The Grenville Phillips Column – Empty Promises

I am scheduled to be deployed to Haiti shortly to assist them in their recovery efforts.  However, the recent social unrest, which resulted in deaths, property damage and flights into Haiti being suspended, may put those plans in jeopardy.  With the Government awaiting the IMF’s directives, Haiti’s experience is relevant to Barbados at this time.

The IMF directed the Haitian government to implement severe austerity, which included an almost doubling of fuel prices.  When the fuel increases were announced, the people rioted.  It should be remembered that the IMF also directed the Guyana’s government to double the income taxes on the Guyanese.

Having had over 10 deployments to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010, including during their elections, I do not think that the increase in fuel prices is the root cause of this crisis.  They know that sacrifices have to be made to improve their economy, and they have made them in the past.  However, after suffering for so long, the Haitian people hate being tricked.

Their political candidates promised to address mismanagement and corruption if they were elected.  The people expected improvements in government efficiency, and arrests of those accused of corruption, before being targeted for austerity.  However, to have austerity forced on them, without the promised efficiency and arrests, appeared to be too much for the people to bear from a Government that promised to be different.

As we canvassed during the recent elections, people wanted to know what Solutions Barbados would do about the gross corruption in which both established political parties have repeatedly accused the other of engaging.  We promised the most effective policy to address corruption.  Both payers and receivers of bribes would have to pay a fine of 10 times the value of the bribe, and whistle-blowers would be rewarded with the full value of the bribe.

Surprisingly, most people were not satisfied with this response.  They wanted the guilty politicians imprisoned.  However, our policy was not to imprison non-violent offenders, but to fine them.  So while we understood what the people wanted, and could have positioned ourselves to benefit from the 26% swing away from the DLP, we were unwilling to damage our reputations by promising what we were unwilling to deliver.

We promised Barbadians prosperity without austerity because it was possible – and it still is.  We promised to improve efficiency and reduce wastage in the public sector, by implementing the customer-focused international quality management standard, ISO 9001, because we could.  We promised to effectively address corruption in the most effective manner possible because we could.  However, the people wanted ‘blood’, and those skilled in political public relations gave them exactly what they were accustomed to receiving from politicians – empty promises.

It is very easy to simply ask people what they want, and then promise them what they have asked for with no intention of ever fulfilling those promises.  Any Solutions Barbados candidate who engaged in that sort of behaviour would likely be voted out of the party at our next meeting.

The public were led to believe that savings from the proper management of the public service would fund their expensive manifesto promises, and not increased taxes.  The public were also led to believe that the arrest and imprisonment of corrupt politicians would immediate follow the general election.  If the BLP and DLP are indeed the same political party, governed by the same prime directive to protect each other from scrutiny, then no arrests should be expected.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and the founder of Solutions Barbados.  He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Well Well and Consequences

    That article on David Berry Dean of the Faculty of Law is interesting.

    You do know that Berry is a white man don’t You?

    I am not one to do the race card thing regularly but when specific people do things we myopes being as informed as we are about these things, we pause due to the anomaly.

    What is David Barry’s angle?

    Is there some legal work to be garnered from this remote law?

    Does this interest in these laws parlay into some tangible currency at the University of the West Indies with Sir Hilary?

    Will this be some sort of a “I am a supporter of wunna blackness?”

    I sorry WW&C if I does be suspicious of white people in this way but…I rarely have ever seen them do a ting for we blacks jes so…dere us always an ulterior motive

    Effing I was there I would have asked him that question.

    Dat is why dem doan invite de ole man nun uh dese places

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  • William Skinner

    Well, Well
    “Two useless ass governments in place for 52 years and none removed that clause, my instincts were right about these negros…most of them lawyers, sat their lazy asses down in parliament for 10 election cycles, collecting the people’s money in salaries, enjoying all the perks, practicing corruption, robbing the people, selling out the people and not one of these vicious negros thought it necessary to remove those clauses that kept the people legally enslaved.”

    What did you really expect of this pack of collective jokers masquerading in parliament since 1966 ?

    Donn’t you see that even those who claim to be for change always end up serving their masters from George and Roebuck Streets Don’t you see how they pour scorn and cold water on the efforts of anybody or group who tries to break their hold on the people?
    Don’t you understand that they do not have the balls to confront a minority white citizenry who vehemently opposes republican status?
    Don’t you see how they cling to the customs of what they still consider their mother country?
    Don’t you listen to their radio stations and how they deliberately engage in promoting cultural penetration?
    Don’t you see that for all their talk, they will never remove the nefarious Public Order Act of 1974, which was designed to silence the then growing Black nationalists movement?
    Don’t you see how they reward their peers and accomplices with Knighthoods and other colonial titles?
    Barbados is their fatted calf and they divide and cut um up as they please…………..

