. It is another glaring indication that the Court system has been compromised. One hears stories about documents that go missing, files that cannot be found, tampered evidence but never before was a request made by the prosecuting attorney to have a person come to Court and he did not appear nor was any valid reason given as in this case with an outcome of a stay being granted to the offending party. If or when the case is ever called, the building next to the Flour Mill will be complete. It was left to the public to concluded that there must have been some agreement between the DPP and the Mr. Maloney. Again, the public can never be sure that there has been no interference in this case. So why is the state paying an unethical Director of Public Prosecution to be on the side of an offending party? This case has set a precedent for persons to refuse to comply with the directives of the Town and Country Planning Department.

The Court system is in shambles. It cannot guarantee a trial in a reasonable time. This is another way of guaranteeing that true justice will be denied because of the length of time it takes for the matters to be heard. Witnesses would have died or left the island. I too am aggrieved by the justice system. I have been waiting for the past 16 years to have a case resolved.

The questionable decisions in the law Courts have raised many issues involving oppression, race, class and the removal out dated laws which no longer serve the best interest of society. We also need laws that can be enforced as remedies for corruption, from the Constitution down our laws must be reexamined. In the year 2016 we simply cannot sustain a system that can only persecute the poor because drugs and guns are not imported by the poor. Well known rumors of the importers of these contraband goods are not even investigated far less have an appointment at the Law Courts.

Fifty years of independence and the Court System has been reduced to a satellite of a corrupt Parliament, with an unethical Director of Public Prosecutions and a Commissioner of Police whose hands are tied except for the execution by some of his officers of brute force towards the poor.

So where do we go from here? We must rethink this exercise of service to our country and the authority we give to caretakers on our behalf. The law and its enforcement must be honorable. It must be a privilege to serve the serve the people; to uphold and protect the rights of citizens and to do what is civil and just by them.

When all is said and done what is happening in Barbados will cause me to light up a spliff not only out of frustration or solidarity of there being no justice for the common man but more importantly because I want the people of Barbados to finally see the LIGHT. Prevent the rise of anarchy by persons taking the law into their own hands by joining me in signing the below petition to the Prime Minister. Let him know that the only consultation the people of Barbados need is on who will replace the Attorney General, the Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the policemen responsible for the above mentioned brutality. Remove the problem and the consequences will disappear. Also join the Barbados Lobby on Facebook because justice must be served!

candle Sign this Petition: OR

1. The dismissal from office of the Attorney General and the Chief Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions and the policemen responsible for brutalizing Nazim Blackett.

2. The overhauling of the Court System.

3. The decriminalization of marijuana.

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107 Comments on “Prime Minister: Excuse Me While I Light My Spliff!”

  1. Freedom Crier July 18, 2016 at 6:58 AM #

    Here is the Big Picture… This Incident and Present Chaos in America against the Police is Deliberately Instigated to cause Divisiveness to bring about Marital law!!

    Who wants total Control? Who Said he wants to Fundamentally Transform the United States of America? Who by his ploy wants to Federalize the Police force across America thereby bringing it would bring it under the Federal Governments Control, by making all police force and Sheriff’s under a Central Bureaucracy. Negating All States Rights to their own Security and Policing!

    We have enough of them including the FBI who gave a pass to ‘killery’. There would be no more publicly elected officials like the sheriff’s who have spoken out against this type of Control by a Central Authority. Removing the word United would thereby make it not a collection of States anymore, it will change what America is where each State is independent and has its own Governor.

    This is only the first salvo to remove the power of the United States to the Power of the State. Lets hope America sees pass this Ploy!



  2. Freedom Crier July 18, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    The Real Question is…

    What voices are we listening too? Socialist put the Poor against the Rich, (as in envy) Rich against Poor (as in Crony Capitalism), Women against Men, (as in Feminist movement) Black against White, (as in Stoking Racism) and White against Black (as in KKK) that was Created by Democrats. Portraying Reason against Faith, (as in Secularism), like the move towards removing the Governess of God from His Creation.

    Continuing on, Death against Life (as in Abortion versus no Criminal Executions for committing for murder with intent). Error against Truth, (as in Blatant lying (saying “if you have insurance, you can keep it, if you have a doctor you can keep your doctor…”) Class Against Class, Party Against Party, Country against Country…

    Hear what Sheriff Clarke Has to say on the matter…


  3. Well Well & Consequences July 18, 2016 at 9:25 AM #

    There are organizations in the US trying really hard with young black and hispanic men. The city and state and fed must also play their part….rid the place of guns, better training for officers..


