Where Must Barbados Earn Money to Support its Conspicuous Lifestyle?

It is no secret Barbadians are addicted to the conspicuous consumption lifestyle. We can debate why educated Barbadians – successive governments included – continue to ignore the the consequences of having champagne taste and mauby pockets – wantonly running budget deficits in the post Errol Barrow era is with us. We can no longer support ourselves UNLESS we borrow as a creative approach to ‘reprofiling debt’ or lobby to access concessionary and grant funding. The question we must ask is if such an approach is sustainable. At some point the country must reengineer the economic model to organically grow GDP to effectively earn enough to pay our bills (support our conspicuous consumption habit). In other words running budget surpluses must not be jettisoned for the lazy and fashionable budget deficit approach to managing our financial affairs.

Barbados is a service based economy with foreign revenue earnings mix over reliant on tourism supported by international business (IB) and foreign direct investment (FDI). It is fair to say there is a nexus between our three leading sectors, if tourism fails there is a negative earnings relationship with IB and FDI. The blogmaster is not harsh in the critique that the policies of the current Mottley administration do not inspire confidence that there is an aggressive approach to reorder the Barbados economy.

Globally, FDI inflows increased by 64% in 2021, reaching approximately $1.6 trillion dollars. As a destination for global investments, Latin America and the Caribbean saw its share decline, however, representing 9% of the total – one of the lowest proportions in the last ten years and far below the 14% recorded in 2013 and 2014.

ECLAC Report

A UN report released this week by the ECLAC, a United Nations agency, indicates that although foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean rose by 40.7% in 2021, it has not returned to pre pandemic levels. Of significance is that the ECLAC report expanded its analysis by reporting that although FDI inflows increased globally by 64% in 2021, the LATAM and Caribbean share declined, “one of the lowest proportions in the last ten years and far below the 14% recorded in 2013 and 2014″. A negative trending in FDI does not bode well for Barbados and the Caribbean given our tourism based economies. We can life in hope that the negative trending can be reversed but it makes sense to prepare for the worse by weaning Barbados from sucking 24/7 on the tourism nipples.

A word to the [educated] should be sufficient.

See full UN Report

126 thoughts on “Where Must Barbados Earn Money to Support its Conspicuous Lifestyle?


  1. First access to $500m green bank
    by SHAWN CUMBERBATCH
    shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com

    BARBADIANS WILL BE the first permitted to access a share of $500 million expected to become available when the Caribbean’s first green bank is established under an initiative being led by Government.
    The Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international financier which helps Barbados and other developing countries counter climate change, has formally agreed to support the new entity called The Blue-Green Investment Corporation (BGIC).
    Special envoy to the Prime Minister on investment and financial services Avinash Persaud, who Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley assigned to lead the bank’s formation, says it “will likely start with $80 million of capital from the GCF, other climate agencies, social impact investors and the Barbados Government”.
    Capital expansion
    He explained that this would allow the bank, which the authorities are hoping will be launched next year, to lend over $500 million before further expansion of capital.
    “Much of this lending will be to support affordable green housing and broadening public participation in renewable energy – public here used in the sense of ordinary people,” he told the MIDWEEK NATION.
    “With that size of capital base, the BGIC would be able to make a significant difference, accelerating the transition to a lowcarbon economy, but at the level of individual households, not large companies.”
    Persaud and GCF executive director Yannick Glemarec recently signed a project preparation facility (PPF) agreement permitting the BGIC to receive support from the GCF.
    Officials explained that
    the PPP provided financial and technical assistance to GCFaccredited entities for the preparation of high-potential project and programme funding proposals to be considered for approval by GCF.
    Pegasus Capital Advisors will be GCF’s accredited entity for the green bank venture, including the funding proposal.
    “Initially focused on Barbados, the plan is for the BGIC to finance several private and public initiatives for green, affordable, genderinclusive housing, energy generation, water conservation, food security and low-carbon transport,” Persaud explained.
    “We want to support, for instance, and help scale up the HOPE (Home Ownership Providing Energy) project, which is delivering home ownership through renewable energy and building out the electric transport network. “The BGIC will not be a retail bank but an investment bank working to facilitate and support retail activity. It will do so through financing green bonds, for instance, and will seek to draw in and partner with other financial players like banks, credit unions, pension funds and insurance companies,” he added.
    Build awareness
    The finance expert also said that “in doing its job, the BGIC hopes to build awareness of a more resilient and sustainable Caribbean, and promote a paradigm shift towards resilient livelihoods and lowcarbon technologies, particularly for lowincome households and energy, housing, agricultural and transport sectors”.
    Commenting on the GFC’s key role in setting up the green bank, Persaud said: “As the FTX saga reminds us, setting up financial institutions is not easy if you want to do it right and protect investors.
    “The economic and technical support from the GCF is designed to get the Investment
    Corporation’s legal structures, governance, risk management, staffing, lending criteria and so on in shape for the GCF’s board to consider a capital injection at one of its 2023 board meetings.
    “Much needs to be done and spent before BGIC can lend or earn a cent, and so this support is critical to help us do it right and target a 2023 launch,” he noted.
    Glemarec said: “I’m pleased to see the rapid progression of BGIC that was initially proposed as an idea by Prime Minister Mottley to address climate finance challenges in the Caribbean. GCF, through its PPF, will support the green bank initiative as it will help unlock the climate innovation and investment urgently needed by countries in the Caribbean to respond to the impacts of climate change.”

    Source: Nation


    • In a related matter re regional air travel. How can we optimise resources in the region and grow as a community IF…

