The Caswell Franklyn Column – The Makings of a Mottley Dictatorship

It would be remiss of me if I did not congratulate Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, and the Barbados Labour Party on their emphatic victory at the polls on May 24th. I would also like to commiserate with the vanquished Democratic Labour Party (DLP), the other parties and independent candidates who failed to make any appreciable showing. The people wanted to rid the country of the former administration and have spoken in a loud clear voice. But as they say, “Vox populi, vox dei” – the voice of the people is the voice of God.

That said however, I am forced to point out to the Miss Mottley that one of her first proposals as Prime Minister reeks of contempt for the wishes of the electorate to my mind. It would seem that she has not heard that loud clear voice of the people/God. And in an effort to appear magnanimous, she announced her intention to amend the Constitution to allow for the participation of the DLP in the Senate. She has advanced some specious reasoning about them getting the second highest vote to justify tampering with the Constitution. So far, this country does not rely on a proportional representation system to constitute the Senate. If that is her intention, let her put it before the people in a systematic way rather than in the knee jerk way that she is going about the matter.

The people of this country have given Miss Mottley an unprecedented mandate to govern which she is apparently questioning. The electorate appears to be saying, we trust you to do the right thing but by her proposed action, she is seemingly saying that she is incapable of managing her parliamentary group and would be happier with oversight from the DLP.

I am therefore forced to ask, why the DLP and why not Solutions Barbados, the United Progressive Party or the Barbados Integrity Movement? Why this indecent haste to resurrect the DLP? Is she afraid of the new talent that is located outside of the two musical chairs political parties that have swapped places with each other since 1961?

Literally while writing this column, I learned of another proposal to amend the Constitution this time to qualify two of the Prime Minister’s picks for appointment as senators. How is this different from the last administration amending the Supreme Court of Judicature Act to secure the appointment of their preferred candidate as Chief Justice? Mind you, the BLP while in Opposition castigated the Stuart Administration for changing the law to accommodate their man.

These two impromptu proposals to amend the Constitution, just because you can, should give the people of this country cause for concern about electing a potential dictatorship. With an opposition of one and no backbench to speak of, I am fearful that if the dear leader does not like something, however desirable, she has the unrestrained power to do as she pleases.

Under our present system of governance a cabinet minister would first have to resign if he/she opposes government policy on the floor of House of Assembly. On the other hand, backbenchers are free to oppose government policy. By appointing almost all of her colleagues to the front bench, the Prime Minister has effectively silenced any dissent from within.

After appointing almost all of the elected members of parliament to the Cabinet, Miss Mottley still saw it fit to appoint three persons from the Senate as ministers. In making that announcement, she claimed that the Constitution requires that three members of the Cabinet should come from the Senate. That left me to wonder if this would be one of her spontaneous amendments to the Constitution, since I know of no such requirement. As far as I am aware, section 64.(1) of the Constitution which provides for the Cabinet. states:

There shall be a Cabinet for Barbados which shall consist of the Prime Minister and not less than five other Ministers appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 65.

Section 65.(1) provides for the appointment of the Prime Minister and subsection (2) goes on to say:

The other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, from among the members of the two Houses.

The way things are shaping up, it looks like we have the makings of a Mottley Dictatorship but only time will tell.

61 comments

  • Looks like Senator Franklyn is off to a rollicking good start!

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  • Spot on Caswell. It is now ten days since this government was elected, and in a frenzy of urgency, promised lot but so far has done nothing. A big PR stunt, with the cabinet and senior civil servants, followed by the media, visiting the sewage dump; a series of press conferences, just more PR, revelations about potential malfeasance in public office (no promise of a judicial inquiry or calling in the police); and an army of economic advisers (Persaud, Mascoll, Caddle and Straughn) along with technocrats and the central bank.
    She has given a prominence, undeserved, to the so-called Social Partnership. Ten days in and nothing of consequence has happened. We must keep a close eye on how thing progress.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    With the appointment of Caswelll, a stronger foundation for governance is being built.

    Nothing beats a strong foundation.

    It would do them well to have a strong well read Constitutional lawyer on board.

    Criminal lawyers and personal injuries lawyers know very little about constitutional law and vice versa….each are separate and distintly individual legal disciplines..

