Lisa Cummins, We Are Proud Of You

Lisa Cummins

You may write me down in history, With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt, But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells, Pumping in my living room.Maya Angelou

The recent feature in the local media of the work being done by a young, bright and beautiful Barbadian woman would have brought joy to the hearts of Barbadians everywhere. A search of the Internet for the name Lisa Cummins should list several websites which make mention of her work assignment in Uganda of all places. BU took the time to listen to Lisa eloquently explaining what exactly she is doing in Uganda – have a listen. There is absolutely no doubt this Bajan is operating at an ‘ionospheric’ level, a pity she has to peddle her wares in far away places but such is the nature of the global village we now live. In her audio she explains her current assignment which seems to be satisfying her personal development objective.

It is not often beauty and brains combine to deliver such an awesome combination. More than once during the last 48 hours there was the irresistible urge by David (BU) to listen to Lisa while cheating a glance at her enchanting beauty. 

 

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63 responses to “Lisa Cummins, We Are Proud Of You

  1. The man wiv no name!!

    It’s a pity then that Africans hate us so much! I hope she doesn’t bleach her skin – fuhget d straite hair!!

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  2. DNFTT!!
    DNFTT!!
    DNFTT!!

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  3. The man wiv no name!!

    Oh no, he creep out again!

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  4. bleeding heart

    Blessings to Lisa for she will triumph. WI men have problems and insecurity with strong intelligent women but it is getting better.

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  5. The man wiv no name!!

    bleeding, I doan have nuh problems wid insecurity, in fak, i tink i gun bleach my skin light-tan, n straighten my hair today!

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  6. Charles S.Cadogan Sr

    Lisa Cummins, may you continue to be successful in making others see the importance of changing towards FEMALE ABUSE.
    I pray that you’ll be safe, and GOD be with you; Sometimes we have to leave the comfort of our own homes, and countries to be payed attention to the things that we speak on towards change;
    Judging from your conversation, you seem to be a very intelligent young lady. I wish you all the best in your endeavors. RESPECT TO YOU;

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  7. @The man wiv no name!!

    “It’s a pity then that Africans hate us so much! I hope she doesn’t bleach her skin – fuhget d straite hair!!”

    What utterly stupid comments u made. u would have to be black and considered ugly that all u can see is her skin colour which is already closer to white than black. can u not see the job she’s doing? stupeeessssssssssssss

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  8. The man wiv no name!!

    Here, here, Sir Charles, but please beg her NEVER to paint her skin and NEVER to straighten her hair! When in Africa she should try to look more African!

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  9. Troll (Internet)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “Do not feed the trolls” and its abbreviation “DNFTT”

    In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[2] In addition to the offending poster, the noun troll can also refer to the provocative message itself, as in “that was an excellent troll you posted”. While the term troll and its associated action trolling are primarily associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels highly subjective, with trolling being used to describe intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, recent media accounts have used the term troll to describe “a person who defaces internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”

    Hopefully, BIMBRO can now crawl back under London Bridge where he belongs, with the other ‘real’ family.

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  10. If the lady has had an unfortunate pass and has managed to rise above it, I am glad and proud of her. On the other hand, I am very tired of what she is saying re facilitating service sector initiatives yaba yaba yaba. This services thing is going to kill us all, and look who is selling it, little pleasant voiced, bright faced academics with absolutely no business acumen and little to no imagination. Oh why doesn’t it all stop. If Egypt and Mauritius tried to set up something and back tracked it might because they bot may have found a better way that suites them

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  11. Techie

    I hope you realize that by your actions you too are guilty of FTT …!

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  12. @ BAFBFP….
    I would like to see it as spreading awareness but you are right….guess it is how one looks at it eh?…..life! ;)

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  13. @BAFBFP

    If you listen carefully to the audio Lisa Cummins explains that Uganda is a commodity based economy and theirs is a strategy of diversification.

