Former Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris Accuses Nation Newspaper Maguffies of Exerting ‘Pressure’

The following was posted to his Facebook wall today by former editor-in-chief of the Nation newspaper Roy Morris.

Roy Morris, former Editor-in-Chief, Nation Newspaper

When I left the Nation in January I promised myself I would not get involved in any of the “politics” of the Nation — unless I believed the actions of the organisation or any of its agents compelled me to defend myself personally or professionally. Alas, I now feel so compelled.

Over the weekend I was accosted, in a “friendly” way, by an operative of the DLP who wanted to know how come I was hostile to the Prime Minister and my successors now have to work to clean up relations. This was in apparent reference to some correspondence sent to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart by the hierarchy of the Nation newspaper, seeking to pay a courtesy call on him to “understand how we could foster a smooth relationship”. This would have to be the height of political dishonesty.

So let me put some facts on the table. I returned to the Nation in September 2013, fully recognising that the bad relations between the Prime Minister’s office (and/or the PM himself) predated me. The number of defamation suits pending and the instructions I received to bring about an immediate improvement spoke to this. I may not have a lot of things, but I do believe that I am respected for my work as a journalist and media manager, and holding on to this means everything to me.

Against this background, and while trying to bring about improvement from my end, I sought through Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to initiate a discussion with the PM. I wanted to invite him to address our monthly Editorial Forum in the newsroom as a start. After some time Sinckler suggested I solicit the assistance of the PM’s information officer at BGIS, Sharon Austin Gill Moore, who I had some hand in training as a journalist many years ago and with whom I have always maintained a genuine and close friendship.

Sharon arranged an audience with PM Stuart during a function at Ilaro Court and when I put the question to him he immediately agreed, but noted that a series of engagements meant it would be some time before he could fulfill the promise, but he definitely would.

As had been the case with all other Editorial Fora that I had arranged, I immediately informed my superiors and then announced at our next departmental meeting that the PM had agreed to be our guest. Much to my surprise, a few weeks later I was informed that those who mattered in the company, with two specific maguffies named, were not happy with the PM being invited to speak to staff. The apparent rationale was that he did not hold press conferences, did not speak to the country about the issues, was doing a bad job of running the country and that the public would believe we were being used by him. Now, Chris Sinckler addressed the forum and there was no problem, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite addressed it and there was no problem, Alvin Jemmott and Billy Griffith addressed it on tourism and there was no problem … and the list goes on. But for some reason I was supposed to withdraw the invitation to the Prime Minister.

I might be known as a lot of things, but weak is not one of them and so I refused to withdraw the invitation. The matter again came up at a subsequent meeting and I held my position. Once again, the names of those who have the power were invoked, but apparently I was too stubborn to fold. But it got worse, rather than providing a forum for the Prime Minister I was given a list of subjects that I was required to engage my reporters writing on. For the first time I was aware of having spent more than 25 years previously at the organisation, Editorial policy and content were to be determined outside of the newsroom.

These topics included:

  1. A look at state corporations that are behind with their annual reports and what the law requires of them.
  2. Look at the Auditor General’s reports for the last 5 or so years to see what are the recurring offences/complaints.
  3. An in-depth look at the financial state of the NIS and its various funds, with the implication of its heavy support of Government being juxtaposed.
  4. Look at the demographic make up of the country and the implications for tax collection and the support of social programmes in the future. This is premised on our so-called aging population, the decline of birth and the expectations of taxpayers given the number and level of services traditionally provided by the state.
  5. An objective analysis of Barbados current debt situation, local and foreign. What do the various commentators/experts say about this and the way Government is managing it. What are the implications for Barbados’ credit rating given the number of downgrades we have suffered in last decade.

THESE MAY ALL BE LEGITIMATE NEWS STORIES, BUT AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SEE A PATTERN?
Are these the same people who now seek to give the impression they want to know why relations between the Nation Newspaper, the PM, Government and DLP are so bad? Or that they want to see an improvement?
I have had reason in my column over the years to be critical of the PM, but I dare anyone to justify ascribing partisan political motives to my writing? Sorry folks, but I will not sit as the public face of any entity while others spin their webs in the background to suit their political king-making agendas.

