Countdown to the End of Barbados’ IMF Program

by Kemar J.D Stuart – Economist and Director Business Development , Finance and Investment Stuart & Perkins Caribbean

Government will be forced to decide the fate of Barbados very soon as the decision to enter into another International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme will be publicly known in some days ahead. In my analysis the Prime Minister may seek to table the proposed changes in legislation before September 30th 2022. In the press conference hosted by the PM she indicated that the NIS is not in crisis really but we must act now to save it. The rush to amend pension is the government following the dictates and timelines imposed by the BERT plan endorsed by the IMF.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley on May 13th 2022 told reporters at Ilaro Court that the current programme would end on September 30 , 2022 and discussions would begin once the mission report “passes the board” at the end of June.Mr. van Selm said Barbados had reached a staff level agreement with the EFF, following its latest review and once approved by the IMF Board in June, the country would have access to US $23 million in funding.

From the recent NIS political showcase with Actuary Derek Osbourne which caused serious civil & societal discomfort across the country . The GOB is going ahead to alter pension to meet the draconian proposals agreed to by signing the IMF program back in 2018. Pension reform is one of the major agreements the government agreed to enact and to date the government has not lived up to it’s end of the bargain with the iMF as the current IMF program winds up in 23 days and pension reform is still due.

The odd timing chosen by the Prime Minister to raise the NIS and pension reform conversation was not to sensitize the public about the NIS which she categorically stated is not in crisis but we must act now to save it was but a cliche is to hide the force and pressure being applied against Barbados to live up the agreement made with the IMF within the specific dictates and timelines imposed. This is why Bajans may have to work to 72 through no fault of their own.

My prediction is that the government may move swiftly to amend the pension before September 30th to avoid running over into the end of the IMF program. If no decision is made by then this will be an indication of the government’s intent to indeed enter into another IMF program come September 30th and pension reform will be a high priority requirement for the government to enact in the next program. The next program will be more difficult than the first including more cuts to jobs, deeper cuts to pensions especially non-contributory , cuts to SOEs, increased taxes and levies on government services, cuts in budgets to all ministries and to also privatize more government assets such as the GAIA airport which being leased out to an unknown we speak for 40 years and the water authority which is undergoing serious changes to it’s operations as we speak .

Prime Minister Mottley said that “From July, we will start discussing. Will we have a successor programme? If so, what type of successor programme? Will we go it on our own or is it time or is it right to go on your own when interest rates are rising globally? Or do you stay in the comfort of concessional interest rates by having a programme or working closely with the other regional development banks and international financial institutions . July and August passed and no discourse took place

The Prime Minister of Barbados mentioned the possibility of a roadshow in September to start to tell our story to the capital markets pointing out “whether we go back into an IMF Programme or not, we believe that our story, which is a credible story, has to be told, in order to be able to…get our way back to investment grade. Barbados was barred from capital markets because of the voluntary international debt default by the Mottley government in 2018 and in 23 days September comes to an end therefore the public should monitor social media over the next 23 days starting september 7th for comments from the Prime Minister surrounding Barbados’ fate in regards to signing another IMF program and proposed NIS reform.

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  • @ Pacha
    “ September 13, 2022 11:28 AM

    Waru

    Under the penalty of death this writer will never stop contending that Barbados will always be as Little England as it has always been. This talk about republic is merely perfunctory.”

    Agree with you. We did give King Charles 111 our highest National award , the same day we “ broke away” from the so called queen ,and became a republic.
    And our PM just recently said that King Charles 111 “is a man ahead of his time.”
    All we can do is watch as the apologists continue to trip up themselves.
    It’s a fascinating spectacle.
    Peace

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    @Pacha @ William:

    a relative just wrote this:

    “some slaves will never even free themselves, even when the master free them”

    and that is what makes them SO DANGEROUS and only good to keep at a great distance…..cyberspace is the best place for them, NO CLOSER……..easy to shut them down and completely IGNORE…

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    that was in response to the article about Gabby’s DEFIANCE to the Slaves getting all up in their feelings…