      Airlift pressure

      Promoters and artistes worried about regional travel
      by TRE GREAVES tregreaves@nationnews.com
      GOVERNMENT AND INVESTORS are being urged to find a solution to solve the airlift and challenges affecting the region.
      If nothing is done, that could cause more difficulties for industries such as tourism and entertainment.
      Several players in the entertainment fraternity made those points as they highlighted the problems musical artistes and patrons were experiencing travelling to Barbados from within the region.
      Owner of Live Wire Entertainment, Ingrid Holder, explained how cancellations and having to travel to the United States to reach a nearby Caribbean destination affected the industry.
      “Inter-Caribbean travel has been in an extreme mess since 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s very horrendous to travel, sometimes we have to go to Miami to get to places like St Kitts and in some cases St Lucia.
      “We sadly miss airlines like LIAT that did most of the transit for us throughout the Caribbean. The intermediary airlines most of the time are delayed or postponed, so in a case where we could have travelled on the same day to go to an island, we have to sometimes go in two and three days early just to make sure we get there,” Holder said.
      Holder, who manages Krosyfah,
      and is the logistical manager for
      Hennessy Artistry, added that the early arrivals would lead to higher expenses for the promoters.
      Early arrivals
      “Some of the artistes are arriving as early as today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (yesterday) and they are going to be here until next Tuesday and that is an extreme expense on the promoter because that is a hotel, transportation and per diem for the next six days per person and we have over 100 persons coming in,” she added.
      During the site visit for Hennessy Artistry which is scheduled for December 2, one of FAS7Star’s directors, Allison Hunte said they were working closely with several airlines, including a private charter company, to ensure the artistes and patrons reached Barbados in time.
      “It’s requiring us to have the artistes on the island a lot longer because there are only two flights coming out of Kingston into Barbados, so it has been a little challenging, but we’ve worked closely with the tourist board to find solutions, but it is coming together.
      “We do know the flights are full and it’s really difficult to get into Barbados. That’s why we were strategic in partnering with Air Antilles, Caribbean Airlines, Executive Airlines (private charter) and Copa Airlines, in some instances to make sure we can accommodate some of the people and the demand from some of the other territories,” Hunte said.
      During the Iconic show at Kensington Oval last Friday, dancehall artiste Beenie Man said he also experienced a challenge getting to
      Barbados.
      He said a private charter was necessary to get in him to Barbados. Bounty Killer, who was scheduled to perform at Iconic, did not make it here that night, so he had to reschedule for Sunday night at Imagine Live.
      When contacted, president of the Barbados Entertainment Association, Rudy Maloney, said there were numerous issues at play, but he stressed that early planning was key.
      “There are a lot of dynamics at play both for the patrons and for the event producers. But I would tell the event producers to plan early.
      “You have to know where the artistes are coming from because someone is Jamaican or Trinidadian, that does not mean that is where they are coming from,” Maloney said.
      He also pointed out the implications that inadequate airlift could have for the country’s economy.
      “We advertise ourselves as a tourism destination, which means you should have airlift – that is key, whether it’s for the artistes or patrons.
      “Patrons not coming to the island affects the producers because those are numbers you are losing out on also, so we have to look at it holistically,” Maloney added.
      In 2020, Antigua-based airline LIAT, which had been facing economic woes for many years, collapsed after several regional shareholder governments, including Barbados, pulled out.

      Source: Nation


  2. The REAL question is, what will Bajans do when their illusionary lifestyle of ‘conspicuous living’ runs out of foreigners willing to sponsor us?

    Strangers ALREADY own all our asse(t)s…. so all that is left now is for them to apply vaseline – if they decide to be kind to us (since we surrendered so meekly).

    Where there is no vision, even if the people do not all perish, their donkeys will be badly assaulted.


  3. Stating the bleeding obvious:
    Try not spending money
    Try not building up credit

    Retail therapy is an addiction
    which does not even work except for a short buzz high

    Wisdom Healing:
    Exercising and eating well is what bodies are designed for to be healthy
    (..and wealthy and wise)


  4. “will likely start with $80 million of capital from the GCF, other climate agencies, social impact investors and the Barbados Government”.

    “He explained that this would allow the bank, which the authorities are hoping will be launched next year, to lend over $500 million before further expansion of capital.”

    Persaud has a knack for using words such as likely and hope to give himself an escape plan.

    How does an $80m capital injection lead to $500m in lending power. I know modern banking allows for the creation of money out of thin air but that applies to an investment bank that earns money from other investments and has assets. This “bank” has neither.

    “Initially focused on Barbados, the plan is for the BGIC to finance several private and public initiatives for green, affordable, genderinclusive housing, energy generation, water conservation, food security and low-carbon transport.”

    This will only be focused on Barbados. Why would another Caribbean country borrow created money from a Bank domiciled in Barbados, a country swimming in debt. forget that Persaud is associated with the bank as that is already a red flag.
    Money printing is what this bank will be doing NOT investing


  5. @ Redguard
    After Four Seasons, do you actually even listen to Persaud?
    You have more patience for ‘tontos’ that does Bushie…


  6. “In a related matter re regional air travel. How can we optimise resources in the region and grow as a community IF…”

    @ David

    This morning, I was checking on a flight to SVG, leaving Barbados on Monday, December 5, 2022 and returning Monday, December 12, 2022

    Caribbean Airlines quoted an airfare of US$1,159.99 or BD$2,319.98.

    Should’ve asked if they thought I said Miami.


  7. PM MIA say

    ” These goals are as follows:

    Green Barbados: Ensuring the protection of biodiversity in Barbados and food supply.
    A healthy and safe Barbados for everyone on the island.
    Utilising the platform of education to create a knowledge and innovation hub.
    Leveraging geographical advantages for the betterment of Barbadians by being an entrepot for the western and southern hemispheres.
    Economic enfranchisement of all Barbadians.”


  8. PM logic

    “This country may have a statistic that one out of every five persons is living below the poverty line and that is unacceptable. But the corollary to that is four out of every five are living above it,”


  9. Is your assertion supported? Why are so many Barbadians complaining about rising prices for necessities. There must be two Barbadoses. then. The middle income cohort is diminishing.


  10. @David
    Don’t ask questions for which there are no answers.
    Read BERT v2.0, an extended Manifesto, half term Report, which is full of….’is expected to’, ‘is anticipated’, ‘strengthen/enhance/develop’, ‘the government plans’, “will seek to facilitate/establish”, “will advance/pursue”,,,minus most of the specifics.
    B = Borrowing, Borrowing, and more Borrowing
    E = enfranchisement or empowerment (both used multiple times take your pick)
    R = RE. as in REdirect, REinvent, REdeploy, REnew, REform, REcapitalize, REduce, REcover etc etc but no REprofiling !!!
    T = Transform
    The lack of specificity…my bad….read the last page….it has timelines!!! (and you will like the sequencing of the 3 involving the NIS)
    But….there were a few nuggets.
    “BRA completed a vetting of a stock of old tax refund arrears amounting to $173.3 million that was discovered in the latter months of 2021 in its legacy IT system”. My refund is NOT lost….lol But I am likely to get a J Bond.
    “HOPE will become the developer of public housing for the Government of Barbados”
    “Caves of Barbados had had to be provided with limited initial funding as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic”. [it was outsourced earlier to a private entity]
    For @David…#55…”it should be noted that revenues are expected to rebound as the tourism sector recovers”.
    #6 “Fiscal sustainability has been restored under BERT (2018)”
    #160 “Programme implementation and debt service provision over the next 4 years are expected to be facilitated largely through external financing”.
    #161 “The remaining financing is expected to be met through domestic sources”
    Tings good. Now lewwee prepare for Christmas!!!


    • @NO

      Isn’t the IMF vested in a good recovery for Barbados so that they (IMF) can shop around BERT to struggling member countries?


    • @David
      I will “guess” the IMF take on BERT will be more from the IMF perspective. That is usually very monotone. You may note the IMPLEMENTATION can be VERY successful, while the RESULTS may not be? BOSS and BOSS+ as examples.


  11. But David, you have not made any concrete recommendations.

    If we are to stop government borrowing, exactly what government spending needs to be cut?

    Yes we need to grow the economy beyond tourism, international business, and FDI: but what new industry should we build?


    • @Peter

      The thrust of the blog is first and foremost about an unsustainable way of life currently being engaged by Barbadians. How do we curb and shift behaviours.

      The difficult question you asked has been asked many times on this blog over the years and different suggestions offered. The blogmaster is of the view citizens of Barbados are entitled to share an opinion about the economic state of country and the trajectory to no where without being obligated to offer solutions. If those elected to political office stayed true to manifesto promises and other ‘pacts’ we may not be having these conversations.


