Waiting for the Bell to be Rung

Protecting our democracy…

Every where one turns in Barbados the discussion is about when will the prime minister ring the bell. Is is unethical for the prime minister to have extended the traditional 5 year term to the 90 days allowed by the Constitution for what many believe was meant by the framers to address an extraordinary event? There is a view that the prime minister has no moral authority to lead the country given his thirst to create history by any means necessary.

In another blog BU outlined that any government preparing to contest a general election is regarded as lameduck where key decisions are delayed to await the mandate of the citizenry  -see Barbados a Country in Abeyance.

In the current situation Barbadians have not only had to wrestle with the unprecedented decision of a prime minister prepared to dilute our way of democracy that has earned our little island a global reputation.  One remembers Dame Billie Miller, the late Dame Nita Barrow et al asked to participate in international fora with a focus on electoral matters.

Given the anemic performance of the economy since the global crisis of 2008 one would have anticipated that the government would have taken the moral high ground to seek a mandate from the people they were elected to serve. One gets the impression these days that the people- where the power is meant to reside-  have allowed the political class to hijack the intent of the Westminster system of democracy inherited.

While the focus is on the decision by the prime minister to extend the tenure of his government. There is the discussion waiting to be had on the campaign trail highlighted in an earlier blog -see  Voting Checklist to Assist With Placing Your X.  One can take the position that if we have waited 5 years what is a another 90 days. BU subscribes to the view that important to how our system of democracy is meant to work must be a high level of citizen advocacy. A self critique in this regard exposes a passive approach by Barbadians since the 30 November 1966.

Clearly the decision by the prime minister – perhaps advised by Hal Gollop- to invoke the 90 day period allowed by the Constitution of Barbados to extend his government serves to be another distraction at a time when the country needs to rally behind a plan that should be marshalling our scarce resources to succeed. How do we tweak our governance model to ensure our Parliament provides oversight as intended by the Constitution. The Public Accounts Committee and Committee of Privileges come to mind. The inability to respond to the perennial concerns of the Auditor General reports that reveals an unacceptable level of financial indiscipline and malfeasance. We could mention a crumbling infrastructure- the sewage problem on the South Coast, a stressed waste management system and pothole ridden road ways come to mind.

Given where Barbados finds itself Barbadians must begin to question what we will demand of our representatives when they come knocking very soon. It will not be enough to take their accustomed rhetoric. In extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary measures have to be taken. What are we as an intelligent people prepared to do this time around.

 

 

 

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  • Sorry for being a democratic mole on BU 😦

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  • Don’t mind Fractured Shithound, they are all now out to sea, Fruendolittle and his gang of corrupt incompetents are now on their last gasps..

    …am looking forward to more exposure and entertainment from the retards in the coming weeks, this one was a real beauty this weekend from the telegraph though, let’s see if they can come up with something even better, we still got 80 days left to go..lol

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  • The JA boy from St John was on CBCTV news talking to nodding octogenarians(wat it is he say?)at George Street saying that the article in the Telegraph was defamatory of the Cabinet of Barbados and the Cabinet should sue the Telegraph.Whatanaazzole.St John the least developed parish and with some of the most undeveloped and crooked people like de leper and the JA representative for ChCh WC

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Once elected Mia has a duty to make sure some handcuffs are put on Leroy Leper….or she too will be held responsible for the CLICO thefts, someone has to go to prison for the Clico/Thompson/Parris thefts, the Thompson estate holding millions of Clico dollars that cannot be explained should also be seized..

    Sad and very ugly that governments aid, abet, collude with and allow their friends and everyone else to steal from their own people, while they themselves pad their bank accounts so those thefts can continue while no one, including themselves, are held accountable or goes to prison.

