The George Brathwaite Column – Sick of the DLP’s Wrong Medicine

George Brathwaite (PhD)

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Christopher Sinckler will soon give what many Barbadians hope to be his very last budget presentation. The jury is out whether Sinckler with his broad shoulders and knack for political drama, ought to carry the blame for the numerous shortcomings of the struggling Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Cabinet he leads, are just as liable for a plethora of injurious and bad policy prescriptions dispensed to Barbadians. Of course, this is coupled with the persistent fiscal indiscipline that has pushed Barbados’ debt through the ceiling. The resultant economic woes have hastened the societal disarray that is being occasioned by family breakdown, tense industrial relations, gun crimes and violence. These serious issues characterize the DLP’s troubling tenure in government.

Speculatively, the Barbados economy became endangered with a covert rush to please pockets of an in-crowd while marginalizing thousands least able to bear the burden of high taxation. The costs of the DLP’s monumental mistakes, such as those called housing solutions or belt-tightening measures, increased suffering across the society. Social welfare scale-back, without any hint of economic empowerment or distributive justice, netted a collapsing middleclass. The poor appeared to grow in numbers while their distress is ignored by the Cabinet. The thing is, economic empowerment should ensure that people have the appropriate skills, capabilities and resources and access to secure and sustainable incomes and livelihoods inclusive of access to assets and resources. Having increasing numbers of Barbadians finding themselves out of work and unable to care for their families is both economically and socially disempowering. Already, those willing to open doors for those left to fend for themselves are often side-lined by the DLP’s insecurities and failures to act. Overall, numerous Barbadians are numbed by the sting of DLP austerity and appear squashed by Cabinet’s reluctance to be creative in maintaining what was an envied social welfare system.

Perhaps more reprehensible, is that Barbadians from all walks of life continue to be castigated and maligned for speaking out against the malaise of the DLP’s gut-wrenching tenure. Barbadians prefer not to be taken-for-granted or labelled enemies of the state if their rights and expectations are not being safeguarded and fulfilled respectively. Thousands of Barbadian citizens are made to feel like second-class citizens in their own country under a party that once deemed itself as the embodiment of ‘Dear Loving People’. While there may be no quick fixes to the many problems threatening the livelihoods of Barbadians, clearly, Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

Most Barbadians, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity have experienced growing dissatisfaction with the DLP’s misdiagnoses followed by the overabundance of promises and excuses. Last year at the beginning of the 2016 budget presentation, Finance Minister Sinckler stated that it was the DLP’s mandate “simply to set an agenda and institute policies that see after the collective good” of the Barbados nation, and to pursue those initiatives that are in the “overall best interest of the country.” Instead, the public policy arena has become bastardized with a few special interests exploiting their closeness to the DLP hierarchy. Nepotism and favoritism crowds out the national interest and ruins the collective good of the nation. The DLP has refused to be strict guardians of our heritage.

The downside is that business and civil society are trampled by the Government’s feeble attempts “to shake off the bondages of low growth, high debt, unmanageable budget deficits, and a built-in feeling of general uncertainty about the economic future,” as described by the Minister of Finance. Yet, for the upcoming budget by a man whose standing evokes distrust, fear, loss of hope, and uncertainty, Barbadians are hesitantly grasping at a last lap reprieve. Across the nation, parents and children, the childless men and women, the disabled, the homeless, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the youth and pensioners, church goers and atheists, and the media are all wishing that apart from the political parading and the usual gaffes, that Minister Sinckler would at least bring some economic and moral ease to those feeling the pain of almost 10 years of institutional and structural discrimination.

Institutional discrimination connotes the sense that there is a process by which people are systematically marginalized by established laws, customs or practices. Individuals and families have been excluded from the mainstream of national development, and the marginalization comes in many different guises. One need not look further than the treatment meted out to small contractors and young entrepreneurs, single parents and caretakers wanting to do the best to protect and provide for their families. Livelihoods have been pushed backwards by unimaginative socioeconomic programs and the lack of timely decision-making by the current government.

Individual intolerance is evident in the society, but Cabinet Ministers continue to stalk the gullible through divisive utterances and actions. Bullying in schools coupled with attacks on teachers and their property are ongoing problems. Victimization in the workplace is unprecedented and DLP surrogates have allegedly targeted trade union leaders. Daily, Barbadians face an increasing pauperization of many men and women, the naming and stigmatization of minority and marginal individuals and groups, and the growth of unprecedented social exclusion in the post-independence era. But no admonition or redirection comes from Prime Minister Stuart.

Social progress is now a lament rather than a reality. Barbadians have been told that programs such as Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology are drains on the public purse, while wastage and inefficiency strangle vocational and academic ambitions. Surely, while getting more students enrolled in science and technology is welcomed, it is obvious that the Humanities and Social Sciences still have important functions within the society. Hence, will Minister Sinckler facilitate positive changes and enhancements in our education system, or will he take quick retreat and leave those things including the $200 million owed to the University of the West Indies (UWI) for the next Minister of Finance to ameliorate and pay?

