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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Theo, one of your perhaps former school colleagues (the musician whose name slips me currently) often started his newspaper columns with something like ‘I could be wrong, and I often am but …” so I channel him today.

    Sinckler’s job at the IMF whatever the role is NOT one where he should fail in any way… the man is competent enough with the nuts & bolts of economics and the business of management to handle well any gov’t sanctioned role of that type! Surely it’s a wonderous bullet point on his resume … however, I see NO reason why sensible Bajans could get mamaguyed by that BS.

    They key thing that must be understood is that he has already developed a TRACK record here in politics and was definitely considered to be not-fit-for-purpose … I would be quite shocked if any future opposition party didn’t hammer him to oblivion far from a PM role (not to mention that the current PM ain’t that foolish to coddle him to such a post) … And totally disappointed if Bajans would vote him to that role.

    Yep anything can happen … and he may have that ambition but he should be careful he doesn’t misjudge the power of these current new wings and perceive that with them he can soar back into our burning political cauldron later … the mythical tale of Icarus is well known.

    I gone!

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    Bushman….these jokers are frauds. Where are the human rights lawyers in Barbados… they HAVE TO know about the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child that Barbados is signatory….they have personal knowledge that politicians are LIARS and have covered up human rights violations against the Black population for DECADES and that includes children….so why are they so silent…

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  • DavidApril 16, 2022 11:35 AM

    What should be trending is the fact the DLP is about to select a President. Alert, nobody seems to give crap
    Xxxxxx
    David says who ? 😆 🤣 😂

    Please stop the frustration crap yuh sound silly

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  • Poor you. A chicken without a head. Next discussion, the DLP presidential debate. The blogmaster will don his suit for the occasion.

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  • The blogmaster is curious who will be the moderator of the presidential debate. Who that person is will determine if the debate is perceived as a farce.

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  • Scinckler , Stuart or Lowe any where near the dlp leardership or in a position to be PM. Is an automatic landslide victory for the other party/s

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  • The fact we have DLP supporters entertaining Sinckler having a future as leader of the party says how poorakey local politics has become.

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  • David your concern should be that of Barbados having a half ass Republic a political farce and being called a democracy along with having a President unable to make critical Constitution decisions for the country good until govt is held to legal challenges in Barbados courts
    The dlp.with or without a President does not hold the reigns of a govt having so many headless chickens making asinine decisions

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  • The blogmaster recommends Caswell be moderator.

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  • DavidApril 16, 2022 12:17 PM

    The blogmaster recommends Caswell be moderator.
    Xxxx
    He does not have the patience

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  • In any case, Big Sinck will not become DLP President. He has fully submitted to our Supreme Leader and is now her personal lick servant.

    He would be a good addition to the BLP team. So far, BLP candidates have mainly appealed to the intelligent, hard-working part of the population. But we also need candidates with whom the mentally retarded 30-40 per cent of the masses can identify. Big Sinck would be the ideal choice here.

    Therefore, I support any plan by our Supreme Leader to corrupt Big Sinck by giving him a high post and pull him to our – correction: the party´s – side.

    Tron, year 4 SL, year 1 NR

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  • I’m hearing an allegation that there is a new Acting Judge in Barbados by the name of Westmin James.

    … actually, I am hearing alot more too but it will have to wait, …. not too long if what I hear is true!

    Creating quite a stir.

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  • Walters opts out of race for president

    By Antoinette Connell antoinetteconnell@nationnews.com
    Democratic Labour Party (DLP) third vice-president Ryan Walters will not be contesting the party’s upcoming election for a president.
    In a letter obtained by the Sunday Sun, Walters wrote to the executive of the party and copied in the General Council and the St Michael North West branch to inform all groups of his intention not to participate in the much-talked-about contest.
    When contacted, he confirmed that the document was indeed real and reiterated it was for professional reasons he was opting out at this stage.
    The DLP is scheduled to vote for a president on May 1 following the resignation of former president Verla De Peiza on January 21, two days after the party suffered a second crushing 30-0 defeat at the polls.
    In the letter dated April 16, Walters thanked those who nominated him for the top spot but cited “professional developments” as the reason for him not contesting the election.
    “While I am very keen to participate in the election process as a candidate for the presidency, recent developments professionally now make it extremely challenging for me to do so. I, therefore, have no choice but to decline the nomination simply because, if successful, time will not permit me to give the office of president the attention it needs as we are in the process of rebuilding and restoring confidence,” the letter read in part.
    The former St Michael North West candidate went on to state his commitment to the party.
    “As a duly elected officer of the party in my current role (as) third vicepresident, I will continue to support the leadership and represent the party when called upon to do so.”
    Walters, general manager of the international franchise Burger King, was recently charged with the management of another international brand. He came to prominence in 2018, when he offered himself as a candidate months after the DLP’s historic loss.
    He said it was not an easy decision to leave the race.
    “I remain deeply touched by the confidence and trust that the members of the party continue to place in me. I was torn between serving my people at a national level and what I know to be my work reality at this present time.
    “I would not say it was an easy decision to make but as a professional, I have prided myself in giving all when I take on any task. Those near to me and who work with me know I do not do half effort; it must be 100 per cent or as close to it as possible. So since I am not in a position to give what it takes to effectively and efficiently lead this great party, I will not cheat the party, my comrades, the people or myself,” he told the Sunday Sun.
    The other nominees for the post are former minister Dr David Estwick, Dr Ronnie Yearwood and Francis De Peiza. They have until tomorrow to accept or decline their nomination.
    Last week, political scientist Peter Wickham said he anticipated the election will come down to a two-man race between Walters and Yearwood, describing Walters as “a hard-working constituency man”.
    Walters said he joined the party when the chips were down “and the party was at its lowest”.
    “I came on board and pledged to help rebuild. Since then I have worked hard – the evidence is there for all to see. I will continue to be an organ for the DLP in whatever capacity the new leadership sees fit.
    “I wish also to express thanks for the many well wishes from constituents and the general public directly to me or via social media, once they heard my name was on the list of nominees,” he added.

