Denis Lowe Go Away!

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him – Niccolo Machiavelli

The blogmaster read a report in the press yesterday that former Minster of Drainage (and the Environment) Denis Lowe,  “still has fervour for politics” and intends to throw his hat in the ring come next general election due in 2023. There was an attempt to make his intention serious by giving the story prominence on the front page of the Nation newspaper.

The blogmaster is challenged to present a cogent response to Lowe’s outlandish desire to offer himself as a candidate in the next election.  This is a man who left his ministry with a handful of garbage trucks and had to resort to commandeering MTW trucks and bobcats to remove piles of garbage from the streets of Barbados. What Lowe will be most remembered for is an attempt to foist a gasification waste to energy plant on Barbadians under the cloak of night. Cahill Energy … anyone?

The Nation newspaper reported Lowe’s desire to contest the next election was ratified by the Christ Church East constituency. The blogmaster notes the interesting comeback from president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza when asked to comment, the party will make candidate announcements at a later date”.

Political pundits are left to ask – how come the leadership of DLP Christ Church East  is so out of touch with the political reality prevailing in the country? What would have motivated a handful of individuals to ratify Lowe’s selection at this time? What would have motivated them to retrieve a spent, incompetent and shady  Denis Stephenson Lowe from the political dust bin? By the way, has he been given a clean bill of health? We recall he had to be away from office for unacceptable periods of time.

The blogmaster criticized Verla De Peiza when she allowed Stuart to share his specious concerns under the party banner earlier in the year. Once again this blogmaster is suggesting she should move with haste to excoriate political skeletons associated with Stuarts unpopular reign. At a time Prime Minister Mia Mottley continues to suck the political oxygen from Barbados’ political space,  Verla De Peiza leader is being undermined by political fiends stinking up her leadership space. If De Peiza wants to establish the party as hers, if she wants to match and surpass Mottley, she must respond with a ruthlessness borrowed from the Machiavellian handbook. If she does not the label of ‘watchman’ will flourish.

The ratification of Lowe by the constituency raises the perennial issue discussed many times on the blog. The private selection of candidates by the duopoly who eventually find themselves elevated to members of the cabinet. BU has posted several blogs exposing Lowe as a stool pigeon and plan for Peter Allard going back to when he was appointed to the Senate.

It is time for political parties in Barbados to reinvent themselves. Men and women must hold their noses and offer to serve. We can implement the best systems to ‘democratize’ the process, it will not work as intended unless intelligent  people with copious integrity raise their hands.

 

 

 

315 comments

  • Poverty level off the chain in barbados
    Murder rate keeps climbing barbados is now up to an official count of 27 murders almost one murder a week
    Dennis lowe as a private citizen has a right to present himself as a candidate
    That being said is no news and is not of any high priority since Dennis lowe utterances at present does not in any way interact with the economic turmoil of barbados
    Presently barbadian households are at their wits end trying to survive the economic pangs of Covid and barbados have a govt who has failed miserably in rolling out policies that can help stimulate the economy and helping to decrease the ongoing increase of unemployment
    However BU rather than hold govt feet to the fire for its inept lacklustre performance in not pushing forward policies that would slow the economic grind on the road to poverty on barbadian households brings forward stale news in the form of political poop calling out Dennis Lowe
    Unbelivable

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  • Nobody is voting for a stinking cadaver!

    Not our problem if he doesn’t know he is dead.

    Steupse!

    The only issue here is the insult to our intelligence that he actually can’t tell the difference between us and foolish Americans.

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  • David

    We disagree with the tenor of your article not because it is misguided but because there is a larger problem infecting the entire body which you are implicitly ignoring.

    Nobody, wants to indict the entire system!

    In essense, there are nearly 30 Dennis Lowes sitting in parliament right now and more than 30 fielding at first slip, just waiting for the Bajan people to take an edge.

    So Dennis Lowe is no exception to the rule.

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  • Observing this one very carefully!

    Dem would have to be mad to go back down this road again.

    Just observing

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  • i dont know where Lowe think he is going or that he should be embraced by present DLP leadership? certainly a backward step and i would be joining or offerring my support if the DLP does that.

    please go away Dennis. and take Gline Clarke, George Payne and Weir with you.

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  • correction-

    i dont know where Lowe think he is going or that he should be embraced by present DLP leadership?

    certainly a backward step and i wouldnt be joining or offering my support if the DLP does that.

    please go away Dennis. and take Gline Clarke, George Payne and Weir with you.

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  • @Pacha

    You are reminded of the Berlin Wall and how one one blow caused it to fall when it did.

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  • @Pacha

    The loud message from the blog is the critique of the party system and the need to democratize it as much as is practical. That we have a few partisans who can manipulate the nomination/selection of candidates to challenge the executive of the party should be of wider concern. The blogmaster posted similar blogs when MIA was kicked out by the gang of 5 which prompted her to promise she will democratize the selection of candidates of the BLP should she lead the party. We are waiting. It is a political class duopoly thing.

    This hand me down system that fits like a bad suit needs to be overhauled.

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  • David

    We do not question your commitment to good governace regardless to who is in power, which factions wins or not.

    What we question is your enduring refusal to see obvious limitations of the very systems held dear.

    Are we not living in a time where all popular systems of social organization can go no further? Is this not clear?

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  • @Pacha

    You are sufficiently read to know that what Churchill opined all those years ago remains the greatest challenge to western system of government.

    Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world > of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. > Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government > except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’ > > Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947 >

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  • The only issue here is the insult to our intelligence that he actually can’t tell the difference between us and foolish Americans.

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    I THINK YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO THE MIRROR BEFORE CALLING ANYONE FOOLISH.

