Former Minister Maxine McClean Blisters Government’s Decision to Write-off VAT Monies Owed to Taxpayers

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of Government Maxine McClean and Leader of government business in the last administration made a very interesting contribution to the radio talk show Brasstacks on the 8 August 2019. Her contribution severely criticized government’s decision to write-off penalties, interest owed on VAT in the 1996 to 2000 period and a waiver of taxes from 2001 to 2017.

It was unfortunate the moderator of the program appeared ignorant about the subject matter and preferred to pressure McClean to finish her contribution which was valuable if compared to many who use the program to discuss issues boring to most listeners.

Here is the link that captures McClean’s contribution.

 

 

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  • Why did the administration she was a part of not collect the VATback then, and why did she not say something back then, these useless politicians act like they are talking down to our parents, grandparents and great grand parents…who knew no better.

    put them in their uppity place, they are all responsible for the VAT not being collected, and now for it being written off…..collecting bribes was/is more important.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @WURA-WAR-on-U August 9, 2019 9:06 PM “Why did the administration she was a part of not collect the VATback then.”

    Exactly.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Blogmaster “and a waiver of taxes from 2001 to 2017.”

    There has been NO waiver of taxes from 2001 to 2017, although there has been a waiver of interest and penalties provided that the taxes are paid off within a five year period beginning January 2019 and ending December 31, 2023.

    In any event the government charges 12% interest. Where else can the the government earn 12% interest? What? When the banks are paying 1/4% interest.The government, “B” and “D” behaves like Shylock.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    According to the Central Bank’s report given today, the government’s revenues are up, partly because of the more efficient collection of taxes. If this government can collect more, my question to the “D’ people is why were they so piss poor at collecting taxes?
    http://www.centralbank.org.bb/news/article/9618/central-bank-of-barbados-review-of-the-economy-january-to-june-2019

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  • I listened to the exchange. I certainly would not deem it to be “blistering”the government. Ms. McClean was merely asking for clarity on the issue.

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  • She a fool and a crook , she had 10 years to collect that money , shut up and sit down fool. This is why they are former and not active, 30 down and 30 to go , by 2023 or sooner,

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  • I do not wish to hear anything from any member of that dishonorable, incompetent and allegedly criminal DLP administration that was in control of the Barbados government from 2008 to 2018. The temerity of Ms McClean in commenting on matters of public administration is insulting and repugnant to me as an ordinary Barbados citizen. It is galling that Ms McClean should retire to enjoy her ill gotten pension and comfortable life while very many ordinary Barbadians live on the precipice of financial, social and environmental disaster caused by the maladministration of the DLP of which she was a leading member.

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  • Most startling or even dumbfounding was that the moderator Joaane acted or pretended to be ignorant of not recognizing Mclean voice
    It seems that since this govt became in power VOB has made it their business to made a strange effort to dismiss or act in ignorance to anything past govt ministers or spokepersons say that would challenge this present govt policies

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  • Since in office this govt has made every effort to provide platable meals for the rich
    How many write offs those which govt retrenched have received
    Up to present time govt has yet to provide a list of names of any of these companies who have come beneficiaries of the treasury
    Yet the poor are asked to hold strain and stay the course
    This policy has been played over and over again and the media has become deaf and dumb to what these govt policies are doing and with want intent and impact it is doing to the economy
    Needles to say money owed to govt does not disappear in thin air this money has to be recovered through another source and most likely the taxpayer

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  • @Ping Pong

    You are usually the rational sort on the blog always dispassionate with your comments. Surely you are not saying that a good message should be ignored because of the past deeds the messenger brings to the table?

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  • Pin pong you have just defined yourself in that jerked a.ss message as the ultimate political yardfowl

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  • How can govt be giving tax write offs and waivers left and right and not being transparent by issuing names
    This kind of attitude should be condemn by the media
    However it seems that media has made a pact between themselves and govt to keep a close lip on issues that would awaken the minds of wrong doings by the govt
    At issue right now is the invalidity payments which have been cut to bare bones and govt ministers boasting about returning the payments
    One would think that the media would be quick to side with the people and make all effort to call on govt to restore with haste these payments
    But no media once again resorts to dumb and deaf posture

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  • “THE arrest of Government Minister Marlene McDonald shows that no one is above the law, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said.

    Rowley made it clear yesterday that he was not afraid to take action against McDonald if that became necessary.”

    Well Trinidad after Antigua is now leading the way in the Caribbean, let’s see if corrupt small governments who believe that as soon as they are elected that they, their family and friends and the criminals who bribe them are SUDDENLY ABOVE THE LAW….and only the majority population should be arrested for any and everything.

    I am so not impressed with the BLP government, not impressed with Mia period, she messed up from day one trying to keep corruption alive and well, bending over backwards not to address it, helping criminals who robbed her people to get away and trying her utmost not to collect or recover any of the hundreds of millions of dollars they stole from the people..

