The Grenville Phillips Column – Eyes Wide Shut

Solving crime in Barbados is analogous to a man sitting next to a functioning water faucet and complaining about being thirsty.  However, rather than turning on the faucet, he encourages others to complain with him.

We already know what to do about crime, but we refuse to do it because it is so much easier to simply complain, and commission meaningless studies to make it appear as if we are doing something useful.  We have tolerated the collateral damage for decades, and watched the anguish of crime victims, but we have chosen to do nothing meaningful except talk and complain – why?

We know the root cause of why our students gravitate to a life of crime.  It is primarily because we have designed a school curriculum to make most graduates leave school with no marketable skills.

We know why our school-leavers gravitate to a life of crime.  It is primarily because we have accepted a method of teaching that reinforces the lie that learning complex information is reserved for the few, and that the majority will forever be excluded from that few.

Solutions Barbados has advised both administrations on how to rearrange the school curriculum, so that the easier-to-learn, more exciting practical aspects of subjects can be taught before the more complex theoretical aspects.  Therefore, the entire curriculum will still be taught, but in a way that benefits all students, not just the few.  However, complaining requires significantly less effort.

We seem not to care about the damage that we have done to the self-esteem of most of our school leavers, leaving them vulnerable to being led into a life of crime, drugs and prostitution, because they believe that there is no realistic alternative to acquiring wealth.

We can easily find the drugs and guns if we wanted to, but evidently, we do not want to.  How else can we explain how the least educated school drop-outs can find these illicit things with minimal effort, but our highly trained experts and highly paid consultants claim to have no clue whatsoever.  The simple answer is that they are terrified of exposing what they are likely to find, so they prefer to play it safe and see nothing, rather than suffer the consequences of being courageous and honest.

I cannot blame them for being terrified, but they are solely responsible for their dishonesty.  Anyone who wants to know what the real Barbados is like under the curtain, need only start a political party and run in the next general election, or listen to those who have done so.

The only persons who can meaningfully address Barbados’ crime situation are our Members of Parliament.  They will only do so if they choose to.  For decades, they have chosen not to, and have instead pacified an alarmed public with effective speeches.  Sometimes, the police would be allowed to make examples of a few token criminals.

Solutions Barbados’ policy on the symptoms of crime is to make every offense carry a fine of 10 times its value.  This cost is to be used to compensate the victims and pay for the criminal justice system.  The criminal justice system is designed to serve offenders.  Therefore, they should pay for their service.

Those who plead guilty should not have to pay for a full-service, but a settlement of 3 times the value of the offence.  Those who cannot afford to pay their fines will work them off in providing labour to the nation.  For example, in restoring the Empire Theatre, and other state properties.  Imprisonment is to be reserved for violent offenders and those who choose not to attend work.

Like all effective solutions, these are simple, but not simplistic.  History has shown that simple solutions tend to be initially opposed, but through persistence, the public may eventually benefit.  The unnecessary delays tend to be caused by a small group of individuals who remain in their armchairs, loudly complain, and criticise any measure that either risks their sociopathic emotional high from watching others suffer, or their prominent positions.

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

197 comments

  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    That is the mistake the father made, from these idiots punished the child for standing up for his human rights, that information should have been all over social media…let the world see the human rights abuses still being perpetrated on black children in a majority Black Country by colonial slaves… just because a new government wanted to put their imps and pimps in the school canteen to funnel money into theirs and their friends pockets.

    Persecuting and punishing him was obviously an attempt to send a message to black children in the school system that they will NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND UP FOR THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT PERSECUTION…in their own country.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Ah hope DLP Greene is watching so that he sees why I dislike the political enslaved, the bible enslaved and the colonial enslaved…still blighting the lives of their own people.

    I will advise yall to do not engage me in this forum, so i don’t go nuclear on ya asses.

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  • @ A. Dullard,

    Just imagine for a minute the jobs worth at the ministry of education was a magistrate; or a police officer; or a future employer? Can you now see the criminal pipeline? I know the minister is ill, but where are the politicians? Does the father have an MP?
    This idiocy starts when the children are youths at school, then goes on into postschool unemployment. Can you now see the rot at the heart of the aggressive, unforgiving Barbadian culture, that so many on BU get worked up about when it is mentioned?
    The same thing is played out in the UK, it is not new or unique. But the Brits then complain about knife crime and so-called county lines drug dealing.
    A youth at the age of 18 or 25 or 35, without qualifications or a job, still has ambitions and aspirations. They also want to own material things.
    I hope the new law and order consultant can tell this to the prime minister.

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  • What did the child do to merit a two- month suspension? Did he attack a teacher or another student? Did he sabotage equipment? Did he vandalise school property? It boggles the mind to hear of a two month suspension for protesting and the “rod” may have been put away but we have other ways of punishing you and it makes me understand where the year long sentence for stealing a nail clipper comes from.

    We punching

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  • Once we remove the blinkered nonsense about patriotism and loyalty, we will realise the unforgiving, brutal underbelly of Barbadian society. It is cultural – a society of hangmen.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin January 31, 2019 10:09 AM “Can you now see the rot at the heart of the aggressive, unforgiving Barbadian culture, that so many on BU get worked up about when it is mentioned? The same thing is played out in the UK.”

    Not surprised that the same thing plays out in the U.K. because we learned this aggressiveness and unforgivingness from the U.K.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Me. I am a soft hearted idiot.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @theogazerts January 31, 2019 7:43 AM “It could have been a drinking buddy of the principal.”

    I’ve know the principal from childhood. He doesn’t drink. Has no drinking buddies.

