Fact Check

One of the enduring characteristics of politicians is that many of them will promise anything to woo the support of the electorate they have sworn to serve. Often times the public because of partisan blindness, a flawed governance system or complacency allows promises made to go unfulfilled. The objective of this space therefore is to give you, the PEOPLE, a chance to record promises made by public servants (and others) thereby facilitating a mechanism where we can have active follow up.

We wish to thank BU family member St. Georges Dragon for the suggestion.

0 responses to “Fact Check

  1. Barbadians who listeed to the VOB talk show yesterday heard Dale Marshall echo his committment on behalf of the BLP to Corruption Legislation. Kudod to Wickham for forcing the issue. We will be monitoring should the BLP win the government.

  2. Minister of Agriculture has promised to spend about 400 million dollars to restructure the sugar industry.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/400m-plan-for-sugar-industry/

  3. The BLP (Mia mottley) has called for a 500 million plan to make low cost funds available to the hotel sector.

    http://www.broadstreetjournalbarbados.com/2012-06-30/mottley-calls-for-500m-hotel-sector-loan-fund

  4. millertheanunnaki

    @ David:

    Do you have a link to the public confirmation given by the PM to the CLICO policyholders that hid government will ensure that they get back at least the principal portion of their investments?

    I believe he made that commitment some time in October / November last year in one of his walkabouts preparing the campaign trail.

  5. @Miller

    Here is a link:

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=16432

    You may recall the late Prime Minister made a similar promise.

  6. Fiddler on Roof

    David

    What about Mr Arthur’s promise to investigate the Pierhead Marina project using the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament?

  7. millertheanunnaki

    @ David | January 31, 2013 at 7:44 AM |

    I believe Stuart made a similar reconfirmation of his government’s commitment to the CLICO policyholder as recently as in the last quarter of 2012 during one of his campaigning walkabouts.
    Now you see why the miller a serious beef with the integrity of this man. It’s nothing personal but only based on his utterances both in Parliament and in public spaces.
    Utterances that are diametrically at odds with a man of integrity, sharp intellect, political acumen or even commonsense. But everyone has his or her human weakness to equalize us all to Life’s LCD.

    OSA’s might be his ‘spirited’ demons that Rev. Jones could exorcise but Freundel’s seems to a congenital incurable case of political foot-in-mouth disease daily spreading like an aggressive prostate cancer.

  8. dalemarshall_______________________________________________
    IPI Headquarters: Spiegelgasse 2/29 I 1010 Vienna I Austria
    The deputy opposition leader did not fully embrace the idea that public figures should be
    subject to closer scrutiny. He explained, for example, that people in Barbados are very
    cautious about disclosing their assets and indicated that such an expectation on public
    figures to do so would deter citizens from pursuing politics

  9. We have a chance to keep an eye on the government as far as delivering manifesto promises is concerned:

    Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Manifesto 2013
    Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Manifesto 2013

  10. Have you seen today’s Sunday Sun (Feb 17 2013)? Are Bajans really serious about what happens to our country? Owen Arthur lost the last election after 14 successful years of growing our economy all because persons thought he was out of touch with Bajans and wanted change, and now Freundel Stuart’s administration may win after directly putting certain unnecessary policies in place which have directly lead to the worst economy Barbados has had in 2 decades and no willingness to change direction! We must be mad! Bajan’s are being taxed to death in order to prop up our ailing economy, a strategy that is neither sustainable nor can achieve the economic growth we need to get out of this mess.

    Are people really studying the reality on the ground? For 5 years now the DLP have blamed the previous administration and global recession for everything that’s wrong with the Barbados economy, and have not been able to do anything to fix it, and now all of a sudden they have the answer??? I don’t know about you but with rising cost of living (Largely due to excessive, tax increases imposed by the DLP administration), increasing national unemployment and increasing government wastage (cost for constituency councils, ineffective government jobs, etc) is more than adequate justification not to re-elect the DLP and give the BLP a chance to repair what is now broken, just like they did successfully after the departure of previous prime minister Erskine Sandiford.

    After 4 years thousands of Pension policy holders caught up in the Clico, British American debacle are still awaiting relief and justice something this current administration has seen fit to ignore and drag its feet on after the judicial report has been out for well over a year. In this they have proven how little they care about the middle class persons that have been hurt while trying to avoid dependence on the NIS / government for their welfare after retirement.

    Has anyone also not noticed that on the DLP’s website dlpbarbados.org where they boast their own performance in a 2008-2012 report http://www.dlpbarbados.org/site/dlp-performance-2008-2012/, access to the original 2008 manifesto is nowhere to be found on the entire website, for the public to read and make up their own minds regarding the DLP’s performance. Is that not curious? I would just not that on the BLP’s website not only do they have their loosing manifesto from 2008, but they also still have up their 2003 manifesto for the public to read and judge their 2003-2008 performance for THEMSELVES.

    Undecided independents – Please take my words to heart, decide for yourself what direction you want for our country over the next 5 years, more of the same or at least a hope of something better, then get out on Thursday and vote. BLP supporters don’t lag like last time, there is too much at stake for our country this time around, get out and vote!

