Senator Caswell Franklyn Fired by the Nation Newspaper

The blogmaster regrets to share the news that Senator Caswell Franklyn was dismissed this week (12 June 2018) from the role as a columnist at the Nation Publishing Company. Senator Franklyn has established a reputation as a  social commentator who is never afraid to challenge kith or kin. One would have thought given the paucity of Opposition in the House of Assembly the Nation newspaper would have seen the benefit in giving a platform to one of two Opposition Senators in a configuration where the Lower House is represented 29 to 1 and the Governor General had to exercise a razor thin judgement to appoint the leader of the Opposition.

The blogmaster hates the idea that the Senator was fired because he was critical of the government in his one and only column as an Opposition Senator.

139 thoughts on “Senator Caswell Franklyn Fired by the Nation Newspaper


  1. The blogmaster is urging all civic minded Bajans everywhere to bycot the Nation newspaper.

    @PUDRYR

    Could you make a cartoon 1550×500 with the message ‘Boycott the Nation Newspaper for Dismissing Senator Franklyn or some similar message and email to BU please?


  2. This is a very strange decision. Do members of Parliament no longer have a right to be columnists? I think the public need to know the rules of engagement at this newspaper.


  3. @ The blogmaster
    I think it is sad that Caswell has not been allowed to continue writing in the prevailing circumstances despite the letter stated traditional policy as its rationale. However, it is also unfortunate that you would make the unsubstantiated claim that “The blogmaster hates the idea that the Senator was fired because he was critical of the government in his one and only column as an Opposition Senator.” That statement is misleading and does help the many persons who would naturally support regardless of political inclination. That said, I wish Caswell the best, and I wish traditional and non-traditional media to play crucial roles without the distortions. Cheers and best to BU.


    • @George

      Traditional rationale what!

      The blogmaster is aware that all it would have taken is for the editors to recommend to the Board that there would have been merit in making Caswell’s column an exception given the political landscape post the recent general election. Why stand on ceremony when there is a bigger issue to address?


  4. It would be interesting to see if they would refuse to publish feedback submitted by Caswell through letters to the Editor etc.


  5. @ David

    I do not disagree with your beef with the Nation, but if you reread the statement that you made which I highlighted, you would realise that it is speculative, and even if accurate, is not substantiated by anything contained in the highlighted letter.


  6. In a dictatorship the first casualty are those who oppose govt policies.
    David you are being watched stay on course if you want to be safe


  7. @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    I am just seeing this entry and request.

    I am getting ready to leave out to go to a place that is *** but I shall speak to the grandson and deliver the items tonight when I get back


  8. @ George,

    Are you not also being speculative when you guess at what is not substantiated in the letter? Are you so naive as to expect that the letter would include such justification? Get real!


  9. Mariposa
    Who is watching? You tell too many lies!! Mia and the BLP will not seek to silence anyone. If that were the case, they would not have sought to have 2 DLP members appointed to the Senate. In addition to his platform via the Senate, Caswell can continue to submit his articles to BU; no one is dependent on the traditional media in this age of social media. Is Clyde still writing his article?
    Eric Smith needs a refresher course in English by the way.🤣🤣


    • @enuff

      We are dealing with a principle here not so? The fourth estate’s mandate is to be a guardian of freedoms in a society. Given the threat to our democracy given the recent result this is not the time to retreat to a traditional practice when the current state calls for precedent setting decisions.


  10. Well he lasted long !

    From May 25 ,2018 Nation news declared it is ” REDWASH ” !!!

    Since that announcement by the Nation news & Caswell appointment to the Senate – Caswell was often seen in public wearing a blue shirt !

    In direct contradiction to the dictates and satisfaction of the Nation news !!

    Welcome to DICTADOS !!

    BARBADOS 🇧🇧 is no more !!!!


  11. Mariposa
    Wasn’t Peter Wickham banned from even entering CBC by the last government, and the then Opposition refused coverage or advertising? The lies and gall eh. Go call Maureen.


  12. Caswell boy I wish you well.

    Carry on just as you started.When no one can boast of having you in their pocket,then you are your own man.


  13. David

    It is good to see you have found your VOICE & CONSCIENCE !

    Keep it up and you will get the NOBEL PRIZE for LITERATURE this year !!!

    🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼


  14. This is strange……..did Frances Chandler not have a column when she was a Senator or did she start after the past GG did not re-appoint her to the Senate?


  15. Mariposa

    You are quite correct !

    We are possibly on the path to DICTATORSHIP !!!

    We have to hope that David (BU) don’t buckle and close down this site !


