Submitted by Douglas
The DLP is on the right track to restore growth to the Barbados economy. We are having constructive dialogue with stakeholders to implement the tough measures and minimise the impact on those affected. We have started that consultation long ago with stakeholders to identify strategies to restructure the Barbados Economy. We have introduced our home grown policies such as the recently passed Electric Light & Power Bill and income tax amendments which will grow the alternative energy sector in Barbados.
As we go through the necessary process to reduce the public sector, we are aware of hope on the horizon to grow the private sector to take up the slack. Government has signed off on the proposed financing arrangement for the new Sandals Beaches Hotel at Almond with the Chinese Government. The coastal work in preparation for the new cruise terminal at the port has already begun. Both the IADB and the Chinese Government have expressed interest in financing the Pier Head Marina. Cabinet will take a final decision on the financing in a few days. The construction of the waste-to-energy facility at Vaucluse will bring in US$300 million in investment. These and other projects will contribute significantly to grow the Barbados economy in 2014 and beyond.
The Barbados economy will turn around, – not through political gimmicks, but hard work and dedication.
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So does that mean no one is going Home?
What happened today has to be unprecedented in the annals of our history. Four ministers including the Prime Minister seeing the need to be with the drainage workings at Sherebourne to give them their pink (green) slips and a message of hope.
Horse oats! That is what it is!
THE DLP IS THE WORST GOVERNMENT WE HAVE HAD IN 40 YEARS.
THE DLP IS ON TRACK TO REDUCE THE STANDARD OF LIVING THAT WE HAVE ACCUSTOMED TO.
WITH A PRIME MINISTER THAT DOES NOT INSPIRE CONFIDENCE
AND A MINISTER OF FIASCO INSTEAD OF MINISTER OF FINANCE BUNGLING EVERYTHING THAT HE ATTEMPT S TO DO.
THEY TRIED TO GET RID OF THE JOKER THROUGH THE EAGER 11 ROUTE AND EVEN THAT THEY BUNGLED.
A BUNCH OF INCOMPETENT DIM-WITS
We are reaping what we have sowed….my generation and the one before are wholly responsible for where we are at now…..we knew better,but took the perceived easy road.
This post is mere public relations crap. I don’t think that even the writer believes this nonsense.
Many of these workers that were sent home came from Stuart’s and Lowe’s constituencies. Many of them, 210 to be exact, were given jobs just before the last elections in exchange for their votes. That is a crime, and if it can be proven that either of them or anyone acting on their behalf promised a job for a vote, there could be new elections.
The statute of limitation for this offence is a year. It would be in the DLP’s interest to keep these people pacified at least until February 15th. Now you see why these people had to have people at this level found it necessary to carry out the charade.
Is it reasonable to speculate that it is not in the BLP’s interest to pursue the vote buying suspicion? You probably heard the talk show caller yesterday who admited he received an iPad for his vote last general election.
I have no doubt in my mind that BLP persons bought votes as well. However, the difference between the two parties is simple. No one is angry at the BLP over losing his or her job, and no one is seeking to bring down the Opposition.
The losing candidates in the PM’s and Lowe’s constituencies should be busy trying to locate drainage workers that are willing to testify that a job was offered in exchange for the vote.
In the meantime Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition-In -Waiting is rent asunder with infighting. Owen Seymour Arthur who should be in the role of elder statesman launched his umpteenth vicious attack on his alleged protégé and BLP leader Mia Amour. Owen described his BLP female comrade’s proposal for an Eminent Persons Group as a “gimmick.”
Barbados is for the umpteenth time punishing the BLP with laughter. Mia, Owen along with BLP arch enemies Hinckson and Pain are the butt of jokes and disbelief. These bunch of hum bugs is the alternate government miller and his tired yardfowls on BU posit as having the answers to the world’s economic woes. Not only that Miller’s Clowns want to go back to the electorate 1 year after Barbadians democratically decided who they wanted to govern them for the next five years.
No wonder it is said more mad people out than in.
Maybe it is a nothing observation on the part of BY but first we had the Arthur ‘gimmick’comment, Jerome Walcott’s announcement about the launch of the BLP’s People Assembly and other public outreach initiatives planned, followed by Dale Marshall’s comment on BLP’s position vis a vis the sending home of Drainage workers etc. All Arthur stalwarts.
That would be Barney Lynch and Wilfred Abrahams.
man let the BLP yatdfowls wallow in there own misery come 2018 it would be deja vue all over again…
I , We know first hand that I.D cards were collected and 200 -400 was paid out , The takers of the cards went and voted for the Persons who never leave home. Then to return with their cards,
2nd hand info in other areas were paid after they voted
The ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION know well what was going on , They just seem like another WING of fraud of the DBLP government ,
Crooks , liars and Scumbags ever way you look , no need to even turn around.
