Message to Mama Mia

For the first time in his life the blogmaster is overwhelmed by a feeling of melancholy after following the opening salvo of the January 19, 2022 general election campaign. A general election called eighteen months before it is constitutionally due because Prime Minister Mia Mottley in her infinite wisdom wants a mandate from the electorate to validate important decisions she says have to be made given the perilous state of the local economy. Many if not all Barbadians agree the current state of the economy is perilous, not all agree the early ringing of the bell was necessary given the unprecedented mandate the BLP received in 2018. Time will soon tell if Barbadians agree with Mottley in our first past the post system.

In the electioneering of the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s the blogmaster felt excited at the prospect of hopping from meeting to meeting listening to BLP and DLP platforms add Eric Fly and a few independents to balance things out. While the messages from the various platforms were filled with the usual comedic relief, there was enough grist to inform healthy debate between loyal party supporters and independents. 

Last night the blogmaster wasted precious time to view the opening platforms of the two campaigns and a saying growing in popularity on BU – Nothing to See Here (NTSH) was fresh in the mind. The apologists will remind everyone that it is early days yet, however, the blogmaster subscribes to the view that usually one does not get a second chance to make a good first impression. Predictably overused narratives populated the speeches by the candidates last night. The tired messages contradicted the urgency of the call for early elections by the prime minister BUT the blogmaster maybe jumping the gun on the early pronouncement.

What the blogmaster and some others are hoping to hear is a creative strategy/vision supported with ground tactics to steer Barbados from the economic rocks we are headed. Barbadians have been living high on the hog up until about 20 years ago given the nature of the global economy- easy forex inflows from tourism and high powered money to the West Coast with the international business sector supporting the economic model that has served us well up until now. North south capital flow is drying up given the complexity of moving money across borders post 911 and deepening, polarizing geopolitics. The exotic destination of the Caribbean is now competing with UAE, Mediterranean, Central America other non traditional markets. The rise of WTO rules has meant protective tariff had to be removed with large countries in the market maintaining an advantage.

The message to Mia is simple. Let us forget the extreme politics this time around and position the national needs first. Yes you are admired as a political leader who strides the globe like a colossus. Yes you are head and shoulder above the next on the local scene. Yes you have done a lot to remind locals and other afar of the forgotten Barbados brand. Yes you are an improvement on Stuart who apparently didn’t have use for an internet connection. What the people need however is to believe that there is a leadership with the ability to find a pathway that leads from the present path to nowhere. We need to efficiently execute our plans because we have no more margin for error.

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  • What you are saying is the old model of Barbados is obsolete
    and a new model is required

    throw away old beat up boots
    and buy some new boots

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  • It is good to know that the editor of this platform is singing the praises of our Supreme Leader.

    However, he should know that the purpose of these elections is not to let the dull masses vote on anything substantial. Rather, according to the motto of “bread and games,” the purpose is to anesthetize the masses for the coming cuts. They have lived like little children at the expense of their rich relatives in the north since 1966. Now it’s payday.

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  • Money is choices
    it is not true Barbados has no money
    it just has to spend money wisely
    and stop wasting money
    a little goes a long way

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  • A harsh critic would say Mia has reached the limit of her potential
    and she will need to explain her vision for the future

    Politicians say they do not wish to reveal their secrets
    when they have nothing

    It is too late for me to run
    but I could run the country better

    A Rasta Nation
    Arts and Crafts
    Denouncing Capitalism
    and all ism and schism

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  • @Tron

    Our BLOGMASTER removed his RED undies quickly after MM showed her inept management style SHORTLY after the 30-0 . My question is he now going BAREBACK?

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  • “My question is he now going BAREBACK?”

    I think you have used the wrong metaphor

    Bareback is gay/anal sex without a condom

    Going Commando is taking your knickers off

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu
    Blessed is he that does not expect too much for he shall not be disappointed. I hope your sensible pundits revise their predictive models before Election Day. It is a nice feeling that you have experienced my prognosis.

