Appropriation Bill and Estimates 2019 Debate

The government has introduced a new format to debating the 2019 Appropriations Bill. Ministers of the respective ministries and support staff will be questioned by members of parliament. It is early days how the new format will improve government, however, it must be said that hearing directly from government officials is a refreshing change from the annual humdrum of ministers spouting tired talking points.

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299 thoughts on “Appropriation Bill and Estimates 2019 Debate


  1. @ Donna

    Let me see if i can explain this to you in simple terms.

    https://i.imgur.com/wS41XB7.png

    The graphic above is a tool which pemits political parties to “plot” residents DOWN TO THE HOUSEHOLD LEVEL.

    For the most part an adpet political scientist If i have access to your can take

    maps with voters
    overlays of voter boundaries (which can be gerrymandered)
    Anonymous Surveys WHICH ARE NOT REALLY ANONYMOUS

    and project constituency results based on these bits of information LIKE HOW DE OLE MAN DO WID ME 30-0 predictions for the BLP victory heheheheheh

    and Verla Depeiza’s victory for the DLP

    and Mia Mottley’s one term government

    Now, for the most part most f these outcomes are speulations UNLESS GUIDED BY MY CREATOR and YOURS

    but for despots what they do is not so guided

    One way through which this authoritarian regime of Mugabe is to try to enforce their will on the constituency baseby using various media, currently aided by the internat and cellular and landline systems, technology to monitor/influence euphemism to strong-arm an e-garrison mentality.

    You admit that you belong to the category of person who has difficulty understanding how direct and indirect control of your technology can be used.

    And therefore I will try to explain that I can ensure that I control you, through deciding what you see and also determine the extent of my control, by monitoring your other interactions.

    There is an algorithm that monitors which my tweets you retweet AND TO WHOM they are retweeted and the frequency of such retweet. Much like which article of propaganda you resend to your friends on Whatsapp. All this permits me, Charles Me Love you Long Time, to fine tune the above three numbered sentences to harvest additional atomic data into more predictive heat signatures”

    Then, depending on my walk throughs your neighborhoods, I will know who is a “Centre of Influence” in your district and who, by giving them a new house, or flatscreen TV, or IPAD, will translate into foot soldiers of my propaganda machine AND HOPEFULLY VOTES, notwithstanding CostULess’s experience with 007 decimals Bond

    Finally, you need to understand that EVEN THOUGH YOUR PHONE MAY BE ON THE HOOK, I can intercept your communications in your house and find out when you and your group of say, cricket lovers, what wanna are conversing about cricket or politics.

    You are old enough to remember Forbes Burnham of Guyana and the dangers of being reported as not having a picture in your house with comrade Forbes in the early 70”s

    You have to move out of the guarded environment of “smoke signals and a cord between two milk cans” and try to understand what dictatorship is and it’s tools.

    And why a man purported to have wiretapped the telephone of a Former Prime Minister ON THE INSTRUCTIONS OF HIS THEN BOSS, the ATTORNEY GENERAL, NOW PRIME MINISTER, is now being rehired as a consultant to the current Commissioner off Police BY THE SAME FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL.

    And Donna, given that you ent able to understand the tools of spying on your hard drive and cookies remember that censorship with dictatorships exist in China. Certainly all you have to do is remark on press freedom and how much democracy we have when you look at all the local newspapers sucking de botsie of Mugabe.


  2. @ Piece,

    The biggest spy in your home is not only your television, but your hi-tech kettles. Alex is more dangerous than most people believe.


  3. @Enuff February 21, 2019 5:28 PM

    You are not as sharp as you used to be while fielding for the Opposition a year ago, right, Enuff!

    Stop with the perceived persuasive effect you might be harbouring about the Salemite power of influence on the BU brigade of Bajan patriots.

    We are talking about those expensive deliverables expected from Prof. Persuad on the Four Seasons restart project which has not born even a leaf of resuscitation far less a fruit of forex earnings.

    We can smell certified bullshitters from 21x 14 miles away.

