A Heather Cole Column – Warfare Vs. Entertainment

Heather Cole

When I was a child,
I spake as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child: but when I became a man,
I put away childish things.
– 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I loved the silly season not because it made me think earnestly about the persons and government in whom my mother was entrusting my future but for the music, the lyrics of songs, the political banter, the late nights attending political meeting, listening to things I did not understand; the funny things the candidates said, the gossip they started about one another and the fanfare of wearing red or blue and watching the spectacle of a well-practiced speech delivered by someone who turned up at our house asking for my mother’s vote.

Somehow we all got caught up in this exercise. It brought as much anticipation as Christmas. We all enjoyed it’s fanfare until the big day came with its nervous wait to determine our fate. However for the poor it always brought the same fate; nothing changed. The cycle continued of the rich becoming richer; the poor remaining poor and not laying eyes upon the middleman until five years later when he greeted you as if you parted yesterday.

Now that I am grown and uniquely interested in the well-being of all Barbadians, I now question what we have been doing all along.

I have come to realize how gullible a people we really are. By now it must be a weakness because we have fallen for the same ploy of broken promises season after season without redress. It appears that we enjoy being promised punishment. It is quite like the Stockholm syndrome which occurs after a relationship has been established with one’s captors. Slavery has really done us wrong as it seems that we have taken the deficiency of a once a year entertainment given to us by the masters way too far. Why do we need to profess it at every opportunity we get?

On Sunday March 7, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and about 600 persons marched. It was not an act to entertain but the last resort, a demonstration or protest that was akin to a riot or a slave revolt if it had not occurred in 1965. It was a protest that raised the conscience of a nation and obtained civil rights for black people. There is a lot for us to learn from the sobriety of this protest.

The social, economic and civil rights of all Barbadians have been under threat for the past 10 years. It is time for us to face the election season with sobriety. The upcoming elections must be a catalyst for serious thought and change because the spectre of entertainment has done us no good on raising the conscience of our nation.

If we were taught that a general election was the time for the people to force change when the mandate given by them was not accomplished, we would embrace the concept of warfare. If we as a nation were under constant attack and our situation one of duress, pain, hopelessness, suffering and misery and we found a chance to break free but there had to be a fight, our minds would be focused on the concept of warfare; the struggle to achieve a desired outcome.

No soldier going to war fraternizes with the enemy; the person who brings pain suffering and agony as that would be treason. Therefore no amount of money offered should cause a voter to sell their vote when there will only be fleeting gratification from the exercise and misery in the long run. Some sold their vote and now realize that it was not worth the day to day struggle to survive today. Others have also realized that they allowed their representative to change the economic climate which contributed to loss of their job, home, savings and car. They have all realized that they were tricked by hustlers for a hundred dollar bill, a cell-phone, i-pad, TV, fridge or stove. We have to learn to see beyond this trickery.

It defies logic to believe that a man can bribe his prospective boss, but it happened in Barbados. It is difficult to understand why Barbadians can allow representatives of political parties whom they will employ to bribe them. Perhaps the people do not understand the power that they possess. Any man who buys your vote will never have your interest at heart, only his. Never give up your right to vote freely and fairly.

This silly season is distinctly different as the country has never been in such social, economic and environmental difficulty before. Never have we had such scoundrels in Parliament who have bought not only the liberty of the franchise, but destroyed the economic well-being of the country and the social well-being of the people. Knowing full well what the sitting party did and will do the retain power. Anyone who thinks that this election is not a war is in denial. Perhaps all of the opposition parties must change their strategies and adopt the philosophy of warfare. The Art of War is a good read.

There is enough evidence on corruption alone to be used against the Stuart Administration. Then there is mismanagement of the economy, and then there are the scandals like the Cahill Gasification Plant, The Hilton Hotel, The Sewage on the South Coast and one can go on and on. The point that I am trying to make is that no one should leave your political meeting feeling happy and dancing or on the fence not knowing who to vote for. They should be so enraged that the ONLY choice they would have is to vote for an opposition party.

Hopefully, when the next history book is written of Barbados, it will note that the period leading up to general elections in the year 2018 was significantly different than in previous election years; that the concept of entertainment was put away and replaced with the sobriety of warfare in order to extract what was duly required not only for the preservation of the socio and economic well-being of those alive then but also for future generations.

105 thoughts on “A Heather Cole Column – Warfare Vs. Entertainment


  1. “There is enough evidence on corruption alone to be used against the Stuart Administration. Then there is mismanagement of the economy, and then there are the scandals like the Cahill Gasification Plant, The Hilton Hotel, The Sewage on the South Coast and one can go on and on. ”

    But will it be used…will any incoming government use these many crimes committed by the current culprits and punish all the perpetrators, or will we hear a bunch of sissy excuses from the old boys and girls club of close political friends, family and business partners to continue the same corruption against the population in the course of another 5 year cycle.


  2. Something needs to be done in this go around, they are out of control, both them and their bribers need every day exposure and arresting.


  3. The reason the rich get richer and the poor remain poor is because the poor keep taking up their hard-earned money and buying up all the unnecessary stuff the rich sell. If we would buy from our own people, buy BLACK, we would become rich too. Our collective fate is in our own hands, and a conscientized Black population could do very well, in spite of the politicians.


