HRH Prince Edward In Barbados For A Few Days – But You’d Never Know

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HRH Prince Edward Attending Several Functions

From the Royal Diary website (link here) …

Wednesday, 7th February 2007

The Earl of Wessex Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation will attend a Gold Award Ceremony at Government House, St. Michael, Barbados.

The Earl of Wessex Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation will attend a Dinner in Barbados.

Thursday, 8th February 2007

The Earl of Wessex Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation will visit the new National Heroes Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados.

The Earl of Wessex Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation will attend a Reception and present the prizes for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Cup at the Sandy Lane Golf Club, St. James, Barbados.

Nothing In The Barbados Media That We’ve Seen

There was a time when folks would line the roads to catch a glimpse of any member of the Royal Family, but those days are long gone – as are the attitudes and circumstances of life on the island before our independence.

300 Year-Old Grudge or Just Not Interesting? 

Now the Barbados media often ignores visits by members of the Royal Family – deliberately I’m sure. Sometimes people who make the decisions about what is “newsworthy” carry a 300 year-old grudge. Sometimes they are just not interested in the Royal Family. Sometimes they are anti-monarchists who use their position to further a political agenda.

There are those on this island who think that history should be erased. There are also those who appreciate the monarchy as a last line of defense against a dictatorship of democracy. (Now there’s a concept for discussion!)

And there is such a thing as simple courtesy – and that old saying about “You can pick your friends, but you’re stuck with your family.”

Whether you are fans of the monarchy or not, the fact that the Barbados media did not mention a visit by Prince Edward – is newsworthy in itself.

As for me, I view the Monarchy as a safeguard against heavy-handed government, and I enjoy the sense of history that is embodied in members of the Royal Family… even if my ancestors might have thought quite differently 300 years ago.

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51 responses to “HRH Prince Edward In Barbados For A Few Days – But You’d Never Know

  1. K3445

    Interesting. Which one of you wrote this?

  2. undemocratic

    the concept of monarchy is inherently undemocratic. i have serious concerns about a system of privilege being afforded to a set of people based on nothing but their status at birth. as a proponent of a secular way i view the existence of a monarchy as completely antithetical to meritocracy and a society of equals. we need to move beyond the sentiment and romantic notions about royal families.

  3. Justice

    It would be interesting to know if the above represents the thinking of BFP. If it does, then I am disappointed. For a press which so loudly and eloquently declaims the fundamental freedoms of the citizens, it seems odd that you would support a system that gives precedence based simply on who your ancestors were, with no regard to your moral, intellectual or other worth. This is the complete antithesis of what I thought you were arguing against. Now, in spite of one’s merits, you will have us reduced to subjects of some inbred idiot. I shall have to re-think what you have been saying in the light of this…I may have been wrong.

  4. Red

    The monarchy of Britain does not suppress press freedoms or any other form of freedom. It is THAT thinking which is 300 years old.

    Many of the remaining monarchies are constitutional ones where parliament is the voice of the people and the safeguard for freedoms (or it is the same parliament that ignores the people and suppresses freedom).

    The monarchy often serves a ceremonial role in government and helps to play a role in the tourism of a country.

    However, many European monarchies have expanded their roles and get involved with helping the people. Their involvement with charitable organisations becomes the focal point of their time.

    For a local example, the Barbados Youth Business Trust was formed from the Prince’s Youth Trust, participates in their global forums, receives technical assistance from their sources, and the BYBT boasts one of the best success rates in the world among the Youth Trust network.

    While their wealth may be inherited (and taxed upon death inheritance), that holds true for any citizen of the UK. Therefore, is your envy to do with their wealth? If so, there are far more wealthy families in the UK than the royal family.

    If your envy is based on their status, they have to earn their status now. Titles may be conferred, but many live ordinary lives and are ignored by the media because of their blandness.

    Those who are noticed are the ones that are active in community, or those who the media love to capture an inopportune moment on film. The media’s negative portrayl of the royal family is a large influence on people’s views. They focus on the scandals and embarrasments since that sells. Nobody wants to hear about the good work that is done.

