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!
You seem to forget. Nothing lasts for ever.
We in western Europe remember the fall of Eastern Europe where powerful dictator’s reign of terror and power were brought to a premature end by the masses.
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For those seeking to either defend or support recent developments at the Bridgetown port , you should be reminded that those controlling the shipping / tour business industry are the real power players in this economic discrimination against the struggling small taxi operators, who have been treated like second class citizens, when it comes to the operations of the port , for donkey years.
There is a brazen effort to convince the gullible that these “ successive” governments have never ruled before ..They did not solve the problems that had existed and are skillful at pretending that they are only aware when they become the government. It’s laughable to say the very least. This is consistent con artistry by both the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party.
Those who are now looking to score remarkably cheap political points on both sides must know that for years in the daily press , we read headlines such as : Taxi operators at the Bridgetown port Cry out. Taxi men not gaining entry at port. Taxi operators say their are poorly treated.
Neither the BLP nor the DLP has any credibility on this issue. They have been the only “ successive” governments the country has had.
“We in western Europe remember the fall of Eastern Europe where powerful dictator’s reign of terror and power were brought to a premature end by the masses.”
i keep telling them…only the PEOPLE can remove PERMANENTLY out of Black Afrikan lives, this gang of corrupt demonic criminals…and they better do it at the VERY FIRST OPPORTUNITY…or suffer the consequences…imagine if they had been successful with their conterfeit vaccine scam…imagine if they had not been shown the door as employees in Nigeria…..
just imagine what these evil savages are plotting for the population with the help of the judas nigas…
DavidNovember 18, 2021 8:52 AM
Mr. Barven agreed to thr specifications BEFORE construction of the stalls.
Have the last word
So what else can I say
Another house negro willing and able to sell out what is in the better interest the people he represent
Membership should take a close look at him and make solid determinations as to whose interest he serves
Calls for land reform have been ignored so there is little control over how the “ fields and hills” are managed. To institute land reform will mash the corns of COW Willams , the Maloneys and others who still behave and are allowed to behave as if we are still a plantation.
Something meaningful and LONG LASTING gotta be done with and about the parliament niga…their judas personas are ENDANGERING the Black population even more than before and WILL GET WORSE..
@ William Skinner November 18, 2021 9:09 AM
Since I’m the only person so far to use the word, “successive,” in my reference to “successive BLP and DLP administrations,” perhaps you’re referring to me in your comments.
Firstly, I do not consider myself to be “seeking to to either defend or support recent developments at the Bridgetown port.”
Secondly, similarly to you, I agree BOTH political administrations do not have ‘any credibility on this and SEVERAL OTHER issues.’
Rather than solving the problem, ‘government’ ‘added insult to injury’ when Transport Board offered ‘shuttle and tour bus services’ to cruise passengers.
My problem is, certain individuals are purposely giving the impression this problem only occurred recently, when in actuality, it has been ongoing for SEVERAL YEARS. What is also annoying is how those same ‘party supporters’ conveniently empathize with poor and marginalised people in Barbados when their ‘party is not in power’…….. and then suddenly disregard them as soon as their party ‘control the reins of power.’ But, we must accept this is ‘par for the course.’
However, I believe, in all fairness, the current administration should be commended for at least giving some sort of consideration to the situation, while offering a solution.
As such, at this stage, I prefer to ‘wait and see’ how developments unfold before ‘presumptuously criticizing’ the proposed efforts.
Quite frankly, the term “ successive” was used to drive home my point that all of these “successive” governments were in power and the problem at the port remains the same. The reason I did not address you directly was simply because you are not the only one on BU who use this term. It is used by several including myself.
Whenever I want to address others directly, I do so.
Successive governments indeed! My best friend has been informing me about this for years and years. The small operators are left to fight each other for scraps, shut out by the big tour companies. Angela Cox is the only one who has recently discovered this.
If there is a positive change arranged by this BLP government, she will never speak of it again.
We’ll see what happens.
ask your best friend about the transport deals for Ross U
Its not only the small taxi operators. The small hired car/mini moke businesses have suffered an almost identical fate. We took a billion dollar industry and steered the money towards the bigger players in the sector. The bold faceness of the DLP/BLP is unbelievable to any independent thinker. Anything now done for these businesses persons is long over due regardless of whom is “in power”. These two parties have supported and lined the pockets of the haves and when the people cry out, they then come with crocodile tears pretending to be saviours. They both do it over and over.