    Get a strong constitutional lawyer to complement the senate team and new government..

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  • Caswell

    Here is how simple it is.

    The Leader of the opposition controls the existence of the senate.

    This is the check/balance that assures that a 30-0 result cannot stand.

    There shall be a leader of the opposition.

    The senate needs 21 seats filled out of 22.

    You are one of two possible appointees based on the advice of the Leader of the opposition.

    You legitimize or deigitimise the senate.

    A roti man serving a friend yesterday was on about the mock leader of the opposition.

    This is going to become more nd more the standard reference to Reverend Joe.

    If he is mock, then you are a mock opposition senator.

    The senate becomes a mock senate and all of the 21 seated senators become mock senators if they ever get seated.

    You need to really understand why two of the Government appointees were not sworn in.

    It could be a simple to explain but I think they are not risking the label of mock senator to enable the Mottley Dictatorship.

    Reverend Joe has spread his mock virus to you.

    You will spread it to the senate and other senators if the seats are filled.

    The senate will make the Parliament mock.

    The Parliament will make the House of Assembly, the ministers, including the Prime Minister and the cabinet mock,

    The Mottley Dictatorship will also become mock!!

    If 21 seats are needed to constitute the senate and you bail at any time, it is trouble in paradise ….

    You, if you are the only appointee, determine if the GOB stands or falls.

    … but not if the mock parliament has changed to constitution to allow for 2 senate appointees from the mock PM

    Are they suggesting increasing the number that constitutes the senate from 21 to 23 to maintain the check/balance?

    Find that one out!!

    That should direct you what to do if you don’t already know..

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    Tek dat Sargeant!

    Uh tell wunnah he is a maverick. He gine keep the Government on its toes. Woe betide any attempt to move him.

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  • “Vox populi, vox dei” – the voice of the people is the voice of God.

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

    The full quote is this.

    Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.

    Follow your conscience and be guided by God, don’t listen to the voice of the people.

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  • … and then there is another saying.

    “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”

    Madness is stirring!!

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  • bajanfreeparty

    Trojan Horse

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  • Happy to see Bishop Joe “crossing” to avoid the need to amend the Constitution to allow the DLP to appoint two Senators. The proposed amendment, however, given the circumstances made sense. If the premise for doing so was democracy, then the party/individuals with the largest number of votes would have to come from within the DLP. The comparison to the Marston amendment is specious: judicial experience v residency? The 12-month requirement in the age of the internet and other technological advancements is a nonsense. Indeed, one can be living outside of Barbados and be more attuned to what is happening than a resident. This was evident in comments made by a number of candidates that just contested the election. It is often argued that there are many laws on our books that are outdated, is it not also true that parts of the Constitution are too? Would not any decision to move to a fixed date election or MP recall require a constitutional amendment?

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  • Another good sign….
    Caswell has caused enuff to write multiple sentences early on Sunday morning.
    Imagine if he had BUPPED….
    🙂

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  • Bishop Atherley should make David Commisong the next senator

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  • @John June 3, 2018 6:36 AM “The Leader of the opposition controls the existence of the senate. This is the check/balance that assures that a 30-0 result cannot stand. There shall be a leader of the opposition.”

    Good Sunday Morning John:

    And now that it is 29-1, and there is a leader of the Opposition, that has cause you to go on a diet of SOUR GRAPES?

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  • What I see here is that Senator Franklyn has Asserted that his Voice will be Challenging…

    But his voice has not been elected; he speaks for himself just as I or you can and we welcome his voice as we welcome all voices for it is always up to the people to hold the Leaders feet to the Fire.

    On the other hand ten day in to a New Administration without giving the Elected a chance to operate…Hal Austin, “It is now ten days since this government was elected, and in a frenzy of urgency, promised lot but so far has done nothing. A big PR stunt”…….. Do not Rush to Judgment, nor would you want your Government rushed to do anything without Proper Consideration. They have been bringing the people of Barbados up to date with their findings. They are touring to get a first-hand look at the damage and a hands-on feel for what is going on the ground. They have had important meeting including with the Social Partnership and ten days is not Ten Days God even rested on the Seventh.

    A tiger crouches before it springs give them a chance to do what is needed. But your fears of such a super majority and what it could possibility bring is good to hear because it means that we are aware.