    Can we expect a similar set of outcomes to be delivered by your PhD qualified esteemed IT specialist promoted as the Bajan successor to Bill Gates and Mark Zukeburg making them look like enrollees in a digital kindergarten?

    “Enuff”, you must be old ‘enough’ to have heard the old Bajan adage (revised) that while the marijuana legislative grass is waiting to sprout the Bajan entrepreneurial horses of economic possibilities and forex savings are starving.

    Even little St. Kitts & Nevis has ‘outsmarted’ big-mouth Barbados which is still waiting on some nebulous referendum which was never held when the innocent plant was criminalized to protect the alcohol drinks industry.


  4. Poor thing must think that i am an emptyheaded government ministers waiting to waste taxpayers money on some PhD consultant to tell me what i have known for over 40 years…lol


  5. Miller
    Still verbose and conflating.

    Abigail
    Yea I missed your cannabis point, the same one you make (when it’s not tiefin, slaves, yardfowl) everytime you’re cornered. What do you know for 40 years, certainly not who is the MP for St.Thomas?


  6. @ Enuff February 21, 2019 7:12 PM

    In the arena of intellectual jousting there is an unbroken cardinal rule that you must never stab an opponent in his back while he is on the ground and up against the ropes.

    Such a place of total submission is where you, Enuf, now find yourself with this feeble argument of some salvation of the Bajan economy with some imaginary digital Joan of Arc in the forefront of the battle.

    Let her sort out TAMIS as her first slaying of the digital beast and then we would become converts like Paul.

    But we will not be that unforgiving to you as you have been with Waru aka Abigail the Salemite with her “Rolerick Hinds as MP for St. Thomas” on going saga of mistaken identity.

    You know full well that the IT specialist you are promoting out of pure ignorance is nothing but pure-bred bullshitter of certified repute.

    So let us leave that sleeping dog to lie low until the sunrise of accountability appears on the coming horizon.

    Why not address the move by St. Kitts to approve the operation of a medical marijuana regime?

    What is Barbados with its fully-loaded cabinet of consultants waiting on?

    Another Thomas Warner-type of a consultant to advise you how to replace the d(r)ying grass sugar cane industry with its modern more profitable medical cousin called Nurse Mary Jane?


  7. Ah dont need to know who is MP for anything…only need to know who dont know what they are doing..

    Ya should hit the streets to hear what Bajans are saying, but ya would have to take a plane cause you too are clueless to what is happening on the ground…yall heads are filled with air and think ya impressing the people who pay ya salaries…but ya are not….

    It must be embarrassing though, but i wont know, am not the one embarrassed…..but hold that bus cause ya aint seen nothing yet.

    #anotherfail.


  8. Miller…that is Enuff in Wonderland fallback…there is no ammunition so the regurgitating of some nobody MP …of which they are many in and out of parliament has to occupy the yardfowl mind…too much coming too fast….and all of it flowing in one direction….

    What do i care about who is MP and who was pretending to be , but it gives the yardfowl something to hold on to so dont spoil their fun.

    Wait until the real fireworks start…Hinds willl be invoked every day….out of pure shame…lol


  9. @Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right February 21, 2019 5:45 PM “Finally, you need to understand that EVEN THOUGH YOUR PHONE MAY BE ON THE HOOK, I can intercept your communications in your house and find out when you and your group of say, cricket lovers, what wanna are conversing about cricket or politics. You are old enough to remember Forbes Burnham of Guyana and the dangers of being reported as not having a picture in your house with comrade Forbes in the early 70”s”

    Oh dear. I am in bare trouble den. I’ve never had a picture of any of the political class in my home, and I never will. I mean none of the political class are my family or friend so why would I want their picture in my house.

    I trust that they are not listening when me and my partner in life are making merry…or maybe I’d like to provide them some free delightful entertainment.


  10. Puff Enuff

    Why you ignoring me? Me ask you a question and ya answering everybody else and ignoring the SSS. Am I not nice. I mean I call you people rogue but cuddear, I praising them too. Anyway, answer ma na, a begging.


