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The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – Theatre of the Absurd

Jeff Cumberbatch - Chairman of the FTC and Deputy Dean, Law Faculty, UWI, Cave Hill

Jeff Cumberbatch – Chairman of the FTC and Deputy Dean, Law Faculty, UWI, Cave Hill

Some of the local events of the past fortnight lend cogent validity to the thesis conveyed by the title to this piece. A cashier at a retail establishment posts, on social media, a fulsome rant against the unwelcome interruption of her cosmetic efforts by a safety drill at her workplace on social media, and then expresses surprise at its “going viral” in this bored and easily distracted society, resulting in the loss of both her employment and, according to a report in another section of the press, her boyfriend.

For professional and other reasons, I shall refrain from comment in this space on whether the termination of her employment was lawful, although as an employee with allegedly five years’ service, she would be entitled to protection against a wrongful dismissal in breach of her contract of employment and also against an unfair dismissal contrary to the provisions of the Employment Rights Act. It bears reminder, however, that the determination of whether a dismissal is fair or not does not depend on a popular categorization, but on matters such as the validity of the reason for termination, whether a fair procedure was employed in ascertainment of the facts of the matter and whether it was reasonable or not unreasonable for the employer to dismiss that employee for that reason. In fine, it is a rather complex matter and there would be little to be gained by attempting to try the issue in this column outside the Tribunal or the court.

We had recently too the spectacle of a couple that espouses a different religion from the local mainstream being charged criminally for purporting to educate their children at home and not in the state system because, according to them, a home based education would be better for the children’s spiritual and social development. Given that the law already provides for the homeschooling of children under certain circumstances; the relatively recent establishment of some religion-based educational institutions and the numerous charges of anomie leveled at the public school system in Barbados, the charge amounts to little more than the arguably technical one of failing to secure official permission for their initiative.

Once again, my comment on this matter, both with reference to the criminal charge and the subsequent attempt by the Child Care Board to make the children wards of the Court is precluded by their being sub judice at the moment, but I should think that one critical issue here would be the comparative scholastic level of the development of the children in relation to their peers. I have not read of this consideration being aired.

That was not all. An evangelical pastor counsels that the congregation of young people on what are popularly referred to as “blocks” should be outlawed, purely, it appears, because of a presumption that these gatherings are an inarguable prelude to criminal activity. Never mind that these assemblies are no less lawful than those in the church itself –since both are based on the exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of assembly and association- for her, they comprise nothing but unemployed gadabouts and hence should be criminalized. Unsurprisingly, public support for her call has not been substantial and official law enforcement has not been overly enthusiastic in its reaction, calling instead on the pastor to provide a blueprint or a strategic plan for effecting her suggestion.

Any drama in the local theatre of the absurd would be incomplete without the interposition of the political element. And this week, the spectre of privatization again loomed large in a seeming reprise of the 2013 general election campaign when this issue reached its partisan zenith with the DLP advertisement for the likely consequences for pensioners of a hypothetically privatized Transport Board emerging as the most telling of the entire campaign. Indeed so much so, that many, to this day, still perceive it as most contributory to the eventual narrow DLP victory at the polls.

It was not the Transport Board however that was to be the subject of this week’s announcement of a public sector/private sector partnership, but rather the Sanitation Service Authority, whereby it was announced that four private sector establishments have been contracted to assist the Authority in the collection of garbage.

This venture did not sit well with some; one political commentator saw it as “ shameful act of political betrayal” and “a scandal of massive proportions that should lead to strident and decisive calls for the removal of the governing administration from office…”. On the other hand, the National Union of Public Workers, the most representative organization of the employees of the Authority. expressed disgust at what it saw as flagrant disrespect by the administration for the social dialogue process of good industrial relations practice and promised a proportionate response.

Naturally, those taxpayer-citizens with no political axe to grind were thankful for the attempt to clean up their surroundings, even though more than a few might have wondered if this were the most effective use of their taxes and at the absence of prior notification that such a move was even being contemplated.

