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.

Pachamama

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

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU
    This I think is misplaced unease. And it is not about any crown either. It is about carrying out the responsibilities of office as best as one can.

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  • Whatever austerity measures our leader announces, they are justified. Our population is on average far too fat and therefore far too ill. A few years of real austerity will not hurt, quite the contrary.

    Processed food and sweat drinks are far too cheap in Barbados. This must change. I therefore propose a sugar tax of 10 BBD per 100g of sugar and a VAT on processed food of 50 percent to consolidate the public finances. A meal at KFC must cost at least 50 dollars.

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  • A digital post office/credit union bank.

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  • A lot of these proposals have been lifted from the UK. Straight plagiarising from the UK or have been talked about for years on BU.

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  • @ Hal Austin at11:24 AM

    Congratulations!!

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  • I hope government has asked our business community for the next steps of austerity. A temporary abolition of unions, lower taxes and lower wages are on the wish list.

    We must also address the human overhead on the island. We have now more civil servants, unemployed and other lazybones than businessmen and employees in the private sector. This is a toxic mixture. Government should use its emergency powers to stimulate emigration and welcome new top-performers in exchange. If 80,000 low-performers of the said first group emigrate and we allow 80,000 top-performers (businessmen, rich expats and rich long-stay tourists) into our island, the situation will greatly improve!

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  • So where have i heard that one before about no more Elizabeth as head of state, oh, from Owen Arthur, Fruendel Stuart and now this colonial agent…..during an over 20 year period.

    ..what about dismantling the racism, colonization, oppression, exploitation, thefts of estates from the elderly and their beneficiaries, get rid of the tiefing minorities, Elizabeth might actually find some kinda use for them if ya ask her to take them back nicely and cleaning up the corrupt, nonfunctioning supreme court instead, you don’t have to remove Elizabeth to do any of that…and it would send a nice colonial message that yall are no longer corrupt and have finally matured enuff to be left on ya own..

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  • Nothing yet about a further 80000 citizens.

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  • @Hal

    give us a breakdown on what has been proposed thus far. i am not in a position to listen. any new taxes

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  • Here we are told that Barbados has been a pioneer of civil rights. A nation that remands people in prison for ten years. The speech is fictional.

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  • Same sex marriages.

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  • New Immigration Bill. Nonsense about descendants of Barbadians. They already have the right to citizenship. Smoke and mirrors.

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  • Hal

    Did you say same sex marriage ?

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  • David

    We reiterate our rejection of this pompousity while noting that the writer of this “speech” is obviously a long term reader of BU.

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  • Pomposity

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  • Same sex civil unions.

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  • “New Immigration Bill. Nonsense about descendants of Barbadians. They already have the right to citizenship. Smoke and mirrors.”

    Please explain to BU.

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  • @ Greene

    Yes. A civil partnership. But, being disingenuous, she said it was not a marriage. It will be interesting seeing how the Bill is framed. We have just endured nearly three hours of absolute waffle. Total nonsense. The woman has failed. Of course, you had the usual narrative of being world class.
    The one interesting proposal is for a digital post office and credit union bank. It is an idea discussed on BU for years. I think Ryan Straughn tried to life it from BU two years ago.

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  • @ Greene

    I am sure it will go up on the parliamentary website sometime today. It should have been immediately the governor general sat down. But this is Barbados.

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  • (Quote).
    Same sex marriages.
    (Unquote).
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    What is proposed is not “same sex marriage” but a ‘Civil Partnership’ for same sex couples.

    This is similar is to what pertains in the UK and is as ‘common as muck’; just like the traditional Bajan common-law relationship or equivalent to the good old ‘live-wid’ but with legal protection of rights to certain social and economic benefits.

    At least it would allow the skeletons to drop out of the closet of Bajan hypocrisy and those at the top can show off their same-sex beaus in public.

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  • At long last……

    The Republic of Barbados 2021

    Barbados to become a Republic and name more National Heroes
    KERRI GOODING CREATED : 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 BARBADOS NEWS Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason inspecting the troops before delivering today’s Throne Speech.
    Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason inspecting the troops before delivering today’s Throne Speech.

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    In less than 450 days, Barbados will become a Republic if all goes to plan.

    This is according to the most recent Throne Speech laid ahead of the second sitting of the 2008-2023 Parliament.

    Delivering the huge announcement today (September 15) was the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason.

    Reading the speech penned by Barbados’ leader, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Dame Sandra revealed:

    “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”

    She said that “Barbados has developed governance structures and institutions that mark us as what has been described as, ‘the best governed Black society in the world’. Since Independence, we Barbadians have sought constantly to improve our systems of law and governance so as to ensure they best reflect our characteristics and values as a nation.”