    Furthermore, I still believe that everybody is entitled to an opinion. All writers and editors have the right to believe and to say something. It helps if a reporter indicates their bias beforehand, but that is almost never done in practice. However, BFP cannot be condemned for their comments simply because you do not agree with their position.

  5. Justice

    I, for one, do not seek to condemn BFP for their view. It just seems rather backward to me. So, just as when a clock strikes thirteen, you have to recheck to see whether it had ever been right all along, that’s the surprise this view has brought to me. I happen to hold BFP in rather high esteem for its hitherto unswerving defence of the citizen against the state. To me, the monarchy is a barrier to true meritocracy…and democracy.

  6. Justice

    You may omit my comment if you wish.It’s your right.

  7. Bajanboy

    Events leading up to the present day prove that Bajans cannot effectively run their own country. I am not talking about where we are today as a people, but where we could be if Barbados was well run. We have allowed our politians to run amok for too long. We should apply to join the European Union using our long association with the UK to gain special dispensation to justify our membership. Being forced to adopt European law in certain areas could deal with many problems identified here in Barbados, such as a lack of transparency and accountability. Or maybe we could ask the UK to become a colony once again.

  8. I think BFP has thrown a cat among the pigeons just to see who stands or flees!

    If you recall, to my knowledge, BFP is yet to state their view towards Bim becoming a republic – I think it should, we need to break away from UK to stop Neo-Colonialism and its retro-stance in “devancing” this country…

    I say and use my invented word of “devancing” to emphasise the opposite of **advancing** – to my mind, the Mail/Telegraph&Sun are far more interested and willing to shed pounds to learn if Blair or a Royal is here…

    For many Bajans – it is a case of “So what?”

    When Barbra Streisand got married here we didn’t give a hoot, yet many USA networks were offering THOUSANDS for just one shot – any interlopers at her do were foreign; conversely – many Bajans only paid attention to a papparazzi event when a BLACK man was involved, QED: Tiger Woods and the Nazi security for his wedding at Sandy Lane…

    I am not sure if local media deliberately ignored Edward’s visit or they may have been ordered by Buckingham Palace to look the other way – look at how certain politicians’ divorces and settlements were ignored but fully known by the Press here!

    I do not really believe that ALL of BFP is pro-Monarchy, perhaps one or two, they need diversity to give their interesting coverage – George had a view on the mobile videos of pupils and this was met with outrage… But he is not the sum of BFP?

    Relax! Right now they are all cracking a Banks and having a good laugh, eh?

  9. WHAT 'celebrity' ??

    A liking or reverence for the Monarchy is about as sentimental-silly as having a liking for religion/churchy stuff…
    – it’s a feel-good thang, honey!
    It’s about seeking the comfort of Ye Goode Olde Days,etc.

    The Prince himself is probably glad as ramgoat that there is NO hullabaloo assoc. with his visit.
    You plebes have NO idea what it must be like to have the Royal Spotlight always on you, just becoz they were UN-lucky enough to be born to that allegedly-exalted position!
    You and I have little appreciation for the comfortable anonymity of our quiet unRoyal lives.
    Leave the man alone: as it is, he’s probably embarrassed enough!

    Barbados has a special place in the lives of these VIP’s…coz they know they can come here and no-one particularly pays them any notice.
    Back in the late 1970’s, I personally taught half of the Swedish group ABBA to scuba-dive, in the pool at Sandy Lane: held Frida’s hand firmly for half an hour! while she was scared, as we dived along in what? 15 ft. of water? – big deal!
    (Still have Bennie’s business card…somewhere…)
    No Bajan bows and kowtows to celebrity,
    no one wants to ‘just touch the hem of their garment’.

    Barbados should go further and publicise this island(non-)attitude of ours to “celebrity”,
    and further we should reinforce it by publicly stating that, to guarantee their hassle-free visit, NO Paparazzi shall be allowed onto this island prior to the arrival of any celebrity likely to attract such unfortunate attention!

    I was ashamed of the Bajan people living near the Sandy Lane Golf Club who, for a few silver dollars, sold their souls and access to their rooftops, by allowing prying foreign paparazzi photographers with their long lenses, onto their rooftops for the purpose of taking pix of Tiger Woods wedding!!