    .. and neither are the people who are intelligent and know what is happening in Barbados is outright criminal at every level… impressed with her or any of them.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Mariposa August 10, 2019 6:18 AM “At issue right now is the invalidity payments which have been cut to bare bones and govt ministers boasting about returning the payments. One would think that the media would be quick to side with the people and make all effort to call on govt to restore with haste these payments.”

    Don’t you find it strange that that it is mostly government employees who leave the workforce decades early and collect a full tax payer funded pension while claiming to be medically unfit?

    How come this rarely happens with private sector employees?

    I met a 29 year old cop one time who told me “I am looking to go off medically unfit” soon. And no doubt expecting the taxpayers to pay a full pension from age 29 to age 109.

    Imagine that there are people in their 40’s collecting pensions, which are being funded by working people in their 60’s. Government needs to fix this. And the fix is not to continue paying pensions to young people. That would be the definition of idiocy.

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  • We would trust the judgment of Sir William Skinner on this one.

    However, Maxine McClean has been long known to be a political Lilliputian, no pun intended.

    That particular characteristic has always prevented her from seeing anything other than the mundane.

    She is no master planner able to design national policy. The act she is now so critical of was widely practiced by her DLP up to a year ago.

    We are very surprised that Sir William does not discern the workings of the duopoly this time.

    It is OSA who rightly said that such a bits and pieces personality has no right directing national policy.

    As readers would know, we have no confidence that the big ideas of this regime could succeed, particularly BERT. However, there is still a perverse logic to the decadent neoliberal policies of Mugabe. An illogic which has been devoutly followed by ALL previous governments, since at least 1980.

    McClean, was recently a leading member of a government which engaged in the most destructive economic policies known to man. That she could muster the intestinal fortitude to lecture anybody about maladministration beggar’s belief. Her right to so speak would require heads of the leading lights of the last administration on spikes.

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  • Talk yuh talk Maxine. ask serious questions about this Govt and the taxes it is forgiving, who is benefiting and the years they are forgiving.

    and to those who are talking shoite about why the DLP did not collect the taxes in the last 10 years the same could be asked of the BLP. why did it not collect VAT and other taxes in the 14 years it was in power? or allow it to accrue during that period?

    unnuh does behave as though politics in Bim began 10 years ago

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  • The wickedness of slaveminded, bribetaking politicians and government ministers over the last 70 years, self programmed to keep the people and island in this ugly state.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/09/barbados-black-man-country-african-traveller

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  • “However, Maxine McClean has been long known to be a political Lilliputian, no pun intended.”

    She is a useless joker…dimwitted and dumb as a rock.

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  • Since it is money owed to the Government ie: us, the people, should we not see a list of the persons & companies benefiting from this write-off????

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  • Waru

    apart from the time at the resort, does that story make sense to you?

    how can anyone visiting Bim only confirm that Bim is a black country when going back to the airport? did they not drive from the airport in the first place? did they not go around whilst in Bim?

    you have to understand some Africans have nothing but contempt for the children of slaves.

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  • Only despicable stupid yardfowls would think that a dimwitted politician is more intelligent than them…or that they would have anything intelligent to say.

    Yardfowls just cannot help but expose their inherent backwardness and ignorance…,trying to keep the yardfowl ignorance going for another 3 generations…

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  • @ks

    IF we are practicing a level of democracy and transparency promised by both parties on the campaign platform we should be seeing the list of delinquents.

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  • @Pacha

    Surprised you would craft a criticism that is as personal. She has a right to comment. In fact given her experience she is well placed to do so. Citizens must take her constructive critique and pressure the government to do better. Leveling empty attacks on the person means nothing.

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  • BLP / DLP MPs, and family members should be on list of delinquents

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  • As i said, yardfowls are inherently backward and ignorant…..not even worth expending energy on anymore.

    From personal experience i know McClean to be dimwitted and dumb as a rock, just like all the other politicians/ministers who contributed to the ugliness in Barbados that they all created.

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  • @Pacha the Sage

    Coming at you again.

    Is McClean’s critique of the Act, decision to write off/forgive valid. Let us start here before we advance the debate.

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  • While this government forgives taxes and is proud of the increase in tax revenue they have collected, my question to them is at what price?

    The economy is slower than last year, the Barbadian on the whole has less disposable income and the economy generally is showing no signs of growth. How could it when government and business are fighting over every single dollar in disposable income?

    I am still waiting to see the growth plan unfolded as BERT has nothing in it growth wise, other than the growth in taxes.

    Please don’t reply to my questions with statement either like ” we will continue on our plan of consolidation and austerity while encouraging growth.” That and other such statements are of little comfort to me as they basically are saying nothing.

