Jane Shattuck-Hoyos asks “Why is Jamaica suffering while Barbados prospers?”

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!”


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Jamaica, Slavery

35 responses to “Jane Shattuck-Hoyos asks “Why is Jamaica suffering while Barbados prospers?”

  1. Greg

    The US radio programme is very interesting; it focuses on the social-partners pact and interviews Sir Roy Trotman among others. Basically it says that Barbados took charge of its affairs and tightened up, while Jamaica simply borrowed and spent more.

  2. RRRicky

    Right you are Greg, but I think that BFP has a point about the societal/cultural differences that were part of this story that the radio program didn’t cover.

  3. Peltdownman

    During the crisis of the early 90’s, the IMF forced Jamaica to open its markets. It has never recovered from the subsequent destruction of of its industry or agriculture. Barbados stood up to the IMF on the matter of the Barbados dollar, and that provided the stability for the Social Partnership to work. It also maintained a regime of import protection that was and still is vital to the maintenance of employment. Those countries that floated their dollar are now paying the price, except for Trinidad, of course, which has oil.

  4. Micah

    I’m no historian nor economist, but I think there are social/cultural differences between Jamaica and Barbados which were important factors, and let’s not forget the pro-Cuban political philosophy that Michael Manley embraced during his tenure as PM. I also believe Barbados used the lessons learned with regards to how Jamaica had turned out following what transpired in the 1970s and 1980s in determining what NOT to do in a crisis.

  5. Observer

    Barbados always had a head start… relatively easy topography, not too big an island to develop, first parliament, close to the “mother country”, still have a lot of wealthy brits living amongst us, sound education system, higher literacy rate, etc.

  6. Platinum

    One big difference is that Barbados has a much higher literacy rate than Jamaica. I am not going to say that we have 97% literacy which is something that was boasted about many years ago…I did not believe it then and do not believe it now. About 20 years ago a Jamaican living here told me the literacy rate in Jamaica was about 58%! I found that unbelievable and I have never checked on it so it may be incorrect.

    She was in the car with me one day when we drove into a gas station in Wildey. A young guy in his teens had a large rock in his hands and was threatening the attendant. I jumped out of the car and to her horror went strait to the youngster and told him to give me the rock, which he did. I knew who he was as my husband gave an old lady next door to our business money to feed he and his two siblings as their mother and her boyfriend had kicked them out of her house.

    When I got back into the car she said to me if this was Jamaica he would have hit you with the rock.
    I was in Jamaica in 1964 as a guest of the Tourist Board. They were so far ahead of Barbados when it came to tourism at that time, but it was not long before the attacks on tourists started and their tourism started to diminish despite their close proximity to the U.S.

    I have seen Jamaica, then Trinidad who both have been ahead of Barbados financially and developmentaly because of the escalation of crimes, drugs, kidnappings and Gangs. We have always been a couple of years behind, but we seem to be embracing the cultures of these larger islands which are pulling the young people to a lower level of bad manners, loving songs with nasty lyrics and moral decay. I am saddened when I see how some of the young girls dress and how they flaut their bodies. If you do not respect yourself how is anyone else going to?

    God does not enter into so many of the young peoples lives today,
    That why we are falling into moral decay!

  7. CIA vs CASTRO

    How niave or self serving for Americans to feel that Jamaica’s problems started in the 90s.

    We all know that the Manley administration favoured Castro and Cuba….so the CIA armed Seaga….and garrison constituencies were born…

    The resulting violence then chased out much of the middle class…which brought down the country hence the current problems.

    Check your history before listening to any old propaganda on the radio!!

  8. @Platinum & ilk – Ahhh!! The typical slags against Jamaican culture. “…We seem to be embracing the cultures of these larger islands which are pulling the young people to a lower level of bad manners, loving songs with nasty lyrics and moral decay. I am saddened when I see how some of the young girls dress and how they flaut their bodies.”

    So self-righteous! Let’s take away your fiscal stability and let’s so how your “high culture” fares. If you think that a whole barrage of slack songs will cause poor people to retard not only the progress of the middle & upper classes in Jamaica, but also THEIR OWN progress (they can’t sleep at night), then YOU are even more of a – how did they say it in “Hangover” – Ri-tard, than mentally disabled people.