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  • I agree with everything Caswell has written.

    Now wait for the blp gang that was praising him yesterday – to start cussing him today.

    That is why I always say you have to be a man of conviction.If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

    Lets hope Bishop Atherley don’t drink too much wine this morning and put someone like Commisung as senator.A man who has been operating like his cousin Mia’s mouthpiece and lackey.

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  • @Enuff June 3, 2018 7:14 AM “Happy to see Bishop Joe “crossing” to avoid the need to amend the Constitution to allow the DLP to appoint two Senators. The proposed amendment, however, given the circumstances made sense. If the premise for doing so was democracy, then the party/individuals with the largest number of votes would have to come from within the DLP.”

    I’ll watch Joe’s performance.

    Glad to see Caswell in. Will watch his performance too.

    However I regard the whole thing as another example of the DLP’s slow and poor decision making. They had an offer of two seats in the Senate and big men and big women could not even make up their minds. They could not make up their minds to say “yes” and they could not make up their minds to say “no” They retreated into “Freundelian” silence. They dithered, and Joe and now Caswell has preempted them. So the DLP is now ABSOLUTELY shut of of Parliament, which was the people’s intention anyhow, but still…even though I am not personally into “duppy” politics I am sad to see this happen to the party of the late great Erroll Barrow.

    If the DLP was a man, the DLP would be the man who gets horned in every relationship, and even into his old age wonders “why?”

    Why? If you don’t do your job, somebody else is always eager to do it for you.

    “No” it is not about the “wutless” women. It is about indecisive you.

    Malick/Black Pawn had a song “all ‘o DEM Fuh Cup”

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  • Hal @ 4:51 a.m. – DITTO TO YOU.

    Well said Hal Austin.Facts are stubborn things my friend.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “They could not make up their minds to say “yes” and they could not make up their minds to say “no” They retreated into “Freundelian” silence. They dithered, and Joe and now Caswell has preempted them. So the DLP is now ABSOLUTELY shut of of Parliament, which was the people’s intention anyhow, but still…”

    And got exiled…hopefully permanently for their stupidity.

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  • There is no constitutional provision talking about the DLP. The DLP has now the same standing as some Barbados Prostitute Party.

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  • @T. Inniss

    Just post your comments and forget or anticipate what others will do. This is our problem, we like to take our eyes off the road. There will be supporters from both sides on the blog sharing a view and others in between.

    Deal with it!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Sen. Franklyn, excellent first column under your new designation. Just as witheringly no-holds barred as your former non-senatorial self but yet a special oomph given your more public bully pulpit!

    By her actions it does appear PM Mottley is trending towards a non-benign dictatorship. Just three examples:

    *as you suggested, it Is counter intuitive to ordain such a bloated cabinet and at the same time preach and warn of pending IMF intervention…over staffed govt expenditure is a first cut of any such program.

    *also as suggested, she has the comprehensive ability to ordain full transparency by all her ministries on spending, contracts and all the people’s business. Yet she contrives to establish a heretical DLP formed Senate opposition and her minions are crowing about what a shaft of light this foreshadows…No, it does not. Shadows surely but foreboding ones.

    *despite her loud noises about financial/integrityl regulations, she yet has an unresponsive senior minister with a public charge against him for alleged legal malfeasance…which may be totally false, it must be stated. However, despite her fulminations about dishonest DLP and their lack of transparency she has not made any remarks on this and demanded that her minister address this matter in a forth right manner. Surely it is incumbent on a crusading benign dictator to get the facts before her adoring public to start to prove her minister HAS done nothing wrong.

    Continue to prosecute Bajan life on behalf of us Bajans Sen Franklyn and continue to ‘flame on’ like the blazing Fantastic superhero.

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  • Like the suggestion of David Comissiong as the other Opposition Senator, would the optics be good looking given he spoke on the BLP last few platforms?

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  • I am therefore forced to ask, why the DLP and why not Solutions Barbados, the United Progressive Party or the Barbados Integrity Movement? Why this indecent haste to resurrect the DLP?

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

    Because through the leader of the opposition those who opposed the BLP who now constitute the majority in the mock House of Assembly must gain a voice.

    The DLP represents 80% of those.

