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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  • You must stop calling people racist because they do not sing the same song as you do.

    In a country with ‘Montagues and Capuletd’ KK will be hugged by some and pushed away by others. Regardless of how you see him, many of those who criticize his politics sees him as a high achieving black youngster. But in the field of politics he will get some bashing.

    You accused me of racism for a comment I made about 2025 and of 80,000 non-existent immigrants.

    Stop it. Throw away your cheap whistle.

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  • [Bajan] Politics is

    Da Art of Storytellin’

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

    dream world is just about right..

    .Afrika was just warned by another powerhouse that their so called independence within the last 60 plus years at varying times for varying countries was FAKE ALL ALONG, as other powerhouses have warned the Caribbean for decades, decades, decades…but they have to see and FEEL for themselves…

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  • “You must stop calling people racist because they do not sing the same song as you do.”

    But, I already said that Big Boy just the other day I even called YOU The 0 racist for 1 stupid comment bad joke

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  • You don’t add 15 numbers together and get a mean, then add two more to them get a mean and say both sets of numbers have the same mean. One would compare the meanS of the TWO sets of numbers.

    Just an excerpt.
    ‘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.’

    I will not comment. Perhaps it was just a strong of typos.
    ——-xx—-

    Lyall and Amit provide a free and high quality service.. Thanks guys.

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  • Agree with you, having some difficulty distilling what these two are trying to say.

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  • “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

    ― Omar Khayyám

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  • I have ‘knocked’ Koochie Koo and will do so again if the opportunity arise.

    I am glad for Koochie Koo. I am hoping that many youngsters on the island look at how he conducts himself and at his achievements and find a message/lesson that empowers them.

    As a son, I would be proud of him, but in the political arena he will still get a whack if the opportunity arise.

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  • … Nor will I: ever write a word that fades in light, this I must be certain; else lay desolate at bight.

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  • “What we shall be is written, and we are so. Heedless of God or Evil, pen, write on!”

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  • @ Miller January 25, 2022 7:11 AM

    Well, well, well. No Nazi comparisons! Anyway: If I remember correctly, the SECOND Reich was not a republic but a monarchy.

    Or do you have the kingdom of Jesus Christ in mind from the perspective of “millenarianism”? As you can see, I too have mastered wordplay.

    We should focus on China when looking beyond our own nose. Here I can see indeed many similarities between the People’s Republic in Asia and our model democracy.

    As for K2, I predicted his political role. If he proves himself in the Senate in the fight against the opposition (whatever it may be), he will soon become a minister and perhaps then deputy prime minister and new Supreme Leader of Barbados. Perhaps even the youngest Supreme Leader of all time.

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  • The moving finger is related to the idea of time passing, and once something is done, it remains in the past because time only moves forward.

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    Regardless of the other issues attached to the force, these people worked and should have been paid, if they don’t bring it to the public’s attention now it will stay hidden….all the culprits in parliament made sure they paid themselves and got their pensions for doing very little to nothing….now we see one of the reasons why the youth refuse to join the police force, and nurses flee…this is a deterrent to staying…so what’s the excuse, everyone else got their turn at ripping off the treasury…why was this money not paid…

    “The 2010-2011 Estimate provide payment of $1.6 million for Police Headquarters and management; $18.1 million for general police services; $380,484 for those in the police band; $771,641 for traffic wardens and $2,901 for officers attached to the Anti Money Laundering Programme.

    “It is one of the matters that we have set to discuss with the new commissioner of police.

    “Members of the force shall be paid an annual responsibility allowance at the rates and with effect from the dates specified in the Fifteenth Schedule,” the order read.

    The Police (Regulations) Allowances 2010 which listed 11 different allowances was dated October 26, 2010, three months after Brathwaite became Attorney General and three days following the swearing-in of Freundel Stuart as Prime Minister.

    The money for the allowances, more than $20.9 million, was provided for in the 2010-2011 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, and included payment for detectives, plainclothes officers, washing, travel, flexible responsibility, subsistence, duty allowance and special operations.

    The regulations also cover allowances to be paid to orderlies, drivers and riders.

    For example, the legal instrument shows that certain members of the service are to be paid a responsibility allowance of $878.64 per month, effective April 1, 2010.

