Chaos on Our Roads, Here, There and Everywhere

Traffic congestion on the roads in Barbados has always been horrendous as it is in most countries at peak hour. In recent years with the increase in the number of vehicles licensed and unlicensed on Barbados roads peak time has to be redefined.

The reopening of schools for the autumn term, relaxing of Covid 19 protocols, aggressive road rehabilitation resulting in closures have combined to create chaos. It is not acceptable the HOURS spent traveling to work, school and other engagements on a 166 square mile island. What is happening is an indictment on the state of ‘development’. 

How many times commentators in this space and elsewhere have lamented the lack of planning of housing and road development, transportation management, placement roundabouts (why do we permit motorists to block through-traffic at roundabouts if the exit is jammed?). Let us not forget an urgent need for a waste to energy program. The blogmaster can point to many visible examples of a lack of vision and poor execution responsible for the current comatose state.

The focus today is the time spent on the roads by locals which must negatively be impacting productivity and emotional well being. It is embarrassing at this stage of development that an individual’s first objective is to purchase a Suzuki Swift. How can a 166 square mile island support 150,000+ vehicles on what has been described at one of the world’s dense network of roads? There is the opportunity to highlight the average Joe/Jane owns more than one cellphone to access FLOW or DIGICEL. 

Who is the minister of transportation again? Does it matter the name? How many vehicles do we observe daily on the roads with license plate stickers with 2020 dates? Why does it take so long to implement projects designed to improve the current situation and instead it makes it worse with a clawback necessary to save face? Sensible citizens are made to feel embarrassed when those responsible are not held accountable. In fact there is the feeling that many elected to serve the public do not feel obligated to communicate with taxpayers. A good example is the ‘absolute’ mess unravelling with the NEW TRIDENT ID CARD. So far not a coherent utterance from the invisible Minister Davidson Ishmael (the blogmaster had to Google the name to get it right). 

It is obvious Minister Mia Mottley is operating at a different level to her parliamentary colleagues. The reason given by Mottley for selecting – not once but twice – a bloated Cabinet was to be able to attend to the job of rebuilding a weak economy. Are we there yet? Can the public look to alternative representation in the political and NGO spheres to maintain tension on those elected to serve the public?

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…

Will the real leaders please stand up!

144 thoughts on “Chaos on Our Roads, Here, There and Everywhere


  1. Should the DLP be serious about boosting eyes on this meeting, they need to broaden the base for viewership. Limiting it to Facebook only is too narrow a funnel through which their message will be broadcast. Why not a YouTube channel as an option?


  2. @ David

    Why is it “embarrassing at this stage of development that an individual’s first objective is to purchase a Suzuki Swift?”

    What do you think is responsible for people making that choice?

    As I mentioned previously on another blog, ‘government’ needs to improve the efficiency and reliability of the public transport system.

    You mentioned the reopening of schools, which is always accompanied by congestion of traffic.
    Nowadays it’s the ‘in thing’ for people to leave work and ‘pick up’ their children from school.
    ‘Back in the day’ I had to wait until my father finished work before he came for me from school.
    I joined the Boys’ Scouts and participated in other after school activities to pass the time waiting for him to come.

    Pass through Government Hill any afternoon around 2 PM, and you’ll notice a long queue of cars going into St. Winifred’s school, blocking traffic going in that direction.


  3. Our honourable government is doing everything right when it comes to transport. If we build even more roads, we will get even more cars. Instead, I recommend deconstructing the roads to make it harder for people to drive. Walking or donkey riding are much healthier, given the poor health of our natives.


  4. @ Artax
    Blame it on people who buy cars. That’s the normal approach. Don’t blame it on the failure to have a proper public transportation system.
    People moved out of the urban areas into the country. They still needed to get to Bridgetown to work. Country schools were closer in miles only but there was limited accessibility and having the children in schools in the urban areas was far more convenient. And that has not changed. Rural public transportation is still poor. Where are the cross country buses ?
    It will only get worse.
    The article is similar to the trafffic : congested.
    Peace


    • @William

      Per usual you blame the messenger. The arguments you are presenting are not dissimilar to what we heard in response to those who had concerns about the role of credit agencies and the rise of the derivatives market.

      What cannot be refuted is the behaviour of consumers in the current market including Barbados and the inevitable result that will come. The blogmaster is simply stating that it is an embarrassment to be where we are with our level of thinking, you should note this is a global behavioural problem.


  5. @FearPlay
    In the 2018 election it was
    obvious that the DLP was not as savvy with new media as the BLP.

    I do not recall if there was such a marked difference in the 2023 election, but the lack of such a memory told me gap was not as wide. However, the messaging at times was very poor; remember Freundel and the ‘glorious years’.

    The BLP will make mistakes, but the DLP needs to pay attention to its own messages and ensure, as you pointed out, the widest delivery of its message.

    Ronnie O cannot just focus on the out of control antics of the BLP. Messages may need to be ‘vetted’ before delivery, employing folks with expertise in delivering messages to the widest audience via the new media must also be a part of his plan.


  6. Random thoughts
    2023=2022… Or perhaps I am seeing the future unfolding?

    Would love to see Mia attempt a 30-0 threepeat in less than five years. Does the ‘new’ constitution allow it?
    —x—
    It is somewhat amusing.

    First we have the naysayers .. those who harp on what is wrong with Barbados.

    Then we have those who tells us of the many things that need fixing.

    How do you see it? Glass half empty or glass half full?


  7. Barbados is doing perfectly well.

    Mia the leader is operating above her Ministers in the control of the white man IMF with a broken island where nothing works well except complaining, BEGGING and borrowing.

    Yet is the greatest leader the island and the Caribbean has ever known.

    A sign that the 11 plus is truly a failure along with the big name schools that Mia and the same leaders come from on the island now controlled by another white colonial Master the IMF where countries go to when they are total FAILURES for help..


  8. people are moving away from repetitive talk shops that produce nothing year after year………….same old complaints for the last 40 YEARS……no solutions…

    if you see something is wrong….and you have a solution ,,,ACT…

    less talk, more action.


  9. @ David

    Ironically, a few days ago, I was in a discussion in which some persons said many youngsters nowadays are not interested in owning their own homes…… it isn’t a priority as it was years ago. They prefer to rent instead.

    Some of the reasons given for that choice were, they wouldn’t have to pay land tax or be responsible for maintaining the property and, rent, in some cases, is much cheaper than the burden of paying a 25 or 30 year mortgage.

    A few years ago, I saw a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom wall house, located in Pillersdorf, Grazettes, St. Michael, advertised for sale on CaribList, for $330,000.
    I was told the owner was unfortunately involved in an accident, which prevented him from working and, by extension, repaying the bank.
    The house was eventually placed on the market, for sale.
    Banks, especially those owned by the Trinidadians, are, for “want of a better word,’ heartless.
    Those types of situations are also among the reasons why people avoid mortgages and owning their own homes.


