Unnecessary Unpredictably

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Submitted by Observing

On December 27, 2021 a snap election was called. Previous threads speak clearly to this author’s view of the soundness of that decision. But, to say that we are in unprecedented time is to put it mildly.

First, we have never had a 30-0 wipeout. It is therefore inevitable that the DLP will receive opposing votes. The amount is still left to be seen but based on the apathy, frustration and recent criticisms of the sitting PM the opposition may actually be larger than expected.

Secondly, we have a very short election. Discounting Old Year’s night and the weekend campaigns there was essentially only 2 ½ weeks. To their credit the DLP seem to have been “almost” ready when others thought they weren’t. To their detriment though they still have a bit more to do to convince the electorate that they are a government in waiting. Criticism of the present government does not automatically get the support of the electorate.

Thirdly, there are divisions. Divisions in both parties, divisions among the labour unions, divisions in the civil service, divisions in the Electoral and Boundaries Commission, division in the communities. There is absolutely no way that a heated election with a popular but not as popular Prime Minister faced with a new opposition in Parliament will help those divisions. The spin about a need for a united country being the reason for calling elections was BS and we all know it. The PM should know better than to take us for idiots.

Lastly, Covid. The news that Covid positive people cannot vote was a shocker. For a government to make this call and not consider this eventuality is almost criminal and, yes, I believe should be punished with the relevant vote. Based on the current rate there are 3880 persons in isolation with an average of 300 being added each day over the last 7 days. We were told that it will get worse. This means that around 5000+ persons will not be able to exercise their right to vote.

In 2013, 20 seats were decided by less than 200 votes. Other elections in some constituencies over the years reflect this margin as a norm. Have we decided to gamble with our elections and votes?

This is a critical time in our history for many reasons but it seems that regrettably, a rash unnecessary political decision was made for a hopeful political outcome that has rendered the genuine national good as secondary to a selfish motive. In 2022 we should be better than this.

Whoever wins, whatever comes, we will have tough times ahead in all aspects and areas. Will the real leaders and thinkers please stand up???

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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.
    Email tjoe2008@live.com

    Source: Nation

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  • 30-0 is old results old news
    current score is 0-0
    and results will be counted afresh

    DLP were badly hurt and moaning about Mia and BLP
    but now they have the opportunity to make a challenge
    it seems they have gone quiet and are afraid and scared

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  • Dlp has not gone quiet
    That is a wish want the the blp had hoped for in this coming election
    The dlp campagain has given meaning to the word Hope for the youth
    Unlike the present govt who believes cleaning up ash fall was a Creator giving policy for the youth and a necessary and well meant time for the youth to get a job

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  • In 2018 Were BLP rewarded for their good deeds or were DLP punished for their bad deeds.
    Even if we don’t achieve a level of Biblical Figures and Spiritual masters, we can earn merits and a share for the world to come. We do our best, and the periphrastic way of speech and writing of God other than prayer rewards us according to our built vessel and the Light we drew with our good deeds. Each person according to their efforts.

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  • There is a unification that never separates on the most high level. This is the secret of the unification of the supernal Father and Mother and the aspect of the upper levels is the location of the mystical state where all ten levels in the Tree of Life are united as one divine superconscious Will that is beyond conscious intellect. The next three describe three levels of conscious divine intellect. In particular, in its knowable form, the concept of knowledge. That those who have merits for the world to come, that is, understanding, would be part of this supernal unification.

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  • Lastly, Covid. The news that Covid positive people cannot vote was a shocker. For a government to make this call and not consider this eventuality is almost criminal and, yes, I believe should be punished with the relevant vote. Based on the current rate there are 3880 persons in isolation with an average of 300 being added each day over the last 7 days. We were told that it will get worse. This means that around 5000+ persons will not be able to exercise their right to vote.

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

    But are the cases local or imported?

    If imported, why would this card be played?

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  • the Holy One Blessed be He prepare everything to give pleasures to the righteous people in the future, as it is written
    the Holy One Blessed be He has many thousands and many tens of thousands of holy camps to serve under the command in the building of souls. Some with the supernal face, some with eyes, some with weapons, some with cries, some with trumpets, some with mercy, some with justice

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  • People seem to be griping and moaning about anything and everything that is happening
    but this election should be about what is to come
    don’t look at the future as problems but as challenges

    The Building of a Nation

    Barbados vsn.1.0
    was a white mans heaven and a black mans hell
    blacks were inferior as per preamble in slave code
    whites were superior as per white supremacy doctrine

    Barbados vsn. 2.0
    according to some pundits
    it was a duopoly
    for slavery

    Republic of Barbados vsn. 1.0
    Is the new book to be written
    Chapter 1 will be about the next 5 years

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  • Why call the election if things were looking so good ?

    ” In fact, said Greenidge, Barbados was on a track to continued growth.”

    “We fixed the debt, we paid back the arrears, we fixed the reserves. The only thing remaining to be done was to continue the structural reforms that came out of the online survey we did with the public of Barbados saying what they wanted in terms of SOEs [state-owned enterprises] and the services delivered,” Dr Greenidge said.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/13/greenidge-says-focus-is-now-on-growth/

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  • What this election suggest to me is that the current problems being experienced by this country will not be resolved within eighteen months. Were it possible to solve the financial and others confronting us within that time frame, there would have been no need to fritter away that massive majority in parliament after only three and one half years. So, what we are looking at is more of the same or worst, for five more years.

    While acknowledged as an international star of unrivaled brilliance, who has brought global recognition once again to Barbados, there seems to be a lack of leadership on the local level reflected in numerous ill advised and unforced decisions craving visionary leadership. Be reminded that with thirty seats in parliament, an overwhelming Senate and consultants too numerous to mention, we are still adrift in an ocean of social and economic problems with no solution anticipated over the horizon (hopefully).

    Regrettably, for ten years in the past, all we were repeatedly told (if told anything at all) was that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Apparently the vision of that light was based on faith as no one could see it.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Around and around the mulberry bush we do go.

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  • Our problems will take years and this is provided the correct economic prescription is applied.

