60 Love Can Lose

It would be remiss of the blogmaster if the yesterday’s 2022 Grenada general election was not highlighted in this space. Keith Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) won consecutive general elections in 2013 and 2018. The Mia Mottley led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won consecutive general elections in 2018 and 2022. Today the Prime Minister of Grenada is 44 year old Dikcon Mitchell who led the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to office based on preliminary reporting 9 seats to 6. To his credit 75 year old Keith Mitchell won his seat.

Another example of the people expressing its will in a democracy. Time will tell if the NDC is able to satisfy people expectation or another case of shuffling chairs on the deck of the Titanic. It exposes Mia Mottley and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) should NOT take its unprecedented mandate for granted. Less than a year into a second term and there is growing discontentment from Barbadians largely because of increasing harsh economic conditions brought on by negative movements in the external market. The main political opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) – not dissimilar to the NDC – is led by a new young Dr. Ronnie Yearwood. In fact Dickon Mitchell was invited to speak at the DLP’s Extraordinary Conference on 1 May 2022. The win should help to inspire Yearwood and his team to what is possible. 

Some of us recognise the winning of a general election does not translate to manna from heaven, although it relieves concerns about a threat to ‘democracy’ by becoming a de facto one party state. Grenada like Barbados is a small island developing state which makes the job of governing for any government a challenge.

In the case of Mottley and Barbados one suspects if Yearwood is able to present a set of believable plans for Barbados and surround himself with a tean that is perceived as credible, who knows what is possible next election round. The recent decision by the Barbados government to borrow $256 million is not resonating well with the public. In theory many Barbados may understand we need to fix roads and attend to physical infrastructure BUT at what price. The debt stock of Barbados is north of 13 billion!

The blogmaster will continue to retreat to a position some do not accept. Citizens must continue find ways to agitate against our governments – to hold feet to fire. Politicians are in the business of popularity even if it comes at the expense of the people who elected them.

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  • 60-0
    30-0
    those numbers shelf life had reached their expiration date and the Grenadines gave them their official burial ceremony

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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

    Hip Hop Samples

    An example of getting lyrics wrong is
    Baje’s long talk rap which lacked intuition
    8% of millionaires are black
    got mixed up with
    8% of blacks are millionaires

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me
    C.R.E.A.M samples As Long as I’ve Got You

    That’s why I don’t pay too much attention to what people are saying and just do my own than

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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

    just do my own thang

    Good Times samples I Get High

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  • I am looking at America and seeing their function of govt under democratic process is functioning as under the tenants of the Constitution
    I am.looking at Barbados having a Parliament absent of an opposition and pretending that such a form of goverance is totally in agreement with the Constitution
    I am looking at America and a people who stands up with vigor for their rights
    I am looking at Barbados having a people who prefer to suffer in silence while their rights are being eroded

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  • TheO,

    The world as I know it, for as far back as I know, has always been mad. Perhaps even madder than it is now. Check the history books! Even America was madder than it is now. So was Europe and so was Barbados, of course. It is just that we expected progress towards fairness and equity to continue at a much faster pace.
    We were probably stupid to have expected that. We have all been disappointed. Ordinary people all over the world, except maybe Scandinavia that I know of, are disappointed. This is what has raised the temperature to almost boiling point.

    It is only since 1945, that humans have had the power to erase themselves from the face of the earth.

    I don’t believe they will do it yet. But we shall see!

    I don’t think GP believes that the world is going to end just yet though.

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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

    Touch The Sky samples Move On Up

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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

    I am looking at Barbados Underground and see that people love arguing with extremely faulty reasoning and illogical arguements.
    I truly hope this small sample of BU posters can not be extrapolated out as representative of the whole nation.

    Setting Precedence in Law such as Roe Vs Wade is a completely different concept to tenets of Constitution, which Supreme Court would know, but these Supreme Court Judges are a just bunch of sheisty ringers and the fake process was a set up on consignment under orders from political extremist right wing religious Conservatives.

    I guess Ronnie Not Obama Yearwood is an intelligent man, but this could prove to be inconsequential with the Barbadian Population. 90-0 would be a number for the completion annihilation of DLP.

    Wet Dreamz samples Mariya

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  • 30-0 the ruination continue
    60-0 the needle headed towards red
    A,90- 0 all be dead

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  • Oh dear! The really smart man ranted and raved about a post that was meant for the Royal Wee, the aforementioned arrogant asshole!

    I missed that in my scrolling past.

    Now, speaking about gutter mouths – what does GTFOH stand for?

    Not GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE?