    • @David, it is amusing to read your remark that :”The blogmaster is of the view citizens of Barbados are entitled to share an opinion about the economic state of country and the trajectory to no where without being obligated to offer solutions.”

      That is the retort used for everything by everyone who simply wants to blow air and not deep dive to do the real effort needed, not so!🥳😒 Your blog has matured (and the bloggers too 😎) well past that point of merely sharing opinions “without being obligated to offer solutions”!

      And that leads to the second point re: “if people are losing interest so be it. Unfortunately it is what we do, mash up and can’t build back” ….

      Are you playing tennis hear good sir … aren’t critical opinions with no commentary on possible solutions EXACTLY THAT: ‘mash up…no build back’…. Can’t go from side to side like that, brother.😎

      And finally, so what if Dub5 offers his incessant musical DJaying with a moniker change per post … he is definitely not as annoying as other bloggers who repeatedly rant with the exact SAME theme for EVERY local issue!

      He is absolutely more creative 🥳 – often times quite sensationally so – and at lest one has the option to follow his ‘Fantasy’ and momentarily leave aside the annoyances of the real world. So I would completely agree with you that ‘SO BE IT’!

      Oh and BTW… although it’s awesome to offer endless episodes of ‘How the Economy Turns’ there are other interesting, weird and too relaxing issues around the world that can draw interest of some of the BU old codgers …

      Bro, there is the soccer World Cup and per the recently ‘resumed’ Warner case and other issues (like the many African born players on almost every team, except Japan I believe) there is MUCH GRIST to chew on and STILL get into meaty economic matters and other societal issues… MUCH!

      There is the ever expanding cricket landscape and the many wealthy folks it’s creating – AND it seems the WI are being left behind – … is sports management and playing high level sports NOT a viable industry to raise our economic coffers!!!

      Do you have NO INTEREST in such topics anymore … are we so locked into certain views of the $$ and cents that we miss all the other viable ones about which MANY OPINIONS can be shared “without being obligated to offer solutions” 🤣😎

      Just saying!!!


    • @Dee Word

      You have the right to your opinion. You have missed the point re being not obligated to give solutions because by your admission many have been posted to the blog space through the years. It was a tongue-in-cheek retort.


  12. @Peter Thompson on December 1, 2022 at 9:10 PM said “But David, you have not made any concrete recommendations.”

    One of my suggestions is rather pedestrian.

    More and better sidewalks.

    Before 2067 I would like to see the period of maternity leave increased to 26 weeks. It has been stuck at 12 weeks since 1967. Shameful.

    I’ll leave the new industries suggestions to the very bright BU guys.


  13. Davy’s solution was people should spend more to boost the economy
    which was misguided and delusional
    as the economy don’t give a damn
    it is cut throat dog eat dog business

    F*cking Money Man
    Milionària – ROSALÍA


  14. God Deliver Us From Money
    Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby
    At heaven’s door
    They sell shoes
    To the little angels
    That are barefoot

    No one has told you
    That no dream
    Knows hours or time
    Or has an owner

    And the rain falls sadly
    To look at you
    Behind every raindrop
    An angel looks at you

    (lullaby, lullaby)

    Nana (Cap.9: Concepción)


  15. @ David

    I have two questions for you.

    The first one is, it looks like people are losing interest in BU. What do you think is the reason for this?

    Second, WHY DO YOU ALLOW the IDIOT that is using A LOT OF DIFFERENT PSEUDONYMS to ABUSE Barbados Underground with foolishness that does not have no relevance to the whatever is the topic?


    • To whom it may concern, if people are losing interest so be it. Unfortunately it is what we do, mash up and can’t build back.

      You should not whether some comment or not a blog is principally about sharing the views of the blogmaster.

      You feedback about Kiki using multiple monikers is noted.


    • Hard times. Everyone needs a side hustle.

      Gardening is my main side hustle.

      But I have a couple of others.


  16. “The first one is, it looks like people are losing interest in BU. What do you think is the reason for this?”

    One man’s opinion
    I do not believe that folks are losing interest. I believe that the series of recent changes (tweaks and fixes) has made the site less user friendly. I kept telling the blogmaster ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” but he followed bad advice from others.

    The first fix was to have the most recent post at the very top of the page. This fix divorced possible responses to a comment from the actual comment and one had to scroll to the top and to the bottom if one wanted to make a honest reply. This was soon remedied.

    Having the comments at the side regardless of the post one was viewing was also very helpful. Now in order to see the most recent comment, one has to scroll to the top, hit the Home button and then the most recent comments disappeared.

    Funnily, I thought the blogmaster had almost achieved perfection just before he stared fixing and tweaking. If he could return to the state just before his many tweaks then interests would pick up again

    Personally, my like and interest in the site is just a great as it was before. I still think BU is a great product, but it is just not as user friendly as it was before.

    –x–
    ” he is definitely not as annoying as other bloggers who repeatedly rant with the exact SAME theme for EVERY local issue!”

    Dude do your rant. Let others do theirs and scroll. I will take my own advice.


    • Maybe you can get it through your skull eventually the old theme was not being supported and had to be changed.


  17. 🙂
    The conclusion stands.
    But it appears that the tweaks and fixes were required.
    Could it be that one could program around the new theme and so get back to the old state?
    Is anyone with required knowledge and skill out there? Any volunteers?


    • No, technology does not work that way, it changes by the day. BU does not own the source code.

      Adjust, change or die.


  18. I was always impressed by what I read of ‘Bosstic’. To me he is a good man who is cut from a cloth that is quite different from our other run of the mill politicians.

    I suspect that as a honest man that he will not become as wealthy as his former colleagues, but I think he will always be at peace with himself.

    Go Bostic. Sir, I wish you well.


  19. Many Monikers are just old school Bu revival style a blast from the past going way back to 2012 end of the world prophecy.
    Yet we are still waiting for the awakening of minds for enlightenment.
    Making money is a progression like daily exercise for bigger bank.
    Easiest way to wealth is inheritance of dirty corrupted money from mummy and daddy.
    In the Global World USA has 30% wealth and all of Asia combined has 39%, but cost of living and wages is much higher which is why USA outsourced work to India and China so they can pay 20 times less.
    Barbados has to break into US and Global markets with it’s goods like sugar and rum.


  20. I have often poke at 555, but many of his/her posts are sound and informative.

    -x-
    Sugar and rum now appears to be hands of foreigners or a select few.

    I believe that Barbados has to gear its education system towards teaching computer skills and developing computer related technical expertise. The technological highway is the path that we should follow.

    I cannot comment on the current digital pathway being followed, but (to me) it appears to lead towards the enrichment of very few. Stumbling forward with tricks and schemes will end badly for us.


  21. “Yes we need to grow the economy beyond tourism, international business, and FDI: but what new industry should we build?”

    Ha…dont hold your breath, they are still making the same false promises from the 90s and before, world class, first class, full of shit, same lie told in a different way, over and over….another 30 years when most will be gone, the new misleaders will be spouting the same lies at our grands and great grands.

