The BLP Has Rescued, Rebuilt, And Restored Barbados Before And We Can And Will Do It Again: Facts Versus Fiction

Austin

Many reasons exist why Barbadians today need to “VOTE BLP” in the next general election soon to come.  The current DLP is “slowly killing Barbados” from top to bottom and we cannot survive another term of inaction on key national challenges.  The DLP simply (1) lack innovative thinking and know-how in key leadership positions, (2) simply lack a fiscal and economic vision for Barbados at this critical time, (3) simply lack the inability to reduce spending and grow national revenues, (4) simply lack effective leadership and governance coming from the PM daily and other key government ministers, just to mention a few key shortcoming.

Our current PM remains “MISSING IN ACTION” on key issues facing Barbados and refuses to speak to the Bajan people, and when he does speak pure non-sense comes out, then he disappears again to read “PLATO” under a guava tree, while Bajan families are struggling “DAILY”.

So let’s BU take a walk back down history lane …. 2007 was the year … and let me tell you a few reasons why “THE BLP is BEST for Barbados at this CRITICAL time in our national history”. “ The BLP has RESCUED, REBUILT, and RESTORED Barbados before and WE CAN AND WILL DO IT AGAIN”

JOBS: In 1994 more than 32, 000 of the 132,000 work force could not find jobs. This included 17,000 of the 64,200 females in the labour force.  The BLP back then changed the state of the game with innovative thinking and hard work that spurred investor confidence, leading to the creation of more than 30,500 jobs — as promised.

FOREIGN RESERVES: Foreign reserves were $2.2 billion, Enough to cover imports for 35 weeks. and our dollar is WAS secured.

GOVERNEMNT POLICIES: BLP’s policies led to sustained growth in the tourism and services sectors, which in turn generated significant foreign exchange.

ATTRACTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT: In 1993 the BLP attracted overall investment in Barbados was $419.8 million.

INCOME TAXES: Since 2003, 26,000 persons no longer pay Income.

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION: Former UN Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan described Barbados as a nation punching above its weight.
POVERTY: In 2007, the United Nations declared Barbados the number one developing country in eradicating Poverty.

TAX RATES: Small business tax rate reduced from 25% to 15%.

EXPORTS: Domestic exports from the manufacturing sector jumped 49.2 %: from $329.4 million in 2003 to $491.6 in 2006.

DEPOSITS: In 1993, total deposits $1.9 billion In 2003 total deposits $ 7.3 billion

LOCAL INVESTORS: Local investors, brimming with renewed confidence in the economy, injected millions in housing development; the upgrade of physical plant in the distributive and retail sectors.

NIS: Increased the NIS contribution rate by one per cent of insurable earnings each year for four years, shared equally by employee and employer. The NIS retirement age for unreduced pension was raised by six months every four years, starting in 2006 until age 67 is reached in the year 2018. Flexible NIS retirement ages were introduced so that in due course persons may retire on an NIS pension at any age from 60 to 70 years. These changes have resulted in an improved NIS scheme that will ensure that all Barbadians have access to its many benefits when they do retire.

LOANS: BLP provided 319 persons with $3 million in loans for projects ranging from retailing and food services to cosmetology and craft under the Urban Enterprise Loan Fund.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: BLP subsidized the purchase of house lots where the tenant paid $2.50 per square foot while the landlord was given free market price. It is expected that in total over 5000 households will benefit.

YOUTH TRAINING: 10,474 persons benefited from programmes to train youth in leadership, information technology, marketing and accounting.

TOURISM: The Tourism Development Act has facilitated more than $2 billion in actual new investment, with a further $4 billion pledged.

In closing:
Now I know the “KOOLAID”  and “EVERYTHING IS OK” propaganda the DLP is serving Bajans is real sweet and blames everything on the global recession. However what the current DLP “CANNOT” blame on the global recession as I have said is the: (1) lack innovative thinking and know-how in key leadership positions, (2) lack a fiscal and economic vision for Barbados at this critical time, (3) lack the inability to reduce spending and grow national revenues, (4) lack effective leadership and governance coming from the PM daily and other key government ministers, just again to mention a few key shortcomings.

