Government Wastage – Lookout Freundel, DEMS Days Numbered

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Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

When quizzed on the Barbados economy supporters of the Democratic Labour Party reply by asking, what would the Barbados Labour Party do differently to the Democratic Labour Party  in the worse global recession ever.

The Dems supporters are ‘well programmed’  and they recite very well “the problems Barbados economy faces stems mainly from the Global melt down which took place in 2008” and there is nothing wrong with them trying to convince themselves, but is this teaching really true?

Here are the facts:-

Some how whenever the word deficit is mentioned to them they all run and bury there heads in the sand, refusing to accept that the problem that Barbados faces is the deficit which the current Government seems incapable of closing at any time soon. During the period 2008 – 2011 they have taxed everyone in the tax bracket and those out side by means of VAT and everything within their grasp to the point that the poor are deeper in poverty and the middle class are now becoming poor. Their social handouts are no longer cutting the deal.

In 2008 when the BLP relinquished power, 2.5 billion dollars was left in the treasury that if it was spent wisely, was enough money to take us through, if not out of, any turbulence that was foreseen on the horizon.
This government, led at the time by Mr. David Thompson, came to power in 2008 knowing very well what the global economic condition was, the signs were there since 2007. In his first budgetary address to this country the then Prime Minister said “The performance of the Barbados economy during the remainder of 2008 and into the first six months of 2009 is largely dependant on the performance of the global economy’ On paragraph 1 page 18 of his Budgetary Proposals 2008 he continued, “Growth in the major source markets (the UK and the US) will largely  determine the outturn for tourism which is expected to be the main drive of activity” Paragraph 2 same page  they admitted that there were aware that a global meltdown was imminent since 2007. There were also warned over and over  not only by  Mr. Owen Arthur MP in his contribution to the same budget of that year, but by external agencies such as the IMF,  Moody, Standards & Poor, Economic Society of  UWI, former Governors of the Central Bank. This administration continues to be in opposition to any advice given and governs as though it’s still in opposition. Simply put they down right did as they like.

Mr. Owen Arthur MP in his contribution in the 2009 Budgetary Proposals to the Parliament of Barbados  urge the government to use some of the 2.5 billion that was left by the past regime as a buffer to absolve the shock of the melt down, Instead free bus fares were  given to school children (the Jury is still out on this one), Housing Estates such as Haynesville, Rosemont, The Farm, Bonnets all these  young estates, in they rights were given to tenants at no cost. The Pine and Gall Hill were understandable because of their age and would have paid  for themselves. Constituency Councils were set up at a cost of $60 million dollars and given $100,000 .00 dollars yearly, (do the math on that one) to do what? O yes,  every observant and right thinking Barbadian know what that is all about, National Summer Camps were taken out of the hands of the private sector and made free to all children between the ages 5 -15 with stipends of $ 500.00 dollars paid to volunteers every fortnight, it was the first time in history that people who give free of their services were paid, Fete at Six Roads Roundabout for the handing over of keys to home owners for the Six Roads Project built by the NHC, the propping up of the Clico Insurance Co & British American Insurance Co in the sum $10 millions dollars each , and the cash just kept rolling out as if they had a money tree to pluck it from. Is it any wonder that we are facing another downgrade?

Today four years later the tree is all but dried up, and this Government does not know what fertilizer to use to bring it back to life. They continue to play the blaming game and are now running around like chickens with their heads cut off hoping for some miracle to happen. No wonder some are now admitting they have failed to manage the economy.

Lookout Freundel, the DEMS days are numbered.

275 thoughts on “Government Wastage – Lookout Freundel, DEMS Days Numbered


  1. @old onion bags,

    David knows my ip address so he can provide verification if you so require.


  2. ac wrote,
    Btw onions OSA is not allowed to sell any more land to pay off the debts like back in the time of plenty the people have already fired a shot across the bow. also Mr. mascol indicated that VAT would not come back to 15% again. So how is that for all the talk about “putting money in the taxpayers”……………………………………………..

    ac, stop the stupid talk, did Owen Arthur had land to sell to anybody. If Bajans sell their lands to foreigners, how you could say Owen sell land to pay bills. Who sold the land to Mr Doyle?? Was it Owen??


