The Caswell Franklyn Column – Destruction of the Public Service Started with Errol Barrow

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Nation published a column captioned, “Not a pretty picture” by Dr. Frances Chandler. I generally agreed with much of what she had written. For the most part, she criticised many of the shortcomings of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), justifiably so in my opinion.

I was actually enjoying her contribution until three-quarters was through when she struck a discordant note that reflected popular belief, but did not accord with reality. She stated:

Another problem is that NIS staff are civil servants governed by Civil Service rules and even the positions are Civil Service positions rather than those that fit the Scheme’s requirements. A more appropriate structure is needed.

Apart from that statement being basically without merit, Dr. Chandler should explain what is wrong with Civil Service rules. Also, she should specify which of the Civil Service positions at NIS do not fit into the Scheme’s requirements. I am not nor have I constituted myself as defender of NIS staff. But I could not allow subtlety disparaging remarks about them in particular or the Public Service, generally, to go unanswered.

It is true that most of the posts assigned to NIS are general service posts, which mean that officers occupying those positions could be reassigned to any government department that has similar posts. It is also true that there are posts and job requirements that are uniquely NIS positions. Those functions are done nowhere else in the Public Service or in Barbados for that matter.

Persons appointed to those posts cannot be transferred without their consent. I refer specifically to the twenty-four insurance officers, of varying grades, and seventeen inspectors whose job is to ensure compliance with NIS regulations. And, as a matter of fact, one of the qualifications, specified in the 2016 Public Service (Qualifications) Order is the Executive Diploma in Social Security Management which was offered by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. This clearly demonstrates that there were attempts to create specialists in National Insurance, albeit they being public officers.

Dr. Chandler’s assessment of the NIS staff and Civil Service rules would appear to come from someone who has been misled by anecdotes, rather than from a sound knowledge of the Public Service. Mind you, she is in good company with her mischaracterisation of the Public Service. Out of frustration with the Civil Service bureaucracy, no lesser person than the Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow, then Prime Minister, disparagingly called the service an army of occupation.

That term has since been used, by persons who did not know its meaning, to disparage the Public Service. Mr. Barrow was a military man so when he called the service an army of occupation, he did not mean that there were lots of people being employed. He used the term as a soldier would have understood it. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “army of occupation” as an army sent to control the territory of a conquered enemy. He meant that the Civil Service was in control, and he set about to break that control, however, with devastating consequences.

Prior to Independence, Barbados functioned well as a bureaucracy, where elected officials set policy and the Civil Service implemented the policy directives, in accordance with the established rules, which required too many checks and balances for Barrow’s liking. Rather than spend time to revise the rules to eliminate the excessive red tape, he devised a way to bring the service under the control of politicians.

In 1974 the Constitution was amended to give the Prime Minister the right to be consulted on the appointment of permanent secretaries, heads of department and their deputies. In practice, however, that consultation ended up meaning that the PM would make the decision and the service commissions and Governor-General would rubber stamp the appointment.

That single act has led to the politicisation and destruction of the professional Public Service, where senior public officers now owe their loyalty to the political party that oversaw their appointments. As a result, the senior public officers, who should be managing the Public Service and making professional decisions in the best interest of the Barbados, have been replaced by politicians without the necessary skills to manage the affairs of the country.

It is therefore unfair to blame public officers at NIS or any other department for the mess that the politicians have created.

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110 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Destruction of the Public Service Started with Errol Barrow”

  1. Bush Tea December 5, 2017 at 7:12 PM #

    @ Caswell
    The point is that there WAS a need for computerisation

    However, it needed to be executed professionally.
    There will also be ongoing needs for upgrades, training for staff and technical people, training for management etc.
    If the people making the decisions about procurement, training, promotions etc are political hacks like we have- THERE IS NO HOPE.

    BUT EVEN If the decision makers are not political appointees, the options from which they must decide are STILL complex and delicate.

    What ISO does, is to provide INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE guidelines, monitoring and reporting – which are aimed at ensuring that what worked BEST GLOBALLY is adopted in making these complex decisions…. and the assessments tell us exactly HOW well we are doing in terms of achieving best practice.

