The Grenville Phillips Column – Situation Normal – All Fouled Up

Last week, I visited the cargo port at Grantley Adams International Airport to receive computer equipment.  To clear it, I just had to pay $10.00 stamp duty.  As I reached for my wallet to pay, I heard those four familiar words that all Barbadians who interact with Government departments know all too well: “The system is down.”  Situation normal.

They explained that this would not stop me from receiving the equipment.  All I had to do was to travel to the Bridgetown Port, pay them the $10.00, return with the receipt, and collect my goods.  Polite inefficiency.

People all over the world pay money in exchange for products.  Neither: bad weather, epidemics, wars, nor famines can affect this type of commerce.  But in Barbados, we have our computer system that can frustrate all commercial activity.  This is a secret weapon that can end all wars, and we have tested it on ourselves for far too long.  Perhaps we should export it to warring nations.

How can a computer system prevent someone from recording the transaction in a receipt book, and then transferring this information to the computer when the system is back up?  Why is that so impossible for our Ministers to figure out?

Government inefficiency is the main cause of private sector unproductivity.  It is the extremely poor management of public services that makes Barbados a challenging place to do business.

For those who have been around for a while, we know the likely reason why the system is down.  It is the same reason why almost everything that the Government purchases must be very high-maintenance, very high-cost, and not fit for purpose.  It is the way of the corrupting no-bid contracts, which must go to favoured political supporters.

The normal way of ensuring quality, at an economical price, is through competitive tendering.  However, those who contribute to political campaigns are shielded from competing, and tend to be the least competent.   Since there is no competition, they can charge twice what it would normally cost to do the work.  This allows them to make more political contributions when called upon.  It also means higher taxes for us to pay them this ‘contribution’ – thanks Ministers.

When projects are given to those less-competent political supporters, we can expect that anything that they touch will be done poorly, and require excessive maintenance.  So we can expect the excuses that we are now accustomed, like: the system is down, schools openings are delayed, the department is closed for cleaning, busses and garbage trucks have broken down, the operating theatre is down, the equipment is not working, etc.

Barbados can be a challenging place to do business for those who do not participate in corruption.  To simply pay $10.00 to the Government of Barbados, I must stop working on my client’s projects for a relatively long period of time.

I hate corruption.  However, I understand how some people can be so frustrated by the unnecessary inefficiencies, that they can be tempted to pay a ‘tip’ just get to the next step of an inefficient process.

Barbados’ main problem is very poor management.  It has nothing to do with the amount of resources available.  Our political leaders simply do not manage public services well.  Therefore, we can bring in 300 buses and garbage trucks, and expect that most of them will soon stop working.

We can hire 10 new judges, and frustrate them in the same badly managed judicial system – so we can expect 10 times the number of adjournments and lost files.  We keep putting the cart before the horse.  Why not properly manage the resources that we have, and then determine whether we actually need any more resources?  Why is that so hard?  It is not.  But we must be made to think that it is.

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

156 comments

  • @ Vincent.

    You know it’s funny you mention that, as just this morning when 2 minibus drivers blocked the road to chat I asked myself the same question.

    I am begging to get the impression that before ALL governments here enforce laws they first asks themselves ” who will this offend.”

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  • The discussion here is getting out of hand once again, so Tron has to intervene. The island is suffocating in bureaucracy, apathy and regulation. Barbados resembles more and more the old plantation economy, when slaves were not even allowed to fart without their master’s permission.

    And what do the inmates of the plantation do? They demand more prohibitions, more rules and so on. Simply crazy.

    Therefore, we do not need more regulation, we need less. It would be best if there were no regulation at all. Let us therefore suspend most rules so that the economy can flourish again. For me, this means abolishing 90 percent of all economic regulation, abolishing all social legislation, abolishing the Senate, abolishing 50 percent of all criminal offences.

    Barbados needs a second liberation.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The cumulative consequences of this type of behaviour will be an expanding breach of trust between the government and the governed. I am sure we do not want that. Or do we?

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  • @ Vincent.

    Another clear example of what Hal refers to as a broken system, is the way the overdrafts of three entities were ” reloaded” at the tax payers expense to the tune of $26M, with no demand made for audited financials say in 90 days. Even if that was done though and the 90 days passed, do you feel government would of asked for the boards resignation? No way they would of probably of given them another 6 months to do what they should have done 6 years ago!