    Also how can you forgive debts locally while at the same time refusing to pay the foreign creditors, what message does this send to them?

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  • “you have to understand some Africans have nothing but contempt for the children of slaves.”

    Most African countries, their populations….ARE THE CHILDREN OF SLAVES….making those who have contempt for their fellow descendants of slavery…just as backward and ignorant as political yardfowls…it must be a black thing..,

    ….and for those who want to promote McClean and her well known lack of commonsense and intelligence…,two words…Shanique Myrie..

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  • Just maybe out of speculation
    Many who jump to head of the line to support this poicy benefitted from the tax write offs
    Who the shoe fits can wear it

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  • @ Pacha
    On this one I was merely opposing the word blistering. In other words the Duopoly will continue to play games! I saw no blistering at all. I think that some people are still looking for an opposition and want to enjoy the staged non productive back and forth between George and Roebuck Streets.
    The Duopoly has raped the country and even the DpD just come and quick so push its hands in the cookie jar.
    No blister here at all. The kids are having their usual fun at our expense.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • @William

    You are nitpicking.

    McClean in her contribution clearly rubbishes Minister Straughn and Mcconney with their handling of the matter. Youare better than what you have offered to this discussion since far.

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  • Good questions John A at each and every corner this govt is exposing a hand of deceit and utter contempt for the poor
    These type of policies only reinforces what is being said daily by barbadians on social media that Mia privileged life makes it hard for her to connect to poor and vulnerable and her actions during campagain goes against a background of sensitivity which she protrayed while in oppisition

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  • Good comments, observations and questions Maxine.

    A pity to notice some on this blog missing the points you are raising.

    Can someone remind me who was in office between 1996 – 2000 in Barbados ?

    Secondly, when that said party demitted office ?

    Good to see also ( by his questions / comments )…..that David BU trying to keep his blinkers off his eyes !

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  • ‘John A
    Why are you surprised I have tried to explain to the minds on BU that the Governor of Central bank cannot do anything else but paint as positive a picture of the economy under any circumstances and any administration. Now let’s reason: If the know it alls on BU were cussing Dr. Worrell every day for propping up Sinckler who they determined a dunce, do you honestly think Haynes can be any different when he is now dealing with Mottley who some have accused of being brilliant?

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  • Well,well as expected the Dem apologist Skinner did not think Ms McClean was blistering the government. I unfortunately listened to her as well and came to a different conclusion.Tell me Mr Skinner why as a member of the last DLP government did they not collect the same vat for ten years?On many occasions this lady came on Brasstacks as a Minister usually with Mr Layne who she apparently knew and spoke on matters but was always in a hurry often refusing to be be questioned by callers.Ms McClean avoided Mr Ellis and Mr Wickham who she knew would ask her tough questions unlike the soft touch Mr Layne.Ms McClean was also a moderator on Tell it like it is who was swiftly made a Minister soon after the DLP came to office in 2008 after claiming she was non political on being challenged by Mr Symmonds back then.Therefore personally i wish to hear nothing from Ms McClean or any one from the former government since their poor performance in my view has us in this hole at present.

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  • Lorenzo,

    between 1996-2000 VAT tax forgiveness years why did the DLP not collect taxes or allow them to accrue thru to 2008? that is a v good question for McClean, ent? note i said DLP

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  • @ Lorenzo

    Good morning Sir! Hope you and yours are well.
    Kindly direct your questions to the BLPDLP Duopoly.
    As a public service, here are some synonyms of blistering:
    Intense extreme ferocious fierce acute strong savage vicious harsh devastating virulent
    Extremely fast forceful and impressive.
    WOW you are certainly elevating Ms.McClean’s basically casual pronouncements.
    And a nice day to you and yours. You remain a comedic inspiration.

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  • Is it a valid question/criticism if posed by someone other than Ms. McClean?

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  • @ William

    You point is valid for sure. I for one am seeing extremely contradictory signals from this government. I can’t figure out if the plan is to turn left or right some days.

    You have not paid a cent to the foreign creditors for nearly 18 months and your lead adviser has said ” we ain’t in no rush to pay you cause we ain t borrowing in no hurry again.” So having defaulted and not paid a set for over a year that is our position.

    A couple weeks now after his nothings you then decide to waive local debts. What the ass wunna really doing ?

    Why weren’t these receivables given to an international collection agency to collect based on them getting a percentage of what they collect? It would not of cost us a blind cent if they collected nothing. Suppose they only collected a quarter of what was owed, would that not have been better than nothing?

    The message I am getting is don’t pay my taxes and if I wait long enough they will he forgiven. This is what I voted for in May last year?

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  • @ mariposa

    I having a real hard time understanding the logic here that’s the truth. We refuse to pay some we owe but at the same time we forgive some that owe us!

