Government Using Throne Speech to Signal Fresh Guard

The eagerly awaited second session of parliament is set to restart today from about 10AM- see Order Paper. The decision to prorogue parliament from the 8 August 2020 caught political pundits by surprise and has been the source of robust debate.

The Government has determined that it is necessary that we take fresh guard. The Parliament of Barbados will be prorogued on the 8th of August, 2020, with us resuming in a new session on the 15th of September with a new Throne Speech and with a new direction as to where we must go in order to meet these extraordinarily different circumstances from the original Throne Speech of two years ago

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Even before the pandemic struck the global economy, Barbados had been struggling with a non performing economy. The Mottley government took an immediate decision to enter an IMF program (BERT) on winning the governbment in 2018 that included a restructure of domestic and foreign debt with the contracted services of White Oak. The big concern was carrying the risk of low foreign reserves with a junk status credit rating and a high debt to GDP load- reported in 2018 as the third highest in the world.

If was not difficult for the Barbados government to manage an economy in free fall and at the same time whip confidence in a proud people who were suffering from economic fatigue, along came COVID 19. The prime minister in her wisdom- time will tell- decided to leverage the parliamentary tools at her command “to take fresh guard”.

It would be remiss of the blogmaster if the minority view offered by the contentious Pachamama in this forum was not added to this commentary.

We have been telling this PM, here on BU and through back-channels, that this ‘reset’, so-called, is highly misconceived.

Our suggestion is that an election should be called to ‘reset’ the political-economy. Not the farcical and ritualistic contrivances as planned for sometime this week.

Her sequestration, seclusion, on the gold coast should have been unnecessary as neither she nor those beating a trail to meet with her has anything of material importance to tell her beyond pomp and pageantry.


We are living in an unprecedented time. We are attempting to navigate uncharted waters. The challenges confronting Barbados is not a binary problem to solve. Those who enter the debate by injecting absolutes should be viewed with suspicion.

The blogmaster urges the Prime Minster and other leaders in civil society to ignore the power of this moment at our peril. This and future generations will be affected by decisions taken today.

And in the visitation of the winds,

Who take the ruffian billows by the top,

Curling their monstrous heads and hanging them

With deafening clamour in the slippery clouds,

That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?

Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose

To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,

And in the calmest and most stillest night,

With all appliances and means to boot,

Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Part II, 1597

– See Parliament TV


  • NUPW pleased with appointments plan

    THE NATIONAL UNION of Public Workers (NUPW) is supporting the promise by Government to appoint public servants who have been acting in positions for three years or more.
    In Tuesday’s Throne Speech by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, it was revealed that “between 1994 and 2008 a number of civil servants who were in acting positions were appointed as a matter of Government policy, but regrettably, the situation of having civil servants act in posts for several years without being appointed and which had come to be known as ‘Hollywood’, had again taken root.
    “Government is of the view that this is an injustice that must be corrected. It demoralises officers, affects pension rights and their ability to get loans from the banking sector,” Dame Sandra noted.
    She said Government would now appoint all civil servants who had been acting in established posts for three years or more unless those workers had started a process of medical boarding, had received poor performance reports, or had criminal charges against them in the courts. “This is simply the right thing to do,” she added.
    NUPW president Akanni McDowall agreed.
    “The NUPW is satisfied with this long-awaited policy decision taken by the Government after many years of fighting for appointments for public officers. Therefore, the announcement in the Throne Speech augurs well for temporary officers,” he told the
    DAILY NATION yesterday.
    He said some officers had been temporary for as long as 15 years, and lacked security of tenure.
    “Because of this, officers have not been able to improve their circumstances and have been unable, for example, to secure mortgages or plan their family life. Additionally, because of the COVID-19 crisis, civil servants have been desperately in need of security of tenure in circumstances where former household contributors have been laid off.” (BA)

    Source: Nation News


  • ‘I am sure that Sandals will wish to be seen in the best possible light, worldwide, if you catch my drift.”

    well that red negro wannabe slavemaster the Butcher….is shit outta luck, he has already been made famous across the Continent. Europe and the Americas since 3 o’clock this morning..

    ..i paid attention to what Paul Boyle said…lol


  • Barbadians have been in the hotel industry for years, operating at the highest standards.

    Where is the Seasurf all inclusive brand (as an example, not meant to refer to any operation real or imagined), operating in Barbados, Antigua and St.Vincent?



  • The gentleman who runs/ ran Bougainvillea is the sort of candidate to develop an international brand, which would be better I am sure than Sandals. Bougainvillea was known for excellence.

    But he is just one example. Time to compete folks.


  • There will be tremendous political fallout if the current administration fails to deliver on commitments regarding same-sex unions, marijuana legalization and the move toward republicanism, which successive Governments have promised but failed to deliver.

