Submitted by Observing

With all the action going on nowadays its forgiveable for the average person to see doubles once in a while. After all, they say more is less, or is it less is more?

We have a Commissioner of Police, Two Deputy Commissioners AND still a former Commissioner who’s a consultant. DOUBLES!!!

We have a Minister of Finance, a Minister in the Ministry of Finance, a Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, an IMF Adviser, a chief economic adviser, an economic/technical adviser to the Prime Minister, a Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados on Investment and Financial Services and still we pay White Oak to help us. DOUBLES!!!!

We have a Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources, a Minister of Energy and Water Resources and now a 20 member National Advisory Committee on Water. DOUBLES!!!

We have a Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs, a Government Information Service, a Chief Information Officer, a Director of Communications and Social Media, and now a Director of Public Affairs over a new Public Affairs Department. DOUBLES!!!

We have the BTMI, the BTPA and now an 18 member committee to come up with a slogan. DOUBLES!!!

We have a Chief Education officer and now a Director of Education Reform with a whole unit. DOUBLES!!!

Mr. Maloney receives a major contract without tender, Mr. Maloney receives permission to proceed with Hyatt, Mr. Maloney buys Harlequin. DOUBLES!!!

BWU backs down from Sandy Lane fight in 2011, BWU backs down from Sandy Lane fight in 2015/16, Sandy Lane docks BWU’s workers’ pay in 2021. DOUBLES!!!

Gas increases in April, increases in May, increases in June. DOUBLES!!!

All of this with a 25 member Cabinet, the associated Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Directors, Deputy Directors and extra support staff. DOUBLES!!!

At least one place we are not seeing doubles is Lucille Moe’s seat in the Senate.

Six is half dozen. DOUBLES!!!

98 thoughts on “SEEING DOUBLES

  1. Putting it all together like this is very effective.

    I should have listened to the reports of the ministers so I would know how to assess the taste of all these doubles. But listening to politicians speak is too much for me these days.

  2. Stealing taxpayers money (they STOLE ALL from NIS PENSION FUND ALREADY) and leaving the larger BLACK POPULATION IN POVERTY….the island is in economic, structural and social shambles..but ALL THE THIEVES ARE RICH…and STILL tiefin and still acting as though all the money belongs to them and racist, corrupt minorities…

    KICK THEM OUT IN 2023…ruin their plans as they have malicious;y and knowingly ruined Black lives and the island…

  3. Observing

    Deh eating some food called “doubles” too. And yuh would know dey taking bribes double or double-dipping.

    Deh had Doubles – double too..


    Mugabe broke thee manifesto as social contract, according to Richie Haynes’ thinking double

    And then about referendum on republicanism, and other – DOUBLE! LOL,

    There will never be a government of Barbados which declines to have doubles daily.

  4. I really don’t know why you are all so upset about double and triple appointments. When you’re drunk, you see everywhere in duplicate! And isn’t it good to be drunk?

    Besides, in a V8 car engine everything is double: 2 cylinder banks, 2 timing chains, 2 water pumps, 2 oil pumps. So our government structure is just particularly high-quality and fail-safe.

    There is only one government post occupied by one person: that of our Supreme Leader. By definition, there can only be one Supreme Leader of state, party and people.

  5. I wonder what the brainwashed apostles are saying about the absence of Senator Moe. Not a single word to the public and no explanation given to their beloved citizens.
    Not a failed state but ……………

  6. @ David
    “ David June 19, 2021 5:37 AM

    How did we get here?”

    We never left bro’.

    • The next general election wil be interesting, the lead in. The reluctance of the government to explain Lucille Moe situation will undermine any platform agenda of being transparent. The loud silence has now elevated to a big insult directed at the citizenry.

  7. David

    We and other have been insistent that these systems cannot work for most of the people any of the times.

    But that bar will always be too high for the country to scale until total and complete collapse comes.

    In this there can never be any measureable differences between B and D regardless of the fecklessness of one and the dictatorial collective impulsive responses of the population.

    Until this idea achieves wide acceptance the limitations of elected dictatorship will continue to bedevil us all.

  8. The govt reluctance to explain the debt write off in the millions to big business
    The latest to Clearwater
    But then again govt think all bajans are idiots

  9. David
    You are making the same mistake over and over again by relying on elections as some halcyon political moment.

    • @Pacha

      The interest in elections is normal given this is the only rule of thumb the electorate is sensitized to. The other point you made that there must be a Phoenix rising moment is noted although we live in hope it should not be necessary if we are as intelligent as touted. Is there an alternative to a collapse of the system to create the understanding with the masses?

  10. There is nothing wrong with job sharing or having separate roles for business areas and systems which process different aspects.
    A General Ledger records all transactions but is split into various Accounts for Receivables and Payables and Clients etc.
    When there are clear distinctions of roles then everything works fine as long as the ball is not dropped when passing it between departments.

    Speaking of doubles, I suspect Angela Cox is a man, as she has no feminine traits that say otherwise, such as fashion gossip or giving a woman leader a fair chance to succeed.

    • @Kiki

      Can we leave the personal comments outside? It is childish to be engaged in constant personal attacks. Chrissakes.

  11. David
    This system is fatally flawed, period.
    Why is it then, when there are elected governments in some places they are disliked when they really seek to serve the masses of people.

