If Barbados is such a pretty place, why do we have Crime Videos out close together?
Thousands of years ago, if you heard the term “tyrant” or “dictator” used, it was usually in a beneficial manner. This was the person in Greek city-states who dictated policy, taxes and laws – however, even human nature was as it is now very similar then, so what Athenian residents did to avoid corruption was after two years the ruler was asked to move to another village and not return for at least a decade, so as to avoid complacency among other challenges. A new ruler was chosen to continue previous plans yet improve on the current structure. This was deemed a “democratic” process and most of it obtains worldwide in these modern days, albeit in theory if not practice…
Unfortunately, “lost in translation” can be especially appropriate now when one considers how most folk view phrases such as ‘Tyrant‘ or ‘Dictator‘… Names such as Hitler or Goebbels come to mind;-
Hitler was aware that after 10-years of competing in a free democratic system, that it was impossible to convince the majority of the Germany people that he was right. To do this, he had to gain control over the German media. NAZI directives and the possibility of arrest and confiment in concentration camps established by Himmler’s SS soon gave him virtually complete control over all all German media outlets. This should not be seen as entirely a matter of force. There were many subtle ways this was brought about. Journalists with Communist sympathies were arrested, but many others were brought around with persuasion. Of course the threat of losing ones newspaper or job was a major factor in establishing NAZI control. The ease with which Goebbels accomplished this was astonishing.
The first thing many governments do in seeking to establish a severe grip on how their population thinks is to go after the Media. While not equating the current Freundel Stuart regime with Nazi Germany, nevertheless, isn’t it odd how a July 2013 parliamentary debate was only questioned in late November of that same year, which could seem to some like a prelude to the December announcement of the IMF’s suggestion of lay-off’s… That is? If the media was cowed beforehand, then when the real boot was goose-stepped the same media may hesitate to give proper analysis.
The Barbados Labour Party was equally vigorous in seeking to mark their territory on the state-owned CBC in 1999. The entire cadre of TV 8’s reporters were gathered and told the Bees are securing their pension, therefore if any journalist produced an investigative or offbeat piece which offended either side then the Newsroom’s editors would not be defending the staff and their best bet is to procure a lawyer! Make sure if an audio or video extract is (for argument’s sake) 27 seconds for Opposition, then the BLP must have the same duration regardless of speech patterns or content, the reporters’ main duty is to only declare what was said by either side and ensure the length of items were parallel to the other so no favoritism accusations can be made. I asked why are we here if there is no initiative, and I was bluntly reminded that I did not sign my own pay cheques and only compliance and obedience is expected.
As Barbados Free Press pointed out, I have had quite a few clashes with the current regime, who wishes to paint how Barbados is just swimming along in some global turbulence and it’s just a few negative folk who want to make it seem worse than it really is…
Explain how in 2010 if Police arrested offenders for marijuana cultivation the plants were usually 3 feet in height and 100 at most, by 2014 you can easily find over 1,000 plants at 5 feet or more in height. Why do Bajans find the lure of narcotic agriculture so powerful? Is it an economy where a late Prime Minister urged people to pay deposits on insurance policies even though the broker themselves was not sure if their own business was solvent? Have the Drainage workers who were let go in December received their severance and emoluments yet? How much longer can you blame Smart Stream?
If Barbados is genuinely hunky-dory where less than one percent growth is deemed ecstatic and a newspaper is expected to tolerate repeated slurs on its reputation, then why – if all is well – is the Barbados Government Information Service issuing not one, but two, Crime Prevention videos for not only TV but Social Media rotation?
In 1987 I’d think nothing of walking from Bert’s Bar in Rockley to my apartment in Hastings at 2 o’clock in the morning, can you recommend anyone to do the same now? But Government says everything is all right? Wake up Barbados, before you are robbed twice – on the streets and in your pay-packets!