Speed Dials and Privileges

Submitted by BU Regular

In Barbados speed dialing is usually reserved for your closest friends, your bestest buddy. That person who can get you out of jail or the mud if you need to. It is with passing interest therefore that a reputed “businessman” who was previously charged for trafficking of drugs from an area associated with certain activity was able within seconds to call a leading Minister and Member of Parliament (not his member) when confronted by the Police for what they believed was wrongdoing on Good Friday.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still concerned about the original sin of possibly breaching Covid Protocols on a clearly stated lockdown weekend. I’m also still concerned that this same flagrant breach of protocols occurred last year in the same area by the same persons. I’m similarly concerned that the Police were interrupted in their duty with a speed dial to an aunt. And we should all be concerned about the rumblings and rumours of shadows and benefactors, whether they be from white, black or red seas.

But, the absolute concern is that this “businessman” was so bold enough, so confident and so certain enough of the eventual outcome of his speed dial that he could call an aunt on speakerphone to have the Police retreat and rescind their interpretation of the activities playing out before them. All this in the earshot and view of many many persons.

What is even more farcical is the “official” response from a secretary of the press within 24 hours to spin what happened and raise even more doubts in any right-thinking Barbadian’s mind.

How many other allegations, incidents, rumours and social media posts about aunts and uncles have gone viral without responses or spin? Why is this one so important Roy? Is there fire behind the smoke??

So yes folks, privilege and access here is clear. The reason for it however is not clear (well, at least not to the average bloke). One must now wonder how many “businesspeople” in the BCCI, BPSA, BEC, SBA, shops, villages and even Social Partnership have such a powerful number on speed dial AND are bold and confident enough to use it when confronted by the Police executing their duties.

How many other calls have been made during Covid, or before Covid, or before May 2018 or during the lost decade or even during 1994-2008 that we may never hear about?

I wonder if Hamenauth Sarendranauth had the privilege of a speed dial which would take days and not weekes, if he could have avoided court, prison and now death before being sentenced.

I wonder how many other politicians, ON BOTH SIDES, are comfortable taking speed dials on loudspeaker that lead them to acting CONTRARY to the procedure of the day to the detriment and embarrassment of law-abiding public servants simply trying to do their jobs.

The old girl always said that whenever you see one flying ant by the light bulb there are usually a lot more and to expect some rain over time. In other words, shut de windows.

One thing is for sure. In this 166 square miles privileged speed dials to uncles and aunties who care and who “got this” may not be as rare as we think.

Nay I say. Instead, it should be clear to any observer that despite the talk, the cliches, the speeches and the promises this incident truly shows that This Is Who We Are.

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  • Mia: I did no wrong
    PM’s pushback at criticisms of her Good Friday actions
    by BARRY ALLEYNE barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    PRIME MINISTER MIA AMOR MOTTLEY is insisting she did not cross the line of acceptable governance nor did she undermine the hierarchy of the Royal Barbados Police Force on Good Friday.
    She was responding yesterday to criticisms from Democratic Labour Party leader Verla De Peiza and Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn, who both claimed she had overstepped her boundaries when taking a phone call from cook shop owner Ross Ashton during a special luncheon at Deacons Road, St Michael.
    In breaking her silence since the interaction with police ended with Ashton’s luncheon being allowed to continue, after being stopped by lawmen, Mottley reiterated that she in no way undermined the actions of law enforcement during the call from the Ashton.
    “I did nothing wrong. I was taking calls from Barbadians before, and I will take them after. All of a sudden because it is a call from Deacons Farm, it is interference, but if it is a call from Warrens or Bridgetown, it is facilitation?”
    Seeking information
    Mottley told the DAILY NATION her conversation with police and Ashton was merely to seek information, and when that was provided by law enforcement and it was determined that no protocols had been breached, she ended the call, and never reached out to Assistant Commissioner Oral Williams to take the matter further.
    “I never directed anyone to do anything. I can’t tell anything more. I can’t manufacture the facts. But it is a blatant lie that I directed any police officer to do anything.
    “The notion that any citizen of Barbados cannot pick up the phone and call the Prime Minister is one I reject entirely,” she added.
    The Prime Minister said she would take calls from ordinary citizens about the emergency directives, just as she would if the chairman of Sagicor or the manager of Massy decided to also seek clarification on anything. “If the call was from them, would I be hearing the same noises?” she asked.
    “Is it interference when I’m dealing with someone from Deacons Farm? The people from the Farm not people too? I’ve given the whole of Barbados my telephone number. Every week I deal with people asking for assistance or having concerns with different things. This was no different on Good Friday.”
    To Barbadians who need assistance for anything, Mottley said: “You can call meanytime. I can’t always answer but I try my best to answer people when they call.”
    She said she wanted all Barbadians to not just call her, but also her Cabinet ministers and all Members of Parliament who represent the Barbados Labour Party and hold them all accountable.
    “There is not a no-disturb sign on my door,” Mottley said. “Even before I was the Prime Minister of Barbados, this is what I did. I’ve been taking calls from all Barbadians for 30 years of my public life.”
    The Prime Minister said her actions were something she does daily in her duties as the leader of the country and cited an example last week where she was on her phone facilitating assistance for the parents of a nine-year-old boy admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
    In yesterday’s DAILY NATION, De Peiza said the Prime Minister’s actions were “deeply disturbing”.
    “It certainly sets an extremely dangerous precedent . . . . The Prime Minister should never ever be in such a position where she is at the base commanding laws. This is extremely dangerous for democracy,” the DLP president added.
    Meanwhile, Franklyn called for the Governor General to officially reprimand Mottley, claiming that it was an abuse of office.
    “There can’t be one set of rules for some and then another set of rules for other people . . . .There is no justifying this behaviour, it is totally unacceptable,” he declared.
    About Franklyn’s criticisms, the Prime Minister said the outspoken senator was accountable to the Leader of the Opposition, but she was accountable to the 284 000 people in Barbados.
    “And to the president of the DLP, I say that people come to public life to solve problems. If people are not calling her, she needs to check and ask the question why.”
    Mottley said the Errol Barrow she knew and the former leaders of the DLP, such as Sir Lloyd Sandiford and the late David Thompson, would never have sat back and deferred people’s problems on a Good Friday if those problems could be solved in a timesensitive matter.

