Rihanna BOOM, Kothdiwala BOOM

Rhianna and Kothdiwala

Prime Minister Mottley surprised the nation during republic celebrations with the announcement international Barbadian artist was elevated to national hero status. A couple months later – post-general election with the appointment of government senators – Mottley did it again, she provisionally appointed 18 year old Khaleel Kothdiwala as a government senator. The appointment requires a change to the highest law of the land.

The views expressed by the blogmaster on the process required to make these kinds of appointments will not be popular in an age when process is often disregarded for going with the flow; going with what is popular.

The blogmaster has no issue with National Hero Robyn Fenty or Senator Khaleel Kothdiwala (designate). Both have demonstrated exemplary achievement serving respective pursuits. In the case of Khaleel he has done what few have shown the courage by entering Barbados Underground using his given name to debate issues. On behalf of the BU household – despite differences from time to time – we wish him well.

A previous blog – Maximum Leaders, Absolute Power and Democracy– is timely for what it reminds us. It addresses the challenge some in society have with the arbitrary way a political leader can take decisions that are possibly not aligned to the collective value-set of the citizenry. The Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint whomever she wants as a government Senator. The issue in the case of Khaleel’s appointment to the Upper House is the decision to amend the Constitution to allow an 18 years old to sit. Should changes be made to the Constitution without wide public consultation? Should changes to the Constitution involve a declared process that includes wide consultation with the public that taps in to the kind of country we want to fashion? The same argument is true for appointing a national hero.

The other challenge is that many of us bring immature positions to the table by quickly resorting to personal attacks on the persons selected- in this case Rihanna and Khaleel. This is another example what happens when citizens cede inherent rights in a democracy to politicians. Why should Prime Minister Mottley believe that after a second 30 to zero win at the polls, she does not have the mandate to implement feel good decisions? The eternal threat to the type of democracy practiced by Barbados demands an engaged citizenry and individuals of integrity willing to offer themselves for public service.

There is benefit to following an established and transparent process for making these kinds of decisions. There is a benefit in a democracy to canvassing the views of citizens to ensure maximum participation. What the 2022 general election again revealed is that there is too much apathy and cynicism among the citizens. This is antithesis to how a functional democratic system should operate.

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 12:48

A word to the wise should be sufficient.

41 comments

  • David,

    I agree that if one says that one wishes to promote engaged citizenry then one must be seen to be promoting engaged citizenry.

    Making surprise announcements such as national heroes and 18 yr old senators without engaging citizenry does not appear to be consistent with stated goals.

    If one wishes to operate in an environment of unity one must build consensus or at least hear the views of citizenry, take them into consideration and if one determines to go in another direction one should be prepared to explain why.

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  • @Donna

    The political directorate cannot expect to build trust with its public and the process of making important decisions is subordinated to political expediency.

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  • “Why should Prime Minister Mottley believe that after a second 30 to zero win at the polls, she does not have the mandate to implement feel good decisions?”

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  • It is about time that a new thread was posted.
    The British have been labelled as Whinging Poms by Australians because they are always moaning, but, Australians clearly never met Barbadians and they should be given this handle too.

    Chain of Fools

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  • Amendments for a new Constitution, such as rationalisation of voting rules for Bajans abroad, will be now called BLP changes by the DLP who love moaning

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  • “In the case of Khaleel he has done what few have shown the courage by entering Barbados Underground using his given name to debate issues. On behalf of the BU household – despite differences from time to time – we wish him well.”

    First let me state ”

    I wish him well.

    “.
    Some Barbadians if asked to comment on the letter C would say “That is a great C, The best I have ever seen.”

    My first comment will probably draw the response “Hush. You are overseas and frighten to state your real neame”.

    I have a son that if he was to become actively involved in politics, I would back him with all the love and money (the little bit) that I have. The one thing that my son would be able to count on (jobless or not) is the support of his parents. I assume that KK has the same understanding with his parents, and since he will not be on the job market for 3 to 4 years there is little or no risk in him using his name.
    Given the current strength of the BLP, the position he has taken may be more one of opportunism than of taking a risk. What some seem as a daring move is most likely a youngster and his handlers positioning him for a political career. Not daring, but calculating and smart.

    Also, let me state that I believe he is a brilliant young man.