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63 Comments on “The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – Theatre of the Absurd”

  1. Caswell Franklyn October 16, 2016 at 7:16 AM #

    Sanitation – Its fleet was deliberately rundown in order to employ the fatted calf brigade, with fool Cherry thrown in to divert attention. Someone imported 15 compactor garbage trucks months ago, just waiting for this eventuality.

    Eyebrow – There is no gainsaying that the young lady was silly but should her behaviour merit a dismissal from her employment. I think not. I find it hard to understand how her little rant could bring her employer into disrepute to the extent that it justified her dismissal. Oh in the case of the boyfriend, I think that he needed a way out and he took the first one available.

    Home School – When I first heard the story, I was lead to believe that the children were being denied an education. Subsequently, I found out that the children’s attainment was far superior to many children that pass through our education system, even going through secondary school, who can’t read. At the very least those parents might be protecting their children from sexual exploitation in our schools, which is aided and abetted by the Ministry of Education and the Child Care(less) Board.

    Within recent times two teachers were suspended because of incidents of a sexual nature with students at secondary schools – QC and Foundation. The Foundation incident came to light when two teachers, who were involved in a relationship, fought over this child who was horning the female teacher.

    Block Ban – Rev. Baird was out of the news for a long time and needed to get notice. She has gotten that notice, enough said.

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  2. ac October 16, 2016 at 7:37 AM #

    i am reading expressions /comments to the effect stating that the block culture serve a purpose for positive engagement ,
    how many supporting that view would allow their children to be part of the block culture?
    am before the sling and arrows come shooting let honesty be the first part of your engagement

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  3. Pachamama October 16, 2016 at 7:40 AM #

    @ Jeff

    Absurd?

    We see nothing absurd about much of these

    The woman who calls herself reverend Baird is doing what she perceives as God’s work in the protection of a values system to keep the status quo, however immoral, in place

    Her’s is a continuation of a long established schema to protect the powerful against the dispossessed, increase social control at a time of economic consolidation. For her this is what God has called her to.

    In any event the slaves are to be blamed for all social ills. Not so-called leaders like herself.

    Certainly the matter of garbage and trade unionism presents no absurdity.

    For trade unions have engineered their way to no-man’s land. The social prison which they have allowed to be built around them; their engagements in anti-worker elite domination formations – the social partnership; and a the creeping neo-liberalism of the last 30 years the results of which were clearly predictable and reveals no absurdity.

    More of this creeping privatization or neo-feudalism on the one hand and erasure of what you seem still to think of as an advanced workers’ protection legal framework, on the other, can be expected.

    Jeff, maybe it’s time for you to widen, deepen, your analysis. To us, it seems that while you are no doubt right on the law, as written, social circumstances seem to us to be fore-running your contemporaneous reading of written law.

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  4. David October 16, 2016 at 7:53 AM #

    @Caswell

    Why would the boyfriend have to wait for an out? Come on!

    Agree or not a business should have a right the kind the behaviour it wants to tolerate. Watch the Nation video embedded in Jeff’s article to confirm the young lady is ignorant about how she needs to behave as an employee.

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  5. Caswell Franklyn October 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    In a case that went to the Court of Appeal, an employee told a supervisor,

    “I gine beat you bad as cunt”

    She was dismissed. The case went before a magistrate who agreed that the employer was entitled to dismiss the employee. The decision was overturned on appeal. Among other things, the Court of Appeal said the employee was “just venting her spleen”.

    In this case, the young lady was just venting. I do not believe that she did any harm to the company’s image. The only harm that came about resulted from the company’s behaviour.

    I shop at those outlets occasionally and if she is not compensated or reinstated I will never shop at that established again.

    Sent from my iPad

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  6. Bullpistle October 16, 2016 at 8:16 AM #

    https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2015-0154-judgment.pdf

    For Caswell n Jeff
    The CCB private civil suit… Premature? Malicious?

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  7. Exclaimer October 16, 2016 at 8:20 AM #

    What a shallow and superficial young lady.

    Imagine a woman with her complexion playing the race card.