    “Members of the force assigned to protect the Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Unit shall be paid a monthly allowance at the rates and with effect from the dates specified in the Thirteenth Schedule,” stated the regulation made by the minister responsible for police administration”

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    and imagine they were all primed and ready to skim tens of millions, approx 48 million, with the vaccine agent scam, but 20 million is too much to pay those who keep the island relatively safe…

    350 million is too much to pay to pensioners who fund the NIS but 300 million can go tp the tourism crooks…and millions more to the manufacturing crooks and LIARS…..but the people FORCED TO PROTECT THESE CRIMINALS can’t get paid and neither can the nurses…

    try making that make sense, don’t care how limited in intelligence ya are, ya can’t.

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  • NorthernObserverJanuary 25, 2022 12:31 AM

    @John
    Climate change IS a thing.
    It is unfair to discount her words for a while.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The world is not burning up because of Climate Change induced by man’s actions, just going through Weather Cycles as it always has.

    Notice all is quiet and the media is not pushing the Temperature Rise thingy because in many places, blizzards sub zero weather and floods are occurring and it would look kind of foolishy foolishy to be pushing the temperature rise/droughts explanation.

    Originally, many of the people who say today the world is burning up once said it was going into an Ice Age.

    It’s the Chicken Little Syndrone.

    Relax, have a little patience, time will tell as the prophesies unfold.

    Marsha Caddle will make no difference to the outcome and can be discounted where this is concerned.

    All will be revealed in the fullness of time, could be days, weeks or years, no one knows.

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  • 7:05 here. Day 6 , 1 NR
    Have a great day all.

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  • Where she becomes significant is in the LoO sweepstakes to be conducted in the next few hours or days.

    Everything points to her being a non starter in these but potentially, because she has a seat, she could be!!

    Regarding the LoO …. not long to wait to see what happens.

    It will be over in a matter of hours, maybe days.

    Not much time or patience required for that.

    If it does go on longer with no LoO, more voters will realise we really don’t need a party, a PM, a Parliament or a centralised Government!!

    Barbados too small to afford any.

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    Many more reasons will pop up for the distractions and sleight of hand…because it’s very clear that every VIOLATION will be made PUBLIC…

    so what’s the excuse, everyone else got their turn at ripping off the treasury, and the pension fund, for the LAST 11 YEARS and the prior 30 YEARS…why was this money not paid…

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  • Smart money is on Duguid!!

    …. but I don’t bet, just look on.

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  • @WURA
    Haven’t you heard : Not paying people who work for the government is a managerial problem exacerbated by incompetent public servants.
    This is exactly why the nurses have not been paid and I honestly believe this is why the police are waiting for their allowances.
    These are just minor administrative matters that require no urgency. In the meantime , we have to deal with matters that cannot be held by up managerial hiccups and lazy indifferent public servants . Example: Putting a highly partisan youth in parliament to speak for all the young people. That only requires a constitutional change-no big thing.
    Hopefully, Franklyn will learn his lesson and go down on his knees, meet with the PM or her new Chief of Staff , and get the nurses paid.
    In the event that Franklyn is successful , the Police Association should take the hint and bend over as well.
    After reading what Franklyn said in today’s paper , I think that he is slowing getting the message as expressed in the St. George bye election?
    Peace.

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  • Moving
    Fingers
    Continued
    The fact that the writing is being done with a finger suggests that it is the hand of God tracing the words in the sand.

    Similarly, our bodies live only indirectly from food, but we live directly from the cosmic energy that flows into our bodies through the medulla oblongata at the base of the brain.

    Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The lips and tongue comprise the mouth of man, because this is where we eat in a physical way, but the mouth of God is the medulla oblongata, inside the hollow point at the base of the skull.

    This is where we receive the divine energy which truly sustains us, and it is this flow of cosmic energy which Jesus was referring to when he said “every word.”

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  • The medulla oblongata is the connection between the brainstem and the spinal cord, carrying multiple important functional centers. It is comprised of the cardiovascular-respiratory regulation system, descending motor tracts, ascending sensory tracts, and origin of cranial nerves IX, X, XI, and XII.

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  • @ Theo
    A gentleman, on this blog said that I hated Indians.
    I am sorry I did not have the resources to expose him, I am assuming it is a man.
    One of the privileges of writing anonymously is that nobody knows who you are and you can write anything.
    Amazingly, I have seen some on this blog castigating others with the same language that another contributor was villified for using. The remarkable thing is that you can find a picture and christened name of the vilified but the other person doing the identical thing is anonymous.
    Peace

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  • “A gentleman, on this blog said that I hated Indians.”

