No ambulances, but we have some beautiful cricket pitches!
It has been three and a half years since UK tourist Olga Stewart died in the back of a Barbados taxi as she was being transported from Grantley Adams International Airport to the hospital. The ambulance didn’t come to the airport so she died as her desperate family and a passing taxi driver tried to save her.
At the time our government vowed that things would change, but like so many government statements this was only a PR response to an embarrassing moment. For our leaders it’s all about managing the fallout, not about really protecting citizens and visitors.
Gotta keep up appearances or those tourists might stop coming! Every time this happens the bigshots hold a few press conferences and talk about some new ambulances and scheduling but nothing is really done.
That’s the way it is with the DLP and the BLP politicians. Happens every time and, when they finally get around to talking about the latest “Ambulance didn’t come” story, we can predict what they will say. You can predict it too – just read a few of the old stories again.
Today’s “No ambulance” victim is Mr. John Seale, a pedestrian who lay on the road for almost two hours after being knocked down by a car on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Seale was crossing the Princess Alice Highway from Barbados Tourism Investment Inc..
Think about it… injured man lying on the road in front of Barbados Tourism Investment for almost two hours and no ambulance. Now there’s an advertisement for foreign investment if we ever saw one!
For two decades our so-called leaders have concentrated on massive show-projects instead improving and maintaining the foundational infrastructure that used to differentiate Barbados from other Caribbean nations. They corruptly spend hundreds of millions on failed ventures like Hotels & Resorts, and award public housing contracts to friends and relatives. The political elites sip champagne at the UN, in Geneva and Beijing – while old women still haul water in pails like their slave ancestors before them and critically injured pedestrians lie on the road for two hours.
Time to vote independent, folks. Knock the DLP and BLP off their golden pedestals. Vote for anyone but the two old corrupt political parties.