    No longer will Barbados “loiter” on the colonial steps. Taking heed of the warning given decades ago by Barbados’ first Prime Minister the Rt Excellent Errol Barrow, Prime Minister Mottley says that her administration will deliver on this. “Having attained Independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance.”

    Furthermore, the Governor General said that the list of National Heroes will hereby be expanded as well.

    Barbados added National Heroes Day to its calendar of national holidays in 1998 and by an Act of Parliament at that time, recognised 10 men and women as National Heroes based on their historic contributions to the island’s development and progress.

    Now, 22 years later, the Governor General reading Mottley’s words, declared: “It was intended that in due course, the list of National Heroes of Barbados would be added to and my Government shall do so.”

    The Throne Speech was delivered from The Senate, temporarily located at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Dame Sandra made the appropriate proclamations to deem the Centre fit for the day’s proceedings in light of the environmental issues which have led to the closure of the Parliament buildings located in the heart of Bridgetown.

    Dame Sandra arrived at the Centre at 9:51 am to fanfare by the Barbados Defense Force. She took the royal salute on the dais and inspected the officers before being escorted inside where she took the Throne and delivered the almost two-and-a-half-hour-long 60-page speech.

    Source: Loop News

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  • Barbados to recognise same-sex civil unions

    Added 15 September 2020

    The Mia Mottley Administration is preparing to recogonise civil unions for couples of the same gender.
    The island has increasingly found itself on international lists of having a “poor human rights record” because of this and can’t afford to be blacklisted when it relies so heavily on external funding and investment.
    This was announced by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in The Throne Speech during a historic opening of Parliament at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Tuesday.
    “Mr President, my Government is prepared to recognise a form of civil unions for couples of the same gender so as to ensure that no human being in Barbados will be discriminated against, in exercise of civil rights that ought to be theirs,” said Dame Sandra.
    “The settlement of Barbados was birthed and fostered in discrimination, but the time has come for us to end discrimination in all forms. I wish to emphasise that my Government is not allowing any form of same sex marriage, and will put this matter to a public referendum. My Government will accept and be guided by the vote of the public as promised in the manifesto.”
    If Barbados wants to be counted among the “progressive nations of the world”, she continued, the country must change “how we treat to human sexuality and relations”.
    “My Government will do the right thing, understanding that this too will attract controversy. Equally, it is our hope that with the passage of time, the changes we now propose will be part of the fabric of our country’s record of law, human rights and social justice,” Dame Sandra added.
    In prefacing this announcement, the Governor General referenced other “controversial” legislation such as the signing of the Charter of Barbados in Oistins in 1652, universal adult suffrage and a woman’s right to vote, universal free secondary education, the ending of “backstreet abortions” through the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Tenantry Freehold Purchase Act in the 1980s, which opened up the possibility of landownership to those previously unable to afford it.
    “Barbados took these decisions because they were the right thing to do and because it was the correct direction for our culture, social and economic circumstances. In each case, we now accept these rights as essential, and part of the national social and legal fabric. However, at the time they were taken, each of these decisions was highly controversial and bitterly opposed,” Dame Sandra noted. (SAT)


    Source: Nation News

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  • Barbados will speak on global affairs

    Added 15 September 2020


    This screenshot shows Dame Sandra Mason reading The Throne Speech from the State Opening of Parliament at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. (GP)
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    Barbados will once again take its place and state its position on global issues, ensuring it is part of the decision-making processes that affect the lives of citizens and residents.
    This is one of the intentions of the Mia Amor Mottley Administration, as announced by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in The Throne Speech at the State Opening of Parliament at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Tuesday morning.
    “For ten years, Barbados stepped back from our obligations to work assiduously with countries and institutions regionally and globally. Had we acted on these obligations, Barbados would have had a direct influence on the policies, conditionalities and international agreements that affect our world and Barbados’ place in it,” Dame Sandra read from her prepared speech.
    “These issues range from the financial services sector and actions to prevent our being blacklisted, to the setting of criteria to assess our efforts to boost security and measures to fight money laundering. It includes what we may be permitted to do with domestic agricultural production and manufacturing, in order to enhance our ability to attain food security. If we are not at the table to represent our views, we will end up with a one size fits all prescription that removes from us the legitimate policy options which are needed to protect Barbados’ people and our economy.”
    As a result, Barbados moved to host (the smallest nation to do so) the United Nations Congress on Trade and Development, UNCTAD 15, so it would have a place at the table for itself and CARICOM at a time when COVID-19 is threatening the world’s food supply chain.
    Similarly, Prime Minister Mia Mottley will co-chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund with Uruguay’s Minister of Finance, ensuring it has a voice with the international financial institutions and how they treat debt and development of Small Island Developing States.
    “In order to realise its domestic objectives of enhanced economic growth and revenue generation, Barbados must pursue increased, strengthened and diversified external engagements which will serve to mitigate the country’s vulnerabilities, build resilience, and maximise opportunities for sustainable development,” Dame Sandra said.
    Additionally, Barbados will strengthen its links with the diaspora and Friends of Barbados community through the establishment of a Diaspora Unit within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Over the last 18 months, the island established diplomatic relations with several countries and plans are in trains for new missions. High Commissions are being set up in Kenya and Ghana, as well as an embassy in the United Arab Emirates and a consulate in Morocco.
    Throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mottley appeared on several networks in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, telling the world about the nation’s efforts to combat the virus and also spoke on a need for global leadership and a change in the way international organisations treated the debt and development of island nations like Barbados. (SAT)

