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On the bus to nowhere fast

On the bus to nowhere fast

In 2008, then Prime Minister David Thompson, in his first national Budget, announced the introduction of free bus rides for the island’s school children. The move, largely seen as a public good, was designed to curb deviant behaviour among our boys and girls and to ensure they refocus on the more pertinent business of achieving […]

Let the music play and the children always sing 

Let the music play and the children always sing 

At a time when the Barbados economy continues to struggle, when respect for law and order seems to be declining, and criminality appears to be increasing, we could perhaps be forgiven for constantly dwelling on the negative side of Barbados. But there are so many Barbadian positives to celebrate, that we would exhaust the space […]

When the days of offshore financial services appear to be numbered

When the days of offshore financial services appear to be numbered

A year ago, the release of the so-called Panama Papers provided an unprecedented exposé of various schemes — legal and in some cases not so legal — that are used primarily by the world’s rich and famous to secretly move money from one jurisdiction to another around the world. It’s done with the aim of […]

A fallen poster girl for freedom and democracy

A fallen poster girl for freedom and democracy

She is the de facto ruler of a country thousands of miles away from the Caribbean, or as some would say, more than half way around the world. However, many Barbadians, especially those who take a keen interest in global affairs, would be familiar with the name, Aung San Suu Kyi, and followed her rise […]

‘A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize’

‘A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize’

With the campaign for the next general election wholly and truly under way, the role of journalists and the media in the coverage of the battle to govern will be under more scrutiny than ever before. The people who offer to represent the interests of Barbadians will have sleepless nights, worried that the prize of […]

We are all to blame for the fall

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 […]

When we humans go feasting on fancy and folly

When we humans go feasting on fancy and folly

English novelist George Orwell perhaps said it best, when he suggested that there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. He opined that all issues are political issues and that politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. This has been found to be true in most, if not […]

When men are on the receiving end of domestic violence

When men are on the receiving end of domestic violence

Whenever mention is made of domestic violence or sexual harassment, the latter of which has been very much in the news recently following the passage of new legislation by Parliament, there is generally an immediate and automatic assumption of a woman as the victim and a male as the perpetrator. Hardly is there ever consideration […]

Clear signs that election fever is beginning to boil

Clear signs that election fever is beginning to boil

It is clear, from the heightened political activity of recent weeks, that Barbados is definitely moving into election mode. From a constitutional standpoint, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is not required to call the next general election until the second quarter of next year, three months at the latest following the expiration of the incumbent Democratic […]