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  • “Our problems will take years and this is provided the correct economic prescription is applied.”

    Proverbs

    A Journey of a 1,000 miles begins with your first step

    But, Bajans tend to take one step forwards and two steps backwards
    and need to turn around so they can walk backwards and go in the right direction

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  • @ David,

    Did you read the what I posted above at 9:06 AM ?

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  • @Hants

    Read earlier. Some economy related info on the blog below dealing with the economy.

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  • angela cox January 13, 2022 6:19 AM #: “Unlike the present govt who believes cleaning up ash fall was a Creator giving policy for the youth and a necessary and well meant time for the youth to get a job.”

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

    On Friday, December 9, 2016, former Health Minister John Boyce led off the debate in the House of Assembly on a resolution to approve $3,155,344 to supplement the Estimates 2016-2017, for the payment of a debushing programme from Monday, December 5, 2016 until Friday, March 31, 2017.
    Boyce said the debushing would’ve presented opportunities for employment in various areas and be a source of revenue also for small businesses in that field.

    We all know that “cleaning up ash fall” and clearing bush were TEMPORARY initiatives that provided TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT for people.

    Therefore, in the interest of being FAIR and BALANCED, please explain to BU what are the significant differences in the concepts of both clean up campaigns?

    Based on your argument, then, surely BOTH programmes should be EQUALLY criticized.

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  • Governments grab the opportunities to create ” make work programs ” to combat unemployment.

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  • There is no difference expect present govt lauded the ash cleaners up programe as if it was a better alternative than being jobless
    Given that present govt had made a promise to the youth that alternative programs would have been put in place to get the youth off the streets

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  • “. This means that around 5000+ persons will not be able to exercise their right to vote.

    In 2013, 20 seats were decided by less than 200 votes. Other elections in some constituencies over the years reflect this margin as a norm. Have we decided to gamble with our elections and votes?”
    1. Very good.
    2. 🐇/🐰and i paid attention to the same text, but our concerns differ.

    Why should Mia disfranchise such a large number? Does she have polling data that we can only guess at? Was she told that those infected with Covid-19 are less likely to vote for the BLP.

    Given her past history, we may see this as another item that was horribly bungled, but it could have been a wicked and precise calculation on her part.
    ——xx—–
    😃Meanwhile 🐇/🐰 is back there filtering drinking water through a N95 covid-19 mask.😀

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  • RE: “There is no difference expect present govt lauded the ash cleaners up programe as if it was a better alternative than being jobless.”

    You’re ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ to misrepresent the truth.

    Maybe you should ask yourself if the clean up programmes under BOTH administrations were not “better alternatives than being jobless?”

    RE: “Given that present govt had made a promise to the youth that alternative programs would have been put in place to get the youth off the streets.”

    You’re essentially ‘saying’ ‘government’ fulfilled its promise to the youth by employing them in a temporary clean up program.

    As usual, you’re MISREPRESENTING the TRUTH. Several people of VARYING AGES were employed in the ash fall clean up, many of whom are STILL employed clearing gutters, sidewalks and debushing in several communities across Barbados.

    Those activities were previously undertaken by Beautify Barbados.

    But, I’m sure you remember that Department was closed and its employees retrenched, with them having to WAIT almost THREE (3) YEARS before being paid their severance payments, while the work they previously undertook, was OUTSOURCED to a business owned by your then IN-LAW, Mark Maloney.

    Perhaps the better option would’ve been for ‘government’ to organise those former employees, facilitate the process for them to create their own company, to which cleaning around the island would be outsourced.

    Interestingly and ironically, prior to May 24, 2018 people, such as you, were singing Maloney’s praises because he was your IN-LAW, while Enuff and those of his ilk thought of him as an OUTLAW.

    On May 25, 2018, he suddenly became an OUTLAW to your group and an IN-LAW to Enuff’s group, who are NOW singing his praises.

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  • @ angela cox January 13, 2022 10:57 AM
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    Given that present govt had made a promise to the youth that alternative programs would have been put in place to get the youth off the streets..
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The present red administration- aided and abetted by your previous equally stupid administration- has a plan to replace those youths about to be taken of the streets and in long-lasting productive well-paying jobs to save the NIS and Treasury from collapse.

    Where and how else would those projected 80,000 immigrants survive in a contracting economy with deteriorating social services and lack of affordable housing?

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  • The problem is, successive BLP and DLP administrations have not done anything of significance for the youth.

    I recall, prior to the 2008 general elections, the DEMS launched their ‘youth manifesto’ in Haynesville…… with a dub concert………. playing the SAME dance hall music they admonish private PSV operators for playing on ZRs and mini buses.

    And, with the exception of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), I haven’t seen any positive policy initiatives for the youth coming from the BLP either.

    Both political parties seem to be of the misguided belief that giving the youth ‘weed wackers’ and building kiosks for vending, as though they’re only interested in debushing, vending and washing cars……. or hosting village football or cricket tournaments is providing them with some hope for the future.

    So far, the only progressive policies I’ve seen were from the NDP.

    Perhaps you could ask Mr. Skinner to post them for your perusal.

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  • Not going argue on.point which administration did what or did not implement job programs for the youth
    However the present govt did say that getting the youth off the street was of main concern
    I however recalled that one of govt first casualties was one of a social program that was sport defined call the David Thompson Tournament which was axed by present govt
    I do recall that program was put in place one of having a reason to keep the youth off the street and getting involved in gang related crime

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  • The opening ceremony of the ‘David Thompson Memorial Constituency Council Football Classic,’ held on Sunday, September 24. 2017, at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, Paradise Park, St. Michael.
    Since some matches were rescheduled, the ‘finals’ were held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the Kensington Oval.

    So, we could reasonably conclude the ‘football classic’ was essentially a TWELVE (12) WEEK tournament.

    Please EXPLAIN to BU, how a TWELVE (12) WEEK football tournament could “keep the youth off the street and getting involved in gang related crime,” ……… especially when consideration is given to the fact countries all over the world have been grappling with gang related crime for several years……. against the background of introducing progressive policy initiatives for the youth, and having several different law enforcement agencies and sophisticated crime fighting methods?

