In the lead in to the 2018 general election there was a buzz about Guy Hewitt perceived in some quarters to be man with political aspirations to lead the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) after the period dubbed The Lost Decade. He has always had a voice in the Barbados non secular space- received by the general public as erudite and articulate with his social and political commentaries not unlike the Dean Harold Crichlow. It did not hurt the recognition gained from the leadership role he played in the infamous Windrush matter.
One should never say never – in this instance Reverend Hewitt being a future leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Of recent his articles are a must read for those following current affairs in similar vein to a Senator Caswell Franklyn. A high compliment for sure.
The Windrush debacle created the opportunity for Hewitt to add priceless elements to his brand and of late the Donville Inniss matter created a dicey window of opportunity for him to express loyalty for a friend, an endearing and respected human quality. Although Inniss was charged and convicted of money laundering in the USA- the first local high ranking former politician to achieve such ignominy- he continues to enjoy some support among Barbadians. In a macabre way Hewitt the priest may be seen as supporting a son of the soil who has stumbled, the words of country and western singer the late Glen Campbell:
If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed
…just stop and say, you are going the wrong way
You have got to try a little kindness …
If President Verla De Peiza could borrow from Hewitt’s resume and modus operandi what a formidable opponent she would be perceived to be. To have the ability to inhale some of the oxygen from the political space being sucked in by her counterpart Mia Mottley is required now more than ever with the failure of the third party political movement to gain political traction in the aftermath of an unprecedented 30 to 0 shellacking in the 2018 general election.
Guy Hewitt has the opportunity to play a significant role in the rebuild of the DLP. It is difficult to see him being accepted by the DLP establishment party apparatus for the highest office in the party. Unlike a few of the opportunists who have jumped ship or become disinterested in DLP politics, Hewitt continues to fight the good fight. For believers miracles have been known to happen and Reverend Hewitt may have heard a repeat of the message whispered in his ears from the one above “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with few things. I will put you in charge of many things”.
It may be wise for President De Peiza to find a way to hitch her wagon to Guy Hewitt’s rising star. He is one of those rare personalities who has crossover appeal in the land. She must find a way to overcome the negative perception caused by the delayed endorsement of her decision to run in St. Lucy by Denis Kellman. She will never be seen as a threat if unable to win a seat in parliament.
How can and will Reverend Guy assist a sister carrying a heavy load?
Guy Hewitt was ambassador in London for many years and lived there in luxury like the whites. No wonder that he now wants to return to the feeding trough in the government palace … So that he, like all the other DLP ministers, can plunder the impoverished masses and take our riches abroad.
No more term for any blue Prime Minister!
@ Enuff May 26, 2021 4:20 PM
I get plenty entertainment from the Milluh, Abigail aka WURA de Salemite and 3-degree aka fake observing. Whether individually or collectively, they are no match because they play me and not the message. One retort they have $1B and PR, which I find hilariou
But not as much “entertainment” as you used to get from Ms Sunny Sunshine (SSS) and the much-missed Brother Bush Tea prior to May 2018 when you used to refer to Mark Malmoney as that “shady businessman”.
Oh, BTW, what ever became of that Blue Horizon hotel deal which you vehemently opposed regarding its ‘final’ ‘sale’ price for a song to the same shady business character?
The “Milluh” is proud to say that he has the greatest honour to be in the company of the sage Bush Tea as we sing from the same hymn sheet in our shared assessment of the duplicitous nature of the red yard-fowl:
Here is a blast from the past (prior to May 2018):
From: Bush Tea January 14, 2018 8:49 AM
Last word for you Enuff – because you are ‘special’…
Can you not read and understand English…?
SSS is not swearing for the ‘integrity of Solution’s candidates’….
She is TESTIFYING to the crookedness, untrustworthiness, low-mindedness, deceitfulness and downright skullduggery of YOUR people ..and of your DLP nemesis – the gang of shiite hounds.
There can be no WORSE position than the one she describes – where a country of ‘eddykated’ people (such as yourself) have to chose between the “Devil in white”, the “Demonic Lying Parasites” from the Garrison monument ……….and debutants – ‘Solutions Barbados’.
If this does not signify our near-death status, then nothing can….
Brass bowls don’t tend to read signs anyway…..
C’est la même chose de moi, le Meunier (Milluh)
I got yuh digging up in the archives. When yuh find SSS cussin muh but admitting she likes muh, post it. Or when Bushie say “you bright as shite”. 🤣🤣🤣
“prior to May 2018 when you used to refer to Mark Malmoney as that “shady businessman”.
no wonder the slow thinker did not want to visit the archives yesterday, the ghost of LIES were waiting…lol
Why do we treat Enuff and Mariposa differently?
