Are BOTH Major Political Parties Capable of Lifting the Political Debate?

BLP and DLP – our political leaders

BU is disappointed that despite the Barbados economy being gripped in a protracted depressed global economy, the national political debate continues to be about privatization, and of late, the poorakey behaviour unleashed in parliament last week.

BU joins with ordinary Barbadians to suggest worthy topics deserving of national debate:

  • How do we increase productivity in all sectors?
  • Making our governance framework more robust
  • How to more aggressively rollout the renewable solution (including waste to energy)
  • Amending the education system to align with national priorities
  • Source funding to build out a framework to drive the cultural and sports industries (national lotteries)
  • How do we incent consumers to buy hybrids – install renewable energy sources etc, etc, etc.

To debate any of the topics mentioned lends currency to the label that Barbadians are an educated people. And that we are attuned and aligned to what the key strategic priorities are at this juncture in our history. Forget the flowery nation building articles which have started to populate the local press. It is time to get real!

Many agree that there is no significant philosophical divide between twiddledee and twiddledum. BU concedes however that on the issue of building out a Renewable Energy (RE) program, kudos must be given to the government. It is a life changing strategy which has deep implication for how our little country will sustain an appealing standard of living moving forward. As we approach our 46th year of Independence BU views government’s strategy to diversify energy needs as critical.

Can they be more efficient in the implementation of RE? Yes!

The Opposition Party promises to continue its policy to subsidize fuel is myopic in our view. In the same way a parent sometimes has to make unpopular decisions affecting the household, the same can be attributed to government.

BU endorses government’s strategy of greening the economy.

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131 Comments on “Are BOTH Major Political Parties Capable of Lifting the Political Debate?”

  1. Kerrie 1000 pouds of blubber Symmonds November 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM #

    Alleged wife beater Kerrie 1000 lbs of blubber Symmonds on a lying roll.
    We dont know if its his time of the month.

    The boy misled the country on the metal dump.

    1000 pounds of blubber Symmonds lied on the molasses tanks at the Port. Dr. Estwick and Preconco expose his fibs.

    He lied on GOB not speaking to the rum threat from USA subsidies. The country weeks ago heard from Dr. Eswtwick and Dr. Frank Ward on the grave concern within the rum industry of subsidies on USVI rum.

    Symmonds oblong shape head gone bad he afflicted with verbal diarrhea he is is a stranger to the truth.
    Like a two year old child he babbling mucho gibberish wasting taxpayers time and money in the Senate.

    Mia dont forget what he say about you and Liz see if you could ban he again.

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  2. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 5:38 AM #

    Now who horn who,da is wah I askin’, between Symmonds and Duguid … Symmonds ain’ beat up nabody he just cut up a few car seats.

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  3. ac November 29, 2012 at 5:59 AM #

    now the blp has been reduced from being a throughbred to a galloping horse with a broken leg, sumbody shoot that horse please!

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  4. ac November 29, 2012 at 6:11 AM #

    one would have thought that by the public sentinment on the disapproval on the 15point plan, that the BLP would have got the message that the people would not be fooled into political theatrics and gimmicktry. but by the BLP show on sunday nite meeting it is obvious that there is no plan the BLP has for moving the country forward, but would rather use their platform to talk about PM Stuart; a man who had to correct the mess left behind by the BLP govt.

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  5. I ain't no Boolani ! November 29, 2012 at 6:49 AM #

    Some one should ask the air head boy Symmonds why he ain’t pay back the man Boolani the $ 25,000.00 he thief from the man two days before the elections in 2008 to sort out an Immigration matter for him, and when he ain’t do nothing for the Doctor man he told Boolani he money burn.

    I guess when you go in a woman’s house after being evicted and find her spare car keys and then search out the whereabouts of her vehicle to slash up her car seats just about sums up how nasty and what a piece of low life Kerrie Symmonds really is but true to form that is what the BLP successfully attracts to its collection you either have to be A CUSS BIRD Like Duguid a CROOK and a FRAUD a WOMAN BEATER like Symmonds, or a DRUNK and Corrupt LIKE Arthur or a VICIOUS WOMAN BEATER and LESBAIN like MOTTLEY or be of UNCERTAIN GENDER like Gail Marshall and be willing to LIE and STEAL MONEY from the Enterprise Growth Fund Ltd to the tune of nearly $ 800,000.00 Like Santia Bradshaw has managed to do.

