The Grenville Phillips Column – Berries for the Boys

Grenville Phillips II, leader of Solutions Barbados

The Government needs tax revenue in order that we may all benefit from Government managed health, education, road maintenance, police, fire, and other services.  Therefore, we should all pay our taxes.  If we do not pay our taxes, then the Government must unfairly burden another group with additional taxes to make up the difference – this group is normally the middle-class.  The alternative is to restrict the provision of these services.

Those who refuse to pay taxes compete unfairly in Barbados’ economy, since they can offer their products at a lower cost than their tax-paying competitors.  In an attempt to reduce the unfairness in the system, the Government has insisted that tax-clearance certificates, which prove that all taxes have been paid, must be obtained in order to participate in certain sectors of Barbados’ economy.

The Minister of Finance must be commended for this attempt to ensure fairness in Barbados’ economy, because a fair economy facilitates economic growth, which can help to solve our now dire economic problems.  Since we can all benefit from a growing economy, I hope that the Ministry of Finance will seriously consider this improvement to his initiative.

Those who owe the Government taxes fall into one of two categories: those who have the money to pay, and those who do not.  The tax-clearance requirement is an appropriate response to those who have the capacity to pay, but choose not to.  However, this requirement can harm the national economy by closing highly competent and competitive businesses, who do not have the capacity to pay. The obvious question is: if they are so competent and competitive, why can’t they pay their taxes?  Let me try to explain.

A fair economy is one where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.  This means that Government contracts are open to all Barbadian companies, and the winner is selected by competitive tender.  The national economy becomes corrupted when Government contracts are given to persons and companies who fund political campaigns.

There has always been a sub-set of Barbados’ economy called the ‘political economy’, which is reserved for persons who fund political campaigns and expect Government contracts in return.  It is generally understood by all experienced persons in the market-place, that a few ‘berries’ must be reserved for ‘the boys’. Once this corrupt political economy remains small, then its impact on the national economy is negligible.  However, there is a tipping point when the size of the political economy grows to negatively affect the national economy.

Barbados passed that tipping point decades ago.  The likely time was identified by Moody’s 2009 downgrade report as 20 years ago.  To be charitable, politicians may be oblivious to the damage that distributing these ‘berries’ has on the national economy.  Ironically, the damage that they are inflicting on the national economy today, will result in a future Government being unable to pay their lucrative lifetime pensions later.

Those who are given no-bid Government contracts do not need to attend to their professional development, unlike their competitors who must compete in the market-place.  Those shielded from competition tend to become the least competent, and the least likely to successfully compete in Barbados’ economy.  The damage to Barbados’ economy is measureable when these less competent companies provide substandard products (goods and services), which require unnecessarily frequent maintenance and premature replacement.

When the replacement work is given to another politically favoured company that is protected from competition, then the public may pay many times over for the same product.  Taxpayers generally hope to be unburdened from this inefficient wastage when the political party is finally voted out of Government.  However, such hopes are normally dashed when the incoming political party interprets their win as simply their turn at the trough.  Be assured that a Solutions Barbados administration will definitely not continue this practise.

When Government decides who wins in Barbados’ economy, it automatically decides who loses.  By repeatedly choosing the most incompetent companies as winners, and the most competent as losers, the Government does significant damage to the national economy that can take over a decade to repair.  For those entrusted to carefully manage our national economy, to treat it with such damaging recklessness is highly irresponsible.

Since Barbados’ economy is not fair and has become corrupted, it is entirely reasonable for the Government to demand tax-clearance certificates from those whom it has sheltered from competitors and given no-bid contracts.  However, many companies that the Government has declared to be losers simply cannot afford to pay the taxes owed, for the simple reason that the Government has limited their participation in the national economy.  It is unconscionable that the Government would now demand tax-clearance certificates from them.
The Government needs tax revenues, but it has corrupted Barbados’ economy to the point where it has been structurally damaged for the past 20 years.  Fortunately, the Government can easily make things right.

First, it can demand taxes from all of those whom it declared to be winners in Barbados’ economy.  Second, it can abolish the practice of handing no-bid contracts (or berries) to political supporters.  Third, it can declare a general forgiveness of all taxes owed to Government for those it has automatically declared to be losers.  Only then can the Minister of Finance reasonably demand tax-clearance certificates from everyone.

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


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Grenville….are you trying to provoke me.

    Mia said Scotland Yard, FBI, and in my opinion the outside agencies investigating government corruption is the best and only plan….. it has to be an aggressive, organized, unbiased and professional investigation leading to prosecution………the DPP is currently owned by government ministers and business people, the most corrupt element,  it will make no sense having an internal investigation re you have government ministers from both political parties who are friends with each other, god parents to each other’s children, business partners and who have all for decades colluded with a minority of crooks to steal money from taxpayer’s and the pension fund…..just ask the Auditor General.

