To Serve with Love

Every time Barbados enters an election period the quote attributed to the late John F. Kennedy (JFK) comes to mind – “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country“. It is said that droves of young people offered themselves for public service as a result of Kennedy glamourizing what the blogmaster considers to be the ultimate act of selflessness – offering oneself to serve the people.

As a young boy growing up starry eyed under the Bajan flag in the post 1966 period, we were inspired by that generation of Barbadian who inculcated values which aligned with the Kennedy quote. We lived at a time social centres were a hive of activity for sport, assisting with teaching skills to residents in the locale, hosting limes and many other community building activities. Most if not all so-called community practitioners were to be found a dime a dozen.

It was close to mandatory for young boys and girls to be members of the 4H Club, Boys Scouts, Girls Guide, YMCA and the numerous other civic non profit associations which all combined to foster requite skills to prepare us for future leadership roles. These types of engagements have not totally disappeared from the landscape of Barbados but one senses there is a relationship between non interest being shown by citizens in community and non profit associations and a diminishing attitude and focus in nation building behaviour.

We have concentrated and allocated billions of the national budget to growing a paper-middleclass in the last three or four decades. The consequence of which has been the emergence of a strident political directorate more concerned with feathering the nest by securing everything financial at the expense of serving with love. This is the root cause of the societal decay we continue to witness on the tiny island of Barbados in 2020. Unfortunately a scan outside of the local orb reveals that this is a universal trend.

Perhaps it is a simplistic view but the blogmaster argues that because of our small size and heavy investment in educating our people in the last 40 years – to the doom and gloomers nothing is perfect – we should be able to offer a better defence to protect from alien customs that have compromised the Barbados model we use to be admired.

We look to politicians moulded from a dysfunctional social system and wonder why things are not changing for the better. Successive governments continue to rollout policies that encourage conspicuous consumption habits, allow rampant undisciplined behaviour at the level of the individual and household, embrace all things foreign and then we wonder why has the Barbadiana brand faded. In a world where globalization is the new way, it is inevitable we will have to manage a level of multiculturalism entering our space. However, we cannot allow it to be dominant to the extent it subsumes homegrown customs which define who we prefer to be as a people.

To return to the community model on an island that measures 166 square miles cannot be too hard. Having 200,000 motors cars, mobile phones and an illegal gun in too many homes should not define who we want to be. What has to define us is our ability to cut and contrive, to assist our neighbour in times of stress, for each citizen to understand roles and responsibilities towards making Barbados the best country on the planet..feel free to add to the list. In other words we cannot leave any man, woman or child behind. An egalitarian society is idealistic but we need to strive for it.

Lastly for those offering themselves for political office to be always mindful of what JFK said – “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country

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  • This topic brings in focus Mia Mottley who belives she owns the country and in her mind the Constitution does not matter and she can do dam well as she pleases
    For certainly Kennedy words does not applies to Mottley words and action
    In any other democracy run by the rule of law calls for Mottley resignation would be loud and clear
    She has placed barbadians and barbados on a dangerous path of being ruled by dictatorship laws and regulations
    Those with greater understanding of Democratic rule are the ones who should step out and be guided by Kennedy words to stop the madness of Mottley whose has an insatiable appetite for power

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  • Steuspe

    On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 9:39 AM Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • Steupse back to you David
    Truth is bitter but must be told

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  • It was close to mandatory for young boys and girls to be members of the 4H Club, Boys Scouts, Girls Guide, YMCA and the numerous other civic non profit associations which all combined to foster requite skills to prepare us for future leadership roles.

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    What do all of these civic not for profit associations have in common that could explain people turning their backs on them?

    HINT: They also have the same thing in common with JFK and his words.

    So why are we surprised?

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  • Another hint!!!

    “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country“

    What is the difference between “your country” and “your Government”?

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  • David

    It matters not how much you, rhetorically, bury, pardom the mixed metaphors, your writings in the sayings of the JFKs we’ve seen, this socalled underlying “democracy” compact can no longer hold at its centre. On balance, even Kennedy himself was a product of the very fraudulent electoral system at the heart of the wider existential threats we face.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    First of all,I would like to thank all those politicians and want to be politicians for coming forward at great expense and risks to themselves ,and offering themselves for public service.
    You will find that it is a thankless task. They are noise makers who do not have the courage to come forward to offer them selves but view themselves as judges, unpaid and uninvited critics of your politics and your families. Ignore them. They are of no consequence. It is bare envy that they are displaying and a large dose of ignorance of what is required to manage the affairs of this country. They just do not have it and hope to live vicariously through you. Keep on soldiering on.

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  • “Having 200,000 motors cars, mobile phones and an illegal gun in too many homes should not define who we want to be.”
    Small point.

    The number 200,000 caught my eye.
    I googled to learn that in 2015, there were 90k cars and 20K commercial vehicles.

    One hundred and ten thousand vehicles. This was surprising, especially given the dire need for public transport.

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  • Vincent Codrington
    What a complete asshole you are.

