Governor General Elliott Belgrave Picks Tony Marshall BUT Boots Dr. Francis Chandler

His ExcellencySir Elliott BelgraveGCMG KA CHB QC

His Excellency
Sir Elliott Belgrave

BU listened with interest to DJ and others at Voice of Barbados (VOB92.9FM) extending best wishing to Senator Tony Marshall on his appointment to the Upper Chamber of the Barbados Parliament as an Independent Senator. BU on the other hand withholds all plauditory remarks until Tony Marshall shows respect to the public he pretended to serve while he was  #1 afternoon talk show host and Chairman of the important National Insurance Scheme.

Some will see the irony of Senators Marshall and Byer-Suckoo being members of that Chamber in the current term. It was the then Minister Esther Byer-Suckoo who refused to renew Tony Marshall’s appointment to the National Insurance Board. The usually loquacious Tony Marshall has not issued a public statement that we are aware of on the matter. There was rampant speculation at the time on BU about the ‘optics’ he would have exuded as Chairman of the NIS Scheme given his former role as a director on the CLICO Board. There was the other camp who believed it had to do with matters arising from the NIS on again off again decision to fund the problem plagued Paradise Beach Development Project (Four Seasons Project). Whatever the reason the public, taxpayers, are none the wiser.

Tony Marshall given his roles to date BU regards him as a person of public interest and we are within our right to place the former banker under the microscope. As the #1 talk show host in Barbados he never used the VOB92.9FM bully pulpit to speak out about CLICO from an insider perspective. Contrast his position with Tony Hoyos who resigned on principle from the Barbados National Bank Board (now Republic Bank) to express his disagreement at the time about the share price government was willing to accept from RBL (how this matter finally was settled is fodder for another blog).

The other issue- alluded to – which continues to concern some Barbadians was the abrupt way Tony Marshall was jettisoned by Minister Byer-Suckoo and government as Chairman of the NIS Scheme. The Minister at the time felt comfortable explaining that Marshall’s contract was not renewed BUT does the public deserve a fuller explanation Senator Esther Byer-Suckoo?

Senator Tony Marshall has a chance to redeem himself in the Senate BUT we will not hold our breath. One can only wonder what was the criteria used by the Governor General to appoint Marshall to the Senate. Was it a backroom understanding? Is it the ‘fraternity’ raising its head yet again? Rest assured if the status quo remains the public will never know. Hurray for democracy!

Another probing of the Governor General’s picks for the Senate has been the ‘dropping’ of Dr. Francis Chandler. Again one wonders the rational used by the Governor General.  Dr. Chandler has been one of the most vocal and active members of the last Senate. The fact that she is top of her field in the world of agriculture did not count Sir Elliot? Bear in mind Barbados is expected to focus more than in the past on this sector and environmental matters. Who better a person to have in the Senate than Dr. Chandler, a truly independent voice. If this reason is not good enough, the Governor General has not appointed one damn woman to the Senate.Should we expect Leader of the Opposition to be vocal on this matter? What about Santia Bradshaw MP, Maria Agard MP, Cynthia Forde MP, surely they have a vested interest? Needless to say the same inquiry can be directed at Deputy Speaker of the House Mara Thompson.

On this issue social commentator Agyeman Kofi posted the following to his Facebook page this morning:

“Are no independent thinking woman existing in Barbados? How in 2013 a Governor General of a developing democracy appoint a senate and not one female is among appointees? What is even more appalling is the deafening silence of the woman organizations or perhaps they too may be compromised in their quest to remain mendicants to government largesse. Some may say I am an alarmist but hindsight is always 20/20 vision. Barbados is fastly becoming a place where the ostrich and sheeple syndromes are pervasive and excuses for mediocrity is now commonly accepted. Why are few willing to speak out and offer honest feedback? Too many are licorish and now place ethics and morality on the back bench to ensure cocktails invites continue. Thus,will a few honest unselfish Bajans stand up and be true craftsmen of our fate for future generations? Two Barbados will always exist if the current social order is not challenged and the bottom up approach is not taken in our need for social justice and equality. Long live Dr Francis Chandler a true independent woman!”

