Is Barbados really Independent? Media shucks & jives per Sophie of Wessex’ whims and decrees
When Barbados had its 375th Anniversary of Parliament; I refused to be in the thick of it, if Barbados is in the middle of a financial crisis where thousands of jobs have to be shedded in order for this country to avoid another financial downgrade – why are we laying out Pomp & Pimpery when the funds can be better used for restructuring the Bajan economy? Why not use those same funds to pay Drainage workers who are yet to see their severance?
I am reminded of the first volume of Game of Thrones when Ned Stark discovers there’s almost no money in the Treasury and it is Tywin Lannister who is bankrolling King’s Landing and the country of Westeros – yet King Robert wants a filthily expensive Knight’s Melee to celebrate Ned’s acceptance for the Government position of Hand of The King… This was pretty much the setting for the popular series, and it has an eerie parallel for Barbados too!
When the UK’s Prince Edward and his wife, the Countess of Wessex, came here for the Bajan Gubernatorial observation why not pay from their own pocket? God knows they can afford it…
Worse, as Eddie went gallivanting on a yacht before heading to Jamaica, Bajans were brought forward quick-march to greet Sophie at the Barbados Olympic Association where everything unravelled rapidly in my view…
First of all, we were not given an Itinerary of which rooms the Countess would view nor in what sequence – we were only barked at by either Pamala Proverbs (The darling of Bajan Media and champion of Barbados Realtors everywhere – can you tell my sarcasm?) or a white pr**k in a gray suit how we cannot go here or there, better yet hang six feet back! Should we curtsy and beg for crumbs too?
Barbados allegedly became Independent in 1966 under the late Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow – unfortunately, apart from changing his mandated ethos of no fees for secondary and tertiary education, we took a further step back when the BOA lay in wait for her Madam to supposedly grace her presence like Plantation days of yore when all the finest slaves in their best second-hand suits were dolled out à la Django (the earlier DiCaprio parts, not in the end where things got very explosive).
Only one of the BOA executive was kind enough to guide the media where he planned to carry the British
despot dignitary, otherwise we’d have had a fine time guessing. The stupid prat in the gray suit continued to bark at us, until I said if all of us delete our pictures and tell Fleet Street why we did it then he’d have an International incident on his hands, suddenly the yob’s gob went mute for the rest of the drill inspection viewing…
The worst was yet to come, since this was an early morning exercise most of the media skipped their breakfast to arrive on time, they were relieved when they saw samosas and other nibbles being warmed up – but was it for THEM? HELL to the “N” and “O“! British protocol insists that regular people must not see Sophie eating, why? Does she belch or f*rt? May be it’s called a throat malfunction if she burps, and she whispers into her capris with rainbow sprinkles if she passes wind…
However, there’s even MORE; me and my car were blocked in by Police Task Force vehicles until Wessex left – they personally would be happy to move, but were under strict orders for no moves unless Sophie disembarks the compound… Was I in 2014 or did I wander into 1714? Why did we break away from London Why not hand over Independence to someone more worthy like the Caymans? SMDH!
As an aside, I believe it’s an affront to our society that we have to give way to motorcades. I do believe in courtesy to our visitors, more or less whoever they are, from Ms Sophie and her clan or others. It’s not the being polite to visitors I worry about, but the maniac driving we all see as people try to get out of the way. Motorcades should be banned and people learn to drive in a queue the same as all of us. If terrorists want to take someone out, they could do that whatever speed the traffic is moving at. I understand that Royalty and other visitors wish for security that they’re used to, and tourism would end quickly if a VIP was harmed here, but if Rihanna can walk free on our beaches, then we’re safe.
Until the members of the media take a stand and walk away from an assignment this treatment will continue.
Most events in Barbados are not media friendly. The media is used as needed and discarded after.