To Alexandra and Back: A DEFINING MOMENT For the DLP Government?

Submitted by Yardbroom
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

In arriving at a just determination, when a plethora of evidence must be examined by a properly constituted tribunal,  it is often best to decide first on what can be agreed on.  In the Alexandra issue it is agreed – or appears – that the problems there started before the term of this DLP Government.  However, when elected to government  problems should be solved which you inherited, that is the nature of being elected to govern.  So the problems despite their history must be solved by this administration.

In the first instance  Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stood back and was criticised for so doing.  With a cabinet consisting of Ministers with portfolios in charge of respective departments, they are expected to discharge their responsibilities.  A Prime Minister should not be seen as a dictator, he must allow his ministers an opportunity to make decisions.  When the problem of Alexandra appeared intractable the Prime Minister agreed to meet with BSTU and if the speech made by them after the meeting is to be believed, they were listened to.  In politics being cordially welcomed and politely listened to does not always mean an agreement with your stated position.

The Prime Minister decided having listened to the complex issues involved, to go the route of a Commission Of Inquiry.  Here (On BU) there was “some”  disagreement with this course of action.  However, this decision gave the electorate to whom the Government is ultimately responsible an opportunity to learn first hand of the issues involved and form an impression – on the plausibility of evidence – of the major players giving evidence before the Commission.

Why is Alexandra important?

(a) Most of us have children and like the majority of the Barbados population have been to school.

(b) We have at some time therefore interacted with Heads and teachers.

(c) We want our children to have a rounded education, in an environment that is conducive to learning.

We have an issue which is complex but to which the electorate can “relate.”  It matters not if you support BSTU or Mr. Broomes, the situation at Alexandra could not continue as it was.  It is a teaching establishment, where it is “alleged” the teachers could not co-exist in peace and harmony,when discharging their duties; one has to question what were the core values being taught.  It was finally decided that a cancerous root had taken hold and in order to make a fresh start, drastic action was needed.

The transfers were many but so were the problems.  Can any “reasonable person ” believe that after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Barbados, the findings of a Commission of Inquiry and an order signed on behalf of the Governor General of Barbados we could go back to the “status quo” as if nothing has happened.

There is talk of the transfers being “punitive”, are we expected to believe that after the evidence at the COI the blame lies only with Mr. Broomes and only he should be separated/transferred from Alexandra, would that be justice?  If you accept there is fault on both sides, then both sides should be admonished.  Even if “mitigation” is warranted it does not extend to the point where the impression is that one side has escaped unscathed.

The teachers at Alexandra like “most” teachers in Barbados have the interest of their students at heart and in the main are honest decent people and try with due diligence to do what is best for them.  How then have we arrived at this impasse? It is because they have become entangled in a situation where like snowflakes, they are snared in a snowball rolling downhill at speed, around which is tightly tied a red scarf flailing frantically in an icy wind.

There is also a feeling they must show solidarity with colleagues, some of whom they have known for many years.  If you are not part of an inclusive group; a staff room can be a “lonely place” particularly for those who transgress unwritten rules.  Often some staff members only go there to collect mail or read notices and dread passing through the school gates in the morning and that is not because the task of teaching causes fear.  That is the human aspect of this situation, to them much sympathy is extended.

Alexandra (Greek) feminine form of Alexander a name sometimes given to the Goddess Hera is usually taken to mean: “One who comes to save warriors”.  It would be ironic would it not, if the astute leadership skills demonstrated by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart – you may disagree- has caused she – Alexandra – to come to the aid of a true warrior and so define the outcome of the next Barbados General election.

0 thoughts on “To Alexandra and Back: A DEFINING MOMENT For the DLP Government?


  1. Prodigal Son | January 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM |
    Freuendel cant be a worst PM than short man Arthur who plunged a knife in his leader’s back in a naked grab for power after cowardly running from David Thompson only returning to backstab Mia when he learned DT was dying.

    When is he planning to answer FReundel who accused him of begging the DLP to take Mia Mottley the woman he abuses most.

    At the meeting Wed is he planning to thank Frendel for bringing the scandalous Barrack affair to a conclusion?

    After five years of bombarding us he’s got the answers to the world’s economic woes Arthur tells us privatisation of the social services is the panacea. What nonsensical backward tripe. If Bajans return the privatisation guru to power the real suffering will begin we shall all come up short, pun intended.


  2. Waiting,

    You are free to insult OSA as much as you want. That is your god given right!The sweet thing is that you have one vote, I also have one vote. The people of Barbados collectively will decide whom they want to govern them whenever the sleeping giant wakes up and calls the election even if we have to wait for the crop season to begin!


  3. I heard The DLP campaign mamager said at his address on Friday that the AX matter is now behind them, I wonder who it is in front now? The Barrack matter is very different, I understand the Barbados government will be renting from Barrack; I wonder how much they will pay him per month/year? What is happening is similar to a vehicle owner who have now serviced his vehocle for years but has to go for inpection and just wash the body to make it like clean, but the tyres, engine, steering and brakes bad. It is time both parties stop window dressing just to win votes. We all know what this party did in 2007/2008 and it has come back to haunt them.


