The Duopoly: BLP and DLP Must Step Up!

There is the saying he who plays the piper calls the tune. As it pertains to the political sphere, whether abroad or local – players with deep pockets who contribute to political parties expect when said party wins office, political contributions will covert to influence. There is enough evidence in post independence Barbados to agree.

In May of 2018 the electorate gave the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) an unprecedented mandate of 30 to 0. A prevailing opinion leading into that general election was that the level of apathy and cynicism was tailor made for a genuine third party movement to take root.  Unfortunately we had a situation which confirmed suspicions – our best citizens are not motivated to present for public office. To support the point, combatting the duopoly in 2018 were political parties led by Alex Mitchell, Bajan Free Party, Neil Holder, Barbados Integrity Movement, Steve Hunte, Kingdom Government of Barbados, Mark Adamson, People’s Democratic Congress, Grenville Phillips, Solutions Barbados and Lynette Eastmond – see Caribbean Elections  for list of candidates.

It is a fair conclusion to make that a credible so-called third party will not be an option for Barbadians any time soon. The alternative is for quality individuals to infiltrate the Barbados and Democratic Labour parties to act as change agents. Given the entrenched culture of the duopoly some will argue this is a near impossible task but it must be done.

The blogmaster is a keen observer of local politics and it is obvious both political parties have become slaves to a ‘democratic’ system that promises the electorate A but on winning office must reward B the campaign donor. What it means is if neither of the two main political parties when in government implement laws to better regulate campaign donations, nothing will change because every election cycle the duopoly will start with the advantage. Why would the duopoly lead change especially if the citizenry is not overly concerned with ‘boring’ governance issues?

Where do we go from here?

Political students are taught when there is a gap in the expectations of a people stoked by the political directorate, and the inability of said political directorate to deliver on promises made, there is a likelihood this will breed revolution – peaceful or violent based on the triggers. 

Barbados is a country stalled at the crossroads, heavily indebted, crumbling systems and infrastructure, uncomfortable crime level, an educational system not fit for purpose, moribund court system, inefficient garbage and sewage systems, 1970s economic model and a people with diminishing esprit de corps.

Every day the blogmaster listens to the old guard criticizing social media instead of embracing it to co-opt the support of the new guard. Instead we have so-called social media influencers whose ignorance or deliberate misinformation is allowed to go unchallenged. We have immerse ourselves in a culture of divisiveness. We have shown an inability to negotiate and reconcile difficult issues. There was a time a win win solution was the sole objective, now it is win lose.

On this blog we have had robust debate about the merit of a gradualist approach to confronting challenges as a Small Island Developing State. Across the globe – to a lesser degree in Barbados – there is evidence of declining political influence given the level of public protest actions we have been witnessing. It is evident to this blogmaster the citizenry is beginning to adopt public protest action as a means to express dissent instead of the traditional avenues entrenched in our governance system.

We are a country at the crossroads. The level of disharmony in the country does not bode well for a better Barbados. Leadership in the country must find pathways to rebuild trust between the people, private and public sector arms of society.  Rightly or wrongly civil society has ceded leadership responsibility to political parties. From this premise like minded citizens and actors in civil society will have to exert pressure on the local duopoly and others in the political sphere to reinvent by constructively engaging the general public to win back trust.

#apathy

#cynicism

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  • “Barbados is a country stalled at the crossroads, heavily indebted, crumbling systems and infrastructure, uncomfortable crime level, an educational system not fit for purpose, moribund court system, inefficient garbage and sewage systems, 1970s economic model and a people with diminishing esprit de corps.”

    Like many places Barbados has a legacy system full of issues, like USA and UK with it’s racism there are class issues and with it’s capitalism there are rich and poor. If the people concentrated on identifying all of it’s problems and defining what Barbados is and what it wants to become, then a new system of Governance could be designed for it’s needs. I personally think freshness and talent from youth represent it’s biggest potential for the future, secularism is needed in Government and the poor need more help and attention for equalisation. Barbados is a small community talking shop reaching 300,000 which should be a plus not a minus and made into it’s strength where there is more public involvement. It appears that people think the BLP and DLP are two sides of the same coin and the adversarial process is a political circus and spectator sport and they get bored and switch off. Politics as is is more about a career for personal gain than serving public.

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  • Govts trust only would become a reality when govt take it upon itself to implement Transparency as the main directive in responding to the people as well as in its decision making
    Govt cannot after winning election purporting to talk out both sides of the mouth
    Rules laws and guidelines for good governance is already in place govt refusal to use them would remain a stumbling block by which govt would be forced to introduce their own version of laws which places rich against
    poor leading to division amongst the people and hatred of govt policies
    May of 2018 was supposed to be a start of a new beginning for country and people
    Three years later what do all see is a govt scrambling and in a mode for damage control
    Simply because of ignoring the mechanism that guides and control proper guidance for the country
    After a while people would get tired of the politics of playing games on the mind and take matters into their own hands
    Govt must take heed and set an example making change within themselves

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  • Morning Sun

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  • Find Another Reason Why

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  • 555,

    True dat.