    Source: Nation

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  • The ‘job’ of finance minister

    By Ezra Alleyne Over the past two weeks, Chris Sinckler is off to the World Bank, and two “public service” teachers who were Democratic Labour Party (DLP) election candidates were suspended. Another two senators were sworn in, and the DLP announces four candidates for the post of party president.
    The Sinckler posting in and of itself is a non-issue. Prior experience as a minister has long been a key requirement for major global “picks.
    Liz Thompson’s Cabinet experience, not to mention her outstanding personal qualities and qualifications, equipped her for high-level United Nations consideration.
    Former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (2010-2015) is now head of international affairs for Facebook. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela, the WTO head, is a former minister of finance, twice, and foreign minister in Nigeria. There are others.
    But while it is a non-point, this appointment provokes reflection on the Ministry of Finance under DLP times. Whether we like it or not, that ministry has been their Achilles heel since Errol Barrow’s death.
    Since Independence, under both governments, the Ministry of Finance has always been held by the Prime Ministers, until 1986 when the DLP returned to power. An ageing Barrow ceded the Ministry to Dr Richie Haynes. A bad seed was sown then.
    The seed emerged in full bloom after Barrow died. Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford allowed Haynes to remain Minister of Finance.
    Huge mistake! History shows that tensions inevitably arise between a prime minister as First Lord of the Treasury, and the finance minister as Second Lord. Inevitably, Haynes and Sandiford split. So, Sandiford was twice right. A prime minister as First Lord of the Treasury is primarily responsible for the national finances. Haynes went, and Sandiford remained.
    Refused the offer
    After the brilliant 1991 election victory, which I still say was Sandiford’s finest hour, he offered Harold Blackman the Minster of State in the Ministry of Finance.
    Blackman, with an economics degree, saw it as a demotion, refused the offer and stayed outside Cabinet.
    Then we came to May 18, 1994, and the adamantine speech and the noconfidence motion – and a change of Government.
    Owen Arthur became Minister of Finance as Barrow and Tom Adams had done before
    him, and peace returned to that ministry.
    In October 2010, David Thompson died and Sinckler became Minister of Finance, with Freundel Stuart as Prime Minister. Once again the Prime Minister was not Finance Minister . . . and for one reason or other, the country did not do well between 2010 and 2018. Why?
    In April 2017, the late Owen Arthur, in a video interview, said: “I think Sinckler’s head is in the right place . . . ” But mentioned the demands and pressures on Finance Ministers. This was a profoundly important view by a former excellent Minister of Finance. The press and Barbadians paid no attention.
    Veteran journalist Tony Best in North America took notice of matters and asked then Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley if she would retake the Ministry of Finance if successful at the polls. She said she would, and so said, so done.
    Keen-eyed readers will recall that even in George Street, some questioned Sinckler’s policies as brought to Parliament, but in a moment of extraordinary candour we discovered through a Donville Inniss statement to the Nation that Budgets were discussed at Cabinet for two or three days before delivery. Was Arthur right?
    Discussing Budgets at Cabinet is a recipe for disaster. I thought so then, I think so now.
    The Ministry of Finance and how it is in fact managed is a problem the DLP has to sort out.
    The presidency of the party has also been a kind of poisoned chalice.
    Let Clyde Mascoll, Denis Kellman, Branford Taitt Snr and Verla De Peiza tell the public about their experiences relating to that office. In two cases, they were not allowed to get it. In the other cases they were allowed to sip the poison, before dismissal, figuratively speaking.
    Sinckler, like Sandiford his early mentor, is a talented politician. Was he handicapped in the job as Finance Minister? These are fundamental questions for the DLP to debate.
    In the Westminster system, the only person who should have a definitive say on fiscal policy other than the finance minister is the prime minister.
    Did this happen under the Dems when Sinckler was Minister of Finance? Or was Donville Inniss right?

    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

    Source: Nation

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  • Depressing
    I agree with Walters.
    Who the hell wants to lead an organization that is dumb (unable to speak) and is in a coma and also in a state of hibernation.

    A case where the winner is the biggest loser. The best thing they can do now is beg Verla to come back and ignore the Englishman if he surfaces in 2026.

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  • One thought he should have made it widely known he was not interested in being nominated.

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  • Jesus, these guys would drive a man to drink.

    Predicting a 3-peat. Not because of the brilliance of Mia, but due to the incompetence of the opposition. Even if Mia makes 3,000 mistakes, her ‘foes ‘ are unable to walk and chew gum at the same time (capitalize).

    The D team is unable to field an A team.

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  • Have a great day Barbados.
    Have to go and get myself in a positive mood.
    Have a great day.

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  • TheOGazertsApril 17, 2022 6:33 AM

    Jesus, these guys would drive a man to drink.

    Predicting a 3-peat. Not because of the brilliance of Mia, but due to the incompetence of the opposition. Even if Mia makes 3,000 mistakes, her ‘foes ‘ are unable to walk and chew gum at the same time (capitalize).

    The D team is unable to field an A team.

    Xxxxx
    Sad
    Sadder
    Saddest
    What more can be said
    Before the bell can be rung one horse drops dead while leaving the paddock
    Theo unfortunately all of the above is true

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  • It was only ever a one horse race.

    #ntsh

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  • DavidApril 17, 2022 7:01 AM

    It was only ever a one horse race
    Xxx
    Somebody drop the ball
    Ryan Walters in my opinion does not present himself as one who takes on a task and stops in midstream
    Somebody drop the ball
    Embrassing for the party
    The party cannot afford any doubt or negative comments while it continues the rebuilding process
    Not good

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  • You are clueless even about DLP affairs. Here is a question for you – if David Estwick or Francis Depeiza performs well in the presidential debate and Dr. Yearwood does not what will be next?

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  • DavidApril 17, 2022 7:30 AM

    Here is a question for you – if David Estwick or Francis Depeiza performs well in the presidential debate and Dr. Yearwood does not what will be next?
    Xxxxxx
    If I am clueless what is the purpose in carrying on further conservation with me
    Therfore I asked of u what is the purpose of your question
    Ghee whizz

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  • Truthfully have no patience engaging with know it all’s
    My comments stems from an observation of a party struggling to cement their feet on solid ground after two devastating defeats
    Hence what is observed is not borne in perception but a party seeking to regain relevance and confidence
    Ryan in my opinion has exceptional talent and can be nurtured and become a helpful piece of the missing puzzle call confidence
    His departure as one not vying for the Presidency cannot work as a positive vehicle for the party
    Not criticisng his decision but questioning the manner and way his name was submitted and the quickness of his departure
    Timing and messaging in politics carries sway
    ######ckuelesss

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  • DavidApril 17, 2022 5:42 AM

    The ‘job’ of finance minister

    By Ezra Alleyne Over the past two weeks, Chris Sinckler is off to the World Bank, and two “public service” teachers who were Democratic Labour Party (DLP) election candidates were suspended. Another two senators were sworn in, and the DLP announces four candidates for the post of party president.
    The Sinckler posting in and of itself is a non-issue. Prior experience as a minister has long been a key requirement for major global “picks.
    Liz Thompson’s Cabinet experience, not to mention her outstanding personal qualities and qualifications, equipped her for high-level United Nations consideration.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Liz Thompson was another abject failure in the environment.