  4. so prodical it took u so long to realize that u and i and the rest of barbados must wait on elections are called and all of us collectively will decide the outcome, some will be disappoinred and some wil be happy, nevertheless, better late than never.


  5. @ To The Point | January 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM |

    What is your view on the BLP opposition plan to boycott Parliament starting this Tuesday until the elections are called?
    Don’t you think they are just a bunch of evil wicked dishonourable individuals who don’t give two selfish damns about the people?

    Go ahead and cuss “dem” to ras klat but remember late 2007.
    Looks like de′jà vu late all over again.
    ‘Only those who wear the shoe feel the pinch’.


  6. @miller et. al
    the boycott (and meeting) is an excellent opposition strategy. I don’t think the DLP realises that they have to fight the BLP an general public sentiment. Not to mention probably a fed up and disgusted business class as well.

    Neglecting any at the expense of the others will be to their disadvantage.

    Observing


  7. Speaking as a business person, i personally know that business people are quite aware that if something does not change soon, there will be very few business left in Bim, and the few that are there will definitely be foreign own. WHY DON’T ANY OF THESE TAXPAYER PAID LEECHES HAVE ANY VISION. WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT AT UWI????


  8. I salute the government of Barbados in its effort to resolve the foolish situation that existed at the Alexander School.
    I am of the opinion that the Commission of Inquiry was not a waste of money.Out of that inquiry recommendations were made and subsequently acted upon.
    I am also of the firm belief that the vast majority of fair-minded Barbadians is very supportive of the action taken by the government.It cannot be disputed that maybe a few mistakes might have occurred in the transfer process of the teachers.
    Nevertheless,the action taken by government is going to redound to the benefit of students at Alexander School and the education system as a whole.
    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has demonstrated tremendous courage,tenacity and tact in dealing with the myriad of issues that are confronting his administration.
    This Alexander issue was allowed to fester under the last administration headed by that despicable political hum bug – Owen Arthur who refused to intervene in bringing about a resolution to that issue.
    Beloved Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has acted and at long last a resolution to the Alexander issue has been achieved.
    Al Barrack is being guaranteed payment for his building and services he provided for Barbados.A debt left unattended by that disgrace of a political party – Barbados Labour Party.
    The CLICO issue is also being tackle.
    Long live Freundel Stuart and the great Democratic Labour Party.
    Freundel Stuart,please do not pay any attention to the despots in the Barbados Labour Party.We the people of Barbados will deal with them at election time.
    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart,you and your government are on the path to great and historic victory when you sir decide to call elections.
    Onwards to a great victory,Sir.


    • Negroman

      Re: Your comment at 3:17.

      Are you aware that it would be illegal for the Public Service Commission to act on the recommendations of the Waterman Commission? So I can take it that you are supporting the Government for breaking the law.

      Sent from my iPad


  9. Is it true that Mary Redman has called the transfer of English teacher Leslie Lett to St James Secondary the unkindest cut of all the transfers and that she would like to have that transfer rescinded if nothing alse is achieved?Recall it is rumoured that Lett whose father,the Rev Leslie Lett, helped mediate the row between Erskine Sandiford and the unions in 1991,now finds himself “demoted”to a school where the students’ preference is for dialect and cuss words.Serve him right,the nincompoop,born into privilege and not being street wise,stupidly follows a backrajohnny from Free Hill who knows more cuss words and dirty tactics than Malcolm X.


  10. @ Caswell

    Negroman will support anything coming from DEM so. Doesn’t seem to be anyone at home upstairs where he is concerned.


  11. @ Negroman | January 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM |
    ” It cannot be disputed that maybe a few mistakes might have occurred in the transfer process of the teachers.”

    But nigger man, are you going to include in that ‘few mistakes’ the transfer of Broomes to Parkinson Memorial? Do you, as a true nigger man, know who Rawle Parkinson was and what he stood for?

    If Broomes was such an awful principal to deserve such public criticism, opprobrium, vilification and denigration of character why transfer him to a school the bears the memory of one of the greatest black teachers this country ever produced?

    Do you know, black man, that Rawle Parkinson was a graduate of the Brooker T Washington Training Institute? Why dump a man that people like you, DLP sycophantic nigger boy in the yard, claim to be rubbish on a school that projects the spiritual consciousness of a black freedom fighter just to further ‘blackened’ it?

    Why not transfer him (if transfer is the easy option for this moribund DLP administration) to a school that carries the name of a SLAVE OWNER AND MASTER like Harrison College or even Cloeridge & Parry or Combermere?

    Why Rawle Parkinson, nigger man?


    • Miller

      The choice of the Principal of Parkinson was simply to remove that principal from the firing like. He was the next Jeff Broomes in the making. Some of the workers there had already left BUT and joined NUPW in order to deal with him because he is also a staunch member of BUT and was receiving their protection. Didn’t you ask yourself why choose Parkinson to transfer Broomes when there are two vacancies for Principal of Secondary Schools available? No one is considering the children in this process: it was merely an exercise to strengthen BUT.

      Sent from my iPad


  12. @Gabriel Tackle
    Serve him right,the nincompoop,born into privilege and not being street wise,stupidly follows a backrajohnny from Free Hill who knows more cuss words and dirty tactics than Malcolm X.