  4. Well Well & Consequences July 18, 2016 at 9:33 AM #

    Not all parents can afford to pay for this very expensive university course. My last daughter did hers when it was a relatively new program at university 6 years ago, if these programs can be funded in high risk countries like the US…..and also in opportunity starved islands in the Caribbean, the young folk take to it like ducks to water.

    Give the young black males and females positive opportunities and they will excel.


  5. ac July 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    The reality being that pictures are effective in sending messages both positive and negative most would look at the picture of the policeman and son and be moved with alarm and sympathy reactions towards the family which can generate sufficient action towards a remdy against the ongoing violence demonstrated by tragedy
    The deranged or mentally disturbed or even those who are hardcore radicals would closed their minds to the damage and negative effect which has caused hurt and suffering to the families and society from the senseless murders
    Yes pictures are every effective in sending messages suffice to say that those who post pictures on social media or news outlet should understand the high level of responsibilty attached and necessary to self when posting the pictures and should leave nothing to chance or take for granted that there is no risk of disadvatange when seen by the public and should take into account all those precautionary measures that would not aggiate !irrate! the disturb mind to cause more harm or danger to innocent lives ..but should proceed by way of caution and sensitivity to avoid blood and mayhem


  6. Freedom Crier July 18, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

    Listen From Someone Who Understood Why The Right To Bear Arms is Crucial in a Society!


  7. Alvin Cummins July 18, 2016 at 5:12 PM #

    @Freedom Crier,
    There seems to be a common thread (an unscientific assertion) running through the shooter in Dallas, and the policeman that shot three in Baton Rouge, they were both former soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Is it possible that the indoctrination received as part of their training, as well as a reaction to what they had to do, has so affected their reasoning that they have lost the ability to be rational? We wait for further evidence.
    Well Well, the Sam Lord’s Project has started (B’dos Today said so.) Check it out.
    By the way, to you and Heather, what is “compulsory” about smoking a spliff?


  8. Freedom Crier July 18, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

    @ Alvin it is good to query that is how we receive answers.

    Skills learned in the American Military especially As a Marine will be sought after by any Organization bent on Mayhem!

    What Organizations were these Assassins Affiliated with?


  9. David July 18, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

    Many of these well trained soldiers return from tour of duty and are expected to flip burgers at Berger King, they are made to feel inadequate. The issues are complex. What is the story with the Baton Rouge guy?



  10. ac July 18, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

    one must realised that most of american men have gone to war and the possibly of their minds being mentality disturbed is reality , There is a saying that there are more mental patiebnts on the outside that are in the mental institutions which might be true in america/s case Having said that how does one explain the shooting of children by other students at various schools across america . Why dont we call a spade a spade americais a nation of gun toting happy trigger people living on the edge of fear, Unfortunately the assassination of the police officers and the endless killing of of black men at the hands of police officers have awaken all to a reality one that can no longer be rationalizes that not only segments of americas society are violent


  11. Hants July 18, 2016 at 6:18 PM #

    @ David,

    The man was trained to kill and was a marine for 5 years.

    He did what he was trained to do in Iraq and Afghanistan not in the USA.

    Clearly he did not get proper “treatment” when he returned from war and slipped through the cracks.


  12. Well Well & Consequences July 18, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    Alvin…why do I need to check out the Sam Lord’s project. .I do not need employment there, you are the one should be telling me how many bajans have been employed there….so far.

    I never mentioned anything about compulsory and marijuana in the same sentence, as a matter of fact, I never mentioned marijuana at all in any of my post to this link.

    Ya better get a PET scan….things ain’t looking so rosy if ya hallucinating Alvin.


  13. Colonel Buggy July 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM #

    This s*** has been happening since the Americans found an easy way to swell its ranks with black cannon fodder. The Buffalo Soldiers, World Wars 1 and 2, and all the other many conflicts around the world involving the US military. Take the blacks out of the ghettos in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, push a gun and a hand grenade in their hands, take them overseas and brainwashed them that they are going to free the oppressed and disadvantaged people in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada , etc etc. Mission accomplished, and when these “Veterans” return home , its them who are in need of being rescued from the blatant US oppression
    But why settle for a lowly policeman, when you can be a big game hunter, and go for the very people who have really kept the blacks in their places since before July 4 ,1776.


  14. Well Well & Consequences July 18, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    Hants…there is something very wrong with those who were deployed to the middle east, even if they were not in combat zones, trust me, one of my sons went twice years ago, they are never the same and obviously the treatment upon return, has a lot to be desired.

