The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Enhancing the Freedom of Democratic Expression

One immediate consequence of the annihilation of the Democratic Labour Party in the last general election in May has been to create a vacuum in the populist democratic discourse that requires for its optimal existence the publication of an alternative view to the official dogma.

I am already aware that there exists what I called in a recent column, “a semblance of opposition” in the form of a Leader of the Opposition in the Lower House, and his two Senatorial appointments in the Upper Chamber but, apart from one member of this grouping, who I know for certain will not allow anyone to think for him on any issue, this opposition does not appear to enjoy as yet a sufficient degree of distance from the governing administration to be regarded as a consistent source of alternative views.

In any case, I am speaking of a more radical (in the true sense of that word) alternative point of view; one bred out of the instinctual populist analysis that would take each official political assertion with a grain of salt and synthesize it for accordance with what the commentator considers best for the country.

Granted, these are early days yet, and the governing Barbados Labour Party administration is still in its “honeymoon” period, and thereby entitled to some concession from the citizenry in respect of any errors of judgment that it may commit.

What ought not to happen, however, in a democracy is that this sentiment should result in any alternative view being considered as heretic and its proponent being instinctively deemed a pariah whose views do not deserve a hearing.

Already, I can sense that there are those who are uncomfortable with any criticism of this administration and more so, if that critique comes from a member of, or one considered to be a supporter of the outgone Democratic Labour Party [DLP] administration. Frequently, on the various social media, one encounters the expression of sentiments that suggest that any view critical of an initiative by the current administration is to be abhorred on the basis that on May 25 of this year, the electorate determined that there should be no opposition to the BLP government and moreover, that the DLP should have no further say in the affairs of state.

The first of these propositions runs counter to our traditional understanding of the democratic praxis and, as recent events have demonstrated, the framers of our Constitution never contemplated the occurrence of such a scenario. That it has eventuated may be owed to factors not immediately relevant to this discussion, but it is at least doubtful whether the result of the election unequivocally indicated the preference of the populace for a one-party state, where “no [other]damn dog barks”.

While the latter contention may be electorally true, at least at a parliamentary level, that rejection should be perceived rather as one qua DLP parliamentarian/candidate and not qua Barbadian citizen, so that even a member of that party that was rejected by his or her constituency should still retain the civic entitlement to air publicly his or her views on the prudential administration of the state. It would be unnecessarily churlish, un-Barbadian and undemocratic to believe otherwise.

In this connection, our Constitution does not expressly guarantee the right to freedom of political expression, as does section 4(e) of the Trinidad & Tobago Republican Constitution 1976 that declares the existence of the right “to join political parties and to express political views”. Rather, ours contents itself with a general right of freedom of expression which would doubtless also include the freedom to air political views, both in the narrower and broader senses of the word “political”.

Nonetheless, this freedom of expression is not unrestricted and is expressly made subject in section 21 (2)(a) to any law “that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the reputations, rights and freedoms of other persons…” There are some other express restrictions besides but it is principally upon the law that seeks to protect the reputations of other persons that I should wish to focus my essay.

There is a quaint myth among some Barbadians that our defamation laws are incontrovertibly “archaic”. This perception or rather misperception is owed to the fact that the type of imputations that pass unsanctioned in the US for example would cause the publisher to be mulct in substantial damages in this jurisdiction. In fine, this is owed to the fact that we do not enjoy the public figure defence that obtains in some jurisdictions there. According to this, the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press required a rule that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his or her official conduct unless the claimant proves that the statement was made with actual malice, that is with knowledge that it was knowingly false or made with reckless disregard as to its falsity.

No such defence is expressly provided in our Defamation Act 1996, although that is not the fault of the drafters of that Act, since, even in the state of New York, the defence is a judicial, and not a statutory creation. It may thus be argued that given the form and nature of our constitutional right to free expression, one that pays due regard to the reputations of others, it should hamstring any similar judicial initiative here.

Owing to the need to meet an arranged deadline, I must end here for today. Next week, I propose to continue this discussion on the extent of our freedom of speech and its effect on our defamation laws and to introduce discussion of freedom of information that, I will submit, is a necessary corollary to an enhanced freedom of democratic expression.

109 thoughts on “The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Enhancing the Freedom of Democratic Expression


    • What also needs to be said is that the opposition voice should be coherent read intelligent.


  1. Yes,Yes yes ! I too am waiting on that Freedom of Information legislation.
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    They dealing with all sort of every other thing – vending etc but changes to Defamation laws and freedom of information legislation are the sort of things a mature democracy pursues.


  2. Wuh dat is just your subjective view.

    Who says that there are others who are not finding their view according to you – ‘coherent and intelligent’.


    • Really?

      A view can swim its way from being yardfowl in content and motive by being coherent to an average Joe. On BU we are pretty good at separating the coherent from the BS. You will see, don’t worry. Already we have yardfowl commenters on BU who have zero credibility and are ‘tolerated’. Carry on smartly.


  3. @ Jeff

    “Granted, these are early days yet, and the governing Barbados Labour Party administration is still in its “honeymoon” period, and thereby entitled to some concession from the citizenry in respect of any errors of judgment that it may commit.”

    i completely disagree with the employment of the word “entitlement” in this bit. that word suggests a right. and there is no right to errors committed by a govt in this so called honeymoon period. replace the phrase “thereby entitled to” with “enjoy” and it would be correct generally. i say generally because there is nothing to suggest that citizens forgive or ought to forgive the mistakes a govt makes at the outset of its term in office.

    what happens is that this is the stage where citizens for whatever reason are happy to see the back of the former party and the installation of the policies of the new govt that attracted them to vote for said govt. what some new govts do is to use this period to implement other policies in addition to or in lieu of the populist ones.

    for instance – the BLP instituted a water /sanitation bill that all water users must pay even though they are not hooked up to any govt operated sewage system. that tax substantially raises water bills. i dont know whether that qualifies as an error but i am certain that many who voted for them did not vote for them because they were clamoring for the implementation of that tax.

    the hiring of Charles Jong- dont know who saw that coming and whether it can be deemed a mistake or would have affected the vote.

    the same goes for choosing 26 MPs to be cabinet members in addition to 2 czars or whatever term is being used and senators given ministers. the reason given that there is a lot to be done does not really gel because politicians decide policy and the civil service are the technical officers who implement such policies. therefore if there is a lot to be done more civil servants should be hired not more politicians unless we have changed our operational procedures and politicians are now technical officers too.

    the fuel tax to replace road taxes is a brilliant piece of political gamesmanship- govt will collect more than it does from road taxes. everyone including boat operators to landscapers will pay this tax even though they may not drive a vehicle on the road. the tax is hidden and bajans dont seem to mind hidden taxes

    the immediate embrace of CSME and the removal of restrictions with respect to the right of CSME workers’ spouses and children immediately to work and enjoy our social services. the public was not consulted and i dont whether that is an error or would have affected the vote. i believe there is little issue with CSME among the public except that all the provisions should be implement fairly in all member states. it comes over sometimes that Bim is always asked to go beyond and above when it comes to regional integration.

    i will stop there.

    getting back to my opening statement, no govt is entitled to a honeymoon period or should be given concessions /forgiveness for any errors made during this period but i will concede that a govt enjoys a euphoric period at the immediate period of its term in office.


