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.

 

 

 

 

 

350 comments

  • Frank has never been frank. The productivity discourses were never intended to increase worker compensation. Instead they were about the extaction of larger amount by corporations. And they have succeeded, mightily.

    Frank, frankly, must come to know the hard limitations of that which has defined his existence

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  • David

    Your sometimes detractors will find no more truthful, level-headed, independent, nationalistic comment in any other space, we guarantee.

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  • ECONOMIST SIR FRANK ALLEYNE

    LOTS OF HEAT, BUT VERY LITTLE LIGHT!

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    Based on what Sir Frank Alleyne is stating, we have failed to act. This failure to act was recognised from 1991. From 1991 we have had 3 changes of party and 4 new PMs. But it seems that it was business as usual. Maybe it will be different under MAM. But the themes so far in this sorry soap opera we call governance in Barbados has being what many here on BU have identified.

    We talk nuff nuff and do very little. We conflate productivity with the actions of doing alot of nothing-ness. As the say “much to do about nothing”. Furthermore we can see this “nasty behaviour” on full display in the national character of the society. For example we have plenty laws governing the majority of “bad behaviours” but we often have little or no “fair enforcement”. The PSV subculture is a great example of letting or feeding the dragon that will eventually get so large that you better feed it or it will feed on you. Look at the number of court proceedings that are in limbo. Traffic offences that take years before seeing the light of day in a courtroom. The lack of maintenance on things that everybody knows will fail eventually. We have intelligent persons on the island. We know what we have to do, but we just prefer to fail in the execution of these tasks/duties. I just guess that 2 outta 3 is a passing grade (66%) . B minus?

    Our motto. is “Pride and Industry”. We still have some of both; and perhaps too much of the former. I am suggesting we revise the national motto. I suggest. “Pride ; Industry and Procrastination”. Cause we know what we have to do; we know how to do it(industry). We are not ashamed of letting other know this(Pride). But in the end we prefer if someone else will do it for us?(Procrastination)

    On another note; if we continue this duopoly as it; we are destined to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over only by different actors. That is why i call Barbados a “soap opera” a low budget performance & production on the world stage of things. Where our themes and plots basically remain the same(we are into recycling and reusing) but with new actors(MPs & PMs) and characters doing the character portrayals. Our “soap opera” is now in its 53rd years of continuous release. Mind you the internet is just another way of watching the same episodes. So dont think the mere application of internet technology will save our sorry asses; or wrapping what we do in a technology blanket will be the magic elixir.

    Just musing.

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  • Another example to add to the sorry state of our transportation industry is waste disposal. We assign greater priority to building a state of the art building for BWA and SSA (unoccupied) and are unable to buy one garbage truck or fix 100 year old rusty mains. We justify land tax because it is a scarce resource however we do not see the urgency to move away from landfills as the waste disposal method. If the items mentioned ate all described as public goods why have we not exercised the acumen and best management practice to ensure best management? Is it fair to conclude that the ROI on the education investment post 1966 is below the accepted benchmark? We preach a lie then about literacy level?

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  • AS FAR BACK AS MID 80’S ON A WALK FROM VAUCLUSE, COLIN HUDSON TOLD THE STOP AND STARE GROUP ABOUT A BAJAN IN THE UK WHO WAS AN EXPERT IN DEALING WITH GARBAGE, WHO HAD A PROPOSAL TO INCINERATE THE GARBAGE AND SIMULTANEOUSLY CONVERT THE HEAT ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY FOR TRANSFER TO THE NATIONAL ELECTRICITY RESOURCES.

    IT WAS SCOFFED AT BY THE OMNISCIENT BLP………..NOW NON-SCIENT

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  • Reason why this govt will fail
    Is because of not having a growth plan
    Having Big Mout cuntsultants eating out the Treasury
    Following unrealistic austerity measures on models only which large countries can bear
    Govt efforts to reverse this economy is all but a forgone conclusion of bitter instead of BEtter with the Better meantfor the haves and the bitter for the have nots

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  • Big Mout consultants
    BIG MOUT FETES
    Big Mout tax waivers
    Big Mout plans about We Gathering
    All does not add up to a Growth Plan for the economy
    Barbados asked for Better and was handed Bitter
    Come on govt promises made makes for good policy when kept
    Enough of govt BIG Mout knee jerk solutions

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  • @Sir Fuzzy
    “On another note; if we continue this duopoly as it; we are destined to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over only by different actors. That is why i call Barbados a “soap opera” a low budget performance & production on the world stage of things. Where our themes and plots basically remain the same(we are into recycling and reusing) but with new actors(MPs & PMs) and characters doing the character portrayals. Our “soap opera” is now in its 53rd years of continuous release. Mind you the internet is just another way of watching the same episodes. So dont think the mere application of internet technology will save our sorry asses; or wrapping what we do in a technology blanket will be the magic elixir.”

    The history and future of Barbados in a single paragraph.
    We can now all walk away from BU
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    “Barbados is a tiny island and if well managed with realistic objectives should satisfy the purpose of government.”

