Did Many Hands Make Light Work?

Mia Mottley out-strategized all comers to win the recent general election by inflicting another 30-0 drubbing on a hapless Democratic Labour Party (DLP). The win is all the more incredible because it was achieved after a 3-year period of unprecedented economic challenges caused primarily by the ongoing pandemic AND the brought forward state of a weak economy.

Besides the chatter about the capacity of the DLP to reinvent itself to be seen as a legitimate choice of a government in waiting, the more immediate expectation is the shape of the new Cabinet and appointments to the Senate expected to be communicated this week. Prime Minister Mottley has signaled among other priorities this second tenure will focused on continuing transformative pursuits to improve how the country does its business.

In 2018 Mottley appointed 26 ministers with several parliamentary secretaries and consultants bolted on. That decision continues to evoke robust discussion pertaining to the insensitivity of the decision given the weak state of the economy. Mottley’s justification was that the perilous state of the economy and the workload required to rebuild the economy justified her decision. Her explanation was summed up in the phrase – many hands make light work. The blogmaster admits the mandate delivered last week probably had little to do with a large cabinet and more to do with a favourable perception of Mottley as leader of government at this time by voters compared to the alternatives on show. 

Political pundits argue Mottley had the difficult job of managing 30 members of parliament coupled with executing government business efficiently. It explains her contentious decision to have appointed 26 members to the 2018 Cabinet. This time around it will be interesting to observe if she repeats the decision- no doubt with the Kingmaker’s blessing- to reappoint a large Cabinet.

Political morality requires Mottley to think carefully about the optics of of another bloated Cabinet to satisfy political expediency at a time many Barbadians are suffering. Mottley is aware of the hospitality sector where employees in the thousands were sent home or suffered reduced pay, middleclass and senior citizens who had to suffer deep haircuts to nest egg investments as a result of the debt restructure and generally a workforce that continues suffer because of significant contraction in the economy are the key considerations. An important trait of a good leader is to make decisions to demonstrate empathy.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    So who on BU is celebrating the Fish & Dragon Chinese New Year Barbados…

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    Start familiarizing yaselves with the different languages and dialects, ya never know..

    “How many different types of Chinese language are there?

    According to China Ministry of Education 中国语言文字概况 – 中华人民共和国教育部政府门户网站, China has more than 130 speaking languages and about 30 writing languages. As for the dialects of the Chinese language (the official language in China), they are usually divided into 7 categories: Northern Dialect. Wu Dialect. Xiang Dialect.”

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    Ya don’t want to learn to speak your ancestral Afrikan languages or even know the real history, but may end up speaking Cantonese or Mandarin…lol

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  • Drone (Tron's uncle)

    [were to have made way for initiates who would have been expected to lose and allow for a 27-3 HOA]
    What a load. 💩💩
    Does one think our Supreme Leader was sending her imported, on digital matters Minister McConney, her special advisor on key Poverty Alleviation Corey Lane, to the electoral guillotine? They are two strong supporters. Payne become a Pain and departed. Toppin retired. Clarke was sent to the frozen Tundra. King and Bostic you will see again in more suitable roles.
    There were NO expected losses. AND there were NONE.
    Her strength is such, she could have run YOU and won!!! (now there’s a scary thought)
    Long live our Supreme Leader.

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    William… they can’t celebrate their own Afrikan history, culture or ancestry EVERY DAY….but look….but they got nuff talk for people who can and do…

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  • @John January 24, 2022 3:28 PM “Mia’s HOA is once again barren.”

    Many ways to get children. For example by adoption. Physical children, spiritual children, political children. All can be had by adoption.

    “In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will . . . ”
    Ephesians 1:5

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  • MOTTLEY has 112 thousand Instagram followers, De Peiza has 1463. MOTTLEY has 46 thousand Twitter followers, De Peiza has 102.

    #justsaying

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  • When it’s all said and done, I don’t even know my own native tongue. And if I can’t speak myself, I can’t think myself. And if I can’t think myself, I can’t be myself. And if I can’t be myself, I will never know me. So Uncle Sam, tell me this: If I will never know me, how can you?

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  • “Black”
    Bless the body, born celestial. Beautiful and dark matter. Black is the color of my true love’s skin. Coils and hair catching centuries of prayers spread through smoke. You are welcome to come home to yourself. Let black be synonymous with glory.

    “History”
    History is your future. One day you will meet yourself back where you started, but stronger.

    “Journey”
    A journey is a gift. Something to offer at the door to the rooms of your mind. This is how we journey, far, and can still always find something like home. The great kings were here long before us. Ancient masters of celestial lore.

    “Life”
    Life is a set of choices. Lead, or be led astray. Follow your light. Or lose it.

    “Light”
    No true king ever dies. Our ancestors hold us from within our own bodies, guiding us through our reflections. Light refracted.

    “Reflection”
    To live without reflection for so long might make you wonder if you even truly exist.

    “Water”
    You’re swimming back to yourself. You’ll meet yourself at the shore. The coast belongs to our ancestors. We orbit; make joy look easy. Cutlass and calabash. Earth and womb. Lost languages spill out of our mouths.

    “Black Is King”
    We have always been wonderful. I see us reflected in the world’s most heavenly things. Black is king. We were beauty before they knew what beauty was.

    “Roots”
    Child of dust, return to the river. Your roots and your story will be reborn.

    “God”
    Salutations to the survivors of the world. The elders are tired. To God, we belong. To God, we return. You find yourself in a room with all the people you lost, and you dance with joy as pure as your father’s face.

