No Change II

Denis Kellman M.P., Minister of Housing

Denis Kellman M.P., Minister of Housing

In its June 5 issue the Nation newspaper published an article with the title ‘Symmonds pokes at NHC’ which has largely gone unnoticed by the public. BU congratulates the newspaper for sharing the story, it serves to confirm the extent to which our system of government is broken.

The article highlights an interesting exchange in parliament between Opposition member of parliament (MP) Kerri Symmonds and MPs on the government side. During the exchange we learned about a cease and desist instruction which was issued by the Permanent Secretary of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) to the Minister of Housing not to bring any more persons to the NHC to seek employment. Based on the newspaper report the order was ignored by Minister of Housing Denis Kellman.

The revelation by Symmonds was triggered by the ongoing meetings conducted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). However because Symmonds was in breach of Standing Order 61 the matter was barred from further discussion by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington. It is interesting Carrington was quoted in the Nation report admitting he had not attended the PAC meeting and was surprised to learn there was a meeting.  Why would the PAC meet and members not be aware the meeting was to be convened? The Speaker (Carrington) is often seen frequenting several rumshops across Barbados and we have no doubt he would have been available to attend the PAC meeting to ensure the important work of the people got done.

The leader of the Opposition and members of the PAC from the government side may have valid reasons why it is unable to function. After several years of an ineffective PAC,  BU concludes BOTH the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party have contrived over the years to stymie the proper functioning of the PAC.  How can we trust a system of governance which shows no urgency to remove the challenges which prevent the most important committee of parliament from functioning?  How can Barbadians boast of a democracy to be proud and we trivialize the workings of the PAC, refuse to implement a decade of Auditor General findings, the establishment of more statutory corporations with lax oversight and the list is very long.

Although the Nation newspaper must be congratulated for posting the story we regret it was not given prominence on the front page. This is the leadership which our media (Fourth Estate) must fulfil if we are to protect our fragile democracy. How can an educated country – we have sunk billions in education in the post Independence period – go about our business as if it is business as usual?

Why is the political directorate forcing the insolvent National Housing Corporation to recruit political lackeys? We know the answer don’t we? Can the public have sight of the latest financials of the statutory corporation or do we need the   indefatigable but toothless Auditor General to perform a special audit.

The time has come for politicians past and present and retired civil servants to share buried secrets in the cause of preventing the slide.

70 comments

  • Caswell Franklyn

    It appears that the NHC was recruiting workers after Kellman became the minister. Mind you, during the retrenchment exercise, persons with ten or more service were sent home in preference for the new recruits.

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  • David:
    I did not know that you saw speaker Carrington at the rum shop too. There is a little one off President Kennedy Drive that he loves a whole lot. As Ross like to walk bout and stand up be side people Ross could go and tell we how many snaps of white rum he had!!

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  • Here is an extract from the FB page of a Trinidad commentator which adds context to challenge facing us:

    “In that ministry the Auditor General uncovered major problems with revenues. The last entry in the contracts register used to determine revenues was made in 2009. There was no evidence that the ministry operated a system to monitor revenue and receivables; no evidence that it verified production data from oil companies used in the calculation of royalties from oil and gas and the country’s share of profits; no work plans and status reports on audits of production sharing contracts were provided; and overall, there was no evidence that internal audit checks were performed. No surprise therefore that in 2013 revenue from production sharing contracts declined by 26 per cent.”

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  • Here is a question:

    To what extent have Permanent Secretaries past and present contributed to the flouting of financial rules and graft in government.

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  • telling it like it is

    Someone mentioned Kerri Symonds and it was a nice surprise to hear Symonds reveal that he , Mottley and Donville Inniss are working together to make the International Business sector better. Is this a first example of the Dees and Bees burying partisanship and working together for the betterment of this blessed land? If so kudos to the Bees and Dees who are pushing the bi-partisan consensus option. Brick bats on the other hand to renegade Owen Arthur who announced to the world that Barbados $ will be devalued in the process frightening off investors. Way to go Arthur. Pan Africanist Prescod is right Arthur should be expelled from the BLP.

