BAR and BLP Politics

“Can you please make public these two articles in the interest of all Barbadians” – Mark Jones

The Barbados Bar Association has been recently getting itself involved in a number of matters that have caused us to question whether it has now become an official arm of the BLP!

It is significant that the past president Wilfred Abrahams whose election to office as a junior lawyer was orchestrated by former BLP Attorney General and Chief Justice David Simmons and and the present president, another junior lawyer Lissel Weekes are colleagues in the same law chambers and the Association under their leadership has shown a recent eagerness to mount challenges to legislation passed in our Parliament. The matter of the registration of non Barbadians by the Electoral Department has come up before the law courts for determination and the matter has ended up before the Court of Appeal where the decision has been reserved; in the language of the law the matter is SUB JUDICE.

But to the amazement of many Abrahams along with his political allies from the Bar convened a press conference at  no less a place than the headquarters of the Association in Perry Gap to discuss the matter contrary to all the conventions of the legal profession. It was significant that in a story appearing in one of the newspapers where he and his colleagues were photographed at their conference he was quick to point out that the event was not political; one wonders if a question leading to that response was posed by the press.

However, it must be a cause for concern that the Bar Association’s facilities could be used by a politician to mount an exercise that is against the very practice which the Bar should be promoting,  refraining from entering into public discussion in matters which are before the law courts. The general membership of the Bar should therefore be calling on its president and executive to give an account of this willful break from a tradition that has been respected by members of the legal profession all these years. In addition the executive must be called upon to respond to the concern of many among the profession, namely that Abrahams with the concurrence of his associate has been dragging the Association into the realm of party politics in this country.

It is also noticeable, that like the BLP, the Bar Association has not lifted its voice in concern of the problems that have been plaguing its members in their day to day experiencing in that work building because of its faulty structure and general lack of facilities that go to make the practice of law comfortable in any court.

The Bar Association has certainly lost is way and its membership should be duly concerned.

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A notable feature of the Supreme Court building fiasco is the conspicuous absence of ANY comment from the opposition BLP or its leader on the matter.

This is significant because the BLP never lets slip an opportunity to expose the alleged ineptitude of the DLP Government in maintaining its buildings and other projects even though they were conceived and built before they took office.

One glaring example is the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant which had the BLP wallowing in the sewage in order to criticise the Government for its lack of adequate maintenance.

Of course recent disclosures have led to the conclusion that sabotage has been one of the main reasons for the the problems of the   plant after all kinds of foreign objects that cannot be flushed by any known toilet or sink or drain were used to sabotage the system.

The items range from sheets and pillow cases, to beach towels and concrete both in the poured form and concrete the block form.

All of these items are still being being plucked from the system.

Barbadians should therefore be made aware why there has been such a marked silence about the matter at the Supreme Court of Barbados.

The facts are as follows.

It was planned and built under the tenure of Mia Mottley as the Attorney General ( even though she does not own a LEC ) and her cousin David Simmons Attorney General and later Chief Justice of Barbados.

And you would not believe it that the project manager was one Arnold McIntyre the Godfather of David Simmons’ son to whom the whopping salary of Bds $ 40,000.00 per month was paid to manage a project that has all the faults we have been hearing complaints being made about.

If this is not nepotism and downright CORRUPTION at the highest level we don’t know what is.

Simmons has been having a very loud voice in public affairs recently!! maybe he can speak out on the involvement of his cousin Mia Mottley and friend McIntyre in the disaster at White Park Road for which the burdened tax payers now have the responsibility to put right.

Let him speak up on this matter ! let the opposition also speak up.

The public is eagerly awaiting to hear from them.

117 thoughts on “BAR and BLP Politics


  1. The Supreme Court to the recall of the blogmaster was constructed under a BOLT arrangement managed by Whitepark Development. If this is a BOLT arrangement then there is a responsibility to the company managing the BOLT to properly maintain the building.

    WHITEPARK DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Number: 21545
    Date Registered / Incorporated: 01 September 2002
    Category: Company


  2. The dems are always looking to blame somebody else for their incompetence.

    Why would a new building have so many problems?

    This building had to have a maintenance agreement that clearly was not executed nor maintained.

    Mark Jones, you and all you dlp ilk…….. get off your hinds and show some initiative and stop blaming the BLP.


  3. Imagine that the local elite, not foreign investors, operated the Sandy Landy resort. The whole resort would be run down just after five years with mould, rats and other nasty things.

    It is a fact that maintenance is not known in Bim and that the lazy public servants behave like termites! So the whole tragedy with the Supreme Court is about the fact that the Barbadian public service did not reach the level of a civilization which knows how to operate and maintain modern public buildings. Do they know at all what cleaning is and that a A/C system must be cleaned as well?

    And who is the victim? The Barbadian taxpayer, as always.

    And who is responsible? Marston Gibson, the failed family lawyer from NYC who came to the SC without ANY managerial experience for a CJ, and his registrar, the daughter of a DLP stalwart.

    So we are back at the DLP again! As always.


  4. But the Chief Justice and his registrar MUST ENFORCE the agreement. It is their DUTY to supervise the company and the maintenance. They obviously failed to do so for many years.

    The Barbadian public service cannot operate in this way, that everybody high bureaucrats drives around in a silver Mercedes for 400,000 BBD, getting 200,000 BBD salary and blaming others.


  5. Not one to follow the crowd. However connecting dots is what intrigues me . These dots thus far links and connect my interest to similar issues which had tentacles steeped in sabatoage with intent to compromised the economy of barbados
    It is not happenstance that these problems keep reoccuring and the same covert voices hiding in the wings are heard the loudest.
    The sewer system had its share of covert action via sabotage. The combermere school also had it share of sabotage unexplained and voluntarily actions. Now all and sundry waits to hear the assessment of cause to similar failures which is calling for the supreme court to be closed
    In the meanwhile i return to my favourite past time of connecting the dots


  6. “A notable feature of the Supreme Court building fiasco is the conspicuous absence of ANY comment from the opposition BLP or its leader on the matter.”

    Mark Jones (“Fractured BLP?????)

    In all fairness, your above comment could also read: “A notable feature of the Supreme Court building fiasco is the conspicuous absence of ANY comment from the Attorney General, DLP or its leader on the matter.”

    However, since you have touched on the issue of corruption, perhaps you may want to use your “investigative skills” to verify if the rumor that Donville Inniss bought Carlisle Bay Centre and is in the process of refurbishing that property…………is true or false…….

    ………….and if it is true, where did he get the money to purchase the property on a minister’s salary?

    “Let him speak up on this matter! let the DLP also speak up.”

    “The public is eagerly awaiting to hear from them.”


  7. And is it true that Bernie Weatherhead has purchased ALL of the buildings on Bay st. from the old eye Hospital to the Boatyard restaurant?


  8. Also i must add that after ten years of blp operatives in there vitriol attempt to hatch sinsiter plans to sabotage the econmy of barbados and creates chaos and mayhem they have failed miserably.
    Barbados is still standing and the sinster and coverts plans of blp operatives are fretted out by govt and dies in their ongoing process
    The govt is highly in tune with who these practitioners of mischief are and remains two step ahead of their game plan
    The blp leadership needs to reign these up to no good clowns (in) as they are so obvious to be seen


  9. “And is it true that Bernie Weatherhead has purchased ALL of the buildings on Bay st. from the old eye Hospital to the Boatyard restaurant?”

    @ tudor

    I heard that as well…….and leasing a property near Copacabana for $5,000 per month.

    Perhaps these alleged developments were undertaken in anticipation of the Hyatt Hotel.


  10. “Also i must add that after ten years of blp operatives in there (their) vitriol attempt to hatch sinister (sinister) plans to sabotage the economy of barbados and creates chaos and mayhem they have failed miserably.”

    Mariposa

    Your above comment may be correct if one looks at the state of the Barbados economy from a DLP yard-fowl perspective.

    However, if one were to reasonably and rationally analyse the economy, surely the abysmal failure as minister of finance whose economic policies have failed to achieve the desired objectives………

    …………. and a whopping 23 credit rating downgrades………UNHEARD of in any other Caribbean island……… could be justifiably interpreted as……

    ……….. “after ten years of DLP operatives in there vitriol attempt to hatch sinister plans to sabotage the economy of Barbados and create chaos and mayhem……… they have been successful.”


  11. The sewage system was not sabotaged, it was misused by those who did not want to pay tipping fees. It is much easier and less expensive to dump everything down the sewer. This was compounded by the lack of maintenance, which seems to be endemic with all government responsibilities, however in all fairness some private businesses seem to be guilty of the same.It is time to stop blaming and get on with the job. These situations are noticed in the rest of the world, as per the travel warnings. If the government, regardless of which party does not act, there will be no tourists , therefore little money and Barbados will find itself in in a Catch 22 situation.


  12. On item 1:
    It would be interesting to know how many non Barbadians were/would be registered by the Electoral Department?
    It would add clarity to the matter to know if they were all in one location or dispersed throughout the island?
    Are they expected to vote en masse for one party?
    Are they enough in any location to move the win from one column to the other?