  3. mr inkwell your post of feb18- just to set the record straight. mr sandiford would not agree with your representations because he himself said that the economy under him was batting better than gary sobers aand those warning of impending economic woesw were prophets of doom and gloom.


  4. observing i hold no brief for either party but in my view the dlp has proven over the years to be the handout party; hence its popularity with whom we refer to as the man in the stree; on the other hand, blp has done more to empower the average person with more sustainable actions like the implementation of the tenanties act which allowed plantation tenats to purchase their rented land at v10cents per sqft and those in urban areas to purchase theirs at $2.50 per sqfy. what better way to empower a man thanby giving him access to land ownership.


  5. well said miller feb19, if only the administration on assuming office had realised that a new macro-economic approach to dealing those damocles sword social niceties to which the mendicant barbadian public has become accustomed and take for granted rather than seeking to expand them would not have us in such a precarious economic situation now.


  6. Under the OSA administration large real estate projects which catered to rich foreigners snatched up the dwindling land supply and OSA endorsed all these actions and didn’t give a hoot what bajans said / OSA response was that bajans should stop being envious rich people and he will support them projects come hell or high water. HeOSA was the number one sponsor of seeing the land sold to the highest bidder.


  7. @old onion bags | February 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM |

    @ ink well
    You make me laugh. This is the first time that we seeing you on this blog..>>AND YOU COME IN HAY TO BEG…shame on you.
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    @ OOB
    You should be aware that “Inkwell” may very well have been one of the longest posters on BU. I have been posing on BU about 4 years now and I found him here when I came on. So please stand corrected, Sir.


  8. Ink well boy …D people in here got your back boy….
    Onions…..bow to calling you a newie…ink well I stand corrected, here tek my shirt.


  9. the sugar cane industry has been confornted with lots of challenges , cost to produce has exceeded the selling price on the world market. EU has drastically reduce the price it is willing to pay for barbados sugar. The decreasing of acreage for sugar cane cultivation Increase in the number of tonns of sugarcane required to produce a ton of sugar, labour cost . The industry continues to be unprofitable because of these and other challenges and as yearly production continues to drop.


  10. @ ac
    The industry continues to be unprofitable because of these and other challenges and as yearly production continues to drop.

    A piece of buga-boo. (SHt)
    How come Guyana now report increased prices received and good profits on cane ? the truth of the matter DLP just made promises that they never intended to keep.Nothing was done to increase tonnage.


  11. We better find our niche in agriculture quick or ass is grass nxt 3 yrs.

    There was a reasons EU wanted us OUT by lowering prices….they knew we would decrease acreage..we fell for it ..now got to rush to bring back the sugar tonnage…all a plan ac


    • @Onions

      Are you aware the spokesman (Mascoll) for economic affairs for the BLP has dismissed the idea of Barbados pursuing any serious development of the agriculture sector because of our high cost of production?

      Are you also aware that the cost of sugar production in Guyana must be significantly lower than in Barbados?


  12. Someone asked earlier if the crop had started. I dont really watch DLPTV but I tuned in a night last week and Peter Thorne was reporting that just when the factories were about to do test runs, they realised that some materials they need were not available. The local agents were out of supply, so from what little I heard, they will have to go to overseas sources to get whatever it is they need and this will take weeks. The output is going to be lower than last year’s, Peter said.


  13. @ ac | February 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM |
    “the sugar cane industry has been confonted with lots of challenges , cost to produce has exceeded the selling price on the world market. EU has drastically reduce the price it is willing to pay for barbados sugar. The decreasing of acreage for sugar cane cultivation Increase in the number of tonns of sugarcane required to produce a ton of sugar, labour cost . The industry continues to be unprofitable because of these and other challenges and as yearly production continues to drop.”

    What you said in NOTHING new. EWB realised it early o’clock. Hence the strident move to tourism, light manufacturing and other services. EWB the visionary (even if not charismatic according to FS) anticipated that an “educated” population would not blend with an archaic sugar industry that is too small to adapt to modern mechanisation and efficiency processes.
    The DLP in 2007/2008 knew that sugar industry was on its way out unless massive investment and technical expertise were injected. Investments to costly to locally finance given that the dying patient sugar has no long-term future.
    One can conclude then, ac, that this promise of revival was just an electioneering prank to win votes and trick stupid Bajans. And don’t come with talk about international recession because the DLP would not have been so keen on the Pierhead marina project and a $400 million garbage burning bogey project.
    But then again there ain’t no kickbacks in them dar sugar fields, ya know!