  4. I’m going to repeat for the umpteen time: when will the army intervene and put an end to this nonsense?


  5. Well Heather my dear I must tell you this. I just left Barbados where I spend vacation. There are still many Barbadians devoted to the party system. Usually the diehard was of a certain vintage. Not anymore, persons younger than I am are prepared to go down with the ship of their choice. Listen to Down To Brass Tacks any day and the myriad of reasons why the Government of the day cannot be held responsible for the existing economic malaise, as advanced by numerous apologists beg the question are we talking about the same country? Heather girl accept the fact that we as a people are screwed.


  6. I note that the St. Michael North West Development Foundation can sponsor a Donnie MacClurkin concert (foreign exchange going out) but the Ministry of Finance did not grant a VAT exemption to the Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust. This charity has raised over $2 million for the QEH (see page 9A in the Sunday Sun).


  7. @ Heather

    I endorse the last paragraph . However ,we, the electors, have to write that history. Those with all the virtues that we assess the present politicians not to have, must offer themselves for office. We , that belly ache about the need for change, must canvass votes for those of the virtuous party.
    We all are responsible for the outcomes. Remember we are only human. We must do what is in our power to do.
    Do the “corrupt”define who we are as a people? Are they in the majority? The moral majority does not stay at home on election day and hope their party wins or the less incompetent party wins.The moral majority works effectively for victory. If the moral majority loses then so be it.


    • Agree with you Bernard but the approach must be multipronged, for example holding elected officials accountable.

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  8. The sponsor of the MacClurkin concert is an organisation associated with Sinckler’s constituency. As the concert is free, I presume there is no VAT to be collected. I am told that in 2002 MacClurkin admitted to homosexuality but that God has changed his lifestyle. MacClurkin has been an inspiration to some DLP politicians in their own struggles I am told. They felt he could inspire others to change lifestyle as they have.


  9. Talking about warfare, I wonder who it was this guy pissed off.

    Billionaire Barry Sherman, one of the most powerful capitalist in Canada and a close friend of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been executed along with his wife by multiple killers in Toronto

    Story says Sherman made his money in pharmaceuticals and was also the chairman of the well known Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex. The Toronto cops are trying desperately to wriggle out of investigating this apparent hot potato case of a high profile double murder by going with the old standy of “murder suicide”, but:

    Here’s the new information: There are markings on the Shermans’ wrists, an indication that at some point their hands were tied together, though no rope or other ties were found near the bodies.

    Toxicology tests on their bodies reveal no sign of drugs that would have contributed to their deaths. Men’s leather belts found around their necks were the cause of the “ligature compression” that killed them.

    A top forensic pathologist who did a second autopsy determined this was a double homicide, barring any new information that surfaces.

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/billionaire-barry-sherman-one-of-the-most-powerful-capitalist-in-canada-and-a-close-friend-of-canadian-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-has-been-executed-along-with-his-wife-by-multiple-killers-in-toron/


  10. “Bouncer”?! When I was younger, I was a mediocre off break bowler. Right hand batsmen played me fairly easily but “lefties” had a bit more trouble. LOL. Oh by the way, there are many who believe that one cannot change one’s sexual orientation only dispute it.


  11. Should we also categorize:

    ………..the constituency night cricket, football and road tennis tournaments hosted by political candidates ONLY during the lead up to general elections……..

    ………distribution of Christmas hampers……..

    ……….and the sudden interest politicians are showing to the needs of constituents (and more so as general elections draw nearer)……..

    …….. as “vote buying?”


  12. @GreenMonkey

    The Toronto cops are trying desperately to wriggle out of investigating this apparent hot potato case of a high profile double murder by going with the old standy of “murder suicide”,
    ++++++++++
    “Desperately trying to wriggle out”? That’s your opinion but sometimes it is what it appears to be not what people want it to be, this “double murder” theory was proffered by investigators hired by the family perhaps you should wait awhile before jumping to “desperately trying to wiggle out”.


  13. @ Ping Pong ” MacClurkin admitted to homosexuality ”

    Who gives a flying puck. Your next PM COULD be a homosexual or LGBTQ.

    oops! forgot than wunna Bajans are against homosexuality.

    As a CanBajan living in Canada I support the rights of the LGBTQ community.


  14. Hants January 22, 2018 at 11:49 AM #

    As a CanBajan living in Canada I support the rights of the LGBTQ community.(Quote)

    We defend the rights of ALL people.


  15. @ Sargeant and other CanBajans. Your children and grand children will have a great opportunity.

    “The plan includes equipping 500 teachers with training and tools, according to a news release.

