No Time for Propaganda Mia!

kevin-greenidgeA couple days after Prime Minister Mia Mottley delivered an address to the nation with the Attorney General Dale Marshall in attendance- we have been informed that Dr. Kevin Greenidge, the Barbadian IMF economic advisor on secondment will provide an update on the BERT Program at 11AM.

The blogmaster has promised not to bare the knuckles with heavy critique of government’s policies until after six months to give the new government a reasonable time to signal to the country how it intends to tackle the huge economic crisis we have been gripped since 2008. Although only five months since the Mottley government won the 24 May 2018 general election in unprecedented fashion the blogmaster feels compelled to emit a growl to show concern given the parlous state of affairs.

In stark contrast to the former Stuart government- labelled the government of silence- it is obvious the incumbent sees a good communication plan as critical to successfully implementing its austere policies. In recent weeks the blogmaster has become wary that the type of information being shared has shifted into the realm of propaganda. It is important Mottley does not betray the unprecedented trust the electorate has deposited on her wide shoulders. She is reminded that to whom much is given much is expected.

Clearly the optics of appointing the largest cabinet in our history does not fit well in the minds of many Barbadians, especially the political partisans. It does not matter that the salary cost to pay the large Cabinet and consultants is negligible in the context of government’s budget or that it compares favourably with the former government. An important trait of a good leader is to exude and demonstrate empathy. The message of government to gain buyin of the citizenry will lose credibility if those being adversely affected by BERT I do not perceive that elected politicians are not equally feeling the pinch. She can initiate the best strategy by over communicating with the electorate, it will not work if the actions of government are perceived as ‘impersonal’.

Clearly the decision to touch the Barbadian middleclass  AND body corporates in the ‘pockets’ has served to attune many to the serious state of the economy. It should serve as a reminder to a disengaged citizenry that it should hunt 24/7 for ways to actively participate in government. The blogmaster and members of the BU family have been warning this day would come when the government is forced to siphon from the saving of Barbadians to support the unsustainable policy of unbridled conspicuous consumption.  All of the economic indicators paint the horrific story. What is unfortunate although understandable is that it only when people are personally affected that they respond. For years the Auditor General has detailed cases of malfeasance that the important working committee of parliament – PAC – has failed to pursue.  For years we have witnessed bold face evidence of contracts awarded to the ‘boy’ as a way of legally channelling tax dollars into the pockets of a few. For years we have witnessed the mismanagement of SOEs because of successive government giving jobs to the boys and girls and not others who are more competent. BU’s pages are littered with ALL the examples to explain the current state of the country finds itself. The few examples are symptoms of the decay that has been gnawing at the bowels of our society for years.

While the focus is on the economic performance of the country we should not forget there is also bound to be a negative impact on the social landscape.

There is no doubt the country has to suffer more pain in the continuing attempt to extricate itself from the economic hole it finds itself. Barbadians were asked to hold strain for 10 years by the former government, this will not make the task of the incumbent easy. It is very important the Mia Mottley government takes decisions which demonstrate she is walking with and holding hands of the people who will have to suffer more pain. We understand her challenge of keeping a large backbench ‘happy’. The blogmaster suggests she will have to give the electorate credit for dealing with backbenchers that will risk destabilizing the government at this time for less than honourable reasons

Mottley is a millionaire, she is not in the seat to secure a salary. Do the right thing and stop the pandering to interest groups in and out of the party!




  • Shame and disgrace in Barbados..thiefing lawyers and bribe taking Judges.


  • The BRA did what it had perennially done I.e. write off debt that is uncollectible – People who are dead, left jurisdiction and so on. Where is the value in post bs?


  • “There is something that I am noticing as well in this whole “Mia Cares” and “We are different to the DLP” propaganda spiel.”


    To be fair to the Mottley and the BLP, their level of communicating with Barbadians by far surpasses any level exhibited by the former inept DLP administration.

    However, at the end of the day, and as I had previously mentioned, the BLP is engaging in a regurgitation of generalized statements by inferring from comments they made previously. And this applies to BERT and their economic strategy going forward; the issue of corruption allegedly perpetrated by members and operatives of the former inept DLP administration…….

    For example, the public should have been given more information pertaining to the proposed lay-off of 1,500 public sector employees…… as it relates to the method to be used in selecting those individuals targeted for lay-off ……. the effect the on the economy and the NIS, as well as estimated expenditure to be saved as result.

    This BLP administration seems to be operating in a very disorganized manner, with Mottley micromanaging each ministry.

    Similarly, to suggestion relative to the amalgamation of closure of certain statutory corporations to “cut expenditure,” there could be an amalgamation of certain ministries.

    The Ministry of the Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy is a half day job….. and could have been included in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs is another part-time job and should not have been separated from the Attorney General’s portfolio.

    The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology sound like function that could have been undertaken by a parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education.

    The general argument by the BLP operative is that ministries had to be offered to solicit loyalty. However, these politicians are always alluding to Barbados’ precarious economic position. They should therefore be committed to serving on the back-bench, in an effort to save much needed expenditure.

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  • People who are dead? What about their estate. Remember nothing is certain but death and taxes. People who have left the jurisdiction can still be pursued. In any case, the Inland Revenue has not published a list of those who have had their taxation cancelled. Aare corporates involved?
    Uncle Sam chases anyone who is a US citizen no matter where they live and how long they have been out of the country. The job of the exchequer is to collect all tax liabilities, not make value judgements about costs. Advising UK-based Yanks is a very good line of business for British independent financial advisers.


  • The more pertinent issue is why are the unions making noises if BERT was accepted by the social partnership?

