What to Celebrate. Not Even the Basics

Submitted by Beresford

blpWe don’t even get a tanker when it off. It real ridiculous, it horrible. One resident on water woes.

Only Sunday gone, they almost had a big fight down there because the lady with five children hadn’t washed clothes in months. One of the other neighbours was upset because she was washing clothes. Another comment on water woes.

I lost ten thousand suckers because I couldn’t put them in the ground. Yet another lament by a farmer on the lack of water.

17 hours in a horror house. A recent experience at QEH.

“The QEH needs restructuring…I was at the QEH from 4 p.m. and wasn’t treated by 9 a.m. So I ended up leaving the hospital. You know what is being at the hospital for more than 15 hours….with a fractured hand going through all that pain? Another recent experience at the QEH.

…..they are just potholes that remained and got bigger and bigger. It is about time the road was repaired because this road is a serious problem. A comment on one crater-filled road.

I cannot even put a piece of cake in my mouth without the flies coming. This is bare foolishness. Reaction to garbage pile up.

Barbados is being destroyed and this illegal dumping is getting now out of hand. And I believe it is caused by the tipping fee [introduced by Government last year] that is being charged for dumping. I would like to suggest that the Minister of Finance take a closer look at this and save Barbados. A businessman on garbage

(We could fill the newspaper with comments of Barbadians on the woes of the land)

A country is in trouble when it cannot even provide the basics. Barbados is in deep trouble. With every day, the inability by the DLP to supply the basics is opening up a new path of destruction for Barbadians.

The provision of water, transport and roads, health care, sanitation and garbage removal, and housing is in shambles. And, getting worse.

Across St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. Andrew, St. Joseph and St. John, especially, the water situation is so grim that, after months of non-supply, people are beginning to talk of a Barbados that all thought was extinct.

This is now no longer a case of intermittent interruption. All over the north and east, there are pressing and dangerous ramifications for the personal hygiene and sanitation of thousands, the livelihoods of dozens, the ability to be at school and work and the overall impact on daily living.

There is no exaggeration in MP for St. Joseph Dale Marshall’s summation of the situation, existing in the extreme since last September, as “a frightening state of affairs in St. Joseph”

And BLP leader Mia Mottley has rightly deemed the situation a national crisis. People are being reduced to fight over water.

This has been allowed to fester to breakpoint with nary a word from anyone. Explanations, contradicted by residents under siege and laced with illogicality, is further indicative of how the DLP’s mishandling of situations and contempt for the public pushes the society to disruptive action.

Barbadians are expected to believe that climate change only affects very specific areas of the country and not the rest.

We are also to accept water tanks that bypass them and supply others, if they turn up at all. This is a daily fact of life for people. Dale said it, “This has completely destroyed any semblance of a normal lifestyle for my constituents.”

No notice of water outages. No supply either by the new standpipes, the so-called community tanks, or water tankers. No word from anyone at the BWA.

Minister Estwick has disappeared. So, too, Lowe on garbage. Boyce says nothing on health, maybe because he knows nothing. Ditto Kellman. And Stuart crowns this hateful disregard for the welfare of Barbadians with his own silence.

If the supply of water and the provision of basics cannot bring a Prime Minister to speak and immediate action from a Government, what exactly is the purpose of either?

The fact that solutions are available to better deal with water supply, as well as the other critical areas plaguing the society, but are not even being discussed, far less attempted, by the Freundel aristocracy, indicate how much of a distance the DLP is operating at from citizens.

It is more than a contradiction that all this is unfolding as the DLP indulges in a big one year long party to mark the 50th anniversary of Independence.

Let’s celebrate Independence and party hearty, never mind  the drivers that led to Independence and the celebration of the nation in the ensuing years are in disarray and unrecognisable under this DLP.

Let’s rally around the flag and be knocked out by this noxious mix of deception that we are great when all around us the economy is failing; our foundation pillars are failing; institutions are failing to deliver, infrastructure is failing.

The DLP’s inbred prescription to take Barbadians for a ride is, philosophically and practically, the most ironic feature of Barbados’ desperate state of affairs as the DLP stake out 50 years celebrations.

