Department of Public Affairs Setup to Serve WHO/YOU?

The news that government recently created the Department of Public Affairs (DPA) as a bona fide government headed by Director Pat Parris supported by Tyson Henry, Tyrone Lovell, Christal Austin and Lisa Lorde has set tongues wagging. If one separates from the political arguments there is no doubt concerns are valid in a scenario the government of Barbados currently holds a 29 to 1 seat advantage in parliament. Then you add to the mix the country is currently operating under an emergency mandate because of COVID 19 which extends extraordinary powers to the prime minister. Even if we are persuaded that during a pandemic any government in the seat will want to be in a position to make quick decisions unencumbered from the bureaucracy of parliament there is a razor edge balance to be managed all must agree. Who was it that said “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”?

The blogmaster will not be as extreme as others by comparing the establishment of the DPA to a Joseph Goebbels move, except to say on the face of it there are reasonable questions the prime minister must answer if we cursorily critique the resumes of those appointed. And this is after hearing a reasonable justification for the establishment of the DPA in the first place. They all qualify as Barbados Labour Party (BLP) supporters. The blogmaster is prepared to give Lisa Lord a bligh.

The blogmaster suspects the prime minister being the political animal that she is has an eye on a general election that has loomed large on the horizon and feels comfortable to establish a unit that will disseminate information and respond to concerns from citizens in the government’s/BLP interest. The prime minister is obviously prepared to write-off any political fallout in the face of a weak political opposition.

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May be an image of text that says "-2- Ms Christal Austin Senior Public Affairs Officer, Media Relations Email: christal.austin@barbados.gov.bb Ms Lisa Lorde -Public Affairs Officer Email: lisa.lorde@barbados.gov.bb These officers will be in contact with your Ministries/ Ministries/Departments in the course of planning and executing their duties. 5. I look forward to your collaboration as the new Department rolls out its activities. Senlra Philhno Sandra L. Phillips (Ms.) Permanent Secretary"

For the avoidance of doubt the blogmaster does not agree with the establishment of the DPA at this time. It is not a fit for purpose approach in the prevailing climate. There must be a more creative way the prime minister could have achieve the political objective. The is insensitively too naked a political move.

105 comments

  • @ angela coxMay 10, 2021 5:25 AM
    “Yes politicians lie

    But don’t come waving a holier than thou banner about fake news when the political fake news machine remains in full swing during election cycles and continues after the election is over.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is this your BU moment of epiphany?

    But we are so happy for you now that you realize that there is diddly squat of difference between your blue-blooded yellow party people and your political red nemesis feeding on sea crab shit(e).

    When it comes to peddling fake news choosing between Tweedle Bee and Tweedle Dem to determine which is ‘better’ is like tossing a coin with two tails.

    Now go and confess your sins and maybe your lying god Stinkliar would not accept the offer of being appointed a Senator under the coming republic.

    If you had served your god as you have served the Dems you would now living in political paradise with your political dog H A.

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  • @ angela loves cock
    “Yes politicians lie

    But don’t come waving a holier than thou banner about fake news when the political fake news machine remains in full swing during election cycles and continues after the election is over.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You are not the sharpest knife in the drawer and are a shilling short of a pound or in other words the lights are on but nobody is home let me spell it out for you and you and you and pull your coat with some friendly helpful advice in a modified quote from the text book politics for dummies to educate the dummies for politics

    Fake News is the only tool in DLP’s toolbox to win 2023

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  • “When it comes to peddling fake news choosing between Tweedle Bee and Tweedle Dem to determine which is ‘better’ is like tossing a coin with two tails.”

    they don’t understand yet that it’s OVER..

    only the Slaves, yardfowls, whatever they are called now and LYING politicians are STUCK in an ever rotating whirlpool OF THEIR OWN MAKING…all the minority leaches and parasites are just waiting in the “shadows” to see what they can nibble like MAGGOTS from that dead carcass…before they TOO MOVE ON…and leave the cadaver to stink up the island…just like their decades of corruption has.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Lorenzo
    Ten years ? Be gone ! CBC has been the propaganda instrument from the time it was established. Ten years? Who the hell you trying to fool ? Be gone ! Speak the damn truth.
    CBC has been and will forever be the propaganda instrument of the blasted Duopoly. Speak the truth or shut to hell up. Ten years – who the hell you kidding ?
    Fire gine bun both Roebuck and George Street. Six and frigging half dozen. Pot calling kettle black.
    Shame on you, Lorenzlowe Are you family to Dennis Lowe? Oh yes you are. Joined at the hip. BLPDLP same shit different day.

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  • @all
    The only party I hear spouting words of holding people responsibile along with using tactics to stiffle citizens words under the banner of “fake news”is this present govt
    Time and time again the PM has not resist placing her words with anxious activation of loud shouts and threats calling upon citizens to temper what they say on social media
    Now this new long arm branch of govt is put into action as the ” citizens spy” or warlords to oversee what is being said across the length and breadth of this 166sq.miles

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