The Caswell Franklyn Column – DEMS Now: DEMS NOT Again!

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

The Right Honourable former Prime Minister, Sir Lloyd Sandiford, was heard to ask, how this country got back to this point. Even though I do not consider myself to be a political scientist or analyst, I would like to offer my perspective.

Ten years ago, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) led by the now deceased David Thompson came to office promising heaven and earth. However, on the eve of the 2018 general elections, it would appear that they have delivered purgatory instead. Mind you, I do not believe for one minute that they intended to impoverish this country as they have obviously done. I believe that they have done their best; it is just that their best is not good enough and has fallen way short of what Barbadians have come to expect.

Government’s failures are so notorious that it would serve no useful purpose to detail the litany of woes that is this administration’s achievements. Rather, it would be more beneficial to examine, as Sir Lloyd pondered: How did the country get back to this point? Such an examination would reveal the pitfalls to avoid, in order to prevent any group, that is as unprepared as the present regime to govern, from ever achieving political office again.

Any right-thinking person would readily admit that the current administration is a dismal failure, but it did not happen over night. This second-eleven team, to borrow a cricketing expression, that now manages the affairs of this country resulted from Owen Arthur’s brain-draining Politics of Inclusion.

When Arthur became the Prime Minister, he set about unwittingly or otherwise to denude the DLP of much of its talent. They were easy pickings because the DLP that emerged after the death of the Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow was a fractious party. Sandiford was somewhat able to keep his dissenters in check because he wielded the power of the Prime Minister and could dispense patronage.

Unfortunately, Thompson took over the party that when it was going into opposition. He had no patronage to dispense to force his lieutenants to pretend as though they were loyal and many defected to the Barbados Labour Party to benefit from the spoils of victory that Arthur was lavishing on key DLP people who switched sides.

Shortsightedly, Thompson was happy to see them go because it meant that his party would be able to settle down without those dissenters. He failed to appreciate or did not care that Arthur was taking away the cream of the crop. All that appeared to matter to him was that he was leader and would most likely emerge, as Prime Minister, as he did, when the DLP retook the government. The people that Thompson had available to him as candidates were the most dyed in the wool Dems or persons that Arthur did not want. Sadly, as it turned out, he did not have enough talent to form a competent government but he was forced to use what he had available to him. That was apparent since he found it necessary to co-opt persons from outside his party to shore up his cabinet.

Regrettably, two years into his premiership, Thompson, the brains of his Government, passed to the great beyond. Those that remained floundered about from pillar to post but everything that they did seemed to have come to nought. The country, in their hands, appears to be hurtling out of control from one crisis to another.

It is painfully obvious to all but the purblind that the current administration had the skills to win the elections but are totally devoid of any of the skills to successfully manage the affairs of this country. They know it but are too stubborn to admit their failings and have the unmitigated gall to seek to foist themselves on the people of this country again.

If this administration were a worker, the employer would be entitled to dismiss that worker for any reason related to the capability of the employee to perform any work, provided the employer went through the appropriate procedure.

The elected members of parliament are the employees of the people of this country. They have demonstrated that they are incapable of performing the work that they were hired to do. The appropriate procedure to effect a fair dismissal, in the form of elections, will soon be upon us. Take it from a practising industrial relations person, a dismissal in these circumstances would be fair to all concerned.

73 comments

  • @Caswell

    Some of us note with interest that you were able to encourage 40 workers from the Transport Board to join Unity. What is sure is that the DEMS cannot accuse Unity like they did last general election of having 1 member!

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  • William Skinner

    @ Caswell
    This column is pathetically nothing more than a poorly written piece of propaganda designed to benefit the Barbados Labour Party. While I agree with Brother Caswell, that the Democratic Labour Party deserves to be fired, he should not expect to get away with blatant nonsense such as Arthur stealing the “cream of the crop ” and that some worthwhile “talent” was captured in Arthur’s politics of seduction, mistakenly referred to by others as the politics of inclusion.
    In order for Caswell to give this piece some legitimacy, he must name the” talent” that went with Owen. Name them Caswell or stay condemned as nothing more than a poor purveyor of BLP propaganda !

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  • Caswell is poor union representative !

    He has misled so many public officers !

    The most notable cases Caswell messed was Stanton Gitttes at PAD and Dennis Boyce at GPD !

    As soon as those ” newly joined ” workers Transport Board hear about 2 cases……Unity membership going back to…….ONE
    member !!!

    Btw, Caswell say hi to Rhonda for me !!!

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    William

    I will name just one: Clyde Mascoll.

    David

    I am looking forward to welcoming many more. Those workers have been represented by BWU for almost 60 years and so far that union has not submitted a proposal for the drivers to get a gratuity and pension. When a driver retires from the Transport Board after let’s say 40 years, he puts down the bus and walks through the door with only his last week’s pay. All other government workers in a similar position would walk away with at least a gratuity of 25 months’ pay.

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  • William Skinner

    2 Caswell

    ” William I will name juts one : Clyde Mascoll.”

    I could have bet my grandson’s little savings that you or anybody else would have picked about the worst example of a politician or perhaps anybody in public life post-independence.
    Mascoll only went to Owen after the elders in the DLP(Morgan, Greaves) correctly determined that he could not win any general election for either the BLP or DLP.
    Mascoll spent a quarter century lambasting Owen’s economic policies. He said that Arthur was the worst Minister of Finance we ever had.
    He then crawled over there(BLP) simply to get even with David Thompson. I maintain that after Thompson expired Clyde’s entire reason for being in public life was greatly diminished. In other words fate did not allow him to defeat Thompson.
    Mascoll has zero integrity both as an academic and a politician. How could one accuse an opponent as corrupt; GEMS and then join them?
    How could anybody bring a no confidence motion against an opponent and then join them?
    Do you know what Mascoll’s reply to a reporter was when asked what role he would play in an Arthur government ?
    His exact words were” Anything that the Prime Minister tells me to do.”

