Some Ministers of Government Not Earning Pay

In May 2018 the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) achieved the unprecedented in a general election by winning all 30 seats. Although Bishop Joseph Atherley seized the opportunity to defect and by default forced the Governor General to appoint him Leader of the Opposition, it does not detract from the shellacking of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the 2018 polls.

Immediately on winning the government Prime Minister Mottley continued with the unprecedented by establishing the largest Cabinet in the history of Barbados AND the world. Her rationale- ‘many hands make light work’. In an interview soon after her momentous win Mottley explained to retired journalist David Ellis that Barbadians should judge her government over time on its performance to justify the large selection – An Interview with Prime Minister Mottley.

Students of politics are aware the appointment of a large front bench is designed to blunt the back bench. Unfortunately it is the political gamesmanship and chicanery our adversarial politics encourages.

As the countdown to the next general election 2023 starts the question included in the poll must be fairly considered.

Related Link: An Invisible Mottley Cabinet

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  • The claim that Barbados has the largest cabinet of ministers in the world is totally false! Typical fake news. I quote from Wikipedia on Kenja: “On April 17, 2008, Raila Odinga was sworn in as Prime Minister, along with a power-sharing Cabinet, with 42 ministers and 50 assistant ministers, Kenya’s largest ever.” So at one point in Kenja, there were 92 ministers.

    I conclude that large ministerial cabinets are good African custom to accommodate all the ministers´s tribes. So anyone who complains about the many ministers in Barbados is a racist. To strengthen Pan-Africanism in Barbados and to support BLM, I propose to increase the number of parliamentarians and senators to 60 each and the number of ministers to 60 as well.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    The time has come to scrap naming MPs as ministers in charge of a ministry and replace the minister with a board made up of multiple MPs and senators.

    MPs were elected to take care of their constituency. That is where their focus should be and not running ministries when most of them are not even qualified to apply for a senior post in said ministry. Running the ministry should be left to the Permanent Secretary with the board charting the course based on government policy.

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  • Parasites sucking on taxpayers and whatever else they can get…it’s been long established that many ministers are lazy, are YES men and women without independent thought, DON’T DO THEIR JOBS, don’t work on behalf of or DEFEND the Black population…constituents CAN’T FIND THEM after they’re installed in the haunted parliament…but slither around begging votes each election…and they NEVER forget to collect their salaries with perks….useless as usual.

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  • Atherley becoming leader of the opposition is better described as a consolidation of the duopoly, blp-dlp, not as any genuine defection or reduction in the 30- love victory of 2018. Better seen as the fascist instincts of duopoly politics.

    It is difficult for an observer to, carte Blanche, arrive at a position about what is essentially a human resource management question without scientific information..

    And yes, the popular perception about a top heavy government may indeed be right. However, such things are easily measurable.

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  • Kenya has a population of 54 million. When one uses the reference, largest cabinet ever, it applied to per 1000 of population.

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  • Critical AnalyzerFebruary 28, 2021 2:52 AM

    One of the best suggestions that I have ever seen on social media or news journals. I agree that the existing arrangement is outdated.

    There needs to be one amendment, that is having an elected Senate instead of the current method that makes it a rubber stamp, as it has been for fifty years.

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  • The Senate should be either elected or comprised of specific job positions (Head of Bar Association, Representative of Headteachers Head of Private Sector Association etc).

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  • @David
    Your post speaks first to accountability and then to the status quo of a (former) duopoly.

    It also strikes at the heart of MAM’s practice of using smoke and mirrors when making unpopular or nonsensical decision vs. the reality of the day and on the ground.

    The Cabinet has always been too large. If we use her reasoning that many hands make light work and it ws justified because the country was in a crisis then we should expect a doubling in its size post-Covid.

    I mean, cuddear….we have a Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance as well ass a Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources as well ass a Minister of Energy and Water Resources as well ass a Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance.

    We have Rowe and Springer literally parked out as Park Secs; 4 Senators were dragged in to fill the skill void among elected MPs and of course in the area of the finance/economy there is Mottley, Straughan, Caddle along with Persaud, Mascoll, Ram, Greenidge and White Oak when needed.

    30-0 comes with consequences for both the victor and the vanquished. Let’s see how long the charade can last.

    Just observing

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  • @Observing

    Yes, the state of affairs is most embarrassing and taking sensible Bajans for fools.

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  • David
    How do you know that some ministers are doing nothing.

