The Adrian Loveridge Column – Stalled @GAIA

I frequently wonder if those who guide our tourism industry really understand the basics which make it work, at all. Arriving on schedule at 9.45 pm the American Airlines flight last Monday, we dutifully filed off the plane and took our place in the queue for immigration.

The flight was close to full, so on a B737 Max 8, this amounted to around 172 passengers plus crew. Just after 10 pm, one or more immigration officers simply left their post and went off duty, leaving a skeleton staff to process the remaining 50 per cent or so off this flight.

This flight was not a one-off charter, but a scheduled service, where all involved know that it is going to arrive daily at close to the advertised time.

When my turn eventually came, I respectfully asked the immigration officer if there had been a shift change at 10 pm and she stated yes, adding that at least some of those finishing their term duty had to get a bus.

Not at all unreasonable in my humble opinion given the knowledge that if you miss one bus there may not necessarily be a later option to ensure they get home. But surely this is a critical consideration for management, who have to ensure the ‘system’ works, given the available resources?

With the hundred or so remaining passengers still waiting to clear immigration there is plenty of time to gaze in wonderment at the rows of still idle Automated Passport Kiosks. The actual cost of installing and possibly maintaining these machines still remains a mystery to the taxpayer and we cannot blame the current administration. However, the decision to purchase or lease them and the subsequent dismal failure to ensure they are fully operational must be somebodies responsibility.

Nearly four months ago the current Minister of Tourism was quoted in the media as stating ‘the effect as I understand it is that there should be an 88 per cent faster throughput in the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), once this is implemented, than there is at present’.

A very impressive improvement in anyone’s estimation should this prediction, become a working reality.

Another factor, often ignored, is that the majority of our visitors do not live on the doorsteps of the airports which service us.

In my case last week, I left a sleepy Essex village at 5 am with three changes of train and underground, involving nearly 40 station stops to first reach Heathrow. Then a ten hour flight to Miami followed by the much improved passenger processing through US immigration and customs, before another 4 hour flight to reach Barbados, So nearly 24 hours before deplaning at GAIA.

While this may not be typical for many of our visitors, the vast majority have substantial pre-airport travelling and the last thing they want to endure, especially at night, is to be further delayed at immigration, baggage claim and customs checks.

It already seems to take an extraordinary amount of time to retrieve arriving checked baggage and with the ongoing closure of the customs Green Channel – ‘Nothing to Declare’ option, our cherished guests are being subjected to further delays.

Let us hope that these long running challenges will be fully remedied before the upcoming peak winter season, especially in light of announced increased airlift.

Otherwise even the most patient visitors may be tempted with their feet and perhaps next time, choose an alternative less hassle destination.

109 comments

  • Yo continue to miss the point whether deliberately or otherwise. If what you say is true then the head of the civil service- who are career civil servants- need to grow backbone or balls. It is not a problem for the political class to solve.

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  • David BU

    The “advent” of Deputy Permanent Secretaries came under the previous inept DLP administration.

    And Selma Greene’s SUBSTANTIVE POST was that of MANAGER of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES).

    Selma presents the weather……… similarly to Sophia Cambridge (who is the Group Public Relations Manager of the BHL Group), reads the CBC TV8 NEWS as a “side job” on weekends…….

    ………… or Assistant Programme Manager of CBC, Jewel Forde……….presenting Lotto numbers.

    So….. I guess if Jewel was promoted as General Manager of CBC…..rather than check her credentials….. the “dull and ignorant”…… thinking they have a “solid political point,”……. may likewise mention: “Is that what the role of manager have come to?”

    And is this the same Caswell Franklyn who was cussed “left right and center” by the DLP operatives assigned to BU……for criticizing the appointments of these deputy PS and the number of them that were “acting”……..

    ………..who to them, has suddenly become a “hero” and “knight in shining amour?”

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  • But David while it may be true that the head of civil service should get a backbone – you need to first look at the abuse of power by the leader of the country who would seek to enforce that position.

    First ask yourself – what does it say about Mia?

    Is there no bridge too far?

    This is what happens when persons who have dictatorial tendencies are given carte blanche or such large mandates by voters through their action or inaction.