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  14. Seriously David

    Take a look at Mauritius and their planned path to development; I would describe it as a Singapore in the rough. Added to this its rich multiculturalism and you have got the breeding ground for ideas and variety in approach. I am sorry, but Uganda and this good lady has nothing to offer these people. (I plan to move to Mauritius soon)

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  15. And BTW I am a Commodities person, particularly now that their true value, (those with long shelf lives), is being recognized. We will do well to invest in our own home grown stuff. If as predicted the value of the USD falls to zero having warehouses full of trade-able items cannot be a bad idea

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  16. Techie

    Be careful because I too might be a Troll (in disguise)

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  17. @BAFBFP

    Why do you believe it is always your way or the highway?

    Nobody is dismissing the value of commodities but there was a time when the value was in the toilet.

    What is wrong with diversification?

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  18. The man wiv no name!!

    ‘me’, yes, i noticed the job she’s doing in the face of hatred, only that, like most west indians, she’s too bline to c it, but, given d popularity of bleaching wunna skin in d w. indies n trying to look even whiter dan d white people, i also notice how light-skin she is n had to ask d question! u hear nowww?!! d africans only laughing at her behind her back. wunna din believe me when i tell wunna bout d JAs, but since Myrie, moas uh wunna now get sense. i realise it’ll tek a long time but, some good say, when d lord good n ready, he’ll open wunna eyes to dem too! meanwhile, please continue to fool wunna self. in nuh skin off my nose, bo!

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  19. The man wiv no name!!

    To Tech n BAF,
    n here’s another one for Wiki, for people like u!
    DABWIGNSUHAL – n that stands for Dumb Ass Bastard Who In Got Nuh Sense Uh Humour At All! – get it?!!

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  20. The man wiv no name!!

    What moas uh wunna doan realise, like Lisa, is dat africans r users! unless, of course, Lisa likes being used! they’ll use wunna n den laugh at n dump on wunna when duh ready. rememba d african nurses wunna had ova day not suh long ago. i culda predick dat duh wun leave Bim widdout accusing wunna uh someting or udda. anyway, wha i know bout anyting. i only living hay in inglan among thousands uh dem! as i said, do wha yuh wan fee do, in nuh skin off uh my nose!!

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  21. The man wiv no name!!

    meant for hay:

    BAFBFP | April 8, 2011 at 9:43 PM |
    And BTW I am a Commodities person,

    Most people, not surprisingly, regard commodity brokers as the carion-crow of the international finance community! I wonder woi!! :)

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  22. The man wiv no name!!

    n, btw, the Mauritians don’t want yuh either – too black – tek it from me! Ull b on dis blog fuh a long time yet, Mr BAF, so, change yuh plans!! LOL!!

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  23. The man wiv no name!!

    BAF, do you enjoy sucking d shit out the botsies of the international finance community (i.e. struggling, countries struggling to provide a decent existence for their people)? I in hear one good argument yet for the existence of u people. With all the higher education which ur supposed to have, why don’t u get a worthwhile job!!

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  24. David;

    No problems with diversifying man, but this place that Uganda is in sounds too familiar to me, where these consultants convince governments to move in one direction and then that direction is all that is pursued to the expense of everything else.

    BIMBRO

    I sticking with Techie pun dis one … sorry, no chow tonight

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  25. Interesting BAF. I do take the point on the value of our own commodities. Indeed, I have been saying this for sometime.

    Reality is, even though I do not think the US Dollar will fall to zero, it will devalue. Possible or probable hyper-inflation will then create a double-whammy for us.

    Hence, why I have focused so much on ignoring the ‘current’ stated value of our agriculture and asses the ‘real’ value, being the future use to us in the event of weakened foreign purchasing power and hence reliance on our own production or if one wishes financial wording the ‘future income stream from the expected returns’ of these products, as foreign prices rise and our own become more valuable from both a comparative value and due to necessity locally.

    The future income stream is, given fast changing economic circumstances, if on accepts the deteriorating state of the world economy, certainly different from the past economic value, hence, the ‘real’ value of the agriculture industry to us is not what would currently be ascribed and certainly not what was ascribed in the past.