  16. Prodigal
    Frances was an Independent Senator.

    David
    Given the paucity of Opposition members in the Parliament, I see no issue with Caswell’s column. I have often argued that if we allowed partisan columns and talk show moderators from all sides, the richer our national debate would be. However, I wouldn’t go as far as to call for a boycott.


    • @enuff

      What is the difference between an independent senator appointed by the GG and the other by the Opposition leader as far as the Nation rules of engagement is concerned? Both had the House of Assembly to espoused their views?


  17. But looka my crosses though…………the brek up dem who was on BU weekly lambasting the Nation for having Caswell as a columnist is now defending Caswell………….no wonder you all have been relegated to the dustbin of history.


  18. T INNIS
    RE Carry on just as you started.When no one can boast of having you in their pocket,then you are your own man.
    PEOPLE DONT LIKE YA WHEN YA IS YOUR OWN MAN, SIR…………JUST LIKE HOW THEY DONT LIKE MY BOY, DONALD


  19. …and then they were the numerous unappointed members of the government propaganda team hosting the call in Programmes. Who wants to start the list? Will we be hearing Mc Clean, Marshall et al soon again?


  20. Honourable Senator Caswell Franklyn will be OK . Dont worrry !
    Always lands on his feet. Up and On


  21. David
    Independent means you can lambaste government or Opposition. I repeat I see no issue with Caswell continuing. In any event the BLP train is going full steam ahead–transformation. Watch we!


  22. GP

    What you think about the meeting with North Korea?

    I am not sure if I am missing something.Its either the Donald strategy of flattery with ‘little rocket man’ will win out or he just ain’t got that man figured out properly.


  23. And these news conference give me the heebi shivers. I keep asking myself how it is that no media outlet ask questions.
    Is Barbados seeing the early makings of a dictatorship and there is no opposition to oppose it
    What manner or path have barbados taken
    First govt defaults on loans without transparency to public or giving notice to creditors
    Now barbadians are being fed political rheteoric and told to follow and watch me.


  24. I think Trump strategy of being bellicose and acting crazy like david did when he was before King Saul may have brought Nr Korea to the table instead of the decades old – softly,softly approach.


    • Do not think for one minute your silly and puerile attempt to post nuisance comments about Trump have gone unnoticed. The blogmaster will intervene when necessary.


  25. Strange indeed Mariposa – these ‘watch me’ comments.

    We at Queens College or we running a government?


  26. re T.Inniss June 16, 2018 8:42 PM

    GP What you think about the meeting with North Korea?
    INTERESTING START………….BUT WE MUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT………AND THEN DOWN THE ROAD

    WHAT IS CLEAR TO ME IS THAT DONALD IS MUCH SMARTER THAN ALL THE UNACCOMPLISHED PUNDITS, WHO HAVE ONLY TALKED THE TALK, BUT HAVE NEVER EVER WALKED THE WALK.

    re I think Trump strategy of being bellicose and acting crazy like david did when he was before King Saul may have brought Nr Korea to the table instead of the decades old – softly,softly approach.

    I SEE THAT YOU HAVE READ THE OT, AND CAN RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH AND DRAW SUITABLE ANAOLGIES THEREFROM. I AGREE WITH YOU


  27. Fractured J/A,you back on here spreading misinformation about dictatorship.You are not shame?All your predictions fell back in your face now like a snake you looking for something to hold on to.Mr Franklyn role is with a private firm ,the Nation who can hire and fire as they like,What is Mariposa,and your problem?Your memories are short where CBC a taxpayers station had three Dem Moderatos ,Mr broomes,Mr Lovell and Ms Holder openly pushing the Dems propaganda on Talk Ya talk,i did not hear any thing from you two,CBC promoting ministers every night especially ,Ms Byer-Suckoo,Mr Stephen Lashley and Mr Donville Inniss.Thankfully all that has come to an end,have not heard the political analyst Ms Holder maybe out of shame.Although I do not agree with the position taken on Mr Franklyn it is the right of the Nation,to make their decisions.


  28. Donald Dump,pathologocal liar,mysogynist,immoral cotsutter,liar,low lifer,black folk hater,hitlerite,yearns for Kim Jung type adulation,liar will likely soon have to face Congress after Manafort and Cohen sing.


  29. @Enuff June 16, 2018 7:39 PM

    In addition to his platform via the Senate, Caswell can continue to submit his articles to BU; no one is dependent on the traditional media in this age of social media.

    Not only should Caswell continue to submit his column to BU, but Barbados Today should grasp the opportunity to carry it.


  30. The Nation newspaper lacks integrity. A burglary occurred at a shop in St. Michael couple years ago. CBC interviewed the woman who asked that her face not be shown. The Nation newspaper had her picture placed/ in the paper the next day.. In removing Senator Franklyn the Nation is telling its readers that they are not an independent paper. when the Media is muzzled any number can play.


