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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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, “The EBC could stop the election?”

    On WHAT legal basis, boss!

    You looking for jail for some big shot lawyer or something.

    Who would be Haynes or his Deputy and that crew to contravene a duly enacted constitutional act by PM in calling the election?

    You looking fah trouble!🙄

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  • @African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved January 14, 2022 7:14 AM “Cuddear…be prepared to take a 4th 5th, 6th and maybe 7th to 10th shot…ya just started.”

    I have no problem with taking an annual covid shot if needed. Since childhood, since I have always worked in the soil, I have taken a tetanus shot every 10 years and I have no problem with that either.

    Thing is I don’t take the flu shot, and I am not sure why, except it maybe that I rarely seem to get the flu, open windows and plenty of fresh air and sunshine helps perhaps??? I don’t know.

    Not boasting but my lat flu was in January 2009.

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  • @ David
    The EBC cannot call an election. However it could have been instructed to put proper provisions in place to make all citizens rights to vote guaranteed.
    This is a calculated political risk that has achieved its intended objective of creating chaos within the process.
    With this kind of chaos , rigging of the elections is possible by any party.
    Let us hope, that in the interest of our beloved country, that no such possibility actual takes place.
    Should there be any widespread dissatisfaction with the process, there could be widespread disaffection with the results leading to social and political unrest.
    Peace.

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  • @DIW
    Are advance polls not legal in Barbados?
    How many people need to be accommodated?

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    “Not boasting but my lat flu was in January 2009”

    flu shot is useless, does not stop the flu, took it once, but it gave me a cold every two weeks for at least 60 days, it takes me up to ten years to catch a cold sometimes, shark oil, whale oil, vitamins, Wonder World etc does the trick.

    We may not have much of a choice with vaccines though. Cyprus just claimed to have a new variant which they say latched on to the current one….given the source, all of it is beginning to sound a little too convenient.

    “Scientists in Cyprus have identified a new ‘Deltacron’ Covid strain in 25 patients that combines the Delta and Omicron variants.”

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  • PM: No hand in conduct of polls

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says that she has no intention of wading into the controversy surrounding those with COVID-19 not being able to vote in this election, due to being confined to isolation.
    With Barbados recording four consecutive days of cases above 500, there are now close to 5 000 people in isolation, with still five days to go before Barbadians go to the polls.
    The matter has been compounded by the findings of the most recent modelling by the University of the West Indies’ George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, which projects a worst-case scenario of a COVID-19 surge peaking at 3 500 cases daily as a result of the Omicron variant.
    Responding to the question during a press conference yesterday, Mottley said the issue was out of her purview and that any decision at this eleventh hour rests squarely with the Electoral & Boundaries Commission (EBC).
    “A Prime Minister of Barbados has no locus standi in the conduct of General Elections, that is a matter solely for the Electoral & Boundaries Commission,” Mottley said.
    ‘Argue a case once’
    When pressed further about the potential legal ramifications and its possible implications for Wednesday’s election, the Prime Minister said: “When I became an attorney at law at 21, my father taught me one thing; you argue a case once, in court. If they bring the matter to court, we will argue it.”
    On Friday the Weekend Nation reported that one lawyer was at the ready to sue authorities on behalf of those stuck in isolation and unable to vote.
    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 challenge the EBC.
    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. She added that she knew one attorney willing to take on the action but I wouldn’t name names at this point”.
    This newspaper made several attempts to reach chairman of the EBC Leslie Haynes QC, but was unsuccessful. However, last week Haynes said that the only way those who were COVID-19 positive and in isolation could vote in the 2022 election would be through a change in the directives under the emergency powers.
    He said contrary to what some persons are suggesting, the hands of the EBC were tied in this matter, noting the law does not permit them to make any adjustments to the manner in which ballots could be cast.
    (CLM)

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  • Too late to file election case

