The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Anatomy of an Election Campaign

Ten days ago, on April 26, the Honourable Prime Minister of Barbados advised Her Excellency, the Governor General to issue the writs for a general election on May 24, thereby immediately bringing to an end the lamentations of all those who were devoutly wishing for this event. It also ended, at least for now, the intriguing constitutional issue of whether the Prime Minister does in our law possess the exclusive power of determining the date of the general election even after Parliament has been dissolved by effluxion of time and the related question of whether Cabinet government may constitutionally subsist for a substantial period without parliamentary oversight.

Given that there is a likelihood of the recurrence of such an eventuality, Barbadians should seek now to have an authoritative determination of these issues, but the sense of relief and euphoria felt at the fact that the proverbial bell has been rung, added to the arcane nature of that debate will probably quell any such initiative…until next time. “Que dire [Cuddear]”, I can hear Barbadians say, “the matter has been resolved, what more do we need?”

And so, for the next few weeks, the island will be consumed by events from the mundane such as the occasion of payment of the deposit into the Treasury by prospective candidates, to the much more significant nomination process on May 7, the enthusiasm, entertainment and revelry of public and spot meetings and the nail-biting tension of the night of the count.

Most remarkable about the current campaign has been the number of political groupings and independent individuals that have declared their intention of contesting the various constituency elections. Indeed, one recent Barbados Advocate editorial has not inaccurately described it “a party of parties”.

This phenomenon is understandable. While the closeness of the result in the 2013 general election might have been considered by some to be owed to a popular indecision to choose between the two major political parties, there are equally those who regarded it as a rejection of both parties (the duopoly) with the less objectionable grouping being ultimately successful. Into this presumed vacuum of popular choice, should naturally come the alternative grouping that we collectively dub a third party, no matter the number or provenance of them.

The road for these new groupings has not been all smoothly paved. Along with the potholes of an expulsion and enforced defection, one such third party has been forced to contend with the rather unfounded allegation noised abroad that its sole purpose is to ensure a negative electoral outcome for one of the traditional parties. Another, founded on the arguably simplistic premise that every local public ill might be cured by a business management application, has also sought to enforce the loyalty of its prospective candidates by having them agree to be mulct in damages for what appears to me to be an unenforceable penal sum, in the event the party should form the next governing administration and he or she should resile from any one of a list of scheduled policies, notably formulated at a time when none of its members has any experience in public office. Might this not serve as a deterrent to probable success?

Another incident of the campaign is the degree of attention being focused on the corrupt practice of bribery, already criminalized locally under section 6 of the Election Offences and Controversies Act, Cap.3. The Honourable Prime Minister himself would scarcely have assisted the national clarity on this matter when, with tongue firmly fixed in cheek, I feel sure, he counseled voters to take any money offered. Subtlety is oftentimes lost on an unwitting audience, and the advice was always liable to be taken literally. Perhaps Mr. Stuart needed to explain himself further.

Incidentally, he appears to be in good company. Last week, while researching material for my column on Clennell Wickham’s fate at the hands of the jury in the 1930 Bailey libel case, I encountered the following in Sir Hilary Beckles’ “A History of Barbados”. The setting is the 1951 general election–

“[Grantley] Adams advised workers not to corrupt their newly won franchise by accepting the bribes of money and rum from the Electors’ Association, while [Wynter] Crawford urged them:

On Election Day, vote right. If money is offered to you for your vote, TAKE I, You need it. They owe it to you!! But don’t let that prevent you from VOTING RIGHT. Remember the ballot is secret No one can know how you vote except yourself and God! [Emphasis added]

In pursuit, no doubt, of its mission to suppress the commission of crime, the Royal Barbados Police Force understandably has publicly declared its intention of vigorously preventing the commission of this offence. Nevertheless, as I have argued in this space previously, the local statutory provisions governing this offence are largely ineffective, unless one should wish selectively to prosecute solely the transaction involving money and that on election day only. It would equally be a corrupt practice under the relevant statute to transfer any form of consideration outside of that day, like now, and with the identical likelihood of compliance by the elector to boot.

Already, political scientists, both trained and uninitiated, are seeking to isolate the issues destined to form the agenda of the respective platforms. This, I suppose, ids premised on the thesis that most Barbadians remain neutral until they are apprised of the various party positions on the economy or on the prevention of corruption, let’s say, and then dispassionately compare and distil these to decide whom they will support. I doubt this very much.

The general election, [in essence, thirty [30] constituency by-elections] is not at all comparable to a high-school debate. It is more critical by far. For it involves the populace choosing first, the individual and, second, the administration that they would want to be the other party to the social contract between the state and themselves for the next quinquennium at least.