    To live with this irrationality endlessly, of hoping this system works better, is not dissimilar to the madness of doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

    We accepted that empires are inherently unstable and fall all the time. Why is it so impossible for you to accept that this fictitious architecture around us can go no further for the masses of peoples everywhere.

    Hope is no more that a way of further delaying gratification long over due. Give it up!

  12. “leaving the larger BLACK POPULATION IN POVERTY….the island is in economic, structural and social shambles..”

    American racism may be something similar when authorities who approve funding deliberately ignore poorer areas which become ghettos with lower standards of everything such as housing, schools, utilities, public services and all other aspects in quality of life.

    In the case of America, individuals file legal cases to prove the biases which are long drawn out proceedings in courts of law and shifting public opinion.

  13. “Can we leave the personal comments outside? It is childish to be engaged in constant personal attacks. Chrissakes.”

    it was not a personal attack, it was a theory about political propaganda under the guise of reporting news using every dirty trick in the book of hook and crook.

    In UK there is a new News Channel for rightwing called GB News just launched which is being boycotted by advertisers due to its Fox News Bias and declaration of intent to fight awakened thinking such as black lives matter about racism colonialism etc. Righwing propaganda about the cancel culture and war against woke becoming a business model and institutionalised.

  14. @ David
    All our problems according to you will be solved in the ballot box.
    Okay , let’s drink some alcohol until 2023. If nothing changes , we continue drinking until 2028……,,,,.,,,,,
    Absolutely brilliant !

    • @William

      The subtleties of language goes over your head, all the time.


      The public deserves an explanation re hiatus.


      We give up when when we die.

  15. Politics is not about parties and sides

    it is about effectiveness in office, service and administration

    I AM
    (a Violet Being of Fire)
    (God Source Desires)

  16. David
    No! That is western thinking. In Afrikan philosophy there is no what you refer to as “die”.

    We live and die everyday through ourselves and our descendants. In other words there is no death, only everlasting life.

    An everlasting life you’ll like to accord to capitalism as a political system. We say no, let it die!

    Your views on politics are not dissimilar to those on religion, economy. Characterized by a need to believe in the irrational, the unworkable.

    • @ Pacha

      A little too esoteric for a lowly blogmaster. Keeping it simple, we are born to live.

  17. Must we give in??


    I have no idea whether the white man I am writing about is still alive or not. He gave me an understanding of what actually happened to us Africans, and how sinister it was, when we were colonized. His name was Ronald Stanley Peters, Homicide Chief, Matabeleland, in what was at the time Rhodesia. He was the man in charge of the case they had against us, murder. I was one of a group of ANC/ZAPU guerillas that had infiltrated into the Wankie Game Reserve in 1967, and had been in action against elements of the Rhodesian African rifles (RAR), and the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI). We were now in the custody of the British South Africa Police (BSAP), the Rhodesian Police. I was the last to be captured in the group that was going to appear at the Salisbury (Harare) High Court on a charge of murder, 4 counts.

    ‘I have completed my investigation of this case, Mr. Bopela, and I will be sending the case to the Attorney-General’s Office, Mr. Bosman, who will the take up the prosecution of your case on a date to be decided,’ Ron Peters told me. ‘I will hang all of you, but I must tell you that you are good fighters but you cannot win.’

    ‘Tell me, Inspector,’ I shot back, ‘are you not contradicting yourself when you say we are good fighters but will not win? Good fighters always win.’

    ‘Mr. Bopela, even the best fighters on the ground, cannot win if information is sent to their enemy by high-ranking officials of their organizations, even before the fighters begin their operations. Even though we had information that you were on your way, we were not prepared for the fight that you put up,’ the Englishman said quietly. ‘We give due where it is to be given after having met you in battle. That is why I am saying you are good fighters, but will not win.’

    Thirteen years later, in 1980, I went to Police Headquarters in Harare and asked where I could find Detective-Inspector Ronald Stanley Peters, retired maybe. President Robert Mugabe had become Prime Minster and had released all of us….common criminal and freedom-fighter. I was told by the white officer behind the counter that Inspector Peters had retired and now lived in Bulawayo. I asked to speak to him on the telephone. The officer dialed his number and explained why he was calling. I was given the phone, and spoke to the Superintendent, the rank he had retired on. We agreed to meet in two days time at his house at Matshe-amhlophe, a very up-market suburb in Bulawayo. I travelled to Bulawayo by train, and took a taxi from town to his home.

    I had last seen him at the Salisbury High Court after we had been sentenced to death by Justice L Lewis in 1967. His hair had greyed but he was still the tall policeman I had last seen in 1967. He smiled quietly at me and introduced me to his family, two grown up chaps and a daughter. Lastly came his wife, Doreen, a regal-looking Englishwoman. ‘He is one of the chaps I bagged during my time in the Service. We sent him to the gallows but he is back and wants to see me, Doreen.’ He smiled again and ushered me into his study.

    He offered me a drink, a scotch whisky I had not asked for, but enjoyed very much I must say. We spent some time on the small talk about the weather and the current news.

    ‘So,’ Ron began, ‘they did not hang you after all, old chap! Congratulations, and may you live many more!’ We toasted and I sat across him in a comfortable sofa. ‘A man does not die before his time, Ron’ I replied rather gloomily, ‘never mind the power the judge has or what the executioner intends to do to one.’

    ‘I am happy you got a reprieve Thula,’, Ron said, ‘but what was it based on? I am just curious about what might have prompted His Excellency Clifford Du Pont, to grant you a pardon. You were a bunch of unrepentant terrorists.’

