The Ronnie Yearwood Lecture

The duration of the lecture is over two hours but worth the listen. Many of the views shared my Dr. Ronnie Yearwood last night have been mooted repeatedly on BU. It is important a greater number of Barbadians from the academic class step out of the comfort zone to challenge the establishment. It is evident- even to the ignorant  -that our system needs remodelling. We need our brightest to lead the way.

123 thoughts on “The Ronnie Yearwood Lecture

  1. David

    And Dr. Yearwood also sought to do so by running for Parliament–a position I have always and will continue to promote here on BU. I hope he is made a Senator if the BLP wins.

    • @enuff

      Yearwood obviously subscribes to your view- and Walter Blackman -that change must be promoted from the inside?

  2. A splendid lecture, which goes right to the heart of what is wrong with Barbados. The trouble is that a country such as Barbados cannot afford to have brilliant young people such as Ronnie Yearwood operating out of the country.
    We must accommodate these dynamic young people in some way.

  3. We may want to start considering that it is an election, where the candidates and a government are being elected by the majority population to represent THEIR BEST INTERESTS as opposed to a competition won by one political party and used as a license to do shit repeatedly to the people for 5, 10,15 years.

    That very important fact gets lost immediately a government is elected by the people……..with the ministers and their dumb yardfowls crowing “we win, we win”….for the duration of the term(s).

    It is a job that a government and ministers is elected and paid to do by the majority population, the taxpayers….it is not a game.

  4. David,
    I must admit I missed the reference to Sandra, Ronnie’s rival. However, I think they are both better candidates than Donville Inniss.
    Further, we must find a place for Ronnie in he wants it.

    • @Hal

      The irony is that Ronnie was rejected by the BLP selection process yet there is consensus within the BU community he possesses needed qualities missing from todays politician.

  5. @ David
    You mind enuff?
    What run for what parliament what??!!

    It is juvenile to think that ‘just getting a few good (wo)/men’ elected will somehow solve our problems. The problem is MUCH LARGER than this simplistic assessment.

    People like Dr Yearwood and Walter Blackman are clearly well-intentioned, intelligent and knowledgable, but they are completely UNEQUIPPED for the task at hand. The very fact that they seem to think that step 1 is ‘getting elected’ confirms their unpreparedness for the task.

    Perhaps 15 years ago this would have been an option, but the degree of wickedness to which we have now sunk is beyond mortal redemption.
    5 years ago, a BUP option with strong ethical leadership had a chance….
    Now, only sackcloth and ashes will do it…..

    They will probably need to be actually elected in order to understand the level of EVIL pressure that can be brought to bear on a ‘well-intentioned’ individual.

    We have already seen the change in Walter…and he ain’t even nominated yet….

    The road to Hell is paved with limitless good intentions.

  6. Is either Party willing to take the RISK of bringing in to their midst someone who is very clever and professional??????????

    The “leadership” would certainly be very threatened.

  7. Is Ronnie running in truth? I’d vote him for President of a new Incorporated Barbados, along with a TEAM of qualified professionals (VP’s) to manage the various economic sectors, duly selected in conjunction with an engaged citizenry (including the church and civic organizations) that are encouraged to continuously participate in decision making on a digital participatory democracy platform.

  8. Money Brain April 14, 2017 at 3:37 PM #

    Chuckle…..look how you upset the applecart just so by stating the truth.

    The political class is comfortable with the status quo…….so why bring in a maverick to change it?

  9. @Bush Tea
    Nothing that I heard from Ronnie Yearwood led me to think that he thinks “that step 1 is ‘getting elected’.” Rather, he emphasized that we need profound cultural change in Barbados. He stated point blank that switching the Ds to the Bs will not bring real change… he went further to point out that even after we get integrity legislation passed it will mean little unless Bajan citizens went through a paradigm shift; he quoted Barrow to the effect that (from memory) “the government can only treat us with contempt because we hold ourselves in contempt.” Sounds to me that he is simply pointing out (in a polysyllabic manner) that we need to stop being “brass bowls.”

    He began by pointing out that for the past 50 years we have had only 3 items in our kit to tackle any crisis:
    1. Austerity,
    2. Privatization,
    3. Foreign Direct Investment.
    He was clear that this kit cannot save us in our current predicament.

    He listed 5 points near the end of his talk which seemed the closest that he came to a prescription (from memory):
    1. Configure government as a social enterprise,
    2. Stem the brain drain,
    3. Pursue deep cultural change to emphasize hard work,
    4. Promote innovation and prudent investment,
    5. Establish direction and leadership.

    His underlying theme was that no matter what tack we take on strategy, without cultural change we are dead in the water because “culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

  10. The SJS branch of the BLP made a terrible mistake in not selecting this young man. He should run in SPS in the election due before 2023. I’d vote for him. Hopefully, the BLP or DLP makes some use of this young man. If not, I hope he realises that you dont have to be a politician to effect change.

  11. Time is long overdue for pressure groups to be re-established in Bim… other countries they are called lobby groups…..we used to have a notable one in the PPM led by Eric “Fly” Sealy.

    I recall many decades ago that the presidents or CEOs of the BYC,Jaycees,4-H…..were listened too.They had a voice in the papers and commented on the activities of the day.

    These were young people organisatons…..why have the youth opted out?

    They need to stop going to join political parties,establish pressure movements and let the parties come to you.

    • @Kevin

      You have noted how he used the Auditor Generals reports to trash the performance of successive governments? He calls for a dismantling of the current governance model -this should make Pachamama wet his trousers with joy.

  12. David,

    The St James South BLP rejected him. As part of her speech, Sandra said Ronnie was not a lawyer.

    • @Hal

      You noted Yearwood calls for referenda to bind government to key priorities as determined by the people?

  13. CUP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ on said:

    So far his words are good and on point , more truth than BU can deal with, this tape keep cutting off, Now for him to add the cause of all things the land and the lies to cover up the massive land fraud and the banking he will see other pains based on Fraud and PONZI, Maybe SB need to talk to him to help open his head to real truth, Then we all can sit down and plan to remove these crooks, liars and scumbags, Accounting General , Dr.Ronnir Yearwood and CUP and any others that wake up in Time can fix Barbados , We knew that had to be others who want to deal wit Truth in Barbados,

    • Bim must have STRICT INTEGRITY Legislation.

      Massively Increase MP by 3-5 X but transgression will be seriously penalised.

      Second effect of more pay is to attract the best people to Government.

    • Ronnie made the point that we must have integrity legislation BUT given the level of apathy that currently pervades the tiny island it will mean nothing. How do we turnaround the apathy? Those of us who are enlightened must organize and be the leaders of the change.