    YOU MEAN AFTER HEARING THE OBJECTION TO HER BRINGING ON HER FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN MANAGER – CHARLES JONG AND PUTTING HIM IN THE CIVILSERVICE AND PAYING HIM HIGHER THAN THE SCALE HE SHOULD BE IN – YET SHE DID NOT CARE – HE IS STILL THERE RIGHT NOW.

    THAT IS WHAT YUH CALL ‘IN YUH FACE BEHAVIOUR’ BY A DICTATOR.

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  • Ah yes I deliberately didn’t mention YES Entrepreneurship programme with young people.

    If you want to reel them in – you put out your bait and you watch them nibble and then swallow the whole thing lol.

    So lets see – running the YES Programme gives her the experience and expertise needed to be the second in command of the ministry and the person who acts as Permanent Secretary in the absence of the P.S – THAT YOUTH PROGRAMME QUALIFIES HER TO BE DEPUTY P.S. IN DEFENCE & SECURITY. Hmm

    Interesting .

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  • @T.Inniss

    In the moment the blogmaster prefers to attack the problem by asking why are our checks and balances not working. This is the level of accountability we need to exact from our officials. If the civil service hierarchy does its job it nullifies attempts by the political class to interfere. This does not mean we are giving Mottley a pass if there is a case for her to answer. The blogmaster is aware of people employed at CBC and elsewhere on the instruction of Mottley last time she was in government.

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  • David

    Now that Post I can live with.

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  • “…….put out your bait and you watch them nibble and then swallow the whole thing”……WHAT!!!!

    “So lets see – running the YES Programme gives her the experience and expertise needed to be the second in command of the ministry and the person who acts as Permanent Secretary in the absence of the P.S – THAT YOUTH PROGRAMME QUALIFIES HER TO BE DEPUTY P.S. IN DEFENCE & SECURITY. Hmm”

    Tch, tch, tch, tch…….

    The above comment is clearly INDICATIVE of your IGNORANCE of the role of a PS or Deputy PS.

    The PS or Deputy PS in Defence & Security does not have to be a SOLDIER, POLICEMEN or SECURITY GUARD.

    The PS is essentially the CEO and ACCOUNTING OFFICER of a ministry, charged with the responsibility of MANAGING the ministry and IMPLEMENTING Cabinet policies of the minister under whose portfolio the ministry falls. The Deputy PS assists the PS in undertaking these functions.

    Sooooo…. YES!!!!…….”Running the YES Programme gives her the experience and expertise needed to be the second in command of the ministry and the person who acts as Permanent Secretary in the absence of the P.S.”

    Mind boggling appointments prevails BOTH administrations, whether at PS level or line management level.

    If I were to “go by your silly, un-informed logic,” then your administration appointing an accountant as Deputy PS of Parliament and subsequently as PS in the Ministry of Education was nonsense.

    Can you explain, for example, how a trade unionist became UDC’s director?

    T. Inniss….you’re struggling…..

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  • MANAGING the ministry and IMPLEMENTING cabinet policies

    CEO and ACCOUNTING Officer

    So let me see – you move from running a small programme for ‘At risk’ or other young persons – no more than 20 or 25 YOUNG PERSONS – as well as introducing them to topics about small business etc

    AND

    Later in the evening you go and present the weather news.

    Then all of a sudden you are catapulted into the position of second most senior civil servant in the entire ministry – as DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY – by your ‘special’ friend who is the prime minister of the country.

    As Deputy Permanent Secretary you will be required to Act as permanent Secretary in his/her absence and you assist him/her in the following roles:

    Managing the day to day operations of the entire ministry of considerably more than 20 or 25 young,impresionable youths;
    You provide important advice to the Minister
    You implement the policies of the Minister
    You assist in the formulation of policies
    You must be knowledgeable of the rules & regulations governing the Civil Service so to avoid violating them when acceding to a request made by a Minister
    You must be knowledgeable of and strictly follow the rules governing Public Procurement
    You implement the appropriate processes to prevent the incidence of fraud,embezzelment or misappropriation of public monies
    Coordinate the preparation of the budget submission to the Ministry of Finance

    And on and on

    So for the faithful BLP yardfowls on here, who defend the indefensible – A youth group coordinator – turn weather Girl – fits the bill entirely for a Deputy Permanent Secretary.

