2019 Budget -A Time for ALL Good Citizens to Pause

Budget day: Wednesday, March 20. Prime Minister Mia Mottley will deliver her first Budget on March 20, 2019.


Without doubt the 2019 Budget will be interesting not only for the pundits, for the masses as well,  who for the first time are witnessing a Barbados in the grip of economic and social turmoil NEVER experienced in our history. The political partisans as if trapped in a time loop will forever be debating -who to blame, B or D. The blogmaster and sensible others respectfully suggest we need to take a long hard look at the image in the mirror.

We have allowed a burgeoning political class to hold a people and country to ransom while we stood by and applauded. The lack of people participation in government in the last 25 years has given birth to the current state of things. A dysfunctional system will never generate the desired result.

There has been a heavy focus and expectation by Barbadians that monetary and fiscal policies of  government represent a panacea to the many challenges which confront us.  If youth employment is 24% how does one justify an allocation of 3 millions dollars to the BLOCK program being promoted by Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, Adrian Forde? The young people on the BLOCK is one of the symptoms how the society is failing the people.  Our inability to create opportunities for our people. Our inability to repair, fix and grow and build

Barbados is navigating uncharted waters. The budget will be debated this week with token opposition. Another dysfunction we are grappling. We have a people still hoping for the usual Budget handouts from government notwithstanding the deep economic hole we continue to find ourselves.

One of the greatest disappointments in the post 24 May 2018 period is that we have not been able to reach a national consensus on a way forward. A view from the idealist perhaps.

If we read the political leaves of the 30-0 result the electorate almost to a man determined the DLP was an incompetent government. We have the BLP incumbent and although commonsense suggest the government needs more time, we have spotted a legacy behaviour by the political class which serves to stoke the apathy latent in many of us.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me {us} all the days of my {our} life: and I {we} will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever- Psalm 23:6

As vivid as the imagination of a child the blogmaster – try as he might- is unable to see the flicker of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Bear in mind the cracking of the economic juggernaut requires a parallel effort in the social sphere. There is corruption, rising crime, an irrelevant justice system, a scant regard for the environment etc.

Our strategies must be holistic.

Participation must come from all of civil society.

We must commit to re-engineering our thoughts, words and deeds.

The mantra now and in the future must be sacrifice from everyone for the good of ALL.

If Barbados is to rise, we have to park the noisy adversarial ethos political talking heads and partisan supporters revel and earn pennies from. The final say – in theory – rest with WE the people. Let us power up our collective intelligence to wrest our country from the political class. The hopes and dreams of our children and their children depend on it.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people –

-Abraham Lincoln

 

 

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  • FOR GOD’S SAKE DAVID WHY DO YOU DISRESPECT THE WORD OF GOD BY MISINTERPRETING PSALM 23:6. Including it does not add to your essay one bit!

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me {us} all the days of my {our} life: and I {we} will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever- ◄ Psalm 23:6 ►

    READ THE WHOLE PSALM AND SEE WHO THE PSALMIST IS SPEAKING OF IN VERSE 6

    FIRST goodness and mercy IS THE SHEPHERD!

    THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS CALLED PERSONIFICATION THAT YOU MAY HAVE LEARNED ABOUT IN ENGLISH CLASS IN YOUR YOUTH.

    Goodness and mercy are two of the attributes or characteristics attributed to the members of the Godhead-the Trinity.

    SECOND A PROPER PERUSAL OF THE PSALM REVEALS THAT THE PSALMIST IS IN PSALM 23 SPEAKING OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SHEPHERD, I.E THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, ELSEWHER REFERRED TO IN THE BIBLE, AS THE GOOD SHEPHERD, THE CHIEF SHEPHERD ETC

    THE KEY WORDS IN THE PSALM ARE “ME” “MY” AND REFERS TO THE PSALMIST AS ONE OF GOD’S PEOPLE (C.F PSALM 100:3) ONE OF GOD’S SHEEP

    QUESTION: DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE GOD’S PEOPLE OR GOD’S SHEEP?
    ON WHAT DO YOU BASE SUCH A CONCLUSION?
    READ JOHN 10. ESPECIALLY WHERE IT SAYS ” MY SHEEP HERE MY VOICE”
    IN WHAT WAY DOES THE LEADERSHIP OF BARBADOS AND MOST BAJANS HEAR GOD’S VOICE.
    THE FACT THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF BARBADOS AND MOST BAJANS DO NOT LISTEN TO, OR HEAR OR HEED GOD’S VOICE MEANS THAT CATEGORICALLY THEY ARE NEITHER HIS SHEEP OR HIS PEOPLE..

