The Rhetoric of Austerity

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Economic Advisor to DLP Government

ECONOMIST SIR FRANK ALLEYNE says one of the reasons why Barbados was in the current economic mess was the country’s failure to pay workers based on productivity. Sir Frank, one of the Freundel Stuart administration’s trusted advisers, said yesterday that had the various governments followed through on the productivity focus after the 1991 economic crisis, many of the problems the country faced might have been alleviated. […] Sir Frank said the centrepiece of the structural adjustment programme was productivity enhancement.

Prior to May 24, 2018 the constant national refrain was that the economic and social state of the country had deteriorated to an unacceptable level. This position was punished by the electorate in unprecedented manner with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) being inflicted with a 30-0 defeat. The simple tranlation of the result, the people are not happy.

It should be of concern to sensible Barbadians everywhere the vitriolic and uninformed political debate which has emerged in recent years. It is a predictable debate and often sees a predictable response by incumbent governments. The politically aware have stated the primary job of a political party is to find a way to stoke popularity.

In a well meaning democracy the needs of the people should be the prime objective. There are listed as being able to promote unity and tranquillity in the domestic space,  ensure justice for all, defense and safeguard the welfare and liberty of all the people – What is the purpose of government?. The opposite view is that no government is perfect in the vision or execution. How we govern is a man made construct and susceptible to the fallibility of man.

A couple weeks ago the blogmaster was motivated to write about the predictability to what has translated to a worrying crime situation. The same can be transposed to how we have and continue to govern ourselves. This blogmaster has been at the dashboard from 2007 and have been positioned to view the workings of political operatives having reason to interact with prime ministers, senators, ministers in government, surrogates, political talking heads et al. They operate with the same intent. They are driven by greed and an a destructive value system.

Barbados is a tiny island and if well managed with realistic objectives should satisfy the purpose of government. Instead we have allowed behaviours to be greatly influenced by popular culture. This has created the recurring dysfunction of government we have become mired. This week we learned about the many many PSV permits the outgoing government issued before demitting office -on the most profitable routes. A portfolio led by Michael Lashley.  Prior, this blogmaster is aware of  many PSV permits issued by Gline Clarke. We are aware there was financial benefit accrued to decision makers. This is one example of how greed and corruption as eventually led to an insolvent Transport Board taxpayers are left holdoing the bag.

Look in the mirror people!

Sensible Barbadians should have the capacity to view how systems of government are in decline across the globe. If we fail to show the courage to disrupt the current trajectory there is a predictable inevitability to how it will end for us.

In an situation where austerity measures have to be taken, one expects constituents being impacted to voice concern. One also expects the government charged with managaing the process to admoister it as humanely as practicable. As important is for civil society to be resonsible in voicing feedback.

It seems to this blogmaster we are in danger of being subsumed by a destructive rhetoric motivated by egocentric thinking.

Beware the rhetoric of austerity.

 

 

 

 

 

188 comments

  • Sir you were the bearer of the news to me which makes u the messenger
    By delivering the news it meant you (would )have heard source through word of mouth either in person by another messenger or was at some time engaged with alternative sourcing
    Reason why i particulary told you to retreive the Truth of what you.were told or heard from the messenger
    However or by what means delivered to u there had to be a source from where you received the message
    Be that as it may Verla has her work cut out in very hard manner
    It might not be pleasing to all
    However she knows what the role entails and she is capable of standing on her own two feet even when michievous outside interference stick there dirty noses around looking for bad news
    My advice to her is to stay the course
    In the meanwhile she should grab hold of any opportunity available to up de thing on this inept govt performance with there intentions to strangle the barbadian household into economic dislocation

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  • Btw it is nigh to near impossible for me to be several people acting as many
    This flooish maniacal belief that is often attached to my personality as onr of many writers flies in the face of logic

    Speaking of many
    Could it be that Albert Brandford a blp.acolyte has turned in his red colored robes for another color of his choosing
    It as if he has seen a blinding light which gave him cause to remove his blinders
    From his many comments or maybe his advice to govt his comments reflect dissatisfaction in more ways than one

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  • Hmmmmmm…….

    Okay, no problem. But I reserve the right to refer you to your comments and “advice,” whenever you use the phrase “word on the streets.”

    “Be that as it may,” I hope you won’t become offended if I “told” you Mottley’s supporters equally have the right to likewise opine she “has her work cut out in very hard manner (because of the economic mess created by your inept DLP administration) and it might not be pleasing to all,” (as is evidenced by the “gloom and doom” and dissatisfaction you express in the majority of your contributions).

    Also, “however, she knows what the role entails and she is capable of standing on her own two feet, even when mischievous outside interference (such as you), stick there (their) dirty noses around looking for bad news,” (also evidenced by the content of the majority of your contributions).

    Perhaps their “advice to her is to (likewise) stay the course.”

    Anyhow……. the roles have changed, those who resisted “gloom and doom” are now preaching “doom and gloom.”

    So, enough of this banter.

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  • “This flooish maniacal belief that is often attached to my personality as one of many writers flies in the face of logic.”

    No…… it does not fly in the face of logic.

    It is possible for different people to comment under the SAME name. In your case, there is “Mariposa” who is incoherent and unfocused…… and then there is this particular “Mariposa” who is a bit more articulate and focused.

    Similarly to “legion, because (they) are many.”

    Is this the same Albert Branford members of the consortium used to cuss prior to May 24, 2018, and is now being herald?

    I know it’s unlikely for you to resist responding, because you must always “have the last word.” So, according to David BU, “you may have the last word.”

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  • @ Artax April 14, 2019 12:41 PM

    Fire Verla? Really?

    Who should replace her? Let me guess …

    Donville Inniss, a minor criminal and distributor of adult entertainment?