    I also dont believe it is too late to lock up Parris or seize the Thompson estate…when Fruendolittle and his gang of corrupt incompetents no longer have parliamentary powers or priveleges would be a good time to arrest Parris and whichever former ministers conspired with, aided, abetted and protected him in his criminal thefts against policyholders….backward, crooked government ministers who even mismanaged the banana republic they created.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/139426/sad-paid-clico-collapse

    “No charges have been brought against anybody from the perspective of the regulator,” Fowler said.

    “The case that was brought against Mr Parris was done because of a forensic audit, and it wasn’t even a comprehensive forensic audit. It was a forensic audit that was done by the judicial manager and they were able to come across the discovery of the $3.3 million.

    “So it is a sad thing for Barbados and the Caribbean that, to this day, nobody has really faced the law courts for the debacle of CLICO and British American,” she declared.

    While Fowler believes it is not too late for someone to be held accountable, she does not believe it will happen.

    “Nobody will touch it because there are too many incestuous relationships between that organisation and the governments in the region, whether it is one party or the next. And I think that is a sad thing for us in the region,” the BIPA chairperson noted. “

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  • WHAT IS MOST OBVIOUS HERE are Grown Men and Women who Waste Precious Moments in life CONTENDING ONE WITH ANOTHER on all the ISSUES but WHO FAIL MISERABLY to ACKNOWLEDGE the ROOT CAUSE of All our ills!!

    We continue to Experience Serfdom and Oppression in our Modern Day Existence in Barbados

    Socialism Abounds and Prospers at the Expense of our Nation. Socialism is Economic Cannibalism.

    Socialism has no theory of wealth creation; it’s just a destructive, Envy-Driven Fantasy about Redistributing Wealth after something else (and somebody else) creates it first. The slow poison of Government and Corporations, Crony Capitalism has infiltrated almost every level of Socialist Countries and is now being used as Fodder to promote Socialism.

    What most do not realize is that Serfdom still exist today in the guise of Socialism and Prospers Worldwide and we that are on the Isles of the sea are not exempt. The same Philosophy that wants the Statue of Admiral Nelson removed which was paid for by Public Subscription, gave us the Emancipation Statue while putting us in ECONOMIC SLAVERY. OVER TAXATION IS THEFT…

    Isn’t it Ironic that you want to take down the Statue that Barbadians felt was reminiscent of the one who Saved them but Celebrate the Emancipation Statue paid for by Government and they are the ones who are Taxing Barbadians into Slavery. People received their Freedom and it was Heralded as something Great they even Erected Statues to Celebrate Emancipation paid for by the Government, and then they proceed to make us Serfs. We have thrown off the Colonial Masters and now we have another one, Government and they are Celebrating Freedom with us while making us Slaves to the State!…That is the Ultimate Deception!!

    Do we not understand that the Ideology of Socialism is a Godless conspiracy bent on Divisiveness and Destruction? I see some here playing the Race Card to perfection… Socialism does not have a Race you are being Used by a System that promotes Hatred by via the Adversary’s Tool ‘Racism’ by putting one against another. Contention is of that very same Source. Do You Not Understand That?

    The Reality is that Under the Banner of Socialism we are ALL Serfs, understand that the plan is” CONTROL”. Socialism is a slow process of Rot, while promising everything and Delivering Nothing!!

    They say One Thing but Act Contrary to Reality and want us to Believe the Lie that they are Caring and Benevolent.

    In reality they are Our New Masters not Civil Servants of the People.

    Tell me again, are we Free when they take more than Half of what we earn to Prop Up themselves and their friends?

    And in addition Engage in the Corrupt Game of Pay To Play!!

    WE IN THE CARIBBEAN WE HAVE THE TOPMOST EXAMPLES OF THE FAILURE OF SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM BEING CUBA & VENEZUELA…YET WE TURN A BLIND EYE!!

    DO YOU KNOW HOW ABSURD FREEDOM MUST SOUND TO THOSE WHO ARE COMFORTABLE IN SLAVERY AND FIGHT HARD TO RETAIN IT?

