To Serve with Love

Every time Barbados enters an election period the quote attributed to the late John F. Kennedy (JFK) comes to mind – “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country“. It is said that droves of young people offered themselves for public service as a result of Kennedy glamourizing what the blogmaster considers to be the ultimate act of selflessness – offering oneself to serve the people.

As a young boy growing up starry eyed under the Bajan flag in the post 1966 period, we were inspired by that generation of Barbadian who inculcated values which aligned with the Kennedy quote. We lived at a time social centres were a hive of activity for sport, assisting with teaching skills to residents in the locale, hosting limes and many other community building activities. Most if not all so-called community practitioners were to be found a dime a dozen.

It was close to mandatory for young boys and girls to be members of the 4H Club, Boys Scouts, Girls Guide, YMCA and the numerous other civic non profit associations which all combined to foster requite skills to prepare us for future leadership roles. These types of engagements have not totally disappeared from the landscape of Barbados but one senses there is a relationship between non interest being shown by citizens in community and non profit associations and a diminishing attitude and focus in nation building behaviour.

We have concentrated and allocated billions of the national budget to growing a paper-middleclass in the last three or four decades. The consequence of which has been the emergence of a strident political directorate more concerned with feathering the nest by securing everything financial at the expense of serving with love. This is the root cause of the societal decay we continue to witness on the tiny island of Barbados in 2020. Unfortunately a scan outside of the local orb reveals that this is a universal trend.

Perhaps it is a simplistic view but the blogmaster argues that because of our small size and heavy investment in educating our people in the last 40 years – to the doom and gloomers nothing is perfect – we should be able to offer a better defence to protect from alien customs that have compromised the Barbados model we use to be admired.

We look to politicians moulded from a dysfunctional social system and wonder why things are not changing for the better. Successive governments continue to rollout policies that encourage conspicuous consumption habits, allow rampant undisciplined behaviour at the level of the individual and household, embrace all things foreign and then we wonder why has the Barbadiana brand faded. In a world where globalization is the new way, it is inevitable we will have to manage a level of multiculturalism entering our space. However, we cannot allow it to be dominant to the extent it subsumes homegrown customs which define who we prefer to be as a people.

To return to the community model on an island that measures 166 square miles cannot be too hard. Having 200,000 motors cars, mobile phones and an illegal gun in too many homes should not define who we want to be. What has to define us is our ability to cut and contrive, to assist our neighbour in times of stress, for each citizen to understand roles and responsibilities towards making Barbados the best country on the planet..feel free to add to the list. In other words we cannot leave any man, woman or child behind. An egalitarian society is idealistic but we need to strive for it.

Lastly for those offering themselves for political office to be always mindful of what JFK said – “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country

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  • “Can a lie that is given added context become a truth?”

    when you repeat a lie long Enuff, it becomes the truth in the twisted toxic mind of LIARS…similiar to the lie about nelson that has circulated in Barbados for centuries, am sure i saw an article this morning where the UK is reevaluating all the lies told to glorify nelson, they will also have to wade through all those lies told by Bajan whites and the frauds in the parliament fooling Bajans that the racist was somehow important and saved them..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ TheOGazerts at 1 :51 PM

    Ezra Alleyne , myself and may be dpD were around when the Barbados Constitution was being fashioned. We know the brilliant local minds that made inputs into that document. We were around when changes were made to it. Are you suggesting that we substitute our eye witness accounts for yours? You may stick to your perceptions since it is a free world but never arrogate to your self the monopoly of truth and facts..

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  • Check it out Theo…they glamorize a barbaric piece of shit in Barbados while knowing it’s all a LIE….and they have the dumbest of Black people who would go right along with it…a battle which had absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH BARBADOS….mind you, the maritme museum has ALL THE INFORMATION that ever existed about nelson, but bajan whites and other ignorant people still persist with the outright lies that they made up..

    “Colonial legacy of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Royal Navy’s links to slavery ‘to be re-evaluated’ by Greenwich Maritime Museum who plan to change their historical displays following the Black Lives Matter movement

    “The National Maritime Museum is seeking to communicate the ‘often barbaric history of race, colonialism and representation in British maritime history’, the Telegraph reported.

    Issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement will guide its new strategy, which will use a database to reveal Britain’s links to slavery.

    Statues of Royal Navy heroes including Admiral Edward Pellew have also been brought into the publicly-funded museum’s review of Britain’s naval past.

    Royal Museums Greenwich director Paddy Rogers told staff the societal reassessment of colonial history after Edward Colston’s statue was toppled in Bristol earlier this year provided the museum a ‘moment to shine’.

    Nelson has been criticised for his support of slaveholders and the British Empire’s colonies. Pictured: The museum’s portrait of Nelson
    The museum holds the admiral lord’s love letters and the the bullet (pictured) that killed Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar
    Nelson has been criticised for his support of slaveholders and the British Empire’s colonies. Pictured: The museum’s portrait of Nelson (left) and the bullet which killed him (right). It is also on display at the museum

    Victory at Trafalgar: How Nelson routed the French navy to save Britain from threat of invasion by Napoleon
    It was fought of the coast of Spain and was to be Lord Nelson’s (pictured) last and greatest victory against the French

    The 1805 naval Battle of Trafalgar is considered one of the most divisive naval battles in history and saw a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeat a combined French and Spanish fleet.

    It was fought off the coast of Spain and was to be Lord Nelson’s last and greatest victory against the French.

    The battle began after Nelson caught sight of a Franco-Spanish force of 33 ships.

    Normally opposing fleets would form two lines and engage in a clash of broadsides until one fleet withdrew, but when planning to engage with the enemy, Nelson divided his 27 ships into two divisions.

    He signalled a famous message from the flagship: ‘England expects that every man will do his duty.’

    In five hours of fighting, the British devastated the enemy fleet, destroying 19 enemy ships.

    A French sniper fatally shot Nelson in the shoulder and chest. He quickly realised he was going to die and was taken below deck where he lost his life about 30 minutes before the end of the battle. “

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  • @ Vincent

    In 1965/66, Ezra Alleyne was still in the UK. Name the authors of the Barbados constitution.

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  • Anything you hear Bajans say as it relates to the British drafted Constitution, or slavery or anything that negatively impacts African descended people, always take with a pinch of salt…..they continue their existence of living in LALA LAND,.the constitution has a foreword that tells you exactly who drafted the document BEFORE any amendments, i believe those started in the 80s or thereabouts. by those in the parliament…i read the document myself….you can ask Blogmaster to post it, we beat it to death already..

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  • I am outside my area of expertise.
    However, I believe the evolution of the constitution of these smaller island is similar to that describe here.

    httpss://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_constitution

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  • As i told you, do not argue with Bajans as it relates to slavery, constitution, nelson, racism, mental slavery……nothing that their minds are unable to process…they will chase you around the place until ya get exhausted…..there is Vincent with his fantasy of probably drafting the constitution himself with a bunch of the other deluded ……they would even tell ya that the pretend independence was their idea when am sure it was a long term plan concocted 50 years before Barrow or any of them were born, they won’t hear that they are no match for these people, they insist on living in their little colonial world, their cocoon and comfort zone, safe from reality…

    “Independence constitution is the name commonly given by African political scientists to originating constitutions (many of which are extant) of former British colonies, primarily in Africa, which gained their independence approximately 1960-1990.

    Due to these colonies’ low economic output and the United Kingdom’s fading imperial prowess, independence was usually granted after little instigation, with the UK presiding over creation of the new state. Generally local leaders were hand-picked by the UK to be the new governing body and were given a political education in London, during which they often served as the sole representative of their country in the negotiation of their country’s new constitution. In short, independence constitutions were written in London, by a primarily British body, in line with British systems of governance. Supporters applaud the UK’s responsible transfer of power; critics cite low popular perceptions of legitimacy and claim that the independence constitutions maintained essentially colonial states.”

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  • In search of founding fathers – 2

    Investigative reporting has discovered that the first Barbadians landed on Pelican Island.

    Move over Plymouth Rock.

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  • @ Vincent

    Ezra Alleyne , myself and may be dpD were around when the Barbados Constitution was being fashioned. We know the brilliant local minds that made inputs into that document. We were around when changes were made to it. ….(Quote)

    Plsea explain. Don’t go silent on me.

