An Open Letter to Barbados on Forty Five Years of Independence: We Are the Change

“The politicians cannot save us. Our allies overseas in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and China cannot save us…”

by Ronnie R. F. Yearwood

I was born in the small village of Boscobel in St. Peter. My family was poor, as were many around us. However, we did not let this reflect our state of mind. As was for many Barbadians, this provided the determination to create a brighter future. Better days were always ahead.

I saw a boy living in poverty. He stood proudly on the steps of his old house. The house was always about to fall apart and leaked when it rained. There was no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. The boy went to school only because of free education, as did many other boys and girls around him. Without that free education these boys and girls would not have been able to learn, for their parents could not afford food, little more than they could books.

His father like those of others around him was absent either by will or culture. So his mother fathered him, as was the way. His mother worked hard to do all she could to help the boy into a better Barbados. I was this boy, and as much as this story is mine, it is also the story of many Barbadians. Together our stories reveal the history of a country that was built on hard work and determination to succeed, especially in the face of slavery and colonialism. A determination, as National Hero The Right Excellent Errol Barrow once said, that took a collection of small villages and transformed them into a proud nation.

Today, we see men and women who are forced to choose between paying the rent or mortgage, and feeding their families. The economic situation is not improving. It will not improve left on its own. We see boys and girls who go to school but cannot read or write yet we boast 100% literacy. We see young people unemployed with few opportunities to become active and progressive citizens. We see a decline in public standards and service, yet we talk of having one of the best tourism products in the world. We see an inefficient Government, yet we claim that public sector reforms are working. We see crime, and anti-social behaviour in schools, on our streets and on public transport. We see a country that is distrustful, apathetic, and struggling to understand itself and falters in crafting a meaningful response not only to current economic crisis, but also failing in setting out a vision for a prosperous Barbados of tomorrow. There is a future beyond the current economic crisis and political staleness that plagues this country.

We all grieve for our country, but darkest is the hour when strongest must be the faith that there will be sunshine again.

The politicians cannot save us. Our allies overseas in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and China cannot save us, as they are struggling to save themselves. Contrary to popular belief money will not save us. Only through the unified efforts of all Barbadians, here or abroad, and with the help of our Caribbean brothers and sisters, can we create a prosperous country and Caribbean region for our children and generations yet born. I believe this time has come for Barbados.

Forty-five years ago, our declaration of independence, was a signal to the world that a small country albeit with few natural resources could succeed with the will, creativity and ingenuity of its people. We did not set out to build an independent Barbados for one moment thinking that it would be easy. We made the best choices with the knowledge and ideas we had at that time, and it has served us until now. Then, all we had were the archaic blueprints left over from the legacy of colonial underdevelopment. In an effort to make Barbados better for each successive generation of Barbadians, it is evident now that the Barbados of today is a tarnished inheritance. We have collectively grown, but our country has somehow remained the same, yet we seem to expect different outcomes. The Barbados of 1966 provided us with the necessary foundations of security and stability as we painfully emerged from a colonial legacy. However, now those basic foundations have been set, we must evolve because the original framework is not anymore fit for our country.

Analogous, there is a story of a man who on his way to the top of a mountain, had to cross a wide sea. Seeing some tress, he made a solid raft that took him safely across the sea. After crossing he tried to take the raft up the mountain with him because he felt it would keep him safe, but he did not get very far from the foot of the mountain, because the raft though light on the sea was a heavy burden in trying to climb. On realising this, he left the raft at the foot of mountain and climbed freely upwards to the top of the mountain.

Earlier this year in a public lecture at the Errol Barrow Gallery, at the Democratic Labour Party Headquarters, I asked what kind of society do we want? I ask this question again in this letter, because I believe that until we can answer that question, we will lack a commanding and progressive vision for what our future should and can look like. We can have an infinite number of ideas, but without an overall unified vision of Barbados, they will bear no fruit.

I received some criticism for going to George Street to speak on what I thought was an issue of national importance, that is, the economic crisis facing our country. I went because symbolically as a citizen it is in part duty and right to share my views anywhere in this country, beyond the confines of a colonial inherited system of divisional electoral politics. This is my country. This is your country. This is not Barbados Labour Party (BLP) or Democratic Labour Party (DLP) country. Barbados is our country. We are the owners. It does not belong to any political platform. We the people send them to Trafalgar Street, Bay Street, George Street and Roebuck Street to do a job: to make our society prosperous. At the moment we are all failing, because of narrow political confines and the resignation of the public. So if as a citizen I am provided with a chance to share ideas with other people, irrespective of politics I will do so in a genuine way. It is counter-productive to discredit and devalue ideas solely because they are suggested by the BLP, or the DLP, or any other persons within a political framework. Ideas are not and cannot be confined to a political allegiance. This idea itself has to be understood. We will then see change when enough of us demand better of our history, our country and ourselves.

