Senator Caswell Franklyn Speaks – Mock Prime Minister

Barbados is in the grip of the worst pandemic, in my lifetime, Covid-19 that has taken the lives of over 200,000 people worldwide to date. And it does not seem that the Government is up to the task of managing this crisis. To my mind, it is certainly not setting the example by complying with the conditions that it has imposed on the population.

Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew that requires persons to stay indoor, and if you must leave home, you should practice social distancing. It therefore completely baffles me that Government would summon the Senate to meet on Monday, April 27, 2020 to debate: the Exchange Control (Amendment) Bill, 2000; the Control of Disposable Plastics Bill, 2000; and the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Exchange Control (Amendment) Bill relates to the validation of a budgetary measure to impose a foreign exchange fee by the last administration that was effective from July 17, 2017; and also to validate the collection of this administration’s fee on foreign transactions. The time to collect these taxes, without legislation being in place, has expired according to section 3 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act.

The Control of Disposable Plastics Bill, 2020 repeals and replaces a similar act that was passed and also subsequently amended in 2019.

Why is Government unnecessarily risking the lives of senators.

The foregoing is bad enough but it pales into insignificance when compared to Government’s handling of the rules to deal with the current state of emergency. When Government decided to impose a state of emergency, it had two sensible options open to it.

A state of emergency could have been declared under section 25 of the Constitution or under section 2 of the 1939 Emergency Powers Act. Instead, the Government chose to amend the Emergency Management Act by re-enacting certain provisions of the Emergency Powers Act. Those provisions would have been unconstitutional but for section 26 of the Constitution, which saved laws that were inconsistent with sections 12 to 26 of the Constitution that were passed before 30th November 1966 from being unconstitutional.

Section 26 also allows Parliament to re-enact those pre-independence provisions without significant alterations. However, Government went a step further and included a provision in the amendments to the Emergency Management Act, at section 28A.(6) that allows Cabinet to delegate, to the Prime Minister, its powers to make such directives as may be required in the public interest.

The power given to the Prime Minister did not previously exists and therefore could not have been saved by section 26 of the Constitution. To my mind, in order to bestow this power on the Prime Minister, Parliament would first have to amend the Constitution, and it did not. It would therefore appear that the Prime Minister or, in this case, the acting Prime Minister had no power to make directives under a state of emergency.

But it gets worse. When the substantive Prime Minister went on sick leave, the Hon. Santia Bradshaw was sworn in to act. Subsequent to Ms Bradshaw assuming the role of acting Prime Minister, the substantive holder, Ms Mottley, resumed her role and addressed the country on April 11th. We are also told that she participated in Cabinet meetings by Zoom.

When Ms Mottley resumed her role as Prime Minister, Ms Bradshaw would have immediately ceased to be acting Prime Minister, or Barbados would have had two prime ministers at the same time. Summa cedes non capit duos – The highest seat does not hold two. She would have to be sworn in again when Ms Mottley went back into her sick leave.

Even if the change in the law, to allow Cabinet the authority to delegate its power to the Prime Minister, were constitutional; we are still left with the fact that there was no one sworn in to act as Prime Minister who could have properly made the Emergency Management (Covid-19) Curfew (No. 3) Directive on April 14, 2020.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am in favour of measures, including the curfew, to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, I am not in favour of the Government breaching the constitutional rights of citizens to achieve that end. As far as I’m concerned, the directives issued on April 14th are not properly in place and therefore ineffective.

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  • Plse tell us the time and date the original of this post was published. Or, say if it was removed by the chairman.

    Pay Hal no mind. Let me spell out what I posted earlier for 3 Degrees

    Top 10 Law Schools in the World
    Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
    1 Harvard University
    2 University of Oxford
    3 University of Cambridge
    4 Yale University
    5 Stanford University
    6 LSE
    7 University of California, Berkeley
    8 Columbia University
    9 New York University (NYU)
    10 The University of Melbourne

    Also, plse publish the evidence justifying the below statement, the original cause of concern. Show us evidence of which LSE is the top law school in the UK, not just the world. Or is it just another attempt to prove people wrong, no matter what they say?

