The Caswell Franklyn Column – Akanni McDowall Punished for NOT Toeing the Party Line

Akanni McDowall, President, NUPW

Akanni McDowall, President, NUPW

Akanni McDowall is substantively appointed to a junior post in the Public Service and until recently, he had been acting in senior posts in excess of two years. He also happens to be the duly elected president of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW). His unceremonious reversion to his substantive post has generated a great deal of public comment, and rightly so, but much of it has been ill-informed or tainted with partisan political bias.

I came across two comments, posted by readers of the Barbados Today, that epitomises the ignorance that surrounds this issue:

1. “Why them don’t strike for the workers in Government that suffered the same fate as this gentleman”.

2. “He was acting. He is not entitled to a damn thing”.

Both of those comments betray a serious lack of knowledge of the institution called the “Public Service”. Firstly, I am aware that countless persons have been reverted to their substantive posts or even dismissed before the expiration of their contracted periods and only now is there any threatened industrial action. But, to my mind, Akanni’s case is unique and deserving of a response from all trade unions in Barbados not only NUPW. Unions must regard Akanni’s reversion as an attack on all unions. They must band together and not allow government to get away unscathed after this assault on a trade union leader or this episode could very well be the beginning of the end of the trade union movement in Barbados.

It is my understanding that he was appointed, by the Governor-General, to act in a higher office for a specific period. If that is indeed the case, his acting appointment could only come to an end by the effluxion of time or earlier, if he has been removed from office by the Governor-General. As far as I am aware, neither of those two conditions was satisfied to effect his reversion. Section 94. (1) of the Constitution of Barbados states:

Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, power to make appointments to public offices and to remove and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices is hereby vested in the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

So far, I have heard many excuses but I am yet to hear anyone say that he was removed from his acting position by the Governor-General, who is the only lawful authority that can do so.

While we lament the attack specifically on Akanni but generally on the trade union movement, I believe that some good can still come out of this affair. It can serve to draw attention to the non-observance of public service rules and procedures that are required by law. The procedure for employing public officers are set out in the Recruitment and Employment Code – the First Schedule to the Public Service Act. It might surprise many to learn that the Public Service Commission only has the power to place persons to act in short term vacancies for a maximum period of twelve months. Yet still there are persons, including a permanent secretary, who have been acting in vacant posts for ten or more years. That restriction can be found at paragraph 9 of the code.

Further, Note 7 of the code directs the service commissions to fill vacancies immediately, “If there is any possibility that staff may be needed for more than 12 months”. Despite that, persons are given seemingly unending series of three-month authorities. They only serve as a means to ensure that the acting officers continue to toe the line. Akanni did not toe the line.

I hold the view and will continue of that mind until someone convinces me that Akanni’s removal had nothing to do with his youthful exuberant activity as a trade union leader seeking to represent his members. I have been asked on more than one occasion why am I fighting for my opponent. My response is always that there is a bigger picture; I must put out the fire at my neighbour’s house before it spreads to mine.

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67 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Akanni McDowall Punished for NOT Toeing the Party Line”

  1. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 5:00 AM #

    I keep saying the GG post is useless, obviously the role of the GG can br ignored, not acknowledged and totally bypassed, so why is he there.


  2. BELLYHURT November 6, 2016 at 5:06 AM #

    Punishment from our governments for not toeing the line comes in many forms but this government has been the worst hence the people who they are supposed to serve remain quiet as mice during a rainstorm caw no one can afford to lose their jobs. We are a national disgrace at a time when we should all be joyfull and this is why so many, for the first time ever, staying home and not celebrating the milestone, those Bajans abroad will come back happy but leave crying when they hear the stories from family and friends, streets may be cleaned, the rubbish hidden but truth will prevail even if only whispered in the quiet of homes. Some things just cannot be hidden and reality will pop out the rum bottle like the genies of countless storybooks.

