Time for the Governor General to Take Action

Submitted by DAVID A. COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement

AS  BARBADOS remains in a state of governmental stasis and political limbo, yet another national facility / institution has broken down — the Supreme Court and Registry of Barbados.

Our broken down Supreme Court and Registry joins a long list of national facilities and institutions that have “broken down” in one way or another  over the ten year reign of the current Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration :- our National Stadium, the South Coast Sewage system, the state of repair of our national road network, our Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Cave Hill Campus of UWI, our Sanitation Service Authority, our Barbados Water Authority,  the image and morale of our Royal Barbados Police Force, and the depressing list goes on and on.

And, of course, towering over and above these institutional and sectoral “break downs” is the break down of the national economy of Barbados itself, with the international rating agencies inflicting some 23 downgrades on the measure of our nation’s international credit-worthiness.

Ordinarily, in a situation such as this, we Barbadians would look to our country’s Parliament — our House of Assembly and Senate — for some discussion, clarification, and rectification of this recent and additional manifestation of national “break down”, but for the past six weeks or so our nation has NOT had a Parliament!

Section 48 of our nation’s Constitution tells us that Parliament is the institution that has the responsibility to make laws for the good government of Barbados. But the political administration that is currently reigning over our country determined that they would permit our Parliament to be dissolved, and that they would subject us to a prolonged period in which our country would be devoid of a national Parliament .

It is — to say the least — unconscionable for the Freundel Stuart administration to throw Barbados into this state of governmental stasis and political limbo : and it may very well be un-constitutional as well.

Section 62 (1) of our national Constitution tells us very plainly that “after every dissolution of Parliament the Governor- General shall issue writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from the dissolution”. Well, the Parliament of Barbados was dissolved as long ago as the 6th of March 2018 !

Section 32 (1) (b) of the Constitution also tells us that our Governor-General does NOT have to wait upon or to be advised by the Cabinet or the Prime Minister in relation to “any function which is expressed (in whatever terms) to be exercisable by (her) in (her) discretion.”

A plain and literal reading of Section 62 (1) of the Constitution suggests that this duty of our Governor-General to set the date for a General Election is a duty that is exercisable by her in her own discretion.

What — therefore — is Governor-General Sandra Mason waiting for?

Is it that she has some doubt as to whether the wording of Section 62 (1) of the Constitution gives her the right to exercise her own discretion in this matter of setting a General Election date?

And if indeed she has some doubt, wouldn’t the correct course of action be to approach the Supreme Court for an interpretative declaration on the issue ?

What is currently happening in (and to) Barbados is just not good enough !

It is time for us to break out of this depressing state of governmental stasis and political limbo !

We Barbadians need to raise our voices and insist that our Governor-General bestir herself and take action either to set an election date or to seek clarification from the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

94 comments

  • No laws are being broken.

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  • I am sure that a BLP government would never hold on to power like this. In fact these dems would have been up and down Barbados creating hell!

    A DLP yardfowl was on Brasstacks on Monday rambling on and on and someone sent a message to David to ask him what would have been his position were it the BLP doing this……..the man said nothing, they would wait until the PM call the election.

    These dems are special…….special morons……….they are unbelievable…………the yardfowl forgot what David Thompson did in 2007…….about 6 months before elections were due, he said he done with coming to Parliament and told OSA to call the damn election.

    How soon they forget!

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  • David, we in the diaspora appreciate your fortitude and unwavering commitment to standing in the vanguard and representing the interest of Barbadians and causes that affect the region.
    This nightmare needs to end;
    Indeed action must be taken.
    I support your call.

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  • @ Kevin, you sound like a Republican. In essence the laws of the Constitution has not been adhered to. While no punishment has been assigned for refusing to adhere to the Constitution with regards to not publishing the bands, that regulation has been broken.

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  • “…………….we Barbadians would look to our country’s Parliament — our House of Assembly and Senate — for some discussion, clarification, and rectification of this recent and additional manifestation of national “break down”, but for the past six weeks or so our nation has NOT had a Parliament!”
    ………………………………………..

    I want to ask every dem if they can honestly keep defending this nonsense……..this has gone past being ridiculous and it is not OK to keep saying that the moron we have for a PM is not breaking any laws.

    Since March 6, a country like Barbados does not have a Parliament!

    Unbelievable.

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  • Heather

    Kevin is a dem….pure and simple!

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  • The Governor General is not going to take any action. Look at how she was exalted by the dems at a service a few weeks ago at St Catherine Church. I thought she was supposed to be above the political fray but I may be wrong!

    I well expect the man to make history by letting the election call itself!

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  • This makes a mockery of the role of the Governor General in Barbados. Appointed but cannot perform the duties that she swore to uphold on her appointment.