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  8. Sargeant October 16, 2016 at 8:21 AM #

    Stupid is as stupid does, not that she deserved to lose her job over the incident but the tendency to put all aspects of their lives on social media has been the downfall of a few people.

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  9. Caswell Franklyn October 16, 2016 at 8:24 AM #

    Bullpistle

    Thanks for the case; I will read it but I have already come to the conclusion that the the CCB acted maliciously. They should have gotten the forms from the Ministry of Education and facilitated the parents’ application to home school their children. Maybe, they would have done so if the people involved were white or Indian, not black and certainly not Rasta.

    Sent from my iPad

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  10. Dompey October 16, 2016 at 8:26 AM #

    The question is whether or not she is being paid before the mall opens at 9 o’clock as she claims? If she being paid then she has no business putting on makeup while on the clock even though the mall opens at 9 o’clock?

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  11. David October 16, 2016 at 8:27 AM #

    We concede that you are a trade unionist and therefore some leaning to the displaced employee. If she takes this matter to the court what we can all agree on is that she demonstrated a seriously flawed judgement at the time of posting the video AND in her post incident interview with the Nation newspaper. As an employer I would be worried. That said she appears to have had no disciplinary issues with the company in her 5 year tenure.

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  12. Caswell Franklyn October 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

    David

    Her judgment might be flawed but not such that it should merit dismissal.

    Sent from my iPad

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  13. Anonymouse - TheGazer October 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    @Exclaimer
    Your comment explains a lot about Barbados. It appears that the concept of ‘Black and White’ in Barbados is quite different from what many of us think.

    It also explains why some think Barbados is not a majority Black nation.

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  14. Dompey October 16, 2016 at 8:35 AM #

    And she has no business on de people property half an hour before the mall open anyway, it ain’t like she baking bread. You clock in no more than five minute before or else you’re loitering.

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  15. David October 16, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

    @Caswell

    Isn’t there a case to be made that if an employer can show it lacks confidence in any employee to perform their job a case can be made to discipline said employee? Have to agree that firing the employee appears harsh even though she exercised poor judgement.

    Your early reference to a court of appeal decision was too brief to offer a apple apple comparison and analysis.

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  16. Tony Trotman October 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM #

    It appears that the Government did not intend to get the “best deal” for the taxpayer – because there was no public tendering process for the “private garbage collection” contracts. This may lead to accusations that the Government “privatised profits for its buddies”.

    If the Government believes that the private sector can deliver a better service than the public sector, e.g. on the grounds of cost, efficiency, etc. It should clearly say so. The taxpayer will lose trust and confidence in the Government if it continues to privatise its departments in an underhand manner.

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  17. Caswell Franklyn October 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM #

    David

    In my view, there is no case of any lack of confidence to do her job. My understanding is that she was a cashier. She did not put her hand in the till or she did not allow her friends to pass without paying for the company’s goods. This matter could only turn on a perceived notion of bringing the company’s name into disrepute. And in this case, I can see no damage to the company’s name.

    Sent from my iPad

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  18. Well Well & Consequences October 16, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

    Dompey…ya cooking with gas this morning, ya are warned not to be on the people’s property so long before you clock in, am sure they will say, it’s different in Barbados…but she was trespassing if not due to start work for half hour.

    Anon….that is what the 5% led them to believe when they work in their homes and they still believe that fairly tale to this day, after a couple hundred years it has become cultural, the island is hair texture and skin tone color coded, keeps the people distracted with the unimportant and hesitant to call themselves a black majority country….the mindwash was total.

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  19. Dompey October 16, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    Her willful ignorance does more damage to company’s image than her poor judgment.

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  20. Pachamama October 16, 2016 at 8:55 AM #

    And Jeff, we continue

    The matter of home schooling has been known to produce geniuses for centuries.

    Again, your mind is too firmly located if a bygone era where HC and Lodge were suppose to represent something, maybe structures for social order, we think.

    An order, not ‘lodge’, to keep the most of the people ignorant and to mis-educate people who are to continue the thinking of long-dead colonial masters.

    It is because it appears to be anathema to the established societal ordering that issues of absurdity present.

