A Time to Clasp Hands

 

Time has changed. What have changed along with time?

Redistribution of income.
Non enforcement of Laws.
High levels of unemployment.
Justice system constipated
Lack of responsibility by key sectors of Society.

Vincent Codrington

A recurring narrative in Barbados fuelled by an unprecedented number of murders recorded at the mid-year is the idea the political directorate has the solution. The political estate is a member of civil society and obviously has a major role to play, however, it cannot be a singular effort if we are to be successful.

For a long time this blogmaster has crystallized a view that the lack of civic awareness by John and Jane Citizen represents a large part of the challenge to sustain a quality society. Does the average John and Jane understand the meaning of civil society? It is a term that is freely included in discussions these days as the national debate shifts gears in reaction to the pace social, economic and environmental degradation in taking place in Barbados.

A World Bank definition of civil society “refers to a wide array of organizations: community groups, non-governmental organizations [NGOs], labour unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations.” For many years Barbados authorities have boasted about the benefit of the Social Partnership comprised of government, labour unions and private sector. From observation through years of its existence the social partnership is triggered into action to respond to economic challenges. There is no malicious intent by the blogmaster to attack the social partnership. Any opportunity to bring interest groups to the table to pull on the peace pipe must be viewed as positive. What is instructive is that other islands having observed the Barbados model have seen the wisdom to expand membership in the social partnership by including other groups in civil society.

The quote by Vincent Codrington was posted as a contribution to identify factors responsible for a deteriorating social landscape in Barbados. He subsequently affirmed it is not an exhaustive list. What his contribution reinforces is that it will require a collective approach to attack present day challenges of crime to name one of the pressing ones. Leaders from every sphere of society must work to design the best approaches to wrestle back Barbados from the grip of dark forces.

Observing the commentary on social media, talk programs and street light chatter suggest there is a willingness by ordinary citizens to outsource the solution to our problem to government and political directorate. The government is a key member in civil society, however, it will require other members of civil society to deliver on respective mandates.

Besides the need for all groups in Barbados to work together in a meaningful way. The new normal of the times requires solutions to be tailored and implemented quickly by avoiding modalities from another time. It is accepted that extraordinary times require people to do extraordinary things to avoid chaos and dysfunction. All agree that we are experiencing unprecedented challenges and have reached the tipping point that should be a signal for everybody to rally if not for ourselves for the sake of the children.

 

 

130 comments

  • Verona Michael

    This is what happens to the nation that has no love or respect for God. Barbados was not like this ten short years ago. What has changed? We have taken away corporeal punishment from the schools, openly celebrated “Gay Pride” on the streets of Barbados, and our so-called progressive and liberal actions have had a telling effect on our young people. Clearly we can see that the root cause of this unprecedented violence is a hatred and rage against one another or lack of genuine love which emanates from the source of love, God. It will only get worse if we do not reaffirm our respect and belief in one God from the leaders of the land right down to the children, and then we will see a great turnaround in our behavior one towards another.

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  • Don’t forget broken homes . Times have changed the children of today have no good and meaningful examples for guidance
    Father neglect Mothers working long hours to keep food and pay bills
    Govt absent minded of what social abnormalities that can effect the minds of the youth
    One would see all these effects that can contribute to a society loss and wandering in a deep darken abyss of confusion

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  • Got too many blighted ass churches and NOT ENOUGH information on identity and African history….for christ sake ya are AFRICAN DESCENDED, many are still fullblood…no matter what bullshit lies ya useless government ministers, church leaders, criminal minorities and the varying assholes and hypocrites come up with…

    …..return to your TRUE IDENTITY and watch the changes happen.

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  • @David

    Before i comment on this submission i want to ask seriously – what was the purpose of the BLP (Mia) inviting known drug dealers to the opening of Parliament?

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  • @Greene

    How would this blogmaster know?

    Perhaps the same reason the former government employed Bounty Killer at NHC.

    Why do we focus on the political directorate and give other stakeholders a pass?

    These are issues other stakeholders if they were on board should have been protesting against including a civic minded citizenry.

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  • I suppose when ya use the village dons and ram goats to bribe poor people who need their water bills, light bills, grocery bills etc.. PAID……to vote for you every 5 years…..because both lowlife governments kept the depressed areas DEPRESSED FOR THAT VERY REASON..

    me thinks an invite to parliament is well in order.

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  • Dvaid,

    man i took pains not to make this political. i was asking a serious question and look where you gone? let me re state it- what could be going thru any politician’s mind when they invite known drug dealers to the opening of parliament? i am asking your opinion on that

    this is mine- i think that MAM overestimates her ability to influence people and thought that she could control drug dealers/ gangsters by being inclusive. i dont know whether she would have discussed it with her seniors in the party? i dont where this approach has worked and i dont know why politicians (DLP and BLP) think they have to associate with this element to win an election? is winning worth losing one’s integrity? are politicians compromised when they associate with this element? is this criminal element any worse than the white collar criminals?

    that is where i was going man. you dont have to get so defensive all the time altho i understand this site can be combative and political at times but i did say seriously to denote that i was not being political.

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  • @greene

    The question you asked was not political?

    The answer given was not meant to illustrate a thinking that is consistent with all members of the political class?

    #pissinmuhpocketdo

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  • Greene has a point

    It is called leading by example
    It makes absolutely no sense for the head to become the tail
    Govt inviting known drug lords to parliament shows a total lack of disrespect for the populace and the laws of goverence
    Then we wonder “how tge youth get so”
    Also for good measure we have a media whose job is to call out any forms of corruption but sits muted and eyes close to these illegalities rooted in political opportunism
    Yuh sow the wind yuh reap the whirlwind

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  • Let me begin my day, by wishing you a blessed and beautiful day. My warm and sincere thoughts are extended to every Barbadian
    We may disagree over politics, but we are crew and passengers of the good ship Barbados..
    .
    A calypso to jog your memory..

    Have a great day Barbados..
    Your best years are yet to come.

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  • @David

    actually it was not. but believe what you want, mate.

    i was seriously reflecting on what would motivate any politician to invite known drug dealers / gangsters to the opening of parliament? what was the expected outcome?

    in addition what would motivate a politician to direct jobs to known drug dealers / gangsters? what was the expected outcome?

    havent we seen enough examples of this throughout the Caribbean where it always works in the favour of the criminal element? why would bajan politicians think the outcome would be different here?

    why not come out strongly in favour of law and order? isnt this the better approach?

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  • @Greene

    You need to reread the blog again this time with understanding. All stakeholders in civil society must step up. The blogmaster conceded that John and Jane Citizen have relinquished civic responsibility by outsourcing it to the political class. The other stakeholders which includes John and Jane Citizen along with NGOs, MEDIA, to name two – must become more active to create the tension on the issues to bring about equilibrium tilted by the influence from the political directorate. This blogmaster has gone passed trying to fathom why Mottley or Stuart permitted known drug dealers to benefit from tax dollars. The point if you missed it is that others in civil society must step up, NOW!

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  • Ten years ago David saw all that was wrong with govt failures
    I remember his famous line of “Govt leading by example ”
    Ten years later a new David has emerged with all the spin and talking points and a total disregared of good goverence
    David has become a mock stick of the David he used to be all because his preference of wanting to be a bold faced yardfowl of the highest order for this govt

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  • “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”

    What is government? It lives, it breathes. Critical in the process is the PEOPLE!

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  • What is mock here is your synthetic weave.

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  • Not a B thing or D thing…..

