Could it be that Bajan shirt-tails are tucked in?
The difference in Jamaican and Bajan history and economic outcomes? Nevermind that garbage about the best-behaved slaves were offloaded on Bim and the rebels were shipped to Jamaica. (Ya… we still hear that trash when the rum is flowing up in Grape Hall from people who really should know better.)
Our friend Jane at Planet Barbados found a US Public Radio programme that looks at the differences between Jamaica and Bim and where we currently stand as countries and societies. For my part I don’t agree with the programme’s thrust that economic policies were the sole cause of the different outcomes that we see – I think that cultural differences also played a critical role in the differing histories of Barbados and Jamaica.
Nonetheless, the radio programme and resources highlighted by Jane make you think about why Jamaicans try to emigrate to Barbados and not the other way around.
Jane also looks at how officers from our Royal Barbados Police Force spend time on the last day of school “assisting” our young folks to tuck in their shirt-tails. A worthwhile task for our police? We have to agree and so does Jane in her article Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking.
Worth your time spent at Planet Barbados.
“The show compares Barbados and Jamaica economically. They point out that both countries started out very much the same way, as English colonies, but are in very different places today because of policies put in place in the early 1990s.
Why is it that Barbados and Jamaica faced almost identical financial crises, but now Jamaica is incredibly poor and Barbados is prospering?”
… from the Planet Barbados article Why Jamaica suffers and Barbados prospers
Photo courtesy of Planet Barbados: Sandy Lane monkey – High-class in borrowed shoes. Courtesy of The Nation via Planet Barbados: “You can tuck it in… or I will!”