    She is only a law graduate of an institution which some consider the greatest social science university in the world, bar none….(Quote)

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  • The soft headed can stay there with their short memories while knowing how their slimy, low crawling politicians love nothing better than to sell them out…for the best price..

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  • Do you understand copying a table without the knowledge to retain the formatting will result in GIGO? Post the link or move on.

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  • Piece,

    I know you are not referring to me but as one who often takes issue with Hal Austin, not because of his ideas but because of his attitude, I feel I should reply. A couple of days ago he was being most constructive and I was enjoying it but unfortunately this time it was the blogmaster who put the first foot wrong and took things back down the wrong path that Hal has forged here on BU.

    It is possible to speak quite truthfully and emphatically

    of the problems we face and our collective failings without making out that Barbadians are the most stupid and corrupt creatures in the entire universe. We are no worse than the country in which he lives where, due to the buffoon they have elected as leader, over twenty five thousand people have died of COVID – 19 or the US of A where the other buffoon has been even more embarrassing. That such clowns could become leaders in those countries and that their opponents were so poor as to allow it speaks to the paucity of good sense that prevails in the supposedly superior lands of the white man.

    Barbadians are humans and subject to the human condition. We are not peculiar and will quite naturally go on the defensive when we are made out to be so. And so his ideas are lost in the gratuitous insult.

    Quite counterproductive!

    This is what irks us and this, I suspect, is why he is “attacked” because we all know that this is the best form of defence.

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  • I think the man has a personality disorder…

    Sometimes, punching well above his weight with a brilliant post and a delightful read.. at other times can be ignored.

    The mix is irritating.

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  • Dentistry Whisperer (M. Pharm. D) LinkedIN

    Dear Mia and BU, beware of the demise of Indira Gandhi. Her fall (in 1977) from grace should have taught us a lesson.  

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @John2 and @Pieces: @John2 you quote the constitution and highlighted that : “and in any other case shall be exercised by the Governor General in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.”…. What does that clarify re the preceding debate?

    The simple question (ideally Sen Franklyn or someone versed in the actual nuts n bolts can answer) is whether the instrument appointing an acting PM has to be FORMALLY ended by the GG/PM or does it SIMPLY cease to be in force immediately the PM returns to the island- in that case- or reports for work, thereby ending her leave of absence due to sickness.

    Earlier another blogger also cited a section (68) of the constitution re “unable to perform duties” and said about the Senator’s remarks : “that the substantive Prime Minister by virtue of having addressed the nation on April 11 and indicated she had met with key leaders had in effect resumed her duties and the role of the acting Prime Minister had effectively ceased”

    (NB: Unless I am reading an old version the constitution at sect 67 is the one directly re the PM and does speak of “illness”)

    That was previously clarified but nonetheless drew the comment from@Vincent who had apparently earlier dismissed the same line of reason that: “I agree with your position on the fundamental issue. One simply cannot have an acting PM and a substantive PM at the same time. It opens the gateway to all sorts of speculation. I believe that the appropriate legal processes are being followed.”

    So I ask you wise gentlemen to simply examine what EXACTLY is being said by Mr Franklyn and first let’s clarify the disconnect with the English…… If it is agreed that the Senator asserts that the SUBSTANTIVE PM resumed duties with her address then automatically she of the substantive post became she of the official TITLE as well… thus there is absolutely no speculation there and there was absolutely none before…because in simple English substantive can best be defined here as being “real rather than apparent”.

    In sum it goes back to the basic question posed so I’ll ask it differently based on the Senator’s assertions….. If there had been a more serious and massive outbreak from the NAB incident and the acting PM decided (with no consultation with the ‘real’ PM) to call up the BDF to corral all the workers and immediately take to Paragon … and Ms Real PM gets whiff of this and is incensed and immediately calls the BDF Commanding Colonel and says this is THE PM ‘rescind that order’… who does he take direction from: Ms Acting Officially GG Approved or Ms Real . According to the senator it’s clear… is it not!