Surely, the challenges facing Barbados are not strictly economic, but are manifestly anti-social. Remember, it was last year Sinckler admitted that Barbados’ “social development system is increasingly being compromised as the cost of sustaining it becomes more challenging.” The trials negatively impacting on the nation are concomitant with the floundering leadership being exercised at the executive level of Government. In terms of representation, there has been sparse purposeful legislation coming to Parliament that would empower the nation’s people. Very few social programs have been introduced that can repair the many cracks and breaks becoming exposed in Barbados’ fractured society. Compounding these problems is the fact that job creation is not taking place at a similar rate as the glittery promises which fall from deceptive lips. DLP Cabinet Ministers are desperately banking on a couple major projects; but the public is not entrusted with adequate information nor are impact assessments worthy of the nation’s attention.

Finally, there is a wide disparity between what the DLP coughs up and the medicine that can heal this Barbados nation. Prime Minister Stuart has allowed – through his vain silence – many heartless insults and tones of divisiveness from his Ministers and team. He refuses to scold them for their uncomplimentary inferences that belittle and ridicule ordinary citizens. There is little doubt that Barbados’ Prime Minister has slept through the many social ills and the volumes of frustration now featuring across Barbados and directly under his nose. Yet, Stuart and the DLP will plead for another term. However, Barbadians are growing terminally sick of the DLP’s wrong medicine.

(Dr George C. Brathwaite is a political consultant. Email: brathwaitegc@gmail.com )

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74 Comments on “The George Brathwaite Column – Sick of the DLP’s Wrong Medicine”

  1. Andrew Simpson May 23, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    Deeper Bible study

    ‘Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise, thou mine inheritance, now and always; thou, and thou only, the first in my heart, high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.’1

    For Micah, the failure of God’s people was largely a failure of leadership. He perceived that leaders in all spheres had failed the people. They had become so corrupt that they approved what was evil and hated what was good. Even priests and prophets, who ought to have provided a moral compass, were no better than the rest. No longer did they seek to express what was true but only what the rich wanted to hear. Micah, then, cut a lonely figure as he denounced those who pronounced ‘peace’ or well-being (shalom) on well-paying clients but opposed those who could not pay.

    I wonder what Micah would say to the social and political leaders of our world today. What would he make of politicians who shape their policies for the benefit of those likely to re-elect them while ignoring the needs of others? What would he make of those who pay more attention to opinion polls and focus groups than to genuinely held values?

    Preachers and faith leaders sometimes face similar temptations. This is especially true when their financial support comes directly from those to whom they minister. Should they say what needs to be said and risk impoverishing themselves, or should they say what people want to hear and guarantee their own financial support? Celebrated preachers whose income relies on the goodwill of their hearers are vulnerable to this predicament. Yet congregational leaders of more humble means may face a similar situation: speak out and lose your income or stay quiet and stay fed. Congregations can help their ministers by encouraging them to speak what they see and assuring them of their support even when their words challenge or provoke them.

    Robert Parkinson

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  2. watchman May 23, 2017 at 8:10 AM #

    George, you think a man with a face like the PM can see anything under his nose, the man is EVIL

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  3. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 8:19 AM #

    George…we dont want BLP giving the same overused poisonous medicine either.

    It’s amazig the crap politicians are allowed to get away with on the island, like not many people are paying attention to their own or children and future generation’s welfare and wellbeing.

    Here is Mia pretending that CLICO never presented the bajan public and business people with fraud instruments of investment just recently, causing untold misery on pensioners and the elderly, who are yet to receive their money, nearly 10 years later, many died while waiting….but here is Mia inviting the same unregulated by both governments insurance companies, challenging them to invent new instruments of insurance to commit the same offenses against the people all over again. Without even thinking that there is anither and better way fir businesses and the populationto invest that over abundance of cash.

    Dont these new insurance instruments first have to be approved by insurancor regulators and removed if found to be fraudulent…what has been done since CLICO to correct this and prevent a recurrence of thefts from policyholders and instrument holders.

    Insurance is not the only or best investment.

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  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 8:24 AM #

    As a matter of fact, Mia should be encouraging the credit unions to take on the appearances of banks or a national bank….instead of enabling this useless insurance actions that does not insure anyone’s safety or future wellbeing, but only fills the pockets of greedy, tiefing CEOs and GMs.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/05/22/low-interest-rates-stifling-wealth-generation/

    What is wrong with Mia, both governments have over the decades refused to rein in, regulate these companies or to lock up CEOs and GMs of insurance companies who steal from bajans because they are their friends and business partners…..now she comes up with this crap…instead of saying her government will make it easier for black bajans to conduct business on the island, therefore having new areas to invest all that money…..why allow insurance companies to continue stealing from bajans,.