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  • “Outstanding taxation, either individual or corporate, is more likely to be owed to the exchequer by professional individuals, the self-employed or small businesses.”


    The above comment is incorrect and you’re misleading this forum, especially the “waffle” about the exchequer, which is not applicable to Barbados.

    On several occasions I have indicated how an individual can owe taxes, despite PAYE has been deducted from his/her salary/wages.

    And in the USA, for example, the Tax Act allows the IRS 3 years to audit tax returns and a statute of limitation of 10 years to collect overdue/unpaid taxes.


  • @ Artax

    Like a typical Bajan when exposed don’t know how to read and comprehend.

    There is nothing I wrote outlining you resided in Deacons.

    You have mentioned many times on BU in referencing the Red Sea area which is in the Deacons Road area and you frequent.

    I have read on BU where @ Hal have posted past comments made by you to contradict and expose you by your own words.

    So who is the fraud?


  • New York City officials said on Thursday that they had joined state regulators in examining whether President Trump and his family underpaid taxes on his father’s real estate empire over several decades….
    One type of tax that the city will examine is the real estate transfer tax. Officials said the extremely low valuations the Trump family placed on buildings that passed from Fred C. Trump to his children through trusts could have resulted in underpaid transfer taxes.(Quote)

    Also, tax evasion is also part of any investigation in to unpaid taxation. Tax is not only a civil offence, it is also criminal.


  • New York Tax Department Probes Trump Taxes From Decades Ago(Quote)

    I am no expert on US tax law, but three years is not a decade.


    It is like if dem running a Goebbels Ministry of Disinformation or a warped Mossad Operation Finale to mek sure that Eichmann does not escape from Chile!!
    Get with the times, Eichmann was 1961 yuh gotta get up to date yuh see what de Saudis did to the dissident/blogger? He wasn’t going to get out of Turkey intact and they sent a squad of 15 men including a “bone” doctor with a set of utensils to make sure of that. The POTUS said it could be a “rogue” group because de Saudi leadership disavow any knowledge so we got a David Copperfield trick making a man disappear into thin air.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled program


  • After all de long talk and spin, the reality is that Barbados is still hoping for Tourism and increases in the spending of tourists to be the main income earner.

    The same old same old “capital works / road building” plan will create an extra 100 jobs.

    I have no ideas, I am not a visionary so I will rely on the BU intelligentsia to tell us how de funk BERT is going to help grow the economy of Barbados to at least 2000 out of the 5000 school leavers per year.

    Please note that I was listening to some funk jus now so I steal ( plagiarize ) de word.


  • @ Hal

    The theory is that Donald Trump have been involved in tax fraud over 20 years starting primarily when his dad died and left him several hundred millions of dollars.

    Creative accounting was allegedly used to cheat the State of New York of many millions in taxes which is why they are going back decades for skull duggery.


  • After the New York Times published a detailed report alleging the Trump family avoided paying taxes for decades, the New York state tax department said it is studying “vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.” New York City also said it would investigate. A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service declined to comment.
    But the chances of a criminal prosecution are virtually nil, say tax experts and attorneys.
    “For federal purposes, the statute of limitations for bringing the charge based on a tax crime is six years after the act,” said Megan Brackney, a partner at Kostelanetz and Fink. “If there was no return filed, it’s six years after the due date……
    Civil fraud charges for intentionally underpaying taxes, as the Times alleged the Trump family did, could include a penalty of up to 75 percent of the unpaid federal taxes and double the unpaid state amount, the AP reported.(Quote)

    According to US legal experts, there is a six-year limitation on suspected criminal tax fraud, but not on civil action.


  • @ Hants
    The same old same old “capital works / road building” plan will create an extra 100 jobs.

    You have nailed the con job.

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  • Dishonest Bajans,

    I know. I am here reading about it as I type this.

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  • Artax . i have nothing to explain
    My answer lies around the fact that when govt had a need to change laws that would benefit the big bellied financial institutions they did
    Hence local investors were the target of findind funds for these institutions
    Hence when lofty big guts tax cheaters played the system
    Mia did not see a need to change any tax laws that would benefit the country
    Her idea of handing off millions of dollars to the tax cheaters is just as good as transfering of wealth
    Now you can bray all you want.but a system that is full of loop holes to benefit the rich is a system that denies the poor due justice
    Again i implore Mia to read USA IRS articles as to how to make tax laws that can be beneficial to country and not use her position in power to unilaterally give away the country money at free will
    Also out of duty and respect for country and countrymen Mia stll owes the citizenry a list of those tax cheaters who got a piece of the bony calf in tax wsivers

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  • sorry ” to EMPLOY at least 2000 out of the 5000 school leavers”


  • @Hants

    Can you hazard a guess why for former DLP ministers have not been heard defending the Stuart policies?


  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    What a strange headline in today’s Nation.


  • @ David,

    Can you hazard a guess why MIA and the BLP ran for office in the last election ?

    However in answer to your question, it is a fact that Stuart and the former DLP government mis-managed the economy.

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY is the PRIME MINISTER. The BLP won the election 30 to 0.

    This is the point that I will stop because if I was on the beach with my homies one of them would tell me “man shut to france up wid you shiite rap and hold this sctoch cause you doan drink rum nuh mo.

    For the next little while I gine keep quiet and let de real DLP yardies share de licks.


  • I couldn’t handle much of the 11am chat, but there was again mention of this IBC-Domestic taxation (?)change(?)….what is it all about?
    I also scoured the IMF report, specifically looking for outstanding monies OWED TO GoB. But I couldn’t find an entry for this, so I am guessing the numbers shown are NET. Allowances have been made? And the owing FROM the people/corporations deducted from the owing TO people/corporations.


