The Adrian Loveridge Column – We Can Do Better!

Adrian Loveridge

From my very early days in the tourism industry I have never really thought that there was anything overly complicated about the sector which necessitated even remote levels of rocket science. But there are just some people in key decision making roles, who simply do not understand what it takes to function properly.

Having just spent a couple of weeks in the United Kingdom, a classical example was our flights out of Barbados. While scores and probably hundreds of travellers were queuing inline for the bag drop or check-in for the equally busy Thomas Cook and British Airways flights to Gatwick, a brief glimpse upwards revealed that out of the seven or eight overhead industrial fans the only two were not switched on were above us. All the other fans in use had no-one checking in and our cherish visitors were just left to sweat, with many of them already partially dressed for the exceptionally severe ‘beast from the East’ unseasonal cold weather back in Britain.

Surely we can do better?

Of course it didn’t get any better. Surly ‘security’ guards with seemingly no limited public relations training, castigating passengers for not completed required embarkation cards and questioning why British Airways staff did not hand them out. As if any first time visitor would know that answer.

Add further delays at Immigration and passenger screening.

Compound this with hundreds and possibly thousands of cruise ship transferred passengers adding to long stay visitors already struggling to find seats for the many delayed flights. Someone should explain why the cruise ship passengers are not being ‘fed’ through the normal airline channels, when they used to be processed at another facility located at Charnocks?

Since the Danish company refurbished Grantley Adams International Airport, the air conditioning system has never worked properly, even during modest traffic use. Squeeze thousands of passengers into limited space with many of them waiting up to four hours and how can any Airport Manager comprehend this is the way someone spending thousands of Pounds or Dollars on a holiday wants to spend their last precious leisure moments?

What is perhaps most disarming is that after decades in the hospitality business, some key policyholders simply do not understand what brings back our cherish visitors year and year. While nearly everybody involved in the caring process may do their job to the best of their ability, it is often the first or in this case, the last impression that has such a profound influence on future destination choice.’

If after this fortnight, I had any lingering doubt that we (Barbados) as a holiday choice were getting dangerously close to losing the perception of providing value-for-money to British visitors, now I am absolutely convinced this is the case. GB Pounds 93 for 14 days car hire, GB Pounds 10 steak meals and a multiplicity of Groupon-type offers make our prices look ludicrously high.

One thing for sure, with a hugely widening choice of more affordable sun long haul destinations and a rapidly approaching extended soft summer in sight, there is no room for complacency.

Even if you accept that ‘we’ can never be a cheap holiday choice, there remains a chasm of what we offer and what our visitors pay in terms of value-for-money, especially in what remains one of our largest source markets.

48 comments

  • out of the seven or eight overhead industrial fans the only two were not switched on were above us.

    Were not switched on? More likely they had broken down and, like the malfunctioning sewage plant equipment, the decision was made to “lef dem so.”

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  • Barbados is in danger of going from the land of ..sun..sea and sand to the land of sagassum..sewage and scarcity.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Adrian Loveridge:

    What you have so impressively written above is at complete odds with the narrative being peddled by the Government officials charged with the responsibility of marketing Barbados as a top class tourist destination.

    Aren’t the same tourism marketing officials singing praises to high heavens for Barbados being voted the No.1 choice for visitors despite the floating sewage on the South coast?

    Doesn’t Barbados- according to the ‘fixed and timely’ propaganda from the tourism officials- rank as the international top dog in every facet of the tourism business in terms of visitor satisfaction and value for money; from quality of accommodation and attractions to the standard of service and friendliness of the natives?

    So who is ‘right’ on the money here? You Mr. Loveridge or the MoT and BTMI political propaganda diffusers trained at the college dedicated to Goebbels?

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  • GAIA needs better management

    Recently watched on youtube an interview and was impressed with Barbadian Hadley Bourne, the CEO of the SVG Airport. How did we let someone this talented get away.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    Recently, i made the bold statement that i was fortunate to have been born and raised in the UK. It was not intended as a slight on Barbados, the home of my ancestors. Rather, it was my anguish and disappointment from my observations of how irrational and illogical the nation has become in its poor level of decision making and the inability of Bajans to competently manage their affairs. No doubt the same observations that the saintly diplomat – Saint Adrian Loveridge has witnessed throughout the time that he has spent on the island.

    The man asks the simple question: “Surely we can do better?” His conclusion is damning.

    My answer to him would be “I doubt it!”

