Submitted by Douglas
‘she, after being part of the planning committee, has decided to ‘boycott’ the 375th anniversary’
A few weeks ago in the article titled ‘Its Friday Mia!’, her bluff was called regarding the change of strategy from attacking The Minister of Finance to the Prime Minister. As usual, nothing happened.
In that article as well it was predicted that there will eventually be a political obituary entitled ‘The Self Destruction of Mia Mottley’. The Freundel Stuart administration in protecting Barbadians from the self aggrandizing megalomaniac BLP members have created many a political duppy and Ms. Mottley seems adamant that she wants to join this group. The irony is that like Ceaser, she has to fear that by the Ides of March she too might become politically irrelevant.
Regarding leadership, Mia has failed dramatically. As the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, she, after being part of the planning committee, has decided to ‘boycott’ the 375th anniversary of the Parliament of Barbados, which is one of the oldest Parliaments in the entire Commonwealth. Imagine the embarrassing implications this has for the Barbados Labour Party, that their leader would boycott a grand international occasion that involves the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Prince Edward that helps the image of the country just to try to divert attention unto herself and claim she is doing it for Barbadians. So the question is, does anyone care if she goes?
Submitted by Charles Knighton
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has created a Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness
An open letter to the DLP and BLP who both bear responsibility for the parlous state of Barbados today.
What is good governance? What criteria should we use to assess the stewardship and policies undertaken by our elected leaders?
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, a wealthy Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist, established the Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2006 to be awarded each year to a democratically elected African head of state that governs well, raises living standards and leaves office voluntarily at the end of his or her term. The prize, which includes a large cash award, was created to support good governance and august leadership in Africa.
Regrettably, the prize has not been awarded in four of the last five years, as the foundation has been unable to identify a leader meeting its good governance criteria.
The foundation’s good governance criteria is measured on a wide-ranging index that assesses a leader’s ability to offer the citizenry the benefits of safety and security, political freedoms and participation, rule of law, transparency, accountability, human rights and sustainable economic opportunity. This emphasizes the question of how do we evaluate the governance of our leaders?
A few days ago, I wrote an article in which I stated that ‘if the IMF’s Report was made available to Barbadians before Minister Estwick’s presentation to Cabinet, then this already ‘irrelevant DLP’ would become ‘obsolete’. But even before the Cabinet met, the IMF sent a strong message that it will not be entertaining any further proposal from this DLP Government. Talk about brush-off! The message was crystal clear: talk all you like but the IMF will not hear you! What could be ‘eminent’ about any Cabinet that is slapped-down like that?
My fellow Barbadians, you gave the DLP this country to manage for five years (whatever reason you may have had) but within the first year, the DLP has caused tremendous pain and suffering and on-top of that – it has virtually sub-let Barbados to the IMF. Clearly, that is not what you had in mind! You need to take-back your country from the DLP and put in the hand of people who are disciplined; know what to do to get Barbados out of this DLP-mess, people who are not allergic to the “truth” and who you know you can trust.
In contrast, obviously condemned by the IMF Report, ‘a weak; desperate; dangerous and exposed DLP Government’ – now tells the country: “blame us” essentially passing ‘a justified vote of no confidence in itself’ but only to soften-up and distract Barbadians! Not good enough! How could telling Barbadians, six (6) years late, what Mia Mottley and the BLP were warning them about all along, ever be considered: ‘breaking news?’
Submitted by Beresford
IMF reports 1,800 public workers sent home so far.
The Democratic Labour Party, (DLP), Government is determined to play out a scorched earth policy and an end game for Barbados that is strictly political and self-serving. The wanton deception of the DLP, uncaring nature of its actions and fatalistic belief in its own inadequacies make it inarguable that the Government intends to fall in the furnace headfirst and take the rest of Barbadians with it. The DLP is now so steeped in speaking with forked tongues that they apparently are unable to decipher what is truth from lie.
A Government that continues down such a path is stamped with a peculiar brand of perverseness that no one can be faulted for concluding that some sort of psychosis unknown to Barbados in its history is now afflicting the DLP leadership and Cabinet that prevents it from levelling with Barbadians. The tall tales are just too easy to prosecute and convict as figments of someone’s imagination. The Government is so caught in constructing a pyramid that even as it crumbles, it spins another yarn. Barbadians have now discovered, thanks to the IMF Article 1V Report, that the DLP chopped off 1800 workers by 31 January, 2013. This is simply not true. Not according to what the Government has been telling those it is supposed to be honest with when the Government said layoffs only began on the same 31 January.
This latest episode of Chopped by the DLP is characterised with the sort of harshness, insensitivity, disregard for due process and confusion that is now brand DLP. Imagine delivering termination letters by messenger on a Saturday! Imagine having a messenger deliver the dreaded termination papers, and then giving him his! How can the most senior person in a section, with no complaints against him, be sent home while others who came after be left?