    Theo…it’s not so much a loss of interest as many, myself included, have moved on to other things. Some evolve and move with time. The changes are coming fast and furious and people want to stay on top of them and not at the bottom.


  22. To make more monies to support conspicuous lifestyles and material wealth also known as becoming ghetto rich one should be more frugal and less spendthrift according to economics 101 which dare I say means becoming a little jew~ ~ish

    Have a blessed Sabbath

    It is now dusk or night and dark in countries that are ahead in time zones as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and it is time to party on a friday night or at least start thinking about getting ready to do the rocksteady like uncle freddie but not uncle charlie who is a winey


  23. All questions are irrelevant and cannot be answered until we address the following: “I want to know what kind of mirror image you have of yourself?”

    This is a question that haunts me continuously. Was the Hon. EWB asking us a question or was he trying to drive us to a state of deep introspection where we look at ourselves and at our mirror image? Was he telling us that there was a conflict in who we are and in the way that we saw ourselves? Was it a warning that we were not as great as we imagine ourselves to be?

    Did we ignore Barrow’s warning and fell for the seductive ’punch above their weight phrase” of Kofi Anan on January 3, 2002? I have searched for where this phrase was specifically directed to Barbados but was unable to find it?

    Our warped mirror image allowed us to seize this phrase, wrapped ourselves in it and claimed it as our own. Here is his actual phrase: “We have heard a lot this afternoon about the word small. The United Nations is an organization of States, equal States, large and small. It is well known that in the United Nations there are many small countries that punch above their weight, and I am sure that there are many in this room and in this region that will continue to do that.”

    Our thought of our greatness has allowed us to twist the words of the former UN leader.

    Our mirror image has allowed us to engage in fallacious reasoning: ”Barbados is a nation, the US is a nation, therefore we can do anything that the US does”. Our mirror image does not allow us to see our small land size, our small population, lack of resources and limited finances.

    We have divorced ourselves from the truth. I will search for a recent article where the author intimated that Joe Biden was glad to be seen with Mia Mottley at some function. Our inflated ego has dulled our common sense and driven us to madness. Reality is a stranger to us. Fiction has become our truth>

    William Skinner, the question remains “ what kind of mirror image do we have for ourselves”. “There are many who have thrown an old bed sheet over the mirror to hide the image they do not want to see.”

    We can cover the mirror or turn it away from us, but the world that we live in cannot be ignored. There is no forward progress unless we confront and chase away the man in the mirror. We can lie to ourselves, we can make fancy speeches, but the world outside of the mirror grinds on. Sooner or later, we must leave our world of fantasy behind us. Reality cannot be ignored.

    “I want to know what kind of mirror image do you have of yourself?”


  24. I told them for years they were using what Kofi Anan said in the wrong context, i happened to be around when he made the speech, it now sounds puke worthy, they throw up the phrase everywhere and at everyone, at every other word. They too love to be laughed at. I hope no one else says anything even remotely connected to the islands or they will grab it, tief it, and we will never hear the end of it, christ. We need a break from these overblown egotistical blowhards.

    “It is well known that in the United Nations there are many small countries that punch above their weight, and I am sure that there are many in this room and in this region that will continue to do that.”


  25. The Hon. E. W. Barrow’s mirror image speech should be required reading at every school in Barbados. Barrow’s speech should be published in every newspaper on November 30 of each year. It should be recorded and read (yearly) over every station (radio and television) in Barbados.

    To me, for Barbados this speech is as fundamental as the US constitution is to the US. It is a landmark speech in the history of Barbados and a clarion call of a ‘leader’ to his people to abandon the false mirror image and see themselves as they truly are.

    In this monumental speech, Barrow attempts to shatter the false illusion we see in the mirror. He uses little (in Barbadians’ minds) Antigua to show us where we truly are “In Antigua, they use a small railway; but here the mothers of the nation with sons at Harrison College, the Alleyne School and daughters at Queen’s College, St. Michael and Alexandra – they are used as
    beasts of burden and there is no shelter in any of those cane fields. I have talked time and time again to the Barbados Workers’ Union about this and you allow that to continue. What kind of image do you have of yourself? ”

    Currently, e have not seen anyone who is worthy of tying the laces of the Hon E. W. Barrow.

    We confuse the importance of those in the audience with the quality or importance of the speech? We equate the actions of a cuckoo trying to usurp the nest of EWB with the important contributions EWB made to our nation.

    The microphone of 2022 is more powerful than that of May 1986. It has a louder volume and a wider reach, but the message it carries pales in comparison to the 1986 message of EWB.

    “What kind of mirror image do you have of yourself?” There is no forward progress unless we confront and chase away the man in the mirror. We can lie to ourselves, we can make fancy speeches, but the world outside of the mirror grinds on. Sooner or later, we must leave our world of fantasy behind us.

    ———–x—————-
    Ladies and gentlemen, have a great day.


  26. 🇬🇧 UK is a country that likes to say it punches above it’s weight
    it invaded every country in the world bar 10
    it used to be the richest
    and had colonies in every continent
    Americans Canadians Australians New Zealanders are all British Settlers
    and indigenous were massacred
    But, Kingdom Rise and Kingdom Fall, Babylon back is against the wall
    since the Queen of Babylon kicked the bucket like longshot down a Caymanas Park it is now the poorest developed nation


  27. Northern…i dont know if you are paying attention, but the homeless even disabled children are being seen as prime candidates for assisted suicide, among others. I warned you to look into this.

    Eugenics and transhumanism are en vogue.


  28. Every now and then, you will meet a Bajan who thinks and writes for himself/herself. Must have been hard to write the paragraph below, but the truth will out. Bring on the apologists.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/12/01/what-will-the-music-industry-look-like/

    “The first issue that I just dealt with relates to the second one. The Barbadian music industry, especially since the Rihanna event of 2005, has yet to figure out what it wants to be, not just in terms of size or jobs, but in terms of content. The emergence of Rihanna 17 years ago severely interrupted what I call the Bob Marley dream. Bob Marley gained global recognition by performing a musical genre, reggae, based on indigenous innovation. Throughout the 1980s, groups such as Spice and Company and in the 1990s, Square One and Krosfyah took up the Bob Marley dream and tried valiantly, and with some success, to gather international fame using indigenous music. In the case of these groups, soca was largely the tool of choice. Rihanna’s emergence in 2005 completely shattered this because she gained international prominence by not only moving to the United States but by fully adopting and singing Euro-American music. There was no soca, spouge or tuk in what she did, and it was like a meteor crash-landed on the Barbadian music industry”


  29. Last comment.
    Every now and then I hear someone mention our “forefathers” and it is in the national anthem
    “Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
    From which our pride is sprung”
    Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?
    When do they appear in Barbadian history? Circa 1966 or prior to 1966?

    I seem to recall someone talking of “founding fathers”.


  30. If Buers wait long enough say 6 moons they will have forgotten what the old version of software was like and will be used to the new one

    and if you still don’t like it blame wordpress not davy
    they have changed from wordy blogs format to a twitter type format
    as a sign of the times
    tik tok or youtube shorts is now the length of the shorter attention span for surfing the winternet

    Malamente is catalan for badly..