    It is to Arthur’s eternal credit that he did not ask Mascoll to poison the water supply. He would have done it and all like now you would be dead !

    Reel and come again. In case you forgot the question: Name the so-called cream of the crop that Artur seduced from the DLP. Name them or just shut up , Brother Cas !!!

    And for all the jokers out there who think that I dislike Mia. Quite frankly , I admire her loyalty to her party inspite of being kicked about by Arthur and company. She has gone through the fire . She may very well get the opportunity like Thompson did , to prove she is of the finest steel.
    Mascoll is a piece of drift wood hoping to be elevated to the Chair of the Governor of the Central Bank. Should Mia, become Prime Minister and make such a turn coat so powerful, she would have made the biggest mistake any Prime Minister can make.
    David Thompson gave the Mascolls the only two seats the DLP had in de senate and look wuh happen. Ah waiting pun yuh Bro’Cas………

    #enuff

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    William

    What little you know; Mia was plucked from the DLP prior to Arthur’s Politics of Inclusion. Loyalty does not equate to the availability of a constituency.

    You are also wrong on another score: I don’t drink water from the public supply – kidney stones, I can’t take the calcium. LOL!

    By the way, are you one of those that Arthur did not want? A yes or no would suffice.

    Sent from my iPad

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    None amongst us wishes for the demise of an individual when it involves their life. To a man we all regretted the passing away of Thompson. However, given the facts that have come to the surface of Thompson’s involvement in the Clico affair we should be relieved that his reign at the top lasted no more than two years.

    The impact of the Clico affair has left a destructive and an indelible mark on our national psyche; it has since been used as a template by our government under Stuart’s tutelage.

    What saddens me the most was that here we had a man in Thompson who waited desperately for a lifetime to become our leader. Here was his opportunity to govern with wisdom, humility and righteousness. He failed. His moral compass mis-functioned.

    It was never in Thompson’s interest to have a credible and a competent cabinet team to assist him in his government. The Clico affair proved to us that he was a man on a mission.

    We may think that Barbados is ailing but if Thompson were still in charge the life support machine would have been switched off some years back.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Caswell

    It obvious that you cannot competently challenge my assessment of Mascoll. Arthur had precious little or nothing to do with Mia’s decision to join the BLP. I know far a fact that Arthur/BLP reached out to several NDP former candidates or members: Lovell, Worrell, Brathwaite, Skinner, Marshall, Linton, Brooks, Gajadar, Edghill, Haynes, Rouse I think he was looking for “talent” because it was absent in both the Bees and Dees. Most of them said they went because of Owen not the BLP.
    So Bro’ Cas, I realsie you really can’t defend your article because i have called you out. BTW there is nothing wrong in trying to get your party elected.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing March 11, 2018 at 8:14 AM #

    Normally your interventions are so rational, they stand out. But this time you are following the mob.
    I do not know of Mr Thompson’s involvement in Clico, other than what is public knowledge, but there are lots of unanswered questions.
    First, by now we would have had probate of his estate and probate reports are public records. Has anyone, including the media and politicians (who remain deafeningly silent in all this), looked at his probate report, especially his will?
    Has anyone examined in forensic detail – including the jokers on the so-called judicial management review – the financial records of Clico, its products and the minutes of ALL its board and executive meetings. Have they subpoenaed the files and bank records of Thompson Associates?
    The joke judicial management review could not even get access to the Clico bank records, according to the report. Why did they not call the suspended insurance supervisor to give evidence? They also asked other public institutions for assistance and they refused – without any comeback. The place is in an administrative and legal mess (no doubt all the lawyers have their bit of LEC papers).
    Why was the joke judicial management review not given powers to subpoena witnesses and question them under caution?
    These and lots more questions are to be asked. It is easy for the vicious keyboard warriors to attack Mr Parris because he did not go to Harrison College or Combermere; or because he is not from the right background. It is easy to smear Mr Thompson when he is in his grave.
    It is easy for the buffoons and mentally deranged to personalise the flawed regulatory and supervisory framework that oversees the banking and insurance environment in Barbados.
    To do otherwise is to accept the gross incompetence and amateurism of the institutions put in place to protect consumers and tax payers.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Dumbass…Thompson was the LAWYER for Clico…for years, all the thiefing lawyers on the island were, hence the reason there is a lawsuit around 120 million dollars against all who sat on the CLICO board of directors,

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    “It is easy for the buffoons and mentally deranged to personalise the flawed regulatory and supervisory framework that oversees the banking and insurance environment in Barbados.
    To do otherwise is to accept the gross incompetence and amateurism of the institutions put in place to protect consumers and tax payers.”

    Hal these people have no respect. This blog has allowed a female contributor, to write very long articles that are direct lies and innuendo. She is never questioned and I once fell into the trap of praising her until the Mahogany Coconut Group,of which I am a member, used its resources and discovered that she does not even write the articles !!!
    There are several jokers writing on BU, who stupidly believe that their identities are unknown. I could out at least four of them right now but as a proud Barbadian, I would never do that. There are at least three MPS who write on this blog and they are known to the blogmaster. They come form BLPDLP.
    There are about five or seven people who sit on the General councils of the BLPDLP, who write on this blog. They are known to the blogmaster as well.
    The amazing thing is that they are so ignorant of technology that they dont know that a simple device that can be bought in almost any retail electronics shop can out anybody in about five minutes. Sometimes, I just sit hear and read their nonsense.

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  • William Skinner

    “here” not hear

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    William…it goes both ways you know, I suspect everyone also knows who you are because of the same easily attained device…

    .,.., now you have poor dumb Ha, Ha salivating, expect him to contact you,

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Hal, to paraphrase your remark : “Normally your interventions on CLICO are so lacking practical purpose that they stand out. This time is no exception”.

