Mottley’s Decision Rejected

The decision by Prime Minister Mia Mottley to reverse the controversial appointment of 18 year old Khaleel Kothdiwala is unfortunate. It was evident from exchanges in the last session of the Upper House the amendment to the Constitution to allow Khaleel’s sitting would not have garnered support from independent senators.

Immediately after the January 19, 2022 general election Prime Minister Mottley announced Kothdiwala’s as a BLP nominee for the Senate with the justification she was fulfilling an election promise to bring the youth into “the centre of governance and national determination…if you are old enough to vote then you must be old enough to serve”. All who have followed politics in Barbados are patently aware Khaleel’s politics is heavily influenced from Roebuck Street – and it is right to practice the politics of his choice.

The prime minister became swell headed by a second 30 to zero victory in the last general election and took for granted Khaleel’s appointment would have been rubber stamped by the Senate. Lest we forget, the Senate is currently involved indirectly in a fight for its legitimacy. Although the constitutional motion brought by former Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite was tossed out by Justice Cicely Chase, legal counsel Garth Patterson signaled appeal documents will be filed this week to challenge the Upper Chamber doing business with 18 appointed Senators instead of 21.

From comments posted to BU and aired in other fora, those opposed to the appointment of Khaleel took umbrage to the lack of national consultation about the unprecedented decision to add an 18 year old BLP supporter to the Senate to represent youth matters. Bear in mind Mottley- also in controversial and contentious circumstances- transitioned Barbados to a Republic in November 2021. The dissenting cry then was – why not complete an exercise of national consensus to determine a new constitution to make the process to a republic comprehensive.

At the root of the uncertainty muddying the governance process is an election result that rejected opposition candidates AND the unwillingness of elected members of parliament to cross the floor to manufacture an opposition. This is interesting against the rumour Mottley called a snap general election to quell a political mutiny.  

There is also the contention that President Sandra Mason is partly responsible by her refusal to appoint two apposition Senators given the outcome of the general election. Had she appointed two Opposition Senators and Mottley a standin for Kothdiwala there would possibly have been no legal challenge brought and Mottley would have avoided the political embarrassment of having to withdraw Khaleel’s appointment.

It is what it is as the popular saying goes. We wait to endure the Court Appeal process and possible request for leave to appeal to the CCJ. In the meantime there is the potential lawmaking in parliament will be disrupted if Justice Chase decision is overturned.

At a time the country is battling to manage economic challenges acerbated by the pandemic we have become mired in process because of off flippant decision making. It is ironic the Upper House that is currently under challenge in the Barbados courts is responsible for Mottley’s decision to remove Kothdiwala. 

We are living in interesting times.

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  • “nobody gives a fricking damn about what the low life haters say or think”

    some us don’t give a fricking damn about what we are called or what others think.

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  • “nobody gives a fricking damn about what the low life haters say or think

    Xccccc
    I am.a robot so.i get a free pass to say and do as I please
    Time longer than twine

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  • You’re a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be (What you could truly be)

    The 1.. 2.. blackbirds crowing above must have guilty consciences as no names were mentioned to protect the guiltiest old dogs in the area

    i ask you the populada of Binga Bonga Binga

    What difference does it make to Joe Public if a youth is appointed to the senate under PM’s choices and if the old goats in Senate do not want his star to shine

    If you are not conscious, then you must be anxious and gravalicious and avaricious
    consciousness is the state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings, a person’s awareness or perception of something.

    sustantivo (m) conjunto de las personas que tienen bajo nivel social y cultural, (ofensivo) Esos bailes son para el populacho.

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  • Oppositions seats are not populated

    A zona é isolada e pouco populada.
    It’s isolated and sparsely populated.

    Ele sabe que não o podem alvejar numa área populada.
    He knows they can’t shoot him down over a populated area.

    Ainda não está sobre uma zona populada.
    It is not yet over a populated zone.

    Não se mata alguém no deserto e depois trazer o corpo para uma área populada.
    I mean, you don’t murder someone out in the desert and then bring the body back into a populated area.

    Pode matar cem mil pessoas numa zona densamente populada como Sarajevo.
    Kill maybe 1 00,000 people in a densely populated area like Sarajevo or Tuzla.

    Ela é populada somente quando um primeiro registro for inserido nesta tabela.
    It is populated only when a first record is inserted in this table.

    Além disso, a variável automática $profile não é populada em sessões remotas.
    In addition, the $profile automatic variable is not populated in remote sessions.

    Extremamente populada e decorada com arquitetura colonial, esta parte da cidade ostenta muitas das atrações principais.
    Heavily populated and dressed up in old colonial architecture, this part of the city holds many of the major attractions and sights.

    Rodes é a maior e mais populada ilha do Dodecaneso.
    Rhodes is the largest and most populated of the Dodecanese.

    A maior parte da Arábia era esparsamente populada e suas cidades se concentravam no norte, perto do rio Jordão.
    Most of Arabia was sparsely populated, and its cities can be found concentrated to the north, toward the Jordan.

