The Grenville Phillips Column – Trying Our Best to Get Left Behind

From left to right Solution Barbados candidates: Robert Toussaint, Grenville Phillips, Julie Chalbaud, Angela Edey, Cherone Martindale, Andrew Banfield and Andre Griffith

Given our history, it was necessary that all Barbadians be given access to similar opportunities to create their futures.  Over the past 50 years, the Government of Barbados has facilitated this by providing all Barbadians with free access to health-care and education services.  Our children and elderly are also provided with free access to transportation services.  This is, by any measure, commendable and should have resulted in us being so much further ahead.

The Government manages a diverse set of services, most of which are unprofitable and require Government funding.  The Government gets the funds to pay for most of the services it manages by taxing citizens, visitors and businesses.  If the services that the Government manages are inefficient, unproductive and wasteful, then it takes more money to run them.  Therefore, the Government must increase taxes on Barbadians and businesses to pay for these additional ‘wastage’ costs.

When the Government increases taxes on individuals to pay for these additional ‘wastage’ costs, then parents have less money to spend, and can be forced to live pay-cheque to pay-cheque.  When the Government increases the taxes on businesses to pay for these additional costs, then they may be forced to divert money that they had planned to hire additional employees.  This explains why school-leavers cannot find jobs, and parents cannot buy toys.

Since the Government can no longer afford to pay for all of the services it manages, and since Barbadians cannot afford to pay any more taxes, the Government is considering selling some of the services that it provides.

Normally, this would be good news.  However, not in Barbados at this time.  If the private sector purchased a poorly managed government service, then it would likely run it profitably.  However, Barbadian consumers would not likely pay less on their bills, but may pay more depending on how convincing the new owners’ arguments for increased rates are to the Fair Trading Commission (FTC).

If the Government plans to sell our state owned services, then the very least that they should do is to allow us to benefit from the low cost of a properly-managed service.  This may lead to our utility bills being perhaps one half of what we are currently paying.  We are currently forced to pay both the cost of an efficient service, plus the additional inefficiency and wastage costs.

Once the service is properly run, then both we and the FTC will know how much it should cost to provide an efficient service.  At this moment, all we know is how much it cost to run an inefficient operation.  So how can we determine what we should be paying as opposed to what we are currently forced to pay?  There are two methods.

The first one is to privatize in a non-monopolistic competitive environment.  When there are many competitors and no collusion, each business will tend to maximize profits by becoming more efficient than his or her competitor.  An example of this is bus transportation.  The bus owner who has a poorly maintained bus and unproductive employees will spend more on his operation, than the owner who has a properly maintained bus with productive employees.  This method of privatization is unlikely to work if a monopoly, like water or natural gas, is to be sold.

Before one even contemplates selling a monopoly like the water utility, we consumers must experience a properly managed service.  How do we know if we have met the minimum standard of efficiency?  Fortunately, there is an international standard called the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, which the Government had access to 30 years ago and should have implemented.

We comply with international standards for important things, why not for our important, but inefficient Government services.  I have been asking this question for the past 15 years, and Minister Inniss finally revealed the answer while I was with him on Brasstacks Sunday (23 April 2017).  He repeatedly insisted that the ISO 9001 was a theory, and I repeatedly corrected him that it was a standard.

If the Government believes that ISO 9001 it is a theory, then it remains an academic debating exercise. However, if it is actually an internationally recognised standard, then it should be attained as a minimum, and even exceeded.  For more than 2 decades, public services of other nations have been benefitting from the ISO 9001 system.  However, we have been left behind.  Why?  Because we have decided to proudly declare ourselves to be ISO 9001 deniers, while the world passes us by.

Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at

67 thoughts on “The Grenville Phillips Column – Trying Our Best to Get Left Behind

  1. Very good article, however very superficial. Points out some of the dangers of privatization, however totally misses the true underlying causes of Barbados economic and financial mis-management.

    ISO 9001 is nothing more than a myth in Barbados and the writer shows ignorance in thinking this theory is the savior of Barbados financial ruin. Writer is showing why Barbados is in the state it’s in, technology, theories etc. are not the cure, merely aids if used correctly in appropriate circumstances. Barbados has to more forward from the “crutch” philosophy if it has any hope in surviving.

  2. Privatisation will not improve customer service because poor customer service is endemic in the public and private sector. It appears that the Government is “running public services into the ground” in order to justify the privatisation of those services.

    If the Government had the will or desire to properly manage the public sector – it could easily do so. Would trade unions object to the Transport Board, e.g. effectively managing the absence of its workers (e.g. bus drivers) in order to achieve a 90% punctuality target?

  3. @ next party 246:

    Why do you make it sound as if businesses actually bear the burden of taxes? Business entities are nothing more than tax collecting points.

    People go into business to make profits; not to pay taxes to the government but as mere collector of taxes from the people who actually buy the goods and services the non-sensient corporate entity produces and sells.

    It is the final consumers who bear the full brunt of taxes which are merely passed on to them and included in the final prices charged for the goods and services produced by the owners and workers of business entities.

    Why not start with small steps to effectively implement your ISO 9001 model for the public sector?

    Why not recommend it for the removal of the thousands of motor vehicles being driven around on the streets of tiny Barbados without the legally required tax or third party insurance?

    We are sure you ISO 9001 standard would never allow the driver of such a ‘disqualified’ vehicle to get back behind the wheel after being stopped by the enforcement agencies.

