What About CRIME Stupid

This morning the blogmaster entered the local newsfeed from traditional media to be swamped with the predictable-news about the selection of General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni More to represent the BLP in St. George North in the upcoming by-election. The proposal by the government to rename the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Owen Arthur’s name. The pros and cons of going republic and others. Some if us do not forget that the traditional media has a weighty responsibly to report news as it happens AND to present issues of the day to the general public. A professional and educated cadre of journalists has the awesome power to influence the citizenry.

However, one of the biggest threats to a stable society is rising CRIME, in the case of tiny Barbados; increasing gun violence. Both political parties have been targeted in the fight against crime and today the country is reaping the whirl wind. Successive governments AND private sector have not harmonized policies to sustain the economic well being of the country to address the economic and social needs of Barbadians, especially our young people. Many Barbadian families have not managed households well enough to inculcate wholesome values because they lack meaningful support.

The late Randy “Nutman” Selman

In recent hours the blogmaster updated the Murder Tracker in the sidebar to 33 to include the body found last week on the rocks at the Animal Flower Cave and last night the random killing of a young man know as ‘Nutman’. Barbadian pedestrians and motorists should recall the mannerly young man who sold nuts at the junction of Pine Road. From all reports he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The effect of crime on working class neighbourhoods like the Pine, Silver Hill and others must be given priority by the society. The consistent high unemployment in working class neighbourhoods in Barbados because of a lack of economic opportunity has created an underclass. Yesterday members of the BU intelligentsia reiterated a call to gentrify Bridgetown. We need similar calls to implement programs to uplift our working class neighbourhoods; improve the economic opportunities, improve the housing, eliminate the crime bosses who take advantage of this vulnerable class of society. Recently Zack Robert Nadur, an upper class 74 year old man was arrested and charged with possession of 50 rounds of .32 ammunition at his residence without a licence. We need to see more!

Shopkeeper Shirley Lynch is pleading for help as she watches her livelihood fall victim to crime. The pensioner has been operating a shop in Golden Rock, The Pine, St Michael, since 1994. (Video by Sandy Pitt)#MeAndMyNation#YourNewsYourTimeYourWay#Barbados#LoveMyNation

The Nation Barbados

Just last month the blogmaster read the impassioned cry from Shirley Lynch (quoted above) who operates a village shop in the area where ‘Nutman’ was reported to be liming outside his home last night. So many Barbadians including our politicians live in an alternate universe. There must be a fit for purpose Crime and Social Plan to arrest what is playing out at Golden Rock the Pine and similar working class neighbourhoods across Barbados. The social and economic cost is rising a la inner city Chicago. The time has come for Barbadians to reject the usual platitudes from the police, politicians, pretend social practitioners and NGOs et al. We allocate millions of dollars to implement trite projects and forget about the importance of developing meaningful social programs to assist our most vulnerable. What do we think will happen eventually if so many of our children underperform in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination? What do we think will happen if our parents who need help are not supported?

Rising crime affects us all people.




  • it is telling that that MAM goes all over Bim, appears on radio and TV and addresses all sorts of issues, economic, immigration, republicanism, same sex marriages but never speaks to the issue of murders and gun related crime that has increased since the BLP came to office. the one embarrassing attempt the BLP made was in the early stages when they held a press conference with the CoP to address the British lady who allegedly was attacked in her home.

    but i am not surprised. this is a PM who invited known drug dealers to the opening of parliament to celebrate her becoming PM much to the chagrin of the police. this a PM who was referred to, according to Caswell Franklyn, by said drug dealers and criminal underlords on their facebook page as General Mia. what a thing.

    at the retirement of Gline Clarke the AG said that the BLP was supporting the police 100% by giving them the best equipment to do their job e.g body cameras. whilst that is good better support would come in the form of increase pay so that the police could attract better recruits on the way to becoming a professional unit so that they could stave off the attractiveness of bribery etc. and could concentrate on catching and placing these criminals before the courts in a timely manner and with the accompanying paper work.

    none of these issues are being addressed by MAM or the AG and if they are it is not made known to the public which is quite unusual for a PR loving party. for all the hoopla that the BLP likes to bestow upon themselves whether it proposing to rename Cave Hill Campus, going republic, bringing in civil unions, the many attempts at stabilising the economy and when things go awry resorting to blame the lost decade, they have not made any serious attempt at combatting murders and gun crimes.

    one has to wonder why? or perhaps not?


  • Gentrification is a bad word associated with the displacement of Black and poor people for moneyed real estate interests, Whites and upper classes.

    It has been the single most actively used measure in Western societies as an instrument of racism, economic domination and displacement.

    It has nothing to do with the empowerment of poor Black people living in depressed neighbourhoods.

    Certainly, this could not be what is meant.

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  • The deliberately depressed communities kept that way to feed the prison industry and greedy lawyers…promoting mental slavery, low income wage earners and unaware spineless voters, growing endless generational cornbeef and biscuit yardfowls, to further degrade the already poisonous colonial system, just like the tipos des alves we see on BU.


  • @Pacha

    Barbados is a 95% Black country. The use of the word gentrify must therefore be applied in context.


  • David
    Again today, you would have built additional social capital as a buttress against detractors.

    Maybe, just maybe, tomorrow you maybe persuaded to editorialize the need for a radical land reform in Barbados. For this is the only salvatory way out.

    Let’s stop the tinkering and the fingering and get to the meat of the matter, pun intended.


  • @Greene

    You have amplified the point made by the blogmaster purely in a political and police enforcement context. What we are witnessing with a growing underclass in Barbados is being precipitated by greater forces and will require a massive mobilization of resources from all actors in civil society.


  • @David,

    that is only part 1. i will address more of your lede as the blog progresses


  • David
    Barbados is also a crypto-racist society notorious for finding ways to maintain that status. This is why a radical land reform is so necessary. It is also impossible for Black people to build stable community without an economic base controlled totally by us.

    All attemps by Black people including those returning from Panama a hundred years ago wid nuff money and with the intention of altering imbalances were legislated as unlawful.

    The Parliament of Barbados at that time passed laws making it illegal for them to buy more than one single acre.

