Hypocrites and Parasites

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

One can argue that the state in post independent Barbados has never provided the environment to foster economic independence to the majority black population. Despite this a few black businessmen managed to gain economic independence but the majority of the black population has settled for becoming the employed and never the employers. On the other hand, the minority white population has more employers and entrepreneurs.

Except for a limited apprenticeship period early in the history of Barbados – and in poverty stricken areas like Martins Bay- the minority white population has always had economic independence and social independence. At emancipation, the blacks were given social independence; it was not economic because they were not paid reparations for the time they had spent as slaves. At independence in 1966, the island gained its political independence from Great Britain.

Herein lies the present structure of inequality of Barbados; 99% of the 5% whites have social, political and economic independence and the 95% of the black population believe that they have social and political independence. Of that 95 % less than 5% have economic independence.

There are several reasons for this. The outdated educational system in Barbados does not teach entrepreneurship, poverty among blacks, the prohibitive lending practices of the banks, limited scope of government’s business development schemes and the inability of back businessmen to receive lucrative government contracts. This article will focus on the latter.

Throughout post independent Barbados, wealthy white businessmen have played prominent role to direct the political affairs of the island. In the past they were known as white shadows. Of late, they are no longer in the shadows and their presence now looms larger than life. Even the great Errol Barrow could not shake the hold that the minority whites held after his party achieved independence in 1966. They were the landowners and therefore voters before the backs obtained the right to vote. Did this give them preferential access to the government over blacks? One wonders why this preferential relationship has continued with successive black governments and why the whites do not seek political office.

In the midst of the present economic recession on the island, it is now essential more than ever that the black population achieve economic independence. Each successive administration has offered lucrative business contracts to the white minority and very few to blacks. This has created several white business magnates who by their portfolio now cater to every need on the island, leading to a concentration of power and wealth in their hands.

The present reality is that we have a situation where a fraudulent election has produced a hypocritical government which pretends to have the best interest of the people but their actions to these minority white business men speak otherwise. This small group of business men has attached itself as a parasite to the public purse to create every scheme they can dream up. In essence government ministers are now the puppets of the whites who no longer control from the shadows. Every Minister of the elected government has compromised his position to the entire electorate of Barbados in some was as a result of his involvement with those businessmen.

Both the Prime Minister and the Attorney general have admitted that votes were bought in the 2013 election. Bizzy Williams has admitted that he has given money to finance political campaigns for both parties as well as that he made a donation to the police force. It is no wonder that the police never investigated the Cahill scam. Bizzy Williams, Bjorn Bjerkham, Cow Williams, Mark Maloney and Tempro have all found a way to achieve wealth off the backs of the black people of Barbados long after slavery has ended. They bring no genuine investment but depend on the taxpayers’ money to finance their business schemes.

The cash strapped present administration whose members have already sold themselves to the highest bidder is seeking to divest government’s assets. The Sanitation Service Authority seems to be on the list of things to sell and what has unfolded as the Garbage Crisis in Barbados is quite telling; for months the state refused to take hold of its responsibility to remove garbage and then there was the drama surrounding the infamous tipping fee that was to be paid to Mr. Williams’ disposal company and after that several mysterious garbage trucks landed at the Bridgetown port. Now that the garbage collection system has almost collapsed, in comes Mr. Williams as a knight in shining amour to announce a proposal that he is willing to manage the garbage disposal in Barbados for $60 M a year. This alone is evidence that the SAS was allowed to fail so that the government could take hold of Mr. William’s offer. It is a clear picture of collusion between the Minister Denis Lowe and Mr. Bizzy Williams.

Since Opposition Senator Abrahams was able to comment on Mr. William’s announcement, an offer must be on the table and one must wonder of its contents. No manager of the SSA or the Minister is paid $60M a year. So exactly what does this management entail? Are those green garbage trucks that did not have an owner part of the $60M deal? What will happen to the workers currently employed by government? Does this mean that Mr. Williams, in addition to garbage collection will be responsible for garbage disposal? Will his new $60 M responsibility include decision making on any future waste to energy plants in Barbados for which land has already been vested and finders fees paid?

Mr. Williams is no angel, saint or savior. There are already private waste haulers who could have done this job. Chief among them is Mr. Cherry, private waste haulers who government seems bent n victimizing. Mr. Cherry should now offer government a counter proposal to collect the garbage in Barbados.

