Please Remove the Word "Democratic" from the Name of the DLP!

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

So, the would-be “Emperor” of Barbados has finally deigned to set a date for General Elections after subjecting our country to a seven and a half week demonstration of utter contempt for our system of governance — the system of Parliamentary Democracy.

Barbados — as Mr Freundel Stuart well knows is a Parliamentary Democracy.

The Constitution of Barbados makes it clear that Parliament (comprised of the House of Assembly and the Senate) is the fundamental institution around which the office of Prime Minister and of every other cabinet Minister revolves.

Section 64 of our Constitution makes this clear when it asserts that “the Cabinet shall be …..charged with the general direction and control of the government of Barbados and shall be collectively responsible therefor to Parliament”.

As does Section 65 of the Constitution which establishes that the very existence  of the Prime Minister is based solely on him being the person who — in the judgment of the Governor General — is best able to command the confidence of a majority of the members of the House of Assembly.

So, in light of the foregoing, how was it possible for Mr Stuart, his Cabinet colleagues, or our newly appointed Governor General for that matter, to consider it permissible to rule over Barbados for an extensive seven and a half weeks after the dissolution of Parliament, without setting a date for or decreeing a General Election to establish a new Parliament ?

Who — in the absence of a functioning Parliament — was Mr Stuart and his fellow Democratic Labour Party ministers accountable to over the past seven and a half weeks?

A proper respect and regard for the principles of Parliamentary Democracy would have impelled Mr Stuart, his Cabinet colleagues, and our Governor General to recognize that where a governmental administration has permitted the life of Parliament to run its full course and to be dissolved, that they were under a duty (established by the Constitution and owed to us, the people of Barbados) to IMMEDIATELY set a date and issue writs for a General Election.

In other words, the period of time during which the country was required to operate without a functioning Parliament should be kept to a minimum, and–after the dissolution of Parliament– the Citizens should NOT be kept in a state of prolonged suspense over when new and critical General Elections will be held ! No doubt the Governor General has a discretion in all of this, but her discretion should always be exercised in the best interest of us the Citizens of the country and in keeping with the nation’s fundamental interest not to be deprived of a functioning Parliament for any extensive period of time.

That Messers Stuart and company (and seemingly our Governor General as well) did NOT appreciate this, and instead, subjected our country to seven and a half weeks of unaccountable Cabinet rule was unconscionable!

Mr Stuart, his Cabinet colleagues, and indeed their party — the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) — thoroughly discredited themselves over the past seven and a half weeks in the eyes of all right thinking Citizens who believe in the tenets of Parliamentary Democracy.

Indeed, their contempt for democracy has become so obvious and offensive that perhaps they should now do the decent thing and remove the word “Democratic” from the name of their political party!

ONWARD  TO  GENERAL  ELECTIONS fellow Citizens, and let us ensure we elect thirty Members of Parliament who understand what DEMOCRACY entails and who truly appreciate that we — the people of Barbados — are the real and permanent owners of the country, and that the temporary political administrators that we vote into office are merely there to serve us and must always be accountable to us.

 

 

194 comments

  • Caswell Franklyn

    If you recommend that the word “Democratic” should be removed from the name of the DLP, why no go all the way and remove the word “Labour” as well. They are certainly not a labour party. Maybe the “L” could be retained to mean lousy.

    Like

  • I hold firm to my position that Mia response via GIS release pales far in comparison to the many times where she has held press conferences at every dog and pony show.
    This was an important occasion to demonstrate that her leadership is ready and equipped to take on any challenges present govt throws her way during this election cycle.
    Her mickey mouse response does nothing to embolden her leadership and once and for all give the public a vivid perspective of a leader who is stong and capable

    Like

  • SSS
    “The Opposition Leader, who was accompanied by her parliamentary colleagues, also promised that a BLP administration would make the Central Bank, the Auditor General and the Statistical Department independent where they would no longer have to go through a minister for their financial votes.” Chamber of Commerce May 2017
    This was also in the leaked draft manifesto. You need to do some research before speaking.

    David
    The numbers do not exist, the Owen era is over. BLP candidates, members and supporters know it, even the UPP. lol We too often underestimate the intelligence of politicians and their ability to read the tea leaves correctly in relation to capturing and retaining POWER.

    Like

  • Commisiong is longing in his heart that one day the “D” being removed from democracy would give him the opening of having it with a “D” that means dictatorship
    He has used his articles cleverly with well structured wording to capitalize on the democractic process and infuse in the readers mind his brand of goverence via dictatorship reforms and policies

    Like

  • @enuff

    Mia will be wishing this is the case if the BLP is elected and they sit for the parliamentary vote the day after.

    Like

  • @Caswell

    You very acid this morning?

    Like

  • @enuff and David
    The numbers need not be big to make an impact

    Hillary: 65,853,514 votes (48.2%)
    Trump: 62,984,828 votes (46.1%)

    Margin of victory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania = 107,000….or 0.09% of all votes cast.

    Moral of the story: less than 1% of the population can change the entire result of an election.

    Interesting days ahead.

    Just observing

    Like

  • If Owen is to be believed, if the Bees get in, democracy will be replaced by Despotism.

    Like

  • Observing we ar etalking about different numbers skippa.

