The Grenville Phillips Column – Who Needs to Take Bitter Medicine

Submitted by Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados

Grenville Phillips II, founder of Solutions Barbados

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has reportedly noted that we need to prepare for some bitter medicine. The Barbados Workers Union has signalled its intention not send its workers to the front of the queue to receive this medication.

Fortunately for us, the only group that needs to receive any bitter medicine is our politicians. They have resisted taking it for the past 40 years to the foreseen detriment of Barbados’ economic health.

The Social Partnership has been reconvened, and is expected to, once again, try to force the bitter medicine on us while keeping our politicians medicine-free. Mr Arthur has reportedly been invited to the National Economic Council, and given his past “bitter medicine” comments, the Council is expected to ensure the same result.

Those of us who are old enough have seen this movie many times before.  Politicians tend to prefer a degraded national economy to taking their medicine. Even after the national economy has been devastated, they still tend to resist taking their medicine to correct the root cause of an ailing national economy. It reminds me of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart to wisdom, which resulted in the utter destruction of the Egyptian economy.

Barbadian politicians have resisted taking their medicine for the past 40 years. The current economic challenges provide an opportunity to once again encourage our politicians to take their medicine, which will not only avoid the planned austerity for the rest of us, but can facilitate prosperity for all of us.

This can be done in four simple steps – none of which includes laying-off civil servants, reducing their wages, or incurring additional Government spending. It just requires our politicians to be responsible and take their medicine.

Step 1 is to increase local currency revenues. This can be done by reducing taxes on personal and corporate income to 10 per cent of gross income – with no deductions.  Mr Arthur knows that the Government received increased revenues when he reduced taxes – an act that we recommend that he receive a knighthood.

Step 2 is to increase foreign currency revenues.  This can be done by reducing taxes on all foreign currency earnings that are eventually deposited at the Central Bank, to zero.

Step 3 is to increase productivity in both the public and private sectors, and reduce wastage and unnecessary costs in the public sector.  This can be done by managing all public services within the ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Step 4 is the most crucially important step, and if it is not done, the benefits from the other steps will likely be frustrated by civil servants.  To explain, the first 10 years of our Independence was our golden age with a highly professional civil service.  Public service employees were selected and promoted on merit alone and not on whether they were highly favoured by the political party in power.

In 1974, the Democratic Labour Party changed the Barbados Constitution to essentially politicize public services.  Our public servants currently operate in a toxic environment of being fully aware that they can be managed, at any time, by an incompetent political appointee, and that they cannot be promoted to senior positions unless they are highly favoured by the political party in power.

The politicization of our civil service is the root cause of most of the wastage, inefficiencies and unproductivity in Barbados.   Our politicians know this, and the Barbados Labour Party promised us on their honour, that they would revert to a professional civil service if we elected them in 1976. They tricked us. Then they tricked us again in 1981, 1994, 1999, and 2003.  It is precisely because I do not believe that they will ever keep this promise that we formed Solutions Barbados to contest the next general election.

The 1974 Constitutional amendment that intentionally politicized our public service needs to be abolished immediately. This is the only bitter medicine that is required and Mr Arthur should have kept the BLP’s first sacred promise and dispensed it to his BLP colleagues when he was Prime Minister. It must now be taken by responsible politicians if Barbados is to prosper.

Since none of our politicians have made any effort to abolish the damaging amendment for over 40 years, despite repeated similar pleadings, I do not expect them to suddenly awake to their primary responsibility of meaningfully caring for Barbados now. Therefore, the BWU, NUPW, CTUSAB and all other union organizations should prepare their members, and their members’ families, to assemble at the front of the queue and prepare to swallow Mr Arthur’s bitter medicine.

(Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com)

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144 Comments on “The Grenville Phillips Column – Who Needs to Take Bitter Medicine”

  1. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 9, 2017 at 10:29 PM #

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght – INRI March 9, 2017 at 6:22 PM #@

    That was a long slow fuse that was made in 1966 and set fire1986 had extension added in 1997 kicked up 2007 and still burning slowly and will go off before 2018 as in 1937.

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  2. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 9, 2017 at 10:36 PM #

    Hal Austin March 9, 2017 at 9:48 AM #@ that maybe your best Post yet.

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  3. David March 10, 2017 at 2:10 AM #

    Rating Action:

    Moody’s downgraded Barbados’ government bond and issuer ratings to Caa3 and maintained a stable outlook.

    Global Credit Research – 09 Mar 2017

    New York, March 09, 2017 — Moody’s Investors Service, ("Moody’s") has downgraded Barbados’ government bond and issuer ratings to Caa3 and maintained a stable outlook.

    RATINGS RATIONALE

    Moody’s decision to downgrade Barbados’ issuer and bond ratings to Caa3 was driven by the following factors:

    1. The continued increase in government debt and very limited prospects of fiscal reform

    2. In consequence, rising domestic and external financing pressures that are very likely to impair the government’s ability to service its debt

    Despite the government’s efforts to contain the fiscal deficit and alleviate pressures on foreign exchange reserves, the fiscal deficit remains large and credit risks have increased in Barbados. The debt burden has risen in recent years and will continue to do so for the next few. Domestic and external liquidity pressures on the sovereign have increased. We assess the likelihood of a credit event in the near-term as very high, given lack of fiscal adjustment and increasingly limited financing options.

