The Mottley Shuffle

ˌCabinet reˈshuffle noun  –  a change in the members of the British Cabinetdecided by the prime minister, in which some members are given different jobs, some members lose their jobs, and new members are brought in.

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The Mottley cabinet reshuffle has generated tanta debate in the country. This is not surprising given her decision to appoint a 26 strong Cabinet supported by a bevy of parliamentary secretaries and consultants said to be the largest anywhere in the world per thousand of population.

Civic minded citizens appreciate the importance of a vibrant opposition within the parliamentary setup AND The Third Estate. Unfortunately the culture of local parliamentary politics has not morphed to a level of maturity to witness routine voting that challenges the front bench. Members of parliament – like puppets on a string – happily discharge parliamentary duties by parroting the positions of the front benchers. How refreshing it would be in the current configuration of the Lower House to have backbenchers voting and contributing based on conscience. Wishful thinking from the blogmaster because Prime Minister Mottley removed that possibility by selecting 26 ministers that she recently reduced to 24.

What informs the decision by a prime minister to reshuffle a cabinet is left to speculation. All the opinions expressed as to Mottley’s motive for the changes to her cabinet remain just that, opinions. That is unless she sees good reason to disclose her reasons to the public and how would we know she is not being politically diplomatic given the nature of the blood sport?

At a glance the reshuffle leaves the blogmaster to speculate about a few things supported by a little research.

Prime Minister Mottley for the moment regards Ministers Jerome Walcott, Dale Marshall, Santia Bradshaw and Jeffery Bostic, Cynthia Forde and possibly Ronald Toppin as the nucleus of her Cabinet. It is important as leader for stability be maintained in the Cabinet room and by extension the government.

The reshuffle was possibly to accommodate Lisa Cummins and Ian Gooding-Edghill who demonstrated competence and high work effort. The inclusion of the two is meant to infuse Cabinet with greater energy to match that of prime minister Mottley at a challenging period of the countries existence. There is the speculation Cummins is also being given the opportunity to raise her national profile with an eye to 2023.

The government has not yet implemented Integrity in Public Life (Bill) although the law was passed recently. It has to be operationalized. The devil is always in the detail (execution). By shuffling ministers around it serves to upset relationships, destabilized fledgling power structures that may have taken root after two years. Until the integrity in public life apparatus is implemented the prime minister has the option given the large MP pool to use the reshuffle option in the toolbox to suppress corrupt behaviour.

In June when the large cabinet was selected the prime minister would have based her decision for the most part on potential. After two years she is in a position to match potential with performance. It is an opportunity for Prime Minster Mottley to FIRE a couple ministers under the cloak of a reshuffle. If Trevor Prescod wants to make a fuss about a prime minister exercising the prerogative to relieve him of his ministry the blogmaster sees the upside, a more active bank bench which is integral to adversarial politics in the system we try to practicee. Some of us maybe encouraged to tune in to debates in the Lower House.

Those ministers who escaped the reshuffle should not feel they operate in a safe zone. Mottley is aware her large cabinet will be a platform issue in the upcoming general election. She will have to do another assessment before she rings the bell to determine if she can defend the position that she needed a large Cabinet to get a difficult job done. If the answer is no, she will jettison a few more.

The 64k question for the BU intelligentsia- which bucket does Prescod, Payne, Hinkson or Moe fit? Bear in mind it is speculative because with the exception of a couple BU commenters, we do not live in the head of Mia Mottley.

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  • I hope that Mia will take some time out to watch and reflect on the Kenyan Professor Lumumba’s lecture (entitled: Magufulification of Africa) at the University of Dar Ed Salaam in Tanzania.

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  • it will be instructive when ITAL will become operational. i predicted a couple weeks back that they will pass it but time will be given to the new ministers to accumulate some dosh before they have to report their wealth.

    in addition, Judges, should be part of this Act. nonsense to omit judges but include permanent secretaries. what is the point?

    MAMA MIA can reshuffle her 26 cabinet ministers and senators as she pleases. if 12 was too many under the DLP, who gives a hoot, 26 is not enough under the Hivers. that makes a lot of sense to me.

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  • @ David,
    I am sorry that I cannot get excited by this post “THE MOTTLEY SHUFFLE”. Mia decides to shuffle her pack and we are all getting excited. What good will come of it?

    I have spent the last 4 hours listening to Professor Patrick Lumumba over You Tube Channel mesmerised by the man’s intellect; nationalism; and his domestic and international prowess. Most of what he proposes could be adopted by the Government of Barbados.

    Mottley should reached out to this individual.

    @PLT,
    I am sure that you can relate to this man.

    The professor stated: “The problem with Africa is that those who have ideas have no power and those with power have no ideas.”

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  • Prime Minister Mottley for the moment regards Ministers Jerome Walcott, Dale Marshall, Santia Bradshaw and Jeffery Bostic, Cynthia Forde and possibly Ronald Toppin as the nucleus of her Cabinet.
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    Cynthia Forde is part of the inner circle? What does she bring to the table? “David” s taking another opportunity to discuss cabinet changes, not sure it adds more substance to the topic perhaps the discussion should be more about the power of advisors e.g. Persaud. When Sutherland’s comments about waste management caused a flare up in the public, Persaud took to social media to “clarify”’ the Gov’t’s position.

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  • David
    The DLP had a Cabinet of 12? Once Hinkson got relieved, it meant Abrahams and or Symmonds had to move. I keep telling wunna to pay attention to the recent debate and where the government is heading. What does tourism require? What is Lisa Cummins’ educational and career background? The writer of the editorial in last week’s Sunday Sun seems attuned in this regard. Having listened to Adrian Forde’s contributions in Parliament, I think he understands and seems very comfortable dealing with environmental issues.

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  • @enuff

    The purpose of this blog is to show unless we live in the PM’s head speculation about a reshuffle is open to speculation. AHowever, reshuffling a Cabinet is a tool all prime ministers use in our system of government. This is the prerogative of the office. Next!

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  • Urgent tasks ahead for key ministries

    The recent reshuffle has highlighted the need for the Government to reset and recharge the batteries of some ministries and generally to give greater emphasis to those key areas of Government plans and policies which hold the keys to our economic revival.
    We regard all aspects of the Government’s programme as important, but the Ministries of Tourism, Energy, and of Home Affairs are so vital that extraordinary emphasis ought to be placed on them, not only by the respective ministers; but also by the people whose very lives are interminably wrapped up with this country’s economic fortunes.
    The new Minister of Tourism and her professionals in the fields have their work cut out. The news coming from the United States is bad. Federal policy there seems to have hampered the efforts of some states to control the virus. It will be difficult to hold our numbers far less grow that market at this stage.
    A similar though less serious story comes from the British market. Our best efforts to render this country virusfree are clearly not enough to revive our tourism.
    The countries providing our source markets are involved. Unless the virus is contained in those source markets, we could be disastrously damaged by putting ourselves in a position where we may import the virus. Some visitors may test positive when they are already here, and quarantine will then be necessary.
    We cannot endanger our national health by unchecked inflows of tourists and the harsh reality means that our best efforts will not allow us to regain our previous numbers unless a vaccine becomes freely available.
    This context and other factors drive our eager support for the energy policy of the Government. KerrieSymmonds is a good choice for a portfolio which has to be handled in a manner that sensitively expedites the development of renewable energy resources.
    Unlike the Ministry of Tourism, which depends on other countries to do the right thing, we can make renewable energy a vital source of jobs and foreign exchange earnings almost solely by dint of our own efforts.
    It would be a very wise thing for the Government and its technocrats to bend their backs to get

    immediate action in this area as it could be a major saver of foreign exchange at this critical juncture while tourism, our major foreign currency earner, is nursed back to full recovery.
    The Ministry of Home Affairs and that of the Attorney General are not economic ministries, but the current state of violent crime, resulting in 25 murders, can adversely affect our tourism economy if unchecked.
    We appeal to Minister Abrahams and the learned Attorney General to combine their considerable talents and energies to review this state of affairs. If times have changed and imprisonment no longer deters even potential murderers, then a drastic revision of our penal policy is required.
    Potential murderers and other criminals must get the message that the state is bigger than the criminal. We simply cannot tolerate, both for our domestic peace of mind and that of our visitors, this frequent wanton display of Wild West-like behaviour.
    But messaging will not be enough. It must be followed by firm, determined and resolute action. Given the Government’s parliamentary majority, all options for serious legislative action should be on the table. Enough is clearly enough.

