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The Grenville Phillips Column – Fighting with Yourself

The closer we get to the date of the General Election, the more silly some politicians tend to behave.  Perhaps that is why it is called the silly season.  Last week, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur scathingly criticised our plan to improve the national economy.  I wish that he had called me first to discuss […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Tourism is the Only Game in Town

I wonder if our tourism policymakers and planners are any closer to having an accurate idea of exactly what rentable accommodation we have on Barbados? Almost daily, we received requests for re-DISCOVER lunch vouchers from addresses and particular named properties, that even after four decades being involved in the local tourism industry, I have never […]

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A Walter Blackman Article – Q2 Unemployment Figures Released by the BSS

In an article written by Nation reporter Barry Alleyne in the Sunday Sun dated December 10, 2017 (on page 24), readers were given unemployment numbers compiled by the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) using its continuous household survey for the period April – June 2017. From the outset, let me state that I have no quarrel […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Rule of Law and the CCJ

One of the earliest formulations of the concept of the rule of law is to the effect that “the king himself ought to be subject to God and the law because the law makes him king…” Later scholars such as Coke also asserted the supremacy of law over the pretensions of the executive, and AV […]

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Barbados Dumping Millions of Gallons of Good Water Into the Sea

Submitted by PHILIP G HUNTE Some years ago, around the turn of the century, I wrote one of the only two “letters to the editor” that I have ever written. I am not the prolific Philip Hunte that is regularly seen in the papers. The letter dealt with our declining sugar industry and our then […]

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A Caswell Franklyn Article – Stephen Lashley is a Bold Faced Liar

Dear Prime Minister I find myself in the unenviable position where politicians from both political parties see me as an enemy. As such, I expect attacks from time to time. However I do not expect or appreciate being attacked or lied upon from the floor of the Honourable House of Assembly, by a minister of […]

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A Proliferation of 6th Forms

Two events occurred in November 2017 to stoke the concern members of the BU household have about the state of education in Barbados. On the 22nd of November news circulated about a fight at The Ellerslie School- recently renamed- between two boys, one reported losing a finger, chopped off with a cutlass and on the […]

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The Twelve Bajan Principles

Submitted by the Clement Payne Movement, our  objective  is  to transform  BARBADOS  into :– (1) a conscious, self-aware society that is possessed of a deep and profound knowledge of its History ; (2) a nation that — in light of its history of enslavement and colonialism– consciously regards itself as a Champion of  the dignity […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – South Coast Sewage Solution

It has been reported that the sewage problem in Worthing is beyond the technical capabilities of the Barbados Water Authority.  The evidence suggests that that may be so.  However, it is not beyond the technical capability of Barbados. The reason why the problem is allowed to exist is essentially a management problem, and therein lies […]

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Gratitude to Nelson ‘artist’

by Peter Thompson – submitted as a letter to the editor of the Nation newspaper and circulated on social media. THE LAST SUNDAY SUN Editorial, No Good Reason To Deface Statue, is a lost opportunity for Nation Publishing to contribute positively to a conversation among Barbadians about the history and future together of those who […]

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The Ronnie Yearwood Column – Playing in the Small Sandbox

The following is Dr. Ronnie Yearwood’s column published in the Business Authority, Nation newspaper – 4 December 2017   Where are the big ideas in the upcoming election on governance, economy, education, energy? What are the three big policy changes from either of the political parties? In July a group of Barbadians, what politicians like […]

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Another Walter Blackman Column – The Walrus and the Carpenter

For many years, pleas were made from various quarters (Gladstone Holder comes readily to mind) for Barbadians to remain eternally vigilant over the handling of our nation’s affairs. For the most part, these pleas went unheeded. Unfortunately, the brave few who stood up to highlight glaring deficiencies in our governance structure, to point out the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opening of Sandals Royal Barbados Looms

First a heartfelt thank you to all those who made welcoming our third annual re-DISCOVER competition winners last Wednesday. From Kay at GAIA Inc., and associated airport personnel, Marsha and her staff at the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), all those at the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI), SunTours for providing transport in style with […]

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Another Heather Cole Column – WANTED from Harare to Bridgetown: Real Revolutionaries

So soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries; And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries. Bob Marley In this the 51st season on Independence of the island of Barbados, everyone should pause and reflect not only on deliberations of the rainy night over 5 decades ago but on our […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – What was the week that was…

Some of my more literate readers will recognize that I have borrowed the title of today’s column from the BBC comedy show of the 1960’s that satirized the week’s developments and news stories. I do not at all possess the satirical or comedic talents of the BBC’s scriptwriters, but some events of last week do […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Destruction of the Public Service Started with Errol Barrow

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Nation published a column captioned, “Not a pretty picture” by Dr. Frances Chandler. I generally agreed with much of what she had written. For the most part, she criticised many of the shortcomings of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), justifiably so in my opinion. I was actually enjoying her […]

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What a Charade

Submitted by Bush Tea If anything represents the hopelessness of Barbados’ current position, it is the annual ‘independence parade’. What a load of rubbish. No one with ANY kind of pride could possibly imagine that 51 YEARS after ‘independence’, our main NATIONAL event commemorating this ‘achievement’ would be a stupid parade that seeks to replicate […]

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Response to the FTC Ruling AGAINST the BNTCL Sale to SOL Group by the Barbados Integrity Movement

Submitted by Neil a. Holder, Political Leader of Barbados Integrity Movement   Dear Barbadians, We are exceptionally pleased with the ruling of the Fair Trading Corporation (FTC) in its decision NOT to support the sale of our National Asset the BNTCL at this time in its current form. The Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) sees this […]

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