DON’T Take the Money

DAVID A. COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement

“And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
 -Matthew, Chapter 5, Verse 13

FELLOW  BARBADIANS, my advice to you may be reduced to the following four words:-  “Don’t take the money !”

I implore you to ignore any agent of deception who sets out to lead you into temptation and evil with serpentine advice that you should “take the money” of political operatives who will soon be on a mission to seduce you during this Election season and to buy your vote.

Indeed, the vile practice of “vote buying” has become so widespread in Barbados that the agent of deception who advises you to “take the money” cannot but be aware that members and supporters of his own political party will in all likelihood be among those dishing out hundred dollar bills  in exchange for votes.

I say — “don’t take the money” — because if you take the money you will be devaluing yourself as a human being !

Please recall that back in the 19th and 18th centuries rich white people were actually buying and selling our ancestors as if they were mere animals or things. Why then would we want to allow any misleader to convince us to reduce ourselves to so low a moral level that — once again — people with money are made to feel that we are for sale?

I also say –“don’t take the money” — because it is against the Law!

Surely, the “Great Deceiver” must know that the citizens of Barbados CANNOT “take the money” without breaking the Law of the land as set out in Section 6 of the Elections Offences And Controversies Act as follows :-

(1) A person is guilty of a corrupt practice who is guilty of bribery.

  (2) A person is guilty of bribery who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf

       (a) gives any money…..to any elector or to …any other person on behalf of any elector…in order to induce any elector to vote or refrain from voting;

   (5) Any elector is guilty of bribery who, before or during an election, directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person on       his behalf, receives, agrees to receive, or contracts for any money, gift, loan, or valuable consideration…for voting or agreeing     to vote or for refraining or agreeing to refrain from voting.

So, according to the Election Offences And Controversies Act both the buyer of the vote and the seller of the vote are guilty of having committed an illegal “corrupt practice”, and are liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period of six months.

And finally, I say –“don’t take the money” — because if you do take the money you will be helping to destroy your own country!

Indeed, the insidious and growing practice of “vote buying” has already resulted in thousands of young (and not so young) Barbadians forming the impression that many, if not most, politicians –including some men and women who get elected to Parliament and some of those who hold ministerial office — are no more than tawdry hustlers and con-men.

In other words, the people of our country are already rapidly losing respect for the men and women who are supposed to be their national leaders. And when a critical mass of a population lose respect for the men, women, and institutions that are supposed to provide national leadership, the nation is lost !

Furthermore, the vile practice of “vote buying” is gradually and sedulously stripping many of our youth of their idealism and moral values, and is also threatening to subvert the integrity of our electoral system, and by extension, our entire system of governance.

My fellow Barbadians, do not permit ANYONE to persuade you to become an accomplice in the destruction of your own native land. Always, set out to  do the right and moral thing !

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  • So you mean to tell me that the Prime Minister’s reported advice ‘”hat if money sharing ’bout, take some” means that the PM was encouraging us to break the law?

    Oh oh.

    That is not nice is it?

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  • Bernard Codrington

    @ David C.

    A very timely reminder of vote buying potential for undermining the democratic process. It can also confirm the notion that the electors are commodities ,to be bought and sold in the market place.

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  • @Bernard

    It strikes back to the comments exchanged on another blog regarding ‘ignorance’?

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  • The Prime said “by legal means”. Whatever this means …

    However, the debate confirms the article in the Daily Telegraph.

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  • If Stuart made an ambiguous remark…he should have clarified it, but of course he wouldn’t because he meant it. The rotting stinking decline of our island continues…..

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  • This is a dog whistle to tell electors to take the DLP vote-buy money when it comes their way. SO MUCH FOR THIS CLOWN BEING MR. INTEGRITY.

    …………but then again he was the one who hatched the Cahill scam, signed it off and nurtured it all the way until Mottley dropped a facking BOMB pun it.

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  • David Comissiong

    It is less than fair to ask ordinary people simple ‘not to take the mo-ney’

    It might have been better to ask the corporate elites who ply the political class with the mother’s milk of politics not to break the law.