    A simple comment may be interpreted by some as as an attack on their party, It is not a political attack on a party but because it contains an element of truth some believers may have their feelings hurt.

    May 24, is a moment that was lost.

    The nation voted (it seems) with an intent of uprooting the system and giving itself a fresh start. But the heirs to the throne are not up to the task.

    We see the same old games being ushered in with new names. What we thought were promises to do better now appear to be just an election gimmick. Those who recognized and could spot corruption from a dozen miles away now suffer from myopia; their counterparts who couldn’t recognize corruption even if it bit them in the ass now suffer from presbyopia. The medical effects of a change in administration are most interesting.

    And so here we are today. Using the same old playbook that brought us to these hard circumstances.
    Here we are with a government full of sound but lacking in actions on issues that would build a nation
    Integrity legislation’
    Freedom of information
    Revitalizing of the court system
    Implementing monitoring of harbors and airports
    Equal justice for all
    Fighting against known corruption

    Eric Williams said “one from ten leaves nought”. We in Barbados are discovering that “30-0 is a tie” as we see no radical departure from the previous government (if we ignore the sound).

    All we are seeing are theories, definitions and excuses for impotence and inefficiency.

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  • @ David

    As You can see from the way this thread opened in the eyes of many it’s the fault of government for where we are today. I agree to a point, but only to where they have failed in terms of policies to capture the ” lost ones” from falling through the cracks at an early stage.

    Name 6 government funded programs that do for the young what Natures Fun Ranch dose for those it helps. My point is these guys are cast aside from young and hence they find support only
    In themselves. It may start with a bad home life, then a failed 11 plus followed by a problem in their teens etc.

    Instead of all the long talk and BS we need to stop using the same system we have been since 1960 and start trying to implement ways of reaching these fellows and showing them their worth. I don’t see anything changing until we accept that we must take the gun and frustration away from them and replace it with something else that they can reaffirm their status with.

    What Barbados has been doing for decades is treating the end result of this problem, as opposed to dealing with the root causes, as is being done in places like the Netherlands and Norway where violent crime is actually on the decline.

    Or we can just continue with the usual BLP did this so DLP did that crap, choice is ours.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    re “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”
    RUBBISH ! HUMAN GOVERNMENT FAILED LONG AGO
    IT SHOULD BE APPARENT TO ALL SANE FOLK THAT MAN IS INCAPABLE OF GOVERNING HIMSELF PERSONALLY OR COLLECTIVELY
    OBSERVE………

    The dispensation of human government – What is it?
    Dispensationalism is a theological organizational system for describing how God interacts with people in different periods of history. There are seven dispensations, or ages. The dispensation of human government is third after the dispensations of innocence (Genesis 1:27—3:19) in which God interacted with humans face to face, and conscience (Genesis 3:23—8:19) in which humans were to govern themselves based on what they knew to be right, i.e., through their conscience.

    Each dispensation can be thought of in terms of a six-part structure. The elements of the dispensation of human government are:

    Managers: Noah and his descendants
    Time Period: The Flood to the confusion of languages at Babel, about 429 years
    Responsibility: Scatter and multiply (Genesis 9)
    Failure: Unwillingness to scatter and the building of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1–4)
    Judgment: Confusion of languages (Genesis 11:5–9)
    Grace: Abraham is chosen—the start of the Jewish race, through whom Messiah would come (Genesis 12:1–3)

    The end of the second dispensation, of conscience, came at the Flood when God saved eight people. God covenanted with Noah to never again destroy all people by water. Then, He instituted human government as a way for humans to battle evil (Genesis 8:20—11:9).

    God gave to Noah a set of expectations to enforce—beginning with Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” This command established the sanctity of human life and the authority of man to govern man. This authority continues (Romans 13).

    However, sin (“lawlessness” in 1 John 3:4) continued in Noah’s time and with his descendants, and instead of following God’s provision, people created their own idols and fell into moral degradation. People relied on their own selves and elevated their reasoning above God, culminating in the Tower of Babel. “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth'” (Genesis 11:4). This was disobedience to God and He enacted the consequence of their inability to communicate with one another. This confusion of language caused the people to disperse and fill the earth as God had previously commanded they do (Genesis 1:28; 9:1).

    God demonstrated His grace in choosing Abraham and his descendants to be those through whom Messiah would come to redeem the world (Genesis 12:1–2; Galatians 3).

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  • @John A

    We are singing from the same hymn sheet.

    We must let go from irrelevant political narratives if the urgency of now demands it. We have to direct resources to building communities. Government has a lead role, who says not, but government less we forget is about padding popularity which will divert from national imperatives most times.

    If what is unfolding in Barbados does not ignite us nothing will and we will be doomed to become that failed society being bellowed by a few here.

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  • David July 7, 2019 8:41 AM

    What is mock here is your synthetic weave

    Ha ha that u cant prove bro
    That you cant prove
    Therefore i caution you to stay in your side of the lane before you get ran over
    Btw the subject at hand also focus on hypocrisy and hypocrites all which attributes and contributes to a decaying society
    Most of what you abhorred in the past ten years you are willing to give a passing grade ten years later
    Where are your condemnation of Charles Herbert abilty to bypass the justice system without having full transparency on charges of having drugs in or about his possession
    Ten years ago one would have heard a David calling on an uprooting of the justice system if the same occurrence had happened under another govt
    You now have proven yourself to be a bold face hypocrite able and ready to sell your soul at the table of political oportunism over left over soup

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  • @ Ogazerts

    Well said but let me ask you a question that on the surface may appear simplistic.

    Did the people in May really vote for change or did they vote simply to rid themselves of one group of persons?

    In other words did we as a people make it abundantly clear to this group what we expected or were we spending all our energy on purging ourselves of the last set?

    If the fault is ours then let us dam well make it clear now to our leaders what we want starting today!

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  • @David

    I agree with you but as long as a large section of the community continue with their yardfowlism, then government in fact will take advantage of that and play to it.

    If ALL persons inclusive of those feathered variety were to mount one United stand and tell the government this is what we want done, then change will have to come. If we continue with the same party crap that is on this blog daily, then we are in fact weakening any chance of a united front and hence ever seeing a chance for true change.

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  • William Skinner

    Anybody who believes that the social partnership was designed to solve society’s ills, is obviously living in a fantasy world.
    The social partnership is nothing more than the sophisticated hijacking of the trade union movement.
    It is a clever political arm of the party it wants to support.
    It’s core message is that the workers must produce more while the employers must get tax breaks and avoid paying taxes.

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  • The people of Barbados voted for the BLP and gave them an absolute majority 30- 0.

    You gave the Prime Minister and her Ministers unprecedented power to rule Barbados.

    We can all keep writing opposing shiite ad nauseum since bloggers are the defacto opposition.

    I have to be careful what I write because most of what I want to say could land me in the courts or worse.

    Maybe you should all read the BLP manifesto and do a ” promises made promises kept “.

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  • @John A

    Yardfowlism will be with us until man made political systems are no more. A smart society will design a level of redundancy read other interest segments in society becoming more active.

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  • I will give you one example of what I shall call “The Half Ass Approach” so you can get where I am coming from.

    The last government gave some fellows weedeaters and lawn mowers so that they could help themselves earn a dollar. To be fair it was not a bad idea, but why didn’t they take the idea to its ultimate end?

    In others words give the same guys pieces of public land to maintain under an annual contract. So now not only would they have the tools for a job, but a source of income as well, onto which they could now expand and build a business. Lord knows there wasn’t no shortage of bush to cut down!

