A Heather Cole Column – Warfare Vs. Entertainment

Heather Cole

When I was a child,
I spake as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child: but when I became a man,
I put away childish things.
– 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I loved the silly season not because it made me think earnestly about the persons and government in whom my mother was entrusting my future but for the music, the lyrics of songs, the political banter, the late nights attending political meeting, listening to things I did not understand; the funny things the candidates said, the gossip they started about one another and the fanfare of wearing red or blue and watching the spectacle of a well-practiced speech delivered by someone who turned up at our house asking for my mother’s vote.

Somehow we all got caught up in this exercise. It brought as much anticipation as Christmas. We all enjoyed it’s fanfare until the big day came with its nervous wait to determine our fate. However for the poor it always brought the same fate; nothing changed. The cycle continued of the rich becoming richer; the poor remaining poor and not laying eyes upon the middleman until five years later when he greeted you as if you parted yesterday.

Now that I am grown and uniquely interested in the well-being of all Barbadians, I now question what we have been doing all along.

I have come to realize how gullible a people we really are. By now it must be a weakness because we have fallen for the same ploy of broken promises season after season without redress. It appears that we enjoy being promised punishment. It is quite like the Stockholm syndrome which occurs after a relationship has been established with one’s captors. Slavery has really done us wrong as it seems that we have taken the deficiency of a once a year entertainment given to us by the masters way too far. Why do we need to profess it at every opportunity we get?

On Sunday March 7, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and about 600 persons marched. It was not an act to entertain but the last resort, a demonstration or protest that was akin to a riot or a slave revolt if it had not occurred in 1965. It was a protest that raised the conscience of a nation and obtained civil rights for black people. There is a lot for us to learn from the sobriety of this protest.

The social, economic and civil rights of all Barbadians have been under threat for the past 10 years. It is time for us to face the election season with sobriety. The upcoming elections must be a catalyst for serious thought and change because the spectre of entertainment has done us no good on raising the conscience of our nation.

If we were taught that a general election was the time for the people to force change when the mandate given by them was not accomplished, we would embrace the concept of warfare. If we as a nation were under constant attack and our situation one of duress, pain, hopelessness, suffering and misery and we found a chance to break free but there had to be a fight, our minds would be focused on the concept of warfare; the struggle to achieve a desired outcome.

No soldier going to war fraternizes with the enemy; the person who brings pain suffering and agony as that would be treason. Therefore no amount of money offered should cause a voter to sell their vote when there will only be fleeting gratification from the exercise and misery in the long run. Some sold their vote and now realize that it was not worth the day to day struggle to survive today. Others have also realized that they allowed their representative to change the economic climate which contributed to loss of their job, home, savings and car. They have all realized that they were tricked by hustlers for a hundred dollar bill, a cell-phone, i-pad, TV, fridge or stove. We have to learn to see beyond this trickery.

It defies logic to believe that a man can bribe his prospective boss, but it happened in Barbados. It is difficult to understand why Barbadians can allow representatives of political parties whom they will employ to bribe them. Perhaps the people do not understand the power that they possess. Any man who buys your vote will never have your interest at heart, only his. Never give up your right to vote freely and fairly.

This silly season is distinctly different as the country has never been in such social, economic and environmental difficulty before. Never have we had such scoundrels in Parliament who have bought not only the liberty of the franchise, but destroyed the economic well-being of the country and the social well-being of the people. Knowing full well what the sitting party did and will do the retain power. Anyone who thinks that this election is not a war is in denial. Perhaps all of the opposition parties must change their strategies and adopt the philosophy of warfare. The Art of War is a good read.

There is enough evidence on corruption alone to be used against the Stuart Administration. Then there is mismanagement of the economy, and then there are the scandals like the Cahill Gasification Plant, The Hilton Hotel, The Sewage on the South Coast and one can go on and on. The point that I am trying to make is that no one should leave your political meeting feeling happy and dancing or on the fence not knowing who to vote for. They should be so enraged that the ONLY choice they would have is to vote for an opposition party.

