Notes From a Native Son: The Time has Come for all True Barbadians to Put Country Before Party

Hal Austin

Hal Austin

After a few days in Barbados, mostly resting, but spending time with friends and acquaintances alike, I have returned with a feeling of deep sadness for a nation for which I have a very deep affection. But, we have a situation in which the national political discourse has been reduced to a leading minister inviting the leader of the official Opposition to strip naked and run down Broad Street, our main thoroughfare, to grab attention. While, at the same time, the governor of the central bank could announce that the economy is in recession and the minister of finance, the captain of the nation’s economy, did not see fit to respond to, the Opposition did not speak out on, our academic economists kept their opinions to themselves nor did our feeble media see it fit to inform their readers.

As I have said before, the nation is in serious crisis, only this time it is much worse than it previously was. Yet, there is an epidemic of denial: a police force that is imploding and cannot properly guard against organised criminality, medieval religious practices and family abuse. We are a nation that has lost faith in itself, when we could appoint a Canadian – repeat the word, Canadian – as head of our football association and every spare bit of land bought by dubious foreigners because our policymakers are addicted to foreign reserves. The New Barbados has also lost its moral purpose, its sense of decency, as is reflected in the obscenities that desecrate the airwaves as a matter of course; of the total national silence when a toddler can make sexual gestures over an apparently drunken woman at Crop Over, our leading cultural event; when our leading news paper thinks that pornographic pictures of juveniles having sex in a class room is newsworthy. Even more, not a single senior executive or director of the publishing firm has made a public statement about the obscenity. If ever there was a case for ordinary Barbadians to show their power as consumers and ban that publication, it is now. This is a long way from the nation I know as a young man, when, in the 1960s it was exporting people to work on London buses, trains and in the national health service, routinely gave them a printed booklet on how to behave in Britain. Those were days when the nation was concerned about its global reputation as reflected in the behaviour of its citizens.

Others have sensed our weakness when the Canadian owners of Barbados Light & Power, who by rights should not be running our light and power company, is threatening to blackmail us with a gangster threat that unless they get an extended deal to 2040, they will not invest any more in the existing plant. What is worse, government has not told them where to go with their threats and future investments. One explanation for our policy-making weakness is that there is a futile attempt to close down the public intellectual argument with nonsense about undermining the government and de-stabilising the nation. A government that in place of sound policies is resorting to fear and threats of military action to silence opposition. Such folly says more about the advocates of such negativity than it says about the level of the public discourse. On the one hand we talk, boast even, of the level of our public education, then on the other try to avoid or censor debates. A robust public discussion is good for the development of the nation, it strengthens our democracy, improves the nature of public understanding and, as a result, leads to better policy-making.

Managing the Economy:
However, it is to the incompetent management of our economy that we must turn, since our immediate prosperity depends on this. And the paucity of ideas by our political master and technocrats is now official, well sort of: the ministry of finance is inviting people to submit papers on economics and finance; in other words, the ministry is fishing for ideas they can plagiarise, six years after coming to office. This, I offer, is a humiliating climb down for the minister, his apologists, other advisers, the central bank executive team, and all those who offer advice to the government. Some of the minister’s cheerleaders and advisers, such as Professor Frank Alleyne, to my mind need a crash course in economic policymaking. It is tempting to ignore, what to my mind, is the economic semi-literacy of the great Professor, who in a misguided recent statement (if reported correctly) said the economy was well managed. Such ignorance is appalling. Had an A level student written this nonsense I would have failed him.

To fully understand the depth of the mess we are in as a nation, here is a brief glimpse of the global situation. Having a reality check is one of those phrases meant to put down an intellectual rival, but in the case of our minister of finance, the governor of the central bank and our economic policy-makers, there is an urgent need to face this reality. Until the global banking crisis of 2007/8, the global economy had experienced nearly three decades of growth, the highest in global history. Even with the set back of the global crisis, an event that started on the books of the private sector (the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sub-prime meltdown and the fog of SPVs and SIVs) and later transferred to the public sector in a series of bail-outs, the global economy has returned to higher than expected growth.