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    Imagine i had to post it in some areas as when the Slaves can’t find it within themselves to free themselves, but working overtime to reel in and trap everyone into new age slave hood with them, and get violently abusive if you resist…

    they deserve MASSIVE EXPOSURE WORLDWIDE…

    can’t trust the negro…imagine that was the same jackass fell over himself claiming he is helping the Windrush victims, but in reality rushed into #10 like he was on fire, only wanted the recognition……..but everyone saw him very clearly for who and what he really is……..another pretender…..now he has made himself the head idiot…

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  • @Pacha

    The process of change must start with a single step. Let this though propagate to blunt the pessimistic among us.

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  • TheO,

    You really should rethink your advice. This slimy Lawson usually engages in quick, sly hit and runs, pretending that he is not racist. As such he gets away with peddling the mild white supremacist narrative. Only Artax has remarked on his racism so far. I am sick of his “palatable” racism

    Now we got it on full blast!

    I will react and respond as I choose. When somebody insults somebody’s mudda, they are considered fighting words.

    Allow me to choose my own fighting words! Also, allow me to choose my weapons!

    I am sure I saw Northern Observer get acid and cuss back Pachamama recently.

    Nobody offered him any advice.

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  • Wily Coyote,

    As I have said, I am willing to take bitter medicine if I believe that it will lead to a sustainable future for Barbadians in the long run. I actually am a simple country girl who revels more in nature than glitz and glamour. I don’t need much. It would not be hard for me.

    But I do not have confidance in our leaders that they are prepared to suffer any losses along with us while we rearrange ourselves.

    I believe that a leader with clean hands and a mind cleared of European thinking would be needed to carry out any transformation. It does not mean that everything European is bad, it simply means that it is not a good fit for us.

    As Bush Tea said, we are neither fish nor fowl and that is our biggest problem.

    It does make us our own worst enemies.

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    Pacha…some are wondering if it’s the end of the commonwealth….just the name should give people PAUSE i say…….but not the slaves….

    “Can the Commonwealth survive the Queen’s death – and should it?

    “But, in the wake of her death, there will be some who will ask if it can survive in its current form – or even if it should.

    The independence of India in August 1947 ushered in an age when almost all the former colonial nations switched to being Commonwealth members.
    What is the Commonwealth of Nations?

    The origin of the Commonwealth goes back to the British Empire, which at one point covered a quarter of the world’s land surface, and which subjugated millions of people for the benefit of relatively few.

    Over time, as people in many of the empire’s dominions became increasingly self-reliant, there was a push for growing autonomy. The 1926 Balfour Declaration created the British Commonwealth, stating that all the dominions were designated autonomous communities. At the time, all the member countries had the UK’s monarch as head of state.

    Paul Kagame’s Rwanda was the last country to join the Commonwealth in 2009
    © Reuters
    India, the empire’s most populous dominion and considered the jewel in its crown, wanted to become a republic and, following partition from Pakistan, gained full independence in 1947, with its own head of state, as did Pakistan.

    In 1949, the London Declaration established a new form of relationship for the UK’s former colonies, with the word “British” being removed from the Commonwealth’s name and membership being based not on allegiance to the Crown but one in which member states would recognise the monarch as Head of the Commonwealth.

    A slew of other former colonial territories gained independence in the following decades, many choosing to follow India in becoming republics, but still keen to retain links to Britain by being part of the Commonwealth. Some, however, retained the Queen as monarch.

    Currently, 14 Commonwealth “realms” have the Queen as head of state, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, but also some in the Caribbean. Most of the republics are in Africa.

    Today, the Commonwealth says it is “a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries” whose “governments have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy and peace” and, as such, allows countries to join that were not part of the former empire.
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    © Reuters
    The most recent recruits, in 2022, were Gabon and Togo, neither of which had a “historic association with the Commonwealth, with both gaining independence from France in the 1960s”.

    In 2009, Rwanda, a former Belgian colony that has been independent since 1962, made the decision to join in the aftermath of its appalling genocide in 1994.