  • Akanni Mcdowell and Toni Moore told former prime minister Freundel Stuart to ‘UP DE TING” – I wonder what they have to say to Mia ‘really cares’ Mottley now that she ‘UP DE TING’ ON THEM.”

    The union workers better think carefully about who representing them.

    Come on Cassie – you step in de breach boy and show them what representation really means !

    955 of that 1,500 figure for layoffs – coming from Central government.Only 545 coming from Statutory Corporations.

    Layoffs in the Schools Meals department,Postal Service,Ministry of Transport & Works,Security Guards,Typists – most of them I am sure cussed Stuart and Sinckler and went and voted for Aunty Mia because they thought she cares. Yeah Right Mia really cares .


  • Low hanging fruit – the people least able to afford long periods of unemployment and least able to defend themselves. Been ever thus.

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  • @ David
    I want to be as polite as possible: Just stop posting for a while.


  • Dishonest Bajans

    I DO NOT FREQUENT “Red Sea” or Deacons Road nor have I ever made any reference in this forum relative the Red Sea as an area I frequent to lime.

    And perhaps you may want to PRESENT the EVIDENCE to PROVE I’m lying and that you “have read on BU where @ Hal have posted past comments made by you to contradict and expose you by your own words.”

    UNLESS you present the evidence, what you write is shiite.

    And how the hell could you EXPOSE me when you don’t know the hell who I am, especially in the absence of any definitive information that could directly (or indirectly) reveal my identity.

    And you making some silly references to “sources living in Deacon’s is silly and immature. Assume I made a reference to Deacons Road…….. of what benefit, economical or otherwise, would you gain by going out of your way, without any personal information, to ask “sources” in an area about someone YOU DO NOT KNOW?

    And you don’t see the folly in your actions?

    What Hal Austin usually does is argue on point and when he is proven incorrect, he introduces a completely different argument in an attempt to prove himself correct and distract from the original argument.

    But what the hell can I expect from someone using the moniker “DISHONEST BAJANS.”

    You just a weak candidate looking fuh uh noise.


  • Governance by gangstas…


  • Mia has to cut her cabinet in half and release all those new permanent secretaries,personal assistants,adminstrative/accounting officers,personal secretary,maids etc.

    If that was the DLP – BU would be cussing them,Charles Herbert and he crew (not de one from the Ectasy yacht) -those within the private sector would all be calling out de Union – and the tight shirt fella and de pouting princess would be raring to go and calling out the poor,gullible union members.

    Don’t talk about Sanka price and the Nation newspaper and all their BLP columnists like Lisa Cummins,Frances Chandler etc – or people (not journalist) like David Ellis,Stetson Babb,Wickham and the BLP public relations/propaganda team down at VOB – it would be non stop discussion on how Stuart and them not leading by example,how people suffering and yet they keeping that oversized cabinet – and wuhloss,wuhloss these consultants they hiring – even an old octegenerian former senior minister they brought back – can you imagine.What are these people saying now ?

    NOTHING ! ! Its like if they got toothache now – they can’t open their mouths.

    Probably their mouths too full – chomping down on the bar -b – que – fatted calf.

    Where are the watchmen who will keep guard for the people and be vigilant and carefully watch and stand up to this government?




  • @William

    The blogmaster will reciprocate by being equally polite to say go and read the Advocate.


  • @T.Inniss

    You don’t get it do you. Mia and the BLP are members of the political class, she is doing what politicians do. For 10 long years BU offered critiqued to your DLP colleagues, did the hard heads listen?


  • @Hants

    The reason for asking the question was influenced by Dennis Kellman’s comment on brasstacks a couple weeks ago. He admitted the public service should have been trimmed a long time ago.


  • @ Artax

    You sure I am the one looking for noise or is it you who seek to piss on others.

    I believe Hal means well and have the best of intentions for his Country of birth.

    However I can see why Hal would become frustrated with the broken and corrupt way in which Barbados is managed.


  • Lowe: Government under IMF pressure
    Loop News Created : 15 October 2018

    President of the Barbados Economic Society (BES), Shane Lowe, has commented on government’s decision to cut public sector jobs, saying it is a critical move to meet the targets in the BERT program in order to access the funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    During a national address on Sunday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the dreaded announcement that government will be initiating phase two of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) program – which will see approximately 1,500 public servants end up on the breadline.

    Speaking to Loop News, Lowe said it is absolutely necessary for government to meet the quarterly targets it has set for itself so as to have access to the US $290 million agreed to by the IMF, as well as funding from other agencies.

    Lowe pointed to a number of targets outlined in the BERT program which government is moving with haste to meet, such as a reduction in transfers and subsidies to state-owned enterprises, increasing revenue and reducing its reliance on the Central Bank for funding expenditure.

    He said this retrenchment exercise is all part of government’s plan to reach long-term economic growth.

    “With not many funding sources available, these announced measures appear to be a response to these targets and the recognition that failure to meet them has much more severe consequences.” 

    He also noted it is important that government also implement the structural reforms it has agreed to with the IMF to boost economic growth so that retrenched workers can find employment soon after they are laid off.

    “The government has agreed to adopt new town and country planning legislation and a framework to regulate fintech startups, both by December 2018.
    "These and other measures will prove just as important to accelerating otherwise weak, projected economic growth as will reducing the government’s expenditure and meeting those set quantitative targets.”  

    Further to that, Lowe said other entities will need to be restructured in Phase three of BERT if government is to see a significant reduction in its expenditure bill.

