In our opinion, the New Statesman goes overboard in lumping Barbados in with Jamaica and Trinidad – but
author Darcus Howe does cause a few shivers to run up my back when he says that Barbados is where Trinidad was ten years ago with the onset of gang violence.
Come to think of it, did we ever hear of tourists being stopped and “tolls” demanded even five years ago? It is a daily occurrence in the north of our island now.
You may not agree with everything that Mr. Howe has to say, but I’ll wager you won’t disagree with much either.
Also quoted is Christ Church East MP Denis Lowe, who said this about violence in his constituency: “In the Silver Sands/Inch Marlow area there is now a proliferation of intercommunity rivalry [by which he meant gang violence involving guns and knives] . . . and it is reaching dangerous proportions. In Parish Land the same is true, and that has reached boiling point now, where residents are being affected by it.”
New Statesman: When Law and Order Break Down