    Source: Nation News

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  • @ Miller

    What is the difference between a civil partnership and a same sex marriage? Britain went through the same bogus differentiation then finally admitted they were the same.
    The rights of civil partner are the same as a heterosexual partner. If not, the Bill is not worth the paper it is written on. Those rights must include inheritance, pensions, property rights etc. The civil partner become next of kin.
    Ask Peter Wickham if you think I am wrong.

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  • Right, so where is the 1 billion dollar VAT writeoff…that could have helped, along with all the others.

    am getting an… “it happens everywhere” dazzling with BS.

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  • The creation of more national heroes will devalue the concept.Owen Arthur? More cricketers? More DLP/BLP politicians? Her grand father?

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  • Key points in the Throne Speech:

    1.Barbados going republic by the end of next year.

    2. The debt reduction aspect of BERT to be paused for two years and thousands of jobs to be created or saved through a range of stimulus initiatives.

    3. Use of small amounts of marijuana to be decriminalised.

    4. Same-sex civil unions to be recognized.

    Government has outlined an extensive series of economic stimulus measures aimed at putting thousands of people back to work and saving dozens of businesses, especially in the tourism sector, from collapse.
    Barbados is also to become a republic by next November and the BERT austerity program is to be paused to give the country time to recover.
    These were among a list of announcements by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason delivering the throne speech during this morning’s state opening of parliament held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
    Dame Sandra set the stage by highlighting the devastating impact the covid-19 pandemic has had on the Barbados economy and especially, the tourism sector.
    At the same time she noted that Barbados has been praised for its success in limiting the spread of the virus which she called a phenomenal achievement. But she stressed that Barbados must not let its guard down.
    Dame Sandra vowed that the government will do everything possible to ensure that at this time of pandemic-induced economic hardship, no one falls through the cracks.
    Starting with a twelve-month, 40 million dollar covid-relief program.
    There will also be a 300 million dollar program that the governor general says is intended to counter the implosion of the private economy, especially in the tourism sector where thousands have been put out of work.
    The stimulus scheme is called the Barbados Employment and Sustainable Transformation or BEST plan.
    Companies benefitting will be required to support local manufacturers, farmers and entertainers.
    Meantime, the governor general said that tourism bookings for November and December are looking good and listed a series of tourism related construction projects that will create hundreds of jobs, including 18 hundred on the Hyatt Hotel site and another thousand at the Crane.
    Part of the fiscal austerity plan, the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation or BERT program, will be halted – debt reduction will be paused for the next two years.
    Another a major announcement was Barbados’ break from the monarchy.
    Dame Sandra also announced that while government will as promised hold a referendum on legalising marijuana use, the drug abuse and prevention act will be amended so that people will not be arrested and jailed for use of small amounts of the drug, freeing the police to pursue other matters.
    The government also said that while a referendum will be held on same sex marriage, it felt it was the right thing to do on grounds of human and civil rights to recognise same-sex civil unions.

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  • Nothing said about the poor and downtrodden
    Plenty high talking language that when said and done will not add up to a hill of beans
    Still waiting for the Covenant of Hope promised

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  • “The island has increasingly found itself on international lists of having a “poor human rights record” because of this and can’t afford to be blacklisted when it relies so heavily on external funding and investment.”

    oh really, we have been telling you about your “poor BLACK human rights” record for decades, crimes committed against the African population making up the majority, now how bout that..

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  • There is alot the government has introduced that is food for thought. It will take sensible people some time to thread it together before offering any meaningful analysis.

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  • David

    It is at least unseemly for any government in which the PM, herself, will benefit personally from an initiative as proposed in the so-called ‘throne speech’ and not to open the door of further officially corrupting the system.