    One would have to be a fool not to realize that a well managed Barbados would be a sweet place to live. However, we seem to attract the bottom feeders as leaders, and we continue to drop in our weight-class.

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    ” 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. ”

    I merged the two thoughts together.

    Slowly but surely, the idea that citizens must share some of the responsibility for the fix that we find ourselves in. Barbadians need to be honest with themselves.

    Is the sewage crisis over or is there no more political mileage in this issue? Cahill was a bad plan for the DLP, is it still bad plan or will it be rescued and proclaimed as a masterstroke?

    Can we survive the metamorphosis of Sandals from a beautiful butterfly to a greedy caterpillar?

    Is ‘up’ still ‘up’ or is it ‘down”.

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  • AC

    Your comment would have also been apt had it appeared between 2008 -2018.

    We wonder why the lengthy delay.

    None of the variables are significantly different! Austerity is austerity.

    And the OSA edit about ‘growth’ cannot continue for ever in these circumstances. It’s a fool’s errand! For there is only one Barbados to sell-out and RE demand patterns have radically changed. No more easy credit!

    You’re not a fool, are you?

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  • Not only has OSA made mention of growth plan but commonsense dictates that govt cannot expect to continue to borrow absent of how those finances would be repaid which should come from a substantial and significant source aptly applied true growth
    It is an economical fact which many households will adhere to pay debt brought about by proper economic planning to which jobs are crtical

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  • Here we have Mascoll talking about ” money in peoples hand” without a recognition that the value of that money daily decreases with the everday increases in food and taxes
    And Mottley relying on the diaspora spend for The Gathering
    So then tell how far and wide would these smoke and mirror plans take barbados further away from Austerity without the need of having a reliable and ready source of income that is not attached to Outside sources for financing

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Whatever happened tot he biennial Diaspora conference government used to have?

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  • Another example is transparency legislation. Tom Adams promised to deliver and it was blocked by the DLP in the 70s, the bill died in committee. In 2007 David Thompson promised it in 200, died and Stuart stated existing was sufficient.

    Last week we had Dale Marshall promising anti corruption legislation in 3 months.

    The political class laughing at we.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    From a joker who refused to lift a finger to properly regulate the corrupt insurance industry despite repeatedly getting info.

    Just another useless talking head with a useless title..what is an economist anyway, why does the island have so many of them and how come none of them have any working solutions for the economy.0…steupps..

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  • A not so gentle reminder to the government we need to hear about the plan for the NIS fund. We know it is in a bad state. The public deserves an honest conversation. Successive governments have acted irresponsibly taking decisions with the NIS. The last government can only be blamed for taking it to a next level because of the economic situation and lazy management thing.

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  • No TheO, we cannot now all walk away from BU. We have to keep repeating it until others get a clue. If necessary we must copy and save the comment for future pasting.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu

    Piece , which David is he?

    Except for the first paragraph, this is David Bu’s ( whoever he is ) essay. It does not connect with anything attributed to Sir Frank Alleyne in the opening paragraph.
    It is a catalogue of the perceived sins of the two parties that formed the GoB since 1986.

    Austerity may be rhetoric to most commentators, but it is reality for the lower and middle classes of this society.
    The truth is that former administrations managed as best they could with the intellectual and financial resources they had.

    This administration will have to do the same. One does not step into the same river twice. Each situation is different.
    I think the current administration underestimated the magnitude of the problem and were caught by surprise. They were overwhelmed and may have overreacted. Time will tell. From this forum I warned about the potential underestimation of the issues/ problems. These were underplayed and winning the election appeared to have been the urgent objective.
    The election has been won and reality has stepped in. There is only one rational direction to go;that is upward.

    There is no room for smoke screens and mirrors. We have had enough of them. Let us move ahead despite the challenges. That is what life is about. Why are many of us squandering this opportunity to punch above our weight and to leave a national and social legacy?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    WARU

    Where are your credible solutions?
    We cannot Google and paste ourselves out of this one. Cut and paste is a mirror that you have to put down …face down. You only disorienting the political class. LOL!!!!

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  • David

    Despite your good intentions, it may well be time for you to finally accept what we have long determined.

    One, that the social services, including the NIS are going to be dismantled. And every government in Barbados has known this to be the case.

    Two, there will NEVER be a government of Barbados which would enact, even as mild as it would be, serious integrity legislation. We have long told you that the country needs more than that. It needs a constitutional right to recall. But yuh won’t hear!

    Both of these are part of a general tendency to impoverish the masses, again, and make a few people very wealthy. It’s a global trend.

    All of these social insurance systems are being deliberately made to fail. Not only in Barbados, everywhere else as well.

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  • If you do not want to exercise your brain ‘muscle’ dont blame the blogmaster. The theses of the blog is that the economic Czar appointed by a DLP government identified problems then that we are still battling. The issues transcend political lines. No need to be anchored in linear thinking.