  14. Who is Dr. Ronnie Yearwood? Has he ever made a payroll for workers every Friday? In my old age I have no time for persons parading around a doctor title (and not working in a hospital) and wearing a suit and tie. Barbados needs “doers”, not more talkers.

  15. The lawyers of parliament are so filled with their own stench,..they are unable to see that it’s decades pf incompetent lawyers making up the cabinet and being in parliament that has brought the island to its knees.

  16. peterlawrencethompson April 14, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    re government

    We just got 16 new government secretaries, salaray S1 plus all allowances and other privileges. The fate of Bim will be determined by the first actions of the next government. If they go on with 51 parlamentarians, many ministries, even more government secretaries and 60 state agencies, nothing will and nothing can improve.

    The current level of bureaucracy is unsustainable. A bureaucratic copy of Great Britian around 1960, but the GDP of a mouse. Given the excessive duties in Barbados on imports, it is hardly impossible to launch any business or to compete with such business on the global export market.

  17. @ PLT
    Nothing that I heard from Ronnie Yearwood led me to think that he thinks “that step 1 is ‘getting elected’.
    Nobody said that he SAID so….
    Why do you think he contested the nomination against Sandra Husbands? …To join a church?
    Why do you think Walter gone quiet and kowtowing to Froon behind the scenes? ..think he frighten for Bushie…??!!

    @ Andrew Simpson
    So you would vote for him as president based on one shiite speech that basically repeats everything we have all been saying on BU now for 10 years (all except AC and Alvin)??

    Dog-bite-muh!! … things gotta be REAL hard.
    Don’t you want to know what he has accomplished before – besides some shiite doctorate like our boy Brathwaite?
    What business operation or professional agency has he successfully managed to demonstrate the needed skills?
    How successful is his family life? (if you cannot get along with your OWN damn family, good luck getting along with 300,000 brass bowl Bajans…
    How solid is his bank account? Wunna sure that he is not interested in the damn salary (and perks)? (Whose mom would not want a $5 deposit?)
    Boss, these are the kind of things you need to investigate when looking for leaders.

    Those who are found to be faithful in small areas, we can THEN make them rulers over bigger things … or even little brass bowl countries…

    @ enuff
    …thought you were leaving home..?

    @ Money B
    Boss, you seem to think that money is the solution to every shiite…. and in your world it probably is…But Vincent is right (for once 🙂 ) that sometimes, FAR better results are achieved with lower salaries – and even by volunteers ….in the right environment.
    No matter how much money you pay Stinkliar he still out to sea…. and no matter how little you pay Bushie the whacker will whack….

    @ David
    Boss, the easiest job in the WHOLE world is talking sweet.
    You listened to the Pit Bull back in the last election campaign right? Sweet as shiite!!!
    …then what??!!
    We ended up with a shiite hound pot starver……

    Bushie wants background on practical achievements….and that does NOT include writing shiite theses for any PhD….. like Lowe’s

    Bushie wants…
    …something like Caswell baptism of fire with the BLP
    …his YEARS of free volunteer work in the Credit Unions
    …his ongoing commitment to workers rights (and to bullying employers 🙂 )
    …and even his occasional attempts to cuss Bushie…

    No lotta long talk.

    • Gents I focused on Integrity Legislation, why are the Pols teeeefing if it is NOT about $$$$$$$$??????????????

      The money part is to attract better talent BUT also to “compensate” for NOT teeefing.

      Bushie, it is ALL about $$$$$$$$$$$$$ and U should know that.

    • How come wunna not focusing on the Integrity Legislation, but only money and rich?

  18. Sandra Husbands came at my doorstep last month. She was canvassing for the BLP candidate for the constituency in which I live. She was slapping tar i.e. doing work. Give me Husbands over the theoreticians.

    • @Ping Pong

      Let us be clear about what you mean – Sandra Husbands is doing work because she was slapping tar?

  19. @Money Brain
    Being rich does nothing to stop thieves. In fact the most corrupt people in most societies are among the richest because they can afford the bribes.

  20. Money B
    It SHOULD not be all about money
    …and you know that Bushie knows that – even if it continues to elude you….

    You ALSO know that the biggest THIEVES in this world are people who already have much more money that they can possibly spend. They get away with it because they can afford things like bribes, influence, protection and (especially) lawyers.

    Intergity legislation is really just a gimmick. Powerful politicians and other crooks willl ALWAYS find ways to avoid prosecution under such laws if they are dealing with bowls.
    Were laws not broken with CLICO?
    What happened…?
    Not one shiite.

    What is really needed is TRANSPARENCY, along with real, self-respecting people (not brass bowls) who will NOT STAND FOR ANY SHIITE.

    BU has brought a level of transparency that causes the politicians to wet themselves…. but the brass bowls are still awaiting conversion …

  21. The part of Ronnie’s message that doesn’t sit well with BU is his willingness to surrender to the collective desire of the people determined by referenda or some other ‘tool’. Isn’t there reason we educate our people to produce leaders who are expected to lead? How does one define leadership if it must be in step with what the people desire all the time.

  22. That is not leadership.
    It is polling ….and then following from the front.
    It is popular because it requires no vision, no balls, no guts and little work.

    Since we know that 99% of the people are totally brass, (USA & Trump comes to mind) that approach is like watching the sheep and then sending them in the direction that most of the idiots are headed anyway.

    “Leadership” is the concept of a wise SHEPHERD leading the brass bowl sheep to their safety and security – even despite their most stupid and illogical opposition.
    LOL …and whether Pacha likes it or not….

  23. Ronnie R. F. Yearwood, BSc., LL.M, PhD has worked for the Prime Minister’s Office (Barbados) with a special focus on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.

    He has lectured in Caribbean politics and sociology in Barbados, and in law at Durham University, Newcastle University, University College London (UCL) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

  24. @MB
    read what BT wrote.
    Integrity cannot be legislated. We may attempt to legislate transparency and accountability, but none of this can replace common decency, and a strong moral fabric.
    This why the Leadership is so important, because they set the tone and standards.
    You should know, Ont had IL since the 90’s and did that stop the last male premier from all the shite he did? He didn’t even get charged. And like the one you love, his office ERASED thousands of e-mails, for which two operatives face charges, the case delayed for years.

    This was the opening point….folks don’t know who or what to believe, because we have invented words and explanations for blatant falsehood and mistruths. They are intended to confuse and mislead.

  25. Eye opening world perspective, actions made worse by small island governments who do not understand it, are too weak and greedy to fight it and lack the intelligence to not fall into those traps..

    #wealthinequality #debate – Wealth inequality has resulted in different problems for different nations, like in India the problem is corporate land grab, Greece is now ruled by banks, in Kenya rising food prices, in USA student debt, in Ghana the breakup of public utilities, in China slave wages and toxic skylines, in Iraq decades of conflict fuelled by extractive industries, in Libya toppling of Gadhafi and a never ending civil war, in UK austerity without an end in sight, in Mexico losing your rights to land and everywhere money hijacks political processes.