    Or maybe you live on another planet because these misinformed mouthings seem wholly inconsistent to lived realities everywhere on Earth.

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  • @ Vincent

    The bitter tongue speaks. It is an admission of in ability to discuss with reason. Abuse, ignorance and aggression, an explosive mix. Let us call it the Bajan recipe.

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  • @Pacha

    No man or man made system is perfect.let us go with the meaning the words convey and forget the man.

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  • Has the ugly man from england said any new here in the last 10 years?

    That is worthy of bitterness.

    Indeed the unfortunate reality that a halton austin and a vincent codrington exist fortified by a belief that some cultural importance lies with them is unfortunate and worthy of the application of extreme malice.

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  • @Vincent Codrington,

    i have often wondered why you never put up yourself as a representative of the people in some constituency. why, if you dont mind answering?

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  • David

    What is a man?

    Why are meanings important?

    And if JFK was the product of a fraudulent election should not all the forces be weighed and not just rely on a single factoid, quote.

    Warning, this is a deeply intellectualised debate not likely to meet the favour of the ugly man who wants to say the same shiiite all day, all night.

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  • @Pacha

    Focus on the weight of the words, do the words make sense?

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  • Yes, they make complete sense for the time spoken and to the nation statism that was.

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  • @Pacha

    The words have a timeless meaning.

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  • David

    How could that be.
    The notion of a country has been a very recent creation, post 1648.
    In the future another fiction may replace it.

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  • Pacha
    I am no scholar.I know I will also achieve the wrath of your angry tongue. Why do you always to curse those who have a different opinion from you as it relates democratic governance? From what you write I take it you are a believer in communism/socialism.To me opposing views are not entertained in those systems.The leaders are always despots who enjoy the sweets of the country like the animal farm tale.

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  • Ok
    No, permit us to know better, we reserve that tongue for particular usages. You are in no such iminent danger.

    And how is Donald Trump, and many historically loved by the West, any different to those you comdemn?

    Our point is that this has to go beyond personal commitments to isms.

    Personally, we care not what colour the cat is once it catches mice, sic

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  • First of all, I would like to thank all those politicians and want to be politicians for coming forward at great expense and risks to themselves ,and offering themselves for public service.

    Hahah. Joke of the day. What service what?! Politicians in Barbados serve no one but themselves and the odd young damsel. Politics in Barbados is primarily a means to amass great wealth and perquisites. Nada mas.

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  • @Pacha
    The notion of a country has been a very recent creation, post 1648. In the future another fiction may replace it.

    Correct. I would go further and add that the contemporary notion of of the modern nation state, the sovereign state began after WW2.
    The idea of nation is not fixed and immutable and changes with time. It is not timeless.

    @David wheel and come again.

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  • @Dullard

    #Esoteric

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  • @David

    #Factsarefacts

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  • David
    The failure to accept the position of The Dullard threatens to prevent you from properly understanding current phenomena. LOL

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  • @Pacha

    Do you observe how BU commenters prefer to discuss corn beef politics instead of the more meaty issues which require some independent thought?

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  • @Dullard

    I like your idea of the modern nation state being born after World War Two. Was it to do with the break up of the British Empire? What about the division of Africa? Or, even, the Westphalia settlement?

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  • David

    That has always been our constant and greatest frustration.

    It is like if the conversation begins from scratch every time with belligerents in their corners.

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  • Pacha..it’s about time this happens, Barbados is 40 YEARS BEYOND THE POINT OF RIDICULOUS….we’ve spent years on this blog, outlining the stupidity and many offfered a way forward out of tourism dependency and colonial racist politicies but the ignorant fowl slaves made sure to fight back….well there is NO FIGHTING BACK ANYMORE….bunch of asses.

    As long as the miinorities were able to enrich themselves, STEAL BLACK PEOPLE’S MONEY those black face frauds in the parliament cared nothing aboiut the majority populaton and their families, after begging them for votes…well take this….SELLOUTS..Tiefing the people’s money, giving it away….writing off 1 BILLIONS in VAT STOLEN by ya business partners, who should ALL be in prison, now ya BEGGING FOR SEBT RELIEF…..ya must think these people are just as STUPID AS YOU….and don’t know that every black government in that parliament have UNDERSERVED the majority population..

    all the time they were lyng, tiefing and selling out, they never told the people they had decades of low growth, ya have low growth but TIEFING BY THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS…all of you should be in PRISON.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/10/10/barbados-told-not-to-expect-debt-relief/

    “Mottley has argued that there could be severe consequences for small states that have been suffering from high debt and low growth for decades.”

    “A top official of the World Bank has poured cold water on any hopes of Barbados getting debt relief from lending partners.

    World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean Martin Rama said countries in the Caribbean should not count on getting any debt relief and should therefore look seriously at other alternatives of effectively managing and growing their economies.”

    Police need to SPEAK about the decades of interference by backward, corrupt politicians who have RUINED the reputation of the force with their wicked policies…

    “A retired high-ranking law enforcement officer has accused politicians of interfering in the operations of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), and he has urged senior lawmen to stand up to the political directorate.

