Averting a Legitimation Crisis–a divided country

Six years after the global meltdown and we remain an in-cohesive people

Six years after the global meltdown we remain a divided people

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.

Edmund Burke

Modern societies are fighting to stem an unprecedented level of corruption across the globe. There is  pervasive hankering for material things even when personal values are compromised in the process. Is Barbados insulated from the global experience?

There has been a lot of puffing of the chest by the political people in reaction to Transparency International’s release of the global corruption barometer for 2013. BU understands that Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart gave an interview to BBC and addressed the issue – how Barbados maintains its clean image given our high rating. Any good PR planted in the UK space is good given the dent to our reputation in the last 12 months. BU is not bowled over by Transparency International reports because we know this is based on a ‘perception index’ and then there is the relativity of the result. What is the significance of Barbados registering a better score on the corruption index compared to Jamaica, T&T, EC countries and others in the English speaking Caribbean anyway? Let us smile about the PR opportunity for Barbados but let us not forget that the incumbent government ran its campaign in 2008 on what it perceived was corruption by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Who do we believe Mr Prime Minister you or Transparency International?

More important should be the focus by Barbadians on what political science refers to as ‘legitimation crisis’. This is defined when  “a governing structure still retains the legal authority by which to govern, but is not able to demonstrate that its practical functioning fulfills the end for which it was instituted.” Some will argue that BU is being harsh in its assessment of the reality that is Barbados. We think NOT.

Let us pick two examples which we have flogged over the years. It is widely known members in the hierarchy of the police force did (do) not see eye to eye. The tension we have been made to understand was greater before Assistant Commissioner Bertie Hinds retired.  As a result of the tension in high command many senior police officers scurried to take up jobs in the private and non governmental sectors (What a waste of resources).  When questioned, Barbadians were told by Commissioner Darwin Dottin that the police force was performing its role to his satisfaction. One wonders if the police high command was able to cultivate a greater team dynamic if better results would have been possible.

As we write this blog suspended Commissioner Darwin Dottin and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Seymour Cumberbatch have challenged in our court key decisions by the Police Service Commission. Lest we forget there is the case outstanding which provoked a prominent QC to skin his botsy at a judge which involves several senior officers who have also challenged officialdom.

The other example is the judicial system which – to use a generic definition – is established to deliver equal justice under the law. BU has posted time and again about the ‘log jam’ of court cases which has neutered the ability of our judiciary to deliver justice. By the Chief Justice’s own words and other officers of the Court we have a problem. BU’s simple measure of performance – and which the CCJ concurs – by the judiciary is, justice delayed is justice denied – see Tales From the Courts.

Never (and this is our considered view) in our history have Barbadians become disillusioned about so many of our governance structures and other key agencies which comprise civil society.

We deliberated avoided the political system which in our view has shown all the indicators that it continues to struggle with exerting the tenets of a true democracy. When will the Public Accounts Committee deliver? When will the Committee of Privileges in parliament execute fairly read David Estwick? When will members of parliament be driven to vote conscience and not party affiliated robots?  When will our system of government respond to 40% of its people who have withdrawn from the system as evidence by voting statistics?

A legitimation crisis arises when the economic or political system can no longer count on sufficient levels of support from the population to continue to function – that is, to reproduce itself without resorting to force or violence” – Habermas.

75 thoughts on “Averting a Legitimation Crisis–a divided country


  1. When will members of parliament be driven to vote conscience and not party affiliated robots?

    when political parties are outlawed in Barbados


  2. Barbados has always been seen internationally as a relatively clean jurisdiction as far as corruption in public administration is concerned.

    Given our system of public administration which is supported by many checks and balances provided in our laws, any cases of serious corruption by political officials in Bim must be aided and deliberately abetted by Senior Civil Servants, namely the permanent secretaries and chief technical officers.

    If we are to go by the oft repeated recent ratifications by the Prime Minister (both in and out of Parliament) of the integrity of the system of administration of public finance then there is no more corruption going on today than what went on under previous administrations especially that of OSA’s 14 years of plundering and pillaging of the Treasury as alleged by the likes of CCC, ac. with even the Bush man who should know better citing a figure of $800 million stolen by the politicians and salted away in foreign bank accounts and in real and easily identifiable real estate.

    One wonders what was the cut received by the senior civil servants for their cover-up part played is this large scale scheme of corruption, ‘squandermania’ and misappropriation of public funds?


