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What Are We Celebrating?

Submitted by Heather Cole (The Barbados Lobby)
Heather Cole

Heather Cole

Barbadians are patriotic to the bone. Not even in the USA is Independence celebrated for a whole month as is done in Barbados. It is pride and industry and those colours of blue, gold and black that holds the threads that bind us all together.

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Independence is the time for cultural activity and to reminisce of the past, eat our national dishes and watch the armed and unarmed Units parade in all their pomp and pageantry at the Garrison Savannah.

However, time and time again history has revealed that every great empire or civilization after rising to its zenith then underwent a phase of decadence that ultimately led to its demise. It has happened to the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and the British. Although Barbados is not a great Empire, there is an analogy.

It is usually said that times have changed but on reflection, time never changes. It is a cycle that repeats itself. There are good times and there are bad times. The Barbados of 1966 was not the same Barbados of the year 2000, nor is the Barbados of 2015 the same as any of these two time periods. In its colonial days Barbados became renowned as the gem of the Caribbean. In recent times it was known as a leader in education, healthcare and social services as well as having a stable economic system.

Barbados is classified as a small open economy. This basically means that whatever is happening in the rest of the world, primarily the USA affects its economy. When the US economy is doing great, so is Barbados; when it is underperforming that is also reflected in Barbadian economy. In essence the theory states that the island is too small to influence its own economic activity. From independence, the country has been on a seemingly steady path of economic growth until 2008. Early in 2008 the government changed and a worldwide recession started shortly thereafter. It lasted 18 months but somehow, Barbados remained stuck in its grasp while the rest of the world moved on. This has effectively shattered the theory of the small open economy.

One may ask what caused the theory to shatter. The answer lies in the fact that after the worldwide recession ended, the recession that continued in Barbados was man made, created by poor management and unsound economic policies of the government. This recession has not only affected Barbados economically but socially as well. To date the country’s credit rating is at zero, businessmen in Bridgetown are crying out for foreign exchange, there is labour unrest. Thirty five new taxes have been introduced burdening the population. There is a controversy surrounding the building of a gasification plant which is to bring even more taxation. Health and social services are on the decline and the only things that are growing are the government’s debt, unemployment, poverty, vagrants in Bridgetown and crime. There is not even a safe haven for tourism because the US, Canada and Great Britain have all issued travel advisories warning their citizens of the island’s escalating crime rate. Added to this, the threat of Cuba as a unique tourist destination is looming on the horizon.

In this season of independence, are we just celebrating what happened on November 30th 1966? Are we celebrating the significance of that proclamation that placed us on a path to control our destiny? Or are we celebrating a timeline of events that were started on that day? These may appear to be strange questions to ask but with the introduction of portable standpipes and the reduction in “free” tertiary education at the university, the lack of transparency and the deafening silence of leaders who do not communicate with the citizens who elected them, the country seems to be moving not forward but backwards to colonial times.

In this season of independence before you consider indulging in conkies and souse, attending the parade at the Garrison Savannah or even lustily singing “God Bless Bim on Independence Day”, ask yourselves what are we really celebrating? Will the answer be patriotism? Will the answer be the demise of a once illustrious gem?

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116 Comments on “What Are We Celebrating?”

  1. David November 22, 2015 at 10:54 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    It appears you watched Sodom last week🙂

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  2. Sargeant November 22, 2015 at 11:41 AM #

    Bush T
    You forget the Internet? I can tune into CBC daily.

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea to go with place names if presented correctly with a knowledgeable historian, some names are obvious like Graveyard in CH CH where there was an actual Graveyard and where those two brothers drowned a few years ago.

    Are they going to Gemswick? Someone told me that the name was changed at the behest of the old DLP Rep Reynold Weeks as he didn’t like to list his home address as Penny Hole.

    I once hiked through Swampy Town in St. Lucy (didn’t see any swamps), how about Pico Tenerife? That is an area/ name that I think not familiar to many Bajans.

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  3. Bush Tea November 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    LOL @ Sargeant
    Skippa, if you can tune into the internet, and choose between three hundred thousand TV channels…. and you choose to watch CBC …..it can ONLY mean one thing….