    THIS HAS BEEN SO FOR A VERY LONG TIME
    THE LORD HAS DECLARED ICHABOD ON BARBADOS FOR A LONG TIME, AND HIS GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM AMONGST THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS, FOR AGES NOW!

    THIRDLY NOTEWHO IT IS THAT THE PSALMIST SPEAKS OF WHEN HE POINTS OUT shall follow me {us} all the days of my {our} life: and I {we} will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever-

    WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE WHOLE PSALM, YOU HAVE COMMITTED THE CARDINAL SIN OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION. YOU HAVE TAKEN A TEXT OUT OF CONTEXT AND MADE IT A PRETEXT
    YOU ARE SAYING THAT EVERY PROMISE IN THE BOOK IS MINE YOURT OURS ….AND ON THE BASIS OF THE WORD OF GOD I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE OUT AND OUT LYING TO THE PUBLIC!

    PSALM 23 :6 SPEAKS TO THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING TO, OR HEARING AND HEEDING GOD’S VOICE

    IT IS THOSE PEOPLE THAT CHRIST THE SHEPHERD PURSUES AS IS TAUGHT IN LUKE CHAPTER 15.

    IT IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT ARE PROMISED TO DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD AS IS TAUGHT IN JOHN 14

    PLEASE STOP CORRUPTING THE WORD OF GOD AND LEARN TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE IT AND APPLY IT AS IS TAUGHT CLEARLY IN 2 TIMOTHY2:15 AND IN NEHEMIAH 8

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  • We fully expect that MAM will come in this eve singing the praises of this guvment. And not without some justification because the last regime descended into an area of failure hitherto unknown.

    When a hole is deep it hardly matters when you climb inches.

    While there must be some credit given her regime for bringing a level of stability to the economic affairs of the country the environment in which she operates has not gotten any better. in fact, it has become worse.

    So we would like to caution this administration not to over congratulate itself for the apparent halting of the rot, as perceived by some.

    Indeed, this administration has continue the established general policy of pressuring the poor, in some ways, and making life better for elite forces.

    Certainly, we are not been convinced that MAM and her team of advisers would be able to deliver the transformation promised. Whether in the short, medium or long term.

    A word to the unwise!

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  • Mam already in eight months show what she has to deliver
    All gifted wrap and delivered to the tax payers
    Upon opening the people gound a bloated govt and increased taxation

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  • OK DAVID

    YOU SEE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY LISTEN HEAR AND HEED THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEPHERD WILL PURSUE YOU AND YOUR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LISTEN HEAR AND HEED THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD,
    AND THOSE WHO LISTEN HEAR AND HEED THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOR EVER AS JESUS, THE SHEPHERD PROMISED IN JOHN 14,

    I TRUST THAT YOU LIKE JOSHUA SAID IN JOSHUA 24:15 THUS TO YOURSELF AND FAMILY MEMBERS

    And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

    AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!

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  • @GP

    The BU family is respectful of the Word.

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  • millerthe anunnaki

    @ Pachamama March 20, 2019 11:13 AM
    “Indeed, this administration has continue the established general policy of pressuring the poor, in some ways, and making life better for elite forces.
    Certainly, we are not been convinced that MAM and her team of advisers would be able to deliver the transformation promised. Whether in the short, medium or long term.
    A word to the unwise!”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We shall see if MAM continues to pander to the “import and sell non-forex earning” sector by allowing those players to sell imported stale water in plastic bottles and German-made Mercedes Benz to crawl along the Bajan makeover donkey cart roads while squandering the financial patrimony of the youth through the imposition of IMF-made millstones for a mess of foreign exchange pottage.

    We shall see if MAM like, her predecessors, continues to encourage the already overly obese black Bajans to continue to eat themselves to an early grave without making some regular cash contributions towards their already burgeoning health care costs.

    Are we going to see an increase of the VAT to be nicknamed “FAT” (Fat Added Tax) on the processed crap sold in the established chain of fast food outlets?

