Mottley’s broken promise

Barbados Underground and traditional news sources have been highlighting the mysterious case of Savvy on the Bay yet to be resolved. The public dispute between Allan Kinch and government encouraged Prime Minister Mia Mottley to issue the following statement in April 2023. As usual the citizens of Barbados are treated like pariahs in a democratic system of government designed to serve them. Several MONTHS later Mottley’s promise must be categorized as another empty promise by a politician.

… you [Senior Ministers William Duguid and Dale Marshall] have a timeline on these negotiations, and if these negotiations don’t finish within the next few weeks, there must be a ministerial statement to the Parliament and all of the facts laid bare, including how this matter started under the last government; why there was a need to go to court under the last government; how, therefore, the sale was proceeded with as a result of an act of specific performance; and why we would not have been able to act before when we said from the very beginning, those two lots in the middle were always car parks …

Prime Minister Mottley

This is a simple call to Prime Minister Mia Mottley to treat the electorate that elected her to serve with respect.

It is interesting to observe recent developments occurring on Bay Street in an area adjacent to Savvy on the Bay. The battle continues to develop the few windows to the sea in Barbados.

45 thoughts on “Mottley’s broken promise

  1. Sad to say “there is nothing new here”.
    Listen to the different ‘Parish speaks’ and you will hear MM give instructions to a member of her motley brigade ‘investigate and fix in 2 weeks’. At the next “Parish speaks” you will get a Lorenzo type who sings “how great thou art” and then the original complainant would say ” Someone came; he walked around the house measuring and then he left. I haven’t seen anyone since – the problem remains”.

    Mia’s performance must be evaluated on more than the words she speak. Like a gymnast she needs to have an “Execution Score”. We can still give her credit for promises made and force of personality, but these must be trumped by her execution score and it is here that she falls apart.

    Broken promises litters the past 5 years. Incomplete tasks are strewn across the various actions of this administration. We hear of food security only to learn that we do not have enough water to grow food. We hear of new judges and new buildings only to learn that the judges need even more space to work. A thousand new initiatives but nothing is really completed …

    If it was not the political life of the country hanging in the balance, then Mia’s and her gang comedy of self-enforced errors would have us all laughing. I know that some of you are wishing that she gets the UN or some other job TOMORROW

    But life is cruel. Life says we made this bed and we should lay on it. Life can be merciless. Life will serves us up a chance to give her a next 30-0.

    When I was a student appreciating the beauty of mathematics, I used to think that God was a mathematician, but as I watch this administration at work, I have come to realize that God has a good sense of humor or is a comedian.

  2. David

    “The battle continues to develop the few windows to the sea in Barbados.”

    Yet you’re backing Savvy’s application to block out a window with condos/hotel? Pick a struggle!

    • @enuff

      The issue is about the integrity of the transaction between both governments and Kinch. Block a window to the sea is immaterial.

  3. @ Enuff on October 23, 2023 at 9:43 AM said:

    “The battle continues to develop the few windows to the sea in Barbados.”

    Yet you’re backing Savvy’s application to block out a window with condos/hotel? Pick a struggle!

    Savvy’s proposal can’t be any worse than what prevails on the site of your imaginary home of the Hyatt Lighthouse for a hotel built for the ghost of visitors to arrive in Barbados by Duppy Airways powered by electricity instead of aviation fuel aka kerosine.

    Wasn’t this 12 & 15 stor(e)y monster due for its official opening in 2022 now delayed to 2024 with Mottley to cut the ribbon as was done for its ground-breaking ceremony way back in May 2020?

  4. I would think “next few weeks” gives til Xmas, esp in Barbados where time passes slowly.
    I was unaware the blogmaster was promoting development. It would seem the seller, by way of a development proposal to accompany the bid was implying, without specificity or guarantee, the lands were developable beyond a car park?

  5. What else could have been expected?

    If one is serious about the state of the world, events outside of Barbados.

    This is the least to have been expected.

    For happy talk can only take one thus far, and no further.

    Maybe we should give the regime credit for showing such an uncanny ability to fool all the people all of the time.

    Congratulations to Mia Mottley

    Well done!

  6. Listening to Christ Church speaks.

    Mia is an enchantress. She messes up my head every time I hear her at this event. ‘Master of all’ within the sound of her voice.

    Will take me a few days to clear my head.

  7. Giving Jack his jacket

    You may have figured it out by now …. Mia is not one of my favorite politicians.

    But if I am honest, and I am, the politician that impresses me the most is Mia.

    Watching her at these meeting is like watching an orchestra conductor at work.