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  3. charles skeete November 6, 2016 at 5:48 AM #

    “Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 5:00 AM #

    I keep saying the GG post is useless, obviously the role of the GG can br ignored, not acknowledged and totally bypassed, so why is he there”

    While I agree with your comment that the post of Governor General is useless and I should should be abolished ; I do not think that Mr Caswell is directly laying fault at the foot of the Governor General in this instance but at those who undermine the role he is legally bound to play


  4. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    Thanks Charles Skeete. The Governor-General must act on the advice of the Public Service Commission and somehow, I believe that he was bypassed for political reasons.

    It all boils down to Akanni putting pressure on the Government and the DLP operatives in turn putting pressure on him. I am convinced of that because of what happened at the first failed attempt by the union’s council to address the matter. I am told that two Fridays ago a council meeting was summoned to deal with the matter and the DLP people stayed outside and refused to enter the council room, thereby ensuring that there was no quorum.


  5. charles skeete November 6, 2016 at 7:08 AM #

    Mr Franklyn’s description of Mr McDowall’s trade union activity as youthful exuberance is quite apt. Like all leaders he has his faults perhaps as a result of this same youthful exuberance but what is more important is that his heart is in the right place in his genuine efforts to represent the rights of his members B or D and he needs to be supported. Rather he has had to battle with attempts from within his own movement and outside to discredit and thereby undermine his efforts by finding fault with everything he does.


  6. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 7:29 AM #

    Charles..I do understand that the GG is not at fault when his is a role that can be so easily bypassed, of course the same ministers and service commission or whomever makes these decisions also bypass the laws of the land… it suits their personal and individual agendas.


  7. Dompey November 6, 2016 at 7:39 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    I am here to look you square in the eye, and say to you without any ambiguity that if the young man’s youthful exuberance were a factor in his demotion, then why were hid memship dissatisfied with his performance?


  8. ac November 6, 2016 at 7:46 AM #

    Why isn.t Mr Caswell speaking to the issue of Annakani being not qualified to hold the position
    Why has Caswell only resorted to low level attacks of political interference none of which he can or has provided in his article to substantiate his allegations against govt


  9. lemuel November 6, 2016 at 8:08 AM #

    BWU, UNITY, BSTU, BUT, ya neighbour house burning!!!!!


  10. David November 6, 2016 at 8:23 AM #


    Please explain the label ‘youthful exuberance ‘ being tagged to Akanni McDowell. Has he not acted with the approval of his executive council?


  11. David November 6, 2016 at 8:40 AM #


    An observation: the Sunday Sun editor in all their wisdom has titled your column ‘Demotion an attack on all unions’. Is it a demotion?

    Communication is very important, even the subliminal kind.


  12. what we have here November 6, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    Mr , Franklyn the elephant in the room is Annakani Qualifications .You need to address that issue instead of propagating unfounded theories and baseless political trinkets
    The public is getting tired and weary of carnivorous bullies using threats against govt at the drop of a hat


  13. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 8:48 AM #


    Akanni is a young man who wants to fix everything right now. Apparently, things are moving too slow for him. So rather than set fire under the general secretary’s tail, he has resorted to taking over her role. As the union is structured, the president is not supposed to be the face of the organisation. If he had not been so vocal and left that role to the GS, the Government would not have seen the need to take him out.

    Sent from my iPad


  14. David November 6, 2016 at 8:48 AM #

    What we have here is ‘what we have here’ aka ac.



  15. David November 6, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

    What we hear (read) you to be saying us that his problem is circumventing process moreso than questioning his competence/intelligence to do the job.


  16. ac November 6, 2016 at 8:55 AM #

    Is ac ever going to be allowed to be just ac it seems that there is a fixation to determine how many ac/s there are now BU david has join the fray


  17. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 8:58 AM #


    Akanni was not demoted. Demotion is one of the penalties for committing a serious offence. He was acting and was then reverted to his substantive post before that period of acting should have come to an end. That is the problem. Why was he reverted in such a hasty manner? If they had waited for a few more days, he would have reverted automatically but it seems that spitefulness rules the day in Barbados.