    • @Artax

      The question to ask is why isn’t it a priority. Is it a case of changing values, a response to escalating real estate price? How do these changing values mesh with the national crisis we find ourselves.


  10. Blame it on people who buy cars. That’s the normal approach. Don’t blame it on the failure to have a proper public transportation system.

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    Even if the island had a proper transport system would still have the overcrowding on the road.

    The ignorant black bajans loves their cars and status symbol to brag that they like to pick their children and drop off at school as a bragging right.

    The island needs more financial hardship to bring them to their knees and make them use more commonsense.


  11. William Skinner September 25, 2022 9:08 AM #: “Blame it on people who buy cars. That’s the normal approach. Don’t blame it on the failure to have a proper public transportation system.”

    @ Mr. Skinner

    Remember, we had a similar ‘discussion’ last week on another blog.
    As I ‘said,’ there isn’t any denying that the island’s unreliable, inefficient public transportation service is ONE of the factors leading to an increase in the demand for vehicles.

    And, also remember the silly responses to suggesting ‘government’ needs to IMPROVE the efficiency and reliability of the public transport system.

    RE: “Rural public transportation is still poor. Where are the cross country buses?”

    The situation becomes worst when Transport Board has to take several buses from its limited daily availability of units per day, to use as school buses, thereby causing further inconvenience to passengers going to work on mornings and trying to get home on evenings.


  12. @NorrisSeptember 25, 2022 11:20 AM

    I might add that the cars were bought with stolen money, namely the money of foreign creditors who had to give up a lot of money two years ago.

    The island will not survive a second debt cut. Time to shift priorities, strengthen the plantation economy and educate fewer UWI students with far too many cars.


  13. David
    Welcome back!

    But you can’t have it both ways, pun intended!

    One the one hand, you want to be an advout follower of Western style capitalism.

    And on the other, there shall never be any sustained radical critique of its failings and the misleadership class so central. Your petty governance.

    But when your capitalist ideals work to perfection and delivers the false economies evidenced by irrational importation and antidevelopment you simplify this phenomenon by laying the blame on the propagandized, television commercialized consumers.

    David, is it not past time for more sustainable arguments?

    For these 11+ renderings are getting a bit staid.😂


  14. might add that the cars were bought with stolen money, namely the money of foreign creditors who had to give up a lot of money two years ago.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Don’t worry their asses have been exposed to overseas creditors that’s why in the hands of the IMF for countries who are failures.


  15. “The question to ask is why isn’t it a priority.”

    @ David

    Why should we ask why it is no longer a priority?

    Shouldn’t people be entitled to choose what or not are their priorities?

    You’re reacting as though owning property is a ‘compulsory obligation’ for Barbadians.
    That they are legally bound to purchase house and land…… and, have committed an unforgivable sin if they choose otherwise.

    The reality is, while some people prefer to rent, others are building homes, as is seen across the island.
    Unfortunately, over the past few months, there has been a stead increase in the cost of building materials, especially sand and cement blocks.
    One would’ve also notice several houses that remain unfinished as well.

    Some real estate agencies and construction companies also offer ‘house and packages,’ from as low as $175,000 for a 3 bedroom, one bathroom wood house.
    There is a new development in Lower Estate, where the price of house and land started at $385,000.
    Only 11 of 56 lots remain available for sale.


    • @Artax

      People can chose within the constraints of national priorities and resources. It is no different to why there are laws on the books to protect public morals. We can’t have a free for all, finite resources must be planned for the optimal benefit of ALL.


  16. Boys and girls
    Bread a butter.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/25/police-destroy-400-kilograms-of-illegal-drugs/

    That was all there is to the article. Don’t even click on it.
    A good reporter
    How many kilograms were seized in 2022
    when was it seized
    where was it seized
    How many kilograms were destroyed
    Why some of the seized product was not destroyed.
    ( mention of some of the drug players would enhance the report)

    That thing running down your leg. It is not rain. It is pee.


  17. Don’t play the games. Don’t watch a house in shambles and argue about a missing glass pane in one of the windows.

    Ignore the hifalutin talk. Don’t lie to yourself? Stop shaking and crying yourself to sleep. I implore you. I beseech you. Put aside the old talk and act .. act like a man.
    https://youtu.be/7nqcgUDoV_M


  18. “Put aside the old talk and act .. act like a man.”

    real men seem to be in short supply, few and far between these days, they were successfully reduced to talkers…… noticed it’s now the women and a few good men taking the lead to ACT…..not talk.


  19. David

    We never pretended to have all the answers.

    We can’t even get you to try to really understand the fundamental problems.

    But have suggested more than one previously. How many have you offered? Is this writer being paid to solve problems created by your friends, culture?

    Nature abhors a vacuum. The vacuousness of your governance construct in and of itself presents a range of solutions.

    But like the slave who’s ‘become adjusted to injustice’ you will never run away or think in real revolutionary terms.

    The easy answers are no more!


    • @Pacha

      Unlike you and others the blogmaster is unwilling to burn the bridge crossing the economic chasm until viable alternatives emerge, if they do.


  20. someone ought to tell and SHOW the talkmeisters that we are WAY BEYOND TALKING….and every year repeatedly showcasing these minor fixable problems that negatively impact the people…that NEVER get fixed.

    especially since their lead dummies have IGNORED them all prior to and AFTER 2018 and talking about some world “agenda” they have….can’t fix the bus service, corruption, NIS, GIS, nothing but got a new world economic plan for our earth….

    the IGNORANCE has now consolidated in broad daylight……keep ears to the ground and stand clear of the blowback.


  21. “People can chose within the constraints of national priorities and resources. It is no different to why there are laws on the books to protect public morals.”

    @ David

    I don’t understand your comment.

    What do you mean by choosing “within the constraints of national priorities and resources?”

    There aren’t any laws to prevent consumers from choosing what they want to purchase.

    Unless, ‘government’ decides to enact legislation, for example, to limit the purchase of one vehicle per household…… or limit the the amount of vehicles imported to a specific number per car dealerships……
    …… then, I don’t see the correlation between choosing what to purchase and laws protecting public morals.


    • @Artax

      You answered the question yourself. Governments make policies based on current state of play. Given the perilous state of the economy do you presume it will/should be business as usual?


  22. David
    Did you not give up all kinds of organizing principles before you happened upon this one.

    Those would obviously include feudalism and slavery of course.

    Maybe, if one has cancer of the lung it too should be kept until a donor is found. Such is your logic, as it is!


  23. @ David.

    There are too many fast moving parts now to predict any outcome over the next few months.

