Gabby is Right

Submitted by Tee White

A poem by Barbados cultural ambassador, Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter, on the death of
Elizabeth Windsor, queen of England has generated unwarranted criticism from
certain quarters on the island. The poem, reprinted below, points out some truths
about the British monarch and her relationship to the crimes of British colonialism.

For those with a strong allegiance to British colonialism, these truths were a bitter pill
to swallow and so, just like Malcolm X described, they jumped to the defence of their
colonial ‘massa’. Local media reported that some people labelled the poem as
“disrespectful”, “distasteful” and “uncivilised” while others demanded that the
Barbados government revoke Gabby’s National Honour status if he does not
apologise for penning the poem. Guy Hewitt, former Barbados High Commissioner to
the United Kingdom and recent contender for leadership of the opposition
Democratic Labour Party is reported as having strongly condemned the poem and
described it as bringing dishonour to Barbados. He is also reported to have stated
that not only was the poem in poor taste but that it also, “displayed Gabby’s
ignorance of the role of a constitutional monarchy, the history of the Commonwealth
of Nations and the late Queen’s role in it.”

In reality, it is those who are attacking Gabby and his poem who are bringing
dishonour on the country. Even as the country is trying to step forward as a new
republic, they are trying to honour and glorify its monarchical past under which the
African descendants were enslaved and subjected to every indignity under Britain’s
colonial apartheid. Those who want to defend Britain’s colonial crimes against the
people of Barbados but lack the courage to do so openly, try to frame the issue as
one of respect for the dead. But let Vladimir Putin die suddenly tomorrow and you
will see how much they believe in not speaking ill of the dead. How exactly was this
respect for the dead demonstrated on the death of Muammar Gadhafi, Robert
Mugabe or any other political leader that came into conflict with British colonialism?
No, this has nothing to do with respecting the dead and everything to do with
defending Britain’s colonial crimes.

Those who claim that Gabby doesn’t understand “the role of a constitutional
monarchy, the history of the Commonwealth of Nations and the late Queen’s role in
it” demonstrate with this statement that they are the ones who are ignorant of
Britain’s colonialist political system and the role that its monarchy and royal family
play in this oppressive arrangement. If Guy Hewitt’s words have been accurately
reported in the media, he has a lot of explaining to do to the people of Barbados.
Why is someone who aspires to political leadership in our country condoning and
justifying Britain’s colonial crimes against our people? Why is he attempting to falsify
history in order to justify these crimes? What type of political leadership can such an
individual provide?

Gabby is right and his poem expresses the sentiments of many Bajans. We need to
raise our voices and make this clear so that those trapped in mental slavery
understand that they’re not going to be able to drag us back or stop our forward
march.


GOOD RIDDANCE TO RUBBISH

She was over there in Africa
When she get de news
She father dead
She’ll be de British Head
No hesitation
No excuse !
There she was
Age twenty one
In the prime of her health
Flying home
Not to roam
But to Queen of the Commonwealth !
Queen of all of India
And New Zealand too
Canada and Australia
Mixed up in de brew
The English – speaking Caribbean
Will now become her tool
Over all these places
Young Lizzy will Rule !
All their natural resources
She hoarded
With an Iron Fist
Britania kept on rolling
Lizzy did see to this!
This quiet
Wicked Woman
Never lifted a hand
To help bring Reparations
To any Caribbean land

She stood in silence
( And full support )
When one Winston Churchill
Killed millions of poor Indians
Oh what a bitter pill !
She never uttered a single word
Against that Peta Botha
Whose Apartheid Regime
Unleashed its killer Beam
On the Blacks of South Africa
She inherited millions of pounds
From the gains of slavery
Yet she allowed each colony
To wallow in poverty
Seventy five
Long hard years
This Monarch Liz did Reign
She made sure her colonies
Made no economic gain
A few hours ago
We got the news
No lies
Fakes news or tricks
That Lizzy
Queen of England died
At the age of ninety six
I can’t offer no sympathy
I’ve never been a hypocrite
Her son Charlie
Is sure to be

Sitting where she did sit
At last !
He will become the Monarch
The British Ruler
The King !
If he brings us Reparations
Then I will support him !
Written September 8th 2022.
From 5.01 pm to 5.23 pm.
By:
Dr. The Most Honorable Anthony Gabby Carter
( Chief Omowale ).

582 comments

  • “problem is YOU are a STILL a PISS POOR REPLACEMENT…..and can only parrot from the system…no independent creations…”

    Exactly!

    And, that’s what you were being ‘TOLD’ for years.

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    must feel really nice to be a parrot….ya can make videos..

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  • Investigations REVEALED you are NOT in any way, ASSOCIATED with ‘African Online Publishing.’

    Who’s the parrot 🦜 now?

    ‘All bluffers will be caught.’

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  • Theo,

    Wuhloss, really funny. Cant discharge de fella at all. Nurse got yuh head done in. No wonder you brain is not digging the esoteric thoughts right now, the erotic ones override lol.

    Yuh buy de ring yet? Remember whuh Beyonce said.

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    “Investigations REVEALED you are NOT in any way, ASSOCIATED with ‘African Online Publishing.’”

    investigations revealed…….YOU ARE A FRAUD….that’s the best ya got…

    and ya better take advice from blog admin….and ask him WHAT I KNOW and WHAT AM CAPABLE OF……….cause fcuking with me with LIES about MY BUSINESS comes with consequences…

    ..so POST YOUR PROOF…if ya investigated YOU SHOULD HAVE PROOF…

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    RE: “investigations revealed…….YOU ARE A FRAUD….that’s the best ya got…”

    Contributors to BU who are NOT DECEITFUL KNOW YOU ARE the REAL FRAUD in this forum.
    Anyone ADMITTING to lying ‘just to make things interesting’…… is a SELF-CONFESSED FRAUD.

    RE: “..so POST YOUR PROOF…if ya investigated YOU SHOULD HAVE PROOF…”

    You accused me of an unsuccessful attempt to sabotage your book and websites.
    I asked you to provide the forum with the evidence to support your claim…… and you bluntly refused.

    Likewise, I REFUSE to provide you with any proof.

    “Know what you are capable of,” what!!!
    You’re just an ‘ empty, old wind bag’ whose ‘bark is worse than your bite.’
    You DON’T scare 😱 me.
    “See what you are made of,”…… shiite.
    Mere EMPTY THREATS…… “that’s the best yuh got?”
    🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣
    You CAN’T DO ANYTHING to me, my friend.

    I will REPEAT. You are NOT in any way ASSOCIATED with African Online Publishing.

    A bluffer has been caught.