    Are you going to see a breaking of new ground by converting a smoking Satan into a healing Sakhmet?
    Why are the youth of Barbados being treated like criminals for dealing in an herb of great economic and pharmaceutical potential while the politicians merely talk the talk of unleashing the ‘captive’ spirit of entrepreneurship and the former agricultural fields remain overgrown with other forms of vermin harbouring weeds?

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  • If we are paying US$85,000 per month for world-class financial advice in order to navigate our debt portfolio, why do we still find it necessary to employ a Seal Team of local financial gurus? Is this redundant expense necessary?

    Secondly, has an audit been done yet to justify the continued employment of so many government ministers? Are we getting value for the dollar outside of the political?

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  • @ Blogmaster

    What are you expecting from or would like to see in the budget?

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  • Murder #19

    Today is budget day waiting to hear how much money would be allocated to Crime and criminal activity in barbados
    The social enviroment of barbados is declining at rapid speed while Mia rewards advisors and consultants with big payouts

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  • A symbolic gesture by releasing 10 ministers.

    A more serious commitment to RE to be reflected is final price to consumer.

    Significantly ease foreign exchange producing businesses.

    Float the idea of becoming a member of the OECS subgroup.

    Rationalize overseas embassies and consulates

    Tax breaks for Barbadians who invest or become equity player

    Fire the CJ, let us get our courts working. Digitize the registry.

    You get the drift

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  • Can somebody explain the job of the newly added on to barbados budget a Press Secretary

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  • Beautiful Beige

    David:

    Just eight months ago I was continuously telling you and all the rest on this blog that change of party is NO CHANGE.

    You have now recognized this , and I trust that you will persevere with the “”new mindset””, that “We the People” must have MANY more avenues to participate in this nation in all aspects of it not just in voting and not just surrendering our island to the “Political Class” which has been the MO for at least the past 50 years.

    I told you all in May 2018 and prior and i will tell you all again. Any nation that turns its back on God HISTORICALLY is a nation that has been torpedoed and is sinking fast.

    Barbados, once populated by God Fearing people now thumbs its nose at God Almighty and sucks up to the UNGODLY CNN (carnal news network). We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind.

    I also read today that we are being plagued (literally) with an infestation of rats. (rats are carriers of bubonic plague and leptospirosis as well as many other diseases and pestilences) .

    God judges all nations that turn their back on Him first with remedial judgments and if they don’t
    CHANGE COURSE: HORRENDOUS judgments. Secular history confirms this.

    Since you quoted Psalm 23 you have opened the door to the Word of God. Like others you have a knowledge of the Word but will you allow it to guide you?

    Just read Jeremiah and Isaiah for starters and you will see how God dealt with his CHOSEN people. How much more the rest such as ourselves. Will He not judge?

    It’s time to turn back to the BIBLE and its application in our lives.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    (Quote):
    Barbados, once populated by God Fearing people now thumbs its nose at God Almighty and sucks up to the UNGODLY CNN (carnal news network). We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind.
    I also read today that we are being plagued (literally) with an infestation of rats. (rats are carriers of bubonic plague and leptospirosis as well as many other diseases and pestilences..(Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Any one from Hamlin could have seen that coming from a pied piper’s measurement of a thousand miles away.

    What do you expect when politicians and public officials play an ongoing game of political Russian roulette with public sanitation and the health of the nation?

    What do you expect when a country allows its agricultural fields to become havens to rodents and its garbage collection and disposal system to fall into abject dysfunction?

    The Bajan nasty chickens have come home to roost in their own filthy coops.

    Who is going to be the pied piper to enchant the natives with music and lead them away from their littering ways?

    What tune would be the ‘ringing’ motto in the ears of dirty Bajans?
    ‘Cleanliness is next to Go(o)dliness’?

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    What de badword is this?

    Who is this new Blogmaster?

    When did this takeover happen ???

    Dis RH man (RH can at times be used respectfully AND IT IS SO BEING USED HERE) dis man is not the other Guy

    No sireeee either

    (1) Dem Sell Barbados Underground and a new manager at de helm or

    (2) Dem got Bush Tea pun staff as de new editor

    (3) Dem is seriously Machiavellian and have crafted a document like this to smoke out all the Anti-Mugabe dissenters!!

    Of whom de ole man is not one, YEAH RIGHT!!!

