Prime Minister Mia Mottley Named in Top 100 Most Influential People of 2022

Congratulations to Prime Minister Mia Mottley for being recognized by TIMES Magazine as one of The 100 Influential People of 2022. Based on reports the rationale for recommending Mottley for the award was penned by  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization.

The hope is that Mottley will be able to leverage her burgeoning global brand to improve regional and domestic economies. In recent times Barbadians have not had many high points to celebrate, the recognition of one of our own is a step in the right direction and should assist in bolstering bajan pride which took a hit in recent years.

#congratspmmottley

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  • And along the way BU has become the avenue for soft ball politics for govt

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  • This seems to be the #1 BU song

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  • Mia has become a soft target for scam artist
    OSA did say she had the propensity for dealing with issues that are out of sync with out having indepth thought process for end resultb
    Hence the vaccine scams and govt allowing free loaders like big Cruise to take advantage of the taxpayers after govt gave the go ahead to.destroy the reefs
    Up to present not one cent recovered from the damage

    https://fb.watch/dgBFxbB5E1/

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  • Wow! That any prime minister, in this day and Wikileaks- Snowden age, who could seriously hold that WhatsApp is really an end to end encryption service, without a back door, as advertised, there is a bridge outside Mariupol which is also for sale. We’ll take offers here. Starting at 40 billion roubles.

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  • We Can’t Take No More (Enuff, Enuff, Enuff) (The Mark Francis Dub)

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  • William Skinner,

    The talk of the facilitation of overseas voting has changed the environment. Whispering sweet nothings can now easily move the needle.

    Those DLP supporters who were not here to suffer the ten years of the last DLP administration are more likely to remain in the DLP camp. The rest of us who habitually voted DLP, either stayed home or voted to wipe them out 30:0.

    TWICE!

    When Foolish Freundel resurfaced to remind us of “The Glorious Years” the response was an incredulous “wow” and another 30:0.

    This is why I say, “He who feels it, knows it.”

    Unless the allocation is for one diaspora seat which affords only a literal VOICE in parliament, I think a few hundred DLP votes from diasporians could easily overrule the vote of HE WHO FEELS IT.

    Ronnie is trying to take a shortcut. He knows that the road to Illaro Court will be a long and hard one if left to those of us who smelled the shite for ten years.

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  • New political party in the works

    Barbados will have a new political party by September.
    The New Democratic Progress (NDP) is currently being set up by interests who have chosen to remain anonymous at this stage.
    A spokesman told Barbados TODAY that although they have already set up a Facebook page to attract interest while recruiting members, they have opted not to go public to avoid attracting the usual political candidates.
    Despite the poor showing of new parties on the island’s political landscape, the NDP is undeterred, saying it will deliver a new type of politics.
    Declaring its motto as Development and Democracy with the philosophy of Friends of All, Satellites of None, the party says it intends to build a political institution to continue the work of the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.
    “The NDP will not engage in opposition politics. Wherever applicable, the NDP will commend the government of the day for any government-established policies that are aiding in the development and upliftment of the people of Barbados,” it said.
    However, it added that when warranted, the NDP will present to Barbadians a “coordinated analysis” of any government policies it deems unnecessary, wasteful or harmful to the security, values, or financial integrity of Barbados.
    The NDP underscored that democracy is paramount and stressed the need for an equitable society where freedom of speech as well as patience and tolerance for all, are upheld.
    “Freedom of polite and dissenting speech with respectful attention to alternate views must be seen as a community standard. Democracy needs real freedom of speech, as well as patience and tolerance for all concerned.
    “We believe in democracy, both conceptually and practically, in the way it is defined in the Barbadian Constitution. Dictatorship, communism and fascism are incompatible with freedom and the values of Barbados,” it said.
    The NDP said it would “work as a public forum for the well-being and advancement of the people of Barbados”.
    “This will be achieved through pathways of personal development: unfettered access to education and skills training irrespective of experience, age or gender; access to economic participation and freedom of career choice; cultural expression; liberty of conscience and faith,” it added. (SD)

    Source: BT

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  • The Silence of the Lambs
    By Roderick P. Harris