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  • Section 62 (1) of tbe Constitution plainly tells me that the Governor General is duty bound to act and issue election writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly after 90 days has elapsed since the dissolution of Parliament.
    According to my reckoning,ninety days has not yet elapsed only 43 and there is no need for the learned Governor General to exercise any discretion

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  • SOS, #anon SOS, BARBADOS Elections #anon… coincidence the Supreme Court is “out of order”?

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  • NorthernObserver

    @charles skeete
    interesting. My interpretation of 62 (1), is the GG is duty bound to call an election such that duly elected members may reconvene the House in 90 days, from the date of dissolution. Hence, at the latest, a call would be 3-4 weeks before the 90 day term expires, to allow for campaigning and the election itself.
    Den again I en no lawyer.

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  • The Governor General’s role is largely perfunctionary and ceremonial and highly political. What make you think she will act. Get real people.

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  • Did you read Comissiong’s piece? He has taken a position that the GG has sole discretion to issue a date once parliament is dissolved.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    More the reason to get rid of the politically tainted office of the GG, who, once selected by the ruling government as a preferred yardfowl, has to adhere to every whim and fancy of his/her political masters no natter how unethical or unconstitutional. ..making the parliament and supreme court a 3 ring circus.

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  • Perhaps HM The Queen should appoint the GG, since the natives cannot seem to separate duty from bias.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    IQ45..the Caribbean will have no choice but to cut ties with that parasitic beast in the palace to avoid future crimes committed against themselves, Barbados and the islands do not need a centuries old fraud monarchy…to ruin the lives of their future generations. ,.

    The most intellectual among us all know they are not real royalty but merely civil servants of the criminal variety….always have been ….they have done enough damage to Caribbean people…time for them to disappear out of black people’s lives…

    …you and your weakminded ilk can keep hanging on to them in ya brainwashed states…no one cares.

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  • “The most intellectual among us..,.”Thanks for the morning laugh Well Well Wot An Iggorant Racist Parasitic Moroness I is, I had quite forgotten how much better B’dos is now under native rule than it was under white benevolence! Just like Africa in fact…now I wonder why that should be!
    Do tell us – who supports you in your cocoon of bile and hatred, deserted by everyone and everything bar your own misplaced self-esteem?

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  • David Brathwaite

    Charles Skeete, Section 62 (1) says that the GG shall call the election and the warrants must be returned to the GG within 90 days of the dissolution of Parliament. Given the rules for nomination and the 14 minimum between Nomination Day and Election Day, the election process takes a minimum of 21 days. Thus, the election must be called by May 13th. Also note that nowhere does it require the GG to act on the advice of the PM, so she can act in her own discretion. She can act now, but she is obligated to act by May 13th if Fruendel does not announce the election date by then.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    It will be telling if the ĢG does not act by the allotted more , more the reason to rid the island of that office to protect the people….and future generations.

    With an IQ of 45 it would be difficult to notice that the UK has never done anything to enrich the lives or aid in the intellectual growth and development of Caribbean people beyond being mindless, mentally enslaved, uninformed beings just ripe, ready and waiting for the next creatively designed british exploitation plan and scheme….in the last 500 years.

    Caribbean leaders and citizens have to learn to be in ever ready self preservation mode going forward to protect themselves and the thousands of their generations going forward from these centuries old british assaults of the black mind.

    You will learn that I am much more dangerous when I am not being insulting.

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  • Well well

    You ought to be ashamed of yourself !

    For the last few months you were braying on this BU site that the PM had to call the elections by this date , that date etc,

    Now you begging the GG to call them !

    You are a blight !

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    I am not begging for anything, just highlighting how useless yardfowls are, particularly when elevated to the position of GG….at taxpayer’s expense.

    The longer Mason refuses to do her job, the worse it reflects on her…the better the reason to get rid of the useless, political yardfowls tainted office of GG.

    Have you connected those dots yet. …

    …a mold infested supreme court building + a vacated clico building sitting right next door = …………

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  • The truth is that this PM is so incompetent that he seems unable even to call elections….
    and that this must now be deferred to some abstract default position.

    Historic!!

    The most utterly idiotic, incompetent, JA ever to have been allowed to complete a full term as a ‘PM’ anywhere….
    A RH brass bowl indeed… (Right Honourable for some…)
    …and only possible in Bim.

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  • David Comissiong

    The conventional wisdom in Barbados is that the Governor General has to wait upon and be advised by the Cabinet or Prime Minister as to what should be the Election date. But I am saying that if one reads the actual text of the Constitution, the more reasonable interpretation of the actual text is that this is one of those functions that the GG is entitled to carry out based on her own discretion.

    I am also saying to our GG that if she has any doubt as to the correct interpretation of the text then she should refer to the Supreme Court for an interpretation and a declaration to settle the issue.