    So while you are correct in your assessment of our BASIC problem, we actually need to go FAR beyond just removing the politics from our current mismanagement.

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  2. Georgie Porgie December 5, 2017 at 7:20 PM #

    RE The problem, part of it, is that some public workers cannot complete tasks efficiently because of poorake systems and equipment.

    ACTUALLY IT IS BECAUSE OF LAZY POORAKE PEOPLE WITH SHALLOW MINDS.

    WHY IS IT THAT WE CANT COLLECT THE GARBAGE TODAY……….WHEN IT USED TO BE COLLECTED EFFICIENTLY IN THE 50’S AND 60’S BEFORE INDEPENDENCE

    WHY IS IT THAT THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM IS POOR TODAY WHEN IT WORKED WELL BEFORE INDEPENDENCE. ONE REMEMBERS WITH PLEASURE WHEN BIRCH BOUGHT HIS TWO NEW “BIRDS” M 5198 AND M5206. THE QUARTER TO AND QUARTER PAST BUS TURNED RIGHT AT THE TOP OF GOLF CLUB RD AND WENT DOW TO HIGHWAY 7 AND TURNED AROUND
    THE HALF HOUR AND HOUR BUS TURNED LEFT AND WENT INTO RENDEZVOUS GARDENS.

    YOU COULD DEPEND ON M365 AND M404 ON THE GALL HILL ROUTE AND M813 AND M4205 TO ST PATRICKS

    THINGS AND THE RELATIVELY “POOR” SYSTEMS WE HAD WORKED THEN…BECAUSE PEOPLE WORKED!

    TODAY WE COMPLAIN MORE AND DO LESS

    I REMEMBER WHEN I STARTED TO WORK AND THE OLD GLASS SYRINGES WOULD SLOW YOU DOWN BECAUSE THEY LACKED SUCTION, AND BEFORE WE HAD DISPOSABLE SYRINGES AND BEFORE THE CONTEMPORARY VACUUM TYPE SYRINGES, I TOOK LOADS OF BLOOD WITH A NEEDLE ALONE!

    WE GREW KNOWING THAT WHERE THERE IS A WILL……THERE IS A WAY!

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  3. David December 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM #

    Let us look at the Licensing Authority as one example. You have an ID system that is computerized but you don’t procure robust equipment and adequate supplies therefore the system always brekkin down.

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  4. David December 5, 2017 at 7:32 PM #

    Let us look at BRA, a department with oversight to collected taxes across all agencies but the computer systems are not integrated.

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  5. Bush Tea December 5, 2017 at 7:49 PM #

    PLEASE DAVID!!!
    Don’t let us look at the BRA…. it is TOO depressing…
    What a load of jobby.

    EVERYTHING has deteriorated since it came into being,
    Just like every shiite else the the DLP has touched.

    @ GP
    While you are correct about work ATTITUDES, you have to admit that TIMES have also changed.
    There is a LOT more garbage to be collected – from MANY more housing developments than back in the 60’s. Back then, it was just at the plantation house, the tenantries and then the big pile in the village by the corner.
    Back then, the bus service did not have the current demands to every nook and cranny of the country.
    But the laziness, apathy, and RESENTMENT of genius and hard workers is a major problem in Barbados BECAUSE we refuse to formally institute a MERITOCRACY…. where pay, promotions, awards, and keeping one’s job DEPENDS ON PERFORMANCE.

    Lotta political shiite about helping ‘poor’ people ….who are mostly ‘poor in spirit’…..as brass bowls tend to be.

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  6. Georgie Porgie December 5, 2017 at 8:28 PM #

    RE While you are correct about work ATTITUDES, you have to admit that TIMES have also changed.