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    ““Investigations REVEALED you are NOT in any way, ASSOCIATED with ‘African Online Publishing.’””

    everyone on the blog knows you are A LIAR pretending to be knowledgeable but can only PARROT THE SYSTEM….

    where is YOUR PROOF….if you have accusations you should be able to PROVE THEM….

    yall can’t plagiarize my work, can’t TIEF ANYTHING i create so the JEALOUSY and ENVY has ESCALATED……

    bring proof, ya always attacking women, always asking everyone for evidence….SO WHERE IS YOURS…

    when am done with you blog admin CANNOT PROTECT YOU…

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  • @ David,
    Why do you allow commentators to take each other out. Barbados is in a mess. It is led by corrupt and amoral leadership. Why water down this important point by allowing for this pointless back and forth. Mia and her cohorts, such as the devilish Rasputin clone – Avinash Persaud, are beaming in the knowledge that they are able to work unimpeded to destroy, at will, the livelihoods of Barbados black majority population.

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  • @TLSN

    Because BU is a tiny sample of what is found in wider local society. We have commenters who preach daily about the need to change, however, they engage in the same behaviour. Bear in mind this forum attracts those who are of the older versions and should be leading by example. Leadership has to come from everyone to make for better.

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  • @ David
    It may be too lengthy to put in BU but
    There is a very well balanced article by Esther Phillips, our Poet Laureate, in today’s Sunday Sun. that encapsulates, much of what has been discussed in this thread recently.
    Peace

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    were i yall, i would be more concerned with what’s coming at ya next….

    the good news, people are getting on ONE PAGE regarding removing themselves out of the orbit of racists, white supremacists, slave traders and human traffickers……..and people can see their LYING SLAVES trying to lure and reel Afrikans into another TRAP….

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    “Why do you allow commentators to take each other out. Barbados is in a mess. It is led by corrupt and amoral leadership. ”

    it’s WORSE THAN that, things have entered a place where Afrikan people WILL STAND NO CHANCE AT ALL if they don’t PAY ATTENTION…..people are working OVERTIME to take down these new plots and plans ..that many are SLEEP WALKING through know NOTHING ABOUT and neither do they care……..no one need clowns on an anonymous blog trying to oneup and sabotage…

    ya would think that would be a PRIORITY and UPPERMOST in people’s mind that they have TO PROTECT THEMSELVES and EACH OTHER at ALL COST….even if they do not know all the details///the situation is THAT DIRE……

    ..but many of us TRY to make sure they understand that this is a NEW PHASE OF EVIL trying to envelope, CONSUME Afrikans AND THINK AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.

    with all the warnings and INFORMATION they have had, they should not still be stuck in idiot mode…

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  • Again, the bells and whistles but it is not a moving train.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/17/sba-blames-lack-of-implementation-for-stagnation/

    From BT
    “There were those, SBA included, calling for a policy for the sector because there was none, there was no comprehensive policy for the sector. We put this in place, 2017, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22… five years, granted we had COVID which may have slowed [progress], but five years and yet we have not implemented this solution.

    “From where I sit, Barbados does not need any more studies to be done on this… we have done all kinds of studies. You go into offices, they are there on the bookshelves. What Barbados needs are people who can implement, who can get things done, who have a heart… That is what we need.”

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  • Difficult conversations

    Our past, our present and beyond
    The following article was submitted by Poet Laureate Esther Phillips.

    Iwas as excited as all the other primary school children who lined the streets in order to see the queen passing. After what seemed like a very long wait, the queen did appear.
    I remember a brief glimpse of her face and a waving white-gloved hand. But if we didn’t catch a full view of Her Majesty, we already had a vision in our heads of what a queen was: a lady of incomparable beauty (who, of course, looked nothing like us), and who wore a crown of jewels and lived in a big castle. Fairies along with many servants attended her and she ruled over everyone except a king.
    We also understood that the queen and her visit to Barbados were to be held in great awe and reverence. We learned this, not only from what we were told, but it was all made very clear from the hushed, respectful demeanour of parents, teachers, pastors, priests and all the other adults around us.
    Fast forward to these contemporary times and the interesting dichotomy that occurs for those of us who were living in that era. Now that we have a greater awareness of our colonial history, is there some mechanism by which we may go back to such events and pretend away the excitement we felt then? Can we remove those feelings somehow from what is already part of our experiential DNA?
    Which brings me to another related point with regard to our history of colonisation. What do we do with the joy and pleasure we felt on growing up and reading the poetry of William Wordsworth (daffodils and all!), Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and the more modern writers like T.S Eliot? Worse yet, what if we discover that some of these were racist? I should confess (with a fitting measure of trepidation, I suppose), that I am among the many lovers of the works of William Shakespeare – and taught my students to love them too!
    What kind of mental and psychological manoeuvrings may now be employed in order to change, not only what we of a certain era were taught, but what we also enjoyed and appreciated? The answer, I think, is that while it is impossible to change the past, we can indeed change/adapt/adjust our perspectives on the past. Such changes may be challenging, but I believe they are necessary.
    But before I attempt any suggestions as to how we may change our perceptions of history, let us look briefly at Christianity, which is one of the “casualties” mired in the debate surrounding our colonial legacy. Is it really fair to argue that Jesus Christ himself had anything to do with the evil manipulations carried out in his name by one race in order to enslave another? In any
    case, history proves that Christianity was preached in certain countries of Africa, for example, long before the enslaved were brought to the New World.
    We may of course argue successfully that the African religions were practically wiped out or submerged under colonial rule. Indeed, the intention behind colonisation was clear: cut a people off from their homeland, identity, customs, language and their religion, and you have a slave who in turn will breed generations of other slaves. Your labour force is pretty much guaranteed.
    Indoctrinated
    Furthermore, ensure that the enslaved individual is indoctrinated into a religion (note I said “religion”), that is engineered to reflect the images and values of their oppressors. And do so with the full sanction of the Christian Church. No wonder there is such a rejection of the church by so many who feel they have been sold a defective barrel of goods; nothing at all to do with the true Christ.
    But more to the point: by what processes do we bring about meaningful change? And what is this desired change, anyhow?
    In my view, those in the era as illustrated above cannot change whatever joys, pleasures and excitements were experienced back then. But armed with the historical facts and insights we now have, we must face the truths of how we were mentally, psychologically and socially conditioned to think and act in ways that kept us captive to Empire.
    It must not end with this awareness, however. In fact, that is just the beginning. We must help to carve out for our country and ourselves a new way of being. A new Barbados Republic way of being. It must not be said that having come out from under the wing of the monarchy, we simply lost our way.
    Let us not be disingenuous enough to say that nothing good at all came out of the colonial era. Whatever the source of the motivations, we were a more disciplined society. We were more respectful. We had a greater sense of community. Acknowledging this takes nothing away from our realisation that the African customs and traditions passed on to us also made a significant contribution in this regard.
    It is inevitable that times, customs and perceptions change. History cannot. It is fixed. It may be tampered with in the telling, but the truth of what has happened remains. The challenge is for us to face not only the facts of history, but the truth of who we are now in this present moment.
    Are we happy with who we are and how we treat one another? Are the ills of race and class divisions still very much a reality of Barbadian life? Are we doing enough in the interest of economic enfranchisement for our people? Are we truly committed to providing the kind of education that allows for all our children to have a fair and equal chance with
    whatever skills they have? How caring are we of the senior citizens among us? How we tackle these issues will determine the kind of meaningful changes we want to see.
    When all is said and done, queen or no queen, we owe it to ourselves to do the best we can in the interest of this country. Our small size and economy still, unfortunately, make us dependent on the socalled super powers. But I maintain that we in the Caribbean, the New World, are a resilient, proud and creative people. Many of us will never know for sure our African tribal or other ethnic roots. We have had little choice but to put down our roots where we have found ourselves; roots that are similar, but also different and varied, many of them intertwined in ways that may surprise us.
    We must indeed discard practices and indoctrinations of the past that have proved harmful and unprofitable to us on the whole. But let us be careful how we carry out these various processes.
    In seeking to completely pluck up a particular kind of root, how far do we run the risk of damaging another kind? What if we could work towards making the ground ready for all our people to grow and flourish!