    So @Vincent when substantive means the ‘real deal’ and a PM is sick there will always be “an acting PM and a substantive PM at the same time” … the ONLY question – and the constitution does not provide any clear answer – is WHEN does substantive AND official reconnect!

    And @Pieces (and greetings to you) … what spanner was thrown in the works by the reference and remark re the constitution by @John2?

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  • I know it is not the form on BU to put weight on accuracy. However, in all the years I have been writing on BU I have NEVER called an individual or institution corrupt. I have always said, from the Clico days, that the problem in Barbados is incompetence, NOT corruption.
    And in the numerous debates about lawyers I have said it is the culture, from the hawkers, vicars, undertakers and teachers to the lawyers. It is just a matter of opportunity. We have had that debate recently about price gouging. That I call the Barbados Condition, a sub-culture of soft, normalised dishonesty, not corruption, which is different.
    In the case of Clico and Mr Parris, I have said he must be treated as innocent until proven guilty. If that is an incorrect recall, I apologise.
    But inaccuracy or fabrications in order to make a point is dishonesty. It is like saying I described a well known businessman’s qualifications as forged, just as a put down.
    Criticise me, but plse do not falsify.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    LOL, LOL.. With a nod to MC…Absolutely ‘priceless’.

    @Mr Austin the blogger did NOT say that YOU DIRECTLY CALLED anyone corrupt.

    She certainly said that you ‘make out’ that “Barbadians are the most stupid and corrupt creatures in the entire universe” and that is EXACTLY what you then affirmed by saying .: “I have said it is the culture, from the hawkers, vicars, undertakers and teachers to the lawyers. It is just a matter of opportunity. We have had that debate recently about price gouging. That I call the Barbados Condition, a sub-culture of soft, normalised dishonesty, not corruption, which is different.”

    Absolutely it is DIFFERENT … you framed it as ‘a subculture of of soft, normalised dishonesty’ and she said you make out that we are corrupt.

    Come on guy…if YOU play lovely semantics and call an ass a donkey how then can you accost her for similiar semantics as calling your donkey an ass…

    BU intelligentsia are absolutely PRICELESS.

    @David I say to you again sign a contract with the UE Psy department or better still the one at the LSE 🙂 to mine this blog and have graduate students write these on this our ‘Bajan Condition of Lil England’ … bro you have a goldmine of psychological analysis here. 🙂 … absolutely priceless!

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  • @DPD

    john2
    April 29, 2020 4:44 PM

    @CHARLES
    What says ye?
    It can also be argued that the address to the nation is possible today because of the advances in technology.
    Back in the days the meeting with key leaders could have been done on her sick/recovery bed at home or in hospital. and the address the nation could have been done by telephone over radio from her recovery bed.
    In the above case the power would still be in the hands of the acting PM since the substantive PM would still have been seen as “unable to perform her duties”
    She will only officially resume her duties when she indicates this to the GG / physically take her position as chairperson of cabinet meetings or her seat of MP in the house.
    what says ye?

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    Presiding in Cabinet

    The Prime Minister shall, so far as is practicable, attend and preside at all meetings of the Cabinet and in his absence such other Minister shall preside as the Prime Minister shall appoint.

    Governor General to be informed concerning matters of government

    The Prime Minister shall keep the Governor General fully informed concerning the general conduct of the government of Barbados and shall furnish the Governor General with such information as the Governor General, acting in his discretion may request with respect to any particular matter relating to the government of Barbados.

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    My take – if santia was sworn in by the GG on the advice of Mia,

    Santia (not MIA) is performing the duties of 70

    And between the (two) there is no advice to the GG that Mia is official back.

    1.Then Mia can meet with who she wants and address the nation whenever she feels like does not mean that she had officially return to duty.

    The Acting PM had the power of the office of the PM on April 14th.
    The curfew law is constitutionnal.

    PS. If my memory serves me correct – I think MIA address to the nation was after April 14 , which would have been after the curfew laws was passed.