    Nation Editorial

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  • well well even the BLP newspaper is getting fed up with the murders. maybe MAMA MIA will turn her incredible ability in this direction. no long talk please. just action. what is Darwin doing in this regard?

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  • TLSN August 4, 2020 8:58 AM

    quote] The professor stated: “The problem with Africa is that those who have ideas have no power and those with power have no ideas.” [unquote

    this is worldwide and not only in politics if that is what he meant

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  • They got a lot of work to do, instead of reconstructing the tired old colonialism and racism that they think in this age will make them somehow relevant again, nah, that’s an epic fail. They will become relevant as soon as they abolish and abandon colonist and racist philosophies.

    look at what someone told the cousins in the palace and Boris on Facebook..

    …..ah hoping to get BLP to adopt this, ah giving it away for free….no need to tief it…..since MIa was talking only days ago about fighting for freedom on Emancipation Day, no need to fight, just abolish the colonial philosophies that keeps colonialism and racism alive, get it off the island and out of the Caribbean, look how much help alyuh getting, ya don’t even have to lift a finger and Comissiong and Beckles don’t have to say a word..

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  • David
    Good! I ain’t one of the speculators. I am merely seeking to fit the moved to their new portfolios.

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  • Why yall don’t stop wasting time though, you have an intellectually bankrupt government, the plague is just exposing them for what they really are , still talking shite about tourism when cruiseliners that started business again recently had to shut shop again because the infection rate was way too high, tourists who are flying in are infected with the plague…

    .if you do not have a high degree of intelligence all ya will sit around talking about is tourism for the next 5 years….the collapse will be earth shaking..

    .and nobody ain’t letting them tief no ideas to sell out to minorities, they prefer take their ideas somewhere ….WHERE BLACK PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FINANCIALLY….

    had there been any people with the requisite business savvy in that parliament, they would have diversified long before Covid-19, years and years ago and definitely within the last 2 years……but ya don’t and never will….because talk is cheap.

    the sellouts will continue to be losers, they have sold out for too many decades….

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  • Wuh de RH!

    Wura love to talk bout mekkin money off uh so called fowls.

    Well I would like de BU household to give me a buck evuh Time wura say black face, minorities, fowls too foolish. Wuhlawwwww!

    And by de way yuh know yuh dealing wid a deceitful asshole when he talk sarcastically bout Mottley “incredible ability”. Dat is perhaps why Mottley will be one uh de most loved leaders up Dey wid both Adamses and de late Arthur pre-07, and why she gine be a highly successful UN SG. Udder people if Dey ever get nominated fuh de Dems (I wuh feel such bad dat LowLow get thru but I couldn’t) gine lose dem deposit.

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  • Someone tell this fowl that when the people start starving..THEY CAN’T EAT LOVE…they are already complaining about the sufferation……and ah doubt anyone would want to eat Mia….lol…….besides ya don’t love someone ya HIRED to govern ya country and to whom ya have to PAY A SALARY….

    ..i sure as shit don’t love the people cleaning my yard nor my house, they are my servants, serving a purpose and getting paid, just like ministers of government and civil servants…how many times does this have to be explained to yardfowls…gosh…and they don’t even feel embarrassed…

    ah almost starting to feel sorry for fowl slaves, but that will pass in a second..just taking a break.

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  • Side note:
    “Dat is perhaps why Mottley will be one uh de most loved leaders up Dey wid both Adamses and de late Arthur pre-07, and why she gine be a highly successful UN SG.”.

    MY wife loves when Serena wins. When she is celebrating, I make it a point to ask if she received her part of Serena’s check.

    In all honesty, I wish every politician well. Don’t take my honest criticism for a politician/party as a dislike or a B and D thing, but a politician’s trajectory after politics is of no interest to me. I reserve that interest for those who are in my life/home.

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  • the “incredible ability” bit wasnt the sarcastic part

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  • Wuh George Payne all but call she deceitful today in Parliament
    GP says that after 40years in Parliament she calls him to tell him about a reshuffle when she knew different
    Any how waiting and watching to see how this play out
    Woods on one side
    Prescod on the other
    George Payne on the other
    Nuff wickedness tied up in that bunch
    Wuhloss muh belly

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  • Mottley shuffle sounds like a dance

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  • If Trevor Prescod wants to make a fuss about a prime minister exercising the prerogative to relieve him of his ministry……

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    And how is it that in the political system in Barbados the Prime Minister has such dictatorial prerogative powers that they can hire and fire ministers at will without having to justify their action? Where do the these archaic powers come from? Nowhere other than the medieval prerogrative powers of the English monarchs as a leftover from the absolute powers they had over those they ruled. And here we are saddled with this corrupt and outdated political system in a country where 95% of us are African descendants and don’t have one damn thing to do with English monarchs other than that they organised the enslavement of our foreparents.

    Isn’t it time we had a modern political system in Barbados created by Bajans to serve our needs in the 21st century? Isn’t it time we had a new constitution which Bajans take part in drawing up and ratifying? Isn’t it time we had a political system which ends party government and in which the people set the government’s programme of work and hold all elected officals to account, including the ministers and the Prime Minister? Just remember, rock cakes don’t have no rocks in them and representative democracy don’t have no democracy in it.

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  • @Tee White

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with living in hope.

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  • George Porgie said that the rumours about his ill health seems to have been orchestrated. he had no problems with being fired but it could have been handled better than a phone call and the media 2 hours later.

    Pressie feels your Payne Georgie

    MAMA MIA giveth and MAMA MIA taketh away

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  • Stop complaining about Mia wunnah don’t see how fast her stock is rising? In less than 3 years Mia has a complimentary song ah mean Caribbean calypsonians don’t praise politicians in song they are more like Grynner’s Mr. T. We on our way to lionize a politician like Jamaica did with Joshua….

    Michael Manley link

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  • What a grand picture. The best cabinet ever!

    Three women in the front line, plus Lord Dale, the Inniss defeater.

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  • Eighteen months before the end of the first quarter of this year we forecasted a deep recession by the end of March 2020.

    So said, so done

    What we could not have forecasted was an accompanying Covid 19

    In advising this blog that the strategic default by the Mottley regime, in and of itself, would not cause the sky to fall in, we also estimated that the current deep recession would be like none we’ve seen before. In fact, we suggested then that the government might have to default for a second time and that the imperial models were quite capable of so accommodating. We also introduced one of the models so deployed to manage these circumstances.