    David – there is no need to wish. Come on look carefully: 5 is too small a number. lol

    Like

  • Mariposa aka AC you do not tire writing foolishness,after the blogmaster exposed what you said to be a lie you swiping like blind elder trying to confuse people most likely yourself.how did the PM announce the Election by way of a live broadcast or was it hiding behind GIS.Even at this eleventh hour the PM refuses to address the public……therefore you like the J/A Ms Undecided and the Trini Dem could really give it a rest,very few people wish to hear anything from any of you in my opinion.

    Like

  • @Kevin
    This would be the same Owen Arthur the Dems labelled a despot in 2008 and 2013? GTFOH!! #desperatemuch

    Like

  • NorthernObserver

    @Observing
    The British Columbia election a year ago, maybe equally instructive
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2017

    The Opposition NDP formed a minority government, despite having 2 seats less than the Liberals. Note since they have a Bajan style system, the Green party was only able to win 3 seats, despite having 17% of the popular vote. In this election it was 5 ridings and less than 0.01% of the vote which determined the final outcome.

    The last Barbados election in 2013 was similarly close.

    The key factor, and I only look at math, will be the votes cast for 3rd parties in swing ridings.

    Like

  • Hey NO the last time a political strategist in barbados try counting political eggs they all came out addle.
    Ask Peter Wickham if you doubt me
    Mia is her own worst enemy .
    Ask OSA if you doubt me.
    Her winning strategy is an old one that does not work
    Ask Hilary Clinton

    Like

  • Mariposa kindly tell BU Mia’s strategy.

    Like

  • DLP WEBSITE NEEDS TO BE UPDATED.

    BLP WEBSITE POPPIN

    SOLUTIONS BARBADOS WEBSITE VERY GOOD

    Like

  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    but all the DLP candidate websites have been updated, over the past month. Several, like Estwicks which had hardly been touched since the last election, have all had a make-over. But the websites of the statutory corps keep falling, for e.g Bnocl.com is still down.

    @Mariposa
    I am no political strategist. Nor a pollster. No predictions. I expect the results maybe closer than many expect.

    Like

  • I am hoping personally that the results are very, very close – BLP 30, DLP 0. Using the higher mathematical skills of the last MoF, that would equate to the BLP leading the DLP by only 3 seats.

    Like

  • DLP (formerly CBC) Radio & TV

    LOL… uh dead @ Fearplay….Stinkliar, aka all guts and no glory, want to demand of the BLP their plans if they win the govt. Well Chrissy its about time yuh seh yuh hard up on plans to repair the economy and want some ideas from the Bees..but it gine cost yuh….your seat, Fumble’s seat and the 14 other DLP buffons that was, according to Mr Owen Arthur” just a cost overrun on this economy.

    Like

  • 2013 all over again. The despot thinks that the people are going to hand the reigns of govt over to here on a golden plate. Prediction .not gonna happen.
    Every thing the blp hoped and wished for this island did not happen . Barbados is still standing inspite of the doom and gloom teachings of the blp . Social services are still up and running. Schools are still open.. .
    The blp scorecard is still in the red. There hope and wishes for barbados does not reach their expectations of failure to help them score a win in the next electation. What we are looking at is an electorate with no real alternative to fixing barbados economy and what many knows for sure is that the blp have not said how they will.

    Like

  • This one for the Dems that like to talk about debt, as if it started in 1994 and ended in 2008:

    “…the DLP managed to rack up $8.5 Billion more debt in their last two terms in office – between 1987 and 1994, and 2008 to March 2017; a period of 17 years – than we did in our 24 years in charge. The BLP added $4.7 Billion.” #smokeandmirrosdun

    Like

  • In 1966, the national debt was $45.6 million and by 1976 when Prime Minister Tom Adams took office, it had reached $266 million. In our first 10 years in government – we built the ABC and Spring Garden highways as well as the Speighstown By-pass; a new Grantley Adams International Airport; the Central Bank building; a new Coast Guard Base; started the Drug Service and Drug Formulary; and constructed London Bourne Towers among several other transformative projects – we took the national debt pass the billion dollar mark to $1.3 Billion, an increase of $1.03 Billion by 1986.

    The DLP followed for eight years and managed to push the national debt to $2.49 Billion or $1.19 Billion more than what we left. Yet, all they had to show was an unfinished Sherbourne Conference Centre and the Wildey Gymnasium.

    Between 1994 and 2008, we took the national debt to $6.14 Billion, some $3.64 Billion more but left a new prison, a new Kensington Oval, a new look Bridgetown Port, hundreds of housing units built and nearly 3,000 house lots developed, community parks and centres, a redeveloped Bridgetown, new schools, and the $350 million Edutech programme among several other projects, while stockpiling more than a billion dollars of foreign exchange.

    We not only constructed facilities, but also initiated projects for youth and vulnerable communities in particular to build skills, create self-employment and infuse self-worth in individuals. We also undertook a major urban renewal programme to eliminate pit toilets and improve the sanitation and housing stock for thousands of Barbadians. To this can be added the introduction of a Reverse Tax Credit to ensure that the lowest paid workers would get something back annually from their income tax. And we pushed for greater linkage between our tertiary education facilities and the growing financial services sector to provide more highly-skilled Barbadians to take advantage of the high-paying jobs in that sector.