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  • Ha. Ha i said that BU was sold or taken over by under covered blp masked men posing as the original David BU
    There plan is to give u PDYR enough latitude and enough rope to hang yuhself

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  • If you really believe that Barbadian politicians are totally incompetent, take a look at the former motherland: the white race of British politicians is destroying itself. Today Council President Donald Tusk (on behalf of his Empress Angela Merkel) puts the pistol on the British chest.

    In comparison, I must praise Barbadian politics! I am almost tempted to say that independence in the 1960s was a good decision after all.

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  • @ Tron,

    Plse spell out the key issues taking place within the UK Parliament?

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  • A symbolic gesture by releasing 10 ministers.
    A more serious commitment to RE to be reflected is final price to consumer.
    Significantly ease foreign exchange producing businesses.
    Float the idea of becoming a member of the OECS subgroup.
    Rationalize overseas embassies and consulates
    Tax breaks for Barbadians who invest or become equity player
    Fire the CJ, let us get our courts working. Digitize the registry.
    You get the drift

    I like this list.

    I especially agree with you that Bdos should join the OECS. I think that is a much better move than wasting more time with the larger Caricom group. A tie up with say, Grenada or St. Vincent would be less problematic socially than with Trinidad or Guyana, for obvious reasons.

    Do you know if any of the decision makers in Bdos have ever given the idea any serious discussion.

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  • I think I need to apologize to some readers. So far I have attributed the low productivity and dubious political conditions in Barbados mainly to the mentality of the Deep South.

    I would like to take a somewhat differentiated view of this in the future. Perhaps the British heritage will play the leading role. In the 1950s, Britain’s productivity was still far ahead of continental Europe. Today even the French have overtaken Britain here. The same applies to political conditions. Look at the so-called Westminster system. The House of Commons clearly proves that this political system is dysfunctional. The white master race is torn apart in the House of Commons. How delicious!

    In Barbados we do not need British heirs and other nobles to the throne to teach us how to live. The British DNA was probably not good for Barbados. We need a new model, not a dying island on the edge of the North Sea. Learn the Norwegian language or the German-Swiss dialect. We should join the most successful nations and not a post-colonial heap of rubble.

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  • We have had the ideologues and the esoteric BS, that is all.

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  • The Miller

    Maybe reparations will be announced for all the generations of youths who have been egregiously targeted by a police statism in a national misguidedness.

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  • @ Tron,

    Is the above your explanation of what is taking place in the UK parliament? Over 50 years ago we broke free of the UK.

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  • First update- the foreign debt restructure is still being negotiated.

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  • White Oakes- it is coming, it is coming

    0.45% of monies

    LIAT
    SBRC
    BWA
    CLICO

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  • 45 and counting

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  • 60 and counting

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Sweet Piece

    You are right, this does not sound like David.

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  • We need to triple the ticket prices for public buses. If you don’t like it, you can go for a walk. That’s also where you lose weight.

    We’ve had pure socialism since 1966. This must now end. Throw Barrow and his tangled ideas of redistributing poverty overboard! We need a kind of second slave liberation, an escape from the socialist prison cell.

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  • More lies sweet talk still waiting for mine

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  • Mia the ultimate Indian giver
    Givevin one hand and take back in the other
    One can bet that if govt release all monies owed to tax payers that there will be increased taxes on goods and services

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  • If you cannot offer constructive review of the Budget why not listen?

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  • That is my review sorry if i did not drink the koolaid
    Now i hear her rattling off about money and how it should be spent
    However she refuses to a knowledge that her barrage of multimillion dollar consultants have added to barbados debt
    Also her giving away millions of taxes in the form of waivers will forever be accounted as monies owed to govt revenue and was never recouped

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  • They need to fix Parliament Tv.
    How embarrassing that in the middle of a sentence her comments are cut

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  • Mia told a whopping lie
    you are fooling the people, persons were receiving their money through NEW LIFE RESOLUTION and you stopped it..you are being untruthful..

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  • Cut she off coukdnt take no more of her political grandstanding

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  • Longer talking with no action on crime from the Crime Minister, All the talk cant change the crime committed on the public.
    We wish to see you out by 2023 or sooner, The crime games must end, too many people under pressure killing each other with your imported drugs and guns, most ever shall be killed or murder under this Pressure,

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  • They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell the no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

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  • @ Hal Austin March 20, 2019 3:53 PM

    Barbados has inherited a poor system of government and administration from Britain. There is no question that it is precisely because of this system that Great Britain is destroying itself. I imagine the stupid faces of the white working class on the island when the American and Asian banks, Airbus, BMW and the Japanese pull out.