    Maybe, just maybe, this is the reason why OSA vowed never to leave his party in her hands.

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  • Right…i see Blogmaster is already dazzled…how nice.

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  • All tge sweet talk abour same sex unions is a boost in the arm for the newly implemented one year work program
    Now we get an insight of how the million dollar consultants plan on getting their money
    Also the tourism industry get their share
    Meanwhile the ship barbados has thrown the hard working bajan over board

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  • The throne speech is fantastic, indeed! Tron awards 11 out of 10 points to our dear leader and president of our hearts. I almost cried out of joy.

    “1.Barbados going republic by the end of next year.”

    No more nobility and other useless medals. No more QCs and other bandits. Our leader Mia Mottley must unite the offices of president and PM and take the position for life. Let us copy the Turkish or Russian constitution on presidential rights and let us weaken the status of the opposition. Clearly, the new constitution must contain no Senate.

    “2. The debt reduction aspect of BERT to be paused for two years and thousands of jobs to be created or saved through a range of stimulus initiatives.”

    Excellent. That ensures devaluation. What a grand victory for Miller, Wily and Tron.

    Use of small amounts of marijuana to be decriminalised.

    Excellent. Barbados will soon become a paradise for relaxed tourists. That will boost our tourist product a lot.

    Same-sex civil unions to be recognized.

    The same as no. 3.

    To sum up: Our leader exceeds all our expectations. She transforms Barbados from a Taliban-style plantation to the 21st century. The only item missing is devaluation. However, BERT´s failure and the collapsing mortgage market will ensure this very soon.

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  • @ David,

    I support legalising same sex unions and activity between consenting adults as well as smoking a spliff or two.

    My Canadian friends and their children will be pleased that Barbados is a little more like Canada.

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  • @Pacha

    The PM does not need the amendment to benefit. Is this to go to referendum?

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  • @ Mariposa

    Look at this, the chairman trying to direct the narrative about h Queen’s Speech. He is so devious.

    Read it: “There is alot the government has introduced that is food for thought. It will take sensible people some time to thread it together before offering any meaningful analysis.(Quote)

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  • David,

    i will remind you that i said there was a plan to remove the GG and install De Madam’s appointed

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  • @Hants

    It is a contentious issue. In the coming weeks we will have to gauge how Bajans cotton to the proposal.

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  • Marijuana is not be decriminalised. It is being removed from being an arrestable offence, a felony, but there will be fixed fines and if not paid with 30 days the suspect will be prosecuted. A conviction will go on the person’s record whereas the fixed fine will not for small amounts of the drug.

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  • @ Greene

    Welcome to President Johnny Cheltenham, or President Elliot Mottley. We can bet our first president will be a lawyer. How about Sonny Ramphal or even Henry Forde?
    All bets are off on Charles Herbert.

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  • @Greene

    Time will have to tell. What kind of Republic are we going with- executive or ceremonial.

    She is finish the job Freundel was too lazy to pursue.

    The blogmaster, whether executive or ceremonial, agrees the time has come to untether from England.

    Gaining currency is that Patterson Cheltenham is the pick for CJ.

    #blm

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  • If our leader does not run as president, she should appoint Sir Charles Williams, Ph.D. h.c. Bizzy Williams or Lord Kyff, since the social group with most power should represent the whole nation.

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  • David,

    however you want to slice and dice, i told you so. de Madam is very devious. look out for more. Bim is in deep pottah

    some of the 80k maybe coming from Syria

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  • David
    The man called yuh devious. But who called the expansion of the right to citizenship by descent smoke and mirrors, claiming the rights already exist? I gone from bout Bullshit University do.

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  • there is an implied right of every descendant of a bajan to Bim citizenship

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  • @Greene

    You are too intelligent to accept the role you have taken on as a commenter on BU, leave that to ac unless you are comfortable operating at that level.

    @enuff

    He is obviously referring to right to a Bajan passport by children of Bajans under the descent clause.

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  • Hal AustinSeptember 15, 2020 1:35 PM

    The creation of more national heroes will devalue the concept.Owen Arthur? More cricketers? More DLP/BLP politicians? Her grand father?

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

    There is also a huge population of Quakers available.

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  • I welcome our nation state becoming a Republic. I have always supported same sex marriages.
    When stripped of the fluff, the Throne Speech ,in the main, was business as usual. Many of the proposals were just rehashed from previous speeches of the PM.
    Since it’s obvious that @PLT’s project seems to be the only innovation, I conclude that we are really just hoping for construction to resume/pick up and about the same for tourism.
    Where there is no vision the people perish.

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  • @ Quaker John

    Can we make Quakers collectively our national heroes?

