Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner Goes Bonkers

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Government Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner today hit out at the president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students Damani Parris for not thanking Minister of Education Ronald Jones for coming through with bursaries to help Barbadian students pay tuition fees Barbados Today 25 March

My, my, my, what a tirade!

It seems that this Government really has its back to the wall. What a condescending attitude taken by the Senator. Would she have referred to any of the other heads of unions/organizations as “people like him”? Who are the people like him, Senator Sandiford-Garner? Methinks that you owe, not only the young man, but the whole of this country an apology for such a derogatory statement. All he was doing was giving the UWI Cave Hill campus the type of representation they would expect of him, or anyone else who is head of the guild. And this from a member of this “people-centred Government”!

For what should they be grateful? That the Minister of Finance refused to make the money accessible in time just because the Minister of Education was so bold as to announce the bursaries in July without his consent? Was it necessary to upbraid him in such a way publicly?

The Minister of Finance took his sweet time in allowing the money to be disbursed, so that many of the students were left with no other option but to drop out – and you are talking codswallop about being grateful. Is he to  be grateful for those who had to drop out for a lack of tuition fees, or those whose parents/guardians who can afford to pay the horrendous fees for some of the courses on the curriculum?

The bursaries were too late!

What do you want him to say if they were?

They were too late because the Minister of Finance did not find it necessary to release the funds to cover the bursaries before many students who – unlike some other students whose parents/guardians have the wherewithal to pay the exorbitant fees for medicine, law, etc. – were forced to drop out, and you talk about being “brother’s keepers”?

How are you being “your brother’s keepers” Senator Sandiford-Garner? By demolishing everything which was set up for the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable in our society? Or overtaxing this country, and still the taxpayers can not see what they are being taxed for?

Barbados has the highest rate of taxation in CARICOM, and one of the highest in the world, yet we must pay through our noses for everything, but according to the Auditor General’s Report you can waste millions of the same taxpayers’ money on things for the super rich, by being a country without borders for them and their super yachts.

Also lending out the taxpayers’ money to every Tom, Dick and Harry – and the list goes on!

I think that you should climb down from your ivory tower, leave the vehicle – for which the parents/guardians of “people like him” are paying – and hop on a bus, and smell what it’s like to stand around for hours until one finally comes.

What about the mothers who dutifully paid their NIS contributions, and still cannot get their maternity cheques?

What about the Old Age Pensioners who live from cheque to cheque, and had to wait for more than a week longer for them?

Is that being your brother’s keeper?

I don’t hear anyone in this Government thanking the taxpayers of this country for anything. All you did was to try to humiliate Mr. Parris, but I see what you said as nothing more than another red herring. Soon from now we can be exporters of red herring!

Who are more “imbued with a sense of entitlement” than the members of this Government?

It was uncalled for and dismissive, and that is not how a member of the Senate of this “people-centred Government” should behave towards the populace of this country. Did you stop to think that in 2018 you would want to knock at the door of some of these same people like him to beg her/him for a vote?

Would you expect to be welcomed with open arms, Senator?

The Constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.”

111 comments

  • re David March 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM #
    @GP and PUDRYR

    Sometimes good sense says cut your loses and run.

    SOMETIMES YOU REALLY HAVE TO STIMULATE THE ASS TO BRAY AND KEEP EXPOSING HOW THEY USE THEIR “DEMENTIA MUSCLE”

    MURDA

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  • @Anthony Davis “What about the mothers who dutifully paid their NIS contributions, and still cannot get their maternity cheques?”

    One mother had a baby in October and is yet to receive her NIS cheques. She has long gone back to work and is paying in to NIS again. In a few weeks time once the baby begins to walk, she will send him directly to NIS to collect the money for her.

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  • Send back the foreigner girl from whence she came.

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  • @Anthony Davis “Who are more “imbued with a sense of entitlement” than the members of this Government?”

    NOBODY.

    They seem to have forgotten whose tax money pays their inflated salaries, buys their fancy cars, pays for them to feed at the public trough ie. the Parliamentary cafeteria etc.

    But one day soon they will come knocking at our doors and then we will let them know which God they are serving.

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  • Simple Simon March 29, 2015 at 10:57 PM #

    @Anthony Davis “What about the mothers who dutifully paid their NIS contributions, and still cannot get their maternity cheques?”
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………….
    And three prominent persons,so far in Barbados are encouraging our women folk to get more babies. Many of these mothers are being doubly shafted by the fathers of many of these children,and now by the NIS. Well, we can always levy a rooster or ram tax on the few workers we have left in Barbados to support this required increase in population.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Colonel Buggy March 29, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    How can a country- one of the most densely populated per sq. kilometre in the world- saddled with a persistently high rate of unemployment (both official for political window dressing and by what is seen on the ground) talk about increasing its population?

    How can there be growth in the population when there is no growth in the economy needed to support these economic dependents?
    Can the country with a $11 billion debt (and rising exponentially) afford to provide free education to university level and free health care to the offspring of unemployed people engaged in “sexercise”.
    How can this duplicitous DLP administration (with the moron of a mule call Rosy Jones pushing the issue) talk about increasing the population while at the same time taking away all the incentives to allow poor people (who are already finding it very hard to survive from day-to-day) to gain access to university education and health care?

    Barbados’ excess population is a result of its former labour intensive sugar industry and plantation society. King Sugar is dead and queen tourism is very selective of those serving her.
    With obvious limited job opportunities shouldn’t Barbados be looking to ‘export’ people to earn the foreign exchange no longer sourced from sugar and a largely foreign-own and controlled industry called tourism?

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  • @ millertheanunnaki March 30, 2015 at 8:32 AM #
    YOU ARE BEING UNREASONABLE NOW SIR
    DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE IDIOTS WHO COME WITH THAT IDEA REALLY HAVE FUNCTIONING BRAINS?

    DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE IDIOTS WHO COME WITH THAT IDEA CAN THINK?

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  • MILLER
    DONT WORRY BOUT King Sugar and queen tourism sIR

    WE WILL BE EXPORTING ORCHIDS! Ask big mout ESTWICK IF YA DOUBT ME

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  • SOME BAJANS HAVE WONDERED WHAT KIND OF PLAGUE THE LORD GOD WOULD SEND ON BARBADOS AS PUNISHMENT FOR ITS SINS.

    NOW WE KNOW! IT IS NOT A HURRICANE OR A DROUGHT

    IT IS SOMETHING MORE SINISTER AND SUSTAINED……………………………

    IT IS FUMBLE AND HIS CAST OF GRABBING MORONS IN THE DLP ah lie?

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  • John Hanson 1781-1782, I SERVE 1788-1792 BARBADOES,

    Stupid woman , fool, she have nothing better to talk or show for her pay check?Did not do home work before speaking, never thank a crook for returning what you have before it was taken,

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  • Smooth Chocolate

    why do you people choose to entertain ‘people like her’. this is irene’s moment in time, a day will come when she and all the other retards and thieves will be kicked out of office.

    for the life of me, i wonder why they choose to spend tax payers money at the Yatch Club daily? this says alot. it says that these idiots in black skin still feel that they are nobody until a white man looks their way…how pathetic and embarrassing, have none of these DLP clowns NEVER had a dad to assure them of their love? they are other social gatherings where they could have lunch WITHOUT having to join membership. i really hope that each time they put their feet in the place that the white skins, look, laugh and shake their heads

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