  31. RE Donald Dump,pathologocal liar,mysogynist,immoral cotsutter,liar,low lifer,black folk hater,hitlerite,yearns for Kim Jung type adulation,liar IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE AMERICA, AND DESPITE ALL THE HATE AND OBSTRUCTIONS HE HAS FACED , HE IS FIGHTING A GREAT FIGHT AND HE HAS NOT DONE ANY OF THE THINGS HE WAS EXPECTED TO DO BY THE KNOW IT ALL PUNDITS IN THE MEDIA.

    IN FACT HE HAS DONE MORE AND CONTINUES TO DO MORE IN A SHORT SPECE OF TIME.

    DO YOU THINK THAT COMEY AND MCABE WILL SING TOO?

    WHO ELSE DO YOU THINK WOULD ALSO SING IF THE DOJ AND FBI WOULD PASS OVER ALL THE DOCUMENTS ROSENTTEIN AND WRAY AND SESSIONS ARE HIDING OR REDACTING?

    WATCH FOOLBERT COMING WITH HIS BULL SHIT NOW…….WATCH!


  32. These news conferences come across as manipulative which targets people ignorance for not wanting to know the truth.
    In dictatorship govts having no opposing views relies on news reel and socalled news conference to kill truthfulness and gingerly massage the idiocy of the masses in accepting what govt says is the gospel truth
    I shudder to think barbadians have taken that course with eyes wide open


  33. Mr. Franklyn will be missed
    .
    His columns were very informative and topical. I have never read one that I did not agree with or learnt
    something of great value from,
    He writes well – clear, precise and devoid of bias and unchecked personal emotions.
    Maybe it is time for his BOOK to hit the stands.

    Good luck Sir.


    • It is a good point you have made. Shouldn’t the quality of content of the columnist be the only criteria used to determine who a newspaper would want to contract?


  34. Lisa Cummins had a column in the Nation as well, but it has stopped as she was appointed a government senator.


    • Let us get this right, independent Senators are allowed to carry a column, Opposition Senators are not so lucky. Does this make sense?


  35. From the wires trending tonight:
    ‘Trump finally admits that he’d really like to be a dictator’
    ‘Fox host calls for revoking White House Press Credentials after ‘childish temper tantrums’ in briefing room’
    ‘Melanie Trump flew to NY for ‘meetings’,skipping the President’s birthday.
    ‘Donald Trump says he can send 25 million Mexicans to Shinzo Abe and he’d be out of office’.
    ‘Trump tariffs latest:-US Ambassador to Canada receives death threats and white powder’
    ‘Trump adviser Stephen Miller pushed for Border Separation’

    What a unifying force is this man Trump.


  36. The Editor of Barbados Today seemingly has a genuine hatred for our PM.

    Every editorial is anti everything MAM says or does. During the cuss fest on the famous launch night of the DLP………the proven liar spouted one of his usual lies about the Nigerian businessman and his ties to Boko Haram.

    Next edition……….right so….madam demands that MAM answers to the accusation as we do not want any Boko Haram connections in Barbados. She believed every word coming from a stinking liar.

    Check her editorial on Friday night. It does seem as if the lawsuits MAM has been slapping BT with is causing her to suffer from Mia Derangement Syndrome.

    The next judgement should cause her more MDS!


    • The BT editor has an ‘arrangement’ with the DLP to receive insider info/documents in return for …


  37. @David June 16, 201810:49 PM “The BT editor has an ‘arrangement’ with the DLP to receive insider info/documents in return for…”

    Never-the-less, the editor ought to verify the information before publishing it.


  38. David

    I asked a journalist after the elections what is her beef with MAM. The journalist told me straight out……..the lady hates MAM, plain and simple…….

    So I know now how to process her editorials!


  39. Please point me to any press conference where David Thompson is on record discussing very serious matters of state and tells the listening public:’don’t panic’ or watch me.Steupes


    • Let Google be your friend. Hope you guys have assembled to rebuild the DLP? So far to judge from the ‘mouthings’ on social media it is the same tired narrative 70% of the electorate rejected.


  40. @Mariposa June 16, 2018 9:49 PM “the idiocy of the masses….”

    Thinking that the masses [I call us the electorate] tare idiots, treating them like idiots, calling them idiots is exactly the DLP in now shut ot of the Big House?

    Learn some respect woman.


  41. Firing is nothing new to me. I should be used to it by now. That is what happens when you speak out or stand up for what you believe in. When it comes to getting fired, I might have a record; I got fired three times from NUPW and even after that I was still approached when they had a vacancy for general secretary.

