Government's "New" Old Policy

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

It is becoming very painful to watch the Stuart Administration govern this country. As a proud and loyal Barbadian who put country first, it hurts when my Government continually foul up and blunder. It is obvious to me if no one else that they had a plan to capture the Government in 2008, but thereafter they had no plan to govern and their every action is showing it. Consequently, they lunge from one ill-conceived policy decision to the next.

I was on time to hear Senator Darcy Boyce announce some initiatives in the Senate that were designed to attract high net worth persons to relocate to Barbados. I could not believe my ears when he detailed the specifics, so I waited for media reports to verify. On the back page of the Wednesday, June 20, 2012 edition of the Nation, under the headline, OK TO INVEST, my disappointment and embarrassment for this Government were confirmed.

From what I heard and read, it would appear that Government was merely repackaging some aspects of the existing Immigration Act and proudly trumpeting them as new. Whoever advised the Government should have read the Immigration Act. According to the Minister’s announcement, persons would now be entitled to stay in Barbados on special entry permits if they satisfy certain criteria and they are either: parents of citizens of Barbados; retirees with means to support themselves; or investors. These new measures have already formed part of the laws of Barbados and have been so since the 1970s, specifically, they can be found at section 6 of the Immigration Act which states, in part:

6. (1) Subject to this Act and the regulations, a permitted entrant who,

(a) by reason of his education, occupational qualifications, personal history, employment record, training, skills or other special qualification

(i) is in employment on a full time basis in the public service, the service of a statutory board or a government agency,

(ii) has established himself successfully in Barbados in a profession, trade, business or agricultural enterprise, or

(iii) is likely to establish himself successfully in Barbados in a profession , trade, business or agricultural enterprise and has sufficient means to support and maintain himself and his dependants in Barbados until he has so established himself;

(c) not being a citizen, is the parent or grandparent of a citizen who resides in Barbados and is willing and able to provide for the care and maintenance of that parent or grandparent; or

(d) desires to reside in retirement in Barbados and has sufficient means of support to maintain himself and his dependants ,

may, on application to the Minister in the prescribed form, be granted by the Minister permission to become an immigrant.

I specifically chose paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) because they effectively capture the categories of the persons that the Government is targeting in this “new” initiative. Why would a person apply for a special entry permit under this new scheme and pay significantly more when they meet the requirements for immigrant status. As an immigrant, a person would have all the rights and privileges of a citizen except that of holding a passport, and free medical care as a result of yet another ill-advised policy change. It is absolutely amazing that in the year 2012 Government would spend time coming up with initiatives that were put in place by the Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow in 1975, with amendments by Tom Adams in 1984.

Who advises this Government?

83 thoughts on “Government's "New" Old Policy


  1. Excellent article well written …. And sadly the total truth … The DLP and Stuart have to GO… Before they totally frig up the country …


  2. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. as a group called themselves The Rat Pack……a suggestion to the DLP…….I now look thru the window and see the ole got the ASS park outside……


  3. “It is obvious to me if no one else that they had a plan to capture the Government in 2008, but thereafter they had no plan to govern and their every action is showing it. Consequently, they lunge from one ill-conceived policy decision to the next”.

    Thank you Caswell. I have been saying so for years, hence the reason we are down shit street.


  4. I do not intend this or anything that I write to be party political. Unfortunately, it would appear so because this Government is making so many mistakes that calling attention to them would make it appear that I am doing the bidding of the Opposition. That is not so but it would appear that this administration has a death wish. They need to show some intellect and realise that government is mor than the ability to win an election: that is only the beginning. They must stop taking advice from their friends whose main mission in life is to get their hands on some of the fatted calf and ask for help. There is still lots of residual goodwill out there for them but they are squandering it.


  5. @ Caswell

    You wish to know who is advising this present administration? Remember at one time in Barbados there was a lady by the name of Madame Senhouse who used to “read cards” or use some such form of divination? Well, perhaps this administration is using her successor who someone of similar style. It would indeed be hilarious if it was not so serious the ad hoc direction this government seems to be following.


  6. @ Caswell
    i think your comprehending skills are way below par for a communicator and a negotiator. i read the same article and the impression i got was there was an( additional new) measure but not that the entire Act was trumpted as “New” as you have suggested.


  7. Caswell
    Be reasonable. The man is a big up scholar who went to the other place…. Don’t you think that he can conceivably establish a “new policy” by reemphasizing an old but neglected (or rejected) rule?

    Boyce was one of O$A boys who were pushing this policy of neglecting locals while providing all sorts of incentives to bring foreigners here….so he had to be aware of the immigration rules.

    Bushie thought that you would have been outraged that at this stage in our development we can still have political ‘JOHNS’ touting this policy of “all who have some money come down to beautiful Barbados for a little piece….’

    It is clear that the present government is an embarrassment when it comes to facing the challenge of the rough seas of this decade. Indeed, they are nearly as pathetic as the previous lot who so clearly demonstrated via Greenland, Dodds, Clico, VECO, 3S etc that THEY were hopeless in the face of the greatest time of plenty in the history of mankind.
    Bunch of ravenous crooks acting like hungry illdisciplined children at Kentucky….

    But you know what is even more pathetic…?!?

    The fact that we as a people are so unable to do any better than our politicians.
    We depend on Canadians to keep our money and we complain about paying 12% interest WHILE HOARDING 8 billion dollars in savings at 2.5%……!!!
    How do you define IDIOTS?

    We allow Trinidadians who cannot walk around in their own country for fear of being kidnapped or shot, to come here and run ours….

    We import practically all that we eat…. While complaining about the rising cost ….. And while planting houses on the limited fertile land …with the rab land sitting idle….

    ….If a people always get the government that they deserve – then this country has been and (whatever happens), will continue to be truly blessed with our just deserts…


  8. AC

    You have to stop this yard fowl type of behaviour attacking everyone who you perceive as being opposed to your party.

    There is nothing wrong with my comprehension skills. If you read this post with your mind open, you would have noticed that I was not speaking about the whole Immigration Act, just some parts of section 6. I was merely pointing out that the initiative announced by Senator Boyce is nothing new. Everything that he announced is already in the Immigration Act. The major problem in Barbados stems from the fact that few people read and then a significant amount of that group don’t understand. As Bushie pointed out, the good senator was one of the people who advised the last administration on similar matters and he seem not to have any original ideas left so he is recycling discredited policies.

