Another Heather Cole Column – Bajan Monopoly

Submitted by Heather Cole

House located in Rolling Hills alleged to be owned by Chris Sinckler.

In the original game of monopoly, players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game-board buying and trading properties, developing them with houses and hotels. Players also collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. Lots of money is available but the stakes are high and players can end up in jail, which they cannot move from until they have met some specified condition.

While Bajans suck salt, under 9 years of harsh economic conditions, the current DLP Administration has committed numerous acts for personal benefit that are not aligned with the plight that majority of persons now find themselves in. The ruling Administration appear to be playing a corrupt version of the famous authentic board game. We have Ministers buying expensive properties, giving away land to their friends for housing developments and hotels while collecting superfluous taxes from the people of Barbados. They have also been borrowing extensively on the international market at exorbitant interest rates; an act that can potentially drive the country to bankruptcy if unable to meet their repayment obligations and into to the arms of the International Monetary Fund.

When many persons lost their jobs , in response the government raised [reinstated] the salaries of the Ministers. This can only be described as a slap in the face especially after hearing the Prime Minister justify raising the salaries.

While many cannot afford cars, cannot afford to repair their cars due to damages caused by pot hole in the roads, or can even get reliable service from the government operated Transport Board, Ministers are now driving luxury vehicles that cost in excess of $ BDS 150,000.00. These vehicles are not even within the means of their income.

With death of the middle-class on the horizon due to the fact that hundreds of persons have lost the homes which was their only investment for decades and the rise in homelessness and vagrancy, Ministers of Government are building mansions as though they are living in Victorian England where the peerage built massive mansions as though they planned to live forever. The government has not even bothered to look into the mortgage crisis, not even said a word or acknowledgement that the archaic CAP 236 is need of change. It has in is possession about 15,000 empty houses that were built and never occupied that are in some state of decay. With such a housing stock no one on the island should be homeless. The Ministers of Government have been busy rolling the dice and playing monopoly to notice.

There is an old saying that “yah can hide and buy land but yah cahn hide and wuk um.” The latest possession revealed is a house that sits at 91 Rolling Hills St. George. It is owned by none other than the Minister of Finance. The lot on 17, 551 sq. ft. was put up for sale at US$ 177, 900.00. Unconfirmed reports now value the house and land at US$ 2,500,000.00. From the exterior, it is a charming house pleasing to the eye.

However, according to SI 2016, signed by Christopher Sinckler, Minister of Finance on April 15th 2016, The annual salary of a Government Minister is BDS$152,382.00, with an entertainment allowance of BDS$ 24, 170.28 and travelling allowance 0f BDS$23, 773.93. There is no housing allowance. The combination of 9 years of salary plus benefits amounted to BDS $1,802,935.89. So where did he obtain the money to purchase this land and build this mansion plus the luxury vehicles that he owns? Where does he keep his stash of monopoly money?

At writing it has not been ascertained that any bank or financial institution has financed the mortgage for this property. However, if indeed one of them has, it is hoped that they undertook the due diligence regarding the source of the funds and that they can show a paper trail.

It appears that the DLP Administration have become monopoly professionals. From “go” they have been spending freely as though they each owned an unlimited supply of money, beyond what the public purse pays them. They are also living the life styles of the rich and famous. No one knows for sure where their taxes go. Ultimately, one expects that the inevitable will occur and a throw of the dice lands them all in jail and that no amount of money is allowed to be paid to get those corrupt politicians out. Adding another insult to injury today, the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who lives like a king in olden days, off the fat of the land, had the gall to blame the commoners who are “sucking salt,”‘ for living lavish life styles that have depleted the foreign reserves. When will this game end?

120 comments

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Well they are calling Maureen Yardfowl…a yardfowl on Facebook so let her sue Facebook too.

    I dont know why people are still so impressed with degree mills when 80% of their graduates are dumb or psychotic…or both……and this is worldwide, not only isolated to Barbados.

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  • @ David,

    You may read my post at “Hants November 17, 2017 at 11:17 AM” and note that I was replying

    to “Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service November 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM #”

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  • That is understood Hants.

    What is the commotion about Maureen Holder the yardfowl? Have to admit the Vblog causing the commotion slipped the BU household.