    You absolutely know that there is no mutual exclusivity re incompetent regulatiors/administraive ineffeciency and corrupt executives of both CLICO and the DLP govt, yet you continue to beat the drum primarily – despite tangible evidence – of the incompetency tune .

    You should indeed seek an answer of why the “… judicial management review [was] not given powers to subpoena witnesses and question them under caution?”

    Frankly based on the large cost for the JM team…monies which were taken away from funds available to the disadvantaged policy holders…it originally was a reasonable question if such a process was even beneficial. Based on the scandalous evidence uncovered the short answer of course is yes.

    Let the record be clear. There was a clear pattern of deliberate malfeasance by govt officials and corporate executives; there was also a very clear intent by some govt officials of the supervisory agency to enforce regulations. There was a clear intent to subvert and diminish the investigatory impact of the so called judicial management review but there was also a very clear intent by those professionals to get to the bottom of some of the destructive practices.

    That you harp only on one side of this debacle and suggest that you are pushing agsinst a mob rule intent with that blinkered perspective is annoyingly ridiculous.

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  • “William

    Let us get this right. You know of person who post lies to BU and you feel to protect them by not ‘outing’ them. You also assume that the blogmaster is aware? How do you know this to be the case? Does BU allow BIM, Solutions and all the parties to share contributions to BU? Put up or shut to Rh up!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler March 11, 2018 at 9:57 AM #

    You are questioning intent. I believe the motives for setting up the judicial management review were honourable.
    Maybe you have an answer for why the management review was not given power to subpoenaed witnesses and, apparently, question witnesses under caution.
    Maybe you also have answers fore why the management review failed to get other public institutions to carry out routine work on its behalf, or why it could not get access to the Clico records.
    Cost is not an issue, since this is a matter that goes far beyond dipping in to the remaining Clico funds. This is about the quality of justice in Barbados.
    You claim there was deliberate malfeasance on the part of the company and government officials (are you talking about civil servants?)
    If there is evidence of obstruction of justice, that is a criminal offence, you should report it to the authorities.
    If there is evidence of attempts to subvert the management review, that too is a criminal offence, you should report it to the authorities.
    Please enlighten me about the side of the affair that I am omitting. I say again, the Clico affair has been caused by incompetence: poor regulation, poor supervision, the clog up in the Registry and the failure to bring a case to the courts.
    The system is bad, not because of individual corruption, but flawed legislation and flaw implementation.
    I will end on another issue, that is not as off key as it looks: there hav been reports on BU about a small insurance company selling one of its office blocks and re-leasing it – sale and lease aback, as its is called in the business.
    Have the regulators or supervisors intervened? Or was the supervisor even told of the proposed sale before it happened?
    Are we going to wait until crisis point to ask if this particular company has cash flow problems? If so, how does it deal with claims? What provisions has it made for long-term liabilities?
    Or are we going to wait and when it collapses then claim there were instances of individual corruption by politicians, corporate officials and civil servants?

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  • @ David

    “William

    Let us get this right. You know of person who post lies to BU and you feel to protect them by not ‘outing’ them. You also assume that the blogmaster is aware? How do you know this to be the case? Does BU allow BIM, Solutions and all the parties to share contributions to BU? Put up or shut to Rh up!”

    My answer to you is very simple: If you know what I am saying is untrue then expose me ! You have now degenerated into a most caustic host because you have sat there and encouraged certain behaviour , that you could have at least attempt to stop. You hide behind some freedom of speech nonsense but you should be aware by now that you have actually misled those people into believing that they could actually get away with it ! In real terms you have not even protected those who keep BU alive.
    Hal Austin was at pains to remind you that you had a responsibilty to encourage proper standards of behaviour in the interest of civility. Carl Moore generously offered you a way forward.
    You are as guilty as the political class in behaving like some four foot tall Napoleon.
    Now you can identify my place in the animal kingdom but you are certainly not a RH. I happen to know some RHs and they don’t behave like you Suh !

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  • The coming elections cannot correct obvious maladies ……… they will make them worse, much worse!

    A more decisive means must be found

    A solution which guarantees that this band of characters or no others posses the ability to repeat the misdirection of the past

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    I am waiting to see if after 10 years of knowledge and information gained from having the BU platform..

    If after the expansion of Facebook to include every level of information that informs better than any university..

    If after the existence of Google that informs better than any university..

    The existence of ND that says what most are afraid to voice..

    I am waiting to see if the electorate will be still so fast asleep and unconscious as to still indulge and enable a bunch of self absorbed politicians whose mentalities still exist in the 50s and 60s, whose only goal is to disenfranchise every citizen in the majority population who is not a member of their cult of idiot yardfowls..

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  • @Pacha

    What you desire will not happen this election cycle, it will be B or D. This is the reality n the ground.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Many of yall negros on here are too ungrateful, ya know I will tell ya as is, ya cant have it both ways.

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  • Theophilius Gazerts 270

    ” it will be B or D”.
    And therein lies the rub.

    A next 5-years of BU posts with the same set of people against the B and the same set of people against the D.

    Political class remaining unchanged except for who is in power and who is in opposition.

    The business class still sucking at the teats except instead of Napoleon we now Have Snowball doing the sucking.

    plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

    This JA got off of that boat.

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  • David

    Yuh wrong again.

    What we desire will never happen. But we desire it nonetheless

    And what your surmised is merely self deception for the DLP has not a snowball chance in hell ……. of winning

    Separately

    William Skinner and his alter ego have no moral competence to pretend some high ground.

    You are more worthy than these your detractors, including William Skinner

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    When Caswell Franklyn came on this blog after he was given a column to write in the NationBLP Newspaper, Caswell said that he was told NOT TO WRITE ON POLITICS.