    Throw in all the stress of the system which needs a radical upgrade….and ya got disaster.

    Was chatting to a friend in NY today, white dude, staunch republican….and people are very concerned…I am surprised that the majority are not voicing their disenchantment with the lazy ass people in congress who still continue to ride on a constitution from the 1700s… the information age, this is ugly….the lazy congress people are on vacation, so things will get worse, before they get better….stay in Canada…lol….my buddy is planning to cross the border.


  15. pieceuhderockyeahright July 18, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

    There is a melody that plays in the ole man head as I read these last few entries.

    “I thirst but never quench, I know the consequence, feeling like I do” Earth Wind and Fire.

    It is said to be like a fire that satiates the soul, de ole man doan know, dem this bout death mongers are only hollywood pictures but just for a while we can consider that to be a plausible denominator in the equation.

    Couple that with some other things and well well there might be consequences of the type that the USofA is experiencing now.

    Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you:
    But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.

    Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I:
    But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by.

    The writing is on the wall and has been on the wall for quite some time.

    This will be interpreted by some as “hopelessness” – birthed of post traumatic stress and the indoctrination of war by a powerful subliminal message delivery system that can be triggered remotely, others will speak of it as a faction that seeks to stir up strife and fear and despair and distrust in the current administration and their successor apparent, and others will just see it as simple men who have said “Enough is Enough” I prefer to die free than live a slave.

    This wind of discontent has been blowing for a lonnnnnng time across the face of the earth.

    Few hear it, fewer feel it and even less “see” it

    We live in our own caves, devoid of any real contact with anyone around us “so how are your doing?” is even less than a greeting, it is empty, hollow, like “May GOD Bless you to the atheist, and the empty prayers of fellows like Durant and Joseph.

    Many of us cannot see the signs of apathy and emptiness that is creeping across the country.

    For us we are fascinated by ourselves and our achievements and our pending Kadooment and 50th Anniversary of Independence.

    Until we both answer the question “am I my brother’s keeper AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, live by that, this is going to get increasingly worse, until we spiral into war.

    This is the “wind” that is passing us by


  16. Colonel Buggy July 18, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

    On on the last day of service in the Military, they give you a full medical examination,and a clean bill of health. Like Pontius Pilate , they wash their hands of you. Anything that happens afterwards, has nothing to do with them.
    Not only in the United States, but there are many disgruntled ex military, who have served in the US Military, and were later deported to their homelands. We have a few walking the streets of Bridgetown.


  17. Well Well & Consequences July 18, 2016 at 9:20 PM #

    America was always and will always be an ungrateful country…never appreciative. Always self-righteous and sanctimonious. Judging everyone, labeling everyone.


  18. Heather July 18, 2016 at 11:17 PM #

    Can you guys sign the petition or actually do something to help Nazim Blackett?


  19. Colonel Buggy July 18, 2016 at 11:22 PM #


  20. Alvin Cummins July 19, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    Well Well;
    You seem to have a one track mind and limited recall. You said: I never mentioned marijuana at all in any of my post to this link.” Your discussion of legalizing Marijuana filed many spaces on previous contributions to BU. Why are you confining the discussion to just this blog. Heather’s contribution concerned smoking marijuana among other things, AND I REFERRED TO YOUR PREVIOUS DISCUSSIONS ON THE SUBJECT. Eat some fish it is reputed to be good for the memory. I still want to know why anyone would feel compelled to smoke marijuana. If it is against the law, leave it alone.


  21. Donna July 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM #


    You are waxing lyrical but waxing true. I too “hear the sound of distant drums”.


  22. Hants July 19, 2016 at 12:21 PM #

    @ Donna

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Well Well & Consequences July 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM #

    Alvin…again…I did not mention anything about marijuana on this link, you cannot tell me what to discourse on, yiu want to carry on a comment about marijuana feel free, but do not involve me.

    What I said about marijuana on othe blogs previously has already been said…I take nothing back.

    When it’s decriminalized in Barbados…try not to commit suicide, a mam your age should know that you cannot tell people what to do.


  24. Hants July 19, 2016 at 3:42 PM #

    “NOT UNDER my watch!”


  25. Well Well & Consequences July 19, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

    “But do not expect the FTC under my watch, to become a soap opera or to be engaged as a circus where you go see the clowns at play.” – See more at: ”

    But is that not what we see from ministers and parliamentarians. …”clowns at play.”


  26. Hants July 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM #

    That speech was very fustrating.


  27. pieceuhderockyeahright July 19, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

    @ Hants

    Worry not.