    Source: Nation

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  • The Queen, our President, and our Constitution
    By John Beale

    A Bajan should be the head of our nation, despite the Queen being Barbados’ head of state since her ascendancy to the Throne in 1952 with Barbados as part of the British Empire.
    At Independence in 1966, Queen Elizabeth’s position as head of state continued seamlessly because Barbados remained one of her realms, but, in fact, while she was a titular head of state, real power and authority was vested in the Prime Minister.
    The Queen’s ceremonial role in Barbados was performed by a Governor General, nominated by the Government of Barbados until the decision was made, without a referendum, that Barbados should become a republic with a non-executive President. The non-executive President, Dame Sandra Mason, who, rather incongruously, retains the title of “Dame” bestowed upon her by Elizabeth II, as Queen of Barbados, also performs a ceremonial role.
    Surely, if the powers that be were determined to cut all links to the former British Empire, including the Crown, they should also have insisted that our own freshly minted head of state should ditch the title from what is now a foreign sovereign. Be that as it may, in reality, we exchanged one titular head of state for another.
    Lost opportunity?
    This seems to be a lost opportunity. Barbados would have saved a great deal of money by opting for an executive President who would combine the functions of head of state and head of government. Without any disrespect to our current nonexecutive President, we really do not need the expense of a non-executive President.
    Provided we had put constitutional safeguards on an executive President, such as term limits and parliamentary oversight of the exercise of power with clear penalties for abuse, we would have reduced all our costs associated with having an unnecessary non-executive President, in whose appointment the people had no say, just as we had no influence over the choice of the former monarch.
    The President’s residence (formerly occupied by Governors General) could be used for the betterment of the people of Barbados. For instance, it could be turned into a tourism attraction, complete with a museum.
    Everything is political. Therefore, there is no such thing as a post “above the fray”, including the post of non-executive President. I used to
    think that the US Supreme Court judges were so well qualified and experienced that they too were “above the fray”, even though they are appointed by a US president who, usually, selects a person sympathetic to the views of his political party. History has now shown that their political connections, loyalties and debt are greater influences on their thinking than the common good of all society.
    Does anyone really believe that if a conflict arose between a Prime Minister and the President of Barbados, the President would prevail? George Orwell wrote “in our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia”.
    The way to best ensure that a head of government is kept within the boundaries of decency and respect of the laws is to have a strong constitution that is enforceable. This is a better option than relying on a single person who appears to be “above the fray”. I firmly believe that a head of government, especially one that has authoritarian tendencies, would relish negotiating with a titular and appointed President than to face institutional rules and laws that are enshrined in the Constitution.
    The Constitution is key
    Hopefully, Barbados will still have the time to address the matter of our establishing a Constitution which reflects the safeguards demanded by the entire society. Among a few examples of things that need to be addressed are: 1. Should there be more parliamentary oversight and compulsory accountability of the office of head of government?
    2. Should the holder of the post of head of government have term limits?
    3. Should snap elections be stopped so that the next election date is known with a set date?
    4. Will the public sector be held more accountable, especially as civil servants’ salaries are over $1 billion per year?
    5. How can we enshrine in the Constitution that transparent action be taken on reports of the Auditor General on pain of removal from office of the Minister of Finance and ministry officials?
    6. What should be the powers of the head of government?
    7. What changes should be made to our Senate, taking into consideration that it presently operates as a rubber stamp for the ruling party?
    8. What type of republic should Bajans select?
    9. Should there be a maximum limit of ministers?
    Of course, the time to have changed the Constitution comprehensively was before the country became a republic. Now that a group of politicians have already foisted their will on the nation, without meaningful discussion, they have already cast the mould. To ensure our own democracy in the future, it is the people that must step forward and demand it, or face living with the consequences, however unpalatable they might become.
    There are many lessons from which we can learn and which we should apply in order to safeguard democracy, the rule of law and the common will of our people.
    John Beale is a former Barbados Ambassador to the US and to the OAS, appointed by the DLP for seven and a half years and as the Honorary Consul in Brazil, appointed by the BLP for eight years. He has never joined any political party.

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    TLSN……….there are voice notes going around, you can check the same forum i told you about before, saw at least 3 of them…..this information has been around for the last 2 years and there is evidence to back it up…

    there is much more that will obviously not be posted, but distilled accordingly in my books or magazine…

    people really need to get serious or live with the consequences of their NON-ACTION..

    it’s only so much we can post…..

    i keep saying Diego Garcia is NOT a person…

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  • The colonial project is not dead