    It couldn’t have been me as I ain’t no fucking gentlemen

    You were anti-Indian regarding the mixed race boy which makes you 50% ignorant on the borderline

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    “In the event that Franklyn is successful , the Police Association should take the hint and bend over as well”

    only the comfortable Slaves will subject themselves to be BENT and or BROKEN in this new era of you will be TAKEN DOWN..

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    “The remarkable thing is that you can find a picture and christened name of the vilified but the other person doing the identical thing is anonymous.”.

    not so anonymous anymore ….the VOTERS LIST, for which we can all thank the INCOMPETENTS…. is still there to find out who is who and using an anonymous blog to COMMIT MISCHIEF, STRIFE AND CONFUSION….and hiding behind a computer screen…

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  • @TheoG
    I have ‘knocked’ Koochie Koo and will do so again if the opportunity arise
    +++++
    A review of his articles reveals that he is just a rabid partisan BLP member, so I will not give him a pass whether he is 18 or 80. His is the voice of youth as long as they are associated with the BLP.

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    “Barbados too small to afford any.”

    it will eventually sink in that the PEOPLE cannot afford big belly, overly ambitious in the WRONG DIRECTION…..go nowhere con artists….and will REDIRECT THEIR ENERGIES accordingly…those who are awake anyway….the process has started.

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    Saw where someone mentioned people are being told to not got to QEH…that is sound advice, one should only turn up there in an EMERGENCY…even those who are connected to the institution have been warning those close to them SINCE LAST YEAR to AVOID the place…if they can..

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  • Mia knows what to feed the people and exactly how they will respond
    Throw them symbols and watch them.celebrate
    Amazing how easy it is for 29percent of the population to control 71 percent with gestures and symbols
    Yet they say there are well educated people
    SMH

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  • @angela Cox
    You need to accept that Mottley did not hold a gun to anybody’s head. The electorate voted on two occasions to give her all the seats, under two different leaders from your decadent and decaying party, which represents the same Duopoly.
    The people of my country have voted for these two parties and in their wisdom, which must be respected , they have voted for the party , at the time, they believe would managed in the best interest of them and our country.
    I do not as a rule get into BLP/DLP nonsense but to assume that the people are ignorant or were tricked is a very dastardly attack on our people.
    The people have voted for and then kicked out Grantley Adams, Errol Barrow and Owen Arthur , so they are far from ignorant .
    They simply exercised their right to vote for the party of their choice.
    As one who was rejected by the people, I realised that regardless of how I felt personally, I respected the wishes of the people.
    They welcomed me in their homes , we discussed both constituency and national matters.
    Quite frankly, I grew up a whole lot that day and for that experience. But, I have never thought that my people were ignorant.
    How would anybody sound to you if they said that Errol Barrow used symbols to trick the people? We all went to the Garrison in ‘66 and at one stage Barrow was also seen as unbeatable and along came Tom Adams.
    Peace

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  • @ Sargeant
    I have heard Mr. Kothdiwala on Brasstacks . He is as political and pro BLP as anybody who supports the Bees. He has appeared on its platform.
    He has openly showed his democratic right to align to the party of his choice. There are student politicians all over the planet.
    However, the PM said that it was time young people be heard in the Upper House. A very good idea. Unfortunately, she could not find any young person other than one who supports her party.
    And with that , any objective person would find her reasons for so doing purely political and obviously suspect.
    I extend sincere congratulations to Mr. Kothdiwala’ as he takes his well earned place on behalf of his party in the Upper House. He did not ask for it, it was extended to him by our Prime Minister.
    Peace.

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  • William
    First of all that is your personnel feelings
    Furthermore I never infer that the people are ignorant
    As for them exercising their right I would not stand by or have any reason not to be pleased or be happy for the few or many who choose to do so to exercise such a privilege
    However I do have a Constitutional right to opiniate on matters that are relevant to good governance that falls within the perimeters of the election results

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  • Critical Analyzer

    I am shocked Khaleel was not asked about joining the senate before he was named. If this is true, this could have been an embarrassment if he declined because he had other plans like completing his degree program overseas.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/25/teen-shocked-by-roposed-senate-appointment/

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  • Cuhdear BajanJanuary 24, 2022 4:55 PM

    @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

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

    Here’s the problem.

    The House of Assembly exists under man’s rules.

    It requires an opposition and more specifically a Leader of the Opposition to inseminate it and produce the Senate.

    Not only is Mia’s House of Assembly Barren, no opposition, there is no chance of it being inseminated by the Leader of the Opposition.

    Adoption can’t work, the Leader of the Opposition has to hold a seat inside the House and there is no one who qualifies at the moment.