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  • Page 22 – Democratic Labour Party’s 2008 election manifesto:

    “RESTORING BALANCE IN MONETARY POLICY: FISCAL PRUDENCE WILL BE THE HALLMARK OF A DLP GOVERNMENT. A DLP government will restore fiscal stability to the management of the affairs of government. This objective is a central plank of good and responsible governance; it is absolutely essential to the credibility and maintenance of the fixed exchange rate regime. In light of this, new DLP government will:
    ….Give priority to achieving and maintaining a balanced budget while allowing for small manageable fiscal deficits where necessary to facilitate the development objectives of the country.
    …..Implement taxation policies that reduce fiscal drag on the economy. We shall avoid taxation policies that act as disincentives to investment and productivity;
    …..REQUIRE THAT PUBLIC EXPENDITURE BE KEPT UNDER CONTINUING REVIEW TO PROMOTE EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMY IS THE USE OF FISCAL RESOURCES;
    …..Seek any domestic financing from the capital markets in preference to the heavy reliance on national insurance funds;”

    Good topic this is….. “No Change II”.
    The DLP made some very grand promises during the 2008 election campaign and ratified these promises in their 2008 manifesto, “Pathway To Progress”.
    As it relates to the above promise:FISCAL PRUDENCE WILL BE THE HALLMARK OF A DLP GOVERNMENT……. we have seen this administration embark upon implementing policies that adversely affected the economy. They blamed their failures on the current economic recession and the policies of the previous BLP administration.

    Unfortunately for DEM, the reports on Barbados’ economic performance compiled by the regional and international rating agencies, as well as the IMF, has put an end to their use of these “whipping boys” as an excuse for their economic mismanagement and turmoil this island has been reduced to.The current MOF Sinckler, Jeptar Ince, and Darcy Boyce must be given failure grades.

    Six years on, we have seen NO CHANGE…. the status quo remains the same.

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  • David:
    If you appoint political lackeys like AC to be permanent secretaries how do expect a miracle!! Most permanent secretaries can be seen at Canada and US birthday bash carrying drinks to and for the Ministers. They are the ones who do the nasty work of putting people out of jobs while the minister stands idly by, although he gave the order, and present a face of innocence.

    If indeed that PS had the temerity to tell Kellman that to his face, no wonder he has gone home early to retirement!! By the way that PS was Reginald Farley brother-in-law!! Most of them sell their souls and it is not their fault to become a PS, one must be part and parcel of either party albeit in secret!! So the PS and the minister are the same!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David | June 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM |
    “To what extent have Permanent Secretaries past and present contributed to the flouting of financial rules and graft in government.”

    They have contributed 100%. They are the chief accounting officers and are ultimately responsible, by law, for the upholding of the financial rules and regulations and the management of the government’s budget.

    No politician can engage in graft and corruption regarding the award of contracts for public works and engagement of services unless the same chief accounting officers collude in the process either out of a concomitant personal aggrandizement, or to facilitate some selfish undeserving promotion or simply out of timidity, lack of professionalism and downright personal immorality.

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  • @Lemuel

    You added the incestuous factor which is always a factor in our small Caribbean societies. Is this R Bascombe the PS?

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  • David:
    Word coming out of the Ministry of Health is that John Boyce has created a personal space for himself. It is meeting room which ONLY HE JOHN BOYCE can use.

    This is a space paid for by tax payer dollars; this is not HOME at John Boyce. But he can do it because the PS Tennyson Springer is ACTING.

    The joke people are saying is that the PS has to ask permission to use the SAID meeting room!!

    Now the only person who can do that or has the power to do what John Boyce did is the HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE but he ACTING too and NOTHING shall be done about it!!

    The power of these Ministers of government!!!

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  • David:
    Yes!!

    Miller:
    ABSOLUTELY correct my friend!!!

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  • David:
    Most of the civil servants today are so frightened that what I just told you came fourth hand because the civil servants believe that phones tapped and computers are monitored and if they say some thing they shall be victimized.

    But according to the DLP political lackey here only homosexuals in Barbados are victimized!!

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  • @Lemuel

    The PSs and by extension the civil service are overseers of our system of government. If the politicians are lose in the hen house well God help us.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ telling it like it is | June 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM |
    “Brick bats on the other hand to renegade Owen Arthur who announced to the world that Barbados $ will be devalued in the process frightening off investors.”

    Why don’t you guys stop looking for scapegoats? Why not look at the facts and figures and see if your dollar is really worth the paper it is printed on instead of blaming Arthur who identified and warned you of the perfect storm ahead if you continued on the path of incompetence and fiscal mismanagement which you followed stupidly like blind mice in a dark room looking for a black cat called Devaluation.

