Time to Prosecute, Mademoiselle Prime Minister!

The biblical quote ‘to whom much is given, much will be required (Luke 12:48) best describes the position the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) finds itself having decimated the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 30 zip in the recently held 2018 General Election. Put another way, ‘with great power comes great responsibility‘.

One of the first decisions made by Prime Minister Mia Mottley was to appoint a 26 member Cabinet, supported by 2 Ambassadors. The unprecedented size of Mottley’s Cabinet must by supported by a civil service structure that should require additional manpower, we know taxpayers will have to carry greater cost of her team to compare with her predecessor.

The Prime Minister has given the explanation that the perilous – dire is the word she used – state of the country’s affairs will justify the large Cabinet. Her message throughout her campaign was- many hands make light of the work to be done.

The blogmaster agrees the optics of Mottley’s decision to appoint a large Cabinet at a time the country is experiencing serious economic challenges is not good. However, her decision if viewed through a Machiavellian lens suggests she has had to weigh the political cost benefit of keeping her large team happy compared to spending one million tax dollars. Time will tell if her 26 member Cabinet and supporting cast will perform better than the Stuart Cabinet to justify the added expense. She starts as odds on favourite if one reads the result of the 70% of the electorate that voted for her on the 24 May 2018.

Barbadians heard the ‘deja vuan’ promise by newly installed Attorney General Dale Marshall that he will be going after members of the former DLP administration who committed wrong. Public sentiment is running high that the time has come to prosecute elected politicians and public officials of perceived wrongdoing. The blogmaster sides with the view that Barbadian politicians are not washed in the blood of the lamb. All over the world politicians are being prosecuted for crimes. Members of the local political class possess the frailties of being human and are therefore as susceptible to temptation as the other politician living elsewhere. The blogmaster has had it up to HERE, election cycle after election cycle, being on the end of promises from elected politicians to prosecute corruption that is never delivered on.

One way Prime Minister Mia Mottley will be able to justify the cost of her Cabinet and support team is to discretely list savings to taxpayers. The blogmaster goes further: there must be a concerted effort to ‘prosecute’ transactions that smell of corrupt behaviour. Let us witness a vibrant Public Accounts Committee with active followup on Auditor General Reports. Let us hold members of Boards of SOEs accountable for decisions taken and prosecute to where the trail of wrongdoing leads.

The time has come to redefine Barbados as a just society. It isn’t fair to jail Barbadians from the lower strata of society for ‘misdemeanors’ and ignore the flouting of the financial rules of government by public officials, and cases of obvious malfeasance hinted at in successive Auditor General reports.   The willingness of the Wickhams and other operatives to turn the other check must be seen for what it is- a business as usual condition to protect the cabal.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is perched at a watershed moment in our history. The task to turnaround the economy and enact policies to assist with stitching the social fabric of Barbados will require a herculean effort from her team and Barbadians everywhere. One suspects she and team do not want to be relegated to the political  dustbin of history to follow her predecessors. The time has come for politicians to followup on accusations of corruption delivered on the platform with action.

This is a different time.

Over to you Prime Minister!

 

133 comments

  • @Hal Austin “Financial education in schools is cutting edge; the big problem now is who is going to teach young people about finance: conventional teachers trained in finance, or financial advisers trained to teach?”

    Remember we will be teaching from reception upwards. I don’t believe that there are many financial advisers willing to work for elementary teachers’ wages. So the financial advisers will train the teachers, then the teachers will teach the children.

    Financial literacy for a 4 year old will be best taught by someone who knows how to teach 4 year olds.

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  • Enuff..everyone is suddenly out of sorts, yet I see so much opportunity, even Vivek is not his usual effervescent self….ya should ask him why.

    ..their world changed significantly in just a matter of hours, ya might have to exercise patience, unlike me who would kick all their asses down, there has never been a better time…lol

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  • @Hants June 5, 2018 4:00 PM “Pleasure, excitement…”

    Sex also does the pleasure excitement thingy very well and it is still free and non-taxable. Not even the IMF would dare to suggest taxing our greatest pleasure.

    Would they?

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  • Simple Simon,

    I bow to your ready wisdom. I will also pass on your view to the prime minister of the UK and the bank of England who have been struggling with how to deal with financial literacy since Adam was a lad. Fools. The answer has always been there staring them in the face.

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    there is no evidence to charge the signatories to any of the contracts or the waiving of duties of criminal behaviour since they were all legally if not ethically executed
    Yes this action in the dying days of the administration should be regarded as disgraceful and distasteful and shold be frowned upon but it is evidence which counts in a court of law and not speculation or feelings or emoton or spite.

    Charles Skeete

    If the contracts are not ethically executed, my view is that they cannot be legally.

    There is a little known offence called, “misfeasance in Public Office” that would apply in these circumstances. A person might have the legal right to perform some act but he must do so legally or properly. Failure to do the right thing could see the decision maker before the court.

