The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Citizen and the State

“As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

Jeff Cumberbatch - New Chairman of the FTC

Jeff Cumberbatch

A recent editorial in the Barbados Advocate explored the nature of electoral promises and concluded, in my view, quite rightly that despite their certainty, definiteness and intelligibility in some cases, they nevertheless remain legally unenforceable by the electorate in case of a failure or refusal to perform by the promising party simply because they lacked the quality of any common intention between the parties that such breaches of promise would be the subject matter of litigation in a court of law. Hence the opinion that these promises were not “worth the paper on which they were printed.”

There was the further contention that the promise on the part of the political party in return for the exercise of the elector’s franchise in its favour created rather a status relationship of the government and the governed or the citizen and the state; a relationship of unequal bargaining power that left the citizen/elector with the sole remedy of exercising his or her franchise against the candidate for the breaching party at the next general election. Since this applies no matter which of the two major parties forms the governing administration, the elector is reasonably likely to feel him or herself stuck between Scylla and Charybdis in electoral choice. The acronym “DBLP” to express this frustration is swiftly gaining currency among the local bloggerati.

That some agreements may create relationships of status to which are attached certain rights and obligations is not a novel thesis.

The contract of employment creates the relationship of employer and employee in which both parties enjoy certain rights and are subject, in addition to their express undertakings, to defined implied or statutory obligations simply as a result of their status in the relationship. For example, the employee, by virtue of being an employee, is under an obligation to obey the lawful reasonable orders of the employer and to be faithful to the interests of the employer (the duty of fidelity); while the employer, qua employer, assumes an obligation to pay wages so long as the employee is ready and willing to work and, at least for now in local law, to treat the employee with trust and confidence.

Similarly, the contract of marriage makes the parties husband and wife, statuses to which historically prescribed rights and duties are also affixed. Thus the parties have mutual rights to the sex, services and society of each other while the status relationship subsists.

The relationship between the governors and the governed bears close analysis in this context. Clearly, the government, in the form of the state, has at least the obligation of not infringing the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizen, in addition to any other similar entitlements whether created by custom, statute, customary international law or treaty implication, so far as these are capable of enforcement. Equally, there is a civic entitlement to security and good administration in that official decisions will be made fairly, in good faith and without regard to irrelevant considerations. Correspondingly, the citizen is obligated to obey those provisions of the law that relate to the good ordering of the society and the economy. Refraining from breaches of the peace and the payment of taxes and other statutory rates are premised on this obligation. And, since it is a continuing relationship, there should optimally be elements of mutual trust and confidence,

However, in a developing society such as ours there also exists a penumbra of rights and obligations that may still need to be defined and articulated. For instance, is there a civic right to taxpayer-funded education from nursery to university? To effective waste management? And, if there is, what are the sources of these rights and the correlative state obligations?

The differences here between this political status relation between the citizen and the state and the others already referred to are, first, that the former is a more fluid relationship based principally on the constitutional prerogative of the governors to determine the mode and prioritization of the disbursement of state funds and, second, the absence therein of any reference point for frequently occurring terms and conditions since each polity has its own inherent context. This might explain why local health care is still essentially taxpayer-funded, while in the comparatively wealthier US there is no such reality.

It is my view that the articulation of the entitlements of the governed in a polity such as ours is the peculiar preserve of the citizens themselves through the process of democratic bargaining with the state. Still, there are some hindrances to the realization of this. For one, our political system is not ideally fashioned to accommodate the private individual point of view; the praxis of representative democracy here entails that any alternative views of governance be posited on behalf of the citizens by those members of Parliament that do not support the government. Second, the temporary governors remain constitutionally free to choose to ignore all proposals that do not comport with their development vision for the state.

Given these limitations, the notion of a status relationship between the citizen and the state in which the citizen has any substantial bargaining power or immediate influence is an unlikely reality now and perhaps in the near future.

