A Campaign Rehash of Nothingness

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The blogmaster with the benefit of technology listened to a few of the political meetings from the different political parties and with 7 days left to V-Day- he has a confession to make. Given the current crisis state of the socioeconomic landscape of Barbados, if ever there was a time for sensible Barbadians to make voices heard, the time is now. Kudos to the loyalists who have been willing to brave the threat of coronavirus infection to listen to the voluminous platitudes barked at them from the different political platforms.

The Barbados economy has been operating at junk level in recent years and although some will present the chicken and egg argument, society or economy – Barbados has reached a critical juncture in its post independence journey where radical decisions should be made to ensure a wholesome society can be sustained.

Dear Dr. Estwick

We have all the time in the world. Technology permits you to post the full details to YouTube or similar. We look forward to reviewing the details. By the way – “What the Government should have done is to ask the NIS to float a medium-term Treasury note or a long-term Treasury debenture for the exact sum of money owed by the Government, and the money should have been therefore obtained from the Central Bank of Barbados.”

Please explain in detail. Sure sounds like a massive money printing operation to me, I hope I am mistaken.

NorthernObserver

The issue of the NIS Scheme (fund) has been fleetingly mentioned by the prime minister and the urgent need to recapitalize the fund to ensure it remains a lifeline for senior citizens. The fund has been raided by successive governments through the years as the cash cow of first resort. The fund was encouraged to sell shares in strategic assets for 30 pieces of silver. Its investment committees have had no qualms sopping up government paper touting higher yields as a defense to investment strategy and ignoring the risk factor indicator. In 2018 the government administered a bald fade on bond holders et al and over night over ONE BILLION rh dollars dissipated.

Unlike the politicians and political talking heads the blogmaster will not bother to be prolix and vacuous on an important matter. A sensible driver of a vehicle will not with eyes wide open and in possession of faculties steer the vehicle over a cliff. The Barbados Economy is precariously perched on the edge of an economic cliff. What more will it take for the majority of educated Barbadians to be sensitized to the current state of play? Instead we are concerned about our inability to support conspicuous consumption at the level of household. What is wholesale, what is retail? What is global, what is local? What is macro, what is micro? In an ‘ecosystem’ all entities are by design interconnected and must optimally perform for the good of the whole. 

Barbados cannot succeed if citizens do not constructively engage in the civil society construct. Barbadians have surrendered civic responsibility to an elite few. We continue to pay the price for our cowardice by not exercising our rights as citizens. It is the only way a democracy will be able to breath without a respirator.

87 comments

  • Vincent Codrington

    The election campaign is playing out as all discerning observers expect. So will the result. Barbadians will be Barbadians. Most of us do not talk much. We act. AND we act decisively. We do not like long talk.

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  • Why should Barbados Politics be so obsessed with Money and/or Christianity, seems like the Capitalist Devils fucked up your minds, when they played a number on you

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  • @Vincent

    What you are saying from your comment is that we will act based on the choices before us?

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  • Critics. Or Eric de FLY

    Ok, give us those RADICAL options.

    This Government Inherited a BROKEN ECONOMY. It’s been only (three years).

    Barbados is a country, not a used-car lot.

    Side liners/Rottweilers one of de same. Yes, I can fix it ?

    Words Vs Task. Guess we are masters, until one arrives at de Helm.

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  • The blogmaster appreciates you sticking to one moniker/

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  • @ David
    What did you or do you really expect?
    We are extremely happy with the status quo.
    We get fed with Barrow we give it to Tom; we get fed up with St, John , we give it back to Barrow/Sandiford; we get fed up with Sandiford we give it to Arthur; get fed up with Arthur give it to Thompson; get fed up with Stuart give it to Mottley.
    And on it goes with the arch apologists defending all their failures and then calling people who speak the truth “ throwing shaders” or “don’t belongs” even telling them they hate their own country.
    You reap what you sow.
    What the hell did you or do you expect ?
    Peace.

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  • @William

    We need to get our people on the same page. Beside a river of blood what are the avenues we must continue to explore. We know some of the things we must do but the comfort level from the majority makes it a wishing upon a star exercise.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu at 10:09 AM
    This may be another attempt to place Hobson’s choice before us. We will handle it appropriately.

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  • @ Weed

    Been asking de Government to cultivate Medical Weed de past two years. It fell on deaf ears and Ralph Gonzales, a compulsive BU proof reader ran off with de Idea. He is exporting MW to Germany 🇩🇪. We are selling marl to de local builders. Yes, de Churches won’t endorse it…

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  • When you study Jesus
    You should be like Jesus

    When you study Buddha
    You should be like Buddha

    When you study Shiva
    You should be like Shiva

    Long Ek Ong Kar, Adi Shakti Mantra (Morning Call)
    Posture:
    Sit in an Easy Pose with jalandhar bandh (neck lock: gently lifting sternum while tucking chin).
    Mudra:
    Have the hands in Gyan Mudra, or resting in Buddha Mudra in the lap. Maintain a strong Neck Lock
    (jalandhar bandh).
    Mantra:
    EK ONG KAAR
    SAT NAAM SIREE
    WHA-HAY GUROO
    One Creator of Creation.
    Whose Name is Truth
    Great beyond description its Infinite Wisdom
    Chant this mantra, in a 2-1/2 breath cycle, in the following
    manner: Inhale deeply and as you pull in the navel
    abruptly, chant EK. Then ONG KAAR is drawn out. Give
    equal time to Ong and Kaar. Inhale deeply and as you pull
    in the navel abruptly, chant SAT. Then NAAM is drawn
    out. Then, just as you get to the end of the breath, add a
    quick SIREE. (pronounced S’REE.) Inhale half a breath,
    pull in the navel abruptly, chant WHA. Then HAY GUROO
    (HAY should be relatively short, GUROO is pronounced
    G’ROO and is drawn out, but not too long.) The Ong Kaar
    and Naam Siree are equal in length. The Wha-hay Guroo is
    equal in length to Ong. Try not to let the pitch fall

    Click to access long-ek-ong-kar-1.pdf

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 10 :31 AM
    No , David. We need to take a look into our people’s book and sing in harmony with them. We are an educated society. All citizens must have an input. There is a paradigm shift emerging.