Now After Dec 17th the votes count was much more than was reported 10 months after the elections.,
Re. your 10.08 post; It is in neither party’s self interest to pursue the vote buying suspicion. It is widely considered that they were both engaged in it and have been doing so for decades. The PM and AG, who both indicated that they observed the action in living colour and up close on election day, have apparently done nothing about it so far. Nuhbody gine get lockup fuh dat.
re. your 9.35 post;
The DLP is carrying on the charade using smoke and mirrors and it would seem, from the remarks of the people that both VOB and CBC interviewed after the meeting, that these “victims” bear no hard feelings towards those responsible for their current plight. Indeed, it seems that the Green papers and a promise of being considered for a job in a new Project at some unspecified time in the future is perfectly acceptable to many of them. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh would seem to be their cry. I wonder how many of them were surprised that the Government kept them on so long after the elections (and therein might lie the true tragedy of the cynical actions of this Government and their Unions) if the workers had actually accepted the implicit termination date stated in their earlier contracts combined with the election date.
Re. the Chapeau post; Good propaganda! and actually very good news!
It will however be very interesting to see how many of the projects get off the ground in the near future and fulfill their promise given the demonstrated Chronic Implementation Deficit Disorder of Barbadian governments with this one being heads and shoulders above all others in relation to that sickness as exacerbated by the rumoured rapid rate of depletion of the foreign reserves again after their replenishment through the Credit Suisse loan.
The Governor of the Central Bank’s end of year report should be very interesting. Wonder if it will show the figure that the reserves plummeted to before the replenishment or if that data will be creatively witheld.
David | 10/01/2014 at 10:08 pm |
Is it reasonable to speculate that it is not in the BLP’s interest to pursue the vote buying suspicion? You probably heard the talk show caller yesterday who admited he received an iPad for his vote last general election
AH WONDER WHY
I LISTENED TO THE CALLER AND IT WAS CLEAR TO ME FROM WHAT HE SAID THAT HE RECEIVED IPADS -FOOD-AND MONEY FOR “DOING THE RIGHT THING” —VOTING FOR THE DLP
THE DLP YACKEE -not lackey, he gone past lackey DAVID ELLIS TRIED TO PUT WORDS IN THE MAN MOUTH TO IMPLY THAT THE MAN HAD OFFERS FROM THE BLP TOO.
Let me say though that Corn beef and biscuits and Rum was the currency of the past but people still voted wisely. The result of 2013 should not have happened . It has set us back a number of years. This DLP Government reminds me of the recent and present West Indies Cricket Team
TIRED OF THE DLP
TIRED OF JUST ASKING BLP YARDFOWL
WHEN YOU HAVE POLITICIANS DOING FOOLISHNESS AS THE DLP ARE DOING, IT HAS A BAD INFLUENCE ON SIMPLE MINDED PEOPLE SUCH AS THAT MINI-BUS DRIVER WHO RAN THE RED LIGHT AND CAUSED THAT ACCIDENT AT EAGLE HALL.
DLP POLITICIANS SHOW NO RESPECT OR DISCIPLINE FOR THE LAW —
————- MINIBUS DRIVER –SAME THING————-
I HOLD THE DLP RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT ACCIDENT
STRANGE AS THIS MAY SOUND ! THERE IS A CONNECTION
LOL @ BAJANFUHLIFE
I AM NO BLP YARDFOWL
I CALL IT AS I SEE IT AND I SPEAK TRUTH
THERE IS NO YARDFOWLISM HERE
When yardfowls from one side begin to lable the other side yardfowls, Houston we have a problem.
Um… could someone help me please!!!!. When I went sleep yesterday Fumble Sport was the PM. I wake up listen to the 5 o’clock news on DLP Radio and the 5:30 news on VOB, Fumble SOUNDED like he was “out of the loop” concerning the sending home of the drainage unit workers and how they were sent home etc etc. I know that most times what politicians say and do are on different planes but hearing Fumble, he CAN’T the PM. SERIOUSLY!!!!! I will urge both VOB and DLP radio NOT to send recordings of that interview to any news agencies outside Barbados be caused I would be embarrassed as a bajan that this person is our PM. I said already on this blog that there is a SERIOUS disconnect between Fumble and Chris!!!!!!!!!! Fumble is basically implying this!!!!! Bajans must be seriously asking themselves what they really do last election day less than a year ago!!!!!
I AM NO BLP YARDFOWL
I CALL IT AS I SEE IT AND I SPEAK TRUTH
THERE IS NO YARDFOWLISM HERE
So JUST ASKING…what happened to your predictions for the last elections? According to your “truth” we should not have been saddled with the DLP after February…
You were SO WRONG then…why should we bother to listen to you now…?
You may not be a yardfowl, but yuh ain’t no sage either.. LOL 🙂
The self absorbed Mottley has not advanced one credible and sizeable expenditure cut proposal but she is now starting a new round of gimmicks and political theatrics. STUPSE !
No wonder Arthur is not impressed with Mottley and her gimmicks. This is truly a piss poor opposition.
WHAT PREDICTIONS GOT TO WITH YARDFOWLISM OR BEING A SAGE. BUSH TEA ?
THE DLP SKEWED THE LAST BUY- ELECTION RESULTS BY THEIR NASTY WICKEDNESS .
