DLP Hopes to Win by Default

In the last thirty six hours the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) had reason to retract a declaration of some candidates to contest the next general election. With the election constitutionally due by 2023 political pundits have suggested the DLP should have completed the task by now. We understand President Verla De Peiza’s explanation that the selection of candidates is involved and requires time to ensure a task is well done. That said, a learning entity will transform as required to ensure adaptability in the space in which it has to successfully operate. The sloth and deliberate way the DLP continues to operate mirrors former prime minister Fruendel Stuart as leader and continues to haunt the DLP.

The importance of a strident dissenting voice in the type of democracy practiced by Barbados has been robustly discussed on BU’s pages. Whether some like it or not the DLP despite the shellacking in the 2018 general election is still perceived as the legitimate political opposition. Although Senator Caswell Franklyn has done his darnest to fill the role, the political party he represents does not have the legitimacy to be perceived as a legit political contender. in fact savvy political pundits accept that the creation of the People’s Development Party was contrived to avoid a constitutional crisis. History is expectant with revelations.

The challenge for the DLP will be making an impact during a pandemic where candidates making themselves known through traditional methods have to be curtailed. Accept that the effect of COVID 19 will be with us best case for the balance of the year. More importantly is the opportunity for new candidates to get comfortable in the role. It is not good enough Barbadians continue to elect governments by ‘default’. We need our governments in waiting to be forced to advocate alternative and relevant programs designed to catapult the country’s economic and social development.

The list of candidates hurriedly withdrawn by the DLP revealed an unhealthy sighting of old candidates. Some of the old names triggered a flood of bad memories in the mind of the blogmaster who understands it is more about winning for political parties, not trying to satisfy political utopianists.

It boggles the mind that a government after being given an overwhelming mandate in 2018 whose first task was to administer a ‘’haircut’ to domestic and foreign bond holders – followed by a few missteps managing the pandemic has not created the opportunity for opposition politics to thrive. Instead we have witnessed one of the most lackluster performances by the political opposition as far as the blogmaster is concerned since 2018. The BLP and specifically Prime Minister Mottley continues to suck the energy from the Barbados political landscape. So much so that if a general election were to be called tomorrow a solid prediction would be another BLP victory albeit with a reduced majority.

It is important Barbadians elevate our level of awareness about civics matters to appreciate the importance of pressuring political parties to transform. Delivering public service must be accepted as serious business, a sacred honour. So far the DLP as the only game in town has done nothing post 2018 to justify the label of government in waiting.

The following is an extract from what is being circulated:

The nominated are as follows:


St. Lucy        Verla De Peiza
St. Andrew   Oldwin Skeete
St. Joseph     Randall Rouse
St. John         Andre Worrell
St. Thomas   Khadija Collymore
SJN                 Charles Worrell
SPN                Michael Lashley
SPW               Dr David Estwick
SPS                 Neil Marshall
CCE                Dr Denis Lowe
SMNW           Ryan Walters
SMWC           Curtis Cave
SMN              B. Ricardo Harrison

 

211 comments

  • Piece the Prophet

    That the DLP should not be reinstalled to the House of Assembly for 20 years as currently constituted, is an agreeable position,, given the ineptitude in that party..

    Don’t know how you arrive at this statement “…Although Senator Caswell Franklyn has done his darnest to fill the role, the political party he represents does not have the legitimacy to be perceived as a legit political contender. ..” as a consequence or derivative of the rest of your commentary.

    It is a non sequitur particularly the remark about “legitimacy”.

    From whence comes this word?

    Where does legitimacy come from, if not from the people, and more specifically, the electorate?

    You so called writers need to stop letting your obvious Barbados Labour Party biases taint your articles.

    In one breath you pretend to promote democracy, and posit that the incompetence of the DLP during its rule of economic terror should not be forgotten (a position which I Piece the Prophet endorse) but in the next breath, you seek to disparage any and all other choices that people have available.

    You show conclusively that you are a BLP Mugabe imbiber and that you suckle from Mia Mugabe Mottley’s non existent breasts

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  • Dems deny election list
    The Democratic Labour Party is distancing itself from a list of so-called election candidates making the rounds.
    The list bears 13 names, three of which are former losing ministers from the 2018 General Election. In addition, there are other familiar faces from the historic 30-0 wipe-out of the party at that poll.
    One man appears to be returning to the fold after contesting the election on the ticket of another party, while there are a few who have been already publicly acknowledged as the candidate for the particular constituency.
    The public relations arm of the party has, however, sent out a response stating that it respected the integrity of the selection process for its candidates and would never interfere with that “hallowed procedure”.
    “The Democratic Labour Party will announce a full statement about our full slate of candidates at a later date,” it stated. ( AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • “So far the DLP as the only game in town has done nothing post 2018 to justify the label of government in waiting.”

    Unfortunate but absolutely true.

    Just Observing

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  • The list of candidates shows that the DLP has learned nothing from its many mistakes. The list includes numerous former ministers and other party grandees. Only the Don from New York, Big Sinck, Wrathbate and Stuart are missing.

    We need a kind of “denazification” of the DLP. Otherwise, it will remain the party of the backward.

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  • ObservingFebruary 21, 2021 9:19 AM

    “So far the DLP as the only game in town has done nothing post 2018 to justify the label of government in waiting

    The DLP has done well observing how present govt under the leadership of Mia has shackled bajan households to massive debt owned and payable to the IMF
    Also the ongoing mishandling of the COVID crisis by allowing visitors from hot spots to enter the country furthering the disastrous results of elderly barbadian deaths and Covid infections
    Meanwhile the dlp not in power or having a parliamentary representative have no influence in the day to day policies of this govt whose leadership has said openly that all roads lead to her for approval
    Hence the dlp has taken a muted position to.hear and observe as govt faults and flaws are laid bare for all to see
    A clear and decisive position which takes spotlight off the dlp and allow the people eyes and ears to make critical and important decisions as to whose interest govt is better serving

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  • keep fooling yourself.

