The Grenville Phillips Column – Does He Also Care?

Grenville Phillips II, leader of Solutions Barbados

The Ministry of Education has approved our children’s use of cellular phones in our schools.  The obvious foreseen risk is our children’s direct access to pornography (porn) on their smart phones.  While some responsible parents will install porn filters on their children’s phones, most parents and grandparents will not know, and are not expected to know, how to protect them.  Therefore, a national response is required.

Many parents have provided their children with smart-phones, tablets and lap-top computers without installing the critically necessary porn filter.  Therefore, they are unknowingly giving their children direct access to porn, which is perhaps the most reckless act that a parent can do.  For those who are unaware, porn permanently damages children.

Our children are not the only victims.  Employees who watch porn are normally very unproductive, which harms both the private and public sectors.  Spouses who watch porn normally destroy their marriages.   However, the real victims are those whom they view on the screen.

The sex slavery trade is real.  Girls, mostly from Asia and Eastern Europe, are forced into sex slavery, and are repeatedly raped until they are made to appear to enjoy it.  Viewers of porn may try to justify their actions by deluding themselves that they are engaging in a harmless act.  However, every time that they visit a porn site, they increase the advertisement revenue of the site, thus ensuring the bondage of the victims.

Sex slaves are perhaps the most oppressed group on Earth.  Their initial hopes of rescue are dimmed with each forced rape and each new year of captivity.  However, those who capture, rape and confine them are merely agents.  The true oppressors are those who view porn, for if there were no market, there would be no sex slavery.  Viewers of porn are the market where sex slaves are traded.

By allowing our children to access pornography, we are training the next generation of oppressors, and ensuring that the sex slaves’ hope for freedom is in vain.  Most of us are descendants of persons who were either sold into slavery, or kidnapped and forcibly brought to Barbados.  If we now actively facilitate the enslavement of sex slaves, then we, above all people, deserve the harshest judgement.

Fortunately, this judgement can be avoided, because this is one of the easiest national problems to solve.  The Government can easily block access to porn on the Internet, by default, today.  Those adults who want it can simply apply for it.  Therefore, with one decision, the Government of Barbados can immediately protect all of our children, increase national productivity, improve marriages, and most importantly, provide some hope to the despairing sex slaves being savagely raped around the world.

Let me directly address those who believe that it is their duty ensure that the bureaucratic ‘wheels’ of Government turn slowly.  I understand that this decision involves policy, legal, and technical issues.  The policy issue can be addressed immediately – it is good policy to protect our children.  I understand the benefits of having ‘Green’ consultative and ‘White’ policy papers in order to get diverse feedback.  Therefore, set the policy on protecting our children, and then have the time-consuming consultations on changing that responsible policy.

The legal concern is a non-issue since those adults who want it will be granted access once they apply for it.  That leaves the technical issue.  Flow and Digicel can be regulated to block porn, or the Government can block it directly today.  You can be sure that in a Solutions Barbados administration, porn will be blocked on day 1.

There is one man in Barbados that currently has the authority to do so much good, or to perpetuate so much harm.  That man is the Minister responsible for Telecommunications.  Today, he can instruct the Permanent Secretary to instruct the Chief Telecommunications Officer to block all porn sites.  That he has allowed such unspeakable harm to go on for so many years is very distressing.  However, perhaps he was unaware of just how much harm his inaction was causing.  Well, now he knows.  If our children are unable to access porn tomorrow, then we will know that he also cares.

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

169 comments

  • @ Grenville
    FYI…
    …in case you failed to notice, Angela is not an addict
    she is more specifically a yardfowl and idiot…
    Be advised accordingly….

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ nextparty246 May 26, 2017 at 11:57 AM
    “Are you sure that you want to persist with your method despite its obvious shortcomings? If anyone provides a better method, then we will happily adopt it.”

    Which do you think is more dangerous to the psychological health and physical safety of the ‘children and adults’ in the Bajan society?

    Access to porn over the internet or just as easy access to illegal firearms associated with the illegal drug trade?

    Why not spend your intellectual energy not so much in trying to be the moral police of dystopian Barbados but in using your engineering knowledge and understanding to identify practical ways to get the guns and other dangerous weapons out of the hands of those bent on destroying your proposed ‘idyllic’ Nirvana?

    What about installing scanners and ‘weapons’ detecting equipment all over Barbados with the default position being everyone is a suspect (including motorists and passengers) until cleared through these continuing monitor devices?

    Why not see the internet as symbolic of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” whose reference in your Judeo-Christian book of tales is based on plagiarized myths from earlier philosophical writings?

    The enigmatic question to be answered by you lot is which is the bigger evil.
    Is it the naked knowledge of evil sex between Adam and his cloned wife Eve (the “Adam knowing his wife syndrome”)?

    Or is it the knowledge to ‘manufacture’ a weapon to kill another human just as your mythical Cain did to his ‘eponymous’ little brother?

    Didn’t this first murder (capital offence) go unpunished by not attracting the death penalty you would wish to see imposed on modern-day murderers or even porn watchers and sex-slave traders?