I guess on reflection it is a compliment when you are called into a meeting and offered a separation package because “we have changes to make and your personality is too strong” for you to be the person in charge while those changes are being made.

I know I will return to this subject again. For now, Peace!!

 

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113 Comments on “Former Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris Accuses Nation Newspaper Maguffies of Exerting ‘Pressure’”

  1. Bush Tea May 13, 2017 at 8:40 AM #

    @ David
    As Bushie has put it in the past on BU, The Nation has been our Trojan Horse.

    The strangers came ‘bearing gifts’, and camouflaged as a ‘national educational asset’ called the ‘Nation’. Once these enemies of Barbados got their trojan horse into position, there was no chance for the brass bowls…. it has been all downhill ever since…
    Then we had low life jokers like Harl and Al promoting trivia, wutlessness, and the parro lifestyle of selling assets for quick gains.
    The Nation openly pushed the CSME shiite of opening up Barbados for sale to outsiders; of converting hard assets to cash; of promoting carnality and materialism at all cost….

    Have a listen to their radio stations, especially the ones targeting our vulnerable (and in serious need of guidance) youth…. and tell Bushie what you think their intent is ….. and if they are indeed succeeding….

    They are anti DLP now; …were anti BLP when Arthur was in; …and will be anti BLP when Mia gets back to continue the destruction of Barbados…
    The fact is that the Nation is ANTI-BARBADOS….. they are just executing their treason as an inside job…

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  2. William Skinner May 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM #

    It is amazing that those who defend the current plantation economic system always seem shocked when it acts. Quite recently I was reminded by David that there is no utopia and that the poor and vulnerable will always be among us. If that is his thinking, we should not be surprised when the rich and powerful throw their weight around within the plantation economy.
    Barbados Shipping and Trading built on the Blood Sweat and Tears of Barbadians decided that rather than innovate and restructure, they would sell their enterprise to the Trinidadian corporate power house. Not a single word from the so-called protectors of Barbados:BLPDLP.
    Now we are hearing that the Nation Newspaper must show some corporate responsibility. Why were we not hearing all of this whining when the traditional white corporate elites were selling off their enterprises ? This is the problem that we have in this society where one group is allowed to use their profits however they choose while the other must be held to some other standard.
    It is time that David and others learn that the plantation economy was built on cheap labour and its main focus is to extract profit and not be care taker of any society. For example: The country is in severe crisis and the corporate elites are making it known that they will not lift a finger until their demands are met.
    Why cuss the black brothers and sisters who made the Nation newspaper one of the most successful black businesses post independence. After all we did not cuss the whites who sold off BST who extracted far more money out of the country than the Nation ever would.

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  3. de pedantic Dribbler May 13, 2017 at 9:48 AM #

    @David your May 12, at 11:01 PM and May 13, 8:03 AM in conjunction with @Bush Tea 8:40 this morning paint the same type of xenophobic, we-is-for-we ethos that drove Brexit, Trump’s ascendancy and La Penn to well over 30 points of favorable voting.

    Surely your opinions are ‘valid’ if one perceives that it’s practical or possible to exist and yet maintain some ephemeral concept of ‘local’ possession.

    Based however on the realities of who we are, what constitutes our diaspora, where our relatives live and from where they direct income to the Bajan economy, to whom we are married etc etc the views offered seem to be quite ‘reactionary’ and ‘unsustainable’.

    Suffice to state these simple facts.

    From excerpts of books written on The Nation’s history that Bajan publication was a partner – indirectly and directly- of the Trinis from day one. The lore as you know actually credits the Trinis with making their first press printing possible.

    So there was always a nexus which developed over the years until a legal business partnership (corporation) was created and the companies became a regional ‘maguffy’ as they took ownership of others.

    Again as you know that was as necessary as it was strategic.

    So at days end how or why really should Barbadians be ’embarrassed to observe what is playing out at the Nation Publishing’. What plays out across the country in all the various forms of clear malfeasance is the real concern.

    Like everyone else and as a Bajan I too ‘feel a’ way’ that all the companies of my youth are being bought by Trinis or Jamaicans just as I felt a’ different way when the term Bajan and propagation of skill across the region were synonymous.