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  • PLEASE DO NOT SAY brain ‘muscle’ …….PLEASE PLEASE
    IT IS ANATOMICALLY AND PHYSIOLOGICALLY INCORRECT
    THERE IS NO SUCH THING

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  • @Pacha

    The predicament of the fund is vivid with the blogmaster because it is another example of an inevitable predictability. instead we have actors like Justin Robinson, Toney Marshall, Jepter Ince eta al who have presided over the fund going about their business reputations intact. Instead we have self proclaimed advocates of justice on this blog see value in attacking the blogmaster instead of focussing on the message and issues at large. We like it so?

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  • @GP

    Thanks for the correction. It was used in brackets for the reason you know well!

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  • Hal good quedtion
    Guess when govt change things are done differently
    I guess present govt plan is to expedite a growth plan from which begging the Diaspora to chip in is enough

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  • Continuing the critique. A few weeks ago the ailing minister of education promised the country a revamp of the education system. She admitted for all to watch and listen her predecessors denied that that the current system is inadequate and redundant to our needs. We await the update.

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  • David

    There is nothing incorrect with saying ‘brain muscle’ within a linguistic context.

    The tradition of poetic license gives you and everybody else the right to say such and the whole world knows its meaning, except one.

    There are a lot of things/people, like a unicorn or jesus which never existed but when evoked in language we have a general sense of what is meant.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “You only disorienting the political class. LOL!!!!”🎁🎁

    lol..now if i had claimed to be an economist…i would get results..by actually fixing the economy….

    if i had claimed to be a Prime Minister…i would get results WITHOUT BURDENING THE TAXPAYERS BY HIRING million dollar CONSULTANTS..

    if i had claimed to be an attorney general…i would get results without all the bullshit talk and lack of vision..

    but i only blog…so i can only get results from blogging…

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  • And wunna expect me to waste my time? A jackass here believes that saving $23M would stop “burdening the taxpayers” when the TB alone requires $40M annually and the public sector wage bill is $800M+ per year. Look I gone.🖐🏾

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  • David first lets start by asking govt if the loans which were accesed to entities via the NI S were paid back
    And what happened to the balance of payments by those entities which were not paid back to govt
    These kind of questions are applicable for all to stay the course

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “burdening the taxpayers” when the TB alone requires $40M annually and the public sector wage bill is $800M+ per year. Look I gone”

    It’s quite possible..if yall bring back the 120,000 offshore accounts….problem solved…ah sure there are a couple billions lying around offshore..public sector wage bill…PAID..

    ..get rid of the parasite Peter Harris and CGI off the taxpayers…wrap up that fraudulent BLP contract…over 20 years is TOO LONG…

    see…things are looking better already…

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  • Tongue in cheek..
    The problems are known, solutions are known, so we can all go home.

    All of us know that tough times and tough battles are ahead

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  • I just love my leader. He runs in. throws a few random words in the air, calls a few people names, put up a hashtag or mentions Greece……
    Look I gone.🖐🏾

    (silly me. here sitting and trying to get the message.)
    #WeMugabitersNeedOneMessage
    #NotGettingTheMemos
    #NotOnTHeSamePage
    #LookIGone.🖐🏾

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  • Well then, will the 23 million soon have the effect of lifting the burden off the taxpayers? Shall we receive value for money? 23 million x 5 = 115 million . Think what we could do with that over the course of five years!

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  • Can we debate the issues for a change and leave the ad hominems at the door?

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  • By the way, it is the opinion of many historians that Jesus did exist. The real question is – is he who he said he is.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    No visionaries = the people perish

    visionaries will come forward when we get rid of the current blind parasites…we cannot make them see, but we can remove them.

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  • Frank Alleyne is part of the problem, not its solution. I remember that he advised the insane and intellectually less gifted Big Sinck. Alleyne has kept his mouth shut for ten years under the terror rule of his DLP. Now, after the BLP has won a grandiose election victory, he comes out of the hole like all the other DLP cronies and stabs the government in the back during the BERT program.

    Alleyne is the typical product of local education. All his life he has never worked hard physically and has always lived at the expense of the taxpayer. A typical Barbadian bureaucrat.

    The problem is not the slight social cuts in the IMF program, but the fact that most academic natives on the island (including this Alleyne) are far too arrogant to realize that they have driven the island into the abyss with their delusion and belief in Barrow´s rotten welfare state.

    Alleyne should discard his knighthood and apologize to the people for the economic crimes he supported under Big Sinck. The man is a disgrace to the nation. But we all know that he has no morals and is far too arrogant to apologize to the people.

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  • The quote by Alleyne is dated. Read with understanding.

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  • Many historian also believed that the earth was flat too. Where is the independently varifiable evidence that this jesus ever live?

    And how could it be possible that such a man lived and there are no markings anywhere?

    This writer is currently investigating africans living in brazil more than 100,000 years ago and all kinds of historiographies are being unearthed and you could tell us that such a monumental character could have existed in the shadows of the Great Kemetic civilization and there are no symbols, no archeological sources of evidence, joke!