    Shouldn’t such a vehicle be immediately towed away and impounded pending release after the owner/driver has made good the situation by paying all fines and meeting all legal obligations?

    Now that should ease some of the daily congestion on your rather busy Lilliputian road network and make the Police force a bit more self-financing.

    Don’t you think so, Grenville? Or do you think this is a brilliant opportunity for the outsourcing of such an enforcement function to an enterprising private sector outfit where your ISO model would fit in just fine like a money hand to a regulatory glove?

  4. I agree.

    However, my question remains: how do you plan to sanction gov’t employees when ISO standards are not met?

    In other words, what is your plan to manage the snivel service like a private-sector service-provider, including hiring and firing of employees based on merit rather than political favouritism?

    The 90s dilemma of reducing the total wage bill by 8% rather than reducing the payroll by 8% was considered to be better for everyone socially in the short term but it was not better in the long term as it carried all the employee dead weight forward.

    What we need to do now is trim the civil service by 30% based on merit and increase the pay of those left by 10% also based on merit.

    How do you plan to do this?

  5. ISO 9001 is the international standard that defines good quality management. It provides very clear and specific guidelines as to what constitutes a good management system.

    Barbados is currently managed by a set of JA’s who have no idea of what they are doing, ..or even what they are doing wrong.

    @ Grenville
    ISO9001 is designed and intended for intelligent people who are SEEKING to improve their management performance and results by implementing internationally accepted procedures and processes. It NEVER works when forced on monkeys playing with complex toys …or guns…..and it was not designed to do so.


    Long BEFORE we need a quality management system, Barbados needs a national desire for efficiency, meritocracy, and integrity. We FIRST need to identify core of quality PEOPLE, who are proven to be upright, honest, intelligent, wise, caring and productive – and to seek the endorsement of Bajans to support such leadership.

    THEN we can apply ISO9001 or some other management system that is based on merit.

    Right now… if Froon, Stinkliar, Kellman, Jones et al were to adopt ISO9001, all they would manage to accomplish is to give it a bad name …. while somehow enriching maloney.

  6. Bush Tea – EXACTLY!!!

    Management is not theory, it is get from behind your desk, go out into your yard and manage your damned business.

    The last thing we need in this country is more bureaucracy. We need doers who could reasonably expect reward for effort and accomplishment.

  7. Sector-specific applications of ISO 9001

    ISO has a range of standards for quality management systems that are based on ISO 9001 and adapted to specific sectors and industries. These include:

    ISO 17582 – Electoral organizations at all levels of government
    ISO 18091 – Local government

    There is also

    ISO/TS 29001 – Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries
    ISO 13485 – Medical devices
    ISO/IEC 90003 – Software engineering

    @ Grenville, some of us read and do cursory research especially those of us who are unemployed like me.

    It is not enough to say to the electorate ISO is good for Barbados. Explain how it works.

  8. Bushie

    Again you are right.

    We could never understand, for Pacha’a life, why this ISO 9000 series could occupy the mind of a party leader so many times.

    They certainly cannot be imposed from the top to make Barbados better.

    There is nothing so special about this in terms of Barbados.

    For Barbados will never be able to compete based on this and this alone.

    What a party leader, instead of having such a singular fixation, should be trying to synthesize a large number of models to find elements which accentuate any perceived uniqueness Barbados may have.

    This school boy analysis is not worthy of a potential ‘prime minister’.

  9. Wily Coyote: We never wrote that ISO 9001 alone would solve Barbados’ problems. We previously identified 4 steps to bring Barbados out of the current distress without austerity. This is the third of steps – proper management of Government services. Please review our policies on

    Tony: We never said that privitization will improve customer service. It will likely increase profits for the new owners, but consumers will not likely see any decrease in their bills for the service.

    Miller: We have recommended that ISO 9001 be implemented in steps and immediately. We do not plan to pay any consultants to implement the ISO 9001 system. Government has sufficient human resources to do it. The standard is published and access is not restricted. Even you can access it and follow it if you wanted to.

    Frustrated: While you may be unfamiliar with the ISO 9001 standard, I appreciate that you at least asked some questions rather than simply dismissing one of the best standards. Let me try to explain how the ISO 9001 system works.

    The ISO 9001 Quality Management System is an international management standard. The results are typically reduced wastage, higher productivity, permanently addressing complaints, ad facilitating innovative thinking among employees. One of its main benefit is addressing root causes of complaints. An example in Education may suffice.

    Let us examine the symptom of why an entire class is underperforming. The ISO 9001 system tries to get to the root cause, therefore, the symptom will clear up automatically. So we ask a series of whys.

    Why 1 – The students are performing sub-par because they are not practicing enough.

    Why 2 – They are not practicing enough because their homework assignments only contain 3 questions (instead of the normal 15).

    Why 3 – The homework demands are low because the teacher cannot correct all of a normal homework load in time (at school).

    Why 4 – The teacher cannot correct a normal load because more students were added to the class.

    Why 5 – More students were added because a retiring teacher was not replaced.

    The teacher in question would be asked to identify the root cause as far as she can, and also suggest both corrective actions and preventative actions to permanently address the complaint. The person responsible for replacing retired teachers would then complete a similar exercise.

    The ISO system normally identifies management failures as root causes to the observed symptoms which trigger the complaints. Complaining alone rarely identifies root causes. If we continue to discourage its use, then we are the ones who will not benefit. Actually, the only beneficiaries are those who make a living (paid or otherwise) by complaining.

