DLP Comfortable in the Political Wilderness

At 1:05AM EST the blogmaster had the uncontrollable urge to lookup the definition of ‘stupidity’.  One of many definitions a trusty Google search brought back was – behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgment. The reason to refresh the memory of a a well used word in the every day lexicon of John Public surprisingly had nothing to do with having to read the daily comments posted by certain BU characters. It happened after watching the following video.

The three former ministers and a Senator in the last general election have the right to share views.  What is surprising though is that we have a political party decimated at the polls not feeling any urgency to come to the pubic to make ‘peace’. The majority of the public – we estimate 70% – sent a loud message that it has no confidence in the Democratic Labour Party as it relates to managing the affairs of state. What we want to know is how does the DLP plan to organize itself to be relevant in a period strong opposition will be required to safeguard the interest of Barbadians.

What many of us do not want to hear is a fragmented DLP lot coming to an expectant public looking for change to spout rejected narratives. Where is the credibly to be found in the four soundly defeated candidates pontificating about concerns they were found guilty of on the 24 May 2018?

The first job of the DLP is to organize itself to demonstrate to the public it understands where it has failed as a party, AND,  here is what we have done to correct. As a party it has not taken any positive decisions to assuage recent public opinion it is a credible political party to be considered the government in waiting. Especially given the frenetic pace the Barbados Labour Party has embarked since taking the reins of government

After ten years in government what is the enduring memories of the four by the blogmaster you ask? Donville, hot air. Estwick, puppy and Jesus Christ, Stephen Lashley, $2.00 stadium and Verla, always pun CBC.

 

 

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  • I am sure this blog is not from David/BU because it appears very convoluted.

    Oh and may I ask – did the blp when they reduced to 3 members and the dlp when they were reduced to 2 -did they fall prostrate before the public?

    This is not the time for public flagellation,but for an acknowledgement that some members of the public were not happy with what they had to offer and how it was offered and they will internally look at correcting those areas.

    I think it is admirable of them to at such an early stage to offer alternative perspectives on this current government offerings.

    It seems as though you are damnned if you though and damned if you don’t.People were saying they needed to speak and now that they have started to speak – people want to tell them how they should speak.

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  • You missed the point of the blog big time. Then again this is not surprising.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Those 4 look real good sitting in their seats looking and sounding stupid, it looks good on them, they wear it well…let them stay there.

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  • The whole disaster is unfolding now. Canadian business banks which form the backbone of the local financial system, face billions of losses.

    I wonder who forced them to hold so many BB gov bonds which were trash long before the present PM declared default. FCIB is already considering to move its headquarters to another island.

    If I had CIBC shares in my portfolio, I would start to throw chairs and pencils on DLP posters.

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  • David the blog has been posted twice.

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  • I will re-read a third time to see what hidden message I have missed.

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  • “The Fantastic Four”

    David “The Thing” Estwick should be ashamed of himself coming to the public talking shiite. Here is a man who severely criticize the former Finance Minister…… he admitted his party’s economic policies had failed to achieve the desired objectives and were responsible for Barbados’ current economic situation.

    He brought alternative economic policies and experienced difficulties in presenting them to his Cabinet colleagues……when he was finally given the opportunity to present his policies for review…. they were REJECTED.

    Yet he remained in the House and voted for those same failed DLP policies and did not do anything to help Barbadians, especially those that elected him to parliament.

    This man REMAINED SILENT on government economic policies…….he REMAINED SILENT during the recent water outages in St. Joseph and only spoke after a nudging by the then Opposition Leader …….he REMAINED SILENT on the new sugar factory……he REMAINED SILENT when the sewage was flowing on the south coast.

    “The Thing” has now FOUND his voice after a severe whipping at the polls.

    Stephen “The Human Torch” Lashley received a national award for “organizing” the failed CARIFESTA XIII Barbados, 2017. This man has not done anything for the youth and to enhance sport in Barbados.

    Sports journalists and those in the sporting fraternity can tell you of Lashley’s attitude. I note with interest many of these journalist expressed the view that they hope the new Sports Minister, John King, is WILLING to LISTEN to the stakeholders and work with them.

    Lashley, who was also the chief spokesman for the DLP during the 2018 election campaign, should be undergoing a self examination, rather than coming to the pubic with shiite at this time.

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  • They don’t need to come to the public apologizing because the BLP has gifted them the opportunity of coming to the public explaining the unconstitutionality of the House of Assembly!!!

    Life will move on as it always does.

    That there are people in the DLP that want locking up for stupidity among other things is absolutely true!!

    But the BLP has begun its stint at the public trough showing all need locking up … for stupidity alone!!

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  • The issue here is the lack of respect the DLP has for the public. Before commenting as a party it needs to have an intimate conversation with the public.

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  • The whole disaster is unfolding now. Canadian business banks which form the backbone of the local financial system, face billions of losses.

    I wonder who forced them to hold so many BB gov bonds which were trash long before the present PM declared default. FCIB is already considering to move its headquarters to another island.

    If I had CIBC shares in my portfolio, I would start to throw chairs and pencils on DLP posters.

    @Tron,

    If these loses are from the Barbados operations, then all the commercial banks operating here must be facing the same issue

    just may take

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  • Sirfuzzy

    Some would be in the deeper hole based on market share and or risk appetite over the years?

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  • @David

    When was the Election date? A month hasn’t passed and they are still in search of a leader as Freundel seems to be in the Witness Protection Program since his mea culpa on election night. When the DLP elects a new leader, he/she should articulate the direction of the Party until then this blog is like all the newly discovered critics from both sides who are vocal on every damn thing.

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  • Some would be in the deeper hole based on market share and or risk appetite over the years?