    Quando largas uma bomba de 1 tonelada nume área densamente populada, como no incidente de Shehadeh, é óbvio que inocentes vão sofrer…
    When you drop a one-ton bomb on a densely populated area, like in the Shehadeh incident, obviously bystanders will be hurt…

    Primeiro, a Internet brasileira é populada por uma quantidade inumerável de atores altamente politizados (alguns deles ligados a diferentes partidos e grupos políticos organizados).
    First, the Brazilian media landscape is populated by a myriad of highly politicised bloggers (some of them with ties to different parties and organised political groups).

    Gensokyo é populada principalmente por youkai, mas uma população razoável de humanos e coelhos também vive nela.
    Gensokyo is populated mainly by youkai, but a decent human and rabbit population lives there as well.

    Especialmente se você vem de uma nação tão grande, densamente populada e culturalmente diversa como o Brasil.
    Especially if you come from such a large, densely populated and culturally diverse nation as Brazil.

    Espaço suficiente: os cavalos dos nómados estão em casa, na estepe escassamente populada.
    Enough space: the horses of the nomads are in the sparsely populated steppe at home.

    Em 2241, New Reno é a área mais populada da Wasteland.
    During 2241, New Reno is the largest populated area in the wastes.

    Depois explore a pouco populada ilha de Torcello e veja os mosaicos impressionantes da Basílica de Santa Maria Assunta.
    Then explore the sparsely populated island of Torcello and check out the impressive mosaics in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.

    Dê uma foto da tela final como exemplo da página populada com dados para que as pessoas saibam o que esperar (e porque devem ficar por lá).
    Give a sample screenshot of the page populated with data so people know what to expect (and why they should stick around).

    Großdeutschland31, compreende toda a Europa, até os Urais, populada por Alemães, Europeus não-Alemães e Eslavos.
    Großdeutschland28, contains the whole of Europe till the Ural, populated by Germans, non-German Europeans and Slavs.

    Após a conclusão do sistema, uma base de dados foi populada para criar um ambiente de testes.
    Upon completion of the system, a database was populated to create a test environment.

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  • David
    So no consultation on the abolition of the 11+ or people assemblies is required then as they are election promises? IPL legislation will alter what existing constitutional rights? In contrast, what will reducing the age of eligibility to be elected to the LH or appointed to the UH (considering what 18yr olds can do now) cause? Chalk and cheese. The fact remains that we tout “consultation” to appear progressive when we’re far from progressive. The 18yr issue is a good example. We also well know that there are simple matters that do not need national consultation. Talk about transparency, then criticise disclosure. Ask for youth involvement, then scream too green. Preach succession planning, then bemoan mentorship. I am convinced that there are some in certain camps that are scared of a “too green” 18yr old.

    Artax
    Changes to systems/laws are usually triggered by the realisation that a deficiency prevents an action, most times rightly so, from being undertaken.

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  • “Ask for youth involvement, then scream too green.”

    The usual suspects bang on about the youth replacing the backward old farts
    the youth are our link to the future

    but the usual suspects are the backwards old farts
    who shat their pants and have to wear shorts in the Senate
    like when grown black men were called white peoples boys

    fuck em sideways

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  • @kiki, rather than spending so much time criticizing Bajans on a Bajan blog, why not spend more time helping your fellow Sri Lankans? I was surprised at what I have been reading in the news. However, and however, to each his own. Even you.

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  • @ Dame+Bajans

    You seemed like a nice gal, however you are not nice at all, you are truly snide full up of bad vibes, when you look inside your bad heart

    that’s how the Jolly Old British talk English language with nuance looking down to all non-whites in all their colonies worldwide sounding nice and sweet to cut like a knife and Canadians too

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    Ceylon Aggro
    ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාතික කොඩිය
    இலங்கையின் தேசியக்கொடி
    The Sinha Flag or Lion Flag, consists of a golden lion holding a kastane sword in its right fore-paw in a maroon background with four gold bo leaves, one in each corner. This is bordered by gold, and to its left are two vertical stripes of equal size in teal and orange, with the orange stripe closest to the lion. The lion and the maroon background represent the Sinhalese, while the saffron border and four bo leaves represent concepts of mettā, karuṇā, muditā and upekshā respectively. The stripes represent the country’s two largest minorities, with the orange representing the native Sri Lankan Tamils and the green stripe representing the Sri Lankan Moors (Muslims of Sri Lanka).

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  • 🇱🇰

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  • My gripe is that I can come here and criticize/feud with anyone until some names are mentioned then accusations and labels are applied.

    What is funny is that I don’t think of KK as other than a black youngster with political aspirations, but when I mention his name sone rush to remind me that he is ‘not black’.

    Sad.

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    Theo…remember, these people don’t know their ancestry let alone their history…..

    south east asians are descended from Black Afrikans….making KK a blend of both….but since they DON’T know their ancestry…….you will only get their WELL MINTED, indoctrinated backwardness and ignorance…

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  • “What is funny is that I don’t think of KK as other than a black youngster with political aspirations, but when I mention his name sone rush to remind me that he is ‘not black’.”

    Teacher’s Pet is usually someone that Teacher relates to as their own children, but after 6-7 years in school they can eventually relate to children as individuals with own personal characteristics. KK peers in school thought highly of him.

    If you own son was recommended for the honour of being the first 18 year old Senator in Binga Bonga Bingo Land or KKK Country where you are a Stranger in Town, would you applaud those who rejected him, or would you be singing some different lyrics.