    Yet week after week after week, in some form or the other ALL of his articles are political and only criticize one party. Now when I exposed Caswell as a fraud he never denied that he said that he was not to write on politics.
    Coincidentally, NOT ONE of his weekly propaganda pieces can ever criticize Mottley or the BLP.

    Fellow Barbadians, it is clear what the agenda of the Nation newspaper is and which party they are pushing. Their columnists have to toe the BLP line. Caswell is not an independent voice, he is a BLP lap dog feeding at the Nation trough. Some go to Bush Hill and sell their soul, Caswell sold his in Fontabelle.

    If he wants to prove me wrong, I am calling him out – Write a critical article on the BLP or Mottley and see if it gets published.It will never pass the BLP operatives who control what goes into the Nation newspaper. Caswell is more mouse than he is man.

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    How come three persons who I know personally have written letters to the editor which the Nation BLP newspaper refuses to publish because they ask the opposition leader some questions or might appear to show a different view but Derek Foster , Michael Rudder and others who are openly pro BLP can get their anti government propaganda published at will in the Nation BLP newspaper?
    Bajans better wake up and see how the BLP is manipulating the Nation media house.

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    Pacha…what i dont get is that they all colluded at one time or another, in one form or another, to keep secrets from, keep information from, help disenfranchise and deceive their own people either in the capacity of a political pimp yardfowl or wannabe politician….they all sold out.

    i remember when i heard of BU in 2012, of course prior to that as is normal with the mentally enslaved in a slave society, no one shared information with each other, so corrupt politicians, lawyers, minorities, everyone had a field day at the expense of the unaware population for 40 years back then, who were never supposed to know;

    so upon visiting BU, i mentioned it to a surviving member of one of the more prominent political families, now all long deceased..and was told….steupppsss, what a blog could do, a blog cant change nothing….that was 2012, that person dont speak to me anymore.

    So it is not only weird but awkward and very hypocritical of those who cannot offer any platform to share knowledge or disseminate important information to help their own people, never want to share the names of the demons destroying their country, but got the nerve to sit on their high horse of pretend morality, dispensing their repulsive backward hypocrisy.

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  • Well well

    Poor you !

    You know about Demons !

    Oops 🙊 I forgot that Mia Mottley is your best friend !

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    enjoy your last days as a fractured yardfowl, the end is swiftly approaching and what an end that will be, memorable worthy.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    What skills to win what election what CASWELL. The outcome of the last election was base on who had the money to buy the votes that turn in their favour. Plus the BLP in their arrogance, turning up in coach all of that arrogant shite, making pronouncements that demonstrated their confidence with the usual arrogant twist, and Arthur and his sales pitch contributed to their loss. Overconfidence was their downfall, and arrogance landed them short of the goal. There is no strategist in the DLP misfit of crooked shites. None at all no matter how Snakespeare the idiot for a Prime Minister quotes. He cannot pull off that shite he did last time this time around, unless the BLP’s beans get spill.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Am sure yall busy trying to sell out the CLICO lands to the usual gang of thieves, then the treasury will not see a dime if the sale money, but those lands belong to bajans, policyholders…yall have no parliament.

    .”Don’t touch Clico lands
    Added by George Alleyne on March 11, 2018.

    Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley is warning the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) not to sell lands owned by the failed Clico firm that is indebted to Barbadians, without approval of elected law-makers.

    Speaking last night at the opening of the campaign office for the BLP St John Candidate, Charles Griffith, Mottley said the DLP is currently governing the island without a parliament.

    Mottley said if lands are sold without parliamentary approval, her party will take action to recover them in the name of Barbadians.”

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  • Well well

    You were pompous in 2013 too !

    This time around you are in ducks 🦆 gut !

    On MAM the files , tapes , pictures are already in the safe !!

    At the moment as you spout your pompous diatribe… ….the big screen 📺 is being prepared for the video blast !!

    90 days in yuh tail & you don’t dare riot – not curfew & blows in yuh arse !!

    Try and sit down , keep quiet & respect the Constitution of Barbados 🇧🇧 !!

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  • You. fractured ass, do your party no favours by using such a tone and attitude towards those who would oppose you. If I was still undecided you would sway me in the opposite direction. This is the way NOT to win a vote. Take a lesson from my case. I who have voted for the DLP since 1981 will be voting BLP. I do this not because I think they are the best but rather because the DLP is the worst. And if you are their representative you have proven that point. Now unless your video can show Mia committing a rape or a statutory rape or some sort of serious crime your attempts will fall flat. In fact, even if your video shows such she will be removed and whomsoever takes over that party will have my support. Until better can be done. Until we can break these new shackles….

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fractured idiot likes to tell lies, I completely missed the 2013 election and never posted anything to the run up because I was in North America and only heard they reelected these incompetent.
    losers…after.

    They are desperate and will say anything.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    And they now have no parliament and are trying to find an excuse to reconvene one…..incompetent losers….they are not even much of a government, never were.

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  • DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV

    Oh Lawd!!!…..Nincompoops like Frac-turd DLP and AdvocateDLPNewspaper need to take their heads out de DLP’s ASS, smelling its farts, getting the rapture and get with it!!!!… fall in line with the rest of right thinking Barbadians who can tell that the DLP Stinks to high heaven!!!! the DLP is a corrupt, soulless, organisation….It is an absurdity in physical form…..headed by nobody less than a joker. Why Kerrie Symmonds called him a ratboxy i do not know…he brought down the good name of ratboxies everywhere in Barbados. You heard what the Froon was drivelling in terms of why he didn’t shuffle his cabinet!!!..my brain started to hurt trying to interpret with he said within the realm of political or even human logic..I just want this nightmare to end. I never thought that Ossie Moore would be reincarnated as a PM of Barbados but here we are. Freundel, within in the next 90 days i plead to you..just stop talking at least!!! I beg yuh.
    I have said that the Froon is the single most reason why Barbados is the way it is..his laissez-faire style is totally NOT what Barbados needs and it is costing Bdos DEARLY!!!!…he has lost (or never had) control of his ministers, allowed the govt to lose control of the economy, lost relevance in the society, lost grasp of reality!!!!!

