Can a Polite Pig help Bajans regain our lost culture?
by David Gittens
In an exclusive SUNDAY SUN interview this week, Stuart, 59, pointed to falling national standards while using excellence as his benchmark for performance.”
… an excerpt from The Nation article PM’s Plan
All through the years I have had indigestion caused by the very very seldom outspeaking by local authority figures regarding the general slip-shodden approach to work and productivity, and the non-existence of basic, everyday good manners that once-upon-a-time were the hallmark of local ‘culture.’
Now it has even gotten to the point where there are huge bill board signs on the roadside and rosette buttons being worn by shop assistants and cashiers urging people to ‘let courtesy shine through….’ say “thank you” “excuse me” “Please” …
The interesting thing, in my observation is – the people wearing these buttons are patently unaware they are wearing them and their particular attitudes remain as blasé as they ever are.
I applaud the relevant Government department that is trying to invoke change, however a person’s manner is an ingrained thing, developed and ensconced in themselves since age 6 and onwards, where it is now habitual.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…
BFP thanks Barbados Today for the photo of Polite Percy the Pig.