    Chris Sinckler, world record holder in financial illiteracy and rapist of the local economy?

    Or any other local villain who promises social benefits to the clueless masses but squeezes them out with taxes like old lemons, lives in a chic villa with a swimming pool himself, drives a Mercedes and has a second passport for the USA, Canada or Switzerland?

    I was at the Saint Nicholas plantation today. The distance between plantation owners and slaves was no greater than between the DLP grandees and the stupid masses who still vote for DLP. I’ll bet that this mob would even enslave locals and sell them to Saudi Arabia to finance their corrupt lifestyle. They are like local priests preaching water to others, but cooling their own butts in the leather chair of their Mercedes.

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  • I never say ” word on the street”
    Maybe u can check your archives and see
    Your are more than welcome if need arrives to use my linguistic manner of speech as to when it apply to areas of the goverence need for a defensive approach
    Mia measures are those of asking barbadians to stay a harsh course of paying govt debt
    Depezia course is harsh because of having to fill a role of one being the first female leader of the DlP and finding herself dead smack in an extraordinary time of rebuilding the party where former members having recoiled or become disenchanted by politics after a defeating blow in the last election
    The difference being that she cannot be seen as weak and luvklustre and inattentive
    Mottley on the other hand has many years of political experience to build on and from which she can challenge people to stay the course

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  • Mariposa are you serious?Equating Ms Depeiza with Ms Mottley?They are both female leaders , but that is where the simularity ends.Ms Depeiza in my view is a political lightweight,who cannot even win a seat far less a government.She was elected as a stop gap leader while the some of the defeated , licked their wounds.The news brought by Artax was in saturday’s Nation and it is no surprise to me.Therefore, soon it will be cat piss and hot pepper in your party and you would not have time to focus on Ms Mottley who by the way is head and shoulders above Ms Depeiza.

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  • http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/239310/guns

    Wow !

    Seven days of ” gun watching ” and only 8 guns surrendered !

    Whilst Darwin Dottin will draw another big cheque this month pay day , in addition to his pension !

    Bajans…stop the ROTTIN’

    Let’s fire DOTTIN !

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  • Eight illegal guns out of circulation better than zero.

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  • Ok David BU

    What about this one ?

    On one of the more significant dates on the Christian calendar – Holy Week

    The caring Mia Mottley has inflicted the most cruel violence on the pockets of the poor & vulnerable.

    Today April 15, 2019 Patsy and her 3 school aged girls – having waited at a bus pole in St. Thomas from 6: 45 a.m for a Transport Board bus to get to town , for an onward journey to Alexandra school – had to fork $ 3.50 each for a minivan ride – moments ago – as no Transport Board bus has been sighted in the area since noon yesterday – Sunday !

    How in the name of good governance & public policy could a CARING Mia Mottley hike bus fares – knowing full well that the Transport Board does NOT have the buses to service several routes ?

    Could this be fair to Bajans ?

    At the start of Holy Week ?

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  • It will negatively impact commuters. We created the mess, now we have to hold our noses and clean it up.

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  • If the PSVs don’t change their minds and offer a special fare for school children I can see us returning to the days when siblings took turns going to school. There is no way a person on minimum wages can send to school four children every day with these fares. There are no buses for the children to catch and therefore no real opportunity to save with those TB discount cards. That is just a ridiculous exercise. The only alternative for these people would be Welfare.

    I hope the Ministry of Education is going to analyse the school attendance for this term and investigate. This is examination term.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “The distance between plantation owners and slaves was no greater than between the DLP grandees and the stupid masses who still vote for DLP. I’ll bet that this mob would even enslave locals and sell them to Saudi Arabia to finance their corrupt lifestyle.”

    All yall have done the same and and are still hellbent on doing it…ya are some evil black leaders who should be exiled to the Middle East let the Arabs have a go at yall.for couple decades ….it will bring proper perspective to ya useless, thieving lives….goddamn judas sellouts.

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  • @Fractured BLP April 15, 2019 7:53 AM

    “pockets of the poor & vulnerable.”

    You obviously don’t live in Barbados, but belong to the DLP propaganda arm in Canada or elsewhere.

    Today I asked a manager from the Massa Super Center why food prices here are 30-50% higher than in comparable markets in other CARICOM member states. He told me these were the high import duties and the peg of the Barbados dollar to the US dollar.

    So do not tell us fairy tales. We all know that after one of the many rum nights of drinking with his socialist cronies, the arrogant Barrow, in a touch of madness and exuberance, decided to tie the Barbados dollar 2:1 to the US dollar. That was the greatest idiocy in the history of the island. It is time to have an honest discussion about the arrogant Barrow. Your Barrow is not a national hero, but a second Burnham. Remember it and learn to spell it: Your god Barrow has failed. He created a monster called DLP and a spawn called Chris Sinckler.

    As for the high taxes, I remember that the DLP increased VAT and the cost of living rose excessively from 2008 to 2018.

    So don’t tell us shit. When you talk about the weak, you only mean the lazy DLP supporters in the civil service who sabotage the new government all day because they want to destroy Barbados. Mia Mottley is far too lenient with these traitors. It’s time for a mass demonstration to drive the corrupt DLP bureaucrats out of office.

    Compassion is weakness.
    Mercilessness is strength.