A revolution in political thought on governance only may be necessary to alter the status quo. Our research agenda should be “how in the current ethos is the citizen to become more empowered”?

“In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance”Thomas Jefferson

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103 Comments on “The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Citizen and the State”

  1. Well Well & Consequences May 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    Besides MoneyB. ..those crooks are way too busy trying to find another way to restore that 10% pay raise, they got outed by Mia and now everyone knows that they were planning to put the little gains the economy made in jeopardy, just to get big pensions, the economy would have ended up in a tailspin….and still could.

    Soooo…they gotta find another way, watch them…lol


  2. Piece uh de Rock Yeah Right May 23, 2016 at 12:44 PM #


    I studied hard and long about this seeming adulation of the qualities of Mr. Jeff Cumberbatch represented in these items before posting the items.

    Let me share the thoughts as they formed and flowed.

    1.As long as you come to BU you number among citizens who, irrespective of political leaning, love Barbados. Golliwoggers don’t come here. So irrespective of whether you are B or D you click that link because you are in a different zone.

    2.Jeff is in a different category altogether. He is no one’s fool AND UNLESS YOU GENTS ARE SAYING THAT “THEY” WOULD TEK HIM OUT FOR BEING WHAT IS IS, THAT IS B.S. Me yes, they would try that, but to kill Jeff Cumberbatch would be the turning tide in their future AND it would bring in a specter of reaching out an eliminating the untouchables that neither the BLP OR DLP WANT TO HAPPEN. That is precedence in uncharted and dangerous waters. They will fear him BUT THEY WILL NOT KILL HIM. THAT WOULD BE MARTYRDOM WITH TERMINAL REPERCUSSIONS

    3.2018 is 2 years away. That IS BARELY ENOUGH TIME TO RUN A SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN that is based on competent leadership such as he represents. You gents are tired of the DLP but answer me this, do you see any evidence that corporate Barbados has wholly and totally endorsed the BLP led by Mia Mottley? Methinks not. For it would have been evident long ago in many ways. So the fear of which you speak is thus – we fear what these effervescent will do to the economy by the time their tenure is done BUT WE FEAR THE TROIKA MORE.

    4.So do we sit and twiddle our thumbs or as my grandfather used to say, put one thumb in our mouth and the other up our pooch, and over the course of “organizing proper first to pounce” alternate the thumbs? That seems ambitious at best and stupid at its worst and if we stay here we will surely die.

    5.Jeff’s poster is symbolic of my fast flailing hope that “per adventure there be less than ten” who can bring the country back from the Perilious place Barbados finds itself. To the submission of the last blogger about “things escaping Jeff’s radar” he, like you and I, is not Omniscient were that the case, when my black ass got on a plane to Murica, I would tell the pilot come and take my seat and pilot the B757 to Miami.

    We need leadership, integrity and vision, fast, like yesterday, and this laisser faire attitude that many of you are adopting is getting us no where real effing fast, yet, I should revert to Bush Tea s repeated admonishment, rather advice, that we are a collective of brass bowls so to expect more is really a waste of time


  3. Well Well & Consequences May 23, 2016 at 1:04 PM #

    Yeah…and MoneyB is saying that from his perch in Canada, he aint moving back home for the Barbados experience at all, at all….lol


  4. Georgie Porgie May 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

    a notice bush tea in saying a pang bout his poster murder


  5. Piece uh de Rock Yeah Right May 23, 2016 at 2:11 PM #

    I think that Bush Tea is wondering (1) how I found his picture (2) why I did not block out more of his face or (3) he didn’t appreciate me showing so much bush in the picture since it makes it seem that his house is overrun wit bush.

    I should have mentioned in the poster that it was ACs house that he was ridding of vermin


  6. Money Brain May 23, 2016 at 2:15 PM #

    Well if U make Jeff or I Benevolent DictatorS, a la Lee Kwan Yu, I might be swayed! lol


  7. Money Brain May 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

    Talking bout CORRUPT, Heartless and Lying Pols—- Consorting with The Devil themselves!