    I am humbled by the outpouring of support since I was appointed to the Senate. I am especially grateful for the kind word from David and other commenters on BU.

    Rest assured I will continue to call a spade a spade


  42. “These news conferences come across as manipulative which targets people ignorance for not wanting to know the truth. In dictatorship govts having no opposing views relies on news reel and so called news conference to kill truthfulness and gingerly massage the idiocy of the masses in accepting what govt says is the gospel truth. I shudder to think Barbadians have taken that course with eyes wide open.”

    Mariposa

    Please bear with me as I’m trying to UNDERSTAND the rationale behind your opinion.

    Could you please REMIND me of any situation where an individual, business, political party, etc………held a press conference and brought in ATTENDANCE, someone to REFUTE statements and give an OPPOSING view?

    In the interest of clarity (and to satisfy my curiosity), could you please EXPLAIN to BU what are the differences between press conferences held by the former DLP administration and press conferences held by the current BLP administration that CAUSED you to BELIEVE we are now “on the horizon” of a DICTATORSHIP……..

    ………especially under circumstances where there weren’t ANY OPPOSING VIEWS or REFUTATION of comments during the DLP held press conferences as well?

    Then, in all FAIRNESS, would it be REASONABLE to assume that your above comment could be likewise APPLICABLE to the DLP?

    Considering how your former DLP administration USED the state owned CBC TV8 to the party’s political propaganda and broadcast news items pertaining ONLY to DLP ministers, DLP sponsored events and annual conferences…..does this SATISFY your definition of a dictatorship?


  43. I have one more question that deals with “truthfulness.”

    I recall BU posting articles relative to press conferences held by Sinckler and Estwick, during which both ministers accused the former BLP administration of being responsible for the state of the economy and the problems associated with the flow of sewage on the south coast respectively. These press conferences were HELD UNDER CONDITIONS SIMILAR to the current press conferences being held…..i.e. no opposing views.

    If you were to peruse these BU articles, you would notice that, as “ac” and “Angela Skeete,” you posted contributions DEFENDING the opinions of the ministers…….and DID SO in the ABSENCE of anyone REFUTING the ministers’ accusations or giving an OPPOSING view.

    Could you please tell BU how you DETERMINED or CONCLUDED that these ministers’ statements and accusations were TRUE?


  44. T. Inniss

    I’m curious as well…..so….. could you “please point me to any press conference where (Mia Mottley) is on record discussing very serious matters of state and tells the listening public ‘watch me’?”


  45. “A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t I be like that wise old bird?”

    Two weeks into a “new” dispensation and we are already guaranteed that for another five years the pot will be calling the kettle black.

    Keep up the good work Brother Franklyn. I am certain BU will carry your columns. Its the nation newspaper’s loss.

    Jah help us all.


    • Thanks PUDRYR, would have ‘stretched’ the other one as you see but as you know the quality is degraded some when this occurs.

      Hope you have a peaceful Father’s Day whether blogging or doing other things.


  46. Dat grandson is someting else doah!

    Sometimes I does look at he and I does say “grandson, you know dat you is wasting you time at dat bank?’

    “When you going leave deah and get a real job with a company dat gine appreciate you skills and a cuntry dat will permit you to excel?”

    And he does say “Gramps, I know dat you got a vision for me in dem cuntries but gramps “but how can men die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of their fathers and the temples of their gods?”

    And I does look at he an say to meself “meself dis boy is certifiably mad, why he beleive so much in dese barmaments, whu effing i was he age and ting I wud lef de damn place and let um sink but den I realise dat youth is wasted on the young and he is very young and bewitch”

    Hope springs eternal from the human heart

    https://i.imgur.com/nPi0d4M.gifv


  47. @ The Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please

    I have to go now though for the next 12 hours or so

    I will try to check in later but driving and reading dont gree with de ole man

    Do have a Great Father’s Day

    Of course de ole man expect when he return to get he “blessings” from de readers dem heheheheheh

    Whuloss hold muh I gine fall


  48. Happy Fathers Day Piece and to all the other Fathers on the blog and even to those who have mothered children.


  49. Nation news cannot be considered much of a newspaper, that is the same rag showed 2 underage school children in school uniform having sex on its pages..saw nothing wrong in doing that …..and will also see nothing wrong in hiding vital information from the public that will educate the public because of partisan yardfowl politics, they have done it for decades, no real newspaper does that…..that says everthing you need to know about that rag.. a well established .moral decay and no sense of fairness in reporting to the public,

    Caswell can post his articles to BU, other social media, Loop News…and Facebook….a much wider audience in the millions awaits and he will receive much better exposure than at some 2 bit wannabe newspaper.