    @BU

    You are correct, the international banks were already under pressure as they “considered de-risking” which was a political decision or policy that was placed on these bank from the HQ countries.. I guess some will go; but I am sure the ones that stay will just dominate the local banking sector, That too is something we must be wary of.

    Just maybe we need to consider the idea of a locally governed or national bank. We may need to allow the CU movement the opportunity to set up one as quickly as possible.

    Just my take

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  • @Sargeant

    Given the unprecedented result at the polls it requires and equal reaction by the party to signal it heard the message and is quickly reorganizing?

    Is it too much to ask?

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  • De-risking due to correspondent banking relationships.

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  • The kaisoman got it right.It is the asphalt.Never ever again will wunna ever get back pun wunna feet wunna dawgs.Go to hell,Gaul bline all o wuuna chocksutting bastids.Got the people in a bind dat Mia got to now clean up.But Mia got tings under control.Barbados is back in spite o wunna fulchers.Barbados spoke!! wunna miserable 4 pisspoor swine

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  • We have had this conversation on BU many times re the credit unions. The international banks have the advantage of mitigating risk by leveraging economies of scale. How will the CU authorized capital be funded? How will it generate revenues to cover cost given the state of the market? What is the status of the plan to establish a CU Bank by the league? They brought in consultants Sir Courtney and Justin Robinson a few years ago to give meat to the idea. Money down the drain?

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  • This is Grenville chance to replace the DLP.Grenville do your national duty and rise from the ashes of defeat and help the country by replacing the DLP as the serious opposition.

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  • @Sargeant

    Why are u in such a hurry. The DLP is not dead it will re-emerge when it is ready. If it emerges before its ready(force ripe) it will be exposed as such. Barbados’ democracy is in safe hands. Last time i checked Barbados constitution doesn’t recognise “political parties”. But it does encourage the right to assemble and associate.

    The constitution may need to be fine tuned in some areas when it comes to capturing the representation of the people. I for one would like the senate to be an elected body. With term limits and fixed election cycles. Maybe we need to end “first pass the post”?

    I have faith the DLP will re-emerge after their required introspection. My real fear is that UPP or SB will die a slow death. After 50 years of this experiment we call independence we may need to change the political formula. At some time in the near future we may need to “change” the administration not “exchange” the administration.

    We seem to forget that not all the talent in this island may be comfortable wearing a Blp Or Dlp label after their name. Both these major parties have plenty history that may repulse the new emerging electorate. The ten year old boy or girl today may not be too impressed with how the B/Dlp has run our island when they are in their 30’s etc, and may want to try the third or fourth option.

    Just my take

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  • These blp yardfowls reaction is in chorus with what is expected. However it befuddles my mind to think that the blp yardfowls have short memories forgetting have to sit in the wilderness for ten long years along having there past leader OSA rejection and fleeing the flock
    As now having luck on their side all wait and see how much better the blp can do to restruct the economy
    As for the Dlp they have not been giving a mandate to say yeah or nay

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  • Granville? Granville has his own party problems according to Barbados Today. Twelve disgruntled candidates are leaving because of the leaders alleged attempt at being a dictator by demanding a $1M penalty for members who want to leave the party.

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  • I have no doubt that the DLP will reemerge…..in 20 years time. That is the amount of time it will take to correct the wrongs they have wrought on this island. In 20 years time we will be profitable again, the economy will have recovered and we will be enjoying annual surpluses again and there will be no foreign exchange crisis, sooooo the people will at that time “give them a chance again”. This is twice that they have ruined our economy. Three times lucky?

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  • We have had this conversation on BU many times re the credit unions. The international banks have the advantage of mitigating risk by leveraging economies of scale. How will the CU authorized capital be funded? How will it generate revenues to cover cost given the state of the market? What is the status of the plan to establish a CU Bank by the league? They brought in consultants Sir Courtney and Justin Robinson a few years ago to give meat to the idea. Money down the drain?

    @BU. Globalisation, Concentration Capitalism and elections all have consequences. We make choices or choices are made for us; or we have rules to abide by once u are a member of the club; (unless you are a privileged member eg China US etc). I am in the camp that any economic model we adopt will come with a glass ceiling. We probably will not be allowed to “punch above our weight” again if the economic bullies get their way. The careful elimination of locally owned successful commercial banks by changing the rules of operation is very sad but it clears away much of the fog that has hidden these foreign overseers.

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  • It looks good in theory, the reality is that domestic banking owned by a credit union even will have to abide by regulatory constrained driven by external factors. Do not misunderstand the blogmaster, we want an indigenous institution to succeed .

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  • @FearPlay. You maybe correct or you maybe wrong. Time will tell as they say. But I love your confidence in knowing the future.

    Does your crystal ball tell u which person will be elevated or elected a s the new bishop in Barbados? LOL

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  • The issue here is the lack of respect the DLP has for the public. Before commenting as a party it needs to have an intimate conversation with the public.
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    The exact same thing can be said of the BLP!!

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  • @BU. I have heard the term “levelling the playing field”. Most of the time it gives the idea of that persons are allowed to compete and those that do a better jobs will succeed and reap the benefits of the hard work. That all are starting at the same place and are equally empowered to succeed.

    Today levelling the playing field must be seen in “construction jargon”. Literally wiping away all that is in your way with the heavy machines aka regulations. The small local bank by having to deal with the new international regulations cannot compete, there are at an disadvantage. So regulations that are seen as being impartial are a way of levelling the playing field.

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  • ” “Those like Sandals that get everything without consultation, . . . those who have to come to the Ministry of Tourism, and

    I believe every two weeks the Ministry of Tourism is taken up with having to push paper, which is nonsense, and then

    those who don’t even get anywhere near the Ministry of Tourism or anywhere near the concessions because their cash

    flow has been such that they had difficulties in being able to meet basic statutory requirements and as a result therefore

    they are precluded from being a beneficiary of any of those concessions,” Mottley explained.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/06/14/sandals-call/

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  • Canadian banks feel heat from Barbados debt default

    http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/GAM/20180608/RBSWCIBCBARBADOS

    How much longer before the leave?