    It is too late to challenge the sudden election call that made no provisions for those in isolation to vote.
    While an attorney, who did not want to be identified, was willing to advance a case for anyone isolated and therefore ruled out of casting a vote, time has run out.
    Attorney Michelle Russell had revealed that there was a colleague poised to take on the challenge but yesterday she said that time was against anyone attempting to file suit. She explained that between Thursday and yesterday morning several people had come forward willing to test the matter in court but with the election due on Wednesday, there just was not enough time.
    “Even with a best-case scenario we would have had to file last week . . . We are in crunch time,” she said.
    She explained that, though not impossible, with a week and a half for taking instruction and filing the case it was difficult to get the matter heard in time.
    She said the timing of the announcement was another negative as it limited the ability of anyone who opposed the time to seek legal redress.
    Corrected article
    She corrected Friday’s article which said that 10 000 could be affected, saying that she had said “when thousands” could be affected. In that article Isolation Suit Call, Russell outlined that
    there needed to be someone who was affected to put their name to the action.
    The automatic barring of those in isolation from voting on January 19 was a source of contention for members of the public and, along with Russell, Queen’s Counsel Garth Patterson, 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 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 had said on the Nation Publishing’s State Of The Nation online discussion. ( AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    They could look into suing after the election for having their constitutional rights violated…depending on the outcome next week. This is such an ugly farce, as long as they keep their embedded stupidity ISOLATED to Barbados ONLY, because everyone is WATCHING THEM..

    ..and no one who has even a modicum of intelligence is impressed.

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  • @ WURA
    Imagine creating an issue and then saying they are not “ wading “ into it.
    That’s what an intelligent, highly educated people are supposed to accept.

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  • The blogmaster is not an admirer of group think.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    William…it get’s worse, some of the things coming out people are actually wondering WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON…..but know it’s in their best interest to STAY CLEAR for safety reasons…and make sure if they try to SPREAD ANY OF THAT POISON anywhere else….they will see themselves STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS…

    there is not much that can be done for Barbados, we know that, it’s been going on for far too long, centuries and THEN DECADES long, and the people REFUSE TO RISE UP and CAPSIZE them, talking shite but they are conservative = mindless Slaves..

    , but should they attempt to carry that destructiveness anywhere offshore that is not already a part of it, they will surely see what can be done TO and ABOUT THEM IMMEDIATELY..

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  • RIP Ronnie Spector

    Died 12 January 2022

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  • So on top of no provision for the 5000+ Covid positive patients, the EBC is also saying that it did not have enough time to process change of addresses for over 1000 people. Added to that is the recent change in the location of a number of polling stations.

    Clearly an election like no other is upon us.

    Just observing

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    When put into its proper perspective….in Black and White…as we type….the now more dead than dying COLONIAL system was expertly designed to SACRIFICE Black/Afrikan lives without deviation..for thousands of years, but unforeseen circumstances and unintended consequences put a DIRECT STOP TO THAT… …..so to keep it LIMPING ALONG….more Black/Afrikan lives must now be sacrificed….and those who are soft in the head are the best targets…

    ..William…just make sure you and yours are not part of any voluntary self-sacrifice..

    that’s why they are being WARNED, attempt to take this evil elsewhere and there will be A VERY STEEP PRICE TO PAY….isolation is the only cure.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    another LIE from EBC…thousands and thousands of erroneous addresses are on the list…..and those who know they are impacted, whose names should not have been dumped in cyberspace to begin with, should NEVER VOTE AGAIN or add their names, register, for another voters’ list.

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  • Using a random quote as a springboard

    “When put into its proper perspective….in Black and White…”

    there is no racism with very young
    and oldies can get along too

    issues seems to be when young reach adulthood are of breeding age and compete in work and business environments then they are deemed enemies and threats to their races

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    Unfortunately all the recent progress being made has become unsuitable for dissecting on a political blog.

    We have reached a place where the Afrikan family MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COST to save our YOUNG/YOUNGER and FUTURE GENERATIONS from thisDELIBERATELY wicked onslaught of poverty, prison and death…not everyone cares about them….but that’s their opinion and i will NEVER try to change it…..everyone is entitled to one..

    RA is on the move.

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  • If one were to take the population of the US at 400M and that of Barbados at 300K, then 5k in Barbados would be similar to 6.6M in the US.

    Even with our high number of illegal immigrants, a possible disfranchising of any subset of our population would cause an uproar.
    .
    Since covid-19 in Barbados seem to be a problem of the elderly, that 5k-6k is full of eligible voters.

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  • Wura,
    It appears that you are no longer in hiding. I can see that you are on high alert.
    Nice.