    This was the warning from senior political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph who views Tuesday’s Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason as a declaration of intent from the Government to deliver on the “liberal”, “radical”, and “progressive” areas of its 2018 manifesto.

    While Joseph described the proposal to remove the British Monarch as the greatest achievement of a post-colonial Government, fellow university lecturer Dr Kristina Hinds believes the makeup of Barbados’ new Parliament will give a clearer indication of how radical the Mia Mottley-led administration is.

    In the interest of “human rights” and “social justice”, Government signalled its intention to recognize same-sex unions but promised that a decision on same-sex marriage would only be made after a referendum. The Governor General also revealed that individuals would no longer be arrested for possession of 14 grams or less of cannabis.

    According to Joseph, the administration had only addressed issues from an economic perspective; for example, the 12-month Welcome Stamp Initiative that was recently rolled out.

    “What the Throne Speech revealed is that the Government has been listening to its more progressive critics and those people were saying that there might not have been a clear line of action on the things promised, and what the speech did was to kind of give a definite sense of movement in that regard,” he observed.

    “I heard the [DLP President Verla DePeiza] say she heard nothing new, but I would not agree with that. The difference is that we have now heard that these are the things [the Government] is setting out to do in a particular time, and it was delivered in a very clear and authoritative manner.”

    The political scientist predicted that robust debate would ensue on the most controversial issues. But unlike the Owen Arthur and Freundel Stuart administrations that spoke of movements toward republicanism, he warned that the Mottley Government would be expected to deliver.

    “The Government will lose a lot of points if all it allowed for was a debate, and in the end, we just see more talk and talk and nothing happens, especially in the way it was built up in the form of a Throne Speech. If, like the Nelson [statue] issue, it ends up just being talk, the Government would lose a lot of points in relation to dissent and disenchantment from certain aspects of the public who want to see action on those fronts,” Joseph cautioned.

    Dr Hinds, meanwhile, described the change as long overdue, but wondered what Barbados’ new political system would look like.

    “It really depends on the structure of the republic. So, if we have a republic that comprises as ceremonial, the way in which our Government functions on a day-to-day basis, it will not change significantly. But we have to hear about this proposal for a republic, because in some republics, the president is elected which would differ from the Governor General,” the political scientist told Barbados TODAY.

    “We have to hear a bit more about the content of this republic, but even if you watch this whole Throne Speech ceremony, you can see how colonial framework still is,” she added.


    Source: Barbados Today


  • @Crusoe

    We cannot have it both ways.

    We have some people who have been promoting the need for black awareness by Barbadians- finding out how who we are as a people and at the same time rubbish a move to self govern read jettison white people from being our head of state. We cannot have it both rh ways.


  • Theo…he is not CROOKED ENUFF…remember the dude wanted to pay the full value of the Blue Horizon Hotel of $11 million if I remember correctly and what did the crooked ass DLP government do, they sold it to to the crooks and racist Maloney, Bjerkham and Tempro for $5 million dollars …7 million less than market value, so if he is not a racist and a crook none of the parliament rats will give him the time of day to develop anything on the island..

    “Obsessed with marijuana”
    No Caswell, she is not obsessed with Marijuana…she is obsessed with the Black majority in no way benefiting from the marijuana financially or medically…..there should not have been any criminalization ATTACHED to a small amount for personal use, there should have been special dispensation for disabled people and everyone else to grow 4 to 6 plants a year for personal and medical use, to fight off diseases that have infested the island, in the shite legislation they concocted, but all of that was maliciously omitted, they want Black people to remain slaves working on marijuana plantations with very little salary, even less benefits but criminalized for the plant…because that is what she did, people have been “watch muh nuh” and have seen marijuana plantations go up and not one Black person in the population was invited….whites and other minorities, family and friends yes, but not the majority population who elected this self-hating trash..and let’s not talk about the human rights violations against the Rasta Community, that the world is watching..


  • Crusoe…he is not CROOKED ENUFF.”

    sorry Crusoe, am exhausted..


  • CrusoeSeptember 17, 2020 1:09 AM

    Cuhdear BajanSeptember 17, 2020 12:50 AM Bedroom police?


    Absurdity, isn’t it? People so worried about what others do with their bodies. Look, I could not care if they have orgies and hold one another and whatever. Whose business is it but their own?


    Is sodomy a sin?

    Ask the descendants of Sodom and Gomorrah, if you can find any.

    Turning a blind eye doesn’t work in some situations.


  • “Bougainvillea was known for excellence.”

    an excellent brand, I have stayed there and promote it, both my family and I, just as I promote Crane, wonderful atmosphere, he just has to make sure it does not fall into the low level category of a Sandals slave plantation.


  • Sodomy once got whole cities destroyed.

    That’s why it is named after one of the destroyed cities.

