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 NextParty246@gmail.com

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  • 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.
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    Are you living in the REAL WORLD?

    As someone who has been involved in starting and running a business most of this article makes little sense.

    Not everyone can start and run a business. 85percent of businesses fail from startup.

    With every local household around 100,000 having a business how many will be identical?

    How many types of businesses can one train using CBCTV?

    How can you guarantee every household would watch this ‘training’?

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  • Piece the Legend

    There are so many fallacies in this Zero Value Article tha “the cost” of comment would far outstrip zero.

    Listen to one of the Outpatient’s remarks

    “…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…”

    WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE TO TRAIN THESE VIOLENT CRIMINALS?

    WHO WOULD BE OAYING THESE TEACHERS?

    Look how at 1 20 am he got de Honourable Blogmaster speechless!!!

    De old man really doan know where to start

    CERTIFIABLY MAD!!!

    HOW CAN YOU “EQUALLY” DIVIDE THE PROFITS OF A FALLACIOUS BUSINESS among prisoners, victims and prison staff?

    Why is this madman ISO TALIBAN STILL FREE AND NOT COMMITTED TO THE MENTAL?

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  • Piece the Legend

    Instead of

    “…Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com…”

    This article should be signed

    “…Grenville Phillips II is a Certified Madman and President of Black Rock Mental Out Patients in Barbados. Please tell us where He can be reached or found at causse this Party IS VERY DANGEROUS AND MUST BE TAKEN BY OUR EXPERTS

    Send email to 246 VERY RH SICK@gmail.com

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  • Piece the Legend

    This man is purposely write this shy$e!!

    It is impossible for him BOT TO BE A PLANT BY MIA MUGABE MOTTLEY SENT TO DISRUPT the Third Party Movement

    NO ONE MAN CAN BE THIS STOOPID!!

    For real!!!

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item here for Grenville Phillips aka Iso TALIBAN

    Aka Benzapedic Grennie

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  • You are still a fool, the problem we have is the government is a criminal organization packed with crooks, liars and scumbags, The massive land fraud is at the roots of all things, Your Crime Minister and her family now being made Sir looking for a state funeral, Pumped up in the papers of crime,This government is a black hole full of shite, When the US Government bring down this government by charging them with all kinds of crime that you and your SB turn a blind eye to, then and maybe then you will wake up, You are just proving how far off the deep end you are,FBI, CIA, DEA, Interpol all over Barbados and you still talking shite, Why you think they are there? Land and Money Laundering drugs , guns murder, Name it BBLP and DLP are deep into it and made it a way of life based on crime, No Rule of Law, You keep proving to People how nuts you are, We shall work with anyone any time that can get a real handle on the real of Barbados, ALL the people who gave you work are crooks, Do you let money Rule you? Ya better check on your Clear Title Deed, Barclays, Frist Caribbean, CIBC and whoever other Banks playing these games with the people, Barbados better get their own Bank again and run these Nasty lawyers and Ministers off Barbados, You have to admit to the Problem before seeking a Solution,

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  • Grenville is now a criminologist.

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  • GP,

    Wake up! You are on a hot, overpopulated island in the tropics. You can’t expect a crime rate like in Norway. Our government can no longer afford to feed all hungry mouths with debt-funded jobs as civil servants.

    Rum, drugs and other excesses belong to the Caribbean like sun, sand and sea.If you don’t like it, you can emigrate. Nobody is detained on the island.However, 99 percent of all islanders apparently like it so much that they stay. Especially after the last election, which brings hope and a glorious future.

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  • The first three paragraphs of the article have merit. Yesterday some one from “Automotive Arts” commented on the lack of action on the part of government in bringing people who practice corruption to heel. The first three paragraphs state what are obvious to any discerning person that, both parties appear to be condoning nefarious practices. This maybe a result of individuals being guilty of said corrupt practices, fearing retaliation in kind when the shoe is on the other foot. What we appear to be dealing with, is corruption which permeates all nooks and crannies of the body politic as well as the citizenry. The whole process is made more extreme, when according to a moderator on “Down to Brass Tacks” discussing the nefarious activities of the elected officials affect the standing of the country on the world’s stage: ergo, since the reputation of Barbados would be affected, one shouldn’t discuss the topic. It is this complacent attitude of Barbadians that condone these nefarious activities

    @ Barbados 2019 June 26, 2019 1:12 AM

    The list of question you posed are dead on target.

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  • It seems that both people, on this blog, with the initials GP are rassssouls

    Weather it is Georgie Porgie (GP) or Grenville Phillips (GP) they are the same ruthless rassssouls who never seem to be able to mount any enduring critique of the moneyed classes.

    This Grenville Phillips could write for all of eternity but never once would he point a finger at the economic elites.

    He would talk some shiiite about the political elites. But the political elites are merely servants of the economic elites. And the primary responsibility for economic success in any capitalist democracy rests almost entirely with the economic elites.

    So what are we to make of the constant refrain of this GP, to blame-game one set of elected dictators.

    We have long concluded this Greedy Possum (GP) merely wants to have ‘the power’, just like his political father Richie Haynes, to serve the very economic elites he never holds to account for their generational failures. Failures of the economic elites which show up in the crimes statistics.

    Not that this criminal GP cares about crime per se. All he wants to do is to use the perceived presence of crime as an anvil on which to fashion a highly unlikely political career.

    This GP, maybe even the other one, is supremely worthy of a date with that antiquarian device well known for dispensing justice.

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  • pachamama sir
    georgie porgie is here in central florida lying quietly in bed having breakfast and watching the world cup game from edgbaston
    i wonder why you think that it is my duty to “mount any enduring critique of the moneyed classes” of barbados and why .you think that I am “supremely worthy of a date with that antiquarian device well known for dispensing justice.”
    what evil have I done

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  • William Skinner

    Anybody who believes that two political parties have governed the country for over fifty years and only one is guilty of corruption and all the corruption was between 2008-2018 is in need of serious and comprehensive psychiatric help.
    Anybody who believes that parliamentarians who have sat in parliament for donkey years and have been both in government and opposition but know nothing about corruption is in need of serious and comprehensive psychiatric help.

