Category Archives: Opinion

Silly Season Time Again

A short three years ago in 2018 then Prime Minister Freundel Stuart remained in office for 90 days beyond the five year anniversary of the first sitting of parliament permitted under the Barbados Constitution. Three years later incumbent Prime Minister Mia Mottley has called a snap general election eighteen months before it is constitutionally due.  The early ring of the

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Barbados – Call a Spade a Spade

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Submitted by Steve Prescott (LLB) Calling an election now is clever political strategy, but, it is beyond doubt, it is nothing but self-serving. Why? Because the political landscape has not changed since 2018. Let’s be clear about the 30-nil whitewash. The BLP didn’t win because the whole country believed in her. They won because there was no credible alternative. The

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Difficult Conversations – Consensual or Rape

Grenville Phillips

The BLP administration has done two dangerously reckless things in the last month. First, they needlessly ventured into a dark spiritual dimension and rejected God’s blessings from over Barbados. Then they cancelled Barbados’ defence insurance. In this General Election, Barbadians will choose whether to recover those losses, or make them permanent. The Bible explains that there is One Living God

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Can Humans be so Bold?

Submitted by Steven Kaszab Whether digital fake or the real thing, the though certainly counts. How many people did you help out yesterday? The day before? When was the last time you donated to a local charity helping those neighbors in need? Do you know of a family member or friend in need, whether it be financial, mental issues or

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All-out Support for Striking Nurses

Nurses defend their strike action against attacks from the government, employers and BLP aligned trade union leaders Submitted by Tee White On Wednesday 16 December after a meeting of the Social Partnership which brings together the government, employers and trade unions, Prime Minister Mia Mottley hosted a press conference in which she unleashed a scathing attack on the striking nurses

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The Politics of COVID

Submitted by Paula Sealy A two-week circuit-breaker lockdown could be introduced in England after Christmas to combat the rise of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Following the advice of scientific advisers, The Times has reported, government officials had prepared draft regulations that would reintroduce restrictions similar to those in step two of that country’s roadmap out of lockdown last spring. The

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YOUR Credit Rating May Take a Hit IF…

Kevin Boyce

Submitted by Kammie Holder What will be the unintended consequences? What is the real, real, real, real reason for getting involved in a Credit bureau rather than enacting legislation to control Credit Bureaus? Asking for my late friend Douglas Trotman. Sorry, but we both never trust governments.  Extracted from Barbados Today December 15th,2021: Senator Boyce: Credit reporting bill needs ‘longer

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Difficult Conversations – Credit to my Nation

I pledged allegiance to Barbados since the pledge was established in the 1970s. As a child, the pledge was simply words to be recited on command. As an adult, I accepted the responsibilities associated with that solemn pledge. To uphold Barbados’ honour, I tried to: do what was right, bring light where there was darkness, and provide evidence-based correction where

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BLP DLP Same Party – NTSH

Duopoly

The blogmaster checked the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) website and the list of candidates to run in the upcoming general election is not current. The same observation for the DLP with a general election on the horizon only 16 candidates are listed. Needless to say manifestos are also a work in progress with the DLP website offering a ‘Coming Soon’

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My How They “care”

Submitted by Observing First they gave a non-impactful salary increase. Then they raised taxes and rates in every place possible. Then they kept gas prices high despite world conditions. Of course they watch silently as retailers raise their prices left right and center. Then they restructured government bonds that found bondholders getting less and taking longer to do so, maybe

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Difficult Conversations – Ding-Dong

Grenville Phillips

There are several phases of marriage for men. The first is the wonderful honeymoon phase. A happy time. Then follows the woeful transition into ding-dong territory, where friction and tension become common-place as two people try to become one. I am currently in the ding-dong avoidance phase. That is where men do everything reasonably possible to avoid ding-dong. Men should

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