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The challenge of relevance for Dems at 60

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) concludes its annual conference this Sunday when president and political leader Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivers the customary keynote address, which is the usual highlight of proceedings on the final day. In the Barbadian political party context, presidential addresses at such events are usually of a partisan nature and […]

May the young be mindful ever of the old

May the young be mindful ever of the old

Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. –– Proverbs 23:22. We can say with confidence that the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has been making itself a practising example of the advice given by the legendary sage Solomon in extending a helping and comforting hand to […]

Yes to COP’s words; no to circling wagons

Our research reveals that Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith is no lightweight. Indeed, intelligence gathered is that the former Harrison College and University of the West Indies graduate has come through the ranks and ascended to high office based not only on academic achievement, but on an extremely accomplished foundation built on practical policing. […]

Antigua takes bold lead on plastic bags

As we traverse daily the length and breadth of Barbados, how much do we observe our surroundings? For example, the state of the drains running alongside the island’s roads and highways that serve as a conduit for the run-off of rainwater. Also, the many idle plots of land that dot the countryside and are overrun, […]

Will we see Mr Stuart off his high horse?

Of the many meanings of the word “high”, the one that most aptly describes Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is “great in rank, status, or importance” –– although sometimes we are tempted to believe there is yet another definition: morally or culturally superior. As the country’s political leader, Mr Stuart occupies a position of great power; […]

To a truly Bajan icon in Granny!

On Wednesday afternoon, during a funeral service at the Christ Church Parish Church, strong evidence was again provided that the true heroes and nation builders of Barbados are often not the high-profile persons whose activities are constantly in the limelight, but ordinary folk who quietly devote their lives to selfless service that makes a difference […]

Little comfort in low tally numbers

Murderers are not monsters; they are men. And that is the most frightening thing about them. –– Alice Sebold, American author. For Barbados we might add “they are young men”; and their gunplay is not only most frightening, but it would have many of us glued to our homes at night, terror-stricken. As we have […]

For our deeds, smile or frown the gods

Greek legend has it that the goddess Pallas Athene, daughter of Zeus, threw a mist over Odysseus’ realm of Ithaca while he slept. And when Odysseus woke everything appeared strange –– the footpaths, bays, trees, rocks –– everything. And Odysseus cried and groaned in dismay and said: “Whose country have I come to this time? Are they […]

A strong word must be sent criminal kind

Years ago in Barbados, whenever serious crime reared its ugly head, attention immediately focused on a few individuals, especially if guns were involved. These persons, who were well known to the police, were regular guests of Her Majesty on Station Hill and somehow always tended to run afoul of the law whenever they were released […]

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