    “Universe”
    When the wind kissed the trees, they sang melodies and the ancestors returned, smiling. Divine archetype, predecessor of light. You who were formed by the heat of the galaxy, who was dusted with a star, who has the universe in your eye, whose blood keeps the score of your blessings and trials.

    “Ancestors”
    The Orishas hold your hand through this journey that began before you were born. We never forget to say thank you to the ancestors, noble and royal, anointed our blessings in the stars.

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  • And how many Instagram and Twitter followers did Donald Trump have?

    In any event isn’t Twitter the place where twits gather?

    Lol!!!

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    “In any event isn’t Twitter the place where twits gather?”

    🤣🤣

    could never grasp the obsession with having millions of followers..

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  • @Simple Simon

    Whether you approve or not Instagram and Twitter is where the young and professional class hang out. Facebook is old school.

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  • Anyone listened to the opening from the PM this evening?

    Here is the last paragraph of the BLP Win 30-0, Again – “The blogmaster congratulates the BLP on the win and offers the advice – to whom much is given, much is expected”

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  • Left out….Caddle, Hinkson, Prescod and Duguid?

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  • @NO
    Prescod and Hinkson weren’t in the last Cabinet
    The PM said Cinthy asked to be excluded (so why did she run)? Koochie Koo in the Senate

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  • One more blp stalwart would be added to the senate. kahllee
    An amendment to the constitution would be discussed to give the 18 year old a seat in the senate

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  • Cynthia Forde is holding St. Thomas for an anointed someone. The blogmaster is prepared to predict a by election in a year or two.

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  • Congrats Khaleel who is obviously being groomed. He is a bright young man.

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  • Sarge…i meant left out period…not that they weren’t in the last. EH and TP will continue in whatever ambassadorial or other roles were created for them. MC and WD are the two with zero roles.

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  • How many Senators can be made Ministers? We have 3. Cannot recall more than 2?

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  • Caddle got married recently. Duguid is winding down. It was a last minute decision to run/

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  • @David January 24, 2022 5:46 PM “Facebook is old school.”

    I haven’t looked at my Facebook page in more than 84 1/2 months. No, I am not curious to see who is there as I’ve always hated Facebook. I hope that nobody has been trying to reach me or to cuss me there. If s please note that I haven’t seen nor heard.

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  • That’s SENATOR Koochie Koo to you!

    I will certainly be listening! It seems Koochie is going to save us some scholarship funds by staying at home. Lol.

    Did I miss Marsha Caddle’s name or did Ms. Mottley?

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  • “an anointed someone”
    who isn’t returning to the Senate?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, re The 2018 30-0 was a violent rejection of Stuart government. Are you so sure additional factors were not at play in 2022 the simplest answer is YES.

    But those additional FACTORS were not so consequential to differentiate this next 30-0 thrashing!

    Seriously bro, the DLP were as inept as in 2018 – more so really if u consider that after the first shellacking a DLP leader said basically that Bajans gave them a glorious whipping.

    And re “Also what will two consecutive defeats do to the ability of the DLP to recover. Straight line analysis will not work.*

    Well it’s always best to work in straight lines rather than circular ones. The DLP recovered from two bad defeats before, yes none like this … but recover they will.

    Circular analysis is Isn’t there also a double dose of rejection handed to govt and dlp in this last election
    Hence the low turn out with Govt only managing to garnish 29.percent

    Straight Line says u were terrible and de people know it, so get ur act fixed immediately and reestablish yourself as formidable guardians of our heritage.

    It says plan to be back bt 2027 by having good people and policies properly ENUCIATED but expect a return to governance no earlier that 2031-32…

    It says get your head from between your backside and be forceful without being fretful .

    And it says stop blaming voter turnout and similar BS … It’s really quite simple bro…. lots of very hard work ahead for the long years in the wilderness !

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  • She returned to the senate.

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  • Ok, now who is going to form the opposition?

    Without an opposition there can’t be a Parliament and without a Parliament a Cabinet is useless!!

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  • @Dee Word

    Had it not for the unfortunate statement from Stuart the DLP could have snared a couple seats. We will never know.

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  • Please note AGAIN that I am NOT in favor of “light work” for Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians and other heavily paid government officials.

    I expect them to work as hard as I have starting when I was 4 years old and continuing to the present.

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  • Noted Mia said that the oppositions can send / offer their proposals as to who they want to be seated in Parliament
    My belief being that the one opposition who got the most votes during the election is privy to such offer
    Nevertheless Mia statement was one made in a pluralistic manner

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Oh dear 32 from 22 is ten… an 18 year old former Senator would then be a seasoned ‘parliamentarian’ and an experienced, articled 28 year attorney…

    Oh dear, DLP could be out longer yah!

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  • David,

    What does getting married have to do with it? Is this 1952?

    Lisa Cummins also got married recently.

    Do you mean that she is starting a family?

    But Mia specifically said to “give” her Marsha because she needs her to work on her team wrt economics.

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  • @Dee Word

    It is obvious what Mia is doing. She has a succession plan in place, constituencies earmarked etc. In the meantime what is the leaderless DLP upto besides tossing sour grapes?

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  • @David
    Caddle got married recently.
    +++++++
    What? What an insult to the millions of married women who handle both home and office daily; Is her conjugal duties going to get in the way of a Ministry?