    Best regards,

  10. The real problem is the rumors of the sliding dollar and it’s peg to the US, everything else can be fixed after…what is Grenville’s plan to stabilize the economy, that is what should be occupying his every waking thought.

    If there is no money left in Treasury and NIS when another government is elected, what will he do.

  11. Lol….Bushman.., and they call me cold, did you bprrow my broom, I just went looking to see if it’s still there…lol

  12. I AGREE with the author that the time has come for the public sector organizations to adopt and achieve international standards and there are SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS to be DERIVED from implementing a management system, such as one based on ISO 9001.

    However, rather than being simplistic in his views, I believe Mr. Phillips should have gone further by explaining how he plans to implement ISO 9001, the costs associated with its implementation and receiving certification, (i.e. length of time the registration process requires; initial costs for designing; developing and registering requirements; providing the necessary training for management and staff, etc.). Fortunately, proper implementation would off-set associated costs in the long-term.

    Additionally, Mr. Philips has not explained how he plans to change an “ingrained organizational culture,” which has existed in the public sector for over 60 years, where civil servants seem to believe unproductiveness, poor customer service, delays in business facilitation or paying for goods and services are the “assumptions, values and beliefs that govern how they behave.”

    It is a known fact that the ISO 9001 system is an expensive undertaking. Does Mr. Phillips plan to introduce the system in each ministry and associated departments, or will he establish an “ISO 9001 Management Division,” which will be responsible specifically for system implementation, training and developing the guidelines to achieve registration and certification?

    Surely, I don’t expect Mr. Phillips to assume that there would be significant improvements in the civil service by simply introducing ISO 9001 without taking these issues into consideration.

    • @Artax

      See Grenville’s last comment that was released from spam after you posted. The problem of productivity in the public service is a derivative of poor management systems.

  13. Artax April 27, 2017 at 10:12 AM #

    Additionally, Mr. Philips has not explained how he plans to change an “ingrained organizational culture,” which has existed in the public sector for over 60 years, where civil servants seem to believe unproductiveness, poor customer service, delays in business facilitation or paying for goods and services are the “assumptions, values and beliefs that govern how they behave.”

    That was my point. I have now asked Mr. Philips twice.

    I am well aware of how ISO 9000 works. What I asked is what he plans to do when it doesn’t work.

    I am still awaiting the answer.

  14. I am at a loss as to understand why Solutions believe that our present political class are stupid/fools…..they maybe Brassbowls but that is another matter…….as to their management of the country.

    Likewise what basis does he have for thinking the senior civil servants are inept.

    Has it ever crossed the mind of Solutions that the political class know what they are doing,that they are working towards their own agenda and that the civil servants are equally following set guidelines.

    It maybe usefull for Solutions to understand what is happening in Bim before wanting to lead.

  15. If there is ONE message SB may get from the BU thread, it is focus on ISO will not win them an election, but it may LOSE them an election. Esp should they become more of a threat and others use it against them. “ISO only means fewer jobs” or any other fear tactic the majority of voters will not be able to understand.

  16. ISO should be pushed….after he is elected, he wont be elected based on that, 98% of the people have no clue what he is talking about, are not interested and certainly will not go research it, they will figure they got better things to do.

    There are more pressing issues at hand….read, the economy, housing, thiefing land, dishonest lawyers, corruption…etc, etc….a long list.

  17. @David how really does Grenville’s released post answer the query from Artax or those from Bushie or Frustrated or myself in recent days. It does not.

    Grenville is either naive, a savant who can’t really operate at normal human level, blatantly stubborn or just simply arrogant.

    All the sensible and rational bloggers on this site have enunciated that ISO is NOT the answer.

    That does not mean that we don’t need management changes but as @Frustrated said does he really expect that this management tool will so effortlessly change the ” ‘ingrained organizational culture,’ which has existed in the public sector for over 60 years”.

    We all know that ISO is a management tool and as Bushie said above and has been noted previously it is implemented BY and FOR people who are invested in its success…and even then it takes time to be properly implemented.

    A government implementation is awesome but it is NOT an election issue! AND moreso it’s not a magic pill.

    Before ISO ‘took the world by storm’ there was the Japanese mantra of Quality Circles and Dr. Deming’s management process. In short we have NEVER been devoid of interesting scientific ways of process improvement.

    ISO simply codifies many of those process into now broadly accepted silos!

    So it is absurd that he continues to spout this chatter as if it’s some new investment concept or new discovery of an energy source that will boost our economy to utopia.

    We want new leaders but we want people who are intuitive, savvy and can direct the political energy effectively.

    Grenville displays NONE of those traits on the political scene, so pray tell how can we really expect him to manage or lead a winning political force.

    I truly love the bro as a decent and hard working person I have met but that does not a successful politician make.

    Respectfully, but this is abject political stupidity.

  18. @ nextparty246 April 27, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    First let me explain, I was dealing with the ISO 9000 Quality Assurances Program since it’s inception, probably pre-dates your birth.

    First of all Barbados Government would not meet the ACCEPTANCE STANDARDS of the 9000 program, case closed.

  19. Those who have met Grenville know that he is a normal bajan who loves the things most bajans do,in other words the guy is not a nerd.What he is is well read and uses his intelligence to steer Barbados into a more serious and less complacent outlook on managing its economy and society in the 21 st century.I think most agree ISO 9001 is a start.If a previous BLP government had not dropped the ball on public sector reform in the 90’s,the country by now might have broken the back of that particular problem.Barbados post plantation style management was well on the way to modernity when a hurricane named Sandy hit it.The crap Sandy and the DLP threw at the country and called it management has been repeated post ’08 by Thompson and Stuart,only worse than ever before.Barbados need a fresh start and Rawdon Adams can help guide the country into the 21st century.My advice is to send to Paris for Rawdon but protect him from the well known albino vultures who prey on NIS funds.