    What will the youth be doing for the REMAINING FORTY (40) WEEKS of the year?

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  • From one Observer to another.
    I cannot understand the continued bafflement at the election call.
    Different bloggers have been calling this for some time.
    In the North, with one Federal and multiple Provincial govts which operate under a Bajan type system, an early call is relatively common.
    Maybe the division one cannot see was within the party? We have seen two senators scatter? Possibly there was division on future alternatives.
    On the one hand we criticize when a decision is made without formal public input (Republic et Al), and now when the entire apple cart is put on the line, we complaining again.
    Politicians seek to keep Powah for as long as they can. The PM has given Barbadians the opportunity to vote her ass to the curb.
    So what are we really upset about? That opportunity? Or the change, something different from the past? Or….?
    I’m still at 23-7, wha bout you?

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  • @ King David,
    In an earlier submission you claimed I was consuming medication. What did you make of the comments made by Greenidge, a Senior Economic Advisor to the government, who claimed “Barbados was on a track to continued growth.”
    ,…….
    “We fixed the debt, we paid back the arrears, we fixed the reserves. The only thing remaining to be done was to continue the structural reforms that came out of the online survey we did with the public of Barbados ……….”

    Perhaps he too was heavily sedated when he made those comments. What say you King David? Please answer Hants cheeky question.

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  • @ Artax
    “ Perhaps you could ask Mr. Skinner to post them for your perusal.”

    I maintain that the NDP 1991 manifesto, remains the most progressive manifesto since independence. Our youth program was beyond anything the Dees and Bess have ever presented.
    The amount of money we were going to invest in youth is still more than promised today by the BLPDLP today.

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  • @Hants @TLSN
    READ the words again. The speaker, Dr.G is a paid consultant/employee. All he need say, if anything, in future is ‘ he was not aware of x,y, or z’ when he spoke.
    They have NOT taken care of the Debt. It is back to where it was. More importantly, the revised servicing costs are ‘kicking in’. Govt only cares about the cost of servicing the debt.
    They have paid back several arrears, kudos to them. Others they kicked the ‘paying back’ down the road. (Bonds)
    The IMF ‘loans’ in $US took heat off the reserves.
    The KEY is structural reform. He gave a hint to the tactic which will be taken
    ” to continue the structural reforms that came out of the online survey we did with the public of Barbados saying what they wanted in terms of SOEs [state-owned enterprises] and the services delivered,” Dr Greenidge said.
    Get it? This is what some online survey with Barbadians says they want.

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    “Politicians seek to keep Powah for as long as they can. The PM has given Barbadians the opportunity to vote her ass to the curb.”

    i hope THEY SEE the opportunity and TAKE IT….knock that apple cart sideways or take chances that a lot of them will DIE and or be DRIVEN INTO SLAVERY…

    let’s just ACCEPT that POWER IS OURS FOR THE TAKING…as the population when you have POWER IN YOUR HANDS FINALLY….you REACT..i like the FEEL OF POWER….how bout you..

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  • @ NorthernObserver,
    Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister,
    is on the verge of being removed from his post. The British media and his own party have had enough of his semantics, propaganda, and his penchant for being economical with the truth.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/13/tory-papers-boris-johnson-liar

    With six days remaining, the Barbados media must step up to the plate and stop defending the undefendable. We in Britain are fed up of Boris. Mia and her paid advisors should not be allowed to shelter under the shield of semantics, propaganda and being economical with the truth. The stakes are simply too high.

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  • TLSN
    Media? The media decide the election?
    Truth? Wha dat?
    You take care of Boris, we have Justin to deal with. At least you had the benefit of seeing him as Mayor, we were flying blind !!!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, you know well enough it’s just a word game to continually debate less than a week before voting day the merits/demerits of calling the election !

    I am intrigued tho by the numbers you offer … in the absence of any on the ground riding by riding analysis your guesstimate is as good as any and THAT final number is the real issue now.

    1.It tells us a) how effective MAMs ploy was to further catspraddle opposition forces and b) how effective she was in neutralizing her internal opposition

    2.Gives a very good glimpse to her (and us) of the mind space of Bajans re her ‘antics’ .

    3.It also gives folks like Payne as an internal oppo and the external oppo voices better clarity on where and how to attack her

    So all in all the WHYs of the election have been irrelevant since the die was cast but the juicy results are what we all waiting to bite into!

    Should be quite a treat.

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  • @NorthernObserverJanuary 13, 2022 2:47 PM

    23:7 ???

    Such a result would be a clear indication of election rigging by the opposition. As by the DLP’s sister party in the USA, the so-called Democrats. Or as by Mingo in Guyana.

    Our Supreme Leader should request international election observers from the Carter Institute, CARICOM, EU and China to monitor the legality of election of opposition members. If I see it correctly, there are definitely parties other than the CP in China. However, they have no relevant voice in the People’s Congress. Why should it be any different here than in China, the model democracy no. 1?

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  • This election result should/will prove if the last election result was a mistake or intentional

    Politics is a Bitch Lady Dog
    Obama was an Underdog
    Trump was an Underdog and a dog
    Johnson was a dog

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    “They know their readers balk at Johnson expecting us to believe he thought a party with booze, crisps and sausage rolls was a work event. ”

    now that was really taking things too far….insulting people’s intelligence has the potential to do in any leader..

    insult my intelligence and i tend to take it personal.

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  • @DIW
    Number was out there since October. All about the pendulum swing. Nothing else. An unscientific guesstimate.
    Her style is not conducive to having 28 reports. The cabinet size told you that?
    She will be better with fewer, plus it is also fewer complainers. If the elected reflect their electors, you know we could complain?
    Another story is an 0 for ?? in elective politics, lawyer, could become the second female PM. What is her style and bench strength. Do we care?