    I believe you wrote an article stating categorically that politicians are unable to grade themselves  so hiw are you exoecting them to police themselves and each others.

    Besides your Cloud La-la and Cloud Cuckoo plan to address corruption is crap…..totally ineffective if you cannot send a message or the fear of the divine into those seasoned criminals with millionaire, mercedes and big house mentalities……..ya think ya dealing with sunday schoolers or what.

    Lawson…look at ya boyfriend…ah saved this just for you…lol


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    “By the way, I think people debating in the shadows lack overall principles.”

    This from Ha, Ha Austin who is afraid to debate why he did not protest David Cameron giddily spreading gay rights and gay marriages in UK and across the earth….the same Ha, Ha Austin who is afraid to protest any wrongdoing by white people, particularly in the UK.



  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Look Ha, Ha Austin…right in ya own backyard. Do you have any comment or protest.

    “Leo Varadkar: Ireland may soon get its first gay prime minister, the son of an immigrant doctor

    The Fine Gael leadership race and with it the fight to be Taoiseach began in earnest in the middle of May after Mr Kenny confirmed the long-awaited date for his departure

    Ed Carty, Press Association 2 hours ago21 comments

    Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

    Ireland’s next prime minister is expected to be revealed today.

    The successor to outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be announced when votes for the leadership of the Fine Gael party are counted in the Mansion House in Dublin.”


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    I believe you wrote an article stating categorically that politicians are unable to grade themselves so how are you expecting them to police themselves and each others.

    Yes Grenville…tell us how ya little La La Land plan to fight against corruption with seasoned decitful government ministers and politicians tattling on each other, just because you told them to…..going to work…am all ears.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    See Grenville…this just proves my point, there is no reason fir Mia to leave tge cover of parliamentary privilege but the shady character Gollop is challenging her to do so while Fruendel is defending his friend just like he defended Leroy Parris stealing Clico policyholders money and Michael Carrington stealing from a wheelchair bound client.

    If Mia is serious she will out all of them, have them investigated, change all the ass covering legislation that helps them commit crimes and lock up the whole of them….to cleanse her own soul and gain a measure of trust from the people.

    “Don’t go there Mia!
    Gollop hits back at BLP Leader

    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on June 2, 2017.
    Saved under Local News, Politics
    Pin It
    Prominent Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop Friday issued an open challenge to Opposition Leader Mottley to shed the protective cloak of Parliament and to come outside and repeat the same scurrilous allegations she made against him this week in the House of Assembly.

    While echoing the views expressed by his dear friend and legal ally Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last night, Gollop Friday spoke out in his own defence, after Mottley, under the cover of Parliament, brought the character of the Chairman of the local Employment Rights Tribunal into serious question.

    While charging that exorbitant fees in the amount of $1.5 million were paid by the Stuart-led administration in relation to projects at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Mottley effectively cast a wide net, in which both Gollop and Stuart were entangled, as she promised to uncover and root out corruption in both high and low places.”


  • de only people who would tek anything mia says seriously are gad flies and blp yardfowls fuh one she is yet to show barbadians she LEC certificate
    Gallop tie a rope round she neck i bet which she wouldnt dare try to untie cause she aint got the balls to do so


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Has anyone see Freundel’s brand new Mercedes MP2….at taxpayer’s expense.

    Continually enriching Simpson Motors…… taxpayer’s expense.

    Now we know Fruendel’s remark of jockey getting obese and heavier” refers to him and his gang. …..knowing  they are riding jackasses to drive in  Mercedes at taxpayer’s expense.

    Mercedes mentality.

    The taxpayer funded MP2 can be viewed on barbadostoday facebook page.


  • WW if he has done nothing else for mankind than get that fouled mouthed bitch kathy griffin off the air he is the best president ever. Her gay co-star has been suffering her barbs for ten years and is reveling in finally getting his revenge of not coming to her defense instead piled on. Although he shouldn’t piss her off too much or he may be the second vanderbuilt killed by a ho.
    She is the best thing that has happened to trump he looks sympathetic , the left know now there are limits and getting the ambulance chasing alreds on board as her council certainly has made me laugh for the first time

    There is no shortage of people wanting to work for trump they know they will be employed for another 7 1/2 years at a minimum.
    whats is the difference between a whore and a bitch , a whore will screw anyone, a bitch will screw anyone but you . Its obvious this guy wasnt offered a job


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…….Lawson no one wants to see the name trump on a resume, they will run for the hills before special prosecutor Meuller subpoenas them, lol, hahaha.