    So Ms. Mockley has to call in her consultant and lawyers to see if there isn’t some way to somehow crate a notional Leader of the Opposition from the existing DNA!!

    If she has named 20 members of the house to her cabinet, then the Consultant, lawyers and Ms. Mockley have the DNA of the remaining 10 to somehow create an opposition and then a Leader of the Opposition.

    The three of them are attempting to mimic God!!

    It’s already been tried with the Reverent Joe and look how that genetic mix turned out.

    Just follow the rules and go back to the polls and try again till we can get a fertile House.

    Right now the House of Assembly is like a Mule, incapable of reproduction.

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  • Last time we ended up with Reverent Joe from the efforts of the three.

    This time we may end up with a Frankenstein.

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  • @William

    There is merit in your comment. Khaleel is pro BLP and is obviously being groomed for a senior role by the PM. Part of succession planning.

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  • @ William Skinner January 25, 2022 10:12 AM

    Personally, I think K2 is quite neutral and therefore best suited for the Senate. I would not want to describe him as clearly pro BLP.

    Tron, always neutral and unbiased

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  • @William
    Good point

    @Critical
    No one honestly believes the shock That’s like John King not knowing he was going to step aside for Kay

    @DAvid
    The cabinet has been announced. The use of terms such as Senior Ministers, Chief of Staff and multiple Chairmen of Committees makes for interesting discussion

    The PM know where she wants to go, but, does she have the support of the majority of Barbadians in going there? Time will tell.

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  • @Observing

    We need a more strident voice from John Citizen now more that ever.

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  • Beyoncé Drops ‘Brown Skin Girl’ Video Featuring Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland

    Track includes her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, WizKid and Saint Jhn

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  • So we have Super Ministers and other Ministers does this mean an inner Cabinet and an outer Cabinet?
    We were promised a post Republic Constitution, but first we have to tinker with the present one to allow the youth “representative” to sit in the Upper chamber.

    Post Republic there is now a PM Chief of Staff with the associated members of payroll; in addition to the new hires there is the communications team established last year to duplicate the work of the GIS. There is the PM’s Press Secretary, where does Jong and the Political advisor fit in on the payroll??

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  • “Unfortunately, she could not find any young person other than one who supports her party.”

    This comment makes no sense. It is called a GOVERNMENT SENATOR for a reason because the individual is there to support the government when AYES/NAYS are needed, especially since they do not have the majority in the Senate. The amendment does not only allow the government to appoint KK, but the President and Opposition parties can do likewise. #theintellectuallydishonestone🤣

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, re *Agree with you, having some difficulty distilling what these two are trying to say.”

    It does appear that text is missing as some parts of the article didn’t flow practically, however, the commentary on the numbers was well defined. It’s the eternal argument of how those ‘Damn Statistics’ are sliced and diced!

    The basic argument has been that the admin was elected by a majority of the minority . That’s accurate. But the riposte is as simple: it makes no difference as Bajans by comparable numbers had previously elected this same admin. …. The article reflected that and whereas one can dispute their analysis, it’s really not too hard to “distill”!

    1.“…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 [… ] we argue that this result represents an excellent performance by the BLP.”

    2___”Nevertheless, some commenters have blamed severe voter apathy for the low total voter turnout of around 45 per cent. […] 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

    3_”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,..”_

    4___”… 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.

    5___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

    Slice and dice as much as you want but the CONSTANT remains: The DLP have lost the connection with Bajans and apparently also have lost their imagination and ability to be worthy guardians of our heritage.

    They need to address that IMMEDIATELY and curtail (stop, really) the non-productive blather about apathy and Mia’s personality!

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  • @ Enuff
    Once more you are missing the point on purpose. You should first listen to what the PM said and the reasons she gave for such an appointment.
    Once more you are being more than blatantly attempting to muddle a serious critique within your partisan BS.
    Look at your statement:
    “The amendment does not only allow the government to appoint KK, but the President and Opposition parties can do likewise.”
    I guess that the PM at no time mentioned she was going to get together with her parliamentarians and amend or change the constitution to allow Mr. kothdiwala to enter the chamber.
    I guess Mr. Kothdiwala did not say in the press this morning that he was “ humbled “ when the PM called him and extended the offer.
    You are not to be taken seriously. You are the most dishonest contributor to this blog. And you remain the poorest defender of the BLP.
    You should be the first in line when the political fires of the Duopoly are lit in the political hell.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    If this is accurate re “…It is called a GOVERNMENT SENATOR” then I am discombobuated by much of the commentary above.