    If and when Mr Loveridge reaches the end of his tether he can pack his bags and return to a duller country, where the weather is not so inviting but a country that functions reasonably well and a country for all of its many faults still represents a “safer haven” than a dysfunctional island whose long term viability as a sustainable and a safe country to live looks to be in serious jeopardy.

    Mr Loveridge is therefore fortunate to have been born and raised in the UK.

    When i tell my work colleagues that i’m going on vacation and they ask me where and i tell them where, they become envious. ” Please take me with you ” is often a comment that they would make. In their eyes, Barbados is a paradise. The though process of these individuals is simple. They belief that if you are a resident of Barbados then you are halfway in heaven and fortunate to have been born and raised in the country.

    My question to Artax on March 16, 2018 at 7:28 AM is this: “How, where and why did it go so wrong for Barbados?

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ millertheanunnaki March 19, 2018 at 8:12 AM,

    This is how we function in Barbados: keep peddling fabrications and lies. Never mind what the eyes can see. I believe that once the scales are removed from our eyes we will discover that we are in a much worse position than we ever dreamt off.

    We are talking about the loss of our sovereignty as an independent country. Enjoy your free access to the beaches and a lot of the public spaces that you may currently enjoy. Carry on eating your flying fish, black belly sheep, coconut flesh/water, et al. For the time is coming when your right of access and what you can consume will become severely restricted.

    Welcome to the new Barbados.

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  • Call me a cynic by all means, but I am confused about who awarded Barbados its supposedly coveted number 1 position in the world.

    It was not Zagat, or Virgin Atlantic, or the International Association of Travel Agents, or some such world recognised organisation.

    In fact, the details very extremely vague where normally, the Awarder would want the attendant publicity as well as the Awardee.

    Who and from where were the supposed 70,000 people who voted ‘worldwide’? Who organised the vote and how was the vote carried out?

    Call me a cynic by all means……

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  • @mitchlans

    The blogmaster has been harbouring the same concerns since the news broke about this #1 ranking by a noname agency. The tourism people should tell us more about the ‘dna’ of this survey. So far the general public has not given the survey any credibility because we do not know what is its weight in the pecking order of the business.

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  • The awards were presented to the Barbados delegation, led by Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, during a ceremony at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show held in Germany’s capital city.

    https://www.eturbonews.com/179897/barbados-1-world-visitor-satisfaction

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ mitchlans March 19, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Now you can appreciate more profoundly my reference to organized propaganda à la Goebbels.

    Which period or periods did the survey cover?

    Was it pre 2017 or late 2017?

    How come such raving reviews have not translated into higher visitor spend at these same excellent and outstanding visitors’ attractions?
    Did such verbal tokens of appreciation the great many culinary delights end up as tips at the many restaurants especially those on the South coast?

    Why are the country’s forex reserves only two weeks when it should be at a more comfortable 12?

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  • I am re-connected. Tjhanks.

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  • From: aprillet@visitbarbados.org

    Sent: March 9, 2018 2:33 PM

    To: aprillet@visitbarbados.org

    Subject: NEWS: Barbados #1 In the World for Visitor Satisfaction

    Dear Media Partner,

    Barbados just won the top spot in the overall World category on the Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI), ahead of second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda. The DSI is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travellers find most attractive, developed and executed by two European research companies – Norstat and dp2research.

    Barbados also won first place in the Americas region category, beating out Bermuda and the Bahamas, and in the Accommodation category, ahead of Bermuda and the Maldives.

    See attached for full press release and accompanying photo of the prize-giving during ITB Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

    -Aprille

    Aprille Thomas

     

    Corporate Communications & PR Specialist

     

    L-R: Dennis Pyka, Managing Director of dp2research; Alvin Jemmott, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; William ‘Billy’ Griffith, CEO of the BTMI; and Marc Leimann, Managing Director of Norstat Germany.[/caption]

    Read the Press Release:

    BARBADOS #1 IN THE WORLD FOR VISITOR SATISFACTION

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  • @Miller

    Why don’t you let Google be your friend and check the website out?

    https://norstatgroup.com/

    While viewing a DLP FB meeting last night, opening of Dave Cumberbatch constituency office in St. Peter- Irene Sandiford-Garner made the point that average spend numbers will be released today which confirms spend is on the increase.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hants March 19, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Isn’t it paradoxically confusing that the ‘host country’ while giving you a bouquet of rosy commendations with one hand the other hand, full of brickbats, is used to slap you in the face by imposing a frightening travel advisory on your rose tree paradise?