    Northern Observer can find this reference in the original laws at the records department.


  • @ David
    A fine piece. Brilliant linkage of failing educational system with deepening social morass.


  • @Pacha

    As you have correctly opined a small percent of the population represent the wealth in the country. This small group is located in the minority segment. The dominant political class in a parasitic way is dependent on said minority for funding and access to its power structures to fund greed, ignorance, corruption i.e consumption behaviour. To dismantle or to uncouple from such an entanglement is born in revolution.


  • Sir David

    Music to our ears. Now, arise Sir David!


  • @William

    It has not eluded you that the minister of education Santia Bradshaw is the MP for the Pine where Nutsman was dropped by a stray bullet. Also the reference to platitudes is illustrated by her comment on the video quoted.


  • David
    On the matter of Ms Toni Moore.

    We believe that she has her eyes set on the prime minister’s office.

    This, solely on a series of encounters with her predecessor around the issues of 1994. A man suffering from short man’s disease, imbued by a political ruthlessness unequaled in Barbados and an obsequious relationship with White corporate interests.

    Maybe protege is unlike mentor but we are unconvinced.


  • @David

    what is your definition of a revolution? what should it look like?


  • @Pacha

    One thing is sure, Toni was his anointed.

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  • This crime wave will continue as long as the IMF has a hand to control the economic affairs of this country
    These poor small island nations would never be able to put its social environment as a priority against the economic
    international affairs of these loan agencies
    Govt can put all the spin they want to the crime but the bottom line comes down to certain sectors of society who have been left behind whilst govt fed the fatted calf called Tourism.
    This group were thrown out to sea without a life line and having to tread stormy waters to survive
    Now the tide has rolled in and what all are seeing are dead bodies all over the place
    Time govt realise that barbados is more than an economy it is a society
    Time to kiss the blp govt goodbye


  • @ William

    We have just had CXC exam results which shoed that 48 per cent of the 16 yr olds who took the CSEC failed to get a reasonable grade. In any other society this would have been a crisis, for the ministry, the schools, teachers, and parents, not to speak oaf the children. In Barbados there is near total silence.
    There is enormous evidence that there are the years in human development that will decide the quality of a person’s life for the rest of their lives. Also, the majority of active criminals (thefts, burglary, violence) will come from this cohort.
    In fact, some criminologists believe that by the age of three (the first 1000 years) the future of children can be marked out. Some even think that a deviant child/adult can be detected before birth.
    @William, we are going back to the pre-war years of eugenics. Will this belief lead to compulsory abortions, or even sterilisation as Trump is accused of inflicting on Latinas at the borders?
    These are serious times. I have just
    Where ar our so-called criminologists? Our police chiefs? Our politicians? Our community activists? been reading Dale Marshall, in a previous life as attorney general, talking about crime. Who takes this man seriously?

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  • From all reports he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Just last month the blogmaster read the impassioned cry from Shirley Lynch (quoted above) who operates a village shop in the area where ‘Nutman’ was reported to be liming outside his home last night.
    Those two sentences are all in the same article, what is the wrong place if he was outside his home?

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  • Herb is not a drug
    it is a plant.
    No harm,
    No crime.
    ▶ Stand By Me, Stand By Shaka Dubs, Jah Shakin

    Honorary Citizen Saint Peter Mcintosh the Intelligent Diplomat Reasoning


  • For the ignorant among us….even scholarship winners GOT ROBBED..


    “A massive online campaign has been launched in Barbados and across the rest of the region demanding a thorough review of the 2020 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) results.

    The campaign, started by a Kim Harper in the form of a petition to the CARICOM Secretariat, is alleging that the Barbados-based CXC has made a mistake with regards to graded results distributed to candidates via the online student portals.

    With a target of 7,500 signatures, up 4.45 pm today, 7,528 had signed the petition agreeing that many students’ grades distributed do not accurately reflect their performance in the exams.

    The backers of the online campaign are therefore requesting immediate reconsideration and review of all the results.

    Yesterday the Council released the results of the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

    Hundreds of parents and guardians pulled no punches as they vented their dissatisfaction at the results via the online initiative facilitated by Change.org, a Delaware-based petition website which has over 390 million users and hosts sponsored campaigns for organisations.”.

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  • Hello David, As a citizen, patriot and a woman – I really take offense with the ending of this article title and the previous one. The use of the word ‘Stupid’ is totally out of context. It’s extremely disrespectful. And perhaps also puts you in a bad light.

    Kind regards, Leslie

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  • @ David
    I no longer see Bradshaw as having the ability to do better than those who went before. Style is not substance. In recent weeks her language has been arrogant and insensitive. I do not adhere to divide and rule leadership especially in Education.
    I always maintain that dealing with our most precious resource is not dealing with buses and garbage trucks. Transferring successful principals because of political considerations is not the same as changing bus routes or garbage schedules.
    Many years ago, I suggested that the Minister of Education should be a selected office that is approved by the government and opposition on a contractural basis. Name change should be Director of Education and job evaluation should be the method used to renew contract.


  • “It’s extremely disrespectful. And perhaps also puts you in a bad light.”

    steupppss….the DISRESPECT shown by negro governments toward the BLACK MAJORITY, the Africans descended from colonial slavery and mistreated for over 60 years puts the house negros and the whole country in a bad light…



  • Then again with unemployment out of control poverty levels continuing to climb
    Govt having no answer crime will persist
    An innocent man gun down tells a story of a society releasing its frustration on any one
    Good luck barbados yuh ask for change now you are seeing the results
    Ever since the growing signs of increasing signs raised its head the media houses refused to hold govt feet to fire and demand answers
    Mia says many hands make for light work but one can easily say the media hands have been chopped off in their effort to pen articles demanding answers from govt


  • @Pacha 6:44
    Agreed with your submission.

    Sometimes we lift events from the American playbook and wrapourselves in them.

    The most egregious example of this was when one blogger began to talk of our ‘ founding fathers’

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  • I really dislike the ignorant mentally enslaved as*holes that Mia complained about in her interview with ITV for the world to see and hear that they do exist in all their “mental slavery” glory in Barbados as we have been complaining on the blog for years, they only aspire to be yardfowls to corrupt governments and now even the government is exposing them..