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  • @Vincent

    You are suggesting the people are always right, leaders must always go with the popular flow?

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    When you study Jesus
    You should be like Jesus

    When you study Buddha
    You should be like Buddha

    When you study Shiva
    You should be like Shiva

    Long Ek Ong Kar, Adi Shakti Mantra (Morning Call)
    Posture:
    Sit in an Easy Pose with jalandhar bandh (neck lock: gently lifting sternum while tucking chin).
    Mudra:
    Have the hands in Gyan Mudra, or resting in Buddha Mudra in the lap. Maintain a strong Neck Lock
    (jalandhar bandh).
    Mantra:
    EK ONG KAAR
    SAT NAAM SIREE
    WHA-HAY GUROO
    One Creator of Creation.
    Whose Name is Truth
    Great beyond description its Infinite Wisdom
    Chant this mantra, in a 2-1/2 breath cycle, in the following
    manner: Inhale deeply and as you pull in the navel
    abruptly, chant EK. Then ONG KAAR is drawn out. Give
    equal time to Ong and Kaar. Inhale deeply and as you pull
    in the navel abruptly, chant SAT. Then NAAM is drawn
    out. Then, just as you get to the end of the breath, add a
    quick SIREE. (pronounced S’REE.) Inhale half a breath,
    pull in the navel abruptly, chant WHA. Then HAY GUROO
    (HAY should be relatively short, GUROO is pronounced
    G’ROO and is drawn out, but not too long.) The Ong Kaar
    and Naam Siree are equal in length. The Wha-hay Guroo is
    equal in length to Ong. Try not to let the pitch fall

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU at 10 :44 AM.
    The people choose the leaders. Not the other way around. Leaders in an Educated Society are those who encapsulate the hopes and dreams of the people and bring these to fruition.. Leaders serve the people . The people do no serve the leaders.

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  • @ David
    Leadership must inspire . We don’t have that in either party. As Professor Don Marshall says : there must be a higher level of public discourse. It can only be engineered from the collective leadership. Why do you keep on putting the pressure to change on the people , who are struggling to eat and find bus fare. We asked them to kick out Stuart they did; we asked them to kick out Arthur they did.
    What have you heard from Depeiza to inspire you; what have you heard from Mottley to inspire you in the last two weeks. What have you found in the current BLP manifesto? What do you expect to find in the DLP manifesto?
    The people who must be blamed are those in position of power and influence who keep hedging their bets because it works for them. And that includes all media and all publications including all blogs.

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  • @Vincent

    A leader by definition is expected to add to the job in a way ALL people cannot. Bear in mind the hopes and dreams of ‘people’ represent disparate perspectives.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ 555 at 10 :47 AM.
    “When you study Jesus
    You should be like Jesus.”
    He served people.

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  • @William

    The pressure being placed on the people by the blogmaster is to seize their role as civic agents; to demand accountability by greater participation because it is being withheld by the elite. Do you expect what the people want will come without demand from gatekeepers of the establishment?

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  • @ De Loan

    Per Masey Green.

    “Rihanna” We’ll take de $700 Million US @25 percent interest over 5 years?????

    Most considerate dear!!!

    Thanks 💐

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU
    The leader must be discerning of the needs and wants of the people. He brings discernment. Not everyone, who offers himself in Public Life , Is discerning. Personal ambition is secondary.

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  • Mobility

    How well can you actively move yourself?

    A weird question, isn’t it?

    Explore your range of motion and improve your relationship with your brain and body.

    This is vital in the home practice, and extremely beneficial not only for how you move throughout life but to set yourself up with a daily practice you can sustain and grow.

    While we have been working on core stability and hip stability, in order to balance the flexibility you are no doubt already exploring/seeking – today’s session is all about neurological control and strength.

    We are talking range of motion, joint health, decreasing injury, and increasing tissue health.

    We are talking integrity.

    The roots of ancient yoga hold emphasis on philosophical, spiritual and meditative practices. Hatha Yoga, the branch of physical practice, then came later.

    Now here we are, with reverence, practicing still. We are virtually connected, many of us at home.

    What I see is an opportunity.

    Get to know your body in a way that only this type of set up can yield.

    How well can you actively move your self?

    Meet me on the mat today for a mobility practice that means something.

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  • Shiva as Lord of Dance. As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.
    Shiva is one chill deity. He’s one of the three major gods in the Hindu religion. And he has a penchant for pot. “Shiva loves marijuana.
    In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also known as Adiyogi Shiva, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts.

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  • David get with the program. This is Barbados. More places of worship per SQ.mi than most places on earth. Find another blog anywhere, where religious (christian) analogies are made so often and on any topic. And by so many.