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  • Crisis of trust
    “A crisis of trust,” is what we are dealing with in Bim. It is an underlying condition. As long as the system was not too-too challenged, we could get away with not addressing it.
    But if some novel situation occurred, if some unexpected event like a natural disaster struck, the nation’s immune system might not be able to handle it. The structural weaknesses of the nation would be exposed. Well, the system has been challenged, is being challenged. All the economic theory in the world could not predict or account for the challenge of this global COVID 19 situation.
    Many are studying the virus and variants and vaccines, without considering the most important thing, that which a modern democratic society is built on: the voters. Sixty per cent of the populace voted in the last election. Two per cent lower than the previous election. You have to go back to 1986 to see a voter turnout in the 70 per cent area. What does it mean when 40 per cent of the eligible electorate do bother to vote? My guess is that it has something to do with disillusionment and mistrust of the political culture.
    In fact, disillusionment and mistrust may well be what our political culture is built on. I’ve heard it said that Bajans don’t vote in a government, they vote one out. How the game of political musical chairs is seemingly played is that the party out of power runs a sustained campaign to cast doubt on the party in power.
    The party in power eventually loses public favour due to scandal, poor performance, or to arrogance born of some success.
    The job of an opposition party is to sow seeds of doubt and capitalise on the mistakes, missteps and misdeeds of the party in power. When momentum builds, the opposition can soar to power on the wings of disillusionment and distrust, which it helped to spread. Once out of power, the former ruling party now has a turn to sow seeds of doubt. After decades of this cycle, we have become a society where disillusionment, distrust and doubt might as well be national dishes. It is what we’ve sown and what we reap. It is easy to see why this is not a recipe for long-term progress.
    Good reasons
    It doesn’t help that Barbados is a former colony and divide and rule was a major colonial strategy – maybe one which we have learned too well. Nor does it help that we are a majority black African-descended nation. Africans historically have had many good reasons to not trust governments. Politicians get the sideeye in many black societies where the elite has too often been aligned with colonising interests.
    That said, the global perception of corruption index measures how citizens rate their country’s level of corruption. Barbados consistently ranks among the nations with the lowest perception of corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    In 2020 we ranked as the 29th least- perceived-to-be-corrupt country out of 179 countries. When I tell Bajans this, they are often surprised. They usually think that we would not rank as well as we do.
    Despite Barbados’ high ranking when compared with other Caribbean nations, the score still isn’t so good. 64 out of a possible 100 in 2020. Distrust and the perception of corruption are underlying condition that threatens the well-being of the nation. Without a relationship of trust between the government and the people, it will be difficult to govern smoothly in the best of times. In the midst of a crisis, it would have to be a goadie-giving task. The lack of trust and the perception of corruption are the kinds of underlying issues we could ignore for a long time. But like other chronic conditions, there can come a moment when you wish you had taken it more seriously sooner. But it is never too late for a government to prioritise building the foundation of a healthy nation, its cohesiveness and levels of trust. But this is work. Building will take time, transparency, patience, new policies and legislation which are actually acted upon, compassion and careful communication. Trust can’t be forced, coerced, mandated or borrowed.
    Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email: Adriangreen14@gmail.com

    Source: Nation

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  • A topic like this is above your pay grade.

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  • The link between corruption, poverty

    Frequently, discussions about corruption often evoke thoughts about state officials and bureaucrats abusing their authority to enrich themselves.
    While this depiction is sometimes accurate, it is necessary to also understand the correlation between corruption and poverty.
    Indeed, poverty encourages corruption and corruption sustains poverty in return.
    Corrupt actions effectively reinforce marginalisation within the economic and social spheres. Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a strong interconnected relationship between corruption, poverty and inequality since corruption negatively impacts the nation’s economic capacity by discouraging foreign direct investments, restricting trade, and stifling growth. This may impose on the state’s ability to adequately sustain essential goods and services.
    In a global context, countries that are categorised as most corrupt experience substandard social programmes and services. For example, corruption is one of the causes in the health care system in Central Africa that impedes practitioners’ ability to perform with high quality and deliver effective post-partum and newborn care.
    This results in extreme disparities in infant mortality rates, with Central Africa reporting 81 deaths per 1 000 live births in comparison to the global rate of 17 deaths per 1 000 live births.
    Inappropriate channels
    The redirecting of public funds from social and developmental programmes through inappropriate channels towards self-serving ends does not reflect protecting the well-being of the masses. In areas like health care, education and other social services, the misappropriation of funds actively robs poorer children of the experience of an equitable future.
    Recently, the 2020 Auditor General Report revealed that the resources allocated to the Poverty Eradication Fund served as a means to provide financial favours for individuals, which was deemed as incompatible with the mandates of the fund. Therefore, corrupt individuals deliberately or unintentionally compromise the futures of already vulnerable sections of the population. The misallocation of financial resources also plays a deleterious role in national development and incapacitates the Government’s ability to advance social and political programmes that are aimed at alleviating the plights associated with the cost of living. Moreover, the withholding of funds from development initiatives deprives low and unskilled workers from income – generating opportunities.
    For example, the total disbursement of $620 843.01 to the Urban Development Commission and the Rural Development Commission was not used for its intended purpose of constructing and repairing of structures, according to the 2020 Auditor General Report. This act not only affected people who would have been otherwise unable to finance home restorations and improved living conditions but also those pursuing employment opportunities that the construction of these buildings would have facilitated.
    Political discourse
    The most vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected by corruption and its associated ills in the Caribbean. This means that individuals occupying the lower socio-economic strata who depend heavily on subsidised public services and goods like transportation, health, and education are disadvantaged in distinct ways. This reliance is related to their inability to afford such commodities from private sector providers. In addition, marginalised groups are also comparatively more excluded from political discourses and are largely exempt from decision-making processes concerning the distribution and allocation of these resources. Poverty and the afflictions associated with alternative forms of inequality are compounded by corruption, whereby the dominant economic class benefits at the expense of the masses. This ultimately widens the gap between the rich and the poor, perpetuating a socially stratified society.
    Another way in which vulnerable groups are affected by corruption is through their increased susceptibility to bribery and extortion. Those who occupy the space of economic inferiority are sometimes forced to negotiate for access to scarce resources provided by state monopolies in unequal power relation dynamics. In addition, less well-connected persons are preyed upon because they are perceived as lacking financial resources, political connections, and social status to demand fair treatment.
    Their inability to afford certain goods, coupled with unevenly applied fines and requests for bribes, is instrumental in worsening the economic conditions of the poor.
    Corruption is farreaching and can affect the way people perceive governments.
    It can impact on public trust and support and call into question the legitimacy of political leadership and the motives of political decisions. Moreover, circumstances which create unfair situations for this group are often overlooked owing to inadequate financial resources to obtain justice. However, if reprehensible acts persist undetected and unhindered, they facilitate a culture of impunity. Therefore, unless oversight mechanisms are implemented and appropriate penalties are levied against perpetrators, institutions tasked with upholding fairness may be affected, thereby further distorting justice for socially excluded groups.
    Inefficiencies in the criminal justice system manifest in the form of delays in preparation of cases, poor recordings of criminal matters, and a resultant backlog.
    It is essential that these shortcomings are contained especially within the judicial system because the very frameworks trusted to guarantee justice and accountability are threatened.
    Not only does corruption hurt economic development on the macro-level but the pain is felt most by poorer individuals, who are least able to bear it.