    How is that kool Aid tasting Sir ? Sweet Huh ? LOLLLLLLLL

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  • IS Selma Greene THE SAME PERSON AS SELMA HUSBANDS?

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  • Yes G.P.

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  • PUDYR
    @9:24 YOU SAID
    i have been telling you the Honourable Blogmaster that putting ideas here on BU is tantamount to divulging concepts to local regional and international competitors.

    I FOUND THIS TO BE TRUE WHEN I VISITED A POLYCLINIC IN ST LUCIA IN 2012 WHERE THEY HAD IMPLEMENTED THE SERVICES I DETAILED HERE ON BU AS FAR BACK AS 2008, INCLUDING XRAYS ON SITE

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  • This individual does not possess the ability to think rationally……but that’s an attribute often associated with yard-fowls.

    YOU ARE STRUGGLING!!!!!

    Based on your comments, it seems as though you’re of the misguided opinion that Greene’s job at YES meant she dealt SPECIFICALLY or ONLY with potential young entrepreneurs. AGAIN YOUR IGNORANCE IS ON DISPLAY.

    YES is funded by government and as manager, Greene is essentially the CEO of that entity.

    Therefore, as manager, she would be ultimately responsible for:

    ………….the COORDINATION and PREPARATION of YES’s estimates of expenditure, which she and the accountant have to defend when heads of sections of the departments under the particular ministry meets with the minister.

    …………..“developing and implementing strategic plans, objectives, work plans, , project/programme proposals and operating budgets and assumes responsibility for coordinating and guiding relationships with mentors, facilitators, technical staff and partners and other agencies to deliver quality business development support services to young entrepreneurs.”

    ………….providing important advice to…….. and implementing the policies of the minister;

    Similar to any other Managers, Directors, CEOs or any other heads of departments in the Civil Service, Greene MUST BE:

    …………. knowledgeable of the rules & regulations governing the Civil Service so to avoid violating them when acceding to a request made by a Minister;

    …………knowledgeable of and strictly follow the rules governing Public Procurement;

    Since she would be held accountable for the disbursement of government (taxpayers) funds…….

    ………..she would OBVIOUSLY implement the appropriate processes to prevent the incidence of fraud, embezzlement or misappropriation of public monies….which is “STANDARD PROCEDURE.”

    So what are the significant differences?

    Only a silly DLP yard-fowl……hoping to score cheap political points…… would interpret the presentation of FACTS as “defending the indefensible” and “drinking kool aid.”

    Maybe now you will be prepared to answer the following question:

    Do you see the wisdom in appointing a trade unionist as director of UDC?

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  • I’ve heard an American say about Barbados’ rain, “this is not rain, this is liquid sunshine.”

    Still I’d like the jet bridges.

    Although I love that blast of heat which hits me as I deplane.

    Home, home, I’m coming home.

    I am home.

    Glorius.

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  • I thought that during their process of rebuilding the party, the DLP would recruit more suitably qualified individuals to represent them in this forum and articulate political points reasonable and rationally.

    There isn’t any well thought out strategy….rather than conducting the relevant research and developing their points accordingly…….

    ……..these “idjuts” see an issue and jump on it…. to spew senseless rhetorical party political diatribe, as the basis of informed and intelligent discussion.

    Continuing with weak individuals such as the likes of T. Inniss, Carson C. Cadogan and Mariposa as the DEMS “voice” on social media……is doing the party more harm than good.

    After all…..Kellman was posting so much shiite on facebook…… that Donville Inniss asked him to take a vacation from the keyboard.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Artaxerxes

    I am going to ask you a question.

    This is not “in support” of T. INNISS but may highlight his stance inadvertently.

    It is the same question that de ole man asked the Luminary Jeff Cumberbatch on another thread.

    It deals with publications but on this occasion the metrics and financial details and output of YES for any period of time.

    How much money did they get, how many beneficiaries have they served and what have been the results of these interventions over the period?

    Anything other than that is pure speculation since this information points to what the specific party has been able to produce in that her substantive post.