    Now even those ‘nasty’ Germans are hating poor little Shitbados.

    How could a country drop from a tropical paradise to a hellhole of sewage, garbage and bush in such a short period of time with no openly violent raging civil war is beyond comprehension.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 19, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    How come the same destructive lying party can rely on some ‘hired’ nondescript cyberspace data collection outfit but is most garrulously reluctant to accept the polling results of their own home-grown friend in Peter the Poll man Wickham?

    As for ISG’s claims, well the proof of the pudding (visitor spend) will be found not in her watery mouthings but in the forex earnings generated by the tourism industry.

    Do you want to wager that there will be NO Central Bank Governor’s Report for the Q1 2018 during the elections season unless heavily manipulated by the magician MoF similar to what took place in the last Qtr. 2012 only to see $300 million mysteriously disappearing in the 2nd Qtr 2013 to balance the previously fudged books as was detected by the IMF?

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  • Is it a he host country or visitors from the host country.

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  • The NEW Destination Satisfaction Index(DSI) is the brain child of two marketing firms to publize their own self worth. This is an excellent marketing technique, however the results must be credible and verifiable, both of these at present appear highly suspect. Marketing info gathered by interviews(online) can be easily influenced by the questions asked, how the questions are asked, when the question are asked and most important did the interviewee personally visit the destinations or is the opinions based on what they think vs actual experience. The marketing companies web site is full of catch all expressions but lacking in actual details and demographics. Time will tell if the DSI rating will endure or fade into obscurity.

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  • Was the survey free, if not who paid for it?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 19, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    It was paid out of the BTMI budget using already scarce forex.

    Why don’t you ask if the many Foreign Service offices are receiving their transfers on time to cover their operating expenses and staff living expenses?

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  • “make our prices look ludicrously high”

    This is just what I say all the time. The holiday in Bim is too expensive.

    And why? All the prices are loaded with VAT, NS-Plantation Tax, duties and this and that. Reason: To feed the many civil servants who play “how do I emulate a state”.

    The private sector including the tourist industry pays the price for a failing public sector where civil servants feel “stressed” when they have to work 40 h per week during the sewage crisis.

    Barbados would be the nicest place on earth – if there was no civil service.

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  • Can’t argue with your post Adrian, it unfortunately reflects the truth. Painful as it might be since we have so much potential as a small nation and a people.

    Everything points to a slow decay in our standards and pride, from indiscriminate dumping, to increased crime, poor maintenance of capital works and transport / garbage vehicles and the list goes on. But you know what, it is the failure of leadership. This is what happens when you do not have leadership that inspires people to do better, maintain standards and implement a vision. Just like poor parenting results in poor kids….poor leadership results in a “poor” nation.

    When have you ever heard our glorified Governor General, Fooldel Stupid announce any vision of where he wants to take Barbados and inspire his people. You know the saying, where there is no vision the people shall perish….even if slowly.

    Sad but true………we have not gone over the cliff yet though…..still a small chance to right the ship

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  • Miller March 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM #

    “It was paid out of the BTMI budget using already scarce forex.”

    So wait! Miller, you are saying the survey was commissioned by the BTMI?

    Oh, please! The results are therefore about as legitimate as the PM

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing March 19, 2018 at 1:05 PM #

    Brilliant analysis, but they will attack you the way they have Julia Bradshaw, a highly ethical and decent journalist and executive at the Telegraph. But it is what you expect of an insular, inward-looking, unambitious community with a limited talent pool. I suggest when you finish your holidays, jump on the plane and do not look back. Time will tell.

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  • achtung….even the germans are warning about Barbados. Its pretty bad when a country lets in a million people with no infrastructure to support them, so you know there is crap and garbage everywhere and they think your dirtier Lol. Still havent heard from one of the four places I have rented in the hastings area for end of month telling me there might be an issue, losers

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  • @Mr Austin

    While some of your contributions are thoughtful and insightful, I have noticed a bitterness and resentment (bordering on malice) that at times infects your posts; as an example:

    “what you expect of an insular, inward-looking, unambitious community with a limited talent pool.”