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  • @ Tron,

    You are getting confused, Barrow was no hero; he was an ordinary politician from St Lucy (his family owned the plantation, he was not a field worker).
    Our problem is that we have a professional elite, mainly lawyers, who are one, two and at most three generations away from households headed by watchmen, carpenters, cane cutters, domestics, field workers, and who, through their intelligence, government policy and their parents’ foresight, escaped from being anchored to the block. Now they are the enemies of the people. They are class traitors.
    The decision to fix the Bajan to the Greenback was made at the founding of the central bank, do you remember the economic circumstances in the mid-1970s and the oil crisis?
    That governments, both BLP and DLP, have allowed the peg to continue is bad economics and even worse monetary policy.
    That it is still in existence at this time is an economic crime. I say again (BERT are you listening): decouple from the Greenback, fix against a basket of currencies and commodities; use our sovereign currency to clear local Bajan-denominated debt, remove that extra liquidity from the system through good inflationary management; establish a local balance sheet post office bank; pay all 25000 public sector workers through a post office bank current account; make the post office a bancassurance business, funding small and medium enterprises..
    There will be no invoice (US$85000 a month?) for this basic lesson in modern monetary theory.

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  • I say again (BERT are you listening): decouple from the Greenback, fix against a basket of currencies and commodities; use our sovereign currency to clear local Bajan-denominated debt, remove that extra liquidity from the system through good inflationary management; establish a local balance sheet post office bank; pay all 25000 public sector workers through a post office bank current account; make the post office a bancassurance business, funding small and medium enterprises…

    This will never happen in Bdos. First, makes sense. Second, requires a bit of thinking and initiative to implement.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Tron
    “Today I asked a manager from the Massa Super Center why food prices here are 30-50% higher than in comparable markets in other CARICOM member states. He told me these were the high import duties and the peg of the Barbados dollar to the US dollar.”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    The manager from “Massa Super Center” is completely wrong. I have no way of telling whether he is deliberately lying or simply ignorant, but neither of his explanations are true.

    The reasons for the higher prices are the higher profits as well as overhead costs at “Massa Super Center”.

    It is trivially easy to prove this. Firstly compare Massy to Popular; prices at the latter are about 20% lower, but they pay the same import duties and operate with the same peg. Secondly, compare wage rates in Barbados to those in other CARICOM member states, and calculate what percentage of overhead is wages.

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  • @PLT

    Thank you for your comment.

    Here I compare the prices for Massy Barbados with Massy Jamaica and Massy Guyana. Let me give you an example: Price 1 litre milk Pinehill Massy Barbados: 3 USD, price Jamaica and Guyana 2.5 USD. The latter markets also offer milk from the EU for 2.0 USD.

    If it were true that the higher wages are responsible for the high food prices, the food prices in the USA or in Europe should be higher than in Barbados. But they are not.

    But I agree with you that the prices at Massy Barbados may be higher to some extent because the typical customers there are less impoverished locals and more expats and diplomats.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Tron
    The difference in milk prices arises from a number of causes… in the EU, USA and Canada they have huge economies of scale in addition to which they subsidize their dairy industries enormously. In fact agricultural subsidies across the board in the EU, US and Canada amount to billions and billions (US$20 billion a year in the US alone). Those subsidies, added to economies of scale, are the root causes of lower food prices in the USA or in Europe.

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  • Also word on the ground says that buying a bus pass is more thiefing because when the bus doesn’t come on time the alternative is to get the PSV which means govt collects upfront without delivering a service and additionally the PSV collects also

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  • @ Tron,

    You are right to compare the price of a common good or service across borders. That is good economic theory and tells us a lot, including purchasing power parity. That is what we call the Big Mac Index and is the foundation of the cost of living. Consumers could not care less, if they are paying more for the same good or service.
    I remember a few years ago, cement produced in Barbados was more expensive in Barbados than it was down the islands. There is no real excuse for this.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @VC
    “I think the current administration underestimated the magnitude of the problem and were caught by surprise”

    Whether one agrees with their decisions or not, the current group acted rather quickly. [albeit the foreign debt situation still hangs] I wonder if it was the current administration which underestimated or a group of Barbadians who believed “dat can’t happen here, in dis country”?

    No question many of those nations who preach balanced budgets, cannot balance their own. Several, do not make any attempt. It is politically expedient not to, for they are guilty of the same offenses of which they accuse others.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Mariposa
    “I never say “word on the street””
    also @Mariposa
    “Also word on the ground says…”
    +++++++++++++++++
    Do you really think that anyone cares whether you say street or ground?

    Do you live in Barbados? I have not heard anything about Transport Board selling a “bus pass.” You are perhaps thinking of people who purchase the “Travel Smart” (dumb) cards from the Transport Board. These, however, do not expire after a given time period (in so far as I am aware) so that it is misleading for you to assert that it “means govt collects upfront without delivering a service…”

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  • @Tron

    You are using the US price index as a reference point to arrive at your determination?

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  • Consumers could not care less, if they are paying more for the same good or service.
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    Hal what BULLSHIT is this?

    Does it matter what the local consumer think when they have no choice of the sale prices of the goods in Supermarkets or small shops only LOCAL choice they have is where to shop.

    You want them to jump on a plane to St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad or Guyana to buy their monthly or weekly groceries?

    Stop talking shite because you can.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Hal
    “That is good economic theory and tells us a lot, including purchasing power parity.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    This is absolutely correct. It makes no sense for country A to brag that it has a larger GDP than country B if that larger GDP buys fewer goods and services. For example, the UK GDP is behind the Indonesian GDP if purchasing power parity is taken into account 😉

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  • @ Barbados 2019

    Plse re-read what I said. Or is your fury mental therapy?

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  • @ David April 15, 2019 1:05 PM

    I cite the real prices in the supermarkets. But it is very remarkable that Barbadian milk is sold 15-20% cheaper in other CARICOM countries than in Barbados. You don’t get milk for 2.0 or 2.5 USD in Popular Discount. I have even seen milk for USD 1.0 in other CARICOM countries, however, it was only a special offer.

