An Open Letter to the Leader of the Opposition

Bishop Atherley,

Like many Barbadians, I am exceedingly proud of the bold step which this nation is taking as we embark on our journey to republicanism. It is with that patriotic spirit that I watched the proceedings of the Houses of Parliament as they elected the first President of our coming Republic. I had hoped, like many, that the day would be one of joyous celebration, for we have waited so long for this moment, as well as solemn reflection, as we contemplate the journey thus far and where we have yet to go. It was a day designed to be bereft of partisan rancour, a day for unbridled patriotism.

Ultimately however, that was not entirely the case. In particular, one gentleman, your Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, sought to bring the entire dignified proceedings into disrepute, in the process affronting the Parliament, the country and indeed, you, as his Leader. While I would never presume to tell you how to exercise your constitutional duties, it no doubt appears that there is no choice but to either ask the gentleman for his resignation, and if he refuses, to recommend to the Governor General that he be replaced in the Senate. I take no delight in that position, but it is the only way to staunch the bleeding. I rest this contention upon three principal grounds.

Firstly, the gentleman has repeatedly been publicly at variance with you. In our system of government, the parliamentary leader and members of his frontbench must be in lockstep. This is particularly so in the Senate, where those appointed on your recommendation, are entirely dependent upon you for their continued service. While disagreement is par for the course, the matter before us is not a resolution to acquire land. The constitutional ordering of this nation at its highest level is of such paradigmatic importance, that any disagreement on that, means that there is an irredeemable loss of confidence on the part of both parties, for how can you agree on the ‘little things’ if the ‘biggest thing’ is so contentious. A man cannot be led by a person in whom he does not confidence, nor can a man lead another in whom he has no confidence. Little wonder then that in comments to the press, he delivered of himself a fatal remark, that to partake in the process would have made him “look like a fool”. Sir, you participated in the process, in fact you advanced a joint nomination. Sir, you cannot lead a man who thinks you to be a fool.

Further, the reasons advanced for his conduct are disingenuous at best. The gentleman pretends that his issue was with the ballot. The fact is, however, that there never would have been a ballot, unless he objected (note that in Trinidad, there is no constitutional provision to allow objections when there is only one candidate). Did he object in order to have a ballot so that he could again object? Is that the philosophy of the PdP: mindless objection? He alleged to the press that there was no way for him to vote against if he wanted to. We now know that not to be true. The Parliament makes rules to regulate itself, and parliamentarians were instructed that with the ballot paper, they could have indicated approval, disapproval or abstention, with a tick, an x or ‘abstain’. What then is the true reason for his conduct?

Worst of all, the gentleman cast a long shadow over one of this country’s most historic days. A survey of the social media platforms suggests that the national conversation was not dominated by this country decisively reaffirming our confidence in ourselves or by the fact that a young woman from St. Philip would be this country’s first President. No sir, these events were seemingly overshadowed by the gentleman’s conduct. Whether it was his intention or not, his conduct gave rise to this distraction. This, perhaps, is his greatest sin. That on a day that was about Barbados, about all of us, about our past and our future, about hope tempered by pragmatism, we discussed none of these things, we discussed a single man all day. 

I don’t know when, but at some point, we began to think that democracy is an adversarial blood sport of scorched earth tactics. I say, emphatically, that it is not. That if we want a solid democracy as we transition to republican status, we must have politicians who exercise maturity, who can disagree with dignity and honestyand still reach across the aisle in times of national crisis and times of national pride. That is the democracy to which we ought always to aspire.

The gentleman may continue to disagree with everything, as is the right of any in this country, but like the rest of us, he can do so outside of the precincts of Parliament, where will not affront our democracy and our nation.

Bishop Atherley, I know you to be a man with an abiding love for our nation. Every second that this iniquity persists is a stain on this country. The people of Barbados do not deserve this. I ask you, sir, simply, to do the right thing.

Yours Sincerely,

Khaleel Kothdiwala,

A Patriot

212 comments

  • THE KOOLAID KID IS BACK AFTER DRINKING MORE RED SYRUP.

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  • I never said it was contrary to what the recently passed Constitutional Amendment No:2(?) proclaimed. It was a trap for the Senator because it provided no leeway for him to object as he did. Hence why I suggested how he might have approached his objection.
    Would you like me to quote from the National Insurance Act on the reporting requirements? For clearly no GoB in the past 15 years understands them.

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  • @NO

    Some here do not understand process.

    Caswell probably meant well but his intervention would not have been allowed. His action also will be judged against the background he leader of the Opposition and his counterpart Crystal Drakes did not associate with the matter.

    What would have been useful would have been for the party to call a press conference the day before and even leading into the joint session same day to express reservation as a party.

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  • Now your a republic is it okay to kidnap people

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  • Lawson…who did you kidnap..or planning to..