    ‘I do not know Superintendent,’ I replied truthfully. ‘Like I have said, a man does not die before his time.’ He poured me another drink and I became less tense.

    ‘So, Mr. Bopela, what brings such a lucky fellow all the way from happy Harare to a dull place like our Bulawayo down here?’

    ‘Superintendent, you said to me after you had finished your investigations that you were going to hang all of us. You were wrong; we did not all hang. You said also that though we were good fighters we would not win. You were wrong again Superintendent; we have won! We are in power now. I told you that good fighters do win.’

    The Superintendent put his drink on the side table and stood up. He walked slowly to the window that overlooked his well-manicured garden and stood there facing me.

    ‘So you think you have won Thula? What have you won, tell me. I need to know.’

    ‘We have won everything Superintendent, in case you have not noticed. Every thing! We will have a black president, prime minister, black cabinet, black members of Parliament, judges, Chiefs of Police and the Army. Every thing Superintendent. I came all the way to come and ask you to apologize to me for telling me that good fighters do not win. You were wrong Superintendent, were you not?’

    He went back to his seat and picked up his glass, and emptied it. He poured himself another shot and put it on the side table and was quiet for a while.

    ‘So, you think you have won everything Mr. Bopela, huh? I am sorry to spoil your happiness sir, but you have not won anything. You have political power, yes, but that is all. We control the economy of this country, on whose stability depends everybody’s livelihood, including the lives of those who boast that they have political power, you and your victorious friends. Maybe I should tell you something about us white people Mr. Bopela. I think you deserve it too, seeing how you kept this nonsense warm in your head for thirteen hard years in prison. ‘When I get out I am going to find Ron Peters and tell him to apologize for saying we wouldn’t win,’ you promised yourself. Now listen to me carefully my friend, I am going to help you understand us white people a bit better, and the kind of problem you and your friends have to deal with.’

    ‘When we planted our flag in the place where we built the city of Salisbury, in 1877, we planned for this time. We planned for the time when the African would rise up against us, and perhaps defeat us by sheer numbers and insurrection. When that time came, we decided, the African should not be in a position to rule his newly-found country without taking his cue from us. We should continue to rule, even after political power has been snatched from us, Mr. Bopela.’

    ‘How did you plan to do that my dear Superintendent,’ I mocked.

    ‘Very simple, Mr. Bopela, very simple,’ Peters told me.

    ‘We started by changing the country we took from you to a country that you will find, many centuries later, when you gain political power. It would be totally unlike the country your ancestors lived in; it would be a new country. Let us start with agriculture. We introduced methods of farming that were not known I Africa, where people dug a hole in the ground, covered it up with soil and went to sleep under a tree in the shade. We made agriculture a science. To farm our way, an African needed to understand soil types, the fertilizers that type of soil required, and which crops to plant on what type of soil. We kept this knowledge from the African, how to farm scientifically and on a scale big enough to contribute strongly to the national economy. We did this so that when the African demands and gets his land back, he should not be able to farm it like we do. He would then be obliged to beg us to teach him how. Is that not power, Mr. Bopela?’

    ‘We industrialized the country, factories, mines, together with agricultural output, became the mainstay of the new economy, but controlled and understood only by us. We kept the knowledge of all this from you people, the skills required to run such a country successfully. It is not because Africans are stupid because they do not know what to do with an industrialized country. We just excluded the African from this knowledge and kept him in the dark. This exercise can be compared to that of a man whose house was taken away from him by a stronger person. The stronger person would then change all the locks so that when the real owner returned, he would not know how to enter his own house.’

    We then introduced a financial system – money (currency), banks, the stock market and linked it with other stock markets in the world. We are aware that your country may have valuable minerals, which you may be able to extract….but where would you sell them? We would push their value to next-to-nothing in our stock markets. You may have diamonds or oil in your country Mr. Bopela, but we are in possession of the formulas how they may be refined and made into a product ready for sale on the stock markets, which we control. You cannot eat diamonds and drink oil even if you have these valuable commodities. You have to bring them to our stock markets.’

    ‘We control technology and communications. You fellows cannot even fly an aeroplane, let alone make one. This is the knowledge we kept from you, deliberately. Now that you have won, as you claim Mr. Bopela, how do you plan to run all these things you were prevented from learning? You will be His Excellency this, and the Honorable this and wear gold chains on your necks as mayors, but you will have no power. Parliament after all is just a talking house; it does not run the economy; we do. We do not need to be in parliament to rule your Zimbabwe. We have the power of knowledge and vital skills, needed to run the economy and create jobs. Without us, your Zimbabwe will collapse. You see now what I mean when I say you have won nothing? I know what I am talking about. We could even sabotage your economy and you would not know what had happened.’

    We were both silent for some time, I trying not to show how devastating this information was to me; Ron Peters maybe gloating. It was so true, yet so painful. In South Africa they had not only kept this information from us, they had also destroyed our education, so that when we won, we would still not have the skills we needed because we had been forbidden to become scientists and engineers. I did not feel any anger towards the man sitting opposite me, sipping a whisky. He was right.

    ‘Even the Africans who had the skills we tried to prevent you from having would be too few to have an impact on our plan. The few who would perhaps have acquired the vital skills would earn very high salaries, and become a black elite grouping, a class apart from fellow suffering Africans,’ Ron Peters persisted. ‘If you understand this Thula, you will probably succeed in making your fellow blacks understand the difference between ‘being in office’ and ‘being in power’. Your leaders will be in office, but not in power. This means that your parliamentary majority will not enable you to run the country….without us, that is.’