    In a matter of days, Thursday, June 2 to be exact, would mark one month since the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) membership voted for Dr. Ronnie Yearwood to lead that political institution. I, like many Bajans, have paid rapt attention to the president’s few speeches and actions since then.
    On the night of his victory, the party’s membership welcomed him with open arms and celebrated the man who four years ago, in 2018, went up for nomination to represent the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
    It was as though the party was content with simply having a fresh face at the helm. But those cheers aside, the good doctor, his advisors and supporters must know the comeback of that great Party is not determined by the noise in George Street alone. No matter how loud the congratulatory screams, Dr Yearwood must now prove himself and get real results fast.
    Some would say it is early days yet, but I beg to defer.
    There was a buzz and an interest in the events of May 2 when he was elected. So far, he has failed at capitalising on that keen interest.
    He has done very little publicly, if anything, to show why he is best fit to lead. He is still to outline a clear vision for the Party. He has failed to use the momentum of that election to endear himself to the masses. For the Party’s sake, I pray that he changes this publicly inactive strategy we are witnessing.
    Dr Yearwood has taken the reins of the party yet by his absence, he appears to be lagging, lacking aggression and the will to go for the political jugular of the Government.
    Why the hemming and hawing? Why should people be on social media with posts asking about the NEW president who should be making headlines and dominating the news? He has claimed that the DLP was the “Dear Living Party” and the party of the people. Today, I am wondering if he still believes that which he said.
    The people of whom he speaks are suffering daily.
    The people of whom he speaks are faced with an increasing cost of living each and every day.
    The people of whom he speaks must sit by and watch as one Barbados reaps all the sweets while the other Barbados sucks salt.
    The people of whom he speaks must look on as the country’s leader globe trots and creates her personal legacy while they scratch their heads to find money to pay their bills.
    The people of whom he speaks are subjected to living in a country where killing and bloodshed happen almost every week.
    The people of whom he speaks are left with no political voice for the voiceless.
    If the people are the focus of this renewed DLP, how is it that the president is not advocating for said “people”? We are now in a period that can best described as Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel and the 1991 Hollywood horror movie: The Silence of the Lambs.
    It was bad when the DLP did not speak publicly after the shock of the 2018 elections, but at least then the “people” had Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley and Caswell Franklyn speaking and agitating on their behalf. But there is no Opposition this toss, yet the party with the second largest majority at the January polls has gone silent. A political institution of 60 years is now mum.
    It is now six months since the election, yet the last time we heard sound, logical and structured political opposition from the party was its response to Government’s Budget in March.
    Mr President, a speech filled with cliches, catch phrases and rhetoric will not work. The people already get enough of that from the country’s leader. You continually say: “Come under the tent”, “The sun will shine on us all”, “There is no fresh guard or old guard but one guard” etc . . . Question: Why is that “one guard” not guarding the people at this perilous time? The people want a voice that agitates.
    The people want action.
    The people want the Party of the great Errol Walton Barrow to regroup, rebuild, rise up and become the formidable adversary it once was.
    The people are looking to the DLP to keep Government’s feet to the fire so that they can get the best governance possible and leadership that is not preoccupied on building a personal profile. Why the silence? Why the timid approach? Why no show of force? Why is the President and by extension the party silent? The party that has produced four of the island’s eight prime ministers has seemingly abandoned the people. How can this be? I have been around long enough to know that there is no place for a continued one-party regime in Bim. I have voted for and against both parties. But I know the country needs both parties firing on all cylinders.
    I have news for you Mr President, it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time. Whatever is going on in the DLP must hold the same weight as the issues plaguing and hurting the people.
    The people are the ones to whom you will come a-calling.
    The people are the ones who will get you from George Street to Parliament.
    What is sad is that your party is not devoid of fresh, youthful minds who can speak on these issues. It needs not be a one-man show.
    Funny enough you have a good mixture since there are also some experienced former parliamentarians who can bring the political fight to the Government as well. What is the hold-up? You are surrounded by some bright, fresh minds in Dawn-Marie Armstrong, Kemar Stuart, Ryan Walters, Courie Cox, Oldwin Skeete, Rasheed Belgrave and others.
    The seasoned politicians still have much to offer: former president Verla DePeiza, former ministers Richard Sealy, Michael Lashley, Steve Blackett and your defeated presidential rival Dr David Estwick are but starting points.
    There is no plausible reason why the party should be silent even if you are busy readying yourself – personally – for this new task ahead.
    The party, or any institution for that matter, is and will always be bigger than any ONE individual.
    This won’t be a catwalk, you will have to make some tough and unpopular decisions.
    But, Mr President, the members have placed their trust and faith in you; it is now time to get on with the job of leading.
    Mr President, trust your team. Get them noticed. Get people listening, lest the DLP finds itself complicit in a humiliating three-peat general election Bees-wash defeat.

    This column was submitted as a Letter to the Editor.

    Source: BT

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  • I told you. From Week 1. He would have been seen as more Decisive if he had come out with some sort of shadow cabinet – which could be adjusted or added to in the future

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    “who could seriously hold that WhatsApp is really an end to end encryption service, without a back door, as advertised, ”

    we have for years been laughing at them believing that we don’t know they listen to everything…lol

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  • Wow masses rattling their spears across social media

    Mia pomosetting on the world stage, she is PM, in name only, she is not in touch with 🇧🇧reality, so every thing falling apart, the ministers on mute, getting a salary and a pension, so they don’t care either way, blame all the fkery on COVID, monkey pox, and Russia, the most blighted government in 🇧🇧history

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  • @ David

    After I read:
    “NDP is undeterred, saying it will deliver a new type of politics.”

    I said to myself, “Okay. A new party, desirous of ‘delivering a new type of politics, should be given an opportunity to articulate its political philosophy and socioeconomic policies.

    However, I became a bit disappointed, after reading the following comments:
    “Declaring its motto as Development and Democracy with the philosophy of Friends of All, Satellites of None, the party says it intends to build a political institution to continue the work of the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.”

    I heard the newly elected DLP president say, ‘in one breath,’ he plans to practice ‘new politics,’ and in another, mentioned Barrow, ‘free secondary education’ and all the usual other ‘go to phrases’ politicians use to solicit emotional responses from the electorate.

    We’ve already acknowledged there aren’t any significant political, philosophical and ideological differences between the DLP and BLP.

    The NDP seems to be heading in a similar direction. ‘New politics and Barrow.’
    I cannot understand why politicians refuse to be innovative, creative, independent thinkers, rather than attempting to mold themselves and their political parties in the image of Errol Barrow?

    Perhaps the time has come for the introduction of a new word, ‘triopoly,’ to replace ‘duopoly.’

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  • “…….. the ministers on mute, GETTING a SALARY and a PENSION…….”

    🤣 🤣 🤣

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  • @Artax

    Seems to be a splinter from the DLP. We have to wait to hear more. Never could understand why new political parties feel to release information in drips and drabs.

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  • “…….. the ministers on mute, GETTING a SALARY and a PENSION…….”

    Is this what is being said across social media?

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  • Too many similarities between Mia and that BLM leader (the obese lesbian one)
    Both got access to loads of money and have nothing to show for it, other than places the take nice pictures and hold parties
    Both never miss an opportunity to beg for more money
    Both refuse to take accountability or even acknowledge mistakes

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    Tell de fowls dat i int de body wid de conspiracy…people got recepits..