    The posts of PS and Deputy PS have traditionally been doled out to the politically lackeys of the day as opposed to the most competent public servant who will manage his/her post responsibly.

    Without any published targets and published reports these fellow have managed to “vampire an existence” for consecutive years AND WHEN THEY GET RELEASED FROM SUCKING sorry service they exit with a sizeable gratuity AND HET CALLED BACK AS CUNTSULTANTS to suck us again.

    There are a few PSes who have been really good in their posts like the two Martin’s who served at the Ministry of Finance for a while but when these guys do their jobs too well they get shifted.

    But I digress.

    What has been Selma s performance report as opposed to her “performing” report?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

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

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright October 23, 2018 9:24 AM

    @ the Rt Hon Prime Minister Mottley,

    It is noted that Minister Oblong Head Kerrie with what phrenologists would call a compressed hippocampus

    PIECE KERRIE AINT GOT NO HIPPOCAMPUS MAN
    THE HIPPOS LEFT HIS CAMPUS LONG LONG AGO!

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  • So is Artax saying that since the DLP appointed shitehounds to senior Public Service positions …he has no problem with the BLP appointing shiitehounds to senior Public Service positions?
    How are these appointments being justified when thousands of public servants are being sent home?

    Bad enough that there is NO HINT of meritocracy in selecting Permanent Secretaries and deputies, but yet Bajan brass bowls expect a a turnaround in performance of the economy….

    Madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…
    But those who hand their national business over to incompetents …and expect success – are plain brass bowls.

    Bushie REALLY thought that since Mia made such a ‘balls up’ when she appointed all her incompetent girlfriends last time around… that she would have been a bit more discrete now….

    But shiite…. it looks like Bushie lives at the same address as Sirfuzzy….. in HOPE….
    false hope that is…- with grass

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  • “So is Artax saying that since the DLP appointed shitehounds to senior Public Service positions …he has no problem with the BLP appointing shiitehounds to senior Public Service positions?”

    The Honourable Bush Tea

    Perhaps I have to improve my writing skills because my contributions always seem to be subject to misinterpretation.

    Could you please indicate to me where in any of my contributions it was (directly or indirectly) suggested or implied I “have no problem with the BLP appointing shiitehounds to senior Public Service positions” because it was a common practice with the DLP?

    Let’s assume you’re referring to Selma Greene…..and in all FAIRNESS to the good lady…….is there any evidence to substantiate the lady is a “shiitehound?”

    During her tenure at YES, was there any occasion that her leadership abilities or integrity came into question or under scrutiny?

    Does reading the weather news as a “side job” disqualifies her from being appointed as a Deputy PS (if it is true)?

    SMH!!!! One must have an extra level of patience when walking through the halls of BU.

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  • RE One must have an extra level of patience when walking through the halls of BU.

    THAT IS A GREAT UNDERSTATEMENT SIR!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Brother in Arms Bush Tea

    I am in full agreement with you relative to these appointments

    Ok so let’s say that you have to appoint your girlfriends because of pudendal benefits

    And let’s say you have obligations to the lackeys who underwrote your political campaign

    Since they all need job security, given that you are firing 2500 by xmas and rehiring 5000 0f your own, what you do is create the Ministry of Planification de ole man talk about, locate it in that nice building de DLP build in St Thomas, give dem nice titles for some sort of Overshite Committee and loss dem way where they can do no harm

    Then find the more progressive sniveling servants and put them where they can do advance the country.

    But that would indicate true progress wouldn’t it? And we cant have that from leaders who are really fvckups themselves.

    Ammmmm Bush Tea, you remember when we was growing up and you step pun a cobbler how candle wax or pee used to trk it out?

    When we get de primplers in we botsie cause we ass is grass, what would you recommend to remove de primplers?

    And please, diane tell me piss cause not a feller ent giving de ole MSN golden showers at my old age…

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  • PUDRYR

    T. Inniss did not have any meaning stance……..his comments were the rantings of a political yard-fowl that believed he had “ammunition” to score cheap political points.

    And by your intervention, you ably proved that he did not have any.