    If there is to be any absurdity it should be why the whole country is not home-schooled.

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  21. Pachamama October 16, 2016 at 9:05 AM #

    We could never figure out how a system created to mis-educate slaves could be relevant today.

    Unless we’re still slaves

    Slaves to English systems.

    And we know well, Barbados will have to meet some existential crisis before all these schools of ignorance are destroyed.

    And the people so generated.

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  22. Vincent Haynes October 16, 2016 at 9:07 AM #

    Anonymouse – TheGazer October 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    I hope that assists you in better understanding my postings on Pelaus and the nonsense of black&white in the Caribbean.

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  23. Well Well & Consequences October 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

    Child Careless Board had no right prosecuting that family…none, it was easier and would have made them look more honest if they had quietly given the parents those forms to facilitate a wider curriculum for the children via home school.

    This makes the CCB and ministry of education look even more backward than we all know they are and are capable of being.

    For what it’s worth it’s plain to see that these kids are not being abused, there is no case for that period and they are being raised as children should and I am are sure allowed to socialize with children of their age periodically.

    Authorities on the island have a penchant for overstepping their boundaries for the sake of sensationalism, which makes them look stupid to the world…and not acting at all when there are life threatening situations for women and children, they just leave them to die in such scenarios…totally useless people.

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  24. de pedantic Dribbler October 16, 2016 at 9:20 AM #

    @David, I have only seen the video and not read anything other than the comments here so I am a bit confounded by a few remarks for example: 1)…”…to confirm the young lady is ignorant about how she needs to behave as an employee”. 2) “…she demonstrated a seriously flawed judgement at the time of posting the video AND in her post incident interview with the Nation newspaper.” 3) “…Imagine a woman with her complexion playing the race card.”

    We can all agree she is “… a shallow and superficial” and lacking knowledge or ignorant…or even more apropos ‘ingrunt’. No sensible person says ‘I ain’t going outside like this so, I rather dead like this so’.

    But was she being employed at the company as the safety supervisor?

    How are the callous remarks of a long term apparently well behaved, successful, employee who sells beauty care and related products such ‘flawed judgement’ towards her employer or by extension their customers?

    The young lady displays a lack of ‘education’ on the one hand and the depressing consequences of the modern ‘meism’ mentioned above but so do thousands other daily. Hers was not egregious enough to warrant termination.

    And she also displays the type of natural propensity that could have served her well had she done the hard work to educate herself beyond the mundane.

    Jeff said “…the determination of whether a dismissal is fair or not [depends on] on matters such as the validity of the reason for termination, whether a fair procedure was employed in ascertainment of the facts of the matter and whether it was reasonable or not unreasonable for the employer to dismiss that employee for that reason.”

    I would really like to understand now a retail merchandiser employee not tasked to be responsible for fire safety or other critical aspects of the company’s ops (nothing so reported) is terminated because she complains inanely about being interrupted from ‘doing her face’ unless as Caswell surmises re the boy friend, the comp were looking for an out.

    Employers should be sued whenever their ‘out’ is an unreasonable one.

    An alternative to the termination was a “Get Two-Eye Brows for the Price of One ‘Fire-Sale’ “. The young lady may have left in embarrassment after that or at least learn to better filter ‘ingrunce’!

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  25. ac October 16, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    Simple disciplinary action could have suffice this ordeal. no reason for the termination . everybody is entitled to a mistake.
    Not even understanding how the company image was being damaged.

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  26. David October 16, 2016 at 9:29 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Agree with your conclusion, we need to know the rationale used by the company to fire the employee.Until we know the matter will be tried by the public based on what is known. It certainly looks like the company will have to deal with blow back and as a retail outfit the owners must be concerned.

    Is it too late to rescind you think?

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  27. Hal Austin October 16, 2016 at 9:40 AM #

    David,
    I am a big supporter of people identifying themselves on social media. Too many use pseudonyms to make vile and distasteful attacks. They are trolls. The problem with this is that some really good contributors may not make any contributions. Of course, this does not prevent disclosure if people want to take legal action.
    I say that to say this: Jeff Cumberbatch’s book review last week is the first I have seen in any Barbadian publication since Wickham.
    Can we start debating the last 50 years of Barbados’ development, without making silly attacks on our former colonial masters while promoting some medieval, barbaric cultural practices.