How can we have a democracy which is suppose to encourage participation but our leaders continue to make decisions which depart from commonsense?

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  1. Cyprian La Touche March 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    @Bush Tea and everyone else
    My fellow senators,even more as dysfunctional of a family as the real Senate! The similarities are even more appropriate.

    Trust me,when I have something to hide I will use my nom de plume.It is when I have something to say that I use my nom de guerre.

    As to hot kitchens,paternal platitudes and pressure, this is what creates the most valued of stones, and good food TOO. We all know the saying “small men talk about each other,average men talk about average things, and great men speak of ideas.” Only you may choose to be who you want to be. I know I already have!

    Some walk WHERE the ground shakes,and get a thrill.But it is WHEN I walk that that event occurs.


  2. JUST ASKING March 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM #

    Wait James Paul get a Ministry ?
    How come a REJECT like Suckoo get a ministry
    I could understand if it was her first term and she brought something special.
    St. George People have more sense than the rest of B’dos. —especially much more snese than de c****ts in St. John –the pooeriss parish .
    The most bewitched people in Barbados is St. John people. Barrow shite in duh mout and got them BEWITCHED for eternity——Imbeciles !
    No body from St. John better dont come round me yeah !!!


  3. JUST ASKING March 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM #



  4. Bdos Underground Talkshop March 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM #



  5. BAFBFP March 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM #

    Give me Chandler ANY day ahead of Cave and Fields. (I can’ mention Fraser with any favour or Georgie gun jump in my coat …) But I done tell Chandler that Ba’bados got more that enough White people and it don’ need nah more … and she laugh, loud …! I likes dah sense ah humour …!


  6. BAFBFP March 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM #

    Mr nom de guerre

    I do believe that I, BAFBFP is the nicest guy on this site… Please ignore all other competing claims …!


  7. Crusoe March 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM #


    No argument there, I think ac got a crush on you.

    Dont mind Bushie jealous.


  8. Just wondering March 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM #

    @Just asking
    You disrespectful lout ! What qualities did ALL OTHERS BEFORE HIM possess that Sir Elliot does not possess ? One distinctive difference I can think of is the fact that , like the PM, and CJ, HE IS THE PRODUCT OF A BARBADIAN VILLAGE . Maybe you and the like of you find some difficulty with that .


  9. millertheanunnaki March 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM #

    @ Just wondering | March 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM |

    You are right. JUST ASKING is really just asking for your slap in his face.

    But you can be more comprehensive in your social DNA analysis and include the common gene that binds them all including all their black predecessors that held those lofty colonial fashioned apish positions.

    They are all products of the descendants of the same slave ship and cane fields in the hot boiling Sun. All fit to serve.
    Praises be to Jah!


  10. Bush Tea March 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    @ Crusoe
    Bushie jealous in truth…..but BAFFY can talk all he like… long as he keep his dirty (pissing on palin) hands off Bushie’s Islandgal….

    He and ac just suited…..she soon have his tail off to Arizona too….. 🙂

    @ Just Wondering
    Why don’t you just leave JUST ASKING nuh? …..her contributions are best summarized by her constant and relentless predictions of voting results before the last election that have since degenerated into equally meaning rants……The latest of which is that there are too many post on BU.

    Not a thing ain’t wrong with the GG.

    …..but you and Bushie will go to war when you bring the mock-stick AG into the conversation…. That man is a joke with a CAPITAL ‘J’.
    ….what are you suggesting?….that as long as you from a village you got sense….? Where you think Onions from….?

    Frundy need a lotta work too….starting with some balls, but all he needs to do is follow Caswell’s example and find summa Lowdown’s goat milk….in six months we would have another Tom Adams pun we hands… 🙂
    LOL… Perhaps in 40 years or so we may even have a Prime minister named D. Freundelson…..


  11. Georgie Porgie March 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

    BAFBFP | March 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM |
    Give me Chandler ANY day ahead of Cave and Fields. (I can’ mention Fraser with any favour or Georgie gun jump in my coat …)



  12. Prodigal Son March 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    I am yet to understand this great outcry against Dr Frances Chandler who as far as I am concerned, made a sterling contribution during her stint in the Senate. I note that the outrage and hatred is coming from the Dems on BU. As soon as you do not agree with DEM or you are not a DEM, you will feel their wrath and the DLP vipers will come out to sting you.

