Barbados Labour Party Rubbing Shoulders

The ‘Rubbing Shoulders’ initiative of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has been attracting attention and criticism from the government of Barbados. Minister Ronald Jones has gone so far as to suggest that insurrection may result which may lead to the cracking of heads etc.

What is there to fear from the BLP talking directly to the people? Isn’t the opposition political party charged with ‘raising’ issues?

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124 Comments on “Barbados Labour Party Rubbing Shoulders”

  1. millertheanunnaki September 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins | September 10, 2013 at 9:18 PM |

    Until you, Alvin, can address the issue of sitting members of the DLP undermining their own administration you can continue to take umbrage and piss off.


  2. Irate Bajan September 10, 2013 at 9:39 PM #

    @ CCC, AC, & Alvin Cummins….

    Look, you DLP yardfowls…

    Tell your bosses, that form the government, to stop the pussying around and GOVERN THE COUNTRY PROPERLY!

    Thank You


  3. Alvin Cummins September 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM #

    OUCH!!!Did I touch a nerve? “piss off?” Such language.
    For your informtion I Piss off many times each day. If you mean by it that I should “get lost…you have to come better than that/ I already told you I don’t scare easily(If at all) and I am not easily got rid of. Anyone who knows mme will tell you that.


  4. David (not BU) September 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

    i wonder if any of these DLP supporters or the DLP government will tell the country what is happening with Dr. Dennis Lowe?

    waiting to see how long they allow this to play out.


  5. Waiting September 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

    @Alvin Cummins
    have to go to the town hall meeting tomorrow night to hear about the sugar point Cruise terminals project. google it (the sugar point project) looks reaally exciting. More to follow.

    It does sound exciting Alvin wish I could be at the Town hall meeting. Where is the meeting taking place?

    This isn’t the kind of news miller, well well, irate bajan and the assorted BLP lackeys want to hear. This is about rubbing shoulders to take Barbados forward.

    Adrian Loveridge must be fuming Sugar Point is shaping up to be one of the most creative projects in the Caribbean. Horror of horrors its not being done in St. Lucia the island Loveridge campaigns tirelessly for visitors to visit. Not only that he is all over the world wide web pleading with tourists not to vacation in Barbados.

    Sugar Point has major positive implications for the renewal of the tourism plant and improvement in arrivals and foreign investment.

    Loveridge ,prodigal, George Braithwaite and the Nation columnists will not be happy campers with GOB executing such a game changing tourism venture.


  6. David (not BU) September 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM #

    then there are these questions, which no one on the government side has address.

    now these are real questions. how come ppl like ac and CCC what answers from the BLP and when they point out problems and give you jackassess the answers, you still can’t respond?

    then you will want people believe this country is well run? well run in the ground. bunch of fucking idiots but time longer than twine. remember that one.


  7. Waiting September 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

    What am I hearing unemployment is down? Well that’s more bad news for the folk on this blog working overtime to destroy Barbados. They will say government is cooking the books but when they quote tourism numbers down the same government figures are used to justify their abuse of the DLP.


  8. ac September 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM #

    BLP yardfowls “WHERE IS THE MESSAGE. ac can’t hear yuh all..


  9. millertheanunnaki September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM #

    @ Waiting | September 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM |

    We are also so keen to see the cruise terminal project take off for the good of the country.
    But similar promises were made in regard to the Pierhead Marina (and the Four Seasons restart). So don’t quarrel with us if we express major reservations and are not terribly excited like you. It would be interesting if you could confirm that the financing aspect of the project has yet been sorted out and ready even if BOLT and all like the Prisons.

    BTW, when you make your contribution at the Town Hall meeting could you tell the project developers to please clean up Bridgetown. It’s pissy and shitty and rundown.
    What’s the sense of inviting people to your well-appointed living room but your toilet bowl the guests are expected to use is full of old shit. Would you recommend your fellow guests to visit that little room or keep it until otherwise “convenient”?


  10. checkit-out September 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM #

    I eagerly await the full data on the new unemployment figures. Were they compiled and computed by the Statistical department, or the Central bank? What period were they for? etc. etc.


  11. Prodigal Son September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM #

    Not one sensible person has any confidence in anything this government does or says.

    Look at the parade of idiocy over the last few days. ……….the PM and the Smart Stream glitch………walk hat back.

    The AG did not know anything about postal workers being sent home.

    The PM walking back the sending home of workers ……………despite the directive from the Director of Finance acting on clear directives from the LIED Minister of Finance.