  11. Prime Minister Fruendel promises to call names of people he personally witnessed vote buying.

    http://www.cbc.bb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6292:cash-for-votes&catid=97:elections&Itemid=233

  12. dAVID your above comment was a gross misconception as to what the PM said in the referenced article . and to think that no one challenge your comment until present is just as worse.

  13. Less than a year ago (pre-general election) the government assured Barbadians education for nationals would remain free. This week Minister of Education Ronald Jones hinted that government will have to reverse this position.
    Politics and Truths!
     

    Time to pay
    6/29/2013
    Jones stated, “There are some challenges this country is facing, severe challenges and they are not going to change overnight. They are not going to change unless we change them, unless we take the decision to make a difference.”He asserted that individuals will have to prepare for their children’s future and take out educational insurances.“The day has come. Because of that very low productivity profile, we are going to have to change some things. We might have to say to people who want to go into university education, you’re going to have to pay something. It’s coming. I am not going to pretend that it is not coming, because we have failed the future.”
    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=31291
    Barbados re-assure free university education for nationals
    Monday, September 10, 2012  | 2:45 PM
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados government has given an assurance that university education would remain free to nationals even as it noted a significant increase in financial contributions to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in recent years.
    Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Chris Sinckler, addressing supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Sunday night, said that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will meet with UWI officials to discuss outstanding arrears, estimated at more than 100 million dollars (One Barbados Dollar = US.50 cents) owed to the university with campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
    Sinckler said that Stuart administration would meet “every possible commitment” to the nationals attending the UWI, adding “there is no person or institution or political party in this country that can challenge or contradict the absolute commitment of the Democratic Labour Party to public education in this country”.
    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbados-re-assure-free-university-education-for-nationals#ixzz2XcApT1xY

  14. As time changes humans change also. Maybe at this point in time you’re probably asking yourself what am I talking about. Well this time we are facing is a time of great change, not only in this economy(external), but our very lives and paths are being worked upon by something much higher than some of our very consciousness can comprehend. The ancients knew about this time and we never listened we only learn to embrace external things and forgot the knowledge that god and our great forefathers bestowed upon us and in so doing destroyed, instead of developing our divinity, but please don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with external things but the more you turn a blind eye to the things of god, that supernatural energy is always there to take it away from you until you find the true way to connect to him. I am a westerner but I have many eastern beliefs that holds true. Remember we have two types of laws (manmade and supernatural) you have a choice to follow the two at a well balanced level or continue solely to embrace the delusion to your heart and soul to a point when it goes away you want to go away with it. Remember god has the power to put who he want’s as leader in this golden age or age of spirituality where divinity supersedes or overrides the external.

  15. DLP promised that tertiary education would remain free. In Budget 2013 this was policy was reversed.

    https://bajan.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/a-prime-ministers-word/

  16. Esther Tudor Burton.

    I am happy for the first time to read a comment of great truth,god’s time in the earth, man’s time is over. the cosmic forces have taken over the affairs of the earth, and man is powerless to intervene . a new day dawns, man is dealing with a force be on his comprehension, to those who make money and position their god’s, the will of god must be done. man does not known the will of god. he has failed and failed merisiably . where is his love for his fellow man, they are servants of the people. i remember Errol Barrow and James a Tudor talking about doing something for the youth of Barbados in 1984, that something must be done. a task for for unemployment was set up, that document has never seen the light of day, after the death of Errol Barrow,i have asked time and time again about it to no avail, Mascol, Sandiford, Craston Brown, no on seem to know, Thompson, my daughter said to me, mummy stop worrying, who cares. i saw this coming back in the 80’s. James Tudor cried, before he died, his words were, man has created these conditions for himself, where is the love, for one’s fellowman, god is no respector of person, the cleansing will take place. Fire, Air, Water, and wind. this is the day that the rich and the poor will die together. where is the love in the decision making. no person is to be left behind. god’s justice will flow down like the waters cover the sea. Earth changes. They will rant and rave,it all about Love and unity and the blessing will flow, get in the divine flow. Mohammed, watching since1975. let justice flow down as the waters cover the sea. Divine that is.