    If only your god had fulfilled the other requirement of his own commandment there would be no humans to watch porn with the likes of paedophilic Cain having sex with his mysterious ‘baby’ sister.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @nextparty246,
    Hi Grenville, censoring porn on the internet is more complex than you seem to assume. First let me make it clear that I think that pornography is violence against humanity and female humanity in particular; those who consume it are beneath contempt.
    In Barbados, blocking the most prevalent porn sites by filtering them at the ISPs initial domestic routers would be trivial because we are an island with only a limited number of ISPs. This type of block, however, would be total, with no ability to allow selective access to those who applied for it.
    Blocking which is applied to IP traffic only after you have determined whether the requesting subscriber has a “license” to receive such traffic is much more prone to being subverted and is MUCH more expensive for the ISP to implement and operate.
    I think that the “free speech” arguments in favour of pornography are weak, but the practical implementation of a ban is considerably more complex than you seem to imply. Even if you filtered known sites at the ISPs initial domestic routers, it is trivially easy for the porn sites to set up mirror sites that host all the same content under different IP addresses and domain names. A single techie can set up hundreds of these in an hour. They will certainly do this if their advertising revenue and traffic is at all threatened… they will likely do it even if there is no substantive threat to their business, simply to dissuade other more profitable jurisdictions from trying to block their business as well.

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  • millertheanunnaki May 26, 2017 at 12:49 PM #

    Chuckle….presumably you have nothing better to do than to engage this fundamentalist.

    I hope you realise that Bushie will be the minister of ecclesiastical affairs with responsibility for the Garrison fork,the teaching of mythology at schools,be in charge of the wukk up police,the internet board amalgamation with the television one to ensure that no lewdness is displayed,patrol the beaches for naked tourists,ganja police,etc,etc…….you better stay where you are if this lot get in.

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  • Listen up Grenville. Well !Well can froth as much all day. The fact as now stated on record being that you are running on a politicial platform wanting and waiting to become a leader of this country and your message /s would be rightfully scrutinzed as with this issue.
    Welll !Welll words are meangless and ineffective until such a time of wanting to become a political gladiator on Barbados political landscape and go about using idle chatter and banter to sway the mindless thoughtless and guilable like those who would belive every word utters out of the mouth of the maniacal self indulged Well !Well on BU
    What i am trying to relayed to you is purposeful and meaningful to good goverance and us nothing thatvi have made up .
    The question however is how you will use that information wisely to include rather than exclude while 9placing more focus on inclusion which is a corner stone to good goverance and has so far worked in a positive manner to the benefit of all
    Your problem however is wanting to control which in the long ran can cause outrage and chaos amongst society.
    Yes carry a big stick but avoid breaking the backs of many to suffice a few.

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  • Bush: I noted that she was addicted to worshipping politicians, which is the definition of the yard-fowl derangement syndrome.

    Miller: Stop posting nonsense and go and get help.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @nextparty246
    Hi Grenville. note that the China has the most effective Internet censorship of porn and stuff they find to be politically objectionable… porn still gets through even though the employ over 2 million (yes 2,000,000) people in their internet police force to implement their censorship.

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  • Greenville hold your horses once again you are showing that you have the propensity to dive into the political horse dung of name calling. Do not let earheads like Bush Tea sway you in that direction.
    Your character and integrity would be damaged

    political lesson number 1

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  • Hi PLT:

    Finally a sane comment. I really do not know how David does it. This place is an asylum with lunatic comments from Miller, Vincent, and Enuff. Bush seems to be the resident psychologist. Well Well may be recovering, but who knows.

    Managing this is much simpler that you think. The ISP’s can install an automatically updated porn blocker as a default – that addresses mirror sites. Every local subscriber has an account, and every account has specific services. This is simply one more service that is turned on.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • PLT: We must do what we can. What we must never do is to conclude that nothing can be done and allow victims to suffer. History is full of the consequences of such inaction. Therefore, if you have a more effective solution, then please share it.

    Angela: If you honestly want to discuss an issue with me, then I have all the time for you. If you simply want to defend a political party and worship a politician, then I do not have that time to waste. Let me know which path you decide to choose, and it cannot be both. Choose rither honest discussion or worshipping politicians. Choose wisely Angela.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @nextparty246
    Hi Grenville,
    As an engineer you will know (or quickly figure out) that installing a porn blocker which is applied to IP traffic only after the ISP has determined whether the requesting subscriber has a “license” to receive such traffic is an inherently fragile and expensive proposition. There is nothing “automatic” about updating it because it is simply an expanded version of the parental control software sold for individual computers. Every clever 12 year old knows how to defeat such software. There is no way for an ISP to keep up with the proliferation of mirror sites and other censorship subversion tactics… 2 million internet police in China cannot keep up, Flow and Digicel have not a snowball’s chance in hell.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @nextparty246 said “Therefore, if you have a more effective solution, then please share it.”

    I am wary of unenforceable rules… they give the illusion that you have solved a problem when you have merely disguised it.

    If, and it is a big if, we determine that pornography is a big enough violation of human rights (note that I don’t give a damn about religious moral codes, just human rights) then we should tackle it in the same way that we tackle child pornography: criminalize the consumers as well as producers and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Jail terms as well as registration as a criminal sexual offender.

    If it is not criminal, then spend our very scarce enforcement resources elsewhere.