  3. @David
    There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.
    ― Edmund Burke
    ***********
    This quote explains beautifully why Caswell, BAFFY, and Islandgal and those like them are indeed treasures….
    ..LOL… Um don’t mean ya gotta like them…. 🙂


  4. Da-vid! Da-vid! Da-vid! You are seeing RED today, and it about time. Collectively you are estimating circumstances of end stage collapse. To us Transparency International is just another global so-called institution that reinforces Empire, like the ICC. But you only had time to adumbrate a few of the social maladies. You could have gone on for for eons. That governing systems are incapable of self correction leads to to our previous conclusion. What is more is that the longer things continue as they are, the worse things are getting. Only the people of Barbados, operating outside the political construction, can remedies these problems.


  5. Shiite Miller….
    You mean on this bright sunny sabbath day you looking to make a bushman sin he soul and lose the little pick wukking a weed wackier in the Holy City…?
    Steupssss
    The ONLY reason that Barbados is PERCEIVED as a clean jurisdiction is that we have such LOW standards for ourselves that we EXPECT and accept corruption as normal.
    Imagine people calmly asserting that they have no problem with politicians stealing “as long as they get some too…”
    Imagine people taking jobs they CANNOT and WILL NOT do, and collecting salaries every month…?
    Imagine that PLANTATIONS land question continues to be completely IGNORED by officials…?
    If your standards are low, it is easy to claim “excellence”.

    You really want to go back to those 15 years when wunna ran things bout here…? ….BUSHIE THINKS NOT!!

    This current lot is just inept. ….and they are operating under the FULL GLARE of BU, so they look even worse than wunna did, but trust Bushie, had BU David been fully active during the Greenland, Oil terminal, and Dodds days…. a lotta wunna would have had to be dottined….


  6. @ David[BU]

    I endorse Amused ‘s comment

    The reward for walking the straight and narrow way has besieged mankind irrespective of clime, class and religion.

    It has not mattered if we be Jew or gentile what we see being played out every day, every month, every year is what repenteth GOD that He made man, inextricable sin.

    Be one intellectual or buffoon, and unfortunately in Barbados, we have more of the latter, what drives our lives is not based on honour, service, allegiance nor doing the right thing but self service, greed, graft and corruption as we boy down to the evil one.

    As if in a sort of haze, we expect that the taking of the mark of the beast to be like attaching an sku in a supermarket and Revelation to play out like a Hollywood movie with Gorgons and other fanciful beasts but in acceding to these corrupt practices we serve the beast every day and because sin is sweet, we come to love it.

    I too pray for a change in my brothers and sisters BUT sometimes David I fear that we have lost and this is useless dribble.

    There a still a few who believe that there is a right thing and wrong thing but when you grapple with the corrupters, in church, at work, in parliament at play, wherever you exist, every day, it drains you an you are inclined to cry o me miserum.

    We exasperate here at length every day but tell me this, Who will bell the cat?


  7. @Bush Tea

    “We have such LOW standards for ourselves that we EXPECT and accept corruption …

    That is the crux of the matter Bush Tea, we expect and ACCEPT corruption and then, fiddle with the number of reported instances, get a good rating at Transparency International and all of is walk around holding we doggie with this masterful accomplishment – till next year and securing some other inane award.

    The thing is that men like Fumble really believe what they say to the BBC’s of the world, hypnotized as they are by the fact that they are now “the minister”

    Ole man’s thought for the day for you politicians all.

    Until you shit smells like Paco Rabanne, you have not achieved Nirvana nor Demi-god status and remain mortals like us.

    As hard as it is for most of you, try and do your job and stop pompasetting


  8. @Bush Tea | July 13, 2013 at 7:39 AM |
    You really want to go back to those 15 years when wunna ran things bout here…? ….BUSHIE THINKS NOT!!

    Sorry Bushie, you must forgive the MILLER for he knows nothing much of those ‘bad old days’ only what he hears mostly from you, ac and CCC the DLP programmed propagandist, paid sniper and executioner with Seethru OSA his primary target.

    The miller can only go on present events and what he knows about how public administration ought to work in a Westminster-based system of governance.
    Politicians cannot “steal”, as you claim, from taxpayers unless they are clandestinely aided and abetted by the civil servants.
    It takes two hands to clap. One to negotiate the 5-10 % ‘where is my cut’ kickback before the award of the contract and the other to “officially” award the same contract to the politically selected highest bidder.

