In Defence of OUR Prime Minister


The blogmaster has been a long time admirer of what is perceived as a higher level of expression of love of country expressed by Jamaicans, Bahamians, Trinidadians and a few others compared to Barbadians. A visit to the USA, UK and Canada to name three destinations Caribbean people have emigrated in numbers, you are sure to find ‘spots’ where food and other activities nurture the culture of the countries mentioned. Barbadians on the other hand are known to be more laid back and less visible to compare. 

November is the month we celebrate the lowering of the Union Jack in 1966 – in 2021 there will be the added celebration of the seminal moment we shift to a Republic. We will jettison the Queen of England and install a local, current Governor General Dame Sandra Mason. In theory this SHOULD be a moment that infuses Barbadians everywhere with pride. 

Barbadians have recently been subjected to several critiques of Prime Minister Mia Mottley from the Trinidad space. These so called social commentators have the same MO, first they register admiration of her oratory and other skills, the quick growth of her personal brand on the global stage, then proceed to attack the government of Barbados for its weak economy often citing our debt to GDP which has reverted to north of 140. True to form, Barbadians are quick to share these messages on social media platforms to bolster personal and political agendas.

There should be no argument that on the 24th of May 2018, key economic indicators confirmed the poor state of our economy. In a short three years the condition was made acute because of the ongoing pandemic, ashfall from La Soufrière volcano and hurricane Elsa did not help the cause. The blogmaster will accept the counter-argument that policies of successive governments which Mottley was a member significantly contributed to our current state. We get the political argumentation. 

In the opinion of the blogmaster, these messages being crafted by so called social commentators from neighbouring countries are designed with the purpose to make Barbadians “know their place”. How dare a person from a 2×3 island with an economy in the dumps be perceived as the leader of the Caribbean. In this space Mottley and her government will continue to feel political blows as warranted, however, Barbadians must know when to defend our good name and bare teeth by separating the wheat from the chaff.

Earlier this month Dr. Terrence Farrell a former Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and current director of Republic Bank sought to publicly school Prime Minister Mottley on the rudiments of asset liability management in banking after her “off-the-cuff and quip laden” remarks at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce luncheon. It seems Mr. Terrence’s palaver was to deliver a message to Prime Minister Mottley [quoted below]. It is not hidden from some the head of the local banker’s association is headed by the managing director of Republic Bank, Trinidadian.

It certainly doesn’t help when regional governments get economic policy wrong, and then have to restructure their domestic debt, including taking the unprecedented step of restructuring Treasury Bills which banks rely on for short-term liquidity management.

Mia Mottley and the banks

Those attending the BCCI understood Mottley was engaged in what politicians do when a general election is on the horizon with an enraged public up in arms about banks and credit unions charging Barbadians a $6.00 fee for withdrawals at ATMs. The blogmaster is disappointed Barbadians at large – including the traditional media – have not seized the opportunity to defend these veil attacks against the office of prime minister and by extension BARBADIANS notwithstanding political affiliations.

We are Barbadians first!

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  • Won’t bother to waste the little energy i managed to restore in the last dew days…

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  • STUPSE!!!!!!

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  • RE first they register admiration of her oratory and other skills, the quick growth of her personal brand on the global stage,
    Q. WHAT ELSE DOES SHE HAVE BUT TALLK AND HER FOREMOST PROCLIVITY FOR OTHER USES OF HER MUSCLES OF MASTICATION? PRAY TELL

    RE then proceed to attack the government of Barbados for its weak economy often citing our debt to GDP which has reverted to north of 140.qq
    Q ARE THEY NOT TELLING THE TRUTH….OR ARE THEY TELLING LIES?

    RE policies of successive governments which Mottley was a member significantly contributed to our current state
    Q QUAE CUM ITA SINT WHAT THEN IS YOUR POINT?

    RE How dare a person from a 2×3 island with an economy in the dumps be perceived as the leader of the Caribbean.
    Q IS THAT NOT A REASONABLE VIEW POINT? AFTER ALL HAS BIM NOT SOLD OUT TO THE TRINIS? WE COULD NOT EVEN GET A BAJAN IN THE TRINIDAD TEAM AT THE START OF THE RECENT WORLD CUP

    Q WHEN Dr. Terrence Farrell a former Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and current director of Republic Bank sought to publicly school Prime Minister Mottley to the rudiments of asset liability management in banking after her “off-the-cuff and quip laden” remarks at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce luncheon. WAS HE SPEAKING THE TRUTH OR NOT?
    Q IS HE QUALIFIED TO MAKE THESE STATEMENTS OR NOT?

    RE It certainly doesn’t help when regional governments get economic policy wrong, and then have to restructure their domestic debt, including taking the unprecedented step of restructuring Treasury Bills which banks rely on for short-term liquidity management.
    Q IS THIS A TRUE AND REASONABLE STATEMENT BY SOME ONE WHO KNOWS WHAT HE WAS SAYING OR NOT?

    RE The blogmaster is disappointed Barbadians at large – including the traditional media – have not seized the opportunity to defend against these veil attacks against the office of prime minister and by extension BARBADIANS notwithstanding political affiliations.
    Q WHY SHOULD ANYONE CARE WHAT THE BLOG OWNER THINKS?
    WHY SHOULD the traditional media – have not seized the opportunity to defend against these veil attacks against the office of prime minister?
    WHEREAS THE BLOG OWNER CAN TEK DOWN POSTS ON HIS BLOG WHY SHOULD HE EXPECT THAT THE REST OFTHE MEDIA IN BARBADOS OR ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH OR HEAVEN MUST THINK AS HE DEIGNS TO THINK? HOW IS HIS ABILITY TO TINK MORE SUPERIOR TO THAT OF THE LOCAL MEDIS OR ANY ONE ELSE ANYWHERE?