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  • just thinking about trinidad and haiti etc and how you can get forex

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  • yeah…those dudes had the Haitian PM running for his life recently…this is like an end game…

    “THE KOOLAID KID IS BACK AFTER DRINKING MORE RED SYRUP.”

    they are bombarded with the worse types of miseducation and do not get what they need to develop their minds properly and access things critically…that is how politicians with ulterior motives want things to remain..they have been successful with it for decades and want to continue it past the second decade of the 21st century…EPIC FAIL…

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  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is prepared to give Barbados more assistance, including additional funding, as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/10/22/imf-ready-lend-money/

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  • Lawson,

    No kidnappings in Canada?

    David,

    I don’t know about others but swearing allegiance to the queen was something I would only do at gunpoint.

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  • went and picked up 3 roti platters 69 plus tip. Couple of plantain leaf lettuce and a terrible flap, I want to kidnap a roti cook Waru

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  • Of course Donna its hard to get new immigrants to break old habits

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  • “I want to kidnap a roti cook Waru”

    might be easier to learn to make roti yaself…

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  • The young people say they are noticing a disturbing trend from this government, they say when they ask about solutions they are being told to stop being politicial….since the politicians seem to still live in the dark ages where the generations before us were so cowed and afraid of what would happen to them and their families if they asked questions…i assure yall swine that is NOT THE CASE IN THIS NEW ERA…

    ya will not victimize this new generations, cause ya may get it in ya sick heads that ya can victimize my grandchildren for their rights and I ASSURE YOU WILL NOT AND GET AWAY WITH IT…and none of the other young people watching ya hypocrisy will allow you to get away with it either…..different times, different measures…

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  • David

    You still on this thing bout process. It has no meaning within a dictatorship.

    It’s a nullity compared to the largest crime of a regime imposing its will on the people before it is known what the amendments to the constitution are to be.

    If that sits will with you a mere procedural matter should as well.

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  • United we stand
    Divided we fall
    Gangbanging
    Crabs (Crips) and Slobs (Bloods)
    There can never be unity among blacks as they tend to be easily divided. Divide to rule MO was easy to implement with warring tribes in Africa. Western troops are still in Africa now as “peace keepers”

    So do the C-Walk (Crip Walk)
    Fuck a Blood
    Crips all day everyday

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  • @Pacha

    Have you named the countries where there is LIMITED democracy practiced?

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  • Last time I check Caswell was taking his dog Snow for a walk
    Meanwhile wunna up in here mumble and grumble
    He said what he had to case giving no apologies in that he said he stands for principles and not for gimmicks

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  • Lawson,

    You are joking, of course. We know you have your fair share of ALL crimes among your kind.

    And if you don’t do as much these days, it’s because you already stole everything from everybody hundreds of years ago and refuse to give anything back.

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  • The search for Utopia continues!

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  • I tried, but unable to contribute..

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  • Good luck with your republicanism. However, truth be told, this shift to become a republic was never planned to bring prosperity and purpose to the life’s of Barbados African population.

    We have known for sometime how this government and the one it replaced have been pushing for an exponential rise in Barbados population. Its preferred method is to do so via the immigration route.

    Foreign lenders and overseas governments are demanding Barbados to liberalise its economy and to accept an influx of newcomers in order to access loans. Some here have registered their surprise at the recruitment of a white foreigner to head our tourism marketing sector. This is not a surprise. It is an indication as to where we are heading as a country.

    Mia will instruct her hand-picked lackey, who is a clone of Queen Elizabeth the second, to pass executive orders which will enable the state to compulsory purchase large tracts of land which will in turn be handed on a plate to foreign investors who will develop the land in order to create a business model and culture which will generate profits for those with the financial muscle.

    Who will be looking out for the welfare of Barbados not so wealthy black population. Do not be deceived with Mia’s justification for republicanism. The best laid plans often never come into fruition.

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  • Waru people say the same stupid things about washing your car or cleaning your house. Donna still on the hunt for reparations I see, none of my family took your ancestors , try eating potatoes for a couple of hundred years instead of that garden you got growing

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  • @ William Skinner October 22, 2021 12:34 PM

    “The irony here is that people want to castrate Caswell for raising his voice while a man who carried out a coup against a government was allowed to function in his county.”
    Xxxxx

    Barbados breaking off with Elizabeth and embracing whip/whipper politics?

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  • Members who vote against party policy may “lose the whip”, being effectively expelled from the party.

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  • Word on the ground Duguid tendered his resignation and PM refused it
    Don’t know why she refused to let that square peg out of its misery being placed in a round hole

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  • “However, truth be told, this shift to become a republic was never planned to bring prosperity and purpose to the life’s of Barbados African population.