    • Isn’t it fair to opine that the pace Mottley and her government have set so far does not fit with the narrative of a newly elected government expecting a honeymoon period?

      #justasking


  4. Brilliant observation James Greene on every single point.

    The reason why this article by Jeff is important is because I see Mia using this period of the nation ‘being less vigilant and at ease’ to push through things that the public once it has been ventiliated or they see the negative impact of – the cake would have already been baked.

    Her policies are not coherent or well thought out.

    They are not addressed in any order of priority and more importantly they in some cases conflict with the very mantra the govt has been chanting;that is – the Treasury empty – yet money being spent wild ,wild with half day jobs given to almost 30 ministers in a cabinet which is the largest in the history of Bdos,and add to that the number of czars and financial consultants and campaign personel and political advisors etc
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    Then we note the attempt to squelch any objection or alternative view as being DLP sour grapes,or even more asinine – the reminder that they have no more say in what’s happening ( I suppose they lost their citizenship) – because – well yuh know – 30 -0 redwash and all that.

    Remember too, the journalists in the main are still going along with the narrative that ‘the last DLP govt was the worst ever – and should be obliterated’ – plus right now they are busy kissing the ‘adipose lips’ of Mia Mottley.(Thanks again piece for that one lol).

    Even when they see wrong doing as big as a breadfruit in their eyes – would they have the courage of their conviction to relentlessly pursue it?

    I don’t think so – not this lot.


    • @T.Inniss

      Agree with you that a coherent dissenting voice is important. It begs the question why the DLP as the de facto opposition voice in the minds of at least 30,000 voters have not galvanized and mobilized post 24 May 2018? Are they entitled to a ‘honeymoon’ period given the shellacking?

      #justasking


  5. @Jeff

    This is an fyi, comment from a T&T group chat.

    This feuding is testament to a strong & trustworthy judiciary and is the best reason for us to dump the Privy Council for the CCJ, ent?
    So, PM govt nickel & diming the poor, vulnerable, sick, and elderly for a few millions to buy CDAP drugs for hundreds of thousands of citizens but these same people paying for lawyers’ fees? Is the people’s Treasury paying for these bills? This is a shameless & cruel govt that deprives the people of CDAP drugs in a recession, scolding the people and telling them they are “redistributing” CDAP money rather than these shameless heartless people adding a few millions more so that those unable to afford medicines can be helped in these hard times… but these PNM government people want health treatment abroad, checkup abroad etc (UNC people also got that!), and then telling the poor people to share the bulk of the adjustment by cutting CDAP drugs allocation and cutting health services! PNM, all yuh have no shame! Instead of strengthening and increasing support & services for those most affected by the recession the PNM is busy trying to cut that, cut a million here & there, trying to tell us that cut is real important, trying to shuffle the chairs on the Helth Titanic, rather than adding funds to help the people in an important area: life-saving drugs & treatment, drugs, health services.
    Is this CDAP crap not a strategy to give the 1% more control over the drug industry, over CDAP, distribution etc?

    https://www.jcpc.uk/cases/jcpc-2018-0055.html


  6. the one thing that i will knock prior BLP and DLP administrations for, is the lack of problem solving when it comes to dealing with govt offices. year over year they do the same thing even though there are complaints. the majority of politicians, civil servants and the general public are uni grads or enjoy some level of tertiary education and travel but yet the bureaucracy is stifling.

    and it is not only in the public service. go into a bank any day of the week especially a friday and you will experience long lines. this has been happening for years even with cash machines in every bank. one would think by now changes would have been devised to combat this but no. it seems staff is deployed along the same traditional lines and roles and the problems endure.

    i will be especially harsh on the last iteration of DLP govt in this particular area. i will acknowledge that the economic conditions were difficult more so than Bajans seem to realise but i cannot in all fairness forgive them for not solving problems in how govt function, which does not require capital but commitment to making govt work properly and with ease to end users.

    there is no reason in this day and age that bajans should be standing in long lines to pay govt taxes. not in the era of computers, credit cards and mobile devices. i cant pay my land taxes on line if i dont call the land tax department, wait until a surly attendant answers if one does and then relay my details person to person. that is utter garbage.

    then to import items in Bim is a nightmare. the amount of paperwork is daunting. there is little guidance in how to go about doing so.

    where other jurisdictions have gone to a land tax registry where land titles are listed in a land registrar which states the encumbrances we have the old system of going to lawyer to ensure good title going back 10 or 15 years or whatever the parameters are. for an educated people this in a nonsense.

    so i like where this present govt is going in terms of making it easier to do business with the govt. however one must be v careful in moving too fast and we should still have checks and balances in place. time will tell how this govt will go.

    whereas Stuart talked too little MAM talks too much. as the saying goes, at least mine-the BLP is arrogant in power and the DLP is indifferent and Bim ends up the same place with the same players


  7. @ The HONOURABLE BLOGMASTER

    You would have seen the article I was looking at and its contents

    And you saw how even though it was a complete article that I deleted it and did not post it.

    The one with the Sub Judice and Social media posts.

    You start to see why I started that and stopped?

    Because I saw where Mia and Eddie and Dale are going and I did not want to give them any ammunition to destroy you and other dissenting voices

    They don’t know what you have done AND THEY NOR JEFF NOR ANY OF THE OTHERS OF US BRIMLERS WON’T FIND OUT FROM ME.

    @ the Luminary Jeff Cumberbatch

    While I will read this matter with great interest I will not comment as per usual because there is a dimension to it that you would not know about.

    If you know THEY WILL ALSO KNOW and that is a no no


  8. David why are you always pointing that the DLP voiced has been silenced and what is the purpose.
    This is a democracy and if they were not chosen to be part of the democractic process as a paryy to be as opposition let it be
    Yes as individuals they can speak their peace but for now their voices as a party can remain silent if they choose
    Btw recently about 2 days ago Donville Innis gave his 2 words in reference to contracts he oversee and assigned and was crtical of the blp but not a word of discussion or mention on BU.


    • You are saying the blogmaster does not have an opinion or right to share a view on BU?

      Donville Inniss has zero credibility in the eyes of the BU household after 10 years of dithering as a government minister. Even now he is in the media defending decisions how contracts were allocated after the electorate rejected the party, resoundingly!


  9. James Greene’s first post makes 5 salient points:

    1) That there is no entitlement to a honeymoon period by any Govt assuming office – as some have been promoting for this new govt and there is no right to errors by a govt during this ‘honeymoon’ period.
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    2) He highlighted polices by this Mottley administration that were implemented as soon as they got in which were not the populist policies enunciated or new ones taken.For example

    To my mind there was the cry of bajans are over taxed – yet immediately – everyone including the vunerable 7 indigent were subjected to a massive increase on their water bill which was 100 % more than what some persons were accustomed paying for according to their usage.

    On top of that this govt then removed a fixed tax which was ostensibly to deal with usage of the road and wear and tear etc – to tax which extended to persons who had no vehicle on the road.

    Yet remember the people were told pre 24th May – that they cannot afford any more taxes – the citizens were over burdened.