    Size does matter and we were forever belittled by size as that ‘1 from 10 = 0’ remark crystallized.

    So if we can’t organically get any bigger then we can only do so via mergers/acquisitions.

    Who controls the power at time of merger will be a function of who is savvier (or who has greater circulation, not so)!

    Let’s fret about that…are we savvier than our Trini neighbors?

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  4. David May 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Nonsense!

    By your logic Barbadians should sit back and surrender our identity to those from the outside. What does having a nexus have to do with fully surrendering our autonomy over our local and largest media house? Do a test, does a Harold Hoyte have control today compared to yesterday? You are happy with emeritus-like responsibility? Some local entities represent and define Barbadianna and are worth fighting for dammit!

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  5. Bush Tea May 13, 2017 at 10:19 AM #

    @ William
    Why cuss the black brothers and sisters…..
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Don’t talk shiite this Saturday morning boss…
    Bushie fully EXPECTED and anticipated that the BS&T’s, BL&P’s, Banks Holdings, Money B’s dad etc would sell off their businesses to strangers ..rather than to the sons of their former servants….
    THAT is normal, accepted albino-centric behaviour…. bad enough as it is in itself in the 21st century…

    But what is REALLY traitorous …and in FULL need of the whacker, is when the firstborn SONS of enfranchisement follow suit, and seek to mimic the behaviours of the waning plantation class…

    Don’t you get it that there is a COMMUNITY CENTRIC DUTY of those talented children who break through the enfranchisement barriers to pull their weaker brothers and sisters along…?

    The Nation (although not to the extent of Sagicor – which was stolen from its default black ownership when it was ‘demutualised) was a perfect vehicle to achieve one of the greatest needs in modern day Barbados….. EDUCATION of the masses, …and building capacity among the entrepreneur class.
    Instead, they CHOSE to adopt their new albino-centric brothers and sisters, and to seek ‘success’ using their exploitative philosophies over their abandoned black families….

    Bushie measures his ‘success’ by the extent to which ALL his parents children are successes, …the kind that would make the ‘old folks’ proud as shiite of them…
    NOT by the amount that HE has personally been able to soar ABOVE them financially… while frolicking with the enemies…

    Steupsss…
    In any case, how can you so clearly see the mote in the BDLP’s eyes and now miss the beam in the shiite Nation’s? Just like you did the joker who sat doing shiite at the Central Bank?
    …. you seem to be partial to your friends when they do shiite…

    BUT not stinking Bushie…

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  6. David May 13, 2017 at 10:25 AM #

    @William

    Which rock have you been firmly lodged under in the last about 10 years? The failing of the traditional media has given teeth to the local social media space.

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  7. Gabriel May 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM #

    We remember those days just gone that the Nation used to boast of a circulation of over 80000 for the Sunday Sun and over 75000 for the Friday issue.I don’t see those boasts any longer.Dont talk about the Advocate post Grosvenor.No comparison.

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  8. Gabriel May 13, 2017 at 10:51 AM #

    Simon
    Here is how a black sees the France she calls home.Same situation white on black in the USA,the U.K.and Europe

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/05/rokaya-diallo-france-sees-white-country-170513090436348.html

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  9. de pedantic Dribbler May 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM #

    LOLL…No David.By my logic, you and like-minded Bajans should GROW UP.

    We cannot proudly boast of Bajans this and Bajans that…for example, ‘when Barbados cricket is strong so too is WI cricket’. A remark which (when not properly understood) simply disses all our other brethren in one fell swoop.

    I proudly admit that I would love all major Bajan entities to be Bajan owned but David REALISTICALLY how is that possible when our country is an open book depending almost completely on foreign inputs for growth and development.

    There is no logical connection to my position and your analysis that I am suggesting “Barbadians should sit back and surrender our identity to those from the outside”. NONE.

    Your arguments are topical and popular.

    So I concede to you on that front…but for arguments sake…

    I assert unequivocally that we are inextricably joined by DNA to many and sundry from the region and beyond. We are joined inextricably legally and commercially. We are inextricably constrained by physical size and resources. Thus we have to be smart and practical about control and power of our entities as we continue to grow.

    If you want to look past that reality to focus on the popular rhetoric of “fully surrendering our autonomy over our local and largest media house” then so be it.