    Are we not use to having junior ministers in a guvment.

    Are you convinced that a PM will allow such a status of doing nothing continue this long?

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  • @Pacha

    It is for the ministers and government holding the respective portfolios to promote initiatives/strategies being undertaken. It is up to Mottley and her Cabinet to convince the electorate they are sufficiently engaged. Mottley is PM and leader of the party and as previously stated political considerations will also influence decisions taken. The blogmaster keeps his ears to the ground more than most and is to be convinced we do not have ministers loitering in Cabinet,

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  • In addition: are we only discussing a large number in cabinet or incompetence as well.

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  • David
    That is a sad commentary and our instincts have been to side with you, but for other reasons as well.

    One, the government has drastically tapered its manifesto

    Two, with Covid there certainly has to be much less work happening in most areas.

    Our reluctance is about measurement not guesswork or naked politics. We cant understand why such an issue should defy scientific measurement as a basis of “right-sizing”

    This is 2021!

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  • @Pacha

    Barbadians do not hold politicians/government accountable. This is our culture. Guess what, the politicians are aware of this slapdash state of mind.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    She inherited a bad economy from a DLP that went rogue. She was given the benefit of the doubt to show what she and a new vitalise BLP could or would do. What did she do? Appoint her Father, write off debts, send home hundreds and tell Barbadians she want many hands to make the task ahead lighter because at the end jobs will be there again for all those laid off. From the evidence of all of that and to be fair, Barbados turned the corner looking far better under a restructuring programme that meant getting help from the IMF. Mottley had no choice because the idiot Stuart and his band of nuffanarian crooks took the country to the brink and left it there. So is Mottley’s large cabinet from the onset justify in dealing with the many issues Barbados had to face and is still facing? Nahhh. You did not need a large cabinet to do what is being done now. You certainly did not have to split departments to get the job done because finances was the issue that left some of these departments and ministries in shambles and finances remain the number one problem even now. Splitting them and finding places for your large cabinet have not improve the set of difficulties each face. All it did and is showing today, is that you had to find places for your support base and so the plot thickened. But, the sewage problem got some rectification but in spite of all of that, the issue of financing these ministries so they function without the financial juggling each have to undertake still remains: They all needed money to improve what they were dealing with. Then come the pandemic and lick every thing for six. Hard decisions had to made in light of the fact that Barbados had not come out of its recessionary period and suffering fiscally with growth projected in the minus. How does a new leader deal with the crisis? Well, she kept her large cabinet, and in the current crisis, there is not one darn thing to show that they certainly are the many hands that made the work lighter. Mottley’s little experiment is a colossal failure and she would do well to rethink her leadership strategy as she faces the biggest crisis at the moment and that is: how to properly navigate Barbados in a pandemic that threatens to destroy small developing island states.

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  • Side note
    Tron: Brilliant. Some amazing footwork even though you missed the target (completely). I like excellent BS.

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  • David
    Agreed, but we were promised better by this government.

    Then there is the pesky issue of evaluation of the enlarged cabinet to see what actual results were verses expenditures.

    Based on the government’s mouthings we assumed that the days of giving people a pick to keep them on-side were a thing of the past.

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  • @Pacha

    The challenge in the so-called democracy practiced is that those eligible to vote make decisions based on frivolous considerations.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Crusoe February 28, 2021 5:54 AM

    The senate should never be elected and generally remain as is since its purpose is get contributions at the parliamentary privilege level from various technocrats, special interest groups and party supporters unable to weather the campaign process to become an MP. The current rubber-stamping senate is a waste of taxpayers money and is simply a means of political patronage.

    To that end, I would remove the senate’s ability to block legislation passed by MPs since they are not elected but I would expand their numbers with fixed seats for representatives of various key private sector associations such as BAR, CTUSAB, BPSA, BMA, BAS, etc. and also allow them to write and approve their own legislation and proposals to send to the House for review, refinement and a final vote by MPs.

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  • @ David @ Pacha
    David thanks for being forthright.
    Pacha , just park the nonsense. Who are you trying to convince that you would have expected anything else from the BLP or DLP ? You have spent at least three decades castigating the Duopoly and bright and early this Sunday morning , you choose this embarrassing path.
    Gimme a break.

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  • Forgive me if I am unable to treat this topic with the level of seriousness and thoughtfulness that some think it deserves. Indeed when one can criticize the number of ministers at one minute and then create even more ministers at the next, we have entered the land of ridiculous discussions.