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  • “Ten days ago, on April 26, the Honourable Prime Minister of Barbados advised Her Excellency, the Governor General…”

    Two major lies right there. Fumble is a Right Dishonourable piece of filth, and the GG a yardfowl.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    While everyone is consumed with and distracted by the westminster soaked blighted shitshow for a system, they better also keep an eye on theresa brasiere may, boris johnson, michael gove and jacob rass-mugg (rees mogg) etc, the current extremely evil racist earth demons who are hell bent on extracting their pound of flesh from black people, with the help of the orange illiterate in the WH..

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  • Jeff
    There is a practice in the more enlightened jurisdictions to resort to the invidious technique of entrapment.Methinks that would be the one sure way of obtaining a conviction for sellling/buying a vote in contravention of the Act.i suppose an amendment to our laws would be a required to make entrapment legal.
    Secondly,I have observed that the two party overseers attempt to determine the outcome of the box by looking at the ballot paper shown to them at the request of the returning officer.These two can see where your X is placed and of course they know where the candidates’ names are printed on the ballot and they have the spread sheet of all the voters,so that they do have a good idea of a voter’s choice of candidate and how the fortunes of the parties are faring at any time during the process.The alarming thing is that this information is now in possession of the party and may be used to a voter’s disadvantage.Wynter Crawford’s assertion is thusly negated.

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  • Freedom Crier

    Haven’t we had ENOUGH of Lawyers Running-Down the Country? Why not CHOOSE a Party with BUSINESS ORIENTED SOLUTIONS for a Change as the Party of Choice…

    WHAT HAVE WE TO LOOSE?

    From my Simple observation, how does the BLP & the DLP differ in their Ideology??? I am very concerned that unless we practice Free Market Principles with less Burdensome Rules, Regulations and Controls, the Reaper lies at the Gate!!

    They are so many Struggling in Barbados, So many can’t make ends meet.
    Even if you have a Berry today the Government takes it tomorrow.

    Governments make no money they only Spend money, that is why Entitlement Governments love Businesses, that way they depend on Entrepreneurs to build businesses and to employ people so that they can TAX them so that they can live HIGH ON THE HOG!
    This Elitist in the world, live off the Sweat of others through Taxation and Manipulation.

    In Barbados 2/3 of the money collected by Government is paid towards debt and 1/3 is paid to the Government Bureaucracy. Where do you think the 100% comes from? -It comes from off the backs of those working who are mostly oblivious to the amount extracted from them by the numerous forms of Assessments, Duties, Levy’s, and Exercise forms of Taxation!

    Promises, Promises, Promises… All Politicians do is promise more entitlements and when buying votes it’s all about Free Stuff. Then you vote for them and you reap the world wind as often times because of careless spending since it’s not their money. 1/3 pays all the Civil Servants and the few amenities that Government provides.

    How long do you think that Parasitical Entity can feed off we the people? It depends on the Organism as to how much it feeds. The real aim of their Ideology is the Control and Extraction of the Wealth of the People, every aspect of what others own. Its aims at Complete Authoritarianism in Government…

    A good example is what is happening in Venezuela like where Mudro eats on TV while the people’s Rib Cages are exposed as in Starvation. Or Barbados… do you own your house? Even after we are deceased our inheritors continue paying Taxes.

    What Ripple effects are we witnessing of such Control? The Parasites who Rule fatten themselves while everyone else literally starve. They have sucked so much out of their people in Barbados that the host is dying.

    Really what is the Vision of B or D and their Plans for Barbados? Aren’t we tired of being served Raw Sewage as being Palatable? No Solutions here only UN-Solutions Propels them forward!

    Do What Is Right & Let The Consequences Follow!!

    “There is a Godly Option for Barbados. Vote wisely. Let our Faith Impact our Vote”

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  • Well, the Christmas political season has begun.

    All that is left now is for the loud songs of an imposed merriment to descend

    For the retinue of characters, court jesters, with their loud noises, to appear and disrupt slumber

    Passing for some ‘enlightened’ national discourse about past futures

    At the end of the night, Bajans will be left with all types of unsophisticated mouthings about who is to blame for present conditions.

    But real answers would remain fleeting, at best

    For the right hand (BLP) will indict the left hand (DLP) and vice versa with their shared vacuousness.

    And the ‘unhand’ will find both B and D guilty as charged, without the power to provide the necessary civic sentence.

    But seriously, these elections have no potential to provide any remedy to the prime concerns of the country.

    At best, Bajans can only replace the feckless DLP with an equally irresponsible BLP and the road show will proceed as per normal.

    A normalcy leaving Bajan sleepwalking on a well-paved road to perdition.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    That is why I am warning them, after bring consumed and distracted by the shitsow for an election, none of them have the mental acuity …and that includes the elected, to understand let alone prevent what is being planned for Caribbean people.