    From reading the various posts on Kothdiwala I thought he was being appointed as an independant Senator.

    If the man is a government appointee then why all the chatter about the PM’s action … I would have to agree that “[the] comment[s] make no sense”!

    Ah well, this is politics!

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  • All the talk about KK is a red herring.

    He nor nobody else can be appointed to the senate until it actually comes into existence.

    There is no Senate, no Parliament and no Government!!

    For that to happen it requires a Leader of the opposition, two opposition senators need to be anointed and then appointed.

    Until that happens the discussion is a waste of time!!

    Worser really, it is insurrection talk because it seeks to undermine the Constitution.

    Have the BLP senators been sworn in?

    Can’t happen till there is actually a Senate otherwise Ms. Mockley and the President are in breach of the Constitution and are engaged in an insurrection.

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  • Relax while Ms Mocley, her Consultant and her lawyer try to fabricate an opposition.

    Enjoy the show, I am!!

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  • The three of them have to be very careful to avoid a charge of insurrection.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, why are we acting as if this current admin is actin in some startling new way to any previous admin!

    This is what is truly confusing me by commentaries .

    Every politician gives absurd sounding pretext for action and every political appointee will confound incredulity with equally absurd sounding remarks.

    Why are u guys finding this particular episode so perverse … I am NOT validating any concept of itt worked so before so then it’s all right to do so now’… NO..

    But in politics as in life we have to reasonable and fair … we can’t suddenly instill seeming new standards and hold this admin or anyone else to the higher ideals…just so!

    So again I ask: WHAT is so different politically to that which we have not seen before (the constitutional. amendment obviously exempted)???

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  • @ de pedantic Dribbler January 25, 2022 12:59 PM
    (Quote):
    If the man is a government appointee then why all the chatter about the PM’s action … I would have to agree that “[the] comment[s] make no sense”!
    (Unquote).
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    Then he will be appointed to represent the BLP-led government and NOT the youth of Barbados.

    Of course the PM has every right and justification to appoint whomsoever she sees fit to meet her political agenda.

    Why doesn’t she also appoint a member of the growing disabled community or even that of the LGBT who are entitled to vote also but has no ‘specific’ voice in Parliament?

    Any representation of the youth across Barbados ought to be done via an Independent senator selected directly by the President in consultation with/advice of the PM or even the LoO, if need be.

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  • @ Miller who wrote ” LGBT who are entitled to vote also but has no ‘specific’ voice in Parliament? ”

    You can’t get a more “specific” voice than a PM.

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  • William Skinner
    I am missing no point. Your comment is illogical and stupid…period! You can carry on smartly.

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  • @Dee Word

    The authors of the piece are drawing some heavy conclusions based on the ‘numbers’. When the blogmaster mentions unable to distill, it is about the softer analysis that examines behaviours and attitudes to voting by Barbadians. The qualitative type of analysis. The blogmaster has been an active observer of Bajan politics for a few years and there is a discussion to be had about voter apathy and cynicism to voting and more generally trust in the political directorate.

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  • @Dee Word

    How can the PM appoint an independent senator? That is the job of the president.

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  • @ DPD
    I am not “ acting “ or comparing what happened with other administrations, I am saying simply that in my opinion this recent action is a pure political move on behalf of a well known supporter of her party on the pretext that it was some desire to see the youth involved. I don’t buy it. Simple as that.
    Peace

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  • @enuff

    You are being uncharitable to William. The PM in her infinite wisdom will be recommending Khaleel to the Senator once the admin is completed. The resent is to give the youth segment a voice. What some are saying is that because he must toe the government line how can he at ALL times fairly represent that segment?

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  • I have always found it interesting, while so many countries have evolved under the Westminster umbrella, and the lower house electoral systems have similarity, the same is not true for the Upper House/Senate.
    NZ abolished the Senate many years ago. The Australian Senate is elected. Canadian senators are ALL appointed by the PM and for life (now retirement at 75). Many, due to the nation’s size, have ‘equality by geography’ in the Senate, versus ‘equality by population’, the latter reflected by seats in the lower house.
    The broader Caribbean nations largely have a similar method of appointing Senators, X by PM, Y by Opposition and Z by President/GG, to terms which match that of the Lower House.
    I therefore find it interesting this PM has now twice in 4 years, sought constitutional changes to permit Senate appointments. One might have thought if changing the age was important and needed, it would have been incorporated in the last changes a few years back?
    Is this a lack of thought and foresight, or something else?