    LIKE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

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  • What the hell is going on. We have a nation that is in crisis; a bully for a prime minister who has lost control to a clique of small business people; her sacking of her minister of tourism, the ministry with the remit to rescue the economy; a minister for the environment who has been sacked, and all we can talk about is the return of a failed politician, who was not even important when he was a minister.
    Here we have a tearful prime minister offering a minister a diplomatic post in order to soften the blow of his sacking; a minister sacrificed in order to satisfy the political thirst of a small business mafia; a prime minister that has no programme; a prime minister whose bluff has been called; and one of the principal platforms for public discussions is obsessing over an issue the voters have long settled.
    What political illiteracy; what nonsense; what buffoonery.

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  • David

    Well we were never persauded that there was any democracy in Western led systems.

    Churchill himself, was a devout racist who gassed the “sand niggers” of West Asia. Where was their democracy? We are not capable of being impressed by his like. This was Churchill the vagabond.

    Yes, he also happened to be brave enough to defend his island from the fascists. At best we have a mixed bag. When weighed in the balance we remain unimpressed.

    Yes, many forms of social organization have been tried. And yes most have failed, most of them aimed at serving elite forces, some failing spectacularly.

    Are we to wait for the spectacular demise of the Western elected dictatorships, or as you would put it “democracies”, before we fashion a system of our own making.

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  • @Pacha

    Some of us thought when COVID reared its head, it would have served to be the tipping point to achieve real change. Are we there yet?

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  • David
    No. We are not there and will never get there.

    What we have seen is countries throwing poor and working people into the mau of Covid in order to serve corporate interest. Similar to any other “war”.

    Governments caring more about big business interests and economic indicators than preserving lives or reordering priorities in fundaments ways.

    Governments only wanting to get back to a vicious normalcy. Not to change any of the disparities allowing Covid, a microscopic agent, to topple sand castles built near the water’s edge.

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  • @Pacha

    The blogmaster rest, no more to add to what you have stated.

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  • “Fun Reading” to start the weekend. Blogmasters intentions are honorable, however the term FLOGGING A DEAD HORSE comes to mind. I agree that POLITICAL CHANGE IS DUE, the BIG question is with what and by whom and will the citizenry buy in.

    Hal has a good point, numerous urgent issues are pending, however what prevails is bluster and fluff.

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  • @Wily

    What is more important than discussing governance issues under which ALL issues in the country incubate?

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  • The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him – Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Ms. Mockley is not a man so the adage does not apply.

    She is however a zero as is her Government.

    Her existence speaks volumes to the intelligence of the electorate as a whole.

    So, Dennis Lowe will run again … and probably win again!!

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  • Yes David
    Rest, without conceeding. LOL

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  • David

    Anybody can get a handful of aged women in any constituency branch anywhere in Barbados to nominate any donkey to contest any seat. Even the straight-haired Kuche Kuche boy on the other side. This is what you have always called democracy.

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  • BAJE,

    I don’t even advise you to look in the mirror. I think your stupidity would overwhelm it.

    NOW TO YOUR SUBSTANCE OR LACK THEREOF.

    As deficient as our leadership has been and as much as they have fooled or disappointed us, we have not yet sunk to the level of being fooled by a Donald Trump – a moron, an ignoramus and a sociopath, all rolled into one. Not to mention a toddler in a man’s body.

    Our politicians are normal human beings – flawed but normal. They have taken much longer to destroy our 2×3 country with no natural resources. Trump has taken the WORLD’S SUPERPOWER and brought it to its knees in less than four years.

    NINETY-FIVE PER CENT OF BARBADIANS, THIS FOOL INCLUDED, AND HER TEENAGED SON ALSO, PREDICTED THAT VERY OUTCOME.

    SIXTY MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS THOUGHT HE WOULD MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

    Conclusion: no matter how foolish we may be, we (including teenagers) are not as foolish as almost fifty per cent of American adults.

    Evidence or TRUTH that cannot be refuted. WHETHER YOU LIKE TO HEAR IT OR NOT!

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  • David

    This system is incapable of attracting “intelligent people” with copious integrity”.

    When and where has such a thing happened?

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  • @Pacha

    You are of the theory x disposition we see? This is not a healthy state of mind to sustain LOL

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  • BLACK JOHN wanking and cranking early in the morning!

    Ms. Mottley may not be my cup of tea but she is not a zero.

    The fact that we are alive to complain bears witness to that.

    I do not believe in exaggerating to prove a point.

    But I remind you of another use for zero that is indeed worthy of mention.

    Barbados did indeed go “down to zero” – in COVID CASES!

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  • David

    We seem to recall that McGregor’s theory x denotes the authouitarian personality trait.

    This would make us anathema since we have concluded that your system is indeed an elected dictatorship and not the participatory democracy it advertises itself to be.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Lol…it’s a participatory dictatorship, unless there is a minority Parliament, which Barbados hasn’t experienced since 1966.

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  • Northern
    We like that one

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  • How do you reduce the size of a Cabinet, oft called fir on BU, without “sacking” people? Some of the same people “sacked” were deemed useless on this same BU. The BU gang are hard at work….failing. 🤣🤣🤣

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  • “This hand me down system that fits like a bad suit needs to be overhauled..”

    it’s even worse than that, Pacha might have an inkling about just how bad it really is, others will have to wait on the book about fowl slaves to understand the total ramifications,they are part of the key..

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  • It’s good to know that Lowe wants to run again. He will continue to oppress, spit on and exploit the black masses in the spirit of the KKK.

    Those who despise the black masses will vote for DLP so that they continue to live in poverty!

