Message to Barbadians

The climate developing countries have to manage affairs of state appears to be very challenging at this time. Barbados the former colony can no longer expect to hide or be protected by England. There was a time we benefited from preferential trade treatment which seemed fair in a dog eat dog world where the ‘strongest’ always has the best chance to navigate challenges.

In a post 54th independence period sensible Barbadians are forced to reflect and to ask – where do we go from here?

Some debate whether the decline of the Barbados economy (and society) started in the 70s, what is for certain is that the decline accelerated after the 2008 global recession. The structure of our economy with an over reliance on services made us extremely vulnerable to significant slowdown in the world economy. Unfortunately we have been unable to patch the vulnerability which has been exposed again by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Reading many comments on BU and listening to commentary elsewhere, it has become painfully obvious despite the dark challenges facing Barbados there are unrealistic expectations the leadership of the country has not address. Barbadians for many years have enjoyed a reasonable standard of living supported by deficit financing in the post Barrow period. There is nothing wrong with spending more than you earn but it is a practice which cannot be sustained. Successive governments in the last four decades have borrowed heavily to pursue national budget objects. We can continue to quibble about who to blame and see where that get us.

The blogmaster is palpably aware from walking among Barbadians on a daily basis that many are suffering from a form of ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’. At a household level commonsense would dictate that supporting a lifestyle of spending more than one earns will lead eventually to a problem. Why do Barbadians expect a different outcome if successive governments continue to engage in reckless financial management? We have spent billions on education, should citizens possess the awareness to translate it to a strident lobby against the establishment to ensure realistic policy decisions are implemented? What about other key stakeholders in civil society like media houses/practitioners and NGO groups?

In the 54 Not Out blog there is a cursory discussion about local media. We have a David Ellis who has been the standout media person in Barbados over the years but a single journalist will not do it. Also we do not have the columnists of the past who provoked deep thought in the population the likes of Oliver Jackman, Gladstone Holder, Leonard Shorey to name only three. Active NGO groups are important as well because interest can be more forcefully represented in numbers. We are at a place in Barbados all problems must be solved by the government. To move forward we must implement a fit for purpose governance model. The reactionary approach to managing our affairs will not deliver meaningful long term results. We fail to plan, we plan to fail.

This morning as the blogmaster sips from a cup of peppermint tea alone with his thoughts, it is clear the country is suffering from a ‘fatigue’, especially wrought by the post 2008 period. This was compounded by a severe policy prescription that has decimated the hopes and dreams of the middleclass forced to witness a manhandling of nest eggs in the most unprecedented way. Finally came Covid 19.

The unprecedented times in which we live demands a degree of planning and collaboration between stakeholders in civil society never envisaged. The blogmaster is unable to reconcile conversations emanating from the mouths of key actors given what the national imperatives should be. Propping up a lifestyle fuelled by conspicuous consumption must be addressed. Calibrating our educations system to produce citizens who can compete to support themselves. Dismantling sub cultures and replace with initiatives to nurture national pride. The forgoing should positively impact crime. Last but not least the environment. We have to care about the space in which we have to exist.

No more tea…

Discuss for 15 marks.

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  • To put things in perspective.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    A reasonable summary of the fears of the pseudo-intelligentsia of the society. Barbados from day one was a vulnerable society to which most of us have become reconciled. We expect good times and bad times. The Good Book of Fables has conditioned our minds to expect no different. It also taught us that in the end we will be victorious. We have traveled this road several times in our history. That is why we teach local history in schools.
    Successive governments have always done their best with the resources at their disposal. If we fail, it would be a result of knee jerk ,panic , half- thought- through decisions.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    You have admitted that More Developed and Larger Countries than ours are experiencing the same maladies ,yet you expect us to do better. We are in a World of Greater Interdependency, so expect no different.We will continue to try our best.

    So, more words of encouragement and less whining please.

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  • (Quote):
    The blogmaster is unable to reconcile conversations emanating from the mouths of key actors given what the national imperatives should be. Propping up a lifestyle fuelled by conspicuous consumption must be addressed. Calibrating our educations system to produce citizens who can compete to support themselves. Dismantling sub cultures and replace with initiatives to nurture national pride. The forgoing should positively impact crime. Last but not least the environment. We have to care about the space in which we have to exist. (Unquote).
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    Should we bring along our umbrella or parasol today?

    Is this a showery ‘shade’ of pearly wisdom (constructive criticism) or heat from the ‘shaded’ sun of righteousness called the Truth?

    Any change for the socio-economic ‘betterment’ of the country must be treated like a job similar to how ‘soil technicians’ carry out their duties; by starting from the top.

    Adrian Loveridge, on another blog, highlighted what is ‘basically wrong’ with Barbados.
    A lack of leadership which must set the examples for the people to emulate.

    Why should the foreign money borrowed from the IMF to prop up the country’s Balance of Payments tottering position be used to import stale water in plastic bottles destined to despoil the environment in their millions?

    As Hal Austin likes to harp on: ‘Talking and waving of hands would not cut it in the Covid-infected brave new World.

    Neither would threats of reading the riot act to the pied piper of international business do the trick of turning a blacklisting into a whiter shade of grey.

    At 54 and going 55 Barbados is no longer a baby state in need of some ongoing motherly monarchical protection; as can be seen by ‘her’ standing up to cut the umbilical cord to signal her arrival in the world of Republicanism.

    Let the leaders in Bim stop the long ‘baby’ talk and walk the ‘real’ walk of adulthood!

