A Never Ending Process to Change the Political Landscape

Is politics nothing other than the art of deliberately lying?

⁃ Voltaire

There is a conversation being had across the globe. In the USA, UK, Barbados to name a few. It is about the integrity of the politician and the system that produces the politician. Oftentimes public commentators in this space and elsewhere offer facile analyses to what is a complex matter. It is no coincidence the political class is being pilloried by electors across countries and we continue to observe an unprecedented level of apathy and cynicism.

Our system – in theory – encourages any individual to offer themselves as a candidate for elective politics. When we criticize politicians we criticize ourselves. But is it that simple an observation to make?

The easy observation is that the process to select and elect political candidates who aspire to be members of parliament is inadequate. As the saying goes, “you only get out what you put in”. Why is the existing system to select political candidates inadequate to ensure the best opportunity to select a different type of politician?

Whether in the US, UK or Barbados it is obvious the ‘system’ is not engineered to encourage candidates from the blue collar segment of society to have a high chance of winning at the polls. The explanation maybe a simple one even if the solution is challenging to solve. There is a reason why individuals who are financially self sufficient like lawyers, doctors and self employed professionals run for political office. These self employed players have the flexibility to allocate time to canvassing, financial independence to grow favour with constituents and to avoid the strictures of being an employee. There is the knock on benefits of building social and professional networks and understanding the workings of the system to feather aspirations (the subject of another engagement) of professions.

The establishment in the case of Barbados solidifies the status quo by appointing individuals to the Senate from a similar class of background. Let us agree those selected must have a skillset to be competent to be a legislator BUT if the blue collar segment of the population is significant, room must be carved out in our system to ensure the best representation is reflected in the legislation.

As mentioned this is not simply a Barbados problem. Understanding the dysfunctional political system cannot be accurately distilled by the use of cliches like duopoly, tieffin politicians and other hyperbolic language used by some social commentators. It is a complex matter. We have to take heart from the fact change is constant and a process. It will occur as it always does – through honest to God advocacy by the PEOPLE.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Pacha…..right again…they won’t listen…nothing else left to tell them…

    TLSN…..thanks….very nice..

    Cassava thrives very well in extreme heat as well…just planted a few shoots…

    they need not make this harder than it seems…if they want to survive..

    .got lemons…make lemonade…

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    It’s really inspiring to see so many coming together and trying their best, everywhere….. then there are those who have nothing but time to waste then want to complain the most…

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  • “….got lemons…make lemonade…” Not in the hot tropical climate of Barbados where the sun is either too hot or the rain is not the correct type; or the monkeys are too rampant. However, a loan or two in the right direction could make such a FEAT semi-feasible. LOL.

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    “However, a loan or two in the right direction could make such a FEAT semi-feasible.”

    lol…live on loans die in debt…..the next generation will be born in debt….wash rinse repeat…..trapped in debt slavery…..bondage.

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  • Political Information in Propaganda Wars
    I remember South Africa where they said that if Blacks were allowed on the beaches they would shit everywhere

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  • | X-Files | Declassified |
    Information is out there
    Like Truth is out there

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  • Call for policy to empower all

    GOVERNMENT MUST CREATE policy to empower all and not think that a few successes from among the working class means everyone in that space can excel.
    This is according to Professor Emerita The Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau, former principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
    Delivering the 5th Annual Ermie Bourne Memorial Lecture online on Sunday evening, she said: “Isolated individual success stories of women or men beating the odds and managing to transcend a workingclass existence should not be glamorised and portrayed as the norm. These should not be held up as examples of what could happen if workingclass persons would only apply themselves and pull themselves up.”
    Speaking on the topic The Values Of The Village? Preventing Social And Economic Alienation In Contemporary Barbados, she stressed “without policy interventions, a few persons will escape the grind of a workingclass existence, but far more will be ground down unable to access or exploit the more favourable dividends that flow from the classcapital nexus. Through policy interventions, the Government has a responsibility to create more equitable conditions to enable boys and girls, young women and men to be hopeful about their future in our society, irrespective of whether they live in Apes Hill Villas or Ashdeane
    Village”.
    Dangerous
    Barriteau said focusing on the past unrelentingly was “unhelpful and even dangerous”. “Not only is the past never available, its romanticisation seriously obscures the problems it bequeaths to the present . . . . There are many features of Barbados’ contemporary realities and social ills which the country could do without.”
    She said the problems which Barbados faces “indicate a worrying trend of social alienation and economic hardship for some, and it is the responsibility of the Government and citizens to address this. That responsibility cannot be reduced to a reaffirmation of ‘the values of the village’.
    “Some members of the middle and upper classes may provide salves to their conscience with charity events, handouts, well-publicised acts of public generosity and sincerely hope the working class will acquire the social and economic skills to survive so that they will not be a burden to the wider society or to the members of the middle and elite classes . . . . So that we can live our improved lives in peace, with prosperity, and crimefree.”
    Barriteau, however, said the entire society was interconnected.
    “Without Government’s policies to improve social and economic services for the most vulnerable, to shape the contours of what the goals of society
    are, the alienation and disruption of trying to make life bearable will prove burdensome for all of us and not only the ones directly affected.”
    (JS)

