Solutions Barbados – A Political Party in the Making

solutions_barbadosGrenville Phillips II is the founder of Barbados’ newest political party Solutions Barbados. BU asked Grenville to give Barbadians an update on the building of the political party. The following is what he had to share:

Approximately once every 5 years, Barbadians select persons to manage their national affairs. At the time of our independence, we received a debt-free island with well-maintained pubic infrastructure. Fifty years later, our public services are generally poorly managed, and we are risking losing our country as a result of our unsustainable national debt. During periods in Barbados when money appeared to be plentiful, we mistakenly thought that our national economy was being properly managed. However, it takes no special competence to uneconomically spend borrowed money.

It normally takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice for persons to operate at an expert level. Therefore, it would seem that successfully managing a business, with about 10 employees for about 10 years, should adequately prepare an individual to manage our national affairs. To my knowledge, none of Barbados’ ministers of Government have ever come close to this minimum standard of preparation.

I do not blame any past or current member of Barbados’ parliament for the current state of our national affairs. Rather, they deserve our deep gratitude. When we had to elect persons to manage the national economy, they were the ones who stepped forward. At the end of each election cycle, they graciously demitted office and admirably accepted the will of the electorate.

If anyone is to blame for the abysmal state of Barbados’ national affairs, it is those who were adequately prepared for national service, but refused to step forward. Thus, they deprived Barbados of their skills and left the electorate to choose from among a group of unprepared, but willing candidates.

Barbados is fortunate to have had exemplary employers who have effectively trained and cared for their employees as they managed successful businesses. They willingly chose less corporate profits in order to maintain their employees during economically challenging times, and rewarded them for their productivity during times of plenty.

Those employers were adequately prepared to manage Barbados’ economy. However, rather than fulfilling their national duty, they generally ignored the call. They ought to be utterly ashamed of themselves, and are ultimately responsible for forcing Barbadians to select people who were simply not prepared to manage national affairs.

There is no shame if the electorate chooses others to lead. That is the governance system within which we operate, and the same voters, and their children, have to live with the consequences of their choices. However, to provide them with fair choices, it is the responsibility of the most demonstrably competent and caring employers to offer themselves as candidates in each general election. How else can a small independent country with few natural resources be properly managed?

Our politics has now degenerated into career politicians desperately trying to convince Barbadians that all is well while we are being drowned in debt, taxes and downgrades. It is long-past time to relieve our career politicians from this burden, but thank them for their efforts. I am publically calling all employers with the requisite preparation to review the solutions at, and then contact us with the intention of being candidates in the next general elections.

Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Barbados’ newest political Party, Solutions Barbados, and can be contacted by: Web:  E-mail:  Tel: 232-9783


  • Well Well & Consequences

    Poor AC…feeling threatened. If we can only get 15 well meaning, truthful, honest, not money grabbing, selfless individuals nothing like the present DBLP, you and the other yardfowls will become so yesterday’s news, since your masters will immediately be rendered useless, faceless and no longer relevant…lol


  • ac January 27, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

    All these voices telling the blind man how to thread the needle but not one stepping forward to thread the needle themselves talk about a lot of braying jack asses wanting to hear their own noise wuhloss

    We agree with the above statement and it gives mileage to what the solutions are talking about.


  • Mcdoandowell is on the verge of calling out public workers on strike for the umpteenth time since he became President of NUPW last year. At his side is the treasurer a declared BLP yard fowl. Where there is smoke there’s Mcdoandowell. He’s probably a Mottley/Jerome puppet like his crony the treasurer. We’ve heard strike action is a last resort not so for the simpletons at NUPW. Yardfowl Mcdoandowell and henchmen aided by purty girl Roslyn Smith play by different rules. Strike first cause at least $22 million in revenues to be lost then sit down and negotiate.