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item thank you

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  • “Your daily diatribe of political poop is ridiculous….”

    Mariposa, by “her own comment” above, she has accurately described the shiite she posts to BU on a daily basis.

    It seems as though when the DLP was in power, they employed her on a part time basis to spread their propaganda in this forum.

    However, since the BLP took over the reins of government, based on the “excess amounts” of her contributions, it seems as though the DEMS have upgraded her employment status to FULL TIME.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Piece…all my instincts were screaming that these two evil, twisted black governments kept those slave laws in place, even before and particularly after the Windrish scandal…I knew this, knowing their criminal mentalities, it was natural they would both do it and say nothing to the people……hence the reason I called for Beckles to research those laws in case there are still there.

    As I said, the british is many things, but stupid is not one of them…

    …if you as black governments for 52 years knowingly keep MY slave laws against YOUR people on YOUR statues books and embedded in MY Constitution I created just to keep YOUR people PERMANENTLY ENSLAVED….AND had the nerve to also keep that information from YOUR OWN PEOPLE for 52 years….why the fcuk are you asking ME for REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY.?.??……are you out of your frigging mind….wuh that is my island and you are still KNOWINGLY AND ACCEPTINGLY….MY SLAVES.

    More the reason that NONE of these governments should EVER be given more than 5 year terms by the people EVER AGAIN.

    I can’t even see Pacha to get another perspective on this Piece…we have been calling this for quite some time….and were aware those slave laws were never removed and deliberately so.

    From I read the Constitution I saw clearly that despite all the evil the UK can be blamed for committing against African slaves and their descendants for centuries and particularly their refined wickedness in the last 60 years…this was not one of them that could be blamed on the Beast in the Palace because human rights laws are in existence to be observed AND ENFORCED by ALL GOVERNMENTS…

    Ya know Bajan governments do not like to enforce or respect the treaties, human rights protocols or charters they sign on to….they are criminals to their own people…this is the worse case of black on black criminality that can be attributed to the cursed and blighted… the defunct DLP…… & BLP political parties….the very existence of the UN proclaimed 1948 Universal Human Rights Laws against slavery of an kind says so…and they should be sued by the people.

    To make it worse. ..human rights agencies asked these black governments to remove those legal slavery laws and they refused, not even the racist US did that after it was found slavery laws were not ratified for 150 years in a southern state…from the time it was revealed slavery laws were still in place…they were immediately ratified

    I bet WHEN BLP is severed permanently from the political landscape in 5 years by the people…the people will learn even more what criminal acts have been committed against them by the 2nd half of these two demon governments…in the name of the CROWN ….while they took slaries from the same population they continue to disenfranchise..and keep as legal slaves.

    ….all the wickedness perpetrated on black people recently were done with the implicit collusion of black governments and for this they should never be forgiven or trusted ever again. .because they have all the tools available in this time to dismantle and destroy all the structures and institutions of racism and slavery …with the knowledge that legal slavery laws are still in place because both black governments kept it that way….. keeping their own people in bondage and they refuse freedom for their own people…despite being asked to cease and desist by human rights.

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  • David BU July 11, 2018 12:35 AM

    “PM Mia Mottley opening our borders to them and signing on to the Protocol for Contingent Rights is politically and morally the right thing to do…. Clearly inflows of Haitians will be monitored and adjustments taken as necessary but a couple hundred Haitians entering Barbados will not cause the country to grind to a halt.”…

    FC @ David… 200 people is Window Dressing that is to make your Conscience quiet down that you have been a good boy…

    As Typical of all Leftist, they Love a Show, they must Appear to be doing Right because it doesn’t matter if what they do is Right.

    Taking in Refugees from Haiti is NOT the Right way to go they are 800,000 thousand Haitians living in the Dominican Republic they are approximately 700,000 living in the US. Many hundreds of thousands throughout the Americas, 200 more persons is not going to Save Haiti it is Always about Good Governance Not Corruption.

    In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010. Haiti Population 11,116,803.

    Sometimes in life we make wrong Decisions and with every Decision we make we have to live by the Consequences. In Many Countries the people make the Wrong Decisions and Ruin follows in its wake. Guyana Choose Forbes Burnham, Venezuela Choose Chavez, Cuba Choose Castro, Jamaica Choose Manley, Grenada Choose Bishop, Barbados Choose the DLP and each of those Countries Suffered the Consequences of their Decisions.

