Problem Solving: Where Do We Go From Here?

Successive governments have been unable to solve problems

Successive governments have been unable to solve problems

BU and others have been preaching for some time about the weeds which have sprouted in our garden. We seem to focus on all the wrong things these days. We have ignored many societal ills over time and now the weeds have overrun the garden.

All of Barbados is up in arms in response to the advisory issued yesterday by the Barbados Police Force. The Advisory warned individuals not to wear jewellery in public.  Many have argued that the police was injudicious to have made the announcement. BU prefers to focus on why the police was driven to warn the public that the cash for gold business has reached a crisis level. Could it be Commissioner Darwin Dottin is not satisfied with the resources he has at his disposal to fight crime? Why are we always so quick to react to the symptom? Despite the massaging of crime statistics all Barbadians are aware that crime has been trending upwards in the last five to ten years. BU is not aware that the Barbados Police Force and government have implemented new initiatives which attempt to frontally deal with rising crime.

Where do we go from here?

Yesterday’s advisory caused BU to reflect on the inability of Barbadians over the last three decades to solve serious problems. Some will argue that BU is being negative, we prefer to call it as we see it.

A generation of Barbadians have been influenced by the minibus culture. Where has the time gone? The problem of the PSVs go back to the Tom Adams era who served as prime minister of Barbados in the period 1976 to 1985. Can we honestly say successive governments – both BLP and DLP – have been able to address the problem plagued sector in the intervening years?

Another issue which for decades has challenged Barbadians to solve is that of praedial larceny. Today in the news James Paul, a pretender to the position of minister of agriculture, suggested the problem of praedial larceny is solvable. Whoopee! Tell us something we don’t know James Paul. As a member on the government side and president of the Barbados Agriculture Association (BAS) can we do it?  How many farmers have given up because of praedial larceny? Patrick Bethel comes to mind.

We now turn to the problem of the Judiciary. For decades Barbadians have had to be satisfied with a court system which is in a constant state of struggle to deliver justice. Again this is a problem which has straddled both political parties.  Despite the Sirs who have ‘laudably’ performed in the role of Chief Justice the problem remains outstanding. Just yesterday in the news Sir Frederick Smith – who should be familiar with the judiciary – called for the appointment of judges to be removed from the Executive arm of government. He also called for radical reform to the judicial system.

Should we list some more examples to hammer home the point?

To repeat, we continue to focus on the wrong things. Many have placed blind faith in politicians and political parties who have been unsuccessful in solving little problems which have grown to become deep rooted. Non-governmental organizations have not been strident enough to fill the void left by the ordinary public which has disengaged. What kind of society are we when we continue to accept a mediocre standard of performance from our leaders?

Where do we go from here?

84 thoughts on “Problem Solving: Where Do We Go From Here?

  1. To tell the Truth , Police need to do their Work and the AG , All laws on the books need to apply to All without delay, This will let all stand up right , Fraud allowed by Lawyers , Judge and Police to run over all things right and civil , If monkey see monkey do we will all live in a hard jungle ,
    Water goes up 60% , then you to build a building for water to live in , Now they say 60.Million Missing with out a trace ,, ? You better know where it went and the names of the crooks.
    Were is the police? the AG, the PM , the Queen , and the so call Pope , It seem more like the Devil reach Earth before God.1937 is on its way..

  2. I suppose the police will soon come out and say that you should not leave your home because you might be robbed or killed.

  3. For praedial larceny the police will also say don’t plant anything or else it will be stolen.

    This is the sorry state we have come to where crime pays and the criminals are doing what they like because the police force is impotent. The leaders must stop talking and start doing their jobs. I agree with Sleepy Smith that there should be radical reform in the judiciary.

    Dear Mr PM and company, please stop bullshitting, talk is cheap let us see some positive moves to help Barbadians live a more meaningful life. Leggo those who are not performing and bring in new blood and I doan mean family.

  4. Where do we go from here?
    Nowhere, as usual.
    We are comfortable right where we are.

  5. Do our police watch televsion? You dont have to reinvent the wheel. Set up a handful of armed undercover cops posing as ordinary folk sporting gold necklaces and jewellry strolling the boardwalk or wherever intelligence tells them perpetrators likely to strike.

    A small army of their comrades are placed in hideout closeby in communication with the decoys awaiting the culprits. The Americans call it sting operations we could clean up a lot of the criminals snatching jewelry by sting operations. What are we waiting for these police methods are on tv every night nand they work in real life. Buju Banton is doing 10 years hard time because of a sting operation.Get off your behinds RBPF and run a few sting operations . Barbados will be safer as a result.

  6. The problem lies in four areas:
    1) Selective analysis, as suits
    2) Quality
    3) Corruption
    4) The people

    On 1)

    In assessing the minibus culture, court system and praedial larceny, the generalisations uttered above have been selective.

    Minibus – yes, minibus goes back to Tom Adams days but was only a problem from the 90’s when they were then allowed to run riot

    Courts – inefficiency and delayed system – dont generalise, get FACTS of when cases delayed originated (I note that in Alair Shepherd’s recent memo he actually specifically referred to cases and dated them back to 2002.

    Get facts of how many cases per year came up and were dealt with by year, including the last two years.

    Get facts on how many cases various judges heard, indeed how many judges were there to hear cases by year, their time to resolution and the nature of the cases, including all the chief justices. including current.

    Praedial larceny – this always occurred, but again, facts as to how many cases per month, how large are the thefts etc. It has surely got worse, that is the issue.

    Do not generalise, you are acting just as the rest, by making generalisations it does not arrive at the truth, it smudges everyhting into confusion.

    2) Quality – basically the wrong ineffectual people in the wrong positios to get things done. Talent or lack thereof and experience count for a lot, even if get roasted for saying so.

    3) Corruption – we used to laugh at T&T and Antigua, well, who is laughing now? Vote buying one example.

    4) If we as a people are willing to use mediocrity as an example, if we cannot appreciate the difference between talent and mediocrity, then we can not blame anyone but ourselves.

