We in Barbados boast of living in a Christian Society. In recent times we got a little more inclusive and began talking about a religious society. Be that as it may, there is the underlying awareness that there is a God who reigns.
But recently I was left wondering who is reigning or rather who we are seeking to hand the reins over to.
I was on my way home, I think it was Tuesday evening and on the news was Inspector David Welch advising Barbadians to leave their gold jewellery at home because we had reached crisis proportions as it relates to persons being robbed.
Discounting the fact that I was catching the flu I felt numb. Numb because for the first time I felt as if chaos of some kind was around the corner and that the Royal Barbados Police Force did not have any answers other than to tell me not to put on my wedding ring.
When you can see what could possible happen that is to some extent a good thing, but when you don’t do anything about it that is a very bad thing.
We need sometimes to say yes or no, but we get all wobbly between the two and seek to please because we don’t want to come across as high-handed. But there is a level of ignorance in our society that must be dealt with firmly.
We had all sorts of big shots admitting that Cash for Gold was a problem, is a problem, that it was causing problems and had the potential to cause further problems ≠– but nothing was done about it.
Instead we had persons who were looking to make a quick dollar talking about all the checks and balances they have implemented and how fool-proof their system is. Fool proof indeed; again they have proven that people think Bajans are fools and even our own sometime try to fool us.
If Cash for Gold is the problem; wait for it, wait for it, rocket science conclusion, three, two, one – STOP CASH FOR GOLD!
Who is running this country?
The people that saying brings your gold and come? Or is it the hooligans looking for money but who don’t want a job and are willing to rob?
Look, this thing got me so annoyed.
Leading into the last election we had persons crying out about how hard things were, that we needed a change, the then Government which is the now Government admitted that things were hard but implored us to hold a little longer on “this” course.
But all of a sudden we seem to have forgotten that we are still dependent on tourism and how fragile this market is. A lot of people have one perception about places like Jamaica because that is what we have seen highlighted.
When tourist or would-be tourist hear that they have to leave their jewellery at home we are sending a foolish and false impression to them.
Leave home your jewellery is not what I want to hear on the news because it gives me the impression that the police are out of ideas with their backs against the wall. I would like to hear that Government have taken a decision to close the Cash for Gold businesses because they are causing problems and that hefty fines and terms of imprisonment are now accompanying breaches of this decision.
We need to stop playing with the future and get serious.
The next thing we know is a problem but not taking seriously is crop thieves.
I saw it as a slap in the face of agriculture to go to the ministry’s fields in Greame Hall and steal produce.
But I guess that is just a few tomatoes or cucumbers. We will realise that those few cucumbers or tomatoes are the difference in the farmer having or not having electricity, sending school his children or sending them out in the field because he can’t afford school when that farmer kills the thief at 2:30 a.m. Then we will see how ‘strange’ the law really is.
The things we have the power to change, we should change.