    Although he did not identify any particular politician, former Deputy Commissioner Bertie Hinds, in a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, charged that “politicians like to put roadblocks in your way”.

    While stopping short of pointing fingers at anyone for “interfering” in the promotions process within the RBPF, Hinds, who had a fractious relationship with his former boss Darwin Dottin, now a Government consultant, pulled no punches regarding the quality of leadership put in place over the years.”

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  • You can’t only ask citizens to give of their best when the party you support is in office. A positive call for nationalism of ones country should be constant not intermittent.
    Saying that the current pack of political jokers come to serve this country is a pure joke. What is their ideology, philosophy?Where is the record of these servants for the past fifty four years? Where is the legislation on land reform; enfranchisement? Did theses servants deliver water to the rural areas ? Why are the poor Black people who look like them still suffering while others are relieved from taxes and given mammoth financial aid?
    Sometimes one laughs so as not to cry when reading BU.
    Yep they come to serve all right but the last half century certainly shows they are not serving the majority of people who look like them!
    We still praising them for garbage trucks, buses and putting marl in pot holes. When the folks in the rural areas get water they are so happy they call Brasstacks.
    In the meantime millions going to consultants ……… yes sir they do serve but not the folks who look like them and this goes for both of the major parties. Yep after 54 years of independence we know who gets this incredible service.

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  • Miseducated, corrupt, self-destructive, self-hating negros with slave titles…how does it feel, now the laughingstock of the region…who would still rob and sell out their own by default.

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  • At least Elizabeth now has a whiff of what her little pet slaves, pet monkeys, PET SNAKES are desperate and want to GET AWAY FROM HER to do, she thinks she got plans but theirs are much, much bigger….

    man makes plans, the DIVINE laughs…

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  • David

    We were never convinced that the political elites have been very successful in feathering their own nests.
    That the appropriation of public resources, through any guise, was a reliable wealth accumulation model.

    In other words that they are any good at thieffing, anything more than petty crooks.

    What they have excelled at, like dutiful servants, managed to consolidate most of the new wealth created into a few hands of the people in the minority communities.

    This is their gift to country.

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  • @Pacha

    You can use all the euphemisms in the world, it does not change the fact that any type of behaviour that cheats the people and is rewarded with crumbs from the table whether in kind or money is what it is.

    We have created a zombie class who believe by placing an x on a ballot paper, civic responsibility has been discharged. We have to turn this around.

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  • Elizabeth’s colonial pet snakes in Barbados….all because they could not steal the family’s estate, the daughter fought until she t FRAUDULENT LETTERS OF TESTAMENTARY WERE RESCINDED, this is their retaliation….a set up, wuh they SETUP THE MIGHTY UNITED STATES …ya think they frighten to setup anyone else….really…

    “Valerie-Suzette Jean-Marie
    a Uk citizen has been arrested for telling the truth about the corruption in Barbados that was able to let a man from Afghanistan collect her father’s body after his suspicious death and since have held onto his estate illegally . So Pamela Small who buried Valerie-Suzette Jean-Marie father illegally told her to come to the funeral Parlour today even though she was told to come on Monday and was arrested when leaving . Set her up .low lifes.”

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  • David

    We would be willing to tolerate a cadre of generationally corrupt Black politicians if in exchange the standard requirement that any and all significant developments in the country have to go to the “hirelings”

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  • For the removal of this cultural requirement.

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  • David

    Call for the disgorement of the wealth accumulated as a result of the corrupt acts by politicians and senior civil servants.

    Mugabe will listen to an editor with your influence.

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  • Disgorgement

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  • Pacha you know that will never happen. It will have be Mugabe, Zimbabwe- the very behaviour you accuser off now you call for her adopt. Make your mind up?

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  • A respected man of the soil step out of his comfort zone to serve the people
    Here comes Gline Clarke on stage talking s.hit about the man because he got him a job
    These socalled political parasites who serve themselves while as ministers need to leave the political landscape quietly
    For every finger they point at someone
    Two is pointing back at them
    Gline Clarke a political parasite has sung 26 years for his supper and has been rewarded having nothing to show but bush and unfinished projects in SGN

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  • That’s what they do. All favors are eventually made public. Loans, jobs any help is revealed. How low can these BLPDLP political vermin go . That’s the great service some on this blog talk about.

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  • But I thought Gline helped no one and did naffin but wuk fuh wuk? The lies and hypocrisy.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Incumbent Leaders of USA and UK, Trump and Johnson, show that powerful nations lie and make up their own truths for propaganda, wars, and trade with false narratives against other nations and people like China, Muslims, Liberal minds etc.
    If you do not toe the line and propagate their false narratives or you become successful enough to be a strong competitor, then you are marked as a threat to their national security and attacked with darks arts of spy wars, trade wars, wars and rumours of wars. Good strong righteous moral Leaders who serve all will always vilified. All main religions and Abrahamic religions are Afroasiatic where people are spiritual minded, Capitalistic nations of West hijacked religions and technology to possess the Power of God, if you do not kill and lie to steal world resources, then you are deemed too soft to lead their nations.