    First Driver: The continued increase in government debt and very limited prospects of fiscal reform

    Although macroeconomic conditions in Barbados have stabilized with a pick-up in growth, driven by rebound in tourism and investment in the sector, the fiscal deficit remains high.

    The economy grew by 1.6% in 2016 after reporting anemic growth of less than 1.0% since 2010. The drop in oil prices and an increase in tourist arrivals temporarily alleviated some of the mounting pressures on foreign exchange reserves. However, reform efforts to address persistently large fiscal deficits since 2014 have not achieved a meaningful turnaround in fiscal performance, leading to what we consider to be an unsustainable increase in the government’s debt burden.

    The government debt burden reached 111% of GDP at end-2016, and the authorities have accumulated a large stock of arrears to the private sector and the National Insurance Scheme, estimated at a further 11% of GDP at end-FY2015/16. Large refinancing requirements and the high interest burden, which consumes around 27% of government revenues, pose increasingly severe credit risks.

    Given the scale of the fiscal and structural reforms needed to correct the rising imbalance, the likelihood of a credit event is now very high.

    Second Driver: In consequence, rising domestic and external financing pressures that are very likely to impair the government’s ability to service short-term debt

    With commercial banks having reduced their exposure to the sovereign, the government has become increasingly reliant on short-term debt issuance, financed by the Central Bank of Barbados, to meet the rising refinancing and interest costs. The rapid increase in short-term debt since 2013, allied with the large financing gap, imply mounting concerns about rollover risk. In 2016, the central bank was the only source of new financing for the government. As of end-2016, the central bank’s holdings amounted to 34% of outstanding short-term T-bills, equivalent to 13.2% of GDP. The central bank’s unwillingness to increase its exposure to the government would trigger a credit event.

    External financing pressures are also high and rising. A number of factors, in particular maintaining the peg to the US Dollar, caused the stock of international reserves to drop significantly last year coming to USD 340.5 million in December from USD 463.5 twelve months earlier. This is the lowest level of reserves recorded since 2009, and only half the average level observed between 2009 and 2012, equivalent to under 11 weeks of imports at end-2016, compared to 13.6 weeks and 14.7 weeks in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The persistent decline in reserves continues to pressure the exchange rate peg.

    Rising refinancing pressures dominate more positive credit features. Those include Barbados’ moderately strong institutions, high governance indicators relative to peers, and stable political system that has historically supported a high degree of policy consensus. The government debt structure has relatively limited exposure to exchange rate risk with less than 30% of government debt denominated in foreign currency. The sovereign rating is also constrained by relatively weak growth compared to peers, and by the significant fiscal challenges.

    STABLE OUTLOOK

    The stable outlook on the Caa3 rating reflects the high probability of a credit event in the next 2-3 years, and reflects a balance of risks between lower and higher levels of loss given default.

    WHAT COULD MOVE THE RATINGS UP

    Upward pressure on the rating could build if the government initiates a credible fiscal consolidation program to arrest the rise in debt-to-GDP ratio and put debt on a sustainable downward trajectory. These developments would likely be accompanied by reduced reliance on short-term debt and financing from the central bank, and a rebound in international reserves.

    WHAT COULD MOVE THE RATINGS DOWN

    The rating would most likely come under additional downward pressure if, following a restructuring, losses imposed on creditors exceeded 35% in NPV terms, the highest level consistent with the Caa3 rating.

    COUNTRY CEILINGS

    The long-term foreign currency bond ceiling is changed to Caa2, while the short-term foreign currency bond ceiling is unchanged at NP. The long-term foreign currency deposit ceiling is changed to Ca, while the short-term foreign currency deposit ceiling remains at NP. The long-term local currency bond and deposit ceilings are changed to B3, while the short-term local currency bond and deposit ceilings remain unchanged at NP.

    GDP per capita (PPP basis, US$): 16,670 (2015 Actual) (also known as Per Capita Income)

    Real GDP growth (% change): 1.6% (2016 Actual) (also known as GDP Growth)

    Inflation Rate (CPI, % change Dec/Dec): 1.7% (2016 Actual)

    Gen. Gov. Financial Balance/GDP: -8.2% (2016 Actual) (also known as Fiscal Balance)

    Current Account Balance/GDP: -4.6% (2016 Actual) (also known as External Balance)

    External debt/GDP: [not available]

    Level of economic development: Low level of economic resilience

    Default history: No default events (on bonds or loans) have been recorded since 1983.

    On 06 March 2017, a rating committee was called to discuss the rating of the Barbados, Government of. The main points raised during the discussion were: The issuer’s institutional strength/framework, have decreased. The issuer’s fiscal or financial strength, including its debt profile, has materially deteriorated. The issuer has become more susceptible to event risks.