    Every two years, except during the COVID period, prime ministers and presidents of member countries come together to discuss shared issues at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM).

    Every four years, athletes from Commonwealth countries around the world come together to take part in the Commonwealth Games to underscore the links between the nations involved, as they did in Birmingham in 2022.

    The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings provide an opportunity for world leaders to meet and talk away from the UN
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    What was the Queen’s role?

    The Royal Family, possibly in a reflection of how the Queen viewed it and her role in it, describes the Commonwealth on its website as “a remarkable international organisation”.

    She was head of the Commonwealth, having replaced her father George VI when he died.

    In 2018, the organisation agreed that Prince Charles would take over the role of head when the Queen died – something that was not automatic, even though the Queen had taken over the role from her father.

    Charles has visited many of the same countries as his mother and has spoken of how he was “deeply touched” to be named her successor.

    The only Commonwealth countries the Queen did not visit were Rwanda, which only joined just over 10 years ago, and Cameroon.

    Before her reign, she visited Lesotho, which at the time was called Basutoland, and Eswatini, which at the time was called Swaziland, in 1947.

    At the time she took the throne, the Commonwealth consisted of just eight countries – with many more still under colonial control.

    Now, the 56 Commonwealth countries contain two billion people, a quarter of the world’s population.

    Can the Commonwealth survive the Queen’s death – and should it?
    © PA
    She went on to undertake more than 200 visits to Commonwealth countries, several of which were multiple repeat visits.

    Many of those visits provided some of the most colourful moments of her reign, with the variety and often flamboyance of the cultures she witnessed on her visits providing a contrast to the occasionally staid formality of the ceremonies she often took part in back home.

    And while the number of visits decreased as she became older, her enthusiasm appeared undimmed.

    In 2020, on Commonwealth Day, she said: “On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and countries that make up our worldwide family…

    Barbados is among the Commonwealth Realms to have become republics as ties to the Crown weaken

    Trouble brewing?

    Signs of trouble ahead emerged in 2021 when, in the wake of the George Floyd murder and subsequent protests, some Caribbean countries became more assertive in their assessment of the role of the monarchy in their constitutional systems.

    The first to eject the Queen as head of state was Barbados, which became a republic late in that year.

    Many in other Caribbean countries had already expressed dissent that they were effectively ruled, if only symbolically, from London, in a hangover from the colonial era.

    It occurred at a time of growing calls for reparations to make up for hundreds of years during which Britain effectively turned a blind eye to, or even supported, the system that allowed many Britons to build up huge wealth, literally on the backs of enslaved Africans.

    During a trouble-hit visit to the region by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in March 2022, Prince William signalled that any decision by Jamaica, Belize or the Bahamas to break away from the British monarchy and become republics would be supported with “pride and respect” by the UK.

    Despite this, angry voices, reflecting on generations of inequality between Commonwealth countries and their former colonial rulers, continued to question the existing system.

    Many even questioned whether the Commonwealth was appropriate in the modern day and age.

    Some academics have even asked whether the Commonwealth – despite its call for human rights to be at the core of what member states are expected to uphold – works against the interests of countries in the so-called Global South, because of the way those rights and humanitarian values tend to be defined and established by the West.

    The future

    Experts on the Commonwealth say that, despite the pressures on it and claims that it is becoming irrelevant, or even harmful, it has a lot to offer that is likely to mean it will persist – even with the so far much less poplar Charles as its head.

    Out of the academics who study international relations Sky News spoke to, all believed it would continue to exist after the Queen’s death, but they were split over what it would look like, and who might lead it into the future.

    Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations, at SOAS London University, says having a member of the Royal Family as head in the future is not assured.

    She told Sky News: “The Commonwealth has to deal with a central tension within it: On the one hand, people find its spaces useful for discussion and coordination; on the other, all its members are keenly aware that it represents something in the past that nobody wants to return to, namely an imperial structure.

    “As we’ve seen in the Caribbean, people are more and more keen to get away from that history and then forge their own futures – they might want to do that in conversation with each other, which means that there’s still a space for the kind of talking shop that the Commonwealth has become. But they may want to entirely redefine the nature of that relationship.