WICKEDNESS TENDS TO DO THINGS
THAT IS WHY WE SUFFERING NOW
IN ADDITION CERTAIN PASTORS TOLD THEIR FLOCK TO VOTE DLP AND PRAY FOR THE DLP JUST LIKE THE PASTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA THAT TELL HIS SHEEPLE TO EAT GRASS AND THE SHEEPLE went and eat grass (LOL) SO THE SHEEPLE IN BARBADOS WENT AND PRAY AND VOTED AND SO IT CAME TO PASS THAT THEY GOT WHAT THEY PRAYED FOR AND THAT THERE WAS MUCH SUFFERING IN THE LAND -THE FRUITS OF WICKEDNESS
I AM NOT TIRED OF YOU THOUGH – BUSHIE LIKE BAJANFUHLIFE TIRED OF JUST ASKING
AH DONT LIKE YUH POLITICS THOUGH BUT I AINT TIRED OF YUH
I TIRED OF FREUN-DUL STUART
AND THE DUL- LP
Did anyone read about the case of the Indian ‘Diplomat” who was arrested by US Authorities and charged with Immigration fraud? The Indians are hopping mad at the arrest and are claiming that she has diplomatic immunity which the US has dismissed but what sent the Indians over the edge is that she was “strip searched” during the arrest process.
The Indians retaliated by removing concrete barriers from around the US embassy in India and imposed some other punitive measures.
So the US could strip search a diplomat but Bim can’t strip search a “tourist”? “When yuh big yuh big” and the US is big, conversely Bim is pretty small.
The two sides have come to an accommodation as the Diplomat has been allowed to return to India which means that the Indians won’t take the US to the CCJ ooops I mean the ICJ
DLP POLITICIANS SHOW NO RESPECT OR DISCIPLINE FOR THE LAW –
————- MINIBUS DRIVER –SAME THING————-
And a lot of barbadians had lost the self-respect. Politicians have poor discipline because the people give them unchecked power. And the passengers of the yellow minibus are as responsible as the driver for the accident. In several opportunities I had to ask the driver to let my out and take another mini bus because the reckless driving ( two minibuses at full speed going side by side in a two lane road) or the driver, the collector and friends are drinking alcohol. The worst part is that It looks like I am the only one concerned about it.
We all get the idea from you that the DLP is not doing a good job. In this regard your comments have become tired like a few others.
Self Absorbed, megalomaniacs find each other and that is why David Commissiong is now wanting to speak at BLP political gimmicks meetings with his cousin and fellow camera lover Mottley.
These people are such hypocrites. This is the same Commissiong who when taxpayers money was being wasted at Gems, Greenland and a host of other agencies as outlined in the Auditor General’s reports consistently kept his mouth shut because he was getting a fat salary at The Pan African Commission through the politics of inclusion.
Commissiong then cursed the BLP when he lost his pick and ran on VOB to tell the world what how bad the BLP was.It even prompted Owen Arthur to call the programme.
Commissiong is now looking to join the Mottley bandwagon to get some attention. This man is a waste and a political humbug and that is why any party he leads will never be taken seriously.
The media in this country give Commisiong more attention than he deserves. He is willing to be on any body’s side once it suits his selfish motives.
While you speak some truths in your 7:52 post, you are not being fair. When Commissiong was working at the Pan African Commission, he would have committed an offence, and liable to be dismissed if he had spoken out about the things you mention. The only body who gets away with that type of behaviour with impunity is the newly married man Matthew Farley.
By the way, you post at 11:43 last night was also not fair. Even if Mia knew what to do, it is not her job to recommend cuts to the Government. That is not he way how our adversarial system of Government works. If the Government does not know what to do, it should move over.
@ Caswell Franklyn
You are nothing but a discredited shameless humbug ? Instead of leaving it up to Lynch and Abrahams to find people to go to court why dont you use your own propensity for foolishness to do the job?
One can always tell when Caswell is hitting the sweet spot.
@ Bajanfuhlife | 11/01/2014 at 7:52 am |
Why all the ad hominems? Is that your forte to attack the person instead of the message or argument? But what other MO can we expect from the George Street cesspool?
Here is a question for you Bajanfuhlife or Douggie:
We notice, once again, that the bag of projects or (is it tricks) as “adumbrated” by Douglas Leopold Phillips purposely excludes the Sugar Cane Revival (or is it Resuscitation) project for the Andrews factory and estimated to pump US $250 million (or is it US$270 million?) in FDI over the period 2013-2016.
Are you and your cohort in chicanery, in a quietly surreptitious way, telling Bajans the sugar industry is dead and there is no turning back even if 25 000 watts (or is it 50,000) of the promised alternative energy goes up in smoke and mirrors?
Unlike your friends we don’t dabble in hearsay and personal attacks but deal with facts and recorded commitments. Here is what the same MoF Santa Chris you are praising so highly said in relation to the Sugar cane project as recent as August 13, 2013 under the theme of ‘Major Agriculture Reform’:
“In the area of agriculture our principal focus in the next eighteen months, Sir, will be the initiation of the major restructuring of the local sugar cane industry. As is well known, this industry has been on a steady and sure decline for many years now, having suffered not only from a dismantling of the preferential arrangements with Europe but also because of serious internal challenges relating to financing and excess cost over the ability to earn.