    The principal methodology used in these ratings was Sovereign Bond Ratings published in December 2016. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on http://www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

    The weighting of all rating factors is described in the methodology used in this credit rating action, if applicable.

    REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

    For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody’s rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the credit rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular credit rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider’s credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on http://www.moodys.com.

    For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this credit rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this credit rating action, the associated regulatory disclosures will be those of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following disclosures, if applicable to jurisdiction: Ancillary Services, Disclosure to rated entity, Disclosure from rated entity.

    Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.

    Please see http://www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody’s legal entity that has issued the rating.

    Please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on http://www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating.

    Samar Maziad

    Vice President – Senior Analyst

    Sovereign Risk Group

    Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

    250 Greenwich Street

    New York, NY 10007

    U.S.A.

    JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376

    SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653

    Atsi Sheth

    MD – Sovereign Risk

    Sovereign Risk Group

    JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376

    SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653

    Releasing Office:

    Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

    250 Greenwich Street

    New York, NY 10007

    U.S.A.

    JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376

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  4. Hants March 10, 2017 at 3:24 AM #

    The political sharks smell blood.

    MP salaries are very attractive even to the geriatric brigade.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 10, 2017 at 6:42 AM #

    The problem with many of these news candidates is they are mentally weak just like the politicians in pith DBLP and will either want to rely on the other seasoned politicos because they themselves are novices or they will want to rely heavily on the minorities, because of their own inferiority complexes……the same greedy petty minorities who will continue like the parasites they are accustomed being for decades, to take full of advantage by sucking every taxpayer contract, sucking money from NIS pension fund, sucking money from the treasury……..because of the weaknesses in the new breed of candidates who will become easily manipulated government ministers…

    None of them inspire confidence.. all of them want the titles, perks, salaries, pensions and status that comes from being elected by voters…and the ability to distribute bullshit pimphood titles to whomever they worship, adore and owe……… ..not one of them has said they will put a stop to the financial strangle hold minorities have on the island because of the weaknesses of the 2 governments DBLP in the last 50 years……, they are all just waiting in line for their turn to wreak havoc on the helpless majority population…..after being elected.

    I would not trust any of them.

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  6. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 10, 2017 at 6:57 AM #

    The Grenville Phillips Column – Who Needs to Take Bitter Medicine@

    Until you deal with the Massive Land Fraud and POZI in Barbados , All will have to take that Bitter Medicine, We hope by now you are doing your Home work, Or All news Parties will get stuck in the same gully ,

    More Down grades will come , You will have to falling to Crash after the crash is the BURN<

    Speak the Truth and look for take Action to fix, But first you must admit, You can not tip toe with crooks liars and scumbags, The DBLP all 60 have to be rooted out,

    Study the word Fraud, the look up the word PONZI on how it works, and then tell me you dont see CLICO and Barbados? Then if not go to the eye doctor,

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  7. Tony Trotman March 10, 2017 at 8:24 AM #

    Step 1: Downsize the Barbados Parliament, e.g. reduce the number of MPs and their terms of employment (e.g. pensions).

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  8. Pachamama March 10, 2017 at 10:38 AM #

    Hants

    They are more interested in state pensions for life than salaries per se.

    If you want to cut them off at the pass, there is were you must hit them.

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  9. David March 10, 2017 at 10:41 AM #

    @Pacha

    Who can we engage to have the pension arrangement for MPs amended?

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  10. Bush Tea March 10, 2017 at 10:59 AM #

    @ David
    Who can we engage to have the pension arrangement for MPs amended?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No worry, that will be job number 2 for the IMF….. and will occur without a whimper.

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  11. Hants March 10, 2017 at 11:06 AM #

    @ Pachamama ,

    I was told that without ” state pensions for life ” nobody in Barbados would become a

    politician.

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  12. David March 10, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    It is easy for Pacha to drop a statement about how we amend MP pension plans but the same people we are kicking in the ass will have to make the change unless we can boot their asses to kingdom come. Then IF we are able to accomplish it those coming in will be corrupted by the system if the renege on promises made that got them elected. Benevolent Dictator anyone?

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  13. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 10, 2017 at 12:42 PM #

    MoneyB..where are you.

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  14. Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM #

    No Hants,it was supposed to counter the temptation to do underhand deals….Read corruption….ask Lowe if it was successful.He should be the first on the bus to Dodds after the next general election.

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  15. Gabriel March 10, 2017 at 1:04 PM #

    I am convinced these rating agencies look in on BU to assess what is happening on the ground in Bim.There are too many observations made on BU that gell with the rating agencies views.

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  16. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM #

    @ Gabriel

    THe Barbados Underground DOES NOT ATTRACT IDIOTS

    Rather, i should say that even though it attracts idiots, THEY CANNOT SURVIVE HERE LONG (barring AC – all 5 of them, Alvin and Dompey)

    THe Government of the United States of America has a practice of monitoring the premiere blog of any country and thereafter “bugging” the computer of any radical party who blogs there e.g. Pachamama, Bush Tea, Artaxerxes, Due Diligence and the Honourable Blogmaster to name a few.

