Prime Minister Stuart’s Second Term and Expecting Real Change From the Political Parties

Submitted by Hamilton A. Hill
Will Arthur stay on?

Will Arthur stay on?

The tsunami of emotions that was campaign 2013 is now behind us and except for a battered ego here and there Barbados will settle down to a state of normalcy and life goes on. So too does business, though we hope not as usual.One can choose almost any angle from which to begin the advocacy for change, but the area of public influence and its manipulation is where this writer’s soap box is mounted.

There can be no denial of the biased stance taken by some in the media against this Prime Minister and his government. From the flat out ridiculous to those that bordered on disrespect, certain comments became a part of life in Barbados. That having been said, the governmental tic for tac that has been the staple of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation since inception must be ended. As we recognize the ruling party as the government of Barbados those in the minority form the official opposition of Barbados, must be respected as such.The respect due would surely resonate across the country with the assurance of unfettered access to air time. Selective dissemination of news stories must be seen as unacceptable for as a people discernment is our strongest attribute. The souffle` that now coats the face of Peter the Pollster lends confirmation to such. It behoves this administration to extend the olive branch where the CBC is concerned as a step towards maturity at a parliamentary level.

The events of last Thursday should have sent a strong and very serious message to all involved. Though partial to the DEMS this writer is very much enthused by the lack of breathing room in the new parliament. With such a slight margin the people’s business must now take precedence over the banter of “lets swap one of mine for one of yours”. Instead lets hear about the rejuvenation of the public accounts committee. Robust debate about the findings of the Auditor General would not only show a commitment to checks and balance, but would provide a very useful barometer come next election. That’s the type of change the strong and serious message sent is suggesting. That’s the type of change that tells Barbadians that those whom we  have sent to do our business have taken their jobs seriously.

The real change this writer had hoped for would have seen the Senator from St.Andrew taking a seat where she could better serve her people, but that was not to be. Once, twice and thrice may well be the charm you lovely lady you, for something tells me that many a woman in Bim is saying “Enough is Enough”. Were it not for the misogynist rantings in St Joseph of the mouth from the south {who has now finally gone even further south} we would have had it. That female bandwagon may well be the vehicle that puts you where I think you belong. Let me hasten to say that Mr.Lynch had the support of his party’s greatest liability…its leader who now has to grapple with the daunting fact that like St.Thomas, St.Peter is prime real estate. A beaten, battered and brek down old house still sits there. The women of Barbados through this writer extend this challenge. Step away from an even more poor rakey parliament, go play your Tuesday dominoes and make way for your anointed heir apparent. That’s the real change this country deserves.

85 comments

  • Without any disrespect intended, for me it will be interesting to see if the PM puts national interest above rewarding supporters, cronies and alike.
    It is clear that our critical tourism sector is in crisis. Will he have the fortitude to appoint a new Senator, who has the knowledge, drive and proven ability to uplift this sector by appointing him (or her) as the new Minister of Tourism.
    Will he also have the fortitude to replace the BTA board, with again people with proven ability and the national interest at heart.
    This is to me, what will seperate a politician from a statesman.

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  • I believe it really is a valid concern of most voters right now..

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  • @Hamilton

    A witty but insightful submission especially as it relates to the CBC.

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  • are you not insulting the intelligence of voters when they don’t vote for Irene garner-Sandiford or Haynesly Benn? A seat must be earned.

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  • Does anyone share the view that even if Arthur wants to go he may be persuaded to stay on because the St. peter becomes exposed? Can Mascoll win this seat if some believe he has been anointed?

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  • “A seat must be earned”
    ************
    Now this is a Bajan truism if ever there was one.
    BUT earned how?
    By pandering to the mendicants?
    By promising the world to the lazy?
    By being ‘one of the fellows’?

    ….or by demonstrating the INTEGRITY, ABILITY and CAPABILITY to be competent and successful leaders?

    ….methinks that the mendicants have it!

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  • @Hamilton

    BU does not regard itself as a reservoir of all information but a Google should satisfy your query.

