A Pesky Irish International Investor

The following article appears in the Business Section of the the Independent dated 13 September 2020, a newspaper based in Ireland where Prime Minister Mia Mottley was also reported promoting business opportunities between Barbados and Ireland.

Readers will recall two earlier blogs posted to Barbados Underground which highlighted a matter that has reached the Barbados Courts between Irish businessman Alan McIntosh and local businessman Peter Odle which has been in abeyance in the court system since 2008..

See following links:

It makes any sensible person wonder what is the point of expending so much effort and resources to sell Barbados as an international business centre and because of a dysfunctional court system; one that is perceived to be manipulated, potential returns are nullified. Based on the notification from the Supreme Court of Barbados the case is set down to be heard on the 26 January 2021 at 9:30AM. We know this is no guarantee the matter will be heard given the long arm of influence by some in our country.

See article in the Independent newspaper.


Cairn Homes founder warns investors about Barbados

The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown
The capital of Barbados, Bridgetown

September 13 2020 02:30 AMAlan McIntosh, a founder of Cairn Homes and Emerald Investments, has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Barbados in which he advised people not to invest in Barbados.

The investor wrote the letter after Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley appeared in a Business Post article looking to increase economic links between Ireland and her country. She also appeared on Irish radio to talk about a “work from Barbados” scheme.

Copies of the letter were sent to others, including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

McIntosh made a $2.5m investment in Barbados three years ago. He ended up in a dispute with one of the shareholders in the project, Peter Ogle, starting legal action in 2018.

In the letter, seen by Ergo, McIntosh wrote that he has been waiting “almost three years” for the matter to be heard.

Of investing in Barbados, McIntosh wrote: “I am an Irish investor who invested in Barbados, and I wish I’d never done so. Unless changes are made to the legal system in Barbados, I would urge no one to invest in Barbados, either commercially or to buy a condo, holiday home or even take a holiday there. Why? The legal system is not fit for foreign investment or even to settle minor disputes in a timely manner.”

Later in the letter, he wrote: “I have waited for the court system to allow me due process, and after almost three years have seen no progress in the courts whatsoever.

“My advice to anyone contemplating investing in Barbados is: ‘Do not Do It’.”

Barbados didn’t respond to a request for comment.

157 comments

  • @Northerb Observer

    Several of our member clubs and brand name wholesalers are familiar with this mode of doing business. It is so old the authorities have to know.

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  • @ NorthernObserver,

    I don’t like tricks. I am the one who would get caught if Idid something like that.

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  • @ David,

    After Covid, if I live, I will go to Barbados for a ( fishing )vacation and then onward to Amsterdam and Belgium to see G G and the Ladies of Soul live.

    Those are the only items on my bucket list. lol

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  • @Hants

    This will pass.

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  • @Hants
    So you want a private concert, hence the $$ allowance?

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  • @ NorthernObserver,

    No private concert. Just front seats at the venues. Too old to stand up for 2 or 3 hours. lol

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  • “Why thank you @WURA, coming from you the lady whose first post ten year ago is almost verbatim (except the current details for the person/matter) the same today that’s a resounding complement. I expect to be more like you some day soon … repetitively moribund!”

    My posts from 10 years ago has me going places today where you cannot go at this time, so you can aspire to be just like me where you can actually go places and contribute significantly, nothing wrong with being just like me, much better than being like those garden variety BU fowls now in hiding..

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  • Northern, Vincent, TheOGazerts,

    On the history of GEL, Barbados Shipping & Trading and others of the former big-6,
    the nearest source that you can find and we can recall, if you can find it, is the Mutual book by one Hillary Beckles, circa 1989. Not currently near our library, otherwise we’ll tell the page number, or send it.

    We are not at all surprised that the overwhelming and numerical majority of bloggers on BU disagree with us on the matter requiring a general election.

    Our job is primarily to predict the future. And we predict that within a year or two most here would be coming to this determination.

    If you say that we are a ‘democracy’ governed by Westminster ideals and a political party comes to the people with a manifesto, constituting a moral contract, and just over two years hence is forced to contrive a second throne speech or ‘reset’ having found that it lacked the political foresight to discern short-term future events and can still contend that what happened before has no credence, that the government can as a rightness pretend that their mandate is legitimate, then we contend that you cannot also claim to be still a Westminster system of government.

    We have been here before with the DLP election victory of 1986 when this party, according to the late Richie Haynes, performed a ‘back-street abortion’ of the manifesto promises it had made to capture its mandate.

    It matters not what the results will be or what you estimate they will be. This is the tradition within parliamentary democracies. Are you saying that the people of Barbados should not have a right to test again the ideas of all comers. Seek to find out whether the government now has the mettle to deal with the radically changing circumstances.