    Not the ole man, I am considered a gnat heheheheheh

    Wunna is considered radicals and subversive elements whom they create files on, solely to ascertain if you are just talk giants or treasonous, seditious potential coup stagers.

    Like ****** but de ole man going lef dat dere.

    So too with the ratings agencies – they seek to acquire intelligence in “war” and therefore will come to the greatest concentration of intelligent bloggerrati (Jeff gave me that word)

    I will plagiarize this from Sir John Keegan

    “First, there is the acquisition of it; it has to be collected. This could be “electronic
    intelligence”, such as listening to the radio transmissions of the other side. For example, the CIA (via Pine Gap in central Australia) listened to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan talk to his mother in Saudi Arabia over his mobile telephone.”

    That is now being replicated here by the DLP and their Station Hill operatives and Mugabe and her machine that listened in on Owen Arthur.

    Yes my man that is the same Mugabe Mottley who Marching for Morality tomorrow from Jubilee Gardens the one that Lawson tell we dat we must vote fuh.

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  17. lawson March 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM #

    Piece i really dont care who you vote for ,but i believe you need change and there is only one alternative not because they are the best, not because they are the brightest, not because they are any less crooked but because of name recognition, logistics and infrastructure there is no one else that can challenge. One half of me says keep the same policies and I will easily afford a home down there, but the other half wants our friends and family to do well.. so a new direction must be forged.

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  18. David March 10, 2017 at 2:07 PM #

    DLP lunchtime lecture by Esther.

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  19. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM #

    @ Gabriel

    “The second stage is delivering the information back to the potential user.

    Again, this is often more successful in fiction than in real life, where there are many problems in transmission…”

    When the Government of the United States used it CIA agents in the Political & Economic Division of the Barbados Embassy to interview Deboulay Forde and Peter Wickham et al, having completed the first step which was to acquire the information via HUMINT, the issue was to send the information back for compilation.

    Email was used and we all know the outcome of that email a la Wikileaks

    What is instructive however is that they no longer are relying on HUMINT as they are using SIGINT and ELINT read bugging your phones and screenshotting your computers and copying the contents of your hard drives.

    With the corporation of Apple and Whatsapp.

    Now the other entities like Moody’s do not have that tier of intelligence readily available so Ms. Lagarde and here peoples can only rely on information supplied by the lied Governor of the Central Bank & the lies supplied by our Minister of Fine Ants the man who does not know decimal points

    YESSSSSSSSS!

    Chris Decimals Bond of HRH SS – His Rsshle Highness’ Secret Service – FUMBLES HESELF!!

    So they augment their scant information by ancillary sources gleaned from the bloggerati

    Let me put it to you this way.

    Old Macdonald has a farm and when audit time comes he is quizzed about the operations of his farm by some external parties (e.g. the IMF)

    THe external parties feel that Macdonald is fudging the numbers and over reporting income, understating how much feed he has to buy, telling lies about the cows he is feeding and siphoning off money for non farm activities.

    His reports are all false so what do they do?

    Hodges, they use Hodges the farmhand who feeds the cows, and the ducks, and the paling cocks and who sometimes passes out a few of the blackbelly sheep heheheheheh.

    Hodges is BU, (not saying that you and i pass out sheep but heheheheheh)

    Hodges works on the farm and has to pick up the feed, and has to clean up the cows and therefore is a good reliable source

    Fellows like Due Diligence and dem fellers who does submit the real real reports dem is the fellers dat dem love and therefore this is why they will read Barbados Underground

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  20. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM #

    @ Lawson,

    How can a “new direction” be forged by the same old order?

    I simply do not understand that logic.

    “doctor I have a splinter in my foot”

    “Patient, i am going to use this hammer to get it out”

    “Doctor, a hammer? well we used the hammer and it is not working”

    “Patient, that was a blue handled hammer, now we are going to use a red handled hammer”

    What “…name recognition?, logistics? and infrastructure?” are you talking bout

    Steupseeee

    Dat is whu you a millionaire (according to these folks here pun BU) going vote for?

    A name?

    So leh me see which name you voting for ?

    Mugabe Mottley?

    Logistics? whu logistics you talking bout? Paying my deposit? getting out there and canvassing?

    and whu infrastructure? you mean de roads? de party? its cohesiveness during elections?

    Dat is precisely what we want to change Lawson.

    Dat INFRASTRUCTURE dat i getting my ting while i in heah.

    Each one of dem is be running dem ting anyhow

    It is only when de next Election rolls around that you see any cohesiveness.

    Lawson, you is a millionaire in trufe? whu you mek you money in? youu does sell hammers?

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  21. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM #

    @ Gabriel

    The whole book by Keegan is a big book i think about 500 pages and might not encourage most people who are not raised on diets of gore, M16’s, AK17s and war.