    It took Richard Goddard to defeat the evil of the Government of Ezra Alleyne at Greenland.

    Her appointment as a big muck a muck in the Environment was a considered a huge joke around Barbados.

    Bad example to use to justify the appointment of Sinkler.

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/environmental-evil-defeated-thanks-to-richard-goddard-denis-kellman-greenland-is-a-park-not-a-dump/

    The lack of the opposition in the lower chamber is not seen by this erudite BLP propagandist as any big thing and the two senators who should have been nominated by the leader of the opposition are seen by him as just “another two senators”.

    We are going to get serious trouble in this country with that attitude in the BLP elite.

    They may get away with it … very few Richard Goddards around.

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  • Little folks like me can just watch on and learn how the law works.

    I hear cat piss and pepper are to follow.

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  • Seems the night watchman was their best batsman. DEM in deep doodoo

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  • I have never considered myself as a B or D, but as a free-range chicken. However, the news of Walters withdrawal has such a great impact on me that I had to examine my non-partisan my stance. I still classify myself as free-range.

    I am wondering how folks who consider themselves as DLP supporters have been faring during the long slumber,

    A number of events are of concern
    the emergence of the Englishman just before the 2022 elections
    the re-emergence of Freundel and his claim of glorious years
    mismanaged campaigns
    The second slumber after defeat
    the senatorial debacle and
    now the reawakening in a stupor with continuing missteps.

    Hello, is anyone left? Is anyone out there?

    .

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  • John2April 17, 2022 9:44 AM

    Seems the night watchman was their best batsman. DEM in deep doodoo

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

    Neither party isn’t any good.

    The whole of Barbados is in deep doodoo

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  • Why can’t we take Walters at his word? Seems he has a private sector job that demands his full- time attention; he doesn’t have a position that he can take time off willy nilly without penalty. Wasn’t Owen Arthur going to walk away from the BLP because he couldn’t support his family on his salary until DeBoulay stepped aside to allow him to become LOP with an enhanced salary?

    Perhaps by stepping aside he cleared the way for Yearwood

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  • TheOGazertsApril 17, 2022 10:20 AM

    I have never considered myself as a B or D, but as a free-range chicken. However, the news of Walters withdrawal has such a great impact on me that I had to examine my non-partisan my stance.

    Xx it is the kind of news the dlp cannot afford
    When I made that said comment
    King David told me I am clueless
    Crap like that should not happen when a party is struggling to rebuild
    Such situations destroys confidence and any measure of gains for the Party

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  • And the list gets shorter

    Xxcxx

    Two no longer in DLP presidential race

    Two no longer in DLP presidential race – by Barbados Today Traffic April 17, 2022
    What started out as a four-man race for the presidency of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is now a contest between two candidates.

    Media reports had initially indicated that former minister Dr David Estwick, Ryan Walters, Dr Ronnie Yearwood and Francis DePeiza had been nominated for the post.

    However, one day before the close of nominations on Monday, Walters and DePeiza have declined their nominations, leaving Dr Estwick and Dr Yearwood to contest the top post.

    DLP members will vote on May 1 for a new leader. It was on Errol Barrow Day, January 21, two days after the party was beaten 30-nil for the second consecutive time in general elections, that the then-president Verla DePeiza resigned.

    When Barbados TODAY spoke with DLP’s third vice-president Walters, he admitted that a document making rounds was indeed his formal correspondence sent to the party’s hierarchy and his St Michael West branch executive.

    “Yes, I sent a letter to the DLP and branch executives Saturday morning explaining why I chose to decline at the present time. And now, since it has somehow made its way to the public domain, I guess I can say to you that what is contained in the letter is indeed the reason for me not contesting the presidency now,” he said.

    Walters, who is hopeful that the branch will allow him to run in that constituency again, said since news of his nomination and subsequent declining of the nomination, he has received nothing but positive feedback.

    “I am heartened by the response. If feels good to know people see you in that light. There are people who were extremely excited about the prospects of me leading the team, but I cannot act on emotion alone. I had to think thoroughly about the level of commitment I will be able to give the role of presidency given what is on my plate professionally today and over the next 12 months,” he said.

    “Since the news broke yesterday, I have received messages and calls from people who understand and respect the fact that I will never renege on any responsibility or task I take on. I have not resigned from the party or gone AWOL [absence without leave]. I will be here continually committed to the Democratic Labour Party,” the businessman added.

    Walters wrote in the letter: “My fellow Comrades, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the members and, subsequently, the branches that supported my nomination for president of the Democratic Labour Party. I am deeply humbled to be considered as a choice for leadership of this great party.

    “While I am very keen to participate in the election process as a candidate for presidency, recent developments professionally now make it extremely challenging for me to do so. I, therefore, have no choice but to decline the nomination simply because, if successful, time will not permit me to give the office of presidency the attention it needs as we are in the process of rebuilding and restoring confidence.

    “However, as a duly elected officer of the party in my current role of Third Vice President, I will continue to support the leadership and represent the party when called upon to do so. I take this time to wish all of the other nominees the best as they contest for this very important position.

    “Comrades, thank you once again and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we rebuild our great party.”

    The politician, who has 10 years’ experience in the international business sector in finance, has led the team at international franchise Burger King in the role of general manager for the past nine years. Additionally, he has recently taken on the management of another international brand.

    Meantime, efforts to reach DePeiza, the brother of the former DLP president, were unsuccessful. He last contested a general election in the St Michael North riding in 2008, losing to Ronald Toppin by 120 votes. (BT)

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  • The DLP is an embarrassment. Just like you can’t take the time to remove unnecessary words from a copy paste.

