The Phartford Files: Agenda for a Third Party Part I

Submitted by Ironside

The PdP should not let the recent rumblings of the honourable PM of Barbados at her party’s recent conference get under its skin. Anytime a third party in Barbados makes any ground, no matter how little, you can expect retaliation from the old guard as sure as night follows day.

I recall Donville Inniss belittling the new parties that emerged for the 2018 election, specifically Solutions Barbados, early on in the campaign. His arrogance has been duly rewarded. I absolutely love Madame Karma!

The first thing that any new party that hopes to make a significant impact in the next election must do is to recognize that there is mental space, however small, for a third party in the minds of the electorate. For some, it is a default position resulting from the systematic abuse and betrayal of the two entrenched parties, viz. the BLP and DLP, the Bonnie and Clyde of Barbadian politics. But that space is there, nonetheless.

This is the right time to advance the agenda of a serious “third” party. Now is the time to exploit the growing disaffection with the incumbent BLP and the betrayal of the wasted DLP. Divide and rule, we call it.

Expect retaliation from Bonnie and Clyde because, make no mistake about it, when the chips are down, like any good husband and wife team, Bonnie and Clyde will close ranks to keep out the upstarts!

The second thing that a successful new party must do is define itself in that available mental space. That means it must study carefully the contours of that space and be very strategic about how it intends to capture it. In Marketing we call that positioning.

However, the third party must take careful note that many of the masses are unable to think outside the B&D box. They are suffering from what I have called elsewhere on this blog “mental rigor mortis” (“MRM” as dubbed by one blogger). It is the case, that despite the evidence of their eyes, these sufferers just can’t see anything else but a two party state. We boast of being so highly educated but it seems that that has NOT produced any open-mindedness! Looks like a case of “clouds without water” to me!

Moreover, the third party must grasp the fact that, in a perverse way, many Barbadians are also suffering from political “trauma bonding”. Trauma bonding is that difficult-to-understand behaviour of victims who return to their abusers in the face of [pun intended] sometimes brutal physical abuse. It is something that MAM should understand very well!

I do not wish to get side-tracked here so I suggest you read the following articles on this topic for a start:

I am yet to see a third party with a discernible, coherent and viable strategic positioning plan. The strategy itself is not something you shout out in so many words but one which you “drip irrigate” onto the public. Over time, your positioning becomes evident to those who are studying your [party’s] communications and behaviour.

It follows logically from the above analysis, that the third thing the successful party must do is devise a deliberate, ongoing, consistent, focused communications campaign to support its positioning in the electorate’s mind. It must start this long before any formal campaigning for the 2023 begins! Coincidentally, that campaign must also build trust. Trust is hard to build, but so easy to destroy, as many a one-night-stander can testify!

Now, to extent that Solutions Barbados followed the approach I am suggesting, in the last election period, is the extent to which they were able capture 14% of the vote. However, a lot of their under-performance was due, in no measure, to the naivety and egotism of the party leader Grenville Phillips. As you can see from the posts below, Mr. Phillips still neither understands nor accepts this criticism.

Perhaps Mr. Phillips should stick to his Tuesday Sermon. Perhaps, he may find more support there. May I suggest that his next sermon be on the message to the Church in Laodicea? [Rev. 3: 14 -16]

I am firmly committed to seeing the acceptance and success of a third party in Barbados. However, that does NOT include the absence of other parties; by no means. We need a rich and strong democracy here! So expect me to push the third party concept with all the warp power that Mr. LaForge can call up from the engine room!

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  • “The second thing that a successful new party must do is define itself in that available mental space. That means it must study carefully the contours of that space and be very strategic about how it intends to capture it. In Marketing we call that positioning.”

    Then stop referring to other parties as “third parties”.Makes it sound meddlesome , suspicious and cheap.

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  • I represent the default position. My vote last time didn’t go to either the B or D and most of the time I have refused to vote. I loathe what those two parties stand for.

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  • I would rather we see a strong second party first. Right now in my view the islands has no second party as such. What we have is a so-called opposition there by default, accompanied by a few other pressure groups.

    We therefore need a strong 2nd party by next elections to ensure that balance is restored.

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  • @ John A

    Question: Has the Mottley government done a publicly available economic impact assessment of the UK leaving the EU? I know we are obsessed with tourism, but has there been a formal study?

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  • It seems that you still have a personal issue with me. Of the 10 so-called third parties, you could only find something negative to say about Solutions Barbados and me. Let me address your two accusations.

    Was I naive? Of course I was. I have never started a political party before, and expected that there were conventions of decency that would be followed, and boundaries of decency that would not be crossed.

    I was naive in thinking that with Barbados on the brink of economic ruin, people would not sell their votes in the last general election. Therefore, it mattered not what our policies were with those voters. If we were not prepared to behave like the other parties, then we would not get the votes that such parties received.

    However, despite all of my naivete, we agreed that we would not behave badly, but would maintain the high standards that we claimed to live. I was naive in several other expectations, so your first accusation is false. Now on to your second.

    After founding Solutions Barbados, I actually gave it away to a competing political party. Why? Because I have no massive ego. I prefer the background – just getting things done. That is where Engineers normally thrive.

    We solve problems before they are realized. Therefore, the general public are normally oblivious to the harm that was avoided. It is a thankless task, and one where we do not expect thanks. Engineering is a calling. I am an Engineer first and a politician somewhere down the line. So your second accusation is also false.

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  • @ Hal

    I don’t think an actual study was done at this point here. I know Spain from what I remember did one and the results were an eye opener.

    I guess we are hoping the Brexit can will keep getting kicked down the road by the politicians your side.

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  • IRONSIDE OPINES

    a lot of their under-performance OF Solutions Barbados was due, in no measure, to the naivety and egotism of the party leader Grenville Phillips. As you can see……………. Phillips still neither understands nor accepts this criticism.

    RE Perhaps Mr. Phillips should stick to his Tuesday Sermon. Perhaps, he may find more support there. May I suggest that his next sermon be on the message to the Church in Laodicea? [Rev. 3: 14 -16]

    MY LORD IRONSIDE!
    THAT IS A SERIOUS BOUNCER
    IS GRENVILLE NIETHER HOT OR COLD AND ONLY WORTHY OF BEING SPEWED FROM THE MOUTH?
    IS GRENVILLEONLY LUKE WARM?
    DOES HE REALLY NOT KNOW THAT HE IS POLITICALLY wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:?