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  • David,

    you said that to say what?

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  • BERT and the fourth IMF program are dead. Only the usual idiots and the naive, financial illiterates, i.e. the masses, believed in success.

    In any case, I am happy about the new, fifth IMF program called STARVE. We must continue to lower the living standards of the population to compensate for the much too high value of the BBD against the USD.

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  • She said that “Barbados has developed governance structures and institutions that mark us as what has been described as, ‘the best governed Black society in the world’. Since Independence, we Barbadians have sought constantly to improve our systems of law and governance so as to ensure they best reflect our characteristics and values as a nation.”

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    IS THIS THE SAME 2 x 3 ISLAND WHERE PEOPLE CAN’T GET AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE SUCH AScWATER ON A DAILY BASIS TO BATHE, WASH OR COOK?

    WHERE RAW SHIT AND PISS IS BEING PUMPED IN THE SEA DAILY?

    WHERE CROOKED BLACK LAWYERS LIE AND STEAL THEIR CLIENTS MONEY DAILY?

    WHERE POOR BLACK MEN AND BLACK WOMEN LANGUISH IN JAIL WITHOUT TRAIL FOR YEARS?

    WHERE WHITES AND INDIANS ARE THE ECONOMIC MASTERS AND THE BLACK POLITICIANS THEIR KICKBACK CRIMINAL PARTNERS?

    WHERE THE BLACK POLICE FORCE IS TOTALLY CORRUPT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM?

    WHERE THE COURT SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND CORRUPT?

    WHERE A CHILD WAS KILLED THROUGH MARK MALONEY A WHITE MAN NEGLIGENCE AND THE MOTHER IS ON TRAIL HAVING BEEN ABANDONED BY THE PROMISED BLP LAWYERS AT TRAIL?

    I COULD ON AND ON HOWEVER ONE CAN SEE THE TRUE PICTURE.

    THE EMPRESS HAS ON NO CLOTHES AND IS A PATHOLOGICAL BULLSHITTER.

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  • IS THIS THE SAME 2 x 3 ISLAND WHERE PEOPLE CAN’T GET AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE SUCH AS WATER ON A DAILY BASIS TO BATHE, WASH OR COOK?

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  • BEST RAN BLACK SOCIETY.

    ONE MUST STOP LIVING IN LA LA LAND WITH LIES AND DECEPTION AND DEAL WITH REALITY.

    Judge wants more done to help integrate ex-inmates into society

    Persons on long periods of remand, because of an “in-built delay in the system”, should have access to educational programmes. This, according to a High Court Judge, would help with the accused’s integration back into society, instead of sitting in prison doing nothing and living on thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money.

    This came as Justice Randall Worrell spoke to a young man, who spent three years on remand in relation to possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Jamal Julien Ricardo Proverbs, who was 21 at the time of the offence, was a pillion rider on a motorcycle when he was found with a firearm and ammunition on August 25, 2017.

    The Crawford Road, Ellerton, St George resident had no certificates on entering prison back in 2017 and wasn’t able to complete any courses during his stay since prisoners on remand do not have access to educational programmes at the penal institutions.

    “…That too needs to change because if we are going to say that there’s an inbuilt delay in the system of at least two to three years …it must mean that something must be done for those who have to suffer in the delay,” said Justice Worrell.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/14/judge-wants-more-done-to-help-integrate-ex-inmates-into-society/

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  • The Prime Minister and her guvment must pay. I’m not talking about same sex. Who cares about same sex? That was only a matter of time. The internal institutions inevitably use moments like these when we desperately need them for survival to force us to pursue their agenda. So that’s par for the course.

    But the PM is actively breaking a manifesto promise with the republic. How the hell could we do that with no mention of a referendum but a deadline for it to happen? Bajans musnt allow this. Besides the fact that republicanism is simply put the most ridiculous, facile and puerile philosophy, you cannot ride roughshod over the people of the country, when you promised them a say. This is despicable behavior. What sort of power has she arrogated to herself to decide that the Sovereign of Barbados, our Lady Queen Elizabeth II, is to be dispensed with. It is arrogance in the extreme,

    I love Mottley and the rest of the Throne Speech was brilliant. But it was all sullied and overshadowed by the disgusting “announcement” of the republic. I, and many ordinary Bajans, have nothing but contempt for these black intelligentsia types like Mottley, Comissiong, Beckles and those on this blog, who foist themselves upon ordinary people with their radical nonsense. Guh long and found another country and dere wunna could have yuh endless orgies or anti-colonial, racist shite. It’s disgusting.

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  • *international institutions (first para dealing with same sex)
    *orgies of anti-colonial, racist shite” (last sentence’)

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  • When Queen Elizabeth 11 dies what is next?

