The Grenville Phillips Column – Put Up or Shut Up

Grenville Phillips II, Leader of Solutions Barbados

This is the most crucially important general election that we have ever had since our independence.  We are so much in debt that we are facing economic ruin.  If any successful political party fails to significantly improve the economy within their first year in Government, the majority of Barbadians will suffer unimaginable harm.  We are realistically looking at most of the middle-class being reduced to poverty within the next 3 years.

With so much to lose in this general election, voters need to examine each Party’s economic plans.  However, that is clearly asking too much of voters who have more immediate concerns.  In recognition of this, the US has a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that examines political plans and determines their effect on the economy.

For this critical general election, Barbados desperately needs a set of non-partisan accountants and economists who are willing to put aside their political biases, and honestly examine the effects of each Party’s plans on the national economy and society.  I am calling on the Barbados Economic Society and the Institute of Charter Accountants of Barbados to form a joint committee to do just that – for all of our sakes.

The criteria for membership of this committee should be agreed with all political parties.  The joint committee should critically examine each assumption used in each Party’s economic plans, because we cannot afford to get it wrong this time.  It is in all of our interests to know whether a Party’s plans are likely to work, and any deficiencies in a Party’s plans that need to be corrected before they are implemented on the public.

While this can serve to protect the public in some way, it is not fool proof.  Despite all political parties knowing full well that there is no more money left to pay for reckless political promises as in the past, some Parties will continue to make them, because that is the only way they know of getting elected – but this time, they know that they will be blatantly lying to the public.

Since we have run out of time for any more political games, Barbados needs a guarantee that we can return a political product if it is found to be defective.  One such method is to allow voters to recall all members of Cabinet after their first year in office, if their economic plans fails to meet the measureable improvements promised.  With this method, politicians are less likely to make reckless promises and are more likely to keep responsible ones.  It is much better to hold by-elections in those constituencies than to put Barbadians through any more unnecessary suffering.

Solutions Barbados is the only party offering to do what the other parties have not done, namely, properly manage public services, reduce our national debt, allow public workers to be promoted on merit alone, and root out corruption.  Our plans have been published for the past 2.5 years for rigorous public scrutiny, and we welcome having them scored by any non-partisan group.  It is now time for every political party contesting this important election to either ‘put up or shut up’, because we simply cannot afford anymore broken political promises.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and the founder of Solutions Barbados.  He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

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  • New slogan for your advertisements.

    Solutions Barbados…. the only party …… ( fill in the blanks )

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  • None of the trivia being espoused by neither party has any potential, at all, to ameliorate the socio-economic conditions in Barbados.

    So what this here scribe is saying are no less than the wonderings of a snake oil salesman

    The truth has always been and shall be that things will get far worse and those conditions will continue to deteriorate for the foreseeable future.

    When Bajans come to this realization the first thing they should do is to deal with extreme prejudice with the soothsayers who continue, in spite of the lack of traction, to seek to impose themselves on the people without presenting any incontrovertible evidence that their ‘bits and pieces’ for economic policies are workable.

    Because the duopoly has failed does not automatically translate into support for either of the obscure pressure groups presenting as political parties.

    Neither one of these ‘third parties’ can even muster 3000 people in the streets for a sustained period of time.

    We will not be at all surprised of the coming elections provide evidence that collectively they muster less than 1% of the total votes, all three of them.

    Or measured another way all their candidates will loose their deposits.

    Bajans may be mad, and foolish. But lord!

    And without being able to bring the system to a stand still any other measurement of political potential is at best somebody’s wet dream.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Powers to the people to recall any incompetent government……fine, commendable.

    It appears you will only root out corruption in your government if elected, if there will be corruption in your government when you are elected….a freaking nonstarter…

    Make an example of the ones currently in government as soon as they are kicked out….send a message to politicians, ministers, lawyers, business people, to everyone…corruption cannot be allowed to continue and will no longer be enabled, more than enough damage has already been done.

    The people want to hear that you will investigate, arrest and lock up those in Fruendel’s government and his gang, their corrupt friends and their criminal organizations and in the private sector… AS SOON AS YOU ARE ELECTED for all the crimes they committed against the island and people in the last 10 years….

    ….,.the corruption is still ongoing and has been for over 30 years…the auditor general’s report is not lying.

    They ALL have to be held accountable for what they have done….otherwise YOUR promises mean nothing.

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  • Is reform of the system made possible by the seasoned actors who perform within it or made more possible by new actors.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Pacha…they are not aggressive enough…they all sound like they dont want to hurt their friends or families in parliament feelings, or they dont want to frighten the criminal minorities in the business community or they dont want to offend their criminal friends in the insurance companies…

    None of them have any backbone and so far they are all full of shit….and the electorate can see through all of it….if none of them grow a pair of balls and come clean, they should all lose their deposits.