And in the face of a failure by the authorities to do a serious restructuring of the industry it has now come to a juncture at which an ignominious collapse was awaiting. This administration has however designed, and successfully sought financing to advance, a major restructuring of the industry over the next three years, starting next year, in what is the Barbados Cane Industry Project.
Funding for this exercise (which will see the re-engineering of an existing sugar factory so as to allow it to engage multiple applications, including the production of bio-mass for the co-generation of electricity) has been agreed with the Japanese Bank of International Corporation and Japanese commercial banks for up to US270 million dollars.
Negotiations with all stakeholders including the workers’ representatives have already begun and the Ministry of Agriculture will be making a fuller pronouncement of the details of the project in the coming weeks.
It is expected that this project will begin implementation in the first quarter of next year and run for three full years. It will radically reform sugar agriculture while having very positive spin-off effects on non-sugar crop production.”
The price for the revamping of Andrew’s Factory has come back way over budget. They are looking at knocking it down and building a new plant now. If they do this, they should move it to somewhere where there is a decent water supply, then they would not have to have air-cooled chillers for the electricity generation part of the plant (which, incidentally, would have been a huge noise problem for local residents).
The elephant in the corner of the room remains whether Government has based its feasibility study on a reasonable crop production estimate for the river tamarind which is planned to fuel the plant out of cane season. The rumours are that the estimates are based on production rates from a phosphate rich site in the US and that the real rate of production would be half what they have estimated. That would mean the profitability figures are all wrong.
The waste to energy plant at Vaucluse has not even reached first base yet. The Terms of Reference, which sets out the outline of the project has not even been written yet. Also, one potential operator is considering whether it would want to proceed as it is owed so much money by Government on other similar public/private projects.
Miller are saying Bajans are wanting to go freely back into the fields, sounds like you are ready for a white primeminister
—AND THE ST.JOHN POLYCLINIC ??
Truthseeker (Martin, Bethel or Chandler?)
You know nothing of what you speak because if you did you would not that wisely the Government’s advisors have indicted that it is cheaper to build a new factory at Andrews than to attempt to revamp the Vicotia era plant that ISP recently there.
Thanks for shedding some light on both projects which are mere pie-in-the-sky proposals given the country’s fiscal problems, its junk status which makes it a leper in international financial circles and the unresolved CLICO mess which is certainly a limiting factor to sugar cane cultivation.
We shall wait with bated breath to see if any of your most insightful assertions are challenged by the apologists for this deceitful lying political administration.
Mr. Sinckler, please stop with the lies all gift wrapped in your promised projects that would be serious forex users initially and not generators.
Why not tell us if the US$ 25 million due this month for that prison debt is readily available. Is this part of the reason for Credit Suisse loan-shark borrowing?
This more up your street of lies and deceit where your intellectually dishonest governor lives and continues to tell told Barbadians the prison cost $700 million to build.
That is presently there.
@ Back in time Jack
You are correct. The single Japanese contractor which Government is negotiating with has indicated that it would be cheaper to knock down and rebuild. My point is that the project was running late anyway, so to now redesign and hope to meet the announced programme of commencing in the first quarter of this year is, to say the least, ambitious.
What do you have to say about the bio-mass production rates issue? Is it 5000 acres that will be required, or 10,000?
@ lawson | 11/01/2014 at 9:30 am |
“Miller are saying Bajans are wanting to go freely back into the fields, sounds like you are ready for a white primeminister.”
Given the plantation mindset of Bajans- despite all of the so-called free education- it might not be a bad thing after all. At least the workers would certainly carry out with great aplomb the instructions of the white massa. The present PM had it right when he cautioned them about returning to the fields from whence they came. He would make an excellent gang leader in that “back to the cane fields” trek .
Look at what you have done with them with your white Jesus! Even the great Bushie has fallen for the “gimmick”. Can you imagine a white PM? Man, that civil service would put the one in Singapore to shame.
@Douglas, tell us how the pie in the sky secretative for a white elephant Waste To Energy Plant gine bring in US$300M to Barbados? Wunna fellas in parliament aint thinking or just buying everything sold to you by snake oil salesmen. I spoke to you about about Dr Denis Lowe’s arrogance and his failure to engage the concerns of the masses, while the PM and MOF hides him. No acknowledgement of the Future Centre Trust Concerns.
40MW of energy from Ghost Of Greenland WTE plant is overly ambitious and who gine pay for the feedstock to be imported or we plan to burn the persons who this plant will make sick with leukemia, cancers and other mysterious ailments?
Why only three Plasma Gasification technology plants exist on a commercial scale and why did the BLP say no to this idea?
70% of the municipal Waste Stream is now recyclable thanks to recyclers. Will the river tamarind as well as the car tyres be enough to feed this energy hog?
Why would the cabinet use such an unsustainable method to generate energy by burning waste when sunshine rains in Barbados?