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  • Your contribution does not reflect the constitutional reality because it overlooks the fact that in addition to the office of Prime Minister there is also the office of the Supreme Leader. The people of Barbados have appointed Mia Mottley a level above the Constitution as Supreme Leader. That office is the highest office. The leader alone decides who is GG and who is PM and what they are doing. Mia Mottley cannot resign or be suspended from this office. Therefore, Mia Mottley may at any time take back the affairs of government by virtue of leadership.

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  • Hal
    Let me go sloooowly as I suspect you maybe experiencing early signs of dementia or Alzheimers.

    Enuff April 29, 2020 1:12 PM

    “We are very pleased to announce that LSE Law has risen in the QS World University Rankings, now placed at number six in the top ten universities worldwide for studying law.”

    Then I later posted the Table becuz 3 Degrees like he thought I made up my comment.

    Top 10 Law Schools in the World
    Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

    1 Harvard University
    2 University of Oxford
    3 University of Cambridge
    4 Yale University
    5 Stanford University
    6 LSE
    7 University of California, Berkeley
    8 Columbia University
    9 New York University (NYU)
    10 The University of Melbourne

    QS World Rankings, LSE and 6th place are the operative words.

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  • l

    Plse tell us the time and date the original of this post was published. Or, say if it was removed by the chairman. PLEASE, PLEASE

    Is your April 29, 1.12pm what you have re-produced below?

    Pay Hal no mind. Let me spell out what I posted earlier for 3 Degrees

    Top 10 Law Schools in the World
    Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
    1 Harvard University
    2 University of Oxford
    3 University of Cambridge
    4 Yale University
    5 Stanford University
    6 LSE
    7 University of California, Berkeley
    8 Columbia University
    9 New York University (NYU)
    10 The University of Melbourne

    Also, plse publish the evidence justifying the below statement, the original cause of concern. SHOW US EVIDENCE OF WHICH LSE IS THE TOP LAW SCHOOL IN THE UK, not just the world. Or is it just another attempt to prove people wrong, no matter what they say?

    She is only a law graduate of an institution which some consider the greatest social science university in the world, bar none….(Quote)

    IS THIS STATEMENT TRUE? IS 6TH IN LAW “THE GREATEST SOCIAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD”?

    I GO FURTHER, SHOW US EVIDENCE OF WHICH THE LSE IS THE TOP SOCIAL SCIENCE SCHOOL IN London, FAR LESS THE WORLD. LSE COMES TOP ON ONE TABLE ON SOCIAL POLICY. THAT IS ITS BREAD AND BUTTER, IT IS IN THEIR DNA, THAT IS WHAT THE WEBBS SET UP THE SCHOOL TO DO.

    Don’t reply unless you are going to provide the evidence. I do not mind a robust debate, even if some people get bored, but I have reluctantly reached the conclusion you are a fabricator. You can Google at your own pace.

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  • @ Enuff

    Why prolong this silly argument, don’t you know that silly man thinks everybody is a fabricator?

    He said that the government took over Rocklyn and Elite when it formed the Transport Board in 1955.

    People asked him a lot of times to prove it and he REFUSED.

    Why should you let him bully you into answering him?

    Enuff, do just like what he told PLT to do on another blog:

    Once you know you are being honest, right or wrong, you do not have to explain yourself. It is for your critics to prove your lack of integrity, not for you to prove it. {Quote}

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  • I am not here for the petulance.

    Hal AustinApril 29, 2020 5:45 AM
    She is only a law graduate of an institution which some consider the greatest social science university in the world, bar none….(Quote)

    Wow! Evidence, plse. Evidence. Is LSE in the top 10 of UK universities (or constituent colleges), either on teaching or research? What is its world ranking? What is it ranking in the UK as a law school?

    https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-uk#survey-answer
    https://www.studying-in-uk.org/best-law-universities-in-uk/

    I am done.

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  • @ Enuff April 30, 2020 1:18 PM

    Our leader has studied at a grand faculty where the big picture is taught, not the details.

