Daily Archives: February 20, 2013

TED.com features Afra Raymond talk: Three myths about corruption

Congratulations to our old friend Afra Raymond, whose December 2012 corruption lecture has been picked up by TED.com.


Filed under Barbados, Corruption, Trinidad and Tobago

Ping Yark arrives in time for the election


Editor Leigh Bourne and friends just launched another issue of Ping Yark: the irreverent Londontown newsletter published by homesick Bajans for other homesick Bajans.

In February’s edition…

  • Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin: Hey man… know when to hush!
  • Dear British food manufacturers: This is a cow. This is not!
  • Election 2013 by Dalrymple
  • The secret Hindu roots of the Rastafari
  • Appreciation Ball for Ralph Straker, BSM, OBE coming March 16, 2013
  • The Nation Newspaper: Relevant? Spreading malware?
  • DLP UK still in self-destruct mode.
  • Health: Is food your medicine?
  • Rihanna and Chris Brown – do we care? Should we?
  • West Indies Women’s Cricket Team in Mumbai
  • Bajans in UK lament pork shortage as ‘white flight’ hits and Muslims take over neighbourhoods.
  • Black history: How Bass Reeves went from slave to being the first black Deputy US Marshall.
  • plus lots more including all the coming UK Bajan social events

You can download Ping Yark in pdf format for free: right here!

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Election 2013: Rape and abuse of a post-independent Barbados



“For the very first time in my life, I approach an election faced with the choice of supporting neither party.

I could not bring myself to vote for any of the above.”

From the February issue of Ping Yark (download for free here)

by Dalrymple

It is with much trepidation and cynicism that one awaits the outcome of the recently called election. On the one hand we have a visionless indecisive ditherer and on the other hand we have a political brigand and highwayman willing to rape and abuse the country in the interest of his friends, relatives and the ever-increasing number of yard fowls. How could a post-independent Barbados in the 21st century find itself in such a situation? How could we have ended up in such circumstances; between a rock and a hard place? How we have frittered away the legacy of Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow and the great builders of our country, a country built on transparency, decency, integrity, accountability and good governance?

One despairs of the future of an unsuspecting populace that is swept along on a tide of emotion while allowing the rape and abuse of my country. For the very first time in my life, I approach an election faced with the choice of supporting neither party. I could not bring myself to vote for any of the above. I now strongly feel that we should start a movement to take back our country from the emerging class of professional political elites who are only interested in their personal aggrandisement or in the enrichment of their friends and relatives and their party cronies. In all of this the masses and the their interests ark of adequate housing forgotten or ignored. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Politics

Marva Cossy: your vote doesn’t count for anything (But would she vote independent?)

“I don’t intent to vote.” 

Marva Cossy Barbados

Vote for whom… Vote for what?

by Marva Cossy of Caribbean Marvel blog

Voters in Barbados will choose a government on Thursday, February 21 but I don’t intent to vote.   I said so months ago and my friends behaved as if I was committing treason.

To vote or not to vote is a right I have to exercise, but when I made my declaration, my friend instantly shifted their heated debate about the performance and potential of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) – to the value of an ‘X’.  Six or seven of them against one, me! Unity was achieved as they tried to sell me the importance of vote.

They eloquently painted the road to enfranchisement taken by working class Barbadians; verbally re-enacting the 1940s struggle with as much drama as if they were present. They were delighted that I matched them with equal passion on the historical issues as well as the significance of having the right to vote. But they were disappointed that I was (and I am) resolute about my position not to vote.

I was accused of selling out those Barbadians of yesteryear who fought to gain that right to vote for themselves and future generations; I was chided for wasting the money tax payers spent on my 20 plus years of education; some of their ‘friendly’ criticisms are too harsh for public ears.

“I am unmoved. What difference will my voting make? That is the question, I’ve asked myself countless times and I’ve searched my soul for an honest opinion. I’ve examined the parties and see no philosophical divide; no major difference in programmes; no vigour, all status quo.”

…continue reading this article at CaribbeanMarvel: Vote for whom… Vote for what?


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