    This article was submitted by the Integrity Group Of Barbados.

    Source: Nation

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  • Well said David

    Just observing

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  • Seun Kuti – Rise (From Africa With
    Fury: Rise)

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  • This Global Citizen concert has been live for nearly 24 hours. in Paris…it’s good entertainment with a human right to a clean planet theme….

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  • Oh dear me! I swear our brains are connected, Adrian’s and mine.

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  • Why would you expect either the D’s or the B’s to provide a solution when they are the problem?

    Step up to what?

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  • BARBADOS IS NOT THE ONLY NATION THAT HAS LOST ITS WAY AND IS IN DECLINE IN NEARLY EVERY PARAMETER – EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE POCKETS OF BRILLIANCE AND COMPETENCE HERE AND THERE WITHIN “”THE REMNANT””.

    THE SIMULTANEOUS DECLINE OF ALL THE NATIONS (AND THE GREATER THEY ARE THE MORE THEIR DECLINE IS VISIBLE) IS VERY OBVIOUS, BUT IS TO BE EXPECTED.

    WE ARE LIVING IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE PERIOD REFERRED IN THE BIBLE AS “THE LAST DAYS””, AND THE UNIVERSAL OR COSMIC CHAOS IS PREPARITORY FOR THE FORMATION OF THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT PREDICTED IN THE TEN TOES OF THE IMAGE IN DANIEL 2 &7 TO BE LED BY THE ANTICHRIST, WHO WILL SEEM COMPETENT TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD WHEN HE IS REVEALED.

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  • Reading suggestion
    @7:18👍👍
    Wow!
    Great post. Adrian went a notch above his usual posting. Not a fan, but definitely worth keeping on the reading list.

    @7:19👍👍
    I believe this is the first article thAt I have seen by the Integrity Group of Barbados. They have set their bar very high. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain this standard of excellence. Looking forward to reading more of their posts.

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  • “7 TO BE LED BY THE ANTICHRIST”

    You call everyone who opposes you the antichrist
    and you have also compared Trump to a King ordained by G O D

    this cannot shall not and will not be refuted
    it is non sense and non reason

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  • @ David BU

    Where has the present Leadership fallen down? What precisely do you mean by Leadership? You were one of those bloggers that wanted a period of chaos to awaken Barbadians from their slumber. We have had at least three external shocks. The current Administration is doing its best to stabilize the situation. What is it you expect from them? Do you see any other administration in this world doing any better? Why are you contributing unnecessarily to the tension in the society? You may ignore the last question. It is rhetorical ,if not provocative. Lol!! Wuh !! Loss!!!.

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  • @ David BU
    Why should there be a correlation between Poverty and Corruption ? I see none. The few anecdotes appearing over the last four decades indicate that there is a correlation between the rich and corruption.

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  • For those of you who wander why Barbados has become a wasteland for Barbados majority black population, I implore you to read Vincent Codrington’s above contribution @ 10.50am. There is an instrument which Pachamama has referenced from time to time. Perhaps it should be dusted down and brought back into commission. We in Barbados have a great need for it; as it would help us save plenty of money. LOL!!