    DISCLAIMER
    Observe the irony!

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  • BAJE,

    I don’t even advise you to look in the mirror. I think your stupidity would overwhelm it.

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    I WOULDN’T ARGUE WITH A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN ONE OF THE TINIEST ISLANDS IN THE WORLD AND HAS NO SIGNIFICANT BUSINESSES OR MAJOR MAJOR ASSETS BUT CLAIMS SHE IS ONE OF TEN PERCENT OF RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

    KEEP FOOLING YOURSELF IN YOUR GRANDEUR OF DELUSION WHILE CALLING PEOPLE FOOLS AND STUPID.

    GTFOH

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  • Conceiving of and designing a system of governance is not something my mind stretches to at all. And from what little I know of what has been tried I can think of none better than so-called democracy. If anyone can enlighten me, I would be willing to learn.

    I think that no matter what the system the flaws of mankind would demand that those who participate serve as a check on eachother.

    It is my belief that we the people have behaved like little children giving way to our politicians like to a parent. Some of us have been naive and others of us have been lazy. The politicians have simply taken advantage of that. Even with our flawed system I believe there is much we could have done to keep our interests foremost in the minds of our leaders.

    But somehow the people “wanted a king” . We are the ones who convince them that they are more than servants.

    So… they rule instead of serve!

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  • Meanwhile the one with the “Bajan living in the UK condition” declares: our democracy is under threat. As if the UK where he resides is an exemplar. A big able Cabinet minister just got exposed for ignoring his technocrats’ advice and approving a scheme for a party donor he sat next to at a party fund raising dinner few weeks prior. His decision saved the party donor £40M and the party received a £12,000 just before. He was forced to quash the decision and admit “apparent bias”. Today, I see the PM gave his brother a peerage. #Googlecanbeapowerfultool

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  • Thing is, he promised he would never come back to live in Barbados so I hope he spends even more time trying to sort them out.

    Thing is, as a trained journalist he could have lost the attitude and been a great help to the blog. He should know what questions to ask and where we should look for the evidence.

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  • I hope Lowe, Inniss, Big Sinck, Lashley et al run again in 2023 – to ensure total defeat of the DLP.

    Today, DLP grandees in the USA claim a kind of blue privilege. They claim they are allowed to commit unlimited crimes such as corruption in Barbados and are therefore allowed to do the same in the USA.

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  • @Greene

    Here are 2 pages from that book mentioned on the weekend where the author gives a local flavour to politics. The quality is poor.

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  • Thing is, he promised he would never come back to live in Barbados………….(Quote)

    ???????

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  • Am I mistaken then? Are you coming back to live in the failed state among the unfortunates who suffer from the Bajan Condition for whom it will all end in tears?

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  • Thirty zeroes is still zero!!

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  • For the very stable genius!

    How many zeros in 4,000,000? How many in 150,000?

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  • Dear Baje,

    I see you are still not aware of how to calculate net worth. I also see that you are not aware of all the various ways to gain possession of money. I am also surprised that you do not know that what a person did not get in a year they can get in a day.

    I leave you to find out the name of my accountant.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Nothing infuriates me more than a stinking low life DLP crook. If he the deads tomorrow, not a boy will feel bad because he is just a useless piece of sick work. Moving on to Mottley’s shuffling and ridding herself of few useless fools. Kudos to you Madam Prime Minister. It is clear that your many hands making light work certainly is not working in the context that you expect it would. I mean you really got some challenges in the plate and the pandemic has come along and compounded a bad situation into a major disaster. Trying to keep Barbados together at this time is not an easy task, and with all that is going down with the bad going up, I can understand if it appears like you are failing the people at this time. So here is two things you Madam Prime Minister.

    A- I believe that you can get a lot more done if you put back things the way they were before. All this splitting up ministries to ensure that friends, associates and those who pledge their allegiance can get a little pick will not work under the current circumstances.
    B- Reduce the VAT back to what it was before. People need to eat. The ridiculous food prices in Barbados is turning many into desperados. Desperate people does do desperate things, here.

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  • @Pachamama July 31, 2020 9:40 AM “Anybody can get a handful of aged women in any constituency branch anywhere.”

    Why are you putting the blame for political failures on us old women?

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  • @Enuff July 31, 2020 12:09 PM ” His decision saved the party donor £40M and the party received a £12,000 just before.”

    My response: You are kiddin’ When I was a girl, a girl in my village “gave it to him for 2 biscuits” This 12,000 to the party decision seems very similar to me. If you are going to give away your virginity at least have the decency to give it away for something substantial. Lol!

    @Enuff July 31, 2020 12:09 PM “I see the PM gave his brother a peerage.”

    Tell me it ain’t so. Lol!

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  • Since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic i made a decision to continue giving 1% of my monthly income to my church, and in addition I selected a charity and I give 1% there as well. I plan to continue for at least 12 months, or perhaps until the pandemic is over. It is easy enough to do.

    Are our politicians, including Dennis Lowe and our political aspirants doing the same?

    If not why not?

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  • Cuhdear Bajan

    Our most humble apologies.

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  • Lowe will not run. He is just floating a balloon

    Lynette Eastman need to take back the leadership of UPP now it cannot be said to be doing the work for the late PM..

    Time to hit the road for 2023 to gain experience and known in preparation for 2028.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @BAJE July 31, 2020 11:55 AM
    “… HAS NO SIGNIFICANT BUSINESSES OR MAJOR MAJOR ASSETS BUT CLAIMS SHE IS ONE OF TEN PERCENT OF RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.”
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    The world is mostly made up of poor people, so being among the 10% of richest people in the world takes a net worth of only about Bd$200,000. That’s right Baje, anyone who owns a tiny bungalow on a postage stamp of land in Barbados is among the top 10% of richest people in the world. It makes you realise either how lucky we are or how unlucky most people in the world are.