    A simple thing like providing a slate of candidates they put out and then have to withdraw and then put out PR and them in waiting to govern who?

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  • The BLP will pray they listen to your advice.

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  • @Angela
    your statement confirms David’s view that the DLP is looking to win by “default” by remaining muted.

    With MAM and the BLP this strategy will NEVER work. For the DLP to win far less regain a few seats they will have to act, assume bold, clear, courageous positions and demonstrate competence, intelligence and experience to show why they are the ones to make a difference.

    The BLP has and is making mistakes. Their arrogance, hubris, and “All Hail the King style of operating” can only last so long. But, mistakes are only worthwhile when they are capitalised upon.

    Barbados wants an opposition. But better the devil you know than the one you don’t.

    Verla and Co. have to step up and avoid errors like this one if they want to be considered as a seriously contending GROUP.

    Just Observing

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  • @Observing

    The DLP needs to look for an author an authoritative figure to lead on economic/financial matters. The psyche of the Barbadian is to measure the ability of the political party by this skillset. Verla does not cut it especially at a very challenging time. Let it be said the blogmaster has no issue with the individual.

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  • @David

    Agreed regarding an economic voice!
    Currently there are none.
    From the retracted list there are none.
    If we use the last DLP group, the public wants back NONE! lol.

    If they don’t find one then the amount of seats won may very well again be……..none!

    Just observing

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  • There is no doubt the DLP will pick up seats if a general election were to be called now but is this what the party wants i.e. to meander its way to success? There is an opportunity for some leadership in the DLP, many apathetic and independent Bajans are ready to give a fit for purpose political party a chance. Specifically the DLP which has the brand.

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  • @ Observing

    What is the economic policy of the Mottley government? Who are its elected economic spokespeople? What is their economic expertise?

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  • David,

    Michael Lashley and Dennis Lowe?????

    The DLP better get real! Could this be the real reason behind the exodus from the party? When will they ever learn????

    We kicked their nasty asses out big time? What have they done since then??

    Started to listen to the Errol Barrow Memorial lecture but I find the brain can only take soundbites at present. So… I’ll do it in bites.

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  • If the DLP looking to win any seats of significance in the next 2 or 3 elections, they should go to Caswell Franklyn and Joseph Atherley on their hands and knees, beg Atherley not to run his party next election and beg Caswell Franklyn to lead the DLP and let him start cleaning house from now.

    The only person capable of challenging Mia is Caswell.

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  • By default…lmao. Dem will be waiting forever. The pandemic has place many in the false dense of belief that nothing else is happening. Wait for it.🤐

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  • February 21, 2021 10:28 AM

    @Angela
    your statement confirms David’s view that the DLP is looking to win by “default” by remaining muted.

    With MAM and the BLP this strategy will NEVER work. For the DLP to win far less regain a few seats they will have to act, assume bold, clear, courageous positions and demonstrate competence, intelligence and experience to show why they are the ones to make a difference

    The DLP does not have to say much of anything
    Furthermore it puts a full stop of preventing the present govt from taking the focus off them and placing a responsibity of the asking for solutions on the Dlp back
    The people presently are doing an excellent job of being fire brands and lone rangers holding govt feet to fire
    The govt knows it (reason) why govt retracts and flip flops on its policies
    Come voting day the people would not give govt a free pass to redo and rewrite a formula of the old policies into new akin to placing old wine in new bottles all which has hurt them
    Even a drowning person looks for an open window no matter how smal to save their live
    Such a question would and have already place the DLP into a position wherby the populace would have no other no other alternative but to look for an open window to save their physical and economic lives from the past policies of the BLP

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  • @ Critical Analyzer February 21, 2021 10:56 AM #: “If the DLP looking to win any seats of significance in the next 2 or 3 elections, they should go to Caswell Franklyn and Joseph Atherley on their hands and knees, beg Atherley not to run his party next election and beg Caswell Franklyn to lead the DLP and let him start cleaning house from now.”

    @ Critical Analyzer

    Hahahahahahahaha

    You can’t be serious.

    Sometimes I wonder if you chose the correct moniker.

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  • The problem with you is that process everything in binary. The point being made is that we are responding to a perception of the Bajan electorate. You may refer to the late Richie Haynes famous comment – perception is greater than the reality.

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  • @Donna

    In fairness to the DLP Verla has disassociated the party from the list. To your point one has to wonder how they allowed Simon Alleyne to get away, Henderson Williams not so much since his City of Bridgetown problem.

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  • @CA

    Senator Caswell has many times indicated his disinterest with presenting for elective politics. Joe Atherley is a political light weight.

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  • @ac

    You are right. The blogmaster admires you.

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  • David

    What few seats the DLP will pick up?

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  • @John2

    At this stage giving the DLP, St. Lucy, SPW, SPN, SMNW, SJ.

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  • @ angela cox February 21, 2021 11:03 AM #:

    You’re essentially suggesting the BLP is making too many mistakes and since “the people presently are doing an excellent job of being fire brands and lone rangers holding govt feet to fire.” As such, “the DLP does not have to say much of anything,” because come election day, “the populace would have no other no other alternative but to” vote for DEM.

    My friend, surely even Stevie Wonder could ‘see’ that strategy is a clear indication of attempting to win the general election by default.