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  • You do not have to call in an international collection agency, just package the debt and sell it on at a discount. Leave the buyer to collect. Who are the financial wizards managing our economy? Ignorance is bliss.
    By the way, is this the same Senator McClean who sold out Barbados to the Chinese yuan? Doesn’t she have more important matters to apologise to the nation for?

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  • @ David
    You obviously have now found the correct word. Yes she rubbished her friends . However it was mild and casual and never reached the intensity of blistering. It’s possible to rubbish some ones position without blistering them.
    I don’t have a dog in this fight! I was merely as I said to Pacha saying that I did not find her presentation to be that powerful as to rise to to any level of intensity.
    In other words not even a third rate journalist could have highlighted her presentation thus:
    “ In a call to Brasstacks former Senator McClean rubbished the Government in a blistering attack on recent ……..”
    I was actually listening to Brasstacks that day.

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  • Mr Skinner your response is expected.The problem is despite your protestations you in my view is part of the duopoly as a dem trying to convince otherwise.I heard Ms McClean ,therefore I do not need your spin on what she said,you are nitpicking on meaning of words I I am not buying it.John A tell me you are harping on paying of creditors at what cost to bajans ?It seems that you wish to pay creditors to bankrupt the country,which will not happen.Are you Dr Worrell who is advising the creditors with his inside knpwledge of the situation or are you a creditor,what is your apparent haste in paying these creditors?According to Mr Haynes the creditors will be paid when an agreement is reached in the best interest of the country and the creditors.What is your problem.

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  • @William

    Whether you listened to the talk show is irrelevant because the link to VOB webpage of the exchange is posted to the blog for all to critique for themselves. How you selected to interpret or not is up to you, the blogmaster will stick with BLISTERING if a former minister refers to another as not knowing what they are talking about.

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  • Yeap. The people who call themselves opposition also have demonstrated themselves to be jenny a sses yes Atherley and his bunch only speaks in political tones/rhetoric but has yet to demonstrate any serious advocacy on behalf of the people by putting words to action
    Cant help but remeber his outburst about White Oaks and govt promise of having him meet with White Oaks only latest to find out the promised was never fulfilled by govt
    Needless to say Atherley did nothing on holding govt to feet but simply left the issue to die in the eyes of the people
    The poor and vulnerable now become sitting ducks with an open season of having to pay there share or else

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  • @ Hal

    No I not even giving them the responsibility to package it, I calling in Lovett or one of those guys and saying ” fellows here are our receivables collect what you can and take 20 percent.” After all how I know that some of this debt isnt made up from statuary boards and this isn’t just a way of wiping their slate clean?

    I ain t now come down, if we collecting debt we collecting from ALL involved.

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  • @ Hal

    You could think of an easier way of cleaning up the balance sheets of a few statuary boards than having a debt forgiveness and throwing them in the mix too?

    If a collection company came in ALL would have to pay. Then again some statuary boards may offer to pay their debt to central government in bonds! Lol

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  • JohnA. There is no logic in what this govt has done so far
    Having no opposition to question their motives or intent and doesn’t seem to give a damn about transparency and accountability for the public purse
    This govt has so far been relentless and bold faced in throwing the poor over board and rewarding the rich
    One would think that by now a march to send this govt a message of disgust would have originated out of these austerity measures

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  • My problem with this type of approach is that every dollar in debt forgiven must be recaptured in New taxation for the few clowns like me that pay my taxes to now find. So what happens is those that pay then pay more so that those that don’t can get a free pass.

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  • @John A

    The spiel from BOTH political parties over the years is that the write-off, waiver, forgiveness allows businesses under stress for the last decade to breath again after years of being asked to tighten their belts and relieve government of the administrative cost associated with collecting aged debt.

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  • @ David.

    What about the additional burden it places on those that pay? To me that is just an excuse for an indirect tax collection system that has more holes in it than an old strainer.

    If the collection agencies functioned then how could 2 years of debts be run up by anyone? Why didn’t they act after say 60 days to collect? You think you could run up a year of debt with the light and power and still have electricity? After 60 days you would of had to run and buy candles.

    Why for exAmple were those who owed vat not told you can clear no further goods at customs until this is settled. You would of seen how fast they find the money!

    Alot of dam excuses for a broken indirect taxation system that both governments refuse to fix, but instead bring new taxes to replace old uncollected ones.

    I would like to use the words I honestly feel about this approach but I doubt you would print them!

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  • Pacha
    Surprised you would craft a criticism that is as personal. She has a right to comment. In fact given her experience she is well placed to do so. Citizens must take her constructive critique and pressure the government to do better. Leveling empty attacks on the person means nothing.

    David

    Your position is what has led us to the state we are currently in.

    There’s nothing personal here. We would have made similar comments about any of the other people who blindly carried our country to death’s door.