0 thoughts on “The BLP Has Rescued, Rebuilt, And Restored Barbados Before And We Can And Will Do It Again: Facts Versus Fiction


  1. DONT you know that right now I am moved to tears ??

    WOULD you believe that the situation with the children at Alexandra School and the ‘effects ‘ on these young minds who are the men and women of tomorrow has moved me to tears ??
    DONT you know that I truly feel for these children who have done nothing wrong but who are being punished by a hard and inflexible group of teachers who could easily put the children’s welfare first and end this foolishness now ???

    DONT you know that I do not even want to get political in this matter and blame the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education or any DLP Government even though they would have to take some responsibilty but that my main concern is with this hard and inflexible group of people who call themselves teachers ????

    DONT these people some of them who are Antiguans and not born in Barbados and who are non Barbadians not have the interest of the nation of Barbados and its development at heart ???

    DONT you know that if you wanted to score political points against the DLP , you have done so and you should now get back to work Mary Redman , you and your band of hooligans ??

    DONT you know that I hold no brief for the Prime Minister ??
    BUT why should the man be blamed for this nonsense that is not of his making initially ??
    DO you tthink it is fair to him ???

    DO you want to know how I feel about Mary Redman and her band of HOOLIGANS who are calling themselves teachers ?

    JUST ASKING


  2. I hold no brief for Mary Redman and her band of hooligans but Fruendel Struart strode in declaring he will resolves the issue and now out of the blue he realises he don’t know what to do and appoints a commission to come up with a solutions. I think the time for Frauddel, oopps I mean Fruendel to go is now. Resign Mr. Prime Mister and let someone who can do the job do it.


    • Austin, the dummy in your argument is that you can’t reasonably compare by using economic indicators from the boom period of the BLP with now. What we have to discern is to what extent the government has implemented policies in the current economic environment which have exacerbated the situation. For example where have they not effectively cut expenditures, where could we have grown revenues? What social polices are adequate as a safety net to protect the most vulnerable etc.


  3. @David

    the boom period for Barbados just did not happen automatically ……. there was enough BLP talent and wisdom in the senior ranks of government to make policy decisions that facilited that boom period …..

    My comparision is one of WILL at the core …. having the WILL to develop a way forward for your nation vs the wait and see game the DLP is playing … it suck to sit back an watch …

    My comparision is about DRIVE, and ENGAGIN the fight to save bajan families coast to coast from struggling every day …

    I am not a rich man …. quite the opposite ….

    what I am is a BAJAN PATRIOT ….

    And the BAJAN PATRIOT knows like many that our current DLP government is under performing at a critical time and MUST go …

    So we can get to the business of RESCUING and REBUILDING our beloved Barbados.


  4. @david
    I see you still trying wid Austin. Good luck. He still hasn’t given me a good reason to vote BLP based on their record of pulling themselves out of economic challenges the magnitude of what we’re currently facing worldwide….I know why the DLP have issues, but a non vote for the DLP should not automatically equate to a vote for the BLP. Persuade me Austin, this is one vote in a swing constituency talking 🙂


  5. @ Austin
    Wonderful submission once more…..After yesterday’s pernicious peddling by Cydoimus..it’s only a matter of time now….The die is cast and the wilderness beyond….Of all my wildest expectations I would have never believed the Office would fall to such phantasmagoria… and at the expense of those believing teachers, parents and young students of a “much” promised solution…..IT’S A SHAME… Assurance of a step wise solution via Phases was assured.. only to be exiled by “I miles ahead” ….

    They will now never be able to present Cydoimus as their leader come election for fear of doing the one step forward- 2 step back dance…..we have reason to laugh this morning…..laugh-a-bull Fa real.


  6. @ Observing ( and questioning)
    I know what you mean:”a non vote for the DIP should not automaticall equate to a vote for the BLP”. However, what’s the alternative? Not voting at all?
    Somehow, I see voting as my civic duty. Not voting, to me means, that I should keep quiet, that I did not make a contribution to the governing of my country. I am struggling with this because right now I am very frustrated and disillusioned with both parties.