  20. David, politics is all about EFFECTIVE messaging.

    So in terms of your query whether “Grenville offered ISO as the panacea?”, YES… That is how his efforts come over loudly.

    And thus he has failed..politically – up to this point !

    The bro himself said: “… We never wrote that ISO 9001 alone would solve Barbados’ problems. We previously identified 4 steps to bring Barbados out of the current distress without austerity. This is the third of steps…”

    Step THREE of four in HIS plan to resolve our current distress. That’s an ‘electoral’ panacea rhetorical turn of phrase. In short, one of his very, very important aspects.

    Just as Trump’s wall was a panacea to stop Mexican illegal immigration and drugs. He too made his rhetoric a principal step in his election process.

    While neither can be taken as a true cure-all panacea the major difference is Trump’s messaging struck a raw nerve with a large segment of the electorate…what does Grenville’s message strike….a PS outburst at the Board Room …SMH!

    I agree with 95% of the bloggers here: this chatter on ISO is politically uninspiring and indicates a candidate who is politically lost at sea!

    • @Dee Word

      What does

      politically uninspiring


      Should intelligent Barbadians be concerned with if the message serves to improve existing?

  21. Grenville will learn he cannot dodge the real issues….dodging in a way that looks like just in case he is not elected, he will still be in good standing with the other 2 political parties, in case they are elected, he would not have offended them……by dealing with the real issues.

    Grenville….ya cannot be in this half way….the things I outlined above are what’s on the electorate’s mind, the starved out ministers/politicians selling out the people, the corrupt mjnisters giving away taxpayer’s money and NIS pension money in exchange for bribes, cars etc, land and property thefts, the stagnant economy, the sliding dollar….ISO can come later….deal with the real issues, the real problems staring down the people.

    It’s an ongoing 24/7 job.

  22. Are we to believe that Acting Governor Clevie Haynes has coordinated the delivery of his economic half year review with that of the budget by the MoF next month?

  23. David April 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM #

    Wily heard by the rumour mill that they are both to announce their retirement next month together, just one more big run of the printing mill to cover the retirement party, ha, ha.


    I hope neither rotten government is expecting thos lady both governments maliciously and deliberately suffered for 35 years is expecting her to vote for any of them…..what a shame, disgrace and blight on their emoty souls and that of her previous attorneys, most of whom are probably in their graves.

    “At long last

    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on April 28, 2017.
    Saved under Local News
    After more than 35 years of waiting in pain, being driven to the verge of suicide and utilizing the services of at least five lawyers, the wait is over for former Queen Elizabeth Hospital nurse Coral Wilkinson, who has finally reached a settlement with Government.

    Wilkinson was walking up the stairs in the antenatal clinic in April 1981 when she fell and damaged her neck and suffered a slipped disc, which still presses painfully against the nerves and the bone in her lower back.

    She sued the State the following year for compensation to cover her medical costs, and the issue had dragged on since then.

    However, some two weeks ago, she got the news from the Attorney General’s Office that the funds from the settlement to which her lawyer Sir Richard Johnny Cheltenham, QC, had agreed, had been deposited into her bank account.

    Sir Richard had been demanding $400,000, which he estimated Wilkinson would need for surgery in the United Kingdom to bring back some form of normality to her life.

    However, they settled for an undisclosed sum, which is less than what had been demanded, but more than the $145,159 that Government had been insisting on paying.”

  25. @David April 27, 2017 at 6:27 PM …I suspect you are being a tad rhetorical when you ask” What does politically uninspiring mean. ”

    Simply stated politically inspiring is any rhetorical stumping on the political platform which motivates and encourages a voter to support the candidate who is making said inspiring statements.

    That does NOT mean that the statements are necessarily true, practical or indeed even possible. Although of course it is expected that voters will strip away the fakery and puffery and focus on the hard facts only. But truthfully they NEVER do.

    So that goes to your second statement: ” Should intelligent Barbadians be concerned with if the message serves to improve existing?”

    Of course. Intelligent Barbadians should always be looking for improvements. That does not gainsay or negate that chatter about a management efficiency tool is still a plainly uninspiring political stump speech!

    I know that we don’t like to talk of the US President but politically that man has now become the seminal political example of success so one avoids it at peril.

    Is his prevaricating rhetoric ‘inspiring’. Of course it is to millions of people Are many of his solutions desirable or doable. Of course not.

    Grenville is an excellent pastor business leader and role model for good behaviour. He is even a good speaker (before small groups anyhow). However, that solid framework alone cannot propel him to political success.

    No one wants him to replicate Trump’s complete political persona…but definitely he needs to study how that man made his message resonate and use those tactics to inspire a voting base.

  26. @ Dribbler
    No one wants him to replicate Trump’s complete political persona…but definitely he needs to study how that man made his message resonate and use those tactics to inspire a voting base
    … because you say so???!! …steupsss…
    Bushie understands lukewarm…. but are you also a bit high in density?
    Grenville is nor begging anyone for anything….

    In fact, knowing the man, he probably does not even REALLY want to win… since he is much more at home with his engineering /academic pursuits…. and he is not looking for easy money. Grenville would much prefer to sit back if a practical alternative is presented.

