We are all to blame for the fall

Barbados is on a worrying slope.

Economically, there is no doubt that we are in deep, troubled waters and a close examination of this week’s Central Bank report on economic performance for the first nine months of the year, again confirms that Barbados is tottering on a dangerous precipice with record low levels of international foreign reserves compounded with high debt, dwindling revenue, rising inflation and little to no foreign investment.

But since we are constantly reminded that Barbados is more than an economy, it is a society, we shan’t dwell on the grim economic outlook, which for months has been forecast by respected experts at home and abroad.

Instead, our concern is our society and its disquieting almost daily decline.

Two incidents this week screamed that Barbados is off track and while there is this tendency to turn a blind eye, downplay, rationalize and even support unsavoury things happening in our society, there are times when we have to call a spade a spade and address it since ignoring problems don’t make them disappear.

Such is the case with the reported alleged assault of Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith while executing his duties at Crab Hill, St Lucy last weekend.

We stay clear of imputing guilt on the accused awaiting his day in court to answer the matter but address a much wider issue.

Barbados has traditionally enjoyed the reputation of being a well-ordered, well–run country which upholds the rule of law and never should this change or be compromised.

This isolated incident should challenge all and sundry to speak out against flagrant disrespect for authority no matter the level, mindful that our silence could very well lead to a far worst outcome in the event the reprehensible act is repeated.

And then we come to an incident, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon involving our school children.

Police have confirmed that three secondary school students were engaged in a bloody attack of a man on a minibus on the Speighstown route. The adult was reportedly injured by one of the students said to be armed with a weapon.

Understandably, the incident is disturbing and has sparked outrage and demands for the offenders to be dealt with firmly.

Yet herein lies the problem. This society is well known for its persistent grumbling which hardly ever results in action. Barbadians are stuck in a cycle of being reactive, rather than proactive.

Deviance among our school children is nothing new.

Back in May there was equally strong outrage when a secondary school girl was severely beaten by a group of her peers.

And there have been other less publicized incidents.

But since then one can hardly identify a credible action plan that has been implemented to reverse the social ill. Families, educators, churches and concerned Barbadians have seemingly returned to their blissful oblivion.

Overtime, several factors including pop culture, television, and illegal drugs have been blamed for the rise in negative behaviour.

However, the main factor contributing to the problem lies with the society, starting first with our homes and parents.

In days of yore, neither parent nor village would condone the disrespect of law enforcers. Assaulting a police commissioner would only be a figment of a wild imagination.

No community would be silent in the face of such blatant disrespect of those we depend on to keep us safe and secure.

Right-thinking citizens must take a stand.

Equally, no school child could think or be bold enough to leave home with a weapon to challenge, far less injure a peer or an adult.

It is evident then that we are failing at imparting critical values to help our youth develop into well-rounded, purposeful citizens.

By now it must be absolutely clear to us all that the problems of deviance must be confronted and solved at home. This is where the solution must be found.

The family is the first school. As a society we need to demand that parents seriously perform their roles of properly socializing and disciplining their children. Perhaps the time has come for this to be legally enforced.

Loving but firm discipline at home is a prerequisite if children are to be successful. And this must spill over to our communities, where adults will talk less, act more and set positive examples.

11 Responses to We are all to blame for the fall

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 3, 2017 at 12:41 am

    A very hostile and combative spirit has entered our realm. We’ve witnessed warring winds, warring waves, warring rain and warring heat. Something or someone is at war with us. People don’t just change sudden so, something is going on that we are blind to.

    • Samud Ali
      Samud Ali November 3, 2017 at 5:56 am

      An arrogance and love of stupidity along with an unchecked collective societal ego that has created the new “bajan” persona

    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams November 3, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Samud Ali I really wasn’t ready for such a strong reply 🙁

  2. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony November 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    In other words being a bloody animal is the norm

  3. jrsmith November 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Yes we are all to be blame as party members ,just voting for the party come what may lacking consideration of what we are doing term after term…….Then we cannot remove them from office as failures , waiting after 5 years to do so……………………………
    My take our politicians is out of control we need something to reign them in, an act of parliament (Accountability Act 2017 ) we cannot do anything other than like it , or lump it ……They do what they like, when they like because they are not accountable to the black masses ….
    They line themselves up behind each other for protection……..