    Ronald Reagan was severely criticized in 1989 when, after he left office, he was paid $2 million for a couple of speeches in Japan. “The founding fathers would have been stunned that an occupant of the highest office in this land turned it into bucks,” sniffed a Columbia professor.

    So what would Washington and Jefferson make of Hillary Rodham Clinton? Mandatory financial disclosures released this month show that, in just the two years from April 2013 to March 2015, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state collected $21,667,000 in “speaking fees,” not to mention the cool $5 mil she corralled as an advance for her 2014 flop book, “Hard Choices.”

    Throw in the additional $26,630,000 her ex-president husband hoovered up in personal-appearance “honoraria,” and the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief that the former first couple — who, according to Hillary, were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 with some of the furniture in tow — can finally make ends meet.

    No wonder Donald Trump calls her “crooked Hillary.”

    A look at Mrs. Clinton’s speaking venues and the whopping sums she’s received since she left State gives us an indication who’s desperate for a place at the trough — and whom another Clinton administration might favor.

    First off, there’s Wall Street and the financial-services industry. Democratic champions of the Little Guy are always in bed with the Street — they don’t call Barack Obama “President Goldman Sachs” for nothing, but Mrs. Clinton has room for Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and their 10 best friends. Multiple trips to Goldman Sachs. Morgan Stanley. Deutsche Bank. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. UBS Wealth Management.

    As the character of Che Guevara sings in “Evita”: “And the money kept rolling in.” And all at the bargain price of $225,000 a pop . . . to say what? We don’t know, because Hillary won’t release the transcripts.


  8. Bush Tea May 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

    @ GP
    “a notice bush tea in saying a pang bout his poster murder”
    LOL …it has been a busy day for Bushie…

    The poster is a shocker…. Did Piece not affirm his commitment to anonymity?
    The picture is too close for comfort…
    ..A bit more height
    ..Some more (a lot more) muscles 🙂
    ..A MUCH larger whacker
    and this could have been an exact picture of the Bushman at work yuh….
    Anyway, Caswell would be a MUCH better pick for this vital role.

    The problem with bushmen and whackers is that they are no respecters of political allies. ALL shiite will be whacked… B,D, S or Jeff….
    Sometimes it is better to allow new grass to grow and mature a bit without being subjected to abuse….

    The REALLY amazing thing that Bushie has discovered about Barbados with its abundance of brass bowlery, has been the surprising number of talented, honest, well-meaning, committed and patriotic citizens who have the talent and skills needed to make this little country REALLY great…. They only need to be recognised, awaken, aroused and mobilised to NATIONAL DUTY.

    Jeff, Caswell, and Walter immediately come to mind as natural political leaders; while people like David, Piece, GP, Ping Pong, and so many more ..are CLEAR national resources that CAN make all the difference between our current hopelessness, and our becoming a global role model.

    All power to Piece for this innovative and STERLING effort to awaken our REAL human talents like Jeff and company …and to educate Bajans about the VITAL NEED to value such specially talented persons and to beg, push, cajole, conscript them or whatever is needed, …to get them to take on the critically important national leadership roles….that only persons of their skills can execute successfully …with God’s help.


  9. Sargeant May 23, 2016 at 3:34 PM #


    When will Donald release his tax returns? He released them when he was applying for a Casino license and the job he is currently seeking is much bigger than owning a Casino. Incidentally I read that he didn’t pay any taxes then and he criticised Romney for not releasing his tax returns sooner but that’s the Donald ( or Ethelred the Unready) for you.


  10. Well Well & Consequences May 23, 2016 at 3:39 PM #

    MoneyB…ya think that’s bad…Killery was giving a speech at the Chamber of Commerce in the BMO building on King Street in Toronto in 2013….and it was quite a few dollars per person…I was like, hell no, what could she tell me that I already did not know..I never once saw her taking the train to go to work on Wall Street, Avenue of the Americas, Fifth Avenue or on 51st…she stays up in Chappaqua, Westchester, what would she know about the grind of NYC…I would know more than her, so what am I paying her for…steupss.

