DLP 'Hit the Ball Out of the Park'

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A shot of the crowd in attendance at the DLP meeting at Bay Street

A shot of the crowd in attendance on Wednesday night

The DLP’s meeting last Wednesday night was such a resounding success, it is hard to see how the Opposition could top that event. Mr. Stuart and his team hit a home run the other night. Keep it up guys!

Over and above the 14,000 odd people who turned up (some neutral observers put it at lots more) and who seemed very attentive until the Prime Minister ended the meeting, the content, presentation and overall atmosphere were very good.

Of particular  note is how each speaker dealt with the achievements. I was amazed that Government had achieved so much, and in a severe world recession to boot. Of course, Prime Minister Stuart was his usual self, confident very articulate, deliberate and sound; he had the audience in the palm of his hand. Ministers Michael Lashley, Sinckler and Jones were very good as well.

Just heard that England (Great Britain)  has gone from a double dip recession to a TRIPPLE DIP. Wow!  Looks like the Great has dropped out of Britain! And, with all the receipts coming in from businesses in the US, that country’s economy has further declined – heading to a double dip. For 2012, the US economy had further slumped. However, Little England, in spite of all the challenges, is still holding its own. We are keeping our heads above water.

So, with the general elections looming, and the Opposition promising to give away so many things and planning to give Barbadians everything they want, we are waiting with bated breath to see how they will vote. I really believe that the upcoming election will be a test of the sense and intelligence of the average voter. We all know that the whole world is experiencing very difficult times , the ‘mother of all recessions’ – with no foreseeable end in sight – and no amount of outlandish, pie-in-the-sky promises to back-raise the government will wash with a knowledgeable and more discerning public.

The BLP is promising to fill Barbadian pockets with lots of money, (I wonder from where) create endless jobs overnight, welcome 50,000 more tourists, return VAT to 15% (Britain’s is 20%) and all other allowances, and reduce unemployment in days (just saw on NBC that unemployment is up in the US) will certainly be dismissed for what they are: GIMMICKS.  So, wheel and come again Owen Arthur!

The BLP’s strategy  seeks to prey on the electorate’s worst fears in a recession, offering senseless and asinine solutions to catch the imagination. I suggest they offer these same solutions to David Cameron. Barak Obama, François Holande, Portia Simpson, Kenny Anthony and Kamla Persad Bissessar, etc.

We are a more alert, informed and prudent electorate this time around.


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  1. Yardbroom February 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

    Hi millertheanunnaki, Feb 2, 2013 @ 8:59 Am

    I made reference to the UK and suggested that an improvement in their economy could be advantageous to Barbados. In your response to me and in a subsequent post you mentioned Jamaica and Cuba and suggested their figures had improved.

    I tend to compare like with like and use FACTS to support my arguments. Unfortunately, you “often” use character assination and the sexual habits of others – of which I have no knowledge – to underpin your position. I do not go there, this once I will respond to a direct question.

    The proximity of Cuba and Jamaica to the USA and Canada – two areas where there has been increased growth – is much nearer than Barbados to the UK, our key market, to many tourists that is a major factor.

    Also of note Cuban Immigrants have and are returning there in great numbers which is of major significance to their economy.

    I have often said – even in my last submission – Barbados has not utilised the connection with Barbadians abroad. That has been a major mistake over the years, to people who have a reason and money to spend and are not made as welcome as they should.

    Cuban Minister Manuel Marrero: “referred to the significance of the visits to the island of Cuban emigrants and said that their numbers “continue” increasing and have improved by around 50% compared with 2009. The Minister said Cubans living abroad are becoming one of the most important segments for the island’s tourism sector, adding that arrivals from the United States and other parts of the world are increasing.”

    A source of ready revenue Barbados has which it has not been able to attract.

    Surviving the Financial Crisis Jamaica: ” Creative discount packages were designed in order to attract tourists to the island and stimulate strong demand growth in the USA and Canada, due to their promixity to the island. This compensated for the decline in the number of arrivals from the UK”. Eurominotor International.
    I rest my case.


  2. Prodigal Son February 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    @Adrian Hinds | February 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM |

    @Prodical Son
    It is sad that your relatives with their newly minted paper trophy declaring their smartness cannot create a business let alone find a job. Why blame government alone for their joblessness?………

    I dont usually answer people like you who dont live here but must always have a say. But can you tell me where these newly minted people would find monies to start up a business after their parents have remortgaged their homes to send them to university?

    Dont you think that most of them would like to but would have to earn some money first? How comes you did not ask……. how comes Byer Suckoo’s son can walk right into a job after he finished uni?