    What the man is doing is OFFERING himself to serve his country, knowing that he will do a MUCH better job than any of the current alternatives …. and seeing as how YOU downright REFUSED to even be considered when Bushie was looking for volunteers for BUP… we down here are grateful….

    What is this continual shiite of you sitting up in Canada behind the albino’s coattails, and looking our gift horse in the face?

    If you do not like what the man is offering, then YOU offer something better …or at least constructively take him up on his offer to make suggestions for improvements.

    If, having been provided with an alternative, the Bajan brass continues with the B/DLP idiots, then all praise to the Machiavellian tactic that they (and you) so much love…. he would have done his duty.

  27. Solutions Barbados,

    First let me commend you on your foray into politics.Second let me congratulate you on trying to put substance to national issues.I think you are right and wrong at the same time.I think you are right in trying to “do the right thing” and I think you are wrong in your approach, of sorts.It appears to me you are trying to undo Barbados’ misgivings in one go.I gather from your own analysis this is a generational problem which will require solutions, pardon the pun, generational in nature.I believe, as i cannot prove , you can pick up a seat here and there but will not become the government or leader of the opposition.

    If one spook in the form of Donville Inniss , can try to derail your contributions on the Brasstacks program,pray tell when elections go into full swing how many trolls will come from under the bridge to polling day.I think if you want “good ground” to sow your ideas you and your team should start a post election incubator project to prove that your ideas work.You have to capitalise on that short coming of ours to capture the young mind as the old yardfowls, spooks, and political spectres die off.You have a while in the political wilderness,yet.Bajans talk about a Singapore model until a Singaporean effort is involved.Keep at it Grenville, your contributions are valued.

  28. Well said SuckaBubby… about the simplistic approach.

    But given the Trump phenomenon and the wide impact of social media (where, what once took months and years to reach the public domain, now happens in hours) what exactly makes you so sure that a new party, with the right program, could not win the NEXT election?

    Have you ANY idea of how much dirt is ‘out there’ on the current incumbents …. and how easily a well conceived VISION can be sold via social media in 2017….?

    Never say Never….(except for this context) 🙂

  29. Before we talk about ISO, employers have to teach their Barbadian employees some basics:

    Start working 8 AM and stop 5 PM. 30 min. pause between. Also working on Saturday.

    Workings means working. No chatting, singing, jumping up and down, lamenting – as I see it everywhere on this island, eg in the public service and supermarkets.

    The labour cost is simply too high for the poor output we get. Working 30 hours per week net as most Barbadians do is not good enough during crisis.

  30. Bush Tea April 28, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    I think Grenville in a catch 22, in that who would vote for his party, the social media savvy, still partying for escapism because job prospects slim and education is expensive.Can Grenville be that conduit of change? I dont see why not.In fact I think that gives an incubator project more substance since he specified all his candidates be successful employers (entrepreneurs) which could influence the youth away from the study, get a job mentality.It up to him now.

    • Buckley’s has a cough mixture on the market with a tagline -it tastes awful but it works!

      What makes anyone drink a mixture that has an awful taste? It is because their physical and or mental state encourages them to take an action that promises a better state.

      Are we there yet?

  31. Heavens to murgatroyd, if I may reach into Snagglepuss cartoon lore to exclaim at your 11:29 AM, Mr Bush Tea.

    If you don’t want Grenville to use Trump style messaging then use a Barrow style (Errol or Don) or a Tom style…but certainly get an inspiring and rousing message.

    Every politician begs for something…principally a vote of course but also he/she begs for the voter’s belief that the pol has the right recipes to feed the nation and the medicine to make it well again.

    If Grenville is not “begging anyone for anything….” then pray advise what are we wasting so much words about all this political commotion he is creating re contesting the elections???

    Otherwise as the pink cat would have said, then he should “exit, stage right” and continue to do his duty as a vocal activist.

    Mr Phillips or you, smart as you are, CANNOT have it both ways.

    @David cute analogy at 2:22PM. Taken to its natural ending…we grudgingly take the bitter tasting medicine and as soon as feel well again we dun wid dat…and most glaringly we then go and repeat the behaviour which got us sick.

  32. Productivity , let’s start small, anyone found sitting on a chair, teller, checkout girl, receptionist etc. — chair immediately removed, first complaint FIRED. Union complaints, UNION IMMEDIATELY BANNED.

    It’s time for some Good Tough Love.

  33. @ Dribbler
    You perhaps spent too much time with Hal….. your density is increasing…

    Look Boss… Consider that you are in the Titanic 2, and you just realised that the noise you heard a while ago (that was ascribed to Standards&Poor /Moodie consortium) was actually the contact with a large iceberg and the ship’s bow…
    You see the ship management team hastily rearranging chairs on the upper deck, and the ship’s band talking about an upcoming concert …. while people are emerging from below deck dripping wet ..and panicking like hell…

    A chap called Grenville comes along and offers to provide a ‘solution’ by applying a process he calls ‘ISO91’ – which you have no idea of….

    ….are you telling Bushie that Grenville OWES it to us to adopt an approach similar to that traditionally used by the ship’s captain and crew? …or what?!!?
    …. If you check carefully, you may notice that Grenville has a helicopter of his own, and can easily save himself by flying off to another ship or land mass…

    Clearly you are accustomed to dealing with ‘hand-to-mouth’ politicians – who want something FROM you …and hence have to beg and scrape at voting time….