Aren’t they are both shameless party hacks?
“prior to May 2018 when you used to refer to Mark Malmoney as that “shady businessman”.
And post-2018 the BU archives will show that I have repeatedly said I am no fan of Maloney. Try again!🤣🤣🤣🤣😭
The same fraud that now SUPPORTS a crooked scammy questionable venture between maloney and the people’s land and am sure treasury….but we won’t hear about all the money walking out the door until AFTER THE FACT…
YOU ARE NOT FAN BUT YOU SUPPORT THE CORRUPTION.
Miller….the fowl lacks basic comprehension skills…..don’t like maloney but supports the corruption between him and the government, while knowing that he’s “a shady businessman”
ya don’t get more brain damaged than that…..damaged goods….or just so low grade and low vibration that corruption sounds like the best idea..
I take it that one was a much better…”try again.”
Abigail aka WURA de Salemite
Where is the corruption between the CURRENT government and Maloney? Ms.Ram inflict all manner of unfair treatment to black Barbadians for years and the ‘woke’ on BU still feel she should be paid 3 times the value of her land. You are a supposedly big opponent of corruption and an even bigger supporter of Ghana (yuh got connections and all) but you don’t talk about the US$3B lost in corruption annually or the recent resignation of the head of the anti-corruption agency due to political interference. No suh, you looking to set up shop.
P.S: I do have enuff comprehension skills to differentiate between a political candidate and an MP tho.🤣
Should the incumbent Chair of the BTMI be aware of all that former Chair Chatrani shared in his interview?
Mrs. Ram was probable the only business in Barbados back in the day that gave back to the community, despite her unreasonable work rules.
Fowl Slave…where are the RESIGNATIONS for the corruption in Barbados….that Mia has in her big red bag, the same corruption between DLP and maloney that she talked about prosecuting, ya soft in the head……Ghana is taking care of their corrupt…who is doing something about the corrupt IN BARBADOS…??
you are the Slave who have to differentiate between other colonial Slaves, i don’t…my mind is FREE…
yall salivating to know my connect on the continent…don’t worry, none of you including the honorable Slaves…..will EVER REACH THAT LEVEL…yall too notorious.
the years yall spent SELLOUT OUT YA OWN PEOPLE…..would have been better spent CONNECTING to ya ancestral lands….but ya too anti-black and anti-African and hold too much disrespect for ya ancestors and each other….empty negros, empty shells.
“but you don’t talk about the US$3B lost in corruption annually or the recent resignation of the head of the anti-corruption agency due to political interference. No suh, you looking to set up shop.”
so is that why Mia is setting up embassy there….the corruption…well she will be watched for sure…
am set up already, always disliked politics and always distanced myself from politicians, so won’t even care what they do there…learned how nasty politicians can be from yall already….if ya don’t learn something from you crabs, ya head hard..
I was specifically referring to the fact that Jose and Jose has a track record in what is now being contracted to The Innotech
management company., Prosource. You have introduced a completely different topic.
You should recall that I said a “ developmental loan” could have been organized for Jose and Jose to expand what they were doing rather than give a big contract , to a company that was broadly criticized , for the construction of the BWA headquarters , regarding what has been called shabby work.
I was merely promoting economic enfranchisement. Nothing else.
They can and will do whatever they (BLPDLP ) like.
These cannot remove themselves from the trap they set for themselves, they are IN TOO DEEP….they cannot even see what is directly in front of them, only fools will remain stuck in the same SWAMP…
watch them flail around, ain’t it a sight to behold…
if the population is intelligent….THEY WOULD RUN…in the opposite direction..with what’s headed their way.
and to think they were offered help, but ya know when ya try to save the drowning, they are liable to drown you too…lol…lawd…so it’s a good thing they refused any..
What is Jose y Jose track record? What is the programme that the government is seeking to implement? What is being contracted? Did Jose y Jose tender? Had he been awarded that contract I am telling you the same Abigail would be accusing the government of corruption because of Cherry’s association with the PM.
@ Enuff May 27, 2021 12:30 PM
You are behaving like a genuine “fowl-slave”, indeed; bedecked in your blindingly-red plumage and clearly unable to see the forest for the trees.
It seems the Covid-19 plague is eating way at your fast diminishing brain cells.
Isn’t this same “Jose Y Jose” the pioneer in the ‘pink mobile’ waste management and recycling business? Doesn’t that contribute to his “track record’?