    IRONSIDE THE LAST TIME I WITNESSED AN OVER LIKE THAT WAS THE OVER HOLDING BOWLED TO BOYCOTT AT KENSINGTON IN MARCH 1981 AND THE ONE HE BOWLED TO NOTHAM LATER IN THE DAY CAUSING BOTHHAM TO THROW HIS BAT.

    REVELATION 3
    14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

    15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

    16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

    18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

    19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

    THE WORSE CHURCH OF THE SEVEN IN REVELATION 2-3 IS THE church of the Laodiceans

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  • @ nextparty246November 5, 2019 4:04 PM

    YOUR PUERILE PITHY POST IN RESPONSE TO IRONSIDE IS A PUSTULAR ABSCESS OF AN EXCUSE. IT NEEDS DRAINING
    AND STUFFED WITH A WICK. LOL LOL
    SOLUTIONS DID NOT WIN BECAUSE THE ELECTORATE PERCEIVED THAT SOLUTIONS HAD NO SOLUTIONS FOR BARBADOS

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  • The truth is to win an elections here you must pander to the voters, avoid serious discussions and stay as far from reality as possible.

    Remember when Arthur tried to discuss our reality, when he by coup took back leadership of the Bs? He tried to have a frank discussion about privatisation and got side swiped in an ad with an old woman on a bus on channel 8 taliking about having to pay bus fare!

    Look at how the transport board ended up today and asked yourself if it has not in a roundabout way in fact been privatised.

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  • @ John A

    There are all kinds of risk assessments done here. That is not a problem. It is Barbados I am concerned about.
    By the way, how did the Transport Board get this terrible?

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  • Well we Waiting on 200 new buses since elections as we were promised, so things should soon be looking up? LOL

    To be honest we not sure how things is with them as they are a little behind on their audited financials. Not by much though only a few years!

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  • @ David.

    Tell me in all honesty who do you see as the second party in all reality that could be a challenge at the next elections?

    I hear talk of a third party but who exactly is the second party as of
    today?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A at 4:20 PM

    You wrote : (The TB)”in a round about way (has)in fact been privatised”. What did you really mean to type? Privateered? Deprived ? At least you garnered something. I am still here puzzled about what the exercise was all about. It seems we are in for a lot “of sound and fury signifying nothing”. We too like to make mock sport.

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  • @Grenville

    There is the view that of all the so called 3rd parties you seem to be the most sincere with the workrate to make a difference. The others have flattered to deceive. You attend all the town halls, call the talk shows etc etc etc From where the blogmaster sits this is why you are being targeted with criticism which for the most part is well meaning. keep it going.

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  • @John A

    An insightful comment. This blogmaster has always opined that individual needs are mostly at variance from national imperatives. Good politicians are able to overcome with this with charisma driven tactics to trump being substantive.

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  • @John A

    At this point we have no party challenging. Bear in m ind there is an expectation by the usual suspects that the DLP will reemerge. One of the points made by Ironside.

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  • @Vincent

    Well I feel they started out focusing on privatizing but then they decide this is dangerous waters so ” let we put PRIV in front or end um in ED and what ever happen, well it happen.” Lol

    God knows i still can’t figure out what happen or who calling the shots, the drivers, the owners, the TB or brother Estwick.

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  • @ David.

    I don’t think the Dems can raise a party and gain the respect of the public in the time they have to the next elections. No reflection on them, it’s just the last bunch descimated them in the eyes of the public! Also let’s be honest how much headway has Verla honestly made in the rebuilding process?

    As for Atherley and his opposition by default, well their performance at the debt restructuring debate says it all. Grenville has some good ideas but has he a party, or is he a one man band?

    To be honest I feel the best thing that could happen is for all these factions to swallow their pride and form one party. Do we have the political capital then to make a stand? Only time will tell.

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  • @John A

    In effect you are saying our democratic system is under threat? And with Mia threatening to pull the subvention where are we potentially headed?

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  • @ David.

    Exactly my point sir. The subvention issue to me is a case of being legally right but morally wrong. Now having said that a good opposition who proved to the people they can hold their own in debate, in my view would get financial support from other areas. Let’s be honest not even the most ardent supporter of the Bs could possible want to see a one party state.

    The challenge an opposition now has is that the younger voters want facts. They are not interested in a bread and fish campaign. Politicians therefore going forward need to be better acquainted with matters of finance. The days of getting up there and talking nonesence for 60 minutes is therefore not going to capture the younger voters. Nor will bringing 2 bashment artist and a band.

    I honestly see one road here if anyone wants to take on a party that just won all 30 seats and that is a coalition government made up of all contesting the elections under one banner.

    Will pride and ego ever allow that to happen? Probably not but divided these other groups will not win a single seat and I will bet money on it.

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  • robert lucas
    November 5, 2019 3:49 PM

    I represent the default position. My vote last time didn’t go to either the B or D and most of the time I have refused to vote. I loathe what those two parties stand for.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What do they actually stand for?

    I don’t know and I’ll bet most people don’t either.

    Write down three things for which they stand … I’ll bet you have real problems.

    Both of them regardless of merit, run the same candidates in the same constituencies ad nauseum.

    The candidates get a pension after 2 or three terms, whatever.

    But those candidates actually have no achievement, have met no goal and are just passengers, making up a number.

    There is no identifiable principle on which they stand.

    They get their votes each time because there is apparently no alternative with a difference.

    For example, George Payne has been around since the early 1990’s.

    He has been an MP for nearly 30 years, a generation, and there is not one single thing I can think of that he has done to improve the lot of Barbadians.

    Maybe I missed his contribution to Barbados but all I associate with him is hats … and more recently, Jackie Stewart!!

    Maybe he does good things in his constituency.

    The DLP held St. John from the 1960’s yet they lost it in 2018, after 60 years or so.

    We don’t need a third party.

    We need individuals with the time and resources to lead a change in the constituency in which they want to run, preferably the one in which they actually live.

    They will get elected based on respect for their deeds and principles.

    I think it is better for Independents to run, secure seats on merit and be seen to make a difference …

    … but they need to start at the bottom.

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  • Maybe it is that the individuals running on a B or D ticket actually do good work in their constituency.

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  • @John A

    Interesting we are having a discussion about a ‘coalition’ made up of political parties not one of them having won a seat. Atherley as you know won under the BLP banner.

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  • If that is the case, I have no problem with them willing a seat on merit.

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  • winning!!!!

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  • @John A

    It points back to the ‘ignorant’ electorate. Do we demand the candidates defend positions on the issues? We sit back and allow members of the political class to dump their agendas on us.