    Any immigration officer worth his salt could have saved the Government from embarrassing itself if this policy was circulated in the usual civil service manner before the talking-heads, (not think-heads) politicians make announcements, but then again they are desperate for something to work.


  9. @ David
    The speed of justice in Barbados must be improved because it is the RIGHT thing to do, and because any people worth the oxygen that they consume would expect and demand it.

    Those persons who generally do things for themselves PRIMARILY because it encourages others to give them money – are whores.

    …but perhaps this is what you are saying…..Us little foolish black people in Barbados do not deserve or need any speedy justice…. But those rich white people who we wish to come to our salvation….. Well now!!! SURELY we can’t expect to have THEIR justice delayed……heavens!!! What would that say about us…?

    ….as man David…can’t you see how hopeless this whole situation is? …and how it is growing worse at an accelerating pace…?

    Seriously!!!
    …don’t you see that the very models to which we aspire are collapsing? ….that the very same rich white people that Boyce is hoping to get to come and save us are grasping at straws IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES???

    Cuddear man!!!!
    If you were back in the days of Noah you would be waiting while the rain set up BLACK BLACK…..unconvinced that Noah had a purpose for the big able ARK that was built! 🙂
    …you mind Onions and play you depending on a red (or yellow) political umbrella for protection….

    The only plan that makes any sense is THE BBE plan….


  10. @ Bush Tea | June 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM |
    ” …. We allow Trinidadians who cannot walk around in their own country for fear of being kidnapped or shot, to come here and run ours…. ”

    Well said, BT! Your tea hot, hot for days! Be careful it does not spill on “ac”.

    And to think that we stupidly boast about being the most “educated” asses in the Caribbean! This country has more people with PhD’s than the potholes in the roads. Barbados has become the economic “paro” and social prostitute of the Caribbean.


  11. @ CASWELL

    Now you are singing a “NEW” tune in comparison to the old with a “new ‘ spin! but dats alright! BTW what is this thing you have with my political hat don’t you like the colour or what? i think it would look mighty good on your head,


  12. Caswell
    You are so right, firstly DT was offering to much to barbadians who were already disgussed with the then BLP goivernment. He had with him a polyitically young team to work with, hence on gaining government, too much was on his shoulders. It reminds me of a child who is pumped up for the “common entrance” exams, only to gain entry into H.C but then realise he/she cannot cope with the standard there. With the lost of DT made matters worse and the rest were left like chickens without heads, their attitude, try this, try that, is NOT showing their readiness for the job. Coupled with the recession and their immaturity, this country is sliding down a steep cliff with not ideas to how to stop the fall. We need to put aside the partisan hogwash, and develop a more patriotic approach, listen to others, even if it is from the other party, and look to steady the economic ship in this country, you owe it to the generations to come.


  13. Good blog, Casewell. Excellent, in fact, and TIMELY!! Hats off.

    One caveat – well actually quite a large one. I completely and totally agree with David and others who point out that the problem in attracting AND KEEPING overseas investment lies primarily in the justice system. And until the justice system is cleaned up and resurrected and the principals of the 800 year old Magna Carta that Justice cannot be bought nor can it be delayed, are put back in place, then the pronouncements of Senator Boyce are nothing but hot air and political posturing.

    As you have kept your comments, for the most part, strictly apolitical, so will I. Everyone in Barbados knows why and who is responsible for the demise of the justice system and, with it, the demise of Barbados’ off-foreign investment business – AND IT IS TIME TO GET PAST THAT NOW! No matter which party was responsible for the situation, it is the responsibility of the GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS to fix it.

    Given the overriding importance of the judicial system and the dire knock-on effect it has had on ALL ASPECTS of our lives in Barbados, I think it is highly irresponsible and, indeed, reprehensible that no political party has made this a major part of their political platform.

    This is no longer a situation that can be treated as a political popularity tool whereby to ignore it may garner votes, it has a deep and lasting effect on the well-being of the country. The longer it takes to aggressively address it, the longer it will take to re-build in terms of both finances and reputation and the longer the taxpayer is going to hurt. Politically, it is highly irresponsible to ignore it and instead come out with some sort of pap about raising restrictions on Barbados-connected persons with more than $10 million investing in Barbados. NO ONE in their right mind is going to make that sort of investment, unless there is a viable and credible judicial system to protect their rights – which there is not. Which means that Senator Boyce’s pronouncements are nothing but a lot of hot air – and most importantly, as you have pointed out, fool no one. And since they fool no one, they merely serve to make the Government of Barbados (of whichever party) look like a bunch of blasted fools, both locally and internationally.

    @BT. Well said as always.


  14. Which means that Senator Boyce’s pronouncements are nothing but a lot of hot air – and most importantly, as you have pointed out, fool no one. And since they fool no one,they merely serve to make the Government of Barbados (of whichever party) look like a bunch of blasted fools, both locally and internationally.
    ……………………………………
    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.


  15. Quoting Caswell
    “It is obvious to me if no one else that they had a plan to capture the Government in 2008, but thereafter they had no plan to govern and their
    every action is showing it. Consequently, they lunge from one ill-conceived policy decision to the next.”
    ****************************
    Sen Kerry Symonds..( Parkinson Secondary Sunday meeting)….” The DLP Government ..finding themselves somehow buy some strange phenomena in the driver’s seat of a chariot controlling a team of wild horses….in a race they never wanted… and at complete loss what to do. Finding a whip in hand , they proceed to lash the stallions in an effort to slow down the animals…..but to no avail.Determined to ride it out til elections….they hold on til the last sinew..the last tether. “


  16. @ Bush Tea

    “We depend on Canadians to keep our money and we complain about paying 12% interest WHILE HOARDING 8 billion dollars in savings at 2.5%……!!!
    How do you define IDIOTS?”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I believe that the terms “Stupidity” and “Recklessness” should be added to the nation’s brand name, as we Bajans dont seem to realize how F*CKED our Situation is!!!

    The Bajan’s incapacity to think innovatively to salvage the economy bears testament to such a fact. I can only pray that the fall downwards for Bim won’t be too hard of a fall. But even that is too much to ask for; with a nation that is content with it’s BLATANT IGNORANCE on EveRYTING, truly believing that it brings “bliss”.