    ‘Those who seek equity must come with clean hands.’

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  • @ David
    You talk about Jackman, Shorey and Holder and journalists of their calibre being missed .
    Just imagine@ Pacha, @ John A, @ Northern Observer, @ Piece@ DPD writing in BU under their real names and the reading public following their erudition.
    So, you are hard ears and have contributed to the drift by failing to carry BU to the next level. I assure you that if the advice to change course and make BU a blog that would knock the jokers in the traditional media upside down, had been taken, you would not be crying , crocodile teardrops , into your peppermint tea this bright morning.
    You constantly call on the political class to improve their governance . You need to apply the same expectations to matters you control.
    Judge Cumberbatch, Hal Austin, Caswell Franklyn , Kammie Holder, David Commisiong, Peter Wickham and others have not suffered by revealing themselves and they have all written in and contributed to BU over the years. In other words they have revealed themselves to the public. That is what idiots like me call integrity.
    It’s time for BU to become a more formidable player in public discourse.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    The names you mentioned will not pen articles using their names.

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  • @Vincent

    No made system is perfect, tension must continually be exerted to attempt to maintain equilibrium at minimum.

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  • Oh well, being racist is taking a hit, some of these scamps slither into the Caribbean smiling fake smiles at Black people and are racist as hell, both them and the ones on the island who practice this demon activity, also need exposing, it’s clean up time, the backward government won’t want to do it, but others can, yall love to copy all of UK’s negative, copy the positive for a change.

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  • RE It’s time for BU to become a more formidable player in public discourse.

    DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR!
    IN A MBBS SHORT CASE SECTION IN THE FINAL EXAM IN MEDICINE, THE EXPECTED ANSWER TO THE ABOVE BOVINE EXUDATION WOULD BE DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR!

    FAILURE TO GIVE THIS ANSWER CONFIDENTLY AND QUICKLY WOULD CAUSE AN ABRUPT TERMINATION OF THE EXAM.

    DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR!

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  • The Barbados Labour Party Govt. ill conceived notion to house Cruises from the SeaDream yacht cruises has backfired on the whole Cruise industry.

    Now the whole World knows that they have bare idiots in Govt. down here.

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  • Even the Blog master too frighten to Blog under his real name.

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  • @ Carson

    It is not just anonymous bloggers, but when people use anonymity to be obscene and threatening then it becomes a serious problem. I am surprised the police have not yet intervened.
    One person comes on every day and nine out of ten of his/her contributions are threatening, abusive or downright vile. The other one out of ten is to talk about him/herself.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U December 2, 2020 9:14 AM

    Sainsbury is just exploiting the opportunities of materialism offered by the black people to spend the little money they have at Xmas.

    In the interest of ‘racial inclusion’ why can’t the same Sainsbury (and others) put on Xmas ads aimed at the ‘growing’ larger ethnic minority group(s) from the Indian subcontinent?

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  • The Barbados Labour Party Govt. should be placed on the EU black list because it has failed to carry out the principals stated by the EU. The Govt. has been in power for nearly three years and has not done enough.

    The EU is not being hard, it simply standing behind its regulations. As it should be.. It has given the Govt. a fair amount of time which it has squandered. Like so many other things.

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  • Hal

    Anything goes in Barbados.

    And many of the anonymous bloggers are so vile. In this they are encouraged by the person who runs this Blog.

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  • @ Carson

    Why is it that you can get it but our top lawyers and politicians cannot? Obey the agreed rules; get rid of the moneylaundering on the West Coast; stop the Irish gangsters from buying up our property.
    The EU may be racist; the OECD might be racist, the reality is that we are incompetent and just cannot stop whining and special pleading.
    Get your house in order.

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  • William…it’s better that people who want to write articles on matters pertaining to Barbados, use international forums when attaching their real names, where the small time crabs have no power to retaliate…it’s also more effective given the short memory syndrome that abounds..

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  • @ Carson C Cadogan December 2, 2020 9:41 AM

    How about blacklisting the same BLP for not following through with the recommendations contained the AG’s most recent annual report which would effectively bring about the prosecution of those who managed the financially beleaguered entities under your destructive deceitful lying party from 2008 to 2018?

    Why can’t you get it through your thick skull that there is not even a scintilla of light to tell the difference between the DLP and BLP except the capacity to lie with a convincing voice?

    Why must you continue to fail to see that they are all a bunch of incestuously cursed friends and you are nothing but a yellow-breasted yardfowl in the arena of a make-believe blood sport called Bajan partisan politics?

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  • “In the interest of ‘racial inclusion’ why can’t the same Sainsbury (and others) put on Xmas ads aimed at the ‘growing’ larger ethnic minority group(s) from the Indian subcontinent?”

    maybe because they have their own culture and don’t practice the pagan shit that Black people adopted and forgot they have their own Kwanza…..real culture….

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  • What is it she is going to the EU to do????

    The EU needs to stick to their ground. Her Govt. was half hearted in its approach. Major things they need to do and have not done. For example there is man living here from the UK who the stole money form the company he owned, run down here , bought up many properties with the same money and nothing was done . When I told a WHITE BAJAN friend he said to me , that he knows “”that ever since, That is stale news.””

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  • Then why are you here, Mr. Pretend Prig???????? Ain’t nobody following your directions!

    Leave David King’s blog and blow him out of the water with your brilliance! Figuratively speaking, of course. I wouldn’t want to be accused of inciting violence!