These operators have been , as your friend said, been marginalised for donkey years.
BTW we should also recognise the interlocking interests of the big tour companies with the local shipping magnates. But they can’t go there because the whole deception will be exposed.
“If there is a positive change arranged by this BLP government, she will never speak of it again.”
How does one define and measure a positive change? How can there be any such talk of a positive change when foreign cruise liners dictate to passengers and taxis whether they are allowed to take a private taxi or whether they are permitted to take passengers.
The Barbados government has been holding out for the return of the wretched cruiseliner business; even going so far as to allowing them to dump raw sewage into our sea and to destroy our coral reefs whilst been quarantined and now the ungrateful bastards are sabotaging the earning opportunities of our taxi drivers.
We Bajans have lowered our bar so low we cannot not even feel when we are being shafted. We are like lobsters in a pot of boiling water. The British based journalist was right all along. But don’t we will soon become a republic!
Are you bending the truth? If a passenger disembarks and prefers to travel by a coach arranged by the Cruise ship how can those individuals be dictated to? The issue is whether passengers are being instructed to avoid doing business with single taxis. Stop spouting nonsense on te blog.
In all fairness one must also consider that in an age where social media had no voices to be heard that the only platform available was that of local media and the political platform
Local media as all have observed plays into the hands of govt
Now times have change and the words successive govts only plays a role on political platforms
A new age and way of thinking has emerged and many are beginning to advocate changes that matter and are helpful to the people changes having a great possibility and a reality that successive govts are in danger of becoming obsolete
Again maripose in trying to score political points is barking up the wrong tree due to her short memory/ ignorance
The small taxis problem at the port existed all through the previous administration. When Kerri Simmons was MOT he allow the small taxis equal access inside of the port like the larger busses
This problem today was created because of the “ bubble “ and should soon be corrected
The larger tour busses were allowed inside of the port and would get the majority of business
The small taxis had to wait outside and pick up the ‘scraps’
There are tours that are prearranged and usually need a bus.
Then they are some tourist who prefer their own private tour ( or just to be take to a certain place ) that woul use a small taxi
This happens throughout all the islands
Imo. the small taxis owners are being patient because of what Kerri did for them They know that this problem too will be corrected. Just a hitch !
Also it was the small taxi operators who were contracted by the government to provide transportation for incoming passengers to covid hotels to await test results.
Stop being disingenuous. The dynamics of the tourism industry have long moved aways from those where anybody small could make a living.
Are you discussing the issue at hand?
Yes! Government support for taxi drivers.
The magnitude of this profound matter appears not to resonate in both yours and John’s 2 mindset. It’s like a starving population being denied the right to consume food grown on their territory because it is intended for the export market.
Why some of you continue to bury your heads in the sand confirms you are comfortable with the sorry plight of Barbados majority population.
When the unrest commences and law and order crumbles don’t come on BU and express shock that such events could have taken place in Barbados.
You are a cruel and heartless Devil’s advocat. This contempt for black Bajans will at the appropriate time be countered and remedied.
David will crack any number of skulls. Go to any length to get the normalcy he craves.
Devil’s advocate? Give him the top job. LOL
DavidNovember 18, 2021 3:04 PM
Also it was the small taxi operators who were contracted by the government to provide transportation for incoming passengers to covid hotels to await test results
So what !those where the days during Covid before big Cruise Industry landed on Barbados soil
Today there is a different turn of events it seems govt has handed over the kit and bottle to big Cruise and made plans in their best interest
BTW not only the taxi drivers gonna suffer but all the various entities in Bridgetown as well across barbados
If you had your way Barbados would be closed for business to tourists and same taxi operators home twiddling thumbs.
This is why I find the mischievous overgrown school boy, GP, a source of mirth.. There are too many government apologists on BU, who are always willing to tow the party line.
What days did the cruise ships dump raw sewage into Barbados waters?
Provide the prove / supporting article
If u used to follow the cruise industry u would know the when ships first returned to Barbados/islands that they did bubble tours
Even the small businesses inside the port had complained similar to what’s now happening to the taxis operators .
Now that a lot more bajan are vaccinated and Barbados more opened the ships seems to be still operating in ‘bubble’ mode
Like the small businesses inside the port I expect the taxis complaint to be history now.
U on the other would like it to continue to give u something to stretch
If EWB can be remembered as the fatha of independence, Ms. Mockley will go down in history as the mutha of the republic.