    The British Royal Family have not held executive power for some time.
    They are now just symbols of British power. But symbols can be powerful tools. Human beings relate to the world and each other using symbols.
    A single symbol can say so much and stir up intense emotions. A single symbol can convey more meaning than an entire book.
    What is even more powerful is that the meaning of a powerful symbol lies, not in the symbol itself, but in the mind of the one reading the symbol. A powerful symbol is one that is used to activate preloaded apps in your head.
    The most recognisable symbol of Nazi Germany is the Swastika.
    Decades after world war two and in the minds of most who are aware of it, that symbol is still a powerful representation of humankind’s potential for brutality. The world has been programmed to read the Nazis and their symbols as ultimate evil.
    But, dem din de worse.
    Four million Jews are said to have been killed by the Nazi regime. 56 million indigenous people or 90 per cent of the original population of the Americas were killed off by invading Europeans. That is not counting the victims in India, Africa and Asia. Yet the symbols of Europe are still revered today. Even by some of the descendants of the people who suffered from European invasions. How is that possible? How is it possible that only decades after Hitler’s rise to power in Germany his symbols are so despised and yet the symbols of other European atrocities still get the respect they do?
    If the Nazis are symbols of evil for their short stint in world history, what then is colonial Europe? If the Swastika is a symbol of evil, what then are the symbols which represented atrocities like the transatlantic slave trade? Portugal and Britain accounted for 70 per cent of all Africans brought to the Americas.
    In the 18th century when China began a war on drugs, to arrest out of control opium addiction, Britain went to war with China to defend the opium trade in the colony which it controlled. Winston Churchill diverted Indian grown food to British troops in the Mediterranean causing a famine in India. This resulted in three million deaths. Churchill is said to have remarked, “The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”
    As bad as the central British government was, their representatives in the colonies were often worse.
    The British government had to send an investigative commission to research and suggest relief for the suffering people of the Caribbean.
    This was more to stave off outright revolution than to end suffering though. The people were rising up against starvation and malnutrition among the black population while the plantocracy and colonial governors lived lavishly. With a history like this, how is it that the symbols of colonial Empire still have respect and even admiration?
    Through a combination of torture, education and religion, the British and the Barbadian planter class did a very thorough job of installing their symbols into the psyche of those they colonised. Instead of three ‘R’s Barbadian children were taught four; Reading, Riting, Rithmatic and Respect for the crown. Only the glory of the British Empire was to be considered.
    The dark history of the British Empire was not talked about much until fairly recently. And even now still just barely, with many voices urging those who do talk about it to shut up and leave it in the past.
    When reflecting on their past the Jews have a saying, “Lest we forget.” When reflecting on our past some Bajans have a saying too, “Lewwe fuhget.”
    The sun did eventually set on the British Empire. As the symbols of British rule fade from the Barbadian psyche, there are many who can’t let go, of either the sentimental attachment or the resentment. Both the programming and the wounds as deep. We must get over it though.
    Because the colonial project is not dead. It is as high and strong as ever. The Queen of England may have died, but the system of oppression which she was a symbol of, lives on.
    Freeing our minds from attachment to old colonial symbols, and the new ones is important.

    Adrian Green is a communications specialist.


    Source: Nation

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    “Of course, the time to have changed the Constitution comprehensively was before the country became a republic.”

    a CANCELLED constitution and REFUSAL to draft a new one BEFORE the republic facade.. should have given everyone pause….a clear sign that the fake LEADERS CANNOT BE TRUSTED…

    there is information out there ABOUT THE WHY for those who care to do some research into it…they will be quite surprised by what they find…

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  • Old Time Brits 🇬🇧 were much better at running estates than Zimbabweans 🇿🇼 and Barbadians 🇧🇧. Free Labour, Good Whippings and Rape Terror never hurt anyone and was good for maintenance of the natural hierarchy ordering of the masters and slaves,

    Mothers’ Garden (The Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1975 – 1984)

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    “This resulted in three million deaths. Churchill is said to have remarked, “The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”

    over 15 MILLION indians deaths because of european greed…

    “As bad as the central British government was, their representatives in the colonies were often worse.”

    one colonial scum governor for that area actually called “natural depopulation” back then in the 18th century….what do you think they will call it now…

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  • Mr. Greene’s headline is on point;
    “ The Colonial Project is not Dead “
    It may be more palatable coming from him. It’s our nature to judge the messenger and not the message.
    When both Greene and Phillips are read objectively, it is patently obvious, that they are saying exactly what has been said in this thread for the past week.
    I don’t necessarily agree with all they say but , I am in concord with their thoughts on the matter and understand the differences of opinion and approach.
    Once one approaches the idea, ideals and style of others , with intellectual honesty, common ground could be found , in almost any debate.
    The problem arises when we become personal and start to criticize and once that horse leaves the stable , it’s extremely difficult to control anything.
    I have read two people( Greene and Phillips) early this morning , who have similar opinions to me but they have a different style and approach to the issue. We are really on the same page.
    And that’s what ideals and ideas are about.
    A good example is @David and @ Pacha. They understand each other’s differences and they keep it that way but each of them has no problem in giving in on a point here and there. They also have two completely different styles of expressing themselves.
    Peace.

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    “We must get over it though.”

    that’s what slave master spawn cameron said, there is NO GETTING OVER ENSLAVEMENT, OPPRESSION, DISENFRANCHISEMENT, RACISM, POVERTY …..and evil politicians…..that’s ALWAYS ON REPLAY…

    …..you move toward EXPOSING IT EVERY CENTURY, EVERY DECADE, EVERY YEAR, so that the next generation x1 MILLION……. KNOW ABOUT IT…..and the hypocrites and Slaves do not get away with HIDING IT….so it can revive and REPEAT…

    lest they forget…

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    that’s why i will NEVER trust or LIKE politicians…..

    ..especially the FAKE pan afrikanists….who jump out ONLY when it serves their narrow agendas to shout about “white shadows”

    BUT NEVER bother to give their OWN PEOPLE the true definition of what the JOB of that evil group of white SPREADING CRIMINALS and their black imps MEANT/still means/represents for Afrikans in Barbados and across the Caribbean/Americas region..

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    *white HATE SPREADING CRIMINALS and their black imps

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  • DavidSeptember 18, 2022 7:35 AM

    The Queen, our President, and our Constitution
    By John Beale

    The way to best ensure that a head of government is kept within the boundaries of decency and respect of the laws is to have a strong constitution that is enforceable.

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

    “74. (1) There shall be a Leader of the Opposition, who shall be appointed by the Governor-General by instrument under the Public Seal. ”

    Anyone, including John Beale, can see there is no Leader of the Opposition.

    We have an unambiguous constitution.

    It is enforceable.

    But it is useless because no one reads or understands it and the powers that be deliberately obfuscate it.

    I do not believe that John Beale cannot understand section 74(1), he is taking us for a ride.

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  • There really is no point to having a constitution if the will to abide by its provisions is not there,’

    It is utterly useless, just a big word that the intelligentsia bandy about to impress themselves and others.

    That means Barbados can descend into anarchy at the drop of a hat.

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  • Queue still long!!

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/how-long-is-the-queue-to-see-the-queen-lying-in-state-live-queue-tracker-and-where-it-starts/ar-AA11X3jM?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=W069&cvid=61cb3f7c5004470c8caa26938e090ebc

    “Those hoping to see the late Queen lie in state in Westminster Hall have been warned they face waiting in a queue stretching up to ten miles through central London.

    The DCMS online tracker says the expected wait time is now at least 14 hours.

    Undeterred by cold temperatures overnight, a steady stream of people have continued to join the queue, many wearing coats and jumpers.”

    Like it or not the monarchy isn’t going to miraculously vanish. By simply living so long and becoming so real and loved by millions, perhaps billions, the monarchy is probably stronger than it ever has been.