    ***************************

    I cringed when I read the above, it’s amazing how we sit here and casually cast insults at one of the most influential black men of the last century. obviously your knowledge of Malcolm X is severely limited.

    Perhaps one day you’ll be free.


  13. IG246

    You snivelling clod…

    Why don’t u go back to Grenada or wherever it is u sailed from? U never have anything good to say bout Barbados, its people or its institutions?


  14. if this standoff approach by the relevant ministry continues ignoring the calls of the BSTU to meet. what might be seen as as win in trying to resolve this AX debacle can result in a loss for govt at the polls with BSTU membership witholding their vote in upcoming elections. this foolishness and sandbox mentality is not professional. give the BSTU the meeting and move on.Warning!


  15. In reference to the Alexandra impasse Mary Redman (BSTU) was alleged to have said. Credit Donna Sealy Barbados Today 14 – 01 -13, during a meeting at The Hugh Springer Auditorium. . . “the union had always accepted the authority of the public service commission to transfer teachers”. . .

    So the transfers are Legal, despite what some here have said.

    She also said: “. . .this situation has serious trade union and professional implications so we question the reason for the method and reasonableness of the transfers”. . .

    As I understand the situation. The reason for the method is because some of those involved were not – then – prepared to compromise. I am also a little surprised that the word “REASONABLENESS” was used as many here who have followed this situation would not apply “REASONABLE” to the utterances previously made by the leader of BSTU.
    Note, I have simply used her own words as reported, to form a conclusion.


  16. @yardbroom
    Despite the many utterances and statements the conclusion remains the same. Lol.

    Game, set. They aree fighting haard to stave off the inevitable match.

    @ac
    Yes, thee results will show somewhat at the polls. But there may be an insie winsie amount of swing. Voters who vote DLP because they believe for once they put down their foot. Time will tell.

    Observing


  17. observing i am looking at a bigger picture here not necessarily with BSTU members voting for the opposition but abstaining as a form of protest .which undoubetly would hurt the DLP. some body better let cooler heads prevail .


  18. @70th week | January 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM |

    So why don’t we all go back to where we all come from then? Up yuh mudder belly!

    That is why small mindedness will always reign! It had to tek a Trini to come and to start a dissenting movement here. People like you would love to send everyone back who criticize things they see going wrong. I DOES VOTE AND I SHARPENING MUH PENCIL TO TEK MUH VOTE BACK! Commer send me back! I here longer than yuh. I IS A BAJAN come and try to tek it way! You is one piece a pupp! YUH DLP FOWL COCK! YUH TINK YUH CUD FRIGHTEN ME? Piece a PUPP!


  19. @ Yardbroom .
    The BSTU directors also advised its membership that their legal counsel has advised that their case is very weak legally and unlikely to succeed . The main weakness was the inability to provide evidence to support their claims . I find this revelation very interesting . I have been wondering all along what role the legal adviser was playing in this whole drama . I now have a better idea . Redman also said that they were advised that the teachers should all report for work as ordered to avoid possible disciplinary action.


  20. @ David
    Your question above is one such instance where there is a lack of evidence to support the claims being made by Redman and the BSTU .


  21. Thanks for your post about the Principal of Parkinson School and BUT and its members going to NUPW. Some of the members of BUT believe that the executive are looking after their own interest can you add to this list.I am too old to remember all of them. Brain getting bad!!!!

    VICTOR HUTCHINSON – Over Sight committee at AX School-Past BUT President. Ensuring that BUT members are entrenched and are kept in place at AX
    KAREN BEST past BUT president now DEPUTY CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER (MOE)
    FERNANDO CARTER (BUT EXECUTIVE) NOW EDUCATION OFFICER (MOE)
    IVAN CLARKE (BUT EXECUTIVE) principal Bayley’s Primary
    PERDRO Shepherd (Canvassed as candidate for DLP
    HERBERT GITTENS (BUT EXECUTIVE) PRINCIPAL Wesley Primary????
    ORSON ALLEYE (BUT) Principal PMS
    MS Forte(Head of Stewarts) (Deceased) was to be Primary school principal
    WALTER HARPER ((BUT EXECUTIVE) Chief Audio Visual Aids Officer (MOE)
    RONALD JONES (BUT PAST PRESIDENT) Minister of Education
    JEFF BROMES ((BUT PAST PRESIDENT) Principal PMS

    The list is extensive. if you want to be promoted join BUT for easy access


  22. @watching

    While there is no ‘evidence’ one must always thrive to have transparency in decision making and the perception that the moral high ground has been taken.


  23. @Dacid
    “What information is available to support concerns by Redman of union busting by the MoE.”

    none.

    There’s a bigger picture. Jones / Komes would have us believe that it’s the BUT that manipulates for personal gain… but, we could look at any union across Barbados (except Caswell’s) and probably come to the same conclusion. Persons in unions naturally have access to more information, more legislation, more people, more circles, more opportunities and hence increase their chances of bettering themselves, being seen, heard and yes…promoted. The avenues are open to anyone who so chooses.