    In the meantime the taxpayer is taxed to the grave to pay for the poor enforcement from this and past governments.

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  • @ Hal
    @ Vincent
    @ David

    Can We all agree that if we had proper enforcement of existing laws we would not have needed an austerity program locally?

    Had we of collected the $500m in vat and other indirect taxes from a haemoraging system, would we of neeeded New direct tax measures to try and raise $400m roughly?

    The answer to the above says it all in terms of how we the tax payers are seen by ALL governments. We put them there to fix these problems and nothing is done enforcement wise, so we then have to step in and pay for the inability of those who work for us.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A at 2 :40 PM

    I concur. There was actually a period in the implementation of VAT when actual receipts exceeded the projected/ budgeted receipts. Then we proceed to play games. VAT, being an expenditure tax, rises with economic growth but declines in a recession. The solution is not to increase the rate of VAT but to implement measures to increase economic growth. Austerity was unnecessary. Of course GoB needed to ensure that VAT was collected.

    The tricks are in play again . I will cease at this point. Well. Well.Well.

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  • I too agree on the point about no enforcement.

    My main concern is for the family who can only afford to build a shell of a house on four cement blocks. I am not talking about the squatters but about someone who build next door to and on family land because they cannot afford to do it elsewhere.

    Would this family have to stay in a crowded family home until their house he been built according to regulation?

    I am thinking of a guy his wife and four school age kids. Build the shell of a house and moved in while using bathroom nextdoor until they were able to build their own over a few years.

    I say No to legislation

    Put the code out there like how you tell the about the risk aids and the use of condoms for protection.

    I todays information environment a cat 5 hurricane can not sneak up on the island. If I know my house will not stand up to a hurricane it is my responsibility to seek shelter.

    The poor man would like a piece of the rock too, to put a roof over his head and raise a family.
    Enforcing a building code on such a poor family will rob the poor man of his slice/crumbs of the pie.

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  • Hal:

    You queried: “Are you inviting us to compare you with Jesus?”

    Of course not. I am simply one of the billions of people who follow His teachings. I explained one of them here. Do you agree with it?

    Tron:

    If you are the BLP’s formal representative on this site, then you are doing that party a disservice.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John 2 at 3 :04 PM

    I am in total agreement with your submission. That is the current practice. Only those who need TCP permission subscribe to the current building standards. They are guidelines. Citizens will conform when they can. Chattel houses do not need to meet these requirements. And no code guarantees hurricane proof.Has any body done an assessment of houses destroyed by hurricane according to conformity to building codes?

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  • It is completely illusory to expect norm enforcement on our island. Hell will freeze over rather than rules being obeyed in Barbados. Barbados is a developing or even a non-developing country. The leap from slavery to emancipation and independence has obviously not worked. As in 95% of all developing countries. Admitting this is part of self-awareness and human history.

    Look at the figures of the last government. Only dreamers could expect the sons of pig farmers, fishermen and vagrants to be able to handle money.

    First of all, we need some kind of dictatorship in Barbados with a powerful overlord on top. After tribalism, Europe also had to face several phases to the rule of law. I am thinking here of feudalism, absolutism, communism and fascism. In the same way, the chaos in Barbados must be ended.

    We need a strong leader from a family born to govern and willing to rule against all odds.

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  • @ John A
    @William

    Proper regulation, especially financial, is badly missing. But our fundamental problem is a lack of imagination – the poverty of ideas. Regulation is a symptom, not the cause of our decline.
    Plato wrote of pouring sight in to blind eyes and the German philosopher Ludwig Fuerbach posed the question: why do the poor, the marginalised, the oppressed support the very institutions that oppress them? Why do black police beat up black people? Why do black bouncers beat up black clubbers? I have written about West African nurses in UK hospitals (people from the very country Barbados is now importing labour).
    Think of the false belief in the American dream? Why do black domestics n Barbados leave their own children at home and out of control and go to work looking after their employers’ (usually white) children? Why do black idiots posing as criminologists in Barbados condemn such people as bad parents?
    @ John A, it is very complex, you only have to look at the lending officers in banks to see a form of the behaviours I call the Bajan Condition.
    I will end with this story. A few years ago I made a comment on BU, I cannot remember what the topic was, but it was something financial/economic.
    A BU regular read an article on the subject by a well-known UK financial journalist online and came on BU and said I was wrong, that this journalist said the opposite.
    I happened to know the journalist and asked the BU regular why he thought I was wrong. I pointed out that at the time this particular person was only in journalism for about 16 years, and I had been an editor for longer; he was aged in his late 30s and I had been in journalism for over 40 years; we were both immigrants (he was born in France and I in the Caribbean); and we had the same level of education. Why then did our BU friend conclude from the above I had to be wrong. May be I was, but was it that obvious?
    Think of the Bajan Condition: for example, one idiot comes on here and describes me, in what he thinks as disparaging, as a former senior editor. I will bet that if I made a comment about editing on BU he would be the first to come on and tell me I did not know what I was talking about.
    The Bajan Condition runs deeper than just incompetent regulation. More important is how we conceive of ourselves as a people. Learning by rote not only gives us a false consciousness (we are in this together; the unemployed, poorly educated lad is in it with the Bjerkhams and Williams brothers), it makes us comfortable with our inferiority. Our employer is our friend.