    But let’s make your test a lil more complete beyond Hoyte…

    Are all members of your BU household 100% Bajan or so domiciled?
    Was your existence and sustainability over these many years based on even 60% Bajan support (back end tech, legal etc)

    General queries not intended to illicit a direct response really but to guide you to the realities of what constitutes the ‘nonsense’ of ‘autonomy’ of which you accuse me.

    If we really want to tackle the issue then as I said address the issue that the “nexus” of the Nation and the Trinis started at BIRTH.

    Why are you now claiming that the Bajans are surrendering local autonomy? Do you know if we ever had it?

    We did, right but what exactly are we now surrendering if we did.. political obsequiousness and fawning, editorial control, news control?

    Let’s not hyperventilate David. OCM has (had) been in existence now for many years with a Bajan Knight at the helm. Why this out-size xenophobic reaction to something we really don’t have all the details about.

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  10. David May 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM #

    The word is that the Sunday circulation of its flagship paper is struggling to reach 20,000. Wonder what the late St. Elmo Thompson, Stephen Williams et al must be thinking of what was meant to be an organ used to highlight Bajan excellence. Sold to others for a mess of pottage.

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  11. Bush Tea May 13, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

    @ David
    See Bushie’s advice to Grenville….

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  12. David May 13, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Your position is antithetical to how the BU household defines who is a Bajan and what is Barbadianna. Positions like yours make our blood boil. You may have the final word on this matter.

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  13. William Skinner May 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM #

    @ Bust Tea
    Are you saying that only Black corporate entities owe us that national allegiance ? While some of your positions are understood ; the question remains: Why don’t we hold white Corporate entities to the same standard? I speak from the fact that the wealth of this country is built primarily on Black consumerism.
    @ David
    You should understand that a decline in the Nation’s circulation is in keeping with global trends because of the rise of social and other media.
    What I would say is that the Nation did itself major harm by not attracting independent thinkers to its pages. We cannot ignore Barbados Today which has carved out a market among the youth because of its high entertainment content.
    The rise and longevity of BU is testimony to the changing face of media. That is why Carl Moore had correctly stated sometime ago that BU could have evolved into a major media”think tank” force, if it had chosen to follow another path of development.
    We sometimes see the weaknesses in others but never in ourselves.

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  14. David May 13, 2017 at 11:14 AM #

    @William

    Understand your point but the BU model would be immediately compromised were we to have gone ‘public’. The first task we would have to address is securing defamation insurance. We play a role, others must up de ting!

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  15. de pedantic Dribbler May 13, 2017 at 11:28 AM #

    David, I am at a lost. This is an opinion blog and you have one of the most strong minded onion makers in the person of Mr BushTea advising that you should simply dismiss an opinion that is not popular or does not met your and his acceptance. EH!

    And you the creator and editor of said opinion blog become so apoplectic to have your “blood boil” so that you are simply unable to express in words what exactly makes my opinion so “antithetical to how the BU household defines who is a Bajan and what is Barbadianna”.

    Am I the ONLY person here totally confused by this line of reason and logic.

    You hold a view which so completely angers you as above, thus discussion and examination to reach some point of understanding is stopped by you.

    Are you displaying any different behaviour to Trump or Stuart and certainly too the Bushman.

    We talk the talk here but apparently have regular difficulties walking the walk.

    Particularly when annoying bloggers who try to refrain from the petty, the personal and the perverse prosecute a topic in an ‘unpopular’ way.

    Just saying!

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  16. Bush Tea May 13, 2017 at 12:23 PM #

    @ Dribbler
    Boss, sometimes it is much more practical and effective to simply say ‘Get thee behind me Dribbler…”

    Better bushmen than Bush Tea have been known to take that approach…

    LOL
    Bushie thinks that, but for the grace of BBE (with that lucky adoption), he would be EXACTLY like you…. cause you done know that the bushman LOVES an argument …and looks forward to a fight… 🙂

    But perhaps because of the similarities, Bushie is on to your game…. so tek dat!!!
    ha ha ha

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  17. Vincent Haynes May 13, 2017 at 1:17 PM #

    dpD

    Hahaha…….yuh see being a nice boy with the likes of BT and the blog master…..trying to reason…….dont realy work….leff out de long words an cuss dem using de queens english.

