Looks Like the DLP Playing the Long Game

The blogmaster read Nation newspaper Barry Alleyne’s report De Peiza sticking with the process and was finally convinced the raison d’être the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) continues to go about a methodical candidate selection process. The system of governance and politics practised in Barbados makes it the business if ALL Barbadians to want a strong political Opposition. Say what we will about the need for a third party movement the DLP is the only current credible option in our political orbit.

The article reminded Barbadians that the DLP is sticking with a vetting process that sees ALL members of the party being “eligible to apply and all are subject to the same vetting process – no exceptions, not even for me” [Verla]. To date the DLP has announced only three candidates to run in the upcoming general election constitutionally due in 2023 – Verla De Peiza, Andre Worrell and Ryan Walters. Political pundits agree the DLP will not win the next general election and the leadership of that party is correctly playing a long game, that is; taking the necessary steps, now, to set yourself up for long-term success.

Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson of the UK is quoted that a week is a long time in politics. There are two years to go until 2023 if Prime Minister Mottley goes the full distance. President Verla De Peiza and the DLP has a rapidly closing window to line up the political ducks and allow sufficient time for those candidates with a legitimate chance of winning to deploy effective ground strategies. The raging pandemic will not help.

It should be obvious the biggest campaign issue in the next election will be the economy and jobs. By the time the bell is rung public transportation, garbage collection and water challenges in the North will be non issues. Coincidentally Chairman of the SSA reported yesterday the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) and the waste management arm of Barbadian company Innotech Services Limited will be implementing a ten-month project to change how garbage is collected and processed in Barbados.

For too long the blogmaster has been commenting about the lack of a credible DLP spokesperson on financial matters. The best research indicates President of the DLP Verla De Peiza is the ‘shadow minister’ of finance. This is a key area the DLP as it prepares for the next election will have to address. There is a reason the label Lost Decade has stuck to the DLP. It is widely accepted by the public the last DLP administration badly mismanaged the economy and for this reason former Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler seems to be reluctant to show his face in public with any frequency.

This brings us to the other point to note in the Barry Alleyne article. David Estwick, Stephen Lashley and Dennis Lowe appear to be more than mildly interested in returning to the political fray. The blogmaster has commented many times were those candidates to be selected it will be a mistake. It would open the floodgates for the BLP to rehash 2018 talking points.

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  • Govt in past ten years had plenty to say about garbage collection
    Yes they bought garbage trucks to pick up garbage
    However the ongoing problem and a must solved problem is how and where will govt find space to dump the mammoth collection of garbage
    It is no secret that the landfills are filled to capacity
    The recycling plants having trouble and necessary equipment to compact large items like stoves and refrigerators and other heavy industrial equipment and get rid of the remnants is a eco friendly way
    There is a problem which looms high on the horizon and the question is how and what plans govt have for resolution
    Bearing in mind govt has open a window of immigration expansion for more people to live in Barbados
    How will govt handle the increase of garbage without affecting the environment negatively only God knows especially when transparency is not a calling card which govt holds in its hand

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  • There are so many challenges this govt is facing
    Many of which govt has brought upon itself
    Laws which were put in place to benefit workers which were. changed to benefit employers
    Govt intervention to help workers that were being disadvantage were slow in coming
    Govt using COVID as a means to an end imposing harsh and at times unreasonable penalties on the people
    Govt has dug many holes which they have all but buried themselves
    Now a look at the crime and violence as it continues on an upward spiral begs the question who are the gatekeepers and where is the AG

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  • I thought the trucks were useless and unable to pick up a toffee paper off the streets.

    The blp has corrected most of the problems they talked about when in opposition

    Don’t make start listing them

    The WE plant was rejected by the public – one of the main reasons was the lack of transparency in it by the then dlp government. – Their PR /pockets / sewage plants handling and overall governance stunk

    For the last 3 or more year you are preaching that the cells at the landfill are filled / overflowing yet with the plant of tons of garbage going there Daily the is no cry out from anyone else – not even verla

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  • The main issue next election will be the economy with unemployment and the other looming issue crime. With the government moving to implement a structured approach to processing garbage it will not figure prominently. Last election it was a big issue because garbage was piling on the street and this interplayed with raw sewage also running on the streets.

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  • David ”Last election it was a big issue because garbage was piling on the street and this interplayed with raw sewage also running on the streets.”

    You said it. Who in their right mind would even look at the DLP, without major change in their candidates?

    The mammoth accumulated issues that the the Mottley administration has and is facing, mostly as a result of the prior two administrations, have been addressed with the stoic resolve of a real leader.

    There is no doubt that she deserves significant kudos and recognition for her leadership so far.

    The pandemic has slammed every country bar none, now is ‘doing the dog’ in some countries.

    Yet certain people still have cause to complain.

    Look, the DLP had better play the long game. They can aim for the election in 2050 something.

    De Peiza just keeping the seat warm for Inniss anyway

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  • I believe a few adjustments to the resident “fowl slave’s” comments are appropriate at this time:

    “There are so many challenges this govt is facing, many of which were brought upon it by the former administration. Laws which were put in place to benefit workers which were changed to benefit employers,” especially during the 2013 and 2014 retrenchment exercise.

    We are yet to know how restructuring the Employee Rights Tribunal, under the then chairmanship of Hal Gollop, has affected employees.