One wonders if the outcome of government’s failure to collect garbage is a sign of things to come for the delivery of other public services for which taxpayers’ money is utilized. This brings me to the water crisis that is being experienced in the North of the island. Is the provision of tap water being allowed to fail so that a white businessman can offer to provide running water to those affected residents at let us say $300M a year?

At the end of the day there is a need for the ending of secrecy and beginning of transparency in the way the government awards contracts and other business initiatives, the tendering process must be followed. There is a need for a quota system in the awarding of government contracts. 95% of the island should receive 95 % of the contracts and the 5% who are already wealthy will not suffer if they receive 5% of the contracts. Black business men, community groups or cooperatives must be formed to present counters offers to the government in light of the proposition offered by Mr. Williams as well as for other projects. If Mr. Williams can do it off the taxpayers’ money any black business man can do it too.

If this situation persists unchallenged and unchanged, we are headed to what can only be termed as economic slavery where the government collects taxes just to pass on to this minority. To make this situation even worse, a fraudulent election means that there is no political independence of the electorate. This means that after 50 years of achieving independence, the black population is headed back to the pre emancipation period. We never had economic independence, our political independence was sold for a mess of pottage on the last election day and; social independence (our pride which some of us relinquished by giving up the right to vote for free and fair elections) which is dependent on the former also vanished on the last election day.

Is the House of Cards Falling?

Submitted by Heather Cole
Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

I wrote an article which was carried in Barbados Today on October 2, 2015 entitled” Cahill Fiasco Catalyst for Change.” I had hoped back then that the momentum that was gaining strength daily would have been enough not only to cause the government to cancel the project but to announce a general election. However, that did not occur because the change that I was seeking was not swift. Although it has taken 8 months, I still believe that it is because of the public outcry against the Cahill Plant, as well as the fact the Plasma Gasification technology was rejected at the plant in Teesside, England that the Government of Barbados made a decision to cancel the project. The question that I am now seeking to answer is, what is the catalyst for the changes we are beginning to see?

Is it the weight of the No Confidence Motion against the Government by the Leader of the Opposition? Can we resolve that it has impacted the elected Democratic Labour Party more than they have allowed us to see? I have also thought that the catalyst for change may have had something to do with two clearly upset posts by Bizzy Williams as a respondent to an article on BU as well as the fact that he likes to spill his guts in lengthy discussions with the traditional media.

I do not believe that the spectacle we are currently witnessing regarding Mark Maloney has anything to do with the fore mentioned. He has constantly been in the public’s eyes from one scandal to the next. We all know too well the sins of Mark Maloney. He did not start flouting the Laws of Barbados last week. For seven long years he has been building an empire. We have watched him rise to become ruthless, vain and self-centered. He has even paraded his greatest sin right in front of our eyes. Amidst the agony of a mother’s grief, we watched him laugh when her child died due to his negligence. There has never been any remorse on his part and it is a clear indication that he does not care about any Barbadian.

Then we know of the sins of this government, too numerous to delve into as they would detract from the focus at hand except for one which is that the government has been the source of wealth for which Mr. Maloney claims as his success. Incidentally his success was funded by the taxpayers of Barbados. This attempt by the government to look good in the public’s eyes is by no means in the spirit of having an epiphany. One would expect that an epiphany would also bring the return of the finder fee for the Cahill Project, the renegotiation of the Coverley Agreement, Governments openness to upholding the law with regards to the tendering of contracts, the upholding of the laws and regulations of the Town and Country Planning Department as well as to providing information on the missing and unaccounted funds from the Treasury that were outlined in the just published 2015 Auditor General’s Report. Just as the Moyne Commission did not provide what the people really needed in the 1930’s, so too is the Government pacifying the people if it has indeed thrown Mr. Maloney under the bus.

This entire debacle has certainly given a new meaning to the adage “one day you are in and the next day you are out” It is hard to believe that after 5 years of doing nothing about the building on the Roundabout at Lears that the Chief Town Planner finally mustered the courage to get something done. What is perplexing, is that last year when a louder volume of public outcry about the cement plant being built next to the flour mill, nothing was done.

Perhaps it is the fact that he is constantly seen in a negative light in the public’s eye that the Government views him as a liability in the next election. Regardless to however one looks at what is unfolding now with Mark Maloney, it can only be labelled as bizarre. It is as though there has been a falling out between him and the DEMS or some other sinister matter that we will never get the details on but they have thrown him under the bus, leaving the Chief Town Planner to do the dirty work.