    Those unproductive clowns must thank their lucky stars its not the Tom Adams era. Tom’s reaction to Mcdoandowell and treasurer? Fire them immediately from the civil service. The General Orders be damned. Its not Tom they’re jerking around its Fruendel who broke bread with them at Ilaro Court. They’ve repaid Fruendel by kicking strike dust in his face.


  • Some old big guts PS and an MLSUV does NOT = to a handsome young ZR man.


    Good night sweet Bushie.



  • Ha ha
    You think you is a young yam nuh….!!!


  • Musings aka waiting.


  • Well Well & Consequences

    Exclaimer…what did I tell ya…lol


  • Well Well & Consequences January 28, 2016 at 6:26 AM #
    This COP looks like a dirty pig that seem to be on the inside of pushing drugs in the Caribbean , All things pass by Barbados on the way up , They may be paid off to let the drugs go by to set up other people,Never trust anyone that talk well when they visit Barbados before they look in to things, The same way they judge people in America is by their Credit report, Well the report for Barbados sucks and that is only the starting point , Most are being paid by drug money and all other things local dont matter but the tourist,


  • Lets call it an Independent Party firstly. Even some solutions won’r work, so skip that noise. On the surface it looks good, but by reading further it looks like your just creating another class of crooks. Want to get serious; name your candidates for party leader, minister of finance, etc. Give us your solutions for every problem that exists today within each ministry where the present government has failed. I also see no one wants to address term limits either. You know the DLP had a manifesto in ‘2013, but has delivered on practically none of its promises.


  • Well Well & Consequences

    Violet Beckles…..and the beat goes on.


  • Grenville Phillips has certainly taken some lashes on this topic – not all of them fair – and he has handled them with good grace. Some have accused him of recommending that we replace “one set of crooks with another”. That’s hardly fair. If I am reading him correctly, what he is suggesting is that people with business skills stand for public office so that they may bring that knowledge to the running of “Barbados Inc.”. Phrased differently, we need private sector thinking and management disciplines within the public sector and within Parliament. How can this come about? I for one am at a loss as to where to start. At the parliamentary level, it is very hard to ensure widespread knowledge of how to run a business. That’s because anyone can stand for election: a teacher, a lawyer, an economist, a doctor or a farmer. There is not much corporate management expertise in these fields; certainly not much experience in how to lead and motivate employees, or in being accountable to other groups of stakeholders. And look at how ministers are appointed. There is often a complete mismatch between the individual’s background and skill-set and the type of “business” the ministry is in. There is no company I know of that would appoint a senior executive in such a haphazard fashion. Hiring takes place after candidates have been screened and interviewed. But even before that they have to produce a CV that shows they have the requisite skills and experience.
    However, we can only vote for (or reject) the candidates that the parties put forward, so the parties have to do some serious screening first. Then it’s up to us to pick the best man. This is not going to happen as long as we, the people, vote according to “tribe”. And it most certainly won’t happen if we exchange our vote for an I-pad. I believe the best place to start in transplanting business thinking and management skills in government is within the Civil Service. Empower permanent secretaries and heads of statutory corporations as CEOs and give them similar authority and contracts. If they can’t run things efficiently, can’t show achievement of major objectives, can’t select and put the right people under them, and can’t account for how money is spent, fire them and advertise the job. This is a very radical approach and will mean a complete re-vamping of our sense of entitlement to a permanent job in the public sector. But we need to understand that good CEOS do not tolerate over-employment and under-performance. Nor do they hire ministers’ “nieces” as communication specialists and PR go-fers. Almost all of the political pundits in Barbados have frequently said that no third party has a hope of success in Barbados. I pray they are wrong. It is heart-breaking to think that we are locked in a political system where we must constantly choose between the lesser of two evils.


  • Well Well & Consequences

    Fly….you are on point, however, these business skills should be acquired through university intellectual experience, hands on training and experience, training as a lawmaker and political training, making for a qualified politician.