Another example of how the privileged are given exclusive rights to piss all.over the less privileged
Residents living at Chancery Lane, Long Beach Estate, in Christ Church, are upset over the dust, noise, and other negative effects from the construction of a housing project, a joint partnership between Government and developer Mark Maloney.
They told Nation News that while they welcomed the construction of the houses, Government and the developer had not lived up to their promises made at a town hall meeting to put measures in place to shield them from the noise and the dust.
The project, called Atlantic Breeze, involves the construction of 267 homes as well as business ventures similar to the Villages at Coverley.
Kwane Ifill, spokesperson for the residents, said their lives were basically disrupted from Monday to Saturday with dust blowing into their homes and trucks driving into the neighbourhood at two and three o’clock in the morning delivering heavy-duty equipment while sections of the road were damaged and a water main burst on three occasions. (Video by Maria Bradshaw) #Barbados #BarbadosNews #YourNewsYourTimeYourWay #NationBarbados #TheSourceMatters
Listen up.folks this sh.it must stop
Top many examples how the wealth of the mighty rich can step all over the underprivileged
Having to beg and plead for a living for proper protection and safety of ones health and property from the might rich is wrong
When this kind of evilness goes unnoticed by govt
Then it is time to turn another leaf one that says a right to self preservation is a God given and constitutional right to every humane being
U CANT UNDERSTAND THAT BARBADOS GONE TO THE DOGS………RUFF RUFF—LIKE THE REST OF DE WORLD
MANKIND AND MANNISH WOMEN HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY CAN NOT RULE THEMSELVES OR THEIR INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES
TIME FOR ANTICHRIST TO TEK OVAH DE WIRL IN THE IMMINENT ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
CANT YOU SEE THE BIG PRACTICE AND PREPARATION RUN YET?
JUST SHUT UP OLE GIRL
WASH YOUR HANDS
PUT ON YOUR MASK
TEK THE JAB
AND WAIT TO COCK UP AND DEAD
Yuh at it again.
Does your fervent support for White devils like Trump. And unconsidered, uncritical devotion to falsehoods not themselves central to these visions of the cavemen as they emerged from the Caucasus Mountains, as the ultimately end-time antichrist nonsense?
What level of madness could be conjured which supposes an ethos against a person or being NEVER to have existed in the first place?
I AM A SERIOUS BIBLE STUDENT AND EXPOSITOR , AND HAVE BEEN SO FOR YEARS, SINCE CHILDHOOD
YOU AND OTHERS ARE SERIOUS STUDENTS AND EXPOSITORS AND BELIEVERS IN OTHER THINGS
YOU THINK AT THIS OLD AGE I AM GOING TO STOP BELIEVING WHAT I BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU BU JOKERS DONT LIKE WHAT I LIKE?
I CANT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CANT UNDERSTAND THAT.
No, but you also claim to be a scientist, as well. Within the Afrikan philosophical traditions there are no differences between spirituality and science.
As such, since all you persume to “believe” was mothered by those ancient moorings, should a time not arrive where scientific method informs your religious dogma. Even as a thought experiment.
Because you were criminally miseducated by your parents and have believed lies all your life should not deter you from ruthlessly questioning deeply held beliefs. Your people up until 600 years ago believed that the world was flat as well.
In fact, the reverse should be a truism. Meaning that because you are such an old man you should be afraid of going to the grave after a lifetime of believing lies.
Do you ever wonder why this writer is unafraid of your god. Certainly, if roles were reversed it would have been necessary to understand why no such fear is held despite all of the fire and brimstone promised.
RE people up until 600 years ago believed that the world was flat as well.
THIS WAS VERY STUPID ACTUALLY SINCE IT IS WRITTEN LONG BEFORE THEN IN PSALM 93 V 2 THAT
He (THE LORD ) hath made the ROUND world so sure, * that it cannot be moved.
RE Do you ever wonder why this writer is unafraid of your god. NO I JUST THINK THAT YOU ARE STUPID NOT TO DO SO.
I THINK IT IS STUPID NOT TO SEEK TO ESCAPE THE COMING WRATH OF GOD
AFTER ALL IT IS WRITTEN THUS IN HEBREWS 10:31 THAT It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
IT IS WRITTEN ALSO IN ACTS I7:30 -31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
IT IS WRITTEN ALSO IN ACTS Acts 4:12 neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
RE Certainly, if roles were reversed it would have been necessary to understand why no such fear is held despite all of the fire and brimstone promised. WELL I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS THE CHOICE TO BELIEVE AND ACCEPT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS OR TO DOUBT AND REJECT WHAT IT SAYS
NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO MAKE A DECISION THIS IS NOT BRANDON OR MIA SEEKING TO TAKE A VACCINE THAT MIGHT KILL YOU AND WHICH HAS DOUBTFULL EFFICACY
RE because you are such an old man you should be afraid of going to the grave after a lifetime of believing lies.