    Reverend Joe has no legitimacy as he has no link to even one of the 41K who opposed the BLP.

    By extension, you also have no link to those who opposed the BLP!!

    Your selection is tainted by Bishop Joe!!

    30-0 can’t work and they are scrambling trying desperately to collifox a solution.

    Reverend Joe is the result!!

    I was looking for the oath you would be swearing but can’t find it in the constitution.

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  • Like the suggestion of David Comissiong as the other Opposition Senator, would the optics be good looking given he spoke on the BLP last few platforms?

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

    How many votes did he get?

    ZERO

    I would be amazed and appalled if he accepted an offer from Reverend Joe!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Watchman June 3, 2018 7:42 AM
    “Bishop Atherley should make David Commisong the next senator”

    Why not another brother in J C who goes by the name Rev. Bishop Apostle Prophet David Durant?

    Since he is a guru at ensuring that men like his namesake Thompson don’t die under his watch he can revive, like Lazarus, the DLP which is now heading the way of its founding fathers.

    It would be interesting to see who would be appointed to the Senate to represent the interest of the Church

    Let us hear he or she pray to God, like the imported Rev. Bonke, for the return of the DLP to Parliament.

    BTW, it’s time that religious interests be represented in Parliament other than through the “established Church”. These people can’t even get their own political house in order, so how can they be seen a guiding light to the rest of civil society.

    Why not appoint an imam to represent such interest?
    Can’t the Muslim community also speak on behalf of God?
    After all, Vox populi is also Vox Allah.

    That should put some bitingly big ants in the ‘prejudiced’ underwear of the Islamophobic Hal Austin.

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  • @AWTY

    Yuh betta go back and read what I wrote, I did say he “may be a maverick” and followed up with “and the nuptials short lived” with respect to the Rev. who still has a strong affiliation to the Mottley brand.

    It is evident that the column was written prior to the more recent elevation and the heading is provocative but it will provide aid and comfort to the DLP in the coming days.

    It will also be a test of the resolve of the LOO who appointed (selected?) him and one who is seemingly compliant with the wishes of the Gov’t he left, when one of the first acts of your appointee is to question the ultra vires of the PM and her partiality to democratic institutions.

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  • There is no constitutional provision talking about the DLP. The DLP has now the same standing as some Barbados Prostitute Party.

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

    Except it has over 33,000 Bajans who are looking to it for a voice in the House of Assembly!!

    30-0 is a mock result as is 0-0 would be if all Bajans decided not to vote in protest!!

    If the House of Assembly is divided in two, zero cannot work!!

    Fresh elections are needed.

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  • @Tron June 3, 2018 8:10 AM “There is no constitutional provision talking about the DLP. The DLP has now the same standing as some Barbados Prostitute Party.”

    Except that while the mostly MALE DLP is still shell shocked, the former prostitute has gone to work, and NOT as a prostitute.

    Bajan women rock.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…so aptly described…Simple.

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  • @David June 3, 2018 8:21 AM “Like the suggestion of David Comissiong as the other Opposition Senator, would the optics be good looking given he spoke on the BLP last few platforms?”

    No David Blogmaster, the optics would not be good.

    I like David Comissiong in his role as an “outsider”, as a perpetual thorn in the side of all wrong doers.

    Once a person comes inside the house it is far too easy for a seduction to take place.

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  • @millertheanunnaki June 3, 2018 8:29 AM ” “That should put some bitingly big ants in the ‘prejudiced’ underwear of the Islamophobic Hal Austin.”

    Lolll!!!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr. Caswell Franklyn

    A few things that you should be mindful of

    You are NOT COMPUTER LITERATE and so what you need to do is get someone who is to isolate your machines from the payloads that will be sent to your various machines to compromise your seemingly private messages and documents on your IPad and other devices

    Say for example I wanted to know what you were writing or thinking to write next week or that I wanted to know who is in your contact list OR I wanted to know what you proposed to do concerning what you perceived as a Draconian measure of the incoming government what I would do is to send you a document for you to view, a specially prepared document which once you have viewed it ALL OF YOUR USAGE OF ANY OF YOUR DEVICES THEREAFTER BECOME KNOWN TO ME

    People done know that beyond your typing competency you are a veritable dinosaur a fact and not an insult.