Don`t the governments of Barbados feel the people of Arch Hall have suffered enough?
The Government has not dealt with the Mobil Contamination at Gravesend.
Farmers at Pegwell Boggs had their livelihoods destroyed and Jet A1 fuel contamination still exist.
Arawak Cement Plant flyash issue continues while Denis Kellman remains the mayor of St Lucy.
Vehicle Exhaust Pollution continues to be a problem while MTW and EPD is not equipped to police or monitor air quality in 2014.
EPD is not equipped to monitor air quality in Barbados and clear air does not mean its free from dangerous particulates.
What is the particulate density or concentration in urban and suburban areas as well around factories with smoke stacks? Ignorance is not something we should associate with those entrusted in managing the affairs of a country. However, furans, acid rain, carbon dioxide, dioxins and Pm2.5 are things to be familiar with in the absence of monitoring capacity.
$800M could provide 80,000 households with 3.KW Domestic Photo Voltaic systems,thus cutting Barbados fuel import bill by 60% according to Energen Director of Development Mark Hill. So we need to ask the government what are the true financial considerations and why the secrecy. While Saudia Arabia and Nigera as well as others use the research of the late Prof Oliver Headley we ignore his research.
Persons voted for change, transparency, engagement, accountability but disappointingly the arrogance of the DLP sadly outweighs that of the BLP who would call and blister those who oppose.
Its unfortunate when you seek to participate in your democracy you are villified by the ruling political party and its yardfowls who see you as public enemy #1.
NOTHING IS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER SO WE REPEAT OURSELVES IN THE HOPE THAT OUR WORDS WILL SOMEHOW BRING ABOUT A CHANGE.
WE WANT A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. WE WANT ORDER AND DISCIPLINE ON THE ROADS FROM THE PSVs. WE WANT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN ALL SPHERES OF ACTIVITY . WE WANT JUSTICE. WE WANT GOOD GOVERNANCE. WE WANT POLITICIANS TO TELL THE TRUTH. WE WANT POLICIES TO BE FAIR AND BENEFIT EVERYBODY. WE WANT ONE SINGLE LAW FOR THE MEADS AND PERSIANS. WE WANT GARBAGE OFF THE STREETS AND BEACHES. MINIBUSES AND ZRs TO RESPECT THE LAW AND NOT BREAK RED LIGHTS -BE ORDERLY -NOT OVERLOAD.WE WANT 24 HOUR WORK THAT WOULD EMPLOY MORE PEOPLE AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY. WE WANT GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT ITS OWN LAWS AND NOT BREAK THE LAW. WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY. WE WANT TRANSPARENCY. WE WANT INTEGRITY.. WE WANT POLICE BRUTALITY STOPPED .WE HONEST PUBLIC SERVANTS.WE WANT BETTER SERVICE.WE WANT DELAYS IN DOING BUSINESS TO BE ELIMINATED.WE WANT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BE EFFICIENT; EMPLOYEES TO BE HELPFUL AND MANNERLY-NON DISCRIMINATORY.WE WANT RECOGNITION FOR CULTURAL PURSUITS. WE WANT ACCEPTANCE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAS AND HELP WITH REALIZING THESE IDEAS.WE WANT A BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEM-A MORE RELEVANT SYSTEM THAT PREPARES PEOPLE FOR LIFE. BETTER TEACHERS WHO ARE SENSITIVE AND DONT CURSE CHILDREN AND CHILDREN CURSING THEM. WE WANT A REVAMPED EDUCATION SYSTEM.WE WANT A BETTER BARBADOS
WE WILL BE MISERABLE AND COMPLAIN UNTIL WE GET THESE THINGS BECAUSE WE WANT THESE THINGS AND WE CAN DO BETTER
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT ?
WHATS THE PROBLEM THAT WE CANT GET THESE THINGS ?
“The DLP is on the right track to restore growth to the Barbados economy”
This statement in itself disqualifies the article as a legitimate commentary to describe the current and future state of the country’s affairs.
The budgetary proposals by the MoF is the yard stick that should be used used to determine if the statement bears any integrity. If we agree that the last 3 budgetary proposals were complete failures and led to this disastrous economic climate, then one has to agree with JUST ASKING that the article is simply an attempt at using words with the hope that we believe that we are on the right track, when in reality we are headed down hill. and at full speed.
I wonder how reasonable people can read this article and based on recent budgetary failures allow the author to relay such a false documentary of chatter that suggests that we are on a bridge to success when in fact we are on a bridge to no where. The 3 recent budgetary proposals clearly make this statement a misrepresentation of facts and figures.
Am I missing something here or is Douglas in reality is the MoF?. The true definition of insanity is one’s belief that if we continue to do the same thing daily we can get a different result, This is insanity, since we are saying the same thing daily (the outlook is good, things are getting better) but in reality we are getting the same outcome. Very illogical.. Very, very illogical.