    Source: Nation

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  • All the markings of a dictator being played out time and time again by Mia,
    Meanwhile the masses cower in fear to speak out
    Most noticeably is the media,attempt to play nice and not ask questions of the PM but to write word for word her response as if the PM response is gospel truth enough to calm the troubled waters

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  • Angela Cox

    Just tell us. Which prime minister of barbados was NOT a dictator?

    Are not all the systems around us have. always been informed by an elected dictatorship?

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  • We have the answer.

    The Barbados prime minister who was not a dictator father dead and mudder aint born yet.

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  • The mere fact that the Nation and others continue to refer to the man’s place as a “cook shop” is instructive. Keep stoking the fire.

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  • @ Enuff April 6, 2021 7:06 AM

    Maybe your former mate the late OSA was the Bajan political Nostradamus.

    He not only predicted that 2008 to 2018 would represent the most poorakey period in his parliamentary life but also there will be the bourgeoning of a despot dressed in white.

    Why not cast your mind back to the June 2018 opening of the house of liars and you should get a glimpse of who are the real players in the underground game of calling the shots in your burgeoning banana republic?

    Karma is indeed a bitch!

    If big-up restaurants owned by the likes of the local concrete business magnate and slow-poisoning fast food outlets can stay open, why not street-food vending outlets selling healthy brownie cookies?

    Piece de legend aka PUDRYR, where are thou, oh ye prophet of old?

    “Instead of politicians, let the monkeys govern the countries; at least they will steal only the bananas!”

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  • The issue here is not the fact the PM is accessible, she has always been- especially if compared to the hermit Stuart who was happy to chill on Mount Olympus. The real issue is the perception by many Barbadians that separation of the executive and other arms of our system is served in the breach.

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  • David
    Please explain the last sentence.

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  • Just another day in the politics of Barbados.

    As it always was ” phone a friend “.

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  • Valid points made on both sides and I cannot decide which side has the edge. On the one hand, one would like one’s prime minister to be accessible to all and therefore knowledgeable about the problems of the people and on the other hand it can lead to micro-management, demoralisation, favouritism and undue interference.

    Hmmmmmm………

    But she is not lying when she says all kind of people have her number and use it.

    As for this particular case, I wonder…..

    Is the man a convicted drug dealer or was he an accused former drug dealer?

    Is he now selling food INSTEAD of drugs or along with drugs?

    Is he trying to turn his life around or to control the community by being its benefactor?

    These are all questions to which.I have no answer and that would have some bearing on my attitude to his proximity to the prime minister.

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  • BTW accessibility to a prime minister as perceived is not inconsistent with systemic dictatorial impulses so normalized in Barbados.

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  • @Pacha

    The PM in our system is primus inter pares, dont let us fool ourselves. A growing perception that it is being done with wonton regard given the 29-0 state must have consequences how the ‘masses’ perceive authority of the PM’s position and the balance of maintaining a cohesive and harmonious society.

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  • William Skinner

    @ et al
    At least we have Senator Caswell Franklyn. We keep our fingers crossed. At least he speaks clearly and not like others, who cannot find the balls or whatever to say Mottley was dead wrong.
    The Prime Minister of Barbados should have simply told the caller: The police will handle it, if you are wronged , we have law courts.
    End of matter. All the rest is pure BS.
    This will be my only contribution to this discussion .

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  • PachamamaApril 6, 2021 6:34 AM

    Angela Cox

    Just tell us. Which prime minister of barbados was NOT a dictator?

    Are not all the systems around us have. always been informed by an elected

    Steupse

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  • angela cox April 6, 2021 5:57 AM #: “All the markings of a dictator being played out time and time again by Mia. Meanwhile the masses cower in fear to speak out.”

    WOW!!!

    I dun know wid a blog like this wun, ‘you gine be out front and centre.’

    Where is the evidence “the masses cower in fear to speak out,” when people having been using various social media platforms, ‘call-in-programs,’ letters to the newspapers and every other opportunity afforded them to do so?

    The newspapers, especially ‘Barbados Today,’ continually publish scathing editorials critical of Mia Mottley and ‘government’s’ policies.

    What about Verla DePeiza and other members of the DLP; the PdP’s Joseph Atherley and Caswell Franklyn; and Senators who are “speaking out?”

    How about those business people who have filed law suits against ‘government,’ because they believe the recent COVID-19 curfew protocols not only infringed their constitutional rights, but negatively affected their businesses as well?

    ‘Man, wuh even BU does gih you’ and other ‘BU regulars’ the opportunity to “speak out.”

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    “In yesterday’s DAILY NATION, De Peiza said the Prime Minister’s actions were “deeply disturbing”.
    “It certainly sets an extremely dangerous precedent . . . . The Prime Minister should never ever be in such a position where she is at the base commanding laws. This is extremely dangerous for democracy,” the DLP president added.
    Meanwhile, Franklyn called for the Governor General to officially reprimand Mottley, claiming that it was an abuse of office.
    “There can’t be one set of rules for some and then another set of rules for other people . . . .There is no justifying this behavior, it is totally unacceptable,” he declared.”

    Caswell would have to specifically state HOW DID THE PM OVERSTEP HER BOUNDARIES OR ABUSE HER AUTHORITY?

    The questions I have are:-

    1) It is said that the PM asked the police ON THE SCENE some questions. How is this any different form any other lawyer, politician or any other citizen at the scene asking those same questions? Caswell (on Brass Tacks Easter Monday) stated that this is interference in the performance of the police carrying out their duties. HOW IS THAT INTERFERENCE?.

    2)The questions asked pertained to what law / directive was being breached or what OTHERWISE would have drawn the attention of the police to the scene. The responses is leading us to believe that the POLICE had no cause to further act. If they had further acted could it be not further construed that the police would be abusing their authority?

    I heard the “Statsman” and Caswell (on the same Brass Tacks) stated that the PM should have let due process be carried out and let the matter go to court. The police as LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS would have had a cause of action strong enough for it to be heard in court. If so they could have told the PM and the “restaurant owner” so. Their subsequent actions led us to believe that it wasn’t so and if they had further acted it would have been thrown out of court.

    My feeling is that this matter is being blown out of proportion because the PM was involved via PHONE. I think a response from the (Commissioner of ) Police Force is needed. If not if would lead to the belief that the police at the scene were more “in the wrong” on this matter.