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  28. David October 16, 2016 at 9:44 AM #

    @Hal

    The brief answer to your question is no. We have the many operating with agenda, some who are ignorant to the issues etc. The discussion is taking place but you must keep the filter turned on.

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  29. Jeff Cumberbatch October 16, 2016 at 9:52 AM #

    @Pachamama, do you have any familiarity at all with the concept of the theatre of the absurd? The absurdity does not relate to the thing itself, but rather to the irony created by the occurrence of the thing in a particular context. Hence, it is absurd for the cashier to express surprise at the “virality” of her post when that is what she intended, for Dr Baird to frown on the freedoms of assembly and association when these are the basis of her church, for the state to prosecute the Rastafarian couple for doing what should naturally be done and for “anti-privatizatioionists” to be compelled resort to a crude form of privatization.

    Let me think you however for making my point, especially with regard to your last submission re the homeschooling of the Rastafarian children. If you had read the column…

    “Given that the law already provides for the homeschooling of children under certain circumstances; the relatively recent establishment of some religion-based educational institutions and the numerous charges of anomie leveled at the public school system in Barbados, the charge amounts to little more than the arguably technical one of failing to secure official permission for their initiative”.

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  30. Jeff Cumberbatch October 16, 2016 at 9:59 AM #

    For further enlightenment-

    absurd originally means “out of harmony” (in a musical context) – its meaning in the theatre of the absurd is different to the everyday meaning of the word as “ridiculous”

    “Absurd” in the context of absurdism can mean:
    without purpose
    illogical
    out of harmony
    useless
    devoid of reason
    meaningless
    hopeless
    chaotic
    lacking order
    uncertain…

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  31. Anonymouse - TheGazer October 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

    Sometimes we say more by saying less. I guess you wanted us to draw these conclusion for ourselves…

    “Hence, it is absurd for the cashier to express surprise at the “virality” of her post when that is what she intended, for Dr Baird to frown on the freedoms of assembly and association when these are the basis of her church, for the state to prosecute the Rastafarian couple for doing what should naturally be done and for “anti-privatizatioionists” to be compelled resort to a crude form of privatization.”

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  32. Pachamama October 16, 2016 at 10:03 AM #

    Jeff

    You are too wedded to official dogmas for us.

    But choose whatever meanings you will

    We have so done.

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  33. ac October 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    There are mischievous accusations leveled against Dr, Baird to give a caustic effect because of her comment and the truthfulness . Dr, Baird is a well known and trained scholar her comments states what most knows or have heard against the block culture which are truthful The block culture is not an institution or entity unto itself and therefore should abide by the laws which govern a nation and if these laws are being broken, Govt has a right to intrude or interrupt and confront those who are the law breakers within the block culture freedom of movement does not give any one a right to be a law breaker.

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  34. Anonymouse - TheGazer October 16, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    Absurdities:
    Most of us here are adults. Some us have run a good part of our race and are in the finishing stages of our lives. I wonder how a young man/woman who is just about to begin his her journey look at recent developments in Barbados.

    Some Bajans talk of tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of dollars, whilst others are desperately wishing for just a constant supply of electricity and clean water.

    Some do not even fear the law; they are so above the law that they desire control over the police, whilst others urge the same police to ‘arrest’ any two bajans who are together; others know that stealing a loaf of bread to feed their hunger will bring the heavy hand of the law down on them.

    We see government agencies where common sense appears to be absent; an ineffective CCB and problems with the MOE. We see local companies sold to foreign companies who immediately reap a financial windfall because of the ignorance/carelessness of “brilliant” Bajans. We see some Bajans struggling to make ends meet, whilst the wealth of the nation is continuously transferred to a small select group.