    Here is a rather succinct brief of 3 pages for you to use and slate your interest, should any such lingering exist.

    http://www.global-directions.com/Articles/Global%20Politics/IntelligenceInWar.pdf

    The principles of Intelligence Gathering congeal irrespective of the niche and we would be well advised to observe them in this our current war

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  22. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 10, 2017 at 3:51 PM #

    Dont mind Lawson…what millionaire what…non pf those immigration mutts will believe that, they will turn him back at the US border…lol

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  23. vincent haynes March 10, 2017 at 6:44 PM #

    Piece

    Yuh real hard ears doh…..at this point in time we only have MAM and her advisors to lead us out of this morass

    After the march she should do another no confidence.

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  24. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 8:56 PM #

    @ Vincent

    You and Lawson sign a pact to vex de ol man bout dis Mugabe ting yes?

    Let me not make this too hard for you (and him)

    Give the ole man ONE PROJECT dat Mugabe proposed and delivered to the Nation of Barbados?

    Jes one and, given the debacle that Edutech was you are not allowed to refer to that US $236 million scam.

    Jes one in the 30 plus years that Mia served.

    Jes one!!

    And de ole man going join de march tomorrow during the flood waters

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  25. Hants March 10, 2017 at 9:56 PM #

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght,

    You need to visit Ontario so you can get used to a woman Premier ( equivalent to a

    Barbados woman Prime Minister. )

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  26. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 10, 2017 at 9:56 PM #

    ohhhhhhhh ammm Vincent ammmmm I see that an hour gone by and you ent respond.

    I guess that you have to speak to (a) lawson first and then to (b) Mugabe your boss second.

    But i have been thinking that i made that question too hard for you and that you WILL NOT FIND an answer.

    So de ole man say i going give you an easy question for you to mamaguy an answer

    ammmmmm you dun know that de cuntry had four attorneys general Adriel Slit Eyes Nitwit, Fumbles Stuart, Dale Teets Marshall and Mugabe Mottley in descending order (as in descending to the bowels of hell)

    Please provide if you will the name of one drug lord who any one of the four of them was responsible of bringing their empire down.

    Jes one

    I know dat you ent going be able to answer that question neider.

    What is the current number of Mia’s, your boss’s silver Jeep and what was the number of the GOLD BMW dat get write off in an accident?

    I going give you a hint it got in the first and the third letter of her name MUGABE

    Sleep well Vincent and lawson cause wunna going be in the sun tomorrow heheheheheeh

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  27. Enuff March 10, 2017 at 10:40 PM #

    David
    Given all the talk about Edutech and “Mugabe” ( I recall PM Arthur was labeled a dictator too), it would be good to indicate when Edutech was launched and the ministers responsible, including length of the tenure, since being launched? What metrics should be/are being used to determine the success or failure of the prrogramme? Note it is a programme not a project. What has happened prior to and since 2008?

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  28. Bush Tea March 10, 2017 at 11:16 PM #

    Come off it Enuff…
    Edutech was even more shirt that CSME….
    Stop with the red herrings man!!

    Before 2008, Mia was overseeing the burning down perfectly good prisons and handing contracts to known scam artists at VECO.

    After 2008, the lotta shiite that YOUR party did …via 3S, VECO, BNTCL, Coach Guard base, Greenland etc, ….FORCED Bajans to go with the St Philip idiot…
    Now ALL we ass is grass…

    Mean wunna REALLY cannot find a half-decent leader? …who don’t bite…? and who had nothing to do with Four Seasons…?
    What kinda damn party are you in that can’t find someone with CLEAR qualities of leadership, decency, and moral uprightness?

    …and after all the lotta licks you got backing Arthur’s CSME shiite, …you got the gall to take on the job as Mugabe’s Edutech advocate…?
    You let down Bushie man!!!

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  29. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 12:39 AM #

    @Hal Austin March 9, 2017 at 3:35 PM “Then the dishonest foreign-owned banks… are contemplating charging for use of ATMs, ”

    The foreign banks have been charging for the use of ATM’s for more than 10 years now. I am surprised that you do not know this.

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  30. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 12:48 AM #

    @Pachamama March 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM “Who will loose their deposits of course.”

    CORRECTION: lose

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  31. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:02 AM #

    @Hants March 9, 2017 at 4:05 PM “Time to ban the importation of NEW cars till the beginning of 2019….Ban the importation of NEW clothes except for underwear.”

    Why would an adult buy new underwear every year?

    8 pairs of new underwear should last 10 years minimum. One for every day of the week, and an extra exclusively for doctor’s visits.

    Back in the day my mother heard a discussion between her headmaster and his wife. It was a Friday and the headmaster was asking his wife for his clean underwear because he had to go into town to collect the pay for himself and the staff.

    The wife responded “you know that you only have one and a piece, the one is in the wash, and you have on the piece.”

    A headmaster, yes? With only 1 1/2 pairs of underwear.

    And now people feel deprived if they don’t have the latest car, toy electronic game and new clothes every year. Outrageous.

    No wonder people are scared. Oh dear what shall I do without my new BMW?

    Stupssseee!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:04 AM #

    @Prodigal Son March 9, 2017 at 4:28 PM “We wait with baited breath to hear what he has to say.”

    CORRECTION: bated.