I do not make excuses for our failings but I see what has happened to our country. We never truly took ownership of the systems that were left behind on independence. We function on outmoded systems of governance, that have little relevance to the lives that we aspire to live, and to the prosperous country we want to create. After independence we dabbled at the edges with what was leftover to us, but can we really say that ‘these fields and hills beyond recall are now are very own?’ While we accepted independence on paper we did not properly rid ourselves of the Westminster and Whitehall ideals of governance and fractional politics.

We talk boldly about change, but seem to do nothing. Is it because we are not brave? I do not think so. I think we are a brave and proud people who set out against tremendous odds to build a great nation. We introduced free education when we had little money as a country, and only a belief that we could be better.

I sense that we all feel disappointed with the progress of Barbados of late. This does not mean that we are not doing some things right. But there is no one that can say on a broad scale Barbados is working to its full potential to generate the prosperity and wealth we all seek to enjoy. To do so would be to speak aloud an open and silent truth we all know.

What is happening to our proud country? Why do we appear to dislike each other? Is the man or the woman who live next door to you in the new heights and terraces not your brother and sister? Why is this distrust and dislike for each other reflected in the services we provide?

“Is there not something wrong when you cannot get the most basic service at any office, or when you are greeted with disdain for merely asking a question? It is almost as if you are offending people when you simply want them to do their job.”

Is there not something wrong when you go to any office to do a simple task such as renewing a certificate or, something of that nature, only to stand painfully for hours while workers chat or ignore you? Or you take your hard earned money and go out to eat only to be treated like you are not deserving of being there. Why do we treat each other like this? Why are things not working? Institutions of all kinds appear to be barely coping, and with reduced budgets, it will mean doing more with less. We need leadership to speak to us directly, clearly and take us in confidence. Most importantly, we need unity for if as brothers and sisters, we fail to learn how to live together, we shall surely perish individually.

Do we really believe that tomorrow will be better simply by wishing? No, we have to work hard and rid ourselves of a culture and national psyche that encourages failure, complacency, and irresponsibility. In the current world, we must realise that we cannot continue to act as if nothing is happening or that somehow the economy will magically bounce back, and we can go back to business as usual. We must remember that we only became a peaceful and prosperous society in the first place through hard work and the sheer minded determination to transform this collection of poor villages into a great nation despite its small physical size.

What is the vision for our country? Where do you see Barbados going? What shall she look like? If what we have is what we want, then we probably have the political, social and economic institutional set up we deserve. But I must ask, are we not better than what we have now? What is your image of yourself? What we have now is clearly not fully working to the best of our potentials.

I have a vision for Barbados. I am sure you have one as well, and we probably share similar ideas. Let me share with you what I see.

I see a country that does not beg for handouts but makes her way in the world. I see a people that are industrious and creative. I see a country that can feed itself. I see Government that is supportive and open. I see Government that creates a framework for enterprise and business to grow, so we can have sustainable economic development. I see discipline return to our schools and on our streets. I see grown up politics being practiced and a unified country charting its way in this troubled world. I see the talents and skills of each citizen put to productive use. I see an open, fair and meritocratic society. I see us putting the best technologies at our disposal to drive clean efficient transport and energy systems. I see a return to a quality national health care system. I see a healthy environment, which we all protect because it sustains us. I see a Barbados that is peaceful and prosperous. I see a Barbados where we protect each other, and our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean from the vagaries of the changing world.

Imagine a politics where our leaders did not try to wrap us in cotton wool and spoke to us about the depth and magnitude of the problems that we face as a country. Imagine a Barbados where we were told that there is a need for deep spending cuts on the part of the state, and people were involved in the process. Imagine a country where we were told that wages would probably have to be frozen and taxes increased. Imagine that whatever pain was needed to get us on a path of sustained economic growth was clearly explained to us and we were involved in the process. So we understand that we take the pain now, because later we would walk in the sunshine. Imagine a politics where we openly discussed reform to our educational, health and governmental systems. Imagine a Barbados where leadership took responsibility for its action. This is a Barbados I imagine. In fact it is a Barbados that we can all imagine, and make real, if we are willing to change the very fabric and DNA of our society.