  7. You remind me of a phonograph that is stuck.

    Or maybe you believe that if you repeat a lie often enough that it will become the truth.


  8. @old onion bags
    Are you serious? Do you even take the time to read and understand? What of what I said makes you think that I think it’s great to be, as you put it, in limbo?
    Great attitude; are you a spokesperson for the BLP?


  9. Welcome back Carson Cee Cadogan…if only you knew how concerned we were not hearing you…accost Sir Carson accost…welcome back Malvolio.


  10. Why, of mankind.
    Of very ill manner; he’ll speak with you, will you or no.
    Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for
    a boy; as a squash is before ’tis a peascod, or a.fool
    Gentlewoman, my lady calls.


  11. @ old onion bags
    No, I don’t get you, generation gap? First time voter and promised my parents I would try to take an interest in what’s going on.
    To make distinction between me and them, I added “young”.
    Home studying for exams and thought to take a read of the blogs.
    So what you saying?


  12. Best advise to you is talk to mommy and daddy….they and not the blog.
    Give them your problem…


  13. @ old onion bags
    Happy to oblige. Sooo cool, you have made the point I’m arguing over with my parents all the time. You old farts talk a lot of shite about youg people this and young people that but look at you…….
    Ha, ha, your reaction is GREAT, really engaging the youth, ha, ha. And recruiting young people. Lot a hogwash talk……..
    But not even a sensible answer to a sensible question. Whuloss.


  14. @DavidAll

    Sometimes in Barbados we are so smart and academic as a people that “common sense” just escapes us.

    DLP supporters you keep fighting to support a PM who won’t even talk to the public or face national challenges which is obvious to ALL (based on BLIND DLP partisanship).

    And we “Bajan Patriots” will continue to fight for what is best for bajan families.

    Past Performance can be an indicator of future performance to that I have given you a few BLP past accomplishments in this submission, but the questions for questions sake still continue ….

    You tell me why we as a nation should sit under the gauva tree listening the a PM read plato … waiting for a “Tsunami to hit us.


  15. Young boy go and study for your exams..and leave politics for when you becomes’ a man….you sure ‘enable’ to vote ?


  16. Times are Changing, whether you like it or not …. Times are critical for us as a nation and Barbados deserves better national leadership then we are getting today from the DLP …..


  17. @ old onion bags
    Young boy?! Ha, ha……..sorry but if you like young boys you’re barking/pissing up the wrong tree.
    I’m a young female, pretty goodlooking too I’m told. But now I understand, you like young boys……..

    This is real fun!!!! And providing ideas for my paper.
    You think that the likes of you “old onion farts” have done so well, where politics are concerned? You’ve made a blasted mess of things, and that is our heritage, what you’re leaving for us young people?
    Stuuuuupse. You might be better of opening your “old onion ears” and listen to what young sexy ones have to say about politrics.
    Bet your old onion fart ass that I’m able to vote.
    Tek that.


  18. Cool it Austin boi……..D yardfowls run and gone under D cellar…I hope the chinks and dog flees have a feast amongst all DEM cockroaches.


  19. @Austin

    Have tried to ask some questions from the perspective of an independent who remains cynical about the kind of politics being practiced in the last 20 years in Barbados. You are using a sterile argument which although appealing to party members will not convince many who even if they have to vote BLP will do so holding their noses.


  20. austin

    “And we “Bajan Patriots” will continue to fight for what is best for bajan families.”

    ……but how can that be so and you begging people to vote for the BLP?

    The two things dont square.


  21. We ALL should be pleased to see young people getting involved in our national political discussions on BU and everywhere >> independent of who they support as they are the future of our nation <<


  22. austin

    “We ALL should be pleased to see young people getting involved in our national political discussions on BU”

    If what they say make sense, but you are not making any.