    The Minister of Health saying that health care will not be compromised at the hospital despite a cut of 35 million dollars………….never mind the doctors have said otherwise.

    Donville Inniss going against the budget he voted for………….the municipal tax is wrong. But wait, who wrote this budget? Municipal is not a word which is used in Barbados. The PM should check the meaning of this word in his dictionary.

    Out of the blue the Central Bank Governor is forced to make an economic statement in the third month of the third quarter.

    The Minister of Education getting on like a scunk on TV…….looking like a cornered animal.cursing the media. Hope the media remembers the next time they want coverage.

    The Minister of Finance now back from his jaunt with Leroy Parris looking like he got bigger telling bold faced lies ……the tuition fees are only temporary.

    Only a DLP yardfowl would believe that the unemployment rate has gone down. I the quarter that Almond workers were severed, amazingly, that quarter, the rate decreased. Everyday workers are being laid off, the winter season was bad and yet for that period, the rate decreased? Impossible.

    You fools are fooling yourself that we are only preaching doom and gloom……….many people are living doom and gloom daily. I was at dinner at a luxury hotel a few nights ago. During the dinner, I made a little talk with one of the waitresses and she told me that she was only getting 20 hours work a week! You fools continue to feast on the taxpayer provided fatted calf! And in your fool’s paradise.

    We are drifting on a rudderless ship.


  12. millertheanunnaki September 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM #

    @ checkit-out | September 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM |

    Have you heard anything regarding the publishing of the findings of 2010 National Census? The mere fact that the summary data and findings are still unavailable can only reinforce people’s genuine skepticism of statistical information coming from government.

    Do the unemployment figures include people who have been off unemployment benefits, out of work for more than a year and have, through mere exhaustion, given up looking for work?

    Politicians tend to use statistics like a drunk uses a lamppost. Not for enlightenment but as support for a weak position.


  13. millertheanunnaki September 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM #

    Prodigal Son | September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM |
    “Out of the blue the Central Bank Governor is forced to make an economic statement in the third month of the third quarter.”

    This is what you call preparing the wicket for IMF fast bowlers.
    You can bet if there is indeed a third quarter report it will be ‘doctored’ to the hilt with the $300 million foreign reserves brought back in as a prior period adjustment by some sleight of hand magical touch.
    If the real facts are reported Barbados’s reserves would be easily under Bds$1 billion.

    With regard to the Municipal tax; that is straight out of the list of tax revenues raising measures submitted by the IMF/IDB.
    The foolish MoF didn’t even had the smartness to spot it and change the name of the tax to say “Waste Management Levy” and forget the municipal talk( unless it was meant for the people in Bridgetown) with the understanding that the Land Tax Act will have to be amended to grant authority to the CoLT to collect such a levy.

    But Prodigal how can people return from holiday and still look so horribly obese, stressed out and flustered? Something wrong with these guys’ health. Too much free food and big drinks available.


  14. Cuthbert of England September 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM #


    Did you see that CIBC have moved against Christopher Andrew McHale and employed Terra Caribbean and put his property, Ocean Reef Suites up for sale En Bloc as a building? Bank says sell with 120 day. Now that is a fire(ass) sale.


  15. Cuthbert of England September 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM #

    Can you remove the picture of Kerri ‘I does Pelt Nuff Hand’ Symmonds, its is frightening battered women who visit BU?


  16. millertheanunnaki September 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM #

    @ Cuthbert of England | September 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM |

    You Cuntbert and the Carrion boy Cadogan and ac can “partner up” and buy them and show the white boys especially Adrian how to “manage” things the Bajan black way.
    How about that CoE?


  17. june boy September 11, 2013 at 2:31 AM #

    It seems fate will prove the downfall of the DLP government, rumors have it the one minister was to have gone overseas to have a second opnion on a medical problem but had to abort the mission because of the sudden and serious illness of another. However, this minister has stated that if the hospitalised minister’s illness is prolonged, he will have no choice but to go because his health comes first. This would leave a minority government torun the affairs of this country.


  18. The People's Democratic Congress September 11, 2013 at 6:50 AM #

    We spoke yesterday, Tuesday, with a gentleman who informed us how now on an ongoing basis he has to wait three days to get monies from First Caribbean Bank via the presentation of government cheques authorizing such payments.

    A provider of services to the government, he remarked that a couple years ago, this was not the case, there was no three day clearance, the simple proper presentation of the government cheque to First Caribbean, and the money was got soon after the certification of the cheque.

    Imagine that this man was/is a supporter of the DLP Government, and used to be singing the praises of the DLP the same couple years ago, and now regrettably he is crying so much shame on the DLP Government.