    🤣🤣🤣

    P.S. I see you have not yet learnt what constitutes a threat under the law. Nobody on BU threatens anybody.

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  • The usual suspects are mounting their boring soap boxes with their tired refrains📣📣📣

    Yawn…

    David, do what your mind tells you to do with your own blog! Let them do what they are telling you to do! Nothing is stopping them, is it?

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  • @Donna

    Boring is a good word. The same people who call for a raising of the bar shatter their message by posting rubbish.

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  • Here is an example of rubbish with no fear of being corrected by the more intelligent on the blog because it suits a narrow agenda. The previous government were handed 10 items by the EU to complete in a reasonable time frame. The incumbent government gave priority to making the changes but the EU stuck to the original timeframe given read the 10 changes should have been completed by 2018.

    The purpose of this comment is to emphasise the importance to being honest IF we want to advance.

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  • @ David,

    Did you see Ninja man ” replacing ” Nelson ? Bajan creativity ? lol

    Back page of Barbados Today online.

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  • @ WURA
    I must agree with you that there is a whole lot of victimization going on in Bim. Believe me, I was a victim and it is real. However, you writing under your name will help to break down this fear.
    The reason I may appear to be constantly going back to this issue, is because I honestly think that BU can be a real force. I must say that this is not, in my case about lip service to David.
    However I respect your take on the matter.
    Peace

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U December 2, 2020 9:56 AM
    “..maybe because they have their own culture and don’t practice the pagan shit that Black people adopted and forgot they have their own Kwanza…..real culture….”
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    You said it!!!

    Just didn’t want to mention any thing ‘black’ out of fear of incurring the wrath of the slave Quaker Johnny, the two GPs and VC.

    Not even the Jews in the UK fall for that Northern European Winter Solstice pagan celebration in recognition of the annual ‘birth’ of a new Sun to light their new year ahead.

    Barbados needs to earn forex (not borrowing) to justify this annual flagrant flight in materialism and conspicuous consumption.

    There is nothing ‘wrong’ with celebrating Xmas but please don’t make it look like it has anything to do with Yahweh and his “only begotten son” Lord King Jesus.

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  • @Blogmaster

    You said,
    There is nothing wrong with spending more than you earn…

    But then added,

    *At a household level commonsense would dictate that supporting a lifestyle of spending more than one earns will lead eventually to a problem. *

    Which one do you believe?

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  • Hal

    The hat like it fitting “”donna””. Because she is pulling the string.

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  • William…got ya…more concern should be shown for the people who can”t FEED THEIR CHILDREN ANYMORE….instead of the shite who now have to face EU and trying to make the people shut up while they suffer from HUNGER and can’t PAY THEIR BILLS……..they had 2 years to get it right since the clowns before them ignored their jobs….who cares if EU sanctions a liar…

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  • Governance of an Island is a continuum The same technocrats are in position..

    It all a matter of priories.

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  • @Dullard

    Please reread. You chopped a bit.

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  • should be “”priorities”” on line two.

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  • RE I honestly think that BU can be a real force.

    MANY OF US THOUGHT SO ONCE TOO.
    I CAME HERE SHARING MY EXPERTISE, FROM MY VERY FIRST POST ON STATINS AND MEDICAL MATTERS…………..AND WAS MOCKED!

    I HAVE INVITED MANY HERE (BOTH YOUNG AND OLD AND WELL EDUCATED AND SOME IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS) WHO RETREATED AND RECOILED IN HORROR AT THE VILE VICIOUS VIOLENT VITUPERATIVE VIBES WHICH WAS CALLED “CHALLENGING”

    I REMEMBER ROK COMING TOO—ALL HOT AND SWEATY. HE WAS GOING TO USE BU TO CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT HE SOON WAS MOCKING AND CHALLINGING TOO.

    MANY HEAR LIKE MOCKING AND CHALLENGING BUT THEY DONT LIKE TO BE MOCKED OR CHALLENGED, BY THOSE WHO CAN MOCK AND CHALLENGE MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN THEY.

    I SPENT 6 YEARS TRAINING 20 YEARS PRACTICISING AND 10 YEARS TEACHING AND REALLY FULLY UNDERSTANDING WHAT I HAD LEARNED IN THE PAST, AND HERE TO BE MOCKED BY ILLITERATES IN ALL THE BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES.

    HILARIOUS!
    SO WHY NOT MOCK TOO?

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  • @ Carson C CadoganDecember 2, 2020 10:51 AM
    “Governance of an Island is a continuum The same technocrats are in position..”
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    Is that why the present administration refuses to recover the duties and taxes on a luxury vehicle that were waived during the previous ‘corrupt’ DLP?

    The same conspicuous car driven around by a ghost employed for the past 3 years as a Sales Director’ at an imaginary hotel?

    You are nothing but a blind jackass pulling a cart laden with crooks wearing red blue and yellow hats.

    Don’t you think the EU and OECD are aware of the government’s blatant refusal to collect revenue from ‘certain’ sources but still want to approach the same EU with a begging bowl in one hand while holding a dirty stick of corruption in the other?

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  • Nike is facing a backlash in Japan over an advert which highlights racial discrimination in the country.

    The video shows the “real life experience” of three young soccer players from mixed heritage.

    It has about 25 million views on social media and almost 80,000 shares.

    But it has sparked fierce debate as Japan is unaccustomed to openly discussing sensitive issues such as race, with some questioning whether a foreign brand should have waded in.