We must be willing to examine every institution, structure, system, idea and ask does this work for Barbadians, and then we must be willing to build new ones. Nothing can be off limits. Everything must be open to examination and rebirth. How can we think anew if we are stuck in the same structures, that were originally not of our making. It is like pouring new wine into old wineskins. The new wine is spoilt. The one thing that holds us back and has for a while now, and explains why our country appears stalled is that we seem to have a collective fear of wanting to change, from top to bottom, the current systems that govern our lives. How many reform commissions, committees, strategic plans and reports have we had, about a way forward? There are more than I would care to mention. We seem to have resigned ourselves to the fact that our systems that govern our way of life may not have been of our own making or work to suit us fully, but it is what we now know. This means that we do not try anything new or change. When did we as a country become afraid of trying? When did our pioneering can-do spirit that made us who we are disappear before your eyes? The change we seek is not only about the systems but must also be a change in our views from top to bottom. We are the drivers of any change and it is time we realise this. Let us live up to the ideals of our national anthem that ‘We have no doubts or fears, Upward and onward we shall go. Inspired, exulting, free. And greater will our nation grow. In strength and unity.’

How do we change to realise the vision and imagination of a new Barbados? It is simple and yet the most difficult thing. There is no one easy answer. The starting point is to ask yourself to change; the most difficult task that anyone can set out to do. The reason is that the task requires us to drop the way we do things and try something different. We all like to think we can, or at the least we try, to change the world, but to do that we ourselves must be open to change. As a nation, perhaps we do not want change. Who really wants to change? We usually do not like new things because they are new, because we are being asked to try something different, even if what is familiar to us is not working satisfactorily. What do we have to be afraid of? Nothing. The way we do things and the way we are as a people will change over time, because that is the very nature of existence, constant change. We can either let change happen to us or be active agents of our own change. There are no defined Barbadian ways that we did not create. Therefore, there are no Barbadian ways that we cannot change. But we must believe that we can share a unified perspective of change and progress, which can bring us sustained prosperity.

Allow me to leave you with this thought. Observe and become aware of our national flower, the Pride of Barbados. See how it blooms in what may appear as the most unforgiving of places. The Pride is resilient and will thrive even when conditions are difficult.

The time has come to wake up and look at ourselves in the mirror as a country, and ask what is the image we hold of ourselves. There will be many who will bet against us doing so, for they will say ‘Bajans will complain but will continue doing the same thing. No one ever does anything’. We will prove them wrong. When people say change cannot work and we cannot have a bold new vision for our country, we will examine ways to make it work. When we are told it is impossible, we will make it possible. We will do all of this knowing that it is difficult. Before us lay two futures, two destinies. We can choose to stay as we are and drift through this world. We can choose to be bold and fearless, and make our place in this world. In the moment we choose one future, we will slam the door shut on the other. Whichever we choose, it is only our choice to make.

The one thing I think ‘we loyal sons and daughters’ need more than anything, as we again become ‘firm craftsmen of our fate’ is a readiness to change and learn; to do something new, for the old ways will not suffice.

I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag,
To uphold and defend their honour,
And by my living to do credit To my nation wherever I go.

Yours faithfully,
Ronnie R. F. Yearwood
St. Peter Barbados The Caribbean

(This open letter is a preface to my presentation as part of the Barbados Entrepreneurial Foundation’s first Innovation Think Tank on ‘Barbados: A New Governance Model’.)

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17 responses to “An Open Letter to Barbados on Forty Five Years of Independence: We Are the Change

  1. 19

    How can we be independent and be in debt to the IMF, World Bank and China and the lot. Independence never existed and one day you all will get it but it will be too late. The Monarchy no longer wanted the responsibility of taking care of us so they gave us a feeling of independence and left us with a Govenor General who still reports to the Queen. Then they gave us loans which we accepted and have become again slaves to the monarchy without them having to spend a dime to upgrade us. This is the independence we have been given. This is the reality.

  2. Green Monkey

    Just so you understand the implications, Max Keiser using Greece as an example, explains what happens when your country goes broke .

