Bariteau, the once head of gender relations at the university
is a national but not born in Barbados. She says that she was
a little poor girl and she was given the opportunity and now she is
the deputy principle of the Cave Hill campus. She takes her example
as a normal explanation of how any Kittician or Vincentian or St. Lucian
can rise to the top in West Indian society but that is not so - it depended
on values for Dr. George Belle is a Barbadian and from a more affluent
class, knowledgeable and did not make it as deputy.
of a joke: little Rosemary up in tree and mischievous brother runs and
says mommy Rosemary up in the tree and she got a hole in her panties
and Rosemary laugh because she does not have on no panties - it
is a crude version of the emperor clothes. They do not know where
they vulnerability and feel that they appear in public fully dressed.
of a sudden Hilary Clinton cannot go along with the same
policy, where Americans are obligated to Israel because Jews have the
monetary system and most American’s foreign policy is about placating
Israel. There is good opportunity, it seems, with Obama.
He has got to a stage now that if Israel tries to assassinate him, it
shall be worse internationally than Little Rock. The big question
is will Obama do anything about man-made cocaine and heroine or will
he keep the money laundering from them at home.
Alleyne is said to be a brilliant man; all of his children have
scholarships - for what it is worth - but his loyalty to the Democrats
throws off his credibility. He props up every argument the party
produces, when he should keep his mouth shut. That is what is
so annoying with Dale Marshall and Mia, they pick at the unnecessary,
they have got to cross the party line, when people say things, which
sound good and are good.
Thompson was put on television by Mia to answer question about
the recent budget. She embarrassed herself. Most of her statements
should be crossed out but in the debate in the Senate she said that
there needs to be a serious look at probation, to be careful with convictions
and the way the death penalty is imposed because people can go to the gallows
on confessions beaten out of them. If the DLP says that is a BLP
attitude where can we go, are we to leave these suggestions to independent
members, who have no clout at all? If we continue that way
we going nowhere, we have to cross the party line, when it comes to
doing the right thing, to go for the general good not the party.
Arthur, in his budget speech last week talked above everybody’s
heads especially the thirty people there including the Prime Minister,
even Mia. It was cleverly worded and delivered for undergraduates
- all Barbadians were undergraduates. He talked economic folderol
(shenanigans associated with the theatre, to do with the glitz and glamour
of the theatre, the part not to be taken seriously.)
He made a sorry sight. He should have attacked the holes in Thompson’s
policy, instead he delivered a theory.
When he turns
up in a classroom he is at home with himself; all of his students will
listen to him. Many of the questions he puts in exams he would
have said and his students will repeat and turn a handle, like a Gestetner,
on the degree mill - and an exact copy of the original comes at the
other end and that is how a degree is got.
He is getting
a pension for life his father’s rum shop is doing very well but he
does not have any power; he is under Mia’s petticoat and he does not
seem to realize it.
Hewitt, in this week’s guest column in the Nation quoted at
length and in full – that as all it was - almost plagiarism – the
same thing Jesus said: “You saw me hungry and fed me not,
when you saw me naked you clothed me not and
you did not come and visit me.” Hewitt could get a place
for typing. He wrote beautiful prose but it was by another author,
Kahlil Gibran. As a successful accountant he can add figures but
does he have the skill to write a column? After all it is poetry.
It is sad to see certain people, who achieved a certain amount of education
and progress because of their education allowed to be least than erudite.
Like the emperors clothes it depends on, who says that they got on a
good suit, when they are naked.
are to be read for what they are worth, only a way of looking, not to
prove a formula or solve our problems. Mahatma Gandhi had a vision,
his vision was that India, Pakistan, Bangladesh was to be one country,
he believed it, he fasted for it and he died for it. It was a
philosophy for him and his followers but the world and his own people
did not take that solution.
Nation Newspaper can be hoaxed into nonsense – get some clown
to find some old fables, put them together, write in perfect English,
and it will be accepted and slipped passed for there will be nobody
on staff sufficiently educated.
The paper is
worst and hands can be wrung as much as is liked but that is what is
wanted. People very critical of the Nation use the excuse to say
that, at least, Harold and Roxanne did something because they kept it
going but it would have been better if it had died. The number
of pseudo-intellectuals occupying its columns is alarming. Intellectual priaprism,
is what someone called it, a mental erection, which cannot be got rid
of for satisfaction is so great with thoughts that it causes a permanent,
useless erection for unlike masturbation that gets to orgasm there is
nothing in priaprism. An erection can be got from not even
anything physical, merely looking at a picture, not even intellectual,
it is just part of the brain’s function or mal function.
for columnist is only an ability to maintain a flow of words.
So many times, with the introduction of computers, they fill a space
because a block of words fits. No longer is there sub-editing
with things crossed out and arrows and such things - that went out with
paste up - give them a telephone directory and say put it on page two
and they will cut it up an put it on page two and it will look good.
I’Akobi Maloney’s death has been turned into a Rastafari paraded
show and an attempt to legalize marijuana instead of a fight for justice.
It is a hard thing to tell somebody that: “Your son was killed
and you do not want to do anything about it.”
Too many in
the lower order of classes are afraid to stir things up for justice
because they lack courage and they rely on other people. They
will say blindly: “I do not want to start anything.” They want someone to pull their chestnuts out of the fire.
Some body else must do the stirring up for them especially when something
is understood, which looks plausible about the wrong person in the sense
that the person is felt to be inaccessible.
a certain amount of moral courage to even pull up your children.
So many these days live vicariously through their children and so find
it very difficult to correct them; to correct them is to admit that
they need correcting and not every body has that maturity.
is - is it human nature and are we built to be brave, when to be brave
is not the easier way out? Is it human nature to flee and not
be confronted with reality? It is a lot to do with apathy, ignorance
and low self-esteem, not thinking they are deserving, academic qualification
makes no difference for that is seen as an achievement, an investment.
That is why
there is the leader of the pact and very often the leader should decide
if it is safe for him to go in the front. A leader’s skills
should be valued more than the people he leads and therefore there is
no point to have his head cut off accidentally.
to do with moral fibre. Unison Whiteman was in Barbados when Maurice
Bishop was under house arrest and most people warned him not to return
to Grenada for he would be surely killed but he said that it was his
duty, he went back and he was butchered. Acts of bravery such
as these are not to be known by the people.
right of passage in Africa, where a man must kill a lion is a test of
bravery. The Zulu in South Africa gave up because if they had
continued their fight with the Boers would have killed them all. Zulu
still carry swords but for ceremony.
are brave because they have not had a chance to think out the consequences
of their action. They do not know Sharpsville, Tianaman Square.
All sorts of people behave bravely under certain circumstance.
Blanca Jaeger was in Nicaraguan with a United Nations team and rebels
lined up men to execute them and she stood in front of the firing squad
and said you will have to shoot me too. She was internationally
known but that does not take away from her bravery or some people may
say that she was stupid.
now is awe for law - retribution and penalties. If penalties
are enforced people will not break the law if they are not enforced
then people flout the law.
There are so
many things called unsolved murders but somebody has the solution all
it needs is a look in the right direction.
8. Things That Should be Left Alone
People want Pilly otherwise it would not have passed the first episode.
Philly last show - Altman said that they all came here on different
boats and now we are in the same boat. Are we in the same