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#BTEditorial – Don’t shoot the messenger, Sir Frank!

#BTEditorial – Don’t shoot the messenger, Sir Frank!

It is not easy being a journalist, especially in this neck of the woods. On the one hand you are often criticized for not being investigative enough, but the moment you expose some  ‘guarded truth’ you are immediately branded as the worst form of human being ever known to mankind – irresponsible, reckless, sensational and […]

#BTEditorial – We are not children of a lesser God

#BTEditorial – We are not children of a lesser God

The democratic process in Barbados stands to become a farce if citizens continue to disavow themselves of certain responsibilities after marking their ‘X’. With a general election to be held within the next six months, it is perhaps time that citizens look to participate more in their democracy outside of that five-year national exercise, and […]

#BTEditorial – An ugly blemish on our politics and democracy!

#BTEditorial – An ugly blemish on our politics and democracy!

As the political temperature rises in a sure sign that that the next general election is fast approaching, the contentious subject of vote buying has resurfaced in the national political discourse. At a public meeting over the weekend, political newcomer and United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for St James South, Christal Austin, raised concern that […]

#BTEditorial – Tis the season for promises and more political promises

#BTEditorial – Tis the season for promises and more political promises

When the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) came to the people of Barbados ten years ago and asked for an opportunity to serve as this island’s Government after 15 years in the political wilderness, it gave several commitments in a policy platform which espoused a theme of change. The 2008 DLP election manifesto identified a need […]

#BTEditorial – Public servants can now believe in Christmas miracles

#BTEditorial – Public servants can now believe in Christmas miracles

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the country’s civil servants will be forgiven if they go to bed tonight believing in Christmas miracles. Having gone a decade without a pay rise, and having been told by all and sundry in the Freundel Stuart administration that Government simply could not afford it, the NUPW […]

#BTEditorial – Tis the season for giving

#BTEditorial – Tis the season for giving

It’s just 11 days before Christmas and most Barbadians are getting ready for the big day – house cleaning, decorating, gift shopping, and the whole works. It’s no wonder Andy Williams penned It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. But is it really? While most look forward with delight to the season, for some it’s […]

#BTEditorial – Lord Nelson and the Knights of the ‘wrong’ table

#BTEditorial – Lord Nelson and the Knights of the ‘wrong’ table

The defacement of the statue of Britain’s greatest naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, has raised some interesting issues. That criminal act in the heart of Bridgetown – and it is a crime under Barbados’ laws – found curious support from some circles and rightfully drew condemnation from others. The statue was erected in 1813 when […]

#BTEditorial – The CLICO debacle: eight years on

#BTEditorial – The CLICO debacle: eight years on

At long last, it seems that the dim flicker of light at the end of what was a long, dark tunnel has got a bit brighter for local policyholders of CLICO. Their investments were very much in jeopardy following the 2009 collapse of the former Trinidad-headquartered regional insurance giant after a severe liquidity problem arose. […]

#BTEditorial – When sorry is good but may just not be good enough

#BTEditorial – When sorry is good but may just not be good enough

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is apologizing to residents and businesses along the south coast which have had to endure renewed inconvenience over the past several weeks as an awful stench emanating from overflowing sewers again reared its ugly head. This, despite assurances earlier in the year from the state-owned utility company that it had […]