    The BSTU has many lessons still to be learnt. The quicker they learn them the better their members will fare. The evolving huff adn puff is nothing but

    If we’re going to talk “union busting” then we need to talk political party and fraternity busting as well. That would take us to the “root” of the matter.

    Just Observing


  24. IG246
    So why don’t we all go back to where we all come from then? Up yuh mudder belly!

    That is why small mindedness will always reign! It had to tek a Trini to come and to start a dissenting movement here. People like you would love to send everyone back who criticize things they see going wrong. I DOES VOTE AND I SHARPENING MUH PENCIL TO TEK MUH VOTE BACK! Commer send me back! I here longer than yuh. I IS A BAJAN come and try to tek it way! You is one piece a pupp! YUH DLP FOWL COCK! YUH TINK YUH CUD FRIGHTEN ME? Piece a PUPP!
    =======================================
    Do I have your attention now? Good!

    Now please use your best understanding to follow what I am saying.
    You and many like you come to Barbados, enjoy the best of the place yet contribute little or nothing. Does Bim have issues? Absolutely. But all people like you do is criticize and pull down. On one hand enjoying the peace and tranquility of the place yet on the other hoping for the worst possible outcomes for the island and its people. You are disgrace. I am not saying that foreigners are not welcome – that’s foolish but at least add something positive to the place.

    Even the Jews who were exiles and captives in Babylon were told to pray for the prosperity of the place they were held captive…
    “Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”


  25. 70th week | January 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM |

    Come let muh hold yuh captive I will deal wid yuh to suit! Bushie help muh out nah?


  26. @ islandgal246 | January 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM |

    “YUH DLP FOWL COCK! YUH TINK YUH CUD FRIGHTEN ME? Piece a PUPP!”

    You see why this once admired country is becoming the laughingstock of the Caribbean if not the World?
    Outbursts like those from 70th week only make the Myrie case more believably watertight and the xenophobic perceptions of people from the region and other visitors have of stupid Bajans like “70th week” who, in the most, support this anti-foreigner DLP administration. A position totally contrary to the ideals of its founding fathers and immortalized in EWB’s “Mirror Image” speech.

    You are quite justified in blasting 70th week for the crap he spews forth from his ignorant mouth. He is really a DLP (dangerous lying pimp) FOUL COCKY SCUMMY SCU*T.


  27. @observing (…)

    Understand your flow but it stops at the MoE and its responsibility to make ‘adjustments’ if a segment is appearing to benefit from union allegiance.


  28. so observing you are you are telling me that the observation that BUT EXE ignoring that rights of they MEMBERS at AX because of the bigger picture and whatever they will be promoted because they have extra information shame. I done with them many eons ago and I glad they care about being promoted not about people. Thanks for your enlightment.


  29. caswell shed some light on this BUT executive promotion since observing say that your union is the only one not guilty of such


    • Onya Jones

      The senior grades of the Teaching Service are littered with former and current members of the executive of BUT. Many of whom are completely incompetent and only create strife at the workplace. In their entire history, I have only been able to identify three executive members that did not gain promotion as a result. And by promotion I include persons who gained a profile from the union and then went on to be adopted by political parties for higher office. I understand that it is a strategy of the DLP to infiltrate other organisation but in the case of the BUT the infiltration has become more like amalgamation.

      The same thing happens at NUPW but on a smaller scale. But it has reached a stage a minister of Government could call the General Secretary say do something about Caswell because he is putting too much pressure on the Government. I did not overhear the conversation, that is what Dennis Clarke reported to me when he was asking me to back off the UDC dismissals.

      Sent from my iPad


  30. But miller you need to check what you said. i remeber OSA tirade abou DT thompson wife . how convient for you to be lecturing DLP yardflows on such a subject when the RT HON had shown no respect for MARA place of origin as a foreigner and a parliamentarian living on our shores. albeit i donot support 70th view.


  31. 70th week | January 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM |

    Ah forget….why yuh doan tell Mara and she late husband to go back where dem come from? Wunna so backward wunna gine elect a St. Lucian to be PM one day. YOU LIMP DLP FOWL COCK!

    Thank you Miller!


  32. We are all influenced by our environment and our outlook tend to be coloured by these reflections as we mature
    @Miller 14Jan 7.59p
    …why Rawle Parkinson nigger man?
    My Dad attended Wesley Hall elementary school.I heard him speak of his experience at a decision made by Parkinson and which decision affected my Dad’s opinion of Parkinson.When the time came for transfer to secondary school
    Parkinson refused my Dad’s transition with the comment ‘you do not need any secondary education,you are assured of a job.Let a poor deserving black boy get an opportunity.Parkinson was a black power advocate in his day and he cared not whom he hurt in the process.As a result,I have no regard for Rawle Parkinson.
    @Sargeant 14Jan 10.23p
    …Malcolm X..one of the most influential black men of the last century…your knowledge of MX is severely limited.
    Not so.I have read of him and I read his book in which he detailed all the nasty stuff he did,his later epiphany notwithstanding.Your assumption is misplaced and.


  33. @ Caswell

    ” But it has reached a stage a minister of Government could call the General Secretary say do something about Caswell because he is putting too much pressure on the Government. I did not overhear the conversation, that is what Dennis Clarke reported to me when he was asking me to back off the UDC dismissals.”