    The program will be aimed at students from kindergarten to grade 12, with a particular focus on girls, indigenous people and other groups under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feds-launch-50m-initiative-to-teach-kids-to-code-1.3458792


  16. @Hants
    in fairness, readers should appreciate it is ‘silly season’ in Ontario, with an election looming, in a similar time frame to Barbados.
    The difference? Even with a provincial debt of $300 Billion and growing, it still has ACCESS to debt. They have rolled out free prescriptions to youth, potential free university education, a 20% hike in minimum wage, the program you cited, etc etc


  17. On another topic I am here listening to a DLP PR onBrass Tacks with Minister Stephen Lashley who happen to call in after the intro by Mr Ellis and at 12.0 he is still on rambling all over the place while there has been roughly 5 calls in two and a half hours ,disgraceful.Is this a coincidence based on Mr Ellis choice of past Moderators I have my doubts.Looking at that list we had Peter Wickham and Marsha Hinds-Layne who were Dems then,Ms McClean,Shantelle Munroe Knight ,Tony Marshall,Maureen Holder,Akentolove Crbin,Harry Husbands,Ralph Jemmott,Matthew Farley and others who seem to have leanings,in my opinion to the DLP,selected by Mr Ellis.I hope that for balance that when next he is on I hear a representative of the BLp,UPP etc for their views.


  18. Hants

    I don’t care who you care to support, the hypocritical DLP that YOU support, have said it intends to make the presumed sexual orientation of opposing politicians an election issue.

    Spare me your faux angst!


    • One has to question the length of time given to Lashley given the reluctance of th government to interact with those that elected them. It is the silly season!


  19. @ David at 10:04 AM

    Accountability? You cannot even get the perpetrators to accept responsibility. It is always some body else fault.
    Enforcement of agreed rules go through a tortuous process that leads to frustration and hopelessness.


  20. Lorenzo
    I can’t stand hearing the dodges and subterfuge of this little hitler from St. John,the most neglected parish in Barbados.Why would Ellis entertain a Minister of a government on his 4 hour show when this government is so piss poor in managing this country.I don’t want to hear from any of these inefficient and ineffective lying cabinet ministers.They can all go to hell where GP will make them pay penance every day.On second thought I would give Estwick a listen even though he cannot be relied upon to carry through his perceived dis agreements with his colleagues.But I blame OSA for all this.When the Eager 11 got their math fuzzy he could have supported them in correcting the equation.He chose instead to play with words to the effect that he would not support the Apple cart.In retrospect,it turned out to be the straw that broke his back in the 2013 election.


  21. Hants January 22, 2018 at 11:49 AM #
    “@ Ping Pong ” MacClurkin admitted to homosexuality ”

    Who gives a flying puck. Your next PM COULD be a homosexual or LGBTQ.”

    Our NEXT one. You really believe the current one is wholly heterosexual? Having an ex-wife and daughter means nothing, except perhaps that you have preferences that neither satisfy.

    His demeanour and behaviour are typical of a frustrated, nasty, bitter, old ‘queen’. If it walks like a duck……


  22. The press in Barbados is pathetic. When the voodoo doctor was heading the CB he chose not to entertain the press and now that he is just another citizen (and a wealthy one too) like the rest of us, every utterance is covered by the same media that was treated with such disdain. The same thing is going to happen when Mister My Nose Is So Big That I Refuse To Condesend To Speak To The Imbicles That Elected Me And Pay My Salary. You can bet that when the Anointed One starts braying all over the island he will be fawned over by the same media that can’t get a peep out of this sorry excuse of a lawyer/politician. If he were a punctuation mark, he would have to be a ‘Colon’.


    • @Fearplay

      Interesting observation, it speaks to a reverence the society has for the political class and specifically ministers of government. They intimidate the media practioners. This may not be the case with Ellis but he is aware ministers on the talk show will attract interest and given his role he must be conscious of the business aspect and balance with being a media player.


  23. @ mitchlans January 22, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    LoL!! An old ugly queen indeed like his dead idol Cammie T the Big Queen of a King maker at whose knees he received many lessons in ‘rearguard action’, political and otherwise.

    We wait to see if Stephanie another pipsqueak princess of a wannabe drag queen will lower her ‘behind’ in trying to expose MAM on her ascendancy to the throne.

    It’s really the height of moral Hypocrisy for Bajans to hold a woman to a ‘higher’ standard of sexual ‘differentiation ‘when the closets of ‘male’ holders of which she aspires [including the current and previous] are riddled with the skeletons of lovers of ‘homo’ sapiens.


  24. @ FearPlay January 22, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Sweeeet!!!

    What a ‘fair and balanced’ observation of the prostituting media!

    One wonders what our friend NationNewspaper BLP has to say about Ellis and his ‘timely’ appearance on his River Road version of Bush Hill with his list of ministerial choir boys and girls as cheer leaders.


  25. @Talking Loud Saying Nothing January 22, 2018 at 7:13 AM “when will the army intervene and put an end to this nonsense?”

    So wasn’t the army raised in the same houses and churched in the same churches and schooled at the same schools as the current political class (B and D and all the rest) so why would you expect the army to govern better?

    Stupssseee!!!

    We the people need to stop being idiotic and we need to start THINKING and start ACTING in our own best interest.


  26. @lawson January 22, 2018 at 7:42 AM “What is the number…what is a bajan vote worth…actually what is a bajan soul worth.”

    Don’t know ’bout the res’ but my vote is priceless, my soul is priceless.


  27. @Ping Pong January 22, 2018 at 10:07 AM “I am told that in 2002 MacClurkin admitted to homosexuality but that God has changed his lifestyle.”

    I don’t believe this.


  28. @GreenMonkey January 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM “Talking about warfare, I wonder who it was this guy pissed off.”