  • @Lesley Taylor

    You need to apply context:

    The economy, stupid” is a phrase coined by James Carville in 1992. It is often quoted from a televised quip by Carville as “It’s the economy, stupid.” Carville was a strategist in Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent George H. W. Bush.

    It’s the economy, stupid – Wikipedia


  • @ Hal
    It’s obvious that the country is at the cross roads. The government has done a good job with the COVID but it’s also obvious that it had no progressive , innovative and creative plans in the aftermath of the pandemic.
    The Throne Speech turned out to be a political , campaign speech. It did not lift the consciousness of the nation.
    That’s why Comrade Prescod is lamenting how the “cronies and parasites” have invaded the body politic and his party.
    Right now the 2023 campaign has started and to the BLPDLP that’s all that matters.
    I am a Barbadian living overseas and I have no right commenting on anything but I hope the good people in St.George North, will go in the booth and just vote for anybody other than whoever the BLPDLP brings.
    I wish the UPP; PdP ; Solutions Barbados; other parties and independents all the best.



  • @Greene

    A heavy question.

    Does anyone have the answer, it is not a binary matter to solve.

    Triggering and managing reform or as Pacha will suggest forcing a transformational event is based on many activities working in concert. Sometimes unforecast events will trigger the ‘uprising’ most times it will call for hard work coopting groups and individuals across different segments/agencies by stoking like minds to rally around a single cause.


  • As part of their websites these organizations should list reasons why exams may be ungraded or missing.

    There should also be an estimate of the yearly percentage of occurrences. This should be a low number.

    When queried these sites should then provide to each person the specific reason for missing or absent exams.

    We need to remove some of these black boxes and make processes more transparent


  • CXC is a regional institution based in Barbados. COVID possibly has challenged the system. Give the agency some time to review requests before ascribing a nefarious motive.

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  • @ William

    Congratulations on being a Bajan. I wonder what it feels like. I believe I came from Mars and know nothing about our little island. Bloody foreigner.
    You make a point about Mr Prescod; he remains a class conscious member of a parliament of opportunist and fits in like a square peg in a round hole.
    I still believe his strength is the support he gets from people in the Ivy and surrounding area, which should make it very difficult for the president to remove him.
    I have said on numerous occasions, we do not have a political culture in which policy analysis plays a central part. We make it up as we go along, from foreigners lounging out on our shores while remote working, to begging the Chinese for handouts. As a result, it is how the public and our media interpret what passes as social policy.


  • green

    What is wrong with them blaming the lost decade which finished about 2.5 yrs ago?
    recently you tried to explain the lost decade by blaming the 1.5 decades (before) that finished approximately 12.5 yrs ago?

    propaganda is propaganda no matter where it comes from.

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  • Sometimes, it is like trying to fix a machine with 100 interdependent problems; some under your control and some that you have no control over.

    So you decide to start with the big ones first and then there is a leakage elsewhere that needs immediate attention.

    There is low-hanging fruit that can be picked, but the big problems really need attention and more than lip-service.

    I admire those who genuinely want to serve. It must be a frustrating that after being elected they realize that most things are out of their control.

    What can they do? Talk a good talk and hope some things fall into place.

    B or D, I wish you well.

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  • No nefarious motives were assigned.

    Just asking for greater transparency on the website before students touch the first exam.


  • @John2

    You are bringing narrow arguments. All will accept it is a complex issue. You are more intelligent than what you are offering here. Forget the man and play the ball. Do you recall what Dale Marshall said about local policemen being recruited to Bermuda and Cayman when he was AG in the Arthur administration? Do you recall the last administration did not invest in scanners at the port to detect guns in containers? There is enough blame to go around.

    Have a serious discussion!


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  • Social theorists in Barbados, if any exit, would or should be chomping at the bit to link social disorder with low cost housing or try to interrogate whether there is a correlation. For the purposes of this paper social disorder relates to gun related murders and attempted murders that is currently visiting Barbados.

    The sale of illegal drugs and the gang culture that is constructed around it seems to be incubator of the gun violence.

    Gun related murders seem to take place or have a genesis in such areas as the Pine Housing area, Gall Hill / Silver Hill, Ch Ch, and Haynesville St James. Nevertheless many killings have been perpetrated in the rural areas of St Philip and St Lucy. This may or may not reflect a gang rivalry as one of the so called drug lords is said to have a base in St Philip and the same goes for St Lucy where another well known one resides. So, there seems to be a link between gun crime and subsidized housing or at least depressed housing areas apart from Government sponsored blocks or ghettos as they are commonly called.

    In 1942 Shaw and McKay took into account the socioeconomic characteristics of a neighborhood, family dynamics and delinquency among youth, and came up with a theory called social disorganization, which led to a breakdown in social order and crime. So, it is nothing new.

    Such activities have plagued low cost housing areas in the rest of the Caribbean, the USA (Chicago and NY) and the UK. Although this appears to be worldwide (Cukier and Sidel, 2006: 12-18), it is devastating to communities because of the loss of lives, particularly among young men and the consequences are more intensified in small place like Barbados.

    Montoute and Anyanwa (2009:1) said that as a society transitions through its various stages, a social phenomenon is crime. They went on to say that that crime especially by young people may reflect their struggle against their social status. Comparing this with what is happening in Bim specifically in these depressed housing areas, that seems to have an element of truth. If one is to further compare the Ferniehurst lower middle income housing area in Black Rock and others of that socioeconomic nature, one would see that they do not follow the same crime related trends as low cost clustered housing.

    So it seems to that concentrated low cost housing and the linkage with crime position crime with class. Lower poorer classes, beleaguered by substandard education, dysfunctional family situation and little prospect of meaningful employment are drawn to the embrace of gangs, which provide a family type safe haven. What emerges is a class differential paradoxically perpetuated by and perpetuating the division between the haves and the have-nots.

    It should be pointed out that there is no crime free society. A “crime free society is an impossible dream. There has always been crime; there will always be crime”, is how Alderson (1979:111) puts it. Nevertheless, most people see crime particularly murders as contrary to societal norms. In addition crime itself is a legal construct and a delimiting device that tries to maintain certain actions within defined boundaries. Whereas white-collar crime is viewed in a certain manner murders and gun related crime are frowned upon by society.