    Sent from my iPad


  18. Violet C Beckles November 6, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    Deal with truth , let the numbers fall as they will, no cover up , no fraud , be as clear as you can , Truth always comes out even if late, the liars will be shown in time,


  19. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 9:04 AM #


    It is not his job. He has usurped the role of the GS, probably because she can’t handle it. But having done so, he has exposed himself to victimisation from his former friends.

    Sent from my iPad


  20. Heather November 6, 2016 at 9:07 AM #

    Can the Governor General not speak?


  21. David November 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    On a tangential note -did the GG ever observe etiquette by responding to your communication Caswell?


  22. HAMILTON A HILL November 6, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    Why do certain people in Barbados pretend not to know what this is really about? This is phase # 2 of the ” put dah boy in he place ” campaign. Remember the failed No Confidence motions? An empowered and out of control DA……and I aint talking bout no district attorney, even though a cursory look at where benefits along the urban corridor were gleaned might well beg one’s intervention, dat aint what I talking bout at all. The Demonic Asses we gave power to are now running rough shod over any and all threats, real or perceived. The unions in Barbados needed to have a sit down a long time ago where one universal plan would have been forged and put in place, to deal with an administration that has shown time and again IT CANNOT BE TRUSTED. Problem is that too many trade unionists in the country are bounded by governmental perks. Those who lay with dogs, get up with fleas.

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  23. Bush Tea November 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM #

    @ Caswell
    Even you seem to fail to grasp the gravity of this particular issue.

    When a fella becomes a member of the police force, and takes on the duty and responsibility to protect the public, there is a written, and even stronger unwritten, rule that HE IS NOT TO BE TOUCHED … else there will be hell to pay.
    This is critical if policemen are to be able to effectively protect ordinary citizens.

    The union is the same shiite.

    Once a fella is appointed to a position where he is tasked to protect the rights of workers, there are written -and unwritten -rules that (S)HE MUST BE RESPECTED AS SUCH.

    This shiite about qualifications is as asinine as AC has proven to be on BU….. the damn GOVERNMENT is who appointed him there WITH THOSE QUALIFICATIONS….. so who would be the ass..?

    The business of whether the president or general secretary should lead the charge is an internal matter that can be agreed between the two – and should depend on personalities and union rules. It is neither here nor there…

    That the union officials DO NOT seem to grasp their rights – or how allowing themselves to be so disrespected will inhibit their ability to protect OTHER employees… is pathetic…
    ….and worse of all, are those jackass union workers who argue that since lower level workers get mugged, the ‘police’ should be “muggable” too ….are brass bowls of the lowest order …and clearly would have DESERVED any disrespect shown them by government….

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  24. ac November 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

    Bush shit your modus operandi DT style is to attack which does not impress or sway whether you agree or not to the process of how Ananki got his job cannot be dismissed with the wave of a hand which provide other precedence to be set with a guaranteed of acceptance for other govt or agencies to follow . In deed a correction needs to be made
    The problem which is being witnessed is ongoing years where precedents of such nature go untested and allowed to become landmines in actuality
    The appropriate requirements per qualifications to his job is relevant even at the eleventh hour
    Now Bush shite you can go back to gargling with your razor blades and return to BU with your usual DT laced attacks on those with whom you disagree .


  25. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 10:12 AM #


    I am not a Dem so people at certain levels do not respond to me. Oh by the way, to answer your question the GG never even acknowledged receipt of my letter.

    Sent from my iPad


  26. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM #

    Ah told ya the GG is useless.


  27. Sargeant November 6, 2016 at 11:48 AM #

    If they had waited for a few more days, he would have reverted automatically but it seems that spitefulness rules the day in Barbados
    That’s the crux of the matter people unable to restrain themselves and chomping at the bit to oust someone they view as inimical to their interests, never mind the repercussions. It’s like driving a car and aiming deliberately for the potholes

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  28. ac November 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM #

    True dat. But the process by way in which he was hired would have remained intact without knowing all details to full disclosures


  29. hamilton hill November 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM #

    @ bushtea….your post at 9:24am to my mind is on point.The NUPW had a responsibility to act with absolute haste, with the spoken and unspoken support of the trade union movement in Barbados.This represented a blatant attack on trade unionism, and needed to be repudiated in the swiftness we saw when that group needed to circle the wagons around the sticky finger speaker .