    Arthur is right on the button in saying Barbados is fast becoming a failed state. That is what happen when you try to separate the wants and requirements of a society from the need to effectively manage the economy which feeds the society. What was required was a synergistic balance of objectives not stupid arrogant statements and actions or lack thereof.
    It is the dishonest misleading utterances and actions of the present administration leading to a major loss of confidence that is frightening off investors.
    But who says a devaluation could not be a blessing in disguise with the double effect of not only forcing Bajans to live within their means (even if it results in the decimation of the pseudo imaginary middle class) but also making the place more attractive cost-wise to foreign investors.

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  • millertheanunnaki | June 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM |

    ‘It is the dishonest misleading utterances and actions of the present administration leading to a major loss of confidence that is frightening off investors.”

    Very true!!!!

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  • @ millertheanunnaki | June 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM
    “It is the dishonest misleading utterances and actions of the present administration leading to a major loss of confidence that is frightening off investors”……….

    As Artaxerxes said, very true.

    Nothing OSA said could be construed as scaring off investors like the vitriol we heard coming out of the PM’s mouth over the weekend at BMEX. I mean, to read what he said in the Sunday Sun was offensive but when you actually heard the exert on Brasstacks yesterday………..that made me sick to my stomach. You could just hear the arrogance, the dismissive tone, the scorn and the aloofness coming out of this man’s mouth. That garbage he spewed is what would run investors.

    I am now convinced it would would be best he keeps hi silence! The man is NOT PM material.

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  • One of the big disappointments for BU in the last 3 to 4 years has been the lack of scholarship in the debate when discussing righting Ship Barbados. All the arguments it seems are infected by political vitriol.

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  • are-we-there-yet

    David; You asked;
    “To what extent have Permanent Secretaries past and present contributed to the flouting of financial rules and graft in government.”

    It is a very difficult question for me to attempt to answer as I was a PS, albeit for a short time and well over a decade ago.

    Short answer, much less than the overall 100% that other posters have posited.

    Slightly longer answer; Perhaps 20% of PS’s contributed 100% to the flouting and the others contributed varying amounts ranging from -100 % to about 50%.

    The problem is and was predominantly due to the “system” and to immersion in a certain culture. I’ll just give a few examples that should illustrate this.

    In my time, there was a PS who talked a very good game but looked the other way or indulged himself in various infelicities apparently because he was wined and dined and provided substantial creature comforts by an officer whose name was well known to have been synonymous with graft in many departments of government. That PS was transferred to a sinecure posting and the Officer took early retirement.

    A Minister did some things that breached the financial rules. His PS firmly opposed him and the PS was actually supported by the PM but I think the PS was moved while a wiser Minister who, afaiu, learned from the experience and sinned no more, remained.

    The PS’s had no power to employ, control or discipline established staff and had very little say in personnel matters which was and is centralized. That situation has improved somewhat with new legislation promulgated in 2007 or early 2008.

    Public Sector reform started a long time ago but was always led by a PS who was near to retirement and had little energy or incentive to do a good job. Hopefully that situation has now changed.

    PS’s were generally not supported by their colleagues or the Head of the Civil Service in any disputes they might have had with Ministers or indeed with the PM. That situation is unlikely to have changed.

    It is entirely untrue to categorically state that PS’s and Officers of equivalent grades were or are only eligible for such posts if they have membership in the extant Political Party. Contrariwise, I know of a number of examples under former PM Arthur where PS’s were appointed who were either known to have been supporters of the other Party or whose allegiance was unknown but who had valuable expertise to offer and were brought on board nonetheless. But I also know of a fairly recent case, in the David Thompson administration, where the PS, in seeking to ratify new members for a Statutory board was heard to enquire what were the political affiliations of the suggested members.

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  • Some one was telling me of a situation where a welfare officer denied welfare to one of Sinckler’s constituents who was not qualified for assistance. That officer was transferred to a rural parish and the constituent got the assistance!! Many senior civil servants are complaining about being undermined by their Ministers,, and their PS are doing nothing about it!

    DLP supporters are told the value of contracts before those jobs are sent out to tender!! If the minister do not agree with the tender committee decision the tender is taken to cabinet to be overturned and their DLP supporter gets the job!! There are too many such complaints for this to be an isolated case with Denis Lowe only!!!

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  • Actually, Sinckler confirmed that devaluation will be a reality if their fiscal policies (austerity measures) don’t work, so Arthur is not far off at all, Sinckler said in 6 to 12 months the Barbados economy should be strong………so…….you will either have a strong economy or devaluation…..pick your poison.