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  • Another Bajan thing is quoting out of context to make a juvenile point. It appears to be cultural. Communicating is all about context. Sit down, take a deep breath, and let me explain: I was talking about the creation of criminality from an early age by officialdom and the bogus narrative of gun crimes and knife crimes and teenage mothers and whatever social ill the blinkered middle classes want to whinge about..

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @A. Dullard January 31, 2019 8:27 AM “First, why should the boy be suspended for protesting?”

    But was the boy suspended for protesting? Perhaps the Nation reporter is conflating various issues involving this child?

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  • @A. Dullard,

    Be careful of BU predators who stalk people on the blog simply to try and prove them wrong. They get psychological satisfaction out of that. Maybe the boy was suspended for protesting; may be the Nation reporter got it wrong; may be some buffoon on BU, taking time out from working her land, comes on to wind up people. You know the type.
    The bottom line is that some official with an obvious bloated ego is prepared to destroy a young man’s future so she could walk out of her office, go to church, and praise her Lord.
    We need to take control of schools (our nation’s future) out of the hands of semi-literate bureaucrats.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @NationNews “ten days at the Edna Nicholls Centre in St Peter.”

    To the best of my knowledge children are sent to the Edna Nicholls Center for behaviour modification. As parents, as adults, we know that ALL children sometimes misbehave. Perhaps our own children and grandchildren have misbehaved. Perhaps as sensible parents we were able to correct the misbehaviour. Perhaps they listened to us their loving parents. When misbehaviour occurs what do sensible parents do? We try to teach our children right from wrong. If we are unable to manage the misbehaviour on our own we seek professional help, from psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists etc.

    So the child received therapy for the ten day period. Perhaps the transfer to the Darryl Jordan School is in the best interest of the child? Perhaps the child needs to be separated from others who may be contributing to his behaviour problems?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin January 31, 2019 11:15 AM “Be careful of BU predators who stalk people on the blog simply to try and prove them wrong. They get psychological satisfaction out of that. Maybe the boy was suspended for protesting; may be the Nation reporter got it wrong; may be some buffoon on BU, taking time out from working her land, comes on to wind up people. You know the type.”

    Oh Lord. Lolll!!! Now I am a “BU predator” because I disagree with the great Hal.

    A good day to you sweet Hal.

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  • We do not know the specifics of the case and the underlying reality may be his overall behaviour. What we know is that he was involved in a protest and was transferred. Let us stick to the known facts and stop trying to read people’s mind..
    In any case, a 14 yr old with behavioural problems should not be left to rot on the vine. A civilised society would find ways of dealing with his problems. In Barbados they will want to crucify him as a public spectacle – it is cultural..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Simple Simon at 11:18 AM

    From the published information,what is the behavioural problem of this school child?
    Is punishment to parent and child being dispensed? Or a rehabilitative solution is being put in place?
    Is this “pour encourager les autres?

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  • That’s how the system is allowed to work in Barbados, especially where people who these bureaucrats deem to be poor are concerned. I’m sure if that student’s father was a doctor, lawyer, policemen, politician, friend, white, knew a “big boy” or drove him to school in a BMW, Mercedes or a Range Rover, he would have been treated differently.

    Take this simple issue for example.

    There is a rule at primary schools giving teachers the right to flog students if they don’t complete homework assignments.

    A primary school student informs her class teacher she was unable to complete the homework assignments because she forgot her text book at school….and shows the teacher the book in her desk drawer.

    What is the teacher’s reaction? The teacher flogs the student because the school rules permit him to do so, without him assessing the situation……..and teachers flog in anger.

    The lesson that is supposed to be learnt from this rule is teach children discipline…….. no matter whatever the circumstances, they must complete their homework or be flogged. A young child would interpret this as the norm with everything in life.

    So, John asks James to loan him a pencil until lunch break. Unfortunately, James had to stay in class to complete an assignment and returns John’s pencil after lunch break. Similar to the teacher, John is unconcerned with reasons of the delay, but reasons he should have his pencil at lunch time…… and resorts to violence, because hitting James is viewed in the same light as the teacher flogging him for not doing his homework.

    The hurtful thing about this situation, is the civil service’s organizational culture. If that student’s parents go to the school to discuss the circumstances surrounding why their child was flogged, while recommending the situation could have been differently, that child is automatically filed in “file 13,” and now becomes an outcast until it leaves school or the parents seek a transfer.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Artax at 12:12 PM

    Exactly. We prefer to follow rules rather than dispense justice. Very often the rules are repugnant to common sense. Then we ask : “How did the youth get so?” Are we really training our children to think and to behave responsibly? Or are we teaching them to be bullies? We then ask ourselves:” Why is the alternative /underground system of justice gaining the upper hand?.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    There isn’t anything wrong with a child who fails to live up to his parents or societal expectations… that is part and parcel of the process of maturation … what is important however, is that that a child learn from his or her mistakes and try not to repeat them again.

    And consequently, aren’t we not preaching hypocrisy when on the one hand the discipline of Neuroscience teaches us that the mind of a child is not fully equipped with cognitive infrastructure to make valued choices, yet on the other hand, we expect a child with this undeveloped mind to think, act and behave as responsible adults do?

    Nevertheless, I do believe and still hold that children must be given the lattitude to make mistakes, but they must also be taught the consequences of those mistakes to help in they mental, emotional psychological and development.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin January 31, 2019 11:27 AM “In any case, a 14 yr old with behavioural problems should not be left to rot on the vine. A civilised society would find ways of dealing with his problems.”

    The child was sent to the Edna Nicholls Center for ten days for behavioural modification. How is that him being “left to rot on the vine?”

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  • Maybe Jeff can address this problem I have with the criminal justice system here in America concerning minors:

    Now on the one hand the Law says that a child under the age of 16 cannot give sexual consent to an adult … because he or she does not have mental architecture/ infrastructure to make such a decision.