    Last week Angela Cox, another hypocrite who spoke of my language, typed WTF which stands for WHAT THE FUCK!

    Wunnuh tooo hypocrite!

    Of those infants I taught at primary school, I know only one who was arrested for drugs. I must ask what happened to his case. Several others I know about are doing well to varying degrees. Wouldn’t know about the finances of all of them. But I would have heard if they had run afoul of the law in ANY COUNTRY.

    Of those young people with whom I interacted in youth groups, only one fell prey to drugs. He was having home problems. His mother told me all about it. He seems to have recovered somewhat. My other young people are all doing well at various professions both academic and otherwise.

    The young man I mentored at and out of GIS, has taken the straight and narrow path. He had made up his mind before he even met me that he would not be going to prison EVER. I only made sure they did not lock him up wrongfully by forcing a confession out of him. So….

    My son is hardworking, has his own fledgling business, is a loving, right thinking, sweetheart who is no trouble to anyone at all. Girls call him with their boyfriend problems.

    Say again about young people I “mentor” being in trouble!

    Steupse! You could want a bigger potty mout than Rihanna or Jay z whose success you recently held up?

    Man, “GTFOH”!

    P.S. I do not play victim. I fight back. Haven’t been beaten yet!

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  • My last words.

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  • The infamous 1958 UK Notting Hill riots. When will black Barbadians take matters into their own hands and carve out their own destiny?

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  • Observing an emotional wreck in real time.

    🤡🤡🤡🤡

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  • GTOFH

    I was thinking those words meant gotta tell Obama fuh real he handsome

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  • Took you long enough but here you are!

    See what I mean? Just cannot help it, can you?

    Stop there and bother about Donna.

    And don’t start with the hit dog shite. We know who you mean.

    You have some sort of compulsive disorder.

    “Dullard does not punch downwards.”

    Oh dear!

    I love it!

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  • #Barbados is scheduled to repay the International Monetary Fund $928 million by the end of 2029, from loans borrowed over the last four years.