    If we put this in relation to income, GDP in purchasing power is still higher in Barbados than in Jamaica or Guyana. – But who knows if that won’t change.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Tron
    on recent travels I ended in N.Fla, the closest grocery store was Publix, it was 8pm and they were open. I was shocked at the prices. The same Mexican mangoes in a Toronto upper-end grocer that were 3 for $5, were also 3 for $5, only now it was $US and not $CDN. The Guatemalan pawpaw and Cantelope were even pricier, and lo and behold, Florida oranges and their orange juice were the same dollar price, exchange ignored. Next day, my “app” guided me to a produce store where the prices were 30% less on many produce items, and the selection better.
    Now @pacha maybe interested, for Publix is an employee owned operation…https://www.publixstockholder.com/

    I learned as I returned on a multi stop return to the Great white north, that Publix is a massive company. I found them in Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, and drove by large Publix distribution centres. Guess what? Florida grown oranges and orange juice were cheaper in Knoxville than they were in Fla, both national brands and store brand. The same was true for several other produce items, while their sources were identical.

    Variations in taxes aside, Publix clearly prices to what it thinks the market will take, and its competition. It’s more about profit than cost.

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  • RE Stop talking shite because you can.

    YOU ARE BEING REDUNDANT SIR

    WHAT ELSE CAN ASSTIN TALK?

    YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST SAID TO ASSTIN “Stop talking”

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  • “Also word on the ground says that buying a bus pass is more thiefing because when the bus doesn’t come on time the alternative is to get the PSV which means govt collects upfront without delivering a service and additionally the PSV collects also.”

    Hmmmmm……….

    I never say “word on the street.”

    Okay, “street”………”ground”……. humongous difference.

    How do you know your above comments are true? Or are you being a “mischievous outside interference sticking (your) dirty nose around looking for bad news?”

    Let me remind of your comments and “advice” before you respond. After all, you gave me permission.

    “Word is like unfiltered water it can travel where it want to and can be stagnated by many different sources.”

    “(Mariposa), since you are the bearer of the “Transport Board message” and you know of the source from which it came, my best advice would be for you to ask of them (source) the truth.”

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  • @ Shedding Some Light

    Learn to ignore some of the idiots who posts regularly on BU.

    Not worth your time to engage with real johnnies.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Northern Observer

    I can confirm that generally food prices in North America, despite the economies of scale and government subsidies ,are most times higher than local prices. Publix is also my favourite supermarket in Florida. And I am talking about the same brands. Most commentators forget to convert to a common currency when they compare prices.

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  • I can confirm that generally food prices in North America, despite the economies of scale and government subsidies ,are most times higher than local prices

    Lies.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Northern Observer
    I agree with your submissions above.
    Prices are set so that the producers can make a profit.
    It is not unusual to price commodities according to the price the markets can bear. We do it with cement and we do it with milk, beer and juices.
    The social benefit to Barbados is maintaining the level of employment at PHD and Arawak cement factory. The multiplier effect of these workers local spending keep other Bajans employed, GoB revenues buoyant and the NIS viable. The economy is a system. All sectors are interconnected.

    I am just using you as a sounding board. I know that you know these elementary truths.

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  • I can confirm that generally food prices in North America, despite the economies of scale and government subsidies ,are most times higher than local prices

    Lies.

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    @ Dullard

    Its pretty obvious @Vincent Codrington is also one of the biggest bullshitters on BU.

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  • I am the source of the experience ..neva again
    My advice to you is not to buy them
    Wish i could get a refund but i know it not gonna happen
    Word up

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Dullard

    Explain to BU householders how you are going to pay for imports and repay US$ denominated debts with a basket of currencies? Can you disclose to BU household the proportionate share of this basket for euros, pound sterling, US dollars, EC$ and TT $ etc. And do not put any lies nor bullshit in the basket,please.

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  • Question
    How will govt be paying for the night security at the polyclinic

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  • @ Dullard,

    You can pay as you do now: by trading in the currencies exchange markets; or by trading in the derivatives markets. For example, if a firm orders raw materials from another market, they fix prices through derivative trading in order to guarantee a steady supply.
    Equally if a firm or country has dollar denominated debt, they know the dates of due payment so they can trade on the futures markets. It is like a mortgage. You know when payment is due, and make the necessary arrangements. It is not rocket science. You do not have to stockpile hundreds of millions in US dollars in order to meet those obligations.
    That surplus money (reserves) can be working more beneficially. About the so-called proportionate share of the basket of currencies, that depends on our trading partners and future obligations.
    As for householders, if I want US dollars I just go to the post office, produce my passport, and purchase my greenbacks. If a company has overseas obligations, they can trade through a currency exchange or their bank or, in small nations, the central banks..
    The big problem in Barbados is fear — fear of the unknown..

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  • I am not an economist, just a bread and butter man.

    If a man pays US $2.00 for a bread with butter in both Barbados and the US, but earns $2 in one place and $4 in the other… is the cost of living the same

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  • Much respect to VC.
    Continue on the high road.

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  • ” An Ontario biology professor and her class found stomach-turning results after they tested the DNA of fish samples from sushi restaurants and grocery stores across the province.”

    Source: https://pressfrom.info/ca/news/canada/-131191-fanshawe-college-class-uncovers-fish-fraud-after-testing-samples.html

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ TheOGazerts at 6 :35 PM

    Thanks Theo. The High Road is the only road I know. I intend to remain on it with the help of God. It has always worked for me.

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  • The reality of significantly inflated prices for public transportation is slowly setting in and is not sitting well with Barbadians, who are demanding a considerably higher standard in public transportation from stakeholders.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/04/16/higher-fare-few-buses/

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  • Austerity? BERT will lead to social unrest.