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  • @John2

    The fact that we have to be begging third parties to organize two years in does not bode well.

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  • William Skinner

    @ David
    @ Pacha
    “Are we to wait for the spectacular demise of the Western elected dictatorships, or as you would put it “democracies”, before we fashion a system of our own making.”
    (Quote Pacha)
    Remarkable considering the author. There’s hope.
    Peace.

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  • THANK YOU, PLT! I have been trying to tell him that I was soooo surprised when I found it out myself! Looked up the number of billionaires and millionaires and the number of people in the world and did the math. There is the Bernie Sanders “ONE PERCENT” (of which he is a part) and there is the rest of us.

    But just for Baje’s edification, I sit on a plot of land big enough for four large houses and I own a “bungalow”: worth far more than $200,000 AND….I am debating whether to clear my mortgage early. Not rich but very comfortable. And well aware of how lucky I am!

    I don’t blame him for not believing though. But one would have thought I had proven myself intelligent enough that he should at least have done the math!

    Also….

    Baje says he has travelled the world and believes he can tell a person’s net worth by their lifestyle but he does not know that he cannot tell a person’s net worth by looking at his lifestyle. The flashy lifestyle usually depletes the net worth. Great works of art, jewelry, real estate and a few other items usually appreciate in value. Most other purchases depreciate. Your net worth is diminished the moment you take them home. And sometimes the lifestyle is funded by credit cards. Debt diminishes your net worth unless the purchase appreciates in value more than the interest that you pay.

    Here ends Baje’s lesson.

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  • And Baje, the little left over mortgage is the only debt I have.

    But the good news is that YOU may very well be in the one per cent if you have not wasted your earnings! A smart man that works for your salary should be a millionaire!

    PS: Of course, that depends on his lifestyle.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    Did you honestly expect anything different ? You disappoint me.
    Don’t you realise that many want BU to get back to cussing overseas Bajans; going back to Bee and Dee crap.
    Note all the foolish tit for tat BLPDLP is resurfacing. They will start campaigning soon. Same old same old.
    Who the hell cares about the only true Pan Africanist being chased out of the cabinet. Even the Pan Africanist himself refuses to speak. I told you that until Prescod speaks we are in the dark. He needs to address his constituents .
    Next stop: Throne speech and redo.
    I am prepared to wait and hear what direction we are going. Let’s give the PM a chance to put the government’s position and policies on the way forward.
    Peace.

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  • @To whom it may concern

    A learning for the blogmaster, a consequence of blogging for over a decade is that to discuss governance issues is a dry topic for many. To encourage wider discussion the topic has to be presented through the ‘backdoor’, even then it is hit or miss. If some here lack the cognition to appreciate the approach the blogmaster accepts that dullards will always be with us. Humankind like a democracy is not perfect.

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  • David

    No begging from me.

    Just see a move in the chess game of politricks

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  • It is high time that the National Democratic Party come back like a Phoenix out of the ashes. A number of it’s manifesto pledges were taken up by the two opposing parties. Good men and women offered themselves and were rejected. Harry Russell, C. Trevor Clarke, Jeannette Layne-Clarke,Sir Richard,Wendle Mcclean,Randall Rouse,My beloved Teacher Leroy Harewood was a member, Patrick Carter, Harold Blackman and a host of good men with wonderful ideas never given the chance to govern. I was yet a young man,but threw my support behind these valiant men and women of good repute. Oh how I wish we had some personages with guts , calibre with solid careers and a willingness to serve.

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  • Donna July 31, 2020 11:58 AM

    Conceiving of and designing a system of governance is not something my mind stretches to at all. And from what little I know of what has been tried I can think of none better than so-called democracy. If anyone can enlighten me, I would be willing to learn.

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    Still waiting!

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  • Sir William

    What does your remark mean? What hope do you see? This writer is never given to hope.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Pacha
    You asked if we are going to wait until the Western system collapses to develop a system of our own. You seldom have anything positive to say about efforts to have a Caribbean union. At least you now recognize that we need a new system in the Caribbean.
    Peace.

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  • Pachamama,

    It is my humble opinion that mankind has evolved a long way from the days of the cave man. That gives me all the hope I need to enjoy life. We have recognized that even the animals should have rights. We have made laws to that effect. All we have to do is find a way to enforce them more widely.

    Pessimism or cynicism ENSURES that there will be no change. Without hope there will obviously be no action.

    Why not take the time to introduce your ideas and let them marinate and develop and take hold of the imagination?

    Evolution is a slow process. And for good reason, I think. Anything else leads to chaos.

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  • Sir William

    We are not particularly writing \thinking about the Caribbean or even Barbados.

    But yes, we consider previous attempts to form a Caribbean union as failures. These were and are mere copies of what others were doing and being attemped by people who largely were micmic-men.

    In fact, like the EU approaches imminent failure so too may Caricom.

    Closer to your point, this writer will never be reflexively supporting anybody”s ideas no matter how well intentioned they may appear, if failure could be so easily observed beforehand.

    For decades we have been arguing for new systems for the entire world and have done significant work in this regard, developing conceptual models and the like.

    Progressives tend to be too accepting of what others insist must be believed. That is one of the reasons why we remain committed anarchists.

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  • @Pachamama July 31, 2020 6:37 PM “Cuhdear Bajan. Our most humble apologies.”

    Apology not accepted.