    Subscribe now to our eNATION

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  • Unusual Grenada election
    By Peter Wickham
    The June 2022 election in Grenada will go down in history as one of the region’s most extraordinary for several reasons that will be discussed in this space.
    The event ushered in the region’s youngest prime minister, Dickon Mitchell, who replaced one of the oldest, Keith Mitchell. PM Mitchell’s ascendancy is historic and worthy of a more detailed consideration; however, it is noteworthy that two years ago he was reported to have had little interest in politics and no known record of political involvement.
    In October 2021, PM Mitchell was elected to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and started to organise his team in preparation for an election due in March of 2023. That election came almost one year early, giving Mitchell eight months to prepare for his success this month, which presents a remarkable regional case study. There is no comparable leader within this region who was able to parachute into the leadership of any party with no known political experience and be able to defeat one of the region’s most successful political leaders.
    Polls and predictions
    It is often necessary to speak to this issue of CADRES polling and the extent to which it informs comments that this author might make in political commentary. As is often the case, the Grenada polling was privately commissioned, and the client is welcome to make these public if they so desire.
    CADRES was commissioned to monitor the evolving political conversation in Grenada at different junctures. In October of 2020 we noted a deterioration in NDC support, which was unsurprising as the organisation was at the time looking for a new leader.
    Thereafter, in March 2022, we noted that the NDC had recovered lost support and was indeed growing its support base.
    In respect of leadership, the data demonstrated that D. Mitchell had quickly consolidated the support among NDC supporters, and a majority of Grenadians believed he had “promise”.
    CADRES did not conduct any further national polling in Grenada and the validity of the March poll would have long expired.
    We did, however, conduct two constituency polls and one was in the constituency of D. Mitchell. This demonstrated that he was likely to win that seat, which was a dramatic reversal of the October 2021 scenario when he was marginally behind. The other was conducted in South St George, which was won by the NDC.
    At that time it was best assessed as marginal for the New National Party (NNP), which is demonstrative of a considerable swing against the NDC since that was considered relatively safe NNP territory before.
    Against this background and in light of the confidential nature of these polls, I framed my analysis against the historic reality that D. Mitchell’s bid to take office was not likely to succeed since the weight of the historic evidence was against him. Nonetheless, I did acknowledge that he was likely to win his seat; however, at no time did I speak to recent poll data or suggest that such information supported the idea of an NNP victory.
    Critical election information The appended chart presents the essential statistics associated with this election, and it can be seen that the NDC achieved 52 per cent support nationally, which is an impressive 11 per cent swing from 2018. The swing and strength of the government are not regionally historic; however, it is easily the most impressive in the life of the NDC, which was last elected in 2008 with 51 per cent support and a 6 per cent swing.
    Although the levels of support are comparable (2003-2008 versus 2018-2022) this win was considerably more impressive. In 2003, the NDC had a parliamentary presence and indeed lost the previous election by a single seat and 7 votes (Carriacou).
    On this occasion it had no seats and a deficit of 9 per cent or 10 543 votes, which was a considerably heavier lift.
    Covid factors
    The appended table is an updated version of one previously presented and usefully consolidates the timeline for Caribbean COVID elections and the potential impact in terms of voter turnout and change.
    I have previously suggested that these data support a theory that natural disasters can help to prolong the life of a government in situations where it might otherwise fail. It is quite clear that we are now well into the “change zone”, during which time governments are more likely to fail in their re-election bids.
    In the case of Grenada, one would have presumed that the distinguishing features, which were similar to that of Barbados, would have helped K. Mitchell to defy the odds and return to office with a reduced majority. It is, however, now clear that while both governments retained all seats in the previous election, Grenada’s opposition was considerably stronger than the DLP in Barbados.
    Moreover, the fact that the strength of the opposition was measured in March 2022 would imply that D. Mitchell’s NDC benefited from a highly successful campaign and grew significantly in the perception of Grenadians.
    Regarding voter turnout, the perception that Grenadians came out in increased numbers to elect the NDC is not supported by the data which demonstrated a 4 per cent lower voter turnout than in 2018.
    Instead, the voter turnout at best demonstrates that the participation patterns have returned to normal, with COVID not impacting significantly on participation.
    Success and failure factors A large part of the success of K. Mitchell is attributable to the condition of the NDC, which has historically been disorganised, with personalities who were fossilised in the 1970s revolutionary era.
    This condition was exploited over the years by K. Mitchell, and we can therefore argue that D. Mitchell’s “freshness” and his freedom from political baggage was the single most important factor that caused this historic change.
    Certainly, the idea that Grenadians were tired of K. Mitchell is grounded in the 2008 election outcome
    and the fact that they re-elected him in 2013 does not imply that their exhaustion had been reversed.
    Instead, the 2013 and 2018 outcomes were more about the inadequacy of the NDC and this outcome speaks loudly to other political parties in the Caribbean which continue to labour under the impression that you can put “new wine into old wineskins”.
    In terms of the actual campaign, it is clear that the NDC’s was more effective and appeared to capture the imagination of young people, who are critical to any election victory in the region.
    The NNP’s campaign was, however, not as ineffective as it might appear since it effectively lost the election narrowly in three constituencies. The outcomes in St Patrick East, St John and Carriacou and Petti Martinique were all quite marginal (121, 7, 149) which forms a basis for arguing that the NNP is not beyond redemption.
    Nevertheless, the NNP now risks being fossilised in the way that the NDC was for so many years. K. Mitchell led this organisation since 1989 and it dominated the Grenadian landscape for all but four years when Tillman Thomas was Prime Minister. Despite that, it is clear that Grenadians have now grown tired of K. Mitchell as would be expected with any long-standing political relationship.
    In response, the NDC can either face this reality and move swiftly towards selecting new leadership or do as it did in 2008 and hope that D. Mitchell falters and people return to K Mitchell.
    To my mind, the former option is entirely more prudent, especially as K. Mitchell had already suggested that he intended to retire.

    Peter W. Wickham (peter.w.wickham@gmail.com) is a political consultant and a director of Caribbean Development Research Services.


    Source: Nation

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  • Angela Cox,

    ASAP – as soon as possible

    Lol – laugh out loud

    WTF – what the fuck

    GTFOH – get the fuck outta here

    Standard use worldwide.

    You are a hypocrite.

    Thought I didn’t see, didn’t you?

    Oh dear!

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  • Hit dogs will holler aka who the cap fits…

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  • Yes, the Dullard is suffering from some sort of OBSESSIVE Compulsive Disorder.

    Just as I said, has to get his clown emojiis going!

    Oh dear!

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  • Nah! Has nothing to do with hit dogs or caps fitting. You know that.

    All one has to do is follow the bread crumbs! This is a trail that Dr. Watson could follow. No need for Sherlock Holmes.

    But you may continue to fool yourself that you are fooling somebody.

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  • @ donna .Well excuse me after all it has been said ac is not the sharpest tool in the tool box so such symbolic tones or phrasing above my pay grade
    Leave such to people of your know all intellect

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  • Last word! This is a new day! No more time to waste with liars and hypocrites who have been shown up as such.