    Here is the real thing Mr Caswell Franklyn

    IT IS the second independent senator that Bishop Atherley THIS MAN WHO VERILY DOTH STATE THAT HE RELIES ON CHRIST, it will be the second one who he appoints that will make the difference and which will indicate definitively the direction that is being pursued

    Then you need to get another phone Caswell and stop calling particular people on the old one and certainly do not call ghem on the new one IF YOU WISH TO KEEP YOUR STRATEGY PRIVATE

    Remember that man proposes and GOD deposes so we have nothing to fear if we follow the Lord

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ T.Inniss June 3, 2018 7:56 AM
    “I agree with everything Caswell has written.
    Now wait for the blp gang that was praising him yesterday – to start cussing him today.
    That is why I always say you have to be a man of conviction.
    If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

    Isn’t that the very reason Caswell was chosen to perform in the role of an Opposition senator instead of choosing one from your gang of deceitful lying pimps who were soundly thrashed less two weeks ago?
    The people have spoken and have expressed how they feel about you lot.
    Now get lost until you change the errors of your dangerous lying ways!

    But before you do we must agree with your last statement: (“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”)

    That, my friend, is the raison d’être for the disgraceful downfall of King Stuart and by extension that of the DLP.

    His betrayal of the young students willing to attend the UWI was the rope that was used to hang that deceitful lying prick from the cane piece of Marchfield who turned his back on the same roots that gave him an opportunity to become the greatest political johnny in Bajan history.

    “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

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  • Bush Tea

    Still 30-0! Just shows short and to the point works. Ah lie?

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  • @Caswell

    Your now part of the DICTATORSHIP, justifcation is hard to come by in this absurd turn of events.

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  • @Wily

    You can have you cake and eat it too. Make up your mind. Do you want citizens with good intentions to participate or not.

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  • Is Enuff the new Ac?

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  • @ Piece

    That other brother in JC you name only see people, and wrong things when it fall through the cracks
    As David ask wily , do you want citizens with GOOD intentions to participate or not

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  • A.Dullard

    Am I? To prove I am, play the ball not me. Is Constitutional reform needed in Barbados or not? Does part of that reform require a more progressive prescription for selecting Barbadians to the Senate whether domiciled in Barbados for 12 months, less or at all prior to selection in the age of IG, FB online news, broadcasting of Parliament etc etc?

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  • Caswell you are on the mark. On May 25 th, I sent out the Proclamation a Dictatorship is established in Bim.
    Absolute Power Corrupts! The tinkering with the Constitution, to appoint two Senators is the beginning of Sorrow. The idea that
    Mia cannot locate two Citizens living in Barbados for Senatorial placing is “Ridiculous and dis ingenious “.
    But Caswell, this situation will bring the Citizens out of the Coma, they fell into . I have officially joined the
    Opposition.
    What sweeten’ Goat mout does bun he tail too’.

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  • @ John

    “Like the suggestion of David Comissiong as the other Opposition Senator, would the optics be good looking given he spoke on the BLP last few platforms?
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    How many votes did he get?
    ZERO.
    I would be amazed and appalled if he accepted an offer from Reverend Joe!!”

    Zero! the same as Franklin! Being on the inside is better than being on the outside looking in. Comissiong would be much more effective and offer a different perspective to the other two.

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  • In all of this, please keep an eye on what is happening on the outside, I know many are only now accepting the realization that you are more or less still owned by a monarchy and a crown, but it will not hurt to keep your eyes wide open and aware of what is happening in the world currently….as everyone else is for their own good, future and safety…, no sense remaining insular given the recent revelations to be found in the constitution..

    it will be great to hear the opinions of the reparations movement…greater still to read the Namibia constitution..post independence,,

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  • I found the Namibia constitution but mistakenly posted excerpts of it to Jeff’s article…tough night..lol

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  • We gave the past DLP government lots of time and patience and now want to rush a new government. The past DLP government was woeful in its performance. I will pee on anything that is not right in this country and will watch this government carefully. I will however give them some time to see what they are all about. I have stated in the past that we have continued for years with ideas that have not been working over and over again and the past government was a clear example of that. We need to rethink all our development models and especially the main industry tourism. We have had 74% tourism leakage rate for decades and did nothing to address it as we did not even want to recognize it. We have had a really horrible appraisal system in government for decades and have not had the courage to change it over the decades as it was to the benefit of corrupt management who lacked good ethical and moral standards.