    It’s easy to have scruples and be law abiding when you have a job and your belly is full.

    Finally, as to your fellow Bajans that are, as you state, falling into the morass because of Jamaicans (wow, Jamaicans are POWERFUL!!), if your culture is so superior and you’ve got everything together, I wonder why that is happening?

    Get your head out of your…posterior! Or just keep believing that the average Bajan is better (whatever the benchmark may be) than the average Jamaican. Whatever suits you. Knock yourself out. Literally!

  9. Anon6

    Well said.

    I do not understand where Bajans get this superior attitude.

    Jamaica’s problems started with Seaga creating his Tivoli Gardens garrison. Yep the same now globally famous Tivoli Gardens thanks to the US & Dudus.

    Add to this Manley flirting with Cuba & Castro with his look a like military suits and it was a recipe for disaster. Why? because the CIA comes knocking. And everyone knows once the CIA comes knocking bodies start dropping.

    From there nothing but war and violence. As stated above by another poster the middle class run left Jamaica cause everybody and their grandmother get a US visa.

    From there everything just went further downhill.

    No dancehall artist in Jamaica can make anyone or any youth in Barbados do anything. People do things because they want to. People do things because they can.

    Vybez Kartel cannot make anyone do anything legal or illegal. The day foolish west indians including Bajans and Jamaicans realise that vybez kartel belly full, light bill paid and he is driving a BMW or Ford F150 truck with 26 inch rims then they will know this man don’t give a %$^* about me and will stop using dancehall music as an excuse for everything that has gone wrong in their lives or communities.

  10. Marvin Bareback

    The biggest difference I can see between Jamaican society and Barbadian society might be accountability among social partners. A recent report showed that in the entire Tivoli Gardens area with a population of over 4 thousand people, there were only four or five electricity subscribers yet the entire village had electricity. All if it stolen from Jamaica Light & Power. There is the obvious dilemma that the company is well aware that power is being stolen in this “garrison constituency” but they can’t cut the power to the Prime Minister’s voters. Strong evidence that there is no accountability in Jamaica if that is allowed to knowingly exist. How does the power company report to its shareholders that they can’t prevent unauthorized power consumption. Revelations like that are just swept under the rug in Jamaica it seems. Also, the press gives the impression that there is no question that the Jamaican dons provide more social services than the government does. In Barbados, I don’t believe you can find any examples of this acceptance of corruption across all facets of society. The Jamaican situation is more like a negotiated anarchy among the people, the drug dealers, the police and the political parties.

  11. Platinum

    Reasoner, I have not been rude , nor have I said that Bajans are superior to Jamaicans. Maybe you should read carefully what I wrote. Your comments are not really worth replying to, but I think you insult a poor person to insinuate that one loses values and morals if your belly is not full of food. You sound angry.
    A word of advise…if you think that people who have attained material wealth have got it by sitting and complaining about what life has not given them…well think again. The measure of a man is not by his wealth,but by how he has helped his fellow man as he travels his path on earth.

    I will not sink to your level, but hope one day you may not be so bitter and write such offensive things about someone who actually donates many hours a week to work with physically and mentally disabled children.

  12. Anonymous

    Gross mismanagement and drastic destabilization are the corner stones of pandemic failure. Jamaica, for the most part, embodies perhaps even personify’s a third world country, content with its third world credit rating. Constant political infighting, corruption, lack of efficient education, and dependence on an agricultural base, has left our fellow West Indians in Jamaica, in a desperate situation. Today, Jamaica’s chief export, is its depravity, and vulgar filled embodiment of naked exploited Jamaican women. When moral decline is at a country’s apex, what else is there left to talk about? As an expatriate Bajan living abroad, i on occasion come across the sandy get away spots of Jamaica, used to advance the disgusting sexual tourist getaway for North Americans, and Europeans. It is as if, the people of Jamaica, have taken leave of their moral fibre. Yes friends, the difference between Jamaica and Barbados, is simply put one of morality, stability, and a superior educational system. I’m not boasting about my little Island, but when it comes down to foolishness, bajans don’t play the fool.