    Here is one link and there must be others.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/make-room-for-mia/

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  • This is where the debate needs to be centered.Owen Arthur hand picked this person and declared him Co Leader.Owen Arthur has since been shopping around for safe passage into parliament for this person,hence that most demeaning reference to” broken down chattel house”.Hence the seemingly forgotten meeting at Brown Sugar Restaurant .Hence the testing of the waters in the constituency of St.James North.All that I am saying is that if Mr.Arthur the political genius that we are told he is,believes that this person should be a central figure in the future of the labour party,then let the electorate decide.Again St.Peter makes the best barometer possible.CAN YA SAY17…13?

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  • @Hamilton

    Perhaps Arthur is trying to copy the playbook of Tom Adams who put on the galoshes and went into the trenches to ensure who he believed to be a young brilliant son of the soil was elected to parliament :-).

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  • One can assumed from the election that OSA single handedly destroyed the BLP with his return as Leader. the one question that stands out is How on gods earth is he going to resolved the leadership issue given that he could not pull off a WIN for his party. there is a dangerous under tow which if not taken care of in weeks not months to come going to sweep the entire party out to sea, right now everyone in that Party should be looking for life boats. trying to save their own as..s from the fallout of an election they believe they should have won and having a leader lying on the ropes looking for life support. Not Good!

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  • @ac,
    This was a very narrow loss Owen’s leadership so they same way PM Stuart is given high praise for a narrow win, Owen must be accorded some praise for the almost win.

    Let the BLP and its members decide what is best for them.

    I hope all DLP supporters will focus on helping to make Barbados better.

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  • ac go watch Nascar.

    Danica Patrick is the first woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 on lap 92.

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  • @hants
    you too am i not entitled to my opinion. Isay what i say no one has to agree but i will say it. .secondly never heard of second becoming a first, in any case the matter goes back to leadership and right or wrong OSA as leader has become an hindrance in many ways after the final election count. BTW a LOSS is A LOSS and the same can be said for a WIN !,trying redeeming a lotta ticket for the grand prize because it came up short by i number you would be laughed at.
    the DLP supporters are confident in their govt to do the right thing for country by putting its people and country first. Now lets see if OSA can do the right thing for its supporters and country by saving them months of having to make a choice between himself the Deputy and MIA.

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  • @ac
    “One can assumed from the election that OSA single handedly destroyed the BLP with his return as Leader. the one question that stands out is How on gods earth is he going to resolved the leadership issue given that he could not pull off a WIN for his party. there is a dangerous under tow which if not taken care of in weeks not months to come going to sweep the entire party out to sea, right now everyone in that Party should be looking for life boats.”…………………………………

    There is nothing more you can say now about Owen Seymore Arthur that you have not said before. You can go no lower.

    You of all people should stay away from talking about anybody single handedly destroying a party. Have you forgotten 1991,the days of Sandi who was eventually brought down by his own DLP MP’s. The DLP was then nearly wiped out in the GE of 1994.

    Then came the David Thompson days of blood letting, cursing and political assassinations and the near decimation of the DLP with only two seats in Parliament and at that he and Kellman did not even sit next to each other or speak to each other. One time David Thompson wanted to bring a motion to the House and all he begged Kellman to second it, Kellman would not. Eventually, the much maligned Mia Amor Mottley had to get up and second the motion.

    How could Owen Arthur be seen as single handedly destroying the BLP when he has increased the BLP seat majority to 14 and now you Dems will have to depend on the same BLP to get your agenda through the House.

    Woman/man shut up, take some time to enjoy your victory and get rid of the hatred you have for Owen Arthur. You are so sick to be habouring so much hatred for a man who does not know or give a damn about you!

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  • @AX

    ignore that minion name prodical. We will not have to rely on in body to get the legislation or agenda though the house, Does he know the speaker of the house has a casting vote? Is he aware that owen will harly be present so in essence there are 13 people in the house? Who determines the Agenda,/

    Continue to rub salt in their wounds as they relentlesly try to score cheap points. he like others, are sore losers, I heard him talk about money being distributed in scarborough being distributed on hehalh of John boyce, today i left and visi down the area, as i know it very well asked a few of the guys on the block about what he said and his statement apperas to be false. John Boyce would not have to tdo that as he made sure some of the persons in that area found work.

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  • @ac

    the above is directed at my girl AC.