    As far as keeping it out of the brains of young people, this is a task for education, not censorship. Our education system needs to deal with the real challenges of the contemporary world, not create a bubble where we pretend to keep those challenges away form our young people. Barbados has huge issues with gendered violence which we need to talk about starting in Primary school. To dream of a return to the social values of a century ago while living in the modern world is just to bury our heads in the sand. Children should know of the cruelty and inhumanity that is an inextricable part of pornography before they reach puberty. We should quit pretending that they are not immersed in sexually violent imagery; we should teach them how to think critically about it and understand the sadness and damage that it inflicts upon the world.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ nextparty246 May 26, 2017 at 1:15 PM
    “Finally a sane comment. I really do not know how David does it. This place is an asylum with lunatic comments from Miller, Vincent, and Enuff. Bush seems to be the resident psychologist. Well Well may be recovering, but who knows.”

    You, Herr Hitler Grenville, speak as if, given the power, you would ban the likes of Vincent Enuff and Well, Well, angela aka ac and Miller from posting on BU.

    These are early but very clear signs of a dictator in the making.

    Should your party ever assume power one of the first internet sites you would go after is BU as it continues to live up to its motto in identifying potential power-hungry thin-skinned lunatics like you who cannot accept criticism constructive or otherwise.

    Just because we are pointing out the flaws in your proposals and proffering alternatives (like your impractical tax proposals) we are deemed enemies of “Solutions Barbados” who ought to be incarcerated in a lunatic asylum.

    Thank heavens most voting Bajans are sane enough to spot a political joker from afar and would ensure that Solutions Barbados does not become the final solution to their hard-won freedoms.

    Who next will you be setting your sights on to be treated as unfit members for your Jim Jones utopia? The LGBT community?

    “Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.”― George Carlin

    “It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.” ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

    “It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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  • @ Nextparty246

    You said the BLP place us on a road to economic ruin, but, within the BLP 15years you built a mansion in the hills, when did you started at trying to turn Barbados from economic ruin ?

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  • PLT:

    Ok, let us try both. But let us try blocking porn first (low hanging fruit). In this way, we can keep as many people as possible participating in the economy.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville….I said nothing about hours, I said one hour,, 1 day a week, i said nothing about education camps for parents, I said parenting classes, completely different scenario, I said primary and secondary schools to age 15, because age 16 is age of consent.

    And of course you can search the earth and never find a parenting class that failed, you obviously never attended one and dont know of their existence or successes.

    As far as I remember unlike NYC….Barbados is not a 24 hour economy, people do go home from work at an appropriate hour and have down time and do not hold 3 and 4 jobs.

    You will never be convincing if you continue to copy from others and make things up as you go along believing no one will notice.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    I post this again for your education, in your haste to become Barbados’ first dictator, you are missing all the clues…you obviously know very little about the internet,

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/drugs-dark-web-uk-rise-users-buying-online-global-drug-survey-mdma-a7756161.html

    For Grenville. ..who believes banning is a solution that can stop people….on the internet.

    “Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs ‘doubles in three years’

    ‘We’re talking about 15-year-olds getting hold of LSD. It’s a complete disaster’

    Ben Kentish @BenKentish 3 hours ago10 comments

    mmon drug purchased via the dark net in the UK Getty
    There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed.

    The Global Drug Survey, of which The Independent is a partner, found more users are buying their drugs on the dark net in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world.

    The mass of hidden web pages allows users to connect with online drug dealers while hiding their computer IP addresses to avoid being traced.

    Purchases are made using the virtual currency Bitcoin, which allows customers and sellers to remain anonymous. “

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  • Dear Watchman:

    Thank you for your comment. My journey started in 2015 when I happened to read the IMF reports for Barbados, quite by accident, and I was shocked at how much debt that we had accumulated.

    I actually chronicled my journey in a recent article linked below. Please read it and I would be happy to respond to any of your questions.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/05/17/politicians-cannot-grade-themselves/

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville been benefitting from the same crap he is now accusing DBLP of doing for years.that is why he cannot be given a free pass….hypocrisy is ugly.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ watchman May 26, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Well spotted, Watchie!

    The man’s fork-tongue hypocrisy has no end.

    A clear case of telling others to “live as I say but not as I do in the privacy of my mansion”.

    The man also argues that the BLP left approx $ 9 billion in debt whereas the CBB is recording a much different figure.

    Solutions Barbados would impose income tax on those working for less than $25,000 per annum and who can least afford any further reductions in their disposable income but would have major opposition should a luxury tax of 10% be imposed on all domestic properties valued in excess of $500,000.

    The man is just another carpetbagger ‘planted’ there by the Christian right-wingers to attract the disenchanted voters away from the substantive Opposition.

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  • Well Well: I had such high hopes for you, but you returned to your insult laden posts and unfounded accusations. The demon has taken you back to the dark side where medical help is futile. Once you have reached rock-bottom, look up and cry for help. I will always be willing to help you.

    Miller: Go get help – for yourself.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Instead of building prisons, Grenville will build lunatic asylums for those who disagree with him…with taxpayer’s money..

    I am the worse type of person to try to convince am insane when I know am right, but you will learn that the hard way.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    High hopes for me indeed, is that what you will go down Chapman Lane and tell the people…..it sounds real good.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Welcome to my world Grenville….different demographics, it’s called reality.

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  • Yuh know as a schoolboy I used to frequent Oistins Library and there were some books there that had some descriptive passages about sex e.g. From Here to Eternity, then someone who came from over and away brought a copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover to School”, when Mellors put his pestle into Lady Constance’s mortar wuhloss! wuhloss!