    Gomorrah is too difficult to remember and spell.

    That’s why no nation thought till we do today to call it “same sex civil unions” or “gay marriage”.

    I agree that individuals have freedom of choice to act as they choose.

    I have no problem with an individual being gay.

    God gave that individual the right to choose.

    But I do have a problem with the Nation and its leaders turning their backs on God.

    The Bible is too explicit and requires little interpretation on this subject.


  • WURA-War-on-USeptember 17, 2020 4:32 AM

    “Bougainvillea was known for excellence.”

    an excellent brand, I have stayed there and promote it, both my family and I, just as I promote Crane, wonderful atmosphere, he just has to make sure it does not fall into the low level category of a Sandals slave plantation.


    Serious legal issues!!


  • @Crusoe

    Do you mean Gordon Seale?


  • Curious why the media and average Bajans seem overwhelmed by two issues covered in Throne Speech at a time of severe economic hardship.


  • John…..businesses always have legal issues, especially among business partners…yeah I know about that one, but it in no way impacted the brand and delivery of service, at least up to a few years ago..


  • Curious why the media and average Bajans seem overwhelmed by two issues covered in Throne Speech at a time of severe economic hardship…(Quote)

    Good chairmanship will broaden the discussion, to cover all the issues raised (or not raised) in the 62-page diatribe. @John A and @William and others want to talk about the economy and the proposed 80000 increase in the population.
    Then there is the nonsense being talked by some professor of tourism economics that the CoVid Relief fund is great. And there is the length of the speech, longer than Khruschev’s.


  • This is the bottom line…they can all take it or leave it..

    Pacha…don’t mind them, there will be no hijacking of UKs colonial system to systematically enslave the Black majority by these blackface crooks and their sidekicks in the minority community, not on our watch, we put too much work and time into this not to have the wherewithal to get all of them locked the fcuk up..somewhere.


  • DavidSeptember 17, 2020 4:42 AM Yes.


  • September 17, 2020 4:46 AM Curious why the media and average Bajans seem overwhelmed by two issues covered in Throne Speech at a time of severe economic hardship.

    I agree. There are two issues I have with the speech, neither the republic nor the same sex matters.

    One, the marijuana legislation. It is not bold enough. You have 29-1 majority, do what you have to. Just legalise all individual possession, no fines, nothing. Add Rastafarian ceremonies in groups to legalised use.

    Then, to encourage local production and stop the few making money from it, while maintaining alignment with free trade agreements, implement strict protocols on quality control for the importation of same. Read, the paperwork will effectively chase any importers. Form a Quality Control Inspectorate, to ensure that any imported passes Barbados accepted requirements, such that it has to go through about four signatures. That should keep them busy for a while. We are so good at bureaucracy, put it to good use. (Except for seeds and origin plants to be used on local farms or individuals- to be purchase/ imported only through BADMC).

    This way, all used locally will be locally produced. So, forex issue dealt with and local jobs.

    Rules on local growing, to include only licensed farms or individuals, up to four plants only.

    The other issue is that there are many more areas of local development that need addressing. For example, the mortgage market and land/ house builds. Keeping things effective but very affordable, to avoid people being burdened with huge mortgages, that is a stymie to economic growth. I have said this before. It can be done.


  • @Crusoe

    It could be if you judge from a few well positioned talking heads in the public there is a strong lobby coming from the substance abuse people. There is a concern the indisciplined society we have become and lack of capacity to deal with abusers cannot be underestimated.


  • @ Crusoe

    The president claims the economy is now in surplus? Can someone plse explain this? Is this a current account surplus? She is not a plain speaker and deliberately leaves room to change her arguments, like most lawyers do.
    Simple question: where does this surplus occur?


  • @Hal, quotes from the speech, ”Barbados has been running large deficits and not being able to pay its bills, to running surpluses and being able to pay our bills on time.” and ”We can only return to the level of surpluses we were running previously and our downward path on debt, when tourism returns”.

    My understanding is that she means under the DLP, Barbados was running deficits, advancing further into debt. During her first two years, the government managed to push debt downwards (even though this was mainly addressed with the debt restructuring), while running a net external trade surplus.

    However, the pandemic has now removed that surplus and there is a deficit being run, which can only be reversed when tourism again returns in some sort of force.

    Makes sense?


  • Cuhdear BajanSeptember 16, 2020 11:50 PM

    Yup. For nearly 70 years now.

    But not since late February.

    Wha’ happen?

    You gine tell de pastor pun me?


    The individual makes the decision to commit adultery or sodomy or theft or murder or drug addiction or whatever.

    The State can enforce its laws and extract its pound of flesh by statute but it has no part in the individual’s redemption.

    It is the individual’s move!!

    When all her accusers had departed the woman caught in adultery was left alone with her Saviour to make her individual decision.