    With these many and glaring examples of our (f)ailing society, do you think this young Barbadian can be a next ‘EWB’ or even a ‘Lee Kwan Yew’ The answer is a resounding “NO”. Our national baseline is now so low that future giants on our landscape will, at most, be pygmies to others.

    Our politicians snouts are so far down in the trough, that just having one with a clean snout would be a major national accomplishment.

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  35. David October 16, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    @Pacha

    Looks like Jeff tripped you in a little😀

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  36. de pedantic Dribbler October 16, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    David, I suspect you were being rhetorical at 9:29 but nonetheless a response. Of course it’s never too late to apologize in a workplace dispute. What would be viable after the apology is of course another matter entirely.

    @Anonymouse – TheGazer at 10:00 AM….do permit a prolix of your remark “Sometimes we say more by saying less. I guess you wanted us to draw these conclusion for ourselves”.—– This is exactly the perspective I take away from Jeff’s columns each week and it is exactly the reason I find the harsh critiques of the cashier ‘unfair’: education.

    I interpret Jeff’s prose as offered to anyone who can look at a glass 50% full of water and properly appreciate that although being half full means the same as being half empty it ALSO at the SAME time means completely different things to various people.

    That level of discernment was the education the cashier lacked (I perceive). It’s abundance or scarcity makes life as wonderful as it is.

    Thus folks like Jeff are real jewels to society and truly herald that adage of the pen being mightier than the sword.

    When for example he writes so eloquently about words and their evolutionary usage that alone speaks volumes about the duplicitous nature of our society.

    He always says much more than his column would suggest at first blush.

    @Jeff, and re your last week column I was surprised that you conflated ‘iterate and reiterate’ and ‘regardless and irregardless’.

    The former – although they are now accepted as ‘duplicates’- are, as I understand it, two distinct words which have their own origins etc, whereas the latter (irregardless) is simply usage bastardization over time of one word, one meaning…

    Just an observation.

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  37. de pedantic Dribbler October 16, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

    test

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  38. David October 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    What is up with the test Dee?[ [Are your comments being directed to the garbage bucket again? ]] not for Bushie’s to read.

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  39. Pachamama October 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    David

    Maybe?

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  40. de pedantic Dribbler October 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    Mr Blogmaster can you release the captured most recent last post.

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  41. Well Well & Consequences October 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    ACs.., yall really have a degenerative retardation…the commissioner of police who you obviously have no respect for specifically said “there are no moving blocks”you cannot reverse people’s constitutional right to congregate………

    Baird obviously has no respect for the constitution…and yall with ya retarded selves following Baird…..yall always backing losers…lol

    Slaves were not allowed to congregate…..

    ….I would bet you dollars to donuts that the only congregation Bairds wants to see is in her church so she can get collection money to spend on herself…or she would have a proactive and positive plan to go along with her stupid mouthings.

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  42. de pedantic Dribbler October 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    Yep correct at 10:59

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  43. Gabriel October 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    Two observations.
    The young woman expresses herself in a manner unbefitting the millions the GOB spends in the Ministry of Education.
    Dr Baird seem to think that her example of the good life as portrayed by her collar,pearls and big ride is the preferred choice of occupation.

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  44. Bernard Codrington. October 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM #

    It is good that we can laugh at the absurdities that are being played out in the Barbados theatre. But The Theatre of Absurdity helps us to see ourselves as others see us and force us to ask “Is this who we really want to be? Some times the answer is” yes”. At other times it is “no”. And we do the necessary adjustments. So Jeff soldier on. But as one of the earlier bloggers point out the law seems to be trailing the developments in the Barbadian society by a long mile. Is there not such a subject called Developmental Law? If not there certainly needs to be one.

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  45. Georgie Porgie October 16, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

    Gabriel October 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    Dr Baird seem to think that her example of the good life as portrayed by her collar,pearls and big ride is the preferred choice of occupation.

    I AGREE WITH YOU 100% SIR

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  46. Bernard Codrington. October 16, 2016 at 3:12 PM #

    @Gabriel11:13AM

    The young lady modified her language to fit the audience she is addressing. I am sure she knows the Queen’s English. I believe most of it was girl talk. So chill and stop denigrating the youth. This is an imperfect world.