  14. ac,

    Is your star boy telling the truth when he told the residents of Skeete’s Bay that the government has not sold any crown lands to the owner of Crane Beach? Was he ashamed now he has been called out by Mac Fingall and the other residents? Was this a deal done in secret and now has been exposed? I thought you said that only Owen Arthur sells land to foreigners? As far as I know Owen only has a house in West Terrace, no lands on the east or west coasts to sell to foreigners. I know of someone who sold their property which they inherited to foreigners and is very now sorry. It is Bajans who own these lands who as Mac said sell their birthright.

    It is the foreign exchange that the governments are glad for, not that Owen sold lands to foreigners!


  15. guyana cost per tonnes is $397 US. compared to Barbados $1’102 US. per tonnes. EU allocates Barbados 50’132tons . Guyanna 159’ooo tons . Export earning per cent .domestic Barbados12.5per cent . Guyana 22.6 per cent. it might be a good idea for barbados to privatise the sugarcane industry as guyana did as it seems to be giving them dividends Guyana cost of production is significantly lower than Barbados.even below the suggested EU 42per cent


  16. @Prodigal Son | February 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM |

    Someone asked earlier if the crop had started. I dont really watch DLPTV but I tuned in a night last week and Peter Thorne was reporting that just when the factories were about to do test runs, they realised that some materials they need were not available. ”

    And imagine all these educated asses parading wit their MSc’s and PhD’s and other professional qualifications fraudulently drawing taxpayers’ money. Even a 7th Standard boy could have spotted this problem since the end of the last harvest. Close down the bloody industry and get rid of these spongers and waste of spacers!


  17. Dr. Estwick and this competent DLP government has outlined the vision for sugar. We will need to transition from simply a sugar industry to more of a cane industry focusing on many of the value added products.The production of specialty sugars and high quality molasses to support our rum industry. The traditional way of business will not work. The convenient comparison to Guyana is ridiculous- the agricultural model for Guyana cannot be compared to a densely populated, high wage tourism and service economy like Barbados.


  18. but OSA did use he Big mout to tell bajans he did not care what they say about he allowing the foreigners to buy up the land. So he hands not clean.


  19. Dr Estwick has a vision for agriculture, really?? Wait we have not heard or seen this man for months since the GANG of 11 fiasco until two weeks ago when he pictured on DLPTV for two nights at a ground breaking ceremony for new BWA headquarters. He has not done anything with this portfolio since the dead king slapped him down and he was going to resign. He was lying low for months so much so I thought he was ill. If he has a vision, he must tell it to Barbadians.


  20. ac | February 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM |
    “it might be a good idea for barbados to privatise the sugarcane industry”

    The sugar industry was once “privatised”. Why do you think the sick patient ended up on the Government’ hands? The private sector is primarily control by Trinidadian interest including CLICO. You think they are interested in Bajan agriculture?

    Not even COW would touch it with a 10 foot red pole.

    Give the land to the young people to grow hemp and you would see how profitable it would become and the amount of investors lining up for a share out of the “pot”.


  21. why not privatise the damned sugar industry. it is not profitable if one read various reports it would cost millions of dollars to rebuild and restructure the industry and that does not include paying off old debts. . if barbados can get private investors to buy it sell it and they can still keep the other areas of agriculture if they choose too.


  22. The good doctor Estwick like many others in this competent DLP government is always working son- you might have been too busy at Roebuck street but the work in Agriculture and restructuring of the BWA has been ongoing.
    If Affa spent more time in Parliament and less time asking Estwick to join the BLP, Affa could probably take time to update you..


  23. Bajanfuhlife | February 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM |
    “The good doctor Estwick like many others in this competent DLP government is always working”

    Where? In the sugar industry? You and ac seem to be at cross purposes on this one. The sugar fields are known to harbour rats and other pests. The fire marshal is always on standby. But there is no need to call in the gunslinger to deal with this “monkey on our back” problem. The doctor’s heart and commitment is not in agriculture but wants to be MoF&EA.