  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 3, 2017 at 6:28 am


  5. BimJim November 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

    NONE of us can do as we please, we must follow the “lawmakers” we elected to Parliament, who then – legally – do as they please.

    NONE of us has any say in how much money is printed.
    NONE of us has any say in how much money is spent.
    NONE of us has any say in how much money is wasted.
    NONE of us has any say in how much money is stolen.

    I say at the next election elect a Party which WILL make changes – which means NOT the DLP or the BLP – and insist that TERM LIMITS be irrevocably installed on all politicians for life – no ebbing and flowing, you get in, you get out, and don’t EVER come back.

    I also say ensure that the next Party elected make the politicians in power personally responsible for the national debt. What debts YOU accumulate, YOU pay, no walking away and leaving it to the helpless citizen who had nothing to do with the spending. You spent a million dollars of taxpayer money? You had better have it in the bank, or spend a decade or two at Dodds.


    Politicians these days have ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY, after being elected they do as they like and nobody is allowed to tell them Boo. MAKE THEM LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE, MAKE THEM LEGALLY ACCOUNTABLE, and we will stop this brash, knee-jerk decisions nonsense.

    Our crap-for-brains “leaders” – BOTH Parties – have us some $13 BILLION dollars in debt, and I guarantee our great-great–great-grandchildren will still be paying that off. US… not THEM. WE have to pay off THEIR irresponsible spending.

    FIRE THE BUMS. No employee, public or private, could get away with this behaviour, yet because they are politicians they are special?


    It is now up to US to fire THEM.
    ALL of them.
    BOTH Parties are equally guilty.

    As a friend of mine used to say,


  6. Sheron Inniss November 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I take no blame for what is happening in Barbados. I try to do my bit and I surely ain’t letting nobody child kill me. If any of them hit me I am going to defend myself.

    I am tired of their uncouth behaviour and being cussed for trying to put any of them right.

    All school children who do not want to go to school can stay home as far as I am concerned. As for the adults who don’t know how to behave – steupse.

    You can lead to water but you can’t force anyone to drink.

    Check out our RH politicians; i e Right Honourable.

    My best is what I strive to give every single day; sometimes I fail but that is still my aim.


  7. Alan Winter November 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Lets take stock. Dont vote another fella in, unless we have the Accountability Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Where the MPs and the 1-5% are accountable.

    It is OUR hard earned money they are teefing. All the progressive nations has the FOI. Where ordinary citizens can hold MPs accountable by seeing paperwork they are dealing with.

    Hold fire people until WE get what we want… Let the elections falls to rack and ruin because the country will unless WE act !! Do nothing on Election Day, they cant do NOTHING without the people!!

  8. Samantha Walker November 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Look how the people in power showing themselves up !! Money missing, fights in parliament and anything goes. You are are SUPPOSED to be role models for the next generation and look how wunna behaving.

    Then whenever something happen. Wunna always casting blame and talking about “how things used to be”. If you change the infrastructure of a place that once operated adequately, what do you expect.

    These people does get on like, the people’s problems have absolutely NOTHING to do with them. And never any cure but to play the blame game. Wunna squeezing the life outta people, its bound rebound back on AUTHORITY !!

    Wunna in AUTHORITY should be treating people with respect. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. That means show us how to respect others, you in the limelight. But you showing us disrespect and saying we SHOULD HAVE respect…Where is it coming from? The SKY ??

  9. Anthony Prescott November 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    If you write to an MP – No answer, in the UK they HAVE to write back
    If you need a lawyer – $150 – $200 for a 1st consultation….In the UK and US its FREE
    Freedom of Speech is the order of the day in MOST countries, here you can only talk what is comfortable for those in high place !!
    Wunna got people dumb down and frightened. No place to get any sort of compensation or relief. No outlet except at others.#
    Keep going, its outta control already and more stress coming with the rise in petrol, insurance and whatever wunna feel like raising. Its ridiculous, SHARKS come to mind !!


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