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  • Donna

    I personally don’t care where you vote or for whom you vote !

    When it is all said & done you would cast your vote for the losing B LP !

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    I have just returned from my first political meeting and i’m exhausted. It was held by the DLP at the Lester Vaughn School and commenced 45 minutes late (6:15); Stuart brought the proceedings to an end at 10.30.

    It was a glorified talk shop with all the ministers kicking lumps out of Mia. The speaker reminded the audience that it was their responsibility to go out and vote and canvass for the party in order to obtain victory. And would blame them their supporters should they lose the election for having disobeyed their requests.

    They mentioned how they brought in new employment laws to protect workers, introduced the minimum wage, provided social housing for the masses, built the aforementioned school, built the police station in St Thomas, et al.

    They stated that the BLP could not be trusted as they have a record which protects the well off and discriminates against the poor and that the sewage crisis stemmed from the BLP building a sewage system that was in effect obsolete from the very first day that it was in operation.

    The speakers underplayed the party’s failures by comparing themselves to other countries.

    To conclude, i was not impressed. However it was difficult not to have some sympathy for a party that is left leaning and does not enjoy the support of the local business community.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Fractured

    I said in another blog that you sound sensible. Starting to think I have to take that back. I ask you what could it be that is fueling your loyalty to these wicked shites, and not to your country. Can you show me anything of substance done by the DLP that will convince me to vote for them again? Show me their proven track record of success.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Do not have sympathy for this loser government, they are toxic, their cult of idiot yardfowls are not enough to get them reelected and they know it only too well….the business community has no further use for ministers who have no more money left in the people’s treasury or pension fund to give them or help them steal with elaborate scams and paper work, like the Apes Hill scam, they could only give away more of the people’s land to the minority thieves, except now they are being watched and will think twice.

    The ministers should have listed what they have not done to help their own people progress, the list of negoect would have been much longer.

    They should have showcased the decayed infrastructure they never tried to upgrade.

    The laws they never legislated , proclaimed or enforced to stop government corruption.

    The 10 year neglect of the sewage system.

    Only realy dumb people would sit still and allow greedy, selfish corrupt government ministers who know they are on their way out of office to lie to them and who also refuse to accept any responsibility for their 10 years of neglect of the same majority population whose votes they now need.

    Kick them all out, vote them out, not one seat.

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  • William Skinner

    @Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service

    “Kick them all out, vote them out, not one seat.”

    Question : And then what ? Watch as thirty Bees destroy what little is left ?

    Talk to me my friend ………….

    #enuff

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  • @William Skinner

    Was you watching when the DEM destroyed Barbados?” to this little left “. The Bees work hard to make HONEY , you must try some, it is not the Fat of a calf.

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    William…at this point the majority Black population need to do only one thing;

    look around Barbados and ask themselves WHO BENEFITED from 10 years of this government..

    they ave 90 days left in which to do so..

    lets not get ahead of ourselves.

    whomever is elected, the citizens will still have all those tools available to them to monitor for any bribery and corruption with minorities, expose it, name and shame all of them and hopefully see the culprits in this present government charged.

    if you have any interest, you too can create and produce some of those tools to prevent elected government officials you know from experience have the propensity to take bribes and help minorities steal from treasury and pension…

    in order to put an end to those crimes….going into the future post election.

    ya cant just sit and ask …then what…when there is still so much to do.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ William Skinner March 12, 2018 at 6:07 AM #
    “@Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service
    “Kick them all out, vote them out, not one seat.”
    Question : And then what ? Watch as thirty Bees destroy what little is left ?
    Talk to me my friend ………….”

    WS,
    You seem to be conflicted while behaving like the ‘see no evil-hear no evil-speak no evil’ Marching monkey.

    On the one hand you promote actively the replacement of the BDLP (the same-sex-six-is-half-dozen-bibby-dibby’ party) with some third party or parties.

    On the other hand, you seem to have given up all hope of any third party replacing the current DLP administration?

    Why do you see the “Bees” as the electoral Hobson’s choice?

    Why NOT Solutions Barbados or UPP or even Bim, all the same thing with the synonym AMB (Anti-MAM Brigade)?

    Why aren’t you playing your cards straight by laying them on the electoral betting table?

    Why not try your luck in the anti-MAM race by backing a specific third party horse of your choice as the ‘Solution’ to the BDLP (Bee-Dem long-playing) tweedling problem or spread you wager (odds) behind any No. 3 ‘dark horse’ in the Hobson’s race?

    Skins man, jump off your imaginary fence and declare the true ‘colour’ of your ‘skin’ in the upcoming electoral game!

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Hal Austin March 11, 2018 at 9:13 AM ,

    The current law as it exists in Barbados will never bring to justice those in high places.

    In such cases of bribery, money laundering, obtaining monies illicitly and all the rest. The courts should make the assumption that you are guilty unless you,as an individual, can prove that you have obtained your wealth legally and not in an immoral way.

    For example, if you have recently acquired a Mercedes and a house when in a previous life you did not own a home or drove an old patched up motor then you will need to explain the source of these monies that allowed you to improve your lot. The chances are that you will have a credible explanation.