    SEEING THAT IM NOT AN ASS, CERTAINLY I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR PETTY POINT

    BUT JUST AS WE HAVE ACQUIRED THE CELL PHONES AND I PADS ETC, THERE IS NO REASON WHY SYSTEMS THAT ONCE WORKED COULD NOT HAVE SIMILARLY BEEN UPGRADED IN PROPORTION TO DEMAND

    I MISS COLONEL BUGGY AND HIS STORIES ABOUT EFFICIENCY IN THE PAST.
    IF IT COULD BE DONE THEN…WE SHOULD BE DOING MORE AND BETTER NOW

    THAT IS THE SIMPLE POINT I WAS MAKING

    RE Back then, the bus service did not have the current demands to every nook and cranny of the country. BUT IT WORKED! TODAY IT DOES NOT APPARENTLY EVEN EFFECTIVELY SERVE THE AREAS IT ONCE DID

    WHO IS SURPRISED? HAVE YOU EVER MET THE STUPID SANDRA FORDE WOMAN THAT IS THE CURRENT MANAGER?

    TRANSPORT BOARD ONCE HAD A MANAGER CALLED HILL WHO ONCE MARCHED IN MY OFFICE AT THE POLYCLINIC TO TELL ME THAT HE HAD TAKEN A SICK LEAVE NOTE I HAD WRITTEN FROM A BUS DRIVER, AND FOLLOWED HIM DOWN TO LAKES ST ANDREW WHERE HE WENT TO TEND HIS SHEEP

    But the laziness, apathy, and RESENTMENT of genius and hard workers is a major problem in Barbados

    I HAD A SO CALLED SMOH WHO ACCURATELY SAID OF ME DR GP IS A WORKER NOT A SHIRKER. HE STILL DID HIS BEST TO GET RID OF ME BECAUSE I WOULD NOT LICK HIS TAIL OR BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP HIM.

    I WAS REPLACED BY A WOMAN KNOWN TO HAVE MENTAL ISSUES

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  7. Bush Tea December 5, 2017 at 8:38 PM #

    @ GP
    SEEING THAT IM NOT AN ASS, CERTAINLY I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR PETTY POINT
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    …and we see that how exactly…?
    Boss, you were (in YOUR own words) replaced by a mad ass woman….
    Bushie can therefore only speculate on your boss’s assessment of your status…

    BTW… you seem to have been FIRED on a regular basis…. was it annually? 🙂
    Shiite GP, you must be a REAL pain in the butt…!!!

    LOL
    ha ha ha
    Muh belly!!!

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  8. Hants December 5, 2017 at 8:44 PM #

    @ Bush Tea who wrote ” Just give it up and go back to the music videos ”

    I am taking your advice.

    I will continue to hide in the Diaspora corner. lol

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  9. Georgie Porgie December 5, 2017 at 8:58 PM #

    Boss, you were (in YOUR own words) replaced by a mad ass woman….
    Bushie can therefore only speculate on your boss’s assessment of your status…

    ONLY A JACKASS WOULD SPECULATE ON WHY MY SO CALLED BOSS WHO HAD NO IDEAS OF HIS OWN, AND WHO TOOK MY IDEAS HIGHER WOULD REPLACE ME BY A MAD ASS WOMAN

    RE BTW… you seem to have been FIRED on a regular basis….

    AND EACH TIME I WENT HIGHER AND FURTHER UP !

    RE Shiite GP, you must be a REAL pain in the butt…!!!

    YES IM A PAIN TO ALL THOSE WHO HATES SOME ONE THAT KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT, ONE WHO WORKS HARD AND ONE WHO IS A THREAT TO INFERIOR “SUPERIORS” WHOSE ASS I WOULD NOT LICK

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  10. Gabriel December 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM #

    GP
    Bushie pelt a solid lash in yo’ tail.Got a belly laff off that one ’bout getting fire with such regularity.Btw M813 was a Stewart National bus on highway 1 route.

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  11. Georgie Porgie December 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM #

    ONLY AN ASS CANT SEE THAT YOU DONT REPLACE THE MAN WHO CREATED THE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN COPIED ELSEWHERE BY A MAD ASS WOMAN

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  12. Georgie Porgie December 5, 2017 at 9:09 PM #

    GABRIEL
    M 813 WAS A BLUE MERCEDES THAT WAS USED AS THE SCHOOL BUS FOR BOYS FOUNDATION WHEN I ATTENDED THAT SCHOOL
    YOU ARE CORRECT ABOUT M813
    PERHAPS IT WAS M 605 THAT I MEAN
    THERE WAS A THIRD BLUE MERCEDES BUS

    BUSHIE IS AN ASS

    WHY WOULD A BOSS CALL YOU A WORKER AND NOT A SHIRKER AND THEN SEEK TO GET YOU FIRED BY A MAD WOMAN IF HE WAS NOT LOOKING FOR INFERIOR FOLK TO LEAD

    I AM GONE AND THE SERVICE HAS DECLINED AS THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY ONE IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE WHO HAVE BROUGHT ANY NEW FRESH IDEAS TO IMPROVE THE SERVICE.