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  • @ David.

    That is why I see all of them as being on the same level. Forget Atherly he won a seat on a BLP ticket and crossed the floor.

    To pose a challenge for 30 seats each of the best say 10 opposition parties would have to provide 3 candidates. Stop and think on that for a minute, as even that would be hard to get done. What we are saying is all these parties including the Ds would need to accept neither is above the other, yet come together as a coalition of opposition under one United banner.

    As I said this will probably never happen due to ego, but based on the strength of the Bs after the last election, even a coalition like I mentioned may struggle to get 10 seats first time out. The alternative for them however is to continue as lost voices barking on their own soap boxes.

    Unity is the only way now for those in opposition to make a stand against the Bs.

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  • @ David.

    Yes it boils down to us deciding what’s important as a priority. In other words if you went into St Lucy tomorrow do you think clean drinking water would outweigh a gathering in 2020 as their priority?

    If we assume the electorate are the employers and the politicians our employees, are they fulfilling OUR priorities or THEIRS?

    Of course we would have to put aside the divide and conquer approach and bury the yardfowlism for this to work, but isn’t the cause worth it?

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  • @ Ironside

    Congratulations for carrying on the battle for the Third Party Movement

    You will notice that already the lines have been drawn in the sand to force you to adopt the idea of ‘a second party’ and thereby have said idea morph into B OR D AGAIN!

    Do not be misled by the various protagonists who are already seeking to diffuse the Movement

    You keep forging on at point and let your SAW team member and sniper take care of these insurgents

    I think that you always deal with Bedroom Policeman well.

    In fact look at what you forced the Megalomaniac to admit in his comment where he sai and de ol man quotes

    “…After founding Solutions Barbados, I actually gave it away to a competing political party.

    Why? Because I have no massive ego…”

    Heheheheh

    You see how easy it is to GOAD them into full disclosure?

    After founding No Solutions Barbados he gave it away!

    You understand what the ole man is always saying here?

    Their mouths does sell dere egos out!

    So he has said 3 things there

    First he says that he gave it away, and in so saying disclosed that he believes All the candidates were his to give away

    Secondly, by this remark, he is saying to the others that remain THEY HAVE NO WORTH!!!

    And he confirms to all here on Barbados Underground, including David [BU] what I said for long

    GRENVILLE PHILLIPS AKA ISO TALIBAN AKA BEDROOM POLICEMAN IS A MEGALOMANIAC!!!

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  • piece

    IS GRENVILLE NIETHER HOT OR COLD AND ONLY WORTHY OF BEING SPEWED FROM THE MOUTH as ironside suggests?

    IS GRENVILLE ONLY LUKE WARM as ironside suggests?

    DOES HE REALLY NOT KNOW THAT HE IS POLITICALLY wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:as ironside suggests?

    When you are likened to the church of the Laodiceans, that does not speak very well for you.

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  • @ my fellow myope Dr GP

    Greetings from the apostate

    We can expect Bedroom Policeman to come back here and do a ting, after he finished his job at the Barbados Wter Authority and writing his sermon.

    He just does not know what to do wid himself, blowing hot and cold, sermon and invective in de same breath.

    But you realise that if you or I cuss a feller heah we does get castigated for our sins and failings real quick but others does get a free pass

    Heheheheh

    Check out de new Medi-kye movements

    A fellow now trying to run de PDP from America and he says and I quote

    “… I honestly see one road here if anyone wants to take on a party that just won all 30 seats and that is a coalition government made up of all contesting the elections under one banner…”

    And no sooner he says that than another fellow adds on to their previously discussed strategy by sayin AND I QUOTE

    “…@John A

    Interesting we are having a discussion about a ‘coalition’ made up of political parties not one of them having won a seat…”

    WE? Who is this we?

    A careful check of the site notes that this “coalition” concept has only been floated by 2 people

    But why is that coalition being suggested Dr. GP?

    “…Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech…”

    That verse from Genesis just flashed through my head as I saw these two confederates conjoined in this discussion of a coalition AND WAS MINDFUL OF THE NON STARTER STATUS OF THIS IDEA 18 MONTHS AGO!

    Why do you think that they are so fearful of The Third Party Movement Dr GP?

    Are they finally aware that the Bajan people are totally disillusioned by the BLP DLP rotation and they genuinely want a change?

    I going remain here and see how Ironside continues to develop his ideas

    AND I AM GOING TO WATCH AND SEE IF THE PDP HEEDS HIS INSTRUCTIONS

    heheheheh

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  • @ November 5, 2019 7:22 PM

    . Keeping the status quo. I have lump every thing under status quo. You are correct it is hard to come up with three things which don’t qualify as falling under the caption status quo. Stealing taxpayers funds; Protecting the lawyers ;Granting Sirs and Dames all fall under status quo.

    .

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  • What he is doing is more than many here by putting himself out there to serve while others show limit of their ability.

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  • I think we can pull together a worthwhile opposition for the next election, but it will not come from any one party. Atherley may bring a few, the Dems a few, Grenville 1 or 2 etc. The point is collectively they can pull together 30 and form a coalition. We can’t wait for the Dems to be reborn and Verla still seems bent on including some of the past political cadavers in her new party, big mistake!

    To me the question these guys have to ask themselves is are we willing to wait 15 years for our new party to MAYBE be recognised, or do we mount a strong one party coalition for the next elections?

    It’s a matter between personal egos and their true wish to represent the people, hence only time will tell what their true intentions are.

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  • @John A

    Does Verla have a choice?

    Have you been listening to the DLP supporters?

    They have learned nothing from the shellacking.

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  • re What he is doing is more than many here by putting himself out there to serve while others show limit of their ability.

    SOME OF US SERVED ALREADY IN MANY WAYS AMD MANY PLACES, AND STILL HAVE THE ABILITY—BUT I NOT GIVING MY IDEAS

    SOME OF US SERVED THEN WE WERE DISPLACED——–I WAS DISPLACED IN TWO PLACES BY A WOMAN WITH A KNOWN NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

    NOW WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF DEFICIENCIES IN THE MOH
    DOES NOT HE WHO ” Is doing is more than many here by putting himself out there to serve” HAVE THE ABILITY TO BRING SOLUTIONS?

    MANY OF THE THINGS I WARNED ABOUT HAVE SOME TO PASS

    I FAILED TO TAKE UP TWO MORE SCHOLARSHIPS TO DO THE MPH AND MSC IN GERONTOLOGY,BECAUSE I THOUGHT I HAD BEEN GIVEN MY FAIR SHARE ALREADY

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  • IF YOU BOIL A FUNNY BONE IT BECOMES A LAUGHING STOCK—-ABSOLUTELY HUMERUS!