Mr. Maloney is no longer a happy camper. He is already spilling his guts in a rant claiming success by using the tax payers’ money and wanting the Chief Town Planner fired. Isn’t it on the Prime Minister’s request that Chief Town Planner acts? The only thing that seems clearer now is that the house of cards is now divided among itself is falling leaving one to wonder, when is election day?

Aliis Non Sibi

Submitted by Heather Cole
Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs Chapter 24:10.

Politics is not for the faint hearted. With it comes constant criticism which is good for the soul. One can learn from it and be a better person or be sharper and clearer in pursuit of one’s goals. Even amidst the negativity in the comments to the below posting that I made in response to the timing of the Article “The Gorilla and the Boy” by Jeff Cumberbatch on Sunday June 5, 2016, I have learnt a lot.

Heather June 5, 2016 at 7:49 AM #

@ Jeff, this is a strange article to write at this time. Were you in Barbados for the past week? Did you read the news on BU or the traditional media? Is this a part of the deflection? With so much going on and you chose to write about something that has no effect on Barbados?

It provided me with a reason to join the call for Freedom of Information Legislation and another perspective from which to examine the 1816 Rebellion in Barbados.

My quest is to provide information to the people of Barbados to enable them to make better decisions for their social, economic and political wellbeing. For all we know, if information was available that Emancipation was not granted there may not have been a rebellion in 1816. That rebellion occurred because the slaves thought that the Local Legislature was withholding their freedom. If information was available that the police had not taken Clement Payne into custody, the 1937 Riots may have occurred on another day. The preservation of the status quo is done through a lack of new information and the freedom to speak out. If there was freedom of information and freedom of speech, there would be no need for a Barbados Underground where almost everyone hides behind a fictitious name. In my opinion, the traditional press comes up lacking time and time again on content to politically educate the people, a void that I know I can help to fill.

If a section of the population believes that only their views are correct and balanced, it does not mean that they are right. At one point in our recent history, people were owned as property and we all now know for a fact that this could never have been right.

In 1816 an African born slave who did not fit in because he was not born into slavery. He compared slavery with the life that he had before and became a rebel with a cause. That cause was freedom. Everyone did not share his vision for freedom. We know this because an informer betrayed him. That someone was a person who lacked the strength and courage of Bussa to step forward and lead the fight for change. I will not let anyone who lacks the courage to speak out against the present administration in Barbados to deter me from doing so.

I am of good courage. I am motivated to find the strength that enabled Bussa to lead a rebellion; I am motivated by the strength that enabled Clement Payne to lead the people amidst the social economic and political turmoil that existed in the 1930’s and; I am motivated by the strength that caused Errol Barrow when others did not share his views to form his own political party.

For all that is known, each of them was faced with opposition and naysayers just as I am today. Like them giving up for me is not an option. We may not always share the same views but there is absolutely no reason why anyone should try to impede any measure in thought, word or deed that may be a catalyst for positive change in Barbados.

At the end of the day, each one of us must ask ourselves, “Do I lack the strength and courage to fight for change? Am I a Bussa or an informer? Is my role to assist in the bringing of revolutionary changes that are needed in Barbados or am I striving to retain the status quo?

I live by the mottos of my two Alma Maters “I Persevere” and ‘Aliis Non Sibi”, for others not self. I am pressing on.

Justice Must Be Served

Submitted by Heather Cole
Caribbean Court of Justice

Caribbean Court of Justice

In the game of cricket, there is no victory without a challenge. In athletics no race is won without a challenge and in the court of law, no precedent can ever be set without a challenge.

Two recent occurrences prompted me to write this article. The first was a call from a lawyer in Barbados about two weeks ago informing me that a sixteen years old case was finally set to be heard. It was one of two cases and there is no light yet at the end of the tunnel for the second case. The second occurrence was the revelation of the court documents relating to the death of Marcelle Smith in an article on the Barbados Underground. The documents in my opinion pointed to a motive for her murder and the persons responsible.