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  • TLSN

    Thanks for the endorsement. I noticed that the metaphorical and literal guillotine was not too effective in removing ignorance.

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  • @Vincent

    Volumes of scholarly articles have been written to explain how corruption destabilizes a society by redirecting scarce resources that ultimately will have greater impact on the poor. You must be joking?

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  • David
    Whose paid grade? LOL
    Did not know bloggers were paid.

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  • @Pacha

    Blogmaster’s creative license.

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  • David
    You are being pilloried from all sides

    On the one side the writer suggests absolute loyalty to the regime.

    On the other there are those suggesting there should be no disruption of the status quo.

    Woe unto King David!!!##

    LOL.

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  • RE Volumes of scholarly articles have been written to explain how corruption destabilizes a society by redirecting scarce resources that ultimately will have greater impact on the poor.

    THIS IDEATION IS EXACTLY THE THESIS AND PROMINENT MESSAGE PRESENTED IN THE BIBLE BOOK OF AMOS.
    THE ASSOCIATION OF CORRUPTION AND POVERTY IS NOTHING NEW . IT HAS BEEN PRESENT IN ALL “”CIVILIZATIONS”” FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL….

    RE The few anecdotes appearing over the last four decades indicate that there is a correlation between the rich and corruption.

    ALSO TRUE. BUT NOTE THAT FROM BIBLE TIMES IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CORRUPT RICH WHO CAUSE POVERTY

    THE ANTI- CORRUPT POOR ARE USUALLY IMPRISONED OR REMOVED FROM PLACES OF INFLUENCE . INCLUDING VIA MURDER.

    SUCH FOLK ARE ALWAYS TOOLS OR SLAVES OF THOSE WHOSE CORRUPTION AND ABOMINABLE SELFISHNESS LEADS TO POVERTY

    THE ANTI- YCORRUPT POOR ARE USUALLY UNABLE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF POVERTY FOR ANY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME …….IF AT ALL, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO SO.

    CORRUPTION IS USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE RICH
    NOTE ALSO THAT THE RICH WHO SEEK TO HELP, OR DO ACTUALLY HELP THE POOR ARE SLANDERED, ABUSED, HATED AND DISCOURAGED AND REJECTED.

    THERE HAS BEEN A MOST GLARING EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY RECENTLY

    AND THIS CAN NOT BE REFUTED

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu at 11 :31 am

    Thanks for the clarification in the referenced intervention. The direction of causation was not too clear either in the primary upload nor the subsequent submissions. You have now settled on the notion that corruption destabilizes a society. Of course it does.
    The original post seemed to have suggested that poverty lures citizens into corruption.My thesis is that greed whether of the poor or the rich is the primary driver of corruption. And some persons are just wicked by nature. They are opportunistic in exploiting chaotic events for personal enrichment.
    This is not a judgement of the current situation. We will have to await the evidence as it comes to light.

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  • @ David

    I got to disagree with you here. I am of the view that corruption exists when all checks and balances fail. In our case this island is ripe for corruption and this is why.

    We have a 30 to 0 government who can change any law at the stroke of a pen basically. We have no opposition and a piss poor 4th estate whose one member who asked direct questions is now silenced.

    If you can find a more perfect environment for crap to happen then share it with me. Basically all checks and balances have been decimated as of today and I believe the BS has only now started.

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  • Oh dear me! I gleefully voted for GP’s post and then I espied the hidden Donald Trump nonsense.

    I should have known better.

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  • Greed amidst abject poverty? The starving are attempting to eat.

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  • Vincent,

    What we are saying is that our leaders cannot do better in this particular situation because past untrustworthiness has damaged their credibility, resulting in distrust and therefore lack of co-operation from the people.

    Other governments are faring no better because they too have been untrustworthy.

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  • The articles are consistent to what some of us have said on here for YEARS….but there comes a time when RADICAL ACTION is required to show the CORRUPT…. and their parliament ENABLERS that IT IS OVER…

    either that or face your children, grands and great grands and TELL THEM WHY YOU DID NOTHING ABOUT IT…..mine already know where I stand and know their roles going forward…

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  • The blog article once again gives the completely wrong impression that DLP and BLP are mutually interchangeable. That is completely wrong. The fact is that the DLP brought great economic calamity on Barbados with its completely hasty declaration of independence. In contrast, during the BLP’s years in power, our island prospered economically.

    As for the current Corona crisis, it is not our honourable ministers who are to blame for the Delta disaster, but the opposition and the parts of the population who do not want to be vaccinated, thus dragging the whole country and the economy into the abyss.

    It is time to bring out the big guns and take tough action against those who oppose vaccination, including union leaders, lawyers and politicians of the opposition.

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  • @ Tron

    The truth is all countries at this stage of the epidemic are faced with the same challenge.

    How do they get the anti vaxers and the hesitant to step up to the plate and be vaxed? Thing is without them we will not get the 80% we are targeting. I see the govemrent have even been trying mobile units to reach them. So the question is suppose we cap out at a vaxx rate of only 55% what will that mean in the fight against Covid in Bim? Besides having to throw away nuff dam vaccines that will expiry of course.

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  • The challenge do the pandemic has exposed the dysfunction of our system, relationship between citizens, government and others.