    Who will be looking out for the welfare of Barbados not so wealthy black population.”

    simply becasue they believe they will get away with continuing the same Anti-Black/Afrikan crimes they have perpet\rated for over half century….and are so famous for…

    they better start looking out for themselves…they grew up SEEING that as long as the negros get elected…the Black/Afrikan population who got them there are no longer a priority. until NEXT ELECTION when they present their snake selves to get votes again……if they don’t get it now, they never will and CANNOT blame Mrs. Maloney or anyone else for that….because they AS THE ELECTORATE are the ones WITH THE VOTING POWERS…to bring an abrupt end to it..

    the parliament is no longer in control of the island;s finances…they have borrowed too much and have no choice but to continue along that path indefintely…they are as usual only allowed control over the majority population where they do as they like…the population will have to make up their own minds what they want to do about that.as well…no one has to take it…..not when ya got choices…

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  • “many hands don’t make light work, many hands receive a salary”

    🤣🤣🤣🤣 that video is real hit…….

    so the 6 or 7 parasites they got using their 12-14 hands to receive salaries to screw up everything….one man, Steve Emtage, Director of FInance and Planning…….under both Barrow and Adams did that job….ONE MAN….but they need Straughn, Caddle, Mrs. Maloney, Persuad, Greenidge, Mascoll, Ian Carrington… to suck the treasury dry..

    as i have said all along, ministers are useless..and those locusts for consultants are even worse…..

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  • David
    Whether direct or participatory or representative democracy these are issues that Cole, Mills, Rosseau and many others have talked about in western literature but their ideas are more in line with yours and fail to meet current requirements.

    Our working definition of democracy has to with the equitable distribution of resources. Democracy in the workplace as primary. Examples are Mondragon from Spain and the cooperative movements everywhere.

    At the national level Cuba at times well qualifies as a fairly even distributor of national resouces to its population.

    Libya under Maumar Ghadafi is another well known for distributing resources fairly evenly to the entire population.

    Venezuela which is currently being subjected to sanctions for essentially using its oil wealth for the needs of its people.

    The Cooperative Republic of Guyana under Frobes Burhnam was brutalized for trying to do similarly.

    Argentina under its leader on September 11, 1971 circa who was overthrown, murdered, by your American government for doing to American corporations what the Economic Hitman and the jackals warned him not to do.

    And there are many, many other leaders who have died because they insisted that their people were entitled to the equitable distribution of national resources. Going against those who pretend democracy, like you.

    These and these alone can approach reaching our definition. You have your vote once every 5 years. You spend your time running down behind stinking politicians begging and pleading. We prefer to get to the meat of the matter.

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  • Lawson,

    None of my family doing the kidnapping either.

    But you guys are still squatting on stolen lands.

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  • @Pacha

    Thanks for your reply.

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  • No need for counterfeit vaccine scams…can’t see they can’t find vaccines.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/10/22/us-donate-second-tranche-70-200-pfizer-covid-19-vaccines-barbados/

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  • can’t SAY… they can’t find vaccines..no more excuses…

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  • Saw a video yesterday, still working out the details, but it relates to vaccine injury and death in children and in one case, murder charges apparently accepted against a school and the vaccinator in UK, new territory so gotta wait and see if and how that plays out…

    .this is a bad situation all around and getting steadily worse….fasten ya seatbelts..

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  • Dr. Ronnie Yearwood wrote an interesting article in Barbados today titled New Republic old Constitution
    Xxxxxx
    Some one recently dubbed the ongoing events as soulless a correct description of what govt has done to transitioning Barbados into a Republic
    Also a person recently asked if on independence day the logo that represents Barbados Independence would be those written happy independence and Republic Day
    There is a saying when person fails to plan
    Failure is inevitable

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  • From the very beginnning when the word republic was dug up revived and started trending again, it was clear that the intent was to keep the colonial constitution in play OR the first thing we would have heard was….we got a new constitution so it’s time to go republic…..when that did not happen, we knew what was coming. It’s up to yall to accept it or not.

    these wicked little minorities that they love to appease because of their various business partnerships between them and who is fronting for whose business.. will be the END OF THEIR FREEDOM…just like they are all wishing on the Black/African population..

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  • Who would imagine a country on the verge of becoming a republic would have sought to actively encouraged their own citizens to seek “greener” pastures outside of their own country; and at the same time welcome the arrival of newcomers to revitalise Barbados ailing economy.

    These people who are governing this country are evil. There remains a minimum of 250,000 citizens of African descent in our country. Will they share the same fate as their ancestors on the South American continent whose large numbers were culled using a variety of methods to allow for the whitening of that continent.

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  • “actively encouraged their own citizens to seek “greener” pastures outside of their own country;”

    you noticed it’s not even to their ancestral lands where there are 55 COUNTRIES TO CHOOSE FROM…, but to where they could be reenslaved….while the traitors pushed the stinking scum of the earth minorities from Barbados and around caricom to OUR CONTINENT, in disrespect…..that tells ya that they think they can easily dispose of our bloodlines…well i don’t have to tell ya how well that dirty plot is going down and received in Afrika…

    those who know these evil beasts and their little nigas well, saw this coming 3 YEARS AGO

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  • Donna if you mean lands that were” found ” by peoples crossing the Siberian peninsula I guess, your right they never actually just handed it over like in barbados. lol We had to bargain for it. Those f..ing beads and mirrors arent easy to make you know .. What do you think that makes your eggplants grow so go good if it isnt Arawak calcium.
    But again you are right Donna we have stolen items from other cultures and used them to our benefit .For example that four sided wheel that your ancestors invented we stole the idea and use the concept to make patio stones.