    Most of them are still feeling the effects of those Decisions. …

    “AND WHEN ONE OF YOU FALLS DOWN HE FALLS FOR THOSE BEHIND HIM, A CAUTION AGAINST THE STUMBLING STONE.

    AY, AND HE FALLS FOR THOSE AHEAD OF HIM WHO, THOUGH FASTER AND SURER OF FOOT, YET REMOVED NOT THE STUMBLING STONE.” Khalil Gibran

    Some Philosophies have a Knack of making the wrong Decisions even if they see the person in front of them Stumble, they will go and Stumble on the Same Spot over the Same Thing.

    Haiti has had its fair share of Aid and a lot was Stolen by the Like of Killery and other Local Corrupt people. It is often the Culture of a Nation that causes it to make wrong Decisions. There is no amount of Aid that will turn around Haiti, you have to Change the Culture that causes the Problem, and I think in the Scriptures it is Called Repentance. For Haiti to Change the Culture must Change.

    It is Never a Good Idea to invite into your home people that you do not Know, you do not know if they are Trust Worthy and Judging from how they behave (Culture) is not someone you welcome into your home. If you want to Help them Help them to Help Themselves. A hand out today means an Outstretched hand tomorrow. A Hand up today means they are Two sets of hands to hand up tomorrow.

    People like Grenville Phillips have the Right Idea; this would have been his Tenth Deploy to Haiti. It is not a Hand out you need it is a Hand up you need for the people of Haiti. Give am man fish and he will eat for a day, to teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.

    If I had to Connect the Dots this Ploy to OPEN our Borders to the Haitians is Commie Sing Song Advising our Prime Minister to do So…A Communist Man that does Not Believe in God telling you to do something like it is the Christian thing to do when the Right thing to do is to Help them in their Country. The Good Samaritan did not bring the man to his home he helped him on the way and if the people in Barbados want to help the Haitians do it in Haiti like Mr. Phillips.

    I shared the Idea today about the SEED BOMBS to Help with the Reforestation of Haiti what other Ideas do you have to Contribute to Help the Haitians Help Themselves?

    A WORD OF CAUTION FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION…DO NOT OPEN UP BARBADOS TO WHO KNOWS WHAT!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “What is David Barry’s angle?

    Is there some legal work to be garnered from this remote law?

    Does this interest in these laws parlay into some tangible currency at the University of the West Indies with Sir Hilary?

    Will this be some sort of a “I am a supporter of wunna blackness?”

    I sorry WW&C if I does be suspicious of white people in this way but…I rarely have ever seen them do a ting for we blacks jes so…dere us always an ulterior motive.”

    Piece…these people read the blogs, they are way ahead and can see where this is going, having studied black people as THEIR property for centuries and knowing the myopic, visionless mentality of black leaders….they would know it is time to release that info….for of course other ways to do what am sure was planned in the last 30 years…is already in progress…PLAN B…that black people are always too stupid to see cause they are still covetous of false status, fake titles and paper money…they remain shallow, petty and easily manipulated…they are pliable like play doh….and the black leaders are always the very worst thing that could ever happen to the race.

    It is plain and simple….”we gotta do things another way….cause some were born in the last 60 years with the knowledge to figure these things out”…they know that the last 500 years would eventually throw back those with genetic memories…they know these people exist.

    It is up to Beckles to sit on his hands and don’t make the most of this…..I would be very careful of this reparations movement as I have been saying for months…especially with the Comissiong mentally enjoining a very racist latinx corridor into the mix……and because NONE of them are scholars in the true sense of the word …as they pretend to be….or they would have seen this all this AND MORE years ago, just like some of us have.

    They are paper scholars only ..which does not amount to a hill of beans in the grand scheme of things.

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  • David BU July 11, 2018 12:35 AM

    “PM Mia Mottley opening our borders to them and signing on to the Protocol for Contingent Rights is politically and morally the right thing to do…. Clearly inflows of Haitians will be monitored and adjustments taken as necessary but a couple hundred Haitians entering Barbados will not cause the country to grind to a halt.”…

    FC @ David… 200 people is Window Dressing that is to make your Conscience quiet down that you have been a good boy…

    As Typical of all Leftist, they Love a Show, they must Appear to be doing Right because it doesn’t matter if what they do is Right.

    Taking in Refugees from Haiti is NOT the Right way to go they are 800,000 thousand Haitians living in the Dominican Republic they are approximately 700,000 living in the US. Many hundreds of thousands throughout the Americas, 200 more persons is not going to Save Haiti it is Always about Good Governance Not Corruption.