    Just placing someone with one skillset to learn and make it up as they go along, followed by yardfowls and a gullible electorate. is no longer working…just look at all the mess.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ flyonthewall January 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM
    “Phrased differently, we need private sector thinking and management disciplines within the public sector and within Parliament. How can this come about? I for one am at a loss as to where to start. At the parliamentary level, it is very hard to ensure widespread knowledge of how to run a business. That’s because anyone can stand for election: a teacher, a lawyer, an economist, a doctor or a farmer. There is not much corporate management expertise in these fields; certainly not much experience in how to lead and motivate employees, or in being accountable to other groups of stakeholders. And look at how ministers are appointed. There is often a complete mismatch between the individual’s background and skill-set and the type of “business” the ministry is in. There is no company I know of that would appoint a senior executive in such a haphazard fashion. Hiring takes place after candidates have been screened and interviewed. But even before that they have to produce a CV that shows they have the requisite skills and experience.”

    According to your line of reasoning Freundel should never be P M or Stinkliar the MoF.

    Don’t you see a similar mismatch on the many boards of directors of private sector organizations? Should you be reminded of CLICO?
    Listen FOTW, we operate in a so-called democracy even if more akin to an oligarchy; but not an autocracy, theocracy or plutocracy.

    People elect those members of parliament because the people ‘like or are impressed by them, pure and simple. Nothing to do with skills-sets; but certainly with money. If it had anything to do with technical competence or managerial talent many sitting in that ‘honourable’ chamber would not have gotten past the security guard.
    Just see it as a political beauty pageant conducted every 5 or so years.

    And you should not blame the electorate for their poor choices. Just look at those who sit in the Senate and tell us if Jepter Ince et al should be among those presiding over the policy direction of a country on the brink of survival.


  • @flyonthewall

    The conundrum is that those the tuned business skill you are encouraging to make themselves available must be motivated to want to serve. Such a desire comes from upbringing and an appreciation for civics and how these people were socialized. We have to go back to basics read primary school.


  • flyonthewall January 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM #

    You have hit the nail on the head…….It was always the civil service to manage the company with policy directives from the Board/politicians who are elected by the populli……it was so up until just after independence,when the board gradually set about to run the operation,to the extent that they now manage.

    How do we turn it around,your guess is as good as mine.


  • In the abundance of water, the brass bowl goes thirsty….


  • @Miller
    I know that we live in a democracy and I haven’t suggested anywhere in my post that we should replace it with autocracy, theocracy, plutocracy or any other kind of “ocracy”. And I do understand that the electorate votes for people it likes. Thing is, this often leads to the triumph of popularity and personality over competence. But this isn’t unique to Barbados. This is politics the world over. There was a movie with Robert Redford back in the late 60s or early 70s called The Candidate. To cut to the chase, he was handsome, charming, charismatic, etc. and the Party pulled all the stops to get him elected a President. And he was. The movie ended with him asking, “What do I do now?” The point you made was that this scenario can happen in the private sector a la CLICO. True, but it finally collapsed. I don’t wish to tamper with democracy, but it seems to me that pretty well everyone on BU feels that our version isn’t working all that well. Apart from the corruption, which has been so well ventilated on BU that I won’t go there, whether you like it or not there remains the huge problem of matching skills or experience to portfolios at the ministerial level. If you think I am off base on this, in which ministries do you see a good match? Democracy and its electoral process means we may NEVER get good matches, which is why I believe that good business management skills and understanding of economics need to reside in the Civil Service. I would be satisfied with ministers who were smart enough to grasp the big picture, understand the fundamentals of their portfolios and leave the granular stuff to those better qualified in their ministries. But currently they have too much power to tamper with the Civil Service and that is a major problem. They use it to mop up unemployment, give jobs to friends and gain votes. But as you say, it’s a beauty pageant every five years. This means that if Rihanna comes home and decides to run she will be shoe in. Once elected her first question might well be, “What do I do now?”