  11. In three months this govt.would have arrived at the completion of its first year in goverence and up to present time has not rolled out a growth plan for the economy
    Yesterday Mia reiterate her committment to lowering corporate taxes one would think that govt would have a robost plan that would revitalise a more vigorous workable plan in bringing jobs for the economy
    The exuberance by which the PM wants to exhibit of having lower corporate taxes is not sufficient to sustain the economy
    Reason being that as the Bert plan continues to devaste and erode local spending govt revenues would fall short


  12. https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/02/21/not-too-late-for-deviant-youth/

    The DEVIANT BEHAVIOR in Barbados …started in the parliament, in the bar association and the supreme court decades ago, lack of ethics, dishonesty and lack of leadership is what 2 generations of black youth on the island have been exposed to…they and their parents never had the experience of a caring government…only thieves posing as ministers always ready and willing to sell them out……, all the people have experienced is neglect…all two generations of youth have experienced is lack of opportunities and disenfranchisement..because ministers stole from their parents and grandparents…

    look at ya goddamn thieving selves in the mirror and ya will see what happened to the youth and from whom they learned their deviant behavior..they had no choice when it has been spoon fed to them for decades… by their useless leaders…

    This is a fine example of…you plant potatoes..ya reap goddamn potatoes….

    vous recoltez ce que vous semez


  13. Miller
    Your marijuana chorus sounds sexy and yes there is opportunity but I don’t think it is the big economic game changer you are touting it to be. What the government is doing from a development perspective is stuff I understand quite well and it makes sense. Let’s just wait and see who is right, me or you and Abigail. I must remind you though that the Salemite is seldom right and always wrong.


  14. “You are not as sharp as you us”ed to be while fielding for the Opposition a year ago, right,”
    Several share this opinion.
    Transitioning to a layena diet has been detrimental.


  15. A short fall of 56 million fails to meet required revenue target for reducing debt formulated by IMF officials
    Govt is warned by BERt officials to find new sources of revenue streams to pay down debt
    As of now almost a year govt has not submitted an economic growth plan which is viable in helping to reducing the pain of high taxes govt have levelled on the backs of every household


  16. Govt cuntsultant tells barbadians dont worry we saved 175million in expenditure
    Lol. talk about a spin mister after revealing that govt had a short fall of 56 million in required debt payment
    The cuntsultant goes to say that the dropped in expenditure helped compensate for the 56million short fall
    Which begs the question can that 175 million dropped be used as a payment towards the 56million shortfall
    One can easily see that these highly paid cunsultants jobs is the blow smoke in the faces of barbadians ..but at what a price


  17. So in the meantime inquring minds wants to know what are govt recovery plans to make up for the 56million shortfall
    The piggy bank in the form of people savings and taxes to which govt has longed out its hand for help is bone dry
    This govt would so find out the hard way that their criticisms of govt would come back to bite them in the ass
    By the way Hilton is having a late opening in the height of Tourist season
    The sugar cane is nit so sweet
    Boy Barbadians would be in for a long ride on the Bert bicycle as Bert eyeball tge hills and vales of our economic climate looking for recovery


  18. “Lol…fowls sound tired..a real exercise in futility.”

    And Salemites sound how? I have been saying the same thing pre and post 24 May 2018. Somehow, all of a sudden I am “not as sharp”. 🤣🤣 No wonder we have a jackass braying about there is no “economic plan” because she heard people from certain quarters with an axe to grind saying similar. I keep asking, what is the expertise or experience of the BU “experts”, just talk nuff, cut and paste, oppose, post nuff wrong info, bandwagonism? Who actually worked in economic, social or any form of development policy–transportation, energy, climate resilience, heritage conservation, housing, green or social infrastructure, infrastructure funding, air quality, flooding, employment/training etc? Can’t critically analyse and respond to my postings, so just focus on me. #iamnotac#winddemup


  19. Awaiting the enconomic growth plan
    This govt told the people during the election cycle that they had a plan but did not want to place the plan in the public domain for fear of the plan being stolen by past govt
    Now almost a year later IMF consultants are warning govt to create a growth plan.