    What a pitiful lot Bajans have become….


  17. ^^A lack of vision equals to a lack of a future. When the nation realizes that, The whole of Barbados will already be in shambles through a series of civil unrest by angry mobs of Sleepy citizens, who slept to a point that they have become “sheep-like” in every way from their mannerisms down to their thought process.

    It would seem trouble is brewing in paradise, I SUGGEST THAT THE FEW NATIVE SMARTIES GET OUT OF THAT HELL HOLE BEFORE SH*T REALLY HITS THE FAN!!!


  18. @ David (B.U.)

    “Barbadians by gene pool are not entrepreneurial inclined. The Jamaicans create, the Trinis sell and the Bajans administer. This is a saying which has floated for years which rings true. ”

    And it is a trend that will surely be the end of us should we continue to lag behind in AVIDLY PRIORITIZING our economy future through strategic preemptive means….


  19. Who advises this Government?’

    that is the million dollar question.i see a similar pattern emerging to the DLp mismanagement fiasco under Mr Sandiford where it appeared that unless the advice was sel-serving, it was demonised and ignored.till the ship began to sink and it was ‘too late shall be your cry’


  20. It reminds me of a child who is pumped up for the “common entrance” exams, only to gain entry into H.C but then realise he/she cannot cope with the standard there. ”
    can you expand on this comment? what do you mean by standard?


  21. @ David (B.U.)

    I don’t get where you’re pulling at, for the article was cut off with this notice “Read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN”; a subscription that I DO NOT have access to….

    (-_-)


    • @Brudah

      One does not have to read the full article to understand the abbreviated version. How could the principals start up an airline not sure about approvals etc. Astute business people would not be caught in this bramble.


  22. Joke of the year. Undar Wear deliver only three books for five schools in St Philip.

    The same number of books he delivered last year. Worst yet he got them free.

    Shameless. One principal said Mr Lashley don’t bring three books . He brings the books and gifts by the boxes.

    Undar Wear  left angry that his name wasn’t called for three cheap books that cost five dollars each that he begged for to giveaway and pretend it was a worthwhile donation.


  23. @ Caswell

    Last evening I heard Hal Gollop say on the ‘Call In’ programme with De Peiza that on all questions of status the Chief Immigration Officer makes the final decision and he seemed to say that he has an unfettered discretion. Can this be right? I’ve heard a similar argument from Sir SoandSo in relation to Promotions’ Committees’ decisions. My first (and remaining) thought is that if they are right we don’t have an Administrative Law after all.


    • Robert

      I did not see the programme so I am not calling you a liar. If Mr. Gollop delivered those remarks I would think that he misspoke. Failing that he would be creating new law that has not yet been gazetted.

      I well remember when I was the Personal Assistant to the Attorney General, he was overburdened with making immigration decision. He therefore introduced an amendment to Parliament in 1999 that would allow him to delegate certain functions. That amendment is now incorporated in the Immigration Act as section 28A, which states:
      28A. The Minister may, by instrument in writing, delegate any power conferred on him by this Act except the power to make regulations, to
      (a) a Parliamentary Secretary assigned to the Minister; or
      (b) a public officer in the Ministry,
      but such a delegation does not prevent the Minister from exercising the power.

      As a result of that delegation the parliamentary secretary and certain public officers have been given varying levels of authority to make decisions but none has absolute authority.

      It is very difficult to give advice on spur of the moment especially when you are not familiar with the subject. I would therefore like to advise lawyers to desist from doing so because people generally listen and regard what is said as accurate because the person giving the advice is supposed to be learned. Mind you, he is not learned in everything but that is the impression that some of them like to convey.

      So Robert take this type of political legal advice with a pinch of salt.


  24. Despite the standard conjecture and assumptions, I am very glad to hear Amused say that it is time to move on and start being creative since the irony is that we all agree that the Administration of Justice is in need of reform.

    But IF this is to be part of a Party manifesto, I just wonder what would be included other than rather empty verbiage which, though Joe Public might feel he understood it (because it’s what he would want to hear), would amount to nothing very much.


  25. LOL @ David
    The RedJet article is indeed hilarious. Bizzy REALLY is am amazing fellow. Bushie loves his summation of the situation…. “it was doomed to fail due to the uneven playing field”

    WELL WELL!!

    Bizzy has now been elevated in Bushie’s register as THE leading example of the fact that Karma is a bitch. …..edging out Bushie’s friend Ralphie Boyce (who has been condemned to spend the rest of his life running MESA in retribution for his role in supporting co-education…..but that is another story….)

    So does Bizzy now understand what BLACK people in Barbados experience EVERY DAY in almost every area of business?

    Uneven playing field? Where the regulators are the owners of your competitors…. That rings a clear bell…

    Does he mean like where one tries to start a business in Barbados and the existing players use their cartel to snuff you out…?

    Does Bizzy mean like a small businessman seeking a loan to finance a brilliant busisness idea…..only to be given the run around and to see that idea unexplicably come to fruition under familiar ownership?

    Or is it like an outstanding employee sidelined and rejected in an organization because they do not meet the required profiling… Even to the point where the organization suffers and ends up in foreign hands…?

    Bizzy, we all know EXACTLY what you mean, and how you feel…. Welcome to the REAL Barbados…. Bushie means it!!!
    We welcome having you and Lowdown on board…..


  26. Does he mean like where one tries to start a business in Barbados and the existing players use their cartel to snuff you out…?

    They still doing that Bushie?

    I thought that practice ended years ago.

    I remember when a small bajan company would import a brand of shaving cream from New York and a year or so later the brand would have a new Barbados “distributor” for the whole Caribbean.

    My question is this? Why did Bizzy get involved in a Business that was doomed to fail without government intervention?


  27. @ Caswell

    Thankyou. The advice wasn’t delivered to me of course – it was something that I heard – and in fairness he didn’t develop the point and in fact mumbled off it rather quickly. It simply seemed a very strange thing to say; but you are right. It must be very difficult to measure everything one says in that kind of medium.


  28. Bajans belly ache and complain but to be truthful like the way things are. Errol Barrow took the first step in leading barbados on a path of self reliance but that was not good enough because as other govt took contro we took a step backward and into a path of decadance and reliance on the west a path that have left its citizens out in cold and one shudder to think of the final outcome.