    So as we connect these dots, we are all begin to ask ourselves what is it that was actually growing when we grow the economy, and why is it we let the logic of global finance to define how we the seven billion citizens of earth ought to live, and do we really have to consume mother earth and each other to live better? Regarding the cause, there are lots of things that contribute to global wealth inequality, and inequality within countries and societies. Is it the economic policies and practices that favor wealthy individuals and help them in growing their wealth? The wealth of the super rich individuals and multinational corporations allow them to have influence on politics. The world’s tax heavens also play a great role in skewed wealth generation and distribution. They hold about $7.6 trillion of wealth, which is never invested back into the country where it comes from. Global wealth inequality is also growing because of neoliberal economic policies imposed on developing countries. Read more:

    Join us:

  26. Nonsense really……you cannot force anyone to pay taxes in 2 countries, particularly in one in which they are not domiciled AND working…unless the countries have double taxation treaties where you can choose to pay taxes in one or the other but not both…

    …..a just an accepted thesis, we have had no end of misery on here wuth Ph.D. Alvin.

    “Leadership” is the concept of a wise SHEPHERD leading the brass bowl sheep to their safety and security – even despite their most stupid and illogical opposition.
    LOL …and whether Pacha likes it or not….”

    That’s why I stopped calling the hungry for money, mercedes and status ministers on the island leaders, they are not true leaders, not in the truest sense of the word.

    Sandra Husbands always slaps tar, that is not necessarily working, she gives out information she would not normally give in desperation to get votes, they all do, but only around election…I would ignore them all, they have run their course.

  27. David,
    In Anglo-Saxon politics referenda are the rage. In our system we elect governments on the basis of their manifestos.
    But Ronnie is a cut above the second-rate lawyer/politicians we generally have. What is interesting is the venom, bile, savagery that is now coming out for Ronnie, rather than debating the issues he has raised.

  28. At 2 hrs and 16 minutes in to his responses Dr Ronnie Yearwood declared his hand.

    All of what he says is an artful regurgitation of Barbados Underground and other blogspace commentary

    The white bajan Herbert entrapped him to declare his objective which is to say to the Barbados Labour Party that he is critical to the “invigoration of the party” full effing stop.

    Wunna can talk all the sweet talk wunna like bout this being the next best thing to sliced bread but this is all pup, articulate pup, akin to Walter PPK’s style but with a cool accent.

    Wheel and come again

  29. The problem with too many of the newbies is that they are repeating the same catchphrases and soundbytes: good governance, integrity legislation and FOI. Sadly not one individual has articulated a pragmatic framework for how either of these will work in Barbados. In Trinidad & Tobago both FOI and IL exist yet corruption persisted under the UNC/PP government. So to simply repeat ad infinitum the need for such legislation without setting out how they will work in Barbados reeks of bandwagonism. We have this knack for “copy & paste” without considering context. Case in point, someone above promoting a model of a digital participatory system with a team of qualified professionals, blind to the downright discriminatory nature of such a system. I hear of a mini-silicon valley, manufacturing of electric cars, black belly sheep leather goods and I cringe–Alice in Wonderland is alive and well.

  30. Not impressed by this smooth talking salesman with his well polished and prepared sales pitch most of what has been heard and said before by many with political earnings .
    this is the same person who came out of his comfort zone to display an eagerness and authoritarian style on local radio to tell people of differing point of views how to think and react .
    He is very good with his smooth and angular way of projecting his message of recommendations but beneath all those words i sense a person who is hurried !condensing !intolerant and aloof .

  31. Bush Tea, for the time being I might have written ‘support as a potential candidate’ rather than ‘vote’ but I do believe the man has the gumption needed to effect positive change.
    I am now convinced that an apolitical grouping with honorable intent and willingness to serve, in conjunction with an engaged citizenry will trump the status quo. Any referenda undertaken must be well balanced, with subjects given equal opportunity to be understood.

  32. @ Hants April 15, 2017 at 1:11 AM

    It would have been more informative if he could explain how such a proposal would become operational.

    The little 2×3 country cannot even collect the student revolving loan repayments far less taxes from people living and working overseas. What about the millions own in VAT and |NIS contributions collected from the customers and employees but which do not find its way into the Treasury and NI?

    What Dr. Yearwood has done is to argue a watertight case why students should be made to pay for their university education either through upfront personal funding or by way of guarantor-back student loans enforceable in a court of law.

    Now what does the goodly doctor have in store for local agriculture and turning those once arable lands that formed the economic bedrock of Barbados into profitable points of economic activity?

    But he probably does not deal with that sort of ‘dirty’ stuff when Barbados can always import its food requirements (even from Brazil or Venezuela) devaluation or no devaluation; lost of international business because of ‘blacklisting’ as a tax haven; Brexit or international hostilities to disrupt leisure travel (tourism); or even peace on earth despite growing crime in paradise.

    • @Miller

      BU is not here to defend Ronnie but what do you expect in a 90 minute presentation? His was a rallying call and he used governance and the abdication of the people in our democracy as the key talking points. Cut the guy some slack. How many politicians AND prominent politicians who would have been able to fill the Grande Salle at the central bank? Let us give him some support and see where it leads, we have nothing to lose at this stage.

  33. Bushie
    Should Ronnie and Walter wait like Godot on your pie in the sky BBE or seek to make a contribution now within the existing model? Y’all need to stop promoting fantasy, it further fuels voter apathy.

  34. @Bushie

    No comment in response to Glyne Murray’s revelation on radio this week that Facebook and social media is foolishness?

    Yet he was complimentary of the Water Warriors that gathered tremendous support from their rallying call on Facebook. Note the effort included his son.

    A reminder this is 2017 Glyne.

  35. @ Enuff
    Since this is the capital ‘E’ talking, Bushie would respond that what intelligent Bajans such as those two (and a few others) should do, is a full re-evaluation of our current situation and a deep strategic analysis to determine if we should not completely redefine our vision as a country.

    We all can clearly see now that what we have been doing HAS NOT BEEN WORKING….
    It is not even working in the ‘successful, developed model countries’ that we seek to copy…

    What Bushie can ASSURE you, is that any such re-evaluation….. by genuinely intelligent and wise Bajans WILL point to another vision, and another way of doing things …that is not only do-able, but one that fits perfectly with our natural instincts as BBBBs.