    In the first sentence you posit a factual position (Minister calling the General Secretary) then in the second sentence you confirm that fact is underpinned and established by hear say (Dennis Clarke told me so).

    The sum total of this contribution like alot of your other contributions is that is it pure and unfiltered and biased non-sense. Politics is the domain of liars and political deals are consumated on the backs of lies but cemented under the oath of honesty amongst thieves.


    • Additional Services

      Are you aware that the General Secretary and Dennis Clarke is one and the same person?

      Sent from my iPad


  34. @onya
    Thanks for admitting that you have an axe. Now, let’s not confuse three issues in one. You mention rights of members at AX were ignored…could you explain further?

    Also, I never said that they or any other union exec members care about promotion over people. That’s your opinion. I can see where you are coming from literally and figuratively…but be prepared to defend / back up accusations. You never know who might be reading/responding 😉

    My substantive point is that having moved from the lawn and into the halls of the house, one learns the internal architecture better and sees windows and doors that weren’t seen before. Yes, I agree that some people storm the outside gate as a way to eventually get in the house and onto the roof, but there are actually a few who genuinely want a well built peaceful accomodating abode for all and walk the paths, halls and stairs to do so.

    @david
    Could you explain adjustments?

    Observing


  35. But looks muh crosses…..ac… tings bout hay in a REAL mess…fa real….explain hwo tings get so…poorakey FA REAL…lol


  36. @ Caswell

    The issue is not “who is what”.

    The issue is you are claiming and putting forward a fact (Minister calling the General Secretary) but then saying it is based on hear say evindence given to you by Dennis Clarke, the General Secretary.

    If you do not know something to be a fact then don’t posit it to be such as it only makes you look stupid. You can do better than that.


    • Additional Services

      It is a fact that Dennis Clarke came to my cubicle and said to me that I have to back off at Urban because he had just gotten a phone call from a minister who asked him to do something about me because I was putting the Government under pressure. Clarke then took over the negotiations and thirteen workers, including the shop steward, were dismissed.

      Sent from my iPad


  37. caswell there is a post for Education Officer the closing date is the 18th of January. let see is pedro is quiet because he will walk into that Job!!!!! should I apply!!! BUT


    • Onya Jones

      If you want that job you must act quickly: join BUT and become a shop steward; and join the DLP and you would be made for the post. Don’t worry if the Government changes, the DLP would still be in control of the recruiting for some time to come. The PSC does not demit office when the Government changes.

      Sent from my iPad


  38. observing I too am concern that too many BUT members hold post in the Ministry of Educatiion. This is a serious issue. What are your thoughts


  39. @ ac | January 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM |

    The question is whether you support the position that 70th week took regarding Island gal’s nationality or origin of birth?

    We don’t expect an answer from you, xenophobic pimp!


  40. Barbados needs strong leadership and that leadership is being provided by our beloved Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.Unfortunately,this country did not received that type of leadership under Owen Seymour Arthur for the fourteen (14) unfortunate years he was Prime Minister of Barbados.
    Under the Owen Arthur administration confusion reigned supreme.
    Immigration was in a mess – the island inundated with thousands of illegal immigrants.Contracts rewarded for building of governments projects – prison & road construction without the proper tendering process being observed and followed.Immorality rampant with our leaders having affairs with their employees and in some cases impregnating them.Houses were claimed to be built by a company that received government funding,yet up today not one of those houses can be found.Our former Prime Minister who at that time was the chief law maker became the chief law breaker when he admitted that he conspired to break the laws of Barbados by hiring illegal Guyanese to do work at his home.The issue at Alexander was allowed to fester.Our former Prime Minister and his junior Minister of Finance,Clyde Mascoll allowed the CLICO issue to flourish without their intervention even though the Supervisor of Insurance at that time highlighted irregularities taking place at CLICO Insurance.Public officers in Barbados being lambasted by the former Prime Minister.Police being referred to as not being special.Immigration and other public employees being referred to as having poor work ethics. The former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago Patrick Manning was cursed in true Bajan style at an official Caribbean Head of Government function at Sherbourne Conference Centre.
    As a result of all of the above the office of Prime Minister at that time was sullied.
    Credibility and respect return to the noble office of Prime Minister when our dearly departed and well loved former Prime Minister David Thompson and his successor the adorable and highly respected present Prime Minister Freundel Stuart became Prime Ministers of Barbados.
    Strong leadership is being applied to many of the issues confronting Barbados today.The issues affecting Barbados are being dealt with in a systematic manner and the results are bearing fruit.
    Barbados is in very good hands with Frendel Stuart as Prime Minster.


  41. @ Negroman | January 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM |
    “.. and his successor the adorable and highly respected present Prime Minister Freundel Stuart…”

    And to think that your adorable respected PM got up recently in Parliament and totally absolved and exonerated all honourable members of that august Chamber from any wrong doing real or imagined by you?

    Now who are you yard boy to call the PM a LIAR?
    Can’t you see that the scratch grain that was strewn in the yard at noisy fowls like you is finished?
    Now jump on the paling and start crowing. Maybe Irene Sandiford-Garner can send some currants your way.