By the end of 2011, the total value of the global financial sector – equity market capitalisation, sovereign and corporate bonds, loans, etc – had risen from US$175 trillion at the end of 2008, to $212 trillion at the end of 2010, higher even than it was at the end of 2007, before the global collapse. According to one report: “Still, the recovery of financial markets remains uneven across geographies and asset classes. Emerging markets account for a disproportionate share of growth in capital-raising as mature economies struggle. “Debt markets remain fragile in many parts of the world, and the growth of government debt and of Chinese lending accounts for the majority of the increase in credit globally.” In 2010 alone, global debt and equity grew by US$11 trillion, with debt accounting for $5 trillion and government bonds by a further $4 trillion. New lending in emerging markets by the Chinese accounted for US$1.2 trillion in 2010, while other emerging markets added $800bn. That year, cross-border capital flows reached US$4.4 trillion, 60 per cent below their peak, according to the study.

In simple terms, as a nation, even if a small one, we are missing out in a bad way, made worse by our leaders going cap in had around the world begging for hand-outs. But now is decision time. The government has got a choice of taxing income, or taxing wealth or toughing it out as we decline as a nation. As things stand, it appears as if it prefers that ordinary taxpayers should subsidise the wealthy, including the expatriates who have colonised our West Coast and those who make massive amounts of money from them. If you have any doubts about this, just look at the incentives it gives to businesses like Cost-u-Less, Sandals, and others, or have a quick read of the Tourism Development Act to see what hoteliers can bring in to the country duty free on a promise of creating jobs. Does anyone every follow up these promises?
The redistribution of the nation’s wealth should be the preferred option, social policy number one, for this or any other government, so that we do not have the extremes of dirt poor people, living in hovels, on the one hand, and those on multi-million pound mansions on Royal Westmoreland, on the other. That was the implicit promise of constitutional independence. Further, the economic debate should be about the debt-to-GDP ratio and the continuing spiralling IOUs the government is piling up, not the bogus one of foreign reserves, which is an intellectual con trick. However, for reasons not made public, combined with media ignorance, the focus remains on the foreign reserves mantra.

Improving Services:
But we are not just economic people. How we interact as humans, as citizens of a small island, is central to how we grow. The first principle of having a service economy is the recognition of what ‘service’ means. Sometimes it is embarrassing going in to banks, shops and government departments seeking a service and having to tolerate the most lackadaisical, obstreperous, obstinate of workers, who in better times we are told by NISE, are the best workers in the world.

We also need a clear vision of the kind of society we want to create. Any government of national unity must have a clear vision of what the key issues are and what it wants to achieve. First on the agenda in these times must be sorting out the economy in the short term; but putting our young people, our most valuable resource, back in education, employment or training must equally be high on the to do list.

Also high on the agenda must be the role played by the public sector, both in terms of making a contribution to productivity, and therefore growth, and as a key part of the engine of future prosperity. There is no real practical reason why, for example, it should take more than five working days to register a new company in Barbados and make the necessary utility connections to a new office, apart from a collective administrative inertia.

Analysis and Conclusion:
The time has come when concerned citizens, and those who have the privilege of living in our country, should step forward and put in place a dynamic plan for growth. We can no longer wait on an incompetent government and public sector workers who clearly do not have any new ideas. A national culture of profligacy, of denial, of selfishness and greed; a national culture that has lost its moral compass, allowing the leading newspaper to publish, at various times, a toddler making sexual gesture on a mature woman and one alleging sex in a classroom – these are just the symptoms of a decaying society. The danger is that in the absence of any real alternative to collective political incompetence is that there will be a rise of popular nationalism, looking for simplistic answers and rallying round a charismatic leader which will be bad for the nation and could fully reverse everything that Barbados has ever stood for.

The dangerous flirtation with Beijing, the capital of a nation that does not hesitate to sack university professors and journalists for expressing incorrect views, may well end in tears. Barbados is but one of many Caribbean islands, most of them members of Caricom, forming a queue in Beijing to worship our new Chinese masters. We are now all Confucian, or confused. In Jamaica, the country that along with Guyana that should be piloting Caribbean economic growth, senior policymakers have now borrowed to finance a new toll road, giving the Chinese a fifty-year period of grace in which to collect tax-free tolls, and in exchange have given the Chinese 3000 acres at Goat Island. The Chinese, through a company called Chinese Harbour, have taken over most of the Jamaican sugar plantations on an 80-year lease, on condition that they put at least some of the factories back in service, but they have al ready refused to refurbish the factories, breaking the original agreement. Yet, the Jamaican government, like most other Caribbean governments, has refused to enforce the agreement. The Jamaican government is also contemplating withdrawing visa requirements (Jamaicans will still be required to have visas to visit China) and arrangements have been made for 100000 Chinese to visit Jamaica every year; whether these will be visitors or residents is not clear, nor is it clear if the workers building the roll road will be allowed to settle in Jamaica.