    ..you like fat women….
    You devil you!!…. yuh is a TRUE bajan fuh trute…🙂

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  4. Colonel Buggy November 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    As as soon as we hit the status of a republic,at least officially, out goes the following place names?
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Princess Margaret School
    King George Park
    Prince William Street
    George Street
    Combermere
    King Edward Road
    President Kennedy Drive.
    Wellington Street
    Nelson Street, Nelson Statue , Nelson Gate.
    Fort Willoughby
    Queen Street
    Queens Park
    Harrison Point, College
    Worthing
    Hasting
    Sutherland Hill

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  5. lawson November 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM #

    Whether you become a republic or not politicians will still sit around stimulating their own packages

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  6. Colonel Buggy November 22, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

    What we are really celebrating is 350 + 49 years of an almost continuous Conservative Government , the last 49 years albeit an unelected Conservative Government, operating not from Palmetto Street or Bay Street, but from Cattlewash and other Pretoria enclaves of Barbados. The Plantocracy, and their “come ya” associates like Blerkham, call the shots and ,those who we have elected, jump to it.

    This Sandie Shaw hit says it all

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  7. Due Diligence November 23, 2015 at 12:56 PM #

    Colonel Buggy

    Great post.

    This song, ironically written in 1966, should be adopted as Barbados’ official 50th Independence anniversary song; with a bit of fine tuning.

    To paraphrase –

    China says that it cares. It loves Barbados madly.

    Barbados may win on the roundabout.

    But, with all the “preferential” loans Barbados has borrowed or is eagerly anticipating from China for Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Sam Lord’s, the reconstruction and expansion of the Grantley Adams International Airport and Pier-head Marina project in Bridgetown, Barbados is all tied up and where’s it leading to?

    There is never a doubt that it is China who’s pulling the strings.

    Friend to all, satellite to none?

    Going forward it will be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados Wang Ke and his bosses who will be pulling Barbados’ string.

    Welcome to Chinados.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences November 23, 2015 at 5:41 PM #

    Sounds good on paper, but it’s pure crap.

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  9. Vincent Haynes November 24, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    I wonder if any Govt. of Bim would have the guts to do this?

    http://bbc.in/1MzAoC3

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  10. Well Well & Consequences November 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM #

    Vincent…..if you are referring to this article, don’t hold ya breath, just be glad there is no cholera, ebola etc in B’dos.

    Tanzania’s Magufuli scraps independence day celebration
    Posted at 10:06
    Tanzania’s newly elected President John Magufuli has cancelled independence day celebrations, due in a fortnight, and has ordered a clean-up campaign instead.

    “It is so shameful that we are spending huge amounts of money to celebrate 54 years of independence when our people are dying of cholera,” he was quoted on state television as saying.

    Magufuli
    Reuters
    President John Magufuli was sworn in on 5 November
    Cholera has killed about 60 people in Tanzania in the last three months.

    Correspondents say many people have welcomed Mr Magufuli’s announcement, as it shows his commitment to ending lavish spending and tackling the cholera outbreak which has caused widespread concern.

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  11. Well Well & Consequences November 24, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Africa has made such an about turn……according to one of my daughters re Rawanda, as long as you get rid of all the douche bags, there is immediate change for the better. If I remember correctly, the international community had to step in and arrest that war criminal back then.

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  12. Vincent Haynes November 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM #

    @Well Well & Consequences November 24, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Take a drive around this country of ours preferably in a tank to deal with the potholes,look at our fields,look at the state of our houses and their yards…..

    We like it so…..we enjoy the waste of time party squabbles….the foolishness that assails our ears daily from those who should know better….the monies spent on entertainment and changing vehicles all the time,possibly from pot hole damage.

    Good to see one of the ancestral links being sensible by cancelling independence when you cannot afford it due to other pressing matters.

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  13. Due Diligence November 24, 2015 at 1:33 PM #

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  14. Donna November 24, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

    Vincent,

    What is it about the yards that concerns you? I really want to know.

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  15. Bush Tea November 24, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

    @ Vincent
    Good to see one of the ancestral links being sensible by cancelling independence when you cannot afford it due to other pressing matters.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    But even if we COULD afford it Vincy, how long EXACTLY will we go on with this shiite about ‘independence’?
    How often does one celebrate a 21st birthday?
    …Ya mean YEAR after YEAR afte rYEAR the same shiite parade, and the same shiite songs, and the same shiite awards -to all the big crooks and yardfowls?

    Will we be seeing the eminent, non-leper, SIR Leroy P Earl of CLICO named this year…?

