Category: Editorial

#BTEditorial – Really, Kerrie?

“If the press don’t mek yuh, the press can’t brek yuh and I have been around long enough in these last 15 years that I know that they got people in high places and in low places in that field they call media that if you got a hurn [hundred] dollar bill, they will tell […]

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#BTEditorial – When did prostitution become legal in Barbados?

In our last editorial we zeroed in on the announcement by sex worker Natalie Natlee Harewood that she plans to contest the upcoming general election in The City and asked aloud: What if she actually captured the Bridgetown seat? Today, we have an equally pertinent question which we believe our authorities must answer, and swiftly […]

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#BTEditorial – What if Natlee wins in The City?

While our living rooms are bombarded with American television reports of a country fixated on a porn star believed to have been paid to keep quiet about sleeping with the man who would become president, Barbados risks becoming fixated on a woman who has made a living sleeping with people, and her quest to rise […]

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#BTEditorial – Barbadians must learn to be tsunami ready

Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours have never suffered the effects of a tsunami. But we are not ignorant of the devastating impact of this kind of natural disaster. Most of us can remember the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami that hit 14 countries. The tidal waves caused by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the […]

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#BTEditorial – A time for more sanity to prevail

In the hurly-burly of politics, well-intentioned words can often be turned into putrescent bile. And in an election year, they can also be interpreted in even worse light. Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault has found herself at the centre of controversy due to some of her recent utterances. Under normal, sane circumstances, the […]

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#BTEditorial – When a voter stands in clear breach our authorities must act, Mr PM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart would have raised more than one or two eyebrows last weekend when he publicly disclosed during a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting at The Lester Vaughn School that he currently has in his possession, “hard proof” of irregular voter behaviour in the last election. Indeed, all would have been waiting with […]

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#BTEditorial – What will history say about our goodly PM?

As we end week one of the extended stay of the Freundel Stuart administration the average Barbadian would like a good clear look into the Prime Minister’s head to try to figure out what he is thinking. Having allowed Parliament to automatically dissolve after rushing through a string of measures at the last minute, without […]

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#BTEditorial – When even our lawmen don’t understand the law

The rapid retraction today by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) of its interpretation of the recently effected amended Road Traffic Act will be accompanied by a cyclone-type sigh of relief by motorists. And coming after Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley was forced to issue a clarification, it leaves us to wonder whether […]

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#BTEditorial – Our women must be allowed to roar

  I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again   Oh yes, I am wise   But it’s wisdom […]

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#BTEditorial – Come on, DLP! St John deserves better than this

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government has palpably dropped the ball on the parish of St John. And this faux pas has nothing to do with infrastructural work, jobs, roads, environment, political visibility in the parish, community programmes, recreational facilities, or any of the other issues which opportunistic politicians often walk the length and […]

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#BTEditorial – When our leader seems to be blowing hot and cold on the CCJ

A few months ago, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart saw it necessary to publicly berate the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Parliament. It was during debate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 last December that Mr Stuart clearly spoke his mind on the CCJ. In fact, based on all he […]

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#BTEditorial – The race to Mandeville House

In recent months all eyes have been on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, with critics seeking to analyse his every move in anticipation of his announcement of a date for fresh elections. But alas! This is not the only important election that is scheduled within the next few weeks. As a sign of the waning influence […]

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#BTEditorial – Will a sin tax on fizzy drinks really lead to healthier lifestyles?

Not for the first time, Professor Sir Henry Fraser, a respected retired medical professional and professor emeritus of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine, this week called for the tax on sweetened beverages to rise from ten per cent to 30 per cent. In fact, when the Freundel Stuart administration first announced […]

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#BTEditorial – When road safety trumps personal desire

With four road deaths so far this year and a record 28 last year, Barbadians must seriously rethink their approach to road safety. Any measure intended to strengthen policies and laws to reduce road carnage and ensure the wellbeing of all road users, makes good sense and should be welcomed and adhered to, no matter […]

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#BTEditorial – Money in a well is money in a well

“Any modern democracy places great emphasis on an independent media.” St James South MP Donville Inniss, February 27, 2018. The $9 million which the Barbados Government will draw down from the Consolidated Fund to pump into the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) perhaps provides further irrefutable evidence that the time to divest that state-owned entity has […]

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#BTEditorial – Bring your alternative plan, Ms Mottley

For the past two months the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has been in full campaign mode, holding meetings virtually every week, with a view to touching every street corner, every household, every potential voter, in anticipation of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s announcement of an election date. However, we regret to note that so far, […]

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#BTEditorial – Will Mr Stuart follow Antigua’s PM and ring the bell?

First it was Grenada’s prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell, and then came his Antigua and Barbuda counterpart Gaston Browne last Saturday night with the announcement that the country was waiting for – the date for fresh general elections. Interestingly, in Antigua’s case, a national poll is not constitutionally due for another year-and-a-half, which begs the […]

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