That is not the only national humiliation; there is a Chinese owned shop, similar in terms of business model to Costco, in which customers are served through a hatch by two local women. Shoppers are not allowed to browse with their trolleys as in any other supermarket; worse, I am told, when the manager wants to go to the toilets, he locks the two women in like monkeys in a cage so that they cannot serve the waiting customers.
Those who think the Chinese are a soft touch should take a closer look at what they are doing in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. This is a modern form of Trojan Horse entryism and will lead, in time, to serious social conflict. All this in the modern Caribbean which, in the English-speaking islands, are celebrating decades of constitutional independence.

I have said before, that flirting with the Chinese is a highly dangerous game; if people imagine that Europeans are racists, then wait until Chinese, Indians and other ethnic minorities get a hand on us Africans. But to our political leaders, the relatively small amounts of money handed down to them from the Chinese politburo, for their support in international bodies and turning an eye to Chinese human rights indiscretions, is a price worth paying. However, like many things, it may all end in tears. If you are seriously concerned about the future of our nation and want to form a discussion group, please email me in the first instance.


  • @ Enuff

    My first impulse to ignore you was obviously right. ALL education is good and should be encouraged, I said we should be educated bi-lingually, as we live in the biggest Spanish-speaking region in the world. But we should have language laboratories which should provide teaching in every literate language in the world, including Mandarin and Cantonese.
    That, to my simple mind, does not mean we will be bi-lingual in English/Mandarin. WE LIVE IN THE BIGGEST SPANISH-SPEAKING REGION IN THE WORLD. We must learn to understand our neighbours.
    The whole world is bi-lingual in English: Spanish/English, Mandarin/English, Russian/English, etc.
    Make a more substantive point if you want to advance the discussion. At present you are trying to nit-pick and getting it wrong.


  • @Native son,
    You must have been in Barbados when persons were prosecuted forcutting down mahogany trees on Maxwell Main road. You should be aware also that it is illegal to cut down fruit trees without town and country planning permission. the laws are on the books. By the way Hal, anyone who learns to speak Mandarin at this time must be admired for they are thinking way ahead of lots of others.
    @Well Well,
    I give credit where credit is duw. If that is being a yard fowl so be it. I keep insisting that I will not criticize just for the sake of criticizing, or because the person is on another ethnic origin. COW has succeeded because he has the equipment and business accumen to submit lower tenders for projects; no0t only in Barbados but throughout the Caribean. He successfully built roadworks in St. Lucia, and other countries, and you can’t tell me it is because he contributed to the BLP or the DLP. Are you aware of the case he brought against the DLP government, when Don Blackman the then Minister of Public works awarded a contract to another bidder; as he said “to redress the imbalances” that went all the say to the Privy Council, that he won, costing the DLP government a lot of money> He, like all other Barbadians, has rights as a Bajan, and must be given those rights. It has NOTHING to do with contributions or anything else. Right is Right, for whites, blacks or Indians, Chinese or enyone.
    I would also treat a lot of Plantation Deed’s claims with great suspicion. He tried to take over a person in my neighborhood’s property with his false claims, and she had HER deeds, going back before her father was born (even before Violet Beckles was born) and the police had to come and evict him(and the person he wanted to put in the vacant house; the lady had died and the person looking after her estate was away for a short time). I notice he even claims title to land at Lamberts in St. Lucy.
    Tread carefully when defending certain people, just because they are against certain persons in the establishment.


  • @WELL wELL
    Slight clarification; COW brought the case against the DLp government. He lost appealed, and took it all the way to the Privy Council who overturned the decision and awarded the case to COW. cost the government a lot of money. Tenders committees have to be very careful in awarding tenders. Their decisions can be challenged. So political contributions have nothing to do with it. Members of “government” per se have no connection with Tenders Committees and their decisions. I know people (Civil Servants) who have served on these committees.


  • Alvin said:
    “He successfully built roadworks in St. Lucia, and other countries, and you can’t tell me it is because he contributed to the BLP or the DLP.”


    Alvin……are you also aware that cow is not doing so well in St. Lucia???