    In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010. Haiti Population 11,116,803.

    Sometimes in life we make wrong Decisions and with every Decision we make we have to live by the Consequences. In Many Countries the people make the Wrong Decisions and Ruin follows in its wake. Guyana Choose Forbes Burnham, Venezuela Choose Chavez, Cuba Choose Castro, Jamaica Choose Manley, Grenada Choose Bishop, Barbados Choose the DLP and each of those Countries Suffered the Consequences of their Decisions.

    Most of them are still feeling the effects of those Decisions. …

    “AND WHEN ONE OF YOU FALLS DOWN HE FALLS FOR THOSE BEHIND HIM, A CAUTION AGAINST THE STUMBLING STONE.

    AY, AND HE FALLS FOR THOSE AHEAD OF HIM WHO, THOUGH FASTER AND SURER OF FOOT, YET REMOVED NOT THE STUMBLING STONE.” Khalil Gibran

    Some Philosophies have a Knack of making the wrong Decisions even if they see the person in front of them Stumble, they will go and Stumble on the Same Spot over the Same Thing.

    Haiti has had its fair share of Aid and a lot was Stolen by the Like of Killery and other Local Corrupt people. It is often the Culture of a Nation that causes it to make wrong Decisions. There is no amount of Aid that will turn around Haiti, you have to Change the Culture that causes the Problem, and I think in the Scriptures it is Called Repentance. For Haiti to Change the Culture must Change.

    It is Never a Good Idea to invite into your home people that you do not Know, you do not know if they are Trust Worthy and Judging from how they behave (Culture) is not someone you welcome into your home. If you want to Help them Help them to Help Themselves. A hand out today means an Outstretched hand tomorrow. A Hand up today means they are Two sets of hands to hand up tomorrow.

    People like Grenville Phillips have the Right Idea; this would have been his Tenth Deploy to Haiti. It is not a Hand out you need it is a Hand up you need for the people of Haiti. Give am man fish and he will eat for a day, to teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.

    If I had to Connect the Dots this Ploy to OPEN our Borders to the Haitians is Commie Sing Song Advising our Prime Minister to do So…A Communist Man that does Not Believe in God telling you to do something like it is the Christian thing to do when the Right thing to do is to Help them in their Country. The Good Samaritan did not bring the man to his home he helped him on the way and if the people in Barbados want to help the Haitians do it in Haiti like Mr. Phillips.

    I shared the Idea today about the SEED BOMBS to Help with the Reforestation of Haiti what other Ideas do you have to Contribute to Help the Haitians Help Themselves?

    A WORD OF CAUTION FOR THE GOOD OF BARBADOS…DO NOT OPEN UP BARBADOS TO WHO KNOWS WHAT!!

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  • Continue to frame ALL your arguments in left wing right wing nonsense.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    William…although I suspected as much, expected as much….saw that this is the reality…..but still needed confirmation…I am still vibrating with anger..

    …the present government should also be surgically removed from the political landscape in 5 years, they all need to disappear out of the lives of the black disenfranchised population…permanently…

    …..the amount of lawyers elected to parliament should be significantly reduced to 2 only, going forward, those lawyers on the island are some of the nastiest demons to ever pollute and infest the earth, we know what they did to destroy the Supreme Court as a collective was beyond evil…but this is 100,000 times worse.

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  • Barbados is a fatted calf????? Why do you think you got independence you became a drain. Maybe bajans born and bread still cling to the old ways from whatever country they came from and are no different than any capitalist anywhere trying to better their interests

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  • David July 12, 2018 6:35 AM

    “Continue to frame ALL your arguments in left wing right wing nonsense.”

    What a man Believes Drives Everything…If he Believes in Freedom he Allows people to make their own Decisions and Tries to Educate and Inform so that Correct Decisions can be made.

    People on the Left Do not Value Free Agency and Always Proclaim you should Do This & You Should Do That…Taking Away a mans Agency invoking Collectivism by having the Elites make the Decision.

    Be and Original Believe in Individuality Believe in Freedom…

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lawson…ya got it a little ass backwards, UK is still draining the Caribbean islands…they will find a way, by giving aid and grants, they make sure what their white criminal business people who infest the islands get in return is 50 times fold…

    Ya can only fool asses like yaself…the parasites in the UK will always be parasites, that is all they know.

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  • I heard they freed those young Thai boys out of your basement

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “The pending battle is going to be the beefing up of Computer Misuse Laws and their power of seizure etc.