    Bob Marley “Cornerstone”

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  • The politics of being Black can change at a drop of a hat such as was the case with Kamala Harris
    Also the same can be said on morals as with Bill Clinton
    Clarence Thomas and Donald Trump
    Xxx
    During slavery the skin tone was used to categorize people in racial categories
    Today a group.called ADOS are interjecting their side of the debate as to who should be called black
    During slavery tribes having the skin tone of Guyanese for .eg were called mulatoos

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  • “The politics of being Black can change at a drop of a hat such as was the case with Kamala Harris”

    The Physical Body is just a superficial layer of a person’s being.
    The 5 Layers of Being: Pancha Kosha

    Annamaya Kosha. Represents the physical body, including the skin, muscles, tissue, fat and bones. ... 
    Pranamaya Kosha. ... 
    Manomaya Kosha. ... 
    Vijnanamaya Kosha. ... 
    Anandamaya Kosha.
    

    In anatomy, the term superficial means one structure is more external than another. It’s closer to the surface of the body. The opposite of superficial is deep. For example, the spine is deep in the body. The skin is superficial.

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  • Kiki, please. the heart, lungs and kidneys are deep in the body. The spine is almost exo as it can be felt with the fingers, even the joints. Your Dad and brothers were/are the Doctors.

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  • Don’t shoot the messenger
    I just cut and paste the shit
    Don’t pick fights you can’t finish
    Blame Google if you have got issues in your tissues

    “Don’t be evil” is a phrase used in Google’s corporate code of conduct, which it also formerly preceded as a motto. Following Google’s corporate restructuring under the conglomerate Alphabet Inc. in October 2015, Alphabet took “Do the right thing” as its motto, also forming the opening of its corporate code of conduct.

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  • @ John March 25, 2022 7:18 AM
    (Quote):
    I could only shake my head in disbelief,
    The child obviously has not read the constitution!!
    If he really is an aspiring lawyer, perhaps he could explain how Reverent Joes was shown the need to fill the “absence of a presence”.
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The “K K” is widely read and quite au fait with the Constitution. But he has the predilection of reading it, sometimes, through red-tinted spectacles.

    The BU archives will show that he is quite conversant with that Supreme Law; especially those provisions regarding your hobbyhorse, the appointment and disappointment of the Leader of the Opposition.

    We are happy to see that he has shed the political scales of youthful exuberance and is now prepared to accept the olive branch the Red Bishop Atherley has extended to him.

    At the ‘mature’ age of 18 and with his eyes set on high political office he ought to be man enough to retract those awful and sometimes abusively rude things he did have to say about the poor Bishop who was merely playing the role of Judas assigned to him in order to protect the integrity of the Mot(t)ley administration in 2018.

    Had the red Bishop not crossed the floor and taken up the position of the LoO wouldn’t the same GG (now President) have been put in the same checkmate situation as pertains today?

    According to Westminster custom, what would have been the outcome if Atherley were that stubborn in his refusal to ‘act’ as the LoO; even if illegally’ so, according KK’s reasoning.

    A return to the polls, iteratively, until you get a duly elected Opposition; if we are to accept the political logic according to you John Knox?

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  • I and I and I
    I Am
    I Am I Am
    I Am 2 Deep
    When I was referring to “Deep”
    I was talking about the layers of your soul
    I get deep I get deep I get deeper into the vibe
    The deeper I go / The more knowledge I know / What to sing / What to bring…
    How on earth are you supposed to vibe around the fake ones
    They say know what is what, but they don’t know what is what. They just strut
    What the fuck

    The 5 Layers of Being: Pancha Kosha

    Rather than just addressing the physical body, yoga ascertains that there are indeed 5 bodies, 5 layers of self or being, that must be addressed for overall healing to take place. Known as Koshas or layers or sheaths, each layer moves from the outermost physical body to the deep spiritual core. The 5 Koshas or Pancha Kosha are listed below:

    Annamaya Kosha

    Represents the physical body, including the skin, muscles, tissue, fat and bones. When you pinch the side of your waist and feel the skin and muscle under your fingers, you engage with annamaya kosha. We spend the most time hanging out here, locked in our physical senses

    Pranamaya Kosha

    Represents the subtle body — the circulatory system for prana, or “life-force energy.” It also includes blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid through the body. Psychologically, it controls our bodily and spiritual rhythm.

    Kosha Yoga Co_5 Koshas

    Manomaya Kosha

    Represents the deep recesses of the mind, emotions and nervous system. It is the control panel for the emotional and physical body, sending messages through your brain synapses and the central nervous system. It’s this layer where you move from physical feeling to emotional feeling.

    Vijnanamaya Kosha

    Diving underneath the sea of emotions in the manomaya kosha, we reach the wisdom body —Vijnanamaya Kosha, representing awareness, insight and consciousness. Instead of simply feeling or acting, we choose to feel or act with intention.

    Anandamaya Kosha

    Represents your Atman, the pure and radiant bliss body. Within this kosha, you might experience a connection with all things, liberation from suffering and a deep meditative state.

    Throughout the day, notice yourself shifting between the koshas layers:

    Right now I feel hot.

    Right now I’m paying attention to my breathing.

    Right now I feel upset.