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  • Vincent @ 11:09 A.M

    Good options are in very short supply – from the leader MAM –
    Who , inexplicably , called general elections, while :

    Holding 29 seats – in a 30 seat Parliament !

    Having 18 months remaining in her 5 year term !

    Who now spend her time ‘ fouling ‘ up the night air & airwaves…..asking the Barbadian electorate…..to give her…..30 seats on January 19, 2022 !
    Does MAM believe Barbadians are….that daft ?

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  • @Frank

    Words and actions must agree for trust to be developed between the actors.

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  • @Vincent

    See example above of the challenge we face.

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  • ““When you study Jesus
    You should be like Jesus.”
    He served people.”

    Formation
    This is a Spiritual War
    and we have come to slay
    like Beyoncé Vs Rihanna
    in a Soundclash
    Who is the best of the best
    Who is the worst
    Who is the cursed
    Any day
    Any way

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  • David get with the program. This is Barbados. More places of worship per SQ.mi than most places on earth. Find another blog anywhere, where religious (christian) analogies are made so often and on any topic. And by so many.

    Xxxxxxxxxx

    JAMAICA HAS THE MOST CHURCHES IN THE WORLD PER SQ MILE YET ARE AMONG THE MOST VIOLENT AND IGNORANT IN THE WORLD WITH HIGH MURDER RATES EACH YEAR.

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  • Barbados Tourism seems to go for the Capitalists like their Culture
    But, they should aim for the hippies
    marijuana
    music
    dance
    yoga
    vibes
    for locals and tourists

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  • Baje maybe the weed? Ask 555.
    Hal Austin claimed Jamaicans rather than being ignorant were the most innovative of Caribbean people’s.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ FBLP
    @ David BU
    Thanks for the reminders. I am quite conscious of the political context in which this Election was called.
    Our challenges remain the same after the votes are counted on January 20 ,2022.

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  • Did the DLP present its manifesto.

    Regardless of whether it is an empty promise or serious proposal, the lack of a manifesto by this time shows the party was caught unprepared.

    Hopefully, the DLP will start tweaking the 2022 manifesto and strategizing for a post 2022 election.

    We aiming for the prize from 25.

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  • The DLP manifesto is said to be coming tomorrow.

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  • For those of you who want relief from the musick of dub

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  • “The Black Breast,
    has produced
    her Best,
    flesh of my skin
    Blood of my
    Blood”

    I Shall Be Released

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  • Are we poised to Venture North & East…

    “This is on top of Mottley’s pledge that under a new BLP Government, instead of having the first $175,000 exempted from land tax, they will carry that exemption to $400,000.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Medical Weed, our economic genie 🧞 ?

    Cannabis Market Size to Worth $97.35 Billion by 2026; Increased Use for Medical & Theraputic Purposes to Aid Marijuana Industry Growth, Says Fortune Business Insight.

    St. Vincent & Grenadines became proactive, while we continue to procrastinate. …

    I got good dirt n St. Lucy..

    While we wait. Pie decreases..

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan
    January 4, 2022 9:33 PM

    I’m adding to your list of essentials on Voting Day January 19, 2022

    All voters must Thoroughly shower and eat your desired meals prior to leaving home.

    Full Garrison of BDF personnel minus long guns or sidearms to assist the BPF with traffic, enforcement of the 6 feet distance between each voter and other Logistical needs around polling stations across the Island.

    St. John Ambulance Brigade/Red Cross Chapter Volunteers, equipped with first-aid kits, clean face mask, latex gloves and bottle water. All supplied by Government procurement.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Gentleman, blogging in its brevity often strips a debate of necessary context and thus much is left to interpretation … your comments on leadership are as such contextually bare! *

    So let me also be brief with this ‘contextual’ attempt.

    Using ur post @Vincent re “The leader must be discerning of the needs and wants of the people. He brings discernment. Not everyone, who offers himself in Public Life, Is discerning. Personal ambition is secondary.”

    Presuming that u are saying “personal ambition SHOULD be secondary” I would agree but it seems that you are obliquely asserting that ambition is often THE motivator!

    I perceive it as such myself.

    To the other point, I would disagree when you say “Not everyone, who offers himself in Public Life , Is discerning”.

    I suggest to you that EVERY leader at every level of adult achievement and many youthful ones too DO DISCERN well what those around them want … in fact, they use that psychological awareness as an advantage to hoist him/herself atop the group.

    The problem of course is that most of those leaders use that discernment of their followers to enhance their personal ambition and NOT to enhance the expectations and needs of those they lead!

    Similarly, when @Skinner opines that none of Mottley or even Stuart (then) are not inspirational I see that as much too narrow a transactional interpretation on their value (current or past) as political leaders.

    I get it that he speaks to that same dynamic of leading the populace along bold new technology and economically viable paths (enhancing their expectations and weaknesses) but even as the leader fails there, one cannot dismiss the other pertinent characteristics of their leadership abilities … like that same discernment which they use to elevate themselves as an MP and then as the ‘first among equals’ of MPs!

    As I said this is blogging and brevity is the key so I’ll end by saying that leadership is a multi-dimensional set of skills. Our politicians have indeed displayed some EXCELLENT leadership qualities but it’s also true that they have been piss poor in some others.

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  • @Dee Word

    #prolix
    #thepossible

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    “It fell on deaf ears and Ralph Gonzales, a compulsive BU proof reader ran off with de Idea. He is exporting MW to Germany.”