    RE by extension BARBADIANS notwithstanding political affiliations.
    Q IF THE PM OF BIMSHIRE WANTS TO FLY HITHER THITHER AND YON TO TALK SHITE WHY SHOULD BAJANS ENDORSE OR DEFEND UM?

    LET US BE REASONABLE WHY SHOULD BAJANS BE LED AND DORECTED BY THE VIEWS OR WHIMS AND FANCIES OF A SINGLE MAN. IS HE GOD?

    TEK DIS DONG TOO
    I WILL SEE IF THIS MASTERLY SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND SERIOUS PROSE BE PUBLISHED ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    SHITE IS SHITE AND DIS ARTICLE IS BARE SHITE

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  • Bajans get what they deserve
    I am not talking about leadership
    I am talking about when they buck up on a hard times
    just do the maths
    they’re 100% negative x 2 x 3

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  • GP…there comes a time when you must stand for something or FALL FOR ANYTHING….no one got the time anymore for stupidity and pretending not to know , time has become too precious as we have paid to learn in the last 2 years of LOST TIME…that if ya have wasted any of it…ya will never get it back……

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  • (Quote):
    Earlier this month Dr. Terrence Farrell a former Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and current director of Republic Bank sought to publicly school Prime Minister Mottley to the rudiments of asset liability management in banking after her “off-the-cuff and quip laden” remarks at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce luncheon. It seems Mr. Terrence’s palaver was to deliver a message to Prime Minister Mottley [quoted below]. It is not hidden from some the head of the local banker’s association is headed by the managing director of Republic Bank, Trinidadian. (Unquote).
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    There is no doubt that Barbados has been a significant source of forex earnings for the T&T economy.
    When that ‘easy’ source is under major threat then the T&T business class must express serious concern.

    Compared to other regional currencies how can Barbados continue to defend a currency exchange ratio to the US$ of 2:1 when its economy is in such a bad shape?

    Maybe the director of the “Republic Bank” is telegraphing what is being discussed in the inner ring of regional financial circles that Bajans should expect a much needed adjustment to their Mickey mouse dollar to bring it in line with the country’s capacity to earn forex instead of borrowing and ‘selling’ its sovereign birthright.

    Thanks to its strategic decision to default on its debt commitments, Barbados is in no way able to punch back at these currents barbs of humiliation.

    It would be interesting to hear the views of the garrulous highly paid Doc Greenidge, the IMF consultant, on this currency Devaluation recommendation for the Bajan economy.

    Blogmaster, would you support a move by the current administration to ‘renationalize’ the former BNB and turn it into a true ‘Republic Bank’?

    Or do you prefer to back an expansion of the existing T&T-own version through the takeover of the ‘exiting’ FCIB’s devalued assets?

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  • WARU
    RE GP…there comes a time when you must stand for something or FALL FOR ANYTHING…
    WE JUST NEED , AS INDIVIDUALS TO SEEK TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, AND WHAT IS TRUE AS BEST AS WE CAN AND AS LONG AS WE CAN

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  • @Miller

    Thanks for attacking the kernel of thr issue presented. The question to you is if Barbados wanted to reverse the transaction – can we afford it?

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  • OH THE HYPOCRISY
    FOR THE LAST 5 OR SO YEARS THIS BLOG AND MANY WHO POST THEREON WAS OPPOSED TO Trump AND HIS America First agenda.. BUT TODAY THE BLOG OWNER IS PROCLAIMING “We are Barbadians first!”

    IF IT WAS WRONG FOR TRUMP TO THINK America First HOW IS IT THEN RIGHT FOR US TO THINK “We are Barbadians first!”
    IS IT NOT TRUE THAT WHAT IS FIT FOR THE GOOSE IS FIT FOR THE GANDER TOO?

    TRUMP WAS BRANDED AS A SINNER FOR ALLEGEDLY GRABBING FEMALE PUDENDA TO PUT IT ELEGANTLY, BUT THE RIGHTEOUS MEMBERS OF THE BLOG THEN HAVE NO PROBLEMS NOW WITH A LEADER WHO IS ATTRACTED TO THE PUDDENDA OF MEMBERS OF THE SAME SEX

    NOW WE MUST CONDEMN THE SINS OF OUR NEIGBOURS AND THOSE WHO OWN THE PLANTATIONS, BUT WE MUST EXALT AND DEFEND THOSE IN OUR POOR HOUSEHOLDS IN THE VILLAGE WHO COMMIT THE SA,ME SINS. I AM PUZZLED
    CAN ANYONE HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT Matthew 7:3-5 MEANS?

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    PLEASE HELP ME HERE

    SINE CERE

    GP EX SCHOLAR

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  • I am sure that thousands and thousands of Barbadians like me are overwhelmingly proud of our Prime Minister and the high-powered stage lighting that she has single-handedly caused to shine on Barbados once again. There are without a doubt, haters within the local community who are suffering from severe cases of acid reflux as they enviously reflect on how poorly this great country’s image was tarnished by the last administration and the lackluster and lackadaisical leader who was as unimpressive as the goodly doctor from Trinidad and Tobago. His lackeys are also suffering from the indigestion of envy as he lacks the charisma, oratory skill, intellectual and political acumen necessary to strut on the international stage like a colossus.

    Nothing would please those more, who hung their heads in shame after the last general election than to see this Prime Minister and Barbados fail to gratify their myopic, small-minded, and selfish little egos. So too, our cousins (dare I say) to the south would give their firstborn in exchange for the satisfaction of seeing Barbados taken down ten pegs for them to feel superior., but is that not what we do as Caribbean people?