    That folks is what i mean when I speak of a change to progressive thinking, as opposed to the same old political way of doing things.

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  • HERE ON BU WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT ISSUES, WHAT ABOUT EXAMINING THE ROOT CAUSE!!

    The Solution is Simple but our Educational System caused it, the whole of Western Society was built on the Premise that there is a God and His laws are paramount. Moreover, as Society followed the Rules of Christendom there was a Greater degree of harmony.

    After Independence, the Systemic Removal of Scripture Study from the Class Room has taught a Generation nothing about God. Whereas Barbados used to Enjoy the Blessings of those teachings and the Servility of the Society, by taking away the motivational Aspect of being a Righteous person, we are Now Discovering that CIVILITY ALONE DOES NOT WORK!

    Any Society can tolerate some amount of Bad Behaviour but it cannot Endure beyond a Certain Point. This Article is seeking to pull back from that point, Koo-by-ya, may slow the process, it may make us feel good but it will not halt the Onslaught of the Errant Behaviour. As the Old time Prophets used to say Repent Ye!, Repent Ye!

    This type of Wayward Behaviour is not particular to Barbados it is almost as if we are in the Grips of Phenomena of Disregarding what has held us together for Millennia to Embrace No Restraint on our Conduct. Evil is Desiring/Believing that they are no Consequences for our Actions/Desires.

    The Simple Solution is RE- Start Religious Education in School!

    SELF EXPLANATORY…WE SEE THIS EVERY DAY!!

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  • @Hants

    No sorry we not going back to reading no manifesto. What we need to do is tell the government as of today, these are our 5 major concerns have them addressed immediately and we want weekly progress reports as was done with the sewage system.

    From the time you go back to any old ways of doing things, you playing their game their way. We the people need to say “fellows from today wunna going play it our way now.”

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  • But how can any one over look the sourcing/sources of from where and how guns became a part of barbados society
    Who were the guard keepers at our ports of entry
    Who were listening to tge ordinary voices of the people asking for more oversight at our port of entry
    One would think that govt now caught up in a revolutionary style of criminal activity within society would be resolute in not issuing any further gun licences or permits

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  • Barbados Today
    1 hr ·
    https://barbadostoday.bb/…/Dale-Marshall-Chamber-of-Commerc… | Corruption Bill to bring civil penalties | Barbados Today

    This vicious, lying, corrupt AG needs to tell us just when anyone in Barbados has ever been charged for corruption either traditionally, criminally or civilly…and now this BLP PLOY TO CONTINUE THE CORRUPTION WITHOUT CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR THE WICKED, VILE STAINS ON EARTH.

    It’s a good thing they cant pull that shit with the bigger countries…eg…shades of Donville.

    SO….the electorate KNOWS THEY HAVE TO GET RID OF BLP…..PERMANENTLY….just as they did DLP…

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  • Get rid of them …..ALL OF THEM…. and their diplomatic passports….AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS NEXT…

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  • Georgie Porgie

    WUNNAH UP AND DOWN, HERE AND THERE, THITHER AND YON, ALL AROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH BUT WUNNAH ALL MISSING THE POINT

    MAN IS INCAPABLE OF RULING HIMSELF FAR LESS OTHER MEN

    TALK ON . HAVE YOUR DAILY TALKATHON

    I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WILL ARRIVE AT THE SAME PLACE—MINUS SOME HOT AIR

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  • @John A

    You see how difficult a transformative plan will be to achieve? All solutions must come from government.

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  • Poorpeacefulandpolite

    May l humbly insert a suggestion I have perhaps “slightly” less divisive than previous comments: All Barbadian residents should be encouraged to belong to at least one civic society/NGO . . . if there is none that is liked or existent, then form one with same interests (this blog is one) and have every public sector department that is relevant serve as “point” for the activism within each group. This way there will be at least a certain amount of cohesion and expertise to tackle the challenges.

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  • Yes but govt were to be the protectors and directors of the laws that govern the country
    When last has govt to be known to make good one any law
    More than make good govt has been known to cuddle and caress their friends who broke the law
    Over and over again one read of govt officials making good for their friends while society looks on with condemnation

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Mr Blogmaster, I first must say I am kerfuffled by the concept as written that seems to set govrrnment as some external entity disconnected from the society …when you say also “[t]he new normal of the times requires solutions to be tailored and implemented quickly by avoiding modalities from another time” I move from kerfuffled to bamboozled!

    Not playing words so let me see if I illustrate the strange dystopia you have painted from other bloggers comments…

    First of all @Skinner is bang on re the so called social partnership. At first blush that seemed such an awesome construct but a deep dive brings one to @Skinners thesis and more… I would add that it was fancy public window dressing of what was done secretly behind closed conference room doors.

    Then there was @Greene’s tongue-in-cheek and your bold tongue-out response To which I ask: Is today’s drug lord not a very visible and dynamic “community organizer”? When he is co-opted by the elected official for public display is that not a direct and forceful case of community involvement… or said in other fancy words, an involvement in social partnership!… or said in more frightful way, a Jamaica/Bob Marley/Seaga/Manley/Ganga Farmers redux!

    Let me repeat…I am not playing words here.

    You guys repeatedly retort as @John A recaps above that govt has “…failed in terms of policies to capture the ” lost ones” from falling through the cracks at an early stage”….but how can be a true representation of what’s happened out there…it isn’t !

    Like it or not there has been a concerted effort to address social issues with direct govt funded efforts and then indirectly via NGOs….on the latter front, there has been a big growth of social groups (Mens groups, Womens Group, Lions, Kiwanis, BARP, Soccer clubs, Road tennis getting guys off the street, Tiddlywinks and on the list goes) over these many years assisted and abated by the elected officials … so efforts have been made as you said “…to direct resources to building communities.”

    Thus I circle back to your old saw ““that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” to forcefully highlight what YOU are ALL saying : we are here because THIS is where our society has brought us NOT the govt per se…yes, they led the mess but voters every five years supported it….and community organisations, social partnerships, the church etc have a DIRECT hand in the mess!

    We CANNOTdivorce govt from the people when it suits our “irrelevant political narratives” …they are always us and WE always them!

    The “urgency of now demands” that we stand up and be counted ..that WE build back our communities, that we elect solid men and women of integrity … but then again if you assert that “government …is about padding popularity” then it surely suggests that we as voters are about acclaiming said popularity and not substance, NOT SO!

    I gone.

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  • @ William,

    The Social partnership is bogus; it has no relevance in a democracy. I attended a meeting of the partnership once at the BWU HQ and was shocked at how basic the entre thing was. One person stood out, and I won’t mention her name. But she is someone I have since been in contact with.

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  • @ David.

    To a point yes government must provide the environment and policies. When I speak to environment I speak broadly. So if an NGO say wants to create a venture for hydrophonic farming, then government may need to offer duty free exemptions on imports for that to happen. Government must therefore act more as a facilitator than an implementer going forward. So it would be better for them to offer a guy like Corey Lane an annual subversion than try to do it themselves. I only mention Corey because I have seen what he is trying to do.

    It really boils down to deciding if you will put the money into a bigger prison or projects that would try and keep the guys out of the one we have.

    In other words the Norway approach vs the USA approach.

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  • @John A

    The added factor is a strident voice by the citizenry and interest group (s) to influence the policy.

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  • @ de

    That is why I asked the questions I did in my earlier post of 8.57am.