    In an emergency situation like ours for the people and the state, the constitution offers no normatively binding rules. Our leader had to step into this gap to protect the people and creatively develop the constitution further. Leadership is more important than being a servant of outdated rules.

    Therefore, the decisive factor is no longer the letter of dusty codes, but the will to save the people and the nation.

    Whoever accuses Mia Mottley of breaching the constitution puts oneself on the side of injustice.

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  • @ Donna, the Gentle and the Genteel

    There is a word called autantonym and de ole man has to find its meaning for you

    “…An auto-antonym or autantonym, also called a contronym, contranym[1] or Janus word, is a word with multiple meanings (senses) of which one is the reverse of another. For example, the word cleave can mean “to cut apart” or “to bind together”. This phenomenon is called enantiosemy,[2][3] enantionymy (enantio- means “opposite”), antilogy or autantonymy…”

    It is a big word but de ole man is going to use it to explain Mr. Hal Austin whom I call Hal.

    Many of you misunderstand Hal and what seems to be the sole thing that he is guilty of here.

    He speaks to “the Bajan Condition”

    De ole man has his condition too I use to use the word Sheeple and one day i get cuss for that word until it hit me.

    Like how my fellow myope and apostate hit me when he used to say bare sport in the Rum Shop!!!

    It is not that Hal, or Dr. GP or de ole man or Tron or any of those here who use these seemingly constant diatribes and derogatory remarks love Barbados less.

    It is simply that we love it too much!!

    We use these autantonymic words because we understand that all the other language does nothing with sheep!!!

    You think that it gives us pride to call out our sheeple, or to liken our fickle discourses while the despot Mugabe destroys the country to talk in a Rum Shop or to constantly have to call the constant bajan practice of attacking a man or woman during a conversation “the Bajan Condition?”

    If we were not real bajans the response would be to run far from this place and lef sheepile, suffering from the Bajan Condition in the Rumshop!

    But these Janus like words, over the course of time, make a lot of the people here say “I am not a sheeple”, “I am not a rum shop discourser” or “I have no Bajan condition”.

    Observe that over the course of the years here that a different type of discourse has begun where, it matters not the subject, different people are coming to BU and making comments!

    Some for Mugabe as there were some for Fumbles but now there are those who are speaking out against Mugabe which a democracy must always be able to do!

    Mariposa (all ten of them from their different IP addresses) have their place

    TO KEEP US VIGILANT!!!

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  • @ DpD aka the Ingrunt Word

    de ole man sends you greeting too!

    The spanner that John 2 was throwing and continues to throw was this.

    “…The Governor General may, by instrument under the Public Seal, revoke any authority given under this section.

    The powers conferred on the Governor General by this section shall be exercised by him acting in his discretion if in his opinion it is impracticable to obtain the advice of the Prime Minister owing to the Prime Minister’s illness or absence, and in any other case shall be exercised by the Governor General in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister…”

    If you look carefully at the many CBC Reporting Lies News Coverage you will recall that Mugabe KNOW FULL WELL THAT SHE WAS GOING TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION made sure that the Governor General spoke on TV during this period of her breaking the constitution!!

    Mugabe thought that she might not have recovered from the operation and what she wanted to do was make sure that Santia continued in her stead!

    De ole ma does see dese tings from High Places heheheheheheheheh

    Dem doan like de ole man for dis capacity watch how dem gine run heah to cuss de ole man heheheheheh

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  • BARBADOS IDIOTS SHOULD TAKE NOTE HOW GUYANA GOVERNMENT A CARICOM MEMBER IS TREATING ITS CITIZENS DURING THEIR CURFEW FOR BREAKING LAW.

    MIA CARES BY JAILING AND HEAVY FINES FOR BARBADOS POOREST AND DISADVANTAGED CITIZENS.

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    GEORGETOWN GUYANA

    Court orders curfew offender to hold up sign for hour

    A man who breached the curfew which is in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was yesterday sentenced to one hour of standing and displaying a curfew notice.

    The police yesterday said that Romal Gardner was charged for breach of restriction to home. He appeared at the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrate’s Court.