    However, the DLP in just nine years – 2008 to March 2017 – have added $7.3 Billion, making it $13.4 Billion. Their biggest ‘project’ has been the borrowing of approximately $50 million a month for much of their tenure to pay public servants, many of whom they brought on. Their average borrowing per year has been $813.1 million, while ours at its highest was $280.5 million.

    Like

  • @ NorthernObserver, George Hutson ?

    http://dlpbarbados.org/site/candidate/

    Like

  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    I didn’t go via the dlp website…..but now some that were up are now down, so they must be testing,,,,still in development phase.
    It is no surprise they are playing catch up.

    Like

  • And somebody needs to tell the DLP that sending around those memes, one of which came uninvited to my cell phone, and which make reference Freundel’s big black cock are deeply offensive. Even if he did not create or send them himself they are going out under his watch.

    Shameful.

    Like

  • Are-we-there-yet

    How I will vote on 24th May, DV

    This year’s elections are probably the most consequential ones in our recent History. Each voter therefore owes it to his country, his family and him/herself to weigh all aspects of committing himself or herself to vote for a particular individual or Political Party before casting that valuable vote. In previous elections the deleterious consequences of voting for the wrong candidate were infinitesimally smaller than those of making a similar mistake this time around. This time around it is likely that the wrong choice could ensure that Barbados will continue to deteriorate in almost every yardstick that can be used and therefore take perhaps decades to return to even pre-2008 levels of development.

    For my one-one I will consider the following factors that should enable me to make the correct choice.

    The track record of the candidate and his or her party over the last 3 governments: Thus there were solid achievements for the country, economy and society and the advancement of the people between 1986 and 2008. There was essentially relatively little difference between the policies and performance of the DLP and then the BLP and advancement in human capital here over that period. From 2008, however, the now dissolved DLP Government has ineptly presided over a Barbados in which there was a gross deterioration in practically all aspects of our development and this has led to concomitant rolling back of social and individual development to almost unprecedented levels. The DLP has seemingly used a virtual wrecking ball on Barbados and most Barbadians in the last decade.

    My vote should not therefore enable the current DLP government to continue to wreck this country. My vote should then closely and strategically discriminate between the choices that are being offered by the BLP and the newer Parties:- Solutions, UPP, BIM? and any others that might spring up by election day.

    The only other Party in that list which has a track record in Government, besides the DLP, is the BLP.

    The other new parties bring miniscule experience in Government to the table and it is highly unlikely, given the track record of 3rd parties here, that enough 3rd party candidates could win seats in this particular election to form a government on their own right, but this could change in subsequent elections if the parties and their candidates stay in the game after this one. Some of the 3rd party candidates are ambitious professionals whose enthusiasm and love for Barbados is fairly evident and a groundswell against the DLP and BLP incumbents might arguably propel one or two of them to win seats this time. If the overall voting results are unexpectedly close and the few putative 3rd party winners are moved or otherwise stimulated to form a coalition Government with the DLP this might be even worse for Barbados than if the DLP were to win outright.

    I don’t want Barbados to continue along the path it has taken over the past 10 years. I don’t want to contribute to any possibility that the DLP will win. I therefore cannot vote for a DLP or a 3rd party candidate at this time. There is only one strategic choice at this time as abstaining to vote is not a viable choice.

    Like

  • Are-we-there-yet

    SS

    I haven’t seen the memes but, from your description, it seems as if it could be a false flag operation.

    Like

  • All but 2 elections have been announced in this way, 2003 and 2008.

    Like

  • Vote SOLUTIONS BARBADOS

    ” Members of Solutions Barbados conducted a clean-up campaign in the constituency of St Joseph, taking a circular route from Cleaver’s Hill, along the Bathsheba coastline to Beachmont and back.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/152484/hefty-solution

    Like

  • VOTE BLP

    ” She also said she felt it was time the country reclaimed its dollar, and produced top quality craftsmen such as welders, carpenters and seamen who could boast being the best in the world.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/152492/-focus-saving-barbados

    ALL POLITICIANS TALK BARE SHIITE MOST OF THE TIME.

    “welders, carpenters and seamen who could boast being the best in the world.”

    Like

  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Enuff

    Details are needed. Plus how far will the independence of the Auditor General’s office and Central Bank go? The word independent has various interpretations along political lines. Be that as it may, I will give Mottley kudos for saying it, and wait until it is fullfilled to praise it. As to achievements that you highlighted, is the lives of Barbadians better under all the BLP achievements? Have we been able to address the high rate of inflation that always existed with these achievements of the BLP? Is an improved economy under the BLP and good foreign reserves under the BLP affected the sorry state of poverty in Barbados with improvement in affordable goods and services? Have the Barbados improved its dismal track record in maintenace of state owned buildings? Do we have sustainability in an agriculture project derived and developed by the BLP that we are now seeking to address a high import bill? All I am reading is infrastructural development but no social developmental achievements etc.

    Like

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    When will Caribbean leaders get intelligent and grow a pair.

    “Seattle Vacates Hundreds of Marijuana Charges Going Back 30 Years

    Angela Helm
    Yesterday 10:25amFiled to: SEATTLE VACATES WEED CONVICTIONS
    76.7K

    The City of Seattle on Friday filed a motion asking the court to vacate hundreds of marijuana possession convictions going back three decades and adversely impacting people of color.