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  • We are living through RESIDENT EVIL times…and the Black/Afrikan population MUST PROTECT THEMSELVES…

    the dumb Slaves make good sacrifice material…no one will miss them…..

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  • But ya know they will still have the brass balls on them to come very shortly and BEG the same Black/Afrikan population for votes to slither and weasel their way back into the parliament… until they can get their new population in place so they won’t need Black votes anymore…..but they have no FORESIGHT……or….

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  • People so inclined may want to consider this, still your choice, but only because they are ALLOWING IN TOURISTS who are more than likely going to spread that new Delta Plus variant around further complicating everything…the experts say it might be more easily infectious…just how deadly and dangerous , they are still investigating.

    This is Forde from Harrison’s Point.

    “Stressing that his challenge to take the COVID-19 vaccine was “not planned but from above”, he added: “I am going to give the country a challenge, that… by the middle of next month I would love every single Barbadian who has the opportunity to get vaccinated to help us on the ground, to help our challenge on the ground, I really would like you to step forward and do it by November 15.”

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  • It harrows the blogmaster with fear and wonder reading some comments.

    Vive La liberte’ d’expression!

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  • David
    Of whom speaketh thou? For such a comment haveth no purchase unless overstanding is reacheth.

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  • TLSN October 23, 2021 6:59 AM

    Who would imagine a country on the verge of becoming a republic would have sought to actively encouraged their own citizens to seek “greener” pastures outside of their own country; and at the same time welcome the arrival of newcomers to revitalise Barbados ailing economy.

    Hmmmm……..

    Sometimes, you ‘harrow me with fear and wonder.’

    Interestingly, I read several of your contributions in which you were highly critical of almost every institution in Barbados, while actively encouraging young Barbadians “to seek “greener” pastures outside of their own country?”

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  • Every year, there is someone who limits access to the beach. Let me state that property owners rights should be respected.

    For those that want to claim MORE than they share or would block public access points, the government should create a task force of 12 workers
    3 armed to the teeth
    One bulldozer
    4 with wire cutters
    Four to remove debris.
    They should be accompanied by an armed police escort.

    Problem solved.
    Next
    Stueps

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  • Unable to do the Republic/COVID-19 schtick.

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  • Both are distractions Theo…don’t blink or ya willl miss what happens next..

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  • Seems like BT is about to establish a pay wall

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  • Doesn’t it suck when you get all serious and others sees it as one big frigging joke.
    —xxx—
    This morning, I told my wife our home is now a Republic. No elections, no referendum and no need for a change in our constitution.

    She doesn’t listen to Bajan Radio, so I was surprised when she did a great impression of Caswell. When I gave her the paper to vote on, she complained about just one box to mark.

    “Check it l, x it or leave it blank.”

    “What is the difference between check and x? They are many proposals that I agreed with by using an x. An x can be whatever you want it to be”

    “I dun wid de old talk. We are a Republic and I am President and Supreme Leader. Here is your list of duties”.

    My Republic lasted 5 minutes. I hope yours last longer.

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  • I get tired of people telling me what is in it for me, when the question I asked was “what is in it for Mia”.
    “Mother of the country”, one joker replied.
    “That’s funny. Is that easier than being mother of a child?”
    Don’t you dare go there?
    Go where? Where no man has been before?
    I knew it. Instead of engaging in debate, you would call names and make insinuations.

    —Jesus… My brain cells are working today. Send out the clowns—–

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  • ” As a result, fisherfolk can only carry equipment like ice coolers to store the day’s catch of, for example, Barracuda, Cavalli, Mackerel and lobsters, based on the amount of weight an individual can bear for wht a Barbados TODAY team, which undertook the trek today, timed at a total 50 minutes both ways.”

    @ TheOGazerts,

    I expect a more intelligent and thoughtful response from you but here is my solution.

    The fishermen could drive to Bridgetown, rent a fishing boat and travel back to that fishing location.

    After catching enough Barracuda, Cavalli, Mackerel and lobsters, they can sail back to Bridgetown,load the fish in their vehicles and drive back home.

    See Theo, a non violent solution to a problem as would be expected from a pre geriatric Kolij man.

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  • @ Artax,
    For those who live on the rock these are extraordinarily serious times. There should be no time for futile diversions. I wish you a good day Sir.

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  • I am on top of my game and Hants is shooting me down.

    😀Let me see if I understand Hants solution.😀
    Travel from point A to Point B
    Sail from point B to Point A
    Sail from Point A to point B
    Travel from Point B to point A
    This land travel from A to B is done using SUV’s

    But to be honest, my solution had two outcomes.. non-violence or death.