    So let them carry on smartly with the small island crap created just for the intellectually challenged.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Jeff C:
    “In pursuit, no doubt, of its mission to suppress the commission of crime, the Royal Barbados Police Force understandably has publicly declared its intention of vigorously preventing the commission of this offence.”

    So what about the crimes (of electoral fraud) that were committed, allegedly, in the February 2013 general elections?

    Does the Statute of Limitations apply to these ‘perceived’ crimes or has the effluxion of time (as in the case of the last session of Parliament) put paid to any investigations based on the publicly declared evidence possessed by the same “Honourable” gentlemen who hold the only two Cabinet positions enshrined in the Constitution and sworn to uphold the laws of the Land without prejudice?

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  • Georgie Porgie

    No doubt my post will be deleted, as is recently the norm, but I canot help but ask in
    reference to

    “Passing for some ‘enlightened’ national discourse about past futures. At the end of the night, Bajans will be left with all types of unsophisticated mouthings about who is to blame for present conditions. But real answers would remain fleeting, at best
    HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM THE DAILY DRIVEL PRESENTED ON BU?

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    Two major lies right there. Fumble is a Right Dishonourable piece of filth, and the GG a yardfowl.

    @45govt, are you referring to the personage or the office of GG? If the former, I know her quite well and I know that you are wrong; if the latter, then you should have more respect.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    I have observed that the two party overseers attempt to determine the outcome of the box by looking at the ballot paper shown to them at the request of the returning officer.These two can see where your X is placed and of course they know where the candidates’ names are printed on the ballot and they have the spread sheet of all the voters,so that they do have a good idea of a voter’s choice of candidate and how the fortunes of the parties are faring at any time during the process

    @ Gabriel, if you are correct here (I will await corroboration) then you have exploded the popular presumption that the ballot is secret. This is astounding!

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  • I canada after you have placed your X on the ballot you are required to FOLD the ballot and place it in a sealed box.

    It is impossible for anyone to know how you voted.

    Is this not the same in Barbados ?

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  • Well Well Wot An Iggorant Dumbass Racist Bitch I Is – why don’t you just foxtrot oscar back to your cave you piece of filth?

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  • 45govt May 6, 2018 9:21 AM

    Don’t be rude to s/he it. The person ( I assume s/he it is a person) needs help.

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  • @Gabriel

    If a voter is careless with exposing their ballot that is not the fault of the system. You place your X and fold the ballot paper before dropping it in the box dont you?

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    If a voter is careless with exposing their ballot that is not the fault of the system. You place your X and fold the ballot paper before dropping it in the box dont you?

    @ David, that is what I thought, but Gabriel has now cast some doubt on this …

    I have observed that the two party overseers attempt to determine the outcome of the box by looking at the ballot paper shown to them at the request of the returning officer.

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  • Wunna can fold it as much as wunna like…
    ANY IDIOT can casually match the reference number on your actual ballot with the stub that was torn off (and has your NID on it) to create a database of voters and whoa they voted.

    NOTHING UNIQUE SHOULD BE WRITTEN ON A BALLOT PAPER.

    Not Bushie’s fault if wunna cannot understand this simple trick. Tom did…!!!

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  • We are not convinced that the expectation that a ballot be a secret should be as relevant as it was in the past, not in an information age.

    That standard reminds us of the ‘paling’ once indispensable from the dwellings of Bajans. A thinking located in a bygone era

    The very nature of government has always meant that what ever was in the interests of the powers that be, ways would be found to advance such

    If any former government of Barbados, for national security purposes or based on orders from the ‘powers’, wanted to know how friend or foe voted and it were possible to find out, necessary actions would have been taken. What else has been sacred?

    After 50 years of ‘independence’ and Bajans abroad still can’t vote. Barbados does not even have an accounting for its citizens in places like Panama, nor anywhere else, people whose rights continued to be ignored, and that ballot secrecy is to be an issue represents the essence of the modern Bajan – all form, no substance.

    Not in this new brave world of Huxley!

    Any lack of ballot secrecy could be seen as an opportunity to promote courage, a commodity sorely lacking. Let people say who they gine or have voted for and tear down these palings of anachronisms.

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  • @ Pacha
    Let people say who they gine or have voted for and tear down these palings of anachronisms.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Get real do!!!
    What “people” you talking bout…?

    PEOPLE have pride Boss….
    People don’t give away their family heirlooms to strangers…
    People don’t acclimatise to living in shiite streets
    People don’t live in NASTY surroundings – dropping litter and filth everywhere
    People are productive, creative, innovative and PROGRESSIVE…. like gods…
    …not RETROGRESSIVE …. with downgrade after downgrade into nothingness..

    Brass bowls CANNOT tear down any palings of anachronisms…..
    All they can do is hope for some political saviour to come and bring gifts for their mendicant donkeys….
    Or some other trickster to come an rob their sorry donkeys some more….