    It would have been better to ask Sagicor, COW Williams, Bizzy Williams el al, not to break the law and make these large contributions to both political parties.

    In the case of Sagicor it was 1 million dollars to each of the leading parties. This source might have dried up.

    The larger point here is that the weight of corruption in Barbados cannot be fairly place on people who may seek to become entrepreneurial at this time.

    Comissiong, we have never seen a call by you for the criminalization of the system, locking up COW and the other White boys who corrupt public officials 24/7/365/5, forever

    You certainly have never called for the execution of those ‘real real’ criminals, the corporate elites.

    And we could go on for ever indicting the criminality by elite forces in Barbados, but that alone does not show a true picture

    Another truth is that most of the candidates running will simply be trying to have a good time, hoping that by some miracle there are some surprising results.

    Most candidate will not have anywhere near enough resources to run a proper campaign, conducting regular constituency polls, mailings, specific adds, transportation, staffing etc. A lot these resources must be prepositioned.

    Very few can do this!

    And the party bosses, the two party leaders, who control the big bucks, have not been known to practice democracy in its distribution. No honour amongst thieves we hear you say!

    Publicly funded campaigns is a cure for this pervasive electoral corruption. The people of Barbados are likely to make net benefits were treasury to pay for elections.

    Make it illegal to spend any other resources at all. A fair playing field.

    Such a move would effectively reduce contract cost, remove the criminals from politics, encourage decent people of little resources to enter politics, etc

    But to put the burden on Bajans to correct this societal ill is misguided, at best. Are your laws so incapable of locking up the elites, as a class!

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  • David Comissiong

    The big companies (or at least some of them) give the political parties big money. But as the law now stands there is nothing illegal about that.

    I have addressed the issue of the Vote Buyers in the recent past and have urged the Police to really go after them in this up-coming General Election, and ensure that some are apprehended, convicted and imprisoned. I have also been in communication with the Commissioner of police about this and he has assured me that the Police intend to vigorously implement the Law. I guess we will see how serious that assurance is soon from now.

    This particular article is a direct response to Freundel Stuart’s public advice to the Barbadian people to — “Take the money.”

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  • “Publicly funded campaigns is a cure for this pervasive electoral corruption. The people of Barbados are likely to make net benefits were treasury to pay for elections.

    Make it illegal to spend any other resources at all. A fair playing field”.

    MY SENTIMENTS… EXACTLY.

    nineofnine January 21, 2018 at 12:47 AM #

    WHAT IF a law is put on the statue books where the government compulsory sets aside x amount of funds to cover the succeeding election. All competing registered Parties are eligible ( by a closing date ) to a equal share to be used for campaigning purposes valid only by a SET ITENERY, validated by estimates/invoices for services rendered making it ILLEGAL to accept corporate, private or individual financial contributions in any form, not even personal funds. Any breach will forfeit the funds made available, be made to repay the treasury, and the PARTY/individual be eliminated from the electoral race.

    Independent candidates subscribe to a similar package.

    ALL OTHER EXISTING LAWS ARE AFFIXED TO THIS PROTOCOL.

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  • For all of his tenure prime minister Stuart has demonstrated that his decision making is entirely political in the making.

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  • DETERMINING COSTS FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDED ELECTIONS.

    5 YEARS…………………………. (election intervals)
    30 CONSTITUENCIES………….(limited)
    10 PARTIES………………………………..(limited, not absolute)
    10 INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES …(limited, not absolute)

    CAMPAIGNING MEDIA:

    Digital………………………….
    Print…………………………….
    TV………………………………..
    Radio…………………………..
    Paraphernalia………………
    Other misc…………………..

    CAMPAIGNING MEETINGS

    Spot meetings……………….
    Town-hall meetings……….
    Door to Door canvassing…………………
    Other Misc……………………

    Equation:
    30 x 10 x 10 / 600 candidates

    Government reserves per month $?.

    ? x 12 x 5 / 600

    …………………………………………………………………………….
    Lets say (for exaggeration purposes) the Government puts aside $3M per month at the end of 5 years, that is
    $3M x 12 x 5 / 600 candidates = $180M or 300,000 per candidate or $9M per party
    with guidelines and laws attached, subject to audit.