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  • @ David

    Yes that and all the dam disinformation that has been sent out there by some that should know better like that clown Trump and some here as well.

    I mean if even in Bim the facts show those dying have not been vaxxed, what more convincing wunna want?

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  • re It is time to bring out the big guns and take tough action against those who oppose vaccination, including union leaders, lawyers and politicians of the opposition.
    BE PATIENT CHILD
    THAT SOON THAT WILL HAPPEN AS WE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE IN PREPARARATION FOR THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT OF THE ANTICHRIST, WHEN THOSE WHO REFUSE TO TAKE HIS MARK WILL BE ERADICATED.

    SO ESSENTIALLY LET US STEP UP ON OUR PRACTICE RUNS JUST AS BIDEN IS TRYING VERY HARD TO DO FERVENTLY AND FEVEROUSLY IN THE NOW FAILING, FLAILING UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    I PREDICTED CORECTLY IN 2016 THAT IN THE SAME WAY THAT JUDAH IMPLODED WHEN JOSIAH WAS REMOVED BY DEATH SO TOO WOULD THE USA EMPIRE SIMILARLY IMPLODE AFTER JEHU’S TERM OF OFFICE WAS DONE REGARDLESS TO ITS LENGTH. WE SEE THAT MY PREDICTION HAS PROVEN TO BE TRUE EXCEPT THAT WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS MORE OF AN EXPLOSION THAN AN IMPOSION —AND ALL THE INSTITUTIONS ARE FALLING A PART…STARTING WITH THE ROLE OF THE SCOTUS TO EFFECT ITS PART IN THE CHECKS AND BALANCES AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

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  • @John A September 26, 2021 2:45 PM

    The ultimate vaccination rate achieved indexes a country’s standing on the scale of human civilisation. Highly civilised countries such as those like China, UK, Spain, Portugal and Scandinavia have a high vaccination rate, failed countries, so-called shitholes, like the southern states in the US, Jamaica and other third world countries have a low rate.

    If we do not vaccinate at least 2/3 of the population, our tourism industry will be permanently damaged badly because the fully vaccinated tourists will move to other countries in the region where they will not be discriminated against by quarantine Taliban on entry. Our unemployment rate could then be a true 30-40 per cent permanently.

    I really don’t understand why our government doesn’t make vaccination compulsory for civil servants. That’s what Biden did. If we screw up the winter season by giving far too much consideration to the mentally backward vaccination opponents, we will have a major disaster on our hands.

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  • Two more gone!

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  • @ Tron

    Yes the next few weeks infection and vaxx rate will be a major factor for our winter season for sure. Plus now with the Amber designation removed from October 4th you either red or green and if red you goose cook.

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  • Why does this illiterate georgie porgie continue so fervently with the proven biblical lies of the White people. Lies constructed specifically to destroy Afrikan peoples. The very lies which have him hating self and anything Afrikan.

    In all his years here he has never once converted a single soul. Made any positive impression on anyone.

    But like the fictitious builder of ark he is yet to see that that dog wont hunt.

    Why dont you keep your stinking religion as a private matter and stop polluting the blog wid shiiite. Similar to your criminal missionaries for hundreds of years.

    Tell you fictitious god to feck off.

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  • RE Yes that and all the dam disinformation that has been sent out there by some that should know better like that clown Trump and some here as well.

    IT WAS NOT TRUMP BUT THE CDC AND FALSY AND WHO AND THOSE OF THEIR ILK WHO STARTED AND HAVE SPEWED THE DIS INFORMATION AND CREATED THE COSMIC CHAOS AND CONFUSION AS THEY SOUGHT TO WRESTLE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH FROM THOSE TRAINED TO HANDLE SUCH AND WHO WERE WORKING AT THE SOLUTIONS BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO PUT LOTS OF MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, WHO HAVE BROUGHT SO CALLED VACCINATIONS TO THE MARKET HAVING RAMPANTLY AND RANDOMLLY RELINQIUISHED ALL PREVIOUS PROTOCOLS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF PROPER PHARMACEUTICALS TO POPULACES.

    MEDICAL ILLITERATES SHOULD GO TO THEIR LIKKLE CORNERS AND STAY THERE WITH THEIR TAILS BETWEEN THEIR LEGS AND STOP SPEWEING BOVINE EXCREMENT REPEATEDLY.

    TRUMP ENDORSED THE CHEAP, WELL KNOWN WELL, TRUSTED MEDICATION WHOSE MECHANISM OF ACTION IN THE TREATMENT OF CORONOVIRUSES WAS KNOWN TO PHYSICIANS UNIVERSALLY. FOR DECADES

    WHY DO YOU THINK MR DUMMY THAT PHYSICIANS ALL OVER BEGAN TREATING THE VIRUS WITH HDROXYCHLOOROQUINONE INNITIALLY? ….AND DID SO LONG BEFORE TRUMP ENDORSED IT

    CAN YOU GIVE ME A GOOD EXPLANATION WHY THOSE WHO SHOULD HAVE DONE SO, DID NOT DO THE CORRECT THING
    I DID NOT GIVE THIS OUT AS AN INVITATION FOR EFFLUXING FROM YOUR SHELVES OF HOUSTON.