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  • Aren’t they laws written within the system that regulate power to good governance
    Hence there have ministries and statutory Boards etc. In place that are given authority to undertake and process actions within the system that seem problematic
    Mia is clearly showing to all and sundry that she does not care about laws and regulations that any time is as good time to exercise absolute power

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  • David
    A perception craftily created with an agenda–“cook shop” (purposefully using shop for obvious reasons) and similarly interjecting Oral Williams. Who is one of the PM’s most vocal critics and which constituency and community is that person affilliated with? If she said nothing, the story would have been that she don’t care about poor black people, only the white restaurant owners. The house building, community centre building, health clinic repairs, road repairs, building refursbishments, water infrastructure, minimum wage and the government’s continued achievements (notwithstanding the impact of Covid) are causing further discomfort in Verla’s bus. I chuckled last week when of the passengers was here asking for an already in place stimulus. Just imagine the nausea that will ensue once the Scotland District road upgrade starts and more businesses reopen.🤣🤣

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  • William Skinner April 6, 2021 8:40 AM #: “The Prime Minister of Barbados should have simply told the caller: The police will handle it, if you are wronged , we have law courts.”

    @ Skinner

    I agree with you 1,000%.

    What Mia Mottley did was WRONG.

    Rather than entertaining the call, she should’ve referred the caller and police officers to Ronald Chapman or any officer of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit.

    I believe having engaged the ‘caller’ will set a precedent, whereby anyone who has Mottley’s number will now believe they can call her at any time to intervene in similar and other situations.

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  • “In this 166 square miles privileged speed dials to uncles and aunties who care and who “got this” may not be as rare as we think.”

    Allow me to pitch in my two silly cents and I would be glad if someone helps me to fully understand the situation.

    Who thought it was rare?

    Haven’t we been said all along it is “who know who”, who is your uncle brother/sister/mother/friend? Haven’t we been complaining that everything on the island is based on connections? And now we expect to hold Mia to a virginal standard instead of accepting that like all the higher-ups she “would be in bed” with some people.

    What I find wrong is that the ‘idiot’ would put her on speaker phone instead of finding a quiet corner and allow the police officers to save face. As her voice is quite recognizable, it is quite possible that she did nothing wrong. The officer on just on hearing her voice may have decided to take what they considered as a more sensible/safe course of action.

    The image of a dictator though appealing is not warranted here. I am quite certain that if Mia came to a shop after me and ordered a loaf of bread, she would be served first. It would not be her fault or dictatorial, just that the shopkeeper thought it wiser to serve her before serving me. That is how we are. or to quote the blogger “Nay I say. Instead, it should be clear to any observer that despite the talk, the cliches, the speeches and the promises this incident truly shows that This Is Who We Are.”

    Like I said, please educate me where I am wrong.

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  • @enuff

    Even if what you opine is true the PM must exercise the greatest emotional intelligence how she intervenes in matters that undermine authority agents in the process.

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  • Enuff April 6, 2021 9:00 AM #: “I chuckled last week when of the passengers was here asking for an already in place stimulus.”

    @ Enuff

    I laughed as well and was waiting until they ‘cleared up the mixed signals’ being sent, relative to proposed increased in the hourly minimum wage rate, before ‘tackling’ them about the ‘stimulus package.’

    Remember, on the same blog they mentioned not being opposed to the proposed increased, but, also argued that, on one hand, it was ‘paltry,’ and, on the other, it should be higher. They also ‘said’ ‘government’ was wrong to propose the increase at this time and was only doing so for political reasons.

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  • Our Most Honourable Prime Minister has – once again – acted correctly. She is close to the common people and close to the business community. That is why Mia Mottley is so popular.

    The opposition should be kissing her feet for being so successful in fighting the pandemic. Instead, the outspoken senator and other figures criticise our most popular politician – what a perversion of justice! It is evident that the senator must apologise to our Supreme Leader and the people of this Royal Island.

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  • An important tenet in the democracy we practiced is that it must find room for dissenting perspectives.

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  • David

    Primus inter pares simply means first amongst equals.

    There is nobody in the cabinet, the parliament, the country and maybe the region who could be so considered, as equal in power to Mugabe.

    For the powers of a barbados prime minister, accumulated either by law, custom or personal accrual is near complete.

    There is very little a Barbados prime minister can be constrained from doing. And nearly nothing can be done without her blessings.

    If that were so and they were all equal then anybody in the cabinet or parliament could have been prime minister but that is virtually impossible anytime soon. Surely there must be somebody feeling that he or she could do a better job, even Atherley.

    The relative power of Mugabe transcends these notions. For these and other reasons “dictator” is a fit and proper descriptor.

    You would of course know that this term was also introduced by the Romans when their socalled democracy was problematic.

    And like Mugabe “The Dictator” was charged with righting the ship of state. So the terms dictator and democracy were never polar opposites as many often assume.

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  • Politicians have been using these WILLFULLY DEPRESSED, PAUVERIZED areas as a political football since the 1970s, all the drugs and guns are directed there and it’s a railroad straight to the prison system, it’s no coincidence that they are Black only neighborhoods….and only seen as voters controlled by whomever politicans approve of..

    maybe instead of picking up taxpayer’s money by the hundreds of millions and giving to thieving racist minorities, that money could be better served being directed to those oppressed areas and eliminate the social blight, wuh dem is people too…

    then the police would not be burdened with having to police these area all the time, all of this inequity and suppression of a segment of the population has gone on for DECADES…way too long..

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  • NorthernObserver

    Were the Police correct in their initial decision?
    If they were not, why not?

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  • @Theo
    Since it is so common why do continue trying to fool the same masses to get educated, find a “proper” job and trust the word of leaders??? Seems like a waste of time to me. This generation ain’t foolish.

    @Donna
    I believe the police and the people in Deacons know the answer to your questions quite well.

    @David and Pacha
    Regardless of rightness or wrongness the amazing thing is that we are at a stage where she clearly doesn’t care how it looks (re emotional intelligence) to those who know, those who suspect and those who don’t know.

    We have seen instances abroad when certain behaviours are normalised in the public view. Are we willing to let these things slide???

    Note the silence so far of the Commissioner, the AG and ALL members of the ruling party on this one. Oh yea, and let’s not forget the Lancaster land use change that we learnt about “by the way.”

    We voted for transparency, communication and good governance. Clearly that’s what we are getting.

    Just observing

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  • William knows exactly what am speaking about..

    maybe instead of picking up taxpayer’s money by the hundreds of millions and giving to thieving racist minorities, that money could be better served being directed to those oppressed areas and eliminate the social blight, wuh dem is people too…and they pay taxes, contribute to the economy and are MORE ENTITLED than anyone else.

