BLP Has No Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital

Submitted by Steven Williams

Sir Branford Taitt’s career was adversely affected by the protracted nature of the St. Joseph Hospital inquiry

I just heard a news extract of comments by Opposition Leader, Owen Arthur, saying that he is not averse to the Government seeking foreign investment into the redevelopment of the closed St. Joseph Hospital. Well, my first reaction to that news item was: The BLP has no moral authority or legitimacy to speak about the St. Joseph Hospital. They Are Shameless! Truthfully, they ought to hang their heads in disgrace.

How things have changed with the passage of time! Can you really take this man and the BLP seriously? They were responsible for closing down the St. Peter based health institution as soon as they got in 1994. They went after the previous Health Minister, Branford Taitt, and hounded him out of politics with INNUENDOES, LIES and ACCUSATIONS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRURPTION. All of this culminated in a Commission of Inquiry.

That commission thoroughly investigated the hospital, and the report which exculpated and vindicated Sir Branford, never saw the light of day. The BLP Government NEVER made it public, simply because the document exonerated Sir Branford, after he was held up to public scorn and ridicule. They did not even have the common decency to apologise to the honourable gentleman.

The Report was deliberately ‘hidden’. It had to wait until a change of administration after 2008 for the findings to be made public. Remember the BLP went the length and breadth of this country saying the worst possible things about Sir Branford and the DLP. These ran the gamut from innuendoes and unsubtle lyrics in calypsos like ‘Steel in There’, and charges of nepotism and mismanagement, to the illegal recruitment of Barbadian nurses from Britain and immorality, and who was responsible for the fire that destroyed his constituency office.

ALL OF THE ABOVE ACCUSATIONS WERE PROVEN WRONG. Yet, the report was concealed by an administration hell-bent on politically damaging the DLP and permanently scarring Sir Branford’s character and public image, thereby leaving a repulsive impression of these persons in the minds of Barbadians. BUT, IT DID NOT WORK!

Now, a reincarnated Owen Arthur has the temerity to speak about the St, Joseph Hospital. I feel he should be made to repay the Treasury every cent spent on that Inquiry. Shame on you Owen Seymour Arthur, Shame on you! We have not forgotten. You robbed Barbadians living in the north of the country of access to health care that the DEMS were providing.

Moving to another salient matter. Recently, there was an unfounded allegation made at a BLP branch meeting that this administration had increased the numbers in the public service with its supporters, while axing some with BLP connections. Please furnish the evidence. NONE EXISTS!

I wonder if that person making the claim remembers that three top executives at the QEH – Millington, Springer and McAllister, as well as Gloria Broome, the first and only female Superintendent at Glendairy Prison, and a host of other public servants, were unceremoniously fired for doing their jobs. Their replacements performed poorly.

This administration did not pad the public service like its predecessor. In fact, it had no elbow room, even if it wanted to, since the VAT $$ used by the previous administration to inflate departments dried up; it was stuck with offices and agencies set up to employ BLP lackeys and supporters – e.g. RDC, UDC, NAB and the Pan African Commission – which are all a burden and a drain on the economy.

So, far from padding the civil service, the DLP kept the numbers (BLP partisans) that it found. The upshot is: these are now undermining the administration at every turn; from leaking documents, to passing confidential information to the opposition to the detriment of the Government.

If Owen Arthur is so keen to trim the fiscal deficit and privatise agencies, let him identify these and others, and be honest with Barbadians that he will retrench thousands from CBC and NCC to the Transport Board, the BWA and the Airport and Sea Port, putting them on the breadline. Please give us the specifics Mr. Arthur.

By the way, in the same news item, Mr. Arthur scolded the DLP for not developing the Scotland District (1/7 of Barbados, he says) after more than four years in office IN A RECSSSION; when they had 14 years IN A PERIOD OF PLENTY and ENDEMIC WASTAGE. I say no more. You be the judge.

Barbadians beware of the second coming of Arthur and the BLP!

88 thoughts on “BLP Has No Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital


  1. What is wrong with this submission is the fact there is nothing preventing the government from making the St. Joseph report public. We are not talking about the ministerial statement.


  2. Dems always want to rewrite their history.

    At the time, St Joseph although government owned WAS A PRIVATE HOSPITAL, you HAD to pay to go there. The country could not afford to run two hospitals and because it did not have the patients to bring in the revenue to turn it over it was closed, not because of Owen Arthur. Lord have mercy, you have to blame the man for every thing????