    For example with the sterling where it is the travel agents are pressuring our hotels for discounts to make us attractive. They are claiming we are already expensive and with the £ where it is we are a hard sell. So what’s the next move for us? Do we drop room rates and place occupancy over revenue? The post covid economy is a totally different animal to the pre covid one.


  24. @ David

    Thing is these are bookings that were made a few months back by now the time has come for the agents to pay they are saying “we can’t buy at those prices now with £ where it is.”

    The weak sterling will affect property sales this season too so we will have to just sit it out and see what happens.


    • @John A

      Our economy is tourism and IB dependent. It is what it is, we have to make the best of it in the short term. The discussion must me the 3 to 5 year plan to offload some of the concentration.


  25. Barbados 🇧🇧 must implement stronger traffic laws.

    It is very important that whenever you drive a vehicle it has registration and is insured.

    Under Vehicle and Traffic Law in most countries, every car on the road must be registered and requires registration renewal once every two years. Your car must pass an annual safety inspection in order for your registration to be renewed.
    However, it is important to understand that you don’t need to be driving your vehicle – or even behind the wheel – to get in trouble for having an expired registration tag. Even if your car is parked on the street a police officer can check the license plate and run it to see if your car has up-to-date registration.

    Simply by running your license plate police officers have access to pull up any citations, criminal history and information on the owner of the vehicle, including their address.

    BDS Automotive Safety issues needs immediate attention:

    Uninsured/Unregistered hired car rental, expired registration and approximately 30 percent of the driving vehicles on the roads are Not Insured.
    Ask your neighbor if his or her car is insured ?

    You probably will be shocked at the response..

    Registration & Insurance must be closely connected.

    Impound violators 🚙.

    Pay large sums of $ to retrieve your Jalopy. A definite deterrent from violating the MV Law.

    Minister, Get to stepping!!!!


  26. David

    How so? Don’t we have a cancerous tumor at the center of the body politic? Or should we wait until there are more cancer cells than heathy ones?


    • @Pacha

      At which stage is the cancer? Sometimes you have to allow a natural progression to occur based on the ‘stage’ in the absence of workable prescription.


  27. Just getting info on the latest SELLOUT move…..the ignorance of signing up to sustainable debt slavery now sees Africans/other people in the Americas own nothing….

    .started in Belize by a Nature Conservancy Organization, am sure Pacha has indepth info on that…

    ……debt conversion for marine conservation…gives them ultimate control over debt transfer of rights of use, TOTAL CONTROL over what sellouts can do with their populations…..when asked to jump these TRAITORS can pnly ask how high………the owners of 60% of YOUR RESOURCES OWN YOU, they start low at 20% and climb rapidly……ask the world stage runner what she did…regarding the water now and lands to follow……and NEVER ONCE CONSULTED THE PEOPLE…who pay her salary….

    because the NEWS GETS EVEN WORSE FROM THERE…..everyone needs to do their research…see the TRAP SET THROUGH GREED and try to SIDE STEP IT…individually…..ya lead dummy RAN YALL INTO A BIG HOLE from which ya will NEVER ESCAPE…….

    so don’t get distracted by the usual….oh the buyers of cars are responsible for government refusing to do their jobs and fix the damn useless bus service…,,a distraction…


  28. David

    Which planet have you been on? Within the political theatre alone everywhere there are idiots, incompetents or Alzheimer’s patients in charge.

    Is this a progression tolerable for much more with nuclear war beckoning on three (3) fronts, fascists coming to power, Europe entering a mini ice age and Biden so demented that he has no clue where he is at any point in time.

    And in the case of Biden no one is suggesting a removal from office like in the case of Trump. Who is in charge in Washington? It certainly cannot be the man said to have elected, can it? Or is this simply a figure head who is so weak that the oligarchs are running things behind the scenes. Is this your democracy?

    And we can go on and on and on. Liz Truss is another congenial asshole. What more would you want to see?

    Are these the ‘natural processes’ you evince?


  29. Barbados Prime Minister & Supreme Leader for Life Mottley calls for overhaul of unfair, outdated global finance system.

    She has the antidote for those cancerous imbedded cells in our economy.

    You just don’t want to admit it..


  30. David

    It is the your very ‘market makers’ who are putting these people in power, everywhere, Barbados too!

    Or would you now proffer that this is all happened by some natural progression, or maybe osmosis. We see this as a total and irretrievable systemic failure.


  31. The people, the law and their constitution
    By Dr William M. A. Chandler

    In February 2011, attorney at law and constitutional scholar, Ezra Alleyne, wrote in the Nation’s column For The Public Record that, “. . . in a young democracy, it is dangerously unwise to remove the ancient landmarks”.
    “Indeed, these foundation planks must be kept in good repair so that if and when the occasion arises the house may shake but never fall, for the man or woman at the centre must then hold things together, lest they fall apart!”
    In this regard, Mr Alleyne was discussing the Office of Prime Minister during the dreaded Stuart years, where Barbados’ political economy was tested beyond belief. We are now living in the Mottley years, where there is much repair to be done and healing to be achieved. It is fitting, therefore, that we now turn our attention to discussing the most ancient of landmarks: the people, the law and their constitution.
    Barbados, now a republic, is going through a time of great change which is, already and inevitably, centring on the Constitution and its role as the guiding post of our democracy. I suspect that almost everyone in our society has an opinion on what “should” and “should not” be in it. Some even, to our shared chagrin, will want everything and the kitchen sink in it. Those people, of course, need to be led to the “better-land” of thinking, where constitutions are kept short and sweet, flexible with a backbone and always subject to the public’s will.
    Looking at human history, constitutions, as we know them, have been around for some time but, in the totality of that history, they are relatively new inventions. What is actually much more ancient than
    modern is the law itself.
    The law orders our lives and separates us from our barbarism. The curious thing is, however, that even where a country is governed by law, it may still be enveloped within barbarism. This occurs when the weak have no say in public life; and “law” – so-called – is but a mere reflection of the strong’s will alone. This we call “rule-by-law” as opposed to “rule-of-law”.
    Similarly, constitutions, as powerful as they can be, do not guarantee civilization’s triumph over barbarism. It does not take much for countries to have “peace” under iron rule or have that rule break into wars causing countless deaths. Such countries are no better than the wilds.
    ‘Public interest’ Consensus, made without coercion of course, and nothing else, is what separates human civilisation from human barbarism. This consensus we call the public’s will. It is the same as the mythical “public interest” which democratic constitutions are supposed to express and their guardian courts pledge to defend. In large measure, I think that is why Mr Alleyne quoted Sir James Tudor’s statement in another Nation column A Word In Season in 1994 that “we cannot hope for a decent constitutional system if we are not prepared to strengthen its foundations”.
    Similarly, Caribbean philosopher Aimé Césaire in his Discourse On Colonialism, translated from French to English, tells us that “A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization. A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization. A civilization that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilization.”
    Order
    If you haven’t noticed by now, the foundation of a constitutional order is not the constitution itself: it is the people from whom the authority undergirding the law and its constitution is derived. More importantly, a country’s constitutional order is only as good as each person’s mindset and the quality of public discourse in which they engage. You can see, therefore, why certain great powers today will be nothing more than little pigeons sitting on a stool waiting for crumbs tomorrow.
    It is also why we, the people of Barbados, as a potentially world-leading force, should take time to carefully consider how we treat with each other and the way(s) in which we build our sovereign wealth.
    Summarily, it must be underscored that, as beautiful as constitutions appear, they are “rough and tumble” documents ordering our social and economic lives. In that regard, therefore, now that the Government of Barbados is seeking to engage citizens in conversations on constitutional reform, it would be wise for every interested citizen to take hold of the opportunity. This includes those under the age of majority, for they, too, will inherit the Earth upon which we now trod.