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  • It is interesting to see how the DLP spin machine has transformed a man who, by dint of hard work and foresight over 14 years, transformed modern Barbados into the country we have today where the standard of living of ordinary folk far surpasses that of all others in the Caribbean and Latin America, albiet with a number of warts that would have been there whoever ruled.
    The spin machine has effectively converted him in the minds of most of Barbados, despite the hard evidence to the contrary, into the very worse politician who ever lived here.
    OSA’s oft stated proven sins were; calling some people and cussin them in the dead of night; not transforming the economy in some unstated way in supposed times of plenty during which no other comparable country transformed theirs; cashing a cheque of $75,000 made out in his name by a commercial bank on an election day; and seeking to place the apparently best persons for slots in Government positions irrespective of their political allegiances (the politics of inclusion).
    He is never given the deserved kudos for the several accomplishments of his 14 year service to the country. Indeed, the spin machine is so preeminent in Barbados that it has instead beatified a man who served as PM for really less than 2 years and in that time made no discernible significant contribution to the country.
    My mantra has been that All politicians are essentially persons who start out by having a bit of community spirit and can talk pretty, are quick thinkers, and have varying levels of aptitude in the business of governance, but eventually they find their true level of service to self rather than to others (Miller you should know what I’m talking about). Owen Arthur is a politician who cared about the Country and its people longer than most.

    It is my sincere wish that for the good of the country he does not give up his leadership of the BLP now but stays on for the next couple of years as leader and in that time allow the pretenders to the throne, Mia and Dale and Kerry and any others to prove their worth. Don’t name any of them as deputies. let them each show their true mettle in the battles to come.

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  • @check it out

    u should start with gems and which party memebers benefiteed from the arrangement, and what loss accrue

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  • Owen Arthur nearly won the Government for the BLP and it has resulted in the most un-popular Government in the History of Barbados.

    Elections are not over, they now start.
    BLP will show DLP what politics is all about.
    15/15
    If they dont give James Paul a ministry, it done !

    Hang in there BLP , This is going to be sweet
    DLP cannot sleep comfortable

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  • @Just ASKING

    I HAD ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT UR BRAIN CELLS WERE UNDEVELOPED, BUT U LACck of knowledge of the politcal system is clearly evident. Had I been u, i would have burried my head in the sand and left MY pooch exposed to e lynched. U r as dumb as a dumb man. u dont even know that the ag was appointed and here u r continune ur 5th grade ranting. But then again, u r not smarter than a class three student.LOL.

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  • @prodigal
    you know what i am talking about and so does OSA! No need to pretend!

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  • The fact that both Prime Minister Stuart and AG Adriel Brathwaite felt it important to address the issue of blatant vote buying is interesting. The fact that it was blatant and there was a report of only one arrest is St. Michael North West is all the more interesting.

    In the same way the government has put cash for gold legislation on the books (and rightly so), the time has come for similar legislation to address the issue of vote buying in a more targeted way. The time for talk has long gone.

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  • Yeah David such behaviour is abhorrent and smacks of a banana republic mentality .Doesn’t go well for a free and democratic society and a country that aspires to be a model for other coutries to follow. This along with Integrity legislation should be dealt with sooner rather than later

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  • @just asking
    Don’t you know how silly your comments are after your failed predictions. You along with WICKHAM have lost your credibilty . nothing thaat either of you say will resonate with the masses unless WE STUPID! now get on your tricycle notice i said tricycle and ride out into the sunset . Both of you would not be missed!!

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  • ac | February 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM |
    @just asking
    Don’t you know how silly your comments are after your failed predictions.
    ——————
    Just asking is a big idiot and a bigger liar only matched by you know who. Just Asking predicted for over a year a 30 to 0 wipeout of the DLP only to see his party lose and he’s got the temerity to show up here. He and Wickileaks Wrong Predictions Wickham deserve each other.

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  • Rendered Assistance

    What could have motivated wicked wiki leaks Wickham to produce a second poll?

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  • @Rendered Assistance

    To be fair to Fowler she was operating under a mandate from BIPA’s membership.

    On the second poll BU’s position is polls want banning 3 or 4 weeks from E-Day.

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  • Since the swearing in was rushed the next day, I hope they all rush to put systems and laws in place while efficiently and effectively carrying out the people’s business. After the “win” they all tend to forget they are THERE only to do the people’s business.

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  • David
    The PM and the lousy AG are hypocrites. They know that it was the DLP who had to buy the election as they did not want to go down in history as a one term government.