    I asked Ron to call a taxi for me; I needed to leave. The taxi arrived, not quickly enough for me, who was aching to depart with my sorrow. Ron then delivered the coup de grace:

    ‘What we are waiting to watch happening, after your attainment of political power, is to see you fighting over it. Africans fight over power, which is why you have seen so many coups d’etat and civil wars in post-independent Africa. We whites consolidate power, which means we share it, to stay strong. We may have different political ideologies and parties, but we do not kill each other over political differences, not since Hitler was defeated in 1945. Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe will not stay friends for long. In your free South Africa, you will do the same. There will be so many African political parties opposing the ANC, parties that are too afraid to come into existence during apartheid, that we whites will not need to join in the fray. Inside whichever ruling party will come power, be it ZANU or the ANC, there will be power struggles even inside the parties themselves. You see Mr. Bopela, after the struggle against the white man, a new struggle will arise among yourselves, the struggle for power. Those who hold power in Africa come within grabbing distance of wealth. That is what the new struggle will be about….the struggle for power. Go well Mr. Bopela; I trust our meeting was a fruitful one, as they say in politics.’

    I shook hands with the Superintendent and boarded my taxi. I spent that night in Bulawayo at the YMCA, 9th Avenue. I slept deeply; I was mentally exhausted and spiritually devastated. I only had one consolation, a hope, however remote. I hoped that when the ANC came into power in South Africa, we would not do the things Ron Peters had said we would do. We would learn from the experiences of other African countries, maybe Ghana and Nigeria, and avoid coups d’etat and civil wars.

    In 2007 at Polokwane, we had full-blown power struggle between those who supported Thabo Mbeki and Zuma’s supporters. Mbeki lost the fight and his admirers broke away to form Cope. The politics of individuals had started in the ANC. The ANC will be going to Maungaung in December to choose new leaders. Again, it is not about which government policy will be best for South Africa; foreign policy, economic, educational, or social policy. It is about Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlhante; it is about Fikile Mbalula or Gwede Mantashe. Secret meetings are reported to be happening, to plot the downfall of this politician and the rise of the other one.

    Why is it not about which leaders will best implement the Freedom Charter, the pivotal document? Is the contest over who will implement the Charter better? If it was about that, the struggle then would be over who can sort out the poverty, landlessness, unemployment, crime and education for the impoverished black masses. How then do we choose who the best leader would be if we do not even know who will implement which policies, and which policies are better than others? We go to Mangaung to wage a power struggle, period. President Zuma himself has admitted that ‘in the broad church the ANC is,’ there are those who now seek only power, wealth and success as individuals, not the nation. In Zimbabwe the fight between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai has paralysed the country. The people of Zimbabwe, a highly-educated nation, are starving and work as garden and kitchen help in South Africa.

    What the white man told me in Bulawayo in 1980 is happening right in front of my eyes. We have political power and are fighting over it, instead of consolidating it. We have an economy that is owned and controlled by them, and we are fighting over the crumbs falling from the white man’s ‘dining table’. The power struggle that raged among ANC leaders in the Western Cape cost the ANC that province, and the opposition is winning other municipalities where the ANC is squabbling instead of delivering. Is it too much to understand that the more we fight among ourselves the weaker we become, and the stronger the opposition becomes?

    Thula Bopela writes in his personal capacity, and the story he has told is true; he experienced alone and thus is ultimately responsible for the ideas in the article.

    Source: Thula Bopela

  18. David
    No. Seems redundant. If you’re born, you already live.

    Thought you were earlier minded that live ends when we die.

    Now these two ideas can’t comfortably coexist.

    • @Pacha

      You are being blinkered by being too literal. We have a moral duty as humans when we enter this world to advance it to a better place before we shuffle off the mortal coil.

  19. David

    Yours is a limited view. There are philosophers who suggest that advancement beyond that of the caveman by 7 billion people and climbing cannot be supported by the natural world.

  20. David

    Is not what they are saying worthy of consideration beyond just having a view given the evidence everywhere of an ecological crisis still increasing disrupting in our world and as cause by humanoids.

    • @Pacha

      Your position taken is understood others will have a view informed by humankind’s demonstrated resilience through the ages.

  21. @Groslyn
    A great post.

    In many ways our history and that of many other colonies parallels that of South Africa. Perhaps we did not experience an apartheid type of governments because with our small population and an overwhelming black majority, whites lack the numbers to divide us into two nations; so that they rule one and maintain a separate nation of their own. Ending apartheid gave the blacks open political power, but some levers and machinery of power remained in white hands,

    In our nation, we see some of what Mr Peters described. It appears that the South African model has been tweaked to suit our condition. No apartheid, but we see two Barbadoes. We see over 60 years of black political leadership with no real attempt to empower or enrich the majority and enriching a select few. The levers and machinery of power appears to lie outside of the majority population. We see black faces in our parliament, but we often talk of shadows.

    We could learn from the history of others.

  22. David
    No. More important are the five mass extinction events which have been the dominant longer arc of tje history of Mother Earth.

    Therefore, ideas that humans are central, within these larger issues, is not supportable by history, evidence.

    Pachamama may relieve Herself of those who seek to continue advancement injurious to Her.