    “Obviously, the Queen was the monarch during the time of empire so there’s been a lot of continuity. The idea that the Commonwealth would have chosen another head during her lifetime would be unthinkable.

    “In her passing, that question is open. And I think that will give rise to thinking about a different kind of organisation if it indeed survives. It’s not at all clear to me that the next head of the Commonwealth would be a member of the British Royal Family.”

    ‘Tough act to follow’

    But the Head of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Sue Onslow, told Sky News she still sees a place for the royals in the future.

    The question is how the organisation will change after the Queen – and whether it still has a place in the modern world.

    “The accusation that the Commonwealth is simply Empire 2.0 is fundamentally wrong,” she said.

    “It’s a soft power organisation which may seem irrelevant in today’s brutal geopolitics. But, actually, soft power organisations have a resilience, a flexibility and an informality which can provide policy space to help resolve world issues.”

    Ms Onslow noted that the Commonwealth has carried out a parallel democracy that has focused on such issues as climate change or the respect for human rights.

    She stressed, however, that it needs to reform.

    “It is at a crossroads at the moment.

    “Its future will continue to evolve, but in which direction?

    “There’s a waiting list of countries that want to join the Commonwealth, so it is likely to change as the links with the former colonial relationship will change.”

    “Also, the links which helped to bind the Commonwealth together in the mid-20th century – sentimental, legal, education, trade and investment, etc – have all weakened.”

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    Pacha, William, TLSN etc…….How is Afrika and Afrikans, particularly on pauperized islands ever expected to benefit from this GLORIFIED TALKSHOP…

    this is all they get..which amounts to NOTHING…..and climb all over each other like CRABS to get there……can’t even call it a JOKE….

    “”Although there have been regular rumblings about whether the Commonwealth, as a modern organisation, should do away with the British monarch as ceremonial head, actually, there are a number of plusses: the Commonwealth gets free publicity, the Queen/Charles provides free hospitality and the Royal Diplomacy and Information Network. Also, what would be the alternative?”

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  • @ WURA
    We like joining clubs with no benefits.

    Peace.

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  • “……can’t trust the negro…imagine that was the same jackass fell over himself claiming he is helping the Windrush victims, but in reality rushed into #10 like he was on fire, only wanted the recognition……..but everyone saw him very clearly for who and what he really is……..another pretender…..now he has made himself the head idiot…”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to AGREE with WARU.

    Perhaps Hewitt was ‘riding on the back’ of the ‘Windrush’ situation as a means of self promotion…… to demonstrate to he possessed leadership qualities…… and enhancing his CV during his quest to become president of the DLP.

    Anyway, his actions revealed he is actually just “another pretender.”

    Given enough rope, those Guy(s) usually ‘hang themselves.’

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  • @TheO
    Just this past weekend I calculated (or my spreadsheets indicated) that if I bought back in, it would be on the whole 18% lower than when I sold my portfolio.
    I opted for only a 60% return. Luckily, I was able to cancel my buy orders this morning before the market opened.
    So I’m back to watching. But ready to pull the trigger soon.

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  • The Commonwealth is more about British settlements business and influence around the world, where nations have adopted aspects of British culture through it’s history of colonisation.
    The strongest links are in manufactured nations like America, Australia, Canada where the people are in fact British people abroad and are one and the same.

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  • Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (1979) – A secret history of Earth from the perspective of the advanced Canopus civilisation that is thinking in eons rather than centuries. The history spans from the very beginning of life into a future World War Three. It includes the trial of all Europeans for the crimes of colonialism.

    This book had a proud African girl in the trial speak about Rhodesia, where the agreement made in the formation of Rhodesian state in 1965 was that the indigenous people would be fairly treated and protected by the Queen as the constitutional head of state following independence from UK.
    However when they were abused they expected and waited for the Queen to come in an save them to free them from oppression, but they waited in vain and she never came to their rescue.