  31. Rihanna had a long run at the top of the game, but each generation prefers new sounds from their own peer group that they can relate to.
    Nowadays there are so many new artists producing and promoting themselves it is impossible to keep up with everybody.
    Music is more global now thanks to the net.
    Music is digital and Africa is producing reggae and African drum beats on computers.


    • In the left corner we have the government borrowing out of control, in the right corner there is the DLP leader calling for a 7% to 9% wage hike.


  32. “Maybe you can get it through your skull eventually the old theme was not being supported and had to be changed.”

    Did he mean to say
    “Maybe you can get it through your old skull eventually the theme was not being supported and had to be changed.”

    Here trying to figure out if the first was a rewrite of the second… Is he ageist?

    Taken from my book “How to create mountains out of molehills” 😃


  33. @David
    You need to review the Bridgetown Initiative, (my boy Avi 😂😂) and get ONside. Not a soul is cutting spending. The objective is to grow the available loan pools and lower the costs. Then borrow and spend (develop).


  34. TheOGazerts on December 2, 2022 at 3:29 PM said:
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    Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Grasshopper

    Our forefathers and mothers were Puritans and Quakers!!


    • @Hants

      We are in a vicious cycle. The government is managing large deficit, an increase adds to the deficit?


  35. Proverbs 28
    King James Version

    28 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

    2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

    3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

    4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

    5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

    6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

    7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

    8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

    9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

    10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

    11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

    12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

    13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

    14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

    15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

    16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

    17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

    18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

    19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

    20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

    21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

    22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

    23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

    24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

    25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.

    26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

    27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

    28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.


  36. John on December 2, 2022 at 7:36 PM said:
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    TheOGazerts on December 2, 2022 at 3:29 PM said:
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    Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Grasshopper

    Our forefathers and mothers were Puritans and Quakers!!

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

    We are children of the Reformation!!


  37. What preceded the Reformation?

    “The Bible was translated into several European languages before the Reformation, and the early reformers John Wycliffe (England) and Jan Hus (Bohemia) had championed the vernacular Bible. All the major Protestant Reformers from Luther on insisted on translating the Bible into the language of the common people.”

    We are children of God’s Word, but it was a close run thing.


  38. Forefathers and Foremothers
    Barbados was a Ruling Class and Working Class
    Slavery was the worst degrading dehumanising job ever which is why people still say they are treated like slaves
    Ruling Class are dead, they have to kill their humanity to oppress others
    Ignore John’s nonsense about spirituality which is not about a book it is a feeling of liberation of the soul to be what you were meant to be


  39. Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    @John
    “Grasshopper
    Our forefathers and mothers were Puritans and Quakers!!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    We are children of the Reformation!!”

    That is why I asked the question.

    Some of us have a sanitized version of history that bears no relationship to what the slaves experienced. We speak of terms like Puritans, Quakers, founding fathers and forefathers as if we were all descended from the Drax family. We refuse to acknowledge that our fore parents were not heirs but were property of the plantation.

    Our repugnant and brutal history is ignored and we are told of the generosity of the Quakers and of the beautiful life they provided for slaves. The history that is often spun here has a large core vein of fiction running though it. In recent times, we have even created the “Kofi” tale to make ourselves seem better and even superior to those in the same boat that we are in.
    –xx—

    Some have comment on the repetitive nature of some post. We should never let the big lie remain unchallenged even when the naked truth is uncomfortable for others.


  40. One of my pet phrases is “We are not men of action, (swords) we are men of words”.

    I was extremely surprise to se an article by Carl Moore titled as “Gobbledygook” in BT ePaper. In this article Carl Moore lamented on the meaningless word salads that are being issued to the public.

    At times, I am forced to cut and paste a few phrases and ask what they mean. It is good to see others are beginning to ask the same question. We must move beyond being swayed by few big words in a sentence and ask for an explanation of what was said.

    Unlike Carl Moore I am not a wordsmith and having being heavily influenced by my stay in America I believe what he politely calls “gobbledygook” I would call bullshit.


  41. Two articles are of interest
    (1) An article of a consumer group (Barbados Consumer Empowerment Network) stating that food prices in Barbados has increased significantly

    (2) BCCI stating that the BCEN claim is ridiculous and asking BCEN to bring proof of the hike in prices

    Me: I don’t have an opinion. Going to the supermarket is something everyone does. Ak yourself this question: Is food cheaper, at the same price or more expensive? I don’t care which side of the aisle you happen to be on, your wallet must be talking to you?

    Allow me to commend BCEN on their response to BCCI- it asked consumers to drop off their receipts for October and November — simply brilliant. Let the numbers do the talking


    • @TheO
      Have you noticed price increases in NJ? What were folks saying in T&T?
      I have certainly noticed them across the eastern half of Canada, and Florida has been worse.
      But if I ‘shop around’ and change some choices, I can keep within a range.
      With an island that imports so much, would we not expect it to follow the pattern of places it imports from?


  42. “Unlike Carl Moore I am not a wordsmith and having being heavily influenced by my stay in America I believe what he politely calls “gobbledygook” I would call bullshit.”
    I will give way to the Pedantic Dribbler to defend the usage of big words to impress the kid
    but words have a frequency resonance vibration of rhythm sound energy
    in USA people listen to rap music in the oral traditional style of the African Griot


    • @Dub5, please do not “…give way to the Pedantic Dribbler to defend the usage of big words to impress the kid” … the description of a “big word” is truly misused!

      Words are related to one’s audience as you know well as a musical expert … so in truth ‘big words’ are more about ‘ignorance of context’!

      Of course we may not know the meaning of a particular word but if we are ‘down’ with the speaker then we clearly ‘overstand’ what’s being said!


  43. William …drama cahn dun, i take it talks with Drax did not produce results and he will now get his slave master spawn tail sued….Slaves and their masters, give them both a wide berth bosie, when they kiss and make up ya can get squeezed. Look how cousin Charles got a whole freedom award, freedom from what is still not explained. Let’s hope it’s not freedom from being sued, dont think Drax got one though..lol

    https://youtu.be/HuDnsOHVN2U


  44. TheOGazerts on December 3, 2022 at 9:09 AM said:
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    Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    @John
    “Grasshopper
    Our forefathers and mothers were Puritans and Quakers!!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    We are children of the Reformation!!”

    That is why I asked the question.

    Some of us have a sanitized version of history that bears no relationship to what the slaves experienced.

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

    Simple fact of history and life.

    Without the Reformation, there would be no America (1607), St, Kitts (1624) or Barbados (1624)!!


  45. Let’s hope they took into consideration the math. If Drax is now worth 180 million….he not only has to pay Barbados but every
    island where the Drax’s evil atrocities and crimes against Afrikans spread, and from research., they spread themselves pretty thin, they will need at least 3 centuries to repay that, just as long a time frame as they used to terrorize, brutalize, rape, murder and overwork Afrikans to death….reality…dem int got the trillions they owe each and every Afrikan Caribbean. But ah guess the suers got a plan.


