A Heather Cole Column – Barbados: Politically Independent Country-Economically Dependent People

barbadosI may have finally understood the concept of independence in Barbados. It is of a country which gained political independence from Great Britain in 1966 but somehow the teetered yoke of dependence remains firmly affixed to the necks of its people. I hope the sociologists and political scientists from the UWI will weigh in on this one.

We have had a long history of dependence. It was shaped by the slave masters who created a dependence for food and shelter during slavery. It was enhanced by the British Government during the colonial era and for the past 52 years that dependence has been enshrined by the successive political administrations which ruled after 1966. So, for the past 52 years politics has shaped our economic dependence.

The Bizzy Williams, Cow Williams, Mark Maloney’s and the lot all depend on each political administration for lucrative contracts and sweet heart deals to become successful. They have benefited from dependence. The poor and the middle class depend on the government for a job which technically ends up as a trap as they deny themselves independence.

The dependence on government jobs is a trap for life but most see it as job that belongs to them until they retire. That job security has instilled the dependency syndrome. They have failed to understand that they are not economically independent.

The two-party system has also been to our detriment. We have developed a penchant for political promises and believe that everything should be provided by government and if is not provided by one administration, the other plays a game of bait and switch. We have allowed successive administrations to prevent us from becoming economically independent.

We have not pressed for a referendum to effect change in any area; we are leaving it up to government to make those changes if they want to; we have not agitated for inclusions to be part of the ballot. Our dependency has put our fate in the hands of each administration. Two good cases that we have at present to press for a referendum on are the decriminalization of marijuana and the creation of a new mortgage legislation. Changes in both areas will alter our economic dependence. However, we are waiting patiently, depending on government to makes these changes that we need in its own time frame.

The retrenchment by the present administration has touched a sore nerve, everyone expecting the worse, pondering what people will go home to do, wondering how they will pay their bills, referring to the fact that they have children to send to school, being over reactionary about last- in first- out scenarios, the union are on high alert and predicting even more job losses. It is as if the skies were falling but all we are hearing are echoes of dependency.

It is the same dependency that has led us to be thinkers and not doers, to make abject criticism of everyone who has a difference of opinion, to discourage new ways to doing old things. We display the apathy of being stuck in rut when we are intelligent enough to do better. We have become so dependent on government that it has taken what has occurred during the past 10 years for some of us to admit that government does not have all the right answers.

Ultimately the one question that must be asked is if the only persons to receive economic freedom on November 30th, 1966 was the political class. Our success or failure should not depend on the political actions of government; we must become economically independent by becoming involved in activities to make us economically independent. We must change our mindset to understand that if ever a national retrenchment occurs, it is viewed as an opportunity for a people to change the course of their history.

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  • Hopefully the link to our leftist/radical/communist past is becoming clearer!!

    There were clearly very strong outside influences.

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  • MIA BEG OVERSEAS BAJANS TO COME HOME FOR 2020
    OK MIA
    DEN WUH WE AH DUH ?
    YOU GOT WUK FE WE OR YOU WANT WE FE BRING MONEY?
    MIA YOU COULD MEK ALL DE OVERSEAS MED SCHOOLS GIVE ME A WUK
    OR MEK ME DE OVERSEAS MED SCHOOLS OVERSEER
    WUH YA AH SEH

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  • ” PM: Bright prospects ”

    Barbados will punch above its weight again with the help of its children’s excellence, which will propel the island into a bright future.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/218844/pm-bright-prospects

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  • David BU

    I am sure you find it passing strange that Charles Herbert did not make Mia’s 2018 Independence Honours List !

    Wha’ after all in 2017 he ” orchestrated ” the largest march against a lawfully elected government – over 40 , 000 marchers !

    Wha’ after all in 2018 he ” imported ” the largest stash of illegal drugs ( Cocaine ) – over $ 4 million dollars worth !

    Wuhloss…….for such brazenness on Herbert’s part he deserved a Knughthood at the ” table of the Knights ”

    Don’t you think …….crooked David BU ?

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  • Knighthood

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  • Just imagine for it’s 52 nd Anniversary of Independence

    PM Mia Mottley can only find the following words to inspire Barbadians ……

    ” Barbados will run aground ” !

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  • @Fractured

    The bump in the economic road is just a temporary inconvenience.

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  • “However, we have over a million visitors.”

    Visitors are NOT CITIZENS..you stupid, ignorant man.