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  • @ Hants.

    From the globeinvestor.com we see that the Canadian owned banks are not shy about disposing of their Caribbean assets.
    RBC sold its Jamaica operations to the sagicor group back n 2014.

    Let see what the FIBC and RBC and Scotia have to say about their operations in Barbados. We know over the last few years and months all of them have seen closing branches via consolidation etc. .

    They have introduced new features and fees and regulations at the retail banking side that points me to believe that they will be further reductions of operations and real estate footprint across the island. I do hope this “selective default” is not a bridge to far for any of them.

    Just my take

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  • Bernard Codrington

    Going forward the GoB has to be careful about the competence of their advisors. The latter have to understand the structure and functioning of the local financial system. They also need to monitor the international economic and financial environment in which Barbados has to operate.

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  • Bernard Codrington

    But let us wait and see how things unfurl. Some times we learn better from mistakes.

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  • @ T.Iniss

    You need $$$$ signs to find a message in any discussion

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @The Blogmaster, your remarks appear to have dropped from Mars…no connection to the reality of Bdos for the last months specially or of the overall tenure of the DLP.

    Why do we as Bajans need ” to know … how does the DLP plan to organize itself to be relevant [as a] strong opposition [to] safeguard the interest of Barbadians.”

    They never told us how they decided to award national recognition to a Minister simply for completing his mandated duties (what exceptional reward did his work accrue to Bdos) among much other silence so why do we need to hear from them now on internal org matters? WHY exactly?

    Are these not the SAME party operators that allegedly enriched themselves with blatant conflict of interest schemes and contracts?… The SAME crew that awarded unethical multi year services contracts even as they conspired to dissolve the people’s parliament to avoid scrutiny.

    What great positive, well meaning plans should we expect from them now in opposition? Pray advise!

    How in the name of all that’s reasonable and just can we even consider that the DLP actually still HAS “respect” for Bajans?…Which Bajans…the ones they see as bribe worthy vote sellers…or the ones they deigned not to speak to honestly for most of their ten years? Which ones?

    So respectfully, how can they NOW attempt to have “an intimate conversation with the public”. WHY now? What about five or eight months ago or even one year ago?

    Yes Mr Blogmaster you are surely asking way too much! Way, way too much!

    But this utter destruction is frankly only fitting following the revelations about the man from Waterford U.

    We cannot and SHOULD not expect anything from the DLP…”[g]iven the unprecedented result at the polls” other than to reorganize COMPLETELY. Period. Full Stop. That’s it.

    We would have to be real ole time Bajan “cock-rats” to embrace them again before that is done.

    Just saying, bro!

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  • DLP Comfortable in the Political Wilderness? Well, they have all the duty free things they ever wanted, cars homes boats, guns, drugs, money from all the vat, taxes, , pay off, all crooks living happily in Bigger homes than ever as the people cant get water or toilets, massive land fraud, and Ponzi paid off well, some even die to make all this happen , crook promote crooks, only two top crooks not in the BBLP government is Sir COW and Sir David all other are in the nest , Alex Mitchell BFP/CUP

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  • The DLP is no longer the government.

    The members of the DLP can talk all day every day because Barbados is still a democratic country

    and until that changes we have the freedom to talk and write sheet ad nauseum.

    The Barbados Labour Party is the ruling party in Barbados having won an absolute majority 30 – 0.

    The Barbados Labour Party will be the ruling party in Barbados indefinitely. They have a glorious opportunity

    to fulfill ALL their campaign promises and rescue Barbados and rebuild from hurricane DLP.

    Remember what Prime Minister Mia Mottley said ““Give me de vote and watch muh!”

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  • These dems have a nerve, though!

    They are a bunch of shameless morons. They are still shell shocked from the shellacking they got.
    A total redwash.

    I really think that they need to do a total introspection and wheel and come again. Go underground for at least five years as what is coming out from the various ministers dont show them in any great light.

    They were so wutless and seemingly encouraged their cronies to rape the treasury as if it was their personal piggy bank. Does anyone remember how the Brek Up Dem and ac used to rant and rage that they do not want the BLP to get their hands back on the treasury?………..Well, now we know why……..as it seems as if they allowed their cronies to take how ever much they wanted.

    Imagine Richard Byer up front putting in an invoice for $750,000 when under a BLP administration a lawyer charged $30,000.

    How about Mr LEC himself submitting an invoice for 1.5 million?

    How about the man who decimated the Police Force with his $300,000 consultancy?

    How about a man being paid $20,000 for two weeks work?

    How about the latest…..a man who is a close friend of St Michael South putting in an invoice for 5.8 million and then settling for $700,000? …….this same man as well as a former AG’s son have been raking in huge fees.

    How about the former speaker who raked in three quarter million for looking over sale documents for a building at Newton?

    ……..and Sandi asked how we got back here?………look no further than the lying members of the DLP.

    I would like to know why Permanent Secretaries allowed the accounting officers to write these huge cheques………….we need accountability.

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  • @Prodigal Son

    Call them out, do you mean Michael Yearwood and Adrian King?

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  • Barbados Today has a headline of an Avanash Persaud speech titled” No more business as Usual” in which he warns the Banks that they must change the way they operate.

    I can’t help but think that they are too many cooks in the Financial kitchen of Barbados, in addition to the PM, there are two Ministers Caddle and Straughn, an Ambassador Mascoll and Persaud (of indeterminate position). There is also an outside agency advising the Gov’t on how to handle its debt obligations, with all these people in the stew it is not going to be appetizing.