At present the system for the delivery of justice in Barbados leaves a lot to be desired and that is putting it mildly. No one should have to wait 16 years for a case to be heard. There has been enough time for those responsible for the administration of the system to over haul it and come up with a creative and transparent process for cases to be heard. It leads one to question the management of the system from which justice for the entire population is to be delivered. Are there checks and balances to ensure that all cases are heard in a timely manner? Are there cases lying around in or on some desks catching dusk? Is there a prevailing corruption in the system that warrants the need for a regulator whose duty it is to ensure that all cases are heard in a timely manner? One can also question the effectiveness of the position of the Ombudsman. By now the Attorney General should have created an instrument to define the period within which a case must be heard. I am positive that this would help reduce the backlog in the system. Are there enough Judges, magistrates and cases managers and do they work 8 hours per day? The time has come for a person to be able to track the movement of their case on line that way they will be in a better position to seek a resolution to any bottlenecks that that are inherently in the system. They must be penalties, fines and disbarment to practice for anyone circumventing the process of justice regardless to who they are.

With regards to the emails sent by Mrs. Smith to her Attorney, I was shocked to read the contents and I queried why Vernon Smith and Hal Gollop had entered the deceased property and interrogating a man with dementia. It was a house not a court or a law office or a police station. They had no right being there to conduct legal matters uninvited and that it was most unconventional to bring the police to add credibility to their deed. Protocol should have dictated these learned lawyers to schedule a meeting with her attorney present since she had responsibility for her husband. This case in itself raises many issues highlighted above and it makes one wonder if it will ever be heard since two high profile member of the legal community are involved. However, one also wonders how the revelation of their meeting with Mrs. Smith will impact their credibility with the public of Barbados and if this case is not heard will it justify that some people are above the law or that there is in fact no law.

The above are just two examples but I am sure that there are many more cases out there. Every right thinking Barbadian and those who the judicial system has failed must come together to challenge the system. We are in an era to have a Class Action Suit against the Attorney General, the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman with regards to the administration of justice. Is there any attorney out there who is up to this task?

Paradoxically, two of the reasons set forth to end the jurisdiction of the British Privy Council over the former colonies of the British West Indies can now be put forth regarding the legal system in Barbados. There are the unpopularity of the decisions and the perception that the system has too much power. Can it be that the deeply entrenched partiality now makes the legal system inadequate? It sets forth an argument for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to expand its scope to become a local court of the jurisdiction.

One hopes that we the citizens of Barbados can petition to amend its constitution to allow local cases of Barbados or the region to be heard and be not only limited to CARICOM matters or act as an Appellate Court. The petition to the CCJ can also request that it includes the practice of law in its disadvantaged sector and amend that sector include lawyers. Or, by some other measure allow all lawyers to practice across its jurisdiction in any member state. This is intended to create one Bar Association within the jurisdiction that will allow a lawyer in Jamaica or Trinidad to accept a case in Barbados or vice versa without fear of victimization. Therefore one should seek to find out if this problem of Barbados is being experienced in Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago.

Another outlook is that since the present judicial system is not serving the best interest of the masses, one wonders if the people of Barbados can by way of referendum be given an option to have their cases heard locally or by the CCJ by-passing the present court system.

The question that we must all ask ourselves is if Barbadians have to die awaiting justice or should they be assured of justice in Barbados or allowed to have their cases heard by the CCJ. In the final analysis, our problem can be resolved by competition and the establishment of a regional local court. To this end it is my intent to find out what is happening in the other islands for which the CCJ has jurisdiction. However, with or without the other territories, seek dialogue with the CCJ and petition them and the Government of Barbados from the Barbados Lobby to extend the scope and services of the CCJ to hear local cases of the people of Barbados. I hope that all who have been disadvantaged by the court system will join in this effort. Your comments and or assistance are welcomed.

Making Barbados Great Again: What Are You Doing Minister?

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

I have decided to adopt part of Donald Trump’s slogan. My slogan will be “Making Barbados Great Again.” I do not just wish to coin a cute phrase but to actually put forward workable solutions to make our nation great again. Many years ago, I visited my son at school, it was either when he was in Infants A or Infants B and as I approached the classroom door, there was a lot of chatter and I heard the teacher ask “What are you doing? Are you working?” I do not know if anyone responded as I was searching for that familiar face when I stood at the door. Some of the little boys saw me and ran to the door shouting “Kajani’s mummy!” The teacher bid me welcome and I entered. Only then did I set my eyes on the little boy whom I was searching and he did not even see me. Amidst all the noise and the disruption of my being there, he remained in deep concentration, so focused on getting the task at hand done that he was unaware of my presence until I called his name. From that day, I was in awe of him.