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  • Mia needs to stop lying her ass off and putting shit in the people’s heads. she should be severely punished for refusing to go after her fellow crook friends and recover the people’s money they all have hidden in offshore accounts….

    …at this stage Mia Borrows CANNOT be trusted.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/218852/worrell-advisor-creditors

    “Former Central Bank governor Dr DeLisle Worrell has been “engaged” as economic advisor to a group of external creditors who are unhappy with Government’s foreign debt restructuring.”

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  • WARU
    December 1, 2018 5:14 AM

    “However, we have over a million visitors.”
    Visitors are NOT CITIZENS..you stupid, ignorant man.

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    Dazzlingly brilliant perception!!

    Genius

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  • Too early for your lowlife crap, only one fellow joker on here indulges you, maybe you have not noticed yet, pay attention.

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  • Well somebody gotta remind these uppity fools with new titles..

    “Members of the new Cabinet of Barbados were told in no uncertain terms that they could find themselves out of office for failing in their duty and falling back into the habits and practices that they campaigned against.

    Delivering the invocation today at the swearing-in ceremony for ministers of Government at the Esplanade, Bay Street, Presiding Bishop of the Barbados District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Reverend Gerry Seale, cautioned them to be humble and honest.

    “You’ve been called to serve, not to be lord it over us,” he said. And in a hint at the decisiveness of the vote by Barbadians in last week’s elections, he added, “lead us with wisdom and understanding and we will follow you. Lead us with foolishness and we will use our ‘X’”.”

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  • It seems to me that since Lewis was head of the CDB from 1971 to 1973, that even if Barrow appeared not to have sough out Lewis when he Barrow was a post-adolescent, he would appear to have sought out Lewis in the 70’s when he Barrow was a mature man in his early 50’s.

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    Sir Arthur Lewis was President for 2 years.

    The Second President, William Demas, served from 1974 to 1988, 15 years

    The third president was Sir Neville Nicholls, 1988-2001, 13 years

    The fourth president served to 2010, 9 years

    The fifth and current president is Dr. William Warren Smith, in the job now for 8 years.

    Sir Arthur Lewis was an intellectual.

    Here are two extracts about his period at the CDB.

    “I returned to improvement of the data and was just about ready to write my book when I went off to Barbados for four years setting up the Caribbean Development Bank. Returning to Princeton in 1974, I finally published in 1978 my account of growth and fluctuations in the world economy between 1870 and 1914. My Nobel Lecture derives from this sector of my intellectual interests.”

    “Since 1957, I have spent nearly as many years in administration as in academic scholarship. First, a group of six years, 1957-1963, in which I was in turn UN Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ghana, Deputy Managing Director of the UN Special Fund, and Vice-Chancellor (= President) of the University of the West Indies. Then, from 1970 to 1974, I set up the Caribbean Development Bank. These experiences broadened my understanding of development problems, without doing much to deepen it in the scholarly sense.”

    I would suggest that the Caribbean Leaders, EWB etc, used his standing to form the CDB and their interest was more in accessing funds than development.

    I would further suggest Sir Arthur Lewis was a prophet in other countries, just not his own even though his theories worked.

    Anybody remember the names of the fourth president of the CDB?

    I think the CDB was and still is considered as a source of funds which just happened to have the word Development in its name!!

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  • Also remember how Mia told the country that her govt would hold or hide no secrets and would be transparent and revealed information on her ministers financial portfolio
    Her it is six months later and Mia has kept such information under lock and key far away from the eyes and ears of the country
    As for truthfulness Mia deserves a Z-

    We have the South Coast Sewer plant which Mottley said was fixed
    There are the buses which Mia said was ordered and would be delivered in short time
    There are speeches which Mia made accusing past govt of being unfair to vendors and what did she do to the vendors outside the Grantly Adams school
    The list of lies and broken promises by Mia in the past six months should be recorded in the Guinness book of world records.

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  • There is no rule of law by this govt this govt has been able to show country How Outlaws Rules

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  • @Heather

    Your article raises the question how does a small island like Barbados define its Independence. The reality for the Caribbean is that independent countries if viewed through an economic lens have not done well when stacked against Bermuda, Cayman and a few others still under the wing of the ‘mother country’. Why do you think this is the case?

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/11/30/independence-message-upp-says-reach-backward-to-move-forward/

    Heather, Lynette, Donna – a woman’s perspective?????