    Passing strange that DEMS have absolutely no problem with a St Lucian who is a member of our august chamber and is now deputy speaker in our House. And I know the DEMS knives will come out for me……first up will be ac, then TTP and next Brain Less Pimp and CCC. I forget HH.

    A white Barbadian serves no purpose in our Senate according to DEMS but a St Lucian can be elected to our House and can actually out of sheer desperation become deputy Speaker in our House. Dont get me started on James Paul!

    We have confirmation from a Dem earlier that the GG is a Dem, now what else do we expect of his choices. The GG was an acolyte of EWB.


  13. BAFBFP March 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM #



  14. Gabriel Tackle March 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM #

    @Prodigal 10.57am
    Well put and well said.All observations correct


  15. Polly wants a Pit bull March 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

    re : Dean Emeritus

    I wonder what is his take on the Elections infedelities. Firstly his opinion was sought on gambling zzzzzzzzz Did he not also get a second nod. But of course it is par for the course. Hot beans and butter, time you work for your supper


  16. millertheanunnaki March 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM #

    @ Prodigal Son | March 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM |

    One is a bit aghast at the racist venom spewed by the DLP hacks and aimed at the dwindling minority group titled “Bajan whites”.
    A marginalized ethnic group that is seen by the current DLP as a whipping boy for their own political electoral ends. And their racial filth knows no bound since whites who have decided to make Barbados their home like Adrian Loveridge are the constant recipient of the hate and unjustified attacks.

    EWB would have been most disappointed to see how low the political party he helped to be an institution built on sound principles of fairness and equality (friends of all satellite of none) could fall so low in the pit of crassness and race hate.

    But the hypocrisy is astounding when the DLP biggest financial backers in the form of jada and preconco are of the same racial tree as the much vilified “indigenous” whites like Dr. Frances Chandler.

    Instead of venting their racially insecure spleen on these people of a different hue these DLP racist idiots need to ask themselves why in 2013 the majority of the blacks in Bim are still the hewers of wood and drawers of water at business places now owned and controlled by people of Middle Eastern background and East Indian origins either through the Trinidadian business connections or by recent direct flight from the sub-continent. Even the Chinese are getting in on the act.
    It’s time these DLP hacks stop using the Bajan whites as scapegoats for their own shortcomings. Demonstrate to us that the EWB project of free education to UWI level has indeed borne fruit.
    What is your mirror image DLP hacks? It is one of “dem” white people made me so?


  17. Prodigal Son March 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    Thanks Gabriel and well said miller!


  18. Gabriel Tackle March 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

    Recall we intend to keep “Bowels” Marshall feet to the fire.He used to like to
    pompasette on VOB if a caller wishes to say anything which would affect public opinion of the Barbados Labour Party.He would say’speak and let the whole of Barbados hear what you saying”.It was former senator Linton who called him out early in his career at VOB,for ‘long stopping for the DLP’.Little did Linton know that he was talking to a big time Dem who was expecting to be named to the court of St James like his former Barclays colleagues Austin Sealy and Edwin Pollard.He was chastened by the late King of Sen John who knew him well from the Clico bored.Bowels is still not a favourite of his former staff associates; they speak of him with rather scornful disdain.Not to be trusted…..Like to talk down to people…..Behaved worst than the colonial
    managers….ill treated his housemate,pianist,organist,soloist out of Sen Lucee.And this guy wants to be seen as suited for a senate position?


  19. David March 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM #


    Fraternity rules!


  20. Prodigal Son March 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM #


    You are right. I worked with this Phony Marshall and what you say is true. He was always a jerk but from the time he was actually made a manager, oh my Lord, he was the worst, arrogance does not begin to address him.

    He could be a real pig, I had to deal with him in my position on a daily basis and I dreaded those moments. He would come to my department ask for the account of whomever, you would hand it to him nicely, when he brought it back, he would throw it at you. He dealt with black businessmen in a hostile manner while he sucked up to white businessmen. To me, he was jealous of the success of black businessmen.

