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#BTEditorial – Please shut up and drive!

#BTEditorial – Please shut up and drive!

Greek philosopher Heraclitus long ago advised us that change is the only constant in life and we need not fear or reject it, especially when that change is for our good. Such is the case with the new regulations under the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act which bans the use of cell phones while driving. It has been […]

#BTEditorial – The calm is not coming anytime soon

#BTEditorial – The calm is not coming anytime soon

We get the impression that despite the dismay, shock, horror, anxiety, or other range of emotions that visit themselves on Barbadians from time to time, that we are not taking the violent crime situation in the island as seriously as we should. Everyone acknowledges that gun-related crimes in Barbados are undermining the very fabric of […]

#BTEditorial – When our own democracy could also be seriously under threat

#BTEditorial – When our own democracy could also be seriously under threat

Last week’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiring to defraud the United States and to interfere in its 2016 election campaign is cause for serious concern for us in Barbados as we prepare for our own national poll in a matter of months or even weeks. Yes, we have had a history […]

#BTEditorial – Time to raise the bar

#BTEditorial – Time to raise the bar

The Barbados Parliament, the third oldest in the Commonwealth, has been at the centre of our democracy, reflecting both the legacy of the British Westminster system and our unique culture for well over three centuries. It was set up by our founding fathers to scrutinize and challenge the work of Government, make and change laws, […]

#BTEditorial – Look no further than in the mirror

#BTEditorial – Look no further than in the mirror

We are today in a fine mess with violence, uncouth behaviour and indiscipline in several of our schools. And while some foolishly attempt to politicize this issue, they would do well to look in the mirror and realize that Barbadian adults are in large measure responsible for much of the current state of affairs. Despite […]

#BTEditorial – Absent fathers hurt society

#BTEditorial – Absent fathers hurt society

Sociologists have long touted the view that to fix a nation you must fix the family. Sadly, our society has ignored the importance of the family as the primary socializing influence on children and youth. But now more than ever, Barbados will have to rethink its treatment of this institution in light of the troubling […]

#BTEditorial – From CLR James, to Worrell, to the Archers

#BTEditorial – From CLR James, to Worrell, to the Archers

Professor of sport and cultural studies at the University of Central Lancashire, John Hughson, in an essay on Sport, Nation and Empire suggested that while France and Germany took a direct approach to imposing their customs and values on their territories, Britain preferred the “velvet glove of cultural imperialism”. Sport, and in particular cricket, was […]

#BTEditorial – Strategic incoherence will not end school violence

#BTEditorial – Strategic incoherence will not end school violence

In a press release issued yesterday evening, the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) quoted Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands as saying the ministry “will move swiftly to employ all necessary measures to prevent the recent scourge of violence exhibited in some of the island’s schools from spreading to others”. Mr […]

#BTEditorial – Time to run better election campaigns

#BTEditorial – Time to run better election campaigns

The silly season is upon us and most are anxiously waiting for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to reveal his well-kept secret – the date of general elections. Elections are critical to democracy and rightfully every eligible citizen should embrace the opportunity to participate in a process intended to keep a country on the forward march […]

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