    All she does is pimp for dollars.


  11. Money Brain May 23, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Thanks for your question. I will get back to U once Killary has been jailed for having her private server. As U should know that she BROKE the law JUST by HAVing that server as the LAW lucidly states that any action that places Classified Govt info at risk is illegal. Hence when she admitted to having the server, which she shares with a private citizen who is not in the Govt cicle (BILL) to receive the info she has admitted her guilt. Tell her to plead guilty in latish October and save Barry emBARassment and NOT taint his legacy too much!

    Killary has The Resume to enter prison for a very long period, I say MEK her PAY a $5 mn per year for that privilege. There are many other aspects of her Resume that makes it very difficult for THINKING females to vote for her. Killary’s HOUNDING of BillyBob’s VICTIMS is very far from being a good Feminist! How Matronly Feminists back her is an act of desperation ANY female will do to become PRES! (this is the only possible logic!) With that lack of careful thought no wonder they have not been Pres before!


  12. Sargeant May 23, 2016 at 4:33 PM #

    Always willing to oblige

    Yuh know they will have to lock up Condi Rice and Colin Powell too, they both used private email for sensitive documents.

    I Know I know they don’t fit into the partisan agenda….


  13. Money Brain May 23, 2016 at 4:41 PM #

    Sarge, that is a vicious rumor about C&C put out by RACISTS!

    U didnt give answer on the hounding of BillyBobs victims! Did Colin and Condi behave like that also?

    These Pols are ALL criminals there for Numero Uno and not giving a Rodents Rectum for the plebeians.

    Killary has a very long list of miscreant behaviors!


  14. Well Well & Consequences May 23, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    Condi Rice, Dick Cheneu Donald Rumsfeld, should all be in red jumpsuits. ..they are human form.

    I dont know why Powell would even speak to a Washington politician again after being set up by his own….bunch of beasts.


  15. Sargeant May 23, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    I only know that Powell allowed himself to be the fall guy for a bunch of pencil pushing chicken hawks who supplied him with false info about “Weapons of Mass Destruction” which he broadcast to the world at the UN. Powell made one honest observation about Iraq, he applied The Potter Barn Rule “If you break it, you own it”. Iraq and the whole region is broken and the US has been trying to distance themselves from it.

    Of course Ethelred the Unready is going to solve the problem by bombing everyone in sight.


  16. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 23, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    Not meaning to break up the “Killery party” that Money Brain inserted here in Jeff ting (and we have lapped up) but NCO, you is a military man and your training meks you unlike those who are easily deterred from the mission objective so lef Killery and Trump alone to sort out their own problems.

    “Our research agenda should be “how in the current ethos is the citizen to become more empowered”?

    The idea is inherently attractive to us as we read the topic but what is is besieging us is how to have a practicuum that delivers part the first stage of that empowerment

    “In Your Face”

    Music in Psychological Warfare is and continues to be a powerful tool. Bob Marley’s timeless melody and words of “Until the Philosophy that hold one nation superior….” grafter from Haile Selassie’s UN speech is emblematic of how the right tune, either playing softly, or blaring on every single cell phone in hearing range of DBLP politicians serves the same if not greater effect of a disgruntled people getting up in their face.

    My Stupid Cartoon posters (as Assinine Cretin has called them), those of Colonel Buggy, and my Girlfriend Sexy Suzanne and those of The Honourable Blogmaster (and of the many others whose names i dont remember right now) are part of the arsenal of Empowerment we can use. to “rock their world”.

    The new generation does not do megaphones they do blogs and facebook and “likes” and lolols and 3 smiley faces – all which becomes a tsunami that these “Haggatt Hall platform delimited fossils”, CANNOT contend with.

    Mottley and Fumbles would need millions of $$ to fight this campaign but they have both lost the older folk and certainly DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE YOUNGER, IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS & WHAT MAKES THEM TICK.