    I am also suggesting that if the discretion resides with her, then she must exercise that discretion in a manner that is REASONABLE to us the citizens of Barbados, and it certainly cannot be reasonable for us to be left in this state of political limbo some six weeks after the dissolution of our national Parliament.

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  • @David Comissiong

    You will admit given the time that has passed since the dissolution that your suggestion is nothing more that an academic exercise.

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  • Well Well Wot A Sad Lonely Hate-Ridden Parasite I Is, you do make yourself out to be a RH laughing stock….

    “You will learn that I am much more dangerous when I am not being insulting.”

    Colour me terrified, you sad excuse for a human being. I notice you dodged the question, so here it is again..

    Who supports you in your cocoon of bile and hatred, deserted by everyone and everything bar your own misplaced self-esteem? The British taxpayer?

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  • Looking at this all wrong

    My cousin in the UK graduated from university during the recession of the early 90’s and had to take a job collecting garbage. Discussions with workmates on a myriad of topics always ended with them at loggerheads. They concluded his problem was his education.

    This is what has happened here. Your law education is the problem

    Freundel and Gollop are lawyers you have made the mistake in thinking that their actions and decisions are based on the question “What does the law say”. I beg to differ. The correct question has always been “What will Bajans do? And they know the answer 9 times out of 10 is NOTHING.

    This 10 years of DLP rule has been like the school bully who used to pat down your pockets for money, he knows its against school rules but he also knows most students will not report it and will do nothing so long as you leave them with enough money to still get something to eat.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    “after every dissolution of Parliament the Governor- General shall issue writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from the dissolution”

    “Governor- General SHALL issue writs” means that she is obligated to under law. The dissolution of the House took place on March 6th 2018. Ninety days from March 6th is June 4th. So the House must be “returnable” and sitting on or before Monday June 4th 2018.

    How long after polling day does it take for the House to be returned? In 2013 it took 16 days. In 2008 it took 28 days. In 2003 it took 16 days. So if we assume that it will take 16 days then the latest date for polling day is May 19th, which is a Saturday. Do we hold elections on a Saturday in Barbados? Since independence polling day has always fallen on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday; this would make the latest credible polling day Thursday May 17th.

    As @David Brathwaite points out “Given the rules for nomination and the 14 minimum between Nomination Day and Election Day, the election process takes a minimum of 21 days.” Twenty-one days before May 17th is Thursday April 26th 2018… exactly one week from today.

    The Governor General should therefore issue writs for a general election within the next week.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    IQ45…ah go make yall and the UK shite…just watch me.

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  • David Comissiong

    Some things just need to be publicly said David— even if one is doing no more than contributing to public education. But in this case I think the Release is also serving notice on the GG that her actions are being scrutinized and judged as well. It is also continuing the process of giving voice to the disgust that the Barbadian people are feeling about the whole situation. That too is important.

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  • Fair enough David C. Note a benefactor has sponsored your submission on Facebook guaranteed to be read by thousands. It is also posted on Instagram and from what we see on the BU dashboard being read on the WhatsApp medium.

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  • ” Justice Mason, an Appeals Court Judge, has more than 30 years experience .” She is competent to ” in the words of the late great Shilling ” decide the decision “.

    The desperation to change the government is understandable but it will not make the bonitos bite on dottins or the figs from st.Joseph taste any better.

    Instead of writing / talking sheite how about producing a manifesto for good governance that will save Barbados from continuing the descent into the abyss.

    I await the contributions by the highly educated and degreed BU maguffees.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ PLT at 9 :13 AM

    I agree with your computation. But it says “election of members of H of A”. Not first meeting of H of A. So the election of members is the crucial event. The first meeting of Parliament is the new GoB’s call. I may be wrong. But it gives a little leeway to the Governor General to exercise her discretion. No need for the Law Court. Discretion means discretion within the framework of the Constitution. BU commentators should not try to high-jack that discretion.

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  • @Hants

    As David C opined above this is about educating Bajans read civics 101. The average Bajan has shown they don’t care one iota about governance.

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  • You all sound like a pact of unruly English school boys awaiting the public correction of her majesty.

    A lesson which will never be learnt by none of you is that Barbados is and has been an elected dictatorship masquerading as a democracy.

    Until you understand that philosophical base, you are destined to forever resort to straw men/women called ‘governor general’ and so forth, a some final port of call.

    Why should lions be led by donkeys?

    It’s time for the lions to show their teeth and devourer the donkeys.

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  • @Pacha

    What you aspire must be supported by those who are prepared to educate the ‘ignorant’ masses not so?

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  • Peter. It seems that we are on the same page regarding polling day as May 17th. Between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th the PM will call elections to reduce the embarrassment that he finds himself. This delay might be a a destructive element to those 11 who tried to disrobed the king whilst he was asleep.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @PLT, excellent at 9:13. I had not seen the timing done previousl y(but assume it was) and I didn’t have the overriding interest to do the calendar review myself….so thanks.