    The Mossad maybe?


  29. Artax January 22, 2018 at 10:48 AM “distribution of Christmas hampers”

    Christmas gone nearly a month now and I still int get my hamper.

    Tell de fellas that i would be happy to accept a Christmas hamper on Valentines Day, Easter Day, my birthday or election day…any day is a good day to receive a Christmas hamper.


  30. @Ping Pong January 22, 2018 at 12:40 PM “the hypocritical DLP that YOU support, have said it intends to make the presumed sexual orientation of opposing politicians an election issue.”

    We really need to stop prying into people’s sex lives. For example to the best of our knowledge our Prime Minister has never married anyone.

    So is he a virgin?

    Or is he an unrepentant fornicator?


  31. Want to send an early message to the ruling class? Whenever the election horse charges out of the stable DO NOT ATTEND A SINGLE DLP MEETINGS! What can they say to us about the economy, gasification, sewage, transportation, road repairs, education, Hilton, Sam Lord’s Castle etc, etc, that they failed to tell us about for five years ( and three months – full term ‘cause de people ‘lected we to s(w)erve for a full term)? Think of the frantic meetings in George Street as the rabid dogs start blaming each other and the word goes out to purchase more hampers. Now I know that the cool aid drinkers will attend every meeting and that’s to be expected. Heck, they have been living on table scraps for five years so they are now full blown cult members. For five years, only constituency member were considered important enough to receive blessings, well let those pompous asses continue to speak to their choir boys and girls. I will not attend a single DLP meeting.


  32. My observation, is prior to the upcoming election, there should be a referendum.
    The referendum questions should include at least
    1. Term for elected persons. Currently 5, but I believe it needs to be shorter. An accountability reckoning twice in 10 years is too far apart.
    2. Republic vs status quo.
    3, Fiscal limits

    Barbadians, nor their politicians, are quite as ‘different’ as we may like to think. Given technology, holding votes and counting ballots is no longer a major exercise. A referendum should be separate from a general election.

    I believe Barbados would benefit from setting modified ground rules.

    General elections, with 2000 item manifestos, are not geared at performance. Nor should we attempt to confuse specific referendum questions with party nor candidate.


    • @Northern Observer

      You are being provocative of course?

      You are very aware we do not have the Constitutional space to hold a referendum even if the political directorate had the appetite for it. The suggestions are good though.


  33. @ Dr. Simple Simon January 22, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    The man who hates that ‘woman’ to call him on he/she telephone is a closet bull (shitter), pure and simple.

    Just like Mia is a rumoured dyke.

    Dipper was bi, Tom was too and David was tri. Why are you surprised dead dick Fumble likes to dabble in shite on the South coast just like those two lawyering and gym macho men?

    Homosexuality is the one of the sins of being ostentatiously intelligent. Why do you think Bush Tea is that smart as to cuss them to high heavens and go ‘MIA’ when his ‘behind’ is most wanted?


  34. Dr. Simple Simon January 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM #
    @GreenMonkey January 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM “Talking about warfare, I wonder who it was this guy pissed off.”

    The Mossad maybe?

    Simple our thoughts exactly. He had ties to Israel, invested and donated tons to that country. There was no forced entry and nothing was stolen. they were off’d by professional assassins.


  35. “Just like Mia is a rumoured dyke.

    Dipper was bi, Tom was too and David was tri. Why are you surprised dead dick Fumble likes to dabble in shite on the South coast just like those two lawyering and gym macho men?”

    So why are they all pretending to be steeped in morality, hypocrisy kills.


  36. @ Heather Cole, my dear lady, what we need in Barbados is for more women like you to get up and fight back. The men have lost their way, they have all become spineless pooch sniffers. What I’ve been looking at in the last decade of living back here is that so many women are graduating from institutions of higher learning; there is hardly a peep out of them with regards to where our society is heading. The bajan black man has evolved into a skin teet jackass whose only desire is to get as much pokey before his old ass kicks that bucket. What I’ve noticed is that my Bajan black woman with her college diploma seems desirous only of obtaining that position previously held by men, then the rest can go to hell. I think they all are learning from Sandra, don’t rock the boat, be a good sport, then one day they may become GG or whatever. You talked about the Stockholm syndrome,how about that quote attributed to Harriett Tubman,” I could’ve freed a lot more, but the fools didn’t know they were slaves.”


    • @enuff

      You are aware the cultural makeup of our people gives more weight to the opinions (shittalk) of our politicians? Take for example Donville’s new years day birthday party that started out as a lil ting in the backyard in Bayfield and has grown to be a highlight on the social calendar? Why?


  37. @ David,

    Is there any “signs” that this election campaign will be any different from the last 5?

    Political Wrasse meetings with politicians as comedic performers ?

    I hope Bajans use their cell phone video cameras to record the meetings and more importantly any vote buying they witness.

    Of course we should expect a “clean” campaign from Solutions Barbados.


    • @Hants

      So far it looks like business as usual. The only variant is that the third parties are making a little louder noise not because of a resonating message but because a growing number of Bajans tired of the shit.


  38. @ Enuff
    You realise I against ALL shite talkers right?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Boss
    You must be sitting down….cause
    A house divided against itself cannot stand.