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  • These teefing lawyers got their training in Trinidad when they did their LEC there.One only need read the Express to see how the UNC lawyers fleeced the Trinidad Treasury during the Persad Bissesar regime, kicked out two years ago for the same wastage and corruption.That Clico hearing and a host of other cases would have given the Barbados crows the idea to do the same thing here.Millions of dollars in fees were billed.Difference is that Trinidad has a Freedom of Information Act and this information cannot be concealed for long.
    That public servants approved this wastage of taxpayers money should give Joseph Atherley some work to do.Haul their asses before the PAC and let them explain.

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  • “However it befuddles my mind to think that the blp yardfowls have short memories forgetting have to sit in the wilderness for ten long years along having there (their) past leader OSA rejection and fleeing the flock……”

    Mariposa

    Yuh see why I duz tell you to let someone in George Street proof read your contributions before posting them?

    You are comparing two situations that are completely different.

    Yes, the BLP had “to sit in the wilderness for ten long years,” but the BIG DIFFERENCE is they SAT in Parliament……

    …………..not OUTSIDE Parliament, as is the case with the DLP……having not gained at least ONE seat in the May 24, 2018 general elections. Well…….the Governor General made sure there are a few DEMS in the senate.

    Owen Arthur and Maria Agard left the BLP, with both of them continually attacking Mottley. Arthur called her a “despot” and “megalomania,” while Agard referred to her as a “demon in white.”

    However, what you should concern yourself with is the fact that the DLP’s performance during the past 10 years was so ABYSMAL that the electorate voted against DEM. And mind you, the DLP began to lose popularity coming on to the end of their first term. Hence, the 16-14 result of the 2013 general elections.

    As for Owen Arthur, over the years he has lost the respect of many Barbadians………to the point that anyone hardly ever mentions him.

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  • David BU

    While reading comments on the topic “Local Media Dithered As Sewage Plants Entered Failure Mode,” I noticed Ping Pong posted photos of a Clarifier filled with sludge and grass.

    I believe this topic would be ideal for those photos to be posted…… let Estwick team up with the other members of the “Fantastic Four” and explain that situation.

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  • Am I the only one appalled a the poverty of politics generally, and the mess the DLP is in in particular? Having just been rejected by the electorate and forced more likely and rightly to be kept out of government for at least a generation, it is a bad joke for some of the same inepts that led the DLP to electoral disaster are now setting themselves up as critics of the new government.
    Where is the next generation of DLP leaders? Who are the Young Turks in the DLP stepping up to set the new agenda for their party? Where are the DLP members and supporters explaining, from the inside, the electoral disaster that just whipped out the parliamentary party?
    The poverty of politics; the poverty of ideas; the lack of vision is like an infectious disease.

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  • Yes David……….these two non entities for lawyers prior to 2008 are now multi millionaires off of the backs of the poor taxpayers of Barbados ……….and to think that these four morons who sat in Parliament and said yes to every new tax that Chris Sinckler imposed on us now have to gall to be now questioning the corrective measures PM MAM had to impose.

    This all gets me so mad…..Barbados did not have to be in this position….never!

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  • @Artax

    Ping Pong requested BU to post the pictures which have been widely distributed on social media.

    src=”https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/picture-7.jpg” alt=”” width=”860″ height=”778″ />

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  • Great to see the change at the Bridgetown Sewage Plant

    I suspect its built in redundant capacity will become available and some of the sewage being sent to Graeme Hall can be processed in Bridgetown instead and then sent to Needham’s Point without having to bubble up along Highway 7.

    It won’t solve the problem but it could reduce it.

    Now if someone can remember why the tank was abandoned it might be worthwhile because more than likely there was a sound technical reason and that is what needs to be solved.

    Cleaning the tank is only a part of getting it back into use and impacting the problem we face.

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  • I started writing on this article a 1/2 hour ago but, because of the defensiveness of this VPN tool de grandson tell me to use, it wiped the submission after my inactivity.

    Just goes to show you too far east is west

    I was responding to Mr. Bernard Codrington and his very focused comment at 10.19 and i also noted that he had wisely ignored the non entity and deceased DLP

    I will summarise what i had written then so not to be prolix.

    MAM needed breathing space so she did this default.

    2.She was not advised wisely as to how to do a de facto default WHILE NOT TRIGGERING THE INTERNATIONAL ALARMS because none of her advisers have worked with sovereign bonds and DO NOT UNDERSTAND their administrative mechanisms and loopholes that permit her that breathing space.

    These are not like car loans and they provide the latitude for her to have negotiated and not triggered the Bond downgrade

    3.That point about advisors features highly, YET SUBTLY, in Mr Codrington’s article. He is a diplomat who is capable of calling a man or woman, a blasted fool to their face but not saying so in words.

    All of which again underscores what the ole man is repeating IN PLAIN ENGLISH about what is evidently lacking in the MAM third tier – practical experience.

    4.One can only hope that MAM SEES that these persons who have sought to bind themselves to her skirt tails inder of an “otiose ilk” (whuloss de ole man finally get to use dat word instead of “Otto owes” whuloss…The Luminary and the The Sage would be proud of me)

    But let de know-it-all ole man go back here and see whu de grandson doing wid he Stoopid Cartoons dem

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  • Instead of running his mouth as usual to bellow and talk BS, David Estwick should explain this sorry state of affairs under his watch.

    What the hell were we paying these ministers for?

    They should be charged for dereliction of duties!

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  • But should the workers and managers down at this plant bear some responsibility for this sorry state of affairs?

    Where was the leadership?

    No wonder our country was left in such a state of disrepair!

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  • What a crying shame, a national and international disgrace of neglect and mismanagement of taxpayer’s property….of the willful and malicious destruction by the exgovernment of the infrastructures that are so vital to the health, safety and wellbeing of citizens and visiting guests alike.