    Nike Japan said the ad highlights how people “overcome their daily struggles and conflicts to move their future through sports”.

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  • When you rob your own people to give to minorities and leave Black people and their children to starve…deal with the fallout and stop trying to cast blame on EU to everyone else….you caused this, you are the culprit…call CNN, ABC, NBC and tell them what ya did….run to international news agencies now…they are waiting..

    “Describing the current labour relations climate as the “lowest” in his 62-year lifetime, Franklyn contended that with the trade union movement “neutralised”, Barbados’ traditionally “docile” working class was not expected to fight back.

    “It is [Mottley]’s actions that have caused this. The workers are just reacting to her behaviour… This is a labour party that has no regard for labour, forgetting that it was the masses who put her in power in the first place and it is her actions that have caused the problems in the country. The workers are only reacting to it and she is trying to throw blame away from herself when the buck stops at her,” Franklyn argued.

    “What the Prime Minister has complained about will continue to happen, and God forbid that the police would try to force the people into submission, because from there things will erupt.

    “The best thing for the police to do when they see the people demonstrating is to let them do it peacefully, because it will not go down well because people are hurting.

    “People are coming into my office and just crying. You have parents out there with children and they have nothing to feed them with, and if that is not addressed something will happen. So the Government has to take measures to prevent any kind of uprising because they are the ones that have caused it,” the labour leader added.”

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  • “Don’t you think the EU and OECD are aware of the government’s blatant refusal to collect revenue from ‘certain’ sources but still want to approach the same EU with a begging bowl in one hand while holding a dirty stick of corruption in the other?”

    genieass crooks never believe that anyone can see through their fraud…

    Ah don’t know why they don’t dial up African Diaspora channel and tell them all about it…they were hot to showcase removing nelson, this is much, much bigger news…

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  • I could swear she boasted around the time of the bi-election “big works can’t happen without me?

    so Black people and their families starving on the island because of NO JOBS and NO MONEY while marijuana slave plantations are sitting waiting to reenslave them….ARE ALL YOURS….OWN IT…

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  • There are many other forums where Mia, her gang, all the racists and thieves on the island, can be effectively exposed internationally, just find them..

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  • A story in today’s Advocate highlights the deep rooted problems in broken Barbados.

    Next to Two Sons funeral home you will see our decrepit National Stadium. For all of its faults it is a building which has been utilised over the years by the large majority of the public.

    Imagine my surprise when I read in today’s Advocate where it was announced that the first phase of development had commenced on the construction of a HOCKEY stadium!

    The project has been part sponsored by government funds. This story highlights the priority of development in Barbados. It is focused on a tiny minority of the population at the expense of the majority.

    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/sports/boa-breaks-ground-construction-hockey-federation-pavilion-wildey

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  • Here we go with that story again! What’s up with old men???? Yuh cyan remember to zip yuh fly but you can remember every time some anonymous person failed to stroke your overblown masculine gonads!

    Get over yourselves! You aren’t that important.

    Do I come here every day complaining about how you insulted my parents???

    Or how some of you imply that I am a whore???

    I kick yuh dumb asses and then I’m done. You ain’t rich enough to own space in my brain. You can only pay rent for a day and then…..EVICTION!

    Soon Hal Austin will furnish us YET AGAIN with his lament of who called him a Roman Catholic, an insurance salesman and a financial advisor and how somebody (I don’t know who) threatened to make him curl up and die.

    Man, you guys need to wear diapers to hold your shit!

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  • Once again I read the usual postcolonial clichés. Nothing points to the future.

    Barbadians have become too accustomed to the alms of the deep welfare state. That is the problem. It is absolutely clear that in order to restructure public finances and to boost the private sector, we need lower salaries at 1990 levels, fewer social transfers and lower taxes for the top-performers of society.

    Only our present government of national unity and democratic revolution will be able to relaunch the economy and to transformer the island.

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  • As for the sheep who once was lost but now is found, was blind but now doth see…. but still suffering from amnesia …

    Yes, I pulled the string that Hal Austin left for me. Unfortunately for him, it was tied around his neck.

    Oops!

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • And it is DONNA, not “”donna””.

    From BIRTH!

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  • Every day, everywhere, women walk into offices crying because they have nothing with which to feed their children.

    It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed because every child deserves to eat.

    I don’t think that this government is as focussed on this as they should be at this time as many people can no longer beg or borrow from their family, friends or neighbours since they are also in the same boat.

    This situation is far more dire. The usual support structures have been smashed to bits.

    When are the promised projects going to begin?

    Something literally has to GIVE!

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  • @Donna

    Investment is positively related to global indicators.

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  • @ Chancellor David

    Nuff food fuh taught.

    As a Barbadian. I will say this in layman therms “stop trying to compete with those who are wealthy or pretend to be”. It’s a simple case of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Build yours from the inside out, not outside in.

    I have a friend who lives in Maysonhall street and work in Bridgetown. She drives to work every day and park her car in Independence square.

    A ten minute walk from her house vs 30 minute drive

    Obviously it’s her decision to drive..She need to stop borrowing money fuh gas..

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  • The issues are more complicated.

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  • Vaccine..

    UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, first shots roll out next week

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  • Donna can you set up a go fund me page for Mothers in despair (Barbados)?

    I will kick it off with a few hundred…

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  • @TLSN

    Spot on. I often wonder why the UWI has a much better cricket field than the National Stadium, which looks like a dump. It is in the name, and should reflect its status nationally.