    If they want advice on how to be agressive and show balls and backbone to impress the electorate, they should call up Gordon Browne in Antigua or the dude in the Bahamas…they do not play with corrupt ministers, politicians or business people…they lock them to hell up or fire them.

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  • David
    These actors are not new, they are only cast in different roles! Solutions is proposing a lotta RH and many of us know this to be true but are pretending or being stubborn simply to prove a point out of shame and long-standing hatred for personalities/parties. Recalling a Cabinet makes absolutely no sense–people vote for MPs not Cabinet ministers. Who would “recall” Boyce, Jepter and Irene? 😂😂 This constant harping about their economic plan is also comic relief. If you’re still failing to gain any traction after publishing your economic plan for 2.5 years, then you have a problem. Furthermore, UPP has released one and other parties will do so shortly. What then will be your argument–we published first?🤣🤣

    I have noticed a trend in Solutions’ approach to the Public Sector and private business. It seems every ill is a consequence of the failure of the public sector and government. As important as Phillips’ claim ISO is to efficiency and productivity, I have seen no suggestion that it’s adoption would be made mandatory for all businesses seeking government contracts. I do however see a wash pan of reduced taxes for businesses. New actors you say?

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  • Nothing new here. I maintain…not one damn seat for this nuisance group led by a youngster with his head in the clouds.

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  • @enuff

    New because they have not presented themselves to the public before now. Shouldn’t potential MPs have a demonstrated track record of public service?

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  • But “public service” is so narrowly defined.

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  • David

    The real reform is to maintain power in the hands of the people

    For at least 4 years nobody in Barbados wanted these miscreants

    Just like the last set of dictators

    But there is no way to get the rid of them without the involvement of the same politicians

    Appealing to satan about the devil

    A year from now we will be in the same position

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    That is what is eluding the new political parties, vision, and the electorate’s ability to see what will unfold ahead.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/17/private-sector-not-on-board-with-strike/

    As suspected, at the first sign of a threat to their pockets, the private sector stabs the unions in the back and are suddenly BFF and in solidarity with government again, they are only in solidarity with unions and workers when it benefits them and no one else..

    ….. hope the union leaders realize that they are only seen as pawns to be used by employers, so stop pandering to and colluding with them against workers….

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  • What are you proposing Pacha? It is difficult to discern given your amorphous language. The change must be initiated by the incumbent except you hint of riots in the street?

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  • “New because they have not presented themselves to the public before now. Shouldn’t potential MPs have a demonstrated track record of public service?”
    ++++++++++++

    Interesting comment….. and it reminds me of my concerns with Solutions Barbados.

    If you believe potential MPs should “have a demonstrated track record of public service,” can you identify the track record of SB’s potential MPs, when all we know about them, according to Grenville Phillips II, is they are successful business men and women with “x” amount of years experience. And interestingly, the ONLY candidate with an extensive profile is Grenville Phillips II.

    To be more effective, Grenville Phillips II should have selected members of his team to “shadow” ministries and use SB’s column and the media, to give their perspective on various issues affecting Barbados. This would give the electorate a chance to become familiar with and scrutinize/evaluate each candidate. (I have not seen SB’s candidate for my constituency………….and elections are a few months away).

    How is this possible when Grenville Phillips II continues to be the “face and voice” of Solutions Barbados. He alone speaks on issues relating to the economy, tourism, health, education, foreign affairs, home affairs, sports, culture, etc.

    Let me give BU an example. SB’s candidate for St. Andrew is Cherie Pounder, whose career is listed as a water resources scientist. The south coast sewage problems presented SB and Cherrie with the perfect opportunity to address these issues and matters relating to the BWA.

    Grenville Phillips II should have held a press conference where he and Cherie could discuss the problems with the south coast sewage “debacle” and articulate solutions. They could also include pharmacist Paul Gibson to give a professional opinion on the diseases that may be contracted as a result of people coming into direct contact with the sewage.

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  • Agree to some degree Artax but there is the other view that says ‘I will carry the team using my brand to create a coattail’. This is an approach used by businesses with limited brand awareness.

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  • @David

    Grenville has no brand!!!

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  • @enuff

    His brand is greater those those he leads.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David Mr Blogmaster, you accept only ‘to some degree’…on the basis of coattails appeal and brand appeal! How so?

    If Phillips had the public pomp of past Bajan maguffies then I could accept your position but he does not.

    Neither does he have the nimblelness of political savvy to reposition himself in the face of an initial uninspiring thrust. @Artax is absolutely correct with his highlights particularly re the Pounder person.