I am thinking from what I copy and paste below that there is no plan to turn the economy around. How we going to get FX into the treasury to pay the import bills. One way is to stop people from spending money on imports. Simple, if they don’t have money they cant spend it. restructuring means making the economy competitive in our main FX earner, tourism. Since our dollar increased n value by some 20% against our competitors how we going to do that. And further complicate it with the recent Castro Obama handshake and you can conclude we going to have another competitor real soon,
“We have started that consultation long ago with stakeholders to identify strategies to restructure the Barbados Economy. We have introduced our home grown policies such as the recently passed Electric Light & Power Bill and income tax amendments which will grow the alternative energy sector in Barbados”
Having a white PM in Bim might be like Obama in the USA; being despise by the Opposition and many others, and therefore very little gets done. Going from bad enough to worse?
@ DLP Formerly CBC TV
I totally agree with your post. What was so mind boggling was the absolute absurd statement which the PM spewed……. we went to cabinet to get money to pay you but it was not approved.
Is this man for real? Freundel is the chairman of cabinet, he is the minister responsible for the public service. Why was the request turned down and as PM does he not have power to say I want this money vote approved and ask the Stinkliar to move other money around as the PM said could be done in August?
This inept government never ceases to amaze. That was as bad as the Stinkliar revelation that free bus fares were introduced to stop minibus operators from engaging the children in off island prostitusion.
Good Lord, please help Barbados.
Candid the opposition doesn’t despise Obama because he is black, it is the policies that they cant agree with. If you think they didn’t like it when Bin Laden was shot you are wrong, Politicians should take a leaf out of Chris Christie,s book, if something happened under your watch whether you knew about it or not, tell the people… apologize rectify the problem instead of trying to hide everything under the rug then you will have a govt that works.Openness seems to be a quality lacking in Barbados.
Prodigal Son; You said above;
I totally agree with your post. What was so mind boggling was the absolute absurd statement which the PM spewed……. we went to cabinet to get money to pay you but it was not approved. Is this man for real?
Let us assume that he was correctly quoted and did indeed go to cabinet for money to pay the people who were laid off. That suggests that, in addition to your very reasonable surmises, there is a certain degree of chaos, yes, but also unexpected backbone in Cabinet which might partially explain why some other Ministers (eg Finance) were not there at the apology session.
Did you wonder why a minister would have gone to cabinet to reinstate workers who had been laid off under policies set by that same cabinet and implemented by the Minister of Finance? (Remember the Public Service Ministry is one of the few Ministries run by the PM and whose portion of the flawed implementation he apologized for).
Absolutely unbelievable! The PM could not have been quoted accurately or those comments were taken out of context or correct time frames.
However, It would appear that there are still a few wise heads in Cabinet to have prevailed against a CP presumably originating from a super Ministry.
It would also appear that these types of scenarios where cabinet members pull and push against each other are far from over, since it appears that the workers in the Transport Board are also facing an imminent haircut where a different cost cutting strategy is being used but one which has the spectre of possibly causing unintended consequences to the private sector and safety of the country’s commuters.
You should always keep at the forefront the reason why there was an E11 scenario. The apparent sloth of he PM when treating with civil service matters.
Politicians should take a leaf out of Chris Christie,s book, if something happened under your watch whether you knew about it or not, tell the people… apologize rectify the problem instead of trying to hide everything under the rug then you will have a govt that works
The book isn’t closed on Christie yet, when your closest aides and your childhood friend get together to try to punish someone who didn’t support you perhaps you had a hand in it. Any way you are close to the scene of Harperland and he claims not to know anything about the Duffy deal even when his handpicked Chief of Staff and multiple aides worked out a deal to let Duffy (and the PC’s) off the hook. Politicians always claim to be like a jilted spouse (they are always the last to know)
BTW do you know how many times Christie said I apologize in a 90 minute hour news conference?
Sargeant I have spent a lifetime reading people in my construction business I have never had a signed contract just a hand shake, as a first responder emergency worker it was my job to size up the situation in seconds. I believe he is telling the truth I don’t see words rolling off his tongue as easily or disingenuous as what I have seen what is going on down there. I may be wrong but I have a good feel about him. Frankly I like a lot of what Harper has done but I am very Skeptical that he did not know, similar to Clinton saying he did not have sexual relations with that woman, but I still like him. The problem with Canada is that senate is appointed career govt workers are passed over for hockey players, media people fund raisers etc sickening Even the governor generals Clarkson and Jean media people what crap you reap what you sow.
It’s so clear PM Stuart is just a figurehead and not part of the current DLP, at least not the part that knows what is happening on the island and how to fix any problems, apparently he is not even aware that he is the one supposed to direct Sinckler to approve payments to workers sorry, people to whom they paid for votes.
A bajan white prime minister in black majority Barbados, never, first they are too arrogant, cocky, skin color conscious and blatantly self-serving, more so than the present idiots bajans have to contend with in parliament.
” Politicians should take a leaf out of Chris Christie’s book”
When has Chris Christie become the poster – child for Political correctability in America? Christie, is what I would call a poor example of a politician who takes responsibility for the misconduct of the members of his administration. But I guess you have your reason?