    William…looka look….🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Boats sailed long time ago..

    we need to stop elevating these vote begging thieves to more than civil SERVANTS, because once elected despite what they pretend….THAT’S ALL THEY ARE……calling them “elite” WHICH THEY ARE NOT…and swelling their already swollen heads is part of the problem, if they are not let into the parliament by the BLACK POPULATION to put on their pretend “elite” pedigree dog food act, they are nothing but OPPOSITION…

    “Leaders serve the people . The people do no serve the leaders”

    PUT THAT ON REPEAT…so that the pedigree dog food gang now sitting at the back begging for votes can hear…

    “even telling them they hate their own country.”

    i always have a problem with this, partly because i don’t isolate myself to any one country, can’t do the sentimental thing, due to knowing a whole lot more about our history, knowing the continent is our ancestral lands and knowing that our ancestors built cities towns and countries ALL ACROSS the earth for hundreds of thousands of years, so in reality, the earth is truly our home and no one will get away with continue dividing into sections and borders in an attempt to DELETE HISTORY…like they did previously and caused all this ONGOING misery in the lives of the earth’s FIRST peoples.

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    and knowing that our ancestors built cities towns, countries and VERY IMPRESSIVE CIVILIZATIONS ALL ACROSS the earth for hundreds of thousands of years, that are STILL STANDING TODAY…saw one this week and was actually mesmerized and can tell it was ancestral hands put that there and it cannot be removed.

    for over 100 YEARS the likes of Garvey, King, Malcolm, Cheikh Diop, Nkrumah, Stokely Carmichael, all the colossus for professors, all the gifted singers Marley, et al now his children and grandchildren and all the other great singers; offspring are singing it, i can rattle off a thousand other names, have told everyone that YOU CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT move forward if you DO NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE….because there is NO PATH without that knowledge of IDENTITY…..

    but too many reside in their slavery comfort zone and want to keep everyone else STUCK THERE WITH THEM…

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    And now more than ever you need your REAL IDENTITIES because for whatever reason the government took ya colonial/FAKE identities and threw it ALL ACROSS CYBERSPACE…

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  • @ Frank January 12, 2022 11:51 AM
    (Quote):
    Baje maybe the weed? Ask 555.
    Hal Austin claimed Jamaicans rather than being ignorant were the most innovative of Caribbean people’s.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And what is so ‘incorrect’ with Hal’s claim?

    Maybe your myopically insular mentality is preventing you from seeing the validity of it.

    Maybe you need to read a bit more of the British Press for a balanced point of view.

    On the whole, English-speaking Caribbean people have been punching way above their weight given the small population which, generally, is no more than an average city in some Asian countries.

    What cannot be gainsaid is that the vast majority of those successful on the global stage have been Jamaican whether they are in the arena of sports, music, literature business or even cultural penetration.

    Aren’t the same so-called more Christianized black Bajans copycats of the very Jamaican bad-boy culture?

    Even the descendants of those early migrants into in the Western Diaspora have made their mark in similar ventures especially in the UK.

    Hal is ‘Spot On’ where that claim is concerned.

    Isn’t Italy the home of both Roman Catholicism, the mother of the same Christianity, and that of the Mafiosi?

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  • Somewhere

    West Side Story

    1957 broadway lyrics

    A GIRL
    There’s a place for us,
    Somewhere a place for us.
    Peace and quiet and open air
    Wait for us, somewhere.

    There’s a time for us,
    Some day a time for us,
    Time together with time to spare,
    Time to learn, time to care.

    Some day,
    Somewhere,
    We’ll find a new way of living,
    We’ll find a way of forgiving.
    Somewhere,
    Somewhere . . .

    There’s a place for us,
    A time and place for us.
    Hold my hand and we’re halfway there.
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Somehow,
    Some day,
    Somewhere!

    1961 film lyrics

    TONY
    There’s a place for us,
    Somewhere a place for us,
    Peace and quiet and open air
    Wait for us, somewhere.

    MARIA
    There’s a time for us,
    Someday a time for us,
    Time together with time to spare,
    Time to learn, time to care
    Someday!

    TONY
    Somewhere
    We’ll find a new way of living

    MARIA
    We’ll find a way of forgiving
    Somewhere.

    TONY AND MARIA
    There’s a place for us,
    A time a place for us.
    Hold my hand and we’re halfway there.
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Somehow,
    Some day,
    Somewhere!

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  • Stylelily

    Bajans no pop no style
    Little England change up their British Stylee
    and have to use a Jamaican Stylee
    or an American Stylee
    or an African Stylee

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  • “Chattel” ?

    “but too many reside in their slavery comfort zone and want to keep everyone else STUCK THERE WITH THEM…”

    Xxxx

    *Reiterate..

    De World Population is 7,917,659,138
    Population Change Since Jan. 1 82,321,440

    Individuals carries one 24/7

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  • Wasn’t the point made sometime ago that a campaign was not the time to have a serious discussion about anything?

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  • Miller read posts at 11.16-11.36-11.51
    Confident you will figure things out.

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    William….was reading an article yesterday with Abrams trying to convince voters how fake genuine and deceitful they are being to the population whose votes they now need to get anywhere near the parliament….

    .according to the trick..”.oh we will allow yall to invest in Sam Lord’s Castle and other projects, we don’t want all for weself/ourselves.”..my words, but no different to the crap he spouted…which i don’t see in this morning’s edition because why would they keep that self serving talk in the public space, right……the arrogance and lies are overwhelming them as i said yesterday…

    am like REALLY…this overly bloated with self importance public nuisance still believe that when they BEG the population for votes to be PUBLIC SERVANTS to SERVE the people that they are entitled to MORE THAN THEIR SALARIES..while SELLING OUT to every tiefing minority…and got the NERVE to be acting like they are doing the people a favor with FALSE PROMISES WHILE BEGGING VOTES…and have NO SHAME.