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hal Austin May 6, 2018 9:23 AM
    “45govt May 6, 2018 9:21 AM
    Don’t be rude to s/he it. The person ( I assume s/he it is a person) needs help.”

    Why don’t you look into the same mirror before you determine who is in need of help?

    Don’t you see yourself in the same boat as those on whose behalf you are sending out an SOS?

    You are the biggest prosecutor (after Carl Moore) who would wish to see the backs of the anonymice (those who hide behind a mask of a nom de plume to attack people like Hal Austin).

    So why are you encouraging the likes of “45govt” to do your dirty work and to wage your own personal vendetta against the poor but voluminous “Well, Well”?

    Why not treat “45govt” as just another despicable anonymous(e) like your friendly miller from the Back Ivy?

    Why not insist that “45govt” unveil herself or unfrock himself before you jump in bed wit her /him / it to screw the ‘deep’ “Well Well, Cut & Paste at your Service”, if you please?.

    You are clearly NOT a man of integrity or consistency. And that is not secondhand information.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    Alceste, title character of Molière’s comedy Le Misanthrope (first performed 1666). Alceste’s disgust with the superficialities and deceits of his fellows, culminating in his withdrawal from society, provides the play’s mild dramatic conflict.

    @ Bush tea, I do not know whether you have read French Literature, but does Alceste remind you of anyone?

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  • Choose to Make Barbados Great!
    What Leadership Attributes do we See in SOLUTIONS, B or D?

    All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth…
    Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions…
    The first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do – professionally and personally – and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures…
    All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth.
    Those who cannot lead themselves cannot lead others…Leadership is not a right – it’s a responsibility.

    “There is a Godly Option for Barbados. Vote wisely. Let our Faith Impact our Vote”

    If You Want Change Be The Change!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    The house negro of London is still looking for my attention I see and trying to use a a lowIQ45 nobody to do it…..such a pity Ha, Ha wasted all those decades in UK being a nothing washed in mediocrity and in one feel swoop a genius called David Lammy in 2018 helped a generation of Caribbean people understand and reclaim their rights and entitlements.

    What a hollow shell is Ha, Ha of the Back Ivy.

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  • The blogmaster is about to delete these nothing comments should they continue.

    #everyrhblog

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  • If we can get any incoming government to practice the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time, as it relates to dismantling all the corruption on the island, post election, they can then focus and recognize the external plans currently in place to strip the rights of black Caribbean people.

    But first, they gotta strip away the power of corruption that are still in the hands of the minority groups numbering so little on the island…

    Focus on the important.

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  • I must be missing something , the reason for looking at ballots is not to build up a data base of the way people voted but to build up a data base of who took the money then voted different

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  • No, Well Well

    Government itself is the problem

    Have you not been keeping up to date with a similar state of confusion, on all sides, within the Mother Country, everywhere else?

    And no tinkering will fix any of this.

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  • Yeah Pacha…but I was hoping to appeal to the humanity in an incoming government before we have to start blasting away at them on the blogs when their egos get swollen along with their half empty heads…and they are suddenly smiled at and recognized by the most corrupt in the minority community who will then target them for maximum use to benefit them….while those outside external forces are working on their master plan to cdestroy Caribbean people…

    we can’t just sit down and take it, gotta put up fight.

    of course governments are the problem and cause all the ills, strife, wars, death, poverty and suffering in the world, but we are stuck with them, unless we can find a way to get them guillotined, hung or sent before the Hague…for corruption and human rights abuses.

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  • Lawson..ya got it right, also to see who did not vote for the elected government, so that they can be victimized…throughout the 5 or 10 year term.

    these gangs of small island lowlifes calling themselves elected governments need imprisoning in Guantanamo, a hole in Europe or somewhere even worse…for their crimes and human rights abuses against the people.

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  • Well Well

    How many times must we go through the same cycle of hoping and then have those hopes betrayed as if betrayal is a standard response.

    You may, but we, long time ago, done wid that.

    This incoming guvment will be no different to the last time around or this wicked DLP.

    They are the same duopoly forces currently in power!

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  • And after your honeymoon with them ………………………………..

    The next administration will be worse than this DLP

    Just like the next government after them will be also.

    Well Well!

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  • Yep..we are stuck with them, they will not fix themselves, fix the system or change on their own, they have to be nudged and relentlessly exposed or it won’t be done..

    … just like the teresa brasier UK government had to be exposed worldwide in order to roll back their brutality of the Windrush generation…it will not be easy.

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  • Servant Leadership in Action,
    The Sovereignty of the One is their Mandate…

    Consider a Servant Leader Whose Life Is His or her Message

    TRUST IS ESSENTIAL. Servant leaders and trust-based leaders alike draw from a deeper well of meaning. They serve first and they extend trust first. Servant leaders are not always perfect, but they stay true to their leadership style. Their Priority is serving others. They are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses—through feedback and by following the greatest servant leader of all time [—Jesus]. And they continually strive to do the right thing.