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  13. David December 6, 2017 at 12:33 AM #

    @Caswell

    Grenville says that the major trade unions support his suggestion to implement ISO, should they have encouraged it membership to attend the seminar?

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  14. Caswell Franklyn December 6, 2017 at 12:56 AM #

    It is called hedging your bets by individual executive members. Mind you, I am sure that none of the councils of those unions have even met to consider Grenville’s ISO proposals.

    Sent from my iPad

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  15. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service December 6, 2017 at 5:48 AM #

    The Sealy, Estwick John Boyce lies that returned to bite…one year later…lol, hahaha. The tourists should sue them….useless frauds and liars.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/12/05/tourists-raise-a-stink-over-sewage-problem/

    Tourists raise a stink over sewage problem
    Added by Barbados Today on December 5, 2017.
    Saved under Local News
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    Government could be forced into a catch-22 situation with the recurring sewage problem on the south coast.

    Even as the authorities attempt to quell any possible panic, tourist are beginning to demand that signs be planted in affected areas warning unsuspecting pedestrians of the effluent flowing onto the streets.

    United Kingdom visitor Steven Greene was among those today who complained that he had no clue that the water flowing near Lantern Mall in Hastings, Christ Church contained raw sewage.

    The visibly upset Greene, who has been here for nine days, told Barbados TODAY tourists should have prior knowledge about the problem.

    Steven Greene
    “We should get alerted . . . because I did not know that. But then I would not stand in it, I would try not to. That lady just crossed the road and it was that deep,” he said.”

    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Serious mess
    Sewage problem proving to be too much for local experts to resolve

    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on December 5, 2017.
    Saved under Local News
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    A year ago Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Minister of Health John Boyce were seen diving right into the waters at Worthings Beach, in full view of the media, in a move designed to reassure Barbadians and tourists alike that at no time was the beach threatened by sewage.

    However, today, there were no such PR stunts, only solemn assurances from the two Cabinet ministers as they joined with Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick in acknowledging the enormity of the sewage problem that is currently before the Freundel Stuart administration.

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  16. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service December 6, 2017 at 6:21 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/12/05/its-slander/

    Dear Jackass Fruendel:

    You said yourself, Barbados is only one of 4 CCJ members, so therefore they can only speak of and address the delays they recognize and are faced with when reviewing cases from Barbados and from their member nations, the plight of delays in other islands is irrelevant to Barbados, look in your own mirror, the island is world renowned for having a horrible judicuary filled with corruption and delays, in my travels I have met people of every stripe lamenting the horrors and DELAYS they exoerienced in your judicuary, not in other islands.

    …I have SEEN first hand the nasty tactics your 4th rate slimy, unethical lawyers use to unnecessarily prolong cases for years that could be completed in months or weeks, the wicked things they do in evil and spite to prolong and drag cases out should be crimes with long prison sentences and huge fines, the lies these jokes for lawyers tell judges to tie their hands so they cannot render decisions in an adequate time is a huge part of the problem and a glaring reminder of the decades old misuse and abuse of the judiciary by lawyers, politicians ministers and insurance companies, doubt me, ask the judges and the Chief Justice about the nasty tactics of the 4th rate disgusting lawyers who work for CGI Insurance and others. .and how they abuse the court system.

    80% of your lawyers on the island are useless, unethical, dishonest, criminal and should be disbarred and imprisoned forthwith for a variety of crimes against the people and the judiciary, if you want to start fixing the judiciary, start doing something about your criminals with LLBs posing as lawyers.

    You have no grounds for slander against CCJ for telling the truth and cannot use it as a political red herring because you too are pretty useless and the electorate is well aware..