    Up to now there has not even been an apology – from McClean, the party. But you are favourably disposed to forgiveness.

    What we take particular objection to is that the DLP treated the country so badly that they set a new (low) standard for this BLP to follow, and they will! Nobody lost their pensions, no heads rolled and yet we have the McCleans of this world still occupying public spaces.

    Then these same people have the gumption to come back talking shiiite. Maybe this writer cannot be as ‘forgiving’ as you seem to be.

    What McClean should explain is why the DLP destroyed Barbados in the manner in which they did, without even having the decency to take the people into their confidence. These acts should be unforgiveable!

    Now McClean would come and pretend that a matter, which she must be well familiar, since a lot of that shiiite happened under her very eyes, is so portentous that a right to speak is warranted.

    David, where was McClean’s objections to the plan to sell the Hilton to make a loan payment. To us that kind of economic thinking is the equivalent to eating seed corn. But not a word then nor now from McClean.

    Where is that dependable antiquarian device when most needed!

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  • @Pacha the Sage
    Coming at you again.
    Is McClean’s critique of the Act, decision to write off/forgive valid. Let us start here before we advance the debate.

    David

    Yes! There is a point here if you’re a technician, like she pretends to be.

    But that is the wrong question.

    How is this single act by this BLP any different to what McClean and the DLP did? Now that is the right question!

    What people really need to know is that we’ve entered a second phase of neoliberalism tending towards fascism.

    But we will never hear any trenchant critique of the whole shebang from the likes of McClean.

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  • @ John A

    Packaging and selling on is better. You get cash up front and collecting the debt is somebody else’s affair. We can also sell on our pensions obligations for over-50s. There is so much we can do. The government is obviously not getting good policy advice, or is rejecting it..

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  • “How is this single act by this BLP any different to what McClean and the DLP did? Now that is the right question!”

    Exactly,..

    “But we will never hear any trenchant critique of the whole shebang from the likes of McClean.”

    I can say with qualified knowledge that she is a fraud and just like the other frauds from both political parties through the decades, never look out for their own people in the general population, not as long as they have the same skin color, not as long as they have minority criminals to suck up to, enrich and take bribes from.

    They are all good for nothing.

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  • @Pacha

    What use is an apology from McClean using your yardstick of evaluation? Would you have been disposed to believing her?

    You have accepted her intervention is valid. How do we embrace it to the benefit of the citizenry.

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  • @John

    Look around you Auditor General report is a good place to start. Much in the public service regarding financial management does not work efficiently. What we want to do is cherrypick the issues.

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  • @ Pacha

    You still don’t get it ! David is a bone fide defender of the Duopoly. While your pedagogy is admirable you need to get another student. In the words of the elders : The boy’s ears hard!

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  • Those who in there political. pursuit continues to attack Mclean on her forth right need to challenge this policy should be reminded that on May 24th the people voted for change which includes accountabilty and transparency at for that reason alone this govt should be questioned their intent and motives in they way they are /have/ will be transacting business on behalf of the people
    Apparantly for many here they are comfortable with doing business as usual
    Hence their boisterous attacks on Mclean who simply asked questions of clarity

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  • McClean needs to sit her ass down, the elctorate got rid of the usless DLP for a very valid reason…

    …the only thing left to do is get rid of the DLPs sidekick the BLP and all those who have polluted the island with such membership…no one wants to hear idiots at this time, it is too crucial a time to be listening to those who still have nothing better to offer but more of the same slave society, no new ideas, no progress, no radical changes of removing those who are PREVENTING PROGRESS FOR THE BLACK MAJORITY.

    the problem remains the same, too many people still have 15 second attention spans coupled with SHORT MEMORIES….black people’s downfall.

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  • @William

    The blogmaster has little time and use for the silly games some play here. All members of the duopoly as you suggest are not the worse people. In the case of Maxine she has given to public service before her foray into politics. He was involved in the leadership of the credit union movement in its embryonic stage, she was involved in the YESS program (you are aware of this program?), a teacher at tertiary level etc. She has devoted much of her life to public service.

    Does the blogmaster agree with her every move? Of course not. What this blogmaster will not do is join with some behind a keyboard clueless to the intricacies of the issues.

    To restate: the former minister has asked relevant questions of the government- what makes sense at this stage is to decide if to attack the messenger or agree and add to the message to achieve some good.

    The position of the blogmaster will confuse you and others who label every issue as a binary problem.

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  • David

    i am pleasantly surprised at you levelheadedness in this matter. keep it up but i have to ask- what gives?