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  • Artax can u please explain how not having a program of any kind one geared to building the skills and development of the youth is beneficial to the overall development of the youth
    Furthermore you asinine question is nonsensical and out of touch with the realties some of which can be a hindrance to youth
    Your question is so silly it shows your lack of knowledge to child development and why social programs are an asset and a source of knowledge in building a child mind

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  • @ TLSN January 13, 2022 3:44 PM
    “Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, is on the verge of being removed from his post.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It appears the B J bullshitter will be a goner this time. He will not be as lucky as Teflon Tony Blair.

    Unlike Bajans the British voters don’t tolerate persistent liars and hypocrites to be their primus inter pares.

    The Brexit deceit and now the ‘double-standards’ setting example during the Covid pandemic.

    Even his own ‘Conservative’ buddies are now ready to stab him right in his lying face.

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  • @Tron
    Should? A rather indecisive stance from you. Should maybe too late?
    I hear there is private jet, scheduled to land in Bim on Monday. Apart from two pilots, both Barbadian, the only listed cargo is 3 trunks. I am informed $US. All 50’s. And the sender is not RiRi.
    Clearly a farce, as voters like their elected MPs cannot be bought.
    This is why when BT interviews voters, doing something fah we, means, finding us a job. Clark and the lady with a bat for the son, who added, he found me a job 25 yrs ago and I still there. A recent NCC employee as to how Dennis Lowe did sumting fah she, he got her that job.
    So the 50’s are a waste. The people want jobs. Not nasty $US, Grantley’s for life. Guaranteed Basic Income (another foreign invention). After the “guarantee” (loan) fiasco you will have to rename it, but I know you’re a BOSS at that, the BEST.

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  • From BT
    “The intention, I believe, was to give the impression that these people would find it impossible to gain employment because of the inability to receive such certificates without blemishes. I want to clear the air on this because this is simply not true. Offences committed as juveniles in Barbados do not carry over into adulthood. I think that it is unfortunate that Ms Armstrong has not clarified that the real issue is one of discrimination on this island towards formerly incarcerated teens or adults after they have paid their dues to society,” she said in a statement.

    This makes no sense. Saying two different things in the same sentence. Summary ‘Offences they do as a juvenile does not carry over but society will not forgive or forget’

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    You will have to put too much energy into that to even understand the dynamics, the level of hypocrisy in play is astounding, cause when the so called pedigree dog food people’s children commit heinous crimes, they can just walk into the police station and walk out with their criminal children and nothing happens, no dues paid to the society, no punishment, no record, nothing….stay clear of that one..

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    Trying to save your sanity Theo…

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  • @ TheOGazerts,

    Politicians will be talking shiite and making promises for the net 6 days. Enjoy the comedic interludes and prepare for the winners fetes.

    My current favourite Bajans muscians.

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  • @NO
    We are probably upset at the callous disregard for the health situation. I am at I am at 24 – 6 for sure. 18-12 absolute best case.

    @William SKinner
    Can’t seem to find that manifesto anywhere at all.

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  • @African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved January 13, 2022 4:57 PM
    “They know their readers balk at Johnson expecting us to believe he thought a party with booze, crisps and sausage rolls was a work event.”

    Don’t be so hard on poor BoJo. Some people are actually REQUIRED to attend cocktail parties as part of their work, and they get paid overtime for attending, and can be reprimanded if they do not attend, unless there is some valid reason such as “mummy just died” and they better bring in a death certificate to prove it.

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  • @ Miller,
    No doubt you would have heard how the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, can no longer use the term – HRH ( His Royal Highness ) due to his alleged involvement with Epstein.

    Could you imagine such a thing happening in Barbados where titles are given freely to some terrible individuals.

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  • . @Observing “The news that Covid positive people cannot vote was a shocker.”

    Can you explain why this was a shocker?

    Covid positive people are not permitted to go to supermarkets, village shops, churches, pharmacies, or to visit their dying mothers, so why are people shocked that thy are not permitted to go to polling stations? Is voting more important than any of these things?

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  • @cuhdear
    “Covid positive people are not permitted to go to supermarkets, village shops, churches, pharmacies, or to visit their dying mothers. Is voting more important than any of these things?”

    Really not sure if this is a rhetorical question. Seriously.

    Just observing

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  • Bajans will not forget the party that made them pay to go to the UWI. What interest in youth can this party show now. Already the promise of deficit financing using the Central Bank is making the rounds as being preferable to the IMF. It almost sank the currency in 2018. I do not believe Bajans are so silly as to move away from a confident, decisive, charismatic Prime minister with global standing for a product of the lucky dip. Ease of doing business and diversifying the economy cannot be held hostage by a bunch of verbiage leading to nowhere. I was astounded when this administration made it easier and more fit for purpose to get liquor licences, only to hear one debater proposing that we should return to the provisigns of the 1939 Act. That is the type of insanity that holds the country back. Show where the administration has erred with its policies and do not try to impede progress in this new Republic. I am sure there are some still seeking a way back to the Union Jack.

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  • @Observing January 13, 2022 8:18 PM “Really not sure if this is a rhetorical question.”

    It is NOT a rhetorical question.

    Please explain to us why voting in an election is more important that visiting one’s dying, parent spouse or child.

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  • “Covid positive people are not permitted to go to supermarkets, village shops, churches, pharmacies, or to visit their dying mothers, so why are people shocked that thy are not permitted to go to polling stations?”

    Covid does not care about peoples circumstances when it sees an opportunity to multiply
    it just follows it’s basic instinct to go viral

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  • @Observing January 13, 2022 8:18 PM “Really not sure if this is a rhetorical question.”

    It is NOT a rhetorical question.

    Please explain to us why voting in an election is more important than buying food or medicine.

    I have been triple vaccinated, but if I become covid positive by January 19th I will not go to the polls, and I will not feel disadvantaged.

    I know that this is a political blog, but the truth is that there tens of thousands of Bajans who do not care about voting. And this is based on fact, not on my say so. The percentage of people who turn out to vote has declined from 81.6% in 1971 to lows of 56.8% in 2003 and 59.5% in 2018. The last time 2/3 or more of the population voted was during the period 1966 to 1986. A lot of those dedicated voters are long dead. No party, nor their multiple highly paid advisors contesting this election knows how to get the electorate out to vote.