    City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledged the racial disparity in marijuana convictions, citing an ACLU report showing that African Americans are more than three times more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite the facts that blacks and whites use at the same rates.

    “As we see marijuana sold in retail storefronts today, people who simply had a joint in their pocket a decade ago still have a red mark on their records,” Holmes said in a statement. “It’s long past time we remedy the drug policies of yesteryear, and this is one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color. I’m hopeful the court will choose to clear these charges.

    Marijuana is now legal in the state of Washington; voters approved its recreational use in 2012. A 2017 report forecasts the state to take in about $730 million from sales of legalized marijuana over the next two years.

    In February, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the proposed reversals in a press release, saying the move would affect 542 people who have weed convictions on their records.

    “Vacating charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession is a necessary step to correct the injustices of what was a failed war on drugs, which disproportionately affected communities of color in Seattle,” the Democratic mayor said.

    “The war on drugs in large part became a war on people who needed opportunity and treatment,” she added.” While we cannot reverse all the harm that was done, we must do our part to give Seattle residents — including immigrants and refugees — a clean slate.”

    The Hill reports that Seattle is following in the footsteps of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who in February dropped more than 50 criminal charges against residents for marijuana possession, in a radical new policy shift that he says should free up “[police] resources to solve homicides.”

    Marijuana Cases Dropped En Masse by Philly District Attorney
    The Philadelphia District Attorney said criminal charges for marijuana possession against 51 people …

    As is now accepted fact, the so-called war on drugs laws has decimated the African American community, with marijuana criminalization oftentimes becoming the first contact many have with a grinding criminal justice system that won’t let them go.

    The arrests can stay on their records for years, and impact their prospects for jobs, loans, housing and benefits”

    Like

  • SSS
    You got details from Grenville/Solutions?
    The info I posted above, taken from the BLP website, is a comparative analysis of debt under the two administrations and some of what was achieved. It is obviously dominated by national infrastructure because such projects the public can easily recognise. Many are in fact SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE; and therefore they do contribute to social development. But the post also talks about Reverse Tax Credit, drug service, youth programmes, housing, urban renewal etc. If these are not aimed at social development, what then?
    What are the determinants of inflation in Barbados and what were the rates during 1994-2008, and how do they compare to now as well as with other Caricom members? What is sustainability in an agriculture project? On the maintenance of buildings, please list the buildings that due to lack of maintenance ran to ruin. In doing so, set out, with evidence, whether lack of maintenance was actually the problem; or badly constructed buildings, poorly designed buildings (orientation, ventilation, layout, cooling etc), unsuitable materials, inefficient employee to floorspace ratio etc, etc. We have a habit of resorting to sound bites, rather than critically analysing problems.

    Like

  • Enuff,excellent analysis of the comparative debt and acheivements of both parties,and as usual the Dem Sss ,cannot not dispute anything you have sais so what does she do shift the goal posts,talking about inflation and social programmes.however your rebuttal of the reverse tax crdit and the removal of pit toilets should close her mouth for now.This more than Economy but a Society talk from Mr Thompson,bullshit is what has the country in trouble today since without a sound Economy there is no Society,but Mr Thompson the king of innuendo that he was thought it sounded good so he went ahead with it.

    Like

  • Lorenzo
    Not my analysis. Like I said, the post is an excerpt from a document on the BLP website.

    Like

  • The electorate will cast its vote for the party that have economic solutions for Barbados
    Barbadians still awaiting the blp solutions for the barbados economy
    The countdown for election day has moved into high gear and the blp aint saying nutyin
    The shelf life for buying a pig in a bag has expired

    Like

  • Mariposa April 29, 2018 7:57 AM

    Labour must spell out its economic programme BEFORE May 24. They must not be given a free pass. We also want to now their proposed legislation for the first 100 days and how it sees the society, apart from its economic policy. We are not one-dimensional people.
    As things stand, a 14 DLP, 15 BLP parliament with Natalee the independent. It means the two parties will have to work together and form a national government.

    Like

  • @Hal 8:07
    WE can quibble over the numbers and direction but all would agree that “as things stand” the election is much closer than some would have us believe. Natalee cannot win the City. It’s a matter of who she takes votes from.

    @Enuff
    Gotcha now with the numbers. But your numbers only play if mine don’t kick in. Gotta get past vote #1 to get to vote #2. lol

    @others re. debt accumulation
    Owen Arthur famously noted that debt itself wasn’t the problem, but the ability to manage it and foresee the factors which could impact its repayment.

    The DLP’s problem wasn’t only accumulating debt, it was doing so during a prolonged recession, without a clear plan for revenue increases/expenditure reductions and the lack of a medium to long term plan. They threw away Owen’s playbook while still trying to play his game.

    Will Mia follow Owen’s debt management philosophy or will she foolishly declare like Grenville that we will return to a surplus “shortly”????

    Anyone that simply quotes 1990’s and 2000’s statistics without relative comparison to the realities of post-2007-8 are being narrow sighted. The “new normal” kicked in around 2010-11. This is what any/every government will have to live with.

    https://apnews.com/fed898ea6817402180da864d1c066cfa

    @awty
    ” My vote should then closely and strategically discriminate between the choices that are being offered by the BLP and the newer Parties”

    We both await those choices!

