Verla or George, Verla or George…Verla it Must be

Some of us are looking to the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) later this month with more than a little interest. It is after all the other half of the duopoly that has ‘ruled’ Barbados without serious challenge for the last 60+ years. Since its decimation at the polls in 2018 the electorate has observed President Verla De Peiza struggling to keep pace with her counterpart. All agree De Peiza was dealt a bad hand, however, she accepted the job and it is what it is. The AGM will give Barbadians the opportunity to acquire a more informed position.

The DLP brand despite the unprecedented defeat in 2018 is ‘seared’ into the political psyche of Barbadians. This has made it difficult for a third political party to create a foothold to offer serious challenge to the duopoly. In the short term the electorate will have to make do with the main combatants being DLP versus BLP contest in 2023 when the next general election is constitutionally due.

To the surprise of many including the blogmaster there has been the appearance of the ‘old guard’ offering themselves as candidates for posts. Of interest is the contest between George Pilgrim who will challenge Verla De Peiza for the presidency of the party. Pilgrim was the long standing general secretary of the DLP during an unflattering time. As hard as the blogmaster tried to apply logic to Pilgrim’s decision to challenge De Peiza, there is no logic except to state the obvious- it is his democratic right to run if he satisfied the nomination criteria of the party.

The blogmaster anticipates De Peiza will overcome Pilgrim’s challenge, she must because he is a weaker candidate. Pilgrim represents everything the electorate rejected in the DLP two years ago. There is no credible alternative on show with the 2023 general election appearing in the political rear view mirror. You may recall the result of the vote in the DLP stronghold of St. John between Charles Griffith and George Pilgrim. The final result Griffith 2,963 to Pilgrim 1598. Should the performance in a general election influence internal nominations and elections? Political parties are in the business of harvesting popularity. The DLP needs a president guaranteed to inspire members of the party and to be the architect of a good strategic and tactical plan. Members of the DLP have hobson’s choice, what gives De Peiza the edge is that the DLP headquarters located at George Street was literally allowed to rot under Pilgrim’s watch.

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Given the design of our political setup the DLP is a private entity and is permitted to manage its affairs as outlined in its constitution. Decisions taken at party conference however have implications for the country especially in an entrenched duopoly. We have an inkling what is De Peiza’s plan – see link. There is no recent update on Pilgrim’s Facebook page to indicate he is politically active.

In both parties over the years we have seen a tendency to recycle the same old, same old. Rising apathy should be a barometer for political parties that the public is expecting more or expect to be punished with laughter at the polls. Unfortunately a vibrant democracy requires more from citizens than placing an X every five years.

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  • how about neither

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  • These are two running for the position, are there others?

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  • i would support Quaker John before i support either of these two

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  • A very good hatchet job.

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  • Another Rabbit hole for the blp yardfowls to run down
    Gonna sit front row and watch them fall all over themselves

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Mr Blogmaster, this is political IRRELEVANCE.

    It matters to the DLP and NO ONE ELSE who leads the party 2 plus years from an election …

    Yes there is serious ground work to be done and although the leader can hinder or help significantly those making that effort it is yet a viable and practical strategy to execute in the background until the next year or two and then move to the front lines.

    As you have suggested on numerous occasions abd alluded to above if fresh, dynamic ‘new’ Tudors, powerfully challenging Haynes or even strong switch-hitter type Blackmans CANNOT push through in this party at this time of their operational dysfunction then they are doomed to second rate status for a very long time.

    Of course none of those type personalities are appearing to start other parties either … so the DLP as an institution perceive that they can continue the status quo.

    So again … who the hell cares which old-stager leads the DLP now!

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  • @Dee Word

    Stick to commenting on Trump.

    You are aware the quality of the people presented by the duopoly ultimately manages the affairs of state?

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  • (Quote):
    The DLP needs a president guaranteed to inspire members of the party and to be the architect of a good strategic and tactical plan. Members of the DLP have hobson’s choice, what gives De Peiza the edge is that the DLP headquarters located at George Street was literally allowed to rot under Pilgrim’s watch. (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The president (leader of the party) is usually the person chosen to take the party into general elections with the ‘reasonable’ expectation of becoming the primus inter pares; if the party is so favoured by the electorate.

    The last DLP administration treated Barbados in the same fashion its party top dogs treated their own Headquarters.

    If the current physical state of the DLP HQ is any barometer of the competence of its leaders, why would Bajans want to take another risk to have their country deteriorate further unless the DLP leaders get their own house in order?

    In light of the millions in kickbacks funnelled from the taxpayers to the DLP grandees and their friends during those 10 years of feeding from the once fatted calf is that what the past and current big boys and girls can show as the HQ of graft.