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  • Given the sluggishness of the economy that fiscal program of Sinker shall take about i year to 18 months, but the people of Barbados are getting very very impatient!!

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  • @Are-we-there-yet

    Thanks for your insider view. People like Layne, Laurie, and a few others can do a lot to move the narrative along.

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  • David:
    The men you name were sell outs too!! You like you don’t understand how deep this becoming a PS thing is!! People sell their souls. Layne went home because they were going to move him from the Ministry of Finance. Laurie made the way for his girl to be the first female PS in Foreign Affairs. I do not mean any thing bad by the his girl phrase!!! But he knows who Theresa Marshall is!!

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  • Lemuel

    Someone told me the other day, that you’re a BLP yardfowl who would jumps at every opportunity possible, to malign the DLP and its supporters. Man, you’re one of those testosterone deprived brother, who finds his sense of empowerment from hiding behind the computer monitor, and spew your utter rubbish.

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  • Dompey:
    Bushie tells me that you now have about six handles. Do they represent each of your personalities? If so, get some medication Dompey it would surely help!!

    I understand electric shock treatment is on its way back, and given your propensity to work in all health care environments, I am sure you would not mind bringing along your side kick Ac the DLP yard fowl of all yard fowls!!

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  • If this blog turns into a shouting match between DLP and BLP it will be closed.

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  • David:
    If this is a shouting match which party am I representing B or D? That is if the comment is directed towards me!1

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  • If this blog turns into a shouting match between DLP and BLP it will be closed.

    This is a 24 hour rum shop. What do you expect!lol

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  • @Lemuel

    The comment was posted before yours so what is the problem? Take it as a general comment based on how we know some JAs are wired on this blog.

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  • @Hants

    Based on where we are in Barbados we need to see national and not parochial/party…really tired of the BS.

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  • David:
    You will not see that level of maturity being exhibited here so your frustration level shall be on the rise constantly!! That is how the political class love us Bajans to be presenting ourselves!!

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  • David this morass Barbados is in was decades in the making. If you think about it the yardfowls are more honest than the politicians and big ups.

    Over the last 30 years the fatted calf was divided up with the best cuts going to both parties and their elitist friends and the yardfowls get the skin and offal.

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  • @Hants

    The narrative of yardfowls will not help us at this time.

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  • At least Owen Arthur is speaking out like a true Leader should.

    Any one else on the BLP side capable of Leading Barbados since some of you won’t endorse Mia?

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  • Lemuel
    I admire the way in which you perceived and interpreted the psychological apparatus of the entire Barbadian population Oh! I am sorry, it must be that genie in a bottle that you ascertain your information from?

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  • Ignorance surely knows no bounds!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Well Well | June 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM |
    “Actually, Sinckler confirmed that devaluation will be a reality if their fiscal policies (austerity measures) don’t work, so Arthur is not far off at all, Sinckler said in 6 to 12 months the Barbados economy should be strong………so…….you will either have a strong economy or
    devaluation…..pick your poison.”

    “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:16

    Just for Lemuel’s religious titillation, LoL!!

    That is the Modus Operandi of the man called the Stinking Liar. He has been giving similar copperplate assurances going to the Four Seasons fiasco.
    Only as recently as the August 2013 budget presentation and the IMF demanded fiscal adjustments announced in December last the same lying buffoon gave similar assurances of an inevitable fiscal reduction and projected growth in the economy resulting from the start-up of projects such as the revitalization of the sugar cane industry and the cruise ship terminal in that should have started since January 2014.

    When the idiot can get the housing project earmarked for Exmouth (that should have started since October 2013) or even the much promised Chinese gift of a Performing Arts Centre (promised 2 to 3 years ago) in his own constituency up and running we will be prepared to listen to any plans he has to effect improvements in the economy.
    The man is just bold faced bullshitter, pure and simple.
    Just don’t fall for the crap!
    Just see his pronouncements like those he made regarding the threats to his life or the ZR men transporting underage girls to engage in prostitution overseas.

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  • Miller…….at least it’s on record, Sinckler cannot say he did not say..lol, let’s see if they implement more austerity measures, which he also said is necessary to stop ultimate devaluation, kick start the economy in 6-12 months or inevitably devalue the Barbados dollar…….i believe right now they are all covering their asses from scandal that is erupting left, right and center and also the fact that business people in North America are on to them and their scams and interference in the judiciary all of that has them on their toes.