    Anyone seeking proof that there is no racial superiority of white old men should pay close attention to the parliamentary debates in London. No Third World country would play such a comedy or tragedy (depending on your point of view).

    If the administrative system in Barbados is really to become more efficient, we must cut all British roots and take the best from the Champions League of nations, from Scandinavia, Switzerland, Singapore, etc. pp.

    It’s time to blow up old Nelson on his pedestal and expel the royals.

    We no longer need afternoon tea and other strange British customs, but Scandinavian community spirit, Swiss cleverness and Singapore’s business acumen.

    It is absurd that so many colourful peoples of the world still travel to London as to a pilgrimage and admire their former plantation masters. Must be some kind of Stockholm syndrome. Better a holiday in Singapore, Beijing or Bern. We must learn from the global winners!

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  • Did anyone who dissect the Central bank reports quarterly ever come across the 45 million loan to CLICO? Since when did the Central bank become a commercial bank?

    My Godness……talk about corruption!!!!

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  • I like the proposal to pay land tax online….cant stand standing in line for two and a half hours to pay taxes.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Paternity leave for the men. Yayyy!!!!

    But the guys will only be able to claim for one pregnancy per year. Hope that this one is not too tightly applied, since I have known multiple women who became pregnant (by the same husband) and gave birth twice in a twelve month period.

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  • @ Prodigal Son March 20, 2019 7:51 PM

    We all know very well that the DPP only stares holes in the air instead of acting. The biggest shortfall since the Chief Justice from NY.

    The arguments put forward on BU by the DLP against prosecution against Inniss are so crazy that even a baby can see through this raving building of lies.

    If you want to change something, Prodigal, then finally drop the DPP!!!

    NOW.

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  • Okay Tron…..I will speak to my government!

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  • millerthe anunnaki

    @ Prodigal Son March 20, 2019 7:51 PM
    “Did anyone who dissect the Central bank reports quarterly ever come across the 45 million loan to CLICO? Since when did the Central bank become a commercial bank?
    My Godness……talk about corruption!!!!”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can the current Guv of the CB, Clevvy Haynes- a life-long senior employee of the said institution- claim ignorance of this DLP-arranged heist?

    Why was it- as the new kid on the block trying to clean the Augean stables of the mess left by the midget Worrell- never highlighted in any of the Bank’s recent regular performance reports?

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  • Any good journalist should be calling Clevy tomorrow to ask him about that loan to Clico.

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  • The Miller

    There is nothing untowards with the CB providing a loan to any entity including CLICO, in the same way it lends to the central government.

    Recall, it is the CB which grants charters or licenses to commercial banks, and if it can so do, lending directly is merely a smaller power.

    In fact, the CB can itself provide all the services/functions of any bank under its charter.

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  • We have to take Worrell out of the game, then he can no longer advise the creditors.

    It is time for the sleepy DPP to finally side with the patriots and accuse Worrell of his economic crimes against the people.

    What we need is not a softy in the DPP office, but a Stalin of the law who mercilessly punishes all criminals, poor or rich, drug lord or business magnate.

    Worrel must be shot down to save Barbados.

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  • David

    The PM said that it was done under the last Governor and MOF.

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  • David

    The PM said that the transaction was done during the tenure of the past governor and MOF.

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  • @Prodigal Son

    Clevy is the Governor in the chair, he will have to explain.

    @Pacha

    There is the political consideration to lending Clico. Bear in mind the Central Bank has been reporting losses.

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  • Sorry for the double post…was distracted.

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  • Well, there are always considerations of politics in high level transastions but that alone does not suggest, where the transaction is otherwise viable, to in and of itself make a denial.

    Similarly for the losses either CLICO and/or the CB itself might be making. Remember, that this would have been a paper manufacturing transaction, essentially.

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  • Bus fare at $3.50 is reasonable. No one complains about fast food increases or snack increases daily. In Grenada you pay as much as $30EC or more daily depending on distance for catching 4 privates. Eat less Chefette and KFC or cut out the sweet drinks daily.