    One my part, I feel this is a “tempest in a teapot”, the kind of mental masturbation that educated Bajans get off on.


  13. In a capitalist and democractic country individuals has a right of freedom to purchase items providing they have the financial wherewithal to do so legally.
    However purchase of land on property which has been deemed hazardous and which have contaminants detrimental to personnal health would be foolish planning and as well be likened to shooting one self in the mouth.
    The lands upon which used to be govt owned propertyon bay street and which has been specifically used for medical purposes for many years is contaminated and presents a health risk if any proprietor choose to build on it
    Once again the blp operatives in their eager to be ambassador of fake news dismiss the facts


  14. On Item 2:
    If anyone mentions LEC again I am going to come to that island and kick ass.
    She either has one or she doesn’t. Big deal. Get over it.
    Given the performance of some LEC holders, she should be congratulated if she doesn’t have one
    In fact as I write this I am getting angrier and angrier at Mia if she does have one..

    Ooops. Gotta get back to item2.


  15. On item 2:
    They should have flushed that part of the article down the sewer as well. Sheer jobby.

    You cannot excuse gross failure and incompetence by just invoking the word sabotage.


  16. And “Once again the DLP operatives in their eager to be ambassador of fake news dismiss the facts” as well.

    It’s a game played by political yard-fowls for political aggrandizement and to score cheap political points.

    I recall everyday for about 2 months you were in this forum suggesting Mia Mottley has been illegally practicing law in Barbados, without present the evidence to substantiate your claim. Approximately 4 years ago, the Attorney General promised to investigate…..we are still awaiting the results of that investigation.

    Recently, you made references to Sandals…..suggesting that hotel is responsible for an increase in tourist arrivals. I requested that you present the statistics to substantiate your comments……..to this day you have not been able to present anything.

    Surely, under the circumstances, the above can be considered FAKE NEWS.

    Sinckler telling the public that policemen overheard two men plotting to assassinate him. Obviously, to overhear the two men, the police would have to be in listening and viewing distance….yet, up tuh now, de police en hold a boy……….FAKE NEWS!!!!

    Sinckler saying government is negotiating with a prospective buyer for Four Seasons, when it was already sold….. FAKE NEWS!!!

    Sinckler saying his economic policies are “bearing fruit”……….FAKE NEWS!!!!!!

    Actually, so far, anything that comes from the mouth of Christopher Peter Sinckler, has proven to be……FAKE NEWS!!!!

    Mara Thompson denied saying she won’t be contesting the 2018 general elections……FAKE NEWS!!!!

    BU exposed Freundel Stuart swearing he DID NOT SIGN the CAHILL contract as…… FAKE NEWS!!!!

    We have the politicians socializing and drinking together, while they send their political hound dogs, such as Mariposa/ac/Angela Cox-Skeete, Kevin, Fcuktured BLP et al………to social media sites and the call-in-programs……. to attack those who have opposing views.

    It is a pity that this inept DLP administration and its political yard-dogs have been unable to defend that party’s abysmal tenure in office during the past 5 years………..but prefer to use the time to attack Mia Mottley.

    They have even refused to send members or operatives to represent the party on VOB’s “People’s Parliament.”


    • Why not ignore the LEC reference? IS it not a matter of record that Mia does NOT have a LEC based on the waiver/exception given to her and a few others? This is documented in the public space many time over.


  17. On the subject of the supreme court it is my understanding that the blp operatives as employees are the ones standing ground against working in the complex.
    It would be note worthy and of interest if any test were done that specifically pin points what causes or if any can be traced to any workers health because of enviromental concerns and if any worker who was sick was able to produce a doctor certificate stating there was a recurrence of an illness which lend itself to enviromental problems in the complex


    • You should read the following article. In case you are tto shallow to connect the dots. Gollop is a friend of the PM and was his campaign manager last election.

      #yardfowl

      Justice delayed

      Article by

      Fernella Wedderburn

      Published on

      April 11, 2018

      The wheels of justice grounded to an abrupt halt today and will remain the same tomorrow, as frustrated workers downed tools at the Barbados Supreme Court Complex, due to worrying environmental conditions.

      A second meeting between the workers’ bargaining agent, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Attorney General and Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Supreme Court Registrar Barbara Cooke-Alleyne and other officials, is now slated for Friday at

      10 o’clock to discuss the way forward.

      “The staff came out this morning because of concerns they have [with] the building. We have met with the Attorney General, the permanent secretary, the Chief Justice, the NUPW [and] shop stewards [to] discuss the matter. We are going to close the courts today and tomorrow, and Friday at one o’clock the staff will come back and we will let them know what is happening,” Cooke-Alleyne told reporters following a two-hour long meeting with the various parties this afternoon.

      Pressed to disclose the source of the problem, the registrar would only say, “we do have some environmental issues at the court”, but “scientists [have been] on board with us since last year November”.

      The workers, including clerks, employees at the Registration Department, marshals, lawyers and other staff, along with NUPW shop steward Bernadette Williams, began protesting from as early as 9 a.m. over the conditions which some said had been ongoing from June 2011 when the Whitepark Road, St Michael building was opened.

      Members of the public who were seeking to conduct business at the complex were also affected.

      However, while Cooke-Alleyne was mum on the exact environmental issue affecting the structure, NUPW General Secretary Roslyn Smith condemned it as a “sick building”.

      “The main area is the roof [and] that would have to be changed because mould is dropping down onto the workers. This is a matter where the roof is not a small issue so it will have to take some time, and it is going to be a high cost to have this building repaired.

      “There are other conditions that are affecting the workers at different levels because, as we know, from the time that this building was erected here they always had environmental issues because of where it is situated,” Smith told reporters.

      The NUPW official also expressed concern about the number of workers who have fallen ill as a result.

      “They cannot work from this building because the [number] of workers who are coming out ill with respiratory and other problems is too high. It is alleged that one of the judges is also ill as a result of working in this environment.

      “The Government is supposed to be providing a safe environment for workers. We had the issue with the Treasury [Building] and now we have to look for these persons

      . . . [and] as you know we are [also] working with the immigration to get them out of that building,” she said.

      Barbados TODAY can confirm that last week a High Court judge “came to work alright” but by the middle of the sitting she lost her voice and was coughing incessantly.

      Back in February business in courtrooms on the third floor also had to be abandoned due to what several sources said was “mould on the walls and doors”.

      It is a problem that veteran attorney, Hal Gollop, QC, said had been ongoing for quite some time.

      “That matter has been complained of from day one. From the first day this building opened, persons have complained about the environment in the building. I myself have had a few problems where my voice went in the early days but it seems to have gotten worse for some people,”

      Gollop, who was among those standing on the court steps, said.

      The situation also affected noted attorney and former president on the Barbados Bar Association Tariq Khan who expressed concern for the health and well-being of workers.

      “The staff who have complained about their conditions . . . [have] to be taken seriously. Something has to be done to address that and I hope that the authorities look at this carefully. I hope they are able to restore the service to the members of the public who are entitled to have their matters heard, but the staff need to be able to function in a clear, clean, secure and safe environment,” Khan, who raised the issue some years ago, said.

      “This is the courthouse for Barbados. This is where everything happens. There is a sense of urgency. This is a top priority, otherwise everything comes to a standstill,” he added.

      fernellawedderburn@barbadostoday.bb


  18. The lady made a blanket and generalised statement which was not followed (up) by scientific proof.
    The lady also said that measures were being taken since nov to resolve the problem
    Taking her comments into consideration one would belive that by now after six months that the scientific procedures or testing (taken) would have provided some kind of evidence of purpose that would define if the building is contaminated and should be officially closed for cleanup
    So far what is being heard are the official hooting and wailing of the blp yardfowls and their operatives to create fear among the masses.


  19. The “author” of this article, Mark Jones wrote:

    “A notable feature of the Supreme Court building fiasco is the conspicuous absence of ANY comment from the opposition BLP or its leader on the matter.”

    And Mariposa wrote on April 22, 2018 9:54 AM:

    “So far what is being heard are the official hooting and wailing of the blp yardfowls and their operatives to create fear among the masses.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    One DLP operative is adamant that the BLP has been silent on the Court issue, while the other operative is suggesting the BLP has been “hooting and wailing.”

    Is there confusion among the DLP political yard-dogs or a lack of collaboration?

    FAKE NEWS!!!!!!

    The DEMS are desperate.


  20. David BU

    Kevin is obviously an idiot……..I have never read anything he wrote that indicated he has the ability to think reasonable and rationally…..only that he is a DLP yard-fowl and prefers to view everything from that perspective.


  21. And one wonders why things don’t get DONE in Barbados. We are happier to point fingers.
    IF this was a BOLT, then the Building Maintenance, not the daily operational maintenance, is the responsibility of the contracted party.
    The symptoms reported can have several causes, yet HVAC is the starting point. It can have several causes. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure it out? It isn’t some massive multi-level structure.
    To attempt analysis along political party lines doesn’t address the problem issues, it only serves to detract and delay.