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  • well TENNYSON SPRINGER HAS BEEN mismanaging the Psychiatric Hospital and it’s missing funds for years and he was promoted from being the director to being a PS where he will have more power and authority to mismanage and roleplay his autocracy. So i dont see how these types of gift basket promotion align with what the ruling party is telling us.

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  • David,

    You are right in saying that if the blog turns into a shouting match between the assumed supporters of BLP and DLP, you will shut it down.

    You are very correct to take that stance in respect of this blog.

    But you should not ever allow yourself – as if you had to really take this stance to its logical conclusion – to extend it generally to almost all very politically partisan blogs.

    What you must do is to give far greater precedence to other NON-DLP and BLP political views over DLP and BLP and their partisans views.

    What you must also do is to make sure that BU becomes a very powerful avenue through which those who do not have many local traditional media avenues and accesses, to use this BU blog to access and to have as a medium through which they can represent their own opinions, perspectives and position on almost anything, and through which they can have these intellectual effects contend and even cross fertilize.

    But, much of what many DLP and BLP partisans write on these very politically oriented blogs is absolute uneducated rubbish foolishness over and over again.

    Well, we had told you sometime ago about allowing those kinds of persons – with their horrible pseudonyms – to take over this essentially progressive blog network; and told you too about allowing the BLP and DLP – through whomsoever – to submit official information to the blog network.

    Finally, never allow these DLP and BLP to think that they can in whatever ways stagnate degrade the redoubtable BU. NEVER!!

    Backwards Never, Forwards Ever.

    PDC

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  • Miller,

    Did you the same lied minister saying today that he has so many people coming to his office everyday to get meetings …….the talking points are the same……. Kellman said recently that people were falling over themselves to invest in Barbados. But want troubled me was that Stetson Babb did not follow up with…….so minister, where is the investment?

    How can a group of people elected to represent people lie day in and day out so bold faced and without any shame or remorse?

    What was your take on the full page ad in last Sunday’s Sun? It is so true, 16 people laughing and the other 269,984 of us cringing!

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  • “Just see his pronouncements like those he made regarding the threats to his life or the ZR men transporting underage girls to engage in prostitution overseas.”

    Issues like these coming from Sinckler’s mouth to be discussed, yet we are still talking about dresses….. Rosemary Alleyne’s and Rihanna’s.

    Nuff, nuff shiite!!!!!!!

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  • Prodigal Son | June 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    “How can a group of people elected to represent people lie day in and day out so bold faced and without any shame or remorse?”

    Prodigal my friend, the DLP yardfowls are just as quick to believe and defend these lies, without shame or remorse…… and are prepared to do so on BU, without bringing facts to support their usual generalized, unfounded statements.

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  • Lincoln Carrington Harper

    @David:

    “The time has come for politicians past and present and retired civil servants to share buried secrets in the cause of preventing the slide.”

    “The time has come, the Walrus said
    To talk of many things-
    Of shoes, of ships, of sealing wax;
    Of cabbages and kings!”

    So, David King you want people to talk, but the shoe is now on the other foot, and, it will take a lot of cabbage leaves to make an apple spy, oh King! Chopped liver, for ever!!

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    I refuse to comment on here until reading David’s declaration that he will shut the blog down if the combatants on the two sides of the corrupt fence do not stop their warring. DAVID THEY ARE HERE FOR THAT PURPOSE.

    David you told me to be patient. You told me indirectly that time thicker than twine. You told me not to give up even though I believe that the blogs are being laughed at by politicians and their pimps who recognized their obvious ineffectiveness and the fact that politicians know they are untouchable. You fully are aware David as I have been quipping in the Lowe responses that the agents or loyalist of the so called |political class” are here to frustrate, water down, pour scorn on and to make the blog ineffective. Why therefore would you want to shut the down blog down if it is an avenue for millions to read the corruption in Barbados.

    Be patient (you say) and let us wait for those disgruntled civil servants who have enough documentation and proof to bury the wicked, thieving ass, malicious and vindictive sons of bitches. My question is how long should we be patient and wait for justice meted?And would any of these former disgruntle civil s servants come forward with their proofs or are their too scared and contaminated to do so. Would any of the PS’s, past and present, come forward? I friggin well doubt it.