Now let us replace the above script with the people of Barbados, the Minister of Social Care and the work that is to be done there. Imagine me turning up at the Ministry of Social Care one morning to find out if the work that was set by the people of Barbados was being done. Would I find the Minister in the midst of distractions yet so focused on getting the work of the people done? Would I come away in awe of him? Based on the sum of what has been occurring with regards to social services in Barbados, I think not.

Recently, there were two separate and distinct occurrences that have added to the disaster of social care delivery in Barbados. The first was a story of a young woman whose new born baby was taken away by the Child Care Board due to the fact that neither she nor the father had suitable housing. The second was a story of two young men, one of who was chained and the other locked in a room of their home by their father. I have not heard of any utterances public or other wise of the Minister of Social Care regarding these two situations. As far as I am aware, the baby has not been reunited with its mother and the two young men are back with their abusive father.

I view both of the occurrences as the shame of every person who lives in Barbados and more so that of the Minister. For too long, the act of providing social care to special needs persons who are beyond school age have been ignored. Society has not done enough to help care for these fellow Barbadians and neither has the Government. I can but I have decided not to dwell on the inability of the Minister as he appears to be bankrupt of ideas to resolve these social problems. However, his ministry has witnessed the death of three young children and would rather use unenforceable legislation to imprison parents rather than resolve an age old problem of promiscuity. Added to the lack of performance are the two cases mentioned above. Since the State is either unable or unwilling to provide social care services to the population that are required in the 21st century, it should concentrate its efforts on creating the environment for others to do so, just as it does for business.

Therefore, if I were the Minister of Social Care, I would set about to enforce the following solutions as remedy for not only those three unfortunate individuals but to transform the current state of delivery of social services on the island. Even without a ton of money, these solutions can be implemented. We have seen government enter into public private partnerships where only the private sector benefits. Examples of these are the Villages of Coverley and the SBRC. It is time for the government to establish a public private partnership where the people benefit. The Ministry of Social Care sees it fit to spend thousands of dollars on football tournaments and the Government is spending $7 million in 50th Anniversary celebrations but yet refuses to undertake the required steps to enable all Barbadians especially those who need it most, a better quality of life.

Solutions

  1. That the government becomes a regulator of the provision of Social Services.
  2. That public-private partnerships are formed with several non –profit social innovation entities to provide care, housing, rehabilitation as well as preventative and respite services, services for homelessness, disabilities , seniors, childcare and other welfare services.
  3. That the government allocates grants for the provision of the above mentioned services.
  4. That the Non-Profit Organizations also seek funding from private and business donors.
  5. That the agencies will be referred cases by government, police, the hospital and members of the public.
  6. That the underutilized library buildings and community centers be used as places or learning for these persons; teaching them life skills and to utilize various computer programs and the Internet.
  7. A Volunteer Program is to be created for persons to help these individuals in their homes, until such time as funds are sourced to make their contributions paid services.
  8. Volunteers can be sought from the average of 1,500 persons who attend Q in the Community and therefore have free time on their hands.
  9. That the Government allocates funding for training volunteers.
  10. Government must set aside some of its housing stock for those who cannot care for themselves but do not need to be institutionalized.
  11. The Public private partnership can also assist with placing persons in temporary lodging until permanent solutions are sourced.
  12. The creation of economic based programs to help these persons supply their needs where possible; i.e. in terms on entrepreneurship or finding suitable work.
  13. That the Child Care Board is disbanded and that the services that it is intended to provide is provided by the created non profits.
  14. That a preventative programme be set up in all schools with social workers to prevent delinquency and promiscuity.
  15. That a respite service be set up for children in homes that are at risk. Trained volunteers can also be utilized in this area.
  16. That a Board of Advocates be created to lobby the government for the creation and advancement of public policy for Social services.

These solutions are not meant to be the complete package of what is required to transform the delivery of social services in Barbados but are meant to start a discussion with ideas to add to the contents. Without a visionary leaders and workers, the people will perish. We must be able to see what the Minister is doing with the responsibility that the people of Barbados have entrusted to him.

The People’s Manifesto of Barbados

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted the ninety-five theses, which he had composed in Latin, on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. At the commencement he stated the following:

“Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

His manifesto was the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. The aim of this manifesto is to be the catalyst for governance and political reformation in Barbados; to protest against political abuses, against mismanagement of the funds from the public purse, against corruption, against inequality, against burdensome taxation and against obstruction to free and fair elections.