    Re your remark that “The Governor General should therefore issue writs for a general election within the next week” does that mean as directed by the PM or on her own volition!

    The other question one would enquire is this: what are consequences of the ensuing ‘constitutional crisis’ if parliament is NOT in chamber come June 4th?

    And BTW does 90 days speak to Saturday’s and Sundays ? A mere technical issue I suspect but is it…

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  • Jefferson Cumberbatch

    The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Whose Call is it, Anyway?

    Posted on March 25, 2018

    It is all here.

    Here is the link: https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/03/25/the-jeff-cumberbatch-column-whose-call-is-it-anyway/

    David

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  • @ de pedantic Dribbler. 90 days includes Saturday and Sunday. If it was otherwise, the language would have been 90 working days. Or maybe, the PM is getting confused with the amount of days Parliamentarian actual work. If Parliament and Cabinet meet only two (2) days per week, then we are looking at 45 weeks before the call of elections.

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  • Kickbacks and Corruption in High Places

    @ Pachama

    You are correct that is why the following 3 groups in
    Barbados will always continue to rule over the backward locals, CORRUPT Barbados Lawyers, CORRUPT Barbados Politicians mainly Lawyers, and CORRUPT Barbados Police.

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  • David

    Have we not had the critical benefits of such mass education projects for 100+ years?

    We have no abiding interests in the cul-de-sac you present.

    If the truth is not being demonstrably exhibited, has not been, by now, your suggestion would only seek to extend the status quo.

    In other words the ideas of dead men continue to rule us. You’ll be thinking for those dead men.

    In that we could never be interested

    In short, we care not about the presumption that ordinary people cannot act in their self interest in the absence of some learning curve.

    In 1937 it was unschooled Heroes who gave their sacred lives in not dissimilar circumstances.

    It is NOT education we need. For education seems to have a propensity to leave us devoid of courage.

    And it is courage we need most at this historical moment.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @TellMe, granted re your 10:18. I can accept that ‘working day’ distinction HOWEVER in this rather protracted hullabaloo over timing which as the Dean has reminded us really does NOT contravene any legal standard I merely wondered if that coukd become a created issue if PM Stuart carries his arbitrary acts to further unpopular limits.

    Has the HoA ever met on a Sunday since independence or a Saturday?

    Alas, all such concerns SHOULD be moot in a few days.

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  • AFTER 10 YEARS IN POWER GOVERNING BARBADOS.

    “Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, has proffered the view that the island’s future economic recovery is hinged on revitalised and strategically developed agriculture and fisheries sectors, operating to international standards.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/149297/revitalised-agriculture-sector-key-recovery

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  • Let me state the obvious as espoused by BU bloggers ad nauseum.

    Agriculture must continuously be improved to make Barbados food secure.

    Alternative energy / Solar and Wind must be used to supply electricity.

    Tax Haven business is risky.

    Tourism must NOT be the number one industry in Barbados.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @ Vincent, it says “writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from the dissolution.” To me this means that the new members of the House must return to the Assembly within ninety days from the dissolution. The way it is written says that the House must assemble within ninety days. Otherwise it would be written: writs for a general election of members within ninety days from dissolution. Th

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  • The GG is a creature of the PM.Worse yet she is a native of St Philip as is Stuart,Brathwaite,Lashley,Estwick,Ince,Byer-Suckoo,Sinckler and Gollop.A virtual cabinet.Dont expect the impossible.To prove they are different they even have an accent of their own.

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  • David comissiong is a bitter man since the dems got rid of him .he will never walk up the steps of the house.sad David

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  • David Comissiong has unclean hands, in this matter.

    And to approach this court with such represents a gross disrespect for public intelligence.

    It represents a breach of trust.

    This article is biased against the ruling cabal and in obvious support of the BLP

    His mental clock only permitted him to go back 10 years

    However, an independent political observer would have been able to judge that the current maladies harken back to decades.

    Indeed, his BLP would clearly be cited as the single causal reason for the social malaise now in ‘bogue’

    But his BLP is not likely to solve any of the problems we here have. Certainly, Comissiong must know this by now. For he is far from being a political neophyte.

    So to present in this way erects a false choice

    That is the height of disingenuousness.

    In another live and time we would have suggested the use of a certain antiquarian device as a corrective.

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  • @Pacha

    Where is the logic in your position? What happens when the time comes to draw a line in the sand to signal a different perspective? Is there merit in trying to expose the gap in current abeyance government has allowed the country to be anchored?

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  • It shows D.C. Is not a mindless Dem.What Sir Bree referred to as a stinking Dem.Its the same that can be said of Dipper Barrhh.He was not a mindless Bee,what Dr Carter referred to as a stinging bee.What a difference one letter of the alphabet makes.