    Acknowledging that law enforcement alone is not an all-encompassing solution to crime, Alderson encourages a holistic approach involving, social, victim, offender, economic, and moral considerations. I agree.


  • @Greene

    This comment was posted by the mother of Nutsman to social media last night. It gives the opportunity for some who are unable to relate to a reality how individuals residing in working class communities in Barbados mentioned in your treatise have to exist.

    My heart is bleeding, I lost my third child to gun shots, my son sitting in our front yard on his phone and drinking a beer and them cowardly scums of the earth killed him, my child works hard for his children and don’t do a soul nothing and them get and kill my child…

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  • Are you suggesting the PM inviting “known drug dealers to the opening of parliament to celebrate her becoming PM,” has emboldened criminals and is responsible for an upsurge in crime?

    Is this another one of your ‘political platform speeches’ or do you have any evidence to substantiate your claim?

    I’ve read where you suggested “increase pay so that the police could attract better recruits on the way to becoming a professional unit so that they could stave off the attractiveness of bribery etc. and could concentrate on catching and placing these criminals before the courts in a timely manner and with the accompanying paper work.”

    First, let me state I agree with you wholeheartedly police officers should should be paid more money. However, an increase in pay does not necessarily mean attracting better recruits. Some people would apply based on the salary or want of employment……… and not because of a fondness of the career.
    If, for example, we’re of the opinion Ministers are well paid, then, how come being well paid could not help Donville Inniss “stave off the attractiveness of bribery?”
    However, RBPF is doing a fantastic job solving crimes, including murders. Surely you must realize this issue goes beyond ‘increasing pay.’

    Do you believe pay is the only reason why young men don’t want to join the police force? Why are young men not interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement? Why 90% of applications to join the force are from females?

    The police catch and place criminals before the Courts. Then, what? We read about a guy who was granted bail on 2 murder charges, committing another murder. And, he’s not the only individual. There are several men who have committed crimes similar to the ones for which they’re on bail. In other words, several crimes are being committed by repeat offenders.

    Last week I read about 62 year old Anthony Rudolph Thorpe, who was imprisoned after chalking up conviction #102, for shoplifting items from Carter’s General Stores.
    “Looking at your card it seems as soon as you are out, you are back in,” Magistrate Renee said, adding that based on the convicted man’s history only a sentence of imprisonment would do.
    And this is a man who believes his only problems are, according to what he told the Magistrate, were “I am unfortunate and unlucky . . . I suffer from diabetes and hypertension.”
    This guy was stealing during the 1980s when I was attending secondary school. I remember seeing him stab the owner of Naime’s store in Swan Street, when he tried to stop him (Thorpe) from stealing a shirt.
    What do you suggest should have been done to help Thorpe or people of his ilk in the ‘early stages of their criminal careers,’ who are incarcerated simply because they are kleptomaniacs and known to the court?

    Then, there’s a case involving a youngster who was caught after breaking and entering a few houses. He proudly told the Magistrate he was taught how to break locks in prison by the ‘Dead Bolt Man.’ Perhaps he learnt by rote.

    What is the RECIDIVISM RATE in Barbados and what is being done to reduce it? What could be done to improve our Judicial System?

    What roles do criminologists and the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit play in the ‘fight against crime?’

    Greene, tell me what Mottley or Dale Marshall could say or do to prevent a man from killing his estranged girlfriend or wife, after seeing her with another man…….. or a woman from poisoning her cheating boyfriend? How about the guy who caught his wife, a police officer, in bed with a policeman, whom he killed and then posted a video of his naked wife on social media?
    What could they say to prevent a ‘spur of the moment killing’ as a result of an argument or altercation?

    You are POLITICIZING crime and giving the impression this administration is responsible for its increase, which serves your political agenda. You have not presented us with any meaningful SOLUTIONS……only the usual rhetorical political diatribe.
    In previous contributions and GIVING EXAMPLES, I highlighted how crime was progressively increasing from around 2015 when there were several ‘hits’ on known drug dealers and ‘hit men,’ as well as retaliatory and gang related murders.

    The pattern was evident……. I could likewise ask, where was Adriel Brathwaite? Perhaps he was busy telling the media he had friends in his constituency who were breaking the law by squatting at Rock Hall.

    Similarly to both AGs from BLP and DLP administrations, your only suggestions to addressing the crime situation is increasing pay, providing equipment and vehicles to the police, while IGNORING to ADDRESS the FACTORS responsible for the progressive increase in crime.

    You will keep on mentioning what MAM and Marshall have not done, while the guys in the BEES’ camp will respond by mentioning what Stuart and Adriel Brathwaite did not do. And around the mulberry bush we go……….


  • David
    You would do well to unpack what the government has or has not done since coming to office and then see what fits into your “Crime and Social Plan”.


  • What crime?

    Our government has succeeded in getting the American citizen Donville Inniss convicted in New York. With that, everything has been achieved.


  • @enuff

    We should not have to unpack anything, it should be visible and measurable.


  • Davey 👦 Oh boy…

    Money, money, money 💰

    Only in Barbados can a lawyer steal a client’s money, go to prison and continue to practise. Lord have mercy on us Bajans.

    “Like everything else there is a due process that has to be undertaken. Now there is a limit to how much I can say about certain things, but I will say that the BAR Council has engaged its mind on these matters.

    There are some authorities who could, as of right, take action, who seemed to have declined to do so, and now it will be for the BAR to take the necessary action, but you don’t just wake up one day and it just happens,” Smith Millar explained.

    “There is a process that has to be gone through. We would have to get permission first to do what others can do without first asking for permission and we are engaged in that process.”

    When pressed if it meant the BAR Association was looking to take action against Pile and prevent her from practising law she responded: “There are certain actions the BAR can take but the disbarment of an attorney-at-law lies at the door of the Court of Appeal. The BAR cannot disbar anybody. We have to go through the process and it will eventually get to the Court of Appeal. I hope it will not take a long time, but we can’t disbar anyone, we can only start the process and try and hurry it along as far as we can.”

