NOTE FROM MARCUS
Cliverton posted the following article and pushed the limits too far. I understand his message, but he crossed my personal tolerance. I have edited out the over-the-line concept and words and spoken to Cliverton who has apologized to Shona. I can assure everyone that this mistake will not happen again.
BFP Editor in Chief
Like Her Slave Ancestors Before Her, Gwenetha Clarke 67 Still Hauls Water And Bathes Out Of A Pail
It is time for the every-three-months article on the water situation in First World Barbados. The Nation News usually shows old women hauling water or some government Minister conferring with the residents or even presenting a new government supplied water barrel (Blue! With Faucet!).
This time the Nation News has a dramatic photo of an elderly woman using soda bottles to hold water: No Water For St. Phillip Elderly
(And yes, folks, the following is from the imagination of Cliverton. If you weren’t quite sure about whether or not the Prime Minister would really say such things in a real interview, it probably says a whole lot about your impression of the Prime Minister!)
Prime Minister Owen Arthur Comments On The Water Situation…
Shona called the Prime Minister this afternoon and asked him to comment on the water article in the Nation News. This is an unedited transcript of that conversation…
Shona: Hello Mr. Prime Minister. This is Shona from Barbados Free Press.
PM: Hello Shona. Delighted to speak with you again.
Shona: Sir, we’d like to ask you about the story in The Nation News this morning. About the water shortage and old folks having to haul their water because there is none in the pipes.
PM: Water? Never drink the stuff, myself. You know, why drive a Toyota when you can drive a Lexus! I mean, Hell, I’d even drink Johnny Walker if I couldn’t get any single malt. Have to be Blue though. None a dat cheap red stuff. That’s what I always say! (laughs)
Shona: Sir, the old folks in St. Phillip have no water again. None to drink and none to bathe with. Don’t you think your government should do something about that?
PM: Shona, my dear, **** you’re not too smart. We only got so much money around this place and we have to prioritize. There isn’t enough money to do everyting. Do you know how much money it took to put on Cricket World Cup?
Shona: No sir.
PM: Well, neither do I, but that’s beside the point. It took a whole lot a money for Cricket World Cup. Tons and tons of money. It was a HELL OF A PARTY but it cost a lot so there’s nothing left for water infrastructural, infracstcualt…. Sorry those big words always give me trouble after lunch. Anyways, we doan have no money left for water pipes an such. BUT WE HAD A HELL OF A CRICKET PARTY AND DON’T YOU FORGET THAT!
Shona: But what about the water shortage and the old folks…
PM: Shona. I’ve always admired you ***. Let’s continue this interview at dinner tonight.
Shona: Mr. Prime Minister, I’m a married woman with children!
PM: What’s your point?
Shona: Mr. Prime Minister, I think that we’ll end this interview. On behalf of Barbados Free Press, thank you for your time, Sir.
PM: Anytime, Shona. (goodbyes said)