    She demands answers, give instructions, set timelines and addresses the concerns of those who asked questions of her.

    It is true that the follow-up/completion rate of assigned tasks may not be 100% but she gets enough of the job done for me to give these meeting a passing grade.

    If only she had enough sense to jettisoned some dead weight… enuff, J2 and Lorenzo.

    I may soon be on the Mia train. Do you think those 3 guys would embrace and welcome me.

  8. Our beloved government is acting with complete honesty and integrity in this case (as in all others). So there is no need to get upset. If I am upset, it is about the false narrative of the diabolical opposition.

    If we only pray long enough like at Christmas and believe in Santa Claus, this promise will also come true.

    As sure as my name is Tron.

  9. Miller
    What’s your point? Nothing is more imaginary than associating me with Hyatt. You’re just a man child. Pffft!

    • @enuff

      Integrity is always required but the is one stakeholder that must always take the high road given the awesome responsibility enshrined in our governance system.

  10. @ Enuff on October 24, 2023 at 3:27 PM said:
    What’s your point? Nothing is more imaginary than associating me with Hyatt. You’re just a man child. Pffft!

    Mister Big Stuff Enuff, you can call the miller anything under the Sun except a LIAR and Hypocrite. That would be putting the ‘verbose’ “man child” on all fours with you.

    No only do you tell bold-faced lies about your own self-importance but you also represent the apex of political hypocrisy and chicanery which makes you a doubly dangerous demon.

    You were a major critic (second only to David Come-sing-along) when the same Hyatt hotel was being promoted during the DLP administration.

    But after May 2018, you did a massive 360 degrees volte-face and became its biggest backer while dropping all your previous criticisms of the project and objections to its construction.

    That’s my only beef with you, Mr. Red Yard-fowl!

    Otherwise, you are quite a cuddly loyally-blind hack party-hack.

  11. @ David

    Allow me, according to David Ellis, to ‘PLAY THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.’

    Each time a blog about the current BLP administration is posted to BU for discussion, there are always references to or a regurgitation of the same issues.

    Crop Over, Savvy and the Springer school simulation have recently been added to the list.

    However, on the other side of the argument, are we suggesting that, after being ‘in power’ for 5 years and 5 months, there isn’t ANYTHING we could IDENTIFY the BLP has done that has POSITIVELY impacted Barbados and Barbadians?

    Or are we using the ‘failures’ as the only benchmark to grade the ‘Mottley crew?’

    25 Marks

    • @Artax

      A reasonable ask but consider two things.

      1. Our political culture is one of the masses being critical, this is not new. From Errol Barrow to Tom Adams and Arthur- our three popular prime ministers were not spared.

      2. Added to the above Mottley has been governing in very difficult times, however, the state of the macro economy will never override individual concerns during austere times.

  12. @ Theo,
    It is not difficult to see why you have become infatuated with Mia. After all, she remains the sharpest tool in a BLP toolbox overstocked with a batch of blunt and obsolete tools/components. There exists few world leaders who have the capacity to out talk and match Mia’s persona on a stage. I doth my cap to her. Superficially she shines. However scratch the surface. Mia, is merely, a fine quarter sawn flame mahogany veneer covering a cheap chipboard material.

    What does Mia have to show domestically after been in office for over 2700 days. How does she compare to the great Maurice Bishop who was in office for a mere 1681 days.


    “They did produce. For all their leaders’ zeal, the PRG oversaw economic transformation in the spirit of a visionary gradualism. They inherited, if not a “tropical slum”, the grossly mismanaged economy of a dependent country. Their new model would try to encourage and shape capitalist investment, while expanding the state sector through nationalization when necessary.

    The impact was immediately felt by the public through road repairs and other infrastructure improvements. Water supply increased by 50% in the first 18 months of power, and electrification finally came to all the villages of mainland Grenada. Later, over the course of the revolution’s 1,681 days, unemployment dropped from 49% to 14%, per-capita GDP grew, home improvement grants and low-cost housing benefited thousands, universal medical and dental care was introduced, school fees were abolished and a mass campaign against illiteracy was undertaken.

    Impressively, the development seemed stable.”………………………………………………………

    • Have to agree with you, David.

      One cannot in all seriousness compare Bishop’s ‘1,681 days with Mottley’s over 2 700 days.’

      Such a discussion would require objective economic analysis.

      Firstly, two different eras and economic circumstances.

      Secondly, what Bishop was attempting to achieve during his 1979 – 1983 tenure, Barbados had already accomplished.

      The then Barbados Housing Board developed ‘low-cost housing’ programs during the 1940s.