    BTW Mottley said she will consult with the Opposition Part(ies) that contested the last Election to determine the two Senators for the Opposition, maybe the DLP will get one, watch out for Senator GP2

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  • @Donna

    What is so difficult to understand about a newly wed woman preferring to spend precious time with her husband above career? She is a young woman, she will bounce back if she wants. Because Lisa Cummins took a different path so?

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  • I have no problem with a young voice in the Senate. It will be interesting listening to Koochie Koo, I am sure.

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  • II actually heard that the Prime Minister is to have her own Chief of Staff with his own staff?
    If I did ,I think this is a great move. I don’t know how all the previous prime ministers survived without aChief of Staff.
    It’s a great development.
    Anybody knows the cost of this new outfit ? I honestly don’t think it will cost much.
    I also welcome young Kothdiwala. It is always good to amend or change rules to accommodate a young, non-partisan youth to represent such an innovation.
    Great stuff.

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  • @Sargeant

    Nonsense.

    The bligmaster is aware of many women and men who placed family ahead of career especially early in the relationship. The blogmaster is speculating. It maybe she was fired.

    All you criticized the last bloated cabinet, she slims it down and what are the responses?

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  • “You can’t wear a crown with your head down, I can’t say I believe in God and call myself a child of God and then not see myself as a God. That wouldn’t make any sense. I wear my Nefertiti chain every day. I never take it off. I know my history. I did my research. I’m a creator of all things.”

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Maybe Caddle was left out to work on securing future NIS contributions.

    Do you expect to always put the NIS contributions on the backs of the poor people. It is time the well paid married couples concentrate more on making at least 3 or 4 babes to help the NIS?

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  • @David
    As one ages, everybody looks younger. So, Marsha Caddle looks like a very young person to me. But one of the older teens that pass through my place occasionally, said one day to me “she en sah young hear, she has a daughter my age”. And that was BC…before Covid. True or false?

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  • @CA

    Good point. Unless she asked to be left out or is being disciplined there must be something in store. It will come out in the wash.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, _”It is obvious what Mia is doing. She has a succession plan in place, constituencies earmarked etc. In the meantime what is the leaderless DLP upto besides tossing sour grapes?”^

    Brother, u can see that as clear as day, @NO, Hants, Sarge and crew undoubtedly can, so to @Theo despite his feigning poll box ignorance and @Donna and all the smart-as-tail others here too !

    Yet the DLP and the agent here @AC acting like Stevie Wonder … blindly singing their favorite tunes but freaking LOST in this new landscape!

    I wish our NATION well… this Kothilda dynamic is the stuff of lore to be made… no joke bro… u know the DT story and along with that was an accompanying Mia, Liz, Commissiong (and others too like Thorn, Hinkson,Topping) who came of age together … so let’s look for the others around Kothilda!

    Long live Bim!

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  • @NO

    44 years old is relatively young.

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  • @Dee Word

    See how Mia is grooming the pups with experience agents like Liz, Jerome in the Senate etc.

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  • @David
    All you criticized the last bloated cabinet, she slims it down and what are the responses
    ++++++
    Who is questioning the size of the Cabinet? “NO” made the observation that Caddle was left out of the Cabinet and you responded with the marriage quote, now yuh like yuh got clothes hang out and expecting rain.

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  • Don’t split hairs Sargeant. Former ministers has to be dropped if she wanted to reduce the cabinet. We are all speculating.

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  • The Cabinet is a red herring, it is useless without a Parliament!!

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  • Forget the Cabinet.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Is Khaleel not currently in university?

    Initially, I thought it was a good idea to put someone as young as 18 in as a senator but on reflection, it is a bad idea. Someone so young should get at least a few years experience in the working world before getting mired in the political sphere.

    Our senate is meant to be a place for experienced professionals in specialized fields capable of bringing their area expertise to the hallowed halls of parliamentary privilege.

    P.S. I think Khaleel will have to get used to the nickname Koochie Koo if he gets into politics in a serious was as his real name is very hard to pronounce, spell and remember.

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  • What sour grapes u talking about
    Sitting here licking my chops waiting to hear the new budget
    Hopefully

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  • KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

    Tiwa Savage

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  • Actually, who ever did not get put in the cabinet will form the opposition!!

    That’s the most we can derive from any cabinet posts.

    Here’s an interesting thought?

    Will they become part of the insurrection plot floated by the BLP consultant to thwart the purpose of the constitution?

    That being a Parliamentary Democracy!!

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  • @ David January 24, 2022 7:15 PM
    (Quote):
    @NO
    44 years old is relatively young.
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Politically speaking, yes; but not for starting a family.

    Why can’t she do both?

    Doesn’t our favourite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern juggle both aspects of her multi-tasking life?

    Why Munroe-Knight as a Cabinet member and not Marsha who faced the electorate and retained her seat against a DLP opportunistic heavyweight and in spite of the kickback scandal in medical supplies?

    Isn’t that lending some credence to the scandal? Maybe Moe can shed some light to this attempt to avoid another Donvillegate or Vaccinegate.

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  • @Miller

    We will have to speculate. Not sure why you are comparing personal decison person A may prefer making compared to person B.

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  • NorthernObserverJanuary 24, 2022 6:24 PM

    Left out….Caddle, Hinkson, Prescod and Duguid?

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

    Which ever ones got their pensions secured will now claim they cannot support the Government and elect a leader.

    Caddle is a come lately so it fall to Hinkson, Prescod and Duguid.

    Duguid will probably be the leader of the opposition.