    They know exactly who paid for votes, they knew how much money the DLP had to blow, they knew that they could not win unless they bought the votes and the PM knows that the two leading thugs in the DLP had false ID cards. They knew. So all of this pious attitude after the fact will not do!

    Yes, ac,take TTP’s advice and continue to rub salt in the BLP’s wounds, we are big people we can take the defeat. We will also take pleasure in rubbing salt in your wounds when the inevitable begins!

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  • what issues do we need a two thirds majority of parliament to pass?

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  • @Prodigal Son

    This is a matter BU will be chasing in weeks and months to come. Both parties need to fess up on this matter.

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  • @observing(…)

    Constitutional matters only.

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  • You know we complain about politicians when the truth is we enable them.

    Anyway, people are self-serving and politicians are people. The BLP never resolved the fracture in the party – they merely put a coat of paint over it. Losing the election has peeled away the paint and now the powers that be are to narrow-minded to do what is in the best interest of the party.

    Out with the old and in with the new BLP. You have new, talented people to take over. But politicians are like some athletes (Favre comes to mind).

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  • Wickham deserves the beating he is getting and then some.I heard him on the defensive on VOB yesterday and questioning farley approach to questioning Him.what he does not understand is that his credibilty took a big hit and the answers he has given about the poll so far does not suffuice it as to the contrasting differnce of the polls let alone the quick reversal .he needs to adress those issues and a clear and oprecise way if not his truthfluness would for ever leave lingering doubt in the minds of many

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  • Sargeant did you read this ?

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/02/23/toronto-precarious-employment.html

    It may explain to the likes of Adrian Loveridge why Canadians are not travelling as much.

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  • Hants, I really wish that you would read carefuly some of the things I write, before implying totally inaccurate conclusions.
    ‘The number of people travelling to the Caribbean in bouncing back to pre-recession levels with visitors from CANADA and the United States giving a boost to a region struggling to recover from a global eceonomic crisis’.
    In 2012 the Caribbean experienced a ‘growth rate that outpaced THE REST OF THE WORLD’.
    NOTE: This applies to the Caribbean, BUT not Barbados. So numbers of Canadians are UP to the Caribbean but not Barbados.
    I know your views are partisan, but please stick with the facts.

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  • So numbers of Canadians are UP to the Caribbean but not Barbados because Barbados cannot compete on price with most of the other Caribbean destination.

    Went to a Flightcentre travel agency on Saturday and there was a selloff to jamaica for 4 days accomodation and flight for $698.cad.

    Sorry I can’t stay and discuss this but I have to get back to work to pay for my next vacation.lol

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  • @Hants

    Jamaica and Barbados, two different product profiles.

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  • David you should read the article I addressed to Sargeant above. It is very interesting.

    I am currently working for a private company that employs about 700 people and about 500 are through an agency so I believe the CBC Canada article to be true.

    We will probably see this type of “employment without benefits” expanding in Barbados as well.

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  • David

    A 10am meeting this morning at the BLP headquarters in Roebuck Street ended in virtual warfare. The results are:-
    1. Owen Arthur has resigned. 2. Dale Marshall has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition. 3. Mia Mottley and Cynthia Forde have promised to sit as Independents.

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  • @ David
    To be fair to Fowler she was operating under a mandate from BIPA’s membership.

    I’m not sure about that, if you are referring to the “support” of the BLP by BIPA. All that BIPA did was to explain to the public that they had met with the BLP leadership over the CLICO/BAIPO matter, and that certain courses of action had been worked out. BIPA also explained that, despite their best efforts, they had been unable to have a similar meeting with the government, as they had been met by a stone wall. Now you can surmise that, given these facts, it would be natural for BIPA to support the BLP. However, it is my opinion that the BLP, rather than BIPA, who took up the relationship and ran with it, obviously hoping to get the 35,000-odd votes involved. As far as I can see, publicly at least, BIPA is and has always been apolitical and will talk to any party in order to see an end to this fiasco.

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  • Peltdownman

    Thats laughable. BIPA will have to row their own canoe from here on in, and the water are going to be choppy.

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  • Moral: Don’t play politics when politicians are required to be part of the solution unless you have a crystal ball and can predict the result of an election.

    June Fowler let herself be used and abused by the BLP and now BIPA will have to pay the price. She should do the honourable thing and resign her post as head.

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  • @peltdownman

    You are correct, misquoted a note on FB by June Fowler. It was a BIPA member who placed the Ad in the newspaper which was apparently supported by three other members. Will try to find the note and post it.