      Barbadians benefited from ‘universal medical and dental care’ for several years. The first public health care centre was opened in 1953.

      ‘School fees were abolished’ in the 1960s.

      As it relates to the unemployment rate, infrastructural development in Grenada at that time, would’ve obviously created employment.
      Governments use short term employment to boost the unemployment figures.

  13. @TLSN

    I see that the heavyweights are trying to corner you. Let me give you my lightweight answer.

    Past experience has taught me that the love affair will not last. Mia’s motley mistake making, mismanagement team will make a serious miscalculation sometimes this week and the scale will fall of of my eyes.

    The one thing that you can count on is ‘the blunder of the week’.

  14. I am now seeing this post.

    I always say this area seems to hold to its historical past. Barbados was in the care of Sir William Courteen and was stolen away by a dishonest man the Earl of Carlisle to repay his debts to the merchants of England.

    Several years ago a certain person of a neighboring property told me that he owned several lots towards Bridgetown and planned yo build condominiums.

    Now we see gates and fence cross plenty properties belonging to different people.

    As it turned out he did not own any of the lots but bullied several persons in the area who do and Earl himself owned a few and took a few like Lewis.

    Odd isn’t it government sells land to a man and then goes to war with him when the man right next door can take public lands and build concrete walls and whole big structures without a word being said and the. Government will turn around and give them nuff work.

    We seem to have our own
    Isreal and Palestine
    Ukraine and Russia
    Guyana and Venezuela

    Right here in Barbados

    It will be interesting to see how it plays out and how fairness and truth is displayed by governments actions!

  15. Artax

    That’s my 80-20 argument that TheoGas(98% hydrogen sulfide) still struggling to respond to sensibly. Recently another of my opponents mentioned EVR as if cars aren’t being tagged daily and gantries to track vehicles gone up. When the project is completed, he will start to ask about education reform. Bear in mind Covid was here for 2+ years and had an impact on productivity. I remember when Integrity Legislation, Whistleblower etc were their complaints. There are a whole host of scandal chasers on BU. You really expect the BU intelligentsia to understand what the current government has done since coming to government? They don’t even pay attention to the legislative agenda, only when some controversy is raised. They make me laugh daily.

  16. Miller

    It really isn’t my fault that you struggle when trying to attack me. Point out to BU where I opposed a hotel on the Hyatt site. Then point out my opposition to the Hyatt Centric under the DLP and the reasons. Then explain to BU if Hyatt Centric and Hyatt Ziva are the same in terms of design, plot size etc.

  17. J2 was supposed to get back to me with our brilliant points. He has not done so.
    I will assume that you saw my note to J2, but you have not taken the time to enlighten me. Instead you return and put up the bat light. That made me smile.

  18. Something very interesting happens in this country not known to many but of course it is not know because everything is done for it to be not known.

    Police have said to me that they are told when it comes to these certain people the untouchables look the other way. Many things happen that sometime you will hear rumblings of but things somehow are also never posted in printed media or online newspapers.

    I remember when the Savvy fence went up it was front page news yet no newspaper will cover or ask a question about this fence.

  19. @ Enuff on October 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM said:
    It really isn’t my fault that you struggle when trying to attack me. Point out to BU where I opposed a hotel on the Hyatt site. Then point out my opposition to the Hyatt Centric under the DLP and the reasons. Then explain to BU if Hyatt Centric and Hyatt Ziva are the same in terms of design, plot size etc.

    You are right, Enuff!

    How could you have opposed the erection of an imaginary hotel unless you are a Don Quixote type tilting at a Lighthouse instead of a windmill?

    As a matter of fact, you didn’t even oppose the granting of duty-free status on a Mercedes driven around Barbados by a Ghost called the Sales Director of the same Hyatt Centric cum Ziva.

    Five years on and that same vehicle is still on the roads of your beloved country but now driven by a duppy whose mortal remains of the same Sales Director are interred in the yard of Mrs. Ram pigpen and enclosed with unsightly sheets of imitation galvanize blocking out the window to a most enchanting view of Carlisle Bay while the ghost of Daddy Comissiong keeps vigil.

    Maybe that same Sales Director for a white ghost was hired, since May 2018, by that US$ billion corporation in New York to replace its head honcho; yes, that one and only high-flying black boy called Mr. Enuff.

  20. “Recently another of my opponents mentioned EVR as if cars aren’t being tagged daily and gantries to track vehicles gone up.”

    “I remember when Integrity Legislation, Whistleblower etc were their complaints. ”

    Again, should these be in the win column or are these activities that are ongoing?