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  • (Quote):
    You are not to be taken seriously. You are the most dishonest contributor to this blog. And you remain the poorest defender of the BLP.
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now you understand why the miller is so pissed off with the ‘man’s’ lack of self-respect and downright propensity to lie.

    Here he is arguing that the government is not entitled to a majority of senators in the Upper House.
    Is 12 no longer greater than 7+2? Isn’t 12>9?

    Or is there a plan to clone what has happened in the HoA?

    Why does he have to stoop so low to make himself look like the perfect political sycophant and supreme ass-licker always willing to commit intellectual hari-kari for his master or mistress who, at the end of the election game, would waste no time in throwing him under the bus as a form of enjoyment and entertainment for the very political class and the duopoly of friends.

    He is strongly advised to heed the advice of Cardinal Wolsey:

    “Had I But Served My God, With Half The Zeal I Served My [BLP Red] King!”

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  • DavidJanuary 25, 2022 1:24 PM

    @Dee Word

    How can the PM appoint an independent senator? That is the job of the president.

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

    How can the president appoint an independent senator to a body that does not exist?

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  • @ Hants January 25, 2022 1:19 PM

    LOL!!

    The miller takes a bow as a show of total concession.

    You can never find such a perfect representative right at the heart of government.

    All that is required is for the closet to fall apart and all skeletons exposed for the world to see.

    Maybe Barbados will come clean and follow Serbia under Ana Brnabić!

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  • @ WURA
    Note. We have African nurses here assisting with our fight against COVID.
    Note we trying to improve relations with the African continent.
    Note that a member of the governing party could go on a platform and promote Africa as a place for political rejects/losers.
    We have no blasted shame. I guess you don’t have to live in the Diaspora to be a frigging idiot or to make the country look bad .
    Peace

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  • From the whole discussion, I gather that BU commentators of all different colours are highly dissatisfied with the composition of the Senate. Indeed, the Senate is an undemocratic instrument of repression to secure White Shadow rule. They, together with the jumpsuit, the DLP, the dishonourable senator and other sinister forces, have sabotaged the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Act.

    I therefore call for either the abolition of the Senate as a colonial instrument to ensure white supremacy or its transformation into a body subject only to the will of our Supreme Leader. In other words, either our Supreme Leader gets the right to determine all seats or I fear that soon angry citizens led by the National Youth Leader will storm the Senate. Whatever that means …

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, re “How can the PM appoint an independent senator? That is the job of the president”

    That’s why I was truly discombobulated … I actually read BU before the Nation or BdosToday and in this case didn’t go to either of them, thus as you say I was perplexed for just that reason. …. How could he be independant if it was a PM appointment and if he wasn’t then why were the commentators here lambasting his BLP creds as if he was!!!!

    So @Miller specifically to ur note above and @Skinner to yours generally … I don’t buy this argument that “[t]hen he will be appointed to represent the BLP-led government and NOT the youth of Barbados.”

    Gents…. BOTH are quite mutually INCLUSIVE. …

    1)Remind me but didn’t Thomspon appoint the superbly capable Ms Ifill – who happened to be visually impaired.(blind in non PC terms) – to the Senate!

    2.)Was she NOT an outstanding representative of all persons with physical and other challenges while being a DLP senatorial appointment….. Or am I missing something here!!!!

    Guys I am at a LOST by this rhetoric…. Of course the man is a rabid partisan but he is also 18 years old and although he surely thinks beyond his tender years, he just as surely acts like those his age as well in terms of tech, trivia and so on. Are we REALLY saying that the lad will not be able to articulate issues pertinent to those like him while shewing his support for the party of his choice!

    Come on now … we are being too partiansan-like in this overcharged environment.

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  • One should reasonably expect that the national constitution debate promises will touch the senate.

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  • @Dee Word

    Did Miss Ifill construct a body of work before her appointment that she was regarded as political?