    That you have no regard for BBE is not shocking to Bushie….after all, you had full confidence in CSME….. which tags you as ….. (well you pick the word…)
    Perhaps a personal strategic review is in order for you too….
    ha ha ha

  36. @ David
    Much respect to you… you are able to listen to him…

    Bushie is pained to listen to Glyne Murray on VOB….
    Not only does he talk total shiite…. but he stumbles, mumbles, stutters, repeats himself, distracts, …and generally represents the very worst of talk radio.

    Boss, if he was not a personal friend – and highly respected for his work in culture, Bushie would be tempted to say some very harsh things about him being on VOB.

    Murray has managed to get Bushie to listen to turn on Tammy when he is on … a woman who has the knack of playing REAL nonsense music right after the palatable John Doe…. She has a great introduction piece ….then it is usually all downhill….

    But Murray is worse….
    ha ha ha

  37. angela Skeete April 15, 2017 at 6:21 AM #

    And likewise, “Freundel Stuart is very good with his smooth and angular way of projecting his message of (Shakespeare, Chaucer and Greek philosophy), but beneath all those words I sense a person who is hurried! condensing! intolerant and aloof.”

    HOWEVER, “Your need to pontificate on any and every given matter is astounding.” [Source: angela Skeete April 12, 2017 at 8:42 AM #]

  38. Bush Tea April 15, 2017 at 7:45 AM #

    Everything works for a time,some short and some longer.The writing was on the wall since the early 90s and in fairness to the Bees they started to address it in the late 90s unfortunately it all stagnated by the 2000s which was due to 9/11 according to George….I dont buy that.

    As I have stated before we need to deal with the sheeple by starting pressure/special interest groups…..not the old time clubs/associations foolishness with minutes and Roberts rules of order,that is for somewhere else.

    Ronnie,does have a point that direction must come from the sheeple and your point is equally taken hence the sheeple must be educated by the groups afore mentioned along the correct thinking path so they can offer sensible/doable goals for their leader(s) to attain for this country.

    We should look at the make up of our first parliamentarians….does prior to 66 as the rot started at Independence……their lifestyle and monetary compensation…..EWB was another example of living within your means with the old mercedes that used to breakdown regular.

    • NorthernObserver,
      Strict Integrity Legislation infers a system with REAL TEEEEETS that transgressors would not want around their testicles. Just because wishy washy shyte does not work somewhere that means you must learn from jurisdictions where it does work.

      I”love” no politician but some I admire like Lee Kwan Yu, who turned Singapore into one of the very best nations on Earth, starting from being an entrepot.

      Assuming you are referring to Trump, I never loved him but did make it clear that I hated HRC and therefore considered that those who loved her are/were very deluded. That couple is pure EVIL. Ask them what happened to the Haitians $$$$$$????

      I have always stated that Trump is an ego maniac, schoolyard bully etc. My main point is that the Cs are every bit as bad or worse and multitudes could not grasp that, hence my stand to elucidate.

      Anyway if Trump can find a relatively peaceful way to FREE the millions of enslaved people of Nth Korea that would be fantastic eg using relatively unknown sophisticated space based weapons to decapitate the regime.

  39. @Vincent
    Ronnie,does have a point that direction must come from the sheeple and your point is equally taken hence the sheeple must be educated by the groups afore mentioned along the correct thinking path so they can offer sensible/doable goals for their leader(s) to attain for this country.
    So why re-invent the wheel?
    Don’t you realise that the Cooperative movement has institutionalised and refined this requirement (among many others) for the ideal human democracy to thrive?

    One where the people have absolute power in general assembly, and at the same time, the leaders are constrained to EDUCATE them in ALL matters (no shiite secrecy and confidentiality allowed) since everything MUST be open and above board at all times.

    Then there is the Supervisory Committee with power to suspend EVERY SHIITE and refer matters to the members. ..and with FULL and uninhibited access to ALL information.

    Now if this philosophy ALREADY exists…..
    and if it ALREADY works in Barbados …and outstandingly successfully so….
    and if we ALREADY have numerous EXPERTS in the philosophy
    and if THOUSANDS of Barbados ALREADY participate in Credit Unions…

    Kindly tell Bushie why you want a completely NEW set of political novices to come and re-invent something that ALREADY exists…..


  40. @ Bushie who wrote ” if he was not a personal friend – and highly respected for his work

    in culture, Bushie would be tempted to say some very harsh things about him being on VOB.”

    Good to see you are loyal to your personal friends.

    • @Hants

      Are you suggesting that Bush Tea is part of the problem that one of the questioners at the lecture referred t as the ‘relationship culture’?


      Do not get distracted especially under an important topic as scrutinizing our governance system. ac is a yardfolw, enough said.

  41. Shit man your obsession with one angela skeete mystifies.

    Ronnie Yearwood is an intellectual in the same vein as a Comissiong and he can artfully weaved and frame his words together to attract an intelluctual class of his ilk but when trying to delivered his message to those of lesser intellectual he used legal jargon witih an intent to confuse his performance on local talk radio reminds me of one who has a message that is deliberate and one which he belives is right and which cannot and should not be questioned
    Barbados a small nation has done relatively well through out the years by having good leaders with vision.
    However what is being protrayed as good leaders making their way across the landscape are a new breed if reactionaries who fir tge mist part have nothingbto iffer of relatively wannebees with no vision but speakers with longwinded messages and no solutions that can push barbados towards a more progressive society.

  42. he can artfully weaved and frame his words together to attract an intelluctual class of his ilk but when trying to delivered his message to those of lesser intellectual he used legal jargon witih an intent to confuse his performance on local talk radio reminds me of one who has a message that is deliberate and one which he belives is right and which cannot and should not be questioned

    Hmmmm…..looks like we are talking about our Honorable PM above……..not nice Angela.

  43. I tried to get as much information about Ronnie Yearwood PhD and came to the conclusion

    that he should be a candidate for the BLP in the next election.

    He does not appear to have any skeletons in his closet and could be Minister of

    international business ( if Donville does not cross over ).

  44. Bushie

    We have to include all sheeple….possibly its time for cooperatives to get a community arm and bring all into the fold.

  45. LOL@ Hants & David
    Fellas, Bushie is part of a BIG problem for ANY and EVERY kinda shiite bout the place….
    Relationship or not…. the whacker will whack.
    The only exception in current recall is the one and only Islandgal, for whom the whacker carries a light nylon…..
    NOT because of any 2X4 that she may claim to wield,
    but simply because she is cute as shiite….
    ha ha ha

  46. @David,

    Yes Bush Tea is part of the problem just like the rest of us Bajans.

    We all have friends and or family connected to politicians directly or indirectly.

  47. @ Vincent
    …possibly its time for cooperatives to get a community arm and bring all into the fold.
    Absolutely brilliant thinking Boss…
    Bumpy did not labour in vain….

  48. Bushie

    Well start doing it then…..I have time on my hands for computer work and when in Bim quite willing to assist with field work.