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  • @ Critical AnalyzerJanuary 24, 2022 7:31 PM
    (Quote):
    Is Khaleel not currently in university?
    Initially, I thought it was a good idea to put someone as young as 18 in as a senator but on reflection, it is a bad idea. Someone so young should get at least a few years experience in the working world before getting mired in the political sphere.
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You do make an interesting point.

    Can’t see the connection between the voting age of 18 and not being able to serve in the Upper House.

    Are any members of that Chamber elected by the public including the young voters?

    What happens when the ‘young man’ (or woman) has to attend Parliament and university classes too?

    Pull a constant Moe on the president?

    Frankly speaking, can’t see the future need for that chamber which is effectively another rubber stamping body representing the government and a limited number of vested interest/pressure groups.

    Don’t we have the old Fourth and the modern Fifth Estate (social media) along with a highly literate and educated population to keep an eye on the HoA where the people’s business really takes place?

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  • @Miller

    Why the rabbit chase?

    If Khaleel has conflicts with the calendar he submits an excuse to the president as required by the rules.

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  • @ John January 24, 2022 8:12 PM
    (Quote):
    Caddle is a come lately so it fall to Hinkson, Prescod and Duguid.
    Duguid will probably be the leader of the opposition
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The preferred pick is Hinkson for the LoO.

    He has the passion and has been badly done in by MAM despite his yeoman contribution while in Opposition.

    He may have a speech challenge but the little giant makes up for it in the ‘sound’ quality of content.
    At least there would be someone for the government side to take the mic(k) out of and to justify their long-winded speeches.

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  • Why not to the University according to their rules?

    ’cause he would get kicked out.

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  • @ David January 24, 2022 8:29 PM

    Who is chasing a rabbit?

    Didn’t people also come down too heavy on Moe even after the recent revelation for following the same rules?

    The principle applies whether it was KK or any other whippersnapper; unless appointed by the President as an Independent Senator to represent the interests of the Youth via some Youth organization.

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  • @Miller

    People came down hard on Moe because she was absent for several months without explanation after being forced from Cabinet. Let us be serious with the discussion.

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  • Looking to the future

    Someone on this blog said that Marsha Caddle was good Prime Minister material.How can two females who did not face the polls be added she removed? That is a question to the political scientists like Peter Wickham and Christina Hinds. Something not right. The switching of Ministries is also very interesting The last two Ministers of Housing are no where near housing.

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  • Interesting selection of Koochie Koo, usually the GG sorry President selects Senators to represent various segments of the community, the PM said she is selecting him to represent the youth of the country that the selection happens to be a partisan from her Party is just happenstance 😊

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  • @ Miller
    The question is : If we the people are going to send a message that there should be a young 18 year old in the Senate, could we not have chosen one who has not yet declared his partisan approach to national discourse.
    This sends the message that young people who have no political aspirations , will have to align themselves with a political party.
    I frankly can’t see Mr. Kothdiwala in any non partisan light. He is there not to represent the youth; he is there to represent the youth of or in the BLP.
    I know and respect the part he played as a spokesman for the other students in the CXC fiasco. However the Senate pick is of a blatant political nature.
    Quite frankly, I will like to see four or five young people of his age in the Senate but not ones that who so overly political and partisan.
    Young people need a voice at all levels but they should be chosen very carefully.
    #2
    I don’t see why we the taxpayers, should be paying defeated politicians to sit in the senate . I oppose any PM changing the constitution for bogus political outcomes. The government and the President should choose the senators but this tampering with the constitution is being disguised as serving democracy but it is being used for pure political purposes in the interest of the political class.
    Peace

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  • @Miller
    Sorry I didn’t see your offering @ 8.53 before I submitted mine

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  • @ David January 24, 2022 8:59 PM

    Ok Marshall of ‘Dodge’ city.

    Didn’t she follow the same rules of that Chamber?

    And if not, why wasn’t she dismissed by the PM as was her right to do to any government-appointed senator?

    You ought to look under the newly-laid carpet and tell us if you can find a Doc Lyn Holder, another formerly trusted lieutenant?

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  • @NorthernObserver January 24, 2022 7:08 PM “As one ages, everybody looks younger. So, Marsha Caddle looks like a very young person to me. But one of the older teens that pass through my place occasionally, said one day to me “she en sah young hear,”

    Over 40 for sure. Wunna shoulda check the voters list when it was all over the internet. I “malicious” so I checked everybody’s age.

    Erroll Barrow was 41 when he became Premier of Barbados, and 45 when he became Prime Minister.

    40 something int young.

    35 is middle aged.

    Very young people are my grands, those aged 0 to 11. That is very young.

    When my mother was 43 she was a grandmother. She became a mother again that year too. LOL! We all know that grandmothers are old, old.

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  • So who will Ms. Mockley select to be the Leader of the Opposition?

    Are they good actors?

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  • @Critical Analyzer January 24, 2022 7:31 PM “Our senate is meant to be a place for experienced professionals in specialized fields capable of bringing their area expertise to the hallowed halls of parliamentary privilege.”

    He is a specialist is being a kid.

    You think that the other senatorial grey beards remembers what it is like to be a kid?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Miller January 24, 2022 8:24 PM

    Our current rubber-stamping senate structure is obsolete. Caswell and Crystal Drakes have shown the true function of the senate in a republic should be, a check on the inexperienced MPs in the lower house to ensure procedures are followed and technical expertise has a voice where it counts, not in a townhall where they can be easily ignored.