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  • @David
    “There is no doubt the DLP will pick up seats if a general election were to be called now”

    I am certain the National Democratic Congress thought so in 2018 as well, lol. I agree they stand a chance based on brand etc. but let me asked based on your words…..are they showing yet that they are fit for purpose??

    @Hal Austin
    In the game of politics perception is oftentimes much much more powerful than reality. The BLP’s economic policies are not as great as touted, but, compared to the DLP’s past issues they can ride on them for a while until other credible and sensible voices step up.

    @Donna
    You are not alone in your surprise. Will see how the public reacts.

    @CA
    Caswell is an invaluable political asset, not a political leader.

    @Angela
    We are in agreement with your assessment of the BLP, BUT, old wounds take long to heal and some people would rather stay and die on the fourth floor of a burning building rather than jump through an open window.

    If the DLP believes what it says then it has to step up and “save the people” not wait for them to jump.

    Just observing

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  • Yes Perception can be a very bold measuring stick
    However 2021 has brought the world to new realities of norms
    Norms never envisioned
    Norms which have awakened the people eyes to decipher between truth and faked perceptions
    The Truth being that the DLP has been given an open window which goes beyond perception and also which has given the people opportunities to understand what is important to their life
    As u often said leaders lead
    However since May 2018 the realities of good leadership is still being asked of by the people
    Cant imagine the same continuing past 2023

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  • @Observing

    I am not a politician or member of any organisation, my interest is in economic policy. I leave the party political arguments for others.
    My argument is simple. I have spent a long period of my working life talking to and interviewing people about economic policy – some I admired, others I did not.
    I expect the same standard from those in Barbados. Waffle and hands rotating like windmills do not impress me. I am too old for that.

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  • @Observing

    Hence the reference to winning by default. A few seats won by the BLP in 2018 was as a result of a large swing and DLP support staying away. A reduced national swing and an energized DLP base will bring back a few seat if nothing catastrophic occurs.

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  • “However since May 2018 the realities of good leadership is still being asked of by the people. Cant imagine the same continuing past 2023.”

    I agree. And, perhaps it explains why “the people” have not taken Verla DePeiza seriously.

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  • @Angela
    We are in agreement with your assessment of the BLP, BUT, old wounds take long to heal and some people would rather stay and die on the fourth floor of a burning building rather than jump through an open window.

    If the DLP believes what it says then it has to step up and “save the people” not wait for them to jump.

    Just observing

    I have also been observing going back to jan when the people took vocal statements fighting against govt policies facing down both corporate and govt which have hurt them and allowed corporate to put their knees in their necks by way of labour laws which govt had changed
    Need less to say the natives did not wait to be pushed or jump but took a fire hose to an already burning house to save their lives
    Cant see how people whose lives were overturned in such harsh manner in two years by govt policies would allow themselves another five years of living hell
    With or without a single voice to tell them what is in their own best interest
    Suicidal to say the least

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  • David BU the DLP under Verla Depeiza will win nothing in 2023.the simple truth is she is not a political leader neither is Rev Atherley or Caswell Franklyn.None of them stands any chance of beating Ms Mottley and the BLP in the near future.Ms depeiza cannot even get a list of candidates together after 2 years and she wants to lead a country where to 20 more downgrades.What is their economic policy going forward?Give me a break!.David BU who are going to win the seats mentioned by you Mr Lashley,Dr Lowe or Dr Estwick i think not.

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  • @Artax February 21, 2021 11:08 AM and @David

    My comment was mostly in jest but was semi serious too.

    Right now the DLP is a joke party and the biggest laughing stock party in the whole Caribbean. A bunch of people fighting like cats and dogs for a share of zero political power pie. Atherley did them a great favour and our country a great service by going independent and forming the opposition so the DLP can put all focus on their infighting.

    David of BU is correct and I am aware Caswell has no interest in politics but his type is the type of leader the DLP needs if they are to stand any chance of regaining power before the 20 or more years.

    Caswell alone has caused the PM with her super majority to wheel and come again on several occasions. Name one person that can go head to head against Mia in a debate.

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  • In the history of elective politics in Barbados we have never had a Party that was considered the Gov’t in waiting without a seat in the H of A. Even when those parties suffered devastating defeats there were always one or two survivors that the public would listen to and who were considered leadership material. To state the obvious the DLP has no seats and the leader doesn’t seem to command the respect of the general public as it appears that the party was so shell shocked after the last election that none of the higher profile members of the party were willing to step up to the plate if it meant a decade in the political wilderness.

    As to the old faces resurfacing, didn’t the BLP have the same problem? Didn’t they run silent George and Atherley e.g.? The DLP ran a new face in SGN and still lost, a party can’t run all new faces some experience still counts.

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  • Observing,

    I don’t have to wait. I don’t know where David gets off thinking he can give the DLP St. Philip North!

    I voted DLP for all my life and my new mantra is, “Whatever the BLP can do, the DLP can do worse!”

    Substituting Verla for Mia is the equivalent of blowing a torpedo into a leaky ship.

    I shudder to think of the Sleepy One during these desperate times. By the time he woke up probably thousands would have died and he would say something like, “Not everybody is dead. What is all the fuss about?” And then he would have slept some more.

    Steupse!

    Tell dem go and come again!

    Verla herself is leader by default!