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  • “Ms Mottley if you do not condemn this video . . . done in your name, I will take it that you are no more committed to looking after the rights of women in this country or protecting them from such abuses than you are committed to repealing the NSRL [National Social Responsibility Levy],” said Holder, while making reference to damning video which has been circulating on Facebook in which the poster leveled a number of scurrilous allegations against the talk show host.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/11/16/over-to-you-mia/

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  • Am I missing something? Was Mia in the video? Did Mia say something about Holder in the video? Why should Mia get involved in commenting on a video that some individual made slamming some third rate radio announcer who cuts off anyone who tries to point out the ‘shortcomings’ of her beloved DLP?

    If she is looking for someone to come to her rescue, what about one of the females in her own party?

    And will Holder come out and condemn the nasty claims about the Mottley family clearly posted by DLP operatives on ND? Well, Maureen, we’re waiting. Nah, I didn’t think so.

    If you can’t stand the heat Holder, you know what to do.

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  • I would not be caught dead holding a press conference to brag about a Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster.

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-uk#survey-answer

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  • Maureen holder is an arrogant ,know allwho seems to feel yhe few DLP yardfowls like the Trini Dem ,Ms Undecided,Rawle ,commissioner,arthur ,and the Returning National bigging her up on Talk ya Talk makes her someone special.If memory serves me right I remember her as a caller to Brasstacks ,then a moderator there for awhile.I do not know what is her claim to fame and she is certainly no match for Ms Mottley,whom I wonder why she does notcall that programme and challenge her on some of the statements she makes on that programme in collusion with the trini who is a hyprocrite in my view.This Trini lady attacks people but when attacked on the VOB chat wants the blogs censored,can you believe these people?

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  • http://mes.gov.bb/Download.ashx?file=Attachments%2FThe_Economics_of_education.pdf&name=The+Economics+of+Education%3A+Educating+for+the+Future

    Lorenzo

    Before you and MAM continue to make your ” pie in the sky ” promises on financing tertiary education……

    Please read the speech above, given by Dr. Marion Williams when she was Central Bank Governor.

    Do note carefully her comments on pages 26 to 28 .

    Do note also that the BLP – of which Mia Mottley was a member – was the government at the time !

    Yet MAM is promising full state funded tertiary education in 2018 !

    She could only be fooling you …….Lorenzo !!!!

    It took an enlightened DLP government under the wise leadership of His Majesty Freundel Jerome Stuart in 2013 ………to concur with the views of Dr. Williams and other reputable Economists.

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  • It took an enlightened DLP government under the wise leadership of His Majesty Freundel Jerome Stuart in 2013 ………to concur with the views of Dr. Williams and other reputable Economists.

    Did he change his mind before or after the last general election.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fractured….where is the arrest warrant from the DPPs office and statement from the attorney general.

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  • Lorenzo

    Why would MAM call into CBC and soil her hands for?
    Absolutely no need to,this country has many pressing issues to deal with of which those mouthings have no resonance.

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  • @Heather,
    How are we going to progress your petition idea?

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  • Hi David

    His Majesty King Freundel Jerome Stuart was carefully studying the situation before and after the general election.

    Obviously, as the economic circumstances in the country changed, he adjusted his administration’s policy on funding tertiary education to suit .

    What are you views on Dr. Williams policy ideas for funding tertiary education ?

    Equally important to ask , MAM says that Barbados have a US $ 140 loan payment to make shortly – which believes the government will default on hence her call for a December 2017 general election ?

    But weeks earlier MAM is promising government funded tertiary education for all in September 2018 ?

    Not even her party colleague Sandra Husbands believes her ?

    Why should rational thinking Barbadians either ?

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/11/02/blp-candidate-and-leader-out-of-sync-on-free-tertiary-education/

    Read Sandra’s views above David , are they not in sync with His Majesty Freundel Stuart 2013 decision and Dr. Williams views in 2004 ?

    David , the election campaign ain’t start yet ……,.!!!!

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  • which she believes

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    No wonder all the distractions and the game playing, the government knows only too well they have reached the end of the road…..no amounts of lies will work on the electorate any more..plant potatoes. …reap potatoes.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/11/17/imf-not-ruling-out-devaluation-of-the-barbados-currency/

    “IMF not ruling out devaluation of the Barbados currency
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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has refused to rule out the possibility of a devaluation of the Barbados dollar should the country enter a fiscal programme with the lending institution.

    IMF Director for the Western Hemisphere Alejandro Werner told Barbados TODAY that devaluation would have to be a choice for Government to make. The Barbados dollar is currently pegged at BD$2 to US$1.