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  47. Dompey October 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    I am not in any way shape or form trying to belittle this young lady, but she is arguably, a prime example of those Barbadians, not excluding Rihanna, who have attended schools of national reputation and gets on social media, and embarrass the rest of us by the manner of her articulation.

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  48. Sargeant October 16, 2016 at 6:24 PM #

    @Caswell
    . The Foundation incident came to light when two teachers, who were involved in a relationship, fought over this child who was horning the female teacher
    +++++++++
    I disagree with your assertion that a child was “horning” the female teacher, a teacher supervising a student directly or indirectly occupies a position of trust that consent cannot bridge. This is a power dynamic so egregious that he should be charged criminally with statutory rape or for corrupting the morals of a minor (don’t know if the latter exists under Bajan law). The bodies of adolescents develop faster than their brains and many students involved in these relationships in their formative years come to regret them later as they realize that an adult used their power of persuasion and influence to take advantage of them.

    Two recent incidents shouldn’t be used to condemn all teachers, but there should be a focus on rooting out the bad elements within the teaching (or any) profession.

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  49. Bernard Codrington. October 16, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

    @ Jeff

    The billing at the Barbados Theatre of Absurdity seems to have expanded.
    In todays Sunday Sun, It is reported that private insurance firms are challenging the NIS definition of disability. Their argument seems to be that NIS definition of disability is causing them millions of dollars in payment. Which can make their companies bankrupt.
    I am not a lawyer but from my knowledge of financial risk management the NIS is a separate financial institution without any supervisory or regulatory power over private insurance companies in Barbados. It can and does make its rules as to whether a contributor to the disability pensions scheme qualifies or not for benefits under its scheme.
    The private Insurance companies determine their own criteria for determining whether a person is entitled to a disability benefit or not in private contracts to their policy holders.

    To compound matters,the president of BAMP says the issue of disability is social not medical. But that members of the Medical Profession can only determine percentages of impairment and not disability.

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  50. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 17, 2016 at 4:33 AM #

    @ the Child Careless Board

    How many home schooled children have there been in Barbados over the last 20? years? Please provide the racial composition statistics, the economic statuses of the parents and their respective levels of education.

    Of these how many have been black? And of these how many have been Rastas?

    What, if any academic qualifications did the thusly trained students obtain subsequently?

    @ those who are remotely interested

    How many of wunna have heard the expression “theatre of the absurd” before a realise that this ent Jeff ting read expression but astute echolalia?

    @ that young lady who got fired

    While reading your tale of woeful idiocy I was thinking of the Hollywood movie “Twelve Years a Slave” and saying “25 years a Fool”. That You were not hired for your intellect becomes painfully obvious by your statement and juxtaposition of your patented idiocy per eyebrow correctness vis a vis safety. As crude as the ole man will seem with this comment it is evident what your boyfriend or is that your ex, sought from you.

    But soft a while.

    This young woman is representative of 60 % of the female population from our ghetto population, she is the female half of the gun toting males youths whom Dr Baird does not wish to essay into the blocks to minister to.

    I real sorry but wunna peeps does really talk wid dese wummens dem? Wunna hoighty toity peeps really does interact wid dese cattle?

    I sorry but wunna really know whu a gwan?? Out there? There baseline of intelligence is not much more than dese is walking foopsticks

    And I know that de ladies heah going jump pun de ole man but eh we get real!!

    TheGazer and Caswell and ironically enough, as old as he is, Dr GP will confirm dat Whu I saying is true. In fact even though Simple Simon ent part of my cheerleadering team, she will tell wunna what she sees at her place of employ every day

    Forced Privatization

    “There can be no Economic Recovery under Fumbles Fools” (credit Frustrated Business Man) This is the action of an administration that is lost and has to catch at everything to mek a dollar.

    Imagine that you charge $50 for Bajans to come to see the closing down of a prison when, with a little originality, you could stream the prison experience by periscope to the fellers on the block for one week as part of a real real program to BREK up the mindsets of some of those fellers who dey plotting crime and violence.