  46. @NO
    NJ
    https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/business/2022/07/19/nj-inflation-higher-prices-here-to-say-economists-say/65376485007

    “In the Garden State, gas prices have spiked 44% in the past year. The cost of a new car in the New York metro area jumped 16% in June from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Meat, chicken, fish and eggs climbed 10%. Housing costs were up 4%.”

    TT
    I will try to be nice
    Outrageous prices, trickery and thievery.
    I am trying my best to convince my wife that going there is a bad idea.


    • @TheO
      Hence no surprise the same escalating prices have reached Bim?
      Observations prices have increased are not earth shattering. Nor incorrect.
      When one imports so much, every import has a chain of intermediary handlers, each of whom ‘looking to mek a dollar’.


    • That said it is good to have some consumer advocacy taking place even if the agenda of the founders can be questioned?


    • It is good David.
      Will it change the behaviour of the consumer? Or the sellers?


    • @NO

      The Chinese proverb suggests the longest journey starts with a step. Sometimes all it takes is to start and give a change for unknown variables to be solved.


  47. African Online Publishing Copyright (c) 2022. All Rights Reserved. on December 3, 2022 at 11:04 AM said:
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    Let’s hope they took into consideration the math. If Drax is now worth 180 million….he not only has to pay Barbados but every
    island where the Drax’s evil atrocities and crimes against Afrikans spread, and from research., they spread themselves pretty thin, they will need at least 3 centuries to repay that, just as long a time frame as they used to terrorize, brutalize, rape, murder and overwork Afrikans to death….reality…dem int got the trillions they owe each and every Afrikan Caribbean. But ah guess the suers got a plan.

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

    What if the Drax family made its fortune as most Quakers did, through trade on the high seas?

    Does he have to repay the fishes too?


  48. “In 2013, the BBC reported that his ancestor John Erle-Drax, who had an estate in Barbados, was recorded in a database created by University College London as having received £4,293 12s 6d in compensation in 1836 for 189 slaves when slavery was abolished.”


  49. So how many slaves were on Drax Hall in 1680?

    Take a guess!!!!!!!!

    327.

    So, the Drax fortune must have fallen between 1680 and 1836 if the slave population fell from 327 to 189.

    Sugar and slaves can’t have been so profitable after all in Barbados for the Drax family.

    So, where did the Drax family make its fortune if not in sugar?


  50. TheOGazerts on December 2, 2022 at 3:29 PM said: “Can someone tell me who is our forefathers?”

    John on December 2, 2022 at 7:36 PM said: “Grasshopper. Our forefathers and mothers were Puritans and Quakers!!”

    John my forefathers and mothers were NOT Puritans and Quakers. My forefathers and mothers were exploited by vicious un-Christian Quakers and Puritans, un-Christian Quakers and Puritans who enslaved their own mixed race/colored children, un-Christian Quakers and Puritans who failed to pay wages, un-Christian Quakers and Puritans who broke up families, un-Christian Quakers and Puritans who raped young girls. un-Christian Quakers and Puritans who were lazy, cheap and greedy.


  51. “30,000 enslaved African men, women and children died on the Drax Caribbean plantations over 200 years”

    stop being a time wasting troll baiting flaming moron
    slaves built the plantations
    30,000 enslaved African men, women and children died on the Drax Caribbean plantations over 200 years


  52. John…am getting real pleasure in breaking this to you, but yall lost full grip, you lost FULL CONTROL, ya even lost the thread, and ya never ever, ever getting any of it back. Wuh even the minions are putting on a let’s sue massa show, hope they know it will not be easy to untangle from that or say, oops sorry massa, won’t do it again. Only real slaves would even think of enabling yall anymore. I said as much on a minority platform recently and they got all up in their feelings, well too bad, so sad, time for their lazy ass children grands and great grands into the future, go look for real jobs, parasites in Black lives is not a job. It is what it is, time to work for Afrikan people for a change of scenery…soon come, shocking how the world turns. Will say more all in good time, ya may even get to see it before i do.


  53. Slavedriver on December 3, 2022 at 4:12 PM said:
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    “30,000 enslaved African men, women and children died on the Drax Caribbean plantations over 200 years”

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

    … and you know this how?!!

    What a load of crap from someone who can’t contribute to the conversation in any meaningful way!!!

    In his book, “Plantation Slavery in Barbados: An Archaeological and Historical Investigation Hardcover – April 26, 1978”, Professor Handler estimates the deaths on Newton as follows:

    https://imgur.com/KVeqvIh

    Check page 284 of his book.

    https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Slavery-Barbados-Archaeological-Investigation/dp/0674672755/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2NU5HZGHJ831U&keywords=Plantation+Slavery+handler+lange&qid=1670111638&sprefix=plantation+slavery+handler+lange%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-1


  54. African Online Publishing Copyright (c) 2022. All Rights Reserved. on December 3, 2022 at 5:21 PM said:

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

    No point suing, “evidence” will be laughed out of court.

    Better hire an advocate with brain and not Slave Driver!!

    Here are the slave death figures for Newton from Professor Handler’s book, about 9.2 per year out of a population estimated to be 171 but subsequently appearing in the slave returns after 1817 of about 275.

    The resident life expectancy expert can compare these figures with the ones she claims to be familiar with in her lifetime and pontificate.

    https://imgur.com/5n6siEo


  55. Where is Fire Hill in St. Thomas?

    Any idea how it got its name?

    What about Fortress Hill?

    Why is Rock Hall in St. Thomas called Rock Hall?


  56. @African Online Publishing Copyright (c) 2022. All Rights Reserved. on “…go look for real jobs…”

    Not real jobs, but real work. Sometimes people have a job and get paid too, but little or no real-real work is done.

    Time to do real-real hard work.

    And watching other people work is NOT work.


  57. @Theo “Some of us have a sanitized version of history that bears no relationship to what the slaves experienced. We speak of terms like Puritans, Quakers, founding fathers and forefathers as if we were all descended from the Drax family. We refuse to acknowledge that our fore parents were not heirs but were property of the plantation.”

    Nobody has to mind idiotic John.
    Most Bajans are not descended from Puritans and Quakers.
    Most of us are descended from hugely exploited enslaved people.
    Most of us up to the 1950’s were piss poor. Pit toilet, dirt floor, grass bed, bed bug, lice, and chigger infested, minimally educated poor. This poverty was not because our foreparents were stupid or lazy. This poverty was the result of hundreds of years on no and then very low wages. This poverty was the result of the exploitation by a small white heavily armed Bajan and British population, with the might of the ascendant British armed forces, the biggest and best armed forces in the world at that time to back up the evil which was taking place in Barbados for hundreds of years.

    Killed some of us but not all of us. Excellent African genes allowed my great aunt Mary born in 1868 and my grandmother born in 1979 to tell me born in the early 1950’s exactly how it was in their time.

    We have not forgptten.

    We have not forgiven. Forgiveness comes after repentance. I have seen no sign of repentance. So no forgiveness.

    We cannot be fooled.


  58. Cuhdear Bajan on December 4, 2022 at 5:01 AM said:
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    We cannot be fooled.

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

    Could have fooled me.

    You have an overactive imagination and no facts to present.