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  • @FearPlay

    Hear hear

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  • Finally a positive headline for our beloved Supreme Leader! This should set a precedent.

    Of course, she has done incredible things since 2018: Got Donville Inniss sentenced to prison, sent OSA to his grave, humiliated Ambassador Thompson, exposed the outspoken senator as a selfish xenophobe, protected our island from volcanic ash, hurricanes, cockroaches and the DLP (the order of these evils of humanity is freely chosen), refurbished the roads, fixed the sewage problem in the south, increased the foreign reserves, cleaned up the finances and brought the IMF into our country.

    The proclamation of the republic is now the cherry on the cake, so to speak. Now all that remains for our Supreme Leader to do is to put Winston Clarke and other anti-vaccinationists in their graves.

    In any case, our Supreme Leader has earned the status of a national heroine. Her portrayal should replace the inept Barrow on the $50 note. It is Mottley, not Barrow, who has left the biggest footprint in this nation’s young history. It is equally clear that only one monument will be allowed to take the place of Grand Admiral Nelson: a monument dedicated to our Great Leader Mia Mottley.

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  • “TEK DIS DONG TOO
    I WILL SEE IF THIS MASTERLY SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND SERIOUS PROSE BE PUBLISHED ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    SHITE IS SHITE AND DIS ARTICLE IS BARE SHITE”

    Xxxxx

    Opening batsman GP-EX-Scholar hit pacer David King ball over de oval fah 6) Six. King a former Empire Club cricket mentor looking towards de heavens (stunned) 🥵🥶🤯

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  • Miller…isn’t Barbados STILL Trinidad’s ATM…and they CANNOT get out of it..

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 8:43 AM

    If MAM is to stick to her manifesto promises while rubbing shoulders with the common people in the street, why not!

    Yes “We can”!
    We can always borrow the money from China or access the US$ 270 million secured by the previous administration but still sitting in a bank in Japan.

    If the country Barbadoes can find the money set up costly-to-maintain physical embassies all over the place to exploit additional sources for cheap imports, why not a locally-owned and controlled bank to replace those about to exit the local market?

    How can you be talking about opening ‘virtual’ embassies in the new metaverse while at the same time planning to rent physical space overseas to accommodate friends and party supporters to facilitate these junkets?

    Why can’t these new sources of trade on the African continent be serviced from the long established UK High Commission based in the easily accessible London?

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  • @Miller

    Leave the emotional stuff at the door. What would be the size of the local bank the government should establish to make a difference?

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  • I guess it must be true there is a move afoot to unseat her … and in her hour of glory.

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  • FEAR PLAY
    RE the high-powered stage lighting that she has single-handedly caused to shine on Barbados once again.

    SOUNDS GOOD BUT high-powered stage lighting IS PROBABLY ONLY GOOD FOR PAM PA LAM, BUS YUH BRAINS NIFCA AND CRAP OVER AND COMEDY SHOWS.

    IT DOES NOTHING FOR EITHER OUR ECONOMY OR ECOLOGY. DOES IT? HAS IT?

    PLEASE KINDLY TELL US ABOUT ANY PRACTICAL RESULTS THAT EMANATED FROM the high-powered stage lighting that she has single-handedly caused to shine on Barbados ABOUT WHICH YOU SPEAK

    RE he lacks the charisma, oratory skill, intellectual and political acumen necessary to strut on the international stage like a colossus.
    ANY ONE OF US WHO ARE PRACTICED PUBLIC SPEAKERS WITH CHARISM AND CHARM AND INTELLECT CAN MAKE A SPEACH AND STRUT on the international stage like a colossus

    IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE.
    BUT TELL ME WHEN YOU COME BACK FROM GIVING YUH PRETTY TALK WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED THE LOT OF THE SUFFEREING MASSES THAT YOU LEAD?.
    I ASKING FOR AC AND SOME DISILLUSIONED BLP ENTHUSIASTS TOO

    RE Nothing would please those more, who hung their heads in shame after the last general election than to see this Prime Minister and Barbados fail to gratify their myopic, small-minded, and selfish little egos.
    BUT IS SHE NOT DOING SO SIR? IS SHE MULTIPLYING BREAD AND FISH AND GIVING OUT BREAD AND TWO TO THE STARVING MASSES? IS SHE CONQUERING COVID? CAN SHE WALK ON WATER.
    WHAT IS SHE DOING EXCEPT TALK TALK TALK TALK, SIR. TEACH ME.

    RE our cousins (dare I say) to the south would give their firstborn in exchange for the satisfaction of seeing Barbados taken down ten pegs for them to feel superior., I DOUBT THAT THEY WILL DO THAT LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY
    AND THEY DONT HAVE TO DO A THING FOR US TO COME DOWN A FEW PEGS
    IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. BIG MOUT MIA COMPLETE WITH SCARF OVER SHOULDER IS JUST A MORE GARRULOUS FOLLOWER OF FUMBLE STUART. HE FUMBLED AND SHE IS STUMBLING

    RE There are without a doubt, haters within the local community who are suffering from severe cases of acid reflux as they enviously reflect on how poorly this great country’s image was tarnished by the last administration

    CAN YOU PLEASE DETAIL WHY ANYONE SHOULD STILL NOW HAVE acid reflux SECONDARY TO HOW this great country’s image was tarnished by the last administration SOME THREE YEARS AFTER MIA TOOK OVER THE REINS OF GOVERNMENT.
    WHY? SIR WHY? HOW? GIVE ME THE PATHO PHYSIOLOGY SIR

    IT IS ALRIGHT TO BE PATRIOTIC BUT BE REAL. THE REALITY IS DAT WE SHALL SOON BE SINGING AS OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM THAT BRIDGETOWN BRIDGES HAVE FALLEN DOWN… FIGURATIVELY AND WHO KNOWS LITERALLY TOO.UH LIE.?