    .the saying by seniors long gone is trouble don’t set up like rain….ah wonder who they will blame for this,,,

    “One of the victims in the massive Barbados land fraud scandal that has caused Bajans to distrust their own legal profession has named Alair P. Shepherd QC as one of the attorneys whom they allege was a participant in the theft of real estate belonging to their family. We are aware of which specific property was involved, but are withholding that information as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

    Whilst this is only an accusation, and must be proven in a court of law, that reckoning will be, we understand, filed in a court of law outside of Barbados, due to the systemic corruption that has infected the local court system, as well as all aspects of official and government life there. The personal involvement of officials at the highest level of government has rendered the court system a cruel joke, being played upon citizens who possess valuable land, handed down through their families, and which Barbados’ power elite covet, either for resale to foreign companies intent on tourism development, or to transfer to a member of their criminal conspiracy.”

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  • Toooooooooooooo late!
    For there is no road back, except the measures taken by the only real national hero General Bussa, once dictatorship, de jury, has been so firmly established over many years. And Mia Mugabe Mottley is the very embodiment of the fascist state.

    That state media, all of them, engage in self censorship and the manufacturing of the consent for the dictator to do as she wishes, all talk about democracy is quaint and properly belongs in the museum.

    Ignorance so abounds that democracy as an economic construction, at root, is already in the global museum. Wealth distributions patterns alone as currently seen make idiots of those under the eponymy that voting could make a difference. If that were true voting would be illegal.

    That the show pony of Washington.in Barbados could prove herself as an unserious empty vessel and still presume to lead the feckless is the very perfection of fascism with American characteristics.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David re “Never could understand why new political parties feel to release information in drips and drabs.” wha yah mean tho!

    You are a PR maven of years experience so don’t play dat! You know full well that’s a ploy to attract, maintain and pull in the targeted… just like de old fairy tale where the witch leaves drips and drabs of tantalizing morsels in the woods to catch the interest of the gullible wanderer!

    The problem of course is when some other forest denizen puts their own crap – literally so – all over the morsels and its lost to its intended target … 🤣

    @Artax, also come on now re “I cannot understand why politicians refuse to be innovative, creative, independent thinkers, rather than attempting to mold themselves and their political parties in the image of Errol Barrow”.

    Fah trute, you don’t understand 😇.

    An absolutely singular and seminal figure in de Bajan political-scape and you wondering why politicians here (and undoubtedly for next millenia) will invoke the ‘father of our nation’!!

    He is a larger than life personality that still inspires the best (or worst) motivations to energize the masses !

    But I was quite moved … (to tears almost … it was so touching ) with that NDP acronym… oh dear, oh dear 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Not!

    Stay well all.

    This is great theater…. a political party starting its publicity push by withholding names of its founders while trying to steal the thunder of the new DLP leader with generic BS verbiage.

    What an entrance and impact … I can just see them blowing us away with awesome policies and plans just now. 🤦🏾‍♂️ Talk about exciting drips and drabs!

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  • “How ex-Gambia President Yahya Jammeh’s US mansion was seized”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-58924630

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    It feels so good to tell and show the young generation how these politicians, lawyers and their historical DIRTY DEEDS, FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH ALL OF THEM..

    I hope Kootchie Koo (KK) is paying attention..

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    They will beat that archaic fraud of a word “democracy” to DEATH….many decades after everyone else has abandoned it..and moved on to something new…

    ” If that were true voting would be illegal.”

    worth repeating for the fowls who wasted so many years trying to recruit everyone into slow learner fowlship…

    demasiado tarde….indeed..

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  • “He is a larger than life personality that still inspires the best (or worst) motivations to energize the masses!”

    @ dpD

    I’m have a different opinion.

    Similarly to how Barrow’s philosophy may have perhaps originated with him, why can’t aspiring politicians be creative and independent of thought to conceptualize their individual sociopolitical philosophies…… as well as develop progressive, innovative socioeconomic policies?

    I believe today’s youngsters may want to hear about Grantley Adams and Barrow from a historical perspective.
    But, do you really believe they want to hear what those gentlemen DID as the basis for what present politicians plan to DO?

    They can only be described as lazy.

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    TLSN…re The Gambia…their greed always gets them in the end.

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  • @Artax

    A philosophy cannot be crafted with mere words. For it (philosophy) to resonate with the target it is usually preceded with seminal event or events of which the purveyors of the message are perceived by the public as identifying.

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  • “A philosophy cannot be crafted with mere words. For it (philosophy) to resonate with the target it usually is preceded with a seminal event or events of which the purveyors of the message are perceived by the public as identifying.”

    @ David

    Yes, I’m fully aware.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Donna
    The real truth is that we all smelled the shit for ten years . If that means we should smell shit for twenty more so be it.
    Stuart and Company and Mia and company is the same shit.
    So we can go ahead and blame everything that has happened and ignore everything that is happening.
    I don’t know how that works but I know shit is shit although the smell may or may not vary or may vary a little bit.
    The damn man that Mia and company said was the architect of the shit , up in Washington living big with Mia’s blessings.
    Nobody in the Diaspora ain’t put him there ! Nobody in the Diaspora responsible for the mishandling of the economy by either Bees or Dees.
    This nonsense about” overruling our vote” is not grounded in any serious thought.
    You or nobody have the right to determine who is to benefit and who is to suffer under any government in Barbados:
    It shows at the very root of this position is some believed entitlement to saying who is more Barbadian than who is not.
    Respectfully it cannot hold water .
    The rights for Bajans living outside to vote has been discussed long before Stuart and Company ruined the economy.
    It was a very prominent discussion in the eighties. Many Barbadians living in the Diaspora have fought for the rights of marginalized and exploited brothers and sisters living on the island. Many had to get out before they were completely destroyed.
    The next thing we will hear is that Bajans who have lived outside for a certain period should not be called Barbadians and should be banished from their country forever.
    If I am not mistaken , David Thompson was born in the Diaspora. We have people who are not born Barbadians voting because they have citizenship. We have Barbadians not born in other countries voting in those countries.
    It is morally incorrect to deny somebody the right to vote on the grounds that they
    live outside their country and they don’t feel the problems and therefore should take some second position. Really !
    And then we come here shouting: All ah we is one and we all in dis together.
    Your position is insular and respectfully I can’t agree with your reasoning.
    Peace

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, a tad ‘memo of understanding’ imposing word style 😎 but very well stated @3:39, regardless.