    As usual you are seeing only what you want to see and cherry picking what you think should be exposed…….have the DLP not learned their lesson with cow yet?? what will it take??

    With regard to Plantation Deeds, let the process run it’s course, what are you afraid of??


  • @Well Well,
    What had not doing well in St. Lucia,at this time, got to do with what you have been daying. You implied that because of COW’s “donations” to the present government he has been getting prefenential treatment to the detriment of the people of Barbados. I simply pointed out that his success is not due to favouritism by either political party. It is sim;ly because of his business accumen exemplified by his ability to secure contracts (big ones) with other governments. If I am not mistaken this is the business model folllowed by all successul companies all over the world…diversifying and expanding. You live in Canada so you KNOW what happens up here. Why are you trying to be so hard on our own who operate no differently. …”you are seeing only what you want to see and cherry picking what you think should be exposed” Isn’t this exactly what you are doing? Tch Tch!!!
    I don’t give two figs about Plantation Deeds, so I have nothing to be afraid of. As you say let us wait and see
    how it plays out. I am as suspicious of him as you are certain that there are nefarious things taking place and skuldegery in the works. I just happen to be less cynical than you and perhaps more trusting of people until I am PROVEN wrong. If I signed my name “yard fowl” would you be satisfied? No I can’t because I will never accept that appelation.


  • Your honour Counsel rests, the plaintiff, after two denials, has finally admitted that he did propose the learning of Mandarin in his proposals for reform of the education system. But my initial question remains: why encourage the learning of Mandarin as part of education reform then few weeks later demonise Chinese investment? It just does not make sense. Is that nitpicking or simply demanding consistency from a guru?


  • food for thought.

    OTTAWA – Canada and Honduras are expected to finally sign a free trade agreement Tuesday after concluding negotiations two years ago.

    Trade Minister Ed Fast and his Honduran counterpart Jose Adonis Lavaire are scheduled to announce Tuesday in Ottawa that the relationship between the two countries is about to “reach a new level.”


  • I would not worry about Honduras as competition they cannot even speak Mandarin over there LOL. They have the usual minerals coffee cheap labour manufacturing from central America, but murders and crime are off the scale.


  • Alvin said:

    “I just happen to be less cynical than you and perhaps more trusting of people until I am PROVEN wrong.”


    Alvin……… always, everything that is done in the dark ALWAYS comes out in the wash (to light)……….what is the saying in Bim? you can hide and buy land (pun intended) but you cannot hide and sell it…….that also goes for those in the public eye who are involved in nefarious activities which includes, greed, corruption, bribery etc……


  • @Well Well,
    Rob Ford confesses, apologizes but refuses to step down. Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin are suspended by their own collegues for two years. And you talk about Barbadian politicians? They are small potatoes when placed next to these politicians here. Barbadians have to appreciate what they have and what type of society they have, and be proud of it.


  • what do expect ex broadcasters at the trough, ex hockey players political hacks and fundraisers being appointed they should have abolished that body a long time ago we have had people showing up collecting a check and voting diagnosed with Alzheimer’s The only difference between here and Barbados is we can afford it


  • Alvin……..Rob Ford is daring and taunting the RCMP because he has their budget in his hands, let’s watch it unfold, it still has a way to go…………


  • Alvin…..stop being ridiculous now, all the shenanigans/criminal acts the politicians in Barbados carried/carry on with, none have ever apologized or been arrested…… really need to get a grip on reality..


  • @well Well,Rob ford was shown in a video smoking a crack pipe. EVIDENCE. Where is the equivalent among Barbadian MP, to have falsified expenses. The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff paid for those espenses with a personal cheque,(actually there were two cheques) for one of them, and the cheques wereproduced as evidence, and one of them paid back some of the money that she owed. The RCMP indicated that there was evidence of fraud. Where is the Barbadian equivalent? Where is the EVIDENCE in the Barbados political establishment? As I tell you, and will continue to point out, rumour and innuendo cannot convict
    anyone. there has to be evidence that will stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. As a famous advertisement here once used to say “show me the beef”. Show me the evidence. That is reality.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Alvin Cummins | November 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM |
    “As I tell you, and will continue to point out, rumour and innuendo cannot convict
    anyone. there has to be evidence that will stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. As a famous advertisement here once used to say “show me the beef”. Show me the evidence. That is reality.