    Since the visuals are more persuasive than the mental leh we put a stop to this pornography business by blocking the internet, then leh we burn some books we don’t want young minds to be polluted by filth like mine was, and I didn’t even mention Frank Harris or the more respectable W Somerset Maughn (Of Human Bondage).

    Leh me know when we start the bonfire I got some books to throw on it, talking about “Fire”, James Baldwin wrote “The Fire Next Time” has anyone ever come across his novel “Giovanni’s Room”? Sodom and Gomorrah ah tell yuh so leh we ban Baldwin too lest someone who likes some of his work finds a copy.

    It’s not too late for us to have a Bajan version of the Taliban.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…Grenville believes he is talking to fools who can easily be labeled lunatics ready for an insane asylum, but first thing ya look at is motive, who would benefit most from a monopolized and state controlled porn industry, sex trade and strip club industry on the island.

    Ya see, it is easy to get a glimpse at motive, just like with his married couple scam, introducing the Chalbauds as candidates separately instead of as a couple.

    My man…you are clueless to what people can find out.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ nextparty246 May 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    You are the one who is in need of help.

    Yes, intellectual assistance instead of hot-headed evangelical emotionalism cast in a cauldron of made of Leviticus morality.

    You have crossed that line in the sand of intellectualism and are about to enter dangerous territory.

    Barbados is saddled with much more serious and potentially dangerous problems, both economic and social in nature, and you are wasting your intellectual juices worrying about the imaginary effects of pornography on a so-called highly educated population.

    Why not call for the closing down (banning) of the schools and churches since they seem highly ineffective in creating the kind of society you are wishing for?

    Maybe you have missed your true calling and ought to have taken up another profession starting with another “P”.

    Why not join the “Priesthood” so that you would learn to understand the true distinction between those two branches of deceit and the biblical injunction of rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to your god the things with which you ought to be totally involved?

    Why don’t you focus your energy in getting your proposed tax regime acceptable to the people who would be making the difference in the upcoming elections?

    If you think the ordinary man and woman earning less than $25,000 per annum is going to vote for you to further reduce their disposable income given the increasing cost of basic food and other items then you are the one in need of serious help by putting you in a straight jacket on the way to Black Rock.

    Why not argue for an increase in taxes on those properties whose size and value are way in excess to the needs of the ‘small’ number of occupants?

    Why not consider a tax similar to the bedroom tax as prevails in the UK?

    Why should a house accommodating two or three people have 4 bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms? If this kind of luxury is affordable then a super tax ought to apply.

    “To whom much is given, much is expected.” ~ Noblesse Oblige

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  • @Miller

    You are not qualified to tell anyone the philosophy they should persue. Plus you are trivialising the point he has made. It is fine to disagree as ladies and gentlemen often do.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David May 26, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    I agree I am not qualified to dictate to anyone which philosophy to pursue. Neither is Grenville.

    The difference is that he, Grenville, would wish to impose his on others through his control of the government machinery in a secular society. We are not living in a theocracy or Burundi.

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  • @Miller

    Don’t we practice a form of censorship with a censorship board? Do we have public morality considerations existing in legislation?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville is seeking to impose  his will on a population of 280,000 people, people whose votes he has to ask for so he can be elected…. whether it violates their rights or not, he stubbornly believes he is entitled to impose his will on them, he is not….

    …..he stubbornly believes he has the right to take away parental control from parents..he  does not. ..

    …….he stubbornly believes he has the right to dictate what porn adults should watch, when they should watch it and take away their privacy of choosing the material the watch by putting their names on a list…he does not have this right and should never be given any such rights by the electorate.

    Shoving his philosophy down the throats of those who reside in his household is fine, that is his household…..but maliciously and with great insult to the intelligence of those he has convinced himself are fools, attempting to enforce that ignorant and backward philosophy on a mostly intelligent population …is overstepping the boundaries of common decency.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David May 26, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Maybe so!

    But aren’t these ‘public-morality’ controlling agencies usually ‘manned’ by a group representing a wider cross-section of society to bring a measure of balance through differing perspectives to arrive at an acceptable level of interpretation of public decency or morality?

    Besides Grenville is not talking about public viewing or public display of these so-called immoral acts of behaviour but controlling what people can watch or do in the ‘sanctity of their own private homes or spaces.

    Let the parents be the moral police over their children while in their own homes.
    The display of lewd or’indecent’ behaviour in public is another.

    Until we see a marked improvement in the quality of the moral clothes worn by the leaders especially those in that honourable house of legislature then the morality of private citizens cannot be questioned.

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  • Vincent Haynes

    What is all this morality talk about anyway.

    ….most developed countries allow nudist camps/colonies and women to walk around topless,

    …..prostitutes male&female are legal paying taxes and have access to the country’s medical facilities and support,

    …..same sex marriages are allowed,

    …..laws are in place to deal with paedophillia and rape,

    ……ganja is allowed

    …….the bible is kept far from schools and replaced with civics 101.

    We need to be accepting of these things if we want to be a developed country.

    Note tolerance goes a long way to creating a free society.

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  • CUP/BFP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ
  • PLT seem extremely strong on the technical aspects.

    Other comments, though ridiculed by Grenville, have pointed out what is wrong with his position. The idea of an adult having to apply ‘for a permit’ to view porn is nonsensical.

    It is amusing to see some taking this idea seriously. Whilst I applaud their desire to encourage him, just remember that Barbados has much bigger fish to fry,

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  • Miller in a hypothetical world a party runs an election based on promises/manifesto and if elected has the mandate to implement said promises. The people will decide ultimately.