    While the post you responded to was not an attack on the people you took it as an opportunity to show your disdain for us and attack us with spurious claims. Your post was not analysis it was malicious

    I know many ambitious Barbadians, I mentioned the talented Hadley Bourne who we were unable to keep, he would have been an excellent CEO for GAIA. I invite you to watch his interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmcN9oIwMY

    I assure you all it not lost, we have the talent and the ambition. The problem is we do a poor job of assessing talent and we stifle ambition.

    I urge you to stop your attacks on us, do some introspection and wrestle with your demons, because the demons that you attack are not in Barbados, they reside in your head.

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  • Redguard March 20, 2018 at 11:51 AM #

    I am sorry if the language offends. Maybe I should have said that a people who have a cultural propensity to confirmation bias, a reason why I have referenced Plato’s allegory of the cave (which I think is the best description of the intellectual culture in Barbados after over two thousand years), and I have equally referenced John Maynard Keynes in terms of the introduction of new ideas (“The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”. The sociologist of economist, Oleg Komlik, also had something to say about this phenomenon: ” …the social and political processes, mechanisms and conditions of formation, articulation and diffusion of economic ideas, models and theories. In this respect, academic, practical and administrative configurations of economic knowledge and always embodied in particular economics, epistemic cultures and institutions.”
    I quote Komlik in particular in relation to the continuing myth of foreign reserves that dominate pubic economics in Barbados, for no other reason than that the people who dominate public discourse have been trained in post-war economics and its traditions (even if some of them are relatively young) and to engage with new ideas (I mention economics because I am curious about the discipline) would cancel out years of learning and their qualifications (BScs, MAs, PhDs).
    Further, economics has moved on from what it was in the post-war years, or in the 70s, or 80s, or 90s and since 2008 a fact not publicly recognised in Barbados, developments are not reflected in public discussions in Barbados or in the media.
    I am sorry if I convey an impression of malice and resentment (I have no malice and there is nothing to resent), but it was an attempt to communicate in a simple, understandable way.
    In short, we must open up to new ideas and ways of doing things.
    As to talented Barbadians, I know a number of Barbadians and people of Barbadian heritage who are willing to contribute to the development of the nation.
    I will give one example. I know a British born Barbadian, who spent his youth in St Philip and is obsessed with the country.
    He is a highly qualified lawyer, runs a multi-million pound business at the cutting edge of the digital revolution.
    A few years ago I was instrumental in getting him to speak at a conference in Barbados. His office is less than two hundred yards from the Barbados high commission.
    Yet, for some unknown reason, a man willing and able to make a great contribution to the country is totally ignored.
    That is what I mean by the allegory of the cave. Key decision-makers do not know that they do not know what they ought to know. They are sitting in the cave looking inwards, when all the action is outside.

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  • @lawson March 20, 2018 at 11:40 AM #

    Let us compare Barbados with the finest small countries on earth, in my opinion Liechtenstein, Singapore and Switzerland. Clean, wealthy places with good governance. I do not care about all the crime and garbage in the States, in the Kingdom or in Germany.

    Always look up in life, never down! For me, Barbados deserves the best and only the best!

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  • @ David BU

    I read the following aritcle in today’s omline edition of the Daily Observer and found it to be very interesting.

    What are your thoughts (if you care to share)?

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 20, CMC:

    The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, says it has successfully concluded a commercial agreement with the state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to operate flights on the Trinidad and Tobago air bridge.

    LIAT said that the agreement is as a result of the challenges on the passenger sea bridge between the islands and the increase in capacity needed by Caribbean Airlines which has been requested by the Trinidad and Tobago government.

    “We are happy to enter into this agreement with Caribbean Airlines to assist them in providing this integral service,” said LIAT’s chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, adding that this type of cooperation is an important part of maintaining connectivity.

    She said the ATR 72 aircraft, which will be used on the route, will be operated and maintained by LIAT.

    Trinidad and Tobago is a shareholder of the cash-strapped LIAT, whose main shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    The Trinidad and Tobago government has recently acquired a vessel to operate on the sea-bridge amid growing complaints that the service between the two islands has declined significantly.
    The new vessel is due in Port of Spain in April.

    LIAT has not given any indication as to the duration of the agreement with CAL.

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  • Bernard Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at 12 : 27 PM

    Whereas some of what you have written in the above submission may be true, it is incredible that you think, in this interconnected world, that the developments in science ,(social and physical) are unknown to Barbadians.
    I know from your submissions that you have followed the economic fortunes of Greece and the role which the TROIKA played in the virtual destruction of the economy there. I know that you are aware of the effects of the current economic recession in Europe and USA. Surely they too are aware of the changing economic environment and the need for a change in the Economic Paradigm.
    Why are they so reluctant or unable to implement?
    Why are you holding Barbadian intellectuals , technocrats and politicians to a higher standard?
    I am sure it cannot be malice on your part.