    Listen, bajanfuhlife, we want action and truth not promises and lies with regard to agriculture. Why continue the charade as it was under the previous administration?


  24. How come the BLP in the 14years of plenty did not have the vision to rebuild ! and restructure the sugarcane industry.However they expect the DLP to do the same in four years>Who wunna trying to fool ! Everything is about money and the time to take care of those problems should have been with the BLP who had plenty money to do so but now wants to take credit for doing NOTHING to rescue the industry.Smoke and mirrors. You BLPITES have you got no shame>


  25. @ ac | February 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM |
    “However they expect the DLP to do the same in four years>Who wunna trying to fool ”

    That would teach people like you a lesson. Don’t make promises that are impossible to fulfill. You only make yourselves look lie a pack of jokers and incompetents. I00 day promises, my ass. Look how stupid you now look. And these 100 day promises were way long before the recession kicked in. They should have been fulfilled by end of June 2008 at the latest. But then a promise is a comfort to a Bajan fool.

    The best thing to do with the sugar industry is to bury it! We will mourn but we will understand. It’s well with the sweet sugar soul!


  26. miller what you saying “teach people like you a lesson” where de hell did that comment come from are you trying to draw me into a useless discussion. Question / How can you imply any such thing i hope not on the infriance of my comments for sure you do not know which party i voted for or even if i vote. you must practice restrain. another one of your finger pointing comments only this one is personnal and in poor taste


  27. @ ac | February 21, 2012 at 1:04 AM |
    What are you say, ac? You don’t support the DLP and their policies?

    Never once have you criticised constructively or otherwise the party in power. Only finding excuses and alibis. Yes, people, like you who fell for all the pipe dreams like duty-free cars, no VAT on electricity bills, 500 houses in 100 days and FOI & Integrity legislation in 100 days.

    Now don’t be a turncoat, don’t be a Judas, Pontius Pilate or Peter on the DLP. Do like Old Onions and stick up for your Party. I know the Truth hurts but you are big enough to take it.


  28. People are not stupid the intellectual dishonesty of the BLP is noteworthy as the DLP keep harping about empty promises . The people are aware of the economical hardship that they and the country are facing and knows full well that whatever promises that were made some of which weremade and those that were not fulfiled were not done purposely but because of high deficit and a willingness on the DLP part to stabilise the economy.unlike the BLP who stole and pilviaged the govt coffiers and left 2billion in reserves to complete the projects which they started and keep the govt running.


  29. Heads need to roll in the sugar industry, I can believe the factories fired up , have eveytrhing in place, then some-one realise there is no lime. This product is a very important element in the production of sugar and no-one checked the stock to see if there is enough. This is typical of this government, they prepare but they are not ready. Now with a delay, indefinately, the canes will lose its sugar content, while the rats will have a harvest ;the biggest loser will be the country, who will lose much foreign exchange, which was estimated to be already reduced because of the low yield this year despite, more then usual rainfall.We are going down the drain fast,under these NON- PROFESSIONAL government.


    • @ac

      You seem to continue to deliberately ignore the point that the swing voters i.e. independents have become disillusioned with the government and the opposition and many will probably stay away from the polls. The party that wins therefore is the one to energize its base. At this point the intellectualizing you are referring is done by the swing voter and not the party supporter.


  30. @David
    swing voters i.e. independents have become disillusioned with the government and the opposition and many will probably stay away from the polls.

    On the contrary,the damage done has been so devastating to the psyche,especially the poor and middle class that it is here the swing shall manifest itself and be of such magnitude to create a LandSlide……why else do you feel the stretching out to the end. Watch and learn !


  31. @ac
    However they expect the DLP to do the same in four years>Who wunna trying to fool ! Everything is about money

    Rant rant rant…..lol..If you had no plans to do it …it should not be in the manifesto…you are caught with your pants down DLP..lol
    EXTRACTS from DLP manefesto 2008

    snip
    Clearly, a DLP administration must revisit the
    current plans for the sugar sector, and determine
    their viability in the light of the continuing loss
    of sugar lands, the high costs of production in Barbados,
    and the need to obtain firm commitments
    from farmers to participate in any project for a
    sugar cane industry that may materialize. The
    Democratic Labour Party is convinced that sugar
    cane production is essential to environmental and
    ecological sustainability in Barbados, and will
    apply its best efforts to ensure that the maximum

    Hope we ent brekkin up no nite rest or givin you no ulcers
    .”..I don’t tell NO UNTRUTH..at least NOT DELIBERATELY ” Sandi remember..I will use every muscle in this body for this country.”
    Take it or Lump it.