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  33. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:10 AM #

    @Tron March 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM “I guess, all these parlamentarians and QCs are High Whites and ancestors of former slaveholders.”

    CORRECTION: descendants NOT ancestors.

    Our 17th to 19th century ancestors are all DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.

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  34. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:16 AM #

    @William Skinner March 9, 2017 at 5:56 PM “While we may appropriately dismiss, Stuart’s bravado, is he not saying what, many of us have been saying regarding, these international agencies telling us, what we are supposed to do?”

    Yes except that he is the Prime Minister and we pay him exceptionally well to think, talk, and act sensibly at all times. A Prime Minister is NEVER off duty.

    He does not pay us. We pay him. We do not get government pay cheques so we are therefore free to talk sh!te 24-7.

    That is the difference between a Prime Minister and a

    Simple Simon

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  35. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:22 AM #

    @Tron March 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM “Maybe I should burn some chicken with hot sauce and some pictures in the garden later and impetrate a miracle.”

    CORRECTION: imprecate

    And if you are going to be working spells please know that you need some candles, some duppy dust and the testicles of a virgin rooster.

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  36. Simple Simon March 11, 2017 at 1:43 AM #

    @Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght – INRI March 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM “With the corporation of Apple and Whatsapp.”

    CORRECTION: Cooperation

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  37. Tony Trotman March 11, 2017 at 5:44 AM #

    The ISO 9001 system may be perceived as another useless reform in the public sector that will not translate into a good customer service. I think Solutions Barbados should set out “SMART” performance targets for the public sector – if it wishes to distinguish itself from the other political parties, e.g. achieve a 90% punctuality target for the bus service by 2022.

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  38. David March 11, 2017 at 5:55 AM #

    The question for Grenville if f he was able to meet with the trade unions to solicit their input.

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  39. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 11, 2017 at 6:18 AM #

    “ammmmmm you dun know that de cuntry had four attorneys general Adriel Slit Eyes Nitwit, Fumbles Stuart, Dale Teets Marshall and Mugabe Mottley in descending order (as in descending to the bowels of hell)”

    Piece….ya forgot the most deceitful, disrespectful, crooked, if that’s possible, attorney general and former chief justice Davud Simmons, whose son is a known druggie for decades, but never arrested and nephew who was reportedly shot recently when another druggie got killed.

    The dirty secrets on the island that just keeps on giving more dirty secrets.

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  40. enuff March 11, 2017 at 6:39 AM #

    Bushie

    I keep telling you that CSME is a topic that’s too high for you and to keep quiet. If the Secretariat functioned as it ought to be with the requisite supranational powers, Butch would not be able to get a mob-a-thon of concessions from Grenada, Barbados and looking to do likewise in Tobago.

    On Edutech, you’re still no closer to proving failure or responsibility. No wonder Thompson tricked wunna in 2008, Freundel in 2013 and some new ones about to do the same next election.

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  41. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 11, 2017 at 8:55 AM #

    Look Enuff

    You come to the party late and I would have to go back to all de piffle bout Edutech and the abysmal failure that the $236 million american dollars that it was.

    THe fact is dat even with your puerile remonstrations you nor MUGABE CANNOT GIVE ONE OUTCOME about the Edutech scam other than what is purported namely that it enriched the No#1 man in the #2 business and supporter of said Mugabe.

    Here is someting dat you need to ask Mugabe youself since you so close and ting.

    Ask Mugabe to give you de excel spreadsheet dat clearly allocates the way that the $$ was spread out among all of the collusion agents.

    It was the file on the computer at the MoE.

    De ole man doan fucking play, you tek what is mine and i tek what is yours.

    You fvuck wid me and as sure as day follows night Lupe going find your scvunt late one night and …

    But doan leh we go dere doah….

    Leh we keep this very simple.

    There were $236 million US dollare wasted on this self enriching shy*e

    Divide that number by 10 and list here for all and sundry to see 24 reasons why your believe that Edutech was not a failure or shut to muck up with your pooch sucking piffle.

    Let me help you with this construct

    Here is a link to the UN version of the effed up project to use your words

    http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/caricad/unpan009517.pdf

    The Programme aims to:

    • prepare students who are creative, numerate, literate, well-trained and readily retrainable
    at any point in their development;
    • ensure that all students understand the necessity of being able to live and work
    harmoniously with other persons in their environment;
    • increase the efficacy of the teaching/learning process by encouraging teachers to
    shift to child-centred and more collaborative forms of learning in their
    classrooms; and
    • ensure that all children leave school with the basic skills and abilities that are
    required to participate productively in the skill and information-intensive job
    market.

    The specific objectives of the Programme are to:

    • repair and upgrade the existing school plant;
    • integrate all available information and communications technologies within the
    school system;
    • provide teacher training to enhance pedagogical skills;
    • achieve the desired balance between teacher-centred and child-centred
    approaches; and
    • strengthen the capacity of the Ministry to effectively manage the education
    system.

    Barring “…repair and upgrade the existing school plant…” which de ole man ask you to refer to that excel spreadsheet about heheheheheheh what de muck else was achieved?

