When Bajan Reporter’s Mom sparked the ire of the Anglican Clergy: the Nation Newspaper’s REAL 40th Anniversary!
I deliberately stayed away from the Nation Publishing’s Sr Personnel facing the Beak (old UK slang for Court) but as their 40th Anniversary looms, I will finally make this point… In the article in question, the children’s faces were blurred and therefore the reaction seems extreme in my view – despite my carrying Police Editorials as I believe in all sides airing their views…
Nevertheless, there is a popular suspicion among Barbadians how the Nation tends to favour the Barbados Labour Party now Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (this is not assisted by the fact certain former MP’s of the BLP are supposedly Nation shareholders) and thus the Courts and Police of the day are considered to be performing similar yet apparently legalised roles comparable to Eric Gairy‘s Mongoose Gang or Duvalier Sr & Jr‘s Tonton Macoute?
Is it a clandestine move to suppress the Media before they get too uppity and decide to discern the truth for a change, as Barbados hits tougher times including the latest downgrade – is this move a subtle yet pre-emptive strike designed to cow the 4th Estate in case they choose to finally perform their correct duties in Bim? As it is now? Two media houses (print & radio) favour whoever places Ads (How many rapped Barbados fast-food emporium Chefette on the knuckles for removing old mahogany trees in Holetown to build a branch which has since disappeared?), while two entities (print & video) favour whosoever resides at Bay Street.
In a strange way, AND needed to know…was a subliminal inspiration to create the Bajan Reporter in many ways… Much the the same way the Nation did not like how the Advocate maintained a Colonial stance, it was felt by me that the Nation started to imbue and eschew roles more suited for their Advertising clientele rather than what the public wanted
Also historically, my father Desmond Bourne played a major role in their Advertising and creating daily radio commercials for their latest Headlines; while my mother Carolle M. Bourne actually worked there from 1989 and provided a weekly Art Review until her passing in April 2012…
If Barbados was truly democratic and had genuine Freedom Of Speech/Freedom Of Expression laws then there’d be no need for BFP nor the sobriquets of its commentators (Original & Unedited remark at).
…the 25th anniversary book on the Nation… claims Desmond Bourne devised the “Once Is Not Enough” campaign (This is when your erstwhile publication went from weekly to Wed’s & Fri‘s) which drew the ire of then Anglican Bishop Drexel Gomez when in point of fact? My mother Carolle Bourne was the sole creator!
Ask Don Jordan, now a Director of Ad Agency SOJE-Lonsdale, this was when he had his own graphics firm in 1978 called “Visual Arts” and he did the photography and paste-ups of the man and woman in bed. Gomez only made an assumption that the couple were unmarried and his hissy-fit galvanised my mother’s campaign even further.
After all, cohabitation is no real big deal in the Caribbean – white or black – we have done this for generations, so please!
There was a mention of my father in the Nation’s 40th Anniversary supplement this weekend (I trust all well-wishers advertorial greetings were 😉 complimentary?), albeit they left off when there was an Advocate lawuit over survey figures how they did not use Desmond for almost a year (Wanna guess who paid my father’s rent and got him groceries?)…
Yet nary a mention of Carolle Bourne nor her Carousel column right next to Harold Hoyte’s “Of Men & Mice” (with a logo from popular illustrator Winston Jordan rendering Hoyte as a rodent inside a clock) on the Masthead/Editorial page nor how her Art Review generated controversy with Ras Akyem & Ras Ishi‘s VEXX exhibition in the early 90’s… Well, now the oversight has been corrected – thank God for blogs, eh?