    The State/Nation, sets out what it finds acceptable or not according to the understanding given to its leaders.

    The individual chooses to do what the individual chooses to do.


  • BAJESeptember 16, 2020 3:00 AM Utter rubbish and writing it in capitals does not give it any more credence.

    Everyone knows that post DLP, the economy was running fumes and in the ICU. While you are clearly anti BLP/MIA (even though you pretend not), nothing you say makes sense. You provided no substance, merely rhetoric.










  • If the woman caught in adultery followed what she was told, there would have been no further conflict with the Nation/State.


  • @ Crusoe

    I listened to the speech, took a shorthand note (my shorthand is still good) and got a copy of the speech from the GIS site, but there is still no clarity about what she means by ‘surplus’. I can play that game of second-guessing her. It is a local trick of never explaining yourself.
    Is she talking about a current account surplus. I( a proper democracy, the Queen’s Speech (call it what you like) will have been given on Tuesday, then o Wednesday there would have been a parliamentary debate.
    At the very least the president should have had a major press conference giving reporters an opportunity to ask her to clarify the speech. But this is Barbados. The 28 jokers she has in parliament sitting behind her will not quiz her, they simply say yes to everything. Smoke and mirrors.


  • Hal

    What do you expect from 30 zeroes?


  • Each of the 30 zeroes will assert Barbados is a Christian Nation!!


  • Good attempt to WATER down the blame of who is responsible for “the lost decade”


  • That comment was placed on the wrong blog.

    For this blog.

    IMO …..Throne speech was a waste of time!


  • Recitation of Repetitions

    by Dr. Derek Alleyne.

    “The MAM administration presented the Governor General with a 55-page document that induced perspiration in an air-conditioned room.”
    Bruce Campbell, in anticipation of the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s Throne Speech following the prorogation of the Canadian parliament, was moved to write “moments like these — pandemics, depressions, wars — are historical turning points, often marking a time period when fundamental change toward social and economic equality become possible”.
    Canada like Barbados has to respond to not only the effects of COVID-19 but also to the uncertainty of a global environment. For Campbell Trudeau needed to “protect Canadians’ health and safety, support unemployed workers and help struggling businesses in this time of pandemic-induced shock”.
    I had hoped that one of the many paid advisers would have found time to read some of the efforts by global governments to move forward after the recent shock.
    Unfortunately Barbadians were treated to the most boring and long-winded recitation of old promises, vague policy initiatives and a few side attractions designed to divert the public’s attention from the real world in which they live.
    The world that confronts policy making is steeped in growing inequality, race and class divisions, frightening global warming and uncertain financial and economic options.
    The MAM administration presented the Governor General with a 55-page document that induced perspiration in an air-conditioned room.
    All the stimulus packages were communicated back in May, June and July. Plans for the South Coasts Sewage Systems have been repeated since 2018.
    The same is true of water woes in the north and eastern parishes, legislation to address integrity in public life, family court, appointment of public servants, restructuring the sugar industry and the trust loans and enterprise funds.
    A repetition of the diaspora and its importance, the value of the foreign offices, the pit eradication project, hurricane resistant roofs introduced in the budgets of 2018 and repeated in 2019.
    Only once, and that was David Thompson’s 2008 administration, has a Throne Speech gone over 20 pages.
    What was Tuesday’s exercise about? Surely it provided MAM with an audience; an event to dress up and opportunity to reach the world stage and to remind Barbadians that MAM was Co-chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and that Barbados will be hosting the United Nations Congress on Trade and Development.
    Her justification brought memories of the BLP’s opposition to former Prime Minister Sandiford’s efforts to construct the venue of Tuesday’s “sitting” when Barbados agreed to host the SIDS conference.
    The opportunity also provided the MAM’s administration with a chance to play politics (never before done within a Throne Speech) and to repeat the absolute misrepresentation of the last decade. The irony of that oft-repeated claim of a lost decade is that BLP labelled chief architect Chris Sinckler, was called into service by MAM herself.
    But the speech from the throne was also about deflection.
    Hence MAM seized the opportunity to return to marijuana, this time not about the promised plantations of the herb but about decriminalization.
    It also was good ground to raise republicanism and same sex marriages. The latter issue provides for another divisive debating topic that can engage the general public in religious, social and moral arguments that have no end.
    Republicanism is not an issue-the Stuart administration promised it-and the last BLP administration spent money on consultations near and far only to push the issue under the bed. In any case referenda have been promised.
    But the proof of any mix is in the eating and in this case the performance. The MAM opposition took issue with the printing of money and made heavy water of the fiscal debt policy of the Stuart administration. It has found a way through the BOSS to print money and will have to run huge deficits. For how long only God knows!
    Barbados has borrowed its way to a foreign reserve comfort level but the debt has to be repaid. All these stimulus packages are worth nothing if they do not yield foreign exchange earnings and employment creation regimen.
    MAM has spent lots of taxpayers’ money on public relations. The news media have been kind if not generous to her. Barbadians have been tolerant accepting all her edges and frills as though they are a new fashion.
    COVID-19 has shown the importance of workers to human survival, to health and safety. The ingredient in the socio-economic mix that is important to moving forward is productivity.
    MAM’s administration’s throne speech took aim but never fired ammunition to get the engines of growth moving forward.
    After the pageantry, we go not forward but nowhere making the exercise an opportunity missed to make a difference.
    But that is the nature of MAM: Just show!
    12 hrs · Public