    You men can talk about economics and finance, try to sound all scholarly and ignore what I’m sure you consider simplistic, vexacious, feminine babble from the so-called lesser mortals (not referring to you, David), but I’ve been trying to tell you there will be no recovery or at best we will only experience very temporary relief – NOT SUSTAINABLE – unless we treat the disease and not just the symptoms.

    We need to face our demons! And exorcise them. Figuratively speaking of course.

    CHANGE OR DIE!

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  • Why ask Heather a question that has already been answered by the Boss …Bob Marley?
    Independence is a state of MIND, not some shiite political regulation.
    Brass Bowls can NEVER (repeat never) be independent.

    In any case, there is no such REALITY as independence in this world
    which is really just a proxy of the two opposing spiritual forces.
    There are three possible states.

    1 -Brass bollic – Fully under Satan’s control (and even having your own monument at a prominent location)

    2 – BBE-centric – having been fully adopted by the positive spiritual forces (exemplified by the fruits that one would expect to be associated with such forces – successful, rich, happy and seem to ‘know eva shiite’)

    3 – Balanced – where the positive BBE forces provide LIMITS to what stresses the Wicked Ones are allowed to put in our way. (Such that we are not pushed beyond our human capacity to resist)

    Barbados enjoyed an unusually long period of ‘Balance’ ….for reasons that the Bushman will explain at some appropriate time…
    BUT then we decided that WE wanted to CHOOSE sides.
    Our ROLE MODELS have become the very albino-centric demons that REPRESENT the evil ones on earth…
    It is only OBVIOUS that BBE will respect our wishes and choices…. so we got our monument.

    FORGET independence…
    Wunna second BEST BET now is to get up at the Garrison and bow down to the ‘albino-centric forces that be’ …and hope for some crumbs off that capitalist table….
    Because we CLEARLY do not have the intellectual CAPACITY to do the CORRECT thing – which is to HUMBLE ourselves, REPENT of that foolish choice, choose to do RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SEEK GOD’S FACE…..
    Which is why Caswell SHOULD have BUPed.

    What independence what …. more like GRASS!!!

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  • The reality for the Caribbean is that independent countries if viewed through an economic lens have not done well when stacked against Bermuda, Cayman and a few others still under the wing of the ‘mother country’. Why do you think this is the case?

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    Add TCI, BVI and Anguilla and you realise they are centres for money laundering and Tax Havens.

    This and tourism are their sole (? please correct me if I am wrong) economic activities.

    The Bermuda population is about 65K, TCI is 33K, Anguilla 15K, BVI is 31K and Caymans is 55K.

    Barbados a far greater population than all of these countries combined.

    https://www.newsamericasnow.com/these-21-caribbean-nations-have-been-named-major-money-laundering-countries/

    I think the real question is what activities are really economic?

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  • Here’s the very epitome of simplicity. If we truly want these fields and hills to be alive with the sound of beautiful Bajan music this is what we have to do…..

    But I am only a woman who needs a good man to help me to focus.

    Wuhlaus!

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  • The national debt of Bermuda is $2.5 billion, payable by population of 65K.

    On a per capita basis this is not much different from Barbados!!

    http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20171204/bermudas-debt-grows-but-budget-gap-narrows

    However, the debt to GDP ratio stands at 40%!!

    http://www.royalgazette.com/nathan-kowalski/article/20171222/now-for-some-good-news–bermudas-debt

    “On the debt side, we roughly have $2.48 billion in net debt on a nominal economy running at about $6.2 billion. Thus debt to GDP stands at roughly 40 per cent.

    “Tourism accounts for an estimated 28% of gross domestic product (GDP), 85% of which is from North America. The industrial sector is small, and agriculture is now severely limited by a lack of suitable land. About 80% of food is imported. International business contributes over 60% of Bermuda’s economic output.”

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  • Our GDP is less than that of Bermuda.

    May be we just are not as productive as Bermudans.

    We have about 5 times as many people as Bermuda!!!

    Would it be fair to say Bermudans are 5 times as productive as Barbadians?

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  • Right now the US of A’s biggest problem is that it hasn’t faced its demons. It continues to celebrate Columbus Day and General Lee and all the atrocities with balloons and confetti instead of commemorating in Bushie’s favorite sackcloth and ashes.. Then it calls itself the beacon of light on the hill for the world. They have created and cling to a false narrative of America instead of acknowledging its bloody beginnings and trying to heal.