  23. @ Pachamama June 19, 2021 9:16 AM
    Yours is a limited view. There are philosophers who suggest that advancement beyond that of the caveman by 7 billion people and climbing cannot be supported by the natural world. (Unquote).

    That’s a deep, deep view whose gravamen few would appreciate.

    But we support your attempts to enlighten us on the cyclical function of Pachamama (Gaia) to the celestial balance of the Solar system.

    That Force called Mother Nature will soon put us petty humans back into our mammalian place and who can become extinct just like many species of ‘humanoids’ before us.

    Covid-19 is just a decoy of a toy to distract so-called scientist.

    Maybe we are at a stage when the dystopian ramifications of that futuristic movie called “Logan’s Run” might become a reality just around the global corner.

  24. “Two is no longer the magic number. That number has now been superseded by the number three.”

    There are Assistant Commissioners of Police with responsibility for Administration, Court Administration, Crime, Human Resources and Operations respectively.

    Ian Branch, Richard Boyce and William Yearwood were Acting Assistant Commissioners of Police. Yearwood was ACoP (ag) from as far back as 2017 and as recent as last year he was in charge of Operations Division.

    All that happened was the three officers’ ranks were made official through promotion.

  25. “You have political power, yes, but that is all. We control the economy of this country, on whose stability depends everybody’s livelihood, including the lives of those who boast that they have political power”

    that’s why i laugh at the black face TRAITORS frauds thieves and liars in the parliament…they have no shame…they allow a bunch of halfassed nobody descendants of the slave patrol originally descended from deportees from UK to steal from the descendants of captives….and fly by night foreight thieves to do as they like…

    while they and their ignornat yardfowls squabble over political power that’s not even real…useless negros.

  26. A very insightful parable. One to contemplate in our search to discover who we really are. Of course the scenarios described are all very familiar to us who think and are discerning.

  27. My, my, Miller! As usual trying to divide and create an elite group of BU contributors – the knows and the no-know nots.

    Your compulsion to do so is amusing.

    Wouldn”t it be more productive to simply state one’s opinion or share one’s knowledge without seeking to place some above others as you ALWAYS do?

    Railing against elites and creating elites at the same time!

    Still snobbery!

  28. “that’s why i laugh at the black face TRAITORS frauds thieves and liars in the parliament…they have no shame…they allow a bunch of halfassed nobody descendants of the slave patrol originally descended from deportees from UK to steal from the descendants of captives….and fly by night foreign thieves to do as they like…”

    On reading this I took a read of our national anthem. That is not what it says.

  29. Re Groslyn’s post- this is why I say that we could do a whole lot better despite the white man’s plan. He is now using our own flaws against us.

    We cannot force the white man to change but we can change ourselves. The white man is looking out for his own interest. It is up to us to look out for ours.

    If our flaws are an integral part of his plan, then would not correcting those flaws disrupt his plan?

  30. angela coxJune 19, 2021 5:22 AM
    “oh yuh forget govt debt profile ..Triples in two and half years”
    Your appreciation for debt and its level of importance has to be one of the great ‘about turns’ on BU. It never concerned you prior to May 2018. Glad to see you are learning.

  31. Re our National Anthem- it speaks of “we” as though there is a collective “we”. There is not. There is a black “we” and a white “we”.

    The Lord has not been all the people’s guide for past three hundred years. Actually, the devil has been some people’s guide for most of that.

    Speaking in Christian terminology as is used in the anthem, of course.

    Time to change the lyrics!

  32. @No
    In second half of a soccer game, the team change ends and try to score in the goal they once occupied. I used to think it was cricket, but soccer may just be as good a description.
    Have a great day, all.

  33. NorthernObserverJune 19, 2021 12:24 PM

    angela coxJune 19, 2021 5:22 AM
    “oh yuh forget govt debt profile ..Triples in two and half years”
    Your appreciation for debt and its level of importance has to be one of the great ‘about turns’ on BU. It never concerned you prior to May 2018. Glad to see you are learning


    Oh yeah
    But don’t forget that govt debt levels was part in parcel to mitigating global circumstances similar to what is occuring
    Also don’t forget that govt stubbornness not to go cup in hand for large handouts also made cause for govt relying on tax revenue to help pay debt and sustain local economy at a level which should have been bearable
    Now fast forward we have a new govt who hooted and hollered about all of the above
    Made promises to correct
    Goes cup in hand to the IMF
    Having 1.3 billion in reserves but the growth and economic needle stays the same
    So what !
    Should not some one remind govt of what they promised but as yet to deliver

  34. David

    You are indeed an unrepentant dominionist.

    You must come to know and practice Ma”at.

    For in Ma’at you’ll come know the rightness of the path of The Pachamama.

    • @Pacha

      Does it matter the flavour of belief systems?Undergirding all of them has to be a value system cultured from what again?

  35. @ Donna June 19, 2021 12:07 PM

    That was not my intent.

    But isn’t that similar to what you (sans your ‘elite’ son) do by making out white people, especially, the British to be the cause of the black man ‘s predicament?

    How else would black Bajan people know about the Jewish god and Jesus without the ‘English’ guidance?

    But if you do interpret the message about Pachamama’s warnings as “elitist” then we are genuinely sorry.

  36. The Miller

    Pay no attention to Vincent Codringtion.

    He got here and argued that nobody knew about Sars-like Corona viruses so therefore on economy the administration was to be given a pass. When we knew about these for more than 20 years.