    And by the way, the Commission of Inquiry DID NOT exonerate Brandford Taitt. The same way “wunnah” went searching on the first day in 2008 for the so called FBI report, why “wunnah” didn’t look for this report and publish it. Maybe it was never published out of “concern” for Brandford Taitt and maybe you know that!!

    Freundel, please call the damn elections and let Barbados be rid of you Dems! You all are nauseating!


  3. From memory, even though Branford Taitt was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, the report was very critical of his ministerial meddling in the operations of the Ministry and the QEH. The press glossed this over at the time, but I still don’t think the report makes pretty reading.

    This is one of those cases where the Nation Newspaper had headlines that were in glaring dissonance with the content of the story, and the headlines won out.


    • BU takes this opportunity to AGAIN call for the St. Joseph Hospital Report to be made public. This government pushed the need for transparency in government last general election, here was/is a case to practice it.


  4. If the DLP cares so much about the people in the North and against the privatization of health delivery why sell the St. Joseph Hospital to overseas investors with duty-free concessions and tax breaks out of this world?

    Just for a mess of foreign exchange pottage? Why not treat it like the St. John Polyclinic or is it because of its location in St. Peter?

    BTW, where can we find the report on the St. Joseph Hospital Commission of Inquiry?


  5. @ David….are you saying that there might be something there? I would love for that report to be made public.I remember being peeved at Sir David Simmonds who at almost every sitting of the house would make reference to that report.His famous words were “Do you think that i’m on the take?”It was my contention that this report was used as BLP strategy to pilot rev.Atherley into the house.


  6. Pleaseeee tell me why Dems and their supporters are contented with rehashing the past and not giving Bajans any hope for the future. Tell me your plans for moving Barbados forward and stop playing the blame game!!!


    • Didn’t the Nation newspaper quote extensively from the report? Implied is that Albert Brandford had sight of the report.


  7. A few months ago a DLP supporter was on this blog saying that Owen Arthur sold the St Joseph Hospital and the Airport. When I challenged him, he said I was lying. He should come and apolgise to me now!

    And by the way, Mr Stephen, what is wrong with Owen Arthur supporting this project? You all have brought politics to such a low that one party cannot support another’s project without the nasty insinuations!

    It is sickening!


  8. @ Nia | October 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM |
    “Pleaseeee tell me why Dems and their supporters are contented with rehashing the past and not giving Bajans any hope for the future. Tell me your plans for moving Barbados forward and stop playing the blame game!!!”

    Because they have none to offer. Just attacking the BLP for14 years of plenty. All the ideas that the DLP had were included in their 2008 Manifesto of unfulfilled promises. Of course they will always refer to renewable energy as if it is their original idea and proposal.


  9. @ Miller

    You is a real sell-out of a man, what happen to you and all the hot air you was spouting about Owen Arthur not calling the PAC of Parliament to investigate the Pierhead Marina.

    Now every day and night you up and down the blogs nostrils full of Owen shite, singing a new hymn and praising the man you called “as big a criminal as anyone else”


  10. The so called Honourable gentleman still have not explained why the contractor working on the hospital was working on his house . We don’t buy the silly notion that it was a present from his firsy wife. Nonsense!!!!!!!!


  11. The writer of this article does not understand you should let sleeping dogs alone. Just as the the Prime should have remained in a comatosed state the writer should not have mentioned the St. Joseph Hospital Report.
    Only a fool would believe that Brandford Taitt was exonerated of all wrong doing. Why did the DLP take so long to give him a Knighthood after being president of the Senate?
    Please correct me if I am wrong but is there not a similarity to the situation at the B W A where goods were paid for twice. In the case of St. Joseph Hospital it might have been air conditioners.
    You DLP supporters are suffering from foot and mouth disease and spreading it throughout the party.


  12. MR TAITT IS NOT MY FAVORITE PERSON, BUT HE WAS NOT A BAD MOH AT ALL. HE WAS A FAIR PERSON

    AFTER THE ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL WAS REOPENED BY THE DEMS IT USED TO FUNCTION AS IT OUGHT TO HAVE. FOR EXAMPLE BEFORE THE BEES CLOSED, PATIENTS WERE OFTEN REFERRED FROM MAURICE BYER POLYCLINIC FOR SURGICAL AND OTHER SECONDARY CARE.