  • One of the 30 zeroes is a reverend and not a peep.


  • … oops, sorry, a bishop, a very reverend.


  • Dr David Alleyne is spot on


  • @ Greene

    Dr Derek Alleyne has spoken the truth. But nothing he says is new. It has all been said here over the last two years, including the lack of originality in her principal economic adviser. He has also spotted her character perfectly.
    The nonsense about the Diaspora is meant to be funny. Would anyone living in a properly functioning democracy, with checks and balances, a working legal system, proper health service, give that all up to settle in Barbados on sentimental grounds?
    At best they will do what people I know do. Come to Barbados during the autumn and return to where they live in the spring. It is a pity that Barbados does not draw on the talents of the many people living in the Diaspora.
    I believe David Thompson would have, had his life not been cut short.


  • A well-functioning democracy? A proper health service?

    Wuh part dah is he talkin’ bout????

    Not the US! Not the UK!

    Maybe Canada?


  • Lying John,

    You are the worst person to talk about Christianity!

    Barbados is not a theocracy. Religion is a matter of choice. God-given choice! No government should chose a religion and foist it upon a person.

    And if you believe there was a Sodom or a Gomorrah and that God destroyed them because of sodomy you are just another fundamentalist who should be ignored. Moses parting the Red Sea, Noah on some big boat of animals and Adam and Eve in the garden talking to a serpent – all nonsensical!

    Stop trying to fix the sodomists and fix your lying self! Your lies do more damage to us than their sodomy does.


  • Not a peep into the people’s bedrooms, you mean?

    Maybe the bishop is not a creepy old man!


  • No government should choose not chose


  • Hal AustinSeptember 17, 2020 7:49 AM

    Hal yes, she is clearly talking about a current account surplus. However, she did not reference the period that it related to and further, that it has now, due to the pandemic, reverted to the deficit as had been continually occurring under the DLP for years.

    There is no doubt that, as with many countries, the pandemic has thrown everything off.


  • @ Crusoe
    I suspect this is what she meant, but I dare not try to read her mind. She will have to spell it out for me. All I will say if if she is talking about the current account in surplus, after just over two years of crisis, I do not believe her. I will want to see the evidence.



    “I belong to neither the BLP nor the DLP. I have voted only three times in my life and I have become disenchanted with politics.

    I voted twice for Michael Lashley and once for Ralph Thorne having leftSt Philip. I do not profess to be a scholar of any standard but I read and understand a bit of what is told to me and what I overhear.

    What the Government did to Dame Sandra Mason yesterday morning was deliberate and unethical.

    The office of the Governor General is not a creature of any party and her public utterances – whether actually hers or acting as a mouthpiece – should not be filled with partisan statements.

    We all know that the sentiments made public yesterday during the throne speech were those of the Government – specifically Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

    The message she had to give Barbadians through Dame Sandra needed no input of partisan politics. Come on Miss Mottley, show some bloody grace! You are the Prime Minister already,

    You are not campaigning to be Prime Minister. But to have Dame Sandra reading a speech going on and on about government responding to “economic mismanagement” and the country being damaged socially and otherwise by the “lost decade” and poverty increasing over the “lost decade” and all that, was uncalled for.

    The PM would know that Dame Sandra would obviously be reading her speech. This obsession with power will be the ruin of some of our regional leaders.

    You all have souls to contemplate and health to pay more attention to, than trying to use all means necessary to influence the gullible and to hold power.

    Nothing has improved in Barbados since the Government changed.

    In fact, the living hardships for Barbadians have got worse..

    I voted for Thorne because I got fed up with the DLP but now I am fed up with Prime Minister Mottley and her Government too.

    Learn from the demise of the late David Thompson who was Prime Minister for less than two years. He probably thought he would be in power for two or three terms too because the was young.

    It doesn’t pay to be brutish and manipulative in politics. Government is a continuum and I am sure that since Independence, every Opposition can point to something the Government of the day did that did not help the economy, poverty alleviation, society or whatever.”


  • Stop cutting and pasting nonsense. @William Skinner posted this this morning. Read and stop the nonsense. I think you should seek counselling. It is irritating.