    Just observing

    Like

  • The way i see it the opposition party so far given a few bits and pieces as there way of tackling economic challenges the blp is trying to give a perception that the barbados debt problems can be resolved by lowering taxes .
    The problem with that solution is that when an economy debt level is higher than its collected revenue also which includes low or slow production The alternatives are very few and far in between
    Therefore the question which most sensible people would want to hear from the blp leadership given those factors which are causing a slow collection of revenue relevant to paying debt how will the blp manage to pay down the debt while lowering taxes along with keeping social services and paying or increasing govt workers wages
    These are the questions which are critical and foremost in the minds of the people and which the blp has avoided answering.

    Like

  • I was posting in the wrong sections…. The yardfowls are here..

    Woke up this morning feeling on top of the world.
    Began to feel political and thought I would let myself be educated.
    Thought I would read the DLP manifesto and came across manifesto 2013 and manifesto highlights. Will assume there is no 2018 manifesto yet (please provide link If I am wrong). After what they (DLP) did from 2013 to 2018. I am not going to read the highlights or 2013 manifesto.. The proof of the pudding is already in the eating.

    Went looking for the BLP manifesto. The best that I came up with was that it was leaked and the 2013 was available to be read.
    Console myself that the BLP had a manifesto and it might be released just after the elections are held. These guys are just too slow and expect to win because of the abysmal failures of the DLP.

    (If you are a better googler than I am, please proved the links to the current (2018) BLP & DLP manifestos. Consider that as a public service)

    Went by Solution Barbados and saw that they had a section label “Policy Solution”. Would suggest to SB that during this period where low IQ people like myself may be trying to differentiate between the parties they should temporarily label the section “Policy Solutions/manifesto”. A picture of the leader in a suit might also add to the effectiveness.

    BDLP – Brain dead Labour Parties – recycling ideas or have no ideas
    DLP – should be avoided at all cost – you have already experience the pain these guys can inflict
    BLP – should be avoided at all cost – fresh or new ideas is not their forte. Saddled by a similar history to the DLP
    SB – new guys on the block. Their “corruption free bona fides not yet been established. Not much left in the treasury to corrupt them.
    Even if they thief, it will have to be small change. SB has ideas but not often the best; seem like they read the Bible and ISO and get confused between the two (ISO has all the answers). But give me the guys who has some ideas.

    The choices are clear give the halfwit and ignore the nitwit and the dead.

    Enough food here to feed the yardfowls.

    Like

  • The rebirth of ac. Welcome back.
    I knew with the abundance of scratch grain that you would rejoin the fray.

    “Elections in Barbados” or the “Battle of the yardfowls: … must see TV

    Like

  • *The choices are clear “give me the halfwit” and ignore the nitwit and the dead

    Like

  • TheoGazert

    Let me hear some of your fresh ideas? lol

    Like

  • Old ideas from the BLP 2008 and 2013 manifestos remain relevant.

    Like

  • Observing

    very true. lol

    Like

  • When presented with 1, 2 , 4. 9 .. a mathematician could wax philosophical and give you a story. The lover of mathematics would applaud the narrative of the mathematician.

    An idiot like me passing by would say “Boy no matter who is in power, those number are increasing.The rate of increase may change, but we are heading on a one-way trip to hell.”

    Integrity legislation
    Sunshine laws
    3.The terms of all business deals should be exposed after a period of ten years. And this should happen if the deals are ongoing or
    have expired.
    Greater transparency is needed.

    Like

  • Put them in your 2018 manifesto and publish it.

    Like

  • TheoGazerts

    Them two ideas are as old as Tom Adams manifestos and are included in every single party’s manifesto for 2018; yet you claim there is a paucity of ideas. Stupse!! I have seen UPP (not bad), Solutions (fantasy) and the leaked BLP doc–superior to the other two and with fresh and sensible ideas.

    Like

  • I am not running for anything. You are running. Put up your ideas or just say , I don’t have anything.

    Like

  • A word to the wise. I am not running for anything. I don’t have nothing to lose.
    Don’t ]be a smart ass and expose that “The king/queen has no clothes” and lose everything.

    Like

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    ac yardfowl forgot to change her default screen name back to mariwhatawastesopa…lol

    Like

  • Old ideas that were ‘not’ implemented. Even more relevant now.

    Like

  • Let me make it clear…
    Not a fan of the BDLP (BLP or DLP)

    Like

  • Why do we place so much on manifestos when there is a position taken that it is not even a social contract. It is just words on paper that political parties pick and chose from to suit expediency.

    Like

  • Why campaign? That is just hot air warming the summer night. Some words make us laugh and others even even tug at our hearts, but they are not binding.
    Why don’t each party just put up 30 names on Monday. People go out and vote Tuesday.

    Like

  • TheoGazert is not related to TheoGazerts (-: diifferent last names 🙂
    Boys and girls, always remember this:
    When scratch grain is thrown in the yard, the free range chickens hop the fence and run for some.
    Have a Great Day
    Brabados first.

    Like

  • ac

    We have seen policies from Solutions Barbados, Barbados Integrity Movement, United Progressive Party…..

    ……….and even from “Natlee.”

    ………ironically, I have not SEEN, READ or HEARD any of the DLP’s MPs, operatives and yard-fowls announced the DLP policy solutions EITHER……

    The only things I am constantly hearing from the DLP are your plans to attack, shame and destroy Mia Mottley and asking the BLP to present solutions…….