    Regards,

    Reality

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  17. Artaxerxes December 6, 2017 at 6:48 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn December 6, 2017 at 12:56 AM #

    “It is called hedging your bets by individual executive members. Mind you, I am sure that none of the councils of those unions have even met to consider Grenville’s ISO proposals.”

    Caswell Franklyn

    Judging from Grenville Phillips II’s response re: “nextparty246 November 30, 2017 at 2:15 AM #: We have DISCUSSED the ISO 9001 system with both CTUSAB and the NUPW who AGREE with it. The problem is with the CEOs and boards who refuse to grant the longsuffering employees and public relief.”

    …………………..it seems as though there were discussions between the hierarchy of CTUSAB, NUPW and Solutions Barbados.

    However, apparently Solutions Barbados did not INCLUDE, in these discussions, BWU and Unity Workers’ Union, which also represents public sector employees.

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  18. Bush Tea December 6, 2017 at 7:50 AM #

    @ GP
    ….YOU DONT REPLACE THE MAN WHO CREATED THE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN COPIED ELSEWHERE BY A MAD ASS WOMAN
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes you do!!

    If the original person was a miserable, complaining, self-righteous, ‘know-it-all’ shiitehound… who made everyone else’s lives miserable as shiite as a matter of course…
    ANY boss would FIRE his donkey…. regularly.

    Of course that does not apply in YOUR case – the sweet, gregarious, christian gentleman that you are, ….but scamps like Caswell and stinking Bushie…. They experience it ALL THE TIME…

    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  19. Bush Tea December 6, 2017 at 7:57 AM #

    @ ‘Its Slander’

    …80% of your lawyers on the island are useless, unethical, dishonest, criminal and should be disbarred and imprisoned forthwith for a variety of crimes against the people and the judiciary
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    More like 99.12643597%

    Name five(5) that are otherwise.
    It is the nature of the beast.

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  20. David December 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM #

    @Bush tea

    History is replete with examples of individuals who were academically brillant but lack the soft skills to win hearts and minds.

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  21. Georgie Porgie December 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME OBSERVING DUMMIES WITH the soft skills to win hearts and minds AKA ASS LICKERS–DO LOTS OF SHITE.

    I HAVE ALSO NOTICED MANY THAT ARE academically brillant BRING PROGRESSIVE AND USEFULL IDEAS TO THE TABLE REPEATEDLY I

    I HAVE ALSO NOTICED THAT THOSE WITH the soft skills to win hearts and minds AKA ASS LICKERS HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER ah lie?

    i have learned that it is best to stay in your corner and do nothing and say as little a possible…..so that you can survive

    who really needs the bull shit that comes back at you when you can sit back quietly and watch those with the soft skills to win hearts and minds fail, and do mirably

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  22. Bush Tea December 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    @ David
    The REALLY dangerous people on this earth are the academically brilliant…. especially those that ALSO have the skills to win hearts and minds….

    What the world REALLY needs is a VERY simple attribute that any brass bowl can perfect….
    It is called …LOVE.

    Every shiite would be different.

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  23. David December 6, 2017 at 9:23 AM #

    Agree with you Bush Tea, there is a fancy term for it, emotional intelligence.

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  24. Bush Tea December 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM #

    @ GP
    i have learned that it is best to stay in your corner and do nothing and say as little a possible…..so that you can survive
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    What a defeatist attitude from a mind of outstanding potential like GP.

    You need to recognise where your outstanding talents are, and to focus on those – RATHER than envy the shiite attributes of others.

    If you had been schooled at ‘another place’ you would have developed an altogether DIFFERENT approach….
    There is NO NEED to prove your academic genius in every possible area…
    There is NO NEED to be always the big star….

    You bring a level of up-front, no-nonsense, merit-based expectations that is as absent in Barbados as is Caswell’s uncanny commitment to fairness, justice and proper procedure.

    Barbados has NO HOPE without these kind of TALENTS and assets being deployed in the national interests…

    Why you persists in wasting your time competing with these shiitehound medical scam artists …and why Caswell persists with his little ‘Unity’ distraction …. when you BOTH have vital and CRITICAL roles to play in ANY hope of this shiite place making a turn around ….is perplexing to a bushman…

    GP, YOU are the ‘drill sergeant’ that Barbados NEEDS to polish the lotta brass bowls.

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  25. Georgie Porgie December 6, 2017 at 9:43 AM #

    it takes a lot of emotional intelligence and restraint to watch dummies with the skills to win hearts and minds…. do barE shite

    THAT IS THE CAUSE OF BARBADOS TODAY

    THE PREVALENCE OF INFERIOR SUPERIORS…..I.E DUMMIES IN HIGH OFFICE …..THEIR ONLY BECAUSE THY AR ASS LICKERS OR SOME BECAUSE THEY LAID DOWN SO THAT THY CAN GET UP

    GP HAS NEVER BEEN A DRILL SERGEANT
    GP USUALLY SITS QUIETLY AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM UNTIL ALL THE TWITS HAVE SPOKEN AND THEN DECIDES IF SHE WASTE HIS TIME AND BREATH TO SPEAK OR CAST HI PEARLS BEFORE THE SWINE

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  26. Artaxerxes December 6, 2017 at 10:18 AM #

    And it EQUALLY perplexing to me why a man, with a mind of SIMILAR outstanding potential like Bush Tea, who, as PROVEN by his PROFOUND contributions to many issues, (not the ones written in jest), also “brings a level of up-front, no-nonsense, merit-based expectations that is as absent in Barbados”…………

    ……… who should LIKEWISE realize that, with his talents and assets, he should assist Caswell, Jeff and GP in the national interests, because he ALSO has a “vital and CRITICAL role to play in ANY hope of this shiite place making a turnaround”…………

    ………….. rather than persisting in wasting his time cussing “brass bowls” like Artax.

    Like him or not, the Bushman MUST be given credit and respect when he DESERVES it. His “December 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM #” contribution is off the “top shelf” and is REMINISCENT of vintage Bush Tea, as opposed to the Bush Tea that writes shiite in jest.

    (Perhaps they are as MANY Bush Teas as they are ACs, and depending on which one gets to the computer first………..)

    Hahahahahahaha……
    Wuh loss!!!!

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  27. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service December 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM #

    We all no Mara is lying..

    “MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for St John, Mara Thompson, has refuted a report carried in the NATION on November 15 related to her stepping away from contesting the constituency again in the next general election.

    It was on Tuesday, November 14, minutes after the bell had rung signalling the start of the day’s sitting of the House of Assembly, that our reporter Gercine Carter was standing in Parliament Yard when Thompson arrived.

    As she alighted from her vehicle and made her way towards the entrance, Carter approached her and said: “Good morning, Mrs Thompson. Can I ask you a question?”
    She responded: “You want to know if I am running for St John? No, I am not running for St John.”
    Our reporter had not even asked the question before Thompson responded with the terse reply and hurriedly proceeded into the Parliament building.

    “I was therefore surprised to see Mrs Thompson’s reaction to my report, as carried in Barbados Today on December 4, describing my report as ‘nonsense’,” Carter said.
    Thompson was also quoted as saying: “What was put in the paper was definitely wrong.”
    Carter, however, noted that “in more than30 years as a journalist, I have always sought to be meticulous and accurate in my reporting”.

    EDITOR’S NOTE:
    Gercine Carter is a seasoned journalist and one who is very cautious about what she writes. Having questioned her on her return to the office about the facts surrounding Mrs Thompson’s comments, I had no doubt about the factual nature of her report.

    Furthermore, it comes across as more than unusual that there was no denial, no request for a correction and no rejection of what Carter wrote, the day after the article appeared or indeed up to the time of writing this response.
    We stand by her report.
    – ERIC SMITH,
    Editor-in-Chief

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  28. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service December 6, 2017 at 8:01 PM #

    We all KNOW Mara is lying..

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  29. Bush Tea December 6, 2017 at 8:55 PM #

    @ Artax
    Boss, tek it easy… Bushie is an old man.
    Wukking the whacker is hard work … you think it easy? Why don’t you try it for a week or so…
    …especially wukking with hard grass like nutgrass (Hal)
    and with marigold (stinking missy – ac).