    • Has progress been made that you would ask about growth plan, no need to be so much concerned about the stabilization plan?


  20. The stabilization plan that govt has implemented would sooner rather than later collapse if no economic plan is put in place to help vbalance the fiscal debt payment and to remove the mounting pressure of taxes on the peoplr
    Without a growth plan which is crucial to the recovery plan barbadians are doomed


  21. You don’t know what is a growth plan, that’s the problem. It’s not always a glossy document emblazoned GROWTH PLAN.🤣🤣😋


  22. Enuff dont tell whst i dont know
    What i do know is that a economic growth plan is and indication of good goverence and one that should be shared with the people
    Time is up for the policy of smoke and mirrors and this govt must be held accountable for the plans that they have for the country


  23. “Who actually worked in economic, social or any form of development policy–transportation, energy, climate resilience, heritage conservation, housing, green or social infrastructure, infrastructure funding, air quality, flooding, employment/training etc?”

    Obviously only the consultants whom taxpayer’s are also paying to run the country…and are yet to be told why the ministers are unable to…..although they too are collecting big salaries AND perks…guess off whose backs…yep, that would be the taxpayers..


  24. So tell me Enuff when is govt going to have the guts to implement a growth strategy plan which will enablebarbadians to get jobs leading many households to a path of self sufficiency while sustaining our economy
    At present the one sided fiscal strategy unoon ehic govt has embarked is missing all of its wheels


  25. This govt has the greatest potential of breathing new life into the dlp
    Who would have thought that with a 30-0 win that this govt would have squandered their winnings so early
    Even the consultant of the IMF exhibit some nervous tension by sounding the economic alarm button serving notice to govt to have alternative streams for sourcing revenue
    So far govt has shown it has nothing


  26. Anyone that comes on BU and talks about government ministers are unable to run a country because they hired consultants ain’t too bright. In the land of Oxbridge, the government in trying to reduce spending is proposing just over £1 billion per year in consultancy services. In Australia it was over $4B in 2017 and last year in NZ over $500M. In one instance in Singapore, a consultant was paid $4M to oversee a school construction programme. There were 104 advisers to the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition govt in the UK. In 2017 there were 88. I guess all these Commonwealth countries’ governments were/are unable to run their respective countries because they hired advisers and consultants. SMFH!


  27. Enuff you cant be seriuos comparing a country about 100 times bigger than barbados having sources for streaming revenue and can afford hiring consultants
    Barbados cant even afford to buy one bus


  28. The country is a hundred times bigger yes, but their Parliaments and Cabinets are much larger too and local government. The number of consultants/advisers is also larger as well as the quantum of expenditure. The central point remains–governments appoint consultants and advisers, for obvious reasons. By the way, your party did not buy a single bus, garbage truck or even a hoe for MTW in 10 years, but hired consultants including the current General Sevretary. Yet you never once said a word about consultants 2008-to 24 May 2018. 🤣🤣🤣


    • @enuff

      You can do better than to argue points with DLP yardfowls who will NEVER agree with you based on pro BLP positions. If you want to be part of change and enlightenment take the discussion to a next level?

      If Mottley gets 8 out of 10 promises right DLP people will harp on the two she got wrong. You get it? Learn from the last 10 years for crissakes.


  29. Yes Agree that govts need consultants in helping them to make decisions that are not in their level of expertise
    However a govt that tells the people that the country is broke having no other resources than itself having no viable source of revenue to sustain its economy
    Pray tell how can govt willy nilly hire consultants at astronomical cost and at the same time pressure the citizens into using their savings to help pay govt debt
    Again reiterate that the Uk is.a much larger country having bigger and more municipalities and towns than barbados and would need more hands expertise in to advice
    However one cannot discount the UK having resources from which to stream revenue to.pay thes consultants unlike barbados who has zero