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  • What Barbados needs is proper govt lead by accountability and transparency on how the taxpayers monies are spent
    Just take a look at what is happening to the workers
    Just take a look at who in the past two years are beneficiaries of the taxpayers monies
    The poor barbadian struggling to make ends meet is called a welfare recipient
    The big business man driving a couple Mercedes Benz living a lavish lifestyle hand always pointed in govt face
    This individual receives the dubious calling of being granted a govt concession
    The fact being that now that Covid has expose the inner workings of the belly of the beast all gets to see both rich and poor are welfare wards of the state
    The only difference being the rich is allowed to get richer as they collect millions from govt
    While the poor can only collect food stamps enough to feed four mouths

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  • @ Mariposa

    A lot to ponder..😞

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  • Was it not this same AC-DC who defended the last regime until every last dog, and we say that without reservation, barked!

    Oh, what are these yardfowls made of

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  • So Pacha what about the message
    Ruff Ruff pit bull

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  • I do not know if this was tongue in cheek or meant to be an irritation
    “Donna can you set up a go fund me page for Mothers in despair (Barbados)?

    I will kick it off with a few hundred…”

    Anyone. As long as I feel it is safe, I would donate.

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  • Or who has the funds and know desperate families can adopt one, my household has done this for the long term duration..

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  • Unrest at St Gabriel’s School

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  • G4S staff to continue protest

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  • Employees in Barbados protesting non-payment of severance by employers will be paid by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS)

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  • Funds of any kind coming from my pocket goes directly to the families
    Too many crooks lurking on the internet ready and able to steal what ever is not bolted to the ground

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  • NIS will be used to pay workers.

    Is that what it was setup for???? To pay workers who were chased way by their employers??

    3% of the population breaking the law and getting away with it as usual.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants at 5.07 pm
    And a portion will be recovered from the employers there after.

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  • From bankrupt businesses?

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  • There is a paradigm shift in worker relations here in Barbados. A precedence has been set by the Barbados Labour Party Govt.

    An employer can fire any employee, give him nothing , but send him to the NIS to beg for compensation from now on. The Barbados trade Union movement will not intervene, but take they will still take the workers money to “”represent”””. them. Which they will not do because they are in the Govt.s pocket.

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  • Thieves and crooks running business in Barbados
    No wonder the EU have barbados on the black list
    Some of these businesses right under govt eyes and ears steal from workers and govt and govt does nothing
    The EU not idiots they know what they know

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  • What you will find will be the rise of phoenix companies. Some of these companies will go bankrupt, freeing them of any liabilities, then rise again as Club Holetown, or Hotel Mia.
    It is an old scam. We must ban the directors from being involved in any companies in Barbados, even as advisers.

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  • With the ongoing loss of membership and union dues the BWU itself should be undergoing some ‘human resources’ shedding; especially at the management level.

    Would the GS be cutting back her monthly salary to ease the ‘overhead’ burden resulting from the reduction in revenue from union dues and to show some kind of ‘’sacrificial empathy with the laid off workers in light of the fact that she is now drawing a ‘larger’ stipend as a sitting member of the Lower House?

    Would those retrenched supernumeraries be expected to resort to the NIS piggy bank for severance payouts or is the BWU loaded with dosh sitting idly for a ‘rainy day’ in an fixed deposit at its commercial bank?

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  • @ William Skinner December 2, 2020 9:00 AM
    “It’s time for BU to become a more formidable player in public discourse.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We made a similar ‘call’ on the blogmaster (DK) a few weeks back and advised him that he has a mission to fulfil by filling a growingly large void in the cyberspace of journalism.

    But he prefers to keep hiding his light under a bushel instead of being an ‘Advocate’ in the vanguard of the fast emerging 5th estate and a ‘viral’ guardian of democracy especially under the upcoming republic where the inchoate de facto dictatorial president wants to be a “Mr. King”.

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  • @ Mariposa

    Cancel de order. They are deadly.
    Not good pets.

    Massachusetts woman Melissa Astacio, 44, died Friday after her eight-year-old pit bull mauled her to death as she was suffering a seizure.

    Why not a Choctaw..?

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  • @David December 2, 2020 7:02 AM
    Touché.
    The annual deficit has grown from $220B to $275B to $320B to $350B to $385B, and the year isn’t over yet!!! Appreciate in 2019 ALL federal spending, including a $22B deficit, was $375B.
    And that is almost all, income replacement and subsidy programs. To find anything approaching investment, well, that’s like a needle in the proverbial haystack. And policy? That will be forthcoming in 2021.
    Canada has confirmed what most of the world knew, the numero uno of welfare states.
    But prepare, the Government is already loading up a $100B stimulus plan, once Covid is under control.

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  • ” Democracy, finally, rests on a higher power than Parliament. It rests on an informed and cultivated and alert public opinion. The Members of Parliament are only representatives of the citizens. They cannot represent apathy and indifference. They can play the part allotted to them only if they represent intelligence and public spiritness.”

    Eric Williams

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  • @David, this is perhaps one of of the aptest stories you ever penned. I must say it’s timely and a breath of fresh air. Let me also say, I have never refused to put my name to any article. Familial, friendly or social affiliations will never cause me to be less than honest with my conscience for I fight not for my self but for those who the wicked, selfish, greedy among us who call themselves humans seek to exploit.