    The senate needs to offer a more technocrat based form of representation with independent seats offered to CTUSAB and major associations like BAMP, BHTA, BPSA, BAS and BPSE. The remaining seats can be allocated to political parties based on proportional representation.

    The senate should also be able to create bills, vote on them before passing to the Lower House for amendments and voting.

    That is what true republic do. Too much power is bottle-necked around certain positions.

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  • To all: Being a wife/husband/spouse is NOT a full time job.

    To all: Being a university student is NOT a full time job

    To all: Being a Member of Parliament is NOT a full time job.

    To all: Being a Senator is NOT a full time job

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  • Can’t remember a whole lot about conjugal duties right now, but there are 168 hours in a week. If you are spending more that 7 of those hours on conjugal duties, you are overdoing it.

    Still 161 hours left for real-real work.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan January 24, 2022 9:58 PM

    I agree in principle with the reduction of the senate age limit to 18 because as the PM said, if you can vote, you should be able to represent as well.

    However, I believe all seats on the senate should be allocated to political parties and specific interest groups with each party and interest group selecting their own people to represent their interest. President can reject based on the requirements e.g. must be Bajan, etc.

    In my idea of the senate, for Kothdiwali to get a senate seat representing the youth, he would have to be sent by some youth association that was allocated a senate seat. Otherwise, he would have to offered one of the BLP party’s political senate seat by the BLP.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan January 24, 2022 10:20 PM

    If 7 hours a week on conjugal duties is too much, prepared to be horned. Romancing takes more than 7 hours per week.

    No wonder the birth rate in Barbados is falling if bajans are thinking like you,

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  • Ms.Caddle has posted that the PM offered her the opportunity to return to Cabinet, but she chose to focus on ‘serving my constituents and my work on climate change and related development matters’. She wishes to focus on these matters and the PM graciously accepted.

    Having seen a few of these statements before, buying them at face value can be a folly. Ms Caddle clearly wishes to remain an elected member. Shall await news on where else she lands.

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  • NorthernObserverJanuary 24, 2022 11:35 PM

    Ms.Caddle has posted that the PM offered her the opportunity to return to Cabinet, but she chose to focus on ‘serving my constituents and my work on climate change and related development matters’. She wishes to focus on these matters and the PM graciously accepted.

    Having seen a few of these statements before, buying them at face value can be a folly. Ms Caddle clearly wishes to remain an elected member. Shall await news on where else she lands.

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

    Very unlikely she will take on the mantle of Leader of the Opposition so we can scratch her.

    If she is offered the position by Ms. Mockley we can assume with some certainty she will refuse it.

    Climate change … gimme me a break!!

    It’s all about pension and she is not even half way there.

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  • So looks like atleast 3 in the race for the post … it pays well.

    I’m backing Duguid because he has the experience.

    He is not a very good actor though, been trying to convince us for ever that he is done with politics.

    Maybe he will go out in a blaze of glory as the last Leader of the Opposition..

    Prescod is a lunatic and can be a loud mouth, maybe he could give Duguid a run for his money.

    Don’t know much about Hinkson but can’t dismiss anyone.

    I’m sure though that whatever the gentlemen are inclined to do Ms Mockley got this.

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  • @John
    Climate change IS a thing.
    It is unfair to discount her words for a while.
    You seem all knotted up in LoO and related constitutional matters. Didn’t we go through this before?
    Time and patience and it will unfold.

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  • @NO

    Re:Caddle

    Which is diplomatic speak for ?

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  • Did not get to listen to the whole speech, so I will take the many comments for granted and congratulate kid Koochie Koo.
    ——xx—-

    Mia has once again outwitted her opponents and dropped a dagger into their hearts. With her elevation of KK we have the model and formation of Mia’s youth.

    Be a loyal party member and you will be rewarded regardless of your age.

    Now diehard DLPites will have to cup their hands over their mouth and talk out of the earshot of Mia’s youth.

    The brilliance of the woman ….

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  • Asking the wrong person.

    “Related development matters'” is one of those glorious phrases which can mean anything?

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  • “The bligmaster is aware of many women and men who placed family ahead of career especially early in the relationship.”

    😃Been struggling with that typo. In case the blogger is feeling a bit down..
    In my opinion he is no bilge master . Cheer up😃

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  • You maybe aware she was the subject of a smear campaign on social media. One never knows how these things factor.

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  • No you don’t. But hard to think it could be enough to shun a Ministerial post if it meant something to her. Generally, unless one is opposed to the posting, you accept it and move from there.
    MAM seemingly had her targeted for the same as before, and at the n’th moment had to replace her.