    Conspiracy theory alert
    The statement gantries to track vehicles has me concerned. Is this the first ‘Phase” towards the introduction of tolls on some roads? You say “ridiculous”. I say “ridiculous”, but unlike you I am in ‘wait and see’ mode.

    I am still stuck on gantries. Why would a small 2×3 island need to monitor its citizens so closely. What some sees as progress or technological advancement may just be a next dictatorial move. Don’t take a six for a nine. I am in ‘wait and see’ mode.

    • We can look under a rock every time, a never ending exercise. The point is the electric coverage is good to try to improve the current situation, especially licensing and insurance.

  21. “We can look under a rock every time, a never ending exercise.”

    Do you remember the vaccine exercise. If the scammers had not encountered bigger conmen, then that rock would still be turned down and national honors would have been bestowed on the Bajan scammers.

    A sensible approach is to rule out nothing. Mia and company may be judged to be incompetent, but they are running circles around the rest of the island. As I stated “they may be incompetent, but they are not stupid”

    I will continue to sound an alarm and then go to “wait and see mode”.

    • The vaccine scam has to do with outlined procurement procedures not followed, the condition of the sale was that the AstraZeneca vaccine would be shipped directly from the manufacturer. Although it is labeled a vaccine scam it has more to do with wild Wild West procurement practice which contravened civil establishment rules.

  22. Miller

    Sigh!! I keep telling you and your ilk stop trying to battle with me. Never can provide proof to back up all the verbosity or hydrogen sulfide while I’ll be dropping irrefutable evidence left, right and centre. The gaseous one is now skeptical of the gantries for the EVR. Why? Because he fears they can be used to track people. Meanwhile a cell phone in peoples’ bags whether they’re walking, in a bus or a private car. 🤣🤣🤣

  23. Sometime the obvious gaps in logic amazes me. Everyone has a cell phone from a number of different private companies. To track a specific individual governments would have to get an order from a judge.

    Will the data from the EVR be processed by private companies or by an arm of the government. Will government have to make a special effort to get access to the data?

    Surely, you realize that data collected by an EVR or a phone are are not equal.

    Go back to bed.

  24. “The vaccine scam …”

    You can package and sell it however you like. The fact remains that the scam was one big rock that would not have been turn over to expose the skeletons under it.

    Forget the long winded explanations and fancy phrases when we already have word that adequately describe what happened … scam and scammers

  25. @ Enuff on October 26, 2023 at 8:36 AM

    You can cuss “The gaseous o Gazerts” and the “verbose” miller as much as you want but the valid questions still apply?

    If you are so well informed about that EVR project, why don’t you tell the BU readers when is the deadline for Bajan drivers to register so that the scanners can become operational?

    How long have those gantries been erected and just ‘sitting’ there deteriorating in the Bajan Sun and not providing value for money?

    Or is this another case of the Republic of Barbados Implementational Deficit (RoBID) syndrome at play?

    Without a stated deadline date for mandatory registration do you really feel the owners of those thousands of uninsured vehicles would be bothered?

    No wonder so much gun crime is committed using vehicles which are both unregistered and uninsured.

    As for the Hyatt fiasco, the current state of that project speaks for itself.
    But remind us, what was the value of that hotel investment project?

    Is it US$200 billion in Enuff’s brand of currency??

  26. It’s true that, with the appropriate warrant, police, for example, could use covert surveillance technology to remotely monitor people’s mobile phone activities.
    Unfortunately, there are also phone applications available to civilians for similar purposes.

    Ironically, and similarly to any other country, CCTV cameras are strategically located across Barbados.
    Cameras are also placed on traffic lights to monitor drivers speeding through red lights.

    Perhaps local law enforcement agencies may also utilize facial recognition camera technology.

    EVR is simply another source technology used to electronically identify and validate the status and authenticity of vehicle data.

    Information from traffic light and CCTV cameras are DOWNLOADED by police.
    I don’t believe there’s anything to suggest otherwise for EVR.

    Although I agree “that data collected by an EVR or a phone are not equal,” the UNDERLYING objectives are similar.
    Specifically to detect crime, co-ordinate the appropriate police responses, and record events to use as evidence and inform investigations.

    But, then again, what do I know?

    After all, according to a ‘brilliant’ individual, I’m ‘appallingly ignorant and learnt by rote.’

    • TheoGas (98% hydrogen sulfide)

      Artax diplomatically tells you that you’re talking faeces yet you’re still coming for me? I enjoy the rent-free abode in your ahead though and I would like you to hurry up and install the sauna as there is enough hot air and water still available in your head to support both a pool and sauna. By the way there are more cell phones than cars in Bdos. What is easier and faster to track–the phone or car?🥱

  27. What is wrong with enuff responses are (1) they are usually terse and (2) his simple matter of fact is usually a mixture of apples and oranges.
    Then you will have J2
    Who doesn’t have a clue
    Jump up and say it is true 🙂

    If there is a flaw in his response, it will be commented on.