    Was he taking a risk of being victimized as a student? No! No! No! In fact, hell No,” Can you imagine being a supporter of the DLP and being a teacher of KK. Seeing the power structure and the political guns he can call on, you would be very careful on how you grade his effort. In fact, anything in the “grey area” would probably be pushed to the positive side of the fence.

    No courageous, not daring, definitely smart and calculating.

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  • @ David, @ Donna
    Did we ever get a cost for the Republic celebrations. I did not see any.
    The reason I ask is because when Stuart and Company said that celebrating the fiftieth anniversary ,for an entire year , will cost seven million dollars,we got here on BU pissing all over them , for wanting to spend that. Even the concerts were viciously criticized. Now, not a word about the cost of the Republic do. I may be wrong and missed it.

    2. Why are we talking now about the PM springing the naming of our latest national hero on us. I did not know this was a concern. Again there was no big outcry on BU.

    Very funny post, I dare say.
    More crocodile tears. I thought we were done with that. I am noticing a pattern: Mottley does something untoward; we praise her political cunning ; glee over it and then we pretend that we need to monitor her because she is so different from everybody else that we know she just so much in a hurry to get things done.
    Imagine a Prime Minister , obstructed the law enforcement from doing their job . And we say : that’s how she is; she will talk to anybody. Even if the person is known to the courts; has a reputation that has no respect for law and order and to crown it all have our PM on speed dial; could call her on speaker phone and they have a conversation and the police have to back off.
    And the PM says that the only reason people are criticizing her is because the person is from the lower echelons. And she got away with that and was supported by people on this very blog.
    Right now Mottley can do anything and I mean that.
    Naming a national hero the way she did was one of the biggest acts of disrespect to us as citizens , that any PM has ever done and we lapped it up. Oh how smart she was. All Mottley wanted to do was upstage the President.
    She own ‘bout hey right now.
    Peace

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  • Here is another immature question but well deserving of an answer
    What has he done in society that can be a catalyst for encouraging youth to be fully engaged in democratic process towards good governance
    My keen observant shows that outside of sucking up energy of social media and political platforms his engagement towards the refinement of youth by way of engagement with them is nowhere to be found
    I have also observed that he tends to be very biased in his opinions towards govt
    Other Outstanding names in this category have been mentioned those whose eyes ears and hands have been vigilant working within the community helping youth
    Not surprising that govt would only see a small measure measured by a political lens instead of of a measure that can overflow and be of benefit to the community as a whole

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  • The prime minister can appoint who she wants to serve as senator or minister. This is not the issue.

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    There should be BARGES of crocodile tears leaving the island right now to generate forex, no need for tourism dependency…..according to the Bushman….later this year will tell the tale..

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  • “In the case of Khaleel he has done what few have shown the courage by entering Barbados Underground using his given name to debate issues.”

    1 Khaleel + 2 Kothdiwala = 2x Indian names
    + Ignorant and Ugly on BU don’t like Indians

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  • “The appointment requires a change to the highest law of the land.”

    the highest laws are spiritual laws
    Barbados needs to free the weed

    Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)

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  • William,

    I expressed my reservations about the process of springing the announcement on us from the beginning. However, I decided not to fuss up because we would end up picking Rihanna apart. I think that would be a dreadful thing and she does not deserve it.

    I shed no tears on that issue.

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  • “1 Khaleel + 2 Kothdiwala = 2x Indian names
    + Ignorant and Ugly on BU don’t like Indians”

    Once again, it is you who is introducing “race’ into the discussion. You must stop that nasty habit.

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  • It is almost as if you wish certain names and words to be off limit. Hell, No!.
    am quite certain that others see your nasty and despicable habit, but they never call you out.
    Good bye.

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  • am quite certain that others see your nasty and despicable habit

    fuck off troll

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  • Help Me Jesus

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  • Very funny post, I dare say.
    More crocodile tears. I thought we were done with that. I am noticing a pattern: Mottley does something untoward; we praise her political cunning ; glee over it and then we pretend that we need to monitor her because she is so different from everybody else that we know she just so much in a hurry to get things done.
    Imagine a Prime Minister , obstructed the law enforcement from doing their job . And we say : that’s how she is; she will talk to anybody. Even if the person is known to the courts; has a reputation that has no respect for law and order and to crown it all have our PM on speed dial; could call her on speaker phone and they have a conversation and the police have to back off.
    And the PM says that the only reason people are criticizing her is because the person is from the lower echelons

    Xxxxxxxxxxx

    WAY TOO MANY ON THE 2 X 3 ISLAND LIVE IN A WARP REALITY SAME AS TRUMP AND HITLER SUPPORTERS

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  • RIHANNA BOOM, KOTHDIWALA BOOM

    “We need that Youthful perspective initiative down the road.”