Rather than acknowledging and dealing with the facts of the issues, the DLP rolls out its propaganda – and this is expected to soothe Barbadians and salve the blows being taken repeatedly just to survive.

So Donville Inniss trots out trite nonsense suggesting suffering people should bear with water outages. The DLP plays the republic card, denies it, but good old Donville declares bring it on. The Governor of the Central Bank says categorically there will be anaemic growth but all-knowing Donville declares there will be 2 per cent growth.

The BLP will not be sidetracked by the various posturings of the DLP, nor, while we believe 50th years as a nation is worthy of celebration, will we join in the flossing over of the several serious issues crying out for solutions under the guise of feeling good about this milestone.

The BLP is well aware of the political dimensions of the celebrations. As the Party has demonstrated on Cahill, the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, QEH and water, Mia Mottley and team will fight on for Barbadians to receive the respect, attention and services that should be theirs as the norm if they were managed by a caring, progressive government.

We believe the people are, too. The comments on the water issue and many others show Barbadians understand the game plan of the DLP. And are waiting to checkmate, 50th anniversary celebrations or not.

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105 Comments on “What to Celebrate. Not Even the Basics”

  1. ac January 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM #

    @John i do read all your posting and from what i have gleamed u do plenty of reserach or have been at some time working in the field of water management . have no political bones to pick with you


  2. Hants January 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM #

    @David the minister should deal with the immediate problem. Supplying water to St. Joseph and St. Peter every day by any means necessary…….even if tanker trucks are used 24/7 and even if cases of bottle water are delivered to residents for drinking and cooking.

    The long term plan should include Sea water desalination plants as well as Brackish water plants.



  3. Hants January 13, 2016 at 3:42 PM #

    I hope those big ups who holding meetings took along a few cases of bottle water in their SUVs.

    Now that would be truly sharing and caring.


  4. David January 13, 2016 at 4:05 PM #


    He.needs.to.have a conversation with the affected people. Go and show some empathy. Load a few cases like you say in his 5 ring Audi SUV. Leave the shouting ranting and raving to the political platform.


  5. Well Well & Consequences2I January 13, 2016 at 4:15 PM #

    Now ya’ll suggest it, he will do it…..came across as answering the opposition and nothing to do with addressing the immediate concerns…lack of water. They cannot seem to stop the stupid politicking and instead inject humanity into their daily actions, job description and greedy lives, they just operate on automatic.

    People’s concerns = answer the opposition, it’s about politics

    People’s suffering =trot out the yardfowls, it’s about politics

    And that is the extent of their humanity, they don’t even know when they got lost.


  6. Prodigal Son January 13, 2016 at 10:42 PM #

    I was never so ashamed to be a Barbadian than today when I heard that press conference.

    What gutter behaviour! He had the gall to say he had meetings with people in Canada, I do hope that he does not behave like this when he is representing Barbados.

    At the end of it all, what did we learn?

    Are the people who are suffering going to have water running in their taps tomorrow?

    Will the farmers be given water to feed their animals?

    Is the work to build the plants going to tendered or just given to Innotech as this company seems to be his contractor of choice?

    This man Estwick seems to be suffering from amnesia………….. the BLP is not the government and has not been since 2008……………you are the government…………you have found studies the BLP commissioned……………..why the hell did you not act on them and now wait until the residents had to come out in protest for you to open your brawling mouth, Estwick. You are a disgrace to the office of being a cabinet minister.

    I wondered why not a reporter asked him whether it was more important for him to build a multi story office building rather than fix the problem they came and found. He said he found the studies the BLP commissioned…………………why did it take so long to action?

    What morons!

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  7. Well Well & Consequences2I January 14, 2016 at 4:01 AM #

    Estwick cannot take that obnoxious loud behavior to Canada, he has to show decorum. He reserves that blackguardish tone for his own people as he knows he can get away with it and still get a salary, with perks.

    No wonder they both have the same attitudes, enrich themselves and don’t address the problems or attempt to fix them because “wuh dem doing de same ting too, DBLP and dem thief more money, so leave it for dem DBLP to do.” ………

    And with that stink, low class attitude emanating from politicians, the most vitally important problems on the island, get neglected….they all have full stomachs from their various scams and can’t be bothered.