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  • John A:

    That “one man band” is a well-worn lie. You must have your reasons for repeating it. You should be aware that we have the most declared candidates after the BLP. So why keep repeating the lie?

    A coalition of parties may be possible. However, that would require the agreement of the various candidates. It has nothing to do with egos – another well worn lie. Many of the parties have constitutions that restrict their leaders from making unilateral decisions.

    The foreseen problem is the parties’ commitment to addressing corruption. Voters will likely never forgive us if we formed the government and continued corrupting practices. If we are to believe the BLP and DLP’s accusations, both established parties are grossly corrupt.

    Atherley’s party is essentially the BLP. He admitted that he would support the Government, and he and his senators have generally voted for the Government’s legislative agenda.

    With the two BLP teams, and the DLP out, that leaves 9 parties (including Comissiong’s). Do you recommend a coalition of all 9?

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  • @ David.

    Don’t get me wrong I am not saying a coalition of opposition can win the next elections. They may only get 3 or 4 seats who knows. The point is by doing that we would at least have some semblance of an elected opposition. The people would have at least seen some hope in these few and as a result they would have every right to claim legitimacy as our opposition. They would also then be eligible to the $150K which would go a long way in rebuilding a stronger opposition down the road. I would be very uncomfortable with a one party state in the future, which is exactly what we will have in the absence of a coalition.

    My point is this is no time for fragmentation.

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  • @Grenville

    A political party is made up of individuals. Individuals with egos in this case the DLP.

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  • @ Greenville

    I didn’t mean to accuse you of being a one man band, if you notice I place a question mark after my comment. I have never seen a full list of your propsed represntatives, this does not however mean one does not exist in your party.

    As for your question on the composition of a coalition, I think we can ” purge” the list down to the top 5 parties with the highest vote count at the last elections and then go from there. The vote count would then form the basis for the initial qualification. Now having said that independents should also be welcomed. Remember we are forming a party of unity, so anyone who can assist should be welcome. This should be a process however overseen by the party base. What we are looking for is unconventional I know, but it is not impossible. I think it will also break the traditional B or D offering that has existed for the past 50 years. Who knows you may even get a few disgruntal Bs coming over by then!

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  • @John A

    Based on your comments are you playing a numbers game? What about the electability of the candidates? Based on the field of some of the parties it would be a coalition in name only.

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  • Fellows remember it was ego that destroyed our economy. The fact the blind were allowed to lead us into a financial mine field should never be forgotten by anyone. One man bent on refusing to listen to advice or reason, has us all sucking salt today! So yes ego has no place in what I am proposing.

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  • @ David.

    No but we need to have some basis as a springboard. Once we accept that then the new party can lay out it’s own rules and by laws. My point is that a man that never received a single vote, should not be seen as being above one that got say 100 votes, even if he did come from the “inherited ” opposition we now have. Some basis has to be used initially, it can always be modified later. After all the west Indies lead batsman is not the one with a history of scoring ducks or the one that been there the longest.

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  • @ Greenville

    WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU AND YOUR one man band HAVE FOR EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE , HEALTH OR TRANSPORTATION?

    DO YOU NEED INDEPENDENTS WITH FUNCTIONING BETZ CELLS TO BRING SOLUTIONS TO SOLUTIONS IN EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE , HEALTH OR TRANSPORTATION?

    DO YOU ONLY HAVE SOLUTIONS FOR CALLING GP A FALSE TEACHER AND APOSTATE?,

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  • John:

    It was not ego that damaged our economy. It was gross mismanagement and the reported gross corruption.

    On a coalition, you may be aware of Jesus’ statements in Matt 12:25. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”

    Fortunately none of the 9 third parties are attacking eachother. There is a type of respect that we have for eachother for daring to challenge the reported corruption of the BLP and DLP.

    You may have noticed that after the ‘cut and thrust’ of the general election, the only party that is consumed by hate is Atherley’s party. You can read the absolute hatred displayed by pdp candidates here on BU, especially Piece and Ironside. They do not want to discuss policies. They just want to hate. Clearly that would be a house divided.

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  • If you haven’t got a ticket you haven’t got a chance!!

    No seat, no voice in Parliament.

    Get the seats and then talk coalition.

    Do it one by one.

    If there are some who have common beliefs by all means coalesce ASAP but take Parliament one seat at a time and then do the adult exercise of finding common ground if by then that hasn’t been done.

    Get the seats first and earning them is the easiest way.

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  • robert lucas
    November 5, 2019 9:43 PM

    @ November 5, 2019 7:22 PM
    . Keeping the status quo. I have lump every thing under status quo. You are correct it is hard to come up with three things which don’t qualify as falling under the caption status quo. Stealing taxpayers funds; Protecting the lawyers ;Granting Sirs and Dames all fall under status quo.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    There you go!!

    So isn’t that the chink (gaping hole) in the two party armor?

    An honest upright principled person can drive a truck through that hole!!

    Just get a few good men/women in there.

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  • nextparty246
    November 5, 2019 11:01 PM

    John:
    It was not ego that damaged our economy. It was gross mismanagement and the reported gross corruption.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wrong John!!!

    I am a Trump man and guess what, he has an ego bigger than an elephant.

    His hands are tiny compared with his ego!!

    Nothing wrong with ego.

    Mismanagement and corruption …. I can’t find any disagreement with those as two reasons of many.

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  • An honest upright principled person by definition has a gigantic ego because not many people are that way inclined.

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  • The instance of Dennis Kellman and David Thompson in the two seat “play play opposition” was not an issue of ego although both had enormous egos.

    CLICO and the $$ were probably the roots, not ego.

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  • The quick turn around and change in narrative re marijuana…….but they ALL in that parliament and bar association are to be trusted EVEN LESS NOW…they are SELL OUT NEGROS…that is all they have ever known…that is all they will EVER BE..

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  • The elderly on the island REMAIN at risk, vulnetable and always potential victims of criminals.

    “WARNING: IF YOU HAVE OR KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS A HEALTH POLICY WITH BARP PLEASE TELL THEM TO CHECK ON ITS STATUS. SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT. SOME POLICY HOLDERS ARE HAVING THEIR CLAIMS REFUSED BECAUSE THE MONEY IS NOT REACHING SAGICOR. I THINK THAT BARP HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BROKER IS PAYING SAGICOR ON TIME. THIS SITUATION IS PLACING UNDUE STRESS ON THE SENIOR CITIZENS. I THINK THAT BARP SHOULD TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE, AFTER ALL THEIR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICIES.”