    For every ignorant remark of insubstantive value that these incompetents make It becomes a nail in their coffin.

    A little comedy skit whereby, over the course of a period of time their currency as a viable government for a third term is seen as a comedy (of errors) NOT TO BE REPEATED


  28. TheGazer July 19, 2016 at 7:12 PM #

    Very good.
    I can imagine ac being told not to comment on your ‘stoopid cartoon’.
    Then the next side will tell HC not to engage you.


  29. Heather July 19, 2016 at 11:44 PM #

    @ the Gazer, I have decided to stop wasting my time. The least Piece can do and he has done not is to get poster done for Nazim Blackett. He has forgotten him already.


  30. pieceuhderockyeahright July 20, 2016 at 3:42 AM #

    @ Heather

    I see that even though you were invited elsewhere on the substantive blog about Nazim Blackett you have decided to do the reverse psychology exercise where you do nothing to show how useful you are but continue with the verbal diatribe thereby reinforcing the afore stated commentary on how ineffective you are.

    I see a pattern here Heather I call it a repeat of the Jeff Cumberbatch syndrome that you expose.

    It goes like this.

    Once Jeff Cumberbatch showed the difficulty and ill thought out thinking behind your constitutional change proposal you proceeded unsuccessfully to pelt stones at the legal luminary whose bonafides are unquestionable

    Well Heather the ole man doan have no bonafides but he got street smarts enough to see your game.

    And you are not in this for Blackett my dear.

    I get 6 love again, me and de Sargeant by one “Johnny Ma Boy” who is a domino monk from de Orient!! From de time de dominoes shuffle and you play de first domino dat man know whu in you hand!!

    De Sargeant says that de top brass concerned bout de incident and that everyone who was on duty at the station is very closed mouth and that the pictures circulating and the videos? supposedly were taken by the officers who allegedly beat the young man.

    One set believes that the pictures? and videos? were shared by the girlfriend or “de woman” of one of the alleged beaters. Another group says it is jealousy between the guys so this is how the info got out in the first place. They believe that the family s lawyer is responsible for the video. He said that they’re unsure about what was recorded and this is the reason the young man is now a suspect in other theft matters, sort of like a discredit him factor so that his claims would be seen as lies.

    Does anyone know about that? I was amazed when I heard that. It sounded like a Hollywood movie. Apparently there have been lineups to find the policemen who beat the young man but he pulled his hands across his lips like a zipper after he said that detail

    He also said that pics nowadays with cameras are a way that the bad apples use to soften up a suspect by showing a picture or two, the more scared a guy is, the easier a confession comes.

    Admissions may mean a crime solved and this is part of the way that officers get assessed for promotions which are very few and in between. And this can mean a few “little dollars” more. He lamented the pay and when he shared that side of the issue, it is sad that successive administrations never sought to address the money the are paid, the equipment the use, the way they get promoted, the favouritism and the moral.

    To be a policeman is a love, for most of the officers but it is in his words “hard to love a job where the people outside, and some inside, try to kill you daily” He spoke of several things like busting your ball and murder accused men getting bail. He actually said that sometimes many of them wonder whether it is worth the stress

    We stood there and talked for a while about all sorts of things many of which I won’t repeat because it is easy to link a domino playing Sargeant and no you are right it is not Bush Hall we play either.

    We have a serious problem all around the country but we seem, like you, to be tied up in brownie points about who signs a useless petition instead of why a team of young police or defense force or coast guard men would look the other way and let a set of guns or drugs in or through the gauntlet

    That is ok though Heather for I have realized that it is not that you mean to be empty or insensitive or to push a senseless petition but that this “lack of soul” that you exhibit and that our politicians exhibit, is endemic of what we have become as a 5o years old nation and your indifference, is what the Sargeant bewailed while talking to us, just a few hours ago

    We have no soul, no care for our fellow man or woman, it is just about “me”, promotion, more pay, more prestige, more power, more of the tangible things that we cannot carry to our graves

    Dear GOD please give us back our country for the enemy is encamped around us and quite a few are with our gates disguised as politicians, policemen and let me not forget the priests.


  31. pieceuhderockyeahright July 20, 2016 at 3:50 AM #

    My grandson will work on a poster for Nazim Blackett if you Heather Cole can get me a picture of the young man.

    But, given that you are all talk and ting, and since it is not you petition, or your letter to Transparency International, I am assured that, like the constitution draft you were to get done that weekend in May when you spoke to Jeff, it will suffer the same “missing in action” by Miss Talk A Lot & Do Nothing


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