    As the regime deals with an underlying recession superimposed by Covid it appears to be ready to cancel all the promises made during the election and to rethink BERT and its present programmatic approaches.

    All this, except Covid, could have been easily seen. This represents a critical failing of the regime, and since attempts are being made to start over, some may very well suggest that an election is the best instrument to correct such a severe condition. Not a new throne speech and so on.

    The over-reliance on tourism will now ensure, that at best, we will have a bumpy W-shaped recovery and not the V-shaped pattern most seem to be expecting. That misguided assumption seems to ignore the dire situation in source markets and the possible sustained reluctance of visitors to restart international travel, with confidence, at the previous levels, in under 24 to 36 months after the proliferation of the wide diffusion of vaccine programs.

    We now advise Prime minister Mugabe that a genuine re-set requires another general election. Such an election will give the people a chance to estimate whether the regime now has a re-newed vision to properly foresee future events and respond proactively.

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  • “Plantocracy pimps” on steroids. Uncle Toms galore.
    In the year 2020 say it isn’t so.

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  • Annudah election? Why we need to bring forward annudah BLP supermajority? I din know Pachaidiot was suh excited to see big BLP wins.

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  • You understand politics when there is pro Payne sympathizers reacting to his firing. What is interesting is an appreciation for how the media is manipulated i.e. Payne’s reference to stories planted in the media. Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost. Payne’s power base in the party is gone. Mia Mottley obviously feels she has full control of the party by flexing her muscle at this time.

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  • At a time there should be a targeted public discussion about the issues Mottley continues to control the political narrative in the space.

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  • Let’s get real. The marriage of convenience between George Payne and Mottley had to end. The Mottley camp campaigned against Payne in 2013. Payne was in the anti- Mottley camp.
    The elders in the BLP met and got a unified picture for 2018. Mottley now holds all the cards.
    In 2008 , the elders in the DLP met and Thompson was chosen.
    That’s how the BLPDLP operate. Politics is a blood sport for them.
    George only pretending, he had to know that his days were numbered.
    Its politics: Score one for the PM.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Pacha
    Yes I know the predictions, and while they were some rough roads ahead, C19-C20-C21? cannot be ignored.
    This GoB would never have defaulted twice in one term. Another election sure, but that is just smart, the opposition is in a shambles. Like buying an extra 2.5 years. Low risk.
    And you can bet, if there are any plans, they will not be shared until after election day. Not sure if that is what you mean by re-set?
    The hurdle is who will lend. Or give.

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  • @ David August 4, 2020 10:25 PM

    In mid-March 2020 everyone was laughing at me when I presented my STARVE program for Barbados. Now nobody is laughing anymore…

    Wages are as low as they were in 1990.

    Our government is saving instead of spending money.

    That’s very good. I give our government almost full marks. The international financial market will celebrate us once emigration rolls out and we get rid of the worst boarders.

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  • “And here we are saddled with this corrupt and outdated political system in a country where 95% of us are African descendants and don’t have one damn thing to do with English monarchs other than that they organised the enslavement of our foreparents.”

    well worth repeating for political pimps and yardfowls..

    … as a Black majority, you DO NOT HAVE YOUR OWN SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT and are yet to design or create any, you don’t have your own constitution nor your own court system…..the jokers in the parliament since 1966 were and are merely aberrations and spectres of LONG DEAD slave masters and their living descendants, still carrying out and acceding to the CONDITIONS OF THEIR WILL….let that sink in.

    …..all black leaders have ever done since the fraud of independence ceremony is to carry out the EDITS of long dead slave masters, who so masterfully directed all of this from their graves, for the benefit of their living descendants, another program well designed to keep black minds perpetually enslaved and arguing among themselves about man-made politics and religion to keep the centuries of illusions alive…while black populations continue living as unaware participants in the UKs colonial story for another 100 years or more into the future and are proud to be thus dumbed down…

    if the leaders dont know all of this or are pretending not too…then they should not be leaders.

    people are writing books about this, Black politicians are well trained to remain on display permanently and after over 50 years have obviously resigned themselves to being abject failures and nothing more….and are only enjoying the perks of being elected and the titles attached, they complain incessantly about the pressures being applied by external forces…..but still can’t see themselves nor the reality of their positions…still blinded by false titles and their natural propensity to be filled with utter shit and empty, deceitful talk..

    you will note that Gonsalves of St. Vincent removed the island from under UKs influence or so he said, but the colonial system of oppression of the Black majority in St. Vincent remains intact.

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  • Payne on the attack

    MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for St Andrew George Payne is claiming his removal as a minister was done in a “disrespectful” manner.
    And while echoing his father’s sentiment that “respect is due to a dog”, the former Minister of Housings and Lands made it clear that yesterday in the House of Assembly would not be his final say on the matter.
    “I cannot speak in this debate unless I really refer to the events of the last two weeks,” Payne told the House, digressing from his contribution to debate on four housing resolutions.
    Acquisition
    One of those resolutions dealt with the acquisition of the St Andrew property of Dame Ermie Bourne, recognised as the first woman to become a Member of Parliament, who Payne observed had been “given the dignity that she deserved”.
    “All that we ask as politicians, members of Parliament, is that you allow us our dignity,” Payne pleaded, before saying: “I believe that at this stage of my political life I should not be called by a Prime Minister and to be told that she is going to the nation in the next two hours to make what she would call a reshuffle, but really it is a removal.
    “My father had a famous saying that respect is due to a dog . . . and I would like to repeat it here because I believe that I have been a member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) since 1967 when I was at Combermere School; I have contested elections for the BLP under all BLP Prime Ministers and I have also served at the highest level in this party and I believe that there is a certain minimum level of dignity that should be afforded to me.”
    Payne, who was appointed Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development when the BLP formed the Government in May, 2018, said the party came to office “at a time when this country was reeling because of the maladministration of the DLP [Democratic Labour Party] and we all operated as a family, as a team”.
    On July 22 Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced a Cabinet reshuffle and Payne was one of four ministers dropped while two others were added.
    Very little
    He insisted that “very little could have been done in the first year of the new BLP administration’s two years in office, because “there was no money”.
    He defended his stewardship as Minister of Housing in the “glory years”, listing the housing initiatives for which he was responsible. Payne asserted “rumours” were being spread about his health, but he dismissed them, saying: “I believe that at this particular point in time I enjoy the best health for anybody my age”.

    Contending he did not have any health issues, the long-time St Andrew MP added: “I wonder whether or not these things were not orchestrated in order to make it appear as though I was way past my time. I am not.”
    “Was it worth it, the sacrifice that you have made and then to be treated in this undignified manner, I just don’t know what is the reason for it. There isn’t anything more that I could have done and there had not been no failings on my part.
    “I am not saying that a person should be in any position forever, but I believe the period that I have been around the BLP . . . it counts for something and I cannot be dusted like that,” Payne said.

    Source: Nation Newspaper

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  • Here is former Minister Prescod sharing his opinion as to why he was removed.