    It is untrue Vincent, that ‘no one foresaw’ neither Covid-19 or the accompanying economic recession. In the first case, scientists have long known that this century will be characterized by pandemics. In the second case, this writer had forecasted, almost to the date, this recession, right here on BU, many times and two years before it occurred.

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  • @Pacha
    I have the book at home so I will review whenever I return.
    Elections we know will occur every 4-5 years, so that is a guaranteed prediction. Without guarantee we know economies will ebb and flow.
    It was known 2020 presented economic challenges beyond year 1 of the mandate. There were gloomier predictors but it is hard to bank of those when they have been inaccurate over the past two decades. The climate gurus are even taking Covid as caused by climate? The religious can find writings from whatever they follow to signify Covid. etc etc
    We now have multiple economies who will be spending 33+% of revenue to service/repay Debt.

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  • We do not need general elections. We need a swift purge against the remaining DLP grandees not yet in jail.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Pachamama at 3 :33 AM

    I am not in the business of prophecy. So i do not really know how to respond to the cited intervention.I am an economist by training and studied in a social science faculty based on the London School of Economics and Political Science Model. I therefore had to carry Modern Political Thought into my final year. I can say your understanding of the Westminster Model is not my understanding. There is no need for for a renewal of the mandate given to the BLP. An epidemic has temporally destabilised the International Economic System. Like all governments, The GoB has to take fresh guard. The exogenous shock is beyond their control. No social contract has been broken. How they manage this crisis and how quickly they get back to fulfilling the promises made in their manifesto is a function on how soon COVID -19 is brought under control. And by all reports they are doing quite well.
    The new emerging economy will be a test of how capable they are. They nave over 2 1/2 years to do the necessary re-calibrations. They need that time and we the Electorate need to see how well or badly they handle it. Electioneering is a disruptive aberration for most of us who love Barbados.

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  • Vincent
    What does predicting the future or forecasting or foreseeing have to do with prophecy as given your judea christian annotation inclination.

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  • Vincent

    So if a general election is unnecessary, why then do that thing which is so associated?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Pacha
    You claimed to have “predicted” COVID-19. You claimed to have predicted the changes in the world economy. Prophesy and prediction are synonyms’ . Prophesy is Greek derivation. Predict is Latin derivation. Both mean saying before something has happened. You used the term not I.
    No red herrings please. My religion is not the issue here.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Racha
    You need time out. Since when is “electioneering” the same as General Elections. Are you an AI experiment ?

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  • Vincent
    You are being disingenuous. The word prophecy was first introduced by you. Whereas the words we used are associated with the social sciences you claim to know expertly. It is a word which connotes a particular understanding. That is your word not ours. Maybe the tradition of the london school of economics introduced you to the straw man theory as well
    On the second thing about “electioneering” we never used that word. Maybe it is you deserving of that time out.

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  • @VC
    Pacha predicted an economic downturn. The rest are addenda, which ably aided his prediction.
    We are in N.America experiencing the “once in a 100 year 🔥” for 3 of the past 5 years. We have similarly seen ” once in 50 year floods” in 4 of the last 5 years. It is good time to be in the negative forecasting business. I can only hope any Atlantic disturbances continue their usual historical path, and dodge Bim.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Northern Observer
    Thanks for your attempt at bringing this side issue to a closure. I can only hope that the notion of a midterm election received some ventilation. The decision is not my call.

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  • Going to run but going to give you guys a next weapon for your arsenal if the wife refuse to cook…

    Why should wives cook for their husbands?
    According to the Geneva convention, all prisoners should be fed.

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  • Northern

    We operate on the markets. Forecasts after events are clear are largely ineffectual. There is no money to be made when the herd is running in the same direction.

    Vincent

    Again you prove to be a liar. We never said that we forecasted Covid like you, in your customary way, have so attributed. We said that “scientists forecasted this century as being characterized by pandemics” sic.

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  • Voncent

    Your popular but misguided assumption that Covid was unpredictable is another ……. Imprecision.

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  • “It is untrue Vincent, that ‘no one foresaw’ neither Covid-19 or the accompanying economic recession. In the first case, scientists have long known that this century will be characterized by pandemics.”

    don’t know what’s wrong with people, the info was up and down the place for years, the plague/virus was 2 years late, it was an any day now scenario….probabaly BreakingNews only for those who don’t read enuff..

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  • @NorthernObserver September 13, 2020 12:17 PM “WW&C In the Saturday headliner in the Globe, was about a lady of Grenadian heritage contemplating becoming a mother. After all the talk about black and blackness, she describes the partner she has found. “He is a straight white cis-male merman”.