  30. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM #

    Look how stupid the dems look……………who appointed Mr Mc Dowall in this position?

    If he was appointed with the same qualifications he currently has, how could the requirements be changed since he has held the position?

    The dems look totally vindictive in this matter. It is how you skin a cat………….what wicked people!

    But like Estwick said when he said he was victimised by the dead king………..time longer than twine. They are so stupid and wicked and out for Akanni’s blood that they could not wait until the appointment expired. They could not get him removed when they brought the no confidence motion so they had to go to plan B.

    The day of reckoning will soon come for these morons!


  31. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 2:31 PM #

    Well Well

    No disrepect meant………..{for all the so called patriotic people} but I agree with you that this GG is useless…………he has no time to answer a letter from a citizen whom he sworn to serve.

    He has time to confuse the education system by pushing an unheard agenda of visiting primary schools and causing disruption in the school system.

    Schools who say that they cannot accommodate the visits are read the riot act. It happened at a school at which I have connections. As it stands, the poor schools are under funded, they hardly have money to buy toilet paper or paper for the printer to copy work for the students and the little money they have………….. have to be used to met the requirements of his visit.

    His days are numbered at the change of the government……he has become too political and that is not being disrespectful to the position of GG.


  32. millertheanunnaki November 6, 2016 at 2:53 PM #

    @ Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    The trade unions are too ‘politicized’ with too many senior members high up in the DLP hierarchy.

    The BUT is begging the government for repayment of the docking of their members’ pay-packet who attended a meeting called by the same union some time back. What a laugh!

    Why doesn’t the President of that Union ask if the pay of DLP politicians who walked out of Parliament in the dying days of the Arthur administration was also docked? Did they get permission from the then Speaker to go on strike from conducting the people’s business?

    If only the NUPW and the other unions representing public sector workers would plan a strike during the peak of the 50th Independence celebrations. Why not start with the GAIA, Customs and Immigration to show to the Bajans and their invited friends from the Diaspora what an efficient and welcoming workforce there is in Bim?

    You will see how quick Akanni will be reinstated if not even as fast as the same deceitful lying DLP politicians were able to find the money to bail out the current speaker after he found other means of spending the money belonging to the disabled geriatric Mr. Griffiths.

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  33. ac November 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM #

    If only the NUPW and the other unions representing public sector workers would plan a strike during the peak of the 50th Independence celebrations. Why not start with the GAIA, Customs and Immigration to show to the Bajans and their invited friends from the Diaspora what an efficient and welcoming workforce there is in Bim?

    miller what a strategic unpatriotic idea you ought to be ashamed of yourself , do you know how much Money and lost productivity these Unions have cost the tax payers with these recurring strikes


  34. Vincent Haynes November 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM #

    Was/Is not the President of the BUT a member of the DLP?

    The point has been made that the unions and the party(s) have become so inter-twined that it has become difficult to untangle them,making it difficult to differentiate between loyalty to union and to party.


  35. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 3:10 PM #

    Prodigal. ,.ya got to remember that the position of GG is merely one of a pimp and messenger boy or girl for buckingham…there is oithing dignified or respectable about that….given the centuries old history.


  36. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 3:12 PM #

    “there is nothing dignified or respectable about that…”


  37. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

    Eŕror gremlins abound.

    Prodigal. ,.ya got to remember that the position of GG is merely one of a pimp and messenger boy or girl for buckingham palace…..


  38. millertheanunnaki November 6, 2016 at 3:23 PM #

    @ ac November 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    That seems to be the only message your deceitful lying party can understand.
    Commonsense and reasoning are not part of your administration’s MO.

    Remember the BIDC, Cahill or the Finger printing issue? How come fingerprinting was so vital to the security of the country but it is still not in operation? Why not test it out on the hundreds of Bajans and their friends expecting to visit during this month?

    You might just catch a few criminals and terrorists among that lot. They might just be importing chicken wings, cement or garbage trucks without paying a bribe to the minister.