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  • Enuff. Where is the lie?. Isnt there evidence in the blp manifesto to support the fact of Mia promises
    Isnt there evidence supported by Mia statement that the country is in dire straits and needs the help of the IMF to pay its bill
    Then calling me a liar would not suffice the lies and contradictions Mia told the public to get the votes
    When you can explain Mia contrary statements then u can call me a liar
    But from my vantage point the only liar is Mottley
    Either the country is broke and she has to seek IMF help or any other statement or promises in reference that does not support the level of dire conditions of the country would make her a liar

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  • Senator,

    If there was no crime, the CS loan (which defaulted last week) could possibly constitute credit fraud. The CS loan is an international syndicated loan facility based on private law. The MoF might have been aware in 2013 that Barbados as a state would never ever be able to pay back the principal sum plus all interest. One must also consider the junk status of Barbadian public finances in 2013 when the deal was finalized.

    I really do not understand why the DPP has submerged. Or does she only investigate when there is clear evidence, some kind of smoking gun?

    Why do the officials in Barbados not take care of the fair interests of international creditors and investors?

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  • Mariposa
    I should have also said, not too bright. Cuz I don’t know what the RH you just argued. Go and call Maureen on Talk yuh talk.🖐🏾

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    Torn

    The DPP in Barbados does not investigate; he/she does not have the resources/staff to investigate matters. The Police investigate what they consider to be breaches of the criminal law. After the investigation, a file is sent to the DPP, who would decide if there is enough evidence to prosecute.

    Sent from my iPad

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  • Folks, gov confirmed that S&P and Moody´s will downgrade Barbados to C/D.

    Devaluation is now for sure. The only open question is if the ATMs stop working for the locals.

    Be happy, there are many letters in the alphabet left so far 😉

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  • Senator,

    Thank you very much for your remark. Then the new gov needs to expand the DPP´s power and office. The Royal Barbadian Police is not the right place to investigate a possible 250 mill. USD credit fraud. You cannot expect some police officers living from hand to mouth to understand the technicalities of an international syndicated loan facility.

    I can only tell you from the places where Deutsche and CS are located that the prosecutors there start independent investigations in such cases and use the police as mere helpers. Deutsche and CS won´t excuse the Barbadian gov on the basis of these minor details of the local rules on criminal investigations.

    If I follow your remarks, senator, Barbados is now without a proper unit for high-level crimes and white-collar crime.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    RE: “You cannot expect some police officers living from hand to mouth to understand the technicalities of an international syndicated loan facility.”

    @Tron. I suspect it’s not the intent of your post but you make a profound point: why would anyone who has the technical and investigative knowledge to carefully decipher financial crimes be living hand-to-mout!

    Don’t berate the possible skills of Bajan police detectives… rather recognize that even international detectives (Police depts, FBI, SEC or whomever) working on finance crimes are decently remunerated to help keep them on the side of the law and of course they have the great perk of being a ‘powerful’ law officer.

    That said to advise that Bajan police detectives can certainly be given the same training, salary and perks to operate at such a level…BUT as fast as they break the first big money case some private corp would swoop in and offer them superior rewards to leave public service.

    Life can be complicated in small economies with certain types of public service jobs…and maintaining competence often is not a fault of the aptitude or skills of the locals!

    Incidentally, there is more than enough finance investigative skill available at Interpol and other international agencies where the financial shenanigans ether start or where the money is deposited…Bajan detectives are more than competent enough to work with these officials when/if serious investigations are REALLY intended.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Mia needs to get an international investigation going on these exministers and their business partners and bribers, but just as important. ..put their pensions in a holding pattern.

    “The Government stated that it has held discussions with the rating agencies since last week’s announcement, and it is expecting that Barbados’ credit rating will shortly be adjusted down to Selective Default (SD), as is customary when comprehensive debt restructurings are announced.”

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  • Will the “prosecutions ” include people other than BLACK BAJAN politicians ?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    This is a called a plan…you treat the symptoms. Patching here and patching there never works, treat the root cause.

    “Barbados bonds off lows after collapsing on restructuring talk

    By Paul Kilby

    NEW YORK, June 4 (IFR) – Dollar sovereign bonds issued by Barbados were recovering a touch on Monday after dropping up to 50pts following the government’s announcement it would suspend payments to external creditors.

    The country’s 7.25% 2021s were trading as high as 91.65-93.65 on Friday only to fall 35.00-50.00 in early trading on Monday, according to a trader.

    Since then the sovereign’s entire curve – which also includes the 6.625% 2035s that have a coupon payment due on Tuesday – has bounced back to be quoted at around 42.50.

    “I am only seeing buying interest,” the trader said.

    The assumption is that distressed players were moving to buy bonds on the cheap and below calculated recovery values.

    The government’s decision to suspend payments on external creditors came as a shock to foreign investors who had assumed that they would be excluded from any debt restructuring.

    “Everyone expected a restructuring, but most thought it would be local debt because external debt is such a small percentage of what they owe,” said the trader.

    By leaving dollar bonds out of a restructuring, the sovereign would have created some good will with foreign accounts and hence have left external financing avenues open, say analysts.