  30. David i am not the only person sounding the alarm in reference to Govt expense in the hiring of consultants
    Barbados Today editorial a paper which has bern giving givt the thumb up aporoach relay similar comments in their editorial
    What govt did is unconscionable and should be question in far as rationality is given to fairness of the cost as applied to the weight of debt being handed to the people
    Word on the ground says such consultants fee is unfair to the people pocket books


  31. David i am not the only person sounding the alarm in reference to Govt expense in the hiring of consultants
    Barbados Today editorial a paper which has been giving govt the thumb up aporoach relay similar comments in their editorial
    What govt did is unconscionable and should be question as far as rationality is applied to fairness of the cost and to the weight of debt being handed to the people
    Word on the ground says such consultants fee is unfair to the people pocket books


  32. Population of UK…66 MILLION

    Population of Australia ,,,,24.6 MILLION

    Population of NZ…….4.8 MILLION

    Population of Singapore…..5.6 MILLION

    Population of Barbados…285,000…with ministers who are being paid to do what they CLAIMED they were qualified to do… but are now paying consultants to do….from day 1.


  33. And who can forget the deceit, trickery and outright lies used to be elected, even invoking empty promises never meant to be kept and using a dead child and his mother…..lying to the public, pretending to care…anything to get into the parliament…but one must be very careful for what one deceives people to get.

    “Former CLICO policyholders and investors feel they are reliving their nightmare ten years after the company collapsed.

    ..
    Barbados Investors and Policyholders Alliance (BIPA) president June Fowler said the organisation would shortly be returning to court “with a heavy heart” as they sought to get financial relief.

    Fowler said she found it “very disturbing” that having been “so vocal and supportive” while in opposition, it appears the Mia Mottley Administration was now “so strangely silent on the matter of the CLICO/Resolution Life policyholders”.

    Policyholders and investors remain in limbo, with Government’s debt restructuring resulting in a suspension of payments.”


  34. @ Sargeant

    Here is what Vision 2020 is in a few words.

    “Theft of a Written Proposal dated ***”

    Which is a continuation of the Transport Board and Transit Authority GPS shy$e

    All Vision 20/20 is that when you submit you ideas 4 Barbados, you can be pretty sure dem gine teif de idea from right in front you eyes EVEN IF YOU GOT 20/20 VISION!!!

    http://imgur.com/c3lUIrd


  35. Vision 20/20 is more waffle, just a year-long party. I have said before, the prime minister is not good at details, she likes flowery speeches. Where is the WRITTEN Vision 20/20 plan? Where is the government’s policy on crime? Where is the government’s policy on economic growth (isn’t this part of BERT)? Where is the government’s policy on a public transport policy? Where s the government’s cultural policies? Where is the government’s leisure and tourism policy, apart from a hotel corridor from Hastings to Black Rock, Sam Lord’s, Four Seasons and more hotel rooms? What is the government’s policy on Venezuela, apart from being neutral? What is the government’s health service policy?
    Is there any policy initiative that this government has come up with on its own? We now know that the bogus Sandbox Regulation was imposed by the IMF; that the re-structuring of SoEs was ordered by the IMF.


  36. A Facebook page is not a policy document. Get real. This government is sailing without a map, as it does with all its policies. They often substitute properly written policy documents for flowery and repetitive speeches. We are not familiar with policy analysis, so it does not matter. This is the Barbados way.


  37. What are we gathering to do
    Barbados is an expensive destination
    Barbadians does not need Mia to tell them to come home
    Barbadians understand the need of coming home to visit their family
    This govt has embarked on political gimmiatrick policies as a pretentious and woeful act towards goverence
    The diaspora cannot be easily fooled and knows the difference between an open arm welcomed and when being used as political staging props to serve govt interest
    This 20 20 vision is a visionless approach which will not save barbados social and economic enviroment from sliding down a slippery slope to devastation


  38. Hal as usual you are spot on with your forthright comments
    This govt had no answers to the economy
    Time is running out for this govt to be honest and have an economic policy absent of IMF intereference
    The policy of gimmicks which govt introduced by way of PR stunts have run out of steam
    This govt is beginning to look like a deer sterring in the headlights not knowning which way to go
    The 20 20 idea seeems to have been an idea coming out of the survey which govt had send to homes
    Cant belive that million dollar cuntsultants and elected ministers were paid to bring such a frivilous and lucklustre idea to the people without proper thought or vision


  39. @David

    I thought that you were directing me to a document of some sort but instead there is a politician’s speech, the same speech that was on CBC during the cricket game. Don’t want to sin my soul this Sunday morn but couldn’t you do better than that?