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  • Omission.. should read……

    10 independent candidates PER CONSTITUENCY.(limited, not absolute)

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “Such a move would effectively reduce contract cost, remove the criminals from politics, encourage decent people of little resources to enter politics, etc”

    And that too, remove minority criminals posing as business people from the election process of campaign financing, make it a crime for them to become involved in any capacity.

    when they put up campaign financing money, they expect contracts, favors and demand that they can act as if they own the country, the government ministers and the people in return which leads to minorities involved in and controlling government ministers, actively interfering with the daily functioning of the country’s business, interfering in the lives of and deciding the future fates of the majority population which is crossing all lines of human rights, decency and dignity……while they continue actively in their own various enterprises of committing crimes, stealing the taxpayer’s and pensioners money and breaking the island’s laws all without fear of consequences.

    This is a decades old trend that has to end.

    Fruendolittle is an empty shell lacking basic intelligence, ethics and integrity, there is no legal way of taking bribe money for votes.

    Most often it will be the vote seller being arrested, fined or going to prison while the vote buying politician/yardfowl slithers away to do it again.

    Take the fun and games out of the election process, criminalize every callous, disrespectful act that has been practiced for decades and see the difference.

    Voters should record every conversation they hold with politicians who knock on their doors begging for votes .

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  • Well, the law is an ass!

    You have people/companies bribing government officials

    And these same companies/people making contributions to political parties

    Both parties to corner elections, electoral monopolies

    And you are saying that they are exempt from law

    Are there not laws which say how much per voter a candidate can spend?

    No wonder this country is as elitist and racist as it is

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  • Ours is not intended to consider fly-by-night ‘parties’.

    The traditional parties, yes

    But newer parties will have to demonstrate that they can attract a minimum percentage of support over a recent period.

    That they are real parties, not pressure groups.

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  • On independent candidates

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  • Nothing new here, it is a system in which the political class revel.

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  • I read your first paragraph do you not think venezuala was courting you in a similar manner with free stuff, for your backing. I agree with you by the way but if someone was going to give me some money to vote for the person i was going to vote for anyway. mmmmm

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  • Some of us try to order our lifes and those we have influence based on principles and a moral code.

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  • easy to be righteous on a full belly

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  • Hard to be righteous with an albino-centric pre-disposition.

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  • @Bush Tea

    When many of us appreciate that money does not fuel happiness than there will be an appreciation for what ‘righteous’ means:

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  • Bushy dont hate me because I am white …hate me because I am a prick

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 29, 2018 at 12:35 AM

    But the man can do no better. He is clearly bereft of any morally-endowed talents or acquired ‘technical’ skills to perform effectively in that role.

    The man’s decision-making ‘skills’ are never informed by any paramount principle of putting country first as any effective PM ought to do.

    The national carnage resulting from this approach to leadership is clearly reflected in the deleterious state of the economy and its concomitant social ills.

    He is no charismatic “Dipper” nor an intellectually well-rounded “Tommy”.

    He is not even in the mould of the lesser-recognized schoolteacher Sir Lloyd or the cautiously meticulous Sir Bernard both who certainly put the country before their parties.

    The man is just a downright failure on every front other than his determined predilection to make his own brand of history of proving that the black boy from the Sunbury Great House backyard can rise- despite being weighed down by 2 tons of socially inferior chips on both shoulders- to become the most despised architect of the demolition of not only the Dipper’s attempts to fulfill his uncle Charles Duncan’s dream of social emancipation for the black masses but also of the economic re-branding of Barbados initiated by Tom and carried on by Arthur.

    The man’s success at rising to the top of the political pile like human crap floating on the sea can be attributed not so much from the lessons learnt at the ‘feet’ of the Kingmaker Cammie Tudor but being s(h)eer damn lucky in winning the first prize at two successive games of chance called the Fortune Cookie Lottery for players called Primates inter Parris.

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  • “Surely, the “Great Deceiver” must know that the citizens of Barbados CANNOT “take the money” without breaking the Law of the land as set out in Section 6 of the Elections Offences And Controversies Act as follows :-

    (1) A person is guilty of a corrupt practice who is guilty of bribery.

