From the battle of the sexualities we move directly to the battle of the sexes. No one can say that Yours Truly is not an intrepid traveler … and there is so much disputed territory yet left to explore!
The blow fell on Whit Monday, early enough to make the midday newscasts. Attorney Dane Hamilton had let be known via Facebook that Antigua Power Company Ltd had triumphed over the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and the Antigua Public Utilities Public Authority at the level of the Privy Council.
Sickle Cell Anemia is a remarkable, even paradoxical ailment, in that it both helps and hurts those who suffer from it. An inherited and incurable illness, Sickle Cell Anemia is genetically selected into the African population, as are Hypertension and Diabetes. This is to say that people of African descent are recognized as being especially prone to suffer from these diseases (among others, of course).
In our twin-island state the government is the largest single employer and the biggest single consumer of goods and services. Last time Yours Truly checked personally, the government sector employed about 40% of the workforce in this country – and that does not include statutory bodies, these agencies being considered part of the private sector (yes – really).
One of the most convenient and useful sexual assumptions – so beloved by social conservatives – is the comfortable belief that people are either “one way” or “the other way”. This was the position espoused by Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of Health & Social Transformation Willmoth Daniel, and to his credit Daniel was only expressing the prevailing view.
It should by now be clear to any critical observer that the GoD (stands for Government of the Day) is engaged in a huge game of “public information”. At last, as the time to face the voters looms closer, the ruling party is showing serious signs of getting its public relations act together – seriously.
Tension is developing toward the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) from some quarters in Jamaica. This was exemplified by a column in the Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper written by an Immigration Attorney, Mr. Ronald Mason.
Talking frankly about sexual matters is always a tricky affair in any society, largely because every society has a whole menagerie of taboos and shibboleths concerning sex. Most of these avoidance mechanisms depend heavily on people not talking about sex at all.
You really have to pity the poor people of our twin-island subtropical paradise. “Poor people” does not necessarily mean poverty-stricken people, or even simply people with relatively less spending power than others. “The poor people” means all of us, the citizens and voters who make up the body politic of this benighted land.
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