    FEAR PLAY YOUR PROSE IS INDEED LOVELY AND FLOWERY AND CERTAINLY PRETTIER THAN MOST WHO COME HERE.
    BUT IT IS LACKING IN TRUTH AND THE REALITY ON THE GROUND, AND IN THE GROUN.
    HOW MUCH WERE YOU PAID FOR THIS BULL SHIT?
    CAN YOU GET ME A JOB LIKE THIS?

    NB A GREATER THAN ANGELA COLE IS HERE
    I AM FILLING IN FOR HER SIR

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  • MILLER
    DONT BE DETERRED SIR
    FOR ONCE YOU MEKKING SENSE
    WHEN YOU LEFT OUT ATTACCKING ME AND THE WORD YOU CAN INDEED MEK SENSE
    YOUR LOGIC AND IDEAS MAKE SENSE.
    MIA HAS COPIED SHITE FROMTHE BRANDON REGIME
    I CANT SEE WHY SHE CANT LISTEN TO YOU

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  • David

    For nearly 20 years the local corporates have been getting substantial amounts of their funding from the T&T capital markets.

    You do know that there must be a sovereignty price to be paid since your subject is a faux independence while the misguidance of a republicanism awaits.

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    Separately

    Saint Georgie of the Porgy, the fingerer of men, never fails to amuse. This day however, that amusement was tinged with the edge of a biting critique as if an unnatural event. LOL

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  • Where is the spiritual vibe in Barbados it has gone on a walkabout and is missing in action

    When the PM first announced a national lock down she called for a national prayer

    but this one talked about pestilence in bible
    and many more would die don’t ask me why
    and that one talked about water nonsensically
    and followed the Covid as proof unscientifcally
    and another one talked about minority hatridge
    and produced and published a theory of works
    now many moons on
    they’re still saying
    same damn thing
    over and over
    again and again
    a resonation of
    a low vibration

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 9:47 AM

    I think you should address that call about “emotional stuff” to MAM.

    The miller never called for any re-nationalising of any bank; republic or otherwise. Whether its is in the form of a Post Office brand à la the London-based blogger or even MAM’s manifesto pipe dreams.

    Banks in Barbados in their present configuration are heading to the same cyber space as the virtual dodo bird.

    So too would be her planned physical embassies all over the place as the threat of global warming impacts severely on future air travel.

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  • @Miller

    You should know bricks and mortar is old school, credit unions are labouring under the weight of the cost as an example. Again the question, how do you propose the government to intervene in the market to make a difference.

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  • PACHA
    RE tinged with the edge of a biting critique
    VERY GOOD PUN SIR
    SEEMS YOU UNDERSTOOD THE PHRASE “OTHER USES OF HER MUSCLES OF MASTICATION”

    DO YOU REALIZE THAT IF YOU DISLOCATE THE TEMPORO MANDIBULAR JOINT THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO SPEAK AS THE MUSCLES OF MASTICATION GO INTO EXTREME SPASM

    JOHN & VINCENT
    I THINK THAT YOU CAN WORK OUT THAT IN THE BEATINGS TO THE HEAD THAT JESUS RECIEVED IN PILATE’S JUDGEMENT HALL CAUSED A DISLOCATION OF HIS TEMPORO MANDIBULAR JOINTS BILATERALLY, AND THAT WAS POSSIBLY THE REASON WHY HE SPOKE ONLY 7 RECORDED TIMES FROM THE CROSS
    IS IT NOT VERY INTERESTING TO CONTEMPLATE THAT THAT THE FIRST THING HE SAID UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES WAS fATHER FORGIVE THEM:?

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  • It should be noted that SAGICOR Jamaica is also the top regional performer , including Barbados,of that company .
    It’s no secret that when our local manufacturing industry was flourishing, Trinidad was the main market. When the real estate market went dormant in the 80s , the Trinis rushed in and saved the industry.
    For years Guyanese fish was supplementing our supply especially with shrimp, which was in very high demand in the tourism industry.
    I note that we are now trying to rekindle more trading with Guyana.
    Our local market has always had a challenge because of our relatively small population.

    The real problem is that our local corporate barons have always demonstrated a reluctance to be bold and innovative, leaving the field wide open for others.
    As @ Pacha has indicated, sometimes we need to look at the bigger picture.

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  • Miller…i remember the days when none of them wanted to see the Black majority own anything, they WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY, all of them, including parliament traitors to isolate them completely from owning any viable small island type…”big” businesses, so those so inclined sold their businesses only TO TRINIDAD, North America or Europe, …now they ain’t got SHITE and have to borrow everywhere…may they fall hard and never have the ability to rise again…. and Trinidad will still be withdawing from their BARBADOS ATM for …DECADES TO COME…they made their beds…MFs..

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  • Saint Geogie of the Porgy

    After all we deserve a modicum of laughter with you as the butt.

    Now let the language police interpret that as they will.

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  • @Pacha

    As you know because of oil and natural gas the Trinis had excess capital to invest regionally because of limited opportunity in their domestic market. This is no longer the case. Under OSA in particular we opened the floodgates and as they say, the rest is history.

