Ode to Lack of Transparency @NIS

The BU Intelligentsia is a talented crew. If there is doubt the following Ode was posted to the Walter Blackman’s Political Insights blog by the man from the Great White North.

“The time has come”, the Walter said,
‘to talk of many things’
Of NIS, and severance and quivering rears
Of politics and of stings
And why the ? LP’s always rule
And whether touts can sing.

“But hold your horse” the rum shop cried
Before we shoot the breeze
For some of us party hacks,
And most are retirees
“No hurry” said the Blogmaster,
And they thanked him for the ease.

“Analysis by colour” the rum shop cried
Is chiefly what we require
Pepper and Salt otherwise
Fulfill much of our desire
Whatever the intended topic
Let skin tone fuel our fire.

The winds today are rather cold
And snow covers the town.
To add to all this Covid mess.
the city’s once again in lock down.
So with little else to do
I sit and watch the discussion on hue.

NorthernObserver

237 comments

  • @Walter

    This comment explains why some of us hold respect for you. Had to be difficult to criticize a fellow Combermerian, one as high profile as David Thompson but you did it anyway because it is true.

    Mottley in a pronouncement early in her term indicated the government will have to seriously look at the NIS because it is a mess. She knows there is a problem but the prevailing climate guided her to deal with the low hanging fruit. Hard decisions will have to be made there can be no doubt.

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  • “@Walter
    This comment explains why some of us hold respect for you. Had to be difficult to criticize a fellow Combermerian, one as high profile as David Thompson but you did it anyway because it is true.”

    David,
    It was a difficult and painful thing to do, but we have to record history truthfully and accurately.

    Errol Barrow once said: “After me is Sandy, then Philp, and after that any number can play.”

    When Sandy lost the no-confidence motion in 1994, and Philip Greaves had no interest in taking over the PM’s job, Branford Taitt, a Combermerian, was the leading contender to become PM.
    However, Branford Taitt and Cammie Tudor were neighbours but reports indicated that they hated each other “like poison”. Rather than cede the PM’s job to Branford, Sandy heeded Cammie’s advice and decided to give the Government to Owen Arthur and the BLP by injudiciously calling a General Election.

    Fourteen years later, David Thompson became the first “Combermerian PM”.

    Dale Marshall, Ryan Straughn, Jeffrey Bostic, and George Payne are currently wearing the “colours” and keeping hope alive. Time will tell.

    I hope BU readers understand that “the school tie” plays a very important role in Barbadian politics. No individual from a comprehensive school has ever become PM of Barbados. After the death of David Thompson and talk briefly surfaced about Chris Sinckler becoming PM, I heard a lawyer saying “no Garrison boy can lead me.”

    I remember reading in history that Wynter Crawford won a general election in Barbados “fair and square” but he was robbed because he was not a member of the educated elite. Grantley Adams was made Premier.

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  • @WB
    I know little to nothing about the inner workings of political parties in Barbados. And while I was unaware of the rift between Taitt and Tudor, I can say, Taitt was disliked intensely by some others. It is one thing to run in a constituency or be a minister and another to be a party leader.

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  • How long have we been telling Mia to REDUCE THAT PARLIAMENT OF PARASITES…sucking on the people and only being paid scarce tax dollars to LIE TO THE PUBLIC…..CBC should not even be in exitence in the last 40 years..a joke tv station filled with yardfowls…..Thompson’s pet is speaking out, he should have also said something to DLP who elevated him to an ambassadorship and he kept his mouth shut while they too wrecked the country….never said a word against them, couldn’t rock the boat when life was so sweet for ten whole years..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/27/government-told-let-cbc-go-reduce-cabinet/

    “The Mia Mottley administration is being urged to get rid of the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
    and trim its Cabinet.

    This advice has come from Honorary Consul for Belize in Barbados John Beale, who said the country was too small for the current number of ministers and statutory entities.”