    What a crying shame of dilapidation and wanton neglect is that DLP HQ!

    Is that what EWB left in his political will to the people of Barbados?

    Maybe it should be renamed the Donville Inn of Bribery & M/L!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    The quality of the people put up for political offices is determined by the quality of the population of Barbados as well. I think you should continue your quest to improve their understanding of the political issues and their avoidance of “shenanigans”. These offices should not be “rubbished” nor “trivialized”. Please show some respect for the candidates.
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  • @Vincent

    It maybe a deeper issue, why are our best and brightest not attracted to be politicians these days? From all reports we have individuals commg forward to benefit from the financial package and other fringe benefits rather than to satisfy the bare requirement of the office which is to be a good and faithful servant to the people.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    LOL @David… I will if there is nothing else interesting to comment on. Trump ALWAYS is!

    But this one caught my attention so stay calm…

    BTW bro what exactly is your point re “You are aware the quality of the people presented by the duopoly ultimately manages the affairs of state?”

    Quality is determined 1) by the people’s interpretation and most importantly 2) by the policies and programs executed by the persons so elected and too their character in governance.

    As we see for example with our esteemed blogger @John true quality of possible “governance” cannot simply be some ballyhooed academic standard or high achievement … nor can it simply be about outstanding business success.

    But first and foremost if DLP members perceive that either or both of these people are quality standard bearers for them then who are you or who am I to pompesette on their choices.

    The Bajan electorate has spoken resoundingly about DLP quality … so let the DLP reset how they will and soon enough they will get another answer from all Bajans … maybe we have changed our minds about BLP QUALITY !

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU
    I answered that in my intervention.
    Able politician’s efforts are “rubbished” and “trivialized” by commenters who have not a clue either of politics nor the art and science of managing an educated society that is evolving at a rapid rate. What intelligent human beings want to willingly subject themselves to that level of torture? The costs are high. Look at the NCDs that our post independence leaders have suffered from and their relative early deaths. Even in death many grudgingly pay them tributes. In short these detractors discourage the brightest and the best from entering politics. If we change our attitudes they will emerge.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @VC, a hearty “hear yee, hear yee” and a quieter 😂!

    I think you should tell the blogmaster … ‘have some respect for the people electing them’…. that’s the quiet LOL.

    David can we STOP this “It maybe a deeper issue, why are our best and brightest not attracted to be politicians these days”.

    This is as plain as day follows night or as narratively intriguing as an ‘Animal Farm’ redux.

    I much prefer the simple and ANYONE who spent more than a day reading and studying politics and psychology must understand the fundamental dynamics of the whys of your rhetorical.

    BTW, can you identify three RECENT (last 20 years) politicians who you can unquestionable say “satisfy the bare requirement of the office which is [JUST] to be a good and faithful servant to the people.’

    And as you rush to answer that 😂 … I remind you of the deeply, devoted man of the people Lionel Craig (way past last 20 years, mind you) who is ‘alleged’ to have opined that when he travelled out of lil Bim on behalf of his nation and his people he demanded that his “faithful” service be spent in the (much more expensive) first-class section and in the first-class lounges.

    Seriously David .. .political representation is not the rose-glass tinted palaver we make it out to be!

    I gone.. Trump must have done something interesting by now!

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  • @ dpD

    I’m surprised at the comments you made in your September 11, 2020 8:48 AM contribution. For you to dismiss an article about who is contesting to be president of Barbados’ second oldest political institution as being irrelevant is simply fascinating.

    I care “which old-stager leads the DLP now.”

    I remember mentioning I’m not really interested in USA politics, which, judging from your responses, seemed to have drawn your anger. You mentioned things happening in the USA should be of some concern or importance to me, since those occurrences influence world events. You even mentioned something about if I don’t want teach my children about the USA. In other words, you ‘stopped short’ of calling me a fool because of my personal opinion.

    However, ‘to each his own.’ Although your comments have also drawn my anger, ‘I won’t go down the same line as you.’

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @VC… interesting comment re “Look at the NCDs that our post independence leaders have suffered from and their relative early deaths.”

    Is there meat you have already cooked onto this sprat you tossed out!

    Its interesting to me as I never reflected on it bcz there appeared no correlation to their deaths and their leadership posts that was notably outside the ‘normal’ death rate for older Bajan men.

    Do you have details to say otherwise!

    @Artax, no I could and would NEVER call you a fool or even stop short of doing same …. surely, I’ll disagree with you strongly but you of all folks here are definitely not foolish!

    But do revisit what I said re DLP leadership and irrelevance of the NOW.

    Let me put it in that US context 😎 … the leader of the RNC or DNC (national party leader) is LOOSELY akin to this DLP leadership thing – work with me here re ‘loosely’ .