    WHEN DOES IT STOP…???

    Is it not about time we stop talking shiite about independence ..and start being GROWN-UP?
    …its not even like we fought some war, or made any damn sacrifice – the damn white people had extracted every shiite that they could …and wanted the RID of our donkeys…..

    Independence shiite….

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  16. Well Well & Consequences November 24, 2015 at 3:13 PM #

    Vincent…..that is called being practical, the African leaders havè finally growñ up after decades of displaying criminality, corruption, immatuŕity, status addiction and idiocy. Guess those leaders in Barbados hàve à long wày to go.

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  17. Donna November 24, 2015 at 3:17 PM #

    Bushie,

    The shiite is about to hit the fan.

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  18. Donna November 24, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    Maybe there is hope for Africa after all! Hooray!

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  19. Donna November 24, 2015 at 3:19 PM #

    Well Well,

    For actors the show must always go on.

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  20. Bush Tea November 24, 2015 at 3:21 PM #

    @ Donna
    Looks so…..

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  21. Colonel Buggy November 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

    Last week we brought in a ship load of cement from one of the former Soviet satellites.
    Daily we have ship loads of food coming in from Trinidad and Tobago to restock their supermarkets here.
    And now to cap it all, there is a ship load of “cooking gas” on its way from some undeclared destination.
    Whats next ? ….a ship load of lettuce and other vegetables from Australia?
    or a ship load of Mediterranean sea water for Sam Lords Hotel swimming pool.
    With the world on the edge of turmoil, if anything happens to disrupt shipping to these parts, our goose is cooked. Food security my eye.

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  22. Colonel Buggy November 24, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

    Bush Tea November 24, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

    …Ya mean YEAR after YEAR afte rYEAR the same shiite parade, and the same shiite songs, and the same shiite awards -to all the big crooks and yardfowls?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    The Royal Tournament was the world’s largest military tattoo and pageant, held by the British Armed Forces annually between 1880 and 1999. The venue was originally the Royal Agricultural Hall and latterly the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
    ”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
    Man the British ran this show for 119 years, until it became almost as you described above. Following in the footsteps of Big England , we in Lil England still have another 70 years to go.

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  23. Well Well & Consequences November 24, 2015 at 6:18 PM #

    Yeah Donna..but they are in for such a big surprise, since they still see all this as some self-enriching, status aquiring game.

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  24. Colonel Buggy November 24, 2015 at 11:07 PM #

    The independence promotion on CBC Radio, taken from ” The A to Zee ” of Barbadian Heritage. Should that not be American Heritage? The letter “Z” in heritage Barbadian is pronounced as we all describe those ZR route taxis.

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  25. Due Diligence November 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy November 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

    “Last week we brought in a ship load of cement from one of the former Soviet satellites.

    Daily we have ship loads of food coming in from Trinidad and Tobago to restock their supermarkets here.

    And now to cap it all, there is a ship load of “cooking gas” on its way from some undeclared destination.

    Whats next ? ….a ship load of lettuce and other vegetables from Australia?
    or a ship load of Mediterranean sea water for Sam Lords Hotel swimming pool.”

    Or a shipload of Chinese workers to build Sam Lords Hotel swimming pool.

    Then what?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Cuban

    “Chinese immigration to Cuba started in 1847 when Chinese (Cantonese and Hakka) contract workers were brought to work in the sugar fields……”

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  26. Alvin Cummins November 25, 2015 at 8:23 PM #

    @Bushie, et al.
    How old is the U.S> Do they still celebrate Independence Day? A bunch of middle class revolutionaries, who made the decision that “no taxation, without representation” -taken from the Oistin’s Charter of Barbados-would be their mantra; they fought a war against the British, and still today celebrate that.
    they also still celebrate Thanksgiving, which we do not, and Christmas etc etc. What is the matter with you ingrates? Fortunately we did not have to fight a war; we did it through negotiation.
    God Bless Bim on Independence Day.

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  27. Alvin Cummins November 25, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    @Well Well; carry your talk to the Americans. They deserve Donald Trump.

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  28. Well Well & Consequences November 25, 2015 at 9:27 PM #

    I agree Alvin….Trump is a product of centuries of racism practiced by the Americans, but what do you want to bet the Americans will probably tell DBLP governments that they deserve the Indians and Arabs who been dealing guns, drugs etc on the islands because both governments been taking their bribe money….what do you want to bet it will reach to that level.