    Thus @Artax if you are aware then you recognize that present day pols invoke what “THEY did” to create that resonance to the “seminal” political acts and thus seek to cloak themselves as placed to offer the same vision and passion to enact SIMILIARLY meaningful, present day policies and programs. Just as those maguffy predecessors did in their day!

    That’s not being lazy … that’s merely a step on the ladder of political gamesmanship!

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  • @Donna,
    I am unable to understand your unnecessary fear of us in the Diaspora being able to vote in local elections. Aren’t we sons, daughters, parents, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends of those in Barbados? Wouldn’t we have the same interests and concerns as our relatives? Wouldn’t we share their pain? Isn’t our navel strings and root as firmly planted on the island (and for some) even more so than many who remain on the island?

    How will they deny us the right to vote and at the same time seek to import as many as possibly 70,000 new voters? Given our strong and apparent dislike of self, these new imports may result in drastic societal and cultural changes. These new arrivals may “feel it” and “know it”, but they may not feel it or know in the same way as you. The difference between the new arrivals and those already on the island may be even greater than those of us in the Diaspora.

    What about the vote itself? Isn’t it obvious that some know it and feel it differently? In the last election 57% of eligible voters that did not vote; did they not know it or feel it?
    Did only the 30% voting for the BLP (the ruling minority) know it and feel it?
    What about the 11% who voted for the DLP, did they know or feel it?

    2022 election
    BLP — 78,720 (29.6%)
    DLP — 30,273 (11.4%)
    APP? — 3,205
    SB — 699
    BFP –191
    New Barbados Kingdom Alliance 122
    Barbados Sovereignty Party 120
    Independents 705
    Total voting 114,035 (42.8%)
    Registered Voters 266,330

    Perhaps the real fear is not the number of votes from the Diaspora, but that local people are not voting in the elections. Look at the numbers above and note that with a 70,000 increase in the population they will be begging us in the Diaspora to come home and vote.

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  • @TheOGazerts May 27, 2022 4:55 PM “Wouldn’t we have the same interests and concerns as our relatives? ”

    Not necessarily Theo.

    You know the saying “tongue and teet does disagree.”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, as we have the benefit of so much data these days I would hope the final decision to allow overseas voting in a full and comprehensive way beyond what currently exists is done after solid research on the impact and disadvantages it brought.to nations as small as ours who have it in place.

    I believe I am an ex-pat type who has always paid close attention to what’s happening at home because I always saw my absence as merely a happenstance … and still do!

    I have been deeply informed yet despite that I don’t believe that over the years I was always in the best position to have offered an ‘informed vote at home.

    There are many better informed than I am and many more horrendously misinformed.

    I don’t think any of us deserve any special voting rights if we are overseas … and unless that research shows differently and PARTICULALRY confirms that these votes are not going to be manipulated with thousands of them fraudalenty converted I will remain so disposed.

    If I am so moved to vote for a local MP I can plan my vacation around the elections and do so right there in Bim … what’s a lil coin once every four or five years to show my passion!

    Lata.

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  • @Waru

    It looks like there are a fair number of naughty American lawyers

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_disbarments_in_the_United_States
    List of disbarments in the United States

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Disbarred_American_lawyers
    Category:Disbarred American lawyers {125 pages)

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  • @ TheOGazerts,

    Just shut up and send money and barrels as will be needed sooner or later wen de hurricane come. lol

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lawyers_disbarred_in_the_Watergate_scandal
    Category:Lawyers disbarred in the Watergate scandal (11 pages)

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  • When Dr. RONNIE Obama Yearwood speaks it will force many to listen
    Reason wny many diehard blp footsoldiers on social media are frothing at the mouth

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  • BU Therapy
    Who would have thought the average bajan had do many issues in their tissues buried deep that would surface from topic of the PM being given an award for making her name in the worldwide spotlight.

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  • Add to this – all the voters have is a choice of B or D. So far, regardless of whether the score is 61-0 or 16-14 there really is no difference between the two teams. However, some act as if the 5-year placebo we call an election really makes a difference …

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  • It makes a difference because it creates the opportunity for interventions/change.

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    “List of disbarments in the United States”

    “Category:Disbarred American lawyers {125 pages)”

    EVERYWHERE….except Barbados…

    “It is morally incorrect to deny somebody the right to vote on the grounds that they
    live outside their country and they don’t feel the problems and therefore should take some second position. Really !
    And then we come here shouting: All ah we is one and we all in dis together.”

    thought that was put to rest, guess not.

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  • BU Misery
    The musical scratching of 555.

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  • My point is that voters in the Diaspora will not have a blank slate. Like the rest of Barbados, we vote B or D. We may tilt the scale in one direction, but the outcome is one of the duopoly.

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  • @Hants May 27, 2022 5:17 PM “Just shut up and send money and barrels as will be needed sooner or later wen de hurricane come. lol”

    If you and Theo have close relatives here, minor children, elderly parents, spouses of course you should send money and barrels. Dutiful sons and daughter, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives contribute to the support of their dependents. But I would bet anything that most people don’t send money or barrels to strangers. NOBODY in the great white north has ever sent me money. The occasional barrel “yes” and I send north once or twice each year traditional Bajan treats, rum, sugar cakes, gauva jelly made by my own hands etc. Fair exchange I think,

    But please don’t wish a hurricane on us. Even with good insurance once the insurance companies apply the deductibles households are still left with thousands of dollars in repairs. And hurricans are NOT our fault. Not even the lawyer/politicians cause hurricanes.