    Hal, this is the only way that you will deal with corruption in Barbados. If the accused is unable to justify their wealth then you strip them of their wealth and assets.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing March 12, 2018 at 10:46 AM #

    I assume, everytime I am discussing law-making in Barbados, that they intend to operate on the Westminster/Whitehall model and common law principles.
    If this is the case, they do not have a clue as to what that model is, or how it operates. We now have a Criminal Finances Act in the UK that provides for an unexplained wealth order, (a civil order) allowing the authorities to launch an investigation in to anyone who appears to suddenly become wealthy.
    It would then be their duty to explain their wealth – like Brandford Taitt, my late wife left it for me, or that they have won the lottery. If they cannot, ten the authorities can seize the property. We can do this in Barbados.
    Or, simply, we can compel all public appointees to declare their total wealth and assets on taking up their positions – senior civil servants, politicians, top judges, etc – and, on leaving office, have their wealth and assets audited, along with those of close relatives (partners and children). Any unexplained wealth will be seized and the person prosecuted for illegal benefits from office.

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  • Hal
    A few years ago,a story was going the rounds in Barbados that Inland Revenue asked a certain well known albino bajan who was in the haulage business to explain his wealth.He promptly replies …’I does b..ll’ whereupon the interview ended and he was allowed to apparently continue b..lling.

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  • Gabriel March 12, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

    That explains the incompetence and unprofessionalism of the Bajan administrative class. All those accused of financial crimes should give a similar explanation.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Gabriel…all the minorities need to be investigated about out how they get wealth, these foolish politicians and ministers continue to enable them in not accounting for wealth, that has to end.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    All uh yuh is too smart for de ole man.

    Mr Franklyn has penned this article “Demons Now, Never Again…”

    de ole man dun tell wunna that, outside of the 8 x 16 foot billboard posters dat David get from …, de DLP WERE NOT EFFING READY TO DO NUFFING!!!

    That won the general election in 2007 and the one in 2013 was won on “Cuhdear dem only had five years to de de ting gi dem a nex five…”

    What part of this wunna can’t unnerstan ?

    You all think that this is about reasoned decisions and intellectual discourse.

    IT IS NOT

    De average Bajan with their 15 second attention span ONLY HAS TO BE SHOWN THAT THE DOLLAR THEY HAD IN 2007 IS ONLY BUYING THEM 63 cents in 2018 and if they give the DLP A THIRD TERM IT WILL ONLY BE DEVALUED TO 27 CENTS

    All this intellectualizing and ting doan mean nuffing to 60 percent of De average electorate

    And all dat William Skinner talking bout for Third Party options while desirable options for Barbados in 2018. WILL NOT HAPPEN FOR AT LEAST 25 years because the third parties are floating flotsam euphemism for badword

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  • Has anyone seen Dennis Lowe recently in public?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Prodigal…it is said Lowe is in the hospital, another shallow reason Frundel & Co are delaying the election, waiting for him to recover, so suppose he does not.

    What I am wondering, how does Mia own the Nationnews, according to some, they have to do what she says and yet, she sued them, this a a trial for this week.

    Courtroom 4 The Honourable Justice Alrick Scott, Judge of the High Court (a.g)
    TRIAL
    T i m e No. Case No.
    9:30 a.m. 1 CV0217/2011 Mia A. Mottley v. The Nation Publishing Company Limited, et al

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  • Prodigal
    Probably working feverishly at Vaucluse so he can put his name on the building on the official opening before the bell rings,as did nitwit braffit on the unfinished police station at Cane Garden.These barefoot hoes and golliwogs only interested in themselves and trying to perpetuate their nastiness.The QEH got more tablets than westbury most with the names of the only class that matters in Bim because we like it so.If I was empowered my first order of business would be take the sledgehammer to all those tablets. That at Vaucluse would get the steam roller treatment as well.Dust to dust for the big corruptor.

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  • Poor soul……..what if he does not get better in time for the election date?

    I detest this so called PM who only speaks to the dlp diaspora and the party faithful here……..every time he speaks, he seems to think that it is some feather in his cap or that it is cute for him to be snarky and condescending when referring to the rest of us who do not share his warp sense of importance.

    He thinks he can taunt the whole of Barbados by not calling an election date even when his time has expired.

    Oh Freundel, Freundel………you have to call the election whether you want to or not and I know the day will come. We have endured your incompetence for 10 years ….what is another 83 days…..we have come so far, the end is in sight.

    Your time will come, Mr PM!

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  • 11 more weeks to go and then they are no more…

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  • The prime minister says history is made by creating it hence the reason why he did not dissolve parliament.

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  • Gabriel

    If the PM is so sure that he will be re-elected why is he so hesitant to call the election which is overdue.

    Alright, he said he was going down to the wire and taking all of the time the electorate gave him and that he is not throwing the time the people gave him back at him. I was at a function recently and one of his friends was saying the same thing defending him.

    The man is unreasonable and stubborn beyond words……five years have gone since the last election and five years since the state opening of Parliament.

    He is disgracing the constitution. Do you think that the dems would ever let a BLP pull a stunt like this?

    Yeah…….continue to talk crap that you are not breaking any laws……Fumble.

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  • He may be right, David………..he is creating history……..worst PM and government this country has ever had to endure.

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  • Prodigirl

    Go and rest your weary soul !!

    You don’t realize you are the only nitwik calling fuh Elections ???

    Barbadians – the rational thinking ones – ( minus you ) …….knows the law !!!

    The PM is on sound legal authority !!

    What bothering you & MAM is what he waiting on !!

    The King 👑 Freundel Stuart knows !!

    It is wunnah to find out !!

    Stop there & sweat ……you SCALLYWAGS !!

    90 days in wunnah arse !!!

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  • Prodigirl

    You & MAM continue to send the voters in the polling both with the cell phones 📱!!!

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  • William Skinner you ask then what,i will answer for you Dem.The Country would start afresh with a proper leader in Ms Mottley who is 10 times the leader Mr Stuart will ever be.Once that happens most likely investors will begin to invest in the Country and things will start to pick up,whersby employment will begin to improve and the Reserves will hopefully begin to grow,even if they have to secure a loan from the IMF.On the other hand remaining with this Government particularly this PM and Finance Minister is a recipe for disaster,comprende Mr Skinner.