    As blogger @Enuff also noted above that if after almost three years people are still disparaging your economic plan as simplistic and you are unable to redirect that narrative by either 1)updating and expanding with greater detail and 2) bringing on board seasoned economic policy strategists who support the plan then how can we really see Phillips as having strong coattails!!

    The Nation is in the grips of the worst political dissatisfaction since the Sandiford regime…in fact it’s not hyperbole to say that we are in a wave of crashing violence, disillusionment and mounting anger comparable to some of the darkest periods of our island’s long history….

    And today we still palaver abour a political leader playing branding games and apparently protecting his candidates from retribution attacks on their livelihood… are they really ready!

    Even as once again the NUPW supposedly calls for a shutdown of protest from its wide membership

    … yet traction remains so weak for these political aspirants….

    if not in this climate then clearly these political players will never have the coattails or brand appeal to inspire election success…that’s unfortunate.

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  • Great….. another go slow coming to the airport, if thats possible lets piss off another bunch of customers, its not bad enough some have to eat and sleep in the crappy south coast but lets make it worse. Cant wait till the off season to hammer this out…nope…lets phuck up someones trip…brilliant. When trump was talking about shitholes I certainly didnt think it was a country that is always punching above its fate

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  • @dee Word

    The point is that he has more brand (awareness) than those he leads.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Artax January 18, 2018 at 6:45 AM
    “Let me give BU an example. SB’s candidate for St. Andrew is Cherie Pounder, whose career is listed as a water resources scientist. The south coast sewage problems presented SB and Cherrie with the perfect opportunity to address these issues and matters relating to the BWA.”

    But Artax, wouldn’t such a politically proactive and astute move be counter to SB’s sole objective of stopping the return of the BLP under MAM?

    Such direct criticism of the DLP stewardship would not only make SB look ‘openly’ anti-DLP but would be also a political feather in Mia’s electoral cap since they (SB and BLP) will have to sing from the same hymn sheet.

    SB fully well know that their chances of ever winning the reins of government this time around is almost zilch. The goal in this race is to be spoiler, just like the UPP, to reduce the chances of the BLP attracting the votes of those totally pissed off with the present DLP administration.

    Grenville (Big Town dreamer) would have done better for himself politically by joining his dead school friend’s party and try to accomplish his dead friend’s 2008 pipedream and live by the now discredited motto of: “I never lie, cheat or steal”: (except to the electorate and from the CLICO policyholders).

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  • @Miller

    The cry from the BU halls in the last 10 years has been to encourage citizens to step forward, when Grenville and others step from their comfortable middle class background this is what you toss at them?

    #shame!

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  • Miller

    We humbly disagree with your last post

    We genuinely hold the view that a ‘third way’ could be fashioned in local politics. We have to find a way to destroy this duopoly

    And yes, it is made virtually impossible because the duopoly makes sure that every Bajan is born either B or D.

    And being B or D, third parties have no genuine commitment to duopoly destruction.

    But we have been here before. There was a time when we had a ‘conservation party’ competing with the BLP and other minor formations as well.

    So there can be evolution within the system. Let that evolution lead to the end of both. Not power to any third formation in the manner as happened previously.

    This is the only viable gospel of any third party.

    We have had duopoly long enough, not only in Barbados but almost everywhere else, to know its hard limitations. And we must find a way out before it kills all human civilization.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Nextparty 1234 etc:
    “Solutions Barbados is the only party offering to do what the other parties have not done, namely, properly manage public services, reduce our national debt, allow public workers to be promoted on merit alone, and root out corruption. Our plans have been published for the past 2.5 years for rigorous public scrutiny, and we welcome having them scored by any non-partisan group. It is now time for every political party contesting this important election to either ‘put up or shut up’, because we simply cannot afford anymore broken political promises.”

    This pledge of perfection sounds too reminiscently familiar as if not having heard a similar tune from the songbook of a previous political pied piper.

    Didn’t the dead king David sing a similar sounding song from his 2008 version of the book of political lies, pipe dreams and ruses?

    Didn’t the dead DLP pied piper promise heaven on earth from the drastic lowering of the cost of living to duty-free cars for civil servants to a reformed governance system working in the interest of then BLP ignored to economically enfranchise the dispossessed black masses entitling the then BLP-oppressed small black business persons to 40 % of all government supply contracts as the crowning act of black empowerment?

    “Since then, several organizations and national leaders have made significant contributions to this odyssey. A few have left proud legacies. Others have tried to stop the movement for liberation and empowerment of the people of Barbados by pursuing the interests of the few. The old plantocracy, the modern monopolists, and the various enemies of the people, have at different times tried to frustrate the movement. They have relentlessly pursued twin visions of Barbados – one of privilege, affluence and freedom for the few, and the other of poverty, dependency and despair for the masses.