    (2) A person is guilty of bribery who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf

       (a) gives any money…..to any elector or to …any other person on behalf of any elector…in order to induce any elector to vote or refrain from voting;
    

    (5) Any elector is guilty of bribery who, before or during an election, directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person on his behalf, receives, agrees to receive, or contracts for any money, gift, loan, or valuable consideration…for voting or agreeing to vote or for refraining or agreeing to refrain from voting.”

    Noble in content but impractical in intent.
    This vote buying band wagon campaign making the rounds since last election seemingly arising out of the revelation by Messrs Stuart and Brathwaithe that they witnessed vote buying doe not make sense.

    How does one witness vote buying ?
    How can this be adequately policed?
    How can an elector be certain that i will vote for him/her if i take their money to influence my vote?
    Will whosoever offering me the inducement be
    in the voting booth guiding my hand?
    Does the reference to ‘during an election’ imply on the day of election or the entire campaign period before and on election day?
    Does bribery include ‘the receipt and eating of corned beef in shops’ a once purported popular form of inducement commonly provided by electors and agents during election season.

    I agree with Mr Stuart. Take whatever is offered from wine to iodine and wipe your mouth clean. For me a leg of pork and a pig head will suffice.

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  • The Miller
    Go a step further.

    This Fruendeleques pernsonlity always seems to make it to the top in Barbados.

    What does that say about us as a people?

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  • Sir benwood Dick

    Vladimir Putin, wanting to get on
    the good side of voters, goes to visit a university in
    Moscow to have a chat
    with the students.

    He talks to them about how
    powerful a nation Russia and how he wants the best for all
    the people.

    At the end of the talk there is a
    section for questions. Sasha puts her hand up and says:

    “I have two questions.
    Why did the Russians take Crimea ? and why are we
    sending troops to the Ukraine ?”

    Putin says:
    “Good questions”.

    But just as he is about to
    answer, the bell goes, and the students go to lunch.

    When they come back, they sit
    back down and there is room for some more questions, another
    girl, Misha, puts
    her hand up and says:

    “I have four questions”

    “My Questions are – >

    Why did the Russians invade
    Crimea ? >

    Why are we sending troops to the
    Ukraine ? >

    Why did the lunch bell go 20
    minutes early? And

    Where is Sasha?”

    Benwood

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Shit, scum and milk tend to float to the top, intelligent people tend to keep away from the flotsam and jetsum to be found in blighted centuries old parliaments…..because there is always to be found a better way, but that low level of humanity that presents themselves for a system created by long dead people are always blinded to those new paths.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ charles skeete March 29, 2018 at 8:23 AM
    “I agree with Mr Stuart. Take whatever is offered from wine to iodine and wipe your mouth clean. For me a leg of pork and a pig head will suffice.”

    So you are going along with his suggestion of actively encouraging people to break the Law?

    Is this the same pastor called Mr. Integrity from Marchfield who likes to preach about the Christian ways of Bajan life.
    Now you see how easy it is to keep you stupid greedy blacks in physical and mental slavery for so long even up to today?

    Dem white people really having a good laugh at those like you still jumping up in the ‘nigga’ yard.

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  • @David
    A very interesting article in today’s (UK) Guardian. Much of what it says is no surprise to the more conscious amongst us but it a decent read, still. For example:

    “In Barbados, the British established one of the first modern slave societies. Slavery had certainly been practised in many parts of the world since ancient times. But never before had a territory’s entire economy been based on slave labour for capitalist industry. Beginning in 1627, the enslaved were put to work in the intense cultivation of sugar cane, working in chain gangs in shifts that covered a 24-hour production cycle. In one of the greatest experiments in human terror the world has ever known, this system of plantation slavery expanded over the following centuries across the Caribbean, South America and the southern United States. Fear and torture were used to drive black workers to cut, mill, boil and “clay” the sugar, so it could be shipped to Britain as part of a lucrative “triangle of trade” between the west coast of Africa, the Americas and Britain. The trade in slaves, and the goods they were forced to produce – sugar, tobacco and eventually cotton – created the first lords of modern capitalism.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/29/slavery-abolition-compensation-when-will-britain-face-up-to-its-crimes-against-humanity