    By the way it is the same thing with the Covid vaccines, about 1/3 of the eligible population has refused to turn out for their vaccinations and nobody understands what needs to be done to get them out.

    I don’t understand either.

    Do any of us?

    Do you?

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  • angela cox January 13, 2022 5:38 PM #: “Artax can u please explain how not having a program of any kind one geared to building the skills and development of the youth is beneficial to the overall development of the youth?”

    My friend….

    You should ask the politicians from BOTH mainstream political parties that question, NOT me.

    I’ve already ‘told’ you, “the problem is, successive BLP and DLP administrations have not done anything of significance for the youth.”

    YOUR problem is you always attempt to discuss issues as though you’re an expert. And, when pressed to elaborate, your “asinine, nonsensical and silly” responses clearly indicate you don’t have any knowledge of the topic.

    The gist of your ORIGINAL argument was that the ‘David Thompson Memorial Constituency Council Football Classic’ was essentially conceptualized to “keep the youth off the street and getting involved in gang related crime.”

    Only an IDIOT would want to argue that a politically motivated 12 week football tournament could play a significant role in achieving that objective, while IGNORING the fact there wasn’t ANYTHING to ENGAGE the youth for the remaining FORTY (40) WEEKS in any given year the tournament was held.

    You’ve now gone on to talk’ about “child development and social programs,” which are totally irrelevant to your original discussion.
    Education, health care, services provided by NAB, RDC, UDC, Child Care Board, and Welfare Department are examples of “social programs.”

    A football tournament is NOT.

    Your ignorance is not only appalling, it does not have any boundaries as well.

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  • @ Observing
    “@William SKinner
    Can’t seem to find that manifesto anywhere at all.”
    If you know anybody from that NDP, they may have a copy. 1991 is a long time ago.

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  • Oh David, you have your fingers on the pulse of the blog. Thanks for that link.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David @Skinner et @Observing …SERIOUSLY we are citing an NDP manifesto of as @Skinner said “1991 […] a long time ago”.

    In various words all of you have said that such manifesto documents are essentially comfort for fools!

    So Really guys!

    And to you brother @Skinner … would your party have been able to implement 50% of the plans outlined for the youth in that doc … ok, sorry wrong question…clearly your answer will be yes!

    So let me pose it this way: why has no party since then been able to implement the most important aspects of those plans considering that as you noted several of the stars and young activists of that party went on to be involved with other parties over the years?

    And please let me hasten to add … the above is not an ad hominem critique … rather I am simply trying to understand how we can dismiss the duopoly manifesto verbiage as ineffectual but reach back for a 30 year old document

    To prove what exactly is this foray!

    Btw @David, excellent research gathering skills.👍🏿

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  • @Dee Word

    What about integrity in public life legislation?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @SimpleSimon, SHUT DOWN Internet feeds or ban ALL cov19 negative news re your query: “…about 1/3 of the eligible population has refused to turn out for their vaccinations and nobody understands what needs to be done to get them out.[…] Do any of us?”

    Simply … impossible.

    Well maybe a tax on unvax like the Quebecois may push more forward !

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Apologies @David but I didn’t refresh my 30 year NDP knowledge… so if they called for that too almost a full generation ago then @Skinner’s party mates who slotted into other parties have even more to answer for den 😇😂!

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  • Alas DPD taxing people many of whom do not have a po to piss in nor a window to throw it thru does not work.

    Or to put it more politely, you cannot get blood out of a stone.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Yea I think so too … but wha de hell… we ain’t voting in any serious numbers for the politicians that running we lives into de ground but yet we complaining real loud that we ain’t get the opportunity to vote for a rather innocuous switch from the happy partying monarchy up north…

    So maybe we SHOULD get tax on we poes and when and how we piss!

    That would definitely get a few ah we really ‘pissed off” yah think!

    I gone.

    De diabetes is got me pissing – verbally and otherwise – too often, fah real!

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  • @ BMcDonald January 13, 2022 8:24 PM

    I am almost sympathetic to the DLP’s plan. A fresh cranking up of the printing press would lead to currency devaluation in no time at all. Foreign investors could then buy up all local real estate for next to nothing. That would turn back the clock. And not just to 1966, but to 1937 and 1834.

    Those who vote for DLP should not be surprised if they soon feel the lash of foreign financial investors on their backs!

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  • @Observing
    A fair range.
    Many places have held elections during the pandemic, with the expected mixed reactions. Especially initially. The stance of disallowing COVID+ to vote, is something I haven’t experienced. Whomever is in charge, it seems given the relatively small number of voters, more may be done to be more inclusive.

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  • @ David
    My ref. was to the NDP manifesto 1991. That’s the one I signed my name to and campaigned on.
    @ DpD
    We did not win , so I cant say whether we would have fulfilled any or all of the promises. As for the “several” stars, you must realise that they had to fall in line with their new parties’ agendas.
    The BLPDLP are political burial grounds for progressives. Many opine that the NDP would have become the same. The major problem at this time, is the lack of any real ideological or philosophical moorings of the candidates on all sides.

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  • William was the 94 manifesto so different to 91? Here is what we know- Richie Haynes recanted.