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  • A smaller team

    by BARRY ALLEYNE
    barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    PRIME MINISTER MIA AMOR MOTTLEY last night decided to go with a leaner Cabinet, down from 24 to 20, and handed more responsibility to four senior ministers, whom she expects to take on more tasks in the coming five years.
    She appointed a Deputy Prime Minister, Santia Bradshaw.
    During a 24-minute national address, the Prime Minister also revealed she would be making a special proposal to Cabinet for a constitutional amendment to allow student activist and Barbados Scholar Khaleel Kothdiwala, at 18 years old, to become the youngest senator in this country’s history.
    Mottley, fresh off her 30-0 demolition of all comers in last Wednesday’s General Election, chose Ian Gooding-Edghill as the newest Minister of Health and Wellness.
    He replaces The Most Honourable Jeffrey Bostic, who led the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but retired from elective politics prior to the January 19 poll.
    Bradshaw will have responsibility for the Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources, while replacing her as Minister of Education will be new Member of Parliament for St Philip West, Kay McConney.
    New in the Senate will be Dr Shantal Munro-Knight, the new Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. Former senator Pat Parris, who had served in the Upper Chamber between 2003 and 2008, returns there, along with former minister of health Liz Thompson, who will be Deputy President of the Senate.
    In her brief address, Mottley thanked Barbadians for allowing her to serve again, making the point that though smaller, much more would be expected from her new Cabinet and parliamentary secretaries.
    The parliamentary secretaries are new MP for St Andrew, Dr Rommel Springer (Water Resources), and new MP for The City of Bridgetown, Corey Lane (People Empowerment and Elder Affairs).
    Mottley also thanked longstanding St Thomas representative Cynthia Forde for her yeoman service to the people of Barbados, revealing the former Minister of Elder Affairs and People Empowerment had requested not to be appointed in the new Cabinet.
    “We look forward to building the best Barbados we can over the next five years. This Cabinet is smaller than the last two, yes, but it will have greater supervisory oversight and capacity to ensure that the Government’s policies and programmes are fully operationalised.
    “We face too many critical challenges for us to continue with business as usual,” Mottley said.
    Not retained
    Former ministers Marsha Caddle (Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment), Dr William Duguid (Minister of Housing, Lands and Maintenance) and Peter Phillips (Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security) were not retained in the Cabinet.
    Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture, John King, who was formerly MP for St Philip West, has been retained as a senator.
    Mottley named Bradshaw, Attorney General Dale Marshall, Senator The Most Honourable Dr Jerome
    Walcott and Kerrie Symmonds as Senior Ministers.
    The Prime Minister said that as had been suggested, she was still intent on letting the main opposition parties have a voice in Parliament, via seats in the Senate, and was awaiting a legal opinion from the Attorney General on the matter.
    Arthur Holder has been returned Speaker of the House, with Neil Rowe as deputy. Phillips, the MP for St Lucy, will be Chairman of the Committees and of the Standing Finance Committee.
    In the Senate, Minister of Tourism and International Transport Lisa Cummins will also be Leader of Government Business.
    Mottley said there would be three new standing committees of Parliament, with first-time MP Chris Gibbs, of St Michael West, chairing one on economic matters; MP for St George North, Toni Moore, leading the committee responsible for social and economic matters; and Christ Church South’s Ralph Thorne chairing the one on governance.
    “It is in my view an anomaly that a person who is 18 years old in Barbados has the right to vote but they do not have the capacity to serve in the Senate,” Mottley said about the decision to seek a constitutional amendment which will allow Kothdiwala to walk up the steps of Parliament while still a teenager.
    “If you’re old enough to vote, then you must be old enough to serve,” she said.
    “I’m still in shock from when I received the call today,” a delighted Kothdiwala said last night. “I feel humbled most of all because at 18, I represent a segment of the population that is not only young people but the very youngest of the young, and oftentimes we as a group are the most neglected when it comes to national conversations.”
    A Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jonathan Reid, and small support staff will also be introduced, the Prime Minister revealed, saying a large volume of concerns and issues had been placed at the feet of that department in the past three and a half years.


    Source: Nation

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  • Good to see we have comments from Dr. Kristina Hinds that appear to differ with the usual talking heads.

    Lecturer: Let’s see how Cabinet performs

    POLITICAL SCIENTIST Dr Kristina Hinds says the new Cabinet is still large, but she is willing to see how it performs before passing judgement.
    Yesterday Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced the new Cabinet following the January 19 General Election in which the Barbados Labour Party won all 30 seats. There are 20 ministers compared with 24 just before the election and 26 when the party first came to office in May 2018.
    “This is 20 but the composition is different . . . . My major concern in all of this is cost but if the benefits outweigh the cost, then perhaps it is a wise decision. It just seems as though a lot of jobs have been given away, but we need change,” Hinds said.
    Lot of work
    “There is a lot of work to be done but there is always a lot of work to be done in Barbados, so this is nothing unusual. The Government has the opportunity because it has all 30 seats and 12 senators to have a lot of options, so clearly the Prime Minister is using many of these, which is fine.
    “I can’t say anything is wrong; we have to give people a chance to perform and they haven’t even had a day yet,” she told the DAILY NATION.
    However, she did say that Kirk Humphrey, who was responsible for maritime affairs and the blue economy last time around but is now Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, is “where he should have been from the start”.
    While she applauded the pending appointment of 18-yearold Khaleel Kothdiwala to the Senate, Hinds was not particularly pleased with the decision to tamper with the Constitution to change the age in order to achieve it.
    “The youngest senator is interesting. I am glad to see young people given a chance to be involved in our formal system of governance and the Prime Minister has indicated there would be more such opportunities and we will see what will become of them.
    “I continue to be against the idea of the Constitution being changed on a whim, which it has been. We were supposed to go through constitutional reform and I would have liked to see this change go through the constitutional reform rather than come this way, but that is
    just my personal issue that I had with the previous change to allow other people to become senators. Also, there was a change under the DLP (Democratic Labour Party). I don’t think that we should change the Constitution that way just so that people can have the personnel who they like in particular positions,” she said.
    Hinds said she wanted to see other types of people in the Senate reflecting interest, age and minority groups.
    “I like the idea; I just don’t like the way in which it was done,” she said.
    The University of the West Indies lecturer also found “interesting” the appointment of Dr Shantal Munro-Knight, the head of the Barbados Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority, as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Mottley having a chief of staff normally associated with the United States style of a president rather than a prime minister. (AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • Democracy Democracy ‘safe’

    Cohesive BLP campaign, but Dems must regain supporters’ supporters’ confidence

    by AYO OLOLARA and TERRY HARRIS WE HAVE CAREFULLY LISTENED to the commentary on the recently concluded election by some popular voices, and whilst we find some of the perspectives provided to be interesting, much of the discussion was lacking in terms of evidence and seemed to reflect considerable bias.
    Thus, we thought perhaps some rudimentary data analysis would help to clear the air surrounding whether the election represents a failure of democracy.