    In her national address, PM Mottley said a number of state-owned entities will have to be moved over to the private sector to ease government’s finances. She listed Caves Barbados and the Kensington Oval Management Inc. as some to be cut from government’s purse.

    She also said a merger of a number of government departments will have to be undertaken such as the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) and the Government Printery.

    Lowe said a shift to the private sector, to reduce transfers to state-owned entities, is a major target of the IMF-financed BERT program, in addition to the cut to wages and salaries.

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  • These so called economists could only recite economic theory.

    The world wide financial meltdown about 10 years ago laid them bare.As ras Iley sang some years ago – All of their ‘undies’ exposed.

    They add nothing to the discussions – and the so called solutions they offer are the same tired old Keynesian or (forget the other one) type suggestions – and its as though one size shoot fits all.


  • As usual, you’re PURPOSELY confusing the issue.

    Tax fraud and uncollectible taxes are TWO SEPARATE and COMPLETELY DIFFERENT issues. Therefore, the rules applicable to each situation will obviously be different.

    Tax evasion or fraud occurs when taxpayers engage in dishonest tax reporting to intentionally misrepresent their income to reduce their tax liability.

    On the other hand, a taxpayer may file a legitimate income tax return, but for various reasons he may owe taxes, which would attract interest and penalties.

    As I previously mention, the IRS generally has THREE (3) years after the date the return is filed or the date the return is due, whichever is later, to audit an income tax return.

    However, in some states the statute of limitation is longer. States such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, has a statute limitation period of 4 years, while Minnesota’s and Montana’s statutes of limitation is 3.5 years and 5 years respectively.

    As it relates to the information re: “After the New York Times published a detailed report alleging the Trump family avoided paying taxes for decades….”

    Underpaying taxes, tax evasion, filing false or fraudulent income tax returns is basically criminal tax fraud. Trump’s case is one of alleged tax evasion to which the 6 year rule obviously applies.

    There are exceptions to the 3 year audit rule.

    (1). The IRS has six (6) from the date a return is filed to audit a tax return and to assess additional tax if the taxpayer OMITS income that amounts to more than 25% of that which was reported on the tax return.

    (2). The IRS also has six (6) years to audit a tax return and assess additional tax on income related to undisclosed foreign financial assets if the omitted income is more than $5,000.

    (3). The statute of limitations on audits and assessing additional tax REMAINS OPEN INDEFINITELY if the taxpayer files a FALSE or FRAUDULENT tax return.

    The law gives the USA’s IRS a 10 year period to collect outstanding tax debts.

    This is measured from the day a tax liability has been finalized, which can happen in a number of ways. The taxpayer’s liability may be considered finalized because

    (a). it’s the amount of tax reported on a tax return that was filed;
    (b). it’s an assessment of additional tax from an audit, or because;
    (c). it’s a proposed assessment that has become final;

    The IRS has 10 years to collect the full amount from the day a tax liability is finalized, plus any penalties and interest. If the IRS doesn’t collect the full amount in the 10-year period, the remaining balance is “written-off” because the statute of limitations has expired.


  • Dishonest Bajans

    If you believe my questioning or challenging anyone (and there are only a few I challenge) that comes to this forum with nonsense, passing it off as truth and fact… “seeking to piss on others,”…..

    …….then I’m guilty as charged.

    What you should do is to piss on me when I behave similarly.

    I dun wid you and dat.


  • There are some practical things that should be done.

    Instead of massive lay-offs -Govt can repeal the constitutional amendment and pass a law which allows them to reduce civil servants salary -so as to ensure they can keep their jobs

    Gov’t should re -introduce foreign exchange control – instead of freeing it up as Avinash persaud suggested

    Of course govt MUST CUT THE CABINET DOWN TO ABOUT 15 MININISTERS – And remove these consultants and advisors

    Gov’t must also cut all allowances and increments for public servants for the next 3 years

    Overseas travel must be kept to a bare minimum and the size of those travelling should be drastically reduced

    Performance appraisal systems should be immediately implemented for civil servants

    The Ministry of Education should cease all long leave for teachers as well as the practice of paying teachers more for a degree should end.

    This should also be applied across the civil service where the practice of paying civil servants to study (in 2018?) and paying extra for a degree must end.


  • Your suggestion will not work. The government has signed off on the IMF program. Targets have been set one of which is trimming the public sector.


  • So be it then David.So be it.


  • David have u ever heard that when the patience is overmedicated the patience instead of getting better the patient relapse or goes into a como and worst yet dies
    Well Dr. MIA medicine is dispensed via IMF prescription will have Barbados going through all phases
    The population is too small in size and is limited in wages that can handle the medicine in such large doses
    Many of the people would eventually( give up )trying to pull their own weight and govt weight
    Not enough people on hand to pull this enormous load



    The first thing they thought of was disadvantaging pensioners,working class bajans,and low level civil servants – when there were other obvious options/choices that could have been made.

    And people want you to applaud Mia for that and say she had no choice.Steupes.

    Anyway Mia cares.

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  • “Layoffs in the Schools Meals department, Postal Service, Ministry of Transport & Works, Security Guards, Typists – most of them I am sure cussed Stuart and Sinckler and went and voted for Aunty Mia because they thought she cares. Yeah Right Mia really cares.”


    These one-sided rhetorical political nonsense is the reason why I, according to Dishonest Bajans….. (unintentionally) “seek to piss on others.”

    Prior to the 2013 general elections, Stuart said the Barbados experiencing economic growth and his administration was not going to lay-off any public sector employees…….

    ………..while passing on and discussing in a casual or uninformed way, a rumour that during a secret meeting, the BEES discussed plans to lay-off of 10,000 public sector employees, should they win the elections.