    ▶️ When Jah Comes, Iron Dub

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  • David
    Leroy Parris qualifies as an example in our case against corporate elites benefiting from political corruption for disgorgement.

    If you are disinclined to follow the money you have no right to talk about political crimes.

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  • @Pacha

    How many BU blogs have been posted about the corrupt Parris and David Thompson?

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  • In addition, the banks in barbados placed “sanctions” on him.

    Now he”ll be carried to the brink of bankrupcy by the courts

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  • Endless

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  • We need more to be made examples.many of these well placed citizens manage so-called respectable business fronts protected by the political class.

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  • What they have excelled at, like dutiful servants, managed to consolidate most of the new wealth created into a few hands of the people in the minority communities.

    @Pacha
    In your view, what is the logical conclusion of this?

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  • Corporate , Legal,Political and Intellectual corruption the diabolical cocktail of our current state.
    And we actually believe it can be solved by the same people who mix it every day.
    No wonder they treat us with such contempt.

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  • Exactly!

    If sanctions were good for Parris and a long list of Black businessmen challenging White interests they should be good for the historically corrupted White businessmen as well.

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  • Dullard

    We are well known for resorting to an instrument which has proven itself a reliable instrument of social transformation LOL.

    However, that may not be useful to you. We suggested 30 years ago that the cooperative movement has the potential to more evenly and democratically distribute resources and should be the dominant economic force in our country.

    Today, we may say the Mondragon model for empowerment

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  • @Pacha

    The establishment is not setup to prosecute prominent White people.

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  • David

    So what we gine do? Live till death under White corruption, officially sanctioned.

    Yes, we have to lock up the Black politicians but also the beneficiaries of their crimes.

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  • We have to continue with the tactics of attrition and be ready when the tipping point appears.

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  • David
    A gradualistic approach will never work. If we are serious we have to bite the bullet now.

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  • David
    You give this system a 500 year headstart and would resort to gradualism. Nah!

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  • @Pacha

    A trigger event must occur to create the disruption we want. The gradualistic approach you mentioned is all a part of the process to lead to that disruption event- we hope!

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  • Read the majority commentary on BU, local media, at large- the majority of Barbadians are greatly influenced by establishment rhetoric. It will be a hard climb.

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  • David
    All this tells us is that they are sheep waiting for right leadership.

    If this pandemic, deep recession, is not your trigger event, what could be.

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  • @Pacha

    Look around the regional and international spaces, what is the approach? We have seen changes to how the establishment will be distributing products and services via technology and that is all. The zero sum game exemplified. We have not seen the commensurate adjustment to mindsets. Our expectations suggest we want more of the same.

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  • David
    Yes. In all this corporare elites mekking uber dinero.

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  • “be ready when the tipping point appears.”

    we know Blogmaster is patient, but even he has to know that “tipping points” only appear once every millenna , we are smack in the middle of one now, better not wait for another, we don’t have 500 years to get anything right, if we include the demonic portuguese, 500 is already long gone.and others are way ahead by 400 already..

    first order of business…get rid of the cursed fraudulent pretend leaders WHO LIED THEIR WAY into the parliament…make an example of them so the other retards in waiting slow down and don’t think they hit a jackpot instead of being hired for a job of managing THE PEOPLE’S MONEY AND WELLBEING..

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  • fowl slaves….the younger generation is coming for yall, and guess who is going to guide them, ya done know am not sentimental and would never give any type of shit…so carry on smartly..

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  • I personally want to know when Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean will start dismantling the slave societies that they are so proud of maintaining with the people’s money, that shite about ” building a Caribbean civilization” is nonsense, these islands are slave socieites and have been for hundreds of years, so Enuff with the bullshit, ya can’t build any civilization that are still slave societies….what are yall going to call it??? Civilization of Slave Societies……..

    Sir Slave Title Shillary needs to come clean…Enuff already..

    https://scontent.fbgi3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p843x403/121004403_3560311774007521_4461701415252715069_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=swOUf18pwSoAX8__V6j&_nc_ht=scontent.fbgi3-1.fna&tp=6&oh=51e3464e37f1e60dbbaea6e66399e07e&oe=5FA76F3E

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  • Tens of millions of people are seeing this, very bad business.

    watch muh nuh..