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  • A British colonial designed Constitution, means it was DESIGNED FOR SLAVES LIVING IN A SLAVE COLONY…..neither that document nor the colonial laws designed for people who are STILL SEEN AS SLAVES…should be in existence today and should be all NULL and VOID…but ya can’t tell that to old slaves, they too love their enslavement…and want to trap everybody else right there with them..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin

    Silence is golden. A brilliant investigative journalist, as you are, was also around. You in England and I in Jamaica taking a more than vicarious interest in our small country. Please do not play this ignorant game too. You should be above this level of discourse.

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  • @ Vincent

    You claim that Ezra Alleyne was around. Was he and who were the authors of the constitution. I am a pensioner, not an investigative journalist. Was that statement correct?

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  • Vincent….cousin Boris won’t PISS ON YOU if you were on fire, he certainly not going to save your slave ass from us.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Theo, I am not and was never into clarifying who were our elders drafting/designing the constitution … that’s 1) a question answered from historical review and 2) has been debated here quite well several times.

    Producing names … seems an exercise in satisfying deeply held perspectives of that process and adds heat rather than light!

    I merely questioned the unnecessary analysis of the figure of speech “founders of our constitution”!

    So do proceed apace with your clarifications.

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  • Everyone is trying their best to erase the evil associated with racism from the public space and from the people’s face, everyone except a bunch of piece of shit Black leaders in Barbados…they don’t serve the people, they serve racist ideologies aimed at their people.

    “Princeton University is naming a residential college for alumna and major donor Mellody Hobson, the first Black woman to have that honor in the school’s history. Hobson College will be built on a site once named for former President Woodrow Wilson, the school announced Thursday.

    Princeton announced in June that it would remove Wilson’s name from its School of Public and International Affairs and one of its residential colleges, citing his “racist thinking and policies.”

    Hobson, a successful businesswoman and former CBS News contributor, was honored after making a generous donation to her alma mater. She said she’s proud to help erase Wilson’s racist legacy.”

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  • A case you cannot keep a good man (entrepreneur) down?

    Barbados developer eying housing investment in Guyana

    Mark Maloney
    Mark Maloney

    By Stabroek News October 12, 2020

    Barbados developer and the principal behind that country’s US$175 million revamped Hyatt Ziva Barbados Resort and The Village at Coverly Housing Project, Mark Maloney has expressed interest in housing investments in Guyana and last week met with President Irfaan Ali to discuss possible projects, sources say.

    “He had discussions with the President”,  sources close to the government confirmed with the Stabroek News.

    This newspaper understands that Maloney’s discussions with the president centred on “areas of housing and other sectors”.

    With multi-million dollar investments in transformational projects in his home country, Maloney also owns the Rock Hard Cement Company and shares a business partnership with Norwegian-born Barbadian developer Bjorn Bjerkham of the Preconco, Marina Construction, and the Jada Group and Caribbean Homes businesses.

    Maloney’s The Village at Coverly project saw the transformation of land into over 600 houses in a modern housing community in Christ Church.

    “Our Mission is to provide affordable, quality housing using a concept which maximizes the use of land for the benefit of all homeowners and by doing so permits homeowners access to more affordable properties while enjoying a Lifestyle Community,” the project’s website states.

    The community features low-to-middle cost, energy-efficient homes built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, a 5.0 earthquake, storm surges and major flooding. The fully planned development also offers residents a medical centre, gym, restaurants, stores, recreation centres and sports fields.

    Maloney is well-known to the Guyanese motor racing community as he competed often here during his career as a speedster.

    Also last week, representatives of famed Shark Tank billionaire and US investor Mark Cuban’s Radical Investments LLC, arrived in Guyana aboard a luxury jet for a two-day visit.