  8. John January 14, 2016 at 1:52 PM #

    It would seem to whole point of Mr. Estwick’s press conference was to blame the BLP for not putting into effect some aspect of a plan.

    For heavens sake, was the DLP comprised of a bunch of spastic paraplegics this last decade that they could not have done it?

    Strip away the tirade!!!

    What he really said was neither party opted to put the “solution” into effect!!!

    So what does that mean.

    Maybe it isn’t a “solution” or maybe it is too costly …. or both!!

    The GOB, needs to step back, take stock and decide if the structure of the economy as is needs to be changed.

    Construction is a dead end activity …. kill it for now!!

    Get a grasp of the issues associated with water first and tackle them one by one.

    See what we can afford to do and what really makes economic sense.

    I do not think we need a great expenditure of capital.

    Much of the problem can be addressed by ordinary everyday people doing ordinary everyday things.

    Once they have an awareness of the part they can play it will work out.


  9. Hants January 14, 2016 at 2:15 PM #

    @Well Well & Consequences2I ,

    Have you ever watched “Question Period”?

    You do remember we even had a PM who told another MP to “fcuk off”….sorry “fuddle duddle”.


  10. Well Well & Consequences2I January 14, 2016 at 3:27 PM #

    Both DBLP should ask themselves this question, as am sure it never entered their minds. Was it more expensive to replace the 100 year old leaking water mains between the years 1980. 1990. 2000 or is it even more expensive in 2016.

    I have seen my second generation since the dawn of those 3 decades…..what those 2 political parties have done to the majority on the island is unforgiveable.


  11. Well Well & Consequences January 14, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    “Oh, for a drop of pipe-borne water again!
    Added by Barbados Today on January 12, 2016.
    Saved under Editorial

    Whenever a story takes on a human face as a result of being narrated by persons actually living the experience, it assumes a special meaning and relevance which are powerfully communicated through an emotional connection between the storyteller and the audience.

    Such was the case yesterday when residents of parts of the island plagued by persistent water outages shared their experiences with the media. They did so in the presence of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley after presenting a letter to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) drawing attention to their plight.

    Their touching stories presented a catalogue of inconvenience and disruption which the persistent lack of pipe-borne water was having on daily life for many St Joseph, St Thomas, St Andrew, St Peter and St Lucy households in particular.

    Their experiences brought back memories of 50 years ago when most homes in rural Barbados were without pipe-borne water and daily trips to the standpipe were the norm. That this should be happening during the golden jubilee of Independence –– meant as a celebration of Barbadian progress –– is especially unfortunate.

    “I have to use my car to go as far as Speightstown to fetch water,” said one Boscobel, St Peter resident. “This is taking a toll on my car. I now have to buy water to drink. The situation is affecting me financially, emotionally, spiritually –– and even my health.”

    “The BWA is still sending me bills, although I do not get any water,” said another resident from the same community. “It is outrageous. I want to be able to use my toilet instead of lifting buckets of water to flush it. We cannot wash our hands properly when we use the bathroom.”

    “By five o’clock this morning, I was in St Andrew looking for water . . . ,” said a resident of Bissex, St Joseph. “As I speak, I have only two buckets of drinking water at home. This problem has been going on for the past 30 years. Some of the children of my district could not attend school this morning.”

    “I have three grandsons at home without water,” said another St Joseph resident. “There are shut-ins in St Joseph who are unable to get water. I visited my mother in Barbarees Hill, St Michael, to do my washing. I also visited St Philip to do my washing, and I am fed up.”

    These poignant cries should have resonated with the rest of Barbados that enjoys a regular supply of water. Anyone who unexpectedly has had to go without water –– if only for a few hours because of a local outage –– can very well imagine what it would be like for several weeks. It obviously is not a pleasant experience.

    The BWA’s motto is Choose Water First. Ironically, many Barbadians currently cannot make this choice because of the crisis that calls for a much more urgent intervention at the governmental level. Successive administrations, formed by both the Democratic Labour Party and Barbados Labour Party, must share the blame. The crisis is the obvious outcome of poor planning.

    The rapid modernization of Barbados over the past 50 years, especially the launch of several new housing developments, clearly pointed to a corresponding growth in the demand for water. Even if such was anticipated, the necessary provision clearly was not made. Little wonder we are witnessing a knee-jerk reaction to the crisis.