    Yours and Millers reference to Bumpy Moore,shows that you were under his headship…..I was under Stanton of…Jesu(i)s I am,a fool thou art….fame.

  49. The Basque country is the only place with a tree? Bearded Fig Tree is the Caribbean’s tree, Banyan is the Phillipines tree…seeing green veins through your skin is natural to many people…some people are disturbingly myopic and narrow minded

  50. Hants April 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM #

    Loyalty of the ” alumni “….. Cawmere Kolij Lodge Foundation CP.

    Another part of the problem.

    Chuckle….one thing that can be said of the Cawmere alumni is that they do not rice from the same bowl.

    We were schooled under “up and on” to think critically and not to accept even from our fellow alumnus things that are not factual or cogent.

  51. Bushie, I am actually with you on most of what you have written on this topic. I am not so sure that we are seeing the ground swell that should be already very apparent. Where are the true patriotic ACTION oriented leaders?

  52. No @MB I was referring to HRC, wasn’t she the one with e-mail issues? Our skipper McGuffy’s ‘office’ (as he had nuttin to do with it??) erased thousands of e-mails off a government server. ‘Love’ was used tongue in cheek. The pols en want nuttin with teets. They want something with holes but something they can say ‘we got it’.

  53. @Vincent at 10:03 AM re “….one thing that can be said of the Cawmere alumni is that they do not rice from the same bowl. We were schooled under “up and on” to think critically …”

    So you surely you can’t be saying that peeps from Foundation or St. Michael or Deighton Griffith under the sterling early work of Blackman are any less ‘cogent’ and able to ‘think critically’. LOLL, oh mi, oh my!!

    @David April 14, at 8:46 PM # We generally dissect political leadership into its tiniest parts but realistically it is what it is and has been for centuries.

    So I suggest there can really be no great fear in your remarks that “How does one define leadership if it must be in step with what the people desire all the time” for a few very simple reasons.

    Every politician must equally lead from behind or if you prefer, ‘follow from the front’ as I believe the Bushman said above, and also decisively take actions that are broadly unpopular.

    In modern times of course polling has become the pervasive weather-vane for political direction as almost every act is measured. But again realistically those polls are no more than technological ‘overhype’ of an old fad. It is all about shrewd consultants and universities using tech to make an excellent living.

    What is a poll if nothing else than a snapshot of popular opinion at a given can be absolute meaningless in properly capturing the real will of a society…as indeed a referendum can be sometimes—- And that is a key aspect of your point I suspect!

    Anecdotally, can’t it be argued that EWB responded to ‘poll data’ when he pressed for independence! No big argument (he was a decisive leader) but on that matter as much as he surely seemed to be leading from the front he was also ‘directing’ the will and desires of many!

    So in brief: the very essence of a political leader means that you have risen to the top because you can be decisive and that you can also carefully harness the intentions and ‘collective desires’ of a majority of the populace ….

    Of course the politician can never fulfill the majority desires all the time but let’s not fool ourselves that a political career doesn’t come to a natural end as soon as leaders stop acting towards that objective.

    After all, that is the goal of politics: self aggrandizement while fooling the masses that you are pandering to their desires!

  54. dpD

    Chuckle…….feel free like I did to highlight the critical thinking nature of your schooling……no put down was intended,it was but a simple defence against the insinuations of Hants……my apologies are available if needed.

  55. @ David April 15, 2017 at 7:05 AM
    “BU is not here to defend Ronnie but what do you expect in a 90 minute presentation? His was a rallying call and he used governance and the abdication of the people in our democracy as the key talking points. Cut the guy some slack. How many politicians AND prominent politicians who would have been able to fill the Grande Salle at the central bank? Let us give him some support and see where it leads, we have nothing to lose at this stage.”

    All that has been said is just a rehash and regurgitation of what has been discussed ad nauseam in the BU talk shop and other mainstream media.

    Isn’t what this guy discussing the same old hat which gave rise to the call for ITAL and FOI prior to 2008 and enticingly re-listed in the both parties 2013 manifestoes especially promised under the DLP’s four sound pillars of administration?

    David Thompson was supposed to have been the Messiah in 2008. Has Ronnie Y taken over the baton?

    It’s time the talk ceases and action begins. Who are you going to listen to? A parrot speaking about matters discussed even before 2008 or Grenville the engineer who, like OSA, has given you 90 days to save the country’s sorry ass?

    First save the economy from imminent collapse and you might just be able to entertain the luxury of what ought to be in a blissfully blind state of so-called good governance in 2×3 incestuous Barbados where all the right laws are on the books but enforcement a major disaster.

    It’s the economy, stupid! No economy means no functioning society for people to complain about.

  56. @Vincent, no put-down taken. For the purposes of BU debate I am school-less…i.e. no affiliation needed.

    To paraphrase a line from that old, old cop show ‘Dragnet’: “Just the facts bro… the stories you read here are true, just the school has been changed to protect the innocent …. or in some cases the guilty!” LOLL

  57. David

    You have too charitably underestimated the borrowings from BU of this Ronnie Yearwood

    Indeed, it is only the leading lights of BU you have shown the courage to engage these issues at the highest philosophical levels and with a radical creativity.

    Unlike you, we heard the voice of Bushie and others, we must say.

    Do not be fooled, we are almost sure that most of the ideas being discussed by Yearwood come from here, need we repeat!

    On the other hand you have your fair burden of the ugly man from england. A man who has never said anything worthy of serious contemplation except in their level of ignorance.

    Yet he is one of those who is so delighted by this Yearwood. That’s a fool’s errand.

    We remember well how Hillary Beckles was so able to enthrall the people of Barbados with his good looks and and chosen ‘superior’ mother tongue – the perceived most handsome man around.

    Yearwood is disadvantage by a lisp. We invite the women to determine handsomeness.

    Beckles was acting in the service of self and lacked intent to rush the Bastille. We see the same malice and forethought here with this Yearwood.

    This Yearwood has no larger goals than self.

    Ugly idiots rush in where fools never tred.

    And the ugly man from england was never an original thinker. But a follower always looking for somebody’s bandwagon to jump on.

    People like Bushie and Piece, for example, always have some original idea to present.

    William Skinner has some unique ideas for tourism development which are worth millions of dollars in consultancies fees, not so with that ugly man.

    Unfortunately, they seem to often agree. Well ……….

    We are not at all persuaded that Yearwood’s argumentations are complete. For us they are untenable at the root because he seeks to enter a new world with one foot, while having the next firmly planted in a decadent system. Transformation from thus cannot therefore be spawned.

    Yearwood ignores and confuses the potency of new-economy dynamics while assuming that old-economy norms, thinking, should be traditionally rated, measured, depended upon. Poor ‘fellow’.