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    “@ WURA
    We like joining clubs with no benefits.”

    now everything and MORE will come out about these EMPTY suits and dresses…..frauds pretending to be leaders, in parliaments they WILL NEVER CONTROL totally….without handed a script of oppression, suppression, racism, disenfranchisement and THEFTS……against Afrikan people…without which they will get NO RECOGNITION…

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    William…..the Slaves are so perturbed and restless about what Gabby said they dug up an old photo with him in a yellow and gold costume, don’t know if it was in the 70s or 80s, sometime ago when Elizabeth visited……they showed he was up front and in line, but everyone knows they too love to trot out the writers/poets and singers…cause they are not creatives themselves…….and call their names at every occasion, like Bob Marley’s, when they want to impress their masters and carry out another SCAM AGAINST THE AFRIKAN POPULATION…..

    they really have no shame, when they want to RE-ENSLAVE THEIR PEOPLE….to benefit others…

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    correction:

    they dug up an old photo with him in a blue and gold costume, don’t know if it was in the 70s or 80s,

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    Pacha……….while REALITY IS SPRINTING IN….the REAL POWERHOUSE Goldman Sachs is about to “fire 1% of their employees”…..watch the DOMINO EFFECT as it MUSHROOMS……..it never fails…..we have seen and witnessed this before…

    “Russia and China Agree Over ‘New Reality’ – Kremlin

    According to Kremlin spox Dmitry Peskov, a unipolar world has started to “seriously creak and wobble and a new reality is emerging.”

    He noted that Moscow and Beijing agree that it’s “an impossible situation” when “the so-called ‘Golden billion’ (the US, EU and other Western nations) is claiming the right to invent rules in economy, in politics and the right to impose its will on other countries.”

    Later this week Putin and Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan. It’s going to be Xi’s first trip outside China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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  • @ WURA
    Gabby will survive the attacks. I have known him for many years and his poem is his genuine response to the Queen of the Slavery Kingdom.
    However, we have already given the King of the Slavery Kingdom our highest National award.
    @ Pacha is right: we just believe in colonialism.
    Some also believe in modern day agricultural slavery in all its disguised forms. Produce more they shout; grow more food , but you are to never own the land.
    More to come, we are now realizing after all the pretense and trying yo marginalize those who speak the truth that we are broke.
    Running around suddenly finding there is no escape from the truth.
    Two gems stand out
    1.Slavery was a “ dominant mode”( Mottley)
    2. Four hundred years of slavery was a “ great friendship” ( High Commissioner)
    Before those two :
    “ slavery was a mere intermission” Guyson Mayer’s ( Barbados Advocate) some years ago.
    Add to those @ David’s view of diplomacy defending the High Commissioner, and try not to believe in 2022 people can be so …. whatever.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    The blogmaster agrees with Artax who is always driven to call you out. People disagree, it is what people do to demonstrate their right to freedom of expression. The blogmaster has forwarded a point that a 2×3 island with a legacy relationship with the UK that has economic benefit took a decision to recognize Charles in his role as UK figurehead. There are arguments for and against. Next.

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    “However, we have already given the King of the Slavery Kingdom our highest National award.
    @ Pacha is right: we just believe in colonialism.”

    am waiting to see what cousin Charles does with that freedom award that he did not need…….but can now turn into FREEING AFRIKANS.

    only the “civilized”Slaves believe in colonialism in all its UGLY, they can’t envision that anything else exists…

    “Some also believe in modern day agricultural slavery in all its disguised forms. Produce more they shout; grow more food , but you are to never own the land.”

    the Afrikan population better CLAP BACK AT THAT….grow their food to FEED THEMSELVES ONLY and let the lazy ass minorities and their drug addled children and grandchildren learn how to take some 34 degree CELSIUS SUN… on their heads and backs…

    they can’t hide the broke island designation anymore, only the sellout THIEVES and their partners in crime have any money…and it won’t be long before that too DISAPPEARS given the UNSTABLE external happenings……

    if the Afrikan population whom they all depend on to RoB daily, yearly and generationally has any commonsense, they will make absolutely sure the THIEVES all end up AS PAUPERS AND NEVER RECOVER…..