  59. 30,000 enslaved African men, women and children died on the Drax Caribbean plantations over 200 years”

    let us pray
    while plantation bwoy
    John Knox of Kingsland preys

    30,000 fucking dead
    angelic souls risen to heaven
    they lived tortured brutal lives
    their “masters” souls are in hell
    fucking evil devil white scum
    Amen
    Aum
    Selah


  60. @ Cuhdear Bajan
    “Nobody has to mind idiotic John.
    Most Bajans are not descended from Puritans and Quakers.
    Most of us are descended from hugely exploited enslaved people.
    Most of us up to the 1950’s were piss poor. Pit toilet, dirt floor, grass bed, bed bug, lice, and chigger infested, minimally educated poor. This poverty was not because our foreparents were stupid or lazy. This poverty was the result of hundreds of years on no and then very low wages. This poverty was the result of the exploitation by a small white heavily armed Bajan and British population, with the might of the ascendant British armed forces, the biggest and best armed forces in the world at that time to back up the evil which was taking place in Barbados for hundreds of years.

    Killed some of us but not all of us. Excellent African genes allowed my great aunt Mary born in 1868 and my grandmother born in 1979 to tell me born in the early 1950’s exactly how it was in their time.

    We have not forgptten.

    We have not forgiven. Forgiveness comes after repentance. I have seen no sign of repentance. So no forgiveness.

    We cannot be fooled.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Brilliant, accurate, definitive!!!
    Amen!

    You could have gone on to explain that it is THROUGH THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH that we have overcome these evils.
    ….and that (as Marley explains in “Duppy Conquerer” & in “Ambush in the Night”) we – those with eyes to see, WILL go on to reach Mount Zion…..

    Excellent post!!


  61. “Not real jobs, but real work. Sometimes people have a job and get paid too, but little or no real-real work is done.

    Time to do real-real hard work.

    And watching other people work is NOT work.”

    Since the wannabe slave masters in colonial parliaments are determined to keep the criminal slave plantation system alive, it is indeed time for the lazy descents of overpaid minority overseers of Afrikan people, to have the full spectrum experience of plantation life for another 400 years, that would be the true definition of justice to knock that nasty racism out of them, and help them build some character, which they all now lack.While we are at it, all those lying deceitful overpaid politicians and puppet minions for globalists need an up close and personal introduction to real work as well, and there is no better place than on those cursed plantation lands to redeem their traitor selves. Talking slick, telling lies as an ongoing practice, tiefing, then begging and borrowing everywhere is not real work either, anyone can do that, and yall vote for it and the same crooks, each and every time.


  62. “No point suing, “evidence” will be laughed out of court.

    Better hire an advocate with brain and not Slave Driver!!”

    John does have his moments of clarity, this he got right.

    Those of us fully aware know that all this Let’s Sue Slave Master Show, is but a distraction due to what is really happening behind the scenes. Which they know most people dont know, and they know they will never find out without access to certain forums.


  63. “Which they know most people dont know, and they know they will never find out without access to certain forums.”

    How is your dream yoga practice coming along communicating with your ancestors souls in the higher realm using higher energy and energy systems. I guess you won’t discuss it bluff bluff huff and puff stuff on an anonymous forum blather bollocks


  64. Do the math
    30,000 / 200 = 150 dead souls Sacrificed per year
    by pagan heathens masquerading as loving christian
    but they were dispensable and replaceable
    and were bred like farm stock
    and treated like beasts of burden
    by the truly wholly unholy wicked
    1 mothering slave = 15 child slaves

    Sacrifice / Gregory Isaacs
    I was given as a sacrifice
    To build a black man’s hell an’ a white man’s paradise
    But now that I know
    It’s time I’ve got to go, lord
    The proceedings seem so painful
    And so slow, slow, slow
    The proceedings seem so painful
    And so slow

    I have gathered all the wealth
    From all over the world
    Beating chains an’ shackles
    Just to help them make them kings, duke and earl
    But now that I know
    It’s time I’ve got to go lord
    The proceedings seem so painful
    And so slow, slow, slow
    The proceedings seem so painful
    And so slow

    What I give is what I will take
    I gave love – I won’t take no wait
    I say : love love love – universally
    Love love love

    What I give is what I will take
    I gave love – I won’t take no wait
    I say : love love love – universally
    Love love love – continually
    Love love love
    That is what I give
    And that is what I take


  65. BT and Simple Simon

    You are both attempting to express a faith all of our ancestors learnt from Puritans and Quakers then passed down to us.

    Repentance is core to the Christian faith, but not the twisted kind you seem to espouse.

    Only God can forgive sins, you certainly can’t.

    The persons who you look to forgive are long dead.

    You must be mad, got to be.

    We are all the progeny of early Puritans and Quakers whether we like to admit it or not.

    They are our forefathers as God is their Father, and ours..

    No one alive today was a slave or owned slaves prior to 1833.

    We all today benefit from the legacy of our forefathers who succeeded with their Father’s help in less than two centuries in abolishing slavery which had existed for millennia.

    The amazing thing is that there are more slaves worldwide today than there ever were but not a peep out of you.

    You just spew forth a twisted application of a Christian faith passed down to you freely and which you do not seem to appreciate or give thanks for receiving.

    Just say thanks.


  66. That’s why the verse of the National Anthem that is never sung is there … and that’s why we ain’t going nowhere.

    The Lord has been the people’s guide
    For past three hundred years.
    With him still on the people’s side
    We have no doubts or fears.
    Upward and onward we shall go,
    Inspired, exulting, free,
    And greater will our nation grow
    In strength and unity.


  67. “You are both attempting to express a faith all of our ancestors learnt from Puritans and Quakers then passed down to us.”

    And this is where you always fall down, speak for yourself and other minorities, you cannot speak for us because we as Afrikan descents have our own Afrikan ancestors who have walked this earth for literally millions of years. Whereas, the new arrival bloodlines to our earth, of which you are one, in the last 6-7 thousand years who imposed a system on us are not our original ancestors and can never replace them. That is the mistake they keep making. We share a destructive system and some bloodlines with each other, nothing else. They did not create us or our earth, they have no such powers and never will, no matter how many demonic criminal slave systems they create around us, it will never count as they being our original ancestors whom they have wasted the last 3,000 years trying to erase.

    We will always be Afrikan centered, it’s only the slaves reject that, and no one really cares about them, not even their masters.


  68. “You are both attempting to express a faith all of our ancestors learnt from Puritans and Quakers then passed down to us.”

    Warmongers of today are the Pirates of yesterday
    and never believed in any of that bible brainwashing
    they are pagans
    who massacred
    Africa
    and raped the irie
    African daughters


  69. So John, keep ya little light weight powerless self quiet. Now if ya had the physical wielding powers of Lord god Rothschild, you would sound much more credible, now theres a dude knows how to wield raw physical power. That one would work so well in our spiritual world once redirected for better. Even i get stupid sometimes and admire it, then back to normal programming thank you very much.


  70. Oh sorry,I forgot, say hi to:

    CDC: New Omicron Subvariant XBB Spreading in US

    …totally got sidetracked by John’s nonsense.