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  • DavidApril 17, 2022 3:02 PM

    The DLP is an embarrassment. Just like you can’t take the time to remove unnecessary words from a copy paste
    Xxxx
    I am.not paid to be a proof reader
    Next

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  • It has nothing to do with proof reading, when you copy paste there is unrelated verbiage included in the text, next time the blogmaster will not bother to edit it. You have no culture and broughtupsy. No wonder .

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  • 😂😁😀

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  • DavidApril 17, 2022 3:41 PM

    It has nothing to do with proof reading, when you copy paste there is unrelated verbiage included in the text, next time the blogmaster will not bother to edit it. You have no culture and broughtupsy. No wonder .

    Xxxxx
    Yuh are now proving yourself to be prick a small one at that
    Initially before I pressed the send button I reread the story and removed plenty content not relevant to the story
    So I am at lost as to what you are speaking of specifically
    BTW I was never accused of immoral actions or behavior maybe if that was the case i might be sitting in Parliament next to some of the Ministers whose actions and behaviors are questionable
    Those who u endorse
    So much for your measuring stick on brought upsy
    Stick to.what u know and avoid making up stories
    It is call unethical judgement call

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  • I plead for Eastwitch because he belongs to the old guard and is therefore despised by the people.

    For that matter, the DLP does not need a president but a liquidator. Even the Honourable Errol Barrow is now an honorary member of the BLP and not a former DLP president anymore, because he was the mentor of our Supreme Leader.

    All roads lead to our Supreme Leader, but the DLP’s road leads to nowhere.

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  • Two days ago the Minister gave the GIS a clean slate
    Now this new development two girls missing from the school

    read ePaper
    Home / Top Featured Article / Wards of Government Industrial School missing

    Wards of Government Industrial School missing – by Barbados Today April 17, 2022
    Minister of Home Affairs and Information, Wilfred Abrahams has issued the following statement on missing wards of the Government Industrial School:
    How embarrassing
    This Minister ought to be fired

    “Minister of Home Affairs and Information, Wilfred Abrahams, has stated that the safe return of two wards of the girls’ division of the Government Industrial School at Barrows, St Lucy is a priority of the Ministry of Home Affairs, following an incident there over the weekend.

    The two girls absconded under circumstances that are now under investigation, but even as resources are focused in that direction, the safety and well-being of these two remain at the top of our agenda.

    While all protocol and procedures at the facility are being reviewed as a result of the incident, in the interim very specific measures have been implemented to secure that facility and ensure that all remaining residents are safe and comfortable.

    I assure the families of the wards currently at the facility that they are safe and being well looked after, and that all steps will be taken to ensure that those who absconded are returned safely to the facility.”

    Police have identified those missing as Tianna Shanika Worrell, 15, formerly of #3 Cane Vale Crescent, Christ Church, and Sadera Laneil Nicholls, 16, formerly of #3 Golden Rock, The Pine, St Michael.

    Police say the girls absconded the institution about 6:33 p.m. on Saturday.

    Sadera Laneil Nicholls, left, annd Tianna Shanika Worrell.
    Worrell is about 5 feet 3 inches tall, has a slim build, approximately 105 pounds, and a dark complexion. She has natural hair braided in cornrows straight to the back. She has a slim face, normal forehead, small brown eyes, small nose, high cheek bones and small lips. She also has riders at the front of her mouth. At the time she was wearing floral coloured knee-length body con dress. Worrell is known to frequent the Sargeants Village, Christ Church and Six Mens, St Peter areas.

    Nicholls is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, has a slim build, approximately 120 pounds, and a dark complexion. She has natural hair, which she wears in two puffs. She also has a small head, small eyes, small ears, a flat forehead and normal flat lips. She is full breasted and has normal hands and feet. She has several scars on the inside of left hand. At the time she was wearing a burgundy tee shirt and a pair of black joggers.

    Any person who may know the whereabouts of these girls is asked to contact the District ‘E’ Police Station at telephone number 419-1730, Police Emergency at 211, Crime Stoppers at 429-8787, or the nearest police station.

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  • @Sargeant

    We have Estwick versus Yearwood, the old guard versus the new guard and there is to be a presidential debate. Bear in mind it was announced there was sone kind of survey which means all the candidates would have been aware.

    What a farce!

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  • The biggest farce was Mia holding an election during a highly contagious election having the smallest electorate showing up to vote at the polls
    A govt now rejoicing in a victory of a 37percent vote win resulr for them taken from a population of over two hundred and seventy thousand people where the majority remained at home
    That is the farce everyone speaks about on other social media platforms

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  • They are also talking about the biggest losers.

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  • GIS needs to be closed down until a new management team is addressed and put in place
    Currently two girls placed in and given the responsibility of the school to take care are some where roaming the streets or God knows where they are hiding
    The embarrassment that goes along with the human rights violations are not being addressed or handle properly by officials managing GIS
    Heads need to roll and the Minister who had the audacity to issue a clean slate for GIS two days ago needs to be fired immediately
    Incompetence and mismagement plus cover up makes room for dismissal

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  • Can anybody advise the blog if the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE between David Estwick and Ronnie Yearwood will be televised?

    #askingforafriend

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  • DavidApril 18, 2022 8:18 AM

    They are also talking about the biggest losers

    Xcxxc
    Yes and that includes the country and the people
    Take a look at what is happening on the social landscape of Barbados
    Crime rampant
    The inefficiency and mismagement is out of control
    Never mind Mia planting trees 🌳

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  • Stay tuned to the next chapter of the rise of the DLP with L for Lazarus.

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  • DavidApril 18, 2022 8:42 AM

    Stay tuned to the next chapter of the rise of the DLP with L for Lazarus.

    Xxx
    Poor u the dlp affairs going cause u sleepless nights

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  • The blogmaster knows his crowd and one way to get views and clicks on this god-forsaken blog and the enthusiastic interest of the BU cabal: the DLP.

    What is so amazing is that no one on this block LIKES, RESPECTS or WILL EVER VOTE FOR THE DLP, but the blogmaster, being “fair, balanced and democratic” as always, lovingly throws up all that happens with the beleaguered party for “discussion”,(i.e. the re-litigating of the last two general elections; the BLP cuckolds bragging about the last two general elections; showing why the DLP lost the last two general elections; showing how out of touch the DLP is with the Bajans, and how that led to the defeat in the last two general elections.) which is really throwing red meat into the mouths of his comrades.

    A champion of democracy indeed!