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  • This dude Leacock is a liar, i’ve known instances where workers at the Psychiatric hospital weren’t paid for six months and more, that’s been happening for years and years, but put these clowns in a suit, give them a title, they elevate themselves in their heads to jackasses… and ya know black people are going to be victimized…

    victimization HAS ALWAYS been the ugly state of affairs for the Black population…..am GLAD IT’S TAKING CENTRE STAGE ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/27/psychiatric-hospital-workers-want-director-to-go/

    “Some employees at the state-run Psychiatric Hospital are demanding the resignation of director David Leacock, but the under-fire boss has insisted he is staying put.

    A spokesman for the workers, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, disclosed that the staff members were seeking a meeting with Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic on this and other “burning” issues related to their conditions of employment.

    Some of them are accusing Leacock of “poor management” and overseeing a state of affairs in which some nurses have not been paid for at least five months now.

    “He can’t blame the shutdown of the office [due to the COVID-19 pandemic] because, as you see, we haven’t been paid in five months,” the spokesman told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

    “Staff want a meeting with the Minister as soon as possible and the removal of the HD [hospital director],” the public officer stated.

    While lamenting that health care staff had not been provided with uniforms in four years, the spokesperson blamed the administration office at the hospital for the delay in supplying banking information for the timely payment of salaries.

    However, Leacock has dismissed the workers’ claims as well as their demands for him to step down.”

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  • I’ve been saying it for YEARS and i’ll say it again, STOP SPENDING YOUR MONEY WITH THE MINORITY CROOKS AND PARASITES IN BARBADOS…SHUT DOWN THEIR BUSINESSES PERMANENTLY…..some people are making a concerted effort to shop BLACK ONLY……everyone should make that same effort…i go out of my way to BUY BLACK…don’t care if it costs me more, but those minority criminals are not supposed to feed off a dime of mine and should not be allowed to by any Black person…..

    Black people have the economic POWER to not spend with them and they’ll have no choice but to SHUT SHOP…and disappear…when they can no longer survive off black people’s back.

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  • NorthernObserver
    November 27, 2020 4:04 AM

    “@WB
    I know little to nothing about the inner workings of political parties in Barbados. And while I was unaware of the rift between Taitt and Tudor, I can say, Taitt was disliked intensely by some others. It is one thing to run in a constituency or be a minister and another to be a party leader.”

    NorthernObserver,

    Branford Taitt attracted intense dislike in his role as Minister of Health, a position he held from 1987 -1993.

    Whilst “the dead chicken controversy” raged, Taitt was seen as protecting and defending the interests of “Mrs. Ram”. Every time he opened his mouth, he tried to focus attention on Montrose. No one had a beef (or should I say a chicken) with Montrose.

    The St. Joseph Hospital scandal was the last straw. Inside reports claimed that he had approved an expense-based contract for the renovation of the hospital. The higher the expenses, the greater the profits made by the contractors. Friends of mine who worked on the project told me that they would put up walls on Friday and then knock them down on Monday.

    Yes, by 1994, Branford Taitt was politically tainted and weighed down by scandal..

    In the 1999 General Election, the DLP gained only two seats (St. John and St. Lucy). David Thompson immediately fled from the leadership role of the Party.

    Branford Taitt ran for President of the DLP against Clyde Mascoll, who won. It was reported that the rank-and-file members of the Party hissed at and ridiculed Taitt during the Party’s internal election. That event effectively brought the curtain down on his political career.

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  • @Walter

    Agree with you, there is no way Mascoll should have been able to defeat Taitt given his experience on paper.

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  • @ David @ Walter @ Northern Observer

    Branford Taitt was doomed in the DLP from the moment he decided to contest the presidency against Barrow. He was never forgiven.
    Amazingly Haynes , who left that party was constantly being asked to form a coalition with the DLP or just abandon the NDP and “come back home “ and lead the DLP.
    Mascoll was just a stop gap leader; giving Thompson a break. Mascoll was the poorest political leader we ever had in the country. He increased the DLP from 2 to 7 but many opined it should have been more. Mascoll could not even win back his seat after being given all the tools by Owen Arthur. His dream was to wait until Arthur tired and win St Peter. Mottley has him exactly where she wants him as he waits on his dream to become Governor if Central Bank.
    Peace.