    Has she not noticed that one insurance company owner used his online newspaper this week to expose an insurance company that is abusing injured claimants while the same insurance company owner continues to do the same….if Mia wants voters to have confidence in her, she needs to open her eyes to reality, stop pretending all is well with insurance companies and get serious.

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    Bothered by the low interest rates being offered by commercial banks, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is challenging insurance companies to come up with new instruments in which the financial institutions can invest.

    “The commercial banks have sent enough messages to us that they are prepared to shift their presence because the region is not giving them the returns that it gave them for the last century. Now, how do entities that live with us for 100 years start to make decisions to find other regions attractive all of a sudden? It is because we are not performing at the levels we ought to be performing.”

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  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 8:29 AM #

    Yardfowls be warned…I am not here to coddle or stroke the egos of politicians or any political candidates.

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  6. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM #

    Vincent….they are all, politicians and yardfowls taking this for a joke, a game.

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  7. Ali Baba May 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM #

    WELL I VOTING FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN, G/GRANDS ETC. THIS IS THE WORSE GOV’MENT EVERRRRRRRR NO ONE CAN EVER SURPASS DEM, NO NOT IN AH 1000 YEARS +…..WE MUST SEE THE BACK OF DEM OUT OF OFFICE FOR EVER

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  8. Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM #

    Vincent,
    It is not the job of government to tell insurance companies which products they should market. However, it is the responsibility of the supervisor and regulator to make sure that any financial products offered to the public meet minimum standards. Government, however, can compel insurance companies to invest a proportion of their premiums in the local economy or, alternatively, protect policyholders’ monies.
    Regulation and supervision are the weaknesses in ur insurance framework, not new products. As we are on products, the local market is badly under-insured: we need good income, critical illness, term assurance to cover mortgages (and get rid of Mortgage indemnity Guarantees), and for heads of households, life cover.
    Politicians should put in place good regulation and then stick to what they do best, then leave insurance to people who run insurance companies.

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  9. David May 23, 2017 at 9:50 AM #

    @Hal

    Local insurance companies are not required under the Act to maintain reserve funds? Isn’t this part of the problem that led to the demise of CLICO? Agree with you the regulator must do their work but CLICO exposed a catastrophic risk issue that says departments and ministries of government not doing their work.

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  10. CUP/BFP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ May 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    Yall better Vote for truth and facts and not party, Under the DLP or BLP there is nothing there but more pain and lies, We will see what happens and watch how people play on the blogging if D or B wins, If D or B wins we have failed in seeking and waking up,.

    Once again will have to wait for their White Masters come to the Island and lock up these Niggers for the Slaves to wake up to truth.

    Slavery runs very deep in Barbados, along with laundering of money and land, the richer the man the bigger the crook, No lawyers need to be in government, that will be a start .

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  11. Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 10:07 AM #

    David,
    Not really. The business models of banks and insurance companies are different. Insurance companies have long term liabilities, which the supervisor should guarantee during its scrutiny of any new financial products, and during stress testing. Banks just have bogus business models.
    Clico’s failure was regulatory and supervisory – not theft by senior executives. That, if it happened, was a criminal offence and should have been dealt with. The Barbados state failed Clico policyholders. No one else.
    Have a look at the EU’s directives on Mifid for a good idea.

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  12. William Skinner May 23, 2017 at 11:05 AM #

    CLICO did not comply with its statutory requirements. This was a failure on the part of the Minister of Finance(Arthur) and the Supervisor of Insurance.

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  13. Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 11:07 AM #

    Here we go again.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/97059/growing-imf-debt-concern

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  14. William Skinner May 23, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

    @ Dr. Brathwaite
    Having so eloquently expressed all of our ills. Could you now inform us of some ideas and alternatives for a better future ?

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  15. Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM #

    Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM #

    I know not what you speak off as I have not posted anything on this subject.

    Chuckle…..as to your last comment…..not theft by senior executives……many people will disagree with you.

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  16. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 11:17 AM #

    @William Skinner

    I encourage you to reflect on all of my readings and you will find several alternatives and possible solutions. In the meantime, accept the challenge and make solutions and recommendations. This is exactly what encouraging public discourse and critical thinking is all about. Cheers Mr. Skinner.

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  17. Gabriel May 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM #

    I am convinced that OSA was angling to bring CL Financial’s might to get the Pierhead Project off the ground as planned by BS&T in the early 90’s.In this regard he might have offered either to turn a blind eye to Clico’s failure to satisfy the laws of Barbados or he was duped by the leper.The leper and his cohort now in repose would also have discussed the possibility and had a strategy to deal with OSA.
    Notwithstanding,when the Commissioner of Police and the Supervisor of Insurance moved to the courts to deal with Clico’s failure to obey the law,both of them were removed by subterfuge and sent on leave compliments of paid servants of the crown.The rest is history.