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  • Leadership and silence
    Why say anything when hell has broken loose and the incompetence of leadership at the helm of present govt is so obvious even a blind man on trotting horse can see
    Mia has demonstrated that she can be a great ring master of illusion and theatrics and nothing more
    She had a hand as being head of govt and did nothing
    At home she plays into the hands of corporate oblivious to the hardship and pain that the 99percent are feeling
    Then what is there to say outside that with all the past 10 years of rubbing shoulders with the people
    After 2018 govt has all but forgotten the small people and small businesses people that had bought into their confidence for better
    As for the byelection most understood that was a blp stronghold
    However their was a difference in how the dlp approach that election rallying efforts from their supporters to help the fight
    The blp might have won the war but the realities of the battle still rages
    A conduit which will help the dlp to overcome what hurdles their are facing given their supporters a renewed confidence in the party come 2021
    Btw say what may Stuart still have much political sway with the faithful which was shown after the loss and when he emerge at one of the parties meetings and was given thunderous applause
    Not expecting him to step up.but he does know all the history of the blp

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  • @ac

    You are clueless.

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  • What happened to DLP whisperer Greene? Has he relocated and discovered “Silence is Golden”?
    Would love to hear his thoughts on the subject.

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  • @Donna February 21, 2021 12:08 PM

    The DLP in charge and doing worse might have been a blessing in disguise… COVID would have burnt through the country in a few months getting rid of some of those pesky pensioners burdening the NIS with their pensions… Gotten rid of some stubborn NCD sufferers refusing to take their conditions seriously burdening the hospital in the process.. Be the first country in the world to naturally hit herd immunity and get back to accepting tourists without restrictions.

    Maybe DLP in charge might not have been as bad as you think.

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  • @Donna

    Whether we want to believe it or not Michael commands significant support in the constituency.

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  • @ Angela

    There is a BU obsession with blame, they go on the attack and think they are in a gladiatorial combat. It is all theatre. The result, deliberate or not, is to give Mia a free pass.
    Keep it simple: get the government to publish a list of its so-called project loans since May 2018; get it to tell us if the White Oaks deal has been fully finalised, if so what is the outcome; get them to tell us, in simple terms, what is the government’s post-CoVid economic policy; get them to publish the report by the CoVid economic task force; Dr Greenidge set himself the task a few months ago of creating fiscal space. Get him to spell it out.
    Silly talk of having a list of parliamentary candidates nearly three years out from a general election (despite what @ William says) is a waste of good energy.
    Verla’s political future is ahead of her, not behind, and she has time to frame a policy and get a good team in place before the general election. I suggest she talks to Ronnie Yearwood, if he is interested, since the BLP has no room for him.
    The most immediate task at present is to keep this incompetent government’s feet to the fire. Don’t let the howlers divert your attention from a failed government.

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  • @CA

    Do not spout nonsenses by validating incompetence. Is COVID-19 the only issue in the country we have to manage?

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  • You and ac feel the political pulse from trolling BU and Facebook. Sometimes hush and learn something about what is happening on the ground.

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  • Hal AustinFebruary 21, 2021 12:34 PM

    @ Angela

    There is a BU obsession with blame, they go on the attack and think they are in a gladiatorial combat. It is all theatre. The result, deliberate or not, is to give Mia a free pass.
    Keep it simple: get the government to publish a list of its so-called project loans since May 2018; get it to tell us if the White Oaks deal has been fully finalised, if so what is the outcome; get them to tell us, in simple terms, what is the government’s post-CoVid economic policy; get them to publish the report by the CoVid economic task force; Dr Greenidge set himself the task a few months ago of creating fiscal space. Get him to spell it out.
    Silly talk of having a list of parliamentary candidates nearly three years out from a general election (despite what @ William says) is a waste of good energy.
    Verla’s political future is ahead of her, not behind, and she has time to frame a policy and get a good team in place before the general election. I suggest she talks to Ronnie Yearwood, if he is interested, since the BLP has no room for him.
    The most immediate task at present is to keep this incompetent government’s feet to the fire. Don’t let the howlers divert your attention from a failed government.

    Well said
    Notice in my answer i did not even place focus on a faked candidate list
    I left that for the usual blp detractors to wrestle with

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  • @CA 12:32
    I don’t know if to laugh or to cry.
    I don’t know how having many more deaths “would be a blessing in disguise”

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  • DavidFebruary 21, 2021 12:41 PM

    You and ac feel the political pulse from trolling BU and Facebook. Sometimes hush and learn something about what is happening on the ground

    Truth be told
    What is happening on the ground is death and sickness
    Economic devastation to households and a list of human stories which cuts to.the heart of humanity betterment which u are oblivious to u in your effort to support this govt

    No i am not missing nothing that is being said on ground level

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  • David

    the save grace for the DLP after next election will be that they pick up a few votes. seats? not one damn one again!

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  • @John2

    Do not agree. The DLP were given seats last election because DLP supporters were turned off by Stuart.

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  • I’ve often ‘said’ the dude is predictable. He comes to the forum, with his pseudo-intellectual waffle and ‘pseudo-psychological diagnosis’ of BU contributors, which more often than not, describes himself. (I visualize him waving his hands about as he speaks).

    His ‘morning words’ and ‘evening words’ seldom agree.

    “Silly talk of having a list of parliamentary candidates nearly three years out from a general election (despite what @ William says) is a waste of good energy.”

    Hal Austin January 30, 2021 6:02 AM #: “What is the DLP alternative to the chaos of the BLP? I will tell you: they have not published any because they have none; or, they believe to do so now will mean the BLP stealing their ideas. That last is a typical Bajan response.”

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  • lol @ david
    any blind fool can see that one from a mile away. – staurt was the problem so now he is gone they d should be back in power next election then.

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  • @John2

    What it does, it creates some room for DLP defectors and abstentions to return.

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  • As i said

    Their only grace will be that they picked up a few votes.

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  • Some of us are trying to put meat on opinions. There is no government even at the best of times that increases popularity while implementing austerity measures.

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  • David,

    I live up St. Philip North and I do not hear that these days.