    A heterosexual white man who was born with the usual male apparatus, ie. not a transman. Merman? He can swim? Or maybe like the Mighty Sparrow he likes Saltfish?

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  • In spite of the turgid pedantic language DPD is the only one making any sense here.

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  • @ss
    Appreciate your translation. I arrived at similar, but figured the merman must have some relevance?

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  • @Pacha
    Whatever the actual reasons you have to keep pushing forward. The agricultural soothsayers have left me with 1.5 acres of various squash that will not ripen due to the early cold weather. They predicted otherwise, as did others with more experience than I. Sometimes we are accurate, sometimes we are not. Take a position, go with it, and remember where the side and back doors are located.

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  • Cuhdear BajanSeptember 13, 2020 9:16 PM Apparently one who dives deep, as a part of his nature.

    Which should be most heterosexual males. The deep dive is a requirement, not a choice. At least, that is a man’s view.

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  • “WW&C In the Saturday headliner in the Globe, was about a lady of Grenadian heritage contemplating becoming a mother. After all the talk about black and blackness, she describes the partner she has found. “He is a straight white cis-male merman”.

    don’t know how I missed this post, thanks eagle-eyed Cuddear…..also don’t know how people look for partners, but it should be spiritual love and not the sex only, arranged marriages one tends to see in the Caribbean and across the Diaspora and even on the Continent, which don’t last as long as an ice cube, but since spirituality was criminalized in Africans and beaten out of most people, some don’t even know what it is, and for the ones that are long lasting, check out Theos post about prisoners…lol …. no one is surprised that it’s a whole big mess……the sister found what she found, if it don’t last, oh well, on to the next one…we call that…life.

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  • Mr Odle in news again
    He don’t care in truth, he untouchable in Barbados. People say it before, now me see it clear.
    I work for he a long time and he just hate payin people. All yer black and white comments don’t reach him. He about himself. Blacks work for him and whites be his friends. He not black and he not white. He just Mr Odle and he don’t shame easy. Go ask Silver Point people on he

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  • Hope the frauds for Black leaders in the Caribbean who had a hand in creating that racial tension and strife in Guyana are proud of themselves, everyone everywhere now knows how evil, deceitful, conniving and greedy ya are. All of you have the blood of 4 young boys/men on your hands, you will never be able to wash it off,.

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  • This is a comment in response to the Nadur dude standing outside a police vehicle nonchalantly like he was waiting for one of his black police slaves to finish perform a task for him, no handcuffs nothing although he was charged with ammunition possession….in racist, apartheid Barbados…when it’s the friends, family and fellow cartel members of the government, no handcuffs necessary, no matter the crimes committed.

    “The attached photo with the police vehicle is taken from the Barbados TODAY online newspaper. Perhaps this may be a rare case of race inferiority complex if the relaxed attitude towards the accused is used as a yardstick. Are double standards at play according to position, wealth, race, or public outcry? What message is being sent to society and international partners when accused black boys are treated with tight handcuffs and some elite take a freestyle stroll? This is something the local Black Lives Matter agitators should be keeping noise about, for this smacks of inequality and institutional racism. Did the country not see Leroy Parris, a man with significant assets in handcuffs and ever so often little black boys charged with a spliff? This is shameful for the Royal Barbados Police Force and must not only be publicly condemned but investigated. But I will not hold my breath in a society that leaves everything to their god.

    If ever we wanted evidence that our society is divided in how we treat each other, we need not look any further. Such happenings undermine the good name of the Royal Barbados Police Force and can create distrust among the masses. The silence of those who champion social justice is disturbingly silent.

    We can continue to selfishly ignore and dismiss wrongs until they hit home. Each one of us must be craftsmen of our fate and strict guardians of our heritage. Stop taking our freedoms for granted, and neither is silence in the presence of wrong ever an option, irrespective of consequences.

    Kammie Holder”

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  • Going to give Jammies 8/10. Eight of the ten points are because, he put paid to lie that in upper echelon of society there is no distinction between black and non-black.

    He loses two point because he did not take the political affiliation/close connection of Leroy Parris into his conclusion
    Start
    Rich – go to stage A, else go to F
    Stage A
    BLP – go to home, DLP go to B
    Stage B
    Sinckler type, go home
    Leroy Parris type, go to C
    Stage C
    Test the wind – light wind – go home
    Strong wind – possible jail

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  • Auto-correct suggest that Kammie is incorrectly named.
    Please correct

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  • @Mango Truth

    Can you enlighten us on Silver Point?