    The haters are left to resort to outrageous words to make their point but their time in the sun has past.

    The monarchy is populated by young vibrant people, loved by 99.99% of people, a legacy of the Queen and Prince Philip and their dedication to their duty to their country.

    Sure, some have their foibles, but all the attempts to pull the monarchy down, really had absolutely no effect.

    It is has just grown stronger and more vibrant.

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  • Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear cannot escape the conclusion.

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    yo Miller….have not seen you for a while, but check out the pre-read…

    Le désert nubo-égyptien était autrefois abondamment irrigué et une région bien boisée. À l’exception de l’étroite vallée du Nil, toute cette zone est majoritairement un désert stérile aujourd’hui. La géologie révèle que, durant les âges primitifs, ce pays avait un climat humide à l’instar du bassin du Congo. Ces conditions prévalaient cependant à des époques géologiques lointaines, probablement avant la création du delta. Les transformations qui ont changé le Sahara en un désert brûlant avec le temps ont rendu la Haute-Égypte sèche et torride. Keane décrit son climat comme souvent fatal à tou·te·s, sauf aux indigènes non métissé·e·s. Sous ces cieux d’airain, même les enfants des lignées mixtes euro-africain·e·s survivent rarement après leur dixième ou douzaine année.

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    for those still missing the point……Europeans DO NOT belong on our continent..

    …the cancer and death rates amongst those now SQUATTING on our ancient ancestral lands are a clear indication and 6 thousands years ago it was even clearer as ancient writings PROVE…….

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  • Not siding with John, here he hits a notes that resonates with me

    “There really is no point to having a constitution if the will to abide by its provisions is not there,”

    We have lots of bells an whistles, but they do not work. The toy train is at the station
    Update: The toy train is at the station.

    In a previous post, someone pointed out that tools are there but we fail to implement

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  • Hear the idiot! She only knows one way of being an activist -ONLINE!

    I am a small time operator. Daily life is my forum.

    Where were YOU in 1975 when this lil girl and her two best friends turned her back on Lizzie and gave Richard Hoad’s niece (?) the figurative finger?

    IDIOT, I have been speaking out about these matters since childhood ONE ON ONE as I walk and talk, and even recently with my son and his friends.

    Talked about these things INFORMALLY in a public space up to THURSDAY in the presence of about thirty people.

    Have written poetry performed on stage about these issues.

    Have spoken about these things again, INFORMALLY, in youth settings.

    So….how do you know that Nelson came down without my help?

    You can join with Lawson, lie and laugh at me. I, however, CRY SHAME ON YOU!

    Yuh got nuff mout’ to cuss the black girl but YUH JUST CYAN CUSS A WHITE MAN FUH INSULTING YUH ANCESTORS!

    Yuh ALWAYS mekking up to them and THAT is why they PRETEND to like you.

    One Richard Browne, a Barbadian WHITEY psychologist said many years ago –

    “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX. THERE IS ONLY AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX DISGUISED AS A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX.”

    I leave that thought with the blog.

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  • TheO and Artax,

    Lawson called me a stupid woman because had it not been for the British, I would be running around in my underwear and speaking in clicks.

    This after he told me that the British gave us the English language. To which I replied that Africans were not mute beasts who needed to learn English in order to communicate with each other, but had their own languages when the British invaded.

    Just a few little cuss words and the “palatable” racism lost its plausible deniability.

    So….not better left unanswered for me. If that is your way, then do your thing. But this is a black man’s blog and I will not allow ANY OF THEM to get away with mocking black people without a response.

    That is why they don’t like me. I do not kiss white racist ass!

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  • There is having different styles and there is LYING!

    I have noticed that nobody complains when somebody attempts to “take me out” but only come out when a particular person is called to account.

    Perhaps if you guys were fair enough to criticise HER when necessary, the exchanges would be short. But you encourage her, so you are complicit.

    Here it is that the “Justice League” is as biased as any MAGAT, calling for people to be prevented from telling the truth. Here it is that you call on David to remove posts without addressing the real issue, the lying web that is being weaved to excuse joining with a racist to mock a black woman who was only defending her ancestors.

    How is this good for fighting racism?

    I crave David’s indulgence, this is my last word on the matter.

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    ““There really is no point to having a constitution if the will to abide by its provisions is not there,””

    they have NEVER abided by anything in the colonial constitution that relates to Afrikan rights…….never…

    and are not likely to start now that they have NONE, have you seen any drafts of the new constitution…….don’t blink…

    i remember years ago, think it’s funny now, but i was cussed poisonously BY EVERY RACIST on this blog, those still here and who have since died or just dropped off, blog admin NEVER ONCE STOPPED THEM……and i still got racist friends…lol

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  • All good columns this week. I particularly like the idea of examining the role of the President for usefulness. Wuh she doan even visit the centenarians in person these days, due to covid. lol. I did wonder though, what she was doing in Kenya, seeing that her duties were said to be unchanged.

    As was mentioned, there is not much written that has not already been said on this site.

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    “That means Barbados can descend into anarchy at the drop of a hat.”

    i take it you haven’t gotten the memo in your circles yet….

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  • David and David only,

    I said it was my last word. I have said what needed to be said. I am done.

    Thank you for your indulgence.

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  • @ Donna,

    This blog is free and allows all and sundry to comment.

    I am a coward so I will not write how I really feel about allowing white racists to comment,

    Too besides I find it easier to scroll past comments of igruntwrassewhole racist idiots.

    Here listening to Brasstacks Sunday on VOB929

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    and just for the record, i don’t care who is white or other….once they TAKE A STAND and RESIST any threat to their existence and that of the entire population…

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  • Donna September 18, 2022 10:37 AM #: “There is having different styles and there is LYING!

    I have noticed that nobody complains when somebody attempts to “take me out” but only come out when a particular person is called to account.”

    @ Donna

    You are CORRECT.

    As I have mentioned on several previous occasions, there is a level of hypocrisy exhibited on BU that’s simply amazing.

    I was FALSELY ACCUSED of an unsuccessful attempt to sabotage the someone’s books and websites.
    TLSN did not intervene to ask David “why
    commentators to take each other out. Barbados is in a mess. It is led by corrupt and amoral leadership,” nor did he expressed any similar concerns.
    Additionally, there weren’t any ‘lectures’ about “different styles,”

    The ‘Justice League’ members REMAINED SILENT.

    That woman is a NARCISSISTIC LIAR, who is allowed by the blogmaster to ‘COMMANDEER’ EVERY BLOG, to push her particular agenda, accompanied by a monotonous regurgitation of different versions of the same rhetoric.

    But, is given ‘a pass’ by certain persons because, according to them, they share ideological and philosophical similarities.