    Duopoly Rules

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  • What happen to the years prior to the Stuart administration when the blp govt spend and borrowed
    Seems as if the 14 years when the blp was in power magically disappeared
    The Fake news regurgitated by the blp yardfowls and present govt stating that past govt was the cause of barbados burdensome debt is not only and insult to barbadians but deceitful political gimmicks akin to the IMF policies tossed about in the public domain as being helpful to barbadians
    One which is a boldfaced lie when one look around and see the economic pain and suffering of barbadian households

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  • I have to question the idea of encouraging every one to start a business in a limited market of 275,000 people. What are you saying that on one street we will have 20 snow cone carts all selling the same thing? For an economy to work we must have a balance between those offering product and those consuming product. We must have both a stable public and private sector, with the public sector placing policies on the table that facilitate growth. To that we must then have a private sector with confidence in the system who in turn feel that once they invest no ” surprise tax ambushes” await them. You then need a banking sector that is sound and not so risk averse to entertain true entrepreneurs.

    Your article speaks to a utopia that does not exist and skirts the realities of a real world scenario.

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  • @nextparty246

    What I would like you to share with us is this as I genuinely would like your parties view on it.

    If you took power tomorrow with where we are today, what would you do to implement an urgently needed growth plan in the short to medium term?

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  • And it came but not to pass, that Barbados became a failed state likened to a circus, and a certain Grenville Philips came forward and advertised his desire to be the chief clown.

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  • There is nothing that Grenville Phillips could say that these Naysayers would find Praiseworthy. Yet the only thing we hear coming out of some of their mouth is Communism and the Avocation of Tyranny…

    Here you have Mr.Phillips showing the Possibilities of Creating Opportunities Which is a Good thing. One teaching you how to fish to live while the other man teaching you how to Beg for a fish. Which one do you think is a sustainable Strategy?

    RE “Your article speaks to a utopia that does not exist and skirts the realities of a real world scenario.”

    The Real world Scenario is that Entrepreneurship is started on an Individual basis it is the Culture that should be encouraged not big Bureaucratic Solution that you are advocating. Why is it that Bureaucrats love to confuse to confuse issues?

    There was a CEO of a Bank in Bridgetown that used to say that Barbadians love to be Managers but that they do not like to be leaders, give them a set of rules to follow and that is what they will do, having part of their Job that requires them to think is what they cannot do. It is part of the Culture!

    Grenville Phillips11 demonstrates how we may become Leaders by First Leading and Governing yourself! The Change must start with the Individual First!

    Wealth is Created by the Individual first who bring their ideas to Fruition, just as a baby learning to walk and stumbles and falls but eventually Succeeds and can walk for the rest of their lives.

    Entrepreneurship is Skill and a Mind-Set that with Practice we will be able to take steps in any direction we desire to Achieve what we Desired to Achieve. It is Not a Government Imposed Solution, it comes from within the Individual, but Government Policies could make it easier however, Bureaucracies makes it harder.

    It does not coat the Government anything $0.00 to Release the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

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  • Barbados 2019:

    Have you ever participated in any of our free public training workshops over the past 4 years on starting a business with no start-up capital. They are 6 week workshops where everyone’s business is allowed to fail in a controlled environment, and get better, until they have a viable business. Otherwise, your 85% failure rate would be likely.

    Everyone can start a business in that type of training workshop environment. The aim is for each participant to market their developed product(s) on the Internet and earn foreign currency – while taking advantage of the various favorable (to Barbados) double-taxation agreements that we have signed. Do you do that?

    Since I learnt to develop and sell products on the Internet, I train anyone free of cost, including those in prison – in the real world, and not just in Barbados. For the past 5 years, approximately 90% of my income is from outside of Barbados, so I simply train people to do what I have done. The workshop can be televised nationally for those who want to participate.

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  • Wuhloss!!! Robert Useless Goren…look, another one..

    now i have not listened to the video yet, but it should contain a question i have been asking on BU for years….the consulate residence that taxpayer’s money paid over 2 million dollars for in swanky Forest Hills, Queens.

    Bajna’s whose money paid for the property never even knew it existed..

    It is said…there was a fire in some part of the building years ago, so naturally we wonder who collected the INSURANCE MONEY… a fair question.

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  • John A:

    We would have followed our plan as set out on our web-site. Our plan is based on four principal components. The first is to increase Government revenues by lowering taxes and making them fair, and easy to calculate, pay and audit. The second is to increase productivity in both the public and private sectors by managing each Government service to be internationally competitive.

    The third is to effectively address corruption . The last is to depoliticise the civil service by ensuring that all public workers are promoted on merit alone.

    For clarity on my last post. Inmates are taught the Internet component, but for obvious reasons, they cannot utilize it in prison at this time.

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  • Useless Goren…ah was told the Consulate residence in Forest Hills will be in the next video….we do need to know what happened to that million dollar residence especially the insurance money from the fire.

    ah guess ya will be seeing another video i post..

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  • now i have not listened to the video yet, but it should contain a question i have been asking on BU for years….the consulate residence that taxpayer’s money paid over 2 million dollars for in swanky Forest Hills, Queens. (Quote)

    How come you have not listened to the video yet, but you could tell us in detail what questions would be asked?

    You really think people on BU are as silly and useless as you are?

    You need a life, without BU you would lost. You should thank David BU for giving you a reason to wake up every morning.

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  • Wuh loss govt reverse immigration policy for Haitians
    Tell me about it
    Backfoot peddling govt

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  • Says the idiot who is on BU posting more useless shite….EVERY DAY…

    another reason why black people must be FOREVER VIGILANT…especially with president Mia crawling into bed with slave traders from Morocco who hate BLACK SKIN LIKE HERS…now her little dalliance in Morocco got her labelled a modern day slave trafficker TOO…that trip did not help when bad enough there ARE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS ON THE ISLAND…well connected to both governments.

    black organs are prized by organ harvesting scum like the below, the jews and middle easterners, it is a billion dollar industry…of course ya useless ass leaders will probably say…like Billie the goat Miller gushing in London….about Bajans being the best slaves…ah could just hear them now….bajans got the best organs…in the world…just right for harvesting…lol

    “The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is being called upon by several other civil society groups in Nigeria to investigate claims by Nigerians jailed in China of mysterious deaths, organ harvesting, and sale in Chinese prisons.”