    We get what we are given because we don’t demand different, so 30 try to plan for 275000. Don’t you think the 275000 need to start telling the 30 what they not only want, but expect progress reports on in terms of immediate implementation?

    I don’t blame government alone I blame us more than I do them.

    If I tell you paint my car blue and you pick a blue and when i come to collect it and say it’s too dark who do should I blame?

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  • @ David.

    Yes and that will never happen as long we continue separating ourselves as Bs this and D’s that, as opposed to addressing the issues before us..

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  • William Skinner

    @ John A

    We don’t change governments we change parties.
    Old people call it : Six and half dozen.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • @ William

    So true that is why we need to change the way WE do things. It can be done once we demand it.

    Look at how the South coast sewage issue was addressed for exAmple by Minister Abrham. We hounded them for results and they not only acted, but kept us updated on progress.

    We have to stop with the scatter shot approach with the hope of hitting something and implement a more focused approach on say our 5 critical concerns.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @John A, is your thesis on right track!

    1.In most Democratic system aren’t the few elected TO PLAN for the many…and don’t the MANY very clearly tell the few what they want by voting for the person who best represents the programs they like!

    2.Then if I wanted that blue programmed car but accept a bluish black one and accept it again five years later…and 20 years later pontificate about what my community has not achieved how is anyone at fault really but me…and

    3.Our system does not have any sanction for lack of immediate implementation or even feedback…that comes every five years basically or street protests!

    I get your overarching point but that is the thrust of what this entire blog appears to assert and dissect in the same breath: if we are the govt and the govt is us then we are the ultimate failures period…it cannot be thrust only on the leaders we elect and reelect and reelect!!

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  • @ de

    Hence we are the duopoly in real terms and not the 2 parties. We are red and yellow and we change one colour for the other,demanding nothing different from either of them.

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  • William Skinner

    @ John A
    Too much hocus pocus . Eg: I endorsed opening schools earlier a few days ago as was stated by the authorities.
    In today’s Sunday Sun , I read that the decision has now been overturned.
    This announcing policies and then abandoning them seem to be the new norm.
    We seem to be grappling and confusing ourselves with rather basic issues and communication.
    How could the Headmistress inform parents by mail that the school hours are going to be changed and then the very next day inform them to “ignore” the previous day’s correspondence?
    I don’t think that she being the Head of Harrison College makes this any less unbelievable !

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  • waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait wunnah still trying to figure out HOW TO CLASP HANDS?

    WUNNAH ALL OVER THE PLACE MAN

    ASK AND ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

    WHAT IS MEANT BY CLASPING HANDS
    WHY IS HAND CLASPING NEEDED
    WHO WILL BE CLASPING HANDS
    WHEN WILL THIS HAND CLASPING OCCUR
    WHERE WILL THIS HAND CLASPING OCCUR

    IS THE HAND CLASPING EVEN POSSIBLE? HAS IT EVER OCCURRED ANYWHERE? IF SO, WHY SO?
    IF NOT WHY NOT?

    NOW CHATTER AND NATTER ON
    PITTER PATTER
    CHATTER AND NATTER
    BUT ONLY PRODUCING BULLSHIT BATTER

    ROCKING AND MOCKING IN THE BU RUM SHOP PUN A SUNDEE MAWNING

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  • How could the Headmistress inform parents by mail that the school hours are going to be changed and then the very next day inform them to “ignore” the previous day’s correspondence?

    EASY!
    CAUSE NOBODY AINT CLASPING HANDS OR HOLDING HANDS OR PLAYING HANDSY PANSY

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  • @William

    Again look at what makes news? I looked on the front page of today s nation in the supermarket and what did I see? Two men casting a well cover.

    Even the press is part of the problem in not exploring and focusing on deeper issues.

    I mean if a well cover broke and an innocent child lost his life, one would assume a new one would be made and others in need of replacement dealt with.

    Dat is the best wunna could find to put on a blaster front page!

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  • William Skinner

    @ John A

    I am now convinced that we need to find out all we can about a man named Hal Austin. I am beginning to believe that he has given some body a very large sum of money, to ensure that our country becomes a failed state.
    I am hoping that I am wrong but this man Hal Austin seems to be a very serious threat to our democracy.

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  • dribbler

    i was hoping to engage in a discussion about today’s politicians’ understanding of politics as a whole. and to the point no politician worth his/her salt can engage with known drug dealers / gangsters and hope to come out on top. where has this ever been achieved except under authoritarian rule? normally such close relationships always favour the gangsters. history has so proven.

    hence my question- why would a PM invite such people to the opening of parliament? why would any politician direct jobs to said people? it boggles the mind.

    politicians as a class deal with unsavoury business people all the time, why would you openly want to deal with more?

    like i said – MAM likes to come over as the smartest person in the room whatever the topic but the things is the smartest person in the room knows that he/she is not the smartest person in the room

    to the topic- the submission is a good one but one for the long term. short term measures are needed to arrest the situation whilst introducing long term measures so that we do not return to where we are now. and yes in Bim everything starts and ends with politics and politicians. they drive everything in Bim. were it not so they would be irrelevant and they know that

    yet I have not heard any ministers from the BLP now or the DLP prior address crime in any depth. they hardly comment on morals, civics or even good manners. the people are looking for leadership and the political class has failed and is failing

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  • @ William.

    Lord don’t do that to Hal, next thing he come in for Cropover and get hold and question!

    His point though if one reads it in terms of a functioning state apparatus is not incorrect.

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  • Barbados Underground Whistleblower

    BIG TIME Crook doesn’t want to lockup himself and his colleagues.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Corruption Bill to bring civil penalties

    Individuals and companies caught engaging in corrupt practices may find themselves having to pay hefty fines, following a civil process, rather than a criminal one.

    Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, made this announcement as he addressed the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast meeting entitled Guided by Integrity Breakfast, at the Hilton Barbados Resort, recently.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/07/07/corruption-bill-to-bring-civil-penalties/

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  • william sir

    re but this man Hal Austin seems to be a very serious threat to our democracy.

    BECAUSE HE TELLING THE TRUTH? our country IS a failed state. IN THE SAME WAY THAT MANY OTHERS HAVE BECOME, OR ARE BECOMING A FAILED STATE

    EVEN THE MIGHTY USA IS BECOMING A FAILED STATE. CANT YOU SEE THAT?

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  • @William

    You know getting back on Hals failed state. I think alot were offended by that, but let’s be fair and examine it in practical terms.

    Let us say the pass mark for a functioning state was 75% efficient functionality across the board. So if an island had 80% in this measure it would therefore not be viewed as a fail state, but an island say with 65% would be viewed as a fail state.

    So if we look at Bim today honestly and without bias, with the intention of receiclving a pass mark in excess of 80% how we looking?

    Garbage collection
    Water supply
    Economic growth
    Road infrastructure
    Public transport
    Transparency
    Indirect taxation losses
    Crime
    Taxation as related in income
    Addressing money losing entities

    So folks on a scale of 1 to 10 rate each of the above and see what you come up with.

    So wunna at immigratipn don’t hold Hal if he come for cropover, he only stating what a minimal amount of looking inward would confirm.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @JohnA. I am not a fan of the scandanavian penal model. Accomodating violent offenders in country club style prison is not my cup of tea. Heck! they might as well take it one notch further and abolished the whole penal system and just do house arrest only or better yet community service. It would at least be much cheaper than the current 4-star prison facilities.