    • @NO

      This is what the blogmaster has been suggesting. However on the Caswell article we are hearing the government did a buyout of the agreement. We need to hear more.


  22. Artax

    After ten years of gross mis-management………23 downgrades later, nothing is ever the DLP’s fault. Like Dumbville said……….forget the last ten years. In dems’ eyes, 2008-2013 seemingly never existed!


  23. Artax

    I decided to take a peep at what other contributions you are making on BU topics. All of a sudden you have taken the position to label persons who are critical of the BLP as yardfowls, idiots, ain’t got no sense, even though those same persons are critical of the nonsense that the DLP has done. Interesting. You are starting to sound like a surrogate of the BLP whose well reasoned contributions on here are intended to achieve one outcome, i.e. paint the DLP black for the sheep they all are, and make sure that everything said about the BLP is favourable towards winning an election. And, to think that I have always viewed you as non-partisan and certainly not one to be a party lap dog. Will have to look upon you differently seeing that everyone else who speaks adversely about the Mottley crew are yardfowls and you think you are not.


  24. SSS

    Don’t be a jackass.

    By suggesting “All of a sudden you have taken the position to label persons who are critical of the BLP as yardfowls, idiots, ain’t got no sense……”

    ………..you are being DISINGENUOUS and a “BOLD FACED LIAR.

    PRESENTS THE NAMES OF THOSE “PERSONS” TO SUBSTANTIATE YOUR CLAIMS.

    If you are honest you would have observed that the only individuals in this forum I label as “DLP yard-fowls” are Kevin, Angela “ac” Cox-Skeete who has returned to BU under the name Mariposa, Fractured BLP and NationBLPnewspaper.

    The records will show that the aforementioned individuals go beyond stupidity to defend the DLP and are often criticized by the MAJORITY of BU contributors.


    • Credit to the Bar for taking a stand. Better late than never. We forget that the Bar is essentially a trade union and the welfare of members should be paramount.


  25. SSS

    P.S…..

    I do not have any problem with you reading my contributions and coming to the conclusion that I’m a “surrogate of the BLP” and “a party lap dog.” You are entitled to your opinion, which I’m obligated to respect.

    However, you should LIKEWISE respect the opinions of you I have formed based on what you write.

    “Fair is fair.”


    • A stand should have been taken a long time ago to protest the backlog in cases and missing files. As officers of the court they are vested.


  26. Artax

    Relax, sound so perturbed. Do you want a sedative? Let me clarify one little misconception you have about me. I DO NOT TELL LIES, Period. You stated your opinion and I told you upfront who I supported; who I no longer support; and my position concerning the BLP. Regardless of the DLP pimps you label as yardfowls on here, they like you, have an opinion and a position they are sticking too. They defend the corrupt DLP just like you are criticising them for their loyalty to a piss poor party, I am not incline to question yours to a BLP that is no different in doing shite like the DLP. If you are honest with yourself, and I have no reason to believe that you are not, you are certainly gravitating to the possibility or prospects that the BLP is what Barbados needs again. Man, ain’t nothing wrong with that. However, let me repeat my self for you again. If the BLP are responsible for perching Barbados on a dangerous ledge because of their bad management and reckless borrow and spend policies, they are no less damned then the ignorance that the DLP has done to the island of my birth. I am interested in good, transparent management, and governance that is for the people, and growth that is reflected in the people, not the elite or political few. So it is easy for me to criticise the DLP that I once love, easier for me to speak about the arrogant BLP pricks, whom I despise with a passion, and even more easy for me to want change in governance by embracing a Solutions Party, even if they are not ready or up to speed to take on the task. I want the corruption, and ease at which money disappears without any checks and balances, the get rich scheming, and secret deals to be dealt with via proper legislation and penalties. What do you want hon, another round of BLP under Mottley just because you believe that Barbados prosper under them, and likewise can prosper again if they get in? What do you want?


  27. What is important to note is that this closure of the Court has given political lawyers unfettered time to canvass their constituency.Add to that the extra fees and perks for which parliamentarians and parliamentary secretaries are raiding the treasury under the guise of the 90 day freeness Shylock Stuart has permitted.


  28. I have mentioned several times in this forum that I am not fond of politicians.

    But it amazes members of the BLP and DLP can be seen socializing in the Bush Bar on Thursday nights, for example, while they send people like you, Fructured BLP, Mariposa, Kevin et al to frequent social media forums to “wash each other in cuss.”

    You mentioned it’s “even more easy for me to want change in governance by embracing a Solutions Party, even if they are not ready or up to speed to take on the task. I want the corruption, and ease at which money disappears without any checks and balances, the get rich scheming, and secret deals to be dealt with via proper legislation and penalties……..”

    However, there has been controversy brewing in Solutions Barbados and Grenville Phillips II confirmed that he receive the resignation letters following a request made about two weeks ago by several Solutions Barbados candidates because they had difficulty with a clause in their contracts.

    What makes your comments ironic………… is the fact that Grenville Phillips II did not reveal his candidates, including the Weatherheads, were not comfortable signing the integrity agreements in the contracts. Although there was a “compromise,” the credibility of Solutions Barbados must fall under similar scrutiny given to the BLP & DLP.

    A few days ago I asked if anyone heard the rumor that the Weatherheads and Grenville Phillips II parted ways. Obviously, I did not expect a response because Phillips II is a member of the BU elite and has “diplomatic immunity.”

    It seems as though the words “integrity,” “honesty” and “disclosure” are “taboo” for seasoned and aspiring politicians.

    In MY opinion, there aren’t any ideological or philosophical differences between the BLP, DLP, UPP, BIM, Solutions Barbados……


  29. How does “several candidates” translate into “one or two?”

    This is the controversial clause in the contract:

    “Every candidate must sign a contract where they agree to pay a severe financial penalty if they vote against specific policies, that we promised Barbadians would protect them from certain economic ruin.”

    And this says a lot about how SB is managed. Grenville Phillips II is essentially forcing his candidates to agree with his policies. But what can one expect from an individual that implied if civil servants do not accept ISO 9001 they face the possibility of termination.


  30. Artax April 25, 2018 10:57 AM

    If this is true, it is not only anti-democratic, but it flies in the face of our parliamentary system in which members of parliament are there to represent constituents, not any political party. I warned earlier about the autocratic tendencies embedded in Solutions Barbados, and her is the evidence.
    It is dictatorial to ask members of parliament to vote according to a party contract, and not their consciences. Solutions Barbados is an example of the little Hitler in some Barbadians. ISO9001 is the Mein Kampf. But Grenville is not the only one.
    We only have to look at the other cultural expressions of intolerance, aggression, anger, free speech, public abuse and the other core beliefs that have made us who we are.


  31. SSS & Artax,
    Both of you make meaningful contributions to BU and I read every single word that you write.

    Here is my assessment of the situation.
    From the outset, SSS told readers that she intends to develop her brand on this blog as one based on honesty, forthrightness, and genuineness. She allowed us to know, through the use of repeated colourful expressions (Bajan cussing is an art form in itself. The standards which I am always held to do not allow me to express myself in that way, but on many occasions just listening to Bajan cuss words has been a source of entertainment and mirth for me), that she holds nothing but utter contempt for any person in an influential position who is scheming, pretentious, deceitful, untrustworthy, “thiefing”, and self-serving. She wants nothing but the best for Barbados. Along those lines, she has lambasted the current crop of “DLP” ministers, and have openly stated that, unlike her father, she has lost all respect for the DLP and will not be supporting the party in the 2018 Election. When it comes to denouncing the performance of the current government and the actions of ministers, no one has consistently used harsher language on this blog than SSS. At the same time, to her credit, she has consistently demonstrated a balanced approach by identifying some missteps which the “BLP” has made in the past, and which have left her doubtful about the ability of that political party and its members to set wrong things right.
    Therefore, looking through my eyes, I must view any attempt, by anyone, to label and accuse SSS of being a “DLP” yardfowl or lackey as being unjustified, unwarranted, and downright unfair.

    You Artax have contributed significantly to the intellectual development of BU readers by injecting analysis, logic, and a love for country into your arguments. Many laughable, weak, puerile, sophomoric excuses for “propaganda” (you can’t call them arguments) have been put forward on this blog in support of the “DLP” (sometimes I ask myself if it possible that “BLP” operatives could be at work in some of these offerings) and you have systematically exposed and destroyed them. Simply because you choose to shoot down every fallacious and specious incidence of “DLP” spin tossed on the blog, that is not enough justification for any sane person to accuse you of being a BLP yardfowl. Such an accusation would be unwarranted, unjustified, and unfair.

    However, there is an exercise you started recently which currently remains unfinished. I have no doubt that you will eventually get around to completing it, but I thought it would be a nice gesture on my part to offer some assistance. That exercise relates to the compilation of a list of yardfowls. So far you have identified the “DLP” yardfowls on the blog.
    I now take this opportunity to remind you, that when you are compiling the list of “BLP” yardfowls on this blog, you should start with names like Are-we-there-yet, Enuff, Gabriel, and Prodigal Son. Regardless of how “bad” Miller begs, do not add him.

