The Grenville Phillips Column – Crime Pays the Bills

We have reached a state in Barbados where crime pays the bills of many households. Politicians who participated in the last general election know this. While canvassing in certain areas, it was common to hear the same excuse that there were no other options available.

Since then, things have only gotten worse for most. Many claim that: no-one in their house is working, they have received disconnection notices for light and water utilities, they cannot afford to pay all of the rent, and the Welfare department is unresponsive.

It is reasonable for the public to expect the political party in power to provide solutions to national problems. However, regardless of the severity of the problems facing Barbadians, the political response is generally the same. Namely, that it took 10 years of mismanagement to get us here, and it will take time to fix the DLP’s mess.

That political excuse is now constantly repeated by most radio moderators, and newspaper editorialists and columnists. But it does not solve any of our problems. We have been asked what we would have done to solve the crime situation. This article addresses that question.

The police commissioner recently reported that most crime was of a socio-economic nature. Solutions Barbados’ crime policies were designed to remove the socio-economic ‘no-options’ excuse. The BLP administration is encouraged to consider them for the benefit of us all, but they should be reminded that they are designed to be implemented together, not separately. So what would we have done about crime had Solutions Barbados formed the Government?

We would have managed all public services to become internationally competitive, to ensure a reliable and efficient service at a fraction of the current cost. We should remember that we currently pay for the cost of an efficient service, plus the additional wastage, inefficiency, and unproductivity costs. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00, since several of our candidates had international management experience.

With reliable low-cost public utility services, every household would have received a subsistence amount of water every month, free of cost. The rates above this amount would have been increased, so that we could help our fellow citizens, who were experiencing temporary financial challenges. The same method was to have been used for electricity and natural gas. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00.

Once households can rely on utilities, they can better prepare for work and school. With public transportation properly managed, bus fares on public buses would have been reduced. The excessive maintenance cost would have been significantly reduced by allowing all garages to competitively tender for maintaining Transport Board buses for six months at a time, with parts being provided free of all duties and taxes. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00.

From the start of a Solutions Barbados administration, all households would have been trained to start and grow profitable businesses. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00, since I have been doing this even before I won the 2014 National Innovation Competition. The training would have been facilitated on a national level by CBC-TV.

Once a business became viable, then it could qualify for a micro-loan not to exceed $5,000. The net cost to Government would have been $0.00, since the money was to have been repaid within 2 years.

The secondary school curriculum would have been rearranged, so that the more exciting and easier-to-learn practical aspects of all subjects would have been taught first. Every student would have left school with at least one marketable skill and a profitable small business. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00.

All non-violent offences would have attracted a fine. Guilty pleas would have attracted a substantially lesser fine. Those who could not afford to pay their fines would have been provided with work. Therefore, we could have properly maintained our infrastructure for a fraction of the cost. The offender would also have learned a marketable skill that they could trade. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00.

Violent offenders would have been both fined and incarcerated. While incarcerated, they would have been trained to start and grow profitable businesses, with the profits being equally shared between inmates, prison staff, and victims of crime. The additional cost to Government would have been $0.00.

While the additional cost to Government is conservatively stated at $0.00, there is a significant cost saving on most of them, making the comprehensive socio-economic crime policy profitable. Taken together, these policies that we published four years ago, would have allowed bills to be paid legitimately.

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

110 thoughts on “The Grenville Phillips Column – Crime Pays the Bills

  1. @visionary
    I see we have gone to “free range madman”. The imagery is amusing.
    Since you want to get in the prediction business.
    I predict the next “free range madam” contributions will include a picture of a black person.
    I was looking for her to speak up boldly for her sister who as assaulted by Mr O’Rourke, bur that lady was a real black person and not one of her memes.

    TheOGazerts — 3 times the ISO

  2. @ Commander Theophillus

    [[Square brackets time for confidentiality

    I have been multiplying 90001 by 3 and for the life of me, I cant get 30025!