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  • @Hants

    Read the article, the way of the future it looks like. Can anyone guess how this will impact tourism in the future?

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  • @ac
    Wickham deserves the beating he is getting and then some.I heard him on the defensive on VOB yesterday and questioning farley approach to questioning Him.what he does not understand is that his credibilty took a big hit and the answers he has given about the poll so far does not suffuice it as to the contrasting differnce of the polls let alone the quick reversal .he needs to adress those issues and a clear and oprecise way if not his truthfluness would for ever leave lingering doubt in the minds of many……………………………..

    Peter Wickham has nothing to be ashamed of. You DLP yardfowls have waged an all out war on him ever since his post 2008 polls. Alright, you defied the odds and won, get on with the matter of governing.

    I agreed with Mark Williams today who said that what the polls did for the DLP is that they used the poll to identify the constituencies under 200 votes and they used the drug lords to pour the money in to use the low information idiots who do not have an interest in this country. The pay no taxes so the BLP saying that it will lower taxes meant nothing to them. Getting $100 to $1000 meant more to them on Thursday. Well, I hope it lasts them for 5 years!

    Does the DLP really feel good that they had to resort to buying an election? No dont answer me, the DLP has no heart!

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  • @Mark Etheridge | February 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM |

    David

    A 10am meeting this morning at the BLP headquarters in Roebuck Street ended in virtual warfare. The results are:-
    1. Owen Arthur has resigned. 2. Dale Marshall has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition. 3. Mia Mottley and Cynthia Forde have promised to sit as Independents………………………………….

    What a blasted liar you are! As only a Dem can lied.

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  • I must congratulate the great Democratic Labour Party for an outstanding and well deserves victory over the hapless Barbados Labour Party.Indeed it was a sweet victory.AC,please do not allow David of BU to daunt your enthusiasm on the historic and fantastic victory of the great Democratic Labour Party.
    The general election of 2013 was of critical importance to both political parties.This is so because the outcome of that election will have an effect on the chances of both parties in subsequent general elections.
    It must be noted that a defeat for either of the two Parties would have serious consequences for the future chances of both parties. In this regard,I foresee the Barbados Labour Party occupying the opposition benches in Barbados for at least another ten or fifteen years.The same would have been the fate of the Democratic Labour Party had they not won the elections.
    The results of this election have indicated that the Barbados electorate has returned to previous voting patterns.It must also be noted that when Owen Arthur was Prime Minister of Barbados,he introduced a new concept that he labelled the “politics of inclusion” but I refer to it as politics of prostitution. That concept almost decimated the Democratic Labour Party by taking from that party many of the young bright talents and also many of the older ones who thought opportunities were to be had by being part of the Barbados Labour Party government at that time.This activity caused many of the traditional seats held by the Democratic Labour Party to be lost in the elections of 1999 & 2003.Many urban seats won by the Democratic Labour Party in St Michael and to a lesser extent in St Philip were lost.However,in 2008 some of those seats returned into the Democratic Labour Party fold.
    The Barbados Labour Party to ever win an election in Barbados again that party must penetrate the St Michael constituencies.It must also win at least one of the three St Philip constituencies and also at least two of the five Christ Church constituencies.St Philip is DLP territory and it looks like Christ Church is also becoming DLP territory.
    All things being equal,I foresee a very long period of at least ten years with the Barbados Labour Party being in opposition.
    The Democratic Labour Party is the greatest political party in Barbados and it will remain that way for a very long time.
    Congrats Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and all the other elected members of parliament from the Democratic Labour Party.

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  • Mia! Mia! Mia!

    Miller and Amused must feel like they died and gone to heaven.

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  • Shakespeare once asked , what is in a name ?

    M – My
    I – Incredible
    A – Arthur

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  • @Prodigal 3.09pm
    You described those who were offered and accepted money for their votes as low information idiots who pay no taxes etc.Yesterday on VOB they are whom Dr Belle referred to as the lumpen proletariat.In good old bajan they would be called political prostitutes– for sale to the highest bidder.And one hears stories
    of a container of laptops,blackberries,i pads,radios etc were given away like candy .The AG and the PM are expressing indignation!I don’t think either gent is serious.I am convinced the combination of bribery and flying in DLP members from overseas resulted in the Wickham poll being skewed as there was no way these two variables would have been included.
    Let’s hope Barbados does not become a basket case economy.