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  • @Grenville

    Some people who have never sold snowcones will always have a lot to say. The important thing is to show people ignorant about the basics to start a business how. It does not mean they will be successful, failure is part of being successful.

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  • You must be commended for being a voice. Keep working.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Grenville
    “The workshop can be televised nationally for those who want to participate.”
    ++++++++++++++++
    It would be cheaper and much more effective to put your workshops on YouTube Grenville. I look forward to you sharing the URL with us in the very near future.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @William Skinner
    “Anybody who believes that two political parties have governed the country for over fifty years and only one is guilty of corruption and all the corruption was between 2008-2018 is in need of serious and comprehensive psychiatric help.”
    ++++++++++++++++
    At this morning’s address to the Chamber of Commerce I am told that the Attorney General promised the implementation of Unexplained wealth orders (First adopted in the UK). These are not based on conviction. It places the burden on asset holder to prove their source of wealth over and above what they should have. In default, assets may be seized.Unexplained wealth orders will go back 20 years to cover both BLP AND DLP administrations.

    Get out the popcorn… but don’t hold your breath.

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  • Grenville Phillips…

    “It seems that the implementation of almost every policy is badly managed. When will the BLP realize that if they chose the lowest standard of management, this embarrassment is inevitable? Why continue to reject the international management standard?

    Who advised the PM that waiving visa requirements for 11 million Haitians, many of whom are desperately trying to flee Haiti, was a good idea. How do you think this giving-to-and-taking-away-from the poorest country on the planet, makes Barbados look among regional leaders.

    So far, the BLP is making the same mistakes as the DLP – only listening to the worst possible advice. That is normally the only advice that an extremely partisan political supporter can give. All leaders should be mature enough to at least consider unbiased advice.”

    http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=1e49aebf-cb8a-428c-a24b-4d6ca3cbcfa6&fbclid=IwAR19LjEAmWrc3iqX1EptEOB-Vg5DwedIUEIe_arhwz9ZXlCwuu9fR_fSVgw

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  • quote- At this morning’s address to the Chamber of Commerce I am told that the Attorney General promised the implementation of Unexplained wealth orders (First adopted in the UK). These are not based on conviction. It places the burden on asset holder to prove their source of wealth over and above what they should have. In default, assets may be seized.Unexplained wealth orders will go back 20 years to cover both BLP AND DLP administrations- quote

    if true that would be most welcomed.

    but i seem to remember that Henry Forde introduced the act that gave rise to legal equality for women in marital property and was amongst the first to be caught by the act

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  • Running a business is not for the faint of heart. You have to have capital to tide you over in the slow periods. You have to have basic accounting knowledge and supply management skills. I ran two small businesses while employed full time. Prisoners running businesses without good education will be failures the first year, given that most start-ups fail in five.

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  • Why are we to be so exercised by the mouthings of this AG.

    We are trying to fix a political problem which never existed.

    This writer has been close enough to retired senior politicians, their descendants, on both sides, to know that no lot ah thieffing goes on, especially by the very people who were always associated.

    Having had professional reasons to know about the assets of such persons no such evidence could be cited.

    Where explanations is needed is from the so-called legitimate business people whose raison detre is the corruption of the political process.

    The same people here and elsewhere who would want to lock up politicians underestimate how hard it is to thief from the government and would not want the real thieves, operating in plain view, to be fingered.

    The AG is one such persons.

    If we were to tell this AG, if he needed to know, that a certain construction magnate has an army of civil servants on his payroll. We would be sure that he wouldn’t want to know.

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  • PLT:

    Our policy was to have used CBC-TV. We intended to reach every household in Barbados, and every household likely has a TV.

    David:

    Failure is part of success. That is why we encourage them to go forward and fail multiple times over the 6 weeks, but to keep failing better than before by gradually improving the development and marketing of their product.

    Porgie/Piece/Pach et al:

    It seems that you are here to ensure that no good deed goes unpunished.

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  • We should concentrate on the numerous crimes of the opposition:

    Corruption, money laundering and slander of the now ruling government of justice.

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  • @nextparty246

    Maybe I wasn’t clear in my question, what I want is current focused solutions for moving the economy forward, not the kind of stuff one would put in a manifesto. Let me share the below with you as an example.

    We currently have a situation where BRA and customs are owed in the area of 1 billion dollars. The first thing I would do is have an independent audit done on these entities to arrive at their current receivables and payables. The next step is the MOF should then issue instructions to have all those owed by BRA and customs, netted off against what is owed to BRA AND customs. This will take in all liabilities owed to companies under special development projects etc as well. We now move to step 2.

    Once the net receivables owed to BRA AND customs are confirmed we now move to collection. We can’t really give that job to them as they are the ones who allowed the receivables to run up in the first place, so what do we do? Well we like hiring British companies so we approach companies like Lovett and say to them look ” we got a billion dollars here in receivables owed to us, come and collect all you can and take 20% as your fee.”

    I am tired of the yardfowlism and party crap abouts Bs Did this and D’s that. It is a total and complete waste of time at this stage to worry about that nonesence.

    What I want of all parties seeking my vote, is for them to start putting their ideas for growth out there and seeking the support of the people for their implementation if feasible. We are currently in a recession after over 1 year of negative growth, what we want is ideas that will get us out of it and bring growth without further taxation. Finally please don’t bring the RH party thing to the table when putting forward your thesis!

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  • wuh he is one…..politicians with their uppity asses, are merely civil servants…

    “The same people here and elsewhere who would want to lock up politicians underestimate how hard it is to thief from the government and would not want the real thieves, operating in plain view, to be fingered.

    The AG is one such persons.

    If we were to tell this AG, if he needed to know, that a certain construction magnate has an army of civil servants on his payroll. We would be sure that he wouldn’t want to know.”

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  • William Skinner

    @ PLT

    You know full well that this is Crop Over time . First we must ask ourselves if these speeches are being made before a fete ; during a fete or after a fete.
    I notice Verla Depeiza is saying that it’s time to expose all the corruption. Probably said so while choosing her costume for the road.
    Then Pacha says that it’s hard to thief from the government. I wonder which band he jumping in. I know he does not drink or smoke. So I guess he just listening to bashment.
    Bump and wine…..party time.
    Duopoly Rules.

