Looking ahead to Barbados 50th Independence Celebration

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In plenty and in time of need…

For all our current economic problems and the failures of a corrupt political class to provide principled, unselfish leadership over the decades, Barbados on our 48th National Independence Day is still a country and a society to be envied.

Millions of people from countries around the world would get down on their knees and thank God if they were blessed enough to have had their navel string buried in Bajan soil. Stand still anywhere on this island for ten minutes and take it all in: even inner B’town’s worst is only a short walk from the salt water and beauty.

And isn’t that the truth? No matter where you are in Barbados you are only a minute or two from beauty the likes of which people from other countries spend thousands of dollars to see and experience for a few days.

The beauty of these fields and hills though, is nothing compared with the beauty of our people, our children and the ordinary folk who give Bim its character and reality.

It is true that we should be worried about the excesses of celebration for lowered achievements and about some of the youth whose activities could not be more ‘un-Bajan’ – but despite these things, can you not ask for assistance from a stranger on this island and still receive a helping hand? Of course you can!

Try that in New Jersey, or Soho. Been there, “have the t-shirt” as they say.

We naturally focus upon the decades, and our 48th anniversary is an uninspiring number compared to our 45th or our 40th. Remember our 30th? Remember the rains and no one cared? Soaked or not the party went on for three days. A bit different from these last two days, yes?

Admittedly things back then looked a bit brighter economically, but it was more than that: the mood was about us as a nation, about our wonderfully rosy future. About us as a people.

A short two years from now and we will be facing our 50th year as an independent, fully sovereign nation.

The question we should be asking ourselves now is not “How shall we celebrate our 50th?”, but “What do we want Barbados to be on our 50th, and what should we do to reach that goal?”

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5 responses to “Looking ahead to Barbados 50th Independence Celebration

  1. Party Animal

    In order for us to Celebrate with a Big Bang for our “50” th we need to ask all those who have taken our money out of the Country to bring it back in so we could afford a proper Celebration

  2. John Hanson 1781-1782- I SERVE 1788- 1792 BARBADOES.

    We will also need ,All things put back in place the True History of Barbados, All thing will need an Audit including all pimp title holders, Many dont rate the titles they carry to cover up their crimes ,
    By they we can Put all the QCs aside and be ready for KCs that may rule on a better level of Right and Justice,
    All things taken back that were stolen and held by the crooks who now and before running this government , By then will have a better system of counting votes and take well care of those who cheat on the highest Level.
    Thy Kingdom Come,Lets hope we have a new Prime Minister By then…

  3. Sir Steals A Lot

    How many “Sirs” and “Dames” does Barbados have per capita compared with the UK?

  4. Sue

    We will be arriving in Barbados this week-end coming. It will be our twenty-something plus trip and we are so looking forward to the beauty of this country. We will see friends once more and be grateful that we are lucky to know this island. Yes, we have seen changes, not all of which we think are good for the people of Bim but overall, we will be happy to claim our little piece of Paradise for 2 weeks.

  5. John Hanson 1781-1782- I SERVE 1788- 1792 BARBADOES.

    We need to do CSI on the pimp title holders , who now hold an oath against the people of Barbados to keep the cover-up and massive land fraud going,
    Welcome to Barbados Sue , but do not look to buy any land , or houses , none are for sale , dirty title deeds , man made history , Sir Steals A Lot”
    We find it hard to find a clean Sir , QC or even Judge in or on Barbados,
    All lawyer office are laundering land for sale with no CLEAR TITLE ,

    AS the Banks look to leave this Island in the Sun , it will expose the Massive land and PONZI FRAUD OF THE DLP/blp ,

    TRUST NONE OF THEM , YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, NO LAWYER WILL TAKE YOUR CASE AFTER ANOTHER LAWYER OR MINISTER ROB YOU,
    BARBADOS need new tourist each year to feed the fraud of land , PLANTATIONS WERE STOLEN AND STORED BY CLICO AND ON THEIR BOOKS TODAY WITH NO VALUE,