    If you’re suggesting that there isn’t any available information to use as a benchmark for one to determine if an individual is qualified for a job……

    ……….then, in the absence of that information, how does one conclude the individual is NOT qualified for the job?

    As such, the conclusion is essentially based on assumptions or speculation.

    Perhaps you should teach T. Inniss how to strategize before hasting to post rubbish.

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  • Thank you Bush Tea and Piece for your posts.

    All that BLP fool Artax did was go on the website and list all the grand sounding things the CEO of YES is supposed to do.

    Selma husbands/Greene has no SIGNIFICANT achievements to show of in that position at YES and the BLP Yardfowl Artax CANNOT POINT TO THE TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE SPENDING THAT MONEY TO PAY HER A SALARY OF CEO – MADE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF BARBADOS.

    Don’t study the puffed up windbag – he just drunk on the kool Aid and like to come on BU always pompasetting how he is not a BEE – yet always exposing he BLP UNDERWEAR.

    In the matter of a few days he with his imaginary brilliance – has accused about 4 bloggers here of being fools – ‘Dishonest Bajan,Mariposa,Hal Austin,T.Inniss and if I had the time to waste and scroll through his posts – I am sure you would find many more.

    I usually ignore him because he is what he is and he can’t change and I have low tolerance for fools.However I couldn’t let this nonsense he spouted go unchallenged.

    I will not spend my time in no back and forth with no BLP Operatives on this site.

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  • I remember well Caswell Franklyn on this very site – telling us how most of the new permanent Secretaries who David Thompson came and found in 2008 – were hand picked BLP supporters who were placed in that Job by Owen Arthur.

    That is why the civil service has been declining so rapidly.

    Imagine plucking Selma Husbands out of reading her weather news and placing her as Deputy Permanent Secretary.Shite man soon Ninja Man could put on a red Tee shirt and get there too.

    The practice of neutrality in the Public Service rather than appointments based on political considerations is one of the tried and tested principle ( and practice) in the West minister System of governance that has been slowly slipping away.

    Men like Sam Headley ,C.E. Edwards etc – Permanent Secretaries who their mere demeanour alone commanded respect – and their breath of knowledge of the operations of the service imbued confidence – yet you had to guess as to whether these men supported the Bee or Dee.

    And now we have a girlfriend of Mia – Selma Husbands/Greene as Deputy Permanent Secretary – Murder – wuhloss – and the BLP Yardfowls say – that is a good thing.

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  • “Tourism is our business…..” the slogan says. In today’s Nation newspaper , we read that since we do not have a certified kitesurfing instructor, an application will be made to recruit a non national.
    In these days of austerity and widespread job losses , we need to train our people , in all areas of our major industry and try to save every possible job, from the top management to the water sports operator.
    Get moving peoples !!!
    Not a failed state yet but ……….

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  • RE Imagine plucking Selma Husbands out of reading her weather news and placing her as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

    THEN YOU TALK OF “Men like Sam Headley ,…………..– yet you had to guess as to whether these men supported the Bee or Dee.

    YOU APPARENTLY DO NOT KNOW THAT SAM HEADLEY WAS PLUCKED FROM TEACHING AT HC BY MR BARROW AND THAT HE WAS A STRONG DEE FROM ST JOHN!

    OF COURSE MR HEADLEY’S LEADERSHIP ABILITIES WERE HERALDED FROM HIS DAYS AT THE LODGE SCHOOL…THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.

    WHEREAS SELMA IS WELL KNOWN FOR THE MINUTES SHE PRESENTED THE WEATHER NEWS, OVER THE YEARS……..HER OTHER ABILITIES AND FUNCTIONS ARE SIMILILARLY NOT NECESSARILY KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.

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  • Sam Headley originated out of St John – and many suspected he was a Dem – but I have heard of instances where he earned the ire of the great skipper Barrow – because he butted heads with him on policies – and no one can truthfully say he operated as a dem – or that he did not maintain the traditions of the Service.

    Sam Headley was brought to prominence from his young days at Lodge when he was selected as the head boy – the first black to do so.He was a stubborn old timer – but like him or hate him – no one questioned his competence during his stint in the service.

    That is not the reports coming out with Sema’s promotion.