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  18. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM #

    Since the Barbados news media wont ask these questions and concerned Bajans want to know, LET ME ASK YOU THESE QUESTIONS:

    What is your and your party’s position on:

    Will your party legalise Lesbianism in Barbados

    Will your Party legalise Homosexuality in Barbados

    Will your party legalise prostitution in Barbados

    will your party legalise same sex marriages in Barbados

    will your party legalise weed in Barbados

    will your party legalise casino gambling in Barbados

    Concerned Bajans want to know before they cast their votes what is your party’s position on the above.

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  19. William Skinner May 23, 2017 at 11:45 AM #

    Dr. Brathwaite
    I too have given several ideas on the way forward. I am now convinced that we must rid ourselves of the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party since most of the ills you so often write of are of their making.
    First step VTO (Vote Them Out). I hope you find it possible to assist in saving our island state from these two political maladies.

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  20. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 12:10 PM #

    @ William Skinner

    While i understand you, in all honesty I must depart from your conclusion. Both the BLP and DLP have made significant contributions to Barbados. I will never be so idealistic to believe that there is a best called ‘perfect government’; such does not exist. I believe that there is a spatial and contextual element regarding governance in any country. It is there that one can pinpoint strenghts versus shortcoming at a particular time and under what specific conditions to conclude on success or failure. I, like many Barbadians, was quite willing to give the DLP a chance since 2008. I am stating that by 2013, Barbados needed a change because of the drift and the fact that the DLP was certainly NOT listening to the people. Nonetheless, the mandate was given to the DLP and I respect the majority’s view although there are inherent dangers particularly when the said DLP government tries to blunt criticism and shut down alternative views.
    Moreover, I have respect for political parties, pressure groups, advocates of freedom of expression such as the blogs and BU. To be consistent, I cannot lump uncaring leadership and a bad government with the broader utility of the political party. Speaking spatially and temporally, it simply means that after the failures of the last 10 years, it is now time to move on to another cadre of persons. Now if other parties are willing to fit into the frame, so be it; but they cannot remain timid, faceless, and seemingly only ready to reach pockets of person but remain obtuse at national levels. Political participation based on information is a key. Citizens have to choose best options rather than thinking in absolutist terms of perfection. That beast does not exist.

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  21. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM #

    Can you tell me why the Canadian High Commissioner is campaigning for the crooked Barbados Labour Party?

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  22. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 12:28 PM #

    Because they see the present governnment as a waste of space Carson….Mia just needs to be kept in check at this time.

    Ha, Ha Austin….dont care how ya try to spin ya idiocy and deceit re CLICO and the thiefing executives, no one is buying.

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  23. Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM #

    George,
    We also have to live in the real world. What good have the DLP and BLP governments done for the people of Barbados since November 30, 1966? Start with the basics?
    One former permanent secretary I was at school with always compared Barbados with the other smaller Caribbean islands as a mark of progress. The fact that it is not true in the case of St Lucia we can ignore, the point is that I would expect Barbados to be somewhat ahead of the others.
    Economics are not all, but we have under-performed the region and the global economies ever since then. How do we explain that? The worst period in our economic development was during the period when a qualified economist (ignore Sandiford) was prime minister. Explain growing inequality? Look at the crisis in educational system; the meltdown in the criminal justice system; our record jobless numbers; the breakdown in our health system; the housing over-crowding which is a problem in the supply side; the maniacs driving on our streets; the idiotic idea of plea bargaining in our court system; the lack of supervision and regulation in our banking and insurance systems; the silly destruction of the only domiciled bank.
    I stop there, George. I know you aspire to be an MP, but, with respect, political integrity should come first. I know you can do better than that.

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  24. Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

    President of the Bankers Assoc. stated on VoB 1230 news that banks have stopped lending for real estate transactions as they are not happy with BRAs rules on the need for tax clearance certificates prior to completion and are awaiting a meeting.

    I wonder why the MoF and BRAs head did not do the logical thing and sit down with the relevant stakeholders first before implementing laws.

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  25. Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 12:46 PM #

    Is the BRA the new Mafia? Mortgage lenders should only be interested in affordability. Is the BRA also going to say that unless you have a clearance certificate you cannot travel?

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  26. Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 12:53 PM #

    What I find baffling is why bloggers continue with the persistent belief that by electing a party with a new name which comes out of the same backyard of the 280,000 odd people who have been educated and socialised in the same manner will make a difference in the governing of the country.

    Better will be served by forming pressure/lobby groups in order to educate the sheeple as to their rights,as they are the only means to ensure that who ever is elected will meet the needs of the masses.