    No that last part is partially wrong since they understand that they are impressionable minds as the 1000 IPad bribes in 2013 supports

    Do you understand who their “heroes” are? and what causes them to tick? that is where the vote that is going to cause this to change lies and they are the ones to impress and get their “x”

    The “in Your Face” Citizen Empowerment programme (propaganda campaign) could be run with 1/10 the spend of any DBLP political bribery exercise which by the way, Adriel Dimwit and Fumbles saw, yet have done nothing about.

    That campaign, and its outcome, would seek to mobilize the youth and its outcomes would mek both of dem quake.

    The “Stupid Cartoons”, the mp4, the fliers, the “incentives”, the social media revolution that could be wreaked, AND FOR WHICH measurable indicators would be available would carry one to December 2016 with a palpable outcome.

    That is a suggestion for a first step to the lengthy Citizen Empowerment matrix which would seek to effect an absolute replacement of the DBLP enemies of our nation, its short term objective “shaking up the status quo”, and thereafter ushering in those citizens who would be the “effecters” of medium and long term change


  17. Hants May 23, 2016 at 7:10 PM #

    @ Pieceuhderockyeahright,

    Still need Jeff and 22 persons like him to form an effective government that will legislate and enforce FOI, Integrity legislation and “transparency”.


  18. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM #

    Yes Hants,

    a majority of 23 who have the determination, ability and resolve to effect the needed change and understand intimately that IT IS NOT ABOUT THEM, it is about the nation.

    Scum chooses scum, so Mottley chooses yes men, and women, who will not stand up to her at any time. Forgive me if i seem to make these derogatory remarks about Mia but I do not see any Damascene transformation in her psyche

    It is like a blogger said earlier on another thread Mottley pursues brownie points that are self serving.

    OSA did what he could to contain her but well history shows what that bred, a serpent in the breast coat.

    We have a HoA that is like Alex Tribek’s “Lets make a Deal” charlatans who, once given the responsibility of running the affairs of the nation, throw that out of the house, and seek to get rich AT THE EFFING EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE.

    Look at the WTE PlasmaGasification Nuremberg type Gas Chamber exercise.

    It has been proven to be untested and dangerous yet all of them FVKERS still were bent on foisting it on the nation, in classic “we doan care bout wunna cvnt” all i want is my piece uh de action.

    Would that our Nation had men and women of GOD who could pray for them and immediately they keel over and the worms consume them but we are saddled with Apostles of GOD, and equal scum prostituting the Word of the Living GOD for Senatorships.

    Almighty GOD I pray that you this night will show these people one incontrovertible act that shows us all that you WILL NOT LET THIS SOUL TRAIN continue, and lest we change it, you will change it, choose one of them LORD AND STRIKE HIM DOWN so that there is no doubt in our collective minds that you LIVE AND HAVE YOUR BEING.



  19. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 23, 2016 at 8:39 PM #

    This is not to proselyte any man or woman.

    If HE is your Lord, SELAH if HE IS NOT SO BE IT TOO.

    But we need an intervention that will make us realise that this filth that is being perpetuated on us MUST STOP.

    SO I PRAY (a) NOT FOR VIOLENCE OF THE MISSING REMINGTONS, nor (b) for “the cracking of heads and killing some people” but i pray for HIS INTERVENTION and the sign that shows us definitively that the path that we are on MUST CHANGE


  20. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 23, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

    And lest wunna tink dat de ole man gine crazy, don’t.

    We are truly lost in the DBLP cauldron

    We need an “intervention” that will shake us up and bring the “23 out of the woodwork” istead of them living in the shadows of these alternating scum who destroy our nation


  21. Sargeant May 23, 2016 at 10:39 PM #

    Jeff prefaced his remarks with a quote from Rousseau, let me start with one from Churchill:

    “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

    Jeff is nudging us along the road to Participatory Democracy, which I think that some Bajans believe we have to the extent that some of us vote. But many of us who vote pay little or no attention to what the elected Parliamentarians do until it is time to vote again then the first consideration is to look at the political promises or our favourite Party.

