Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

Irene Sandiford-Garner: Queen of the double standard

“One of the Senator’s own DLP Government Ministers has probably been more responsible for the denigration and debasing of women than any other Bajan politician, but Sandiford-Garner won’t mention this inconvenient truth.”

by “Sweetcakes ‘n Bare Sport”

DLP Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner

Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner says “dismissive” and “openly disrespectful behavior” towards women politicians in the Caribbean is deterring women from entering politics. She is probably correct.

In the current issue of Caribbean360.com, the DLP Senator comes to the defense of former Opposition leader Mia Mottley, T&T PM Persad-Bissessar and Jamaica’s Portia Simpson  – saying that these women politicians have been treated far more disrespectfully than men would be, even in the rough and tumble world of politics.

The issue of disrespect for Caribbean women is not confined to politics. Senator Sandiford-Garner’s complaint about women politicians not being shown respect is only a part of the larger picture. All women in the Caribbean are the recipients of this “dismissive” and “openly disrespectful behavior” whether in politics or not. It is a part of the Bajan and pan-Caribbean culture that needs changing.

Double Standard

The Senator zeros in on the anti-women attitude of the Barbados Labour Party leaders and their attacks on Mia Mottley, but this shows the Senator’s double standard.

One of the Senator’s own DLP Government Ministers has probably been more responsible for the denigration and debasing of women than any other Bajan politician, but Sandiford-Garner won’t mention this inconvenient truth.

I am talking about Minister of Health Donville Inniss, whose name has been synonymous with online pornography companies and websites for almost ten years.

It is ironic that one of Donville’s female DLP colleagues should be talking about disrespect for women and the abuse of Mia Mottley in particular. Mia Mottley was the first politician, male or female, to call public attention to Donville Inniss’ involvement in the internet pornography industry.

Mia Mottley called out Inniss for engaging in a business that regularly denigrates women, and as we’ve seen in a series of posts at BFP, Inniss doesn’t care if the women are teenagers, pregnant, black or located in the Caribbean. All women are welcome to perform public sex acts at websites associated with Mr. Inniss. No one can complain that Donville Inniss is prejudiced: he is truly an equal-opportunity denigrator of all women no matter their race, creed, religion or nationality.

If the female Democratic Labour Party Senator is complaining about the BLP’s lack of respect for women, she would be better to sweep off her own porch before she tells her neighbour to clean house.

Further Reading

Caribbean360.com: Barbadian politician: treatment of female colleagues deterring others

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Today’s Monopoly Game

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What the hell is going on?

“The young driver of the other car did not have insurance and the police did not prosecute him.”

Oh, just the new monopoly game today…

by Colin Beadon

On Friday October 7th, we saw in the Advocate that the Barbados Road Safety Association would like Government to set up a fund for those families of road accident victims. The reason being, as from Mr Richard Cox the public relations officer, is that there have been several instances where road users lost their lives in accidents where the car owner’s vehicles were not insured.

“In any civilized country, driving an uninsured car, is a serious criminal offence, like owning an unlicensed firearm. But not in Barbados where driving an uninsured vehicle these days, seems to be almost above board, and common place.”


Well I’m mad about it, since a couple years ago we were hit by an uninsured driver near Bath Beach, and the police arriving on the scene tried to make out we were wrong. The youth had sprung out from a minor road, not stopped at the stop sign, and come sweeping across the road to hit us on the other side. Continue reading

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