Well Well never say never… who would have thought that a skinny black man would end up in the white house, and move his mother etc in. Thank god that white, yellow, red and brown Americans have more of an open mind than you considering that blacks only make up 15% of the population. You see smart people can look past religion, race, privilege etc. Stupid people will vote for a candidate along those lines then whine about what they end up with. The good news is everyone doesn’t think like you and the herd mentality , when they had the race riots in LA one of my friends actually went out and bought a television
Sergeant, I would have chosen Obama rather than Christie as the symbol of political correctability. Obama have had instances where he had to take responsibility for the misconduct of some of his staff. I am sure you remember Obama’s favority saying: ” The buck stops here,”
Where did I write anything about “taking a leaf out of Chris Christie’s book”??? I was quoting “Lawson”
Incidentally Obama may have said “the buck stops here” but Truman had it displayed on his desk in the Oval Office.
These DEMS think that they are real smart. Here they are trying to refocus this thread on Obama and Christie. That is not going to work!
I want to hear more about the PM presiding in Cabinet when they did not approve the application of additional funding to pay the workers from his and Lowe’s constituencies. Some of these people were employed and promised two-year contracts in January 2013 in order to vote in those two constituencies. And for the DEMS betraying them, the PM apologised. He should be aware that apologies don’t buy an ounce of snuff.
These people need to come out and inform on those persons that bribed them to vote.
Sergeant, an apology is in order, but you need not quote President truman because he was a proud member of the KKK. But he had since recovered from his bigotry, by becoming the first presidents to have desegregated the Armed Forces.
Obama spent over 1 billion dollars to get a job that pays 400,000, I wonder what is really meant by the buck stops here, because they owe somebody for that money raised and what is the pot at the end of that rainbow.. Debo Adegbile police officers are sickened by this selection. Careful when you tar people there are lots of people around with a history of liking there own color. if you don’t think Well Well is racial profiling read her last submission.
We are watching some on every blog who seek to distract the discussion. We are not expecting that all comments will stay on point but when there is an obvious attempt to be disruptive, well this is where BU will use our best judgement.
Lawson, after 400 years of mental and physical enslavement by the man of European extraction. What makes you think that black people wouldn’t want to support their own regards of the endeavor. People like you yourself seems to have no problem with the cronyism that is and have been intricately interweaved in social and historical tapestry of the above mentioned race of people. And your unintelligible comment about how Mr. Obama spent 1 billion dollars to get a job that pays 400,000 leaved something to be desired.
You ought know that it isn’t the money that matters but the title of president which carries the influence that generates the big bucks Mr. Think about it Lawson: Mitt Romney spent $800 million to get a job the pays 400, 000.
My granson, de one dat does do de IT tingy at *** tell me dat de IDB recently gi’ an award to the 5 bessest governors in Souf America dat implement good government programs wid a little money!!
Imagine dat being reward fuh doing you job as an appointee of de people, dat is sacrilege.
Anyways, he say dat one uh dem set up a e-governance system dat did like a electronic scorecard fuh de ministry dem dat report pun de progress uh political “promises”
It did wuk like dis.
Day 1. As Governor, in we case Fumble, i set out my wish list us to-do tasks, like Fumle and Seethru do in dem manifesto.
Day 2. He get a plan from he municipalities uh, if dem cud do any uh he dream list, how dem gine do it. Dat shun be too hard fuh de DLP DreamTeam” you know dat in 2007 dem did calling demself de Dream Team? Man dem is a real bunch uh dreamers in truff, even up to now dem still dreaming, Fumble ent wake up yet, and de res uh dem daydreaming!!
Day 3. De different peoples dem quantify how much de paln gine cost, whu sorta time it gine tek and who qualify to implement dem
Day 4. He prioritize de plans dem and set a timetable fuh implementing dem, de most important first
Day 5. He put up an electronic bulletin board uh whu going on and who doing what? Talk bout transparency, de man actually publish whu gine on wid each project dem!!
Day 7 onwards. He chart he progress towards dem goals. En, he tek commentss from de beneficiaries dem to improve de projects outputs
Day 365. Dem went back and see whu dem do fuh de year and whu was dem mistakes and what dem achieve
And my friends dat is whu dem get praise fuh, NO GIMMICKS!!
No tell me realistically, if any uh wunna feel dat eider de BLP or de ingrunt DLP, would put up a electronic notice board fuh de res uh we bajans tuh see what we doing in terms uh progress and effing we is spending we money and we resources and meeting we targets?
I definitively tink not!!! cuasing when i budget fuh $300 million and mek a supplementary vote to pay my friend de contractor, who gine gi me a kickback, all uh wunna ingrunt Bajans gine see de report card metrics gone up pun de chart and wunna gine know what i does now do under de cover uh de night.
BUt doan fear, effing i din want to serve wunna as servants uh de people, when de IMF (short for International Mother Fvkrs) come heah in the next few months dem gine put up an electronic Score Board of Sorts that not only wunna ingrunt Bajans gine see, but Moodys and D&B and evey development bank and financial institution in de world to see.
Yeah, so much fuh dem GIMMICKS!!