    A leader who offers money or the potential for future riches or entitlements is not earning loyalty. They are setting up a transactional relationship that is likely to promote self-interest. … A few scattered, well-intentioned actions by a leader can’t hurt, but they won’t breed loyalty. They won’t be enough to earn trust. Just like any relationship in which trust is the basis, it is the combination of a lot of little things that makes all the difference.

    Servant leadership is not a technique but a way of being…The message is always given to an audience of the one—the person we are serving. In serving others, our message is our lives. We must live our message for our message to have life. To me, that’s what servant leadership is all about. One person at a time and that Every Individual is Valued!!

    The Is Hope Choose The Right! The Consequences will Follow!!

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  • Today is “World laughter Day”, nothing against you Jeff….just referring to the some of the comments.

    Playing Devils’s Advocate why the hue and cry about vote buying/bribery etc.? I thought “corn beef and rum” politics were a hall mark of “old time” Barbados. It was regarded as a victimless crime but now it has evolved into more lucrative affair for some people everyone gets religion.

    To think that politicians will be so blatant and will readily hand out cash in public view to potential voters is to under estimate the intelligence of pols, and it doesn’t come in cash each time but in cash equivalent e.g. payment of bills and repairs to homes etc. but if people think that some vigilant watch dog of the RBPF will be able to stamp out money from Elections I have an island off Barbados to sell them.

    Phil Gramm late US Senator once said a politician’s best friend is “ready money”, he was referring to money to spend on ads. etc. but it has a different connotation in Bim.

    @Hants
    A paper ballot is not mandatory in some municipalities in Canada as they allow Internet voting which can have its own set of horrors.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Jeff Cumberbatch May 6, 2018 10:06 AM
    “Alceste, title character of Molière’s comedy Le Misanthrope (first performed 1666). Alceste’s disgust with the superficialities and deceits of his fellows, culminating in his withdrawal from society, provides the play’s mild dramatic conflict.
    @ Bush tea, I do not know whether you have read French Literature, but does Alceste remind you of anyone?”

    Why are you asking our dear curmudgeon Bushie to look into his mirror and see Alceste’s reflection?

    Let us be kind to our fellow grumpy geezer we very much doubt that Bush Tea during his stink at the theatre in Waterford had that kind of exposure to such sophisticatedly ‘foreign’ Literary Appreciation.

    Since Bushie sees the end of the world around every bend of life’s journey of brass-bowlery we should just see him as “L’Avare” who is so afraid of his own shadow robbing him that he is beginning to behave like “Le Malade Imaginaire” but still dirtying his pants with fear of meeting his BBE in the sky.

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  • LOL @ Jeff
    Bush tea,…. I do not know whether you have read French Literature, but does Alceste remind you of anyone?
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes…
    GP????
    LOL …he withdrew from BU society..
    ha ha ha

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  • @ Jeff Cumberbatch,
    Thanks for instigating a search. lol. I should have stayed in school !

    ” mulct ” ” resile ”

    ” quinquennium ” (guessed this one correctly.)

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ millertheanunnaki May 6, 2018 11:52 AM
    “Let us be kind to our fellow grumpy geezer we very much doubt that Bush Tea during his stink at the theatre in Waterford had that kind of exposure to such sophisticatedly ‘foreign’ Literary Appreciation.”

    Bushie knows well that the miller will never hold him responsible for the stench which engulfed that hallowed institution a ‘couple’ years back.

    We are merely referring to his ‘stint’ (and not “stink”) while idling away him time in Bombero’s classes instead of Ms Hatfield.

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  • @Miller

    Interesting byplay between Wickham and Murray on the talk show. Clearly Wickham is sending the message that he is an Arthur stooge. Interesting news s that Murray advised that Arthur is writing his memoirs. Should be a best seller. If he was a businessman he should have completed to time for this general election.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    *We are merely referring to his ‘stint’ (and not “stink”) while idling away him time in Bombero’s classes instead of Ms Hatfield^

    @ Miller, you were a contemporary of Bushie? Did he have a Damascene encounter or was he always as now?

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    Since Bushie sees the end of the world around every bend of life’s journey of brass-bowlery we should just see him as “L’Avare” who is so afraid of his own shadow robbing him that he is beginning to behave like “Le Malade Imaginaire” but still dirtying his pants with fear of meeting his BBE in the sky

    @ Miller, D’accord!.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Bonsoir Mon. Jeff, et Miller, Sargeant, Bushie, Blogmaster….

    First up @Miller, so if you are so literary grounded and attended at Waterford (or other location) why perchance it’s not feasible that the maths man Bush Tea also read some French lit at school…but alas, surely since then…seems quite likely!….but that’s incidental.