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  • How long is a long game is it akin to how long is a piece of string. Will DLP be vetting school children. Sometimes when you lose a bet you just have to get back in the saddle and make another bet, you cannot do any worse than lose 30-0 the binary choice is Win or Lose and you have to be in it to win it and take the rough with the smooth. There must be 30 people who are willing to take a punt and stand even if it is just to put out their political views on a platform. Legalising weed and a push for reparations are two populist platforms that could swing votes. BLP have talked about it but not implemented it when they could be harvesting crops and paying dividends already.

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  • Mariposa AC and Angela Cox could stand as 3 separate candidates and have shown their dedication to the cause.

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  • TheOGazertsMay 9, 2021 6:20 AM

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

    Criticism1: All of this time and you didn’t make a step
    Criticism2: All of this time and you now make a first step
    Critcism3: You are making steps but you are too far behind

    Guess, it is too good of a bone to see any positive
    Xxxxxxxx
    Early morning yardfowl defense of govt incompetence is to talk about Gallop job
    Carry on smartly fool
    BTW what do u think of govt rogue style policy of damaging the coral reefs and seal life all borne out of a policy gladiator style for self interest
    Idiot

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  • Would a campaign for legalizing weed be a winner. Weed champions are very vocal and widespread throughout the island, but at an individual constituency level there may not be the numbers to get a win.

    Similarly, reparations may be a popular topic, but with many expecting the money to be misdirected away from those who should benefit this may also be a lost election clause. Constituency wanted

    For the record
    Marijuana arrest records should be cleaned and those imprisoned should be set free before we go any further down the marijuana trail. Note this does not include those who were arrested/imprisoned for violent crimes.

    Not on reparations train. The pain was unequal, the brutality was distributed unequally to families, how do you balance these ..

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  • The issue of garbage collection under past govt was slow
    However past govt put forward a multiple plan for garbage collection along with tackling the high capacity levels of the land fill
    Also realizing the damage caused by the toxins from dumps and land fills released in the atmosphere that long term affect people health and the environment and becomes costly to govt expenditure
    Those were the realities which past govt placed under a plan as a one time solution for people country and economy
    This govt set out on a trick pony plan of rejecting past govt plans now only having a plan to collect garbage one which has been placed on a political spin while the public eyes were and still remains closed to the dangers left behind from land fills even after the garbage is collected in a timely fashion and having no where to be disposed of
    Go figure

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  • @AC
    I thought we put my comment to bed already . It was directed at a specific blogger, topic and comment.

    True to form, here you are resurrecting it and taking it for a lap around the track. Your team of jockeys need to get on one page.

    You go, girl.

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  • People generally vote based on what they see in it for them. It is something the blog master has picked up over the years. We can comment all we want about governance and environmental issues but when the dust settles it will be the perception the public has which political party possess the tolls to satisfy the popular issues of the day. If an election were called tomorrow the winner would be?

    A word to the wise.

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  • @DAvid
    The long game may turn out to be a longer game if they don’t get any momentum. You are right as well, recycling some of the elements that left a stench in the minds of most Barbadians may win one seat (SPN) but will hurt more nationally.
    The issues you quoted are correct, but resonance is only gained with a voice.

    P.S. The renewal of vows between MaM, the wordpreGoB and the Innotechs / Maloneys of the world is more than passing interesting.

    Just observing

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  • David i speak to what is of interest to me and country
    Not interested in how the people voted
    The people drank the kool-aid and detoxification is now necessary to get them back to a place of reality
    Covid is doing its best and may I say a good job of opening the eyes of the people

    Xxxx
    @ Theo
    Yours was your thought not mine

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  • Looking at the trend of employment on the ground it is obvious that govt never had a plan in place even before COvid
    The people would continue to eat crow as the crumbs falling off the employers tables become fewer
    Govt tax the people to death
    Govt expanded a cabinet to which it now beholds and cannot do much to remove
    The fat cat White Oaks remains employed by govt
    Wasted money which could be used as helping in stimulating the economy and placing money inpeople hands
    A wasted two years whereby govt placed much of its financial interest in helping big business
    Small business offered paltry financial help
    Increases wages a laughable gimmick handed out to workers
    And tourist yes tourist getting a serving by way of compensation
    Mia got this was the mantra for ten years
    Meanwhile the workers and retirees gets nothing
    Go figure

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  • Herb is the Healing of the Nation, Alcohol is it’s Destruction

    Reparations could be extended to
    Slavery
    Racism
    Inequality
    Colonialism
    Crimes to Humankind

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  • @Observing

    Spot on.

    It is ridiculous to observe rookie errors being made because nobody has the guts to disrupt, innovate and execute.

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  • One should not mistake a losing game for a long game. A long game must be more than praying, hoping and waiting for the BLP to make errors.

    Some already question the relevancy of the DLP. Without a short-game strategy the longer the party will remain in the wilderness and become even less relevant.

    For those who worry about a dictatorship, the long-game DLP leads us to a one party state. Short-sightedness is not a long game

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  • My dear Angela,
    I like your efforts.

    When others packed up and abandoned ship, you remain dedicated to the cause.

    Though, oftentimes distorted and dishonest, your continuous efforts must be commended. I am looking forward to the day when you add honesty to your little tirades; only then will i be able to add “spot on” to my list of comments about you.

    Again, have a great day.