“And this is the man who has now become a god, and I’m a wretched creature who must bow down if Caesar so much as carelessly nods my way. In Spain, Caesar had a fever, and it made him shake. It’s true, this so-called “god”—he shook. His cowardly lips turned white, and the same eye whose gaze terrifies the world lost its gleam. I heard him groan—yes, I did—and the same tongue that ordered the Romans to obey him and transcribe his speeches in their books cried, “Give me some water, Titinius,” like a sick girl. It astounds me that such a weak man could beat the whole world and carry the trophy of victory alone.” – Julius Caesar
Bitter disappointment! A heart breaking let-down! Savage betrayal and the type the world would have thought, only Lady Macbeth capable of! This is not a ‘Science Fiction Movie’ I am describing but the DLP and what Barbadians and the world hate most about politics! You are at liberty to call it “a symbol of shocking betrayal” but many now believe it may in-fact, be: ‘the devil in disguise.’ Not satisfied that it has caused enough pain and human suffering as a result of its lies; deception and cold betrayal, “this intolerable; dishonest and insane DLP-Government” now administers ‘the kiss of economic ruin’ to thousands. The critical point to remember: “trust the DLP and there will be severe and devastating consequences.” It is a political party, which is similar in character to the ‘bajan three-card-men’ and If you thought it had changed since 1991 – then you would have made a very serious and costly error!
DISCLAIMER – I.A.N.A.E!
Like my old pal from Pull-Push, I also am not an Economist, but instead I wish to provide someways and means I have been mulling in the hopes Barbados would flourish once again, if they are used or adapted then at least progress is made – everyone is operating too close to the chest, as they seem to want to be the sole savior, Barbados needs to open up and thus advance in making the way forward as clear as possible!
DISAPPOINTMENT: BLP FAILS ALSO!
It is sad that David Estwick changed his mind so drastically from Saturday at 2 p.m. We may never learn what fair means or foul were used to achieve the base result which leaves more bitterness in many Bajans’ mouths already soured by the gall of hardships that continue to appear so odd when compared with the rest of the world, which appears to be mending at a steady pace…
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Submitted by Douglas
Auditor General Leigh Trotman
Some Barbadians, especially the social commentators and the likes of Harold Hoyte, Carl Moore. Patrick Hoyos, Albert Branford, Wild Coot, Tennyson Joseph, Allan Fields, Peter Wickham, Caswell Franklin, David Ellis, Denis Johnson, et al, still want to know how the country got into this economic situation.
Some of us surely have very short or convenient memories.
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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
It seems rather obvious that this failed DLP Government has betrayed Barbados and is now waging was against the citizens of this country through its flawed and oppressive policies. The DLP has so weakened the power of Barbados that this country is now unattractive to investors and tourist, as confirmed by Donville Inniss’s recent ‘begging-bowl-expedition’ to T&T.
This is a time for serious politics, serious policies and serious people, but in what can only be described as, a desperation for confidence, the Prime Minister tells the country that his Cabinet are all “eminent” persons. I suppose no one will object that they are indeed a bunch of people who have distinguished themselves in causing, Barbados to be downgraded to junk, unprecedented human suffering, the deficit to spiral out-of-control, an alarming increase in the rate of poverty and unemployment, enterprises to collapse and investors to flee Barbados. It is only when the DLP is in office that this country ever really hears about placing thousands on the bread-line. Perhaps that makes the DLP and its Ministers feel special.
First there was the lost of consumer and investor confidence, then a capital flight from Barbados and now a brain-drain has been triggered. There was also a time when all of the young men and women were taken from Africa and only the old (who could not re-produce) were left. Barbados is in serious trouble but the Government has not yet realise!
A country without its youth and or its best, fertile brains, is doomed. But, this is the society the DLP is building. Not long ago, (and as one of its trademark excuses) the DLP was telling this country that it cannot do anything to ease the pressure locally, until and unless President Obama in America, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Prime Minister Steven Harper of Canada – get it right in their respected country.
Well, two days ago, Canadians came with job offers and within the first session, over 800 young Barbadians had responded directly. Obviously feeling irrelevant but wanting to claim credit for jobs being created “outside of Barbados” and on the strength of the same Canadian economy the DLP said it needed to be strong – in order for it to do similar things here – a shamed Labour Minister comes out of hiding but only to beg potential employers to come through the DLP, with vacancies, first. She and this-failed-DLP-Government, which plans to send-home a secret number of thousands – still do not get it! Barbadians no longer see this-failed-DLP-Government as being relevant to their needs.
Barbados is going through one of the messiest political maelstroms in living memory, if not in our post-war experience. It is now on an economic life-support machine. The DLP government is running around like a headless chicken, with its leader Freundel Stuart, arguably the worst premier/prime minister in our history struck dumb and unable to address the nation and incapable of sacking Chris Sinckler, the equally bad minister of finance. And at a time when the BLP Opposition, under its new leader, Mia Mottley, should be mercilessly hammering the government, the party is imploding in one of the most vicious and bitter internecine wars any political party in Barbados has ever seen.
In terms of damage, it is worse than the walk-out by Errol Barrow and his Young Turks to form the DLP, or of Richie Haynes and his supporters from the DLP to form the National Democratic Party. But I believe all these are symptoms of historic change. As most people will understand, history is not linear; it ebbs and flows, is volatile and calm, it can erupt like a volcano and be as reassuring as a moonlit night. The problem with adversarial politics is that it brings out the nasty side of people, the premium is to show the opponent is incapable, rather than to show that one on the contrary is more than capable. It is a feature of our hostile discursive culture, rubbishing opposing ideas, asking the adversary to justify his/her views, rather than putting forward positive alternatives and justifying one’s own recommendations. It is not unknown for opponents to resort to foul-mouthed, vulgar abuse as part of the process.