  37. David
    Believing is your problem. We don’t believing in believing. Only people who know not are required to believe.

    • @Pacha

      You have to believe in something. If you don’t how do you anchor your being in this temporal space?

      The blogmaster is always willing to learn, knowledge sources can be found in many places.

  38. My son is a well brought up young man who has the confidence to be himself. He is different in that he has confidence, not that he has talent/ a form of intelligence. ALL PEOPLE DO!
    Furthermore he has the GOOD FORTUNE to have a mother who does not wish to turn him into a doctor or a lawyer to continue the stupid elitest shite. If all young people were so lucky, they would surely come into their own.

    As for the rest of your religious gobbledegook, you are idiotic, as usual. I am completely open to African religious thought. I simply stumbled upon the other kind first. And even then I challenged its superiority over African religious thought – openly on stage in front of the “big wigs” to loud applause. But Christianity is not even European in origin, is it?

    P.S. I did not say it was your intention. I said it is a compulsion. I have noticed those phrases from you for some time.

    ” Few would appreciate” and other such phrases, instead of simply saying you agree with his position and expanding on your view.

  39. “You have to believe in something. If you don’t how do you anchor your being in this temporal space?

    The blogmaster is always willing to learn, knowledge sources can be found in many places.”

    re: religious philosophies

    where your mind goes.. your energy goes

    which means you direct the energies of above, below, around and inside you to where you want them to go

    When Christians say Jesus is the Son of God

    look at Jesus as your brother

    God said “I Am”

    but when you call “I Am”

    you are calling the God that inside you

  40. David

    Not a believer in anything, anyone. Always seek to know.

    You seem to have been so utterly indoctrinated on the basis of belief systems that you can’t imagine a world where they are absence.

    • @Pacha

      You have to have beliefs, it cannot be not be nothing. Where does ones purpose in life come?

  41. @ Donna June 19, 2021 2:14 PM

    From what you have described of your son he is not just a ‘run-of-the-mill’ boy.

    He is endowed with certain ‘inherent skills’ worthy of his parental adulation and the necessary guidance for him to make a positive contribution to his generation and the wider community.

    You are the one who accused me of being “elitist”.

    But who can be more elitist than a person who rejects GP 11 call for a referendum on that major decision of going “Republic” (without the people’s express consent)?

    And GP11 has the intellectual right (and wisdom) to call you out on it by calling your bluff.

    Doesn’t the very essence of being a republic lie where the People are the ‘dictators’ of their model of governance and future and not some ‘elitist’ political cabal with their narrow partisan interests?

    How do you square that with your assertion that the National (People’s) anthem is in need of a serious makeover?

  42. “Not a believer in anything, anyone. Always seek to know.”

    Is not Pachamama a belief system in itself

    Mother Nature as the Mother of Earth or the Mother of the Universe

    or am I taking your moniker as too literal representation of you

  43. @ac
    Promises? You mean those Manifestos, fool’s gold. Or the sh!!te they all talk on election platforms, and forget the day after the election is over.
    “mitigating global circumstances similar to what is occuring…Also don’t forget that govt stubbornness not to go cup in hand for large handouts”
    Loans are not handouts, those are called grants, though some seem to think they are called “concessionary financing”.
    On one hand you are vexed Barbados went to the IMF, but on the other, you seem to think the same Barbados can do whatever they feel like with IMF money? It doan wuk so. Stubbornness has its costs, especially when you raid the local cash reserves (home grown financing)

  44. @TheO
    There is ONE BARBADOS. A single continuing entity. Each administration inherits the decisions of those who preceded them. There is ONE NET. One score. More like your football, they may have an offense and defence unit, but they are only scoring at one end. The defence may intercept or tackle for a loss, but the offence keeps the ball for 5 years. It’s a unique game?

  45. The dual appointments ensure the smooth running of government business. I suspect they are also ISO-compliant.

    Once again, much ado about nothing, to quote Shakespeare! The hostile, unpatriotic opposition on BU should finally recognise the great achievements of our government over the past three years. The silent majority of the population is rock solid on the side of Mia Mottley. If the opposition wins a single seat in the next general election, it will most likely be the result of electoral fraud.

  46. @ Miller
    I am seriously confused by why we should want a referendum on whether we should become a republic. We have been promised this by Arthur, Stuart and Mottley.
    Mottley was bold enough to make the correct call and I hope she does not back down. It’s a natural progression of our national freedom and independence. It will remove the insult of calling some slavery enriched white foreigner woman our head of state.
    I therefore support our Prime Minister on her intentions to move our nation to republic status.
    We should not be embarrassing ourselves by seeking to ask ourselves if we want to get rid of a monarchy that that in 2021 cannot even bring itself to accept a black woman in its family.
    I hope no school child ever has to stand up in the hot sun along Bay Street, waving a racist flag and seeing some white inheritor of money derived from
    the enslavement of his/ her forefathers, wave some white glove in their faces.
    Even back then I thought the criminal was giving us the finger!
    Go on to Republic status Prime Minister!

  47. @ William Skinner June 20, 2021 6:25 AM

    I am sincerely pleased to read that another contributor is moving to the right side. Of course, we need the change to a republic so that the new constitution will cement the presidential rule of our beloved Supreme Leader for her lifetime.