    And out of that pit of lies slithers the slimiest snake of all!

    But Barbados is a small place and in my opinion it should not be so hard to solve our identity crisis.

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/d464b16a-2abd-49f5-97d7-06ad4e3b508f

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  • RE ” PM: Bright prospects ”

    Barbados will punch above its weight again with the help of its children’s excellence, which will propel the island into a bright future.

    MIA IS RIGHT!
    BEGINNING WITH HER FAT OBESE SELF AND THE GENERAL OBESITYOF THE POPULACE INCLUDING THE PICNI DEM BARBADOS IS PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT
    LED BY THE POLITICAL LEADER AS THE EXAMPLE!

    MURDAH

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  • Independence IS of course a state of mind. So we must deal with the crap in our mind before it spills onto the.. oh I forget… it’s already on the streets.

    Shall we leave it there?

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  • Of course we all know that the KENTUCKY KING is only 239 lbs.- miraculously one pound short of obese according to that slimy octopus of a back scratcher Dr. Ronnie Jackson.

    I’m done now David. No need for a warning.

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  • @Donna

    Do the blogmaster a favour and ignore. We do not want to delete or close comments.

    Time is a precious ‘commodity’.

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  • SEEMS WE DONT LIKE TO HEAR THE TRUTH ON BU
    IS THE LEADER OVERWEIGHT? YES
    ARE MANY CHILDREN AND WOMEN OVERWEIGHT? YES
    THEN WE ARE ALREADY PUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT! RIGHT?
    AM I NOT A HIGHLY CREDENTIALED BU COMMENTER TOO?

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  • DEAREST DARLING DONNA

    WE HEY TRYING FE FIGURE OUT THE ESSENTIALS OF PUNCHING AGAINST ONE’S WEIGHT OR USING ONE’S WEIGHT LIKE MIA

    AND AT Donna December 1, 2018 8:54 AM YOU TALKING ABOUT ” Right now the US of A’s biggest problem is that it hasn’t faced its demons. It continues to celebrate Columbus Day and General Lee and all the atrocities with balloons and confetti instead of commemorating in Bushie’s favorite sackcloth and ashes.. Then it calls itself the beacon of light on the hill for the world. They have created and cling to a false narrative of America instead of acknowledging its bloody beginnings and trying to heal.

    THEN YOU STRESS THAT ” out of that pit of lies slithers the slimiest snake of all!”

    WITH HER SIZE SHALL I THEN DEDUCE THAT MIA IS AN ANACONDA?

    JUST ASKING

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  • We failed economically because in our earliest years of independence we abandon the principals and policies through our educational system by which our govts should have heavily relied (on) by the sourcing of knowledge and people to be productive and to develop our country
    But rather preferred to look for outside influences
    Barrow has now have the last word in another month of Independence while Mia mouths off and begs and talk about influencing children which boils down to empty words and political rhetoric campagain style

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  • Taking our minds back to Errol Barrow speeches
    He literally implored ” We should teach our citizens how to be self reliant and not beggers
    However Mia has resorted to the opposite of being beggars and punishing the people

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  • RE while Mia mouths off and begs and talk about influencing children which boils down to empty words and political rhetoric campagain style

    THEY WILL SOON SHUT YOU DOWN OR SHUT YOU UP WOMAN
    BUT YOU TELLING DE TRUTE
    TRUTE BE TOLD IT IS MIA THAT SEEKING TO USE HER WEIGHT TO PUNCH ABOVE WEIGHT
    LET HER WAIT

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  • What West Indian political leader could ever leave as many people talking about him as Sir Arthur Lewis?

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  • Yes Mia has already demonstrated how to take a small economy with a small population of low earn income wagers and make all abd sundry Punch above their weight financially to pay govt debt
    While her chosen few receives big salaries for doing nothing to stablize or develop a productive country
    After hitting the ground and selling the Mantra of putting ” money in the peiples pocket
    Mia new Mantra turned to that of “Send them Home”

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  • WAAAIIITTTTTT!

    YOU MEAN THAT WHILE SHE TALKING BOUT PUNCHING ABOVE WE WEIGHT THAT SHE SENDING HOME PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT DEM LOSE WEIGHT?