    Dr William M. A. Chandler is a published political economist, legal scholar and business consultant. Email wma@auxomni.com.


    Source: Nation


  32. Good news and bad news
    What better way to start an article than with some good news.
    After implementing several stringent measures on my electricity use, plus the reduction in value added tax on a portion of the electricity consumption, I experienced about a one-third reduction in my electricity bill over the last two months. The bad news is that with the recent interim rate hike on electricity rates, my celebration and savings will be short-lived.
    This is the continual struggle for the consumer – achieving savings in one area that are devoured by an increase in yet another expense. And with no concurrent salary increases in 2022, many are, in the words of Buju Banton, “spending a dime while earning a nickel”.
    This is the essence of the many objections to the increase in electricity rates at this time. I think every consumer understands that utility rates cannot be static but must increase over time to allow any utility company to remain viable and provide good service. But increases at this time are burdensome as we still recover from the financial effects of the pandemic.
    Now to more bad news. Last Monday’s edition of the Nation Newspaper reported that the unemployment rate in Barbados increased slightly for the quarter ending June 30, 2022, to 9.3 per cent (13 000 persons unemployed) up from the nine per cent reported by the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) in March 2022. This is higher than the unemployment rates in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, which are 5.1 per cent and six per cent, respectively.
    These statistics do not include those who are underemployed and underpaid. And what of the public servants who complain
    of acting in higher positions while still being paid at the lower salaries due to delays in acting allowances being applied to their salaries? And what of those who are suspended following interdiction and are on half pay (sometimes for lengthy periods) pending a determination of their disciplinary proceedings? And what of the pensioners on a fixed pension income who must stretch a dollar to deal with rising fuel costs, groceries and now electricity?
    Exaggerated issue
    How then can some treat the increase in electricity rates as an “exaggerated issue”? The Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd (BL& P) earning only three cents on every dollar sounds negligible until you consider that this is earned from a customer base of well over 100 000 households and/or businesses using varying amounts of electricity.
    President of the Democratic Labour Party, Dr Ronnie Yearwood, recently commented in this newspaper that the BL& P was able to pay out over 25 million in profits to its shareholders in the previous financial year. That three cents doesn’t sound so negligible.
    Now for some good news mixed with bad news. The recently concluded departmental inquiry into the Government Industrial School (GIS) has validated many of the complaints and concerns regarding the GIS that flooded the media these last two years. After conducting 109 interviews with 89 people, the panel noted several issues with the operation of the school, the treatment of the wards, inappropriate relationships and unqualified and unsuited staff members. This is a far cry from the police inquiry into the institution in April this year which found “no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the school”.
    The panel has made several
    recommendations for overhauling the institution, including amending and updating the child protection laws, which Minister Wilfred Abrahams indicated have been accepted by Cabinet.
    I commend the panel for their hard work and recommendations. I also applaud the courageous wards, both past and present, their families and representatives who gave much needed testimonies and evidence to aid in the inquiry. Change does not happen when we wait for someone else to do something. Change occurs when we collectively advocate and take active steps to cause change.
    In more good news, this evening the first episode of my special podcast, which focuses on mental health and provides information on resources and techniques anyone can use in times of mental or emotional challenges or crisis, will air on the Nation’s social media platforms and YouTube page at 6 p.m.

    Michelle M. Russell is an attorney at law with a passion for employment law and labour matters, as well as being a social activist.


    Source: Nation


  33. Seek ye first the correct cultural consciousness
    After centuries of church and seeking God, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora were still living in a colonial hell. The biblical advice of Matthew 6:33, which says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”, did not seem to be working.
    Some Christians today may debate as to whether or not the Christianity being practised by Africans on the continent and in the diaspora was the correct version or was being practised in the correct way. Whatever the case, many started to question this formula for prosperity.
    Kwame Nkrumah, the father of Ghanaian independence, came up with his own formula. He concluded that Africans should “seek first the political kingdom” and then all things would be accomplished. Nkrumah reasoned that if Africans gained the keys to the political kingdom, the promise of peace and prosperity would be realised.
    Decades after achieving political independence, this formula has also failed to fully deliver on its promise to the continent of Africa and in the Caribbean.
    Where the political kingdom has been relatively stable, like here in the region, a new formula emerged. Leaders decided that they should seek ye first the economic kingdom, and then all other things would be added. The prevailing idea has been that you take care of the economy and everything else would fall into line. This has not been the case. Dedicating the nation to the god of economics has not turned it into the land of milk and honey.
    Not enough
    Increasingly today yet another formula is being touted like an article of faith. Many seem to believe firmly that if we seek first the scientific and technological kingdom all things will be added unto us. STEM is spoken of as if it will be the saviour that economics, politics and religion were not. It is not that the fields of science, technology, politics, economics and religion have not all contributed to the development of Africa and its diaspora. They have.
    It is that, in the words of Kamau Brathwaite, “it is not enough”.
    In the poem Negus, Kamau writes that “it is not enough to pray to Barclays bankers on the telephone, to Jesus Christ by short wave radio”. He poetically refers to ineffective systems of economics, religion and technology, through the symbolic imagery of Barclays bankers and Jesus Christ by short wave radio and argues that they will not suffice. Earlier in the poem he says that “it is not enough to be free of the red, white and blue”.
    This is a reference to the lowering of the British flag from presiding over his homeland Barbados after independence. Brathwaite knew that political control was not enough. What else is needed?
    Kamau is a poet. As a poet, he insists that what is needed is “words to shape my name to the syllables of trees” and “to refashion futures like a healer’s hands”. He is recognising that it is not the science, technology, politics, economics or religion that is the source of liberation and development. It is the consciousness behind these, which he, as a poet, represents as “the word”.
    This is consciousness which is founded in and expresses itself through art, innovation and culture.
    Some scholars have recently called the cultural dimension the fourth pillar of sustainable development, alongside the economic, the social and the environmental. I argue that apart from being a pillar of sustainable development, it is the foundation on which the other pillars and posts of development rest.
    Cultural consciousness
    The kind of religion, politics and economics you practise is determined by your consciousness, which is shaped by youth culture. If your cultural consciousness is not liberated then nothing else can be. Perhaps “seek ye first the correct consciousness” is not far off from what the author of the gospel according to Matthew meant.