    While on the other hand, the Law treats that same minor/ child as an adult if he or she commits mass murder or some heinous act …

    So the question that often puzzles me is how did prosecutes arrived at such a conclusion when the age of the child is a clear indicator or his or her mental development?

    Now it seems to me like the nature of the act determines the mental development of the child…

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Vincent Codrington January 31, 2019 12:12 PM “From the published information,what is the behavioural problem of this school child? Is punishment to parent and child being dispensed? Or a rehabilitative solution is being put in place?”

    Are you being disingenuous Vincent? You know as well as I do that the details of a minor’s behavioural problems cannot be specified in public. Would you like all of us to have access to YOUR medical/psychological file? No?

    What if neither the child nor the parent is being punished. What if the transfer is an attempt to help the child to manage his behaviour.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin January 31, 201911:27 AM “In Barbados they will want to crucify him as a public spectacle.”

    Please take note that according to the Nation report, the boy’s father called the newspaper. It is not any “they” that have made him a public spectacle.

    Sadly it is his own father.

    A child was sent to professional therapy, and transferred away from his problems, giving a chance to begin anew, and silly old men who should know better are talking about crucifixion.

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  • I have told you about selective quoting. You just cannot help it. Plse re-read the context. Remind me, which university did you go to? You are speculating on something you do not know about, unless you have special access to the boy’s school records.

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  • SirSimple

    Not only a minors personal information, but adults as well … cannot disclose such information without they consent … the HIPPA law protects my personal or private information from public disclosure devoid my consent… And it is called the (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) HIPPA …

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    According to the longer report in the Nation (paper edition) which I just bouht from the shop the father said “My son is one of the brightest children at Grantley Adams.” The father pointed out that the boy was awarded two prizes for excellent work in Social Studies and English at the school’s speech day held last week. He also received a certificate from Edna Nicholls for student of the week.

    And further according to the Nation “Dissatisfied with being given this information on the telephone, he went to the Ministry of Education yesterday to seek clarity. he said he was finally informed by an official there that his son was being transferred because of an incident involving him and a teacher at the school. While he was aware of that particular incident, the father said as far as he was concerned, it was a misunderstanding and he thought the matter had been dropped. He charged that no one at the school informed him his child was being disciplined for that situation”

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Sir Simple…please stop trying to rewrite the facts, this child was targeted, what goddam professional therapy what…there is no such thing in Barbados, I can tell you that for a fact…unless it was massage therapy….they got some good ones there.

    Besides…the principal at Grantley Adams is a total jackass…both you and. I know this…and let’s not start on the colonial slaves in the ministry of miseducation…the british really need to come back and take their goddamn slaves. they are useless. as only the enslaved mind can be.

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  • I will preface my comments by stating that I am going by the report of the father.

    It appears that this principal has brought his suitcase of problems with him from Alma Parris. This is how the ministry deals with problems. They shift them from school to school. Never a resolution. From the very beginning the situation was handled badly. It should not surprise us that it was not allowed to die a peaceful death.

    In Barbados there is no reasoning with children. We have to show who’s the boss even when we are wrong. That seems to be how we get our jollies. Our attitude sucks. This current crop of young people are NOT going to accept that. So we could put that in our pipes and smoke it. It will not end well for ANY of us. There must be a change.

    Artax is quite correct in his assessment of flogging in these schools. It is very much overused.

    Here’s another instance of stupidity in the classroom.

    A classmate slapped my son around his head during class. My son shouted in alarm. The teacher did not see the slap and refused to believe him. The boy denied slapping my son. She believed the liar as seems often to be the case. So she punished my son by sending him to run around the playing field. It was just after he had eaten. He returned to the classroom feeling queasy. He asked to go to the bathroom to vomit and was denied. He swallowed hard and kept it down. (Not what his rebel mother would have done.)

    At the class level meeting my son was labelled part of the problem in a rowdy class. She was the only one of the seven teachers I saw who had a problem with his behaviour. She stuck to her guns insisting that she could not possibly have missed any slap in a class she herself had described as loud and rowdy.

    A few weeks later the boy slapped another child. This time she saw. Instead of just believing and apologising to my son she asked the boy why he had done it. He lied and said that the boy had “interfered” with him. She asked him if he only slapped boys who interfered with him. He said yes. She decided that my son would have interfered with the boy and was therefore still the cause of the problem. That was her way to achieve her objective of NOT APOLOGIZING.

    And one would think it would end there. But no! Since then she tried to get my son flogged for walking in what she somehow determined to be a restricted area, even though another teacher had called him. She also sent him to be flogged because a female student hugged HIM. She has pulled him back from passing through where a line of children had already passed and told him “You en got nuh manners anyway. If she had put her hands on ME in that manner after all that persecution she would have been slapped. But not my son.

    Luckily the senior teacher and the principal are not stupid as she is or it surely would not have ended well because I don’t play. And the funny thing is that my father believes that it is good to experience these things to teach the lesson that life isn’t fair.

    He did not even think of the lesson about standing up for your rights.

    And so it continues.

    And our children get angrier and angrier.

    And turn on each other.

    And the real enemies proceed with impunity to oppress the people of Barbados.

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  • I would normally dismiss such nonsense, but it is typical of a certain discursive style, summed up in the popular saying: I know he, man. He ain’t no good. It is cultural. It is interesting how one has to make adjustments when one moves outside one’s comfort zone.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Simple Simon

    I asked you for the published information. I never asked you to disclose any confidential information. The truth is that there is none. But you engage in a lot of” what ifs’ drivel to support the unfair treatment to the lad and his parent. We send our children to school to be trained to be good citizens; not to be labeled and profiled. Some one asked : “Were he the son of “a big up” would this issue be treated in this manner?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    Thanks. Smile.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    The british need to return to Barbados and collect their STINKING PERFECT SLAVES…starting with the dirty, corrupt, thieving ones they got in the parliament..and in the judiciary…

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Vincent Codrington January 31, 2019 2:25 PM “Simple Simon: I asked you for the published information. I never asked you to disclose any confidential information.”