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  • I’m a big fan of mafia movies, what I always found most interesting was the organisation structure, and how effective it was at getting information up and down the organisation and out to the streets/people and enforcing the will of the leader

    I can usually find in any political party similarities but for some reason this DLP bunch under David Thompson and then Freundel has never made any sense. There is no clear message from the leader, the Consiglieres give awful advice, the Capos stink at their jobs and openly fight each other and the soldiers can’t get their facts straight and don’t seem to have clear marching orders.

    A mafia organisation run like this, would result in chaos in the streets, infighting, loss in revenue and investors taking their money elsewhere……………but what do I know I just like watching The Sopranos and The Godfather I and II

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  • DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV

    Oh Lawdy…. Lawdy…Lawdy…..The Froon speaks!! Im beginning to think that Fumble is suffering from some degenerative disease that affecting his intelligence!!!!! From the way he talks his logic processing apparently is shot!!!! (or shite!!!). He doesn’t want to call elections because he wants to create history…Riiiigggghhhttt!!!!!!….My dear Fruendel YOU and the DLP have already created history!!!!… the decline of $1bn in foreign reserves in 5 years!!!…that’s history!!!!!,…..the decline of Barbados’ credit rating to near default.!!!!….that’s history!!!…taxation to the tune of BDS $22bn in 5 years and the people of Bdos has yet to see any benefit from it!!…… that’s history!!!…so Froony…you dont have to worry….but the best is to come….continue to talk drivel during this election campaign and your party will suffer the most historic defeat in Bdos’ history…and your miserable political career and leadership will be HISTORY!!!!!!

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  • Poor fellow, the very thought of losing all the high life is so scary to Froons that he refuses to call the election.

    If they are so sure that they are going to win, why is he holding out long past his time has expired.

    He will be history all right!

    Never again should a poor rakey PM be able to hold a whole country to ransom for his own ego………constitutional reform is absolutely necessary!

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  • On CBC TV news tonight the DLP candidate for St Joseph was unfortunately filmed frothing at the mouth.I thought CBC could have edited out that section.

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  • Gabriel I saw it as wellbut the nonsence he spoke about the DLP always having to fix things made me laugh,he is probably trying to be a comedian.I wonder if he remember 1994,when the BLP took over from the Dems with unemployment around 25%.and brought it down to 7%.Is this guy related to Maureen Holder?I noticed we saw the PM and Mr Holder but not a word from the BLP Meeting on the Taxpayers funded station,this is totally unacceptable and whoever is responsible should be fired for such blatant bias behavior.and to top it have to listen to the propaganda call in program Talk Ya Talk with the three Dem Moderators.

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  • The following information was taken from a paid advertisement in the press, dated Sunday, January 1, 2006:

    CHARTER FOR CHANGE

    As the country contemplates the beginning of a new year, there are some of us who continue to preoccupy our thoughts with how we can lend to the process of advancing our democracy to the further reaches of social and economic justice for all. It is true that while we have come a long way in this country, there seems to be a general MELTDOWN of the STANDARDS that GOVERN our POLITICAL, SOCIAL and MORAL conduct. This all leads to the escalating levels of crime, social and economic injustice, and a GROWING PERCEPTION of a LACK of TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY AMONG THOSE INDIVIDUALS and institutions that DIRECT the POLITICAL AFFAIRS of this great nation. As a result of these observations, Citizens for the Advancement of Democracy and Good Governance, feels compel to recommend the following principles to further advance the Charter For Change:

     We will advocate for the setting up of a National Commission On Integrity And Transparency as an act of parliament, that would be RESPONSIBLE for INVESTIGATING and/or MONITORING the ACTIONS of politicians and all government officials that GIVE RISE to ALLEGATIONS of CORRUPTION, and would further seek to ensure that the people’s business be done in a manner that REFLECTS DECENCY and HONESTY.

     We will strongly support the call for a LIMIT of TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS be set as the LENGTH OF TIME a Prime Minister (PM) can OCCUPY office, and that the SAME individual could only be selected as PM by any political party AFTER a five year ABSENCE from that post.

     We will advance the call that requires a political party that succeeds becoming the government to fulfil the FULL five years of its term in office and that the DATE of the succeeding elections be SET for the EXACT DATE when the five year term is ended. The only exception to this would be where recalling the government becomes necessary and the appropriate constitutional provisions to do so are activated.

     We will advocate that it becomes MANDATORY for ALL politicians seeking elective office to DISCLOSE all their ASSETS prior to the time of the elections.

     We will advocate for the preservation of the strongest expressions of religious faith to remain at the heart of the consciousness of the nation and all its socio-cultural and educational institutions.

     We will support the call for STRICT political campaign financing rules and regulations to be put in place to ENSURE transparency, full disclosure and fairness.

    Paid for by:
    Citizens for the advancement of Democracy and Good Governance
    Dr. Denis S. Lowe, Chairman

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

    For the past 22 years and 2 months, it seems as though Dr. Denis S. Lowe has CHANGED his “position” on the “Charter for Change” since becoming a parliamentary minister.

    Lowe has remained silent on the issue of Stuart twice “invoking” the extended 90 day period after the dissolution of parliament, before calling the general elections. And he is ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNING to ENSURE Freundel Stuart secures another term in office (without the “five year absence from the post”).

    The suggestion of establishing a “National Commission On Integrity And Transparency” to investigate the actions of politicians “that give rise to allegations of corruption and ensure that the people’s business be done in a manner that reflects decency and honesty……………

    ………….seems to have “gone through the window.” Perhaps Lowe is scared that he and a number of his colleagues may come under investigation if the Commission was actually established.
    The allegation that Lowe and Michael Lashley have been driving SUVs owned by Trans Tech Inc., created some suspicion or conflict of interest issues because the vehicles owned by the SSA, which falls under Lowe’s “portfolio,” and buses owned by the Transport Board (which falls under Michael Lashley “portfolio,” are repaired by the said Trans Tech Inc.