    That was the model Jamaica pursued in 2013 when it carried out a domestic debt restructuring, and what the International Monetary Fund suggested in its recent Article IV consultations.”

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  • Mariposa

    is grabbing at straws……..

    (1). “Isn’t there evidence in the blp manifesto to support the fact of Mia promises?”

    Yes, there is evidence in the BLP manifesto to support the fact of Mia’s promises.

    To be fair, the promises in the BLP’s manifesto were made PRIOR to the May 24, 2018 general elections and BEFORE Mottley had ACCESS to the island’s financial/economic information and the release of the recent IMF Article IV consultation report.

    (2). “Isn’t there evidence supported by Mia statement that the country is in dire straits and needs the help of the IMF to pay its bill?”

    Yes, once again you are correct.

    Mottley said “the country is in dire straits and needs the help of the IMF to pay its bills,” AFTER she was sworn as Prime Minister and AFTER availing herself of Barbados’ economic circumstances.

    Unless you can PROVE Mottley was in POSSESSION of information relative to the island’s finances BEFORE making the “manifesto promises,”……….

    ……….how can you state she is a LIAR?

    However, Freundel Stuart and Chris Sinckler MISLED Barbadians into believing the economy was “rebounding,” while with-holding the last IMF Article IV report, which gave the true position of the economy…….

    ……….thereby proving Stuart and Sinckler to be the REAL LIARS in this situation.

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  • The exgovernment as usual hid information from the public.

    “The Caribbean island is still reeling from prime minister Mia Mottley’s revelation on Friday that it had discovered previously undisclosed financial liabilities, which lifted the country’s overall debt from 137 per cent of gross domestic product to more than 175 per cent. This is the fourth-highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world after Japan, Greece and Sudan.”

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  • @Caswell
    If the contracts are not ethically executed, my view is that they cannot be legally
    ++++++++++++
    Not so fast Caswell It all depends on the circumstances, people can act unethically but still legally within the law. Legal standards are set out in law, ethical rules are guidelines governing human behavior. There are many examples of unethical behavior where prosecution cannot be contemplated, if the unethical crosses a legal threshold you may have a case but if it is based on ethics alone you may be drilling a dry hole.

    Originally posted in the wrong thread

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Whether the malfeasance is unethical and/or illegal de ole man wil advise the powers that be MUST DO ONE THING

    THEY HAVE TO BROADCAST EVERY SINGLE ACTION AND INDISCRETION OF THE DEMONIC LABOUR PARTY

    AND KEEP THE DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL FLOWING WITH THE INFO

    Keeping that info secret will come back to bite them in their badwords

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ de Ingrunt Word

    What have you been imbibing recently?

    You can’t be serious

    You said “…That said to advise that Bajan police detectives can certainly be given the same training, salary and perks to operate at such a level…”

    Are you fuh real?

    You already dun know the intricacies of the spectrum of the digital financial spectrum and you seriously going say that “with a little training the Royal Barbados Police Force is going to be on par with a trained financial expert of the calibre capable of interrogating these existing financial indiscretions to the level required for successful prosecution ?”

    Why after all the crap of trying to kill Nazim Blackett while in police custody and the Commissioner of Police saying how he going get to the bottom of that matter dem same policemen IN AN EFFORT TO DISCREDIT NAZZIM, returned to the Pine in December and harassed him further and carried him to the police station that month

    In his ensuing anxiety attack he started to act out and they arrested him and held him from then till now.

    Dat is how we RBPF does roll and if you black and poor you going become a casualty of the game

    As Waveney Bannister ex policeman? Now judge is showing Andrew Pilgrim the lawyer for Nazzim Blackett.

    Yet you going talk bout a likkle training to mek dem financial experts

    Steupseee…”for beauty hath fled to brutish beasts and men have list their reason…”

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please…with an item

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  • More than ever, the criminals that comprised the exgovernment should be arrested for these blatant acts of sabotage between them and Maloney of the people’s Port and resources, these concessions must be rolled back post haste..

    “A contract and a letter was signed with a company called Global Ports Holding PLC, that will see them receiving a 30-year concession to operate the Barbados Cruise Pier for a paltry sum of US$34 million and in exchange they would have the Barbados Port Inc, pursuant to a concession agreement, assign its right to collect certain charges from cruise lines directly and the Government would receive instead a service fee pursuant to the service agreement [for] which we have not yet seen what that fee is,” Mottley had disclosed, adding that she had asked the Attorney General Dale Marshall and the lawyers for the Bridgetown Port to look into the issue as a matter of urgency, “particularly since this contract seems to be tied to a Berth Six contract” at the Port.

    The Prime Minister also revealed that a range of tax concessions were given by the Ministry of Finance to Berth Five Projects Limited “in the middle of the [election] campaign” as well as to Vision Developments Inc., the company behind the proposed US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort project”

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  • WWC, Your citation is very valuable:

    “By leaving dollar bonds out of a restructuring, the sovereign would have created some good will with foreign accounts and hence have left external financing avenues open, say analysts.