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  • Enuff…see what happens when i take a break, i will make a note to do so more often..

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  • Here is what a key man in ICAR has to say. There is no need to sensationalize every Rh thing in Barbados. Steuspe.

    Adonijah Alleyne There will be those who, when the details are known, will be critical. It is a significant development, however. We need to remember this: For ten years the former administration ran away from this issue. They refused for a whole year to even acknowledge receipt of a letter from ICAR requesting a meeting to discuss cannabis.
    Now, in 17 months, we are at the point of sacramental use.
    Yes, there will be mis-steps which will have to be corrected and further issues to be dealt with but yes, no doubt the Iniverse is unfolding as it should!
    Antigua has taken more radical steps but consider how many years it took. We talking about 17 months! This development will take us there.
    Raspect to the PM and AG for their efforts.
    ICAR is proud to be playing a part in seeing to it that people’s constitutional and human rights are observed.
    Selah.

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  • @ Greenville

    WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU AND YOUR one man band HAVE FOR EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE , HEALTH OR TRANSPORTATION?

    DO YOU NEED INDEPENDENTS WITH FUNCTIONING BETZ CELLS TO BRING SOLUTIONS TO SOLUTIONS IN EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE , HEALTH OR TRANSPORTATION?

    DO YOU ONLY HAVE PALAVER FOR CALLING GP A FALSE TEACHER AND APOSTATE AND PIECE AND IRONSIDE
    HATERS?,
    ONCE A PERSON CHALLENGES YOU MUST YOU ATTACK THEM

    DID THE FOLK WHO DEFECTED FROM SOLUTIONS DO SO BECAUSE YOU REALLY HAVE NO SOLUTIONS FOR BARBADOS?

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  • @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    You told Bedroom Policeman and I quote

    “…@Grenville

    There is the view that of all the so called 3rd parties you seem to be the most sincere with the workrate to make a difference….”

    Where is “this view”?

    Can you point one to 1 instance of where it is written or videod?

    You then continue

    “…The others have flattered to deceive. You attend all the town halls, call the talk shows etc etc etc…”

    Which town hall meetings? Barring Iso Taliban who knows of No Solutions Barbados?

    And then you go on to give the endorsement which all know you continue to promote which is

    “… From where the blogmaster sits this is why you are being targeted with criticism which for the most part is well meaning. keep it going…”

    This one man party has been going for 3 years AND HAS DONE NOTHING.

    The PdP has been around for 4 months yet, INCREDULOUSLY, your endorsement of a one man party is based on it’s one member being out there for 3 years WITH A STRATEGY OF “NOT NAMING HIS MEMBERS”

    The No Solutions Barbados membership list is as secretive as the details of the list of bond repayments that the government claims to have “restructured”

    Don’t you Honourable Blogmaster see a pattern with Bedroom Policeman?

    Anyone who says his party is non existent instantly becomes a “hater” and a member of the People’s Party for Democracy and Development!

    First it was Peter Lawrence Thompson, then it was me AND NOW IT IS IRONSIDE.

    Oh dear de ole man forget my fellow myope and fellow apostate Dr. GP!

    Watch the patterns Blogmaster and slowly the picture becomes visible.

    Like John A AND HIS COALITION CHANT!

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  • PIECE
    AS THE JAMAICANS SAY “IT IS TRUTH YOU DO TELL” ABOUT MR NON SOLUTIONS
    RAN HIM RAGGED

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  • MR SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLLUTIONS needs to know that recognizing your own personal flaws goes a long way toward understanding the troubles of those around you.

    We’re not perfect, and that’s by our very nature. Our capacity for forgiveness comes at the cost of being a species who will need to be forgiven at some point in our lives. Understanding that we are all imperfect, that we’re all sinners in the least biblical sense possible, is the key to being a harmonious piece of whatever tapestry we’re creating.

    What I’m saying is that, if we are unwilling to face in ourselves what we wish to remedy in others, we are no better than the last evolutionary hurdle we leapt.

    Those who cannot face their own weakness still have much growth to experience, and therefore are not ready to lead…and that’s what has people concerned about MR SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLUTIONS

    Attacking GP PIECE & IRONSIDE WILL NOT HELP .

    MR SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLLUTIONS NEEDS TO PRESENT REAL SOLUTIONS OR SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN

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  • @ David November 6, 2019 6:25 AM

    It is a play to a populist agendum. It never ceases to amaze that a country which is not noted for its immersion in the sciences, always seeks to jump on a band wagon touted by the more advanced countries. It will be interesting to see how the country deals with any adverse reaction caused by the proposed action.

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  • AND they are DESPERATE to REPLACE WHAT THEY ALL STOLE……so trust them NOT AT ALL….if they do not handle this right, their ass is grass…lol

    plus they are STILL GREEDY…

    The quick turn around and change in narrative re marijuana…….but they ALL in that parliament and bar association are to be trusted EVEN LESS NOW…they are SELL OUT NEGROS…that is all they have ever known…that is all they will EVER BE.

    Adonijah needs to stop acting like the government is doing him some damn favor..IT IS THEIR JOB which they collect a salary to do each and every damn month…they make sure to collect a salary = they are SUPPOSED TO make sure they do their damn JOB.

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  • @ Greenville

    Well recent events have made me question Atherleys true purpose, let me explain.

    His group has some bright minds in it who would of been capable of breaking down the true cost of the debt restructuring in the last debate. Why were they not allowed to do so? Why did he as leader focus solely on a 3 million dollar agricultural loan and avoid letting those more capable persons shine?

    Is Atherly therefore an opposition party, or was he put there to block the door for any true opposition?

    Those blinkered in yardfowlism may not rant, however those capable of independent thought need to stop and ponder the above questions.

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  • If a coalition was attempted and he refused to be part if it then my above question would be clearly answered.

    Interesting times ahead wouldn t you say?

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  • Dr. GP my fellow myope and apostate

    One of the things that I have done FROM THE TIME I ARRIVEDON THIS BLOG, is to propose solutions.

    All of which this BLP government has and is still implementing.

    The problem with that is, when you are NOT the author of an idea AND THE AUTHOR STILL LIVES, and he is constantly broadcasting an INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MESSAGE & OWNERSHIP POLICY, he invariably abd immediately becomes the enemy for these thieves AND THEIR OBSEQUIOUS FRIENDS.