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  • Time running out to sue EBC

    By Antoinette Connell
    antoinetteconnell@nationnews.com

    There’s a lawyer at the ready to sue authorities on behalf of those stuck in isolation and unable to vote.
    But time is running out for the affected individuals to step forward so that the lawsuit can be filed.
    Attorney-at-law Michelle Russell, who was one of those who sued the Electoral & Boundaries Commission in 2018 in order to be allowed to vote as a CARICOM citizen, said she had been in discussion with another lawyer who was willing to mount a defence to the EBC’s insistence that its hands were tied on the matter and the isolated could not vote.
    The issue of isolated COVID-19 patients being unable to attend voting stations to mark their “X” next Wednesday has been a roaring debate ever since it came to light following the election announcement on December 26 by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
    “First thing is that I think we’re failing to understand is that about 10 000 persons might be disenfranchised by the move because it’s just not those who are COVID positive but there might be contacts as well and oftentimes the contacts are wider than the people who are positive.
    “COVID doesn’t discriminate so it is not that COVID is only going to go for Barbados Labour Party supporters or for Democratic Labour Party supporters. So that in calling the elections within three weeks the Government has to be reasonably sure that it was worth the risk, especially where such a significant portion of the electorate might not be able to vote and where some of them may be staunch BLP supporters, who wanted to cast their vote. So it is almost like shooting yourself in the foot because you really don’t know who’s going to get infected,” she noted.
    Russell said she was aware of a number of people in isolation and believed that action should be taken but by someone “who believes their rights” were being infringed, and knew one attorney willing to take on the action but I wouldn’t name names at this point.”
    It is a position shared by Queen’s Counsel Garth Patterson, who earlier this week on the Nation Publishing’s State of the Nation online discussion said he believed the Government could be sued for depriving some voters of that right.
    “No Government can freely ignore the law and because the right to vote is enshrined in the Representation of the People’s Act which The Constitution mandates must make provision for every qualified voter to have a reasonable opportunity of voting in an election, then it means the actions of the Government are certainly amenable to judicial review,” Patterson said.
    He explained that the President, on the advice of the Prime Minister, dissolved Parliament at a time when thousands of voters were in isolation and it was reasonably foreseeable by the Government that thousands more would become infected.
    “To my mind it is arguable that in the absence of any overriding national interest or some other compelling reason for doing it, the action of the President, on the advice of the Prime Minister, could be challenged on the basis that it was neither rational or reasonable, neither was it fair to the thousands who will likely be deprived,” he said.
    On the issue of the late hour, she said in 2018 when they were fighting to vote, up until the day of elections, a further suit was filed at the time. “It is the drafting of the documents do take time and you still have to get it approved at an urgent hearing. Ideally you prefer to do it with at least a few days to spare but there’s nothing stopping the action happening on election day itself, if there’re dire circumstances that merit it,” she explained.
    Russell said that St Lucia, Jamaica and The Bahamas had elections during COVID-19 and found a way to allow those who were positive to vote.
    “So if our Prime Minister was confident enough to call elections with a three-week gap, why not make provisions in the directives to allow voting. For instance in St Louis in the United States, they allowed drive-through voting for those who were COVID-positive. We can’t now use the early voting thing that some countries used because early voting was yesterday (Wednesday) and we can’t use mail-in ballots because that would have required an amendment to the legislation. The legislation says inperson voting.
    “But it looks like it wasn’t considered and I dear say, it would have a negative effect, because you already have those set of voters who wouldn’t vote anyway because they are disillusioned or they never vote. So that’s a part of the electorate that’s not going to vote; then you have the ones who normally vote but are afraid of COVID, especially older people who don’t feel comfortable standing in long lines during COVID. So that’s again a big section out of the electorate that’s not voting,” she said. As of Wednesday, there were 100 people in isolation facilities and 4 181 were in home isolation.

    Source: Nation

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  • Eastmond puts case for APP
    Deputy political leader of the Alliance Party for Progress (APP), Lynette Eastmond, is calling on Barbadians to make the right decision when they go to the polls on January 19.
    Furthermore, Eastmond has promised development of the creative, cultural and technology industries should she be elected to represent the people of St Philip West.
    “In 2018 we became so disgusted that we felt we had to put an end to that Government. At this point in time, we need to ensure that in Parliament we have representatives of not just the traditional parties, but the newer parties that have emerged, such as the Alliance,” she said via the party’s online presentation of candidates on Tuesday.
    The APP was formed following a merger between the People’s Party for Democracy and Development and the United Progressive Party, with former Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley leading the group. They have a slate of 20 candidates contesting the upcoming General Election.
    Eastmond said that through the experience she and Atherley had gained in the Owen Arthur Cabinet, they were schooled in how a Government should be properly run and how a Cabinet should function. She said as a member of Arthur’s Cabinet, the chair ensured every voice around the table was heard and not just the experts.
    She said that seemed to be missing now and would be done away with under the APP.
    “The Alliance will bring us back to that position where we consult amongst ourselves, but also consult with stakeholders, as well as the wider public because of our inability, or shall I say the Government’s past inability, to deal with corruption,” she said.
    Moreover, the former Minister of International Business said Barbados faced the prospect of only a small clique seeing wealth, thereby creating a superclass of wealthy people and an underclass.
    “This is happening because opportunities are being hidden from Barbadians. They’re not being allowed to take advantage of the opportunities that come up from day to day because corruption is not simply about stealing money. In my view, corruption is also about preventing our people from accessing the opportunities that countries like Barbados can develop,” she said.
    Two such sectors are the creative cultural and technology industries which Eastmond, founding member and vice-president of the Barbados Film & Video Association, said held great potential.
    “We can develop programmes and products that can be sold to the entire world. We’re only about 300 000 people, and there are millions of people to sell to. If we were elected to office, we would invest in the creative, cultural and technology industries.
    “If our Government took one per cent of what is now allocated to tourism to start these industries, we would see a massive difference. The individuals who engage in these industries come from every sector in Barbados, from every demographic, from every social background. Imagine what would happen if we were able to empower those people through the creative industries, through culture and through technology. It would make a vast difference for the people of St Philip West,” she said.
    (RA)

    Source: Nation

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  • Two Sir Grantleys and an Errol Barrow