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  • John A:

    Perhaps you are unaware that all of what you mentioned is included in “properly managing public services”. We planned to properly manage all public services to an internationally competitive standard.

    We can write a 10,000 word thesis on corruption, but we plan to effectively address it. The details of that, and all of our policies, including their implementation plans, are on our web-site. I do not think that David would appreciate me copying and pasting our all of our policies and plans here.

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  • David when are going to have a post concerning the despicable and digusting revolting turn of events related to CHarles Herbert freedom
    What a mockery the powers that be have made of the justice system
    I hope the media especially vob have a special media round table discussion having /asking probing question as to why a man whose property contained millions of dollars in illegal contraband did not have to face the wheels of justice in a thorough and justificable manner

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  • @ Nextparty246:
    “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.”
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    What a laugh!! GP 11 the clown prince in the Land of Comedy!!

    So, of what ‘nature’ would be these ‘start-up businesses’ in prison?

    Would they include the fabrication of boogaloos for sale to straight-lace underperformers on the outside?

    What about some import substitution by ‘incentivizing’ the concoction and dispensing of uplifting and enhancing ointments and deadening blue balms like coffin and cialis to help raise the dead among straight but hungry guys on the outside?

    How about growing and processing ganga to supply the potentially explosive local demand for medical marijuana?

    Wouldn’t this be an altruistic way of dispensing reparations to those who have been incarcerated for being ‘entrepreneurs’ before their time?

    Can you imagine how much foreign exchange would be saved by these same incarcerated boys from the ghetto blocks?

    There is nothing ‘novel’ about your suggestion of making hard-back prisoners earn their keep in jail while preparing them not to be wards of the State on release.

    The bakery in the Bajan prisons has always had it oversupply of people trying to work there in order to satisfy the huge demand a queue of outside customers for its ‘filling’ and cheap (and possibly healthy should locally-grown cassava be added to the mix).

    Didn’t you know that some of the best mahogany furniture pieces are made in prison even if the demand for ‘wood’ has to be met from the outside?

    Are you, GP No.2, prepared to satisfy that demand for ‘outside’ wood?

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  • NorthernObserver

    “Why a man whose property contained millions of dollars in illegal contraband”
    The boat is the property of GEL. CH is not, nor has ever been an employee of GEL. Nor does he own the boat.
    If a cruise ship arriving in Bim is found to have contraband, do you arrest the Captain and relevant crew members, or the passengers? Unless you have evidence one or more of the passengers are involved. They had no evidence Against CH.
    You found that letter yet?

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  • NO

    It’s amazing how people like you would find all types of twisted logic to preserve a criminal like CHARLES HERBERT.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Pacha
    Present the evidence to us.

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  • You back to making generalised statements about your website. If the ideas are worthy bring 3 to the public for scrutiny. Of the 275000 bajans how many people you think read your website?

    All you are making is broad statements like ” we will make the public service more efficient ” and ” we will address corruption.” All broad brush general generic statements similar to what I am hearing from others like ” We will continue fiscal consolidation while promoting growth. ”

    They are but peanut gallery statements when you playing for a vote. It’s when you start to dissect them that you realise they belong in LaLa land where cows fly and sheep talk. Give me hard data applications and facts and hold the rest to 2023.

    I just gave you one idea simplified and broken down for all to understand. Bring 3 of yours and present them in the same manner and leave the rest of long talk for the next campaign run.

    Lord I can’t make it no simpler!

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  • John A

    I refuse to engage Junior in debate until I know how representative his organisation is. He displays all the symptoms of an authoritarian, a junior Hitler.

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  • @Northern observer

    I understand the example and I also wondered what would happen if I was on a boat as a passenger and drugs were found if I ” could get snatch up too.” So I did a little digging and the liability for contraband lies with the captain and crew, unless said contraband is found on the person or luggage or room designated to the passenger for travel.

    That brought me back to incident with the cruseliner recently, where it ran aground and the Captain was held liable even though not at the helm at the time.

    The law is an interesting animal.

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  • @Hal

    I done with that too. From here on in i will state my concerns on this blog entertain response only if directed at the topic in a detailed manner, failing that I shall move on. The party talk and yardfowlism left me out of.

    I mean is it unreasonable for me to ask anyone seeking my vote to bring in detail 3 examples for generating revenue other than taxation?

    I now see why you get frustrated and disappear from the blog sometimes!

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  • @ Hal

    As You told me yesterday even the most optimistic will get fed up at some point. The public really do not want to discuss the economy in any detail unless you cussing one party or the other for their mistake. The desire to dissect and discuss policy and applications is of no interest to most, that to me is now crystal clear.

    And yes you told me so every since and I didn’t listen!

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  • NO
    You are not only wrong on matters of law but you are also wrong on the matters of evidence.

    When you contend that there is no evidence against Charles Herbert, what is that based on?

    A layman’s reading?

    On what basis could a man be found on a boat full of drugs and all three or four men not be charged or implicated in some way/s?

    Indeed, if the vessel is/was owned by a corporation (Goddards Enterprises Limited), that corporation too should face criminal charges as well, in a serious domicile. This would, of course, make your like repel!

    Your type of reasoning could only be informed by a particular formation of racism unique to the mentality of the Bajan nigger and unfortunately supported by Black higher ups and the moneyed classes everywhere in Barbados!

    How do you know that the DEA is not involved in this case? And if they are involved, have you reviewed their files?

    Or do you presume that somebody in the RBPF has the courage, access to intercepts etc to even approach Herbert as the criminal he is?

    Why is it that when similar cases are brought against average people, poor people, every day, we are yet to see you, NO, making any defense of them. But the criminal CHARLES HERBERT is somehow worthy of your most stalwart defense.

    Anybody else but a White man, near to money, corporate and political influence, would not even be noticed by your type.

    We have been telling all who would listen that CHARLES HERBERT was a criminal and a racist. We know him as a criminal and a racist because he would pay semi-literate White people vastly more than Black people, who were well credentialed and highly proficient.