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  29. Fractured BLP November 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM #

    We are celebrating the removal of that despot Mia Mottley from the corridors of politics in Barbados.

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  30. millertheanunnaki November 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins November 25, 2015 at 8:23 PM
    “How old is the U.S> Do they still celebrate Independence Day? A bunch of middle class revolutionaries, who made the decision that “no taxation, without representation” -taken from the Oistin’s Charter of Barbados-would be their mantra; they fought a war against the British, and still today celebrate that..”
    Although I have a healthy respect for your knowledge of things ‘Barbadiana’ sometimes- in your jingoistic zeal- you can do an injustice to history by distorting the timelines of events.

    White Barbadians have always been the copycats of all things English. So the Charter of Oistins was just a mini version or watered down replica of the Magna Carta of 1215 AD )or more appropriately CE). Barbados was not called Little England for nothing, you know.

    So the concept of ‘No Taxation without Representation’ does not have its genesis in the Ye olde Mermaid Tavern but more appropriately in the meeting place (Assembly) at Runnymede; not on the land possessed by the wild drunken crook Austin.

    Now ask yourself this question Alvin in true Bajan style: If you were the person in charge of the small convoy sent by the English republic to ‘capture’ Barbados away from the Bajan Loyalists to the Monarchy and had run out of food and water what would you have done being a royalist yourself? Not sign any piece of paper that wasn’t worth what paddy the Irish Oistins stepped in on his way to the Scotch whisky tavern?

    Since you are so knowledgeable about the American War for Independence please let us know who was “Crispus Attucks”.

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  31. millertheanunnaki November 25, 2015 at 10:09 PM #

    @ Fractured BLP November 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM #
    “We are celebrating the removal of that despot Mia Mottley from the corridors of politics in Barbados.”

    And this is the same social media that you and the likes of sharkmout Lashes, Inniss and Hitler would want to close down; at least until you lying corrupt lot is removed from office and the other lot takes your place.
    But you know what? It ain’t going to happen. The Internet is way bigger than 2 bit Barbados and the tin pot despots pretending to be in control.

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  32. Colonel Buggy November 25, 2015 at 10:36 PM #

    We are celebrating the the coming of a 24- hour service in Barbados.

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  33. Heather November 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM #

    15 0 00 reasons why the people in Barbados who need housing should not be celebrating independence. http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2015/11/26/empty-houses/

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  34. Colonel Buggy November 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM #

    What are we celebrating?
    Black Friday and Halloween.

    From Pride and Industry to Stars and S* ite

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  35. Colonel Buggy November 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM #

    We are celebrating , Yardfowlism, Old School ties, and Nepotism.
    Could someone tell me what qualifications in Road Transport Administration and Engineering , do some of the following people possess to be on the Board of the Barbados Transport Authority.
    1. Alex Linton,— isn’t his forte in cleaning offices etal?
    2. Abdul Pandor,— Isn’t he a civil engineer? Maybe he is there to re-engineer the ZR Culture.
    3. Maria Boyce—–, sister or cousin, of the former Minister of Transport John Boyce.
    4. I see a Charles A. Holder on the list …… I wonder if he is the same C.A Holder who is the present Minister of Transport’s constituency sidekick ? Probably the only one who is qualified is Junior Jordan.

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  36. BajanQueen November 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM #

    You are so right. The leadership of this country is just so pathetic and totally useless and has caused the accelerating demise of Barbados. Mia Mottley do something to kick these useless parasites out!

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  37. Hants November 30, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    Happy Independence day to my fellow Bajans.

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  38. Colonel Buggy December 1, 2015 at 10:43 PM #

    We are celebrating Day 1 of 365 of the Prime Ministers’ countdown to the 50th Year of Independence.
    Today we also lament over the bodies of two young men, shot to death on the very day that we have celebrated out 49th year of independence. Good Going.

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  39. Colonel Buggy December 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM #

    The Acting Attorney-General , Member of Parliament for St Philip whatever,and organiser of the St Philip Carnival, M. Lashley , has indicated that the Carnival for the 50th independence celebrations, will be bigger and better.
    Any forecast,sir, on the collateral damage expected on November 30th, 2016?

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  40. David December 2, 2015 at 1:07 AM #

    Any comment on the fact the two shooters were out on bail for gun crime.

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