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  • Against this background, Miller is reminding you that this person who betrayed the public’s trust is a “man you claimed to be Barbados’s great(est) PM, had he lived.”…(Quote)

    I said no such thing.

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  • This is cool, BDF turning waste material into something productive.

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  • Walter you know this guy Austin still defending Mr Thompson, s involvement in Clico although the forensic audit indicated his involvement.The man who he claimed would have been a great PM had he lived but when challenged could produce no evidence in anything he said or did is talking about the failure of regulators to shift attention away from Thompson.Mr Thompson was clico, s lawyer for years before being PM and in my view knew the inner workings of clico and therefore cannot be excused from their downfall.

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  • William Skinner
    November 27, 2020 10:18 AM

    “@ David @ Walter @ Northern Observer
    Branford Taitt was doomed in the DLP from the moment he decided to contest the presidency against Barrow. He was never forgiven.
    Amazingly Haynes , who left that party was constantly being asked to form a coalition with the DLP or just abandon the NDP and “come back home “ and lead the DLP.
    Mascoll was just a stop gap leader; giving Thompson a break. Mascoll was the poorest political leader we ever had in the country. He increased the DLP from 2 to 7 but many opined it should have been more. Mascoll could not even win back his seat after being given all the tools by Owen Arthur. His dream was to wait until Arthur tired and win St Peter. Mottley has him exactly where she wants him as he waits on his dream to become Governor if Central Bank.”

    William,
    Your comments are fair and I believe that most BU readers would view them as being insightful. That is why it is so important for us to speak with and educate each other.

    I did hear from party insiders that Branford Taitt attracted the ire of Errol Barrow when he won the Presidency of the DLP.

    Clyde Mascoll had many political opportunities, but he allowed all of them to slip through his inexperienced fingers. Nevertheless, rumour had it that the opposition members were planning to go to the Governor-General to have David Thompson re-installed as Leader of the Opposition. That planned coup prompted Mascoll to seek solace in the arms of Owen Arthur, with all the disastrous consequences that followed.

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  • Miller
    November 26, 2020 7:21 PM
    “@ Hal
    That’s a dig…reproduced to poke fun at the man you claimed to be Barbados’s great(est) PM, had he lived.”

    Hal Austin
    November 27, 2020 10:37 AM
    “I said no such thing.”

    Hal,
    Implicitly, you are saying that Miller is misrepresenting the facts. I was not there when you allegedly made the claim, so I am unable to break the deadlock.

    I keep hearing these lyrics in my head, though:
    “And so it was that later
    As the Miller told his tale
    That her face, at first just ghostly
    Turned a whiter shade of pale”

    PS:
    I have noted that Lorenzo is witnessing against you:

    Lorenzo
    November 27, 2020 7:36 PM

    “Walter you know this guy Austin still defending Mr Thompson, s involvement in Clico although the forensic audit indicated his involvement. The man who he claimed would have been a great PM had he lived but when challenged could produce no evidence in anything he said or did……”

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  • @Walter

    Mascoll was offered a deal to fly wingman to Thompson and he left the room. In hindsight if he had suppressed his pride who knows, he might have been PM instead of Stuart m

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  • David bu why should Mr Mascoll have settled for wingman after picking up the shambles Mr Thompson left the DLP in ? Mr Thompson ran away from a certain 3rd straight defeat by Mr Arthur in 2003 which would have ended his boyhood dream of becoming PM.Howevet Mr Mascoll took up the mantle and increased the seat count from 2 to 7 and he should have taken a back seat to allow the elders favourite to just waltz back in? HELL NO i agreed with the stance taken by Mr Mascoll back then and as subsequent events proved years later Mr Thompson and later Mr Stuart proved disastrous for Barbados as leaders as in my view neither had much clue what they were doing.

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  • @Lorenzo

    Thompson did what Barrow (Sleepy) did? Mascoll benefited from a national swing. We

    It is politics, creating opportunity. He ended up having to tarnish his legacy.