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  • At
    Theo I have noticed once a person’s comments does not resonate with another’s one thought process
    The comments are deemed dishonest
    What I apply to my comments are from observation and others might be from another source
    I did not have to wait for a scientist to tell me about the damage to the coral reefs
    Hence I spoke out months ago calling out govt incompetence Only to be called a RH and knew of not what I spoke

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  • William Skinner

    @ David
    While one recognizes the desire of many , including myself, to never see some deviants of either the BLP or DLP entering parliament again, do you really think that any political party , can offer a completely new slate of candidates and expect them to truly succeed ?
    In my humble opinion that will be pure political suicide. In our system of politics, candidates contest constituencies and if a candidate, regardless of how the country feels, has the solid backing of a constituency, the party BLP/DLP should at least recognize such an advantage.
    NB: Kindly view this comment as a question of political strategy regardless of the party. William Skinner does not have a dog in this fight.

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  • Mari

    U warned about the ship dumping sewage into the sea which was false

    You are now jumping on the coral bandwagon

    In a war government sacrifice solders/ humans/ collateral damage

    The RH corral will grow back even if it takes 199 yrs. Nature / the environment got its way of repairing itself,

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  • If oil was discovered off shore the coral will get more than damage to get the oil out

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  • Why are we debating the coral reef matter in the context of political strategy? It is a topic that does not resonate with the voter. We do not have to follow every argument, especially if it does not make sense.

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  • The ship were docked for humanitarian reasons.

    When thing get better it can be negotiated for financial assistant to replant/replace the coral

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  • @William

    Nothing wrong with the strategy if you are looking to sustain the status quo.

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  • St M NW is the seat with the best chance of the DLP winning in the next election. They should throw all they have into it in order to claim some success.

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  • DavidMay 9, 2021 10:29 AM

    Why are we debating the coral reef matter in the context of political strategy? It is a topic that does not resonate with the voter. We do not have to follow every argument, especially if it does not make sense

    Xxx x
    Leave it to u to set up rabbit hole when govt feet are placed on the fire
    The issue of the environment holds aspect to all of the economy yes there is a voting block which takes the environment with all seriousness
    This block should not be ignored
    What arrogance u display when u think that only comments should be level at how the dlp builds its party

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  • John2May 9, 2021 10:21 AM

    Mari

    U warned about the ship dumping sewage into the sea which was false

    You are now jumping on the coral bandwagon

    In a war government sacrifice solders/ humans/ collateral damage

    The RH corral will grow back even if it takes 199 yrs. Nature / the environment got its way of repairing itself

    Xxxxxx

    Govt feet to the fire so now your defense is to attack with fowl sh.it

    Guess who gonna pay for the cleN up if possible
    Mia created

    Fool

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  • @John 2

    St. Phillip seats are in play.

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  • William Skinner

    @ David
    What status quo do they ever seek to change?. We’ve been independent since 66. What changes have you really seen in the BLPDLP.? They have both brought in new candidates from time to time but in reality, the new candidates on either side have changed nothing. These parties are about winning elections; not about changing their status quo or the status quo of the country.
    It works for them inside and outside.

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  • @William

    All political parties are about winning elections but there is a symbiosis between the paramountcy of the party and the national good.

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  • chihauhau

    What clean up?

    The smoke you doing to try to take the spotlight off of the night watchman and the DEMS? you trying reall hard but you aint succeeding

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  • @ David who wrote ” People generally vote based on what they see in it for them.”

    Thanks for the ” honesty. ”

    The BLP will win the next election because they will have more money to buy votes than the DLP.

    Covid and Ash has created the opportunity to beg and borrow.

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  • David

    St Ph seats mmmmmmm depends on who run . lashley, sealy and pitbull will have to fight hard but may do better in 2028 if they stick around.

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  • In 2028 you will be looking at men in their mid 60s?

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  • if they stick around.

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  • David

    I would have to find out who are the new candidates for those areas to really give them a chance in 2023,

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  • @ Angela Cox,

    For a country that has built it’s economy on tourism. It surprises me at the level of ignorance displayed by the many.

    Coral is a part of the eco-system. If it is destroyed you endanger your coastline and all its inhabitants. If you erect hotels and houses on the beach and remove sand from the beach you are are destroying your long term future. A vigorous and fertile coral reef structure is your first line of defence against flooding.

    You do not destroy coral and make ludicrous claims that it can be regenerated within a century. This is folly and displays an incredible level of frightening ignorance.

    Check out the west coastline of Barbados and compare it to a view dating back thirty years earlier and you will see that the beach front is on the verge of disappearing.

    Take Speighstown as example by the Fisherman’s Rest restaurant. The sea will claim that within the next twenty years.

    For those of you from the so-called New World – the Americas; who only obtain your news from the narrow America media house. May I suggest that you take a look at what has been going down along the west coast of Africa for several decades.

    Keep up the good work. You may be affiliated to the disastrous DLP however that does not mean you should not be able to express your views. For once the UWI has shown its worth as a university.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-summit-africa-erosion-idUSKBN0TT1GE20151210

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  • The damage to the coral reefs may not resonate. But it should.

    I was not fully aware of the extent of damage the anchoring process causes. Mia must have been advised though.

    She appears to have made a calculation based on short term concerns.

    Was this wise?

    In retrospect, I think not, if the reefs have suffered as reported.

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  • TLSN
    Thanks there are only a few voices around to show concern for the environment I am proud to be one of those voices

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  • Lest we forget

    Richard Sealy was the guess on Mason and Best radio sports show on Tuesday last week and from a question from Mason about running again,said he was running again in the next election. The question was asked in the usual Mason style and he replied also in a laughing manner. It will be difficult winning back those seats but as you said a week is a long time in politics in politics

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  • Lest we forget

    was a guest

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  • The issue is not about showing concern for the environment, it is the fact it will not resonate with an electorate more concerned with getting or retaining a job/paying their bills while battling COVID fatigue.