    Perhaps, I am a bit too altruistic because of my poor upbringing, was raised by a grandmother, so blame her. The stories told to me by her of the treatment at the hands of the plantocracy and how she was treated for standing up for her rights as a labourer at Cliff Plantation have helped to shape my personality. Fortunately for me, my socialization endowed me with social and emotional intelligence thanks to some crime sleuths and some academics who were part of my life for over 35 years.

    I really find it difficult to be intimidated by titles, offices, guns on hips or physical size. Nature has shown me size should not be a hindrance in fighting any perpetrated demons of injustice or wickedness.

    Only recently I was speaking to a person of high esteem, by Bajan standards and I had to share my observation of the pervasive climate of persons who are willing to compromise their conscience and either remain silent or just follow instructions despite its wrong.

    @William Skinner, the country will feel the wrath of pervasive deceitfulness in years to come. Truth is now punished and deceitfulness is rewarded.

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  • Good point again, Mariposa, especially the highlighting of the language used to describe the transaction – “welfare recipients” for the poor and “government concessions” for the rich businessmen. Language plays a great part in shaping our attitude and in this case, effectively negative connotations are imputed to the use of our taxes to aid the poor, while the language describing the same action to the rich is softened.

    Of course, this is excused by claiming that the funds will eventually benefit the poor by providing or preserving jobs. But we all know that this is the last thing on the minds of businessmen when they set up business. Their intention is to pay as little as they can while extracting as much work as they can. Their intentions do not change when they receive “government concessions”.

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  • @Northern Observer

    All the gains from the domestic debt restructure have gone through the window. The accumulated debt from the 80s until present has come back to create a drag on the country. It is little wonder Mottley has been testing the water with the message of calling for “ debt forgiveness” for SIDs. Many in this forum critique policies las if if Covid 19 never happened.

    Time to take new guard but like William and Kammie alluded it has to start with citizens being more aware of their important role.

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  • Hell no, Tony! I don’t even know how to set up a go fund me page/account. I have no intention of getting involved in that!

    If you are overseas, check out the Red Foundation, recently started by Red Plastic Bag. He is a genuine fellow who a couple of years ago, in a SBA interview with my son, expressed a deep longing to give back to the community and island that he believes gave him so much.

    I was impressed with him. He is the real deal.

    The money will reach its destination. I am making a donation myself. He gave my son the best interview though he attributed it to the questions posed.

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  • “The stories told to me by her of the treatment at the hands of the plantocracy and how she was treated for standing up for her rights as a labourer at Cliff Plantation have helped to shape my personality.”

    too many Black people refuse to confront and address the long standing human rights violations and most would want to deny it ever happened, although it’s still ongoing….with the welfare rats in the fraudulent social partnership still robbing the population and STILL ably assisted by the brigade of black parliament sellouts..

    the public must get themselves more educated and involved, even if forcefully, and completely stop listening to the lies of politicians coming out of the haunted house…all they do is lie and deceive.

    ignore the blaming of Covid…..the situation was only SPEEDED UP because of its existence, ending the TREND of hiding the dirty underbelly of political gamemanship, but was ALWAYS DOOMED to happen because of the decades of corruption and bribery, thefts from the treasury and pension fund, allowing minority thieves to get away with robbing 1 billion in VAT…allowing tax evaders to escape paying their fair share…allowing dirty business practices, the final collpase of the economy was inevitable, within the next 2 years anyway, no matter how much it was being delayed with more sleight of hand and dishonesty….

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  • Must classify as a good news story.

    BSE scores $1.34b listing
    THE BARBADOS STOCK EXCHANGE (BSE) has scored a $1.34 billion win in its quest to become more attractive for regional and attractive investors.
    BSE officials announced that effective yesterday United Kingdom entity Golden Acquisition had a Eurobond of £535 billion (about US$670 million) listed on the Barbados-based International Securities Market (ISM, which was) launched by the BSE in 2016.
    Marlon Yarde, chief executive officer and general manager, BSE Inc & Barbados Central Securities Depository Inc. told the DAILY NATION that the listing, facilitated by Centurion ISM Services Inc., was the largest since the ISM was started.
    He saw it as a sign that Barbados remained an attractive market for international business and financial services.
    “It’s a company out of the UK and they have listed basically £535 in Eurobonds. It’s bigger than the Shri Karni Holdings Limited one and it’s bigger than the listing of Productive Business Solutions Limited (PBS),” he said.
    “It’s geared for the international market as the name implies and what we have is a number of listing sponsors in the international business and services sector who promote it to their international clients.
    “It’s supposed to be part of our offerings as an international business and financial services destination, so it supplements the international business arena and we have listings sponsors who go out there and market it for us. There are five listing sponsors, they promote the International Securities Market to their international clients.”
    Yarde said the ISM, which aimed to woo issuers from both Barbados and international markets that may otherwise be listed and traded on other exchanges, had become more attractive having received recognition from the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK “Barbados Stock Exchange’s markets, including the ISM, is recognised by the HMRC and there are a number of benefits for investors and issuers when they list their securities on the International Securities Market, tax benefits in particular,” he explained.
    “So that makes the market attractive for the international issuers. For example, the holders of debt securities satisfying the Eurobond exemption, and are listed on the ISM of the BSE, are exempt from withholding tax on distribution of the underlying debt securities,” Yarde explained.
    “So this Eurobond would benefit from the tax exemptions for its distributions (interest payments) for their securities listed on the exchange.”
    PBS was the first entity to list on the ISM in November 2017. It was followed in February this year by Shri Karni with its US$437.5 million listing of 70 million securities at US$6.25 each.
    Yarde said listings on the ISM were “slow and steady”, but said they were “making progress”, as indicated by the Golden Acquisition undertaking.
    In addition to Centurion ISM Services Inc., there are four ISM listing sponsors that are “authorised to engage international business companies, both domiciled in Barbados and abroad, which may be seeking a primary or secondary listing of securities”.