    We became accustomed in the ‘golden years’ to much, but with the economic recession things such as attitude have come home to roost.

    That is all.

  7. To clarify ”Courts – inefficiency and delayed system – dont generalise, get FACTS of when cases delayed originated (I note that in Alair Shepherd’s recent memo he actually specifically referred to cases and dated them back to 2002. ”

    Meaning Alair Shepherd dated existing backlog to cases occurring after 2002.

  8. @Crusoe

    What generalisations what!?!

    Was it not Tom Adams who raised the PSV road taxes as a punitive measure because of what he saw as bad behaviour demonstrated by the sector?

    Was it not CJ Gibson who is on record admitting to a backlog of cases. Why does BU have to give specifics if the head of the Judiciary admits? Isn’t BU littered with blogs which highlight cases stuck in the system?

    Did you read the newspaper last week which highlighted sweet potatoes stolen from the Graeme Hall Agriculture complex? Patrick Bethel does not count?

  9. “Do our police watch televsion? You dont have to reinvent the wheel. Set up a handful of armed undercover cops posing as ordinary folk sporting gold necklaces and jewellry strolling the boardwalk or wherever intelligence tells them perpetrators likely to strike.”

    To catch a thief……Are you crazy? The police too damn frighten ! I heard when the prisoners at Glendairy started their rampage the police ran from the scene and the defence force had to move in. Stupes…We need some Inspector Burroughes bout hey.

  10. @David
    Just to point out that Tom Adams did not raise PSV taxes because of their
    bad behaviour on the roads.Barbados was hosting Carifesta 1981 and the transportation arrangements made were proving problematic(Ithink it was the Defence Force)and Tom asked the PSV’s to help.These guys quoted a very high tariff because they thought they had Tom over a barrel. Tom was forced to accept their quotation.As`usual he had the last word because the next budget Tom hit them so hard with taxes,they regretted their folly to this day.

  11. Best thing to do.
    Nip outside and bury all your gold in a hole in your backyard.
    Lock your doors.
    Lock your windows.
    Hide under your bed (be careful now or the dust bunnies might get you)
    Do not come outside.
    Do not go to work.
    Do not go to school.
    Do not go out to pay any taxes.
    Do not go out to buy any food (careful now or you might die from hunger)
    Do not go to church (Like Jesus, go in your closet, lock the door, and pray in there)
    Let the bad guys run riot, while we are all safe under our beds.

  12. I am beginning to wonder what the threshold is for the Barbados Police to spring into action and do the job they are paid for.

    Barbados is not Jamaica. Barbados has no All inclusive hotels with private beaches to isolate the tourists from crime.
    We need to put the force back into policing because a few more serious crimes against Tourists and they will stop visiting.

  13. Haven’t you all realised yet that the source of all the major problems in this country is political interference. Name any system that was working and improved after the politicians got their hands on it. Just to mention a few that showed significant decline after political interference: Police Force; Judiciary; transport, particularly the Transport Board; Education; Public Service; and the list goes on.

  14. Well let me see if I can add an old fart’s perspective on this robbing tourises pun de boardwalk tingy.

    Take a look at the ultra secret surveillance unit at District A Police Station, dat building wid electronic shutters.

    Now look at the 500 foot boardwalk where my 8 year old grand daughter can carry her spanking new laptop and using LIME WIFI show me de big waves at Accra beach.

    You unnerstan whu I saying, why put on dis high faluting sting where dem ingrunt policemen’s gine get a chance tuh shoot off dem guns indiscriminately through de public, instead uh adding a few more non descript cameras to the existing network (yes I did say a few more) an instead up peeping to see who gine in Llaro Court to visit Fumble, put some pun de boardwalk and other at risk places and get lime and Digicel cough up some free bandwidth to said cameras under a real corporate outreach program instead of continually raping bajans wid meaningless football and tshirt donations

  15. @ Hants

    Re your comment about the threshold that will make police spring into action…

    A friend of mine responds by saying “kill a police”. I shudder when she says that for two reasons, one I used to be a policeman years ago, in a nex place, but …. and two, once you open them gates there is no turning back.

    Hers is a special situation though, a granddaughter of hers got raped, by two police officers and, as the officers told her during the ordeal, nothing has come of the investigation.

    A young constable in the RBPF befriended me and I have come to look at him as a son over the years.

    He told me that his blackberry was stolen by a fellow officer while he was at Central! The point that this theft by those who guard brings to the fore is that the police force is comprised of people in the community, men and women, people like me and you, butlers, lesbians and tiefs.

    Now doan get me wrong I am not calling you any of de above (doah, truff be told, I used to tief a piece uh de hairy purse when I was younger) but the fact is that as time progresses the pool that we are picking from is becoming tainted with the criminal element and we are courting wolves, in sheep’s clothing

    The problem lies in disciplining the culprits, irrespective of whether they are constable or inspector, if the general public can see some semblance of discipline and justice among the brotherhood, we will feel that you/we are not above the law

  16. the problem with barbados is they think of petty crime as petty crime not that these small larcenys coupled with the odd big one will kill tourism… big mistake in this day and age if a mouse farts the world is going to hear about it . Consider every criminal a threat to the island show no mercy and make barbados what any travelar wants…. safe

  17. I lived on Grand Cayman a little over a decade ago for several months. The first thing that struck me there was the police. There were several british bobbies in the force doing the whole range of policing duties and being very visible everywhere in the Island. The second thing that struck me was that there were quite a few Bajan policemen as well, identifiable only by their accent. The third thing that struck me was that Grand Cayman was absolutely safe for all, visitors and locals alike. The fourth thing was that the police appeared to be no respecter of persons. Any illegal act from driving above 40 kms/hr on the Island’s good roads to littering was swiftly and evenhandedly dealt with.

