Official Government BLP Blog also warns the Barbados media that they had better “project the positives aspects of Barbados society at all times” or else!
Today, the official blog of the governing Barbados Labour Party published an article warning that “democracy is in peril” because radio journalist David Ellis read an email from a listener on the air asking Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch how it is that he managed to become a millionaire while in government.
Surprisingly – or upon second thought – not surprisingly, the largest newspaper on the island also published the threats against the Barbados media. See The Nation News BLP Column – Ellis’ Blunder
The BLP Blog calls Mr. Ellis’ email reading a “dastardly act” and warns that the situation is heading for a court of law. It also warns the Barbados media that they had better “project the positives aspects of Barbados society at all times” or else!
According to the BLP Blog, Mr. Ellis is a “political surrogate” of the DLP – whose leader David Thompson is an “educated derelict”.
It appears that the BLP are happy with the name calling, but most uncomfortable when simple factual questions are asked about, for instance, where the money went.
Yes, we can see the BLP’s strategy. Keep everything at a name-calling level and then they don’t have to answer a direct question about where the money went.
The article ends with a Mugabe-like caution that “the politics of Thompsonmania threatens (the stability of our society.)”
BLP Blog Reveals The Despotic Attitude Of The Owen Arthur Government
The Barbados Government is now engaged in giving a lesson to the print and broadcast media and every journalist in the country – stay in line or suffer the consequences of loss of employment and an expensive legal battle supervised in the courts by Chief Justice David Simmons – former Cabinet member and good drinking buddy of Prime Minister Owen Arthur.
It is high time that the rest of world learned about the sad state of democracy in Barbados.
Here is the article from the BLP Blog. As you read it, imagine that you are a journalist with a mortgage and a family…
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing in more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
There can be no doubt that that dastardly act by David Ellis, which took place in the studio of StarCom Network on the Sunday’s programme of Brass Tacks will find its rightful place in the law court, thus making the matter subjudice. Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.
The Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow once admonished poor people to stay clear of the law courts for fear that they maybe abused by the system. We have come a long way since then and poor people have been engaging the services of the courts with much success. We wish Minister Noel Lynch well as he seeks to defend himself from the abuse of a very powerful but irresponsible medium.
The incident raises serious questions about the real role of the press in developing societies like ours. The press, both print and electronic, is a very critical partner in building and shaping a wholesome society. Every word spoken, every picture shown, impacts upon the lives of people and because of its powerful influence in shaping those mindsets there must be as a natural course of their responsibility seek to project the positives aspects of our society at all times.
In every society where the press has taking on a political agenda and where it has used its overwhelming power to negatively influence public opinion those societies became disruptive, democracy came under threat and the lives of their people were thrown into total anarchy. We must guard our nation against such reckless use and abuse of press power. When the citizens of any country has to seek legal recourse from a media that has become malicious, politically motivated and disrespectful to the basic human rights of its people then our democracy is in peril.
When the late Sir Grantley Adams laid the foundation for free education, which was later completed by the late Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow, never in their wildest dreams did they contemplate that the beneficiaries of that great social revolution would today be the subjects of ridicule by a politically lost DLP. There is no doubt that last Sunday’s fiasco had its origin in the DLP’s butcher stall at George Street and that Ellis was only the political surrogate.
The DLP has been for some time engaged in a politics of innuendo in which charges of corruption is continuously leveled but never backed up by a thread of evidence. It should be clear to all that after all the millions of dollars of investment in our social capital any success shown by our people is attacked by this new DLP lead by a man who best fits Calvin Coolidge example of an “educated derelict”.
The question for Barbadians is this. How do you treat to an opposition party that wants to lead this country in a competitively regional and global arena where the accumulation of wealth and financial resources of our people is critical to developing new enterprises and expanding our pool of entrepreneurs? The success of our people has been the bedrock of our society. Today the politics of Thompsonmania threatens that stability.
It is sad when the party that Barrow built can now find itself in a state where its lack of vision and foresight now causes it to see itself and its members suspiciously.
… read the original at the BLP Blog (link here)