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  • Another good news story, the NIS is standing firm. If only we had found a way to hold on to the other companies.

    Takeover fails
    ICBL owners unsuccessful in gaining full control
    by SHAWN CUMBERBATCH
    shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com
    THE NEW OWNERS of Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) have failed with their $34.1 million takeover bid for full control of the company – but now own a bigger piece of it.
    Last Friday 2 215 451 ICBL shares were traded on the Barbados Stock Exchange’s (BSE) Regular Market at $1.78 apiece.
    BSE officials confirmed that the $3.94 million transaction “represents the trade made pursuant to Paynes Bay Finance’s offer to the shareholders of Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited”.
    Paynes Bay bought 51.24 per cent of ICBL from Bermuda company BF& M Limited in September for $35.8 million. This was completed when it acquired St Lucia based wholly-owned subsidiary Hamilton Finance Limited through which BF& M owned the ICBL shares.
    This triggered a takeover offer to more than 2 100 institutional and individual minority shareholders, but by the time that deal expired on November 3, most shareholders, including the National Insurance Board (NIB), largest among the minority, has declined to sell.
    Hamilton Finance Limited director Shervon Pierre had said in a recent notice that it intended to “proceed to take up and pay for all of the ICBL shares validly tendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration time within 30 days of the expiration date being December 3, 2020.”
    “The Offeror is exercising its option to proceed with the offer notwithstanding the unfulfilled condition to receive acceptance of the offer from the holders of at least 90 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares of ICBL,” Pierre explained.
    Reacting to news of the failed takeover bid, chartered accountant and minority shareholder advocate, Douglas Skeete, told the DAILY NATION that the recent transaction meant that Hamilton Financial Ltd’s ICBL shareholding was now about 56.87 per cent.
    He said Hamilton could only succeed in getting more control of the former state-owned insurer if it was able to convince the National Insurance Board (NIB) to sell about 51 per cent of its holdings.
    “It can only do this if it can buy all the shares held by the minority shareholders plus 1 981,449 of the 3.9 million shares held by the National Insurance Board,” he said.
    “To get to 90 per cent of the outstanding shares to trigger the compulsory takeover it will need to purchase 15 051 508 shares or 38.25 per cent of the outstanding shares.”
    Skeete urged the NIB and remaining minority shareholders to “sit tight and hold their shares”.
    “Hamilton bought ICBL to make a reasonable return on its investment and I do not see that changing because it did not get 90 per cent of the outstanding shares,” he said.
    “Minority shareholders have to stand together in unity on these matters.”
    If the takeover offer had succeeded, ICBL’s shares would have been delisted from the BSE.
    “In the event that the offeror does not acquire a sufficient number of ICBL shares under the offer to permit it to effect a compulsory acquisition or propose a subsequent acquisition transaction, it is the intention of the offeror to work productively with all stakeholders of ICBL to ensure continued and greater service delivery to its existing customer base while concurrently identifying and evaluating business opportunities for increasing ICBL’s scope of operations,” it told shareholders who received the offer.
    Some shareholders had complained that while ICBL’s shares last traded at $3 apiece on the Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE) on September 4, the offer to them is the equivalent of about $1.78 per share.

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  • Exposing all of this on international platforms is much more effective. This is the end of all the covering up and hiding so it can continue to benefit the few and disenfranchise the majority…and if the minority criminal class and pedigree of snakes thinks it’s over, nah, just is just the beginning, there will be no end in sight. Lives are being dedicated to EXPOSING THEM ALL EVERYDAY….and indefinitely.

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  • One will have to be mentally twisted to invest in anything these crooks in Barbados devise, people are being warned far and wide that…it never ends well…so it’s only crooks will be attracted to the island now, buyers beware.

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  • We need more of these type of programs targeting the youth.

    Youth benefit from 12-week programme
    A GRUELLING 12-week programme for unemployed young people ended with all 16 relating the benefits of building their characters and preparing them for the world of employment.
    The 16 young people, aged 16 to 25, spoke of a back-breaking, seven-hour hike from Bath, St John, to Farley Hill in St Peter, of punishing drills and their fears of jumping off a 20foot pier under the supervision of the Coast Guard.
    At the recent closing ceremony for the 12th Prince’s Trust International personal development programme at the Prince Cave Hall in Station Hill, St Michael, they all gave testimonies that they were better people.
    The programme, run by the Royal Barbados Police Force for unemployed young adults, in association with the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, included one week of residential living together, job attachments and education in areas such as preparing a curriculum vitae, money management, how to prepare for a job interview, leadership, anger management and working as a team. The programme was started in 2016 and is managed by acting Inspector Roland Cobler.
    “We assist with the job attachments so that persons can get job experience,” Lois Lythcott, a human resources officer with Massy Stores, told the DAILY NATION.
    “I have changed a lot and for the better,” said Jade Applewhite, who received the Most Improved Female award.
    “I believe this programme can help the young people,” said Nickii Thompson, the sole employed participant.
    Kyle Trotman, who received the Most Improved Male award, spoke about having a male friend, discussing their plans for the future, and then losing that friend to gun violence. Brianna Delice received the Most Outstanding Female award and Keshone Rice, the Most Outstanding Male award.
    In delivering the feature address acting Senior Superintendent of Police Bruce Rowe said he was touched by the testimonies of the graduates and urged them to pursue their goals in life.
    “You can achieve it. I know you can,” Rowe said. “This is a stepping stone. This is a beginning,” he said.
    He appealed to corporate Barbados to support the Prince’s Trust personal development programme.
    Rowe also said there would be follow-up with the graduates on their career progress.
    Cobbler told the DAILY NATION ongoing monitoring of graduates had shown remarkable results. He said monitoring of participants from the first four cohorts found that 70 per cent of the persons who graduated either secured employment or went back to school.
    To date there has been 12 individual programmes. The four cohorts studied ran from 2016, the start of the Prince’s Trust International programme, to 2018.
    “85 per cent reported that the programme has taught them jobseeking skills, whereas 75 per cent indicated that it taught them how to manage their feelings,” Cobbler added.
    “So because of the success of the programme it has been expanded from one programme conducted once a year to three programmes conducted concurrently in the northern, southern and central parishes of the island.” (HH)