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  • I support Dr. Carter’s poem
    I oppose Guy Hewitt’s response to it.
    However, what’s the real difference with Hewitt heaping praise on the mother and we giving the highest National honor to the son ?
    What really is the fundamental difference here since both are symbolic of the same atrocities committed.
    Peace.

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  • @ David

    I don’t want to distract from the substantive topic, but I have some concerns about something I was told…… and saw, as the saying goes, ‘with my own two eyes.’

    Constituents or any other persons seeking to meet with the duly elected representative for the City of Bridgetown, Corey Lane, have to call his Constituency Assistant, Riegina Hinds to request a meeting.

    ZMs. Hinds would send a link to the person, via WhatsApp, for a ‘City Of Bridgetown Constituency Meeting Request’ on Google Form, which is essentially an ‘application form,’ the person must complete with his/her ‘Name, Address, Contact Number and Topic of Meeting,’ and submit.

    A notice is displayed acknowledging the form had been received…… and, BASICALLY, states Lane is not making any promises to meet anyone, because “A PROMISE IS A COMFORT TO A FOOL.” 

    There is an ELDERLY individual who is DESPERATELY in NEED of ASSISTANCE and contacted Mr. Lane’s Constituency Office, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 seeking to meet with him.
    Ms. Hinds sent the person the link on Monday, September 5, 2022, which they completed and submitted.
    Today is Wednesday, September 14, 2022, and the person HASN’T RECEIVED any RESPONSE from either Ms. Hinds or Mr. Lane, to SIMPLY INDICATE whether or not their request for the meeting was APPROVED or DENIED, which I believe is COMMON COURTESY.

    For any duly elected political representative for any Constituency in Barbados, and even moreso if that representative is the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary of a Ministry such as People Empowerment and Elder Affairs……

    …… to force Barbadians to ‘APPLY’ for a meeting and AWAIT approval…… and include ‘a promise is a comfort to a fool,’ in the acknowledgment notice…… no MATTER the CIRCUMSTANCES, is not only a DISRESPECTFUL and CONDESCENDING gesture…… but a BLATANT INSULT to poor people as well.

    I am disappointed in Corey Lane.

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  • @Artax

    Have no issue with Layne automating the ‘request for meeting’ process to asses with prep work to resolve the issue BUT the process must be flexible to accommodate those who may find it a challenge.

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  • I suspect the blogmaster will never get it.

    Automating and disrespect are different sides of this coin. I don’t use 2×3, but how long is too long before a reply.

    The ‘A guy’ is on point.

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  • Artax,

    Please confirm that the communication from the office actually states that Lane makes no promises to meet with anyone because a promise is a comfort for a fool.

    Am I understanding you correctly?

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  • Elections are not due for another five or so years.Lane is learning
    fast.
    Peace.

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  • Number of requests for an appointment — 100
    Number of appointments granted 0
    Number of appointments missed 0

    Zero (0) missed appointments means we have a 100% rate in meeting with our constituents.

    No appointments
    No disappointments
    Lane again in 27

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  • @ David

    Despite how you may want to ‘sugar quote’ the issue, you’ve NEGLECTED to ADDRESS the fact that, no matter the circumstances or intentions, including the ‘saying’ “a promise is a comfort to a fool” in any correspondence, is CONDESCENDING and DISRESPECTFUL.

    Additionally, YOU may NOT “Have no issue with Layne automating the ‘request for meeting’ process to asses with prep work to resolve the issue.”
    ‘Fair enough.’

    But, I have an issue if the SAME technology is NOT being USED to FACILITATE an EQUALLY IMMEDIATE RESPONSE to an impecunious individual seeking assistance…… and is AWAITING an APPROVAL or DENIAL of their request, THREE (3) WEEKS AFTER their INITIAL ‘application’ for a meeting.

    What also upsets me in Barbados is the fact that several Barbadians are DENIED social services, simply because they are DEEMED to be TOO POOR or OLD, while favour is extended to young women who are NOT actively looking for employment.
    For example, I know of a situation where the Urban Development Commission provided a house to an unemployed, able-bodied young woman who sells “weed,’ ahead of an elderly lady.