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  • WURA
    RE i remember the days when none of them wanted to see the Black majority own anything,
    DAT IS WUH HAPPEN TO PLANTATIONS LTD SHIPPING AND RADING , MWC ETC
    T HERBERT A & R TEMPRO AND A FEW OTHERS JUST DISSOLVED

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  • Random

    Money and Life

    Followed by Death

    … 5,129,158

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  • PACHA
    RE After all we deserve a modicum of laughter with you as the butt.
    YOU ARE PUNNING DIS MORNING
    WUH YOU HAD FOR BREKFAST?
    PUNS ARE ALWAYS FUN

    A BUTT IS A SMALL ITEM –ON A PAIR OF WHICH YOU CAN SWING LARGE DOORS
    WHEN ONE DAY YOU GET TO APPRECIATE THE INTRICACIES OF THE WORD OF GOD YOU WILL ALSO APPRECIATE THE FREQUENT USE OF THE WORD OF SIMILAR SOUND….”but”
    CHECK IT OUT IN STRONG’S CONCORDANCE ONLINE

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  • The blogmaster is disappointed Barbadians at large – including the traditional media – have not seized the opportunity to defend these veil attacks against the office of prime minister and by extension BARBADIANS notwithstanding political affiliations.
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    With so “many hands make light work cabinet” a bushel of consultants; Innumerable Gov’t public relations agencies and you want the media to assume the role of Gov’t mouthpiece? Surely you jest!

    Couldn’t some of the above arise from their stupor to defend Barbados? They are so accustomed to the PM operating as chief cook and bottle washer that they have lost their ability to say anything in defense of their island home.

    Trinidad does what Trinidad does

    1 from 10 leaves nought

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Quite a mixture of issues in this tossed salad of words.
    The focus I guess is that of loyalty to Barbados. BUT are we at war with T&T? I think not. We should not let outsiders set an Agenda for us Barbadians.
    Terence Farrel is one of the more gifted and straight talking Economist that the UWI has produced. His speech was educative and instructive for those who are not acquainted with matters of Money and Banking. I do not think his intention was to talk down to our Prime Minister. She made a remark which which should have been spotted and corrected by the technocrats in her ministry or the CBB. Dr. Farrel attempted to do so. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Republic Bank and was probably chosen to give the response since this is his area of expertise.
    I am sure our PM has her areas of expertise and she does not hesitate to display them.
    On the area of National debt / GDP. I have expressed my views on that ad nauseam. It is not of economic significance. It is just a monitor.

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  • @Vincent

    We know you position, all is well. NTSH

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  • TronNovember 17, 2021 9:26 AM

    Finally a positive headline for our beloved Supreme Leader!
    YOU SHOULD STOP THE BLASPHEMY.

    It is Mottley, not Barrow, who has left the biggest footprint in this nation’s young history.
    ARE YOU SAYING THAT SHE HAS BIG FEET?
    DO YOU KNOW WHAT SOME OBSTETICIANS SAY ABOUT THE SIZRE OF A WOMAN’S FEET IN RELATIONSHIP TO PELVIMETRY?
    ARE YOU THEN SUGGESTING THAT MIA SHOULD STOP FOOLING AROUND AND START BREEDING?
    HEAVEN FORBID.
    WE MIGHT GET ANOTHER BIG MOUT MONSTER WHO IS USELESS

    watch now watcc

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  • David

    We’re well aware. That phenomenon was proposed for a doctoral dissertation two decades ago. It was considered then to have a limited lifespan.

    But the accumulation of T&T investments in Barbados does not diminish soft power influence considering the strategic areas of the economy that were funded and the near monopolies or oligopolies engendered.

    The influence of those investments can only be minimized at national peril.

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  • @ David
    Why try to blame OSA? The “ floodgates “ , we’re opened long before OSA. BTW why use the term floodgates to dishonestly conjure up some belief that OSA literally sold out Barbados? That is simply not true.
    If the monied class in Bim wants to keep their money and remain in archaic retail mode, that is their choice. The traditional corporate sector in Bim has been awashed with money but only one or two have chosen to be investors in modern economic activity.

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  • @Pacha

    To add, the TT investments/acquisitions occurred under the framework of the CSME project. Is this what we want or not.

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  • @William

    The blogmaster was deliberate in the reference to OSA because this is when the volume of investments and acquisitions significantly increased.

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 10:23 AM
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    Again the question, how do you propose the government to intervene in the market to make a difference. (Unquote).
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    The GoB is in NO position to intervene in a financial sub-market which is ‘virtually owned and controlled by foreign entities.

    Asking the banks to lower fees is not any flexing of muscles but a mere behind-the- scenes form of political begging to appease the masses in light of the upcoming GE.

    The events in the Bajan markets, both commercial and financial, are determined and dictated out of T&T and Jca.

    Barbados is just a profit centre for the commercial and financial entities based in T&T and Jca.

    The juniors in Barbados just follow instructions and implement dictated policies.

    Barbados will simply follow suit to whatever happens in T&T or Jca.

    BTW, when do you expect to hear of the official closure of the BSE?

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  • David

    We have no problem with that per say. Modern economies rely on foreign investment. And why not T&T or other regional sources for capital

    Our problem is that we have failed to deploy the widest cross section of Bajans,, particularly Black people, in the business of large scale capital formation instead of the continual reliance on a narrow set of White people who have failed to do what capitalist are to – protect the country from an unbalance, unequal, capital flows scenario.

    This maybe toooooooo radical for some.

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  • @Miller

    We are making progress.

    Is the BSE integral to the Caricom/CSME project as it relates to harmonization of financial markets?

    #askingforafriend

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  • @Pacha

    Accept your position in concept. How would you propose the framework to channel investments/beneficial ownership to enfranchise the masses?

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  • KARMA and RETRIBUTION are OUT and ABOUT..