    • @Sargeant

      The government will in time roll-out the initiative with the communications to support, commonsense dictates they do. The initiative is a 2010 initiative. There is time.


  40. I get yuh “David” mek um up as yuh go along
    Incidentally the Nation says that there are 600,000 Bajans overseas, are those voodoo figures?


    • @Sargeant

      You appear to have some insight to the strategic planning for Vision 2000, “We Gatherin”. The blogmaster will have to defer to you 🙂

      What is the context the 600,000 number was mentioned?


  41. David
    But my comments are not restricted to Mariposa or the Salemite’s eyes, anyone who visits BU can see them. All and sundry can therefore be enlightened or misinformed. Look at the nonsense of a response by Abigail. She points out that the UK population is 66M but ignores the 314 government MPs and 108 Ministers, including the 29 that attend Cabinet. Additionally, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved parliaments, London has a Mayor (with appointed, paid “advisers”) and an Assembly of elected members, Manchester and Liverpool also have Mayors. Plus there is local government across the UK. Nonetheless, there are still currently 99 Special Advisers to the government (37 to the PM) being paid between £65,000 to £142,000 annually and a £1B budget for consultants. Are those 108 Ministers and their 200 plus party colleagues incompetent? Her argument would make some sense if she took all these variables into consideration then gave me a per capita spend and hiring. The internet is a wonderful thing, especially when one has at least an idea of what one is looking for, then it’s not just an exercise in cut & paste.🤐


  42. @David
    What kind of blog would it be if we didn’t question the powers that be? Incidentally the Nation’s headline read “Mia’s Vision for a Better Barbados” (Freudian slip?) note it didn’t say the Gov’ts Vision etc. read the article and find the 600,000📲


  43. “She points out that the UK population is 66M but ignores the 314 government MPs and 108 Ministers, including the 29 that attend Cabinet. Additionally, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved parliaments, London has a Mayor (with appointed, paid “advisers”) and an Assembly of elected members, Manchester and Liverpool also have Mayors. Plus there is local government across the UK. Nonetheless, there are still currently 99 Special Advisers to the government (37 to the PM) being paid between £65,000 to £142,000 annually and a £1B budget for consultants. Are those 108 Ministers and their 200 plus party colleagues incompetent? Her argument would make some sense if she took all these variables into consideration then gave me a per capita spend and hiring. The internet is a wonderful thing, especially when one has at least an idea of what one is looking for, then it’s not just an exercise in cut & paste.🤐”

    Sometimes i actually wonder at your age….cause most people who live in the metropolis’ KNOW….that the bigger the country and the larger its population….THE BIGGER THE SOCIAL AND PROBLEMS…people are actually dying in UK by the tens of thousands.

    let this be a teaching moment..

    Barbados’ population….= 285,000

    Barbados’ size per square miles = 266…….21Lx14W

    ah feel generous this morning, don’t make it a habit.


  44. BTW…ah think yall got problems…real life big problems of yall own making, on a tiny island, easily managed as Obama told the lazy Caribbean leaders…compared to the 50 state 300 million population he had to deal with..

    …a little dot in the ocean with a tiny economy and lazy government ministers are acting like everything is rocket science needing consultants…steupppps…take wuh wunna get…lol..it is on…

    https://www.facebook.com/RaquelGilkesUnscripted/videos/2243302645924060/?t=15


  45. Enuff…ya can click the… watch on Facebook….. link embedded in the post…and enjoy..lol


  46. Ah soon retire…give the younger folks room to strut their stuff…lol

    ah need the time to stay closer to family anyway….may just hang until the next election…wuh ya think??