    People do not seem to be getting it that food prices internationally are changing drastically and aside from local price gouging which exacerbates the issue, we must understand that the increase in food prices is due to multiple reasons and will not cease.

    As a commodity expert you of all people know this.

    The answer is to prepare ourselves and ‘go back to basics’.

    Land is no longer going to provide $60 per square foot for building in any case, that horse long left the stable, again due to changing economic circumstances, such as the UK recession, which continues.

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  26. The man wiv no name!!

    no problem BAF, we’re still at a loss to understand the need for the existence of ‘commodity’-brokers!!

    Crusoe, r u Chancellor uh d Exchequer?!! LOL!!

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  27. The man wiv no name!!

    commodity brokers n their like r all blood-suckers! remember blood-diamonds?!! Idi Amin come from Uganda – need I say more!! LOL!!

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  28. Commodity brokers aren’t they the ones now having the poor man eating sh…..t with the high price of oil. Commodity brokers” another name for”snake oil salesman”

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  29. @Bimbro’s brother,

    Haha. You really pulling my leg. In the UK the Chancellor does certainly pull a lot of clout, unlike our local G’uvnor.

    I do not see the issue with commodity brokers, a middle-man to deal commodities is normal and required.

    Better than stock brokers who sell ‘paper’ with a promise…of the related future earning capacity..Lol.

    @ac, I am sure that Bimbro’s brother would buy some snake oil, if you would be a willing subject for massage.. ;-) He seems eager…

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  30. Lisa Cummins

    I am sure that whoever posted this perhaps had good intentions, but they did so without consulting me. It was however drawn to my attention that I was the subject of a blog of this site. Please appreciate that I do not wish to be made the subject of a public discussion and do not wish to have my personal life, or anyones version of it, put out there in this manner. In so far as the posting made by the Commonwealth Secretariat on MY WORK, I have no issues with anyone reusing it however my private life, for me, remains just that; private. So in that vein, I ask your indulgence, please remove this post or at least remove the references to my past and allow me to continue to live my life in private, without the very vicious eyes and tongues of some of my fellow Barbadians who know nothing about me but delight as they always do in being deprecating to others.

    I hope that you can continue to highlight the achievements of Barbadians the world over in a more constructive manner. If you wish to profile their personal life, past or otherwise, please give them the courtesy of asking in advance. Otherwise you run the risk of detracting from a story that otherwise can hold its own and be subjected to scrutiny on its substantive merits.

    Thank you.

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  31. The man wiv no name!!

    ac, u understan what i was saying n why they have such an awful world reputation. BAF trying to pretend it in so!

    Crusoe, it’s all paper n flashing lights pun computer screens, whaever it is dum call dumself! Dere’re a waise uh space man. good or bad times, day can fine a way to mek money! d archetypal finger-rapis, if yuh ask me!

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  32. The man wiv no name!!

    has somebody referred to Lisa’s private life? – who? is anybody intrested?!! – not me!

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  33. The man wiv no name!!

    she sensitive e?!!

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  34. Lisa Cummins

    Full marks to you. Your private life is your own and there it should remain. Thankfully this discourse is taking a bend towards the importance of commodities in the diversification plan, and if I had my way the eradication of the international services industries in developing world to be replaced with final stage products manufacturing.

    Crusoe;

    I am with you. Tell me, do we still have that cotton that was ginned and stored by the last administration?

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  35. @BAF,

    Honestly, I have no idea on the cotton. While I am also 100% with you on final product production and sales, I disagree that to do so we need to eradicate services industry.

    Such an approach would neglect certain valuable sources of income, both internal and external, that actually contribute to diversification.

    The potential of a medical tourism industry, financial services, education industry, such as nursing schools, these are all viable and complement other soucres of income such as manufacturing.