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  • @ John A

    I told you to read Plato’s Allegory and you have. It is called the Barbadian condition. Reality is what we say it is, we know best. Facts are relative; it is a Trumpian world.
    @John A

    I will gave you too recent examples: one so-called criminologist in talking about crime causation in Barbados, blamed bad parenting. I waited and waited for someone on BU to take up this argument, so far none. This is a serious claim and is criminological nonsense.
    The other was after the death of Seymour Nurse, the great batsman, our only living national hero was making an appreciative speech about his late colleague and said that Mr Nurse was not as good a batsman as his brother.
    Apart from the inappropriateness of the comparison, his brother mainly played BCL cricket (I saw him bat on a number of occasions), played a few matches for Spartan and never played for Barbados or the West Indies. Yet, not a single voice in protest. That is the real Barbados. A nation unsure of itself.

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  • Dont give a dam who owned the boat
    The fact remains and cannot be overlooked that three men travelling on a yacht was charge with bringing illegal contraband in this country
    This is a country that has signed on to international treaties to fight the war on drugs
    Now on this day the 26th of June 2019 one of the men charged CHarles Herbert is given a free jail pass without even having a justifiable or convincing day in a Barbados court by which all evidence would and should have been presented
    No wonder Trump call these small island backward thinking washed in a basin of corruption sh ite holes
    Today is one of those days that would make Trump words fit likehand in glove

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  • @Hal

    That does not speak well for us as a people at all. The attempt to destroy and pull down as opposed to share thought and build will therefore be our downfall.

    The question though is who is at fault. Is it the politicians for not sharing real information, or is it us the people for not demanding it?
    Are we treated like children because we act like children or is it a case of children leading children?

    You have indeed now opened a topic that is food for thought.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ John A

    The fact is that Iso TALIBAN CANNOT ATOMICIZE HIS IDEA BELOW THE DENOMINATOR THAT HE PRESENTS.

    Thd man brought a subdivision problem with ten as the Denominator

    You asked the dufus to divide by one and, in response to that simple question, he seeks to wiggle out by saying that the Honourable Blogmaster would not like home to comment on BU

    Which is an effing lie

    And de ingrunt Blogmaster goading on the fool by saying ” you must be commended for being a voice…”

    Here is an dffing madman shouting from behind the bars at Greengates and the Honourable Blogmaster goading this madman on to greater heights.

    So you see why I know that the Honourable Blogmaster is a Mugabe Employee?

    STEUPSEEE!!!

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  • @ Mariposa June 26, 2019 3:38 PM

    You can wait until hell freezes over for VOB to get riled about the Herbert affair.

    “A big-wig moderator on “Down to Brass Tacks” claims discussing the nefarious activities of the elected officials, affects the standing of the country on the world’s stage: ergo, since the reputation of Barbados would be affected, one shouldn’t discuss the topic”. VOB did not even discuss the fact that there was a Barbadian jihadist in Syria. There is seldom any serious discussion and when there is, the advocators comments are truncated.VOB is an excuse for a media-outlet

    As for the Herbert case, his side-kick is going to get off after a trial and the black is going to be left holding the bag. A semblance of law would have been established and the uninitiated will be left satisfied that justice has been done, What a joke for a country. No charges have brought against ICBL bribers locally.

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  • David

    Uh lost a post. Help!

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  • What took place in barbados court today underscore and is evident of what Jackie Stewart has been saying
    Horray for the many social media advocates who has spoken openly about the corrupt practices of the justice system
    Hooray and Hooray for indeed your words have now been given fresh root and credibility as the justice system on this day 26th of June has proven you right

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @John A, you accept the prose from Mr Austin quite remarkably and seemingly support him in his continued critique of Bdos as a “failed state” although just as remarkably Austin behaves as badly and seemingly seeks “..to destroy and pull down as opposed to share thought and build”.

    To be precise: … It is a long standing trope by MANY (criminologists, psychologists, police officials etc) in the business of analysing crime that bad parenting is a cause… I am not debating whether that has proper basis or not…SIMPLY highligting that for a Bajan professional in the crime business to offer the same cliched remark as but one element in the makeup of delinquents who go on to be criminals is surely not startling enough for him/her to be disparaged as a “so called criminologist”.

    Secondly, what was the context of the remark from Sir Garry, was he making a joke about Mr Nurse and the overall skills of his talented sibling; was he fondly reminiscing on his life long friend and recalling maybe some long standing repartee between them!

    Why should we take his simple statement (totally out of context) and accept his verdict that Sir Garry was being “inappropriate”…why would he in talking about his deceased friend?

    I am always incredibly amazed that many here ADOPT the same attitudes (and sometimes worst) that they condemn, criticise and complain about.

    AMAZING…and it definitely “does not speak well for us as [commenters] at all.”

    Just saying!

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  • @De

    My point was a general one if you noticed. I pointed out that we should look to combine our ideas as opposed to pull down each other bases on politics. It was my wish to see that happen sooner rather than later. My concern came from his comment where he said ” the reality is what we say it is.” I agree with him on that totally as I have seen it practiced over and over again. We either deflect the truth or look to blame someone else for it.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    John A

    You came. You saw. You tried. I suggest that you cherry pick the issues you can shed light on; and learn from those that present useful information. Ignore those that attempt to diminish citizens who make useful contributions to the development of Barbados.

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  • @ Vincent

    I have made that decision today self sir. They are some here whose contributions I do enjoy and who to banter with is pleasant. They approach based on facts and with an open mind. The other 80% are all about party and who did what and when.

    So I can’t help but ask how can a country go forward when it spends all day picking at party loyalty and looking back?

    I even asked a party leader some basic questions today and got deflection and generalisation.

    So I must now agree with you that it is pointless engaging with some whose total contribution is wrapped in yardfowlism and petty BS

    SO like you i shall state my view, respond to those not blemishes by the above conditions and then hail my ZR as you put it .

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  • John A:

    You asked me a question. I gave you a summary response (and stated that it was a summary response) and directed you to where the detailed policy and implementation plans could be found. Unfortunately, you interpreted that thus: “All you are making is broad statements”.

    You did not want to view the detailed information on our web-site, but wanted more detail posted here, and you asked for it. But, without waiting for a response, you decided “I done with that”. Then in a later post, you noted: “ I even asked a party leader some basic questions today and got deflection and generalisation.”

    You did not get generalisation and deflection. I explained where you could get detailed information on all of our policies, and you decided not to get it. Nevertheless, let us go forward. In the article, we mentioned public transportation, reproduced below for your convenience.

    “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.”