    Speaking on the recent conviction of another lawyer, Cheraine Parris, who was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for stealing over $300,000 from a client, Smith Millar condemned her actions.

    While she said Pile and Parris’ convictions did not qualify as a trend, she admitted they were two convictions too many.

    Lord have mercy on them too 🙏


  • These judges and magistrates etc WORK FOR THE TAXPAYERS who pay their monthly salaries, housing and car allowances with ADDITIONAL PERKS…they should KNOW that there should be no discrimination or corruption directed at the PEOPLE..even the law books they read guide them on HOW TO DISPENSE JUSTICE…so what do they need any training in that regard for again…they are not toddlers and many of them are uppity and arrogant like hell..

    BTW these judges are STILL VIOLATING the San Jose Charter on the rights of THE ELDERLY…60 years and over to an expeditious judicial process…maybe someone can TRAIN THEM ON THAT TOO..

    – by Linda Branch

    Judicial officers in Barbados working with counterparts across the region are taking an introspective look at their approaches to administering justice for all without barriers of gender bias or other impediments.

    “I think we are going in the right direction,” observed Acting Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes during remarks on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the closing ceremony of the Gender Sensitive Adjudication & Training workshop. The training, held December 6-7, was organized by the Canadian-funded Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project in the Caribbean in partnership with the Judiciary of Barbados. It was the second of a three-part training program, with the third scheduled for early next year.

    Weekes, one of the 10 magistrates, 18 judges and other participants who took part in the training held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, described the interactive sessions as “refreshing” and beneficial to have a more open-minded approach “as to what we can achieve as judicial officers.”

    Registrar of the Barbados Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne noted the training presentations and discussions assisted in helping participants explore and address the potential personal bias that could impact the administering of the judicial system.

    “We are making a difference together in the lives of the people we serve,” stated High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Marie Legault, in her remarks.

    Speaking further to Loop, Legault cited the strong commitment of the Canadian Government in supporting the improvement of regional court governance and administration. She noted the JURIST Project received close to CDN$20 million in funding and was a collaborative initiative with judiciary stakeholders, including the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), across the region to tackle varied areas for judicial reform and enhancements.

    JURIST Project Director Gloria Richards-Johnson indicated that the ongoing training provided a forum for the exchange of information, challenges and solutions. She noted it was a key ingredient to judicial reform efforts throughout the region, along with policy formation. The aim was to provide for more equitable judiciary systems that efficiently responded to the needs of community members, including women, girls and marginalized groups.

    “We are committed to self-introspection, committed to acquiring knowledge and committed to putting that knowledge into practice,” added Justice Jacqueline Cornelius who is a Judge of the High Court of Barbados and one of the workshop trainers. Cornelius, along with colleague Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds who is a Judge of the High Court of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, also recently returned from South Africa where she and Ramsumair-Hinds shared their knowledge on gender protocols and sexual violence against women and girls.

    Ramsumair-Hinds, another trainer, pointed out the appropriateness of the JURIST Project training session being held during the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”, an annual international campaign initiative supported by UN Women and UN Women Caribbean that pushes for the end of violence against women and girls. She cited the importance of ensuring “equal access to justice” for those persons who might face barriers against justice.

    Acting Chief Justice William J. Chandler, who attended the closing ceremony on behalf of Barbados’ Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, expressed gratitude to the Canadian Government for its financial support of the program, and praised the training presenters for their stellar efforts in sharing their expertise with participants.”


  • “While she said Pile and Parris’ convictions did not qualify as a trend, she admitted they were two convictions too many.”

    The hypocrisy and dishonesty of the Bar Rats..


  • “COVID possibly has challenged the system.”

    that excuse is not washing in this instance, the only difference this year, we are all wearing masks, but all other systems REMAIN THE SAME…


  • It is high time CXC answer the public regarding its ‘mode of operations’ and provide proper information on how it evaluates the work of candidates. I pity the students & parents due to the current fiasco. Schools, Colleges, & Universities are already open and those awaiting results are missing classes. What do they do if they now have to wait on a Request for a Re-mark? Another month for their results?

    Q1: Are the Multiple Choice papers corrected by machine or man…. or both? If by machine, what Quality Control is used to verify the machine accuracy?

    Q2: Due to Covid, Paper 2 for most subjects was scrapped. How therefore, was the final % calculated?

    Q3: Due to the current uproar by students & parents, kindly shed some light on the procedures involved if a student request (pay for) a re-mark. Popular opinion is that it’s a waste of money for the student requesting, as the mark seldom changes…. and most often remains the same, or decreases!

    Q4: How are SBA’s standardised? If Teacher A, in Country X, is prone to marking ‘easy’ and awards high marks whereas Teacher B, in Country Y, is a ‘hard’ marker …… how do you resolve such a possibility? This factor is even more important this year without a Paper 2 contribution.

    Q5: How does CXC deal with the fact that sometimes there are errors in the Answer Marking Schemes thus, penalising students unfairly?

    Q6: How does CXC deal with the fact that sometimes questions are unambiguous and there is more than one correct answer among the multiple choices?

    I am sure there are more questions that readers can post….. but the CXC website FAQ seems to only provide answers to their “look good” operations ….. and leaves out the real details!!!


  • In the UK marks are decided centrally. Let us take maths, for example, if a total of three marks per question are given, then it is decided centrally that one mark goes for the under standing of the question; one mark for the workout; and one mark for the correct answer. Individual teachers cannot change that.
    May I suggest that we hire Pearson’s or some other examining board to work closely with the CXC for at least one year to iron out these wrinkles


  • The most important part of GCSE exams is that the pass mark is decided before the exam. For example, a 45 per cent mark will get you a Grade 5, etc up to and including a 9, or A*. There are three papers (one non- calculator and two calculators), each giving a total of 80 marks. So, 36 marks per paper will give a Grade 5.
    To go on to A level the student must get at least a Grade 7.


  • One thing’s for, the colonial slaves at CXC and CAPE will NOT be branding these hardworking kids in Barbados and the Caribbean as FAILURES…the house slaves and house negros have always been failures and always will be, they will not be projecting their LOSER FAILURE SELVES on these children.