  32. @acBajan Fa death
    “Look how stupid you now look. And these 100 day promises were way long before the recession kicked in. They should have been fulfilled by end of June 2008 at the latest. But then a promise is a comfort to a Bajan fool.” >>>sent by miller:

    What about the 100 day promises ??…..( I almost forgot like most bajans)….instead now 4 yrs before elections is rant rant rant….or more begging for another term…..shameful ac don’t you think ?

    ONE TERM baby…ONE TERM


  33. under osa ac, barbados countryside took on a new look with beautiful houses constructed in every nook and cranny by ordinary country folk having been empowered by ownership of land purchased at 10cents per square foot by an osa inititive. in my view the tenantries act has been one of the most significant progressive policies implemented in barbados since adult suffrage


  34. @ balance| February 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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    Correction. . . . .OSA had nothing whatsoever to do with the introduction of the Tenantries Freehold Act. That was the brainchild of J M G M Adams (Tom to you). Remember? 🙂


  35. correction, the tenantries act was a blp initiative not an osa one. and now to prodigal and those other sentimentalists who might be well off enough to be able to sustain a comfortable and opulent lifestyle from pension income, investments or inheritance and still keep their birthright intact; i ask what must the rest of us do to be able to enjoy a similar lifestyle in our short time here on earth. should we be vilified if we choose to sell a piece of our birthright to live comfortably in the short time god has given us or should we live a life of poverty and watch the land ?


  36. Affa in de paper taling about Poverty – anybody remember when the man say that he “discover ” poverty in Barbados.
    Affa’s lack of a poverty strategy was all politics and not serious- money to Israel Lovell and abracadabra- Trevor Prescod is a candidate.
    The Lackies at the UDC benefit more than the people because at the end of 14 years, the poverty reduction strategy left shoddy workmanship, houses on paper only and 26 000 people waiting at NHC for housing – You think the people of Barbados will forsake Michael Lashley to return to that, Joke!


  37. Bajanfuhlife | February 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM |

    I go save you now……Talk about those monkey pen houses up at Coverley for $ 347,000.00 that supposedly for lower income people….TALK…you want to talk about poverty…TALK..we listening Bjn…..Talk.


  38. Under OSA house sold for $150,000 and under for lower incomers and were proper houses.. not like Coverlet.. that you could not open ya window the same time as your neighbor’s…. Under the.BLP Billy Miller built houses in West Terrace on 5000 sq ft and over 700 houses costing under $50,000…..Talk Bjn…..talking poverty..tell we how you expect lower income people to pay $347,000 to a white man for a house with shared back yards….and don’t BECOME POORER…talk Bajan….Barbados waiting…..TALK Bajan…we listening


  39. @David
    The BLP has the edge on an energised base. Unbelievable given the rally in 2008 and the fact that the DLP holds the reins of government and should have some advantage.

    @The Scout
    Agreed re. sugar industry. Someone dropped the ball on a major industry over a routine acquisition. But remember the last time someone said “heads will roll.” Don’t hold your breath.


  40. In the 14 years the BLPhad billionsv of dollars to spend much of it was wasted.i.cmeaning there was enough money to give every m.an jack a house therewas enough money to rebuild some of the old schools there was enough money to upgrade the police force there was enough money to repair and rebuilt the infrasucture there was enough money to provide decent transportation and all you guys can talk about one ior two projects the BLP finished how about the ones started and not finished. don.t make me laugh


  41. Tourism alone was generating nearly 200milion annualy. take or give a million x14 you do the maths agriclture wasaround 50 annually manufacturing 60million ,inflationaroound 5percent now after 14years the little that the BLP has done with cuzillion dollars is being heraled ass a success. don,t make me laugh.