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  • Republic Journal -Day 2

    Citizens in my Republic want to go out, so I have to leave the comforting couch of the Republic. Also, citizens are not saying “God save the President”

    Seems as if nothing has changed. I have to amend this doggone constitution. I need more power.

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  • TLSN October 23, 2021 9:54 AM #: “For those who live on the rock these are extraordinarily serious times. There should be no time for futile diversions. I wish you a good day Sir.”

    Futile diversions???

    My friend, I’m surprised that ASKING for CLARIFICATION as it relates to your recent comments and those you’ve previously made to this forum, which are essentially ‘sending mixed messages,’ has been interpreted by you as “futile diversions.”

    For example:

    TLSN February 14, 2021 7:58 AM #: “Those who can – LEAVE THE ISLAND; those who can’t – remain on it.”

    There are more.

    And, I’m not surprised it was ‘liked’ by Vincent Codrington. But, he’s doing what he does best on BU.

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  • Republic Journal – Day 2

    Citizens are becoming frustrated. Looks as if they misunderstood what the changes would be. It appears they are expecting more of me. After three years they should have figured out I was just winging it; anything good was by accident.

    Promised them a throne speech to clear up any misunderstandings. Shit. They said it should now be called a couch speech.

    I am now more frustrated than they are. Seem as if they expected real and substantial changes. Just replacing Queen by President is not working.

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  • Republic Journal – Day 2
    I cannot believe that becoming a Republic is so difficult.
    Republic of Barbados: 270,000; 1 Caswell
    My Republic: 3; 2 Caswells

    I must have done a lot wrong in a past life.

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  • HAVE ANY OF YOU EVER HEARD OF 6 TRINIDADIANS IN ANY WINDIES TEAM EVER?

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  • White people need to get over themselves with their superiority complex and snark cutting smart ass humour which is a big drag and as they age badly they look all wrinkled and ghastly pale like death and ghosts prematurely

    When your strip down the layers of the human body
    Blacks have more soul
    and jazz blues disco funk reggae
    and Asians have more religion and spirituality
    and Whites are pirates plagiarisers and copy cats
    and are boring and average with an insipid culture
    whenever they start to lose they change up the rules
    Therefore white peoples religions are an oxymoron
    they are pagans or devils

    Soul Calling – I Am That I Am


    Beloved Soul,

    Within you are libraries of ancient wisdom,
    a deep inner knowing
    of how to create peace
    in your life
    and on Earth.

    You hold the vibration of love
    innately in your soul.

    You are Love.
    It is the truth of who you are.

    Do you remember?

    When peace is restored within you
    and on earth,
    your soul will whisper,
    “I am a part of it all.”

    “I am the peace that ripples out
    through the heart of humanity.”

    “I am in everything.
    Every rock,
    every tree,
    every blade of grass.”

    “I am in you,
    and you in me.”

    “I am that I am.”

    Can you feel it?

    If you are ready to remember the light of your soul,
    and the peace that is available to you always,
    I invite you to come on a soul healing journey.

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  • @ Dr. GP

    Which W.I team are you referring to?

    The T20 team for the World Cup?

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  • Mia measured the political pluse of the people and came up.with a good results thinking it better to coronate a dictator in Nov and removed the Queen as head
    Killing two birds with one stone
    Out with Barrow and in with a dictator bells and whistles applied

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  • ACTUALLY THERE ARE 7 TRINIS —4 OF THESE STELLAR PLAYERS ARE ALREADY OUT
    NOT ONE BAJAN IN THE TEAM

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  • YES ARTAX
    WATCHING ON WILLOW AND FOLLOWING THESTATS ON CRICINFO.COM

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  • AC
    LILIBET’S FUNCTION IN BARBADOS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THAT OF SANDRA’S–CEREMONIAL.
    WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?
    ISNT SANDRA A DEM?……AND DID SHE NOT PERSEVERE AND PERSIST IN BLP TIMES?
    DOES SANDRA NOT DESERVE HER POSITION.?

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  • @ Dr. GP

    The WI are now 49 for 7.

    Perhaps David BU should have a blog dedicated to this 2021 T20 World Cup, so we won’t have to distract from the substantive topic with cricket.

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  • “Perhaps David BU should have a blog dedicated to this 2021 T20 World Cup, so we won’t have to distract from the substantive topic with cricket.”

    Good idea. But this is more punishment than distraction.

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  • ” would be sailing from November 11, 2021 to March 31, 2022 with round-trips from Barbados to several Caribbean islands aboard the world’s largest tall ship, the 272-pssenger Golden Horizon.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/10/23/tradewinds-voyages-cancels-caribbean-cruise-for-2021-winter-season/

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  • Republic Journal – Day 2
    Dissatisfaction with change to a Republic continues to grow.

    One citizen wants to be Supreme Leader, the other wants to be President. Where does that leave me?