    Finally, the world of politics is filled with much uncertainty and volatility. Just having the ability to make accurate forecasts, outcomes, and projections based on the actions of politicians over a relatively long period of time is an unmistakable sign of genius.
    For ages now, Frustrated Businessman has been repeatedly drumming into readers’ ears that “there will be no economic recovery under Fumble’s Fools.”
    Admittedly, I do not know who Fumble’s Fools are, but I and all Barbadians certainly know that there has been no economic recovery.
    My respect to you, Frustrated Businessman.


  32. Not only is that information true……….. Grenville Phillips II stated SB “invited and continue to invite any registered charity in Barbados to be a BENEFICIARY of the financial penalty.”


    • Given the impact of ‘third parties ‘ on the political landscape this matter s a non issue.


  33. Or is it that you’re trying to down play it as a non-issue…….

    And would you care to remind me of the impact of the third parties on the political landscape? Produce the evidence.


    • There no impact of third parties whether anecdotal or based on the last CADRES poll. You can have your opinion of course. Mia promised to democratize the election process in the BLP when she was booted out by the so-called gang of five, we wait.


  34. Walter Blackman

    I note that you put me at the top of the list of BLP yardfowls in your post above.

    I think you are wrong, mainly because the nearest I came to being a member of a political party in my youth was a fleeting membership in the long deceased Barrow’s DLP youth arm, the League of Democratic Youth in the very early sixties. I have never been a member of either Party, the BLP or the DLP.

    You might argue that not being a member of a party does not correlate with not being a yardfowl for that party and invoke the often accepted premise that a yardfowl is characterized by acceptance of scratch grain from one or other of the two main parties thereby showing an allegiance to that party. I have never received anything from either the BLP or DLP so that yardstick does not hold for me.

    I fear you have characterised me as the senior BLP yardfowl on this board primarily because most of my “political” posts on BU have been geared to highlighting the ineptitude and sometimes infelicity of the current leadership of the DLP and the negative contributions most of its members have made to Barbados since 2009 but with an uneering focus on the speeches and actions by the PM that have shown an absolute lack of fitness for the job.

    I suspect that if a dispassionate assessment of the degree of yardfowlness of your BU posts is compared with that of my posts, there would be little doubt that you would come out the winner. Check back some of our posts where we disagreed.


  35. Artax

    I am trying hard not to direct a few superlatives in your direction because I like the things I read coming from you. You are not known on this blog to delve into reasoning that is asinine and foolish. Yours is a-pellucid thinking that brings a level of research needed to keep this blog in perspective. If you are good, you are good, and you certainly are good at presenting facts. But, this time around, I cannot help notice how you have sunk to the defence of the BLP while spewing a whole load of jobby that is undoubtedly, intended to diffuse any criticisms of the BLP that you are apparently supporting. I get that Artax, no need to hide or make-believe. If you are supporting the BLP come to shite out of pretending and say so. Do not engage in deceitful behaviour similiar to Fruendel Stuart, where he projects this upfront image that he is a Saint but operating like Satan. What is more surprising on your part is that you are now labelling the SSS along the lines of an AC and other persons to whom you ridicule on this blog as representing the interests of a corrupt DLP that lost their way the moment that Freundel the idiot took up the PM position. Artax you might be logical, and you might be able to fool others on here that you are not on any side or interested in any politician. But, by your recent writings alone, you are in the Mia Mottley camp, and I am inclined to believe that a promise or gift binds you now to defend the BLP against your better judgement.


  36. Are-we-there-yet April 25, 2018 1:57 PM

    “Walter Blackman

    I note that you put me at the top of the list of BLP yardfowls in your post above.

    …….you have characterised me as the senior BLP yardfowl on this board”

    Are-we-there-yet,
    I know the minds I am dealing with. That is precisely why I put the names in alphabetical order!


  37. Are-we-there-yet April 25, 2018 1:57 PM

    “Walter Blackman

    .. a yardfowl is characterized by acceptance of scratch grain from one or other of the two main parties thereby showing an allegiance to that party. I have never received anything from either the BLP or DLP so that yardstick does not hold for me.”

    Are-we-there-yet,
    You will note that I made reference to a list of “DLP” yardfowls which has already been compiled. No definition of yardfowl was given by the person who compiled the list, and I did not ask for any. Whatever definition was used, given the names that were listed on the DLP side and for whatever reason, you are a natural, perfect candidate for the “BLP” yardfowls side.

    Think about it.
    Someone has compiled a list made up of Hitler, Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito. Your task is to come up with a list of names for the opposite side. Your list would naturally be made up of Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt.


  38. SSS

    Surely you should have realised by now that I am not prepared to engaged you any further in this “discussion.”

    You have already formed your opinion…….so why take this any further?

    And don’t I care if you direct a few superlatives in my direction…….it’s par for the course in a forum such as BU…….

    …….we agree……disagree……cuss each other…….and move on.


  39. Artax

    Have you returned the money you stole from the sale of Eastry House – under the last BLP administration ?

    I remember Clyde Mascoll accusing you of been a thief back then – when Mascoll was cussing about GEMS !

    You better return the money 💰 if you haven’t as yet.


  40. Fcuktured BLP

    I was thinking about returning the money, but after seeing the amount of money your lot has been “earning”…… I decided to keep it.

    I would like your contact number. Reliable sources told me that, for a fee of $4,000, I could get you to authorize a PSV permit….or I could lease the permit from you for $800 per week.

    However, I have a few questions for you (even though I know you won’t answer them).

    Have you returned the two missing Transport Board Hino Road Runner mini-buses? I understand they are now painted yellow & blue and the BM numbers have been replaced with B.

    Where or from whom did you source the funds to distribute in St. Michael North West this morning?..…I heard you gave people up to $500.

    Where did you deposit the money from the sale of Four Seasons?

    Can you give a detailed breakdown of the $1.5M you received for legal services rendered relative to the BWA headquarters?


  41. Artax

    Your response shows the level of guilt that you are riddled with !!

    A bald pooch scamp…….you are. !!!!!


  42. At least I have shown some level of guilt, while you choose to remain the shameless individual you are.

    BTW, have you and the other “bald pooch scamps” settled the DLP’s debt of $109,609 due to CBC?

    I hope all uh wunnuh get lock to RH up.


  43. Mr Blogmaster, fah trute you can say so sweetly that:”Given the impact of ‘third parties ‘ on the political landscape this matter s a non issue” (BTW, what’s with your quote character set appearing like that??)….

    How can Phillips who was touted here as a breath of fresh air be given a wonderful pass for blatant dictatorial BS…how can we legitimize this and his abject unacceptable policies and proposals (fining petty criminals thousands which they cant pay, for example) and yet lambaste the others for their nonsense!!!

    Remarkable!

    But on the other hand maybe he can legitimately propose as the recent US Solicitor General argued with vigor before the US Supreme Court that “[c]ampaign statements” made by “private citizens” are “irrelevant”!

    The lawyer said (with not a smile on his face I certainly expect) that there is this thing called a “fundamental transformation” which the private citizen candidate undergoes when he or she is elected…..THUS it is only the remarks said elected official makes after the victory that must be considered.

    Here is an excerpt of arguments made to put things into further perspective:

    —<< Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing justice on contentious cases, chimed in with another hypothetical. …
    “Suppose you have a local mayor, and as a candidate he makes vituperative, hateful statements,” [then] “He’s elected, and on day two he takes acts that are consistent with those hateful statements. Whatever he said during the campaign is irrelevant?”

    Francisco [Solicitor Gen] replied, “I would say yes,” because the government believes that the oath of office “marks a fundamental transformation.”–>>>

    In short, politicians can say whatever they want to say in order to succeed…of course, we have heard that all before but here is the govt top lawyer making a strenuous legal argument to codify campaign talk as mere irrelevancy with no basis whatever in factual policy planning. And of course on the other hand the politicians themselves strenuously argue that they will keep their campaign promises.

    Grenville has always been a Republican in tone and policy so this amazing BS argumentation fits him and his impractical policies perfectly!


  44. Artax

    Had me a good sleep and rest. Feels good when your mind has nothing to worry about since it is not bounded by any commitment so pressing to keep you awake and worried all night. Now, why would you not engage me any further in this discussion? Did you not accused me of being a disgruntled DLP, a die hard DLP, a hypocrite, a liar, and one who would support a dictatorial party all because you do not like the fact that I state my position regarding the BLP you do not have a problem with? Did you not accuse me of following the agenda set by the DLP to operate like all those persons whom you list as functioning DLP yardfowls? I ask you a few questions you ignore them. You know what I want, but I am having trouble understanding what you hope to achieve. So please tell me, after all the fact-checking, the research and exposing those who are operatives on this blog, what is it all intended to do? Is Barbados your focus or only a party? Engage me, please!


  45. Many laughable, weak, puerile, sophomoric excuses for “propaganda” (you can’t call them arguments) have been put forward on this blog in support of the “DLP” (sometimes I ask myself if it possible that “BLP” operatives could be at work in some of these offerings) and you have systematically exposed
    Walter

    The DEMS “in power” and I believe it is my duty to “systematically expose” the “many laughable, weak, puerile, sophomoric excuses for “propaganda” that “have been put forward on this blog in support of the DLP.”