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  • Gazer: Do you need a permit to switch on and off Roaming? Why are you misrepresenting the issue? Who benefits from your misrepresentation? Who is harmed by it?

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  • @v Nextparty246

    Please revisit your emails and respond , failing to do so will make you a carpetbagger like Walter Blackman

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  • well so much for Grenville ridiculous idea , after such a beating i know Grenville would seek the goodness of commonsense to think all other of his ideas through before putting pen to paper or maybe even take the wise and noble advice by saying never again
    Like the emperor Greenville forgot to wear his clothes and his nakedness was exposed for the BU gang to see LOL HA! HA! HA!
    Maybe on this article BU should have used a porn blocker

    ###Access denied

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David May 26, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    “… in a hypothetical world a party runs an election based on promises/manifesto and if elected has the mandate to implement said promises. The people will decide ultimately.”

    Brilliant! We will see if Solutions Barbados has the ‘guts’ to commit their goals in the form of a manifesto.

    What we would also like to see are its manifesto pledges regarding the decriminalization of marijuana especially for medical purposes and their tax proposals that would fundamentally undermine the entire tax accounting and revenue law regimes on which many in Grenville’s bourgeois world depends.

    On a related note, in your hypothetical world what should happen to the leader(s) of a party who implement policies totally contrary to those promised during the elections?
    Shouldn’t the leaders be required to go back for a fresh mandate before implementing their volte-face 360 degrees turnaround policies or be tried in public and put Pachamama’s guillotine to work?

    Since the “No Layoff, No Privatization” mandate given by the people has been disrespectfully dismissed by the current administration what moral censure should be brought to bear in Grenville’s world instead of attacking easy targets like people watching porn and blaming the BLP for the country’s current economic ruin?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville was given the opportunity to retreat gracefully from his dictatorial stance re porn……on barbadostoday’s facebook page….when one blogger pointedly asked him if  “you going send me pictures of your wife bubbies for adult entertainment””…that should have been Grenville’s first clue that he had met a very strong wall of resistance,  particularly when told by some as far away as North America that there were more pressing and urgent problems on the island to address….it was his cue to realize he had crossed a line.

    He had no idea he was being monitored or by whom.

    ………instead of retreating and regrouping, admitting the issue needed revisiting he got downright defiant and decided to push back by arguing with bloggers and when that did not work and they ganged up on him on barbadostoday, he then started appealing to his support base on BU to enable his ridiculous copied idea….not anticipating an even bigger wall of resistance because he is  dealing with adults who have independent thought, free will and who know when someone is trying to violate their human right to make choices and control their own children.

    A lesson he insisted on paying to learn, despite all the warnings..

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  • I wonder which new party this is with a husband and wife team,as reported on pg 10 of Flying fish &Coucou of todays Saturday Sun?

    Headlined.

    ….Party starting at the top

    some snippets.

    …It was an evening of elegance this week as dozens of mostly professional people gathered at a stately rural home to have dinner.

    …If you didn’t hear about this event ,don’t feel bad – most people didn’t. It was promoted in a limited geographic area to a select clientele who could afford the $500.00 a plate admission.

    …..they came to meet and greet a handsome professional and his equally intelligent spouse to let them know they were supportive of their political ambitions.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Hmm…..a very interesting shift…..

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Those are probably Grenville’s Chalbauds….will still need votes from the depressed areas of Orleans, Chapman Lane, Deacons Farm, and thevpoorest members of the population etc though, despite all the pretentiousness.

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  • @ Vincent

    I found the “article” very interesting as well.

    But if the story is true and is descriptive of SB, then it seems that the new party is operating within the defined status quo of soliciting support from and mingling with the “rich and famous” in SECRET, while trying to force their policies down the throats of the less fortunate at voting time.

    Under these circumstances and taking into consideration that their core methods of soliciting support and votes are similar, I’m convinced there aren’t any fundamental differences between BLP, DLP & SB.

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  • Cant fault whoever the article is speaking of to seek financial relief in that area which can generate that kind of cash flow that is necessary and sufficient to building a campaign treasure horse
    Campaigning requires plenty of finances and it would be foolish of those person to fish in dry ponds
    In the long run ideas that can fuel and generate the majority of society interest with solutions would be the final call and decider as has to how those putting themselves on the political field survive
    Nothing here to worry about outside a cou cou article seeking to generate idle gossip

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Art…dont care how they pontificate with slick deceit, they will have no choice but to slither down into the ghettos to beg the same majority black population residing in the depressed areas of the island who these frauds  feel they are superior to and more wealthy than, for their votes. The minorities number less than 8,000 on the island, that will not even get them one seat.

    This is a lesson for bajans to be very aware of whom they give their votes,  always run background checks on candidates and investigate the people they are associated with, there is always back channeling going on while the prople are being fed lies by these mentally enslaved religious freaks.

    Someone is backing Grenville’s scam.

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  • Haha who does sit in the same pew as the wealthy Sir?

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  • NorthernObserver

    The salient point is while Mr.Phillps presents what is frequently called a “negative option”, the misinterpretation by many is a ban. It is instructive to understand how people will interpret.

    Anytime you turn the switch ON or OFF, and people must then make application to reverse the switch, it is rarely greeted warmly. Even if it is “the right thing to do”. Communications firms were once famous for adding features to customers monthly bill, whereby they had to contact the provider to decline.