    “I mean, cuddear….we have a Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance as well ass a Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources as well ass a Minister of Energy and Water Resources as well ass a Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance.

    We have Rowe and Springer literally parked out as Park Secs; 4 Senators were dragged in to fill the skill void among elected MPs and of course in the area of the finance/economy there is Mottley, Straughan, Caddle along with Persaud, Mascoll, Ram, Greenidge and White Oak when needed.”

    This is consistent that ‘many hands make light work’ and with a belief that ‘two heads are better than one’. In fact, it appears that Mia has often gone with three heads or more (as needed).

    Indeed there is room for one more ministers. Tron, minister of defense and propaganda.

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  • I HAVE OFTEN SAID THAT THE BRAIN CELLS OF MANY BU BRIMBLERS HAVE UNDERGONE METAPLASIA TO RECTAL MUCOSA

    HOWEVER, IT IS CLEAR THAT IN THE CASE OF TRON HE STARTED OUT WITH RECTAL MUCOSA WHERE HIS BETZ CELLS OUGHT TO BE.

    THIS IS THUS VERY EVIDENT IN HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, WHICH CONSISTENTLY MIRROR THOSE THAT ARE EFFLUXED FROM SHELVES OF HOUSTON.

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  • A bit much for somehow whose acili is based an the mental illnesses spawned by an eponymy

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  • GP,

    Tron calls himself the court jester. I know you know what that means.

    He is actually quite brilliant.

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  • It is obvious to many on the blog Tron used satirical language to make points.

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  • “Based on the government’s mouthings we assumed that the days of giving people a pick to keep them on-side were a thing of the past.”

    ya forget, that’s all they know, developing yardfowls, hangerson and the perrenial parasites..

    ..on other platforms it has been well researched and better understood.

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  • It is interesting to note that the Mottley administration is being chided ( in the main ) by some on this thread as being inefficient.

    What more did we reasonably expect ?

    While in opposition , Mia Mottley , condemn ed every policy initiative by the Dems.

    Two poignant points of reference :

    The Dems Cabinet of 17 ministers is too LARGE – screams Mia Mottley.!

    How did she ‘ resolve ‘ that matter post May 2018 ?

    Mia Mottley appointed a Cabinet of 26 ministers !

    The Dems Solid Waste Tax killing Bajans – screamed Mia Mottley !

    How did Mia Mottley ‘ resolve ‘ that matter post May 2018 ?

    Mia Mottley introduced a Garbage & Waste Tax….hitting some individuals 2 & 3 times – based on their homes and if they own businesses , as well

    After such ‘ CARE ‘ shown by Mia Mottley …..why are some persons complaining now ?

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  • and around and around in circles we go….a merry-go-round without end…

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  • @ et al
    A very good comedian can be an idiot. But there is no real idiot that can be a comedian.
    Foolishness is not comedy !

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  • RE A bit much for somehow whose acili is based an the mental illnesses spawned by an eponymy
    WORD SALAD

    RE It is obvious to many on the blog Tron used satirical language to make points.
    And to many bajans he talks shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..te.
    as the “provacateur” used to say WHAT SATIRE WHAT?

    RE Tron calls himself the court jester.
    SURELY THERE IS NO ROOM FOR JESTERS IN BARBADOS AT THIS TIME
    THERE IS A NEED TO JUST SIMPLY REPORT THE TRUTH PLAINLY AND SIMPLY

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  • The court jester is reported to have told the king some truths that nobody else could tell and keep his head.

    There is plenty of room for jesters who take the argument to its idiotic conclusion to highlight its absurdity.

    Many a person has had a lightbulb moment in the midst of political satire.

    Comedy often breaks through where dry lectures do not.

    And in the meantime we stop crying for just a minute and laugh!

    Comic RELIEF promotes rationality and maintains sanity. God made laughter for a reason.

    LONG LIVE THE COURT JESTER!

    P.S. Tron probably meant the opposite of what he just posted.

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  • @Donna

    Not everyone can appreciate the ability of others to manipulate language. It is fair to say it is a subjective thing anyway. No need to debate the point with those with the inability to appreciate the nuance. We are different people, not everyone has that ability to value difference.