    THINK ABOUT IT…“YOU MAY CHOOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY BUT YOU CANNOT SAY THIS TIME THAT YOU NEVER KNEW” William Wilberforce

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  • WW
    Bios is correct.Nothing will happen.Hot air and fluff but it will be business as usual.Even If window dressing like the Duffus foolishness.Until a benign dictator comes riding on a high wave of popularity we will be frustrated by the political class.Our taxes will continue to be wasted on paying people like Mara Thompson as the widow of a PM plus her slice as a parliamentarian who like all the others do nothing for the constituents.Parishes were better represented in the old days of the Vestry system and the District Councils.

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  • Of course Fowler is correct, the way Clico matter was managed was to cover up. It is no surprise that people are now being paid days before an election.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    It is a mess that should stay highlighted at all times, never give any of the government ministers abd their fellow corrupt friends and partners in the busines and minority community the opportunity to hide or cause people to forget their destructive thieving practices, there is a worldwide movement to keep government criminality exposed and always in the public domain.

    Definition of tyrants and corrupt givernments:

    “Washington Post noted, In nations without a strong democratic foundation, tyrants cling to power by belittling perceived enemies and insulting and co-opting other institutions, such as a free press, law enforcement and the military, coercing them into subservience,”

    Barbados is not a democracy, but an easily exploited modern day slave society.

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  • And note how British American policyholders appear to be being treated differently to CLICO. BA policyholders can’t get a cent until 65 it seems.

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  • Wasn’t BA bought out by Sagicor?

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  • Yes David, but with what conditions for annuity holders?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 18, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    David BU:

    Do you know from where the new company Res Life (the reincarnation of the Bajan arm of CLICO) will be getting is money to cover its on-going administrative operations if the money put up by the government is to meet policyholders’ long overdue obligations?

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  • @Miller

    Dont insurance companies rely on premium income to cover expenses?

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  • Exactly one week later ……and the once BOISTERIOUS …..Mia Aman Mottley…. is now on MUTE.

    Following the vote – fraud allegation against her in St. Michael North – East !!!

    Imagine that !!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 18, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Yes they should; at least in their inchoate years but later on the prudent investment of the residual premium revenue.

    That ‘fickle’ sector of the financial products market relies heavily on the savvy persuasion of Ponzi marketeers along with a solid dose of confidence in the industry and government’s demonstrated competence to ‘regulate’ the players.

    Which Bajan Johnny- unless from St. John- would buy new insurance and pension policies aka buying a concealed pig in a black bag from a company burnt with the image of CLICO?

    Would you? Certainly not the young UWI graduates who would be making up the new market for insurance policies!

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  • Which Bajan Johnny- unless from St. John- would buy new insurance and pension policies aka buying a concealed pig in a black bag from a company burnt with the image of CLICO?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Many, many!!
    Many, many, many!!!

    Even some who previously brought from a ‘CLICO’ that was run by a clearly retarded, semi-literate, megalomaniac.

    Brass bowls are predictable.

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  • What Clico and Paris were allowed to do is so criminal that the entire financial market in Barbados but especially the life insurance market is now fraught with apprehension and doubt.There is a lack of confidence in the marketplace and one can lay the blame squarely on the man called the leper,the keeper of secrets of the political con men of the DLP.When Stuart said in Parliament that the man is his friend,it was a requirement,an order from the bailor.If Stuart think people forget his threats to “expose” a list of a particular class of investor in Clico,Stuart the SOB,got another think coming.The fuchvr.

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  • In response to the ‘Article Stench of Economic Decay is Overwhelming Barbados’

    One FB Friend said “June, I’m here trying to figure out what an exaggerated and wicked story on my country has to do with outstanding CNN journalist AC’s regret over his president’s comments on Haiti…. I’m not denying the sewage issue is a national crisis, but I don’t recall the fact that Barbados is the global No. 1 choice for travellers being lauded on BU on anywhere else. In fact, one newspaper put it in a small space and another carried the story two days late. Now, YOU are juxtaposing it with Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment. Does this all sound or seem fair to you, June. You disappoint me.