    And we could go on.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ WARU at 2:28 PM

    “remove them”, and replace them with what? More” blind parasites”? That was your solution last time. Surely you can do better than this? Are you sure that is/was the correct diagnosis? WARU you need to dig deeper.

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  • @ Tron,

    Spot on. Most of these people did their studies n the 1960s and 70s, then they started teaching using the same old notes they used as students. What has Alleyne ever contributed to economic knowledge? A big fish in a small pond.
    In the meantime the world has moved on, but they are trapped in a sub-intellectual world. It is rotating mediocrity – or learning/teaching by rote.
    All this is underpinned by an intellectually lazy press lacking in curiosity that constantly runs to the same people to comment on the same old developments and they say the same old things.
    (Sometime ago a senior journalist on one of the publications in Barbados asked for help/guidance. I replied that I was willing to help, but must be paid. S/he has not been in touch since. Had I been a lawyer no doubt they would have gladly paid).
    Culture is important, and the way we conduct our public debates is central to how we development as a nation. Just look at BERT, lots of waffle and no substance. Where are the academics?
    Just look at BU and you will see the chairman/moderator talks more than the contributors and I am not convinced he knows anything about policy, finance or economics. That tells you a lot. This is the level of Bajan debate. The rum shop.

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  • There were many persons who came claiming to be the Messiah. He was considered unimportant by most. The few ultimately became the many.

    You may believe what you wish. I shall return to the subject of the Rhetoric of Austerity.

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  • The elephant in Tron’s room is the corruption of the political class. What role did corruption play in the demise of Barbados. Was it the “welfare state” or the corruption of those who administered it that did us in?

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  • Successive governments have reveled in the success of Oba and Ryan. They experienced the recognition world class athletes can heap on an under resourced country. They observe how Jamaica and the Bahamas have weaved sports into the development of the young people and country. Then there is the parallel sub programs which capture young people benefiting from scholarships overseas etc. The former minister of sports promised a national youth policy. He promised a national track and field stadium. The people wait meekly for the promises of politicians to be fulfilled.

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  • Bottoms up! Cheers! What are you having?

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “Surely you can do better than this? Are you sure that is/was the correct diagnosis? WARU you need to dig deeper.”

    This is how reality works…you will have a REAL LEADER…who either

    has not been born yet..

    is still growing…

    but until then..ya have to make do…ya got rid of the blighted parasitic DLP…one down

    just to get rid of the blighted BLP….

    ….send a message so the wannabes will see that it will not be going down like before….the message must be even louder and clearer…..than May 24-25th.

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  • It’s not us dealing in ‘belief’

    We seek evidence for what to claim to ‘know’

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at 3:07 PM
    I think you are misleading BU household.Academics do not stop reading,researching and publishing. I am sure they do not in your country of adoption nor do they in the UWI. It is mandatory for lecturers to do research and publish in order to get promoted to the next level. Sir Frank Alleyne reached the level of Professor. He met the requirements for preferment to such. I would appreciate your not trying to pass judgement on fellow Barbadians about whom you know nothing or little. I know that you know better.

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  • You know, one man’s evidence is another man’s lies.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    Riddle me this.

    In a country that has for over four decades has had many fellow nationals that took advantage of the free university education. Barbados has or have more university graduates that it had in the 1960s or 1970s or 1980s. U get my drift we are producing more and more and as time proceeds. We should be getting more intelligent and better able to handle our own affairs as the knowledge pools grows?

    But with soo many qualified persons in the form of university 1st 2nd and 3rd degrees why has Barbados failed or is in such a state that we are in. I honestly dont think education is the reason for our current predicament; and education alone may not be the answer to moves us upwards and away from the berth we now find ourselves..

    Something is missing or was taken or something added to the secret sauce that carried Barbados to where were are now but apparently by-passing or detouring from where we need to be. Did we over steer or under the steer the ship?

    Just asking.

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  • And the beat goes on.

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  • The blogmaster continues the critique.

    This week we listened to our minister respond to some unexplained obligation to attend the opening of a Burger King. Is the blogmaster missing something? Are we serious about launching an agriculture program to support a national focus on that sector with the knockon benefit of healthy living?

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  • Ah… the wonders of free market capitalism! All over the world great wealth is being created. The ultra rich pocket it all whilst the people who labour to create the wealth wait for the pennies to fall through the holes in their pockets. The ultra rich lobby/bribe the politicians to govern on their behalf.

    So….. it is not that wealth isn’t being created. It is not that the people do not work hard. It is the distribution of the wealth that is the main problem.

    Now, in Barbados we do all need to work harder. But we shall labour in vain if corruption at the top is not addressed. Government workers can become as efficient as robots, whatever is saved by efficiency shall end up in the same corrupt pockets. It shall NEVER be enough because for the greedy NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS ENOUGH.

    This is not an ideological problem. This is a people problem. Starting at the top.

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  • @ David, who asked ” Are we serious about launching an agriculture program to support a national focus on that sector with the knockon benefit of healthy living ? ”

    As long as the merchant class can find USA dollars to import Chichita bananas and corn flakes there will be no real effort to increase food production.