    “Chattel” ?

    “but too many reside in their slavery comfort zone and want to keep everyone else STUCK THERE WITH THEM…”

    worse…UNDEREDUCATED chattel who boast about this and that high school and don’t have the requisite INTELLIGENCE to BACK IT UP…….because they believe some overrated 11 plus slave test of regurgitation, without the benefit of ancestral knowledge and REAL EDUCATION, makes them educated and all knowing which we have seen on BU for upwards of a DECADE is nothing but a fallacy.

    “Maybe your myopically insular mentality is preventing you from seeing the validity of it. What cannot be gainsaid is that the vast majority of those successful on the global stage have been Jamaican whether they are in the arena of sports, music, literature business or even cultural penetration.”

    that same ignorance being falsely applied to Jamaicans only can be found in varying levels ALL ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN where colonial rule made sure that’s all they know,..Jamaicans are some of the most naturally gifted/skilled Afrikan descended people to be found across the expanse, not many others can lay claim to that, it is ANCESTRAL……i believe that is what Hal meant..

    when you don’t know your history you make all types of outrageous claims against those who look like you and who mostly carry the same bloodlines, and separation by borders have turned them so inward and dumb that they have no clue and never will….Jamaicans are a special group given their ORIGINAL ORIGIN..

    but the British Slaves will know nothing about that…they don’t even know anything about their own origins but pointing fingers.

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  • Mia’s political overreach

    THE CALLING OF the early poll by the Prime Minister of Barbados, along with her July 2020 Cabinet reshuffle, and her orchestrated by-election in St George in November 2020, betray her tendency to take big actions for small reasons.
    These actions were bewilderingly unnecessary especially since their main outcome has been to unsettle the country and the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in a context of little to no threat to the BLP or Mottley’s leadership from within or without.
    There is little doubt that the period between 2013 and 2018 was a very unsettled political one.
    Barbados faced severe economic challenges, with an evenly split Parliament, with internal political fissures in both major political parties, and with protest marches and strikes dotting the landscape.
    Resolving challenges
    Given this background, the result of the 2018 election represented a mandate for governmental, leadership and party stability. It was mathematically impossible to receive a more absolute mandate. It was anticipated that the Government would use the moment to settle the country and to focus on resolving the challenges of the global political economy, while solidifying the internal and external unanimity achieved in May 2018.
    However, in the years since the 2018 election, all the moments of political instability, barring the floor-crossing of Bishop Joseph Atherley, have been the result of the Prime Minister’s actions of overreaching.
    It was difficult to see the point of the Cabinet reshuffle. There were no acts of corruption, no ministers requiring disciplining, and by and large no shocking performance failures by ministers.
    The only outcome of the reshuffle was to create rifts between Mottley and previously loyal political associates, and perhaps to foster feelings of insecurity in the Cabinet.
    The same can be said for the St George North by-election. Was replacing Gline Clarke of such urgent necessity that it could not wait for the General
    Election? Has St George North faced such a political crisis to justify three elections in as many years?
    Similarly, it was clear from the Prime Minister’s claims of division and an unsettled political atmosphere, that her stated reasons for calling the early election rang hollow. It was like someone shouting in a canyon and complaining about the echo.
    Solidify resistance
    The only possible new outcome of an early election is the hastening of the recovery of the Democratic Labour Party. Currently with zero seats, only improvement is likely. With a Leader of the Opposition, a subvention and an energised mass base, far from quelling the pockets of discontent, the election will extend and solidify the existing pools of resistance. Further, Mottley’s early election has the appearance of a leader sacrificing her weaker candidates, unnecessarily.
    With the challenges of COVID-19, climate change and economic uncertainty likely to persist indefinitely, the political environment in Barbados is likely to be far more unsettled after January 19.
    Tennyson Joseph is a political scientist at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, specialising in regional affairs.

    Source: Nation

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    As a matter of fact, was speaking to someone in Jersey over the holidays and they complained bitterly that the IGNORANCE across the Caribbean is so ALL PERVASIVE that it’s a massive turn off….Jamaica alone was never singled out………because even though it’s at varying degrees from island to island……it successfully RETARDS PROGRESS of any kind, in EVERY ISLAND.. because it’s been EMBEDDED FOR CENTURIES by design…

    …had to relay to them because they have spent all their lives in the US……. that the dirty politicians keep it that way MALICIOUSLY since their agendas reflect that all they want is generations of VOTERS and CONSUMERS ONLY, not people who can think for themselves or capable of being TRULY INDEPENDENT…..they only want the people cognizant enuff to PLACE AN X next to their names at election time and spend all their money purchasing inferior quality imported products all through the year, every year and decade……and will keep it that way for another half century…if ALLOWED…which is very unlikely now that populations are waking up…most of them anyway..

    from Black people display true independence they send out their imps and pimps to traumatize them…these should be DESTROYED…

    don’t mind the PRETENDERS…they reveal themselves as particularly IGNORANT EVERY DAY and can’t even see it….but who cares, certainly not me…we care about the young, WHO ARE OUR FUTURE, not old fools who never accomplished anything significant or INSPIRING in their lives outside of the basic things that comes naturally to EVERYONE….and are on their WAY OUT.