    “Lo and behold,” immediately after the DEMS won the elections, over 3,000 (Caswell Franklyn said it was about 6,000) civil servants were retrenched in an exercised that included people from the Transport Board, NCC, Drainage Unit and all from Beautify Barbados.

    Likewise, “most of them I’m sure cussed Arthur and Mottley and went and voted for the Sleeping Giant because they thought he cared.”

    While the Sleeping Giant’s partner was securing legal contracts at the BWA, ERT, etc, with exorbitant fees attached, the former Beautify Barbados employees were forced to wait over 3 years before receiving their severance payments.

    And we had a situation where the several people from Denis Lowe’s constituency were employed at the NCC remained, because the “last in, first out” policy was deliberately ignored.

    To be fair, tell us what other choice this administration had, especially when months after the 2013 retrenchment program, the DEMS “repopulated” government entities with several of their supporters? I know for a fact that the Transport Board hired a number of NEW drivers.


  • Who says some folks in the Gov’t can’t think ahead? Immediately prior to announcing the layoff of 1500 workers (mainly women) The GIS website has an article titled “Diary of a Depressed Woman”. Is this part of a post layoff counselling/therapy?

    Will some of these women flock to the website to get pointers on how to deal with the stress that follows layoffs?


  • “FSD Pharma Inc. announces $55 million dollar indoor cannabis grow partnership expansion at its Cobourg facility.”

    Barbados is going to be a great place for cannabis growing and processing facilities just like Canada.


  • @Mariposa “If Mia wants to know how to collect” unrecoverable taxes ” tell her to get a copy/s of the USA IRS articles on how to collect taxes from tax cheaters”

    Actually the IRS uses armed tax collectors, but only as a last resort. We all know that Americans have the right to bear arms and to bare arms [unlike in Barbados where they chase you out of the BRA buildings if you come to pay your taxes in bare arms/armholes] and we know that Americans don’t play.

    Those those nice quiet accountant types who work for the IRS are sometimes armed, and trained not only in accounting, but in how to use their weapon.

    It works.



  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @ Hants October 16, 2018 7:43 PM

    Barbados will be a number of places for cannabis growing. The real question to bee answered is where is the market for the semi-finished or finished product.

    CUBA may just be the ideal place for Canada based companies. CUBA has much more to offer these potential business in the medical marijuana business than Bdos. Barbados will attract some interest but don’t hold your breathe regarding the impact the business will have on the local economy.

    Mind u Any Caricom island bigger than Barbados with lower or low land prices and with more arable land available to devote for the growing of the cannabis plants will have a leg up on us.

    I am just saying dont get to “high” on the benefits to the economy of cannabis growing in Barbados.


  • NY tax law are not the same as USA tax laws

    Laws vary in each state but the USA tax laws are the IRS as mentioned by artax


  • Hal is trying to make artax seems to be wrong by quoting NY tax laws


  • @ Sargeant

    You starting to mek de ole man shame of your NCO status.

    What is the common theme of the Operation Finale, albeit 1961, and the Enablement Act of 2018? (sorry de Integrity Act?)

    You sort of slow though or developmentally challenged?

    Khashoggi ent got no relationship with Brownshirts, brownnosing and the “theme”

    You can shift “mid theme” and introduce a new concept for 15 second bajan sheeple baaaaaaaaaaaa….

    Looka leh de ole man set you a small test…

    Later tonight I want you to ask a question, wherever you are, about who is Khashoggi and see how many people can tell you bout he.

    Den ask de same people bout Hitler and see how many going know he name….

    Looka, tek care you dont lost some uh you stripes Sargeant, in these trenches, for missing the battle strategy…heheheheheh


  • New York city

    There is a state tax
    A city tax
    and I think a Health and Hospital Corporation ta (this might be for medical professionals)

    The “uS tax is known as the federal tax


  • @ Hal
    According to US legal experts, there is a six-year limitation on suspected criminal tax fraud, but not on civil action.

    You are correct.

    I pay both Federal (IRS) and State taxes plus Social Security.

    Don’t let the all knowing Bajans mislead you.


  • @Hal Austin October 16, 2018 9:00 AM “I humbly suggest that she works for a nominal Bds$1 a month and donate the remainder of her salary to the exchequer?”

    @T.Inniss October 16, 2018 9:08 AM “I agree with you ! The blog moderator on here telling us that Mia Mottley is a millionaire and she does not need the money – so why…she don’t take a token $100.00 per month salary.”

    You see wunna DLP people.

    Here is Hal suggesting a nice, modest salary of $1 per month, and you out to give a bigable raise to $100 per month. These big raises are just what gets governments,individuals and companies in trouble.

    Why would you suggest raising anybody’s salary by 100%?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hants October 16, 2018 7:43 PM
    “FSD Pharma Inc. announces $55 million dollar indoor cannabis grow partnership expansion at its Cobourg facility.”
    Barbados is going to be a great place for cannabis growing and processing facilities just like Canada.”

    But not before Jamaica, St. Lucia or even Cuba!

    Modern Bajans are not leaders in any entrepreneurial and commercial venture except in partisan political cussing.
    But there is hope on the horizon as hurricane “BERT” arrives to blow away the cobwebs of inertia.

    Now here is where PM MAM can leave an additional mark on Bajan history pages by not only decriminalizing the local growing of cannabis from 2019 but also use the opportunity offered by the same BERT to redirect young people back to agriculture in order to stimulate local food production to save their sorry souls from pending starvation.