  29. The level playing field should be extended intosthe market place with fair market prices especially when the market does no have other competitors/as/a way of balancewhich leaves the consumer with no other option than to buy a product be it of good or bad quality acording to their need at a monopolise prices.


  30. How will the DLP “guvverment” be able to dodge the next election bullet . …that of convincing the electorate that WASTAGE n SQUANDAMANIA..were but a result of World Recessionary trends .,..that a $14 Million sign post and another $12 Mil on Citizen Inauguration and $14 Mil trip to Rio de Janerio were all totally out of their grasp.


  31. @ Hants
    “They still doing that Bushie?”

    Man Hants, you ain’t get the point?
    …It even getting ‘do’ to the original doers…. And it getting ‘do’ by the strangest of people….
    -Like the government (to Hoad);
    -by big up SIR lawyers ( to the Cumberbatch fellow)
    -and now to Bizzy (by unnamed forces)

    The point is that “he who dig a well shall fall in it.”

    We all know how it started, but now it seems that there are wells all over the place…and the strangest of persons are falling in.


  32. Still waiting to hear the solutions for hauling in these”pitbulls” that was unleashed by previous govts as a way to solving barbados financial solutions on one hand we have bush tea riduculing bizzy williams for his so called” Entitlements” but condeming the govt for getting a share of dairy the market in an effort to help the consumer i meaning it might not be a whole lot but to those who could least afford it is plenty..


  33. It has been a rumour for a long time that Boyce betrayed OSA like J Iscariot did our Saviour two millennia ago.Moved from a Deputy CB Governor to head the Tourism Investment Unit because of lack of interactive skills among other things,the gent shocked all and sundry by trading his perceived in house knowledge and “secrets and strategies of the BLP for a historic 4th term in 2008″for a portion from the king at the head table of the Fatted Calf cabinet of also runs.We will remember him,we will remember him…at the going down.
    Then there is the whereabouts of the Queen of St John,Mara the first.Is there any truth in the rumour that she has abandoned house and hearth and moved to a gated community,repeat, a gated community,away from the plebian masses.And what has been her contribution in the court of the people of late.Nay a word seen in the paper of the people or in the DLPTV news.


  34. Just hope that these 10 million dollar new Bajans ain’t a bunch of foreign fraudsters, drug traffickers, and other criminals.

    We have to remember when Antigua let in Stanford, the dishonest money was plentiful and those on the take in Antigua were happy, and Sir Allen was pompasetting with his Sir.

    Now Antigua well and truly fcuked up, and recovery will take decades.

    Hope this ain’t a passport selling scam which will bring in short term dirty money, and in a few years leave Barbados well and truly fcuked-up?


  35. @AC

    I remained silent on the Hoad issue, but I want to know from Mr. Hoad if because of his market dominance of the production of goal milk, wasnt he exploting the situtaion? Goverenment by doing its research, perhaps recognzed that the cost of prouduction was lowering than what Mr. Hoad had presented, or he was not controlling expenses. The Ministry of agriculture has always been in the forefront in the area of research, and any findings are passed on to persons in agriuclture area. Normally, they coul be on production techniques, floriculture, to mention a few. I dont believe the MOA would not have costed every input to determine the cost of producing goat milk. Further, I beleive that the MOA woul have all the reaearched information on rearing goats for milk production to be made available to persons who want to go in that direction, just like it had done for rabbit production

    Let me say say that I had welcomed the Red Jet entry into the market, as my major concern was cheaper airfares, but it is clear to all and sundy that the directors disdnot understand the market and because of their failure, wanted to dupe the barbadain public that the model could have worked, by playing on our sympathy with the expectation that the govt would have taken up our scare resources and waste it in a private venture. We read on this said medium where Prime Minister Stuart was slow to act by not assisting a cadaver.

    OSA in an attempt to score cheap political points castigated Stuart and the DLP, yet he knows full well that the cadaver just needed a coffin, yet we portray him as this economist and he does not seem to understand that Red Jet’s Business Plan was flawed. All the airlines that try to penetrate this market have lasted longer than Red Jet. That should have set off bells ringing, but yet you have persons on this blog, who would have benefitted from free secondary and tertiary education, joining the band wagon to say that the govt should have taken up our money an pour it over a well. Dont we have critical thinkers anymore, or we only have persons thinking how they can benfit from the fatted calf.

    I am happy that Mr. Callender reminded Mr. Sanka Price that the model would have failed and that he(price) has the audacity to tell us so at this stage, even though the same Mr. Price, in his political diatrite writings would have given the imprssion that the govt and the technocrats were the ones slowing the process. I am happy that Mr. Callender informed us that we have high standards to maintain. Perhaps if they had gotten the certificate earlier, Red Jet’s demise migh have been swifter.

    I am happy that Bizzy gets to understand that they can always rely on the cartel structure that they have operating here for their survival. Can any body recall what happene to the Agro Processing Plant that was chaired by Cow Williams. I wonder why it failed.


  36. Crater, you sure you did not misspell your name and was it not meant to be Farter as you expelled nothing but hot air of an awful kind with no sense or logic?


  37. @ David (B.U.)
    One does not have to read the full article to understand the abbreviated version. How could the principals start up an airline not sure about approvals etc. Astute business people would not be caught in this bramble.”

    You make absolutely no sense. IT DOESNT EVEN PROVIDE THE WHOLE SCOPE OF THE ARGUMENT! NOT EVEN THE BLOODY THESIS Is INCLUDED!

    Let alone the very fact that you are talking about an airline where as I am talking about prospects for our nation’s economy as a whole, you have completely missed where I am coming from…

    Redjet isn’t even a domestically owned brand (though it is considered domestic because it was registered in our market). It is owned by an Irishman for god’s sake…..

    (-_-)


  38. @Amazed and Confused
    I will spell it out for you.(1)TRAITORS subsequently disgrace themselves.
    (2)REPRESENTATIVES of the people do not hide from their constituents.


  39. New IDB assistance to assist youth to access jobs

    6/24/2012

    THE Government of Barbados has secured financing and assistance from the Inter-American Bank in the form of a Bds$40 million (US$20 million) assistance programme.

    This was revealed in a press release by the international organisation last Friday.

    The 4-year programme, backed by a Bds $40 million loan, carries a 25-year term, with a five-year grace period, including a variable interest rate based on LIBOR rate, or London Interbank Offered Rate.