    What remains fascinating is that these people HATE the DLP and have no bones in broadcasting it, yet they really think that those who support that party would give a flying fuck about their opinion. At first I was flummoxed by the insanity of it. How could one set of people be so riddled with hate that they would gleefully waste hours of their precious, precious time harassing, debasing, even dehumanising the supporters and hierarchy of another political party?

    Then I remembered: this is a typical right-wing blog.

    Everything little thing that is posted on here about what the DLP does or does not do, is sure to get the most views and comments. Moreover, the most hateful ,denigrating, fascistic comments will garner the most likes. Yet, any thing that even remotely criticises the GREAT PARTY and the SUPREME LEADER, is framed and twisted in to a dire condemnation of the DLP, the same party that is simultaneously ridiculed BY THE SAME PEOPLE FOR NOT HAVING THE INTEGRITY, TRUST OR APPEAL WITH THE ELECTORATE TO SECURE EVEN ONE SEAT IN PARLIAMENT.

    It’s a miracle to behold the BU intelligentsia at work.To think that the blogmaster could so effectively marshal these clearly superior intellectual forces into one place with such aplomb: oh! how want to be just like you when I grow up!

    It’s almost as though this blog has a vested interest in the systematic destruction of any and all organised opposition to MIA MESSIAH… I wonder. How would that profit BU? Food for thought!

    Their party – under the banner of THE MOST HIGH ELECT OF ALMIGHTY GOD, MIA MESSIAH MOTTLEY – is ruling the roost without opposition, why not regale the masses with all the wondrous things she has done? The blogmaster should, at every turn, be inundating the pages of the blogs with tales of her creating from the dust of the so-called “lost decade” the miracles of a lower cost of living for all Barbadians; higher standard of living; the creation of a multi-faceted, multi-pronged economic behemoth that is assured to catapult Barbados in to the forefront of world leadership; and her safeguarding the democracy of this island by creating and passing the legislation that will secure the freedom of the generations yet unborn.

    Where are these articles? I suppose they are being written as we speak.

    Until then, the blogmaster will be inviting the mortal adversaries of the DLP to advise the DLP on what the DLP should do going forward. If that is not “democracy” in action, I don’t know what is!

    Have a great day!

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  • Long live the DLP!

    #askingforlazarus

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  • Cuhdeeeeeeaaaaar!

    I voted DLP all my life up until the last two elections but love for party never entered into it. I always considered the people who made up the party. I believe I made a big mistake in my conclusions of 2013. In 2008, Owen needed to be taken down. A man too long in power tends to figure himself a god.

    Now…

    What exactly is a great party???? A party is made up of people. When the cast of characters changes, the party changes.

    So….a party that may have been great, no longer is.

    Why should anyone have love or loyalty to a party??????

    Get some great people and install them but do not expect respect before then!

    You think you should be allowed to fail as abysmally and as arrogantly as you did and not spend some time in the wilderness????

    You people were Trump before Trump! You expected us to disbelieve what we saw with our own eyes and to believe that there was no garbage at our door, no sewage on the streets and that our children were taken to and from school on Transport Board school buses as usual!

    Even now some speak of the “glorious” years!

    Purge yourselves and come back cleaner than the BLP! Moaning and groaning and begging for respect will gain you no votes!

    Neither will blaming David or BU for your failure to get your act together.

    Your problems are WITHIN!

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  • Correction: love FOR or loyalty to

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  • @Elon

    DLP leadership crisis ‘will likely continue’

    WITH TWO CANDIDATES dropping out of the race for leadership of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), reducing it to a two-man race between Dr David Estwick and Dr Ronnie Yearwood, political scientist Dr George Belle warns the party’s chances of resurgence in the short-term are on shaky ground.
    Yesterday interim DLP president Steve Blackett told the MIDWEEK NATION that Francis De Peiza, brother of former president Verla De Peiza, has joined Ryan Walters in taking his hat out of the ring.
    “De Peiza’s reasons were very similar to Ryan’s, which is work commitments at this time and other professional duties.
    However, he has pledged his continued support for the party and has promised to serve in any capacity when called upon,” said Blackett.
    Belle told the MIDWEEK NATION that neither of the remaining candidates inspired hope for rebuilding a party that has twice suffered a clean sweep at the polls in the last four years.
    He said the Dems need a young person who “captures both the soul and vision for the party”, but neither of the remaining candidates fitted that bill.
    He added that even after the DLP concludes the internal election next month, it must continue the search for a leader who could spearhead its resurgence.
    Not impressed
    “Truth be told, none of the four candidates impressed me very much, but I think that neither of the two that remain has the capacity to rebuild. I believe that the Democratic Labour Party is still left with the requirement and the need to search for a leader who can carry the heart of the party while at the same time project the capability to build for the future,” said Belle.
    He argued that while Yearwood is a relative newcomer to the party, his previous unsuccessful attempt to run on the Barbados Labour Party ticket before switching to the DLP, makes him appear opportunistic. On the other hand, Estwick’s “boisterous” tone had lost him support over the years and it would
    be an uphill task to repair that public image, the retired University of the West Indies lecturer said.
    “One could speculate that more core-driven DLP would gravitate to Dr Estwick. It is important to note that Dr Estwick did relatively well in the last election campaign where the party crumbled and therefore, he has some credentials on that basis. The problem with Dr Estwick is that the people of Barbados rejected his political tone and boisterousness over the years, and that has made a lot of people step back from supporting him for a national position. However, he is closer to the soul of the party and better represents the culture,” said Belle.
    “With Dr Yearwood, on the other hand, it appears that he jumped on to the DLP because he was rejected by the other party . . . . I don’t think that the Democratic Labour Party is best served by a political personality like that at this moment.” (CLM)

