Mara: Ease off BB and let's talk more

Barry Alleyne,

Added 23 October 2012


Forget that notion about “no lotta long talk”. Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson wants Barbadians to ease off their smartphones and instead seek out one another for dialogue so as to gauge the true vibe of the country. The first-time Parliamentarian made the suggestion on Sunday, while giving brief remarks at the 2nd David Thompson Memorial Service, held at the Massiah Street Wesleyan Holiness Church in St John. Remembering her husband as a devoted family man who had a special interest in young people, Thompson noted the late Prime Minister made a point of talking to people face to face, a practice which now seems lost on Barbadian society. “[The late Prime Minister] placed serious emphasis on talking to people to get a true idea about what was going on in society. His was a notion of talking without confrontation. He always wanted to bring people together,” the Prime Minister’s widow told the packed house at the rural church.


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