    That US leader is the one to drive the party apparatus (candidate selection, fund raising, messaging etc) just as the DLP leader would be expected to … now sir I would also say that it’s irrelevant on who is RNC chair NEXT year if POTUS loses… for the same reasons I noted above re DLP… that being that the two years immediately preceding the NEXT election is when that RNC leader would be a true King Kong.

    Now that said, surely the rank and file of the party or in your case 🙃 a passionate Bajan elector will be invested in who leads the DLP NOW…. I am not in either case.

    So generally the REAL politics is the time of imminent elections and who is controlling the mechanisms THEN … unless we meld that to REALITIES of the political cycle we’re just having pretty palaver … so need to get angry bro.

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  • @ dpD

    One of my purposes of my participating on this blog is to encourage fellow bloggers to think. All the relevant information is there for you to deduce your own conclusion re the correlation and causes of NCDs ,early deaths and the stress attendant upon accepting public office. Simple Simon has provided the life expectancy metric for males in Barbados. The health issues of politicians in leadership positions and their age at death are public knowledge. Please do some data mining.

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  • @Vincent

    Thanks for the clarification.

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  • @Dee Word

    You should have taken note the point of contention is the unwillingness of our brightest to offer themselves to serve as politicians. We can pad the argument about Animal Farm etc but we have to plan our business with a positive mindset, if we do not why not jump from the near building and bring our problems to a quick end?

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  • @ David are you predicting a snap election ?

    A new Leader of the DLP will emerge in time for the next elections.

    The DLP needs to should keep most of their plans ” under wraps ” until the real campaigning starts.

    I read the online versions of Barbados every day and watch some of the videos. Lisa Cummings is very articulate.

    Barbados is in deep doodoo and sweet talk is nice when you are in pain.

    An if de hurricane come (at the right time) there will be alot of ” International Aid ” to secure votes.

    Buh doan mine me. I just writing my usual irrelevant spotters and skinners.

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  • If they earn my tribute I will give it to them WHOLEHEARTEDLY. If they do not deserve my tribute, I shall NOT pay them any – GRUDGINGLY OR OTHERWISE.

    One thing I will not do is routinely cuss them in hell right up until the death announcement and sing their praises to the heavens until after the burial.

    Crap does not turn into chocolate at death.

    I have often been told that if you are going to do something good for somebody, do it for the sake of its goodness, not seeking reward or thanks. There is joy and satisfaction in giving.

    We want people in office who suscribe to the above. The others would be no better than what we already have.

    So …if the fact that I may not pay them tribute is stopping them, I say,

    “Who needs ’em!!!!!!!!!”

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  • @Hants
    Don’t put your contributions down. You are among the few who keep it real and relevant.

    Some think it is a debating society and often introduce concepts that have little or no relevance to Barbados (my opinion).

    That may be the issue, we run after strange ideas which are not solution to our problems.

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  • Do you think Barbados can absorb 80,000 people without addressing unemployment, water, roads, etc.

    This is like a person wanting to take advance calculus without knowing basic mathematics. A genius or an idiot.

    Here is a new phrase… Thinking above their IQ..

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  • 5hrs and only 23 comments
    I guess the dlp party is doing something right which leaves the blp yardies with nothing to complain about

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  • Question though
    Can barbados absorb eighty thousand more people
    At times i think Mia drinks too much Alleyne and Arthur

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  • As a nation, we have to know what our limitations are. When confronted with the whims of others we should be able to say.. “that is not in the cards.”

    Instead we go down a partisan route.. decrying an idea because it was proposed by A, then embracing the idea because it is supported by B.

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  • @Blogmaster

    What is the point of this article bro? The DLP were thrown out 2 years ago, by 30-0 mind you. What do you expect from them at this time?

    The BLP must step up to the plate and back up all the fancy talk with action.

    Are you having buyers remorse? lol

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  • Wrong again! We do not have time for the lame DLP circus right now. We are busy at the BLP main event.

    We very obediently gave Mia our vote and we are very obediently watching her.

    But we watch her trusting our own eyes – without your tinted spectacles.

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  • If this well-prepared war of aggression happens on Venezuela it would have been through the instrumentalization of the useful idiots in the Bajan duopoly.

    These would have included MIA AMOR MOTTLEY and OSA supported by CARICOM, the OAS and the CCJ. And it would have been a war both for oil and to get a jackass in the USA re-elected.

    We contend that their misguided electoral shenanigans in Guyana would have turned Georgetown into no more than another front for such a war. As soon as the PPP took over in Guyana, Washington unknown to their newly-minted placemen in Georgetown, was announcing that Guyana was supporting their policy of regime change in Venezuela. We had warned all and sundry that Washington was preparing for war against Venezuela for decades. Now, they have an mendicant in the White House who wants to deliver an October surprise of some sort.