    It is totally UNFAIR, UNACCEPTABLE and DISRESPECTFUL.

    I’m extremely disappointed in Corey Lane/Layne.

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  • Donna September 14, 2022 4:08 PM #: “Please confirm that the communication from the office actually states that Lane makes no promises to meet with anyone because a promise is a comfort for a fool.,”

    Donna

    I’m NOT someone who engages in the habit of “making up things just to make things interesting.”

    Nor, would I present information to BU, without verifying its authenticity or credibility of its source.

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  • @Artax

    Did you read the blogmaster’s comment it it’s entirety? Have you considered the ‘a promise is comfort for a fool’ is suggesting Layne is committed to delivering on promises made by his office?

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  • I need to get a hook-up with the Kool aid.

    Number of promises made 0
    Number of promises not kept 0
    Therefore we have kept 100%of our promises.
    Lane again in 2027.

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  • This kind of thing is nothing new. An older trick is to have two telephone numbers; one number is given to those seeking favors and is never answered.
    The other number is given to the special folks in the constituency and that one is answered and messages returned rather promptly.
    This piece by @ Artax clearly demonstrates that this toying with constituents is being enhanced by the use of technology.
    Wunnuh tink duh sweet ? And I mean both parties .
    Peace.

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  • @Artax
    Possibly you need to find who the weed seller BUYS from. That may explain how she got to the top of the heap.

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  • “Have you considered the ‘a promise is comfort for a fool’ is suggesting Layne is committed to delivering on promises made by his office?”

    David

    As I mentioned previously, including ‘a promise is a comfort to a fool’ in an acknowledgment notice…… under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, in MY opinion, is CONDESCENDING and DISRESPECTFUL to those persons seeking assistance.

    That’s just my opinion.

    Over the years, people are known to visit their parliamentary representative’s constituency offices to either discuss their problems with the Constituency Assistant or make an appointment to see the representative.

    What we have now…… and, according to Mr. Skinner…… is a situation where politicians “toying with constituents is being enhanced by the use of technology.”

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  • @Artax

    It is a clumsy message but the blogmaster is willing to give Layne the benefit of the doubt given his body of work to date.

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  • @ Artax
    Lane is following the same strategy of using technology to escape responsibility and the delivery of service.
    They are saying to people in their late 70s; 80s and even 90s that they need to “‘go online “ when we have people just out of school who can’t even turn on a computer.
    As for “ giving out” houses and thing , you are more than correct.
    But the sugar coaters do have their jobs to do.
    Lane now realises that talk is cheap and to be a representative you have to be available and he needs to get in contact with the old hands and they will tell him that you have to find a couple of hours to meet people face to face.
    You just can’t tell them that if they can’t use a computer their chances of an appointment are bordering on zero.

    Peace.

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  • Artax

    I agree.
    That statement should should be removed immediately. I am sure he can find a more appropriate statement and just leave it off

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  • J2 is correct.

    Promises (often unkept) happens to be one of the main tools that politicians employ.

    When a politician attempts to hide from his constituents behind empty and insulting phrases or indicates that he is not making any promises to his constituents, then he needs to be censured and brought back to earth.

    As WS points out “Lane is following the same strategy of using technology to escape responsibility and the delivery of service.” He wants to avoid doing anything by promising nothing.

    Distressing is the fact that some think they can turn straw into gold. Rumpletiltskin they are not. Less is more.

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  • John2 September 15, 2022 7:56 AM #: “That statement should should be removed immediately. I am sure he can find a more appropriate statement and just leave it off.”

    John2

    That’s exactly my point.

    Although I understand Layne’s intentions, I believe parliamentarians should develop empathy between themselves and their constituents, or any other persons who are seeking their assistance.
    A more humane statement would’ve achieved that objective.

    Instead, using that ‘old saying,’ suggest he’s being intolerant and contemptuous of them.