    And I could not have given you any confidential information, because I don’t know any. I too knew only what I read in the Nation online, the brief report. I was curious, so I walked to the shop and bought a paper copy of the Nation which has a fuller story. Perhaps David BU can publish it for you. I can’t. I have zero techie skills.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Don’t care what contrived stories the principal and lowlifes in the miseducation ministry come up with now…that child was targeted, nothing can change that…there is a pattern of human rights abuses against black children in Barbados….by the black ass government and ministry officials…

    They allowed an ugly vicious teacher to teach black boys particularly to hate themselves for 16 goddamn years in one of the top schools on the island..and only just got her ass retired recently because she messed with the right family and it was exposed…..we know how they mistreat the black kids in the other schools they consider low schools with their backward asses, we know how they violate their rights…, ..so don’t come telling us any goddamn nanci (anancy) stories..we know a whole lot better.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog January 31, 2019 2:05 PM ” what goddam professional therapy what…there is no such thing in Barbados.”

    I did a quick search for psychiatrists in Barbados and found 5. I searched for psychologists in Barbados and found 32. Plus there are dozens of social workers. Even while this number may not be optimum in a population of 280,000 of which 10% may need to access professional therapy, to say that there is no such thing as professional therapy in Barbados is a big fat lie.

    And who tells the mostest, biggest, fattest lies on this blog?

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Whatever…what professional therapy what…there is nothing professional about the jokes ya got posing as child psychologists…I have met a few…and is it not obvious that their work is useless…look at the mental condition of most of your young men who fall through the cracks…and then tell me how professional and successful ya psychologists are…the quickest thing they do is prescribe shite fo children to ingest..

    statistics will show who is lying,..look at ya crime rate….look at ya employment rate among young people who can end up taking up to 5 or 10 years to find some low level shite job with some slave master wannabe..

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    The problems lie in the slave minded scum ya got as principals who appoint themselves god, many of them see these children who were dragged through the 11 plus as targets to be mistreated, ya unprofessional teachers of which there are too many and the clowns in the ministry of miseducation…who should be shackled and chained.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog January 31, 2019 4:06 PM “The problems lie in the slave minded scum ya got as principals…ya unprofessional teachers…and the clowns in the ministry of miseducation.”

    In every country of the world, every class, every race, every religion, every gender there are children who are a challenge to raise successfully. We work with those children and their parents, and their teachers. I don’t see how chaining and shackling the teachers will solve anything. I don’t see how lying about there being no therapists is a helpful thing to do. Sometimes we as parents, as teachers, as elders have to save our children from themselves.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog January 31, 2019 4:02 PM “prescribe shite fo children to ingest.”

    Now if only we could get you to take your prescribed medicine…

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Dear WARU:

    Are you related to Donald Trump?

    No. Let me rephrase that.

    Are you Donald Trump?

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  • every argument you posit is seated in some slavery meme bs theory. every bajan is a thief. every bajan is a child molester. every police is corrupt. every judge is on the take and every lawyer is corrupt. will the last honest bajan please lock the gates

    you must have had a very trying childhood.

    the fact of the matter is that school is a very valuable and enjoyable experience. at least it was for me.

    learning by rote is necessary in the early parts of life. we do the things we see the adults doing cause we know no better and compliance at that stage is necessary for survival. we learn the abc and to count and multiple by memory. that exercise improves our mental faculty and grows our brains so to speak. at that point there is no real need to analyse anything. for survival we follow the older folks as i have said.

    as we get older and more experience we learn to question things in an effort to understand the world around us. that is when we become curious and our analytical hackles are raised- usually in our teens. but at this stage we still dont fully understand the world and that is where we need guidance to ease us along this phase in our life.

    it is around the age of 25 that we come into our own and can decipher BS from what is real. mind you many of us never reach this level for many reasons. i remember when i was 18 in sixth i told my father i dont want to hear anything he has to say because i knew and he warned me that with all those o levels and As i knew nothing. at 24 after working for a bit post uni i went back to him and apologised. he laughed

    in our 30s is when we get to understand that life is actually full of shite and no one on this earth actually know what they are doing- we are only just doing the best we can given our education and experiences.

    and in the 40s and 50s is when we come to realise that we actually know nothing but try to make our children believe that we do and the cycle continues

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @James Greene January 31, 2019 6:05 PM “in our 30s is when we get to understand that life is actually full of shite and no one on this earth actually know what they are doing- we are only just doing the best we can given our education and experiences.”

    Love this part. It made me laugh, then cry. Thank you.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “I don’t see how lying about there being no therapists is a helpful thing to do. ”

    So that is your excuse for having failed therapists…steuppppsss

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Well..everyone is now seeking to be a facebook star..

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  • SirSimple

    I real thought my grandfather and grandma generation had it together … he was born in 1910; and she was born in 1900 … My grandfather I did admired more than father

    Because he was self made man who owned a lot of property and livestock throughout the Christ Church area. In fact, grandfather uprooted the entire family and moved it to one of his many houses in Christ Church in 1978 …

    Now picture the horrors this town boy must have gone through after leaving the lights of the city, and moving to Browns Gap Christ Church in the pitch dark in front of a Canfield…and we stayed there from 1978 to 1979 and then moved back to Bush Hall from whence we came..