  10. Sorry it posted before I was finished:

    Just to briefly mention the other areas raised (which I concur) and that being:

    People were not told of the existence of Charles Jong – who was kept in a backroom doing Barbados Labour Party campaign work -and as soon as they win they bring him out in the sunlight and reward him with a newly created government position;

    Finally the much talked about doubling of the last cabinet to ensure every elected MPs bar 2 got a ministry – and this in the face of their open and sustained criticism of the last govt of 17 ministers (in house and senate),and the constant badgering of the last govt not to resume the payment of their normal salary after the allotted time period had ended.

    Tsars,financial consultants,Ambassadors to the Cabinet,political consultants campaign social media guru,overseas companies – all done without any information given to the public on the terms of reference,the cost to the taxpayers,the expected benefits etc.

    Yet we had Cahill and Clico among others being thrown around.

    Double standards I posit.


  11. @David

    on one hand you are saying that the DLP needs to get their act together to provide some semblance of an opposition and on the other you are saying that because they were beaten at the polls resoundingly they should not talk publicly. which is it?

    at any rate it is nonsense. Inniss like any other DLP minister in the former govt has a right to defend himself against accusations of impropriety in renewing contracts in statutory corporations. Inniss responded with regard to contracts of Browne at NFC and James at QEH.

    let me ask this at the outset cos i cant understand it. where is the illegality or even impropriety in any outgoing govt renewing a contract 1 year or 1 day prior to leaving office? what are we saying that the person being contracted is ineffective, crooked or that the minister is?

    as far as i am aware ministers do not directly run statutory altho depending on how they are constituted some have direct or indirect input and some are run by boards which guide them. Ministers are not technical officers and only offer the policies as to how the govt wants to run its affairs.

    so are we saying that in whatever form these corporations operate ministers cant get their policies instituted?

    these contracts usually run in 3 year tranches at most so why cant govt wait and then replace?

    of course the elephant in the room is that govt use these corporations to give cushy jobs to their sycophants who supported them during the campaign period or over the years. whether the past office holder hired during the reign of the other side is effective or not is hardly considered. what is important is room made for a supporter.

    the said thing is that the general public supports this. it is nonsense. what happened to the best applicant for the job?

    Inniss maybe trying to position himself for leadership of the DLP and i believe no one from the last iteration of the DLP govt should be given that role but in this instance i cannot disagree with Inniss. in fact all former DLP ministers should come out and depend themselves. it is only then that the public which is often ignorant or vote emotively can get a holistic picture of what went on if one can ever get a holistic picture of anything political


    • This is absolutely not is what is being said and you know it. We want a dissenting view that is intelligent read coherent which is a departure from the past. So far we have hears nothing or more of same. Stop the semantics!


  12. @ David

    what does a dissenting view that is coherent and is a departure from the past look like, pray tell


    • What is the DLP’s view about the decision to modernize the T&P legislation?

      What is the DLP’s position on the Integrity Bill being debated and will it participate in the joint committee consultation?

      What was the rationale of the DLP renewing some many contracts long before due?

      What is the DLP’s position vis a vis economic policy given declining forex which was in free fall under their watch? Truth is the average Bajan may be hard to be persuaded. Who wanted to hear about LEC?

      Issues about Jong etc although worthy of being questioned are not fundamental issues at this point.

      The point is that the DLP needs to be strategic in its response given post 24 May result.


  13. @ David

    whilst those questions maybe topical and to some extent fundamental to this govt going foward and how it is perceive, how are they a dissenting view that is coherent and is a departure from the past.

    the important thing is that the DLP must examine what happened over the lat 8 years (after Thompson) and see where it went wrong. apologise to the people of Bim for its failures. elect / select new leadership and go into communities to see what it is the public wants from politicians and see whether their policies gel with the public’s.

    sometimes they dont and the public must be led. sometimes the politicians must listen.

    finally the DLP must then come out and state its vision for Bim.

    for me i would like to see a departure from past politicians offering people free to politicians asking the public to be responsible for their wellness, education, progress and most of all their environment.

    we are a mature country now or we ought to be and politicians must become more accountable and so should the public. i want to hear that the civil service will work toward making govt service more accessible and burdensome. i want to hear that corruption in public office would be a thing of the past or dealt with speedily and decisively (and by corruption i dont mean only by politicians but by customs, police, immigration, tax collection, planning etc.)

    and above all the private sector is not an arm of govt and govt should not be catering to them to the exclusion of the larger public. Bim public sector depends too much on govt for their well being. the private sector must spend more of its capital and grow Bim. go into TT, Guy, Ja and buy their businesses or set up businesses etc.

    when i hear COW saying that he is getting no business from govt i cringe, so he may have to lay off people when the road in front of his business is bad and he is a road builder. why dont they give back more and always want.

    education is another issue that needs a frank discussion about. the govt cannot afford to continuing paying for uni education. it is a drain. and we must towards technical subjects. that is where the jobs will be in the future. we must also acknowledge that we may not be able to provide jobs for all school leavers so the focus must be on providing the education and skills that could be transported abroad.

    i would love to hear a new iteration of DLP address these issues


    • Agree with much of what you wrote. The DLP as a party is missing the trick a little. Some fundamental decisions have been made and about to be and the silence of the DLP can be construed by some as a party unable to pull itself up at the bootstrap. Under Stuart it has continued its rigid model to decision a makling. The pace that is required is not expected from government only but from ALL stakeholders.


    • Further, a rebirth DLP must definitely come with a vision that is captivating, compelling, titillating, however, there needs to be a short term strategy. Why is this important? The people resources required by the party to move the party forward appear to be absent at this point, hence a short term plan to remain relevant. What is working for the DLP is that the third parties are not equipped to fill the void.


  14. So in essence BU does not want former DLP parliamentarians to respond to the many accusations levelled at them by Mia Mottley and her supporters – whether these accusations are true or not – whether or not Mia has taken bits and pieces and fit them together to form a narrative of all of dem DLP ministers corrupt – Don’t come and refute that.

    But DLP ministers should respond only to things like what Mia doing to modernize town & Country laws or;

    the foreign exchange problem

    Or according to BU – talk about the rationale of renewing the contracts long before due but don’t discuss whether it was proper to do extend the contracts

    Don’t discuss the hiring of the blp campaign man – because that is not important now – read * the issue of honesty & transparency is not in our view right now

    You think after all that time Sinckler talking about foreign exchange and explaining and explaining and the people said we don’t want to hear you that they want them to now come and talk about that.

    This is pure BLP driven nonsensical talking points.


  15. The DLP need to be bold and address all that is being thrown at them – whether good,bad or ugly – because the window of opportunity is closing when people would pay attention to that issue.

    Also to a lie repeated often enough then becomes truth in the minds of some people – something that the BLP are past masters of.


  16. @David

    regarding Ford or any other. How is it improper or illegal. is there a cut off period that the outgoing govt must adhere to when it come to renewing contracts or issuing contracts? is Ford an illegal person? would she defy the policies of the new govt?

    and most of all is this the first time an outgoing govt has done this?


    • @James

      Are we discussing a new way of governing/governance or not? To cite precedence to support the action of appointing non performing yarfowlsis tantamount to threading water. Are we discussing what is legal a la Carrington according to Stuart or what is right ethically and other wise.

      We need to lift our damn game.