    ……………and since this EXCITES the party faithful……it seems as though this is your “campaign strategy” as well.

    Could you please “tell” this forum, WITHOUT your USUAL broad generalized statements……..

    ………..with only THIRTY-SIX (36) Transport Board buses AVAILABLE for operation per day, what are the DLP’s plans for public transport?

    “Tell” us, Angela, ac, Mariposa, Cox-Skeete……….

    ……………what are the Democratic Labour Party’s plans for Barbados?

    Like

  • TheoGazerts

    I have put many ideas up, and they certainly didn’t include transparency and integrity legislation because both are givens and neither one is fresh or new. The characteristics you are seeking.

    Like

  • I made my exit but I had to return..
    Boys and girls remember this “If anyone distribute one or two hard copies of a manifesto, then it is nothing more than a cheap political gimmick. But be wise don’t tell them about the internet, FB or their own web pages, just tell them you cannot read”.

    But we don’t have to worry, those hard copies were given to people who wouldn’t say a word if all of the pages were blank. I doubt if you were one of those…

    Wuhloss
    Mi belly
    Yah killing ma
    I gun dead

    Like

  • Stupse man go bake yuh Sunday pork do!!

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    David Mr Blogmaster, to echo one of your famous bloggers, ‘tarry with me awhile here.

    You said above “Why do we place so much on manifestos when there is a position taken that it is not even a social contract. It is just words on paper…”

    Previously you drew attention (in context) to the remark that (DLP) politics is about personalities.

    So my tarry is to ask: if their words are not to be taken as too much and if we should eschew favoring the bold personalities what then is the draw to any one politician or party of politicians?

    How else can we determine what they project for the future (real not fantasy) unless they offer plans in a manifesto?

    I suspect your real question is: why do we allow politicians to make promises and do not hold them harshly responsible when they fail to implement them; or conversely why have we elected novice people who have no freaking idea how to implement the programs they so easily present to buy our votes??

    Like

  • @DpD
    I have reached the limit of my contributions for today. However, before I go

    It would be interesting if, at some time, you went to “Bar and BL Politics” and fashion a response (polite and gentlemanly), that draws Walter from his self imposed exile.
    You are allowed just one try…

    Like

  • Are-we-there-yet

    Observing; You said above at 8:07 am

    ” “@awty
    ” My vote should then closely and strategically discriminate between the choices that are being offered by the BLP and the newer Parties”

    We both await those choices!”

    It seems that you and a number of other posters on this blog believe totally in the manifestos of Bajan political parties. An astute follower or our current situation like you know full well that Manifestos are easily discarded when new Governments achieve power and then use the excuse “we en fine nuh money in de treasury to do whuh we proposed therefore we gine have to change tack fuh now and implement we promises over a longer time frame”

    I give relatively little credence to manifestos as a primary indicator of competence to manage change and indeed progress in Barbados unless the country is in a reasonably stable period when most manifesto promises can be easily achieved. We don’ have dat luxury now.

    The greater concern that will determine how Barbados progresses from May 24th is if we think that the current DLP management, given its track record of absymal failure in practically all its economic programmes over the past 8 years or so, should be given a new mandate to continue to add to that negative track record or if a new Government could do much better. Other yardsticks, in addition to manifestos should be brought to bear by the individual in making his/her choices.

    Like

  • @Dee Word

    Isn’t this the same exact thing some have been railing against on the blog for a decade and some? The lack of citizen advocacy and exploiting the democracy we hold so dear to hold the various players in our way of governing accountable?

    Like

  • Are-we-there-yet

    I forgot to add earlier that a manifesto by a DLP whose parliamentary leadership is essentially unchanged from the leadership which presided over the numerous mistakes that were made between 2011 and 2018, would not be worth what paddy shot at. If what they are doing now is changing the leadership and putting in different faces to fill important cabinet posts prior to putting forward a new manifesto or plans for a new way forward, I would, fwliw, look at the new DLP more seriously.

    A new DLP, minus the abject failures headed by the current PM, is imho the only way for them to retain sufficient credibility to be a serious factor in the coming elections.

    Like

  • Are-we-there-yet

    …. and they should have been making overt moves towards that end long ago. That strategy will not work so close to the elections.

    Like

  • “Old ideas that were ‘not’ implemented. Even more relevant now.” As they were in their 2008 and 2013 manifestos and they lost the election, they could not have implemented anything. Are you suggesting that there aren’t policies that were in previous manifestos that aren’t even more relevant now, how then do you promote transparency and integrity? You contradicting yaself.

    Like

  • http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/152499/pm-date

    I shudder to think what info. there could be out there about Mia & the Bees that would cause its disclosure ” so unpalatable and hard for Bajans to digest ”

    Oh shhotssss

    I forgot :

    • No LEC but pompasetting as lawyer !

    • George Payne filing Court documents that Mia is a crook…… yet he is prepared to be led by the same ….,,CROOK !

    • Wire tapping !

    • Voter – fraud !!

    • Canuoan tapes !!