  • Yours is a solid and indisputable position Fly…. and Miller knows it too…

    But you (and Grenville) need to understand that we are dealing with sheep here…
    You ever tried reasoning with a sheep…?
    …or worse, a goat like AC….?

    The solution is all around us – like an ocean… flowing with examples of successful marshalling of sheep ..and even goats into ongoing, profitable and productive business …. IN BARBADOS.

    What you do is let the damn sheep bleat and baaa …and elect whichever brass bowl ewes and rams they feel inclined to vote for on election day. Those elected then get to meet on a regular basis, talk shiite, have some refreshments, and even to go on TV ever so often and read a speech or smile or whatever…and to conferences occasionally…
    BUT ….. the MANAGEMENT of the operation is handled by persons who are sourced, shortlisted and recruited based on their management skills and their ability to produce results.

    Failure to achieve WILL result in non-renewal of contract.

    Can this work in Barbados?
    It has – in Co-operatives (Credit Unions) for the past 40 years- with many unquestioned successes…..but perhaps such an approach is too sound, and ‘too good’ to be applied to our politics – which affects all critical aspects of our National lives….


  • flyonthewall January 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Again nothing wrong with what you have said……inertia….how do we move forward???

    I will attempt to give you an insight into to what most bajans do not want to touch….

    Field niggas and
    House niggas….a number of individuals have ideas to carry this country forward but because you were from a privileged house nigga background you will be destroyed.

    We know the answers long time.


  • @Fly on the wall
    Phrased differently, we need private sector thinking and management disciplines within the public sector and within Parliament. How can this come about?
    Be careful what you wish for, a country is not a Corporation where you can jettison some people to impact the bottom line and move on. Have you been following the news out of Michigan? They elected a Tea Party darling (Rick Snyder) as Gov. He happened to the former Chairman of Gateway computers and a Venture Capitalist and promised run Michigan like a Corporation.

    Result? A hundred thousand people drinking lead contaminated water in Flint and who knows what impact it will have over the next few generations?


  • @ Sargeant
    You are correct. But why do you keep bringing examples from a society whose very philosophical foundation is greed and selfishness? Are you suggesting that ‘the American way’ is the default standard by which politics should be judged?

    Shiite man…. any society where Reagan, Bush and now Trump can be electable must OBVIOUSLY be fundamentally flawed…. as is one with a Froon….

    Cooperative principles on the other hand, represent such sound philosophy, that EVEN IN THE GREED-BASED USA, the business model thrives.


  • @Sargeant January 28, 2016 at 10:54 PM “Be careful what you wish for, a country is not a Corporation where you can jettison some people to impact the bottom line and move on…”

    Thanks Sargeant. Best comment on this thread so far.


  • Businessmen constantly advance and pursue a philosophy (an amalgam of things political, social and economic) which is self-seeking, self-serving and self-enriching. Their interests are just more sophisticated. In the final analysis, they are similar to pimps, prostitutes and parasites in that their own interests are always primary.They are just a tad more sophisticated !
    It is not unreasonable to believe that proponents of a “business model” will pursue and protect the interests of the business-class and not that of the masses, for to them, there is seldom a concomitant sense of social justice for the masses who are often seen as a kind of “untermenschen” or persons to be exploited ” for the nation’s good”.
    As presented, one gets the impression that Solutions Barbados, if it becomes viable and is elected, it will either maintain the status quo, or engage in a type of ” Trumpism” .
    “Hope springs eternal in the human breast” .Little wonder our people have grown such large breasts over the last few years !


  • Bush shite ac like being an ole goat..baaaaa.


  • @ Sargeant
    Point taken. Capitalism without a conscience is highly destructive. But the extreme opposite, socialism with no understanding of what it takes to pay one’s way in this world is equally destructive. We don’t have to run Barbados as a ruthless corporation, but we can’t run it as a charity either. Money has to come from somewhere to pay for all the things we expect. Barbados is a socialist democracy; a country that strives to balance and match the performance of an economy with the needs of people. Right now, the scales need to be tipped in favour of sound economic management. David Thompson came to power armed with the phrase that Barbados is not just an economy, it’s also a society. It played well with the most socialist among us who want a government that takes care of them from cradle to grave. How do you pay for it?