    And one gets the reputation for being a rabble rouser

    But you Dr. GP already know that dont you?

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  • @ John A,

    You can run but you can’t hide

    Your style is unique AND YOUR ANTI PDP rant (a word only used by one other here) becomes your signature

    The hanging questions!

    Never committing to anything BUT SUGGESTING EVERYTHING, people know you!

    And of course repeating the same tired remark about the PdP not having responded to the single Restructuring Debt Exercise that took the government 18 months BUT DEMANDS, À LA JOHN A, GOLDEN BOY, THAT THEY RESPOND IN 5 DAYS!

    Yes sir, some of us here ARE WATCHING YOU CLOSELY with your buttery syrup and daily focus on the PdP

    Heheheheh

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  • John A
    November 6, 2019 7:37 AM

    If a coalition was attempted and he refused to be part if it then my above question would be clearly answered.
    Interesting times ahead wouldn t you say?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How long will the charade of a non existent Parliament be permitted to continue?

    Whether Parliament is real or not the result is the same so no one will know the difference!!!

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  • Isn’t the PDP formation not unlike the DLP formation …. ie out of the belly of the beast?

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  • @ David November 6, 2019 6:25 AM
    “ICAR is proud to be playing a part in seeing to it that people’s constitutional and human rights are observed.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the “ICAR” is really serious about the “people’s Constitutional and human rights” being observed rather than breached then it ought to be calling for the full decriminalization of marijuana.

    What about the people who want to use it not for any smoking or recreational purposes but as a culinary ingredient or as a natural supplement to their diet to promote better health?

    Why is the plant being treated in such a hypocritically two-faced way?
    Isn’t Mary Jane the same in the culinary day as she is in the medicinal night?

    Why is there a need to hold a referendum?
    Was there one when marijuana was made a social and criminal outcast or did 24 or so ‘honourable’ individuals decide the fate of that plant now being touted as the economic Cinderella of the medical crystal ball?

    How come the sugarcane plant can be used in many ways to make greater use of its god-given properties even though one of its byproducts has become not only a ‘kill-devilish’ bane to the Bajan society but also one the country’s significant tax revenues generators and a major forex earner.

    What about using the same plant called ‘Cannabis’-which is about to receive a partial pardon and piecemeal redemption- in the local production of animal feed and medicine?

    If the former forlorn and politically outcast Mary Jane is now good for making medicine for humans shouldn’t be just as good for animals too?

    Instead of importing the large amounts of antibiotics used in the commercial poultry and other animal rearing business why not use locally-produced cannabis plant materials and oils as inputs into the feed and natural additives to the water consumed by these animals?

    At least it might help reduce the possibility of the deleterious effects of synthetic antibiotics and other growth-inducing supplements entering the food chain and eventually taking a toll on the human bodies as can be seen right across Barbados especially among the young men with their drooping boobs and all.

    It would be more than intellectually therapeutic if the above suggestion is taken onboard by, at least, the MoA in the current Cabinet; even if the only reward he is prepared to offer is the recognition that the source of his ‘idea’ was David King’s BU blog.

    A simple addendum to the existing Bill, soon to become an Act of foresight, would suffice to cover the veterinary benefits of the former whore for a social outcast now to become First Lady.

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  • @ pieces.

    I really don’t care about the PDP, what I do care about though is the absence of a real opposition in what is quickly becoming a one party state.

    I judge an opposition on their performance not their bestowed title. With the exception of Caswell who is vocal, the rest seem more like tame lapdogs rather than the guardians of our democracy.

    If I am wrong then please point out to me in a detailed manner what I missed.

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  • @ John

    We may have an appointed opposition which exist for the purpose of a parliament, that is in fact inactive. Have you stopped to ponder that?

    Do you not agree that as far as debate in the house goes their effort has to put it mildly, been lacking?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ JohnA at 7:37 A M & 7:34 AM

    The times ahead will be interesting. We are told the restructuring exercise will be saving billions of dollars in the future. What was the amount restructured? Did the lack of a subvention reduce the capability of the LoO to calculate the savings and the amount actually “restructured”? How come we saving more than we restructured?

    I have in the past supported the need for a 11+ exam which forced all children to strive for a level of competence in literacy and numeracy. I shudder to think what will happen if students are not required to strive for a level of competence in the 3 Rs .

    The problem ,John A, is not the need for another political party. We need to raise the level of consciousness of our people. New party ,the same old khaki pants!

    Enough said.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John A

    The amount of issues which an effective Opposition has to competently handled cannot be done by one man. The LoO needs a competent supporting cast. There are over 17 ministries.
    There are more than a dozen BU bloggers. Have you noticed any consistent conclusions on any of the moots raised? And we are doing it for fun. Politics is a serious business not a blood sport. It is the peoples business.

    Thanks for your valiant efforts at keeping democracy alive.

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  • I really don’t care about the PDP, what I do care about though is the absence of a real opposition in what is quickly becoming a one party state.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You don’t seem to buy Reverend Joe’s reasoning that he is “filling the absence of a physical presence” either.

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  • We may have an appointed opposition which exist for the purpose of a parliament, that is in fact inactive. Have you stopped to ponder that?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We did not appoint an opposition!!!

    In fact no one who voted against the “Government” has a voice in “Parliament”.

    No one including NO can dispute that fact!!

    The result however will be the same whether “Parliament” is valid or invalid.

    Another dud!!

    But what would you expect if the same Dudleys continually are voted in?

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  • Miller
    November 6, 2019 8:42 AM

    “If the “ICAR” is really serious about the “people’s Constitutional and human rights” being observed rather than breached then it ought to be calling for the full decriminalization of marijuana.
    What about the people who want to use it not for any smoking or recreational purposes but as a culinary ingredient or as a natural supplement to their diet to promote better health?
    Why is the plant being treated in such a hypocritically two-faced way?”

    Miller,
    You were always “smart” from schooldays, and will remain “smart” until the day you die.

    Marijuana retails in Barbados at about $5,000 per pound. The drug is universally available and easily accessible. Can you name another agricultural product that is so lucrative?

    Barbadians (men, women, the young, the old, and the underage) seem to be smoking “herb” at the rate of at least a pound per second. The drug is so expensive that it takes $10 to produce a proper spliff or joint (i.e. a marijuana cigarette)

    As a means of working around this problem, Barbadians use “Fanta” (finely cut dried tobacco leaves) as a base. A user smoking marijuana and tobacco doubles the risk of developing lung cancer. Therefore, a massive, monumental health problem is being created for the nation of Barbados as we speak.