    What are these shortsighted over-qualified academics managing the crippled country waiting for in order to put up the economic shutters? The tsunami called “Devaluation”?


  • @ Miller

    Very very good post.


  • @ T.Inniss Mariposa Hall Austin

    You all stranded aging DLP yardfowls have the next 20 plus years to holler on BU


  • Hants
    What I would love to see Barbados doing is producing strawberries,apricots,blueberries,apples and such exotic fruit so called for local and regional markets by use of solar energy in a controlled environment.Both the spatial component and the solar energy are there in abundant supply.
    I support your view that vehicle prices,credit arrangements and insurance are so out of whack in Barbados that car manufacturers ought to complain to the WTO for the Barbados system of taxing vehicle purchases.For every car bought the government collects two and up to four times the initial cost of the car in taxes.


  • To All:
    A 2018 model cannot be produced on a 1918 production line.
    Archaic economic theory; dysfunctional academics; an educational system that is no longer relevant; highly paid sophisticated intellectual party sycophants; spineless media; all of these will ensure that we will remain incapable of correcting the socio economic problems.
    Add to the above the decadent duopoly and the future is there for all to see. Not yet a failed state but…….


  • Not that I was paying attention to the weekend salvos emanating from George Street or from the former minister(Mr Op-per-Choo-nih-tee cos)attempt to defend his poor performance both as an ambassador and a minister,but I hear talk of a retreat to be held by the DLP. The DLP cannot hold a retreat. That word conveys the impression that a strategic decision was made to withdraw, regroup
    and return to the battlefield. The DLP has been routed,pillaged,destroyed,burnt and is no more. The DLP should take its destruction and don’t ever come back to insult the electorate with that rotten record of devastation visited upon this country between ’08 and ’18. All ‘o wunna mek buhbaydus shame. All yo is one set ‘o clown. Be gone do.


  • John 2

    The following information was included in my October 16, 2018 6:29 PM contribution:

    “(3). The statute of limitations on audits and assessing additional tax REMAINS OPEN INDEFINITELY if the taxpayer files a FALSE or FRAUDULENT tax return.”

    Does not the above rule apply to “civil tax fraud?”

    If anyone (or even the baby on the Cussons powder tot) read and understood that contribution, they would realize Austin and I are essentially “saying the same thing.”

    And, ironically, it was written: “Like a typical Bajan when exposed don’t know how to read and comprehend.”


  • @ Gabriel,

    I was going to suggest growing Barbados cherry trees in a green house and I found this.

    Liked by 1 person

  • The T.Inniss Mariposa Hall Austin hollering from under David Thompson head stone


  • @ millertheanunnaki years ago you suggested that Barbados should legalise marijuana and make it a viable industry.

    If only the government of the day had listened.


  • @Hants

    Click to access 2018%20IB%20Week%20Conference%20Programme.pdf

    check out the last panel discussion….the business of Cannabis


  • @ NorthernObserver,

    Seems like the are rolling the wicket for the Barbados cannabis industry.


  • One of the speakers is “Chris Murray – Director of Clinical & Operational Alignment, Canopy Growth


  • who is the sponsor identified as Brookfield?


  • Next conference should be titled ” The business of Casino gambling “.


  • same logo as
    icij says they have been there since 1988!! I knew they were all over the place,


  • Tell Trump he can have the casino license when he loses in 2 years, in the meantime a 3 billion grant to the GoB will suffice.


  • This is what happens when the Mia and Dale show jumps out to give the people of Barbados only the first half of the story.

    “Up to 2,500 ‘to go by next fiscal year’
    Article by
    Emmanuel Joseph Published on
    October 17, 2018
    As many as 2,500 public workers will be jobless when the dust settles on the Government’s restructuring exercise, the Barbados-born International Monetary Fund economist embedded as the Government’s senior economic advisor has announced.

    The figure of 1,500 announced by the Prime Minister on Monday is only the start, Dr Kevin Greenidge told journalists at the Central Bank in an update on the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) plan”


  • More shame and disgrace. ..and make no mistake about it, this government is equally culpable in the destruction of the transport board and any equity it might have had or gained over the last 20 years, the day, under the then Arthur government …they used corruption to hand the TB contract over to CGI Insurance/Peter Harris…only to see ALL equity the taxpayer entity might have had being backlogged and tied up in the Supreme Court through Personal Injury cases that are stuck in the court because of the greedy insurance company, wicked lawyers and evil judges who refuse to do their jobs……these cases are not moving…and the equity in the taxpayer funded entity am sure is now practically zero…with all those deliberately unsettled claims… one is buying debt…Mia must be planning to give TB away,

    “An independent auditors’ report has revealed an appalling finance and accounting mess at the state-owned Transport Board from as far back as seven years ago.

    And there has been an absence of audited financial statements at the cash-strapped, state-owned, bus company since then, according to the financial probe.

    The audit, which inspected financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2011 and conducted by accounting firm Ernst & Young last year could not confirm the source of $48.9 million the Transport Board received.

    When Barbados TODAY reached out to the Chairman of the Transport Board Gregory Nicholls tonight, he confirmed that the auditors had an issue with the source of the $48.9 million which was received by the bus company.

    “I can confirm that the $48.9 million of which you speak, the issue the auditor had was that there was no substantiated information to confirm the revenue. But it was money the Transport Board received from transfers to Crown Government for subsidies for paying for pensions, school children et cetera. But that money has already been spent, so it is not an issue. It is that there was no ability of the auditors to confirm that the money came into Transport Board. So they had issues with that,” Nicholls, an attorney at law, said.”

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  • Even Mia’s propaganda machine is lacking credibility.