    My Response was R…. you were one of the Journalist who I considered Fair that seemed to care about the Truth in my case anyway…. not sure why you would be disappointed? Have you considered that those Surveys taken to put Barbados in such a commendable Position would have been done recently? Think about it! The Journalist who wrote the Story lived here and called the South coast her home. She did not speak from an Emotional point of view like AC (Anderson Pooper)of CNN Fake News Network trying to Drum up Anti-Trump Sentiment as they Always do…

    You did not refer to my comments above the Article that explained exactly why we are in the Position that we are Presently on our Beautiful Gem Stone!

    Please read The Above post if you missed it “LISTEN I LIKE YOU COULD NEVER ENVISION OUR COUNTRY TO BE IN THIS SITUATION…BUT FROM WHERE I AM STANDING WE IN BARBADOS ARE IN SOME DEEP SEWAGE AND SOME CHOOSE TO BELONG TO THE OSTRICH BRIGADE (IE. BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND”)…

    Why dismiss the Root Cause of our Ills and dwell on Emotion which is never Governed by Rational Thinking? Our Business is one among many that are in Peril on the South Coast, should I remain Silent if I Know Why? Should I not Sound a Voice of Warning and a Hope that others may see the Light of Day?

    As stated by Hal…The reputational damage to the nation and tourism industry is not hers, but the incompetence of the people responsible…

    I am not disappointed in you… you may never have considered in Depth of the Dogma of the Beast Satanic Socialism. However that is what makes us All Equally Poor in Misery Except for the Fat Cats who Suck the Life Blood out of Nations… Have you considered how wide spread the Adversary’s Ideology is and we on the Isles of the Sea are Not Spared? Mine is only a voice of Warning my friend.

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  • One week later and MIa Aman Mottley has not cleared her name from the damaging charge of committing electoral fraud !

    There is no statute limitations to a criminal act !!

    If you want to be PM of Barbados…..address this matter real fast MAM !!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    No one should buy insurance from that new scam insurance company, let them pay out the CLICO policyholders and shut the hell down, they are too blighted and cursed with the ghosts of Thompson, Leroy Leper, the whole corrupt board of directors and their noxious, toxic stench still lingering and permeating the air with their ponzi schemes and thievery…give them no new business, let the Restored Scam die a natural death.

    A new name changes nothing, the same players are behind the scene…in the shadows waiting to collect free millions.

    Frustrated…the game is up….no one wants Fruendolittle as PM, they certainly dont want yardfowls around them either weighing down any future prigress with yall useless selves…be gone, you must know when you are unwanted, stop forcing yourselves on the population.

    Is it true yall got stoned in St. John? that is the story making the rounds, if true ya deserved it…..yall should be stoned in every parish…ya were useless to the same people you are now begging for votes….useless for 10 long years, useless to the people of St. John for over 50 years.

    Go away.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    The good news is as I have seen on Facebook this morning, commenters have exposed Leroy Leper Parris and the DLP government crooks to the world…..for everyone to see and read , I dont know what barbadostoday thought they would achieve but it sure backfired on them all..lol

    I am surprised I did not see Ha, Ha Austin on FB defending the leper and the government so the FB users can tear him a new one and I get to laugh my ass off….he sure would not have been able to complain to anyone as he loves to do on BU, cause Facebook could give a rat’s ass as long as ya exposing thieves and criminals at any level…lol…such a pity Ha, Ha keyboard idiot was not there.

    More days ahead to enjoy their embarrassments.

    Fractured yardfowl…check out FB…yall are famous.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Fractured BLP March 18, 2018 at 9:31 PM #
    “One week later and MIa Aman Mottley has not cleared her name from the damaging charge of committing electoral fraud !
    There is no statute limitations to a criminal act !!
    If you want to be PM of Barbados…..address this matter real fast MAM !!!”

    And one year later MIA Aman who has not yet produced her LEC is still breaking the law by offering her services to the accused Ms Holder.

