Brits And The Royal Navy Dig In For Long Haul Hurricane Aid

The 24 hour news cycle has long forgotten the hurricanes that slammed the Caribbean – but the Royal Navy is still providing aid and a foundation for rebuilding the hardest hit areas.

Ian Bourne has more details, but in a few months we’ll all go back to talking about what bastards the Brits are and how they owe us a gazillion dollars because my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was kidnapped from Africa. The other side of my family doesn’t count because they were white indentured slaves who were “Barbadosed” from Ireland.

Bajan Reporter: British Navy is Main Anchor for Hurricane Relief in the Caribbean


Filed under Barbados, Disaster, Environment

6 responses to “Brits And The Royal Navy Dig In For Long Haul Hurricane Aid

  1. Thistle

    I was waiting to see if you would have any comments on this topic, but I had grave doubts! No one is interested in the good things that happen – only the bad! Glad to hear the British “bastards”are providing aid for hurricane victims. They won’t get any thanks for it though.

  2. Bimsha Boy

    This is the kind of reporting that should be done by the press in Barbados, but we know why it is not. I have stated in another forum that is seems as though the Barbados Government has it’s priorities a$$ backwards. What’s with the oversized elephant called Kensington. What about the thought of wasting money on fly-overs. Why do people take this sitting is beyond all comprehension. I was recently sent pictures of the prime ministers residence, I’m sure many of you saw it, it certainly reminds me of Sadam’s compound or the Taj Mahal.

    It is fair to say that the residence of the head of state owned by the country should be palatial and regal, however conditions at the QEH such as those posted on BFP should in no way exist at a place designated for the health care of the society it was meant to provide for.
    I guess the fact that many of those who can afford to, jump on a plane and leave Barbados for their health care is the reason such conditions are allowed to exist.

  3. to be "Barbadoed"

    Barbado’ed is the term you want.

    To be Barbado’ed was a fate worse than death – and it was.
    Before Public Health Fer Real stepped in,
    this island was a mosquito hole,
    and Yellow Fever was public enemy number one.

    Check the graveyard at St.Matthias for an agonizing amount of yellow fever deaths around 1851/52

  4. Eeeuuwww!

    Is this the same British Navy of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson,
    who saved us from having to say Parlez-vous Francaise, s’il vous plait in dese days?

    tell me NOT!

  5. Yardbroom

    We can sometimes confuse issues and take a line of argument from which it is difficult to retreat. It is possible to condemn aspects of our Colonial past, and yet admit parts of it served us well. It is possible to condemn the British attitude to its territories, and yet accept that in instances of tragedy, they have stepped up to the plate and offered aid and support. It is possible to condemn West Indian slavery, and those who perpetuated it and accept that some white people were against it, and said so from its inception. It is possible to accept that some white and black people in Barbados are unashamedly racist, but accept that all white and all black Barbadians are not racist.

    We have a black Government and the popular consensus is that allegations of corruption are true. Is this just because they are black? no, it is because as individuals they could be corrupt, and we must be aware we have politicians, and people all over the world who are white, and many shades in between who are corrupt as well.

    One of our problems is that with regard to race in Barbados – and things with a racial dimension – we do not take a measured stand.

    When a black man/woman calls a white man/woman racist, the white retorts by calling into question the morality, honesty, and integrity of “black people” – he will even refer to Africa to make his point – evidenced by his experience. In essence he has not attacked the individual for his comments, he has attacked “black people”.

    The black racist points to the remarks of the white’s response – and plays the race card – saying “see what I told you, that is what they – whites – are like just beneath the skin, they will always show their true colours.”

    Unless we can see issues on a more personal level, we will repeatedly fall into the trap of “collective accusation” and blame.

    Even on this blog, individuals have accused people of being racist and then followed that remark with venomous words against collective “whites” or “blacks.”

    We must row back from that cycle, and temper our remarks towards individuals and their arguments and what they stand for, or promote. If we do not, because of our proximity to each other, we will see race in every action and inference, and we will be caught up in a vortex of recrimination, which will be never-ending and difficult to disengage from, much to the disadvantage of achieving a cohesive whole.

    I will not take a stance to court popularity, that is not what I am about, I put forward an argument based on the way I see the situation, it is for others to agree or disagree, which is their “right”.

    The written word of people, often expresses their innermost thoughts as clearly as the ungloved robber’s fingerprint on a burgled window ledge, and the audience can often decipher those prints.

    You might ask why have I written such a response to this heading? it is because I have noticed that often the responses to headings of this kind have a subtext, and this is my effort to stymie that kind of response or let it be laid bare.

  6. ninemikemike

    Excellent post Yardbroom. No race or people have a monopoly on corruption, any more than honesty.
    I do believe Bajans are fortunate to have “grown up” under the mainly benevolent aegis of Great Britain, in the same way that Rhodesia was forunate compared to, say the French, German, and Portuguese administered African territories.
    Nothing stays the same, and anyone who chooses to “disrespect” their own history, will be the loser.
    One only needs to look at the plight of Zimbabwe today under a corrupt and despotic ruler, and to the shambles brought about in Britain by a government of corruption unmatched in that Nation’s history.
    Our government have nothing to teach Teflon Tony Blair, and his successor Gay Gordon Brown in this department!!