    Right now I understand why I reacted that way yesterday.

    Right now I’m deep in meditation.

    Right now I feel bliss.

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  • The World’s Newest Republic: Barbados’s Journey Towards Independence | PRE x Culture – Harvard Political Review

    https://harvardpolitics.com/the-newest-republic/

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  • When Mia does the right thing
    Bajans criticise it
    They live in prejudice land

    Radio Exercise 1 and 2 English

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    getting more and more pathetic.

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  • Truth crushed to the ground rises again

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  • Still trying to wrap my head around a thought process by some who have dared to call my attention and name to being dishonest all because I fell out of line in their way of thinking on immoral persuasion
    Brought about because I stood on moral grounds activated by a belief that the House of Parliament should not be used to bestowed favours or rewards to any one group or individuals when dishonest behaviours practices or maneuvers are attached to their
    names
    I even would go further to say that in light of my comments I am quickened to say that when sowing seeds be careful of what one plants in the ground
    Furthermore I am happy and proud to say that there is no one here on BU or outside of BU who can find my name attached to any form of dishonesty or illegal behaviours

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  • We live in a majority black population. Approximately one third of our population live in dire poverty. Many would argue that Barbados majority population are disenfranchised. Which makes it all the more ridiculous that our Prime Minister should be promoting the interests of a half-Indian boy who appears to come from a reasonably protected background. Why has this young boy become the poster child for discrimination and unfair treatment in a modern day Barbados when our country has consistently suppressed its black majority population.

    We have a Prime Minister who has recorded two clean sweeps in a row in the last two general elections. She has the mandate to introduce revolutionary changes which could elevate the majority black population. Instead she chose to go down the route of distraction with this young mutt – KK. Meanwhile, the plight of blacks continues to be frustrated and depressed by her arrogance and cynicism towards them.

    One commentator was terribly disrespectful towards Mia’s most recent challenger at the last general election calling her “piss poor”. What is piss poor to me is a leader who is elected to the highest office in Barbados and choses to remain silent on corruption whilst presiding over the demise of her own race whilst indulging in gimmickry.

    The roots of Barbados demise and destruction are fully on view in ICIJ annals. It’s a road map of who’s who in the world of finances. It helps to explain why we cannot put our faith in the current mob in office and whomever we decide to replace them with.

    On another note, the EU and America have warned the Caribbean that if they continue to pursue with their Citizen By Investment schemes, their citizens would have to apply for visas. It would be interesting to note how and where our Caribbean governments invested the monies and where the money ended up?

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  • This is an ignorant comment, one that is steeped in bigotry.

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  • Magnificent a.k.a Magno – Yu Heard Formula: C₂₁H₃₀O₂ IUPAC ID: (−)-(6aR,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl- 3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydro- 6H-benzo[c]chromen-1-ol

    “We live in a majority black population. Approximately one third of our population live in dire poverty. Many would argue that Barbados majority population are disenfranchised. Which makes it all the more ridiculous that our Prime Minister should be promoting the interests of a half-Indian boy who appears to come from a reasonably protected background. Why has this young boy become the poster child for discrimination and unfair treatment in a modern day Barbados when our country has consistently suppressed its black majority population.”

    It is easy to debate on Bu when “they” speak something wrong as you simply argue against it with what what is right
    I thought you lived in UK (you should know all about racism)
    people from around the world “who are different” have lived their whole life and have been born and died in UK
    people are people they are not races or colours
    people are promoted on merit not race or colours
    races and colours are not qualifications in life

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  • One commentator was terribly disrespectful towards Mia’s most recent challenger at the last general election calling her “piss poor”. What is piss poor to me is a leader who is elected to the highest office in Barbados and choses to remain silent on corruption whilst presiding over the demise of her own race whilst indulging in gimmickry
    Xxxxxx
    When the moral fabric of a country is constantly broken down and kicked to the curb
    The inevitable of corruption continues to grow and thrive
    Some of Mias ardent followers refuse to call the PM on accountability
    Her latest version of a gimmick whereby she tries to stomped all over the Constitution in slight disguise introducing age factor as relevancy to having one her political mouth pieces in Senate shows the length to where she would go to activate self interest even in the face of questions asking about corrupt tendencies

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  • “When the moral fabric of a country is constantly broken down and kicked to the curb”

    this is only your personal perception and point of view

    so what you should be saying is

    that YOUR moral fabric that is broken down and YOU are kicked to the curb

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  • Three of the DLP “old guards” who returned to the election battle were all out-spent by their Barbados Labour Party (BLP) opponents. Sonia Browne spent $27,000 to Michael Lashley’s $18,000 in St Philip North; Richard Sealy forked out $30,000 to Caddle’s $61,000 in St Michael South Central; and Dr David Estwick spent $30,000 compared with Kay McConney’s $34,000 in the run-up to the poll in St Philip West.

    Former Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley, who failed in his bid to oust Holder in St Michael Central, spent a little more than $4,000 – the least amount of money on the election campaign as an incumbent.