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  • @David

    A very interesting article in today’s (UK) Guardian. Much of what it says is no surprise to the more conscious amongst us but it’s a decent read, still. For example:

    “In Barbados, the British established one of the first modern slave societies. Slavery had certainly been practised in many parts of the world since ancient times. But never before had a territory’s entire economy been based on slave labour for capitalist industry. Beginning in 1627, the enslaved were put to work in the intense cultivation of sugar cane, working in chain gangs in shifts that covered a 24-hour production cycle. In one of the greatest experiments in human terror the world has ever known, this system of plantation slavery expanded over the following centuries across the Caribbean, South America and the southern United States. Fear and torture were used to drive black workers to cut, mill, boil and “clay” the sugar, so it could be shipped to Britain as part of a lucrative “triangle of trade” between the west coast of Africa, the Americas and Britain. The trade in slaves, and the goods they were forced to produce – sugar, tobacco and eventually cotton – created the first lords of modern capitalism.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/29/slavery-abolition-compensation-when-will-britain-face-up-to-its-crimes-against-humanity

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    As I said above….lol

    Fruendolittle is being blasted on facebook for talking this ish.., claims he got something “up his sleeve” to deal with Mottley, but the commenters are telling him to keep it there  they dont want to know, he is too lazy and arrogant..lol.

    If Mottley dont investigate and lock up this gang of devils when they are thrown to the curb by the electorate…she too needs to be dealt with by the electorate,

    “I will be back, Stuart warns Mottley

    Article by 
    George Alleyne
    Published on 
    March 29, 2018
    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has made it clear that he intends to lead a relentless attack on the pretender to his post as soon as he rings the election bell.

    Stuart addressed a meeting of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at Lawrence T Gay Memorial School at the weekend, and he left a bold message to Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley.

    “I will be back,” he warned.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Then ya got trash like Liesalot on the blog taking the enslavement of African people for his own personal entertainment and being disrespectful to their descendants. ..just like the minority trash on the island who believe they are entitled to do and say as they like and be disrespectful to the descendants of slaves.

    Then more white trash sit around plotting and scheming…Privatized Colonizing Operations for Black people to reenslave them and dumb, greedy corrupt black ministers and politicians, still wont learn.

    “The decision to emancipate slaves by treating them like property, and not like persons, was no mere theoretical exercise. Rather than putting a sudden end to their suffering, the process of emancipation marked a new phase of British atrocities and the terrorisation of blacks.

    The emancipation process was minutely orchestrated by government bureaucrats. In September 1835, less than a month after the government received its loan, slave owners began their feeding frenzy as they obtained compensation cheques at the National Debt Office. Payment amounts were determined based on application forms that asked claimants to itemise the number and kinds of enslaved people in their possession, and to provide certificates from the slave registrar. There were some 47,000 recipients of compensation in total.

    In addition to money, slave owners received another form of compensation: the guaranteed free labour of blacks on plantations for a period of years after emancipation. The enslaved were thus forced to pay reverse reparations to their oppressors. At the stroke of midnight on 1 August 1834, the enslaved were freed from the legal category of slavery – and instantly plunged into a new institution, called “apprenticeship”

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  • @Pachamama

    You are quite right. Freundel et. al (Worrell, Alleyne, Gollop) are all cut from the same cloth, they are Betas.

    Our first two prime ministers were unapologetic Alphas, after that the closest is probably Arthur and he is not even close.

    Our society has fought against natural selection and put betas in leadership positions. Go look at any ministry

    Why have betas risen to the top? Because they are the evolution of the perfect slave and our society has not broken free of the slave mentality. We as a society are still of the believe that to survive we must serve someone.

    Betas are born to serve; like the house slave they love to dance for their masters but today it is the IMF, A Cahill demoness or a corrupt foreigner they dance for.