    However you will see an increase in backyard farming as the economy flat lines.

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  • David
    What,s wrong with you today. Taking no prisoners and sharing some heavy blows, left, right and centre

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  • @ Vincent,

    Evidence? Where is the critique of BERT? Where did the flawed economic policies of the Stuart-led DLP get us?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Sirfuzzy at 4:37 PM

    The truth is that we are in uncharted waters. So yes . There was a bit of under-steering and over-steering. You must be aware that we are a small fish in a big pond and we do get caught in undertows that are not of our own making. You may recall that the problem started in the USA with a virtual meltdown of their financial system. It spread to Europe and the ripple effects eventually reached us. The USA currency is a world reserve currency. The USA can and did create money to salvage its economy. Such luxury is not part of our recovery arsenal.
    We are bullied into balancing our budgets and The current accounts of our Balance of Payments. The USA, UK, France seldom balance theirs. They borrow or are lent funds by Surplus countries.
    It is a bit long ; but I hope that it answers some of your questions.

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  • @Vincent

    How does what you suggest explain a chaotic transport sector?

    How does it explain a Court system suffering from judicial constipation?

    To name only two examples.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Pachamama the Sojourner.

    Have you seen it too?

    I am going to hazard these 2 explanations.

    The BU blog has been featuring too many anti-Mugabe threads, or threads which have consistently shown that Mugabe IS NOT THE CHAMPION OF THE POOR BLACK MAN & THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT IS BECOMING POORER EVERY SINGLE TIME SHE OPENS HER MOUTH.

    The strategy that was being promoted by the Mugabe regime was one of submitting a deluge of Nuffanarian topics.

    But the Honourable Blogmaster for whatever reason answered and said no.

    People started speaking threateningly to him and, reputedly, he decided that he was not going to muzzle himself on account of anyone

    He pun duty today and he going stand up for what is right as it relates to this SPECIFIC TOPIC at least.

    Frank Alleyne represents what is wrong with this country UNDER EITHER ADMINISTRATION

    He is the cadre of negrocrats who is hired and paid big money, yet toes the line for inferior superiors like Big Sincks Chris Decimals Bond, and in that process our country dies.

    So this is an apolitical topic which ent going offend many people, other than Frank, and Mariposa.

    But he can speak relative freely.

    As Barbados rolls fully under the regime of denial of freedom of speech, you are going to notice how the timbre of free speech is going to be dumbed down.

    Watch and see if what de ole man says is true.

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  • @ Vincent,

    What do you mean by uncharted waters; we have been experiencing these problems since 2008/9. We are indeed a small fish in a big pond, but if we try to punch above our weight we cannot complain when we get squeezed. We are caught in an economic trap which neither our politicians nor academics can get us out of.
    This government came to power and within a week had recklessly defaulted on its local and dollar-denominated debt without any proper explanation. Why? Nobody bullies us in to anything; if you want to borrow, then the lender attaches conditions. If you do not like the conditions, then don’t borrow.
    France does not have any balance of payments problems because it is a member of the Euro and the UK is having its own political problems. The global economy s slowing down and BERT promises growth within four years. Where from? What is the theory underpinning BERT?
    In case you have forgotten, the role of public intellectuals is to educate the public, discuss policy in public; failure to do that is to fail in their mission.
    All over the world and across different languages people are taking part in debates. Where are the Caribbean participants? Tomorrow Sunday I am going to buy four newspapers, all of which will be discussing Brexit and the economy. The letters pages will be full of letters from academics and policy analysts; there will be serious programmes on radio and TV, not just rum shop phone-ins.
    Promoting time servers is not the same as promoting on merit. By so doing the society is the poorer for it. We are reduced to people Googling and then cutting and pasting. Taxpayers deserve better. Stop making excuses.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu at 5:20 PM

    You ,like the other 280K of us, facilitated the decline in these sectors by not calling out “unacceptable” and insisting that the wrongs be righted.

    Many did not pay their fair share of taxes or user fees. Every one wanted goods and services but wanted some one else to pay for them. Party in office afraid to lose elections ,did not levy nor collect taxes. I am sure you get the drift. Stop the pretense. Do.

    Your questions David BU are rhetorical. We thrashed these issues several times on BU.

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  • BU facilitated the decline?

    Check the BU archives from 2007. The same concerns being recycled. The apologist hat does not fit you.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal at 5 :33 PM

    And none of your European countries have solved their problems. Is that not so? Why do you expect us to solve all of ours overnight. The world is a Global Village we see your economic and social problems as fast as they are created. In my early life the pot used to call the kettle black. You Hal are still doing it.

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  • @ Vincent,

    My European countries? Am I a European? I do not expect our problems to be solved by magic; what I do expect is a clear pathway, a vision. Is that too much to ask?
    Pot calling kettle black is nonsense. What is your argument? What are the polices to rescue our economy, and in so doing our society? Cut out the waffle about global village and argue seriously. What is the economic theory underpinning BERT?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    I as one who by training and experience follow economic developments know that some problems cannot and will not be solved overnight. I unlike some pretenders know that
    technocrats are prevented from from taking early corrective action by persons not authorized to do so.