    Dont you know that this DLP government has made life so hard in Barbados that it is impossible to do business? Have you not heard how many private sector businesses have closed down since 2008? Did you not hear how the owners of the remaining businesses were complaining on DLPTV during and after Christmas how bad things are for them? Oh you would not have heard, you dont live here!

    Priceless Dem!


  3. pieceuhderockyeahright February 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

    @ my fellow bajans

    If I am here at 86 when the BLP would be seeking another term I will watch and see if this saviour we going wid Owen will have brought restoration or will he claim that the silver vampire slaying bullets in his bushmaster were blanks because he was unwilling to kill the recession vampire too?

    Maybe if he were to invite it to Ilaro Court during his time there from 2013 to 2018 he will be able to drink it to death!


  4. Hants February 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM #

    While having wunna political blogasms and hoping wunna party win, wunna should also know that Barbados will not return to the 2002 to 2007 economic glory days.

    Regardless of who wins wunna belts gine tighten till it hurts.

    The level of service,discipline and sacrifice required for rebuilding Barbados no longer exists. That has been replaced by avarice and self aggrandisement.

    This election will be the usual 5 year comedy show with no real solutions the problems Barbados faces over the next 10 years.

    The two “no-brainers” that I expect to be trotted out are “food security” and alternative energy. A lot of us have already promoted that on BU.

    What I want to hear from both parties is how they are going to deal with sustainable Youth employment and When are they going to deal with “Cleaning Barbados and preventing crime against Tourists.

    I want to hear what they plan to do when Harper stops Canadian Businesses from using low tax havens.

    I want to hear when they will stop the importation of gas guzzling SUV’s and Luxury cars and allow Hybrids and electric vehicles to be imported duty free.

    Bushie where you is?


  5. Sargeant February 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

    I saw recently that Byer Suckoo’s son has a big position with the Coastal Unit, I mean, I have no problem with that since he was a Barbados scholar but what about the other children who came back with first class honours as well?
    If you have no problem with it why is it necessary to post it? And isn’t obtaining a Barbados scholarship the pinnacle of Bajan high students academic meritocracy? Why don’t you post your nature of “friends” childrens’ disciplines and report the reasons why you think they were denied jobs.

    Attack the candidates if you must but leave their children out of it, they have not offered themselves as candidates and their names or identities shouldn’t be bandied about in any partisan debate.


  6. David February 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM #


    Why should we leave the children out f it? Are they minors? If they continue to benefit from the culture of patrimony which exist why not expose the sorry mess?


  7. Well Well February 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

    I am sure Byer-Suckoo’s son was not the only scholarship winner from that year or the brightest one, it must be called what it is.


  8. Sargeant February 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    It seems that you are introducing a red herring into the issue, if you want to make a case about patrimony then feel free to proceed, however that doesn’t negate the fact that people obtain positions based on merit no matter whom they are related to. Would you deny Bajans jobs no matter how qualified because you think they derived some benefit because of their parents? This hearkens back to the 50’s when some children were denied entry to certain schools because of who their parents were.

    Back to the future I say.


  9. David February 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM #


    The issue here about the son of a sitting minister getting a government pick is not about merit BUT lack of transparency and patrimony. It needs to stop.


  10. Gabriel Tackle February 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM #

    @David 1.01p 2nd Feb
    Your take on the Suckoo issue is absolutely spot on.It’s not a matter of leaving out the children but observing and ensuring that ‘justice must not only be done,but APPEAR to be done’.Essentially,that is your message and if Sargeant cannot see that, well, maybe its not his fault.


  11. BAFBFP February 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    If I were a politician and any of my children needed to get a pick … if they qualified, you could bet that the pick would be theirs. Human nature, and though wrong on the principal of fair play, absolutely right on the principal of paternal instinct …


  12. Sargeant February 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    What do you want for transparency in this issue? Someone makes an allegation on this board we don’t know the circumstances but you are about to get your shorts in a knot, if the young man had been employed as a teacher would that be OK?

    Let the long awaited FOI/transparency bill have as one of its provisions that the public be informed of any employment opportunities within Gov’t or any associated public entities for any offspring/nephew/niece/godchild etc. of any Minister of Gov’t. The public should also be informed of any employment opportunities of any of the above if they are employed by any firm doing business with Gov’t or seeking to do business with Gov’t lest that business derive any undue benefit for hiring those individuals.

    Transparency: signed, sealed, delivered.


  13. David February 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM #


    It is useless discussing this matter with given your willingness to push your head in the sand. It happens in Barbados Ok, you can trust BU on it. You can have the final word.


  14. Adrian Hinds February 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

    @Prodical Son:
    What you choose to do and not to do isn’t of concern to me.