    Are we so weak a people we cannot represent ourselves?

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  • Never forget though for this one disgusting indiscretion or misdemeanors of Mottley (republic), the Dems remains the enemy of Barbadians. There are two political parties capable of forming a guvment. The Bees and the Dems. The Dems destroy Barbados every chance they get. The B Labour Party both always rescues Barbados and rransforms it. Hard as it may be ordinary people will have to overlook the arrogance of the republic and remember that voting BLP in 2021/22 is the only option. Of course that comment is not directed to many of the half-brains who loiter on BU, so wunna can ignore it. We know there is no hope for your souls already condemned to eternal damnation by dint of your own repulsiveness.

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  • There is no natural connection between the dominant tendancies prevailing within Bajan culture and innovation.

    Yes, while we welcome young people 50 years after Intel, Corcom etc operated in Barbados actually getting a chance to learn coding this is most liking to produce the very same conservative Bajan mindsets. For the popularising of coding, and coding alone, does not innovators make.

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  • David

    Very simply when HM passes regrettably many of the other realms will exploit the opportunity to sever the link being the cheap vote grabbing politicians that they are. But really the logical thing is for HM’s heir to succeed her and we carry on. When sumtin en brek why we fixin it. How many are affected in anyway by our constitutional monarchy? Only the intelligentsia who are warped. No one else. A hell of a lot of money to be wasted when all that will happen is the office of GG renamed president. And you have to rename the RBPF and others. A lot of letterheads to change, public seals, symbols, all kinds of things. All that money and de only ting coming outta it is a name change. Try and give people some tax relief do.

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  • Likely

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  • Unrelated to de above, it was in very poor taste for de GG to Be made to use the slang expression ‘good vibes’ in a Speech from the Throne. Very poor taste. Also, who thought she should say de word ‘Bajan’ twice as well as use a Bajan colloquialism delivered in the vernacular. Im using de vernacular right now in dis comment, but I ain’t delivering a throne speech. Time and place, man. Another example of the scoring of cheap political points.

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  • This speech was carefully calibrated to avoid any real issues. Immeasurable future events with which the regime, and nobody else, has not a clue.

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  • @ Hal

    Hal Austin you told me to listen to the throne speech and i would hear the plan for the post covid economy. How we would hear a clearly defined plan that will move our ecomomy away from tourism dependancy. So i turn on the old Tv and listen careful to everything.

    So tell me this speech is to come in 2 parts then and this is part 1? So when part 2 coming that will deal with the issues i asking bout?

    Also dont fly no red herring about no republic as no distraction either cause dat is only fodder for Brass Tacks.

    Hal when part 2 coming with a clealry defined plan for economic diversity? See if i listen to you again!

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  • Once the establishment of a republic leaves the central vestiges of colonialism firmly in place elites forces, albinoes and Black lackeys will consent to this fake political re-engineering.

    Republicanism is a developmental toothless tiger. An animal we have long known to be no less ineffectual.

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  • @Pacha

    Are there any positives you gleaned from the throne speech?

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  • One thing i give the PM credit is her cunning and masterful way of blowing smoke in the peoples face
    After all the jive talk about smoking
    The long and short of the episode ends up with govt deriving revenue if the smoker is caught outside of restricted areas along with jail time for the smoker
    Its marijuana legal or not
    Just a big puff of smoke blown in barbadians face
    As for same sex unions of interest who are those to benefit
    Dont see any of these two game changers helping the barbadian household

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  • You should check the definition of decriminalize.

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  • @Miller
    What is proposed is not “same sex marriage” but a ‘Civil Partnership’ for same sex couples
    +++++++++++++
    Surprised that you didn’t quote the bard

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”

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  • @ John A

    You missed the important bits. You forgot your pop corn and Diet Coke. @ John A, seriously, this joker made a big fuss of a Queen’s Speech, and of a post-CoVid economy. What is it? A $40m CoVid Relief programme.
    And what does it introduce: school monitors; allotments; repairing pot holes; de-bushing; repairing of side walks; and all this done by self-employed people. So they are no longer unemployed – for 12 months – and she will no doubt extend it up to the general election. We have reduced the unemployment rate.
    She has extended our diplomatic footprint to 12 countries, but named only two, the UAE and Morocco; we can add Ghana and Kenya in that. But who are the others?
    Then there is the smoke and mirrors of the Cheltenham Commission. What will he recommend that a 29:1 parliament does not have the power to introduce tomorrow? Tourism used to be 40 per cent of our GDP, now it is 45 per cent, and the so-called policies she announced today means it will be even a bigger share of the national cake, while in the meantime, employing only 15000 people (and a further 32000 indirectly)..
    I like the Investment in Tourism proposal by paying 80 per cent of wages. That is a straight theft from the US and UK, which we call furlough.
    Mottley’s problem is that she depends too much on political trickery rather than use her intelligence. All in all, the near-three hour speech was a waste of time and exposed the presidents ideas safe is empty.