    THEY CANT EVEN AFFORD TO BUY SALT SO THAT THEY CAN SAY WE SUCKING SALT

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  • BARBADOS UNDER MIA MAO MUGABE MUTTLEY HAS THE BEST WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAMME IN THE WHOLE WHIRL!

    SEND DEM HOME AND STARVE DEM OUT
    DEY BOUND TO LOSE WEIGHT

    AT DE SAME TIME MIA PACKING ON WEIGHT AND PUNCHING THE AIR AT DE OVAL TALKING SHITE

    WHY SHE DONT COMB SHE HAIR THOUGH AND DRESS UP SWEET LIKE SANDRA?

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  • Cannot believe your eyes are on Mia.

    A happy morning to all.. salt lickers, salt liners, salt miners ….

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  • MY EYES PUN SANDRA MAN NOT MIA…………MY EYES WAS ALWAYS PUN SANDRA FROM DE FIRST TIME I SEE SHE IN THE DISTRICT A COURT IN 1980…AND DEN IN THE GEORGE CHANELLOR STAND AT CRICKET

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  • Yeap all eyes should be focus on Mia although of recent she has been hard to find as she distances herself from the poor people and hob nobs with foreign leaders and govts
    What a belly laugh of laughter yesterday as she told all barbadians to learn two languages
    Cant forget her early suggestion of Chinese

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  • Yeap natural hair is the trend but it should be well kept
    Looking at the PM hair yesterday the thought of buying her an Afro pick comb crossed my mind

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  • @Mariposa,

    Plse remain focused. Don’t let the Chinese Mr Jong and his silly speeches get you talking about nonsense. They are diversions. After six months, what is prime minister Mottley’s vision for Barbados?

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  • David,

    That long hop just had to be smashed.

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  • RE what is prime minister Mottley’s vision for Barbados?
    GOOD QUESTION!

    ANSWER: ECONOMICALLY IT IS 0/0 BUT DEFINITELY NOT NEAR TO 20/20

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    With Mia struggling to make any meaningful impact on our economy and creating an even more unfair society we may need to rely on our past masters to come to our assistance! I am aware that Quaker John would welcome this opportunity should it ever arise.

    “The proposal that foreign powers acquire land in Africa to stem migration is nothing but ‘hipster’ colonialism.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/hipster-colonialism-181127121258438.html

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  • Hal i am not being diverted Mia made mention in her long diatribe independence speech about bajans learning two languages of which i remember her as naming once before Mandarin as one of those languages
    The truth of the economic matter does not only lie in learning new languages but a country driven through a development of productivity and also by that of having help by a private sector who for over the long 52 years of independence has brought nothing worthwhile or substantive to help build the economy
    Most noteworthy in yesterday diatribe was Mia absence of calling on the private Sector to do more

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  • The Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) with immediate effect is pleased to announce the removal of the “tipping fee” formerly imposed on waste disposal at the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC).

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/219063/ssa-removes-tipping-fee

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  • David
    December 1, 2018 8:05 AM

    The reality for the Caribbean is that independent countries if viewed through an economic lens have not done well when stacked against Bermuda, Cayman and a few others still under the wing of the ‘mother country’. Why do you think this is the case?
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    Add TCI, BVI and Anguilla and you realise they are centres for money laundering and Tax Havens.
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    Here is a real benefit to being still under the rule of Britain.

    Corrupt ministers get charged and prosecuted, from the Governor back down.

    This article is from June 2015.

    The case is still in court in the TCI almost 4 years hence but I understand it is nearing completion.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/former-turks-and-caicos-premier-s-corruption-trial-to-go-ahead-without-a-jury-10346428.html

    Can you imagine how much better off we would be if our ministers and Governor Generals knew they could end up in jail for corruption?

    Ah boy, the joys of being dependent!!

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  • For the Caribbean, were the politicians just pre- and post independence cut from a different (better) cloth than the politicians of today, or was it just they were better salesmen?

    They must have convinced the British that they were capable of steering these new nations.in a succesful manner. Williams, Barrow, ….

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  • TheOGazerts
    December 1, 2018 5:06 PM

    For the Caribbean, were the politicians just pre- and post independence cut from a different (better) cloth than the politicians of today, or was it just they were better salesmen?
    They must have convinced the British that they were capable of steering these new nations.in a succesful manner. Williams, Barrow, ….

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    Maybe the Brits just wanted to cut expenses!!