    Now! Why would bajans have to remortgage homes to send their children to University? Nepotism is a scurge in both parties; it is seen as patronage; patronage that is at the heart of our westminster style governance system where it is institutionalize as an appropiate method for a Prime Minister to maintain his position as first amongst his equals; so do you fight it by complaining about in one party? not if you are seriously wanting to be rid of it or to reduce it significantly. But then again you keep company with people who see the utility of sending their kids overseas for expensive paper throphies only to return to a small service economy to be in the same boat as secondary school leavers.

    Life is hard everywhere, and the BLP has no answers to reversing that. All service base economies are hurting; and Barbados with its over abundance of retailers should have been decimated by now. Hant told us about a number of Canadians working at Sears and Bestbuy -retailers all- that are going on the bread line; the same in true in the US. Yet Canada’s economy was not affected by the 2007/2008 global downturn like that of other major countries.

    Distance doesn’t deny me knowledge of the intricacies of Barbadian political, social, and economic life, and being there live and direct does not give you an informative edge either.


  15. Prodigal Son February 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

    “Attack the candidates if you must but leave their children out of it, they have not offered themselves as candidates and their names or identities shouldn’t be bandied about in any partisan debate”……………………

    Be off, Sargeant!
    It matters when certain people can find jobs because of their connections when others who really NEED the job cannot get one because of this government’s policies and taxing companies to the hilt.

    I did not bandied about anyone’s son, the young man was featured in the newspaper for the whole of Barbados to see. Get lost!


  16. David February 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    @Prodigal Son

    Given your pro-BLP position are you willing to concede that when Arthur assumed office in 1994, he benefited from a trimmed public service i.e. Sandiford having sent home 3000+ civil servants and he (Arthur) proceeded to ramp it up during his terms? Please spare us the Mascoll response that the economy grew there we needed to hire. Some of us would buy that argument if there was commensurate improvement in ICT within government.


  17. David February 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    Here is the ad of Minister Stuart being discussed. Is it affective? Time will tell. Alot will depend on how the PM prosecute his case against Arthur as he promised on Wednesday night to do.


  18. Prodigal Son February 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

    And this government has added 6000 to the role, that’s why we are up shit street borrowing 40 million to pay salaries monthly! Last week Lowe sent 600 to do debushing….. they are on the roads tripping over themselves!

    And David, yes I am pro BLP but if they do wrong I will call them out!


  19. Yardbroom February 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    @ David,
    I can see your position and I know of cases like that of which you speak. However, I do not know the circumstances of the Minister’s son getting a pick. To suggest as some have done, he was given the job because of who he is, without any evidence for that assertion it not quite fair. Is does not matter what job he was given that could have been said.

    Particularly if as is being suggested here he has the qualifications to match the job.

    In all fairness, why should the young man who is not a politician be subjected to such an attack without EVIDENCE. . .because of what has happened in the past.


  20. Prodigal Son February 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

    “Alot will depend on how the PM prosecute his case against Arthur as he promised on Wednesday night to do”……………..

    I guess Freundel Stuart does not care about winning his seat as I know he does not have the luxury of leaving his constituency to go to OSA’s. Does he really think he can unseat OSA? Freundel ought to remember that he has never won a seat twice!


  21. David February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM #


    And given the nature of how the system of patronage is practiced in Barbados how will we get evidence unless mere ordinary citizens call these people out? Will you wait for it to drop from a truck? Will you wait until the politicians out of the goodness of their hears hearts and commitment to transparency tell us?


  22. in Haggatt Hall waiting for the big bash February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

    It is with deep regret that reliable sources have informed BU , that last evening while preparing for his maiden 2013 campaign speech to be delivered in Haggatt Hall this evening , Owen Arthur consumed a pint half of ESAF white rum , and began the speech with these words ” Tonight, I want to thank PM Stuart for relieving the BLP of that ALBATROSS Mia Amor Mottley ”

    True , True .


  23. millertheanunnaki February 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

    @ Yardbroom | February 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM |

    You don’t rest your case because your red herrings will not be caught in the net of truth and integrity!
    I never mentioned anything about USA far less the Canadian tourist traffic to Cuba or Jamaica.
    We, Sonny Boy, are referring to the traffic out of Europe and Barbados’ main and formerly most profitable tourism market the UK.

    When you advise your sexually confused leader of the DLP to stop referring to a married man called Noel Lynch as a woman I will listen to you and possibly Cameron Tudor who was a known homosexual and a very intimate pal and mentor to the closeted gay guy hiding behind a cloak of misogamist decency and misogynistic integrity.


