UPDATED: January 2, 2010 3am Bridgetown
We’ll leave the survey up until 7pm, Monday, January 3, 2011 – then we’ll speak to the results.
Time to vote!
We’ve based our survey choices on the discussions over the last few days, and now it’s time for you to vote for the finals.
Pick your top 3 stories that matter to Bajans…
What makes a story important to Bajans?
As we think back on the past year there are big news stories that immediately come to mind: the untimely death of Prime Minister David Thompson, the Campus Trendz fire deaths (above), the CL Financial/CLICO disaster and a few other happenings.
There is a saying in the news business: “If it bleeds, it leads”, and these big stories reflect our interest in compelling stories of disaster, tragedy or single momentous events.
It is also true that we give less attention to good news, no matter how important. The recent development of new tourism markets through direct flights to Brazil and Dallas, Texas is a huge piece of good news and reflective of very positive changes in the management and promotion of our tourism industry. The Brazil/Dallas story is tremendously important to our economic foundation and future, but it does not draw our interest and our emotions as much as a single case of mass murder in a robbery gone bad. That is reality because we are human, prone to emotion, empathy and sympathy with others.
Big stories draw interest, but we shouldn’t forget that there are many smaller stories that, upon examination, are part of a larger picture and that’s why they are important.
A single lawyer found guilty of stealing money from offshore clients is an interesting story of the day. By the time the fifth lawyer in six months is arrested, we realize that something bigger is happening. When the head of the Barbados Bar and the Judges start trading verbal punches in the local newspaper, you know that there is a huge story: all facets of our Barbados legal system are in big trouble.
We sat down last night and in about three minutes listed the following news stories that came to mind. Now that I’m about to publish the list, I see a few omissions, duplications and smaller stories that are part of a larger picture. Pay that no mind – we’ll publish the list and invite our readers to add to it. We’ll then make a final list and let our readers vote.
What are the top news stories of 2010 that matter to Bajans?
In no particular order, here’s our draft list…
– CL Financial / CLICO Collapse, Bailout & conflicts of interest, Failure of government regulations, Missing Billions
– Failure of the DLP Government to implement Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information Act, Conflict of Interest rules.
– Political Corruption
– Lack of civilian oversight and accountability for Police. Secret withdrawal of bribery charges against Sgt. Paul Vaughn.
– Failure of government to hold corrupt officials accountable
– Death of Prime Minister David Thompson
– Economic Crash & Tourism Industry fallout.
– Six die in mass murder fire at Campus Trendz Boutique
– Price of food.
– Road Deaths, No Breathalyzer laws, inadequate traffic enforcement.
– Too many cars for our small nation.
– Barbados sells its UN vote to China.
– Flooding due to failure of the drainage system
– Expansion of Tourism into new markets in Brazil & USA
– Chief Justice SIR David Simmons resigns, BLP Loses control of Supreme Court
– Investor Concerns, Lack of shareholder rights, lack of transparency, hidden agendas by insiders, unfair land expropriation
– Broken Court System
– Police Corruption & Incompetence
– Broken Hospital and Health System
– Environment: no environmental legislation, wholesale development without putting Barbados first.
– Haiti Earthquake, Refusal of Barbados to take medical cases, refugees.
– Lack of truly independent professional news media
– BLP Leadership Fight – Mottley vs. Arthur vs. ?
– Crimes against Tourists
– Violent Crime Rise
– Police wiretapping, abuse of authority.
– Need for a serious 3rd political party