    The official Return of Election Expenses released Friday by Supervisor of Elections Angela Taylor revealed that the biggest spenders came from among Cabinet members, with Christ Church West Central MP and Minister of Environment and National Beautification Adrian Forde topping the list with $89,120 in expenses.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/26/christ-church-west-central-mp-was-the-biggest-election-spender/

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  • NorthernObserver

    @TLSN
    A) “somebody” did a sweep (hack?) of CAIPO. Hence EVERY incorporated entity as of the sweep date, ended up in the ICIJ dump. The majority of these are duly incorporated Barbadian entities with no link to anything outside Barbados. I had one company in the dump which never did anything more than be incorporated.
    B) Was Obama a ‘mutt’? Not only is he mixed race, but he was raised almost exclusively by the white side of his gene pool. “We” have no control over who are parents are, nor who raises us, nor where we are raised.

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  • @Hants

    Reporting around campaign financing is a sham.

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  • @NO

    Several posting do not understand what you mean. They assume the data is illegal.

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  • “There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat;
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.”

    You shoulda tek de offah. Playing 2017-2018 politics in 2022 an now walking cap in hand asking … is de thing still dey fuh we?

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/26/dlp-seeks-to-find-out-if-senate-seats-still-on-offer-with-constitutional-change-not-passing/

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  • “One commentator was terribly disrespectful towards Mia’s most recent challenger at the last general election calling her “piss poor”.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’ve often said in this forum that particular interest is not taken in what was written, but who wrote it.

    I read contributions in which the author of the above comments, used PEJORATIVE REMARKS to describe Mottley. Perhaps he/she believed that, based on his/her assessment of Mottley, he/she was NOT being “terribly disrespectful,” but, JUSTIFIED in doing so.

    And, similarly, based on my assessment, I came to the conclusion that the former DLP president’s tenure was “piss poor.”

    However, the author has displayed his/her hypocrisy in this forum on several occasions. It suddenly occurred to him/her that it is “terribly disrespectful” to describe someone or their tenure as ‘piss poor.’

    But, I remember there was a time when a certain man was in the habit of likening other contributors to animals; calling them from ‘wild beasts, savages and predators that should be in the jungle……. to mealy mouthed keyboard warriors and appallingly ignorant semi-literate buffoons.’

    Interestingly, the author DID NOT at any time admonished the man for being “terribly disrespectful,” but DECIDED to CONFER the title of “BRILLIANT” on him instead.

    Only on BU.

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  • ,DLP seeks to find out if Senate seats still on offer with constitutional change not passing – by

    Gazzerts

    You shoulda tek de offah. Playing 2017-2018 politics in 2022 an now walking cap in hand asking … is de thing still dey fuh we?

    Xxxxx
    Yuh think.that is the real concern
    More in the mortar than the postal
    Go figure

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  • “Yuh think.that is the real concern
    More in the mortar than the postal
    Go figure”

    Once, I would hate when people go all top secret and talk in parables and coded. Before, I would ask for more information or links, but I learnt to read and then scroll I don’t even ‘steupse’.

    Pistol, pestle or postal, I am posing, pissing and passing.

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  • Left out posting and pasting.

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  • Mottley Shuffle

    Mottley is good at saying one thing and doing another
    Now for obvious reasons she makes a decision to haul in the offer
    Waiting to hear the President voice on this unnecessary creation of a bowl filled with political porridge
    Dlp asking the question in correct legal fashion as the offer once presented absent of Constitutional law is now rescinded
    The dlp has placed PM on the back foot whereby she has to reshuffle her offer making it possible for the President to present

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  • Bajans can be relied upon to reduce any complicated constitutional matter to the basics and get their priorities right!!

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    while TLSN’s comment is loaded, i don’t hear the same accusations of “bigotry” and “ignorant” directed at the real racist hotels and other lowlife bigots on the island when they openly disenfranchise, practice their discrimination, oppression, and thefts against the majority Black population….everyone keeps quiet and pretends it does not happen….they even go out of their way to pretend that nothing like that ever happens on the island, it never happened to them and all types of unreal fantasies..

    case in point, during the pandemic…..one who is a known bigot with a supermarket in a depressed area pointedly made sure that the Black residents who keeps his doors opened could not get any food until AFTER the minority whites got theirs….APARTHEID…..they were locked out of the supermarket……same one they were recently promoting on here…..all was forgotten and forgiven…..but anything happens on the island, it would be the same apartheid openly practiced..

    ..the real bigots get a pass…

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  • Bigoted and ignorant? Well well well. BU lost its moral compass over three years ago in order to accommodate the BLP party and their leader. Ever since the blog has become a propaganda mouthpiece. What a pity.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/program/people-power/2021/12/16/namibia-the-price-of-genocide

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  • @wura
    If the story you relate it is true, then folks were treated as they deserved.

    Don’t blame the shopkeeper, blame those who continue to patronize the business.

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  • Mama MIA in Dubai

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  • This blog should not allow posters to call peoole mutts because of their mixed ethnicity. Such posts should be removed.

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  • At some stage Mia will have to cut out the rhetoric. She needs to adopt a strategy based on pragmatism.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/26/pm-promotes-tourism-product-in-dubai/

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  • When George Floyd was asphyxiated by a racist cop our black politicians on the island had nothing to say. When black Americans took to the streets in their droves, Mia dismissed it as a passing fad or trend (paraphrased). When a black Bajan is discriminated against she says nothing.