    Who were or are the civil servants involved in these scams to bilk taxpayers of such large sums?

    For the time being- given your inability to provide evidence of the $ 800 M stolen from Bajan taxpayers- we would prefer to veer on the side of caution and accept, Mr. Integrity PM Stuart’s position on the wild unfounded claims made by you and others.


  9. If there is tacit agreement that our institutions lack the capacity to transform to be able to confront current and future realities then there is an inevitability to it all. There maybe hope! Sometimes it takes a flash incident to set the pile ablaze.

    Is there hope for example that our unions which continue to sellout in the name of greed can make a difference? Imagine only 1000 NUPW members feeling engaged to vote in the last election. Here is another example of legitimation crisis playing out.


  10. David
    We say again the powers that be must be confronted by the collective power of the people. This is the only language they understand. Anything else is merely a bi-partisan game to perpetuate the Barbadian establishment. We are really pointing to a conspiracy between the BLP, DLP and the elites against the rest of us all, even the political lackey derive little benefit but they are reliable in doing untold damage to Barbados.. Bajans must have rights to recall any government or representative, elect and remove judges, elect or remove the GG, elect and remove senior civil servants, freedom of access to all current information by law, and this is just the start. We must take power back from these people to determine our own destiny.


  11. After the passage of Chantal this week Adriel Brathwaite in his capacity as Minister of Home Affairs gave the all clear for the country to resume normal operations about 10:30AM. Long before the all clear was given several businesses had ‘coerced’ employees to return to work. In fact Propper Pork Bynoe opened his operation at Carlton as normal. A crisis of confidence in the system you asked? All the signs are dotting the landscape.


  12. When MAM was removed by the so-called gang of 5 she attempted at the general meeting to introduce motions to reform the BLP. Reform to more equitably manage the appointment of delegates. She was virulently blunted.

    Can anyone remember Tyrone Barker speaking to how MAM managed party finances after she was replaced by OSA? Today she has been reinstalled by same party BUT no pressure brought to bear to close the accusation/allegation of malfeasance on MAM’s part.

    A crisis of confidence in the media?


  13. For over 30 years the authorities have demonstrated a palpable lack of awareness/performance in managing the transportation system. We have seen a sub culture related to the PSV sector take deep root. This has occurred under both political parties. The response by the DLP was to legislate travel of students however the issue of an indiscipline transportation sector remains.


  14. @ Miller
    “Politicians cannot “steal”, as you claim, from taxpayers unless they are clandestinely aided and abetted by the civil servant”
    **********
    …you are DEFINITELY spending too much time with ac…..and it is showing.

    ….so what EXACTLY do you call it when a politician promises to change the classification of a piece of land for a friend in exchange for a million dollars? …….and does it!!

    What do you call when a 30 Million dollar building contract is awarded by a politician to a contractor who did not qualify?

    WHO GHE HELL DO YOU THINK END UP PAYING FOR THIS ..?

    …..Looka, least Bushie make the same mistake that you have made in your associations with ac, the bushman putting you on pause….. 🙂


  15. Bush Tea

    Sorry to disappoint you but my favorite people are ac and CCC … Reason, they have perfected the art of pissing off people with the ease and fluency of a Roger Federer back hand …. HA HA HA HA …. HA HA HA … Uh hum!


  16. Pacha

    One thing that you must realise is that the “people” that you so stoutly defend and speak in the interest of, will disappoint you in the end, always. But of course, give it your best shot


  17. @Bushie

    In your response to Miller do you believe the PS or civil servant who spots violation to financial rules have any obligations or responsibilities?


  18. BAF

    You don’t have to tell us. We know the Bajan mentality well. If we had ‘disturbances’ in 1937 and innocent people who were fighting for rights for all of us were killed. And an historian could nominate a national pantheon of heroes and not one of the dead people aint included, that tells us a lot about Babadus. And we can go on and on and on. The modern Bajan mentality is not unlike a dutiful slave. They will get in a corner and say ‘yes man’ and as soon as your back is turned they would be laughing at yuk. Maybe we desire the systems we have. Why you think we have a pseudonym, few Bajans would accept any kind of thinking outside of the box. Barbados is still as it was constructed to be – a near perfect slave society, still.


