Category Archives: Opinion

Phartford Files: St. George By-Election: Acid Test or Tonic Water?

Submitted by Ironside There is going to be a by-election in St. George North and some parties have already announced their candidates. I will not waste time speculating about the reasons – real or imagined- why the sitting MP Glyne Clarke has resigned from parliament and is taking up a diplomatic post in Canada. That is for the gossip posse.

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What About CRIME Stupid

This morning the blogmaster entered the local newsfeed from traditional media to be swamped with the predictable-news about the selection of General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni More to represent the BLP in St. George North in the upcoming by-election. The proposal by the government to rename the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Owen

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The Deceased Labour Party – Part Two

Dear Editor, “Considering that Barbadians live better and Barbados functions better when the DLP is out of office, their time in the wilderness is for the best.” The Deceased Labour Party – Part One The above assertion from the first article in this series is perhaps contentious and thus, a point worthy of excavation.  Firstly, from an economic perspective, in its

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What About the Economy Stupid

Prime Minister Mia Mottley continued the recent trend of making controversial and contentious announcements. She revealed government’s recommendation to rename the University of the West Indies in recognition of the late prime minister Owen Arthur. To honour convention of parliament parliamentarians in the Lower House set aside yesterday to pay tributes to the late prime minister. The blogmaster has no

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Reform or Die II

Submitted by Ziggy Greene I was listening to Senator Caswell Franklyn yesterday on Starting Point an Antiguan talk program. The host asked Franklyn about the recent political goings-on in Barbados and in his inimitable style answered forthrightly. The topic turned to the prospects of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) now that it was unrepresented in parliament. Franklyn replied inter alia

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Adrian Loveridge Column – Getting the Price Right

Just how important will pricing be in the recovery of tourism to Barbados? What prompted this question came about after scanning through holiday package offerings that are currently available and advertised in our principal markets. Standing out was an offer from a major British tour operator, highlighted by a company called Holiday Pirates, which included return British Airways economy class

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Sweet Sunday Sermon – The Romans Road to Salvation

Submitted by Dr. GP God’s plan for human salvation is communicated throughout the entirety of Scripture. The Romans Road to salvation is a collection of verses from the New Testament book of Romans that concisely explain God’s salvation plan.     “The Romans Road is a sort of roadmap through various gospel truths that someone, years ago, put together by selecting

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No Referendum, no Republic!

Submitted by Grenville Phillips, Leader of Solutions Barbados I listened to our Prime Minister give an interview on ABC Australia, part of which was carried on CBC-TV news on 17 Sep 2020.  In it, the Prime Minister explained that Barbadians will not be allowed a referendum, to decide on whether they support Barbados becoming a Republic. Our Prime Minister must

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Government Using Throne Speech to Signal Fresh Guard

The eagerly awaited second session of parliament is set to restart today from about 10AM- see Order Paper. The decision to prorogue parliament from the 8 August 2020 caught political pundits by surprise and has been the source of robust debate. The Government has determined that it is necessary that we take fresh guard. The Parliament of Barbados will be

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Arresting Double Standards

Submitted by Kammie Holder The attached photos were are all taken from the Nation newspaper online. Perhaps, this may be a rare case of inferiority complex raising its head if the relaxed attitude towards the accused shown last week is used as a yardstick to juxtapose the one of Leroy Parris. Neither am I of the opinion this was a

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Hail King Swallow: A Polished Man of Kaiso and Art

Submitted by Dr. Hollis ‘’Chalkdust’’ Liverpool My last article on ‘’Respect for PhDs’’ caused many eyebrows to be raised: some people wanted to find out if persons without PhDs should not be respected; others asked if we shouldn’t show respect for the Opposition members in Parliament as well. My response to all such vain questions is that at age eleven

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