    Critical Analyzer,

    My parents both earned their pensions. What exactly are pesky pensioners???
    You continue to spout nonsense when even your Swedes have changed course and admitted their error! You are one sick creature!

    Address me no further!

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  • If most here believe that the dlp dies not have a chance of winning
    Then why should the DLP goes to an extreme of challenging this govt on its failed policies
    Why not sit on the sidelines and watch this govt failed policies give the populace enough reason to usher in change
    Recently a diehard blp supporter was calling for Mia resignation
    A sobering tale of telling even the blp supporters had enough

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  • When last I checked the evidence was that even well-controlled diabetes was a killer when paired with COVID!

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  • david

    if you want to keep putting the blame on only staurt . the economy, bad roads , sewage, buses etc did have anything to dissuade the deserters and absenters. all that already forgotten so they will all come running back.

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  • I here watching cricket. Ashley Nurse just took a brilliant catch at slip.

    Jamaica 35 for 5.

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  • In the same way the coattails of Mia Mottley waslong in 2018 with many riding on it the opposite is true for Stuart with many falling off.

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  • David,

    I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that much of what is said about Lashley is true. Petty power went to his head. He used to be a decent guy, pretty much like his long time best friend, Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes (though I am not a fan of his court decisions). Ian was the brother of another thoroughly decent guy, the late journalist, Peter Weekes.

    I have been wondering if Ian is still best friends with Michael. He would not approve of much of his shenanigans.

    I used to vote for Michael. Never again!

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  • @Donna

    If the word making the rounds is true why would the DLP jettison Simon for Michael?

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  • The BLP will have Covid relief and recovery funds to distribute in 2022.

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  • Divid

    I still see some jumping of DEM coat tail and jumping on MIA’s even thought struart out to pasture

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  • re When last I checked the evidence was that even well-controlled diabetes was a killer when paired with COVID!
    WHERE CAN ONE GOOGLE THAT PIECE OF RUBBISH?
    WHAT IS THE PATHO PHYSIOLOGY INVOLVED IN DIABETES AND COVID?

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  • Just parrotting what I heard with my own ears from those who have studied as you have. Of course, that does mean that everyone with diabetes and COVID will die of the combination.

    But…have you answered my question as yet? When did you start wearing masks? You bragged to me that you were not and your governor, never made them mandatory.. in fact, he overturned masks mandates from lesser authorities, as I recall.

    Which fool ended up catching the COVID? Not this fool??

    Murdaaah!

    Now be off with your stupid right wing loony self, do! Who could spout more rubbish than your kind?

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  • Correction – does not mean.

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  • David,

    Who knows why the DLP does anything?

    Correction to last post- not this fool!!

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  • What a blaggard is this GP

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  • @ David BU

    This BLP versus DLP debate reminded me of an interesting article I read in old edition of the Barbados Advocate. It hilarious that, after almost 71 years, approximately 55 of which we were government by successive BLP and DLP administrations, there seems not to be any solutions to solve the water shortages in St. Joseph.

    Water Shortage In St. Joseph

    A few days ago many women in St. Joseph could be seen washing their clothes in springs and drying them on pastures nearby. This was because of a water shortage experienced in that parish.

    Water had to be delivered to certain districts by a lorry from the Water Works Department. Some people did not wait on the lorry but carried home spring water and boiled it.

    A resident told the Advocate yesterday although there were about 56 stand pipes in the parish the shortage of water is still being felt. Some of these pipes were out of order but began to work about a week ago. [Barbados Advocate, Thursday, November 9, 1950]

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  • @Artax

    Which makes one wonder why others have not grasp the opportunity to capture the support of dissatisfied taxpayers in that constituency.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Hal Austin February 21, 2021 12:34 PM
    “I suggest she talks to Ronnie Yearwood, if he is interested, since the BLP has no room for him.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    One of Ronnie Yearwood’s favourite policy suggestions is to create a free trade zone in Barbados. He has been pushing the idea for several years, from long before the 2018 elections, but it did not appear in the BLP manifesto that I am aware. He is not the only person that has been pushing that agenda, it has also been advocated for years by Niel Harper (the Bajan cybersecurity expert who is the 2021 recipient of the Technology for Humanity Award).

    I don’t know if you noticed, but on Monday last PM Mottley made a brief reference to a free trade zone policy that would soon be considered by Cabinet.

    I don’t understand why in Barbados these policy decisions cannot be widely discussed in public rather than being treated like state secrets before being announced.

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  • @PLT

    Welcome. It is her modus operandi. If she is in favour of it, she will now force it through Cabinet. There is no public discussion on any aspect of government at any time. She appears not to have a democratic impulse.
    Of course, no acknowledgement of the original author.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson February 21, 2021 5:09 PM

    I wonder how this idea relates to Sinckler’s brainchild. Didn’t he suggest (around 2016?) that one could buy in certain zones without taxes and tariffs in exchange for foreign currency? This proposal is aimed at the sale of goods. Does the new proposal only want to promote exports or also domestic consumption?

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  • @Peter

    It is noted Ronnie gives you credit in his lecture for remote work visa.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Tron February 21, 2021 5:24 PM
    “I wonder how this idea relates to Sinckler’s brainchild. Didn’t he suggest (around 2016?) that one could buy in certain zones without taxes and tariffs in exchange for foreign currency?”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Yearwood’s concept is nothing at all like what you are describing Sinckler’s idea to be. No resemblance whatsoever.

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  • Everyone to the TV! Our Most Honourable Prime Minister and her grand team speak to us at 6pm.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David February 21, 2021 5:37 PM
    “It is noted Ronnie gives you credit…”
    ++++++++++++++++
    Last April/May I asked many people to critique my idea a severely as possible… Yearwood was among them so he has known about the concept since then.