    A few weeks later, I remember a CNN broadcaster on the phone to someone in Barbados(a CBC person?) asking Baje the typical stupid, ‘celebrity’-oriented questions..,.”Were you there?!”
    “How many people on the island lined the roadways to see Tiger and his new bride?”
    and poor Baje was like… whuh de raaaa.. dis woman axein me deze foolish kreshtuns fuh?
    I sensed his angst.

    Dem Up Dey don’t know that us Bajans are already Big Fish in a Small Pond… that “celebrity” on this island counts for naught.. that any Bajan has more self esteem and is already more important than Tiger Woods, OR Prince Whoever.
    -and that’s why they can come here
    and rub shoulders (like ordinary well-adjusted ppl) with ordinary well-adjusted ppl.

    So we need to make these tortured ‘celebrity’ people WELCOME on our island,
    complete with assurances and re-assurances that they will NOT be slobbered-over or harrassed,
    and that Paparazzi covering their arrival/stay will not be allowed entry(NO long lenses,please!) at our Ports of Entry.

    Hopefully someone at the Tourist Board, and/or Gov’t. will follow up on what I’ve said, as a matter of policy towards the rich and famous…make us kinda like A Bigger Mustique, where such vetting does take place(I think..).

  10. WHAT 'celebrity' ??

    I’d also like to add another personal experience of mine that reflects on the Paparazzi thing..
    Many centuries ago, when I was a lad, and when I was a pro photographer…I had just bought myself a fancy new Hassleblad SWC camera(my pride and joy!)

    At the time I was living very near to the hotel where Elton John was staying for a few days.
    ‘Taking her out for a spin’, I made my way along the shore and around the sea rocks along the base of Cobblers Cove(nr.Speightstown) I spotted Elton relaxing in a chair, enjoying the privacy and the view.
    He saw me and my camera (I’m a tall-ish white guy) and immediately took me for a paparazzi, and got up and fled inside.
    I felt so bad.
    I still feel so bad about that.

    I ruined his evening sojourn.
    Elton, if you’re reading this, I’d like to apologize, and to assure you that I was NOT on paparazzi duty(despite being a pro.photog with a new H.SWC) and please do come back to Barbados anytime..please!
    I wasn’t interested in taking your picture,
    and still am not!

    To Bajans,here on the island…
    THIS IS WHAT LIFE’S LIKE FOR THESE CELEBRITIES, I hope you understand!

  11. Post-Colonial Spleandour!

    Hats off to BajanBoy for saying what he just did.
    For the future of this now-African country,
    I LONG for Barbados to be a British Colony again, run by people who are MANAGERS – and not KLEPTOCRATS.

    Black people know how to run a country, all right…
    INTO THE GROUND!

    Show me ONE post-Colonial Caribbean Government that is worth it’s salt.
    – ONE!

    Trinidad? Give me a break!

    Jamaica? Ha HA!

    St.Vincent? Dominica?

    Where?
    GUYANA??
    – Forbes Burnham?? Double haHA!

    Barbados???????????????????????

    Show me ONE.
    Every single one of them..run into the ground by KLEPTOCRATS.

  12. Post-Colonial? How do you explain Barbados as being the 28th most developed country in the world?

    Through divine intervention of BS&T or ye olde Sir COW?

    If you are so unhappy you can join Eugene Terre-Haute’s society in Afrikaans Sud Afrique, since your “Mein Kampf” theses are unwelcome in most civilised parts nowadays…

  13. Post-Colonial Spleandour!

    -and Barbados is also around “24th. least corrupt country”
    if u believe Transparency Int’l.’s rankings.

    Barbados, dear boy, is merely the least of the run-into-the-ground post-Colonial Caribbean countries,
    and for that I am grateful, but I don’t fool myself that we Bajans are doing any splendid job!
    -Don’t rest on your laurels: the job is only partially done.
    We need to stop patting ourselves on our self-congratulatory backs!