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  • I showed up at the Nomination Centre yesterday at high noon.

    Nobody came to add their names to the assent, proposal or seconding.

    Explained to the Presiding Officer that people did not want to be in the limelight but he very kindly held on for a while.

    He told me he would let them use the back door and their names didn’t have to be published.

    That’s not how I wanted to proceed.

    So after a while I left with my three supporters.

    We have a major problem in Barbados when people are wary of taking part in the election process for fear of victimisation..

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  • So, I lost my deposit!!

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  • Even Independents need a large campaign team willing to get their hands dirty

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  • Any candidate, independent or not needs four persons to start the election process, that’s all.

    After that, any number can play!!

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  • @blogmaster

    Sometimes we have to use our critical thinking skills to pick sense from nonsense. As you point out, the current BLP administration received an unprecedented 30-0 victory in the last elections. It’s impossible for them to receive a greater victory. If the election has been called 18 months early because Mia wants a new “mandate from the electorate to validate important decisions she says have to be made given the perilous state of the local economy”, wouldn’t she cearly outline these important decisions to the electorate so that they would know what they are voting for?

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  • @ Wily Coyote January 4, 2022 9:32 AM

    The mental deficit of the so-called intellectuals in Barbados is the delusion that they can pray for prosperity or economic growth by what they call “education”, singing, clapping hands, voting or whatever.

    Let me put it bluntly: the IMF, our international creditors and the hotel plantation managers don’t give a damn about elections or local “education”.

    All we have is sun, sand and rum. Since the maximum productivity has already been reached here, there is no possibility whatsoever to achieve any economic growth. 20 years ago, we were among the top 30 countries in terms of HDI, income and other indicators. Now, many African countries have even overtaken us.

    The only sensible reform I can think of at the moment is to reduce the number of students at UWI. We don’t need phonies, we need more workers for the hotel plantations. In the civil service, on the other hand, there is no hope at all. It is unreformable.

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  • “Any candidate, independent or not needs four persons to start the election process, that’s all.”

    you can ignore the point made if you want if it makes you feel better

    that is low quality reasoning thinking and debating son

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  • @ Tee White January 4, 2022 10:14 AM

    Why should our Supreme Leader reveal in advance what austerity measures or compulsory vaccination are coming? The butcher does not tell the cow in advance that it will be slaughtered.

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  • “to validate important decisions she says have to be made given the perilous state of the local economy“

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxccxcxxxxxxxx

    When did Mia indicate that the local economy was in a perilous state ?

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  • We must pray what NO has been hinting at re bail-in does not happen in this country. Would a passive Bajan massive riot in response to an attack on the 9 billion in the banking system.

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  • “The mental deficit of the so-called intellectuals in Barbados is the delusion that they can pray for prosperity or economic growth by what they call “education”, singing, clapping hands, voting or whatever.”

    politic is a spectator sport to subdue the masses like football

    people like marching down the street wearing team shirts singing and starting fights like football hooligans

    your team winning is like the best orgasm you will ever have

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  • Page 3 of today’s Nation@John2

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  • “re bail-in”

    Barbados is in a debt management plan paying it’s creditors on renegotiated terms keeping them happyish / well satisfied

    if it cannot maintain the long term pain the next stage is declaring bankruptcy/insolvency defaulting terms and dropping out of the game

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  • Don’t have access

    @david

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  • @John

    A pity that you couldn’t contest the Election, I’m sure that some people could have used your water theories as a sleeping aid and I already had a slew of names ready for your campaign and you venturing down so many Rabbit Holes how about ; Water Ship Down-The sequel; Water Ship Crashed; Water Ship Evaporate; Water Ship Mired in sewage; Water Ship Flooded; Water Ship on the Reef; Water Ship Lost; Water Sship Mek um up as I go along; Water Ship- Corona on the rise…….

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  • @ David January 4, 2022 10:28 AM

    Of course, we are bankrupt once again. Didn’t I predict that the IMF programme in 2018 and the sovereign default would be followed by more collapses? We already had 3 official and 1 inofficial IMF programmes. MANY MORE will follow.