  17. I laugh when I see Mia turning up for Press Conferences with big files – which is supposed to imply the evidence is in there – yet no one can tell you what is in these files.

    I supposed that will fool the simple mind and gullible among the press corp and among the population loll.


  18. @David

    v good question- when does it end? it certainly isnt ending now. it didnt end when Thompson did the same thing – talk about what the BLP did and implemented no laws or policies to change it. and now this govt is walking around waving it about, talking about integrity legislation, making the people believe that IL will be retroactive. well i hope that make it retroactive to encompass the last ten years of both administrations- from 1998

    is it that you want to decide only from the last administration what is improper? man dont make me laugh


    • By the result of the 24 May 2018 isn’t this a legitimate expectation of the public that the nonsense (cronyism )needs to stop?


  19. @David

    if that is the case then the BLP misread the tea leaves. arent Jerome Walcott, Barney Lynch, Farley, Liz Thompson and Wood senators, diplomats or chair of some statutory corporation? and arent they recycled BLP old fogies who appeared on the BLP platform cussing the DLP.

    isnt Adams son who spend the last 30 years outside of Bim a senator? didnt we have to change the constitution to accommodate him and another?

    isnt the fight over last minute renewal of contracts a fight over cronyism?

    man, where are you going with this, it makes no sense


    • Yes there is some of it that portends from this administration, emphasis on portend. What we need to monitor and measure are the decisions taken i.e. the contracts, the improvement in systems to make government efficient, integrity legislation and enforcement etc. Do you see how hard the public came down on Gline Clarke for example? We have t keep the tension on, hence why the DLP needs to step up!


  20. 🙂
    I laugh when I see Mia turning up for Press Conferences with big files – which is supposed to imply the evidence is in there – yet no one can tell you what is in these files.
    🙂
    That was all I understood on this blog…… 🙂
    Good imagery


  21. T. Inniss,

    David (BU), the chairman, has an obsession of the notion of the third party. He is like a dog with a bone. But it shows an enormous ignorance of political history, in Barbados and the wider Commonwealth.
    In Barbados we had the BLP/National/Conservative parties; then we got the DLP and the two other parties merged in to the BLP.
    I have already pointed out the UK party history; same in Canada: the Conservative Party was swallowed up by the Reform party, but the so-called two-party system continues. That is the requirement of a first-past-the-post electoral system, not historical inevitability.
    In Barbados the other parties have five years to make an impression. If they do, we have seen the end of the DLP. None of the frontmen and women of the Stuart government will be trusted by the public for a generation and so far there are no new leaders emerging within the DLP – the Senate aside.
    UPP must go back to the drawing boards, and Solutions Barbados must break free from Grenville and become a democratic party.


  22. Daviid so what so wrong with Inniss defending his tenure in allocating contracts
    Did not Mottley after a few days in goverence defend here asinine decision to expand her ministry at taxpayers cost and award her croonies with govt positions


  23. @David

    so you want the DLP to step but not to defend their actions? interesting.

    the public chided Gline Clarke for saying that politicians should be paid more and they would not be corrupted or words to that effect but the public didnt chide Marshall, Mottley, Liz Thompson, Mascoll for their doings in last BLP administration. again interesting

    incidentally i agree with Clarke. Politicians should be paid well. it is an important position. we should then demand a lot from them and hold them accountable for their actions. even jail and hang them when they are corrupt


    • Didn’t Clarke participate on a party platform where increasing salaries was not an issue? Sure the DLP can defends the decisions like they did on the politician platform and soundly rejected. Where is the sense in it?

      Looking forward to who win office to move the party forward, please say not Donville Inniss. Until the UPP, SB or some others step up we have a lot riding on successful transformation of the DLP taking hold.

      We voted for change Sir, will you be that change?

      #moreofthesame


  24. @David
    Why don’t you cut the DLP some slack? They don’t have to “hit the ground running” as per the Gov’t. they have to reflect and reassess and determine who the leadership will be going forward after the shellacking it received. Meanwhile Donville has been defending his Gov’t’s position (and has been heavily criticized) while lamenting the fact that many of his colleagues have absented themselves from the battlefield.

    To return to Jeff’s point about Opposition, the “real” Opposition leader in totally unprompted remarks asked the Gov’t not to create any legislation to prevent MP’s from crossing the floor. Comedy Central should give invite him to its “Open Mike” auditions.


    • @Sargeant

      One must be hopefully that Senator Caswell will be able to whip him into shape although it must be said Caswell serves at his pleasure:-)


  25. Charles Herbert remains chairman of the Goddard Group.

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    A media release today sought to clarify claims that Herbert, who is also head of the Barbados Private Sector Association, had been removed. (Quote)

    Interesting. A man on bail suspected of drug trafficking is still the active chairman of a listed company? Barbados is a failed state.


  26. @ James Greene

    The DLP is DEAD . On the 24 May 2018 the voters in Barbados removed the DLP 30 pieces of gangrene from the Government


  27. It is good to watch the side issues.
    It’s funny how one actuary becomes ‘rich as shite’ and another had to run ” back to Trump land”

    Last year I had to tell a Trini that actuarial science was not my expertise and I was prepared to give him WB name. The Trini was vying for a contract which involved a lot of actuarial work.


  28. @ James Greene

    Over the last 10 years the voters of Barbados lived with DLP Gangrene ,and removed it , don’t worry Mr. Greene the voters are getting antibiotics, to used at the first sign of any Sore


  29. @ James Greene

    You said and i quote “…where is the illegality or even impropriety in any outgoing govt renewing a contract 1 year or 1 day prior to leaving office?”

    And then you go on to reason quite uncharacteristically “…what are we saying that the person being contracted is ineffective, crooked or that the minister is?…”

    No what we the people are saying to these 5 year tenure-ships by these unscrupulous ministers and their SOE proxies is that Mia Mottley, now tht she is in power with her 30-0 majority SHOULD MAKE IT A LAW AND REGULATION that “no contract shall be extended to any party BEYOND THE LIFETIME OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT APPOINTED IT because what this does is that it binds an incoming administration to the whims and fancies of a previous administration and the idiocy of sycophancy.

    Note that i did not mention incompetence.

    Additionally IF THE MOTTLEY ADMINISTRATION IS SERIOUS ABOUT A NEW COVENANT it should create a tool which permits the real time evaluation of all these employees so that it would be easy to assess their contributions and so that we do not have A Minister of Wuk Ups -like employee like Short Me Crutch Lil Hitler Lashley languishing in the hallways of government and drawing a salary every 26th of the month, WHILE DOING NOTHING for the salary


    • To repeat a comment posted last week by the blogmaster- all contracts issued by central government and SOEs should be managed centrally and approved based on a rigid criteria that is transparent and relevant allocation criteria.


  30. @ the Honourable BLogmaster

    Your assistance please with an item to Mr. James Greene


  31. i completely disagree with the employment of the word “entitlement” in this bit. that word suggests a right. and there is no right to errors committed by a govt in this so called honeymoon period. replace the phrase “thereby entitled to” with “enjoy” and it would be correct generally. i say generally because there is nothing to suggest that citizens forgive or ought to forgive the mistakes a govt makes at the outset of its term in office

    @ Mr Greene, It is the reality however. How much do you think those”errors”identified will count for in 2023?