    A nation lost to a comedy of errors, a term which I hope is known

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  51. charles skeete October 17, 2016 at 5:07 AM #

    “Can we start debating the last 50 years of Barbados’ development, without making silly attacks on our former colonial masters while promoting some medieval, barbaric cultural practices.”

    Instructive as well- in one breath we attack our colonial masters and the education system that was a part of it and in another we clamour and fight for QC’s and revel in meaningless titles like Knight of St Andrew and St George and now we see the award of the jewish nobel insignia as something worth fighting for. No wonder block culture is growing. It is fuelled by such hypocrisy.

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  52. David October 17, 2016 at 5:20 AM #

    Again you simplify the debate issues. There will be those for and against, there will be tension as a result.

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  53. ac October 17, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    Not one to criticize but that woman has an usually large pair of hands

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  54. Anonymouse -TheGazer October 17, 2016 at 6:02 PM #

    @ac
    You got one fool to bite…. and that’s me..
    Can you tell me what it implies when a woman has large hands?
    And if you are the female ac, are your hands large?
    Are they small? What does that mean?
    Father in heaven, forgive me🙂

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  55. ac October 17, 2016 at 6:32 PM #

    truthfully never seen a woman with such large hands . men i have seen but a woman nuh,

    but think of the advantage she must have by having such large hands

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  56. David October 18, 2016 at 12:04 AM #

    The eyebrow girl has a label and is now in a position to claim royalties.

    http://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=oIuh9CLQ1cc

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  57. Alvin Cummins October 18, 2016 at 10:43 PM #

    A fire drill is not to be taken lightly. Its purpose is to save lives. All companies should have fire and emergency drills, and it must be compulsory for all employees to take part. Failure to obey instructions should be grounds for serious action for the possibility of serious injury and even death, should be subject to some reprimand or action. May a fire drill might have saved the young people killed in the fire in Tudoe Street some years ago. Hopefully the fire department takes more serious action against the fire traps we have in the city.

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  58. Vincent Haynes October 19, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    A major absurdity….2000 odd acres of CLICO land lieing idle.

    A lady just called Brasstacks making an impassioned plea to clean up the lands around Todds which is full of cowitch…….she then had to advise the moderator who appeared clueless that all the CLICO lands were under bush and cowitch…..this appears to be a well kept secret……A good opportunity for the PM to live up to his guarantee on the molasses supply to mount gay…..when one looks at the attached,one can ask if the powers that be are realy serious.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88168/sugar-damper

    The last paragraph speaks to to how the yields can be improved if one was to stick to well known time table for cane crop production.

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  59. David October 19, 2016 at 6:24 PM #

    First there was the Eyebrow girl, now imart owner has some more goat behaviour to deal. It must be the water.

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  60. Sargeant October 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

    @David
    First there was the Eyebrow girl, now imart owner has some more goat behaviour to deal. It must be the water
    ++++++++
    Houston we have a problem!

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  61. David October 19, 2016 at 11:05 PM #

    @Sargeant

    Apparently this is a video that predates the one eyebrow, these two were fired as well.

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  62. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 20, 2016 at 1:08 AM #

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    Hahahahahahaha

    Wunna see why I rest my case??

    I dun tell wunna dat dese young women are jes real ingrunt and wunna tinking dat de ole man mekking sport but wunna jes doan live in the gaza wid dese effers.

    I unnerstand doah cause wunn cant believe that after spending $500 million dollars a year that we cud end up with dese sort uh idjits.

    Plussing wunna come from de heights and ent custom to dis sort uh behavious.

    I gine lef wunna doah to a rude awakening

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  63. Alien October 22, 2016 at 5:42 AM #

    Add to the absurd – BSTU president wants another day for teachers to air their professional concerns. Of the 52 weeks in a year, teachers do not teach for about 13 weeks for which they are paid. That is a quarter of the year. All non-classroom activity for teachers should be planned during the 13 weeks away from the classroom. Just have a look at the amount of students that fail their exams each year. It is time to put the future of Barbados and its children first.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88290/redman-day

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