    Why can’t you fellas get at least one thing right? We can bet you will be cocking up Prince Harry’s visit. Just pray he doesn’t ask to be taken on an island safari.

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  39. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 3:29 PM #

    You are so right, miller.

    I made the same point on another thread. Since the Executive has given the permission to take action, I would wait until the week leading up to the big celebrations and pull the workers at GAIA who are mad as hell with the government, Customs who are also mad.

    These morons will then see that they do not hold all the cards. The people from the diaspora will then see the truth and not the lies they tell them when they go to London, New York, Toronto and the other cities where Bajans like.

    Every one of those ministers lie to the people withot any shame. Esther Byer said it was a administration error………when they deliberately appointed Walter Maloney to the Severance Board, it was an administration error……….cant these people tell the truth?

    But miller, did you not hear that the same deceitful lying DLP politicians had to find money to bail out a DLP MP after he found other means of spending the money belonging to one of his clients.


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  40. ac November 6, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    The govt got enough right so that the blp predictions of barbados falling of the fiscal cliff has not happened in seven years. one can bet that is what really annoys the bejesus out of the blp misfits hence day after day you miserable bunch keep wishing the very worse for the country clinging on to the coat tails of unions and nightmarish episodes Not all surprising to hear you wish nothing but bad things for the country.


  41. charles skeete November 6, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    “David November 6, 2016 at 8:40 AM #


    An observation: the Sunday Sun editor in all their wisdom has titled your column ‘Demotion an attack on all unions’. Is it a demotion?

    Communication is very important, even the subliminal kind”

    Absolute correct Mr Blogmaster absolutely correct and not trying to be facetious but that is why it is important that reference to Mr Keith Neblett as the Chairman of the National Conservation Commission be corrected and his post as General Manager be inserted instead.


  42. Hants November 6, 2016 at 3:47 PM #

    @ Prodigal Son the people in the Diaspora hear same shiiite from both the DLP and the BLP and we have computers and access to the Internet just like you.

    Yes we even heard and read that MIA gine build a 2000 acre Island attached to Barbados.

    Great idea ( borrowed ? ) from Paul Altman.


  43. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 3:52 PM #

    It is amazing how these dems can think that they and the DLP alone are the owners of patriotism……….only dems and the DLP are patriotic.

    They will cloak all their wicked deeds in the flag. They do shiiite to a union leader and now talking about patriotism should the unions strike while the DLP is pushing their 50th celebrations? Give me a break!

    As long as you do not sing from the DLP hymn sheet, you do not love Barbados. Esther Byer and whomever gave her the orders to demote Mr McDowall before his appointment expired and put someone else in his place did not know of patriotism?

    Mark my words, when the truth comes out, the person they installed in the position is going to be a dem!

    I am just as patriotic as any dem but I am deliberately staying away from any of the DLP’s celebrations!

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  44. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 4:02 PM #


    You may be right but I at times wonder if many of you do any reading on the internet………..not for the nonsense I hear from some of Bajans living overseas.

    The DLP is bad news….bad for the economy….bad for law enforcement….bad for the youth……bad when it comes to management of water, the environment, bus service, the QEH, the UWI,

    ……………Godness me, they are bad at everything. The only thing they have been good at is corruption………they have perfected the art.

    They need to go right after the big celebrations for Barbados to recover from the eight years of mismanagement!

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  45. Walter Blackman November 6, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM #
    “The day of reckoning will soon come for these morons!”

    Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 2:31 PM #
    “His days are numbered at the change of the government……”

    Prodigal Son,
    Please allow me the opportunity to play the role of the Devil’s advocate here.

    If a day of reckoning is coming soon, should it come only for DLP morons or ALL morons? Does it make sense, as far as national development goes, to replace DLP morons with BLP morons? How do we break this self-defeating cycle and create a healthy economic environment for Barbadians to raise their families and pursue their dreams ?

    You are stating boldly here that the BLP plans to fire the GG if the government is changed. Will the GG be the only victim of the BLP’s planned witch hunt? Who do you think will replace all of the workers and officials that the BLP plans to victimize? Qualified hard-working non-partisan Barbadians or BLP lackeys? Will such a change move the country forward?