    All Birds of a Feather They Certainly Flock Together.

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  6. ac November 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM #

    can’t help but laugh .OSA said he told the DLP to take privatisation off the back burner in 1992.now put it back on raising the heat to intolerable levels. fiery furnace if you ask me!

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  7. Think on these Things November 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM #

    Just wondering, it is known fact the just as Duguid is inadequate in his height he is even more inadequate in his length hence the need for the deputy is essential to fill the void as it exist..

    There is some talk that Symmonds is indeed the father of Duguid’s wife’s children, as his inadequacy prevented perculations from reaping success.

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  8. Observing(...) November 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM #

    We’ve spent days spinning our wheels in mud so I feel moved to ask….Is the Barbados Underground family capable of lifting the political debate?

    Just Observing

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  9. Bush Tea November 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM #

    @ Observing
    ….lifting it to what?

    What debate what?!?
    This is no less edifying than the regular fare….. and it is a lot more entertaining… :)

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  10. Bush Tea November 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM #

    @ David
    Simple answer to your moot…..

    NO!

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  11. David November 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    If you listed to former PS William Layne yesterday, he agrees with you.

    BTW, what’s up with BU bleeping Caswell’s contribution yesterday? He has Ellis real nervous :-)

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  12. Jan Jan November 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM #

    Observing(…) | November 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM |
    We’ve spent days spinning our wheels in mud so I feel moved to ask….Is the Barbados Underground family capable of lifting the political debate?

    Just Observing

    If the Clowns in the House cant lift the debate, what can these mortals on BU do ? the impossible ?
    The problem with the House of Assembly boys and girls is that they can stand up and read a speech . The result of this is that these people feel that the world owes them something. They would have attained some education and some of them believe that they are -entitiled.
    —BUT a lot of them are childlike in a lot of respects. Some of them have not matured and they nit -pick , and tease each other like lil children. One cant beliieve the kind of petty things in which they engaged.
    This is a dangerous situation
    The “sheeps” in Barbados look up to these people
    Sad !!

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  13. NationBLPnewspaper November 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM #

    How can Barbados political debate be lifted when the country’s largest newspaper and media comglomerate is intent on pushing one political party over another?
    I was amused when as expected Nation newspaper editor Sanka Price attempted to defend William Duguid’s inexcusable outburst in his article on Wednesday. Here are the words used by Sanka Price :
    “Though I empathize with Duguid given what was said to him”
    “from which Duguid was provoked”
    “Duguid would have pointed out that Minister Of Health Donville Inniss provoked him”

    This is what a senior journalist in this country writes after the Minister of Health flatly denies making these remarks, Mr. Price chooses to side with Duguid. I see a trend . The Nation editorial earlier in the week mentioned the word “provoke” THREE times.

    The Nation newspaper does not have the integrity to condemn Duguid in the strongest terms and also the silence from his leader Owen Arthur. I can tell you one thing- If it were a government MP who had made that outburst ,Sanka Price and the rest of the Nation BLP operatives would have been all over the place calling for resignations and talking about the Party Leader’s silence on the issue.
    But NO, it is the BLP man in the hotseat so the Nation editors start talking about provocation.
    The Nation Newspaper must stop being the BLP’S prostitute and they can start by getting some balance. We already know what we will get from Price, Brandford, Mascoll and Hoyos before they write.The Nation is truly the BLP newspaper.

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  14. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM #

    Observing(…)

    Man look … bite yah tongue do. The onliest person pon this blog that feel a need to debate anything is Miller … Man come down hey wid the res’ ah we and talk some shite do …!

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  15. Think on these Things November 29, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

    Nation blp’s paper you do better than me as I refuse and have refused to buy a Nation in 10 years, they are nothing more than garbage paper.

    It is for this reason the stance they have taken that has contributed to their declining Readership and their Downward spiral of Advertising Revenue because of their bias and their Political One Sidedness And NO Fairness and NO Balance to their reporting.

    Also they continue to allow to be printed stories that cannot be held up in a court of law as recently as a week ago they paid a settlement to some one whom they reported wrongfully on and we’re forced to pay the young man a very big settlement to get the matter to go away.