    Now Venezuela is surrounded by enemies on all sides. War strategy 101. Uncle Sam is a master at such, while the useful idiots in CARICOM can do no more than to suggest to us that they have lost, and did not deserve, the authority to be the sole user of force in their countries.

    Meaning that populations can now deploy legitimate force to depose them.

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  • @Hants

    Holiness in Jamaica and Rowley took some flack because their elections were called during Covid and affected turnout. There is this reality that should dissuade Mottley from a snap election.

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  • @Pacha

    You give Caricom way too much credit to influence geopolitics of the USA.

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  • David

    All a useful idiot has to be …. Is to be

    Certainly, no credit should be given for merely having a pulse.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    “5hrs and only 23 comments”

    Like de Mighty Dribbler said..it is political irrelevance at this point. Nobody cares right now how the DEMs go about trying to win 2 more boxes among the constituencies in the next general election!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants

    Surely the purpose of political parties is not to win elections. We send the wrong message when we subscribe and promote that notion.Parties are formed with the intention of formulating and implementing policies that secure peace and prosperity in the society. It is that kind of thinking that promotes apathy and corruption in the society. I am disappointed to see you going down that rabbit hole. Please avoid these gallows baits.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington,

    You have to win an election to form a government that will “secure peace and prosperity “.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants

    The package of policies have to come before any sensible voter will elect a party. And here in lies the problem is it not?. Parties concentrate so much at winning an election that when they win they do not know what to do. As one blogger says they make it up as they go along.
    I hope you get the substance of my argument. Here it is midterm and David BU thinking of next election.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ DL& P TV at 4:33 PM

    Thanks for putting it so succinctly. It is really “a political irrelevance”.

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  • I want to see Lowest, Big Sinck and Inniss at the head of the party:

    Lowest draws the hatred of the black masses, Big Sinck confirms every conceivable racist prejudice of minorities and foreigners, and Inniss shows how morally rotten the Barrow cult is.

    With this combination, the DLP receives neither campaign contributions from the White Shadows nor the votes of the black masses. Very good.

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  • Dlp Tv
    Like the Mighty Mariposa say nobody cares except you couldn’t help but dig yuh snouse in the conservation

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  • Mariposa aka ac the reason for so few comments is obvious, as others have stated.The Dems are irrelevant now with little chance of victory in under 15 years.Therefore it does not matter which of the two perinial losers Ms Depeiza or Mr Pilgrim wins.Neither will inspire confidence in the electorate going forward. As leader Ms Depeiza has been a dismal failure having failed to do anything but to criticize Ms Mottley at every turn mostly for the sake of it further tutning off even some of her own supporters anf as for Mr Pilgrim the least said the better.

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  • Mariposa aka ac the reason for so few comments is obvious, as others have stated.The Dems are irrelevant now with little chance of victory in under 15 years.Therefore it does not matter which of the two perinial losers Ms Depeiza or Mr Pilgrim wins.Neither will inspire confidence in the electorate going forward.

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    TO BE HONEST NEITHER BLP OR DLP INSPIRES CONFIDENCE WITH ANYONE WHO CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVE AND DON’T FOLLOW OTHERS.

    BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN GIVING OUT SHIT OVER THE YEARS WHILST THE FOOLISH VOTING MASSES HAS BEEN EATING THIS BROWN SHIT FOR CHOCOLATE.

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  • Ok
    Lorenzo yuh said enough after 10 years in the wilderness yuh deserve a voice
    But look at the two year disaster present govt heaped on bajan household
    Yuh think bajans going fall for the same ole koolaid recipe again

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  • Please! The ten years before were worse!

    In politics one usually has a choice between bad and worse.

    Very few countries in this world have good government. The governments are as good as the electorate demands.

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  • The ten years were worse
    Lets compare
    Ten years unemplotyment compare to two years
    Two years 40 per cent
    Ten years unemployment never reach or came close to that numbers
    Ten years NIS checks were not delayed
    Two years to get a check takes weeks or months or plenty back and forth
    Ten year crime and violence levels
    Two year dismal failures
    Ten year poverty levels remain stable
    Two year off the chain
    Worst or wust u do the figures
    Oh them buses no transparency with the smell of corruption ozzing out the rear end

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  • Gee, you got me wishing for the bad old days…

    Play nice..

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  • If Verla De Peiza commanded the support at a critic juncture in the rebuild the elders of the party and others with influence would have chased away George Pilgrim. Having two candidates with a losing record vying for the top job should concern DLP party faithfuls.