    Prescod blames ‘white shadows’ for axing

    MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for St Michael East Trevor Prescod says “white shadows” were instrumental in his removal as Minister of Environment during the recent Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
    In his fiery remarks yesterday in the House of Assembly during the resolution on the Crown Lands (Vesting And Disposal) Act, Cap. 225, Prescod charged that he was pulled down because he had the courage to stand up to certain powerful Caucasian members of society.
    “Like most of us who have experienced the axe, I don’t know anyone who could feel joy after feeling the shock that we all faced. I am probably a little different. I didn’t cry nor did I agonise over it because I always believe that there is a future ahead and nobody can truncate my mission.
    Hide in the dark
    “There are a number of people in this country, which one of my friends described as white shadows, who hide in the dark and do all types of illegal things in this country while black men who have been elevated to high office allow these things to happen over and over. I am convinced that these people mastermind all these things that we have seen,” said Prescod.
    Giving examples of times that he would have stood up to these particular groups during his tenure as a minister, Prescod vowed to continue in the same vein while representing his constituents.
    “My intention is to make sure that wrong things must be made right in Barbados.
    I am not going to stop. If they are smiling, tell them that I am here for three more years and as long as I am in here and I identify these forms of discrimination, I am not the person to talk about not seeing colour. I don’t talk foolishness; only a man without a brain could say that he doesn’t see colour. We know who these people are, we know we don’t own much land on the beach unless it is a beach boy liming on it, but yet these people want special privileges on our beaches. You men in here with muscles and testicles don’t know how to stand up and say it is wrong,” he said.
    Speaking immediately after the Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne, who also expressed discontentment by the manner in which he was removed as Minister of Housing during the reshuffle, Prescod resolutely defended his stewardship, charging that his vision for the ministry was cut short.
    Not available
    He argued that funding was simply not available for many of the projects that he would have wanted to undertake, adding that many initiatives were stifled by the dictates of the International Monetary Fund.
    He implored his successor, Adrian Forde, to continue his vision, especially with the construction of the Botanical Gardens at Waterford, St Michael.
    He revealed that even in this endeavour attempts were made by some actors to contradict his vision for the 250 acres.
    “I came to Parliament to make a difference.
    I don’t want to be the most efficient in a system that is rotten.

    I don’t want to prove that I build more houses than anybody or that I could work with 16 members of staff. Icame to help with a transformation of this society… I don’t want to move bush to plant flowers at a garden – that is not my job.
    But I look at human relationship and I understand the land once belonged to the plantocracy. I respect the state for transforming that land out of the plantocracy, who dehumanised me and people like me,” said Prescod.
    He added: “Those of the plantocracy believed that there is no way that a little black boy from in the Ivy, from around My Lords’ Hill, could have a vision for transforming from plantation to a botanical garden.
    People felt that I should have a body of persons, probably from one of these societies in Barbados, that could take their leisure time and walk around, learn the name of each flower, then perceive themselves as scientific and visionary.”
    (CLM)
    If they are smiling, tell them that I am here for three more years and as long as I am in here and I identify these forms of discrimination, I am not the person to talk about not seeing colour.

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  • William Skinner

    @ WURA-War-on-U
    Your detractors on BU have now been silenced. What you have been saying for centuries on this blog, has now been confirmed by one of their own; sitting in their parliament and from within their party.
    What Comrade Prescod has said applies to the Democratic Labour Party as well. All the detractors are capable of is coming on BU cussing and trying their best to destabilize progressive and enlightened discourse.
    All will recall, I maintained that I will not speak until Comrade Prescod has spoken. He has spoken and it is no surprise to me. Barbados never comes first with the BLPDLP. Politics is a blood sport for them.
    I now await the throne speech and the rolling of the new wicket. I always play fair. We now have to see the plans , that will be put before us , as we grapple with new realities during and those to come post COVID. As I have said,the Mottley administration has handled the COVID outbreak outstandingly well. Better than what has been done in the USA by miles.
    However we must now wait and see what comes next. I did not go in any polling station and vote for cussing , gutter snipping and disrespecting women. If I wanted that I would have voted for some of those who frequent BU. They are my special nice jokers.
    I now await our Governor General’s throne speech and the new direction that my government intend to take my country before further comment.
    Thank you Comrade Prescod for speaking truth to power. Don Blackman tried as well and he just left the place. The BLPDLP are agents of destruction.
    The struggle continues.
    Venceremos.

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  • @William

    First, you are right to say that Barbados has weathered the CoVid storm well, and better than most. I asked recently what methods were used to get us where we are and, predictably, the BU predators came out howling. To ask a question is to make a statement.
    As to Trevor Prescod, he is a man of principle, which is very exceptional in modern politics. I am still awaiting the other so-called radical voices, seasoned opportunists, to see what they are going to say about an expressed shift in the government ideology.
    Radical forces in Barbados must unite; it is not enough to condemn the BLP/DLO coalition of mediocrities.
    The people need a roadmap, a well articulated vision, of what the future could be for Barbados. I have said, and say again, Mottley has no commitment to anyone or anything but herself. Her politics is PR.
    Here is a challenge: take each member of parliament, one by one, and analyse their views, political integrity, and commitment to change and you will then have a aggregate of the quality and nature of Barbadian politics.

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  • what a load of shiite from Payne and Prescod. they knew the shot callers of the BLP behind the scenes. they knew the character of their leader. they knew. so why lament now? what unnuh tink dat march was fuh? take unnuh liks like men. Viva MAMA MIA.

    BTW- the white shadows no longer linger in the dark they are out and about now the BLP is in power.

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  • David
    By your own submissions ,immediately above, you are now required to admit that your “polite” interpretations of the socalled ‘reshuffle” were misguided.

    Clearly, as some here have suggested, and that is often the case in political theatre, blood rivalries run deep within the party, still.

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  • “He defended his stewardship as Minister of Housing in the “glory years”, enisting the housing initiatives for which he was responsible.”

    and blah blah blah….while he is spewing all that self glory, people are busy making a list of all the elderly who got robbed their lands and estates, died in poverty and their beneficiaries who were left penniless and also left to live in poverty, all orchestrated by him and his deceased uncle and then by his fellow crooks in the parliament and bar association, so he can cry a few rivers of self pity and drown in it… “undignified” is how his and their victims died, no one will miss that old parasite and sell out who steals Black people’s land and sell to minority people so they can insult and disrespect the rightful owners, disparage them and claim that they did not buy land from Pain so that nig*ers can live on it……he is nothing more than a land thief and self hating negro as are all of them…good riddance.

    Prescod is still not telling us something we don’t know, we need to hear something that can bring that stinking shitshow of minority thieves and sell out parliamentarians and lawyers who rob the treasury and pension fund …right down to its knees, we already know that Mia is owned by minorities and is business partners with some of them, these weak negros pick up the people’s money and give away like it’s their own while keeping huge chunks for themselves, they refuse to apply the laws of the land on minority criminal parasites no matter what crimes they commit, because they know the same bajan white, indian, syrian criminal will not tolerate being held accountable without exposing all these useless negros who, from my personal experience of hearing minorities talk, dislike the titled negros just as they hate all other Black people, but without whom they will never be able to acquire wealth and rob the population every generation. Somehow these no good ministers apparently believe that they are perceived differently to the average person who elected them, once in parliament, not realizing that their corrupt arrangements are nothing more than convenience for racists and thieves..and if Prescod cannot do and say more to expose and cause the dismantling of the racism, apartheid, oppression, exploitation and discrimination being practiced for decades against his people, if he cant say more and be more transparent and take this information to the world about these clear human rights violations and the corrupt arrangements that breeds poverty and disenfranchisement on the island, then he is no better than Arthur and is still silently doing a disservice to the people he claims to represent….still enabling by his silence…he needs to grow some balls himself…so did they take back the taxpayer owned government printery from him.