    Comedic calypsonian Contone’s refrain “two Sir Grantleys and an Errol Barrow” has been stuck in my head as I reflected on local political campaigning.
    This song references the $100 bill, featuring the image of The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams and the $50 bill that features the image of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.
    Adams and Barrow are important founders of the two principal political parties in Barbados, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) respectively.
    They are invoked as key to building the foundations of Barbados as a country with a strong system of social provisioning that has contributed to the improved living standards during the 20th century. So, what of the use of Grantleys and Barrows to finance political campaigns?
    $10 per voter
    In Barbados, the
    Representation of the People Act, CAP 12
    allows each candidate to spend ten dollars per registered elector in their constituency.
    This one (The Right Excellent) Charles Duncan O’Neal (tendollar bill) per elector is quite a modest limit that has its uses. Importantly, it should militate against uncontrollable spending determining electoral outcomes. Still, ten dollars per elector adds up.
    Appendix D of the Report On The Barbados General Election 2018 reveals that candidates were permitted to spend between $70 000 and just over $100 000 that year. Although none of the candidates in the last three general elections reported expenses that reached the spending ceilings, perusing the differences in reported expenses within and across constituencies makes for fascinating reading.
    Outspent others
    In these three elections, BLP and DLP candidates far outspent newer parties and/or independents in almost every case.
    There are some interesting exceptions.
    For instance, in St Michael South East the DLP’s candidate, Rodney Grant, reported spending $17 723.75, just $673.75 more than the United Progressive Party’s candidate, Veronica Price in 2018.
    Interesting, too, is that in 2013 Taan Abed, an independent candidate who had previously run on a DLP ticket, reported expenses of $24 394.32, which surpassed that of several BLP and DLP candidates.
    All the same, Abed was significantly outspent by both BLP and DLP contenders in that riding (Maria Agard – $54 470.54 – and Verla De Peiza – $44 899.74).
    The report from the 2008 General Election shows that BLP candidates spent more than DLP candidates in 19 constituencies while DLP candidates reported higher expenses in 11.
    Similarly, the BLP outspent the DLP in 18 constituencies in 2013. However, the somewhat anomalous 2018 election, which saw the BLP win all seats, reveals that the BLP handsomely outspent the DLP in all but six constituencies: St James Central, St Lucy, St Michael North West, St Michael North, St Philip South and St Philip West. Of the 30 constituencies, there were only three contests in which BLP and DLP candidates spent comparably (less than a $3 000 difference) in 2018: St Michael Central, St James South and St Philip South.
    Some might also be interested in the fact that the single largest spender in any constituency in the 2008, 2013 and 2018 general elections was BLP candidate for St Michael North East, Mia Amor Mottley, who reported expenses of $71 864.00 in 2018. Without getting into further minutiae about reported candidate expenses, and without
    delving into whether ever more expenses result in ever more votes, the main point I wish to make is that fundraising is important for Barbadian political campaigns.
    Linked to this point is that newer political parties and independents will need to find ways to raise funds to run competitive campaigns.
    Larger concerns
    In all this examination of Grantleys and Barrows, there are larger concerns about political money. To begin with, although candidates are required to report their spending within seven weeks of the election result, information about the sources of these funds is not available in the reports on General Elections.
    Further, one may be left wondering about the connection between the funding of political parties and their abilities to run successful election platforms that are cleanly produced and stage-managed, complete with entertainers and live online streaming.
    I understand that requiring full disclosure of the sources of party and candidate financing may reduce the ability of political aspirants to raise money since contributors may be reluctant to be exposed and, thus, may choose not to contribute to campaigns.
    However, in a country in which there are suspicions and rumours about improprieties in the award of public contracts, in hiring practices and in the selection of consultants, providing greater transparency on party and campaign financing can help to combat some corrupt practices that may seep into our system of governance and, by extension, can strengthen public trust.
    Dr Kristina Hinds is a senior lecturer in political science and head of department of Government, Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at UWI Cave Hill. She is also a moderator of VOB’s Down To Brass Tacks.


    Source: Nation

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    Cuddear…be prepared to take a 4th 5th, 6th and maybe 7th to 10th shot…ya just started.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    These new political parties should show much more MATURITY and ADMIT that CRIMES have been maliciously, deliberately and gleefully COMMITTED against the Black/Afrikan population for over half century by DBLP CRIMINALS…and stop trying to GLOSS IT OVER…call it what it is, let the people understand what has and STILL IS being done to them by these frauds with fake titles..THEIR LIVES and that of their children and grandchildren are UNDER DIRECT THREAT……before we get a poverty derived BLACK GENOCIDE on our hands from these wannabe slave master and dictator BULLIES…..who erroneously believe they are world stage rock stars..

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  • Money in Politics is more about Returns on Investments in the Local Power Game
    Winners and friends get richer
    Losers and friends are on the wrong side

    Mia seems to be less corrupt and greedy
    and can implement changes successfully

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  • Who’s gonna take the weight
    Barbados is alleged to have money worries which will require firm action
    the best target will be the Big Money Men / Women movers and shakers

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  • David Bu’s politics seem to be an obsession with money
    In the Capitalist Zero Sum Game of Winners and Losers
    Rich get Richer and Poor get Poorer

    A better equitable solution would be
    Rich get Poorer and Poor get Richer

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  • Government Philanthropy Socialism
    Poor get Richer
    Rich get Poorer

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  • @ David
    Why are you always looking for an argument ? I was making reference specifically to the youth section of the 1991 NDP manifesto in response to something posted by @Artax.
    Thank you !

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  • “I am almost sympathetic to the DLP’s plan. A fresh cranking up of the printing press would lead to currency devaluation in no time at all.”

    DLPs manifesto is to go green and save trees and not write any commitments down on paper saving paper to wipe bottoms from it’s poo

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  • @William

    The youth manifesto is a branch on the tree of overarching party promise. That is all it was anyway. You do not like to be questioned.

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  • “I was making reference specifically to the youth section of the 1991 NDP manifesto”

    who are these youths 30 years on
    are they the 50 year old grown ups
    or the next generation of 20 year old

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  • For the record the blogmaster likes the idea of improving sports facilities at the parochial/district level. It does not mean the proposed 150 million dollar stadium the DLP drew up plans before leaving office is not needed. We have to focus on developing at the grass roots as well.

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  • The African descended youth have NEVER BEEN A PRIORTY of the two vote begging governments. Their parents, and grandparents were taken for granted, never again.

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  • The electorate must use this power to show the useless of parliament..that THE BLACK YOUTH MUST COME FIRST…at all times, not minority business people..