    To blame old women for MALE political failures is outrageous. The failures in jails are mostly MALE. The failures in the mental hospitals are mostly MALE, the failures on the block are mostly MALE, the failures in Parliaments and Congresses are mostly MALE, the failures in homes are mostly MALE. Even Trump is MALE. Try to imagine a female Trump. Impossible.

    If women were as frequent failures as men are the world would already have descended into chaos, into anarchy, into nihilism.

    No. We old women will not accept responsibility for MALE failures.

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  • O shute! Even the Devil is ALWAYS referred to as MALE.

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  • Thing is, he promised he would never come back to live in Barbados so I hope he spends even more time trying to sort them out. {Quote}

    @ Donna

    You are right. When Greene tell the journalist that he was planning to retire here, he tell Greene that he would never come back here to live, wished him luck and warned him about getting ripped off by artisans.

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  • Robert,

    That is precisely the conversation I remember. Not all of it but I remember saying how glad I was to hear.

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  • Mr Lowe should realise that we have long gone past ‘Boy Chile’ Smith’s mantra, in that if he had brought one of his Two-Sons coffins to his constituency, and marked his party’s initials on it, he was abundantly sure that it would occupy a seat in Palmetto Street,

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  • @pachamama or any other like minded buggers

    When wunna buffoons find a system of guvment that is perfect leh me know. Buggers like you all walk up and down cussing democracy and our local political system, clearly widout realizing that de disgusting democracy is wuh does let jackasses like wunna spout yuh Shite views. Wunna should fuh long to China and try and cruise de guvment pun dem internet. Blasted idiots! Uh gine wait (probably till I dead) to hear bout a perfect or bettah system

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  • Correction- wunna should guh long to China and cuss dem guvment pun dem internet.

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  • Dear Baje,

    I see you are still not aware of how to calculate net worth. I also see that you are not aware of all the various ways to gain possession of money. I am also surprised that you do not know that what a person did not get in a year they can get in a day.

    I leave you to find out the name of my accountant.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    NEXT TIME I COME TO BARBADOS I WILL MAKE SURE TO SPEAK WITH NATALIE FORMER POLITICIAN OF BUSH HILL YOUR ACCOUNTANT

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  • @ William

    You know the story of Chinese whispers, by the time you reach the last person the message is completely different. We cannot rely on memory or whispers or interpret events to suit our own prejudices.
    Mr Prescod will speak for himself when appropriate, but that does not stop us from examining the impact of his absence from a government drifting further to the right.
    It is a government now in the grip of the local business class and, I believe, Prescod’s head was the price the president had to pay. Was it his age that caused his sacking? If so, she knew his age two years ago. It took fifteen minutes of tears and promises before he was given his walking orders, as far as I am told.
    The President and Prescod has long been facing off in Cabinet meetings, up to the Monday night before his sacking, and the white and mixed race business community had always seen Prescod as a block. He represented something they did not like.
    If Mr Prescod was so bad at his job, why was he offered a diplomatic position to Africa (playing on his Pan-Africanist sentiments to ease the blow)? More importantly, what does his dismissal from the top table mean in terms of policy going forward?
    Then we also need to look at how government is functioning, without any transparency or discussions in parliament. Look at the sale of Crown property to private developers, not only Hyatt and the compulsory purchase of Ms Ram’s property to hand over to a private developer, but land further up Bay Street, such as the old eye hospital/welfare department to Allen Kinch. Why was that property sold to Kinch and what has happened to it in terms of ownership since he bought it? He much did he pay for it and how has it received for par t of it, if reports are true?
    @William, I have long been saying the president has no time for details; she prefers PR and her fandom’s undiluted praise. I have said on BU on numerous occasions that black and traditional white Barbadians have to reach a settlement if not the island will be taken from them by the New Barbadians. This is but a last throw of the dice by the remnants of the plantocracy.
    But as long as they can do deals in Cattlewash late at night they will continue to think they are invincible. Ordinary Barbadians must make the final decisions.
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  • @ Donna

    Yuh notice how the newspaper columnist talking bout Chinese whispers. Wuh he trying to say now is that he never say he ain’t coming back here to live.

    Yuh notice how he does want to make we believe he could REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE THING HE SAY and if he can’t remember he does say yuh fabricating things bout he? You notice how he does try to make we believe he PERFECT, that he never tell a lie yet or does make mistakes?

    You notice how he feel that he does be RIGHT ALL THE TIME and everybody else does be WRONG? He even feel that he opinions or assumptions does ALWAYS BE RIGHT. Even when yuh prove he wrong, he does change the context of the argument just to prove that he right.

    Donna, ask yuh self this. The newspaper columnist does say that the government incompetent and he does don’t believe nothing that does come from them, but he arguing a case for Trevor Prescod who is part of the same government.

    He say that Prescod and Mottley uses to face off at Cabinet meetings. The only body he could get that information from was from one of the Cabinet members or if one of them tell somebody and somehow the information get to he. That is gossip, hear say, and he point bout Chinese whispers got to come into play here.

    But to make things worse, he come here to BU with HEARSAY, SECOND OR THIRD HAND INFORMATION, and trying to tell we it is the truth. If he think government ministers incompetent and does tell lies, how come he believe what them saying now? It is because it fall in line with his agenda.

    Uh gine give yuh another one bout he. You notice how he does address he poochlickers? For the man that does LIKE everything he say, @ Vincent Codrington and the others @ Robert Lucus, @ William, @ Greene, @ PLT. He does talk bout anonymous bloggers, but he like @ Baje and @ Mariposa.

    But notice how he DON’T address people that he don’t like with @? He does just quote what they say and comment on it or drop he nasty remarks.