    When he was transferred to one of the islands, we sang the halleluiah chorus! But I still wish him well as I have nothing against him. He was just not a nice person to work with and he wondered why when there was a staff meeting, no one spoke up!


  21. ac March 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    when wunna BLP yardfowls start talking about how people mistreat and talkdown to people, wunna must not fuhget that wunna had one such person as a leader and wunna fought tooth and nail fuh the RT hon to become PM not once ! not TWICE! but fuh three terms, and if it could get any worse wunna wanted the same man wid bad manners and easy to intimidate others to be PM again just remember ,. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES Shouldn’t throw BRICKS.


  22. Prodigal Son March 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

    Poor ac, you cannot stand it when people speak the truth. You dont like it when Dems are exposed. I see that the OSA fish bone is still stuck in your craw. It is causing you so much pain that even your fellow Dems think that you are losing it! Take a break, ac.


  23. ac March 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM #

    prodigal only you can identify with the word “losing” sorry LOSER’


  24. sweet pea March 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

    just asking
    you said St. John people are c***ts; well it takes one to know one, only that you are a bigger and hairless one.


  25. JUST ASKING March 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    not only c***ts but big stinking ignorant ones too.
    The poorest parish in Barbados
    Poor mentally
    Poor Physically
    Poor Finanically
    ………..And they does vote DLP
    Talk about ignorant !
    Somebody needs to drop some sense on St. John people.
    How could one set o ignorant people vote the way they do
    Mara Thonpson is a candidate ???
    She is a politician ??
    Steupse !!!!


  26. Crusoe March 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

    Just Asking,

    Look, accept it, Errol Barrow has won the St.John seat for the last forty years.

    And he will win it next election too.



  27. Gabriel Tackle March 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM #

    @Just Asking
    And Mara laughing at all ‘o dem;all the way to the bank with over 34million dollars!Stupid johnnies keep voting for Barrow and Thompson when the evidence points to considerable neglect in the parish but these johnnies happy to say ‘man i does vote dems all de time’ and they have nothing to show for it.If Christopher Codrington came back he would recognise Sen John immediately.At least the colonials tried their best to put Sen John on the map with top class teachers and top class primary schools,two top class Secondary schools and a top class theological college offering university degrees of worth,for many years and still doing so.In spite of this type of head start,when the dems took over they brought progress in that parish to a halt.Now a Sen Lucian at the hellum and the rot continues.But Barbados like it so;vote dem in spite of the evidence that the majority of dem ignorant and stupid and seem unable to think for themselves.How else can any sane person understand that the present government did nothing of worth for the last 5 year session of parliament but pulled down Barbados’ name in the international arena
    spent money they are not earning,racking up millions of dollars in debt and still be voted to continue the ole same for 5 more years.


  28. David March 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM #

    @Gabriel Tackle

    What stopped the BLP in 14 years of government to throw some resources at St. John to create some kind of record of performance in the area?


  29. Gabriel Tackle March 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

    The BLP in typical political fashion did little work in the parishes of St John and St Lucy.Other than a representative resurfacing of a road here and there
    the neglect was allowed to fester.In the case of St John I think the last major project undertaken was the Cable and Wireless Earth Station of the 50/60’s and the last major project in St Lucy was the Arawak Cement Plant in the 70’s.Note too,that the residents and businesses of Speightstown are complaining of the closures and lack of commercial activity
    especially during the last 5 years and the decay of the physical plant in the town.Whenever politicians use taxpayers’ monies to weaken its citizenry by concentrating scarce resources to their disadvantage ,it must be frowned upon.


  30. Checkit-Out March 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

    David; Not trying to give excuses for the BLP’s and DLP’s record in St John. But perhaps if you look at it this cynical way you might see why.

    St John is staunch DLP. They will not vote for a fella other than one anointed directly or indirectly by Barrow.

    The BLP recognzes this. The DLP recognizes this.

    Resources are always scarce. When the BLP is in power they recognize that putting significant resources into St John will not result in them getting a seat there. hence no significant development there during BLP times.

    When the DLP is in power they recognize that they have to do nothing to retain the seat. Just put a warm body to run. Resources are scarce so they put them in use elsewhere in competitive constituencies. Result, again no development in St John.