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  • @ David
    Your defense of Ms. McClean’s contribution to the national well being is noted. I don’t ever allow my philosophical and ideological positions to blind me to the good in others. I have quite comfortable relationships within the Duopoly. They respect the fact that I see no real differences within their organizations.
    You believe that the country is well served by the Duopoly. You have been consistent on this and your position should be respected.
    I don’t consider a little side bar between McClean and her BFF to be significant in one way or the other. You seem to relish this latest display of affection.
    I am telling you all right now: the higher echelons of the Duopoly have already decided how to accommodate each other in the next election. They have already decided who will be sacrificed in order to correct what they consider an unintended and unexpected imbalance in the status quo. The Duopoly is way more sophisticated than some of us want to think.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • When i hear an intelligent minister/politician say that it is FINALLY time to get rid of the criminal minorities whom they have all helped rape the treasury and pension fund in one form or another and at one time or another…then i will take bajan politicians/ministers seriously…in the meantime, i will certainly not hold my breath given the vicious actions of both governemnts over the decades in refusing to collect vat, enabling their BRIBERS families and friends to rob the treasury and benefiting from these crimes…AND malciously keeping one section of the majority population in a cycle of poverty generation after generation without end…

    at least show some self respect and self esteem… put ya foot down if ya want any changes instead of both political parties when in government using the same modus of spinning shit in the people’s head and carrying them around and around in a cycle of no progress and no changes….just like McClean with her limited intellect believes she can now get away with doing.

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  • @Pacha
    What use is an apology from McClean using your yardstick of evaluation? Would you have been disposed to believing her?
    You have accepted her intervention is valid. How do we embrace it to the benefit of the citizenry.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    David

    Pray tell. What kind of country can we pretend to have if after the people of Barbados, in their ‘wisdom’ gave the DLP an historic deathblow for what they considered to be the height of mismanagement. And now you can posit that an apology, at least, is not necessary, as a precondition to a public show of face, thereafter.

    What’s so special about any of these characters that not even the basis rules of good behaviour are to apply to them?

    Are you not the man who always complaining about crime? What are your ‘boys on the block’ to think when a group of thugs could run the country into the mire and there can never be personal/party accountability?

    Whether we are disposed to believing her or not is not the issue. We wouldn’t want to say before an apology is properly tendered the country and the party says what they will do to make sure there is no repeat of their mismanagement.

    Even prisoners, in order to get parole, are expected to be contrite. But never the duopoly.

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  • @Wiliiam

    Clearly you have difficulty with comprehension. The blogmaster is defending the probing questions McClean has delivered. Some here prefer to attack personalities forgetting that this is a battle all must unite against if it means coopting support from wherever. How is it different from when your late leader returned to the DLP?

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  • Dear Maxine,

    With ministers like you, Barbados became the laughing stock of the entire Caribbean. Maybe we should pump all the shit into your house that’s been flowing around the south coast on the road for years?

    McClean has been farting on the leather seats of her official Mercedes all these years, jetting around the world at the expense of the state and shopping tax-free with a diplomatic passport.

    Didn’t she tell us we had to tighten our belts?

    p.s.

    The fact that such an arrogant creature and slave driver may appear on the radio only shows that certain sections of the press want to overthrow the government.

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  • “you are harping on paying of creditors at what cost to bajans ?”
    “you wish to pay creditors to bankrupt the country”
    “Are you Dr Worrell who is advising the creditors with his inside knpwledge of the situation”.
    “creditors will be paid when an agreement is reached in the best interest of the country”

    Are you like me? Do you hear what I hear? The above numpty of a blogger cannot make a point without wrapping himself in the flag and then telling others “You are not a good Bajan! You wish the worst for the country? You are a traitor like Dr Worrell”

    What a numpty

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  • A happy and prosperous day to all of Barbados.
    Hoping that you start the day in pleasant surroundings and circumstances.
    Have a Great day Barbados

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  • @ David.

    I agree with you on this cherry picking whose debt you want to forgive. If your collection agencies are the failure you have shown them to be, then why would you expect them not to put you back where you are now after forgiving the debt. All that will happen is in another 5 years new unpaid debts will be racked up then what, will you have another debt forgiveness again?

    There is no sound financial logic that can support such a decision. Fix the Indirect tax collection system and farm out what you are owed to an independent collector who will not show favouritism to any.

    In the meantime stop slaughtering the few that pay with the burden for all.

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  • @ TheOGazerts

    You and dem radio stations want to overthrow de government. You, Hal Austin and John A ain’t patriotic. Imagine wunnuh want de government to pay who they owe and destroy we country. Traitors. Wunnuh so should be locked up without trial or we should really divert the sewage from the ocean and dump um in wunnuh living rooms. Wunnuh ain’t Bajan at all. Wunnuh get bout hey and cuss Stuart as wunnuh like but let me tell wunnuh something we don’t tolerate foolishness. All wunnuh gine prison fuh treason just now.
    Wuh Maxine do wunnuh she is one a we and we in de Duopoly have one rule: Touch one Touch All.
    Ah don care with all yuh suh. Wunnuh short ah water but de cool aid too sweet. Traitors wunnuh should be shame.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • @ Hal

    I like you find myself asking the same question and that is who are their financial advisors?