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  • Thanks GP

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  • TheOGazerts
    December 1, 2018 5:06 PM

    For the Caribbean, were the politicians just pre- and post independence cut from a different (better) cloth than the politicians of today, or was it just they were better salesmen?
    They must have convinced the British that they were capable of steering these new nations.in a succesful manner. Williams, Barrow, ….

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    Sir Arthur Lewis is a good example of the operation of the concept of the “inferior superior” proposed by GP.

    EWB, Williams etc would have allowed him to be in the region because in the words of Sir Grantley, Barbados is not big enough for Dr. Humby and me!!

    Dr. Humby was the Doctor who embarrassed the GOB over malnutrition in children.

    Our superiors have really been inferior and could not exist in the company of a vastly superior “inferior” in Sir Arthur Lewis.

    Luckily, it worked out well for him because he was extremely interested in his work and could pursue it outside of the region … the world was his oyster.

    The region was too small for him!!

    He belonged to the world.

    I have heard of Sir Arthur Lewis before but he was never promoted by our leaders because they were vastly inferior to him and his presence would have shown them up.

    It is only now that I look harder that I appreciate how vastly superior he was.

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  • This was what I found about the Humby affair.

    “One of the gripping stories in Dr Ramsey’s book is that of the title – Shocking The People’s Conscience. He describes how on a round of the Children’s Ward with the Medical Superintendent, Dr Graham Humby, Dr Humby became frustrated at the many sick malnourished children; he placed three malnourished children in a cot with three others and summoned the Advocate journalist and photographer.
    Next morning the photograph appeared on the front page (and is reproduced on page 95 in the book) with a letter from Dr Humby which read in part: “Some time ago I made a sincere plea from the bottom of my heart that too many of our children were being neglected. There has not been the slightest response to my sincere appeal – hundreds still turn up all over the island and it makes me vomit.
    “You talk, talk, and talk, and you spend thousands dressing your children beautifully on Sundays; but for heaven’s sake, first things must come first . . . . This primitive inhumanity must be stopped and nothing will stop me shouting at you from the roof tops until it is stopped. Are you hypocrites or just ostriches?”
    The letter received the strongest possible support and praise from the Advocate editorial which predicted that any victimisation of Dr Humby for his dramatic action would produce a “public outcry . . . the likes of which has never been seen. . .”
    In fact, what happened next was described by Dr Ramsey as a political outcry! It was near election time and in a meeting in the Lower Green, Sir Grantley proclaimed:

    “There is not enough room in Barbados for Dr Humby and me.

    I was born here and I don’t intend to go anywhere.”

    Within days Dr Humby was gone.”

    My guess is it was either 1951 or 1956, elections.

    EWB would have watched how the concept of the “inferior superior” worked and learned.

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  • After the scandal by which govt seized pensioners savings in the form of govt bonds and other instruments to pay govt debt
    Govt would have learned and removed self from any form of deception in case govt instruments had to be used as a form of transactions ever again
    But No! Govt has traded legal tender in exchange for govt bonds asca form of good to pay the retrenched workers

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  • JOHN
    I DONT KNOW IF Dr Humby WAS THE FIRST TO BE HURT BY THE INFERIOR SUPERIOR THINGY IN BIM, BUT HE CERTAINLY WAS NOT THE LAST

    RECENTLY I EXEGETED A PASSAGE FROM ECCLESIASTES FOR SOME ONE HERE ON BU WHICH EXPLAINED THIS PHENOMENON OF THE INFERIOR SUPERIOR

    IT IS ALSO SEEN HERE ON BU

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  • JOHN YOU WILL FIND THAT THE GUY IS REPETITIVE
    BUT HE DOES TALK ABOUT THE WAR OF PSALM 83 AND SUGGESTS THAT CURRENT ISRAELI DAMASCUS CONFLICT MAYBE THE CONFLICT THAT BRINGS THE PROPHECY N ISAIAH CONCERNING THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW AS YET UNFULFILLED OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES

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  • Hundreds of Barbadians lined the streets of the nation’s capital, Bridgetown, to sing and dance in unison as they celebrated 52 years of Independence.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/11/30/grand-independence-celebrations/

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  • I read this entire blog and came away with no conclusions on anything.