    So far it appears as being told that Guyana has overturned the failing grades that were maliciously applied to the kids, they got more than enuff problems and don’t need anymore..


  • Reading all those glowing tributes about that man who died senselessly at the hands of a murderer makes for wonder once again who are the movers and shakers behind the gun trade that exits in Barbados
    A young black entrepreneur trying to make a living is dead


  • @However, one of the biggest threats to a stable society is rising CRIME, Many Barbadian families have not managed households well enough to inculcate wholesome values because they lack meaningful support.”

    David it does not take any complicated household management to teach one’s children right from wrong.

    Our barefoot, poverty, stricken, semi-literate grandmothers managed to do it.

    If we wait on political and economic movers and shakers to tell us how to raise our children we will forever be lost, because many in our political/economic “elite” have little or nothing to do with their own minor children, although some of them have the audacity to show up for the first time at the university graduation of the same neglected children.

    And you will note that when a young man is murdered–and it is almost always a young man– or when a young man is charged with murder–and it is almost always a young man–there is NEVER a man in the cemetery yard or the courtyard to say.

    This young man is my son.

    ALWAYS a mother or grandmother, as though these young men were born through immaculate conception.

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  • Too many of our men have failed our sons.

    And this includes our economic supermen.

    And our political supermen.

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  • I remember as a child my mother told me about her best friend, they remained friends for more than 80 years.

    Ma told me that her friend’s plantation owning father lived in luxury on the hill above [east of, and uphill from] our village, and that while his white children were chauffeur driven to private schools in Bridgetown, his daughter by the black girl, walked barefoot 2 or three miles to school. And the child and her mother lived in a 16 x 10 smoke filled hut. The mother of that child gave birth before the age of consent.

    Our men have learned only too from their white master’s how to disrespect black women and their black or mixed race children.

    So get a black girl from the nigger yard pregnant, and then spend a lifetime pretending that the child is not yours.

    Our men WHITE and black have sown the wind, we are all reaping the whirlwind.


  • @David “Recently Zack Robert Nadur, an upper class 74 year old man was arrested and charged with possession of 50 rounds of .32 ammunition at his residence without a licence.”

    Wen a young man from the Pine or Haynesville or Silver Hill, or St. Lucy is charged with “with possession of 50 rounds of .32 ammunition at his residence without a licence.” do you refer to him as upper class, and if not why not?

    What if Robert Nadur is NOT upper class? What if he is exactly the same as the men from Haynesville or the Pine, or Silver Hill etc.?


  • Once again, our leader and president of our heart proves the right instinct for power by appointing a trade unionist as a candidate.

    In doing so, we are corrupting the trade unions so that they will settle for low wages in the long term when the pandemic ends, in line with my STARVE program. Very nice.


  • @Simple Simon

    The family structure from the days of old tonwhich you referenced has changed. The extended family has virtually disappeared. There is a heavy cultural penetration with the advent of the WWW etc etc. Do not simplify the issue please!


  • These results are being shared around for 3 schools….there is more, but lets see what lies they come up with in an attempt to cover up….watch it blow up on them given the other information i have.

    “5 minutes ago
    [9/24, 12:49] LUX 🤍🤍🤍: Springer has 9 scholarships
    [9/24, 12:49] LUX 🤍🤍🤍: Hc has 3… 1 scholarship and 2 exhibitions
    [9/24, 12:49] LUX 🤍🤍🤍: Qc has 0
    [9/24, 12:50] LUX 🤍🤍🤍: This really seemed deliberate.”.


  • Cuhdear BajanSeptember 24, 2020 1:03 PM

    Well said. Another example of where the plantation era has impacted adversely on life today. Nothing comes from a vacuum. This ties into the cultural issues of sexual relationships, whether heterosexual or homosexual.

    A lot of pretense and hypocrisy. No doubt that plantation owner accompanied his wife to church on Sundays, the pastor probably cow towing to the wonderful Mr.X.

    The wife probably enjoyed her tea every weekends at a club, chatting happily with her society friends.

    Remember, Bajans took the plantations and cane to the Carolinas. Not the other way around.

    That hypocrisy has flowed down well, only now coming apart at the seams, only coming apart since independence because people are not raised stupid anymore and have world views.

    But you are right, many have learnt the if they can do it, I can too.


  • Wait for the lawsuits MFs, hope yall got money.

    “Dear Parents,

    Subsequent to the release of the CXC results on Tuesday, we have been receiving reports (mainly from CAPE candidates) of students’ grades being vastly different to what was expected. Unfortunately, we were, at the time unable to assess the overall school’s results to gauge the extent of the situation, since the result’s broadsheet was not accessible. I eventually accessed the broadsheet last night and would say that the results are unprecedented in the history of our CAPE results. Our initial analysis of the CSEC results also raises concerns in certain subjects. It is our view that these results, in no way, reflect a true indication of our student’s performance and we intend to issue correspondence to both CXC and the Ministry of Education to this effect. I have already been in contact with the Local Registrar this morning and am aware that this situation is not unique to St. Mary’s, but literally all schools in the country, and across the Caribbean. It is my intention to do all that is possible to ensure that this debacle is addressed and corrected, and with the support of other principals the extent of our dissatisfaction will resonate.

    A memo was sent out by the Ministry reminding persons of the query/review procedure, which I have attached. Although this is the only official way to query a grade, I am uncertain as to its benefits given that the exams consisted of multiple choice questions (marked automatically), and the SBA (marked in house and then moderated by CXC). I leave it up to you parents to decide, but should you be interested, please follow the instructions and we will be available to receive your queries from tomorrow, Friday.

    I also urge you to stay close to your sons at this time. they have been on a traumatic roller coaster ride since March, and now have to deal with this. They need all the support they can get. Let them know that we are addressing the matter and to stay positive as much as possible and pray.

    Nigel Joseph
    St. Mary’s College
    75 Frederick Street
    Port of Spain


  • There is an alternative. Students are allowed a re-sit in November. All the dissatisfied schools have to do is to take a re-sit with Cambridge International or Edexcel or some other examining body. Bypass the CXC. Just keep tutoring the students until November.
    By the way, a student does not need CAPE/A levels to go to university.