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  • Sargeant,

    All Avinash Persaud is talking about is good financial regulation and the under-insurance of Barbadian society. Sometime ago we had a big discussion about a business woman who lost her house through re-possession by the bank.
    It was said then that people needed protection insurance – both income protection and mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) – that was the essence of Persaud’s speech.
    He also talked about the new regulatory mechanisms and capital requirements coming down the track, all of which should be implemented in Barbados eventually.
    We do not have to re-invent the wheel, no other nation does. All it means is that we look around the world, see what others are doing and take the best bits from all of them.
    I have given pensions as a example of this. In 1981, the Fascist Pinochet government introduced one of the greatest pension reforms in Chile; it was a model copied and reshaped by almost every leading nation since – from the New Zealand Kiwisaver, to Australian Superannuation fund, the US 4101K, the UK auto-enrolment and stakeholder, to Poland, Hungary, every major nation.
    This is what I will like to see the new government do: reform the NIS, ring-fence the welfare and pensions entitlements.
    Persaud also talked about capital resilience, financial engineering, mortgage repayment holidays, forcing lenders to obtain a court judgement before re-possessing homes.
    Not a single thing that has not been said in BU over the last months.

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  • “the US 401K”

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  • @David June 15, 2018 2:10 PM

    Picture of sewage plant:

    The first picture reminds me of Barbados under the DLP admin. Parliament, administration and courts full of filth.

    Then MAM is coming, cleaning up the mess! 🙂

    All the best for the IMF talk. If everything works out, we will soon watch a grand purge amongst those blue believers in the public service who still sabotage this island.

    No honest civil servant must go home for the sake of an IMF loan. Just fire those who got their jobs from 2008 to 2018 on a DLP ticket without the necessary qualification. That list will include at least 10,000 lost souls. Problem solved.

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  • Typo

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  • The first picture reminds me of Barbados under the DLP admin. Parliament, administration and courts full of filth.

    Then MAM is coming, cleaning up the mess! 🙂

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    You need to understand why the tank was abandoned and …. WHEN!!!

    It may be a legacy of the past BLP administration!!!

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  • You know why I refuse to listen to the former governor of the Central Bank when he is giving his pronouncements of late……just take a look at page 2 of today’s nation.

    He was the economist, he was the one who had the brains and sat in his ivory tower and literally helped Chris Sinckler run the economy into the ground………. a man who was honest for the first time in his life when he said………” I aint know nothing of economics but I gine learn on the job.”

    He advised Sinckler who in turn mandated that the banks invest heavily in useless Treasury paper because we all knew that the government was in deep do do……..and why I am also so mad is that the governor then allowed the banks to almost stop paying customers any return on their money deposited in their banks.

    I also found the article a little alarmist as I believe that once PM MAM gets the IMF funding, the country will honour its commitments.

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  • “Barbados named Caribbean Luxury Destination of 2017

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/167151/barbados-named-caribbean-luxury-destination-2017

    Now what is that – we win gold at Chelsea flower show every year and we do not have flowers.

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  • There is a new IMF study on Barbados:
    https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WP/Issues/2018/06/13/Short-Term-Inflation-Determinants-in-Barbados-45929

    There are lots of formulas in it, so Big Sinck et al, just look at the colourful graphs 😉

    Read p. 9:
    “However, the lower domestic interest rate generates excess demand for FX assets and capital outflows.”

    In other words:

    DLP-gov´s strategy to finance the many lazy civil servants through the stimulation of an artificial demand for gov bonds is the main reason for the depletion of the Barbadian forex reserves. And why? Since the DLP-gov and Mr No did that through a reduction of interests for bank savings. They stimulated a massive capital flight.

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  • Barbados is simply no attractive place for foreign Investments anymore. The DLP only attracted global villains like Mrs Cahill and Don “Capone” Maestro.

    Maybe the new gov should try to recover foreign currency from the many offshore account of former ministers and high bureaucrats who are still in charge. There are many accounts in Switzerland, for example.

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  • @ charles skeete re Caribbean Luxury Destination

    Arrive at GAIA by private jet. Chauffeured to Shandy Lane in a Bentley.

    Your luxury suite has gold plated faucets and heated towel racks.

    Your every need is catered to by those paid to always smile.

    get my drift ?

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  • ” Barbados named Caribbean Luxury Destination of 2017″

    Buh wait ! DE DLP DID DE GUVMENT DE WHOLE YEAR..

    Dah award stinks like de man holes in Hastings.

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  • How could the idiots in the now defunct, defective DLP agree to something like this…no sane negotiator works against their own best interests ..Mia now has to roll back much of this crap that sandals believe they are entitled to…

    “Those like Sandals that get everything without consultation, . . . those who have to come to the Ministry of Tourism, and I believe every two weeks the Ministry of Tourism is taken up with having to push paper, which is nonsense, and then those who don’t even get anywhere near the Ministry of Tourism or anywhere near the concessions because their cash flow has been such that they had difficulties in being able to meet basic statutory requirements and as a result therefore they are precluded from being a beneficiary of any of those concessions,” Mottley explained.

    However, while warning that it “cannot be the way”, the Prime Minister said to loud applause that “one of the early things the Ministry of Tourism will be looking at is how to bring about greater equity as well as fairness and transparency in the management of those concessions under the Tourism Development Act”.

    Responding to a question posed by Sandy Lane’s Director of Finance, Risks and Compliance Joanne Roett during the annual general meeting of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Mottley also suggested that the Gordon Butch Stewart-led Sandals Resorts International (SRI), which benefited from a suite of concessions granted by the previous Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, would be made to pull its weight just like every other “Barbadian” hotelier.