  32. and above all the private sector is not an arm of govt and govt should not be catering to them to the exclusion of the larger public. Bim public sector depends too much on govt for their well being. the private sector must spend more of its capital and grow Bim. go into TT, Guy, Ja and buy their businesses or set up businesses etc

    Well said!


  33. @Jeff

    i dont know. it really depends. some errors count other dont.

    i was merely pointing out the use or misuse of the word “entitlement’ in this context.

    the govt is on high right now and are being given a pass for the moment but eventually the chickens will come home to roost or roast as a good friend often says


  34. @PUDRYR
    permits the real time evaluation of all these employees so that it would be easy to assess their contributions and so that we do not have A Minister of Wuk Ups -like employee like Short Me Crutch Lil Hitler Lashley languishing in the hallways of government and drawing a salary every 26th of the month,
    ++++++++++++++++
    You made a good point and then stepped all over your argument, evaluation of proxies, consultants and contractors is one thing but who will be evaluating the Ministers in a “buddy-buddy” environment? Even if a PM is strong enough to do this (if they have a large majority) he/she must still avoid the pitfalls within the Party that may develop as a result. Remember Owen fired Payne who then undertook a vow of silence for a few years although he eventually teamed up with Owen to oust Mia (but that’s ancient history).


    • Not to forget Ronald Toppin who also took a vow of silence why he resigned as minister in charge of the FSC. Guess what, both Payne and Toppin are back!


  35. @PUDRYR

    “No what we the people are saying to these 5 year tenure-ships by these unscrupulous ministers and their SOE proxies is that Mia Mottley, now tht she is in power with her 30-0 majority SHOULD MAKE IT A LAW AND REGULATION that “no contract shall be extended to any party BEYOND THE LIFETIME OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT APPOINTED IT because what this does is that it binds an incoming administration to the whims and fancies of a previous administration and the idiocy of sycophancy.”

    I dont understand that statement. you ought to explain what you mean


  36. See no problem with past govt renew said contracts
    I think it was a smart move of closing a gap that if left open present govt would have had an opportunity to plug with their own croonies. I suspect with that opportunity taken out of the hand of present govt it irks them in more ways than one


  37. There are opinions, then there are lies and hypocrisy. You can’t support one perspective pre 24 May and on the 26 May say that same perspective is wrong; or stay silent before 24 May, then after vociferously oppose every action of the new government and claim to be apolitical. It comes across as hypocritical and fraudulent. They are some like Piece who can call MAM Mugabe, he did it prior to the 24th while at the same time predicting “not one effin seat”. He maybe a conspiracy theorist but not a hypocrite. Two months in and the government has not renege on any promises yet; but what can we genuinely prosecute the government on–White Oaks, Jong Mascoll, Rawdon, Billlie…..? I here the constant harping about appointments; I would like those that have a problem to tell us what one Company Secretary at a Board made over the last 10 years? We heard of one lawyer that submitted a bill for $5.8M, that is FIVE times the additional cost of the Cabinet. Guyson Mayers got $300,000 (20,000 per month) and we never heard TInniss et al on BU condemning that decision. Were you unaware of BU then or did not have internet or mobile data? Anyone can tell BU what Guyson Mayers achieved/produced? I tell wunna all yuh gotta come real good to dislodge the BLP, they will not be perfect but if my reading of the tea leaves is correct many of its MPs are determined to build a legacy. Watch dem!


  38. “I think it was a smart move of closing a gap that if left open present govt would have had an opportunity to plug with their own croonies.”
    ++++++++++++

    Hmmmmmm……..very interesting….

    Are you implying the former DLP administration took the “opportunity to plug with their own cronies”……

    ………by renewing their contracts for periods which would essentially span the duration of this BLP administration’s tenure?

    And…….you’re suggesting the DEMS ensuring a new administration is “saddled” with the burden of these cronies….. at the expense of taxpayers……

    ……….is a smart move?

    It continues to harrow me with fear and wonder.


  39. Did you read what Donville said about the contracts renewal and the lies being told
    I guess those lies must be told and accepted by all and sundry

    Btw David your distractions have no bounds..just lean in a little closer and listen to the sound of your voice condemning past govt for renewing contracts while giving a pass to the milliom dollar contracts to Wild Oaks and all of Mia Croonies all without transparency


  40. it would be great if the present Govt could examine all the infelicities that occurred under the DLP from 1998 to 2018 and let the chips fall where they lay.


  41. @ Mariposa July 29, 2018 4:04 PM
    “See no problem with past govt renew said contracts
    I think it was a smart move of closing a gap that if left open present govt would have had an opportunity to plug with their own croonies. I suspect with that opportunity taken out of the hand of present govt it irks them in more ways than one..”

    Smart one there, Mary the many pussy harlot of a BU yard fowl.

    But you are missing one clitoral sensation to convince us Johns to buy your dry hole full of trickery and deceit.

    The new BLP administration is not faced with any Hobson’s choice of a one-tricked pony.

    How about sending them packing by breaching their ‘sweet life-extended’ contracts with the offer of consideration being the standard 3 months pay-out and with IOUs promising to pay sometime in the future the balance similar to the ordinary citizens expecting tax refunds and other amounts due from government for the compulsory acquisition of properties belonging to law-abiding and politically-neutral citizens?

    If the DLP-appointed parties to these contract of services are unhappy with that proposal for settlement in respect of breach of contract well let them follow Freundel Stuart’s ‘prime ministerial’ advice and get a lawyer like he gave to the now ‘dumb’founded Speaker Michael Carry-away-a-ton.

    Then you will see how fast or slow the wheels of justice turn in blighted Bim.
    Who shall forget how fast the axe of the Law fell on poor Dr. Deliar Worrell when he wanted to keep his pick as the head honcho at the Central Bank in order to fire 4,500 public sector workers.

    Maybe the CJ will pay special interest with diligently due care to these emergency cases of breach of contract while CoP Dottin had to await his day in court; just like the alleged drug runner Herbert or the alleged gun dealer Annell are awaiting.

    Capiche?


  42. It would be good if present govt lay claim to all their infelicities during their 14 year period
    I belive their is plenty mote still lingering in their eyes from 1994 – 2008
    The people gave present govt a goverence through the lens of transparency and accountability and so far what all have seen is a darkened room filled with smoke and mirrors

    Yes Artax the move on past govt to plug the holes was smart
    For what it is worth it immediately capsized any plans similar to those now exececuted by present govt to decapitate the remain corpse of the dlp targeting all dlp employees
    So yes i am punch drunk with happiness that dlp took a step in a direction to place balance where necessary to protect the integrity of a democratic system
    Had it not done so. Mia and her band of rogues would have a field day in completing the Mugabee touch


  43. it seems to me that the BLP employ a lot of bloggers. it made me wonder if during their campaign whether the BLP had a working relationship with Cambridge Analytica, SCL or one of the many companies working under them.

    the online content, vitriol and blogging remind me of how the campaigns in Grenada, Antigua, Dominica were ran.