    So give us a break nuh!/

    And besides a stray hurricance can come up your side. Don’t tell me that you have forgotten Hurricane Hazel already.

    “Hurricane Hazel was the deadliest, second costliest, and most intense hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm killed at least 469 people in Haiti before striking the United States near the border between North and South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane. After causing 95 fatalities in the US, Hazel struck Canada as an extratropical storm, raising the death toll by 81 people, mostly in TORONTO.”

    Some of my former colleagues still remember Hazel with fear. They were children/teens then but they remember.

    It has happened once, with global warning it is almost certain to happen again. I have many relatives, friends, former colleagues in the GTA. I won’t wish a hurricane on anyone.

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  • “The musical scratching of 555.”

    Have you got any naked pictures of your wife?

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  • @AC
    “When Dr. RONNIE Obama Yearwood speaks it will force many to listen
    Reason wny many diehard blp footsoldiers on social media are frothing at the mouth”
    I see it… Short but sweet
    –The missing ’70’ percent-
    All of Yuh hear muh
    Now we have Ronnie Obama
    Speaking in soft silky tones
    Bringing comfort to our weary bones
    But watch the BLP foot soljahs
    Shouting out their love of Mia
    Talking of a 61-0
    And here is what they choose to ignore
    30 seats and 30 percent
    They do not care where the other 70 went
    Rejecting facts and seeing fiction
    Ignoring scams and outright corruption
    Talking of sphere of influence
    Abandoning common sense
    Just wanting to scream and fight
    Preferring darkness to light
    Rejecting the upgrade to a dated Mia
    The new, the improved Ronnie Obama

    Girl you are the best. You go girl

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  • In June, it will be 32 years…
    To my queen

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  • William Skinner

    @ DPD
    There is one question and one question only: Should one be denied to vote because he or she lives outside their country?
    We have to disagree with your position. This is not about who lives here and who does not. With all the forms of modern technology , overseas voting for a population of just over three hundred thousand , should not present any major problems.
    However, I respect you for not basing your position on what any party did or did not do in office.
    Peace.

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  • would you like some, I have a load of photos for sale

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  • A few… nudes only…. wife only,,
    Hang on to those of your mama

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, if the question is simply “Should one be denied to vote because he or she lives outside their country?” then I would say ‘NO, OF COURSE NOT’. And I would add that currently NO SUCH limitation exists! You or I or any of the over 150,000+ Bajans who live outside our lovely island can vote in any locally held election.

    The question you are really posing if ‘why has our EBC not established a valid process to allow votes from expats to be tallied in local elections with all these forms of modern technology’?

    Well back in the 80s when you noted talk of this was raised previously I am sure that the concerns of SECURELY MANAGING such an undertaking were paramount and NOW despite the facile phrase ‘all the forms of modern technology’ that remains my BIGGEST concern.

    Excuse the apparent contradiction but this has nothing and everything to do with “what any party did or did not do in office.” I am a practical fella and I foresee any expat voting process to be an exercise in ABSOLUTE corrupt fraudulent vote rigging in our very small and currently ridiculously OVER-represented constituencies.

    I will not get into any what if scenarios but will simply state that there is NO way the DLP would have been vanquished 0-30 in 2018 if overseas voting was allowed … they would not have been able to finagle a victory from the debacle they created but boy would they have tried!

    THAT’Ss my absolute fear …. the fraud that will eventuate in managing such a process… that and the fact that ANY Bajan can vote now if they simply get their backside on the island when the time is called.

    This is a non-issue waiting to explode into a massive problem and I do NOT favor it atall!

    I gone.

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  • Someone mentioned the UN our pussy has been angling for that for a while

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  • William Skinner

    @ DPD
    I guess if you can’t fly, sail or swim home, you shouldn’t vote.
    Peace

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  • Donna is not 100% against us voting

    “Unless the allocation is for one diaspora seat which affords only a literal VOICE in parliament,”

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  • Quote is from Donna comment

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  • TheO,

    Of course, some felt it differently. Many party supporters shared in the fatted calf. Others hoped to in the near future. They hold out no such hope from the other party.

    Anyway, there is no present scandal as big as the Cahill scandal. That one still seems unreal to me. That one would have sunk us. We are still afloat. So yes, there is a difference between the last government and the current government. Bad, worse, worst still obtains even if not good, better, best.

    Vaccine scam does not equal Cahill scam.

    P.S. I do not get any barrels or remittances. I do not want any barrels or remittances so the lowdown remarks do not apply to me. The remittances are sent to benefit your families. Not to benefit me. The day your families are not here, you will stop sending your barrels and remittances.

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  • Some people still think that changing the system will eradicate corruption.

    I believe only in minimising corruption. It is impossible to eradicate corruption as long as human beings are running the system -ANY DAMN SYSTEM.

    Minimising corruption is a daily battle. The struggle will NEVER be over!

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  • I have lived in this island for more than half of a century and I have never felt as depressed about Barbados as I did under the last DLP administration.

    As much as we are struggling now, and even under the terrible setbacks of the last few years, I am happy that there is a new government in the driver’s seat.

    If the same government was in office during these turbulent times I shudder to think what would have happened to us.

    I know that many of you were extremely concerned about Barbados in those terrible years, as you are now but can any of you say that you were depressed?

    There was a pall over the island at that time, a funereal atmosphere, a sense of hopelessness that is not quite present now, no matter what the hardships.

    He who feels it knows it. We who felt it pelt anudder 30:o in dem tails!

    If you want to vote in constituencies badly enough you will make it here. If you have no presence at all in a constituency why are you voting there.

    I have to vote in the constituency in which I LIVE. Why should you be any different? That seems like a special privilege to me.