    We have deliberately/SERIOUSLY-noisy motorbikes up and down the hiway when ppl are trying to sleep…(but not a Police car in sight, or in earshot:
    – in fact we have LITTLE law enforcement of anything here,
    but for speeding and Ganja!)

    our roadways are a nocturnal NIGHTMARE for drivers, due to archaeological-grade road markings that were last repainted for Clinton’s visit HOW LONG AGO?,
    and you think this is a semi-developed country?
    compared to Zimbabwe, I guess..

    Talk to de ppl an dem down in de Erleans,den.
    We are merely the lesser of the evils
    but we could do a LOT better.
    My glass is half-empty, even if yours is half-full.
    There is MUCH to be done, much of which could be accomplished with a lil enforcement
    if we had a Police Force..and could afford the exalted standard of living we’ve seen fit for ourselves(even if we can’t afford half of it).

    Champagne Taste, but mauby money
    is our biggest affliction.

  14. So why stay, as I said? If it’s so bad, then split – I am sure we all can have a whip round to ensure you have the 60$ departure tax…

  15. sage

    Ian Bourne said “So why stay, as I said? If it’s so bad, then split – I am sure we all can have a whip round to ensure you have the 60$ departure tax…”

    That is not the right attitude. We all know there is a problem and we all need to be part of the resolution. We do not want to be another Jamaica. Talk to the scores of good Jamaicans, Manley chased out, who left Jamaica 30 years ago never to return.

    We need good Barbadians to stay here in Barbados and work this out so do not talk that way.

  16. That is my point, I know what needs tweaking but I am not just going to sit and moan – I am gonna stay, I will offer suggestions – don’t BFP provide alternatives when they find something wrong? But to just get on as though the end is near and do nothing? You could as well flee! For all the good that’ll do..

  17. undemocratic

    Post-Colonial Spleandour!,

    there is legitimate criticism and working to solve the problems. that is what is needed. but to advocate a return to colonialism is ridiculolus. if u want to live as a colony, leave and go back to the mother country. i’m sure u also say that u r glad for colonialism and slavery because if it had not been for the europeans coming with their civilisation u would still be swinging in trees.

  18. K3445

    undemocratic says

    “i’m sure u also say that u r glad for colonialism and slavery because if it had not been for the europeans coming with their civilisation u would still be swinging in trees.”

    SWINGING IN THE TREES!

    That is a racist comment. Calling me us monkees.

    You know what you can do with that.

  19. K3435- I am sure “undemocratic’ meant swinging idyllically in a hammock TIED to trees in unspoiled West Africa?

  20. John

    We have travelled so far from our roots that we have forgotten who we are.

    The complete disregard for hoity toits and royalty can be found in the willingness of one local faction to fight and die to remove the king. And the willingness to bow to the king and things royal can be found in the willingness to die to champion the cause of the king and things royal.

    All this took place in 1651.

    We became independent in 1651. We had our own government, took care of our own country, saw after the good of all Bajans and loved our country since then.

    It is not a return to colonialisation or slavery that is being advocated. I sense it is the old fashioned hard headed common sense which Bajans possessed in times past that is being yearned for.

    The crud we have in parliament now is a total waste, all 30 of them.

  21. John

    … and Ian, tweaking is an understatement.

  22. Anotherbajan

    WHAT ‘celebrity’ ??, you say you were at Sandy Lane teaching Abba to dive. You are tallish white guy with Camera etc. I know you.

    Small world. We were at Sandy Lane on the same day.

  23. Rumplestilskin

    Jolly good questhion that old boy, whethah to be for colonialishm or noth. A monarchy might be considered evah so good by some, unlike some commonersah who think that any old fellow can run an empire. What say, old boy?

    I say, we dont want a banana republic around heah, now do we old fellow? Wont be ah club to be seen in.

    Now, would you like a brandy, old boy?

    James? James!

  24. Rumplestilskin

    Actually, how about a new Barbados devised system, a Democratic Monarchy.

    We vote for a new king every five years. He gets to rule the island as he sees fit.

    Then, if he does a good job, he gets to keep his riches and retire, or be reelected.

    If he does a bad job,

    Do like the French, guillotine.