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  • @ John 2

    Your point is very valid and I think even wooden houses now are securing their roofs with hurricane straps. I think a good start would be for the TCP to send out with approved plans a simple pamphlet covering the basics.

    Also before the building code have you looked at how the plantation houses and older structures were built? They were solid and still stand today many hurricanes later.

    We just need to advise those building of a few cheap steps they can take to better protect themselves at this stage, taking into account our inability to enforce much.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TronSeptember 12, 2019 3:17 PM “First of all, we need some kind of dictatorship in Barbados with a powerful overlord on top. After tribalism, Europe also had to face several phases to the rule of law. I am thinking here of feudalism, absolutism, communism and fascism. We need a strong leader from a family born to govern and willing to rule against all odds.”

    Are you nominating yourself Tron?

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  • @SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife September 12, 2019 3:33 PM

    No, that was a counter-argument to Piece, The Legend and national philosopher. It was time to counter his narrative of dictatorship with the chaos narrative.

    I have noticed that BU lacks a voice that not only explains government policy to the ordinary people, but also provides the theoretical basis for governance.

    I am only an impartial, very, very insignificant observer, always neutral and unbiased.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin September 12, 2019 3:24 PM “Why do black domestics in Barbados leave their own children at home and out of control and go to work looking after their employers’ (usually white) children? ”

    I believe that black domestics do this out of great economic need. I don’t believe that the black domestics say to themselves “I love white American children better than my own black Bajan children so let me find some white American children to look after, so that my own black Bajan children can become out of control.”

    Poor people, poor people all over the world have to make difficult economic decisions, that comfortable middle class people, and wealthy people never even have to consider.

    Do you think that if my husband and I were as rich as Prince William and Kate that I would have returned to work when my infants were weeks old? No like Kate I would have stayed at home with them until they were ready for elementary school, or perhaps until they were ready for university.

    Please do not beat up on poor black Bajan women, poor Bajan women or por women from anywhere who have to make difficult decisions.

    When you were a young man, you left Barbados. Almost certainly you left loved ones behind, Perhaps grand parents, parents, siblings etc. I am sure that they would have preferred to enjoy your presence, your companionship, your physical company and physical help as they aged. But you were not there. Does that mean that you did not love your family? I don’t believe so.

    I believe that just like the black Bajan female domestics that you loved your family and that your family loved you, but that you had to make a difficult economic decision.

    I don’t believe that you moved to the U.K. because you anticipated loving the weather.

    I am right, am I not? Lolll!!!

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TronSeptember 12, 2019 3:44 PM “I am only an impartial, very, very insignificant observer, always neutral and unbiased.”

    You are lying. You consistently lie.

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  • @John A

    We maybe splitting hairs here. We have had a problem in the past with enforcement you are correct. Let us assume the government is about to shift gears by making a greater effort at enforcing the laws, would it not make sense to align the updated legislation to renewed effort by government and related agencies?

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  • @ Hal Austin September 12, 2019 3:24 PM

    Hal’s hit a right spot there.

    It doesn’t help Barbados and the Barbadians to copy everything from the north. The people in the south unfortunately lack the necessary self-confidence to go their own way. They have adopted the religion and habitus of the whites, which, however, does not suit the Deep South.

    Barbadians need their own rites, gods and values.

    Let me give you an example: Why do we have to wear long trousers in government buildings? The rule still dates back to colonial times to subdue the black masses.