  39. I’m watching the CBC TV8 Evening News………it seems as though the DLP has at head start campaigning at the expense of tax payers.

    If I use “Nation BLPnewspaer’s” logic……then it would be correct for me to refer to CBC as DLP TV8.


  40. Artax

    I was watching the charade as well.

    Who in our world could ever imagine that Michael Carrington could stand before anyone other than the dlp yardfowls assembled at Lawrence T Gay and have the nerve to talk about integrity.

    That was priceless………….a friend of mine callled me immediately and asked me if the dlp thinks Barbadians are stupid.

    As John Boyce was trying to define what his ministry is doing, superficial things at that……….a video was circulating showing the sewage water spouting from the manhole in front of Lanterns. They do not have a clue how to manage or govern.

    Well if Bajans are stupid to re-elect them, the dems have every right to treat them like shit!

    But the biggest joke is Patrick Todd saying that St Michael North East is no BLP stronghold and that he intends to defeat MAM……….I kid you not!


  41. Public servants and Barbadians can expect a 23 per rise in their disposable income if Solution Barbados forms the next government, the party’s spokesman on economic affairs Scott Weatherhead has touted.

    Mr. Weatherhead and Solutions Barbados should keep in mind when campaigning the old maxim “If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.”

    Newsflash for the BWA. Your temporary fix needs fixing. Driving by the closed down Worthing Post Office this afternoon I could see the sewage water collecting again in the gutter at the roadside, and what’s more, I could smell it too.


  42. Prodigal
    You have more guts than I. I saw a virtual parade of the most incompetent group that can be found anywhere in Barbados. It was a parade of clowns…..Boyce,Paul,Byer-Suckoo,Todd,a new comer whose name I cannot recall and maybe there were more.I skipped channel as soon as they appear on my TV. Bunch ‘o bagblinehoes.#blimmuh.


  43. Gabriel

    The next man was a newcomer called Henderson Williams who said that people told him…
    ” they dont see Colonel Bostic, he dont come down here, nobody dont see him”………. dems can lie and dont care that people know that they are lying.

    I dont normally watch DLPTV but thought I would watch as I heard the JA called “Strakers Tenantry” talking his normal shiite on Brasstacks today.

    The dems claim they are so sure of another victory but Fumble is afraid to call the election. Some confidence!


  44. @mitchlans January 22, 2018 at 1:04 PM “Having an ex-wife…”

    What ex-wife you talking ’bout?

    lolll!!!


  45. Ping Pong January 22, 2018 at 10:07 AM #
    The sponsor of the MacClurkin concert is an organisation associated with Sinckler’s constituency. As the concert is free, I presume there is no VAT to be collected. I am told that in 2002 MacClurkin admitted to homosexuality but that God has changed his lifestyle. MacClurkin has been an inspiration to some DLP politicians in their own struggles I am told. They felt he could inspire others to change lifestyle as they have.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This might help the birth rate increase from 1.65 to 2.1 where the population can be sustained!!!

    It might not be the abortions that are to blame!!


  46. “Well if Bajans are stupid to re-elect them, the dems have every right to treat them like shit!”

    Indeed, the next step was reintroduction of slavery. If Eastwitch gets his wish with his Arab extradition loan, we will see at least 10,000 Barbadians moving to Saudi Arabia to clean the sewage pipes in Riad, using their naked hands.


  47. The average number of births per woman used to be above 4 in the 1960’s.

    I figured it was contraception, abortion or infertility but there is obviously another explanation!!

    This might not be a good time to have our leaders setting examples which could cause our population to wither.


  48. Tron January 22, 2018 at 11:02 PM #
    “Well if Bajans are stupid to re-elect them, the dems have every right to treat them like shit!”
    Indeed, the next step was reintroduction of slavery. If Eastwitch gets his wish with his Arab extradition loan, we will see at least 10,000 Barbadians moving to Saudi Arabia to clean the sewage pipes in Riad, using their naked hands.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We have covered the perils of the Trans Saharan Slave Trade already.

    Hope the practices are not repeated!!


  49. Maggie Brito January 22, 2018 at 7:11 AM #
    If we would buy from our own people, buy BLACK, we would become rich too. Our collective fate is in our own hands, and a conscientized Black population could do very well, in spite of the politicians.

    ………………………………………………..

    Of course.

    Because lack of blackness has caused this DLP government to rape this country for 9 years while running it into the non-functioning sewer.

    You are a perfect example of why we are in the shit state we are in. Bajans like you are too stupid to objectively assess politics or economics (which are the same thing).

    Ignorance can be treated, stupidity is forever.


  50. I think it is fair to say that for nearly 50 years, regardless of who won the general election, Bajans expected very little to change.

    The first hint that Parliamentarians might be incapable of managing an economy came with Sandiford but his recession only lasted three years.

    It was inconceivable to many of us that Bajan governance could be as bad as it has been over the past nine years.

    Traditionally we have never been governed by people who live in ivory towers, drive around in armoured convoys and fraternise only with other politicians.

    Our politicians have always been accessible and have always had access to those among us from whom advice was needed and sought. Managing Bim has always been a group effort before terms such as ‘buy in’ were coined to describe gov’t support.