    Xenophobia continues to detriment of this country and no matter how one attempts to explain that our Pelau future lies in one united Caribbean they will not see it.

    We are all one in the english speaking Caribbean where many a Bimmer established second families in the islands and vice versa.

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  18. Carl Moore May 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM #

    William, think tanks are places of intellectual ferment. They don’t work well when half of the participants cower behind masks.

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  19. de pedantic Dribbler May 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

    @Vincent, it has taken some time to sink it but yes I believe I finally see that re the xenophobic distress.

    The Blogmaster and the Bushman have their established view of ‘Bajan and what is Barbadianna’ regardless of what has gone before and what is currently unavoidable.

    To be fair and reasonable their perspective is held by many across the globe and there is palpable similar anxiety re the invasion and take-over by foreigners!

    I once heard it said that there are more Jamaicans living outside that lovely isle than there are living within…surely the same can be said about our beloved country…. (and wha yah think dem other peeps thinks bout we invading dem country!)

    … in short, the freaking barn door bust off the hinges dem and get blow way in de rhated storm long freaking time ago now!

    YET I am causing apoplectic blood boiling by simply highlighting that simple fact.

    How is dat for a cussing!!! LOL.

    Oh lawd, @Moore what in the name of blessed commonsense does a ‘Think Tank’ have to do with unmasking anyone.

    If a masked blogger sent you details on how Tom actually died or why that Trinidadian businessmen Mark Stokes disappeared would you investigate and research the details for your best selling political historical exposee or would you seek to unmask the blogger.

    Ahhh don’t bother. Leave it to the exploring thinkers of some ‘Think Tank’ …you are into playing hide n’seek and other trivia….you would obviously go blogger hunting!

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  20. Pachamama May 13, 2017 at 2:28 PM #

    Well, how come Carl Moore still carries his slave master’s monitor?

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  21. David May 13, 2017 at 2:33 PM #

    A big problem the Nation newspaper is contending is the ability of users to created a PDF of the paper and distribute on social media. it has cut deeply into its numbers.

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  22. David May 14, 2017 at 4:57 PM #

    Interesting to read Harl Hoyte doing damage control in the Sunday Sun today. Why the secrecy if there made changes to the Board since March?

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  23. William Skinner May 14, 2017 at 9:46 PM #

    @ David

    No damage control just dismissing false information. We all were jumping to conclusions and now we learn that Bajans own 39% of the company and 700 are shareholders holding large amounts of shares. Facts are facts.
    Mount Gay, David Seale and others have sold out and yuh cud hear a pin drop !!! Ah wonduh why…..

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  24. Bush Tea May 14, 2017 at 10:35 PM #

    Steupsss
    Man drop that one nuh William…!!
    39% shiite!!
    Any ownership less than 51% is token…. especially when dealing with cut-throat Trickidadians of questionable morals and ethics.
    Decisions are taken by Boards based on share ownership. If you own less than 50% you have basically put money into the company, and await the goodwill of the majority shareholders.

    The only real difference between Hoyte and those others you reference is that he gets to go to Board meetings to hear his fate …while those other former top dogs have been kicked out of the Boardrooms altogether …. what an ass-backwards concept of ‘national progress’.

    Most pathetic are those cases where the new foreign owners parade the local shiitehounds, (like Hoyte) delivering their albino-centric messages, … like the lackie messengers that they are…
    Like Hoyte, they too are reduced to pushing shiite propaganda about how ‘patriotic and kind-hearted’ the foreign owners are to ungrateful Bajans …. even after hiring them as maids, porters and gardeners….
    ..and about how profitable the company has now become ….since THEY have been kicked out by the ‘superior’ foreigners… of whom Vincent constantly speak…

    Mek Bushie laugh!!!
    ….till he puke…

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  25. Artax May 14, 2017 at 10:45 PM #

    de pedantic Dribbler May 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

    “Oh lawd, @Moore what in the name of blessed commonsense does a ‘Think Tank’ have to do with unmasking anyone.”

    @ dpD

    Perhaps Carl Moore is suggesting that, for example, “Michael Browne” quoting the “Law of Conservation or Indestructibility of Mass” would be more so reliable and accepted than if it was quoted by someone using a pseudonym.