  • Just remember, remove Elizabeth and you have to remove the ENTIRE COLONIAL CONSTRUCT, YOU CAN’T KEEP ANYTHING…

    “Anti-colonial campaigner Bert Samuels believes that Jamaica should follow in the footsteps of Barbados in dumping the Queen of England as head of state.

    Samuels, a reparation lobbyist, said that the retention of the monarchy in Jamaica’s constitutional arrangement is an affront to the spirit of national independence granted 58 years ago.

    “It is more than time for our people to experience true independence with the decolonisation of our Constitution, the justice system, and also to remove those whose predecessors enslaved us from the pinnacle of our constitutional arrangement,” said Samuels.

    “There is no way that a Jewish state would tolerate a descendant of Adolf Hitler being at the apex of its constitutional arrangement.”

    The Mia Mottley government declared on Tuesday that it plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state next year, marking the first time in nearly three decades since a Commonwealth country dropped the monarch.

    Barbados Governor General Dame Sandra Mason made the announcement in a Throne speech, revealing that the Caribbean nation would move “toward full sovereignty and become a republic” by November 30, 2021, on the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from the British empire.

    Jamaican prime ministers, including Portia Simpson Miller, Bruce Golding, and the current holder, Andrew Holness, have all talked tough on severing the Crown as head of state but done little beyond the microphone.

    Samuels, an attorney-at-law, said that he is pained to hear courts commencing daily with the “absurd” shouting by the police of “God save the Queen”.

    He said, however, that he does not support a referendum on the issue.

    “What I support is its abolition. You hold a referendum on something that you believe may have strong support. We don’t need that. We do not need any vote on this issue. It is abhorrent,” Samuels stated.

    Holness, upon assuming office in 2016, included a proposal to make the island a republic in the 2016-2017 legislative agenda.

    “Jamaicans have embraced the Queen and embraced our legacy in terms of the laws and the system of governance we have, but the deep, burning desire we have for full independence still exists,” he said then.

    Samuels threw new bait to the Holness administration to follow conservative Barbados, often called ‘Little England’ because of its Anglophile pride, in setting a timeline for the abolishment of the monarchy.

    He praised Barbados as having “a leader who is educated, bold, and forthright on this issue”.

    “We certainly hope our leaders can be as forthright,” said the attorney.

    Samuels said that he has been moved by his “own spirit of dignity” to twice write to the chief justice requesting the abolishment of the utterance ‘God save the Queen’ in the courts.

    Trinidad and Tobago, which celebrated its independence on August 31, 1962, weeks after Jamaica’s, dropped the Queen as head of state to become a republic in 1976. Guyana also became a republic in 1970.

    Mauritius is the last Commonwealth country to have done away with the Queen as head of state. It did so in 1992.

    President of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding, agrees that Jamaica needs to “Brexit the monarchy”.

    “It is my hope and prayer that if we are not fully there yet, we are well on our way. With what we are seeing in Barbados, I don’t think we will escape going to another general election without this issue coming more to the forefront.

    “It is our tax money that we continue paying for the upkeep of King’s House, where they can go and arrest a Jamaican for picking a few ackees off a tree,” Golding said of the seat of the governor general, representative of the Queen.

    The UNIA president’s father failed to get traction despite expressing a desire to cut ties with the monarchy before Jamaica’s 50th anniversary in 2012.

    “I have long believed that if I am to have a queen, it must be a Jamaican queen. I would not wish to see us celebrate 50 years of Independence without completing that part of our ‘sovereignisation’, for want of a better word,” Bruce Golding told legislators in a parliamentary address.”


  • Ha, Ha, why the hell you don’t go on ya FB page…


  • One thing missing, considering the pandemic and actually, something that I suggested in this forum many moons ago, when the DLP was mid term, was mortgage protection for homeowners. Then, I referred to periods of strain and the need to ensure that homeowners did not lose their properties without an appropriate effort to assist them and to ensure that their property was not lost to reckless appropriation.

    Such a measure is now shown to be sorely needed, yet is still lacking. While the measure that I had in mind was one of a long term financial guideline to be embedded in legislation, in the current scenario, an emergency measure protecting homeowners for a period of one year to two years, while the country rides the pandemic strain, is necessary.

    This in turn will allow homeowners to give some leniency to tenants, in fact, such persons should also be temporarily protected. These are not normal times.


  • @ Crusoe

    In Barbados we have a form of Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee MIG), which provides cover fore the lender. It is fraudulent. As you know, it operates by the borrower paying for a percentage of the insurance, say 75-80 per cent. MIG is outlawed in the UK.
    If the borrower defaults, the lender claims on the policy, yet they go on to repossess the home and sell it at whatever price they can get, usually to organised buyers. And this is allowed by the regulator.
    What mortgage borrowers need is compulsory income protection, so that if they are out of work for, say six months, it gives them time to make arrangements.
    Government can make this compulsory in much the same way that it does with motor vehicle third arty insurance.