  48. The white woman gone
    But when will good ole Barbados rid itself of the white shadows that control the public purse
    One set of white thieves replaced with another set of white thieves Barbados can’t win

  49. @ William Skinner June 20, 2021 6:25 AM

    William, I am Not against going republic. It is a natural progression for ex-colonized countries.

    Expect Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to follow suit as the present Queen passes on and the British monarchy becomes more and more irrelevant.

    What is being questioned is why there must be a referendum on the full decriminalization of cannabis and not on going republic.

    Why not use the same 30-0 mandate to stop the criminalization of young people mainly from socially and economically depressed areas for using a chemically-refined version of a plant imported mainly by those with the right political connections and willing to bribe law enforcement officials?

    Can’t the same plant be grown locally to save the massive leakage of forex and reduce the opportunities to facilitate the distribution of other deadly contraband like firearms?

    Which is more important to the lives of ordinary Bajans?

    The recreational use of a god-given plant or the future model of governance of an entire nation?

    Is it because there is no money to be made underground if every thing is brought aboveground and no ‘secret’ campaign financing and garrison-type electoral support to look forward to?

  50. @ ac
    Please don’t mix up the issue. It won’t work. The white shadows are there nearly 60 years after we became independent.
    This is not a B or D thing. I know the lift that we got emotionally from getting our own flag and national anthem. BTW , I have listened to hundreds of national anthems and our anthem reflects the sentiment of the vast majority of Barbadians.
    Our major failing of independence was our collective ineffectiveness in educating our citizens about the true meaning of independence. We refused to put it in a historical rather than political context. It’s a failure that we are yet to correct.
    @ Miller
    I see the failure to legalize marijuana as a big foot move to protect a lazy plantocracy that we are afraid to confront. The plantocracy abandoned agriculture and then the workers had to underwrite what was and remains of it. The white owners of the land were not interested in developing agriculture.
    They are now being given another big pay day by this administration because foreigners are going to be buying up the estates for marijuana production. When the marijuana by products hit the pharmacies and supermarkets, we will be buying them just like we ended up buying chocolates and refined sugar after producing a high quality sugar. It’s neicolonialism at the expense of the black masses once again.
    Marijuana should be an easily produced crop for all Barbadians who want to both use it and invest in it as a cash crop.
    I agree with the Rastafarian community one hundred percent.
    It’s a known fact that Mottley canvassed the Rastafarians and made promises to them that she is refusing to or cannot keep. And it is now , for her, a major headache , in more ways than one.

  51. @ Tron
    Good morning. Occasionally I find something to support and I do. One of the advantages of not having a “ supreme leader” who is never wrong.
    But if I made your day , I am delighted to have so done, Comrade.

  52. “It will remove the insult of calling some slavery enriched white foreigner woman our head of state.”

    you make a good point albeit a bit of an understatement

    I will start to preach and teach to reach the flock of sheep in my pasture for I AM the pastor who runs things for the Sweet Sunday Sermon Gospel Music Show bringing you all some smiling sunshine from above

    you need to get deep and look into Revelation 17 of your Bible to release the chains as babylon use their brains and it’s a crying shame to see black brothers and sisters blood running down the drain they think it’s a game and it’s always the same th pain and glory only leads to another dance story you can hear it on the radio station around the nation in this dispensation what a dreadful situation

    Whore of

    Babylon the Great, commonly known as the Whore of Babylon, refers to both a symbolic female figure and place of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Her full title is stated in Revelation 17 as Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth

  53. William SkinnerJune 20, 2021 7:23 AM

    @ ac
    Please don’t mix up the issue. It won’t work

    All I am saying if we take down one blood sucker.
    Let’s take down all
    Govts have allowed these bloodsuckers of 60 years and going to carve out what is in their own interest from the golden calf while 99 percent suffers
    So with the white woman gone the other one percent goes about their dirty business as usual
    Not having it
    One goes all goes

  54. Rastas are chilling like Dylan
    Puffing a blunt like Cypress Hill
    Listening to Warning by Desi Roots
    Picket up their Rocket Launcher
    like the Ganja Farmer Marlon Asher

    Once the Politicians decriminalise the plant God gave for the use of man for spiritual medical physical psychological betterment
    if they try to stop Rasta’s using their Holy sacrament then there will be a war declared my the militant rastas in Jah Army
    if they continue to burn down our collie fields we will burn down their cane fields

  55. Yes and all the doubles and triples in an economy that is now 25% smaller than it was in 2020. I smell the words ” large deficit ” looming in the air. Instead of contracting the cost of government we are expanding it in a time of greatly reduce taxation income.

  56. “Instead of contracting the cost of government…”
    How unpatriotic can you be? The onliest contracts bout here, are contracts like FS and WO. Cut what? Public expenditures? If you don’t feed the politically faithful, they will cross the floor. And the public service is the backbone of the community. There is nothing to cut, all expenditures are at bare minimums now. Based on the productivity, I think all departments and NGO’s should increase staff by 25%. I think the Ministers should be doubled to 52, and the constitution changed to allow for an unlimited number of unelected appointees to the Ministerial ranks. Maybe in a republic we could have two bodies, the symbolically elected Ministers, and the unelected Ministers. All of course with a generous, unfunded pension scheme to be drawn from the Consolidated fund. Close down de shop and get a guvment job!!!