WELL THERE IS NO HARM THERE BUT WHAT IF I WENT TO MY GRAVE AND HAD NOT BELIEVED THE TRUTH?
RE Within the Afrikan philosophical traditions there are no differences between spirituality and science.
DONT CARE ABOUT the Afrikan philosophical traditions, I AM JUST A SIMPLE BIBLE SCHOLAR. LETS SAY THAT MY LITTLE BRAIN IS TOO SMALL TO BE CONSUMED WITH TOO MANY THINGS. I JUST TRY TO KEEP IT SIMPLE.
RE scientific method informs your religious dogma. Even as a thought experiment.
I DONT KNOW HOW TO RELATE scientific method informs TO BIBLE DOCTRINE AS A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT….I SEEK ONLY TO RECIEVE REVELATION VIA MY INDWELL ING PERSONAL TUTOR THE HOLY SPIRIT AS TAUGHT IN I JOHN 2:20 &27
We have read your barrages of idiotic quotes for 10 years.
Is it impossible for you to discern that none of that is true. Never happened. Was concocted.
And even if it were, can you only try to prove a pact of lies are not lies by quoting the very lies?
Will it ever be possible to have an orientation where a research question is asked which proves the null or otherwise based on independent sources. The scholarly standard.
re We have read your barrages of idiotic quotes for 10 years.
NOW GO THANK THE DEAR LORD THAT YOU WILL MOST LIKELY TO READ THEM FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
JESUS IS COMING SOON AND WILL NO DOUBT HAVE COME BY THEN THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING
How is it so possible to know, not believe, this with such certainty having not established that such a person existed previously? Has not these types of grandiose claims been made hundreds of times before by people similarly intoxicated with such psychological afflictions?
Nobody will be coming to save any of us? We must save ourselves! It’s highly unfortunate that the socalled brightest and the best would delegate such divine responsibilities to a fictional character who never existed. “This generation” is the best and worst model of humans we’ve ever had. And that is the closest to survival we’ll ever come. Why do you feel this irrational need to believe such eponymous claims? Why constantly resist efforts to subject such specious claims to rigorous, independent, emprical, verification?
A voice note across social.mefia is saying
The airport us leased out to China for thirty years and the sea port is sold
Where there is smoke their is fire
The opposition has complained numerous times about the lack of transparency coming from this govt
Would not be at all surprised if the voice note is true
Sir Charles has died.
What a national tragedy!
He truly earned his place in the hall of fame of our national heroes. I propose to exchange the rebellious good-for-nothing on the $50 bill with the noble Sir Charles.
1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
believe and you will know then continue believing
One cannot force one’s self to believe anything.
Either one is convinced of something or one is not.
NOT ASKING ANYONE OR FORCING ANY ONE TO BELIEVE ONE THING
2 CORINTHIANS 5:10 STATES
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
YOU CAN BELIEVE UM OR NOT
I NOT ARGUING THEOLOGY WID BIBLE ILLITERATES IT IS POINTLESS
2 TIMOTHY 1:12 ASSERTS For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day.
EVERYTHING I KNOW I BELIEVE WHETHER UM IS 123 ABC DOH RAY ME OR ADME
I NOT ARGUING BIOCHEMISTRY WID BIOCHEM ILLITERAES NIETHER
NOW THIS IS WHAT I REALLY BELIEVE
3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
AINT IT SWEET TO HAVE ESCAPED THE CORRUPTION THAT IS IN THE WORLD THROUGH LUST AND NOT HAVE TO LIE DOWN TO GET UP OR TIEF ELECTIONS TO WIN
AINT IT SWEET TO WIN BY TIEFING AND CONTROL WUH YOU WON BY TIEFING
One of the many recent posts that I can add a thing to, but I found this amusing “2×4 stalls for the black businesses to fight over”
Surely a 2×4 stall is a too large for a 2×3 island. We need to set a committee to determine the size of the stalls…
Going to wish a ‘Great Day’ to all. May the Good Lord give you peace.