Category Archives: Opinion

Opposition Parties Reach Compromise to Run One Candidate in St. George North By Election

Last week the four main opposition political parties announced they will combine forces to support one candidate in the by-election to be held on the 11 November 2020 in St. George North. Leading political commentator @budavid described the move has “shrewd”and one that finally demonstrated a level of political maturity not witnessed since universal suffrage in the Caribbean. When asked

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Religiosity and Failed African States

The greatest tragedy of all African states is the introduction of foreign gods and languages, cemented by tribes, decimated by education without interrogation or intelligence. Welcome to Africa, the new Africans, our world, our opportunities. Before the advent of foreign intrusion into Africa, African societies have their concept of Supreme Being or High God, which is generally held to be

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CXC’s Options

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is a Caribbean institution. As Caribbean nationals, we should insist that the integrity of Caribbean institutions be protected. If our institutions provide a high-quality product, their integrity is automatically protected. CXC has one main product – its examinations. There are three basic components of that product. Namely, a syllabus of information for students to understand,

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Adrian Loveridge Column – Rediscover re-DISCOVER

Interesting to see that Jamaica recently launched another major tourism initiative branded ‘Rediscover Jamaica’. They clearly feel, as another largely tourism dependent nation, that there still remains a significantly large enough employed or financially independent section of the population to validate such a programme. Speaking at the official launch, Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett urged persons to take

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THE SEARCH FOR RELEVANCE

Submitted by Caleb Pilgrim While one must never forget the past, nothing is to be gained by overly rehashing the historic failures of the previous DLP Administration. These speak for themselves. Cheap excuses do not suffice, either. Nor do recent attempts by “the old guard” to reincarnate and resurrect themselves after their May 2018 near absolute annihilation. Pray tell what

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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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