    Adrian Green is a communications specialist.

    Source: Nation


  34. Create an entrepreneurial economy
    The following article was submitted by Ryan Walters, a former spokesperson on Small Business for the Democratic Labour Party and Manager of International Franchises in Barbados.
    Small Business Week 2022 is an important reminder that all big businesses began small as a single idea. A single person with a dream and the determination to make it happen. That’s what Small Business Week is all about – celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit that is the lifeblood of our economy.
    Of course, big businesses have their place. But it’s small businesses that are the engine of growth in our economy. They create most of the new jobs and they are more nimble and adaptable than their larger counterparts.
    As Small Business Week 2022 comes to an end, I want to congratulate and commend the micro and small business community for steadfastly contributing to your own livelihoods, the livelihoods of others and to the economy as a whole.
    Trust me when I say, that I know that it doesn’t come without hard work, commitment and sacrifice, but we are grateful for your existence and your contribution to the Bajan economic landscape.
    As I ponder on what our Micro, Small and Medium Business Enterprise (MSME) need, many things come to mind. But as I list the many things that need to be addressed to the benefit of the sector, I realised that before we can chip away at a list of things to be done, we need to embrace an overall perceptive and repositioning of how we view our business owners.
    The truth is and the facts show that this country cannot run without the small man. Small Business is Everyone’s Business. Most businesses start from humble beginnings, small in nature and eventually scale and grow over time to become the magnates
    they are today.
    Those involved would say it’s a long and laborious journey but one that can be very rewarding once you reach your destination. But to the point that micro and small business is everyone’s business, first because pre-COVID over 90 per cent of business in Barbados were micro and small businesses and secondly, the sector accounts for very close to 45 000 jobs. I imagine that that is still the case today, give or take.
    COVID brought the opportunity to pause, think and redesign what we call small businesses but what I prefer to call “the entrepreneurial economy”. We need once and for all to create an Entrepreneurial Economy and do away with this notion of micro and small business sector. There is something very counter-productive about labelling the sector by using a word that connotes size – “small” – making its significance appear to be little. While the individual businesses maybe small in size, the sector as a collective, makes a big contribution.
    To reposition into The Entrepreneurial Economy, serious questions have to be asked.
    Business owners are finding it very difficult financially to run their businesses and maintain their households. Is a small loan enough to sustain the business? Is a pop up shop every other month enough to bring in sales to cover expenses? So, the question is how do we sustain our businesses in The Entrepreneurial Economy? This is something we can all discuss in more detail going forward.
    I marvelled at the conversation around the National Insurance Scheme and the continued reference to the “informal economy”. Talking down to the small man rather than encouraging him and
    lifting him up. I would love to see an entrepreneurial economy that speaks not only to minimum contributions of self-employed persons but to sickness and unemployment benefits for our business owners when they too themselves suffer unexpected sickness or injury and are unable to earn. Personal Income Tax allowances should be a standard. The current tax system encourages our business owners to hide income rather than declare it. The unfair application of VAT in some sub sectors need to be addressed. Each entrepreneurial venture should be benefiting from a strong support structure that focuses on the success of each venture.
    As I said previously, there is so much to do but as a start let’s lift up and empower our small business owners and fit them into a New Entrepreneurial Economy. They deserve it, you deserve it and Barbados deserves it.
    Kudos to you all for fighting the fight. Your work and contribution have not gone unnoticed.
    Keep up the good work and God Bless!

    Source: Nation


  35. David
    The only market makers are the people, corporations, paying to put their people in place. These could be transnational, often are.

    Its an imprecision to say that state entities could be so described.


    • @Pacha

      Yet you post a video which exposes how states sponsor a Zionist state to feed the establishment narrative? It is not that simple is it.


  36. Haha!!!

    I don’t know the writer of this script. Nor do I really care too much.

    “This is a man who is known to have a close relationship with one of the most plutocratic ‘leaders’ in the West, Tony Blair. It was Blair who spearheaded an illegal war on Iraq to steal Iraqi oil. Arthur has no history of transforming anything, with the possible exception of his personal life. We well remember him shedding crocodile tears on the floor of Parliament in a public relations (PR) gambit to attract resources. That this kind of man would now want to present himself as an agent of transformation is an affront to all that is Barbados and more particular those of us who have been fashioning this argumentation for many years.”

    Xxx

    Your Supreme Leader..

    “We stand today on the morning of the 20th of January confident that the people have spoken with one voice – decisively, unanimously and clearly,” Mottley told cheering supporters at the headquarters of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).”

    “We want to thank each and every one of the people of Barbados for the confidence that they continue to repose is us,” she said in the victory speech broadcast online.”

    Barbados 🇧🇧 was transformed…

    Is it permanent ?
    Ask the script writer..


  37. David

    So you seen it.

    The state fills a role but we’re more interested in the actors behind, on all sides.

    Corporations are not dissimilar. Who are the actors behind the scenes, your market makers?


    • @Pacha

      You observed the impact of people advocacy to move change re anti Jeremy movement? Whether right or wrong?


  38. Pacha…all distraction to cover up what is really happening behind the scenes..

    the act and practice of muddling….using the twin curse and blights of manmade politics and religion….always trying to take control and draw attention to some fraud label in their wicked minds..

    even more vicious games are played with the fraud perpetrated on Afrikan history and the lies told over 3,000 years…

    A higher power has to intervene in this EVIL..


  39. David

    This was not that.
    It was a conspiracy to make sure Corbin will not be PM involving a foreign state as used by Corbin’s enemies in the UK.

    They deployed many different dirty campaigns, finally settling on fake antisemitic lies.


    • @Pacha

      How does it change the view what advocacy can be achieved even if orchestrated? The point to be made is that in a democracy, our system of government, individuals cannot fall asleep at the switch.


  40. they keep perpetrating OUTRIGHT FRAUD on our earth and for that THEY WILL PAY…


  41. Pacha…if the local ones can’t tell when their sleight of hand games. lies and fraud are no longer working that’s on them…


  42. Double jeopardy..

    “They deployed many different dirty campaigns, finally settling on fake antisemitic lies.”