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  • Teaching without words

    As a refutation to the man tripping his nuts off on his bible misinterpretations

    Trump was a cunt and all his supporters were even bigger cunts and cunt enablers

    I rest my case

    Those who claim to be righteous do not know how wrong they are

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  • PACHAMAMA SATAN’S SON

    YEAH MAN I HATE ANYTHING AFRICAN YUH RIGHT FUH TRUTE YA IDIOT

    BUT WHY I DO I SPEND SO MUCH TIME LISTENING TO BLACL AFRICANS SING

    WHY I DO I SPEND SO MUCH TIME SENDING MONEY AND BEGGING FOR MONEY TO BUY GOATS AND SEEDS AND FERTILISER FOR A PROGRAM THAT THE LORD ENABLED ME TO LAUNCH IN KENYA TO BENEFIT WIDOWS IN SOUTH KENYAN.WHY? I AM SURE THAT YOUR DADDY, SATAN DOES NOT LIKE THAT

    LET ME THEREFORE KEEP ON HATING AFRICANS AS I DO DEAR DUMMY
    OH BY THE WAY, I HAVE A PROJECT ALSO IN ZAMBIA

    MAN YOU ARE A SLANDERER JUST LIKE YOUR DADDY SATAN

    I HEY LARFING AT YOUR RUBBISH

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  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is footing a BDS$41.7 million bill for its overseas missions for the financial year 2021-2022.

    That amount covers goods and services ($17.7 million) and the rest ($24 million) is for salaries, National Insurance Scheme contributions, personal emoluments, representation and personal allowances for 11 embassies, two High Commissions, three Consulate-Generals and two Permanent Missions – one to the United Nations and the other to the United Nations at Geneva.

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  • There are various reasons people supported Trump. Some actually believed his policies would benefit black people. I personally, think they were wrong, wrong, wrong.

    But…these so-called enlightened ones love to put people in boxes. If they were really smart, they would know that human beings are complex creatures.

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  • THE BIAS ON BU IS SO RAMPANT THAT A MAN CAN SLANDER ME AT WILL AND I CANT SIT BACK AND MOCK HIM BY TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT HE AND HIS PEDIGREE
    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE USA TODAY

    ALL SORTS OF SILLY MUSIC IS PRESENTED HERE ALL DAY I EVERY DAY BUT I CANT PUT UP A MUSIC VIDEO OF A FIVE CHOIR FESTIVAL THAT I LISTENED TO EVEN TODAY, AND A FIVE CHOIR FESTIVAL WHICH WAS COMMON IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN BARBADOS WHEN I WAS A TEEN

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  • There are various reasons people supported Trump. INDEED
    AND VARIOUS PEOPLE CONSPIRED TO ENGAGE IN FRAUD AND TREASON TO ELIMINATE HIM AS THEY DID TO NETANAYAHU

    Some actually believed his policies would benefit black people. I personally, think they were wrong, wrong, wrong.
    QUAE CUM ITA SINT BUT IT IS OBVIOUS AND WELL KNOWN THAT BIDEN IS DEFINITELY NOT ANYTHING FOR BLACK PEOPLE UH LIE?

    But…these so-called enlightened ones love to put people in boxes. If they were really smart, they would know that human beings are complex creatures.

    YIAH ” ENLIGHTENED”, “NOT REAALY SMART” FOLK ENGAGE IN CLASSIFICATION AND WE ARE HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTY IN PUTTING BIDEN INTO ANY BOX THAT WE CAN POLITETLY DEFINE

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  • I DONT CARE REALLY ABOUT THIS POLITICS THING
    STOPPED WATCHING TV ………TOO MANY BLACK AFRICAN CHOIRS TO WATCH AND LISTEN

    STOPPED READING MOST OF THE ARTICLES THAT COME TO MY INBOX…TOOO BUSY WITH MY WORK IN AFRICA

    IN FACT ALL ANTIBIDEN ARTICLES THAT COME SAY THIS IS AN UNSAFE SITE
    FOR MY WORK AND FUN MY COMPUTERS ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO RISK

    BUT WE ARE CLEARLY ON THE WAY TO THE RAPTURE PRECEEDING THE RISE OF ANTICHRIST AS CLEARLY TAUGHT IN 2 THESSALONIANS 2

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  • I meant the so-called enlightened ones on BU, particularly the royal wee wee.

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  • So this is what it will be, hijacking yet another blog?

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  • Georgie Porgie is a christian idiot. He has waxed how ignorant Black Americans are. Sought to justify all types of racist killings of Afrikan Americans. Has never made any negative remark about White people, even a recent White devil.

    Now, acting like a true missionary, the brags about raising money to buy goats for people in Kenya. What a White cunt is georgie porgie.

    The peoples of Kenya have been enslaved to Western aide inspite of vast resources stolen by christians. Aide necessary after Christian wars over two thousand years. In truth and in fact christian charity does not cut it. For the net outflows from Kenya and Afrika annually have been multiples of all the inflows. Ask your stinking god to return all which has been stolen in his stinking name. For example, close down the museums and return the contents, etc.

    So when you participate in this carnage as a christian missionary you are merely continuing the work of your criminal god.

    What Afrikan peoples need everywhere is freedom from all foreign dirty religions and your White man’s heel on our necks.