  50. Mr Blogmaster, that was an interesting comment re “Do not think for one minute your silly and puerile attempt to post nuisance comments about Trump have gone unnoticed. “…in fact a good LOL moment.

    Is it that the public make nuisance comments about Pres Trump and his team or is it that the man makes himself a veritable nuisance with HIS remarks and actions!

    Most Trump supporters cannot understand or appreciate, it seems, that to speak practically about Trump does not mean that one hates the man…one hates his ridiculous behaviour as the Pres of the USA.

    Is it a nuisance comment to say that Pres Obama would have been cut to political shreds if he had saluted a DPRK general but Trump is somehow applauded for a totally ridiculous misstep!

    Is it a nuisance to say that the man’ is a pathological liar in repeating over and over that somehow the opposition party is responsible for this separation of parents and children policy on the border when in fact the entire process has been initiated and perpetuated by Trump and his AG!

    Is it a nuisance to repeat from Trump that he wants citizens to worship his words and actions as they do of the leaders in communist nation like DPRK orvRussia! The man demands ‘loyalty’ even when there is evidence of wrongdoing and he bashes a free press like BU…just like communists do.

    Of course Trump has made much change and done ‘amazing things ‘ but he has done so in the most destructive and divisive way that was possible….why does one have to be a hater or a nuisance writer in making that declaration!!


  51. Can u please remind me where in the history of barbados since independence there was not an opposition sitting in the house of parliament whose views were not in alignment with the govt
    The socalled opposition in the house is a farce . The leader Atherley has not cut his political ties to the blp by stating openly he is not a member of the blp .In my humble opinion barbados has entered a new political territory that needs careful watching and critical analyse so far what is to be seen is a govt holding press conferences with no voices to critically anslyse what is being told to the public is that of the truth and that should be a red flag which should be of major concern to all.


  52. Not one but other international financial institution has hoisted a red flag at this govt stating that this govt has not followed the rules and guidlines in a manner consistent with the G -20 endorsed Principles for Stable Capital Flows and Fair debt Restructing which includes transparency and timely flow of information open dialogue good faith actions and fair treatment among creditor classes
    Now if this govt makes decisions to bypass its creditors with all information before defaulting on its debt
    Why should anyone not belive that in similar fashion this govt would not withold all necessary information so as to not cause concern or disrupt or disadvantage their course of action in the public mind
    Sorry to say that barbados has entered unchartered waters heading down a slippery slope dangerously close to a dictatorship when their are no voices of opposition sitting in parliament
    It is apparently clear that this govt narrative would be one of a physchological mooring to tell the populace what they want to hear and to control how they think
    My opening remarks about creditors concern with an application to trsnsparency speaks loud and clear as to the way forward as to what the populace would know and how the truth would be measured and dispense by the govt


  53. Jesus Christ! Again we’re focusing on personalities. One individual made it clear that Senator Lisa Cummins’ article has also been discontinued. If true, it shows the Nation is at least fair and consistent. The same people that previously bemoaned partisanship are now supporting an Opposition senator’s right to have a column in the Nation. The point remains that Caswell has a platform in the Senate where he’s free to speak freely without the constraints or dictates of the Nation or libel laws. BU also remains free. Those complaining should start listening to the Senate debates and stop the RH pretense.


    • @enuff

      You are missing the point big time. Here is a comment the blogmaster posted to FB.

      The point is that Caswell who has been a tireless advocate against wrongs in our little island is required now more than ever given what transpired on the 24 May 2018. The ease with which some of us are happy to accept some old irrelevant rule of engagement ignores the bigger issue. The blog is dealing with Caswell and his track record of public service.


  54. Would not Caswell’s columns now carry even more gravitas seeing that he is a legislator? Anyway, I suppose it is the Nation’s call as to who should be the columnists in its flagship publication. Barbadians will not boycott anything… unless it can be done under the cover of anonymity…or secret ballot!


    • @Jeff

      So true but it should not deter those whose tirelessly chip away so that the ignorant can one day see the light.


  55. Mariposa
    The Opposition is a “farce” because your beloved DLP government was a farce; and the people made the decision that the DLP lacked the requirements to be the government or opposition. A decision that was fueled by the behaviour of the DLP inside and outside Parliament, including yours here on BU. #watchmuh #watchwe


  56. Rest easy Mariposa. I feel sorry for you because it is clear your party’s loss hurts you to the core. Our democracy is healthy. I was never so proud of Barbadians than I was on the 24th when collectively they said no to the continued degradation of our country by a corrupt government. If Mrs. Motley becomes corrupted like they we the people of Barbados will vote them out too.