    David politicians and their crooks comment here under aliases. As I told you, hard core proof posted on the blog is what is needed to make these sons of bitches tremble. Just want one country who provides aid to Barbados to investigate their dollars and to see what their money is being used for. Otherwise its business as usual.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine | June 11, 2014 at 3:44 AM |

    EXCELLENT CONTRIBUTION!!!!!!

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  • @SSS

    Periodically BU will close the comments on a blog if we feel there is wanton abuse. It seems you and others have misinterpreted the comment. The BU household respects the BU family and will not close the blog without discussion. It may be useful if you have not done so is to follow what has happened with the Tea Party win for Bratt over Cantor in the Republican Primary. Bratt’s message started to resonate because of the BIG problem of late with unaccompanied minors flooding the US border which took his immigration message to a new level. It is all about opportunity and this is what we have to be patient about, there is opportunity on the horizon and we have to be ready.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    @David

    David | June 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM |

    If this blog turns into a shouting match between DLP and BLP it will be closed.

    What is there to misinterpret from this. Close means close regardless if it is the comments or the blog.

    Concerning your analogy of the “Tea Party win for Bratt over Cantor in the Republican Primary,” Bratts rigorous ad campaigning from his financial resources resonated a convincing impression for voters to go with him. What therefore is there in this analogy that can be used as a strategy to convince the Barbadian populace that acceptance of divisional politics that has dire consequences for the masses in the form of biases and victimizations; the stalling of progresses and the exposure to malign possible chances, must come to an end and be met with rules enforced for proper governance. That all benefits for which the few enjoyed by illegitimate means, must now be met with accountability and that full disclosure of government deals, spending, projects and declaration of assets at periodic times when requested by an independent authority must be forthwith without delay.

    What therefore are you trying to say David – another trumpeting of the word PATIENCE?

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  • @SSS

    This article, submission also blog, get it?

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  • @SSS

    Your understanding of what happened in the defeat of Cantor needs some work.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    NO I do not get it.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    David
    I have not spent any time studying that campaign trail. My comments on that are made on the few commentaries reported. I will have to read a full report so i accept your view.

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  • @SSS

    Cantor’s defeat was not expected, it is a huge defeat – he outspent the lowly ‘college professor and tea party neophyte’’ 25:1. His win must be seen against the defeat of outer tea party flavoured candidates . Here is the point again: his immigration message (one of them) resonated because there is a deep concern about over 700 minors currently in detention. It was an opportunity for Brat’s message and a rising fear of heartland America to collide and create opportunity. Be ready for when a similar opportunity presents itself in Barbados.

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  • this blog has always generated forceful responses ..it always seems that when the dems supporters respond with equal force and tenacity that david pulls out the iron glove…

    as for the monday morning quarter back the now defunct Affta,,his response to the economy means nothing to those of us who watched how he misused and squander in times of plenty,,,,,,,,,he too is a big part of the problem…….

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  • let affta tell the country what was his contribution to combating high energy cost one of the burdening cost of the economy…let affta tell me what major steps did he take in cuttting high food import, inherent problems,,which if had been given fiscal attention would have given remedy to our present financial crisis

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  • PDC
    You obviously haven’t been on the other blogs to make the presumptuous pronouncement that most of the views expressed by the proponents as well as the opponents of the DLP and BLP, political agenda are uneducated. I know for a fact that some of the views expressed on BU are highly informative and intellectually stimulating because I’ve been on many American blogs and a very few can matched the level of discourse BU offers.

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  • I have been reliably informed that Trans-Tech has added to the woes of our transportation problems, not buy only doing faulty repairs to buses, which have to be eventually repaired by UCAL, but Brathwaite of TT fame has refused to release those buses whose repairs have been completed, because of non-payment by the Transport Board.

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  • @ David
    Perhaps what SSS is trying to tell you is that the time is NOW to act on promoting BU’s 10 point plan as a viable OPTION for Bajans to choose – instead of the tired, thieving incompetent BLP /DLP idiocy.

    If Caswell is unwilling or unable to lead the movement, then someone else will rise up to the challenge. The point is that people may now be ready to take POSITIVE action to address the question of transparency and integrity in public life.

    …we just need a leader, and the FACT is that you have laid the groundwork for change more so than anyone in Barbados since Clement Payne…..