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  • Woman dead 21 years on voters’ list; EBC vows to clean up

    EBC head maintains ‘no vote’ rule for COVID-positive patients

    More than 1,000 requests submitted to EBC ahead of January 19 polls

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/15/ebc-head-maintains-no-vote-rule-for-covid-positive-patients/

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  • Hant,

    Your summary is very misleading.

    One dead person signifies only that humans are HUMAN. The official vowed to clean up that ONE mistake not the whole list.

    EVERY VOTER’S LIST HAS AT LEAST ONE DEAD PERSON ON IT. Probably more, even excluding recent deaths which are unavoidable discrepancies.

    The 1000 applications were for change of address. Seems to be mostly people who did not previously submit and recent movers,

    NTSH.

    Seriously.

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  • Nonsence!

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  • Also voters have to produce valid identification to vote and or have credentials to vote validated. It is not a case a person can easily vote by adopting the identity of a dead person. Sometimes the blogmaster gets tired defending these attacks on an electoral system that has been modeled by other countries. We are our worse enemie.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, I am not clear re your “Are advance polls not legal in Barbados?” Maybe u are being rhetorical … as of course no type of polling is ultra vires our laws, as far as I know.

    @David, going back to that earlier debate of what the PM and EBC could or couldn’t do I found MAM’s remarks to be exceedingly CALLOUS and amazingly DISINGENUOUS.

    How the badword can a PM who calls an election almost 2 years before next due date have the gall to BS Bajans with “If they bring the matter to court, we will argue it.”

    She basically is saying ‘LOL, as PM I gine wait to see if wanna got any balls atall. Since I did 21 pops tell me to keep my powder dry for de courts… so see yah there”

    But of course she is representing ALL Bajans now … NOT some client. She deliberately THUMBED her nose at over 5,000+ of us voters with a callous disregard for a fundamental almost sacrosanct right we hold dear (whether we exercise it or not) and is smirking about it!

    THIS is our avowed leader who we big up as some international celebrity.

    SMH!

    BTW @David what do YOU mean re “The blogmaster is not an admirer of group think” re this blog!

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  • @Theo
    “Even with our high number of illegal immigrants, a possible disfranchising of any subset of our population would cause an uproar.

    Correct!

    @Hants
    But yet we consider ourselves “first world country”

    @Donna
    “The 1000 applications were for change of address. Seems to be mostly people who did not previously submit and recent movers,”

    True. But, those persons did not call the election. Why should they now be disadvantaged????

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  • @Dee Word

    We have a few who always agree doesn’t matter the point. The blogmaster as you know will take many positions to coax as many perspectives as possible.

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  • @observing

    This is a moral issue re: number of covid related people who will not be allowed to vote. Unless it was tested we do not know if it is illegal. The blogmaster finds it instructive not one opposition political party or some other has pursued the matter in the court.

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  • Though I agree that provision should and could have been made for persons in isolation to vote in these times, I am not prepared to ascribe nefarious motives for this omission.

    How the RH would Mia know who will be disenfranchised by election day?

    It could even cost her some closely contested seats.

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  • Observing,

    Disadvantaged how? They vote according to their old address. The officials are investigating to confirm the changes of address since this could easily be manipulated to affect the outcome in closely contested constituencies.

    NTSH

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  • Now…. what is of interest to me is the election circular I received this morning from my representative.

    It lists no accomplishments or even projects STARTED OR ENVISIONED for her constituency.

    While I understand and actually consider the national perspective to be the means for nationwide empowerment, a respresentative for a constituency must advocate for her constituents’ piece of the pie and must also do some grass roots empowering in the community.

    My representative is invisible like The Phantom, except that she is a Ghost who DOES NOT walk!

    My plumber still walking. My handy man still walking. Covid has not stopped them from fixing stuff.

    Where is the doctor?

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  • @David
    The blogmaster finds it instructive not one opposition political party or some other has pursued the matter in the court.
    ++++++++++++++++
    Don’t make me laugh, seems that you always hoping that some politician or political party would challenge some Gov’t process or directive. I am racking my brain to see how often that happens and I can remember Commissiong challenging the Gov’t re Hyatt and I think GP tried a thing about the Republic but Bajans by and large are the compliant type, we like to grumble and complain amongst ourselves but in the end the meekness comes to the surface.