  17. Esther Tudor Burton.

    Since i cant find any hear any solutions to this debate, i will add my 2 cent worth. i am a deep thinker, because of the exposure of my upbringing. To all those who make money and position their god’s. No group or one can make it alone. Build with ropes of love. (god’s love that is) not sex as is masQU erade these days. BUILD WITH ROPES OF LOVE.WHEN THEIR IS NO LOVE, MAN KNOWS A VAST FAMINE.
    NO ONE IS TO BE LEFT BEHIND. GOD WILL. WHEN I WAS ASKED TO DISCOVER, WHAT IS GOD WILL , I WAS SHOCK. I AM STILL SEARCHING. POINT 2. RURAL SUFFICIENT OF NETWORKING. SEEDS OF CHANGE, IN AN EFFORT TO SEE OUR WORLD TRANSFORMED. PRAY, FATHER, LET THERE BE LIGHT. LET THERE BE PEACE, LET THERE BE JOY. X10. GLOBAL , TO CONSERVE FOR SUFFICIENCY CENTRALIZING ACTION TO ADDRESS SCARCITY AS A FUNDAMENTAL ROOT CAUSE OF THE CRISIS- THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PLAN AND THE ECONOMIC CRISES. TO CHANGE DIRECTION, TO CHANGE DIRECTION. 4 YEARS OF NO GROWTH, 4YG 4YG. NEW WAYS OF THOUGHT TO MAKE. ACTION, TAKE ACTION, A NEW GOAL FOR EVERY ORGANIZATION. TO RECHARGE AND GROW. PEOPLE MUST BE ABLE TO LOVE AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER AS IN THE 40’S 50’S ,60’S. TO LOVE EACH OTHER. PRAY, PRAY, AND WORK AT BECOMING A NEW MAN. EMOTIONAL VISION. AS I ASK? WHERE IS THE LOVE. WHERE IS THE LOVE. DE GROWTH – GDP http://WWW.GLOBAL SUFFICIENCY.ORG DELAYED GRATIFICATION OF SELF. PEOPLE TALKING WITH HEARTS, PEOPLE TALKING IN SILENCE PRAY WITH LOVE. GOD WILL, MUST BE DONE. NEW ORDER, NEW ORDER. MY FATHER LONGED TO SEE A WORLD TRANSFORMED, JAMES A TUDOR. HAD NOT 1 O LEVEL BUT GREAT LOVE FOR HIS COUNTRY AND HIS PEOPLE. THE SOUL OF MONEY. WHO WANT TO LIVE IN A PLACE OF ENOUGH OR SUFFICIENCY, NOT JUST HAVE IT AS A THEORY BUT TO LIVE IT, AND TO PROLIFERATE THE CONVERSATION IN A WAY THAT SUFFICIENCY SHOWS UP FOR THE PEOPLE EVERYDAY, ALL THE TIME AT A PLACE AS ENOUGH, AS A WAY OF LIFE. NO GREED, NO CHEATING, NO STEALING, NO WHITE COLLAR CRIMES, NO BRAIN WASHING, JUST LOVE AND GRATITUDE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS ALL OF GOD CHILDREN . WHEN WILL WE LIVE IT.AGAIN WHEN WE BEGIN TO LIVE IT, EVERYTHING WILL BEGIN TO PROSPER AROUND US. WHEN, WHEN, WHEN, TIME TO AWAKE UP. STOP THE CHEATING, STOP BEING SMART, OR PLAYING SMART GET YOU NO WAY. MAN HAS CREATED THESE CONDITIONS YOU ARE ONLY A CO- CREATOR GOD” WILL MUST BE DONE OR DESTROY YOURSELVES. THIS THIS IS A NEW AGE AND ONLY GOD WILL WILL SUCCEED THE TRUE MEANING OF WEALTH IS…….WELL OF BEING….BECOMES AVAILABLE TO ALL. DO YOU HEAR , THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PRECIOUS PLANET TO ALL BECOME WEALTH PARTNERS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. IN FACT AS DADDY WOULD SAY, LOVE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. AGAIN LOVE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, GOD LOVE, TO THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS WITH LOVE, THESE ARE JAMES A TUDOR WISHES FOR HIS PEOPLE. HIS LIVE WAS THE HIGHEST EXAMPLE OF IT.HE SPOKE ALL WAYS OF LOVE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. WITH LOVE AND MUST BLESSING. MOHAMMED.

  18. First let me say that I have warned many individuals about their individual personal lives and the way how they are dealing with their very lives which even include decision making. Some of these individuals listened while others everything just fell on deaf ears. The ones who listened will stand a chance to be liberated at this time if they begin to seek their individual destiny, in that, divine energy is highly intelligent and will know one’s willingness to go forward by divine means (once you begin seeking the rest of the answers will follow),still everyone who listens don’t always know where to start their divine venture and put it off until and wait until their so called lives begin to crumble. The one who does not listened carry on their road of ignorance and stupidity, but please don’t take me literally. Ignorance can portray itself even in the way we think, the things we believe and don’t believe, the people who we give our utmost creditability to even though they don’t deserve or need it, the important things in life which we turn a blind eye to .which forms part of our human nature. This TIME in itself is very significant and we need to begin to try seeking and beginning to understand it, in that, the answers to the questions which you seek will not be found in any manifesto or portfolio of any sort, since this means nothing within the supernatural or astral world its just a piece of document(PHYSICAL OR MATTER) it will not hold up in this TIME (just like everything else of this nature) without SPIRITUALITY.I will not share my knowledge with anyone at this time since my time for that has gone because my energies are now being used to elevate myself since many many doors are beginning to open up around me right now in a miraculous manner regardless of what is happening that does not apply to me right now. Remember what surrounds you you are fully responsible for, take control of your destiny.

  19. POLITICS IN ITSELF IN MY EYES IN MY MIND FOR SO MANY YEARS IS JUST AN ILLUSION.

  20. Corruption in Barbados seems even worst now and I wonder what Dr Lowe would say now? https://bajan.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/barbados-urban-development-commission-coruption/

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