  • Ah waiting for someone else to notice what am seeing.

    Yardfowls…yall now got problems, but yall are incapable of seeing what those problems will be until they are sitting right on top of you…ah…Karma.

    Liked by 1 person

  • The Mia government also needs to retool and get their own come to jesus moment, by she and Liz Thompson telling the UN, why she got her cousin Simmons, her personal lawyer AND best friend Haynes, her embattled AG Marshall accused of robbing the elderly their estates and land and a host of other lawyers, some of whom are a dirty as only lawyers can be …..drafting AND LEGISLATING CORRUPTION INTO LAW.. to cover and protect themselves from any accountability or from their own criminal actions…against the people.

    Exactly how were they planning for that to end for the same people who elected the government and who now pay all their salaries…corruption legislated as law….how.

    Confessing that on the world stage would be the perfect come to jesus moment for Mia….how the hell they ALL planned to get away with it in this day and age is amazing and takes very EXTREME intent to even begin to create such a cruel document.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Hal Austin I now get the time to respond to you ,you claim you cannot remember what happened yesterday far less 2008 ?This is your response to my pointing out the dishonesty of Mr Thompson,and his wild manifesto promises?Perhaps you should ask one of your Dem friends on here like Sargeant or Hants,or Bush Tea,but like some have told when cornered with facts ,you look for excuses,pathetic,in my view you are a fraud,who likes attacking people including the blog master,who in my view is very tolerant of you since I would have ban your ass,let you start your own blog,.When you throw stones expect some to come back at you.


  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hants October 16, 2018 11:20 PM
    “millertheanunnaki years ago you suggested that Barbados should legalise marijuana and make it a viable industry.
    If only the government of the day had listened.”

    Neither did the last government heed the free genuine and well-informed advice of planned privatization which would have provided many of those now swindled pensioners the golden opportunities to invest in those divested commercial enterprises as part of the real home-grown BERT.

    Neither was the last (DLP) administration or even the current BLP regime listening to you, Hants, about growing more local food instead of relying so much on the unnecessary importation of so much processed foods which are effectively encouraging black Bajans to dig their own early graves.

    As usual the so-called leaders will wait until there is some serious disruption in overseas supplies- whether through circumstances outside their local control or, more than likely, through the lack of foreign exchange leading to a deep devaluation of the Bajan dollar.

    Now here is another proposal which has already been put in the public sphere for official consideration and which to date has been given short shrift.

    What about establishing a national Health Lottery to help fund the operations of the QEH?
    Not so much in its payroll obligations but in the maintenance and physical improvement of the plant.

    There is already the island-wide infrastructure in place to give the good Christian minded people of Barbados the great opportunity to make humanitarian contributions for the good of the nation without gambling away their hard-earned fortunes.

    All the proceeds- after a reasonable management fee payable to the operators but including the government’s large share of the pie through ‘sin’ taxation- can be transferred to a politically insulated supervisory body with strict monitoring and auditing of all expenditure draw-downs to the QEH and other related public health entities.


  • The 2 old style 1950’s governments only view their own people as beasts of burden, while they and their corrupt compadres run up the island’s debts, tief as much as they want, run as many scams as they can imagine…in their minds that is ok…two generations of people not born yet will be born into debt and HAVE TO PAY…..but these jokers don’t care..

    .I saw clearly that is the main reason none of them even thought of considering the Cannabis and Hemp industries, not one of them ever mentioned it…ever, until forced to GRUDGINGLY acknowledge that medical marijuana was legislated and has been LEGAL on the island fo 27 whole years….it is easier for them to run corruption and scams against their people to fill up their own and their briber’s pockets….than to run viable industries to benefit and ENRICH the majority population….

    When we mentioned it on here, the yardfowls from the previous government wanted to put handcuffs on us….the lobotomized mind of the sheeple…at play..

    If the two governments had cared anything about their own people, they would have moved fowl progressively and aggressively to tap into that goldmine, but they didn’t so do not hold your breath…until this present government has also been permanently severed from the parliament.

    And imagine they are most of them LAWYERS in this government AND the last who not only have access but the power to change legislation in favour of creating a viable Cannabis and Hemp industry…but look at what Mia is changing legislation to do instead.


  • I always admire people who can stand up for something, even if it is their own families involved in evil, violating and destroying the rights of others…they can stand up..these are the types of people worth listening to..


  • “What about establishing a national Health Lottery to help fund the operations of the QEH?”


    This is a good idea, it addresses the present problems but in the long term it does not address the thousands of hours doctors and nurses spend treating lifestyle diseases (NCDs). All this will do is add a few more years of life that will be spent in and out of hospital.

    There needs to be a focus on prevention beyond taxing Coca Cola.

    Each person needs to take responsibility for his/her own health and the prevention of lifestyle diseases.

    The new NIS health deduction presents the opportunity to focus on preventive health care. A network of general practitioners, a national health database and a standardised 6 month health and wellness check up should be set up.

    The GP is paid by the NIS and the database is accessible to all registered medical practitioners. Citizens are therefore free to change GPs as they like. The 6 month standardised check up will include indicators linked to NCDs such as BP, heart rate, weight, smoking frequency, eyesight, diet etc.

    NCDs don’t just happen, they are the end result of poor lifestyle choices, they are mostly preventable. Using an evidence based medical approach combined with data mining, timely interventions can be made and lifestyle change initiated.

    The savings won’t be seen immediately but so long as politicians keep their hands out of it, it will pay dividends in the long term


  • The corrupt shall be exposed everywhere, no one is listening to government or yardfowl propaganda, the world is listening and watching.