  • @angela Skeete June 3, 2017 at 5:06 AM “she aint got the balls to do so.”

    Here you are saying “she aint got the balls” and you friend Carson C. Cadogan calling her Mr. which implies balls.

    Can the 2 ‘o wunna please make up your minds which it is? Ya confusing we.


  • @lawson June 3, 2017 at 7:10 AM “There is no shortage of people wanting to work for trump they know they will be employed for another 7 1/2 years at a minimum.”

    Dear lawson: If you are good you do not need a guarantee of employment.

    If ya good ya can walk offa one job and right into the next.

    And tobesides what kinda idiots accept guarantees from an old, old man. Very likely Trump will be dead, dead, dead long before 7 years has passed. And not because me or anybody else kill him. He will be dead from his old age and his affluence.

    If you are young and bright there is no need to hitch your wagon to Trump’s stumbling old horse.


  • @angela Skeete June 3, 2017 at 5:06 AM “mia [yet] to show barbadians she LEC certificate.”

    May I remind you that Barbadians have never asked to see Mia’s LEC certificate.

    Although we would just LOVE to see your 1 1/2 CXC grade 3 certificates


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger…

    ACs….Fruendel blew it, ripping off taxpayers to be seen driving a brand new Mercedes, he just blew up himself….no reelection…lol


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    The taxpayer funded MP2 can be viewed on barbadostoday facebook page.

    Meet Fruendel’s “the jockey is getting heavier and obese” brand new taxpayer funded ride while taxpayers will suffer austerity so Fruendel the jockey can be seen in his brand new Mercedes riding the destructive, badly maintained, potholed roads of Barbados.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Ah love the comments…lol

    25 Responses to PM’S new ride

    Todd Forde
    Todd Forde
    June 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm
    Nice Ride PM

    Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea
    June 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Alejuandro Tezu
    Alejuandro Tezu
    June 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm
    Sacrifices need to be made -_-

    Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall
    June 2, 2017 at 11:49 pm
    Poor we

    Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes
    June 2, 2017 at 11:50 pm
    Lol that what i talking bout jockey to heavy for the horse but the PM has a new ride ….. i like um

    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    June 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm
    While the poor is eating grass! thought that the country was broke!


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Fruendel deserved to be booed at parliament.

    And the thieves of government are brazen and shameful.

    :BRA employee accused of theft
    Added by Barbados Today on June 2, 2017.
    Saved under Crime, Local News
    Police have been called in at this island’s central revenue collection authority following reports that thousands of dollars have gone missing.

    Barbados TODAY was unable to confirm the precise amount. However, late Friday evening lawmen confirmed that they had arrested and formally charged a female employee of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) with two theft-related offences.

    Karla Cherese Morris, 33, of Mount Friendship, St Michael is accused of stealing money belonging to the Crown on May 15 this year.

    She has been formally charged with theft of money and falsifying an account, and is expected to appear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Saturday in connection with the offences.

    Barbados TODAY understands that the administrative assistant, who was recently on sick leave, was reportedly nabbed from a plane and taken in by police for questioning over the missing funds.

    In a brief statement Friday evening on the matter, BRA said that in the execution of its internal audit function it discovered a number of “anomalous transactions which appeared to indicate fraudulent activity.

    “As is required by the governing legislation of the Financial Management Audit Act Cap 5., the Authority reported the incident to the Financial Investigations Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

    “The incident has now become a matter under investigation by the police, therefore the Authority is unable to comment any further,” the brief statement added.”


  • Angela Skeete is such an ignorant DLP yardfowl.

    Why does Motley have to show her LEC when none other than the Adriel Brathwaite promised Barbadians almost two years ago that he would use the office of the Attorney General to investigate whether or not Mottley is indeed qualified to legitimately practice law in Barbados.

    So far he has not revealed the results of his investigations to the public, and he is the AG.

    So tell me Angela uglicia Skeets, whose integrity comes into question, that of AG Brathwaite or Mottley?

    Sensible Barbadians will obviously choose Brathwaite because he has failed to discredit Mottley, and despite all the LEC talk coming from the DLP and their yard fowls, none of them have succeeded in preventing Mottley from practicing law in Barbados.

    If Angela Skeete is adamant about Mottley’s ineligibility to practice law, why don’t she or Carson C. Cadogan, or any other DLP lawyer act similarly to Commisiong and use the legal system to file an injunction in court to prevent her from practicing law, until she proves beyond reasonable doubt she is a qualified lawyer.