    IT WAS A SERIOUS SET BACK TO THE PROVISION OF SECONDARY CARE AND AN ACT OF WICKEDNESS AND LACK OF VISION WHEN ARTHUR CLOSED ST JOSEPH DENYING THE OLK OF THE NORTH ACCESS TO GOOD CARE.

    WE MUST GIVE JACK HIS JACKET
    TAITT USED TO LISTEN, BUT HE HAD SOME IDIOTS AROUND HIM WHO THWARTED SOME OF HIS VERY GOOD IDEAS..


  13. BLP under OSA has NO MORAL aUTHORITY on BNOC ! GAIA! BWA! TRANSPORT BOARD! lack of oversight and wasteful spending saw thenear collapse of these sects which also included is the QEH, the past administration should hang their heads in shame now in the eleventh hour trying to play catch up and no way out like cornered rats want to put the public sector on the breadline and have a fire sale,


  14. ac | October 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM |

    Under which administration did the Fraud at the BWA identified by the Auditor General take place?
    Of course ac, you will not respond except to blame OSA and his operatives at the BWA for the same fraud.

    Can you tell us why the QEH owes in excess of $40 million in statutory obligations? Is this the doings of OSA with these debts go back to 2007 like the Barrack settlement or it is OK now the DLP is in charge and you can turn a blind eyes to such malfeasance?


  15. @ Steven Williams

    “INNUENDOES, LIES and ACCUSATIONS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRURPTION.”

    It is rather hypocritical of you to state this. You must agree that a similar strategy was used by the DLP against the BLP during the last election campaign. We heard about secret deals, bank accounts, deposited cheques, forensic audits into Hardwood Housing, etc; and to this day no shred of evidence has been forthcoming to substantiate these accusations. It seems as though what is right for the DLP to do is wrong when others do a similar act.

    Do you not think that it is time for the DLP to bring some new ammunition to the fore during this “silly season” instead of the same old nonsense. Remember the electorate punished the BLP by voting them out of office.


  16. I am just tired of all this….The truth is as Barbadians we have a poor record of management despite the large amount of management with degrees and higher qualifications. The problem lies in our self-centered, selfish way of thinking that has handicapped the country. Many a government institution whether run under the BLP or DLP has suffered from this poor management. If we would take a good honest look at ourselves and see that this way of thinking has failed then we can open our minds to the possiblity that we can change this way of thinking. We must then be wiiling to CHANGE….


  17. Cuban families own 85 percent of all homes in the country
    Published on October 23, 2012

    HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuban families currently own nearly 85 percent of the houses in the country, while only six percent of the housing stock belongs or is linked to state entities.

    The rest is under rental system, or are rooms, rural homes and other kinds of places, according to the most recent 2011 report by the Housing Institute.

    The housing stock was reported at nearly 4 million homes, with 60 percent of them built after 1959. Most of them are houses and apartments.

    Some 75 percent of the total number of homes is located in urbanized areas, with an average occupation of 3.4 inhabitants per home. However, 63 percent of those housing units are considered as in good technical conditions and 37 percent in regular or bad shape, due to their aging or lack of appropriate maintenance, either by the state or the population.

    The situation improved over the past decade, particularly in historic city centres, where vulnerability and risk studies are carried out by the local environment agency. These studies contribute to construction projects while bearing in mind the damage inflicted by ten hurricanes that affected the island between 2001 and 2008, which caused the loss of one million homes.

    A law adopted on 28 October 2011 eased legal restrictions related to the donation, transfer, sale and purchase of private homes in Cuba.
    http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-Cuban-families-own-85-percent-of-all-homes-in-the-country-13118.html


  18. What “new ammunition before the ink was dry on the swearing in of the PM the BLP has hunted the DLP in every way from dayone t Now all this talk about “new ammunition” the “new ammunition is the way the BLP is trying to set the DLP for the call of elections wunna need to shut talking crap about “new ammunition.


  19. David, does it bother you that BU might be out of step with a large segment of the population.

    We are not so pleased with the DLP, but we are not so dismissive of the failings of the BLP during a 14 year period when the environment was not as challenging as it has been over the last four years.

    For people of my generation, Arthur sounds a little unconvincing talking about development of Scotland district and the St. Joseph Hospital. He sounds like Romney and the Republicans flip flopping constantly, pandering to every audience and seeking to ignore the choices made during their administrations which must be impacting on what is happening in the USA and Barbados cases respectively.