    Like

  • If that is the list of unpalatables, wunna in deep doo doo cuz the state of the economy alone is more unpalatable than all them combined. Where the Pegasus tapes? lol

    Like

  • I don’t understand why CBC persists in titling these wild boys as the Hon dis and dat Minister of Culture for example.Parliament is no more,an election has been called,there are no more ministers,all constituency seats are now vacant and up for grabs so I believe it is a stupidity to keep harping on x,Minister of y.Its bullshoite.

    Like

  • Fractured Fowl…I hope yall cleared everything out of the people’s parliament, it will now need to be fumigated and exorcized of yall and all the spirits of the centuries old dead demons… for a fresh start..

    Like

  • Gabriel April 29, 2018 1:07 PM

    They are ministers until May 25, or such time as a new government is formed. The nation cannot have a vacuum where government should be.

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Gazets, I am distressed…are you actually and boldly saying that I do not ALWAYS compile my oosts in a “polite and gentlemanly” manner… oh woe to me.🤣

    But fah real, I try hard not to be impolite or ungetlemanly….of course every blue moon I slip and label someone ‘silly’ or ‘freaking ridiculous’ but that’s not too bad.

    Anyhow, Walter will be back soon no doubt. He is like Chris Gayle, bold, brassy and absolutely freaking brilliant…so whatever missteps he may make, you just can’t keep a good man down for too long!

    Like

  • One should notice how the bees are trying very hard to distance themselves from the FACT the blp has no answer for the economy
    Their tired old regurgitation if crticism ad nauseum has worn thin.
    Now going into the home stretch it is a matter if do or die
    And the question remains as an open and relevant recurring theme
    How will the blp transform the economy by lowering taxes and advancing a formula of voodo economic
    Maybe Gabriel and Lorenzo the mouth of the South can answer these pertinent questions
    Hi bros not too much time left the dlp horse has finally left the stable fit and ready to go.
    Btw i think the blp horse came out of th e paddock too early became longwinded and has slowed down to a crawl
    Dems now dems again. Glory

    Like

  • Politickin Pearlie

    ”so unpalatable and hard for Bajans to digest”

    Not yet Freundel. Not yet dear heart. Ah beg yuh pon dis blessed fifth Sunday of Easter. Steady yuh han. Keep yuh powder dry. Cause when ya drop dah dunnamite ya got nuffa dem gine get bellyhurt!

    Wunna tek it light. Just now, every time Bajans hear de word “BLP” dem gine want to vomit! Murda! Ah gone!

    Like

  • Bajans want to vomit NOW….after experiencing 10 years of DLP.

    Maybe the electorate really should break up both old dying political parties into a coalition government…since it is agreed they are both vomit inducing repugnant…after 60 years.

    Like

  • Pearlie that is your solution to the country,s problem,dropping dynamite?Get lost JA.This is alright for George Street for the yardfowls but Bajans want to know the Dems plans going forward,not jokes.Another thing you think only the Dems got dynamite well the Bees have as well so watch out,as it will be tit for tat.Remember the PM claimed he knew nothing of Cahill until it was shown his signature was the first on the Document,so we all have skeletons in the closet so do not get carried away pearlie.By the way where is Dr Estwick and Dr lowe?

    Like

  • You are spot Pearlie

    They called fuh the elections !

    Well the date set !

    Mia has until May 23, 2018 to produce:

    • Her ” law ” degree & LEC and REVEAL to Barbadians why OSA relieved her of the duties of Attorney General of Barbados !

    • The photo of the ballot the young voter in St. Michael Notth East gave to her as proof of voting for her in the General Elections 2013 !

    • The reasons why she is seen in compromising photos with young women in Canuoan on her 50th birthday !

    At least in the UK & USA political aspirants are removed from the political office – for much less !!

    Barbadians deserves much better !’

    Like

  • Yeah…Fractured Yardfowl..like thiefing money and property from a wheelchair bound senior citizen, no politician in US and uk could be so dishonest and not go to prison and fired as speaker of the house .

    Like

  • NorthernObserver

    @Mariposa
    I agree fully we haven’t heard BLP plans. In that vein, neither have I heard the DLP plans.
    The REAL fact is non partisan…..how does one know what to believe when the island’s greatest source of financing, beyond printing new money, the NIS, still hasn’t filed a SINGLE annual report in the past 10 years (while their website doesn’t show it anymore, the last filed Report could even predate 2008 by a year or two).
    In fact half plus, of the Statutory groups are behind on reporting. Half the websites are inoperable.
    This is like throwing darts in the dark.
    I am truly stunned, that regardless of the group forming the Government, our public and publicly funded organizations could be so derelict in their reporting responsibilities.

    Like

  • Well well

    You gone !!

    Imagine wid your ” massive crowd ” at East Coast yesterday !

    Mia Mottley told those gathered that in her opinion the crowd yesterday was not big enough to ensure a BLP victory . Therefore, the Bees have to find a way to keep the Dems home on Election Day .

    Imagine that for a BLP that was calling fuh General Elections…….all along !!!

    Well you & Mia have another thought coming !!!

    You better believe that !!!

    Like

  • NO over the last ten years the dlp has forward and implement plans for the economy
    Where have u been living under a rock
    The only plan the blp has forward to the barbadian populace were longwinded crticism.
    The blp called for an election date and what has they offered the voter in return a long bus ride to the east coast
    Could that be the new and improved alternative ride to vote buying

    Like

  • Dont involve Fractured and being Played..all the politicians are friends and bosom buddies, it’s only you stupid yardfowls are enemies with each other, cause you are way too dumb to know when ya free.