    Leaders come and leaders go…. but a great movement goes on forever. I therefore ask the people of Barbados to seriously consider the long-term implications of the elitist policies of the Owen Arthur Administration. I beg you to put aside personal differences and consider what is good for Barbados. I urge you to ignore the pompousness, the propaganda and the dangerous attack on the democratic traditions of Barbados coming from that side.

    On behalf of the Democratic Labour Party, I humbly request your vote to enable us to resume our quest for a better Barbados. Let us build a just, industrious, prosperous, proud and united Nation.

    Let us do it together.”

    Leader of the Democratic Labour Party (now the Pied Piper leading Solutions Barbados).

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Lawson…the opposite of down in up, of course… said more broadly yes it’s pissy to shut down airports and affect much needed forces growth over time but if the shutter has now literally started flowing all over the way up may only now be further ‘pissant’ action for the long haul up.

    @David, hooray for all those through history who gave up their comforts and said there must be change….shame surely on all of us who perform that action so very poorly that it achieves nothing other than noise and furious marching in a circle!

    This must never be about brownie points or scout merit badges for trying!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Oh dear, blame auto correct..so let’s try that sentence again

    :….the opposite of down IS up, of course… said more broadly yes it’s pissy to shut down airports and affect much needed FOREX growth over time but if the SHIITTEE has now literally started flowing..

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 18, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Like Enuff and Gabriel we are too long in the political tooth to be taken in by political sweet talk.

    Political ‘best-maturing’ has allowed us to know the difference between political horseshit and political bullshit. One contains both grass and oats. The other only grass.

    We are too close to economic meltdown to try switching to a political horse ridden by a totally inexperienced jockey at this stage.

    The BLP ‘stable’ has a ‘track’ record (good and bad). The foreign punters are looking for a horse with stability in which to reside a measure of investor confidence; not an ‘aging’ political neophyte concerned with private citizen’s morality and religion.

    But we must say SB would make an irritatingly sharp Opposition to represent the Bajan Moral Majority.

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  • The bees can’t contain themselves Solution Barbados got the sh.it hounds all in a frenzy. Solutions must be saying something right.Keep up the good work Solution .Keep the blp shit hounds frustrated

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  • SB, as many have written, suffers from being ‘new’……. Grenville is the only face & most of his fellow, would-be-MP’s, are basically unknown or not even successful business-persons……BUT, a lot of their ‘offerings’ look good to me …… just wish the next government would implement some of them!!!

    And finally, let me state this here first(?), to whomever wins the next election………… please go after, with full force, any of the current government members who raped our country over the past 10-15 years ……. from now, make sure all Ministry filing cabinets are secured & guarded at night, movement of File Folders are carefully tracked & recorded, etc….. you know what I mean…….don’t want to hear about anything “missing” ….. oh yes, forgot to add …… disable ALL paper-shredders in ministries!!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ ac January 18, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Come out things!
    Empty your guts!
    You have had the crap bottled up inside for too long.

    So “SB” is not there to change your DLP government but to be the next Opposition when the BLP is swept away from the political landscape?

    There is only one Letter missing from the SB party name. ‘O’ for Opposition or what ever else you may wish to insert any way.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Good point Grenville.

    But here is the loop hole:

    If the Bajan voting majority had even a modicum of financial aptitude, the DLP could never have won the last election.

    Their financial incompetence was clear for anyone paying half-attention to simple rumshop economics to understand.

    I’m afraid you’re going to have to get down in the gutter with them to have any chance of beating them.

    Education doesn’t make intelligence; our masses are stupid.

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  • disable ALL paper-shredders in ministries!!!

    Wuh loss! Next thing you might be hearing of mysterious and unexplained office fires breaking out in government buildings. No telling how much might get destroyed in an office fire. According to NIST just a few scattered office fires were enough to totally collapse a whole big skyscraper (WTC 7) in a cloud of dust and debris on 9/11/2001. LOL

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  • Airport slow/shut down? If its Thursday someone is downing their tools, this is a country that always seem to trip over its feet.

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    Lawson quit the whining and let it play out, how do you expect them to learn and change bad habits, all of them

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  • Can the BU analysts advise what is the role of the social partnership to safeguard our industrial relations climate? We have Cedric Murrell disassociating his group from the NUPW, we have BSTU threatening to break ranks, etc etc. what is happening!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ ks January 18, 2018 at 9:31 AM
    “And finally, let me state this here first(?), to whomever wins the next election………… please go after, with full force, any of the current government members who raped our country over the past 10-15 years ……. from now, make sure all Ministry filing cabinets are secured & guarded at night, movement of File Folders are carefully tracked & recorded, etc….. you know what I mean…….don’t want to hear about anything “missing” ….. oh yes, forgot to add …… disable ALL paper-shredders in ministries!!!”