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  • Not sure how raising bus fare will transform the TB to an efficient SOE.

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  • Times hard
    The country under stress
    The country under duress
    People asked to share the load
    We gave them a lot
    But they decide – they want a free ride

    They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell the no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

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  • They were here long
    But never came around
    Except when the country was down
    They ground it to the ground
    Say they are the saviour
    So they piling on the pressure

    They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell the no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

    Times hard
    The country under stress
    The country under duress
    People asked to share the load
    We gave them a lot
    But they decide – they want a free ride

    They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell the no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

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  • Raising the price of bus tickets from 2 BBD to 3.50 BBD can only be the first step. International financial capitalism demands more sacrifices. I very much hope that over the next few years prices will rise to at least 4.00 BBD for short haul and 6.00 BBD for long haul.

    But honestly, I fear that even this level is much too low to buy new buses. The old models look as if Barrow had bought them from Tanzania in the 1970s. I wouldn’t be surprised. These buses are a national disgrace and symbolize the backwardness of those parts of the population who still sleep in the social hammock.

    Free travel for children, the elderly and social scroungers must also be abolished. Children should only pay up to 6 years of age nothing, then up to 14 years 50% of the regular price, then full. Pensioners do not deserve any discount at all, as many of them voted for the DLP in 2008 and 2013 and are therefore responsible for the decline of Barbados. It would be more than appropriate for these freeloaders to apologise to international financial investors for their misconduct at the ballot box.

    The Prime Minister must not now show any weakness and must continue to “optimize” the welfare state. Next, for example, the retirement age for civil servants should be raised to at least 70 years and pensions reduced to a tolerable level. We do not need a social consensus, but a strong leader who ignites the explosive device at the base of the welfare state building.

    The welfare state means poverty.

    Social dismantling means prosperity.

    Low pensions mean a better future for young people. Hope.

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  • They were here long
    But never came around
    Except when the country was down
    They ground it to the ground
    Say they are the saviour
    So they piling on the pressure

    They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell them no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

    Times hard
    The country under stress
    The country under duress
    People asked to share the load
    We gave them a lot
    But they decide – they want a free ride

    They want this
    They want that
    They don’t want to pay tax
    They don’t want to pay vat
    Mottley tell them no – it can’t happen so
    They have to pay or they have to go

    We grateful – that is no lie
    You caught us on the drop
    And we paid the price
    But have mercy man
    We have our pride
    That little help don’t mean you could ride us for life

    You want this
    You want that
    You don’t want to pay tax
    You don’t want to pay vat
    No – it can’t happen so
    You have to pay or you have to go

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  • One more word on the budget speech: We do indeed need a radical educational reform in Barbados. It cannot be that, as in the past, the worst and most incompetent pupils start to study at the taxpayer’s expense and then govern the country as DLP ministers. Chris Sinckler should be a warning to everyone. It is time for Chris Sinkler to apologize to the people for his economic crimes when he still has the rest of decency.

    We therefore need a restriction on the admission of the UWI. All known US universities and Oxbridge don’t just take all Smurfs as students, but work with elaborate entrance tests (interview, IQ test, written exam and the like). It is time to sift out the students at the UWI, too, so that a disaster like Chris Sinckler’s does not repeat itself.

    So there won’t be any misunderstanding: I am still in favour of free studies for intelligent children from poor families. But Barbados will not survive a second Chris Sinckler.

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  • What i still have difficulty understanding is why is it that the business of Barbados is being broadcast and streamed from the HeadQuarters of the Barbados Labour Party

    Using the URL https://www.facebook.com/BarbadosLabourParty/videos/ 370064183584748/

    You mean to tell me dat CBC nor GIS ent got dis capacity yet?

    Who de badword is being paid for this service

    Why is it, ONE EFFING YEAR LATER that it is still being done?

    And Why is it that the Leader of the Opposition the Bishop Reverend Pastor Joseph Atherley does not say one chvunt bout dis and other RH tricks dat happening wid de tax payers $$?

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  • Piece,

    This is part of the government’s privatization strategy. More and more officials are becoming superfluous, and we can send them with Hurrah to the banana plantations in Costa Rica or to the bauxite mines in Jamaica. We should also bear in mind that the Prime Minister is also the party leader. She can therefore publish her statements both here and there.