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  • Mariposa you are a dishonest indivisual.Firstly the unemployment figure of 40% s a direct result of covid 19 in March of this year which shut down tourism.This resulted in hotel workers and connected attractions and areas like car rental companies laying off workers making up the 40 %.This happened since March this year.Prior to this unemployment was way down and you know this.As for income tax refunds people were waiting for their tax refunds for years under the dems and do not speak of the beautify workers who had to beg for their money.All of this you know hyprocrite.To speak of crime a lot of the guns entered Barbados under the wstch of in my view the worst AG in the history of Barbados and hence the problems we have now.It seems you are suffering from amnesia but i will refresh your memory.

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  • concerned unemployed bagan

    Are Board of Management been put in place for those ministries that has been reshuffled by the PM. That is the question that should be answered and how transparent are all the boards in this challenging covid time. This is no time to be stealing form the coffer purse or corrupt practices.

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  • Are Board of Management been put in place for those ministries that has been reshuffled by the PM. That is the question that should be answered and how transparent are all the boards in this challenging covid time. This is no time to be stealing form the coffer purse or corrupt practices.

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    THERE IS NO WAY TO STOP STEALING FROM THESE CLEPTOMANIACS.

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  • The business class and the local chapter of the KKK need the DLP to suppress the black masses in Barbados. Only the DLP ensures economic decline and chaos.

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  • Row over pending appointment
    It looks like bare bacchanal is about to take place at a certain Government hotspot now that a new head honcho is in charge.
    Sources told Cou Cou that the pot is about to boil over after a certain damsel, who was formerly romantically linked with the new kingpin, has been parading up and down and telling everyone that she will be moving up the line.
    Apparently a major position is about to be filled and this woman has been behaving as if the job is already hers, on the premise that her former flame will be making the final decision.
    But it will not be water under the bridge for some staff members who are up in arms over the impending appointment.
    In fact, they have sent a warning that unless her loud expectations are flushed down the drain, they will turn the screws on the organisation if this move comes to pass.
    They say her plans for the position should only be a pipe dream as there are others more qualified for the post, and they will not let this type of favouritism see the light of day.
    The upset workers said with the organisation’s long history of political partisanship and at times acrimonious relationships, the new management should be looking to start off things on the right foot and not let personal relationships take precedence.
    They are just asking the new man to let good judgment prevail and not to go down the wrong road.
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    A big event at the end of this month may prove the undoing of some in an institution steeped in politics. The “George Street” family is being warned that unless that annual event is properly handled, it could break down irreparably some of the fragile relationships. That’s because some are whispering about an “ole boys network” at play.
    The emergence of an old face as a challenger for one of the major positions is giving some validity to the claim that a group may be manoeuvring to
    make a strike. It seems the madam has not been able to get full control of the ship since there are some who refuse to offer true support or get out the way.
    Rather, they have decided that they won’t go “gentle into that good night” as their former leader, a man known for his quotes, has done. He kept his word from that fateful night in May 2018 when he looked around and there was not a man/woman at his left or his right in the aftermath of a massacre. He accepted responsibility and bowed out.
    Not so for some others.
    While they are looking for a return to former glory, others believe all their appearance will do is further hurt the image of the fractured organisation.
    But the advice to those who keep boasting about what they have or have not done, and why they should be back, is to support the leadership and new blood. They are being told by those on the sideline to support rather than hinder, if not the wilderness could be their home for a long time.

    Source: Nation Newspaper Cou Cou and Flying Fish

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  • David the same obsession which has taken control of your mind within all that is happening at George St. David you should use to speak to the deteriorating economic and social conditions happening in Barbados
    Right now Barbados is the grips of economic and social meltdown
    Everyday local business are being closed
    Homes are undergoing foreclosures as banks extended time periods given because of Covid has expired
    Schools are reopening and parents are saying they do not have the funds to buy necessities in time for their children to attend school
    Mia hired tons of consultants with the mantra “many hands make light work” and these hands have not been of any value in steering the dreaded ship called barbados
    None the less these hands are still opened to receiving their wages on time from the public purse while the masses suffer in silence

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  • You should concern yourself with a leaky roof and ramshackle windows at George Street HQ.

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  • @David,

    you are full of ideas for growth and re growth. my organisation (the UK Cawmere old scholars) will back you if you throw your hat in the ring for the DLP leadership

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  • @Greene

    Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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  • @ Greene

    Oh No! Not the chairman. He is so dumb it is embarrassing. The DLP deserves better.

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  • @ Mariposa

    I think you have a very strong point that the chairman is a mole for the BLP. But it is my belief you are wrong. I think he is in the pay of the security service or services. He operates very much like a low-level insider, what we used to call a deniable operative.
    He is obsessed with the DLP and its internal decision-making and it think it is to sow seeds of strife. I think he needs counselling.