  • “Children at Combermere got G’s didn’t know that profile exist.”


  • @David September 24, 2020 1:45 PM “@Simple Simon. The family structure from the days of old tonwhich you referenced has changed. The extended family has virtually disappeared. There is a heavy cultural penetration with the advent of the WWW etc etc. Do not simplify the issue please!”

    Devid, pleas back off do.

    I understand far more about family structure than you do.

    The extended family was NEVER supposed to be the principal raiser of children.

    Biologically the parents who brought the child into world are its principal caregivers.

    But if the father has been taught to hold his female partner in contempt,because anybody, including the plantation owners and managers and overseers can phuck she what then? And once Christianity taught that once a woman has been phucked by others is wutless and that her children are bastards, children on no man, what then?

    Do you really understand how many Bajan men have never spent a week in the home of their fathers?

    And do you understand the harm that that does to a man-child?


  • dAVID

    I remember that Dale was AG before but what he said or did it i do not know. i never used to follow politics so closely back then. My interest in politics was sharpened during the lost decade.

    The port scanners can also be considered as propaganda – you are doing a fine job at countering greenes 🙂 you dont need my help. i said what i wanted to.


  • @Simple Simon

    You have shifted the debate. The point restated is that the extended family back in the day served to do a job. We have not compensated for the change as at today. This cannot be refuted.


  • @John2

    It is not about countering at all. We are info/knowledge sharing hopefully motivated with a singular purpose in mind.


  • @Tron September 24, 2020 1:28 PM “by appointing a trade unionist as a candidate.”

    I don’t live in St. George North, but if I did I would not vote for Independent Senator Toni Moore.

    Because she did not tell me when she ceased to become Independent.

    So unless she had a Pauline moment yesterday???


    No vote.

    P.S. I did vote for the BLP in 2018


  • We do not want to go here.



  • Those uppity colonial slaves at CXC won’t be so uppity anymore when both the regional governments and parents start suing their asses off….bring them down to everyone else’s level for a change.


  • David I hope that you are not like Froon, who seemed to believe that grandmothers had a job to do.

    When a child is born, it is not because a grandmother foop anybody.

    Bajan men white and black have to stop acting like foopsters and start behaving like daddies; and RESPECTING the women who have given birth to their children.

    That, and only that wil strengthen the family.


  • Tere should be a criminal investigation and CXC should not be allowed to investigate itself…Jamaica and Trinidad have people who can carry out proper investigations.


    “The disquiet among students who recently received the Caribbean Examinations Council’s CAPE and CSEC examinations is definitely cause for concern. I am of the view that an urgent investigation must be carried out by CXC into this matter to preserve the integrity of the examinations,” Bradshaw said in a statement.

    “I know that the Council has already responded to indicate the procedure to initiate the review process by Friday, October 23. And while there must be respect for process, I do feel, however, that given the unprecedented number of students who have raised concerns, particularly those online, I would strongly urge CXC to move swiftly to investigate and also to consider the waiver of fees associated with the review.”


  • Children are already talking about dropping out of school and committing suicide across the region…..CXC is NOT getting away with this, oh hell no….these children live in societies that are disenfranchised, oppressed and exploited by corrupt black face leaders, this is the end of that shit or watch muh nuh.


  • Barbados is inviting people to spend a year living and working in the tropical paradise we call Bim.

    Shootings and murders can be a deterrent to relocating.


  • @Hants

    The most of the shooting is occurring in the housing schemes and working class hoods.


  • Cuhdear BajanSeptember 24, 2020 1:03 PM

    At the risk of appearing naive, I wish to say a few words to your advice re fathers.

    I fully support this, but more than that, the people, from every man and woman on the street to every community leader, from school teachers, to sports coaches, to members of Parliament, ALL have to commit to a new Barbados.

    Discipline and respect, in behaviour, in caring for our surroundings, in our work, in our interactions with others, should be the watchword.

    Not any thing about the Bible said. Straight up discipline and respect. It ALL starts at that. There cna be no successful country without that.

    If every person commit to an improvement in behaviour, in cleanliness, no littering, no public loud and disruptive music, courtesy on the roads, that is the start.

    Is it achievable? Probably a very unlikely thing to do, given how we have run rampant for so long. But without this, THE COUNTRY WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD!!!!

    This is the only way that there will be a future. Unfortunately, efforts at this will be undermined by those who seek the easy dollar aka drug lords mentioned above etc. Because a disciplined and respectful society cannot be exploited. By society, I mean that the culture is pervasive, embodied in the behaviour of the significant majority of the populace.

    But we need to take that step. This is absolutely necessary and it starts with the leaders telling the populace that this is the aim, this is the goal.

    I do not think that this was in the throne speech, but it should have been. All of the programs to assist society cannot work if there is no discipline and respect.

    That is where it starts. With those two things as the core attitudes, the sky is the limit.

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  • DavidSeptember 24, 2020 4:50 PM @Hants The most of the shooting is occurring in the housing schemes and working class hoods.

    No doubt socioeconomic issues, but yes, I have previously read of studies positing that apartment style multi-housing blocks encourage anti-social behaviour.

    This is where the social workers, finance department and the architects must come together with designing effective housing schemes. A maximum number of units per black, appropriately spaced and designed, for both efficiency and psychological impact.

    Up to now, the remedy for housing has been to slap a block here and there, with no aim for a beneficial atmosphere. This has to change.

    Despite some of the ignorance that Thompson did, he was right about one thing, a country is more than an economy, it is a society.

    That is what the approach needs to consider.


  • Errata, a maximum number of units per block.


  • @ Crusoe,

    In addition to the holistic solutions there must be action by the police to find and arrest the drug lords and gang leaders including the importers of guns and drugs.


  • @wura
    Are you doing comedy?

    “Children at Combermere got G’s didn’t know that profile exist.”

    I would be mad if my son couldn’t
    even get an F. They messing with children’s heads!


  • @cuhdear
    “Many Barbadian families have not managed households well enough to inculcate wholesome values because they lack meaningful support.”

    I was going to pass on it, but as you touched it, here is my comment.