    @the Dean, your writing is certainly marked by your love and intensense reading of lit be it French, Spanish or our own local language…and just as those various famed writers offer veiled but strong criticisms of the currents of the day in their message so do you in the similarly subtle ways of today’s events.

    I was taken by @Sargesnt’s comment at 11:47 because your essay I thought quite (well done) forcibly poo-pooed any talk of real sanctions re vote buying…after all you tracked all the way back to Adams and Crawford to highlight that Stuart’s remarks are old and blasse, so to speak, that they signify nothing new.

    But moreso you couched so diplomatically the proposed police action as being “…the Royal Barbados Police Force understandably has publicly declared its intention of vigorously preventing the commission of this offence. Nevertheless, as I have argued in this space previously, the local statutory provisions governing this offence are largely ineffective…”.

    I know that our UWI Law Dean can’t tell the police commissionerr that his is a bare pappy-show but I certainly can. The police talk is bare BS…not a fella will be prosecuted….(and you tell me so🤣 )

    So if there are any bridges to sell you are yet the master salesman with your absolutely smooth way of bludgeoning your subject to submission.

    Incidentally, I do hope Mr Phillips reads your freely given legal advice on his unenforceable clauses.

    And finally Mr Bush Tea, Tom Adams was mooted as being many things but a seer or magician were never mentioned as I recall….so what great powers are you extolling the man possessed that he could soothsayer how a constituent voted by marrying a ballot stub and the voter ID#?

    Are you suggesting that actual ballots were also somehow married to the process (that’s scandalous) or are you just spinning another sweet story…

    …It looks as if this BU blog got real memoirs to be written ….@Jeff, I waiting for yours tho and the deeply inlayed plots to the real details!

    Ohhhh, your further remark that “… It would equally be a corrupt practice under the relevant statute to transfer any form of consideration outside of that day… with the […] compliance by the elector to boot” goes directly to the heart of all this palaver about vote buying: civil service appointments several years out NOW all of a sudden done; tenantry land payments in St.Thomas taken over for the Cave eons ago only NOW being paid…and the list is endless.

    And police really expect to see money pass hands directly on election day…steuupse…what a load of Macron sounding “délicieux” mis-speak😐

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  • ”””””””””@ Bush tea, I do not know whether you have read French Literature, but does Alceste remind you of anyone?”””””””

    Poor Bushie, He must really be the Lamb of our world, in trute

    No wonder some seek His crucifixion. As if He is responsible for the problems leading to His rightful conclusions.

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    Apart from June Naime and Freedom Crier and myself, the rest of you continue cursing, back biting, bad talking and doing everything you possibly can to be as negative as you can.

    Pray tell: Where is this going to get Barbados? Jesus said that out of the heart come the issues. The world says: Garbage in: Garbage out.

    You don’t seem to realize that what you sow is what you are going to reap????

    Aren’t we reaping ENOUGH already?

    The whole bunch of you carrying on in this puerile manner quite obviously either don’t care or are deluded.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Beautify Beige
    You are not supposed to come in the BU rum shop mocking like that.
    You are supposed to say that the dreary, daily drivel deposited here is delightful…………or like in my case, you might have your posts deleted, or you might be moderated.
    YOU ARE OF COURSE CORRECT IN YOUR COMMENT

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  • @ Pacha
    Thanks for the concern, but don’t bother yourself, Bushie is well protected from the barbs …and anything else…
    Bushie ain’t no lamb (that original Bushman was already crucified… ) but just an adopted brass bowl with a message… riding on David’s BU horse…
    It will all become VERY clear shortly.

    @ Miller
    These insinuations (from Hants, Jeff, and now you, ..).that Bushie thinks that he knows everything DO NOT PHASE the bushman.

    First, there is nothing wrong with ‘knowing everything’….
    Google provides 80% of needed knowledge, and Bushie can easily ask the ‘Step Parents’ about the other 20%.
    If that bothers wunna …. too bad!!! :>
    ha ha ha

    @ Dribbler
    ….so what great powers are you extolling the man possessed…
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Basic common sense…Skippa
    Bushie would explain in detail, but then you would ‘suspect[ the Bushman to be a ‘computer expert’ too…

    Step 1 …. Get someone (AC) to compile a list of ballots-papers – headed ‘Stub No.” and “Voted for” (takes about 30 minutes / box)

    Step 2 …. Get someone else (Fractured BLP) to compile the list of Ballot stubs headed “NID”,”Name”, etc and “Stub No”. (this probably already exists at the poll stations)

    Step 3 …. get someone else to merge the two tables with the “Stub No” as the Key…. ask one of your grand children about this..

    Step 4 … review the resulting table of Citizen names and how they voted …as needed for partisan party politics.