  23. @ Austin
    Thanks Austin, I was beginning to wonder wha going on here.
    Do these people realize that young people do talk about politics? Do they realize that we NEED to get involved, to clean up the mess that has been created by them?
    Do they realize that we are sick and tired of the partisan politics? It is sickening! We have to make our future here on this rock.
    We would welcome a new way of doing things: focused on the good of Barbados and not individula pockets.
    But if onions is an example of the thinking in the BLP, yeeez….
    Hopefully he’s just an old yardfowl.


  24. Listen ….. If you view my submissions as begging for votes, you have the right and we will take the votes 🙂 … however I do not view it as begging nor it is not my intention to beg for votes …..

    What I am “DOING” is making people aware of how dangerous another DLP term will be to our democracy ….

    I want people to check the FACTS and know the TRUTH about our critical state of affairs as a nation ….

    The current DLP is wrong to want to blame everything on the global recession and have been pushing that as a reason to sit on their hands for years now ..

    The current DLP “CANNOT” blame on the global recession as I have said is the: (1) lack innovative thinking and know-how in key leadership positions, (2) lack a fiscal and economic vision for Barbados at this critical time, (3) lack the inability to reduce spending and grow national revenues, and (4) lack effective leadership and governance coming from the PM daily and other key government ministers, just again to mention a few key shortcomings AGAIN.


  25. austin

    The Barbados Labour Party is a bunch of crooks. When you seek to have Bajans vote Alibaba and the Forty thieves back into office you are asking that we put the rats in charge of the cheese.

    That sounds sensible to you?


  26. @CCC

    Are you for real with that last one 🙂 …..

    “freedom is speech requires you to hear things you dont like from time to time…. “so get over it”


  27. “so get over it”

    Get over what?

    that you trying to trick Bajans into returning Barbados Labour Party gangsters to office?


  28. INDEPENDENT
    You said “I am struggling with this because right now I am very frustrated and disillusioned with both parties.” I have no problem with you being dissillusion. However, you should look at the performance of this present regime based on procrastinations, functions and speeches in relation to actual performance. Also, you would have experienced the last regime since you sound like a person over ten years. You can go further and ask your parents about providing for the family today against the outlandish prices being offered today. You will hear the cry of your parents regarding increases in road tax, VAT, electricity, telephone, water, fuel, land tax, groceries etc, etc. The worst thing is our salaries still remains the same, As a matter of fact, people are seeing a reduction in allowances. Forget the 2,000 who received free houses, yet the vulnerable are still homeless and others with homes falling in on them. Forget the Free bus rides for children which is now putting a further financial dent in the Transport Board finances. Remember, the Transport Board always in the red and the biggest financial intake was from the same school children. Now lay on your back, look to the skies and ask yourself…..”ARE WE BETTER OFF TODAY? Please let your civil duty be your guide in making Barbados a better place to live.

    CARSON you said “You remind me of a phonograph that is stuck”.
    Because you are the recipient don’t blame others. Lo!!!!

    Peace


  29. @Young Independent

    You are the future of Barbados no matter what old heads like me and CCC say …..

    So “Be” a “BAJAN PATRIOT” and always speak on what you feel is best for Barbados, and stay engaged.

    And be prepared to take some “hits in support of poor people” and to hear “totally ignorance” like what is coming from CCC this morning …


  30. The problem is that none of the parties are bringing anything fresh and innovative to the electorate. I am borrowing a phrase from Sargeant that I may have to “Hold my nose and vote” for the BLP or refuse to vote at all. We are in a conundrum. I do hope that those of you who support the BLP do not support them blindly like how Carson Cadogan and others who support the DLP.


  31. @ yung independent
    Why you don’t come clean ..every inch and every curve…(like u wana kill D ole man)..lol…You are just as yung as I am ole….

    “Be not caught by the cunning of those who appear in a disguise.”
    Author: unknown


  32. @Young Independent

    your quote: CARSON you said “You remind me of a phonograph that is stuck”.

    Good Observation …. CCC represents that old school MINDSET that we can no longer afford in Barbados … And they are have a hard time recognizing it, but will have to deal with it eventually…


  33. islandgal246

    I think you should stick to gardening.

    When BLP supporters support the BLP, that is ok, but when DLP supporters support the DLP they “support them blindly”.