    That was the model Jamaica pursued in 2013 when it carried out a domestic debt restructuring, and what the International Monetary Fund suggested in its recent Article IV consultations.”

    Everybody should read these sentences very carefully. E contrario: By not leaving dollar bonds out of a restructuring, the sovereign lost all good will with foreign accounts and hence all external financing avenues closed..

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley

    Some here have said that you read Barbados Underground

    So de ole man I going to presumptuously assume dat you going read this submission to your August self

    I shall call it “why the BLP has to lock up somebody”

    De ole man shall rely on parry of what is purported to be an excerpt of what you have said recently pertaining to a pybirice subset agreement at the port

    It reads “…adding that (you) had asked the Attorney General Dale Marshall and the lawyers for the Bridgetown Port to look into the issue as a matter of urgency…”

    Now any simpleton understands that “no one hand can clap” and these lawyers at the Bridgetown port WHO NAMES YOU WILL ANNOUNCE AS PART OF YOUR RECENTLY ANNOUNCED TRANSPARENCY POLICY, cannot themselves be BLAMELESS in this forever contract.

    Whu after all this clearly is a situation where you have caught one of the co conspirators!

    Though de ole man will share a crude joke from our lawcourts that might be relied on by those who claim one hand can clap with a ghost partner.

    Some years ago a mendicant was caught at the base of Nelsons statue at 2 a.m. in the act of “self catering” if you get the Onanism reference.

    In court at Coleridge Street a few days later, he was conducting his defence and claimed that “he was not “badword off” but was “fooping a ghost!”

    During the thunderous uproar the judge asked the public assembled in the court if anyone present could attest to “foopin* a ghost and incredulously the hand of a man in the back of the court went up.

    Indeed the din immediately receded when the judge called him to the fore and asked him to confirm if he too had “foped a ghost” to the wit the man responded ” oh your honour i sorry cause in de back i thought you had said foped a goat”

    Most respectfully, Do let us bajans know who these currently unnamed Port Lawyers are…

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    De ole man was wondering if posting Stoopid Cartoons was still being permitted

    The reason de grandson wanted to know was that there were some items that he was thinking about creating but was ammmmmm erring on the side of caution

    I mean you dun know how some of these people may be. Heheheheh

    Your official comment would be much appreciated

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with two items.

    One in response to De Ingrunt Word and his remark about paying policemen more money will make dem into financial sleuths

    And the other about phantoms. Ghouls, lawyers and lovers

    Heheheheh

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  • I am reading a new book, The End of Accounting, by Baruch Lev and Feng Gu, it makes for an interesting read so far. I recommend it for the Google, cut and paste keyboard warriors.

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  • The Cartoon link can be found under Fact Check at the top of this page.

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  • Tron, interestingly enough, all this information came out of Nasdaq and NY Financial Times yesterday afternoon, long before it hit Barbados’ newspapers.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    LOLL@ Pieces, if what I wrote has the meaning that you ascribed to it then I am a very poor scribe (possibly) or you my friend a very poor raconteur (also possible) ! 🙂

    I said “… that Bajan police detectives can certainly be given the same training, salary and perks to operate at such a level…” And you asked: “Are you fuh real?”

    YEP.

    We both dun know the NYPD or Chicago PD have officers who do the same shiiite that our RBPF did wid Nazzim and then they also got officers that deal with big head financial crooks outta de NYSE and the CHX and corps in general. We also dun know that they are completely different animals (as people) from very different backgrounds, skills and training.

    For you to suggest that a local officer(s) cannot have the mental capacity to become trained and versed enough in accounting and finance to investigate that type (at local level) of financial crime is rather blunt…

    I am not suggesting that a local officer will be able to match skills with the boys and girls on international scene rather that simply they can be trained to ‘operate’ at the level where they can certainly understand and properly initiate investigations of said crimes and in CONJUNCTION with the big boys complete successful cross border investigations.

    Don’t lets get caught up…I fully appreciate (as I said in my original post) that it would be well nigh impossible for the RBPF to keep any really talented officer in that line of investigations…HOWEVER there are different ways to move an investigation forward and at the days end its about will and intent to prosecute the crook .

    Cool breeze morn!

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    You know De Ingrunt Word aka DpD,

    Sometimes I does be very quick to respond to ingrunce and injustice and then, when in the quiet moments, will recant what i would have said.

    Dis is not one of them.

    You know why De Ingrunt Word?

    Because of what has become “the Preponderant Factor”

    Because whereas in time afore the occurrence of belligerence was in a minority the arable intellect of which you speak, to be trained in a conquerable stead as that of their international counterparts, is so rare dat de ole man now considers it a rarity not to be mentioned.

    Now leh de ole man prove dat what you saying is utter tripe.

    If what you are saying is that our policemen are on a level with their international counterparts why has it been that, AS OPPOSED TO SOME SPECTACULAR FINANCIAL RING being busted, why has there never been NOT ONE SINGLE SUBSTANTIVE COCAINE BUST?