    I can’t say from White Oaks back down that I have seen any results or value for money, in terms of what we have gotten based on our spend with these “learned advisors “

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  • “Uneasy is the head that wears the crown”.

    It is quite possible that MIa and her cohorts are travelling in territory that they did not expect and is completely new to them.

    It is clear that they came with the intention of running the usual mono-duopoly scams, but found that the incompetence of the last administration has taken them beyond the customary sharing/slaying of the fatted calf.

    The smoke and mirrors routines, they wished to employ, no longer work.
    White Hoax
    Port scammers.
    Announcing and shortly reversing policy
    Missing promised will-pay-on dates

    I would love to see Barbados succeed, but the Mottley administration needs to rise to the challenges that are facing us. The last administration gutted the car. The auto-steering, cruise control and air-conditioning buttons are not working; the car needs fixing and steering;

    Forget the scams and misstatements and be a good government. The opportunity to make a good mark is there> Seize it.

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  • @ William

    Good luck getting it pump up country in the bush by me. Lol

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  • John A

    Sometime go the government created the Diaspora conference, the idea was that people working overseas would attend and make suggestions on policy issues.
    One guy in New York spent ages working on a document on financial regulation and came home to present. Instead, he had Maxine McClean preaching to them about how they could help Barbados (reminds you of 20/20 Vison?). He emailed me from New York and said he would never attend again.
    @ John A There are Bajan local authority officers that manage budgets bigger than the entre budget of the Barbados government.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/08/10/not-so-sweet-2/

    I was not expecting to hear this in 2020. Are we in a time loop(Groundhog day) and recycling old useless messages?

    Can we try different crops? As an example …. Would pineapple grow in Barbados?

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  • Some are acting like they have not heard that STUCK RECORD that McClean is playing before, over the last 5 election cycles…at most 30 years, 3 decades…,and they still want people to respond to that mind numbing diocy coming from a mediocre politician like McClean…steuppss

    Time loop does not begin to describe these jackasses…they are destructive to the island’s population.

    It is time that the population DEMAND MORE from these treasury sucking parasites.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/08/09/abm-scammers/

    If you read the story then you will shed a few tears for the scammers (although they were laughing as they took your money).

    I am calling on the Government/Courts of Barbados to give these guys four months in jail, a fine and then deportation. You are quick on dropping the hammer on nationals for stealing a loaf of bread and then giving Europeans and other criminal a tap on the wrist.

    Let’s get a fair playing-field.

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  • @ Hal

    I am beginning to think that they do believe they are bigger than the government entire budget. I also have to ask how the MOF can sign off on some of these ideas that are void of all financial logic.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/08/09/britishers-backing-barbados/

    “Barbados is enjoying a season of goodwill and best wishes from the indigenous British people in the UK.”

    Despite the silly start to the story… it’s a good one…

    Curious…
    If you have Barbadian parents, but was born in the UK, are you indigenous?
    If the answer is no… what does indigenous means?
    Can your offspring or their offspring be considered indigenous?
    if no, would the be considered indigenous to Barbados?

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  • Theo…don’t mind those frauds, certain African bloodlines ARE INDIGENOUS TO UK…..they were there thousands of years before these caucusASIANS came across the straits…what you are seeing is just british frauds being british frauds as usual…..trying to continue the pretence of being slave masters and coming down to the islands ever so often to be served by black slaves in a plantation setting…

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  • @Pacha

    To expect an apology in the adversarial politics and culture operating is a simplistic expectation. If you agree the questions posed by McClean in her capacity as a citizen of Barbados are relevant then let us move on.

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  • @John A

    How many years have we been trying to implement BRA as the premier revenue collection agency? It was suppose to address leaking revenue as well as efficiently ollect outstanding debt. Al least this is how it was promoted to the people.

    Wait a minute, wasn’t VAT sold to the citizenry has the mother of all tax system that should have realized untold benefits?

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  • David

    Moving on!

    Seems to us that we are forever embroiled in a vicious cycle of DLP mismanagement then BLP mismanagement and over and over again.

    We are seeking to break that duopoly cyclic norm. Why do you object?

    Has that not been the story of our post-independence history, at least?

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  • Government could publish the list of companies and people whose taxes were waived.

    However that could create political problems if BLP members or government ministers are among those

    whose taxes were waived and penalties and interest erased.

    So let’s just move on. Nothing to see here.

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  • @Pacha

    What informs your position the blogmaster objects?

    How does one dismantle the duopoly IF there are no willing or worthy contenders?

    You propose a slash and burn approach?