  71. Why don’t you go and read Col. Henry Drax’s instructions to his overseer, James Harwood, a Quaker of St. Thomas?

    You will realise that Drax, like most Quakers. had several businesses going and hired James Harwood to oversee just one, the plantation at Drax Hall.

    His instructions regarding care of his slaves are detailed and copious.

    Quakers were industrious and took care of those who worked for them.


  72. Terrorism
    John has been defending slavery on Bu for at least 7 years
    He is a troll trying to hammer square pegs into round holes
    I blame his rotten parents for spoiling hiis privileged ass rotten
    He is a beneficiary of the slave trade with his plantation wealth
    black people were not meant to serve white people their whole life
    black people were not meant to be white peoples property
    black people were not meant to be abused raped beaten
    black people are more human than inhuman white people

    Every time I hear the music and I make a dip, a dip
    Slave master comes around and spank I with his whip, the whip
    But if I don’t get my desire
    Then I’ll set the plantations in fire
    My temperature is getting much higher
    Got to get what I require


  73. It was Richard Harwood, not James Harwood who managed Drax Hall for Colonel Drax. He was a Quaker as well but with merchant connections in the UK and a family interest in a ship.

    I like to get these things right.

    There was a Harwood vault somewhere in St. Thomas, not far from where Simple lives. Is suspect it was swept away in the rush for a quick buck.

    It would have been a marker for the burials of his slaves like the gravestones at Ayshford also close to where Simple lives and where all those graves of our ancestors have been bulldozed and moved to please.

    It is quite sad to watch supposedly educated people from top to bottom cry out for reparations for injustices suffered by their ancestors while at the same time desecrating their graves and scattering their remains hither thither and yon.

    Shocking really!!

    The graves at Drax Hall continue to be tended as they always have been,

    Maybe Drax knows a thing or two that the simpletons here in St. Thomas and other parishes are incapable of grasping on their own.

    “Drax was born on 29 January 1958 in Westminster, London. He was educated at Harrow School before going to the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester where he graduated with a diploma in rural land management in 1990, receiving a further diploma in journalism in 1995.[1][2]”

    Maybe the powers that be, should be seeking his wisdom and knowledge in land management,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Drax


  74. John knows he his glamorizing and hero worshipping an extremely evil criminal racist, rapist and pedophile family. Their vile, violent rapes across the Caribbean against Afrikan people, their savage and brutal violent mistreatment of Afrikan people, their theft of labor of Afrikan people, that are on record are still legendary. No matter how many false titles they wrap around and adorn themselves with, nothing can wash their demonic sins away, it will follow them and their generational spawn throughout eternity.

    I woud much prefer be none of them now or at any time, all of them are now in the sights of Karma & Retribution and can’t escape.

    Nothing John can do to stop any of it.


  75. @ WURA
    “William …drama cahn dun…..”
    Waste of time trying to to expect any serious debate from those who are simply being intellectually dishonest in defending Mottley. Waste of time!
    Let’s hope that the resurgence in tourism leads to an improvement in our economic state. It seems that’s the only game in town.
    Your resilience is simply astonishing.
    Keep up the good work.
    Peace.
    @ Theo
    ” William Skinner, the question remains what kind of mirror image do we have for ourselves”
    Ain’t completely certain how or why I’m being referenced but I think our “mirror image” can be found driving through the West Coast ; you will encounter a swing bridge that allows luxury yachts to birth or exit COW Williams’ Marina. In the mean time the condos and hotels are allowed to be built and leave a six feet path for locals to access the beach.
    That’s our mirror image.
    Peace.


  76. “Waste of time trying to to expect any serious debate from those who are simply being intellectually dishonest in defending Mottley. Waste of time!”

    I really dont want to use the word disappointed, that would be the height of dishonesty, when speaking of Mia, but not only was she warned but should have known much better and will reap the consequences of what was sown. A lot was sown.

    No one is that dim that they can plead ignorance to where all this is going…the destination is quite clear.
    Now they are so out of their depth, where they voluntarily positioned themselves, only what they spent decades rejecting can save them.

    …as to the apologists and enablers, they too will reap their grapes of wrath.

    The fowls got the whole blog all to duhselves as they wanted for years…now they all up and suddenly disappeared, guess dem int want it no more, be careful what yuh ask for yuh just may get it comes to mind.lol

    I wish them recovery.


  77. It has been 1 year since the book with a long title was published detailing the destruction of barbados prophecies yet to be fulfilled

    The Grapes of Wrath Title: Origin, Meaning & Analysis
    : an unjust or oppressive situation, action, or policy that may inflame desire for vengeance : an explosive condition.
    John Steinbeck’s novel ~’The Grapes of Wrath,~’ takes it title from a combination of biblical allusion and an 1860s song that called for justice.
    The phrase ”grapes of wrath” is a biblical allusion, or reference, to the Book of Revelation, passage 14:19-20, which reads, ”So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.”

    In this passage, the wrath of God is his anger and punishment over the evil that is in the world; this line is a metaphor, or comparison, using grapes and the wine press where the angel is helping God transform the grapes (evil on Earth) into God’s wrath, punishment, and justice (wine). Here, wine symbolizes the blood that will come from his wrath. Essentially, the quote is about God bestowing vengeance and justice upon the people who are evil on Earth and deserve punishment.

    There is a second source that the title is a reference to, and this one is the famous song ”The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Because the song was written in the context of American history and politics, it connects to The Grapes of Wrath more clearly because it’s also a text that is grounded in a specific time and place in American history. Julia Howe wrote ”The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1861. The opening stanza references the biblical passage, but this time it uses the actual phrase ”the grapes of wrath,” which gives it a more obvious connection to the novel’s title. It reads:
    Mine eyes have seen the glory
    Of the coming of the Lord;
    He is trampling out the vintage
    Where the grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning
    Of His terrible swift sword;
    His truth is marching on.


  78. The Moravians came to America starting in 1735, They first settled in the State of Georgia which had been founded as a philanthropic enterprise in 1732 but many found their way to Quaker Pennsylvania.

    In 1735, during their early migration to Georgia, John Wesley, who would go on to found Methodism, found himself on a ship with a group of Moravians. A terrible storm rose up and everyone on board was fearful of their lives, except the Moravians.

    Wesley found them singing and praying in the face of imminent death. He drew on this experience in his journey to Christ. Wesley had been sent by the Board of Governors as a priest in the Church of England.

    The first Moravians reached Barbados from Germany in 1765 and the first Methodists/Weslyans in 1788.

    However, “Methodism came to the Caribbean in 1760 when the planter, lawyer and Speaker of the Antiguan House of Assembly, Nathaniel Gilbert (c. 1719–1774), returned to his sugar estate home in Antigua.[189] A Methodist revival spread in the British West Indies due to the work of British missionaries.[190] Missionaries established societies which would later become the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA). The MCCA has about 62,000 members in over 700 congregations, ministered by 168 pastors.[190] There are smaller Methodist denominations that have seceded from the parent church.”

    A bit about the Gilbert family can be found here.

    http://divinityarchive.com/bitstream/handle/11258/38867/142%20The%20Origins%20of%20Methodism%20in%20the%20West%20Indies.pdf?sequence=1

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