    Now, Barbados can’t emulate Grand Cayman in all these respects but over time it could try doing some of them. (Did I mention that Grand Cayman is a very rich country?). Is there something against bringing in some police from the rest of the Caribbean and perhaps even some on secondment from other Commonwealth countries on short term contracts. Let them loose to enforce and clean up some of the crimes that our bajan police wink at. (I saw a motorcyclist wheeling in and out of traffic lanes at breakneck speeds today on the ABC highway and at the same time a police car was travelling in the opposite direction so at least the policemen in that car could have got some vital statistics on the motorcycle and the motorcyclist)

    Will try to finish this later.

  18. The only person who has the guts and gumption to clean up this social, economic and judicial mess is the Brigidaire. Fumble should should tell Lewis that he is desperately needed. Make him supreme commander over the justice system.

    Throwing litter out of a minibus or dumping illegally = 3 lashes with a bamboo cane.
    Rape, violent crime etc = 9 lashes with the cat.
    School children giving trouble in class? Straight to the head teacher for 6 of the best.

    Forget Pride & Industry. The new slogan is If you don’t hear, you going feel!

  19. The problem is this belief that everything must come fast, the fast culture mentality.

    I could recall growing up, u could leave ur house open and rely on your neighbours to protect ur peoperty, this is no longer the case. Some of the said neighbours are thiefing from u. A few years ago i hired someone to do some work for me, the use off a spray can wwas involved, two days after the said can was stolen.

    Mothers are the biggest contributors to the breakdown in society, they allow their boys to do as they please, encourgaing them to be a village ram and bringing home the youths for them to live off the meagre earning. Most of these young children grow up without respect for authority or the law. They grow up being materialistic and believe that it doesnt not matter how they obtain the things they need. they are unable to differentiate what is a need and a want, and this cylce is perpetuated from generation to generatio,

    The minibus and the dope culture go hand in hand, the development of this culture has wrecked havoc on or society, young girls are socialised into carefree sex and similarly young men,

    People drive without insurance and what plans to we have in place to arrest this problem. We have not introudced the legislation to finger print people when they enteror leave the island. it was started and there was a backlash. I voluntrarily asked that it be dnne when three years ago.

    When my mother was a hawker she used to have to show a license to sell in Fairchild Street Market, now it seems like any body can do so. I could recall the govt introuding a bicylce tax where u register, this met with loud noise from the opposition.

    The magistrates go to work when they feel like and the judges sit doen on decisions for years. yes the police force need to change its method of crime solving. it is sad whn u work to accumulate the things in life, only to have them snatched bt uncaring persons and bought by perpetrators. Do we know what impact this jewellery snatching will have on tourism. I could recall a few years ago a young mas lost his life for snatching a piece of jewellery. Do we have to see more lives lost for this problem to be solved, Quite recently a friend of mine. lost all her jewellery, except what she had worn to work. The said jewellery has not been recovered. As a result of this act she installed securitysymstem, including camerss. This cause a few thousands, is this the way we will live in the future? Its frighteneing.

    The force needs to attract more males, and perhaps the COP might have to swollow his pride and look at importing policemen. The crime situation is frightening and we must impose the laws

    There are many persons who have knowledge of some of the laws and who can interpret them, and hence the CJ could use them to deal with traffic cases and those crime under 2500. There are a number of JP, the ones with common sense can be trained to deal will such cases. Perhaps uwi or bcc can provide the training..

  20. @Crusoe | March 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM | While generally I agree with your comments on BU, I am going to, most respectfully, differ here.

    You say, “Minibus – yes, minibus goes back to Tom Adams days but was only a problem from the 90′s when they were then allowed to run riot.” My take on this is that you need to see the potential problem at its inception and move to sort it out. The mini-bus potential problem was VERY apparent from the start and escalated at an alarming rate IN THE 80s.

    You say, “Courts – inefficiency and delayed system – dont generalise, get FACTS of when cases delayed originated (I note that in Alair Shepherd’s recent memo he actually specifically referred to cases and dated them back to 2002.” We have the facts courtesy of the Chief Justice. 3000+ cases outstanding. Look at the comments in the judgements of the CCJ. As for Alair Shepherd, a large part of the problem IS Alair Shepherd, for the simple reason that Alair Shepherd has built his reputation and practice on the defense in death penalty cases and in particular he relies on Pratt and Morgan – in other words, DELAY. So Alair Shepherd is (and has been for many years) a very large part of the very problem of which he now complains. Remember that Alair is not trying to have convicted murderers acquitted. He is trying to extend the court process beyond the time limit set by Pratt and Morgan, after which his clients cannot be executed. Personally, I applaud this and believe that the death penalty should be done away with completely – which would free up quite a lot of court (and Alair Shepherd’s) time. I believe (subject to correction) that much of Alair’s fees are paid for this by Amnesty International. Now, he has BIPA to replace any income loss from Amnesty, so if we do away with the death penalty, we need not fear for Alair’s finances.

    Also, I don’t quite know what planet Alair is living on, but I personally know of civil cases that date back to 1994 that remain unheard or part-heard, because the Registrar has not set them down, despite repeated written requests from counsel to do so – the letters from counsel never being replied to.

    As for specifics, I refer you to BU’s excellent series TALES FROM THE COURTS, which I (and most of the brethren) applaud and consider to be obligatory reading. It tears away the mists of obscurity around the justice system and shows it for what it is – a corrupt and moribund system headed by an incompetent and staffed by incompetents, that daily flout and breach the Constitution of Barbados and the civil rights of Bajans. And you want specifics? Just go and find out how many constitutional actions have been filed against the Attorney General that join specific judges as defendants, which actions the lawyers filing them cannot get heard. My latest tally shows that Alair alone has filed six of these – but these, of course, are civil and not criminal cases.

    As for the current Chief Justice, that particular incompetent has delivered just one judgement since taking office – and it took him almost a year to write it (it was a simple case and should have taken no more than 90 days) and the judgement itself is flawed and instantly appealable and reversable. It is UNSAFE!!! And any jurist with half a brain (most with half a brain being on the bench anyway) knows that.

