I had not heard the prime minister of Barbados speak until last night. She has won my respect and admiration. Mia Mottley addressed the nation about a “super spreader” event that involved not tourists but her own civil service. A “bus crawl” took place Boxing Day involving over a hundred prison and defense force officers. There are more than 160 positive COVID results traced to this event, which is significant to a country that up to last week had less than 400 total cases. I am sure that the PM is super pissed, but she said now is not the time for recrimination and blame.
She told the nation that it is the Barbadian way to find out exactly where we stand, so that it can be dealt with. “Rumour abounds where facts do not exist.” Then she gave everyone a talking to by saying: “I have come now to recognize that I have to speak frankly all the time. I am not using a big set of long words or long talk to tell Barbadians “Cut it out, Cut it out!”