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    I always had a problem with certain islands FOOLING themselves that they are more intelligent and better off than other islanders and have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to back up that claim when it has always been ESTABLISHED that they themselves are the most miseducated, brainwashed, COLONIZED and indoctrinated, but see that as a sign of success and superiority…when history tells us that all prior focus was keeping them on being the most DOCILE, pliable Slaves for easier handling out of all the others across the Caribbean who were deported out of Barbados for their track records of successfully RESISTING and fighting back against COLONIALISM..for a time….and were the FIRST TO FREE THEMSELVES..

    i do believe that contradictive belief came about because UK had their backs as good little Slaves in indulged all their stupidity….but now they kicked cousin Elizabeth to the curb ALL THEIR SHORTCOMINGS have become glaring and EXPOSED TO THE WORLD…

    ….no wonder the fake misleaders now believe, in their state of DELUSION, they can be head of the Caribbean and HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER in that regard…don’t know who or what gave them that crazy idea, maybe they waltzed around the world stage for too long and too often in the last three years, but no one would want them SPREADING ANY OF THEIR POISON to already vulnerable islands who see and know them for exactly who and what they are….could not believe that they were that brave in the midst of their world stage HALLUCINATIONS to entertain that NEVER GONNA HAPPEN without serious CONSEQUENCES …mistaken impression and bout of moments of total madness…

    Miller….they got a serious sense of laughable FALSE IMPORTANCE……that in reality others can see DOES NOT EXIST and is their own BARRIER to forward movement…

    btw i see the new president is still wearing all the colonial trappings of michael with his racist foot firmly planted on a Black man’s neck and Andrew whoever that one is, never knew anything about any of them, care even less, but it’s clear that these colonially manufactured creatures in black face can never be anything else..

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    So much for being the best Slaves out of all the others in the Caribbean according to Billie the Goat…..guess they got tired of their best Slaves designation and have now self-exposed as the MOST STUPID….

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    CAPITAL EDITED WARU_WAR_ON_U AFRO HOUSE VERSION

    IGNORANCE ALL PERVASIVE RETARDS PROGRESS EVERY ISLAND EMBEDDED FOR CENTURIES MALICIOUSLY VOTERS CONSUMERS ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PLACE AN X ALLOWED DESTROYED PRETENDERS IGNORANT EVERY DAY WHO ARE OUR FUTURE INSPIRING EVERYONE WAY OUT.

    FOOLING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ESTABLISHED COLONIZED DOCILE RESISTING COLONIALISM FIRST TO FREE THEMSELVES UK ALL THEIR SHORTCOMINGS EXPOSED TO THE WORLD DELUSION HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER SPREADING ANY OF THEIR POISON HALLUCINATIONS NEVER GONNA HAPPEN CONSEQUENCES FALSE IMPORTANCE DOES NOT EXIST BARRIER

    MOST STUPID….

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    i have seen first hand for many decades how they like to BELITTLE other islanders and pretend they themselves are much better off and higher up, without taking into consideration that they are seen and thought of as the best Slaves the EMPIRE EVER HAD… because they RARELY… FOUGHT BACK….it is DOCUMENTED…

    but one professor enlightened me recently and said it was difficult to RESIST because of the island’s flat landscape, unlike other islands that are MOUNTAINOUS….but he has evidence of resistance that was QUICKLY and easily QUELLED in Barbados because of the TREACHERY of the COMFORTABLE SLAVES…does that sound familiar, these traitor bloodlines survived to STILL be comfortable slaves in the 21st century and DETERMINED to lead the enlightened into Slave purgatory again but they will BE PUT DOWN brutally…let them continue..

    Billie the Goat BOASTED in UK about the people in Barbados being the best Slaves in the Caribbean, in the mid 2000s it was in the Nationnews….no one made that up…i have personally been appalled by this so called lawyer ever since…that statement was useful for the 1600-1900s but not the 21st century..

    was flying from North America one day and some little clown who knew another passenger from primary school in Barbados made it a point to practically shout out on the plane “you from the small island Grenada right” and the person had the presence of mind to shout right back ” and you are from the Slave island Barbados right”..the idiot who initiated this useless exchange who looks retarded herself, i knew personally and is a TEACHER of small children, i would take great offense at her teaching any relative of mine……the ignorance is all pervasive and triggered by those of LESS INTELLIGENCE in Barbados believing they are better than other islanders….and there are WAY TOO MANY OF THEM…who make others in the population who know much better. and don’t carry that chip of false superiority on their shoulders…….look real bad…and could open them up to bad experiences because of the backwardness.

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  • Soundclash Business
    In A Bajan African Style
    Flesh Of My Skin
    Blood Of My Blood

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    I am WARNING you traitor bloodlines, people are REALLY PREPARED to put you down in this era to SAVE THEIR FUTURE GENERATIONS, you are ignorant, divisive and evil with your UNDERHANDED WICKEDNESS….

    you are the lead discussion in many forums, YEARS NOW and no one has ANY USE FOR YOU….not even slave masters….seeing as you have nothing to offer anyone anymore, you have been the bane of Afrikan existence as traitors for thousands of years…. ..TIME FOR YOU TO GO…

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    you have been the bane of Afrikan existence as traitors for thousands of years…. …they are SO DANGEROUS and have always been that way that they GOT THEMSELVES kidnapped out of Afrika too…we were not the only kidnap victims, when they thought they were being slick and getting rid of us out of certain KINGDOMS…….they also found themselves on SLAVE SHIPS..