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  • Establish a Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and then what guys? The fruits of this would be 10 years out at best as seen with the best case on the island – Lenstec. Barbados can’t sit around and wait for that.

    FTZ is a nice buzzword from the 90s and early 2000s but won’t get us there at scale fast enough. Part of the future tool kit but we need a faster pivot that delivers results sooner. Here are some immediate, obvious issues with the FTZ narrative

    (1) What will Barbados produce at scale to drive our cost-per-unit down in order to be competitive with what can be obtained in developed countries with much more automation and labour to more easily achieve these economies of scale? What are these miraculous industries?

    (2) Let’s not even talk about our energy cost per KWh, which is amongst the highest in the region….not conducive to support manufacturing/production here and outside of what tax concessions from a FTZ can influence….unless of course if Government subsidises this as well. Then what is the point, are we really benefiting?

    (3) Where are the input sources for whatever we will be producing? China? At the astronomical costs and time to import a 40 foot dry goods container from Xiamen, Shanghai, Dalian or any other Eastern China export port? Would make the landed cost of those goods uncompetitive even if the import duties are waived and VAT is at a preferential rate as expected in FTZ industries. From the USA and Canada?….so are we saying ship all the way from the USA to a FTZ in Barbados only to turnaround and re-export to USA and Canada as a finished product? Makes no sense on any level

    (4) If most of the companies will be foreign owned, then it’s still FX flowing offshore from an industry that received generous concessions……we can’t then complain about the Tourist industry, Sandals and low tourist spend contribution as it’s the same game isn’t it?

    And we can go on and on with this FTZ idea. @PLT you know the only real solution that can work now and be deployed in the short term is getting more young Bajans to monetise content development including music, theatre, film industry related content. We already have the talent, global deployment infrastructure and apps already exist and the revenue / advertising models from significant numbers viewing your content are also in place. Another key element in this potential success is peer-to-peer finance models and infrastructure for these projects also already exist so grass roots financing for good projects is very possible…It’s a NO BRAINER GUYS…..a NO BRAINER

    David with this wordpress blog where folks monetize wordpress content via adsense and mediavine advertising in the USA and CANADA DAILY can confirm that…that’s a small example

    LETS GO BARBADOS!
    ITS NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM
    THERE ARE POSSIBILITIES

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  • @Bajanabroad

    The blogmaster has resisted monetizing this blog and prefers to offer it as a public service for the moment.

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  • Appreciate your transparency on that @David,

    But the point is that you definitely KNOW the POTENTIAL to successfully monetize this blog is there if you wanted to. That was the point I was referencing and respect your choice to do otherwise. Many others honestly don’t realise these opportunities even exist

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  • @Bajanabroad

    Understand the point you are making. The clarification targeted at others on the blog.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Bajeabroad
    Your critique of traditional Free Trade Zones is mostly accurate, but what Yearwood proposes is something completely different. He summarises it in his Errol Barrow Memorial Lecture as a “… centre or hub for finance, banking, tech, shipping and arbitration.” Take a look at https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/errol-barrow-memorial-lecture_dr-yearwood_2021.pdf for more details.

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  • When did you start wearing masks? I DONT

    SINCE WORKING IN SURGERY YEARSS AGO I HAVE WORN A MASK ONLY ON THE FOUR TIMES WHEN I LEFT MY HOME IN THE LAST YEAR AND ONLY TO PLEASE MY WIFE

    ONE THE FIRST OCCASION WAS WHEN I WAS APPARENTLY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS WHEN I WENT FOR THE MANDATORY SIX MONTH MEDICAL VISIT

    Which fool ended up catching the COVID?
    PEOPLE WHO CAUGHT COVID ARE NOT FOOLS AND LEAVING HOME TO GO FOR A MEDICAL VISIT IS NOT FOOLISH

    I HAD LOCKED DOWN AND ABIDED BY THE PROTOCOLS AT THAT VISIT

    THE POINT THAT YOU MISSED IS THAT IT WAS MY WISE ADDITIONAL PROPHYLACTIC USE OF QUININE AND VITAMINS AS ADVISED BY REAL SCIENTISTS LIKE DR EO DOUGHLIN THAT RESTRICTED AND INHIBITED THE VIRUS ATTACK

    THE POINT THAT YOU MISSED IS THAT PROPHYLACTIC USE OF HETEROCYCLICS LIKE QUININE OR HYDROXYCHLOROQUINONE IS OF MORE VALUE THAN THE STUPID PROTOCOLS YOU ARE ALL TOUTING, BECAUSE THAT WAS ALSO THE ONLY TREATMENT I CHOSE, ALONG WITH SOME TETRACYCLINE AND THE FERVENT PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS ON THE MORNING WHEN IT SOUGHT TO REALLY BREAK THROUGH

    THE METHODOLOGY OF ACTION OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINONE IN THE TREATMENT OF CORONOVIRUSES IS WELL DOCUMENTED IN HARRISON’S TEXT BOOK OF MEDICINE– CONSIDERED TO BE THE “BIBLE” IN THIS BRANCH OF MEDICINE.