    Do you have a change of government “put down”?


  46. David November 6, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

    @Mr. Skeete Sir

    The error was detected earlier and corrected. However there was nothing subliminal intended to be conveyed…lol.

    Thank you never the less.


  47. HAMILTON A HILL November 6, 2016 at 5:27 PM #

    Prodigal said “mark my word, when the truth comes out the person they installed in the position is going to be a Dem”. Not very long ago at the Transport Board the boat was rocked to the point where industrial action arose. NEPOTISM FOUND…….At National Housing a little bit later the same scenario raised its ugly head again. NEPOTISM FOUND…..Problem is that in Barbados sustained indignation is practiced one citizen against another, but can find no foot hold where politics is concerned. My question is simply this. The union has for years used the lucre associated with Old Year’s Night as leverage when negotiating with a reluctant Hotel Industry. What the hell is wrong with closing both the Sea and Airports if they are dealing with a group that sees belligerence as a staple of governance? If the thousands that suffer daily see no need to celebrate fifty years, perhaps it speaks more to their acceptance of reality than it does to a lack of patriotism…….and who ta blame fah dat?


  48. ac November 6, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    Prodigal well stay away you surely wont be missed from among the thousands who would be celebrating , Yes thousands who would get a glimpse of the vindictive nature of the opposition who vowed to do the same.
    Yes it is also about patriotism and embracing the development of any every efforts by all patriotic bajan dead or alive that have built this country
    it seems that you and the blp road to wining is covered with anger and hatred such amendments would be rejected at the ballot box


  49. Prodigal Son November 6, 2016 at 5:55 PM #

    By all means celebrate Barbados attaining 50 years of Independence but I wonder if the people in the north who cannot get running water will be celebrating.

    I wonder if the people who cannot get treatment at QEH will be celebrating.

    I wonder if the thousands who have been made redundant because of the policies of the DLP government will be celebrating.

    I wonder if the mothers who do not have food to feed their child will be celebrating.

    I wonder if the thousands of school leavers who cannot get into the Polytechnic or those languishing at home whose parents cannot afford the UWI fees will be celebrating.

    I wonder if there will be buses for people to get to the celebrations.

    I wonder if our garbage would be collected before the thousands arrive for the celebrations.

    I wonder if people whose cars have been damged by the potholes in the roads will be celebrating.

    For the first time you are right ac, I wont be missed I will be far away! Patriotism my tail!

    As soon as you point out how wicked and vindictive you dems are you spin your vitriol to the BLP. Newsflash, the BLP is not the problem………….the DLP government is the problem.

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  50. Piece Un De Rock Yeah Right - INRI November 6, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

    @ Prodigal Son

    You have hit the nail on the head.

    The DLP retort to all the mismanagement that they have meted out on Bajans is much like this US campaign that focused on Bill Clinton, the man bill is not running for president much like the BLP IS NOT THE EFFING GOVERNMENT YOU EFFERS ARE!!

    They have not understood that for the 8 years that they have been in power.

    8 years of just messing up everything while building up their bank accounts and destroying any and everything that is BLP complexioned.

    So in one breath they say “dis is we ting, and dis is we time of the fatted calf” and then, in the next breath, when they realise that they cant get it to work and everything going downhill, they say, “bring wunna ideas and come and help we retain power”

    They carry the bubonic plague in their blood and whatever they touch dies.

    But they do not see it that way, that extensive list with those suffering Bajans are to be treated like the Emperor’s New clothes and anyone who says contrary is preaching Sedition and Treason according to one Verla Depeiza, the town crier of the Demonic Lying Party.

    We are not going to go all the way to 2018, they cant make it.

    But what must assuredly happen is that when they get voted out, the tribe of the incoming simians hopefully will hit the ground running cause it going be hard to mek up for the desolation that they have inflicted on Barbados.