    Pretentious bullshit. You telling me that because people poor they don’t have values. Carry ya …


  • @cuhdear
    “Many Barbadian families have not managed households well enough to inculcate wholesome values because they lack meaningful support.”

    I was going to pass on it, but as you touched it, here is my comment.

    Pretentious bullshit. You telling me that because people poor they don’t have values. Carry ya …


  • HantsSeptember 24, 2020 5:11 PM

    Hants, I agree, because those are the ones poisoning the chalice of the society’s lifeblood…the youth and morals.


  • Perhaps, I was too hasty. But the phrase irritated me. But I was too hasty. Apologies, BM


  • David
    There are visible–scanners, jobs first, expanded youth service, free tertiary tuition, trust loans, blockpreneurs and the completed kiosks at Ivy, Silver Hill, Parkinson Field and Bonnetts; FEED programme; court reform and more. Secondly, measurement after 24 months, especially considering Covid and how it would have constrained the programmes?


  • Almost 40 murders plus other crimes of violence
    Yet there are people still taking comfort that these murders are being committed in areas which are prone to violence
    The saying that there are two barbados continues at a low level of ineptitude and a disregard for black lives


  • “They messing with children’s heads!”

    among other things, they believe since they are divorcing Elizabeth that they’ll be free to keep their slimy little small island prison industry and little slave society intact, but there are parents who know how TO MESS BACK….

    ….ah told them already the colonial system does not belong to the slaves in Barbados, although they were allowed to control it for 60 years, it still belongs to Elizabeth…and it has to be dismantled……they are not going to enjoy their crimes against the young people or against the majority population without dire consequences and now they have involved the entire region in their plans…ah hope they know they have to take it to its logical conclusion..or they will know who is their maker……

    .told yall the bullshit about marijuana and gay unions were all distraction….


  • WURA
    You love commess, mix up and of course melodrama. 🤣🤣🤣


  • Right…tell that to the Jamaican parents and Trini parents and on and on ….. when they come looking for alyuh…yall got a lot of people unhappy right now, but that is all ya know, messing with people’s lives. of course you won’t find anything wrong with any of it because in the minds of fowls it’s ok to destroy young people.. mentally ….it’s all one big joke for you……

    until you find out that nobody fcuks with the minds of my relatives..

    have you asked yourself if some relative(s) of mine might be impacted and i have had to listen to them all day go on and on and on… which will see me pick at CXCs bones until there is nothing left…..and you know how i love picking at bones….

    have you seen the petition…

    …all i got to do is THROW GASOLINE..


  • David
    There are visible–scanners, jobs first, expanded youth service, free tertiary tuition, trust loans, blockpreneurs and the completed kiosks at Ivy, Silver Hill, Parkinson Field and Bonnetts; FEED programme; court reform and more. Secondly, measurement after 24 months, especially considering Covid and how it would have constrained the programmes?







  • GASOLINE…a class action lawsuit should drag CXC into the 21st century.



  • CXC believes it’s an occupying force, but occupiers can be REMOVED BY PARENTS…

    “We are not prepared to accept the position that CXC has taken and we intend to pursue this matter vigorously with the view to salvage whatever they have done to destroy our students’ mental and emotional capacity.”


  • Told yall a full criminal and regional investigation is warranted regarding CXC, it don’t even want to investigate itself because they are fully aware of what they did…..don’t budge, an example needs to be made in the Caribbean anyway, so that the leaders can also see that none of their low vibration agendas will be tolerated by the people either….it’s time for CXC to go, they were always useless as shite with their backwardness..


    “Educators are calling on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to investigate the alarming results for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations that appear to be dashing students’ hopes for prestigious scholarships.

    But CXC doesn’t appear to be budging in the face of thousands of irate students and parents signing online petitions against grade discrepancies and Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw asking for a probe.”


  • Mugabe has some blame in this growing crime though her predecessors, including herself, are more proximate to causes.

    But with marijuana she missed a chance to use economy and a radical land reform to transform the criminal element into a corporate force.

    We had suggested that the legalization of cannabis should have redowned to the benefit of those, exclusively, who were victims of its use previously.

    But Mugabe only understands how to mek the entrenched White and Asian elites richer.


  • Pacha.. the crooks calling themselves judges on the bench involved, the ranking police involved, the dirty lawyers, the registrar of the court involved …all tiefing an old man’s body from the QEH and robbing his UK born children of their birthright, did not tell us that ….

    ” Estate of Ishmael Steele Letters Testamentary granted to SURBIR SINGH GOGAR and DESIREE ALLEYNE on 26th February, 2020 and issued on February 28, 2020 were recalled on the the 13th day May 2020.”

    none of the frauds were related to the man, Desiree Alleyne the poor man’s neighbor took it upon herself to bring in some Afghan man living in UK, set up cameras in the victim’s house UNKNOWING TO HIM and watched him from UK, as soon as he croaked they ran off with the body and buried him and claimed to be the beneficiaries of his estate…

    All that’s left is for UK TO ISSUE WARRANTS FOR ALL OF THEM…am sure there is more than enuff to charge them all with…stinking thieves….am glad his daughter came in from UK and FIXED YOUR REPULSIVE ASSES…SCUM..

    ah found out who is behind CXC the occupying force…evil fcukers..


  • Fraudsters should be jailed. Anyone who forges names on documents should be shot in public.


  • Have a look at BU Murder Tracker in the Sidebar. Treat 2019 as an outlier. The trend of 30+ unders in Barbados points to a problem.


  • The thought that judges, police, registrar, lawyers and civil servants think it’s ok to do something so despicable to people looking just like them is very worrying, even worse they have done is consistently to the people on the island for over 60 YEARS, they made it a generational thing….and they cant deny it, their signatures are on everything and some of them even turned up at the funeral and are in photos pretending to be the man’s family members when neither him nor his family knew any of them, they can’t say a soul is lying..


  • Ah guess the “we gathering” thing is out of the question now that the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is being warned to stay away from the frauds in Barbados….what an ugly reputation..

    may as well stop trying to distrat the people with same sex unions, marijuana and republic, everyone is on to all of you…..and to seal the deal…a repulsive CXC entity that believe they are untouchable….but watch we nuh…


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