    This DLP gov’t is not only completely incompetent, they are completely different from anything that has previously gone before.

    As Heather says, this election will not be the same as any other before it. If these jackasses win again the final exodus of money and brain from Bim will decimate this country.

    At this point rebuilding our nation is still possible with new leadership and hands-on governance.


    • It was interesting to listen to minister Stephen Lashley on the afternoon talk show, very interesting. He was harshly critical of his colleagues if you judged what he said fairly. He was smooth in his explanations but in the final analysis lacked substance. Clearly his objective is to position himself above the fray. BTW, has the prime minister ever- even once- called a talk show to interact with the people via one of the popular mediums?

      The manholes are pissing sewage again.


  51. @David
    BTW, has the prime minister ever- even once- called a talk show to interact with the people via one of the popular mediums?
    +++++++++++
    Whatever deficiencies David Thompson had he was not afraid to engage with people, OSA would also interact but Freundel sees himself above the fray he is not one to engage with the hoi polio, he prefers to lecture from the podium.


  52. @ David January 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe he was trying overly hard to justify his receipt of the GCM.
    The guy is media savvy and knows his onions when it comes to mass propaganda.

    If he is able to retain his seat he might be giving the shaky-looking overly garrulous Inniss a good run for the LoO come early March 2018.

    Stephen is not comfortable in discussing matters economic or financial but he has a bit to show as culture minister, albeit of a mediocre nature.

    Nothing can be said similarly for the motor-mouth Uncle Look-up during his tenure of a ministry which could make a difference in significantly improving the investment climate and business facilitating environment of his country.


  53. @ Frustrated B
    Traditionally we have never been governed by people who live in ivory towers, drive around in armoured convoys and fraternise only with other politicians.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Surely you jest.
    Unless you mean ‘traditionally since emancipation’.

    These recent black politicians have become just like the previous white ones.
    No surprise – since they are under the control of the identical driving force….

    The outliers you refer to as ‘traditionally’ were influenced by the extreme injustices that they found in the system…… Just as some of us now react to this bunch of piss paraders.

    The basic problem remains unchanged.
    Brass bowlery.


  54. Let’s say you are the captain on a passenger ship.

    Lets say there is sewage leaking from a pipe that runs through the main engine room that houses the engine that drives the entire ship and all of it’s life-support systems.

    Your job to correct the problem would involve understanding the technical challenges, scheduling the work with the pursur who has to accommodate the passengers, co-ordinating with the chief engineer who has to shut down the engines, tasking the chief plumber who has to correct the problem, liaising with the first mate who has to coordinate the work and maybe a few others.

    When all arrangements have been made you then have to address the passengers to make sure they are comfortable with whatever change is to be expected to their daily routine.

    Now suppose you are ill and can’t carry out these functions. Your 2nd in command will automatically take over.

    Unless of course you hired a 2nd officer who is a useless, blabbering, big-nose fool who never had a management duty in his life and couldn’t run a tap without being told.

    What are the rest of the crew going to do?

    I think we have answered that question.


  55. MP James Paul said that Barbadians shall not “wary of regional and international credit rating agencies, as these entities only seek to exploit the country”.

    WOW. Does he also suggest to treat HIV with dancing, clapping and singing – like some folks in South Africa? And does he also suggest to dring sewage water to cure diseases?

    I would not wonder … 51 years of education in Bim after independence, billions of dollars for schools and UWI … all down, down the drain. Investments in human resources for nothing.

    It does NOT matter whether the verdicts of the rating agencies are right or wrong. The simple fact that the bad ratings exist DOES matter and that they hamper any attempt to restart the engine of Barbadian economy.


  56. @millertheanunnaki January 22, 2018 at 4:04 PM “David was tri.”

    You’ve lost me here. Can you please elucidate?


  57. @John January 22, 2018 at 11:04 PM “The average number of births per woman used to be above 4 in the 1960’s. I figured it was contraception, abortion or infertility but there is obviously another explanation!! This might not be a good time to have our leaders setting examples which could cause our population to wither.”

    All of our current politicas leaders or leadership aspirants are past SAFE child bearing/child getting age.

    Freundel Stuart is 66
    Mia Mottley is 52
    Lynette Eastmond has to be past 45
    Grenville Phillips has to be past 50

    So no John, nobody is looking to these elders when making child bearing decisions.


  58. Greetings to all and sundry.,

    De ole man was absent for a while

    such was occasioned by the usual things that accompany life and we live or die solely based on the Will of God

    “Nothing changes under the sun” and therefore we can all expect these predictable appeasements and disavowals from the incumbent ministers

    In fact, if one were to ask the Honourable Blogmaster and the noted Archiver of Records Artaxerxes, they will both confirm that, each five year period, there will be a bevy of article that duplicate the timbre of this article.

    The fact is that the 10 years ago, the people of Barbados drank the coolaid of David Thompson with a misplaced hope that the party which usurped the Owen Arthur administration would be able to run this country.

    We have all learnt that winning an election does not qualify an elected government to run a government.

    When the Barbados Labour Party wins this upcoming general election as it will with the never before seen majority That it will have, the issues will be the same.

    The Mottley led administration will have the same issues where Mia, having championed 30 candidates, will be elected, with a hope that they will do differently.