  19. Pacha

    My response is like this. My home, my geographic space is Barbados. It is the place where I feel safest. My family lives here. I want for this space to be around for a long time to come, and I would very much like it to be populated with intelligent independently minded people as well. I am concerned about the survival of the geographic space so if a large grouping of independently minded and intelligent people arrived from Ghana and displaced a number of the more pliable subservients among us, I would most gladly look the other way.


  20. “BU is not bowled over by Transparency International reports”

    ……..the reports would be correct only if the Barbados Labour Party was in power!!!!!


  21. Carson………..I hope yall are not being swell-headed by an international report that means basically nothing, it is meant to lull you into a false sense of security just before the hammer drops…..


  22. BAF

    Smart, We agree but still save a part of the mind for a hope that a spontaneous enlightenment will present.


  23. @ Bush Tea | July 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM |

    You too Bushie is definitely spending too much time in the bush instead of getting acquainted with the rules and regulations governing the award of contracts as outlined in the Financial Administration & Audit Act.
    The Minister has no role in the award of any contract. And any violations of these rules are placed squarely at the feet or hands of the Chief Accounting Office who is certainly NOT the minister.

    Unless you are prepared to called the P M a LIAR and a hypocrite we think you should stop with this corruption nonsense.
    Are you prepared Bushie to put your friendship with Fumble on the line and call him a liar for stating that no large scale corruption, real or imagined, ever took place or takes place in sweet clean “Bubadus”?


  24. @ David and BU

    If truth be told, Barbados has consistently scored as one of the countries with the least appearances of corruption. Indeed, I have often suggested and I did say it to David Thompson personally, that he did the country an injustice if he resorted to making accusations of corruption on a political platform in the heat of a general election, but would fail to follow up with charges and hard evidence. It has been since been confirmed by Thompson’s successor that the political games we play are nuanced with rumours and innuendoes but no evidence of corruption (yes, he said words that leave one to infer such when speaking on the Anti-Corruption Act).
    Notwithstanding all of this and I make no excuses for the political class in Barbados, I agree with the essence of the article that there is a ‘letimation crisis’ in Barbados. Yes, I have penned such in articles and newspaper columns.
    Consider the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, July 26th, 2010:
    “We must also admit that our statistics and our tests are very fragile. We make statements like ‘the economy grew by 5 percent’ with the same assurance as the statement that ‘DeLisle Worrell is 5’5” tall’. Those are not comparable statements of fact. My height can be established with certainty; the GDP of the country is an educated, informed guesstimate. … We need to be flexible in our approaches, and to develop a greater humility in our analysis. We must stop saying that this or that theory has been ‘proven’, or this or that policy has ‘worked’. … In economics, where we have no tools to prove anything, we are too fond of ex cathedra pronouncements. We must stop saying that the world is what our theory tells us, and learn to see things as they really are.” The problem was not admitting these things, but it comes when the same GoCB attempts to stifle critique that suggested the MTFS was not working and the Barbados economy was stagnating long before he finally admitted such in December 2012.
    Now, we also have Chris Sinckler whose audacity I admire despite there are questions to his credibility which may eventually become the straw that broke the camel’s back. Consider Sinckler’s many statements in relation to the NIS and use of such finds; the many projects and when they would be started and their financing; or as reported on the last page of yesterday’s edition of Barbados Today:
    As recently as December last year, when $10.2 million of the overall $274.2 million was sought for the QEH, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler defended the method and said in the case of the $10.2 million the fiscal deficit was not threatened. “This supplementary I want to say up front, as has been the case with most of the supplementaries, have already been costed in the Government’s budget, savings have been found to offset the cost and therefore these do not come at any additional cost to the Government’s budget by way of its deficit,” he said. “So when people see these supplementaries coming they have to understand, and I want this to be entered into the record of the House, that the Ministry of Finance is so carefully managing the public expenditures to meet our deficit targets, which we intend to meet this year, and are on track to meet this year, … that this supplementary does not in any way do violence to the deficit targets in terms of our expenditure budget.”
    Certainly there is a legitimation crisis, but is a majority of the electorate aware?


    • @George

      Certainly there is a legitimation crisis, but is a majority of the electorate aware?