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  • Really in barbados storm troopers putting kids under heavy manners for protesting
    Really WTF

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=964527803756759&id=100005986451739

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  • WARU,

    Not all principals and teachers are the same. My son has quite a few teachers who are not like that and a few who are absolute gems. The principal is a very reasonable fellow. The problem is the few that are allowed to remain in the system with all their problems. These few can make life miserable for the children.

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  • I would have made a social studies lesson out of the protesting. Wouldn’t that have been more constructive?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife January 31, 2019 3:48 PM
    “I did a quick search for psychiatrists in Barbados and found 5. I searched for psychologists in Barbados and found 32. Plus there are dozens of social workers. Even while this number may not be optimum in a population of 280,000 of which 10% may need to access professional therapy, to say that there is no such thing as professional therapy in Barbados is a big fat lie.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And all along we were duped by the “SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife” into believing that the cause of all bad behaviours in boys and men was that of Testosterone with the only solution being castration of all males between the age of 2 to 82?

    Why aren’t you now recommending such a final solution for the boy and his father who caused this storm in a teacup which the MoE has now thrown down the drain of political interference?

    Your own words have come back to bite you in your male-hating ass, not so Sir Simple Simon the dyke of “whiteHill”?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Donna at 7:13 PM

    So would I. That episode was very instructive. It certainly reinforced my hypothesis that children learn by watching their elders. They also put into action what grown ups say but never put into action. Children have rights. Children also have a right to eat what appeal to their taste buds. Children have a right to buy what they can afford.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    It certainly reinforce my hypothesis that children learn from watching their elders … then tell me who was Jeffrey Dahmer watching to have sink so deep into in humanity?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    I love men, women and children. I love people.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    A psychotherapist would wrecked his brain trying to figure out what gave rise to Jeffrey Dahmer social pathology …

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  • @Simple Simon

    @theogazerts January 31, 2019 7:43 AM “It could have been a drinking buddy of the principal.”

    “I’ve know the principal from childhood. He doesn’t drink. Has no drinking buddies.”

    Sigh… Sometimes you live up to your name….
    I should have added sexual partner ,….
    “I’ve been his sexual partner from childhood. He didn’t call me” –

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    But theogazerts I didn’t have any sexual partners in childhood, and I don’t have any now. Don’t want any either.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    The boy needs to continue his formal education, and if not at St. Lucy, perhaps the father can have him home schooled. The crazy Facebook lady has said that she will start a GoFundMe page to provide the money for the boy’s continuing education. Let us see how that works out. As a friend of min is fond of saying, “Money Talks, Bullshit Walks.”

    The father has said that the boy needs uniforms, shoes, books, and I would throw in delicious lunches and transportation, perhaps a nice house near to the school for the son and his father, and a job across the street from the school for the father.

    Let us see how many of you bullshitters will put your money where your mouth is.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “These few can make life miserable for the children.”

    These are the scum the ministry tend to keep in the schools, like the Cossey at QC..now finally gone after 16 years of her damn uselessness..and years of destruction of young black minds..

    Sir Simple…no one has to put anything anywhere except to expose the nastiness against and violations of children’s rights on the island by a gang of walking douchebags who have been the politics enslaved and social blights in the lives of generations of children ….and who should have been molding and shaping young minds constructively instead of destroying them..

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Sir Simple…looks my statistics are telling more truth and are holding up much better than your delusions and fantasies…lol

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/01/31/govt-not-addressing-root-causes/

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Wuhloss…Simple muh girl…some are at least pretending to see the light, this is your PM..

    “Mottley also accused regional governments of failing to break away from colonial models of development.

    “We have not removed ourselves from being able to distinguish ourselves between Elizabeth [Queen of England] and Isabella [Former Queen of Spain]. And therefore that colonization of the region has put us on a development path that has not maximized our economic resources in the way in which it can,” she said, while adding that even after independence, the actions of more powerful countries have stifled development.”

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  • “We have not removed ourselves from………+
    She lie? E,W, Barrow said similar.
    The talk will go on to infinity. Too many Bajans are still caught up in mental slavery.
    Listen to the news, read it in the paper in all areas of Government, wunna does talk about concerns wunna got re tourist , talk to tourist about for instance de sewage spill pun de south coast, bend over backwards and please them hoping to get the money wunna think they got and ignore wunna own.

    Import everything that sparkles, functioning or not. Too many of wunna excessive and materialistic, all quotes are from non Barbadians or Caribbean people. Always from the white world.
    Slaves will always be dependent on their masters. As long as they have a little something they will not know that they are slaves.

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  • Prime Minister, Mia Mottley says gross under population is one of many major obstacles to the economic development of Barbados and the wider region which was in urgent need of reform.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/01/31/reform-needed-4/

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  • @Underpopulation??? The woman has lost it. Barbados is overcrowded. It is only underpopulated f we want to punch above our weight.
    This it saddens me to say, is the path to autocracy. It will end in tears. Barbados is not only a failed state, but this Mottley-led government is lost at sea. It does not have a clue what it is doing.
    How can intelligent, young members of this Cabinet tolerate this constant humiliation just for a monthly pay packet?

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  • @Hants

    Barbados is challenged to support the population as it is presently configured. As you know we are an ageing population and our social security systems is inadequate. We have been having brain drain in the region, emigration etc. What can we do NOWE and in the medium and long term to address arrest the situation. It is easy to be critical.

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  • Huuuuum

    Barbados is a failed state and I do agree with your sentiment, but name any place in the world today where the political establishment isn’t failing the masses in someway shape or form? … and it seems as though we are not sensible enough or refused to accept that the prophecy of the Bible is clearly being manifested before our own unseeing eyes…

    But for some twisted reason we haven’t really acknowledge the fact that every facet of our society is falling apart, and yet we are benumbed to the realization that perhaps it is due in part to our own intolerance to anything that is religious, or anything that proclaims the existence of a God that sits on high and looks down below.