  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Another in the Series of Conspiracies

    This is Conspiracy # 105, wunna have seen 101 – 104 already so we have 5 more to go

    The building of Crab Hill Police station by Cherry is Not going to be one of the items supplied here because its Conspiracy THEORY quotient is low and it is mere speculation but here’s another conspiracy for you for the Tin Foil Wearers out there.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Vincent Codrington

    @ PUDRYR at 4 :22 AM.

    Could dear. One One blow does kill old cow. You do not have to rub it in. Soon from now we wont have a RH.


  • Over 200 individuals have signed an online petition calling on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to ensure that all ministers publicly declare all their assets. The petition claims that such a move would “renew faith and trust” in the Government.(Quote)


  • I don’t only want to see assets. I also want to see liabilities. I want to know how much our politicians owe, and to whom.

    Liked by 1 person

  • adian economy is expected to crawl dead last among Caribbean economies this year, shrinking by a disappointing -0.5 per cent last year, the second lowest growth rate region-wide, according to the United Nations economic watchdog for the area.
    Barbados is expected to have the lowest growth of just 0.5 per cent in 2019, said the latest report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
    When lined up against the other 32 nations in Latin America, South America and the Caribbean, Barbados’ decline of -0.5 per cent for this year places it as the economy with the fifth lowest growth rate.
    Growth this year is expected to be led by Antigua and Barbuda at 5.3 per cent; Grenada, 5.2 per cent; Guyana, 3.4 per cent; and St Vincent and the Grenadines at 3.2 per cent, it said
    Dominica is expected to record a dismal -4.4 per cent decline, while other economies in the region are expected to record between 1.5 per cent and 2.5 per cent growth.
    But for next year, ECLAC is forecasting that Dominica’s economy will lead the region’s growth by a massive 9 per cent expansion.
    Barbados, on the other hand, is likely to see a meagre 0.5 per cent growth. Other regional economies are to experience growth rates between 1.5 per cent and 4.7 per cent.
    ECLAC said the overall growth for the Caribbean this year will be 1.9 per cent and 2.1 per cent in 2019.
    In the three regions, Venezuela will have the lowest growth this year with a decline of -15 per cent.
    Also recording declines this year will be Nicaragua at -4.1 per cent and Argentina at -2.6 per cent. Nicaragua, Argentina and Venezuela are also expected to record declines next year, according to ECLAC.
    Next year “looks to be a period in which global economic uncertainties, far from waning, will intensify and will arise from different fronts”, said the United Nations regional organisation.
    “This will have an impact on the growth of the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, which, on average, are seen expanding 1.7 per cent,” it added
    Unveiling the Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 report in the Chilean capital, Santiago, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena said “public policies are needed to strengthen sources of growth and cope with the scenario of uncertainty at a global level”.
    The report pointed out that countries in the Caribbean and Latin America would confront a complex global economic scenario in the coming years, in which “less dynamic growth is expected, both for developed countries as well as emerging economies, along with increased volatility of international financial markets”.
    On top of this, it said, there was a structural weakening of international trade, aggravated by trade tensions between the United States and China.
    The economic growth projection of 1.7 per cent for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is slightly below what ECLAC released last October, which was 1.8 per cent.
    This year’s estimate for Latin America and the Caribbean was also trimmed, from the 1.3 per cent forecast in October, to the current 1.2 per cent.
    The ECLAC document said “The greatest risk to the region’s economic performance in the run-up to 2019 continues to be an abrupt deterioration in the financial conditions for emerging economies”
    “The active role of fiscal policy in the region in terms of revenue and spending must be bolstered. In this sense, it is essential to reduce tax avoidance and evasion and illicit financial flows. At the same time, direct taxes and also health-related and green taxes must be strengthened,” said Bárcena.
    On the region’s spending patterns, the senior UN official said in order to stabilise and invigorate growth, public investment must be focus on projects that have an impact on sustainable development, with emphasis on public-private partnerships and on productive re-conversion, new technologies and green investment.
    “All of this while protecting social spending, above all in periods of economic deceleration, so that it is not affected by cutbacks,” added Bárcena, who also warned that public debt profiles must be taken care of in light of the uncertainty that could increase their cost and levels.
    Economic growth in the Caribbean was led especially by tourism and construction.
    The report said that the Caribbean continued its “fiscal efforts”, leading to higher primary surplusess and a downward trend in public debt.
    The report recommended that regional economies come up with public policies to strengthen the sources of growth and to face the situation of uncertainty.
    It also called for a strategic view to grow and face external vulnerabilities, while pointing to the need for greater use of technology, “reinventing regional integration beyond infrastructure and trade”, and changing the export structure through productive transformation and diversity.
    In launching the Preliminary Overview of the Caribbean 2018, Coordinator of Economic Development Unit of ECLAC, Port of Spain Sheldon McLean said energy independence and diversifying of economy were critical to the region’s sustainability.
    “Over the years, countries such as Jamaica and Barbados have made significant strides towards increasing their renewable energy production. However, there is room for these efforts to be strengthened in other countries,” he said.
    Though making no mention of the ongoing Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme, which Prime Minister Mia Mottley reported recently has yielded significant economic progress, the preliminary overview document pointed out that Barbados had taken “remedial action” by finalizing a four-year extended fund facility arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in October. (Quote)

    Plse compare this with the nonsense six-month report we got from the prime minister in which she fantasises about debt to GDP plummeting to 123 per cent and within a year Barbados would be back to prosperity.
    How can a once proud and intelligent people tolerate such hogwash? I repeat, since 1966, Barbados has under-performed the region and the world – including the magic period under Arthur when the nation lived on debt.


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