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  • TheOGazerts
    September 17, 2022 9:01 PM

    I thought the school uniform fiasco was a one and done something. It looks as if the government nipples will be exposed. They may not be sucked on this year, but clearly visible and lactating …
    —–x—–
    Gotta pat myself on the back. The scam potential is there

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/18/btspeakingout-where-have-all-the-uniforms-gone/

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    Scamming WILL NEVER END in the present system….that’s all it’s about and always have for the last 100 YEARS…

    African Online Publishing and Kush Quarterly Magazine have the power to make people go crazy……now i know how to really work these two vehicles of information….for maximum effect…

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  • The other click discussion also reinforced the expression ” you have to walk a mile in the other man shoes to know what he is feeling”

    Racism is not something that a black man reads about. It is something he experiences. He can try to ignore it, but he knows when a person is being racist or talking about music. A non-black may not have that level of perception.

    “you have to walk a mile in the other man shoes to really know what he is feeling”

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  • Black Enough
    There are different ways of dealing with racists and racism in this thing called life
    When young you get angry and argue with emotion
    When older you’re wiser and calmer and argue with righteous reasoning or ignore wasters

    Black Enough / Somi

    Am I black enough for you?
    I don’t talk the way you do
    You call me names and try to hurt me
    Spit on the ground, hopin’ to curse me

    They say blood is thicker than water
    But you look like my great grandfather
    Walk by, suck teeth
    I’m not black enough for you?

    Am I black enough for you?
    You call my a God a stranger too
    Turnin’ your eyes like you don’t see me
    You only speak if it’s a Sunday

    Our lines erased through blood and water
    Who’s to say I’m not your lost daughter?
    Turn the other cheek
    ‘Til I’m black enough for you
    Oh! Ah!

    Black!
    Black!
    Blacker than you!
    Blacker than me!
    Blacker than you!
    Blacker than…

    Am I black enough for you?
    They could shoot my children too
    It don’t matter how you see me
    We’re still runnin’ like the old days

    Even if I’m not from here
    Green cards don’t save ya
    I still look just like your mama
    Not from here
    Green cards don’t save ya
    I still look just like your mama

    Not from here
    Green cards don’t save ya
    I still look just like your mama
    Hands up, don’t shoot

    Blacker than you
    Blacker than me
    Blacker than you
    Blacker than me

    Blacker than you
    Blacker than me
    Blacker than you
    Blacker than…

    Blacker than you
    Blacker than me
    Blacker than you
    Blacker than me

    They matter but so do we
    They matter but so do we

    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!

    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!
    Don’t shoot!

    Thank you
    Thanks for having me

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  • One of my comments did not make it through.

    The ‘A guy’ and I took pains to point out that the word clicks was used in a racist way.

    Support is there, quiet but solid.

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  • September 17, 2022 8:43 AM

    for everyone’s information….the CLICK SOUNDS are synonymous in how our Afrikan ANCESTORS created music…it’s still USED by musically inclined AFRIKAN DESCENTS IN THE WEST BY REFLEX and on the continent to create musical MASTER PIECES…

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  • Keeping it short.
    Key words “was used”.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Artax, what you say is fundamentally accurate but how is that not so generally across society and how can we expect it to be different here, re;

    “That woman is a NARCISSISTIC LIAR, who is allowed by the blogmaster to ‘COMMANDEER’ EVERY BLOG, to push her particular agenda, accompanied by a monotonous regurgitation of different versions of the same rhetoric.”

    As in life persons like the blogger will engage attention from others but eventually one realizes that it’s futile to engage with any practical critique so as the blogmaster’s noted above (and many times before) ‘we really should make our remarks and move on.’

    All of us bloggers have our quirks and triggers and biases. Some of us are quite petty with our agendas while others do it with more wit and comity … but at days end we all (according to the psychological profiles) still fit into the same designated types … so one could be a great Type A person who forever strives to be awesome with wit, humour and charm or one could do so while being the greatest assh***!

    If this was real-line activity and not virtual on-line life …. I’m sure you would NOT STILL be visiting the blogger’s home or going to places where you would see her; nor would you care who she hang out with, who agreed with her or what she did about anything …unless of course she was a public figure and her actions had an impact

    We are all here because we al like to hear/read ourselves .. and undoubtedly some of us are assh** and some not so much all the time 😎 . Just as in life …

    I try to employ real-life measures in this virtual rum-shop. It works like a magical charm!!!

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  • This blog is rapidly approaching its comments open life. Some of you should be ashamed of your inability to sensibly discuss issues.

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  • Last/last
    “All of us bloggers have our quirks and triggers and biases. Some of us are quite petty with our agendas while others do it with more wit and comity … but at days end we all (according to the psychological profiles) still fit into the same designated types … so one could be a great Type A person who forever strives to be awesome with wit, humour and charm or one could do so while being the greatest assh***!”

    Agreed with most of what was said there.

    Let me add, silence dies not mean that you agree with the person. As an example, I was silent when I felt that ac was in the wrong, but if she was right I would support her.

    There was a time I would ask others for links to stories, but after awhile I realized that out there somewhere was a secret hoard of information that was available to a select few. I try my best not to ask for links.

    I suspect most are silent, most already have an idea of who is truthful and most ignore what they think is incorrect.

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  • You seem to be of the MISTAKEN BELIEF you have an infinite ♾ amount of knowledge and information, which BU contributors have to RELY on you for its dissemination.

    That is ‘far from the truth.’

    YES, “the information is out there for EVERYONE TO RESEARCH themselves.”

    Artax September 17, 2022 10:12 AM:
    “Click sounds serve as regular consonants in Zulu and Xhosa and a few other African languages, such as Yeyi, Sandawe, Juǀʼhoan, Khoekhoe and Hadza……
    ……but were presumed to be used in English for encouraging a horse, imitating a kiss, or expressing emotions such as disapproval or amazement.”

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  • To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent and shocking history.

    For some two hundred years after 1650, the West Indies were the strategic center of the Western world’s greatest power struggles as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar-a commodity so lucrative it became known as “white gold.” Matthew Parker vividly chronicles how the wealth of her island colonies became the foundation and focus of England’s commercial and imperial greatness, underpinning the British economy and ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution.

    Yet with the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horror endured by slaves, on whose backs the sugar empire was brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one-third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture. Broad in scope, rich in detail,

    The Sugar Barons freshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.

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  • Brasstacks Sunday is riveting.

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  • But David
    It was an uncensored idea I thought of earlier this morning before any snide ruckus

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    “Let me add, silence dies not mean that you agree with the person. As an example, I was silent when I felt that ac was in the wrong, but if she was right I would support her.”

    that’s the WHOLE problem, i could care LESS about other bloggers, what they post AND WHOM they interact with….i know the ones who share the same philosophies as i do and it’s much easier to interact with those because WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE AS IT RELATES to our Afrikan ancestors and the BEST way forward..

