Barbadian “Porn-Prince-politician” Donville Inniss may be one of the most deluded individuals on the planet. He says he’s upbeat even as Barbados is down-graded by Standards and Poors.
The ‘ox and ass’ of some ‘Bad John’ Barbadians’ optimism
Barbadian porn-prince-parliamentarian Donville Inniss talks a good game.
Inniss, the island’s minister of Commerce and Industry appears in a December 20 article in the local paper Barbados Today talking upbeat even as another article in the same publication announces that his country is being downgraded again by the international credit rating agency Standard and Poors.
In the Fernella Wedderbun article Inniss who “also has responsibility for International Business and Small Business Development” does not even mention the downgrade from BB to B, issued December 19.
Instead, he projects an image of stoic faith and sturdy optimism – rather like the sentiment captured in the ancient Christmas carol “Good Christian men rejoice” – as he addresses reports of a rift between two of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP)parliamentary colleagues, Chris Sinckler and David Estwick.
Yet it is unlikely that the DLP power broker Inniss is a particularly good man, let alone a devout Christian, given his known association with pornography peddling, via his interests in the hard-core sex website Orgasm.com and other questionable dealings.
Inniss and his international business associates’ arbitrary, apparently malicious linking of Orgasm.com since 1999 with my business Intelek International, through the creation of the domain name Intelek.com and its use as a proxy of Orgasm.com, is the kind of questionable activity, to put it mildly, that I am referring to.
Coupled with other attacks on my reputation by the recently deceased Reverend Holmes Williams and other prominent Barbadians linked to the DLP, Inniss and his co-conspirators creation of Intelek.com a mere 5 months after I had created the domain name Intelek.net points to a belief in the kind of carnal, cowardly, undermining tactics one might expect from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) rather than a practitioner of Christian piety.
It is more consistent with the “dirty tricks”, the manipulative mentality of Barbadian and other elitist bullies or “bad Johns”, as such characters are called locally, than it is with the truth and justice-loving, unselfish, conscientious conduct that we would expect of “good Christian men”.
“Ox and ass before him bow”, says the medieval carol. But Inniss and other Barbadian, British, Canadian, Jamaican, Guyanese, Trinidadian, American, and other wilfully blind, smooth-talking, upbeat-business-jargon spouting manipulators are manifestly too proud.
They know little, if anything, about the humility that is a mark of true followers of the man born in a manger, according to the Bible.
The attitude of those businessmen and women is more “badass” and “mad cow” than that projected by the livestock of the nativity tradition.
And Barbadians commenting on the Barbados Today article, succinctly titled “Inniss: What rift?” can tell the difference.
They seem as unconvinced as this writer of minister Inniss’s credibility and confidence.
Denouncing Inniss’ focus on the DLP rift reports as a diversionary ploy, commenter John Nicholls writes “I keep saying ‘distraction’.See how they have pivoted away from the economy onto this? That is the strategy …get Bajans talking about this, have the discussion carried in the press, and take the heat of a terrible economy taken off them.”
Peter Mashall endorses Nicholl’s sentiment, writing “True John Nicholls they think we are ‘fool berts’”.
“The D in DLP stands for Denial”, offers Darren Garrett.
And Ryan Bayne supports him with “The D in DLP also stands for Disagreement among the party members. This party is in dissolution (sic). Don’t let Dems fool you.”
But it is commenter Rickie Nurse who strikes a rather biblical, ominous chord, rounding off his denunciation of Inniss’s “well planned and systematically carried out” effort to “distract Barbadians and take the focus off the REAL issues that are facing the country” with “Donville Inniss! we are not fooled by you and your antics, or for that matter any of you DEMS. Your judgement is coming SOON.”
An eternal optimist, for my part, I see some basis for Inniss’s optimism.
My confidence has little to do with the character or competence of Inniss, his DLP party colleagues, their Opposition, Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rivals, or any of the other people populating Barbados talent mismanaging, morally bankrupt political culture though.
It is more about my confidence in God-fearing, Christian-minded Barbadians – including those who subscribe to other faiths or none.
As the Church Father Justin Martyr, I acknowledge the “Christian” reasoning of all who pursue truth, justice and peace holistically (which Martyr identified as a pursuit of the “Logos”), irrespective of the names by which they are called.
As I note in my book The Bible: Beauty and Terror Reconciled, it was Martyr who declared that Jesus “is the Word (Logos) of whom every race of men were partakers; and those who lived reasonably are Christians, even though they have been thought atheists; as, among the Greeks, Socrates and Heraclitus”.