    ….don’t ya just love when a project works to perfection…i do.


  47. @Waru
    Could it be possible that there are cities with a population and an area that are larger than those of Barbados? I doubt it. We are numero uno
    N̶e̶w̶ ̶Y̶o̶r̶k̶ ̶C̶i̶t̶y̶:̶ ̶A̶r̶e̶a̶ ̶3̶0̶2̶.̶6̶ ̶m̶i̶²̶ ̶P̶o̶p̶u̶l̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶:̶ ̶8̶.̶6̶2̶3̶ ̶m̶i̶l̶l̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶(̶2̶0̶1̶7̶)̶
    Aren’t we on par with the US, China, France Canada, any European country, NZ ….?
    Aren’t we punching well above our weight?


  48. I find it frustrating when we run to examples that are not our equivalent.
    Perhaps our references should be St. Lucia, St Kitts, Trinidad,, Jamaica, St. Vincent …
    But I suspect if we use these as our reference points, many of the arguments that are being made will fall flat on their face


  49. Theo…ah ready to retire from their madness…ah achieved most of my goals…let them run along now that the young and everyone else have learned and understand how they should be handled…the same way they lie to, cheat, steal from and deceive the people, brutally…just as the producer of the video is doing…effectively.

    Barbados’ size per square miles = 166…….21Lx14W

    sorry ah gave Barbados a 100 sq ml more than it has…..which proves my point beyond a shadow…


  50. Fact-the population is bigger as well as the number of MPs, ministers, consultants, advisers, layers of government and budgets for advisers and consultants. The smaller size of the population does not negate the need for assistance beyond the Cabinet, just at a reduced level–commensurately. The point remains–consultants and advisers are appointed by governments across the Commonwealth and it is not due to incompetence as you argued. The skills and knowledge required do not all reside in a Cabinet or in the civil service. This may even be more evident in societies, with small populations. Don’t you spend your entire time on BU trying to prove you should be in the Cabinet? You may have the last word, as it is useless debating with people who struggle to grasp the basic elements of a debate.#dunceinseason#egofowlism


    • We should focus on the skill sets of the consultants given the calamitous state of affairs the country finds itself. After all the hot air is blown the government must be prepared to be marked hard if a criterion is that to who much is given much is expected. That day will come soon enough. Until it does we have a responsibility to ensure the criticism is constructive.


  51. @Enuff
    “The smaller size of the population does not negate the need for assistance beyond the Cabinet, just at a reduced level–commensurately. ”
    We may be in agreement after all but have a large disagreement on one word —— “commensurately”..
    HAGD


  52. BARBADOS !!!!

    “The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has uncovered a case of squatters paying for illegal water at the Rock Hall, St Philip squatters village.

    Acting on a tip-off, a crew from the utility company descended on the village occupied by hundreds of squatters and discovered an illegal service connected without a meter, but hooked up to the main.

    A BWA source told THE NATION residents revealed that for the past ten years some of them were paying a woman between $20 to $150 for buckets of water from the illegal connection.

    The source said they traced several metres of buried pipe to a house in the village. Workmen turned off a ball valve which was discovered and then cut a section of the pipe.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/238627/water-scam


  53. ” Fowler said she found it “very disturbing” that having been “so vocal and supportive” while in opposition, it appears the Mia Mottley Administration was now “so strangely silent on the matter of the CLICO/Resolution Life policyholders”.

    Policyholders and investors remain in limbo, with Government’s debt restructuring resulting in a suspension of payments.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/238625/policyholders-limbo


  54. @Hants
    @Everybody

    Ten years?
    Hundreds of villagers supplied with water?
    Are bank accounts frozen?
    Was this loss of water marked down as wastage by the BWA?
    Does the BWA has any measure for determining water usage?
    Can we investigate who dig the path for the pipe?
    Who did the connection of the pipe? T
    Was anyone arrested?
    Are arrests coming?
    What was the bail amount for the perpetrators?