      History has taught us that it is a raucous minority who can act to force the Tipping Point read Galdwell – “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”


  25. @ Sir David

    You know we don’t recognize knighthoods but we are prepared to make an exception in your case LOL.


  26. @ George C Brathwaite

    OSA openly admitted that he received monies and then proceeded to distribute it in ways that are contrary to the elections laws. That is at least one guilty man there.


  27. @ Pachanama
    Your eagerness to be obnoxious leaves you smelling foul more often than not. Do not speak in generalisations when you know that the gimmick worked politically but has since revealed a sinister side of the one crying malfeasance at the time. Instead of trying to catch your chicken, you may want to face the facts that to date there have been no prosecutions, no judicial pronouncements stating guilt, and hence we are left with a system that says each is innocent although we know there is a legitimation crisis and it is the system that structurally bears the guilt.
    Putting it simple, it is not about OSA or DT, but it is for us looking to improve or change what we have so that we do not become a failed or corrupt state. I have been close enough to the action to know that the many who blame and accuse the politician on one side or another are in bed or worse still, are engaged with all types of relationships that ought never to see daylight.
    I urge you, instead of mekking mocksport, try a lil seriousness and see if you can be the minority that David speaks of that may make a difference. My pleasure and have a great afternoon and weekend.


  28. Pacha

    “for a hope of a spontaneous enlightenment”, hmmm, as opposed to a “rapture” … Chances are it would be prudent for me to err on the side of Georgie Porgie and Zoe on this …


  29. @ George C Brathwaite

    The absence of prosecutions or investigations should tell us that there is a conspiracy going on between political actors and against the people of Barbados. You must well know George that your political friends, on both sides, are generally good friends of one another and just play a divisive game to fool the public. They will continue to not indict they peers unless we do something about it.


  30. @ George C
    We believe the election laws of Barbados say sending should be some number of cents per elector. This law has been consistently broken and will always be broken in Barbados. We would like to start locking up some people, on both sides, while they are still in Parliament and we are not particularly interested in the legal niceties either.


  31. ahh David, ya getting some thigns off ya chest.

    I suspect there will be a lot more people very soon that will need to do the same.

    re. “In your response to Miller do you believe the PS or civil servant who spots violation to financial rules have any obligations or responsibilities?”

    Caswell may agree with me here and tell you that by law they do have obligations and responsibilities.

    Let’s hope for a tipping point rather than a boiling point.
    Will the real leaders please stand up?

    Observing


  32. @ Pachamama
    Exactly as I predicted. There is movement of the goal posts. I have friends and to me it matters not if they are B, D, P, Q, R or S. Across history, across nations, across eras, across systems, it shows that if it is not those elected, it will be those unelected or those that overthrow, that then use the same rules of the game to exact the same priviliges. I am more a pragmatist than an idealist. If you can successfully rid Barbados of the Bees and Dees, and forget about all political parties that ever were in this land, and find a system that you are comfortable with to govern the affairs of Barbadians, history dictates that sooner or later the result becomes predictable. Exactly why I rather look to improve on what I have than to pretend that there is a new and absolute system that can never be tainted or made to be the vehicle of a few as opposed to the many. Please, do not worry too much about what nonsense I write.


  33. @George

    In summary you are resigned to the fact ‘Animal Farm’ lurks and Barbadians should be stasis in outlook and expectation?


  34. @Observing (…)

    Sometimes we are fortunate to encounter a seminal moment…

    BU will harden our narrative as we continue the journey through the tunnel seeking the light.


  35. @ David

    Absolutely not. I believe in the old saying of inch by inch. Too may times we want to do gigantic things and do nothing become we become overawed by the sheer enormity of the tasks. Better than we advocate and work towards making the reforms that are practical, workable, and that can fetch support to drive other initiatives. I was never one to throw my hands in the air and accept whatever is there; I believe in the struggle and the fact that there is a goal and objective that can realistically be surmounted. Cheers.


  36. Don.t feel bad GB everybody writes nonsense here if David BU. if we all agree they would be no need for BU. the fact that we are highly resolute and defiant in what we say be real or unreal or as in miller case perceptive and bushie imaginitive wild dream of hope hoping for a BBE it solve all or problems is all good.


  37. @David
    Keep the faith and keep up the fight.

    Edmund Burke was absolutely correct.

    Hal is also correct when he says the chickens are coming home. Let’s hope for fearless farmers to step up to the plate so that the figurative farm doesn’t fall down around us gradually.