    @ Hal

    Talk is cheap. It is the implementation that separates the mout’ giants from the competent.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “So….. it is not that wealth isn’t being created. It is not that the people do not work hard. It is the distribution of the wealth that is the main problem.”

    That is why there is no valid reason for the island to be in its current state of degradation…

    That is why i take no prisoners…

    that is why the Mia government needs to be exposed and stay exposed…in “watch muh nuh ” style…she said it herself…

    They have all …. both governments… committed horrible crimes against 3 generations of their own people..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at 5 :55PM

    Please direct your questions to the appropriate Public officers. Did you hear that I have been appointed a minister of Government? Am I a consultant? What use is the information to you? You are in no position to affect anything. So chill. Enjoy the journey like everybody else.

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  • @ Vincent,

    You are playing games again. Let us talk economic policy. Is BERT h answer to our problems? If so, explain? Cut out the nonsense about talk is cheap; let us make it more expensive.
    So there is no misunderstanding, I suggest that BERT will fail because the theory underlining is confused? Do you agree or not? I suggest defaulting on domestic debt, especially retail debt, was not only irresponsible, but bad monetary policy. Do you agree? If so why? If not why not? I say the government has no overall vision. Do you agree? If not, why not?

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  • @ Vincent,

    We are discussing ideas, or do you want to opt out of that?

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  • The critique continues:-

    Part of fanning the non traditional opportunities read to veer from our lazy dependence on the traditional sectors of the economy was meant to nurture the Creative Industries. BU was there when the Creatives call for the restoration of the Empire Theatre to be their home. The last government instead approved the site as a small brewery for Mark Maloney. The Barbados Cultural Industries Unit has been a casualty of BERT and its responsibilities- opaque though they are- absorbed by the NCF.

    Along with a relevant youth program this is another industry that fits the eye of the youth. How can a country prosper if the youth see no opportunity to actualise. To make/be that difference?

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  • Hal Austin ,England where you reside cannot solve the brexit issue ,do they have a growth plan?or are they a failed state?.you overseas bajans on here bellyaching everyday and are know alls about everything under the sun.Who elected you, Piece ,Gazzerts,Waru or the disrespectful SSS who has been berating the blog master and had it been me would have ban her and Piece long time,let them form their own blog.David BU you have the patience of job.

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  • I thought we were agreed that there is no growth strategy in this phase of the Bert programme. Silly me!

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    If i were to call a spade a spade. Am i a hater or a truth teller. If i rebel against the government of the day, am i a freedom fighter or a terrorist? One man terrorist is another man freedom fighter. I just depends on what side of the action(s) you choose to take up your vantage point.

    Just musing

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at 6 :22 PM

    My views on BERT was posted on this Blog already. I do not repeat myself. Why rehash the same points over and over again. The GoB has made some adjustments. Why are you attempting to make me spokesman for something in which I had no input. I do not argue for argue sake. That is not my remit . Sorry to p*** on your parade.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “Who elected you.”

    Good thing about that, we can’t be voted out in spectacular fashion either…..thrown out of parliament on our rear ends…come next election…guh down, guh down, guh down in history…

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  • Hal.you cutting some real backsides in the rum shop
    Give them hell Hal.there only retort would be to cuss
    These morons coming to fight you toe toe are nothing more than empty numbskulls meking nuff noise
    This govt came in to power meking nuff noise also can now be branded empty numbskull meking no noise
    No growth plan = more taxes and retrenched workers
    God help our social enviroment.

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  • Whatever happened tot he biennial Diaspora conference government used to have?
    +++++++++++++
    That was the brainchild of the former Gov’t this Gov’t wants nothing to do with anything that has the fingerprints of the DLP, instead it is promoting some silly “we gathering”’ exercise.

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  • We Gathering is this govt idea of a growth plan.
    Beg the diaspora to come spend money and open accounts afterwards Mottley can change law make unilateral decisions to spread her humongous paws at will
    What govt fails to realise is that the people in the dispora read and listen to world news across all sectors

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  • Here is what the high rate of water in partvdue to tax hike is about to do the pig farmers
    But the best part is Indra Weir response
    Little bit more of the farmers complaing. Weir might have told them where to go with there complaints

    This week, president of the Barbados Agriculture Society (BAS) Woodville Alleyne-Jones complained that pig farming was on the verge of collapsing under the hefty weight of water and tax bills.