I affirm the integrity of all people – Barbadian, British, American, Canadian, African, Chinese, male or female, communist or capitalist – who make the reasoned pursuit of truth and authenticity their primary, “going concerned”.
So while I can stand with Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who has responded to the Standard and Poors downgrade with a defiant affirmation of his labour party’s “growth and development” programme, I know better than to give him and other worker’s-rights-professing Barbadian politicos all the credit they will try to claim if the island recovers from its current economic woes.
I know first hand, thanks to Inniss, the late Reverend Williams, academics Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Margaret Gill, politician David Comissiong and others named in an Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) petition I filed against the Barbados government in 2012, that those who work the hardest to build Barbados’ “knowledge economy” are not necessarily the ones to reap correspondingly significant rewards.
And more crucially though, I adhere to the reasoning that reconciles material and spiritual rewards.
My programme of “growth and development” reconciles the micro and macroeconomics of heaven and earth – as I intimated in my mustard-seed-sized faith-affirming “carol”, Small Beginnings.
And I feel certain that the late, tragically deceased Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson and local cricket supremo Stephen Alleyne would both endorse my eternity weighing economic plan if they could.
The suddenly departed Alleyne, particularly, might have a few words for Inniss and other “badasses” and “mad cows” who, like some Jews and Palestinians apparently can’t see how love for God is to be incarnated through love for our neighbours.
He and Thompson might have a word for Dick Cheney and other “Christian men” who believe that extraordinary rendition and torture are good.
Big society or pig society politics
Like brute beasts, some Barbadians only seem to know the “cricket of the jungle”.
Their “big society” is not so much about the self-belief that Stuart invokes as it is about the “pig society” mentality that potentially pollutes and perverts the best intentions of British Prime Minister David Cameron and others in his coalition government.
So, like animal whisperer Saint Francis, for whom Vatican supremo Pope Francis I is named, I see more than a few parallels between the bestiality and paedophilia-approximating-porn peddling Inniss’ and others’ perverse reasoning and mad cow disease.
I see how the spiritual Alzheimer’s of Vatican bureaucrats that Francis denounced on December 22 is twinned by the willful blindness of Inniss and others – including the Commonwealth Secretariat’s leading human rights representative Karen McKenzie and the Vatican’s Pontifical President of Peace and Justice Commission Cardinal Turkson Peter Kwadwo Appiah, possibly.
I have reached out to both these human rights champions, as I have to US president Barack Obama, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, PM Cameron and Simon Wright, my local parliamentary representative, for assistance in my Barbados-focused quest for justice.
And I continue to do so, reaching out to the relatively newly installed Barbadian High Commissioner to England, Reverend Guy Hewitt fairly recently.
I continue to reach out to these and other highly placed officials despite being intimately acquainted with what the Bible calls “spiritual wickedness in high places”.
And that is because more than our human fallibilities – or what one item of correspondence from Her Majesty, the Queen to this writer called constitutional constraints – I am preoccupied with the message of the saving Word that becomes a flesh-filled reality.
My focus is the Reason for all seasons, revealed at Bethlehem.
My mind perpetually renewed by this spiritual worship, I can forgive Inniss’, Stuart’s, President Obama’s, PM Cameron’s and others’ indiscretions.
I can forgive the incompetence or idiocy of the various MI5, CIA, BVD (Dutch secret service) and other security officials who have confused my mission with that of Al Queda and other terrorists.
Indeed, as I tell Norfolk-based Christians repeatedly, I hardly have time to help anyone else clean up the dung of their stables because my own animal farm’s dung-load is nearly knee deep.
I hardly have time to disabuse Mr Inniss’, Jamaican theologian Anna Perkins’, former Codrington College principal Canon Noel Titus’, businessman Dick Stoute’s or anyone else’s minds of their ill-informed, imagination-rich notions of my perversity because my actual perversions conspire to keep me very busy.
And this is in no part because even my “cousin” Sandra, the Orangutan, seems to enjoy more human-like rights than I do.
That ape was fortunate enough to get animal rights advocates to launch the legal battle that should see her freed from a zoo in Pope Francis’ Argentina imminently.
Maybe I’ll drop that lower-life form a note requesting her support for my efforts to secure my human rights and dignity.
Given the futility so far of seeking relief from the harsh “cricket in the jungle” of Barbados, British, American other political rivalries, I sometimes feel like I’ve been assigned the leading role in a divine comedy.
With little prospect so far of forging a bondage-breaking partnership with anyone in the Empire State or Empire Sports Club equally, maybe this ox or ass’ human rights yoke might fare better if it was shared with a monkey.