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  • Subvention share a concern
    OPPOSITION LEADER Bishop Joseph Atherley is questioning where it is written for one party to receive all of the Government subventions.
    “We have suggested that the document we have seen that purports to support the position of those who don’t think we should have the subvention is a document whose legitimacy we question, so we are not fully persuaded that represents the position on the matter of the subvention . . . which I think is something which must be properly documented and framed such as it becomes understood law,” he said.
    Atherley, speaking on Monday at the Office of the Opposition Leader in Worthing Court, Christ Church, said he wanted to make it clear he was not advocating only for himself and his party, the People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP), as he was perfectly fine should the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) receive the subvention.
    “I think it is wrong that if you say the PdP has not participated in the last election and therefore does not qualify, and at the same time say the DLP didn’t win any seats so they don’t qualify either. Even if Solutions [Barbados] or the UPP (United Progressive Party) don’t qualify, tell me where in the document it says that one party should take all of the money? Tell me where in the document supports the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) position of holding on to all of the subvention,” he said.
    Atherley said this went against preserving the democratic political system and if it was indeed part of the subvention document, then it needed to be changed.
    “Any time you go down that road, you are looking to marginalise all the other parties. There is no way that it is a moral thing . . . and if the positions were reversed and the Dems were getting it all, I would say the same thing. That could never have been the intention of [late Prime Minister and former leader of the BLP] Owen Arthur’s position when it was instituted,” he said.
    Atherley said he had never considered taking the matter to court, adding he preferred to look after the people’s interests than get consumed in matters to cause them to lose focus or project false
    motivations. He said some people already thought the PdP was only formed to get the subvention, a notion he described as “a joke”.
    “The electorate decides what is just and right and if we ever become the Government, which we will one day, we will change that. We will have proper political campaign financing so we get away from a lot of the skulduggery and avoid the influence of donors on the Government of the day.” (CA)

    Source: Nation

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  • Eyes on Gline Clarke
    THAT POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY are closely associated is very evident given the appointment of a former parliamentary representative for St George North, Gline Clarke, as High Commissioner-designate to Canada.
    His engagement to this important diplomatic posting in Ottawa will hardly attract discussion on the campaign trail amongst the political parties seeking the electorate’s nod on who should succeed him on November 11.
    Foreign policy issues never form serious discussion during national campaigns and will not be on the radar in a parochial election. The emphasis will be on the provision of jobs, reliable public transportation, fixing of roads and a dependable water service, among other issues.
    There are, however, some issues which make Mr Clarke’s appointment of particular national interest, as the Barbados Labour Party administration continues a trend since its return to office 28 months ago to reward political appointees. These appointees have been stationed to nearly every major foreign posting while career officers seem to be virtually sidelined as heads of mission.
    We cannot prejudge Mr Clarke’s capabilities and competencies for his new assignment, but know Barbados needs a level of efficacy from all its overseas missions to serve the country’s best interest, particularly post-COVID-19.
    Our diplomats must build on and extract all they can from long-standing good relations or develop such in new delegations.
    While there is a tradition to give party loyalists and those with political connections some plum overseas assignments, the Government must be cautious not to let amateurs lead major diplomatic commissions.
    Mr Clarke will be briefed before he leaves for his new duties by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he may very well seek guidance from some of his predecessors on the likely challenges.
    Such preparation, however, will not position him for the issues which can only come with on-the-job exposure.
    His timing and embracing of the media, digital skills and effective utilisation of the diaspora in key ridings across Ontario will be required to ensure that our diplomatic responses are proactive. As our lead emissary in Canada, he must be aware of public opinion and perception there.
    The High Commissioner-designate
    must also protect Barbados’ reputation as a clean jurisdiction from the lobbyists in Ottawa eager to label us as a taxavoidance country because of the tremendous investments by corporate Canada, which stood at over CAN$65 billion in 2017.
    Mr Clarke must be conscious of the desperate need for jobs by many people across St George North and indeed the entire country, given the fallout caused by COVID-19. There is an urgency to get more Barbadians into the Seasons Agricultural Workers’ Programme and the Temporary Workers Programmes, and promoting the island as the ideal location for Canadians to vacation, particularly the “snowbirds”.
    Even as he investigates new opportunities to attract foreign investors to our shores, the former MP must take up his role as trade representative by vigorously promoting Barbados’ rum, given its foreign exchange earning potential.
    All eyes will be on Mr Clarke.

    Nation Editorial

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