    Barbados is simply not viable as a state. The British set a trap for Barrow in 1966 and he fell into it. The financially illiterate Barrow simply could not see that the British only wanted to get rid of us because we were running a notorious deficit.

    However, however …

    As long as there is enough champagne to buy and fresh water flowing into the swimming pool, we should not care about the local currency, the NIS or the like.

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  • “Yes you are admired as a political leader who strides the globe like a colossus.”
    Do you really believe that line?
    Does she have a globe in her office?

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  • Boss lady is reported to have said:

    ““We expect the Royalton Hotel in Holetown where the old Discovery Bay was to break ground within the first two months of 2022. We expect Hyatt finally to break ground as well. We expect the Pierhead project within the first six months in Bridgetown to break ground. We expect a new townhouse project next year at Porters in St James. We expect a very large Cineplex and commercial centre at Welches in St James and you see the work digging out there for it. We expect a green energy park at Vaucluse, subject now only to the tariffs that will be applicable to get that project off the ground and going.”

    “This is not Mia Mottley saying this for political gain…So believe you me, I am not worried about the economic revival as we go into 2022, that is not my major concern going into next year.”

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  • I am willing to end my retirement and return.lol

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  • Apologies to the blogmaster for interrupting the flow.

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  • @kiki
    Bareback is to Commando as dropping out is to restarting.

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  • Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley warned there could be no delaying of elections due to the pandemic, of which the highly contagious strain Omicron was detected here last month.
    “We can’t delay anymore because the issues that the country has to grapple with have to be dealt with now because we can’t wait another 18 months,” she said, warning that to wait would mean the country and the people would pay the price.

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  • warning that to wait would mean the country and the people would pay the price……
    Correction
    warning that to wait would mean her re-election would be far more difficult.

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  • A crocodile could not have done better writing this piece. Pretend Tears.

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  • Steuspe, the blogmaster does not write to please you. He writes what his conscience bids him to do and is so entitled.

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  • “Bareback is to Commando as dropping out is to restarting.”

    in order to skillfully swing the discussion thread in the right direction back to the matter in hand instead of swerving off road into bushes and the rough I will say…

    the Kinky BLP Party election platform man date proposal is like hardcore BDSM
    (… abbreviation for bondage, discipline (or domination), sadism (or submission), masochism: sexual activity …)
    (… sex slavery and pain has come back again..)

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  • David

    Listen to the video u posted at 506pm yesterday and u will get an idea

    For her to say at this time the economy is in a perilous state would be like saying all she/ her team has done has failed.
    She is not that foolish to give that to the opposition

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  • It is implied, she doesn’t have to spell it out.

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  • Wow
    David BU

    Finally experienced a ‘ Damascus moment ‘last night as PM Mottley launched the BLP general election campaign.

    Imagine PM Mottley called the ge and said …. ” there are perillous days ahead of Barbados”

    So last night….
    Not a word about these perillous – times / things !

    Not a word about the nurses plight !

    Yet Mrs Suderland – Bynoe at the QEH….is in the press , today , saying the last weekend was bad due to the shortage of nurses at the QEH !

    Not a word about taking up taxpayers money and paying police officers who have lost their case – twice – in the Law Courts !

    Not a word about the Radical Investments – vaccine scam -……when court documents in Florida , USA…..show that RI was at all material times was acting as – the agent of the Government of Barbados !

    (source page 4A and back page Sunday Sun December 2 2022)

    But I leave it all to David BU…….to get the details from PM Mottley !

    Good luck !!!@

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  • @DAvid
    “The message to Mia is simple. Let us forget the extreme politics this time around and position the national needs first. ”

    Mia cannot forget extreme politics. She and it are kith and kin

    @Frank
    “warning that to wait would mean her re-election would be far more difficult.”

    CORRECT! One would think that with a 29-1 majority on could make all the tough decisions in teh best interests of the country and LEAD! Instead, one decided to pull up stumps and throw us in disarray in the midst of the SAME omicron that one blames for one’s snap call.