    However, if the BLP were to win the upcoming general elections, you “dun know” there will an obvious reversal of the “roles” performed in this forum…..and there will be a similar spewing of “propaganda that will be put forward on this blog in support of the BLP.”

    This is when I will “eventually get around to completing” the exercise, because Enuff, Prodigal, Gabriel and Miller will come under scrutiny as well.

    (Because of the amount of licks dat get trau in you…..yuh would notice dat I en include “Are-we–there yet” in the list……..out of fear of the consequences).


  46. Artax,
    I am aware that there are some Barbadians who focus their attention primarily on what they believe to be good for the country. This focus creates some permutations and combinations in the area of politics:
    Barbadians who only highlight the negative actions of govt
    Barbadians who only highlight the positive actions of govt
    Barbadians who highlight the negative and positive actions of govt
    I am broad-minded enough to appreciate the different roles. Unfortunately lies, propaganda, hypocrisy, misinformation and deceit have become the weapon of choice for reprobates who would like to fool readers that they are genuinely performing one of those roles.
    In reality, they are simply singing for their supper.

    Are-we-there-yet doth protest too much. I certainly have no objections to him/her assuming the self-designated position of senior BLP yardfowl on the board.

    I noticed that you removed Are-we-there-yet from the list (out of fear of the powder-puff “corn-curl” punches that he/she throws), and against my recommendations, have now added Miller.

    Interesting.


  47. Walter

    You forgot to add to your list:

    Barbadians who PREFER to focus SPECIFICALLY on the “many laughable, weak, puerile, sophomoric excuses for “propaganda” (you can’t call them arguments) have been put forward in support of” ANY political party.

    Perhaps you also describe such individuals as “simply singing for their supper,”


  48. Walter Blackman April 26, 2018 12:14 PM

    “I am broad-minded enough to appreciate the different roles. Unfortunately lies, propaganda, hypocrisy, misinformation and deceit have become the weapon of choice for reprobates who would like to fool readers that they are genuinely performing one of those roles.
    In reality, they are simply singing for their supper.”

    Artax,
    I don’t think I forgot to add anything. All bases covered.


  49. Hmmmmm…….Walter…..point taken.

    I hope you are broad-minded enough to appreciate it………

    ………… but I think I’ll have a read of your contributions to this forum, pre and post your decision some time last year to support a particular political party to determine if you fit in any of the categories……..and if you were simply singing for your supper as well.

    Hahahahahaha……..


  50. Walter Blackman

    You said:
    April 26, 2018 12:14 PM

    “I am broad-minded enough to appreciate the different roles. Unfortunately lies, propaganda, hypocrisy, misinformation and deceit have become the weapon of choice for reprobates who would like to fool readers that they are genuinely performing one of those roles.
    In reality, they are simply singing for their supper.”

    True!

    But you should realise that you are describing your personal attributes in harrowing detail as exemplified by your unsuccessful campaign to redeem yourself with the DLP, consistent with an effort to enhance your chances of getting lucrative contracts from the DLP government in an area where such contracts are relatively few, lucrative and highly competitive.

    Many of us on BU, yardfowls or not recognized that you were demonstrably singing for your supper. You didn’t fool all of us.


  51. Artax;

    I didn’t see your post above when I wrote mine.
    It was just a case of sensible minds think alike.


  52. In fairness to Mr Blackman he was never non-partisan as he always expressed his admiration and basic affiliation to the DLP.

    He simply expressed reasoned and expert grounded positions on technical matters like the NIS and the the economy which had much acceptance because of the gravitas of his professional qualifications and he also didn’t spew the party line ad nauseum. But even back then he was a combative, in your face partisan fighter who used impolitic language to belittle and attack his critics.

    Now, from time to time still offers solid technical analysis; displays his DLP admiration more boldly to a larger public audience and still acts the same testy way…

    … Like his: “reprobates who would like to fool readers …” Good Lawd, this man is saying that as long as you are a DLP/Blackman critic then you are ‘an unprincipled person/rogue/scoundrel’. WTF!

    What a ‘lovely role model’ this mid-aging professional would be on the stump or in Parliament. SMH!

    But as the Blogmaster says we do need our intelligent difference makers to step forward…decency or reason not required!


  53. Artax April 26, 2018 1:39 PM

    “Hmmmmm…….Walter…..point taken.

    I hope you are broad-minded enough to appreciate it………

    ………… but I think I’ll have a read of your contributions to this forum, pre and post your decision some time last year to support a particular political party to determine if you fit in any of the categories……..and if you were simply singing for your supper as well.

    Hahahahahaha……..”

    Artax,
    As Bajans would say: “Every skin-teet’ ain’t a laugh.

    Every single word that I ever wrote on BU, I am accountable and responsible for. No quarter asked. No quarter given.
    You have an analytical mind, you know how to present facts, and you know how to reach conclusions.
    By all means, go ahead and read all of my contributions (pre- and post- any event you choose to identify).

    When you are through, please let BU readers know if I fit in any of the categories and if I was simply singing for my supper.

    Nice project.


  54. “When you are through, please let BU readers know if I fit in any of the categories and if I was simply singing for my supper.”

    Walter

    It may not be necessary for me to undertake that “project” after all.

    The de Pedantic Dribbler’s April 26, 2018 2:36 PM contribution provided enough information for any rational individual to form a conclusion.

    His assessment was “fair and balanced” ……….so, sing, Walter, sing….


  55. Are-we-there-yet April 26, 2018 1:59 PM

    “Walter Blackman

    …..you should realise that you are describing your personal attributes in harrowing detail as exemplified by your unsuccessful campaign to redeem yourself with the DLP, consistent with an effort to enhance your chances of getting lucrative contracts from the DLP government in an area where such contracts are relatively few, lucrative and highly competitive.

    Many of us on BU, yardfowls or not recognized that you were demonstrably singing for your supper. You didn’t fool all of us.”

    Are-we-there-yet,
    One of the roles I have assumed for myself is to identify some of the negative attitudes that Barbadians possess, have those attitudes vomited up on BU, and put on the front-burner for discussion.

    Barbadian taxpayers paid for my education from Primary to post-graduate level. I then invested thousands of hours into professional studies and became qualified in actuarial science, an area where human resources are relatively few.
    As a result of my training and experience in the areas of math, statistics, risk management, economics and finance, I (along with thousands of Barbadians who only had a secondary education) recognized that the economy of Barbados was on a downward trajectory, and in the absence of a serious and dramatic intervention, was destined to crash in the short term.

    I had joined the DLP under Errol Barrow’s leadership in 1985, and although I had been away for over 20 years, I sent payments to the DLP to maintain my membership. Eventually, I decided that, rather than sit on my backside in Atlanta when my country was desperately in need of decent people with fresh ideas, I would get up and offer myself as a candidate for public service. That decision called for a lot of sacrifice, especially being away from my family.

    I am not a lawyer, but throughout my professional life, I have always sought to create or rely on documentary evidence rather than on hearsay or speculation. It is now documented that the “decision-makers” of the DLP decided that I did not possess the type of attributes needed for their brand of public service, so my candidacy was rejected. You are now using that documentary evidence to describe my efforts, not as an attempt to make a contribution to Barbados, but as an unsuccessful campaign to redeem myself with the DLP. Personally, I don’t see any reason for me to do that, but if that is how you see it, so be it.

    Thirty years ago, based on the operational processes and practices I observed first hand, I foresaw the inevitable crash of CLICO. Consequently, I stood up within the company and pleaded for change. For that action alone, I was branded public enemy number 1, and eventually fired. However, I had seen enough, and what I saw dictated that I cancel the policy I had purchased from CLICO. As I cancelled my policy, I felt an everlasting sorrow for all of those policyholders who did not know enough to cancel theirs. If I were an unethical, greedy, money-hound, I would have been smart enough to join the ringleaders. Today, I would have been one of the many artificial CLICO millionaires. I am simply not wired that way, and every dollar I have earned in my life, I have worked hard for.

    That old familiar pain I felt as a result of CLICO now returns every time I think of Barbados.

    Do you recall that after CLICO fell, the Judicial Manager moved in? Do you recall the PM angrily telling you that the Judicial Managers took “dizzying millions” (that should have gone to the policyholders) from CLICO whilst it was lying on its deathbed? Did that mean anything to you? Do you realize that a lot of these millions of dollars left the country as foreign exchange and therefore ate into our FOREX? Do you realize that the government contracts in my field have been given to Sagicor and Eckler long ago, and both of these are foreign companies?
    Can you point me to any comments you made on BU expressing any anger or outrage about the situation outlined above?

    Do you realize that even if my Barbadian company were to get contracts from the government, that would mean that I would be paid in local currency, and I would have to hire workers. Therefore, these contracts would save foreign exchange and create jobs? Do you realize that that is good for Barbados and Barbadians? Who knows, I might end up hiring someone close to you.