Wasn’t Maloney branded a law breaker by the same MAM and given dirty track record but is now the blue-eyed boy in the economic salvation of your 2×3 island?
Weren’t know drug dealers invited to the Parliament the highest court of the Land?
Did any nepotism or close association prevent the award of a knighthood or was it done based on the recipient’s track record in the area of’ Law and service to the nation?
Does the following extract from a Covenant of Hope ring a bell in your deaf and dumb ears:
“A stable society that offers opportunity for all is created and sustained only when a country gets its economic fundamentals right. We have laid out our most urgent economic intervention strategies in our six-month agenda. We will stop the bleeding. We will stop the sale of the “family silver” at knock down prices.”
@ Enuff cmon un
You got to be kidding asking me questions that were in the press that prompted my initial response.
Carry on smartly.
“Had he been awarded that contract I am telling you the same Abigail would be accusing the government ”
i have always known about that association and never once commented on it, people know people some from school days or growing up, what’s there to accuse about, unless you know something we don’t..
besides, Cherry is the wrong color persuasion to be inducted into the known halls of the corrupt…he won’t stand a chance, wuh i remember tiefing bizzy going after him some time ago..so he definitely aint part of the criminal syndicate stealing billions from the Black population…with the blessings of parliament sellouts..
Should be @Enuff
Come on ……..
“Wasn’t Maloney branded a law breaker by the same MAM and given dirty track record but is now the blue-eyed boy in the economic salvation of your 2×3 island?”
did they…the other half of DBLP not install maloney on LIAT’s board…the airline did not last much longer after that for sure, that’s all these clowns do, pick up the most, dishonest and corrupt and install them to do further damage.
@ Miller @ WURA
I think after this exchange, I would just completely ignore @ Enuff. He is hopeless. The man has zero credibility in my book now. Deliberately trying to pretend he does not know that Jose and Jose has been doing the exact service that the government has given a large contract to perform , by the same Innotech, they cussed over the BWA headquarters.
@Enuff is nothing more than a pure bred apologist of this administration .
He has nothing else to offer this blog or Barbados.
The fowl keeps reducing itself in everyone’s eyes, why? is the question..
. The amount of time spent convincing us to accept corruption, thefts and human rights abuses in Black lives, am sure the boutique architectural firm already found a replacement for their billion dollar projects manager vacancy…
it’s over, done, kaput and the fowl is still grabbing….all that’s left to present are the handcuffs or whatever it will take to end this shitshow.
Innotech is the one that supposedly got the filing cabinet of EVIDENCE of DBLP corruption….much bigger than Mia’s red bag….there is no competition there.., they are all afraid, and OWNED by those who are just as corrupt as them. ..or it could never end like this, critically changes would have been made in the last 3 years, but they couldn’t, somebodies got them by the short hairs..
The people gotta kick them all out, they are now A LIABILITY…let them and their partners sink into obscurity.
William …am sure you remember when they were cussing each other, with the bat ears one who was disrespectful to BWA workers calling those at Innotech thieves and they retaliated by saying she is the bigger tief because she got caught tiefing money out of Barry Gales office…that was a public cuss out…then we heard about the filing cabinet of evidence of government corruption very shortly after, especially when the dude from UK fell of the roof of the plantation building and died…
…then everything went quiet…filing cabinet filled of evidence of government corruption got REAL POWER,,,especially with BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MISSING FROM THE ECONOMY…evidence is currency…
then suddenly about 6 months later we heard,,,Innotech got a brand new contract,,,at BWA…so i went, wait, wait, wait….weren’t they all cussing and threatening each other just the other day…
they have endangered the people and island….no mistake about that…
Answer the questions and stop cussing me. Attacking the messenger is a sign of defeat.🤭
Government to save $20 million on Innotech deal
Loop News December 20, 2019 12:28 PM ET
The financial savings to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) from the recent agreement made with Innotech Group of Companies will amount to a “conservative estimate” of BDS $20 million.
Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams, made this disclosure during a press briefing in the Ministry’s conference room, Country Road, St Michael.
Abrahams stated: “From this particular deal over the life of the BERT programme, we are going to save a minimum of 20 million dollars…and if we actually factor in the other things that were calculated at cost, as oppose to a commercial rate, the actual savings are likely to be more.”
The Water Resource Minister further explained that the $20 million in financial savings was also dependent upon the debt repayment arrangement between the Barbados Water Authority and Government.