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  • David maybe the dlp.can birrow an economic page from the blp
    Encourage white shadows to help them out and even ramshackle George St. would be fix
    What do u think
    Or better yet bliw up a building they think has no use and fix George St
    What you think

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  • @Hal

    the chairman, as you call him, means well. in the land of the blind, the myopic is king

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  • @Greene

    Do you know this blogmaster has read it all before?

    You know what some say about the obsession of small minds with the extraordinary, others better endowed go with the ordinary.

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  • This the DLP’s top drawer. George Pilgrim and Verla Depeiza? You cannot be serious. But then, Froon was the DLP PM.

    A celebration of mediocrity.

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  • We have a ramshackle economy being managed by a PM who cant find any meaningful solutions
    Her biggest concocted idea was “We gathering ” which was blown to pieces by COVID
    Presently PM looking like a fish without water wanders hither and thither and yon telling the world come to Barbados to live
    a country where the water system is broken
    Limited land space to grow food to feed its people and even worst a dilapidated and ramshackle infrastructure for proper and sufficient mobility via transportation
    But David got time to look into the affairs of George St.

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  • The ramshackle economy is why the DLP didn’t win a box, or was it one, in the last general election. On current trajectory it will lose 40 in 2023, or before.

    http://www.royalgazette.com/politics/article/20200911/nomination-day-plp-off-mark-with-three-seats

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Greene … since when did the Old Scholars group in UK or any of the others any where else play politics so decisively…

    We all know the members play their own political preferences but I didn’t realize YOUR org itself did too!

    Btw you guys lambaste POTUS gazing yet do this poorrakey version of the DLP ‘thrills and spills’ … 😂amusing!

    Cant we hear some real deal back room stuff on what’s really happening to cause the DLP HQ to go into a ‘dilapidated’ state…

    And who are the exciting new names ready to launch…

    Why cant Verla get traction … is she not considered savvy and smart enough; doesn’t she have the right connections and ability to get awesome fund raising… what’s up there.

    The thrills need to be more interesting and ‘scandalous’ and the spills too! 🙃

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  • David this is what bajans are concerned about

    Another golden fb nugget

    Are we not all in this together!!
    How come the entertainers who back this administration can receive millions, while displaced workers are still waiting for unemployment benefits???

    Why are we still paying taxes on water meters?
    This administration shifted Abrams, yet the problems still exist,
    Mr colin Jordan, why are those workers who were made redundant, not yet receiving any benefits?
    How is it that certain companies can use the NIS as props for their businesses, while ordinary consumers can scarcely put food on their tables?
    Have you no conscience concerning us??
    What will it take for your administration to take heed of our plight??

    We are waiting on your reply, as we may have a surprise for you.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR WICKEDNESS.

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  • @David,

    no doubt.

    to change the topic. i see in an article that Bertie Hinds is seemingly calling out Dale Marshall and Owen Arthur (RIP) more so, for not supporting his request for an independent investigation into the death of Pc Yarde when the forensic expert Annel had reported that Yarde died from the gun of his partner Pc Garrett. reportedly Arthur said, ‘not to spend his money that way and if Annel is the point man go with Annel.’ as it turned out Annel was wrong and if an independent investigation was mounted at that stage it would have so revealed saving the BPS some embarrassment.

    such is life.

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  • @Greene

    This is one case that seeped into the public domain but as you know there is continual interference from the political directorate _ BLP and DLP _ in the police, court and other so-called independent sphere in civil society.

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  • @David,

    you into Bermuda politics now? how does it match up with Bim’s ?

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  • @ac

    Have no fear the blogmaster will run a couple more blogs before the AGM just for you.

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  • @Dribbler,

    sarcasm man. even David saw that

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  • @Greene

    The blogmaster is into politics period. The character of the political landscape of the islands is not dissimilar. The discipline from the chancellor of the exchequer lends more discipline to the finances.

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  • A stitch in time saves nine. Penny wise and pound foolish.

    Bertie Hinds right to speak out. They should have let the man do his job.

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  • @David,

    “The discipline from the chancellor of the exchequer lends more discipline to the finances.”

    what are you saying here?

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  • Let it be said
    Indeed, disparaging the DLP does not translate to a win for the BLP. What we need now are sound and honest policies and not a continuation of the pre-election debate. Accept the win, move on and perform.

    It amazes me that those who repeatedly pronounces the DLP as dead continues to beat it. There is an expression that we should all bear in mind “Nobody kicks a dead dog”.