  57. “……….so far what is to be seen is a govt holding press conferences with no voices to critically analyze what is being told to the public is that of the truth and that should be a red flag which should be of major concern to all.”
    +++++++++++++++

    Rather than answer any of my questions, you wrote rubbish.

    If Mottley holds a press conference during which she accuses the former DLP administration of some wrong doing, what PREVENTS the DLP from holding a press conference to explain their side of the story?

    I recall a few days after the contract signed between the Port Authority and Global Ports Inc. was exposed, the DLP issued a statement in the press explaining the reason behind their decision.

    The DLP does not have a presence in Parliament, yet a few days after this new BLP administration delivered its “mini budget,” 4 DLP members held a press conference to criticize it.

    Solutions Barbados’ Grenville Phillips II and UPP’s Lynette Eastmond also commented on the budget…….reinforcing the fact that Barbados REMAINS a democratic society.

    If the DLP, SB and UPP were prevented from expressing their opinions, then I could agree with you that we have to be careful of a dictatorship. But this is not the case. Freedom of speech and association still exists in this island.

    But for you to suggest that a government should hold a press conference and invite people to refute statements or give an opposing view, when such has never been done before…….is ludicrous.

    I suspect that, because of the 30 -0 situation in parliament, the DLP’s strategy is to stir up Barbadians by mentioning, in innuendo, that the society is set to become a dictatorship. And that is your role in this forum. However, they should have allowed someone that is much more intelligent than you to “spear head” the agenda.


    • It will not work, Barbadians in great numbers have become turned off by the tired narrative of the political class.Truth be told, if the electorate had credible alternatives on the 24th the BLP would have felt the wrath of the electorate as well. It is why Mia should realize that she needs to exploit her political capital with haste.


  58. Mariposa has long gone past the defeat of the dlp. However it seems to be a narrative in play to keep dlp supporters mouths closed when criticising this govt
    My focus will remained on govt interaction with the populace and its truthfulness as to whether the govt sole purpose is to ride on an agenda to keep the eyes of the populace close while in doing so delivers a pseudo form of subliminal dictatorship which is hard to see ir undermine but easy to partake
    The red flags of such interaction with the public are already put in place and staged as repetitive news conferences with suttle phrasing and repetitive words to sensitive the mind that what govt is doing is right
    Watch me ! I got this one! words to penetrate and to convince the mind without having to show proof or giving people a need to question or seek answers


  59. Listen up peeps Once again the defeat of the dlp does not bother me.
    I have never seen or met any one of these ministers in ten years or previously so any defeat to this party would not affect me mentally or physically or financially
    However what is upsetting to me is a Democratic process of free and fair elections which can be easily undermined by a govt without a opposing voice in Parliament which can be a for sure stepping stone to lack of transparency ! corruption and other illegalities which would never be seen heard or brought to the public attention
    Already such concerns have been highlighted by international creditors after Mia had a news conference to tell public barbados had defaulted on its loan but fail to give relevant and pertinent details as to how she made the decision and who where those economic advisors in agreement with here decision
    Here now at the eleventh hour barbadians are being told that those creditors to whom barbados has defaulted was not involved in the decision making
    This is a matter which goes to truthfulness and to how what and in which manner the truth would be told to the people

    ####buyer beware


  60. Blah blah blah

    Have heard that the dlp been punished multiple times repetitions does not make a difference most have already dealt with the result
    Now it is time for the new govt to deliver on its promise so far what is being rolled out are a potpourri of poisonous injections placed upon a political rhetorical propaganda of news conferences absence of any form of critical analyses or opposing views for all to swallow

    Not me###:


  61. “However, they should have allowed someone that is much more intelligent than you to “spear head” the agenda.”

    Lol, lol…


  62. David BU

    I believe any individual has a right to support and defend the political party of their choice and to criticize any party they choose to.

    However, what I am currently seeing is the DLP and its supporters have been using this forum to stir up disharmony in the country by constantly pushing their dictatorship narrative, not based on factual evidence, but “manufactured evidence”……..and in circumstances where the current BLP administration has not done anything, so far, which suggests a dictatorship is on the horizon.

    So far, we have seen a government that is willing to engage the public, stakeholders, special interest groups and the social partnership………something unheard of during the DLP’s ten year tenure.

    I believe what these people are doing is wrong.


    • Another thing Artax, this blog is not about yardfowls like ac, do not make it so. Let us change the narrative on the blog. Let this period be about ideas and engaging the BU family who see Barbados first. This is not meant to be taken in a personal way. The country is at the cross roads in a perilous state, all sincere Bajans will have to have country at the centre of what we do.