    The big fat welfare state means poverty.
    Social dismantling and slim state mean prosperity.

    And please don’t take literally everything I write here. I’m really not that naive.
    Let cynicism guide our lives. Better Nietzsche than Marx.

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  • Well murder # 19 !

    Darwin Dottin still remains on the job !

    Let’s stop the ROTTIN

    Fire DOTTIN !

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  • I wouldn’t be surprised if former government members with possible contacts to organized crime sparked the war among drug gangs to destabilize the new government.

    Our Prime Minister must not trust the parts of the security authorities that are loyal only to the DLP and not to the nation. I smell betrayal.

    We have to ask ourselves: Were hiding places for weapons set up before the last election if there was a change of government?

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  • @Tron,

    Barbados has inherited a poor system of government and administration from Britain. (Quote)

    Plse explain the poor system of government and administration. Give specifics of the failure of the inherited system.

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  • @Tron
    “We have to ask ourselves: Were hiding places for weapons set up before the last election if there was a change of government?”

    You need to stop.
    Alarmist and fanciful nonsense.

    In your Barbados, a family with four people (mom, dad, and two kids over 14) who have a ‘long haul’ to work and school could spend over $1,000 a month just on bus fare. You may be worse than Sinckler.

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  • *over=around

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  • The day after a very important Budget and still no discussion on BU.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Ah don’t think anyone with half a brain was even remotely impressed with the Mia show…

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  • This budget should be titled “Waging War on the local economy”

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  • “The day after a very important Budget and still no discussion on BU.”

    What does that tell you?🤫

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  • It was a decent explanation of what government is attempting to do. We will never get 100% buy in. It will be about execution going down the road. Let us see if Barbadians respond so that revenue targets have to be met. The blogmaster is concerned about transport board and the appetite for real change.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Jackie Stewart
    I am on your side but how are you going to get their assets seized? Mia Mottley has no intentions of looking into any crookery from the past. How are you going to get cow and others off your land when George Payne holds legal documents sanctioned by a court of law? This thing is far bigger and far more intertwined then your video posts. I am hearing your frustration but while you are venting they are building. They have confidence because they have backing. They are not even paying you any mind.

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  • Obviously, the Transport Board has to be restructured.

    I was impressed upon hearing TB promised to outsource more bus maintenance and repairs to UCAL, and they have provided space at the Mangrove and Speightstown depots to accommodate UCAL’s mechanics, which is a “good start.”

    I also understand within the past few months, UCAL has been able to repair more buses than the 11 Trinidadians that were loafing at Mangrove at the expense of taxpayers.

    A review should be conducted on what the Trinidad consultant was able to achieve during his tenure with a salary of $22,000 per month.

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  • The TTC( Toronto ) raised bus fares by 10 cents starting April 1st.

    Barbados raising bus fares by $ 1.50 to $3.50

    Low income workers will now pay an extra $15. per week for transportation.

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  • The local business economy must find ways to incentive in respect to encouraging people to spend
    Govt policies would not be giving local business any economic ease that is favourable to people having the appetite for spending
    Out of these policies which tantamounts to a harassment and bombardment of poor peoples pocket would be a guaranteed depressed economy as the spending power of people shy further away from inflated prices

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  • There is nothing obvious about it. Successive governments have promised and promised many things and decades later nothing. To repeat, it will settle in the execution.

    Leave you Sir Lloyds lament -how did we get back here-?

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Artax

    ””A review should be conducted on what the Trinidad consultant was able to achieve during his tenure with a salary of $22,000 per month.””

    The entire fiasco under the Trinidian mechanic-contractural-arrangement should be investigated forensically. A review of what magnitude? The last administration intent was never to fix or fashioned the transport board towards one of efficiency. Therefore, the amount of wastage under them with nothing to show deserves a thorough investigation but Rogue-Works has no plans of looking into any of their dark night doings.

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  • @SSS

    Sensible people know that to talk about locking up people is just that talk. You cannot waltz into other countries and seize monies. The government will find it difficult to do it in Barbados.

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  • SOEs are used and will continue to be used to pad the popularity of incumbent political parties. It is an animal that must be fed. Mia will look for more covert ways to achieve it. The challenge to ensure there is enough tension on transparency to protect public assets as is practical.