    BU and the bloggers here should note that mine and other young people’s votes are still very much up for grabs. For us, this is far from a done deal.


  20. Just remember, we are not as caught up in the need for a maximum leader.

    We are very media savvy, we cut our teeth watching elections on a global scale. We know when the elites of a society, backed by particular media outlets are trying to manipulate us.


  21. Do you guys know that most of us do not read Albert Branford. We could not care less what Harold Hoyte writes or most of the other columnists in the media. Richard Hoard is probably the only columnist my generation reads regularly. We are more likely to read barbados today if anything, and most of us find that BU has been taken over by the BLP operatives hence we are tuning out.

    We are interested in issues ( environment, technology, integrity, entrepreneurship, governance) much more than the personalities, intrigue and party political drama that seems to fascinate most of our so called opinion makers. The media has become an ongoing echo chamber for our elites passing as sophisticated debate.

    Oh well, we young people just don’t get it.


  22. @Youngobserver

    A troll on Facebook any day of the week will reveal the snippets from the Nation newspaper is fodder for discussion on that medium.

    On your other, if BLP operatives are outpacing the DLP this time around what does it say about the DLP? We have heard the BLP has contracted RED, a very aggressive and savvy Advertising/PR company. Connect the dots.


  23. @ Steven Williams
    “The Report was deliberately ‘hidden’. It had to wait until a change of administration after 2008 for the findings to be made public”

    Really? Where can we see a copy of the report? DLP, BLP what a bunch of jokers.

    Youngobserver you have wisdom beyond your years. Who watches CBC TV evening news? Every night a parade of Ministres spouting rubbish. When the BLP was in office they had their turn. Enough to make yoiu sick. and to think the taxpayers are subsidising that entity to the tune of millions of dollars.


  24. I am almost totally tuned out of Bajan media. It is largely useless unless you are titillated by all the party politics and hints of intrigue.


  25. th us and uk papers have the politics but also a lot more.
    Even with the politics there are simple things like fact checking. here all you get is he said and she said.


  26. Young Observer you are, I am sure, reflecting the opinions of many persons who read BU but who do not subscribe. In the main, the total number of contributors to BU can be counted on the fingers of two hands, repeating the same partisan claptrap ad nauseum. Like kids arguing in the playground, it is childish and futile. We know that politics as practised in Barbados is about getting hands on the MONEY! Ordinary citizens are just election cannon fodder.The very fact that both parties are shying away from integrity legislation says it all. Let both parties come with a PLAN instead of slagging-off the other side. We want to see plans for JOBS, and that means plans for manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and international business that are more than just lip service. We want to see Ministers sit in their seats and get the job done, instead of gadding about the world pretending to be important, and at great expense to us, the taxpayers. Barbados is fast becoming a “do nothing” country.


  27. You see David for me as a young, not especially partisan person, I want information in the midst of all the hoopla.

    I was led to believe that the credit downgrade signalled economic armageddon for Barbados. Three to four months after a credit downgrade not a single media outlet has seen it fit to raise the question of how Bim has been impacted. Not one of the many commentators and experts who were hollering loud when the event occurred have raised this issue.

    yet I am supposed to take these people seriously. tell me why i should view them as other than political hacks, attention seekers and people who jump on band wagons. The nation newspaper and starcom are largely useless for serious people, they just want to be up in peoples business and sell papers.


  28. I don’t know that much about these things, but at the time it seemed to me that what S&P seemed to be asking for (some more austerity measures), was exactly what the administration has been roundly condemned for by the nation and Starcom especially.

    I was influenced by all the negative media coverage and the fact that it sounded like a very bad thing for Bim and it had happened under the DLP’s watch.

    But quite frankly, after three months i am left to wonder what all the hoopla was about. if this thing was ever so horrible why is it completely out of public discussion?. Was it just another thing to flog the current administration on?


  29. Yu know what, right now I aint voting for a boy or girl!

    If I vote at all I am more likely to work with the rationale that given the state of the global economy the DLP has not done so badly that they deserve a one-term


  30. @Youngobserver

    You must be aware that factCheck.org is an independently funded organisation? It is something which a vibrant and relevant consumer body or even the UWI should consider.