Hopefully, when the next history book is written of Barbados, it will note that the period leading up to general elections in the year 2018 was significantly different than in previous election years; that the concept of entertainment was put away and replaced with the sobriety of warfare in order to extract what was duly required not only for the preservation of the socio and economic well-being of those alive then but also for future generations.

104 comments

  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe he was trying overly hard to justify his receipt of the GCM.
    The guy is media savvy and knows his onions when it comes to mass propaganda.

    If he is able to retain his seat he might be giving the shaky-looking overly garrulous Inniss a good run for the LoO come early March 2018.

    Stephen is not comfortable in discussing matters economic or financial but he has a bit to show as culture minister, albeit of a mediocre nature.

    Nothing can be said similarly for the motor-mouth Uncle Look-up during his tenure of a ministry which could make a difference in significantly improving the investment climate and business facilitating environment of his country.

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  • @ Frustrated B
    Traditionally we have never been governed by people who live in ivory towers, drive around in armoured convoys and fraternise only with other politicians.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Surely you jest.
    Unless you mean ‘traditionally since emancipation’.

    These recent black politicians have become just like the previous white ones.
    No surprise – since they are under the control of the identical driving force….

    The outliers you refer to as ‘traditionally’ were influenced by the extreme injustices that they found in the system…… Just as some of us now react to this bunch of piss paraders.

    The basic problem remains unchanged.
    Brass bowlery.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Let’s say you are the captain on a passenger ship.

    Lets say there is sewage leaking from a pipe that runs through the main engine room that houses the engine that drives the entire ship and all of it’s life-support systems.

    Your job to correct the problem would involve understanding the technical challenges, scheduling the work with the pursur who has to accommodate the passengers, co-ordinating with the chief engineer who has to shut down the engines, tasking the chief plumber who has to correct the problem, liaising with the first mate who has to coordinate the work and maybe a few others.

    When all arrangements have been made you then have to address the passengers to make sure they are comfortable with whatever change is to be expected to their daily routine.

    Now suppose you are ill and can’t carry out these functions. Your 2nd in command will automatically take over.

    Unless of course you hired a 2nd officer who is a useless, blabbering, big-nose fool who never had a management duty in his life and couldn’t run a tap without being told.

    What are the rest of the crew going to do?

    I think we have answered that question.

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  • MP James Paul said that Barbadians shall not “wary of regional and international credit rating agencies, as these entities only seek to exploit the country”.

    WOW. Does he also suggest to treat HIV with dancing, clapping and singing – like some folks in South Africa? And does he also suggest to dring sewage water to cure diseases?

    I would not wonder … 51 years of education in Bim after independence, billions of dollars for schools and UWI … all down, down the drain. Investments in human resources for nothing.

    It does NOT matter whether the verdicts of the rating agencies are right or wrong. The simple fact that the bad ratings exist DOES matter and that they hamper any attempt to restart the engine of Barbadian economy.

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  • @millertheanunnaki January 22, 2018 at 4:04 PM “David was tri.”

    You’ve lost me here. Can you please elucidate?

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  • @John January 22, 2018 at 11:04 PM “The average number of births per woman used to be above 4 in the 1960’s. I figured it was contraception, abortion or infertility but there is obviously another explanation!! This might not be a good time to have our leaders setting examples which could cause our population to wither.”

    All of our current politicas leaders or leadership aspirants are past SAFE child bearing/child getting age.

    Freundel Stuart is 66
    Mia Mottley is 52
    Lynette Eastmond has to be past 45
    Grenville Phillips has to be past 50

    So no John, nobody is looking to these elders when making child bearing decisions.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Greetings to all and sundry.,

    De ole man was absent for a while

    such was occasioned by the usual things that accompany life and we live or die solely based on the Will of God

    “Nothing changes under the sun” and therefore we can all expect these predictable appeasements and disavowals from the incumbent ministers

    In fact, if one were to ask the Honourable Blogmaster and the noted Archiver of Records Artaxerxes, they will both confirm that, each five year period, there will be a bevy of article that duplicate the timbre of this article.