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  • Africans are Rasta
    that’s why this Go Back to Africa thing is so slow
    Bajans drink rum and are baldheads not dreads
    but there will be change when they drink the herb

    Time Will Tell / Bob Marley and the Wailers
    Jah would never give the power to a baldhead
    Run come crucify the dread

    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    You think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell

    Back them up, oh not the brothers
    But the ones, who set them up

    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    You think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell

    Sold my ticket, run and go
    Sold man to the ground
    Sold man, take a man pride
    Oh children weep no more
    Oh my sycamore tree, saw the freedom tree
    Saw you settle the score
    Oh children weep no more
    Weep no more, children weep no more

    Jah would never give the power to a baldhead
    Run come crucify the dread

    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell
    Time alone, oh, time will tell
    Think you’re in heaven but you’re living in hell

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    Better GO DOWN FIGHTING….but make sure the TRAITORS fall the hardest..

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  • Cool Meditations for the Spirit

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  • @ David

    Recently, an acquaintance of mine sent me a Whatsapp message and a voice note that I found very interesting.

    The message was headlined ‘Breaking News,’ in which it was written Mia Mottley ‘is under investigation for serious money laundering THREW Caribbean and the us information is also coming that she facilitated and aided CURRUPTED governments to bribe and win THERE elections including Dominica…….”

    Note the words in uppercase letters….. and the US is lowercase.

    As it relates to the voice note, the narrator, who sounded a lot like Steve Blackett, opening preamble was as follows:

    “Good morning Barbados and by extension good morning to all our people in the Caribbean. I would just like to offer a word of warning and also an appeal to all of those who are hearing this message…… and this is a regional alert…… I can say a regional alert as well as an alert for the people of Barbados….. more importantly the people of Barbados.
    We’ve received the manifesto for the Barbados Labour Party elections. I have read through this 52 page document and, in my mind, I can only determine that this document is not only written for Barbados, this is a document that is the blueprint for a totalitarian dictatorship for the entire Caribbean region.”

    All I could say was……… “aaaannnddd they’re off and running…”

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  • Undermining her regional and international reputation would bring her to heel.

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  • Somebody could get sooed effin de accusation is FALSE !!!

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    Fictitious reality = Metaverse, crimes have already started and victims are being told, “it’s the Metaverse, i can do as i like”..a violent incident occurs every 7 MINUTES in this virutal reality fake world….and they CANNOT guarantee anyone’s safety.

    Meta Executive Andrew Bosworth said after this question – Can the Metaverse be regulated?

    “Policing user behavior at any meaningful scale is practically impossible” he said..

    so in essence ya will be going from a real world where NO ONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE for crimes against the Black population to a fictitious world where NO ONE CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for any crimes period….and it’s VERY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN….crimes against children are already happening and according to the people who put the news out there “practically impossible to stop”

    told yall stop listening to these fly by night small time frauds…ya will end up in EVEN MORE trouble..especially since all the tech giants are hopping on to this clear virtual escape from criminal responsibility..

    personally, i don’t need to fake reality, my real one will do just fine thank you very much..

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    The presenter put it best…”the Metaverse CANNOT become a second life, it can only at best become an IMPRISONED REALITY.”

    yall on ya own with that too, i got my own opinions…everyone gotta know for themselves.

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    William…ya see how easily they SPRING TRAPS to evade criminal responsibility.

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  • @Cuhdear
    I can’t fully respond to your oversimplification since one man’s “importance” is another man’s “don’t care at all.” Your turnout statistics support that.

    The question is, should a government who calls an election in the middle of a pandemic armed with knowledge of rapidly increasing cases which would disenfranchise thousands of voters some of whom want to vote…shouldn’t that government have thought ahead and put processes in place to allow those who want to vote to do so?

    Further, should a government or Prime Minister which claims to be focused on health and the good of the people, call an election right after relaxing curfews, celebrating December knowing that omicron is on the doorstep and that their own forecast was upwards of 1000 cases per day?

    Lastly, should political decisions override those that may impact national or public health??

    @David
    Thanks for the manifesto. I am often amazed that the depth of your vault

    Just observing

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  • “put processes in place to allow those who want to vote to do so?”
    I think they were simple enough, and if accompanied by advanced polls, that once deemed important, could have been enacted. In my country this would have been the job of the Governing electoral body, not the Government of the day nor any other entity.

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  • It is the job of the EBC in Barbados to rule on this matter.

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  • @ David
    Agreed and accepted.
    But isn’t it the government that declare we are under a “state of emergency”?

    Layman’s question from an observing guy

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  • @Observing

    Barbados is a small incestuous island. In law we know the EBC can lead on this matter. However, we know how decisions are made in smoked filled rooms and patios.

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  • I wasn’t aware Barbados was under a ‘state of emergency’?
    I “thought” it had expired in Oct/Nov last year.

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  • If Mia wanted to put proceess in place for all to vote she would have
    She is not a fool but a self-serving demagogue who believes it is her way or the high way
    #####miacares

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern,@David and @Observing, gentlemen … hang on there…whooaaa!

    @Northern when you say “[i]n my country this would have been the job of the Governing electoral body, not the Government of the day nor any other entity” I see a bit of a conniption re the point from @David that “It is the job of the EBC in Barbados to rule on this matter”.

    You are both saying the SAME thing but with some KEY background omitted.

    In Canada as in Bim the electoral commission can ONLY implement ALREADY legislated rules governing elections.

    And as I read the details locally the EBC were legally restricted by prevailing statue related to how ‘hospitalized’ persons can or cannot vote.

    Again as I read the law and news (particular from Ms Michelle Russell), in both countries OTHER ’emergency measures’ by the govt WOULD be the only way to supercede that legislation.

    So @David our EBC ruled according to the current law … it does NOT appear to me that they had ANY authority to do anything different… that was left to the cabinet in emergency measure or a legal injunction brought by an aggrieved citizen in isolation left unable to vote!

    Now that said on the possible technicalities … to your point @Observing re the PM’s crass, callous election call … in a normal world she would have been PUNISHED at the polls for her indifference.

    Punished badly too if there was a viable and strong oppo !

    Lata.

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  • @Dee Word

    The EBC could stop the election?

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