    Meekness is 40 years after Gabby sang “Jack”, he was on the beach telling a tourist “that the beach belong to we”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, re “The blogmaster finds it instructive not one opposition political party or some other has pursued the matter in the court.”

    That there are a bunch of limp lillies’ instructive, fah damn sure … steeupse.

    Phillips WASTED time, money and effort taking the NO WINNABLE Republicanism issue to court but did NOTHING on this significant civil rights issue.

    Hal Gollop is a DLP operative, SENIOR lawyer and Deputy at EBC I believe … he was thus at the fore front of this and has the legal knowledge to appreciate ALL the technicalities but he encouraged his party to do NOTHING, it seems.

    Lynette Eastmond is an attorney … what did she do! Nothing.

    Games @David … freaking, stupid incongruous GAMES they playing! Alas.

    And we expect oppo parties to make ANY difference to anything.

    Steeupse!

    BTW, was Franklyn not distracted I believe this would have been more vehemently prosecuted … and note that Ms Michelle Russell who apart from Patterson offered the best analysis of this affair is even NOT Bajan. SMH.

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  • @Dee Word

    Exactly!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Not that it matters, other than the fact that Bajans appear timid in dem own place … but isn’t Patterson also non-Bajan!

    Dem better becareful MAM don’t pull Tom v Gonzales pun dem backside!

    @Donna, there is a very clear alternative to ur position that “[you are] not prepared to ascribe nefarious motives for this omission.”

    And true dat “It could even cost her some closely contested seats.” … therein lies the deliberate, callous disregard because she filly accepts that in order to possibly cull her dissenters.

    She doesn’t care about Bajans and our right to vote .. something her grandfather would have fought vigorously for (in principal anyhow) …she is all about self!

    That’s disgustingly wrong … she can proselytize her BLP policies vigorously in a partisan way but on voting rights she MUST defend that right for ALL Bajans.

    So you can be sure she knows many “will be disenfranchised by election day” but you are right she cud give a RH … she gine still win BIGLY regardless.

    —- ok on a technicality, so to speak.

    So unless things have changed drastically since I played around at polling stations invigilating way-back-in-time the address thingy is relevant to ensure you are at the RIGHT vote ‘booth’, not so!

    Follks have been know fo visit multiple pol-booths in their constituency trying to vote multiple times if they can mamiguy well enough …
    Not often successful but some have tried.

    But the flip side of that is being ‘disadvantaged’ when you now live in Cottage and turn up to vote there and can’t be found … then only to remember your mum told you that you still registered in Checker Hall.

    You are upset as hell as you don’t feel to tek that drive … so all that type of conniption can be a real effort at voter suppression … NOT saying that anyone is doing that deliberately here …BUT with our small vote pop numericks… all of that is REAL politricks.

    Lists should be ready when the call is made!

    You are absolutely right “this [and covid restrictions] could easily be manipulated to affect the outcome in closely contested constituencies.”

    All hail MAM!

    I gone.

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  • And even more interesting is the independent candidate who this morning spotted my male cousins, whom he knows well, setting up my composter in my garage.

    So…. he reverses his car, jumps out, walks up my driveway… and without acknowledging my presence at my own house, proceeds to address those whom he knows does not live there. It was left to me to ask my cousins who it was standing in my driveway.

    Fancy that!

    No manners, no vote!

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  • @david
    It is quite legal. But legal, right, moral and just are four completely different and distinct concepts!!!

    @Donna
    As mentioned in another thread I am not inferring any nefarious, dubious or conspiratorial motive to the PM. Never have and never will even if it might be true. I just don’t know.

    Also you said “Disadvantaged how?

    Confusion and uncertainty when voting, especially if only given an hour during a working day to vote leads to not voting. The question is, did EBC have enough time, resources and officers to do what is legally required under normal circumstances????

    Too sorry to hear about the disappointment with your election circular. I think it may reflet the sitting MP but I’m only guessing.

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  • @dPd

    Amen

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    “Meekness is 40 years after Gabby sang “Jack”, he was on the beach telling a tourist “that the beach belong to we”

    and getting beat up by their dumb 8 dollar an hour security guards at these racist apartheid hotels.. too…lol

    Thanks Theo..