    So expanding on this. The first thing we would have done was to implement the ISO 9001 quality management system. This would include an audit of all parts of the operation, which would identify the management deficiencies resulting in avoidable wastage, inefficiencies, unproductivity, and corruption.

    The Auditor General has already identified major operational weaknesses in his recent audit report, including possible corruption. The ISO audit is more comprehensive, and is designed to allow transportation services to be continuously improved every year.

    One reason for the unnecessarily high cost of running the Transport Board is the very high maintenance cost. The audit found an over-payment of $128 574.54 on just one bus (which was approved by the board’s Quality Assurance Department), and very excessive work done on others.

    We would have allowed every garage, with the physical capacity for a bus, to competitively tender on each bus that is not on the road. They would be allowed to examine each bus and provide a cost to get the bus road-worthy and maintain it for 6 months. The government would provide all bus parts free of all duties and taxes to reduce the maintenance cost.

    Based on the Auditor General’s audit, the cost savings of properly managing the Transport Board are likely to be significant. Given that transportation is critical to Barbados’ economy, the Transport Board should not seek to increase profits by increasing bus fares. The aim should be to sustainably break-even, to keep fares to a sustainable minimum.

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  • May be I am a stickler for details but wasn’t that $128 574.54 for four (4) buses instead of one?

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  • @nextparty246

    I asked for you to share with us an examples of measures that could reduce expenses without further taxation. I have no doubt you may of touched on these somewhere but as I shared one approach with you here publically , all I asked is for you to share yours with us in a media that others could see and comment on. You have now done so for comment.

    I agree with you that jobbing out the workshop for tender should reduce the maintenance cost. What I have a problem with is understanding how giving the civil service the ISO management system to introduce and manage will help. We already have entities with financials years behind, a failure in tax collection and a customs department in need of a major overhaul. Are we now to give the heads of these departments the ISO system of management to introduce and police?

    The ISO is simply a management system which will depend on the civil service to implement and manage, that’s all it is. It is no magic wand that one can wave and suddenly the civil service will become efficient. We haven’t for years even adhered to our current guidelines as the Auditor General points out, so what makes you think introducing new rules to the same civil service will be dealt with differently? Also if it was introduced and people disobeyed it then what? You still have laws governing the civil service and their unions to deal with.

    To me introducing the ISO system and expecting it to make a difference, is like installing a new punch clock in a building where every worker has been coming to work late for years and expecting the new clock to correct the problem on its own.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    That Bim continues to score so favorable (34) on Transparency International index year on year is a conundrum, given the pervasive level of corruption in the society along with a dysfunctional judicial system. Maybe TI methodology is very flawed.

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  • @ fortyacresandamule June 26, 2019 10:52 PM

    Transparency International depends on the natives of a country filing complaints about corruption. The failure of locals to do so ,results in Transparency International relying solely on what it can glean from the local press and other sources. Relying on the local press to present the truth is like waiting for hell to freeze over. A lot of things are hidden by a local media that are interested only in presenting a positive image of Barbados to the outside world. The local media are examples of the abject failure of organizations which purport to stand up against iniquities perpetrated by the ruling elites.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @Dr Lucas. Thanks. That explain the conundrum. I thought they went around and polled the average man on the street along with business personels to gauge perception about corruption.

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  • @Robert Lucas

    that is quite interesting. always wondered how they did it. BTW do you have a source for that?

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  • @ nextparty246

    I note you have conducted training for 4 years do you mind listing 6 of those businesses currently going for at least 3 years so we can do an independent assessment of your business entrepreneur training 6 week program?

    I ask because as a former Mentor at Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) my first mentee was a young man a Rastafarian in Mia Mottley’s Constituency. I provided advice and support from Start-up and watch his Business grow to employing others and sponsoring community events. This was for the first 3 years turning over half a million dollars with a few thousand at inception.

    This young man only went as far as high school not one of the recognizable ones. What he had was desire, focus and an open mind.

    I have over 20 years of hands-on business and Technology and Management Consulting experience.

    I also previously taught Part time at UWI and 2 overseas Universities.

    I have owned business Regionally and outside the Region.

    I am also very familiar with Ecommerce.

    When I asked the questions I am not attacking but know it is not possible for every household in Barbados to operate a successful business even if they are selling on the Internet.

    If you would have said a target of %25 within a 5 year period with training and support I would not be so sceptical.

    Also 6 weeks of training including failure is not enough as startup to growth and expanding takes time with many obstacles along with way including cashflow management.

    Most startups need hand holding for a several years especially when those involved are not academically inclined and slower than in their learning process.

    One cannot also overlook self discipline, focus, willing to learn constantly, people skills and a desire to work 18hr days 7 days a week for long periods before reaping success in most cases.

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  • To be fair to Greenville on the training program I think that was a good move. It would teach people the basics of business in terms of record keeping and so on. Those are topics our educational system doesn’t cover. How many students can even balance a cheque book after leaving School, or know money has a cost to borrow?

    On the start up and fail rate I will say alot of that depends on the nature of the economy at the time provided by government. If we have a ‘ tax to death ‘ economy the failure rate will be high. If we have a growth oriented economy the fail rate will be lower. It’s basic common sense. What also needs to be taught is financial discipline. In other words if you see a few dollars in the business account you don’t run and buy a new BMW.

    I have been in business for Decades not years and I can tell you the economy we are in today is by far the toughest I have seen for a long time! We have a country in recession, with no growth plan and liquidity being raped by new and increased taxation. In the boom of 2006 and 2007 we had construction and the real estate market that pulled us out. Today we have a massive glut of unsold property and no demand for them due to the fact there is no return on investment for people buying for rental investment. Also the 61% increase in land tax on some did little to help the situation.

    Having said the above the question is what will lead growth this time if we remove the construction and real estate options from the scenario?

    Well I only know of 2 ways to make more money legally in a business. You can either sell more or spend less. As selling more requires a growing economy, people are therefore going to focus on option 2 which is spending less. Spending less as we know triggers a downward spiral of recession and does nothing to promote growth. So folks what is option B going to be this time around for growth in the economy?

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  • Hi John:

    If properly set up, Barbados public employees can thrive within a properly managed work environment. Barbados has wasted at least 20 years unnecessarily keeping public sector employees down, while other countries have improved. It is not a magic wand, but it is the next best thing.