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  • @Elon

    The politics of Sinckler’s posting

    RECENTLY, THERE HAVE been active discussions on the nomination by the Government of Barbados of Chris Sinckler to the post of alternate executive director of the World Bank.
    Sinckler will work with a group of countries comprising Canada, Ireland and ten CARICOM countries. Canada’s representative is always the director and Ireland the deputy.
    The CARICOM countries have one executive alternate director that rotates between them every few years. The last CARICOM country that held this position was Guyana, represented by Donna Harris whose performance was outstanding.
    Selection
    It is now Barbados’ turn to nominate the new alternate executive director. The selection of Sinckler is a decision of the Government of Barbados. However, he will also represent the nine other CARICOM nations. Sinckler did not apply to the World Bank for this job.
    While good governance would dictate that the Government of Barbados chooses the best candidate, irrespective of political affiliations, the final decision is the Prime Minister’s and politics can be a factor. The question is, was Sinckler, who as Minister of Finance witnessed repeated downgrades of the Barbados economy, the best choice?
    Hyacinth Greenidge and Clairmonte Grazette in their recent comments in the newspapers seem not in favour of selecting Sinckler whereas Winston Cox thinks “politically it is a very clever and astute appointment”.
    Credibility matters
    Sinckler was the economic/finance leader of the Democratic Labour Party and was considered by the then leader of the Opposition, Mia Amor Mottley to be a total failure prior to the 2018 elections. He was seen as the architect of “The Lost Decade”.
    He fired the Governor of the Central Bank for not following his directives which were to print more money. On the other hand, he was also fired by the voters in the 2018 elections. Are we to assume that Sinckler has since learned from his mistakes/ experiences or did the Prime Minister err in her condemnation?
    Does it not seem somewhat
    strange that the Prime Minister would appoint Sinckler to serve on her never reported task force?
    Why would he, on the cusp of the January 2022 General Election question the leadership of the DLP president Verla De Peiza and say that Mottley demonstrated good leadership on a Front Page interview in the SUNDAY SUN?
    Does anyone remember that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur found it inappropriate from an optics point of view for Mia Mottley as Leader of the Opposition to walk arm in arm with Sinckler, Minster of Finance as he was on his way to deliver a Budget speech?
    Is Sinckler still a member of the DLP or has he joined the Barbados Labour Party?
    Regardless of the politics, let us all wish Sinckler lots of luck and success as he tackles several major CARICOM issues relating to concessionary financing, climate change, technical assistance and getting Barbados and other CARICOM countries to improve their capacity to implement projects from the 70 per cent implementation deficit they are currently achieving.
    Say what you mean and mean what you say
    Politics appears to have reached the stage where if a Republican or BLP politician says “yes” to something, it will automatically mean that a Democrat or DLP politician must say “no”. Moreover what is even more disturbing is that they can say “yes” emphatically today and “no” tomorrow without any explanation.
    Examples of this are the derogatory comments about Messrs Sinckler and Maloney before the 2018 General Election and actions since then. Is the general public to believe that Sinckler and Maloney are villains or heroes, rising again, like the resurrection, at Easter? – JOHN BEALE, former Barbados Ambassador to the US and the OAS and investment officer at the World Bank Group

    Source: Nation

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  • DLP restructuring: A sober reflection
    THIS ARTICLE HAS been called A Sober Reflection to separate it from other dominant voices on the future of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), but which have been either, exuberant, infantile gloating by supporters of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP), or panicked pessimism on the part of DLP sympathisers.
    Both spring from the same conceptual error: overwhelmed by the consecutive clean sweeps by the BLP, and the dominant stature of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s national leadership, they treat these as permanent, perpetual features of Barbadian political life.
    My analysis instead, assumes that politics is a dynamic and shifting reality, and that the existing conditions can change with unforeseen rapidity. It proceeds not from the outcomes of the last decade, but from a more deeply historically-rooted understanding of Barbados’ political-economy.
    In this regard, it is foolhardy to dismiss the historical reality of the DLP, as the party of Independence, post-colonial social transformation and as an organic institution, enmeshed in the political-economy of Barbados. Similarly, it is false to argue that “none of the persons” defeated in the 2018 election, should have a role in the DLP’s future restructuring.
    While it is true that many of the DLP candidates mishandled badly their 2018 defeat, the view that none of them should be associated with future restructuring efforts, cannot be treated as serious analysis. So too is the continual derisive dismissal of any prospective DLP leader on the basis that they cannot challenge Mia Mottley.
    It is both conceptually and politically erroneous to reduce the “restructuring” of the DLP to finding the right leader. The DLP’s challenge is to chart an appropriate developmental policy programme, an updated social-democratic programme, relevant to the contemporary global political economy.
    Analysis critical issues
    Since the Owen Arthur period, the DLP has failed
    to match the BLP in the presentation of a broad and viable development vision. This is the real source of the Mottley leadership enigma.
    It is imperative that the DLP engages in a thorough analysis of the critical issues confronting Barbadian development and carves an updated and appropriate social-democratic vision.
    In this effort, sympathetic intellectuals and technocrats and many of the personalities associated with the 2008-2022 DLP should remain engaged. Even Dan Quayle was consulted by Vice President Mike Pence, at the height of the Trump revolt in the United States culminating in the January 6 revolt.
    The current moment calls for a united front, from David Estwick to Francis De Peiza, Guy Hewitt to Richard Sealy, Ronnie Yearwood to Ryan Walters to Kemar Stuart, all participating in this broad repositioning, de-emphasising electoral outcomes. In the restructuring of the DLP, it would be an error if short term electoral considerations would take precedence over broad developmental and transformative objectives.
    The DLP should seek first the philosophical and policy-development kingdom, and the electoral spoils shall be added unto them.
    In this important exercise, the BLP spokespersons have no role.
    Tennyson Joseph is a political scientist at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, specialising in regional affairs. Email tjoe2008@live.com

    Source: Nation

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  • A very good article by TJ👍👍. His first paragraph is a synthesis of the ongoing wrong thinking.

    There has been times when a party won two or three seats and no one wrote them off.

    Two consecutive 30-0 defeat is disheartening, but the second was caused more by DLP missteps than by the policies of Mia. It is painful to see the DLP once again acting as they did after the 2018 defeat.

    It appears that they consider themselves as the second party (by default) and refuses to do any lifting in order to be taken seriously.

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  • Truth unlike milk dies not sour
    Is this the same Tennyson Joseph whose articles dismissed the old dlp hands as constant reminders of the Freundel years dubbed the lost decade
    How is it now he finds words to indicate that the old hands should become as functional organs in the party
    That is the question I would like to ask Joseph
    But then again politics does make strange bedfellows

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  • Always attacking the messenger and ignoring the message.

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  • I read his analysis but I question his comment as I reference his previous responses in which he put forward comments in contrary to what he says now
    Don’t think that the dlp would be disregarded or thrown into a waste basket of forgetfulness
    However the dlp has reached a critical point since its existed as a party
    One that requires a leader that exudes confidence and one that can stand shoulder to shoulder with this current leader
    A modern day leader who have the ability to step out and have the respect of the masses
    If and when such leader emerges there is no doubt there would be a ground swell of support for the dlp
    However within the party The ongoing division exist a reality that needs strong leadership to quiet

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  • “De Peiza’s reasons were very similar to Ryan’s, which is work commitments at this time and other professional duties…….
    Were these persons nominated by others without their consent?
    You mean they hadn’t considered their work load before?
    Lot of fluff.