    And he, as a “journalist,” would have presented information, as being TRUTHFUL, from UN-NAMED “usually reliable sources,” a “source who wants to remain anonymous” or “Shelly (not her real name).”

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  26. Bush Tea May 14, 2017 at 11:00 PM #

    @ Artax
    This is Ossie Moore’s cousin of whom you speak….
    ..and we now know that Ossie was a family guru in comparison….

    What did (do) you expect from Carl (his real name)..?

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  27. David May 14, 2017 at 11:06 PM #

    What Carl Moore should do is to ask Harold Hoyte, one of his co-founders of the Nation newspaper, how he feels when he sits as chairman of the Nation Publishing with a man like Anthony Shaw controlling the shots whose claim to fame is being a middle level manager at a couple of banks with a very narrow span of control. Guess we should ask if Harl Hoyte is still Chairman, Emeritus or what is he!

    The Nation newspaper represented what was an important homegrown organ to help to keep the brand identity of Barbados fresh and always germinating in the minds of Bajans. A people without an identity is doomed to be bottom feeders.

    Carl tell us, have you sold your shares in the Nation already? Of course BU is assuming this is the right Carl because we have no way of validating.

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  28. William Skinner May 15, 2017 at 4:59 AM #

    @ David
    Who owns the Mount Gay rum brand/ Is the Nation older than Mount Gay?

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/70464/remy-buys-plantation-mount-gay-expands

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  29. David May 15, 2017 at 5:17 AM #

    What is your point William? Has BU not addressed the selling of BS&T, BL&P and the lot? Have we not addressed the fact that we have educated our people to serve others and what that translates to? One doesn’t have to mention every transaction to make the point, we use the one we are more familiar.

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  30. William Skinner May 15, 2017 at 5:59 AM #

    @ David
    My point is very simple: Capitalism is not black or white it is green or the color of any currency. Acts of charity are more a reflection of the people who are capitalists than the economic system itself. You should know that acts of charity /sponsorships etc are usually written off as tax breaks, so even those help to improve the bottom line.
    Another point that is missing here is the fact that the Nation is part of a Caribbean conglomerate and we should be more supportive of joint ventures involving Caribbean businesses.
    Let me make it clear that while I support Caribbean ventures, I am quite disappointed that the Nation as a vital and major part of our media has not been stellar in its role because it is clear to see a lack of independent columnists and so on. In other words the paper itself has failed to attract a more enlightened approach but we all know that advertising revenue keeps the press alive. Once more you should know that capitalism and progressive social activism is not a popular mix.
    Finally , in terms of pure Barbadiana, it will be very difficult to find a brand or product that fits that description more than Mount Gay which I have been told is one of the oldest rums on the market. I would have liked to hear your views on that sale as well as more comment on the sale of Barbados Shipping and Trading which for many decades, in real terms, controlled more wealth than the government itself. But high wind know where old house live.

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  31. David May 15, 2017 at 6:08 AM #

    @William

    Let the record show right here that the BU household absolutely disagrees with your comment. There is a reason the fourth estate is labelled as it is; the role it plays as a watchdog of our democracy. To have a consolidation of media to the extent OCM has morph to in Barbados compromises our ability to massage our Bajan brand. Unlike you we see the media as the key dynamic better suited to deliver on maintaining our brand and protect our democracy- therefore we deem it a STRATEGIC ASSET.

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  32. William Skinner May 15, 2017 at 6:29 AM #

    @ David
    Do you care to explain or better yet expose
    where the Nation is being compromised
    because of OCM? This is a very serious
    charge. Are you saying that OCM is now
    influencing our democracy and what you
    call “our brand”?
    Now Do you consider BU a part of our media? And is BU in anyway influencing our brand or democracy?

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  33. David May 15, 2017 at 6:38 AM #

    Who should be the significant influence of editorial policy Bridgetown or Port of Spain? Why did Hoyte, Moore and the lot sellout, was it about building a regional project or T&T actors finding avenues to sink excess capital. We note that Victor Fernandes has thrown his energy behind a local radio station.