  25. reality check

    the historical and ceremonial ties that Barbados has to the past is a non-issue.

    being sent around to the world to help raise money for charitable fund raising activities has to be one of the most difficult and boring tasks we could inflict on anyone. The Royal family in England besides being a link to the past, is a huge tourist attraction which more than pays for itself.

    A Republic in the right hands is a long term goal of any nation.

    This is not really the agenda of the current mottley crew. Its all about raw power without accountability.

    The truth is that there is not enough room in Barbados for Queen Elizabeth and King Arthur and his merripersons. Someone has to go.

  26. Bajanboy

    Well, my call for a return to colonism was a bit tonge in cheek. However, I do think we would have been better off if we were still more closely associated with the UK. Politics and democracy do not serve us well as we are a small country and cannot afford the waste our time or our resources in our quest for social and economic development. Our system of democracy is very inefficient as government cannot take the decisions needed without considering politics. Governments spend most of their energy taking decisions they beleive will get them reelected, rather than making decisions for the national good. Perhaps we need a benevolent dictatorship as in Singapore, or a form of government run more closely along private sector lines.

  27. Kathy

    Barbados needs term limits on politicians. Owen has been in power as long as many kings! Only thing, there is no estate tax like there is for the British royals – he came in with little money and he will leave with a fortune, if the rumours of the divorce settlement are true.

    Of course Owen is also a great tourist attraction just like the royals – the tourists are even buying up all the land!

  28. Straight talk

    @ Reality check.
    Well said sir.
    Anyone who thinks that 60m Brits are stupefied by the glamour of the royal family should indeed be the PRO of a department of government commited to a republican status by the end of 2005.
    Each Brit realises that through the civil list the monarchy costs them the equivalent of two pints of milk p.a., and in return we gratefully receive 30 million overseas tourists.
    What’s your return BTA ?
    If you don’t want Lizzie & co., get rid.
    We would.
    But we don’t. We think she is an outstanding impartial figurehead.
    Though not possessing any executive power, she exercises a tremendous restraint on the abuse of parliamentary democracy by whatever party may happen to be in power.
    Beware of change for its own sake, but if you feel you must, choose your alternative model carefully, Trinidad, Zambia or, God forbid USA.
    Best wishes in any case for a successful future.

  29. samizdat

    What divorce settlement rumours…?

  30. samizdat

    And what’s this I hear about a very prominent big-up putting her g/friend in horspital?

    Someone give me details. I feel tragically out of the gossip loop…

  31. Justice

    Isn’t frightfully well-ruled and governed Britain the place where they are virtually selling peerages and knighthoods for party support? What makes it so different from any given banana republic?

  32. Jack 82

    That is is illegal to do so and is being investigated by the police?

  33. Justice

    Jack, it is illegal here too. Has it ever been done before in England, you think?

  34. Mike

    samizdat she was found to be in a very biting situation and thats what happened

  35. John

    So, are the police investigating the matter here?

    Guess all evidence will have vanished.

  36. Wry Mongoose

    I find it surprising in that discussions such as these, about the relative merit of having remained a colony vs. become independent – we rarely make reference to our neighbours such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, (or perhaps more relavent) Bermuda and Cayman Is.

    Most Bajans who have visited/worked in any of the above return to make the comment that these islands have wonderful infrastructure, etc. – but pay a heavy social price. It is difficult to place a dollar value on the self-determination that Independence affords (even if it is ‘pseudo’ because of our small size).

    Also, you want to talk about press freedom? A cursory read of the daily in the French Antilles reveals immediately that its editors are sitting in the lap of the Ministre de Information in Paris. Why else do the public resort to graffitti on the same pristine highway flyovers supplied by mama country in order to speak their minds?

    Having said that, there is now precedent for Caribbean islands ‘re-depending’ themselves in the form of last years decision by the K3 (small “klien” three) using a loophole in the Dutch Constitution to insist that they be re-absorbed by Holland.

    Granted, these islands – Saba, Statia and Bonaire – are all much smaller than Barbados. However, Holland was bound to accept the result of referendums in those islands … and the people opted for a closer hitch to Queen Beatix’s hem.

  37. Pat

    Samizdat:

    ************************

    Deleted for improper comments.