    I went to the Secret Cyber Crypography Code Book the one Rawdone abandoned on the Bite Me Con site, the same site Minister of Disinformation the Honourable Blogmaster NO LONGER REFERENCES in any of his “SUPPORT THE MUGABE MYMONEY” speeches, to see where the 30025 comes from but de ole man is lost

    Please send de ole man its source cause it got me really searching for…]]

    Remember to use square brackets when you reply


    It is only Legions Vile Psychopath Nature on Display here for all to see and those who think Evilly will Entertain those that speak Evilly like the Ole Gizer and ilk.

    Such a Pity that those who follow Legions Evil ways, Fail to see his Psychotic Strategies are using them.

    PORNOGRAPHY IS PEDDLED BY THE CORRUPT AND BY THOSE IN ITS GRASP AS NORMAL AND SATISFACTORY FOOD. That is why Legion keeps referring to Mr. Phillips Moral Stand on the Subject…Like HE conscience biting HE!

    Virtue is akin to holiness, an attribute of godliness. Portrayals of sexual perversion, violence, and bestiality become increasingly available for those who succumb to their lures.

    No Wonder Legions mind is so Corrupt! Attempt by his Obnoxious Behaviour to Try to Drag Mr.Phillips down in the Pits with him is Futile, he does not know that Mr.Phillips cannot be pulled down to his level of Debasement at any time?

    Legions Behavior is Showing up what he is, “An Egotistical Small Minded Vindictive Man.” His Deliberate Attempts to Assassinate the Character of Mr.Phillips only Shows his LACK of Such Benevolence!

    He is so Stooped in Lies Legion says “About internet sex and all sorts of inconsequential things that have nothing to do with giving unemployed young people options”


    Wasn’t Mr. Philips Article referring to the necessity of Developing Entrepreneurial Skills. Such Skills are developed when you Encourage people to Learn and Embrace Accomplishing something that can help them Along Life’s Road and Judging by how Legion BERATES people, Freedom does Not think he has Ever in his MISERABLE Life was Ever a Leader or an Entrepreneur. Judging by his words Sophistry, he may be educated but has no understanding and would Never Ever have Groomed anybody to have an Entrepreneurial Spirit.


    • Some of you waste valuable time posting nonsense. Some of you have posted how you view other commenters. Move to Rh on now. Boring.

  4. I had sort of expected this endorsement of your Golden Boy Grenville the free range madman.

    The problem with your endorsement is that Every time he has an article YOU POST IT!

    He claims that he only posts 52 articles a year YET, IN THR LAST 4 WEEKS he has posted about 7 or 8 articles

    You make no remarks about the shy$e he writes yet, anytime anyone says he is writing shy$e you jump on pun dere backs.

    Softly, if it is Mr Vincent Codrington, differentially if it is John A, more aggressively if it is Theophillus Gazerts and with me, well let’s say you does show your love for de ole man.

    What you need to understand is that Grenville Phillips and you are trying to build a space for his party

    That MUST NOT HAPPEN because he is incompetent.

    I never repeat the same thing because he gives new material every single time.

    But I want people to see his flaws EVERY SINGLE TIME lest they have a cuh dear moment and leh he through in 2023!

    Never happen!!!

  5. @visionary:
    -) Thanks.
    Would have been a miracle if our numbers agreed.
    I thought it was 9001…. so 30025 would be more than 3 times the ISO 🙂
    I usually skip the numbers after ISO, Will take your word that it is 90001.

    [[Now doing higher level training]]

  6. Whatever happened to the police officer accused of shooting his neighbour? Is he still on bail? Is he being paid? Is he still suspended from work? Was the gun used a police issue gun or a private one?
    Also, what about the woman who claimed she was kidnaped and taken to an ARM? Has the alleged kidnapper/robber been charged? Has she been charged with wasting police time?
    What about Charlie Herbert? Has he travelled to the US since he was acquitted of drug smuggling charges? Are these issues of public interest?

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