    Just my 2 cents

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    David

    What the Prime Minister has demonstrated is that he is deceitful no good rat. He knows his ass will get kick to the curb. He has nothing to lose. The courts just decided to lift weights off Clico Parris millions. The stinking lying rat we got for a Prime Minister done knows that when the boot comes his good crooked friend got his back all the way to the bank. Talk about timing. Stuart enjoying a field day delaying things but for a purpose. If only Mottley had some integrity and conviction to go after these stinking rotten thieving dogs. Hate the bitches in this renegade DLP line up.

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  • If a person walks up to me, hands me $500 and I accept it without words being spoken can I be

    charged with accepting a political bribe?

    Take the money, the flat screens or fridges and stoves but do not speak not even to say

    thanks.

    Note that I ent nuh lawyer and does write shiite 91% of the time.

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  • Who listened to leader of the UPP Lynette Eastmond on the news today confirming what prime minister Stuart and AG Brathwaite confirmed as well, that that they had witnessed vote buying (irregularities) in past General Election and others?

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  • A friend recently told me in the lead up to the latest Grenada elections that the voters were being offered frigs, stoves, deep freezers etc for their vote. Forget the money, Willy needs a new fridg.

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  • The 2 worst PM’s Barbados experienced were 2 former school teachers.A school teacher is like a preacher man.They don’t expect ‘back chat’,so they are not known for tolerance.Its gets worst as in the case of Stuart who IS a school teacher and a preacher man of the Marchfield Church of God.

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  • Gabriel March 29, 2018 at 5:24 PM #

    Was Owen Arthur a school teacher?

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  • The parties are all lying. They take money from big business and keep it for themselves. Very little or none filters down to the electorate.

    If money was so plentiful how come in nearly 50 years I have not even been offered a half of an Eclispe buscuit? And nobody that I know has been offered anything either.

    I think that this leader of the political class is being disingenuous. He wants us to believe that money does stir. It does not. Not for the ordinary elector. The parties take the money and use it to dispense over pricecd contracts to their family, their party members, and their friends.

    None of us ordinary people get to enjoy even a tiny slice of the fatted calf.

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  • And after the election the family, friends, party members, lodge buddies and old school buddies of the political class are appointed to boards, where they bubble at the tax funded troughs even as they bring no skill, no aptitude and no love to the job.

    And the ordinary elector.

    Fooled once again.

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  • @ Pachamama March 29, 2018 at 6:26 AM #

    Valid point you have made.

    Once there is a free and fair election process, the electorate is the one to determine “percentage of support” and if the party(s) are new, then how can “over a recent period” fit into that requirement?

    The BLP, DLP, NDP had inaugurations, a beginning, a plan, aims and objectives and a means to an end. They were established to be game changers for the times and new comers must be allowed to play their part.

    Therefore, it should rather be a SET CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHING A POLITICAL PARTY and by extension some parameters for Independent Candidates.

    Besides BASIC COMMON SENSE and the LOVE TO SERVE, political aspirants should possess a degree of understanding in one or more of the areas which sound governance requires and functions by.

    @ David March 29, 2018 at 6:53 AM #

    To ORDER OR to INFLUENCE.

    Does order suggests dictatorship by imposition and Influence as an alternative suggestions of will to choose.

    Is THE STATEMENT a subtle admonition to know the traits of character FIRST of political aspirants?

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  • @Simple Simon March 29, 2018 at 6:12 PM #

    This is one of the reasons why I play Cato on the Barbadian civil service: Less civil servants, less opportunities for nepotism and corruption.

    There is a direct link between a bloated civil service which sucks all the foreign reserves and the economic and moral decline on this island.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David March 29, 2018 at 3:05 PM
    “Who listened to leader of the UPP Lynette Eastmond on the news today confirming what prime minister Stuart and AG Brathwaite confirmed as well, that that they had witnessed vote buying (irregularities) in past General Election and others?”

    She is ‘simply’ a hypocrite of the third party degree. What game is she playing at here?

    Is she implying that politicians and/or their electioneering agents on behalf of the BLP engaged in such illegal activities?

    As far as it is known the last set of elections took place in February 2013; and in that ‘fixed’ horse race only two had the wherewithal obtained from their private sector financial controllers to undertake such a vote buying campaign.

    Since she was a running candidate in the race wearing the red livery of the BLP for one of the 30 ridings is she now accusing her own party led by her idol OSA of knowingly engaging in vote buying?