    “The GoB is in NO position to intervene in a financial sub-market which is ‘virtually owned and controlled by foreign entities.

    The events in the Bajan markets, both commercial and financial, are determined and dictated out of T&T and Jca.

    Barbados is just a profit centre for the commercial and financial entities based in T&T and Jca.”

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  • David

    David

    BTW, William Skinner seems like minded on this issue.

    But yours is a question continually asked but the answers are never factored.

    Simply put, the same ways that you have empowered White people and other minority groups as the national policy across generations.

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  • @ Tron November 17, 2021 9:26 AM
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    In any case, our Supreme Leader has earned the status of a national heroine. Her portrayal should replace the inept Barrow on the $50 note. (Unquote).
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    But why lower the status of your goddess to that of a $50 note which will soon be worth even less than sea crab faeces in the pocket of the average consumer to bring it in line with the ascending economy of Guyana?

    Why nor issue a Bds$1,000.00 note to represent the apotheosis of your Hera sans marriage and offspring?

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  • @Pacha

    Not challenging William, simple clarifying.

    Whites are empowered in our neck of the woods because of power structures constructed in that dark period?

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  • Guess it’s beginning to sink in that Black people on the island including the traitors in the paliament…HAVE NO CONTROL over the foreign-OWNED businesses they sold out to……..none whatsoever….they OWN everything….yall have NOTHING…just the way ya ALWAYS wanted it…..ya only in control of ya immediate surroundings…and even that is not a surety soon….yall are just taking up space and am sure they ALL WANT YOU GONE…..am equally sure the parliament traitors will help them in that regard soon, one way or the next, hence the long talk about 80,000 immigrants…..unless ya want to be perpetual Slaves and WE KNOW many have those leanings….but those minorities who own ALL the businesses on the island, prefer new face…

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 11:14 AM
    (Quote):
    @Miller
    We are making progress.
    Is the BSE integral to the Caricom/CSME project as it relates to harmonization of financial markets? (Unquote).
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    LOL!!
    I like your euphemism(“we are making progress”) which can pass for ‘you catching up’ to the reality facing Barbados.

    How can the comatose BSE be integral to anything when no trading takes place or shares are available to ordinary Barbadian savers/investors for purchase in the regional commercial entities?

    Do you know if the NIS participate in the same Caricom/CSME project?

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  • And we’re back on the sex train! I think we never ever really get off!

    But David, you alright this morning???? I struggle to find the reason for and the reasoning within this blog.

    Is it your opinion that I am to defend Ms. Mottley because she is Barbadian and Trinidadians are trying to pull her down for nefarious reasons?

    I do declare that I will instead defend Ms. Mottley when she proves herself worthy of defending, regardless of what may be the motives of the Trinidadians. I care nothing about what they say.

    Besides, Viv Richards believed a batsman should let his bat do the talking and I agreed with him wholeheartedly.

    By the time his bat finished talking he was known to the entire cricketing world as the MASTER BLASTER!

    And there was no-one on Earth or Mars who dared to utter a word in opposition.

    If you or Ms. Mottley want me to join the choir that sings her praises, like the Merrymen did for Gary Sobers, there is only one way to do it. (Hint: It will require more than the presentation of a birth certificate.)

    Rather than sledge the Trinies, I suggest that we all chew some gum like Viv and wait for Mia to hit the winning runs.

    Then even Angela Cox may be forced to sing,

    🎵
    “For she’s a jolly good fe-elloooow…..
    which nobody can deny!”🎶

    Pun intended.

    Alliteration to follow.

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  • No worries Donna, we entitled to a view.

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  • David
    That is a misguidance. You have never sought to empower Black people with a sense of saving our country economically as their solemn responsibility. You left this entirely to the White planter class types and foreigners.

    We remember well Black people like Martin, Hampden, Nasser, Clarke and many others across all sectors strangulated by racist structures thought natural in Barbados.

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 11:32 AM

    So how do you explain the recent rise of Maloney to be the new controlling kid on the kickback block?

    There were more black-owned commercial entities in the Barbados of the 1940’s & 50’s than there are in these modern days of ‘dark light’.

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  • @Pacha

    You know it starts with a relevant education curriculum. William will agree. However the same people have been feed Eurocentric concepts. How will the cycle be broken? At minimum we are a generation behind. Note this is not a Barbados only problem.

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  • @Miller

    MAM2 is a frontman and bagman. And he is a high brown.

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  • Retribution and Karma walking hand in hand.

    “You left this entirely to the White planter class types and foreigners.”

    who will now look for ways to ship them ALL OUT TO UAE…now that they got the dirty, corrupt, slimy connection..

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  • “There were more black-owned commercial entities in the Barbados of the 1940’s & 50’s than there are in these modern days of ‘dark light’.

    by the 1970’s the covetous, racist greedy minorities put their heads together with the HOUSE NEGROS of parliamnet a came up with a plot to ISOLATE and SEGREGATE the Black majority from EVER owning small island “big” business like that ever again and it is has worked well for nearly half century…

    i got the whole story about HOW and WHO plotted it…that’s why i went after them with their stinking corrupt selves when the judases gave them permission to attempt to ROB the continent with their fintech scamming…

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  • Caribbean islands should become one nation to pool resources income etc with local Governments and local sales tax
    Haiti Cuba Dominican Republic have about 10 million each and all the other islands combined equal another 10 million

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  • So now ya see why all of this is just a waste of time energy…YOU have NO SAY, YOU, OWN NOTHING…yall sold out DECADES AGO…and if ya sold out ya people, businesses, land and other resources to me because yall are JUDASES…..i would MAKE SURE you have NO SAY ….and look to get rid of yall too…clean up the crime scene before ya get it in ya STUPID, SELLOUT HEADS…to make life difficult for me or call my name in international circles…

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  • 555,

    Easier said than done. We tried that but I guess our politicians all wanted to be head honcho.