    ..why are these areas from Black Rock, to the innercity, Gall Hill to Speightown, St. Peter to the St. Lucy area and beyond still in dire poverty over 50 years later with guns, drugs, hunger, low to no job opportunities, a useless education system etc, but we can hear the boasting about how many millions given away and billions written off for those who rob the economy daily…

    the police have all rights to be concerned..

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  • The prime minister of Barbados has vastly more relative power than the president of the USA has domestically.

    And even the last POTUS sought to be a fascist dictator at home.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U April 6, 2021 12:03 PM

    Now that there is an ongoing relationship between your primate inter pares and the Crown’s security guards why can’t there be, as a peace offering, that long promised handing over of the red handbag of evidence enough to initiate investigations into the white-collar criminal activities which took place, allegedly, under the previous blue and yellow administration?

    We are sure one of the parties involved in the current law-breaking imbroglio can be put, place of being on a speaker phone, in the dock as a witness for the red Crow(n).

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  • @Observing
    “@Since it is so common why do continue trying to fool the same masses to get educated, find a “proper” job”

    I was here thinking something similar, but in quite a different context, as it is applicable to the USA.

    My old castle happens to need some repairs and I had to approach different trades professionals. So far, I have interacted with other ethnic groups but not a black face.

    Are we misleading our children when we push for an education that makes them the employee of others. Perhaps we need to emphasize acquiring a skill/trade just as much as we do a university education.

    I digressed, but a part of your statement happened to coincide with my thoughts.

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  • “Now that there is an ongoing relationship between your primate inter pares and the Crown’s security guards why can’t there be, as a peace offering, that long promised handing over of the red handbag of evidence enough to initiate investigations into the white-collar criminal activities which took place, allegedly, under the previous blue and yellow administration?”

    they know exactly what they’ve done for over 50 years, while they play top pedigree dog or whatever they call themselves these days, it’s the taxpayers have to fund everything…..and watch the depressed areas degrade more and more, while billions of dollars disappears from the economy that could fix those ongoing problems created by politicians over the decades.

    the police can only take so much before they have to speak up and point out the disparaties…

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  • But what is it so hard for her supporters to understand her actions leaning towards absolute power are contrary to good governance and full fledged democracy
    Laws rules all embedded into the Constitution which the PM swore to upheld
    How could giving every Tom Dick and Mary her phone number be regarded as laws written into Barbados laws of governance be considered or proncipled towards good governance especially when the probability for illegal acts can flourish

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, cheers to your query: “Were the Police correct in their initial decision?
    If they were not, why not?”
    .

    Furthermore, as the article suggests : were the police merely exercising their mandate against gatherings during a supposed lock down!

    And if so how on earth can ANY politician supercede LAWFUL police action based on a call from the possible accused!

    So to you @Skinner & Artax… of course the allegations re the PM’s actions are WRONG but she nor any other PM/politician would NEVER act that way unless they are CONFIDENT of no repercussions. Not a one!

    As the author also noted : “This Is Who We Are”… and thus the natural conclusion … ‘ and will continue to be forever”.

    BTW , I hope everyone got the PM well … ‘call me when yah in trouble cause if I can help the big boys in Bridgetown I definitely gine help you too’.

    I ain’t hot dat # again as my peeps passed long time now so anyone wid de # please send to David… he will email to me under private cover.

    I gone.

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  • PM clears air on incident involving Deacons Road cookshop owner – PM clears air on incident involving Deacons Road cookshop owner:

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/06/pm-clears-air-on-incident-involving-deacons-road-cookshop-owner/

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  • angela cox April 6, 2021 1:51 PM

    I had respond, even if I’m called a ‘cyber-bully for doing so.

    RE: “Laws rules all embedded into the Constitution which the PM swore to upheld.”

    Please explain to BU, how a politician giving his/her mobile or landline phone number to any member of the public, violates the Barbados Constitution?

    RE: “How could giving every Tom Dick and Mary her phone number be regarded as laws written into Barbados laws of governance be considered or proncipled towards good governance especially when the probability for illegal acts can flourish.”

    Please explain the above comment in plain, simple English.

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  • @ David April 6, 2021 2:20 PM

    While ‘they’ are at it, clearing the air that is, they should also update Barbadians on the status of the electoral and manifesto commitments to expose the high level alleged corruption which conveniently occurred under the previous administration whose chief of finance was the previous representative for the same area or its environs involved in the current fiasco.

    After all, it’s almost 3 years since the accusations of corruption in high places were made with a bag of evidence available to support such serious accusations along with the ‘impartial’ evidence contained in subsequent A G’s reports to corroborate those accusations.

    Or is this simply a reverse case of ‘mortgaged’ moral justice where the incestuously-made twine of ‘personal’ friendships is stronger and longer than the empty promises of bullshittery at electioneering time?

    “A leader leads by example whether he intends to or not.”

    “People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.”

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  • Now here she is on fb trying to explain her stupidity away
    Every ministry she has stuck her nose into
    Also the stupidity of all giving her phone number to all and sundry then acts as if it is the correct way of interacting with the public ignorant to a fact that such information could bring harm or danger to her life
    However she engages boastful language trying to prove herself right
    Maybe right for all the wrong reasons

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  • @Donna

    We need to do more to hold those engaged in corrupt behaviour accountable in the way US authorities have done to Donville Inniss.

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  • WILLFULLY DEPRESSED, PAUPERIZED

    it was just a matter of time before all of this returned to bite them Miller….the place is a mess and the governments never direct the tens of millions/billions to the neighborhoods that suffer the most, but ya always hear about these CONNECTED (to sitting ministers) individuals…..controlling things in these areas, re..paying light bills, water bills, buying food etc for the inhabitants, including and especially around election time..

    it’s time the people gain access to the billions of dollars their existence generates and stop the crap about having certain people controling depressed areas for ministers…..these are mostly the low-paid workers with no opportunities for advancement residing in these villages and towns, because they don’t have financial access to start businesses or do anything but wait for starvation wages which sleazy employers don’t even want to raise to minimum wage levels… and handouts…

    .seeing how it has ended badly after such a long period should tell government the nonsense has expired because it could go nowhere to begin with…it was bound to end that way..

    Keep withholding monetary access to the majority and see what will happen….2023 is not far away..