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  • Prescod shared his opinion why he was removed from Cabinet. Payne shared his opinion how he was removed from Cabinet. Hinkson thanked Mottley for the opportunity to have served. Today we may hear her good friend Lucille MoE in the Upper Chamber. Prescod has gone to the Don Blackman playbook?

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  • It was a silly question. Almost 100% of the reported Covid cases in Barbados were imported. What value is modeling behaviour if there is insignificant behaviour to model?

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21961213/

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  • @Pacha

    As Greene correctly stated, as soon as the 18k salary dried up he showed his payne. He gets no sympathy from this blogmaster.

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  • This is nothing more than …when thieves and enablers who work for THE BLACK POPULATION… fall out with each other and miss their big salaries, perks and colonial titles…

    i take it the government printery was also taken back from Prescod or he would have remained silent still…so when one or a few of them who still feed off the people, actually grow the integrity and honesty to expose Mia for who and what she really is, and are prepared to finally have the minority cartel brought to justice, let me know, i wait with patience….until then, they all remain part of the problem on the island and will never be any part of hte solution until they come clean.

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  • David

    There are two men apparently with axes to grind. That simplictic argument, surely, cant apply to both.

    And if it does, what of the party’s reason for being.

    Should we then assume that all actors are merely motivated by money.

    This writer”s training has instilled the truism that money is never the ultimate motivator.

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  • @Pacha

    We both know good reasoning here. Mottley has decided to take control of the BLP, Payne goes.

    With David Comissiong at her side who needs Prescod. It is her cabinet to do as she pleases. Time will tell how it works out for her.

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  • @Sargeant

    Hope you are able to appreciate why this blog was posted at this time? The lower house meets on Tuesdays and upper house on a Wednesday. There is always a method to the madness.

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  • David

    Your calculation of unnecessarily starting a war with Mr Prescod and or Mr Payne is not good politics.

    For when these political fires are lit you never known whose House will be burnt.

    And we are living in the harshest economic times. This issue has elements of the fire which burnt the BLP of Bernard St John, circa 1986. Remember, the people are fickle.

    Be careful, yuh going too far!

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  • @Pacha

    Bun dem!

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  • I agree with WARU. Warmed over soup. Nothing new has been revealed. We can’t take his words to any court. Who are the people whose bodies form these shadows?Shine a bright light so we can see them!

    P.S. How now, Edward Clarke?????

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  • Well it look like the royal prerogative powers of the reshuffle were exercised by the ‘white shadows’ and Mia was only the messenger. Yet some people keep calling it a democratic political system.

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  • Donna…since the 1970s, that is as far back as i have cognizant memories of these parasites, still a then teenager, they spew the same stupidity every election cycle when they have their inhouse fighting and petty grievances, right up until the time they kiss and make up again, then we never hear anything bout “white shadows” and discrimination against the people ever again, because parliamentary kinship was restored…

    ….just like Abrahams bringing the same lies to the people of St. John who were so fed up he is lucky one of them did not slap the shit out of him for his dishonesty, they insult the intelligence of the people so much with their derogatory behaviors that they do not even bother to create new lies and deceptions….they use the same templates of deception from 40 years ago, too lazy to even upgrade..

    did Arthur not fire Liz Thompson, can’t remember if it was more than once, but it did not take long for them to appear in public as a “married” couple again, holding each other’s dirty secrets closer to their chests….the people lost again……

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  • @Tee White

    How do you know? Did you look into a crystal ball?

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  • @Greene

    May be now is the time to put party biases aside and read the runes. The discussion is nothing about Prescod or any other sacked minister; it is about how the president rules and the powers behind the throne.
    I will give you an example. I was once sitting in the gallery of a Barbadian when he got a call from a permanent secretary arranging to visit his home the following day, where, no doubt, she was going to disclose government business before she had with her own minister. That is how Barbados is ruled.
    We can either come on an insignificant blog and get cheap laughs, then go off to the rum shop and drink and eat fishcakes, or we can take the future of the nation seriously.
    It is in the interest of the ruling political elite and the business class to keep the people in ignorance. Let the b right and ambitious train to be lawyers then go in to courts in their robes and defend petty criminals then imagine they have arrived.
    The alternative is too frightening to contemplate – social upheaval, a clash between working class police and BDF and their cousins, uncles, sons, daughters, neighbours, and former school colleagues. That is the game plan, a working class divided by uniforms.
    Do you honestly think Mottley has a real interest in working class Barbadians?
    Our media and the mock media, such as BU, have failed. Remember when Mottley came off her sick bed and appointed her CoVid economic council? No members were announced, but eight sub-committees were appointed each with a chairman and a given task and given four weeks to report.
    Since then, sadly, Owen Arthur the man given the task of creating jobs, has died; months have passed, and no report has been published. Nor, shamefully, the media has not asked when it is going to be published.
    We conspire in the waffle. The president got more comments on BU about giving an interview to Amanpour on CNN, one to the BBC and another to cheap daytime tabloid UK television than she has got on her CoVid policies.
    Instead of policies, we got a reshuffle that the predators seem to think was done at a ‘whim’ and that she had the constitutional power (this from an experienced lawyer and former politician) to do. Who is surprised the debate on BU has taken the course that it has. It is the norm in this virtual rum shop.
    Barbados is not only a failed state, it is a nation of Plato’s one-eyed people, they are in the dark cave looking in and believe the world is a dark place, not realising the light is behind them. But, they just do not have the confidence to turn around.
    It will end in tears.

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  • @Tron

    “emigration rolls out and we get rid of the worst boarders.”

    Thank God most countries borders are CLOSED, nice try though to export your problem, civil servants, criminals & politicians.

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  • @ Donna

    Was Trevor Prescod blinded by those ‘white shadows’ when he was in Cabinet and felt COMFORTABLE in their presence or is he disgruntled having regained his sight now he’s out?

    Or, perhaps “white shadows” is just rhetoric used by Pan Africanists to gain sympathy?

    But, if you really want to know who are these “white shadows,” perhaps we should ask Mr. Greene. He seems to be of the ‘old time,’ mistaken belief white people ONLY support the BLP.

    Additionally, I remember Mr. Skinner ‘saying’ as the next general election approaches, the BLP will sacrifice a few of its members to make way for a DLP presence in Parliament. Is the script being followed?

    We all know Neil Rowe is a weak, pompous, one-term candidate who, if not for the ‘swing,’ wouldn’t have beaten Sinckler.

    I’m surprised at the ‘out pouring of sympathy’ for Geroge Payne, especially when people expressed dissatisfaction with him being appointed to Cabinet, after BU highlighted his ‘deeds’ in ‘Lawyers in the News.’

    At the Emancipation Walk on August 1st, Prescod was reported as having said wherever he goes, whether it is “BLP, DLP” he will always be the servant of the people of Barbados. He said whoever wants him, must “take it, or leave it as I am.”

    I note with interest Prescod DID NOT mentioned anything about PdP, Solutions Barbados or even UPP…… he said “BLP, DLP.” Or as Mr. Skinner would ‘say,’ ‘the BDLP duopoly.”

    At the end of the day, Prescod’s and Payne’s performance was just part of the ‘show’ to appease the audience (constituents). If those gentlemen actually felt aggrieved, they should have resigned from the BLP and either join Atherley’s Opposition PdP or, similarly to Owen Arthur, remain in Parliament as independent representatives.