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  • Correction
    Sunday Sun January 2, 2022

    Not

    December

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  • @Fractures BLP

    Give us your predictions. How will big man Sealy do against Caddle?

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  • @Observing
    She maybe many things, but she isn’t stupid.

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  • The message to Mia is simple. Let us forget the extreme politics this time around and position the national needs first. Yes you are admired as a political leader who strides the globe like a colossus

    Xxxxxxxxxx

    BY WHOM.

    SOME PEOPLE NOT LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD.

    COLOSSUS LEADERS FIRST CHANCE DO NOT GO STRAIGHT IN THE HANDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) WHICH IS LAST RESORT FOR MAJOR COUNTRY FAILURES.

    ALSO TRAVELING AROUND GLOBALLY BEGGING AND BORROWING WHILST MOANING AND GROANING IS A SURE SIGN OF COLOSSUL FAILURE AS A LEADER

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  • expect the Pierhead project within the first six months in Bridgetown to break ground

    Xxxxxxxxx

    SOUNDS LIKE THE 6 MONTHS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE FOR POOR WORKING CLASS BAJANS THAT TOOK 3 YEARS TO DO.

    SOUNDS LIKE THE INTEGRITY LEGISLATION THAT WAS PROMISED IN 6 MONTHS 3 1/2 YEARS LATER STILL NOT IN PLACE.

    SOUNDS LIKE LOCKING UP DLP MINISTERS UPON GETTING ELECTED AND GOING AFTER MARK MALONEY INCLUDING FOR THE DEATH OF THE 12 YEAR OLD BLACK SCHOOL BOY.

    BAJANS ON THE 2 X 3 ISLAND MUST BE AMONG THE MOST STUPIDEST IN THE WORLD TO BE MADE FALSE OVER AND OVER AGAIN PROMISES AND CONTINUE TO VOTE LIKE BLIND SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER.

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  • David BU

    My honest prediction – I just want a larger opposition ,( i.e numbers) in Parliament.

    With regards to Richard Sealy vs Ms Caddle

    Sealy’s chances are good

    If one is to take into account his association with the constituency from around 2003

    But it is a general election …..all things are possible

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  • Just as the results of the last election was used by the ruling party to justify having been given a mandate by the people to declare Barbados a Republic, even though that was not stated in the campaigning, we are now being told that tough time lie ahead and a vote for the BLP is a mandate to take whatever steps are necessary in order to come to grips with the challenges. And just as a Republic has been declared without the rules of engagement being declared in advance, we are again being asked to give a mandate to face unknown challenges and to take unknown steps to do so. How fu**ing stupid do they think we are?

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  • @FearPlay

    We will know on 20 January 2022?

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  • @ Reality

    “The message to Mia is simple. Let us forget the extreme politics this time around and position the national needs first. Yes you are admired as a political leader who strides the globe like a colossus. Yes you are head and shoulder above the next on the local scene. Yes you have done a lot to remind locals and other afar of the forgotten Barbados brand. Yes you are an improvement on Stuart who apparently didn’t have use for an internet connection. What the people need however is to believe that there is a leadership with the ability to find a pathway that leads from the present path” ………To somewhere exciting with fulfillment.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    As de Flogmaster would say “Spot On Davie, Spot On.”

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  • That short clip that the Blogmaster posted, of the PM speaking, said a lot.

    From that, I expect significant socioeconomic structural changes.

    No doubt, much will be met with resistance and it may confirm the “why”, now.

    But I think it is not what many are thinking, or not just that.

    I expect some jaws to drop come the President’s speech on, what, January 21st, 22nd?

    Or even, symbolically, in Errol Barrow Day?

    Maybe I am wrong, maybe not. In any case, some major measures are coming.

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  • David et al,

    The nature of the structural adjustments that I am speculating about would indicate that the intent could not be released now.

    If it is as I suspect, I can understand the reasoning for such adjustment.

    Believe you me, the whole may not be possible without being whole.