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  • The decision to allow the ship to stay in Barbados was for humanitarian reason

    The world was in turmoil and it was a onetime decision.

    In normal time ships are not allowed to drop anchor in Barbados waters .

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  • @ TLSN May 9, 2021 11:51 AM
    (Quote):
    @ Angela Cox,

    For a country that has built it’s economy on tourism. It surprises me at the level of ignorance displayed by the many.

    Coral is a part of the eco-system. If it is destroyed you endanger your coastline and all its inhabitants. If you erect hotels and houses on the beach and remove sand from the beach you are are destroying your long term future. A vigorous and fertile coral reef structure is your first line of defence against flooding.

    You do not destroy coral and make ludicrous claims that it can be regenerated within a century. This is folly and displays an incredible level of frightening ignorance.

    Check out the west coastline of Barbados and compare it to a view dating back thirty years earlier and you will see that the beach front is on the verge of disappearing. (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Your observations are “spot on”.

    How can you destroy the very foundation of your bread and butter industry?

    The Bajan tourism industry’s biggest calling card (and major magnetic appeal to return) is its beautiful coastline especially the beaches on the south and west coasts of the little coral island.

    The vast majority of tourists (especially those aboard cruise ships) do not come to Barbados simply because of its history or cuisine but because of its beautiful beaches where they can get the best opportunity to get a good tan and relax on the country’s beaches and swim in the azure blue calm sea

    The coral reefs are the bedrock of those sandy beaches and calm sea.

    What would become of the country’s tourism industry if those lovely sandy beaches disappear in a few years?

    What would become of the Hyatt imaginary erection on that vulnerable beach site which will be facing the full impact of the deliberate (man-made) coral denudation of the coral reefs off the Carlisle bay?

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  • some of you seem more concerned for the life of the coral which is damaged / not dead and will regenerate than for the lives of the thousands of passengers and crew members who were aboard those corvid petri dishes

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  • Lest we forget

    John 2
    You must educate yourself about coral reefs.Coral reefs do not regenerate just like that. It takes a very long time. As David said damaged coral reefs would not resonate as a local election topic but young Gen Z in developed countries are into topics that are involved in damaging the environment. They are carrying a powerful voice in those countries eg Greta Thunberg

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  • John2May 9, 2021 1:30 PM

    The decision to allow the ship to stay in Barbados was for humanitarian reason

    The world was in turmoil and it was a onetime decision.

    In normal time ships are not allowed to drop anchor in Barbados waters .

    Xxxxxxxxxxj

    What u wrote is a bunch of political hog wash
    Most knew that the decision made for the cruise ships to docked was purely political based on future payback from the cruise industry
    Now the payback is significant losses to govt and country

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  • @John 2

    Was it one cruise ship that caused the damage according to the UWI report? The partisans love to cherry-pick issues to satisfy political interest BUT there is an election to be won.

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  • @John2

    Is Sonia Browne a strong candidate or one washed in with the current. What about Johnny Ma boy?

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    politicians/government ministers who are PAID CIVIL SERVANTS under the colonial system, DON’T CARE how much their CORRUPTION destroys the lives of the people who elected them, they are going to care about coral reefs, really, all they care about it padding tourism numbers to give the appearance of success while communities that were in POVERTY since the 1970s STILL ARE and in even WORSE condition in 2021 because of today’s standards……jokers..

    but the Slaves call that success.

    keep acting as though a PAID civil servant(s) is more than that and doing you some favor.

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  • LWF

    I am well aware that it take a long time to regenerate. I guess you missed where i said even if it takes 100 years.

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  • If the DLP ever returns to power, it will confirm ALL the so-called “racist” prejudices about the natives of the South: brainless politicians who under normal circumstances would be plantation workers, broken infrastructure, corruption, disease and crime.

    So our population has a choice to revert to the darkest stone age, to the level of cavemen, OR continue to get rich under Mia Mottley´s leadership.

    Time to ban the criminal organisation that the phoney and egomaniac Barrow once founded!

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  • chihauhau

    the goverment/barbados did not and will not lose a cent over the damage.
    If it was something that was being allowed for years and for all ships then i would probably agree with you on that.

    If there is anything to be done to “repair” the damage coral i will bet you that the cruises liners would be will (at a later date) to pull their pockets to repair the damage that they caused

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  • David

    The tide is not ready to swing back out yet. The DLPites will still sit (mostly) the next general elections. Dems got they work cut out for them and will have to work very hard to get out their voters. i dont read or hear about the efforts as yet. that why those three old guards got the best chance over newbies.

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  • @John2

    You can speak based prevailing sentiment NOT 2023.

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  • 9, 2021 2:01 PM

    @John 2

    Was it one cruise ship that caused the damage according to the UWI report? The partisans love to cherry-pick issues to satisfy political interest BUT there is an election to be won.
    Xxxcccccc

    The only one cherry 🍒 picking is u
    Get it through your thick partisan blp head that govt made a poor decision
    Btw this is not the first poor decision govt has made in the two and half years
    Blowing up the NIS Building was one of them
    So was the decision to put Ram employees out of work to build a carpark for the invisible Hyatt
    So was opening the borders to let the COvid virus in the country
    A virus built on biological chemical warfare meant to target big countries with vast economic power and not meant to bring any danger to small islands expect that the PMs thought it best to let the virus in
    The truth is that Barbados PM is a demagogue having interest unto self
    Buying garbage trucks to pick up garbage and no where to dump the huge ton of garbage
    Dismantling past govt efforts to ease the water problem In hardest hit areas and having no fast track solution
    This govt is lost clueless made up of bird brains and Yes Mam ministers
    Millions of dollars swept down the drain because of lame brain policies
    Go figure

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  • Duh!!