    We’ll have none of that trash talk here Pat and Samizdat.

    First notice!

    Auntie Moses

    (And why oh why would the CIA give a damn about this blog?)

  38. Pat

    Samizdat:

    The divorce settlement is the Arthurs. Allegations are that he paid former wife Beverly, $6 million US and a mansion. So go figure.

    Me, I in the Great White North, are you on the rock? How come you don hear nutin.

  39. Pat

    BFP:

    I have never in my life indulged in trash nor vulgar talk. Would you please explain what is trash about ‘pleasure being great and losing control’? What is wrong with the sentence “they were head to tail?” When I was a kid my sister and I shared a single bed and we slept head to tail. Sardines are packed head to tail. Head to tail is a common Bajan expression. .

  40. samizdat

    So you know that these rumours are entirely without substance, Auntie Moses?

    Otherwise, what kind of a “free press” is it that deletes a poster’s comments? A pretty craven one. I mean, even”Heat” printed something about the (cough) head-to-tail incident…

    And Pat: despite the censorship, I still managed to get the gist of your post. Thanks…

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  42. True Native

    BFP: The QUEEN? You mean that frumpsy old white woman whom we refuse to respect? Oh, and don’t forget her grandson, William, is that little white boy who might one day wear the crown (according to Owing SeeThrough). No way will we allow one of them to be Head of State much longer. As to reminders of Colonialism? Gone t’roo the edders. All except one thing – cricket. Up to now I can’t figure out how we’re still playing that game so reminiscent of the dastardly Colonial days. Bunch of damn hypocrites – the whole bloody lot.

    *****************************

    BFP comments…

    So shall we dispense with the Queen and give the current bunch of despots license to do as they please? They change the constitution with two days notice and no public discussion. Is that what you want?… because if you give Owen a republic, you’ll have double the abuse.

  43. Anonymous

    “That can’t happen here!”

    an arrogant (1970s?) quote
    alleged to have been uttered
    in the bar at the Barbados Yacht Club, I believe.

    Ah boy…time longer dan twine, yes?

  44. cool TriState setup!

    “Saba, Statia and Bonaire – are all much smaller than Barbados.
    However, Holland was bound to accept the result of referendums in those islands …
    and the people opted for a closer hitch to Queen Beatrix’ hem.”

    How very sensible of them!
    If we had any sense, we’d opt for a closer hitch to the hem of petroleum powerhouse Trinidad,
    if our National Pride would let us!
    which it shall not.

    We’d rather ketchass,
    which we’re doing very nicely..

  45. True Native

    BFP: I think you didn’t realise I was being very tongue-in-cheek! I can state emphatically that I am 100% AGAINST Barbados becoming a Republic. Yes, things would be ten times worse, whichever bunch of despots is ruling at the time.

  46. Citizen First

    Barbados is already a republic. It has been one since 30 November, 1966.

  47. J. Payne

    Barbados dropped the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (not because it was incompetent) but because it didn’t like their more objective understanding of Barbadian law in an unbiased way. The Caribbean Court of Justice is telling Barbados EVERYTHING the JCPC said but at least Barbados can ignore the CCJ on the regular and everything stays the same.

  48. Beachlover

    The greeting read by Senator Kerry-Ann Ifil was brilliantly presented today despite her dependence on braille. She was eloquent poised and
    she should be proud of herself. I found the fact that the Countess of Wessex was left to stagger down the steps from the yacht without any help or a backward glance from her husband rather embarrassing and ill mannered.

  49. rastaman

    @Beach lover: Agree with you regarding Sen Ifill’s presentation

  50. Mark Fenty

    “@ First Citizen”
    It appears to me that you do not understand the true concept of the Republic form of government. I would like for you to describe to me what makes Barbados a Republic. Doesn’t the Governor General still answers to the Queen? Or am I wrong in articulating the fact, that a Republic is free of all monarchal hegemony?

  51. Mark Fenty

    It’s an affront to the principles of general intelligence, for the black majority in Barbados to accuse the white minority of racial intolerance; when the black majority has created a social order of classicism, bigotry, and nepotism within the confines Barbadian ethos.