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  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54090122

    as i understand our nis, it only pays if you have essentially no work. if you work 4 days, but normally work 5 you cannot claim? insurance pays for “partial loss”. employees have a choice take the 3 or 4 days of work and not get anything from nis or opt to stay home all 5 days and claim on nis. why doesnt nis “make up” for the revenue an employee has lost and let those claims go on for a number of days. a person that only needs to claim for one day per week, would be allowed to claim for twice as long as someone claiming for 2 days per week, or do i misunderstand our nis?

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  • @ NorthernObserver September 13, 2020 2:15pm

    And de central Bank allows bajans living overseas de equivalent of $10000 bds annually. I guess we have to shop for overseas Transmissions too.

    That is de hole, all de foreign exchange fell through (our broke economy) ?

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  • @ BC at 7 :59 PM
    Yes. I think you have misunderstood the NIS. First the fund was designed to deal with normal levels of redundancies and lay offs. The period we are going through is not normal. You must realize that the funds are not created out of nothing. The contributions of workers fund these pay outs. The contributions are actuarially determined to pay a sum that allows the recipient to survive a limited period of unemployment. It is not intended to be a replacement of wages lost. At the rate we are currently going the scheme may collapse.
    I hope what I have written resonates with you.

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  • @ Greene

    YOUR HONEST BARBADOS POLICE.

    ‘Beaten and suffocated’

    A man facing a murder charge in the death of a Guyanese woman said he was stripped naked, wrapped in plastic, waterboarded and shocked in the genitals by policemen while in custody.

    Andrew Harclyde Pollard appeared in the No. 2 Supreme Court today where he gave evidence in his trial. Pollard, of Mahaica Gap, Green Hill, St Michael, is on trial for the March 2014 murder of Onicka Gulliver. The 23-year-old Guyanese woman was strangled to death and her partially nude and decomposing body found in a bushy area at Vaucluse, St Thomas.

    Speaking from the witness stand, Pollard recalled being at work when the arrest was made. He said he was a crane operator at the time and as he stood by the crane a police jeep approached.

    “I showed up to work, punched in…I was standing by the crane, on my phone…I see like the police jeep pull up. Looking down I see a shadow…a gentleman [then] snatched my phone”, Pollard recalled.

    When the accused questioned the officer’s actions, he replied: “We want you.”

    He was then placed in the police jeep and carried to the District “A” Police Station at Station Hill St Michael. Whilst there, Pollard’s wallet, bag and cellphone were taken, according to him. He said he was asked to take his clothes off and was subjected to a search.

    At some point he was taken to a room and told that he was there in connection with a missing person. He was then questioned about whether he knew the missing individual and what the relationship was like.

    “I said that we used to be together but …we was friends for a good little while. If she want me to do anything for her…I would,” he stated.

    After this line of questioning, Pollard said things started to go “downhill”.

    “They started beating me,” Pollard told the court, after one of many short pauses.

    “At first it was just a couple kicks, a couple cuffs and then it gravitated towards a lot more severe punishments.”

    He explained that he was told to strip while a female officer was in the room.

    “Basically I still in my boxer…I said they have a female officer in the room. They said she got children she know what I got already,” he continued.

    Newspaper was wrapped around his hands, he was handcuffed and he was questioned more.

    A big reel of plastic wrap was then brought from a drawer and Pollard said they started to wrap him from his ankles all the way up.

    “When they got to my shoulders…the officer say ‘so you ain’t saying nothing’. I said but I ain’t have nothing to say and the man wrapped my head completely and start punching me. I start to suffocate, there was no air, I tried breathing…fighting…eventually I just passed out.”

    The accused said he was then awakened and the wrap was torn from his face.

    Pollard recalled being in custody for “six to seven days”.

    The treatment meted out to him got “worse”, he claimed.

    “I was there naked, they put me in a chair and one officer went and got something like a wire… and the two ends were spliced, the raw wire exposed and they shocked my genitals,” he told the court.

    He said he urinated at one point and he witnessed the officers “mopping” his genitals” and the “urine on the ground”.

    Pollard also said a gun was pushed in his mouth, damaging a tooth and leaving his lip torn and face swollen. The accused further explained that he suffered from waterboarding and was not allowed to eat. Furthermore, he said, he found out his mother had been bringing food for him but he never got it.

    After doctor visits Pollard said he “never got medication to take” and suffered more beatings after officers tried to get him to sign a paper and he refused.

    “My statement was one page…this statement four,” Pollard recalled.