    There have also been allegations of corruption level against other members of Freundel Stuart’s Cabinet………..

    …………and since Lowe became an elected member of parliament, he has not mentioned anything from his “Charter for Change” to his colleagues, in parliament, at constituency branch meetings or at DLP annual conferences.

    Under these circumstances, surely it would be in the interest of Lowe and his colleagues if they were “to disclose all their assets prior to the time of the” upcoming general election.

    This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of politicians.

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  • William Skinner

    “millertheanunnaki March 12, 2018 at 8:28 AM #
    @ William Skinner March 12, 2018 at 6:07 AM #
    “@Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service
    “Kick them all out, vote them out, not one seat.”
    Question : And then what ? Watch as thirty Bees destroy what little is left ?
    Talk to me my friend ………….”

    WS,
    You seem to be conflicted while behaving like the ‘see no evil-hear no evil-speak no evil’ Marching monkey.

    On the one hand you promote actively the replacement of the BDLP (the same-sex-six-is-half-dozen-bibby-dibby’ party) with some third party or parties.

    On the other hand, you seem to have given up all hope of any third party replacing the current DLP administration?

    Why do you see the “Bees” as the electoral Hobson’s choice?

    Why NOT Solutions Barbados or UPP or even Bim, all the same thing with the synonym AMB (Anti-MAM Brigade)?

    Why aren’t you playing your cards straight by laying them on the electoral betting table?

    Why not try your luck in the anti-MAM race by backing a specific third party horse of your choice as the ‘Solution’ to the BDLP (Bee-Dem long-playing) tweedling problem or spread you wager (odds) behind any No. 3 ‘dark horse’ in the Hobson’s race?

    Skins man, jump off your imaginary fence and declare the true ‘colour’ of your ‘skin’ in the upcoming electoral game!”

    I have long declared in this blog and in both public newspapers that our country has no futureunder the BLPDLP. If you really read this blog, you would note that i am often reminded, much to my amusement, that i lost my deposit as a candidate for a third party National Democratic Party (NDP) almost 27 years ago. To me it is a badge of considerable honour.

    So, i really can’t see where you going with this. i have already endorsed every third party and independent and they have my support. If that is sitting on the fence , I plead guilty.

    Now uh gine ask you the same question: After we give de Bees all 30 seats what next.

    Barbados deserves more than thsi musical chairs democracy.

    #enuff

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  • The SSA refuse collector passed the neighbourhood for the first time in one month and I noticed the truck was a smaller version than customary, a vehicle that is about 15-20 years old.I wondered where that old MTW compactor truck came from however it was working well enough to remove the 4 weeks of garbage piled up at the roadside.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Gabriel

    Apparently they still left some LOL.

    #enough

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Mr. Caswell Franklyn

    In response to your cry Dems Now DEMS NOT AGAIN de grandson send you this

    He had suggested that you put it on your Facebook page or on your Whatsapp and send it to all your contacts but de ole man said dat that might not be the best thing for you to do as a Credit Union man because they might only seek to lock you up for formenting civil disobdience

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ William Skinner March 12, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    William, we are glad to hear you are no longer sitting on the fence.

    So where are you now with your political knickers in a twist other being completely in the midst of the third parties’ kerfuffle?

    Where do your loyalties actually ‘lie’ with these third parties?

    Unless these varying third parties come under one coalition of Opposition to replace the governing party (BDLP) then the opportunity for change is as elusively magical as OSA becoming PM under a UPP government.

    You just cannot place your bet behind each competing third party vying for the same top dog position. You are either for one or none at all. You just cannot serve two ‘third-rated’ masters.

    Here is a tip to point you to the right ‘third party’ betting booth:

    Go for Solutions Barbados

    They appear to be the most viable of the ‘third-parties’ lot.
    At least their spokesperson on economic and financial matters, Scott Weatherhead, spins a convincingly good yarn. The guy Scott has a sharp intellect and is able to spot illogicalities, bullshit partisan waffle and downright lies from early.

    He just needs to thread his intellectually fine-tuned needle to sew’ you over to his side.

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  • William Skinner

    “millertheanunnaki March 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM #
    @ William Skinner March 12, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    William, we are glad to hear you are no longer sitting on the fence.

    So where are you now with your political knickers in a twist other being completely in the midst of the third parties’ kerfuffle?

    Where do your loyalties actually ‘lie’ with these third parties?

    Unless these varying third parties come under one coalition of Opposition to replace the governing party (BDLP) then the opportunity for change is as elusively magical as OSA becoming PM under a UPP government.

    You just cannot place your bet behind each competing third party vying for the same top dog position. You are either for one or none at all. You just cannot serve two ‘third-rated’ masters.

    Here is a tip to point you to the right ‘third party’ betting booth:

    Go for Solutions Barbados

    They appear to be the most viable of the ‘third-parties’ lot.
    At least their spokesperson on economic and financial matters, Scott Weatherhead, spins a convincingly good yarn. The guy Scott has a sharp intellect and is able to spot illogicalities, bullshit partisan waffle and downright lies from early.

    He just needs to thread his intellectually fine-tuned needle to sew’ you over to his side.”

    Quite frankly, I like Lynette Eastmond but I can’t get a clear picture of what is happening on the ground with the UPP. Grenville is making some head way and I have also heard the economic spokesman. I notice that whenever all the parties are on brasstacks etc, the BLPDLP spokesmen make less sense.
    I am also hoping that my Comrade and friend,Randall Rouse, independent candidate in St. Joseph, pull off what will be the biggest upset in our post independence era.
    However I can openly state that Ian Edghill (BLP) and a former NDP Young National , will be an asset to the House of Assembly.

    I can now state on BU that I am endorsing Solutions Barbados to be the next government of Barbados and Grenville Phillips as Prime Minister.

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