    Is that the reason for your noticeably taciturn position NOT to contribute in your usual effervescent style to the PSC and the CoP imbroglio on another thread? We are glad you have a more sanguinely levelheaded approach by exempting yourself from the kangaroo court convened by Chief Justice Bush Tea and the prosecutor and jury in the same person of “Let them gather for they shall soon scatter” only is only too eager to arrest, charge prosecute, condemn, sentence and execute Mottley all in one go.


  • His Excel. The Right Hon Errol Barrow, once said ” one day we will wake up and find Barbados no longer belong to bajans. The fight between the two kingpins is about that. It appears one is very patriotic while the other is trying to see how much of Barbados he can own before the explosion occurs. PLEASE REMEMBER (SIR) aLLAN sTANDFORD AND WHAT HE DID TO anTIGUA.


  • @Miller
    I believe in fairness and justice.


  • Alvin Cummins | November 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM |

    @well Well,Rob ford was shown in a video smoking a crack pipe. EVIDENCE.

    Alvin……you were talking the same nonsense before Ford had is 15 minutes of crocodile tears moment confessing, although i saw the video in Toronto with him smoking crack since MAY……… would easily condone corruption by politicians, i hope you can handle it when corrupt politicians in Barbados finally have to pay the piper and their karma comes avisiting……..fairness and justice my ass, when did the public officials in Barbados ever cared about fairness and justice for other people, particularly those who pay the same corrupt politicians salaries…


  • Rational Thinking

    one part of The 1000 lbs of Blubber got it wrong once again, with some of the largest blocks in Foreign Currency inflows to this island in many years, the sandals investment, the Four Seasons resolved, the Cruise Terminal work starting funded in a very large part by Royal Caribbean Lines the Marina a matter of 4 months from start up and companies like neal and Massey pouring money into the island and a few more too good to mention about to unfold is this any relation to Mottley’s regurgitated nonsense about no one wanting to do business here is utter and complete rubbish, the may not want to do business here with Mottley listening and Wiretapping and Eavesdropping their calls but look at this story in The Barbados Advocate Today maybe not one to expect to see in the Nation Rag but never the less it real and it is true.

    Show of confidence


    CEO of Neal & Massy Group says Super combo store speaks to investment possibilities

    By Nadia Brancker

    TOP Caribbean conglomerate Neal & Massy Holdings Limited said the BDS$70 million investment it is making in Barbados is a demonstration of its confidence in the future of the island.

    Gervase Warner, CEO of the Neal and Massy Group, made this statement as he and
    other officials opened a new Superstore at Warrens, St. Michael yesterday as they launched the Super Centre Limited and Dacosta Mannings Integrated Store. Other investments are planned for Kendall Hill and Sunset Crest.

    Proclaiming that Neal & Massy is a believer in Barbados, Warner said: “I meet people and read reports and hear comments, such as the Barbados dollar is going to come under pressure, or ‘where is the (economic) growth going to come from in the Barbados economy etc?’”

    However, he stated that they (Neal and Massy) “are investing in Barbados, and this combination is part of what we are doing. We are putting new capital to work in Barbados because we believe in the future of Barbados.”

    According to him, “We believe all of us as corporations in Barbados have a moral obligation and responsibility to do our part in creating growth in our economy and that comes through investment.

    “Investment like this creates jobs, efficiencies in business models, creates a better and more convenient shopping environment and improves what Barbados has to offer locally and globally.”

    The CEO said that while this might look like one store, it has huge significance in our network of companies. “It is the launch of a new business model and it is part of what we think is important in playing our role in the economic development of Barbados,” Warner maintained.

    The CEO elaborated, “This is not the only investment we will make. We will make some upgrades in Sunset Crest and there is a new store planned for Kendall Hill and other investments, for a grand total of bds$70 million of new investment in facilities and business in Barbados.”

    He recounted, “For Neal and Massy, our presence in Barbados has gone back years. We have had several different businesses but our resurgence in the Barbados market really took place in 2006 where we acquired BS&T and the transformation that we have had within our group and Barbados companies has been significant since then.”

    Warner recalled that in 2011 they set out to develop a growth strategy for the Neal and Massy Group, having recognised that economies were just coming out of a very difficult stage of economic recession, and some of the neighbouring territories were still in negative growth.

    He said, “We recognize we would not be able to continue the solid growth we enjoyed in the period of 2000-2009 without doing something different and yesterday was the unveiling of one of our key strategies of doing something different and better.”