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  • The reasonable increase in ticket prices is the decisive test for the new government. The constant moaning shows once again that 90% of all Barbadians in their blindness are not even aware that the island is facing the abyss. The courageous intervention of the Prime Minister alone has so far prevented the worst.

    If they can’t even push this through, the IMF program will fail and Barbados like Jamaica and Guyana will end up as a criminal nest for savages.

    Austerity means hope.
    The welfare state means poverty.
    Social dismantling means prosperity for all.

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  • The clueless masses probably do not understand that the failure of the IMF programme is equivalent to a currency devaluation. We can all easily imagine what will happen if we look at Jamaica or Guyana. Schoolchildren do not even arrive at school because they are kidnapped and killed beforehand. The problem there is not poverty, but survival.

    The reduction of the monstrous deficit in state-owned enterprises is a basic prerequisite for the restructuring of the budget and the success of the IMF programme. If the program fails, Barbados will be cut off from the capital market for decades and a devaluation of the Barrow dollar will be a natural law. It is obvious that education in local schools does not include finance or the economy. Otherwise, people wouldn’t be crying over $1.50.

    We need less Bible speaking, Barrow memorial and singing lessons at school, but education of the inhabitants of the Royal Plantation of Barbados about the basic requirements for sound economic activity.

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  • Why is Mottley calling an Urgent Meeting

    Home News Mottley calls…
    Mottley calls urgent meeting on transport

    Added 16 April 2019

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has summoned an urgent meeting of all major players in the public transport sector to look at the current state of the system.

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    This meeting will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, at Government Headquarters on Bay Street, and will be attended by officials of the Transport Authority, the Transport Board, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, and representatives of the various organizations representing public sector vehicle operators.

    According to Press Secretary, Roy Morris, “there is no doubt that the gap between the expectations of commuters and what is being delivered by both public and private sector operations is too great for business as usual to prevail, and it would not be a misrepresentation to describe what now obtains as being in crisis or near crisis.

    “However, the Prime Minister has made it clear that she is determined to ensure there are short term solutions put in place while the country awaits the arrival of new buses”.

    He added: “And while the Prime Minister has been out of the island over the past week, she has so continued to keep a very close watch on the situation, and tomorrow’s meeting is to ensure that all players understand that the best interest of commuters must always be at the forefront of decision making and actions taken.” (BGIS)

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  • The Prime Minister must now stand firm and not give in to the whining. The reforms so far are a joke anyway and not massive enough. We do not need a slight correction, but a massive clear-cutting of civil servants and pensioners. These are both groups that massively supported the DLP in 2008 and 2013. They do not deserve mercy, but punishment.

    If the reform of public transport falls, the IMF programme falls and the dollar falls.

    The people have the choice of accepting the fair and moderate increase in ticket prices and of paying homage to our leader for her continuous service or of dying.

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  • Homage cannot pay Mortgage or buy food
    Whst3 hommage yuh can tek that hommage and used it as a bumper sticker fuh yuh car
    What hommage
    People feeling pain and suffering and u talking crap that you regurgitate out of your big belly

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  • Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde says they have compiled a list of issues to present to Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an urgent meeting of stakeholders in the transport sector tomorrow.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/239334/list-concerns-pm-transportation-meeting

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO PM MIA.

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  • You can go to You Tube and listen. Sir Don ~ Ask Cynthia

    and ….

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  • Would be of interest to hear how the PM would give her input on a charge that asking people to give a whopping increase in bus fare is reasonable when their is inadequate transportation service provided by govt.
    Yesterday first phase of a 3.50 increase was a colossal failure pointing towards govt insensitivity to the social needs of the people while in haste quickly resposnding to the harsh austerity measures given by the IMF to pay barbados debt
    Yesterday was also a reminder to govt that barbados is more than an economy it is a society
    Many of govt actions has played a reversed role in throwing the social fabric of barbados under a bus and in so doing has started the inhumane and heartless process of tearing the social fabric to threads

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  • @ Mariposa,

    ……Barbados is more than an economy it is a society
    Many of govt actions has played a reversed role in throwing the social fabric of Barbados under a bus….(Quote)

    Absolutely. This one-dimensional obsession with the economy conveniently ignores other aspects of Barbadian society. That is why some bone-headed MP, a medical doctor, could call for a return of the death penalty without being called out by fellow MPs or the rest of society. I hope voters in St Philip will remember this. Stupid woman.

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  • Hal i am trying to understand the logic within govt measures whereby the absent of a social connection and its impact on barbadian society is missing not to mention the health and the pschological wellness which can negatively impact individuals resulting from these harsh unrealitic policies
    Take for example the hike in water rates
    By all means individuals would choose to cut back as finding as a way to save money
    However it can be stressful by having to choose how many bathes one must take which include shortened periods
    Also households with many occupants at some point and time would be caught up in arguments as to how certain daily duties that call for the use of water should be managed
    This govt does not have a clue as to how and where these harsh austerity measure would impact many households
    But remains steadfast and strong that these austerity measures would bring back barbados economy to a state of progress while absent of the concerns that a country well being is dependable on a well balanced social society as well as an economical connection

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Keep on going. You are right; there is no coherent thinking across the breadth of social and economic policy. The Mottley-led BLP government has abandoned the idea of social vision – apart from the explosion in crime; they have no economic understanding, apart from a vague idea of reducing debt. Anarchy reigns.
    They pay lots of taxpayers’ money to so-called consultants, yet still cannot tell a coherent economic story. Ask the ministers, advisers or the huge fan club to explain the government’s economic policies and they start to be abusive, talk about being party biased, and to turn the table by accusing the questioner of not knowing what s/he is talking about. Those are defensive tactics, masking an appalling ignorance.
    They can run, but thy cannot hide. Time will catch up with them.