    Observing.


  38. @George

    Thanks for the clarification, it is a reasonable position under normal circumstances. The risk in holding such a position given the current state is that it ignores a reality. Barbados is being buffeted in a world which is interconnected by the globalization phenomenon. Small island states have become more vulnerable to all kinds of risks and exogenous impacts. It is a new normal. Our response must be to do what is required to protect the well being of our people, what ever it takes. We cannot become boxed in by narrow positions (conservatisms).


  39. You will never reach

    Your destination

    If you stop and throw

    Stones at every dog

    That’s barks.

    WINSTON CHURCHILL


  40. @ David
    Bushie..
    In your response to Miller do you believe the PS or civil servant who spots violation to financial rules have any obligations or responsibilities
    ************
    Of course they legally, morally, professionally and ethically have obligations and responsibilities.
    What they don’t have is balls….and that is by design….

    Did not the politicians arrange things so that THEY control who gets to be what in the civil service?
    Look at the list of permanent secretaries since 1990’s and tell Bushie where you can find two whole balls…. Accident you think?

    @ Miller
    What Financial Administration & Audit Act what?!?
    Are you Miller the Annunuki ? …..Or Miller the nooksie?
    Where in Barbados does any such act have any serious meaning…except to impress some European idiot here to loan us money for some exotic reason (but really to promote homosexuality and get us deeper into their debt)
    …ac got you in such a state now that not even a bush bath can help you…. 🙂


  41. @ Bush Tea | July 13, 2013 at 4:36 PM |

    So you are by innuendo admitting that your man Mr. Integrity is nothing more than a liar and hypocrite and can be put in the same pigeon hole of corruption as OSA and his 14 year band of brigands?

    Don’t worry about ac. You yourself know that she is nothing more than a fly buzzing around a thoroughbred racehorse’s nostril looking to lay her irritating larvae to him down.


  42. And about electioneering … let’s not forget Caswell’s point about the law’s position on the use of overseas companies for the printing of paraphernalia and the fact that the printers must be clearly identified on the items …. When political parties circumvent not convention but law, what does it say about those involved ..?


  43. @ GCB

    Your 3:04 contribution inaccurately represented our position. We do not pretend to have any system of governance to recommend, far less one that would be perfect. We have previously suggested some ideas only, that all. What we know for certain is that the current governing systems are not working for the vast majority of the peoples of the world. On the contrary, we believe that the collective intelligence of Bajans is far better than a narrow band of party loyalist, on either side. You pretend on seeking to improve the current system but the Westminster system as practiced in Barbados is more conservative than Westminster itself. Moreover, the operations of the BLP and DLP have made sure that the world would come to an end before Barbados could to transformed. We could not even form a coalition government if election results were 15/15 and may invite a constitutional crisis. 50 years after independence we still look to England, still have an eleven plus exam that the British dumped 45 years ago etc, etc. Tell us what has the present system done since independence to broaden democracy, improve governance, welocme mass participation, locate the axis of power with the people, deepen democracy? You tell us.


  44. @GCB

    By the way, we are not persuaded that you are the type of person who is so tethered to a party that you would avoid commonsense, unlike most party loyalists. However, you must admit that within the broader political culture it is hard to find many who refuse to drink the party’s cool aid.


  45. BAFBFP July 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM…”When political parties circumvent not convention but law, what does it say about those involved?

    It says that those political; parties are dishonest.

    Plain and simple.


  46. What Barbados really needs is caretaker government made up of qualified persons from both parties and a few independents, to put their heads together in the interest of COUNTRY and pull us out of this muck. However, this is asking to much, we are not nationally matured enough to acheive this, therfore, we are going to fall real hard.


  47. Barbados Diocesan Trustees are a bunch of crooks, owning more land than COW or the govt can claim with no deeds as yet. to be seen.
    Yet the Church collecting rents for over 20 years and refuse to forward the FUNDS ,
    Churches in Barbados have also robbing the people by taking and not giving every Sunday.
    As many become church Ministers/lawyers to gain a pay check ,Liars and crooks also in the church to the government house going after the minds and soul of the people..
    All need to stay home and read your Bible, save your 10%,, for the church will never lay off and they still looking for your !0% percent.
    More churches being built , We will have to count them and see how many different Faiths they are in BIM….