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  • David
    We stated earlier. The writer is a long time reader of BU. Up to a dozen issues raised here were borrowed.

    Yes, there were many small points scored. But, at this rate, if we’re not careful there maybe a third throne speech and a second strategic default, in just one term.

    What could be said when these events are so contrived in the first place.

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  • @David
    Gaining currency is that Patterson Cheltenham is the pick for CJ.
    +++++++++++
    Is he going to be a caretaker CJ? He is older than the one who just retired

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  • @Pacha

    We are in a bit of a bind.

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  • “So tell me this speech is to come in 2 parts then and this is part 1? So when part 2 coming that will deal with the issues i asking bout?”

    colonial agents dancing around issues, mentally determined to keep the same self-destructive structures firmly in place, still answerable to no one but their minority masters and co-crooks…an exercise in futility with verbal gymnastics…they cant even bring themselves to do a proper massage of the people’s minds outside of the repetitious “my government”, asserting the head leader status of the GG, but with no substance or meat on the bone, sidestepping the issues, giving no clear explanations, sounds like they were forced to come kinda sorta clean about the human rights abuses, first time in the history of the island, I just wish they will heavily outline exactly whom they have all been abusing for over 60 years, get that weight off their little colonial chests…….

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  • All in all a very good day on two fronts, things are happening, this is just the beginning…

    the thefts by lawyers especially of the young man whom they all robbed of his personal injury compensation and left him to die helpless is being highlighted on Facebook, just one of thousands of human rights abuses against the Black population, too numerous to mention and every one of them will be shown to the world.

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  • @ Hal

    So what you telling me is there is no part 2 to come then dealing with issues like the ecomomy and employment of the 40,000 who benefits running out this month?

    Lord i still grateful you tell me so cause i had thought i had drop off and doze through it. Anyhow the little popcorn and diet coke was still good though.

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  • David

    Not only Barbados. We wish that somebody in public life would honestly tell that truth.

    At least it would be the right place to start. The people would understand. Mugabe should not be ecpected to be the all-knowing.

    All systems go into a culdesac sooner or later.

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  • @John A
    What happened? Business picked up? You are in a jovial mood these days.
    –+++++++—-+++++
    Speech
    Not living up to the hype
    Underwhelmed
    Overhype

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  • @ John A

    She also announced plans for a sleep apnea clinic. So if you are nodding off you better book a session. Seriously do you think a proposal for a sleep apnea clinic should bin in an over-long Queen’s Speech?

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  • @Tron, my bud!

    “Processed food and sweat drinks are far too cheap in Barbados. This must change. I therefore propose a sugar tax of 10 BBD per 100g of sugar and a VAT on processed food of 50 percent to consolidate the public finances”

    That would stimulate the unemployed civil servants and other lazybones to focus on growing their own food (provisions & weed).

    I hope those top performers bring boat loads of foreign exchange to our shores.

    BDS GOV need to take a look at Citizenship by Investment program. If we don’t already have it. BDS have an abundance of unattended former plantation land in the country side to offer investors. Some privately own and most GOV ownership.

    I would be very interested in acquiring approximately 1000 acres at a reasonable price of 38,796.25 Pounds, equivalent $100000BDS with a stipulation that allows me to cultivate Medical Weed with the seeds supplied by said.

    You don’t have to worry, de only thing I previously smoke was Bonavis Cigarettes without black-ants in de tube.

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  • Bu Headline

    GOVERNMENT USING THRONE SPEECH TO SIGNAL FRESH GUARD

    And i waited and waited to hear about this fresh Guard

    David BU you owe the reader an apology
    For what you asked?
    For posting what has become a blatant lie
    The Throne Speech was cut from several swatch of cloths
    When one get past the smoke and mirrors all that one see is a govt picking pieces of past ideas from past administrations
    Using the same sex unions to build and expand barbados population
    And to lock up locals for smoking marijuana if caught red handed
    So what did hardworking bajans got from the Throne.. blackened smoke and a hearty “Nada”

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  • @ Enuff September 15, 2020 2:17 PM

    Hal is correct in saying that the right to Barbadian “citizenship by descent” is already legally available.

    Some Brits of Bajan ancestry have already taken advantage of it.

    What your administration ought to be pursuing is a path to promote it and make it an easier procedure to follow as long as the basic evidence of descent is produced.