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  • https://www.pressreader.com/barbados/sun-barbados

    So what now contractors lament that they might lose on on barbados biggest project in twenty years
    Meanwhile their workers dit idle or on the breadline looking for work

    This govt had shown time and time again in 11 months of goverence an inability to understand the reality of barbados harsh economic conditions and what is vital to the the barbadian household
    Another reason why Hyatt project is stalled and the Bay street corridor is still in a state of degradation

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  • https://www.pressreader.com/barbados/sun-barbados

    So what now contractors lament that they might lose on on barbados biggest project in twenty years
    Meanwhile their workers sit idle or on the breadline looking for work

    This govt has shown time and time again in 11 months of goverence an inability to understand the reality of barbados harsh economic conditions and what is vital to the the barbadian household
    Another reason why Hyatt project is stalled and the Bay street corridor is still in a state of degradation

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  • @ Vincent,

    I am sorry I missed your views on BERT. That you do not want to repeat them is your prerogative. But this is a discussion blog, a free market of ideas, not parliament, and I expect you to advance your ideas and defend them when challenged, not to be a spokesman for the government.
    I must point out that I am familiar with Bajan discursive culture, the refusal to debate, the casual “you may have the last word” nonsense, the making bold statements and then running away from discussion. I know it well. It is a cultural problem.
    I have also spent a working life with people prepared to defend their ideas and not hide behind qualifications (just look at the members of the UK parliament and see how many publish their academic qualifications).
    You are not urinating on my parade; you, and many others, can run but you cannot hide. Whether you say it or not, you are part of a culture of mediocrity, of learning by rote, of defending the indefensible.
    BERT has no economic foundations; you and the architects of the programme can put a case, if there is one, and I will challenge it. I am quite willing to participate in any discussion – in print or on radio – with any of the architects of BERT.

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  • @SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)
    You have a point there. From my perspective I think there is a lack of belief in self. If you have no self confidence that you can achieve an objective, then failure is to be expected. When I was in charge of the Experimental Food Laboratory I put a proposal to the late Dr. Lionel Smith. I proposed that since the main input into rations for non-ruminant livestock was protein ,that we devise a way to get protein from the by products of agricultural waste. Proteins are a major input and are expensive. The idea was to use continuous fermentation techniques to grow single -cell protein(yeast),which have on a dry weight basis over forty percent protein. We search around for funding and got some from the Organization of American States to purchase a New Brunswick bio-digester. All the quotations were obtained and then the whole idea was side-lined and forgotten. No explanation was given.. Similarly with the Instant yam product. Professor Wilson wrote me from Trinidad indicating a willingness on the part of the Trinidadian government to fund a plant in Barbados and to purchase all of the instant yam Barbados could produce for use in their school meals program. I forwarded the letter to Dr. Smith who was very keen to facilitate the project. He took the information to the relevant authorities. That was the end of the whole thing. No explanation was given. The lack of belief in self when combined with the fact that there are too many lawyers running the affairs locally, result in a static-state situation

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  • poorpeacefulandpolite

    The country’s weakness is not worker productivity – it’s WORKER-MANAGEMENT UNDER SUCCESSIVE LABOUR GOVERNMENTS. It’s time to dump this slavish obsession with political and economic labourism and become more pragmatic. The world no longer shelters the “small man” or his society . . . and we have had enough time and examples in the region to choose free market economies over a set of policies that will lead us inevitably to the disastrous socialism we are seeing in Venezuela. There is now a Third Way: It’s called Centrism/

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  • Centrism . The name sounds good. Now explain what it is.

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  • Lorenzo
    April 13, 2019 7:01 PM

    “you overseas bajans on here bellyaching everyday and are know alls about everything under the sun.Who elected you, ”

    Lorenzo,

    I have tried to take a dispassionate look at some of the forces and factors which have led to the destruction of the Barbadian economy.
    Each time I engage in this unproductive intellectual exercise, I find myself focusing on the meteoric rise of corruption and the attendant steep, precipitous decline of service and positive management practices within the Barbadian civil service. I cannot help but notice the clear, recognizable signs of insatiable greed oozing out of the pores of individual politicians who stupidly feel that the Barbadian treasury houses an infinite level of bullion which has been stored only to provide a passport to riches for them, their family, and their parasitic friends.
    I think about so-called private sector entrepreneurs whose business models are constructed solely on paying bribes for government contracts up front, and then grabbing taxpayers’ money after providing shoddy or no deliverables.
    I think about the attitude of the professional class- the doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, engineers etc – and their perennial practice of tax evasion.
    I think about resident Barbadians who are anxiously sitting and waiting for an invitation to sip and slurp at the trough of easy-flowing taxpayers’ money.
    Against a background of rampant social, political, and economic decay, I give thanks to the Lord for motivating “overseas” Barbadians to always send money and barrels to assist their brothers and sisters residing on the island. They do this without bellyaching, and without being elected.

    This leads me to finally think about the biggest problem that we face. The whole world has become clannish, and everybody is uniting and rallying around banners of nationalism, racism etc. Not so with Barbadians. We are going in a different direction which embraces disunity, self-loathing, and ignorance.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Walter Blackman at 11:33 AM

    Excellent diagnosis. Rather, I concur with your observations.

    There are a lot of Barbadians who share your frustration. Some decide to fight on. Many have given up.

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  • But in my mind i cannot understand how Mia would fight one entity on concessions
    While on the other hand open the treasury to pay miilion dollar consultants to do nothing in manner of ways to help barbadian households
    Can some one please explain

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  • Mr. Blackman

    An excellent contribution……. as usual.