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  • re That is why some bone-headed MP, a medical doctor, could call for a return of the death penalty without being called out by fellow MPs or the rest of society. I hope voters in St Philip will remember this. Stupid woman.

    MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THIS STUPID WOMAN WAS RAISED UP IN A HOME WHERE THE BIBLE AND ITS TRUTHS AND TENETS WERE BELIEVED AND HONORED

    MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THIS STUPID WOMAN STILL BELIEVES WHAT SHE LEARNED ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT HOW MURDERERS SHOULD BE TREATED.

    HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ON THIS MATTER

    Genesis 9:6
    “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

    Leviticus 24:17
    “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.

    Exodus 21:12
    “Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death.

    Numbers 35:30-31
    “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness. Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.just

    MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THIS bone-headed MP, a medical doctor, HAS NEURAL TISSUE IN HER BRAIN RATHER THAN BONE OR MUSCLE

    MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THIS bone-headed MP, a medical doctor, BELIEVES AND SEEKS TO PRACTICE THE TENETS OF Acts 5:29 WHICH STATES CLEARLY…….We ought to obey God rather than men.

    I WONDER WHO IS REALLY THE BONE HEAD

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  • The gaslighting is rampant up in here.

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  • @ Mariposa April 16, 2019 9:25 PM

    Opus Dei says pain ennobles. Why don’t you try it with a rod …

    The announcement about our dear Prime Minister shows once again impressively that she is always in charge and solves problems immediately and directly, instead of hiding in the villa like lush DLP functionaries or hiding from reality in an expensive Audi Q7.

    The difference between the DLP regime and the democratically elected Mottley administration is that the latter government tackles the problems and tries to solve them. It may not all be perfect (for example the fact that we still have far too many superfluous bureaucrats with DLP party membership in the civil service), but problems like the sewage or the poor condition of the roads or the debts have already been tackled. It seems to me that the new government has done more in about half a year than the DLP regime in 10 years.

    The low ticket prices are a legacy of Sinckler’s economic reign of terror. They and the other spending on state enterprises have plunged the country into the abyss.

    If you want low ticket prices, you have to accept the consequences: The end of the IMF programme, currency devaluation and criminal chaos as in Jamaica and Guyana. Maybe Mariposa wants chaos in order to make more money like other DLP grandees while the people are starving.

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  • SINISTER ONE

    This dear leader language you use is what I am watching. You seem to be of the dictatorship persuasion. Ms. Mottley is my prime minister. I voted for her. But she is NOT my dear leader. I will pay her NO HOMMAGE. I will watch her as she instructed. I will criticize her fairly. I will hold her accountable. I will vote against her if she does not succeed. I will vote for her and acknowledge her success if she does.

    We all know how dire the situation is in Barbados. Personally, I am of the opinion that we do need to reassess our priorities and budget better, work harder and smarter and have an overall paradigm shift away from total dependence on government. Having said that there are certain fundamental services that I believe should be kept in government hands at least partially and transportation is one of them. Public education and health care are also areas that I believe government must still make available to all. The only people who use the public health care are those who cannot afford private health care or insurance and also the pensioners. Those who can afford to pay do just that. Private education is not affordable for most and must be provided to level the playing field for the poor.

    The transportation situation is dire. I am quite sure that those who speak like you don’t use public transport. You will not find ONE BARBADIAN that does not accept that bus fare had to be increased. Some question the amount and the timing,. That is all.

    The impact on school children is the problem . This is exam term. Children who do not have the money for the PSVs will have to wait for TB buses. There is NO GUARANTEE that they will come. I predict that some children will miss CXC examinations because of this.

    The sensible thing would have been to wait until July after examinations and raise the fare. Children would be on vacation until September. Buses are due in August. The new buses should allow for school bus service to be restored somewhat. That would ease the situation. The children could also be charged two dollars or special cards could be sold at reduced rates.

    That would have been an effective roll out. What they have done is create CHAOS! And probably heartbreak for some child who misses a crucial examination.

    I hope that Ms. Mottley is able to fix this in quick time. I hope the PSVs will co-operate.

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  • Some people like to talk down to the people from “on high”. Most Barbadians are not so stupid that a reasoned conversation is impossible. We Bajans have a saying –

    “It is not always what you say but how you say.”

    The nasty attitude of some BLP-ites or more accurately, judging by their adoring language, Mottley -ites is highly offensive and in some cases abusive. I do not see how this is constructive.

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  • That’s not true! Tron also uses the public buses from time to time to get really shaken by the loud music. A yellow bus or a ZR is much cheaper than a dance club 😉

    By the way, the increase of ticket prices was foreseeable since 2013. Why didn’t the parents take precautions long ago instead of living through the day?

    It will certainly be possible to find another excuse after the exam to sabotage the long overdue austerity measures. Since 2008 the population has had to know that austerity measures are unavoidable. Almost nothing has been done in the past ten years.

    You also have to take the perspective of the international creditors without actually making them yours. They wonder why they haven’t gotten any money for almost a year now, where there’s still partying on the island with increases in civil servants’ salaries, pensions and so on. I can assure you that the bosses of the financiers don’t care about the exact ticket price for school children. That may sound brutal, but it’s true.

    So you have to look at the whole dramaturgy: Only if the Prime Minister provokes an uprising here, she can credibly assure the international creditors that she is actually doing everything she can to reorganise the budget. This is part of a large-scale choreography that little minds don’t understand.

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  • You have just proved all my points –

    “little minds”. Well isn’t that nice!

    Gotta go out and about. I will be sure to engage the people whom you wish to persuade to “stay the course”. Your attitude surely is not persuasive. Methinks you do more harm than good with your “superior” self.