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  • Mr. Skinner

    What concerns me is the fact that, during an election campaign, politicians go into constituents’ homes, pretending to be friendly and concerned about their well-being, sitting on their floors, eating food, drinking drinks and promising ‘the moon and stars,’ because they’ll do anything for a vote.

    After ‘winning the seat,’ the “duly elected representatives” immediately becomes inaccessible to the people who elected them, while surrounding themselves with ‘pimps and yard-fowls’ who take pleasure in treating constituents with contempt and ‘doing the dirty work.’

    I remember during the 2013 election campaign, the representative for our constituency and his entourage were canvassing one afternoon.
    The politician’s brother asked the few of us who were gathered together, if there was anything we wanted.
    A friend of mine said he wanted a job. The politician’s brother said he ‘did not know if MTW, Drainage Unit or NCC wanted people.’
    When the representative came, he spoke with my friend and told him to visit the constituency office.
    When the guy visited the office, the representative gave him a recommendation letter to take to a particular state owned agency that was under his portfolio.

    After leaving the office, he tore up the letter. I agreed with him because that letter was only a convenient gesture to say the representative was doing ‘something’ for the guy.
    If his INTENTIONS were GENUINE…… and the guy was a member of ‘the inner circle,’ the politician would’ve either sent or taken him to the SOE…… and he would have gotten a job.

    A guy and girl who canvassed for the politician and are members of his constituency branch, were REWARDED with certain jobs at NCC and Constituency Councils respectively.

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  • @ Artax
    You’re correct.
    It also amazes me, that there are some people who you never see campaigning; scarcely attend a political meeting and their political allegiance is unknown.
    However, after the election and the goodies and upper level jobs / positions are announced, these people are given all types of high paying positions while the real workers cannot as you said get a little wages job.
    I know of a certain former MP., who had captains throughout the constituency, who reported to him on the needs of the constituents and they were given all types of assistance. However, it was never made a public spectacle.
    So to pretend that you can only see or help constituents by some fancy online presence is pure nonsense and arrogance.
    The irony is that most constituents do not pressure MPs ; it’s really a minority that can’t really do any better.
    I can tell you of instances where even opposition MPs got things done and got jobs for the less fortunate.
    We have a new brand of MP out there , who really don’t give a damn , once they can get to the eight or ten years that guarantee that prize known as pension for life..
    Peace

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  • One has to feel sorry for the people of Zambia. We are not too far behind them. As Bush Tea would say..
    .. start stocking up on the Vaseline.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/16/zambia-debt-lenders-urged-to-cancel

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  • @ TLSN
    Vaseline would have been useful for the pain targeting the donkey…. PREVIOUSLY…!
    But now…
    With the SUPER PERFECT STORMS, clearly on the horizon however, vaseline is a waste of time…

    It may be better to save that vaseline money …to buy a few more drops of fuel….

    Most amazing has been the EXCITEMENT shown by our supreme leaders as they continue to RACK up more and more debt, to more and more strangers … EVEN AS WE SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OTHERS who went before…

    A CURSE is serious thing hear..?!

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  • As Barbados is about to go into another IMF program

    It is imperative that the Gov’t of Barbados examine / scrutinise their functionaries in the public service.

    Oral Williams and his team must be commended for the report at the GIS and their recommendations based on their investigations.

    Hard earned taxpayers money being ‘lick out ‘ by public officers at GIS.

    Another government department that needs investigating is the Government Printing Dept

    I work at Cot Printery

    Imagine Ms Griffith the Government Printer – convinced this government to buy a $ 3 million digital press

    Struggling to buy supplies to operate it, now.

    Then on top of that take up supplies ( Imaging Oil ) that Bajan taxlayers dollars BUY and gee them – free of cost – to my bosd at Cot Printery ?

    Why ?

    Because my boss Mr Worme went on Brasstacks wid David Ellis last year and warned the country that the Government Printing Dept made a $ 3 million dollar mistake in buying that digital press

    Investigate the Government Printing Dept, too !

    Go Wilfred Abrahams and do some more investigations.

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