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  • @Waltetr

    I do not want to be pedantic over the use of English, and have accepted that my use of the language differs from that used by the average/typical BU blogger. That is not a problem.
    What I have said was: I believe that if David Thompson had lived he would have been a good/outstanding/great/first class prime minister.
    Let me break it down: I believe/ that if David Thompson had lived…….. I cannot see in to the future so I cannot say he WOULD have been a great/good/outstanding/first class prime minister. Equally, he died prematurely.
    How people on BU interpret that is not my problem; I blame the level of education and the teaching of the English language. I had Frank Collymore.
    If I had said that if I were 6ft 7ins tall I would have been a professional basketball player, what would have been your reply? Quite rightly, you are not 6ft 7ins so you are not a professional basketball player.
    On one occasion I made the statement about Mr Thompson @Lorenzo asked me why I felt that. I replied that David Thompson reached out to people and listened to new ideas. I think I even mentioned an email conversation we had had. All hypothetical.
    I can also say now for the first time that in the May of 2010, shortly before David Thompson was diagnosed, he had written to me suggesting we met up.
    At about the same time I was invited by the Caribbean Secretariat to give a speech in Barbados on women and finance. I then suggested to Mr Thompson we could either meet in London or Barbados. We were not friends and |I was flattered he wanted to talk to me.
    In the meantime the illness intervened. My last contact with him was an email from my wife and I wishing him well. He replied and thanked us.
    There is custom on BU to make things up and interpret things to suit themselves and once they are repeated they become normalised. Be careful in repeating what people on BU say. With me, just ask me what I mean. A simple question.
    My answers are always literal and exact; I do not imply, hint at, or leave so-called wiggle room. I say what I mean, and mean what I say. One BU regular once called me a Roman Catholic as a term of abuse; another thought I was an insurance agent in Barbados and was describing myself as a financial adviser (I have never described myself as a financial adviser, to do so in the UK is a criminal offence, unless regulated) and I have never worked as an insurance agent/salesman or anything in Barbados or any other country); another located me at a meeting when I was miles away at the point he was talking about. He was told I was there by a friend. All fabricated. Getting a cheap laugh is prime on BU.
    Finally, I do not know @Lorenzo, and can only build up a picture of him from his posts. My impression of him is that he most probably worked in the middle ranking civil service, is not confident with the English language, and is now in early retirement with an obsession for the BLP. I have chosen not to have any conversations with him.

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  • David
    November 28, 2020 3:18 AM

    “@Walter
    Mascoll was offered a deal to fly wingman to Thompson and he left the room. In hindsight if he had suppressed his pride who knows, he might have been PM instead of Stuart.”

    David,
    As you are demonstrating, there are many angles to the Mascoll/Thompson story. Many support your view that Mascoll should have soaked up whatever was thrown at him and persevered.

    What all of us know for a fact is that Mascoll, despite inheriting a “safe” seat from Lawson Weekes, and being heavily financed by LeRon Gibbs, could not get a firm grip on the St. Michael North West Constituency.

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  • @Walter

    SMNW has always been one of those marginal constituencies to be fair to your fellow combermerian.

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  • Hal Austin
    November 28, 2020 7:06 AM

    “@Walter
    What I have said was: I believe that if David Thompson had lived he would have been a good/outstanding/great/first class prime minister…….
    On one occasion I made the statement about Mr Thompson @Lorenzo asked me why I felt that. I replied that David Thompson reached out to people and listened to new ideas.“

    Hal,
    You have made your statement and defended it. BU readers can form their own judgment.

    I believe that David Thompson is an excellent case study of how some people make or access money in Barbados.
    We have heard that Thompson was a multi-millionaire. Whatever millions he made, he had a relatively short period of time to make it (1995 – 2007) because he was being paid as a minister of government for the other years of his working life . It would be very interesting to discover what he did to earn those millions.

    Dead men tell no tales.