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  • Crooks, Liars Scumbags, Despot, Despotic criminal among us for 54+ Years the father and grandfather no better, Soon will be naming parks after drug dealers for their help in the food and drug for votes campaign, As these same BBDLP look to take more land from the black people on how they bose the number of stolen lands they have taken without pay, They took ours as now they pass ACTS of Bigger Fraud to take back what they helped stolen from their own black people, to take from the Whites? We shall see how funny BU Family feels when it’s their turn as the Despot MiaVirass19 will look to use the land to back the loans With banks?Never cared, more pain coming as the Vaccine fool soon drops dead at a faster rate than the Non-vac!
    Donville will be the NEWS April 27th, 2021 of this month again, Will he hand over more information to delay his sentencing again? Or do he also has Mia and Sppeddail?

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  • @PachamamaApril 6, 2021 12:52 PM

    Therefore, we should legalise the informal power of our Prime Minister in a new presidential constitution and give her broad powers such as the right to impose emergency directives, supreme command over the police and military, and a right to dissolve parliament and appoint officials at her discretion.

    The all-encompassing power of our Prime Minister has proven its worth in the current crisis. Only the concentration of power in one hand saved us from certain death in the pandemic. For that we should thank Mia Mottley. It is therefore time to elect Mia Mottley as the first female President of the People’s Republic of Barbados.

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  • @BU Refular “In Barbados speed dialing is usually reserved for your closest friends, your bestest buddy. That person who can get you out of jail or the mud if you need to.”

    Really?

    Stupssseee!!!

    My number has been listed in the phone book under my own name since the 1980’s.

    I am not a Prime Minister, not nearly there, lol! but some people keep their phone numbers as though the number is a state secret. The Prime Minister’s number should not be a state secret, because WE PAY HER. WE PAY HER PHONE BILL TOO.

    But should people call their elected representatives at all kinda unGodly hours? No. Elected representatives are human too and deserve 8 hours of sleep each night. So don’t call after 10 pm or before 6 am. Not even if your house is on fire.

    If your house is in fire please call 311.

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  • Ans don’t ever put anybody on speaker phone without their permission…unless you are a police person and have a court order permitting you to do so.

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  • Today, our Prime Minister has once again obtained life-saving vaccine. And what is the opposition doing? Making false accusations about unimportant details.

    We should seriously think about necessary restrictions on freedom of speech.

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  • Artax run over to fb and tell me if yuh like my new pic
    Yuh pervert

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  • I can’t for the life of me understand why vote begging governments can feel happy keeping whole sections of the population in generational poverty, but yet ya hear how many billions of dollars unaccounted for from the economy….then they climb these political platforms and make a joke of who tief what…….how does that even make sense to any of them is beyond me…but it proves beyond a doubt that poverty is a man-made construct..ministers create poverty, they don’t end it….. and the people have to put an end to governments lying their way through 5 year terms, but nothing ever changes for the majority population.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/04/06/trinidads-pm-rowley-tests-positive-covid-19/

    sick and tired of small island governments with their heads stuck firmly up their asses, this one refuses to allow in Trinidad citizens and got them suffering in other countries for an extended period, because he claims that they are a risk to the country, so how did he catch Covid…..small island asholes…perfect example

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  • People complaining that only certain people have the PM’s phone number. I just checked the telephone directory and found that her number, like mine is listed there under her own name.

    Stupssseee!!!

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  • The issue of s not that the prime minister is accessible. Try to discuss the real issues.

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  • On the subject of her phone number
    Some people just don’t understand the risk she runs in having all and sundry access to her number
    Being in charge of people lives and the economy is not a small matter and certain concerns gives real reason for privacy which includes personnel info
    But then again selfish concerns on her part might have brought her to such an ignorant conclusion

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  • Tron April 6, 2021 6:38 PM

    Today, our Prime Minister has once again obtained life-saving vaccine. And what is the opposition doing? Making false accusations about unimportant details.

    We should seriously think about necessary restrictions on freedom of speech.@@@@

    And the first person who needs to be restricted is your sellout slave minded fool, and you and the Crime Minister MiaVirass19 can keep the test pig drugs for self hold as tight as you all hold stolen property of others and overdose with greed,, ,, How can you call it live-saving ? when all we needed was for your Despot to shut the airport! Now want to act like you are cleaning something, that you did not cause because of greedy evil devil sellouts.

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  • 18 U.S. Code § 242 -‐ Deprivation of rights under color of law,, Welcome to Despot Barbados!

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  • BTW any one ever noticed that the rom of Mia glasses are RED symbolism or selfish reason
    Drum roll please

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  • Anyone ever noticed that Mia glasses are Red
    Symbolism or selfish motive
    Drop Mike please

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  • What about the public parks that are open for exercising can any normal citizen engage in any activities to hold any luncheons etc.

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  • What about the public parks that are open for exercising can any normal citizen engage in any activities to hold any luncheons etc

    Xxxxxxxxx

    UPON BEING ELECTED IN 2018 A VIDEO WAS CIRCULATED ON FACEBOOK WITH MIA IN PICTURES WITH THREE OF THE BIGGEST DRUG DEALERS IN BARBADOS EMBRACING EACH OTHER AFTER BLP WIN.

    OF THE 3 ALIAS RUBBERGUTS OPERATING OUT OF ST JOHN AND NIGEL PINDER ALIAS BOUNTY OUT OF ST PHILIP.

    ROSS ASHTON DRUG BOSS OF THE RED SEA DEACONS AREA WAS NOT PICTURED IN THAT VIDEO.

    ALL OF THESE HAVE BESIDE GUNS AND DRUG DEALING, CRIMINAL RECORDS AND ARE WELL KNOWN BOTH TO THE POLICE AND CRIMINAL COURTS ON THE 2X3 ISLAND.

    THEY ARE ALSO USED BY BOTH BLP AND DLP POLITICIANS FOR THEIR SOLDIERS ASSISTANCE IN GETTING OUT THE VOTES AT ELECTION TIME INCLUDING VOTE BUYING.

    IT IS A WIN WIN THE POLITICIANS THEY SUPPORT GRT ELECTED AND THEY CALL IN FAVORS WHEN NEEDED AS IN THIS CASE OR GET OUT OF JAIL CARD WHEN CAUGHT WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF DRUGS OR CASH.

    BAJANS NEEDS TO PULL THEIR HEADS OUT THE SAND AND PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE.

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  • @Baje
    Many heads are still in the sand. On a number of issues.