    The thing therefore is not so much that this five year term, (one which I agree is too long by one year, ) will bring new politicians to office but moreso what will Miss Mottley do once elected

    It is quite disturbingly obvious that the caliber of 3rd party initiatives now posturing as salvation for BIM, while philosophically attractive, lack what is required to put this country Barbados back on an even keel.

    The country has been experiencing a 10 year mudslide under the leadership of Fumbles.

    And true while much can be said for “the refreshing of the tree of democracy” as may be envisioned via a third entity , at this time, in the face of the economic malaise that the DLP has wreaked, such would be and “experiment in pruning” that Barbados could ill afford.

    When Mottley wins, IMMEDIATELY WITH HER SECURING THE PRIMEMINISTERSHIP OF BARBADOS, she and her fellow ministers HAVE TO START WORKING TO CHANGE THE. COUNTRY’s MISFORTUNES.

    The reality is that this is not a fight just to replace Fumbles Clowns but the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.

    The 29-1 majority will give her the mandate to make sure that the errant and incompetent who are in her team will be hobbled quickly BUT she will have to to rule AND LEAD and manage THE CHANGE THAT BARBADOS MUST EXPERIENCE in all spheres of its operations, if we would wish to be among the lower rounds of developed countries or more realistically speaking “the highest among third world countries.”


  59. @pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM “the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.”

    Balls are way over-rated, small, exposed, easily injured. A uterus now is infinitely large, strong, hidden away, not easily injured.

    Just what Barbados needs, since the ball bearing boys have comprehensively phucked up the country.


    • Barbados is up shit creek. The same issues we discussed that booted Arthur out we are still grappling. Yes PUDRYR you are correct.

      #godhelpus #dejavu


  60. @ pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Oh holy heavens! Welcome back my friend.

    PUDRYR, you had us in an even more shaky state than the old man in the Stella calypso by Lord Nelson.

    Your gems of wisdom polished in the crucible of age have been sorely missed.

    Please don’t do that to us (again); at least not until you receive your final (repatriation) orders from upstairs.

    You are needed in this final battle to save democracy in Barbados and the future economic sustainability of the youth who have not yet seen a pitching star of hardship.

    “As gems of wisdom, pure and bright,
    That glow with lustrous ray,
    We’ll seek to gain these words of light,
    Their counsels to obey.”


  61. Welcome back Piece………best wishes and good health to you.

    I agree with your post. You should have heard the yardfowl called Straker’s Tenantry today……..he told Mr Wickham that the dems have a master plan with Todd to take out Mia………

    Wuhloss……….my head hurts!


  62. Good to see you here..
    As prodigal said ‘Best wishes and good health’
    Welcome back ‘old friend’


  63. Gentlemen Ladies, Gazers and Sages all,

    Your well wishes are well appreciated.

    I think that life’s teachable moments make us (abruptly) aware of those things that, notwithstanding our most ardent wishes and desires, ONE CANNOT CHANGE

    The finite nature of our sojourn here, punctuated by various “hiccups” and faltering steps and health challenges either brings us closer to an understanding of how infinitely little we know about life’s purpose or leaves us confident that we have mastered our fates and like our political leaders fool us into believing that “we got this covered”

    Ten years ago some of us eagerly gave support to the then changing of the guard embodied by David Thompson et al.

    Here we are ten years later and, given the sterling underperformance of the Party in Power, even stalwarts of the DLP have abandoned the Dipper ship and “do not want to see the names of any one of the DLP on any ballot far less on paper followed by the title minister.”

    So where do we go now?

    The fact is that we the electorate need to move well beyond the simpleton election babble and the vote buying which is standard operating procedure here in Bim and our Act I

    It is time for all Bajans to move on to Act II and Act III

    There is no doubt that there will be widespread vote buying. So it is going to be in Prime Minister Elect’s interest to have her field Marshalls ready to record the many instances of vote buying that will occur on GE Day.

    The fact is that they can hide to buy the votes BUT THEY CANNOT HIDE FROM ***

    The likelihood of catching out Stinkliar through any of the purported infelicities that “many who grudge him” have SPREAD about Decimals Chris, is slim to narrow

    And here is the real deal, HE AND HIS COHORT, CANNOT AVOID BUYING VOTES IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION, AND THEREFORE THEY CANNOT HIDE FROM ***!

    WE UNDERSTAND THEIR PREDILECTION TO TEIF and when that is taken in conjunction with their desire to control the purse strings of Barbados for another five years you start to understand how they are going to undo themselves.

    BUT WHEREAS THEY CAN AND WILL HIDE ALL THE TEIFING THEY ARE PURPORTED TO HAVE DONE AS MINISTERS, GE Day WILL bring several opportunities for these incumbents to not only be thrashed at the ballot box BUT to be successfully prosecuted for their teifing.

    Finally Act III

    WHEN Mia wins she will be winning “a field of desolation.”

    She will have to rebuild the economy from scratch given the endemic teifing of the DLP horde (nearly said hoares)

    How will bajans be able to play their parts in the rebuilding that will be required?

    How will the incoming government be able to get every man woman and child to mobilize and make change happen starting the morning after the general election?