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  • Just let our Supreme Leader make the right decisions: Let us trust in the Divine Providence guiding our Supreme Leader.

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  • DavidFebruary 6, 2022 10:27 AM

    The prime minister can appoint who she wants to serve as senator or minister. This is not the issue.
    Xxx
    BTW is this the same Mia Mottley who made a promised three years ago to have the Ministers present their portofiols to her in order to remove blemishes from the party good name
    Is this the same PM
    Xxxx
    As to her appointments she can recommend and approval must be met by a full constituted Parliament consisting of an opposition whose vote would be recorded as principle to the issue
    Having a final tally of yea or nay in favour or not

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  • @Choices

    Khaleel Kothdiwala, an asset to BDS Government & de people
    A Brilliant young choice.

    Rihanna Fenty. I like de fact that she is pregnant for A$AP Rocky, who’s parents are 💯 percent BAJAN.

    Keep that loot under de umbrella ☂ girl…

    Our Supreme Leader did it right. She did it Her Way 🎹🎶🎼

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  • Wish.the country well

    IMF eyes public service pensions – by Barbados Today February 6, 2021
    Change is coming to Government’s pension arrangements for civil servants, the International Monetary Fund has declared after its latest review of the Barbados economy.

    Following a virtual visit earlier this week by the Bert van Selm-led IMF team, the Washington-based international financial institution said an actuarial review of the civil service pension system was completed last November and would be the basis for “upcoming public pension reform”.

    There was no immediate comment from the Ministry of Finance on the IMF’s statement.

    While no details were offered on what changes were likely to the existing pension scheme for thousands of public officers, the financial burden of public sector pensions has long been targetted by previous IMF missions.

    In 2019, van Selm’s team declared that public sector pension arrangements were a “risk” to the IMF programme with Barbados.

    “Additional challenges include reforming the civil service pension system and strengthening the effectiveness of customs. The tasks are arduous, but there is no alternative route to restoring fiscal and external sustainability to spur a sustained economic recovery,” the IMF said then.

    Yet, in its latest commentary on the economy, the IMF team noted:

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  • @ Peter the “Divine”

    In recalling the wilderness years, the sukkah symbolises trust in divine providence and protection, particularly “when life can seem uncertain” and insecurity is evident…

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  • @ Chancellor.. Surprises surprises

    “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

    Luke 12:48”

    Xxxxxxx

    You do more plucking than Ms. Ram

    How come you didn’t Pluck your own quote ???????

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  • Good post David.

    No hard feelings or bad my.mind for Rhi Rhi or KK BUT when we flout process because we “feel like” then we have gone down a deep rabbit hole.

    Heard Gregory Nicholls on Brass Tacks trying to deconstruct Garth Patterson’s basic argument for why the Senate is not constituted until 21 persona occupy their seats. He did a horrible job of advancing the Go position.

    But we know that “Supreme Leaders” never back down even when wrong (cue the 2nd Commissioner of Police/vaccine scandal) so the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Also makes a mockery of having Presidential powers in a constitution when the President doesn’t act.

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  • There have been one or two senators posting on Bu
    these 2 unallocated seats should be allocated to Bu

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  • An individual that retains integrity & willingness for CHANGE.

    Forward March…

    Recent political developments in Barbados and around the world have focused attention on the fraying of political norms, often understood as informal restraints on opportunistic behavior. Our Supreme Leader makes a decision outside the political norms or institutionalized structure. You said “There is benefit to following an established and transparent process for making these kinds of decisions. There is a benefit in a democracy to canvassing the views of citizens to ensure maximum participation. What the 2022 general election again revealed is that there is too much apathy and cynicism among the citizens. This is antithesis to how a functional democratic system should operate.”

    Our Supreme Leader continues to make decisions outside your norm that benefits the people.

    You, you can make the change in 5) Five Years.

    Have a great evening..