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  • REPENT YE! REPENT YE AND GOD WILL HEAL OUR LAND!!!

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

    Romans 1:18-32

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
    19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE:
    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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  • @ forty

    Yes but don’t forget they still have imprisonment for severe crimes as we do. Its their treatment and rehabilitation into the society that has been extremely successful for them. Look at The Netherlands government now negotiation with private developers to convert 7 empty prisons into condos for private ownership, as there is a shortage of prisoners to put in them.

    We better do that with Glendairy here, although I don’t know if I would want my mail coming to “”Glendairy prison, cell 111, St Michael. ” Lol

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  • Georgie Porgie

    boys and girls WE ARE IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
    HEAR WHAT JESUS PREDICTED IN Matthew 24:37-39 King James Version

    37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

    39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    JESUS IS COMING SOON
    1 THE RAPTURE
    2 THE RISE OF ANTICHRIST
    3 THE RIGORS OF THE TRIBULATION

    READ ABOUT IN 2 Thessalonians 2

    2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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  • ” One man has been shot in Cheshire, St John “

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  • @ William
    @John A

    When I become president for life you two are in real trouble. You are subversives.
    If you want to turn a once progressive nation in to a failed state, you need to capture key institutions. In Africa it is the military.
    In Barbados it is the schools and media. Teach kids by rote and play lots of music on radio, repeat, cheap soap operas from Hollywood on TV and in print publish press releases.
    Just look at our short attention span: lots of noise for a few days, then we move on; look at the issues we have discussed on BU over the last two years that remain unresolved and which we have dropped.
    Look at our flawed institutions of democracy, from the criminal justice system to the urgently needed reforms of our schools. I will give you an example: the news desk is the beating heart of a newspaper and the diary its aorta. I can tell from reading a newspaper when a newsdesk is properly run and when the diary is well managed.
    I have just seen the UK edition of the Nation: Grynner, no doubt a lovely man, is the front page lead; pages 3 and 4 are a single storey on the auditor general’s report on the Transport Board alleged over-payment; page five is about the missing jet ski couple; six and seven are about going plastic free; page seven is about the former high commissioner to London getting a job in Florida; half of page 11 is a cartoon and the other half nonsense by Looka Lew; then we have Lowdown, Adrian Green and All Ah We Is One, by someone who calls himself a political scientist; then we have Tony Deyal; I can go on.
    Bad journalism is the opiate of the people (it has led to a virtual plague in the UK, but there s balance; for every Sun, there s an Economist or Financial Times).
    There is no demand from readers; no demand from advertisers for quality content; as a consequence, the nation suffers. The hope is that BU will fill some of that void, but does it?

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  • @Hal

    You lucky my front page nation had a picture of 2 men plastering a well cover!

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  • Barbados Underground Whistleblower

    THIS SAME SHIT HAPPENING IN BARBADOS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

    Corruption in police force… More than two dozen ranks give statements to OPR

    Just a few weeks ago, Berbice and the country were blown away by several disturbing allegations of corruption in the police operations in Berbice, Region Six. Several police ranks have given statements.

    The allegations sparked a flurry of debates and attracted the attention of the Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan; President David Granger, the business community and the regional officials of Region Six.
    Immediately after Kaieteur News broke the first story that whistleblowing ranks were calling for an independent probe, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) began investigating every allegation made in the first story and those that followed after.

    Although it is not an independent body conducting the probe, as requested by the whistleblowers of the GPF and the regional officials in Region Six, the Minister of Public Security expressed his confidence in the entity to carry out the probe professionally and with accountability.

    Since then more than two dozen policemen and women have gone forward to the OPR to provide statements detailing alleged corrupt practices executed by senior officials; a detective that was stationed at the Rose Hall Outpost; another detective that reportedly collected $1.4 M to execute Berbice’s 2019 best cop and several other ranks stationed in the ancient county.

    At least two whistleblowing ranks, including of a senior officer, is still unsure if the OPR is reliable in conducting the probe.
    One rank stated, “I don’t have a problem, personally, with any of the investigators at OPR. I am just worried that I gon be victimised if I go forward and give what I have to give because dem is still a part of the Force.
    “Really and truly, we wanted persons who are not connected to the Force and government to investigate”.
    He later told this publication that he is considering to go forward to the OPR with statements.

    This publication was informed that there has been significant progress in gathering the details of many of the allegations made.

    A circular was sent out by the OPR over a week ago to ranks throughout Berbice, the Regional Chairman of Region Six, Kaieteur News, Stabroek News and the Corentyne Chamber of Commerce to assist in any way with the investigation.
    It is understood that based on what the whistle blowing ranks and other police officers have told the OPR thus far, “It is incriminating enough for actions to be taken”.

    Meanwhile, the whistleblowing ranks have expressed outrage at the fact that the junior ranks accused of being in cahoots with criminals that wreaked havoc in Berbice are “still working like normal”.
    The ranks believe that while these men are being investigated, they should not be allowed to work and execute duties as they normally would.

    “The detective that they only move to Central Police Station still in plainclothes working as a detective and he still got the force firearm assigned to he. Is this man number went in ‘Kelly’ phone.
    “He threaten the person with the gun and when it get tek way, the big man that get suspend mek he get it back. He use to tek payment fuh duck cases and still this man deh walking and working like everything bright and nice”, the whistleblower said.

    He also said that two other ranks, one who reportedly accompanied the detective Lance Corporal to uplift $1 M from the now dead bandit, Kelvin ‘Kelly’ Shivgobin, and another detective Constable who reportedly collected $1.4 M to execute a cop and also provided a false confession in a murder case is still at their respective stations performing duties as normal. They are of the belief that the ranks should not be stationed in Berbice on duty while the probe is ongoing.
    It was nearly two weeks ago that the Crime Chief Lyndon Alves was suspended after the allegations.
    Allegations are that a senior officer from the city ordered the release of a businessman for threatening and shooting off several rounds with his firearm in the presence of persons at Rosignol Village.

    A Corporal attached to the Fort Wellington Police Station was ordered to give the businessman back his firearm.
    A senior officer was also accused of collecting $120,000 from a rogue detective Lance Corporal to have him transferred back to Berbice from TSU.

    In that matter, the detective was moved to TSU after he threatened his relative with the Force’s firearm.
    He was brought back to Berbice after the money was paid and his firearm was issued back to him based on instructions from the suspended cop.

    With regards to Alves, there was alleged interference in a case involving his daughter and a traffic matter.
    The daughter, Grace Alves, was accused of fatally striking down a six-year-old boy at Tuschen two years ago. In that case, advice was given by the DPP to have an inquest done but it was left at a standstill.
    Another allegation, which surfaced states that a businessman accused of raping a 14-year-old was reportedly not brought to justice because of intervention by a high-ranking officer.

    Whistleblowing ranks had come forward in confidence to Kaieteur News and another newspaper to highlight the wrongdoings of senior and junior ranks within the Guyana Police Force.
    While the GPF remained silent even as an investigation was ordered by the Public Security Minister, the hierarchy of the Force decided to accuse the media of damaging the image and integrity of the Force.

    https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2019/07/07/corruption-in-police-force-more-than-two-dozen-ranks-give-statements-to-opr/

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  • A time to start composing a song to win $60,000 next crop over. Will focus on nuttin butt bot seas.

    “Newcomer, but noted bashment soca artiste, SK tied with the rum king – King Bubba to cop the top prize of $60, 000.”