    In a more mature democracy, with a modern system of governance, accountability to the public would be required. Unfortunately, however, for too long in Barbados we have tolerated a culture of anything goes, especially among providers of some vital services. It is about time Barbadians start to demand better. Hopefully, the stand taken by the residents of communities affected by the water crisis, represents a turning point in this regard.

    The crisis also raises the question of whether the building of a new multimillion-dollar headquarters for the BWA was really a pressing need in the circumstances. It appears to be a case where the cart was placed before the horse. As the new headquarters went up, the BWA’s delivery capacity clearly went down.

    It would be refreshing to see Prime Minister Freundel Stuart touring the affected communities to hear the concerns of residents, and outlining Government’s plans to bring relief. As CEO of Government, he should. Yet another case where he has been too silent and too much in the background.

    In times of crisis, Barbadians always look to the leader of Government for clear direction.”

    The big question here is…..what leader….which clear direction?


  12. John January 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

    Choose to collect rain water.

    It is cheap, easy and assures you of a constant supply.

    If you can afford a large storage, share it with a neighbor.

    It is a free gift from God, you don’t have to earn it and like his love it can be shared freely.

    Piped water is not all it is made out to be.

    A friend and I had the privilege to walk the old Springhead village a few years ago with a former resident.

    It is completely abandoned.

    On the other side of the Gully is or was Herring Mill, a similar vibrant community.

    I think sometime in the 70’s, the GOB moved all the residents down to the “development” at the intersection of Highway 2A and Gamble Hill and the road down to Westmoreland.

    Access to utilities was the problem.

    Government could not ensure the water supply and the Telephone and Power Companies would not supply to an area where demand could not justify the investment to supply services.

    There is an area like that in Christ Church of all places!!

    He showed us the old house spots of people who had lived there at the time calling their names one by one.

    It was an education.

    Their ancestors I reckon had been living there for 10 generations.

    Springhead and The Spring plantations are so called because there is a spring up there.

    That’s the source that supplied the two plantation houses, more than likely Tait’s too, and all chattel houses for 10 generations.

    There was no piped water.

    The water appeared for free!!

    Piped water appeared up there in the 20th century as the WWD was able to make it available to the higher elevations.

    The pipe/main passed across the old road which was in existence for centuries before Highway 2A came into existence.

    You can still see two old standpipes along the road.

    It begins at Farmers in St. Thomas and can be traced out to St. Lucy, St. Philip the Less Church.

    You travelled on the coast road or on that old Road because bridging the gullies was too expensive and there were two perfectly good roads available, if you like the high road and the low road!!

    I have heard the old road referred to as the Indian Trail.

    It passes through Indian Ground.

    It makes sense that the earliest inhabitants would have sought out water and beaten a track to it, from all sides of the island.

    Food was from the sea.

    In fact, there is a cave at Springhead in which petroglyphs exist as they do in neighbouring St. Vincent.

    We need to realize that our water supply is inverted!!

    The volume is at the bottom in the sheet water reserves along the coast.

    There is evidence from digs at Heywoods that the Amerindians had figured this out and exploited it.

    We just seem to have lost a connection to the land and are creating unnecessary problems for ourselves through our ignorance and reliance on the GOB.

    A pity really that we may have to reinvent the wheel!!


  13. John January 14, 2016 at 6:43 PM #

    As far as I understand, the BWA multi billion dollar headquarters is not owned by the GOB!!!

    It is part of a BOLT contract.

    Likewise the Supreme Court of Barbados is owned by CLICO of all entities … as far as I know.

    Justice in Barbados is dispensed out of this CLICO building!!

    You got to laugh!!

    If the CJ acts up, he gets kicked out by his landlord!!

    …. and we celebrating independence.

    It is crazy, we have all of our priorities confused.


  14. John January 14, 2016 at 6:47 PM #

    I am sure the Standpipe has seen it’s fair share of altercations, in fact there is a Standpipe in a gully above Rock Hall and the Gully is called “Cuss Out” Gully.


  15. Vincent Haynes January 14, 2016 at 6:57 PM #

    @John January 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

    Springvale in St.Andrew and Springfield in St,Joseph………both water rich.