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  • IT IS INDEED A SAD DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY WHEN IN THE DARKEST HOUR OF THE PARTY SOME OF THE PARLIAMENTARY GROUP COULD NOT PUT ASIDE THEIR VINDICTIVENESS AND SPITEFULNESS AND UNANIMOUSLY UNITE BEHIND THEIR MOST SOLID AND POPULAR ASSET.THE POSITION TAKEN BY FORMER LEADER MR ARTHUR HAS NOW LENT SUBSTANCE TO THE BITTER VILIFICATION OF MR ARTHUR FROM PERSONS LIKE AC AND CARSON. A NO CONFIDENCE MOTION SHOLD BE INSTITUTED AGAINST MR ARTHUR FOR SOWING SEEDS OF DISCORD I THE PARTY AND BRINGING THE PARTY TO DISREPUTE.

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  • @balance
    You ever try eating what you were writing. Cause your mouth smells like a sewer.

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  • @Negroman
    “I must congratulate the great Democratic Labour Party for an outstanding and well deserves victory over the hapless Barbados Labour Party.Indeed it was a sweet victory.AC,please do not allow David of BU to daunt your enthusiasm on the historic and fantastic victory of the great Democratic Labour Party”………………

    Great victory, my backside. Laugh and rejoice now cause when the pain comes, I hope you will be rejoicing too. Sweet victory??? You mean an ill gotten victory. You Dems bought an election and has now brought shame and disgrace to our fair land!

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  • @balance,

    What is it that you are going on about? What has Owen Arthur done now to raise your blood pressure?

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  • The comments of Tackle and Prodigal above is the precise reason why the BLP must languish on the opposition benches.

    Here is it they can itemise the alleged ‘election gifts’ and none of these 2 buffons had the decency to take their case to the police.

    But I guess when you are into the tradition of telling lies……the police would be at a lost to help !!!

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  • How is it that after elections an announcement is made that there will be no InterSchool Sports – a tremendous disappointment to the young people of Barbados.

    And now they have to pay $600 to go to practise in St Lucia. These people are NOT serious about young people nor sports. This would NEVER happen under the BLP.

    The DLP continues to disappoints all races, classes, and ages of people. Shame!!!!

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  • @AX

    ah see prodical dont have much company here, he must be a lonely, miseerable man without talent. Save him from imploding.

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  • Brain Less Pimp,
    Are you not ashamed? Truth be told, you are. That is why you cannot enjoy the ill gotten victory and your need to deflect from the truths being told by attacking the BLP.

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  • FracturedBLP you wrote: “Here is it they can itemise the alleged ‘election gifts’ and none of these 2 buffons had the decency to take their case to the police.”

    The PM admitted he saw illegal activities during polling, and the AG also admitted he saw illegal activities and you know something, None of them did anything about it and don’t tell me that the Police wasn’t on the compound. Fractured BLP, this is the type of rear excretion that now emitting from partisans mouth. Both parties are responsible for political prostitution and the onus is with big businesses that uses these so-call gifts as tax write-off. Who will suffer – the poor man because as soon as 3 grantleys get into they hands, within minutes it gone and we are back to square one.

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  • Someone was asking a few days ago, on one of these post election discussions on BU, about the overseas based company that was reputed to have researched, planned and supervised the execution of the DLP election campaign. It is my understanding that it was SCL but I might be wrong.

    The profile of SCL is given in the following link.
    http://www.ask.com/wiki/Strategic_Communication_Laboratories

    If there is any truth to the above rumours it would explain a lot about PARO; many of the DLP over-the-top ads; and even perhaps the wobble in Wickham’s last polls.

    SCL proudly trumpets their mastery of propaganda. Maybe they are right. Who needs Hartley Henry when Masters of propaganda are available?

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  • THis is a better link re. SCL’s electoral services
    http://www.sclelections.com/

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  • @prodigal
    only a typical corrupt yardbird like you would not find nothing wrong with two polls with contracdictory reults one day apart .

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  • @Checkit-out

    You obviously missed it but ‘enuff’ posted that link a couple weeks before general election.