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  • SEVEN YEARS

    “The future of Barbados is bright and over the next seven years we will work to make it happen. That is why I tell you let us as a country stay the course. We got it, and we can do it,” she asserted.”

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  • ” There is a possibility that the Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts International (SRI) could pull the plug on its highly publicized US$400 million Beaches project which has started at the old Almond property in St Peter.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/03/21/sandals-demands-rejected/

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  • The increase in bus fares was warranted
    However the most vulnerable would pay the price when one factor that many households have not had a liveable wage increase to meet the high demand of inflated prices and in addition to high level of increased commercial fees by banks and other financial obligations

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  • Six more years of fiscal medicine are what Barbadians can expect before the economy can recover fully, the Prime Minister has warned, less than six months into an International Monetary Fund austerity programme.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/03/21/economic-austerity-until-2025/

    Listen to doctor MIA and tek de antibiotics.

    Funny as puck.lol lol

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  • @Hants MIT is not funny. Barbados is in a mess and it will take some work to climb from the economic pit.

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  • On review of this budget i am thinking how much more suffering can households take without moving the goal post closer to drastic change
    A govt that promised better looks like a govt that kept the worst secret hidden snuggly away from the eyes of the people
    Word on the ground that constituents having been demanding better from their ministers
    Word on the ground that Ministers are not as active in their communities as before
    Wonder why

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  • Any of you remember the “slogan” created by RoyalRumble “OSA father of first world Barbados and Prime Minister for life.?

    Do we have another Prime Minister for life or guaranteed minimum 2 term PM as evidenced by the six and seven year projections for the economy of Barbados.

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  • @ David,

    I found doctor MIA analogies funny,

    I am well aware of the deep sheet Barbados is in. That is why you need 3 Ministers and a Cunsultant to hold a ladder and screw in a light bulb. ( good analogy ? )

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  • @Hants

    On the other side the replies from the mottley opposition parties (excluding Atherley who will hear today) including your dear loving party were woeful. They will need to step up their game.

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  • @TheOGazerts

    “Don’t have a cow man” (Bart Simpson), “Tron” is a satirist the like of which we haven’t seen on BU, if folks take his submissions seriously, we are in more trouble than we think.

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  • One of the more revealing analysis of the last six years has been the tracking of our foreign reserves- a good indicator of level of foreign inflows when borrowing or private inflows via investment.

    2012 – 18.1
    2013 – 14.6
    2014 – 13.7
    2015 – 12.4
    2016 – 8.5
    2018e – 13.5

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  • Dumbfounding would be the operative word to explain yesterday budget
    A budget which found the PM excruciating answer as to why a bloated govt at tremendous cost to the taxpayers was necessary to solve barbados debt problem
    As if to add insult to the injured bajan household her pathetic answers did nothing to remove the pain and suffering which she further inflicted on bajans
    The increased of water rates on businesses is further guarantee for increase cost to the consumer on locally produce food
    Somebody got to pick up the slack and once again it all goes back to the bajan household

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  • The real feeling in the ground is that there is a heavy resignation tough measures have to be taken. Nobody wants it but there is a reality to be confronted. One senses the government is still battling with some messy issues and we will have to wait to see how the country hit IMF revenue targets.

    What the country needs is for a relevant and coherent dissenting voice. Not the same old nonsense.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    There is no talk about locking up here. There is only talk about investigating and then making a determination on the findings of that investigation. Barbados is just corrupt.

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  • @David
    On the other side the replies from the mottley opposition parties (excluding Atherley who will hear today) including your dear loving party were woeful.
    +++++++++++++
    Don’t be disingenuous, where did you hear replies from Opposition parties? Are you presupposing that any comments they may make to the Press isn’t worth what “patty shot at’? I don’t really include his Grace in his sham ‘opposition’ stance as an opposition party.

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  • What the country needs is for a relevant and coherent dissenting voice. Not the same old nonsense.

    Waiiiit!

    De ole David like e back yuh…

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Not even going to bother to respond to this but to say: Sensible people are at the helm of governing too and idiots continue to accept their behaviours as part of the norm of politics. So we throw our hands in the air and wave them like we just do not care because at the end of the day we are powerless do anything and too misdirected to believe that nothing can ever be done. So let us continue to the talk shop. By the way, are you, David

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  • The end game is about locking up people. This was a campaign hint as it has been every general election in the last 39 years.

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