    Hmm we don’t have an Acropolis or a Parthenon to put up as collateral. I wonder if the IMF and the international banksters would be satisfied with the Garrison and the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

  3. The new EU government CDS funny money

    Economic terrorism of our financial institutions by the likes of Goldman Sachs and others will only disappear when strict regulation and conflict of interest legislation is firmly in place and enforced. The existing politicians can’t and won’t pass the legislation because they are on the gravy train as well,

    A thousand financial manipulators in jail for a lifetime might help sober up the financial institutions and bankers although the Greek spokesman in the Green Monkey video reference is asking for them to be hung?

    A murderer usually only ruins the lives of a handful of friends and family members.

    The financial manipulators have ruined the lives of many millions of lives.

    When will they face justice?

    When will those responsible for Clico spend time in jail?

  4. Newbie

    What can I say except “well said”. MR RONNIE YEARWOOD has said it all in a very clear and understandable letter. We hold our own destiny in our hands. We should be looking at building a sustainable Barbados.
    We cannot sell a TOURIST it is illegal, so why is Tourism now our main industry, again I ask what happens if or when the tourist gets fed up of visiting Barbados. The way that the news of a corrupt Barbados is spreading across the world it won’t be much longer before that scenario becomes a reality. I would also like to hail 19, the person has also hit the nail on the head, well said whoever you are.

  5. Jack Bowman

    Dear BFP folks,

    I read Dr. Yearwood’s open letter. I didn’t quite understand it. In an attempt to understand it, I wrote the attached summary. Perhaps Barbados Free Press readers can help me here.

    In the summary, did I miss any significant point that Dr. Yearwood made? Please point out any glaring omission I have made in summarizing Dr. Yearwood’s Open Letter.

    Moreover, in Dr. Yearwood’s original letter, did he actually get around to making one, single, concrete, practical suggestion about how he would (or Barbados should) bring about the “change” that he mentioned 23 times in four pages? Please, point out any clear, concrete, practical suggestion that Dr. Yearwood made.

    Here is my summary of Dr. Yearwood’s Open Letter …

    I was born poor in a poor place, so we all worked hard in an effort to be less poor. My father was absent. My mother worked hard. The same applies to a lot of Bajans.

    Barbados was built on hard work and a determination to succeed.

    The economic situation is a bit grim at the moment.

    Barbados claims to have a 100 percent literacy rate but that’s a lie because some schoolchildren are illiterate. Some youths are jobless and have few prospects.

    Barbados claims to be top-notch at tourism but that’s also a lie because standards are slipping.

    Barbados claims that public-sector reforms are working but that’s a lie because the government is inefficient.

    The social situation is a bit grim. We’re having a hard time deciding what to do about things and we’ve got no vision of the future. But even though things are grim at the moment, there is a future. We’re all a bit fed up about things now, but stuff will get better if we believe it can.

    If you’re looking for redeemers, you won’t find them in (i) Bajan politicians; (ii) the United States; (iii) the United Kingdom; (iv) the European Union; (v) China; or (vi) money.

    The redeemers are: (i) “everyone working together”; and (ii) help from other countries in the Caribbean. Now’s the time for that.

    Barbados has been independent for forty-five years. We knew it would be hard. We’ve done okay so far, but now it’s all a bit rubbish. So now it’s time to change.

    I made a speech earlier this year. I asked what kind of society Barbados wanted. I was criticized for that. I’m asking again because Barbados belongs to Bajans. People have political views and are fed up, so I’m talking.

    All kinds of people have ideas. Those ideas have to be understood. We’ll get change when enough of us make more demands on ourselves (and on our country and on , er, “our history”). We used systems left by the British. They’re outdated.

    I think we’re brave but we don’t change even though we talk about change. We’re all a bit fed up about Barbados at the moment. We’ve done okay but things could be better.

    Now I’d like to ask a lot of questions, and whine a little bit, without providing any answers [here, insert all the questions to which I provide zero answers].

    Leaders should talk to us directly and clearly. Plus, we need unity. We have to work hard and change our culture and our way of thinking. If not, we’re doomed. These days, complacency is a no-no. We were only okay in the first place because of hard work.

    Could Barbados be doing better? I think so. You probably think the same.

    I imagine a Barbados (i) that doesn’t depend on foreign aid; (ii) in which people work hard; (iii) that has food security; (iv) in which the government is, er, “supportive and open”, whatever that means; (v) where the government provides an, er, “framework for enterprise”, whatever that means; (vi) where kids behave in schools and the streets are safe; (vii) where, er “a unified country” (whatever that means) is, er, “charting its way in this troubled world”; (viii) where people work hard and everything is open and fair, and the weather is always fine; (ix) where we have clean and efficient transport and energy systems; (x) where the health service is first class, the environment is excellent, and nobody throws Coke bottles out of the windows of ZR vans; (xi) where we all look after each other because times are strange.