    Xxx

    “POSTED IN BLOOD-SUCKING FUCKING JEWS IN BARBADOS. PACHAMAMA

    Barbados BlogWatch Has No Ten-Point Plan for Stalinist Non-Governance by People Who Don’t Read Enough Actual Books

    Barbados BlogWatch gives some thought to Bushie (“the Bushman”) Tea’s gorgeously considered 10-point plan for what many are calling “governance”
    by our governance reporters, Davy, Isly, David No-Balls Speller, Pach Yo Mama and Baffy (“de lil Bajan rapis”) BAFBFP Baffy D. Baph. Negroman subbed and Onionsy did the proofreading
    The world of governance was rocked to its foundations recently when the Barbados Underground Family just went right ahead and admitted something.
    Here’s the admission:
    The following 10-point plan has been championed by BU family member Bush Tea for several years and endorsed by Barbados Underground.
    Many argue, including Davy No-Balls Spellearr and David of that ilk, that we now live in a fishbowl, and that subliterate idiocy is something that the grown-ups will have to look at. Et al, we posit to dose o dat ilk!!!!
    Heah!!???? Negro ma hero!!!???? She just white thrash heah??!!??”

    Xxx

    I’m lost & can’t be what..

    What a load of Outhouse!!


  43. Diego Garcia is NOT a person

    “By David Vine, TomDispatchThis piece originated with TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.

    First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and U.S. Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into a sealed shed. Locking them inside, they gassed the howling animals with exhaust piped in from U.S. military vehicles. Then, setting coconut husks ablaze, they burned the dogs’ carcasses as their owners were left to watch and ponder their own fate.

    The truth about the U.S. military base on the British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia is often hard to believe. It would be easy enough to confuse the real story with fictional accounts of the island found in the Transformers movies, on the television series 24, and in Internet conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    While the grim saga of Diego Garcia frequently reads like fiction, it has proven all too real for the people involved. It’s the story of a U.S. military base built on a series of real-life fictions told by U.S. and British officials over more than half a century. The central fiction is that the U.S. built its base on an “uninhabited” island. That was “true” only because the indigenous people were secretly exiled from the Chagos Archipelago when the base was built. Although their ancestors had lived there since the time of the American Revolution, Anglo-American officials decided, as one wrote, to “maintain the fiction that the inhabitants of Chagos [were] not a permanent or semi-permanent population,” but just “transient contract workers.” The same official summed up the situation bluntly: “We are able to make up the rules as we go along.”

    And so they did: between 1968 and 1973, American officials conspired with their British colleagues to remove the Chagossians, carefully hiding their expulsion from Congress, Parliament, the U.N., and the media. During the deportations, British agents and members of a U.S. Navy construction battalion rounded up and killed all those pet dogs. Their owners were then deported to the western Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles, 1,200 miles from their homeland, where they received no resettlement assistance. More than 40 years after their expulsion, Chagossians generally remain the poorest of the poor in their adopted lands, struggling to survive in places that outsiders know as exotic tourist destinations”


  44. It is very clear that these CLOWNS, the ignorant who signed up to this debt slavery are NOT IN CONTROL OF THE ISLANDS…..not that they ever were totally, they were only in control of their tiny corner, lording it over who elected them, and selling out at every opportunity…..now, they may not even have that privilege in the exact same way with new owners of the island…..and the trashy white shadows still hiding like cockroaches in the background….will have to redo their scam plans..

    Pacha…a year or two ago i saw a video, since removed…..you can only envision the level of poverty deliberately visited on the former inhabitants of the Chaggosian archipelago in the new locations they were dumped is mindboggling, and extended for decades, and STILL ONGOING..

    I was just fortunate to see the video before it was removed..


  45. Jews !

    The earliest recorded evidence of a people by the name of Israel appears in the Merneptah Stele of ancient Egypt, dated to about 1200 BCE. According to the modern archaeological account, the Israelites and their culture branched out of the Canaanite peoples and their cultures through the development of a distinct monolatristic—and later monotheistic—religion centred on the national god Yahweh.[7][8][9] They spoke an archaic form of the Hebrew language, which was a regional variety of the Canaanite language, known today as Biblical Hebrew.[10]

    According to the Bible, the Israelites are the descendants of Jacob, who was later renamed Israel. Following a severe drought, Jacob and his twelve sons fled to Egypt, where they eventually formed the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The Israelites were later led out of slavery in Egypt and subsequently brought to Canaan by Moses; they eventually conquered Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. Modern scholars agree that the Bible does not provide an authentic account of the Israelites’ origins, and instead view it as constituting their national myth. However, it is accepted that this narrative does have a “historical core” to it.[11][12][13]

    A tribal period was followed by the rise of two Israelite kingdoms: Israel and Judah. The Bible portrays Israel and Judah as the successors of an earlier United Kingdom of Israel, although its historicity is disputed.[14][15] The Kingdom of Israel, with its capital at Samaria, fell to the Neo-Assyrian Empire around 720 BCE;[16] while the Kingdom of Judah, with its capital at Jerusalem, was destroyed by the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE.[17] Some of the Judean population was exiled to Babylon, but returned to Israel after Cyrus the Great conquered the region.[18][19]

    The Jews and the Samaritans are descendants of the ancient Israelites.


  46. let them keep foisting their fairy tales and fantasies on people who ACTUALLY LIVE IN REALITY..

    the only reason some of us still put warning info out there is because we know there are PEOPLE WHO REALLY UNDERSTAND what’s happening and know to ACT…


  47. The Island

    I was on the island Diego Garcia
    1975 while my assigned ship was under repairs for several weeks. All I did was fish, sleep and eat. Many of those indigenous Indians were still there working for the Military.


  48. @ David

    You ‘asked:’
    “why do we permit motorists to block through-traffic at roundabouts if the exit is jammed?”

    What about allowing people to sell water, newspapers, donks, akees and sugar-cane at junctions of the roadways approaching roundabouts as well?

    And, in Bridgetown, vendors are allowed to ‘set up shop’ anywhere they please.
    Selling, produce, shoes, underwears and clothes on sidewalks that are designed for pedestrians, forcing them to walk in the road; in various alleys, limiting access to emergency vehicles; at the entrance of the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal; and on the Charles Duncan O’Neal bridge creating congestion of pedestrian traffic.

    I’ve often mentioned that non-nationals can be found vending on the sidewalk in front of the Cheapside Market, while Barbadians have to RENT stall space therein.
    This brings me to the new Fairchild Street Market Facilities, where MAJORITY of the stalls there were ALLOCATED to NON-NATIONALS, some of whom were ILLEGALLY selling food and beverages on the environs of the old Fairchild Street Market…… AHEAD of LEGITIMATE Barbadian vendors who were DISPLACED when Golden Square Temporary Market was demolished.

    Another one of my concern is the re-emergence of several ‘pirate vans,’ plying the Speightstown Oistins via ABC Highway route.
    Even the owners of private cars are ‘getting in on the act.’ A few weeks ago, as I was walking in Warrens opposite the Barrack building, a man driving a Nissan Almera, was soliciting passengers.
    ZRs (3Y) and (11) that are designated to ply the Jackson and Silver Sands routes respectively, can be seen plying the Oistins Black Rock route.