    Appears there is only one more change that I can make to save the day. Marital law has been declared(husband should be head of household).

    Banana Republic established.

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  • Who de coach? Not a Trini? But they have a Bajan on the England team doah. If Jofra was fit, they would have had two.

    Windies let them get away.

    We’ll see what happens.

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  • Republic Journal – Day 2
    It is unlikely that I will survive this attempted coup.

    How many ministers can my small country have? Citizens seem to think that becoming a Republic opened up new post and ministries.

    One new ministry but several new committees were created.
    slogan, vaccines, covid tests and importing houses – wife
    Whatever the hell committees my wife is not on – son
    Minister of Everything – me

    I may yet survive

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  • Oh dear! And I forgot who de captain – anudder Trini.

    Baje din stan’ a chance!

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  • ENGLAND BEAT DE TRINIDAD TEAM WITH JUST 4 NON TRINIDADIAN PLAYERS CONVINCINGLY

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  • Republic Journal – Day 2
    National game of the Republic is cricket.
    Optimism is high. Hopefully, we can get a few games against the West Indies.

    Honorary citizens
    🐇 – twistorian and story teller
    GP – put us to sleep with verses if we have insomnia
    Lawson – anti-comedian
    Hants – archivists
    AC – ambassador to BU

    Two other citizenships but will be offered, but I seem to recall they declined an award. What is a Republic without prisoners?
    2 honorary prisoners
    1 prisoner – CA
    Death row- enuff, Lorenzo

    –Here endeth Day 2—-

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  • @TheoG
    Just declare victory and promise to pardon all those who questioned your leadership

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  • @KK

    I just want to put on record here that I have been warning against the outspoken senator for years. He is misogynistic, xenophobic and public enemy number 1.

    It is good to know that not only neutral, concerned citizens like me now see it that way, but also the National Youth Leader of the Mottley Youth.

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  • Was leaving but glad that Sarge spoke up.
    Formulating the honorary tourist list, but we have to determine what covid protocol will be followed first

    Sarge, NO, John A, WS, blogmaster… You will be notified

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  • Still declining. This republic is not big enough for me and ac.

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  • It harrows the blogmaster with fear and wonder reading some comments.

    Vive La liberte’ d’expression!

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    YOU WOULD LIKE ALL TO BE LIKE MOST BLACKS ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND DUMBED DOWN LIKE SHEEP ON GREEN PASTURES.

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  • what I like about a republic is ,,, …….pub . Saw Theo chatting up a cheetah at the bar, trying to pull a fast one as usual.

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  • the dumb Slaves make good sacrifice material…no one will miss them

    there will come a time when those who are talking now will say nothinng and just spectate

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  • The proclamation of the republic is only the beginning.

    Our Supreme Leader will continue to rise. She has already achieved an incredible amount, far more than all the weak male prime ministers put together.

    She has restructured the debt, brought back honour, dignity and respect in front of the international community, protected us from volcanic ash and Hurricane Elsa, annihilated cockroaches and DLP and imprisoned Donville. She has fought male misogynists and rapists and humiliated them all. For all this she deserves our thanks.

    More great deeds will follow! It’s time to proclaim Mia Mottley a national saint!

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  • sas efcharistó.

    “ More great deeds will follow! It’s time to proclaim Mia Mottley a national saint!”

    Xxxxxxx

    “ Artemisia III de BDS”

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  • More violation of Black human rights…this is the baton that young advocates on the island should be undertaking…fight for Black rights and stop being distracted by bullshit politics….this is pure wickedness coming from all the evil criminals involved in the collapse of that building that killed a whole family…they are all waiting for this lady to die so they don’t pay the surviving child and others a dime…

    my next book is writng itself.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/10/24/cry-settlement-arch-cot-case/

    Fourteen years after one of the most horrific tragedies in Barbados, Shirley Linton still feels as if she is the voice crying in the wilderness.

    Her daughter Cassandra Codrington, husband Donavere and three young children, Shaquanda, Shaquille and Yashiro, perished when the apartment building where they lived collapsed into a hole beneath it, on August 26, 2007.”

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  • WURA-War-on-U,
    This is why I stated the BU family should recognise the perilous state of Barbados. The link below is further indication as to the level of amorality present in the fabric of Barbados society.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/10/23/car-dealer-facing-seven-counts-of-theft-in-two-jurisdic

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  • RE It’s time to proclaim Mia Mottley a national saint!

    WHAT SHALL WE CALL HER SIR SAINT BITEMUH?