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  16. millertheanunnaki November 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM #

    @ ac | November 29, 2012 at 5:59 AM |
    “now the blp has been reduced from being a throughbred to a galloping horse with a broken leg, sumbody shoot that horse please!”

    When you have shot the OSA horse with the privatized broken leg what are you going to ride as your hobbyhorse? Who or what will you be cussing and whipping? A dead horse?

    Do something worthwhile and start cussing the IMF who recently called Sinckler a blatant incompetent liar with veil threats of devaluing the Barbados dollar in 2013.

    DLP please win the coming elections, please. You deserve to win. Let the BLP wait for 2 more years after the fallout. Or will we see martial law imposed by a black DLP government on its own black people like some African banana republic after many with the means have emigrated?
    Imagine the fast becoming useless Bajan dollar worth only 75 cents to the US$ by June 2013 with further spiraling towards the TT $ parity.

    Let me hear you aim your verbal fire power at the IMF. I bet you dare not!

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  17. NationBLPnewspaper November 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM #

    The one time the Nation newspaper allowed a critical story of Arthur to appear prominently (when the local economic society said that what Arthur is proposing would make things worse), the editor of the Nation newspaper was fired.
    Connect the dots Barbados. You think you are getting fair and balanced reporting and columnists when you are getting a partsan orchestrated strategy to promote Owen Arthur and the BLP.

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  18. Carson C. Cadogan November 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM #

    millertheanunnaki | November 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM |

    Kerry Simmonds the prophet of gloom and doom.

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  19. millertheanunnaki November 29, 2012 at 8:59 AM #

    @ David | November 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM |

    Did you get ex-PS Layne take or proposal for the TB solution?
    I missed his full analysis on public transport. He mentioned that public transport is being used as a political football but I did not fully hear his solution to end the game. Was it a mix of private sector operation but with some government subsidy and proper regulation by the now dormant Transport Authority?

    What do you think of his other recommendations like selling CBC and getting rid of some of the other recently established statutory corporations like Invest Barbados which can be returned as a division to the BIDC?
    Sounds as if he is singing from the same hymn sheet as the miller being doing for a while now.

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  20. millertheanunnaki November 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM #

    @ Carson C. Cadogan | November 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM |

    Read today’s issue of the BarbadosToday online newspaper and you will see who is the harbinger of radical economic surgery in the coming months after your Cinderella winter season fails to show up for the charity ball.

    The IMF harsh warning is the precursor to another downgrade that would not only make Barbados credit rating further junk but might even make its bond paper shitty and untouchable by international investors and lenders.
    The worst thing you can do, my friend Carrion Cadogan, is for the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of a small country like Barbados to play tricks with the IMF while fudging the statistics, lying to and cussing the people who have the power to sever any international financial lifeline without severe economic and social adjustments.

    We shall see in the coming months who is really the prophet of doom and gloom and who is the bearer of light and truth. Everything will soon be revealed including the volte-face sinking liar.

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  21. Just saying November 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM #

    Miller word is Layne was the Permanent Sec in place when CLICO was running riot with the people money he is yet to come clean with the public on why he didnt stop Parris snake oil posse before 2008. Ditto pre 2008 Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Anything Layne posit now rings hollow.

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  22. Observing (with a rested eye) November 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM #

    @Bushie
    Entertainment it is then! :) I’ll grab my popcorn and soda. lol.

    @BAFBFP
    Man look. I like a piece a shoite talk as much as de other but some peoples hey does get dem shoite and substance mix up…. Got a old brain like mine confuse

    @Jqan Jan
    “The “sheeps” in Barbados look up to these people

    Let we fill out vacancies for shepherds then! :)

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  23. ac November 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM #

    Yeah miller for the past four years you and onions been spouting a lot of diatribe about the dlp hurting people,only now to find out that the BLP plans are to have austerity measures more drastic than vat which gonna cost people their livellihoods .now the BLP have gone on rampage cussing the PM and accusing him of”fearmongering” when in fact the plans the BLP have are enough to strike fear in the devil heart.

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  24. ac November 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

    Miller isn,t that the same IMF who having been giving financial advice to bigger countries who now have sunk into total chaos with people rioting in the streets and as sinckkler says that they have a one size fit approach for the world,s economic problems. i guess if they were right with there financial advice these countries would be reaping sweets instead ofuppheaveal and political unrest.the imf has outlived it,s usefulness the world economic says so ,and everyman must fend for themselves

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  25. 100% Hardcore Bajan November 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    @ David

    I am led to believe that Dr. Boolali has filed an affidavit in the High Court of Barbados swearing that he personally gave Mr. Symmonds $25,000.00, twenty-five thousand dollars, to expedite an immigation matter, is this or could this be true?