    In community Centric cultures, ‘politicians’ are those who have something to OFFER …and wise people often SOLICIT their acceptance of leadership positions …. so that the whole society may benefit from their wisdom…. and perhaps all have access to helicopters too…

    ….but then you are 110% committed to, adopted by, ..and steeped in, the albino-centric culture of greed and selfishness…..
    You probably have NO IDEA what Bushie is on about….
    ha ha ha

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    It was on this basis that the World Trade Organisation (the WTO) was started in 1995 on the founding and guiding principles of open borders, the guarantee of most-favoured-nation principle and non-discriminatory treatment.
    When these arguments were being advanced and an architecture was being constructed at the WTO, few small states were involved in the discussions, and the peculiarity of their circumstances were not taken into account. By the time that many small states became members of the WTO, the rules had been set, including rules that today militate against their interest.
    Few small states have benefited from the last 17 years of globalisation, the notable exception being Singapore for many reasons peculiar to that country. And, while unquestionably, in the last 2 decades large developing countries, such as China and India, have taken advantage of globalisation and benefited enormously, the rest of the world has not gained the benefits it anticipated, except for a handful of countries in South-East Asia – the so-called “Asian Tigers”.
    Of the rest of the world, small economies in the Caribbean, taken collectively, did not gain at all.
    A few statistics tell the story:
    China’s share of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose from 4.1 per cent in 1990 to an astonishing 17.86 per cent by 2016; India’s share grew from 3.6 per cent to 7.3 per cent over the same period.
    The major advanced economies – the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – fell from more than 50 per cent in 1990 to 30.96 per cent in 2016. But having started off from a high level of development, their market share has contributed to their growing prosperity.
    The improvement in sub-Saharan Africa’s share of world GDP was less than half a percent; and the Middle East, and North Africa’s share was also marginal. The share of the countries that once formed the Soviet Union shrank as did the share of the developing countries in Europe. And the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean’s share of the world’s GDP actually declined from 10 per cent to 7.9 per cent
    Notwithstanding the increase in GDP share by some developing countries, it did little to close the gap between first world countries and developing nations. For example, while the income per head of population increased in the top 20 industrialised nations by roughly US$1 000 per year, people in countries such as Mexico, China and India received less than US$100. Further, as one example of how well the industrialised nations did, Germany’s real GDP grew by an average US$100 billion every year between 1990 and 2011 – a total of US$2 trillion.
    Incidentally, the industrialised countries would have reaped a greater share of the world’s GDP were it not for the 2008 financial crisis which began in the US and spread to Europe. In the six years, between 2008 and 2014, productivity and employment shrank by 5.5 per cent, but it was a problem of their own making, from which China, Asia and South East Asian nations were better protected.
    Not to for the Caribbean where the effects of the financial crisis eroded the numbers of tourists, and the volume of foreign direct investment, contributing to a decline in GDP growth. As usual, the region contracted full blown pneumonia from the North American and European Union influenza.
    In the event, the Caribbean region has benefited little from globalisation as it relates to trade, investment and capital flows.
    Indeed, for the Caribbean, globalization has been a one-way street of impositions by powerful countries: fiscal sovereignty has been violated by the strong; tax competition remains under threat from the mighty; economic growth and development have been impeded by unfair and unequal trade arrangements; and the real perils that global warming and sea-level rise pose to the very existence of Caribbean islands, are intensifying.
    There has also been little reward to Caribbean jurisdictions from the international community, despite the region’s adherence to democracy and the rule of law; its faithfulness to international rules related to trade, investment and human rights; and its compliance with financial rules and regulations even though they have been extremely onerous.
    Within the Caribbean itself, the well-known issues of lack of economies of scale; insufficient domestic capital formation to fund business projects; shortage of skilled labour; proneness to natural disasters; high public debt; and impediments to competitiveness continue.
    In this connection, despite current forecasts by the International Monetary Fund of world growth rising from 3.1 per cent in 2016 to 3.5 per cent in 2017 and 3.6 per cent in 2018, Caribbean countries, with a few exceptions, will continue to face fiscal constraints that will make it hard to manage financial, economic and other forms of volatility.
    If there is not transformation in policy formulation and implementation within the Caribbean, and if the international community continues to be neglectful of the endemic, structural difficulties the region faces, the Caribbean is in danger of being relegated to the backwater of global existence.
    (This article is excerpted from a Speech delivered at a Conference on 27 April 2017 in the Turks and Caicos Islands on “Globalization and Small Island States: Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean”)

    Barbados Advocate



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

    Massive Land Fraud and PONZI must be fully exposed then fixed, The CUP will keep the fire burning to his feet, To come out of your shell to split the VOTES of other Parties to secure the elections for the BLP is not a good plan for Barbados . We still feel and see that another snake in the grass when it comes to SB Same Bull.You then will have to Chuse Speak up and agree with Rule of Law and Order and Full Audits of Barbados Land, History Archive records.

    Barbados needs to know our True History and the title holding PIMPs Sirs/Minister/Lawyers that cause this mess , The cover up by the BLP and DLP for the last 50 year has driven the Nation to Shame in the CC and the World, As we watch our shore with the 2nd coming of Columbus Laundering, Fraud and rape of Bajans, The CUP will never stop speaking truth until the People remove Both Parties , English or the USofA bring their own plane to take the crook to Federal Prisons, No Visa or Green Card needed nor need apply,

    All SB have to do is check the NEWS , the CUP will fill the gap in all news cast ,
    Mascoll said ” No one man can fix this” Tell the Fool Mascoll , Alex Mitchell is that one man that can and will fix Barbados, We can ” Clear Title Barbados so the Banks can let go of the 24 + Billion$$$ to get peple back to work and the next building Boom will be for Bajans and not Hotels in Barbados, We can not run a Nation on one hotel at a time per Election Being Built for Early Vote Buying by way of JOBS.