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  • DONNA
    WHEREAS THERE IS MUCH MERIT IN WHAT YOU SAY, I PREFER FOLK WHO JUST SAY WHAT THEY MEAN WITH GREAT CLARITY……AND MEAN WHAT THEY SAY

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  • Donna
    Correct. When you find people who understand only a single linguistic style represents a level of ignorance best left alone.

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  • GP,

    Different strokes REACH different folks! The object is to reach as many as possible.

    David,

    I thought it necessary for some (not necessarily GP) to look a little more closely. Tron often holds a mirror for us (Barbadians) to see ourselves.

    In the beginning I missed it. Wouldn’t want others to miss it too.

    When he spoke of returning to the plantations to work for Richard Drax that was funny but it was a warning. When he speaks about cutting the civil service in half, he is warning us that civil service jobs are not that safe anymore. We need money to pay salaries after all. And it is also a push towards entrepreneurship and of ownership, and independence. A reform of our economy and a reordering of our society.

    When he speaks of the white man’s shithole countries he is telling us to stop swallowing their narratives and think for ourselves. To measure success by our own standards and to stop trying to be mock white men. We need to be our own best selves.

    He paints splendid word pictures. Like a word comic strip.

    I love excellence and always feel the need to promote it.

    I’m done now.

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  • When you find people who understand only a single linguistic style represents a level of ignorance best left alone.

    THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE BETZPAENIC DUMMY
    QUID SCRIPSI DIXIQUE, SCRIPSI DIXIQUE

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  • I have always heard the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So I can’t help but ask,with such a massive team of financial ministers and consultants in the MOF, why haven’t we been presented with an economic diversification plan that moves away from tourism dependancy? I mean it has only been a year since Covid has threatened our economy which I know in goverment time is only around 6 weeks, but surely these big brain people should be able to have presented a plan to us by now.

    Also I noticed in the comment by the above blogger of the list of economic gurus in the MOF, he chose to omit the name of the most accomplished past minister of finance a fellow called Chris Sinkyuh. Was he not in fact chairman of some committe on economic recovery as well? Lord I deading here at just the thought. LOL

    I could hear Sinkyuh recommendation now ” Mia this easy to solve let we buy a new Xerox and starting printing nuff money.”

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  • Oh dear! What was the topic again?

    SOME GOVERNMENT MINISTERS MIA

    (paraphrased)

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  • RE Not everyone can appreciate the ability of others to manipulate language. It is fair to say it is a subjective thing anyway. No need to debate the point with those with the inability to appreciate the nuance. We are different people, not everyone has that ability to value difference.

    WHAT RUBBISH I HAVE BEEN MANIPULATING LANGUAGE ON BU FOR YEARS
    DO YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO APPRECIATE MY NUANCES?
    SOMETIMES IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU WOULD KEEP QUIET
    YOU SEEM TO THINK YOU HAVE AN INTELLECT THAT IS SUPERIOR
    AND AC AND HAL AUSTIN RUNS RINGS AROUND YOU DAILY
    HILARIOUS
    THE RUM SHOP IS BARE MOCK SPORT FOR THE RETIRED AND BORED
    SO EASY TO RAISE THE IRE OF THOSE WHO THINK THEY KNOW

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  • DonnaFebruary 28, 2021 11:22 AM
    YOURS IS AN INTERESTING INTERPRETATION……..BUT IS IT THE ONLY ONE? LOL
    I JUST HAVING SOME FUN STIRRING UP THE POT LOL

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  • Thanks Donna, excellent.

    One clarification, physical slavery has morphed to economic slavery. We are not there yet.

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  • David,

    I did not dare tackle his “Dear Leader’ narrative. I will leave that one for him to unmask himself.

    I love the “To the television!” lines.

    Hilarious but…..

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  • @ John A

    Thanks for bringing back the discussion to reality. An army of economists, a single university with even more academics, a near monopoly media, blogs and rumshops, and still we have not moved on over the last year or two about the kind of economic development we will like to see as a society.
    The president now talks about fiscal space, a term she got from Greenidge, but what does she mean by it? What does he mean by it?
    I have said before you cannot have a debate unless you know the terms, and government is not saying what its policy proposals are.
    Under different circumstances those with an interest in national development would put forward an a shadow economic plan.
    Maybe we are drinking too much rum.