    Of course, we have a broader critique.

    • @Pacha

      It doesn’t matter where the source of the inspiration for those willing to be advocates in our fragile democracy come from. Let us support them until we have reason not to because there are no guarantees anyway.

      Yearwood from young has obviously shown a healthy interest in the civics and politics. His track record of community work seems thin and this is probably why he ran second to Sandra Husbands. BU will take him ahead of many who have gained the nomination to run for both parties. The culture in Barbados will not allow anybody to successfully run a message to dismantle the establishment. It is not a pragmatic approach and you know it.

      As far as who are the purveyors of wisdom in the BU family – see the any achievement linked to the collective read the dullards and the intelligent.

  58. @miller

    “It’s the economy, stupid”


    Put that next to Forest who said that “stupid is as stupid does!”

    Still Observing

  59. @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    I posted this before but it did not come out the “bin” as yet so I will post it again

    I wonder how many bajans are listening to the call in programs?

    I wonder how many observers realize that the apathetic and those who now don’t vote outnumber those who do?

    I wonder if Ronnie Yearwood is hearing the clamour?

    I wonder how many are seeing the shift? and those like Andrew Simpson who are starting to comprehend The Third Movement?

    You think that Ronnie Yearwood heard it?

    You think that he heard the Word? spoken in the quiet storm while he resorted to The Word of The Almighty Living GOD?

    Did he hear how a representative of the most affluent people came and tossed down the gauntlet in the sand and stated what their change agenda is?

    You think that when he reads this article that he would comprehend that running on Mugabe’s coat tails is a waste of his talent?

    I wonder if he will be true to that “forlorn” state he speaks of hearing for the first time on Brass Tacks as recalibrate his gun sights?

    Does he not understand those prophetic words spoken at The Grande Salle Room?

    Come to badword out from among the “female mutilation crowd” and run with a new Change Agenda and stand behind the words he used so eloquently.

    Mugabe and Fumbles will fear men like you and the Peter Lawrence Thompsons’ who when you speak, inspire hope

    My man Ronnie Y there are enough of you, white, black, Indian Syrian change expousers who, armed with the correct tools can MAKE THIS WORK AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

    Why stay with the sheep like Ralph and Eddie and the rest of them who were in the back row on thursday night, and with Sandra and Jerome etc WHEN YOU CAN CHART that path which I am relaibly informed that you have copied, albeit rather nicely.

  60. Be careful of aspiring politicians who have a ‘gift for gab’. It is crypnonite to Suckers and Brass Bowls.

  61. David,
    There is no silver bullet, but at least Ronnie has intervened in a national debate that lacks analytical input. The usual predators, who have nothing of real interest to contribute, are out there once more attacking Ronnie rather than critiquing his views.
    Of course a lot of what Ronnie has to say is off key, but at least it is intellectually interesting. For example, his vies on the tax on the brain drain and the mobility of income taxation, taken from the authoritarian American system, are untenable.
    Let us debate those opinions rather than attribute unethical behaviour to the man. I suggest a close reading of Archie Brown’s The Myth of the Strong Leader.
    I would have liked to see more attention given to the state of education in the island, given the meltdown of our education unions and the inept leader of the present minister.
    A progressive educational system is the foundation of modern society, and no such debate is taking place in Barbados.
    For starters, how about getting each and every secondary school to publish the full unredacted results of its CXC results? Let parents know which schools are underperforming and which, if any, are over-performing; let parents and taxpayers know if we are getting a decent return on the investment we out in the educational system.
    Trust and integrity come out of a society in which merit and fairness are the underlying pillars of our public culture. Ronnie could have dealt with some of these wider ethical issues. But he has made a start and is of a generation that must take up the baton and lead us out of the new slavery.

    • @Hal

      Agree with the thrust of your comment but it is always the expectation that those offering themselves to be disrupters or leaders must table perspectives that serve to stimulate and mobilise the people. We have entered an era where populist positions is the lazy approach and exposes the pretenders. Ronnie must not fall into following this well trodden path.

  62. Mr Blogmaster, I appreciate your dismay about populist leaders and thus your recent dismissal of leaders who ‘follow from the front’ but I cannot agree with the essence of your comment that “We have entered an era where populist positions is the lazy approach and exposes the pretenders. Ronnie must not fall into following this well trodden path”.

    This simply DISMISSES the realities of ‘modern’ political history.

    Populism has been the backbone of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Che Guevara and innumerable of their Lat-Am colleagues.

    Quibble about the men as much as one desires but Adolf Hitler, Tito and their Italian ‘brethren’ rode the unruly stallions of populism.

    Surely the modern day Italian Berlusconi with his bigger than life personality as a soccer team owner and media baron was the populism template for the current populist in the White House.

    And what was Syriza’s Tsipras if not a supreme populist.

    I am not a historian nor political scientist but as an ‘opinionated’ layman I must opine that this current BU line of historical revisionism is remarkable.

    How can ‘populism’ which is essentially the sway and will of the people NOT be the force to drive politicians!!!

    And yes @Hal, that book by Brown should be additional required reading for all of us who pontificate on politics and leadership.

    “… The more decisions are taken by one person…that person’s aides find themselves ….taken decisions in the name of the leader. That is just one reason why the allure of strong leadership being exercised by a single person at the top of the political [leadership] should be resisted.”
    – Myth of a Strong Leader

    There is nothing new about populism per se but everything dangerously bad about those who ride its waves to power only to enforce their own forms of debilitating authoritarianism….enter stage right and left examples as Presidents Assisi, Erdogan, Maduro…

    Given half a chance so too would be Pres Trump!

    Fellows like Yearwood are aggressive neophytes. Good on him!

    Let him roil the populist fervor as much as he can…he is certainly doing nothing more than other political wannabees of long past. And certainly he has studied them well.

    So maybe his enthusiastic regurgitation of ‘popular’ palaver will actually inflame the imagination of Bajans to action.

    • @Dee Word

      Dont you have it ass backwards? All the individuals you presented as examples of leaders did they not sway the people by their narrative?

