Barbadians Asleep at the Wheel

Democracy

It says a lot about some commenters on the blog that the blogmaster has to defend a position which says – Barbadians are too docile and in the process ceded key responsibilities in our democracy to the political elite.

In any political science 101 class the student learns that along with basic responsibilities of citizens to obey laws, pay taxes etc, there are other weighty responsibilities for the democracy to function successfully. There is relevance in the expressions a people get the government it deserves and the price of democracy is eternal vigilance.

Elected officials in our system of government are suppose to be servants of the people. Anyone living in Barbados knows that citizens have allowed politicians to do as they like for too long. Consequently, we have seen the duopoly become entrenched with citizens voting for B or D based on the prevailing level of frustration when elections become due.

The blogmaster is sufficiently aware that Barbadians have been promised enactment of transparency laws to include; integrity and freedom of information legislation by the duopoly. Believe it or not the promise goes back to the administration of the late Prime Minister Tom Adams, more than 40 plus years ago. The blogmaster is sure we have had more public debate about a 20% increase in the excise tax on sweet drinks than the refusal by the duopoly to enact transparency laws to enhance our system of governance.  

Barbadians have allowed malfeasance to go unpunished by public servants. We have allowed the NIS to come under the microscope. We have tolerated moribund working committees of parliament established in our democracy to provide checks and balances. What have we done to demonstrate our disgust besides going to the polling booth in dwindling numbers every 5 years or something 3?

The blogmaster’s unfavourable appraisal of citizen participation in our democracy includes the media and other NGOs in civil society that are mandated to ACTIVELY represent the interest of citizenry. Barbadians cannot be satisfied with electing a government and remain passive until the next general election is called. The people we elect as well as we the citizens have clear responsibilities to ensure the a healthy democracy.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Donna
    Once more: the archives of BU will reveal no such motives. @David and I have had many runs in over the years. Like I said he called me some names over the years and he never once refused to post anything I have sent to this blog.
    He knows that I have been generous in articles I have written on his request. This is between me and him. It has already been resolved.
    I am refusing at all times to respond to you and my alignment with those who share my ideological and philosophical positions on current affairs especially those that have been dear to me for over fifty years. They are rare finds. How others view them are of no importance to me.
    Like I said anything I write anywhere is opened to criticism; I was not brought up to be that serious about myself. I give as I take and use it all to enrich my knowledge . I learn from everybody on this blog.
    I have never cussed anybody on this blog.
    When the Blogmaster tires of me, I will thank him; still promote BU and put it down as a wonderful experience.
    I stay in my lane. Why do you think I never hide my identity. Everybody who knows me; know where I stand .
    As Shorty says : I’ve been in town too long.
    Peace , Love and totally unperturbed.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Most of us are in our 60s and 70s etc and well aware, once connnected to our ancestry, we have to act like it and impart knowledge to the young with the decades of experience picked up along the way. as elders and soon to be ancestors, given our historical ancestry and culture..and that is much more important than the continued perpetration of a political construct..

    .Thankfully we have multiple platforms with which to do just that….while knowing that time is of the essence..

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  • Latin root word spir means “breathe”
    ∴ spirit is breath
    ∴ spiritual is breathing ritual
    ∴ breathing exercise is the way to go

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  • My bad
    this was the intended vid

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  • Sigh… My hard work was wasted.
    No fans.
    AC, cuhdear …. Wunna still there?

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  • As predicted, you did not see.

    But moving on, if David is disappointed in this government it can only be that he HOPED for better. What was the “better” that he hoped for? How does it differ from what you hope for?

    You and I and even WURA share a basic philosophy but differ somewhat in expectations.

    Some people wish to blow up the system and start over. Some people want to change the actors. These people I find are generally looking for immediate and magical fixes.

    It is my experience that such almost never happens. Progress is most often EXCRUCIATINGLY SLOW.

    WHY? Because systems, even new ones, will be administered by HUMAN BEINGS. And a new cast of characters will battle the same internal flaws of the current cast.

    Human beings are flawed and until we can evolve sufficiently to get past those flaws there will be no system or cast of actors who can stop daily life from being a struggle for many people. But yes, I believe we can do better and should continue to challenge, keeping the ideal forever in our discourse.

    The struggle continues.

    Evolution is a slow process.

    Ask Vincent Codrington. He seems to know.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Some actions are deliberate and designed to UNDERMINE any evolution…there is evidence that it continues as a tradition.

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  • @ African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved,

    I am not sure if you have been following the travails of the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer? His difficulties have stemmed from having a healthy opposition and media who have been prepared to ask searching questions. There is much discord on BU, however we can all agree that Mia in her quest to become prime mInister of Barbados would have been eliminated at the first hurdle if she were running in the UK due to the investigative competency of the British media. I fear for the standard of democracy we are now witnessing in Barbados, not that the bar has ever been that high within the country.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/08/rishi-sunak-akshata-murty-us-green-cards

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  • You forgot to add that in the UK there is freedom of information Act and Integrity Laws? In such an environment you would expect an active fourth estate.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Yes TLSN…it made me research the function of the Chancellor….aka minister of the economy….who serves directly at the pleasure of the monarchy….

    these Caribbean finance ministers are small timers with no one to keep them on a leash so they do as they please…..no PM should hold the minister of finance portfolio and only do so for the corruption value and stroking of egos…it’s a confilct of interest….no wonder nothing works and there are no ethics, integrity, morals or honesty involved…

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    btw….finance ministers can bring down prime ministers and have done so with flair…that’s why the small timers in Barbados grab that portfolio, never let it go, but they should not be holding it period…..

    and the ones in other jurisdictions who assign it to others, keep them on a tight leash..

