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The proper cut

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The proper cut

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BLESSED BE PROPER PORK! Whether it comes as fried or barbecued chops; or tenderly pot-boiled in all its gustatory wholesomeness; or pinkly and delectably smoked, with crisp sepia skin for crunching.
And blessed be its maker Porky Pig, through our savourer Andrew Bynoe. How I do love ye!
Jack, Sylvan, Big Wheel, Wayne Dog, Just Wayne, Ron Boyce and the rest of the Bush Bar crew go into hyperventilation when they see anything else set before me on a Thursday night, or Friday night, but a family-size dissected chop, from which springs a smoky, herbal scented, mouth-watering aroma that cries out: “Come, consume me!”
I do consume my pork, as I share the delicious cuts with friends at the table. Others boast, in their drunken stupor mostly, about the magnitude of pork they have eaten – without sharing, and without any particular seasoning.
The proper consumption of pork calls for patience, not being provoked or distracted, an expression of love, a semblance of knowing its creator Porky Pig personally – like Andrew Bynoe.
Of course, by suggesting one should know one’s pig personally, that is my way of saying one should be aware of the attributes and nutritional value of the porcine stock, so that one might more profoundly appreciate its sumptuousness.
If consuming proper pork with all the grace it demands is tedium for you, then you had better settle for pigs’ tails dumped in any rice pot; or bacon, whose looks are deceiving and which smells better that it tastes.
I am still prayerfully waiting on Sandy to present a sizzling pork chop for Friday lunch; but I think the pig will fly over Deacons first. I believe in miracles, though.
Actually pigs would be flying all over Barbados before Barbadians accept Andrew’s suggestion of a ten per cent cut by everybody. Come to think of it, a ten per cent cut in salaries and wages could lead to a ten per cent cut in proper pork – and to a 25 per cent chop for those who get really angry with Andrew.
One irate shopper has already declared that she will not be going back to Andrew’s Carlton Supermarket.
We cannot have this for the tastiest of all meats and the friendliest of all edible domestic beasts.
But Andrew, gladiator businessman that he is, insists that Barbados needs to address the issues that affect the overall standard of living in a “dispassionate and an intelligent” way, stripped of the hysteria that has followed his recommendation.
If a company and its staff have to make a choice between crippling layoffs and reduced pay, the obvious speaks for itself. If this is what faced Cave Shepherd & Co.
in 2009 and from the chairman down to the newest employee took a ten per cent pay cut for a year, it seemed to yield the desired effect.
And Andrew has alluded to other companies in Barbados that more recently have done similarly. Truth be told, we haven’t heard much harping where these pay cuts have been implemented.
And now, Andrew would like to take it national: wage restraint, pay control, recoiling remuneration, or whatever euphemism you want to give to it.
Given the nature of the beast of politics, its practitioners will vacillate on, prevaricate about, and obfuscate and blur any meaningful reasoning over Mr Bynoe’s offering.
After all, it is not kosher for such a controversial and sensationalist matter to be recognized in an election year.
“There is a crying need for an apolitical discussion on the action needed to maintain and improve the standard of living for our people,” Andrew has argued.
We won’t get it, unless Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, in his inimitable style, dares to come through on it.
And only time will tell.
Even Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Andy Armstrong is treading warily on this notion.
And if NUPW president Walter Maloney’s outcry is anything to go by, the unions aren’t exactly enamoured of the idea. Clearly, the anti-Andrew lobby views this national ten per cent cut as a pig in a poke.
Just not proper!