    From the above comment it seems as if you would give the senior public sector managers a free pass.

    These are the ones who ought to be fingered in applying the law.
    Politicians by law are not accounting officers and cannot be charged for financial malfeasance.

    Politicians cannot get away with corrupt practices (like the award of contracts based on the ‘unofficial’ receiving of kickbacks) unless the senior managers are complicit facilitating the process.

    It is the senior managers who ought to be carrying the can and their balls squeezed in order for them to squeal about the ‘forceful’ role of their political masters.

    The politicians and their corrupt friends will be death with via an audit of their financial affairs by BRA.

    Money laundering is still a crime on the statute book although not enforced as long as the politicians’ friends are not lepers.

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  • If the Bajan voting majority had even a modicum of financial aptitude, the DLP could never have won the last election.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    There was of course another factor, O$A!!

    If you remember, Owen screwed MIa …. figuratively, not literally … last time around.

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  • “I am calling on the Barbados Economic Society and the Institute of Charter Accountants of Barbados to form a joint committee to do just that – for all of our sakes.”
    +++++++++++ +++++++++++++

    What is the sense of the BEC and ICAB forming a joint committee, when on numerous occasions these organisations have offered to assist in matters relating to the economy and have presented several policy initiatives that this inept DLP administration has REFUSED to accept?

    Ask former BEC presidents Ryan Straughn and Jeremy Stephen and former president of ICAB, David Simpson.

    But perhaps their argument for not accepting assistance is the fact that based on their criticisms of government’s economic policies, the former presidents of the BEC are labeled as members of the BLP…….especially after his tenure as president, Ryan Straughn announced he was seeking to be the BLP’s candidate for Christ Church East Central.

    And ironically, former BLP candidate for Christ Church East, Reginald Farley, is the Executive Director of ICAB.

    If this is the general attitude of the DLP…………

    ………….then we can reasonably assume that Richard Sealy may not readily embrace tourism related suggestions from the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, because former BLP candidate for St. Michael Central, Rudy Grant is the CEO of the BHTA.

    ………..or Stephen Lashley may feel uncomfortable discussing matters relating to cricket with the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA), simply because Noel Lynch, who was the BLP’s candidate for St. Michael South is the CEO of the BCA and BCA’s president Conde Riley, who has been critical of government’s economic policies, is considered by the DLP and its yard-fowl operatives as a BLP sympathizer.

    The DLP often push “patriotism” and “country first” when it suits their political purposes……but is not demonstrated by their actions.

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  • @Artax

    You read the report that the Cabinet has approved a Sustainable Recovery Plan that has been largely approved by stakeholders in the Social Partnership?

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    John January 18, 2018 at 10:34 AM #
    If the Bajan voting majority had even a modicum of financial aptitude, the DLP could never have won the last election.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    There was of course another factor, O$A!!

    If you remember, Owen screwed MIa …. figuratively, not literally … last time around.

    ………………………………………………………………………….

    OSA screwed us all when he raised the issue of Statutory Corporation privatisation on the Bay Street podium the night before the 2013 election.

    But that doesn’t disprove my point.

    Only financial idiots see civil service and statutory corporation employment as the welfare-for-life system it has become over the past 30 years.

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  • Cabinet has approved the Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan, which is expected to be laid in Parliament shortly.

    This disclosure has come from Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, who said there were just one or two consultative things that had to be done with the Social Partnership. He added, however, that there was general buy-in and sign off by most, if not all, of the social partners.

    “Everybody is NOT HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS THERE, but I think they are generally happy and the statements which are included in the document from the Social Partnership will indicate that. The charge now is to lay the document; have it discussed and debated in Parliament and publicly; and set about the process of implementation. “I am extremely satisfied with the process and the final product,” he said.

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  • MORE GARBAGE RHETORIC.

    What I’m waiting on is an HONEST Concrete Proposal for economic recovery. I know that any such honest proposal would be political suicide for the proposer, however like David says it’s time for the COLLECTIVE to stand up and take action. Unless the populace(collective) takes IMMEDIATE drastic non-partisan action the country is going to fall further into the economic abyss.

    Barbados has to take a close look at Greece, what has happened and what is presently happening and think that this Greece scenario is at best optimistic for Barbados. There is no Colonial Matriarch in the wings for protection/guidance/bailout etc, just the IMF.

    Rath of INCOMPETENCE is about to descend on Barbados.

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  • “The cry from the BU halls in the last 10 years has been to encourage citizens to step forward, when Grenville and others step from their comfortable middle class background this is what you toss at them?”