    But also Hal has to learn not to call Barbados a “failed state”. That would be exactly part of his “Barbadian condition”, which he criticizes.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TronSeptember 12, 2019 3:17 PM “Look at the figures of the last government. Only dreamers could expect the sons of pig farmers, fishermen and vagrants to be able to handle money.”

    Ain’t one of your current Cabinet Ministers not the son of a pig farmer Stupssseee!!!

    Don’t tell me ‘no” ’cause i ain’t born yesterday.

    Me and the pig farmer’s son went to elementary school together.

    I was there. He was there. I am still here. He is still here.

    i tell wunna, that if wunna going to tell lies, to please wait until I am dead.

    And I ain’t plannig to be dead for another 30 years or so.

    There is not a thing wrong with the sons [and daughter’s] pig farmers, fishermen and vagrants.

    And the daughter’s especially are made of very, very stern stuff.

    Pig farmer’s children, and farmer’s children learn to work hard as hell from very early in life. Like me they probably began working, doing physical hard work at age 4.

    So tek ya mout’ offa we…The Survivors of the Crossing.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TronSeptember 12, 2019 3:58 PM “Why do we have to wear long trousers in government buildings?”

    You don’t have to.

    if it is hot enough, like this current September I don’t even bother to wear panties. I put on a sleeveless cotton dress and i am out the door, and in the door of a government building. Who’s to know? Do they check? Who do I offend?

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  • @ David

    If The TCP HAS suddenly had enlightenment from the almighty to do their job, then let them show us by removing the squatters and all the other infringements they know exist first.

    Once that is done then come and talk about implementing and policing a building code.

    Other than that it will be another file of laws lost away in a cupboard somewhere. We need to be realistic and accept the society we live in first, then decide if we truly want change implemented before we waste time with more laws. We are so far away from doing that it is pointless going further right now with creating more paper.

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  • SSS would have us believe that she enters Gov’t buildings sans panties and in armhole dresses, we all know she is lying no one gets into a Gov’t building in an an armhole dress.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Meet me at BRA tomorrow at 10 in the morning.

    Lolll!!!

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  • Calling “WHITEHILL”” WHITEHILL!!!

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  • Do any of you read Barbados Today or Nation News ?

    I thought BU bloggers would be discussing ” Sandals waiting on government ” , ” BWA has turned to Ionics “. Agriculture.

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  • Dear Hants, that’s a fair question.

    We should all thank our government for the fact that Ionics Freshwater is now de facto taking over the water supply. The government thus acknowledges that even half a century after independence, local civil servants are not in a position to maintain even the simplest things such as water pipes. Now it is up to the private sector to do the job.

    Let’s see how the angry nostalgics and independence fanatics react to this proposition: Would it not be the best, the Williams brothers would replace the entire public service??? Just a thought … 😉 The island would then be even more expensive, but very tidy. Golf courses, villas and palaces everywhere … Barbados would no longer be a dilapidated plantation, but a large gated community with a built-in airport. … Tron is waiting for the outcry of the opposition.

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  • I need to be more specific: Nobody should think that I am singing about British colonial rule here or demanding its return. On the contrary. It was evil, exploitative and backward. Look at present “Great” Britain, how run-down the English North is. The European backyard.

    Rather, the new plans are good because they demonstrate the great benefits of privatisation. Let us therefore privatise the entire public service. Then corruption will become superfluous, because the private sector cannot bribe itself.

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  • @Hants

    How about the Minister of Sports saying he will meet with a Chinese delegation about the renovations at the National Stadium to provide timelines on when the work will be completed.
    Later on in the same presser he says “A lot of people believe that you can only find certain expertise from outside Barbados etc…..It’s about looking inward to the resources that are available and using them to the best of our ability”

    He is not ready for Prime Time

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  • “On the contrary. It was evil, exploitative and backward. ”

    just as wicked, evil exploitative and backward as ya stupid ministers and lawyers have been practicing on the black population for decades and still continue to do so in 2019..

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  • @Sargeant,

    He is probably waiting for the PM to return to meet with the Chinese delegation.

    John King is a very good calypsonian.

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  • And then there is this…NO SOCIAL JUSTICE…

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  • This can apply to ANY ISLAND in the Caribbean that continues to have USELESS LEADERS…all self absorbed and pretending to care about the people, but are only in it for themselves..

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  • @ WURA-WAR-on-U September 13, 2019 7:57 PM

    You still don’t get it. We don’t need social benefits, we need economic growth at all cost.