    If not then Skeete or ac should stop with the LEC shyte. It is showing you up as just another silly political yard fowl.


  • SS are you sure you are from this planet let alone a bajan, it doesnt matter how smart you are how good you are or how young you are. Have you never wondered why there are very few ugly out of shape tv broadcasters as compared to radio hosts, did you think that aaron spelling hired tori spelling because she was talented lol
    Liberals are so focused on trump just like the magicians moving hand that you dont see that it is the other one that is working behind the scenes and you stand there dumb founded when the trick ends wondering how he did that. Whether trump is in alive or dead does not matter they have already started sawing the chick in half and whether he finishes it or pence does in the end everyone will be clapping.


  • I was told long, long ago by a an Inland Revenue/BRA insider NEVER to pay by cash. That I should ALWAYS pay be crossed check, and that on arriving home I should ALWAYS check online to ensure that the money has been credited to my account, and that furthermore I should NEVER throw away my Inland Revenue/BRA receipts, that the hands of some of the people who work there, have worked there are not/were not clean. I am probably one of the few Bajans who have neatly filed more that 40 years worth of Inland Revenue/BRA receipts.

    Long before CLICO went bust I was told by a CLICO insider NOT to invest in CLICO. I did not lose any money in CLICO, but I believe that even the Prime Minister who is far better educated than I am and who is also a good friend of a CLICO insider lost money in CLICO. So what does that tell you lol!!

    Good advice. And these advices came from clerical people, not from high faluting executive/management types.

    I think that we have forgotten that Barrow rightly called us a nation of thieves.

    They shoulda le’ she go to Miami and if she made a false declaration that she had less than $10,000 USD in money or monetary instruments on her, let the Americans deal wid she. Them Americans don’t play. And they wouldda confiscate we tax money too (and use it to help pay for Trump’s wall which is envisaged to keep out people just like she) No Bajan folishness of paying back the money and pretending that nothing din’ happen.


  • @lawson June 3, 2017 at 10:12 AM “aaron spelling hired tori spelling because she was talented lol”

    Who is aaron spelling? Who is tori?

    Don’t know if they look like you, but we know that wunna people just LOVE to hire wunna incompetent kin.


  • I am not a Martian.

    This Bajan has always been hired on merit.

    This Bajan has always retained work on merit.

    This Bajan is not afraid of merit.


  • This Bajan thinks that merit is WONDERFUL.


  • Ha SS maybe if you should rearrange the letters in merit, to remit because thats what you will be doing with your resume if you look like a toad or your or your not on the family tree.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…Simple, shit is hitting fan.

    Callous, uncaring Fruendel acts like taxpayer’s money belong to him, while they suffer, he is spending their money on himself, like it’s his…a very cruel and ugly man is Fruendel, inside and out.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    What happen…cat got the ASS’ s/ACs tongue

    Dont look like the yardfowls knew their master took their tax dollars and outfitted himself with a Mercedes…lol


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Ah see the 1.5 million dollar Gollop and his friend Fruendel BWA invoice scam for a few meetings…got posted to Naked, hahaha, lol.

    Time to call in outside authorities by next August the new government should do just that.


  • Grenville June 2, 2017 at 11:18 AM #

    “Artax: I know you. Your pseudo-name, writing style, and lying about your qualification exposed you. Your refusal to be critical of the worst BLP policies confirmed it. You would never be so insulting to any person to their face. But here, in the shadows of anonymity, you release these insults as if it were natural. It is not natural for you.”

    @ Grenville Phillips II

    Stop trying to create straw men to knock them down or moving the goal post in an attempt to achieve your personal agenda.

    Firstly, Grenville Phillips II, you DO NOT KNOW ME, and I have NEVER MET YOU IN MY LIFE or had a conversation with you directly or even through a third party.

    Secondly, perhaps you may want to present any substantiating evidence to prove I lied about my qualifications, especially against the background of me mentioning in this forum on a previous occasion that I have a DOUBLE MAJOR in Accounting & Economics and MSc in Accounting. Hence, I am not incorrect to mention I have a BSc in Economics because it is a theoretically truthful statement.

    Thirdly, I am known, in this forum, to be CRITICAL of BOTH BLP & DLP and have EXPRESSED my CONTEMPT for politicians on NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. So what exactly is your salient point?

    Fourthly, individuals such as you, Hal Austin and Carl Moore are harshly critical of contributors to BU using pseudonyms. Anonymous contributors are also human beings, who sometimes make more worthwhile contributions than those of you who use your “real names.”