    Herein lies the problem. Stepping forward does not mean form a new political party or join one. Grenville and SB are after power, driven by their ego and belief that Barbadians need “devout” prosperity gospel Christians to save us.

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  • “Sustainable Recovery Plan ”

    The kazillion dollar question is….Who created the DISASTER that now requires RECOVERY?

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  • There is no need to have a big committee study anything about how to make a recovery. It is simple. You cant recover until you stop the bleeding. All those Barbados dollars being printed are being spent on things that mostly need to paid for in US$ such as cars, computers, cell phones.

    make the product being sold more competitive (devaluation?)
    Stop spending more money than is being brought in. Tighten the belt. Stop printing money.

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  • This fellow Sanka Price is a real prize goat.He is wasting time talking about “uncle Harry”.Effing time waster and JA.

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  • @Wily Coyote January 18, 2018 at 11:33 AM #

    Compare the many waves of austerity in Greece and what happened so far in Bim. We have only implemented 20 % of all possible measures of austerity.

    What is missing compared to Greece:

    Strict exchange control -> limiting Barbadian access to forex and limiting international money transfers.

    Lowering pensions at least 30 %. There is enough space for improvement here.

    Cutting the rest of social welfare at least 30 %.

    Privatization of the infrastructure.

    Softening labour laws and limiting the power of unions.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ SETH January 18, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Welcome back, SETH!

    Your prescient contributions to the BU pages of Commonsense and intellectual gravitas have been sorely missed.

    However, Tron has been doing a tremendous job in holding the fort in our fight against the enemy called ‘economic folly’ practised to the hilt on the funny farm called Barbados.

    We are now heading down the home stretch to the finish line marked Devaluation with the Bajan dollar out front by lengths measuring at least 5:1.

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  • @Seth
    “You cant recover until you stop the bleeding”
    excellent point. Yet the ‘bleeding’ goes well beyond QE, which is an economic tourniquet.

    @Blogmaster
    “what is the role of the social partnership to safeguard our industrial relations climate?”
    Nothing. Each group for themselves, even within larger umbrellas. If you cannot get the mass support of larger public groupings, splinter them. Let them eat each other.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Tron January 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM
    “Lowering pensions at least 30 %. There is enough space for improvement here.”

    More than enough room to trim a few ‘greying’hairs from the overly large heads of many public sector workers who draw two pensions.

    One from the State to which they made no contributions and the other from the NIS.
    Why not combine the two and cut the pot by 30%.

    Something has to give.

    Let those who would be inheriting their real estate holdings help fund their old age needs.

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  • Will wait to see the prime minister with the balls or gumption to cut pension.

    @Artax and NO

    Will post a note on the exchange in the next update.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    There will be no economic recovery under Fumble’s Fools.

    No-one in the business community trusts this DLP gov’t as far as we could throw them and the development spending will not re-start until there are people running this country who can be trusted and who have some sort of business facilitation sense.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 18, 2018 at 2:54 PM #
    “Will wait to see the prime minister with the balls or gumption to cut pension.”

    It will not be the prime minister pouring the castor oil. It would be the committee of 20 eminent persons carrying out the instructions (commandments) set in stone by the god IMF. Not even MAM would be able to turn back the purging.

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  • But that doesn’t disprove my point.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Remember the Pareto principle.

    40 % die hard Dems

    40 % die hard Bees

    … and 20 % who determine the election!!

    The 20% could not bring themselves to voting B which they should have last time because of O$A!!

    I was a member of the 20%, fully prepared to vote B but ending up with only one choice because of O$A, … vote D.

    Hopefully this time I will have a third option because neither one o’ de edder two ent getting my vote!!

    Just takes 5% of either of the die hard populations to realise they have been wasting their time and the election becomes real close!!

    Any more and alternative three will win easy!!

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  • FB
    As you, and other informed observers have been saying since 2010,there will be no recovery under these fumble fools.The market has no CONFIDENCE in this government to make the right and acceptable decisions.Hasten the day of the General Election.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Gabriel January 18, 2018 at 4:02 PM #
    FB
    As you, and other informed observers have been saying since 2010,there will be no recovery under these fumble fools.The market has no CONFIDENCE in this government to make the right and acceptable decisions.Hasten the day of the General Election.

    …………………………………………………..

    And every day up until the election is just digging us in a deeper hole.

    Let’s see how far the NUPW is willing to go and whether they will get the support of their union brethren.

    Even the stupidest coolaid drinkers in the DLP gov’t must now see that it is time to throw in the towel. Except maybe the stupidest of all Fumble.