    What about rumours in Barbados about money purloined by the same lawyer and which was the matter of a debt collection involving Lex Caribbean? Is Mr. Symmonds in position to shed any light on the missing money or sum involved?

    Keep it up Kerrie and enjoy your time cause this weekend the DLP public meeting gonna bring you under the mircoscope. Even an idiot knows that if you have a bank account overseas (not registered with the Central Bank), into which you receive your ill-gotten gains, you don’t have the bank statement sent to Barbados thru the Barbados Postal Service. See chapter 2 of Politics for Dummies.

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  26. David November 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM #

    @Miller

    Layne suggested that the government has to play a facilitative role to protect the tourism industry and long haul routes which are likely not to be attractive by the profit motive.

    Regarding CBC he believes with easy access to info via electronic channels subsidising the CBC maybe redundant.

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  27. 100% Hardcore Bajan November 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM #

    Kerrie Symmonds cannot be the father of Duguids children. Have you seen the size and shape of Symmonds head, from the side view Symmonds look RETARDED as as bajans say, RETARTIT.

    Who was the Trini banker putting the horns on Symmonds?

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  28. Poorrakey gone viral November 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM #

    As a newbie writer to this here blog,- [don’t mind the Old n The Reckless like Laff it Off Fractured and a new found Pattie Pat] I am appauled at this mud slinging on this blog..Is this the best that BU can offer in way of debate? Why for one, as stated yesterday BU too- like Parliament really gone Poorrakey.
    I now substantiate my point.

    After lambasting Dr. Duguid for his obvious slip of the lip, political destitutes the likes of 100% Hard Core now turn to Sen. Kerrie . Is this all there is to post?. I look forward to the day of wholesome articles like the one about Horses or Taming of the Shrew (as issue resurfaced today on Brass Tacks) instead of all this slime slinging.

    Ole Onions Bag come back do and post something worth the while bredds. Bu has surely lost its way.

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  29. Truth vs The blp November 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    A guy called Robert Le Hunte

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  30. Truth vs The blp November 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

    Another fraud Symmonds is known to have been committed by he Symmonds is waylaying monies owed, and you are going to like this as it will better explain why he is so anti Mark Maloney of Preconco recently, because he was assigned the task to do a debt collection on behalf of Preconco of which he never transfered the money collected to the true owner Preconco.

    You are also 100 % correct when you speak of monies he owes to LEX Caribbean only this morning a QC was saying how sad it was that the profession was being destroyed by ones like Symmonds and his dishonest acts, and also yes to the Affidavit written by Dr Boolani that is in careful safe keeping.

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  31. Yagga Rowe November 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM #

    Please stop referring to members of Parliament by foul terms such as Retarded and as the below copies of comments by some on this Thread

    STOP THIS FOOLISHNESS!!!!

    A CUSS BIRD Like Duguid a CROOK and a FRAUD a WOMAN BEATER like Symmonds, or a DRUNK and Corrupt LIKE Arthur or a VICIOUS WOMAN BEATER and LESBAIN like MOTTLEY or be of UNCERTAIN GENDER like Gail Marshall and be willing to LIE and STEAL MONEY

    Kerrie 1000 pouds of blubber Symmonds | November 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM |
    Alleged wife beater Kerrie 1000 lbs of blubber Symmonds on a lying roll.
    We dont know if its his time of the month.

    The BLP is a relic organisation of the past….being led by a parro economist who is driven by thiefing money and cussing Mia Mottley.

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  32. ac November 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    “poorrakey onions” shoot yuh got the virus too”lying” like OSA you trying to fool and .nuh wonder “onions” go to spam even the computer smell yuh rotten dirty tricks,BOO! HA!

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  33. Yagga Rowe November 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    stop calling people names
    THIS IS A WARNING

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  34. David November 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM #

    It has become tiring to listen to the politicians debate private and public transportation in Barbados. This is a beast which been well fed under both governments.

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  35. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM #

    David
    I wish had the money to buy Transport Board lands included. A subsidy from government for OAP. police and school children, and some duty free concessions to get my fleet in shape and bus stops upgraded.