    “Winston Clarke
    tSp9htotfnsored ·
    Jackie Stewart is correct. These people are trying to shut Valerie up in every way possible. This same person who is trying to lock Valerie up put herself in the way to stop Valerie from changing the locks on her father’s house so their friend could get into it; sell the things in it, rent it out and try to sell it. This same person came on facebook and showed Valerie the watch Valerie had given to her father for his birthday and told Valerie she is not getting it back. This person is so afraid that she and her cohorts tried to plant Valerie’s luggage at the airport but Valerie suspected this and did not have any luggage when she was leaving. They tried spreading a rumour that Valerie had Covid. They are afraid because Valerie now has information which can lock all of them away. They are in for a surprise because Scotland Yard also has the matter. The fraud was commited in more than one jurisdiction. The fraud squad here wants to know who signed the name Garfield Steele on the permission note to the funeral home. They made a big error; his name is not Steele and he has never been to Barbados. All of you will fall. The bank has camera footage of you withdrawing money from her dad’s account 22 months after he had died. The licensing authority has said none of you are to drive P 4809 yet you are still driving it.0 ICBL now has the recall letter. Stop showing letters that have been recalled and have been deemed fraudulent.”

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  • @David “Having 200,000 motors cars, mobile phones and an illegal gun in too many homes.”

    Dear David:

    I do not have a gun, so therefore in a place with less than 100,000 households, it must mean that somebody has my gun. Can anybody please tell me where I can pick it up please. O! and I don’t have a car either, so if wunna can tell me where to get one, perhaps I can make one trip outside and pick up both my items.

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  • @Simple Simon

    It is an obvious embellishment to make the point.

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  • I still want my gun and my car.

    Because I is people too.

    Unfortunately our politicians, all parties do favors for family, friends, school mates, lodge buddies, and campaign financiers.

    And the money for all f these favours actually all comes out of the labor of decent hard working Bajans. Now that decent hard working Bajans out of work because of Covid the “business class” and the “political class” all hollering fah murder.

    Most of our politicians when they first enter politics don’t have a po to piss in nor a window to throw it through.

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  • Cuddear….all of those little pissy politicains in Barbados are Elizabeth’s colonial relics and she should make a sweep, pick them up and put them in museums in UK or spread them around the various palaces as display pieces, they have served no real purpose for over 50 years, it’s a shame, Elizabeth maybe the only one proud of them outside of their yardfowls and only as a successful experiment.

    I could swear Mia was begging Lawson’s boyfriend to open Canada so she could have tourists flying in droves to infect Barbados with the plague, when he was hot and sweaty to get on the UNs security council, instead of asking for something realistic that would benefit Black Bajans,now that there is more water than flour re Covid, all of a sudden Canada is on a high risk list…that is and has always been the level of intelligence in the parliament…extremely low grade and low vibration.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/11/canada-now-high-risk-list/

    “Barbados has placed Canada in the high-risk category in a new set of COVID-19 travel protocols which go into effect on October 16.”

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  • Our model of government must be amended. It is not relevant in these times Ezra Alleyne.

    The Senate: Upper House?

    By Ezra Alleyne
    Last week we noted that the Senate can be a major check and balance on constitutional change. This week I wrap up with these further observations on the Upper House, aka the Senate.
    The two-thirds “check and balance” majority needed in the Senate to change some sections of the Constitution works in a precise arithmetical manner.
    The founding fathers ensured that to secure a twothirds majority (or 14 ayes) voting for constitutional change in the Senate, the Government of the day with 12 senators, has to get support either from the two Opposition senators or from the Governor General’s seven nominees since the Government cannot raise 14 votes on its own.
    Barbados Labour Party (BLP) governments really start with only 11 “aye” votes since that party’s traditional practice has been to choose the President of the Senate from among its 12 Government senators.
    In reality, such Governments need support from both the Opposition senators and from at least one or more of the Governor General’s nominees. If the two Opposition senators vote against the bill or abstain, then at least three of the Governor General’s nominees will be required to join with the Government’s 11 votes to pass the bill.
    So that if and when the Presidency of the Senate is filled by a Governor General’s nominee (as happened in 1971 under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration), a major leg of the check and balance the two-thirds majority can then be obtained simply by the Government securing two ayes in addition to the 12 ayes they start with.
    Now if 14 of the 21 Senators owe their appointment to the electorate’s choice of Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, how accurate then, are the descriptions “Upper and Lower”?
    The “Lower” elected Assembly is the more powerful house, but the appointed “Upper House” Senate has muscle when it comes to constitutional change.
    It may be easier to rationalise if we refer to the Senate as the Second Chamber rather than the Upper House, as some expert commentators have done.
    Anyways, consider these “sensational” senatorial events and smile: It seems unbelievable that two senators were fired from the Senate under a street light at a local political meeting. But it is true. The late Harold Hoyte captures this event well in his book Eyewitness To Order And Disorder.
    At Page 334, he wrote:
    “In political circles it was reported that the two senators (Denis Hunte and John Connell) were fired by their Opposition Leader Errol Barrow under a street light at a political meeting held at Tweedside Road, St Michael.
    Fired immediately
    “I well remember Barrow telling the crowd that night that the two gentlemen representing his party would have their appointments revoked as a result of a letter he would write to the Governor General the following day. Then Barrow snapped, ‘In fact, they are fired right now’, to the loud cheers of the partisan crowd eager for the political blood of the presumed traitors.”
    Matter fixed, but the letter had to be sent; and it went, and it must have been foolproof and precise in every detail as this related Senate story from Trinidad and Tobago shows: Talk is cheap, but writing certifies action.
    Sometime in the mid-60s another Leader of the Opposition, but in Trinidad, Mr Stephen Maharaj, faced a revolt among his parliamentarians. He sacked the four dissident senators, but unlike Mr Barrow’s surgical strike, Maharaj’s “sacking” attempt
    backfired. It failed on a legal point.
    The report is that Maharaj had apparently quoted the wrong section of the Constitution when he sent his advice by letter to the Governor General to fire the senators. His appeal against this decision was dismissed. What a thing! The lesson: Write it right.
    Three “blind mice”
    The next Senate incident occurred right here in Barbados when the BLP had only three so-called “blind mice” members in the Lower House Dr Richie Haynes, having broken with the DLP, carried three of the estranged DLP members with him, formed the National Democratic Party and invoked the Constitution, and informed the whole of Barbados that four is greater than three. Haynes was duly appointed Leader of the Opposition, replacing Henry Forde.
    The two BLP senators (Dame) Billie Miller and (Sir) Louis Tull had their senatorial appointments revoked, effectively through the actions of someone who had not appointed them.
    According to Sir James Cameron Tudor, the DLP’s highly regarded political and constitutional expert, that was the day when “arithmetic became the handmaiden of folly”. No comment.
    Finally, in both the Barrow and Maharaj stories, elected members had also voted against the party line.
    Neither Barrow nor Maharaj attempted to fire them. They were elected by the voters, and untouchable. On the other hand, senators are appointed, and can be dis-appointed.
    Clearly, Toni Moore knows a thing or two about politics. Trade unionists are more secure in the Lower House.
    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