  31. “This administration did not pad the public service like its predecessor. In fact, it had no elbow room, even if it wanted to, since the VAT $$ used by the previous administration to inflate departments dried up; it was stuck with offices and agencies set up to employ BLP lackeys and supporters – e.g. RDC, UDC, NAB and the Pan African Commission – which are all a burden and a drain on the economy.”

    Blatant lie!
    For example, when the DLP came to power they sent home about TWENTY employees from UDC, which accounted for about half of the full staff complement. Yet last year the Director of UDC said that they were moving offices because Roebuck Street was too small for the FIFTY staff members. So pray tell how this government had no elbow room when they hired more than they sent home? Anyone remembers the long list of vacancies advertised in The Advocate? What about the 70 new employees hired at BWA since March 2008–most never advertised?


  32. yu know there was lots of talk on “firing or forceably” removing Broome from Alexandra, yet there was a loud and pregnant silence when George Edghill was awarded a large settlement by the courts.

    Is it only my youth and ignorance that makes me see a connection between the things that might warrant some comment and comparison.

    is it that these are not issues or we are now so intent on busing Freundel and getting rid of the DLP that anything else goes. You mean we can’t as a country walk and chew gum at the same time. Clearly our media, our elites and so called opinion makers cannot.

    It really pisses me off that they think I am so shallow that I would want to read the tripe they serve up in the paper and on the radio everyday. The men found a new earth like planet, not a peep or comment. China is about to undergo a once in a,lifetime leadership change, not a comment, not a peep (yet they squeal about economic transformation and repositioning).


  33. I have been told that BWA and CBC do not currently require transfers from the consolidated fund to fund their operations, and as such are not burdens on the state finances. i am told that the most government does is guarantee loans for capital projects.

    if my source is to be believed the loans that have created problems at CBC and BWA in the past were ones raised under the last administration. is that correct? or is it now completely out of order to make any reference to acts of the last administration is discussing any issues.

    Are these points correct or not, can someone who knows shed some light with some hard evidence please.


  34. @Youngobserver

    The newspaper serves up what will sell newspapers. Do you think the average Bajan wants to read that the Euro fell from a five year high against the Yen after Moody’s cut the ratings in the Spanish region? The answer is no, they don’t give a damn.


  35. you might just be surprised. Someone should survey how many bajans now don’t bother to move their radio from BBC world service. How many just scan the local papers and then read stories from other newspapers and magazines. How many actually watch CBC evening news or even try to take it seriously as opposed to getting their news elsewhere and looking at CBC maybe for the headlines, if there is a murder, accident or something like that, the weather depending on whats happening, maybe sports or if they hear someone they know on tv.

    The DLP must be even more silly than i think, if they believe CBC actually influences anyone.


  36. @ youngobserver

    If anyone wants to understand modern politics of Barbados it is important to take the long view. We have to go back at least to the struggles of the 1930s to appreciate how the two modern political parties have alternatively and continuously transformed Barbados from one of the most poverty stricken and under-developed places in the Western Hemisphere to what it is today.

    We had among the lowest life expectancy, highest infant mortality and sheer poverty in the Caribbean all because the system was much more set in the favour of the plantocracy than it is today.

    Free education (at comprehensive schools), free healthcare, trade union and workers’ rights legislation, universal adult suffrage (the right to vote) NHC housing, the Deep Water Harbour, the QEH, University College of the West Indies, etc. etc. were achievements of the first BLP administration.

    The first DLP administration, expanded free education to the grammar schools, gained independence, transformed the University College to a full fledged University Campus, set up NIS and Social Security, the free text books scheme, school meals in the primary schools, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and the Community College, reduce the voting age from 21 to 18, etc., etc.

    At another time I will get into the contributions of the second BLP and DLP administrations, but I hope for now you get the point.

    One of the tendencies of youth is to ignore the importance of what has come before. I’ve been there and done that, so I know.

    Unfortunately, the DLP, much more than the BLP, has a penchant for seeking to ignore or obscure the contribution of the other party. It is only as an adult that I was able to go back and research the period between 1946 and 1961 and was amazed at how much transformative work had been accomplished.

    At least the BLP was smart enough to embrace the work of the Errol Barrow administration and designate him a National Hero.

    How does this affect us today? Our voting decisions must be based on an assessment of which party is more capable to meeting the current challenges, without the distortion of party blinkers and certainly without the spin that might suggest that one party or the other has secret plans to do this or that.