    So what is your AG doing about it even the though the jackass johnny who wants to superimpose himself on another set of johnnies gave him a November 2017 ultimatum thereby extending a similar deadline the same AG gave to Parliament in 2016 in support of the Lowedown boy now on his dying bed, both politically and biologically?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Miller…all the Leroy Leper/Thompson/government ministers CLICO theft is on facebook, their collusion to sell fraud insurance to steal policyholder’s money and protect the leper from going to prison for those thefts.

    Where is your friend Ha, Ha the clown, when you need him to go on facebook and tell these commenters that it is the insurance regulators fault and not the leper thief or the government’s fault thatCLICOpolicyholders got robbed?

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  • Do you recall how dismissive one of our pundits was about the youth of America.
    It just goes to how Bajan pundits have wrong ideas about many things.
    Go, young America. you are the future.

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  • Robert Mercer is the 71-year-old funder of an assortment of right-wing causes, ranging from Cambridge Analytica to Breitbart News to Republican campaigns…In recent years he’s become famous for his political investments: the research group that looked into Hillary Clinton’s alleged conflicts of interest and bankrolled the book “Clinton Cash,” the Government Accountability Institute; Breitbart; and the campaign of Donald Trump.

    These are the people the political class of St. Kitts dealt with.

    Does our political class deal with Cambridge Anal–lick–ita and Briebart News as well?

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  • Ready to kick the bees a.ss
    Let them bring it on

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  • The Bell ring…..Time to be rid of the DEMS!!!

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  • This is definitely an interesting development……yesterday they wrote:

    “Mariposa April 24, 2018 10:14 PM: Sir I am not a member of any forum or political party.”

    Today they wrote the following, which could be reasonably interpreted that the above statement is a lie…

    “Mariposa April 26, 2018 1:27 PM: Ready to kick the bees a.ss……Let them bring it on…”

    Since they claimed not be associated with any political party, the following comment is applicable:

    “Mariposa April 24, 2018 10:14 PM: It never cease to amaze my mind with wonderment how the so called (a)political can be so adamant in their pronouncements quick and ready to hold fast to their political banter and just as quick and ready to be tribal bearers to those they serve..”

    As such, it is only fair for them to be described by their own words re:

    “Mariposa April 24, 2018 6:54 PM: Furthermore your political slip is showing and it has a nasty stain..”

    “Mariposa April 25, 2018 10:27 AM: …your political slip has a nasty stain and in dire need of a bush bathe.”

    As I mentioned previously…….the nasty stain has been exposed eons ago!!!!!

    Hahahahahaha
    Wuhloss
    I like nuff, nuff sport

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  • Expect the DEMS to attack MIA, point to last minute cosmetics like new roads etc., and tell Bajans once more to fear the BEES who will do all types of bad things to them. They will forget 10 years of no increase in pay for civil servants, 23 downgrades, poor bus service, poor management of most government institutions. The smokescreens of the DEMS will be upon us. The LIES of the DLP will come daily! Bajans do the right thing VOTE the DLP out of office!

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  • Where is Mia. ??? The thermometer is rising. Where is Mia ???.

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  • Fool endorsing the politics does not mean being a member

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  • Yes, endorsing the politics does not mean being a member……..but you can’t escape the fact that endorsing clearly indicates that “your political slip is showing and it has a nasty stain……”

    You’re the real fool here…and a hypocritical one at that.

    And I bet you’ll respond just to prove that the characterization is accurate.

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  • May Stuart disappear to Marley Vale never to grace a public office ever again.The worse Prime Minister and the worst AG in the short history of an independent Barbados.

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    Gabriel @ 5:05 pm

    Amen!

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  • Gabriel

    The worse of the worse!

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  • Where is Mottley today is the day she prayed for and only sighting of her is on facebook. This woman is well known to call a news conference for every cock and dog fight and on this important occasion her presence is sporadic. Not even the evening news she has not made an appearance or on her favourite media sight VOB

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