    This is so basic and OBVIOUS that it is actually funny….

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  • Beautiful Beige thank you for making a stand on BU…Your Sentiments were spot on. Such a crucial time and most choose to act like School yard Bullies. I see Georgie Porgie agreeing with you and it is interesting to note that he too has his post deleted or moderated. I am trying to stay focused and motivational hoping to inspire others to be Optimistic but they are so steeped in Tradition of the Same Old Same Old and are quite Faithless and Despondent…If they would only look to Jesus he would show them the way…

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  • GP..ya so whiny, I have posts moderated and deleted too, just move on to another post.

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  • @ Bush Tea who wrote ” These insinuations (from Hants,”

    What insinuations what.

    You know that I know that you know that I think that you think you know ALMOST everything. lol

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  • —–Side note—
    Some states are considering “pardons for past weed convictions”. Of course some states legalize the use of marijuana (medical), but they never expunged the records of those who were caught up in the war on drugs.

    Some companies are ignoring positive tests for marijuana when you are applying for a job

    I suspect the war on drugs defeat will be declared in the war on drugs in the US, but the Caribbean will still be fighting the war.

    It irks me that things can be move from the ‘crime’ column to the legal column. Bad accounting?

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  • I suspect defeat will be declared

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    Apart from June Naime and Freedom Crier and myself,

    @BB, {Bush Tea would love your initials!] Great minds thinking alike?

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  • Freedom Crier

    Mr. Cumberbatch we all Sin every day, it is not that Fools Seldom Differ but in our Imperfections we can Strive For Greatness and this Striving Defines us. God did not save us in our Sins he came to save us from our sins on Condition that we Change!

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  • Fractured BLP

    Most BLPites never get it right with General Elections crowds !

    In 1971 Tom Adams was heard to lament , ” The crowds followed us in the THOUSANDS but only voted for us in HUNDREDS ”

    Moving past that humbling BLP ” CROWD ” experience of 1971

    We saw large BLP crowds for General Elections 1986

    The voter results DLP – 24 seats

    BLP – 3 seats

    At the BLP Haggatt Hall meeting of General Elections 2013 – BLPites reportedly stated the crowd topped 20,000

    The voter results DLP – 16 seats

    BLP – 14 seats ( though before the Parliamentary term ended Arthur & Agard left )

    Here we come to Weymouth pasture General Elections 2018 the BLPites report a crowd in excess of 10,000 ( Nation newspaper May 6, 2018 )

    Well we Dems always rely on the Biblical teaching ,

    ” where 2 or 3 are gathered , there is God in the midst ”

    Never underestimate the POWER of doing things in a small way ….!!!

    The Dems way !!

    Tonight, the Dems caravan comes to town !

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  • Jeff
    The gem…..Que dire…..maybe introduced to Bim by our St Lucian brethren and creolised to bajan ….”cud dear”…..what can I say! Similarly ….”wooo beck” …..creolised from the English horse owning community…..go back…go back…whilst guiding the horse into the shaft.In the 50’s The Goddards provisioning Co on Broad St used horse drawn carts as the method of transport.One handler had charge of this horse named Dinah.Anytine he had an argument with his bosses he would place Dinah in the middle of the street and nothing could pass and Dinah won’t move unless this handler gave the order.Old JN and son in law Patterson has to give this handler ‘satisfaction’ or de dawg dead.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    Hants, that is a gem of a discovery!

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    Hey Georgie Porgie and June Naime. God bless you all hear? All I can say is God Almighty is in control and Barbados will get the Government it deserves. Now that will entirely depend on how many committed Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth decide to intercede instead of complaining and murmuring. It is in God’s Hands now and don’t let me hear you all getting on stink when you get the Government you deserve ok????? Next thing the VAT will go up higher, the handling charges at customs will go up and the debt will go up and the foreign exchange continue to plummet and the tourists “Tourism is we Business” (up for sale)!!! Don’t talk about other laws which will be enacted that will change Barbados so that even YOU won’t recognize the country we were all born and grew up in and Remember God Almighty is not only a God of Love. He is a God of Judgement. Be blessed.

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  • @ Jeff,

    I was trying to follow your ” “Que dire [Cuddear]”, and googled “cuh dear” and the first heading was Bajan slang.

    I treat your writings as free continuing education. lol

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    Hey Blogmaster: Are you censoring my comments?

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  • Was watching the DLP’s campaign……. tuned in during the final minutes of Patrick Todd’s “performance.”

    After Todd spoke, Bobby Morris said that tonight is about leadership and Mia Mottley…..other issues pertaining to the economy, society, etc, would be discussed later in the campaign.

    Stephen Lashley is now into his “performance” of bashing Mottley.

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  • Minister Estwick has made a serious charge that the screw lift pump was sabotaged. Isn’t there security at the plant.