    Steupseeee

    Why you doan go and get ready for de march doah nuh? and carry long you raincoat and ting you hear?

    And a bullet proof vest cause WeJonesing waiting fuh wunna scvunt cause he and Pigrim going cause a scuffle in de crowd and start a riot and den disperse wunna with the riot gear and compound 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile cannisters.

    Carry long T-Shirts and bottle water to wet and put to wunna noses to breathe through AND PLEASE do not rub wunna eyes, it does burn like sh*t!

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  42. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 11, 2017 at 9:06 AM #

    Sorry David i was to change it ti muck, apologies

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  43. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 9:27 AM #

    Piece

    Chuckle…..Mawnin….yuh mussee do like muh….git an urly bed ,sleep good,urly rise ,walk round git a paper,hae u brekfast…burp….read de paper…..ablute…den looka wuh alt-facts been posted pun BU….mek fuh long.healthy life with malice tuh nun.

    In response to your question to me…..all I can say is to read Hansard where OSA took responsibility for all the rights and wrongs of his tenure……note the difference this PM leaves everything to his ministers whereas your boy practised the height micromanagement well into the wee hours of the morning making it impossible for any minister to be their own boss especially a woman……a bit like you…..I note the two of you have a lot in common…….he payin yuh or yuh ez famly?

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  44. Bush Tea March 11, 2017 at 9:41 AM #

    LOL @ Enuff
    If the Secretariat functioned as it ought to be with the requisite supranational powers
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    …and IF shit had wings…..

    Boss..
    CSME is a lotta shiite… always was!!. …PERIOD!!!
    Only Barbados seemed not to have noticed.

    On Edutech, what the hell is ‘failure???”
    Wunna spend 1/2 BILLION Dollars …with not a shiite to show
    …and you want proof of ‘failure’…?

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  45. Hal Austin March 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM #

    Simple Simon,

    There is no direct charge in the UK as yet. But, like most things, it is a hidden charge.

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  46. Alvin Cummins March 11, 2017 at 10:38 AM #

    Lawson,
    As AG when there was a riot at the prison, and it get burn down, the AG should have resigned or been forced to resign, or, since the boss know bout firing; he even fire Liz twice, she should have been fired, instead of being allowed to put the country in a whole lot of debt,; conspiring with a shady character, to build a new prison, and condemning the country to have to pay off that debt, in instalments, every first month of the year. Then she was in charge when the Supervisor of Insurance allowed the CLICO mess to affect all those people; especially those buying FPAs and EFPAs.and it goes further, so far she has brought four or five no confidence motions, which have all failed. She going bring more? How many marches has she held? When the government tried to introduce the needed austerity measures by trying to enforce the early retirement clauses of the contracts of people at the BIDC, she and the unions threatened to shut down the island; when the tourist season was just beginning to pick up, when the foreign reserves were just beginning to improve, and the negative growth in GDP was beginning to improve. What the hell she planning a march for? She expect that the P.M. going get frighten and call an election? She ent as powerful as the Duke of York when he marched. Elections not coming before July next year, so ten it easy pun wanna bodies.

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  47. Hal Austin March 11, 2017 at 10:42 AM #

    Alvin,
    I asked before, are you a trained economist, or just an intelligent reader?

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  48. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM #

    Alvin Cummins March 11, 2017 at 10:38 AM #

    Chuckle…..the prison was overcrowded with no funds available to build a new one,it was an accident waiting to happen…….and it did….so why should the the then AG resign,she was not in charge of the coffers……your new buddy was.

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  49. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 1:05 PM #

    Piece

    Wuh appen……yuh call me out…..ah cyan hare yuh tall

    Sorry I forgot that you are getting ready to march with your buddy BT who said he was….no more posts this afternoon then.

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  50. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 11, 2017 at 1:05 PM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/03/11/dominica-douglas-charles-airport-closed/

    Piece……..Dominica got the flood instead.

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  51. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 11, 2017 at 1:41 PM #

    @ Vincent

    Sorry I was heah praying so I ent hear you

    @ Well Well and Consequences

    The day is yet young…

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  52. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 1:47 PM #

    Piece

    Glad to hear yuh praying for the march to be succesful and that MAM will take over the govt……good on you…..keep it up.

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  53. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght - INRI March 11, 2017 at 2:16 PM #

    oh Vincent

    de grandson do dis likkle ting for you

    So that you doan feel lonely

    It is dedicated to the so called politician Mugabe who should be called “the Minister of Meaningless Marches”

    Mugabe Mottley has spent 30 plus years in the House of Assembly and has in that time done nothing but waste US $236 Million dollars on an ineffectual project which, after purchasing Millions in obsolete computers had to throw them away after 5 years.

    But she like a march and a music outing and Bajans like to Wuk up every chance they get.

    Mugabe Marches in March with another Meaningless March

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  54. Hants March 11, 2017 at 2:24 PM #

    @ Pieceuhderock,

    I trying to distract you but you like you possessed by ………….