    Yuh see how childish he is for a big able old man?

    That is the Hal Austin Condition.

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  • Cuihdear Bajan

    Very well!

    You should then go to a series of branch meetings and determine for yourself how those populations are comprised. That was the limits of our observation.

    That you would then ascribe to us the grand charge of causation and then build a grander charge based on something not said by this writer was disingenuous and speaks to the kind of person you are. You maybe an old women but no less wicked.

    We withdraw our opology forthwith.

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  • Donna
    09:35

    Who could disagree with your meaning.

    However, “hope” has long become an intangible within the marketing campaigns of politicians. It is deployed as a major plank in didtorting realities until votes are harvested.

    As a result this writer is highly suspicious about the dialectics of hope.

    Obama himself was the most recent expert exponent of the human’s desire for hope. No measurable difference was made after 8 years and we ended up with Trump.

    With Biden, his wingman, people are again hopeful that that the regime of Trump could be expunged, that will not happen.

    Surely, there are parallels in the Bajan context of the weaponization of hope.

    There are some people whose hope discourses we have some time for, admittedly. These include the radical Christian, Cornel West and this writer is far from being Christian. But as a political or development project it remains a nebulous concept.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Robert
    You said:
    “Uh gine give yuh another one bout he. You notice how he does address he poochlickers? For the man that does LIKE everything he say, @ Vincent Codrington and the others @ Robert Lucus, @ William, @ Greene, @ PLT. He does talk bout anonymous bloggers, but he like @ Baje and @ Mariposa.”

    Being referenced by you as a “Poochlicker” is a superb compliment.
    I know you are not one. However wherever or whomever you are, I choose not to be. So my Dear friend, your vile, crude style is so repulsive to where and who I am that if you are not a poochliker , I an comfortable.
    Imagine you call @ PLT a poochliker and PLT is the mastermind behind the only original idea of this current administration. His idea published weeks before it was stolen and masqueraded as the brainchild of some politician is now a worldwide topic. Now pray tell , would I want to be in your company or that of @PLT . I would rather lick his ass than take a glass of water from the likes of you!
    @ Hal and I have been involved in progressive dialogue for centuries. Yet, I have disagreed with @Hal that Barbados is a failed state. In recent times, I have disagreed right here on BU on at least four positions that he has taken. My major problem with @ Hal, is his decision to engage in stupid debates with people who are completely bias against Barbadians who live overseas and people who have never made any known contribution to our island state and come here on BU pretending that they love Barbados more than anybody else but would support policies that are destroying the same Barbados that they claim to love once those policies are from Roebuck or George Street.
    @ Hal has no one to blame but himself because he somehow believed that he could get them to engage in serious debate.
    Put your full name and then write anywhere in Barbados, Canada, Guyana, USA or anywhere else that I have lived and reference me in any negative way and see the type of response you and your kind will get. But then again cowards like you can’t even publish the name your parents gave you at birth. BU will always be a safe Harbour for your kind.

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  • @ William

    To return to sanity, have you noticed the silence about the politics of this government? We must sometimes try to reach beyond the mentally defective and reach out to ordinary people. The nation is in deep crisis and all we are getting from the president is a lot of three-card tricks.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    Agreed. However in all fairness to the PM and government, it is obvious that the field is going to be reset. It is only fair that we give them the opportunity to inform via the new seesion where they intend to take the country. I understand that the broad based committee that was formed sometime back has been meeting quite often and perhaps a new pich will be prepared. So that’s where I am at the moment. One has to very conscious that COVID has upended our economy and its in shambles. This may seem a harsh word but once the bottom of forty percent of your economy has fallen out and unemployment is also forty percent ; shambles is fitting and real. Not the government’s fault but thats where we are when all the fancy talk is done. I want to see what the new effort will look like before I make further comment.I never hit a man when he is down; always give him time to get up. Fair is fair.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Pacha
    The main focus of Cornel West’s entire work is a fierce devotion to intellectual humlity.
    Enough said at this point.

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  • William Skinner

    Just read in Barbados Today
    ” Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Alies Jordan, said the Adopt Our Families programme will continue to deposit funds to debit cards that were issued to the families for the next three months, subject to further review.

    The programme is catering to more than double the number of beneficiary families. The intended limit was 1,500 families but help is going to 3,453 families, Jordan revealed.

    The initiative is backed by donations from companies, charities and individuals, including many Barbadians living abroad, as well as those who had become Barbadians “by choice”, said Jordan, as she thanked the donors for their support.”

    Thats who we bajans living overseas are !!

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  • @ William

    I accept that the Queen’s Speech on September 15 will set out a new road map, or at least should. But things do not come to a halt until then. We have two years on which to make an informed opinion. I am also concerned about the five-week period when parliament is prorogued. What policies will be forced through during that inter-regnum? The record so far is not good.
    The president is in love with the politics of politics, she does not like the details of policy. She reminds me of her grand father, who was very convincing as a communicator.
    I remember when Mottley and Miller dominated City politics, the poorest district ( old constituency) in the country represented by a Conservative and a right-wing BLP parliamentarian.
    Time is very, very short. The nation is in crisis.

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  • @ William Skinner

    Cheese on bread, boy. I call you one uh Hal Austin poochlickers and yuh ready to tear off all yuh clothes and block and behave bad and talk bout my vile crude style is repulsive. Boy, if I din know no better, wid that long reply, I would say that the truth does hurt and it like it hurt yuh real bad yuh.