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  • @John
    this is why pollsters have been so consistently wrong recently.
    Pareto’s rule, which I used to live by in business, is the 80-20 rule.
    To take the 80 and split it as 40-40 is likely inaccurate. Convenient? yes.
    The die hard component is likely much less than 40%, and the either-way component, much more than 20.
    The challenge is when any of the so-called 3rd options, challenge one of the established parties more than the other?
    All you have to do is read the comments from the known politically partisan bloggers and figure that out.
    AC is all for SB…”Keep up the good work Solution”
    miller…”be counter to SB’s sole objective of stopping the return of the BLP under MAM”

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  • Frustrated Businessman

    “The stupidest coolaid drinkers in the DLP???…….. Except maybe the stupidest of all Fumble?”

    You like you forgetting ac, yuh?

    Hahahahaha

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  • @Northern Observer

    Are you by comparing Miller to ac labeling him a yardfowl?

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  • politically partisan and yardfowl are not the same.

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  • @Miller

    Defend yourself we have the northern Observer on the political back foot!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Gabriel January 18, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    The same way this deceitful lying administration deliberately refused to rectify the south coast sewage problem since 2015 and which has resulted in the ongoing fiasco causing disaster to the country’s main source of forex so too is it doing to the country’s economic future and image in the international financial markets with their planned deferral of general elections to the bitter end.

    The longer the delay in calling elections the longer it would take to restore confidence in the country’s capacity to recover from the current period of gross regression and uncertainty.

    How could you ever forget Fumble’s most prescient pledge of ensuring the return of the make-believe black middleclass to the cane grounds in Marchfield from which they sprouted?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David January 18, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    The ‘Truth’ is my only defence.
    When the SB camp starts fighting to be the government and NOT the next Opposition then I would become a lieutenant-for-change in waiting.

    Grenville must understand it is the current government he needs to remove in order to execute his ‘mercurial’ proposals.

    He will be too old to be the general to fight the next SB battle due in 2023.

    He needs to strike when the iron is hot to cut off the ‘neck’ of the ruling administration if he wants to effect the changes he deemed as so vital to the survival of the country.

    As a political strategist he is receiving so far a failing grade if his true motive is to become the next PM.

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  • @Tron

    In Greece most high earner civil service pensions have been reduced 70% and it is forecast in mid 2018 they will lose an additional 20%. General unemployment is about 20% with the under 26 year old group at 35%. BARBADOS dollar devaluation to 10:1, eliminating at least 40% of the civil service and board employees would still not bring BARBADOS to the levels Greece has had to implement thus far. With all Greece’s fiscal adjustments during the past three years they are still struggling to balance their finances.

    Does BARBADOS anemic governance performance offer ANY HOPE.

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  • Theophilius Gazer 256

    I called it elsewhere but it not get any comments.
    Will float it here

    Third parties are dead.
    DLP dead but with a large supporting base cannot be counted out.
    BLP has some life, but some see a number of Mia’s negative that may yet give life to the dead DLP; therefore BLP wins by a slim margin.

    Last minute introduction of Rawdon Adams as replacement to Mia. Heir apparent pulls off a larger margin of victory

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  • Theophilius Gazer 256

    Do you recall how one blogger had ej*culations when he saw the name Rawdon Adams and appointed his as heir to the throne.

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  • Theophilius Gazer 256

    *him

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  • Theophilius Gazer 256

    OSA, Agard and other defectors rally around the heir.
    Mia fraction realizes it is a minority and defects to the heir.
    DLP realizes LEC and biting are useless talking points

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  • Theophilius Gazerts 256

    oops.. Gazerts.. not Gazer
    Hell of a thing when you get your own name wrong

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  • Red herrings by desperate dems!

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  • We have a stupid RH Prime Minister who refuses to speak to the people of Barbados. He only speaks to visitors whom he wines and dines at Illaro Court on taxpayers dime.

    Instead of taking him to task for idly sitting by and allowing wild boys and girls to destroy our fair land, we have apologists, some blind to the dlp incompetence who come on BU as so called non partisans trying to pull MAM apart. She has never been PM and is not the person who is destroying the economy. She gave advice to the idiots and they wont take it.

    Finally we know the truth of the economy which the Stinkliar told us every week that it is on a growth path……..dimwit Esther Byer confirmed today that the economy is in bad shape, moutha Inniss said as much yesterday and the clown from St Lucy confirmed what we all knew, the economy is in a mess………

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…all kinds of fun.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Prodigal Son January 18, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    The Truth will out.

    Time longer than lying twine.

    As the old folks used to say: ‘Ya could hide and buy land but ya can’t hide and wuk it’.

    No one wants to hear them trying to blame the BLP for all their failures over the past 5 years.

    Karma is starting to bite them in their lying backsides.

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  • prodigal yuh gonna burst a blood vessel.