    Perhaps, this continuous thrashing of the dead DLP signals their fear of its resurrection or reincarnation or even their doubts of its demise

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  • David yuh put up as many post on the internal affairs of the dlp
    None of which interest me
    My interest lays solely focus on an administration who has no answers to the dilapidated economic and social state of Barbados
    Cannot forget the Covenant of Hope a promised made to the people by Mia
    Now all one can see is a hopelessness of fear and despair bolting across the landscape
    Any one asking or looking for answers to come from this less than Transparent govt is expecting too much
    Govt set out on a path derived of smoke and mirrors and there is exactly where govt would stay

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  • I continue to hear of Verla’s ‘lack of traction’. Even those who should know better, repeat this chant without quantifying it anyway. It is like reading tea leaves and getting the answers that you want.

    Where are the poll numbers to support this chant?

    Have we reach a stage where we believe that we can speak things into being? Have we reached the point where we think our thoughts and desires are evidence of existence?

    If that is true, then I will board my time-machine.. there are a few girls in the past ….

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  • Gazzerts
    Let me tell you
    This govt already knows that dlp party has put together a field of contestants which would secure a win for the dlp in the next election
    Hence you see Kirk Humphries already spending his weekends pounding the highways and byways of his constituents
    David BU stepping up to do his bidding within an atmosphere to distract the major negative fallouts of this government inept performance

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  • @Mariposa,

    whilst i support the DLP, as you do, you are v optimistic more so than i am. whilst the DLP may regain some seats, i dont see how anyone would vote them in as a Govt so soon after that post Thompson regime.

    our best bet would be to lay out our plans, come with a revised political philosophy of the role of Govt etc and go from there

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  • @ Greene

    Now you realise why I am always talking about his gobbledygook. It does not lend itself to understanding. He should just stick to writing as simply as, I presume, he speaks. I read his post and have been scratching my head to work out what he means.
    Then he criticises @Mariposa, who is clear, thoughtful and intelligent.

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  • Do you remember this phrase “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

    A speechwriter for Verla’s could play with that phrase and grab a headline
    “My traction’ has been greatly underestimated. Without conducting the required research, a few, for their own purposes and advantage, has assigned it a weight of zero. In doing so, they have insulted and discarded some Barbadians. This has been a continuous failing of this administration as they continue to see our islands as two camps …. (insert Mariposa’s charges here,)

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  • Yes i said a win
    Let me also remind all the blp yardfowls that are still falling over themselves with the 30-0 win a win was all but handed over to them because the dlp supporters chose not to vote
    This time around the dlp supporters would not be so foolish and blind sighted to repeat the same mistake again after seeing the economic turmoil heaped upon their heads by this govt and also a govt giving financial bail outs in the form of taxes while the average household is sucking salt

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  • @ Donna
    You see what I mean. We were here beating up ourselves over some Irishman threatening to shut we down because his court case tekking too long. In the mean time a Deputy Commissioner of Police, admits publicly, that powerful government figures stopped him from doing his job.
    See what ah tell yuh ?

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  • Mia hired all these outside e professional economic consultants which cannot or are clueless in having solutions to barbados economy
    The dlp govt had homegrown advisors to help steer the ship during the global meltdown
    Yet with all the help and fanfare present govt cannot show in two years any thing meaningful or viable to stave off the economy from further downward slide
    We have the IMF applauding govt efforts at paying debt never mind the money is borrowed
    Now when one look back and compare to what is presently being prescribed to restore faith in the barbados economy
    One would have to be a gullton for punishment to say that these past two years are better economically for the country and its people
    Food bills up
    Rent increased
    Water fees astronomical
    Gas and electricity way beyond the average person pocket book
    Business closures which means households without jobs
    Welfare payments bottom out
    The list goes on and on
    Bees be gone a useless bunch
    No more smoke and mirrors

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  • Mariposa the DLP can win the next election led by Ms Depeiza or Mr Pilgrim two known losers at the polls.As Bush Tea wpuld say oh ma shirt.You really should be in comedy fest.The only way possible for these current Dems to win anything would be 5he return of the great Mr Errol Barrow no one else.However, i doubt Mr Barrow would want to see much of these jokers around him in my view.The other joker Austin ststes Mariposa is articulate and sensible.Well well Mariposa?She is as sensible as Ms Undecidef.Then again this idiot with the uk condiyion of talking pure shite as a knowall thought Mr Thompson would have been a great Prime Minister but could provide no ebidence as such.Finally David BU keep posting on the Dems as i know it will infuriate Mariposa and Austin.

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  • ” Political scientists appear baffled by the rationale and direction of the Mia Mottley administration ahead of the Governor General’s Throne Speech next week, describing it as an unusual development.”

    ” “That is a difficult one because we don’t even know why she prorogued Parliament and I have received no indications, evidence, or intel. to base a conclusion”, Belle told Barbados TODAY.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/12/throne-speech-mystery/

    “They have however acknowledged that social, political, and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 may have forced the administration to take fresh guard.”