    Seek out the information for yourself and fact-check for yourself. Remember as well that the media manipulated us in 2007/2008 with so many of the talk show moderators later becoming government ministers and officials.

    So, listen to the media, take it all in with a grain of salt and make your decision when the day comes. Whatever you do, please vote because blood was spilled in 1937 which led to universal adult suffrage in 1951.


  37. I can take all the spin and attempts to manipulate from the political parties and operatives. I see that as their role. its the steady diet of shallow journalism masquerading as serious analysis. the country deserves and can do much better.


  38. @ youngobserver

    I think it was Ronald Jones who used the tern Armageddon.

    That notwithstanding, these things tend to have a slow and long term impact on our ability to borrow and attract foreign investment. When we have to pay higher interest rates, that will hit government finances and lead to reduced availability to money for social services, infrastructure, etc.

    So the impact can be expected in the medium term.

    But don’t forget that government finances are already so stretched that we are seeing the situation where money is being borrowed from the NIS to finance the Transport Board, the UWI etc. Government is also borrowing about $50 million monthly to meet current expenses. All of this is unsustainable, and there must soon be a day or reckoning.


  39. @youngobserver

    Its the steady diet of shallow journalism masquerading as serious analysis. the country deserves and can do much better.
    ==========================================

    This is true, but it has always been true. And we have to make our decisions in spite of it.

    Last election cycle, the media favoured the DEMS. This cycle it’s the BEES. I think perhaps they play it this way to boost their bottom line.


  40. BTW, the Advocate has sold it’s soul to the DLP. It said as much in an editorial about two years back. So that, along with CBC, is the other side of the coin.


  41. to all the sideliners and bu head counters i say :the only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good people to sit on the sidelines and say or do nothing. in a democracy the right to free speech should not be taken for granted .


    • The same trend exist on the talk shows. 12 to 20 callers are regulars but thousands take comfort in listening. It is what it is.


  42. @ DavidB | October 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM |
    “BTW, the Advocate has sold it’s soul to the DLP. It said as much in an editorial about two years back. So that, along with CBC, is the other side of the coin.”

    The reason why the Advocate has sold its soul to the DLP is to survive as a business operation and pay its monthly bills met primarily from indirect transfers from the taxpayers.
    The promised TV licence has not yet been forthcoming so that enthusiasm showed for the January2008 General elections might have waned significantly unless similar watertight assurances are given this time around to revive the flying of that banner of support.

    Five years are a long time in waiting for a dividend to be forthcoming from a investment made in a dead King.


  43. Young observer,

    You would do well to be more widely read and do not only read the joky column penned by Lowdown on Fridays. Where or what is the educational content of Lowdown, his wife or his cows?

    Read the Nation and the Advocate as well. You should have enough sense to decipher what is truth and what is fiction. The reason why young people are not well informed is because they do not read and only watch channels of no educational value like BET.

    You do know that Americans have the same problem with their media, they call it the lame stream media and Americans go to the new media for their news.


  44. @ Youngobserver | October 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM |
    “I have been told that BWA and CBC do not currently require transfers from the consolidated fund to fund their operations, and as such are not burdens on the state finances. i am told that the most government does is guarantee loans for capital projects.” “if my source is to be believed the loans that have created problems at CBC and BWA in the past were ones raised under the last administration. is that correct? or is it now completely out of order to make any reference to acts of the last administration is discussing any issues.”
    “Are these points correct or not, can someone who knows shed some light with some hard evidence please.”

    Listen young ‘Tattle Tale’, ‘Blabbermouth Babsie’, ‘Lick Mout Lou’ and ‘Market Vendor’, it’s just not good enough to use the sound bites such as:
    “I have been told”. “I am told”. “If my source is to be believed.”

    Since you are so critical of the mainstream media and this blog why not ask your sources to shed light with real hard evidence.

    Start with the National Accounts and the Annual Estimates and then get back to us with the following: “The National Accounts record and report that….. “ The Estimates for 2012/2013 project that…”.
    Now stop wasting the thousands of educational dollars invested in you young observer. Wee need to see a return.


  45. @ young observer

    To follow up on what Prodigal Son said about deciphering truth from fiction, take the issue of civil servants’ jobs.

    At least 3 government ministers have accused several BLP officers of holding a secret meeting where they made plans to cut 10,000 public sector jobs if the BLP is returned to power.

    On the other had, there is an IADB loan agreement available on line (http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=36818134) where the government commits itself to “rationalising the cost of personal emoluments” in the public sector.