    But when the same STINKING DOG Hal Austin does come here and call people wild beast dat should be in the jungle, wild barking dogs, billy goats, keyboard warriors, mentally deranged, appallingly ignorant and all other kinds uh nasty names, HYPOCRITICAL COWARDS LIKE YOU DOES DON’T SAY NOTHING. YOU DON’T TALK BOUT HE VILE, CRUDE STYLE IS REPULSIVE TOO, OR SAY THAT HE WRONG. YUH DOES ONLY TO COME OUT TO DEFEND HE WHEN PEOPLE RETALIATE.

    Cah yuh RH. I ain’t got no water for a hypocritical political has been like you.

    BTW, how you know that my real name ain’t Robert?

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  • the last man i know who had silver on his sleeves, it was rumoured, went to Jenkins when Tom horn he. now, if that wasnt democracy, i dont know what is.

    anyway, to this silversleeves, change is the only constant in this world.

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  • @Robert,

    see i addressed you with @. i wonder what that means coming from me? why do you think WS should not reply robustly reply to when you called his name as a @ poochlicker but should address the posts you referenced above that @Hal makes about others? that kinda dont make sense…

    anyhow, i have been at the receiving end of some good bajan cussing when i have discussed in certain circles how we can change some things in Bim. i was told to “go back weh yuh come frum. this is how we doz do tings hey. wunnuh doz want to come hey and tell bajans wuh to do but dat in happening.” that among other passive resistance attitude alienated me for a while but then i gave up and eye pass all the ignorance and stupidity in processes that i saw. it is annoying but it is what it is. so i do understand where @Hal is coming from. and when it comes to thiefing artisans and local lawyers ripping off returning Bajan/ British i wont even unpick muh teet in that regard.

    i always wanted to live back Bim so i geared my retirement prospects toward that goal. i have some reservations with the murder rate and the inability of MAM to talk about or deal with it. i am especially appalled that she would invite known drug dealers to her opening of parliament as PM.

    then, again, as silversleeves said, that is democracy for you. if i wanted something different i would live in China

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  • @David,

    thanks for that. it is difficult to read as is and without preceding and proceeding pages for context and content of the topic. post the name of the book and author if it is not the same on those pages

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  • Just read where tge AG said that he was satisfied that murder was on the decrease
    Also in his usual diatribe said that he will stay the course
    As if trying to make sense out of his nonsencial utterances he said 2019 was worst
    Dont know what difference does it make at this point when the fear that bajans having to live under because of crime and violence is equal or more than what they have endured over the years
    As for AG he might be living some kind of reality that others are not accustomed to
    Crime and violence and its effect on society is real and whether the numbers are one or 2 the fear and its impact on the lives of people are real and daunting

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  • William Skinner

    @ Robert
    You said:
    “But notice how he DON’T address people that he don’t like with @? He does just quote what they say and comment on it or drop he nasty remarks.”
    You here accusing @ Hal of dropping nasty remarks and you calling people “poochlikers”. I have engaged in robust debate with @ Lorenzo; @ Enuff; @David; @ Pacha; @ Hal and many others and not once have I had to resort to the outright nastiness that people like you bring to this place. So here you are showing your abundance of common sense and your obviously brilliant writing ability along with what is certainly an imposing intellect spitting up in de air and then letting drop in what I imagine to be your extremely beautiful face.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    I have said that all of our Prime Ministers to date have failed to see beyond the norm. Sir Grantley for his time period may be the exception. Barrow failed to radically introduce economic enfranchisement. However he created a very powerful black political class and more than anyone else made Barbados the political playground of the BLPDLP.
    Tom’s stay at the wicket was very short; St. John never quite made it; Thompson stay at the wicket was short; Sandiford imploded; Stuart a disaster.
    Now we come to Arthur. He more than any of his predecessors had fourteen years to be A+ and he ended with a B+. He immersed himself in stupid side shows and unnecessary displays of the acerbic kind. He more than anyone else had the ability to eclipse both Barrow and Sir Grantley. Perhaps his outstanding contribution to regionalism would gain him an A and that is fine.
    As for PM ,the real test will be where the country is in another three or si years. She has met an unexpected foe in COVID and we wait to see if she can successfully negotiate in the new reality. Hence I withhold any assessment at this stage. My only real disappointment is her refusal to even acknowledge that the idea with which she is being given credit was never attributed to @ PLT. We know he had it out there months before she introduced it. It was in the Nation newspaper. It’s a travesty that not once his name has been publicly mentioned. To me, that is a definite red flag.

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  • @ William

    I think it is still too early to look long and hard at the 14-years of Arthur’s prime ministership. That time will come. Two things I will ask you to consider in the meantime.
    First, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister for 11 years, and Ronald Reagan president for eight years; both have had a greater impact on changing the course of their nation’s history than Arthur.
    The second is this, since many people seem to consider the Arthur years a period of great economic performance. Look at both regional and global economic growth between 1994 and 2008,, then look at economic growth in Barbados and remind me of this great economic performance.
    Once Arthur has been buried, with the respect due a former prime minister, we will return to look at the economic performance of Barbados under Arthur, a trained economist

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  • William Skinner

    @ Pacha
    You claim to see no hope no where except by some obscure political system that has never been part of our African heritage. You delve into forms of intellectual positions but never once have been kind enough to go beyond denouncing what you apparently think is pure failure. It is time you put your ideas of how the Caribbean at least should go forward. Please don’t hide behind : “ we have published elsewhere”. Direct the BU family where to find your offerings. You know better than what you’re constantly doing here on BU. Put your works out there and let them be scrutinized the same way you scrutinize others.
    None of the great minds who you and I have been exposed to will condone your current approach. The only reason you can admire West and others is the simple fact that they have put their works out there and you need to that.