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  • Yes, David BU, it is easy to be critical of everyone and everything…….. while attempting to make it seem as though you know and have the answers for everything………..

    ……….yet you’re unable to present anything of substance as an alternative.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Don’t mind Mia…they are contemplating breeding more of the mentally enslaved instead of dismantling the present structures of the slave society they currently have in place and starting fresh with a new system to begin the healing of the black mind…starting with that WARPED miseducation system that they seem to be so stupidly proud of and cannot see the destructive path it has led them all into in the last 60 years..

    The problem they created started when most black people did not know they were enslavd for centuries…instead of creating systems to reverse that damage because since then in the last 60 years the majority population did not know they ARE STILL MENTALLY ENSLAVED…. …thanks to their rotten, no good leaders who were happen to maintain a slave society, the only thing they maintain OR WILL EVER MAINTAIN, because it still lines their greedy pockets.

    All the vestiges and STRUCTURES of colonial enslavement has to be DISMANTLED…permanently, Barbados and the Caribbean or the majority population CANNOT move forward. unless that happens..

    It would be easier for UK to come pick up their goddamn worthless, useless slaves though…since they created them…..lol

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    thanks to their rotten, no good leaders who were HAPPY to maintain a slave society, the only thing they maintain OR WILL EVER MAINTAIN, because it still lines their greedy pockets.

    Mia needs her come to Jesus moment where she confesses to what BLP and DLP have done over the last 60 years, the crimes they committed against the people…the CORRUPTION THAT SHE IS HIDING FROM ADDRESSING…..instead of trying to increase the population so that the tiefing leaders can do more shite…if she thinks that is the legacy that will earn her any lasting clean name, she is shit outta luck.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Now…someone please tell me why is the AG’s name calling in something like this…true or not…the optics is bad and a minister’s name being involved in what we are discussing about the leaders in the trafficking and distribution of guns and drugs , we know ministers are involved, but honestly, this is the first time I heard his name called in this and by very credible sources.

    “This same Dale Marshall that assists in trafficking guns and drugs in St. Joseph.”

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  • @SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    As usual manages to spectacularly miss the point while at the same time throwing up more red herrings than the North Atlantic.

    You suggested that you know the so called head master of Grantley Adams School so perhaps that’s the motivation for your nonsense this time?

    You are a prime example that greater age does not imply greater wisdom. In fact, the reverse is probably true for you.

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  • Artax

    Don’t you think that the people have a right to question the ill-conceived policies of government, especially when those policies involves their rights and privileges and a lack of sustainable- transparency?

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  • Mr. Lexicon

    This is one of several problems I have with you.

    You are one of those individuals who read…….yet you do not understand what you read.

    Could you please indicate to me where in my contribution I mentioned anything that could be definitively interpreted as I “think people don’t have a right to question the ill-conceived policies of government, especially when those policies involves their rights and privileges and a lack of sustainable- transparency?”

    You need to stop your habit of falsely attributing things to me which I have not written and then responding to them according to what you believe.

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  • Artax

    Why do you believe that in order to criticize government policies, one has to render an alternative?

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  • Artax

    Yet you’re unable to present anything of substance as an alternative …your words …

    Now how does one go about interpreting the latter part of your statement?

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  • “Why do you believe that in order to criticize government policies, one has to render an alternative?”

    Mr. Lexicon

    Once again, where in my contribution I mention anything as indicated by your above comment?

    I believe you love to jump on other people’s band-wagons to criticize certain contributors or, as the saying goes, “pick up other people’s fire rage.”

    Or you’re just being silly.

    But……only last week you posted two contributions in which you reminded Mariposa she should not be entirely critical of government, but should also present alternative policies.

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  • “Now how does one go about interpreting the latter part of your statement?”

    Mr. Lexicon

    You interpreted my statement as referring to “government policies” when I DID NOT mention anything thereof.

    So you responded according to what you believe.

    Rather than asking me to explain, I believe you’re venturing into reading my mind.

    And please, you can stop now….this silly matter you created does not necessitate you posting 45 contributions to prove yourself correct.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Yes…and stop doing this evil shite to ya own BLACK CHILDREN and thei vulnerable parents……..natural born leaders like this brave child should be PROTECTED…not destroyed AND CRIMINALIZED…and the jackasses for colonial slaves in the ministry who thought this crime up against the child up…should be fired..

    “The transfer of the 14-year-old boy from Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School in St Joseph to Darryl Jordan Secondary School in St Lucy has been put on hold.

    Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw told the Weekend Nation yesterday that she had ordered an investigation into the matter.

    Speaking to this newspaper from Miami via telephone, Bradshaw said the decision to suspend the transfer was made following a briefing with the Chief Education Officer and other ministry officials.”

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  • do these politicians really listen to themselves? MAM has been a politician for you and i have never heard her prior to this talk about this post slavery governance theory, if that is what she meant. and that Bim is underpopulated is new, if she intended to say that.

    this whole world is going crazy

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  • @ James Greene,

    Let us start from the beginning. The prime minister is a lawyer, and I am told a good one, so her professional modus operandi is to be briefed then she goes in to court and talks as if she was an eye witness. Behind it all is often very little substantive knowledge.
    What the prime minister has said is the outline of a world vision, a way of interpreting social experience. There is a need for more meat on the bone, which she must spell out.
    What it looks like to me is a few ideas she canvassed from her consultants in preparation for the speech. Nothing more. The prime minister is not a person with great intellectual depth.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @James Greene February 1, 2019 6:00 PM “…and that Bim is underpopulated is new.”