    Who says it going down to 2023 anyhow?

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  • Chihuahua

    All these mistakes and the nightwatchman / dlp nightmare cannot mobilize the public like Mia did when she was in opposition?

    Go figure

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  • Who says it will not?

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  • Let DEM continue waiting or looking forward to 23

    I can only go on the sentiments up today
    No one know about 23

    By the time 23 get here , if election not called in 22, sentiments could also be increased in the favor of the bee
    So don’t think it can only get better towards DEM

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  • Is this not the point that was made that current sentiment may or be equal to future sentiment? Moving in.

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  • So what’s up with my speaking on today sentiment s and not 2023?

    That’s was an obvious

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  • DLP should take the current situation positively and have some fun in 2023, they have nothing to lose.
    They can win seats and BLP can lose them.

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  • #crime

    AG and Verla in tit for tat on crime
    President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla De Peiza, wants Attorney General Dale Marshall to give up his position if he can’t make a dent in the country’s ability to tackle the crime situation.
    But Marshall is having none of it.
    In fact, he is planning to speak to the country soon about just how much progress has been made under the current administration.
    In a statement to the media yesterday, De Peiza was critical of the Attorney General’s tenure.
    “Barbados was promised solutions during the 2018 General Election. We’ve had none in three years,” the Dems leader claimed.
    She also posed several questions to Marshall and asked for answers.
    “What is preventing this Barbados Labour Party Government from taking steps to control crime in Barbados? Why is it so difficult to get a word out of the Attorney General on this matter? Why does he continue to smile inappropriately when this country is on edge?” she asked.
    “Where are the initiatives that we were told were needed by (former Commissioner of Police) Mr Dottin and the reasons for bringing a second deputy commissioner on board to boot? When will we as a country have a conversation or a consultation on the causes of crime and this administration’s present initiatives to address them?” she also asked.
    The DLP leader added that if the Attorney General had no clue what to do, he should step aside and admit being out of his depth.
    Marshall, in response, said De Peiza was not keeping up with their work.
    “It is evident from the tone of the DLP’s official statement that its leader has not been following the Government’s very well publicised efforts at maintaining law and order in Barbados,” Marshall told the Sunday Sun yesterday in response to De Peiza’s queries.
    “She is understandably seeking to maintain relevance at a time when her leadership and even her candidacy is on the line.”
    The St Joseph MP added that their efforts at reducing crime continue unabated and the country would soon be updated on the results of their measures.
    “We have been taking extraordinary measures at ensuring that Barbados remains a safe and stable society and very shortly I will address those measures in greater detail and the measure of their success, as well as other initiatives as may be warranted,” Marshall said. (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • De Peiza sticking with the process
    By Barry Alleyne barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    For the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), it’s all about the process.
    That political party is gradually preparing for the next constitutionally due General Election, and according to its first female president, Verla De Peiza, there will be no rush to make public a slate of candidates.
    The party’s last candidate revelation was three weeks ago when De Peiza revealed she would be contesting the St Lucy seat, while former senator Andre Worrell would try to regain the stronghold of St John and business manager Ryan Walters would tackle St Michael North West.
    The Sunday Sun reached out recently to De Peiza to find out when or if any of the party’s stalwarts who lost their seats in 2018 would be putting their hats in the ring again.
    De Peiza again kept things close to her chest.
    “All members of the party are eligible to apply and all are subject to the same vetting process – no exceptions, not even for me,” she told the Sunday Sun.
    “Like any organisation, experience teaches wisdom and youth brings enthusiasm. There is a role for everyone to play. We will gradually be letting the public know who the people are that will be vying for various constituencies in the next election,” she added.
    Circumspect
    Dr David Estwick, who has been quiet since losing his St Philip West seat, said Barbadians would be hearing his voice soon about his next move.
    “I will be making a comment on it very soon,” was all he would say.
    Former Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley, who lost the Christ Church West Central seat in 2018, was circumspect when contacted.
    “I prefer to be a neutral voice,” he said. “I don’t want to comment on what’s going in the DLP right now. I may say something at a later date, though.”
    Dr Denis Lowe, the former Christ Church East candidate, had long ago informed the country he was very interested in coming back. In a recent interview, he said he fully understood the modus operandi of the new president.
    “The president should be the one making the public statements about the slate of candidates for any election. The president will do so when she’s fine and ready,” Lowe said. “I would not want to get ahead of her in this instance.”
    He said, however, that it was a poorly kept secret that he had remained on the ground in Christ Church East, so his general intentions were already known.
    “I live in my constituency and I’ve always remained on the ground. I’m still very interested in politics and representing the Democratic Labour Party as much as I was back in 1999.”
    Lowe said the DLP has a plan for the next General Election, constitutionally due in 2023, even though the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent fall of volcanic ash from La Soufriere in St Vincent and the Grenadines had prevented the party from taking its message to the public through branch meetings or constituency gatherings.
    He said he was proud of the work De Peiza had done in attracting new people to the party. “What the party is going through now is nothing new, in terms of readiness. The party has been through a rough time and is trying to rebound. But the president has been able to attract some new, enterprising young people, and that’s great for the party. She has handled the situation admirably so far,” the former Minister of the Environment said.