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  • This curse must be completely eliminated…and as long as it remains a social order on the island….WILL BE EXPOSED DAILY….right along with its vile practitioners.

    “Louisville Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis.”

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  • Targeting BLACK YOUTH , not WHITE YOUTH OR INDIAN YOUTH.

    imagine “”. anger management””, they are to be good little BLACK YOUTH for other races to control, “”working as a team”” as long as they realise that they are to be at the bottom of the TOTEM POLE, that’s there place.

    As they are now.

    A failed program. Just set up to make more docile more BLACK BARBADIANS. Who the Police Force can beat willy nilly and no one cares.

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  • @ Carson

    You are right. By internalising failure, you are saying it is the fault of the individual, not of the wider society. It denies any wider social responsibility.
    It is not new; the only difference between what it taking place in Barbados and the UK is that the buffoons making silly claims in Barbados are black, while in the UK they are often white.
    Nonsense in, nonsense out.

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  • Hal

    That program is nothing to be proud of or to report with Pride.

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  • Tell us, if Barbados is a majority Black population and you want to move the needle to see material improvements, do you focus on Blacks, Whites or Indians?

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  • All companies given away by the Barbados Labour Party.

    Dot try to fool us.

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  • Everything is done to demean BLACK PEPLE here in Barbados.

    Just look at how ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FPORCE describes wanted BLACK PERSON:

    BIG NOSE
    LARGE LIPS
    VERY BLACK
    BIG EYES
    LOTS OF TATTOOS
    and other humiliating terms.

    And “”Donna”” you are right and “”Mariposa””.

    “”Good point again, Mariposa, especially the highlighting of the language used to describe the transaction – “welfare recipients” for the poor and “government concessions” for the rich businessmen. Language plays a great part in shaping our attitude and in this case, effectively negative connotations are imputed to the use of our taxes to aid the poor, while the language describing the same action to the rich is softened.””

    They are no more people that hold out their hands to the Govt. than WHITE BAJANS AND INDIANS 3% of the Barbados population. But they are never served in shameful terms. And they get cheerfully what they want.

    And the point is , the Barbados Labour Party uses such FLOWERY LANGUAGE. Only to deceive the BLACK PEOPLE.

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  • (Quote):
    Tell us, if Barbados is a majority Black population and you want to move the needle to see material improvements, do you focus on Blacks, Whites or Indians? (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why not ‘All Three’?

    How come in other countries with black minorities those programmes are targeted mainly at the black youth?

    Who do you think are importing (with the connivance of the black bureaucrats) the bulk of the drugs and illegal hand guns in containers and paid for in foreign money through the facade of money laundering conduits called import businesses and ‘general merchandise stores’ owned and operated by their parents?

    Certainly not the ‘black majority who are mainly consumers of both licit and illicit imported goods!

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  • @Miller

    The answer was in the comment. The reason is linked to effective use of scarce available resources to ensure bang for buck.

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  • RE We need more of these type of programs targeting the youth.
    AND THEN WHAT? WHERE WILL THEY BE EMPLOYED? ON BU TALKING BULL SHIT?

    HAVE NOT SUCH EXERCISES BEEN CONDUCTED IN SCOUTS AND CADETS FOR AGES? JUST ASKIN FOR A FRIEND.

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  • Sure, why not- they will be in good company Barbados Scholars, Exhibitionists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, public servants et al.

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  • All in the service of the 3% of the Barbados population.

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  • @ Carson C CadoganDecember 3, 2020 8:37 AM
    “BIG NOSE
    LARGE LIPS
    VERY BLACK
    BIG EYES
    LOTS OF TATTOOS
    and other humiliating terms.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL!!

    CCC, you are on the ball today!

    They make up such identikits based on what they see in their self-hating mirror.

    Straight out of the brainwashing drawing book ‘authored’ by their white superiors who view the black race as somewhere between the ‘dumb’ African ape fit for residence in a European zoo and the ugly Aryan called Neanderthal.

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  • Remember also that the PM has promised the INDIAN community A MOSQUE at the Grantley International Airport. Would they do that for us in INDIA?????

    Certainly not!

    They don’t even like BLACK PEOPLE.

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  • MILLER

    So true.

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  • @Miller

    This blogmaster is curious how a person blessed in the use of flowery vernacular would describe a Black man, with a big nose, with many tattoos etc.

    #askingforafriend

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