    To the contrary, it is our view that our democracy is alive and well, and what we witnessed on January 19 was democracy at work, and it would serve us well to remember that voting is not the only form of democratic expression.
    What is also true is that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) must do some serious introspection and revamping in order to regain the confidence of its supporters.
    In recent elections, the total number of votes cast in Barbados has remained relatively constant, with the mean number of votes for both the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the DLP in all general elections held from 1966 to 2013 (prior to the landslide result in 2018), standing at around 60 000-odd votes. Table 1 provides the BLP and DLP mean and standard deviation of votes for the periods 1966 to 2013 and 1966 to present.
    Thus, if we consider that during the 2018 election the BLP and DLP received around 112 955 and 33 551 votes respectively, it should be clear that 2018 was a classic outlier year in terms of votes cast for the BLP (approximately +4 standard deviations away from the mean), and was also an anomalous year for the DLP (approximately -2 standard deviations away from the mean).
    Given this, we argue that 2018 should not be used to guide our expectations in terms of the number of votes likely to be cast for either party going forward. Instead, we argue that one would more rationally expect a reversion to the mean vote given the stationarity of the data series.
    Consistent with this expectation, we observe in 2022 a reversion to the mean in terms of votes cast for the BLP of around 77 838. Given the likelihood that the ongoing COVID-19 disruption and the lack of remote voting options available to vulnerable segments of the population (among other factors) have served to somewhat diminish voter turnout, we argue that this result represents an excellent performance by the BLP.
    Voter apathy
    Nevertheless, some commenters have blamed severe voter apathy for the low total voter turnout of around 45 per cent. What’s more, as far as critics are concerned, somehow this is either the Government’s fault due to some imagined lack of performance on its part and therefore members should be ashamed. However, the data suggests otherwise and shows that the BLP’s voter turnout in 2022 not only beats the historical average, but also exceeds their performance in 2013, which was the closest to a split election result observed in post-Independence Barbados (please see Figure 1).
    On the other side of the aisle, the DLP’s performance is yet to return to the historical average, and it is hard to resist asking the inherent question: ‘But why, ma’am?!’ To be clear, as it relates to the DLP in 2022, we observe circa 30 273 votes cast in its favour. Looking at the data, this clearly represents a continuation of the anomalous performance in 2018 and suggests that the DLP has been unable to recapture the imagination of its traditional supporters, thereby reverting to its mean vote levels.
    To better illustrate these points, we provide the figure which highlights election results for all General Elections held from 1966 to 2022. We observe a mean reversion pattern for the BLP in 2022 but worsening performance for the DLP in terms of votes cast.
    One could argue that the DLP ran a campaign that was a reminder of the underperformance the voting public has come to associate the party with whilst in Government during its last tenyear stretch, and indeed the weakness of its Opposition politics half years. It has created confusion, and citizens became on social and to obfuscate while considered to hurt more than In contrast, with clear, concise each platform, one leader. It issues the majority about were being Government.
    Water had education was regularly and collected and maintained, homes refunds were employed, and republican status abstract concepts the purest numbers politics over the past three and a has also been suggested that they confusion, distrust and distaste in many, became exhausted of their proxies other media constantly attempting while fixating on what many be non-issues. It appears that this than it helped their image and cause. contrast, the BLP ran a cohesive campaign concise messaging emanating from platform, and importantly coalesced behind could equally be claimed that the majority of citizens/electorate cared being managed well by the sitting returned to affected communities, was free again, buses were running and on time, garbage was being the environment was being homes were being built, tax being paid, contractors were being and the list goes on. Consultation on status and other such items were concepts to most. Politics is, after all, numbers “game’” Not surprising surprising To be sure, reflection of all Therefore, it is
    DLP was unable the polls. It is performance is face the polls Clear messaging, sound new candidates, for the damage so-called “glorious Some will seek performance by of the DLP candidates politics and needed closely inspect clear as in the the DLP sat a that constituency years while the candidate and sure, the election result is but a all this to more or less an extent. is in no way a surprise that the unable to motivate its base to attend is highly plausible that its dismal is due to its inability to be ready to from every strategic standpoint. messaging, clear leadership, a full slate of candidates, a failure to show remorse damage inflicted to the country during the glorious years” of 2008-2018. seek to defend the DLP’s by pointing to the fact that most candidates were new to electoral needed more time. However, if we inspect this argument, its faults become the race where the parties ran closest, a candidate who represented constituency for over a decade in prior the BLP fielded a completely new and still won. Moreover, all DLP candidates underperformed in each constituency, failing to reach their historical averages. The evidence of exactly how lacklustre the DLP’s performance was in the recently concluded election cannot be clearer!
    Therefore, the idea that this is not a victory which should be celebrated by the BLP or its supporters baffles, since the party clearly got its base out to vote, despite COVID-19, and garnered approximately 31 per cent of the 45 per cent of voters who turned out. Suggesting that a Government with that performance, and a renewed mandate from a significant proportion of the voting population should be ashamed, does not compute.
    So yes, voter apathy may have played a part in the outcome of the election, but not in the sense that the BLP was unable to motivate its voters. Instead, its opponents’ base simply did not vote consistent with the historical norm pre-2018.
    Voting in two-party states takes place along lines of clear demarcations for the most part. It has been suggested that when the base of the DLP party is displeased with the performance of their party, they avoid the polls rather than vote for the BLP – the available evidence is consistent with this story. Nevertheless, as difficult a task as this will prove to be, we agree that the BLP should attempt to convert as many of those voters as possible, especially those of the younger generation.
    All told, DLP voters have proven more than once that they will vote with their feet when displeased with their party. Yet, in such instances, a BLP Government must still lead the entire nation with pride, and we should have confidence and faith in our democracy because voting with your feet or voting at the polls is still voting.
    Ayo Ololara is a political analyst and businesswoman; and Terry Harris, PhD, assistant professor (business analytics and technology, big data analytics, research methods) at Durham University. They are the hosts of the local programme