    I guess dat you going tell me something like “oh dere is no drug rings in Barbados that attract that outcome” or “de officers in charge of the evidence room is not being paid enough money to justify them keeping their hands off the evidence”

    I gine lef you doah causing it only going cause you to stop invitind de ole man to you house for barbecues

    We ent ready DIW we simply ent ready

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster…your assistance please with an item here

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Pieces, the same reason there has been no major cocaine bust is the SAME reason why Mark Stokes pet dog was left abandoned and police never find a pang; same reason Pele is still famous in Brazil and an unsolved murder case in Bdos; same reason in 2008 there were hot licks talk about BLP malfesance and corrupted contracting and NOT a fella attended a court for anything and the same blather is being said now with same outcome.

    If u want to blame the lowly Bajan cops themselves for the loooong series of crime fumbling and more then who am I to dissuade you !

    We will never be ready bro…the politicians and elite say so!

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  • Still trying to wrap my mind around the reparations movement and all these boastful “scholars” whom I hope read the constitution and should have seen clearly what I saw…so exactly what excuse do they have for not recognizing the true nature of the Barbados constitution that never was…

    Hope they understand now that my first instincts were right, they are approaching reparations the wrong way, it’s not about paper money…since they are the “scholars, I leave them to figure that out…

    Piece…I added one more item in all caps just for you, after reading your post and realizing it was omitted in my post, it is the appropriate info to add..

    People have been keeping stupid and wickedly destructive secrets from each other in Barbados for too long, they can be so damn idiotic they even kept the dirty secrets of their UK oppressors for 52 long years, now what kind of warped and damaged mind would do that to the detriment of their own selves, their families and future generations of Black Bajans.

    Even criminal Wall Street has recognized that Barbados is a Sovereign….of the UK Crown, and not an independent nation…

    …time for the UK to pay their crown employees on the island, so that the Supreme Court will once and for all be a real court, the GGs office will do its job as THE representative of buckingham palace as laid out in the constitution….. parliament, judiciary, bar association, legal services, civil services …particularly the POLICE SERVICE, offices of the commissioner and DPP, who don’t think it important to lock up ALL criminals on the island be they Indian, white or friend and business partners of the UKs crown employees in parliament and the judiciary….and arrest EVERYONE for cocaine, human trafficking, money laundering, gun running, as the existence of the courts and their contracts of employment clearly outlined and intended.

    should this be done…all the entities that have bee taxpayer funded for 52 years, which was never appreciated and was ALWAYS insultingly disrespected by ALL UK Crown employees on the island … will finally function as they are supposed to and as was the intent when the constitution was drafted by the UK privy council and ratified in the UK parliament.. ..and they can finally control their crown employees in the parliament and elsewhere who have the propensity to be corrupt thieves and criminals.

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  • Piece…until that is done…none of the Crown’s employees will ever be ready…with the exception of Caswell and a few others..

    …they are all too corrupt and always will be…

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  • Inciting racial tensions all over the Caribbean is a smoke screen meant to deflect or excuse the behavior of our two main political parties both the DLP and the BLP is simply an attempt to forget the absolute corruption and greed of our politicians.

    Barbadians abroad and at home are outraged that politicians have so little regard for their own family and citizens that they are prepared to compromise the futures of not only their friends and neighbours but the entire population of the once beautiful island of Barbados – once gem of the Caribbean sea. Barbadians from ALL parties are quite rightly calling for jail terms for those found to have practised fraud and malfeasance in public office. They are also calling for TOTAL FINANCIAL Transparency and to have levers put in place to ensure that never again can an arrogant, ignorant, selfish political class destroy and steal blind the property and futures of all Barbadians paid for by their own hard work – not to mention the largess of institutions such as the EU who give millions of dollars every year as grants to be plundered and used as personal piggybanks by political pariahs whose greed knows no bounds.

    Newspapers and politicians have for years treated Barbadians as mushrooms. Keeping them in the dark and feeding them plenty of manure. Then they look down their noses at the ‘ignorance’ of the bajan people, knowing that they have kept them in this perpetual state of financial and political ignorance in order to steal their land, their pensions and in effect their futures and their childrens’ futures. Barbadian politicians of every party should hang their heads in shame that they have allowed this constant state of theft and deception in order to enrich themselves for the past 60 years. The ‘I am alright Jacks’ will simply live off their stolen booty and to hell with the rest of Barbados.

    Here is a tweet from a foreign financial Chartered Financial Analyst ( CFA ) Charter Holder · Certified Financial Risk Manager ( FRM ) :

    ‘#Barbados Weekend at Bernie’s. Barbados, the Caribbean’s most indebted nation as a % GDP has suspended payments on their debt. 7% 8/2022 traded down from $91.00 (9% yield) to $51.00 (28% yield). This is what happens with no ECB back stop buyer I guess. CCC (aka fish hooks) to Debt –

    The Government’s arrears were said to be about $1.7 billion at September 30, 2017. This figure is expected to be significantly higher given the depth of maladministration that became a notable characteristic under former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler (who was allowed to run the countries finances without even the benefit of a GCSE or O level in basic maths…

    This must NEVER be allowed to happen again. This is not time for talk of racial tensions. This is a time to remember that Barbadian politicians have wrought this financial devastation on the entire nature time and time again over many years and heads must roll and trials must be held and money MUST be returned to the treasury of Barbados – to be used the run the country for the benefit of those who pay their taxes and those who have been pushed into absolute poverty by the boundless greed of the last DEM government.