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  36. Hitman Hearnia November 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM #

    @ Yagga Rowe

    “stop calling people names
    THIS IS A WARNING”

    Who you warning and who exactly is you? Stupse!!

    Kerrie Symmonds pelt nuff nuff nuff licks at all kind of people all about Barbados, in the Senate, on political platforms and even on this here blog and you come bout hey today play you warning someone, man carry ya mudder c__t, ya idiot. Kerrie ain’t see nuttin yet, a star aint even pitch good yet and wunna fraid. This weekend gine be his introduction in what the DLP got in store for him in this election cycle. De man was in the Senate when his wife file a police complaint against him for cutting up she car seats and if I recall, putting some hand in her. That is the BLP Senate material. Now people saying he tek piece of money for an immigation matter and huff the doctor money. Other people saying he waylay money belonging to Preconco or Mark Maloney.

    Symmonds ain’t the one always walking bout Barbados and telling everyone who would listen, B or D that he gine get that boy Mia Mottley in the end?

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  37. Think on these Things November 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM #

    He like Duguid is a foul mouth empty vessel that has little good to say about anyone other than himself, he is empty, shallow and devoid of grey matter.

    He hates just about everyone and everything and has love for one thing money and will do any and everything to get his hands on money legally or illegally.

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  38. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM #

    And we descend further.

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  39. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM #

    @ David

    Privatisation/divestment/enfranchisement IS a topic worthy of national debate.

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  40. Tell me Why November 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM #

    Simply sickening. These debates are reaching an all time low with political focused bloggers using these blogs to abuse others. I can see these comments are orchestrated, maybe, a room filled with computers with operatives and a political strategist directing the language and the subject to be attacked. BTW, both parties are filled with same sex members. One have nuff lesbians and the other nuff homos. Regardless, both sexes are human being and we must live along side both.

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  41. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM #

    Yagga Rowe

    F#ck, grow up woman …!

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  42. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM #

    Enuff

    Hush … come down hey wid the res’ ah we, do …! HA HA HA

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  43. David November 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM #

    @Enuff

    The discussion about privatization is being politicized at the moment. Yes it is worthy of debate but not at the expense of other overarching issues.

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  44. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM #

    My God David … da is you …? Wah you drinking man …

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  45. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM #

    Tell me Why

    Democracy is a pantomime that is all … That is all that it has ever been, and there is a very good chance that that will be all that it can be. Man play the game wid the rest ah we nah … You cannot change the opinions of a body of idiots by beating over the head with reason,. Do you not think that every politician in every democracy in the history of the world knows this? Man they playing like the rest ah we …

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  46. Tangerine girl November 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM #

    We do not want back Big Black Ugly Board Nose. the BullFrog Face, the orangataun mouthed nor the measly mouth cigar smoking whore loving one that breed up a Jamaican stripper neither. We dont want them nack

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  47. David November 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM #

    Some of the comments on the blog is just mirroring the reality? Are we ashamed at how ugly we are?

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  48. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM #

    @ David
    When you can’t win on record or policy the only thing left to do is get personal. 2008 Redux?

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  49. David November 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM #

    @Enuff

    This point was made before the silly season started. There are not many government that can win an election based on economic policy.

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  50. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

    But we are 98% literate.

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  51. David November 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

    @enuff

    Don’t play games with the literacy definition.

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  52. Enuff November 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM #

    Sarcasm, sarcasm.

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  53. ac November 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

    Democracy is a pantomime that is all … That is all that it has ever been, …

    baf very interesting assumption. however i prefer to believe that with all the inherited problems brought on mostly by the laws to protect the few, that it is the only form of govt that gives people an appreciation and love for freedom.’

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  54. BAFBFP November 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

    Wait ac you talking to me now … I still trying to decipher what you say. Of course I would agree with you straight up because you know I likes you, but I think you deserve better than that …

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  55. Simple Simon November 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM #

    David the debate has not been lifted. It has descended into naughty school yard game of taunts about who foop who woman.

    No wonder our Parliament is so bad.

    We raised and schooled these rascals.

    We.

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  56. ac November 30, 2012 at 5:51 AM #

    my apologies BAF ! i forgot you prefer the dictatorships of CHAVEZ and Castro. not my cup of tea.

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