    Big fish in small ponds, satisfied to play large and in charge when in fact they are insignificant on any world stage.

    Competition to the death of us all seems more likely than co-operation.

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  • @ David the blogmaster,

    PM Mottley does not want anyone defending her.

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  • @ David November 17, 2021 12:10 PM
    “MAM2 is a frontman and bagman. And he is a high brown.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wuhlos(s)!
    Confession is good for the Blogmaster’s soul!

    Glad to see you have finally come around to the reality that the Hyatt erection is a mere mirage of a project designed to scam money from the BTII.

    That money that was lost in the vaccine scam could have gone a long way in bringing that long promised Ziva erection to life to light the path to some form of much needed economic recovery to stave off social upheaval.

    It would have been a good sign towards the revitalization of Bridgetown as the shining capital of the new republic called ‘RoB’.

    You can now expect to be crossed off the upcoming Xmas list of the exceedingly reticent Enuff.

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  • and if ya sold out ya people, businesses, land and other resources to me, allowed me to steal BILLIONS of dollars of your people’s money from the treasury, pension fund and VAT… because yall are JUDASES…..i would MAKE SURE you have NO SAY

    it’s so much, so ugly and so repulsive ya tend to forget the numerous crimes these judases enbled, condoned and RUBBERSTAMPED against 2 generations of Black people…for over half century..

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  • @Hants

    If you read the blog carefully you should be able to glean the issue is not so much about MOTTLEY. Unfortunately the mention of her name generates ‘noise’.

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  • “would have been a good sign towards the revitalization of Bridgetown as the shining capital of the new republic called ‘RoB’”

    when the judases gave them permission to attempt to ROB the continent with their fintech scamming…

    RoB……🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • @Miller

    The matter raised straddles both administrations and is a symptom of a bigger issue. Is it possible to zoom on the systemic and structural problems?

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  • @VC

    “On the area of National debt / GDP. I have expressed my views on that ad nauseam. It is not of economic significance. It is just a monitor.”

    A true believer that GOD is a BAJAN.

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  • Do we agree GDP is an indicator we are living above our means?

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  • I am not emotional
    I am overwhelmed by the twist and turns of this govt when accountability and transparency is shoved our the door
    How can the media offer support for the PM when the obvious poor planning of her many policies have back fired
    May the Trinidadian message to PM was worth saying after all her backdoor tactics in trying to buy vaccine at a ridiculous price and her unqenching appetite for borrowing
    She would be supported when she does the right things
    Hard not to remember in the early days of COVID
    The media was signing HOW Great Thou art to MIa

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  • David

    Of course! We would suggest and would have suggested RADICAL approaches long before we got to this dead end.

    Those who did were hit with the Public Order Act. Or people’s property was taken away, Sagicor.

    Now, the only possibility for a sustainable solution is to put the population on death’s ground.

    Unless we can transform the conservative attitudes of Bajans about development, including you who are archetypal we regret, Barbados will eventually die.

    Conservatism is for people who got something to lose. Never could quite figured out what Bajans had to, including most here.

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  • Oh dear! It seems the “kernel” of this blog was so hidden as to be easily missed.

    What are we supposed to be discussing again?

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  • @Pacha

    We need the conservative to anchor the change to avoid chaos LOL.

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  • “Conservatism is for people who got something to lose. Never could quite figured out what Bajans had to, including most here”

    follow pattern will kill them…..following and mouthing about something they have VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT…..and don’t know the DEPTH OF…the fall back word when they have nothing interesting to discuss and that is the explanation and justification for inbred STUPIDITY…

    now they will pay for being loose with the gifts they SQUANDERED.

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  • David

    Have we not been doing that type of thinking previously? Playing it safe?

    It reminds us of the saying, if yuh go teiffing carry a frightened man as a bulwark against being caught.

    Oh no, if you’re serious the mentality has to be burning down, figuratively, all that there is.

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  • I have enjoyed reading this post; especially the two old timers GP and Pachamama politely engaging each other.
    On an all together more serious note, I hope there will be a good ending to this story. The wording for the missing lady is bizzare in the extreme.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/11/17/missing-samara-cameisha-kymel-bristol/

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  • TLSN

    Weeeeeeee have no permanent foes, permanent friends or colleagues.

    And yes! GP, even his moniker alone, has a way of presenting jovial moments. We must admit.

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  • @Pacha

    When dealing with the unpredictability of human behaviour it adds a layer of complexity to determining process and outcomes. Apply chaos theory if you will. Also your usual prognostications about the need to understand our ecosystem by linking local to global.