    The fact is that the 10 years ago, the people of Barbados drank the coolaid of David Thompson with a misplaced hope that the party which usurped the Owen Arthur administration would be able to run this country.

    We have all learnt that winning an election does not qualify an elected government to run a government.

    When the Barbados Labour Party wins this upcoming general election as it will with the never before seen majority That it will have, the issues will be the same.

    The Mottley led administration will have the same issues where Mia, having championed 30 candidates, will be elected, with a hope that they will do differently.

    The thing therefore is not so much that this five year term, (one which I agree is too long by one year, ) will bring new politicians to office but moreso what will Miss Mottley do once elected

    It is quite disturbingly obvious that the caliber of 3rd party initiatives now posturing as salvation for BIM, while philosophically attractive, lack what is required to put this country Barbados back on an even keel.

    The country has been experiencing a 10 year mudslide under the leadership of Fumbles.

    And true while much can be said for “the refreshing of the tree of democracy” as may be envisioned via a third entity , at this time, in the face of the economic malaise that the DLP has wreaked, such would be and “experiment in pruning” that Barbados could ill afford.

    When Mottley wins, IMMEDIATELY WITH HER SECURING THE PRIMEMINISTERSHIP OF BARBADOS, she and her fellow ministers HAVE TO START WORKING TO CHANGE THE. COUNTRY’s MISFORTUNES.

    The reality is that this is not a fight just to replace Fumbles Clowns but the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.

    The 29-1 majority will give her the mandate to make sure that the errant and incompetent who are in her team will be hobbled quickly BUT she will have to to rule AND LEAD and manage THE CHANGE THAT BARBADOS MUST EXPERIENCE in all spheres of its operations, if we would wish to be among the lower rounds of developed countries or more realistically speaking “the highest among third world countries.”

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  • @pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM “the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.”

    Balls are way over-rated, small, exposed, easily injured. A uterus now is infinitely large, strong, hidden away, not easily injured.

    Just what Barbados needs, since the ball bearing boys have comprehensively phucked up the country.

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  • Barbados is up shit creek. The same issues we discussed that booted Arthur out we are still grappling. Yes PUDRYR you are correct.

    #godhelpus #dejavu

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Oh holy heavens! Welcome back my friend.

    PUDRYR, you had us in an even more shaky state than the old man in the Stella calypso by Lord Nelson.

    Your gems of wisdom polished in the crucible of age have been sorely missed.

    Please don’t do that to us (again); at least not until you receive your final (repatriation) orders from upstairs.

    You are needed in this final battle to save democracy in Barbados and the future economic sustainability of the youth who have not yet seen a pitching star of hardship.

    “As gems of wisdom, pure and bright,
    That glow with lustrous ray,
    We’ll seek to gain these words of light,
    Their counsels to obey.”

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  • David
    The same issues, or fantasies?🤣🤣

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  • Welcome back Piece………best wishes and good health to you.

    I agree with your post. You should have heard the yardfowl called Straker’s Tenantry today……..he told Mr Wickham that the dems have a master plan with Todd to take out Mia………

    Wuhloss……….my head hurts!

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  • Theophilius Gazerts 256

    Good to see you here..
    As prodigal said ‘Best wishes and good health’
    Welcome back ‘old friend’

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  • But PDYR you said that Hilary was going to beat Trump.

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  • @ pieceuhderockyeahright,

    glad you are back and hope all is well with you.

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  • Chickens come Home to Roost

    Video BARBADOS POLICE PLANTING ‘EVIDENCE’ at man’s house in St. Philip, Barbados?