    And, since I mentioned PdP. I recall Joseph Atherley expressing sentiments similar to those now being expressed by Payne and Prescod, when he was not included in Mottley’s first Cabinet. Atherley ‘crossed the floor’ to become Opposition Leader and there wasn’t anyone from the ‘old guard’ that stood in solidarity with him. The guys got ministries, so ‘to hell’ with Atherley.

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  • Everyone trying to make political calculations about Payne’s and Prescod’s removal but they are overlooking the salient human emotional need for revenge of which it is said to be “a dish best served cold”.

    Payne was the leader of the faction that took the leadership of the parliamentary group away from Mia (never mind Dale, he is a follower not a leader) and it takes a more magnanimous leader than Mia to accept such public humiliation, the dish was served up in that phone call. Unlike Freundel who governed with a razor thin majority Mia has the luxury of firing Ministers and all they can do is sulk publicly or fume privately.

    In a move that could make Machiavelli proud, the PM took out her good friend the Senator (people could say its not personal), then an unknown and unheralded Parl. Sec. an underperforming Minister (Hinkson) a gaffe prone Minister Prescod and the big kahuna Payne. In that way she could satisfy her detractors who constantly complain about the size of the Cabinet and achieve her objective.

    The shuffle will soon be yesterday’s news and we will be focusing on the many issues that beset the country.

    Many hands make light work

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    My brother, Comrade Prescod has said he would not be silenced. As for the back and forth going on here now ; all that happening is that people I consider to be extremely intelligent, getting involved in petty arguments with the BLP apologists. And I enjoying the friendly fire. Like the blogmaster says: Why would Mottley need Prescod if she got Commissiong . Now brother Hal if you dont understand that statement, I politiely suggest you missing the boat…………..
    Peace.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    George Payne was and will remain waste that Mottley sought to recycle. He is part of the piss poor brigade that is only good for controversy and confrontation. There is nothing to shout about when it comes to that Payne and his contribution to the improvement of things in Barbados. Glad is Skunt he gone! However, I take issue with Mottley for keeping the other recyclables in the form of Marshall, Duguid and Cynthia Forde. There is no need to base your decisions on loyalty anymore, Madam First. Barbados has long gone past that optic now that the island finds itself in Shite street. Performance must outweigh Privilege and any aspiring politician who thinks he has arrived and got it made when becoming part of the government, must think again when he underperforms and his ministry is tied up in financial controversies. The Privilege to serve as a sitting matter must not translate into a talk shop but a workshop. It is common knowledge that Barbados has very little for each Ministry to work with but that does not mean that things cannot be done. Georgie found all sorts of excuses, just like Prescod provided insight to the White shadows that run Barbados. Both seem prepared to talk out of the corner of their mouths now that they have been tossed aside. I wonder what goodies gine fall off the back of a truck to raise problems in Camp – Change Mia. I got to say though, I like the Mia Moves. But, keeping Dale Marshall, Cynthia Forde, William Duguid regardless of their pooch licking is a joke if Mottley is serious of changing the political landscape towards the greater good. Let these braying mules go as well. There is nothing to shout about them barren loyalty.

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  • Artax,

    quote] But, if you really want to know who are these “white shadows,” perhaps we should ask Mr. Greene. He seems to be of the ‘old time,’ mistaken belief white people ONLY support the BLP. [unquote

    i have no issue with our arguments. at least not from you. but if you are referencing what i have said please do it correctly. i made no such statements. How could you so believe when in fact i have employed many times MAMA MIA’s statements about Maloney and his relationship with the DLP?

    and i am on record as saying that whites in Bim must openly participate in our elections. time for a few of them to run. i would mind having a few run for the DLP. that goes for Indians and Syrians too. they live in Bim. they have businesses. they should participate. eventually everything comes to light.

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  • @Greene

    You are right. In the long-term interest of Barbados, traditional black and white Barbadians must reach a settlement. No settlement, no peace.
    I was told by a white Barbadian professional that he would like to stand for parliament but he felt black voters would not vote for him. I tried to persuade him to stand.
    But parliament is not the only way to serve; it is not our top debating chamber, nor does it attract the brightest and the best. There are other ways of contribution to the improvement of society. They must find a way.
    In the meantime, keep your eyes on the prize.

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  • “Why would Mottley need Prescod if she got Commissiong . ”

    the problem with that is that tens of thousands of taxpayer’s dollars were misused to pay them all in the last 2 years with perks…it IS NOT MIA’S MONEY…as they all tend to believe.

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  • “but if you are referencing what i have said please do it correctly. i made no such statements.”

    @ Mr. Greene

    My opinion was based on your following comment as well as SIMILAR ‘pronouncements’ you’ve made on several occasions previously.

    Greene August 5, 2020 6:53 AM #: “BTW- the white shadows NO LONGER LINGER in the DARK they are OUT and ABOUT NOW the BLP is IN power.”

    I believed I interpreted your comments appropriately. Or, perhaps, you’re willing to clarify.

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  • The BLIVUK got me confused with his questioning of the constitutionality of the reshuffle. I have seen on tv, Cabinet ministers in the land of the expert walk into the PM’s office and come out retained, relieved or reassigned. The PM gives no justification…none! So is the UK a failed state too? Dr.Rowley in Trinidad & Tobago is at the end of his first term, he reshuffled his Cabinet at least 4 times. The first was a year after being elected (2 senior ministers were relieved) and more recently in December 2019. Here is one of the reasons for a reshuffle outlined by the Institute of Government:

    Cabinet and party management – The appointment and dismissal of ministers is an important part of a prime minister’s power. Through their patronage, they can reward loyalty and punish dissent, build alliances, and manage their party by making sure all the factions within it feel represented in government.

    I am not suggesting this is the reason for the reshuffle; but just to reiterate the power prime ministers have when it comes to Cabinet appointments in the land of the expert and Barbados. Prescod believes ‘white shadows’ led to his removal and GP says he is upset at the manner. 🤣 All of a sudden the reduction of a Cabinet deemed incompetent and too large needs justification, simply because a comrade lost a pick. Anybody recall the first set ah ‘white shadows’?🤣

    In relation to the Job and Investment Council, did the PM not say that “Parliament will be prorogued on August 8 and resume with a new session on September 15 with a new throne speech which will address the government’s direction going forward”? Was it not in the newspaper that in addition to the late PM and Sinckler, Senator John Rogers, Dodridge Millar, Prof Eudine Barriteau etc more would chair the individual committees? Not listing ALL the individual committee members is failed state behaviour? Geez, read more before spewing garbage. Stupse!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    David…again an unwanted dload issue: ‘bn_manley_mn_03.pdf’ is the listed name.

    Not sure if it’s on this blog specifically but please disable that file ideally. Much thanks.

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  • @Artax,

    i have made too many comments about MAMA MIA being hypocritical about the supposedly seedy relationship between Maloney and the DLP to be consumed by that.