  63. de pedantic,

    You are right to warn about the rise of populism, but this is not new and has a long history. Marx warned us about this working class false consciousness, which in time led to alienation from their labour, the products of their labour, and eventually from humanity.
    We saw it when the Marist Revolution collapsed in Germany in 1919, when German workers threw their weight behind the rise of Nazism. We still see the rise, from simple murmurs to louds voices of this populism in the US and Europe.
    Not very long ago in this forum I warned about giving unconditional support to workers’ organisations. Hitler’s storm troopers were once trade unionists; Moseley was once a Labour Party minister and his supporters East End trade unionists. There sis a very thin line between trade union militancy and authoritarianism.
    Again, I have warned those people not particularly knowledgeable about UK politics that the Brexit vote on June 23 had nothing to do with Britain in Europe, but was the British working class revenge for the transformation of the UK in to a multi-racial, multi-cultural society and the rescuing of Enoch Powell from the political graveyard to that of hero. That is now being recognised by some thinkers in the UK.
    Two outstanding Caribbean thinkers on this ideological drift, the late great Jamaica-born Stuart Hall, and our own late Leroy Harewood, a man marginalised by Errol and a local political elite not fit to was his feet. It was Hall who defined Thatcherism.
    If you want to see how historically monopoly capitalism is organised, I suggest Dark Money, by Jane Meyer, on how the super-rich throw their money behind the far right.
    It is not by coincidence that former Golden Sachs billionaires are over-represented in the Trump team. Equally we must debate the similarities in our own local way, of the wealthy throwing their money privately (secretly?) behind new political formations in Barbados. Be careful what you pray for.
    Keeping the people in ignorance by discussing personalities, character assassinations ridicule, rather than sticking to the issues have long-term repercussions.
    The new world order spells the end of the Westphalian nation state, there is no way back. If we mess up this time it is lights out.

  64. @David April 16, 2017 at 11:01 AM re ” Dont you have it ass backwards? All the individuals you presented as examples of leaders did they not sway the people by their narrative?”

    Please tell me you are joking!

    They led well and they spoke superbly on the poplar themes of the day. Surely some of them also were integral in developing that narrative but to divorce the entire process from the populism of an era and place an individual leader completely ahead of the fray is incomprehensible.

    So Fidel ORIGINATED and totally directed his nation absent a ground swell of populist dismay, anger and disgust by the fed-up masses…..So too Bussa was the ORIGINAL catalyst or EWB the ORIGINAL VOICE of leadership circa 1960s whether it was Independence or free education… Fah real!

    Great men all. But to offer that they led and developed the narrative of their people sans any groundswell of populism is …. a jest with great zest, surely!!!

    I am a cynic, as I fully embrace Nicco Machiavelli’s eternally relevant ‘The Prince’ as my political guide, particularly the statement: “The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present”.

    So surely I am not as impressed as you appear of the wondrous originality of these leaders….applause definitely to their leadership acumen!

    Yes, @Hal…there is absolutely nothing new about populism as a political theme and certainly nothing new where young aspirants embrace such to gain traction and to have their voices heard politically.

    I would add to your statement vis “It is not by coincidence that former Golden Sachs billionaires are over-represented in the Trump team” to say it’s really not a right wing cabal thing…but a monied sect model.

    As you know Obama and before him Clinton also had Wall St millionaires as part of their apparatus. Off the top of my head I can recall Clinton had Rubin (former Goldman CEO) as Sec of Treasurer.

    There also was Lew who came in late to Obama’s cabinet who worked at Citigroup at the heart of the debacle on the housing market.

    So yes, Trump has gone to the n’th level with his millionaire cabinet of financial market leaders but the Dems play well in that arena also.

  65. @Dribbler. Same here. I am the quintessential cynic and sceptic all roll -up in one. The Prince, and the Art of War are among the top of my reading list.

  66. The mass live in eternal hope and optimism. Constantly looking for political messiahs for inspirations or to improve their material welfare is their greatest weakness. And the end result is always the same…dissapointment. With a short memory span, no sooner the cycle continues.

    • @fortyacresanamule

      How are you able to condition change based on humans eradicating the thought of hope from our minds.

  67. fortyacresandamule April 16, 2017 at 4:42 PM #

    Well put……the reason why, being in need of a crutch as they lack belief in self and always need a validater who they construe as an image of themselves.

    It all started with the original crutch…..religion…..from that creation with its own supreme leader man continued forming governance systems akin to his original creation who in turn validated it…..the endles gyre..

  68. I think Yearwood has whet the appetite of the discerning Barbadian.It appears questions from the floor had to be guillotined owing to a late start.Both parties but in particular the DLP must be crapping bricks.This meeting and the participative element sends a message……we have had enough of the nastiness from Stuart and his minions of clueless pothounds who are all after a food and money.When one adds the success of the BLP marches now being copied by this non performing DLP cabinet,Stuart must know the writing is on the wall and it’s all over bar the shouting.The main thrust is to get the 40% of the electorate who withheld their vote last time out,to encourage them to go to the polls next year and rout these liars and thieves called the DLP. One has only to read today’s Sun and the comments of Don Marshall based on non existent figures to recognize the guess work of the Dems.

  69. It was not lack of community service that stop him that is how the establishment works. Pick who they want by enrolling persons to vote before the required time limit to be a member. He is a young man and the DLP has now nominated three young men. Why could they not get together and challenge the two existing parties?
    Gabriel Why are you in a hurry to put back into parliament people who had fourteen years and did nothing significant for the society for example George Payne who did not speak for most of those fourteen tears, Glyne Clarke who had more scandals than you remember. I cannot remember which blog had this house posted that was for public housing but end up as a private home. We can do better

  70. @ Curious

    “we can do better”

    Four words that speak to the crux of this matter that encapsulate the whole forty yards and the mire that besieges us bajans.

    We seem to be enveigled by our “collective vomit” of the 50 years of successive administrations read DLP and BLP.

    And, like some ruminating mammal, we “bring back up” that which DID NOT WORK IN ITS HEYDAY and chew on it anew.

    That vomit comes in the form of incompetent ministers who, 14 years ago were younger yet at the height of their incompetencies and now, 14 years later, are even less wise and infinitely slower.

    Molasses and Syrup.

    We Have to Do Better Curious.

    We bajans now see what both of these groups of people are doing, have done AND WILL DO and what we have to do is to SAY NOW TO THEM BOTH AND CHART A NEW PATH that DOES NOT INCLUDE THEM

  71. @ PUDRYR
    That would be an error.

    They should be ‘included’ for educational purposes – to ensure that our brass bowl grandchildren do not make the same mistake all over again.

    ..They should be prosecuted and persecuted.
    ..They should be audited – and made to pay for all the shiite they did…
    ..They should be written about – in deep detail – all the sordid facts and bribes…
    ..History should record them as the dastardly scamps and traitors that they have been…

  72. Curious
    As I said…both parties but in particular the DLP must be crapping bricks….we want serious change in the governance of this country.Nothing less than a paradigm shift in the way things are done.I won’t like to see the arrogance of a Barney Lynch or Lowe et al ever again in a Barbados parliament.Our conditions of service must call for sacrifice and humility not the pompous assholes that are on both sides of the fence,so when I hear that JA Sanka Price talking about a minister should be paid more because he has the power of life and death over the citizenry,I say eff off scumbag it is the other way around.

  73. Eye opening oredictions fir future economies.

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    A report from professional services giant PwC looks at which economies around the world will be the biggest and most powerful in 33 years time.