  42. @ac,
    But miller you need to check what you said. i remeber OSA tirade abou DT thompson wife . how convient for you to be lecturing DLP yardflows on such a subject when the RT HON had shown no respect for MARA place of origin as a foreigner and a parliamentarian living on our shores……………………………

    Tell me that you have not back come at the eve of an election with such sh….te.

    Along with a big bunch of false mourning and a lot dishonest long talk praising a man who later turned out to be the biggest fraud, and a compliant media perpetuated this lie that OSA disrespected Mara Thompson.

    In response to a statement on winning the nomination, getting in the political fray, she proceeded to play the nasty DLP politics by saying that OSA was on office for 14 years and did nothing for St John. It was on that basis that OSA said that if she attacks his record, he will have to defend his record. What’s wrong with that?

    Who called her a queen, not you Dems who wanted to make her one since you Dems elevated her husband king! No other PM did more for the integration movement that OSA!

    Stop misleading us, ac!


  43. You see why this once admired country is becoming the laughingstock of the Caribbean if not the World?
    Outbursts like those from 70th week only make the Myrie case more believably watertight and the xenophobic perceptions of people from the region and other visitors have of stupid Bajans like “70th week” who, in the most, support this anti-foreigner DLP administration. A position totally contrary to the ideals of its founding fathers and immortalized in EWB’s “Mirror Image” speech.

    You are quite justified in blasting 70th week for the crap he spews forth from his ignorant mouth. He is really a DLP (dangerous lying pimp) FOUL COCKY SCUMMY SCU*T.
    ================================
    @Miller
    Is that you? …Only a matter of time before the repository of all wisdom, Mr Blog Sage herself weighed in with all manner of ‘insights’.

    Your blind partisan views are destroying you…It is the so called ‘silly season’ and you epitomise it with great panache!

    For you to arrive at conclusions like, ” He is really a DLP (dangerous lying pimp) FOUL COCKY SCUMMY SCU*T” says it all. SMH.

    It is not about anti-foreigner sentiment. It about those who choose to come to these shores rooting for the good of the place – it’s that simple. Let me know if this is not simple enough for you.

    Your petulance is pathetic…


  44. @ All

    Any takers that

    1. George ‘The Mad Hatter’ Payne will be beaten by Irene Sandiford-Garner?
    2. Dale ‘Girlie Girlie’ Marshall will by Dennis Holder?

    3. Adriel Braithwaite will be beaten by Anthony ‘Tripod’ Wood?

    4. Gline ‘Wuk fa Wuk’ Clarke will be beaten by Jeptor Ince?

    5. Kerrie ‘Beater Man’ Symmonds will be beaten by George’Humpty Dumpty’ Hutson


  45. @Negroman,
    “Barbados needs strong leadership and that leadership is being provided by our beloved Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.Unfortunately,this country did not received that type of leadership under Owen Seymour Arthur for the fourteen (14) unfortunate years he was Prime Minister of Barbados.
    Under the Owen Arthur administration confusion reigned supreme”…………………………….

    Unfortunately for you, we lived in Barbados during the Sandi years and then for all of the years of OSA and now Freundel. So we know what you wrote above is a load of bulls……t.

    Desperate,desperate,desperate!


  46. @David 11:26
    Noted. Bear in mind that the pool (qualified, able, willing and of merit) is often pretty small in this sector though.

    @Additional 11:44
    that’s a serious prosecution there.
    I’ll wager that Brathwaite gets defeated. Won’t bet on any of the rest though.

    @Onya 11:58
    Do you mean current BUT members or past? If you mean current then I can agree with you there on that one.

    @Caswell 12:06 pm
    Given the facts, what did you do about it? Other than
    mention it today that is.

    @NEgroman
    “Barbados needs strong leadership”

    Barbados needs a strong team of leaders. A strong leader with an unwilling or unable team is no good.

    Just Observing


  47. @ 70th week | January 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM |
    “You snivelling clod…Why don’t u go back to Grenada or wherever it is u sailed from? U never have anything good to say bout Barbados, its people or its institutions?”

    So you want to perform an oral clitoridectomy on inland Gal and ship her back to Grenada just because she exercises her constitutionally established democratic right as a citizen to speak on local matters?

    Could one ask for a clearer expression of xenophobia and jingoism? Clear signs of a rotting society.

    You of all people who lived in the UK should be one of the last people to utter such xenophobic nonsense reminiscent of Enoch Powell and Nick griffin of the National Front.

    Why don’t you tell the Trinidadians who own and control the commercial life of Barbados to return to Port of Spain?. Instead of describing them as stupid crying whining coarse uneducated inferiors you can just call them smart business persons who are able anytime to outmanoeuvre the Bajans wallowing in their self-hate plantation mentality .


  48. @ Observing(…)

    I accept that Brathwaite will be beaten but you know he is stronger in St. Philip South than Dale is in St. Joseph and George Payne is the weakest of the lot named above.

    The people in St. Andrew have been hostile to the Mad Hatter since 2008 when he barely got home. He recently had to beat a hasty retreat from Shorey Village after to boys opposite the shop refused his offer to buy drinks and therefore proceeded to wash him and close family in curse.