  24. Fractured BLP February 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM #

    Miller ,

    You last posting is the epitome of you and the BEES , swiping like ” blind Elda ”

    Two words typified in the full page ad about PM Stuart have the BEES pulling out their Ninnins !

    Let me make it easy for you BEES . Since wunna backing Owen….it means wunna against PM Stuart. With me the opposite is true.

    So here we go , Miller and any other BLPite :

    1. List 2 occasions Mr. Freundel Stuart and Mr. Owen Arthur as leaders of their respective parties , behaved in a manner that was worthy of being deemed of poor CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.

    2. The revelations must be able to stand up to public scrutiny as proof of occurence.

    3. The act(s) can be classfied as corruption and defamation.

    The two public displays and disclosures about Owen Arthur that I dislike and which help me conclude that he has no CHARACTER and INTEGRITY are as follows :

    # Owen Arthur curses and disparages female members of his party publicly.

    # Owen Arthur was caught embezzling BLP party funds .

    Come on Miller or any BLPite , give me your 2 picks that PM Stuart publicly let you down on CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.


  25. Caswell Franklyn February 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM #


    When people are employed in the Public Service and the post was not advertised in accordance with the Employment and Recruitment Code, someone would have breached the law. Ministers should not be seen as openly violating the law. Were these posts advertised?

    Sent from my iPad


  26. Prodigal Son February 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM #

    No Caswell, they were created and the people have nothing to do!


  27. Sargeant February 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

    And David, yes I am pro BLP but if they do wrong I will call them out!
    Please refresh my memory on the last time you called the BLP out on any subject.


  28. Jus Mekin Sport February 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM #

    Now HOLD on!
    Lets be Fair.
    Transparency is what we need in Politics.
    I vote 100% FRUGABE is about the MOST transparent of the current political candidates.
    In FACT he is SO Transparent for the period of his Premier ship ,I venture to say that about 101% of the electorate DIDNT EVEN SEE HE WAS THERE.

    Ride ON!! FROO
    We can SEE THRO YOU!

    with the


  29. Enuff February 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

    @ David
    “Respected throughout the world” after three years? Where and what speeches have the respected PM delivered outside of Barbados to a non-Barbadian audience? The Dems back with lies again this election cycle.


  30. ac February 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM #


  31. David February 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM #


    Hasn’t the PM presented at the UN, RIO, several fora in Canada, England and New York? Not to forget the 500K Commonwealth conference down under?


  32. Adrian Hinds February 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

    Is the BLP streaming from Haggett hall? where can I find the link?


  33. Simple Simon February 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    @DKPite “Over and above the 14,000 odd people who turned up (some neutral observers put it at lots more) ”

    14,000 LOL!!!

    Neutral Observers ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wunna dreaming?????????????????????


  34. Cornwell February 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM #

    @ Simple Simon et al

    Come February 22nd.you will see who were dreaming and more importantly, what they were dreaming,

    Just a hint….God is in control and…you are all going to be in for a big surprise……..

    Just remember I told you that

    Stay tuned………….


  35. jus mekkin sport February 3, 2013 at 6:32 AM #

    Now lets get this RIGHT.
    This is NO
    This is an
    Everybody jus get EXCITED and has RISEN to the occassion.


  36. ac February 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    14 thousand people showed up in Haggat hall to hear OSA promise that he would take barbados back to the policies of vodoo economics of the past 14years that left barbados perch on a fiscal cliff. BUYER BEWARE!


  37. Well Well February 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

    Heard those Tudor politicians were famous for sticking it to other male politicians in Barbados, no wonder the Bajan public is always so titillated and distracted by who has been playing in whose poop. The politicians love to give the people a ring side seat of that laughing game, cause it works to their advantage.


  38. millertheanunnaki February 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

    @ac | February 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM |

    Sounds like even-stevens, give or take one or two thousand.
    What fiscal cliff what?
    The government recorded a current account surplus in 2007 with the national debt at $4.8 million. Tell us what is the position in 2012.
    The BLP will just continue where the DLP left off in just one very vicious circle of voodoo economic activity.

    In the last 5 years did the BLP oversee and encourage the following:
    Sweet heart deal to Cost-Uless.
    Setting up of Burger King but not incentivising Chefette to expand overseas and offer healthier food?

    Continuing sales of real estate to the highest overseas bidder.
    When are we going to see the start of the Pickerings Upscale housing development?
    The poor former PM must be turning the sod in his haunted grave up St. John.
    The inertia of the Four Seasons restart and associated wastage of NIS funds, lies and false promises

    Sale of more locally-owned businesses including the sale of BL&P shares and completing the disenfranchisement of the State’s interest in the former BNB.