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  • David

    We’re not that ambitious.

    Merely subject the maximum lawbreakers of social contracts to the ultimate penalty.

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  • Now just one question for the sake of transparency. You all remember that word it was knocking bout at elections alot?

    Who will decide whose taxes are waived and what will be the basis of this waiver? Will there be a means test for waivers or will there be a waiver for all based on a date, including those who could of paid but chose not to? Will both Bs and Ds be entitled to waivers?

    Finally what does this constant need for waivers and tax amnesty tell us? It tells us the economy is overtaxed hence the citizens can not exist on what they have and pay the state what they demand as well.

    What has the state done to demand a 40 percent increase in land tax on some for example? Can we not see the total lack of logic in this whole tax approach? First we tax people more than they can pay so the estimates of revenue look good for the IMF, then we come back and issue waivers on sums we know we can’t collect.

    One question to the MOF. Will statutory organisations also be granted waivers in this exercise? Is this a way of clearing their liability to central government so that we can tell the IMF all is now up to date?

    So many questions but I don’t expect one answer.

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  • @John A

    The same questions Maxine is asking along with other clarifications?

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  • Pacha…the world moved on decades ago and these backward RETARDS are still stuck in a warped and twisted cycle of …..the BLP did and did not do this and the DLP did and did not do that…playing stupid mind games that ya can’t even approach any of my grandchildren with…..or they would put you firmly in your place…

    ….insulting the intelligence of people who can actually think for themselves..

    ..and they all still think this 1950s idiocy is cute in this era…..steupppps

    when they should all be telling McClean to give back the salary she collected for DOING NOTHING except for getting the island sued …when they all violated the human rights of Shanique Myrie..she and her fellow dummy Husbands …..and she and all the others should be made to give back the pension she and they are fraudulently collecting…

    only insipid yardfowls would think any of that makes any sense.

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  • Oh dear i like i anger the jackass Gazzerts every time i mention Dr Worrell,s name.Maybe he is Dr Worrell himself or his relative, well guess what Gazzerts i do not give a damn about you or Dr Worrell as in my view he is a traitor to his country.Deal with it jackass and go look to defend your madman idol Piece.

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  • “So many questions but I don’t expect one answer.”

    and just like you McClean KNOWS WELL ENUFF…that she will never get an answer, cause her administration…NEVER gave taxpayers and pensioners any answers either about what they are doing OR what they did with the people’s money.

    …..neither government gives answers…NEVER DID, NEVER WILL BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH TOO CORRUPT…but people still think that WE should embrace the bullshit coming out of any of these ministers and politicians wicked mouths..

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  • David

    “Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the previous Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government expressed disappointment that at a time when citizens are being asked to carry “a significant burden”, tax-defaulting businesses were being spared.”

    She didn’t know this when the last administration was introducing all them taxes and writing of taxes and offering interest write-offs on VAT? Maxine is all hot air. What were her accomplishments as Minister of Foreign Affairs besides flying? Hypocrite!🤣🤣🤣

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  • @ David.

    In a way but her slant is seen as political even though they deserve an answer, she is seen as Satan lecturing to sinners. Lol

    I don’t care about party all I want to know is what is the criteria for waivers and doesn’t the constant need for waivers and amnesty suggest we are taxed beyond our ability to pay.

    As usual anyone who wants to argue differently i am willing to chat with based on facts and data but not politics.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Someone asked the same question that I ask these BLP tricksters. If you are going to give all those who owe the government tax breaks, including Daddy dearest, who now breathe easier, you should be able to publish their names in the name of transparency. Those on here talking shite about what the stinking DLP should have done seem not to realise that these same people who are now getting tax breaks date back to the days to the BLP. Why did they not seek to collect the taxes then as well? The BLP is force to go after unpaid taxes like never because the playing field has changed. Mia Rogue Works Mottley should make the names available. They should be no secrecy in this exercise.

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  • David you want to bet that there will not be another land tax amnesty either next year or year after based on these massive increases?

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    ………What has the state done to demand a 40 percent increase in land tax on some for example? Can we not see the total lack of logic in this whole tax approach? First, we tax people more than they can pay so the estimates of revenue look good for the IMF, then we come back and issue waivers on sums we know we can’t collect……….

    They got some on here that want you to believe that this Rogue has everything in control. Do not say anything about her and her administration because they doing far better than the last jackasses. Where is the commonsense in this move? If the people who owe taxes are unable to pay then provide the proof of this to the public to set the record straight. Talking shite about some dead, some unable to pay blah blah, especially coming from the mouths of people who are known to deceive and tell lies, just ain’t cutting it.

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  • Sunshine my mother didn’t have no sheep for a son. We will ask questions even if we get no answers. If we could all just put politics one side we would get so much further with opening issues up for discussion.

    Anyhow we live on hope I guess

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