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  • Per usual Adrian Greene hits on the kernel of the matter.


    Bag of riddles for Bim

    Today, I feel like a red plastic bag; bright and brilliant, of great practical use and benefit, and still stirring strong despite how some may want to phase me out. But, uh feeling old, boy. The way I move, I like to keep it straight. I don’t know if I’m able to twist and turn and bend reason to suit whatever my purpose is, in the way that seems so common. I am old enough to know, though, that this is nothing new.
    The issues of the day could be material taken from old calypsos. The issues of today seem to be the issues of yesterday and the days before that. They keep coming back because we seem to lack the ability to be intellectually honest. Barbadian indignation at President Donald Trump is either hypocrisy or ignorance of the culture of our own politics.
    Barbadians focusing on the racial situation in the United States is a good way to avoid dealing with persistent racial issues at home, which plagued us from day one.
    But I’m a believer. I believe that Barbados has something important to contribute to the world. Many have left these shores if not physically, emotionally. They have given up on the idea and project of Barbados. I can’t say I blame them. Barbados, with its focus on the economic numbers and figures has in many respect neglected actual Barbadians.
    However, I am alive and I live here. It is here I intend to stay.
    So, the only sensible thing to do is to try to make sure that Bim will rise and not fall.
    Mr Harding can’t die
    The only way I can see to do that is to be real and admit that Mr Harding can’t die, and for Barbados to ask itself honestly: “Who or what am I?” Barbados is Mr Harding’s outside child, born to the enslaved. The ghost of the Mr Harding haunts us and possesses us to continually disown our mother. Independence did not automatically exorcise Harding’s demon and neither will becoming a republic. Until we develop a system and culture of our own, we will continue to be hitched to and dragged by Harding’s wagon/ system. It will always be another Middle Passage again and again.
    There is so much to consider bout here, that it could make you lose your hair. And it is difficult to come to any secure conclusion because there is so much hearsay and you can’t always believe what you hear. A lot of what we see is red; red blood, red alerts and red flags. It is enough to give you the red light. Time to stop and exercise some caution because things are getting hairy.
    Paying a high price
    It’s time to count the cost of a fixation on accounting and economics while neglecting those areas of national life which are not so easily accounted for, yet account for so much of our national well-being. We’re paying a high price for a false perception of success.
    The country has been sick and not well for a long time. Yes, for more than a decade. An injection of recycled
    blood every five years will not do it. Any government that is not significantly and openly reforming governance is placing plastas on gunshot wounds. Any government that sees art and culture strictly in economic terms is polluting the waters that nourish the national consciousness.
    Any people that does not understand this has not been paying attention and taking notes.
    Our calypsonians used to help to keep us honest. For a better understanding of the role of the artist in a healthy nation, I suggest going on YouTube and binge watching old RPB songs. Start with “My Victory” and “ Craftsmen of our Fate.”
    Art can be medicine or poison. But when artists who
    could be strict guardians of our heritage are undervalued their hands are tied up.
    When we realise what George Lamming meant when he said that art is the purpose of education, we will have an eruption of innovation, live a volcano and a fantastic national boat ride.

    Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email: Adriangreen14@ gmail.com

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  • Ezra is now talking about the ‘founding fathers’ of the Barbados constitution. Who are they? Is the man crazy?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    What is” these times”? And what Model of Government do you suggest for “these times”?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin at & :45 AM
    Surely from the context in which it is used you can surmise who the “founding fathers” are? The constitutions of former colonies did not fall, like manna, from the sky. Those who argued for self government had a big hand in deciding the form of governance.

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  • @Vincent

    The only thing constant is CHANGE.

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  • @ Vincent
    No. That is why I asked. Who were they? I never assume I know things I do not know.

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  • @Hal,

    i agree. whilst some are useful most of these Americanisms that creep into our lexicon are annoying. i wish we would just say what we mean

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hal Austin
    You are also recorded in the archives of BU to state that you do not ask questions the answer to which you do not know. I take it you are using the “do not know ” plaster on this particular blog today.

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  • @ Vincent

    I do not know the authors of the Barbados constitution. I think I am familiar with one of the popular names. If you know the authors you are better informed than I am.
    According to one BU sage, it was written by the Brits. Was it? Others say Barrow was the father of independence. Does that also mean he was the founding father of independence? And, if so, does that include writing the constitution? We need historical accuracy.
    By the way, in cross examination (or interrogating an interviewee) do not ask questions unless you know the answer ie you need to know if you are being misled.
    Ordinarily, if you do not know the answer you ask for it.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 9:11 AM

    We, therefore, do not need to consciously amend the Model of Government. It too is changing imperceptibly along with the changing times. Why do we need this mythical disruption?

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  • 😃😃😃
    The truth is, I try to keep some comments to myself. And then one of you almost draw me out.

    Will not speak out unless I hear talk of “founding mothers”.

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  • @Vincent

    As you would have read, a gradualist approach has its detractors.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mr Blogmaster, the earliest responses spoke directly to the awesome ‘contradiction’ of your screed and piqued my cynicism of political conversation…

    How do you, dear sir invoke the words (cultural penetration) of a foreigner like a US president who the blogger aptly describes as “himself […] a product of the very fraudulent electoral system at the heart of the wider existential threats we face” … and then lament that “we should be able to offer a better defence to protect from alien customs that have compromised the Barbados model we use to [admire]”???

    Bro, I get where you are trying to go but that’s like saying you are a ‘green activist” and travelling from meeting to meeting on a badly tuned smoke belching ‘Roadmaster’ Indian motorcycle: absolutely counter-balancing!

    And NOT taking anything away from the benefits derived from any of the programs noted but one must RECOGNIZE (again as the blogger suggests) that the US Peace Corps ran by a Kennedy scion was very much used as US ‘imperial’ tentacles … exactly often abusing (inadvertently or otherwise) the local cultural that you now look upon so wistfully! … So yes… you are going into a quite “simplistic view” of what we as a small nation can and cannot do to re-establish and reclaim a stronger local identity!

    We really need to stop and ask ourselves exactly WHAT was our supposed ‘identity’ and then as important how and from whom did we develop those and how they evolved from generation to generation as influences CHANGED…why now do we EXPECT that they will not continue to be modified as we move forward under ever shifting dynamics!

    BTW, as you further opine WHY do we continue to expect that “politicians moulded from a dysfunctional social system” can change or will change things “for the better.” … We go over this blog after blog after blog: politicians REFLECT society and they often change NOTHING unless they are “moulded” from those same citizens and are ‘pushed’ to power from that mould to reflect that change … We always are seeking the grand independent leader who completely bucks the majority to represent the alleged silent moral minority… and then we cry autocrat when that leader is not the ‘benevolent’ dictator we seek!

    “Successive governments continue to rollout policies that” …the ELECTORATE fundamentally endorse … so yes “To return to the community model on an island that measures 166 square miles” is very HARD… because Bajans do not DEMAND that of their elected reps … well OTHER THAN PRETTY TALK that is!

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  • It bothers me when we borrow bits and pieces of American politics/history/culture and wrap ourselves in it.

    I find it hard to believe that across the colonies that became independent, separate groups of people say down and came up with almost the same document. Even the Bible does not claim that a large number of men independently wrote the same version of one book.

    I prefer to believe a clerk in England put it together and distributed it.

    Do you remember a few days ago, when the argument was about televised debates?

    It is a local race; a candidate could reach a more targeted audience by taking his message to the streets (big truck and speakers) and setting up his own website but we want to the national Harris/Pence thing.

    Only Mia and her surrogate benefit from a national tv debate.

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  • @Dee Word

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with borrowing from the learnings and best practices if alien cultures and try to infuse with local narratives. The thesis of the moment is that a society and economy is as functional as the capacity, ability of individuals to deliver at a high and consistent quality based on what we identify to our values, you mentioned identify. While the circumstances that provoked JFK would have been different, it does not change the equation for us as far as what his words portend.