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  • RE I did not dare tackle his “Dear Leader’ narrative
    I CAN
    IT IS DOWNRIGHT BLASPHEMY AND CONCENTRATED BOVINE EXCREMENT
    THAT WAS WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO
    WHAT “Dear Leader’ WHAT AS THE “PROVACATEUR” USED TO SAY
    Hilarious

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  • @ Hal

    To say I am disappointed with how the discussion on diversification or lack thereof, has been encouraged by the goverment is an understatement.

    By now even the most ardent supporter must realise that it can not be business as usual going forward. Yes tourism can still play a part in the diversification plan but depending on it would be a gross error in judgement. Tell us about the plan to save FX by expanding considerably our alternatice energy platform. Tell us about the large scale greenhouse project that will be rolled out on the productive arable land in the goverment land bank. For God sake tell us something that confirms I did not feed all these committees to be told ” em going be business as usual and we going use the tax dollars to prop up tourism till it return.”

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  • @ John A

    The only distraction is not the government. The broader distraction may help the government, but there is nothing to stop all of us from making a positive contribution to a serious discussion on medium and long-term economic development..
    If we have nothing positive to say about the economy, then walk away. As long as it is not party political rubbish.
    By the way, let us get pass the stuff about foreign reserves and making jokes of Chris Sinclair. He was not so much a disaster as someone out of his league.
    Keeping him on as finance minister was Stuart’s historic mistake. He should have been sacked aft er Stuart won his own mandate and given a non-economic ministry.
    If he threatened to go on the back benches and cause trouble, then Stuart should have sent him packing. But let us be clear Mottley is no better as a finance minister, she is a bit more confident and has the chutzpah to draft in people who can think. That is her ‘pedigree’.

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  • We keep looking to the wrong people to drive diversification. Governments and large private entities are the wrong people as they are not usually the ones willing to take the huge risks and sacrifices required to succeed in new ventures and much prefer the lower risk of known business models.

    True diversification can only be lead by entrepreneurs and they must be able to freely pursue opportunities wherever they may lead without unnecessary red tape and onerous regulatory requirements that make no sense. Government’s only solution is to start listening to what the entrepeneurs are calling for in terms of regulations, laws and policies and look to address those needs.

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  • @ Critical

    Schumpeter’s creative disruption. Big firms have too much to lose if they back creative innovation. What they do is wait until the innovative firms develop then take them over. Look at Facebook and Amazon.
    It is like an economics professor who wrote his thesis on Keynesian then to back theories that completely dismiss Keynes.

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  • @CA

    The public and private sectors- there must be a nexus/symbiosis. One tend to argue these points like if there is mutual exclusivity.

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  • The only way we will see significant improvement in Barbados or any other developing nation is to provide broad base personal improvement opportunities and not “trickle down” economics by only giving the rich campaign supporters the opportunities. There is no more patience with this model. All government has to do is provide the enabling framework then get out of the way.

    QUOTE

    …”A recently published study on the long-run effects of mobile money on economic outcomes in Kenya provides some valuable insights that will benefit economic development and financial inclusion policies across Africa.

    The study found that increased access to mobile money has reduced poverty in Kenya, particularly among female-headed households. Rapid expansion of mobile money has lifted an estimated 2% of Kenyan households (some 194,000) out of extreme poverty. It has also enabled 185,000 women to move out of subsistence farming and into business or sales occupations”…

    LETS GO BARBADOS

    https://www.cnbcafrica.com/2017/mpesa-economic-impact-on-kenya/

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  • @Bajanabroad

    Believe it or not Haiti has a few mobile wallets that are well utilized by the population. Go figure.

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  • GP,

    Maybe he is telling us to watch out for her dictatorial tendencies and the dangers of trusting like sheep while bleating, “Auntie Mia!”

    Once a distant relative, coworker and friend told me she does not allow her daughter to call anyone but her real auntie by that title. No fake aunties and no fake uncles. She did not want her daughter to feel that level of trust for too many people.

    Once I corrected her daughter on a simple little thing and said, “Trust me!” She retorted that she trusted her mother only. I thought it was a little unnecessary for her to say but I understood the point.

    Ms. Mottley is the prime minister not our auntie. We must keep our eyes on her. We must not assume she loves us and knows what is best for us.

    Even the covid message coming out on the truck rubs me the wrong way!

    “My people, this is Mia, your prime minister.”

    The tone was hilarious! My son was inside working with headphones on so I mimicked it for him. He nearly hit the floor.

    And her habit of saying “believe you me” and “trust me” is annoying..

    I voted for her party because there was a worse alternative.

    Period.