  13. Anonymous

    From Paul Bogle, Garvey, Bustamante, Manley the father to now. The mental snapshot, should suggest a decline historically in a once proud people. Unable to effectively maintain a decent global credit rating, because of infectiously rampant crime, corruption and decadence, Jamaica has spiralled out of control. A country which possess’s numerous precious metals, and god given natural minerals, Jamaica is just a little bit better off than Haiti. This last fiasco with “Dudus”provided a global image of a country in dire straights. Who is running that country? And why are once proud decendants of the “Marroons”so apathetic? Is Jamaica going to be the next Zimbabwe, when super hyper inflation, reduces thet country’s currency, to monopoly money. Certainly, with all those Jamaican University of the West Indies trained economist running around, you would think, they would have a few suggestions, about the “Fiat economic nature”of this economic monstrosity. I saw an interview on the BBC with Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, perhaps the worst interview of a foreign head of state I’ve ever seen. How do you fix the problem? Use the ballot box, and vote out of office, those tired recycled politicians, and start all over with younger people with fresher ideas. For a country that per capita has more churches than anywhere else in the world, Jamaicans are not tolerant of anyone different from them, like gays, and lesbians. When Bruce Golding said on the BBC, that he would never allow a gay or lesbian person in his cabinet, I knew then that Jamaica was really in trouble.

  14. Anonymous

    Reasoner, I want to reply to you, you presbyopic idiot, the average bajan is better off than the average Jmaican. No group of West Indians walk around with a bigger superiority complex like Jamaicans. Barbados’ economy is more stable, more moral and more tolerant, than that of Jamaica. If you want the facts, reasoner I’ll be happy to oblige you. If you desire to Intellectually saber rattle, reasoner, please do not look any further, I’ll oblige you. Oh, and yes! I’m bajan, the proud recipient of a first class education, thank you very much and proud of it. You see reasoner, I paid attention in school, that’s why I can have a discourse with the likes of people like you about your country, and you cannot afford me the same dignity. Like talk about the fiasco in Jamaica, (1)Idiot politicians continue to destabalise your country, reasoner. (2)Your country’s chief export, is the pulsating vulgarity and lewdness of its people. (3)Hyper inflation has a foot hold on your economy in Jamaica, premised on years of maladministration, and general social decay. (4)Your country, which is the largest English speaking West Indian country, lack’s a viably decent infrastructure. (5)Of all the West Indian nations, Jamaica has the largest expatriate population abroad, if not for that expatriate poulation, Jamaica’s economy would model that of Haiti’s. (6)Jamaica’s educational system has not kept pace, with the rest of its caribbean neighbors. (7)Jamaica cannot pay its debt on time to its foreign creditors, hence the national carrier of Jamaica, now belongs to Trinidad and Tobago. reasoner, I eagerly await your reply.

  15. Robinson

    Jamaica is full of ganga, gansta and gang music. Nuff said.

    You expect to reap mangoes by planting sour apples?

    Only a mad person expects a different result to their sowing.

  16. What will they think of next.

    I hope everyone remember that a Bajan help to wreck the Jamaican economy.

    A Bajan by the name of Owen Arthur. The last Prime Minister of Barbados. Let us not forget the huge part he played in trashing Jamaica.

    Now I hear that he is “helping” Antigua. I am praying for Antigua.

  17. .8

    Everybody did everything to Jamaica, except Jamaicans. If Own Arthur ruined the Jamaican economy, and then came and maintained Barbados’ economy, it shows how ignorant Jamaicans really are. The previous poster, who is obviously a refugee from common sense, fails to understand that the Jamaican economy was in a shambles long before Owen Arthur. Most Jamaicans can’t invision success for their country, they’ve live for years perpetuating all forms of tribal stereotypes. Whit Jamaicans, Chinese Jamicans, and Indian Jamicans, per capita fear better than Jamaicans of African decent. Similar to Haiti, there is a minute cast system that still exist in Jamaica. Most will not dare to venture down the road to qualifying the racial inequalities that have for so long inundated Jamaica with problems. A few years ago, there was a big problem in Jamaica with dark complexioned Jamaicans bleaching their skins. Again, the psychopathic racial stereotype is at play in the Island nation of Jamaica.

  18. .8

    I’m so proud of the approximately thee hundred thousand people, that call themselves Barbadians. Let me tell you what you have done bajans, you have made yourselves, the envy of the caribbean, and perhaps the world. What do I mean? Barbados’ economy is relatively stable, no matter which administration is in power, because of a second to none educational sytem, and because of visionary political leadership.