    Barbadians looking on from afar are absolutely appalled by the lack accountability to the people and the utter destruction of a once proud nation. Put it right politicians. How dare you imperil the futures of an entire nation to enrich yourselves, Get on with it – admit that you are thieves and give the money back.

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  • Barbados : Constitution and politics

    Constitution

    Status:
    Monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II
    Legislature:
    Parliament
    Independence:
    30 November 1966
    Barbados is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, recognising Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. She is represented by a Governor-General appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. There is a bicameral legislature and party system, based on universal adult suffrage.

    The Senate has 21 members appointed by the Governor-General, 12 on the advice of the Prime Minister, two on that of the Leader of the Opposition, and the remaining seven at the Governor-General’s discretion.

    The House of Assembly has 30 directly elected members. Leaders of each house (President and Deputy President of the Senate and Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly) are elected by the members of the respective houses.

    The Governor-General appoints as Prime Minister the parliamentarian who commands – in the Governor-General’s opinion – the largest support within the House of Assembly, and the Prime Minister heads the cabinet. Other ministers are appointed from either house by the Governor-General as advised by the Prime Minister. The Governor-General appoints the Leader of the Opposition – the MP who, in his/her judgement, leads the party commanding the support of the largest number of MPs in opposition to the government. The normal life of parliament is five years.

    The constitution may be amended by act of parliament passed by both houses, except for entrenched clauses which require two-thirds majorities in both houses. These clauses relate to citizenship, rights and freedoms, the governor-generalship, composition of parliament and its sessions, prorogation and dissolution, general elections, senatorial appointments, executive authority, judicature, civil service and finance.

    Politics

    Sir Henry Forde’s Constitutional Commission’s much-delayed report was published in December 1998. Its main proposals were to introduce more checks and balances on the government, to create the institutional structures to ensure politicians behave with greater probity, and to replace the British monarch as the head of state by a ceremonial President.

    The Constitution which came into force in 1966 was amended in 1974,[2] 1978, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2002 and 2003.[3][4] The 1966 document succeeds several other documents concerning administration of Barbados.

    Barbadian politicians have changed the constitution to suit themselves and no amount of talk will change the unpleasant fact that Barbadian Politicians have lied, cheated, bribed and conned their way into the pockets of the citizens of Barbados with impunity. The time has come when there is absolutely nothing left to steal for people to serve jail time and new laws concerning the suitably or not of those who seek to serve Barbados. This also includes civil servants and police. You all know who you are. Enough is enough.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ UKBajan

    in your blog you state that one Charter Holder said “…and his Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler (who was allowed to run the countries finances without even the benefit of a GCSE or O level in basic maths…”

    That is a frightening thing to state regarding Chris Decimals Bond.

    Certainly, as it relates to the statement by C Holder, someone at the Barbados Ministry of Education with access to Bonds’ CXC results and someone at the UWI with access to his UWI Soc Sci Transcripts could let a copy fall of the truck on the way past the BU servers…

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  • Sir Henry Forde’s Constitutional Commission’s much-delayed report was published in December 1998. Its main proposals were to introduce more checks and balances on the government, to create the institutional structures to ensure politicians behave with greater probity, and to replace the British monarch as the head of state by a ceremonial President.(Quote)

    UKbajan,
    I gave evidence to the Forde Commission and when I read the report it did not reflect the general opinions expressed at the Lambeth Town Hall meeting. I an only assume the Birmingham meeting had such powerful views they swayed the commission.
    The views expressed by the audience at the meeting are the views expressed by you and I – we cannot look around for excuses for our failure. Our future lies in our hands.

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  • UKbajan…I feel your pain…many of us have been calling for the politicians to be trained and qualified to represent in the parliament…and have met resistance…I doubt any of them could recite the constitution.

    they should not be selected as candidates based on their popularity contests in the formerly 2, now one political parties, which the Constitution does not provide for, more often than not the electorate do not know personally the people they are voting for and vote based solely on party affiliation or if the person is a lawyer, doctor etc, business person or if they don’t like the opposing candidate..

    These people need to take civics tests and need training in the constitution and how to act as leaders…they are poor choices to be serving in anyone’s parliament..they are too self serving.

    These are the only people I know who get hired by the electorate to manage a country for 5 year cycles and have no… neither do they need any experience or training…makes absolutely no sense to me, but what do I know..