  63. Mia Mottley holds a news conference on her return from meeting with the IMF nothing of substance pertaining to what concerns the IMF might have about the budget and govt abilty to satisfy its external creditors and internal creditors demands based on a budget that have giveaways that can impact drastically on expenditure and which might in the long term asked the populace to sacrifice more
    Now what was rolled out was a news conference built on steam rolling more of the same stlyed campaign propaganda to draw people into belivieng that this govt have all matters negatively impacting the economy under control which is a grandstylish method akin to dictatorships brainwashing and keeping the peoples eyes closed and mouth shut.

    Relax i got this
    Is Mia fuh real


  64. David

    I am not!! I have said I do not support the Nation’s decision. Isn’t it ironic, however, that only a few weeks ago this “happ[iness] to accept some old irrelevant rule of engagement [while] ignor[ing] the bigger issue” was strongly supported?


  65. I am not against govt engaging with the people given that there is an opposing side to refute a oneside narrative as it is now been seen as the case and is clearly manifested
    There in lies a danger than can lead this govt into beliving that everything they say or do is right because the voice or voices are not there to oppose
    The evidence of which i speak is clearly shown or reflected in dictatorships which use the media to control the way people must think or behave because the voices opposing are muted since they have no way of acessing govt documents in ways that can refute or disclaim
    Here in barbados the media has not been shy in advocating a political bias for this govt
    So therfore a question which should be asked who will bell the cat.
    For certain not a blp supporter or anyone having an affliation with the govt be it Union Private Sector or media
    Yes the red flags are already up as to what kind of goverance would emerge from this mandate

    ###: eyes wide open


  66. Not asking anyone to buy or belive any thing i say in my comments
    However this i would say that barbadians are slow to react and quick to follow until it is too late
    If this govt is allowed to speak without any retraction or criticism the slippery slope of an abscence of opposing dialogue would encompass this country and shut out its abilty to be engaging because of a fear to speak out a fear which has nestled itself within the hearts of the people.

    to thine own self be true


  67. Mariposa

    Of late I am beginning to able to read and digest your comments a little better.You keep on doing what you are doing and don’t respond to the BLP Detractors who feel so smug in their ignorance and arrogance that they boldly declare who is stupid and seek to put their spin on anything that goes against their party’s Public Relations.

    Haven’t you heard Mia saying in her first or one of the early press conference where she outlined what she intends to do and stated – watch me?

    Thompson in a few of his early press conferences asked the people of Barbados to ‘wrap themselves around the bdos flag’

    Now contrast the two -‘watch me’ and ‘wrap yourselves around the flag’.

    If there were honest pollsters around this election result would be dissected for :

    (1) What it said and;

    (2) What it did not say

    And then the mouthings would be different and some people would feel less intimidated to voice dissent – or else the red brigade would jump down their throat telling them ‘Redwash’.

    Don’t only listen to the very loud voices of some of the BLP CALF EATERS – BUT PAY ATTENTION TO THE SILENCE OF A LARGE SEGMENT OF VOTERS – the majority in fact who did not vote for Mia or any party or voted for one of the other parties.

    Long may the third parties live.


  68. Any patriotic barbadian would want to put barbados first and along that narrative all must and should have a voice in how goverance impacts a democracy
    For crying out loud how can any one in good conscience who says that they are patriotic should not be allowed to speak freely without a concern as to how govt presents an agenda exclusive of opposing views
    Sooner rather than later the scenario becomes titled too far to right and almost impossible to pull back


  69. Another thing Artax, this blog is not about yardfowls like ac, do not make it so. Let us change the narrative on the blog. Let this period be about ideas and engaging the BU family who see Barbados first. This is not meant to be taken in a personal way. The country is at the cross roads in a perilous state, all sincere Bajans will have to have country at the centre of what we do.(Quote)

    Well said. About time. We now have to condemn the foul language, including banning the term yardfowl, and calling people party supporters.


  70. David for peat sake the election is over stop your continual disrespect for the dlp supporters who have another point of view that is crtical to good goverance
    You are begining to come across as a spoiled brat having a temper tatrum who dare anyone to take the cookie away

    ##:::##::all about transparency


  71. Changing the narrative of the blog whatever that means
    However i would interpret those words to mean
    ” leave govt alone and let govt do as it dam please” no need for accountability transparency
    Mia got this


  72. “Well said. About time. We now have to condemn the foul language, including banning the term yardfowl, and calling people party supporters.”

    Have you ever thought of starting your own blog, where you can dictate your own pace?


  73. Wishing all Fathers Starting with you David Blogmaster that you also may be Model Fathers for your Children…Your Teachings and Example are what will Sustain them through their lives and for Generations to come.