Pointing out government’s main objective for entering into negotiations with Innotech “was to end the one-sided, unfair arrangements/contracts awarded”, Minister Abrahams noted that the year plus negotiations reached a commercial settlement on 17 outstanding issues, 13 of which originated with contracts authorized under the former Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management.
Detailing the previous arrangement between Innotech and the BWA, Minister Abrahams revealed that the new arrangements and benefits include the BWA having immediate and outright ownership of a variety of critical equipment such as portable desalination units, personal tanks, community tanks, water tanker trucks and functioning smart meters.
Another agreement made was the end to the financing, leasing and maintenance arrangement for the BWA’s infrastructure. Instead, the BWA has purchased certain equipment outright or agreed to a transparent pay-as-you-go arrangement for works necessary to be performed by Innotech.
Minister Abraham also said that there would be the waiver of punitive penalties for default and late interest, and the continuation of the Grandview Reservoir project. The BWA has also offered a right of first refusal on a renegotiated saltwater desalination project.
Abrahams stressed that this position was taken because the contract was awarded at unsustainable rates and had not yet started.
He added: “Neither I nor the Government made a decision to throw out the baby with the bathwater and write off desalination as an option to contribute to water security in Barbados…[but] we were not going to follow through with egregious contracts…. Our first duty as a government is to the people of Barbados, not to protect the profits of any company or companies.”
Minister Abrahams indicated that the BWA was awaiting a report from the Auditor General about the Authority’s contracts, procedures, practices, and structures, and upon receipt of that report would decide on the way forward.
Read and learn something: https://www.building.co.uk/news/southwark-council-plans-joint-venture-firm-to-build-11000-homes/5106381.article
I am in over my head, but I will still try
3:09.. how many firms did the GoB shortlisted?
@ Enuff May 28, 2021 3:09 PM
Didn’t the previous DLP administration much maligned and vilified by you and others undertake a similar JV project with the Mal(m)oney Business Group with Valerie being the social hosing guinea pig and the Grotto being the showpiece of country living in an urban setting?
Why don’t you tell us how many other joint venture housing projects the same corrupt deceitful lying party (DLP) jointly ventured with the said Mal(m)oney -who has metamorphosed from a poor Bajan white boy into a multi-millionaire with a duty-free Merc to boot- especially during the ministerial portfolio of the shark-mout fella when the going rate was $5,000 per unit and higher than the ZR permits?
So what would be the current going rate under a kickback novice looking to feather his nest before he leaves for the political wilderness?
Higher or lower or more than less?
Why do they follow the money
Initially locating the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy at the Civil Aviation Building in Charnocks, Christ Church, symbolised a government not seeming to be able to differentiate air from sea, up from down.
On the occasion of World Maritime Day in September 2020, Kirk Humphrey, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, raised the issue of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life Below Water” which addresses the need to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. But that seemed to be just words.
In his message, he also spoke to “Understanding the interconnectedness of shipping to tourism; tourism to fisheries and agriculture; and the green to the blue economy is critical to our maritime awareness.” But that seemed to be just more words.
In a previous article, I spoke of those who talk much but say little. While the Blue Economy Minister spoke of the need “to achieve a safer, cleaner environment” his focus seemed to be on the money not the science, which makes me blue vex not only as a Barbadian but as the former
Permanent Representative for Barbados to the IMO (UN International Maritime Organisation).
The Minister focused on “strengthening the domestic shipping market”, a “maritime single window …to facilitate ease in doing business”, “Sail Clear…to expedite domestic vessels on arrival to, and departure from, Barbados”, and a “Sub-Committee to examine the Performance and Efficiency of the Port of Bridgetown.”
The Minister of the Blue Economy who is responsible for the Coastal Zone Management Unit said meaningfully little about protecting the natural marine environment. But actions speak even louder than words.
Actions towards achieving “a safer, cleaner environment” were not reflected in the Government’s welcoming of the cruise ship industry with open arms to drop anchor off Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic. This came at a catastrophic cost to our marine environment; not just for us but for our children and our children’s children. They were pennywise and pound-foolish.
The UWI Centre for Resource Management & Environmental Studies (CERMES) Technical Report No 101, “Assessing anchoring impacts of cruise ships in Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020” presents damning findings of the destruction to our coral reefs.
In an excoriatingly honest manner, the report states, “Given the recognised value of coral reefs as indicated by the stated fines in the Coastal Zone Management Act for damaging reefs (USD$150 per m2), this equates to millions of dollars in actual damage and far exceeds any short-term financial gains from permitting visiting cruise ships to anchor for a nominal fee.” The research also “…highlights policy failures in the management of coral reefs in Barbados that allowed cruise ships to anchor in coral rich areas…” Policy failures is diplomatic speak for “them do bare foolishness.”