    For example, the OECD attack on our financial services industry demonstrates the income that is earned in this sector, this is some are after it tooth and nail. They would have no such inclination if it was not.

    Why are they not after Luxembourg and Lichtenstein?

    Why do they not require greater rules on areas such as arms purchasing and sales, brokerage of those?

    The playing field is certainly not level, that is an issue that is becoming more apparent daily.

    But, as per your remarks, diversificaiton and less reliance on foerign nations is critical to extricate ourselves from the ensuing fracas.

    Of course, if we are then too successful at that, there will always be a suitable ‘label’ placed on us to make us persona non grata, as is the current wont.

    This ‘labelling’ is a method that ahs proven very successful recently, with all who watch right wing news channels lapping it up.

    But then, labelling and insults was always seen as a successful strategy in the playground, for the bullies.

    Needless to say, our last defense is to rely on none other than the ‘Almighty’.

    My faith is strong.

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  36. Crusoe

    I don’ wan’ you faget that I is a Atheist and I know that labeling is for bullies who seek to attract the submissive but you have to be careful when referring to opinions as “right wing”, be you accused of the same thing. But I have to expose my prejudice. The services that you have mentioned are fine with me, in fact they simply services which utilize our physical environment as the competitive advantage. As long as they do not involve the heavy use of members of the legal fraternity, I guess I would live with such things. Nice comment of the arms trade though, never thought about it that way. I would love to hear you or someone flesh in the details on that arms regulation vs. OECD regulation topic.

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  37. The man wiv no name!!

    Crusoe, did ‘SIR BAF’ really sugges we should eradicate service industries?!! LOL! Crue, n replace dum wid what?!! LOL!! So when i ready to withdraw d lil savings i got in my account wha i should do, guh down d butcher shop instead?!! LOL! Cru, a lil learnin bo, a lil learning! sometimes not too good fuh d head!! lol!!

    Crue, from d evidence uh dat las post uh yours, u can b my Chancellor Uh d Exchequer, any day!!

    Crue, Sir B doesn’t strike me as being right wing at all, in fact, the opposite! He gives me the impression of being a good friend of Fidel! u sure he in been ‘on holiday’, in Cuba! LOL!!

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  38. The man wiv no name!!

    So, Sir Mastermind-Commodity-Broker’, what’s the price of oil today? I’m not really sure but shall we say $150! So, what will it b nex year dis time! dunno? c wha i mene Crue? a total waise uh space!! :)

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  39. I have always viewed things that are taken from the Earth that are non replenishable differently to things that are farmed and replenished. I don’ know, something along the lines of there being a difference between a mineral (as in mined) and a … what the heck, I smell lunch on the stove… my favorite time of day …!

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  40. @Lisa

    BU has acceded to your request.

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  41. The man wiv no name!!

    Dave, she song like one touchy, stuck-up ****! i hope u in encouraging her!!

    B, yes, u guhlong n have yuh coo coo n salt fish n c if yuh doan get diabetes! Crue? he (B), doan even know d price uh oil!! LOL!!

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  42. Dear BAF & Bim’s Bro,

    On the price of oil, the ‘xxxx’ is hitting the fan hard and I dont like what I am seeing.

    Here are two links, the first from the American Airlines CEO on the ‘fuel crisis’ and the second on the current price of Brent crude ‘$126/ barrel’.

    Head-shakingly worrying for all except the oil companies.

    Interesting that, the oil companies and stock players will ‘make more’ from everyone else’s pain…

    By the way BAF, I was not saying that you are right wing or any label, I was pointing out the ‘politics and media play’ that ostracises anyone who bucks the trend (aka
    disobeys those who be the authority’).

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/08/news/economy/American_Airlines_fuel_crisis/?section=money_latest

    >>from cnn ””We’re facing another fuel crisis, and crisis is not too strong of a word,” said American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey, speaking at a conference of business journalists in Dallas.”

    Then,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13010929

    >>Oil prices surged in Asian trading, with Brent crude rising above $124 a barrel. Continuing worries about supplies from Libya were blamed.