    Afrika gave a God consciousness to the world. Long before there where anybody called Europeans. This virtue signaling with charity cannot work with us as we reserve the right to kill christian missionaries as if at war. Because they have declared their christianizing war on us.

    Christianity was always been a fiction designed for evil, it was borrowed from Afrika spiritual traditions. So instead of giving goats you could show Afrikanity by returning this stolen and basterdized item to its source and beg for forgivingness. Of course, only death awaits criminal christians soldiers.

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  • @Pacha

    You are contributing ng as well to a circular debate, one that there will be no winner? The politicians know the citizens well, we are unable to focus.

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  • I mean if even in Bim the facts show those dying have not been vaxxed, what more convincing wunna want?
    ###############

    Do the maths and stop scaremongering. According to the official covid statistics, as of today, there have been 7576 positive covid cases in Barbados and 67 deaths. That means that if all the cases and deaths were among the unvaccinated, which they weren’t, 99.2% of the unvaccinated who tested positive for Covid did not die.

    If we look at the isloation report from 7 September (https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/covid-19-isolation-vaccination-report/) we find that of the unvaccinated 7% are in primary or secondary isolation while for the fully vaccinated 5% are in primary or secondary isolation.

    Instead of joining in with the fascist demonisation of people who make a choice not to be vaccinated with the current covid vaccines, why not call on the government to stop putting all its eggs in the so-called vaccine basket and develop a targeted strategy to protect those at high risk of severe covid and death from the disease which gives people different choices rather than beating them over the head to take the vaccine? Why not offer those at high risk the option of taking ivermectin if they don’t want the vaccine?

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  • VINCENT
    I LEFT THE ANGLICAN CHURCH 53 YEARS AGO AT AGE 16, BUT I HAVE CARRIED ALL THE PRINCIPAL I LEARNED AS A CHORISTER AT CH CH PARISH CH, WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES IN BARBADOS

    I DONT TAKE ANY VISITOR OF MINE TO BARBADOS AROUND THE ISLAND WITHOUT STOPING AT CH CH FOR THEM TO SEE THE CHANCEL THERE AND THE STAINED GLASS WINDOW OF THE ASCENSION ABOVE THE ALTAR..

    TO BECOME A CHORISTER WAS MY VERY FIRST AMBITION IN LIFE. I GRABED MY OPPORTUNITY WITH BOTH HANDS. AND EXCELLLED AT IT. AND I CANT DEPART FROM IT. ACTUALLY THE VIDEO I WATCHED TODAY FROM LAGOS WAS APPARENTLY MORE LIKE 20 CHOIRS….EACH CHOIR IN THE DIOCESE IN LAGOS WHERE RED CASSOCKS.
    WHOLE CHURCH ALMOST FILLED WITH CHORISTERS. SWEET SWEET

    ALTHOUGH TODAY ANGLICAN CHURCH CHOIRS DO NOT SEEM TO BE A BIG THING, IT WAS IN MY DAY. IT WAS A DISGRACE TO BE THROWN OUR CHOIR. SEEMINGLY WORSE THAN BEING SENT UP THE HILL TO GLENDAIRY. THOSE DISMISSED NEVER CAME BACK TO CHURCH

    LAST YEAR I FOUND A CHOIR IN NIGERIA..A SET OF YOUNG BLACK FELLOWS WITH THE BOYS IN THEIR ELIZABETHAN COLLARS AS USED TO BE SEEN AT ST MARYS AND ST PAULS. THAT CHOIR SANG WITH MORE CLARITY OF THE PARTS AND DICTION CLEARER THAN ANY ENGLISH CATHEDRAL CHOIR. I WAS IN MY GLEE

    SEVERAL GOOD CHOIRS IN GHANA NIGERIA UGANDA KENYA

    YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS. BUT THE BRETHREN CHURCH CAME OUT OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH AND MANY OF THE HYMN TUNES ARE ANGLICAN TUNES. SO AM I COLOL LOL

    DARBY AND GROOVES AND CRONIN ET AL NEGLECTED TO BRING THE POINTING OF PSALMS WITH THEM, SAD. I PREFER TO SING A PSALM THAN A HYMN OR A GOSPEL SONG
    IF YOU GO SPOTIFY PSALMS YOU WILL GET MOST OF THE AVAILABLE RECORDINGS OF PSALMS

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  • David
    With regret, you are not a fit and proper arbiter because you have long thrown your weight behind some right to sermonize about things for which there can be no evidence. You say beliefs.

    And if one cult has such a set of rights, why not equal participation by all the tens of thousands of cults in equal measure. For example, there maybe a cult which says weeeeeeerreeeeeee

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeerrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee take no dictation from any rassoul body how to write. And if the first person singular suits them let them write as they fucking like. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeer would not know what dey write anyhow.

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  • @Gp

    YOU WANT AN EXAMPLE OF VERBAL EXCRIMENT CHECK THIS OUT.