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  • MARI

    he did not say murder was on the decrease.

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  • @Greene

    Introduction to caribbean politics by Cynthia Giles-Barrow.

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  • You here accusing @ Hal of dropping nasty remarks and you calling people “poochlikers”. I have engaged in robust debate with @ Lorenzo; @ Enuff; @David; @ Pacha; @ Hal and many others and not once have I had to resort to the outright nastiness that people like you bring to this place. {Quote}

    @ William Skinner

    First thing first, don’t mind the writing style. The mere fact you respond means yuh understand what I say. That is the most important thing.

    Next thing, I talked bout Austin. I NEVER SAID NOTHING BOUT YOU.

    You want to tell me that ONE WORD, poochlicker, is OUTRIGHT NASTINESS when compare it with Austin calling people savages, wild beast, billy goats, wild barking dogs, mealy mouth keyboard warriors?

    And you see it necessary to CALL ME OUT for ONE WORD and give Austin a FREE PASS and DON’T SAY NOTHING, just because he and you does engage in debate for years and then gine talk bout common sense?

    YOU IS A REAL REAL HYPOCRITE.

    Wid your type uh common sense, no wonder yuh cun convince nuff people to vote fuh yuh and get yuh ass cut at the polls.

    Look, cah yuh c*** do. Yuh deposit losing RH.

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  • WS

    A knighthood may be in the waiting for PTL .
    Relax – what dont come in a year can come in a day (someone said earlier)

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    I have long dismissed the argument that Arthur’s management of the economy was genius. Competent yes. Genius no. However one cannot deny that he is head and shoulders above all since Barrow. He even surpassed Barrow in some ways.
    One of his major failures was the failure to radically bring the infrastructure up to a proper sustainable level.
    As for Thatcher and Reagan. I don’t know whose world they improved.

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  • It was stated by former minister Hinkson while debating the matter that all who contributed to the initiative will be recognized in due course.

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  • @ William

    That is why I have said that Arthur’s great contribution would have been to write his memoires. He was an intelligent man, so there must have been reasons why he was stymied in his policy making.
    Why did he sell BNB and ICBL? By the way, don’t dismiss the 1961 Barrow government. On reflection a lot of the policies were bad, but that is with the wisdom of hindsight
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  • Rejects should keep low profile

    How low can you go?

    That seems to be the question this week with a major announcement coming from the belly of George Street.

    As the country was mourning one of its greatest political leaders, out came the news that one of his political foes was being resurrected. The reaction was swift and condemning and social media was so scathing in its attack that some of the more reputable media houses had to constantly police the comments. There was great fear of legal reprisal based on the accusations that were being levelled at the individual, followed by some offensive language.

    Some did not like the idea of the timing of the announcement because of the sombre atmosphere prevailing. For Cou Cou, that did not matter.

    More Barbadians were concerned that the losing candidate, after being soundly rejected at the last polls, had the gall to offer himself again. But what has political observers more peeved is that the party seems to be endorsing this candidate after the resounding defeat and clear rejection of the party’s slate two years ago.

    Why? they asked.

    The leader, said some Barbadians, should be surrounding herself with new blood and forever banishing many of the former candidates.

    While some have been forgiving of several of the losing candidates, the diehards from the opposing party are not that accommodating.

    Old-timers

    Neither are some within the organisation, who would rather these old-timers offer themselves as mentors rather than looking to jump back into the political fray.

    The experts are saying the leader should be firm enough to bar some of those looking to return

    and instead clear the slate by at least half.

    Speaking of leaders, those looking on said a big gaffe was made earlier this week when the head joined others here and overseas in paying tribute.

    It seems that not once in the tribute did the name of the beloved leader come from her mouth. The omission did not escape the listening ear of the members of the public.

    The comments on social media were not at all complimentary and some regarded the action as a sign of uncharacteristic immaturity for a leader. They are telling the leader to grow up and grow up fast since the next big outing is just around the corner.

    That approach of choking on people’s names will fast draw the ire of the public.

    Source: Nation Newspaper

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  • @ john2 August 1, 2020 8:16 AM
    “WS
    A knighthood may be in the waiting for PTL .
    Relax – what dont come in a year can come in a day (someone said earlier)”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    But how can that ever be?

    Isn’t PLT anti-monarchist to the core?

    We just can’t have two Sir Hilarys in little Bim, can we now?

    How about the GCM or Pride of Barbado(e)s?

    But such an outstanding recognition would require a public acknowledgment of the fact that the policy was clearly not born from any of MAM’s ‘own’ ideas.

    BTW, what has ever become of that “proposal” to create a duty-free shopping zone for Bajan consumers providing they pay in ‘reputable’ foreign currencies?

    Poor Chris P. Sinliar (BS. E and archangel of thieving other people’s ideas) must be really piss*ed off that he is being overlooked in this M(o)uttley-type medal feast.

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  • Sir William
    06:38

    Intellectual humility?

    That would not be our characterization.

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  • I must repeat myself, because the lesson was not learnt.

    Some get carried away by the 30-0 and forget the underlying statistics behind behind the overall victory. The massive victory (72%) is derived from the 60% of the electorate that voted..

    This turns out to be a massive 42% of eligible voters.
    Put that next to the massive 40% of eligible voters that did not vote.

    The DLP at 24% only recieved 13% (22×60/100) of the eligible voters. If the could find a way to energize 75% of those who did not vote then the massive” and overwhelming victory is threatened. Behind all the celebration must be the nagging thoughts
    What if that 75% of the missing voters become activated?
    What if some of those who voted for us and change become disenchanted”?

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