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  • Reverting to the earlier point- if Mottley and government are of the view her large cabinet is worth its weight in gold, let them come to the public to articulate policies and tactics of execution; status of implementations and related. The time for showing heads only when it is time for election gearing is over.

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  • DONNA

    RE Maybe he is telling us to watch out for her dictatorial tendencies and the dangers of trusting like sheep while bleating, “Auntie Mia!”
    MAYBE YOU ARE CORRECT

    RE Ms. Mottley is the prime minister not our auntie. We must keep our eyes on her.
    I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT NOW I LOOK ONLY TO JESUS AS IS TAUGHT CLEARLY IN HEBREWS 12:1-2 THUS
    12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

    2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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  • David,

    As an old boyfriend of mine used to say, “Report!”

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  • The trick is that if Mottley approves such an approach i.e. ministers making themselves available it will expose the flanks to attack from opposition forces/voices given the difficult environment it has to be managing.

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  • @David
    These Ministers only come to the public when they are given permission to. All roads lead to and from MAM. It’s as simple as that. None of them dare speak on their own on any policy matter without being given the heads up.

    Remember Dale and the Deputy Commissioner thing?
    Remember Duguid back in the day with his seatbelt mouthings and traffic policies?
    Where are the outspoken George, Gline and Trevor now??
    When last anybody heard Ronald Toppin or Cynthia Forde aka the Old Guard?
    Where did Minister Moe disappear to??

    We have a large Cabinet willing to sing for their supper but a single choirmaster who holds all the notes. The question is, are we comfortable with having a country run like that, especially in the absence of any opposition??

    And for the avoidance of doubt believe you me my friends, Jong and Henry will forever ensure that communication is tight, scripted and with the usual flair and propaganda when possible. After all, this is who we are.

    Just observing

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  • Good question about Senator Moe. No explanation, none has been forthcoming about here demise. Another act of disrespect to taxpayers.

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  • @ David.

    My point exaclty you can have nuff ministers and say many hands make light work, so the question then becomes where is the diversification plan then?

    Based on the many hand logic diversification plans should be flowing like the constitution river after heavy rain!

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  • “We keep looking to the wrong people to drive diversification. ”

    that’s why the Black population is being NUDGED…to move away from the system that’s overloaded with debt they didn’t create and DON’T OWE and remake themselves WITHIN theBlack family….leave the system for the minorities and the haunted house inhabitants, they are the only ones who benefit anyway…..time to get real..

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  • The question of the large cabinet should not even be a topic of debate, everyone with a pulse knows this to be a fact. As to not earning their pay, David Thompson in probably a politicians unguarded moment put a name to it “the fatted calf”; he could have easily said “the golden calf” absent any religious connotation.

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  • Why is it that some people are now prepared to criticise the government, when all the problems they talk about now were obvious for the last two and a half years?.

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  • Well lookee here ya got some Barbados/Caribbean ancestry rocking in the Gambia

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  • @ Hal.

    I think what is happening now is the reality of our economy is now sinking in to the heads of many and the political 3 step can no longer rule the dance floor. People want answers as they are worried about the future as is every hotel work and taxi driver.

    The other thing I would like the goverment to do is stop talking about how strong they are to weather the covid blow based on the high level of reserves. Wunna seem to forget that 80% of those reserves are made up Of loans which must be repaid.

    That is like me saying I got $3000 in cash today when my $2500 mortgage due tomor. If you want to speak honestly of your financial ability to weather the storm, then please speak to NET RESERVES with loan balances and interest cost taken out.

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  • By the way, in Uganda they replaced Idi Amin with Museveni; in Zimbabwe with Mnangagwa; we also had changes from the worse in Iraq and Libya.
    In Barbados we went from Stuart to Mottley. Was that an improvement? Where is George Payne?

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  • Leave them (Mia etc) to handle the economy, they are the experts. And millionaires.They need no help.

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  • George Payne is looki g forward to his 73rd birthday later this year.

    Steuspe

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  • @ John A

    All Mia has to do to marginalise her critics is to turn any talk of economic development in to a party political conversation. Then the Bees and Dees will come out swinging.
    I said before, if you are taught by rote and make no attempt to change your mind set you behave like a house-trained family pet.

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  • See, you got your own tribe.

    Am not from that tribe.