    Your “logic” escapes me.


  34. I realize Carson avoiding volleying @ Onions…and for good reason too..lol
    Onions might throw him a suplex from which he may not recover..right Carson ?


  35. @ Tell me Why

    Thank you for your response and taking me seriously. I know that life is alot harder now for our family than 10 years ago. It’s harder for me too because I work during holidays to get some extra money.
    Don’t forget we are studying hard to have a reasonably good future. But the way things are now……..especially with uemployment. There are young graduates out there who can’t get a decent job.
    Young couples can’t even think about buying a piece of land let alone a house. Thank God rents have come down somewhat.
    But to me, blaming the BLP or the DLP doesn’t make any sense, what I want to hear is : Where are we going from here, what plan or economic measures will take us EVENTUALLY out of where we are now.
    I realize that things can’t change overnight, but……..we have to see that we are working towards some improvements.!!
    My friends and I would love to hear a political leader who can inspire us. Not the same old blame game played by Arthur or Stuart. Mia Mottley is the only one who we have remotely heard use some other language.
    The party which can come with a well laid plan, not empty promises, I would like to listen to. To hear how they see the way forward for Barbados. Stop blaming each other for everything: Look to the future.


  36. @Austin
    I”ll try again

    ” have given you a few BLP past accomplishments in this submission”

    Can you indicate which of those accomplishments took place under similar and prolonged economic and global challenges as those which we are facing now? Or better yet, can you elucidate what the BLP would or could have done as opposed to what the DLP did that would have made things even marginally better??

    You are better arguing from a leadership/teamwork point of view rather than economic and performance. Just observing


  37. @islandgal246

    “The problem is that none of the parties are bringing anything fresh and innovative to the electorate.”

    Not exactly correct …. for example the BLP Candidate for St.George South Dwight Sutherland represents “new, fresh blood to the BLP ranks”. Dwight does not have the typical lawyer background (which is an issue in itself) … and has been working in the SGS community for years just because he loves and respects his SGS roots and community ….


  38. @ Old fart
    Now you want to have a civil conversation? Get lost dirty old fart. You blew it. Don’t give one fart about what you think.
    You are a nasty old man. Go play with your old onions.


  39. “My friends and I would love to hear a political leader who can inspire us. Not the same old blame game played by Arthur or Stuart. Mia Mottley is the only one who we have remotely heard use some other language.
    The party which can come with a well laid plan, not empty promises, I would like to listen to. To hear how they see the way forward for Barbados. Stop blaming each other for everything: Look to the future.”

    Young Independent …thank you. If there ever was a need for a third party it is now!

    Austin….”for example the BLP Candidate for St.George South Dwight Sutherland represents “new, fresh blood to the BLP ranks”.

    AND? I have never heard of this person and have never heard him speak. I agree with Young Independent that Mia is the only one who has something different to say.


  40. @ Old fart
    Now you want to have a civil conversation? Get lost dirty old fart. You blew it. Don’t give one fart about what you think.

    You are a nasty old man. Go play with your old onions.

    RFLMAO….Onions you getting fried LOLLL Good one Young Independent! Love yuh too baaad!


  41. @ yung indp
    I glad you not any family of mine……your mouth dirty for a damsel….like you from Gall Hill. (sour)..and ya uppty too….no bosie a ‘certain person’ taught me to keep clear of the like…what you studying anyway ?..I hope it converts you…lets hope it’s religion.


  42. @Observing and Observing

    You “observing and observing and observing and sometimes listening and listening … “AND AINT LEARNING NOTHING” 🙂 ..


  43. Onions…… I got to hold muh belly and laff real hard……yuh got fried to a crisp by this yung un…RFLMAO LOLLLLLL You nasty ole man…LOLLLL


  44. Young Independent
    I am delighted with your response. I have children, UWI graduates and still studying and The Lord only knows if the job based on their qualifications will show up. Due to my interacting with my children and their wide cadre of friends, I can understand your frustrations. You, like your elders and your colleagues would like to hear constructive decisions on financial and societal innovations that will propel this country. Sometimes it is difficult to produce alternatives too far from election time since the ones in Government might hijack the said ideas. Welcome aboard on the blogs and we look forward to your political virgin strategies instead of the worn out political sitcom by some bloggers.