    ..but there are those with petty minds that no one really wants to have anything to do with, and they refuse to leave other bloggers alone even though the shit they have being doing and post for YEARS IS STILL NOT GOING ANYWHERE…

    The brits STOLE AND COPIED EVERYTHING from our ancestors…….that’s why i said that Lawson is very likely very proficient in the art of the click language. it’s not like they did not know about it……THEY KNOW, WE DON’T…..there is MUCH more about the click language, but cannot be found on the internet…

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    “The Sugar Barons freshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.

    the information out there now and some STILL NOT…..is the stuff of NIGHTMARES…

    ..that is why i was ADAMANT that my magazine will carry an article to call out the government and the minority parasites for even believing they can run that bullshit again by this generation of Afrikans of unaware young people, just the thought should have been more than adequate to prompt street protests…

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  • I give up. I don’t care about click, clicks, clique, cliques

    All that interest me was what sent my spider sense tingle.
    The few times I have heard the word used in the west was a put down. I believe that was the “Original intent”

    Key words “was used”.

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  • dpD

    I understand and agree your comments.

    But, what sense does it make for someone coming to a blog to give the impression he is the only person who have access to vital information, and, him, along with his select few are ‘all knowing,’ while us lesser mortals are referred to as ‘BU sheep, clowns, slaves, parrots, fools’ etc.

    Someone claims to own a blog, but rather than control their forum, they are relentless in their efforts to commandeer BU.

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  • The use of him puzzles me ..
    Perhaps there is a misread/misunderstanding somewhere
    For the record, my secret sources are Google and BT

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  • ☑️ How many ethnic group tick-boxes would you like
    people are people and data is data and lyrics is lyrics
    down here in babylon
    I still feel the chains around my feet
    tribal war won’t stop the problem
    🇲🇱
    Be Yourself

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  • John @9.09am
    I thought when this point of the President appointing a LoO arose months ago, after the most recent election, your argument was a ‘nullity’, that 30-0 was not constitutionally viable, hence any position within, was unconstitutional.
    And this ‘no decision’, came on the heels of the PM, NOT the President, offering the DLP two Senate seats, when the Constitution made it clear it was the President’s decision.
    The party loyalists, will point out the President ‘may have’ decided this, but handed it to the PM to announce. Yet, not once to my knowledge, was this conveyed by either the PM or the President, to the voters.
    Beale’s greater point, and one I was for, were constitutional discussions BEFORE the Republic. This was shot down, arguing getting rid of the Monarch as HoS was more important.
    So now we must endure the pappy show of consultations and opinions toward a Republic Constitution of 2026.
    Bass Akwards.

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  • “Unspoiled paradise islands”.

    Really?

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  • Nah…… there hasn’t been any “misreading or misunderstanding.”

    I know who I’m referring to. ‘Him’ provides me with a level of protection, if a female decided to respond.

    😇 😃

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  • @NO

    Yes in theory a new Constitution should have been rolled out. We have a president and the pressure is on the government to fix it. Note with the ascension of Charles to the throne there is a hurry up by other commonwealth countries to jettison the monarchy. There will be no turning back now.

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    Northern….you are going to have to endure a hell of a lot more than that….don’t seem like you got the memo either…

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  • Anyone with a modicum of procedural and policy knowledge knows that the discussion and agreement on the Constitition should have preceded the transition to a Republic.

    The way that proceeded was a major error.

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  • @Crusoe

    We are here now, let us fix it.

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    “The way that proceeded was a major error.”

    NOT an error.

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  • I would caution that in “jettisoning tye monarchy”, the baby not be thrown out with the bathwater.

    The Commonwealth still has value.

    But what do I know, I am just a lil chap from Brumley.

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  • @Crusoe

    Don’t we have countries in the region that moved to republic and continue cordial relations with the UK/commonwealth?

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    “The Commonwealth still has value.
    But what do I know, I am just a lil chap from Brumley.”

    Things have moved WAY BEYOND THAT…

    there is info circulating in certain circles, am surprised it has not reached you, John or Northern yet, there was bound to come a time when we can’t post certain things on here and have to more or less……..move into other areas for dissemination…because of what is coming out…

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  • “NOT an error”.

    If so…

    The best laid plans of mice and men….

    Even Vlad The Invader is still having difficulty understanding this simple concept, as he battles his own mortality with outward battles.

    The Universe is stronger than any of us.

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  • @Crusoe

    There is no muster here- Mottley seized the opportunity to ride pro #blm sentiment by removing Nelson, booting the Queen, appointing Rihanna a national hero all before the last election to check a box. It is why she is the political animal that she is and is one step ahead of the competition. Let us see what Dr. Ronnie will do.

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  • @David,

    Yes, but there is a difference between cordial and cooperative.

    All I am saying, is that in the excitement of the moment we do not miss the bigger picture.

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  • @Crusoe

    What is the ‘value’ you see in being a member of the Commonwealth? Give us something tangible you can cite.

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    “The Universe is stronger than any of us.”

    yes it is and it would be nice if those stuck in their political comfort zones to nowhere will recognize that reality…..or not, i could care less who does…we have moved WAY PAST ALL OF THAT…as is already playing out..

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  • Is trade benefits tangible enough? Surely being in a stronger negotiating position than non-C members?

    Are special visa, skills transference, opportunities for both business and employment not tangible?

    Obviously, if you see no benefit, then clearly, we can all go home.

    Because if a government cannot negotiate any such benefits from the relationship, how would they fare in any open negotiations?

    This is just as much a time to strengthen diplomatic ties as any.

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  • @Crusoe

    The blogmaster is not aware that being a member of the commonwealth creates preferential access to their markets. Those days are gone.

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  • Hants

    Until I started researching history myself, I used to think that “King Sugar” grown in Barbados made the UK fortunes.

    The small island’s view of its own inflated importance.

    Here are the facts.

    In the 200 years after 1650, the sugar output of Barbados did not change.

    It was capped firstly by its tiny size and secondly its milling capacity. Only in the 20th century through steam and mechanization did the sugar output of Barbados increase significantly, twenty times.

    The slave population doubled in this period, from 40K to 80K.

    Sugar for Europe came principally from St. Domingue (~40%) and Suriname, the French and the Dutch.

    So, if it wasn’t sugar what other economic activity could explain why historians repeat ad nauseum the same story over and over again when it cannot possibly be true?

    It is a physical impossibility.

    The answer is Trade.

    In the days of sail, Barbados had not one but three things going for it.

    Location, location and location, because of the Trade Winds and the Atlantic Gyre.

    The islands of the Lesser Antilles were the gateway to the markets in North America for manufacturers in the UK just as Capetown in South Africa was the gateway to markets in India, Australia and China.