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  43. From the above on the oil price, we really need to think about where this is going. On another blog thread, worries on tourism are voiced, but the oil price and hence the cost of travel, is far more likely to impact negatively on tourism than anything else.

    Maybe Barbados’s push for ‘elite’ tourism has thus been worhtwhile, as the wealthy are less impacted by such trends than the rest of us.

    But surely, aside from the impact on travel, we have the impact, as you will appreciate, on the inputs to business and production and therefore, inflation.

    If the oil price rises to or above $200/ barrel, probably this will be looking like the much vaunted ‘hyper-inflation’.

    Unfortunately, there may be a double-whammy in both inflation and recession (or another dip).

    Inflationary recession is an economic horror, as you will no doubt appreciate.

    And yet agin, we are back at square one, which is pushing local production and cutting back on imports, if we are to survive and continue to develop.

    Yet again, we need to look at inter-island travel, cheap but safe and effective.

    There ios no doubt now that this matter is urgent beyond compare and is a virtual tsunami heading our way, but are we preparing?

    All I can say is ‘Oh Boy!’.

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  44. @Crusoe

    After you are done don’t forget to factor the US economy which is currently under the stress of 2 or 3 wars.

    As we speak there is the threat of a US government shut down because of the impotence of politicians who seem not to be fazed by the economic peril which confronts them.

    In all of this Barbados must continue to defend the parity of its dollar given our peg to the US dollar.

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  45. The man wiv no name!!

    Cru, as an experienced commodities trader myself, I can assure you that you don’t need to worry about these things. When the market isn’t getting jumpy about one thing, it’s getting jumpy about another, and that our economies may struggle for a while, but that they will cope and rebound to before, just as though nothing had happened. We saw it in ’74 and we’re seeing it again now. We survived then and we shall do so again. Mind you, you may have to dig a little deeper into your pockets for a short while but the situation will soon recover. My contacts on Wall St agree with me!

    The market price has hit $124, so I wasn’t so off the mark then Crue. I’ve ceased trading these days and so, am a little out of touch, but all should be well very soon.

    No need to worry about supplies from Libya C. The world has plenty of alternative suppliers. Any diminution will soon be compensated for! You don’t need to worry before the price hits about $150. Then you might really start considering the true value of any stocks and shares, pension portfolio you may own, otherwise, in the meantime, don’t worry!

    C, on the question of ‘high-class’ tourism. The Bim Board of Tourism’s been running a series of ads on one of our prime tv channels over here, Sky tv, and guess who they used as being representative of Bim – a rasta! All I can say is that he didn’t look very high-class to me!

    C, re: inflation/recession; that’s why we have Chancellors Of The Exchequer. I don’t know who the current Bajan one is but, given the acknowleded wisdom of Bajans, I’m sure he’ll look after all your interests very well!

    We await a response from ‘Sir-commodities-broker-Mr-BAF’ to my highly perceptive analysis of this problem.

    Dave, ditto! :)

    P.S. Any further economic analysis req’d, jes let me know!!

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  46. @BimbrosBro,

    Thanks for replying. However, there are further issues to consider. Note that I was being specific on the oil price and its impact, but that does not mean that there are not other factors affecting the world economies, I was merely focusing on latest news on the oil price.

    When we add in the state of the European economies in dire straits and their drag on the EU, when we add in the US economic issues, including as David said, the three simultaneous ‘wars’ (funny it is called rebellion on some sites and war on others), we have a recipe for tough times indeed.

    Then we add in the issue of futher possible housing / mortgage woes in the US and things are not so bright for the upward movement on the curve.

    I maintain that we need to restructure our economy, based on a restructured lifestyle, to accomodate what we can afford and reduce debt and hence reliance on international financial / political organisations.

    Economic slavery, if we are not in it already, is but a step away and we must try to develop some socio-economic independence, in spite of the efforts being made to thwart this, on the international scene.