    If not the BLP, then it has to be the other party which succeeded in arriving first past the ‘greased-palms’ post in that 2013 electoral race; with her then BLP- overburdened with the deadweight OSA burnt out by the ‘Privatization’ head-start- being forced to return to the Opposition stables instead of the ‘winner’s’ enclosure to piss-parade on the same electorate for the past 5 years.

    Why has it taken her over 5 years to make her observations of these illegal activities known to the public against whom a major fraud was perpetrated?

    Were these the same cases of voter fraud witnessed during the same elections by no less persons than the AG &PM in unified condemnation and promises to bring the perpetrators to justice as required under the laws of Barbados?

    What really is her objective? Isn’t she also a registered officer of the Court sworn to uphold the law with all her might and know-how?

    If she has such incontrovertible evidence against MAM and the BLP why not outfox and upstage Fiendel by revealing truth the whole truth and nothing but the Truth to make herself look like the kind of leader of high moral ground capable of bringing some measure of restorative justice to the same ‘victimized’ electoral system and which Barbados desperately needs at this crucial point of its existence since Independence?

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  • @Miller

    All that matters is whether her accusation is true. This is all the BU household is concerned.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Miller…none of them have the self respect, self esteem, testicular fortitude or self confidence to follow through beyond those accusations against each other.., they are all afraid of what the next politician just like themselves can reveal to the public about their dirty dealings, the political cabal, the accurate name for them, all have dirty hands and dirty information on each other.

    But all those dirty hands will be forced to bring to light what they have all been up to against the population if there is any hope of any of them winning the coming election, none of them can take the electorate for granted in 2018….we are way past that point, there is too much information out there..for any of them to pull that 2013 scam again.

    I dont do whatsapp, i believe i have enough access to information at my fingertips, but I hear what information is out there among bajans..

    Cambridge Analytica was their last hope to work against the electorate/citizens…very last hope…. and look what is happening to them, they are too busy to be concerned with the election of a speck in the sea, privatized colonization operation or not,..lol

    It is reality time.

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  • David

    We are not in that household.

    Our point of departure is that it has always been true, on all sides, and always will be!

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  • Our experience has been that this behaviour is woven into the fabric of the political culture

    Integral to the duopoly culture

    The PM might pretend to be above this but he might of had others doing it for him

    Just like how he has his henchmen operating at a perceived arm’s length, bagmen!

    And the people have, not an irrational expectation, that if nothing else, some largesse will be around somewhere in this election season of Christmas.

    That is the kind of pressure which forces politicians to match the informal spending or perceived spending of opponents.

    If a voter can’t get something at the point of most power, then when would he/she ever, is the thinking.

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  • Hal @5.31pm Mar29
    Short answer…no

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  • What law Miller? what law?
    Show me how it can be policed and I would show you the pellet that lick out Nelson eye. Remember find years hence our learned Attorney General reported that he witnessed vote busing and was investigating the matter
    what are the results of those investigations?
    Have there been any arrests?

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  • Hal Austin March 29, 2018 at 5:31 PM #

    So our to worst prime ministers were not teachers?

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  • Pieceuhderockyeahright

    De ole man is not too bright so it is necessary to admit from get go that statements that affirm that vote buying, AMONG THE ILLITERATE AND THE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED is here to stay.

    When a man is hungry he will take any so called sanctimoniously better than thou bribe dat David Come Sing Along is talking bout here.

    I does really doan mind he too much with these noble pretentions that are part of his periodic “blog meat” submissions

    Conversely all the chat about electoral funding by government is precisely the obverse side of the same argument where the state is going to shell out $9 million an that will then be augmented by bribes.

    De ole man is a student of life who studies people and long before Cambridge Analytica was promoting the use of “corn beef and biscuits” as a tool to affect the outcome of elections.

    So what do de ole man recommend to stop these bribes?

