What’s Trending:Sir Roy says no
Thu, May 17, 2012 - 11:42 AM
The Nation’s Online Editor Carol Martindale looks at What’s Trending today.
Head of the Barbados Workers’ Union Sir Roy Trotman is in the news again today.
Sir Roy says he will not be apologizing now or in the future over his reference to an employer as an “Egyptian Jew”.
He was speaking during yesterday’s pre-lunch Senate sitting. The Independent senator said his controversial remarks on May 1 were based on his concern for discrimination against Barbadian workers who were getting $800 a month from Diamonds International while others who could hardly speak or write English were making over $2 000 for the same period.
Readers weighed in, with some agreeing with his stand, and others against it.
Julia Moseley: “Here, here Sir Roy! At least someone is standing up for the Bajan man and woman.”
Simon Gooding: “An apology for what? For defending the rights of the workers?”
Wendell Callender: “I guess there is nothing for Sir Roy to apologize about. His behaviour is par for the course, unfortunate as it is! Crudity, disrespect, and hurtful words to humble the opponent have been used for so long in this arena that it is extremely difficulty for civility to be seen as paramount. Underlying all this is the subtle inference that it is ok to beat about any vulnerable person to get what you want or what you think they should give! And we ask why our society is becoming so violent? Violence with words and violence with weapons are much the same!”
Lorna Watson Deukett: “Thank you Mr Wendell Callender. I keep repeating over and over that it wasn’t so much what he said as how he said it and the inference it made to the person involved.”
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