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  • Chickens come Home to Roost

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  • PUDRYR

    New Year’s greeting and good health to you.

    I’m happy you’re well and contributing once more.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Gentlemen Ladies, Gazers and Sages all,

    Your well wishes are well appreciated.

    I think that life’s teachable moments make us (abruptly) aware of those things that, notwithstanding our most ardent wishes and desires, ONE CANNOT CHANGE

    The finite nature of our sojourn here, punctuated by various “hiccups” and faltering steps and health challenges either brings us closer to an understanding of how infinitely little we know about life’s purpose or leaves us confident that we have mastered our fates and like our political leaders fool us into believing that “we got this covered”

    Ten years ago some of us eagerly gave support to the then changing of the guard embodied by David Thompson et al.

    Here we are ten years later and, given the sterling underperformance of the Party in Power, even stalwarts of the DLP have abandoned the Dipper ship and “do not want to see the names of any one of the DLP on any ballot far less on paper followed by the title minister.”

    So where do we go now?

    The fact is that we the electorate need to move well beyond the simpleton election babble and the vote buying which is standard operating procedure here in Bim and our Act I

    It is time for all Bajans to move on to Act II and Act III

    There is no doubt that there will be widespread vote buying. So it is going to be in Prime Minister Elect’s interest to have her field Marshalls ready to record the many instances of vote buying that will occur on GE Day.

    The fact is that they can hide to buy the votes BUT THEY CANNOT HIDE FROM ***

    The likelihood of catching out Stinkliar through any of the purported infelicities that “many who grudge him” have SPREAD about Decimals Chris, is slim to narrow

    And here is the real deal, HE AND HIS COHORT, CANNOT AVOID BUYING VOTES IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION, AND THEREFORE THEY CANNOT HIDE FROM ***!

    WE UNDERSTAND THEIR PREDILECTION TO TEIF and when that is taken in conjunction with their desire to control the purse strings of Barbados for another five years you start to understand how they are going to undo themselves.

    BUT WHEREAS THEY CAN AND WILL HIDE ALL THE TEIFING THEY ARE PURPORTED TO HAVE DONE AS MINISTERS, GE Day WILL bring several opportunities for these incumbents to not only be thrashed at the ballot box BUT to be successfully prosecuted for their teifing.

    Finally Act III

    WHEN Mia wins she will be winning “a field of desolation.”

    She will have to rebuild the economy from scratch given the endemic teifing of the DLP horde (nearly said hoares)

    How will bajans be able to play their parts in the rebuilding that will be required?

    How will the incoming government be able to get every man woman and child to mobilize and make change happen starting the morning after the general election?

    When the emaciated prisoners at Belsen were liberated during World War II, their liberators when they say the skeletons of the incarcerated fed a few of them chocolate bars.

    Their stomachs could not take the rich food an not a few of them vomited up this treat.

    This is akin to the field of desolation that PM Elect is going to inherit and, lest she wants to follow David Thompson ‘s footsteps as the 2nd worst Prime Minister That Barbados has had, or surpass FUMBLES STUART AS THE 1st and Worse, she must have a Real Plan to implement once the boxes have been gathered and the ballots, including the falsified ones Patrick Toad going need in the City of Bridgetown, have been counted

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  • Dr. Simple Simon January 23, 2018 at 2:31 PM #
    @pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM “the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.”
    Balls are way over-rated, small, exposed, easily injured. A uterus now is infinitely large, strong, hidden away, not easily injured.
    Just what Barbados needs, since the ball bearing boys have comprehensively phucked up the country.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you knew anything about human anatomy you would realise that male and females start life in the womb exactly the same.

    What little I have discovered suggests to me that Testes are descended Ovaries!!

    So, you are not comparing like with like!!

    … put differently, if I understand it right, male and female are more alike physically than you might imagine …. that goes with your fake qualifications.