    I recommend “a state sponsored bribe” to counter these political party bribes which shall be enshrined into law and shall read

    “Any citizen who shall before or during an election, knowingly take a bribe from a candidate or agent of said candidate AND SHALL RECORD SUCH BRIBE BY SAID PARTY IN SUCH A FORMAT TO DEFINITIVELY ENTRAP A BRIBER, that citizen shall be exempt from any prosecution and shall be awarded a sum of $500 for any such instance of bribery…”

    De problem of bribery is solved causing all de nasty politicians ent stupid enough to risk getting lock up know dat people looking to collect 5heir bribe AS WELL AS COLLECT $500 ON TOP OF THAT BRIBE

    DE OLE MAN ENT TOO BRIGHT SO FORGIVE ME…

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  • Pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    Grateful if you retrieve an item on this subject now in suspense, thanks

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hal Austin March 30, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Here is a rather ‘short’ answer given by George B. Shaw:

    “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”.

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  • “De problem of bribery is solved causing all de nasty politicians ent stupid enough to risk getting lock up know dat people looking to collect 5heir bribe AS WELL AS COLLECT $500 ON TOP OF THAT BRIBE.”

    lol..

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  • David

    We see you pointing, promoting, how some votes are ‘priceless’

    This quaint notion has no credence within a system which is more and more based on so-called free market capitalism.

    Should heath care not be priceless too, yet it is being privatized, monetized, daily

    Is air not priceless as well, yet by its pollution the cost rises daily

    And so on …………….

    Everything is Barbados, which was once seen as ‘priceless’ has been sold, is being sold

    Have you considered that this well-meaning appeal will have a desperate impact (LOL)

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  • @Pacha

    The message is about awareness and not to focus on the vote per se. You will not PUDRYR creative is being promoted on Facebook.

    It is about educating the masses to act as a catalyst for change.

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  • David

    There will be no ‘change’

    Except, change of personalities in charge

    Nothing more

    So yuh might as well give up

    And let the brassbowls make a little change …………….. for their pockets. LOL

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  • How will anyone prove that a “gift” is a “bribe” ?

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Hants

    A “gift” for which there is an express communication that this money or reward is for a specific choice and voting outcome FOW WHICH THE COMMUNICATION IS RECORDED IS A BRIBE!!

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    To completely break the bonds of the DLP – the most deleterious government administration Barbados has had, here is a suggestion for consideration.

    With regard to the blatant teifing the DLP is purported to have effected by its ministersde ole man suggests a Barbados WhistleBlowers Act and the Bussa Freedom Fund.

    THeir purpose is to (i) provide monetary awards to persons who provide incontrovertible evidence of the ministerial theft in addition to (b) ensuring citizen protection with (c) most assuredly, the guarantee of anonymity to recipients of the fund

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  • can’t say you dont know, the hardest thing is to know. I knew Cambridge Analytica interfered in Barbados’ election in 2013…vote Fruendolittle and all his ministers out, they are dishonest and toxic.

    http://wp.caribbeannewsnow.com/2018/03/22/commentary-external-interference-in-caribbean-elections-is-real/

    ‘SLC was also evident in Trinidad and Tobago, acting for persons in the United National Congress party, and in the 2013 general elections in Barbados, where it claims to have worked for the Democratic Labour Party. Alexander Nix, the now suspended chief executive of SLC’s, subsidiary Cambridge Analytica, was known to operate in the Caribbean.’

    It was clear in the campaign for the March 21 Antigua and Barbuda general election groups like SLC and Cambridge Analytica were hired by firms with a vested interest in controlling the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The objective was to ensure that the Gaston Browne-led government did not return to office since, as with other cases, it had refused to allow enterprises to operate in ways that deprive the national treasury of revenues.

    If Antigua and Barbuda did not have snap elections and a very short campaign, it is likely that external forces might have succeeded in influencing the elections result. There would have been no way in which the ABLP would have been able to counter the expensive tactics of these rich organisations.

    SCL is the prime suspect as the organisation hired to carry out the objectives of external agencies. It has operated secretly in the Caribbean for many years.”

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  • Blogmaster..I posted a link with added info and it disappeared, can you find it?

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  • Thanks.

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  • Say what ? channeling grandaddy ?

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  • A PM should advice people to keep the laws of the land.

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  • Can the paying of income tax refunds from three years hence just mere days from the impending election be regarded as vote buying

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