    “I want to carry you back to a speech I made to the Barbados Chamber of Commerce when I indicated in 2014 that I think Mr Stewart would have to become a Barbadian. I didn’t know how much I needed him to become a Barbadian [then], but we do need him to become a Barbadian [now]. And rest assured, Barbados is a country governed by the rule of law, but, by the same token, Barbados is a country that is fuelled by consultation and conversation,” Mottley said, adding that “I have every confidence that [based on] a conversation that sets out what the issues are, what we face, and what we have to do to go forward, we can get people to do the right thing in this country.

    “Let me say therefore, that I look forward to meeting with Mr Stewart on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados and, at the very least, let’s start where we need to start, with the room levy. So I look forward to that conversation as we move forward together,” she added.

    In order to attract the Jamaica-based hotel chain to the island, the DLP administration had granted the SRI a suite of concessions back in 2013, including a 25-year tax holiday.

    This included waiver on all import duties, taxes, impost and levies on capital goods, such as building materials, as well as food and beverages.

    The controversial deal also included waivers on duties for the importation of motor vehicles and personal and household effects for senior hotel staff and non-Barbadian workers.

    When the tax holiday period is over, Sandals will only be required to pay half the “applicable rates and taxes prevailing” for another 15 years.”

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  • Miller…the progress we have been expounding on is about to explode in the US, of course it will leave the backward, lazy and non proactive people in the Caribbean 50 years behind to continue to struggle to survive as the more useless non progressive leaders love to see..

    Did we not predict this will come to pass…only the most intelligent leaders will succeed in alleviating poverty and homelessness…as long as they have vision..

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  • The DLP ! tut ! tut ! what a waste of 10 years with a PM – ( Was he a Ceremonial Prime Minister who operated incognito . slept all day and night . Knew who Mia Mottley is and will explain Mia Mottley but on Election night /morning could not pronounce her name in his concession remarks ?????? A Bunch of wild ass boys who sought to complete the DEMolition job they were forced to cut short in 1994 but returned in 2008 to try to complete it. The people made a terrible mistake in 2008 and compounded it in 2013 .30 – 0 looks good on the DLP – All dem should be made to walk around with it visibly displayed.It is something JUST ASKING saw happening and predicted it 30*-0. I blowing my own Trumpet because it is mine
    On this Blog JUST ASKING said that St. John could have been taken and called on the BLP to concentrate efforts in St. John starting with a serious candidate.JUST ASKING argued that St. John people were in the dark about many things after being fed a diet of pupp by the Sewage loving . Shit Eating DLP they some light and that happen eventually.
    DLP -The worst ever Government in the history of Governments anywhere in the world and other places
    The worst Prime Minister. The worst Minister of Finance.The worst Cabinet The worst worst Ever !!!

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  • @T.Inniss June 15, 2018 6:13 AM “prostrate before the public?

    A little prostrating before the ELECTORATE won’t hurt wunna poor great poppets.

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  • @T.Inniss June 15, 2018 7:17 AM “I will re-read a third time to see what hidden message I have missed.”

    Dear T. Inniss: Let me help you. The hidden message is that a little humility never hurts.

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  • @Artax June 15, 2018 7:42 AM ““The Fantastic Four””

    Nothing fantastic about these four.

    More like the rump of the DLP. Lolll!!!

    Rump=the hind part of…

    Rump=a small or unimportant remnant of something originally larger

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  • @David June 15, 2018 7:52 AM “The [DLP] as a party…needs to have an intimate conversation with the public.

    Please note that we DO NOT, repeat DO NOT wish to be intimate with any of DEM.

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  • @Tron June 15, 2018 7:16 AM “Canadian business banks which form the backbone of the local financial system, face billions of losses.”

    So what did the Canadian banks, those folks who charge 22% on credit cards, and who pay 1/4 % on savings do with the billions of dollars which they raped off the Barbadian people?

    They lost those billions too?

    We brek’ but we ain’t foolish.

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  • @Gabriel June 15, 2018 8:14 AM “The kaisoman got it right.”

    The kaisoman/griot is ALWAYS right.

    Listen.

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  • PIECE UH DE ROCK YEAH RIGHT

    And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? Acts 8:30

    One of the things that bajans have to do is (i) watch and then (ii) try to understand (as incredibly hard as that is) the intelligence level of the MPs and Senators

    If one has the time to waste on a Tuesday or Thursday, park yourself in front of an idiot box and watch the 4 year season of “The Blatantly Ignorant” not to be confused with “The Bold and the Wufless” that used to show on CBC Reporting Lies a while back.

    What some of you will see there( those of you that understandeth) is the embodied dredges of society speaking to a nation of supposedly literate people AND INCREDIBLY, we the sheeple listen to them.

    Now I have attached a single item and a collage of images which will hopefully remind people WHY these four bandits SHOULD NEVER SEE THE INSIDES OF PARLIAMENT AGAIN.

    But I would ask the Great Archiver Artaxerxes IF HE COULD USE HIS CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES and retrieve the tape of Stinkliar’s “0.07% or 0.7% or 7%” cretin speech in Parliament!

    Now this is why de ole man has said that de ole man an me grandson will wuk for free to ensure that these illiterati WILL NEVER SEE THE HALLS OF the HoA again.

    They are woefully ignorant and it would only be a simian that would think of voting any of them in AGAIN and I am sure that we are not IDIOTS whu after all we now have peple like Prescod and Sandra and Lynette…

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  • piece uh de rock yeah right

    As I had said previously that i would give a collage as a reminder of these teives and scoundrels.

    De grandson is still sleeping so de ole man could not enlist his skills with some thoughts de ole man had so i had was to be content with what was available

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  • Imagine the DLP was still in power. The “Fantastic Four” wouldn´t fix the Bridgetown sewage plant but let trees grow in the tanks and fill COW´s and Baloney´s big pockets.