    Let me provide an example from a paper titled “ISO 9000 and the Public Sector” by Dr. Lawrence Eicher, ISO Secretary-General.

    In 1997, the Customs Department in El Salvador was very poorly managed, with “problems relating to sanitary conditions, delays in customs proceedings, unduly long merchandise dispatch times, abuses of confidence, accumulation of merchandise in holds and hundreds of tonnes of abandoned goods.”

    “In response, the top management of the Ministry of Finance launched a rigorous clean-up plan in June 1997, which included ISO 9000 implementation. As a result, the Customs service has been transformed into the most modern in the region with much faster enquiry response times, dramatically improved efficiency, practically no complaints and increased customer satisfaction.”

    “The change for the better has been such that Salvadoran Customs is visited by delegations from Latin American countries to analyze the impact of ISO 9000. The programme was so successful that it was followed up with others in the Directorate General of Internal Taxes and the Internal Tax Court of Appeals.”

    “Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the Salvadoran project for deep cultural change in an organization, is that it was implemented without dismissing a single employee, many of whom had worked in the Ministry of Finance for more than 20 years and were over 50 years of age.”

    Please note that the Barbados Port Authority has decided to implement the ISO 9001 management system. However, it is desperately needed at the BWA, SSA, QEH, and the Transport Board.

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  • Junior on his own agenda again. Who are the other members of his team?

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  • Grenville I am not saying systems don’t have their place don’t get me wrong. What I am saying in our case it equates to putting $200 a gallon synthetic oil in an old engine that need overhauling first.

    I see our indirect tax collection systems as old pipes full of holes which lose millions for the state yearly. First they need to be gutted and overhauled before we think about giving them new systems to work with. If that isn’t done the new systems will break down on the roadside just as the old ones have.

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  • @Greene June 27, 2019 7:36 AM

    Like you and fortyacresandamule I was curious about the figures, so sometime ago (about five years) I googled Transparency International and there it was. It was stated how the organization arrived at the classification of countries. Once the site comes up take your time and scroll down.

    “Transparency International consists of chapters – locally established, independent organisations – that address corruption in their respective countries. From small bribes to large-scale looting, corruption differs from country to country. As chapters are staffed with local experts they are ideally placed to determine the priorities and approaches best suited to tackling corruption in their countries. This work ranges from visiting rural communities to provide free legal support to advising their government on policy reform. Corruption does not stop at national borders. The chapters play a crucial role in shaping its collective work and realising its regional and global goals, such as Strategy 2015. Transparency International’s multi-country research and advocacy initiatives are driven by the chapters.”
    Wikipedia

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  • It is no secret how TI arrives at its measures. It is a perception index.

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  • @ Nextparty246

    I noticed you responded to @ John A whose comment appears after mine.

    Why are you opposed to naming 6 businesses who started up from inception during the 4 years through your 6 week training program?

    Is this similar to your go it alone whilst other Solutions Barbados Party members hide in the dark while you play a sole leading role on ALL TOPICS?

    BU is not a Forum where everyone is gullible.

    I would very much like your party and efforts to succeed however you need to be more transparent and get down to the Nitty Gritty.

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  • William Skinner

    @ de pedantic dribbler

    I was also surprised that a simple statement made by SirGarry was so misconstrued. Anybody with the faintest knowledge of Sir Garry would ever attribute such negativity to what was obviously a little reflection on his brother’s batting skills alongside Seymour Nurse.
    There are very few humans who possess the humility of this great man. Boasting and putting down people are not in Sir Garry’s DNA.

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  • Hi John A:

    You are correct that a complete overhaul of the system is needed. That is exactly what the ISO 9001 management system is designed to do. I write from having 2 decades of experience with this management system.

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  • Hi Barbados 2019:

    As you may be aware, BU is like a caged bare-knuckled fight with no rounds. It is a place where irresponsible commenters try their best to destroy the professional reputations and businesses of those whom they, not disagree, but simply dislike for any or no reason. It is an environment that can corrupt the best of us.

    Take Hal for instance, who, by his own admission, worked at the prestigious Financial Times. We should be honoured to have such an eminent person among us to provide an independent financial/economic opinion. However, in this environment, Hal does not give a second thought to compare me, a Structural Engineer with an unblemished and stellar 30-year professional career, with Hitler, for no good reason whatsoever.

    With that context, are you sure that you want me to expose innocent persons to the abuse of irresponsible commenters, who seem to take a sick pleasure in targeting and trying to harm responsible persons?

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  • Grenville I got to tell you to restructure the civil service is a massive job for any government. If it was me I would pick customs and BRA as the first priority. If we can improve the revenue stream for the state, at least that is a good start and should save the public from further increases in taxation.

    I have to tell you my fear is that BERT will not yield what is expected and further taxation will be introduced, hence spiralling us further into recession. If the first half of 2019’s economic performance is anything to go by, the second half will be no bed of roses for sure.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Barbados 2019

    You asked and I quote

    “…Why are you opposed to naming 6 businesses who started up from inception during the 4 years through your 6 week training program?…”

    And the answer is a simple one

    BECAUSE ISO TALIBAN aka GRENVILLE PHILLIPS THE OUTPATIENT does not have ond single company that he can mention their names!!!

    He came with the same shy$e talk in November and de ole man told him dat he has to provide names of the imaginary beneficiaries

    De man is an effing liar and just now Mrs Looney Tunes going come and make a statement bout de madman’s promises, quote from the Book, give a quote bout capitalism and cuss me .

    Mad as ass!!!

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  • William Skinner June 27, 2019 7:16 PM
    Bayland folk of that era, and Sir Gary himself say that Gerald, Sir Gary’s brother was at one time. a better player than Sir Gary.
    Sir Gary said that when he saw G Sobers in the newspaper, he thought that it was Gerald that was selected.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    As Robert Lucas points out, it is up to us Bajans ourselves to improve Transparency International’s methodology and accuracy with respect to Barbados.

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  • Hi John A:

    We planned to start with the public services that interacted with the public most.

    Since BERT does not have an economic growth component, we are doomed to suffer. The BERT financial targets must be met, and with no real growth, we will likely be taxed beyond what we can bear. Therefore, the proverbial operation will be a success, but the patient will die.