    Russia invaded Ukraine and within one week she (Mia) jumped onto the band wagon and called out Russia. She went against the constitution and selected a young mixed race student to become a senator. Her pick was dismissed. She and the media inferred the young man had been discriminated against due to his age, race and religion.

    There is a pattern here for all to see: black lives in Barbados have become meaningless. There appears to be a clear policy in place to demean and displace Barbados black majority population. I believe this government may have in place a migration policy which will encourage at least a third of their black population to migrate.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/06/10/mottley-adds-her-voice-to-black-lives-matter-protests/

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  • “When George Floyd was asphyxiated by a racist cop our black politicians on the island had nothing to say. When black Americans took to the streets in their droves, Mia dismissed it as a passing fad or trend (paraphrased). “

    She told the Queen of Babylon to begone

    Babylon the Great, commonly known as the Whore of Babylon, refers to both a symbolic female figure and place of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Her full title is stated in Revelation 17 (verse 5) as “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth”

    Bob Marley Rastaman Chant

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  • @ Northern Observer,

    “……“We” have no control over who are parents are, nor who raises us, nor where we are raised.”

    You are correct. However, it would be disingenuous of you to underscore the significance and symbolism of the mixed raced/mulattos communities throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. They were conceived out of violence and were bred within a forced sexual arena between a slave master and a subjugated slave girl.

    As a result of this forced union, the slave master created a buffer zone between himself and his slaves. Mulattos were insulated to a large degree from the sufferings and indignities inflicted on those people who resembled their mother’s skin colour.

    Mulattos had a relative free pass to prosper in the new world, unlike their African descendants. Take a tour of Barbados and Jamaica and it is evident which group benefitted from slavery.

    This is a contentious subject which is never discussed. The promotion of this mixed race boy in the context of our history should not be treated lightly. Bob Marley was of mixed race descent but was raised by his black mother. Brother Bob was a champion of everyone, however he was very much rooted in his black/ African identity. Can we say the same of this ultra conservative young man?

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  • Mia has more detractors than friends. However we can all agree that she is one hell of a busy woman when it comes to travelling abroad. She is an extremely busy when it comes to promoting Barbados.

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/2022/03/23/mottley-calls-trade-equity-small-states/

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  • Every dam thing Mottley has said or done continues to divide this country
    Mottley said that Barbados becoming a Republic was a step forward one that can free us from the shackles of colonist and helps all of Barbados to make our own decisions
    Four months later instead of a nation becoming unified the walls of division keeps opening up further and further
    Foreign interest arrives in the form of nurses while our Homegrown nurses takes to the street begging for better
    Mottley decides that for a better Barbados to become unified holds an election during a pandemic
    The latest version of disunity is being hinged to a man boy as PM holds up this man boy in the face of all barbadians young and old as the face by which all young barbadians should strive to become
    Many barbadians are beginning to see a face not so much looking like there’s but a face which represents one of political moorings
    Go.figure
    The state of this country is beyond repair
    Or to quote Mia beyond our imagination
    Sad

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  • #112techniques #meditation #seeker

    Method 41 || Music || Sound || Meditation techniques

    Method 42 || Reducing volume || Sound || Meditation techniques

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  • Ball Out

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  • @enuff

    Why remove the comments? Does it expose the commenters for the bigots they are and in the process puncture their credibility? The same issues they rail about they are also guilty.

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  • If the country is divided why the DLP or any other opposition party have failed to win a constituency in the last two general elections? Looking like a third so far.

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  • A blessed and wonderful Sunday to all.
    To me, it doesn’t matter what God you follow, be nice, be honest an be respectful of your fellowman.

    HAGD Barbados

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  • Dame+Bajans March 25, 2022 2:27 PM

    @”X”, rather than spending so much time criticizing Bajans on a Bajan blog, why not spend more time helping your fellow Sri Lankans?

    Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

    BU is a bad habit
    like a Jones
    C21H23NO5
    heroin hang up

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  • DavidMarch 27, 2022 8:18 AM

    If the country is divided why the DLP or any other opposition party have failed to win a constituency in the last two general elections? Looking like a third so far.

    Xxxx
    This last election was foisted upon the people in an unconstitutional fashion
    Hence no healing will occur
    The result was all but prepared on a pandemic wicket in sight of all but an empty stand
    Go figure
    The fraud is what maintained the status quo
    What election lol