@ Well Well
” A Bajan white prime minister in black majority Barbados…”
We haven’t had one as of yet and probably may not have one in the not to distant future. But that hasn’t in any meaningful way prevented what Dr. Don Blackman calls the: ” Aristocracts of Skin Colour in Barbados.” You know the historicity regarding the White, Negro and Mulatto classes in Barbados.
um look dis…….peter wickham asking OSA to take the mask off and stop masquerading to the public about “gimmicks” and to reveal to the public the truth about his retirement.. IS HE (OSA) or isn’t he,,,,,,,seems like OSA rebuttal about “gimmicks” has uprooted and unearthed another one of OSA dastardly and bold faced lies or maybe one of OSA GIMMICKS…….
The back page of the Nation today highlights a Sir Allan Fields bluntly stating the government lacks credibility on the economy. Whether you agree or like the Sir he is at the epicenter of how mainstream private sector must be thinking. It is a reality which the government and interested stakeholders should not ignore. His view is one which reconciles with BU. Coincidently another private sector opinion shaper, Peter Boos uttered same last week.
It always disturbs us when we see how the punditocray genuflect when certain people speak. No one seems to remember that these same White men conspired to overthrow a government in the past. They are now washed in the blood of the lamb.
Recently I’ve tried to steer way from political discussions but wasn’t the “Knight” part of the Social Partnership and CEO of the largest private employer group in the country? In his role wasn’t he called upon by OSA not to undertake certain measures by his Company lest it undermine the social cohesiveness of the country?
Then didn’t they with the “Knight” at the helm turn around and dispose of the largest trading company with control over the importation and distribution of goods in this country to the Trickidadians? This is a case where we should not only look at where the ball is being played but who is playing the ball.
Lawson……….you are missing my point, we all know how racists whites are in the US, however, they can in no way be compared to bajan ‘whites’ who carry an extremely heavy weight of ‘superiority complex’ which we all know is a fatal and debilitating disease and incurable, particularly since their ancestors were enslaved by their own and they seem to want to blame it all on Bajan blacks……and thy will never be accepted as white in the fantasy world of Europeans, that hurts their false pride even more, remember back in the 1800 irish, italian and jews were considered the niggers back then, lots of baggage bajan whites on the island have to carry, and then there is genetic memory……in saying that, the bajan ‘white’ will forever continue to assert themselves as superior to blacks in Barbados if only to try to feel better about their miserable selves in their miserable minds, never mind Barbados is a MAJORITY black country, that is where you missed my point, blacks in the US are a mere 12% of the 1/4 billion population in the US, there is no comparison…….as i said, NEVER a mentally ill bajan white to manage the country, just imagine Iabingy the idiot or Boring jack Bohman running a black majority country like Barbados…………ha!@!
Mark…………black bajans are quite mentally ill themselves as regards skin color, hair texture, who don’t consider themselves high yella or high brown, I was shocked at that one, think thiry hair should be straight or curly, blonde or blue, anything except their natural state………as i said, alot of mental illness going around…..the education system is certainly of no help either.
Allan Fields is a fine one to talk, yes he was a business man, but quite guilty of sucking Barbados as dry as he could with the help and collusion of various black governments DLP/BLP, then he turned around and sold the whole kit and kaboodle to Trinidad………..ha!! i am not blaming him as a businessman but just as someone who don’t give two shits about Barbados and it’s people either.
Yes which agrees with BU’s comment about the influence he was allowd to wield because of being head of BS&T. A group which was predominantly retail and distribution.
Since the Knight’s actions played a part in the dismantling of the economy perhaps he should observe the mantra ”Silence is Golden”
The issue for the pragmatist here is that this Sir continues to be a member of the centre of influence in Barbados. He will remain a member of the Catlewash network until death does him part.
AND………………we can guarantee that death will he depart with not one shit that he acquired while passing through, the pimp title will be of no further use, if everyone, particularly the black Bajan population would look at life as realists and not through the eyes of European fantasy, the transition would be that much easier.
Well Well have you considered therapy, I am sure this could help you immensely. Maybe not now , but when you have to bend over for the white man to get you out of the mess you and your ilk have created on the island. It will be demeaning to beg the same people for help that you rage against .but Suicide is not the answer. Trust me this was a self fulfilling prophecy the brits knew this was coming and probably wont help But it may not be as painful as you think as I hear the Chinese have little dicks
Lawson…….once again, i do not live in Barbados, I have just as much albino/white genes in my DNA strands as you do, maybe even more……i need just as much therapy as you would, but in your case it would be for fantasizing that the white man can help anyone, well hell, the white man cannot even help himself, look at the mess he has successfully created on the earth which he found in good condition and managed to fcuk up…..right now while the white man is fracking to steal the earth’s resources , the earth is cracking to kill everyone, just to show who has the real power…..don’t forget the British are now begging the chinese to buy and manage their power plants in England, since England is now running on empty and will probably sell you as well, regardless of the Chinese and their little dicks, i suggest you do your homework, they might be running different ships, but the white man is in the same boat as everyone else.