    At the risk of being so boring that this text is bordering on the pointless, let me tell you some more things that I imagine.

    I imagine a Barbados in which (i) leaders tell us the truth about how messed up Barbados is; (ii) leaders tell us that we have to slash spending, cut wages and raise taxes; (iii) all Bajans are involved in discussions about slashing spending, cutting wages and raising taxes, as well as in discussions about reforming Bajan education and healthcare. This is the Barbados I imagine. You can, too. We can all imagine.

    But we can only imagine if we change absolutely everything about Bajan society. We’re scared of change, so we don’t try anything new. When did that happen? We have to change our outlook completely [here, insert mandatory quotation from national anthem].

    How do we change? Well, we do things in a different way. That’s how. Following me?

    Perhaps Bajans don’t want to change. Who does? Nothing to fear. We’re going to change anyway. That’s how stuff happens. We can let stuff happen or we can make stuff happen. But we’ve got to believe that we all agree on change.

    It’s time to wake up and look in the mirror. Some people think we won’t. That’s not right. We’ll make change work. Really, we will, even if it’s hard to change. We can do one thing or we can do another: change or not change.

    Allow me to leave you with the most hallowed and hollow and intellectually lazy and tiresomely reiterated rhetorical device in the history of independent Barbados: a quotation from the national anthem.

    Thank you.

  6. MANJAK

    One can despair sometimes at the poverty of thought and thinking that can populate the Bajan blogs. Ronnie Yearwood’s intelligent and intellectually rigorous piece goes some way in redeeming one’s faith in what can be.
    I have little doubt that a significant number of Bajans at home and in the diaspora are deeply troubled and disconcerted by the state of this island nation after forty five years of essentially what has been mere flag and national anthem independence.
    We have been and are witnessed to a politics of these past four decades that is partisan, trite and unintelligent, perpetrated by men (mostly) with small and barren minds. They populate the talking shop at Heroes Square with their archaic colonial language, wigs, attitude, and mores. They pontificate with terms such as points order and such other verbiage. They appear to have little notion of the world around and about them and tendencies of minds that lack any creative or intelligent ideas as to how Barbados is to deal with the impending economic tsunami that is upon us.
    No white tourist from London or New York will be the panacea no matter how many millions the wasteful BTA spends on its marketing in it efforts to lure such to the land of sun, sea and wukkup..
    The political third raters that rule us do appear to be utterly bamboozled and at a complete loss as to how to address the deepening corruption of the public space, the alarming crime rate, youth unemployment, the rising semi illiterate and semi numerate students leaving education and the social fracturing of Bajan society.
    Dr. Yearwood’s plea for some serious thought is timely and is very welcome. It suggests that we are not all of the ‘every man/woman brek for yuh self’. Many of us do care rather deeply about what is possible and do contend and believe that this little island can be something quite special. We have though to be prepared to do what is necessary ourselves or experience what the Greeks and Italians have had foisted upon them by external foreign forces. The pain of such imposed by others can be brutal in the extreme.
    .

  7. Jack Bowman

    Dear Manjack

    Exactly which part of Dr. Yearwood’s stultifying text was “intellectually rigorous”? Did I miss that bit?

    You mean “witness”, not “witnessed”.

    What times, Cicero said, and what customs.

  8. No gold standard any more? lol

    paper money mashup ervybody den?

  9. millertheanunnaki

    @ Jack Bowman: November 15, 2011 at 7:42 am
    No need to be so pedantic!
    But I do support your criticism of the published article as indicated in another blog. Just a lot of long-winded hot air we have heard repetitively.

    The major problem facing Barbados is the poor quality of leadership we have at all levels and sectors of society. This he fails to address specifically.

    “IT’S AMAZING HOW IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP IS TO HUMAN BEINGS”

  10. Anonymous

    Well you asked for aleader just like the Jews asked for Saul and look at how that turned out.

  11. MANJAK

    Re Jack Bowman
    As expected and foreseen a response that is trite, silly and showing off by quoting Cicero. Rather than engage with Dr. Yearwood and his attempts at starting some conversation as to how Bajans can advance their nation and make better their society we get juvenile carping, nitpicking, and crassness.
    So tell me what useful and intelligent ideas do you have to put in the public sphere that would be of some value. If you have nothing to contribute please do go away and pick wilts or some such.