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  • “Independence did not automatically exorcise Harding’s demon and neither will becoming a republic. Until we develop a system and culture of our own, we will continue to be hitched to and dragged by Harding’s wagon/ system. It will always be another Middle Passage again and again.”

    he certainly nailed it, but no matter how sweet and concise the writing or rough and ready like mine, it will all, unfortunately, be ignored, new negros only want to project to the world that they are large and in charge and show how much they can brutalize, rob, dehumanize, demoralize and reduce their own people using a system they did not create.

    sorry Adrian, they will ignore you, ignore African culture as usual, and they sure as hell don’t know how to develop any new system or culture on their own……

    Ms. FIghting Imperialism without any shame, was begging Pope Fraud to create a new order for her, and just a week or two ago was begging either EU or North America for a new financial system, so don’t hold your breath….these are vote begging, fly-by-nighters….with no substance and even less intelligence.

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  • “I prefer to believe a clerk in England put it together and distributed it”

    Theo…don’t mind the delusional, we went through this thoroughly on BU already with a copy of some of the Constitution posted to the site, it was a document drafted in Whitehall by some bored clerk and based on the 16th century slave system, am sure that draft sat in the dusty basement at Whitehall for at least 20-40 years before it was dusted off and delivered to them in 1965-66, it has only been amended about 17 or 18 times by the squatters in the parliament…they had no hand in its original design and creation…..and were granted PERMISSION to be psuedo “independent” by UK….these are jokers who have always pretended to be in control, they are only in control of their own people whom they victimize.

    One godhorse lawyer was boasting up and down that he designed it, but he had to have meant the one they were all playing around with in their dreams of republic..since 1998 with Henry Forde…which is still in draft form.

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  • I realized that we go around in circles, so talk of the founding fathers will be with us again.
    –xx–
    Given the ‘gravitas assigned to EA, I will assume he is perpetually punching below his weight.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mr Blogmaster I completely agree that “There is absolutely nothing wrong with borrowing from the learnings and best practices [of] alien cultures and try to infuse with local narratives” and that“While the circumstances that provoked JFK would have been different, it does not change the equation for us as far as what his words portend.”

    Thus my cynicism that you can so strongly opine that “we should be able to offer a better defence to protect from alien customs that have compromised the Barbados model we use to be admired.”

    When you borrow foreign best practices you of necessity bring with it some of the foreign customs that created those practices – now adapted to fit your culture – thus you also then automatically (continually) modify parts of your ethos.as well with those foreign mores.

    We can’t expect to sip and sup so wantonly on those ‘learnings’ from afar and not expect that overtime we will reshape ourselves to become a vastly different society to the point that it’s almost impossible to “return to the community model on an island that measures 166 square miles” which we may not even remember!

    You get the benefit of advances when you have these modern open border influences but you also lose your “identity”. History paints a sad picture on that. There are very few Amish societies or Amazon forest tribes left untouched and as soon as the new “learnings” come to their village center it’s “good bye” small state “community model”!

    It’s a utopian’s dream not to expect drastic cultural degradation from the stronger outside influence… Barbados has done reasonably well over these many years to keep things from a complete surrender. but is fast going downhill right about now. On that we can agree!

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  • @Dee Word

    Let us agree to disagree. This like many of the issues that affect us are not binary matters to solve.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Is the query,“you is a rassh***”, half-a-idiot” a figure of speech for us Bajans that if used by a Guyanese, for example, would automatically be translated by savvy folks as ‘Banna, you is a scunt or what’ !

    What are words if not the simple means of communication to express an idea as powerfully as is possible…so what is a ‘founding father” other than a figure of speech – admittedly made FAMOUS by the US constitution – (BUT a figure of speech nevertheless) which is summarily described in the dictionary as: “an originator of an institution or movement”

    Thus as @VC noted “Surely from the context in which it is used you can surmise who the “founding fathers” are” supposed to be: our founders (whomever they may be named) of our political movement.

    Why beat the simple words to death … is this too the latest fear of more “foreign” corruption of our culture!

    Looka, I vote to ban all books, internet and learnings yes… leh we get back to word of mouth style ‘basics’! …. Wait what’s the Yoruba or should that be Swahili for that influenced English word.

    Really guys get real, please!

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  • @DpD
    Before I begin to answer you.
    Name one founding father that wrote the Barbados constitution.
    Don’t just toss out the name of a politician who was active around independence.

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  • We must be wary of context.

    Can a lie that is given added context become a truth?

    To claim to have written our own constitution is equivalent to plagiarism? Can plagiarism given
    added context become authorship?

    We have a constitution. Why must we wrap it in the story of others?

    How can we reject the alternative facts of others and then try to ram a next set of alternative facts down the throats of others.

    We decided ourselves when we try to make giants out of our leaders. Perhaps, we should ask ourselves.. ‘ “Given geniuses like Barrow, Adams, .and others, why has our nation retrogressed?”

    Hint.. one-eyed men; land of the blind.

    Take the donation and say “thank you”. Don’t embellish.

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  • We deceive ourselves when we try to make giants out of our leaders. Perhaps, we should ask ourselves.. ‘ “Given geniuses like Barrow, Adams, .and others, why has our nation retrogressed?”

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