  • Peter Wickham is on CBC talking drivel.


  • Now that was a good comment about mortgage protection. The lenders operate just as you say in many cases. It definitely should be outlawed and the solution is as simple as you say.


  • @Greene
    One thing missing, considering the pandemic and actually, something that I suggested in this forum many moons ago, when the DLP was mid term, was mortgage protection for homeowners. Then, I referred to periods of strain and the need to ensure that homeowners did not lose their properties without an appropriate effort to assist them and to ensure that their property was not lost to reckless appropriation
    How would that work? Would appreciate if you would flesh out that suggestion rather than leave us hanging……….

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  • @Hal Austin September 17, 2020 10:08 AM “I believe David Thompson would have, had his life not been cut short.”

    As I said to said to someone last week, “Owen de’d, de’d, de’d, he int coming back.

    David too de’d, de’d, de’d, he int coming back.

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  • DonnaSeptember 17, 2020 11:59 AM

    And if you believe there was a Sodom or a Gomorrah and that God destroyed them because of sodomy you are just another fundamentalist who should be ignored. Moses parting the Red Sea, Noah on some big boat of animals and Adam and Eve in the garden talking to a serpent – all nonsensical!


    Ark’s been found on the mountains of Ararat.

    Sodom and Gomorrah found.

    .. and scientists can explain the parting of the Red Sea …. tsunami!!


  • “The President will have a little more than ceremonial functions but akin more to what we have now. The matters relating to certain appeals and things like the chairman of the Privy Council in terms of the exercise and prerogative of mercy. There are certain things that will be vested in the President as they are in the Governor General. We will work out those transitional arrangements,” she said…(Quote)

    Here is the president again explaining her plans for a Republic, a decision not yet made, not in the Barbados parliament, not before the Barbadian people, but to Australians.
    I have said before, she has no respect for our parliamentary democracy or, indeed, for the Barbadian people.

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  • Steupse! Give me a break!

    You need to stop. Every story does not proof make.

    And every sin does not a crime make.

    Lying is a sin. You do it EVERY DAY Should we charge you for it? How about adultery? Premarital sex? These are all acts that many Christians say are sins. They are mostly left to God to judge. Only some lies with provable dire consequences are prosecuted by the State. That is very fortunate for you.

    Lookah, cyah yuh lying ass and let others do what they want with theirs!


  • Someone ought to tell this clown, that Barbados has NO CULTURE, outside of being ENSLAVED AND COLONIZED…neither of which are cultures…..if she had talked about reintroducing African culture and spirituality more than ONE DAY A YEAR. …she can then be taken seriously…

    being enslaved…is not a culture

    being colonized ….is not a culture

    being assimilated into colonial indoctrination and brainwashing pre and post fake independence…….IS NOT A CULTURE…

    being REDUCED TO LESS THAN HUMAN…is not a culture…

    then they run around everywhere falsely claiming to be so educated…

    “She added: “I can’t imagine that countries [like] the United Kingdom would want anything other than a British head of state. I can’t imagine the United States of America similarly, so we just see this as a natural step.”

    Barbados is not the first former British colony in the Caribbean to become a republic. Guyana, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago all did so in the 1970s.

    All three remained within the Commonwealth.”


  • The PM announced to the Barbadian people after a long ago study, the recommendations of which we have known for ages and after discussions that have also been ongoing among us for ages. There has never been a time when the people have been so awakened to our racist colonial past and its consequences that still exist today. Now is the time to act. As the queen said, “It did not come out of the blue.”

    It is a policy statement of intent which she knows she can achieve because we the Barbadian people placed her and her 28 colleagues in the position to make decisions on our behalf.

    The Throne Speech was addressed to the Barbadian people and was accompanied by an explanation.

    Those who do not agree can still speak.

    It is dishonest to say that she spoke or explained to the Australians first.

    I am a Barbadian who actually lives here and choose to throw my lot in with Barbadians who plan to live here and not up in England.

    I hardly concern myself with what Boris does because I DO NOT INTEND TO LIVE THERE AGAIN and his country is no longer the superpower carrying the sway. When I do concern myself with what Boris and Co. decide, it has to do with obvious villainy like Windrush. But certainly not Brexit policy, the goodness of which is a matter of opinion.