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  • Lorenzo Mariposa just learned a new word
    “infuriate” i belive that word applies also to your mind set and having to defend this inept govt
    Wuhoss even economist baffled by this govt policies
    What Next
    I tell you a short walk out of parliament for govt
    Ta ta Lorenzo have a great cou cou and flying fish day

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  • @ac

    You forgot to add no cogent dissenting narratives coming from the George Street crew. Subtract Senator Caswell we are left with emptiness.

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  • David why do u insist on referring to Mariposa as “ac”
    Be that as it may whatever floats your boat
    On the topic of dissent have you not recently noticed that with this govt the dissenters are offered new post as with OSA who unfortunately did not last too long and his mouth was certainly closed forever
    Now with the duffus Prescod where time would show him to an embarrassment on the global landscape as he fumbles around to make sense on the call for Reparations

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  • @Mariposa
    Unlike the second member of the fan club, I will not support you when you doing a Don Quixote routine.

    However, you have found a golden nugget in the past few days.

    You go girl.

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  • @David
    I was hoping that the newly minted “Special Envoy” would have lent his voice to the Opposition corner of the Red Bishop but alas he has been coopted back into the hive.

    BTW how much does a “Special Envoy” earn?

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  • @Sargeant

    Good question, will the real journalists please stand up.

    Not the those who are retired!

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  • Also how much Total combined are the costs of the consultants Negotiators and the miscellaneous advisors from the public purse

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  • Now that is a question worth posing.

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  • Meanwhile David keeps the BU audience in the dark
    Social media keeps asking questions and enlightening their followers about the nasty deeds of this govt

    Here ia another golden nugget taken from a fb page

    If Barbadians are waiting for Mia to adhere to the constitution we are wasting our time.our prime minister has no conscience in upholding the laws concerning the masses.
    With an absolute majority in parliament we could have had a better life. But the SELFISH attitude displayed by her Advisers seeks only to destroy the pillars that put them there.

    There’s much that can be done by putting bajans back to work. INSTEAD they are servicing their political Base only.

    But time is the master.

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  • Can the Government continue to justify the extra ” Ministers in the Ministry of ” and Consultants ?

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  • Lorenzo
    Hants asking questions
    What say you

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  • Mariposa you and Hants can ask Ms Mottley directly when next you see her.I speak for myself not Ms Mottley capiche.

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  • Lorenzo
    I do better i will send the questions to CNN
    Mia new found favourite hot spot where she could hog the spotlight
    Wow would be interesting to see CNN put Mia back side in the hot seat for once and watch Mia blow smoke in the interviewer face

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  • @ Pachamama

    “October Surprise”
    .
    I’m going to keep this clean.

    I Can’t believe a cyborg would deplete our intelligence with the likes of this A.. H…’s ludicrous rhetoric.

    You’re definitely a “D” and it ain’t DLP.

    It was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau-Rambo, was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew out of Miami to Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms.

    To get there, Goudreau and two former Green Beret buddies relied on some unusual help: a chartered flight out of Miami’s Opa Locka executive airport on a plane owned by a Venezuelan businessman so close to the government of the late Hugo Chávez that he spent almost four years in a U.S. prison for trying to cover up clandestine cash payments to its allies.

    The owner of the Venezuela-registered Cessna Citation II with yellow and blue lines, identified with the tail number YV-3231, was Franklin Durán, according to three people familiar with the businessman’s movements who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. Durán over two decades has had numerous business ties with the socialist government of Venezuela, making him an odd choice to help a band of would-be-mercenaries overthrow Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Chávez

    Operation Gideon (Spanish: Operación Gedeón) was an unsuccessful attempt by Venezuelan dissidents and an American private military company, Silvercorp USA, to infiltrate Venezuela by sea and remove Nicolás Maduro from office in Venezuela. The plan involved entering the country by boat into Macuto port from 3 to 4 May 2020 in order to take control of Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetia, capture Maduro and other high-level figures in his government, and expel them from the country. The operation had been infiltrated by supporters of the Maduro government early on. Commentators and observers, including Guaidó officials who initially contracted with Silvercorp, described the operation as amateurish, underfunded, poorly-planned, having little or no chance of success, and a suicide mission.
    The US Government or CIA had nothing to do with Goudreau-
    Rambo and his gi joe action figures.

    The US has the capability to send military ordinance via unmanned drone to Madero’s residents if they wanted him. Those desert storm boys were preoccupied with the bounty (Entrapment).

    Leave Mia out of your bloody mouth piece mate.

    De Barrow cult died with Thompson. God Bless his hole….Sorry I got big fingers. I meant Sole….🙏

    For the record. I’m not a Trumpeter. However, they were the best cigarettes to date.

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