    PS. You come across as thoroughly enjoying the pain of the masses.

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  • So i rent a house as is i bring the ongoing problems tonthe land Lord.
    The land lord tells me that he going to raise the rent and not to worry the increase is all for the better
    This govt really got some nerve in 2019 to be pulling wool over the peoples eyes

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  • Donna,

    Read the newspaper, no need to get upset. Many Barbadians have to be careful not to expect too much from the current situation. Too many pastors as well as bureaucrats and QCs from DLP still want to convince people that everything can go on as before. Please take a look at Greece. Then you will learn what austerity really means. There’s no room for complaining in Barbados because of the microscopically small cuts.

    As predicted: “… tackles the problems and tries to solve them.” The Prime Minister, with her great energy, has quickly solved the problem of tickets for school children. With the DLP it would have taken months or years, with our dynamic Prime Minister only days.

    I think the discount for schoolchildren is also okay for the creditors because it is moderate.

    p.s. I am neither paid for my positive attitude nor am I a member of a party. I am just an observer who is fed up with 10 years of Sinckler’s reign of economic terror and doesn’t want to denigrate the attempts of the new government if it makes an honest effort. Where I disagree (e.g. dismantling the encrusted bureaucracy and the prospect of economic growth), I make this clear. I think my attitude is “fair and balanced”.

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  • @Tron

    It is unbelievable the economic hole and we have the many who refuse to remove the political scabs from their eyes.

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  • All roads to the PM.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants

    Is that a good model for the 21st century?

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  • Thompson’s legacy is free rides for school children on the TB buses, does this mean that when the schoolchildren travel on the newly “branded” TB vehicles that they would also be exempt from paying the fee?

    Details,details……

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Sarge
    …@1.13 the PM said FREE if they ride on TB ‘branded’ buses and NO MORE than $2.50 if they ride a PSV.
    What is still TBA is the cost of a new bus, and hence the investment required, and the return expected. Who will ‘manage the brand’ and at what stage is the 45% ownership of new buses by employees(??) to be effective.
    This “sounds’ like a horseracing syndicate, where the syndicate buys 120 horses and 45% of each is up for grabs, and the syndicate owners then participate in the costs and winnings of all horses owned, but the syndicate manager decides what horses are bought, who the trainer is to be and when/where the animal shall compete.

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  • Why did people have to throw a stink in order for govt to
    come to an undetstanding that the 3.50 increase was unconscionable
    What is the purpose for govt having a large cabinet and cart load of might advisors if they decisions are loaded with horse dung to make people sick.
    Govt decisions should not only be determined to suffice the IMF but should be made with a clear thought in mind that a small population predominately made of senior citizens and low income earners decisions made should meet the threshold of household affordability
    Govt seems to belive that getting a “dat a girl/ boy on the back from the IMF translates to good goverence while the society on which the people depends for proper guidance interaction and security diminishes
    This govt needs to be reminded every so often of its gladitor approach in its ten years of opposition in tearing down and opposing past govt measures as being unfair and ungodly when taxes were raised
    The hypocrisy of this govt shines bright
    Word on the ground is being to swell asking for this govt to Go

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Plse consider incompetence when considering this Mottley-led government. Three days after introducing a new transport policy the decision is reversed. You just could not make it up.
    More than that, it shows that BERT and the other supporting micro-policies have not been thought through. The entire policy is a disaster and, for this reason among many, will fail.
    After nine months in power, with a prime minister travelling more than an airline stewardess, the nation is seriously in need of good leadership and a roadmap. Barbados is a failed state.

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  • A govt that gloated and boasted for ten years of having the answers looking like stumbling keystone cops in a 11mth period in office practicing goverence
    Watch out for more of the same incompetence.
    God help us all

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  • @ Sargeant April 17, 2019 10:55 PM

    The refugee from London was our Nicolas Maduro.

    Thompson had no idea of economics and always lived at the taxpayer’s expense. A typical Barbadian bureaucrat.

    His legacy is a bankrupt country. No, Thompson is not a national hero, he is a total failure that history will one day throw into the dustbin – just like all the other DLP politicians of the past twenty years. They all come from the lower class, behave accordingly, have no idea of finances. But what else can we expect from such figures? If the family had no role model function, we cannot expect the children to become better. The “sick building syndrome” and the cesspool on the south coast clearly show that these figures may be suitable for pig keeping, but certainly not for the management of a state.That is the reason why I propose restricting the right to vote. The broad masses are totally incapable of ruling.

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  • @NO
    Thanks, my listening skills are not what they used to be, however, I learned something as I didn’t have a clue about horse racing syndicates, either you are a fan of the Sport of Kings or you approach it from the finance side.

    BTW there used to be a Barbados Day at Woodbine (no doubt due to the large numbers of Bajans employed there) which was combined with Barbados on the Water, the former is no more and the latter is to be held from Aug.16 to Aug 18 at Harbourfront Centre.

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  • David April 17, 2019 5:37 PM

    @Tron

    It is unbelievable the economic hole and we have the many who refuse to remove the political scabs from their eyes.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I would hope you are not referring to me. If you are I would suggest you reread my posts above. if you aren’t referring to me, please forgive me but I am sure you will understand that since Tron’s comments were directed at me it was an easy mistake to make.

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  • Now let me direct my little mind to those who believe they have a bigger one.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/04/18/bteditorial-lessons-to-be-gleaned-while-at-the-bus-stop/

    Now let me borrow from GP here as I think it will be more effective.