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  • Now….if you have not submitted a change of address and the election caught you by surprise that is the luck of the draw. That is a problem you have created for yourself.

    If you have submitted a change of address and no change has been made, you still had ample time to check the register and have that change made.

    And as far as I know, barring recent submissions, the list was ready and stupidly published along with our blasted NR numbers two weeks ago.

    There will always be errors and discrepancies. Plenty up your side.

    NTSH.

    PLUS…. I don’t see your logic wrt not caring about losing some votes to get at her dissenters. I am truly baffled.

    This was obviously one of her decisions made without thought. An unforced error which she cannot now correct as parliament is no more. So she talking shite rather than acknowledge her error according to what is written in your political bible, The Prince.

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  • A new year campaign seems to generate very little interest
    and it looks like voter apathy will play a big part
    at least there is less political fighting and biting

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  • Nobody is in the mood for an election
    Has BLP HQ made a colossal miscalculation

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    More and more deceased are being disturbed, someone else’s Mom deceased 16 years got a notice from EBC..about voting…steuppppsss.

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  • We used to be taught that voting in Barbados is a responsibility and a right.

    Now some ah wunna implying that it ent nuh big ting.

    wha happen ?

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  • @DIW
    My point was…simple and easy ways to show accomodation to all. An effort was made in difficult times to be inclusive.
    There maybe cussing after something didn’t work, there always will be.
    No system is perfect.
    Mekking a bariffle of sausages today, so gone to mek love to my new (to me) grinder.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Northern, OK 👍🏿

    @Donna, re “…. I don’t see your logic […] about losing some votes to get at her dissenters. I am truly baffled.”

    I too was being quite simple.

    MAM is VERY calculating and throughout her career has been seen as a micromanager … I have NEVER seen a political operative of that type make such egregious decisions “without thought.”

    1.She had an UNASSAILABLE 28 seat majority …. 2) She also had a massive, untenably large cabinet as she tried to keep everyone as happy as possible. … 3) Some of those folks appeared to become unhappy and challenged her authority.

    So this 4) Unnecessary and very early election placed her in a position to retain that unassailable majority with the very strong likelihood of a few seats for the opposing DLP…. giving her a better oppo foil and better fodder to engage her previously cumbersaome BLP backbench …. 5) Worst case, for her is probably a 20 – 10 split (unlikely) but regardless of outcome she can fully reset and shift those around whom she considers not loyal enough.

    The Americans call it a ‘win, win’ … ‘dah fah lick wanna (we)’ in simple Bajan!

    She would have paraded cat pissing and peppering de Island if Fuendel had pulled a stunt like this …
    cutting him to shreds as disenfranchising all we!

    So more power to you if you perceive that she ‘mumbled’ unknowingly into this … de fellas up here does ‘tumble’ into their ‘did I do that’ moments too.

    All according to the ‘bible’ fah sure: de end does justify de means, not so! 😇👍🏿

    Lata

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  • Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says that she has no intention of wading into the controversy surrounding those with COVID-19 not being able to vote in this election, due to being confined to isolation.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/01/15/pm-no-hand-conduct-polls/

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    If you have people double voting means this would have to be going on for quite some YEARS….no problem if 7 or 8 thousand quarantines/isolated people are banned from voting, just DOUBLE UP…

    problem is that SCAM is now fully exposed…..was hearing about these irregularities FOR QUITE SOME TIME….the voter’s list dump which we can now put down as accidental/incompetence is just bringing it all into perspective..

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  • an gave it to Dale.

    “Attorney General Dale Marshall has warned that a day of reckoning is coming in the law courts of Barbados, as investigations have resumed into allegations of corruption under the last Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.”

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    steupppss….that is for LYING TEETS…

    just months ago he said that they could not arrest anyone, how difficult it would be to prove corruption or get a conviction…how it was so hard to investigate and how people were afraid to come forward with information………MORE LIES..

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    They are right to take the people for fools, a lot of them love to play the part…

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  • If Epstein, Maxwell, and his ex- Royal Highness Prince Andrew had committed their alleged misdemeanours on Barbados soil no one would have batted an eyelid..