    If the international markets were structured so that we could export nasty-mindedness, envy, and malice towards each other, Barbados would become a global super power.overnight. Therefore, I am not at all surprised that your mind would naturally, easily, instinctively hit on the idea that my decision to stand for public office was nothing more than “an effort to enhance (my) chances of getting lucrative contracts from the DLP government in an area where such contracts are relatively few, lucrative and highly competitive.”

    As fate would have it, I have received not one government contract. In fact, I have not received one single cent from Government. Any supper I sang for would have been made up solely of wind pies.


  56. Thirty years ago, based on the operational processes and practices I observed first hand, I foresaw the inevitable crash of CLICO. Consequently, I stood up within the company and pleaded for change. For that action alone, I was branded public enemy number 1, and eventually fired. However, I had seen enough, and what I saw dictated that I cancel the policy I had purchased from CLICO. As I cancelled my policy, I felt an everlasting sorrow for all of those policyholders who did not know enough to cancel theirs. If I were an unethical, greedy, money-hound, I would have been smart enough to join the ringleaders. Today, I would have been one of the many artificial CLICO millionaires. I am simply not wired that way, and every dollar I have earned in my life, I have worked hard for.(Quote)

    Regulatory incompetence has been running for a long time. It is a legacy problem. Why was all this background history not all explained in public during the judicial management review?


  57. de pedantic Dribbler April 26, 2018 2:36 PM

    “.. Mr Blackman Now, .. displays his DLP admiration more boldly to a larger public audience and still acts the same testy way.”

    de pedantic Dribbler,
    “I have written a lot on BU and I stand by whatever I wrote.

    You have brazenly implied that I used to display my DLP admiration boldly before, and now I have moved into a higher gear by displaying it more boldly now.

    Don’t you find it strange that you could not cite one or two references to back up what you said? Since you know me so well, you must know that that is a basic requirement you must meet if you want me to take you seriously.


    • @Walter

      Why are you engaged in this pedantic exercise? If the blogmaster were to start naming the closet Bees and Dees on BU …


  58. de pedantic Dribbler April 26, 2018 2:36 PM

    “… Like his: “reprobates who would like to fool readers …” Good Lawd, this man is saying that as long as you are a DLP/Blackman critic then you are ‘an unprincipled person/rogue/scoundrel’. WTF!

    What a ‘lovely role model’ this mid-aging professional would be on the stump or in Parliament. SMH!

    But as the Blogmaster says we do need our intelligent difference makers to step forward…decency or reason not required!”

    de pedantic Dribbler,
    Ah ha, you have managed to come up with a reference. Good for you.

    So, according to you, just by merely writing the words “reprobates who would like to fool readers”, I was actually “saying that as long as you are a DLP/Blackman critic then you are ‘an unprincipled person/rogue/scoundrel’”? Are you “fuh real”?

    Your twisted logic and crooked thinking represented first gear. After swearing, you moved into second gear and focused your venom on me. As the “mid-aging professional”, I then became the target of your ineffective scorn, your wasted sarcasm, and your ultimate bewilderment.
    The late Errol Barrow once said that some Bajans don’t like others because they don’t like themselves.


  59. Walter Blackman;

    An old neighbour of mind had a saying “…to explain yuhself yuh hav tuh expose yuhself”

    I think you have exposed yourself fully to all thinking readers of this blog, and not in the way you intended either. Some of us can match actions with high sounding objectives and read through verbiage.

    Uh gone.

    But Wuh yuh tink bout de PM’s call? Someone like you might know if he was forced to make the call somewhat prematurely in relation to his actual intentions or predelictions implicit in every earlier call he has made. You might even know if MIA has been handed a bouquet of nettles in the form of unfinished attempts to identify reasonable sources of funding to pay the big June external debt. etc., etc., etc. That line of blogging might be more important to the BU family than self immolation.


  60. @Walter, please don’t come to play your games with me. I too stand very solidly behind what I write in BU posts, bro.

    I don’t come to bad talk anyone so when I make a reference re a blogger you can be assured it can be validated. Thus when I affirmed that “… [he] displays his DLP admiration more boldly to a larger public audience..” there is no lack of evidence to affirm that “[I] have brazenly implied that [you] used to display [your] DLP admiration boldly before…”

    It is from YOUR writings my brother that I know you were a young Dem and president no less of that party grouping….

    It is from YOUR posts here that I became aware of your tussles (so to speak) with the party elders at the time…and it is also from YOUR writings that learned of what I term your love-hate relationship with the party.

    You propagated all that on BU for all to read…you were a proud member who by YOUR own words maintained your membership because one day you believed you would be elevated or dropped in to a key leadership spot….at least that’s what your posts said to ME.

    Now you are back home on a local radio station spreading the gospel according to Walter under the auspices of the DLP….so please explain to me why that should not be considered “… moved into a higher gear by displaying [his DLP admiration] more boldly now”!

    I am sure you are more skilled at the game theory as practiced by Risk professionals than I would ever be but here you are expounding the BS game theory and also showing great skill!😁

    I will presume you are really making sport @7:03. You did NOT use reprobate and not know its synoynms…Surely, NO.

    It’s amazing for you to accuse me of twisted logic and crooked thinking because I SIMPLY used a replacement word for the big word YOU used..

    My SYNONYMS highlight exactly how uncouth your statement was !

    My brother, look I appreciate that being in the public eye can be painful because everyone nitpicks everything…so you know what try real freaking hard to be decorous or know the dann meaning of words before you toss them around in post.

    And don’t be a JA… I am mid age myself and I know you are older than I am so how on earth is it not practical to correctly describe you as a mid-age professional…are you yah real…that was not sarcasm or scorn…it was a freaking FACT.

    Incidentally I curse (use freaking) as my little way of emphasis…why do YOU use nasty, uncouth words like ‘reprobate’ to belittle other human beings!

    I suspect the flip side to that Barrowism, is that some Bajans like themselves TOO much…get a firm grip Walter…your high horse is wobbly.

    Frankly, I like you because you appear to be a principled man, just as I like Grenville for very much the same reasons but bloody hell when you are crass I will voice a critical opinion. It is surely your right to punch back if you believe that’s justified.

    May you have success ahead, senor.


  61. I am hearing that the reserves are extremely low!

    It is passing strange that the Governor of the Central Bank has withheld the first quarter report.


  62. David April 26, 2018 6:33 PM

    “@Walter

    Why are you engaged in this pedantic exercise? If the blogmaster were to start naming the closet Bees and Dees on BU …”

    David,
    As you fully know, I am not interested in any Bees and Dees (open or closeted) exercise. My “list” was mere political bait that caught 3 fishes.

    On a more serious note, when it comes to the fate of the Barbadian economy, the die has already been cast. The experience that Barbados will have to go through in the short to medium term will call for new attitudes and approaches if the country is to rebound. The way we view and treat each other will have to change. Remember that the whole world has changed, but we have not.
    Envy, malice, and jealousy are characteristics endemic in the general population. Hypocrisy, lies, and deceit are not too far behind. These traits must manifest themselves, in one way or another, on BU, which is a sample of the general population. And they do.
    I am hoping, that by occasionally acting as a lightning rod, I can bring some of these negative characteristics to the fore. Through education, and emphasizing a need for introspection, I might succeed in changing an attitude or two. It would be a start, regardless of how small.
    We all know that it’s not easy dealing with self-destructive Barbadians.

    I chose a time of rising political temperatures and an environment of rabid unbridled partisanship to get an unbiased random sample of these destructive attitudes.
    My short sociological experiment, or as you put it, my pedantic exercise, is now over. I will retire and mull over my observations and findings.


    • @Walter

      What will be interesting in the days and few weeks ahead is how the various political parties craft their messages to the public. Some bitter medicine will have to be imbibed doesn’t matter the party gaining office.


  63. Artax April 26, 2018 3:40 PM

    “The de Pedantic Dribbler’s April 26, 2018 2:36 PM contribution provided enough information for any rational individual to form a conclusion.

    His assessment was “fair and balanced” ……….so, sing, Walter, sing…”

    Artax,
    I readily admit and concede that we have only forged a cyberspace relationship.
    Yet, the disappointment I feel is real and deep.

    Carry on smartly.


  64. TheoGazerts April 26, 2018 7:44 PM

    “@Walter B
    Sill a fan..
    Don’t get caught up with others”

    TheoGazerts,
    Greetings.
    I am not really getting caught up. I have been reading the blogs and thought to myself that things were becoming rather “flat” recently.
    So I figured that I would inject some “effervescence” into the proceedings by dangling a few mechanical worms in the water.
    I can now safely say that the fishes are biting on BU!

    Take care of yourself.

    LOL


  65. de pedantic Dribbler April 26, 2018 9:05 PM

    @Walter, please don’t come to play your games with me.

    de pedantic Dribbler,
    Too late.
    I want to thank you for participating.


  66. Walter

    I was just have a bit of fun……..however, putting the sport aside…..I stand by a comment I previously made in this forum…..that is……

    …….. anyone who knows me will confirm that Walter Blackman and Dr. Don Marshall are two individuals I admire and always try to encourage youngsters to emulate.