    This is a case where the slow justice system should work for the public good. Jasil somebody.


    • This area is a known squatters area. Adriel Brathwaite for political expediency would have turned a blind eye. It is no different to Don Blackman/Trevor Prescod which unfolded in the Belle Gully years ago.


  55. TheoGaz
    You and your cohorts’ inability to robustly defend wunna position is painful. You really believe I would be able to find the number of government advisers and consultants to Caribbean governments? Stupse!


  56. @Enuff
    Let us not go down any paths locked in combat.
    We Mugabites must not fight each other.
    But you seem to have information for Greece, Australia, UK, NZ and Singapore.


  57. This is actually the popular sentiment across the island. Government is lying and everyone knows yet, yet Mia has convinced herself of the exact opposite…

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/02/23/bteditorial-for-those-with-cards-standing-in-line/

    “Additionally, if the Ministry of Finance has at its disposal multiple homegrown economic planners dealing with the Government’s debt restructuring programme, why the necessity for an overseas concern? At the end of the day Barbados’ is a very tiny economy. Is this a demonstration of a lack of confidence in our local consultants? Are the foreign consultants practising some form of economics previously unheard of by mankind?

    Mr Straughn spoke on Monday of consultants now “renegotiating all of the egregious contracts that have been agreed to under the previous administration”. Could he inform the public whether there is a consultant attached to the National Cultural Foundation? Is there a British consultant in the Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports? Is there a consultant with the Ministry of Tourism? Attorney General Dale Marshall has already identified his consultant thus no questions need to be asked. Are these part of the re-negotiators? Could Mr Straughn, in clear and modest terms, speak to the going rate for a consultant and if that rate ranges from four to five-figure monthly salaries, how will Government save $1 billion from these specific expenditures?

    The irony is that like the last Democratic Labour Party administration when it took up office in 2008 and criticized the Owen Arthur Government for allegedly spreading the wealth around to its political loyalists, the current administration correctly admonished the Freundel Stuart administration for such instances. Now the current government seems set to carry the practice to unprecedented levels. Meanwhile, the lines at the Unemployment Bureau are getting longer and longer each month.dditionally, if the Ministry of Finance has at its disposal multiple homegrown economic planners dealing with the Government’s debt restructuring programme, why the necessity for an overseas concern? At the end of the day Barbados’ is a very tiny economy. Is this a demonstration of a lack of confidence in our local consultants? Are the foreign consultants practising some form of economics previously unheard of by mankind?

    Mr Straughn spoke on Monday of consultants now “renegotiating all of the egregious contracts that have been agreed to under the previous administration”. Could he inform the public whether there is a consultant attached to the National Cultural Foundation? Is there a British consultant in the Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports? Is there a consultant with the Ministry of Tourism? Attorney General Dale Marshall has already identified his consultant thus no questions need to be asked. Are these part of the re-negotiators? Could Mr Straughn, in clear and modest terms, speak to the going rate for a consultant and if that rate ranges from four to five-figure monthly salaries, how will Government save $1 billion from these specific expenditures?

    The irony is that like the last Democratic Labour Party administration when it took up office in 2008 and criticized the Owen Arthur Government for allegedly spreading the wealth around to its political loyalists, the current administration correctly admonished the Freundel Stuart administration for such instances. Now the current government seems set to carry the practice to unprecedented levels. Meanwhile, the lines at the Unemployment Bureau are getting longer and longer each month.”


  58. Yeap the unemployment line gonna be getting longer day by day
    Cause Mottley moving at brek neck speed to repay the IMF 290million they loan barbados and the people are Govt only source of income
    So expect more heads to be chopped under the IMF guillotine


  59. When it finally sinks into Mia’s skull that she was NOT elected, hired and being paid by the people to fix up and elevate her friends, family, hangerson, imps, pimps and yardfowls….and the minorities who financed her election campaign, while neglecting the majority who elected her, particularly the vulnerable who are unable to fight back.

    Yardfowls can stay deluded, we expect that.

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