    A few privileged individuals, sitting at the top of the pyramid, are able to easily cream off millions of dollars in a risk-free manner from the marijuana trade. If you were one of these individuals, would you want to see the status quo changed?

    Success in the fight against this “dangerous” drug is measured by the amount of young people arrested in the Ivy, Deacons Housing Area, the Farm, Gall Hill, Silver Hill, and other stigmatized areas. This so-called “success” ensures that the poor Barbadian parents of those arrested and charged have to fork out great sums of money to pay legal fees to obtain representation in court for their children.

    It is an insidious and iniquitous system.

    I would advise ICAR to start printing thousands of application forms, and to make allowance for its members to take “sacrament” every second. I would also recommend ICAR to expand its perceived role and to start advocating that all Barbadians convicted, and or incarcerated for marijuana-related offences be freed, and their offences expunged from all criminal records.

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  • @ Vincent.

    Yes the fact that a $500 million dollar restructuring was claimed to of yielded $4 billion in savings alone should of fueled a heated debate.

    After all for that to happen the entire debt would of had to been forgiven and then some. Yet not a question of substance was raised. Why?

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  • @ John.

    So either way we doomed then. Lol

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  • WITH ALL THESE PUNDITS WHO ARE POUNDING ON THE KEY BOARD OF A FEW KEYS HAVE NOT REALISED THAT THEY ARE BEING PLAYED ALONG THE WHOLE KEYBOARD.

    What the Last Election taught us was that Barbadians were so Fed-up of the DO NOTHING SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CHOOSE THE ONLY OTHER PARTY THAT THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH TO PULL THEM OUT OF THE HOLE. They Voted to such a degree that the BLP received Every Seat and they were faced with a Dilemma as they knew that the DLP were in the Trash Heap of History and would Never Recover. However for a third party Solutions Barbados to make such a Credible First time Showing, the BLP TRIED TO OBLITERATE SOLUTIONS BARBADOS as best as they could. So they set about and PUT THEIR PLAN INTO PRACTICE BY CREATING THEIR OWN OPPOSITION PARTY AND HAVING THE OPPOSITION LEADER SET ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK TO DECIMATE THE SOLUTIONS BARBADOS PARTY. By Luring Solutions Barbados Candidates to the side of the Opposition to make them feel that they now part of the Opposition party with a Shot for Power not Realising that they were Played.

    WE HAVE AN OPPOSITION CREATED BY THE GOVERNMENT who VOTES IN LOCK STEP WITH THE GOVERNMENT while FOOLING BARBADIANS THAT WE HAVE AN OPPOSITION.

    BARBADOS HAS NOT HAD A LEADER WITH GENUINE CHARACTER, SOUND IDEAS, PERSONAL PRINCIPLED BEHAVIOUR AND THE INSISTENCE THAT THOSE WHO ARE WITH HIM COMMIT THEMSELVES TO LIKEWISE PRINCIPLED BEHAVIOUR.

    IT IS TIME FOR BARBADIANS TO RECOGNISE THAT IN ORDER TO PROSPER #1 WE NEED TO CHOOSE MORALITY ABOVE IMMORALITY…#2 WE NEED TO CHOOSE PEOPLE THAT SERVE RATHER THAN TAKE…# 3 WE NEED TO CHOOSE PARTIALITY OVER IDEOLOGY, ONLY THEN WOULD WE BEGIN TO MAKE PROGRESS…

    THE ARM OF GOD IS LONG, IF WE MAKE THE CORRECT CHOICES WE WILL BE BLESSED. PROSPERITY, FREEDOM FROM UNJUST LAWS, CIVILITY FROM SOCIETY, UPRIGHTNESS IN OUR CHILDREN CAN ALL BE HAD IF WE CHOOSE CORRECTLY AND NOT LISTEN TO THE PUNDITS THAT PRETEND TO KNOW THAT DO NOT KNOW THEY ARE BEING PLAYED.

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/media-library/Choose%20The%20Right/Choose_1080x1920.jpg?download=true&lang=eng

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  • Adonijah is playing the ass, this ring around the roses, slave man complacent Rasta mentality will no longer cut it..and if ya CAN’T SEE what YA HAVE IN YA HANDS….that’s on you ……but don’t be dragging the enlightened down with ya..

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  • @Walter

    In case you missed it the Prime Minister has publicly committed to let the people decide in a referendum the decriminalization of the use of marijuana..

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  • @Miller

    You have taken norted Minister Toppin and a few others may vote NO (conscience) on the matter? Mia has removed the whip on this vote.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    Re: referendum on Marijuana

    I think the BU Household should sponsor a Public Lecture by Georgie Porgie, along with his Power Point slides, on the chemical and biochemical properties of THC and CBD. Of course if he would consent there to.

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  • SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLUTIONS for Barbados New party ,the same old khaki pants!

    SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLUTIONS for Barbados NEEDS TO PRESENT REAL SOLUTIONS OR SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN

    CAN THE ONE MAN SOLUTIONS PARTY GIVE US ANY REASONABLE PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO ANY CURRENT PROBLEM IN BARBADOS?

    I CANT SEEM TO GET ANY ANSWERS FROM THIS MAN ABOUT
    OUR HEALTH SYSTEM
    OUR TRANSPORTATION
    OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM
    OUR WATER WOES
    .
    MR SOLUTIONS CAN FLAMETHROW LIKE A BAPTIST MINISTER , BUT IS HE A PRATICAL MAN?.

    WHY DOES HE NOT GET MEMBERS OF HIS PARTY OR CHURCH INVOLVED IN CLEANING UP THE GARBAGE IN ANY AREA OF BARBADOS AS THAT GUY DID IN BALTIMORE RECENTLY

    If Bajans continue to make bad decisions , such as electing SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLUTIONS for Barbados you don’t even need a devil to ruin your life further than the DLP has.

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  • re I think the BU Household should sponsor a Public Lecture by Georgie Porgie, along with his Power Point slides, on the chemical and biochemical properties of THC and CBD. Of course if he would consent there to.

    NOT INTERESTED AT ALL IN THAT SIR

    LET SOLUTIONS WITH NO SOLUTIONS for Barbados GET SOME ONE TO DO THAT SIR, OR HIS ATTACK DOG

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  • The toxicity and pollution being well articulated.

    “Just read this in a post and have to say it made sense as a form of rebellion against colonial rule. Now we are robbing ourselves and our children with no mother country for backup.