    Vote CUP, Wake up the Next day Feeling Better,Mindset better , feeling of Hope for the Truth is at the door, A 2 Year Plan no need for 5 years plan needed,With 3 years to Enjoy before the next Elections,

  36. Anyone noticed that 3 330 students are sitting the common entrance exam this year? Some years ago over 4000 sat the exam each year. It seems to me that Barbados has a demographic crisis that continues to worsen. Why then is the Government planning to build a new secondary school? Maybe the country’s economic prospects are in a perilous state not only because of poor management but because of an aging population coupled with a falling birth rate. Are we heading for a tipping point?

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

    Ping Pong May 1, 2017 at 7:28 PM # if only you knew and understand how bad its “TIPPING” and let hope you all get the “POINT” based on FACTS

  38. @Ping Pong May 1, 2017 at 7:28 PM #\ “Anyone noticed that 3 330 students are sitting the common entrance exam this year? Some years ago over 4000 sat the exam each year. ”

    The number has been dropping for 20 or 30 years now., through both BLP and DLP administrations, but besides saying that women should breed more…

    I cannot recall anything from either party which looks like good family policy.

    Child bearing is painful.

    Child rearing is also time consuming and expensive.

    Child bearing and child rearing cannot be off shored.

    If we want Bajan children, if we want Bajan workers, if we want bajan people then tell me why
    neither the BLP nor DLP administrations has raised the maternity leave entitlement from the 12 weeks that have been in place since 1967.

    Yes I said 1967.

    If in more than 50 neither party has thought it important to develop family friendly policies, this is EXACTLY the result.

    Actions have consequences.

    Inactions also have consequences.

    Old men cannot bear children

    Old women cannot bear children

    Young men cannot bear children.

    So what are we going to do, what are we willing to give to the only group of people in the population that can bear children?

    Do you know that the child rearing deduction that is permitted on the income tax form has been set at $1,000 BDS for more than 20 years?

  39. I just checked the website of Solutions Barbados and they have NOTHING on family policy either.

    I guess that all the male-centric political parties do not know where babies come from, and so have no understanding of what motivates women to bear and rear children.

  40. About 15 years ago, an actuary told me that the Barbados birth rate was just barely above the replacement level and if not for the contribution of immigrants, Barbados population could go into permanent decline! Since then the decline has continued and many guest workers have left and emigration of young (and often the more talented/educated) Barbadians has increased. Without people there is no economy. The only politician who made any response to the demographic crisis was Owen Arthur when he adjusted the age of retirement from 65 to 67 and increased NIS contributions. Arthur also alluded to the inadequacy of Barbados water resources and the consequential restriction on development. These may be the two most pressing issues to the development of Barbados, that is the demographic crisis and maintaining a sustaining environment.

    Are any of the present political incumbents and aspirants addressing these issues?

  41. @ Ping Pong
    Why are you surprised?
    Sick things tend to die.

    A declining population is indicative of systemic social health issues. You are behaving like traditional doctors in seeking to address the symptoms rather than address the core issues of systemic illness.

    What benefit is there in perpetuating a society that is clearly lost, in decline, and in growing debt?

    Nature works……

  42. Just when I think I may be too pessimistic along comes Bushie nail the coffin shut. LOL
    But Bush Tea don’t you have children/ grandchildren? What are your plans/hopes for them?

  43. Simple Simon

    One gets the distinct impression that Solutions is purely a management machine totally lacking in any vision to carry this country forward for the next 50 years.

  44. @ Ping Pong
    There is probably a place for wishful thinking in this world of ours….
    But then, there is a time for everything…
    …a time to dream
    …a time to be pragmatic
    …a time to die

  45. It is not a secret. The policy makers have access to this public document:

    Page: iv

    In 1990 barbados had 45,416 women of prime child bearing age, that is between 20 and 39 years old

    In 2000 Barbados had 42,726 women aged between 20 and 39

    In 2010 Barbados had 39,150 women aged between 20 and 39

    So in the last 27 years the number of potential mothers has declined by 6,266, that is by almost 15%

    If any other part of our economy had declined by 15% the mostly MALE policy makers would take notice…if our dollar had declined by 15% people would be interested…

    but babies and their mothers?

    Nobody cares.

  46. Owen Arthur did a thing at the older end of this demographic issue, but NO party had done anything about the younger end.

    And while it was sensible to raise the retirement to 67, most of those 67 year olds will be dead by 77, and enough babies are not being born to sustain the population (a population is NOT sustained by old people)

    Dear DLP: What is your baby friendly policy
    Dear BLP: What is your baby friendly policy
    Dear Solutions Barbados: What is your baby friendly policy?
    Dear all of the other parties: What is your baby friendly policy?

  47. Instead of using NIS funds to fund longer maternity leaves, instead of thinking long term and raising the amount of money paid to young women on maternity leave we are lending money to fund the ventures of elderly capitalists

    In the meanwhile young mothers have to live with a retirement leave entitlement that is more than 50 years old.

    Shame, shame on ALL of us.

  48. I wonder if perhaps policy makers and their capitalists friends are afraid of the fertility of young, black, working class women.