    The report, titled “The long view: how will the global economic order change by 2050?” ranked 32 countries by their projected global gross domestic product by purchasing power parity.

    PPP is used by macroeconomists to determine the economic productivity and standards of living among countries across a certain time period.

    With the exception of the USA, many of the world’s current powerhouse economies like Japan and Germany will have slipped down global rankings, replaced by countries such as India and Indonesia, which are currently emerging markets.

    Check out the ranking below (All numbers cited in the slides are in US dollars and at constant values (for reference, the US’s current PPP is $18.562 trillion):

    Netherlands — $1.496 trillion.
    Colombia — $2.074 trillion.
    Poland — $2.103 trillion.
    Argentina — $2.365 trillion.
    Australia — $2.564 trillion.
    South Africa — $2.570 trillion.
    Spain — $2.732 trillion.
    Thailand — $2.782 trillion.
    Malaysia — $2.815 trillion.
    Bangladesh — $3.064 trillion.
    Canada — $3.1 trillion.
    Italy — $3.115 trillion.
    Vietnam — $3.176 trillion.
    Philippines — $3.334 trillion.
    South Korea — $3.539 trillion.
    Iran — $3.900 trillion.
    Pakistan — $4.236 trillion.
    Egypt — $4.333 trillion.
    Nigeria — $4.348 trillion.
    Saudi Arabia — $4.694 trillion.
    France — $4.705 trillion.
    Turkey — $5.184 trillion.
    United Kingdom — $5.369 trillion.
    Germany — $6.138 trillion.
    Japan — $6.779 trillion.
    Mexico — $6.863 trillion.
    Russia — $7.131 trillion.
    Brazil — $7.540 trillion.
    Indonesia — $10.502 trillion.
    United States — $34.102 trillion.
    India — $44.128 trillion.
    China — $58.499 trillion.

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  74. We bajans now see what both of these groups of people are doing, have done AND WILL DO and what we have to do is to SAY NOW TO THEM BOTH AND CHART A NEW PATH that DOES NOT INCLUDE THEM.

    May not include them but will surely have their cousins,nephews,nieces,daughters,sons,etc,etc

    Sigh…..when will we learn that we have to make a total change…..forget the political class….lets concentrate on educating the sheeple away from the wukkup mentality……lets deal with community pressure groups that will form alliances and exert pressure on whoever is in parliament.

  75. WWC,

    “With the exception of the USA, many of the world’s current powerhouse economies like Japan and Germany will have slipped down global rankings, replaced by countries such as India and Indonesia, which are currently emerging markets.”

    Japan and Germany are like roaches. You can harm some, but they will come back … The climate in the South (eg India, Indonesia) is simply too hot for maximum efficiency and best work ethic. Read Montesquieu, De l’esprit des loix. Climate and geography explain a lot.

  76. @Vincent Haynes April 16, 2017 at 4:56 PM “It all started with the original crutch…religion”

    Since every society everywhere has some kind of religion, maybe religion is a necessity and not a crutch?

  77. @Hal Austin April 16, 2017 at 9:06 AM “how about getting each and every secondary school to publish the full unredacted results of its CXC results? Let parents know which schools are underperforming and which, if any, are over-performing; let parents and taxpayers know if we are getting a decent return on the investment we out in the educational system.”

    There is no such thing as over performing.

    And even while I agree with you that the Ministry of Education and or CXC should long since have published each school’s CXC results, we must still be mindful that exam results, only measure exams. Students enter schools with different abilities, some children come from nurturing homes, some children come from deeply conflicted homes. Some parents have enough money to purchase enriching books, games, and activities fro their children, some do not. Some children live a calm 5 minute walk from their school, some spend an hour or more standing at a hot bus-stop and travelling in an overheated bus, while some children are driven right into the school yard in an air conditioned vehicle. And some children always have enough good quality food, some children’s brains are starved even while they are in the womb.

    All of these complexities must be taken into account when assessing an individual child, or assessing a particular school.

    A child who was hungry from within the womb and who has had a difficult life and yet who still manages to gain 3 CXC passes has probably worked harder and better that a more fortunate child who has gained 5 passes.

  78. Simple Simon April 17, 2017 at 4:32 PM #

    We will agree to disagree……..just because you see a stream of lemmings jumping off the cliff edge to certain death year after year……why would you not have the urge to join them?

    We all have a brain,some of us have it in its unadulterated state which allows us to comprehend and think through things and arrive at conclusions…..note the conclusion maybe to not conclude due to lack of enough knowledge/solid foundation to construct your edifice on.

  79. Simple Simon,
    School officials predicted exam outcomes. That is why Oxford and Cambridge can offer kids places even before they take the exams. If you do better than predicted then you have over-performed (or out-performed the expectation).
    At St Giles JO Morris was a past master at predicting the 11+ exam. I agree that the value a schools adds is important, but the key metric is exam results. We want the results for every secondary school published, and the unions should be demanding this. I was told by a CXC official that the ministry gets broken down results.
    Why don’t the press call for these results to be made public? The reality is that after 11 years in the public education system lots of people – too many – leave just about able to read and write. It is a pitiable system.

  80. Thoughts?

    Patrick Cozierto Social Accountability and Education in Barbados

    5 hrs ·

    As promised I now offer a set of recommendations/ suggestions on improving governance and transparency. Edition 1.

    1) the Executive decision making is in the hands of politicians. At times the political imperatives that drive such executive decision making may collide with the national interest. To mitigate this, perhaps the time has come to separate Executive and Legislature. MPs will constitute the legislature and the PM will pick his/her Cabinet from amongst the rest of the population, based on best suitability.

    2) presently, a very small group selects the PM. I suggest that the PM should run nationwide and be elected on the basis of majority of popular vote, and thus would have a genuine national mandate.

    3) the Public Accounts Committee should be replaced by a Public Accountability Committee reporting to the GG. It would be 9-11 members strong, 2 of whom will represent the 2 parties in Parliament (1 each), while the remaining membership will represent sectoral interests, e.g Labour, business, etc, and the sectors will determine their representative to sit on this committee.

    4) Election campaigns should be financed by the state.

    5) Election date should be specified, e.g. First Tuesday in September, every 5 years. If circumstances occasion the collapse of the Government, the GG can determine that a new election be held within 90 days of such collapse.

    6) Establish a Contractor General’s office with responsibility for all public sector tenders, contract awards and delivery compliance. Such tenders and awards should be published as public information and transparency.

    7) Pass the Freedom of Information Act as soon as possible.

    I will leave these 7 initial points on the table for discussion or critique. Edition 2 coming shortly, will further address the issue of governance and transparency. Look forward to your comments and further thoughts.

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