    The same with the holocaust in Germany.

    I despair reading comments these days on BU. It really has become the theatre of the absurd.

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  • If Epstein, Maxwell, and his ex- Royal Highness Prince Andrew had committed their alleged misdemeanours on Barbados soil no one would have batted an eyelid..

    The same with the holocaust in Germany.

    I despair reading comments these days on BU. It really has become the theatre of the absurd.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    YOU HAVE NAILED IT

    THEY LIVE IN THEIR OWN SENSE OF REALITY ON THE 2×3 ISLAND.

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  • @ TLSN @ Baje
    Not far fetched at all. We did give the former slave master our highest national honor on the very same day
    we were breaking away from his empire that formerly enslaved us.
    Now if we can get away with that. We can get away with anything.
    We honour you, Massa for the rape, murder and emasculation of our people.
    Peace.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, LOL throwshade tho they be … the fact is they are likely correct re the sexcapade Epstein matter!

    Based on the numerous allegations of teacher-school girl sexual assault in our school system which have gone uninvestigated and or un-prosecuted over the years that’s a fair presumption.

    The holocaust issue would have been prosecuted, eventually. Even Bajans have a threshold that when crossed is punished 😇… to wit : not a single seat for Dem in 2018!

    But anyhow the Americans and the Brits did take FOREVER and a day to bring charges against Epstein, not so! … And then to miraculously let him hang himself just so … tut tut!

    And just now we gine get a sealed settlement outta court and Andrew’s only comeuppance will be the rescission of all those fancy Grenadines medals and other trappings . 🤦🏾‍♂️

    So yes Bajans bad fah truth but de first world countries dem got MANY different ways like assisted suicide and ‘no blame’ settlements to enable “the theatre of the absurd” also.

    We just gotta do much better at punishing some ah we big wig bad boys/girls, that’s all.

    Just saying 😇!

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  • What are you saying Dee Word, that the challenges of life exist in uncle Toms country , Canada, UK and the other developed countries you Barbadians have escaped to?

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  • @DIW
    A smart call….if….the objective is to keep power for as long as you can.
    “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.
    I am confident you completed that survey, and received the lengthy and detailed summary of results provided to all those who completed it. We expected nothing less from this transparent administration. So you know, and will appreciate the forthcoming changes, wanted by Barbadians.
    However, for those who did not complete the online survey, watch and listen for the structural reforms. I can only imagine a few persons in “Woodsian” fashion, telling us they did not understand “structural reform” meant anything related to what occurs over the next 18 months.
    And remember, it is all the IMF fault
    Put May 2023 in your calendar for a comment on who might an election if called then.

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    “I despair reading comments these days on BU. It really has become the theatre of the absurd.”

    sorry to say, it’s becoming a little frightening for those we know are mentally vulnerable..

    don’t know why the popular sentiment on the island is that it’s ok to commit crimes as long as it’s AGAINST THE BLACK POPULATION…and as long as nonblacks committing crimes it’s OK….and somehow most people agree with that…a very dangerous ideology….that has carried into the 21st century to the detriment of EACH SUCCESSIVE GENERATION for the last 75 YEARS…and ACCEPTABLE….that’s the part that is HORRIFYING…..and the demons in the parliament SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT….

    “We did give the former slave master our highest national honor on the very same day”

    Charles was so bored he fell asleep, while the fools ran themselves ragged..

    not to mention that the new president/agent is still modeling all the dead empire’s symbols/titles and pretending to be head of a republic with no republic consititution….are these even LOOKING AT THEMSELVES…steuppps..keep telling them they will NOT BE HIJACKING a 400 year old slave system to use against the Black/Afrikan population, without BEING EXPOSED ALL ACROSS THE EARTH…

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  • @NorthernObserver January 14, 2022 11:10 PM “Are advance polls not legal in Barbados?
    How many people need to be accommodated?”

    Advance pools are legal. I’ve voted in an advance pool myself when I worked as a poll clerk in multiple elections.

    How many people need to be accomodated?
    about 500 people per day are becoming positive, but about 100 are children who cannot vote anyhow. In Barbados elections the turnout is about 60%.