    Amid those praises, we had indeed warned him at the time that the country was going to get worse and worse financially commercially materially and he never took heed.

    Remove the Damned DLP and the Blasted BLP!!



  19. Well Well. September 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM #

    Alvin said:

    “Note tha unemployment rate dropped”


    Alvin, you know that’s a big lie, there is no way that all these businesses closed in the last year, hundreds upon hundreds sent home and the unemployment rate dropped, i am sure the unemployment is now around 18%………..that is what i keep talking about, commonsense sense Alvin, the DLP has shitty credibility issues, they manufacture too many lies for the taxpayers to swallow.


  20. Well Well. September 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM #

    Alvin……sometimes i believe you forget i don’t live in Barbados, i know how to do serious research, i was trained in North America, only Bajans would believe that shit or anything coming out of the mouths of Sinckler, Stuart, or central bank governor


  21. Well Well. September 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM #

    If these two bit politicians on the island continue to tell lies to the taxpayers consistently and unequivocally, they will all find themselves falling sick.


  22. Gabriel September 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

    Market Vendor recently bemoaned the fact that TGIF shut down because its not making business sense to remain open.Market Vendor revealed a shocking and unknown secret which is that 71 repeat 71 businesses folded up in the recent past.What a slap in the face of the Statistics which suggest that the unemployment rate has come down!From where St John?St Philip?Because in our culture one ‘comes down’ from the ‘country’.


  23. Bush Tea September 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    @ Gabriel
    Actually, it is altogether possible for the unemployment statistics to reflect a fall in unemployment. Wunna people need to read the fine print.
    Unemployment DOES NOT mean “not employed”, it actually means something more like “unemployed and actively looking for employment”

    Now most persons who lose their job in this environment and who are typical of those who have mostly lost their jobs so far – are intelligent enough to see the FUTILITY of seeking a similar job at this time. They therefore “look for something else useful to do” like babysitting, vending or working in a family venture.

    If the previous unemployment figure was x% and y persons lost their jobs and a large percentage of those did not seek employment (as well as others who previous were looking), then the unemployment rate could actually IMPROVE.


  24. Gabriel September 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

    OK Bushie but it is also possible that Statistics lie and many situations are possible as you posit but its highly improbable that with so many people losing jobs that the unemployment rate has come down.Bear in mind also we have a Governor of the Central Bank who has tampered with these Stats in the past.The old story of a dog having a reputation for biting.


  25. Riots in de land!!! September 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    Too many people in Barbados living above their means. Barbados like many other countries is not soundly rooted on bedrock but upon sand.
    A government must run a deficit, a business should have a credit account. All these things encourage debt, not efficiency and certainly not responsibility. Look to the great depression and the great recession to see where these foolish things get you.

    We cannot feed ourselves, we import our food, most of it unhealthy. Is Barbados overpopulated, I say no. 300 thousand would be an optimal level for Barbados to have a good ratio left for agricultural land. But what we choose instead to do with the land, put it up for sale to the highest bidder. Food be damned, we rather starve and count the money.

    We have compromised individuals in places of governance, law, finance, you name it. Too many conflicts of interest occur, thus the system is clogged with untouchable men and women who do not have to pay for the high crimes or incompetence they commit. They just fade away or ride off into the sunset.

    Rulers, I will not call them leaders, with no vision. All they know to do is tax, lie and pull a fat salary. A benevolent tyrant would do a better job.

    The Dirty Lying Party (DLP) campaigned in 2008 about cost of living and corruption of the Bullsh!!t and Lies Party (BLP). Cost of living has gone waaaaaaay up and the only people that charge any Blp member was another Blp member. Freundel got on national tv and say he saw vote buying with his own two bulging eyes. No charges have been filed to this day as far as I know.

    Alot of jokers talk bout compare Barbados to Singapore or Mauritius, HA!
    Barbados more akin to Easter Island. That island in the pacific where the people built those great stone statues, monuments to human stupidity. Cuz after cutting down all the trees to build rollers and rope to errect those mysterious works of art, the climate of the island colapsed from soil erosion, food became scarce. Their ancestors came to the island in boats, but after wasting all the trees they had no materials to build anymore boats. A couple generations later this highly organised culture knew nothing about boats and now practiced cannibalism. Their past rulers whose vision and incentive was to destroy life for stone monuments to arrogance and waste left their children the then rulers to eat all the remaining people and then eat themselves.