  51. ac November 6, 2016 at 6:37 PM #

    Prodigal all of which you have mentioned is a pox on the blp govt meaning these are challenges which were unattended under the blp goverance . hence repeating the mantra of placing blame on govt for those challenges which should have been fixed years ago only reinforce and only reminds the populace of a fourteen year lackadaisical govt who did nothing to reign in or resolve their plight
    The bottom line being that in this year of celebration the St. Joseph people would have the benefit of knowing that through out their weeks of discomfort their is a final result that speaks for a better tomorrow with everyday clean running water
    Prodigal the wickedness lies in the hearts of those who wish bad on this this tiny island not on those who worked hard on finding the right solutions


  52. DLP (Formerly CBC) Radio and TV November 6, 2016 at 9:28 PM #

    Based on the simple principles that Caswell outlined is why believe the NUPW HAD to take action to back Akanni. For it is my belief that if you cannot take action on behalf of the President of your own Union on this issue, then it is little WORTH in the union existing in the first place. Firstly, the termination of the employment contract was done PREMATURELY and secondly such premature termination was without due cause i.e no reason was espoused, at least to the public, for grounds of his termination. It is my genuine belief that Akanni himself would not initiate action for fear of being accused of using the union to promote his personal cause. I don’t even think that Akanni has that “bitterness” in him to “fight to the very end” to be returned to that post. Even if we want to be naive and pretend that Akanni’s removal was not politically motivated….the NUPW HAS to act because it is such a BLATANT and DIRECT attack to the NUPW’s Leadership. As i indicated earlier, the Union also HAS TO act for fear of losing relevancy in the eyes of its Union members. The fact that the union’s response’s has been very measured and not overly hostile…indicates to me the NUPW is more guided on the “principles”.of the issue.
    Now i live in a Barbados under DLP governance from 2008 till now….i cannot be naive…..It is so painfully obvious that Akanni’s removal is politically motivated…the Gov’t or DLP could as well put a full page ad in the Nation (or more than likely the Advocate..but who reads the Advocate anyway) saying AKANNI MCDOWALL WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POST BECAUSE HE IS NOT A DEM!!!!!!!.. This clown college of a gov’t / part tried to instigate a no confidence motion within the Union against Akanni , failed at that and now with little restraint went after Akanni at the next occasion possible. Not only that, they found a replacement so QUICKLY that one can only concluded that his removal was PLANNED in advance. LAWD….OH LAWD…Not only is this Gov’t doing SHIT but cant even do SHIT properly. How can you be so misguided to go after ANY Union President and do it so OVERTLY. It is indication that this Gov’t will do what it gine do and not give one ASS how it looks.. But i am not surprised this gov’t doesn’t care . What i find particularly distasteful is the political POLARIZATION this government is perpetuating..i.e..if you do not support what this gov’t does / proposes you are automatically called a BEE…e.g. even in the face of the Water Crisis the Govt is saying that there is a political motivation to the HIDING it is getting from the public.This is such simplistic, immature and ASININE logic..there is a significant proportion of BAJANS that do not strongly identify with ANY party….these BAJANs analyze the performance of the particular govt within the 5 year term and votes to either keep or remove the gov’t. But you see this gov’t is deliberate polarizing people to pacify dissent to their administration. BAJANs are a meek people in general, they do not want to be victimized and so even if there is significant dissatisfaction to something.this gov’t or party does they do very little besides grumble among ourselves or speak out under anonymity. This polarization also reflects how politically immature the DLP is. Political Parties exist but once they assume the government…the gov’t it self is “non Poltical”…i.e. the Govt of Barbados administers ALL of BARBADOS. The DLP is not recognizing this distinction between PARTY AND GOV”T ….SO for “gov’t” proper to go after a single person and not after the Union in the whole is just RIDICULOUS and IGNORANT.. I am not naive…Akanni has been purported as a BEE …ok….but Akanni is the President of the National Union of PUBLIC WORKERS..he must carry out his DUTY to represent the PUBLIC WORKERS whether he is BEE, DEM, NDP,PPP etc… I parallel this to the 1991-1992 period where the BWU was headed by a sitting MP of the then gov’t…but even so Leroy Trotman had to carry out his ‘DUTY” and organises one of the biggest Industrial marches in BARBADOS AND it was against his “own” gov’t
    My genuine belief is that some misguided minion that supports the DLP, jumped the gun by having Akanni removed. My solution to this sad misguided affair is for Akanni to be reinstated, serve out the remaining WEEKS of his tenure, and then be removed / replaced.