  67. “Some bitter medicine will have to be imbibed doesn’t matter the party gaining office.”

    David BU

    You have been waving Solution’s Barbados’ banner and Grenville Phillips II has stated on several occasions that his party has the only “non-austerity” policies that would realize economic growth within one year.

    Bearing in mind that the words “bitter medicine” used within the context of your contribution translate to “austerity,”………..

    ……….are you suggesting/admitting that Phillips II is perhaps misleading the public or being a bit too ambitious as it relates to SB’s economic policies?


  68. Hmmmmm……

    The blogmaster has conveniently side-stepped the question.

    What is the difference between the blogmaster response and Alvin Cummins or Enuff supporting the DLP and BLP respectively…..even in the face of absurdity?


  69. @ Artax
    “Bitter medicine” comes in various flavours.

    Austerity is the obvious flavour preferred by the simple minded and the ‘talent-challenged’.
    (Have very little food, – tighten belt; eat much less, and conserve your energy)

    The more astute among us look for more innovative and creative ways of balancing the equation…
    (Have very little food, – plant more; find alternatives; be more collaborative;; be more efficient; cut out graft and waste…… )

    Perhaps David intends that ‘bitter medicine’ includes the conversion of brass bowls into creative, productive, community-centric, merit-driven citizens….

    In any event…
    It is now TOO LITTLE and too LATE…
    GP is right about our predicament…


    • @Bush Tea

      No need to be prolix, we have exhaustively discussed the issue in this forum. To use a wellworn expression- it can’t be business as usual, a mindset change is required to how we live our lives whether the economic, political and social models which have brought us thus far. It is surely not sustainable place we currently find ourselves. What Grenville et al have done is to try to be disruptive in their positions. We can debate the facil and impractical nature of their solutions but the overarching point is that we need fresh voices to emerge even if they serve to inspire others to do same.


  70. Bush Tea

    …….as a member of the “BU Elite,” it is obvious you would be inclined to defend the blogmaster.

    The term “bitter medicine” is defined as “an UNWANTED or UNPLEASANT situation someone is forced to accept and is a shortening of the phrase…….. ‘a bitter pill to swallow’.”

    “Have very little food, – plant more; find alternatives; be more collaborative; be more efficient; cut out graft and waste”…….are EXCELLENT examples of innovation and creativity……..which ultimately enhances productivity…….

    …………and should be considered by all standards……as a favourable situation that is “WANTED” and “PLEASANT.”

    Please enlighten the ““simple minded and talent challenged” among us……. how the “sweet” alternatives you presented could be reasonably and rationally juxtaposed with “bitter medicine?”

    Unless you’re suggesting that Barbadians are of the belief that innovation, creativity and productivity are “unwanted or unpleasant situations they are forced to accept.”


  71. @Artax
    Don’t let the bushman down now…

    If you think that being innovative, creative and productive are ‘favourable’ and ‘pleasant’ situations for brass bowl clowns
    ….whose main claim to fame so far is the fact that we have begged and borrowed our way to irreparable debt;
    …who have handed all the family silver passed down by foreparents over to foreigners;
    ….and who think that life revolves around some shiite reggae festival….
    Then it is no wonder that you enjoy jousting with ac, angela and mariposa (or whatever the hell she now calls herself…)

    Birds of a feather…?
    …Bushie was hoping it was a case of opposites attracting….

    Surely you know that the biggest mountain to climb …is for a fool to be wise.


  72. Artax April 26, 2018 11:05 PM

    “Walter

    I was just have a bit of fun……..however, putting the sport aside…..I stand by a comment I previously made in this forum…..that is……

    …….. anyone who knows me will confirm that Walter Blackman and Dr. Don Marshall are two individuals I admire and always try to encourage youngsters to emulate.”

    Artax,
    That’s fine. Whilst we are all having fun, you must remain determined not to drop your standards. That was the source of my disappointment.
    Are-we-there-yet and The Pedantic Dribbler do not possess your thinking ability, so you must guide and teach them. You will soon realize that, in certain circumstances, you are better off disregarding some of The Pedantic Dribbler’s comments altogether because some of his offerings tend to skate along the lines of the unintelligible.
    Now that the election date has been set, my sojourn here on BU is coming to an end. I am confident that the choristers who are singing for their supper will make sure that a miasma of crooked thinking envelops this blog.

    Until a new government has been installed and Barbados has inched closer towards the doorsteps of the IMF, I will remain in voluntary exile. I have seen enough. No political meetings, radio or tv shows for me.
    Take care, my friend.


  73. @Walter
    Now you gave me something to look forward to..
    What words or who will wake the slumbering bear and draw him from his cave.
    Enjoy the exile..


  74. Let me get in the first poke…

    Needless to say, I frown on Walter’s decision to impose exile on himself.
    In our small island we have already divided ourselves into at least two major camps. We can assume that the the ‘brains’ of Barbados have divided themselves in the same way. This mean that at most times, the island is using half of its brain power, at the most.
    For men like Walter to also excuse themselves means that we are further weakened in their areas of strength.


    • By definition those with ‘brains’ shouldn’t be divided along a partisan political fault line.


  75. @ Walter Blackman April 29, 2018 10:16 AM
    “Until a new government has been installed and Barbados has inched closer towards the doorsteps of the IMF, I will remain in voluntary exile. I have seen enough. No political meetings, radio or tv shows for me.
    Take care, my friend.”

    Please Walter, please don’t leave us “this way”.

    If you have to retreat to your self-imposed exile in the intellectual wilderness then let us know why it has taken you so long to see the light of wisdom contained in your fait accompli statement of Barbados ending up (as a matter of emergency) in the surgery of Dr. IMF?

    Why did your friends in the DLP’s sanctum sanctorum refuse to heed your advice when it was given liberally and timely to avoid this point of no return?

    Are you now doing a post mortem like the ‘doctoring’ Deliar Worrell on the Dems or are you attacking your ‘friends’ with a fistic bout of yellow and blue 20/20 vision?

    Are you running away (again, déjà vu 1994 and all that) from the battle now that Barbados has multiple downgrades under Stinkliar’s belt and is on the cusp of a Devaluation to bring the value of its Mickey Mouse currency in alignment with real economic market forces?

    Why have you given the BLP a ‘free’ pass to be forced to take the very, very sick Barbados to Dr. IMF the same way you have dropped in their lap the task of recovering the taxes owed on that $3.3 million heist by Ali Baba (aka Greenverbs Leroi de Paris) and the Thompson thief?

    Good luck, my friend! It’s always good to have two homes of dual citizenship.


  76. David April 26, 2018 11:30 PM

    “@Walter

    What will be interesting in the days and few weeks ahead is how the various political parties craft their messages to the public.”

    “If you start me up
    If you start me up I’ll never stop”
    The Rolling Stones.

    David,
    In my humble opinion, pragmatic though ye maybe, you are thinking “old school”.
    I find it more interesting to wait and see how the various political parties craft their response to the messages that have been sent by the public.
    Please forgive me for being prolix, but I will offer three low-hanging examples to give you an example of how I am thinking.

    Firstly, from the standpoint of governance, Mara Thompson continued to be a natural face of the CLICO debacle. CLICO policyholders were given a deadline to confirm all of the information related to their policies which were to be transferred to the new insurance company established by the government. If I remember correctly, the very next day after that deadline, Mara Thompson announced to Gercine Carter of the Nation that her life in parliament was now coming to an end. Politically, she had “false-started” and obviously was advised to claw back the announcement.

    The government of Barbados officially transferred the assets and liabilities of CLICO to a politically contrived new insurance company. If my memory serves me correctly, immediately after that event, Mara Thompson announced her retirement from politics and handpicked George Pilgrim as her “successor”. She had decided to “take the money” and not run. The deal had been sealed. No need for any clawback this time. As a former Office Manager of Thompson & Associates, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mara Thompson now saw how easy it was for the political class to callously transform the wicked actions of evildoers into a financial burden of billions of dollars, and then to deftly place that burden upon the back of docile Barbadian taxpayers.

    The CLICO scandal is extremely nasty business. It represents a large crimson stain on the white table cloth of our national psyche. Not too long ago, I submitted a poem to BU entitled “The Walrus and the Carpenter”. Hopefully, discerning BU readers can now see the similarity in the roles being played by the oysters in that poem, and by CLICO policyholders in real life.
    The public’s message that has been sent to the political class is that we want the wrongdoers in the CLICO scandal to be punished, and that we want our regulatory system to be tightened and strengthened so that politicians, civil servants, and the whole range of a company’s management team cannot band together and collude to raid and destroy a corporation again.
    It should be easy to see, which party crafts a response to this public demand.
    .

    Secondly, the Land Registry and the Town & Country Planning Dept. have a database of all politicians and civil servants who own and have developed property in Barbados. Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) has a database of the income which these people have claimed to receive over the past decades.
    I am sure that Balaam’s most prized possession, his female ass, is intelligent enough to line up the public salaries of civil servants and politicians with the properties they own and have developed. If an ass can do it, why can’t we? All sensible Barbadians are now calling for those civil servants and politicians who have misappropriated public funds, or who have laundered money, to be identified and punished as criminals.