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  • Theophilius Gazerts 256

    Seem like I cannot engage tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

    Tweedledum and Tweedledee
    Agreed to have a battle;
    For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
    Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

    Just then flew down a monstrous IMF crow,
    As black as a tar-barrel;
    Which frightened both the heroes so,
    They quite forgot their quarrel.

    Wondering if this is a racist poem 🙂

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/18/pothole-dilemma/

    What an ugly scenario, both governments have over the last 20 years neglected the island’s infrastructure, namely roads, water, the sewage system and garbage collection and disposal to build dazzling new buildings at the expense of taxpayers the island, now they all get to watch the island’s infrastructure, the only things keeping the island from devolving into a real third world shithole….collapse all around them…

    They allowed state owned buildings to fall to the ground rather than refurbish them…first mistake, not satisfied with that, they then neglected everything else and wasted billions of taxpayer’s dollars, to build concrete.

    Proper competent manage of water, roads, sewage and garbage is what keeps the population alive and healthy, that is the life blood of any country on earth, that clearly neither government appreciates, because they are both obsessed with filling their own pockets with bribe money.

    …. maybe after a deadly epidemic of their own making, if anyone survives, the backward, ignorant, money grubbing incompetents in parliament will learn this.

    Maybe now they will get rid of all the parasites like Cow et al who are not real road builders and who have been pretending to be road builders for 40 years to suck the treasury dry….. and finally engage professional people who know how to concrete, long lasting roads and have the equipment to do so.

    But first, the electorate gotta get rid of the bribetaking Lashley.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service January 19, 2018 at 5:58 AM
    “They allowed state owned buildings to fall to the ground rather than refurbish them…first mistake, not satisfied with that, they then neglected everything else and wasted billions of taxpayer’s dollars, to build concrete.”

    Just look at what the accomplice in his corrupt game is saying:

    “We have been requesting more money to buy equipment [but] it was only in this last Estimates that we were told go ahead, order the equipment. So now we can order equipment….”

    Wasn’t a similar commitment given to the taxpayers to justify the imposition of the NSRL? Where are the garbage trucks and equipment the NSRL was supposed to pay for?

    We are certainly not amused by his ‘timely’ outburst.
    He needs to look in his own backyard (literally speaking) and see the mounting tons of equipment and ‘parked’ vehicles that could be brought back into commission with a little help from the MoF and the students at the Polytechnic or Ucal or even Transtect.

    But there are no big payday deals (kickbacks) in good housekeeping maintenance and repairs, are there now Messrs ministers?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Exactly Miller…I remember decades ago seeing mechanics at transport board repairing those board buses that were then on the roads, both governments have devolved in 50 years to not maintaining anything…not the buses, not garbage trucks, not the roads, they have equipment rotting away, even when donated to them or purchased new….

    ..it must have a bribe and kickback or government ministers are not interested, the new age criminals.

    Lashley was in Broward County Florida last weak asking them advice on how to operate the transport board re bus parts and buses as a money generating venture…the clown.

    Rocklyn and all the other Black entrepreneurs of the 60s and 70s did not need advice, they knew what to do instinctively. …and none if them had degrees.

    … the degreed, corrupt idiots of parliament took over and destroyed everything…

    They can’t manage, water, sewage, garbage or roads,.

    Fools with degrees.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    …both governments have devolved in 50 years to not maintaining anything…not the buses, not garbage trucks, not the roads, ESPECIALLY not the sewage system…..they have equipment rotting away…..

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  • Both governments? Well Well dey the evidence?🤔

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Enuff…it is your job to bring the evidence to prove me wrong.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Prodigal Son January 18, 2018 at 8:23 PM #
    We have a stupid RH Prime Minister who refuses to speak to the people of Barbados. He only speaks to visitors whom he wines and dines at Illaro Court on taxpayers dime.

    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    Excuse my French but: WHO THE FUCK GIVES A SHIT WHAT FUMBLE SPEWS OR THAT HE SPEWS AT ALL??!!

    Most of us just want him to go away.

    The man has enough nose for two people and is wasting it by continuing to breath.

    Concentrate on the simple fact that we have had to suffer for the past 9 years: in the absence of Thompson there is no gov’t leadership, just every man for himself. No cohesive economic plan, no ministerial management, no confidence in governmental systems or people, overt bribery solicitation, zero facilitation, total economic and civil regression.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    To plagiarise S&G, we have squandered 10 years of our existence for a pocketful of mumbles such are promises.

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  • Agree FB……….the country has been made poor as a result of these morons but word on the street is that the morons are the richer for having been in office for 10 years!

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  • @Frustrated Businessman:
    it goes on thus, remember,
    “All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

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