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  • @Ha,
    We, the cheap laugh committee, are begging you. Enough. No more! Not every frigging week. Not every blog. L

    “One BU regular once called me a Roman Catholic as a term of abuse; another thought I was an insurance agent in Barbados and was describing myself as a financial adviser (I have never described myself as a financial adviser, to do so in the UK is a criminal offence, unless regulated) and I have never worked as an insurance agent/salesman or anything in Barbados or any other country); another located me at a meeting when I was miles away at the point he was talking about. He was told I was there by a friend. All fabricated. Getting a cheap laugh is prime on BU.”

    Other guy.. I begging you. Ignore…

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  • “another located me at a meeting when I was miles away at the point he was talking about. He was told I was there by a friend.”

    I hope the know-it-all is not referring to the townhall meeting in London.🤣🤣

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  • Peace offering to the others guys. You know who you are. Have a great day Barbados

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  • @ Walter

    I am not sure if you are asking me to comment on Mr Thompson’s alleged wealth. You are taking the discussion off on a tangent. I was not his accountant nor a politician nor was he a personal friend.
    I believe probate is now complete and the records are there. Can some interested person tell us what his probate records say? Will it all come out during Mr Parris’ trial?

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  • David
    November 28, 2020 8:20 AM

    “@Walter
    SMNW has always been one of those marginal constituencies to be fair to your fellow combermerian.”

    David,
    All of the St. Michael seats are competitive, so I mean “safe” relatively speaking.

    Lawson Weekes won the SMNW seat for the first time in 1981 and went on to establish a firm grip there until retiring after winning the 1994 election.

    Don’t get me wrong. When I connect the dots, I know you can make the very powerful argument that Clyde had the misfortune of losing his seat every time that there was a swing against his Party (1999 against the DLP, and 2008 against the BLP). My equally powerful argument is that if you want to be PM, you have to demonstrate the ability to withstand a swing.

    Philip Greaves put his stamp on St. Michael North, and Ronald Toppin has done the same thing since 1994. Branford Taiit, Erskine Sandiford, Mia Mottley, and Hamilton Lashley all established firm grips on their respective St. Michael constituencies and withstood swings against their Party.

    They did something that Clyde Mascoll was unable to do. They secured the support of the majority of their constituents through good and bad times. Clyde had the opportunity, just like they had, but he did not grasp it like they did.

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  • @Walter

    Point taken.

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  • WURA
    “someone should tell Fowl Enuff that PROMISING to pay AGAIN and ATUALLY PAYING are two completely different things, they could be buying time to sell the business and FLEE THE ISLAND….ignorant Fowl…”

    Not according to today’s Barbados Today. Once again you’re not even on the podium.

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  • Enuff do not pay Waru aka Mrs Mitchell no mind she like the missing madman Piece like dealing in conspiracy theories and shite talk.No matyer whay the topic is she finfs a way to talk about sell out negroes , crooked lawyers , cow , bizzy and on and on with the same old tired script.As one of her supporters say time for a new script.I have lost count the many times she has been proven wrong after which she changes to a new story whe challenged to present evidence because she has none.In my view she is a madwoman to be punished with laughter as one PM said.By the way where is the other conspiracy theorist Piece ?Have not heard a peep outta him since the mock Party candidate get lick up in the by election failing to even get 100 votes.

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  • @ Lorenzo
    I respect Mottley for remaining in her party after she was kicked to the curb by the Arthur faction. She was called a despot by Arthur- she never left; she was accused of financial chicanery by Arthur- she never left; she was told by Arthur that she would never be accepted as PM by Barbadians- she never left.
    The only reason you are defending the coward Mascoll is because he joined your BLP. All the DLP told Mascoll is that the party preferred Thompson. All the BLP told Mottley is that the party preferred Arthur.
    Mascoll in any language is a weak political prostitute. He brought the highest form of parliamentary censure – A No Confidence motion against the BLP and then went and sat in the same party’s cabinet. You would have to search very wide and far to discover such gross opportunism in any part of the Commonwealth.
    @ Walter
    @ Hal is right about Thompson reaching out to people , I know of that personally.
    I can also say that I know personally that Mottley has similar characteristics. One of Mottley’s strengths is her ability to interact with all and sundry. Quite frankly it’s in her DNA.