    Source: Nation

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  • Undercover Underground Uncovered
    Hip Hop Police transcribe Rap Lyrics
    Uncovering what black youths are saying in the Underground

    Get Off My Dick and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here / Ice Cube
    Some don’t think I can flow
    So here we go
    To a new track
    To show the wack
    That I can throw styles that show up
    I blow up and blast here
    Niggas still tripping off the shit I said last year
    About a bitch is bitch is a bitch is a bitch
    Then I got rich but I’ll never switch
    So I dedicate this one to the groupie
    And the Charlie all on my Snoopy
    Brothers keep asking Ice Cube yo when will you bust
    They surround me and make a big fuss
    Now I was taught back on my block
    That you don’t ride on nobody’s jock
    For anything they do
    Fuck him and his crew
    Unless you were gettin paid too
    I’m not saying this to dis each and every fan
    Women you can ride but man be a man
    Shake my hand and make it a firm shake
    Say what’s up Ice Cube and then break
    Cause if you’re hangin there I’m a tell you loud and clear
    Get off my my dick nigga and tell your bitch to come here

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    William………guess everyone will now have to FINALLY start doing some serious RESEARCH if they want to avoid the mountain of SHIT headed in their direction at warp speed….

    time to catch up, many are over a DECADE BEHIND…

    yep…that’s what it has reached to..

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    Northern…i now see why these are always working overtime to get into the big leagues to hobnob with world parasites……even if it keeps DEVOLVING EACH AND EVERY TIME INTO SCAMMING…

    but it has gone so far that i doubt anyone wants any part of it or them..

    “Four Seasons Hotels Limited
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    Trade name Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
    Type Private
    Industry Hospitality
    Founded 21 March 1961; 61 years ago
    Founder Isadore Sharp
    Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Number of locations 124 properties in 47 countries
    Key people Bill Gates
    Isadore Sharp (chairman)
    John Davison (CEO)”

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  • Major Simpson fuel deal
    by SHAWN CUMBERBATCH
    shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com
    BARBADOS’ SIMPSON FAMILY business empire has negotiated a major deal that will see it relinquish its remaining ownership of Sol to become the largest shareholder of $21.5 billion Canadian fuel retailer Parkland Corporation.
    The arrangement, which requires approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange and other regulators, means that the operations of Sol (including the Esso brand) in Barbados and the Caribbean will be fully owned by Parkland. A share exchange agreement was reached earlier this month between Parkland Corporation and Simpson Oil Limited where the Simpsons will exchange their remaining 25 per cent of Sol for 20 million common shares in Parkland.
    When completed, the deal will give the Simpsons a 19.5 per cent share of Parkland – the single largest shareholding. Based on the Canadian company’s share price of $50.07 on the Toronto Stock Exchange yesterday, that works out to be about a $1.7 billion stake.
    Barbadian entrepreneur Sir Kyffin Simpson, founder of Simpson Oil, said: “We are delighted to expand our ownership in Parkland. We have tremendous confidence in the company, its management team and its bright future.
    “We look forward to participating in its continued success as a long-term supportive shareholder with an investment horizon through the next decade and beyond.”
    Simpson Oil, which has been a Parkland shareholder since 2017, currently owns 14.4 million Parkland shares, 9.24 per cent of the company’s stock. On completion of the share exchange, Simpson Oil will own approximately 34.4 million Parkland Shares, 19.54 per cent
    of Parkland.
    Word of the additional 20 million Parkland shares the Simpson group is securing, which are worth about $1 billion at the current share price, comes more than five months after Parkland announced that in an effort to reduce its debt, it was deferring the then $905 million option to acquire the 25 per cent of Sol it did not own.
    In a recent earnings call with financial analysts in Canada, Parkland president and chief executive officer Bob Espey said: “I believe now is the right time to consolidate our ownership. We . . . can see significant future growth opportunity. The Simpson family has and will continue to play an integral part in our growth. We greatly value their continued support and appreciate the confidence they are showing in the Parkland team’s ability to build long-term value.
    “The Simpsons have been shareholders since 2017. They are very supportive of our strategy and our growth that we’ve been able to achieve and of the management team. They’re supportive of our long-term vision for the business and have conviction around our base business over the long-term in the regions that we operate.
    “So we were really pleased to expand their ownership in Parkland. They are a long-term, patient shareholder that understands and can see the value that we can drive within the business,” he added.
    No change
    Asked if the Simpsons becoming the largest shareholder meant they would be involved in the day-to-day running of Parkland, Espey said: “The way they currently interact with the business will continue, which [is] basically as a large shareholder, but they’re not involved in the governance or the day-to-day management.
    “The Simpsons have been very helpful for us in our international business because of their
    experiences in those markets and [will] continue to assist as we needed in those markets. But from a day-to-day operational or strategic perspective . . . there’s no direct involvement.”
    Parkland officials hope the share exchange will be completed by year-end. The company’s chief financial officer Marcel Teunissen noted that “following the close of the share exchange, Parkland will have about 175 million common shares outstanding and our largest shareholder, the Simpson family, will own approximately 19.5 per cent”.
    Sol contributed about $133 million to Parkland’s earnings in the quarter ended June 30, and Teunissen said they expected to earn an additional $168 million once the company was fully in Parkland’s control.