    Like

  • VOTES ACQUISITION ?

    “Over 660 temporary workers have been appointed to the Public Service of Barbados within the past six months and more than 300 appointments are expected to follow shortly.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/153026/660-appointed-public-service

    Like

  • This is dishonest and unethical.

    Like

  • @ David,

    I am a fisherman and I just cast a live sprat and you on pon it like a bonito. lol

    The trade unions have been fighting for years to appoint temporary workers who deserve to be appointed.

    In life timing is everything. lol

    I mis timed an opportunity last year to see a live show of my favourite female on earth. lol

    http://www.glennisgrace.nl/gb/2017/10/22/glennis-grace-geeft-twee-shows-in-toronto/

    Like

  • “dishonest and unethical” are not in the vocabulary of some politicians.

    Remember when the gutters used to get cleaned by an army of occupation ?

    Like

  • @Hants

    Bear in mind the economy has shrunk and the discussion in the last few years has been about printing money to pay public servants. Further the talk is not about how many have to go home. The decision to appoint should be left to a government with a mandate:

    Like

  • @ David,

    This is just politics.

    Like

  • David “dushonest and unethical”

    Yuh meaning just like the time OSA accused Mia of having dirty hands with the blp treasury monies.
    Yuh see everytime a blp mole sticks its head from underground dirt falls in its face

    Like

  • NorthernObserver April 29, 2018 6:09 PM

    “@Mariposa: I agree fully we haven’t heard BLP plans. In that vein, neither have I heard the DLP plans.”

    +++++++++++++++++

    NorthernObserver

    This was Mariposa’s response to your comment: “NO over the last ten years the dlp has forward and implement plans for the economy…”

    She is correct………….but I won’t venture so far to ask “Where have u been living under a rock…..”

    In January 2010, the DLP introduced the “Medium Term Fiscal Strategy (MTFS) 2010 – 2014.”

    They presented their “Medium Term Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) 2013-2020” at the National Economic Consultation on June 27, 2013.

    On September 10, 2013, they published their “Barbados Growth & Development Strategy 2013-2020.”

    Former Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Delisle Worrell admitted those “strategies” FAILED to achieve the desired objectives.

    In 2014 the DEMS introduced the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax, which was repealed in June 2015.

    They also introduced a $25 “tipping fee” on waste haulers in 2015, which caused them to protest, while some littered indiscriminately. On June 2, 2015, Denis Lowe admitted that private garbage collectors had grounds to protest the controversial $25 tipping fee.

    This inept DLP administration made a commitment to pay any shortfall in the annual guaranteed amounts of waste taken to the (“Bizzy” Williams owned) Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre, Inc.

    According to the 2015 Auditor General’s report, due to shortfalls in three consecutive years, from January 2011 to December 2013, Government would have been charged approximately $5,017,637, exclusive of VAT, for failing to deliver the agreed 360,000 tonnes annually and 24,000 tonnes monthly to the solid waste management facility.

    Additionally, the report outlined that spanning the months from May to October 2015, there were already six monthly shortfalls in the waste delivered to the facility, resulting in Government being charged by the contractor approximately $5.46 million, VAT exclusive.

    Barbados has been the “recipient” of a whopping 23 CREDIT RATING DOWNGRADES…….surpassing any amount recorded by any other Caribbean island……and was # 11 on the list of countries with the highest debt to GDP ratios…… at 108.9%.

    In December 2017 they brought the much touted “Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan 2018,” claiming it was approved and endorsed by the Social Partnership (Barbados Private Sector Association, Congress of Trade Unions & Staff Associations of Barbados, and Barbados Workers Union).

    However, in a strongly-worded statement, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore dismissed repeated claims by Sinckler and Government officials that the BSRP had the full backing of the union as being UNTRUE, and cautioned Barbadians to be “weary of those who have mastered the Machiavellian art of paltering where lies are told by telling the truth” while publicly declaring that all was definitely not well within the tripartite body.

    And Chairman of the Private Sector Association said the plan was “a long list of unprioritised objectives that have to still be prioritised and implementation plans still have to be developed” if Barbados is to recover from the economic malaise it is in.

    These are the results of the Chris Sinckler and “Jester Ince” combination in the Ministry of Finance…….and, according to Mariposa, the “plans for the economy the DLP has put forward and implement over the past 10 years.”

    Like

  • Excellent, Artax……you are goooood!

    Like

  • NorthernObserver

    @Artax
    I saw the ‘ac’ reply, but haven’t the time nor interest to pen all you covered. Thank you.

    When your track record isn’t good, and the treasury cupboards are bare, prohibiting promissory goodies, you gotta talk shiite? And Bajans love a lil shiite talk. With the advent of you tube, watching the pre-election speeches from 2013 are my “comedy hour”. Bare sport.

    Like

  • When your track record isn’t good, and the treasury cupboards are bare, prohibiting promissory goodies, you gotta talk shiite? And Bajans love a lil shiite talk.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Another great understatement from NorthernO

    Boss Bajans love a LOTTA shiite…. not a ‘lil’..
    …and not just shiite leaders with shiite talk…
    Just check out our South Coast to see the LITERAL truth…

    A people ALWAYS get exactly what they deserve.

    Like

Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s