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  • @ William

    You are right about Mottley. I admired her and was glad she won the May 2018 general election until she defaulted on our foreign and domestic debt and, since then, started to rule like a despot, along with an obsession about being world class.
    I think she gets bad advice from Persaud et al, or she gets good advice and ignores it. The outcome is that the nation’s finances are in a mess.
    I think part of her problem is that she is too loyal to friends.

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  • @ Walter
    Politics is not for the faint hearted. Sandiford “fired “Haynes as Minister of Finance by appointing Winston Cox as Central Bank Governor without even discussing it with Haynes. Haynes was not financially hungry; he actually left his office at Bay Street through the backdoor and resigned as MOF.
    A high powered delegation , went to Haynes and told him to “ hang out on the backbench “ and that they would work on Sandiford. They completely underestimated Sandiford whom Tom Adams once called a “ desert fox”.To put it briefly Haynes said to hell with that; formed the NDP and people like you and I ended up in the party.
    Peace

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  • Skinner i knew you would jump in to defend Mr Thompson and redicule Mr Mascoll.As i stated i knew bothAND I AGREED WITH THE STSNCE TAKEN BY MR MASCOLL.Mr Thompso ran away to save his career to be PM from a third straight defeat by Mr Arthur.Mr Mascoll took up the mantle and placed the party in a better position.Then hrre comes Mr Thompson looking not to support Mr Mascoll as he should have but to undermine him.How would you feel about that?you stated Mr Mascoll was a poor leader , then what does that make Mr Thompson?Tell us Mr Skinmer as Ms Mottley has nothing to do with this.As for CCC keep harping on black and white see how far you get.

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  • @ Lorenzo
    I have always been and will remain critical of Mascoll. Long before you were on BU.
    2., I did not even attempt to rate Thompson as a leader. Please read what I said:I agreed with @ Hal that Thompson had people’s skills . I then said Mottley has similar skills. I said that was personally known to me. I have had personal dealings with both.
    Politics is not the only focus of my existence.You know nothing about me and my personal dealings and I know nothing about yours. We just exchange positions on BU.
    I complimented Mottley for taking the licks when you all joined with Arthur and kicked her ass to the political curb. She did not put her tail between her legs and run to the DLP These are hard facts.
    Mascoll is a political prostitute in my book. How on earth can you (Mascoll)bring a Vote of No Confidence against a political party and then end up in its cabinet?
    I dun wid dat!
    Peace

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  • “Other guy.. I begging you. Ignore…”

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

    If you’re referring to me, just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m already in ‘IGNORE MODE.’

    As I ‘told’ Enuff recently, I’ve decided not to read the contributions of certain contributors. Especially those who’re suffering from the ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ who, rather than remaining silent when they don’t have anything of importance to contribute to BU, prefer to be guided by their emotional immaturity into hosting juvenile ‘pity parties’ to childishly remind us, with monotonous regularity, about who called them what.

    It’s working for me.

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  • Skinner just to make it clear to you i am not a member of any party and had nothing to do with Ms Mottley being sidelined in favour of Mr Arthur.Mr Arthur was a heavyweight and former sucessful leader of that party Mr Thompson was neithe heavyweight or sucessful leader of the Dems.Therefore there is no comparison of the two situations.Mr Thompson could not even get along with Mr Kellman as the two mp, s in parliament as Kellman refused to support several items Thompson brought to the house which had to be seconded by a member on the other side.Why would Mascoll step aside for Thompson who up to that point as leader was a failure.It makes no sense to me and still does not even now.

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  • @ Lorenzo
    I genuinely respect your tenacity however, you really want me to discuss leadership skills. That’s not my focus. I merely attempted to show how Mottley responded to being pushed aside and how Mascoll responded to being pushed aside. Mottley survived and Mascoll didn’t . I repeat that both Mottley and Thompson had / have good people skills.
    My view of Mascoll will not change.
    So, I honestly think that we are looking at two different things.
    We will have to let it rest there.
    Peace.

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