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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

    “Minimising corruption is a daily battle.”

    like exercise you do what you can
    a little effort is good
    more is more better
    and lot more is best

    USA has been battling corruption
    drug wars
    terror wars
    anti-money laundering wars
    but they still have biggest problems of drugs, crime syndicates and corruption in power

    there is a demand which is met by supply where money oils the wheels for motion
    if there is food and fuel shortages people will have to pay more to get what they need

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  • Unless an individual relinquishes their citizenship or engage in illegalities
    An individual right to vote is a guaranteed right within the Constitution under the laws of democracy
    In Jan our Supreme Leader took.it upon herself to overule that law and many voices remained silent and accepted that selfish indignation as a right to do
    Those living in the diaspora are not stepchildren or foster children
    Those living in the diaspora when called upon to help govt in time of need step forward
    Those living in the diaspora pay taxes when visiting the island or in other ways and manner
    Those living in the diaspora should not be on bended knees asking begging or pleaing with govt for a right to vote
    Residing in another country does not take away that right by any means necessary
    Legal right of being a citizen has not changed
    What has changed are a people consumed with self interest even if it means being governed by laws rules that takes away their Constitutional rights
    😔

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  • #BlackLivesMatter Vocals
    The straw that broke the devil’s back was named George Floyd
    We Can’t Take No More (Enuff, Enuff, Enuff)

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  • Individuals having a mindset that allows them to belive that taking away persons Constitutional rights in any shape form or manner especially if there is no real concern by.which the country or people would be harmed within that said mentality lies a dangerous thought process that enables govt to overrides Constitutional laws and rewrites with impunity what govt belives is best for a country
    This dangerous approach has been fought tooth and nail against for people to have rights now today one realizes that a few fringes are still left to be fought against as the call for voters rights in barbadians living in the diaspora are being met with all types of asinine excuses by those whose thought process by pass the laws written within the Constitution and introduces what they belive is right
    😔

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  • William Skinner

    @ Donna
    This is not about your or my feelings about the Democratic Labour Party or the Barbados Labour Party. This is about Barbadians.
    You are speaking as if overseas voters will only vote for the Democratic Labour Party.
    You keep harping on what would have happened if this or that had happened . You don’t know.. Simply as that.
    The electorate dealt with Stuart and Company as they have voted in or out each party from time time. That is how Democratic works.
    Your argument is weak and you will deny others to have the right to vote simply because the entire country had a poor government between 2008/2018
    You are of the opinion that the voice of Barbadian citizens should be silenced in expressing their rights to vote because they don’t live on the island.
    You cannot overlook the millions upon millions of dollars and other skills that our brothers and sisters contribute to their homeland and they do it regardless of whom is in power.
    In straight forward language : Barbados belongs to all of us and all of us must have a say. This is not about Stuart, Mottley or whoever went before or whomever will come in the future..
    No Barbadian citizen living at home or elsewhere is responsible for poor governance. We all must have the opportunity to vote .
    You are no soothsayer and you don’t know if one of these days there will be a worst government than the one you keep lamenting about.’
    You are just a citizen and so is every other Barbadian and they deserve every right you have.
    Barbadians dealt with Stuart and Company twice and when they are ready they will deal with Mia and Company or whomever they would have to deal with at the ballot..

    Peace.

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  • Cabinet okays Constitution Reform Commission
    Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Constitution Reform Commission to recommend changes to the constitution given Barbados’ Republic status.
    Attorney General, Dale Marshall, revealed that retired judge Christopher Blackman was the chairman and that the other members of the commission will soon receive their warrants.
    He stated: “We have agreed to the composition of that commission. So we are embarking on a process of constitutional reform. All of the persons who we recommended for appointment have been contacted and have agreed to serve and therefore the Cabinet Secretary is now in the process of liaising with Her Excellency for the preparation and signing of those warrants.”
    Marshall explained that persons would be appointed under a special instrument called a warrant of appointment.
    “I am hopeful that those things will all be accomplished
    between now and the middle of June,” he said adding that the team was anxious to get the job done.
    In relation to the much anticipated breathalyser testing, Marshall said it was still on hold.
    Important things
    “There are a number of things that we consider important before we put that initiative in place. We are ready for it; we have all the equipment for it and there is training that has been done for it,” he said, adding that it was “vitally important for us to make sure that all the elements of the public transport system are working because when people go out they have to be able to get back home”.
    Marshall stated: “If we don’t make sure that those things are done right what will happen is that people would try a thing and we don’t want them to have that opportunity; we don’t want them to have that excuse and therefore we are putting all of those measures in place.” (MB)

    Source: Nation

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  • Presently.Barbados being a Republic does not have a Constitution representing the changes which govt proposed to made within the tenets of a new Constitution
    Presently all legislation written reflects the old Constituion which begs the question if and when the new Constitution is written how would the laws written reflect what is being written in the new Constitution
    Presently the govt is not fully constituted as written in the Constitution
    An election called during a pandemic
    People’s right overruled by govt intent
    How would such measures be handled or written within law of the new Constitution if barbdos intends to be seen as a country guided by democratic law
    Govt has already pulled the lever downward against democratic laws
    Yet there are people asking govt to pull.the lever further downward away from a democractic process 🤔

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  • The country is presently operating under the pre republic constitution with an amendment which installed a local head to replace the Queen soon to be King of England. There were also a few changes that saw the name of the police force and others changed to delete the word ROYAL. It is misleading to suggest otherwise.

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  • Wouldn’t it have been better if the change to Republic was dealt within a frame work directed by good governance with a construct that provided clarity of and within purpose for country and people instead of a half-assed knee jerked laws and ammendments
    The people are tired of what is and what is meant to be
    Barbados became a Republic which in many minds was legacy driven
    That is the problem and a problem which leads to suspicious motives

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  • “That is the problem and a problem which leads to suspicious motives”

    Nobody gives your complaints any considerations as your motives methods opportunities are known to be bad minded, and detract from promoting DLP regardless of their new efforts to repair the damage done to their credibility.