    Source: Nation

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  • DLP must exercise political muscle
    by Ezra Alleyne
    An event of political significance happened in the past two weeks. The Leader of the Opposition, Bishop Joseph Atherley, unkindly described by some as a leader without a party, was pictured in the press meeting with the LIAT pilots. And he got front page coverage too, two years from another General Election!
    Democracy in its various forms is about people, and if there is a legitimate grievance the people are entitled to let it be known.
    The football fans of Liverpool and Manchester United who let their feelings about the aborted Super League be known at the start of the football match were also exercising their democratic rights in the context of British football. But astute leaders, whether in politics or otherwise, always keep their eyes on the ball.
    Last Thursday on the Nation’s Front Page was a story disclosing that the Mia Amor Mottley administration was assisting the Barbadian pilots and crew members with a payment of $2 000.
    Further, for the next year, an advance of $2 000 per month would also be paid to the workers to be subtracted from their eventual severance payment from the Antiguabased company now under judicial management.
    Missing in action
    Suddenly, it hit me. Where was the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in all of this activity? It is true that Bishop Atherley, with his nominee Senator Caswell Franklyn, has been doing publicly some of the heavy lifting that an opposition party should be doing. The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has to throw its weight about again. It was totally absent on this one. Atherley had scored a point.
    Two years away from the next election, that party has got be in the mix-up of important local issues. If LIAT was not a local issue before, it became one the moment the pilots sat down with the Leader of the Opposition. The DLP should have been on the ball.
    Harvesting votes is not a oneday – nor indeed a one-week – exercise. I hope I am wrong, but this could be the start of dangerous course for Barbados’ second oldest political party.
    On the other hand, I noticed that DLP president Verla De Peiza was quoted in a Nation story claiming that as a result of recent amendments to the
    Emergency Management Bill, the Prime Minister now has too much power to issue directives aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
    This choice of topic is interesting, but how many votes will it generate? Mind you, I recently read a good article by two academics on the related topic of exercising power to cope with pandemics. But here, we are dealing with the real politique.
    Former Prime Minister Lloyd Erskine Sandiford wrote in his book, Politics & Society, shortly after retirement on the office of Prime Minister, “the dominant power in the Executive which was once exercised by the Sovereign had passed to the Cabinet and has now passed to the Prime Minister”. I take it to mean that prime ministers are in effect elected monarchs.
    How does this square with De Peiza’s comments given the existence of a virulent pandemic, which has erupted and continues to erupt without notice?
    Should the Cabinet, the Parliament and or the Governor General or indeed all of them be summoned to meet officially to debate every response to the pandemic that may be necessary?
    I have two observations. Senator Franklyn scores points because he chooses his points well almost all of the time.
    If I have any views about prime ministerial power within the Westminster system or the Barbados version of the system, it relates to the efficiency and responsibility of the Cabinet in acting as a brake on the exercise of the power of any prime minister in appropriate circumstances.
    Comforted
    I am comforted by recent history, both here and at Westminster (in 1990 with Margaret Thatcher), and in 1994 (with our Prime Minster Sandiford), that the power of a Cabinet in this respect is still alive.
    There was no Prime Minister within recent history more powerfully entrenched in office than Margaret Thatcher, but when her Cabinet withdrew support in November 1990, that was the beginning of the end of her.
    The power of the Cabinet is important because, as former British top politician Lord Hailsham said, the system of government is as “an elective” dictatorship.
    De Peiza is spinning top in mud in asserting that the Prime Minister has too much power . . . in the present context of a pandemic which, if left unchecked, may destroy civilisation as we know it.
    De Peiza has a tough job, but she also has political skills. She must use those skills to pick her topics for attack more carefully. I gone.
    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.


    Source: Nation

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  • Forgive me.
    I read twice.
    Nothing to chew on.

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  • Probably paid by the number of words and not content.

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  • David BU the political nightwatchman using a lot of pretty talk like AC.All i can see is that she does not have the support of most of the ex mp, s and is delaying naming the candidates for fear of a backlash from those former Ministers.Imagine Ms Depeiza putting out a list without Dr Estwick, Mr Sealy, the Lashleys and Dr Lowe in the event they wish to return.As the old people say it would be cat piss and hot pepper in George Street.This is why she is holding back.If i was Ms Mottley i would call a snap election and have them scrambling.As for Ms Depeiza in St Lucy imaging the ex MP Mr Kellman stating he had no comment to make.Tells us he does not support her which will make it harder for her to win.

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  • Who truly represents the true Barbados which is dead broke
    BLP with more money more problems or
    DLP who have nothing but a grim future

    you can still be ghetto poor when you run things and buy a house car and TV

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  • Donks, Gripe and Josh

    John 1 and certainly John 2 come across as cocksure racists with a scary arrogance historically witnessed as acceptable in the ante bellum Southern States of USA, followed by the John (pun intended) Crow era and the 1930’s – 1940’s German Third Reich. What does it tell you of the health of Barbados’ political ecosystem when racists are the biggest cheerleaders of the government of the day the BLP.