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  • Dems let Senate seats slip
    By Ezra Alleyne
    Within recent years, my will to fight to live and “to get better” has been fortified by the inspiring words, skill and care of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s (QEH) surgeons, doctors and nurses, who wrestled to free me from the iron grip of the Grim Reaper in a medical tug of war lasting seven “touch-and-go” weeks.
    Friday morning last, I silently thanked them once again. Without the strength gained from their “mental implants” I would surely have “passed out” when the latest official spoutings of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) splattered all over the airwaves.
    As I drove along Grazettes Road, the car radio blared the contents of the official press release. The DLP was asking about the amendment to Section 75 (a) of the Constitution now that the Amendment Bill was withdrawn. It read in part: “We would hope that the Government would seek to redraft the document to reflect the omission of the contentious clauses, revisit the debate on the provision for an Opposition and find time and space for a full parliamentary debate on constitutional reform.”
    The Dems were, as I heard it, urging the Government, led by Mia Amor Mottley, to get on with passing the amendment, minus the lowering age clause. I was shocked beyond words.
    When the Prime Minister first mooted the amendment of Section 75(a) the DLP ignored the ancient advice that one “should not look a gift horse in the mouth” and began looking for false or decaying teeth in the animal’s mouth.
    I had the distinct impression then that the DLP was not interested in the Prime Minister’s approach. One former senator, Rev. David Durant, spoke about creating an Opposition outside the House of Assembly, on the one hand; but Cora Cumberbatch, a veteran DLP insider, expertly urged the DLP to accept the seats and choose two of any four youngsters as senators. As usual, she was making sense. As usual it was ignored.
    Bill withdrawn
    Anyway, after some speeches in the Senate, the bill, which would also have lowered the entry age to the Senate, has been withdrawn. The DLP is now in potter, as we sometimes say. So what now?
    There is or was a view that the present unamended Constitution allows the President to appoint the usual seven senators and also the two Opposition senators when there is no Leader of the Opposition in these circumstances.
    It is a view which seems to resonate within parts of the DLP.
    I fundamentally disagree with this view. Section 75a does not, I think, cover the situation. But we shall soon know.
    Other learned commentators seem to agree that the wording of Section 75 is very far from clear. We also have the experience of the Trinidadian government which some years ago repealed the equivalent of our Section 75 (a) and replaced it with crystal clear language which, if we had it, would cover the present situation.
    Another learned commentator five years ago, speaking on the said Section 75 (a), made it clear that he does not think that Section 75 (a), as drafted, solves the current problem. His article makes sense. I agreed with him then and I agree with him now.
    However nimble one’s legal mind may be, the section has to be read bearing in mind the precise words of the section. I say no more now.
    I think Mottley is in many ways more flexible in the practice of her powers as Prime Minister. Both Adams and Barrow would, I think, have exercised their power in a more rigid manner. No such offer would have been made to the opposing side.
    The public record will show Barrow declaring in the House of Assembly that if any of his ministers had a problem with him, he always advised them to go and check the Constitution and come back. He declared that after consulting the Constitution they no longer had the problem. In other words, it was his way . . . or . . . .
    Readers will also recall that when there were only two Opposition seats in the Lower House (David Thompson and Denis Kellman) that Thompson would not allow Kellman to act as Leader of the Opposition when he (Thompson ) had to leave the island on business.
    That is how tough some leaders are and can be. Mottley seems to have a more flexible view of her powers and has already given up some of them.
    We are fortunate to have such a leader at this historical juncture. The Dems should have cooperated instead of looking into the “gift horse’s” mouth.
    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

    Source: Nation

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  • My ‘anger’ has been focused on the disappearance of the DLP. They need to realize that the DLP of post-2018 is a mere shadow of it’s former self. They believe that they are a vibrant half of the duopoly and do not seem to realize that zero is half of nothing.

    This new DLP, if it loses an election disappears, goes to sleep, get caught by surprise when an election is called and fight each other for the leadership position.

    Offered a gift horse, instead of accepting the gift and then biting the hand that feeds them , act as if they have won more seats than other 3rd parties. Now, that they realized that government can and will go on without them, walking around with their hats in the hands hoping to get what they refused.

    Their next step will be to awaken from their slumber for a day or two and ‘cuss’ El President if they don’t like two appointed senators.

    I really like Dawn Marie Armstrong. I was hoping that she would keep her voice throughout this period.

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  • Wow.. just saw EA article and loving it.
    The man has finally made contact with reality.

    EA👍👍

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  • Boys and girls, there is a lesson here.
    Never give up on a person. I almost wrote off EA and then today, he delivers from 3-points range.

    What a pleasant surprise.

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  • All will continue to mock and draw upon what the Blackett words mean to the Dlp asking for clarity on the two seats offered
    All seems to forget that the offer was not one of Mottley offering
    Yes the Dlp have every right legally to get this matter settled according to the law of the constitution and not under Mottley Law
    Going down the road of giving the PM absolute power would one day come back to bite all in the arse
    Hopefully all would remember how it all started if that day arrived

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  • Keep up the division it would not work in favour of the country
    Besides the absence of the two seats
    Who will fill the absence of the opposition
    There is no opposition even having two seats filled
    Parliament is not fully constructed
    Keep the smoke and mirrors burning
    London bridge is on the verge of burning down

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  • I cannot accept the proposition that Mia must call elections until one or more members of her party loses.

    When one look at the money spent on campaigns, a rogue with $75,000 dollars can launch the rum and corned beef party with one good candidate.

    Success at the polls would return more than the outlay.

    Anyone wishing to join me and buy a seat …

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  • NorthernObserver

    @TLSN
    Long ago, I realised it was not up to me to determine how another person chose to identify.
    You are entitled to determine, and have opinion, on if someone is African enough. This is akin to the ‘high whites’ who are apt to criticize another for not being ‘white enough’.
    Yet to call someone of ‘mixed’ heritage a mutt? It is clearly a derogatory term.