    I would remind everyone that Sir Frederick’s latest comments are consistent with his previous comments at a speech to the Bar back in the 90s. THEN, Sir Frederick said, “It appears to me that judges in Barbados think they have a constitutional right to be stupid.” Can anyone honestly tell me that Sir Frederick was wrong? Can anyone say that Sir Frederick has not become “righter” by the day, month and year?

    On your argument about praedial larceny, how in hell do you expect BU to provide facts when the Police, to whom these incidents are reported, do not even bother to record them because it is too much trouble? You ask any planter, owner of an agricultural small-holding, OR EVEN THE OLD LADY WHO HAS PLANTED A FEW LIME TREES IN HER WALLED IN BACK GARDEN????!!!!! Praedial larceny does not victimise the big agricultural landowners alone, but it victimises ANYONE who plants a few crops on their little piece of land – even down to a few peas to put in the rice. So I don’t know what country you are living in, Crusoe, but it sure as hell isn’t Barbados.

    @Checkit-Out | March 7, 2013 at 12:54 AM | What is the size and population of Grand Cayman? Is Grand Cayman still British, or is it independent (read banana republic)? Is Grand Cayman’s main industry that of off-shore banking? Does Grand Cayman have a judiciary that works in a timely manner? The answers to those dictate the applicability of the Grand Cayman model to Barbados. However, your suggestions re policing are excellent and I support them.

    @clean up this island | March 7, 2013 at 2:27 AM | Excellent. I agree (except if you extend it to the death penalty). This “political correctness” has gone too far. However, I do take issue with one thing, which is when you say, “Rape, violent crime etc = 9 lashes with the cat.” My old friend, Pat, will confirm that the going rate (according to the precedent set by Douglas CJ) is 18 lashes with the cat. Why do you want to half it? Pat will also recall, much as she (and I) disliked Douglas CJ, that during his tenure, rape victims were known as “Douglas’ daughters.” But Douglas, although he was not a first class jurist, had balls. Today, we have a CJ who is not only not a jurist at all and whose lack of legal acumen is going to give the CCJ a LOT of scope for firing at the target that he himself seems intent on painting on his own backside, but he also lacks balls (lot of mouth, but no balls) – which for him, given his lack of acumen, is probably a good thing – but for Barbados, it is a DISASTER!)

  21. we need to infiltrate the gangs here to ascertain how the members plan for their cime spree. We need to lock up some the white collar criminals to send a message that the judicial system is not to protect the rich, but enforcing the laws,

    we need to emphasise that Rome was not built in a day. We need to root out te drug cullture. When i was growing up, the dope smokers use to hide and smoke drugs, they are now smoking it publicy, near the police stations and carrying on brisk trade too. We need to determine how the cell phone is contributing to this crime,.

  22. @Amused

    man i envy u. u write so clear, man give mah some them skills. u ought to teach people how to write. But man, why havnt u been on more often, and why havnt u made any input into the post election discussions.

    Excellentn blog.

  23. TO THE POINT | March 7, 2013 at 4:26 AM | Excellent. Truly excellent. You are, of course, absolutely right and everyone knows it. A few little suggestions that you may (or not) take on board.

    1. People driving without insurance. Very bad and with massive negative implications. However, a large part of the problem derives from the cost of insurance and, of all the democratic world, the only country that is aggressively moving to combat this, is the UK. You see, insurance has increased due to the vast increase in claims for soft tissue injuries in accidents, mostly advocated and promoted by the bottom end of the legal profession known as “ambulance chasers”. So this trend is what needs to be addressed. And there are a LOT of ambulance chasers in Barbados, some of them even QCs I could name, but won’t.

    2. Finger print legislation. Frankly, this is obsolete. A few years ago, I was visiting the UK and, while my passport was being checked, I got into conversation with the immigration official, who informed me that they had just set up (at Gatwick) a system of eyeball reading, so that instead of UK citizens presenting their passport to an immigration official, they merely looked up at a computer-linked camera which would identify them from their eyeballs and admit them. Seems that eyeballs are even more unique than finger prints.

    3. Your suggestion of the use of smarter JPs for traffic court is first class thinking. However, I do extend that thinking further and also point out that QCs are in fact deputy judges and a lot of the backlog of the courts could be dealt with by having QCs sit (even in the conference rooms of their own chambers) to hear civil actions. Yes, it would cost. But frankly would it be cost effective? In other words, would it cost more than the billions of dollars in overseas investments that we are losing daily, monthly and yearly as a DIRECT result of the fact that Barbados is now seen as RISKY overseas investment area, due SOLELY to the total breakdown of the justice system and the appointment as chief justice of a man who was never a judge anywhere (including New York) and who is clearly completely out of his depth. I would say that the expense of bringing in senior members of the bar to deal with the backlog of cases would reap returns of the hundred and thousand fold. But, of course, it takes balls – and a Registrar with a modicum of competence.

    BTW, I haven’t made any comment on the post-election issues, simply because I hold the view that the election is over and the people have decided and in all the years I have been around, I have NEVER known the people to make a mistake. So now it is time to get on which things and not look back, but forward. With that slender a majority, the Government really is under the gun to do a good job……or else. So, I am waiting. Reserving judgement, if you like – however, unlike our judiciary, I will not reserve judgement for years.

  24. @Amused

    massage my memory, i could recall that the uk govt had a system in place that where it was determined that there was a hit and run accident, resulting in mortality, that the family would benefit from the fun, I think that the insurance companies had to contribute to that fund, it was while doing a course in pensi ns and insurance administration, but that was over 18 yrs ago that i think i read that.

    I will agree with u, that insurance cost is very high and i believe that the fair trading Commission needs to have some say on insurance cost, or we are allowed to purchase insurance where we want, even it it meanslooking outsid the egion. Is that possiblle? And do u see any complications with such an approach. Do u see the massive buildings that insurance comapanies are constructing? I refusse to take out comprehensive insurance for my house, during the 1990’s when the cost skyrocketed i swithed to fire only. something needs to be done about the high insurance cost on the island.