    He explained that coming out of the strategic planning session they travelled to different countries in Latin America observing this kind of combination format store in real maturity and determined Barbados would be the ideal location for one such set-up.

    “Yesterday was the unveiling of the super combo store, which will be the fist of many that will be rolled out across the Caribbean where Neal & Massy operates,” the CEO said.

    Warner identified, “I think much is made about Trinidadian companies coming into Barbados and ‘taking over’. Today I want to celebrate an opportunity for a business model and example from Barbados being able to be brought to fruition that we could take it to other places in the Caribbean.

    “I think they are more pessimistic than they are optimistic about what is happening in Barbados. However, I come to Barbados regularly and I’m amazed by the people I meet. I don’t have any sense of distress. I think Barbadians are phenomenal about the way they carry themselves and it is extremely encouraging to me.”


  • Well Well.wrote”.Rob Ford is daring and taunting the RCMP”

    You smokin the same pipe as Rob?


  • Barbados is done….. world wise but maybe some people can live their life well their grand kids may have to move


  • It appears the CBC has decided to report only “positive ” news. I thought a media station was mandated to report NEWS. There has been lay-offs yesterday that was reported on 92.9 but nothing on CBC. Does that mean that the CBC NEW policy of reporting only “positive” news mean that they will silence the opposition? Are we seeing signs of dictatorship appearing?


  • @ Well Well
    ” you can hide and buy land, but you can’t hide and WORK it….”

    @ Miller
    “….the kangaroo court convened by Chief Justice Bush Tea….”
    LOL …VERY funny!
    If indeed Bushie had that authority, then your Mia would have been locked up for mis-managing Edutech and the prison fire debacle.
    ….and we may have been spared the World Cup madness and the Dottin disaster.
    Remember a stitch in time would have saved nine….. 🙂

    @ Alvin C.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ june boy | November 7, 2013 at 1:52 AM |
    “Are we seeing signs of dictatorship appearing?”

    Very much so! These guys are displaying all the early signs and symptoms (even in physical appearances) of turning the country into a true bloody African Dictatorship dividing the people into tribes differentiated by yellow and red war paint.

    They intend to iconoclastically destroy EWB’s mirror image of Barbados and fashion it into their own dictatorial fatted calf banana republic.

    You will soon be seeing a ramping up of moves to block or suppressed all news regarding the pending IMF restructuring programme and its attendant employment and social fallout. Only the goddess Nemesis can opportunely intervene by inviting the angel Samael to a date to do a bit of reaping.

    Hopefully, we will have BU to inform the people but you can expect concerted efforts to be made to shut up this organ of free speech.


  • Rational Thinking

    You are becoming more are more desperate and sad in your every writings you joker, Nuki, get used to the fact that you were sent to the opposition in 2008 & 2013 and you will be there for a long while, why don’t you state writing something sensible and uplifting rather than what your Rag Time Band of misfits like Agard and Hinkson want you to chew up and spit out in support of them, get used to it you have been elected by the people of Barbados to be the Opposition and no amount of whining and sad lies will change that placement get used to opposition and think uplifting thoughts for YOUR and MY country rather than try to destroy. It to get a corrupt Wire Tapping Eavesdropping FRAUD in Mottley elected, she is not good nor is cshe healthy nor is she Morally right to be notified politics in Barbados. She is unfit to lead after here exposure and her corrupt actions along with Dottin.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Rational Thinking | November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM |
    “one part of The 1000 lbs of Blubber got it wrong once again, with some of the largest blocks in Foreign Currency inflows to this island in many years, the sandals investment, the Four Seasons resolved, the Cruise Terminal work starting funded in a very large part by Royal Caribbean Lines the Marina a matter of 4 months from start up and companies like neal and Massey pouring money into the island and a few more too good to mention about to unfold..”

    Could you please shed some light on the foreign currency inflows that would result from the projects you mentioned?
    We would be most grateful for special reference to be made to the Marina. Are you referring to the Pierhead marina that should have started since January 2012 or is this another one to start in 4 month? Are you sure it is not another redesign of the Pierhead marina? Has the Cabinet NOT approved the termination of the MOU between the BTI and SMI as recommended by the MoF in June 2013.

