A Musing Issues of the Day
Submitted by Brian Frederick
Remembrance Day is to remember those fallen or injured as a result of War. It is held on the day Armistice was signed the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 o’clock. Yet no Calendar in Barbados shows this day although the Parade is held on the following Sunday. Very few poppies were seen prior to the parade except those on the Military so why is this not supported or is it just another fund raiser? I would be interested to know how much money was raised? The parade is spectacular yet this year there was hardly any room for anyone off the street to watch and I would guess more people in the parade than those watching. As an ex serviceman who came to pay respect to the fallen and injured there was no room for me, the boardwalk is restricted even when it is not being worked on. I was moved on from everywhere I tried to stand including by Chefette and told not to stand on Broad Street. Yes we need security but who is going to attack anyone in Barbados? This wont happen but I suggest the War Memorial is moved somewhere where the parade can be watched by those who wish to participate. After all the Independence Day Parade is either at the Garrison or the Port. Perhaps the War Memorial could be moved to the BDF Barracks where security can be managed at the gate and plenty of room for spectators and the parade. Shame on those not buying a poppy.
Memo to Minister Michael Lashley
Recently Japan suffered a bit of a pothole measuring 30 metres across and 15 metres deep taking with it utilities like power, water and drainage. All put back to normal in a week. This follows from March when 150 metres of 2 lane road was damaged by a Tsunami leaving cracks deeper than a man and it was all back to normal in a week. How long does it take MTW to fill a pothole 30 centimetres wide and 15 centimetres deep?
$240M for GAIA
Interesting that Government can find all this money for GAIA so the question is where is it coming from? Yet another loan that interest has to be paid on? Interesting that Mr Sealy says it will provide jobs next year when it starts but who for? How many Bajans? Interesting also that cost estimates have not been finalised says Mr Sealy and I hope he has learnt a lesson from the Auditor General’s exposure about how so very poorly the whole business of contracts, estimates and unaccounted for costs for Valerie and The Grotto were handled and who was fired as a result. By the way whatever happened to penalty clauses which should be included in contracts of this nature.