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  • Bernard Codrington March 20, 2018 at 3:06 PM #

    Whereas some of what you have written in the above submission may be true, it is incredible that you think, in this interconnected world, that the developments in science ,(social and physical) are unknown to Barbadians.(Quote)

    @Barnard, it is silly to suggest that I am implying that people do not know what is going on in the wider world. Barbadians have satellite television, they travel, they have the internet, they go overseas to study and work.
    This is what I said: ” ….I quote Komlik in particular in relation to the continuing myth of foreign reserves that dominate pubic economics in Barbados, for no other reason than that the people who dominate public discourse have been trained in post-war economics and its traditions (even if some of them are relatively young) and to engage with new ideas (I mention economics because I am curious about the discipline) would cancel out years of learning and their qualifications (BScs, MAs, PhDs).”
    That is a totally different argument to what you are suggesting. It is the same thing in the UK and the US, and you of all the BU readers should understand this. The dominant group does not easily give up power and it girds its power with ‘rational’ arguments. To contradict its arguments is to undermine its power.
    We get the same thing with UK universities, they continue to teach the same thing as if 2008 did not happen.
    We were discussing Barbados, therefore the reference to Barbados. Had we been discussing the IMF I would have referred to the failure of the Washington Consensus.
    @ Bernard, a good example is the new economy. In 2001, the then chairman of the Fed, Greenspan, told the Senate Banking Committee: “It is certainly true that we have a new economy. It is different. It is behaving differently and it requires a different type of monetary policy to maintain its growth than we had in the past.”
    @Bernard, as someone who is economically literate, Greenspan was saying this on the eve of the dot.com collapse and seven years before the biggest economic disaster the world has seen since the end of the second world war. It was in the midst of what Bernanke later called the Great Moderation.
    Since then we have had many new economies. Can you honestly say these changes in the way the discipline is debated, in the architecture of these new paradigms, have been widely discussed in Barbados – by our politicians, media or university?
    @Bernard, we are in the midst of a general election campaign and did you hear Kerrie Symonds the other night, not the brightest politician in the world, talking about Solutions Barbados, not on the weaknesses in its arguments, but about someone being ‘horned’.
    This repulsive nonsense is what passes as serious discussion on our political platforms; nothing has changed since I was a pre-teen boy.
    @Bernard, are you happy we are moving with the times as far as the discourse on monetary policy is concerned.
    Look at the tone and syntax of some of the regular contributors to BU and tell me if this is what you are proud of.
    The point simply is that we must open our minds to new ideas, we do not have to agree, but a free market of ideas is what drives back the boundaries of knowledge. If we close our minds and be dismissive of new ideas then we get nowhere.
    Just look at the way people have reacted to Julia Bradshaw’s article in the Telegraph for telling the truth.
    A decent, honest, well-trained and competent journalist, who regularly visits Barbados and loves the island, pilloried for writing what lots of people on BU have been saying for weeks.
    Worst of all, this incompetent government writing to the Telegraph telling them that they spend a lot of money advertising in the paper.
    @Bernard, this is the normalising of stupidity. There is a wide wall between editorial and advertising in UK papers; editors run papers, not advertising managers or publishers – it is the law.

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  • Thanks for sharing Artax. Clearing some rationalization is on the way but as usual there is never full disclosure with LIAT. LIAT needs to increase the load factor number based on the huge investment in the ATR fleet. Let us continue to ask questions.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hal Austin March 20, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Now that you have been exposed as the No.1 Bajan born and bred 100% ‘bullshitter’ we should expect you to stop making specific references to what pertains to Bajans and Barbados. Why not talk about people and the world and pick your denigrating examples from across the globe?

    Aren’t Bajans just aping the majority British-born people with their insular mentality as reflected in their recent ‘Majority Brexit’ vote and long standing xenophobic perspective as you have experienced in you ‘over 40 years’ living among your cultural masters?

    BTW Hal, you have been ‘unintentionally’ demeaning to Bernard by referring to him as “economically literate”.

    It leaves the door wide open to interpret in any way your use of ‘basic English’ adverb ‘economically’.