    Maybe now significant and radical changes will be made in the process to select candidates for election to parliament…

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    And Continuing on in the stream of a Third Party Movement or “BUP- ing” or that which builds a strong country instead of this mendicancy and rampant corruption de ole man would extend the education of the masses to include but not be limited to

    simple 15 second attention span messages that would underscore the information critical to their instructions as brass bowls.

    Nothing too long cause we dun know bout de attention deficit

    For example

    Imagine if as part of our “Education Drive” we were to seriously engage in the proactive edification of Bajans?

    Suppose that we had a Third Movement that was serious.

    Suppose that as part of that seriousness we were to promote a new drive where the BU community were to push something that kept front and centre with these issues?

    So for example

    On the matter of the Constitutional Crisis as advanced by Senator Caswell Franklyn can you imagine the power of a 45 second gif explaining his remarks which were

    “…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…”

    Senator Franklyn continues

    “…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…”

    Maybe readers might start to have some hope as to what this type of simplified indoctrination MIGHT ACCOMPLISH for our 95% INGRUNT POPULATION.

    But den again, I jes realize that it is almost time for my 3 o’clock medication so, as it relates to improving the reasoning power of the masses, wunna dun know de ole man going be wavering and talking a beriffle of shyte.

    Of course we dun know that de teives in de waiting gine rush now and try to teif we idea and present um to de Ministry of Innovation and Education and Animation heheheheheheh as dem idea

    Steupseeee

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  • Arty Gotma Bawlin

    How dat diabetes goan fu wunna ole man?

    What shiite what. O lawd lil babee Jeebus. Murdah ah lie? Cricket.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    UK Bajan stated and i quote “……Newspapers and politicians have for years treated Barbadians as mushrooms. Keeping them in the dark and feeding them plenty of manure.” When was the last time you spent any serious time in Barbados – UK Bajan? The masses have been dripped fed on numerous musical events (manure) such as “Reggae-on-the-hill” and the yearly carnival celebrations with its ever-expanding shows over a very long period.

    Oh, and let us not forget the church and the fast growing modern day evangelism movement which attracts huge numbers.

    Your mushroom reference is a good one.Have you witnessed the growth of the fast food industry and the thousand of outlets selling food saturated in salt and sugar on the streets, in private houses, inside supermarkets, everywhere!

    “The public gets what the public wants” were the words from a UK pop group called The Jam, who were popular in the early eighties. That Barbadians have indulged and gorged on these mushrooms for over a decade should be indicative to you that the majority of Bajans during ten long years of gorging, feting and worshipping had little interest in how the country developed.

    Hedonism is enjoyable but when the feeling of euphoria dissipates you will find yourself on unstable ground.

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  • Talking Loud – saying nothing

    All these things – Reggae on the Hill – Carnival – fast food outlets – these are just relaxation – everyone must have relaxation. But nothing to feed the mind or the imagination.

    If you don’t feed the minds of the population the truth as to how you are running the country then you produce useless angry youth who will also help themselves to whatever they want as do the politicians. There is serious unrest in the schools. Violence is commonplace. Drugs and guns abound. Aids STIs in abused children. Roads totally in a state of disrepair – QEH without drugs and finance. Sewage systems that simply do not work. Whole parishes without water for weeks on end. Bush overrunning the roads. Buses not running. Zvans not safe to travel on. Garbage littering the whole island. Heads of Gov departments driving duty free Mercedes when ordinary people cannot even catch a bus….The list goes on and on.

    If politicians show the way – instead of hiding away behind authority maybe our youth would be inspired to start their own businesses. But when ordinary folk are taxed so high they cannot make ends meet what hope is there for the youth. There is even talk of police importing drugs into st james in dingys at night,

    All your fast food and reggae on the hill is not worth a hill of beans if the people in charge cannot be trusted to tell the truth and do the best possible for the people.

    Maybe start by livestreaming parliament on television, as in the uk. There would be no hiding place for corruption with a register of members interests and a written record kept of every session. I have been reading bajan newspapers since I was 19 and I am no spring chicken now and the amount of world and local news actually worth reading is and has been for years – minuscule. A dumbed down population is no good to anyone except to a worthless lawyer or politicians who wants to fleece them. Get the courts system running again. Start the drugs programs and get rid of the drugs.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    ukbajan at 5:21 PM

    We just elected a government to deliver all these things. You need to have patience. You seem to have fears. Relax. Do an evaluation in December. The Silly Season is over.

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  • Confidence and trust are key in negotiations. Just read Lagarde’s statement. 🤐

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  • Georgie Porgie

    DOES ANYONE ON BU KNOW HOW TO SET UP A COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ON MOODLE?

    DOES ANYONE ON BU KNOW WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CHARGES FOR A CHARTER FOR A MEDICAL SCHOOL?

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  • Barbados Underground Whistleblower

    Barbados Police are a symptom of the island ongoing decay.

    A video of this man went viral yesterday and he appeared in Magistrate Court in 24hrs.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/164642/viral-video-nurse-released-bail

    However a local video of Barbados Police planting drug evidence in a citizen backyard and recorded later appeared on social media and posted on this blog some months ago and no arrest and highlighting in the newspaper.