    Sorry, could not resist the first part and the riddle is quite simple.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Before @MTA jumps on it…
    Five Star Publishers has announced its taking pre-release orders for the new book ( seems like everyone is writing books?) “The Republic’s New Clothes” by Mia A Mottley. The release date is Jan 22, 2022. (I believe there is some latent significance to all the 2’s)

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  • Mia has to announce that the collie herb healing of the nation will be officially spliffically legal from day one to save the economy if she expects to get votes to succeed for a second term

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  • Melancholy! Yes, that’s the word I have been seeking.

    The vaccine scam, the jobby bonds and the disrespect shown to ths nurses has done me in.

    These politicians do not have what it takes to stop the rot. Same old, same old. Very uninspiring!

    Tron is wrong. We could do ok if we minimised corruption, improved efficiency and revised our expectations from champagne back to mauby.

    And ate well and exercised to forestall
    chronic diseases.

    Grew our own food and switched to renewable energy.

    But our leaders are uninspiring.

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  • Democratuc Labour Party

    Mega meetings as follows:

    Opening Meeting -Wednesday January 05th at Checker Hall Pasture, St. Lucy

    Introduction of Candidates -Sunday January 09th at Haggatt Hall carpark of old Barbados Hardware Building.

    Manifesto launch meeting -Thurday Ja uary 13th at Six Roads, St.Philip

    Youth Rally -Friday January 14th Deacons Pasture, off Mighty Gryner Highway

    Closing meeting -Tuesday January 18th – Independence Square

    All meetings will Commence approximately around 7.00pm

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  • Donna, print what you just wrote.

    Compare it to measures that are introduced / announced over the next six months..

    I have a suspicion that you will be pleasantly surprised.

    It is a hunch. That is all.

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  • I could not give a hoot about a larger opposition.

    To do what? Warm seats?

    What does a larger opposition do in the land of the bearded palm tree?

    If the ineffectual pre 2018 government could not be moved, even when Esswick acted up, to be told to cool his heels by Inniss, as ge did, what will a larger opposition do?

    Pity Sealy is running against Marsha Caddle.

    Both have something to give to the country.

    Caddle is future PM material. Moreso than some that are pushed in the papers.

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  • @Crusoe

    Perception in politics is everything?

    A 29-1 parliament with a contrived opposition is a black eye and embarrassment for the PM and country?

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  • David,

    Maybe. But surely an ineffectual opposition is just as bad.

    At least (yes, I know it sounds crazy), if the opposition were Solutions, you know that Grenville would put up a heartfelt figjt, no matter how misguided.

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  • @Fractured

    Will Lucy’s child be among the speakers in St. Lucy?

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  • David BU @ 2:32 p.m

    The slate of speakers for all meetings are being finalised.

    Stay tune for final decisions

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  • fear and loathing on the campaign trail
    15 days to go in Little Island
    that ‘s half a day campaigning in each constituency
    with a helicopter ride to fly from one stop to another in style

    it’s hard work partying on the campaign trail

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  • BAJE Said…
    BAJANS ON THE 2 X 3 ISLAND MUST BE AMONG THE MOST STUPIDEST IN THE WORLD TO BE MADE FALSE OVER AND OVER AGAIN PROMISES AND CONTINUE TO VOTE LIKE BLIND SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER.

    ‘Among?!???’ Among shite…!!
    BY FAR….Boss.
    …and by a LARGE brass bowl margin too…

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  • WARNING / BEWARE

    IF YOU MARK YOUR BALLOT BOX WITH AN X FOR BLP

    ☒BLP

    You are consenting to mandatory slave labour for 5 years

    do not sign the paperwork in agreement

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  • @ Fractured BLP January 4, 2022 2:04 PM

    Manifesto? So what’s the point? We are bankrupt again thanks to Corona. What is to be promised and/or distributed here? Debts?

    Honestly, I hope you have enough unvaccinated people at your events so that they naturally immunise themselves.

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  • ” A total of 538 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, January 3, 2022, from the 2,383 tests carried out by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.”

    POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS

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  • POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS

    Parliament has been dissolved &
    a new Parliament must replace it

    Who say sensi can’t burn
    Tell them now that sensi must burn

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  • 500 X 15 =

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  • Wow. Silly Season is in full swing. Eveyone is knows everything, yet unable to give solutions. Barbados is governed by Laws and the ruling party is and will always be in control of calling elections, unless it is debated in Parliament. We might state it is unfair, it is too early etc, etc. But, the decision ends with one person….The Prime Minister. The oppositions, the yardfowls, the knowhows cannot decide or even change that decision.
    I was surprise with the word “BUNGLED” by a candidate that should know better not knowning the bungling came with over 20 downgrades. Looking at the Nurses grouse, This is no three-year grouse. This is administrations way back then when nurses were “acting in positions” left right and centre without any real Industrial help. I will keep low for now. Hi Hants keep away from Covid.

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  • New COVID-19 cases more than double over two days

    There were 200 cases recorded on Sunday.

    538 on Monday.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants
    About 20 % of a non- random sample. How many of these are non- residents?

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  • Mia… thinking of a master plan

    If people infected with Covid attended DLP rallies it would be another wipe out for a BLP Victory

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  • @ Tell me Why,

    I probably already have Covid even though I have had 2 vaccinations plus a Moderna booster.

    I do everything I can, wear masks, wash hands frequently and only shop in stores that are self serve.

    Hopefully I will survive this year and reach 3 score years and ten. lol

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  • @ Malaise

    “If people infected with Covid attended DLP rallies it would be another wipe out for a BLP Victory”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Thinking in de Ditch..,.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington,

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  • “Buckle up your seat belts, hell in a handbasket is here, understand a bus load of tourists were taken from a cruise liner to Harrison Point, still trying to confirm.”

    But wait. Did not the tourist Minister with the oversized glasses confirm to Bajans, they should have no fear of any covid-19 outbreaks on cruise ships as they were equipped both materially and professionally to handle any such outbreaks?

    These beloved tourists are bringing covid-19 onto the island with the Bajan tax payer likely to foot the bill.

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  • POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS

    NOT happening.

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  • POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS

    NOT happening

    I have decided to stop talking until it’s over

    as it seems a Barbados matter

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  • @ Hants January 4, 2022 5:05 PM

    The election has fully served its purpose if everyone is naturally immunised by the end of the month. I really hope the voting booths are not constantly disinfected and all citizens always have to use the same pen.

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  • diabolical forces threatening ?

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  • Bushie apparently has been asleep for the last five years.

    He did not see the Americans voting for Don the Con.

    Bajans the most stupid shite!

    Hardly anybody in the world is satisfied with the government they voted for.

    Are Canadians happy with Trudeau?

    Are the British happy with Johnson?

    Are the Brazilians happy with Bolsanaro?

    Are Trinidadians happy with Rowley?

    Steupse!

    Politicians worldwide are the same shite and yet people vote.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Donna
    We are thrilled with Trudeau. Seen as the lessest evil.
    So thrilled we have adoring TShirts, which are sold out, proclaiming
    FU🍁K Trudeau. As a polite people, this expletive is reserved for our most loved and admired.
    He is upset however, that after calling a mid pandemic election with only 34 days notice, MAM has one upped him with a 21 day notice.

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  • Yes Donna, yes, throw some dirt over de SHITE “n” Bury itttttttt..

    Murderhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

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  • Yes Donna. In de “A” fuh APPLE 🍏

    “MAM has one upped him with a 21 day notice.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m your personal Parrot 🦜

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  • HantsJanuary 4, 2022 5:25 PM

    New COVID-19 cases more than double over two days

    There were 200 cases recorded on Sunday.

    538 on Monday.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How are cruise ship cases counted?

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  • @Tron January 4, 2022 9:12 AM “They have lived like little children at the expense of their rich relatives in the north since 1966. Now it’s payday.”