  • Soc democracies fail, because the members of the society do not truly believe in paying their way. It is always those who in their opinion ‘have more’ and should be contributing more (which means they have to pay less). Once it becomes common behaviour to pocket taxes, public revenue or evade any other public contribution beyond a certain level, the model fails. And leakages along the way only exacerbate the problem.
    When the public employee becomes a personal revenue centre beyond their salary, who loses? When the local businessperson abuses the rules, who loses? What you get is a society of skimmers and finger pointers.


  • Well Well & Consequences

    Yeah Northern…like they got right now.


  • Any of you remember the late Errol Barrow on a political platform stating that the Caribbean could be almost totally self sustaining.

    If there is a collapse in the “world economy” Caribbean countries could still survive through intra regional trade.


  • @ Hants,

    Today’s Advocate reported that Nevis as from December 2017 will convert to Geothermal energy. In layman’s terms this means that Nevis electricity supply will be 100% renewable! The same as Iceland. It will also be supplying her neighbours with her energy supplies.


  • @flyonthewall

    Agreed ! ‘Capitalism without a conscience is destructive’ and we must accept ‘The poor you will always have with you!”. Many a violent revolution has been as a result of the unbridled greed and avarice of the economic elite…(the ‘business class ?). To this end,let us also not forget the importance of integrity, transparency, accountability, freedom of information and the ability to recall elected parliamentarians who are incompetent or breach their fiduciary duties…essential elements of good governance, elements which our two leading parties will always promise just before and during an election but never pursue once elected ! From its pronouncements thus far,should we expect anything different from Solutions Barbados ?


  • Dear All:

    Allow me to respond to your additional concerns.

    Unworkable Solutions

    The solutions have been published for discussion in order that they may be improved. You are encouraged to suggest any improvements. Our aim is to implement the agreed published solutions.

    Dishonest Politicians

    Your skepticism that we will become dishonest politicians is justified. Since Jesus had Judas within His chosen 12 disciples, then we can expect at least 3 persons who will betray us and vote for selfish interests. To reduce this risk, we are preparing an explicitly stated binding contract where an individual who does not vote for the agreed Solutions will pay a penalty of say BD$5 for each non-compliant vote, to a non-political NGO that agrees to keep us accountable. You are free to suggest your top 3 for consideration.

    Country not Corporation

    There are countries where corruption is institutionalized. There are also irresponsible employers. If you have only been exposed to the bad, then it is understandable why you may think that reports of the good are fanciful.

    Leaders of a country should aim to provide an economic environment where individuals can have sufficient income to allow them to do what gives them fulfillment. Individuals are responsible for doing their best with each opportunity. Businesses can facilitate this vision and are sustained by profits generated from the development and sale of goods and services.

    Evidently, Barbados has not been well managed over the past 50 years. The root cause appears to be that it was managed by persons unprepared to manage our national economy. Responsible employers have adequate preparation. However, please do not equate employers with corporate shareholders whose principal motive is the scheduled dividend.

    If all an individual knows are irresponsible employers, then it may be difficult to imagine that their responsible counterparts actually exist, but I can assure you that they do.

    Best regards,


  • This is when you approach the Orwellian Utopia. All are equal, but some are more equal than others. Who decides? When health care and education are universal, essentially the government decides value?
    This was where Bim was always unique. I knew of 2 doctors, and they used to get paid based on what the patient could afford. Fish, vegetables, money, fixing the car, or other skills. If they didn’t have money they didn’t get paid. But enough people had money/insurance they made lots of money on a relative scale.
    When the quality of life is dictated by material possessions, everybody wants to have nuff money. Who is to say a school teacher, who gets the summer off is worth more or less than someone who writes computer code who works all year?


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