  28. This is what happens when we get an unconstitutional parliament!!

    by Emmanuel Joseph in Georgetown, Guyana
    In a bid to boost the sports tourism industry, Barbados is seeking to borrow $50 million from the African Import/Export Bank (Afreximbank) to upgrade the historic Kensington Oval “to the next level”, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced on Monday.
    As she addressed the second AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum 2023 (ACTIF23) in Guyana, she said the US$25 million (BDS$50 million) loan will have a “highly competitive” seven per cent interest rate and a seven-year repayment period, and it will be allocated for the urgent refurbishment of the iconic cricket stadium. Barbados is to host matches in the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
    In a speech that also touched on road tennis, football, athletics and music, she sought to connect the cricket loan with Barbadian tourism’s prospects and her vision of future African-Carribbean cultural solidarity: “We understand the power now that sports and culture give us in being able to deepen the solidarity and expand the business markets necessary for our hoteliers, our purchases of all goods and commodities because it is within our reach.”
    Mottley’s announcement of the Afrexibank loan comes 18 years after the Owen Arthur administration borrowed a combined $200 million from the Inter-American Development (IDB) and commercial banks for the demolition of the old stands and the redevelopment of the stadium in 2006 for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The stadium also staged the final of the T-20 Cricket World Cup in 2010.
    Barbados is still repaying its debt from the 2007 World Cup at the rate of $10 million per year in debt payments, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC), and is expected to continue servicing this debt until at least 2030.
    But Mottley emphasised the importance of the Afreximbank loan, not only for refurbishment but also for developing regional cricket which has plummeted to new lows. The West Indies are absent from the One Day International World Cup for the first time since they won the inaugural tournament in 1975 during an 11-year dominance of world cricket.
    “We are not only borrowing to refurbish, we are also borrowing for the development of the game and the establishment of indoor facilities and other things that would help our cricketers to be able to move to the next level,” Mottley said to rapturous applause from the audience that included the President of Guyana Irfaan Ali and St Lucian Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre.
    “This region must give our cricketers the best available coaching and technology if they’re actually to be able to resume their global position in cricket. The reality is that others have come and done that which we have not done, and then we complain. And then we wonder about what the fellas doing and why they ain’t performing and why they ain’t doing so.”
    She continued: “If we in the government understand the importance of deconstruction and reconstruction in order to make governance appropriate to the age in which we live, then surely we must be able to give our cricketers the tools to allow them to dissect in fine detail the batting, the bowling, the fielding and the practices of all of the people among their own team, but also all of the people against whom they will compete on the field.”
    Mottley also pointed out the need for Africa and the Caribbean to collaborate on inter-regional sports events and cultural exchanges, which would help to raise awareness and opportunities for both regions. She emphasised that sports and culture have the potential to bridge gaps and build peace as one of the region’s greatest assets.
    As she punctuated her speech with multiple cultural references, Mottley unveiled her vision of a future of cross-cultural interaction between the peoples of Africa and the Caribbean.
    She said: “We must find a way for road tennis to be a sport played in every community across Africa and the Caribbean as we play it in Barbados. We must find a way for cricket, which we will dominate I hope in the future again, and for which we still have the global excellence among our legends, to be able to go into those countries in Africa that have a taste for cricket.”
    The Barbadian leader noted that Rwanda has expressed “a desire for that level of support because they, too, understand that after the Olympics and after football, cricket is the third largest global sporting event”.
    Mottley added: “We must find a way for athletes, the sprinters from Jamaica and the long-distance runners from Kenya and other parts of East Africa, to work together to have a level of global dominance not just at the Olympics or the World Championships, but in the same way Europe can have professional meets all through the summer, Africa and the Caribbean must be the place where people come to see top-class athletics.”
    Recalling that she once managed a band, Mottley also said Africa and the Caribbean must find ways for their artistes, filmmakers and musicians to be able to perform in each other’s territories.
    The potential for African-Caribbean trade and investment was reinforced at ACTIF23 by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Dr Carla Barnett who called for strengthened infrastructure to support Africa-CARICOM trade. She stressed the need for better air and maritime distribution and transportation channels. She proposed the establishment of a Multilateral Air Services Agreement between African countries and CARICOM to facilitate trade and investment flows between the two regions.
    (Please also see Page 17)

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