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  • @ 555 Nairobi

    “There have been one or two senators posting on Bu
    these 2 unallocated seats should be allocated to Bu”

    Xxxxx

    You have my vote..

    I gone again..

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  • | Rihanna BOOM, Kothdiwala BOOM |

    Rihanna x Kothdiwala both stand out from other Bajans
    as they are 2 originals following their own purpose
    and are not corny copycats

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  • @ Donna February 6, 2022 12:33 PM

    William,
    “I expressed my reservations about the process of springing the announcement on us from the beginning. However, I decided not to fuss up because we would end up picking Rihanna apart. I think that would be a dreadful thing and she does not deserve it.”
    I know that was the general consensus, I agree that she did not deserve to be picked on. I supported her getting the honor but Mottley was dead wrong to act in that manner.
    I still hold the view that Mottley needs to be held more accountable. I see some very troubling signs.

    Peace.

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  • Interesting to listen to former Opposition Lease Atherley discussing the importance of process. It is a topic many here will not comment, it is not salacious enough.

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  • @ David
    Perhaps there is fatigue. I don’t think whether it is “salacious” is the issue.
    Let me give you a hint:
    There is too much confusion in the body politic.
    .

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  • “There is too much confusion in the body politic”

    those in power write the stories

    Boris Johnson and the Royal Family are filling up Monday’s newspapers with their answer version

    PR change of strategy

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  • Huh

    Nothing at all to do with “salacious.”

    We are opinionated people in the name of right Vs wrong.

    Aren’t we Davie???

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  • @William

    The issue is bigger than politics in its narrow definition. As a people we do not have an identity to spur us. We are not serious thinkers. Everything is transactional.

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  • @ David
    First, we must move beyond political one upmanship and turn our energies and support for country rather than party
    Are you really supportive of where the country is heading.
    The economy is in shambles ; we don’t have a clear plan for reopening the schools; and we are fooling ourselves that the tourism rebound is spectacular .
    Like it or not , we no longer want to discuss process. We are too busy singing: how great thou art to Mottley.
    We may not want to admit but we have a serious crisis in leadership. How come the nurses issue has not been resolved.
    If we had collectively spent a tenth of the time on Mottley than we spent on Stuart & Company, she would be acting like a law unto herself.
    How do you feel about:
    Two ministers or are they three in her office ;
    Not a word about a Chief Staff
    And we don’t know what was spent on the Republic celebrations.
    We are on a slippery slope .
    Peace.

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  • @William

    The blogmaster sees the numbers, he walks the streets- there is an unacceptable interest by people in governance issues; process. We are infected by the fad of what is popular. What is easy.

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  • Good contribution coming from Corey Layne in the Lower House.

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  • Lane’s charge to the youth
    A PROFOUND MESSAGE to fellow young people who have succeeded in being given a voice at the highest level of Government was issued yesterday by newly-elected MP for the City of Bridgetown, Corey Lane.
    In his maiden speech delivered at the first full session of the House of Assembly, Lane told the young people: “You have been given your right. You must know that it now comes with a responsibility to bring value and impact and not just fluff and buzz words.
    “It is now your responsibility to show up, to arrive and to do and to ensure that everything that you do is to the best interest of Barbados; to grab this opportunity with both hands and to go forth and be substance over form.”
    The founder of the Nature Fun Ranch, a youth development programme that aims to engage at-risk youth in active endeavours, is serving as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs in the Mia Mottley administration.
    In his speech, he thanked the people of Bridgetown, saying it was through their faith, their support, their vote and their confidence in him that he had been given the opportunity to be in the House to represent their interest.
    “I shall do so to the best of my ability,” Lane said.
    The new MP was speaking during debate on a Bill before the House to amend the Constitution, making it possible for an 18-year-old
    to serve in the House and the Senate, and to make provision for the appointment of an Opposition Leader where no one succeeds in being duly elected to fill this position.
    “The amendment reducing the age at which one can represent their country at the highest level touches me in a particular and very special and deep way,” Lane said.
    Reflecting on when he served in the Youth Parliament, he said: “At that time we felt that young people were totally ignored, not engaged and we moved to a position where they were then used as tokenism and windowdressing, being allowed to have a say here and representation there. . . . Now Government has found it fit to allow them to sit in the highest chamber of the land.
    “Young people can now be able to bring policies, programmes and the progress Barbados would want to see.”
    (GC)

    Source: Nation

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