  42. @ ac | February 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM |

    Yes ac, according to old onions , live in the past and continue to rant, rant, rant against the BLP misdeeds and past indiscretion!
    We all know the old onion peelings making your eyes run water and you are not seeing properly but listen and answer to this one:
    The DLP administration has borrowed in excess of $1 billion (if this figure is way off let us know). What has been done with it? Oh yes, don’t tell us! They had to pay for the BLP prison, Greenland money sinkhole, Barrack (“pa(y)ne” in the ass), 4 Seasons (no autumn enjoyment for Bajan workers), Gems now a millstone and a trail of debt incurred by the BLP during their 14 years in office. Say so and we would believe you!


  43. And what about drainage even that the BLP could have taken care constant street flooding. proper street lightning proper road signs for locals and tourist.plenty money with so little to show for in 14years they throw thev electorate a bone while they feast on the meat .hooray houses.on flooded streets. hooray for throwing a bone no new hospitals cuzillion of dollars yearly never mind but we havehouses. now lost and hidden in the agenda is the question . WHat did the DLP do with the cuzillion .


  44. Hush ac….look I got news on Government Wastage boondoggle #6

    Barbados is a CASH COW…no wonder no cash is circulating here..you have to go overseas to find it,..

    NEWS ON EMERA>>>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/news-sources/?date=20120210&archive=cnw&slug=C3190

    Excluding the impact of the accounting gains previously noted, Caribbean Utility Operations (the Caribbean) contributed $18.6 million to consolidated net income in 2011 compared to a loss of $2.7 million in 2010. For the fourth quarter of 2011, the Caribbean contributed $3.1 million to consolidated net income compared to a loss of $7.7 million for the same period in 2010. The increased net income during the quarter and year-over-year was due to increased investments in both Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) and Barbados Light and Power; and higher earnings at GBPC, which had expensed $6.1 million of acquisition related costs in the fourth quarter of 2010.

    Talk about a good (ROI) return on investments !


  45. Defn : A CASH COW
    When the money from the Caribbean (BL&p & GBPC) could turn around a big watless company like Emers.>>Profits $18.6 Mil Cad…….from a position $(2.7) Million=$21.3 Million Cad ……Bds $42.6 Mill turnaround. in 1 Yrs……What about 2012,2013,2014,.?..til..infinity..WOW.. Boy we ass is GRASS……..dem go BBQ we…..FUNNNNNYYYY__DDDDD what ya do boy?


  46. @ old onion bags | February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM |

    I suspect you old enough to know that once upon a time Bajans were looked upon as ‘educated and smart’ people right through the region even in England and America.

    No longer so, mate! We are now seen as the jackasses of the Caribbean.
    When Bajans could sell their interests in BL&P for a mess of pottage only goes to show how low we have fallen. I don’t mind the banks, supermarkets and insurance companies; but the life blood of domestic and economic activity is beyond imagination!
    One can now fully appreciate the fable about the dog, the bone and its shadow in the water!


  47. @ old onion bags | February 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM |
    Have you noticed that your friend Maxine the Scot has been silenced?
    It seems Esther is vying for her job. Looking after the Royal Visit and all that? PR is definitely required her since Sutherland seems to be the man to depose her? But come to think of it she would “appear good” as Foreign Minister. The question is:z Was Max supporting Chris? If so, then whom was Esther backing? If the Freund, then she is the next Foreign girl.

    What do you say , old string bag?


  48. @millertheanunnaki

    The Myrie case, the Myrie case, I would bet was in that motar. One would tend to believe as usual she (Maxine) piss off Fruen (CCJ) and knowing her short fuse tempter, she say she done wid that.
    Esther, poor Esther days rightly are numbered so anything she does now is only goodwill.For that matter …for a lot of them. I notice as well the jostling for media profile (Donville in lead) as everyman brek for himself.

    I am really disappointed that up until now ….Nothing..a royal visit..may be she brought in the fireworks for further events that planned.
    We shall see…

    @ ac: come out your shell pls


  49. When Buckingham Palace contacted Barbados to say that they were sending representatives as part of the Queen’s anniversary celebrations couldn’t we just say sorry can’t afford it at this time. Why waste $800,000? Are these people just spendthrift or mad?