    My math is not very good but let’s say

    500 Covid positive people x14 days before they can be released from isolation=7,000 people; of whom 100 per day are children who cannot vote anyhow that leaves 5,600 Covid positive adults, minus the 40% or 2,240 who won’t turn out to vote even if offered a chauffeur driven limo, that leaves about 3360 “disenfranchised” people. Since Covid19 does not recognize B nor D nor any other letter of the alphabet [except the Greek alphabet, alpha, delta, omicron etc. ] I anticipate that of these 3360 people about 3% or 33 votes might have gone to Independents/third parties, with the rest pretty evenly divided between B’s and D’s, about 1663 for each of the two major parties. But somebody will tell me that my analysis is “simplistic” as though I wasn’t round town long, long, long.

    But because of covid the turnout may well be even lower than usual 60 something percent, so the number of “disenfranchised” voters may be even lower than my highly scientific analysis.

    What can be done at the last minute? The government can make a decision to release people from isolation/quaarantine in 5 days instead of 10 or 14 as is already being done in the great white north.

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  • The great white north with 5 day isolation periods for asymptomatic people being the USA, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Greece. The UK and Ireland with a 7 day isolation periods.

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  • @African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved January 15, 2022 5:25 AM
    shark oil, whale oil, vitamins, Wonder World etc does the trick.”

    I follow the recipe of centenarian Bajans fresh air, sunshine, physical work ground food, the Lord, small quantities of rum now and then, and something else which they swear by but which is NEVER mentioned in “respectable” publications.

    But I am not a health professional so don’t take any advice from me, maybe not from centenarians either, almost none of whom went to school past the age of 13 and NONE of whom went to HC, QC, or Cawmere, so you need not listen to them either.

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  • The DLP and DePeiza holding some heat because of technical issues which derailed her appearance on Twitter a short while ago. This was an opportunity setup to interact with a youth segment.

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  • Every one of the centenarians are “medical illiterates” as we are so often castigated on this blog. Some are likely also illiterate illiterates.

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  • “3360 people”

    say all of them would have voted for DLP in 30 seats which is about ±100 per seat

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  • @TLSN January 15, 2022 4:54 PM “If Epstein, Maxwell, and his ex- Royal Highness Prince Andrew had committed their alleged misdemeanours on Barbados soil no one would have batted an eyelid.”

    And if they had committed them in your beloved UK would any of you have batted an eyelid??

    And if my grandmother had balls, she would have been my grandfather, but she didn’t have balls and has never been my grandfather.

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  • The truth is that wealthy and powerful men are rarely charged with sexual assault and or rape.
    Can anybody tell me when in the last 100 years the son of a wealthy and powerful head of state was charged with sexual assault/rape? And if so please state was such a son convicted, was such a son imprisoned?

    The truth is in all countries of the world wealthy and powerful men can commit rape/sexual assault with impunity, and this is even more so if the victim is young and poor.

    Tell me if I lie.

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  • @SS
    So your maffematical analysis baffled an illiterate like moi, but a number of 3500 sounds handleable. So even distribution (?) is 115/riding. One open air tent in every riding open for 10 hrs on Jan 18, and they all got a chance to vote?

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    “maybe not from centenarians either, almost none of whom went to school past the age of 13 and NONE of whom went to HC, QC, or Cawmere, so you need not listen to them either.”

    i would listen to a CENTENARIAN WHO NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL any day over the jackassses with degrees from colonial degree mills….who have no commonsense, no conscience, ethics, respect or morals and believe themselves geniuses with NOT ONE IOTA OF PROOF..

    for the unschooled centenarian to even REACH THAT AGE…they would have to BLESSED with a FULLY DEVELOPED and HEIGHTENED understanding of LIFE itself…THAT SUPERCEDES anything the degreed IDIOTS in parliament and in the toxic Slave society can come up with.. with their overly colonized, brain damaged selves….

    who did you think i got the shark oil, whale oil and other lifesaving info from..

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  • @Observing

    What has Moe told us we didn’t already know? On Wednesday night or Thursday morning we will know if the BLP is re-elected if others buy in to her view point.