    The prosecution, led by Deputy Director of Prosecutions Alliston Seale, sought an adjournment and the matter will continue on September 17. Lawyer Sydney Pinder represented the Pollard.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/14/beaten-and-suffocated/

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  • Bad reputation for torturing Black people only, the UN or some other organization wrote more than one report about these human rights abuses by police.

    “The contributions of workers fund these payouts.”

    So why does cow willaims and all the other minority crooks on the island, who refuse to make contributions for their employees, allowed to dip their thieving, dishonest hands into the workers pension fund..

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  • TonySeptember 14, 2020 9:20 PM @ NorthernObserver September 13, 2020 2:15 And de central Bank allows bajans living overseas de equivalent of $10000 bds annually. I guess we have to shop for overseas Transmissions too.That is de hole, all de foreign exchange fell through (our broke economy) ?

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

    Really? No. You seem to know what goes on in the economy, I thought? That is a minor matter. Either you are less familiar with what goes on or are being deliberately misleading. How many actually live overseas and withdraw funds? Very few. Actually that allowance has not moved in thirty years, needs increasing to allow those who leave to move with their hard earned money. That is the only reason for it anyway. Should be about $250,000 per person.

    The real holes are the hotel room revenues all being banked overseas and over invoicing by businesses. Remember, you started this conversation above. So expect for the cards to be on the table, rather than mislead.

    If your main money earners, tourism and international business, have the revenues all banked overseas, what do you expect re foreign exchange? International business at least has fewer inputs than tourism. Some desks, office equipment and staff salaries. The operating cash is brought in.

    The hotels have a much bigger draw on consumables, import everything, including some food.

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  • Yes Mr Hendrics,
    Mr Odle agree to buy Silver Point for say $9M.
    He then find out bank debt just $5M and ask he friend in separate bank to buy debt from first bank and them call in loan when he know people can’t pay.
    People find out about Mr Odle “financial dooflickies” and sue bank. They win. I really happy for them.
    Mr Odle use his contacts to cheat people and get their hotel for free.
    He employ me but me glad to see people now fight him. I wait long time to see this.

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  • Baje,

    wow that was some beating by the police. how awful. i take it what Pollard said is the gospel, correct?

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  • @Mango Truth
    thanks for this information. hopefully all will be exposed…..

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  • @VC
    im not sure we are on the same page. i am not suggesting the nis has unlimited capacity. and it exists through contributions from workers and their employers, not just workers. my understanding is that a worker is entitled to 13 weeks (recently changed). simple math 13 weeks x 5 days = 65 working days. why isn’t it possible for the worker to claim 65 days over an entire year? if so employers could spread the reduced work load among all of the staff and not have to choose who to layoff. i think it is better for everyone to have some work and let the nis pay those who find themselves on a short week and not just those with no work at all

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  • Paul Doyle sought to reassure the public that “Crane resort is not among local slave plantations” on the island, how much more confirmation does the population need to see that they are still being enslaved by blackface governments whom they elect..

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  • @ Mr Hendrics
    Cat well out of bag for him.
    Staff tired of people chasing them for news of Mr Odle payment when going about their own business.
    He don’t care

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  • Whilst 100% behind Barbados ‘Republic’ moves, we must keep pressure on PM. Eradicating the great injustices in our justice system cannot be sidelined. That would suit too many, especially the likes of Mr Odle, who use a poor system to their advantage and damage the country meanwhile.
    PM has smartly played a colonial card (in a BLM environment!), but don’t be distracted by those who would now portray the claims of Mr McIntosh like a white man bullying a Black Country. His letter raised serious points (flaws) that impact ALL seeking justice in our legal system. We Bajans must scrutinise hard and fight for what is right.
    PM, I call on you to act fast.

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  • BC
    It is the funding that I am concerned about. Where are the sources for funding this increased imposition?

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  • So is it now fact that the government hired a well-known swindler to be chairman at the port……how many other con artists managing taxpayer entities that we don’t know about..

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  • “Swindler” is strong words @ WURA
    but could be true. News just reach me that Peter O’s horses now homeless.
    More unpaid bills I guess..????

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  • 🙂 I look back on leaving with great regrets. When I think of how much I would have stolen, it sickens me. 🙂
    Is it too late?
    Is it all gone?
    Skinny ass calf….

    Have a great day.

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  • No stealing up your side then? That’s not what I see. You have a Swindler-in-Chief and all his slimy swamp creatures digging their hands all up in your pockets. I hear he has an opening for “his African American” position.

    P.S. I hope you are ready for your COVID experience because your leader is going for “herd mentality”. I do hope you will survive the experience.

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  • 🙂
    Donna, thieves all over. I am not promoting one set over another.

    Did you hear how he hired a guy who looked like Obama for the purpose of practising humiliating him.

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