  • Maybe the fowl slaves can explain to me, since when being subjected to 400 years of British rule became a culture, because it’s obvious Mia does not know, she thinks being under brutal colonial tyranny is a culture, maybe that’s why their true African culture is only celebrated ONE DAY A YEAR…in colonized Barbados….

    yall have no goddamn shame or respect for your ancestors…


  • The point has been made before and I believe it bears repeating if the PM knew she was going to take the country on a path to becoming a Republic why did she allow her minister John King to make an abject fool of himself on the subject of Nelson? Why did her party not even mention the subject of a Republic in its manifesto? It wasn’t as if the BLP thought it would lose the Election so the mention of a republic via a Referendum wouldn’t have hut its chances. I have no quarrel with the country becoming a Republic but it appears that we are in the make up as we go along territory as the Nelson contretemps was a few short months ago so does it mean that the PM has arrived at a “Come to Jesus’ moment to go from the public angst over Nelson to the full blown commitment of a Republic?

    The time table for conversion to Republican status is short if we are to meet the 55th anniversary of Independence deadline where the bread and circus act will be in full display.

    Lets hope that the change to Republic status means the abolition and removal from public reference of all the Colonial and honorific titles that have survived for 400 years and are bestowed to politicians and hangers on who are members or supporters of the Party in power.


  • @Sargeant

    Could it be the PM decided to pivot because of the rise of the #BLM? This is a legacy building opportunity!


  • @ Sargeant,

    The PM was given a 30 to 0 victory. Do you really think that she is not going to use that awesome power given by the majority of voters ?

    Her obvious ( to me ) intention is to create her legacy as the greatest prime minister and leader of the Republic of Barbados.

    ASk Miller and Piece the Prophet if uh doan believe me.


  • Is something wrong with aiming to be the greatest prime minister and leader of the Republic of Barbados?????



  • Keep promoting mediocrity…and that is what ya will get, plant potatoes reap potatoes…

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  • @Hants
    Well said.
    This PM has needs to distinguish herself which exceed her predecessors.
    We can only hope the benefactors are the people she governs.


  • I am baffled! Who exactly is promoting mediocrity? I asked if something is wrong with aiming to be the greatest prime minister and leader of the Republic of Barbados. Now one can be the best and still be mediocre but there is nothing in my statement that promotes mediocrity.


  • And potatoes are my favourite food. I plan to plant and reap them by next year.


  • Brian Lara, one of the worlds best batsmen, received numerous accolades and awards for his prowess with a cricket bat. Alas, the WI cricket team, even with this “head and shoulders above others” batsman in its team, struggled to win matches.
    His legacy is still intact though.


  • Raw BakeSeptember 18, 2020 3:41 PM

    And then pushed out by the mediocre board, when he was still at the top of his game. The board ruined West Indies cricket. Poor management.


  • It was the master:servant mentality. The Board still sees itself as a board of control. They don’t see the players as equals. But the causes were more complex than that. The ICB is also to blame.


  • And then pushed out by the mediocre board, when he was still at the top of his game. The board ruined West Indies cricket. Poor management.


    A thorough analysis of Lara’s behaviour in West Indies cricket will prove you are wrong.


  • “We can only hope the benefactors are the people she governs.”

    A sweet piece of bowling. Deliciously clever and wicked.


  • DonnaSeptember 18, 2020 4:06 PM

    It was the master:servant mentality. The Board still sees itself as a board of control.


    How come WI cricket only thrived when there was a board of control?


  • The only problem Brian Lara had was that we don’t respect genius. There is no living creature or human, outside of Sir Garry Sobers, who is really a living God, that ever held a cricket bat in their hands , who is a better batsman than Brian Lara.
    The problem with West Indies cricket, is the same problem with Barbados. We rested on our laurels and allowed the island to deteriorate. When the West Indies were dominating cricket, we never planned for the future. We thought that no other country will have caught up with us.
    Just this morning, I read in Barbados Today that we allowed Bridgetown to fall into disrepair for thirty years. I guess we can call that the “three lost decades”. West Indies cricket has suffered a similar fate.
    Somehow a superb collection of pure bred political invertebrates , determined that Barbados fell into massive mismanagement all within ten years and they call it the lost decade.
    Like I said recently we no longer drive manuals so any clown can pass a drivers test without knowing how to balance a clutch or “push start a car”.
    Ignorance is now automatically driven.


  • The cricketing world has moved on and developed skill sets beyond our comprehension.

    Like Viv Richards, Brian Lara was studied, understood and overcome.

    Protective gear got better and better and reduced the physical danger fast bowlers caused.

    The paths to supreme fitness were explored and mapped.

    In the days of Sir Garfield Sobers, those skill sets were not available.

    It isn’t only that we rested on our laurels.

    If that was the only cause it could have been easily overcome.

    The cricketing world just moved on and left us behind.


  • @ John
    I agree with you to some extent. I have arrived at the conclusion that our cricketers are not good athletes. Just take a look at tennis players and the effort they make to break into the 100s.
    Our entire structure of cricket is essentially defective both on and off the field.
    BTW , over sixty years of tourism and we never even thought about an international beach cricket tournament.


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