    King Bubba FM – She Always Bend Over (Official Music Video) “2019 Soca” | Big Yam Riddim

    SK – Reverse (V Neck Riddim) “2019 Soca” (Barbados) | Official Audio

    search and play on YouTube.

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  • Let me share my perspective.

    You wonder why civil society is not more engaged? The short answer is that civil society is intimidated by the political administration.

    About 2 decades ago, when I was president of BAPE and informing the public on national engineering issues, the firm that I worked for was told to fire me, and the executive committee that I led was told to relieve me of my responsibilities. I was also threatened with a lawsuit if I asked any more questions. The president who followed me wisely chose not to be as publicly active – and he cannot be blamed. He was married and had a family to support, while I was single at the time.

    When I was president of the BCSI, I was invited to a National Consultation where the PM cursed me out on national radio for encouraging higher standards in the public service. A developer (of another complexion) essentially repeated my concerns, but in a more explicit and less polite manner. The PM simply bowed his head – no public cursing for such as him. After the session, members of the BCSI executive were told that they needed to get rid of me.

    David, you are trying to get away from the politics, but you cannot. Everything in Barbados is political. After over 2 decades of lobbying, it was obvious that the only way to get things done to avoid losing this country, was to get elected and do it yourself.

    During campaigning, it was common to meet “community leaders” who would explain that they could deliver a certain number of votes for a fee. I explained that if any member of Solutions Barbados did anything that could be perceived as a bribe, then they would be expelled from Solutions Barbados forthwith. Maintaining a high standard of canvassing was protection for all of us.

    As you are aware, Solutions Barbados contested the last general election and managed to get the third most votes (behind the BLP and DLP). It was not the politicians, drug lords, or gang leaders that mainly tried to intimidate us. It was the misguided political operatives. We are easily manipulated into automatically turning on each-other because of political party affiliation.

    We have not yet realised that while we fight among ourselves, they are united. They will never investigate each-other for the gross corruption that they accuse each other, because their accusation are intended to excite and divide us.

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  • G Porgie:

    You are correct, but what do we do in the interim. While we on this earth, should we not aim to do our best with whatever responsibility we are given?

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  • @Grenville

    A sad commentary, that you for sharing.

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    @ nextparty246

    During campaigning, it was common to meet “community leaders” who would explain that they could deliver a certain number of votes for a fee. I explained that if any member of Solutions Barbados did anything that could be perceived as a bribe, then they would be expelled from Solutions Barbados forthwith. Maintaining a high standard of canvassing was protection for all of us.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    THIS IS WHAT BLP AND DLP POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN DOING TO WIN ELECTIONS EVERY CYCLE.

    HOW IS SOLUTIONS BARBADOS GOING TO BE ABLE TO OVERCOME THIS AND FROM CONTINUING TO BE A DISTANT THIRD????

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  • Georgie Porgie

    re
    G Porgie:

    You are correct, but what do we do in the interim.

    thebible teaches that we are to WAIT & WATCH FOR HIS RETURN

    WAFFLING ON BU CERTAINLY AINT GOING TO HELP

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  • Mr. Phillips you are Correct….Intimidation is a Major Factor in this Country that is why Free Speech is not allowed in the Public Square, it is in the Constitution, but the other laws of Slander and Libel is used to Stifle any Debate and all the Media are so Afraid of being Sued that you can flip through a whole News Paper and Not find anything of Substance.

    Every year they will visit the same Stories,e.g. people digging up the graves at Westberry in the night even talk of recycling coffins and the care of grave diggers to Protect the Coffin during burial. Or what the Minister says, just Parroting whatever they are told.

    We need a Free Speech area in Bridgetown, and INDEPENDENCE Square is so Appropriate.

    The TRUTH sounds like HATE to those who HATE the TRUTH…

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  • BU Whistleblower:

    All we can do is offer ourselves as a competent alternative. Others can do the same. It is then up to the people to decide. If they decide to stay with the BLP/DLP party, then so be it. At least we would have done our best.

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  • Porgie:

    Yes wait and watch, but also to do work until His return.

    Those who did work were rewarded with “Well done”. The one who chose to do no work was dismissed. Actually, hear Jesus. “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matt 25:30)

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  • David:

    We must expect persecution if we want to do responsible things. Jesus stated:

    “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!” Lu 17:1.

    Therefore, opposition, persecution, defamation, disrespect, violence and any other form of intimidation should not dissuade responsible persons from doing what is right. For the persecutor, God Himself warned: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Grenville

    Your problem with the word is you cant rightly divide any particular text in its context

    re The one who chose to do no work was dismissed.
    if you want to talk about work what will you say about Romams 4 or Titus 3

    Romans 4: especially vv4&5

    2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

    3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

    4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

    5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

    Titus 3:5 et secq

    5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

    7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

    TELL ME ABOUT WORK
    WHAT WAS JESUS SAYING ABOUT WORK IN Matt 25:30
    SEEMS THAT YOU LIKE THE OLIVET DISCOURSE…..BUT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IT OR ITS RELEVANCE

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  • wicked and corrupt…

    civil cases can last over 40 years in Barbados, we need UNSEALED INDICTMENTS FOR THESE SMALL ISLAND CRIMINALS calling themselves leaders, but are corrupt THIEVES… and also THEIR BRIBERS..

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  • Georgie Porgie

    THERE YOU GO AGAIN THE BLIND SEEKING TO LEAD THE BLIND
    YOU CAN NOT APPLY A PASSAGE UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND IT

    NOW LEARN ABOUT THE danger of stumbling another.

    Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

    a. Then He said to the disciples: Jesus, through the account of Lazarus and the rich man, has made it clear that eternity is for real, and no one from beyond will come back to warn us. It is all the more imperative how we live and show Jesus to others on this side of eternity, because right now counts forever.

    b. It is impossible: It is inevitable that people be offended, but woe to the person through whom those offenses come. It is important to understand what Jesus meant when He spoke of offenses.

    i. The ancient Greek word used here for offenses is skandalon, and it comes from the word for a bent-stick – the stick that springs the trap or sets the bait. It also was used for a stumbling block, something that people trip over.

    ii. In the Bible sometimes a skandalon is good – such as the way that people “trip” over Jesus, and are offended at the gospel (Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 1:23, Galatians 5:11).

    iii. But among brothers in Jesus, a skandalon is bad. It can be false counsel (Matthew 16:23), and it can be leading a brother into sin by your “liberty” (Romans 14:13). Division and false teaching brings a skandalon among God’s people (Romans 16:17).

    c. Woe to him through whom they do come: Essentially, Jesus said: “People are going to take the bait – but woe to you if you offer the hook. People are going to trip up – but woe to you if you set the stumbling block in their way.”

    i. It would better for the offending one to die a horrible death, such as having a millstone hung around your neck and being thrown into the sea.

    ii. This is a lesson that the church learned the hard way in trying to help God to curse the Jewish race for their rejection of the Messiah; the curse came back on the church worse than ever. If someone seems ripe for the judgment or discipline of God, let God do it. Get out of the way. God doesn’t need you as an instrument of His judgment, only as an instrument of His love

    iii. 1 John 2:10 explains the solution to being a skandalon to others – love: He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. If we love our brother, we will not bring an offense into their life.