    As David mentioned already, a move to re-energising the Non-Aligned Movement is essential to make a sound attempt to rebalance the playing field, or at least roll it a bit.

    As for the pension funds, I am sure that you are aware of the age demographic issue in most countries.

    Coupled with that, we have the market forces, company strategies and populist methods of continuously reporting profits and boosting market values, that leads one to suspicion that the markets are built on just as much straw as substance.

    So, in short I am not confident of pension schemes nor of either companies nor any Government’s ability to pay significantpensions in the future. I really think there will come a time when there will be highlighted significant troubles in this area. It is a financial train crash waiting to happen.

    As for the oil price,though I am no trader, nor economic guru, I suspect that it will blow past your magic $150.

    Not only do we have ‘natural’ issues such as peak oill, albeit new discoveries have deferred the issue somewhat, but we have the ‘suspect forces’ that seem to be working behind the scenes to destabilise both political and economic status quo’s, for whatever reasons.

    Instinctively, it seems that there is a deliberate move to change certain parameters and this move will continue to create angst for us ‘regular men’.

    Again, as I said, extrication and focusing on our own production, lifestyle and balance of payments, has to be the answer.

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  47. The man wiv no name!!

    Crue, you’d need to give me more info about what you mean by re-structuring which sounds a bit too much to me like a State, centrally-driven economy. I’m very much in favour of the market solving most problems without an undue preponderance of state intervention. Always bear in mind the very wise words of our once great ex PM, Maggie Thatcher, that “you can’t buck the market”! Provided you always bear that in mind, you should be alright!

    ‘Non Alligned Movement’?!! C, you’re using the language of the cold war! C, dose days done man. yuh hasta put away dah ole-time thinking! it’s the modern day n now there’s no ‘alligned’ or non-alligned’ nutten!! :)

    Ok Crue, now I am CONVINCED that you ARE a former, or maybe even the current, Chancellor Of The Exchequer. Come on C, own up!!

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  48. What the Non Aligned Movement stood for is still relevant today i.e. group to represent the myriad of concerns of developing countries.

    Developed countries have G7, G20, OECD and the like no?

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  49. Hey BimbrosBro,

    By restructuring I do not mean state-driven, I mean eadjusting tax incentives and tax liens, or other suitable ‘qualitative’ liens to reduce consumption of foreign goods and hence importation and instead encourage local production and consumption.

    Just amended regulaiton of the market. The market does operate in parameters, just that we need to decide our own parameters, rather than these be dictated to us by the OECD and the like.

    Margaret Thatcher? Did some good things, but then went overboard, but what does one expect when her right-hand man Norman ‘send them back’ Tebbit was there guiding her?

    For the NAM, David said it right. Certainly, sorry to say, there is a ‘THEM and US’! Them being the OECD (of the OWG), large nations, then the rest of us lesser developed and island nations.

    As for the ‘Cold War’ being done. Well Test Match Cricket is virtually done, but 2020Cricket is here to stay.

    But, it IS still cricket. Likewise, the overt part of the Cold War ‘seems’ to be done, but the overt part sitll stays.

    International espionage just got ‘better’ (sic). Note the France/ Chinese ‘Renault’ issue recently? Likewise, was these not a Chinese / US nuclear spying issue a year or two back.

    As for Vladimir the Great…lol. He is no fool, clever man and I daresay if the ‘xxxx’ hits the fan a man to have on your side. He will protect Russia, first, foremost and last, do not fool yourself.

    So, maybe pour yourself a brandy and put it on the counter…even though you sound wise and experienced, I suspect your ‘Cold War done’ approach may be in for a shock one day.

    Chameleons all.

    Enjoy your Sunday. Going driving to a country pub for a meal and walk around?

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  50. @BimbrosBro,

    Lol, No, I am just a simple minded citizen, commenting as I would, on matters I feel to.

    Though, I did think Nigel Lawson was a clever fellow, especially like to read his daughter Nigella’s column some years back when I was there…seems a nice girl ;-) .

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