    Cambridge Analytica, SCL etc is known for contracting with a political party and if victorious having a point person permanently installed as an employee of said govt


  44. Gabriel. I have assessed between you and the sewer system which stinks more and have come to the conclusion your mouth via your language stinks 100% more than the sewer system
    Seems that since your govt retain power after ten years in the wilderness you blp yardfowls cannot contain your daily contamination of filthy language on BU
    I guess David finds it acceptable


  45. James Greene. Dont worry your head about the blp yardfowls in due time drip by drip all their shady dealings will be exposed as certain as day becomes night
    Mottley right now has a lot of “figuring” her advisors and campagain managers did not envision a Charles Herbert effect


  46. “For what it is worth it immediately capsized any plans similar to those now exececuted by present govt to decapitate the remain corpse of the dlp targeting all dlp employees….”
    +++++++++++

    So……if the move was so smart, where did it leave DLP cronies such as Lanette Napoleon-Young, Sandra Forde and Doug Hoyte…..who all accepted their “separation packages?”

    And what about the remaining cronies at UDC, RDC and NCF?

    Additionally, I think you’re attempting to absolve the DLP of failing to investigate the corruption they accused the BLP of perpetrating during their 14 year tenure.

    I recall Thompson saying he would order a forensic audit of Hardwood Housing’s financial records. But it was never done.

    It’s all political games. Politicians from both BLP and DLP will continue to accuse each other of corruption, while in opposition…….

    ……..as well as during the first few months of assuming office, while holding news conferences and finding all types of opportunities to level innuendo driven claims of corruption.

    Then it “dies a sudden death,” only to be resurrected during political campaigns or when it is politically expedient.


  47. Those contracts were extended on pure malice. It is patently obvious. What other reason would a government renew contracts of Derek Alleyne, Cranston Browne, Sandra Forde (all former DLP candidates or party officers) prior to their expiration? Imagine Derek Alleyne talking about going in the gutter and now the PM is his line minister.🤣🤣 What employment contracts were renewed by the BLP just before elections to plant their operatives as alluded to by another “damascenic” newcomer?


  48. Since you admit that both parties plug holes why then does it irks the blp yardfowls when past govt does the same
    As i alluded in my past comments what govt did was a certainty that now seems in perfect tuning to protect the democractic process especially from a sinster form of dictatorial warfare that permeates the air under present govt


  49. James Greene

    Can you expand some more on your post @ 5:35 re the use of Cambridge analytica in other Caribbean countries and;
    .
    .

    more importantly having one of their employees usually placed in the govt after the campaign is over.So that may very well be our boy Charles Jong.And imagine he is also employed by the Dominica govt and this media won’t even do investigative reporting on this.
    .
    .

    If this is indeed the case I tell you we are in shark infested waters.

    Look at the 3 countries you name and all of them have Hartley Henry as their political consultant and in the case of Grenada – keith mitchell worked closely with Lucille Moe – Mia’s bosom buddy and now minister of information.What a laugh .

    Just the right position to be able to send out alternative facts I suppose.

    Boy oh boy !


  50. David July 29, 2018 12:47 PM

    “@watchman

    Where is your nemesis Walter these days?”

    watchman July 29, 2018 1:17 PM

    “@David/Bu

    Walter must have taken the advise of Piece, a watchman, and gone back to Trump land”

    Watchman,
    First of all, taking advice from proven vile, condemned, modern-day bushwhackers, on any matter, is tantamount to taking advice from Cammie or Peter on how to make love to a woman. You will end up feeling “deflated” on one hand, or confused as to whether to come or go, on the other.

    You really do not want to hear this, but I am going to impose it upon your ears as a sentence for disturbing my peace.

    I developed a “global” appetite and outlook from the days of my youth. I studied hard and long, and “worked my fingers to the bone” to craft marketable skills in a competitive, first world environment. The professional credentials and consulting actuarial skills I bring to the table are in short supply globally, so I can and do leave and arrive in Barbados on relatively short notice.

    Given the state of the Barbadian economy, and the effect of high prices and taxes on the purchasing power of the Barbadian dollar at this time, I can really appreciate having the opportunity and ability to work for US dollars. I haven’t even mentioned the IMF, and the uncertainty and austerity that will follow its final arrangement with the Mottley administration.

    On the other hand, the economy of the USA is registering low unemployment. Consumer confidence is up. The specialized “combo” pension plans which I spend most of my professional life designing are popular and in great demand in the USA..Business is on the upswing.

    If you were in my shoes, where would you cast your net? Before deciding, would you wait for advice from silly, sinful, short-sighted jenny asses?


  51. Yes David the whole of barbados is in the twilight zone given the events that happened a few days ago and Mottley incessant practice of pulling the wolves over the eyes of a nation
    Yes barbados has reached a place called the twilight zone
    The spin.the PR machinery that makes one head turn in 😱 and the high level of high taxation that makes the average barbadian take flight
    Have you ever seen any thing so daunting to the spirit
    Yet you come here day after day with a bowl filled with distractions as if to say nothing else matters
    Maybe it is all because of your level to entertain and approve certain practices from a privilege sector of society that in some small but significant way we all have reached the twilight zone


  52. Walter
    I agree with you to look for work where you are likely to get it without the political yardfowls of the DLP which you do foolishly support giving you the impression you can offer yourself as a candiadtein Election 18.You read the tea leaves and said correctly..not now,not ever,wunna ent ready.Btw,what about that stats exam you missed on the Hill?


  53. James Greene

    Ironically, there was a rumour that the DLP employed the services of Cambridge Analytical SCL during the 2013 general election campaign.

    But your observations give credence


  54. ……. Pop pop to..to my mantra that there aren’t any philosophical and ideological differences between the BLP and DLP.


  55. *******…….. to my mantra that there aren’t any philosophical and ideological differences between the BLP and DLP.


  56. @ Walter Blackman

    Thanks for the love letter, and your noted professional upswing, Gabriel think it is the tea leaves, the watchman is happy for you Bro ,due to our talk in my backyard, you do know the watchman is not short-sighted


  57. “As I alluded in my past comments what govt did was a certainty that now seems in perfect tuning to protect the democractic (democratic) process especially from a sinster (sinister) form of dictatorial warfare that permeates the air under present govt….”

    Hmmmmmm………

    Could you please EXPLAIN to BU how an administration, in it’s dying days……..renewing the contracts of its political cronies BEFORE the original contracts EXPIRED…….

    ……..be viewed as PROTECTING the “democratic process?”


  58. Walter

    I noticed that Ian Carrington is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

    You would have been my choice for Director of the NIS.


  59. TheOGazerts July 29, 2018 1:52 PM

    “It is good to watch the side issues.
    It’s funny how one actuary becomes ‘rich as shite’ and another had to run ” back to Trump land”

    TheOGazerts,
    Barbados, our idyllic island home, will continue to vomit up its shocking contrasts.

    It is only after listening to people on BU describing how “bright” a certain white man is to have completed a degree in actuarial science, then to have gone on to complete the tough actuarial professional exams, then to have gone on to develop a multi-million dollar actuarial company in Barbados, that I found myself making some comparisons. We both demonstrated at the university and professional exams level that we possess the intellectual capacity needed to become fully qualified pension actuaries. However, the demonstration of brain power is where the similarity abruptly ends.

    Now for the contrast. He is a bright, rich, white man. I am simply a black man.