    There is no philosophical difference between Tweedle DLP dum and TweedleBLP dee how and where the economic pendulum swings (to use a phrase from” a piece of the rock’ phrasebook). The only sliver of difference is that the DLP tell lies on their privatization plans while the BLP is too precocious in its privatization mutterings.
    One only has to listen to the twisted political-stink mouth Sinkliar to get a true picture of the DLP stance on privatization.


  39. David February 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM #


    Why does the government need to incentivise Chefette yet Automotive Art has made the leap?


  40. Of Friends and Pals . February 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

    There appear in today’s press two items of interest for the observant Barbadian citizen.The first is a BLP sponsored advertisement highlighting the CLICO debacle wherein attention is being drawn to the fact that Prime Minister Stuart is a self confessed friend of former CLICO Chief Executive Mr Leroy Parris ; the second is the article under the headline ” Top Election Issues ” written by Mr Peter Simmons and in which he, remarkably, coincidentically , singles out the fact of Prime Minister Stuart being a ” pal ” of the former CLICO chief executive officer as a central election issue .
    Now Peter Simmons is the brother of Sir David Simmons . When Mr David Simmons was appointed Chief Justice of Barbados there appeared a special supplement in the Sunday Advocate of about thirty three pages , a series of paid congratulatory advertisements from every corporate entity of any known existence heralding that appointment . It was an unprecedented occurrence in the annals of any known justice system. Such a publication left many to wonder what would be the outcome of any matter involving one of these publicly expressed admirers of the Chief Justice which came before him ? Mr Peter Simmons himself must have endorsed this publication since it became very clear that he had been the author of some of the articles in the supplement ? He now considers an innocent expression of friendship with a man whom PM Stuart publicly informed sold him his first insurance policy , as something to be raised to the level of an election issue. Mark you, nobody to this day has alleged any impropriety resulting from that friendship. Would Simmons not consider, as a shrewd anaalyst,
    that the expression of palship which those paid advertisements implied, was of a much more sinister nature and liable to undermine the entire justice system ? Maybe there are pals and there are pals ; there are friends and there are friends and the distinguishing feature is the class of friend.


  41. millertheanunnaki February 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM #

    @David | February 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM |

    ” Miller:Why does the government need to incentivise Chefette yet Automotive Art has made the leap?”

    I don’t believe in “incentivising” any fast food business. What was intended in the use of the word “incentivise” is to punish the sale of unhealthy food by a fat tax and encourage alternatively, through the tax system, the sale of healthier locally grown foods lie vegetarian fare and rabbit burgers (even sautéed locally raised African snails for those with an adventurously French cuisine palate LOL!!).

    The same way the government encourages and assists rum producers to export why not encourage Chefette to export its brand of fast eating and faster dying food on the run? Wouldn’t that be the fast food equivalent to encouraging rum drinking to overseas boozers?


  42. Sargeant February 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

    @Of Friends and Pals

    Very valid points, why would corporate entities support a paid supplement at the appointment of a CJ, BTW did CLICO sponsor any of those ads?



  43. Of Friends and Pals . February 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM #

    @ Sargeant
    Don’t forget that David Thompson was CLICO’s lawyer and he expressed open disapproval of the appointment . So there was no way CLICO was going to offer any congratulations at that time .


  44. Sargeant February 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM #

    Which reminds me some folks here were preaching that the present CJ would be beholden to the Gov’t because it appointed him, but wouldn’t the former CJ have been beholden to his Gov’t who plucked him off the back bench (once removed) as well the Corporate Elite who hailed his ascension to that majestic office by serenading him via a special supplement.

    Only in Bim


  45. Fractured BLP February 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

    Well the 2013 election campaign is truly on .

    Owen Arthur in a press conference at BLP headquarters today issued a public apology to the Barbados Labour Party for depositing into his personal bank account , campaign funds intended for the BLP.

    What was also interesting , he said he did it more than once !

    Somehow I suspect he was jolted into “confession mode” by PM Stuart comments about BLP 2013 campaign spending thus far.

    Miller, did you help your boss craft that public apology ????


  46. Enuff February 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    @ Sargeant
    And who chooses Supreme Court judges in the good ole USA and on what basis? Stupse


  47. Sergeant February 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM #


    My issue wasn’t about who appointed the CJ it was the about the comments that the current CJ would be partial to the Govt does that mean the former CJ would be partial to the Govt as well as Corporate interest


  48. Well Well February 4, 2013 at 7:23 AM #

    We need to hear more about the THEFT AND COVER UP OF THE SEISMIC DATA!!!


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