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  • @ Pedantic Dribbler

    I can state from personal experience that George Walton Payne has been involved in legal cases to deprived others of investment illegally through the Barbados Supreme Court.

    My own case and experience is separate from the Stewart’s family Case which I learnt about via a social media video.

    For me it confirmed my case is not isolated but may be the tip of the iceberg of legal shenigans by that Law firm.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Roverp

    IT is slow poke thoughts like that idiocy rant that has resulted in where we are as a country today

    “…We gave the past DLP government lots of time and patience and now want to rush a new government…”

    From the way you are talking you would feel like if you did not see the newscast that the IMF is going to be here on Tuesday.

    From the way you are talking one would believe that you did it hear that the new administration of PM Mottley was contemplating changing the constitution to facilitate the 30-0 crisis OR TO HIRE RAWDON ADAMS OR MCCONNEY

    From the way you are talking it would seem like if we as a people MUST SELECTIVELY INVOKE COLLECTIVE AMNESIA for things done

    Why you don’t just send us the script Roverp so we can start to parrot it as you and your ilk seem to believe that we must

    The sad thing about this is that people like you just get to comprehend how serious this problem is.

    Wunna now come to BU fart frighten to adopt a governor attitude upon what has been and is going to be the eyes to watch you and the mouths to speak out if you go south

    If people had started speaking up and putting the pressure on the DLP clowns from day one maybe things would have been different but NOW DAT DE OLE MAN TINK BOUT IT NO BAD WORD WAY…

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  • “Owen Arthur and I met Mia Mottley at her home, and Owen Arthur looked at me with Mia sitting across [from us] in her living room and said to me, ‘Hartley, I want you to make this lady the next Prime Minister of Barbados. She is the best person for the job.

    I am only going to hang around for a short while after the Labour Party [wins]’. . . I said to Owen, ‘Leave it to me, I will deliver for you.’” said Henry.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/163508/arthur-31st-casualty-election

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  • @ pieceuhderockyeahright,

    Yuh see how awesome a political strategist and queenmaker Hartley Henry is.

    All along I thought it was de posters you granson mek that catspraddle de DLP and elevate de Queen Bee. lol

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  • What queen maker what – how many administrations in the history of Barbados have had three terms in office? The PM was just being nice in crediting all involved.

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  • @David

    Wily is holding judgement on Caswells Senate appointment, C.F. now in a position to influence a favourable outcome, HOWEVER could easily fall pray to the present myopia system. Caswell now finds himself between a rock and hardplace and I hope he has the skill to negotiate the turbulance and keep his head above water.

    Warned him that prior to the election, that as a Union leader, his employment after the election was dubious. A Senate appointment gives him short term employment security, just hope he makes the most of the opportunity.

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  • @Hants
    Yours @4.18 pm

    After Thompson died Stuart made sure that Hartley was persona non grata in the DLP and Hartley had to make his exit.
    Somewhere Hartley is repeating the phrase “Revenge is a dish best served cold”

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  • Heard Annankani put his foot down on his demands
    Fool he is past govt made him an offer which he refused
    Now getting on brass tax flexing muscles.
    Wuhloss. What a huge dummy

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  • Wonder what is Annankani thinking after endorsing the blp free giveaway plan now to find himself having to explain to his members that they might be job losses and no wage increase
    My granma taught me that a bird in the hand is worth a thousand in the bush
    As for the private sector a matter of spinning mud in the tub

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  • These are the convolutions so far the BLP has had to make to get just one of two opposition senators named in order to collifox the existing constitution.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/05/26/mottley-makes-provision-for-two-opposition-senators/

    On May 26 2018

    “In the absence of an official Opposition, Prime Minister Mia Mottley today announced that an amendment is to be made to the Barbados Constitution to make provision for the appointment of two Opposition Senators.

    And based on its performance in the May 24 poll, those two senatorial positions are being offered to the Democratic Labour Party, as the political party which mustered the second highest number of votes in the just concluded poll in which Mottley’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was swept to power after capturing all 30 seats in Parliament.