  50. Yet another boondoggle Caswell…..they say Royalty will arrive by yacht and will probably do about 10 km driving….I understand police HQ gets a cleaning from top to bottom also……once upon a time …we used to get a stipend from UK for these visits…I wonder if it still holds ? Maybe Min Sealy can do some maneuvering with ADR tax in exchange for all that spend. Maybe the Prof.an investor in Four Seasons….. Let’s hope…


  51. ac wrote………..Tourism alone was generating nearly 200milion annualy. take or give a million x14 you do the maths agriclture wasaround 50 annually manufacturing 60million ,inflationaroound 5percent now after 14years the little that the BLP has done with cuzillion dollars is being heraled ass a success. don,t make me laugh…………………………..

    ac, at least we can see what the millions were spent on, not like you all who spent the 2.5 billion left by the BLP and another 1 Billion you borrowed with nothing to show for it. Now all the Dems are doing is sticking Dems’ names on everything the BLP did, the latest being the Rockley Boardwalk.

    FYI, the money was spent on improving Barbados especially the Bridgetown area so that Barbados could get the Unesco designation which the “I and my” minister Stephen Lashley has taken full credit for. Projects such as: London Bourne Towers, George Washington House, The Wickham Boardwalk, Independence Square, Parliament Buildings, Heroes Square, Jubilee Gardens, Granley Adams Airport, upgrade the ABC Highway, repairs to the QEH, schools, roads, Kensington Oval, UWI, Oistins, poverty alleviation for many poor people…..and these are just a few that I can remember now………………………………….

    old onions help me out with the other glorious things the BLP did in 14 years.


  52. “Rocket Man..burning out himself out there alone”…..Elton John (1982)


  53. miller,

    I wondered too today after hearing Dr Sukoo being in charge of the Royal visit if Maxine had fallen out of favour. Come to think of it, she was the pick of the dead king, he stood up for her when a certain star boy cussed her and told her no one voted for her.

    I hope for their sakes, the visit comes off well as Dr Sukoo dont seem to be too organised judging from the fact that she has been moved in all the reshuffles and also that she always look so dishevelled.

    Maxine never strikes me as all that brilliant, everybody I know says she has done a poor job in Foreign Affairs and is really a square in a round hole.


  54. apollo with bilions of dollars at hand why not a new hopital instead of a “Bandaged one” didn’t the people deserve better. Why not roads that do not turn to rivers when it rains ? why not proper drainage? Why not productive agriculture? Why not proper schools?i mean the BLP had 14years to Rebuild this country and all he left was 2billion and some debt? BtW With all that money why didn’t the BLP pay Barrack? and how about poverty with all the money the BLP had POVERTY should have been like the dinasour EXTINCT! Now you showing me a few hand to mout projects that cost maybe 2billion dollars and i should say what an accomplishment. OSA Show ME the Money and it was lots of it ?


  55. @ac
    Ac baby you are back……I hear the St John Polyclinic (and a school) is all you all got to show four years and $4 billion spent… I hear it got in a lot of rusting rebarrs and should be condemned.
    But you know what is all YOU GOT ..so carry on….its the last chance
    So sssshhh the walls might speak out.

    By the way…someone ask me to ask you if you all really serious about contesting these elections with all these blunders we seeing ?

    Any comments ?


  56. @onions-
    On the issue of Housing Owen Affa and Wuk Fa Wuk should be shame! the BLP’s shoddy excuse of a housing policy cannot compare with what this DLP Housing Minister has acheived in 4 years in a global recession – The best performance by a government in housing in recent memory – you ain’t shame that you talking bout Billie Miller -ask the people in Cat’s Castle about the neglectful BLP housing policy.
    You focus on Coverley – if the people buying the houses, more power to them.
    Wake up onions- check Valerie, Marchfield,Country Towers, Deans Town, Stuart’s Lodge,Four Hill, Work Hall, the lots in the West Terrace extension, I could go on and on.

    Remember when the BLP take out the big ads in the paper telling people about the Lady Bird and all these other houses, people rush down by NHC and nothing happen-it PAUSE!
    This NHC building houses and the contractors getting pay while the work is being done.
    Hang ya head in shame man, The Housing Minister Choice 2013 – Michael Lashley or Wuk Fa Wuk- It obvious man – the people going with Lashley- That is the word on the street! You or Under Weir can’t stop it!

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