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  • Mia has taken over ministry why should the ministers work
    She has become the Minister of Everything u name it she is up front to do what is expected of each ministry
    Steupse

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  • @ Hal
    What did the 300 pounds rat say to the cat ?
    Answer : Here kitty kitty…….here kitty kitty

    @ John A
    Have you visited your family on Mars recently?
    You would probably visit them again before you hear or see any diversification plan from Mottley. She is now quoting Biden , I think, “ Build back better”
    @ Tron
    Congrats on your BU Literary Award . Hard work often pays off. Looking forward to your book of gems.
    @ GP
    Nice try !

    What a beautiful Sunday afternoon,. Thanks David. You have a way of bringing out the very best in all of us.
    Cheers!

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  • Work for John King Minister of culture. Copy your Jamaican counterpart.

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  • The young have the opportunity to move forward. They need no permission.

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  • Work for the ministers. Free exercise and vitamin D

    ” Cotton pickers are advised that harvesting attire must comprise the following: long sleeve shirts, long pants, headgear (hat, scarf or head tie), and fully enclosed shoes. They should also have an umbrella and water.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/28/cotton-harvesting-restarts-tomorrow/

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  • The army of ministers / consultants etc is obviously a safety net (blanket).
    Remember once bitten twice shy.
    It will be up to others to decide if Bajans can be easily bought.
    To the victor goes the spoils.

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  • Virtual crop over music festival ?

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  • It’s appalling that black face leaders, allow these crimes to continue in Black majority countries like Barbados and REFUSE to criminalize these ignorant, intolerate racist haters….but they will now all be exposed to the world on the REGULAR…no more escape hatches because of backward, wicked leaders.

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  • Well, Well, Well.

    President Sarkozy of France has been sent to jail for corruption. Vive la justice francaise!

    Would our justice system in Barbados tolerate the imprisonment of our leaders for similar crimes?

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/1/frances-sarkozy-convicted-of-corruption-sentenced-to-jail

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  • TLSN…good for the little prick, a nasty piece of work. Long overdue.

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  • “The court said Sarkozy, a former lawyer himself, was “perfectly informed” about committing such illegal action. His two co-defendants were also found guilty and handed the same sentence.”

    small island ministers/lawyers also love to pretend that they don’t know when they’re breaking the law, especially human rights laws against Black people, but they always know when the poor does something illegal…..

    they too will get what’s coming to them…soon come.

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  • It is amazing that only in Barbados will they expect a people whose culture is based on religion, caste and complexion would change once they arrive in Barbados.

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  • Wait them out and get it for $300,000. Doubtful any overseas investors are interested right now with all the turmoil…especially if the Black population spend their money only with each other.

    “[COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE]
    Musson Warehouse, Bridgetown, St. Michael
    Floor Area: 26,634 Sq.Ft.
    Land Area: 23,091 Sq. Ft.
    Sale Price: US$ 2,000,000.00
    “[COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE]
    Musson Warehouse, Bridgetown, St. Michael
    Floor Area: 26,634 Sq.Ft.
    Land Area: 23,091 Sq. Ft.
    Sale Price: US$ 2,000,000.00
    https://bit.ly/BTMussWHWeb
    This historic 2-storey structure is accessible from both St. George and Hincks Street in Bridgetown. Located across from the historic Lower Green/Jubilee Gardens, it includes a small mall and several shop spaces.”

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  • Those in the parliament and the minority crooks…who the Black population, reparations TOO…..thieves..$50 billions to build SHITE in a St. Lucy Project and NOTHING for the descendants of the enslaved….and acutally told themselves that they’re getting away with another vicious crime like that….

    https://blackamericaweb.com/2021/02/27/reversing-course-obama-says-he-favors-reparations-as-proposed-legislation-gains-more-support/

    “Former President Barack Obama said he believes America owes a debt to the descendants of enslaved Africans, reversing his position on reparations as debate about legislation on the contentious topic gains steam in Congress.”

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  • Those in the parliament and the minority crooks…OWE the Black population, reparations TOO…

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  • @ de minster ah culcha. We got nuff talented Bajan musicians.

    Looking forward to virtual cropover music and shows.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @WW&C
    Wait you think they are not Black overseas investors, or locals, able to buy the old BS&T buildings that Massy are trying to convert to cash. You could open a DOTE Fund and buy one or two.

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  • Northern….did you see the price i quoted, in Bajan dollars…who is going to buy some musty oldbond from the early 19th century or thereabouts for 4 million dollars, in these times, location not withstanding, many people could afford 300K.