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  • David

    We putting some licks in yuh crutch!

    Well, if we are generally illogical you should say that.

    What ‘line in the sand’? Has the BLP not been in a similar position circa 2008?

    And has the DLP not been here in 1994?

    And so on

    What you and Comissiong would like to so describe is really no ‘line in the sand’, per se, but mere escapism. Escaping to the BLP, as a national, emotional response to severe pain.

    If your own illogical position wins out, as we are sure it will, we will be back to this new status quo of malaise within a year. After the usual honeymoon for your incoming political lovers.

    The truth is not at all as simplistic as you would want to believe. We know that your default position has always been to perfect the existing order. That is no longer possible.

    The problem is that what you have been educated to believe as truth no longer holds.

    The truth is that whether the BLP or DLP were in office at these times none of the problems we now see manifested could have been avoided. The truth is that when your favoured BLP gets in, within 60 days you hope, the trajectory will continue in the same direction.

    We judge that five years from now Barbados will be in a worse position and both you and Comissiong will be DLPites. What a country!

    The merit which may be so exposed of DLP failures, and rightly so, cannot support a logic which says the BLP is the answer. That is a case for political lackeys and yard fowls.

    A blind man could see from this distance that the BLP lacks any answers at all. It will be an even bigger failure, so will be the next DLP government after it.

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  • There are some people in this country who have lived off the fatted calf under the blp govt wants to tell this govt what to do and it is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
    So sit wunna backsides down until PM Stuart calls the election.
    In the meanwhile remain like dead fish hang out on a reel to be hauled in.

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  • The difference which escapes patches is that when the bees are in there is more confidence in the country as a whole,more investment,more jobs,more progress.There is more emphasis on accountability.This has been the history of the Bees since Grantley.The Dees made significant progress between ’61 and ’76 a lot to do with the confidence reposed in the quality of the leadership and the quality of the candidates. Post ’76 the Dees have struggled to become a force to reckon with.Most supported the view that Thompson had the attributes to deliver.

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  • You’re right! We lack confidence in this thing you called ‘leadership’

    And that is a bedrock principle for us.

    However, not even the best of ‘leadership’ this country has produced would have been capable of navigating this here, the unknown.

    In these desperate circumstances, we long called for a national unity government. Besides us it was only Sir William Skinner who made such an appeal.

    In fact, after the last election when the people of Barbados suggested such.

    But the culture is such that neither the Bees nor the Dees would sanction that

    If there is to be a case for ‘leadership’ this was certainly it.

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  • Will the fishy mouth 👄 Commisiong be taking the GG & PM to Court for not calling the general elections in 2018 ?

    A Blasted blight – David Come – Along !

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  • The Dems have not accomplished one shyte since Parliament dissolved. The sale if BNTCL, Hilton etc still unfinished. Apart from drawing a salary, what has the government achieved? Further confirming that they are incompetent and do not deserve another term. Let Dem continue until day 90, it is causing Dem more harm than good. For example, by the time Lowe recovers frim his “knee surgery” it gine be time to vote.🤣

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  • We are sure that the Bees is ‘accomplish’ all of this unfinished work

    The selling out of Barbados must be well accomplished, no!

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  • lol…knee surgery in modern times is non invasive and does not require months of hospitalization, not even when you have an accident with two broken legs… lol

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  • let us stop talking and do something about it..I for one believe the the current economic environment is responsible for the upsurge in violence…. Mr Commisiong, if you was serious you would gather a team and get at least 15 000 petitions calling for the Governor General to step in or at least address the matter. Post the petitions online and to the international newspapers. Force this ludicrous situation to stop. History will be very kind to you for taking a hands on support. Show us that you are different to the everyday politiciaon

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  • Mr Commisiong instead of putting so much energy into the Hyatt debate. Barbadians would be confident in our leaders again if we see some of them do prison time and seizure of assets. Watching Patrick King bring evidence the way he has on facebook and none of you are taking him seriously makes me wonder if you all are serious.

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  • So what the blp do in fourteen years
    1. Left a fractured and dilapidated infrustructure pot holes and holes
    2. Left a decaying watersystem with corroded pipe lines busting out at the seams
    3. Left uncontrollable debt for the taxpayers to own
    4. Left lingering lawsuits that amassed to million of dollars upon which court judgement had order the blp govt to pay but they refused
    5. Left a faltering and failing sewage plant which beyond a shadow of doubt started out with an inefficient plan for long term usage
    6. Left the anger of the Alexander debacle to boil over and cause pain and anguish to children and teachers
    Oh before i forget the billion dollar reserves which were suppose to take care of all these problems.Including payment of all govt employees for the ten year period .What a sham.Now these nitwits want to start the cycle all over again