    “Breach of restriction to home, in contravention of No.1 Restriction of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures #53/2020, contrary to Section 21 (2) of the Public Health Ordinance, Chapter 145”, was the charge, the police said.

    https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/04/30/news/guyana/court-orders-curfew-offender-to-hold-up-sign-for-hour/

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  • @ NorthernObserver April 29, 2020 12:38 AM

    I have finally found the right office for the outspoken senator.

    Our leader Mia Mottley should appoint him Rear Admiral Third in Command of the landship BLS Queen Mary.

    You all know what happened to the HMS Queen Mary at Jutland.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Tron
    Unfortunately weak. With a supreme leader of such strength and leadership, her quorum of reportees could be significantly strengthened by his addition.
    The BLS Queen Mary was laid to rest moons ago, along with its engine. Its dock was repurposed. The only ship these days is BLS Director. I believe the good Senator does own a landshark, which goes by Snowy
    I however, thank you for your kind consideration, and look forward to your next proposal, which I expect will be of far greater substance and purpose.

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  • How about an ambassadorial post in London or New York from October on? The senator would have to shake a lot of hands, of course. A state funeral is included free of charge.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Diplomatic protocols are changing with the times. A state funeral is expected regardless of position. You are certainly getting warmer

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    “If you look carefully at the many CBC Reporting Lies News Coverage you will recall that Mugabe KNOW FULL WELL THAT SHE WAS GOING TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION made sure that the Governor General spoke on TV during this period of her breaking the constitution!!

    Mugabe thought that she might not have recovered from the operation and what she wanted to do was make sure that Santia continued in her stead!.”

    Safe to say then if that’s the case, still plotting and planning against the people while on a proverbial death bed.

    Only the fowls and the weakminded, softheaded can rejoice at a tinpot leader stupidly shutting down supermarkets for 2 whole weeks egged on by dumbass fowls, creating chaos and mayhem and long lines for no other reason than PURE EVILMINDED WICKEDNESS….then running off to CNN to use those same long supermarket lines AS A PROP to spout UTTER SHITE ON THE WORLD STAGE…while the fowls and fools APPLAUDED…

    and these asses thought that no one would notice any of it…how embarrassing, how deluded and downright desperate…just could not find a better word to describe that DISPLAY..

    it’s insulting and disrespectful to people who could actually see these vile, repulsive, nonproductive power plays of idiocy..

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Senator Caswell Franklyn

    De ole man continues to encourage you to press on with your Civic Campaign

    Even while you are deserted by those who pretend to be your friend.

    Like that man who tear up all Barbados Underground with he chant bout Caswell Franklyn for Barbados.

    De ole man tell you to ignore dem! Time she you which side he bread buttered on!

    Here is an item that embodies what you are doing

    “…Democracy. Women’s rights. Freedom of the press.

    The rule of law. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, China to Peru, dissidents are working tirelessly for the liberties so many take for granted.

    Their fight isn’t an easy one — dissidents often pay a price for their work in the form of surveillance, kidnappings, beatings, assassinations, arrests, and torture…”

    Dem rob you at gunpoint in Rock Hall to get you phone (you need to encrypt you phone) and use software dat encrypted too.

    So when you phone get teif, it like a brick

    Watch Senator watch as they continue to try to disrupt what de ole man tell you gine come to pass.

    Mugabe is a one term government

    Prepare yourself and guard yourself too, get a gun! Protect yourself!

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  • @Senator

    You received honourable mention by the prime minister in her prime time address?

    To political pundits it seems the passive/docile approach to prosecuting matters by your colleagues in the lower and upper houses is making your style of delivery seem out of place for some. Hopefully in your strategy sessions your party will do an assessment.

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  • Piece the Legend

    How you know the PdP having Strategy Sessions?