    When the emaciated prisoners at Belsen were liberated during World War II, their liberators when they say the skeletons of the incarcerated fed a few of them chocolate bars.

    Their stomachs could not take the rich food an not a few of them vomited up this treat.

    This is akin to the field of desolation that PM Elect is going to inherit and, lest she wants to follow David Thompson ‘s footsteps as the 2nd worst Prime Minister That Barbados has had, or surpass FUMBLES STUART AS THE 1st and Worse, she must have a Real Plan to implement once the boxes have been gathered and the ballots, including the falsified ones Patrick Toad going need in the City of Bridgetown, have been counted


  64. Dr. Simple Simon January 23, 2018 at 2:31 PM #
    @pieceuhderockyeahright January 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM “the real issue is to have a leader who has the balls to run this country.”
    Balls are way over-rated, small, exposed, easily injured. A uterus now is infinitely large, strong, hidden away, not easily injured.
    Just what Barbados needs, since the ball bearing boys have comprehensively phucked up the country.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you knew anything about human anatomy you would realise that male and females start life in the womb exactly the same.

    What little I have discovered suggests to me that Testes are descended Ovaries!!

    So, you are not comparing like with like!!

    … put differently, if I understand it right, male and female are more alike physically than you might imagine …. that goes with your fake qualifications.


  65. Dear John: If I have revealed from the beginning that my qualifications are fake [which i have] does that still make them fake?

    in any event I was referencing the FACT that testes find themselves in a very delicate/very vulnerable position.

    Notwithstanding my fake doctoral degree in medieval history (lol!) I do understand human anatomy, not as much as Georgie Porgie, who is a real, real medical doctor, but significantly better than the average layperson.


  66. Why on earth compare testes and uteruses?

    What you are trying to disparage is testosterone!!

    Both ovaries and testes produce it!!

    My understanding is that it is responsible for secondary male characteristics like deep voice, facial hair, aggression.

    If you look closely and pay attention you will realise that some women do indeed have deep voices, facial hair and are aggressive.

    It isn’t because they have balls, just that their bodies produce a lot of testosterone.

    You can google high levels of testosterone in women and see for yourself if I am half way right.


  67. @ John January 23, 2018 at 10:48 PM
    “If you knew anything about human anatomy you would realise that male and females start life in the womb exactly the same.
    What little I have discovered suggests to me that Testes are descended Ovaries!!
    So, you are not comparing like with like!!
    … put differently, if I understand it right, male and female are more alike physically than you might imagine …. that goes with your fake qualifications.”

    Based on the above analysis it seems your knowledge of anatomy and wider human biology runs real deep.

    But what it also exposes is the contradiction that exists between this deep scientific understanding of the human body and your superficial acceptance and deeply naive interpretation of the creation story of the man (male) before that of the female as simplistically mystified and narrated in your Judeo-Christian tall tale of arrant impossible nonsense.

    Why would your Yahweh want to clone a cu*t from another one?

    He, Yahweh, should have been a bit more forward thinking and should have looked into his Japanese-made telescope of time and created an artificial woman for lonely Adam to avoid the shit and misery the poor fella has had to endure since his expulsion from the Garden for doing ‘rudeness’ in front of a snake.


  68. MTA

    Come back when science can create life!!!

    It will only ever be able to destroy life or piggyback on the processes that God provided create it.


  69. @John
    Come back when science can create life!!
    ++++++++++
    Never fear the Chinese just cloned monkeys so you know what’s next, although they may not create life it may be a reasonable facsimile of same. Next book will be the “Origin of Species 2” by Mao Zedong, I can see great thinkers emerging e.g. Confucius and from the myriad contributors to BU.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-cloning-monkeys/chinese-scientists-break-key-barrier-by-cloning-monkeys-idUSKBN1FD2FF


  70. @ John January 25, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Sir John- the conflicted guy torn between knowledge and religion- no one is arguing that science can create life but is simply trying to understand it without the blind faith of fools reading from some book of myths and lies plagiarized from the literary output of those past outliers with creative imaginations in trying to interpret the signs and symbols represented in the stars above.

    Maybe you, Sir John, can use your ‘scientific’ knowledge to tell the BU students where does the ‘Light’ of this world called Pachamama come from.

    You should first consult the preachers of the Japanese creation story from the land of the Rising Sun before accepting the Middle Eastern interpretation of those lights in the sky as narrated by their old stargazers as plagiarized below:

    “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day….”


  71. Never fear the Chinese just cloned monkeys

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It is called piggy backing on what’s there already!!


  72. Maybe you, Sir John, can use your ‘scientific’ knowledge to tell the BU students where does the ‘Light’ of this world called Pachamama come from.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Enlighten us who Pachamama is.!!


  73. The utilization of the use of balls et al was used in the usual androgynous(?) sense and lacked my usual addendum of …pudenda which would have been deemed derogatory.

    Balls was used to connotate intestinal fortitude and what will be required under the circumstances and uphill battle facing Barbados and more specifically the incoming government

    A question to the author of this piece.

    Given the entrenched polarized views of the electorate of the rock called Bim what can the new Prime Minister Mia Mottley do to encourage both BLP and DLP supporters to feel that they will be part of the rebuilding process that Barbados WILL DEFINITIVELY NEED?

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