The Barbados VAT Party

Submitted by Heather Cole of The Barbados Lobby
Heather Cole

Heather Cole

On December 16, 1773, there was a political protest in the Boston Harbor by the Sons of Liberty. The protest was simple but yet effective. It was simple because it was the destruction of 342 chests […]

of tea by dumping them into the harbor.

It was effective because it culminated thirteen years of increasing British oppression through taxation on the thirteen seaboard colonies in the USA. It was effective because it was the trigger that led to the American Revolution and ultimately independence from Britain.

Tea was a commodity that was used by the colonist every day and cellphones are now used by the people of Barbados every day. The situation in Barbados is similar, eight years of oppressive taxation with thirty five new taxes to which a VAT of 22% was added on cellphone calls yesterday.

A few weeks ago it seemed to be the eighth wonder of the world when the Minister of Education from out of nowhere informed the nation that cellphones which were previously prohibited would be allowed in schools. It makes one wonder if taxation was the intent that caused the Minister of Education to allow cellphones in schools.

Eventually this taxation crisis in Barbados will lead to a showdown and the cellphone tax may very well be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. This will only happen if the people believe that the 22% VAT on cellphone calls have violated their rights to speak for as long as they please.

This tax brings into question the extent and legitimacy of Parliament’s authority to infringe on the constitutional rights of the people. Will the next tax be on the air that one breathes? It may very well be if the Cahill Plasma Gasification Plant becomes a reality. If the people abstain from this tax by turning off their cell phone services the tax will not be collected and the government will be the loser. The Government’s solution should be to find projects to earn income and not resort to taxation.

There is a need for an iconic event to change the outlook in Barbados; that will lead to the first Barbados Revolution that changes politics, the government, governance and the mindset of the inertia on the island. As the Sons of Liberty proved, change can only come from the people. One hopes that the imposition of the 22% VAT on cellphones will create the catalyst for change that the island is crying out for.

Defiance and resistance are missing in Barbados. Perhaps we need our Sons of Liberty to prove that a political protest can work. So while the Government is attending all of its pomp and pageantry the people should be having a VAT party. There is no tea but there is an abundance of the sea all around the island. Symbolically, VAT can be dumped into the sea. Why not have a VAT party on November 3oth to let the government know how the people feel.

Tags: ,

86 Comments on “The Barbados VAT Party”

  1. Bush Tea December 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM #

    @ Susan
    But if Froon did that shiite what would be the point of being in ‘power’?
    You did not hear about the “fatted calf” plan…?

    Shiite den… living large is our government’s whole raison d’être…..
    Which is why they are happy to sell every shiite they came and found…and borrow every cent possible …so that they can afford the luxuries of ‘power’…..

    Wait till the 50th anniversary shiite starts ….and the Repub-a-lick….


  2. Susan December 1, 2015 at 8:42 AM #



  3. Bajan boy. December 1, 2015 at 7:13 PM #

    @Deflon…Do we need to remind you and the others around you that it is you guys who have the people you referred to as pale skin living the hog right now. It is you guys that have given all of of the contracts to a select few of the pale skins and long term leases. Pay them 30m for the high rise buildings at the Grotto. It is you guys who have given them the cheap long term leases on hotels and the oil company for spit. The concessions on the St.Peter Marina and we can go on and on about the significant amounts that you and your cronies have allowed to be dished out obviously for your cuts at the expense of poor Barbadians.
    You are used to cursing women so it is surprising that she hasn’t been called a BARE POOCH cat without the whiskers.
    Every single one of you guys have betrayed the trust of Barbadoans and are now the beneficiaries of the most expensive houses and cars,biggest bank accounts, ZR vans,rental properties and the list goes on.
    The new van stand is now being realized since the current man in charge of them have bought four to date and have them on Silver Sands route. You guys are the worst thing that ever happened to Narbados and the electorate will deal with you all accordingly.
    The no reputation company Cahill is a classic opportunity to engage in massive corruption obviously why you guys chose them. You would be in full control of the money and how it is spent..
    Like the former leader many of you will not get a chance to enjoy your ill gotten gains. .


  4. millertheanunnaki December 1, 2015 at 7:19 PM #

    @ Bajan boy. December 1, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    The TRUTH always hurt the guilty.
    Expect a few markdowns to your sterling observations above.


  5. Atrue Freeman December 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM #

    When professionals do not pay their share of taxes, the remainder of us pay more because of Government’s efforts to make up the shortfall through increased taxation. The doctors should pay their taxes and comply.


  6. TheGazer December 6, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    Some tough questions

    The changing of the season is signaled by the migration of animals or birds. Has there been a change of season in Barbados for expatriates?

    My mother bought a home with the intention of returning to Barbados. After unpleasant dealings with neighbors and home repair men and she decided to sell. She managed to recoup a large portion of the sales price from the lawyer, but not all. The BA is a joke. She has no plans of returning to England and is now looking for a place in the US.

    Calling to inquire about a home in Barbados can put the listed price of the house up by tens of thousands of dollars (I blame caller ID). I am fast approaching the age where I plan to retire and put my two feet up in the air somewhere in the US.

    I read postings of Bajans who seem contented to visit, but seem to prefer living in the US or Canada.

    Is this a trend? Are expatriates voting with their feet as they choose to find a place elsewhere?

    Once it was the dream to go overseas, make a few bucks and return to the island and live in comfort. Is this dream dead? Is the island too expensive (land, house, doing business), even for expatriates? Is there too much trickery in the island?

    Magazines touting places to retire seldom (if ever) list Barbados as one of those places. Why?

    These are the type of questions that need to be addressed by those in power as they scour North America and Europe to raise cash. Expatriates will be cautious about doing business or investing in a place where the populace think they are idiots because they boarded a plane or a boat.


  7. TheGazer December 6, 2015 at 9:49 AM #

    In the US we sometimes refer to a telling of an incident as anecdotal. Don’t let the anecdote become the full story.


  8. Violet C Beckles December 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM #

    More VAT to come, more pain to come , more Long talking and not looking at the roots of land Fraud , PONZI , corruption , laundering of drug money, Bank money , white mans money all fair game in Barbados ,Every branch of government is the TAKE , TAKEN and TAKING, Police, Lawyers, Judges on the Bench and in Bed with each other , Same Blood line, Same DNA of crooks liars and scumbags, Headed by a bunch of White Niggers of the DBLP government in a world wide crime Family running the country in the stones of the land, 22% cant done, 29 to 33 is the gold to reach , 22 % is 25 % we can not make change in Barbados we have No , CENTS,PENNY, THE MOF DID NOT put it at 20 where there are 5 cents or nickels , rounded off up and not down all other is at 20 for there is no 17.5% so we dealing with 20 and 25 % VAT…more vat of 25 % will go to water , light , gas, and every thing at SLIME-FLOW, inter net, TV and CELL phone where you all are being SELL out and SOLD like slave to the PIMPS, Bajans wake up stop being NIGGERS AND WAKE UP IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY,


  9. Vincent Haynes December 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM #

    @TheGazer December 6, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    Sad to say that your conclusion is correct.


  10. Hants December 6, 2015 at 12:44 PM #

    News from Trinbadus

    “Trinidadians dominated this year’s full Barbados Marathon Race.”


  11. Heather December 8, 2015 at 12:31 AM #

    This article was carried in today’s Barbados Today on page 16 entitled This Barbados Vat Party. The last paragraph was changed to the controversal throwing the cell phones into the sea.


Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: