The Grenville Phillips Column – South Coast Sewage Solution

It has been reported that the sewage problem in Worthing is beyond the technical capabilities of the Barbados Water Authority.  The evidence suggests that that may be so.  However, it is not beyond the technical capability of Barbados. The reason why the problem is allowed to exist is essentially a management problem, and therein lies the solution.

Seeking outside assistance is the responsible thing to do, but only after properly managing the local expertise on this matter.  The problem is not a lack of technical knowledge.  But rather, the management of this knowledge.  Let me explain.

The Auditor General regularly complains about the poor management of statutory corporations, especially in their continual failure to provide audited accounts.  Can members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados complete the accounts?  Of course they can.  The main problem is that Barbados’ resources are being poorly managed.  Is the solution to deem all local accountants not sufficiently competent and invite accounting companies from the US and China to perform the audits?  Of course not.

The Caribbean Court of Justice regularly complains about the poor management of Barbados’ court system.  Can members of the Bar Association and management consultants improve the system?  Of course they can.  But our national resources are being very poorly managed.  How would members of the local Bar Association feel if the Government invited lawyers from the US and China to displace them, and show them how it should be done?

The sewage in the streets of Worthing is evidence enough of bad management.  Can Environmental Engineers in the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers solve this problem?  Of course they can, but our national resources are being very poorly managed.  The management of our public services is so far beyond redemption that not even raw sewage regularly flowing along the streets of Worthing, for over one year, can get them to improve.

In order to provide quick relief, we offered to train all Board members and Chief Executive Officers of our statutory corporations in the customer-focused ISO 9001 quality management system.  We promised them that after 2 hours of free training, they would have both the knowledge and confidence to implement the system in their organisation the following day.

Their sacrifice of 2 hours being trained was to provide almost immediate relief to their frustrated employees and the long-suffering public.  To their utter shame, not one board member or CEO attended.  Therefore, relief from sub-standard public services must be tolerated a bit more until a Solutions Barbados administration.

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

252 comments

  • That poison pen fake a,ss letter to trip advisor was not written by a Tourist , That letter has the wording of bajanism fowl shit content written all over it fueled by political mischief

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  • WW has your in depth investigation been able to determine if it is tourist shit or just the garden variety local stuff.

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  • Artax Both BLP & DLP administrations have to accept responsibility for not providing adequate maintenance of the plant

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    Why dont you read and listen to what the expert are saying, The govt have funneled thousands of dollars trying to fix and repair the deluge of internal and external problems which has plagued the pit toilet over the years.
    More than maintenance one must also take a careful look at the surrounding environment upon which the toilet was built and its impact and explosive effect which can prevent the effectiveness in resolving maintenance issues
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  • It does not matter, there is shit on the ground. Your clumsy tactic to try to inject a diversionary argument confirms your yardfowl status.Deal with the shit!

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  • It will be an election issue. What we know for sure is that the DLP cannot call a general election until they stop the shit.

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  • There is an expression I first heard when I went to Canada one time and is used to describe someone finding themselves overwhelmed by circumstances over which they have no control or caught in a predicament with no clear or easy way out. The expression is: “Don’t know whether to sh!t or go blind.” E.g., Joe had recently received a written warning that his habit of sleeping on the job would result in immediate dismissal if he was caught at it again. So after the lunch break when Gerry the manager found him sleeping behind some boxes in the store room and had to shake him awake, Joe realized he had been caught red handed and really didn’t know whether to sh!t or go blind.

    I would say that this current bumbling, fumbling government of ineptitude is clearly at the point that it doesn’t know whether to sh!t or go blind. If it decides to take a collective shi!t, pray to God it is not in any facilities connected to the South Coast sewage system.

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  • @ Artax
    Yuh mean after “laying low” for a few days, yuh come back “lying high?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Classic!
    Take 9.55 out of 10.

    Mek dat 10….
    The decimal was just to confuse the Idiot with fine ants….

    BTW @ David
    Talking about laying low…
    it looks like you hurt Vincent pretty badly – if yuh ain’t kill ‘e….

    Cuh Dear…. ask he to come back to BU nuh…
    Bushie missing him worse than Old Onions….

    …although probably not as much as John miss having his donkey wiped…..
    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David December 12, 2017 at 6:35 AM #
    “It will be an election issue. What we know for sure is that the DLP cannot call a general election until they stop the shit.”

    Karma can be a bitch even if a ‘shitty’ one.

    Neither can this DLP administration go to the IMF before an election.

    It is really caught between a pit toilet and a cesspool.

    This DLP administration has been playing a game of Russian roulette with the physical and economic health of the nation for a while.

    That is what you deserve when you seek to govern by deceit, lies and propaganda.

    But as with their volte-face position on Privatization, the Truth will out regarding the self-made ecological and environmental time-bombs waiting to explode.

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  • “More than maintenance one must also take a careful look at the surrounding environment upon which the toilet was built and its impact and explosive effect which can prevent the effectiveness in resolving maintenance issues.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    It’s good to see that you’re now being honest enough to admit the DLP made a wrong decision in choosing the site “upon which the toilet was built” and preparing the EIA.

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    Barbadians environmental scientist Dr. Hugh Sealy, who was the project director at the Sewerage and Solid Waste Project Unit from 1994 to 1997……… and is now a Professor at Grenada’s St. George University, has also expressed concerns about sewage flowing in the streets.

    “If you have raw sewage discharged through manholes in the street…….. that is a public health issue that has to be dealt with. You are going to have pathogens in that water.”

    Sealy also said: “You have cars passing through that water spraying that water up into the air . . . It is not a healthy situation and the Government should be treating it as a public health emergency.”

    I have read comments on Tripadvisor in which tourists that stayed at St. Vincent’s Cobblestone Inn complained about the noise from vehicles because the hotel is close to the road.

    Sewage flowing in the streets is definitely something for tourists to complain about, and only a political yard-fowl would want to suggest its “political mischief.”

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Bush Tea December 12, 2017 at 7:32 AM
    “Talking about laying low…
    it looks like you hurt Vincent pretty badly – if yuh ain’t kill ‘e….
    Cuh Dear…. ask he to come back to BU nuh…
    Bushie missing him worse than Old Onions….”

    You, Bushie, treat Vincent like your whipping boy and now begging him to come back to BU.

    He will return when you apologize for calling him a brass-bowl while looking into the mirror.

    Poor ‘Haynesy’ must be mourning the loss of one of his school mates, Gene Fowler.

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  • I know the blp yardfowls are hoping that damage from this mischievous letter would contribute to the demise of the present govt.But if i were them i would not put much hopefulness in that letter because tourist who have travelled world wide have encountered much worse in foreign countries
    The fact being that such an attempt by a local demented soul to destroy the Tourist industry should be condemed

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  • Let us clean the shit!

    Even DLP Patricia Inniss agrees this is not about blaming at this time.

    Clean the shit up!

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  • Yes the manholes have back up. I know also that you have read that equipment needed was not compatible initially to resolving earlier problems
    I know that you also have read that new equipment which was ordered is going to take two months longer .
    I know you might have read that technical support is on the way to help resolve the issues
    Expecting that an issues of this magnitude is going to be resolve overnight is fueled by political grandstanding and wishful thinking
    The long and short of the story goes back to a myriad of technical issues done during the building of the plant which now has come to light.
    What do you think is the purpose of having to bring in techical experts ?
    The lay out and plans of the pit toilet would be first priorty in helping to resolve and most likely give temporary remedy to the area
    But i would bet that any expert would give a final analysis of replacement.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ac December 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM
    “I know you might have read that technical support is on the way to help resolve the issues
    Expecting that an issues of this magnitude is going to be resolve overnight is fueled by political grandstanding and wishful thinking..”

    Why are you continuing to play the blame game in your own self-designed pit toilet?

    Didn’t the ministers turn this ‘technical problem’ into a political football of a fiasco by swimming in jobby trying to convince the public that there were No major issues out of the control of their incompetent team of deceitful liars and propagandists?

    The technocrats were well aware of the sewage problems long time ago but their low-life political masters behaving like flies around a overfilled pit toilet decided not to come clean and went on an ostrich-like journey of cover-up and obfuscation; preferring to build a monument to the god of shite and corruption on the Garrison.

    You SOBs have caused the economic downgrading of Barbados to an unprecedented low(e) level.

    Now you are doing a similarly fantastic job of reversing the public health gains made over the last 80 years back to a state of a pit toilet with you as the chief rose tree trimmer.

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  • As i said and will continue to say the blp likes to fly above radar when it comes to problematic issues connected to any of their involvement during their 14 year tenure
    The Barrack and Alexander issues are two great examples that were left behind and handed to present govt to resolve while having the impact of divisiveness and political operatives and yardfowls as daily contributors
    Similar actions and attitudes with an impluse to overlook are now implemented as a means for good measure foisted on political mischief by trigger happy blp yardfowls
    Where in all of this problem as suggested by blp ministers one that calls for immediate action in avoidence of grave health consequences
    Where are those voices of resolution coming from the opposition! One would belive in good conscience and a need for civil discourse and love of country and countrymen the opposition would be on board if only for that of having a voice of reason one that reflects an overview of country first.

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  • @ ac December 12, 2017 at 9:32 AM
    “Where are those voices of resolution coming from the opposition! One would belive in good conscience and a need for civil discourse and love of country and countrymen the opposition would be on board if only for that of having a voice of reason one that reflects an overview of country first.”

    So you want to solicit (in pitiful desperation) the help of the Opposition in helping you out of the current shitty situation?

    Is this the same dangerous lying party forming the current administration which refused to entertain Mottley’s proposal of convening an action team of 20 ‘Eminent Persons’ to deal with the national problems which the existing members making up the Cabinet have been unable to handle?

    Why did you turn down OSA’s altruistic offer to help you manage the economy?

    Your Stinkliar cussed all those (both local and foreign) who had the guts to proffer warnings about the wrong road he was taking economy down.

    Now that you are in deep shit you are asking for a lifeline to save your wicked soul?

    There is only one thing left for you to hold and that is a bell of the election brand.
    You need to ring it in the interest of the salvation of the country now up shite street without a chamber pot.

    You current lot have turned George Street into a cesspool now you are turning poor Barbados into a low-life pit toilet with the blow flies of loan sharks about to descend.

    To repeat the unforgettable words of Donvillle the King of Porn:
    ‘We ain’t want to hear nothing from wunna.
    Wha ever ya got to offer as advice keep to it to wunna self.
    Um is we time now and we gine do tings we way.
    So Bug off, you Bees!’

    So the Bees have now transformed into the pit toilet flies which will soon be infesting the food selling outlets on the South coast because where the is shit there will be flies of the ac and Fractured BLP variety.

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  • Another twisted version flying out of your mouth miller.The truth being that the opposition has never offered any real measures conducive to helping the overall economic
    One thing that is factual and for certain is that the country has heard coming from the opposition is long talk and nuff crticism
    Therefore one would be surprised if in the current curcumstance a voice of reason would be heard coming from the opposition outside having a voice of a call for election bell ring.

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  • @ ac December 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM #
    “Another twisted version flying out of your mouth miller.The truth being that the opposition has never offered any real measures conducive to helping the overall economic….”

    You are Lying again, ac!

    Didn’t your deceitful lying party steal the Privatization programme from the OSA 2013 election platform?

    Now deny that and see if your pit toilet doesn’t flare up again and result in the British Foreign Office issuing travel precautionary measures to Barbados which would be upgraded to a full travel ban because of the extremely high risks posed to British travellers?

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  • ac December 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

    “I know you might have read that technical support is on the way to help resolve the issues. Expecting that an issue of this magnitude is going to be resolve overnight is fueled by political grandstanding and wishful thinking…”
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    The only one who is politicizing this issue and “politically grandstanding” is you……… continuing with your political rhetoric on a matter of which you do not have the requisite qualifications and training.

    Dr. Hugh Sealy, who was the former director of the project said:

    “I read in today’s paper that they have called in a technical specialist to help them bypass the problematic section of the sewerage system. I’m thinking this is craziness because you have got your own engineers there and we should have been planning contingencies like this over the last 15 years.”

    “To bring in a technical specialist to tell you how to bypass part of your sewerage system is to me worrisome.”

    If you were to read Dr. Sealy’s comments, part of the issue with the plant is the lack of proper maintenance.

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  • ac December 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

    “The long and short of the story goes back to a myriad of technical issues done during the building of the plant which now has come to light. What do you think is the purpose of having to bring in technical experts? The lay out and plans of the pit toilet would be first priority in helping to resolve and most likely give temporary remedy to the area. But I would bet that any expert would give a final analysis of replacement.
    ++++++++++++++

    Once again the political yard-fowl has exposed that she is not qualified to speak on matters pertaining to the sewerage plant, and her perspective on the issue is based primarily on political rhetoric in an attempt to absolve this inept DLP administration of any blame………… as directed by her DLP pay-masters.

    Dr. Hugh Sealy said: “The sewerage system is called a sanitary sewer rather than a combined sewer…… It is only designed to take sewage, not storm water. So the MANHOLES are supposed to be WATER-TIGHT and no rain water is supposed to be getting into the sewerage system.”

    “I think also on top on that there may be some cases where, in some sections of the sewer, there is a blockage; either the pipe has collapsed or something is blocking the pipe.”

    Any fool (except ac, of course) would reasonably conclude that the plant has maintenance issues.

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  • Dr. Hugh Sealy is “a professional engineer and an environmental scientist. He has managed development projects, particularly in relation to energy, integrated solid waste management, water supply, wastewater treatment and conducted numerous EIAs and environmental studies throughout the Caribbean region.”

    Clearly he is an expert in this field.

    He is living next door in Grenada.

    Why did this inept DLP administration not think about soliciting his expertise?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lawson…have you ever smelled the areas down by Sandy Lane and Divi Hotel down Sunset Crest…lordee….and that is before they remove the waste..

    So have you ever smelled it when the waste truck is removing all that solid waste from the hotels…lordee…that is tourist shit for sure. .make sure you are never in that area.

    I never checked it out, but I dont think they even have staycations…so it is definitely not local stench.

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  • One should be cautious of any thing that is written in the Nation since the nation has a need to be goaded by political lenses and has proven as of recent that their reporting on certain matters cannot be trusted

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    ac the dumb yardfowl…..there IS shit in the streets.

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  • Bushie. I promise myself not respond to shifty characters with two mouths. I am not afraid of intimidatory language from you or closet yardfowls
    You are smart enough to know that a serious situation like what’s happening on the South Coast cannot be solve with a 2-hour classroom training in relation to ISO-9001. This is an emergency that needs to be tackle by knowledgeable professional to see where the blockage(s) are located. We are looking at a combusionary situation of pure shit escaping if suddenly released that will bring solids unto the surface. This is a commonsense thing if shit that is on its way to the plant and a blockage occur, business hook up to the system will increase the blockage and the sewage plus household and rain water will look for an escape route – that’s why the effluent is escaping through these manholes. BTW. It is a fact that only sewage coming from the western side (Bay Street to Worthing) is being compromised.
    Bushie, this should not be a political arena to place blame, this is where everyone should come together to tackle this national problem. For your information, I have upgraded to a bulldozer instead of a whacker. I have no time to practice yardfowlism.

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  • The amount of shiite that keeps flowing from that yard-fowl into this forum on a daily basis…………

    ………….. ac = south coast sewage project.

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  • However i would prefer to listen to the relevant authorities who have a close and upfront day to day contact as to what are the problems at the plant and as to why they are taking several necessary precautions.

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  • Let's Not Remember the FAILED DLP

    ac

    Can you comment in the problem with the wrong pumps being ordered? Please tell me how it is BWA technical staff recommended buying 4 no. replacement pumps (same brand and model) as originally designed for the SCT plant but Barbados Tourism Inc and Minister Sealy decided to buy 4 no. completely different pumps?

    You know that after millions spent on 4 new pumps, only two have been installed and the other two have not been installed because BWA now recognises that the ones ordered are WRONG WRONG WRONG

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  • What has also been clear is after govt walk through of the affected area .The residents of that area seems satisfied with govt explanations
    However what is also clear is that the blp yardfowls that frequent Bu only interest is that of scoring cheap political points

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Dumb as rocks..

    Talking about some fake letter…but the shit flowing on the streets IS REAL SHIT….idiot.

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  • What really ticks me off is I rented 3 condos on the south coast for later in the winter and not one of the owners mentioned an issue, you would think they would at least mention then downplay it but no I guess the plan is to denying they heard about it or hope it is fixed. This is what piss’s tourists off being treated as suckers not by dlp or blp but hotel and apt owners

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  • lawson ya beginning to sound like HA. You didn’t know for months now there had been issues? You expekking the owners are going to be warning you?

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  • Why do you try to mislead this forum by constantly contributing lies?

    When did the “government walked through the affected area?”

    If “the residents of that area seemed satisfied with govt explanations,” why are they STILL COMPLAINING and saying the “sewage nightmare” has become worse?

    Rather than fix the sewage problem when it first surfaced, Richard Sealy down-played the issue by swimming in Worthing’s beach.

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  • @Lets us not remember

    I would suggest that if you have factual information as to your concern forward your concern to the govt official in charge of dealing with such issues
    On the othet hand if your information was sourced or given by person /s directly in contact with the problem then in all due respect you should ask them for an answer

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  • Compliments of ac on this thread alone
    ‘What has also been clear’…’what is also clear’….’The truth being’….’One thing that is factual’…’The fact being’…..’Facts are facts’
    Armed with this clarity, truth and facts…..just fix de effing issue.
    #UpDeTing #RingDeBell

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  • Artax as an individual so deep in the corrupt bowels of the opposition i would not expect you to appreciate any kind of positive news be it small or large that lends itself to the issue.

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  • observer I found out in your paper after I came back in aug, three of my kids had gotten something in the gap from the standing water that was there for days and you could not avoid walking through it, so something seemed different in the area . I feel even sorrier now for the guy net fishing in the water at the old police station pulling out 7 pounders to eat .. But this really isnt about me I would have booked anyway because I am far enough away from worthing and can drive to restaurants but it is about the people who are not aware and rent in the area affected

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  • The letter on trip advisor contents were a mischievous and blantant attempt to destry the blood line of barbados economy. Howeve the letter rivals in similarity to the photo of a house which was plastered all over social media and deemed to be owned by Sinckler
    It is hard not to recognze the desperation of the political Johnny having contents laden with angst and sh.it not seeping from that letter

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  • Let us say you are correct, now go and clean the shit!

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  • David let me start with you.Now is a good time to change your diaper

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    After all of that….the streets are still shit strewn.

    I refused to drive up the south coast, dont want shit on my tires.

    ..dont want shit on my shoes.

    Dont want to smell shit.

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  • You may have the last word.

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  • @ David,

    Do you remember when I wrote ” Barbados is a nasty stinking place ” because of the garbage on the streets and the pissy smells in Bridgetown ?

    Now I will rephrase.

    Barbados is a nasty stinking SHITTY place.

    CLEAN IT TO WRASSE WHOLE UP!!!!!

    There are times when you have to shout.

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  • @ ac

    What proof do you have to substantiate your accusation that I’m an “individual so deep in the corrupt bowels of the opposition?”

    I hope you’re cognizant of the fact that members the DLP have also proven to be corrupt as well.

    After all……….. how you describe the actions of a minister that outsource repairs from a statutory corporation under his “jurisdiction,” to a company and is subsequently seen driving a vehicle owned by that company, under the guise he leased it?

    CORRUPTION!!!!!!

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  • @Hants

    You, Miller and a few others have been begging for the place to be powerwashed for years, we dont need a tourist or whoever to write a note. Drive around Barbados today and observe weeks of garbage in some hoods to be collected.

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  • The BLP will surely tell Barbados how they will deal with the garbage and sewerage problems when the are elected.

    We probably have to wait for elections to be called to hear from the BLP.

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  • Bro Artax your best bet would not to draw the corruption card if i were you! as of now the leader of the opposition which you dutifully swears allegiance has scurrilous allegations lodged against her in the courts some of which can be associated to corruption and wrong doings.
    If i were you i would stick to the issue at hand and not be a bon a fide defensive lap dog for the b lp

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  • Btw David does it not bother u that an unkniwn source would dip into poison pen language to sabatoge the economy . Doesnt that type of fowl sh.it even bothers you a bit

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  • ac December 12, 2017 at 4:26 PM #

    “Bro Artax your best bet would not to draw the corruption card if I were you! as of now the leader of the opposition which you dutifully swear allegiance…”
    ++++++++++

    @ ac

    Once again I’m going to ask you to please present to BU any proof you have to substantiate your accusation that I “swore allegiance to the opposition.”

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  • bro i do not have to prevent proof of any kind in reference to what i belive to be a truth of association and allegiance to the blp
    Your demonstrative actions by words on Bu is sufficient proof ,

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  • Are you implying your proof is based on the fact that I’m critical of this inept DLP administration, I have always been SUCCESSFUL in PROVING you’re a DLP yard-fowl liar and could counter your contributions?

    Well…….if that’s the case………….. then you’ll HAVE TO ASSUME 98% of the contributors to BU……… and by extension, the ever increasing number of Barbadians that are fed-up of this inept DLP administration and the nuisance of a prime minister, Freundel Stuart……….

    …………..are supporters of the BLP.

    Thank you for NOT associating me with your low life, corrupt DLP brass bowls and the thief Michael Carrington.

    I also thank you for acknowledging that I would NEVER be associated with an administration that would confer a national award on a minister for DOING HIS JOB on a project that was, for all intents and purposes…….. a failure.

    Imagine, giving Stephen Lashley a Gold Crown of Merit for “organizing” CARIFESTA, which had to reduce its entrance fees and subsequently making all the performances FREE………….. in an attempt to solicit patronage.

    Barbados has become the “laughing stock” of the Caribbean under this inept DLP administration.

    This is the legacy shameless Freundel Stuart created for himself as Prime Minister of Barbados. In other progressive countries he would be incarcerated for his actions.

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  • @ NorthernObserver

    I’m not attempting to defend the BLP…….. my aim is to expose ac for the liar and fraud she is, as she tries to defend this inept DLP administration.

    The resident yard-fowl wrote I am “telling half truths…….. the planning process began and ended with the BLP.”

    She also wrote: “Facts are facts lets deal with the initial process and procedure as to how and where the project first started and those who approved the plans.”

    How can I be accused of “telling half truths,” when I presented the evidence, this forum, which clearly proves the then Erskine Sandiford led DLP administration conceptualize the south coast sewage project.

    I once again post the information for your perusal.

    http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=37031726

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