    Yuh mean after a hard day wukking on specimens like these,
    you want Bushie to do more…?

    …when GP up there in Miami watching cricket on TV and mekking mock sport on BU?
    …and when Caswell only got bout 12 workers registered?
    ..and writing shaving cream in the trini paper every Sunday?

    You know that Bushie on a contract with BBE…?
    You want de bushman to serve God AND mammon…?

    Besides, Bushie aint no damn scholar.
    Let de old man enjoy heself on BU nuh!!!

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  30. Peter Webster December 11, 2017 at 10:38 PM #

    In 1965 Lee Kuan Yew the political leader of Singapore consulted his former LSE colleague Errol Barrow before declaring independence. Mr. Barrow advised him that the “army of occupation” would be a hindrance to development which had to be corrected. Lee Kuan Yew subsequently made the performance of the public sector in Singapore the foundation of the Singapore economic model. Incentives – rewards in the form of high salaries and bonuses for good performance and sanctions for poor performance!
    How did Mr. Barrow fix the problem he identified? That is a part of his legacy! Mr. Barrow tried to create organisations outside of the Bureaucracy which were supposed to function like the private sector. i.e. State owned Enterprises like the BADC and the BMC of which they are now 40! Unfortunately the mistake made was to make them report to a Minister through the Permanent Secretary. The result was that they are still within the bureaucracy and functioning or non performing like all the rest of the civil service and unaccountable to boot!
    For thirty years our Public Sector Reform Unit has tried introducing new systems and procedures with no success. What is needed is what Lee Kuan Yew did. Provide incentives in the form of better pay and bonuses for good performance supported by sanctions for poor performance. If this is implemented our civil servants will be incentivised to transform their performance!

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  31. Caswell Franklyn December 11, 2017 at 10:45 PM #

    Barrow could not fix the Public Service in the same way as Lee Kuan Yew because he needed an army of mendicants relying on his Democratic Labour Party to keep him in power.

    Sent from my iPad

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  32. Bush Tea December 12, 2017 at 12:02 AM #

    Caswell is right again.

    The flaw is in the SYSTEM. Politicians NEED to cater to the wishes of the people and can therefore only ‘lead’ by doing polls to find out what the people ‘want’ and then catering to that need…. That is not leadership, it is prostitution.

    ‘REAL REAL’ leaders are therefore not welcome in such a system…. shiite hounds are…
    Good leaders – even when they produce good results – are soon discarded when they fail to cater to the mendicancy of the brass bowls

    Wunna know how many Bajans take the attitude of ‘ I ain’t vex wid Stinkliar, i would do the SAME thing in his place…’???

    Unless we change the SYSTEM…… we are doomed to continued downgrades…to rock bottom.

    The change that is really needed is the institution of “transparent MERITOCRACY” as the national approach to all decision-making. But the brass bowls who would have to make such a decision would be defining themselves out of existence…. so forget THAT!!

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  33. David December 12, 2017 at 1:12 AM #

    The pubic service is responsible for a significant slice of the government’s budget, it stands to simple reason a performance based system should be mandatory to ensure bang for buck. The casual approach to managing productivity in the country continues to be a hindrance to sustaining competitiveness- under both political parties.

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  34. Bush Tea December 12, 2017 at 7:23 AM #

    @ David
    The pubic service is responsible for a significant slice of the government’s budget, it stands to simple reason a performance based system should be mandatory to ensure bang for buck.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Unlike his disdain for Bushie, Enuff has loads of respect for you…so..
    See if you can get him to at LEAST read your above statement….

    Then explain to him that this is what ISO is…..

    #Enuffistoomuch

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  35. charles skeete December 13, 2017 at 11:41 AM #

    “What is needed is what Lee Kuan Yew did. Provide incentives in the form of better pay and bonuses for good performance supported by sanctions for poor performance. If this is implemented our civil servants will be incentivised to transform their performance!”

    Mr Barrow did the opposite. Rather than provide incentives for good work based on merit ; he increased pay based on qualifications and this in turn reduced productivity for all during working hours throughout every department there was a proliferation of public officers some with books under the desk using Government time to study in the hope of meeting this requirement.

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