    A BIBLICAL RADICAL IS SAYING IF YOU GET VACCINATED YOU IS A CHILD OF SATAN AND DEEMED TO A LIFE IN HELL

    SO WHO IS THE BIGGEST INDIOT NOW? OH DONT BOTHER TO REPLY CAUSE YOU HAVE NOW IN MY BOOKS BEEN PLACED IN THE SAME CATAGORY OF A HANDFUL OF OTHER INDIOTS AND BLIND LOYALIST I DONT WASTE MY TIME RESPONDING TO. STILL I GUESS WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL YOU AINT NO ISLAMIC RADICAL CAUSE YOU MIGHT WANT TO FLY A PLANE INTO GOVERNMENT HEAD QUARETERS ON BAY STREET!!! LOĹĹLLLLLLL

    YES MY CAPS LOCK DOES WORK TOO JUST LIKE YOURS. DAM CLOWN!🤣 THIS IS 666 I GONE FUH NOW YOU BIBLICAL YARDFOWL🤣🤣

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  • Time for the PM to use her powers of persuasion and status on the world stage. START BEGGING FOR HELP.

    Canadian banks have enjoyed 50 yearsin Barbados.Canadians have a long trading relationship with Barbados.

    Friends of all.

    Barbados has always supported the USA government Time for them to support you with more PPEand equipment for the temporary treatment centres in the Hotels and schools.

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  • Our children’s education is suffering

    By Caroline W. Cave

    An estimated 4.5 million people have died worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbados’ children continue to suffer significantly due to the ongoing closure of all things “child-related” and months of online school. But perhaps it is best to be conservative, protect our children people and our island.
    We know the Delta variant is more contagious, spreads 50 times faster and has a greater impact on children.
    Is in-person schooling simply too dangerous? Prevention measures, according to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), such as social distancing, correct maskwearing and cleaning, lead to lower 0.2 per cent to 0.7 per cent infection rates. It seems student-to-student and staff-to-student transmissions are not the primary means of exposure. On the one hand, in-person schooling may not be as dangerous as we think, while, on the other, online classes may not be as effective as we hope.
    Right now, teachers are stretched and students and parents are unhappy due to online learning because:
    • Wi-Fi or computers/tablets are
    insufficient.
    • Working parents have to rely on
    help from technologically challenged family members.
    • Attempts to work and manage
    online are exasperating.
    • Technology addiction negatively
    impacts children of all ages.
    UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) reports COVID has
    affected both parents and children, resulting in poor mental health.
    The data overwhelmingly points
    to the significant and sustained mental health effects due to lack of routine and school closures, which critically affect the achievement of developmental milestones. In Barbados, we are also seeing teens with no social skills, increased fighting in the family, depression, social anxiety and eating disorders.
    The Pfizer vaccine, now authorised
    for safe use in children as young as 12, offers us some hope. But are children getting vaccinated? It was reported recently that of the estimated 21 000 Barbadian students, approximately 7 000 have been vaccinated. Barbados continues to stagnate at 38.1 per cent vaccinations while in the Cayman Islands, 81 per cent of the young people 18 to 29 are vaccinated and 77 per cent overall, while in North America and Europe vaccinations are up to 70 to 80 per cent overall. It seems we are drowning, being dragged out to sea and the Government is handing us free life vests, and people are refusing.
    Adults continue to shop, take the bus and attend church and parties/
    events. Meanwhile, children are not allowed to sit in classes, distanced with masks in a controlled, clean environment to get educated. Their
    education should be our number one
    priority. The Government’s recent
    ruling for vaccinations for school children gives hope for the return of face-to-face school. Maybe we can start school with vaccinated children first and follow with the unvaccinated later.
    Are our children being mandated to stay home to protect people who won’t listen to credible data on vaccines to make an informed choice? Are we happy to continually isolate our children from their friendships, exercise, and education? Furthermore,
    why are we using those very same institutions, designed to educate our children, to house asymptomatic people who can isolate at home?
    It might be a personal choice to get vaccinated, but it has significant community consequences. How many years will we let our island continue to suffer and leave our children online and our country in limbo? While we are hoping our children are getting an education, some schools are doing well while others are not.
    Recommendations:
    • Increase reliable data on vaccines –
    use PAHO, and so on.
    • Poll households to determine the
    effectiveness of online, the number of tablets and so on.
    • Open already approved schools
    to vaccinated students. Churches are being assessed on a case-by-case basis
    – why not schools?
    • Split larger classes to the outdoors,
    such as under tents to reduce infection rates and hire more teachers
    • Let those that don’t wish to
    vaccinate attend online school remotely.
    • Regularly test teachers and
    students that are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons
    Finally, we might feel frustrated at
    the Government’s decision to restart school online, but perhaps we must look at ourselves. Is the vaccination choice really a personal one, or is not stepping up to do your part negatively impacting our community and the future of our island? Your choice to not vaccinate could result in a generation of uneducated children with mental health disorders.

    Caroline W. Cave (MSc) is a registered counselling psychologist.

    Source: Nation

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  • This is a time when the role of the physchologist is mportant in helping govt form critical decisions in education geared to social programs which will helped children to cope with the mental stress attached to this virus
    It will not be easy for children to sit in front of a computer five days a week and have to concentrate on what is being taught and not have the urged of wanting to move away when being distracted
    Distraction is a normality which fills when boredem sets into people’s mind of which children are most porned to be captivated
    It would be of interest if scientific data is collected which analysis the quality of education delivered via internet schooling and what percentage of children taught it was a good idea

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