    We wonder what Bush Tea would say about all of this so-called investment by Trinidadians as referred to in the Nation newspaper article by Nadia Brancker titled “CEO of Neal & Massy Group says Super combo store speaks to investment possibilities”?


  • @Well Well,
    What is it with you and Barbadian politicians? IF the politicians are corrupt, and IF there is evidence that can stand up in court, and IF they are brought to trial and found guilty they will serve their time in jail. Then people like you can rejoice that Barbados, like other first world countries have jailed corrupt politicians. Until you produce the evidence, then all like you will have to stew in your juice of disappointment. Rob Ford is still stubbornly hanging on, and does have support among many of the citizens of this fair city , who are not prepared to punish him yet. Although he may be guilty of Moral indiscretions, he has not yet been shown to be corrupt. The situation with the Senators and the involvement of the Prime Minister”s office is a different matter. Notice that no criminal charges have been brought against them, yet.
    Lay off our politicians for a while; B and D, and don’t forget the PEP is a recognized and registered political party too,


  • Alvin said:

    Lay off our politicians for a while; B and D, and don’t forget the PEP is a recognized and registered political party too,

    Alvin….not a chance not going to happen, that is what yall want, everyone to lay off so you and your parties (DLP/BLP) can continue to practice corruption and hide a lot of nasty secrets to the detriment of the same taxpayers who have to pay their salaries….again, not going to happen.

    Regarding PEP, if it’s the same party that Bobby Clarke the nuisance is/was a part of, i have already laid into them on this same blog, but individually, not as a party, they are not even much of a party when you have louses like Clarke involved no one will take them seriously.. Alvin, again, get used to it, the spotlight is on the DLP, as the ruling party and there is no chance of it being removed because they have screwed up so much, they are not their own bosses, people like you who live in Canada should understand that, not because you don’t live in Barbados and their actions or lack thereof don’t affect you it means everyone should give corrupt politicians a free pass.not going to happen so suck it up….

    By the way……as much as you will vote back in Rob Ford, if given the chance next year, most organizations would much prefer see the back of that idiot…so, don’t hold your breath.


  • @Well Well,
    First of all I never voted, and would never, vote for Rob Ford. Other people who support him; and there are lots who still like hime and will vote for him, might just ensure he gets reelected, if he manages to survive the present scandals. Remember Mayor Marion Berry; mayor of Washington D.C., in the heart of democracy, who was caught red handed by FBI officers, was charged, sentenced, served his time and then was reelected mayor again? Rob Ford may go the same way. But to get back to our pokiticians. I asked you to show me the beef. If you know of instances of corruption involving our politicians give me specifics. Name the instances. give the information to Crime Stoppers annonymously. Don’t keep accusing any and everybody of corruption and not providing the evidence. If you don’t you are not helping the people you pruport to defend. I am not asking the spotlight to be removed from the DLP, they are the governing party and must face the music. The Harper Government is facing a lot of questions. Therefore you must do like the opposition members in Parliament here, ask the questions and expect answers. Nobody is asking for a free pass for anybody. But you are not asking questions. You are just making nonspecific accusations and hinting at things and skirting the issues. Come out and let us know what you know or seem to know. If you can show me (specifically) where they are wrong I will acknowledge; where they have committed malfeasance. Failing that I will continue to defend those who are ‘Innocent until proven guilty.” By the way I do live in Barbados; as well as Toronto, so I am equally affected by both Canada and Barbados.


  • Alvin said:

    ” If you can show me (specifically) where they are wrong I will acknowledge; where they have committed malfeasance.”

    Alvin……….all in good time, those old sayings again “days runs but night always catches it”…….can’t satisfy your curiosity because you believe in politics and politicians, even when they are criminal and wrong you will defend them…


  • Barbados has its problems (BLP & DLP), Obama in the United States has his problems, Republicans: Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul (Kentucky) & Ted Cruz (Texas) and God Toronto, Ontario (Canada) has its problem, Mayor Rob Ford.

    Funny, Rob Ford (Toronto) is a crack cocaine addict & out of the box. George Payne slaps Edmund Hinkson in the face with a lawsuit. Sinckler warns BIM may soon see Mottley strip naked and running down Broad Street and Rand Paul (United States Senator, Kentucky) names Ted Cruz (United States Senator, Texas) “chief of the wacko birds”.


  • @ Alvin

    Barbados is third world NOT first world.


  • Five years ago and still as relevant as if published yesterday.


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