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  • WHY DO YOU THINK THAT HE GAVE US THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS IF WE WERE NOT EXPECTED TO DO OUR BEST WITH WHAT WE ARE GIVEN…

    The Parable of the Talents (Luke 19:11-27)

    14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

    19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

    22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

    24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

    26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

    29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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  • Get serious AG the issue is accelerating crime in Barbados
    Your emphasis on how the crime was committed e.g scissors does nothing to quell the fears of the people
    Next time u show face on tv make sure your voice pinpoint measure to be implemented to tackle crime
    Just not a talking point laced with spin and political gooly juke

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  • Vincent Codrington

    It is how we live and show ourselves to others on this side of eternity. Actions speak more loudly than words.

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  • Porgie:

    It seems that we are writing on two separate things. You are writing of works in the context of salvation. You are correct. There is no work that we can do to earn salvation. That is through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.

    What I am writing about is our responsibility to love each-other, and to treat others the way we want to be treated. If austerity is foreseen and avoidable, then doing nothing and simply awaiting Jesus’ return, is not displaying love.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    very good!
    now TELL ME ABOUT WHAT JESUS SAYING ABOUT WORK IN Matt 25:30
    SEEMS THAT YOU LIKE THE OLIVET DISCOURSE…..BUT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IT OR ITS RELEVANCE

    Explain JUde 21

    20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

    21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
    explaon

    Also explain Mathew 24:42 et secq

    42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

    43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

    45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

    46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

    47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

    48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

    49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

    50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

    51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    where dies the Bible teach “If austerity is foreseen and avoidable, then doing nothing and simply awaiting Jesus’ return, is not displaying love.”
    TEACH ME
    i

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  • Georgie Porgie

    RE It is how we live and show ourselves to others on this side of eternity. Actions speak more loudly than words.

    VINCENT
    HOW DOES how we live and show ourselves to others on this side of eternity COME INTO PLAY WHEN NO ONE on this side of eternity WILL BE THE JUDGE AY EITHER THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRST OR THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT?

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  • “Observing the commentary on social media, talk programs and street light chatter suggest there is a willingness by ordinary citizens to outsource the solution to our problem to government and political directorate.”

    That’s the main problem in Barbados. Many citizens are totally dependent and unwilling to take care of themselves. The state has to do everything for them.

    It is therefore no wonder that the rate of self-employment on the island is so low. The masses want to study for free and then work as public servants with 4 hours of work but full pay. Nothing is more remote for them than to become entrepreneurs and take care of themselves.

    But the state can no longer stuff so many needy, dependent and hungry mouths. This is the end of the road.

    WARU and others must finally realize that we have so few entrepreneurs on the island because we have a mentality problem.

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  • “WARU and others must finally realize that we have so few entrepreneurs on the island because we have a mentality problem.”

    you have so few opportunities on the island because all you sell out black rats in the parliament have STOLEN OPPORTUNITIES from 3 generations of YOUTH…you stole their hopes and dreams to give it away and sell it out to the dirty, no class racist scum like the cows, bizzys, maloneys, bjerkhams and other tiefing minorities….

    I have known PERSONALLY and for years MANY black people who fought you 2 scum governments for YEARS…to do business, to grow businesses to feed their children.. and what did yall rats do, you marginalized and disenfranchised them, you STOLE THEIR PLANS AND IDEAS AND SOLD IT OUT TO THE SAME SCUM,,,,like yaselves…and that is only when yall did not steal their properties, estates, money in the bank and that of their BENEFICIARIES..and left them penniless to start over and struggle for 3 generations…

    so don’t even try to change the narrative….you only wanted to see the shite cave shepherds and the simpsons and all those parasites in the lives of black people…become millionaires and on the idland, off the backs of your own people…….YOU NEVER WANTED TO SEE YOUR OWN PEOPLE AS ENTREPRENEURS…you spent years and the same people’s tax dollars and pension money making sure your black people were never successful in business. ..you arrested them and brought laws to STOP THEM from progressing…

    NOW YOU WILL PAY…

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  • yo..you don’t go menacing the cops, since they are the very same UNDERPAID people you will call if anything goes wrong…

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/240632/benjamin-charged-facebook-post-about-police

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  • You start hallucinating and plotting conspiracies where there aren’t any.

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  • Oh really…after decades of practicing those CRIMES AGAINST YA OWN PEOPLE…those are no longer conspiracies and hallucinations…THOSE ARE CRIMES AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS…….by tiefing, vote begging politicians turned ministers…and their BRIBERS…

    stay there and think i am the one you have to convince of anything…stay right there, am loving it..

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  • Does anyone remember the ARCHCOT DEATHS. 3 SMALL CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS DYING HORRIBLY…..AND THE MOTTLEYS AND TIEFING COW’S INVOLVEMENT…
    Well lookee here..you evil, vile criminals.

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/why-did-the-barbados-chief-town-planner-secretly-set-aside-an-enforcement-notice-for-a-year/

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  • Tron should be telling us why the previous Archcot owner was REFUSED a town planning permission to build, but permission was given to the Mottley’s within 6 months to build and allow Cow to DRILL near that same property that fell into the hole and killed 5 black people..2 of them minor children…

    and of course Commissiong, Mia’s cousin is the attorney for the sole surviving infant, beneficiary to any pay out that will wind through the toxic corrupt court system until the baby is an old woman…but am the one hallucinating….

    ya can tell me am hallucinating about that TOOOOOOO….

    all of you WANT LOCKING UP..

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  • Hi guys and gals .here is some good news gasoline drops by 7cents
    Now dont go on social media complaining
    After all Mia promised to put money in wunna pockets
    Look at it this way sumting is betta dun nutting
    7cents fuh wunna millions for White Oaks
    Mia girl you know how to punch above your weight lol
    Btw how much does Mia weigh

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  • On another note i saw Mia mouthing a lot of the same thing on Cbc but would not help but wonder who are the people advicing her about her hair style
    How about asking her to get an upgrade on that rag muffin mop style she thinks goes with the trending style of natural 💇
    Ugly

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  • Barbados Underground Whistleblower

    I SEE BARBADOS HAVE LEARNT WELL FROM THE BIGGER ISLANDS IN CORRUPT POLICING

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    Trinidad special squad leads trafficking raid because bad cops tipping off operators

    Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith says he is taking action against human trafficking and the exploitation of women and minors, paying particular attention to night clubs, bars, and brothels where these women are being used.

    In a statement yesterday, Griffith said there are a few police officers who continue to compromise these operations because they have a vested interest in this trade.

    He said there are officers who have a stake in the illegal activities of these clubs and tip off operators of these establishments before an exercise, so that when they raid, nothing is found.

    “Therefore, to curb this, in the same way he has used the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) to have covert sting operations to rescue kidnap victims and make huge drug busts and weapon seizures, the Commissioner of Police is now also using SORT to lead raids on these night clubs, bars, and brothels, and success is being ignited by using SORT instead of using officers stationed in the Divisions where these clubs are located” he said.

    https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/news/regional/trinidad/07/08/trinidad-special-squad-leads-trafficking-raid-because-bad-cops-tipping-off-operators/

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  • Yep…and here i am in full hallucinations mode..lol..while yall DEPRAVED WICKED ASSES, SHOULD BE IN PRISON for those deaths..

    “Investigation team of former Canadian Mounted Police Officer and University Professor called building home on cave “an act of moral depravity.”

    “I found out many more things that the public has a right to know but that have been hidden so far. I encountered an atmosphere of frustration and intimidation, nourished especially under the previous BLP government. I met several individuals who were afraid to speak out for fear of loosing their jobs, bodily harm, or having their houses burnt down, if they ever went public with what they know. I will speak for them. And should the day come, I am prepared to testify in any court of law under oath.”