    The end

    So I say to all those incompetent, corrupt, selfish, greedy, uncaring
    persons in positions of authority; “Keep eating, keep destroying lives, keep building ya stone monuments, keep cutting down them trees”. Barbados deserves better, we shall not allow arrogant fools who present themselves as saviors to destroy us any more. Either LEAD, FOLLOW or GET OUT DE WAY!!.


  26. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    Well I am back in Bimshire for a short while. Can anyone tell me if this Alvin Cummins is that fella who was a microbiologist in the QEH lab or government analytical services or something like that. Is he that same fella who was part of Barbados National Association of Fisher-folk Organizations. Because if this is the same Alvin boy my man got a bone to pick with you and its a verbal one old fella. So confirm your identity and let the licks start to role.

    Now reading the fights, it seems that there is a battle amongst the yard-fowls of the BLP and DLP. Lol I just love how you people does defend the nonsense of your political loves with so much verbal flair. I mean the BLP had Barbados for 14 years in no recession and yet for all their worth and bragging of what they left in foreign reserves, all the major services in the island was left wanting. Yet out of this we got a spanking 1 billion dollar prison that don’t produce food or manufacture goods for foreign exchange. Then there is all the other hullabaloo that I would not go into right now. Leave that for the fowls to go over.

    But on the other side you got the current administration that to tell you the truth got me in a dazing puzzle. The forecast predicted severe turbulence in the economy yet the DEMs came on TV and puffed nothing but lies. Don”t get me wrong the BLP are big fat ass liars too. In fact all DEM and the BEEs are a bunch of liars. So now we at the cross roads…the soldiers of the BLP and DLP raging the war of words. Ka-dear what would it take to get you people to understand that unless Barbados find precious minerals, gold, diamonds or pearls the island”s economic outlook in the next few years will be dismal. We on the road of doing a Guyana and a Greece. So boys and girls of the DLP and BLP lackey train…What say you. Shall we engage in talks about what we could do to help our little island or are we gong to continue thrashing each others ass over who is better than who…I think its bare shite that all wunna come on here and talk bunch of highfoluted educational pup. Not all the talk is shite though just from a few yardfowls. WHO THE CAP FIT LET HE WEAR IT….


  27. Carson C. Cadogan September 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

    If the Barbados Labour Party would be a bit more patriotic and a little less POWER HUNGRY many of the initiatives of the government would be able to work. Instead they are going around encouraging business to close and discouraging Tourists from coming to the country. They are doing their best to undermine confidence the country. They seem not to understand that these are difficult times for the Global economy. There is no doubt that Barbados is doing better than a lot of other countries, for example unemployment in St. Lucia is 23% but we are not out of the woods as yet.

    Their policy, if it can termed as such, of half empty glass instead of half full glass is doing no one any good.


  28. millertheanunnaki September 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

    @ Carson C. Cadogan | September 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM |

    Here is an example of why we can’t trust anything you or the DLP say and hence people’s hesitation to reside little or no confidence in them.
    Carson, please answer the following question seeing you are a man in the inner sanctum of the DLP.
    Is it true that Minister Lowe is hospitalized with a very serious complaint?
    This man is paid out of the public purse and his employers would want to know if he is unable to work.
    Now be honest for once if you want people to trust you.


  29. Well Well. September 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

    Carson…………power hungry is lying to the taxpayers about the state of the economy and engaging in buying votes, just like the opposition, now say hello to power hungry in the DLP.


  30. Cuthbert of England September 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM #


    I think DL was to be discharged today from horse-pital. But you know already from your days at the Ministry of Health and the ‘friends’ you have therefrom.

    In a new BLP will you be the Minister of Trans-Gender Affairs?


  31. David September 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM #

    The Thompson led DLP promised so much.Transparency in government, a new way of governance. Six years later what can we say?


  32. Alvin Cummins September 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM #

    Yes I am the same Alvin Cummins. I await the opening round.
    @ Waiting. the town Hall Meeting will be at the port entrance…to be held in some big tent there as soon as you enter the gate. The entrance in the middle. I went today and looked at the environmental assessment report. the project is BIG. The plan is for the construction of piers to hold six cruise ships at the same time of the size of the Oasis boats. They plan to dredge and recdlaim 15 acres of land to construct terminal etc. It will begin West of the fishing complex and encompass the area stretching and including the former esso berthing oil terminal. You were not allowed to take away the assessment book but you were free to copy whatever you wanted. I will see how things go tonight. How come people don’t pay attention to notices in the papers. this was in the papers for the past two weeks (daily)Then when these things take place people say they did not know about it or give wrong information and spread propaganda.