    The ship of state headed by Rt Hon David Thompson, was fashioned for him many decades ago. Owen Arthur before him, received a stable government, and before that, again stability was the norm. For all who would like to compare Barbados to Jamaica, look at the peaceful transition of power in Barbados, and then look at all of the issues relative to political change in Jamaica. Barbados is a country which has limited mineral resources, hence the people power of bajans became the single most profound element for sustainability and growth.

    It is Barbados’ human capital that has made Barbados the envy of our caribbean neighbors, it is that “Pride in Industry” that exudes bajan excellence. Yes! we bajans love to brag about our educational accolades, but who would not? If those who are our regional neighbors would illuminate their education-formal excellence, and plan for generations yet unborn, they too would one day be bajanesque.

  19. whistling frog

    To What will they think of next!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Boy o Boy, you sure got a boulder on you shoulder,,, You either a Die Hard DEM, or you got real problems,,,,,,,,???????? To relate a man of such aptitude to the existing problems of Jamaica is like saying that the earth SQUARE,,, LIL BOY GO DIPPSYDOOODLE YOU SELF EHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  20. What will they think of next.

    The next time you come across any of the Manleys from Jamaica, ask them what they think about Owen Arthur, whistling frog.

  21. .8

    Does anyone out there know, which Jamaican Prime Minister gave Owen Arthur a job in Jamaica? Leave Owen Arthur alone please, and focus on the miserable plight of the three million Jamaicans with massive soci-economic problems. Some of you people that subscribe to this blog, seem to forget that it was Jamaica, that was instrumental in destroying the caribbean federation in 1962. The Jamaican government was an insulary administration, who at the time was more worried about the geographic size of Barbados, than the welfare of its own citizenry.

    Fast forward to today, their economy is in a shambles, their chief export is Usain Bolt, and tremendous social decay rules the day, in that Island nation. I have been hearing talk, about a single caribbean currency, like in the Euro. Bajans, to hell with that. We’ve tried to be a part of the caribbean community in every way, and the rest of those people don’t give a damn about us. The Trinidadian dollar is dropping, like the temperature on the North Pole, and the Jamaican dollar, is junk. Insular foolishness has allowed most of these larger West Indian Islands to fail, and fail miserably they have. The last Trinidadian administration of Patrick Manning, did everything it could to belittle bajans. From arresting bajan fishermen, and confiscating their boats, to placing territorial limits to bajans fishing in waters, that they have fished in for decades.

    No one on this post, should seriously imply that Owen Arthur, or any other bajan leader is responsible for any other country’s problems. Lack of vision, greed and insularity has led to massive regional financial instability, and social unrest. Whether DLP or BLP, I’m proud of the visionary leadership of Barbadian politicians, and the electorate that hold them responsible. The Barbadian electorate is educated, fact oriented and technologically savy. Those factors prevent crooked, self serving politicians from ruining Barbados’ economy. Both Jamaica and Trinidad, should look to Barbados’ model. Barbados will be the “Singapore”of the caribbean one day.

  22. Robert Deschappe

    To What will they think of next

    Can you submit any factual articles or any other supporting documentation to substantiate your claim that Owen Arthur was responsible for the demise of the Jamaican economy? You state that we could ask any of the Manleys about Arthur. Have you ever asked any of them? I am sure that your contribution is merely “hear say” and should be described as political diatribe. You die-hard political pimps never cease to amaze me. You come to the blogs spitting your political nonsense and can never bring any factual information to prove what you post. Then you seek to insult those who try to challenge you. That is why the politicians can beat up on their chest, when they have political yard fowls like you to make stupid statements of their behalf. Some of you really need to get a life. If you love the party so much why not put your real name.

  23. What will they think of next

    Were you hibernating over the last twenty five years Robert Deschappe?
    Don’t you know that it was Owen Arthur’s poor advice to the Jamaican Govt. of the day which led to them falling into the clutches of the IMF to this day?

  24. J

    Anon6 wrote “Jamaica’s problems started with Seaga creating his Tivoli Gardens garrison. Yep the same now globally famous Tivoli Gardens thanks to the US & Dudus.”

    Ahhh!!! but why did Saega permit himself to be seduced by the CIA? Therein lies the cultural difference.