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  • It’s in the title “BARBADIANS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL”. Yet, many of us appear to have no difficulties accepting Mia as both Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the country simultaneously. But who gives a damn with the spoken words of members from the “throw-a-shade-crew|”.

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  • Again if you look at the structure of system of government in the UK and the laws which support, it is different to what obtains in Barbados and other commonwealth states that parody the Westminster style government.

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  • ” Rishi Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty, bowed to pressure to pay UK taxes on Friday night, after Boris Johnson said he had been unaware she was a “non-dom” and fresh questions emerged over the couple’s tax affairs.

    With Sunak’s position under increasing threat, Murty said she realised many people felt her tax arrangements were not “compatible with my husband’s job as chancellor”, adding that she appreciated the “British sense of fairness”.

    She will pay tax on all worldwide income in future and for the last tax year, but not on backdated income, which could have saved her an estimated £20m of UK tax on foreign earnings from her billionaire father’s Indian IT company.”

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    well…if they only “parody” the parts of the Westminster system that suits their agendas to cover their asses from being hauled away in handcuffs, and leave out/ignore the parts that promotes and SUSTAINS good governance, accountability, honesty, integrity etc….then what’s the point..

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    We hope that blogmaster is not suggesting that the people also legislate integrity and FOIA legislations, on their own, along with holding the shady accountable…..when they have been begging pleading and shouting at the frauds to do so for over 40 YEARS…

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  • @TLSN April 8, 2022 6:42 AM “to the rift raft we attract in Barbados.”

    Stop it.

    I don’t like it when you call my siblings and their children and grand children, and my former colleagues and neighbours riff-taff.

    They are very fine people. ALL of them.

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  • TrinBados news

    Collins on Broad street sold to Tinidad

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  • We should dump the white man made constitution that they gave us and make our own….blah blah
    But we must follow the white ways of governance (chancellor) because theirs are better and ours poor rakey

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  • Qigong Teaching – Expanding Limited Perceptions:

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  • @African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Imagine this scenario where the Barbados Minister of Finances (Mia) asks the Prime Minister of Barbados (Mia) to carry out an investigation into her own business affairs.

    The UK Finance Minister has just requested the British Prime Minister to do likewise.

    Is there anyone on BU who still finds it exceptable that Mia should hold the two most responsible government titles in office.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/10/sunak-orders-investigation-leak-wife-non-dom-status

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  • BIG PROBLEMS

    Barbados only sugar factory shut down temporarily. Why does Barbados only have one sugary factory?

    ” More than 30 000 Barbados Water Authority (BWA) customers are expected to suffer “heavy” disruption in their supply over the next two days”

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  • @Hants

    #economics

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  • @David,

    #excuses

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  • @Hants

    #lazythinkers

    #lazyleaders

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  • @ David re branding.

    Pure Barbados Rum made from sugar cane grown in Barbados.

    Barbados Black Belly sheep bred and raised in Barbados.

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  • @Hants

    We import molasses.

    All sugar cane produced is to fill a quota?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, you have said and noted here repeatedly that Democracy remains still the ‘best of the rest’ or rather this contrived form of democracy practiced by Bajans and other western nations like the UK, anyhow. Thus, the comment re “Young adults have dramatic loss of faith in UK democracy, survey reveals” does nothing more that recap and repeat that which is well known!

    There was an online report recently out of France with a headline that resonated with me as Bajan and our current debates on the efficacy and relevance of the DLP … the mast heading blared: ‘France’s centre right fights for survival and cash after vote drubbing’.

    It went on to note that this Centre-Right is the party which Nicolas Sarkozy rode to the Presidency. And we can remember that he ONLY demitted the Presidential control of France just 10 years ago! Now of course French federal and regional politics creates a vastly DIFFERENT political system than in Bim and thus the Centre-Right party still control several local France municipalities and ‘town halls’ whereas here the DLP has totally been shut out of the political elective process.

    But the point still is quite comparative that a once mighty party can lose it’s way ‘quickly’ enough.

    And with respect to the youth vote … that will ebb and flow very much based on the topical issues that incite and excite. We can recall they had more faith on the Brexit process when they let their voices be heard with their vote preference.

    Politics is a tough game … the mantra “what have you done for me lately” is unfortunately very applicable for most citizens re their representatives. Bajans, certainly seem to believe that right now the DLP can do NOTHING right for us … so away with them!

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  • @Dee Word

    The report reinforces the point that growing apathy and cynicism of the system by the people is real. At some point there will be a tipping point or to use a Vincent term, diminishing returns. This will trigger consequences?

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