    … University of Alberta, Canada Professor Hans G. Machel exclusive to Barbados Free Press”

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  • Here is where we need those HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS on the ground in Barbados FOR THESE EVIL CRIMINALS calling themselves leaders…

    This is what happens when ya are SMALL ISLAND POWERFUL..which translates to you being CORRUPT AND EVIL…small island power is NOT REAL POWER..

    “Powerful Mottley family obtained Arch Cot land use permissions denied to previous owner!

    Will the Arch Cot Inquest follow up on our story?

    “The Mottley family bought Arch Cot scrub land that couldn’t be built on and then got planning permission when the previous owner couldn’t. They made some quick and easy money.”

    “Look at these documents I’ve attached. The people of Barbados deserve an explanation from the Mottley family and from the government officials who granted the land use permissions to the Mottleys that they refused to give the previous owner.”

    The following was received via an anonymous emailer. Once again we remind all readers to keep an open mind and to keep asking the questions that need to be asked. Just because somebody says so, doesn’t make it true, but this story should be simple enough that the coroner could find the truth if she wants to.

    And if the Mottley family or anyone else has a different version of this story, or wishes provide an explanation or to correct the public record, we’re happy to publish anything they send us: unedited and without comment. We’ll give their writing the same prominence with the same readership.

    Dear Barbados Free Press,

    The Arch Cot lot that collapsed into the cave should never have been built on and for years there was a stipulation on the land that it could not be build on because it was caved. I read in Barbados Today that Attorney David Comissiong is calling the Town and Country Planning Department “negligent” and saying that Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins didn’t make any effort to look into the planning and permissions history of the lot that collapsed.

    I am not surprised that Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins didn’t produce a proper historical report on the land – because a hard look at the permissions history of Arch Cot would show all kinds of mischief. Some of that mischief involved a very powerful name in Barbados politics, law and business: the Mottley family.
    Research has shown that a Mrs. Gill, nee Yearwood, sold the land to an attorney-at-law about 1978 for $200,000. These acres of land included the Arch Cot Mansion House was sold to St Cyprians School, and the remaining 4 acres were developed into housing.

    Most of the plots were sold, and the buildings privately erected, but the developer built the apartment block immediately over the cave. I am reliably informed that Mrs Stuart told the purchaser that the land should not be built on, and warned him of the existence of caves on the land, and that was the reason why it had not been developed before.

    The adjoining land under the hill was owned by Brooks, and he had also put in an application for development for light industry. Permission was granted by Town & Country Planning, but not Lot 5, which was on top of the hill. When Brooks could not get permission for change of use, he sold it to a company, one of whose members was a politician and attorney-at-law. Six months later permission was granted for change of use, which had been refused to Brooks. This company is MRD Investments Ltd., registered on 26th April, 1999, no. 16876.

    That politician associated with MRD Investments Ltd. is none other than Mia Mottley, and it was under the Barbados Labour Party government that Mottley’s company was able to obtain land permissions that were denied to the previous owner for the good reason that the site was caved.

    Only six months after the Mottley’s purchased the land, permission was granted for change of use which had been refused to Brooks. The land was now very valuable! Why could Brooks not get building permission for Lot 5 for years but a politician and powerful family can right away?

    Why are politically connected people quickly able to obtain land use permissions that are denied for years to the original owners of lands? That is a good question when we consider how permissions were given to build on the lot that collapsed and killed the Codrington family.

    It is the same old story of a property owner who cannot get permission to build, but when he sold it to the Mottley family, the Mottleys got permission lickity quick and made money. Same old story happens all the time in Barbados but there is some paperwork on this one somewhere.

    The registration for the company says that MRD Investments Ltd was incorporated on April 26, 1999.

    On October 1, 1999, Warren Douglas Mottley resigned as a director. That doesn’t mean he gave up his shares. He resigned as a director leaving Philip Roger Foster and Dean Emile Straker as Directors.

    Here it be:

    click for large

    Rocket to August 15, 2006 and Philip Roger Foster, Mia Amor Mottley, Dean Emile Straker, MRD Investments Ltd., St. Lawrence Management Limited are doing business with some condominiums nothing to do with Arch Cot, it’s only showing the connections after all they years.

    Here it be:

    Then look at another document date July 21, 2003 with Edam Inc. and Elliott Deighton Mottley and wifey Santa Amor Mottley and MRD Investments Ltd. Nothing to do with Arch Cot. We talking connections of peoples and companies only. Who knows who is the shareholders and real owners?

    I have other documents and will send them when I have time. This will do for a starter. The Coroner should be investigating this to see what really happened to lands at Arch Cot. She shouldn’t take any backtalk from the Planning Department too.

    Town Planner’s permission stamp: Connection to Arch Cot?

    I read in the papers that the police are investigating the “misuse” or forgery of the Town Planner’s permission stamp. The paper doesn’t say what it’s about. Could it be a cover-up to say that “no-one” gave the permission to build at Arch Cot? It would be convenient if the permissions history remained a big mystery, wouldn’t it?

    The paper says the fraudulent use of the town planner stamp was “recent” so maybe it has nothing to do with Arch Cot but I don’t trust Town Planning Department. Too many stories about landowners who can’t get permission to build and they they sell the land and the new politician owner gets planning permission right away.

    That is how the Mottley family bought Arch Cot scrub land that couldn’t be built on and then got planning permission when the previous owner couldn’t. They made some quick and easy money.

    That is only one politically powerful family in Barbados, and there are many families like that as we know. What other lands did the Mottley’s own and were given permissions for some quick and dirty profits? What other powerful families have made similar quick land profits when they obtained land use permissions that were denied to others?”

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  • Got anymore talk for me Tron…don’t get shy now…bring it on.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @Mariposa. What is wrong with a black woman choosing to wear her hair naturally? Don’t project your low self-esteem and self-worth on Ms Motley.

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  • @fortyacres

    The inability to appreciate natural is one of our failings as a race.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN I WAS A VERY LIKKLE BOY THEY USED TO TELL YOU TO CLASP YOUR HANDS AND BOW YUH HEADS TO PRAY

    NOW ON BU YUH CLASP YUH HANDS TO ENGAGE IN BOVINE EMMISSIONS ENOUGH TO CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING

    WHY NOT CLASP HANDS AND PRAY AGAIN AND SEE WUH HAPPEN?

    IT IS WRITTEN IN 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    WHY NOT TRY THAT?
    WATCH NOW

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  • @WURA-WAR-on-U July 8, 2019 1:20 PM

    It’s so revealing that you confuse anxious, neutral citizens like me with government bots. Not everyone who praises our honourable government is in their pay.

    I am simply trying to differentiate between good and less good items on the gov agenda, instead of criticising everything for political reasons like 95% of the commentators here. I do not have a secret agenda, but I openly support the release of the masses from the plantation called Barrow´s welfare state where everyone wears a neck iron labeled taxpayer.

    It is obvious that many commentators want to keep the masses ignorant and helpless on the plantation to retain their power over them. So we should rather have a critical discussion about the very disastrous role of old Barrow and his henchmen (trade unionists, social and DLP bureaucrats) in the decline of Barbados.

    Barbados, after more than 50 years of socialist mismanagement by the DLP, unfortunately finds itself in the same role as Cuba after the fall of the wall in 1989. I therefore expressly welcome Mia Mottley’s resolute stance. She is the only one who can free the masses from the plantation called Barrow´s welfare state.

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