    Troll farms are paid per post not quality of argument content and result in irritating spam noise dishonest twisting of truths.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Again…WHY do these basic rights of Black people born on the island but immigrate due to stagnating circumstances and corrupt governments…have to be explained OVER AND OVER ON BU…

    people not born in Barbados, not even Black, control WHAT GOES ON IN BARBADOS, always have, always will as long as the corrupt colonial slave system stays in place……and ya don’t here not one shite from these self-haters…

    “Your argument is weak and you will deny others to have the right to vote simply because the entire country had a poor government between 2008/2018
    You are of the opinion that the voice of Barbadian citizens should be silenced in expressing their rights to vote because they don’t live on the island.
    You cannot overlook the millions upon millions of dollars and other skills that our brothers and sisters contribute to their homeland and they do it regardless of whom is in power.”

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    Pacha…if you and a few others don’t post intelligent discourse, everything just devolves into Black self-hate…a BU trend…

    ..and don’t let’s forget the fowls……lawd, they make sure that nothing rises above their low level anonymous corrupt mindedness.

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  • As far as I know, you have the right to vote once you get here to do it. There is no right to expect the government to set up overseas voting.

    I neither hate diasporians nor fear them. I simply believe that we who live here under the government are more likely to respond to the circumstances because we are feeling the effects.

    Who knows what could have happened if the rather large contingent of loyal DLP voters, somewhat insulated from the realities on the grounf, had kept the DLP in office?

    I voted DLP until 2018 BECAUSE I felt the effects of their disastrous “stewardship” and realised that Freundel was totally disconnected from reality.

    So did many others who traditionally voted D.

    30 freaking 0! We were voting for our lives!

    I don’t care who thinks that they are more intelligent and more aware. I live here and I am extremely happy that she who felt it got the chance to vote it out!

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  • William Skinner

    Just read of another Barbadian six year old golfer, who will become the youngest Barbadian to represent the island , in any major international competition.
    Last time, it was another six year old selling her first painting.
    Those of us , not concerned with the petty machinations , of a visionless political class , bent on destroying the island , know that our youth have all the inner strength and resources to make Barbados far greater than it is today.
    These children were born , I think, during the Lost Decade.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    people not born in Barbados, not even Black, control WHAT GOES ON IN BARBADOS, always have, always will as long as the corrupt colonial slave system stays in place…not only are these control freaks not born in Barbados, most don’t live on the island, never even visited and never will….but they pull every string attached to the house negros…

    but ya hear no complaints from self-haters…

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “just read of another Barbadian six year old golfer, who will become the youngest Barbadian to represent the island , in any major international competition.
    Last time, it was another six year old selling her first painting.”

    i must ask, why are these things not big news, surfers and race car drivers competing internationally are shoved down our throats, although they are mediocre at best, nothing outstanding about them that i can see, …..we apparently only see our star athletes because dey int got no bajan white or other minority ones with that kinda stamina….

    ……fake class and shite color will finish the pretenders off…

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  • Yuh got de same rights that I have. Get tuh de polling station and VOTE!

    Seems to me that you are more concerned with your rights than anything else. And yuh actually want MORE rights than we do!

    Some people have to borrow bus fare to go and vote. Some have to spend money on gas. Wunnuh can spend plane fare.

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  • Or else, have one Diaspora seat that affords you a voice in parliament. That was one of the proposals FROM OVERSEAS. There are many overseas bajans who agree with me. Their views were recorded in the Sunday Sun.

    Last time we agreed that my position was reasonable. Now you say my argument is weak.

    I say that yours is emotional, as usual.

    AND WEAK!

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    Apparently, there is another 246 Radio show out of London this morning, more exposure for the corrupt/thieves, the fowls and the wannabes…murdahhhh!!…too much for me to keep up with these days…lol

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  • And the “what if” argument is very valid.

    Wunnuh cyan feel from afar what we are feeling here to the degree that we are feeling it.

    Human nature. Distance creates a buffer.

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  • And you shoukd try to read with understanding. NOWHERE did I suggest that all overseas people would vote DLP. I said that loyal DLP supporters who live overseas were less likely to change their vote as I did.

    Because they were not here to wade through the shit!

    So BLP voters would have voted B and DLP voters would mostly have voted D.

    For an emotional person, you show little understanding of how human beings think, feel and act.

    Now a traditional DLP voter waiting at a busstop or in a busstand for three hours going and coming EVERY DAMN DAY, a person whose child constantly misses school because of transportation issues while hearing a prime minister talk shite about “everything is still functioning” is more likely to KNOW de man talking shite and vote his ass out than one who is only hearing a person tell of the difficulties.

    This is sound human behaviour “doctrine” that cannot be refuted.

    He who feels it knows it.

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  • How does the fact it would have been ideal to have had a ‘republic constitution, have to do with saying Barbados does not have a constitution?

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  • @William

    You exist in generalizations. The issue is never if Barbados produce citizens that can compete on world stage. It is establishing a structure to produce more instead of a few exceptions to the rule.

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  • Skinner you want to vote catvh a plane and come home.Agree with Donna 100% percent.Why should people who live here have to be led by some party we do not want because of overseas dems like Ssrge, Hants, AC , Baje , Gazzerts and you.Perhaps given the opportunity Mr Stuart would still be PM not speaking to the voters.No way jose.Your other comment about DLP and BLP same thing is hogwash.Perhaps in ideology but there is no comparison to be made in leadership quality between Mr Arthur, Ms Mottley, both Mr Adams amd on the other side Mr Sandiford as he was then, Mr Thompson and Mr Stuart.None whatsoever!The only exception would be the excellent Mr Barrow on the dems side.Therefore yoy are living in la la land as usual.I gone.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Donna
    Yes. I said reasonable but that does not mean I cannot find your overhaul position to be weak because you are constantly alluding to that nonsense about a lost decade and talking about who live in a constituency would know how to vote.
    You can have all the pot holes , unemployment, water shortages in a constituency; the Bees will still vote Bees and the Dees will still vote Dees , when the majority of them enter a booth.
    So that premise especially in our geographical lay out is still weak.
    You are missing the point: You want to give the Diaspora one seat. I am seeking to have all Barbadians one vote.
    In debating an issue, one always respects a “ reasonable “ position but that does not mean they can’t find your total premise outside of that position weak.
    I don’t care how you vote ; I only care that you have the right to vote.
    You said that giving those citizens who live outside the right to vote sounds like a “ privilege”. It is a right the same right you have.
    Your vote is no privilege it is a right,