    Same can be said of C.E.Edwards who some suspected of being a BEE but was a top class civil servant.

    There are many more former P.S. that can be named but those two were the ones that came to mind at this time.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @T.Inniss October 24, 2018 6:44 AM
    “All that BLP fool Artax did was go on the website and list all the grand sounding things the CEO of YES is supposed to do.

    Selma husbands/Greene has no SIGNIFICANT achievements to show of in that position at YES and the BLP Yardfowl Artax CANNOT POINT TO THE TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE SPENDING THAT MONEY TO PAY HER A SALARY OF CEO – MADE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF BARBADOS.

    Don’t study the puffed up windbag – he just drunk on the kool Aid and like to come on BU always pompasetting how he is not a BEE – yet always exposing he BLP UNDERWEAR.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Isn’t this a classic case of a ‘yellow’ pot marked “D” calling a ‘red’ kettle branded “B” “black”?

    So if Artax has been a “Bee” all along, how should the BU old stagers label you then?

    A yellow-belly johnny-come-lately who has just out of the ‘blue’ jump on the bandwagon of permanent criticism of the current ‘red’ administration?

    Where were you prior to May24th when the former band of incompetents including their cowardly public sector managers who prostituted themselves by becoming aiders and abettors in financial crimes against the people which have led to the current dire state of fiscal and financial affairs?

    Where was your loud-mouth when $300 million of foreign reserves just went missing just after the 2013 general elections and neither the now overly-garrulous Guv nor the MoF could find out which window the money went out as smoke while Greenverbs parked his unlaundered lucre in the same bank for a good cleaning?

    Why not do like ac aka Maripokey, or even Fractured BLP, and stop the BU family from ‘assuming’ by raising upfront and centre your yellow flag of partisan political opposition in the air so that none would have any doubt about which choir you have been singing in and which party you have been jumping in all your political life.

    We will respect you for that volte-face of honesty since the present administration needs every arrow of criticism in its backside to keep it on the ‘straight and narrow’ given the 30 to zero red wash.

    A piece of ‘genuine’ advice from your friendly miller neither “B”, “D” or “SB”; ha-ha, ha ha, hum!!!!!

    “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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  • The point to consider is the continued practice of promoting friends and political supporters beyond their competence especially at this time when it is critical for the country to adopt a new way of doing things – by ensuring the most efficient and best suited persons and plans – despite perceived political affiliation – are the ones selected.

    Money is scarce,time is limited – and genuine leadership is needed.

    I am not yet seeing the things happening which suggest the seriousness at hand has gotten through.

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  • Reading Bishop Artherley in Bdos Today – he is making some good points.

    With Mia Mottley every thing is about staging this picture of ‘She Got This’ .So she rushes off and called Christine Legarde the day after elections – and what did she get in the end an insufficient amount of money that can help in turning Bdos around – that is 220 % of the quota to be paid over 4 years – instead of the 350 % of the quota which is normally given over 3 years.

    Then as Bishop Artherley stated – this rush to go before the cameras and say we have this or that in place has resulted in major foul ups ;whether it is

    1) the abolition of the road tax and replacing it with the Gas Tax – and the about face that had to be made about redunding etc

    2) The claim that students effective the new term will get their Tuition paid – only to be told by the Ministry of Education and UWI – THAT NO SUCH THING HAD BEEN PUT IN PLACE

    3) The rush to appoint Rawdon Adams and Kay Mcconey as Senators – only to realise they don’t confom to the constitutional provision as it relates to residency requirements – therefore again MIA HAD TO RUSH TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION TO FIX THAT

    4) The rush to implement the sewage tax on the water bill even before the independent and opposition senators had been given time to read it properly

    5) the haste to DEFAULT ON THE DEBT – AND THE RUSH TO CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE INVESTMENT TO THOSE RETIEES AND PENSIONERS WHO INVESTED IN GOVT PAPER.

    I keep saying it – and this is made more evident – day by day – that Mia does not know have a clue what she is doing or what should really be done.

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  • (1). “All that BLP fool Artax did was go on the website and list all the grand sounding things the CEO of YES is supposed to do.”

    I did not get my information from YES’ website.