For a cost benefit analysis CERMES highlighted: “Assuming that the fees were collected, this would have netted around BBD$275,000 (USD$137,500) for the 550 days of anchored time by the 28 ships.”
They noted the “Intangible benefits” which included “the international media and social media coverage of Barbados” which they note “was quite extensive and very positive… although very hard to quantify.”
However, they calculated costs based on the Coastal Zone Management Act (1998) which states that “any person who damages any coral reef, fish or other coastal resources ‘is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $300 for every square metre of coral reef damaged or to imprisonment for five years or to both’. They suggested coral damage valued at “BBD$2.1 million (USD$1.05 million) occurred from just three anchoring events.”
They also highlighted that “these severely damaged reef sites are part of the bank reef system in Barbados, which is considered the most healthy of all Barbados’ reefs.”
Do the math. Netting around BBD$275,000 for the 550 days of anchored time by the 28 ships at a cost of BBD$2.1million from just three anchoring events. The report concludes, “The damage caused to coral reef habitat in Barbados by the anchoring of cruise ships during the early stages of the COVID- 19 pandemic in 2020 is clearly extensive and yet could have been avoided.” Could have been avoided! Dare I say again: pennywise and pound-foolish. What a motley crew!
Answer me this. Why after three years with a ‘blue economy’ focus, including a full ministerial infrastructure, are anchoring areas for cruise ships not assigned in such a manner that protects the environment? Why do they follow the money and not the science?
Answer me this. Despite both the Port Authority which is in charge of berthing and the Coast Zone Management Unit which is in charge of our reefs and marine environment falling under the same Ministry, why didn’t the Port and the CZMU not collaborate effectively? Why do they follow the money and not the science?
Oh laaawd. You have proved me right–Little reasoning, Big words i.e. verbosity. I am done.
lawd…look at the whole article….”TALK MUCH AND SAY LITTLE”…sums them and their fowl Slaves up perfectly.
Miller they are DROWNING…hand them a BIG concrete block real QUICK….put them out of their self-created MISERY.
“Government to save $20 million on Innotech deal.”
Miller…lok, after calling each other corrupt and thieves, shades of “maloney want locking up, he’s a crook, he and DLP scammed the country with the fake 1 billion dollars in contracts”….
.now all the crooks are rolling around in bed together with their accusers SWEARING that they are saving the country millions…must be for themselves, because the Black population ALWAYS GET ROBBED by the billions of dollars.
pure LIES TO LAUNDER MONEY…
Donville needs company..
It is official!
The Reverend is a plain liar!🤣🤣😭
He should make an excellent politician then?
Yuh need to be more than a good liar. Is he going yo St.John too?
Andre is the declared candidate not so?
A political party potentially led by a priest? Interesting times ahead.
@ David June 2, 2021 3:03 PM
Then you don’t think too highly of the innocuous ‘Bishop’ Joe Atherley and his nondescript PPDD?
The priesthood has always been a hotbed of political activism.
EWB’s father was himself a ‘radical’ Anglican priest cum politician.
Maybe the dead King David has told Guy Hewitt, in a dream like Joseph, about an upcoming vacancy in the lower House for which he must prepare himself to be the modern-day Moses to save Barbados from self-destruction.
Who knows, God knows.
@ David June 2, 2021 4:35 PM
Can you envisage a constituency that would fit the personality of the priest turned politician?
How about Ch Ch West?
If the Reverend Denis Low(e)down could have been elected on more than one occasion to the HoA why not a ‘sweet’ brown-skin boy who is much closer to Jesus in appearance?
He made a name for himself back in the day at Christ Church Anglican didn’t he?
DLP president not daunted by a challenge for leadership: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/06/03/dlp-president-not-daunted-by-a-challenge-for-leadership/
First it was George Pilgrim now Hewitt. It is a democracy but these challenges will not help the party. Can the DLP settle the leadership issue once and for all?
DavidJune 3, 2021 7:05 AM Can the DLP settle the leadership issue once and for all?
Wishful thinking. You doan think Esswick wanna piece a Ilaro Court? Yuh doan tink Lashley too? Or Inniss, after he done settle up and made recompense?
Verla warming de people seat. Hahaha. And she ent no Mia.
Them going pelt she oneside when the time come. Oneiest ting, who a dem will rule? Esswick? Watch da man.
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