  57. @ Northern

    I tell you already stop smoking that that ” vegetable matter ” so early pun a Sunday, that not for old people like us! LOL

  58. Plus if I looking for a government pick I going read the AG report and apply to the one that got the most tiefing!🤣

  59. @NorthernObserverJune 20, 2021 10:37 AM

    It is good to know that more and more commentators are campaigning for government jobs on BU.

    The change to the presidential system creates thousands of new jobs: firstly in the construction of the presidential palace and secondly in the presidential offices, which ideally replicate our numerous ministries.

    Time to fire up the printing press!

  60. Company director’s matter transferred
    GODDARD ENTERPRISES LTD DIRECTOR Christopher Glen Rogers made his first appearance before the High Court yesterday.
    However, he was not arraigned and his matter was transferred to another court.
    His co-accused Walter O’Neal Prescod was absent.
    Rogers, of York Road, Navy Gardens, Christ Church, and Prescod, a sailor, of Emerald Park East, St Philip, have been committed to stand trial in connection with a find of 267.4 pounds of cannabis on July 23, 2018.
    Yesterday, Rogers appeared in the No. 2 Supreme Court. He was represented by Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim and attorney Kamisha Benjamin, while Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard QC and Danielle Mottley appeared for the Crown.
    Justice Randall Worrell transferred the matter to the No. 4 Supreme Court and adjourned it without setting a date.

    Source: Nation

    By Barry Alleyne
    One of the old guard of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is encouraging members who lost during the last election in 2018 to re-engage with the party and start making contributions that could bring it back to prominence.
    Former Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe believes many of the elder statesmen of the party have been silent for too long and have an important part to play as the next election looms in less than two years.
    “Those veteran members of the Democratic Labour Party have a significant role to play in the resurgence of the party. I would like to see a lot more of them, the ones who haven’t publicly said they are done with politics, to make their presence felt,” he told the Sunday Sun in a wide-ranging exclusive interview recently.
    Lowe is the lone Cabinet member of the DLP, which was re-elected in 2013, to put his hat back in the ring to officially contest the next general election, constitutionally due in 2023.
    Perceived corruption
    The former Christ Church East MP said the current Barbados Labour Party administration had won the election by the 30-0 landslide by planting a seed of perceived corruption and maleficence into the consciousness of the Barbadian public back in 2018 and it had worked.
    According to Lowe, however, no evidence of wrongdoing has been presented in the country’s judicial system based on any action of former DLP officials and that’s why the vanquished need to step up to the plate and assist new president Verla De Peiza, the woman chosen to bring the party out of the doldrums.
    Bought into propaganda
    “There would have to be a reason why a number of us did not get deeply involved in the party after the election. There was a view that we should not be allowed to participate because a lot of people bought into the propaganda of the Government that there was this massive corruption among the last ministers. Now, that has not proven to be so. The Government has not presented
    any evidence to the claims they made, and which was the mantra of their campaign.
    “The electors were duped. I say that unequivocally,” Lowe said.
    “I think once there is accommodation in the party for those members who participated in the last election, they should be part of the process.”
    Lowe said it is the party’s job to be keeping a positive image in the public domain and to give De Peiza 100 per cent support.
    “The truth is that when no one else stood up to take up the presidency Miss De Peiza did so, whether you like her or not or consider her suitable. The point is she made herself available for the sake of the party and if you observe the journey of the party over the last two years, some stability has been brought to the DLP,” Lowe said.
    He noted that what could not be said is that the president’s political roots were not deep within the party. “By all accounts, she’s done a reasonable job. It would not have been easy to bring back the party from the fall it took. It could not be easy when those who were expected to come forward, including myself, were not there to prove the kind of support and handholding necessary to shepherd the party during that time,” he said.
    Once the rank and file of the party had chosen someone to lead, he had an obligation to support that voted for De Peiza’s opponent, George Pilgrim, during the party’s last presidential election.

    Source: Nation

  62. Another committee

    Government is looking for 10 hostesses to work at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

    Speaking during a recent press conference, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley revealed that she had set up a committee to search for 10 hostesses to welcome persons as they visit Barbados.

    “Rather than somebody hand-pick them where we just do applications, let we do this together, the whole country. And I’m awaiting the subcommittee’s report that has been set up specifically for this, to tell us and advise us on how do we get people,” she said.

    “And it’s as simple… if you feel that you treat anybody in Barbados better than anybody else could treat them come forward, we want you as a hostess.

    “And let me be very clear, there are some people in this country who feel that you can only welcome people if you speak proper English, that isn’t true at all. We need to begin to understand. When I go to the IMF and the World Bank, three quarters of the people there can’t speak proper English, but they know what they’re doing and they’re communicating, and we have to break the chains that have held us in the past by refusing to have people involved in certain activities, simply because we don’t feel that they present well in terms of how they speak English.”

    Mottley expressed that there was a need to have persons with warm and welcoming hearts greet visitors at the airport, because she believed that having people standing up in a line for two hours at an airport would not make them want to visit Barbados regularly.

    She stated that this was the way forward and said that going this route would not only help Barbados gain more repeat visitors but also, hopefully redefine our tourism product.

    Additionally, Mottley believed that it was time for Barbados to have a Director of Hospitality in the Ministry of Tourism and not just in the BTMI.

    “This is about welcoming people and we are going to do this together, as I know we can,” she said.

  63. A great point. When I read it, I did not notice that it stated hostesses.

    I am not going to make this a next rabbit hole, but does the search also betray a thinking that some jobs are for me and some are for women.

    Dead end.

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