  45. @ Yung Indp
    Hope you studied Shakespeare

    Madam, I swear I use no art at all
    That he’s mad, ’tis true, ’tis true ’tis pity,
    And pity ’tis ’tis true—a foolish figure,
    But farewell it, for I will use no art.


  46. What day is day, night night, and time is time,
    Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;
    Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
    And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
    I will be brief. You my noble son is ——- . . .


  47. And maliciousness is the worse

    Some old farts now resorting to quoting dead men. Onions go an tek yuh pills puleeze.


  48. @ Observing

    I’m not a teacher …. I dont have time to teach “common sense” and not sure I can… plus you not interested in learning ….

    If you can’t clearly see the nonsense, lack of leadership coming from the current DLP administration I can’t help ya.

    I can however “HELP” those who love barbados and want to see our country survive.


  49. @David to Austin
    The litmus test for your last comment is for you to name countries in the region which did not grow GDP in the boom years.
    **************************************
    Ya sweet…..but on Austin’s other thread…….you were arguing that GDP was NOT a good indicator (litmus test) …..countries in” region which did not grow GDP in the boom years.”. Which one is it man …make up your mind.
    link :http://www.indexmuni.com/g/r.aspx?v=66&t=50


  50. @ Old onions
    David will tell you they didn’t have the ‘entitlements’ we had here in B’dos like health care, education etc………but that means, given this argument, that they should have done far better than us because after all no skills were required a country just had to bask in the boom. lol


    • @enuff

      Again you seek to trivialize an important point. The fact which you and others can’t deny is that Barbados padded it international reserves by borrowing in a market which was rich with opportunities to do so. The money has to be repaid.


  51. Both the BLP and DLP must be kicked out of the parliament of this country.

    This country and the government of this country belong to all Barbadians.

    This country and the government of this country does not belong to the DLP or BLP.

    The time for many very patriotic politically conscious people to commit themselves to kicking the BLP and DLP out of the parliament of this country, and putting intelligent people centered coalition building parliamentarians in their places is now and henceforth.

    For, these stupid joke BLP and DLP factions – which are essentially the same ideologically programmatically – have been playing some very stupid psychological political games with many people in this country.

    Whenever either of these old archaic parties has had the opportunity to become at the helm of the government of this country, it foolishly believes that it has dominion over the government of this country and the country itself.

    And so this is what a couple hundred of their supporters outlandishly believe!!

    But, the political history of Barbados is replete with instances where either of these parties believes that once it has become at the helm of government it has so much political power and authority over the people that it can – with impunity – put in place all kinds of stupid and inept policies to make the poor and needy suffer more and more, and the productive sectors struggle and struggle and that they can launch charges and counter charges against each other whilst the country goes quickly on a path of becoming a second rate Third World developing country.

    Well, this ignorance must be stopped by as many very patriotic and politically conscious Barbadians carrying the fight to remove DLP and BLP problems from the political landscape of this country, with the securing of the permanent removal of the DLP and BLP from the social political landscape of this country and thus greater freedom and democracy to the people of this country.

    PDC


  52. @ David
    Every week you shift your argument. Had they not borrowed and built where would we be now when money is so hard to access? The fact is that you and others somehow pretend that a global boom means there is no need for competence. In 1994 the unemployment was 25% and the previous year’s growth close to -4%; to maintain an average of about 3% for 14 years and get unemployment down to 7% is no small feat and simply could not have been merely due to a ‘boom’. Less you forget, commodity prices were climbing since 2004 and there was the 9/11 recession–short-lived comparatively speaking but it still required some action and leadership.

    Look at the issue of cost of living. All of a sudden global circumstances are responsible for the higher cost of living as recently stated by Minister Sinckler, but in 2007 it was all local. Now if the problem was local, the base price of items evident during the ‘corrupt practices of collusion’ under the BLP should have been reduced once the ‘virtuous’ DLP came to power and implemented their plans and policies. Do current prices reflect the removal of the local causal factor(s) of the high cost of living or has the situation been exacerbated? It is worthy to note that the commodity food price index between October 2008 and July 2010 was lower or equal to that of January 2007.