    I am cognisant that a lot of ambulance chasing is going on by lawyers in a suttle way. We have persons faking injuries, an they are called soft tissue injuries, and to stenghten the cases, a lot of persons go on extended sick leave with the objective of also drawing NIS. We are reaching a stage where money is becoming the root of all evil and if we dont nip these things in the bud, we are going to live to regret.

    I had a lot of high hopes when the CJ was appointed, the honey moon is over, and i am very disappointed with his performance, similary like how i was disappointed with his predecessor’s performance.

    As u have said, the people have spoken, i am prepared to wait to see how my govt will tackle crime and the judiciary system, we cannot continue like this and i shall be looking on with a discerning eye. I want my family to be able to walk about freely and think that there are solutions to these man made problems.

  25. @David,

    Admission of a general status is one thing, bhut to identofy an issue, to properly solve it,, detailed analysis of state ios necessary.

    If one goes go to th mechanic and sasy the car slowing down without easing the accelator, how does he know what to fix. He has to do a detailed analysis. If he just fix the accelator, that makes sense?

    Or, if one calls the plumber and says, water pressure low, how does he know what to fix?

    I am not saying that delays are not the issue, I am saying do a proper analysis to understand the issue. re judges /judgements, resolution, registrart (as I do read the other blogs on courts and such as Amused have pointed out the issues there).

    That way, one as (OMG I am starting it too) a ‘report’ (lawdy I will stay away from commission of enquiry) that shows exactly where the issues are.

    @Amused . Points taken and understood. And yoiur answer re current cases is being done, just one example of whatI I did not know. Lawyers may know it, but not the general public. I am told of one civil case that has been dragged out about 8 or 9 yars by one client and attorneys, judges not done much to finalise, rather astounding (and the lawyer for the client trying to complete and get it done wants her fee, while no one has done anything to get the other client who has draggd his feet to complete, has dragged his feet on the courts and played with them, maybe its his high profile and connections).
    But that is an aside, the thing is what I mean is that by providing an analysis, one can then show in ‘print’ what are the issues and provide these with recommendations to Parliament or the GG for action.

    And I agree fully with your assessment that this is impacting on Barbados’s reputation generally and specifically for business investors. Who in their right minds would invest where the probability of getting their money back in the event of an issue, is going to take years via the courts?

  26. @Crusoe

    i think we know the problems, the action is implementing solutions. Remember that this society is about conections, lodge fraternity, political connection, board room politics. We need someone to bell the cat, bt who will bell it?

    • When we discuss if our society is advancing/developing these are the markers/measurements we must used. If we don’t our society will be measured on the Human Development Index (HDI) as #1 in this hemisphere but it will be collapsing all the same.

  27. I am still of the opinion that we are not attacking the ROOT CAUSES.
    Lots more descriptions of symptoms appearing,which whilst enlightening ,are not curative.
    Study the Root cause..
    RootCause One:Corruption
    Root Cause Two: Corrruption
    Root cause three:.Corruption.
    Should I continue?

    Corruption is a terminal contagion that minifests ,in many forms.

    Like the cancer it is, it affects the many and various parts of:
    The Body social ,the body Politic, the Legal body.
    In removing the Root cause ,the patient,is subject to extreme stress ,suffering and often death.
    Often the sole diagnosis ,is that”there is nothing that can be done”.
    The patient therefore being issued a death sentence, and allowed piece by piece to deteriorate to the point where the Root Cause cancer over comes the natural goodness of the host body and ,takes Itself and the host body to the grave.
    Is that to be the Diagnosis for OUR COUNTRY??

    Maybe if we are strong and brave enough to ;take on the the challenge ,we can ,by portions ,Isolate and destroy these various Root cause cancers .
    We need ,as surgeons do , to identify the ,immediate threat and danger ; dispose of that first.
    Then observe and operate on the remaining threats to the Health of our body Barbados.
    As I see it, the gravest Root cause threat, is that to the body Legal.
    Without law we have Anarchy(actually close to where we are now in Barbados)
    The Law of a country is the oil,by which the rest of the mechanism of the country “Ticks”
    We have arrived at a point in our history where we are in danger of losing “our legal protection” our Law is mutating under the attacks of the Root cause cancer.
    The most dangerous MUTATION is the Guyanese DPP Charles Leacock,now cancerous to a degree that is overwhelming .
    Smearing his cancerous secretions across the whole of the Body Legal.
    It is imperative to the survival of the body Barbados that this cancer be the first surgery.
    This DPP cancer precluded the transmission of natural and written law thro the whole of the Body Barbados.It mutates the law ,chages it to become of its own cancerous image.
    Its very being; is a mortal danger to out survival as a Nation.
    This cancer has attached and is OVERCOMING the Main Organs of the Body Barbados, the Law! .
    IT HAS TO GO!!
    The result would be a major first step in the recovery of the Health of the Body Barbados ,the messages the then healthier Body Barbados would radiate would be ,remedial is SHRINKING the other cancers to operable sizes,without destruction of the Host.
    We will have put a NEW HEART into the Body of our most beloved Country.

  28. The praedial larceny in agriculture can be solved with high tech security ,the govt can so help by availing the farmer to loans at a reasonable interest rate and some of which can be recoup by tax breaks, one such security that i think would be good would be electronic fencing. looking for police to stand guard outside of each farmers business would in the end cost the country and taxpayers huge amounts of money, Technology works well in security and is available for all to use. A business cannot thrive today with the high increse in crime without good and proper security a investment well worth investing in,

  29. Eye Scan machines at the airport for entry, for everyone……..excellent idea.

    The simplest solution is the best one……..Ban gold for cash……….no demand=no supply

    The island has been reduced to, the simplest need of the people being turned into a political or fraternal (lodges) exercise………..this has succeeded in making the citizens look weak minded and living in a perpetual comfort zone……….which they are

    The minibus culture started over 20 years ago, it got progressively worse, the usual lip service was given over the years in an unconvincing attempt to stop the many young lives ruined by this disgrace. owners of minibuses included politicians, police, business people, local minorities including foreign indians. The music evolved from dirty to dirtier to the nastiest I have ever heard played t ear drum shattering level and in the presence of young impressionable children. There were complaints to one indian owner about the nasty music and the school children being on the bus participting and singing along, the complainer was told “that is what the young people want”. This person was politically connected and figured there was no on in Bim with the testicular fortitude to stop their reign of terror on the island’s children, since their kids were away studying and was not affected. The last time I was on the island, people were fearful of taking these buses, turns out the transport board buses are no better cause some of their drivers are reckless minus the lewd and disgusting music.
    There is a total breakdown in anything that resembles common sense on the island, met some tourist on a flight out who thought it was hilarious the idiocy being displayed, they had no plans to return.