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  55. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 2:54 PM #

    Piece

    Chuckle…..Hants like he suggesting that the praying was to the pitchfork on the garrison…… caussen yuh turnin bewitch like your buddy BT who can be seen at midnight pun de garsun muttering….yuh dout muh go ask de ladies den…..hehehehe….yuh duz noah wichen tuh axe.

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  56. Hants March 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

    @ Vincent Haynes,

    do not cast aspersions on the characters of Piece and Bushie based on a comment emanating from me.

    I will retract the word “obsessed” and replace it with “worried”.

    In the meantime I will continue listening to the sweet music of sultry sirens and share in the Diaspora corner so as not to interfere with the “Depressing Discussions of the Demise of Barbados and my investments therein”.

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  57. enuff March 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM #

    Piece – blah blah blah. Carry on smartly!! Still haven’t provided any EVIDENCE. Go mek a poster!!

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  58. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM #

    Hants

    Muh humblest apologies fuh misconstewin yuh ting bout Piece.

    Piece

    Yuh see you…..yuh dun gone pun de walk dah you seh yuh en gine pun……..causen ah ain seh nuffen frum yuh fuh long………….ah betcha yuh and BT wid MAM.

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  59. Alvin Cummins March 11, 2017 at 4:39 PM #

    Vincent,
    I think I remember another estimates or budget debate, between David Thompson, and Owen Arthur, during which the issue of the new prison was discussed. If I am not mistaken, (but according to Bushie et al, I usually am, so, sue me)it was said that Owen was away when the decision was made in Cabinet, to award the contract for the Prison was made, and he was only aware of it when he came back. Correct me if I am wrong Miller, or Artax. In any case she was Arrorney General and it was her portfolio. In any case there had been rumblings a while before. Reverend Matthews had even written in the newspapers about what was going on up there, so she should have been prepared for it. Does anyone remember?

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  60. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 4:54 PM #

    Alvin

    What yuh changing the goal posts on me for…..the reason you gave for her firing was that she was somehow responsible for the fire,which I debunked.

    Now you have shifted the goal posts to the contract for construction…….you know as well as I do that OSA ruled with an iron fist being physicaly present was immaterial to his knowledge and agreement.

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  61. Alvin Cummins March 11, 2017 at 5:36 PM #

    Vincent,
    I am not changing any goal posts. Liz Thompson was fired, twice. MIA was attorney general when the riot and fire occurred at the prison. I said that she should have resigned or been fired, because of what happened. The decision to get the prison and award the contract to SSS was made by her, and obviously with the concurrence of Cabinet, but OSA ducked responsibility for involvement in that decision. Have to go back to the archives to be absolutely sure.

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  62. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2017 at 6:28 PM #

    Alvin

    All you can prove is Cabinet responsibility.

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  63. Enuff March 12, 2017 at 7:46 AM #

    Bushie yuh hear stop? The same Singapore wunna duz get in here and big up, moving in a similar direction with its partners in ASEAN. Stop talking about matters, which you lack the acuity to conceptualise! Go focus on BBE.

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  64. nextparty246 March 12, 2017 at 9:31 PM #

    Hi David:

    We are scheduled to meet with some Unions in April 2017. I will let you know the outcome.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  65. Alvin Cummins March 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

    Grenville,
    You posted: “…Our public servants currently operate in a toxic environment of being fully aware that they can be managed, at any time, by an incompetent political appointee, and that they cannot be promoted to senior positions unless they are highly favoured by the political party in power.”
    This is incorrect. Civil Servants are appointed, promoted and Transferred under the aegis of the Public Service Commission.A Minister has no control over this process and the procedures governing them.

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  66. Alvin Cummins March 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM #

    Grenville,
    I was a Civil Servant for over twelve years, and my sister was a Senior Civil servant for over thirty years. We should know.

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  67. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 13, 2017 at 3:23 PM #

    Alvin…bith you and your sister and it appears most of the politicians are clueless to the DLP AMENDMENTS to the constitution.

    “3. (1): Subject to sections 95 and 97 of the Constitution, the powers vested in the Governor-General by sections 94 and 96 thereof and specified in column 1 of Part I of the Schedule in respect of the posts so specified shall, without prejudice to the exercise of such powers by the Governor-General, be exercisable by the persons specified in column 2 immediately opposite to such posts.”

    “(2): Notwithstanding sub-paragraph (1) and subject to the conditions specified in that sub-paragraph, the power conferred on the Governor-General by section 94 of the Constitution to make appointments to the posts mentioned in Part II of the Schedule shall be exercisable by the Chairman, Public Service Commission after consultation with the relevant Permanent Secretaries or the Chief Technical or Professional Officers, as the case may be.”

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  68. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger March 13, 2017 at 3:41 PM #

    And here I am quoting Grenville, who needs to post the article to BU as well, since Jeff will be able to confirm this because the politicians who were government lawmakers, obviously cant.

    “Without the independent restraining power of the Governor General, the public service predictably became politicised, and this, in our opinion, is the root cause of all of our national problems. That a former attorney general and a former minister were unaware of this critical issue shows why Barbados is unlikely to improve under a DLP, BLP and now UPP administration.”

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