    Just Politics: Our Worldview. They can be contacted at jpourworldview@gmail.com.

    Source: Nation

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  • Theo

    Now diehard DLPites will have to cup their hands over their mouth and talk out of the earshot of Mia’s youth.

    Xxxxxxx
    Only if the dlp choose to be blinded by optics and symbols
    Their is plenty unfinished business that this govt have yet to resolved to help the poor and struggling black man and woman as well as helping the youth
    Not one to be mesmerized by symbolic gesture

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  • In the real world Barbados remains one of the highest indebted nation in the world with a high level of unemployment. Mia
    has managed to find a place in the senate for a young man who has recently sat his Advanced Levels examinations. Unfortunately no such place could be found for a minister of graft who would have had the capacity to arrest the decline of corruption in the country

    My advice to the Prine Minister would be to cut out the theatrics and start to govern.

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  • What will be the role of the newly created Working Committee of parliament responsible for governance headed by Ralph Thorne?

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  • A large cabinet would certainly have been justifiable. At least that would have been a sophistical and rhetorical exercise.

    However, since our Supreme Leader has decided to substantially downsize, she is once again showing courage and wise foresight and, most importantly, intelligence to adapt to changing circumstances. In doing so, she has deprived the destructive, unpatriotic opposition outside Parliament and on BU of the last opportunity to criticise her.

    Equally welcome is the planned appointment of K2, the National Leader of the Mottley Youth, as a Senator. This will enable our Supreme Leader to nip any opposition in the Senate in the bud. However, I hope K2 continues to raise his voice on BU to fight the lies and despotism of the opposition.

    I am looking forward to the new anti-corruption law. Preferably with a retroactive effect from 2008 to 2018. Thank you Supreme Leader!

    As a neutral commentator, I am almost satisfied now. What is really still missing is a “currency modernisation” to celebrate the proclamation of our New Republic.

    Tron, year 1 NR, year 4 SL

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  • TlSN

    My advice to the Prine Minister would be to cut out the theatrics and start to govern
    Xxxccc
    That is Mia new form of governance that has payoff handsomely for her
    Her loyal supporters those who finance her campagain
    Meanwhile the struggles continues for the poor
    Seeing people being happy and satisfied with buses garbage trucks and leggo houses is a defining moment as to what mirror image individuals have of themselves
    Now take a look at the difference in reward for big business and the rest of society

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  • Today the talk would be about Khaleel
    Far down the totem pole would be job security and rescuing unemployment
    Oh and the biggest and most forgotten promise putting money in people’s pocket
    The media platform would be abuzz by this new optic call Khaleel
    This is who we are

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    “My advice to the Prine Minister would be to cut out the theatrics and start to govern.”

    using Koochie Koo as a distraction worked on some….why stop now…..but, trying to TRAP the youth into the decrepit dead colonial system of dirty politics comes with a price tag…..Just Saying…

    so was the marriage really fake? to facilitate skimming from a taxpayer funded contract…and instead of publicly saying so, just shift things around and maybe find another taxpayer funded slot for the perp(s)….

    Just Asking…would change the moniker to that…but nah…just about done with anonymous monikers..

    climate change is the latest tool to use, just watch carefully that it’s not weaponized against the vulnerable.

    Northern…only Black/Afrikan women can pull off being 70 years old and still look like teenage girls….

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  • “The media platform would be abuzz by this new optic call Khaleel”

    Many a BU were racist and Anti-Khaleel and were cunted out.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer–Obama

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    Keep telling them to get up and use the WILL and INITIATIVE they were born with, in this new GOING DOWN, there is a price to pay for not doing so…..

    the “i don’t agree” brigade in UK did not listen either…..ya can’t hear a PEEP OUTTA THEM NOW….🤣🤣🤣

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  • @ Tron January 25, 2022 6:05 AM

    Thanks for the early warning. You are more than just a mere canary in the BU coalmine.

    Should we read more into that reference to a budding MAM Youth’ brigade?

    What next neutral and objective Bajans like you, Herr Fuhrer Tron, should be on the look out for during the second Reich of your Supreme Leader?

    Promises of more democracy to civil society and the re-creation of an economy reminiscent of an OSA dream world?

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