The higher you climb
By Michael Rudder | Thu, May 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM()
As a broadcaster, I always felt and said that one could say whatever one wanted to say, but it was how you said it.
Recent descriptive public statements by the general secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Sir Roy Trotman, have demonstrated that his comments might have been differently framed and more accurate. The question is, are words parallel to actions?
The riposte by a DLP parliamentarian declaring that the words amounted to “guerrilla tactics” raises comparative questions about alleged actions by enforcement officers breaking down doors in the dead of night to “capture and deport” individuals from another Caribbean country, early in this administration’s term of office.
How we relate to people from that country still brings tears to the eyes of one mother whose son was shot and killed in a restaurant on Bay Street on July 19, 2008, in the presence of many eye witnesses. Yet, beyond visits by the authorities to chat up the two sisters of the family, nothing has been heard.
Perhaps it is worth noting that words from people in the lofty seats of Parliament may jog people’s memories about actions they might have thought, obscured by time, were left behind.
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