    @Vince
    That’s a great question. When restaurants are allowed to open one would assume that they are allowed to operate on THEIR property or with the appropriate approvals.

    @cuhdear Bajan
    Cuhdear. You missed the whole point all together. Let’s hope that the “businessman” asked for a phone book and leafed through it for Mia Mottley’s HOME number to get hold of a relative to then get her CELL number which he KNEW FOR CERTAIN that she would answer. That would truly be speed dialing.

    @Pedantic
    Let David know that effing ya gets de number post um hey so “all o’ we” can salute and reach or PM DIRECTLY with any concerns

    @Theo
    Glad we share similar views albeit from different angles. And yes, we are indeed fooling our children AND THEY KNOW IT!

    @Miller
    Don’t wait for it. Allegations and accusations without punitive actions are par for the course in our politics.

    @David
    “We need to do more to hold those engaged in corrupt behaviour accountable in the way US authorities have done to Donville Inniss.”

    We wait with bated breath. Won’t hold it though, still have life to live.

    Just observinb

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  • The optics are bad, but the tempest is restricted to the teapot.

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  • This is the state in which both governments as a continuum have kept the social and judicial structure……with lawyers and other court officials waiting paitently for people to pass and they actually told themselves that as it has lasted for so long, there will never be an end.

    “You would believe I was charged $21,000 by a law firm to probate my late mother estate? Ad, she had no will? By me the only living son who following the requirements of posting in the news papers about any claims etc have received no claims? Not only that but say following approval I can’t get the money in less than 13 months. Me, who is terminally ill and probably would not live to see it. You see lawyers, till a sick act pull they will always make sport at people money
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    Patrina Drakes
    Hope you write out a will of deed of gift to some one cause I don’t put it past them to try and prolong until the end.”

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  • The putrid stench of poverty they create, don’t seem to bother politicians…it’s seem to be always like that in the Caribbean and they want to act like there is nothing wrong with that….”states within the state” = the second economy.

    “We know of the connections of garrisons with gangs, violence, and the fact that, in Jamaica, all political garrisons perpetuate habitual poverty.

    In my opinion piece ‘Let’s take back Jamaica’ ( Jamaica Observer, July 23, 2019), I reported that Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said that “garrisons belonging to both political parties have been allowed to become ‘states within the State’ and used to promote the interests of politicians”. Boom!

    The foundation power of the two major political parties has been built on garrisons.

    Regrettably, traditional so-called safe seats have been milestones of oppression which have maintained the dehumanisation of our citizens in perpetual poverty.”

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  • No thanks, Coxy. I’ll respectfully decline the offer. Yuh got the type uh face that only a mother and a pervert would love.

    I definitely ain’t yuh moms, and since I’m about to have a snack and don’t want to spoil my appetite by looking at yer ugly mug, yuh dun know I ain’t no pervert either.

    By the way, “on the subject of Mottley’s phone number,” yuh really going way overboard with your silly criticisms.

    You began the day suggesting that Mottley giving the number to members of the public was a violation of the Barbados Constitution and laws of good governance.

    Then, you went on to imply having the number means having access to her personal information, jeopardizing “people’s lives and the economy,” as well as endangering her life.

    Now, you’ve descended into the ‘realm of absurdity’ by ‘saying’ “the rims of Mia’s glasses are Red,” which is a “symbolism or selfish motive.”

    Sheesh!!!

    Perhaps it’s about time for you charge Mia rent for living in your head.

    Have a good night… hear?

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  • “All of a sudden because it is a call from Deacons Farm, it is interference, but if it is a call from Warrens or Bridgetown, it is facilitation?”

    Tell me about Deacons Farm…

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  • Interference, facilitation, cronyism, nepotism, victimisation, persecution, dereliction………

    A rose by any other name is still a rose.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    Vince Malone April 6, 2021 7:39 PM
    “What about the public parks that are open for exercising can any normal citizen engage in any activities to hold any luncheons etc.”

    So why didn’t the police at the scene state that was the issue, or any subsequent statement from the Police state that was the case. If the police saw any breach in the directives(as temporary law) they have the power to enforce as LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
    Any subsequent “instruction” from the PM or AG or any politician directing the police NOT TO ACT would be perceived as interference. If the police believed they had a strong enough cause, they would have acted further, let the issue gone to court and let the suspicion fall on the PM as having her intervention being seen as “interference”
    In light of what transpired, ONE interpretation of the events was that the police wanted to “throw their weight” around but were stopped dead cold when the “restaurant owner” was able to call the PM.

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  • Call +1 246-262-9001

    Corruption in office is taking bribes for approval of business deals

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  • From the time Mia became PM all her actions have led to dividing the country more
    This past weekend debacle is another one
    Going forward into the next year one can bet there will be more of her outlandish behavior
    Agree with Caswell she should be removed

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  • The prevert answered by calling me ugly
    How yuh know I ugly if yuh didn’t take a peep at my pic
    Yuh just couldn’t help yuh self pervert

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  • Mia…the police do as told by government ministers…..you do not PIN ON THE POLICE the classism, discrimination and racism (all 3 go hand in hand) that BOTH DIRTY GOVERNMENTS allowed the thieving, drug and gun trafficking minorities to practice AGAINST THE BLACK POPULATION for over 50 YEARS..along with stealing BILLIONS OF DOLLARS from the people….and you and all the other PMs refused to END IT….or even ADDRESS IT……..it’s wicked and unfair….

    As others have suspected for YEARS….yall more than likely take money from asholes like yaselves to keep us CAPTURED IN THE WEST….because no one can put that past the CORRUPT…since ya are still to tell the BLACK/AFRICAN about the State of the Africa

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/04/07/mia-its-classism/

    “Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says classism and discrimination are at the root of the controversy involving cook shop owner Ross Ashton on Good Friday.”

    BTW……..that Motherland Series……ya better not be DISRESPECTING AND INSULTING OUR ANCESTORS as usual.