    Yes we have to reinvent wheel…….our knowledge of this land has been lost.


  16. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2016 at 7:03 PM #


    Your 6:39 post is arguably the most perceptive post I have seen on BU.

    You should really seriously think of putting your posts on water together into a formal paper. A possible title might be “Water and development in Barbados from the Amerindians to the early 21st century”.


  17. Due Diligence January 14, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    What To Celebrate

    The justice system has been fixed


    Justice is quick.

    Did the Crime, Arrested, Charged, Convicted and Sent to Jail For 30 months in less than 24 hours.

    How is this possible?

    Did the man even have a lawyer?

    Only in Bim


  18. Well Well & Consequences January 14, 2016 at 7:39 PM #

    Just goes to show, they get things done when they really want to impress. All the other times they don’t care.


  19. Thegazer January 14, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

    Wow… I thought some were saying the wheels of justice were slow. Seriously, that is a bit too fast for me…..


  20. Gabriel January 14, 2016 at 8:42 PM #

    Don’t forget Springhead in St James


  21. Gabriel January 14, 2016 at 8:53 PM #

    Just saw you mentioned Springhead earlier.You should start a club of nature lovers to walk these places you mention so casually.You seem very knowledgeable of our water sources and history.


  22. Bush Tea January 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM #

    @ Due D
    How is this possible?
    Did the man even have a lawyer?
    This is VERY simple DD.

    This man is neither a D or a B of any worth.
    He is not in any lodge
    He did not go to any big-up school
    He ain’t got no money for lawyers to carry ‘way..
    He is not related to any of the ACs

    …besides, Dodds is likely the very best accommodation he ever enjoyed.

    ‘Justice’ is always swift for the couple hundred Bajans of his ilk….


  23. David January 15, 2016 at 7:32 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    A black boy robs tourists?


  24. Due Diligence January 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM #

    Surely “a black boy” is entitled to legal aid to defend himself.

    Did the Magistrate appoint a legal defender, was he/she just interested in having the story of tourists being robbed come to a swift happy ending?


  25. Due Diligence January 15, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

    Where is the social safety net to protect our most vulnerable of which FS so eloquently spoke on January 6


  26. John January 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM #


    I go on regular walkabouts, not so regularly now in my old age but I have also had good teachers and got to stand on the shoulders of giants in their time here!!

    I am also blessed with the ability to dig for information and an enquiring mind, I enjoy it.


  27. John January 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM #


    Thank you for the compliment.

    I was shown a lot and my duty is to pass it on

    I have your suggestion in hand


  28. Bush Tea January 15, 2016 at 2:47 PM #

    @ DD
    This is a simple story…
    Dog bites man.
    Nothing to see here folks… move along…

    You are probably thinking about the system having an interest in this man’s issues; looking to prevent a recurrence; having an interest in the ROOT causes of such crimes …. and perhaps looking for ways to improve the situation….

    ’bout here, such a story would be like ‘man bites dog…’


  29. St George's Dragon January 15, 2016 at 7:19 PM #

    As usual the Government / BWA cocks it up again.
    In the Nation (p40) is an advert asking for expressions of interest for the provision of a desalination plant.
    Whoever placed the advert clearly took a previous version and edited it to suit. Unfortunately, they failed to change the majority of the wording which refers to it being an advert seeking tenders.
    Are we going to see another Cahill dispute in the future – was it an expression of interest or a tender? How did the contractor get selected?
    While I admire the speed at which this advert has been placed, it does illustrate the complete lack of strategic thinking from the Government. Where is the updated water plan for Barbados? What will the shortfall in water be when the main replacement projects currently underway are completed and we don’t lose half the water in the pipes to leakage. How much (free) water can be added back to the supply by implementing the water saving measures used by other countries (dual flush WCs allowed only; water saving shower heads only; mandatory use of water storage tanks; hose pipe bans etc)?
    But no, it’s easier to go for a huge and expensive capital works project. After all, the cost just gets added to your water bill so there is no reason for politicians to look for economies.


  30. Colonel Buggy January 15, 2016 at 9:49 PM #

    Ministers Lowe and Boyce’s Open window to the sea. 319 Days to 50 th Independence Celebrations.


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