    According to the Bank, Barbados seeks to improve secondary and post-secondary education with its assistance programme backed which will also help youth develop skills to access jobs.

    The release stated, “The Inter-American development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 million loan to help Barbados improve secondary and post-secondary education and ensure that graduates develop skills needed to either pursue further education or enter the labour market”.
    The Bank lauded the country’s high education standards, describing it as exemplary for the Latin American and Caribbean region. However it acknowledged that the quality of formal education did not always fully translate into employment opportunities.

    “An exemplar among Latin American and Caribbean countries, Barbados has achieved universal access to primary and secondary schooling, with high completion and negligible dropout rates and outstanding tertiary level enrolment. However, it still faces challenges in terms of raising the quality of education and preparing its young people for the transition from school to work,” stated the Bank.

    As such, the IDB advocated the country pay closer attention to improvements in literacy and mathematics skills of its students.

    Consequently, one of the main goals of the four-year IDB programme, is to help boost the percentage of students passing secondary education completion exams in reading, writing and mathematics from 43 per cent to 50 per cent.

    Another key goal according to the Bank is to ensure that a minimum of nine hundred secondary students complete the A Ganar programme.

    The programme, which has trained more than six thousand youths aged 16 to 24 in 14 countries since 2005, combines sports, life skills and market-driven vocational training to improve young people’s employability.

    Evaluations have shown that 70 per cent of participants obtain formal jobs, continue their education, or start a business within one year of completing the training.

    A Ganar is also expected to help some 300 students over a three-year period gain entry to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP). The programme will target students who have failed the entry examination due to weak academic skills and give them a second chance to access the SJPP, which offers a variety of certificates of one year or less and two-year diploma courses.

    Additionally, 5 650 unskilled workers will be trained and certified by the Competency-Based Training Fund, which promotes partnerships or alliances between the corporate sector and training institutions in Barbados. The programme will also help at least 40 young people participate in a newly developed apprenticeship programme in a service/white-collar business.


  40. According to the Bank, Barbados seeks to improve secondary and post-secondary education with its assistance programme backed which will also help youth develop skills to access jobs.

    The release stated, “The Inter-American development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 million loan to help Barbados improve secondary and post-secondary education and ensure that graduates develop skills needed to either pursue further education or enter the labour market”.
    The Bank lauded the country’s high education standards, describing it as exemplary for the Latin American and Caribbean region. However it acknowledged that the quality of formal education did not always fully translate into employment opportunities.

    “An exemplar among Latin American and Caribbean countries, Barbados has achieved universal access to primary and secondary schooling, with high completion and negligible dropout rates and outstanding tertiary level enrolment. However, it still faces challenges in terms of raising the quality of education and preparing its young people for the transition from school to work,” stated the Bank.

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  41. @ to the point
    everybody wants to juck out the poor man eye but is frost my a……..ss when some would thinkk it is alright for some to do and ridicule others for doing it. from your analysis it seems like the govt knows what is going on in the way these people are milking the prices and gouging the consumer,


  42. “The release stated, “The Inter-American development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 million loan to help Barbados improve secondary and post-secondary education and ensure that graduates develop skills needed to either pursue further education or enter the labour market”.
    The Bank lauded the country’s high education standards, describing it as exemplary for the Latin American and Caribbean region. However it acknowledged that the quality of formal education did not always fully translate into employment opportunities.”

    “An exemplar among Latin American and Caribbean countries, Barbados has achieved universal access to primary and secondary schooling, with high completion and negligible dropout rates and outstanding tertiary level enrolment. However, it still faces challenges in terms of raising the quality of education and preparing its young people for the transition from school to work,” stated the Bank.

    As such, the IDB advocated the country pay closer attention to improvements in literacy and mathematics skills of its students.

    Consequently, one of the main goals of the four-year IDB programme, is to help boost the percentage of students passing secondary education completion exams in reading, writing and mathematics from 43 per cent to 50 per cent.

    (!_!)<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>(!_!)

    Muh granny always use tuh seh, “If yuh start rong yuh gine end ronger”

    Do people really believe that children who struggles to comprehend the basics of the primary syllabus, will settle down and excel at secondary school without adequate intervention?

    Should we be still boasting about a superior educational system, when year after year 40% or more of students taking the common entrance exam are not expected to “pass” by their teachers, parents and the Ministry?

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp NewsID=25261
    THIRTY students, 19 males and 11 females, scored a perfect 100 per cent in the 2012 Mathematics paper of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE).
    ->snip

    The raw scores in Mathematics ranged between one and 100 for males and for females from zero to 100 which indicates that no male got 0 per cent, while at least one female got 0 per cent in this subject.

    The overall national mean in Mathematics was 58.72 as compared to 60.92 in 2011 and 51.4 in 2010, indicating a 2.19 per cent decrease in 2012 than in 2011.

    The performance for both males and females decreased slightly in 2012 over last year. For the females, it was 62.12 per cent in 2012 as compared to 65.18 in 2011, a decrease of 3.06 while for males in 2012, the overall performance 55.53 as compared to 56.83 in 2011, a marginal decline of 1.30 percentage points.
    ->snip

    For both the public and private schools, there has also been “relative constancy in those schools performing above the means and those performing below the means.”

    http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/index.php?categoryid=15&p2_articleid=7974

    Three thousand, nine hundred and sixty-one students as compared with 3,811 in 2011 will write this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) when it is held on Tuesday, May 8.

    According to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, this figure comprises 1,795 males and 2,166 females, who are registered to write the examination at 22 secondary schools across the island.

    This year, all five students who had requested permission to write the examination at an early age (that is 10+) have been granted permission.

    The Ministry has also reported that over 120 students had made requests to be deferred from writing the BSSEE and they include 85 males and 43 females. Of this figure, 106 students are in Class 3, while the other 22 are in Class 4. All the students in Class 3 were granted a deferral based on the criteria that they had not completed a significant portion of the syllabus. However, of the 22 Class 4 students seeking a deferral, 13 requests were denied.

    There were also special requests made by students, primarily for extra time and enlarged print.

    There are 45 students that have been exempted from this year’s examination.

    The BSSEE (usually referred to as the Common Entrance Examination or the 11-Plus), will also be taken by over 185 non-nationals. These students have satisfied the immigration requirements. However, according to the Ministry of Education, “there still remain seven students who have not satisfied the requirements and, therefore, will not be allowed to write the examination next month.”

    joy-ann.gill@barbados.gov.bb

    Will we ever learn?