    THIS IS THE REASON THAT SENSIBLE DRS IN EUROPE AND ASIA DEVELOPED TREATMENT REGIMENS AROUND THIS AGENT

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  • @PLT – Read the reference

    100% agree on the 2 below ideas mentioned
    (1) Not all schools should teach the same curriculum. Agree it’s about maximising the potential of our youth across ALL spectrums and disciplines and not satisfying an arbitrary standard mark that is totally irrelevant for today’s digital world

    (2) Arrangements to contract out public services to various competitors or allowing the use of government owned facilities, to provide for the creative industry to make exportable goods such as movies and tv-shows and entertainment shows

    I also agree in principle with the idea of a Service Zone, and if our government is focused, disciplined and targeted I would agree it can work. But that is also my skepticism…..there are too many ifs and stars to align with the heavy lifting focused on Government to give me confidence we will execute on this. Dubai took 15 years at least to get to where they are as a Fintech hub and their government spent hundreds of millions to build the ecosystem. We are at a point in history where a decentralised, bottom-up, gig approach type model would be more successful as it gives the disenfranchised and more youth / talent a chance at the table which also resolves a social unrest issue that is growing in many countries. The Service Zone idea is reminiscent of opportunities mainly for bigger offshore owned business where locals have to depend on trickle down opportunities…not sure we are that patient anymore and these expectation development models work still. Not saying we should ignore this option, but once again, part of the tool kit

    One of the ideas of America that made it successful (shattered somewhat now) is the notion that at least it was possible to “make it big” and that it was largely open to anyone. Things have changed that view recently it was a powerful idea and even drove many to cross the Rio Grande at all cost just to get to the land of opportunity. Our young folks need to be in a system with that belief and inclusion where they feel and know that these opportunities are possible and see examples of this. That is why for me it’s about our young folks developing digital skills that can then be coupled to whatever their strengths are. Broad enfranchisement. Not funnel through a few large or medium sized business with the expectation of a trickle down effect. Those days are over and the patience is gone with that model.

    Can expand on this more later

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Bajeabroad February 21, 2021 7:27 PM
    I agree… but in Yearwood’s defence, he did say it needs “properly designed incentive packages […] for start-ups.”

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  • Blah blah blah! Not everyone who catches it is a fool. Only some! Most foolish are those who think they know better than everybody else.

    The protocols worked very well for many months until some idiots decided not to follow them.

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  • Seems like Ronnie Yearwood and I have some of the same ideas. I have been “lecturing” those with whom I come into contact for years.

    Some of it isn’t really that hard..

    I had a group of young people myself who would have made great movies. Natural actors and actresses. Amazing!. .There are excellent writers also. among us. I met some of them at a NCF writer’s workshop with Addy Forde. And talk about comedy? Even Simon Alleyne has that talent. Barbados has excellent comedians.

    And long have I railed against all schools teaching the same curriculum! There are different types of intelligence. ALL children have a type of intelligence. We should teach them the basics neccessary for life and then stop frustrating them with nonsense outside of their area. We should attempt to discover their type of intelligence from early and let them develop in their areas. I have let my son go and he works like a workaholic at his craft. Put my seventeen year old self to shame. Makes my head spin.. And he BELIEVES he can make it.

    Why do we make it hard! Why the doctor/lawyer syndrome still? Why do we try to force square children into round holes still? Why still the “best” and leave back the rest stupidity??

    Why are we condemning our young people to the block???? They have ralents we need to tap.

    We will either spend the money at the front end or the back end. Special schools, specialist teachers or bigger police stations and prisons, mote policemen and prison officers. – the choice is ours.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Donna February 21, 2021 8:14 PM
    “The protocols worked very well for many months until some idiots decided not to follow them.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    The protocols did not work. The current surge in COVID has nothing to do with bus crawls. The arrivals protocol of as little as 2 days of quarantine made it inevitable that e would have a surge as soon as visitor numbers started to climb. BAMP had been telling tho Government this since July. The tourism industry lobbying and subsequent weak Government protocols are 100% to blame for the subsequent infections and deaths.

    The current 5 day quarantine is better that 2, but still inadequate. Every arriving passenger should be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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  • RE The protocols did not work. The current surge in COVID has nothing to do with bus crawls. The arrivals protocol of as little as 2 days of quarantine made it inevitable that e would have a surge as soon as visitor numbers started to climb. BAMP had been telling tho Government this since July. The tourism industry lobbying and subsequent weak Government protocols are 100% to blame for the subsequent infections and deaths.

    The current 5 day quarantine is better that 2, but still inadequate. Every arriving passenger should be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days whether they have been vaccinated or not.

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY 100% CORRECT PLT SIR The protocols did not work THEY ARE A PLACEBO
    THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO DO SO …IIN FACT REPUTABLE STUDIES SHOW THE OPPOSITE

    WE RODE ON THE FACT THAT THE VIRUS HAD TO BE BROUGHT TO OUR SHORES
    ONCE IT CAME THERE, THE NATURAL AVAILABILITY OF VITAMIN D IN ADDITION TO THE WIND [ALSO ONE OF THE REASONS CARCINOMA OF THE LUNGS HAS NOT BEEN AS PREVALENT AS ONE WOULD EXPECT EVEN WHEN LOTS OF FOLK ON THE ISLANDS SMOKED]

    DRINKING GIN OR RUM AND TONIC PROBABLY HELPED THOSE WHO INDULGE THERE IN
    ALCOHOL DISOLVES QUININE HENCE THE ORIGIN OF THOSE DRINKS ORIGINALLY
    FAIRLY HIGH CONCENTRATION OF QUININE IN TONIC WATER

    THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS IN OUR FAVOUR

    THE CHALLENGE IS TO BALANCE KEEPING THE BORDERS OPEN AND TO MANAGE THOSE WHO GET AFFECTED WELL. THIS INCLUDES EARLY DIGNOSIS

    DRS MUST NOT COMMIT THE SIN OF DIAGNOSTIC GREED AND SEEK TO FERRET OUT EVERY POSSIBLE SYMPTOM BEFORE GETTING THE DIAGNOSIS, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRESENCE OF DENGUE WHICH HAS SIMILAR SYMPTOMS, AND WILL ALSO KILL IF YOU GET HAEMORHAGIC DENGUE, WHICH HAS SINILAR PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