    How can things change when the leaders only pretend to care about the majority.

  30. No need to import police if we just pay our own police force properly. It will surely cost a lot less. There comes a time where conventions and embedded practices have to be broken. The excuse for not paying police properly is that their pay is linked to the rest of the Civil Service. So what? Change it! We need to get this country safe again for everyone. You think that once tourists no longer come, and we can’t grow our own food without it being stolen, that they won’t then come after businesses and individuals in their homes? And when the only wealthy people left are the politicians, they will come after them too.

  31. @Dr.Love & Peltdownman

    We have reached a critical stage and agree that the conventional approaches will not work. We need a national strategy which is driven by the urgency of now. All stakeholders including like minded citizens must step up.

    The issue of praedial larceny cannot be solved by suggesting security alone, we have gone passed this stage. The police issue is not only about more pay and so on. A few weeks ago Minister Michael Lashley lamented in parliament that a person known to him was on remand for several years yet in the same speech he praised the DPP. It is the hypocrisy which has enveloped our little island and the unwillingness to ruffle feathers that is causing us to dissolve all of our gains post-Independence.

    BU’s favourite is the rule by the MoE that cellphones are NOT to be allowed on the school premises YET the rule is for the most part ignored. Can anyone guess how this is likely to shape the thinking of our young minds; future leaders?

    So what are we going to do?

  32. @ David
    What reach what critical stage what?!?
    ….we passed that years ago….

    Better fasten your seatbelt…. The CRASH is inevitable.

    • This might seem minor but I will relate it anyway. On Tuesday this week I came home to drop my off my wife and then leave immediately to go to a meeting. On my way home, I noticed that the traffic along Canewood Road was bumper to bumper for the full length of the road. On the way back, I went through Jack in the Box to avoid any delay. When I got back to the Canewood and Lears junction, I was forced to stop to allow a police vehicle with blaring siren followed by a car MP4 to get ahead of the traffic. As soon as they cleared the traffic the two vehicles parted company. I followed MP4 and it travelled normally all the way to Frere Pilgrim.

      I believe that type of behaviour is setting a poor example. Who the hell the occupant of MP4 thinks he is that he could not wait in traffic like the rest of us. Poor example!!

  33. Citizens must now arm themselves to protect their property, so what is the use of having a police force? We are really in a bad way when the police resorts to telling citizens not to wear jewelry in public.

  34. @David. In response to your question to Islandgal, BOTH!!!!

    @Dr Love. Excellent and I agree, subject only to the comments of Bushie, who is right. We have passed the stage you believe we are approaching. Way past it. I also, out of fairness, don’t want to dump on Leacock because he is Guyanese. I want to dump on him because he is totally incompetent. After all, Guyana has given us some sterling people – think Ricky Singh, Alair Shepherd, or and one member of the Bench about whose long reserved judgements and then the contents of those judgements themsleves, there are a LOT of reservations. All sterling, upstanding Guyanese. Worthy of the kind of government that rules Guyana.

  35. TTP; Your post around 4 ish am is so good that it more than rivals Amused’s excellent one. There is no need for you to attend Amused’s classes. Two very thoughtful posts with lots of meat for the authorities to feed on.

    Still need to finish my ordinary garden one on this topic. Hope to do so later today.

  36. @ Caswell
    “This might seem minor but I will relate it anyway….”
    It is minor….and petty and malicious….

    Unless you know the facts why ascribe bad motives to persons in situations that you clearly do not understand?
    Why could it not be a genuine emergency?

    Instead of mashing up the image that Bushie has been trying to build for you as a mature and knowledgeable Bajan, , why don’t you contact David(BU) and let us work to put a good political alternative option in place for Bajans? BUP!!!

    ….you only creating fodder for ac, BAFBFP and Islandgal to cuss the damn bushman again for supporting you….

  37. I can’t say this often enough.All the ills in this society can be properly and accurately laid at the feet of politicians.In the bad old colonial days every criminal or criminally minded was afraid of Sgt Best,Cpl Cyrus,Barrabas,
    Johnny Salt Bags,and others who were fearless in the execution of their duties.Any defendant ending up in court opposite EK Walcott knew he was facing a formidable and fearless advocate.They were the bad old days.That’s why Grand Cayman will flourish and Barbados will flounder if we are not watchful.

  38. Well let me say that america and other countries have invested billions of dollars in their police force to no avail .crime continues to rise at alarmingly levels. the one area in which people have been able to protect home and property is with ” home security “.a form of PREVENTION. the police cannot police every household and business .what therefore is needed is for public involvement in dealing with these social issues on personnal level.

  39. The simplest solution is always the best one……………….when the leaders (politicians) start leading by positive (not corrupt business as usual) example, a change will be noticed.

  40. @DAvid
    “What kind of society are we when we continue to accept a mediocre standard of performance from our leaders?”

    @well well
    “when the leaders (politicians) start leading by positive (not corrupt business as usual) example, a change will be noticed.”

    “the major problems in this country is political interference”

    @Dr. Love
    “I am still of the opinion that we are not attacking the ROOT CAUSES.”P

    These sum it up in a big nutshell. What also happens is that typically when we hear problem solving, 80% of our energy (and money) goes to finding the “obvious” problem, 15% goes to quarreling about who’s to blame and a remaining 5% goes to the solving. If only we coudl do things the other way around.