  49. Prodigal misleading Who and what OSA tirade on Mara is all on video to hear and see just take a walk through cyberspace and you will find it.


  50. @ Islandgal 246:
    cc: 70th week

    I know you are strong enough to defend yourself both intellectually and on the verbal battlefield.
    But you must forgive my intrusiveness when the likes of “70th week” come along with their pseudo-intellectual arrogance hiding behind a false flimsy facade of nationalism. If he knew his history he would realise that Xenophobia has always limited the socio-economic development of a nation.

    Bim has always been and should also continue to be a place in the Sun where people go from and people come whether temporarily or permanently.
    Just imagine if people who are indigenous to other nation states were to demand that the Bajans living there be “sailed back home on banana boats” where would they live and what would they eat?

    Stupid small-minded clowns like 70th week need to be put in their place forthwith. Ignorance is a curse hopefully 70th would be transmogrified and become an enlightened 71st year living in the 21st Century in a global village virally connected to all humanity.


  51. @David
    Granted. but, I’ve sat in interviews already, where persons of a particular experience, background or “source” virtually always had the advantage and almost always got the job. Opportunity and exposure makes the world of difference to how you comport yourself. I admit though that the perception leaves alot to be desired.

    @Additional
    Shorey Village does not St. Andrew make. However, I concede that St. Andrew is the best shot for the DLP to pick off a seat. Holder has familiarity in St. Joseph, but no leftover tailwinds from Rouse days and definitely no national coattails. If Irene comes down to help she risks eroding the slight strength she has. In this election no one has the luxury of spending too much time helping anyone. There are very few absolute sure seats on the DLP side (MT, ML, DE, CS, DK and RJ). EVerything else is potentially up for grabs.

    Just Observing


  52. @Miller

    So wanting guests to your house to bring something to the party is jingoism isn’t it?

    Your reasoning is nebulous at best. Your rabid partisan sycophancy has left you discombobulated. If you look a little closer you would realise that you are arguing my point.

    You said, “Why don’t you tell the Trinidadians who own and control the commercial life of Barbados to return to Port of Spain?”

    Perhaps if the likes of you and the other ladies were a bit more jingoistic we would never be in this pickle where Bajans are minority shareholders in Barbados Inc – a nominal vote and no control.

    You and the other bleeding- heart leftie lunatics continue to sell Barbados short.


  53. 70th week | January 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM |

    Why don’t you shut your gob? You have nothing of value to add.

    Miller thank you for the support and the lambasting you gave the weak 70th. He has forgotten where David Thompson and his wife were born. I have more a right to live here than him. I have contributed more to this country than he has. Igrunt rass klat!


  54. @miller and islandgal
    I commend you both. but since the gent/lady already has reached three score and ten, and since they have also clearly misspelt “weak”, I suggest that you let them saunter off into which ever sunset they choose.

    Fret not thyself.

    Just Observing


  55. @independent
    Any election is as much about the strength of the incumbent as well as the perceived suitability of the alternative. In this case the alternative hasn’t crossed that threshold yet.


  56. @70th week | January 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM |
    “If you look a little closer you would realise that you are arguing my point.”

    And if you read between the lines you would also realise that I am taking the ‘mickey’ out of you and those Bajans who think like you.
    With regard to the Trinidadian comment you don’t even recognize sarcasm when it is staring you right in your face and bitter sharp irony right up your rear end. But that is a trait of Bajans like you who can hardly read between the lines (far less below the belt) and take everything at simplistic face value

    Now how can you refer to the miller as a “lunatic leftie”? Lunatic maybe; since we are all influenced somewhat by the Moon. But a leftie, OMG? That takes the biscuit!

    How can you describe someone who is the chief proponent of the privatization, divestment and outsourcing of many State owned and controlled assets and functions as a leftie? Or do you mean leftie as in “gay”?

    If you describe me as a “Mad Privatization Leftie” keen to improve efficiency in socially needed functions and minimize the corrupting power of the pork barrel politicians then the title fits admirably.
    If you mean ‘gay’ then it takes one old “queen” to know a rent-boy called John Dear.

    But I will take “Observing” advice and leave you alone to tilt at windmills like Don Quixote but not on the Miller’s farm.


  57. well miller i commend your stance for taking a bigoted person to task .however you can take it a step further and reject the RT hon for his bigoted remarks and uncalled attacks on Mara Thompson during her candidature in the ST john election.


  58. well commonsense has prevailed the CPO have decided to meet with the BSTU. this could have happened two weeks ago withstanding egos and theartrical drama by the CPO and MOE.


  59. one should commend the BSTU for once again standing up for principal when all said they should go along with the outcome and accept resolution with out given reasons. Respect lost is hard to rebuild !


  60. @observing

    the stage is all set once again and there is an audience. i believe some possibility of maintenance and repair will be held on friday. with the possibilities of some “upgrading” a win! win! for all . what say ye observing,.


  61. i suspect the talks were cordial with much needed greivances given preference no promises were made. however i believe that in the coming months going into new school year that some teachers which BSTU said was punished would be transfered from the schools at which they are required to teach in preference of schools to their liking.. This might be further down or perodically done in less hostile and aggravted conditions away from public glare and suspicions..