Read full text of – The People’s Manifesto of Barbados

Reflections of the Silly Season

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

My mother loved the silly season, the entire length and breath of Barbados changed at that time, the very air that we breathed seemed different. Elections were in the air. Everyone became very politically conscious and they took sides. You were either a Bee or a Dem, there was no place for an in between. They were “diehards” on both sides. No matter where you went during the silly season, politics was always the discussion.

During the silly season, if there was a meeting nearby, my mother and I would go and listen to what the speakers had to say. We would go to the little spot meetings and the big meetings in Oistins. Political meetings in Barbados are somewhat festive, a lot of people go to be seen and it was no different when I was a little girl. The name meeting is quite accurate, it was the place where people met up with their friends and listened to what the politicians has to say.

I remember some of the speakers who went on to become prominent. Some of them were eloquent, some kept my attention, others did not.  Sometimes the atmosphere became charged by the words which ignited feelings within those in attendance. Way back then, I learnt that speaking on a political platform was not the easiest thing to do. It takes a charismatic person with a big personality. I listened and tried to make sense out of what I heard. It was the starting point that developed my love for politics.

I soon learned that songs were an integral part of the silly season, from out of nowhere, songs became attached to parties or particular individuals. There was a chorus “butt he, Billy butt he!” that the people sang for Billie Miller who was the representative for the City of Bridgetown, then The Mighty Gabby sang the “Stinging Bees” and the Mighty Gryner sang “ Mr. T.”

For me the silly season brought the excitement of the political meetings, then the anticipation of the climax of who was going to win. Somehow the silly season to me reflected Christmas, there was the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big Election Day. When that day came the atmosphere seemed changed. There was a Sunday quiet that developed. Everyone seemed to be anxiously waiting for the unknown.

The first time that I was old enough to remember an Election Day; I realized that it was different. It was a rainy morning, very rainy, no sun in the sky just grey clouds filled with rain. It was gloomy to everyone but the many egrets that rested on the trees by the pond. They seemed to take turns flying around. They were certainly having fun in the rain. Maybe it was the grey sky that set the mood my mother was in. So I thought, because she was standing looking out the back door at the birds in the pond which was behind the house. It was early maybe before 7 a.m. She seemed worried as though something weighed heavily on her mind. I asked her what had happened and she said that she was trying to decide who to vote for. She did not know who to vote for because in her opinion both parties were the same. Maybe it helped her sort out her thoughts, so she spoke to me before she went to vote. Maybe to her the day predicted the bleak reality that broken promises are made to the poor.

To her politicians were people who you saw at election time, once every five years, they promised the world and after they were elected, you never saw them again. She wanted to vote for someone who would be of help to her and her children. She wondered if her vote would make a difference to how we lived then and how it would impact our future. She wanted to understand the unknown. It made me wonder if other people were making their decisions based on confidence or on their fears. I never found out, but my mother went and exercised her right in the way she thought best at that time.

Looking back, I can recall my mother loved the silly season for it filled her with hope. But Election Day was a day to hate because that day brought to life her fears that the plight of the poor would remain unchanged. Now I know that her thoughts, her fears are just as relevant today as they were yesterday because things never really changed.

Open Letter to the Prime Minister: The People’s Price Tag on a Republic

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

I write on the behalf of the people of Barbados to highlight what I think is a matter of great concern to your attention. It is with regards to the changing of the system of Government in Barbados from the Westminster system to a Republic.

You may recall that in 1652 the under represented English Colonies, flexed their muscles and obtained quasi independence under the Treaty of Oistins by advocating their rights under the banner of ‘no taxation without representation.’

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What Are We Celebrating?

Submitted by Heather Cole (The Barbados Lobby)
Heather Cole

Heather Cole

Barbadians are patriotic to the bone. Not even in the USA is Independence celebrated for a whole month as is done in Barbados. It is pride and industry and those colours of blue, gold and black that holds the threads that bind us all together.

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Case for a Federation

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Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur Mr. Arthur’s recent view that the CSME needs to be scrapped

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A few days ago in his column, Craig Harewood wrote an article entitled “How to get reparations for dummies.” He had a brilliant idea that instead of asking for reparations that the Caribbean Community

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