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  • Mariposa

    So what the DLP do in ten years……..continued where the BLP left off by leaving:

    a fractured and dilapidated infrastructure pot holes and holes
    a decaying water system with corroded pipe lines busting out at the seams (due to a lack of an adequate, efficient maintenance program by the DLP, we have shiite overflowing in Hastings)
    uncontrollable debt for the taxpayers to own (the DLP incurred more debt in five years than the BLP in 14 years)….and let us not forget the 23 credit rating downgrades and economic policies that failed to achieve the desired objectives)
    a faltering and failing sewage plant which beyond a shadow of doubt started out with an inefficient plan for long term usage (remember, the south coast sewage plant was an initiative of a former Erskine Sandiford led DLP administration)
    anger of the Alexander debacle to boil over and cause pain and anguish to children and teachers, and Stuart engaging a commission of enquiry at the expense of taxpayers
    Public sector employees having to do without an increase in earnings, while the DLP ministers took an “artificial” 10% pay cut and retroactively reimbursed themselves.

    What a sham. Now these DLP nitwits want to start the cycle all over again.

    same shiite…..different day!!!!

    THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY WE NEED A REPUTABLE “THIRD PARTY.”

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  • Mariposa

    Is it true that Donville Inniss purchased Carlisle Bay Centre in Bay Street from Edwin Worrell of Budg-Buy fame…..and is now in the process of renovating those facilities?

    Also, is it true that the Weatherheads purchased buildings along the stretch from the Copacabana to the Boat Yard?

    If this information is true, were these purchases undertaken in anticipation of the Hyatt Hotel being built on Bay Street?

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  • NorthernObserver

    LOL…Artax loves that his friend “ac” is back

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  • The blame game is also being practised in Hal Austin’s Foggy London town.Theresa May was Home Secretary in 2011 when the Windrush deportations gained currency and an articulate black Englishman David Lammy lambasted Amber Rudd on the matter.Labour blamed the Tories for the debacle.While admitting guilt May suggested the toffy nosed Tories were not the party which originated the decision to destroy the immigration evidence of 1948 vintage, but it was Labour that made the decision in the first place in 2009.Then a Labour asked of May…..who signed off on the order to destroy the documentation?It was May in 2011.It’s all a trick of these politicos everywhere especially with the rise of Trump in the US.He is said to lie everyday ‘as god send’,so does Putin and Lavrov,Netanyahu,Macron,Sinckler,Ince,Stuart and Darcy.What May did not divulge was her husband’s role in BAE and its major stock holdings in that company which also holds major stock in Lockheed Martin and the cost of one of those missiles dropped on Syria had a price tag of £800,000.and BAE stock appreciated significantly in the last week, post the Syria missile attack.We all pray that gaul bline awlodum and dey burn in hell for lying and playing with people’s lives for the sake of money.

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  • MariSopa could not stay hidden for long..lol

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  • The Mariposas/ac of this world act like borrowing started in 1994 and ended in 2008. They also speak as though problems in Barbados started sometime during 1976-1986 and then again during 1994-2008. The DLP government of 2008 to present is the first to inherit debt, confront issues etc. The apologists don’t speak of the infrastructure they inherited, the housing projects, programmes, foreign reserves and low unemployment. Notice that the housing programme has come to a screeching halt since the BLP readymade projects at Fordes Road, Coverley, TweedsidecRd etc have dried up. If they weren’t so inept, pompous, partisan and lazy we would not be in this position. A real fatted calf mentality, just take a look at the piece ah lawyers that get government work–Guyson Mayers, Dribbles, Michael Yearwood–and QC status–Monique Taitt, Stephen Lashley, Dribbles, Yearwood, Allsopp. Stupse!!

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  • Though no one with commonsense will ever understand this moron we call the PM, my take is let him have his fun with the people of Barbados.

    I have long concluded that these are selfish conceited ignorant people (all of those words). They do not love this country or its people and if any of them ever cross my driveway, I have a few choice words for them.

    Be patient, maybe the plan is to get us irritable and get agitated to go out and start protesting……that is when their plans would kick into action.

    Patience, my fellow Barbadians!

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  • DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV

    I think people should not be sidetracked by the “legality” of the the Govt going into this 90 days grace period. Simple reason is that the constitution allows for it.The real discussion is why the DLP has to do it and what happens when the 90 days expires. I was a little surprised the DLP allowed the automatic dissolution of parliament….but if they did this there is reasonable expectation that they MAY not call elections within the 90 days either!!!! The GG is a lady with vast judicial experience…she will know what the constitution allows her and the govt to do. The convention is that the PM advises the GG as to when to call elections. Usually the ruling party would prepare its political machinery and call it on a date that suits them. Obviously the DLP isn’t ready and for Ms Mason to call elections by herself may be seen as an act that will not benefit the govt…the DLP will try to “milk” it for what little political mileage they can get from it. It is best for Ms Mason not to put herself in the limelight that way….all eyes are on the DLP right now..Barbadians are waiting. they have waited for 5 years and can wait for 3 months more…but not past that. I believe Ms Mason would wait until the 90 days are up and the ball would be more in her court..it is then that Bajans would urge her to call elections and she will have little choice but to do so.
    The way i see it, the DLPs political mileage sharply declined when they allowed parliament to automatically dissolve….Bajans are asking what is really going on!!!!….they are increasingly suspicious of the DLP’s actions…what are they doing outside the public view????. The CBB has yet to release the 2018 first quarter economic performance report. What is the state of the foreign reserves??? is the report bad as many people expect!!!….I cannot believe what the DLP is doing is only to allow for a change in candidate in St. John. Listening to DLP yardfowls on Brass Tacks defend what the their party is doing is both laughable and pitiful at the same time. To Dr Don Marshall who wants to defend the govt…just put a sock it in!!!!….The only strategy i see the DLP trying to employ is that they hope to burn out the campaign machinery of the BLP. By not setting a date they are not setting a target for the BLP to build up their campaigning to!!!!. Really, the DLP is like a bad behaved child that knows it is going to get its ass cut!!!!!….stop hemming and hawing!!!!….set the date and tek wunna licks like the children yuh all are!!!

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  • @Kevin April 18, 2018 9:13 PM “No laws are being broken.”

    My Dear Kevin: When your ancestors and mine were enslaved from 1627 to 1838 in Barbados no laws were being broken either. Slavery was quite legal.

    But slavery was always wrong, and it is wrong for the Prime Minister, and former Parliamentarians to be taking our money every month even while refusing to call the election.

    And since voting cannot now take place before May 1, and since the Examinations of the Caribbean Examinations Council will be taking place every Monday to Friday from May 1 to June 30, and since the schools are used for such examinations and since the school are also used for elections…

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  • @DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV April 19, 2018 9:11 PM “I think people should not be sidetracked by the “legality” of the the Govt going into this 90 days grace period. Simple reason is that the constitution allows for it.The real discussion is why the DLP has to do it and what happens when the 90 days expires. I was a little surprised the DLP allowed the automatic dissolution of parliament….but if they did this there is reasonable expectation that they MAY not call elections within the 90 days either!!!!”

    There are countries that were democracies, and are no longer democracies…

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  • Do we know that the Governor General is not a DLP sympathiser?

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  • @45govt April 19, 2018 4:46 AM ” white benevolence!”

    And when did this white benevolence! thingy take place?

    You may not know but there can be white spitefulness and black spitefulness.

    The Prime Minister has already told us that the DLP can be a dangerous party.

    We believe him.

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  • @Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service April 19, 2018 6:18 AM “a mold infested supreme court building + a vacated clico building sitting right next door”

    I wonder how much of the taxpayers money will be paid to the owner of the “CLICO building?”

    And I wonder who owns the CLICO building?

    Is it still owned by Leroy Parris, the man who is not a leper. The man who is the Prime Minister’s friend?

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  • @Redguard April 19, 2018 9:09 AM “like the school bully who used to pat down your pockets for money, he knows its against school rules but he also knows most students will not report it and will do nothing so long as you leave them with enough money to still get something to eat.

    The school bully tried that RH sh!te with me and I cut his head open with a broken plate. I was only 7 or 8, but NOBODY, NOBODY has ever raised a hand at me again.

    Butter can’t melt in my mouth, but I am not afraid to use violence to defend me or mine. And I make no excuse for that.

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  • Nearly 60 years later the school bully greets me courteously when he meets me.

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  • @Redguard April 19, 2018 9:09 AM “9 times out of 10 is NOTHING.”

    And the 10th time???

    I think that too many people (and I trust that neither the PM nor GG have forgotten) have forgotten that Barbadians have used violence at multiple times in their history.

    If democracy should fail. what else is left, except violence?

    Do you know how many times that school bully had annoyed me before I exploded in violence?

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  • @ Simple Simon
    …..but I am not afraid to use violence to defend me or mine. And I make no excuse for that.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Shiite!!
    You sounding more and more like Bushie’s little sister….
    Murdah!!!

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  • Simple…Leroy Leper is not supposed to own the CLICO building, it is supposed to be CLICO assets, read, owned by policyholders…of course ya never know from whom they stole the property in the first place.

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  • @Prodigal Son April 18, 2018 10:22 PM

    Do you really expect the said person to act who was not good enough for a job at the CCJ ??? Not me!

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  • If our democracy is under threat then the time has come to stop arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, time to stop arguing about constitutional minutiae.

    Nah. The people of Barbados will not let anybody highjack their democracy.

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  • @ DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV April 19, 2018 9:11 PM

    Do not worry. More mould, more sewage, more downgrades, more political prostitutes will do the business.