    The first business of an elected politician is to be reelected thus they act in a manner to ensure that they achieve that goal, if that means abandoning campaign promises so be it. To counter that I would advocate for term limits for all elected politicians that we way would be rid of the “Army of occupation” and those elected would know that they are only there for a specific interval and they could either “sh.t or get off the pot”.

    How in the current environment is the citizen to become more empowered? That is the $64,000 question, how does citizen empowerment work? Does everyone with an axe to grind march to City Hall and demand to be heard? What makes your issue more important than mine? Should this group of citizens be heard and the others ignored? The greatest proponents of a kind of participatory Democracy were those countries that followed the political system birthed by Karl Marx, nurtured by Lenin, maintained by Stalin and finally put to rest by Gorbachev. History reminds us of the “Peoples Congress” in aptly named edifices “Great Hall of the People” where periodic meetings were held ostensibly by the representatives of the people and resolutions were ratified. There resolutions were never of the people but were of the Leaders.

    Western countries adopt a somewhat similar approach but with one fundamental difference in that it is the political parties that have periodic meetings and resolutions are interpreted as “Party policies” if that Party forms the current Gov’t then the declarations may find their way into Gov’t policy.

    “Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural.” (Zora Neale Hurston) and the average citizen is more empowered than a decade ago but change is incremental, it is slow but decisions are being made today that are influenced by the vast social network that operates in the political atmosphere.

    We want the perfect but sometimes better s good.

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  22. Bush Tea May 24, 2016 at 7:54 AM #

    @ Sargeant
    Term limits solve nothing.
    It only creates a limited timeframe in which a dishonest politician has to concentrate his nastiness -with nothing to lose at the end. Often, the desire to be re-elected at least provides some level of moderation.

    No one expects to be ‘perfect’. What we should all expect and require is continuous improvements in our society, where we are always focused on bettering human and physical situations, improving opportunities, and producing better children citizens than we were.

    In fact, the ideal form of government DOES exist. However, it has nothing to do with the ‘form’ adopted, but everything to do with the character of the persons chosen to govern. Inherently righteous and God-fearing leaders will excel in ANY system.

    The reality of doing the best we can in a country of brass bowls- who have no regard for God or righteousness, requires a different kind of thinking however.
    What we need is a governmental system which will make life as difficult as possible for selfish, crooked and incompetent politicians, while creating a good working atmosphere for honest, righteous and competent talents.

    KEY to such a system must be:
    …absolute openness and transparency – even where it may negatively affect business

    …an independent oversight body with the legal and political clout to immediately address issues, including terminating current leadership arrangements.

    …opportunities for ordinary citizens to raise issues, and, where they can galvanise mass support, over-ride leadership decisions

    …a philosophy based on meritocracy, where judgement is based almost exclusively on merit, history and performance.

    If you bothered to investigate, you will find that the Co-operative philosophy EXACTLY meets these criteria as a methodology DESIGNED to succeed, even in the midst of abject idiocy.

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  23. Money Brain May 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    Piece, great words on your part. It was not my intention to divert the topic but to emphasise that the problem is immense as massive $$$$$$ are involved. (Sarge missed that)

    Here is the practical reality of Democracy:

    understand the fact that real democracy is nothing but a fallacy whereby IDIOTS are elected into power, and these idiots then have to cater to the MORONS that elected them in the first place. Thus, a perfectly prosperous country gradually becomes nothing but one huge welfare state.(or corrupt kleptocracy).

    This results in the impoverishment of the entire Nation because the politicians are buying votes and not providing true leadership to help the populace in a very efficient, effective and disciplined method.