    Yet, despite your CONTEMPT for the “anonymice”, why do you lot BOTHER to RESPOND, and in many instances, USING INSULTING LANGUAGE to describe them as lurking “in the shadows of anonymity” or as “people debating in the shadows (that) lack overall principles.”

    And you lot BECOME UPSET when they RESPOND likewise.

    Are you suggesting to BU that your INSULTS and ATTACKS are JUSTIFIED because you use your “real names?”

    You, Hal Austin & Carl Moore could make life so easy for yourselves….. BY REFUSING TO RESPOND TO ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTORS…. It’s that simple!!!

    However, (and hypocritically so), you are quick to embrace individuals using pseudonyms and contributing anonymously that agree with your position.

    And under circumstances where I described your behavior as childish when you decided to become “slutty” and mention my relatives in a discussion about a Moody’s report, can you indicate to me where in any of my contributions or responses to you I “released these insults as if it were natural?”

    Fifthly, I could similarly conclude that “your refusal to be critical of the worst (DLP) policies confirms” you are a DLP supporter.

    Attacking anonymous contributors is a poor attempt to protect your fragile egos.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Fragile egos and Grenville’s weak campaign that he already blew up, just as Fruendel blew up any chances he had at reelection with his greedy Mercedes mentality and the population coming to the realization that they are repeatedly being raped financially by Fruendel and his Friends.

    Piss poor and useless the whole lot of them, the biggest thing on their minds being anonymous bloggers….. idiots.


  • Artax:

    I do know you, and I know that you would never speak with such insolence to another person. This anonymous posting has harmed you. You are not degenerating to infantile rudeness, because your parents would not have tolerated it. This is something new for you. You have just embraced the dark side as an adult and it has changed you.

    You know that I have detailed harsh criticisms at both established political parties. The evidence is incontrovertible, yet you would turn from what you know to be true and inexplicably deny it. What is wrong with you? On the other hand, I have only read you to detail criticisms at the DLP, while covering yourself by simply stating that you disagree with both parties. Can you not recognise your bias?

    Nevertheless, I can see that my responses to you have caused you to become unhinged. You seem careless with your reputation – which is a symptom of reckless anonymous posting. Not wanting to enable, or be accused by our mutual friends of enabling your further decline, I will refrain from reading or responding to any more of your anonymous posts.



  • Well Well:

    I will take your advice, and will no longer reply to insolent anonymous posts. It actually takes a bit of time, which will now be freed-up. Know that I was sincerely trying to help you.



  • @ Grenville Phillips II

    I must once again reiterate that I HAVE NEVER, EVER MET YOU IN MY LIFE, nor do I share any mutual acquaintances with you and I’m sure you do not know my parents as well. do not know you and do I care about you, but if you want to continue in your belief…. be my guest……. “knock yourself out.”

    You persist in mentioning that I insulted you, but after repeatedly asking you to INDICATE to me where in any of my responses to your comments I used INSULTING LANGUAGE, yet you FAILED to COMPLY.

    And I would further CHALLENGE you (if you are man enough) to REVEAL MY IDENTITY to BU.

    However, your attempt at “reverse psychology” is perhaps your way of conceding defeat because I aroused your self-awareness into ACCEPTING that your TEMPERAMENT makes you UNFIT to be a politician. Hence, the only way you could react is to combine a concocted story that you know me, with my posting under anonymity to give you an excuse not to respond or to prevent me from offering further comments on your posts because I do not want to disclose my identity.

    Grenville Phillips II, Who the hell do you think you are?

    Mentioning you “will refrain from reading or responding to any more of your anonymous posts,” not only REINFORCES my ASSESSMENT of you as being an IMMATURE INDIVIDUAL to be correct, but also proves you are ACTUALLY the one who “became unhinged.”

    I could imagine you canvassing and is challenged by someone who you may think is familiar, you would walk away in anger, while promising not interact with them ever again. My friend, that is definitely a sure SIGN of IMMATURITY.

    Quite frankly, I don’t give a shiite if you respond to my post or not. But UNFORTUNATELY for you, you have INCREASED my zeal to be PASSIONATE in COMMENTING and CRITIQUING your articles and contributions, that you may also bid BU “farewell” as well.

    Human beings are curious creatures, and obviously your colleagues will be eager to read my contributions and “tell you wuh I wrote.”


  • ****@ Grenville Phillips II

    I must once again reiterate that I HAVE NEVER, EVER MET YOU IN MY LIFE, nor do I share any mutual acquaintances with you and I’m sure you do not know my parents as well. I do not know you and do not care about you, but if you want to continue in your belief…. be my guest……. “knock yourself out.”


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