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  34. Bush Tea May 15, 2017 at 7:02 AM #

    Somebody should tell Willian that when finding oneself in a hole, the correct action is to stop digging.

    Comparing the traitorous behaviour of companies that were BORN out of slavery – such as BS&T, Mount Gay, and BL&P, with that of a first generation BLACK operation – one with unprecedented influence because it was located in the PUBLIC EDUCATION and public INFLUENCE sphere of society, is so simplistic as to call into question the judgement of the proposer.
    What did we really EXPECT from the likes of Alan Fields and his ilk?
    …and should we expect the same Carl Harl Hite and his ilk?

    ..The former have ALWAYS had difficulty in hiding their disdain for the likes of Bushie…
    ..The latter is LITERALLY the bushman’s brother – his flesh and blood…… although we now know, not in spirit….

    And the talk about ‘Capitalism being green’ is worthy of Dompey…. Capitalism shiite…. This is “Judas-ism”….. and is about pieces of silver, not any green paper……

    Second rate Trickidadians have been able to use their petro dollars to steal our Bajan birthrights – with the vital support of their Trojan Horse called the Nation, ridden by jockey Harl, and tended by groom Carl, with assistant Al dealing with the shiite in the stables….

    National traitors…

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  35. William Skinner May 15, 2017 at 8:12 AM #

    @ Bush Tea
    This is exactly why the status quo will remain
    In place. Why do we have to hide behind
    the fact that the Nation is black owned.
    BST Mount Gay and the Nation have one
    thing in common: They have made their
    money primarily from black consumers
    therefore they must be held equally
    responsible if we are promoting the philosophy
    of corporate or nationalistic responsibility.
    While I understand your position, I find it
    troubling that you are prepared to give
    white corporate Barbados a pass. This is
    where you and I part company. BST
    was a major player in the destruction of
    our agriculture and was the major
    corporate entity in our country for years
    and they sold out rather than adapt to
    a changing global culture.
    You cannot cherry pick here.

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  36. Gabriel May 15, 2017 at 8:21 AM #

    Writing off the top of my head,I recall rum(rhum,grog))was first made in Barbados and I think Mount Gay has been producing it since 1703,which is just 75 short years after the landing at the Hole,the driving of the stake in the ground,the de foresting of the island,the transporting of the cane plant from Brazil and Irish,Scottish and African labourers to plant the crop and build the factories to manufacture both the product sugar and the by product molasses.One can assume if Mount Gay was up and running in 75 years,those forced labourers were moonshining that rum long before Mount Gay cotton on to the idea of distilling in St Lucy.It is my understanding that Sugar Cane Brandy was used at the parish church in the communion of the service.

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  37. Bush Tea May 15, 2017 at 8:49 AM #

    @ William
    I find it troubling that you are prepared to give white corporate Barbados a pass.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Have you been drinking something…? or smoking it?

    No one in their right mind can accuse stinking Bushie of ‘giving white corporate Barbados a pass’….. On the contrary!!!!

    However if you are unable to see any difference between being raped by people who have been raping your forefathers for 400 years …. and by YOUR OWN big brother who you looked up to for deliverance ….then you ought to join the ac consortium….

    Shiite man…. it is enuff to make a bushman sin his damn soul….
    Man STOP digging nuh!!!

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  38. Vincent Haynes May 15, 2017 at 12:16 PM #

    One Caribbean Media Ltd company : Shareholders, managers and …
    http://www.4-traders.com › … › One Caribbean Media Ltd
    One Caribbean Media Ltd : Company profile, business summary, shareholders, managers, financial ratings, industry, sector and market information …

    Shareholders
    Name Equities %
    CL Financial Ltd. 15,285,917 23.0%
    Rebyn Ltd. 5,826,064 8.78%
    CCN Group Employees Share Ownership Plan 5,720,472 8.62%
    Abk Investments, Inc. 2,680,000 4.04%
    Brentwood Corp. /Trinidad/ 2,050,000 3.09%
    Hh Investments Ltd. 1,941,398 2.92%
    Athlyn Investments Ltd. 1,661,075 2.50%
    St Elmo Thompson 1,615,572 2.43%
    Carlton K. Mack Ltd 1,446,512 2.18%
    Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. 1,149,022 1.73%
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Interesting……

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