    Bear in mind that in 1994 David Thompson campaign was based on an alleged secret IMF deal by the BLP/Owen Arthur to devalue the Barbados dollar. He alleged he had the document and would share it with the public. We are still waiting.

    You can put two and two together to decipher what if fact and what is fiction. No one can pretend to be confused on this one.

    And that is the process. Read widely, get your information from as many sources as possible, sift and analyse, and then make a judgement on the issue at hand.


  46. “However, 63 percent of those housing units are considered as in good technical conditions and 37 percent in regular or bad shape, due to their aging or lack of appropriate maintenance, either by the state or the population.’

    how then could the situation have improved in the last decade? not logical.IT has worsened as a result of the reasons abovementioned, out of 11 million people, i posit without fear of contradiction that only about 5% live in adequate housing.


  47. young observer by his clever comments is proving to be not so young after all and is showing where his preference lies as is his right even if subtly. good and balanced response at4.32 pm davidb.


  48. @ balance | October 24, 2012 at 5:45 AM |

    We can see right through his/her (young observer) “transparent” youth and “open” agenda. A convoluted liar tripping up him or herself all along the damned lying path (DLP) to George St. while blaming everything going wrong in Bim on some bogey international recession. What we have on our hands is not an economic recession but major corrections to the financial markets which we have to learn to live with going forward. How could some international economic adjustment stop this administration from implementing Integrity legislation?

    Young observer could as well come clean like ac and CCC the mascot and nail his colours to the DLP family mast blazoned with the heraldic markings of the guild of pathological liars.


  49. That “young observer is no young person but if they are then it shows that free education system in Barbados is wasted and a failure …..


  50. same can be said of balance who claims to have no people leanings or affiliation yet from his postings shows tendancies of being pro BLP


  51. Bajans will be called upon to pay for their childrens education and user fees wiil be introduced at the Queen Elizebeth hospital for all services renderd there and at the polyclinics


  52. Bajans will be called upon to pay for their childrens education and user fees wiil be introduced at the Queen Elizebeth hospital for all services renderd there and at the polyclinics

    CCC, BAJANS HAVE BEEN PAYING INDIRECTLY BUT GRANTED NOT FULLY FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION FOR SOME TIME NOW AND USER FEES FOR CERTAIN SERVICES AT THE HOSPITAL AND TO THE PHARMACY TO ACCESS MEDICATON

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  53. “same can be said of balance who claims to have no people leanings or affiliation yet from his postings shows tendancies of being pro BLP”

    CAN’T FAULT YOUR LGIC AC, INACCURATE THOUGH IT MIGHT BE. PLEASE BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU I ONLY TRY TO BE BALANCED AND LIKE YOU I BELIEVE OSA SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A BACKSEAT BUT UNLIKE YOU I THINK HE DID A MARELLOUS JOB IN MANAGING A BROEN DOWN ECONOMY HE INHERITED WHEN HE CAME TO POWERAND RESTORED CONFIDENCE IN THE COUNTRY AND UNLIKE YOU I CANNOT SAY HE IS A CROOK UNTIL THOSE LIKE YOU BRING THE EVIDENCE AND EXPOSE HIM FOR THE CROOK HE IS.


  54. balance it is easy to say but when one look back in the years of the BLP there is nothing that one can point to that would have protected barbados from world wide economic shock given that the BLP had all the financial resources and money for proper planning fuh god sake after 14 years problems like transport and health are still problematic for the country and energy and food production are where these not relevant in sustaining an economy and society through good goverance


  55. people want to change the government because they want better from their government and that is their right. I do somehow believe that I have the right to ask for more from the media because I want better.

    My political leanings are mine and nobody’s business. I am a young, well read, thinking person, who is not some puppet to be jerked by the elites and media outlets, or driven by who is up and who is down.


  56. Miller, I can read and count thank you. The question being raised in terms of CBC is not whether its part of the estimates, but whether or not the revenues earned by the corporation covers the operational costs. the same for BWA. I don’t know the answer, I am asking a question.


  57. you know my education, not at the expense of the tax payer has taught me a thing or two about the skills of argument. The BU faithful are now resorting to one of the standard tactics, don’t deal with the argument attack the person who raises the questions.


  58. Mystic, where have i blamed a global recession for anything in bim in my posts. you know I have noticed this trend in a lot of debate recently where people seem to want to bat, bowl and field too.