    The Central Bank of Barbados and several noted economists have raised concerns about the future stability of the currency due to the country’s dwindling foreign exchange reserves.”

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  • Well well

    You & the IMF could talk what you like.

    The DLP will not be taking Barbados to the IMF .

    If you want Barbados to go to the IMF …..then vote for MAM and the BLP.

    A straightforward choice !!!!

    Put your X where you wish is !!!!

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  • Well well

    • You want IMF ?????? ….. vote BLP !

    • You want DEVALUATION ???? vote BLP !!

    • You want free TERTIARY EDUCATION again ??? ……vote BLP !!!

    • You want the repeal of NSRL ???……vote BLP !!

    Make your choice ……..

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  • Hal we are above the threshold requirement. The petition is running until the end of the month. I will be seeking to get it heard in Parliament.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Fractured BLP November 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    You will soon have to swallow those very words of ‘blackened’ spermatozoa aimed solely at your intestinal ova of deceit lies and party propaganda.

    The same way you had to swallow those regarding Privatization.

    What you think is happening with the Hilton Hotel or the BNTCL? Or does that dreaded ‘P’ work only apply to the Transport Board or CBC?

    Now who is more anxious to recognize this Privatization ‘love child’ than the same lying man who disowned it 5 years ago?

    Even our priestly Lord Chancellor Jeff C. of BU wants him to go for a DNA test before accepting ready-made paternity.

    Oh, let us be politically correct and ‘Chris(tened)’it by using that more palatable word ‘Divestment’ in the same way ‘Devaluation’ will soon be replaced by the term ‘Adjustment of the Currency Peg’ to fit the country’s economic circumstances relative to the international financial markets.

    BTW Broken Pimp, when are you going to charge MAM for practicing Law illegally as promised in your November 15th ultimatum to the AG without realizing that the AG- under the highest law of the Land, that is, the Constitution- is the legal advisor to the Government and NOT to any darn deceitful lying party calling itself the destructive DLP?

    Why not stick to ‘lying’ within your intellectual pay-grade by asking the same King Fumble Lord Stuart from Molasses Hill when is he going to keep his promise to his Parliament and deliver the list of those Greedy Bajans” who invested in the CLICO EFPA’s and got financially screwed by the smartest crooked dick in Bim called Greenverbs?

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  • Heather November 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM #

    Thanks.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol….Fractured is acting like I am the one saying if the government wants IMF money….devaluation is not OFF the table…

    ……I have no say in the matter…and thankfully no skin in that train wreck.

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  • Hi Miller

    What are you getting jittery about ?

    Yes November 15 , 2017 gone and the Legal Opinion on the matter had been out long before then.

    How come you ain’t see it ?

    The DLP requested it and the AG produced it .

    When it is time to share the contents with the Electorate they will have it to determine where the truth around this issue is .

    So go back to your cage …..birdie …… until it is feeding time !!!

    Still a few weeks to go !!!!

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  • Well well

    Take things easy

    Do not get worked over the IMF talk !

    Leave that to MAM and Motley Crew

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  • Breaking News

    I am here at a social gathering hosted by Dale Marshall

    He was just asked by one of his guest , ” how come his voice and that of George Payne had not been heard in defense of MAM on this legal qualifications issue ? ”

    Dale politely responded , ” you know why Owen Arthur had to move MAM as Attorney General and put me in place ? ”

    Hi guest replied , ” no , I don’t know why ”

    Well Dale grinned and said , ” one day soon Barbadians would find out , in the meantime I have nothing to say about MAM and that issue.”

    Well there you have it .

    Of note , George Payne was in corner not too far away from Dale busy

    singing 🎤 Karaoke..,,,,,his tune of choice ?

    Frank Sinatra ..,,,,I did it my way !!!

    The Bees are so …,,,,,UNITED !!!!

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  • Disloyalty should be a capital offence…

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  • I agree with you Hal

    Go for Dale & George !

    Make examples of them !!!

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  • Ah well….what have they got to loose anyway…..they lost their credibility and shortly the govt as well……so why not pelt as much mud as possible with the hope that some will stick……a pathetic departure of a once hoped for breath of fresh air after OSA.

    We await MAM.

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  • Vincent

    Since when you have become a Prison Warden at HM Dodds Prison ??

    That is only place you could be – awaiting MAM !!!!!

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  • It is now clear that Dale Marshall and George Payne are ready to blow the whistle on MAM .