    …and those are the dangerous bloodlines we are SADDLED with today in parliaments, in the general populations…and on blogs spewing traitor nonsense..they have always presented as comfortable slaves and the more handson of them rush to the front to MISlead…

    but one way or the next we will PURGE our earth of you…no matter how long it takes…

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  • I’m not sure who the Woo Ha is banging on about with bile and violence foaming out her mouth in spit bubbles

    Perhaps she is saying I am responsible for the
    15,000,000+ 1st Generations Slaves, Shipped from Africa to West Indies plus the 15 slave children born into bondage bred per mothering slave for 20 generations (do the math)
    she is a known renown minority hater

    Anyway the Champion Sound Is Killing It withe the roughest voice in reggae Keith Hudson

    Testing My Faith

    Fight Your Revolution

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  • Introducing the Son Of Keith Hudson
    Keith Tryfle Hudson

    Nightmares Remix

    Would Dad Get Me

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    William…you believe these THIEVES at BWA have been playing this lying game about nonexistent leaks against the citizenry FOR YEARS….hitting them with FRAUDULENTLY HIGH BILLS….and refuse to stop…

    even worse,.this man can’t even get a pension 4 YEARS after retirement age, but upwards of 5 BILLIONS DOLLARS is still missing from the treasury and pension fund and every little tiefing racist minority (EXCEPT kiki lol) can still get HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of taxpayer’s money as long as they cry huge lying CROCODILE TEARS about how broke they are .

    …the TRAITORS of Afrikan people…squatting in the parliaments…

    they tried that fraud water leak with a friend of mine and he told them straight up better get my water back on before i turn up there with a shotgun….PROBLEM SOLVED…but not everyone carries that mentality..

    “And with a general election around the corner the visibly upset Christ Church East constituent who also complained of not having received a pension as yet, added: “I ain’t voting this time. It is useless. It doesn’t make sense voting. Poor people here are suffering, especially the old ones like myself. I haven’t seen him [Member of Parliament Wilfred Abrahams] yet come around to say nothing. I ain’t voting this time.”

    He told Barbados TODAY he has no time for politicians or the government right now, only for them to tell him why his water bill was so high and why at age 69, he is not getting a pension.”

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  • @ WURA
    Nothing new here. The BL& P (private) and the BWA (public) have been ripping off the consumers for decades. Allowed to do so by the decaying and decadent, BLPDLP political miscreants.
    Hundreds pay water bills without getting water or getting dirty water.
    Peace

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    Yep…that’s why my friend told them a SHOTGUN would solve all their problems and the fraudulent water bill immediately disappeared and water was turned back on forthwith…bunch of THIEVES….

    .something has to give, this cannot continue into another decade(s)….the people whom they are ALL NOW BEGGING FOR VOTES…they same ones THEY TIEF billions FROM to PROP UP and SUPPORT criminal minorities……have to come to some very SERIOUS DECISIONS…to protect themselves and their current and future generations…or they will ALL DIE from being reduced to POVERTY and inferior quality/lack of water…

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    William…just saw a video where the CONSCIOUS Black population now FULLY understand that they have been pushed into a LIFE or DEATH situation……let’s see what they do next….TIME IS VERY SHORT… they have less than a week to make life changing decisions ….AND NOT MUCH OF ANY CHOICE…..either way..

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  • Yep…that’s why my friend told them a SHOTGUN would solve all their problems and the fraudulent water bill immediately disappeared and water was turned back on forthwith…bunch of THIEVES….

    Stupse!!!

    You expect people here to believe that shite?

    Who your friend threatened and who he would shoot?

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  • Passed through Vauxhall, Christ Church last night, where a DLP ‘spot meeting’ was being held.

    John Boyce was speaking to the 13 people in attendance.

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    Your message seems to be lost on poor deluded Frank. Another lemming who clings to his leader unconditionally.

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  • Oh lawd
    Everything Dawn Armstrong says offends the Bees
    It is as if truth doesn’t matter to the Bees
    She speaks of the social decay that is affecting the youth making the youth candidates for incarceration whereby having to live an ostracized life and one die hard bee which runs a charity flies off the fence to call Dawn a Liar
    If Dawn is having such an impact on the campagain trail
    One would suspect her service to the country in Parliament would be all for the worthwhile
    Armstrong u got my vote

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  • Heard discussion today about debt equity swap should have been considered to capitalize NIS with Central Bank. The NIS fund should have been ring fenced at all cost.

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  • Shudda, wudda, cudda. Cash gone. Replaced with Bonds. Bonds gone replaced with natta. Natta from natta leaves natta, gotta have sumting if you wanna be with me.

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  • The point is that the NIS fund should be protected.

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    TLSN…the Slaves may well be invisible…for all they are worth right now, just an X.

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  • Lewwee pratek it now. Only equities leff. And you dun know dey will find a way tru de fence eff dey want. I hear eff de polling close cum Sundah, they gine release two NIS reports!!!

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  • As we reach the conclusion in the game
    BU is becoming even more extreme
    Nobody makes any sense at all
    Nobody is listening to anyone
    Everyone is shouting louder

    But Bu David sure enough loves his money

    Watch this
    This is how to Channel like a supe
    Hunting Vs. Hunting (Version)

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    Great time to be writing a book, everything IN REAL TIME….a true win win..

    ya can feel the DESPERATION…some have trapped themselves…oh what a thing…

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  • “The DLP manifesto is said to be coming tomorrow.”