    Read… I’ve been seeing this from the very opening of QEH as a boy . I used to hear the maids and other staff boasting that their supermarket bill used to be minimal. In those days other people would envy a hospital worker because of this. After all these years they will want to deny this but God Almighty know it’s the truth .
    I also remember when I left school and people realised I had left with O levels . The consensus was that I should try and get a government job because in their words “ yuh don’t have to work , just draw free money .
    The way I was instructed and constructed this never sounded right to me . When I joined the Public Health staff in 1976 I was mocked by my colleagues for working eight hours a day as stipulated .
    Look what all those years of raping the Treasury has brought Barbados. To a point where they had to print money to pay Civil Servants.”

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  • @ David November 6, 2019 10:42 AM

    Why not hold a referendum on the removal of capital punishment (aka ‘Hanging’ in Bajan parlance)?

    Why doesn’t the State carry out its ‘lawful’ duties and responsibilities by carrying out the decisions of the Court.

    It would be interesting to see if the same “Toppin” would support its abolition.

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  • @ Walter.

    You still got the old tractor and 5 acres ready? Lol

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  • John A
    November 6, 2019 10:24 AM

    @ John.
    So either way we doomed then. Lol

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Only if you believe Parliament determines our doomnation!!

    The lesson to be learnt is whether we have a valid or an invalid Parliament, we get always get one that is a dud and still, we have not gone to our doom!!

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  • Vincent….since GP is not interested, all the information is already online, the plant has already been researched to death…there is now a HOW TO on everything associated with marijuana…ya own guide.

    What the government needs to do is UNDO ALL THE DAMAGE THEY THEMSELVES INFLICTED ON THE PEOPLE…when they have LIED for years about the true nature of the plant while criminalizing and locking up their own people..,that’s the crime right there..their job is now rolling back all the brainwash they caused in the population and the cost of that exercise should come out of every lying minister’s own pocket.

    They better start advertising the benefits of marijuana using social media, the newspapers, CBC and radio…so that Bajans will finally know the truth.

    chop, chop.

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  • David
    November 6, 2019 10:40 AM

    “@Walter
    In case you missed it the Prime Minister has publicly committed to let the people decide in a referendum the decriminalization of the use of marijuana..”

    David,
    Yes, I missed it. Thanks for informing me.

    Given the fact that the drug is readily available throughout the length and breadth of Barbados, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the referendum produces a result of “No” to decriminalization of marijuana.

    That said, Barbadians are a conservative people, so no one should seek to crucify the government for leaving it to the people to decide the outcome of this issue. There are strong feelings on both sides of the divide. In fact, the government should be complimented for at least doing something.

    I think it would also be a good idea to educate Barbadians and hold a referendum on the following:
    Proportional Representation
    An Elected Senate

    In my humble opinion, our current system of governance is anachronistic. That’s another matter, to be discussed another time, I guess.

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  • The lesson to be learnt is whether we have a valid or an invalid Parliament, we get always get one that is a dud and still, we have not gone to our doom!!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Any Dudley will do is a second lesson to be learnt!!

    There is always the hope that a new Dudley might bring something good with him or her but we already know how existing Dudleys operate.

    They are known and defined by their fruits!!

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  • Both PR and an elected Senate have deceptive appeals. We have already talked about PR, just look at the mess Israel in in, not being able to form a government; and as to an elected Senate, let us suppose that we elected a BLP House of Assembly and a DLP Senate, just imagine the chaos that would cause in getting legislation passed. Both groups will claim they have the will of the people. Add to that an elected President, and chaos rules.
    First past the post may have its faults, but it leads to stable government. I remember saying all this to the Forde Commission on republicanism when it visited London.

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  • John A:

    Mr Atherley swore, on his sacred honour, his agreement to the BLP’s policies. When he took the oath of office, he confirmed that he supported the Government’s policies, and was there to see that they were passed.

    Despite all of the theatrical bluster, including by Caswell, Atherley and his senators consistently vote for the most dangerous parts of the BLP’s legislative agenda – as Atherley promised he would do.

    Mr Atherley also explained that the only reason why he decided to be opposition leader was to fulfill a constitutional requirement. However, he appears to have been appointed in violation of the constitution – regardless of how it is read.

    Therefore, Atherley’s ppfdd is not part of any third party movement. He explained that he is not seeking the post to oppose the Government. Therefore, the ppfdd is, by Atherley’s own admission, the BLP’s B-team, nothing else.

    The established media gives the parties that have agreed not to investigate corruption as much space as they want. You will note that the BLP, DLP and Atherley’s ppfdd are provided wide coverage. You may also note that Solutions Barbados, despite issuing them with weekly press releases, is rarely given space.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    A meaningful referendum is one in which the electorate has all the facts and interpretation of what the facts imply.Whose responsibility is it to lay out the facts? Is this to be another political charade?
    What % of the adult population has access to the internet? How manyare faniliar with the medical issues pertaining to the use of marijuana?

    Your suggestion that Marijuana has been researched to death and the information is on the internet reminds me of Marie Antoinette’s response when told the masses are hungry ,they have no bread. Her response was, “Then they should eat cake”. As you know some weeks later she lost her head.

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  • @Vincent

    Cannabis is widely and easily available for those who want to pull. The blogmaster recalls during the last general election campaign observing a group of teenagers openly puffing. It is not a big deal for many.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    David Bu

    The referendum is on the DECRIMINALIZATION of Marijuana. NOT the AVAILABILITY of Marijuana.

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  • @HA
    seems to me, it has more to do with how many entities get political traction, than FPTP or PR. It is about ‘commanding a majority’. A many party HoA makes this more challenging. And in larger countries, the rise of “regionalist” (sometimes called nationalist) parties have turned many of the traditional 2-3 party HoA’s, into many party HoA’s.

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  • RE The established media gives the parties that have agreed not to investigate corruption as much space as they want. You will note that the BLP, DLP and Atherley’s ppfdd are provided wide coverage. You may also note that Solutions Barbados, despite issuing them with weekly press releases, is rarely given space.

    WHY IS THIS?
    COULD IT BE THAT THEY DONT DEEM YOU AND NON SOLUTIONS FOR BARBADOS RELEVANT?

    I WILL CONFESS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU CAN FLAME THROW WITH THE WORD LIKE A BAPTIST MINISTER

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  • @ Grenville.

    Let me ask you a question. Based on where every one is today party wise, do you see any of the other parties on their own winning any seats at the next election?

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