    Carry on smartly

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  • @Hal,

    i must confess that having lived in the uk and having interacted closely with Whites i find bajan Whites intriguing.

    deliberately i have engaged a few of them especially when i was looking for land to buy. as expected they are just like black bajans. same eating habits, same language and same likes and dislikes. the thing is some of them know more bim history than most blacks especially about land ownership as can be expected.

    i dont find many racist. i know i will be criticized here but let me explain. i think they are afraid. i think they believe that black bajans will curse at them and accuse them of slavery and all the attendant issues. because of that, i think over the years they have retreated so far into their enclaves and narrow social life that they dont know how to interact with black bajans beyond who work for them and whom they know socially, who are few and far between. and believe me they are not all rich like we seem to think. many are tho- v rich too. and many have outside black children who they love to brag about

    i met a few who worked in certain fields in Canada mostly and would have like to work in the same areas in Bim but would not because they fear the backlash from their own and black bajans. i feel sorry for many because it is not right to live in fear in your own land. yes it is their land just like it is black bajan land if not more so.

    i talked to one who can wax lyrically about the Dipper. he knew more about Barrow than many people i know. was quite a revelation. he gave Barrow more credit than any other politician which had me on the back foot until he explained. it was personal. beautiful story actually.

    that is why i often advocate for them to come out and participate in every aspect of bajan life. the ones that i met are as funny and ignorant as any bajan and have a lot to offer.

    mate, i agree with you, this is 2020. time for all Bim to come together and stop fearing one another. amazing how we will realise we are not so different.

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  • @ Enuff August 5, 2020 10:40 AM

    I once heard that you can see white shadows when you drink too much white rum…

    The opposition on BU is once again showing its true, destructive colours. First they demand the reduction of the cabinet and now they criticize exactly this reduction with racist conspiracy theories.

    The fact is that our government is doing many things right now. Wages are down, which means we are becoming competitive again. The national budget is in best condition because our government is spending money very cautiously. Barbados has an excellent COVID19 management – in contrast to the hellholes in the North. And most importantly, our leader Mia Mottley has corrected Barrow’s historic mistake of tailoring CARICOM policy to ethnicity. As a thank you, Barbados is therefore receiving preferential treatment from Prince Ali in Georgetown. So we can hope for investments from Guyana.

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  • @ Greene

    You are right. A lot of the white social isolation is because of fear. That is why they arm themselves. The other outcome of the political marginalisation is working through the backdoor to influence policy. The system has created its own monster.
    You are also right about the culture. I think both black and white Bajans will be surprised if they realised how similar they are in social habits and political views. It is the Barbadian Condition.
    Years ago I worked with an English guy who was married to a white Bajan woman; her parents came over to visit and one morning he came in to work with a wide grin on his face. He thought it funny that they talked like me.
    On another occasion my line managers at the FT went to cricket at Lord’s and sat near to the late Donville Johnson, then deputy high commissioner. They introduced themselves to him. They came back to the office saying they met someone who talked like me.
    Their business practices and ethics are also similar. I was once interested in a property being sold by a white Bajan called Mr Pile. I got a survey done and he rang up the people and asked for a copy, as Bajans say, behind my back. They have more in common than they think.
    The other thing is that there are about 10000 white Bajans in the UK,, most of them in London and the South East. How many have you met?
    They usually come out for talks about land. Some years ago Mr Forde, from the Land tax department, gave a wonderful speech at the high commission. Immediately it finished they vanished. No fish cakes, no rum and cokes, no sweet bread, no socialising.
    You must remind me to tell you about white English, black Africans and black Caribbeans. An interesting tale.

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  • Many comments in this forum remind me more and more of the USA and Zimbabwe. There ignorant racists are also trying to distract from their own incompetence.

    One time these racists are white, another time black. But basically they are the same breed of people.

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  • One more word about Big Sinck’s constituency. The BLP would need a challenged person for this constituency in order to address the same group of voters as Big Sinck, that is, lazybones, criminals and people with weak minds.

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  • Many on BU have been upset about the oversized cabinet. Perhaps they now understand our leader Mia Mottley’s initial motives for the large size, after a former minister has revealed himself to be a dangerous racist who threatens Barbadian citizens.

    Our DPP must finally act and indict Presscott for incitement to racial hatred, rebellion against the government and treason.

    Enough is enough.

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  • Amazing how some people commenting here live overseas, hardly travel back to Barbados and give themselves license to speak negatively about Barbaos 24/7.

    Steuspe

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  • Some uh wunna are blasted idiots. Getting caught up with the mouthings uh political corpses. Wuh wrong wid wunna? White shadows an all dat shyte. I won duh if my boy Pressie really examine de fate uh he former boss who pioneer de phrase. Wealthy white businesspeople are gine to come down and exert pressure pun Mottley tuh fire Pressie? Gimme a RH break. Pressie is well known to be like dat and Dey always got one, used to be Caddle den Blackman and in recent years he. Dey tolerate folks like him and he get a middle ministry but his personality always mean he gone be insignificant. De white shadows got bigguh fish to fry yuh. Georgie get he comeuppance.

    As to Markie M. De Dee ELL Pee give Butch, CUL, Markie gold frankincense and myrrh and de sun and de moon too. De Dems lie down, invite dem people in and get d*ggie pour into de backside uh dis country. Mottley onstan dat Markie is a big economic players and yuh cahn get rid uh people suh big. But she ent lettin he do as he feel. Wid de same Hyatt she mekkin he do all kinda tings and mek all kinda concessions. De Dems say do wuh yuh wan. Mia say you is a business fella, you and yuh workers must live, dat is de nature uh life but yuh cahn do as yuh feel like. Dat is de difference between Mottley and dem bandits dat Greene in luv wid. So he need to shut up bout mark because he ent mekkin nuh sense. But den again de last Dem who did mek any sense was Talma, so yuh cahn have tuh much high hopes.

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  • The blogmaster listened carefully to Prescod’s mouthings in parliament yesterday. He said he did nothing wrong. Does a minister have to do anything wrong to be dismissed from Cabinet?

    He said when there was nothing to do in the office he would visit the SSA and other departments in his ministry to dance with workers etc. the blogmaster is unaware of many jobs where there is ever not anything to do.

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  • “i think they believe that black bajans will curse at them and accuse them of slavery and all the attendant issues.”

    what kind of fcked up excuse is that,the redlegs etc who were brought to the Caribbean ultimately became the slave patrol and some of you either don’t or are pretending that you don’t know but they were not exactly treated like princes by the UK either way they were free to leave and go where ever after 5 or 7 years or so, it was more of a prison camp…..and Black people had nothing to do with that, so i don’t know where some of them and the foreign whites somehow believe they own slaves.

    yall old brainwashed negros really need to sit down..

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  • It is in the interest of the ruling political elite and the business class to keep the people in ignorance. Let the b right and ambitious train to be lawyers then go in to courts in their robes and defend petty criminals then imagine they have arrived.
    The alternative is too frightening to contemplate – social upheaval, a clash between working class police and BDF and their cousins, uncles, sons, daughters, neighbours, and former school colleagues. That is the game plan, a working class divided by uniforms.
    Do you honestly think Mottley has a real interest in working class Barbadians?
    Our media and the mock media, such as BU, have failed. Remember when Mottley came off her sick bed and appointed her CoVid economic council? No members were announced, but eight sub-committees were appointed each with a chairman and a given task and given four weeks to report.
    Since then, sadly, Owen Arthur the man given the task of creating jobs, has died; months have passed, and no report has been published. Nor, shamefully, the media has not asked when it is going to be published.
    We conspire in the waffle. The president got more comments on BU about giving an interview to Amanpour on CNN, one to the BBC and another to cheap daytime tabloid UK television than she has got on her CoVid policies.
    Instead of policies, we got a reshuffle that the predators seem to think was done at a ‘whim’ and that she had the constitutional power (this from an experienced lawyer and former politician) to do. Who is surprised the debate on BU has taken the course that it has. It is the norm in this virtual rum shop.