    My dear Tron:

    So when is the back pay day for the descendants of those people, my ancestors, whose labor was stolen by people who became rich in the north? My calculation 1627 to 1838=211 years of back pay +interest, compounded of course. Unless you are telling us that our rich “relatives” in the north are a bunch of thieves.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Dirt
    The dangling marker Eh, is not for Apple.
    As I referenced, a polite people. So when you are greeted, How you doing eh? Or Things good with you eh? To friends it begs a positive response. But to visitors to our vast plantation the A/Eh is for Ass*ole. It is how we degrade others without them even realising it. 🤪

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  • No cruise ship passengers mentioned.

    No tourists mentioned.

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  • What percentage of the 538 cases are imported?

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  • NorthernObserver

    Eugene,,, if it was Wine then 100%. But they maybe a lil behind in processing. Plus nuff of the younger set I know had it and were ‘quarantining’ (likely a good excuse to dodge their parents and party?) but didn’t PCR test.
    Two of mine had it, and of the 18 who got infected at their ‘events’ the Guvment only knows of 3. They did home tests. To besides, today they cannot even get a PCR test unless they pay for it. So take our numbers X3 or X5 depending on which ‘expert’ you believe.

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  • We should not be guessing.

    Here is how a non turd world country accounts for its cases.

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/covid-19-new-cases-imported-omicron-singapore-moh-jan-4-2022-2414051

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  • @Tron January 4, 2022 7:00 PM “…all citizens always have to use the same pen.”

    Like Hants most Bajans are sensible people, so on election day it is:
    A good hot meal before we leave home in case the wait is long
    Umbrella
    Bottle of water
    Walking [NOT communal transportation] to the polling station
    Face shields
    Face masks
    OWN HAND SANITISER as we may have to use communal writing instruments
    Standing OUTSIDE of the polling station until the moment we need to vote
    We will already have made up our minds [yes indeedy, we do have minds] so voting will take 1-2 minutes at most.
    Leave shoes outside once we arrive home
    Shower, include washing our hair. Yes we routinely take showers 2 or 3 times each day. You should try it. It nice.
    Launder the dirty clothes.

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  • @NorthernObserver January 4, 2022 7:56 PM “He is upset however, that after calling a mid pandemic election with only 34 days notice, MAM has one upped him with a 21 day notice.”

    The 1999 election was called with 25 days notice
    The 2003 election was called with 25 days notice
    The 2008 election was called with 26 days notice
    The 2013 election was called with23 days notice
    The 2018 election was called with 28 days notice
    The 2022 election has been called with 23 [NOT 21] days notice

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  • NorthernObserverJanuary 4, 2022 9:19 PM

    Eugene,,, if it was Wine then 100%. But they maybe a lil behind in processing. Plus nuff of the younger set I know had it and were ‘quarantining’ (likely a good excuse to dodge their parents and party?) but didn’t PCR test.
    Two of mine had it, and of the 18 who got infected at their ‘events’ the Guvment only knows of 3. They did home tests. To besides, today they cannot even get a PCR test unless they pay for it. So take our numbers X3 or X5 depending on which ‘expert’ you believe.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’ve always said the cases will settle to a value supported by airborne spread assuming no waterborne spread.

    If there are super spreader events as you describe, there will be blips which resolve themselves quickly.

    Then the cases will settle to some baseline determined by airborne spread.

    It will be low.

    If it gets in the water after floods, then there will be a surge in cases which lasts for months.

    Logic suggests after the blips settle, ohmigod will have nowhere to go, barring floods.

    Been watching this patch of weather in the Atlantic!!

    This is a far bigger potential threat!!

    We need rain but not floods.

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  • Very likely the pandemic will still be here next year this time.

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  • Quite heavy rain in the north of Barbados this afternoon, as reported by one of my many siblings.

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  • Cuhdear BajanJanuary 4, 2022 9:43 PM

    Very likely the pandemic will still be here next year this time.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Once La Nina persists, the pandemic will.

    When it ends the pandemic will end, just like the Spanish Flu pandemic.

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