    I saw Teets promoting this, did not pay attention at the time, but someone was…

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/28/btcolumn-open-letter-to-ag-and-gg/

    “Sir and Madam:

    Your government wants to introduce new computer chip national identity with fingerprinting and you offer as reasons that the past government was going to do it and the card will now be secure!

    As reasons those insult intelligence.

    The past administration was put OUT because people did not like things they were doing. Your administration got an overwhelming yes because you offered the possibility of something new. But now you hark back for a Pavlovian reaction of party politics! Mr. Attorney General, you can do better than that.”

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  • @ northern

    I think any investors eyeing those properties will do one of 2 things. Either go in dirt cheap bottom fishing, or wait to see what size and value this economy settles at post covid.

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  • In all the mess, music is a constant. I remember after Buju had his show in Barbados a black uppity member of cabinet tried to shove a knife in his back, but look at Buju now. Haven’t heard about Dr. Death in a long time though.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @JohnA
    I was merely sparring with Waru. I have no idea about property in Bim. The comeyehs (I think that is slang for Canadians) have been buying a lot in recent years, while the comefrays (UK) own plenty. When the Trinis bought BS&T, it came with a lot of property. They have been unloading (turning it into cash), or trying to unload, for a few years.

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  • Why would anyone buy commercial property in the city or its environs at this time? It makes no economic sense.

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  • “The comeyehs” (I think that is slang for Canadians)

    “the comefrays (UK)”

    very good….all now wishing they could sell every shite and leave…some already sold their gated community homes, paradise turned into a nightmare, they don’t need to come to the Caribbean to get that…….yep

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  • Why would anyone buy commercial property in the city or its environs at this time? It makes no economic sense…..(Quote)

    Economic illiteracy. It makes massive economic sense to buy a run-down warehouse in the centre of the city at this time since its value will rise as the city develops.
    An asking price of Bds $4m is cheap for the location for any commercial developer. What commercial property sales such as do is to expose the underdevelopment of financial services in Barbados.
    Good business heads would raise debt to buy the property, develop it, then sell on. It could turn it in to a hotel, a small business facility, rental office, etc.
    Or, they can establish a fund (4m/10= $400000), fora example a Real Estate Investment Trust, apply for planning permission to redevelop the site, or simply refurbish the building.
    Bds$4m is not an intimidating amount. We must reclaim our country.

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  • You are clueless what is happening at thos time and in the medium term for the city.

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  • Then explain. You always come on with nonsense then get aggressive. The property is a great commercial opportunity. It makes economic sense to buy it.
    You said it made no economic sense. You are wrong. Now you are claiming you are privy to developments that no-one else knows. Tell us what those development plans are.

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  • @ David March 2, 2021 3:19 AM
    “Why would anyone buy commercial property in the city or its environs at this time? It makes no economic sense.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Even before the advent of Covid Bridgetown was on its last legs as an attractive place for commercial investment with many enterprises exiting the ‘City’ to move to more appealing locations like Warrens with the situation made worse by the GoB itself ‘scuttling’ its own “Capital “ by moving many of its offices out of the same Bridgetown.

    Any gentrification of Bridgetown would require a few hundred millions in private sector investment to convert those derelict buildings which once served as import/export storage bonds into modern housing cum commercial sites with some turned into windows to the sea to ‘expose’ clear vistas to the beautiful Carlisle Bay which might have turned out, “accidentally”, to be the case with the proposed Hyatt hotel site.

    The government has neither the money nor access to foreign loans to undertake such a wide-ranging infrastructural project, parts of which Hal Austin et al were proposing since many moons ago.

    The moot question is whether the parasitic private sector investment magnates in Barbados (including the likes of Altman, Abed and Maloney with his US 175 mill. now sitting idle) are prepared to put their money where their parasitic big mouths are in order to save the country from total economic stagnation.

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  • BUT….am not Angela Cole, i will invite the whole earth to watch this….that’s one of my strengths..

    “The Predetermined Victimization of Personal Injury Claimants in Barbados’ Courts.”
    Copyright ⓒ 2021.

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  • Keep playing games…tiktok…the LONGER this can go on.

    “Weaponizing the colonial court system against Black people is never more evident and recognizable than when a person finds themself having to traverse the Supreme Court for a civil matter through no fault of their own. Whether it’s personal injury or a land dispute.” Copyright ⓒ 2021.

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