    Following consultations with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason today, Mottley said that in the event the DLP chooses not to take up the offer of the two Senate seats, the Governor General, acting in accordance with her advice as Prime Minister, would proceed to appoint two other representatives to the Upper Chamber.”

    On May 26 2018, the DLP refused the offer and Bobby Morris indicated they will earn their seats in Parliament ie, they will follow the constitution as it exists.

    On June 1 we learnt, Reverend Joe had crossed the floor to the BZeeP and saved the day.

    Then on June 2 we see the new leader of the coalition BLP/BZeeP opposition has named Caswell as one senator who is to be sworn in on June 4, tomorrow.

    We now await the second opposition senator being named by Reverend Joe.

    Perhaps Nahtalee and Caswell will be the opposition combination of senators, perhaps not.

    I agree the country is in a mess and needs urgent attention but do we need to descend to these ridiculous political stunts just to get a Parliament at all costs?

    It is a recipe for disaster.

    If we finally figure out an election is required, instead of starting ahead of the game the BLP will struggle.

    We will see if it has effectively shot itself in its foot.

    Tomorrow is another day.

    I am sure there can’t be another instance in world history where in order for a Government to form it is necessary to create a coalition opposition with an imaginary party and not a coalition Government.

    Zero is a b!tch!!

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  • Lol Annankani begging for new supper after being served a big bowl of crow to give to his members by Mottley. Ha ha

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Brother Hants

    Heheheheh

    Like dem does say in dem hardware movies “I would answer dat question but afterwards de ole man would gots to …..”

    The single most important strategy in a political campaign is

    DISCREDITING ONE’S OPPONENTS

    IT IS of secondary rather tertiary import what your economic message is once you understand that then the battle is won.

    You must understand that the BLP did not win.

    THE DLP LOST!!

    AND THEREIN LIES THE SUBTLE DIFFERENCE

    Look de ole man rather de grandson could run a campaign against The Donald and win…

    Don’t think that this is some sort of pain killer induced hallucination me brother

    You need to understand the mindset of the audience and their triggers…

    Do you know how long it takes to get a good catch phrase?

    Looka at Hartley’s message in 2013

    “Tings Dread We Voting Red.”

    Now de ole man ent would not comment on the efficacy of the word “dread” nor the ammmm the impact of the sentence but….looka de results heheheheh

    Nor would de ole man speak to the “transition” required to move from imagining what dread means to a non homogenous bajan (not rastafarian) community to who you going vote for.

    Nor am I going say buffing bout ***

    Now looka the simplicity of “Not One Effing Seat” or the repetition of “RH” as an adjective before seat!

    Add the attention span of 15 seconds to that Brother Hants and tell de ole man effing Hartley should be begging me fuh a job or as it is, de ole man begging Hartley heheheh

    By de way you know he doah?

    Dr. Simple Simon say she putting in a word fuh me but I ent hear a ting yet…

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  • Interesting choices for independent senators, made by the Governor General. Seems as though George Street was on her mind.

    Monique Taitt (the daughter of Branford Taitt) and Kevin John Boyce (son of former health minister, John Boyce).

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  • Opportunity for the NEW government for a Capital works project to create dams and increase water storage.

    ” The Barbados Water Authority advises residents and businesses in parts of St Andrew, St George, St James, St John, St Joseph, St Michael and St Thomas that they may experience low pressure and outages as a result of low levels at the Shop Hill, Golden Ridge and Castle Grant reservoirs.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/06/04/bwa-warns-of-water-outages-in-some-parishes/

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Senator Caswell Franklyn

    The following Constitutional Crisis Brief is credited to you.

    Where de grandson has truncated the words that is only because he needed space in the render so he cut the 4 to 5 words.

    Like I said for you to be truly effective AS A ONE MAN SENATOR you are going to have to engage someone or someones who will make sure that your message with hit all of the airwaves and cyber halls AND BE HEARD

    On the other hand you can adopt a Fumbles and use the old ways and see how that works for you.

    It is your choice

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  • I rarely comment on your posts.
    But count me as one of the thousands of “silent” Bajans who support you.

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  • Dear BU,

    Do you share my view that Dr Ronnie Yearwood, an authority on WTO rules, and wit legal experience in the Caribbean and UK, should have been considered to be a senator?

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