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  • Not only was the offer wrongly executed within the legal framework of the Constitution
    But PM showed total disrespect for the office of the Presidency whom by law had to performed such a duty in her role as President
    Many who are beating down and thumping chest as to what the Dlp should have done are simply trying to treat the symptom instead of the cause of the symptom
    One can clearly see that if the dlp had taken the offer there would be a possibility to challenge the two seats under the law which states that the seats were not offered within the law of the Constitution v
    Mia created this problem not the Dlp
    They can sit this out and watch how the country heads done the road on uneven wheels running on bald tires
    Ezra Alleyne is a political hack
    Patterson is not

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  • NorthernObserver

    Seems like we have political hacks all over….lol
    “But PM showed total disrespect for the office of the Presidency whom by law had to performed such a duty in her role as President”
    How do you know the President didn’t give the PM the go ahead to speak? It was the President’s discretionary decision to offer the two seats to the DLP?
    I know you dislike the PM, but, the issue lies with the President, whose has failed to communicate HER decision.
    Meanwhile, all the D’s had to do once the offer was announced, was to contact the President and confirm this was her discretionary decision, as communicated by the PM.
    After that there is NO constitutional concern (unless u r JK).
    The President, via the Constitution, has the right to pick whomever she chooses. And that includes delegating the actual choice to others, including the DLP. Or the PM. But the President should communicate this.

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  • The DEMS were advised by David Thompson’s former law partner Garth?

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  • Northern

    How do you know the President didn’t give the PM the go ahead to speak? It was the President’s discretionary decision to offer the two seats to the DLP
    Xxccccx
    If so had happened the PM out of good goverance. Respect for the Constitution and respect for all the people should have made such known and the offer was given the blessings of the President
    Xxxxxxx
    Since that was never said the only option left would be that knowing what transpired by way of PM
    Furthermore more than three months have passed and the President has said nothing
    Her silence also speaks volumes as to how she intends to interact in a.nontransparent manner with the people
    Needles to say which does not help or have served purpose to find resolution
    The President has exposed the side of her which speaks to being arrogant and don’t carish
    No good for a person who swore to take charge of the country interest
    Sad

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  • If she has said nothing it logically means you don’t know and therefore shouldn’t assume.

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  • DavidMarch 27, 2022 3:09 PM

    If she has said nothing it logically means you don’t know and therefore shouldn’t assume.

    Xccc
    Logic therefore dictates instead of having a closed mouth policy
    The better alternative would be that of being open mouthed in order not to present a bowl of half cooked porridge
    Good goverance is guided by law not by Mottley Law

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  • DavidMarch 27, 2022 2:29 PM

    The DEMS were advised by David Thompson’s former law partner Garth?
    Xccc
    Garth is unlike Ezra who has become an echo chamber for the PM in his weekly postings and political ramblings

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  • Prime Minister Mia Mottley has just arrived in Abu Dhabi to officially open the Barbados Embassy.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/27/barbados-embassy-in-united-arab-emirates-officially-opens/

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  • @ David

    It isn’t any ‘well kept secret’ that Ezra Alleyne is a member of the BLP….. and his opinions on political matters are, more often than not, supportive of that political party.

    But, isn’t former Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, “an echo chamber” for the DLP?

    Do you actually believe Brathwaite took an APOLITICAL stance, when he filed a civil suit against ‘government,’ “challenging the constitutionality of Parliament…….. alleging that, with only 18 senators, the Senate was not properly constituted and, therefore, by extension, neither was Parliament?

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  • @ David

    All that happened in this scenario was Mottley tried to circumvent the Constitution in an attempt to ensure two seats in the Senate would have been secured for the ‘other half of the duopoly.’

    After the ‘hullabaloo’ and ‘floor show’ for their ‘yard-fowl supporters, foot soldiers and operatives,’ the DEMS are now ‘behind the scenes,’ quietly ‘saying’ they should’ve accepted the offer of two Senate seats in the first place.
    While sending their ‘foot soldiers’ to BU, to convince whoever they can, that there are significant differences between the DLP and BLP.

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  • @Artax

    It seems so.

    The upside to this ‘governance’ struggle we are currently processing is that it will help to make a stuffy topic for many more transparent.

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  • TheOGazertsMarch 27, 2022 9:24 AM

    I cannot accept the proposition that Mia must call elections until one or more members of her party loses.

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

    Grasshopper

    The writ for elections is not issued by any politician but the Head of State.

    The longer Ms. Mockley draws this out hoping against hope that the DLP accepts the 2 Senate seats the greater will be the pressure on the 30 squatters in the House of Assembly to resign.

    I think the DLP would be crazy to accept the two seats when they can leave Ms. Mockley and Ms. Mason to further screw themselves up and gain advantage.

    The only way for the two senators to be appointed is if the Leader of the Opposition advises the Head of State which persons he/she has nominated.

    Any other way is unconstitutional.

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  • In other words Grasshopper, it is way over Ms. Mockley’s pay grade.

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  • Time to suggest a dynamic duo. Since we cannot have Batman and Robin..
    Caswell
    Bishop Atherley
    Don’t tell me what is possible, name your own dream duo

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  • “name your own dream duo”

    Bush Tea + BAFP

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  • But Kothdiwala, who is of African and East Indian ancestry and a member of the Muslim faith,

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/03/29/kothdiwala-wants-to-see-a-more-inclusive-society/

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