    My plants await my greetings.

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  • Simply put Wickham the Grenandians got tired of the long talk the sufferation and empty promises
    Imagine a seasoned politician like K.Mitchell having an interest of begging the people to give him one for the road
    What a turn off
    60 -0 was finally laid to rest in the minds of the Grenandians
    People taste for fresh and new beginning took foothold of the politics of Grenada reason why D. Mitchell won

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  • Can one of the blp foot soldiers tell what method plans goals or initiative govt have on hand in repaying an IMF debt of 928 million in seven years asking for a friend

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  • ac
    Why don’t you buzz off nah!??
    What plans did your set of jackasses have for repayment of the funds allocated to the CAHILL scam? the Andrews Scam..or other debt causing idiocy they pursued?

    The DUOPOLY and its minions (of which you are the most iconic representative of idiocy) are not in the business of repayment.
    Did you not hear Greenidge (the paid messenger) say that they are now borrowing with TEN YEARS grace period?

    in OTHER WORDS, some OTHER patsy will get to worry about repayment. THEY get to spend, consult, and leak…

    IT WAS THE VERY SAME SHIITE WITH YOUR BUNCH.

    The REAL jackasses here are the brass bowls whose children will never get to live in their own house, and who can at BEST hope for one of the ‘Chinese houses’ if they EVER get assembled…. or a return to slave huts

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  • OK now I understand Bush Tea
    That by 2029 seven years from now my grandchildren who are not yet grown ups.that 928 million due would be placed on their shoulders
    Thanks for your rambling input which does not apply to a seven year debt due and payable by 2029

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  • YAWN!!
    They are borrowing money NOW (allegedly for the Scotland District) to pay off the loans allegedly due in 2029…. which will then become payable in 2032.
    THOSE loans will then be paid off by next year’s loans (allegedly for a New Hospital / new agricultural project / Energy project) etc etc etc … UNTILL the BLP reaches the same stumbling BLOCK that Stinkliar reached in 2016…

    Unless we can find someone who can talk EVEN sweeter than Mia, and charm IMF officials (or some. Russian oligarchs) YOUR grand children’s donkeys are grass…. (actually if they are ANYTHING like you, their donkeys are cooked ANYHOW).

    …and when we finally end up with the WRONG debt holders, we will have found our new slave masters – which we have been seeking since Tom Adams.

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  • @ Bush Tea,
    I understand your cynicism. Even in these final hours our glorious government is playing PR games in our so-called national newspapers.

    We have such poor quality political figures in the Caribbean.

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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

    Last night I dreamed about a backward nation with backward people who had brought in some advanced people from an advanced nation to build an advanced computer system project, but the backward people protested for no reason and the advanced people just wanted to go back home without even caring about the development of the system or it’s implementation

    Revolutionary Theme

    Dub Revolution Two

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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

    Corruption Lands
    My interpretation of my dream is backward nations are supposed to fail and it is inevitable with backward people

    Imperial Stepper

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    TLSN…and amazingly those FREAK DBLP clans, more susceptible to manipulation because it’s all contrived by colonials…the riff raff of parliament are not creators…..they steal from creatives and always have until now…they created NOTHING WORTHWHILE AND NEVER WILL…but like all dummies….turning themselves into pretzels seeking validation as the slave minded.

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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

    1958 Notting Hill Riots were also followed by:
    1981 Toxteth riots
    1981 Handsworth riots
    1981 Brixton riots
    1985 Handsworth riots
    1985 Brixton riots
    1991 Handsworth riots
    1995 Brixton riots
    2005 Birmingham riots
    2011 Tottenham riots
    2011 Brixton riots
    2011 England riots
    2020 Black Lives Matter protests

    Blazing Dub

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “We have such poor quality political figures in the Caribbean.”

    as DESIGNED they can NEVER IMPROVE…..

    big talkers, big boasters….empty paper bags…

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  • otherlee

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  • Thirty to nothing

    nada, zero, zilch

    Then comes Elsa, vex as brassbowl

    followed by Covid, who en leffing atall

    an wen de hurricane come, we done done done.

    To be continued, maybe or not. Wunna know I does write bare foolishness.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Pacha….bits and pieces are coming out, waiting for a big announcement in the next few years…

    “Speaking during the UN’s daily press briefing on Friday, Dujarric noted that the Caribbean is among the world’s hardest hit by worsening climate impacts, despite having contributed among the least to the problem, due to very low emissions.

    In March, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) designated the Caribbean region as highly climate-vulnerable, meaning its people are 15 times more likely to die of climate impacts.”

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