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 comments

  • @ Sargeant,

    He shudda learn to beg fufh de cat instead of putting de women to sleep.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    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!

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  • Your sarcasm Dee Word will get you just a wee distance.

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  • Walter M Blackman

    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.

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  • “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….

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  • Walter Blackman

    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.

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  • 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?

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  • Walter Blackman

    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.

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  • @Walter

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

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  • Walter M Blackman

    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.

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

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    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.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @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.

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  • 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.

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  • Walter Blackman

    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.

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  • Walter M Blackman

    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.

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  • 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

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  • Walter M Blackman

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • @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.

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    David!

    True!!

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  • “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?

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  • The blogmaster is supportive of ALL dissenting voices which will challenge the duopoly.

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  • 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?

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  • You may draw whatever conclusion you want.

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  • @ 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…

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  • @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.

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  • 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.”

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  • @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.

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  • 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.

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  • @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..

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  • 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.

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

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ 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.

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  • Walter Blackman

    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.

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  • Thanks Walter, the blogmaster will title this ‘Walter’s Last Post before…’

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  • 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.

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  • 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 !

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    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.

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  • @Dee Word

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

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  • NorthernObserver

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

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  • 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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