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    That’s not true! Tron also uses the public buses from time to time to get really shaken by the loud music. A yellow bus or a ZR is much cheaper than a dance club 😉

    THE OPERATIVE WORDS HERE ARE FROM TIME TO TIME. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A CHOICE. THAT MAKES IT A WHOLE LOT EASIER FOR YOU TO ENDURE. YOU HAVE ALREADY DEMONSTRATED A LACK OF CAPACITY FOR EMPATHY AND SO YOU SHALL REMAIN CLUELESS.

    By the way, the increase of ticket prices was foreseeable since 2013. Why didn’t the parents take precautions long ago instead of living through the day?

    WHEN ONE WORKS FOR MINIMUM PAY ONE HAS LITTLE WRIGGLE ROOM. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO SUPPORT THREE CHILDREN ON MINIMUM PAY? YOUR OBVIOUS LEVEL OF EDUCATION WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU HAVEN’T. NEITHER HAVE I BUT I DO NOT LACK THE CAPACITY FOR EMPATHY. YOU DO AND SO YOU SHALL REMAIN CLUELESS.

    It will certainly be possible to find another excuse after the exam to sabotage the long overdue austerity measures. Since 2008 the population has had to know that austerity measures are unavoidable. Almost nothing has been done in the past ten years.

    WRONG! AUSTERITY WAS DONE FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. MS. MOTTLEY DID NOT AGREE WITH THE AUSTERITY. NEITHER DID SHE AGREE WITH LARGE CABINETS AND EXORBITANT CONSULTANCY FEES. I AGREED WITH THE THEN MS. MOTTLEY. I STILL AGREE WITH THAT VERSION OF MS. MOTTLEY.

    You also have to take the perspective of the international creditors without actually making them yours. They wonder why they haven’t gotten any money for almost a year now, where there’s still partying on the island with increases in civil servants’ salaries, pensions and so on. I can assure you that the bosses of the financiers don’t care about the exact ticket price for school children. That may sound brutal, but it’s true.

    LITTLE SHENANIGANS WILL NOT FOOL INTERNATIONAL CREDITORS WHO I AM SURE ARE QUITE AWARE OF OUR DIRE STRAITS. INTERNATIONAL CREDITORS ARE INTERESTED IN RECOVERING THEIR MONEY. THEY ARE ALSO AWARE THAT AN UNSTABLE COUNTRY WITH POOR PRODUCTIVITY DUE TO POOR TRANSPORTATION AND A DEAD GOLDEN GOOSE OF TOURISM DUE TO RISING CRIME WILL BECOME A STONE FROM WHICH THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO DRAW BLOOD. WE HAVE HAD GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM FOR MANY YEARS. THEY ARE AWARE THAT WE SHALL BE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO REDEEM OURSELVES. THOUGH THEY WILL KEEP NIPPING AT OUR HEELS THEY WILL NOT BITE OFF OUR LEGS LIKE LOAN SHARKS AS THIS WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RECOVER THEIR MONEYS.

    So you have to look at the whole dramaturgy: Only if the Prime Minister provokes an uprising here, she can credibly assure the international creditors that she is actually doing everything she can to reorganise the budget. This is part of a large-scale choreography that little minds don’t understand.

    THE ONLY CHOREOGRAPHY I SEE HERE IS A VERSION OF THE JIVE. OR PERHAPS WE COULD CALL IT THE BIG FOOT. WE HAVE SEEN MANY BLUNDERS SO FAR THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY CHOREOGRAPHY SUCH AS YOU DESCRIBED. ONE CAN ONLY JUDGE ON PAST PERFORMANCE.

    PS. IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTING THE ADMINISTRATION AND ARE NOT PRIVY TO INSIDER INFORMATION I SUGGEST THAT YOUR INTERPRETATION OF THE EVENTS IS NO MORE VALID THAN MINE. THAT IS, UNLESS YOU ARE INDEED A HIGHER BEING WHO CAN READ MINDS.

    ALSO, THIS SMALL MIND PREDICTED ON ANOTHER BLOG THAT THINGS WOULD UNFOLD EXACTLY AS THEY HAVE DONE. IT WAS INEVITABLE.

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  • Hants April 17, 2019 6:39 PM

    All roads to the PM.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Very perceptive! In case you missed it …

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/04/18/bteditorial-lessons-to-be-gleaned-while-at-the-bus-stop/

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Sarge
    I was going to use a real estate trust, but there were different units, a horse is consistent like a bus, where one horse or route maybe better than others. An old bud is senior at WO so I am aware of the large Bajan contingent, come the summer I find my butt at my shack by the lake, so TO events take a back seat. I haven’t been to WO in years. I see the Bdos-Cda Ball folks now have a fund raising golf tourney at summers end, at the old Board of Trade Club in Woodbridge.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @ac
    nuff posts by you since, but you continue to duck a simple question…..when and how should we expect to see a return on the $6 Billion investment in the social economy?

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  • @ Northern Observer,
    @ Mariposa

    We cannot borrow short and lend long, that is the economics of the mad house. Infrastructural debt must be (is best) repaid over generations. Afterall, the benefits are spread over generations. That is good economic planning.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @HA
    you refer to ‘infrastructural debt’….I am aware of the debt….where is the infrastructure?

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  • Dr. Worrell states that the external debt agreement is still in negotiations
    Could it be that the creditors have taken a hard lined position in not accepting govt proposals because of Mia decision to default

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  • NorthernObserver

    Yep, they are still negotiating. Be assured, once an agreement is reached, maybe not the full contents within, but the fact an agreement has been reached, will be a major news story.
    And don’t be confused….default means not abiding by the terms and conditions under which a financial instrument is issued, so they are negotiating because of the decision to default. The hard line position or any other, is because their job is to secure the best deal they can. This is where your favourite White Oaks gets to show how good they are.

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