    I’ve no doubt that the CIA has frequently tried to screw Bajan politicians. I may be wrong but for the most part the Bajan politicians have loved Barbados enough to resist the CIA’s blandishments.

  25. 72

    Now you want to slam Robert Deschappe. Are you telling me that, with all of those trained Jamaican economist, Owen Arthur led the Jamaican government astray? That’s hog wash! Jamaica was led astray by the seven “P’s”. P=prior, P=proper, Planning, P=prevents, P=piss, P=poor, P=Performance. Those are called the seven P’s, if Jamaica utilised them, the country would be in good stead. I’m amazed at the fact that some folks, always needing to bastardize a bajan. I guess the next thing that’s going to happen, is that Jamaicans will blame bajans for their crime, and for their chief export, pervasity and slackness.

  26. Platinum

    To what will you think of next…get your facts…who ruined Jamaica more than Michael Manley? I used to refer to him as an idealogical idiot. Funny how this is the first time that I have ever heard Owen Arthur’s name linked to the demise of Jamaica…what will you think of next?

    To Anonymous: Well said in everything that you have written.

  27. .8

    It is better to be thought of as a fool, than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt. I do not claim to be the owner of the patent on intellect, nonetheless I am mindful of the spate of events in history, that led to caribbean economic disasters, like Jamaica and soon Trinidad. I am a student of Dr Courtney Blackman and Dr Hillary Beckles. Both intellectuals, are able to dabble into the interconnected historical and economic shortcomings of our Island states.

    I am pretty much willing to say, that if you took any Barbadian government, headed by any of the last six Barbadian Prime Ministers, and inserted those administrations in Jamaica, the political mess that is now Jamaica, would not exist. Ask me dear fellow bloggers, why I’m so supremely confident? Well, Barbadians, have a top to bottom common sense approach to most things. Any country that invest massively in its education, sends out the global message, that it is planning for generations yet unborn. People like fellow blogger “Reasoner”should understand, the consequences of not investing in the future.

    Every one of those Jamaican political leaders, espoused factionalism, and worst yet rule by divide and conquer. My take on Jamaica, is that it was better off under its colonial master, England. What did independence bring to Jamaica? It brought a lower per capita standard of living, higher infant mortality rate, more crime, rampant pandemic povert and gross political mismanagement. How dare any individual on this blog, blame my Prime Minister Owen S Arthur, for the despotic behavior and balkanization of Jamaica. Jamaica was destroyed by the likes of Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, and by Bruce Golding’s ascension to the office of Prime Minister. If you in a hole, and you’re trying to find your way out of that hole what do you do? You damn sure would not want to continue digging that hole, would you now? Jamaica is in a hole, and the buffoons at the helm of government, can’t stop digging the hole.

    Those of you sympathetic to Jamaica’s plight, need to do so, from the vantage point of historical, economic and political narrative. As a bajan expatriate, I certainly would never blame, Patrick Manning for Barbados’ socio-economic failures. How soon we forget, that “No man is an Island, no man stands alone.” For our survival as a region, we must endeavor, to be united by our collective commonalities, and not divided by our differences. To err then my friends, is to be human.

  28. Robert Deschappe

    What will they think of next

    If i was hibernating for the last 25 years or not, my point still remains the same; submit any factual articles, websites, or any other documentation to support your claim. Just as I have suspected, you have absolutely no evidence. This is characteristic of you political pimps, no evidence, but when challenged, attack the challenger.

  29. What will they think of next

    Stop foaming at the mouth Anonymous, a fact remains a fact whether you believe it or not, and that goes out to 72 as well.

    Owen Arthur and his misguided advice to Michael Manley led the Jamaican Govt. up the garden path.

    lucky for him he escape the consequences of his actions, as he was brought home by Tom Adams.

  30. 72

    I am foaming at the mouth, because I’m not a tiger, capable of biting your head off (Smile). Advice can be misleading, I’m not prepared to say that Owen Arthur did not offer advice that might have been wrong to the Jamaican government, but if he was on the payroll of the Jamaican government, “Shit happens.” You need to get over it, get a life and stop wining. Your obsession with Owen Arthur, has me feeling as if you’re a disgruntled sex partner of his. Just because he left you for his current wife, does not mean that life can’t go on. I’m not a therapist, but I can find a leather couch, some scented candles, and some decor that resembles a professional shrink’s office, so you can get over your hatred, suicidal and homicidal ideations, relative to Owen Arthur.