    Barbados Police Force is disfunctional, drug gang, planting evidence, beatings, falsification of documents, bribes, fraud, rape you name they take part in every day.

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  • Listen up Bajans, a Politician in Barbados has never been arrested or sent to jail, and a Politician now in Barbados will never be arrested or sent to jail . . . . . this will never happen in Barbados. NEVER ! ! ! !

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  • On another note heard the Trini Dem finally come out of hiding saying the 30- 0,had no effect on her,and maybe it was a good thing the Dems lost.I would never believe this hyprocrite staements the way she and Ms Maureen holder tagged team on Talk ya Talk every day to attack Ms Mottley.The Dem then went on to say she is not a member or supporter of the DLP,well if I believe that nonsence I believe I am Santa claus,after campaigning prior to 2008 0n the Call in programmes every day?Finally she spoke of bias in the media particularly Brass Tacks and the Nation ,could you believe this woman?Wheather it was BrassTacks or Tell it like it Is this woman was on 24/7defending the Dems.However she did not speak of the CBC,and the on ending viewing of Ministers every night like Ms Suckoo,Mr Stephen Lashley and Mr Inniss in particular,or the Talk Ya talk programme with the three Dem Moderators Mr Lovell,Mr Broomes and in particular Ms Holder,who made that programme a branch of the DLP.I presume they have left CBC.Mr Ellis came on to put the hyprocrite right as Mr Johnson tried but she would slip a few past him.

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  • Lorenzo
    The Trini reminds of a regular here on BU, thry raise the same talking points. The same time she was on Brasstacks arguing that Mottley needed a practice certificate, a certain lady character was on BU parroting that line.

    In other news, public servants salary negotiations concludes with an agreement. Confidence and trust. Watch we!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    A ruling political was never dismantled in Barbados by the electorate beforee ither, yet on May 24, 2018….the ruling government was destroyed by the people.

    I called it a dismantling, my daughter called it a murder, a total massacre.

    The moral of the story….you can never say never.

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  • Enuff the Trini Dem miss her partner Maureen Holder who appeas to have been given her walking papers or left quietly on her own ,along with the other two dem Moderators.I hope to never ever hear Ms holder as a host on any future call in programme,total disgrace in my view .I wonder how she feels today,since we have not heard her since the Election.Hopefully we will hear little of the Trini dem ,left Brain and the simpleton Ms Undecided.

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    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT, and no one seem to hear or understand the ramifications….. all reason for real Constitutional amendments.
    Is it possible?
    Will it be engaged for total transparency and the end corruption?

    NOTE THE REQUEST OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY after his approval by the GOVERNOR GENERAL on ancient and undoubted rights.

    SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECT…
    “If it pleases Your Excellency, The members of the House of Assembly have chosen me to be their Speaker
    and now seek Your Excellency approval.”

    THE GOVERNOR GENERAL..
    “I approve your election as Speaker.”

    THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY…
    “Your Excellency, In the name and on behalf of the members of the House of Assembly, I lay claim to the
    ancient and undoubted rights and privileges and ESPECIALLY TO FREEDOM FROM ARREST and molestation of their persons, freedom of speech in debate and free access to Your Excellency whenever occasion may be required and that
    most favorable construction may be placed on all their proceedings.”

    THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
    “I give and grant as so far is consistent with the Royal Prerogative, laws and Constitution of this
    island every privilege and liberty that has been enjoyed by any former Assembly to be enjoyed by you as
    fully and freely as here to fore.”

    DID I HEAR CORRECTLY?

    @ 1:20 in the video.

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  • Fresh from winning the Christ Church South seat, Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne has scored a major victory in the Guyana High Court.

    The attorney at law along with another Barbadian attorney, Hal Gollop QC, successfully argued a case on behalf of Guyana’s President David Granger.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/165661/thorne-gollop-win-guyana

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @Brother Hants

    Whuloss man you reporting issues like CBC Reporting Lies now.

    Lololol

    IT was 5 of them that argued the case for the government of Guyana and you only report the names of two bajans

    I hope you ent xenophobic eh?

    @ To whom it may concern

    Heheheheh

    You dun know who de old man means

    The Nation News article said “…When contacted, Thorne said: “This decision is very important in defining and delineating presidential powers under the Guyana constitution and in affirming the manner in which appointments to the Elections Commission are to be done…”

    What dem mean by “when contacted…?”

    I hope dem Doan mean “when he contacted us…heheheheh

    But congratulations at any rate though you could have gotten a nex lawyer udder dan Skeletor!

    You lucky he ent blight your client cause he is a master at loading cases

    Any I jes wanted to know effing wid all you experience with the Electoral Boundaries People if you planning to prosecute Miami Vice Johnson and de head of de electoral department heah for illegally padding de Barbados voters list

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Grateful if you could ascertain if the contract at the ports with the sweetheart deal had been consummated as the new Prime Minister said of if the committee members were unable to convene a meeting to sign off on such deal as seemed to have been said here in two different submissions

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