    That IS COMING but I leave that for wunna to fight wunna selves cause “WATCH MUH NUH…”

    Ah waiting for them and that, let’s see if they have the time to do that crap in the next 5 years…with everything else that will be coming down on them by the cubic tons.

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  • @pieceuhderockyeahright July 12, 2018 12:41 AM “Dem ent easy…it is not easy for one body to manage every ministry of government SURROUNDED BY NITWITS.”

    it is unfair and untrue and demeaning to claim that Mia must manage every Ministry because she is surrounded by nitwits. She is NOT surrounded by nitwits. The Members of Parliament and the members of Cabinet or no more, nor no less intelligent than Ms. Mottley. She is of course significantly more experienced than many of her Cabinet. Experience however can only be gained on the job. On day 1 of her election to Parliament Mia was also intelligent but inexperienced, and NOT a nitwit.

    i say let the Members of Parliament be. Let the Cabinet be. Let them do the jobs to which they have been elected or appointed. Let them gain experience and wisdom.

    This foolishness which we have of thinking that one head has all the brains, and this foolishness that we have of denigrating others, especially denigrating young or inexperienced people is just that, foolishness.

    Mia is not immortal, and neither are we. What if she has a massive heart attack tomorrow or today, or a severe stroke?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Simple Simon

    Let me ammm put my verifiable statements in context so you and others comprehend absolutely what I and others have been saying.

    6 clowns drafted an Integrity Act 2018 and of those 6 not one of them saw a mistake that is 50 times less than what Mia wanted put in the Bill.

    We are months away from devaluation tell me which of these clowns have been set loose to convey ideas that offset that devaluation?

    Which Ministries are being permitted to deploy meaningful outreaches?

    Where are the movers and shakers Simple Simon?

    I noted your cuhdear excuses and if you note de ole man actually has suggested a 1 year training programme which she administers so that they raise their game.

    Finally you seem to equate letter of qualification with governance and governing Barbados.

    It would seem that you have forgotten about the last 10 years of similar cuhdear moments and now seek to apply said salve to this lot

    Have you forgotten the fact dat we have had 23 downgrades?

    Or that we just defaulted IN THE WEST FASHION POSSIBLE ON THE SOVEREIGN BILLS OF THE COUNTRY?

    Any village idiot can spend the money in your pocket book Simple Simon.

    That is not brilliance what I am referring to is their ability to replenish it.

    And frankly dem ent many brainaics so dis is why she got to manage every single on of them capiche?

    She is surrounded by NITWITS seems a harsh pronouncement but for right now she got to double check everything Simple Simon

    You is an RN.

    When the Doctor tells you to administer an IV to a patient does he have to look over your shoulder to be sure you don’t put the needle up the patient’s pooch?

    Dat is what Mia is dealing with daily.

    Between Nitwits and Permanent Secretaries in cahoots with former DLP ministers and existing DLP operatives she is doing the job of 26 ministers you understand what I am saying?

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  • “6 clowns drafted an Integrity Act 2018 and of those 6 not one of them saw a mistake that is 50 times less than what Mia wanted put in the Bill.”

    but check out the clowns..Simmons, Mia’s cousin, Haynes, Mia’s lawyer and former Clico Director, the same Marshall. or was it Abrahams….how come Payne did not draft too…I mean, are these clowns for real.

    How was the person they blamed for reducing the fine in the document able to edit draft laws without their knowledge…

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  • The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the European Union officially launched their market intelligence portal, known as CE-Intelligence.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/175548/ce-intelligence-comes-caribbean

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  • @pieceuhderockyeahright July 12, 2018 2:14 PM “Finally you seem to equate letter of qualification with governance and governing Barbados.”

    Nope. Not me. No, no.

    Would a Simple Simon a person without letters or qualifications “equate letter of qualification with governance and governing Barbados.”

    What I said is that I believe that Mia’s Cabinet is composed of intelligent people, but that a good many are inexperienced, and that however experience can only be gained by experience.

    And that the new men and women be given the opportunity to do their jobs.

    Nothing ’bout letters or papers.

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  • Mottley would have no choice but to take the directives of the IMF to get the loans
    Barbadians are in ducks guts
    The inhouse fighting has begun in the Unions
    Annakani head is on the chopping block
    Freundel Stuart must be laughing
    Sooner rather than later the eyes of the people would re-open to a realization that Mia was a fraud

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  • Mariposa,

    You are on to something. The BLP government must now account for the increase in public sector salaries, a bloated Cabinet and its hangers-on, the rise in state pensions – and a rising cost of tax-payer funded travelling. Tears before midnight.

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