    However with regard to building a train in Barbados, they do not come cheap. We will be having a LRT system commencing here in January. It was being built since 2013 at a cost of $2.1 billion for 13 km of tract and twelve stations. This cost include tunneling and light and escalator installations as three stations will be well below the surface. The train at The Abbey will be a mickey mouse train like what is used in England at the great houses to take you from one site to the other. I am not sure it will be as grand as that at Disney World. Barbados is in no financial position to install trains. Just build and maintain the road system, reduce the number of cars and repair the buses. I use buses and taxis, which are cheap, when on the island.

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  • What the concept of the inferior superior means is that those who are gifted among us will go to greener pastures because they can.

    The inferior superiors will remain to control the inferiors that are left!!

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  • This cost include tunneling and light and escalator installations as three stations will be well below the surface.

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    Zero cost here!!

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  • Yours is an underestimation of the circumstances.

    Yes there has been an historical cultural dependence

    But there has also been a new wave of imposed dependence as well.

    Cases in point. The privatization of public assets – Sagicor, the imposed limitations on co-ops, the normalization of the ethic that big business is White business. All dependencies.

    The dependence on dated knowledge, mis-education

    To depend on Cave Hill for misguidance is a dependence not at all worthwhile.

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  • Bajans needs forget all the NANCI STORIES they tell THEMSELVES and EACH OTHER…it is way past time to FACE REALITY.

    As is well known…Barrow had NO FINAL SAY in any independence plans…Charles Duncan O’neal adopted the political doctrine that is now an albatross around the necks of the majority population on the island…AND ECONOMIC SLAVERY is STILL as much a blight and curse in UK as it is in Barbados and pretty much everywhere else….even these many, many decades later over one 100 years, as a matter of fact, it is even worse than in O’neal’s time.

    “NOVEMBER 30, St Andrew’s Day and possibly the future Independence Day of Scotland, is already the Independence Day of Barbados (1966). It is celebrated annually with an arts and cultural festival and a popular national holiday.

    While living there I sought out sources for the decision to make St Andrew’s Day Barbados’s independence day. There is a St Andrew Parish and the first British settlers were sent by our James VI/I. The island was “given” to one of his male friends, his “gentleman of the bed-chamber”, a young charming Scot James Hay, later first Earl of Carlisle –thus Carlisle Bay on which the capital, Bridgetown, was developed.

    Although the English were the major plantation owners and slave masters (the Scots came much later and found plantation land already owned) there are detailed records of Scottish prisoners transported to Barbados (ie Barbadosed). Three waves of transported Scots, first under Cromwell, then as Covenanters as well as several hundred in the post-45 punishment of the Jacobites.

    The poor-whites of St Andrew – the red-legs – lived in Scotland District and some still live there. But the real reason for the selection of November 30 has more interesting modern political and Scottish connections. The Barbados independence movement was led by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) under the leadership of Errol Barrow, who won a mandate in the election of 1961.

    He negotiated terms with the colonial office, who insisted late into the agreement that another mandate would be required through another successful independence election. In November 3 of 1966 the DLP duly won the mandate and so a date for the declaration was required. The decision was made to commemorate the birthday of Charles Duncan O’Neal, November 30. O’Neal was a pioneer of independence and an intellectual political advocate of democratic socialism (who happened to be Barrow’s uncle).

    But there is a Scottish narrative here, for Dr Charles Duncan O’Neal (one of the first Afro-Bajan medical doctors) was educated at Edinburgh University in the early 1900s. While studying medicine in Edinburgh he came under the political influence of Keir Hardie, went to meetings, met him and adopted much of the Hardie social democratic doctrine. O’Neal went on to practice in the north-east of England, where he stood as a candidate for Hardie’s Independent Labour Party.

    It is reported that at the Sunderland branch of the Independent Labour Party in October 1910, he told the crowd: “Although slavery has been abolished, and we sing ‘Briton never will be slaves’, there is still slavery in this land. The working men of this country are economic slaves.”

    On his return to Barbados in the 1920s, he advocated for much-needed social and economic transformation with independence as the vital tool for implementing change. Although a middle-class doctor, he dedicated himself to the Keir Hardie principles of working-class development by forming the first grass-roots political organisation the Democratic League, the first proto-trade union the Working Men’s Association, as well as advocating free education and votes for “lower-class” men and women. Charles Duncan O’Neal is honoured as one of ten National Heroes of Barbados.”

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  • Some people just like Barbados and or do not wish to live in places where they are really not welcome. For instance, I have rights to full citizenship in England. I chose to stay here.

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