    That should be today no

    it will probably be about God and Money

    instead of
    Bitches and Blunts
    and Weed and Money

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  • This is the first time I have ever heard of voters waiting to see a party manifesto
    it is a canny strategy teasing the public by stalling so they’re anticipating to see what’s inside

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    This is the defining moment, history is up for the making.

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  • Estwick: Amend Central Bank Act to help with debt
    Former Minister of Economic Affairs Dr David Estwick believes an amendment to the Central Bank of Barbados’ Act is necessary to help Government with its indebtedness.
    Estwick made the declaration while wrapping up a meeting to launch the Democratic Labour Party’s General Election manifesto in his St Philip West constituency of Brereton, St Philip on Thursday night.
    The ex-minister of agriculture, who is seeking to defeat Barbados Labour Party’s newcomer Kay McConney in the January 19 General Election and regain the seat he lost to calypsonian John King in 2018, made reference to how Government sought to cut its liability to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).
    “The Central Bank must be unleased to assist. The Central Bank of Barbados is the bank of the people. It is owned by the Government and there are particular amendments that can be made that allow the Central Bank to more adequately use their capacity to finance Government’s development through its fiscal programmes in this country without harming the country,” Estwick declared.
    “The Government chose not to pay the NIS $1.6 million that it had to pay in cash and decided to write that off and don’t pay them a cent. Therefore, what has happened now is that the NIS by 2028 will have an operational deficit . . . [and] cannot continue its normal everyday activities,” Estwick charged.
    Consequently, he claimed that between August and December 2021, Government had “to go and borrow $261 million to recapitalise the NIS and severance payment fund in Barbados”, which, he suggested will put people’s pensions at risk. “You have a situation where the Government did not have to write off that money. The way that matter should have been handled is to make an amendment to the Central Bank Act.”
    Estwick also said the Central Bank would go to commercial banks and buy treasury bills, given to the banks by Government.
    “You do the same thing with NIS because we want $46 million in treasury bills that the NIS owes to the Government. Instead of writing it off . . . the Central Bank could’ve supplied those funds, bought the treasury bills direct from the NIS and sort that matter out.
    “The other sector that would’ve fixed that is to amend the Central Bank Act and the section of the Act that says the Central Bank cannot invest or buy bonds from Government statutory corporations and from private companies and so on. ( EZS)

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  • $800m DLP manifesto debt

    Should the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) be given the electoral mandate to carry out its plans outlined in its 2022 manifesto, it is likely to sink the country into an $800 million hole from which it would be difficult to climb out.
    This is the warning of Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, who described the DLP’s plans as “reckless” as it was “unrealistic.”
    In its 36-page manifesto launched on Thursday night at Brereton, St Philip, the DLP pledged, among other things, a 50 per cent reduction in the Garbage and Sewage Contribution (GSC), the abolition of the foreign exchange fees, the compensation of pensioners who took a haircut by Government during the 2018 debt restructuring and the removal of asset tax.
    However, during a press conference convened by the incumbent Barbados Labour Party (BLP) yesterday, at which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was also present, Straughn told reporters that having crunched the numbers, the plan threatens to erode all of the efforts made thus far to stabilise the economy.
    “Within the context of the budget that the Garbage and Sewage Contribution will be dedicated specifically to ensuring that we can maintain sanitation services for all Barbadians, such that persons no longer have to feel any measure of distress with respect to those matters. What is being proposed effectively would mean that there’s $41 million less to provide those services on an annual basis, So the question to the Democratic Labour Party is where will this $41 million come from in order to provide these critical services to Barbadians?” queried Straughn.
    He further contended that the reduction in the excise tax in terms of fuel at the pump, is anticipated to cost the country $31 million in revenue, while the promise to make whole pensioners will cost the Government about $350 million. Additionally, the removal of the Foreign Exchange Fee and the Asset Tax would cost the new administration $127 million, while the plan to distribute solar system to low-income households was destined to put a strain of $219 million on the public coffers, Straughn said.
    The BLP candidate for Christ Church East Central argued that within the context of Government
    already losing $600 million in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DLP was attempting to hoodwink the electorate with promises that could not be kept.
    “It is quite emotive; I understand that the attempt is to pull and tug at the heartstrings of Barbadians but when we look at these numbers it is simply not feasible. Therefore, I say to all Barbadians, let us remain focused on what is achievable,” he said.
    The argument put forward in the manifesto in question, is that the end of the International Monetary Fund Extended Fund Facility in October 2022, would give a DLP-led Government the fiscal space to provide several tax eases.
    “The BERT-IMF primary fiscal surplus of six per cent of GDP equals about $654 million. When the current IMF Extended Fund Facility programme ends in October 2022, fiscal space will be created as we move away from the IMF-imposed fiscal targets,” the manifesto states.
    However, weighing in on the issue, Mottley urged voters to critically assess the promises of both parties and discern wisely before casting their ballot on Wednesday.
    (CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • Getting rid of White Oaks and all those big belly consultants would be a start small or large whatever it maybe
    A penny saved is a penny earned

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    “while the promise to make whole pensioners will cost the Government about $350 million”

    did they not pick up 300 million of tax dollars and just gave it away to the tourism crooks…who don’t deserve a DIME…but crying to give pensioners,,,WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS…

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  • The DLP manifesto PROMISES to ringfence the NIS Scheme by limiting how much it is exposed to being raised and to allow for a percentage of funds to be invested overseas.

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