  53. I had to stack up on my supply of toilet paper before I touched Austin’s latest attempt at BLP propaganda.
    The BLP toilet overflowing now Austin, cudddear man,
    The BLP is not the answer to any issues in Barbados – plain and simple !

    The so called boom years and innovation that you talked about – crap and soft crap. I repeat the tourists that are the lifeblood of the Barbados economy do not sit in Europe, Canada and the USA and first check who is the Prime Minister before they take a vacation or a cruise.
    In case you did not notice, many visitors do not check for BLP or DLP. if they have the money back home they will spend. That is central to the economic argument.
    The DLP government has been proactive in trying to maintain arrivals from our source markets and to develop new markets but across the region, tourists are not spending like before.The foreign reserves left in 2007 was as a result of a lot of borrowing – don’t make it seem that this money was earned by the productive sectors.
    You are trying to mislead people but there is no superior talent in the BLP. Under Owen Arthur there were still complaints of an unproductive workforce, wastage of taxpayers money, lack of integrity legislation, supercession in the public service and the list goes on. The BLP candidates presented are the worst ever presented as cadidates in this country. Wuk Fa Wuk, Arthur, Dale Marshall – they could rescue somebody- please.
    The BLP will fool those who allow themselves to be fooled!


  54. The BLP has never rescued Barbados. In September 1994 when the BLP came to power, an honest observation would show that the Barbados economy was coming out of the recession of the previous years and the world economy was starting to pick up.
    The ensuing years saw EVERY tourism dependent economy in the region growing.
    I REPEAT – the ensuing years saw every tourism dependent economy growing.What is the lesson here folks – There is no economic magic or magician. Owen Arthur does not know any more economics than any one in Barbados.
    But the BLP spindoctors tell people no, Barbados was growing beacuse of the PM- wHAT UTTER NONSENSE.
    Internationally, it well known that Dr. Delisle Worrell has more skill in the field of econonics in his little finger that Owen Arthur could ever try to attain.
    CLyde Mascoll said it best – Clyde Mascoll said consistently that Owen Arthur is not even a good economist.The question therefore for BLP supporters is :
    IS Clyde Mascoll a liar?


  55. Is it not interesting that the same BLP that tells people that the “global recession ” is not that important can only point to growth in The Barbados Economy during 1994 – 2007 when the global economy was also growing?

    The BLP will fool those who allow themselves to be fooled


  56. NIS: Increased the NIS contribution rate by one per cent of insurable earnings each year for four years, shared equally by employee and employer. The NIS retirement age for unreduced pension was raised by six months every four years, starting in 2006 until age 67 is reached in the year 2018. Flexible NIS retirement ages were introduced so that in due course persons may retire on an NIS pension at any age from 60 to 70 years. These changes have resulted in an improved NIS scheme that will ensure that all Barbadians have access to its many benefits when they do retire

    The writer of this post somehow thinks that the above is a plus for the BLP. Think again! Most of these measures were introduced out of fear that the NIS fund would be in trouble sometime down the road and were implemented without consultation or adequate thought. For example the introduction of flexible retirement ages allow a person to retire early and receive a reduced pension or retire later and receive an enhanced pension. They estimated that the amount of people claiming early would be balanced out by the number claiming late and so there would not have been any adverse effect on the fund. They couldn’t be more wrong, so far hundreds have claimed early pensions but only one person had deferred. This has resulted in the NIS paying out millions that they would not have paid out .

    Also there was no need to increase the the contribution rate. All that has done is to generate excess income for NIS that they can lend to Government. At the lower rate there was already a healthy surplus.

    The writer did not mention that they also changed the formula for calculating the NIS pension as a result persons would receive a smaller pension while they raised the contribution rate. A move that was designed to take away more from workers and give them back less when they retire.


