Category Archives: Local Politics

The George Brathwaite Column – Efficiency Without Job Cuts: Mia and the IMF

“Representative democracy is a messy means of translating collective desires into optimal levels of government service provision; the absence of referenda and direct forms of balloting for specific goods and services leads to an oversupply of government.” – (Howard A. Frank). Forthright discussions on the state of Barbados’ economy, including criticisms on how it is being handled in contradistinction to

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The Jeff Cumberbatch – Constructive Opposition

It could scarcely be considered unfair or invalid to argue that the appointment of Bishop Joseph Atherley as the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Lower House of Parliament was not a universally popular one. From those who considered that a literal interpretation of the Constitutional text does not accommodate an individual MP being appointed leader of the

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Empty Promises

I am scheduled to be deployed to Haiti shortly to assist them in their recovery efforts.  However, the recent social unrest, which resulted in deaths, property damage and flights into Haiti being suspended, may put those plans in jeopardy.  With the Government awaiting the IMF’s directives, Haiti’s experience is relevant to Barbados at this time. The IMF directed the Haitian

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Hobson’s Choice | Debt Default or …

The following was posted as a comment by Northern Observer to the Congratulations to Ambassador David Comissiong blog. It is a comment that resonates with the blogmaster for the commonsense perspective it shares about the huge challenge facing the country given the diminishing forex reserves and inadequate foreign inflows – David, blogmaster    “Mia unilateral decision to default on debt”

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Choose Bajans: Urgent Fresh Elections or an IMF/DLP Programme of Austerity and Suffering Even Worse Than 1991?

The downgrade by Standard and Poors is proof that, you can hijack the truth – even hold it hostage for a short time (as it is now crystal clear the DLP did before the February 2013 general elections) but “truth” will always escape and expose you, as the DLP is now finding out. Before the February elections, Barbadians were assured

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Notes From a Native Son: The Time has Come for all True Barbadians to Put Country Before Party

Introduction: After a few days in Barbados, mostly resting, but spending time with friends and acquaintances alike, I have returned with a feeling of deep sadness for a nation for which I have a very deep affection. But, we have a situation in which the national political discourse has been reduced to a leading minister inviting the leader of the

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For Love of Country… a Coalition Government

Submitted by Napolean Bonaparte Heads of Government :  Stuart, Arthur, Mottley, Sinckler Minister of Finance : C. Mascoll Attorney General : K. Symmonds Minister of Tourism :  D. Inniss Minister International Business: D. Marshall Minister of Transport: M. Lashley Minister of Culture: T. Prescod Minister of Education: G. Payne Minister of Labour :David Estwick Minister of Health : R. Jones

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