  43. @B B

    I wish i could have some on going discussions with you outside this blog. You are very clear in your analysis and you are very objective in your writings. Under no circumstance, should you disappear from this blog, as you are one of the few people here writing that makes me think logically.

    Happy Sunday to you. Same to you Ms/Mr. AC.


  44. David ,september, 2011

    thanks Rosemary, the more routes the more scale and the profit margin becomes more robust. Have to give the Burns people marks for tenacity in the face of many obstacles tossed in their path. Hopefully Redjet’s success will force the formulation of a sensible Air Transportation policy in the region which is one of the planks to bring the region together.

    David | June 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM |

    @Brudah

    One does not have to read the full article to understand the abbreviated version. How could the principals start up an airline not sure about approvals etc. Astute business people would not be caught in this bramble.

    How do you explain away your conflicting perceptions of the operations of REDJET at september 2011 and now? I seem to recall that you were full in your support of REDJET with or without lack of approvals. and then again emotionalism and not rational thinking guided our views in respect of the REDJET issue.


  45. What has happened to the ferry system that T&T were suppose to start soon. It appears this has gone on the backburner , this would be the second time in recent history that this type of system have been shelved.


  46. ac
    Why would you think I expected it free, am I a DLP yardfowl? Thank God, I’ve been able to pay for my wants, my needs are alreay taken care of. I never said it was the DLP fault that the Ferry Service didn’t get going so don’t try to cricikill me for asking about it. You DLP supportrs like you on edge, you’re going to suffer a heart attack or a stroke when the general gets closer.


  47. Not before the frail old man Arthur gets carried out of Parliament on Thursday foot first on a stretcher the news on him is not nice for he nor the BLP party.


  48. My grandfather lived until he was 89 years old and trust me he did not look as frail and as sad a frame that Arthur looks presently.

    He has surgery pending but he is too scared to leave the island for fear of yet another Coup to remove him from leader of the opposition.

    He no longer has the support of Marshall or Payne actually neither does Mottley have their loyal support either.


  49. @scout
    and then again the way you cuss out T&T i think you would be the last person seeking anything from them . farless looking for a ferry from them. but it all goes to vision and good planning which the blp did not have now all we left to do now is beg the very people we always cussing fuh a ferry when we could have had we own by now, don’t you feel foolish having to beg the people you can’t stand.


    • AC

      If I were still politically active, I would be doing just what you and your friends are doing. I would be trying to deflect criticism away from my party, so I don’t fault you even though you have become too transparent. However, I would like to remind you that this post has nothing to do with Owen Arthur: it is about a government that ran out of ideas immediately upon election to office. They were able to hide the bluffing for two years but with the death of David Thompson everything just fell apart.

      It is not too late. They need to go into retreat and do some brainstorming. I realise there is a deficit in the brains department but they can bring in some people of goodwill to guide them.

      Since I am of goodwill, even though harsh in my criticisms, let me offer some advice. Scrap this silly initiative. The people who are being targeted for special entry permits under this scheme already qualify for immigrant status. Why would they opt to pay $40,000 for a special entry permit when they could apply for immigrant status and pay about $2,000. These people did not get rich by spending money foolishly as the Government seems to think.


  50. Ferry = Steven Hobson and Hallam Nicholls are the new players a company that has robbed Barbadians for 14 years of Arthurs NSG.


  51. UBS Bank Switzerland Advised Of Barbados Prime Minister’s “Secret Bank Accounts” Speech
    February 2, 2009 ·
    Swiss Banking Giant Receives Barbados Money Laundering Advisory

    To the Chairman of the UBS Bank in Zürich, Switzerland.

    Mr. Peter Kurer
    Chairman
    Board of Directors
    UBS

    Bahnhofstrasse 45
    8001 Zürich
    Switzerland

    Telephone: (withheld)
    Facsimile: (withheld)

    Dear Mr. Kurer,

    We support the efforts of UBS and other financial leaders to curtail the activities of those who illegally conceal financial transactions.

    On this theme, we wish to bring your attention to the allegations made by the current Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, during a September, 2008 speech in Canada and in the Barbados news media in January, 2009.

    Prime Minister Thompson publicly accused “operatives” of the previous Barbados Labour Party government which was in power for thirteen consecutive years, of illegally removing “millions and millions” of dollars from Barbados to secret bank accounts in other countries. More recently he stated in the press that “hundreds of millions of dollars” are unaccounted for. We attach a copy of a Barbados newspaper article that reported Prime Minister Thompson’s allegations.

    To assist the anti-money laundering initiatives at UBS, we are also including a list of names of persons who were members or operatives of the former Barbados government during the past 15 years. While Prime Minister Thompson did not mention specific names of those who presumably are under investigation for money laundering, we respectfully suggest that your internal investigators should compare these names against your banking records for individuals and corporate clients worldwide.

    Should UBS determine that any of these persons or their proxies have or had dealings with any of your UBS businesses worldwide, it would seem prudent that their financial activities with UBS should be carefully examined, considering the allegations made by the Prime Minister of Barbados.

    Yours truly

    cc: 197 Employees of UBS

    Attached:
    1. List of BLP Operatives
    2. Barbados newspaper article

    List of BLP Operatives

    List of Names of BLP Operatives during the 14 year period ending January 15, 2008.

    Owen Seymour ARTHUR
    Barbados Prime Minister Sept 6, 1994 – Jan 16, 2008
    Born: Oct 17, 1949, Address: Barbados

    Richard Delisle ARTHUR
    Born: October 5th 1961. Address: Barbados

    Rev. Joseph Junior Sylvester ATHERLEY
    Born: 26th February 1959 Address: Barbados

    Errol BABB

    Carlisle BEST

    Delisle BRADSHAW

    Gray BROME

    Wendell CALLENDER

    Sir Richard L. CHELTENHAM QC, PhD

    Gline A CLARKE
    Born: November 2nd 1951, (Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Housing 1994, Minister of Housing 1999)

    Errol Christopher CRAWFORD

    Dr. William DUGUID
    Born: November 20th 1967

    Lynette EASTMOND
    Born: 30th May 1964 (Senior International Tax Manager at Price Waterhouse 1989 – 1997, Director of International Business in the Ministry of Economic Development 1977 – 2002)

    Rawle Cyprian EASTMOND
    Born: October 23rd 1952, (Minister of Labour & Social Security 1999–2003)

    Joseph EDGHILL
    Born: May 22nd 1946.

