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Immigration debate rages on

Where does compassion stop and idiocy begin?

Two BFP regulars are squaring off in the comments section. Mark L Fenty Sr. is calling for some sensitivity for our Caribbean brothers and sisters “visiting” Barbados. Another reader, “Observer” has had enough of illegal immigration.

Observer praises the DLP government’s recent decision to restrict health care, saying “Thank God that there was a change of Government else our social services would have been under further strain to cope.”

We’ve taken editor’s license to clean up some of the spelling and missed words that happen in the heat of debate and we’ve added the titles and subtitles too. If we’ve changed any meanings, I’m sure our friends Mark and Observer will let us know.

“DING!!! Round Two. FIGHT!!!…”

Illegal immigration problem caused by a failure to police the system.

by Mark L. Fenty Sr.

To those people who believe that Barbados isn’t going to reach a state of economic decline to the point where thousands of Barbadians are going to be flooding the more prosperous islands of the Caribbean: think again. This I believe is going to be directly attributed to the antiquated tourist industry that Barbados relies on so heavily for its foreign exchange, coupled with our insensitivity toward our fellow Caribbean nationals who reside in Barbados in an illegal status. Continue reading

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From Barbados to England in the 1950s – Adventure, racism and a new life on the buses.

“Don’t Forget to Keep Your Chest Warm”

Like thousands of other young Bajans and Caribbean folks in the 1950s, George Applewhaite left his family and headed for “Mother England” to work as a bus conductor. And like most of his contemporaries, Applewhaite found that not all Brits were happy to see their cities “invaded” by people with dark skin and strange accents.

Fifty-six years later the pensioner looks back on his adventures and memories of the those times in his new book Don’t Forget to Keep Your Chest Warm. For his next book, he’s writing about his childhood in Watts Village.

“Mr Applewhaite said many people have told him his stories shone a light on an era when people acted in a more sociable and generous manner towards each other, but some tales reveal the occasional racial prejudice he encountered in Oxfordshire.”

… from the Oxford Mail article Book inspired by lifetime of experiences

Also Interesting…

London Transport revisits the experiences of some of the recruits from the Caribbean who joined the organisation in the 1950s.

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