    But they are the only people who can get us out of this demographic fix.

  49. Simple
    Many years ago a guy known to the Brasstacks family by the moniker ‘The Cement Man’ would rail about and ‘carry on at a rate’, the apparent success of the family planning unit in containing the number of children born to black women in Barbados.He always argued that Barbados needs to replace its aging population and he inferred a sinister plot to destroy the blacks of the world by this notion that family planning was the panacea for eradicating poverty but only where there was an apparent abundance of blacks,hence an abundance of poverty.Political will and economic enfranchisement do not enter the equation.
    It came home recently when the authorities announced the number of children taking the 11plus.Just a few short years ago,the number was 4000 and over.Last week we are down to 3000 of which 10% are non bajan born.Several factors point to a continuing downward trajectory.Soon our Immigration laws will be amended to encourage young families to make Barbados their home.Just pray that they don’t go searching in Eastern Europe,the Middle East,India or China.For starters,Ethiopia has a good proportion of pretty black women.

  50. @Simple, you are highlighting an interesting point re the apparent declining birth rates on the island. However, surely this problem can’t be about a government intervention.

    There are various current programs (free schooling to secondary level, skills training programs etc) which provides the framework for all youth to become settled before they embark on parenthood.

    Thus other issues are driving these worrisome stats. And I expect the local social scientists would surely ‘care’ about these details.

    The overall population has increased (acc to the census) since 1990….so folks are living longer even as births seem to be decreasing precipitously as you are suggesting.

    It also seems that young adult men (20+) are emigrating and/or dying in larger numbers than young adult females as there is a marked change in the comparative totals at that age range between male and females.

    More men are born than females says the census. But around age 20 there are either under counted or the above applies because at that point women outnumber men until the old age end of days…. that is understood with countries who send their men to war or military service but in Bim.

    Are Bajan men under a ‘war’ that has not been broadly communicated!

    But back to your substantive point, maybe the modern Bajan lass is not keen on raising children on her own these days!

    So what would you want done to change that and encourage more ladies to make babies which they may perceive they can’t afford in these costly times!!

  51. Our little Bim cannot afford a low birth rate and at the same time eschew immigrants.

  52. Interesting point David. No more chickens, goats or cows allowed in the Gardens and Terraces so the extra children to help manage the ‘stock’ really not needed. LOLL.

    And of course as parents or single ladies move into the professional class which engenders that middle-class of which you speak there is also less time and inclination to disrupt life with time-away for children.

    Just being overly facile, of course, but interesting point you are making.

    I would ask you why a developing middle-class should adversely affect the desire to conceive!!

    Oh, and that census also highlighted that as many of 65% of Bajans register as ‘never married’.

    Just a tidbit that caught my attention…because in Barbados that has never prevented the birth of the little yuts!

  53. @ Dribbler
    In 2000 Barbados had 42,726 women aged between 20 and 39
    In 2010 Barbados had 39,150 women aged between 20 and 39
    What Simple may not have bothered to include in her stats, is that…
    In 2017 Barbados had X thousand women in lesbian relationships,
    …not available for childbirth
    In 2017 Barbados had X thousand men in homosexual relationships…
    In 2017 Barbados had X thousand males – not financially stable enough to afford anything more than a Bush Hill type relationship.

    …and the few normal, employed, heterosexuals left, are not keen to bring children into this world to become serfs in a land where a bunch of brass-bowl political JA’s have mortgaged their future all the way down to great grands…

  54. CORRECTION: Simple Simon May 2, 2017 at 3:32 PM “In the meanwhile young mothers have to live with a retirement leave entitlement”

    A 12 week maternity leave entitlement that has not changed in more than 50 years.

  55. @Bush Tea May 2, 2017 at 8:12 PM ” What Simple may not have bothered to include in her stats, is that In 2017 Barbados had X thousand women in lesbian relationships, not available for childbirth In 2017 Barbados had X thousand men in homosexual relationships in 2017 Barbados had X thousand males not financially stable enough to afford anything more than a Bush Hill type relationship.”

    Homosexuals we have always had with us.

    The poor we have had always with us.

    What I am seeking is progressive tax and social policies designed to left the birth rate a bit.

    Surely some good ideas, sensibly implemented are not beyond us.

  56. @de pedantic Dribbler May 2, 2017 at 5:12 PM “It also seems that young adult men (20+) are emigrating and/or dying in larger numbers than young adult females as there is a marked change in the comparative totals at that age range between male and females…More men are born than females says the census. But around age 20 there are either under counted.”

    This is so in every country, more male children are born than female, so there is obviously a biological reason for this. men are in fact the more fragile sex, that is males are more likely to die than females in every year of life, hence nature produces more male children in anticipation that some won’t make it to adulthood.

    Boys and young men are also more adventurous, and so more prone to accidents, more likely to be imprisoned, more likely to be a victims of male on male violence etc. so that by age 20 females are already outliving males.

  57. Which world do you live in Simple?
    The highest birth rates almost universally comes from people without fancy benefits and maternity incentives.
    The main factors seem to be much more like fertility rates, and even more so, a strong belief in a secure future…..
    Traditionally it is the well-to-do who do not even need benefits, that exhibit low birth rates.

    Your analysis about ‘numbers of boys and men’ is also flawed.
    It would only take one Bushie to repopulate Barbados …. given adequate numbers of IslandGals, But wunna women only have X amount of eggs and Y amount of time before the men-on-pause,,,,
    ha ha ha

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