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  • It is rare that I agree with @ac.
    Rather than default, I think of it as rope.
    After the drubbing, it made little sense to appear to be something the electorate had rejected. Then they had the Donville matter to contend with. Which rolled into Covid. Plus they have no ideas either!!! So rather than ‘talk shite’, and detract, strike an opposition chord occasionally, and give the current administration all the rope they want. For how many years, have the politics in so many of these democratic societies, pivoted as the pendulum swings, and frequently between two choices. 2023 will garner a few seats for the DLP, and by 2028, the pendulum will have returned to make the election a contest. I’m sure if the DNA testing folks dug down on samples from Barbados, they would find a D or B gene in much of the population. Even the resident court jester knows this, hence the call to avoid any defeat, President for Life, in the new Republic of Buhbaydus.

    The Yearwood concept of Service zones is worth exploring.

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  • A reminder how poor economic performance and covid affecting people.

    Jobless rate ‘almost double’
    THE ISLAND’S LATEST official unemployment rate for 2020 was almost double that of 2019, said Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment Marsha Caddle, but she said this is not the whole picture.
    In an interview aired yesterday on Starcom Network, Caddle said this was why Government was considering establishing a statistics and data analytics authority.
    “Right now we have the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) which does tremendous work with a certain set of data. They tell us what is the GDP (gross domestic product), what is the size of the economy, how prices are changing. However, there is so much data we are not capturing.
    “When we talk about data analytics, what we mean is, what are the flows of information happening every day? How many people are getting on the bus [on a specific route]? Knowing that will tell us how many buses, when and how often, we need [for that route],” she said.
    Caddle said they were also looking at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) figures for the first time as a way to better tailor policies.
    “The BSS labour force unemployment figures for the third quarter of 2020 stands at 17.9 per cent, which is almost double from the same period in 2019, which was 9.5 per cent.
    “The International Labour Organisation has set a definition for employment and we use that standardised methodology, which defines employment as whether you have worked for at least an hour in the previous week for pay or profit . . . that does not help us form policy as how can someone who works an hour a week earn a proper income” she added.
    This was where the NIS comes in. The minister said those figures gave “nuance” and “colour” to the employment outlook and helped Government to cater policies targeted at specifics.
    “The NIS data doesn’t include Government. It’s a private sector rate, while the labour force survey includes private and public. We were able to retain Government employment,
    while the private sector was essentially imploding, to keep economic activity and spending up, so the labour force survey rate is going to be lower,” she said. (CA)

    Source: Nation

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  • If it is rare to agree with someone, then do not agree. I thought you agreed with the principle, not the individual, or is it personality driven?

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  • PLT
    Such a project is already at the implementation stage with the money to complete, just grander.

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  • DavidFebruary 22, 2021 5:46 AM

    A bit different from the usual ad for a sous chef or maitre d. But same principle. All like now bajans digging for jobs and they want to bring in someone to fill a good paying one.

    Surely plenty of qualified people here. This is utter nonsense. Time to get real people and stop this foolishness.

    This is exactly one of the reasons I tell young bajans, get a skill and get to RH out, to USA, Canada foremost and if not UK or Europe.

    Those working unskilled, try and get one. Your heavy duty truck license, or a basic mechanics course, or some joinery and basic building. Something.

    The powers that be have no interest in you. I am very serious about this.

    If it is doctoring, nursing, software writing ad programming (this you can write your own ticket), plumbing, get a recognised skill and move. Do not hesitate, do not pass ‘Wait here’. Just GO.

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  • @Crusoe

    The blogmaster knows there are qualified people onshore. Why are people in the know not writing to the Chief Immigration Officer to object?

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  • @ David February 22, 2021 5:32 AM
    (Quote):
    THE ISLAND’S LATEST official unemployment rate for 2020 was almost double that of 2019, said Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment Marsha Caddle, but she said this is not the whole picture.
    In an interview aired yesterday on Starcom Network, Caddle said this was why Government was considering establishing a statistics and data analytics authority.

    Right now we have the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) which does tremendous work with a certain set of data. They tell us what is the GDP (gross domestic product), what is the size of the economy, how prices are changing. However, there is so much data we are not capturing. (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is this MoEA&I for real? Are they really contemplating another layer of bureaucratic incompetence to be superimposed as an additional burden on the already overburdened taxpayers?

    Is this going to see the demise of the existing BSS and the obvious redundancy of the Research Department of the CBB?

    If it can established that the unemployment figure for the end of last year stood at approx.18% what about those who have been considered members of the long-standing army of the so-called Voluntary Idle?

    What would it be at the end of the second Qtr. 2021 when the full impact of the high winds from the hurricane called Covid-19 will be felt.

    That should give a well-informed idea about the level of hidden poverty (and the quantity of weekly food hampers needed) about to undermine the social fabric of the vulnerable economic edifice constructed on a foundation made mainly from a fickle substance called tourism.

    BTW, did the same MoEA&I provide an up-to-date report on the status of the much bragged about myriad of projects ‘lying’ in the investment pipeline whose maturation is badly needed to help in the alleviation of the massive and growing unemployment situation?

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  • @Miller

    How realistic is the expectation tourism related projects will materialize in the prevailing environment? Is this why we find ourselves in the current predicament?

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  • @ David February 22, 2021 9:01 AM

    That’s why there is a need for an up-to-date report to inform the expectant public what is the state-of-play.; both current and expected.

    Wouldn’t such a report conform to the widely promoted principle(s) of transparency and accountability?

    Then your PSA leader Eddie Clarke would not be counting his chickens before they hatch.

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