    Reginald FARLEY
    Born: June 26th 1961, (Senator with the Ministerial portfolio of Industry, Commerce and Business Development 1994, Leader of Government Business in the Senate 1994-1999, Minister of Industry and International Business 1999-2001, Minister of Economic Development 2001, Treasurer 1996-1998, Chairman 1999-2002 of the BLP, Governor for Barbados on the Boards of the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Bank and the World Bank.)

    Cynthia Yvonne FORDE
    Born: March 1st 1952

    Sir Henry de Boulay FORDE
    Born: March 20th 1933 (Foreign minister of Barbados 1976-81, Leader of the Barbados Labour Party 1986-93. Minister of External Affairs, Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs.)

    David Theobald GILL
    Born: April12 1955

    Rudy GRANT
    Born: December 31st 1964

    Rudolph Nathaniel GREENIDGE
    Born: December 6th 1944 (Minister of Labour, Sports and Public Sector Reform, Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports.)

    Hamilton Fitzgerald LASHLEY
    Born: 1952 on May 5th

    Noel Anderson LYNCH
    Born: December 26, 1956 (Senator 1994, Minister of Tourism and International Transport 2000)

    Dale Dermot MARSHALL
    Born: November 25th 1963 (Senator 1999, Chairman of the Board of the National Housing Corporation 1994-1997, Chairman of the Urban Development Commission 1997-1999, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority 1999-2000.)

    Rommell Delano MARSHALL
    Born: November 2nd 1947

    Billie Antoinette MILLER
    Born: January 8th 1944 (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Health and National Insurance, Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, International Business, Tourism and International Transport)

    Mia Amor MOTTLEY
    Born: October 1, 1965
    Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture.

    Hallam NICHOLS
    (Government contractor and middleman for government purchases. Has many companies known and unknown, including ESL Consulting)

    Jessica C. ODLE
    (Consul General, Consulate General of Barbados in New York)

    Anthony OLTON

    George Walton PAYNE
    Born: September 28, 1948 (Minister of Public Works, Transport & Housing from 1994 – 1999, Minister of Tourism from 1999 -2000, during which time he was Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.)

    Philip PILGRIM

    Trevor Anthony PRESCOD
    Born: January 1st 1949

    Ishmael Alphonsa ROETT
    Born: April 21st 1944 (Speaker of the House of Assembly 1994)

    Sir David Anthony Cathcart SIMMONS
    Born: April 28, 1940, Barbados (Attorney General, Chief Justice)

    Kerrie SYMMONDS
    Born: June 1st 1966 (Senator 2001, Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and on the Board of Directors of the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation. Member of the National Advisory Commission to the Government of Barbados on matters relating to External Trade Negotiations.)

    Henrietta Elizabeth THOMPSON
    Born: November 22nd 1961 (Former Cabinet Minister)

    Joycelyn THORINGTON

    Pat THORINGTON

    Ronald St.Clair TOPPIN
    Born: January 4th 1958

    Louis Randall TULL
    Born: January 27th 1938 (Minister of Education & Culture 1976-1981. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General from 1981-1985. Minister of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs from 1985-1986.)

    Dr. Jerome WALCOTT
    Born: April 2nd 1957 (Former Minister of Health)

    Mark Zachariah WILLIAMS
    Born: April 13th 1940

    Anthony WOOD
    Born: July 11th 1960 (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.)


  52. Who or what gives David Simmons the authority to lecture Turks and Caicos Islanders about ethics and integrity?

    I love the people of Barbados, they are probably the most hospitable people in the entire Caribbean, after Turks and Caicos Islanders of course!!! The Island of Barbados is absolutely stunning and the food is among the best in the world. Those people could make a fruit punch, it the best I ever drank. I have been to Barbados more times than any other Caribbean country. I really do admire the people of Barbados. However the former Chief Justice of Barbados and now Chairman of the Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission is one bajan I do not have such admiration for.
    David Simmons was involved in politics in Barbados for about forty years, then Chief Justice of Barbardos for a number of years. He served as Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister in the Administration of his allegedly corrupt friend former Prime Minister Owen Arthur. The people of Barbados have been calling for years for the implementation of integrity legislation to govern those in public life. Both political parties in Barbados have promised integrity legislation on the campaign trail but when they get into office they reneged on that promise.
    David Simmons as a politician in power and Attorney General for so many years did nothing to promote integrity in public life in Barbados. Then he accepted the appointment as Chief Justice from his allegedly Corrupt friend Owen Arthur which cause Bajans to lose confidence in the Judiciary as it was seen as being politicized. It was revealed that $75,000.00 of campaign funds ended up in David Simmons’ friend Owen Arthur personal bank account. I can’t find a statement any where from David Simmons where he condemned this blatant corrupt act. The former Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson said that it was unethical for David Simmons to have accepted the appointment of Chief Justice. He refused to extend David Simmons tenure as Chief Justice.
    David Simmons was sued in the Canadian Courts while he was Chief Justice of Barbados over a land (kingsland) deal in Barbardos. He admitted under oath that he destroyed or caused evidence in the case to be destroyed. It was recently revealed that a serving Barbados politician has links to the porn industry. Politicians in Barbados are like pigs feeding at the trough just like some politicians in the TCI. So what or who gave David Simmons the moral authority to lecture the people of the TCI on ethics and integrity.
    David Simmons was appointed as Chairman of the Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission without due diligence by the clown, former governor Wetherell. It is no secret that many people in Barbados believe that David Simmons is ethically challenged. The members of the TCI integrity Commission were guest on a program on RTC radio recently. David Simmons was reported to have said that he wants the TCI to become known for its integrity. Funny he appears not to want the same for his native country. He described a person of integrity as one beyond reproach. I was hoping that the host would have ask him if he is a person beyond reporach. The question wasn’t ask so we may never know his answer to such a question. Now this is not to say that David Simmons did anything wrong he was never found liable of any wrong doing but the allegations were made and are part of the public debate.
    Below are links which I encourage all readers to click on to see the claims and assertions in this article are not made up by this editor but that they do exist:
    Chief Justice David Simmons Burned Files Amidst Ongoing Kingland litigation
    Barbados chief justice testifies under oath he destroyed business records evidence after lawsuit launched/S.B.G
    Barbados prime minister slams retiring chief justice david simmons over the ethics of simmons appointment
    The legacy of barbados attorney general chief justice sir david simmons
    Sir david simmons declares turks caicos public servants must declare assets but not him


  53. The filth being spewed on this blog by the DLP newbies just confirms how depraved and vile their minds are. The king is dead but he has left them his great legacy, the art of the nastiest politics. I know that for the Dems, politics is a blood sport but my goodness, are you all so desperate that you are sinking to lower than lower depths. My bad, I forgot, most DLP yardfowls can only operate in gutter.