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  • It is justified to refer to the period as the lost decade. It was when the country with Thompson’s sickness and then death was allowed to sale rudderless at a time post financial meltdown it caused accelerated harm to the economy of Barbados. Even Freundel Stuart admitted that he was not the type of man to manhandle the situation until he received a mandate from the people. A mandate he stretched 3 months past the traditional time.

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  • The DLP is now being punished for how the party/government negotiated that period.

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  • To make it simple for you to understand William, the situation we now find ourselves was created by what occurred in that infamous period.

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  • WS

    As of today do you have a right to vote in Barbados/ or when was it taken away?

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    And to think that google is so easily accessible..and all human rights are posted online…

    “The right enacted into law and legislation of a country or jurisdiction that gives all citizens of a specific legal age the authority to vote in a public election or public referendum.

    All countries of the world have a right to vote at the United Nations.”

    so why would ALL COUNTRIES have a right to vote, but the citizens have no such right, regardless of where they live…hopefully this explains to those who know no better….VOTING RIGHTS…

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  • Right vs accommodation

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  • @John2

    Is it more accurate to say overseas Bahamas can vote if their names have not been purged from the electoral register?

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Why is it that some keep trying to change reality to suit their warped version of what Black people should and should not do or say, what they should and should not have access or RIGHTS to…..and they want sensible people to take them seriously..

    ..it’s like a mind disease that spreads like wildfire..

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  • @Lorenzo

    I seemed to have attracted your attention again, FYI as long as I am overseas I have no interest in voting in a Barbados election and I can safely say neither does my wife.We are both registered to vote in a ChCh constituency but that is neither here nor there.
    BTW why are you opposed to people in the diaspora voting in a local election? If you are worried that they will vote DLP simply say that they have to vote in the last constituency in which they lived in that way their vote will have no impact on the outcome of the election.

    Yuh happy?

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  • William Skinner

    @ John 2
    I never said that any right to vote was taken away. You know what overseas voting means: you don’t have to be in the country to vote.
    Gimme me a break……pleeeeese.

    @ David
    It’s nonsense ! The previous administration was probably the worst we ever had but all the damn problems we have were not created in no so-called lost decade.
    And four years later the frigging problems still there and they were tgere long before COVID. Right now the country broke and owe everybody money.
    I give Mottley and Company some credit but that’s about it.
    We are here talking about electoral reform. Stuart and all of them getting the blasted unearned pensions and there isn’t a shit we can do about it.
    We are four years into a new administration that has borrowed money from everybody while giving away and forgiving millions upon millions of dollars .Everything gone up from bus fares to water and they all went up before COVID.
    We have a bundle of dubious Senior Ministers; the PM has her own Secretary and about three ministers in her office; we still have the biggest cabinet ever and almost every policy is either announced before it’s fully thought out- the abolition of the Eleven Plus being the latest fiasco.
    Looks like we now have the lost fourteen years .
    Peace.

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    Pacha….you can ask me again why i bother, this time it’s just in case young people, who should NOT be on BU soaking up these go nowhere mindsets…….are reading all of this and am making sure they are not MISLED by a gang of idiots…

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  • Bushie is here trying to rationalize exactly WHY people who have CHOSEN to live in a foreign jurisdiction even WANT to vote to decide who runs Barbados. One would think that wunna would be much more interested in voting to decide if Trump comes back or if Trudeau keeps his beard.
    Another case of wanting to be in Church AND Chapel at the same time?

    We welcome the feedback – even the lukewarm consultations, BUT…
    Take some advice from Tammy B, ….and recluse wunna selves from the administrative business of Barbados IF wunna have CHOSEN to live in Babylon.
    LOL
    Bushie don’t even support the ‘visit and vote’ shiite….
    We like wunna bad,
    …but…
    If yuh Out, STAN out!!!

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  • @William

    Again you missed the point. The blogmaster was careful to use the word accelerated decline. You may carry on smartly.

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  • @Bush Tea

    Retired Justice Chris Blackman has men appointed of another committee to receive and recommend suggestions for constitutional reform. Those here there and everywhere have the opportunity to present. We wait.

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  • @ Lorenzo
    My Brother, I don’t know who discussing leadership here.
    I thought we were discussing electoral reform and whether your Barbadian brothers and sisters , living overseas should be able to vote without having to catch a plane or swim to Bim.
    Oh well, you have a good weekend.
    I gone

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  • Again, yuh got de same right tuh vote as I have. Get tuh de polling station and vote! If nuhbody doan turn up to push de disabled person’s wheelchair tuh de polling station he doan doan get tuh vote. If I in de horsepital and cyan get tuh de polling station I doan get tuh vote.

    All I am hearing here is concern for YOUR RIGHTS. It is very telling actually. Speaks volumes.

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  • “I don’t care how you vote ; I only care that you have the right to vote.
    You said that giving those citizens who live outside the right to vote sounds like a “ privilege”. It is a right the same right you have.”

    If for some reason Donna end up in hospital on voting day. There is no accommodation for her to vote. To exercise her right to vote she got to get her but to HER polling station

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  • And NO local Ds certainly did NOT vote D in the last two elections!

    Talk about weak arguments!

    Wuhlaus!

    He who feels it knows it. Only the governed should decide who governs them.

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