    You could well be the first ever Facebook revolutionary to lead a successful national government.
    LOL….David D. King, executive Chairman,
    Barbados National Supervisory Committee

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  • Artaxeres, so you’re the public police now? I wonder if you could inform us as to what the Special Branch is doing, as far as the monitoring of the people phones in Barbados is concern? You seem to have your reliable sources/ rats who are obviously imbedded in these organizations?

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  • @Bush Tea

    Understand the point, understand the frustration, we need boots on the ground.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    @Tea Bush

    David fully understands what I am saying. I believe if the present lot who make valuable contributions from non partisan political stand points come forward, maybe there is the opportunity for a viable third party who could incorporate this 10 Point plan, what ever it is. The formation of this coalition could combat the mockery that these two thieving bitch parties have been making of Barbados for years. But how are you going to convince the loyalist who believe that when a washing machine is brought, two floor boards are fix, a few hundred dollars to buy uniforms and books for the children are given and a couple of family members given jobs, that their representative is nothing short of excellent likewise the party of government is of the absolute good, how are you going to convince these type of people?

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    A visionary must come forward and none comes providing an alternative view point for potential good governance then the island will remain stuck in BLP/DLP mode for another millennium. And please do not tell me about young blood because if you are oriented under a BLP or DLP led government you are oriented to the consortium of crooks, bullies, vagabonds,secret deals and contemptuous pricks. I you doubt me then look at the behaviour of Fruendel Stuart, Chris Sinckler, Dennis Kellman, Noel Lynch, George Payne, Owen Arthur, Cline Clarke, Michael Lashley, Donville Inniss, Jerome Walcott as a few examples. What do all of these have in common besides thieving.

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  • @Artexeres

    Why would Brathwaite hold the TB to ranson after getting all the business AND charging exorbitant rates to taxpayers for services rendered?

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  • A third party seems to be a viable option in theory, but when one examine the history of politics internationally, there are few examples of a third party making any meaningful and long lasting impact. The Tea party as well as the Green party are two such examples: I shall point to that haven’t made any meaningful and lasting impact in America.

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  • David | June 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM |

    @Artexeres

    “Why would Brathwaite hold the TB to ranson after getting all the business AND charging exorbitant rates to taxpayers for services rendered?”

    I was in an informal discussion with some UCAL employees who were venting their frustration by complaining about the inability of the Transport Board in settling the outstanding debt to UCAL, which has increased……. ultimately creating doubts if they will be paid on time today or any other Wednesday.
    The non-payment of this debt has also prevented these employees from receiving payment of their long awaited bonus shares that were due for 2012 and 2013. They are also upset that UCAL’s management has not seen it fit to represent them by trying to solicit the debt due or refusing to accept buses for repair. Some time ago some workers went to their union representatives, the BWU, to ask about strike action as a form of protest. However, Sir Roy refused to hear the talk of such or any action, threatened to resign as chairman of UCAL and not offer union representation.

    They were also upset that, amidst reports of shoddy repairs, (known by UCAL and TB management), Trans-Tech is being given most of the work, at higher costs of repair. Unfortunately for UCAL, they often have to repair buses that were originally sent to Trans-Tech for repairs. In other words, if a bus is sent to T-T for a specific fault, by the time that bus returns to Weymouth, UCAL mechanics have to repair the same fault.This means that Transport Board has to pay twice for the same fault.

    Whereas UCAL have no method for recourse, and management accepts buses for repair, ignoring the debt due………Trans-Tech method of recourse for NON-PAYMENT, is not to release the buses to the Board until such payment or part thereof is forth coming.

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  • Why would Brathwaite hold the TB to ranson after getting all the business AND charging exorbitant rates to taxpayers for services rendered?
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    Isn’t this why we have scrapped the Transport Board owned in-house Workshop for? To put money into the pockets of the Political Class?

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  • @Colonel Buggy

    Why would Brathwaite hold the TB to ranson after getting all the business AND charging exorbitant rates to taxpayers for services rendered?
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    Isn’t this why we have scrapped the Transport Board owned in-house Workshop for? To put money into the pockets of the Political Class?

    Regrettably we have this with both political parties, no solution, no resolution.

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  • @ David

    You promoting damagoguing? Left the Republican Party they will soon implode, Cantor’s defeat is a sign of that impending implosion–a low turnout and many Democrats must have voted tactically against him.

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  • @enuff

    Did you hear how Brat responded to the question about Syria? Scary

    A point to note is in a low turn out polling goes through the window. It likely explains what happened with PW’s poll last election.

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