  62. Hi AC January 18, 2013 @ 6:29AM
    I am always inclined to accept what people say in good faith, unless I have good reasons to believe otherwise.

    Reference the CPO and BSTU Meeting, I note you wrote: ” . . . no promises were made”. . . . That is a sound basis on which to communicate with the public. I will not go over old ground here, just “perhaps” we might be able to draw a line under this matter.


  63. ELECTION POLLS: WE MUST LOOK AT THE QUESTIONS ASKED BEFORE COMING TO CONCLUSIONS ON THE NUMBERS GIVEN.

    No one can in all seriousness can ask “Do you believe the Alexandra issue is now settled?”

    Reasons: Mr Broomes is sick and a meeting was recently held between BSTU and the CPO, it is patently obvious to anyone with a brain and is conversant with the conflict. . . that there are “embers” still burning. Therefore the response will be no.

    Sometimes I wonder. . .what is the point. ( Do check Barbados Today for the Figures) Agenda?


  64. The reasons embers continued to burn is obvious .now that the CPO has met with BSTU a meeting of the minds would help to contain those embers with resonable resolve in sought not in the far too distant future. like they say Rome was no built in a day.


  65. Yardbroom we cannot “draw a line on the matter” neither should one be drwan until “fairplay is done” and not presumed has been done


  66. Hi Observing(…)
    We must always allow the wounded to walk away with a little dignity. . . . magnanimity.
    The lady is “pleased” she has faith in the “integrity of the process”: l wonder if the so called Polls that asked a NON-Question will still be relevant.


  67. Observing; Thought so. It supports my recollection of the events then in that the body language and lack of and careful use of words suggested that some definite promises were given to get the BSTU to let the workers go back to work. Wonder if some details of those putative promises may get out during the upcoming campaign?


  68. the video speaks with clarity 1. the objective of separating broomes 2; the teachers getting back to teaching the children of AX. nowwhere does Redman even hints of wanting the teachers removed from AX involve in the madness. she specifically stated her objective of which one was accomplished. however the removal of the teachers was not even one of suggestion on her part in the video.


  69. @ ac

    It is NOT up to Mary Redman to decide if teachers should be transferred or not. She does not have or need to suggest it!!!!
    They do not work for her, she does not pay their salaries. The PM was not put there to do MR’s bidding but to run the country.


  70. pat

    listen pat my answer was to observing hinting that mary got what she wanted refering to the video . except that she did not stated seoaration of teachers which is in question as Mary says was “punitive”, my comment does not suggest that she can make request or recommendations as to where the teachers should be transfered. except in this instance as stated redman contest that the tranfers were “punitive”


  71. @check it out
    Redman knows that it takes a special type of gumption to “cross” a sitting Prime Minister.

    @ac
    I admire your consistency in contributions despite your fluctuations in logic and understanding. I would actually welcome you around my table even though I know you would make sense only 60% of the time. Keep striving for principled position and enjoy being the voice of the minority if ever it falls on you. You have your place and purpose.

    Just observing


    • Observing

      You should have said, normally it takes a special type of gumption to cross a sitting PM.

      I would suggest to you that the PM was wounded by eleven of his own people, and because of that he is not being taken seriously by many. If he had dealt with the enemy within, he might have some friends without. If not friends, he would have been respected. He is now reduced to be a roaring toothless lion. Without teeth he is only soring up the country’s nipples.

      Sent from my iPad


  72. observing! well point out where i was wrong in assuming that your perspective of the video was mary got what she wanted. albeit the video was during the time of ths strike where the Pm met with redman to ward off further strike action. i real;ly don’t see the point of your off the cuff comment. it seems that when another observation is brought to the table one gets ” red hot “: under the collar”
    my perspective.


  73. you of all people stated that the resolution was a done deal and mary was without an audience only to be proven wrongcause of on thursday the CPO met with her and at least talks are ongoing.


  74. @caswell
    Agreed. The one sided meeting in January 2012 didn’t help either.

    @ac
    1. I still believe the resolution is a done deal
    2. I always believed that redman deserved a meeting with the cpo
    3. The point of the video was that feeling productive after a meeting means nothing
    4. I walk around naked or in a towel most of the time so that my collar doesn’t get hot.

    Sleep tight 😉

    Observing


    • @ac

      We have discussed this many times before: the BSTU is a recognized trade union who will have to interact with the very same stakeholders (MOE,CPO,etc) in the process on future occasions. The nature of negotiation is built on relationships, conventions etc necessitate that the BSTU be allowed to exit this AX matter with a little dignity intact. It is part of massaging the IR beast.


  75. @ac
    Time will tell. Redman isn’t one to keep quiet for too long. But rest assured, what’s done is done.

    Observing


  76. this is my final take on this ongoing saga .however aspreviuosly stated

    ac | January 18, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    i suspect the talks were cordial with much needed greivances given preference no promises were made. however i believe that in the coming months going into new school year that some teachers which BSTU said was punished would be transfered from the schools at which they are required to teach in preference of schools to their liking and criteria .This might be further down or perodically done in less hostile and aggravted conditions away from public glare and suspicions..

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