    I worked as a census taker in 1990 specifically because I wanted to see how Barbados was. I censused more than 500 households. The hardest work for the leas money I have ever done.
    But interesting and worth it to get to know my country again after a significant absence. and at that time i realised that Barbados’ birth rate was/is too low, in spite of the common talk even among “well educated” people that “dem young girls getting too much children”

    The truth: there are still too many of us born before 1962 (when the oral contraceptive became available) and there are too few of us born after 1962 which is when Barbados’ birth rate plummeted. If you were born before 1962 you will recall that it was not unusual to have 3, 4, or 5 siblings at elementary school together. Today it is sometimes 2, but more likely 1.

    Before 1962 the average Bajan woman had about 5 children in her lifetime, the average now is 1.7. In order to be sustainable it needs to be 2.2. You may recall that it is alleged that a former Minister of Education intimated that Bajan women should “breed some more.” Wrong approach. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. If you refer to women as though they are livestock you will not get a good result. So both the BLP and the DLP know that Barbados’ birth rate is too low. However neither party knows what to do about it. The word begins with M, and more of M should go to working/lower class families, but the political class in Barbados is NOT pro working class, so they can’t see the answer which is right in front of their eyes. Barbados cannot grow its population by shovelling more and more tax money and tax benefits in the direction of old white men, they need to send more of the tax goodies in the direction of poor black women who are the ones who can and who have ALWAYS reproduced the population. But who wants to pay black working class women more? Who wants to give them more tax benefits? Who wants to give them a 40 year tax holiday? Not ’bout hay!

    So Barbados is both over populated by old people like me who are making increasingly heavy demands on the pension, health and other social systems, and under populated by young people ready to move into the productive workforce.

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  • ss,

    i didnt get the sense that that was what she meant. she compared Bim with Singapore on a per kilometre per population basis and then went on to compare in the same manner Guyana with the UK and Suriname with Netherlands.

    no where in that speech did she make a generational low birth rate comparison.

    nevertheless i understand your point

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Child bearing and child rearing are hard work. Do any of our policy makers understand that? I’ve said it already and I’ll say it again, Barbados’ maternity leave entitlement has been stuck at 12 weeks since 1967. Who else is doing anything for the same reward as in 1967? Any of the captains of industry or any of the political class?

    No?

    The only people who can grow Barbados’ population is black working class families, but most of wunna on this blog don’t even like back working class women even though all or most o’ wunna are the grandsons of the same black working class women.

    So we can import 100,000 fully grown young people from anywhere, but it won’t be the same Barbados, or we can reproduce and grow our young people ourselves.

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  • at the moment we are experiencing severe economic problems so much so that govt is firing people and the private sector is not hiring. there is tremendous pressure on the environmental and social fabric of Bim.

    so whether we import or replicate by birth 100,000 more persons what are the chances of them becoming productive if there is nothing to produce?

    i sense MAM hasnt fully thought this thru. it seems like this is her MO- shoot from the hip and hope for the best

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife February 1, 2019 7:23 PM
    “So we can import 100,000 fully grown young people from anywhere, but it won’t be the same Barbados, or we can reproduce and grow our young people ourselves.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And employ them where? In the overgrown cowitch cane fields or as beach-bums?

    How about finding work for the readily available 75,000 and more “voluntarily idle’ sitting on the bloc(k)s and ‘wukking-up’ in the whorehouses and then incentivize them to breed?

    Where would these imported ready-made taxpayers, skilled and upstanding residents come from?
    From countries facing similar demographic challenges with their own well-educated and skilled labour force?

    Why not from Haiti or Venezuela or even from the shanty towns of West Africa whose residents would pay an arm and leg to go to Europe via North Africa?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Sage Annunaki

    It becomes blatantly obvious by (a) empty Mugabe’s spoken words and photo shoots (b) the paucity of actions of her regime’s programs and (3) the ever expanding murders THAT MUGABE HAS NO SOLUTIONS.

    So the new Central Bank Governor has been wise enough to point out that Mugabe has “borrowed from Peter well enough to pay off Paul” in the short term

    But what has been noticeably absent has been the appearance of any tangible economic activities that would justify her changing of the Cuntstitution and importation of Rawdone and the other two.

    So all like now, people like T. Inniss and ManyPosers should be dropping articles about the cumulative costs of their salaries and setting this against any one of the three of them delivering

    Furthermore, these two DLP agents should be gathering and distributing information about how the MyMoney scam is progressing, AND WHO HAS BEEN CROOKED SO FAR, and what has been going on with Mccunny ‘s portfolio

    It just goes to show you that the intelligence gathering mechanism of the DLP is poor.

    Equally so, the so vital campaigning of Reverend Bishop Pastor Joseph Atherley seems equally shabby since neither seems to be making any waves and keeping visible like Mugabe and Charles Me Love You Long Time Jong.

    They, Mugabe’s opponents, do NOT understand The Art of War

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please

    The puerile hypothesis by the Prime Minister is an indication of how lost she is with her policies for the growth of the economy

    Here she goes on record to broadcast her policy on saving the economy through population growth and having more citizens shore up the NIS development bank of Barbados

    It would at least take 18 years for any child born today to become a contributor to the GoB private lending bank

    And billions of dollars in raising that population to the age of contribution.

    Pray tell de ole man if Mugabe going feed and clothe and pay the wages of the supporting matrix from more Central Blank printed money?

    But all this fine examination of her hair brained ideas start to show up how equally woefully idiotic Mugabe is to David Thompson

    They both get to be elected Prime Minister BUT HAVE NOT GOT A CLUE ON HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY AND GROW ITS ECONOMY!!!

    ALL HAIL MUGABE!!!