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  • Hi Barbados 2019:

    Further to my last response, our workshops were not done in secret. They were advertised publicly. You are free to talk to anyone who participated. However, you should not release any of their names here for persons like Piece to hate.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Man you wukking overtime withe these error 403’s heheheheh

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    @ Barbados 2019

    Any clown, of whom Iso TALIBAN aka Bedroom Police aka Grenville Phillips, numbers among the first, understands what testimonials are.

    “…3 Reasons Why Testimonials Are So Powerful – WireBuzz

    http://www.wirebuzz.com/3-reasons-testimonials-powerful/

    That’s why testimonials, when done well, use stories to draw your prospects in and connect with them emotionally.

    The very best testimonials cast your customers as the hero character in the story, not your business.

    You simply play the role as a guide — or mentor — that stepped in to lead them to the storybook ending…”

    For the most part, testimonials are narrative by customers who provide a statement about the value of the subject matter

    The subject in this matter is Iso TALIBAN and these imaginary students with thriving businesses SHOULD BE ADVERTISED BY TALIBAN!!!

    But by now you should notice the consistent patterns

    Someone asked Taliban for the name of the accountants who endorsed his Mad Ass Recovery Plan and HE CANNOT GIVE THEM

    John A asked TALIBAN for the minute details of one practical devolution of MARP (Madd Ass Recovery Plan) and he fumbles so effing bad that John A had to give him those details.

    Then Iso blames the Blogmaster for not being able to respond to that simple question because “he would be tekking up space on the BU BLOG”

    You ask him for independent testimonials and he talks about the students being targeted

    People ask Taliban for the names of his non existent party AND HE SAYS THAT THEY ALL WILL BE VICTIMIZED.

    This is a pattern of A FVUCKING LIAR and a psychopath Barbados 2019.

    He MUST NEVER be allowed into the House of Assembly, NOT EVEN TO CARRY WATER!!!

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  • Piece the Legend

    His sidekick Looney Tunes soon going rush in heah to defend the Bedroom Police

    10, 9, 8, 7, 6….

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  • Take Hal for instance, who, by his own admission, worked at the prestigious Financial Times. We should be honoured to have such an eminent person among us to provide an independent financial/economic opinion. However, in this environment, Hal does not give a second thought to compare me, a Structural Engineer with an unblemished and stellar 30-year professional career, with Hitler, for no good reason whatsoever.(Quote)

    I have never commented on your competence as a structural engineer, it would be rude and obnoxious to do so. I am talking about your obvious authoritarian politics, your involving in the public space, which has the hallmark of a dictator.
    The answer is simple: let other members of your party speak on the areas of their responsibilities; publish the names of your newly elected officials; and stop using your engineering qualifications and experience in order to close down discussions. You look like a one-man band, a dictator.

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  • Thank you Hal and Piece for proving my point.

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  • Piece the Legend

    You’re welcome Bedroom Police

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  • FREEDOM BELIEVES IN FREE SPEECH…LET THEM SPEAK ON… THEIR THEIR COLOURS ARE BLAZING!!

    Freedom has survived the most Vile of Speech from the Likes of Legion et al and have Continued to Share Understanding from a Biblical Perspective and although it is a Crime to Slander me, once you start to Regulate Speech other than the Appeal to Common Decency, you Stifle Ideas, you Stifle Thought and that is the Beginning of Tyranny.

    An Evil man will speak Evilly all the Time and seek to Deceive, and somebody that is Striving to do Good will Not Speak Evilly! A man’s Reputation is his own, it is Precious to him. The Evil Tongue tries to take away that Good Man’s Reputation.

    We are left to Judge by the fruit’s of each persons heart that is what comes out of their mouth. Those that like to think Evilly will Entertain those that speak Evilly.

    True Government is Self Government. Bridling our own Tongue is Good Government. An Unbridled Tongue is Bad Government.

    People who Speak Evilly Should be Ostracized from the Market Place of Ideas! Society Breaks Down when we have an Over Abundance of an Unbridled Tongue that Speaks Evilly!!

    Like Joshua Said “Choose this Day whom you will Serve”!!!

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  • @ Grenville,

    What point did I prove? Stop being silly and take your head from your posterior. I am not part of your discussion; I am just interested n knowing the other members of your party. I do not consider you intellectually equipped to seriously discuss financial economics and so refuse to play to your juvenile agenda.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Georgie Porgie at 8 :32 PM

    I too heard that Gerald at one stage was the better cricketer than Gary. Gerald probably did not get the encouragement that Gary received. Gary had a lot of Godfathers even at this point in life.

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  • VINCENT
    Apparently, Gerald, being senior to Gary, had to take on the mantle of providing for the family, because of the death of their father. Remember in those days cricket was basically sport and not a well paid profession, as it is today.

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  • Hal:

    The point was that on this forum, you would completely forget the FT high standards that you learnt, and would use any excuse, or no excuse, to crudely disparage another human being.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ the Bedroom Police aka Iso TALIBAN aka Grenville

    With each one of your childish responses to everyone with an opinion other than your own, or what you call “DISPARAGEMENT, my grandson is weaving together a new product that show you up to be a psychotic person, ONE who DOES NOT LIKE TO BE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR FLIMSY POLITICAL PARTY

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @JohnA. If there is a glut on the real estate market, then a price correction is imminent going forward.That could be good for investors looking for bargains to cater to the AirBnB market.Ireland had a massive correction to their real estate market after the bubble burst a few years ago.Today, Ireland real estate market is kicking again.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    40 Acres at 6:36 PM

    What impact will that have on the local economy?

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  • @ forty

    Yes Ireland’s market has recovered but only because there a return on investment was present from both capital gains and rental income. Don’t forget Ireland was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Brexit fall out with many companies relocating there.

    Our problem here is that rents are down roughly 30% over the past 2 years and land tax on some properties this year jumped 61%. So once you own a home already why would you buy a second property when the chance of making a dollar renting it may be slim to nil?

    I know of one townhouse project consisting of 20 units and 6 are now for sale. No one looking at one of them will touch it as an investment. If you buy one 5 left and only time will tell what one of those owners may drop their price to next year to unload, making what you paid this year underwater as an investment.

    Money don’t like uncertainty.

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