    Then, there is the problem of squatting, an illegal activity undertaking by persons, including Guyanese and Jamaicans, who seem to believe they have the legal right to illegally occupy other people’s properties.

    Barbados needs the type of leadership that would ‘nip those types of illegal activities in the bud.’


  49. @David

    What concerns me is that everything I see being done seems to revolve around our precovid approach to tourism. I am not convinced we have embraced the reality that the post covid economy and the pre covid economy are 2 very different animals. Add to that the volatility of the sector based on the weak pound and the effects of the putin invasion on inflation and we have an unpredictable entity over the short to medium term.


  50. 2 different economies?
    Yah mean pre we had nuff debt, trying to balance with the revenue we had. Now post, we have higher debt, and reduced revenues, and our balance is wusser.
    Post is merely an extension of Pre.


  51. The DEMS held a meeting last night in Collymore Rock.

    There was only a ‘hand full’ of people in attendance when I passed there after 9 PM.


  52. “Flatlining education needs a shock, says Savoury-Gittens”

    “Like healthcare, Barbados’ “once prized education system is also flatlining and needs to be shocked and brought back to life”.

    William…check this out, these maliciously keep EACH AND EVERY GENERATION OF AFRIKAN CHILDREN deliberately TRAPPED in the FRAUD and LIES of a colonial education system built exclusively for the permanent misleading of Afrikan children and when it has reached its LIMIT complaining that it’s flatlining…

    ,makes no sense…hope they know that prolonging it is neither a solution nor will it make it any better…

    btw….heard last night that Bobby Clarke passed away…


  53. “Many of those indigenous Indians were still there”

    if you read the history of the island, there were never any indigenous indians there, those would have been workers brought over after the only people who ever populated the island, kidnapped from Zimbabwe and Madagascar, were deported to make room for the base. and those indians later brought over as indentured servants………..the island was unpopulated before that…


  54. @ WURA
    The passing ofComrade Robert “ Bobby” Clarke is a true loss to progressive people everywhere , workers and the disenfranchised. His passing is also a major loss to Pan Africanism and the fight for Black social and economic justice and equality in Barbados and the Caribbean.


  55. At least he used to SPEAK OUT…….he suffered greatly under the colonialism enabler and anti-Afrikan promoter Barrow, who single-handedly did enormous damage and can take a share of the responsibility for where the island is right now……he saw the pitfalls, spoke about them, but was impotent to do anything even if he wanted to and fought Pan Afrikanism tooth and nail…., and we know he did not care for freeing Afrikan people or giving them the education they are still entitled to……..that’s for sure…

    what we must now concern ourselves with are the “good Slaves” determined to LURE and mislead the Afrikan population into a FALSE sense of SECURITY in this newly laid TRAP….and apparently committed to doing so by any means necessary…….even using FEAR……..the traitor slaves are and will ALWAYS BE our GREATEST ENEMIES…

    even if they knew about the debt slavery scheme, it would not matter, they would cover it up as usual…


  56. >”You observed the impact of people advocacy to move change re anti Jeremy movement? Whether right or wrong?”
    >>”Yet you post a video which exposes how states sponsor a Zionist state to feed the establishment narrative? It is not that simple is it.”

    the symbol ☮ used to signify peace.
    JC Jesus Christ and Jeremy Corbyn were both anti-war and pro-Palestinian rights
    (Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Palestine)

    and both were crucified by the corrupt powers-that-be who are repugnant warmongers, colonialists, slavers, exploiters and management working on behalf of the Crown or Emperor

    But the Powers of the Most High Jah Rastafari shall witness the day when Babylon throne will fall down and not even the dog that pisseth against the wall will escape judgement

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called Children of God


  57. Someone just called DBLP “worn out old shoes with big holes, they have no ideas, or nothing good to offer Bim but heartache and suffering, the same old., keep out these folks with their broken promises that have the island broken and in debt to its throat choking Bajans to death.”

    Look how far the people have EVOLVED IN THEIR THINKING compared to when i came on here……….when years ago, we could not get them to express anything REMOTELY close…..am very impressed……..now they ARE WIDE AWAKE and there is no putting them back to sleep….the lying deceitful misleading politicians and their pimps, imps and fowls should take note…


  58. Traffic is slang for being blocked by someone

    Random Thought For The Day:
    People should buy an item of clothing that matches their skin tone
    to see if it is black white or an in-between shade of colour

    Misery

    Shades of Hudson


  59. Artax not surprised.Anyone living in barbados knows Dr Yearwood is an empty vessel and nightwatchman politically speaking much like Ms Depeiza.He does not have any workable solutions to do any better.I heard one of the dems Rawle talking about how the bees are now so unpopular and as usual not challenged by some moderators to produce the evidence to support this in my view nonsense.If an election was called tomorrow the bees would win hands down with the dems struggling to win five seays tops in my view.I see the mad woman asking where the bees have gone.Perhaps you and your cohorts can follow suit and take a vacation, you need it as you continue to bore us to tears.Look where this blog has descended to conspiracy shit talk everyday.I gone back on vacation.


  60. “The truth about the U.S. military base on the British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia is often hard to believe. ”

    Pacha…ironically, it’s not the US believed to be involved in any of the control of the sea area latest SCAM, the evidence is convincing……

    .the traitors are extremely DANGEROUS……

    but we shall see who the WHOs are eventually, it int like dey could hide it in this for any length of time in this day and age…


  61. Lorenzo September 26, 2022 7:41 AM #: “Look where this blog has descended to conspiracy shit talk everyday.”

    @ Lorenzo

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    But, if David is satisfied…… who are we to complain.


    • @Artax

      The blogmaster is dissatisfied about many things as it relates to how some commenters misused the opportunity to add value to discussing important issues in the local virtual space. How anonymous commenters in the main can be so fixated about massaging their online egos goes beyond the pale.


    • Has hands free use while using a mobile device in a moving vehicle been abandoned? It seems from casual observation that it has been. This is a big part of why lawlessness is escalating in Barbados. We don’t enforce laws.


  62. these believe that someone will give them anymore information than they are already getting, ya shit outta luck…..as a matter of fact, as time moves along, look out for MUCH LESS…

    i already said, if they are coming to kill, enslave or do anything else to the lot of you……and i know the date time or place,….i will gladly SAY NOTHING because it would be a conspiracy theory…

    i already said, if they destroy the lot of you by any means necessary….i will gladly SAY NOTHING, not one word in protest, because it will be a conspiracy theory…

    so, in reality…THIS IS ALL YOU WILL GET..

    these act as though people like myself ACTUALLY CARE WHAT THEY THINK…..big fail.


  63. No fan of conspiracy theories, I just ignore the ridiculous ones. But conspiracy theories can only spread if there is a communication problem between Leadership and the people. The current group is transparent and open to communication when the news is good but tightlipped and invisible for everything else.