    George Payne is very peeved that Edmund Hinkson ( the man who called George Payne a CROOK) ……….rushed to MAM defense on this Legal qualifications issue.

    By George, ain’t tekking things lying down !!

    The Bees are so …….UNITED !!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fractured…all of that is hearsay…bring some proof…to the DPP.

    That is why no one takes Owen seriously…he had a fiduciary duty to tell the taxpayers who still pay his pension….what is wrong with Mia, he was the one accusing her….he is obviously not loyal to the bajan population…just like the attorney general.

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  • Well well

    OSA would have the – know what – on MAM

    He would have to approach the DPP

    And given that OSA has his tongue 👅 sharpened on both sides

    Anytime now and before general elections he can out MAM.,.,,wid a BITE. !!

    Wow…..the Bees are so ……UNITED !!!

    I am loving it !!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    It’s npt Owen’s job to approach DPP, he is not the attorney general…no one has ever heard what he accused Mia of the accusation was neither specific nor descriptive….and not if a criminal nature, it was a statement.

    …yall are the ones with the specific accusations of criminality….you should be giving your proof to DPP on Mia.

    Why are yall always looking for someone else to do your jobs for you.

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  • Dr. Simple Simon Phd

    @Hal Austin November 18, 2017 at 4:12 PM “Disloyalty should be a capital offence.”

    No it should not be.

    I reserve the right to change my mind about ANYTHING and ANYBODY.

    I am therefore completely disloyal.

    And furthermore I feel that I deserve to keep my head. Because it is my head is it not?

    It is not your head is it?

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  • Dr. Simple Simon Phd

    @Fractured BLP November 18, 2017 at 3:57 PM “I am here at a social gathering hosted by Dale Marshall.”

    You are such a liar!!!

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  • Simple

    Were you invited to the social function ?

    No !

    Hence , your jealous streak !

    Dale done know you are a MAM lackey !!

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  • Fractured where is the evidence ?Now you backtracking saying the AG produced it .Where was it produced and when is the big announcement?You are stalling,and obviously lying as usual.What is the word with St John I guess all you all will be fighting like crabs shortly to see who succeeds Ms Thompson in St John,so you will not have time to worry about Ms Mottley.Will it be Mr Pilgrim,Ms Depeiza,Mr McClean,or someone else,please tell us Fractured Dunce.

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  • Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM #

    Changing your mind is not disloyalty. Disloyalty is treachery.

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  • Dr. Simple Simon Phd

    @Fractured BLP November 19, 2017 at 12:10 AM “Were you invited to the social function ?
    No ! Hence , your jealous streak ! Dale done know you are a MAM lackey !!”

    Don’t go to political do’s. Don’t like stale institutional food. Much prefer my own cooking. Do not drink. Nothing to attract me to such events.

    Have never met Dale nor Mia.

    Have absolutely no desire to met either of them.

    No desire to meet you either.

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  • Dr. Simple Simon Phd

    @Hal Austin November 19, 2017 at 11:36 AM Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM # “Changing your mind is not disloyalty. Disloyalty is treachery.”

    Ahh well.

    That is different.

    Don’t think that I have ever committed treason.

    Still I think that I have to right to keep my head.

    My parents–NOT any state–gave it to me.

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  • Update # 2

    In a standing room only at – Alexandra School Hall – the loyal subjects of King 👑 Stuart and some of his Officers of Court ready themselves – for what promises to be a historic meeting of epic proportions .

    OSA a former BLP PM to grace the stage to expose the now leader of the BLP party he once led !

    I just spotted Miller & Artax among the mammoth crowd. No doubt they have been sent to observe & record proceedings !!

    Lorenzo was seen milling around earlier – but huge size of the crowd frightened him so he hurriedly left !!!

    Well two mouth 👄 David , will wait on CBC for a report of what happened !!! CBC is David’s darling for gathering news !!

    Stay tune as more details come to hand .

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  • Hi BLPites

    Wunnah really pay attention to the video above and what this war general OSA has resigned himself to do to stop MAM in she tracks !!

    The Bees are truly UNITED !!!

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  • Arthur should quietly walk away from active politics and write his memoirs.

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  • Hal

    He may just take up your suggestion.

    But he has one more rocket 🚀 to blast off !!

    And MAM and Johnny Cheltenham better watch out !!

    The Bees are truly UNITED !!!!

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  • Irrelevant!!

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