    We do not need any apology, so-called reverend “Dr” Durant. We need a DPP and a Royal Barbadian Police investigating and prosecuting everybody who profited from 10 years of economic terror. However, we all know this will never happen since Barbados is still one big plantation where the minions have to follow the orders of higher powers.

    Plantocrats like Durant can just access their rich accounts to relocate to North America, London or Switzerland. But 95 % of the population traumatized by economic racism from 2008 to 2018 cannot. Their accounts are empty.

    PM MAM must change this and establish the rule of law where former ministers are responsible for their deeds.

    No justice, no future for Barbados.

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  • @T.Inniss

    You read or heard what former Senator Dr. Reverend David Durant opined about the DLP’s behaviour in the last campaign? He is a dem, deal with it!

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  • While we are dealing. Let’s deal with the fact that barbados defaulting on its loan was done without accountability and transparency and poor advise as it has now been revealed by International creditors
    Mia Mottley has placed barbados in the category of that as a failed state and a banana republic where its goverance cannot be trusted

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  • Now Toni Moore opens her both mouth and tells a huge lie about what the Unions were expecting
    Toni what was that call for the big meeting via Television all about
    Then afterwards meeting after meeting asking govt to meet the demands of that 23%followed by strikes and marches
    Then even after govt made an offer of 49million did not the Unions reject saying it was not enough
    Lady do you not have any shame to accept a paltry 5% which amounts to crumbs falling off the masters table and tell the members to partake there of
    For certain you can be easily described as a political prostitute of the highest order

    ###:::respect due for peoples intelligence

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  • Btw David have you read how much credit card debt barbadians have amassed
    Also are you cognizant of the fact that in a mere two weeks Mia has added more debt to the barbadian household with new taxes
    Also are you aware that with oil prices reaching new highs that most barbadians would be squeezed finacially to the brink of bankruptcy because of job losses
    The financial outlook for Barbados household took a nose dive in a mere two weeks with Motley actions which are draconian having fall outs that would strangle domestic credit worthiness and increased inflation

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    I don’t listen to any nuisance pollsters and political scientists whatever those are, if they were any gopd at what they did and were able to read the mood of the country leading up to May 24th…they would have seen the 30-0 destroying of DLP by the electorate miles on its way……..as those on BU had been calling for and projecting fpr 2 full years. .

    The one thing the island will never need on the political landscape ever again is a return to the destructive 2 party system….not after the people’s 52 year old experience of deceitful, secretive, dishonest politicians from the now dead duopoly……

    The best move for the population at this time, watch how these current ministers perform, judge them and reelect based on performance. ….at equates to the salaries and perks they receive from taxpayers…reelect them ONLY IF…they have worked for your money…

    The 3rd parties should stay in their place, do not disband, so that the electorate can have another 6 or 7 group of candidates to choice from in each party, depending on how the current ministers perform…

    What 2 party system what….Wickham really needed to stop his visionless nonsense, it serves no purpose in this era….2010 is long gone…his mouthings have become useless.

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  • Third parties is irrelevant in securing barbados social and economic decay their voices only lend to space and to help the blp yardfowls distract from the IMF further impact of draconian policies already started by Mia and her crew
    Listening to Toni Moore wanting not to place blame on their shortsighted aporoach in accepting govt offer and now settling for crumbs with further attaching a tag of joblessness is pathetic

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  • Mariposa
    The figures on credit card spend are for the year 2017, so tell us why Barbadians were relying so heavily on credit cards under the DLP. Your constant harping about hardship as a result of the recent budget appears to be alarmist. Let’s take someone with an annual income of $80,000, since the income tax rate changes only affect those earning above $75,000. Annually, the water/sewage charge will be approx. $548; 1% Health Levy $550; income tax at an additional 6.5% for income above $75,000 will result in an additional $325. A total of $1423 more per year. With the abolition of road tax, the fuel tax starts in the negative and an individual can control the final cost to some extent. I will not touch the abolition of the 10% NSRL, but will remind you that UWI’s annual tuition fees are: Law $9,000; Soc. Sci/Humanities/Sci & Tech. $6000. Mia and the BLP gine cause you many sleepless nights.

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  • Enact, legislate, declare and enforce these laws..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/06/16/antigua-investigation-commission-wants-to-probe-activities-of-former-minister/

    “The Integrity Commission says there are grounds to begin an investigation into the activities of former investment and trade minister, Asot Michael, who stepped down last month amid speculation that he was among Caribbean politicians who had received bribes from a British investor.

    In a statement, the Integrity Commission said the investigation would fall under the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act, both enacted in 2004.”

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  • Please listen to our PM’S Press conference now on.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Prodigal Son June 16, 2018 2:35 PM

    Barbados was a hair’s breadth away from the ‘official’ Devaluation of its dollar.

    The Bajan people ought to see MAM as their Joan of Arc; at least for the time being.

    That ‘reported’ US $ 220 million in foreign reserves left by that once boastful Deceitful Lying Party is made up mainly of special drawing rights (SDR’s held with the IMF) and non-liquid assets held overseas and difficult to convert into hard currency to pay for vital imports and services provided overseas like maintaining the ‘excess to requirements’ overseas embassy officials and unproductively useless missions and offices.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Well Well and Consequences

    What you said is precisely the strategy thst any bajan should have

    “…The best move for the population at this time, watch how these current ministers perform, judge them and reelect based on performance. ….at equates to the salaries and perks they receive from taxpayers…reelect them ONLY IF…they have worked for your money…”

    Determine the monetary value of their contributions

    Compute their salaries and then divide their contributions by the salary

    Any ratio that is less than 20:1 means that the parliamentarian should be fired because at that level with a $4 billion economy and 30 MPs you have to operate at that rate of return OR GO HOME

    I GOING GET de grandson compose a Stoopid Cartoon on what you just said ok?