    Plantations land have to be in the equation of all things in Barbados . If not , nothing will never add up and we will spin in the thick mud of gossip and untruths. Distraction by the Ministers will lead you no where. ,
    Learn to ask them questions each time you see them out, Put the Question to them and not let them give you speech and long talk ,
    It will be time to Vote soon ,
    We cant not and will not wait for 4 more Years.


  48. keep skirting around the issue and using the blog to wallow in a false sense of importance rather than inviting learned comment as to how we are going to come up with a system to change the system which you vilify


  49. Economic Crisis Threatens Global Recession, U.N. Warns
    By Thalif Deen

    This article may well be able to help some of you BLP people who cant think straight

    “The United Nations Thursday reaffirmed a lingering fear haunting Western capitals: the world economy is teetering on the brink of another major downturn and heading towards a global economic recession.

    “The situation is very grim,” Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram told reporters, “and it is expected to deteriorate further.”

    In its 40-page biannual report titled “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012” released Thursday, the United Nations painted a rather gloomy picture.

    The European Union (EU) and the United States form the world’s two largest economies and they are “deeply intertwined”.

    “Their problems could easily feed into each other and spread into another global recession,” the report warned.

    The most pressing challenges, according to the report, are the continued job crisis and the declining prospects for economic growth, especially in the developed countries.

    “Failure of policy makers, especially those in Europe and the United States, to address the job crisis and prevent sovereign debt distress and financial sector fragility from escalating poses the most acute risk for the global economy in the outlook for 2012-2013,” the study noted.

    Among the major developing countries, growth in China and India is expected to remain “robust”. However, gross domestic product (GDP) in China slowed, from 10.3 percent in 2010 to 9.3 percent in 2011, and is projected to decline further to below 9.0 percent in 2012-2013.

    India’s economy is expected to expand between 7.7 percent and 7.9 percent in 2012-2013, down from 8.5 percent in 2010.

    Still, developing countries, which had rebounded strongly from the global recession of 2009, “would be hit through trade and financial channels”.

    Asked how the eurozone crisis will impact developing nations, Rob Vos, director of development and policy analysis at the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told IPS: “The eurozone crisis is both cause and effect of the economic slowdown in Europe.”

    Because of the crisis, he pointed out, fiscal deficits have widened and this has pushed up public debt ratios.

    The fiscal austerity measures in response to sovereign debt stress in a context of persistent high unemployment and a clogged banking sector is slowing the European economies and exacerbating sovereign debt stress, he noted.

    And the rest of the world is affected through trade and financial channels. Weaker growth is slowing world trade and this is affecting exports of developing countries, Vos said.

    Last month, manufacturing output of China declined for the first time since 2009.

    Output growth in developing countries will reach 6.0 percent this year, which is already 1.5 percentage points less than in 2010, and it is expected to decelerate further in 2012, mainly as a result of the economic weakness in Europe and the United States. The sovereign debt distress in Europe, as well as in the United States, has caused financial turmoil worldwide with gyrating stock markets and exchange rates, Vos said.

    “It has exacerbated capital flow volatility, with a sudden withdrawal of large sums of portfolio flows in the third quarter of 2011 from many emerging and developing economies putting pressure on their exchange rates,” he said.

    The financial uncertainty is also affecting commodity prices, which have come down from highs earlier in the year, but foremost showing greater volatility, he added.

    This is complicating macroeconomic management in developing countries and is not conducive to long-term investment in their economic development. The risks for a further slowdown and even a global recession are high, said Vos.

    Asked whether the spreading economic crisis will have a negative impact on development aid to the world’s poorer nations, Vos said official development assistance (ODA) was still increasing last year and despite greater fiscal austerity, total flows may still increase during 2011-2013.

    “Some individual donor countries have already cut aid in their government budgets, however. In any case, aid delivery will continue to fall well short of commitments made,” he said.

    Asked if the crisis will also impact on the voluntary contributions by European nations to U.N. agencies in 2012, he said some agencies have already felt cuts in voluntary contributions from several European donors.

    “In some cases these are significant, but it is not yet clear what the overall picture will look like,” Vos added.

    http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=3995


  50. THE LIE

    DAVID

    Said that Cropover this year was not going to be good.(which is what he is hoping for, anything to damage Barbados will make him happy)

    THE TRUTH

    By Ricky Jordan | Sun, July 14, 2013 – 12:10 AM

    Flights are coming in packed for Crop Over, according to tourism and airline officials.

    Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), Adrian Elcock, said while he could not give exact numbers since these were still being tabulated, Barbados was enjoying a “very strong demand for the flights”, with most arriving at capacity from all of the major markets, “mainly the United States, the Caribbean and Britain in that order”.

    Elcock said Barbados could do with more airlift in the region in particular, since Crop Over would have benefited from the now defunct RedJet.

    “But what we’ve been told at the board level is that the numbers are looking good and our airlift is coming in full,” he added, noting that summer bookings and arrivals from Britain were encouraging in spite of the country’s much-criticized air passenger duty (APD).”

    You are free to jump in now ADRIAN LOVERIDGE and say that it is not so.


  51. I think I would like to see some predictions that actually become true, rather that a lot of ill-informed hot air.

    ‘He (Adrian Elcock- Chairman BTA) added the BTA had spent BDS$250,000 promoting the annual Crop Over Festival which he said HAS been a major success’.
    BTA Media Conference – Hilton – 7 August 2012

    Now the reality

    July 2012 – Long stay visitors DOWN 12 per cent
    August 2012 – Long stay visitors DOWN 13.6 per cent

    Those are the facts, so if it HAS been a ‘major success’, what constitutes a failure?

    How much longer can we go on rewarding and re-appointing people for FAILURE?


  52. @ Adrian Loveridge | July 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM |

    Adrian, these people running the show don’t deal in facts or make decisions based on evidence but merely rely on bullshit, lies, deceit and a general level of ignorance among the people and the frighteningly sycophantic silence among those who should know better.

    What is coming over from the BTA officials is that this Crop-over will enjoy the arrival of so many visitors that will even make our so-called high winter season look like a day out to Great Yarmouth in the dead of winter.

    Most visitors coming in for Crop-over are either Bajan Yankees and Bajan Limeys coming in to spend time with friends and families; not staying in hotels or guest houses.

    Instead of making unrealistically faulty projections like expecting significant arrivals from the UK during a reasonably warm summer and having to pay high airfares because of the school and national holiday season, they should focus the little cerebral energy left to come up with ways to rebrand the festival.

    First of all it needs a name change.
    There is no more sugar crop. Every thing is just one of bacchanal. Just look at the costumes and music. So why not rename it: “The Bajan Carnival” or “The Bajan Music Festival”?


  53. @Carson
    Adrian presented figures in response to your assertion. I haven’t heard you dispute or defend them as yet. Can you? Is this your best response??

    or will you respond like you did to my $66M (or $64M) question?

    I admit though, you serve your purpose well.

    Just Observing


  54. Who is the touted (by Tony Best) economist Charlie Skeete does Best pay his tout to deliver economic prognoses out of his backside?
    Skeete is a bewildering piece of work he’s been predicting Barbados economic meltdown from the days of Owen Arthur.
    Does he reside in Barbados nobody knows him aprt from Best who claims Skeete is a former IMF economist.

    Under Owen Arthur “economist” Skeete told Tony Best morning after morning on VOB news the economy was on unsustainable path on the verge of implosion.
    Twenty years later the piece of s%#* still at it contradicting Worrell and gleefully adamant its doomsday for the island’s economy.
    He’s been wrong so long we can rest assured this too shall pass.What Charlie Skeete what.


  55. Taken from FACEBOOK:

    “My beef is with economists like Ryan Straughn and Charlie Skeete who lived and worked in the UK and USA respectively. In the case of Mr. Skeete, he , as the old people would say, has feces on his doorstep in America and can’t smell it but could smell Barbados’. On the other hand Mr. Straughn left UK recently and knows how bad the situation is there but buries his head in the sand while giving the impression that Barbados economy is the worst in the world.

    It is regrettable that neither of these gentlemen can’t find the time to research the following articles and highlight them in the BLP Nation Newspaper.”

    (1) The economics of enough by Dan O’Neill
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/economics-blog/2013/may/01/economics-of-enough

    (2) Public health statistics could cease to be published amid wave of budget cuts
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jul/10/public-health-statistics-publish-cuts-cameron

    (3) Unicef: British children facing bleaker future under coalition

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/10/children-bleaker-future-coalition-unicef

    !!!!!!!!!

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