    A few weeks ago, on the proposal of a flat 10% business tax, one interpretation was it was a consumption tax, which he refuted. Another example of interpretation.

    After some interesting statements, like “Spouses who watch porn normally destroy their marriages” for which I can find no scientific proof, other than porn watching doesn’t make the top 10 reason for marital breakdown, he goes on to label those who viewed it differently to him as “addicts….who need help”.

    While I personally congratulate Mr.Phillips for entering the political arena, and hold out great hope for his success; politics can be a nasty environment, one must learn to ignore upon occasion. It certainly isn’t recommended one clearly state how to “get under your skin”. There is a certain tone of “superior arrogance” which is portrayed, at least via the written word. And given by his own admission, he had to read an IMF document in 2015, to get a deeper appreciation for the state of affairs on the 166 sq.mile place he calls home; we know at least some topics are not within his natural grasp. Which is normal, we all cannot be an expert at everything.

    I wish him the best.

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  • “Campaigning requires plenty of finances and it would be foolish of those persons to fish in dry ponds,” because the traditional political parties use government resources (taxes) to more or less finance their popularity and campaign expenses, while using campaign funds to finance shiite such as:

    1) entertainment at political meetings where Bajan calypsonions & Jamaican dub artiste sing a lotta shiite, hoping to attract the youth;
    2) movie type display screens at “mass meetings;” bill boards and other election paraphernalia.
    3) the buying of votes through disbursement of funds; largess such as iPads, laptop computers, tablets; or paying utility bills;
    4) other activities to solicit votes (e.g. sponsoring night cricket and football tournaments ONLY near election time);

    Similarly to how some contributors often advance the suggestion that business owners should offer their employees shares so they could be part owners of the business, why can’t political parties embrace the “broad masses” (Uh borr dah from the PDP) in each constituency, not for people like CCC or Angela “AC” Skeete to provide“yard-fowl services,” but to participate in fund raising and other activities for community development.

    The campaign funds could also be used, for example, to finance the Constituency Councils in assisting the same poor people politicians pledge to assist during the “silly season,” rather than use the funds for shiite or to use as the basis for a rich financier to call in a favour.

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  • Vincent, Well Well, Angela, Enuff, and Artax: I confirm that we have not sought any campaign financing from any person or company. We certainly do not charge anyone to hear any of our candidates. That dinner event had nothing to do with us.

    Please stop spreading rumours. If you want any information, why not simply ask like normal adults?

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  • Mr > Phillips plezzze i never made any reference to you or made mention of any names attributed to the article

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  • @ Mr. Phillips

    Could you please indicate where in any of my contributions I SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED Solutions Barbados was THE political party that SPONSORED or HOSTED the dinner event as reported by the Nation’s article, or any statement therein that is indicative of spreading rumours?

    Mr. Phillips, I believe politics definitely not your forte at this time, because you are a bit too thin skinned to be a politician. Not everyone will agree with you or appease you by massaging your fragile ego.

    You are behaving similarly to DLP politicians who believe they are above criticism, as is evidenced by their hostility towards their critics. Rather than display true leadership qualities and ignore certain criticisms to your suggestions, you respond by describing your critics “sick,” “addicts,” or they “need help.” And based on the construct of your replies you are “coming over” like a bully and a snob.

    Unlike the members of your fan club, I do not view “blocking porn sites” as “refreshingly different to the usual offerings.”

    Suggestions such as those usually come from NGOs, the church, special interest groups or other lobbyists that may seek to influence government legislation or decisions on such issues.

    Also, how could you attribute Barbados being placed on the road to economic ruin SPECIFICALLY to one political party, the BLP, when there is ENOUGH evidence to suggest BOTH the BLP & DLP are responsible? Yet you chose to concentrate on the BLP.

    It suggests to me that you have ulterior motives.

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  • @ Mr. Phillips

    Perhaps you should take example from Mia Mottley to deal with your critics.

    Mottley’s “mentor,” Owen Arthur, has used every opportunity afforded him to publicly and harshly criticize her.

    And what has she done so far? She has not responded with “tit for tat,” but has shown Arthur the respect that other parliamentarians (from whom he seeks their embrace), such as Dr. David Estwick and Sinckler, have refused to give him.

    How do you think Arthur and similarly your critics “would feel?”

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville….you really expect us to believe anything you say now that through your own actions, you allowed your integrity to be called into question.

    Fool me once, shame on you….fool me twice, shame on me.

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  • Stupse! Wunna mind Grenville. I didn’t and never would have suggested that the dinner referred to was SB because, as reported, it was a success and therefore clearly could not be SB. What Grenville needs to answer is whether he benefited directly from the BLP “excessive” borrowing prior to discovering IMF reports and if his party is a bourgeoisie prosperity gospel outfit. He could also stop distancing himself from Grenville W. Phillips too.

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  • Vincent Haynes

    Grenville May 28, 2017 at 10:12 PM #

    What rumours have I spread????

    Kindly reread my May 27, 2017 at 12:50 PM #…..I simply asked a question….to which you have responded unsolicited by stating….. That dinner event had nothing to do with us.

    Your apology is accepted in advance.