    Barbados has some of the best brains an intellects in the world, hands down. Even a small glimpse on BU would reveal that. It just takes courage, justice, decisiveness and resolve to tackle many of the issues we are experiencing. If every group, organisation, institution, department or ministry actively tackled their individual issues properly, the big national issues would start to dissolve or become easier to manage.

    The challenge is that many in the “status quo” prefer to have problems existing, else their existence becomes meaningless. Many have cushioned themselves to the disadvantage of others and country.

    The big question is, who will be man/woman enough to bell the cats?

    Just Observing

  41. @TTP. March 7, 2013 at 5:45 AM | I don’t know if that fund you mentioned in relation to fatal hit-and-run accidents still exists. With the advent of CCTV cameras in the UK and the fact that the UK is the most heavily covered country in the world with CCTV (nothing escapes them) the likelihood is that there will be no hit-and-run accidents the perpetrators of which cannot be identified. But the short answer is that I do not know for sure.

    I am also not actually sure that the Fair Trading Commission would stand much of a chance of reducing the cost of insurance, as insurance costs tend to follow a worldwide trend. Also, the claims for personal injuries are way up, due to the fact that the bottom of the legal barrel has discovered this as a way of earning a living (that they would otherwise not be able to earn) that requires simply following the same formula time and again (which, God forbid, might actually make them have to read some law books). And as insurance companies generally tend to settle these claims out-of-court rather than contest them (because of the sheer volume of claims) the costs get passed on to the consumer. Look at it like this. The insurance company is faced with a situation where a claim that it can settle for $20,000 is before it. However, to contest it, it will cost $50,000 and even once costs are awarded, they may not be able to collect the $50,000 or it may cost a further $50,000 going through the courts to collect the costs. So it passes on the $20,000 settlement plus its legal fees to the consumer.

    In the UK, whenever there is an accident, the insurance companies AND THE POLICE sell the names of the parties involved to firms of lawyers, who them approach the parties, irrespective of whether there is a case or not, asking them to “develop” soft-tissue injuries. Jack Straw, the former AG, commenced a initiative to prevent this practice and it has received support from the whole parliament. So aggressive steps are being taken there. In any case, cases of PI go before a judge on his own. And they would in Barbados as well. However, in the USA and Canada, these are jury matters and the jury decides on awards of damages as well. For instance, there was recently one case in the USA of a woman who sued a shop where she had been shopping, because she sustained an injury when she tripped over a child. The fact that it was her own child she tripped over, did not prevent the jury from awarding the silly bitch US$150,000. Canada is rapidly becoming the same. And so was Britain, until Mr Straw stepped in. And Barbados is following the USA and Canada with meritless and illusory injuries in which lawyers work “on contingency” for one third of the court’s award of damages. It is called, in the UK, “no win no fee”.

    There is another way to go, of course. Certain of Canada’s Western provinces (most notably Saskatchewan) have government insurance schemes for motor vehicles that are mandatory. I am not sure, but it seems to me that this would mean that any claims against insurance would be defended (where appropriate) by provincial government lawyers who are on salary. Thus the retention by insurance companies of extremely expensive outside legal counsel, is a cost avoided and many of the ambulance chasers can go on to find jobs better suited to their expertise, like the door to door selling of computers or cleaning products. Given that insurance companies are doing well financially, might it not make perfect sense for the Barbados government to set up its own insurance company for which the insurance of motor vehicles is mandatory? Just a thought. Then it could regulate the cost of such insurance to the benefit of the people who might otherwise not be able to afford the usurious costs of insurance as it now stands.

  42. Until citizens are prepared to march in the streets and in front the PM’s office to DEMAND change, NOTHING will EVER happen.

  43. @ Amused
    @ Bushie.
    Yes we are in a critical condition.
    Not as yet terminal.
    There will be massive trauma and social degradation.
    The main object in a Strong public assertion of the desire for the removal of a person from public office is to relate back to the politicians that power is ONLY invested in them BUT still RESTS with the populace.
    We need a lobby group, physically , not bloggers , to be as a watchman over their(Politicians) actions and make them realize in a small country like we have, they can be PUT OUT by public will as well as put in and as quickly.
    Especially now as the power balance is so tenuous.
    The DPP .
    No you underestimate this cancer; it is not as you think, it is probably the very worse type ,it transmutates according to the whims and payments of the paymaster.
    IT is equally malicious and virualant in its destruction of the Body Barbados for whomsoever has paid for its services.It is a totally mercenary cancer.It is totally self intersted and self contained .
    Its removal ,is a disruption of the supply chain of the poison it spreads at will.
    It originated from a region where this type of cancer is endemic and ,now applies its tentacle to attach itself here.

  44. @amused
    as the “the simplest way” is the Vogue,why not just add an extra price to Gasoline/fuel and everyone that rolls a wheel is taxed and insured .

  45. honestly ppl i wud think from as long as the tower of baal to now we wid of notice between the line that no government DONT care about you are me SERIOUSLY ppl wake up alll this time and those people dat went out da voting still dont get it.remember when the nation of israel wanted a king?well yahweh tell dem,dem aint want nah king dem even bound fa nah king cuzz he de king but they still insist so he gave them king david so u see ppls this is why we in so much pain and termoil jus because of that one time in history we ask for this and didnt even realized it we should neva be voting in the first place we turn from a people of yahoshua (jesus) to depending on man with the same conditions like me and you remember call no man good for none is good but the father in heaven so pick sense

  46. Once again the farmers are up in arms as they continue to be victimized as the instances of praedial larcenies continue to escalate.
    Simply put if there wasn’t a market these thefts would decrease but many Bajans are complicit in assisting the thieves in profiting from another person’s hard earned labour.

    Everybody wants a “deal’ so people turn a blind eye and never enquire about the origin of some products as long as they think they derive some benefit. No one ever wonders where the coconut vendor, the guy selling ackees/ mangoes/dunks or whatever at the roundabout get their produce. No one blinks an eye when the vendor who normally sells field vegetables turns up one week with root crops e.g. sweet potatoes or yams.