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  • As others have suspected for YEARS….yall more than likely take money from asholes like yaselves to keep us CAPTURED IN THE WEST….because no one can put that past the CORRUPT…since ya are still to tell the BLACK/AFRICAN population about the State of the African Diaspora..SOAD..the AFRICAN DIASPORA GOVERNMENT….that the Caribbean/African is entitled TO KNOW as descendants..including access ….yall are scummy and hid the information….that’s been out there for YEARS and YEARS…

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  • Is this the same person who showed no respect for the black race and our ancestors when she took liberty in removing the skelatol remains of one of our ancestors from Barbados and carted them away to a foreign land
    In so much that she didn’t not even made mention to the people of what her intention were before removing the remains
    Remains which were buried on Barbados soil
    Now here speaking about race and classisim

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  • There are many instances where the police are barred from doing their jobs, one famous incident under the Owen government where the police at the port refused entry to some minority because people were not just allowed to waltz into the some areas of the port and they called a government minister and the police were told to stand down….all manner of guns and drugs come out of the port that way…..this is nothing new.

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  • You’ve began the day with another absurdity……… Mottley giving her phone number to members of the public is an “action that has led to dividing the country more.”

    Yer a comedienne.

    Yuh know, you keep reminding me of a song by ‘The Cranberries’ named, ‘Zombie.’ All you have to do is replace the word ‘zombie’ in the chorus, with ‘Mottley.’

    In your head, in your head,
    Mottley, Mottley, Mottley… ey..ey.
    What’s in your head, what’s in your head,
    Mottley, Mottley, Mottley… ey..ey.

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  • Some of you are so rabidly partisan and narrow in perspective that you find a way to squeeze every issue into the jar that f choice. For example, can you imagine policemen under Gary Griffith in Trinidad cow towing a line put down by a political figure? We have to hold stakeholders/agencies in every area of civil society accountable. We have to stop the usual narratives from the predictable talking heads everyone.

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  • We have to stop the usual narratives from the predictable talking heads everyone.

    “This Is Who We Are”

    old narratives get replaced with new narratives bi-annually by same old people who will keep on venting same way again but replacing the old for new

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEhBhH1J4bA

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  • Fight NCD’s and remove blockages that cause sicknesses with Medical Health Qigong
    (or let the blockages build up)

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  • Talking heads anyone?

    Belle, Wickham say details needed from police and businessman – Belle, Wickham say details needed from police and businessman: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/07/belle-wickham-say-details-needed-from-police-and-businessman/

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  • Speaking of speeddials
    Is Hal and GP still in moderation
    David u need to answer that question
    Those two voices are being silenced iand it shows ur total disregard for free speech
    U ought to be ashamed of self as one who speaks and advocate a preference for Constitutional rights
    What could they have done that is so bad or wrong to be banned
    Meanwhile day after day one Donna cuss like a drunken sailor
    As the old people say who the cat like the cat kiss

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  • A set up is in place right now and the police should know they have to watch their backs…..and they KNOW WHY..

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  • The right amount of anger is needed for fighting for justice
    so use a little bit of anger to tense your muscles ligaments and tendons in your arm elbow and hand

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  • Don’t the overseer officers show their numbers for identification when they try to take bribes from public

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  • @ Observing April 6, 2021 8:20 PM
    “@Miller
    Don’t wait for it. Allegations and accusations without punitive actions are par for the course in our politics.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not ‘waiting to exhale’!
    Just ‘observing’ and highlighting the hypocrisy of politicians and their coterie of lackeys and entourage of apologists in Barbados.

    The current game being played among the political monkeys is indeed par for the course in a banana republic where the laws as protected under the overarching Constitution are subservient to the Alpha monkey who is called the PM (primate monkey or the de facto president).

    The Crown symbolizes (or ought to) the conscience of the nation which is manifested through the words and deeds of Its prime servant.

    What is being ‘acted out’ here is just a sneak preview of what is awaiting Bajans under the coming banana republic in which the Primate will be having No pares and the Crown will represent nothing more than a medallion in the shape of a monkey on the president’s back.

    If only the mother of Abijah Holder had a certain speed-dialling number to instant justice then there would be no need to waste taxpayers’ money in paying the Mal(m)oney fella to remove his ‘Mark’ of the beast showing he is above the Law.

    “When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.” − Orson Welles

    “We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.” ⁓ Hunter S. Thompson

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  • Miller…we see exactly what is happening here…they got exposed for hiding portions of amended constitutional law re discrimination, land theft and TORTURE OF BLACK CHILDREN/PEOPLE….from the public for at least 30 YEARS…so what do they do when caught doing shite, blame the police for discrimination, classism and anything else they can come up with.

    ..but it won’t stick because we all know who is RESPONSIBLE FOR HIDING THOSE SEGMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION….and allowing white and other trash to practice classim, racism, discrimiation, oppression and thefts against the majority, as well as many other repulsive crimes and not one parliament monkey has ever acknowledged what they allowed for decades, let alone address it…

    so keep on blaming the police…while everyone else knows different.

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  • Is this the same Mia speaking about race matters now she has been caught showing disrespect for the laws and guidelines of Barbados that are in place to protect all and sundry against illegal political gain sake
    She ought to be removed from office

    BTW David you are liar in so much that u speak in favor of freedom of speech but when question are posted against your directives as to who gets favoritism on BU or even the mention of names missing from the forum u block the comment
    Shame on you political yardfowl

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  • “.. so keep on blaming the police…while everyone else knows different…”

    so why did the punk police run away like pussies holmes

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  • Mia defense of her actions are being exposed as hypocritical Also her use of race should be punishable with laughter
    When one cast her mind back to the protocols and the manner how blacks were tossed before the court of law for breaking minor infractions
    Her now use of race gives no more than a hearty belly laugh to those who have been watching her every move a move that kept her voice silent on the way citizens were mistreated
    Even of recent the death of a man locked up in a prison cell did not give her enough cause of sympathy to speak out on behalf of this person unfortunate death
    Mia turning to class and race as a defense is laughable

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  • The incident with the young man in the Deacons area is the catalyst to expose all of it, never look a gift horse in the mouth..

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  • WURA-War-on-UApril 7, 2021 8:02 AM

    The incident with the young man in the Deacons area is the catalyst to expose all of it, never look a gift horse in the mouth

    Fuh real and the nerve of her introducing a race card as defense
    After throwing blacks under the bus with some of her political policies that gave preference to the business class while blacks were told to tow the line

    Give me a f..king break

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  • @ David BU blogmaster…

    Did cook shop owner Ross Ashton break the law by doing business on Good Friday ?

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  • @Hants

    From memory that area is where a few kiosks are located and should not qualify as a restaurant facility. This is the same area kiosks were bulldozed some years ago. This was an error in judgement in the opinion of the blogmaster.

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  • An article in the Associated Press stated “President Donald Trump is falling back on a familiar political strategy as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic: deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere.”