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  • As Mia says….We got this….Barbados is once again coming back to life.Mia exudes confidence and that is going to be good for all citizens.We want her to examine all infelicities and pass all the legislation required to make the Stuart cabinet explain to the public where the 9 billion dollars gone in debt they amassed over the last 10 years.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ The Sage Annunaki

    You said and I quote “…and services provided overseas like maintaining the ‘excess to requirements’ overseas embassy officials and unproductively useless missions and offices…”

    De ole man very sorry but you see me?

    I would bring back home every one of dem effers and retool with the “lean mean fighting machine

    Any embassy WILL BE MANNED BY PEOPLE WHO AGREE TO DELIVER A SPECIFIC TARGET.

    END OF STORY!

    And I ent care if Senator Caswell Franklyn complain bout what I doing Eid de rights of he Unity members who word there, dem going home.

    This is not a time for games or friendship.

    Either wunna deliver or wunna through de eddoes…

    But den again de ole man ent de PRIME minister and I ent bringing home people from the diaspora wid fluffed up CVs to be senators

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  • @millertheanunnaki June 16, 2018 2:59 PM

    Didn´t Tron tell everybody on BU that the official numbers for the forex reserves are made up?

    Since the reserves are ex officio ZERO Tron issues his apology to PM MAM. Declaring default was a MUST to avoid criminal acts for delays in filing for insolvency. Do not forget that Barbados waived immunity for the Credit Suisse loan! PM MAM needed to act to avoid liability.

    Well done. PM MAM forever.

    However, why are the DPP and the Royal Barbadian Police not investigating a possible credit fraud and other acts like delays in filing for insolvency, committed by Big Sinck??? Is he above the law???

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  • I hope the Hon PM will find a role for those senior civil servants who all opted for early retirement rather than work with criminals and be tainted for life and those who were forced into early retirement by the vindictive Dems.

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  • exgovernment ministers…ALL of them should be led away in handcuffs….going forward Bajans have to be very careful and very aware of whom they are voting into parliament as candidates and their representatives.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/167513/creditors-concern

    “Their intention was to “engage with Barbados with regard to its present situation, to facilitate communication among creditors, and to pursue any appropriate actions”.

    “The committee believes that any future interactions with Barbados should be conducted in a manner consistent with the G-20-endorsed Principles for Stable Capital Flows and Fair Debt Restructuring, which include transparency and timely flow of information, open dialogue, good faith actions, and fair treatment among creditor classes,” said officials of Newstate Partners LLP.

    The firm urged holders of Barbados external commercial debt who were interested in receiving more information to make contact.

    Government recently announced that it had appointed White Oak Advisory Ltd, based in London, to act as its financial advisor in the debt restructuring process. The Mia Mottley administration also said it had retained the services of New York-based Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as external legal advisor.”

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  • Piece…only you and your grandson can get it right just so.

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  • Mia had to choice but to move very quickly, the exgovernment willfully sunk the island ..it was willful because they could have done much better if they really wanted to…no one could be that stupid unknowingly.

    “Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the island’s arrears are closer to $1.9 billion, as new debts are discovered, weeks after she led her Barbados Labour Party to a 30-0 victory at the polls.

    She cited a lease payment of $3.8 million due for the Sanitation Services Authority “for an unoccupied building”.

    But the Prime Minister is assuring the country that her administration is equipped to get Barbados out of the current mess.

    She noted that while it usually takes about nine months to reach an agreement with the IMF, she is hopeful that Barbados will not have to wait that long.”

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  • Thanks @millertheanunnaki for your 2:59 pm post re: “non-liquid assets held overseas and difficult to convert into hard currency to pay for vital imports and services provided overseas like maintaining the ‘excess to requirements’ overseas embassy officials and unproductively useless missions and offices”.

    Since 2011, the Ottawa office of the High Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States was closed for ‘financial reasons’ and replaced by an Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service working in conjunction with the Canada/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme. Part of the rationale for the measure was toward consolidation and reinforcement of the OECS consular operations in Toronto. Any lessons for Barbados – seven years later?

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  • Makes perfect sense so far……

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/06/16/public-sector-job-cuts-would-be-a-last-resort-pm-mottley/

    “As the Government prepares for continued negotiations with a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prime Minister Mia Mottley has assured public sector workers there are no immediate plans to cut jobs.

    In fact, Mottley said job cuts in the public sector would only be done as a last resort.

    “To the extent there are any at all it is going to be the result of a rationalization only with the greatest, greatest delay,” said the Prime Minister this afternoon at a press conference held at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael.

    She indicated that in the event Government has to go the route of laying off public servants, they would be provided with income-earning alternatives under the Government’s Procurement Act.

    “Even if there is a need for any form of job cuts . . . we have said that we will seek to work with those persons in good faith,” she said.

    “We will look at onset legislation for procurement that allows persons to be able to benefit from a percentage of government procurement, or those who may prefer to farm we will give them access . . . or in terms of vending.

    “We are not prepared to do as the last government did or the government did in 1991 . . . [and] say job cuts first,” she added.”

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    Wunna Stay Comfortable in the Political Wilderness

    But whatever wunna do Remember Fumbles MUST Never EVER sit in the HOA again

    He and a few more

    If wunna going for one uh dem De Ole Man thinks that Verla DePeiza is the most reasonable of all uh dem

    Bulldog need he medication

    Stephen the short me crutch Hitler steupseee

    Pornville is a turncoat and is not to be trusted

    IT IS TIME FOR A NEW VISION AND Verla is flexible

    BUT REMEMBER IT IS FUMBLES WHO GIVE WUNNA 30 – LOVE!!!

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    Remember 30 – Love and to vote Fumbles out

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