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  • @Hal,

    how would you describe this Throne Speech? a reset, a reboot, or hot air?

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  • Reset, reboot, hot air, nothing burger, intermission, failure to launch, disappointment to the blog master, still to come

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  • But Miller
    You can have a paper-citizenry, living outside of Barbados but unless taxes are being paid etc we are still at square one.

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  • @ Greene

    Hot air. Long and boring and uninformative. A wasted opportunity. To be fair, she is a speech-maker, she is not good on policy or ideas.

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  • The speech could have been done in 30 minutes

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  • For the most part the Throne Speech was like patching a pothole rather than building a new and improved road.

    Well, still better than leaving the pothole unattended.

    I await the new vision that will come when the COVID has passed.

    Living in hope is better than living in despair.

    Who knows what will happen?

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  • Miller
    Well you have confirmed it is not smoke and mirrors.

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  • So far no reply from the Opposition, third parties and DLP.

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  • The captain of SS Barbados is vowing to boldly go where no man has gone before in announcing that the island will become a Republic and recognition of Same Sex unions sans Referendums (or is it Referenda). Each will come with its own set of controversies but why not aim for the trifecta and also include legalization of marijuana possession rather than subject it to a referendum.
    We all knew or should have known that the Gov’t can’t put the welcome mat out for non- residents to work from Barbados without some amendment to the current laws penalizing same sex activity.
    As always, I am always suspicious at the timing of some events and I long suspected that the PM’s party was jealous of the DLP of being fortunate to have been in power during the 50th anniversary of Independence and the ensuing celebrations now we are told that Barbados will be a Republic just in time for the 55th celebration of Independence and the BLP gets their opportunity to parade on stage.
    Expect an orgy of celebrations and a possible new holiday (Republic Day) to join the others.

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  • De Madam would never put civil union or going republic to a public vote (referendum). both would be defeated. she did the best thing. the public voted for her overwhelmingly and that right there is the referendum to do whatever she deems is best for Bim. and not a boy could pik e teet

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  • What is difficult about becoming a citizen by descent? I do not recall it being difficult.

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  • “For the most part the Throne Speech was like patching a pothole rather than building a new and improved roads.”

    those liars are well aware that is not the only reason they are being put on international lists, they know their record of human rights abuses outside of hypocritical discrimination of same-sex unions is well known in the international community…they know they are blatantly refusing to address the human rights abuses of the people and using this as a source of gossip to deflect from the real issues confronting them, because they are well aware that the people are only going to be talking about the marijuana and same sex union for the next three years……but that blacklist for human rights violations is thisclose, I know they can feel it.

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  • A speech from the throne (or throne speech) is an event in certain monarchies in which the reigning sovereign, or a representative thereof, reads a prepared speech to members of the nation’s legislature when a session is opened, outlining the government’s agenda and focus for the forthcoming session; or—in some cases—closed. When a session is opened, the address sets forth the government’s priorities with respect to its legislative agenda, for which the cooperation of the legislature is sought. The speech is often accompanied with formal ceremony and is often held annually, although in some places it may occur more or less frequently, whenever a new session of the legislature is opened.

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  • @Donna September 15, 2020 5:39 PM “What is difficult about becoming a citizen by descent? I do not recall it being difficult.”

    it is not difficult, although they gave a ieice of mine hell. 2 Bajan parents, 4 Bajan grandparents. 8 Bajan great grand parents. Young, healthy, well educated, hard working, no criminal record. Ideal citizen. And yet a whole set of bureaucratic nonsense, as though THEY were granting her a favor, instead of recognizing what is in fact an entitlement. According to Barbados law she was already a citizen at birth was simplyseeking recognition of that fact.

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  • Good job on same sex unions. All citizens should be allowed to be who they are as long as it does not infringe on anyone else’s rights. This is not a theocracy.

    As for the final disposal of the white queen- I say hip hip hooray!

    No self-respecting majority black country should be bowing to a white relic of a terrible era. That pledging to serve the white queen thing stopped me from participating in certain things since the age of twelve. I could never get those words out of my mouth.

    As for the marijuana – that horse dun bolt. Wasting time trying to catch it. It should be about education, 5how to protect non-smokers and children from the second hand smoke and regulation as per alcohol. And treatment if persons consistently over-indulge. We will gey there even if in stages. Sometimes change is better done gradually.

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  • my children got theirs in a week, which was a surprise but that was about 20 years ago. in fact i wasnt even thinking of it then. the immigration officer recommended i do it as i was applying for my wife’s.

    it was real easy so when Enuff tried to poo poo what Hal was saying it re affirmed he is a clown

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