    Locally we have:

    Deflect: Press Statement from Roy Morris claiming ill intent of those on social media.

    Deny: “I did nothing wrong”

    Direct Blame: “This is all about classism and discrimination”

    And there you have it.

    Just observing

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  • Neither one is a constitutional lawyer. Wickham is a pollster and Mr Marshall an historian. We are talking about the separation of powers and, if the allegations are true, the prime minister intervened in a police operational matter. She should resign or, at the very least, apologise to parliament.

    Hal Austin
    Fb

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  • David admit u have placed a ban on HA even his com.ments taken from a fb page you have sent to moderation
    Stop your deceitful tricks you liar

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  • @TheOGazerts April 6, 2021 9:53 PM “Tell me about Deacons Farm…”

    Deacon’s Farm is a working class neighborhood with a lot of public housing.

    I am a rural working class “gal” myself–went to school barefoot until I was 9, went to to standpipe until I was about 12–even though not raised in public housing I did once live in public housing for a brief period–less than 3 years when I had an unexpected period of financial hardship. So nope I have nothing against people who are working class or who live in public housing. I would say to the young men [and women] of the Deacon’s community to take advantage of all educational, training, apprenticeship and work opportunities, because once you get to be a certain age your buddies should not be your primary circle of people. Once you are about 25 or so your wife and children should be your primary people, because as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow your buddies will NOT look out for you when you are old and sick. The politicians won’t either. They will grant you a pittance pension, while they continue to live high on the hog for the rest of their comfortable lives. And then you will wonder, wha’ happen?
    Wha’ happen?
    Your buddies NEVER DID LOVE YOU.
    Wha’ happen? The political class [all parties] NEVER DID LOVE YOU.

    A word to the wise is sufficient.

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  • Recently David posted a statement stating he placed three well known BU regular in moderation
    This is more than three weeks and comments attached to these three are not being posted
    Anyhow today I came across a comment posted by one of the regulars on Fb
    I copied the comment and posted it here and It was placed in moderation which now makes for belief that a ban was placed and not what David stated as comment moderation
    David u ought to be ashamed of self
    Now go head and call me a liar

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  • Anger management
    It’s been a minute since people were called the children of satan on BU

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  • It’s very important to note why people do what they do….especially when it NEGATIVELY IMPACTS whole populations…particularly when culprits live for population control…let’s see how many Black people continue going to prison for medicine.

    let’s see if the local island copiers of the barbaric and negative to practice on Black populatons…copy this positive from UK….so far they have not even addressed self-sourcing or homegrown marijuana for the sick, terminal, disabled etc……smallminded and tunnel visioned is en vogue…while we have to hear how the police practice discrimination and classism…ah wonder who they learned it from….while the accusers are not addressing who the REAL practitioners are..

    “From today, eligible patients in the UK will be able to apply for the UK’s new medical cannabis card – Cancard.
    The Cancard aims to protect those using self-sourced illegal cannabis for medicinal purposes from arrest. It was devised by medical cannabis patient Carly Barton and a team of senior police, and more than 15,000 people have already provisionally signed up.

    Any patient that has a health condition for which they could receive a private medical cannabis prescription, but may not necessarily be able to afford it, will be eligible for the card, and police forces across the country will receive a briefing pack from the National Police Chiefs Council.

    Chair of the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group, MP Crispin Blunt, said: “Despite the law change in November 2018 very few of the estimated 1.4 million people in the UK who consume cannabis for medical reasons have a prescription and thus face prosecution for treating their illness. This is a wretched situation both for patients who constantly fear a knock on the door from the police and for the police themselves who are in the unenviable position of having to arrest the sick.

    “The Cancard initiative is a welcome step forward that provides necessary immediate relief and I look forward to even further progress to ensure this medicine is legally available to all who need it.”

    Treating people as patients, not criminals
    The card was devised by Barton, who is the first patient in the UK to receive a private medical cannabis prescription. She lives with chronic pain and seizure-like, dystonic episodes, and turned to the black market after she was no longer able to afford a private prescription. The card is the first initiative in the UK which gives police the tools and confidence to use their discretion for possession of an illegal substance, as well as the first to see a grassroots campaign collaborate on such a scale with law enforcement, health professionals, and policymakers.

    Barton said: “We all know that cases, where patients have proved legitimate medicinal use, are unlikely to make it to court, and if they do these cases are consistently dropped. This is especially the case when a patient presents with a condition that is being privately prescribed for. There is currently no way of identifying these people before emotional distress has been caused and public resources have been wasted.

    “There is an opportunity to provide something that changes this by way of providing a service that benefits both the patients and the police. Cancard should give patients peace of mind and police confidence in using their discretion before any stress has been caused to vulnerable people. Without a law change, we have national guidance and discretion with which to build a solution, both of which are huge parts of the design of Cancard. Having the police on board with the design and implementation of this has been essential to make this a plausible project.”

    Any police officer that encounters a patient in possession of cannabis will be able to contact a policing helpline to help them verify the patient is genuine, and the card contains an RFID chip which officers will be able to scan to confirm patient ID. The card’s working group also extends to representatives from organisations such as the Police Federation, the National Police Chiefs Council, the Police Foundation, the Drug Expert Witness Board, the Superintendents Association, senior policing figures in organised crime, the Conservative Party Drug Reform Group, and GP networks.

    GP, Dr Leon Barron, said: “Cancard ensures that these people do not have to suffer the additional burden of fear or anxiety of facing criminal charges for simply treating themselves with a medicine that they have found effective. Fortunately, there are now a growing number of GPs who are recognising the value of cannabis for therapeutic purposes and are supportive of their patients who choose this alternative treatment pathway.”

    Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, added: “More than a million patients in the UK qualify for a private cannabis prescription for a range of conditions, but sadly many of them cannot afford this and so could face criminalisation if they are found in possession of what to them is a vital medicine.

    “The Cancard will provide them with assurance that their ill health will not lead to a criminal record, while it will also be a valuable tool to help frontline officers, saving them time by providing immediate verification of genuine medical patients and therefore giving them confidence to use their discretion.

    “I want to praise Carly for her dedication and the collaborative work she has done with senior officers to get this important initiative off the ground.”

    Conditions eligible for the Cancard include some of those falling under the categories of cancer, palliative care, gastrointestinal, pain, neurological, and psychiatric. “

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  • Angela…i just posted something that got moderated too…and it is very important information…it happens from time to time…

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