    Barbadians have become increasingly lethargic over the decades thanks to an oversized welfare state. Now we face 12 years of no economic growth. More and more countries in South America, Africa and Asia are overtaking Barbados. The country is internationally regarded as a prime example of failed socialism. And this despite the fact that the naive locals believe that their literacy rate leads to economic prosperity. The opposite is the case. In many cases, university education has cost more than it ever pays the state in taxes.

    In Barbados, we must finally lower wage levels, reduce social benefits and weaken employee protection. In return, excessive taxes must be reduced.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/09/13/stalled-6/
    A friendly word of advice.

    I have seen several occasions where the government officials made promises and the promises were not kept..
    (Before some of you get on your high horses, that is a fact and not an opinion. Deal with the fact)

    I would advise government officials to err on the conservative side.
    If you expect the job to be completed on September 9, say September 20th to the public and have workers behind the scenes
    (1) locked into a September 9 roll-out and
    (2) knowing that if they don’t make the September 9 deadline, s few heads will roll.

    You will not prevent rolling delays unless resignations, demotions and firings become a part of the process.
    We touched on performance apparaisals some times in the past.
    Make it meaningful> Did not meet expectations has to be the final evaluation for a number of folks.

    Demand resignations, issue demotions, fire a few and REWARD EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. I know that there are unions and processes to be followed, but the system needs shaking up.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/09/13/young-litter-police/
    I like the idea I can live with it as it is stated and written. I cannot embrace it fully as I am one of those guys who always worry about the slippery slope.

    As long as it remains on just two people interacting I am fine with it……..
    we don’t want it maturing into …. Children reporting the activity of others to government

    I know a few will consider this as a gigantic leap, but let’s put every scenario on the table

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  • lots of typos above… hopefully they confuse the hell out of a few… for the rest of you

    I like the idea and I can live with it as it is stated.. I cannot embrace it fully as I am one of those guys who always worry about goind down the slippery slope.

    As long as it remains with just people interacting with each other, it is a great idea ..
    But this policing must not evolve into …. Children reporting the activity of others to government

    I know a few will consider this as a gigantic leap, but let’s put every scenario on the table

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TheOgazertsSeptember 14, 2019 10:04 AM “As long as it remains with just people interacting with each other, it is a great idea, But this policing must not evolve into …. Children reporting the activity of others to government.”

    Reminding granny nicely to ‘bin it” works for me.

    Reporting granny to “the government” B or D, and a few kiddie heads would roll.

    Lolll!!

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  • “You still don’t get it. We don’t need social benefits, we need economic growth at all cost”.

    So HOW will ya get economic growth if ya continue SELLING OUT to foreign companies and criminal minorities….FOR YOUR CUT…..when decades of concessions are going to these cfoooks to enrich them and not the people or country.

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  • Life is indeed strange: A few years back, a school child refused to pick up litter at her school and all hell brek out . Now we are asking school children to be litter police . Hollywood is being seriously challenged.

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  • @ William at 11:54 AM

    School children and school teachers were always litter police at our primary and secondary schools.A similar practice was enforced in our homes. Perhaps we needed a reminder since that practice was challenged three years ago.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington

    You are correct. However the incident should have been used as a lesson in civics , rather than the usual political football.
    I am here reading all the comments about crime etc. When I read how people change their opinions to accommodate their parties, I laugh loudly.
    Like I said Hollywood is being seriously challenged. I get the strange feeling that Hal Austin may win the day with his failed state position.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • Enough said.

    Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Luxto The St. Andrew Branch of the Democratic Labour Party
    2 hrs ·

    Former Senator Jepter Ince will be the guest speaker at tomorrow’s meeting.
    He will discuss national debt arrears and what it means to you as a citizen.
    Venue: The Alleyne School
    Time: 5 pm

    5

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  • He going discuss the ” physical” deficit too?😂

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  • Enough to make one suffocate with laughter. Here is an opportunity to blood fresh people by a candidate who has not sniffed victory at the best of times in St. Andrew. Instead she reverts to the comfortable. It is no different to when Verla invited Stuart to speak and had to pull back form it when shown the political error it would have been.

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  • David I maintain that the Dems will not move forward until Verla purges the old guard from the face of the party.