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  • If the process to declare nominees was missed by the blogmaster at the start of this process, apology is extended to all concerned.

    —————

    Sandiford-Garner clears air on candidates for DLP president

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/04/21/sandiford-garner-clears-air-candidates-dlp-president/

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  • “Planning committee member Maxine McClean said the conference, under the theme “Embracing our Legacy, Shaping the Future”, would feature guest speakers such as Professor The Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau, Dr Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange and economist Carlos Forte in addition to undisclosed regional guests and a youth speaker. (CA)”

    1) “youth”… The race for a smart toddler has begun
    2) this will be the first election a DLP member won since 2018
    3)this assumes two candidates will stay in

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  • ah ha…as suspected earlier.
    Why did the interim whatever, Blackett, say what he said? He could have put an end to it, before.
    Obviously “most” were in the dark on the process.

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  • Frank these dems are amazing.Four persons were announced for the presidency.Two have since withdrawn citing work commitments.Like you on hearing Ms Sandiford _ Garner, s wishy washy shite talk wasn, t this known before these persons werr announced.On top of that she is claiming the dems had 300 new members but only 60 out of them will receive their membership at the ceromony.Really? 60 out of 300?To me something does not add up here.Ms Garmer_ Sandiford seems to think she speaking to ten year olds.Reel and come again.
    Heard sme callers and Mr Wilkinson bigging up Ms Watson today cor her role as an intervenor which is plausible and i agree but to claim she was not bias or supported no party and should be a senator.Tell me this is the same Ms Watson who was s moderator of brasstacks? You only had to listen to her mouthings back then to know which party she favoured in my view.Perhaps Mr Wilkinson and these callers did not listen to brasdtacks back then.I gone.

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  • Who surprise that Ronnie in de mix? By any means necessary. Ego eh!

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  • @enuff

    Why do you care?

    LOL

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  • Road to 2027 is a long one

    By Ezra Alleyne
    How the major political parties conduct their business is of importance to every single man, woman and child in this country, when that business deals with the leadership.
    That is why the election of a leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) must be the subject of fair comment. Any citizen of this country cannot be fairly accused of pushing his mouth in the business of a party of which he or she is not a member.
    Our democracy contemplates that at some stage, the DLP may return to office. Even if that day or night seems remotely in the distance at this time, one day coming not so soon, it will happen.
    The contest for the leadership is between two men bearing the title doctor. Dr David Estwick, a medical doctor, a man with significant parliamentary experience and the tenure of a ministry, comes to the platform with the reputation of having agitated against some aspects of the policies that led to the triple wipeouts of his party.
    By triple wipeouts, I refer to the two 30-0 General Election victories and the St George North by-election which was won by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary Toni Moore. That should redound to his credit because although he was a party to the policy, at least he saw the danger up ahead and did not hide his mouth then.
    He enters this leadership stakes with impressive credentials, including fierce debating skills which he will need and which the party has traditionally had in the form of Errol Barrow, Sir Lloyd Sandiford, Sir James Cameron Tudor, Sir Richie Haynes and Branford Taitt.
    Dr Ronnie Yearwood is a newcomer.
    I know him not only as a colleague law lecturer, but as one of the promising sparks when he was an intern at Government Headquarters under Prime Minister Owen Arthur.
    His subsequent academic achievements have marked him out as one for the future in academia. Whether he can also be marked out as one to watch in politics will be known soon.
    Academic politicking is a cake walk compared to the treachery even on the home ground of politics. I recall the dignified statement of Prime Minister Freundel
    Stuart reminding an audience that treachery was not taught at his alma mater. Politics, however, contains an above average number of concealed openings.
    Poisoned chalice
    That is why I say that the presidency of the DLP is a poisoned chalice. The authority of that office needs to be amended and clarified. Some have seen the office as a political appointment. It is nothing of the kind. It is the administrative head of the party.
    Anyways, this seems to me to be an election to lose. Absent the acceptance of the offer of the Senate seats proposal of the BLP, the new president will not have a voice in Parliament.
    The task of the new leader will be to create an alternative programme which must resonate in achievable common sense. It cannot be a statement akin to the so-called alternative budget of Dr Richie Haynes in 1986 which sounded good on paper, but which was destructive of much goodwill within the administration following the DLP victory in that election.
    In all of this, I am left to wonder about the Reverend Guy Hewitt. He has clearly decided to sit this one out. If so, it is an inspired decision. The road to 2027 is a long one. There will be more fertile future ground on which he can launch his political career.
    In the meantime, I recall with horror the hostility which greeted Branford Taitt when he unsuccessfully challenged Mr Barrow for the presidency. He lost, and on exiting the conference, was spat at by some within the hall.
    Let us hope this is a thing of the past and that we won’t have any of what Sir James Tudor once referred to as “numbers becoming the handmaiden of folly”.
    In the meantime, Dr Estwick brings experience to the table and Dr Yearwood brings youth and inexperience of actual political office.
    Perhaps a leadership contest between Donville Inniss and Guy Hewitt would have been more interesting.
    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