  53. Caswell Franklyn November 6, 2016 at 10:19 PM #

    I am sorry to disappoint you but Leroy Trotman did not organise march. I was around at the time and can assure you both Trotman and Morris opposed the march. It was organised by Keith Yearwood who was then the President of NUPW. Trotman merely went along when the tide was going against him and shamefully took the credit.

    Sent from my iPad


  54. Bush Tea November 6, 2016 at 10:37 PM #

    @ Caswell
    Bushie thinks that he shamelessly took the credit…. he did not look very shame as he did…

    You pal Yearwood may have organised the march, but he is having some difficulty in organising ‘rides’ nowadays…ain’t it…?


  55. charles skeete November 7, 2016 at 5:25 AM #

    “You pal Yearwood may have organised the march, but he is having some difficulty in organising ‘rides’ nowadays…ain’t it”

    Bushie Mr Yearwood’s difficulties with the cycling union which he seems to want to head for life like Papa Doc has nothing to do with his contribution along with Joseph Goddard to do with the organization of the march which left from Harmony Hall. Matter of fact there was a first march principally against the 8% organized by the NUPW.


  56. Bush Tea November 7, 2016 at 7:16 AM #

    Agreed Charles…
    Bushie is not even gainsaying his contributions to cycling….far less his notable public service in the NUPW….
    …but he needs to know when to stop marching.


  57. Pachamama November 7, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

    There is a deep tendency within the Bajan culture towards dictatorship

    And Yearwood is as Bajan as can be!


  58. Vincent Haynes November 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM #

    CYCLING’S tumultuous times have hit another gear with an application challenging the legitimacy of the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU) executive due to be heard before the Supreme Court this morning. – See more at:


  59. Vincent Haynes November 12, 2016 at 8:06 AM #



  60. David December 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    McDowall to be paid for full stint


  61. de pedantic Dribbler December 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM #

    @David, your 10:46 note re news report was as expected as it is assured that tomorrow is Dec 12. Expected because his was a salaried position and it made no practical sense to deny him the full salaries to the end of his tenure.

    So…..what then was the reason for all this angst, other then perhaps the Dems continuing to test the political water!

    That too is the unfailing minutiae of life…smile!


  62. David December 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    @Dee Word

    You see the folly in terminating Akanni BEFORE the end date of the contract?


  63. ac December 11, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

    U guys so like stirring the pot of confusion


  64. Gabriel December 11, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

    The DLP would do anything,almost like Donald Trump.They appointed a man as Governor General who ordered 10 strokes of the Cat-o-nine tails as recently as the early 90’s.The man can hardly walk.One of his more recent faux pas was agreeing to send home the Commissioner of Police and install another dem stooge who was accused of a crime in the 90’s.
    As long as her Britannic Majesty remains the Head of State of Bimshire,any aggrieved subject can appeal to her for relief.All this crap talk about republic!We too small for that bull!


  65. de pedantic Dribbler December 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM #

    Agreed David the adbrupt termination made no real sense so as all have said it was meant to be spiteful and send a message. Caswell spoke to the key issue from day one.

    If this was a battle of ships the navy frigate, it can be said, sent that ‘stand-back’ shot so close across the bow of the non-government frigate that the blow-back was unmistakably felt.

    Paying him to the end of the contract was never in doubt as I saw it.

    Surely the Dems have made their point.

    It’s now up to the unions and people to ‘castle’ and reinforce protection to the real ‘kingdom’ and win this chess game outright despite losing a ‘bishop’. Let that blow-back shot be the shot heard across the country!


  66. David December 11, 2016 at 1:20 PM #

    @Dee Word

    Agree that t shows up the decision as ignorant and or spiteful. One that served only to inflame.


  67. Watchman December 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM #


    Welcome back, Walter PPk follow you back he get 8 down shots already


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