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    NOW YOU SEE WHY THEY COME ON BU TO TRY TO GET RID OF YOU WHILST CURSING YOU OUT ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO DESTROY YOUR CREDIBILITY..

    YOU MUST LEARN TO STOP TELLING THE TRUTH SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE THE DECEPTION AND KEEPING IN LINE THE BLACK BAJAN MASSES.

    OF LATE @greene HAS ALSO BEEN SHINING THE SPOT LIGHT ON TRUTH AND SEE HOW HE HAS BEEN ATTACKED AND CHALLENGED BY THE SAME DEMONS THAT WANT TO KEEP THEIR OWN BLACK PEOPLE IN MENTAL SLAVERY LIKE CRABS IN THE BUCKET.

    ALL BECAUSE THEY AND THEIR BLP BENEFACTORS CAN CONTINUE THEIR CROOKED SCHEMES TO HOODWINK AND ROB BLACK BAJAN MASSES.

    TOO MANY BLACK BAJANS ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.

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  • Things hot in the Senate.

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  • Senators Franklyn and Taitt have forced the adjournment of the Upper House by protesting the attendance of Minister Lisa Cummins after 5 days of isolation. She was given the all clear by the CMO (ag)

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  • Very hot David!🤣🤣

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  • @ David,

    more procedural issues haunting the BLP. when will they learn

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  • @Greene

    Explain how it is a procedural issue?

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  • This debate tells me a lot though. We waan go heaven but……..

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  • @enuff

    It is a simple issue to solve. Accept the gold standard for the number of days for the virus to show, which is what the CMO has done OR accept what members are comfortable with doing. Put it to a secret ballot.

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  • notwithstanding the clearance from the CMO, whats is the procedural for a person who has been in the physical distance of a person tested positive with COVID? If it isnt an issue why did the senate adjourn on that point?

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  • I don’t mean Cummins Gate. I am referring to the IL debate.

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  • If you present a medical certificate to your employer this is the accepted in work places. That said carona is a novel situation.

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  • Senator Cummins was allowed to enter the Chamber which triggered a mass exodus by Senators.

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  • And she slaughtered them!!🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Saw George Payne on social media, looking fit as a fiddle. I believe that both of George’s parents lived past the age of 85, so i well expect that he will be with us for a long, long, long time yet. Indeed he may well “bury” many of the current political class.

    So tek it easy Georgie.

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  • @David,

    Mass exodus? lol. so yuh mean even her BLP colleagues abandoned her?

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  • No, the opposition and and couple independents. Looks like only Toni Moore and Rogers remained according to press report.

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  • man, politics can be fun sometimes lol

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  • Artax,

    Prescod is just embarassed. I don’t expect we’ll hear anything more from him. Just a little huff with very little puff.

    Greene,

    The white folk have boxed themselves into their little corner. It is their own damned fault. It wasn’t the blacks who withdrew to the tennis courts at Q.C EVERY BREAK AND LUNCH TIME. They chose to separate themselves.

    And they know damned well that if they behaved differently most black Bajans would have no beef with them. Nobody wants any revenge.

    P.S. I must object most vociferously to the idea that it is possibly more their country than ours. Weren’t our ancestors the ones who worked for free????

    You want to paint these people as victims?????? They are only victims of their own lack of foresight!

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  • (Quote):
    i dont find many racist. i know i will be criticized here but let me explain. i think they are afraid. i think they believe that black bajans will curse at them and accuse them of slavery and all the attendant issues. because of that, i think over the years they have retreated so far into their enclaves and narrow social life that they dont know how to interact with black bajans beyond who work for them and whom they know socially, who are few and far between. and believe me they are not all rich like we seem to think. many are tho- v rich too. and many have outside black children who they love to brag about..(Unquote).
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    LOL!!
    Greenie, that’s the biggest joke told on Bu for a long time!

    Bajan white people afraid of Bajan blacks??? You have this thing in reverse.

    Black Bajans adore their white ‘superiors’ both culturally and economically.

    Have you ever seen how Bajan blacks ‘behave themselves’ in the presence of their white bosses as they display their inherently subservient social traits?

    Why do you think the current administration ‘succumbed’ to the decision to relocate the statue of the racist Nelson only after getting the go-ahead from one of the local grandees of the ‘passing-for-white’ financial interests.

    Bajan white people have Bajan blacks down pat especially after the fears of Independence were allayed.

    Even with the disappearance of the old white-controlled conglomerates like the BS&T, why do you think the likes of the Williams Bros and Mal money can still call the shots; both politically and financially?

    However the Bajan whites are a fast disappearing species.
    It is those from East Indian and Middle Eastern ancestry who will be the new bosses of the blacks to replace the erstwhile Bajan white masters.

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  • @Donna,

    this blog has a way of interpreting things that is mind boggling. i dont think anything i wrote there can be construed or in this case misconstrued to be interpreted as “You want to paint these people as victims???” with or without the question mark. yes if they fear, it is of their own belief. i have said as much.

    i have lived as a minority for a good part of my life and it is not good to feel fear or marginalisation even if it is of your own making

    if you are referring to this bit, ” i feel sorry for many because it is not right to live in fear in your own land. yes it is their land just like it is black bajan land if not more so.” the “if not more so” simply they or some iteration of white people were here before any African slaves that they brought to Bim.

    Sheesh Donna

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  • @ Greene August 5, 2020 12:46 PM

    Good observation. Even in the gated communities, the white long-established Barbadians hardly show themselves – in contrast to the white Americans, British and other expats, who have no fear of contact with the native population. Perhaps it is the same with the white Barbadians as with the Hobbits from the Shire or the Dwarves in the Misty Mountains …You used to see them, and eventually they’re just legends.

    @ Miller August 5, 2020 5:14 PM

    Guyana is back! I hear Mia and Prince Ali are best friends now. So expect big investments in Barbados – of course on the terms of the Guyanese. Also have Surinam in mind, another new El Dorado.

    There will come a time when we will wish the Williams brothers back as patriarchs! The new gentlemen from Guyana and Surinam know NO MERCY.

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  • Why is the quality of our parliamentary debate so poor?

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  • @Miller,

    that is how i used to see it too, until i engaged with them. v reluctant at first and guarded until they realised i didnt want anything. like bajan blacks behave. then once we talk you can see the relief that can talk freely in their voices, so to speak.

    i place the blame squarely on them. you cannot retreat in your enclaves and expect to be accepted fully, if that is what they want and i think it is. you must be free to live the life you want. they must make effort to re engage and come into the light. darkness breeds fear, yes. the fear i am talking about is a verbal and physical one, not economic. in that regard they have nothing to fear lol

    and you are right the Indians and Syrians are a different story. Hal does a good job of cautioning us about that.

    man, you people have me defending what i thought was a rather benign side topic

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  • @Hal,

    the quality of political debate all over the world is beyond. i know you have listened to the Commons and save for a few it is bollocks. and dont talk about the yanks?

    Bim has been poor rakey for years since the early 80s. there was a time when people used to attend political meetings to hear a clever turn of phrase or a new word or a novel thought. now our politicians can barely form a sentence or speak proper english, mind you, i didnt say accented english.

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