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  • “The people of Barbados will not let anybody highjack their democracy”

    Please @Simple Simon

    Younger ppl (18 – 25) only care about their cellphones, Reggae on the hill and their cruises on MV dreamchaser

    Young ppl (25 – 40) only care about their car, their clothes and material stuff, all inclusive crop over fetes and the yearly shopping trip to dolphin mall

    Middle aged (40 – 60) only care about trying to one up each other, they buy crap they don’t need to show off to people they don’t know to make them think they are living the life. But the truth is they are drowning in all kinds of debt.

    Retirees – Care bout their pension and hoarding money, they brag about how much money they save by catching ZR, unfortunately when the dollar devalues all that money saved catching ZR will be for naught, should have bought a car and avoided skin cancer and added a few years to life… (lol I jest)

    None of these groups will give a crap about democracy until it takes away what they care about

    Sorry last group the money class only care about profits, monopoly on government contracts and free access to the NIS ATM

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  • lol…cant wait to see what will happen when the minorities access to the parliament is cut off and all those millions they took to get control of the parliament and all the powers it brings that will allow them to commit more crimes, without fear of arrest…has to be repaid.

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  • All we have been hearing for the last ten years is Jada and Mark Maloney.

    Is Jada that great a construction company? They are supposed to be the top construction company and has accumulated great wealth off the taxpayers of this country. Should they not fix this problem with the Judicial Centre if they care about their brand? But there again they seem to be always at the receiving ends, what about fixing this problem……..after all…..Barbados is suffering from lack of a functioning court system as it is.

    This alone should disqualify them from ever getting a government contract again.

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  • @Prodigal Son

    Do we know what is causing the problem?

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  • One of my friends work there…….from what I understand there seems to be a serious problem with the roof which was not sealed and as a result there have been serious leaks and the resultant mold which has led to respiratory problems. In addition the air conditioning is a problem.

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  • Did the two top people in this country meet today?

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  • Good assessment by Redguard @ 10.08 pm

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  • @ Redguard,

    Black Bajans have always wanted to improve their lives by aspiring to own material goods.

    Nothing has changed since the 60s other than mo betta cars,clothes and mo imported food.

    Barbados is a capitalist country.

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  • @Redguard April 20, 2018 10:08 AM “Retirees – Care bout their pension and hoarding money, they brag about how much money they save by catching ZR, unfortunately when the dollar devalues all that money saved catching ZR will be for naught, should have bought a car and avoided skin cancer and added a few years to life… (lol I jest)”

    Jest or no jest.

    Some people catch ZR’s not to save money, but to ensure that there is one less nasty polluting foreign exchange wasting car on the road.

    And what skin cancer are you talking about. Have you ever personally know a single black person with skin cancer?

    Even one.

    Lol!!!. We including me work in the fields and live to be 90+ and some of us 100+ and retain our black, beautiful, healthy skins

    What skin cancer what?

    You know that skin cancer is a white people problem right?

    And beside some of us are not saving the money that we save by catching ZR’s. Some of us are investing that saved money in the younger generation. It is foolish to be putting money in the bank when a young person, any young person needs a hand up.

    We know that we cannot take anything with us. Naked we come into the world, and naked we shall soon leave it.

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  • LOL @ Simple
    Bushie wondered if Redguard’s cap would fit with the ZR reference…
    We all know that you are special… so
    It does not detract from his point.

    @ Hants
    Black Bajans have always wanted to improve their lives by aspiring to own material goods.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Boss, you just encapsulated ALL that Bushie has been trying to say now for 10 years (by using all kinds of shiite language), with your usual HC flair and style. …and in a single, clean, well-grammared sentence.

    Trying to improve black lives by ‘aspiring to material goods’ is the epiphany of brass bowlery;
    it is pandering to albino-centricity – a FOREIGN philosophy;
    It is counter-intuitive;
    it is contrary to our natural instincts….so
    It is a GUARANTEE of failure … even WRT material goods… far less the REALLY important stuff.

    It IS …… shiite
    It IS …….brassbowlery.
    Thanks again Skippa….

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  • Today at 4 pm His Majesty King 👑 Freundel Jerome Stuart will address his loyal subjects from Government Headquarters via a press conference.

    His main topic of discussion will be the upcoming Reggae Festival and where he will publicly thank the faithful organizers – FAS entertainment and the loyal patrons – who year after year support this wonderful festival.

    Those who have questions about the pending general elections can attend the press conference and ask their questions.

    See you Government Headquarters at 4 p.m , today

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    Fractured

    Wha’ happened at de press conference?

    I ent hear nuttin yet so you shudd tell we wha’ happn.

    King Freundal miscalculated?

    E now fine out dat he out? dat it is de GG dat have to call de election …. not he? Dat all he power gone?

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