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  • Distasteful politics, a global televise event has ushered in more “downgrades” of our people and country. To see monies spent on such lavish staging to bash political opponents is merely mockery of the governance construct.

    This launch could have been spent on at least the party performance in benefiting the average man , but to state that issues of policies going forward will be address in platform campaigning going forward is to deny a greater audience of their plans.

    How strange the commanding of silence by FJS on the audience … you can hear a pin drop

    DISAPPOINTING INDEED.

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  • nineofnine

    I heard the crowd cheering on as Sinckler made references to David Ellis, Dennis Johnson, Corey Layne, Sanka Price and Peter Wickham (at first calling him “Wicker”) ……..

    ……comments on the DLP’s distasreful performance last night are best suited for “Politics of Bombast and Bombshells.”

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  • This Magistrate wants to prosecute people who videotape Police when they arrest people.

    Is this the same Magistrate that Pilgrim had harsh words for after he made a ruling that Pilgrim didn’t like?

    I take back all the criticism that I directed towards Pilgrim for that episode, the man is a complete jackass.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/154984/magistrate-prosecute-videotape-cops

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  • Art
    Nothing new except the declaration of the “real issue” on the sewerage fiasco..(then again), listening to their reasoning.., the end product is pumped out to sea yet it was not an option to the fix, injection wells was the preferred route….wonder who got that contract?

    Questioning Mia as to where to put millions of gallons of sewerage was totally foul and will cost him dearly.
    At the end of the day, all are Bajans, and despite an “issue” of “Bloodlines” was raised, in this small village of ours, we are all seem to have connections to most families.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Obviously that magistrate Bannister is very much a big part of the problem in the court system as people have been saying for a very long time, he appears to be very low on fairness and commonsense as it relates to the public who pays his salary and believes he has some right to be as vicious as he knows how to his own people.

    ..the ones in the rotten system like him with their swollen heads and their fraud christianity always tend to forget that they are paid by the same black people they brutaluze and not by some imaginary white god in the UK called the crown.

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  • Fractured BLP

    Artax

    You ain’t here nothing yet !

    Wunnah did calling for the Dems to speak !

    Now we speaking yuh bawling !

    We won’t like Mia Mottley – promising and over promising the world :

    In an economy she & her RH followers claim is BROKEN

    • Increased Non Contributory pension for pensioners !

    • New SSA trucks !

    • New TB buses !

    • Free UWI tuition to students !

    • Fix the sewage problems on the South Coast !

    And on top of all of that …,. Mia Mottley removing NSRL !

    Real Rat Botsie economics !!

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  • Fractured BLP

    hear

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  • WW
    Remember election of ’08 when Bannister was a student at Codrington College and was punished by the then principal Ian Rock for disobeying orders,leaving the College and went to the DLP meeting at Independence Square decked out in DLP shirt and so forth.The matter took on legal implications and as I recall he was represented by a group of DLP lawyers headed by Keith Simmons.Bannister is a strong D ….so don’t be fooled.He is also a priest in the Anglican Church and was a curate at St Peter with his fellow curate…..the same Ian Rock!😏😏

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Gabriel….all of that just makes him your garden variety yardfowl….nowhere as special as he thinks he is, just another house negro pledging allegiance to the invisible white crown in his head….anf using the little powers taxpayers pay him to apply to be fair and just on their behalf…..to destroy his only people instead,

    Another black judas, nothing special at all.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fakeass christian that he is…they are blasting Bannister good on facebook.

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  • All we need to know is if it is ILLEGAL to videotape POLICE on any device including cell phones in BARBADOS.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    I prefer to use the term ” wrasse whole idiot ” instead of ” jackass ” .

    I am a fishing enthusiast and wrasse is a fish. lol

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  • “This change is to allow the presiding officer to see that voters are not using any concealed electronic communication

    devices,” he explained. However, he gave voters the assurance that they would have privacy, and the secrecy of the vote would be maintained.”

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  • Well come voting day.. if there is a serial # on the ballot and a corresponding # on the stub… then what privacy is there?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ nine of nines

    The step by step process that Brother in Arms Bush Tea explained to de ingrunt word is exactly the process that Miami Vice Johnson and Fumbles have used to arrive at the Voter Prediction Software that the DLP has contrived.

    This was used in conjunction with the surveys that David Estwick demanded were filled out for the Water Authority forms households received

    The counter foil which I part of an untouched ballot generally is kept at The archive section of the Royal Barbados Police Force for a period of time determined by statute.

    The “concatenation” of records which Bushie provided IS NOT TO OCCUR UNLESS A RECOUNT IS REQUIRED e.g. TO ASCERTAIN THE VALIDITY OF ELECTION RESULTS As MAY BE OCCASIONED BY THE BALLOT BOX STUFFING Miami Vice Johnson has planned

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