    This thievery may explain why some people come down with unexplained illnesses; a friend told me he lost a whole patch of lettuce the night after spraying. To the purchaser of vegetables of unknown origin “Caveat Emptor”.

  47. Dr Love | March 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM | It may be simple, but it is an open invitation for mis-use and corruption. There would be a whole raft of “exclusions”, like for the MP cars and the CD cars. Then a whole lot of people would become friends with the owners/drivers of MP and CD cars so that they could tank up and have them ascribed to the MP and CD cars – and that is just a start. Then there is the agricultural aspect etc. It is never ending, except you end up exactly where you were in the first place the entire object is defeated.

  48. @ Amused
    Sorry I cant see that.
    If that were the case what we pay at the pumps now is liable to corrupt practise?Is that so?
    I was advocating the the pump price of the fuels was increased to allow for our payment of Road tax and insurance as we bought fuel at the pump.Then no one can drive a car on the roads of Barbados that is untaxed or uninsured.
    All the cash is in the Goverment coffers daily , weekly , monthly.
    The Civil Servants they now use for collecting and processing of the road tax ,would be able to be employed dealing with accident claims like in ,the process as it operates now,but without the necessity of a profit as it is a government service.This would allow for a slight reduction in the cost of living
    It would never happen because it is something that is not easily corruptable.
    Plus of course the vested interest would block it.
    But I dont see it can be any more open to misuse than the way we pay now and none I know has seen misuse of the way the tax is collected and returned to Customs and revenue, on fuel sold thro the pumps.
    Perhaps you can be a little more explicit.
    I would be interested to know how a fraud would be perpertrated.
    Ministers and officials do what the Hell they like as a matter of course ,but we pay all the road tax and insurance for them on the vehicles they drive ,in the course of their government “duties”, anyway.

  49. Perhaps to show where we are and judge our readiness for the challenges which confront us – BU received a note last night which suggest a government department at the Pine ‘down tools’ early because a fly was buzzing around the office. Industrial cleaners were summoned.

  50. Law and order in barbados,seem to be a thing of the pass.
    Every night I see vwhicles parked sometimes ON THE WRONG SIDE of the road/street, with NO LIGHTS. Only today a young man was fined for riding his bicycle without a bell or light, yet every night this is common place. traffic on the roads of barbados drive at rediculous speeds. Persons are on remand at Dodds for years and then found NOT GUILTY. Something MUST be done about the judicial system in this country or we can become life the WILD WILD WEST.

  51. David;
    I think there is need to start another thread on the biggest problem we face as a nation – The management of the Public Sector economy. Yesterday’s Nation had two articles which highlighted the peril we are now in and indeed made it startlingly clear why the PM could not have an estimates debate before he called elections and indeed could not let the election date drag on as it seemed he intended, as gauged by sprats thrown out by the advisor plenipotentory and at large, Hal Gollop.

    The articles were; Revenue Dip on page 3A and We need right figures – Auditor General: statements not fair representation. on page 5A.

    Taken together they paint a picture of financial chaos in our public sector which strangely enough has been handed back to the same leaders after the elections.

    It is recognized that the politicians will have their say on this matter next week when the estimates are debated. However I think that BU family members who like to comment on matters of this kind might like to get their views in before they are tainted by the politrickians.

    To start, just read the report on the auditor general report and if possible, David, please link the report on BU. The statement suggests to me that it is probably the strongest overall negative statement on the management of Government finances EVER by an Auditor General in Barbados and we should note that traditionally for decades, the Auditor General Statement has always been non complimentary to Government departments. But this one is in a class of its own.

  52. Agreeing with Checkit-out….

    Bushie also wants to admit to a rare mistake here on BU.

    The bushman had predicted that when the estimates were finally laid and the budget presented, it would become very clear to Bajans – and especially the political leaders, how serious our finances really are……

    It is very clear now that Bushie may have been WRONG.

    Judging from the level of idiocy displayed by public sector leaders, it seem that these people are such brass bowls that even with the numbers in front of them, and reports such as the Auditor General’s, ….they will still conclude that it can be business as usual….

    ….guess we will have to wait for the further downgrades, black listings, withdrawal of credit and fire sales before we recognize that 01 plus 01 equals 10.

  53. Bushie; Re. downgrades, It is painfully obvious that whatever is done, there will be a downgrade coming from S&P and perhaps Moody’s as well, based only on the Auditor General’s reference to the non-standard accounting for the UWI deficit and how it should have been presented. Of course, the Aud.G personally had no choice as a professional re. reporting as he did on that matter but it places the people in the Ministry of Finance, i.e. the Minister and his senior advisors in that Ministry and the Central Bank in the crosshairs. It will be interesting to see the spin coming from the Government and the Opposition next week re. that matter.

    Re. the Fire sales, We will see.

    But as you so rightly said; It cannot be business as usual. There seems to be at least a strong need for realignment of the top technicians who crafted the policies that led to the strictures in the Auditor General’s report since the Minister himself can’ go nowhere else, along with bringing in some new blood. But I won’t bet that anything so will happen soon.

  54. List of National Debt by Country:

    1. Japan
    2. Greece
    3. Jamaica
    4. Lebanon
    5. Eritrea
    6. Italy
    7. Barbados

    The list is compiled from statistics drawn from the IMF, EuroStat and CIA agencies.
    Where will another $1 billion of borrowing put us?

  55. @ Adrian Loveridge | March 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM |

    Expect to be hung, drawn and quartered for bringing to the fore this info.
    Just prepare yourself for the racist onslaught from CCC, ac, “I”, TPP, Fractured, Clone and the likes; and especially your chief accuser for re-writing the book “How to Lie with Statistics “Watching Observant” all wrapped up and waiting to attack in 1000 lbs of blubber .

    Adrian, you better batten down the hatches or retreat to the London Underground. Here comes the first wave of doodlebugs to blitz you.

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