    Have you heard any major political party promising to take these elementary steps to deal with the corrosive influence of corrupt public officials in Barbados? Why not?

    Thirdly, Tom Adams, arguably the most brilliant (despite his recklessness) Finance Minister that Barbados has produced to date, possessed enough confidence and political maturity to seek out and attract the talented Owen Arthur, who eventually became PM of Barbados.
    On the other hand, the “Cammie Tudor installed PM” Erskine Sandiford, lacking training and expertise in the areas of economics and finance, had to get rid of Dr.Richie Haynes from his cabinet because the electorate had already begun to show some confidence in the Doc’s ability. In a similar vein, David Thompson, all style and no substance when it came to matters of economics and finance, had to get rid of Clyde Mascoll.

    Having joined forces with others to rob CLICO policyholders, despite being Prime Minister of Barbados and Minister of Finance, David Thompson then had to push Dr. David Estwick, his former shadow Minister of Finance, to the perceived outer peripheral ring of his cabinet. Through his last-minute pronouncements, it became crystal clear that all of David Thompson’s preoccupations, in life and death, had now morphed into one concentrated goal: to make sure that details of the CLICO grand robbery never reached the eyes and ears of the Barbadian public. He and his co-conspirators, not to mention the Financial Standards Commission (FSC), failed miserably in that regard. God does not like ugly. All we can do now is to fervently pray, that one of these days, millions of years from now, the tormented soul of David Thompson will be finally released from purgatory.
    Ryan Straughn, not recognizing that he has a bull’s eye on his political back because of his training in economics, attempted to give Barbadians a comprehensive and analytical view of the various options open to us a country when it came to making a decision on the Transport Board. Of course, privatization of the Transport Board is an option that merits discussion, and the young economist correctly included it in his analysis. With an eye towards destroying Ryan’s stature in the political arena as an economist, before he even got a chance to build it, political agents and his own colleagues immediately jumped into the press and advised members of the electorate not to pay any attention to the mouthings of Ryan Straughn. “This is a subject our party has decided to hide from the public. Ryan is a political rookie, an educated fool, a naïve ‘wet-behind-the –ears’ candidate who has now broken the rules of engagement with the public which the BLP has secretly established”, they effectively declared.

    Given the fact that, in the absence of “divine” intervention, the Barbadian economy is about to crash (with thousands upon thousands of resulting fatalities), the Barbadian electorate wanted every serious-minded political party to invite decent, honest-minded Barbadians with backgrounds, training, and expertise in the areas of business and finance, to run for public office. These criteria effectively disqualify 99.9% of lawyers.
    Nevertheless, despite the fact that Barbadians have lost their trust and confidence in lawyers, and are now clamouring to see corrupt practices eradicated from public life, the major political parties still persist in foisting lawyers upon the electorate?
    We shall wait and see what excuses the major political parties are able to come up with for disregarding this public demand.

    I haven’t even mentioned FATCA and the opportunity that that imposed legislation creates for us to produce a list of politicians and civil servants with hefty unjustified and indefensible foreign accounts. Such a list should be read out in parliament.
    Have you heard this message being preached by our political parties?

    I can go on and on……

    Hopefully, we shall reconnect after the General Elections are over.


  77. millertheanunnaki April 29, 2018 3:28 PM

    “Are you now doing a post mortem like the ‘doctoring’ Deliar Worrell on the Dems or are you attacking your ‘friends’..?.”

    Are you running away (again, déjà vu 1994 and all that) from the battle now that Barbados has multiple downgrades under Stinkliar’s belt……………..?

    Why have you given the BLP a ‘free’ pass to be forced to take the very, very sick Barbados to Dr. IMF the same way you have dropped in their lap the task of recovering the taxes owed on that $3.3 million heist by Ali Baba (aka Greenverbs Leroi de Paris) and the Thompson thief?”

    millertheanunnaki,
    Barbados is cheaply producing so much false prophets and religious charlatans that I am quite prepared to partially play the role of a modern day Jesus. Please feel free to lay all of your political troubles, accusations, and burdens at my feet, and at my door. At the end of the day, I will ask my heavenly Father to forgive you, for “you know not what you do”.
    However, when it comes to stringing up a “sinless” person and nailing them to a cross and crucifying them, you will have to find a different kind of dummy.
    I offer you Pachamamum.


  78. TheoGazerts WROTE ON April 29, 2018 AT 10:38 AM

    Needless to say, I frown on Walter’s decision to impose exile on himself.
    In our small island we have already divided ourselves into at least two major camps. We can assume that the the ‘brains’ of Barbados have divided themselves in the same way. This mean that at most times, the island is using half of its brain power, at the most.
    For men like Walter to also excuse themselves means that we are further weakened in their areas of strength.

    ANYONE IN BARBADOS WITH “BRAINS” IS WISE TO IMPOSE EXILE ON HIMSELF
    I WELL REMEMBER THE AFTERNOON WHEN MY BROTHER- WHO DID NOT HABITUALLY VISIT MY HOME- CAME TO INFORM ME THUS
    “YOU BETTER LEFT BOUT HERE, THERE IS NOTHING BOUT HERE FOR YOU”
    BEING A SILENT MEMBER OF THE ELITE IN CERTAIN POLITICAL CIRCLES, HE WAS REPORTING WHAT HE WAS TOLD.

    THIS SORT OF ATTITUDE EXPLAINED BY WALTER IN HIS POST ABOVE HAS IN THE LAST 3 DECADES BEEN THE NORM IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES AND IN OTHER PARTS OF OUR SOCIETY. THE RESULT IS NOW STARKLY APPARENT AS WE REASONABLY ASK IN THE WORDS OF THE OLD SONG….” WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE?’ ah lie?

    WALTER IS RIGHT!
    IT IS POINTLESS TO CAST YOUR PEARLS BEFORE THE SWINE.
    READ JOHN CHAPTER THREE
    There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

    2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
    WHAT IS NICODEMUS REALLY SAYING HERE?
    RABBI…..THE BOYS KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE………..BUT THEY DONT WANT YOU !


  79. Mr Blogmaster, you said “Thanks Walter, the blogmaster will title this ‘Walter’s Last Post before…” May I ask , “thanks” for what exactly?

    This will fall under Walter’s file of the unintelligible so I’ll be brief. First the platitudes, sincerely offered.

    I like this gentleman Walter Blackman. He has been blessed with intelligence and he is at heart a man of the people with a seemingly strong sense of integrity. He is supremely self confident and speaks truth to power despite the strong blowback. All good.

    But when you have unlocked your talents (like the Doc GP too) and present yourself for leadership in the public space then of necessity you MUST be held to a higher standard than very regular dribblers …so at this stage What-thebadword is Walter been thanked for? His lovely prose? Havent others detailed similiar, times a plenty.

    Rather, should we not expect Mr Blackman to use his expertise and brassy persona to fully ventilate the malfesance of this CLICO debacle and in so doing explode the cabal of terrible actors in the political and power elite in Barbados!

    Where would we have been as a nation if sharp folks like Blackman, in the guise of Barrow, Tudor at al did not boldly go where others feared to thred!

    And if we take everything Walter said above about Straugh, voila it’s an autobiographical plea!

    So give me a freaking break…self imposed exile looks more like the Bulldog retreating to his kennel wiimpering because his master muzzled him (no radio unless I suppose it’s obsequious BS…how could he do that). Steeupse!

    A truly raucous Bulldog a la Barrow or Adams would be barking and creating a cachopony of painful noise and the master would have to banish him back to that Atlanta dog pound….or he would have started/joined a third party and kicked those crooks out….but 3rd parties don’t work, right! Longer steeupse!

    A tad unintelligible Walter I suspect, with all the mixed metaphors. I hope you get back your growl soon enough. I gone.


    • @Dee Word

      Highlighting his last post will give him the opportunity to ruminate on the issue during or after the general election. Hold tight!


  80. What is always interesting, is to see WHO exits the rock after elections, especially if there is a change in administrations.


  81. RE A truly raucous Bulldog a la Barrow or Adams would be barking and creating a cachopony of painful noise and the master would have to banish him back to that Atlanta dog pound

    WHY SHOULD A REJECTED PERSON be barking and creating a cachopony of painful noise SUCH THAT the master (who ever dat is ) would have to banish him back to A DOG pound?

    IF THEY DONT WANT YUH……THEY DONT WANT YUH
    WHY SHOULD ANY ONE WITH ABIKITY CAST THEIR PEARLS BEFORE THE SWINE?

    I OFF COURSE NEVER OFFERED MYSELF FOR NOTHING, I JUST WORKED HARD AT ANYTHING I WAS GIVEN TO DO AND INNOCENTLY SOUGHT TO APPLY WHAT EVER I HAD PREVIOUSLY LEARNED TO THE SITUATION AT HAND, EXPECTING NO MORE THAN MY MONTHLY SALARY

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