I am indeed shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of former parliamentarian, Joseph “Johnny” Tudor today.
Johnny lived and breathed politics, and in true rustic Barbadian style was never afraid to take on any opponent. From his language to his every interaction, the son of the famous Barbadian comedian, Joe Tudor, personified the Bajan vernacular.
And whether he was representing himself or his constituents in St. Michael East, his political party, performing duties as a consummate automobile salesman or more recently as an ordained minister of the church, Johnny left no doubt that he was blessed with a convincing tongue.
In true Bajan terms, he could talk!
Perhaps this gift flowed from the fact that he was not the typical lawyer-type politician of post-Independence Barbados, but resembled more the salt of the earth working class urban residents he represented in Parliament for almost a decade.
On behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, I extend deepest sympathy to his family.