  31. Syn

    It amazes me at how the conversation deteriorated into attacks on each other and an almost complete disregard for the question at hand – simply put the Barbadian economy thrives because of a number of SOCIAL occurances that many an anthropologist has been stumped to explain – plain and simple – there is no magic formula it has nothing to do with any of our prime ministers nor with our school system that produces nothing but people to go and work in offices – it is simply a social phenomenon that is VERY QUICKLY evaporating and hopefully bajans will revert to it BEFORE we find ourselves worse off than our Caribbean neighbours – much of the bickering and childish behaviour evidenced here it the reason our Caribbean islands will never recover from what ails them nor advance any further than what they have already attained – instead we will all fester in the mire until the stench consumes us all – the problems for Jamaica began with their relationships with communist governments – not because the communist system wouldn’t have worked (in fact the communist system is perhaps the best system for small societies such as those that exist in the caribbean – let me stop ther) but also because it led them to the interferrance of the CIA – and yes the Bajan politicians may not have jumped in bed with the CIA but make no mistake it was not out of any love for their country they were perhaps at the time better equipped to resist the CIA and were looking to a long future of lining their pockets without worrying about spending it on security – something they do quite admirably I might add, finally we have the IMF fiasco – yes Barbados avoided that but not because of our politicos but because of the mindset of our people, I remember hearing talk of devaluation when I was very young but Bajans had it in their minds that US was to cost $2 so that was what it cost deprive any Bajan today of their cellphone, or some Chefette, or little gas for their car and see h0w quick they hands up $3 maybe even $4 dollars, many a Jamaican industry was destroyed beyond repair making the COUNTRY dependent on foreigners – but that was done by the government and despite their government is slowly – very slowly being reversed by Jamaicans by the bare skin on their teeth – it might take a few centuries but they may acheive the prominence they once held by sheer gumption – my beautiful home in the middle of the ocean however is quickly being destroyed by its people who will be quick to cast blame anywhere but themselves and hightail it off double time to try and take up elsewhere – it has nothing to do with dancehall or soca or any other outside influence but just the sheer laziness of people to look around them and see how they can help themselves and/or their neighbours before it is thrust in their faces unignorably – I hope my fellow bajans realise that the day any violence erupt in Barbados it will never stop we live on top of each other and cannot support ourselves and the very fabric that has held our society together and stable since the 1600’s when our uninterrupted parliament was established is quickly eroding and will not be easily replaced.

  32. Marsh

    @8.. The other Caribbean countries may admire’s economic stability and good educaton but outside of that, Barbados is hardly in the thoughts of other Caribbean islanders especially Jamaicans. Please do not flatter yourself.As a matter of fact Jamaicans hardly think about Barbados.Jamaica has achieved a lot internationally in the areas of culture,entertainment and sports to name a few so despite the problems that Jamaica currently faces Jamaicans have a lot to be be proud of.

    @Anonymous,every West Indian probably feels that his or her country is superior to other Caribbean countries ,it is just that Jamaicans are more vocal about their pride in their country compared to other West Indians.I know many Caribbean people who based on personal experience would say the same thing about Bajans that you are saying about Jamaicans when it comes to having a superiority complex.

  33. proud jamaican

    You people seem to forgetting that the population of Barbados is approx 250,000 people , Jamaica is 2.8 million so obviously there will be a huge difference in everything you cant compare apples with oranges, compare us(Jamaica) with a country with similar population and GDP

  34. sunshine

    Well six murders last night in Barbados. Three murders before that this month. bringing the murders to nearly 1o. Barbados is nice if you have money and even if some of that money is hardwood housing money google this.
    Or if you were married for 35 years and your second wife gets to live in the beach condos you decorated cough cough.
    Sure is good when you live like the king and the Queen who is living off the other Queens work.

  35. sunshine

    9 people died in Barbados this month
    1 stabbing,
    2 gunshots,
    six stabbing and a a fire that was set in a robbery taking six womens lives.
    Barbados is nice for the haves and well the have nots out number the haves by far.,
    It is nice if you are living your life through rose coloured glasses,
    Much of the crime that happens to tourists …..goes unreported period…..