Barbados in the year 2050 – The vision of some…

Unless we change the course we’re on, Chinese will build the condos. Bajan maids will clean them. Your sons will wash the yachts.

… and your public beaches and open spaces near the city will be long gone.

My friends: the choices we make now may not impact us personally, but will our children and grandchildren be cursing our names forty years hence?

After 14 or 15 years of the BLP selling off pieces of the island, blowing hundreds of millions of dollars at a time on failed mega-projects like Cricket World Cup and GEMS Hotels – and siphoning off 3% of every tax dollar you ever paid to places like Switzerland and Turks & Caicos – we find our country with less than nothing left in the bank and deteriorated, broken infrastructure systems that are in many cases way beyond repair.

Not to mention that the world’s economy dropped off a cliff just about the time that the then-new Thompson DLP Government was sworn into power.

When the BLP were in power The Nation newspaper was the government rag. Now the Nation goes wanting for government advertising dollars and The Barbados Advocate is the rag of choice for the DLP government.

Have a look at the headlines in the Barbados Advocate. The best news they can announce on most days is that we managed to beg another loan or grant from some UN or Caribbean development fund. Or the Chinese gave us some trinkets. Or we received another ongoing EU sugar payment that we extorted because we are experts at hitting the white-guilt-over-slavery button.

Just telling it like it is. Disagree if you want, it’s a free blog for most words.

Some advice to The Advocate: suck up those government advertising dollars while you can boys and girls, because the steady trade winds of political power that Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley enjoyed for 14 years have given way to a chaotic storm.

Nothing is for sure anymore. Not the tourist dollars, not the cruise ships, not the offshore banking dollars and for certain no matter how things look now the Thompson government’s re-election will be no sure thing next time around.

Especially because the economy isn’t going to get better for a while and the electorate tends to punish sitting governments for the world’s economic performance. It doesn’t have to make sense, but even Hartley Henry will tell you that is for true.

Prime Minister Thompson was in the papers the other day telling us that times are rough and we have to adjust our living standards and expectations and put our spending priorities straight. Pay them water bills! says Thompy.

Ya have to know that ‘tings must be pretty bad for him to say that.

We Must Not Give In

Here is the point of this little rum-fueled rant (Ok… I admit it!  Cliverton)

Anyway, here is the point…

No matter how bad things are now and for the next few years, we must not, we cannot – sell off / close off our beaches and our open spaces for a few dollars – or for any dollars. When we do that we are selling off our future in so many ways: our ability to attract tourists, our children’s quality of life and their future.

What got me thinking about this was an excellent point made by our friends at Mullins Bay Blog. Go over there, read This Is Monaco: Is This What We Want For Barbados? and follow some of the links.

Then ask yourself, it that what you want for your children?


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Environment

15 responses to “Barbados in the year 2050 – The vision of some…

  1. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘The average price of an apartment in Monaco is Euro 34,276 per square metre.’

    ‘It is difficult to imagine anyone paying over US$50,000 for a single square metre of residential real estate. But that’s the cost of this rich mans ghetto which is Monaco.’

    Source: Global Property Guide

  2. Hants

    Cliverton the rum seems to improve the quality of you writing.

    One can expect that Highway 1 will disappear and be replaced by another one further inland like the bypass at Speightstown and yes there will be a few 900 room hotels.

    There will be a “concrete wall” from Silversands to Maycocks unless……..

    We have to figure out how to employ Barbadians and create industries to reduce the dependence on Tourism.

    I would like to see if any of you have new ideas on creating employment in Barbados.

    Call centres (modern day plantations)don’t count.

  3. love

    I guess the tall building in the centre of the picture… the future home of Mia Mottley’s….Call Centre…… a.k.a The ALL GIRL’S CLUB !

    Cheezzzzzz……Owen should have held on to the reins of the Barbados Labour Party !

  4. Comehere

    Monaco? Will someone please point out that BIM is 100 miles away from the nearest island making the eastward sail, shall we say, challenging. Ask COW why he isn’t likely to make that sometimes all day journey by boat. These beach stealing groyne builders who have most certainly won the ugliest building in Barbados (St Peters Bay) award now want to pave over more of St Peter with even more concrete to make a Monaco? Prince Bjorn of 6 Men’s? Visions of grandeur from someone obviously unaware that the presence of money in he pocket does not necessarily overcome the absence of taste and class. And a hydraulic bridge? Oh, that will never break down, not in Barbados. Think elevators in the hospital. Worse, think ambulance waiting for the bridge to open.
    Sadly, we have lost the plot, taxed, plundered, and borrowed WE lil rock into an uncompetitive and desperate tourism destination. Has anyone seen the USAIR vacation package in the US $500.00 range, 5 nights including air? Someone is confusing arrival statistics with making a profit. Once those budget minded “I want service now!” demanding Americans go WAIT from the extortionate food prices as a result of Gov’t import duties just after narrowly avoiding getting licked down by an out-of-control mini bus, as a teeth sucking NISE provider pats she wig itch ignoring their waves when they want a drink, dem ain’t coming back so da fuh lick yuh. Another Port St Charles; just what Barbados needs, another 100 plus empty concrete condos on the West Coast. What we really, truly need is yet another polo field to fill up all that empty space.

  5. 1234

    This is bare foolishness.

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  7. Barbados Lover

    Why on earth would anyone want Barbados to look or be like Monaco? Myself, as a visitor to the beautiful island of Barbados, hope it never becomes a anything like one of the concrete jungles that litter the world. Please preserve this island and let it retain it’s charm. It is already suffering from overdevelopment and if this continues I am afraid to say that tourism will definitely suffer, it will become an island for the super rich.

  8. sad very sad

    SLAVES again

    sad very sad

  9. Rumboy

    Only if we the people allow it to happen. No Goverment can do anything unless the people as a unit says that it can. This where we will always go wrong and until we realize that we are the power, we will continue to be led astray for the profit of the few.

  10. peltdownman

    Barbados Lover
    I’m afraid that the super-rich will not be interested either. There are several reasons why Monaco is attractive, the chief of them being its location, from where yachts can make relatively short journeys to many other fashionable locations in the Mediterranean. For that reason alone, Barbados will never be another Monaco. In my opinion, the only chance for Barbados to retain and grow tourism is to remain different. Sure, we can add medical tourism and sports tourism to the mix, especially in low season. But the call for more and bigger “brand name” hotels is folly, because if we end up looking and feeling like Cancun or Miami Beach, then the business will go there instead simply because its cheaper and they do it better.

  11. Mathilde

    Hey Rumboy, I have yet to figure out how the Gov’t got permission from us to do ANY of what they’ve done the last 16 years.. I certainly didn’t OK it, did you? I don’t think we have that power anymore, too often the Gov’t does what it wants regardless and no one but the taxpayer pays the price.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm
    Only if we the people allow it to happen. No Goverment can do anything unless the people as a unit says that it can. This where we will always go wrong and until we realize that we are the power, we will continue to be led astray for the profit of the few.

  12. Mathilde

    is this article concerning the new Port St Ferdinand? or whatever its called at 6 Mens…
    poor fishermen, that spot was idyllic, I took lots of photos there.
    How you can own a beach is beyond me…

  13. Mathilde

    one last thing, can we get a marine biologist to inspect the reef infront of St Peters Bay? the addition of all that sand must be killing that reef, there are few enough living reefs on the west coast, and I imagine the sculpin and urchins living there will not be welcome once the tourists arrive…
    they may be dangerous but they have a right to exist too.