    Source: Nation

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  • On a sad note
    ONE OF THE DIFFICULTIES confronting the new Government in 2018 was what to do about the broken financial system. The other thing was how to face the many credit failures and downgrades of Barbados.
    There is no doubt that the decision to print more and more money of the Democratic Labour Party Government was based on illogical thinking. It meant that those in charge of finance at the time did not see that the more money printed (issued) and passed into the economy, the more will be spent on imports causing an outflow of foreign exchange on goods and services imported and a drain of the foreign reserves unless there was a compensating earning of foreign exchange inflows. There were no foreign reserves to speak of.
    The damage to Barbados is such that right now we are handicapped from borrowing from commercial banks worldwide except perhaps China’s banks. This means also that Barbados has sought help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on weaker terms and not going when the economy was stronger. Do you not feel that this has harmed the average Barbadian irreparably? What prospects do we have of repaying the IMF and the institutional loans within the near future? Even though politics is a funny business, do you think people should be rewarded? Tourism will have to be exceptionally good in the next two or three years to even keep us afloat.
    This was not the only deficiency laid at the feet of the administration. The accusations levelled led by the now Government at the then administration was such that none, bar none could be exonerated. Indeed, it was the first time that a political party did not have a redeeming feature. Barbadians vented their fury on those who were in Government in 2018 and again on those in opposition in 2022 so infuriated were and are they.
    Loss of reputation
    Barbadians have not shown forgiveness for the abyss into which we have sunk, the shame of having to renege on debt and the loss of reputation. Now this. Funny, obviously not everyone shares this loss of reputation. The second drubbing in 2022 defies the belief in forgiveness that is not shared by all.
    That the new administration in 2018 found a depleted treasury was not surprising and that blame had to be placed on the shoulders of the then Minister of Finance.
    It is now surprising to witness the present elevation and the support from quarters that were previously regarded with respect and as clear thinking even if themselves once judged as deficient. But that is not surprising as Barbados has always been full of contradictions many of which are in evidence today. It is vexatious but amusing.
    But lack of opposition is not good
    for the country. While the Wild Coot has not said it up to now, the 30-0 results of the last two elections are not good for us. We will get strange decisions even decisions that are contradictory.
    As we go along we shall see that we need strong opposition voices so that decisions that surprise us can be vigorously challenged. We shall hardly see someone cross the floor again as what happened in 2018.
    There was lack of political support in 2022 for the switch made in the previous elections.
    Strong opposition will have to come from outside of the group. But our Prime Minister seems to have set the ball rolling. Maybe she is following what the Lord said to Apostle Peter when he asked: “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
    So who is next to be forgiven; perhaps the Wild Coot! But cat luck is not dog luck.
    The coming years will be full of challenges, and while we are happy to see that that spirit of forgiveness still exists among us, there must be logic to decisions.
    But you know according to the saying, “if yuh spit in the air it will fall back in yuh face.” We wait to see the future.
    We do not know what has motivated this act of forgiveness. Neither can we say that the performance of what is to be done will be beneficial to Barbados in any way so as to make compensation. However, according to the Biblical quote we shall expect seventy times seven more acts of exoneration in the near future.

    Harry Russell is a banker. Email quijote70@gmail.com

    Source: Nation

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  • David
    I don’t care. Drinking water and minding muh bizness.

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  • NorthernObserver

    “We do not know what has motivated this act of forgiveness.”
    Another good read minus the above. I think Wild Coot knows very well…lol

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  • Time to demonstrate unity
    By Ezra Alleyne

    Sometime later today, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will elect a president. The candidates for this position are contrasting studies.
    Having looked at this matter, I think this is a perfect scenario for one of the two candidates to withdraw his candidature and support the other in a deep and meaningful demonstration of party unity.
    As the late and wily Forbes Linden Burnham once said, “Politics is the science of deals”. It is another way of saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows. What the DLP sorely misses now is the peerless wisdom of a Cameron Tudor.
    Only two
    A disturbing observation is that only two of its many members are interested in grasping the leadership nettle to resurrect the fortunes of the party. Why?
    Also, no woman has thrown her hat (pardon the pun) in the ring.
    The baptism of fire experienced by Verla De Peiza, the outgoing president, almost certainly has had a deterrent effect.
    Are we to believe that there are no females within the ranks of the DLP who could run Barbados competently? Or is it that in the DLP the hand that rocks the cradle is not allowed to be the hand that rules the world.
    Contrastingly, no Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hopeful is disqualified for having rocked a cradle; or for not even having had a cradle to rock. Back to the candidates . . . .
    Dr David Cleveland Estwick’s roots run deep in the DLP. He has considerable experience and can carry a bruising political fight to any opponent, at any time. He may not always win the fight but he can shake up the party, leading it from the front while holding its banner high.
    Yet questions are being asked about whether he is one for the future.
    As a trained gerontologist, Estwick has expert nous about the frailties of advancing years. Still, arguments valid or not, based on his age may be his Achilles heel in this contest.
    This past week, John Beale, our former Barbadian Ambassador to the US, writing in the Daily Nation, seemed to favour Dr Ronnie Yearwood. Beale, who morphed his way from banker and businessman into a plum ambassadorship, and has never been any party’s member, as he always reminds us when he writes, must have an uncanny road map understanding of the fertile undergrowth workings of political parties. I pay keen attention to his writings.
    He supports his support for Yearwood by referencing Owen Arthur as equally
    inexperienced when he became leader of the BLP. Wrong John . . . dead wrong.
    When Arthur became Leader of the Opposition in mid-1993 he already had under his belt being a senator in 1983-84.
    Track record
    Further, he won an historic rerun by-election for St Peter in 1984, and in 1985, Tom Adams appointed him Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, where he remained until 1986. From 1986 to 1993 when he became party leader, he was the St Peter MP. Clearly, the BLP was nurturing this youthful and promising talent for future preference. He was being afforded hands-on experience.
    Gravedigger politics is not the way of the BLP.
    Arthur had to be properly blooded.
    So quick learner that he was, when appointed Leader of the Opposition, Arthur was able to hit the ground not only running but near top speed.
    With political events moving more quickly than lightning, the party threw its full united weight behind Arthur and the rest is history.
    Yearwood has not had that good fortune.
    Political scientist Peter Wickham is on record as wondering why Yearwood decamped from the BLP to the DLP.
    Good question, but I do not hold that against him. Both Don Blackman and Hamilton “Hammy La” Lashley “crossed over”.
    The difference is that they held seats in the Lower House when they crossed. Unlike senators, they could not be fired under a street light.
    Yearwood has yet to win a seat.
    The current situation of the DLP is perhaps best summed up by Devaron Bruce, a political scientist writing in another section of the press.
    He says that “The BLP . . . understand[s] the civics of politics and creating and grooming young individuals from early because those individuals will be there for you for the long term”.
    The DLP, he then says, has not been able to “master that and understand it as yet”.
    It seems to me that one of the candidates should withdraw and support the other. The road to 2027 is long . . . and winding. I say no more at this time except that I repeat my earlier call for a demonstration of unity.

    Ezra Alleyne is an attorney and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

    Source: Nation

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  • Ronnie might be the new Soul but along with that soul energy must be driven and brought forth with zeal and downright passion not only in words but actions that speaks to the needs of the people especially those that have been left behind in the black community while the economic fortunes of the white establishment grows for the better

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