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  • @ Piece,

    II have sad here that the prime minister is not as clever as she thinks she is, or as her fan club will have you believe. The trick is speaking without notes is that it leaves you with the flexibility to say you have been misunderstood. The oral tradition works in a semi-literate culture.
    Just ask her to put her argument in writing.

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  • The under-populated theory seem to be a DLP idea that was recycled.

    It is commonly accepted that the last administration had p[polices /ideas/schemes that when implement did little or no good for the common man. It is somewhat frightening to see the current administration using the old DLP playbook and using the excuse the DLP said or did the same thing.

    It looks as if Mia and her gang lacks originality ….

    But “we got an upgrade”.
    Murdah, ya gun kill ma
    Alice in Wonderland
    Bizarro’s World

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  • “The transfer of the 14-year-old boy from Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School in St Joseph to Darryl Jordan Secondary School in St Lucy has been put on hold.

    Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw told the Weekend Nation yesterday that she had ordered an investigation into the matter.

    Speaking to this newspaper from Miami via telephone, Bradshaw said the decision to suspend the transfer was made following a briefing with the Chief Education Officer and other ministry officials.”

    Just what most thought. Almost like a scam
    [No paperwork;
    a call from a pseudon̶y̶m̶-number (the equivalent of a BU anonymouse); ]
    messages and threats delivered;
    citizens incensed;
    outrage from keyboard warriors

    And in comes the MoE on her horse, charging to the rescue, slaying the evil knight and his cohorts.

    Murdah, ya gun kill ma
    Alice in Wonderland
    Bizarro’s World
    1984
    Animal Farm
    Groundhog Day
    Not failed but failing

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @millertheanunnaki February 1, 2019 9:07 PM “And employ them where? In the overgrown cowitch cane fields or as beach-bums?”

    @ SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife February 1, 2019 7:23 PM
    “So we can import 100,000 fully grown young people from anywhere, but it won’t be the same Barbados, or we can reproduce and grow our young people ourselves.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Sarcasm dear miller. Sarcasm. Let us be clear. i was not seriously suggesting that we import 100,000 people. People beget children under 3 circumstances.

    One: the unavailability of contraception as happened in our parents generation.

    Two: Ignorance of the sensible and safe use of contraception

    Three: When they feel confident that they will be able to raise their children safely and well to adulthood.

    Barbados is largely at three, and has been for 2 generations. People will not “breed” to please politicians. People will bear and rear children when the social and economic circumstance is fit.

    If politicians want young Bajans, they will do all in their power to right the social and economic circumstances. That is what WE PAY POLITICIANS to do.

    Are the politicos doing the job which WE PAY THEM to do?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Bearing and raising children is PAINFUL, sometimes DANGEROUS, always time consuming and mostly expensive. We live in a Barbados where some of the political class have sometimes refused to have anything to do with raising their own biological children. And some have refused to lift a finger to help raise nieces and nephews and first cousins in need.

    Wunna want me to call some of the names of the reluctant politico daddies, and aunties and uncles of the political class now?

    When the fellas get serious. Then the women will get serious.

    Cheap talk don’t raise children. Brutal hard work is often required. And if the women don’t feel like doing it, it won’t be done.

    Massa day done dead. The political massas can’t force the women to do what they don’t want to do.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Sage Annunaki

    I had blogged this earlier but it did not post so I will attempt it one more time.

    It becomes blatantly obvious by (a) empty Mugabe’s spoken words and photo shoots (b) the paucity of actions of her regime’s programs and (3) the ever expanding murders THAT MUGABE HAS NO SOLUTIONS.

    So the new Central Bank Governor has been wise enough to point out that Mugabe has “borrowed from Peter well enough to pay off Paul” in the short term

    But what has been noticeably absent has been the appearance of any tangible economic activities that would justify her changing of the Cuntstitution and importation of Rawdone and the other two.

    So all like now, people like T. Inniss and ManyPosers should be dropping articles about the cumulative costs of their salaries and setting this against any one of the three of them delivering

    Furthermore, these two DLP agents should be gathering and distributing information about how the MyMoney scam is progressing, AND WHO HAS BEEN CROOKED SO FAR, and what has been going on with Mccunny ‘s portfolio

    It just goes to show you that the intelligence gathering mechanism of the DLP is poor.

    Equally so, the so vital campaigning of Reverend Bishop Pastor Joseph Atherley seems equally shabby since neither seems to be making any waves and keeping visible like Mugabe and Charles Me Love You Long Time Jong.

    They, Mugabe’s opponents, do NOT understand The Art of War

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

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

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  • @Theo,

    I can find two relatively instances in our modern history of offloading the alleged surplus of Barbados, apart from the exporting of people to Panama, the UK and US; those instances were in the 1850s, when scores of Bajans left Barbados to settle in Vieux Fort in St Lucia, and in the early 1960s, nearly 100 years later, when a delegation left Barbados for Dominica to discuss transferring ‘surplus’ Bajans there. Otherwise, immigration has served us well since the turn of the 20the century.
    It would help f the prime minister or her advisers would publish a paper on the economics of population growth.

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  • PDYR i am not a dlp agent. I simply might have alligned ideaolgies with similar parallels to the dlp
    It is not my job or am i being paid to be a spy or any kind of agent workkng on behalf of any political group or organization in barbados
    Bro before putting pen to paper get your facts right
    Have a good day

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Demographics is hard, because it deals with human behaviour, and human behaviour is exceedingly complex. Human behaviour is not an easy subject like nuclear physics or astrophysics or mathematics.

    Even the Chinese with 2 billion brains to call on got it wrong.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Mariposa February 2, 2019 12:39 PM “I am not a DLP agent.”

    Lolll!!!

    ROFLMFAF!!!

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  • PLT,

    what is the charge of receiving? and would such a charge be separate from ML?

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  • David,

    the above was posted in the wrong thread

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