    Some might advocate an encrypted internet based system to continually ask the populace to approve various concepts, in theory, the ultimate in Democracy. The problem is that if the masses were truly capable of managing for Success we would already have near perfect economies and societies. WE need Intelligent Leadership based on the many lessons of history, we should be avoiding repeating the incorrect strategies that lead to negative results.

    As Hants reminded us we must have Integrity Legislation, transparency etc. The Foundation is critical, this must include encouraging / incentivising the populace to set and seek to attain lofty objectives via clever and hard work.


  24. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 24, 2016 at 1:22 PM #

    When a thing is right and it is not Given, as in the freedom request of the people of Israel, under the Pharaoh’s rule, I do recall it was “taken” through the power of GOD.

    I do not and am not promoting any anarchy or the use of the Remingtons that have disappeared from view and which the acting Commissioner of Police EVEN NOW, does not know where the weapons are.

    But i do know of a way to oust them both from implementing anarchy upon the hearts and minds and bodies of all Bajans other than those with whom they are sharing the Fatted Calf of the Dead King Thompson indeed a Duppy Feast at which carrion birds and other necrophilliac type beasts do willingly, and unrelentlessly eat


  25. Jeff Cumberbatch May 24, 2016 at 6:26 PM #


    I am sincerely flattered by the high esteem in which you appear to hold my talents and, like you, I do want the best in governance for the country of my birth.

    However, I think that our betterment in governance is up to a team of committed individuals and not a single person. Authoritarianism appears to be the ‘ism of choice these days -witness the phenomenon of “Trumpism” in the US- but I do not think that that is the solution here. Our inherent sentiments are not monarchical.

    And Bushie would like this -“We have always been a co-operative people at heart”.

    The days of a solitary Moses or Joshua at the head of a people are long gone.


  26. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 24, 2016 at 9:51 PM #

    @ Mr. Cumberbatch,

    I just came back here and say this.

    I am thankful that the fears of your friend did not drive you away.

    First of all, I would wish to say that my purpose in the posters was to convey my belief that there must be 29 more men with your vision, principles and intellect across differing sectors of endeavour in Barbados.

    My Poster(s) singled you out solely because, well de ole man doan get out much and when you only got one doctor in dodge city when de dog get poison you going call him to investigate as well as when Ringo Starr get shoot by Doc Holiday.

    Our message has to be clear and resound with the audience that this BDLP quagmire has not worked and if, for the time being, you are one voice that is at the forefront, speaking clearly, and consistently, on these matters, then while i know that there is one Messiah and one Moses , i also know that at various times along the timeline of history there have been Tubmans, Malcolms and MLKs.

    There must be a team but, notwithstanding your humility, I respectfully submit that the head of that team must be a man or woman of integrity, whose thoughts and actions are tempered with reason

    He or she, must like you, be capable of rapid thought, while on one’s feet, and fully capable of sound wise commentary and purposed action and, unlike so many who now walk through Parlaiment, both and PIP and in the opposition, smiling emptily because rictus, of spirit, mind and body has set in.

    To your continued good health and with prayers that they will not act in the vein that your friends here suggest yet “but how can men die better, than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of their fathers and the temple of their GOD…”


  27. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 24, 2016 at 9:54 PM #

    Errata “and saw this not say this…”


  28. David May 25, 2016 at 6:19 PM #
    Baba Elombe added 2 new photos.

    4 hrs ·

    One of the major questions facing me when I returned to Barbados in May 1966, was to discover who or what was a Bajan. A simple question but a conundrum that could not be easily discovered by reading books. I read all the books in the Barbados Museum related to Barbados and its people. Nothing of any consequence portrayed black people as people contributing to the building of Barbados. Then by accident I discovered the House Assembly report on the Bussa Rebellion in 1816 hidden behind a series of books that had nothing to do with Barbados. I removed that book temporarily and had it copied by Coles Printery, then publishers of the weekly newspaper, The Recorder, and returned the original two days later. Below are images of that book which is still in my possession.

    Baba Elombe's photo.

    Baba Elombe's photo.


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