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    “the pretext that it was some desire to see the youth involved. I don’t buy it. Simple as that.”

    the youth should be moving, far, far away from colonial politics and don’t invite the curse and blight of party politics in their young lives to become TRAPPED and UNKNOWING….look how it has the place with dirt sticking to it from every angle…..look at some on BU…no one wants to be like them…….some youth know it’s unnatural….it’s a legacy of evil they are trying to keep alive in Black Afrikan lives…

    FIRE BURN that evil out of young lives…..and out of Afrikan lives…

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    “Note that a member of the governing party could go on a platform and promote Africa as a place for political rejects/losers.”

    i missed that one….who did that?

    we bet it’s the same lowlifes who sent their minority criminals to our ancestral land to RoB it….we will be sitting on top the continent waiting for them for NEXT TIME….they are ALL NOTORIOUS there already…we done know they would have loved the minority thieves to RoB the Nigeria and bring them back the crumbs from their inheritance while they sit on their lazy asses…..but we are waiting…

    “We have no blasted shame. I guess you don’t have to live in the Diaspora to be a frigging idiot or to make the country look bad .”

    of course not, we done know the little Slave negros with contrived titles believe they are more than Black when they slither into the parliament……….they have to be filtered out, and would be the first to run to Afrika should shit go sideways in the diaspora….but we know them well….goddamn slimy little TRAITORS….Afrika is on the look out for them..

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  • The constitutional change is required to accommodate the 18 year old as a representative into the Senate.
    Khaleel Kothdiwala has been active in politics since 13 in the League of Young Socialists and his legacy will be the amendment in Law for the Senate.

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    William…it’s all SOUR GRAPES…they had the scam PLANNED OUT SO WELL….and got STOPPED IN THEIR CORRUPT TRACKS….

    never saw it coming……🤣🤣🤣

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  • How is the Senate defined in the Constitution?

    Here is what the OAS version says.

    (1) The Senate shall consist of twenty-one persons who, being qualified for appointment as Senators in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, have been so appointed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

    (2) Twelve Senators shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime
    Minister, by instrument under the Public Seal.

    (3) Two Senators shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral, acting in accordance with the advice of the Leader of
    the Opposition, by instrument under the Public Seal.

    (4) Seven Senators shall be appointed by the GovernorGeneral, acting in his discretion, by instrument under the
    Public Seal, to represent religious, economic or social interests or such other interests as the Governor-General considers ought to be represented: Provided that before appointing any person under this subsection the Governor-General shall consult such persons as, in his discretion, he considers can speak for those interests and ought to be consulted.

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  • Same as last time.

    There is a need to fabricate an opposition and find a leader!!

    Otherwise it would appear to me no Senate can exist.

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  • No Senate = No Senators

    No Senators = No Parliament

    No Parliament = No Government

    A Parliamentary Democracy CANNOT exist without an opposition in Parliament!!

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  • @John
    same as last time?
    have no fear, soon somebody will be there (LoO)
    and then you can restart all your prior arguments on the Opposition…..
    but, what if, (3) above is altered to
    “with the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, or where there is no Opposition, to the Leader of the Party at the time of the election garnering the second highest vote count”
    Ya happy now?

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    William …they better start learning Cantonese and Mandarin…that’s the only thing suitable for them at this stage, pretending to be Chinese..they have pretended to be everything else so far, except who they are by ancestry…..

    The Great Pretenders…

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  • Isn’t the plan for President Mason to appoint 2 senators to the upper house to act as opposition a la Grenada?

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  • I just telling you what the Constitution at the OAS says.

    Has the Barbados Constitution been changed?

    I thought the idea was to prepare a new one for the Republic after elections.

    If it has not been changed then it remains the highest law in the land, any other law will be superceded by it.

    Can’t see the OAS having on its website an out of date Constitution.

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  • @ 555dubstreetJanuary 25, 2022 3:41 PM
    (Quote).
    The constitutional change is required to accommodate the 18 year old as a representative into the Senate.
    Khaleel Kothdiwala has been active in politics since 13 in the League of Young Socialists and his legacy will be the amendment in Law for the Senate.
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No one is arguing against the proposed change to facilitate a ‘young’ voice to reflect and promote the views of young people.

    But it cannot come from the elected government’s side in the form of a person who has shown himself to be exceedingly and rabidly partisan to one red political side (and view) only.

    By all means appoint the youngster as a BLP-administration senator. But not under the guise of representing the youth of Barbados who can vote but not participate in the activities of Parliament.

    Why not get another young person who is prepared to present a reasonably objective understanding of the challenges facing young people without having to wear red-tinted spectacles all the time as was seen in the rabidly blind support of the previous BLP administration in breaking the Law with respect to the appointment two deputies to the CoP and the concomitant arrogant disrespect and failure to apologise shown to Senator Franklyn for pointing out this major faux pas on its part.

    We see nothing wrong with him being appointed a government senator; but clearly not in the capacity of representing the voice of youth of Barbados made up of varying political and non-political colours.

    But the miller is prepared to turn a blind eye if he is also prepared to support any legislation to completely decriminalize the use of marijuana. Laws which afflict the youth in a most hypocritical and unfair way?

