The Nation News Has Never Mentioned Barbados Free Press
During the over one year period that the Barbados Free Press has been publishing, we have covered politics and corruption on this small island in a manner that has never been done before. Our writers and our readers have named names, traced crooked land deals and highlighted our country’s total lack of integrity and accountability legislation.
We have hounded those who corruptly misuse their elected or appointed position with government – even to the point of photographing a Cabinet Minister corruptly living on land that his government expropriated.
Members of Government and Cabinet Ministers regularly visit and contribute to conversations at Barbados Free Press in their own names (and sometimes under other names). The government’s own BLP Blog says openly that the blog was established as a result of the Barbados Free Press – and also printed that the Prime Minister is a regular BFP reader.
Barbados Free Press is now viewed by 100,000 folks each month and so far, our growth shows no signs of slowing down. You can hardly Google-search any topic about Barbados without coming across one of our posts. BFP’s name is regularly mentioned on radio show by hosts and callers alike and call-in shows often pick up on topics first featured by us. The blog has become a phenomenon in Bajan politics and has tongues wagging and tempers soaring from Bridgetown to Grape Hall and beyond.
Yet – Barbados’ largest newspaper Nation News has never acknowledged that Barbados Free Press even exists. Oh… their staff visits BFP regularly, and the paper has stolen our story ideas many times without attribution – but the words “Barbados Free Press” or “BFP” have never appeared in The Nation News website or dead tree edition.
Was it an accident? Will some junior editor be in trouble now? Was it a result of staff shortages due to the strike?
Prolific writer Adrian Loveridge sent a letter to the editor of the Nation News, that had this sentence in the middle…
It’s an interesting article and hopefully BFP will be able to carry the full text via a website link.”
What do you think, folks? Accident or not?
Brief Brit paper likes Arthur in 2008
FOR THOSE OF YOU who have not seen it, on January 6, the British Times newspaper published a focus supplement on Barbados.
Under the headline Fanfare For The Common Man the writer (David Watts) stated “It is axiomatic that the leaders of small Commonwealth countries tower over their charges.
“A bright energetic intellectual and already a member of the exclusive club of third-term prime ministers, Owen Arthur might be termed the Lee Kuan Yew of the Caribbean except that he happily lacks the arrogance of the Singapore leader.”
Watts added: “Arthur loves to tease Tony Blair that he is unlikely, on present form, to join the fourth-term prime ministerial club, whatever else his achievements. The Barbadian seems likely to win a fourth term at elections due in 2008.
This is the secret of Arthur’s magic, an ability to take on the common man’s interests as his own.”
It’s an interesting article and hopefully BFP will be able to carry the full text via a website link.
Under a section dedicated to various quotes by the Prime Minister, entitled In His Own Words, I found this one particularly interesting: “I am satisfied that all politicians were meant to be journalists and all journalists were meant to be politicians.”
I wonder if our friends in the media – including Harold Hoyte, David Ellis, Roy Morris, Harry Mayers and Pat Hoyos would agree?
– ADRIAN LOVERIDGE
… Read the original Nation News article (link here)