  57. Wickham says that the cuurent situation requires of Stuart to make a political decision instead of a legal . however in Jan uary Stuart intervention was political and now we are seeing the end result being more of the same. the political expedient thing would have been to let both sides aired the views in the court of public opinion and with the children being in the centre of it all both sides would have had to reach a compromise since both sides do agree on one thing “the children”


  58. what barbados needs is an understanding about how the capitalist system works, about our past and how this affects everything that is happennng to us and to develop a new cadre of thinkers whose role is t develop the socal, economiic status of the african man in Barbados that would have a ripple effect world wide.


  59. The need to rebuild definite now……seems like 4 yrs of pull down took its toll…but how we could entertain all this unnecessary SPENDING still it,.. boggles…gone to fete the Diaspora..it is said…It is time the Constitution
    should contain some Order to stop lavish necessary spending when a country has reached some piss poor level with its finances …and stop this ineptocrasy..(borrowing Hal’s word)….”.your measures don’t work …you don’t fly “…..then all these trips would be more scrutinized….Nonsense man.


  60. old onion bags wrote “gone to fete the Diaspora.”

    Onions. wunna want we money ($100 million a year) so a little fete every now and then ent nuh big ting.


  61. Travelling allowance for public worker is no longer tax free . A lot of public officers at this level will take a big hit when they file their income tax . No tax benefits for savings in the Credit Union. Tax benefits only for the rich.


  62. The DLP we know is sole owner of CLICO but the Barbados Water Authority problems totaling 13 years were inherited from Arthur and the BLP. The Barbados Water Authority, a government corporation in 2009 was near bankrupcy. Arthur and the BLP apparently paid no attention to the Barbados Water Authority, didn’t care or thought to wonder WHAT’S GOING ON in the Barbados Water Authority house. Al Barrack also was inherited from Arthur and the BLP. Arthur and the BLP gave birth to the Al Barrack mess. Now, according to Arthur, “the REDjet Airlines might still be flying if the Barbados Government had honored its financial commitment to the collapsed airline”. Al Barrack is linked to both Barbados government parties, the BLP and the DLP. It, however, was born in 2006, Arthur’s era. If the government during Arthur’s era had honored its financial commitment to Contractor Al Barrack, Barbados NOW would not owe him seventy five million. The BLP government under leadership of Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley awarded Al Barrack Construction Company a thirty six million dollor contract “without tender”. Al Barrack has possession of a court ordered judgement, REDjet Airlines does not. Bajans owe REDjet Airlines nothing, absolutely nothing. They, however, owe Al Barrack seventy five million. Barrack in 2008 received 2.5 million from the Thompson administration. The 2.5 million demonistrated effort not even considered by Arthur and his cronies. Arthur in 2006 invested 2.4 million dollors into a Nigerian Solar Water Heater project. No solar water heaters were produced and the 2.4 million dollars were lost and or unaccounted for. The BLP in this matter does not examplify SOUND JUDGEMENT. Certainly sound judgement would apply if the 2.4 million dollars were surrendered to Al Barrack. If the 2.4 million were surrendered to Al Barrack, Bajans in 2006 would have owned him 2.4 million dollars less.

    Bajans and the DLP before 2008 general election were extremly close friends. The DLP campaign almost five years ago called for change, but nothing changed. The DLP and David Thompson, while campaigning promised Bajans cake and ice cream. Thompson said he would implement a Ministerial Code of Conduct “immediately” upon forming a government and would introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information within the first 100 days. The DLP is close to completing its five year term. The cake and ice cream sad to say NEVER showed up, a Ministerial Code of Conduct, the Integrity Legislation or Freedom of Information. The DLP made promises it did not keep. It also entertained friends but the wrong ones, Leroy Parris and Lawrence Duprey. The result was a CLICO disaster. Bajans and the DLP are now no longer best friends. The BLP knowing this is making every effort to befriend them in place of the DLP.

    Bajans possibly will give the BLP back their power with Owen at the helm. Surely, this would cause them to enter a DANGER ZONE. Owen we know is alive and kicking, but with notable signs of demencia. He is forgetting things, walks slow and sometimes with a cane.

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