    Why can older adults drink rum and smoke cigarettes by simply paying a few sin taxes but the youths have to dodge and hide from the police and the enforcers of Babylon when their light up their spliffs?

    Would you then join the miller in rejoicing at his enlightenment and spiritual salvation?

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  • DavidJanuary 25, 2022 4:56 PM

    Isn’t the plan for President Mason to appoint 2 senators to the upper house to act as opposition a la Grenada?

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

    Does that jive with the Constitution that is in effect?

    Grenada may well have an unconstitutional Government.

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  • “What will be the role of the newly created Working Committee of parliament responsible for governance headed by Ralph Thorne?” Sorry David, I have NO time for your frivolity. Why has it taken three-and-a-half-years to form this so-called working committee?

    As Waru keeps repeating the international community is monitoring the region’s corrupt governments.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jan/25/reparations-caribbean-cycle-of-corruption-china

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  • William
    The constitution will be changed to allow kk to sit as a government senator ( because of his age the amendment is needed?

    On the other hand the president and any party as an opposition will also have the same ability to select an 18 yr old as a senator

    Once the law is passed all parties will have the same ability

    What so hard about that to understand?

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  • Why don’t you bring a law suit since you practically live in the courts?

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  • Steuspe

    #throwashadecrew

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  • Here is the GOB website with a link to the Constitution.

    It does not seem to work.

    Try it and see, I may be wrong.

    The OAS will have whatever Constitution exists until it is informed of the change.

    If it is not informed of any change then no change happened!!

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  • The OAS will have the Constitutions of its member Governments as they exist now.

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  • Nobody want to read the const, the PM advised the AG is to address the matter. We wait to see what they come up with and hear the many lawyers resident.

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  • @ Miller January 25, 2022 5:02 PM

    Why can older adults drink rum and smoke cigarettes by simply paying a few sin taxes but the youths have to dodge and hide from the police and the enforcers of Babylon when they try wear their gear and light up their joints and spliffs in the open?

    Straight from the mouth of an old boozer, ex cigarette smoker and resigned marijuana consumers (and retired fare picker).

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  • Why not accept that Barbados is now and for the second time a de facto ONE PARTY STATE.

    But…..

    An option is to give 6 seats in the HoA to the second place finishers with the highest number of votes and they would be a closer to a real opposition as opposed to the contrived baloney that is about to take place.

    May I remind you that I does write shiite most of the time if yuh ent know arready.

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  • “But it cannot come from the elected government’s side in the form of a person who has shown himself to be exceedingly and rabidly partisan to one red political side (and view) only.”

    KK is neither DLP or BLP yet
    DLP and BLP are politically similar anyway both left leaning
    it is just one group or gang against another group or gang

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  • @WS
    I am looking at some votting data in 1966 and cannot make heads or tail of it.
    Eligible 100k
    BLP 47K
    DLP 72K
    Total valid 146 K
    Total votes 79K
    Were some votes counted twice for different constituencies.
    I need your input.

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  • @John
    and if you go to the ILO website you can also find the NIS Act. Has anybody in 15 years followed that law when it comes to any of the three reporting sections required?
    So now you are going to argue about the “highest” law in the land.
    If ‘low’ laws don’t matter, soon neither will ‘high’ laws.
    I am only surprised the NIS Act hasn’t been altered to remove (retroactively) those reporting requirements, and replace them with “reporting at the discretion of the Minister of Finance”.

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  • “The Great Pretender”

    Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
    Pretending that I’m doing well
    My need is such I pretend too much
    I’m lonely but no one can tell

    Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
    Adrift in a world of my own
    I’ve played the game but to my real shame
    You’ve left me to grieve all alone

    Too real is this feeling of make-believe
    Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

    Yes, I’m the great pretender
    Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
    I seem to be what I’m not, you see
    I’m wearing my heart like a crown
    Pretending that you’re still around

    Too real is this feeling of make-believe
    Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

    Yes, I’m the great pretender
    Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
    I seem to be what I’m not, you see
    I’m wearing my heart like a crown
    Pretending that you’re still around

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  • John has been in the Covid and trump love wilderness for so long

    he has lost his goddamned mind

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  • @ John 2
    I think that the reason given by the PM, to get Mr. Kothdiwala into the Senate, couching it as giving youth a say, was a pure political gimmick.
    Nothing you or anybody else say will change my position on that.
    Peace.

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  • @ Theo
    It might be a typo or genuine mistake.
    Peace

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