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  27. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM #

    @ Hal Austin

    First thing, I must correct you on a most fallacious statement that is likely to impugn my integrity.
    You wrote: “I know you aspire to be an MP, but, with respect, political integrity should come first. I know you can do better than that.” I do take objection to the statement. I returned to Barbados in April 2016, indicated an interest in contesting the nomination for St. John on a BLP ticket, and subsequently withdrew by August 2016. Indeed, I can state categorically and unmistakingly that I have no desire to become an MP. And to the second part since one could easily conjure negative images, I hold to personal integrity and my academic integrity. I am not a perfect man, but I will say things forthrightly.
    The other thing that I disagree with is the implied lament questioning “What good have the DLP and BLP governments done for the people of Barbados since November 30, 1966?”
    Clearly my conclusions will differ far from yours. One does not have to like either or any party, but it is clear that notwithstanding the problems affecting Barbados, it has come a long, long, long way that what it was. Yes there are things that could have been and shoud have been done better, but is that to say no progress has come since 1966? I think not. To my mind that would be a cademic dishonesty to state such and then my integrity would be in tatters.

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  28. Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 1:18 PM #

    George,
    My sincere apology. I knew at one point it was on the cards, but times move on. Once again, apologies.
    However, I beg to differ on the good either party has done for the nation, as you would expect. Both have demonstrated poor vision and poor policy making. Fundamentally, they do not really understand why they are in politics.

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  29. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 1:27 PM #

    @ Hal Austin

    I know you meant know harm but it may have been interpretted that way. Nonetheless, apologies sincerely accepted.
    Mistakes have been made all around, but from my perspective the good far outweighs the bad. Key questions going forward must be situated on how do we get people more involved and responsible for their lives, how and what will be done to ensure there is an informed citizenry that is better able respond and choose policy options, and what is the overall vision let us say for another 20 or 50 years. Right now, there seems to be less time spent on thoughtful ideas and a vision for a prosperous Barbados. It can be a created. It is not a opne man/woman or one party show. It involves wide participation and good governance. Note I did not say perfect governance.

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  30. David May 23, 2017 at 1:56 PM #

    @George

    It is obvious the two political parties have contributed to our development. However we have to evaluate based on kPIs that are lined up behind some objectives we can agree on when some of us discuss what is development. The point here is that if we cast our eyes across the region we are battling a common problem of global competitiveness, productivity, corruption, social decay and public debt. We have to measure success from a jump off point and not as the continuum.

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  31. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 2:26 PM #

    @ David

    Interesting that you would make the statements above, yet many in the Caribbean shied away from accepting that those factors named by you are the very factors CARICOM and the CSME were intending to provide some leverage. Interesting, but many still believe that national development as a very tiny small island state will be easy or achieved at any satisfactory level in a vaccum. Nevertheless, I take your point.

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  32. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 3:06 PM #

    Vincent….that problem is noted, you have the same brainwashed, power hungry lot of candidates coming out of the same population but people who are clueless to the threats they represent are desperately ready to accept them, just from a few pretensious lies and promises, instead of pressuring them to be honest and transparent to the majority population whose votes these new candidates need.

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  33. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 23, 2017 at 3:16 PM #

    The uneducated jackass Eric Gairy used to tell Grenadians if it was not for him, the women would not wear panties…that’s 6 or 7 decades before the electorates started understanding that politicians are not gods or saviors, but public servants hired to do a job and they live off the taxpayers.

    Politicians in their own nasty minds tried to keep people in the Caribbean from learning that truth.

    That’s the type of backward ignorance and wickedness politicians and government mjnisters should never be allowed to get away with again…painting themselbves as irreplaceable gods…, they are mere employees of the people, pretending to be gids….eating, drinking and surviving off taxpayers.

    Put them in their place.

    See which one of them are willing to take 1 dollar a year for 5 years….to serve the people, or refuse any of the pretensious titles.

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  34. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM #

    @ Hants and BU

    More than that, today the journalist were denied entry, or those already inside, were thrown out of parliament. These are truly testing times.

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  35. David May 23, 2017 at 3:33 PM #

    @Hants and George

    And in the USA Trump is goading the FBI to test the First Amendment by going after journalists who publish stories as a result of ‘leaks’.

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  36. Artax May 23, 2017 at 3:41 PM #

    Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

    “I wonder why the MoF and BRAs head did not do the logical thing and sit down with the relevant stakeholders first before implementing laws.”

    @ Vincent

    Excellent suggestion, and that’s why I mentioned in another post one of the requirements for countries seeking IMF assistance is the government should develop “home grown” policies and present them publicly for perusal by the relevant stakeholders, citizens, special interest groups, etc.

    This inept DLP administration suffers from “chronic implementation deficit.”

    Can you name how many policies Sinckler introduced in successive budgets that were implemented? For example, the mobile phone and lotto taxes proved to be too problematic to implement.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hal Austin May 23, 2017 at 1:18 PM #

    “However, I beg to differ on the good either party has done for the nation, as you would expect. Both have demonstrated poor vision and poor policy making. Fundamentally, they do not really understand why they are in politics.”