    In Barbados, this is a huge, huge deal and it naturally and invariably translates into a situation where a universe of opportunities are opened to him, whilst all doors are closed to me.

    So whereas someone can boast on this white man’s behalf, that he made millions from selling an actuarial company which he developed in Barbados (not sure if this is correct), I am left to inform BU readers that I was awarded an OAS Fellowship to study actuarial science at the masters degree level with the expressed intention of providing actuarial services to the National Insurance Scheme of Barbados. Alas, I completed my studies but, on my return to Barbados, was never allowed to work at the NIS.

    I applied for the vacant position of Supervisor of Insurance, which was advertised by the Erskine Sandiford administration. After a series of interviews, the final two candidates were Walter Blackman and Joycelyn Hinds. I attended the final interview and have heard nothing since. I discovered later that Wismar Greaves was placed in the post. Could it be that this was the point at which CLICO was being prepared for its “great” journey?
    Attempts to work at ICB amounted to a mere exercise in futility.

    More recently, the Government of Barbados, for the first time, advertised the position of CEO of the Financial Services Commission. I knew something was afoot so I made sure that I applied. As expected, I never even got an acknowledgement. However, Sir Frank Alleyne told Barbadians that the FSC had searched the whole world and could find no one but Mr, Randy Graham to fill the position.

    What has allowed me to remain mentally strong and steadfast is my firm belief that no one selected Walter Blackman to “unfair” or destroy. This “square pegs in round holes” problem is systemic and thousands of progressive-minded Barbadians, if given the chance, can easily recount incidents of being similarly “unfaired” and discriminated against.

    There is some purpose to this madness.

    Back in the early to mid-1980’s, a grand designer decided to “corner” and control government’s financial services market. Individuals were handpicked to head major government revenue agencies and to follow certain career tracks (e.g. Supervisor of Insurance, NIS dept, PS/Director of Finance).
    For example, Sabina Walcott was made Commissioner of Inland revenue. Grantley Smith was Director of NIS, before moving on to the PS/Director of Finance role. William Layne was Financial Controller of NIS, Supervisor of Insurance, and then PS/Director of Finance. Ian Carrington was Supervisor of Insurance, Director of NIS, and has now moved into a PS/Director of finance role.
    Any person or agency wishing to investigate the nature and state of the government’s finances from 1985-2015 is well-advised to start by questioning and interviewing these four individuals along with Erskine Griffith, a former PS/Director of finance, who was ultimately “rewarded” with a minister of agriculture’s salary. . These persons were in the best position to know how come government’s financial rules could be violated so easily, and how come the problems raised by the Auditor General for so long could be so contemptuously disregarded with no repercussions or consequences.

    With respect to the FSC, every Barbadian watched in disbelief as the organization did little or nothing to protect the rights and benefits of CLICO’s policyholders, or to punish the guilty persons responsible for the scandalous raid on the insurance company. However, when it was discovered that the Judicial Manager was about to publish a report which proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that David Thompson initiated the steps which led to the CLICO raid, the FSC sprang into action and tried to block the publication of the report. Was this the reason why the nephew of David Thompson was put in the CEO post? Was it sheer coincidence that he left the post after all attempts to block the publication of the JM report failed?

    We castigate, shun, and in some cases, jail uneducated black Barbadians for their acts of ignorance. At the other extreme, we block well-educated black Barbadians.from taking up positions commensurate with their experience and training, and from participating meaningfully in public life. Participation in public life is now being characterized by corruption, malfeasance, and deceit. Instinct tells me that a social backlash cannot be very far away.. . ,


    • This is some heavy tongue lashing Walter, the blogmaster feels your pain. You made a mistake throwing your lot with the DLP. One has to be pragmatic?


  60. NorthernObserver July 29, 2018 8:24 PM

    “@WB
    hope you continue to do well.”

    NorthernObserver,
    Thanks. I wish the same for you and your household.


  61. Gabriel July 29, 2018 8:39 PM

    “Walter
    .Btw,what about that stats exam you missed on the Hill?”

    Gabriel,
    I completed every course the university required of me and graduated from “the hill” with a B.Sc (Upper 2nd class honours) in Public Administration.
    You being such a good house slave, why don’t you remove your lips from Rawdon Adam ‘s backside and ask him how many stats courses he failed?

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  63. David July 29, 2018 10:16 PM

    “Good to see you are alive and kicking Walter.”

    David July 30, 2018 2:09 AM

    “This is some heavy tongue lashing Walter, the blogmaster feels your pain. You made a mistake throwing your lot with the DLP. One has to be pragmatic?”

    David,
    Thanks.
    I want you to take a few minutes and feel the pain of the many silent Barbadians who have been deprived and cheated by a very unjust system.
    We all make mistakes. The trick is to learn from them.

    I am one of those people who joined the DLP out of appreciation for what Errol Barrow had achieved.The actions of Erskine Sandiford, David Thompson, Freundel Stuart, Chris Sinckler, and others have now moved the DLP closer to the brink of extinction. There is a very high probability that large sums of taxpayers’ money were misappropriated and stolen outright during 2008-2018. I would not vote for any person who was a member of the government during this period, .We need to identify and imprison the guilty politicians and public officials from this period, and then identify, try, and imprison those guilty of corruption from 1980 -2007. Nothing less will suffice. As a country, we have the ability to do this without much difficulty and expense.

    In the final analysis, I still consider myself to be extremely lucky that no one can point a finger at me, or call my name in connection with stealing the hard earned money of Barbadian workers. The politicians have destroyed our country. No one can predict when, and how, the masses will decide it is payback time. I sincerely hope that I am around to witness the “clean up campaign” when it starts.


  64. Artax July 30, 2018 1:36 AM

    “Walter

    I noticed that Ian Carrington is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

    You would have been my choice for Director of the NIS.”

    Artax,
    We have now reached the stage where one has to be extremely careful about which government department one works in. Ian Carrington has been NIS Director for years and is ultimately responsible for many of the chronic problems plaguing that department. The politicians have gobbled up 75% of the cash in the NIS Fund and with baby boomers retiring every day, a serious cash flow problem looms in the short to medium term. Going forward, Carrington will feel no heat. Most likely, his successor will.

    So as far as the job of NIS Director is concerned, I gleefully say “No thanks”. I do appreciate the sentiment you are trying to convey and feel quite honoured that you have so much confidence in my ability.


  65. Walter
    You are nothing but a coward.With all that ‘learning’,all that chat,you do not have the passion to change anything.At the first criticism you back off into a shell and spew a few insults.In other words Walter you will always be an employee.Bare talk.No risk taker.No commitment,no burning inner hunger to make a difference.Gaul blineuh.It is wunna so that foes let down the Team Change.Run yuh do and do coward.You en no different to Sandy and Stuart.I still think Thompson would have made a difference to politics Barbados if he had lived.


  66. “You being such a good house slave, why don’t you remove your lips from Rawdon Adam ‘s backside and ask him how many stats courses he failed?”

    Ouch!!!!


  67. Gabriel July 29, 2018 8:39 PM

    “Walter
    I agree with you to look for work where you are likely to get it…………”

    Gabriel July 30, 2018 9:34 AM

    Walter
    You are nothing but a coward.With all that ‘learning’,all that chat,you do not have the passion to change anything……….Bare talk.No risk taker.No commitment,no burning inner hunger to make a difference.Gaul blineuh.It is wunna so that foes let down the Team Change.Run yuh so and so coward……..”.