    Robbie Brown
    I wrote this poem to celebrate the legacy of a man that everyone loved – SEVELL C. BROWN JR. Please share this with your dad and CHERISH every moment with him. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!
    A VISION OF LOVE – By Robbie Brown
    A vision of love is what you are
    The light for our family like the Bethlehem star
    A vision of love, that’s where it begins
    You’re not just my Dad, you’re everyone’s best friend
    You are a tower of joy, wisdom, strength, and spiritual course
    You are a vision of love, and power with the almighty as the source.
    In a world so cold where the single mothers cry
    A vision of love, for your children you stood by
    When confusion is abundant and too hard to bear
    The vision of love from wisdom’s womb, you are always there
    It would take one thousand lifetimes to express my gratitude
    You are a vision of love daddy and I truly, truly love you.
    Rest Daddy

    https://www.facebook.com/rogerlbrow/posts/2139768792970536


  74. Good morning to all.
    I will leave all decision maker to the blog master, but if he banned yardfowls — shop closed.

    No rum shop owner banshis regulars.


  75. Good morning BU.

    I will leave all decision making to the blog master, but if he banned yardfowls — shop closed.

    No rum shop owner bans his regulars.


  76. Neither the current yardfowls nor exyardfowls are strong enough to stop the wave of change taking place in the minds of the majority population on the island…just read the Facebook postings and you see the profound paradigmn shift in consciousness..

    This new age force of like mindedness in the collective, cannot be trifled with, tricked or ignored.

    Politicians/ministers will learn and have to accept that they are PAID SERVANTS of the people…nothing less will appease or please the electorate and the population as a collective moving forward. .


  77. Good morning all.

    What we are seeing here to some degree is the Americanisation of our political discourse. They are “polite terrorist in our case” if we disagree or stop or don’t start to drink the “kool-aid”. Yet we all gladly embrace the right to freedom of speech and freedom to assemble and associate written into our constitution.

    The press or journalist are attacked by some segment of the party faithful. A “you cant believe them because … ” campaign is being waged; on both sides. As DJT once said “they are good people on both sides”. DJT never elaborated on what exactly they were doing on each side.

    I will simply say this. If Any in the BLP or DlP or any other party, think/feel that all knowledge resides within their party HQ then we got a demi-god in our mist. Apparently at least 4 gods given each individual party’s mouthing during last election cycle. (So god(s) in some fashion is a Bajan?) I for one don’t think that will ever be the case.
    Our competitive politics framework doesnot always see the cream of the crop in our society dreaming/aspiring to be politicians. Honestly the “elected 30” are chosen from the selected among the party ranks. If you think about it the political parties official membership as a percentage of the adult population in Barbados is relatively low.


  78. @Hal
    It would be a long day if you told you of my rum shop experiences but here is a short story.
    Some friend of mine were liming and one off us was being tough on a rummy woman. “I wouldn’t hit that if she was the last woman on earth. You couldn’t pay me enough money to …..”. And all the woman said was “Night has no eye”.

    With a few words she had ripped through his hypocrisy and lies. We say one thing and if we think we can keep it hidden then we do another,

    Let me know if you want more.


  79. I agree with banning of the use of word yardfowls. Let us keep the yardfowls themselves but let’s call them “apologists”.


  80. Some Bajans avoid rum shops and those are the ones that scare the hell out of me. Who knows what horror we would hear or what demon we would see they became drunk and lose their control.

    Also frightening are those who can take a good drink, get drunk and not reveal any secrets.

    I will keep quiet or return to the discussion on where to put the deck chairs on the titanic.


    • I was just reminded that Senator John Wickham wrote a column in the Nation for years while he was a member of the Senate

      Sent from my iPad


  81. lol..I do my best typing sin typos or any errors whatever, when I have been sipping Baileys or some other such nice milk creme, mixed with Poncha Cuba of course.


  82. I agree with banning of the use of word yardfowls. Let us keep the yardfowls themselves but let’s call them “apologists”.

    @ TheoG

    Maybe we can introduce a new term of endearment. “confined poultry”; “street poultry” “yard poultry” or “headless poultry”?

    JMT?


  83. re I was just reminded that Senator John Wickham wrote a column in the Nation for years while he was a member of the Senate

    TRUE BUT THE NATION WAS UNDER DIFFERENT MANAGEMENT THEN

    CERTAINLY THE CURRENT ONLINE NATION IS NOT AS INFORMATIVE AS SAY 6 YEARS AGO


  84. ‘headless poultry” works for me, I always called the exyardfowls emptyheaded anyway.

    Caswell……ya got much better media for your articles, Facebook alone has over 2 billion readers, Nation newspaper belong right where they are, in the dark ages.

    No one takes them seriously anyway, you need to brand yourself and go global.

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