    Mariposa

    Judging from a noticeable change in the construct of your contributions and the manner in which you articulate your points, it seems a though members of Verla’s camp have joined the consortium and are giving you some guidance, which is a good thing.

    Unfortunately, however, word on the streets is that, for the past few months, several DEMS have been engaging in some level of secretive planning to oust Verla soon.

    Can you or someone please explain?

    Just asking (for friend).

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  • Walter Blackman

    Vincent Codrington
    April 13, 2019 5:15 PM

    “The truth is that we are in uncharted waters.”

    Vincent,
    In an effort not to be long-winded, bloggers must try to get over their ideas as succinctly as possible. Unfortunately, rather than understand and accept a role of expanding and ventilating important ideas that did not get enough discussion, too many bloggers naturally focus on pulling the writer down.

    The weight of your statement which I quoted above runs the risk of being easily missed.
    We, as taxpayers, pay billions of dollars every year for policy “makers” and policy “enforcers” to put their brains together and devise a workable development plan for Barbados. These development plans are supposed to be written blueprints just waiting for execution. They are supposed to point the country in the direction of growth.

    It seems like only yesterday that PM Owen Arthur was telling Barbadians that Barbados was doing so well, that the development plan was being followed so closely, that we could rest assured our beloved nation will be achieving first world status by 2020.

    This is 2019, and just when we are supposed to rejoice at the fact that we have a 1st world heath care delivery system in place, just when we are supposed to feel proud that enough linkages had been created to integrate our economy and provide opportunities for our young people, just when we are supposed to be proudly rejoicing over the fact that we have an efficient and effective justice delivery system befitting a 1st world country, a blogger going by the name of Vincent Codrington comes on BU and truthfully tells Barbadians that where we are today was never a planned destination. We have ended up in a place that is not on our map.The planning exercises, the development plans and the associated billions of dollar spent were all part of a sick, criminal public relations gimmick.

    The politicians have brought us to a point where we can’t help but think of an airplane pilot taking us out on the tarmac and leaving us there. The plane has not moved, but yet we hear an announcement saying “We are making our final descent. Flight attendants prepare for landing”.

    As a people, we can only sit and wonder what will happen when our stupidity, our tolerance, and our patience begin to crumble.

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  • Word is like unfiltered water it can travel where it want to and can be stagnated by many different sources
    Artax since you are the bearer of the “Verla messsge” 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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  • It seems that Toni Moore after 11mths of slumber has finally awaken to bad news
    Yes first she yawned then bit her tongue and said 3.50 is too much
    Well there it( is) for Great Union participation on behalf of the workers
    Toni Moore Can i have my membership dues back ASAP i need it for bus fare

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  • @ Hal Austin April 13, 2019 3:07 PM

    I completely agree with you that the local press has never heard the word investigative journalism. How else can we explain that we have to look into the foreign press to learn about the ex-Barbadian and Florida tourist D. Inniss?

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  • @ Donna April 13, 2019 3:19 PM

    Donna,

    the minor social benefits are the bribe for the naïve masses to keep their mouths shut and look away. Marx once said that religion is the opium of the masses. Today I would argue that social benefits are the new opium for the masses. People in many countries are too stupid to notice that they finance these benefits with their taxes themselves.

    These so-called charities, however, are out of all proportion to the self-enrichment of the elites, which exceeds the social transfers several times over.

    Example: Personally, I can only explain the international FCIB/CS credit in such a way that there must have been a kickback in the millions. Who is so stupid as to take out a loan for 10% interest if you can get it for 1% or 2% of the IMF? Mariposa must have stuffed her pockets full because she talks so enthusiastically about this loan.

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  • I went north on the highway to St Nicholas Abbey today. The new government has partially repaired the road. I guess it’s the first time since the end of colonial times.

    What did the old government do with all the money? No roads repaired, new buildings became moldy immediately, the sewage plant failed, stench was in the air and people began to spit on Barrow’s face on the $50 bill. – I suppose the many billions are now where Donville is. Blue is the colour of shame and disgrace.

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  • Tron my pockets used to be stuffed and brimming over until govt found a way to stuff their hands in my pockets and emptied them
    Now it seems as if the fifty cent i have in the bank they are after that too
    Under this govt there is no rest for the weary
    Tron please do me a favour and ask this govt for some economic release
    The pressure is too hard to bear
    GP says pressure bust pipes yuh hear

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  • To this particular Mariposa (who seems to be the cool, clam, collective and articulate member of the consortium).

    Unlike you, I was NEVER a bearer of the “Verla message” nor did I mentioned anything about “KNOWING the source from which it came.”

    I simply used the phrase “word on the streets,” similarly to how you often use it when you present to this forum, some “juicy information” about Mottley or members of her administration.

    Or are you suggesting the phrase has a different meaning, depending on who is using it and for what purposes?

    If not, then I hope you don’t mind if I refer you to your comment re: “My best advice would be for you to ask of them(source) the truth,” the next time you mention “word on the streets.”

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