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  • Tell Me Why
    I try not to answer Fractured too often as the person is brain less when it comes to the DLP. I am a buffoon for not reporting political prostituting but the two holders of the two top offices in this country saw and did nothing. Now tell me who is the buffoon.

    Let him gloat, it is his right and I grant him that. Ill gotten though it be!

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  • Which company waited till the day after elections to dismiss a whole lot of staff…a company that has done well out of the incumbent administration?

    Looks like those ‘secure’ jobs are not so secure after all, despite what some whould have us believe.

    And then we wonder, what with acts such as this, buying of votes by candidates from BOTH parties and electoral platform lies and nonsense, why so many are disenchanted with those who represent the nation in Parliament?

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  • @ac et al. I said before and say again…polls are statistical SAMPLING and hence prone to huge margins of error.

    However, to make it worse, all parties have admitted vote buying then any statistical sampling would be irrelevant, there is NO WAY a poll could reflect suddenly abberated results.

    To think otherwise is ridiculous.

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  • The ONLY logical conclusion from this election is that we need independent oversight of our elections in future.

    Adn who dont like that, can lump it!

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  • where is the support for MIA from the Bees on this BLOG. Congrats MIA time is longer than Twine!

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  • After observing some more I’m now convinced that something “smells” about this election. Not to take away from a hard fought victory and a wonderful ascension in popularity, but I believe we have now conclusively and indisputably crossed a line in our social norms, behavioural expectations and to some degree socio-political culture.

    Time will tell how much it has seeped and soaked in and the eventual impact of it. Let’s continue to pray for our leaders.

    Just Observing

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  • We are waiting for you DLP yardfowls to start attacking before we pounce!

    So much for you Dems putting out gossip yesterday that Mia was leading two other BLP women to the DLP! To an ill gotten government?

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  • Observing;
    Massive electoral reform, led by our PM who is replete with integrity and fully supported by Mia Mottley (Congrats to her as if OSA was adamant about stepping down she was the only real choice) seems to be the way to go as the first order of business for this new parliament.

    That reform should include outlawing campaign contributions; Government picking up the tab for for all expenses of all qualified parties; substantially increasing the deposit required of candidates; absolute zero tolerance; jail terms and automatic recall for candidates and stiff penalties for their agents caught engaging in sale of votes for money or gifts, as well as for persons caught accepting bribes. Funding could be from ordinary citizens and business entities up to a properly calculated but relatively small amount only with Government topping up the fund to a value adequate for a candidate to run a clean campaign.

    I can dream, can’t I?

    My enquiries suggest that the bribery was massive on both sides so we can’t hope that there will be significant progress re. punishing the miscreants of the last polls but it should be possible to wipe out the problem in any coming polls using the prescriptions above. Perhaps we should also have a truth commission on the matter where anyone who gives truthful evidence on any aspect of the problem in the last elections would not be prosecuted or persecuted.

    BTW; Anyone noticed how QEH suddenly developed a very serious problem of lack of resources, including beds and equipment in the four days between the Elections and today? I wonder why the problem did not come to light before? SCL advice?

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  • Bree of late memory had one description for the DLP.’STINKING DEMS’

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  • David; I saw the link when enuff posted it but then couldn’t remember who posted it or when or in what blog? I remembered the initials of the company and looked for it and then posted it here. Thanks for identifying Enuff as the one who originally posted the link.

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  • @check it out
    Winning is one thing. Governing is another. Particularly I f a lot of reality was pushed backstage to ensure the victory. (91-94 comes to mind).

    Time will tell and I again wish ALL our leaders well.

    Just Observing

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  • Observing; The future of our country requires that ALL our leaders do the very best they can do. The leadership of the last 2 1/2 years has to be significantly upgraded and everyone has to put their arms to the plow. Nothing less will suffice.

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  • crusoe you trying to convince me differently about the Wickham Poll ! well i ain’t buying it!

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  • MPs vs. Senators for the Cabinet

    With such a small majority. will the PM have any room to appoint un-elected ministers. After such a battle, an elected MP may not accept being second to un-elected appointee – will James Paul accept being on the backbench while Senators are included in the Cabinet?

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  • Why did Dems paint the cemetery wall a bright yellow and blue 5mins before elections. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Did they think the dead would vote for them?

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  • Observing; The future of our country requires that ALL our leaders do the very best they can do. The leadership of the last 2 1/2 years has to be significantly upgraded and everyone has to put their arms to the plow. Nothing less will suffice.