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  • Dear John: If I have revealed from the beginning that my qualifications are fake [which i have] does that still make them fake?

    in any event I was referencing the FACT that testes find themselves in a very delicate/very vulnerable position.

    Notwithstanding my fake doctoral degree in medieval history (lol!) I do understand human anatomy, not as much as Georgie Porgie, who is a real, real medical doctor, but significantly better than the average layperson.

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  • Why on earth compare testes and uteruses?

    What you are trying to disparage is testosterone!!

    Both ovaries and testes produce it!!

    My understanding is that it is responsible for secondary male characteristics like deep voice, facial hair, aggression.

    If you look closely and pay attention you will realise that some women do indeed have deep voices, facial hair and are aggressive.

    It isn’t because they have balls, just that their bodies produce a lot of testosterone.

    You can google high levels of testosterone in women and see for yourself if I am half way right.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John January 23, 2018 at 10:48 PM
    “If you knew anything about human anatomy you would realise that male and females start life in the womb exactly the same.
    What little I have discovered suggests to me that Testes are descended Ovaries!!
    So, you are not comparing like with like!!
    … put differently, if I understand it right, male and female are more alike physically than you might imagine …. that goes with your fake qualifications.”

    Based on the above analysis it seems your knowledge of anatomy and wider human biology runs real deep.

    But what it also exposes is the contradiction that exists between this deep scientific understanding of the human body and your superficial acceptance and deeply naive interpretation of the creation story of the man (male) before that of the female as simplistically mystified and narrated in your Judeo-Christian tall tale of arrant impossible nonsense.

    Why would your Yahweh want to clone a cu*t from another one?

    He, Yahweh, should have been a bit more forward thinking and should have looked into his Japanese-made telescope of time and created an artificial woman for lonely Adam to avoid the shit and misery the poor fella has had to endure since his expulsion from the Garden for doing ‘rudeness’ in front of a snake.

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  • MTA

    Come back when science can create life!!!

    It will only ever be able to destroy life or piggyback on the processes that God provided create it.

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  • @John
    Come back when science can create life!!
    ++++++++++
    Never fear the Chinese just cloned monkeys so you know what’s next, although they may not create life it may be a reasonable facsimile of same. Next book will be the “Origin of Species 2” by Mao Zedong, I can see great thinkers emerging e.g. Confucius and from the myriad contributors to BU.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-cloning-monkeys/chinese-scientists-break-key-barrier-by-cloning-monkeys-idUSKBN1FD2FF

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John January 25, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Sir John- the conflicted guy torn between knowledge and religion- no one is arguing that science can create life but is simply trying to understand it without the blind faith of fools reading from some book of myths and lies plagiarized from the literary output of those past outliers with creative imaginations in trying to interpret the signs and symbols represented in the stars above.

    Maybe you, Sir John, can use your ‘scientific’ knowledge to tell the BU students where does the ‘Light’ of this world called Pachamama come from.

    You should first consult the preachers of the Japanese creation story from the land of the Rising Sun before accepting the Middle Eastern interpretation of those lights in the sky as narrated by their old stargazers as plagiarized below:

    “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day….”

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  • Never fear the Chinese just cloned monkeys

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It is called piggy backing on what’s there already!!

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  • Maybe you, Sir John, can use your ‘scientific’ knowledge to tell the BU students where does the ‘Light’ of this world called Pachamama come from.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Enlighten us who Pachamama is.!!

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  • The utilization of the use of balls et al was used in the usual androgynous(?) sense and lacked my usual addendum of …pudenda which would have been deemed derogatory.

    Balls was used to connotate intestinal fortitude and what will be required under the circumstances and uphill battle facing Barbados and more specifically the incoming government

    A question to the author of this piece.

    Given the entrenched polarized views of the electorate of the rock called Bim what can the new Prime Minister Mia Mottley do to encourage both BLP and DLP supporters to feel that they will be part of the rebuilding process that Barbados WILL DEFINITIVELY NEED?

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