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  • DavidJanuary 16, 2022 7:57 AM

    @Observing

    What has Moe told us we didn’t already know? On Wednesday night or Thursday morning we will know if the BLP is re-elected if others buy in to her view point

    Xxxccx

    What ! are u so.politically blind to interpret Moe’s comments as ” views”
    Do u not see that what u are calling views are Moe’s up and close assessment of Mottley character spanning over 50 years starting as childhood friendships
    Bro are u still drinking the Kool aid after three years
    What de hell is wrong with u ?

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  • Out of elections and into predictions ..

    I must be psychic. I have voting statistics and conversation

    Voter turnout – 20%of eligible voters

    Smallest margin of victory: 1 (losing candidate was overheard to say ” I was so busy, I did not vote)

    No of voters with covid: 300 (all in one constituency). One candidate who was down by 50 votes called an isolation center and was heard to say “Let my people go. We shall overcome”. He overcame.

    Biggest surprise: Mia lost her seat. When it became clear that she was losing she said ‘The ECB screwed my chances’.

    Most bizarre report: one known dead person voted. Police report says “his wife recognized the decease and fled the polling station”

    Most common statement the day after ‘If I knew so many people would not vote, I would have voted’.

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  • @David
    “What has Moe told us we didn’t already know?”

    That’s actually what’s more frightening.

    just observing

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @AC, you can be very annoying often.

    As I have said here before I would consider myself as tending or trending DLP as a younger man just as I would consider myself Democrat or Labour in a US and UK model … but I can step back and call a spade black too!

    @Observing is 100% accurate …. we don’t need Moe’s VIEWS or her 50 years friendship to KNOW about Mia Amor Mottley … steeupse.

    The woman has been in the public eye from the time she was a child and has displayed her talents since she was a teenager at QC and then her vindictive, unscrupulous personality quite visibly since she was first a minister of govt.

    But please let’s get real … I have close friends who sat in class with her twin persona … YOUR leader Thompson and who said the same damn things about him… Steeupse … he still got elected as PM!

    MAM is a danger and has always been that … your BS solves nothing as you simply want one of YOUR own there. Get outta our faces do!

    Most of us want NEITHER of the two … but realistically that’s the type persona we acclaim in Bim … so we need to get some damn strong CONTROLS to keep her (and every other leader) in check.

    Will you work hard on that whwn YOU get back in power… I think not.

    Hypocrite!

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  • DPD,

    Oh! THOSE dissenters!

    Ok.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Correction…@David is 100% accurate … that should have read.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    It is only recently that a few powerful men have been held accountable in the white man’s superior civilisations where these Barbados Pummelers reside most conflictingly.

    Barbados is very little different from the rest of the world. The world is not fair, has never been fair and will never be fair. It is a constant struggle. But struggle we must!

    They like to pretend that they are much better off where they are in ALL respects.

    But they can cuss me all they like, I will continue to say it.

    IN GENERAL….

    ….the poor people in all the countries of the world are all unhappy with their countries. The rich people are happy with their countries. Those in the middle are sometimes happy and sometimes unhappy with their countries.

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  • @DIW
    The rest of your Sunday morning outburst aside…..
    the systematic refusal to adhere to any of the controls (accountability checks) has continued.
    The production of reports for the Caves, was proof positive, they CAN. If they wish to.
    The PAC is now a full blown pappy show, on the few sporadic occasions it occurs.
    You KNOW the oft hated IMF has INSISTED on certain reporting, it is available, but NOT placed in the public realm.
    I deeply fear the social consequences of concealing so much, for so long.

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  • @ DPD
    “Most of us want NEITHER of the two … but realistically that’s the type persona we acclaim in Bim … so we need to get some damn strong CONTROLS to keep her (and every other leader) in check.”

    The problem here is that some do not realise that others have deep ideology and philosophical positions , that have nothing to do with parties/political leaders.
    Occasionally, I have supported policies of both the BLPDLP but I have no time for their useless back and forth. Apparently they expect others to pick a side. When you don’t do that they become highly offended.
    I have never asked anybody to abandon the party of their choice and if I choose not to embrace the Duopoly that’s my choice.
    That’s why I usually dismiss their back and forth sparring as just friends having fun. Siblings fighting. Friendly fire.
    At this stage my personal ideology and philosophy cannot embrace the Duopoly.
    Simple as that. I accept and respect their positions .
    Perhaps they will digest what you said above.
    Peace

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