    But it is clearly evident “All the DLP fool T. Inniss did was to go on a website and list all the grand sounding things a PS is supposed to do.”

    (2). “Selma husbands/Greene has no SIGNIFICANT achievements to show of in that position at YES and the BLP Yardfowl Artax CANNOT POINT TO THE TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE SPENDING THAT MONEY TO PAY HER A SALARY OF CEO – MADE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF BARBADOS.”

    And likewise, the DLP Yardfowl T. Inniss CANNOT POINT TO anything contrary.

    (3). “Don’t study the puffed up windbag – he just drunk on the kool Aid and like to come on BU always pompasetting how he is not a BEE – yet always exposing he BLP UNDERWEAR.”

    Similar could be said about you being “ a puffed up wind bag drunk on the on the DLP kool Aid and like to come on BU always pompasetting how you are not a DEE – yet always EXPOSING your DLP UNDERWEAR.”

    Whereas you are QUICK to criticize the current administration, while jumping to defend the former inept DLP administration……I CHALLENGE you to present any phrase or statement in any of my contribution that suggests I defend the BLP.

    (4). “In the matter of a few days he with his imaginary brilliance – has accused about 4 bloggers here of being fools – ‘Dishonest Bajan, Mariposa, Hal Austin, T.Inniss and if I had the time to waste and scroll through his posts – I am sure you would find many more.”

    Present the evidence to this forum where in any of my contributions I referred to the aforementioned individuals as “fools.” (Well, not you…..we all know you’re a fool)

    Although, according to you, my brilliance is imaginary…….it far surpasses your level.

    (5). “I usually ignore him because he is what he is and he can’t change and I have low tolerance for fools.However I couldn’t let this nonsense he spouted go unchallenged.”

    It’s a good thing you don’t read my contributions.

    (6). “I will not spend my time in no back and forth with no BLP Operatives on this site.”

    But you will spend time writing shiite, which is obviously dictated to you by someone in George Street.

    You DLP yard-fowls are weak and you would never take up a challenge.

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  • Again to show how lacking in basic common sense – these ad hoc lay – offs seem to be ;

    We have the head the President of CTUSAB – Edwin O’neale – himself a former police officer – who is pointing out that this Govt has proposed sending home some of the clerical staff in the police service – thus putting pressure on the already stretched police officers to take on these civilian,clerical duties.

    Commisioner Griffith has already told us that he is 248 police officers short .

    Even Mia ‘ I Got This’ Mottley had to admit they bungle this lay off process by sending home persons with over 10 and 12 years service – and had to recall them back to work.

    She also admitted that many public workers were sent home without their financial package on the day they were sent home – as had been stated by her ( and is constantly being repeated by Dr Wodroffe )

    Mia was preparing to be the FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER – SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY NOT PREPARING HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS FINANCIAL CRISIS – A SITUATION SHE WAS AWARE OF AND HAS BEEN PONTIFICATING ON SINCE 2008.

    Can we imagine how she would have had Barbados in an uproar if the last administration had fouled up and bungled up like this ?

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  • A permanent secretary in a government department does not have to be a specialist officer/technician – that is the role of the technocrats. But it is important that the PS has an understanding of the department and its specialist requirements. The same way that a prime minister does not have to be able to do everything in government, but s/he must be able to manage.
    In a transparent society, based on merit, ALL public sector jobs should be advertised. I remember a few years ago a young woman at a UK university was offered a public sector job within weeks of graduating. She had no experience. She was subsequently replaced with someone who was about to graduate from a US university.
    It is this corruption lite that is a fundamental part of Barbadian culture – getting jobs for the sons and daughters of friends and friends of friends and mistaking qualifications with knowledge, expertise and expertise. A qualification is just the beginning of a career, not the end of learning.
    A bigger question is: how can we be making such appointments when we are getting rid of people? Positions are made redundant, not people; who did the government consult before making positions redundant?
    Barbados has drifted from an incompetent semi-democratic stat to an autocracy. Barbados is a failed state..

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  • Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced on Friday that her administration would be creating a “level playing field” across the industry, allowing hoteliers to access the concessions the same way in which Sandals was accessing them.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/10/26/level-up/

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