  12. Jack Bowman

    Dear Manjack,

    Good day to you. I trust that you and yours are well.

    First, you claim that Dr. Yearwood’s text is “intellectually rigorous”.

    Can you please point out to me which parts of it display intellectual rigor? If you have trouble with this question, please let me help. The answer is: no. There isn’t a single sentence (literally—not one, single sentence in a piece taking more than 3,000 words) that is intellectually rigorous.

    Quite the contrary. The text is the very antithesis of intellectual rigor. It is an exercise in rhetoric. Indeed, it’s so obviously lacking in intellectual substance—and so clearly designed to sound good rather than to elicit thought—that on my first reading of it I simply assumed it was an early ploy to jump-start a political career. It’s so utterly empty of concrete proposals that it’s basically a standard politician’s stump speech.

    Second, Manjack, you ask what useful and intelligent ideas I have to put in the public sphere that would be of some value.

    I have many useful and intelligent ideas, Manjack. Please let me introduce you to them.

    As regards Barbados, I think that we should:

    (i) immediately refuse all foreign aid;
    (ii) work hard;
    (iii) have food security;
    (iv) have a government that is, er, “supportive and open”;
    (v) have a government that provides an, er, “framework for enterprise”;
    (vi) make kids behave in schools and make the streets safe;
    (vii) unify the country so that Barbados can chart its way in this troubled world;
    (viii) work hard and make sure that everything is open and fair;
    (ix) have clean and efficient transport and energy systems;
    (x) have a first-class health service and an excellent environment; and
    (xi) all look after each other because times are strange.

    As regards everything else, I have very concrete proposals. Here they are. I think that:

    (i) the lion should lie down with the lamb;
    (ii) world hunger should stop;
    (iii) nobody should get cancer;
    (iv) everybody should be, you know, like, nice to each other;
    (v) the Arab-Israeli conflict should end;
    (vi) everyone should have a job that they find fulfilling;
    (vii) people shouldn’t piss in the street and make a world heritage site smell like a public urinal (sorry, that should have been in the “Barbados” section above);
    (viii) nobody should bogart the joint.
    (ix) we can make all this happen, if only we believe in change in the darkest hour; and
    (x) we should change.

    Now that, Manjack, is, er, intellectually rigorous.

    Best wishes,

    Dr. Jack R. T. Bowman

  13. millertheanunnaki

    Jack Bowman: November 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Bowman, (I nearly called you “Clydie”!) you too bad!!
    Sweet, sweet for days!
    But you see how easily so-called educated people like Manjack can be easily fooled and be taken in with a lot of high sounding, nationalistically appealing pretty words just like attending church at Xmas!

  14. Alice in Dreadland

    Ronnie Yearwood writes an interesting piece that reminds us where the power really lies, ie in the hands of the people & not the bloodsuckers we have put in place….The bloodsuckers should rightly be worried that one day the people will rise up and kick their lazy, good for nothing, arrogant, greedy asses into the sea….I for one will be at the front of the mob wearing my steel toed boots.

  15. Inspiration

    While most First Nations tribes and bands in Canada have been ruined with Federal and Provincial “handouts”over the past 50 years, here is a good example of a band that refuses Federal aid and asks members who are not working to leave the band.

    http://fngovernance.org/toolkit/best_practice/osoyoos_indian_band

    Perhaps Mr. Yearwood and other Barbadians, of like mind, could start a dialogue with them about leadership and self sustainability?

  16. Progressive

    I am only now reading this letter,and I must agree with the contents.This is the sort of stuff we need to hear from the country’s leader.The level of selfishness in Barbados is amazing.I too once lived in Boscobell and while not the wealthiest of communities it was rich in pride.I recommend this letter as compulsary reading to all.

  17. Jack Bowman

    … and Mr. Manjack, in a devastating rebuttal, commands:

    “please do go away and pick wilt”.

    Dear Manjack,

    I trust that all of your loved ones will be happy in this happy season. I trust that you are well, and that those you love are well.

    Now, Mr. Manjack … wtf is a “wilt”? Why should I want to pick one? Why should ANYONE want to pick one? Why, Manjack, why? Why? Explain this to me, please.

    By the way, LOVED Dr. Y’s presentation. Just loved it.