  33. Carson C. Cadogan September 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    Version one of “rubbing shoulders” fell flat.

    Version two of “rubbing shoulders” will have a similar fate.


  34. George C. Brathwaite September 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    @ CCC

    “If the Barbados Labour Party would be a bit more patriotic and a little less POWER HUNGRY many of the initiatives of the government would be able to work. Instead they are going around encouraging business to close and discouraging Tourists from coming to the country. They are doing their best to undermine confidence the country.”

    What kind of asinine statements are you making? Do you believe that you, me, Mia, Freundel, could convince a business to close and could discourage tourists from coming here? To prove what? That the DLP is panicking and making alll types of absolutely absurd claims. Come on, take hold of the country and GOVERN or else leave Bay Street! NO MORE BLASTED EXCUSES!


  35. Well Well. September 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM #

    Carson………… are sounding more deranged after every comment, your lying little ploy re IMF/World Bank backfired so now you are left to twist in the wind until the IMF/World Bank officials finish and give the results of their COMPLETED assessment of the island to the media, you lying little worm.


  36. Alvin Cummins September 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM #

    @Well Well
    Just back. Hope you are well.
    Good presentation. good project. First class for the country. More people should have been there since this meeting concerned the Marine environmental assessment. the next one on the social assessment impact should be a doozy. Inviting all and sundry to be there.


  37. ac September 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM #

    that the blp does Well ,,propagandize,,, and Big big on Perceptions. a barrel laden always ready to offshore aided and abetted by the nation newspaper, a guarantee must read article .. btw the some nutcake advice ac to read that daily rag called a newspaper , the nation


  38. ac September 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM #

    reading the blp comments are exhilarating, with little or no message to offer the yardfowls like George brathwaite resorts to attacking the DLP stalwarts, Hey George it is yours and MIA game to win and the DLP,s to lose but seeing the lacklustre response coming from your leadership one can easily conclude that the BLP would be spending another five years on the back bench cause without a message wunna can’t win no matter how many times Mia rub shoulders and pound the sidewalk. the people want answers, not gimmicks,


  39. Well Well. September 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM #

    Alvin………hope you are doing well also.


  40. Tell me Why September 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

    AC, CCC and Alvin. Wasn’t Harry Husbands not rubbing shoulders with the visits to private schools. Isn’t the PM not rubbing shoulders when he visited Patricia Affonso-Dass, Ocean Group of Hotels, probably to promote the 10-point Tourism plan and the possible purchase of Almond Beach; then he pai a courtesy call to Paul Allman of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, probably to deal with sourcing wealthy investors and making them citizens, now he visit the Olympic Association to inform us of the financial support being offered by China. I am having a fundamental problem regarding the amount of funding by China. Remember every funding must be repaid. David, can you tell me how many loans China approved for Barbados during the past 6 years? Seems to me every visit is for press release purposes.


  41. David September 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM #

    Like David Ellis has been trying to promote that it is a welcome thing to have the PM speaking it out. The downside that he has to do so because of the cries from citizens reacting to his taciturn nature is not good.


  42. ac September 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    @Tell ME WHy…………the truth is Mia looks silly more like a Chichua make alot of noise taking she is taking her one message to a certain segment of the populace for whom she could do absolutely nothing for .in essence giving them false hope..the Pm is more diversified in his approach as he tries to reach out to all sectors


  43. Tell me Why September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    Is he trying to embarrass the MoT by visiting Ocean Group. Is he trying to show his MoF how to get more Forex. and is he trying to make mock sport at MoS in getting a new stadium. Do tell me his real motive.


  44. ac September 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

    Whatever his motive it is clear that he is trying to open up meaningful diaglouge with these sectors along with promoting barbados in a positive manner. as amatter of fact trying to reverse the damage being inflicted by MIA which is sending false and misleading information to potential investors. another objective would be to send a message of apreciation to th business partners. Unfortunately for Mia she still bouged down in campaiging and self promotion having no vision or message for people or country


  45. alvin cummins September 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM #

    @Tell me why.
    Who did OSA embarrass when he countered Mr. wood’s talk about increases in bus fares/ who did he embarrass when he went into Tudor street when there was a problem with the minibuses who were violating the regulations forbidding the pickup of passengers at that point.? tell me more.


  46. Tell me Why September 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    Alvin. It wil be better for you to get the answer from whoever manipulate the story regarding the stopping of pensioners from getting free bus rides. You all lie so much that it is impossible to tell which one of your buddies authored the lie.


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