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  • The fear of trying something new
    We believe the timing is wrong. Not the time or period of history, but this moment – Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley
    There are many who have asked why now and we say if ever there was a time that this nation needs to bind itself together, if ever there was a time we must move from the Covenant of Hope to the confidence necessary, it is now – Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley
    Is it possible that both of the above statements are correct? I think so.
    Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley believes this is a bad time to install a Barbadian as head of state. This nation is seeing a crisis unlike any other. Efforts to deal with COVID-19 have ripped a hole in the economy. Hundreds of workers have fallen and are falling through that growing hole.
    Infection rates are at a record high and climbing. Trust in Government feels low and falling. Sections of the private sector are exacerbating that mistrust by enforcing vaccine mandates in defiance of Government.
    This is not an auspicious moment in time for Barbados, when it comes to national confidence.
    Like Bishop Atherley, Senator Caswell Franklyn has no quarrel with becoming a republic. It is the process that he is questioning and that concerns him. His charge that, “They are making it up as they go along”, does not seem like an unreasonable one to make given the perceived rush to republic. But making it up as you go along is not necessarily a bad thing. Another way of looking at “making it up as you go along” is to see it as innovating or pioneering.
    No blueprint
    This is a sensitive but necessary task for nations emerging out of shadow colonialism and caught in a tide of neocolonialism. There is no blueprint for us to follow that neatly fits our circumstances. The fear of making it up as we go along, of innovating and pioneering has, in fact, been one of our downfalls.
    We have preferred to import readymade solutions, designed to the specifications of other nations, only to find that they do not fit us. Such has been the fear of trying something new and innovating.
    A moment of depressed national confidence may not be such a bad time to reboot. It is times
    like these that a fresh start is needed. And for a start to be truly fresh it might have to be dauntingly unfamiliar. Anyone who has ever done anything truly new and creative knows the feeling of uncertainty. This is an entire nation.
    And this is why in making it up as they go along, or innovating, if you prefer, the Government must ensure that the people are brought along with sensitivity. The questions and concerns that have taken root in the public are not all part of the usual partisan political game.
    And they are better than the alternative, which is indifference.
    You can address questions and concerns. There is little you can do when indifference sets in. Under the quiet surface of Barbadian indifference is a stream of suspicion and cynicism.
    And this is not without good reason. As the nation breaks new ground, it will dig up a lot of this suspicion and scepticism. How the Government handles this going forward can unsettle a society which is fractured at the core or lay the foundation for a stable society brimming with national confidence.

    Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email: Adriangreen14@gmail.co


    Source: Nation

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  • Are there lessons to be learnt?

    By Ezra Alleyne
    Is there something known as contemporary history? Or is history merely the recapture, at some future moment, of things which happened in the dim and distant past?
    As I reflected on the imminence of Barbados becoming a republic, I asked myself, but are we not witnesses to history?
    We are a very young nation not given to the routine publication of political memoirs; yet history is being made before our very eyes, and with the best will in the world a newspaper column does not allow for the deeper reflection of the issues.
    Consider this as we move to a change of status: In the past 36 years, for example, we have had three Prime Ministers dying while in office. Were there lessons on prime ministerial succession to be learnt, from which we could, and might still, draw useful lessons? Perhaps.
    In respect of another Prime Minister, Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, we have had a noconfidence motion “passed” but not achieving the constitutionally mandated majority. The Prime Minister asked for a dissolution of Parliament and called an election although, within the Constitution, he could have carried on.
    Should Sir Lloyd’s action in seeking a dissolution be regarded as an established precedent? Did his action not put the country’s better interests above those of the then governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP)?
    Or was his action consistent with his view that the Prime Minister is no longer primus inter pares because of the accretion of power to that office? And was Prime Minister Errol Barrow’s view that “all roads lead to me” not consistent with Sir Lloyd’s?
    If so, what are the lessons to be learnt as we compare the fates of these two leaders? Is the true lesson a need for reassessment of Sir Lloyd’s time in office? That is a question for future historians, but is it also one for contemporary historians?
    By sheer uncanny coincidence, the relationship between Prime Ministers and their Ministers of Finance also sharply surfaced during Mr Sandiford’s tenure of office.
    Minister of Finance
    The years 1986 to 1989, the year when Dr Richie Haynes resigned as Minister of Finance, marked the first time that any Barbadian Prime Minister was not also the Minister of Finance. Should a Prime Minister always be the Minister of Finance?
    Was the fact that at the end of 1990, with an election looming and the country literally running out of foreign reserves, the result of Prime Minister Sandiford and his Minister of Finance Dr Richie Haynes not seeing eye to eye on fiscal and economic policy?
    On retaking the Ministry of Finance, Sir Lloyd spoke of rescuing the economy, which was headed to the rocks, while Dr
    Haynes blasted Sir Lloyd’s rescue package as being akin to a back street abortion.
    Was Sir Lloyd’s handling of the economy from 1989 to 1994 a politically courageous pragmatic act, particularly after a supremely brilliant “high-wire” election campaign of 1991, in which questions were asked and many not answered? Or was it not?
    These matters are not of small import, and contemporary reflection might usefully guide corrective and correct actions in the future.
    After Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s brilliant and deepthinking handling of the economy from 1994 to 2008, the foreign reserves on his exit from office were in the comfortable region of $2 billion in 2008. Matter fixed. Arthur held the Ministry of Finance
    Foreign reserves
    But by 2014 former Prime Minister Sandiford in a
    Nation interview with Gercine Carter asked, “How did we get back here?” when pressed to comment on an almost empty chest of foreign reserves in 2013. The Minister of Finance then was Chris Sinckler and the Prime Minister was Mr Freundel Stuart, a situation which remained until 2018 when the Government changed hands. This was the only other time when the Prime Minister was not also Minister of Finance.
    Might not contemporary analysis have revealed if the separation of finance from the Prime Minister of the day is a prelude to problems or does it depend on factors other than personality?
    Objective analysis of these matters may lead to a conclusion or, at the very least, an impression that since the death of Mr Barrow the DLP has not shown any capacity to manage the Barbadian economy in a manner consistent with the preservation of increased foreign reserves and economic growth and equilibrium.
    The public interest demands that contemporary historians speak to these issues. This country cannot afford to experience economic growth under the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) followed by economic disaster under the Dems; followed by repair and growth by the BLP, followed by economic disaster . . . . Need I say more?