    Examples:
    Hyatt starting soon. Soon comes and passes, no explanation nothing until the next Hyatt starting soon announcement.

    Absolutely terrible tourist arrival numbers for summer (especially when compared to St. Lucia where Rodney Bay Hotels were fully booked for the entire of July), Lisa Cummins nowhere to be found. Winter numbers look better suddenly she is in the news as the chief tourism reporter

    Huge loan for road development in Scotland district where 3 people live, while nothing for Highway 7, possibly the most important business corridor on the island.

    With such glaring gaps persons are left to speculate. Speculation then leads to imagination and then all is required is confirmation bias and “research” and you have a conspiracy theory.

    Conspiracy theories are sometimes symptoms of larger systemic problems.

    That’s my contribution for the day


  64. David
    The government is 8 months into a 5-year term. You can’t sense the activity? Hold tight. And yes the blog is tiring, I’ve realised it’s best to let the soliloquist rule.🤣


  65. and….no one will be GIVING UP…..important life-saving information that will be deliberately HIDDEN from the public and NOT ACTED UPON…

    case in point…..Afra Raymond..

    there are other ways and means to get it DIRECTEDLY to the people…


  66. @Mr Blogmaster, you posted that note of de Jamaican blogger being murdered apparently for given info about another assassination … you simply stated: “Of interest”…

    So just as cryptically, I wonder : ‘To whom’ … is that of most interest!

    The street justice for folks considered as snitches has always been cruelly terminal … intended to chill witness participation to the various crimes.

    Thus, this violent act forcibly reinforces that realization and also validates the *dangers of social media“.

    Wherever you are – whether a few neigborhoods away, a parish or even in another country – when you blog about dangerous matters you can be placing your life at risk.

    That bold act and the more viral cases of Russian poisoning in UK, Khashoggi’s butchering in Turkey and even the rampaging violence in cities like Chicago remind us that we need to be sensible about what we say and how we say it … our life and that of family or friends can be at stake.

    So yes, it’s of interest… because as you are implying such social media madness will happen right here on de rock too!

    But social media has also solved lots of violent crimes whether via photo matching, and criminals boasting with identifiable stolen goods or about an event (pre or post) … so let’s hope there is no chill whatever on speaking truth and being witnesses to the guilt of violent criminals.


  67. Enuff September 26, 2022 9:01 AM #: “The government is 8 months into a 5-year term. You can’t sense the activity?”

    @ Enuff

    Surely you jest.

    But, then again, if “sensing the activity” means Barbadians ‘actively’ expressing their dissatisfaction with Mia Mottley and her administration, then, yes, I “sense the activity.”

    Even heard a Guyanese squatter on CBC TV8 NEWS last week saying ‘it is not easy in Barbados, things are very expensive.’
    And, that is someone who is breaking the law.


  68. Hants….i still won’t drop the mask just yet in public, only in public.

    they were not even wearing masks in places like Vancouver…prior to this.


  69. “‘To whom’ … is that of most interest!”

    trying to instill fear in this day and age is a FAIL…..and cowardly..

    ..they know exactly who to frighten…and not everyone will bite..

    knowing what’s out there in the way of information……they just might BITE BACK instead.


  70. Enuff

    Don’t care where you go, people are criticising the BLP.

    Reminds me of when Barbadians were similarly expressing their dissatisfaction with the Freundel Stuart administration a few months into its second term.

    Remember what happened to Stuart and his lot in the 2018 general elections.


  71. Hants…….watch ya don’t get a conspiracy theory label as EVERYTHING UNFOLDS…,as EXPECTED for years now…

    ,,that one was building up for WEEKS…


  72. I remember someone threatening if I don’t provide proof to substantiate a fact I exposed, I would “see what they are made of” and, “when they are done with me, the blog admin cannot protect me,” because I “don’t know what they are of.”

    🤣 🤣 🤣

    Perhaps IDLE THREATS can be REGARDED as conspiracy theories as well?

    But, then again, only a SILLY anonymous blogger would threaten another anonymous blogger on an anonymous blog.


  73. but am not anonymous…..speak for thyself…

    try getting the definition of anonymous right and start again…


  74. @ David

    You asked:
    “Has hands free use while using a mobile device in a moving vehicle been abandoned?”

    Have you also noticed bicyclists are flouting the law by riding about without wearing helmets…… and sometimes in plain view of police officers?

    I remember waiting over an hour in the River Terminal for a Bush Hall ZR, to go for a car from my mechanic in Bank Hall.
    I saw a former workmate who drives a ZR on his off days and asked him about the ‘Bush Hall vans.’
    He told me they don’t come into the Terminal, I would have to wait for one by Queen’s Park gate.

    At night, the Silver Sands and Silver Hill/Gall Hill ZRs park by the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, BLOCKING the buses exiting that facility.


  75. William……all the people gotta do is STAY ON TOP IS WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING…..am very pleased to report that they are indeed doing their due diligence….and not waiting for others to do it for them, so they can cut out or hide the information that puts them at high risk…

    in that way, they cannot get trapped by any nasty surprises because they are in CONTROL of the information that reaches them and can analyze to their heart’s content…..

    this is the point where we are at, if others got lost along the way, and now can’t pick up the thread or catch up, that’s on them….they should have been MINDING THEIR GODDAMN BUSINESS…like everyone else was, as warned repeatedly..


  76. @ WURA
    Just ignore the partisans. They need oxygen and distractions to keep them alive. Ignore them; just dismiss them.
    They have no useful purpose at this time. People trying to survive. Not interested in petty political worshipping at this time.
    They are clowns. Ignore them. Dismiss them. Clowns!!
    Peace.


  77. “They need oxygen and distractions to keep them alive. Ignore them; just dismiss them.”

    their appalling IGNORANCE as accurately described by Hal, is always on display..

    the clown brigade can go nowhere else….gotta stay right where they are and stew with jealousy and envy…


  78. @Hants
    Yours @10.32 am
    For my most recent travels I had the BIM Safe and Arrive Can apps on my digital devices, it seems safe to delete them now.


  79. Imagine a man whenever someone criticize the dems who is always quick to defend them as a so called neutral calling others clowns.On top of that linking up with in my view a known liar and conspiracy theorist.Well well it does not get any funnier than that a real comedian.I gone.


  80. William….i got a WHOLE CHAPTER about these losers in my second book…….am certain readers unfamiliar with the social reduction and lack of proper education over these many decades………will ask if those low grade mindsets are real……if there are people alive who really think in such images of darkness without enlightenment…and live only to attack and attempt to degrade Afrikan women…..

    a lot still to expose….so our young people, especially the young boys and men don’t fall into such subterranean categories….much work to do to save this current and incoming generations from these mindwashed, brain damaged fools…….

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