    Is BC below or above the Bajan standard of English literacy or is he well versed in the ‘dismal science’ of Economics?

    We are rather certain that a man like ‘BC’ who has been at the top of the pile when it comes to the design and planning of policies for the ‘effective’ management of the Bajan economy and the implementation of many of the attendant fiscal and monetary strategies would take umbrage at such an unintended accolade.

    Just thought we should throw that one back into your St. Giles ‘schoolmarmish’ face, for good measure.

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  • We can do better?

    Can a brass bowl be a vessel of gold?
    Can a jackass win the Gold CUP?
    Can a mendicant, slave-minded, serf be a man….?

    Dream on…..!!!

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  • Why does Barbados not focus on disaster tourism? The South coast is the ideal place for this kind of tourism …

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  • @ David BU

    Did you read the article in today’s mid-week Nation relative to the hierarchy of Crane Beach Hotel, while claiming ownership of “a significant portion of the beach” where the vendors plied their trade, broke the locks vendors used to secure their chairs, “confiscated” the chairs and stored them in a container on the hotel’s premises and placing plants in the area.

    Interestingly, the NCC, “which is responsible for providing vendors with licenses to operate on beaches, is maintaining that the ‘only body who owns the beaches are the public’…..”

    NCC’s general manager, Keith Neblett, reminded the hotel’s management that the beaches are owned by the state. Neblett said “they would be meeting with their attorney to discuss the matter.”Surely what transpired has to be illegal

    How can the Crane Hotel make a unilateral decision “to temporarily remove the vendors’ chairs,” and store them on “Crane property,” thereby depriving these people of their livelihood?

    Since Richard Sealy and Irene Sandiford-Garner are still being paid by the taxpayers as the tourism minister and parliamentary secretary respectively, I believe they should have urgently addressed this issue.

    ……….and we discussing “Natlee.”

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Artax March 21, 2018 at 6:38 PM,

    I read the same article some three hours ago. It was very revealing.

    There was also another story from yesterday where residents of an access road decided unilaterally to hire Cow Williams to repair this stretch of road for 10K Bajan dollars. The same residents also restricted access to lorries by introducing physical barriers.

    Check out the two links below:

    When China Meets Kenya
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csx37d

    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-43481001/could-acfta-free-trade-deal-be-a-new-dawn-for-africa

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  • We should discuss this.

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  • @Hants

    Wat can we say? There is obviously more going on here than has been leaked to the media so far.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hants March 24, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    That’s what happens when you exchange one white Massa controlling the sugar plantation for another owning and controlling the beach land.

    That is why you can always make a mockery of the chorus in the Bajan national anthem:

    “We loyal sons and daughters all
    Do hereby make it known
    These fields and hills beyond recall
    Are now our very own
    We write our names on history’s page
    With expectations great
    Strict guardians of our heritage
    Firm craftsmen of our fate”

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  • Barbados Physical Development Plan 2017

    http://www.townplanning.gov.bb/pdp/

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  • 30 metres equal 98 feet. From de high water mark dah much beach belong to we.

    Go an listen to jack by de Mighty Gabby

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  • @Hants

    What is Doyle saying?

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  • @ David,

    I am waiting to hear the “whole story” .

    I used to tell my Canadian friends that all the beaches in Barbados are public 100 metres from

    the high water mark.

    Hopefully Bajans will assert their right to use “public spaces”.

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  • @ David,

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  • Welcome back to the plantation!

    Barrow promised Independence, Barbados got “The Crane”.

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  • Most Corrupt In The World, Cambridge Analytica, More Election Fraud
    (Language warning – some occasional swear words.)

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  • It angers me that Paul Doyle could confiscate the beach vendors’ chairs………DEPRIVING them of their livelihood, and Richard Sealy and Irene-Sandiford Garner are still being paid by the taxpayers of this country, but have not said anything pertaining to this issue.

    When the vendors’ lawyers requested Doyle to “release” the chairs, he said the chairs will NOT be returned until the owners SIGNED an agreement.

    And Doyle continues to earn money.

    This situation is very unfair. Perhaps this inept DLP administration fears if Doyle is pressured, he may close the hotel, leaving his employees unemployed.

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  • This time it was bubbling sewage water that drifted across the street from a manhole in the vicinity of Lanterns Mall, Hastings, Christ Church, while Barbados Water Authority (BWA) crews were working in the area. They were however unable to rectify the situation.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/141907/manhole-challenges

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