  31. David March 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

    @Gabriel Tackle

    A fair comment.


    In both cases it smacks of a lack of representation and ignorance by the people.


  32. David March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM #

    An update on how Trinidad is doing with their Integrity Commission:


  33. Colonel Buggy March 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM #

    Very often we see Royal Navy ships coming to Barbados and the crew go about the island doing menial jobs as part of their community outreach,but really and truly, those are exercises to reinforce the fact that we as a people are thought of as being incapable of doing things,even simple things, for ourselves.
    Now take yesterday, Commonwealth Day,not British Empire Day,and the Queen of the Commonwealth’s Representative in Barbados , ie the Governor General was invited to a function at the residence of the Government of the United Kingdom representative in Barbados, ie the British High Commissioner, where the Queen’s representative ,ie the GG,would read the Queens Commonwealth Day Message.
    Does the GG not take precedence over a High Commissioner /Ambassador ? Should the Governor General not be the one who should have extended an invitation to the British High Commissioner,and other Commonwealth VIP’s to Government House to celebrate Commonwealth Day.


  34. Colonel Buggy March 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM #

    Certainly Tony Marshall cannot be all that bad. The first time I saw the man, it was in a public place .He was sitting down ,a lady said something to him and he stood up. She walk away,and he sat down. The woman turned and again addressed him and again he stood up.
    A rare gentleman.


  35. David March 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM #

    The bottomline here is that Tony Marshall was selected to Chair the NIS so how Independent a selection can his be or appear?


  36. TO THE POINT March 13, 2013 at 6:58 AM #


    have a question for you. Did Tony Thompson and Carol Roberts engage in a politcal act while being employees of the state, the act was about crime and violence. Was there any consequences of their participation in such an ac.


  37. Crusoe March 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM #


    Do you think you could make a case for the GG to rescind some of the appointments and put the following in place instead?

    – BAFBFP
    -Caswell Franklyn
    – Julian Hunte
    – Mac Fingall

    I honestly think we would get more useful input from those four, than many of those actually appointed. They would actually make constructive and useful comment.

    And we would have some sport as well, well worth watching.


  38. Caswell Franklyn March 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

    Carol Roberts and Tony Thompson were not public officers or public employees as contemplated by the General Orders. In any event, the particular General Order was not enforceable prior to December 31, 2007.


  39. Checkit-Out March 13, 2013 at 7:22 AM #

    Crusoe; Who is Julian Hunte? A comedian?


  40. Checkit-Out March 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

    Oops! Crusoe, Don’t answer that. I wrote again before I put my meagre brain in gear.
    Actually, Julian Hunte would be a good choice. There is probably no more loyal and patriotic Bajan out there. He has some good ideas and is willing to put them to the test. He might be a better representative for his demographic than the current one, Dr Fraser. And he can provide comic relief effortlessly.

    I’m with all your 4 choices but would add Dr. Chelston Brathwaite to the list. He has a great sense of humour too.


  41. Be careful . March 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM #

    @ Crusoe.
    You would have to be careful with appointing dat fellow Caswell Franklyn . he got a record dat in so good . He get fire from every job he ever had so if he continue on that path you could expect he would be the first GG senator to get fire.


  42. Fractured BLP March 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn on March 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM
    Carol Roberts and Tony Thompson were not public officers or public employees as contemplated by the General Orders. In any event, the particular General Order was not enforceable prior to 2007.
    What is this 2007 enforceability ? Since when was the General Orders only enforceable according to particular years ?


  43. Caswell Franklyn March 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM #

    Fractured BLP

    Somehow, I don’t believe that you are so dense. The particular general order conflicted with section 44 of the Constitution. The Constitution allowed those categories of public officers to run for the House of Assembly. General Order 3.18. 1 purported to restrict those officers from running. You have the SUPREME law of the land saying one thing and a rule made by a minister saying something different on the same subject. Which rule do you think took precedence? The other General Orders were enforceable, just not this one.

    However, in 1974, the Constitution gave Government permission to pass an ordinary law to restrict other categories of public officers from seeking to be elected to the House. That law was only passed in December 2007 and was brought into force on December 31, 2007.

    I honestly hope that I was able to help you.


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