    No amount of long talk will ever make bajans forget what sinkler and his band of clowns did to this island. I would like to see Verla rebuild the party as the current ” inherited opposition” is a joke. For that to happen though she needs a complete slate of new faces. She is nearly 2 years in and what has she done so far to truly rebuild?

    There is nothing ince or any like him can say that anyone wants to hear. You don’t bring failures to discuss plans for success.

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  • @John A

    Verla does not command the powerbase – as it exist – in the party – Mascoll also found this out the hard way.

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  • itizen advocacy is gathering steam, am very impressed.

    “Sylvan Greenidge Sarah Venable you ask for a DLP’s plan even inlight of the fact that their was a plan at work prior to May 2018?
    Recognizing that none of these ministers are in charge of their ministries and can, as has been proven before, face public repudiation and reprimand if made look as though they are informing policy the DLP is absolutely correct in requesting a policy statement from minister weir on the intended use of those prime agricultural lands.
    The only unfortunate thing is that weir can’t issue that policy statement, such a statement will have come from the real minister of agriculture.
    Least we forget that only a couple Fridays ago weir was cautioned by the Leader of the Opposition and leader of the PdP not to rush the incomplete and incoherent medicinal marijuana bill, in its current confused state through the House of Assembly and to let the bill go to select committee for wider consultation.
    In his usual arrogance and stupidity he took to the airwaves in an attempt to belittle the recommendation of Bishop Atherley. This rest is history. The real minister of agriculture issued a directive and the bill is now in select committee.
    If the DLP wants a policy position on the use of thses lands then they know what to do and who to speak to.”

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  • Citizen Advocacy..

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  • @ John A September 14, 2019 2:42 PM

    I assume that the DLP president is a mole of the BLP. It’s like a red ant in a blue nest. If she loses with the “right” candidates in the next election, she could be rewarded with an ambassador job in New York or London. Until then, she must maintain the illusion that the masses can make a difference with their vote at the ballot box.

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  • @ Tron.

    My main concern is that a true opposition is formed that will represent us all in this island. The current Atherly chapter is a total and complete waste of time. We as a country do not need a one party state. If you look back at our good years we had a strong opposition in the likes of Barrow vs Adams etc. I for one have seen too many issues recently go unchallenged by the so called opposition to feel comfortable with the status co.

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  • @John A

    The concern should be the lack of quality cum scholarly critique of the issues from both government and opposition. A reflection on the people who they serve. Remember elected officials come from among us, and power is designed to flow from the people. There is the conundrum we find ourselves.

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  • @ John A September 14, 2019 3:24 PM

    I agree. The opposition is a total failure. Legally speaking, the DLP is no longer the first opposition, but only the second (“third” party).

    But it could have been even worse. Imagine if we had proportional representation, as in continental Europe, and Sinckler, Inniss, Fruendel were sitting in Parliament. The critics on BU would then not shoot at Mia, but at the old guard.

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  • My concern is that as a people we spend way too much time focusing on the Dems did that so the Bees had to do that. Total and complete BS. What we should be looking at is the fact that we are here and as a result focus on and discuss, what it will take to get us out of the economic pit we are in. The fact that the opposition is poor, therefore means that we the public must become the defacto opposition and stop with the party crap we focus on.

    When measures introduced are flawed, we must pick them apart based on facts and not political loyalty. Any discussion that does not follow based on this should be restricted to the neighbourhood rum shop.

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  • Please EDUCATE yourselves about Medical Marijuana both from a medical and financial aspect. It is in your best interest both medically and financially and also the best interest of future generations of the majority population to do so, given what will happen going forward.

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  • @ John A September 14, 2019 4:08 PM

    Dear John,

    I basically agree with you. But we should consider a restriction. This must not just be about political and economic decisions by the elite. We live in a democracy, so that in many cases politicians act according to the will of the people, even if they know that the decision is absolutely idiotic. The will of the people does not necessarily mean wise popular rule, but often tyranny of mediocrity.

    Yes, I would even admit in defense of the DLP government from 2008 to 2018 that the vast majority of civil servants supported many economically insane decisions because they wanted to keep their job. Nobody from the civil service should complain about Chris Sinckler. It would be better to look in the mirror first.

    We must therefore also criticize the civil servants and the people in general. First of all, I would like to highlight this lack of willingness to perform, which is causing Barbados to collapse. You can see this all too well from the comments on BU, which accuse me of slavery when I call for a moderate increase in weekly working hours. So you see that the people are regularly unreasonable.

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