    @ Hal Austin

    Your above comments are utter nonsense.

    Both political parties have made significant contributions to the development of Barbados. To say otherwise is being disingenuous and stupid.

    Perhaps governments investing in hedge funds is your idea of “doing good.”

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  37. Hants May 23, 2017 at 3:45 PM #

    @ David,

    Trump is too “challenged” to realise that the ” leaks ” are helping him.

    Imagine if the case against him and his campaign staff was built in secret and then dropped on them.

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  38. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 4:13 PM #

    George

    Why is it that you and your Barbados Labour Party telling everyone who would listen that Barbados is the worst country in World, however on the recently published report on the 21 most expensive places in thee world to live , Barbados dos not make the list?

    Two countries which your Barbados Labour Party point to as doing fabulously well are on that list?

    Namely at #7 we find Bahamas

    At # 1 of all places we find BERMUDA.

    Why do your BLP keep Blackballing Barbados with lies, lies and damn lies?

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  39. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM #

    George

    What is your Barbados Labour Party position on same sex marriages?

    What is your Barbados Labour Party position on Buggery?

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  40. Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 4:19 PM #

    South Carolina just legalized hemp. Every state should do the same.
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    Bim better get on board.

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  41. George C. Brathwaite May 23, 2017 at 4:41 PM #

    @ Carson C. Cadogan

    I have refrained from responding to your attempts at distraction. I do not recall anyone from the government or opposition articulating a policy question on same sex marriage. If it is on the cards of the DLP, then perhaps your closeness to power should inform all Barbadians. Indeed, it has only been the ‘Lowe’st of individuals trying to contort the legitimate questions asked about the prejudices and forms of institutional discrimination and name calling that persist in the society which are targeted against persons’ lifestyles and choices that I am hearing. As far as I am aware, the Laws of Barbados are just that until these are amended or dispensed with, so it is nothing but a political stunt and desperate distraction to shape discussions away from the bread and butter issues affecting every business and home in Barbados. You may be better served in asking not only the BLP, but all citizens how can Barbados fix its economy and fast cascading society? The answers that you get may indicate it is time for a change. The people will inevitably vote in the government of their choice – I feel sure the DLP will NOT be in the picture given its gross failures and profound hypocrisy to which its biggest immorality stems from the appearance of corruption and other infelicities that have put an immense burden on the nation’s people.

    I hope that I have answered you.

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  42. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 4:41 PM #

    George

    Another Caribbean country your Barbados Labour Party is always pointing to is Jamaica. From your perspective it is doing everything good. Barbados should take a leaf out of its book as far as you all are concerned.

    FACTS:

    Jamaica ranks as second riskiest country in the Caribbean to do business — study

    Jamaica has been ranked as one the riskiest countries in the world to do business with, according to a new study published by property insurance group FM Global.FM Global Resilience Index, which equally weighs composite measure of three core resilience factors: economic, risk quality and the supply chain — including cyber attacks, natural hazards and supply chain failure — ranked Jamaica at 117 of 130 countries.

    when will the crooked Barbados Labour Party give the Govt. of Barbados the apology it richly deserves?

    When will the crooked Barbados Labour Party stop sabotaging Barbados?

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  43. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM #

    George

    We have no intention of changing the Buggery law, can you say the same for your party?

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  44. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM #

    George

    No study has ranked Barbados as a risky country to do Business.
    Jamaica has been in the clutches of the IMF for nearly 40years, and they are not going to get out anytime soon.
    So why are so many of your supporters calling for Barbados to enter an IMF program?

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  45. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

    George

    FACTS:

    2017 Barbados named the safest country in the Caribbean.
    World economic forum

    2017 Barbados rated # 7 in the World among the top ten countries for Health care.
    Clinic compare, the UK’s leading clinic comparison website

    2016 Barbados rated # 9 among the 11 best school system in the World.
    Global competitiveness report – World economic Forum

    All verifiable FACTS.

    Why do you and your crooked Barbados Labour Party continue to pull down your country Barbados with lies?

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  46. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 5:39 PM #

    George

    Tell Bajans what is your Barbados Labour Party affiliation with the local MUSLIM community?

    Should BLACK Bajans be worried about this?

    “Libya After Dictator Gaddafi: Muslims Sell Blacks For $200(a piece) At Open Slave Markets”

    https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/libya-after-dictator-gaddafi-muslims-sell-blacks-at-open-slave-markets-for-200/

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  47. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 5:52 PM #

    George

    According to your Barbados Labour Party Barbados has the highest crime wave in the World, which flies in the face of the facts.

    A Barbadian company which operates in Guyana had all its float cash snatched. Not a word out of the BLP on that.