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  • Grenville you owe me an apology for indicating! assuming ! perceiving and or accusing me Angela as identifying your name or person/s as one whose name was attached to an article in one of barbados local news paper titled cou -cou
    Sir for the protection of your good name and integrity you should do the right thing and issue an apology
    Just remember as one who wants to pursue and capture the minds of the youth in a moral way which would safe guard their character it is only right fair and good that You set an example
    Getting on your horse to steupse in avoidance of issuing an apology to correct a wrong would only taint your character and forever sealed in the minds that Grenville Phillips can preach a good story and point fingers but when a judgement call which governs truth and honesty is made against him he would rather retreat and behave in a manner unbecoming of a person who wants to lead a nation.
    Sir you might want to believe against your better judgement that a call on you for an apology is trite but just member that every word which cometh out of your mouth can be used against you in ways that can hurt and demean your character especially when placed under a political microscope .
    If you are truthfully hoping to bring about moral change in barbados then i suggest you start with yourself

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  • @Artax at 1:26 AM…well stated. I also could not understand how this individual who presents himself as an aspiring leader of people would be so unsavory and petty to call ANYONE who criticizes one of his solutions as ‘paid trolls’, ‘addicts’, ‘persons needing help’ and so on.

    I would not go as far as WW&C to call the gentleman a despot or dictator but his reactions to well intentioned and well formed criticisms is troubling, unacceptable and does not augur well for a workable nexus between leader and electorate!

    BTW, we absolutely disagree on that offer of shares perspective. Long serving, dedicated and brilliant employees deserve it. The brilliance and finances of the founder(s) are integral to startup and success but as the company matures its continued success is impossible without a great team.

    They should absolutely share in that growth as an incentive for their continued dedication (longevity) and of course as a nest-egg based on their past support.

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  • Vincent, Well Well, Angela, Enuff & Artax: As I mentioned earlier, I was trying to have a rational discussion with many of you for years, and I have been submitting letters here for perhaps a decade. I would carefully research and craft a response to our rude comments, only to receive an insult laden reply with unfounded accusations.

    Yet, I kept at it, patiently responding to each of your insults with reason and kindness, and hoping that you would, one day, be willing to have a rational discussion. Bush Tea warned me that I was wasting my time with you, but I pressed on. For all of the years that I have communicated with you, there has rarely been a rational response – just the typical infantile insults.

    You do not have to agree with a word that I write, just try to engage in a little discussion. But that appeared to be beyond you. Then this article drew you out. You showed absolutely no compassion for the victims. You just wanted access to porn and were willing to sacrifice our children to get it. You addicts need help. But I blame myself for not seeing it earlier. So let us analyse this rumour.

    Vincent started it all by mentioning a rumour on the comments section of my article. That is called innuendo. He knew what he was doing because addicts mainly attack those whom they perceive as threatening the source of their cravings, and I did that in this article.

    Well Well made the obvious connection as Vincent had hoped, actually mentioning our Candidates by name. Addicts rarely care about their reckless and unfounded accusations. However, that started the ball rolling.

    Then Artax jumped in and concluded: “Under these circumstances and taking into consideration that their core methods of soliciting support and votes are similar, I’m convinced there aren’t any fundamental differences between BLP, DLP & SB.” Artax, our core methods of soliciting support are not similar to the BLP and DLP. That is called a lie. And you are requesting an apology???

    Enuff knows what he is doing, but he cannot help himself.

    Angela did comment on the rumour and helped to move it along. However, her comments were not malicious like the others. Therefore, Angela, I sincerely apologize to you.

    The addicts may now resume their insults. But when they have exhausted themselves, they are encouraged to seek help.

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  • Vincent Haynes

    Grenville May 29, 2017 at 4:29 PM #

    Hahahahahahahahahaha…………………………What a fruitcake.

    Bimmers you are welcome to him as your future leader,may you live happily ever after.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville…I am waiting for your barbadostoday weekly column tomorrow, dont forget to post it to BU.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/05/26/full-dislosure/

    Grenville….instead of fretting, fretting and whining, whining….write a column about the above and give us the names pf private businesses that benefutted, while the taxpayers lost.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Full article….

    Full disclosure
    Auditor General seeks answers on Four Seasons and LIAT

    Added by Kaymar Jordan on May 26, 2016.
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    The ill-fated Four Seasons hotel project, as well as Government’s $142 million investment in regional airline LIAT, are among a set of dubious transactions for which this country’s Auditor General Leigh Trotman is seeking answers.

    Government’s support for LIAT came under heavy scrutiny.
    Government’s support for LIAT came under heavy scrutiny.
    In his 2015 report, Trotman also raised serious questions about a number of loans which Government made to various private entities in which the state happens to be the main shareholder in some instances. The loans included $4.6 million which was issued by the Public Enterprise Fund to Needham’s Point for construction of the Hilton Hotel, $2 million to Southern Golf which operates the Durants golf course, and the sum of $950,000 to Durette & Co Caribbean Limited, a window manufacturer which subsequently went out of operation.

    Hilton Hotel
    Hilton Hotel
    Since the Needham’s Point loan was issued back in financial year 2014/15, the principal has risen to nearly $6 million. However, the Auditor General said no repayments have been made. Furthermore, there have been no efforts by Government to recover the outstanding amount.

    He also explained that in the case of the Southern Golf, there was no loan agreement to speak of, while suggesting a write-off of the Durette amount-

    Government’s support for the Antigua-based LIAT also came under heavy scrutiny. However, after carefully reviewing Government’s financial statements, the Auditor General said he was still in the dark about its investments in the carrier. He has therefore called for “full disclosure” on the $142,733,148 that has been pumped into the loss-making carrier as at March 31, 2015.