    Go vulgar, it will only alienate you more and more from the electorate, it clearly shows that you are bereft of any vision to take this country forward and therefore you are desperate and have become nastier and nastier.

    The people of Barbados have made up their minds.


  54. I wonder why he and all of the DLPites who won the election on the promise to declare their assets and have never done so (even the dead king refused to do so, we now know why he could not) dont declare how much they have made in 4.5 years. Hypocrites!


  55. @ Say something please..

    LOL LOL ……… Man the UBS people musse tumble down laughing when they read the Deloitte Report ..headline ..DAVID THOMPSON ASSOC,…..man woman….you laughable…..lol


  56. You need not blame the attack on David Simmons as one made so by the DLP your reach and scope of the BLP corruption and theft has travelled far and it has travelled widely.

    This article condemning the corruption of David Simmons and the
    BLP was not at all written by any DLP person or indeed it was not even written by a Barbadian.

    If it had been written by a Barbadian it may have less harsh in its tone and it’s message, very sadly it was written and carried by media in the Turks and Caicos islands where he was working.

    That must then clearly give you some idea of the gravity and the extent of the way Owen Arthur, David Simmons and the BLP were seen in the eyes by those around the world, let me remind you the feeling was and still is that Arthur and the BLP were a corrupt bunch of vagabonds and crooks with one mission that was to rape taxpayers and the Treasury of millions of dollars.

    Let me remind you this article was penned in the Turks and Caicos islands and exposed widely there, it has no DLP input or content whatsoever.

    We do however salute the writer as being in touch and knowledgeable on what he wrote about.


    • Rational Son

      At the risk of being abused for my association with David Simmons; I would like to suggest that the DLPites stop trying to change the focus of this post and address the glaring incompetence that was identified. If they ignore the problem, it will not go away. This DLP administration needs to get of their large ever expanding backsides and change course. It would appear that they have come down with a severe case of reverse Midas: everything that they touch turns to fecal matter. Attacking David Simmons will do nothing to improve the economy, or correct the colossal mistakes that this administration has made. But if you think that attacking Simmons would help the economy and thus secure reelection for their party, go right ahead.


  57. Of course I must take advice from a failure in every venture you ever have ever undertaken, from someone who has been fired from every job you have ever had, from someone who was before the courts for theft and fraud, from someone who set up a Union of one, from someone who worships the ground David Simmons walks on because it highlights a post written by someone in the Turks Caicos islands that is damaging and true about Symmonds?

    Don’t make a bigger fool of yourself, you can attempt to defend as you wish but the public know you for what you are a fraud looking for an income, let Mottley help you out the fact that she sent you to face charges in court may have subsided and eased by now and she to is in need of friends.

    The long and short of all of this is that around the world and beyond your party and your leadership has been exposed as corrupt disgusting frauds.


  58. This must be the longest lasting occupation you have taken on and lasted at and look at it a load of nothing of substance or value.

    Do you realize that you rub shoulders with the likes of a Henderson Bovell with rape charges pending, the Sylvan Greenidge and yourself as three unemployables who survive by hand outs from the BLP?

    Get a life my friend and stop trying to advise people from some one who has NO SUCCESS STORIES OF LIFE TO REPORT and thereby will be deemed an empty vessel.


  59. “The long and short of all of this is that around the world and beyond your party and your leadership has been exposed as corrupt disgusting frauds.”
    you must understand that BU is widely read and allegations and accusations targeting personalities should be buttressed with evidence. What informaton do you have to support your emphatic statement that all over the world and beyond ‘ your party and leadership has been exposed as corrupt disgusting frauds’. my reading of the wkileaks revelations indicates that the us embassy had reported to washington during election time that the BLP was running the country well but were facing false accusations of corruption from the opposition.


  60. I think they also said that Mottley would never be leader over his dead body!

    Only for clarity so you do not forget.


  61. @robert ross
    Whoever you are : For Hal Gollop to say that the Chief Immigration Officer , or any public functionary for that matter , has AN UNFETTERED DISCRETION to do anything , would amount to a legal heresy which I remain guarded against . This HAL GOLLOP is well aware , and has taught students for the past seventeen years , that , in accordance with PADFIELD v MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE , FISHERIES AND FOOD , [ 1968 ] AC 997 , there is nothing such as an unfettered discretion in Public Law . If that was not made clear to you then , i hope for your sake that it has been now .


  62. @ Hal Gollop

    Well you said it…and of course it surprised me. Or can’t you read either? How interesting: you sound as pompous as Hal Gollop as you do in other guises.


  63. @ Hal Gollop

    What you actually said was that on questions of status the decision of the Chief Immigration Officer was final and that it was his decision alone. From the listener’s perspective, without more that would have implied that the CIO was a law unto himself – that he had an unfettered discretion.I am not the only person to interpret what you said in that way. You did not use those words – ‘unfettered discretion” – which is why I wrote to Caswell that you “seemed to say” not that you “said”. And, yes, you did “mumble” off the point very quickly.

    Any lawyer knows that this could not be right – even if he has not sat at the feet of “this HAL GOLLOP” in his part-time weekly visits to the Faculty of Law. As I said, if that was right we would have no Administrative Law. But we all know it is not right and, of course, you do too – which is why I was surprised that you created the impression you did and left it there..

    However, as I also said to Caswell, I fully concede that in the pressure of that medium one cannot always measure everything one says. I am sure that even “this HAL GOLLOP”, as also “this Robert Ross”, will concede that. One thing though: I do not question your expertise in this subject one jot….and so perhaps in the next programme you will add a codicil to what you said in the last..

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