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  • () apologies for typo freudian slip
    s/b
    you can still be ghetto rich
    when you run things and buy a house car and TV

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  • Donks

    If you find me to racist then you must be one blind honky that is just trying to score political points for the dlp

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  • Depezia comments about the AG are spot on
    The guy shows up at almost every press conference to talk about COVID lockdowns
    Lockdown laws which all but run profusely against people constitutional rights
    Meanwhile the country social environment is riddle with crime and violence
    Depezia is in the driver’s seat and must take control of any and every issue that this govt has not a clue in every sense of the word to find resolution
    Depezia has missed many opportunities in the pass to call on govt to answer the many flip flops and eyeballing wtf mistakes
    Presently she has seized the opportunities to expose govt while calling for full transparency glad to see her using all media outlets available to hold govt feet to the fire

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  • Hard to imagine a govt with a clear 30-0 victory and their supporters worrying about losing the next election
    What does that say about the blp misfits ..ministers and the leader now PM
    All.can judged or speculate
    For me it shows a high level of insecurity by supporters and by the do nuttin ministers like the AG
    Depezia has nothing to lose
    Govt has all to lose because after sitting high and lofty on a pedestal when the bottom falls out hitting the ground can be both bone breaking and back breaking
    A list a mile long of govt useless policies are being stored and would be read out loud in due time
    This govt has become a waste of time money and lacking in good policy initiatives
    Oh shoot Mia cares

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  • BTW all the talk about fixing potholes another bold faced joke cause when it rains or drizzle the few scoops of cement gets washed away and the hole becomes exposed
    Joker govt taking people for fools

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  • AC you are a real comedian.You really believe anyone in the BLP worried about Ms Depeiza a two time poltical loser and lightweight or you.?Get serious woman the best you can hope for is to win a few seats.You believe bajans forget your incompetence over 10 years.Few want to see you lot in under 10 or 15 years.You seem to have learnt nothing from St Goerge North by election?You were on here bragging about Mr Reifer winning only for Mr Reifer to get blown out of the water.Pick sense from that.

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  • “You believe bajans forget your incompetence over 10 years.”

    DLP has always consistently come 1st or 2nd in Elections
    Election Government
    1956 2nd Opposition
    1961 1st Majority government
    1966 1st Majority government
    1971 1st Supermajority government
    1976 2nd Opposition
    1981 2nd Opposition
    1986 1st Supermajority government
    1991 1st Majority government
    1994 2nd Opposition
    1999 2nd Opposition
    2003 2nd Opposition
    2008 1st Supermajority government
    2013 1st Majority government
    2018 2nd Extra-parliamentary

    DLP should rebrand as an independent party for 2023 to lose their bad reputation with general public

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  • LorenzoMay 9, 2021 9:20 PM

    AC you are a real comedian.You really believe anyone in the BLP worried about Ms Depeiza a two time poltical loser and lightweight or you.?Get serious woman the best you can hope for is to win a few seats.You believe bajans forget your incompetence over 10 years.Few want to see you lot in under 10 or 15 years.You seem to have learnt nothing from St Goerge North by election?You were on here bragging about Mr Reifer winning only for Mr Reifer to get blown out of the water.Pick sense from that.

    Xxxxxxxxxxx
    Lorenzo u the one the comedian
    30.- 0 victory and u picking on low hanging fruit
    The election is not for verla to lose
    Lose win or draw the blp govt has to fight for a win
    Yuh only hope for another big win is if the dlp supporters stay home
    But after themselves suffering no bozie it ain’t going to happen again
    Govt debt has ballooned to nearly what it took ten years past govt to do
    From what is being said on the ground nuff people belly hurting and the people tired pulling debt basket and getting nothing in return

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  • David read and weep

    Of the various economic factors that contributed to Barbados’ weak economic performance during the first quarter of the year, the most disheartening development for former Central Bank Governor Winston Cox, was the high jump in joblessness.

    For him, the dip in the foreign reserves and the fall in Government revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic was disappointing. Equally worrisome were the contraction in the country’s gross domestic product, the poor state of the tourism industry and the fall in foreign reserves.

    But he said it was the escalation in the number of people who lost their jobs and the effect it had on their lives that hit him the hardest when he reviewed what had taken place in the economy between January and March.

    “That was an unfortunate development,” Cox said as he addressed the sharp rise in unemployment which put the rate at almost 14 per cent, with most of the joblessness affecting people between the ages of 20 and 44 years old. The National Insurance Scheme was also hard hit, receiving 11 802 unemployment claims, all caused by the surge in COVID-19 positive cases, which triggered a lockdown in Barbados’ economic and social life in February

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  • Are the job numbers down in your neck of the woods as well? Is there a economy in the world that has not been negatively affected? In this very blog has the blogmaster not mention that unemployment and crime will be potentially the key issues in the next election? You are so much the proverbial year down you are unable to see any other colour except red.

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  • David why are u quarreling and why used COvid as an excuse
    If you read international news u would have read that most or all economies have reopened
    Govt has jumped start their economies with stimulus pkgs which have help to slow down unemployment to all but a crawl and businesses are reaping the benefits from the pkgs as people are shopping and not lockdown in a state of fear
    The question which you ought to ask of govt are the plans they have on hand to tackle unemployment
    So your wiggle room does not hold water when u try to use other economies as a comparison to Barbados having high levels of unemployment
    The clueless govt would remain stuck in Covid policies while other countries step out of the fear factor takes a hard look at their economies and make those decisions which are comparable to re-energizing to their economies
    Meanwhile govtif Barbados remains aloof and stuck wishing and hoping for tourist to return

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  • A country reopening and growth in the economy are two different things. How many jobs fell short of the forecast in you neck of the woods last month? The largest economy in the world? You may have the last word. No time to debate nonsense.