    It starts with getting the cabinet right and doing that fairly quickly, even if in stages. The MoF has to be put in place asap to ensure that the estimates are completed within the statutory time limit of 31st March.

    The estimates debates will be interesting as they will put to the test who was lying about the agreements made with the IADB re. expenditure cuts. Managing the finances of the various boards will also be a priority. If the current disclosures about QEH is any thing to go by we can look for other aspects of breakdown in other boards in the vey near future.

    He will have to show the Opposition and the general public how he can move the country forward without any privatisation; no attrition of jobs in the public service; continual reliance on the NIS for salaries etc for public servants; keeping the Government’s creditors at bay; etc. etc.

    FS has to manage how these matters are handled and his style of the last 2 years will not cut it. It aint going to be easy and all in all, it is going to be very interesting and he will need all the support from the Opposition to go foward. Attacking Mia Mottley will be like attacking himself and the country.

    I suspect he will have to eat humble pie sooner rather than later.

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  • The mark of a real patriarch is the ability to stand up after a fair fight, shake off the dust, shake the opponent’s hand and wish them good luck.
    With the welfare of OUR OWN country at stake, it is beyond comprehension how we can see the continuing nastiness being exhibited – when it is clear that we have moved on past the election, and that the people have spoken….

    Shame.

    Shite man!
    Wish the Government well. Wish the opposition well AND HOPE FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS…..wunna don’t have children and grandchildren….?

    Who will benefit from wishing chaos for Fueundel ….or Mia…? Barbados?

    …and you talking shoite too Checkit-out…..and Observing…
    Fruendel don’t have to show one damn thing. He can just piss off and enjoy the privileges of the office while we all go to hell.
    You think he or his family will go hungry?

    WE NEED him to perform – more than he needs us anymore after the elections.

    Instead of talking the lotta shite, how about following Hants advice and putting some WORKABLE IDEAS out there to take the damn place forward?
    …..Ideas that Fruendel, Mia, and the other elected jokers may be able to follow up?

    How about VOLUNTEERING some time to get some things working right?

    Steupsesss wunna sound like a bunch of blasted schoolgirls…..

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  • It would be wishful thinking to expect any thing different to the past five years.

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  • @Bushie
    you menopausal, gine blind or both?


    Observing @ 7:24 pm
    “Let’s continue to pray for our leaders.”

    Observing @ 8:01 pm
    “Time will tell and I again wish ALL our leaders well”

    How many workable ideas have been ventilated on this blog over the years?

    How many ideas and observations have helped to stimulate thought and discussion?

    How many persons have gone out and tried to do right after being inspired by a word or two on BU?

    How many nuggets of gold have surfaced through the mess of mud that some purposely spread on these pages?

    You often say elsewhere that we are wasting our time here in this sphere because the die is already cast somewhere else…

    talk ya talk but don’t try to rob persons of their right to express how and when they feel like…even if you think it is shite and even if your universally spiritual bi-polar vision may sometimes construe it to suit your point of view at the point in time that suits the point of the argument.

    Remember, our spirits meet elsewhere quite often so we are all one when the day is done.

    btw, I realise when it comes to certain matters you soar…When it comes to politics (and Freundel in particular) you dig.

    Just Observing

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  • Mitt Romney [United States] was not the best that the Republican Party had to offer. The better qualified were/are indeed those on the Democratic side of the road: Barack Obama, Hilary Rodham-Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden, etc. President Obama in his 2nd term is hitting hard, hurting and humilating republicans that he has to contend with. Americans did not see this during his first term in offer. The first term was too much compromise. This 2nd term is NO COMPROMISE. This 2nd term, thus far shows that he is a better president and for the people.
    Obama’s 2nd term in office is his last because the 22nd Amendement of the U.S. Constitution set a term limit for election to the Office of President. Hilary Rodam-Clinton is now in retirement; she may and may not run for president in 2016 but no republican or other democract could rival her name and recognition but there are others of notable strength. The United States is better in the hands of President Obama and the Democratic Party. Owen Arthur was not the best the BLP had to offer neither is Mia Mottley, Kerrie Symmonds or Dale Marshall. Barbados is better in the hands of Prime Minister Stuart and the DLP, a better unified and stronger party. The BLP like the republican party [United States] are now seriously injured and in need – major surgery.

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