    The stalled Four Seasons project.
    The stalled Four Seasons project.
    Equally difficult to come by has been information on the stalled Four Seasons hotel project. However, the Auditor General is seeking to get to the bottom of a $120 million debt, which was issued with a Government guarantee by late Prime Minister David Thompson back in 2010 after the project went belly-up.

    That guaranteed debt was called during financial year 2013/2014 by the bankers and Government was forced to pay an amount of $124,329,766 which entailed principal plus interest to the lenders. However, while the amount was subsequently recorded by the Treasury as an accounts receivable, the Auditor General says no payments have been received to date.

    He therefore wants answers on whether there might be a need for a write down or when or how this amount will be repaid, since it is also not clear what assets this advance is linked to.

    Another questionable sum of $141,500,000 was issued in loans to the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTII), with accrued interest of $19,351,206 as at March 31, 2015. Trotman pointed out in his report that no formal contract exists for the amount and to date no repayments have been received.

    However, he said in a previous meeting with the management of BTII, the auditors were informed that this amount pertained to work carried out on behalf of Government. “This matter needs to be clarified and resolved by the relevant parties,” the Auditor General advised.

    A similar situation exists with the Small Hotel Investment Fund where a loan in the amount of $35,528,362 (including interest) is yet to be repaid.

    The report also raised questions about $765,749,759, which has been recorded by the Auditor General as “cumulative advances outstanding” as at March 31, 2015. The monies were not properly authorized but, in some instances, transfers were granted to recipients who simply did not have the money to repay.

    The net effect, therefore, is that the official deficit would have been “understated” for the years when these transactions took place, Trotman pointed out.

    As has been the trend in recent years, this year’s report contains a number of recurring themes of unauthorized transactions, misplaced funds, and blatant under-reporting by a number of state entities, altogether painting a pathetic picture of this country’s public sector administration.

    In this regard, the Auditor General highlighted variances on several accounts, including $118,177,914 for pending lawsuits, which did not match the $116,305,080 submitted by the Solicitor General, resulting in a variance of $1,872,834.

    There was also a sinking funds variance of $28 million, as well as incorrect classification of assets, which affected the paymaster’s pension account which ended up with a debit instead of a credit balance of $2.4 million.

    The opposite occurred at other Government departments, including the Transport Board, where the accounts receivable ended with a large credit balance of $5.5 million.

    One noticeable error and omission which the Auditor General took note of was a First Citizens’ Bank loan in the amount of US$25 million. There were also approved loans, which were not utilized in a timely manner. This affected commitment fees, in the amount of US$888,929 on a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank and US$266 023 on IDB loan funds.

    In terms of unrecorded liabilities, Government is yet to bring to book the sum of $195 million owed to the University of the West Indies. There was a further $152 million in unrecorded Treasury Notes and Debentures, as well as $2.7 million in returned pension cheques and over $4 billion in unclaimed employee benefits.

    The Accounts receivables were said to be overstated in the amount of $34 million.

    Earlier, Barbados TODAY reported on $1.3 million in dishonoured cheques that were written to Government. According to the Auditor General, some Government departments also fell prey to the unsavoury business practice as a total of $32,263 in bounced cheques were issued by unnamed Government departments.

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  • @ Grenville Phillips

    Sir, I began my comment with: “But IF the story is TRUE and is descriptive of SB…..”

    By using the word IF as a conjunction, I’m making an ASSUMPTION, NOT a CONCLUSION.

    As such, any person who is versed in the art of comprehension would never conclude that what I wrote was specifically stating the story was “FACTUALLY ATTRIBUTED” to SB.

    Additionally, could you please indicate to me where in any of my responses to your articles I REQUESTED an APOLOGY?

    “That (my friend) is CALLED a LIE.”

    Don’t you think your rebuttal time could be best utilized articulating your policies?

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  • Well Well: I addressed a similar theme in this week’s article.

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  • Apologizes Mr. Phillips accepted and as far as i am concerned on my part no need to further address the subect matter. Thank You

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  • @Solutions Barbados May 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM #

    Angela, I am not your enemy. I am simply trying to turn us off of this road to economic ruin that the BLP placed us on.
    ………………………………………………

    I have noticed that you keep blaming the BLP for the postion Barbados is in.

    Where have you been living since 2008? Who put his country in this position? Have your heard about a man called Chris Stinkliar who knows nothing of public finance?

    Prior to 2008, was this country in this position with high unemployment, low foreign reserves, high crime, bills unpaid, people cannot get their pensions on time, hospital in a mess, students having to pay for their UWI education, schools without basic supplies, garbage piling up all over the place, bush growing all over the place, etc, etc?

    Oh, you have been so busy getting government contracts that you and your ilk do not want to criticise the party which has destroyed this country?

    I was prepared to give you a break but your persistence in blaming all that ailes Barbados solely on the BLP does it for me. I hope of you and your ilk loose your deposits….every one of you.

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  • The BLP initiated internet software (Edutech) into schools .. then came a ban on cellphones and now an allowance.. Porn is not the issue but FREQUENCY directed onto the minds of the youth via these divices to affect their behavior…. wonder why such volatility?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Good Grenville…hope you addressed the names of those who benefited from such arrangements and the names those who enabled such arrangements.

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