    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

    Source: Nation

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  • “This is why I stated the BU family should recognise the perilous state of Barbados. ”

    clowns don’t want to hear that so you leave them be..

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  • David
    Green’s work is forever artistic. However, under his magisterial artistry lies too large a risk for national chaos, deepening distrust in the elites.

    An artist is well familiar with these levels of risks, but a nation, given our collective knowledge, cannot, indeed should never, go to the same place and in the same way the artist goes for expression.

    We know right now with a high degree of certainty that some structures need to be erected. Adrian Green failed to confront the reality that those could have been known and interrogated long before republicanism was imposed as a fait accompli.

    You, David, are always want to talk about governance and democracy. Where is either? How could we in any imaginable way sow this field of yams expectant of reaping potatoes, as a popular blogger likes to say? How is what MAM is doing anything less than the erection of a nanny state-ism? Why should big men and women, a country, be so susceptible to the singular artistic imagination of a prime minister as supported by Adrian Green? Where will be the critical juncture for the meeting of the imagination of this one prime minister or government with collective imagination or consciousness?

    When we saw these winds, we should expect to reap the whirlwind. We are disappointed that Green has exhibited such a potentially fatal failure of imagination.

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  • @Pacha

    Greene is an artist, not a politician or some public servant restricted by a programmed and linear environment. He must be given the latitude to share the result of lateral thinking even if impractical from where we sit.

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  • @ Pacha
    “ Adrian Green failed to confront the reality that those could have been known and interrogated long before republicanism was imposed as a fait accompli.”

    Not surprised at all by your comment. There is a tremendous difference between reading and reading critically. Once Greene is critically read, one realises that while he writes beautifully about the problems, he seems reluctant to pulverize those who are ultimately responsible for the systematic chaos and economic poverty. Perhaps, in all credit to him, he does not see himself or his “art” located in that purpose. However, he is one of our better writers.

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  • David
    Generally agree. However, the imagination of One, as supported by Greene, is now a lived reality for all. Art meets dictatorship!

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  • @Pacha

    Sadly One person can be all things to all men. All of us have our roles to manage the ecosystem we have to exist.

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  • @ WURA
    I see the front page of today’s nation highlights the massive Kingston plantation corruption. A very large settlement has been announced.Noticed also that Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press were given mention. I wonder if the corrupt lawyers will be now exposed …………..Expect a cover up!!

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  • Skinner
    Thanks. His position, as well sugar coated as it is, is intolerable. This is not the person we thought we knew!

    History is replete with dictators deploying artists to achieve political and military goals, and MAM has always had such a lock on these creators in Barbados.

    We remember well the centrality of art within the imagination of the Third Reich. In fact, one of its armies foci was the specific targeting of museums.

    So the nexus of art and the brutality of dictatorship is not new.

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  • Also, Hitler considered that national socialism, or the organizing principles of the Nazis, could not be understood unless its devotees first under the artistic works of Wilhelm Wagner. And there are many, many, more artistic links to the Third Reich as well.

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  • Scriptures for Today.

    Acts 14:22; strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”

    2 Cor 5:17; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

    2 Cor 4;10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

    2 Cor 4:11;For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

    2 Cor 1:8-9; We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

    Romans 8:35-37; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

    Romans 8:36-37; As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

    James 1:2-3; My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

    Romans 5:3-4; Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope

    2 Cor 4:8-9; We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

    2 Cor 12: 7; because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    Mark 11:24; Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

    James 1:5-7; If any of you lack wisdom, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive ANY THING of the Lord.

    Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will RECEIVE and your joy will be complete. John 16:24;

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will RECEIVE an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24;

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matt 7:7;

    And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor 9:8;

    And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, (Receiving)/ having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor 9:8;

    Give, (and you will receive)-and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38;

    His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

    But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

    Philippians 4:19; But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Repent And Confess Your Sins, Save Your Soul From Hatred and Damnation!!

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