    Source: Nation

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  • A beautiful morning here.

    Hopefully, this firs bit generates a smile.
    Eureka! I see it. Has anyone else linked those 10,000 houses in 5 years to importing 90,000 migrants.
    They would have to be 10,000 three and four family homes.

    Seriously
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/03/housing-plan-on-stream/
    From BT
    Cabinet is on course to stamp its approval on the National Housing Corporation’s (NHC) purchase of 350 homes from Guyanese manufacturer DuraVilla for $20 million by next week, officials revealed on Friday.”

    I did some quick mathematics
    $20M/3501= $57,000 per house
    $57,000×10,000=$571,428,571 = $572M (total)
    I put the numbers there, I make no assertions or draw no conclusion.

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  • PM to raise de-risking issues in Washington
    By Tony Best
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is heading to Washington later this month to put CARICOM’s case to top United States (US) lawmakers about the long-running and economically stifling fall-out from “de-risking”.
    When Mottley appears before the US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee headed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a Democrat of California, the Prime Minister is expected to tell members of one of Congress’ most influential panels how Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas and their neighbours are being hurt by the persistent reduction in correspondent banking relationships between indigenous Caribbean financial institutions and American, Canadian and United Kingdom banks.
    “The critical issue of correspondent banking in the Caribbean is expected to be at the centre of the Prime Minister’s testimony to Congress,” said Noel Lynch, Barbados’ top diplomat in the US and its Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States.
    Hurting region’s prospects
    “She has been invited to appear so she can explain how de-risking is adversely affecting the region’s economic prospects when it comes to trade, investment and overall economic advancement. The issue has been around for several years and during that period the Caribbean has seen its correspondent banking relationships decline, a development that involves small and medium-sized businesses as well as individuals and families who must transfer funds to their relatives back home.
    “Ultimately, we hope that this matter can be sorted out and that Barbados and its sister-countries see a return of a healthy banking system that facilitates economic growth, smooth commercial financial transactions and allow the kind of daily business dealings that make the Caribbean a convenient and profitable place in which to function,” added Lynch, a former cabinet minister of tourism. “The de-risking and correspondent
    banking issue is inhibiting commercial activity between the Caribbean and the US. When firms and individuals must transfer funds to New York, Miami or any other part of the US they have to utilise the services of correspondent banks.”
    Ending partnerships
    Described by the Financial Action Task Force as “the phenomenon of financial institutions terminating or restricting business relationships with clients or categories of clients to avoid, rather than manage risk, de-risking has led to several prominent global banks ending their banking partnerships in the Caribbean, Barbados among them. That’s particularly true of the smaller Eastern Caribbean states.
    Six years ago, Barbados’ Central Bank complained that de-risking had “affected the Caribbean in a major way. In many instances the terminations being experienced in the CARICOM) region were not based on any wrongdoing on the part of (Caribbean) businesses, but rather were the result of increasingly high cost of compliance with the regulatory framework outlined by the Foreign Account Tax compliance ACT (FATCA.
    Correspondent banks are also challenged by guidelines that are unclear or inconsistently applied, the Central Bank added. “Many of these banks,” it added, have weighed the marginal profits earned from doing business against the potential large fines and penalties due lack of compliance as well as the reputational damage that could result and deemed it too much of a risk top to continue to pursue business in certain jurisdictions.”
    At the heart of the problem is an unsupported fear of drug money laundering/ drug trafficking and other illegal activity being conducted in the region, say international organisations, analysts and Caribbean diplomats in Washington.
    “Nothing could be further from the truth because we are one of the few jurisdictions in the world where there is a system of (foreign) exchange controls in place” that deters money laundering and preserves foreign reserves,” insisted Lynch.
    The Prime Minister is expected to do more in Washington than testify before the influential House Committee. It is believed she might be meeting with US Vice-President Kamala Harris, who sources speculated might have requested a session with Mottley as a follow-up to discussions on Caribbean security and economic questions that were raised at the recent Summit of the Americas in California.
    “She is also likely to confer with senior executives of the international financial institutions” which range from the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to the International Monetary Fund, said Lynch.
    Mottley is due to arrive in the US capital on September 13 and leave four days later for New York where she is to deliver Barbados’ foreign policy statement during the United Nations General Assembly, something she has done every year since becoming the first woman to lead Barbados in 2018.

    Source: Nation

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