    Your line is that the DLP is blaming the recession for everything and you seem to impute that into any argument that does not join in your chorus.

    What an arrogant, self important set of people.

    if you read my posts I am largely asking questions, seeking to be enlightened, and widen the debate.


  59. @ Youngobserver | October 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM |

    I too would like to know these things.
    If only we can get the Ministers in charge of these statutory bodies to adhere to their legal responsibilities and have prepared audited financial statements no later than three months after the end of their financial year.

    Being a young enthusiastic observer you might want to ask the relevant Ministers why this incompetence and blatant violation of the law. While you are at it ask the Minister responsible for the NIS to do the same. We will be happy for those up to 2010/11 financial year.

    Now don’t show your true colours and do like ac and talk about the BLP had 14 years of doing the same thing. No ad hominems, please!


  60. Given the nature of the accounting and auditing process, its difficult for my young and inexperienced mind to see how you discuss that issue without looking back. But any reference to the past is not allowed on this blog.

    You are still dodging the issue though. You people know everything and have access to all kinda documents, so based on the most recent financials of CBC and BWA do their revenues current their operational costs? If they don’t just tell me so, so i can confront the person who suggested to me that the revenues from these two entities cover their operational costs and as such they are not a burden to the taxpayer. what is all the drama, intrigue and vitriol about on what seems likely a simple and harmless question and search for information?


  61. “balance it is easy to say but when one look back in the years of the BLP there is nothing that one can point to that would have protected barbados from world wide economic shock given that the BLP had all the financial resources and money for proper planning fuh god sake after 14 years problems like transport and health are still problematic for the country and energy and food production are where these not relevant in sustaining an economy and society through good goverance”
    AC i could easily say that the dlp has done nothing to tackle your concerns after having the opportunity to govern for 26 years but i do not want to present a tit for tat situation here. the issue at present is the state of the economy and the dlp has not not inspired in its manangement afer having the blp thrown out on charges of corruption which they have nottrie to or have been unable to prove.what people are saying is that things in the country are worst off than four years ago after promising to reduce the cost of living. that is the issue the dlp has to deal with to retain governance not owen arthur’s alleged infelicities. granted the dlp is a popular party as a result of having been able to indoctrinate a large segment of thhe population through the academy of politics and might win back because of goodwill but not performance for sure.

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    • @balance

      You comment explains the problem for the DLP but not for the reason you posit. Who can expect that any government managing a country in these economic recessionary times can achieve the performance of the boom years? Especially a country like Barbados? This is where the DLP has lost the argument i.e. it should be communicating to the people how they have done the best in the circumstances. Instead we have the nonsense arguments about comparing to employment of 6% in 2007 etc, foreign reserves of 2.8 billion,etc


  62. ‘Who can expect that any government managing a country in these economic recessionary times can achieve the performance of the boom years”

    mr david, like the nonsensical ‘country not only economy society’ proclamation i have never been able to buy in to this ‘boom year’ utterance. what i do know is that mr arthur took a battered and dying economy and i am not casting blame on mr sandiford because i heard mr sandiford say with my own ears that the economy was batting bhetter than gary sobers and those saying otherwise were prophets of doom and gloom so i am not casting blame but the fact of the matter is that when mr arthur resumed office th economy was in the worst shape it has ever been and under his management, things began to look better for the economy and confidence in the bads dollar was restored. we could spend a whole year arguing that it was because of policies he inherited but in my book that is mere speculation, the fact of the matter is that what ever he found he had to manage it well and that he did. if boom years resulted, then he and he alne as minister of finance must take the credit and like the man told me that barrow give his children free education and i can’t tell him otherwise, then you can’t convince me that mr arthur was not rsponsiblbe for the good times i enjoyed between 1998 and 2007.


  63. A political spin but you are entitled.
    SO ARE YOU
    OR SHOULD I SAY JUST FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPSWHICHARE BECOMING MORE PRONOUNCED IN RECENT TIMES AS YOUSENS DANGER FOR TE DLP. MY ADVICE TO YOU IS DO NOT PANICYET, ALL IS NOT LOST AS TE NEXT POLL WILL SHOW.


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  65. BLP Has No Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital

    A VERY TRUE STATEMENT

    THE REFURBISHED ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL WAS WORKING PROPERLY

    THE BLP DESTROYED IT!

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