    When steam propulsion became possible in the 19th century, Cape Town became even more vital as a coaling station whereas the London New York cross Atlantic trade route gradually eliminated the advantages of location for Barbados.

    In the days of sail, ships passed through Barbados to be resupplied with water and provisions and take on cargo brought here by other ships.

    The merchants made the killing.

    This pen and ink drawing from 1695 shows the wealth was in the hands of the Merchants, the insignificant wooden windmills in the drawing produced little sugar.

    It never ceases to amaze me how small many historians think.

    The UK was a maritime power like no other and developed through trade, 24/7/365, war or peace.

    Picking up a few tons of sugar from Barbados only at the end of the year’s crop and for a few visits cannot begin to explain the wealth the UK developed over the centuries.

    Here is a map of British Trade Routes between 1750 and 1800 worldwide.

    Contrary to what some historians would have you believe, Britain did not depend on sugar produced on 166 sq miles in the Caribbean for its daily bread, the whole world was its oyster.

    Australia opened up after 1800 and Gold and Diamonds were found in South Africa at the end of the 1800’s, precipitating the Boer War.

    Relatively few visits were made to Africa for the simple reason that Britain did not depend on slaves producing sugar. Besides, the slave population was self-sustaining.

    The bulk of the slave trade was to Suriname and St. Domingue so if you look up Dutch Trade Routes on google you will see the difference.

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    All of that is going to get WRITTEN OUT….

    John has already started twisting..

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  • The Constitutional Reform could not fit into the time frame to become a Republic

    In September 2020 BLP PM Mia Mottley announced in Throne Speech that Barbados would become a republic by November 2021, (15 months time)

    February 2022 Attorney General hopes that Barbados will have a Constitution by January 2024
    (2 years work)

    My Beat (Ambassador Extended Remix)

    My Beat / Blaze

    As we dance to a beat that seems out of time
    To the one you feel in the metronome of your mind
    Does it offend you that our rhythm looks strange
    Or causes your thinking to be re-arranged?
    Could it be that you would understand this beat to which we dance
    More clearly had you been given a chance?
    So as you struggle to find the feel with your feet
    Ask yourself, can you dance to my beat?

    Watch us get down to this groove with an Afro-funk feel
    While we get high to a rhythm with spiritual appeal
    Expressions of freedom from the descendants of slaves
    God gives us the strength for new horizons we must brave
    First bondage, then mental, now financially oppressed
    With this beat we dance, we know we’ve passed the test
    So as you struggle to catch the rhythm with your feet
    Ask yourself, can you dance to my beat?

    The rhythm, the rhythm, the rhythm is our power section
    The freedom we feel in our soul
    We dance to learn those lessons
    As our story continues to unfold
    Our beat, our words our melodies, our gifts
    From the givers of those gifts
    We’re merely the terminals to which they have passed
    So as you struggle to catch the rhythm with your feet
    Ask yourself, can you really dance to my beat?

    As we dance to a beat that seems out of time
    To the one you feel in the metronome of your mind
    Does it offend you that our rhythm looks strange
    Or causes your thinking to be re-arranged?
    Could it be that you would understand this beat to which we dance
    More clearly had you been given the chance?
    So as you struggle to find the feel with your feet
    Ask yourself, can you really, really dance to my beat?

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  • @David
    Going the Republic route had been ‘talked about’ for so long, I had no surprise at the decision. Nor disagreement. Yet one might have thought more ‘constitutional preparation’ would have been ‘in the works’.
    Similar choices have been ‘talked about’ elsewhere for many years. Possibly the change in Monarch will be the impetus for them to act.
    I don’t follow the UK scene closely, but the line for reparations and other forms of compensation is getting longer.
    Then there is the flip side, of what is the future of the UKOT. Of interest, is three of the largest offshore locations in our area, Bermuda, Cayman and BVIs remain Overseas Territories.
    Both are topics the UK Parliament has side stepped for years.

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  • @NO

    Yes, Mottley in her wisdom believed the ground work by earlier commissions was dated.

    https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/download/constitutional-review-reports/

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    “Going the Republic route had been ‘talked about’ for so long, I had no surprise at the decision. Nor disagreement. Yet one might have thought more ‘constitutional preparation’ would have been ‘in the works’.”

    there was never meant to be one for the foreseeable future…..if ya get one in 2024…oh well, i would not trust it as far as i can read it….and by then……………

    some refuse to believe that it’s OVER…no matter how many times they are told by Pacha…etc.

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  • The other sad reality, is the elder expert on such matters, is waning. And could no longer participate. I speak of HdeBF.
    This left a huge void, from all I am told.

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  • Agreed NO, there is still Phillip Greaves, not sure how ‘active’ is he?

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  • NorthernObserver September 18, 2022 3:00 PM

    Anguilla and Montserrat “remain Overseas Territories” as well.

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    Northern…..you are a quick study, you will figure it out..

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  • @Artax
    Correct. Actually 15 in total.
    Given the relative importance of ‘offshore’, to Barbados, the 3 mentioned were more relevant.
    I “think” the Turks &C are still too, but didn’t make the online list I found.

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  • “Picking up a few tons of sugar from Barbados only at the end of the year’s crop and for a few visits cannot begin to explain the wealth the UK developed over the centuries.”

    The most common reason people will be refuted on Bu is when they talk crap.
    How many times of refutation must it take with yours.

    Barbados was a Slave Port and was the initial plantation model for bigger plantations worldwide which fed the Atlantic Slave Trade, Industrial Revolution, Global Capitalism and then Colonialism of Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia.

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  • i.e. prototype

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  • Here is a good site to visualise trade and shipping for 100 years after the mid 18th century.

    Barbados did not need new slaves once its slave population was established.

    With limitation of its size and milling capacity it is unlikely that ships from Africa would have called.

    Its slave population was always growing.

    The Dutch would have brought most slaves from Africa to Suriname, and Brazil perhaps St. Domingue.

    If you watch the video of the ship movements, you will see that not many British ships went to the west Coast of Africa, but Dutch ones did.

    No need once the slave population was large enough to meet the production needs.

    Most slaves would have been transported in the 17th century which is not covered in this video.

    By 1817, about 95% of the slaves in Barbados were Barbadian born.

    https://kottke.org/12/04/visualization-of-shipping-routes-from-1750-to-1855

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    so now that the population who are wide awake and have access to all types of available information and CAN’T be MISLED anymore….now what,,,,

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  • In the real world nobody calls themselves intellectuals and nobody boasts about winning a scholarship in their old age.

    But can any imagine reading a book John Knox wrote about slavery, everyone would be livid and would burn down all the plantations and lynch the owners.

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  • It is alleged Elizabeth last words to her Doctor Sir Huw, was
    “Los Barbados” and not (Moses). It certainly makes one think she was saying she lost Barbados to a Republic?

    She never recovered.

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