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  • Pacha…ya won’t believe what information just DROPPED IN MY LAP…

    cast your brain back to a discussion some weeks ago, yes, it was ACCURATE…and more information just appeared…just like that, i wasn’t even looking for it.. some things i just cannot post anymore, but you can find it on my WordPress website just peruse the menus…

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  • @ Pacha @ TLSN
    With Dr. Mascoll’s position that the economy has been set back to 1997 , as a result of COVID, and the fact that we are yet to be presented by any of the political parties and other players how we can go forward, it means that all the gains made for the last 30/ 40 years have been effectively wiped out or threatened.
    There is need for an almost revolutionary national discourse on how we handle the socio economic factors and challenges with which we are now confronted.
    Any other considerations must take second place to this reality.
    I recall almost thirty years ago, the jokers were talking about the Singapore model . We always seem bent on copying others rather than putting our intellectual and other resources to solving problems.
    It’s like copying at school : when the person you are copying from moves , you are left in no man’s land.
    Dr. Eric Williams said many moons ago that a considerable amount of our challenges are created by outside influences. However, he never said that we should just sit and watch our own backyard go to ruin. While we cannot and should not ignore global realities , we should not and cannot fail to utilize our own talents and resources to combat those outside influences.And that is exactly where the political and intellectual classes have failed and apparently will continue to fail.
    Once more we are blaming the broken down masses for every single misadventure of the leadership; once more we are asking them to surrender basic rights to be further down pressed by an economic system that promises them much but delivers less than little.
    Daily the unemployed and economically struggling masses in the region are being told to be nationalistic and embrace a collective visionless leadership.
    This gamble that has characterized our region since the independence era is starting to fail. In other words as the Mighty Gabby has reminded us:
    One day coming soon, de people will rise up and when they do , it will be heat on the tormentors feet…………..
    Peace.

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  • Skinmer
    Agree, with every word!!!!!!!

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  • @Pacha

    What is wrong with evaluating successful models that exist elsewhere as a pathway to improving our backyard? Have other countries visited our shores to assess the electoral system to cite just one example? This is standard fare, it does not obviate the need to be innovative about other things. We love to conflate the issues.

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  • @GP

    Our Supreme Leader is a legend like Queen Elizabeth I of England. She does not need a wimpy, lazy, indigenous man. She is married to the nation. She does not need real children. Her children are the people.

    @Miller

    You’re actually right. Given the great fame of our leader, I plead for a 10,000 Barbados dollar bill.

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  • I just read that Miss Grenville Phillips has filed an injunction against our transformation to a republic.

    How ridiculous! Miss GP II is even afraid of a little needle called an inoculation. How can a person who is so fearful and trapped in the delusion of her fear of vaccination even file a lawsuit? Didn’t the judge check the vaccination status???

    Voluntarily unvaccinated people have no rights at all. They are without rights because they are enemies of the leader, state and people. So they are not allowed to sue.

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  • “Daily the unemployed and economically struggling masses in the region are being told to be nationalistic and embrace a collective visionless leadership”

    the people would be a little more than FOOLISH…..to listen to anything these fraud colonial agents across the region has to tell them when all they do IS LIE, LIE LIE and SELLOUT, SELLOUT, SELLOUT…

    ya may get 2 or three good ones out of the lot across the islands…if ya lucky…

    what nationalism what, another fraud they did not even create themselves…and talking shite incessantly……i would be ASHAMED for anyone to see or hear me following any of those colonial demons into hell…..i would be embarrassed to let my children and grandchildren witness me being thus MISLED.

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  • David
    Yuh still looking elsewhere. Will there be ever a point in time when we feel confident enough to dispense with crutches. Hope that word is acceptable with the morality police.

    Why are you so fearful but yet waxing lyrical about independence, republicanism?

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  • David
    Our electoral system is a problem. Is the major problem we have this misleadership class.

    You want to go to heaven, but not die.

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  • Republicism
    Meta verse
    Interesting

    Criticisms and concerns
    

    The term arose in the early 1990s, and has come to be criticised as a method of public relations building using a purely speculative, “over-hyped”[41] concept based on existing technology.[42]

    Information privacy in the metaverse is an area of concern because the companies involved will likely collect users’ personal information through wearable devices and user interactions.[12] Facebook is planning on persisting targeted advertising within the metaverse, raising further worries related to the spread of misinformation and loss of personal privacy.[3]

    User addiction and problematic social media use is another concern for the development of the metaverse. Internet addiction disorder, social media, and video game addiction can have mental and physical repercussions over a prolonged period of time, such as depression, anxiety, and obesity.[11] Experts are also concerned that the metaverse could be used as an ‘escape’ from reality in a similar fashion to existing internet technologies.[12][43]

    The metaverse may magnify the social impacts of online echo chambers and digitally alienating spaces.[2][44] Since metaverse developments may be made to algorithmically tailor virtual worlds based on each person’s beliefs, the metaverse may further distort users’ perceptions of reality with biased content to maintain or increase engagement.[44][45] The alienation of the human personality and the digitization of the human experience is demonstrated to lead to further alienation of interpersonal human relationships.[46]

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  • David

    Your backyard cannot be improved. Have we not tried that for 55 years at least.

    Your backyard needs bulldozers to rip up and transform.

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  • Waru
    Will like to have a look.

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  • @ Pacha
    @ David wants to ride but he is bent on keeping on the training wheels. However, his gradualism has always won the day. Whether we like it or accept it the fear of removing the training wheels is real and politically psychological.
    When we add the glaring lack of inspirational leadership, the picture is very clear.
    Always make Massa comfortable and everything will be alright in the morning. That’s the real problem. Believe it or not. It’s very real.
    The struggle continues.

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  • @Hants
    the last time I saw something like this, it was dated 1942.
    Covenants for the Atlantic Breeze development by the NHC

    Click to access 57a07bb87a6c4042ab954f9d2d746c4a

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  • William Skinner
    Yes, you’re quite right. However, theirs can never be ours. Theirs are the very ways which have robbed us of the best of Bajans, those most capable than any others, who could have helped us to deal with these monumental even existential matters before the perdition expected. But yes, we rarely seem to be able to fashion a genuine transformation.

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  • Skinner

    If we are to envision a new Barbados, the duopoly will have to be made illegal, if we serious.

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  • I have no respect for anyone who supports former US president , Donald Trump.
    All members of the Coon Club please take a bow.

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  • Taxi drivers say no relief same Ole crap

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