    Heheheheh

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    David

    My contributions are under constant review by the PdP. I really appreciate their feedback. Thankfully, my original instructions from Bishop Atherley have not changed. He requires me to speak my mind and vote my conscience, even if I differ with him. My style of delivery is only questioned when I show up the Government. However, when I support the Government on any issue, you can hear the Government senators thumping the table. All I can say to you is that I call it as I see it. If some are offended, so be it. I will not change in order to get in anyone’s good books. At this stage in my life, I am not looking for friends but if I find one, again so be it.

    With respect to the honourable mention from the Prime Minister: the PM, both of them, have consulted widely and I compliment them for that. My concern is that after the consultation, the implementation was too long delayed, which to my mind, served to put people at unnecessary risk.

    Sent from my iPad

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  • @Senator

    Good to hear you have license to prosecute issues as you see fit. Unfortunately you appear to be the only game in town as opposition goes.

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  • ….All I can say to you is that I call it as I see it. If some are offended, so be it. I will not change in order to get in anyone’s good books. At this stage in my life, I am not looking for friends but if I find one, again so be it…..(Quote)

    Well said. Should be the motto of BU.

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  • A snippet:
    It is good to see the many proposals made by bloggers on BU. However, I am wondering if we are ignoring the lab and confining our observations to just the test tube. One blogger has repeatedly indicating that the problem is larger than what is being discussed but we continue the act of navel gazing.

    In my stroll around the internet, I found the news to be very depressing. Let me focus on tourism and rehash what was said here previously but try to give it a global face.

    We talk of tourism in Barbados, but what of tourism in the US (with over 80 M visitors [2017])? Tourism will be down everywhere and Barbados will be competing not only with neighboring islands, but with a global starving tourist industry.

    We speak of unemployment in Barbados, but what of employment in the rest of the world? This will reduce the number of people who are traveling or can afford to travel.

    Cruise lines are uncertain of when business can start up again. People are wondering who will travel on these floating petri dishes. The stock of cruise line companies is soaring one moment and plunging the next; but on the whole we have seen a precipitous decline in their values. Some companies may collapse and this may give rise to higher costs due to less competition.

    How will social distancing work on cruise lines and on airplanes? A double whammy: Cost of tickets may increase and fewer people traveling.

    The food supply line has been impacted in the US, so that we expect localized shortages of food. How will this affect a country that lives primarily on imports? Cost of a hotel stay would increase.

    Some are fearful of what will happen to the oil industry/companies and therefore to global economies.

    Some here have pronounced that the future of tourism is bleak, but I fear it may be worse than what is being described.

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  • “We talk of tourism in Barbados, but what of tourism in the US (with over 80 M visitors [2017])? Tourism will be down everywhere and Barbados will be competing not only with neighboring islands, but with a global starving tourist industry.”

    Even the PM is still yammering on and on about tourism, those who CONTROL the cruise lines and airlines will RESET….to benefit themselves….,there are ships still FLOATING aimlessly out there just waiting to be allowed to dock somewhere, anywhere and will for some time to come, airlines hanging on by a thread…Virgin is trying to offload so as not to end up bankrupt, which is looking UNAVOIDABLE….it’s a waste of precious time telling fools who have no control over any of that, where this going, better they see for themselves,

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  • @C Franklyn
    the PM, both of them, have consulted widely and I compliment them for that.
    +++++++++++++
    Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have a sense of humour

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  • For those who mumble on about the Westminster model of government, here is the UK’s House of Commons Speaker reminding the House of the grand traditions of proper parliamentary scrutiny.
    In simple terms, important matters such as a stimulus must first be reported to parliament.

    Here he is:

    Mr Speaker

    I am sorry that we did not get more questions in, but maybe we can speed up the teams next time and we will get through more.

    We come to the urgent question to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. I will follow the practice for substantive questions whereby I will call the Secretary of State to answer the question first. Before doing so, I have a short statement to make, which is relevant to this urgent question.

    It has been widely reported that the Government will make a major announcement about the review of lockdown this Sunday. I consider this a matter of regret. It is important that the press is kept informed, but it is the duty of this House to hold the Government to account, not the media. Major Government announcements should be made first in the House and this is more important than ever during this time of crisis.

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