    Gunman snatch bag of “float cash” from Automotive Art workers returning from bank

    Two workers of the company had just pulled in at the location after uplifting a quantity of cash from a commercial bank. 
    As they made their way out of their vehicle, a mid-size black car, pulled up alongside them and a gunman emerged and snatched the money bag. 
    The man fired a single gunshot in the air as he dashed back to the waiting car and hurried away from the scene. 
    The two workers were left traumatized.  
    An official of the company said the surveillance video showed that the car was following the vehicle that the workers were in.
    He explained that the workers went to the bank to uplift “float money”, which is money to be used as change for the rest of the day’s business. Less than $1 million was in the bag. 

    http://newssourcegy.com/crime/gunman-snatch-bag-of-float-cash-from-automotive-art-workers-returning-from-bank/

    If this was in Barbados your party would have a field day.

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  48. angela Skeete May 23, 2017 at 6:24 PM #

    wuh loss all DEM licks for Georgie by now he might be soaking in Epsom salts and water ,BTW George what does Mia and the blp has to offer the country and how can a party that has lost its soul has anything of substance to offer

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  49. angela Skeete May 23, 2017 at 6:32 PM #

    oh georgie can you explain the covenant of hope and its relevancy to fixing the country’s woes George did you write that rethread outdated piece of nonsense called a covenant
    Btw George has Mia settled all her internal disputes with members of her own Party?

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  50. Artax May 23, 2017 at 6:42 PM #

    @ David

    Don’t you think many readers of and contributors to BU have had enough of Carson C. Cadogan and Angela Skeete attempting to reducing this forum to shiite?

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  51. angela Skeete May 23, 2017 at 6:44 PM #

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  52. David May 23, 2017 at 6:46 PM #

    @Artax

    JAS must bray.

    Give people enough rope and they will hang themselves.

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  53. Hants May 23, 2017 at 7:22 PM #

    We appeal to the Prime Minister in the national interest, as the Bankers have already done in the last few weeks. This is not a time for politics or we told you so. It is simply a time for this Government to reverse the madness and repeal the amendments with despatch. This can be done on Tuesday before the start of the Budget as a simple Bill doing so will receive the Opposition’s support.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/97076/blp-statement-banks-suspension-real-estate-transactions#sthash.DAB3vR3z.dpuf

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  54. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 7:24 PM #

    Artax May 23, 2017 at 6:42 Pm

    In other words when one comes on this blog one must do either:

    (1) Say something nice and complimentary about the crooked Barbados Labour Party

    or

    (2) Say something nasty or untrue about the Democratic Labour Party.

    Otherwise one is not welcome here.

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  55. David May 23, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    @Hants

    Could it be the big bad banks will flex some muscle here?

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  56. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 7:34 PM #

    If DAVID wants to wallow in Lies and rubbish about the crooked Barbados Labour Party , then that is his business.

    If DAVID wants to hear the truth then he can let others from the Democratic Labour Party air the correct views.

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  57. angela Skeete May 23, 2017 at 7:43 PM #

    Like the last election David device a phony poll showing that the barbados labour party was going to win . no wonder he likes the blp the two of them lies lies and lies

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  58. Carson C. Cadogan May 23, 2017 at 8:43 PM #

    George

    I see at the top of the page:

    “Dr George C. Brathwaite is a political consultant”

    You are consulting politically for who?

    Or is that just a title that DAVID gave you?

    Where is your office located? Just in case that we might have some work for you.

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  59. David May 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM #

    @Carson Cadogon

    This is your final comment in your futile attempt detract from the topic. All other comments will be deleted WITHOUT explanation.

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  60. Kevin May 23, 2017 at 10:36 PM #

    C Cadogan and A Skeete are both providing balance. David, Im disappointed you letting Artax et all influence you in this way as to not allow others to express their opinion.

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  61. Prodigal Son May 23, 2017 at 10:52 PM #

    Hear, hear David…………I have had enough of CCC and the ac’s.

    All he and the ac’s do is to reduce the quality of the comments. If they do not have anything of substance to contribute, just read……they do not seem to realise that you do not have to comment on every topic.

    Their party has decimated this country with their ill advised policies that have not worked and all they can do is come here to spout empty hateful rhetoric.

    I am convinced that Barbadians have made up their minds and just waiting to vote their sorry arses out!

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  62. Artax May 23, 2017 at 11:51 PM #

    @ Kevin

    Your comment re: “Cadogan and Skeete are both providing balance,” is pure shiite.

    Only an idiot would define “innuendo and rhetorical political diatribe” as providing balance.

    How could Skeete, for example, asking if Mottley “settled all her internal disputes with members of her own Party,” be described as “providing balance,” when you cannot identify any paragraph, statement or phrase in Dr. Brathwaite’s article that suggests he made references to the DLP’s internal disputes?

    It is common knowledge that disputes exist between siblings, relatives, friends, work colleagues, members of organizations, sports teams, etc. As such, to suggest that disputes are unique to the BLP is nonsense.