    Gabriel,
    Classic Bajan hypocrisy and deceit at work. By the way, in your mind, is Rawdon Adams the exact opposite of me?


  68. I don’t know anything about Rawdon other than his familial connection but if he has the political acumen and is a financial guru as said,then I think he is biding his time like his dad did.I look forward to hear him speak in the Senate.At this time I cannot do a comparison.I have your BU record and your talk show deliberations to act upon.In my opinion you fall short.Any fire in your gut is in your imagaination.It is not in your deeds and you do not have what it takes to lead anybody or anything political here.If you threw your lot in with the Dems it shows your lack of judgement to associate with nothingarians and scum like lowdown and those corrupt people.You are a failure Walter because you allowed people to dictate your state of mind and make you feel doubtful of yourself because they made you believe you were dealt a bad hand.Stick to your profession,you are qualified there.


  69. Gabriel July 30, 2018 1:07 PM

    “I have your BU record and your talk show deliberations to act upon.In my opinion you fall short.
    You are a failure Walter……..”

    Gabriel,
    My involvement with talk shows, and my presence here on BU have been motivated by a desire to educate and interact. Given my objectives, you have determined that I am a failure.

    Having recognized that you seem to gather or understand very little when i interact with you, or try to educate you, I am forced to agree with your assessment.


  70. Well Well well

    Enter The 30-0 punch silly boxer who SHOULD ARTAXERXES BE SO INCLINED, the records would reveal had much to say about his victory lap and why and why he going did when elected.

    De ole man joins with Gabriel ONLY ON THIS ONE not with your Commisiong buddy AND SAY THAT I CATEGORICALL ENDORSE YOUR ASSESSMENT OF WALTER.

    I would not be so unkind to call him a coward for to be such THERE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN A FRAY and at 30-0 there really was none

    One would better liken him to being the wilted erectile dysfunction member that failed to stand up to the challenges of being a real advocate for the people

    Some serpents have no backbone and the Walterian serpentia never had none

    He wanted a ready made shirt and waltzed into a built to last coffin.

    His type is gone forever thànk heaven


  71. Huh! An annonymice using a pseudonym calling a man who uses his real name a coward?
    Mouse, know yourself?


  72. It is much simpler than you think>

    A bright young man steps forward to make the difference. In a two-party system, making a choice is tossing a coin. He said heads and the coin came up tails. A bad choice at a very bad time,

    I would urge Walter to ignore much of what goes on here. These are master provocateurs and goaders.
    I doubt they care little about yesterday, but they will try to get you to make statements that will be detrimental to any future in politics.

    Let this storm pass.


  73. My last statement on this…
    Some here are nothing more than gatekeepers. The run out with a NOT WELCOME sign for some and talk of ‘dynasty’, ‘pedigree’ and ‘bloodline’ for others. These are not yard-fowls but are pit-bulls positioned at the gate to deny entry to young political aspirants who may gain momentum. They are locked into making one family a dynasty and grinding potential political competition into dust.

    I know nothing of Walter but what I see on BU. I was/am impressed with the high level of contributions he made to the blog.

    I am not B or D, but I left Barbados thinking that EWB was God’s gift to Barbados. My opinion has changed since; but given a choice (2013,2014) of BLP or DLP, I would have been tempted to select DLP. And whilst the recent election and history reveals the true nature of those then calling themselves the DLP, it would have been hard prior to 2014 to see them as they truly are.

    Even now, I still struggle to understand how FS and crew could have have gone so far off course. I cannot find sense in many of the actions they undertook. After all, their actions were often like a mirror image of what the other party did. However, their behavior during the past few years was not stellar.

    From the time Walter indicated a preference for one of the parties, we saw some of his ‘fans’ become his worst critics. Now we have anonymice accusing him of being a coward. To me that is funny.

    Life, sure is funny.


  74. @ James Greene

    You asked what I meant when I said ” …“no contract shall be extended to any party BEYOND THE LIFETIME OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT APPOINTED IT

    Let me use the example of Cranston Browne of the NCF

    When FUMBLES got kicked to the curb Cranston ‘s contract should have auto expired with the tenure of the administration that engaged him.

    So as with the ENGAGEMENT of Charles Long Jong of whom the Prime Minister is saying when she leaves he leaves, so too should it be with all appointees of an administration.

    You serve at the discretion of the administration that appoints you for these types of ENGAGEMENTS.

    This is not to say that IN THE EVENT THAT YOUR “REAL TIME METRICS INDICATE THST YOU ARE AN EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE” the incoming administration might not choose to extend your services

    @ Sargeant

    The statement thst I make about real time metrics does not conflict nor tangle up its employment when it comes to the bosses or ministers.

    BECAUSE EACH BOSS OR MINISTER WILL BE TIED TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR SUBORDINATES!!!

    So in the Case of day the Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson.

    For Eddie to Keep his MINISTRY there is a performance metric associated wish his administrative oversight.

    Mia should not be running 26 ministries for 15 years

    EACH one of dem fellers gots to carry their own weight!!!

    Or she drops them.

    Can I share something with you Sargeant?

    In all seriousness my position on this cabinet and these consultants is this.

    To streamline this effed up system she really has no choice for 3 reasons.

    Mia ran 30 seats of which de ole man will go on record to say 6 are competent soldiers.

    The others are incompetent.

    She knows this and BECAUSE SHE GENUINELY WANTS TO LEAVE A LEGACY, notwithstanding the natural disposition of any incoming leader to want to be there long, longest, she understands what has to be done.

    You ever have been appointed the squad leader of a recon team and been given Rambo pretenders?

    The mere nature of Recon goes counter to their nature’s and you have to threaten a fellow with your officer’s weapon so that he and the rest of the Rambos toe the badword line.

    The thing thst Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley is coping with is best conveyed by this Chinese saying “It is a foolish man who buys a house because of a coat of paint”

    She nor you nor I CANNOT “see” the hearts of men.

    So her challenge is to balance a HR mix precariously like building a house of cards bit with people.

    To hire consultants who impressed upon her their ability to do a job AND TO HAVE HER FINGER ON THE PULSES OF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE HIRELINGS all the time to make sure they are doing as they represented that they could do when she engaged them

    That Sargeant IS A REAL HARD JOB TO DO WITH IDIOTS UNDER YOUR COMMAND!!

    And do not fool you facts sir.

    Doing all this in the climate of the theft by the former DLP administration while begging for money from the IMF IS NOT EASY.

    Add to that this social meddling from the Barbados Underground website by the nationalists, the sycophants, the genuinely interested, the proxies of The Demonic Larceny Party(I teif dat from a feller here) the DLP themselves is difficult too.

    It is not easy being Prime Minister Mottley but as long as she keeps them ministers and cuntsultants and tzars in line with her vision, embraces GOD as her guide, AND RELINQUISHES ANY AND ALL DESIRES TO REIN IN dissenting voices & REIGN ON in Barbados, all will be well.

    Pray diligently for your own Come to JESUS moment and the sanctification for the first while eondetfulmeans nothing without the second.

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