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  • USA
    The labor force participation rate rose 0.2 point to 61.7%, its best level since August, while the employment-to-population level increased to 57.9%, its best since March 2020 ……3 days ago

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  • The USA gave out stimulus packages

    Name any Caribbean country or islan that did. the Same?

    The USA economy is a mammoth compared to Barbados tourist dependent (and not coming) sprat – two totally different animals

    What work in the USA will not necessarily work in Barbados

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  • It really is that time to stop listening to these backward yardfowls/Slaves.

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  • DLP desperately needs some wild ass fake news spin soundbites to gain some traction in public domain
    the Michelle Obama is really a man trope worked well with the fuckwit Trump nuts who ran with it
    Maybe it could be applied to Mia same way

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  • Whatever happens in 2023 election Barbados will have a woman leader and the Bajan men will feel emasculated with Woman’s liberation. Maybe DLP can turn the election into a beauty contest or a fashion show so voters vote for the prettiest candidate or best dressed to be the first Queen of the Independent Nation.

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  • John2May 9, 2021 11:55 PM

    The USA gave out stimulus package
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    Yes and do u know why?
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    What work in the USA will not necessarily work in Barbados

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    Are u certain of that statement or are u just shooting off whatever comes out of your mouth

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  • The buzz in the USA is that employers are competing with stimulous cheques. This mis resulting in people not looking for work.

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  • “The buzz in the USA is that employers are competing with stimulous cheques. This mis resulting in people not looking for work.”

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    Government’s paid trillions to save their asses and faces in mass bankruptcies and insolvencies causing downward spiral of economies, but it is all the same money going round in circles where people spend what they earn as consumers

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  • DavidMay 10, 2021 5:03 AM

    The buzz in the USA is that employers are competing with stimulous cheques. This mis resulting in people not looking for work

    Xxxxxccccccccccccccc CCC
    There are several reasons why people stop looking for work
    In any case the job market has begun to show signs of an upsurge and yes there are more people working since the early period of the pandemic
    U can rest assured that jobs not filled would not languish or go vacant
    Let me put it this way ” There are jobs aplenty”
    Reason being
    The govt of the USA had a plan one which created growth and help to ease unemployment

    Meanwhile the govt of Barbados has yet to put forward any plan to create movement which can supply growth for the economy
    Recently the gov.of the Central Bank stated that the economy needs a jump start
    So far not a word out of govt mouth as to intent or plan for doing such

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  • So David what does the employers complaint has to do do with govt creating avenues for employment
    Some of these employers who are complaining have created for years an environment for cheap labour
    The stimulus pkgs (given) have all but erase that kind of environment which forces these low life employers to raise their game and present a liveable wage pkg equal or more to that of what govt has handed out in financial aid to those who remain unemployed and refuse to work for cheap wages

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  • In a related matter:

    Danger: crossing the floor
    IT IS OF public interest that Leader of the Opposition recently complained of being “sidelined” (presumably by Government) in a matter concerning the relief and well-being of some of his constituents, after a conflagration spread in his riding.
    However, the Opposition Leader’s complaint has provoked the ire of a “still upset constituent” whose discourse implies rank displeasure that Leader crossed the floor when, at the last general election, one party won all 30 seats.
    Our constitutional scholars may have written on this subject at that instant, and this writer may have missed their guidance, but Joseph Atherley’s recent complaint, as well as upset constituent’s sharp retort, demand refreshment, restatement, and wider discourse on this matter. This writer knows a few facts about the issue and begs to be further enlightened.
    1. According to our Constitution, Barbados must have an Opposition in Parliament, even to the extent of thwarting the will of the people who selected all parliamentarians from one party.
    2. A similar event has already taken place in the Caribbean. Precedence has been established.
    3. There has been – in each case – conformity with precedent, and someone has crossed the floor.
    4. As a sidebar, what is the benefit of public assistance being administered via the constituency branch, rather than through the appropriate public agency? Even emergency public assistance?
    There are still matters unknown to this writer: a. By what means and methods have the instances of “crossing the floor to form mandatory Opposition” been accomplished?
    b. If the “crossing” is directed by the Prime Minister personally, or via consultation with either cabinet or governing party, is the resulting opposition not seen as simply a creature of the Prime Minister or Cabinet?
    c. Was there a “better” way to have accomplished a parliamentary opposition?
    d. Is there enough time for an elected member, immediately after an election, to consult with his constituency before crossing? And would that be politics?
    e. How would it be possible, especially in post 2016 Barbados politics, to appease any constituency which voted for one party and gets another as soon as the House is convened?
    f. Should the Opposition’s choice of a third party’s banner rather than the former Governing party’s, serve, or not serve as an appeasement to his constituents who may have been truly upset with the former governing party?
    g. Just imagine a by-election in that constituency, or a snap general election, and the same 30-0 result is returned, would not the country be on the same political treadmill again?
    This is parallel to a serious medical issue where the patient wishes to return to his family doctor with the erudite opinions of at least three (constitutional) specialist physicians or surgeons. The country’s health demands it. This unschooled scribe needs it.
    – MORRIS GREENIDGE

    Source: Nation

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  • 555dubstreet

    I do not believe that the fact that Americans have gotten their Stimulus Checks has in anywhere shape or form resulted in this lackadaisical desire to find gainful employment, but the fact is, a lot Americans prefer to sit it out as far their Employment Benefits are concerned rather than go back to work where they are probably earning less, especially those Americans who are in the Minimum Wage Bracket.

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