Welcome to the Four Seasons, Barbados
The symbolism in the photo is stark: clouds obscure the Caribbean sun as weeds grow around a faded and ripped Bajan flag at yet another failed mega-project. A piece of garbage on a dead lawn provides the finishing touch.
Greed and politicians did this – mostly men who thought they were experts in leadership and running a country because they made speeches and got theyselves elected. The results of their decisions stand rotting in the sun all over the island: half built condos, closed hotels and crumbling steps. I’ve lost count of the sludge-filled swamps that used to be swimming pools surrounded by a hundred happy tourists baking and drinking Bajan rum.
It’s all over now and we did it to ourselves.
If we keep on blaming ‘the economy’ and 9/11 and Cuba we are headed only one way and that is down.
This is where we are now. Our best coasts and beaches are walled off or defended by thousands of motorcars. Our roadsides are tipping spots, while sullen shop clerks ‘greet’ visitors with about as much respect as you’d give a rat in your rubbish bin.
This is where our leaders have brought us, and when their time is up they head for Canada or Switzerland or Florida.
That’s where we are. The question is; what do we do now?
Four Seasons flag photo courtesy of The Nation: Flag shame at Four Seasons