    Barbadians are fully aware that disputes played an integral role in the formation of the “coup group” “affectionately” known as the Eagar 11. It is common knowledge “personal disputes” exist between Estwick and Sinckler; we could reasonably assume disputes were behind the reasons for Stuart suddenly “dropping” Ronald Jones from acting as PM. Disputes had to be responsible for Randal Rouse cussing the DLP on his way to being an independent candidate for St. Joseph.

    Disputes caused two political consultants, Hartley Henry and Reudon Eversley, to distance themselves from the DLP. Perhaps Cadogan would rather ask for the location of their offices, “just in case that we might have some work for (them).”

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  63. Carson C. Cadogan May 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM #

    DAVID

    “…futile attempt to distract from the topic…..”

    a topic of lies.

    hahahaha

    You are more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!!!!!

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  64. millertheanunnaki May 24, 2017 at 9:25 AM #

    @ Vincent Haynes May 23, 2017 at 4:19 PM
    “South Carolina just legalized hemp. Every state should do the same.
    Bim better get on board.”

    Shouldn’t the BU ‘intelligentsia’ like the yard-fowls Carson Carrion Cadogan, angela Skeete and Alvin Boots Cummins be discussing this most important topic rather than ‘other’ people’s alternative lifestyles?

    It is OK for the PM of Great Britain- a country that is the main supplier of Barbados’s economic bread and butter-to be childless but in little morally myopic Barbados it’s a cardinal sin big enough to make a woman unfit to hold the highest political position.

    Now who is more or less ‘sinful’?
    A childless woman of a same-sex persuasion or a fornicating single man hiding his ‘true’ sexual feelings in a homophobic closet?

    South Carolina (S C) learnt a lot from early ‘Barbadoes’ including that famous slave code ‘falsely ascribed to the fabled Willie Lynch.

    There is even a special ‘twinning’ arrangement between the two ‘states’ giving rise to a plantation- type entente cordiale since the 1670’s.

    It’s time S C pays its dues by teaching the now agriculturally backward Barbados a thing or two. The ‘today’ Bajans are programmed to be copycats as a result of the Willie Lynch syndrome.

    Why not let them copy what South Carolina has done to time around?

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  65. Hants May 24, 2017 at 10:15 AM #

    @ David,

    I now get back here. I pass by yesterday but de yard was full up wid fowls so I shut de paling gate an leff. lol

    re Canadian banks, they will do what is best for their shareholders. Barbados is just a problem variable that has to be ” managed “.

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  66. Vincent Haynes May 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM #

    millertheanunnaki May 24, 2017 at 9:25 AM #

    Glad to see that you are aware of the myth of Willy Lynch….seems that Bim back in the day was know as the Solomon of that day and all one had to do was create something in the name of Bim and it would be believed…..it would seem that UWI learnt something from that.

    All of our knowledge seems to have fled to other shores like SC and we now need to bring back the Chinese and Isrealis to teach us how to farm…..how low can a country fall.

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  67. angela Skeete May 25, 2017 at 7:54 AM #

    Dr Agard diagnose of MIa was spot on. Now add OSA comments Mia is a patient in need of emergency care.

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  68. Dentistry Whisperer (M. Pharm. D) LinkedIN May 26, 2017 at 6:30 AM #

    Has anyone done a check on “doctor” Sparman? I was in a graduate bio-chemistry class with a black man called Sparman who did not get marks to move on. I was at U of Pittsburg, P.A.

    Haynes Darlington (M. Pharm. D)

    >

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  69. Hal Austin May 26, 2017 at 7:58 AM #

    Dentistry,
    I will not be surprised. I know a well known lawyer who is not fully qualified, or at least he claimed to have qualified in the UK. He did not. I checked both the Law Society and the Bar Council and the LS said he passed part one of the solicitors’ exams but did not take part two.
    I also know someone in finance who is not fully qualified but still uses his now outdated qualifications to promote business. He runs a Ponzi scheme and gets away with it.

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  70. William Skinner May 26, 2017 at 9:26 AM #

    George and David
    Ralph Jemmott’s letter in today’s Nation
    should be music your ears. It endorses
    your views about the imperfections in all
    models of government and dwells on what
    has been achieved and not what can be achieved.
    Very interesting.

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  71. Vincent Haynes May 27, 2017 at 4:29 PM #

    Looking like regime change…..

    12 mins ·

    Jeremy Corbyn is closer to winning the election than at any time during the campaign thanks to a surge in support from women, a poll for the Sunday Telegraph indicates.
    Labour narrows gap to six points as women voters surge towards Jeremy Corbyn
    Subscriber-only content
    telegraph.co.uk
    http://trib.al/kJoWGfu

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  72. Dentistry Whisperer (M. Pharm. D) LinkedIN October 21, 2017 at 10:53 AM #

    Barbados – FYI. >

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