Manifesto WARNING!

2013 BLP Manifesto

2013 BLP Manifesto

The manifestos of the DLP and BLP have been released about ONE week before the E-Day of February 21, 2013. Generally people pay very little attention to manifestos in most countries. A manifesto may be described as a political tool to get political parties elected. Although we know they are usually littered with pie in the sky promises, BU had hoped this one time around, given the unprecedented challenges which confront service-oriented economies like Barbados, the electorate would have been wooed and teased by a vision articulated by both political parties (espoused in the manifestos).  How do they plan to navigate the economic and social milestones currently strewn in our path? Why is it this one time our people could not have been convinced to turn-down the political rhetoric, and instead, engage in a level of collaboration hitherto never experienced in democratic Barbados? As a highly regarded small predominantly Black country here was an opportunity created by the prevailing economic challenge for us to lead; a role which is not unfamiliar in the post-Independence period.

Kudos  to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for being ‘first’ out of the blocks with their Manifesto launch – a sarcastic comment you ask?. Although a trivial point, it has not escaped the notice of BU that apart from the first page which features an aggressive air-brushed image of Owen Arthur reflected on The Team for A Better Tomorrow, Mia Mottley’s photo appears in the most prominent position. To those with an ‘eye’ for these things it is called subliminal advertising and it is designed to draw the eye and create an impression in the minds of the electorate.

During the stewardship of the DLP government (2008-2013) a few issues have always occupied the attention of the BU family. Heading the list is GOVERNACE! On Thursday an increasingly cynical electorate will have to decide which party leads (by a nose) on the issue of Freedom of Information (FOI) and Integrity Legislation (IL) among others.

Related Link: Manifesto WATCH

We learned that from the FOI and IL, or what Denis Lowe called a Charter for Change which BU exposed in the McKenzie Files known as BUleak that neither Lowe nor DLP colleagues were eager to legislate and implement integrity legislation. In earlier BU blogs we also learned that William Duguid expressed a similar position on the BLP side. Prime Minister Stuart and party have bragging rights – at least an effort was made to table IL. From experience of how things get done in Barbados BU will argue that there is a lot of room between the cup and the lip. If it is one ailment which afflicts Barbados, we suffer from implementation deficit. Who do we give the nod? The party which brought IL? Or the party which because of a perception of corruption was booted from office five years ago?

Another issue which has been robustly discussed since the event is CLICO and BAICO, CLICO mostly.

The BLP has promised CLICO policyholders (does this include investors too?) they will get 100% of their money. The BLP obviously expects to benefit from 35,000 CLICO votes, or is it 14,000 which was clarified by Prime Minister Stuart on the campaign trail. The question to be asked: is the electorate capable of discerning when will this money be repaid?

Repayment, according to the BLP, is open-ended. The value of the repayment is set “as at the date on which payments of interest to them ceased.” Repayment will be made by means of “a combination of medium and long-term investment instruments and tax relief, where applicable.” We also learn that, “approximately $364.8 Million, which have now become a $76.7 million dollar problem given that the two companies have assets with a current market value of $288.1 million.” BU is unable to appreciate the arithmetic offered by the BLP. Also there is the legal reality. The CLICO matter is under the ward of the court and CLICO Barbados has oversight for premium written in the OECS. Please tell us how Barbados is able to beat home drums first which is promised by the BLP. Bear in mind the promise comes from the BLP, a strident proponent of regional integration.

The biggest suspicion thrown up by the BLP manifesto however is under the heading LAW and ORDER.

“The last Barbados Labour Party administration made the largest investment in policing in this nation’s history to make the job of policing safer.” So much money spent for such a reduction in services. The obvious question raised by this promise is – What about the safety of the people being “policed” from the Police?

We must pay attention to the recruitment of new officers and the retention of serving policemen and women and do all that is necessary to increase the numbers of the Royal Barbados Police Force. Equally, a caring government must pay careful attention to the health and well-being of police officers.” It seems to BU the answer to all our problems is to throw dollars at the problem. BU is reminded that under former Attorney General Dale Marshall is when we saw the rot taking root in the Barbados Police Force. Has building a spanking Judicial Centre at Whitepark Road solve the problem of delayed justice by the Barbados Judiciary? “How will construct[ing] an ultra modern Headquarters at Central Police Station” dissolve the many complaints levelled against the force?

BU has sufficiently highlighted our inefficient, ineffective and moribund judiciary system in the Tales from the Courts. Again the solution of the BLP is to “improve the administration of justice by ensuring that the Supreme Court and its Registry are adequately staffed at all levels including expanding the size of the Judiciary.” Let BU give the BLP the benefit of the doubt that the promises will make a difference. How will it be implemented? We want to know!

2013 DLP Manifesto

2013 DLP Manifesto

The DLP manifesto followed (meeting finished in the early Saturday morning 16 Feb 2013).

Like the BLP’s manifesto it makes a lot of promises, many of which we know will not be kept. And early scan of the DLP manifesto gives the impression – compared to the 2008 DLP manifesto and the 2013 BLP manifesto – that the promises seem more conservative.

Starkly evident to BU when we compare DLP promises to those of the BLP, a conservative FISCAL approach seems to be preferred. This probably reflects the personality of Prime Minister Stuart. There is the perception that the BLP will spend a lot of money – which BU believes we not have – to increase the number of civil servants and their benefits . Similar appears to be absent from the DLP manifesto. The reality is that many of our key markets continue to make massive cuts in government spending. Our major market in the EU countries (especially Britain) and in the USA and Canada – countries from which we source our financial aid may legitimately question why are they are cutting government spending and we giving pay hikes to a moribund public sector.

Surprisingly one of the areas which the DLP manifesto fails to address is the rot in the JUDICIARY and GOVERNANCE system. It is a no-brainer that until this is addressed in the most aggressive manner, all the talk about revitalizing the overseas business sector and foreign investment etc. makes a nonsense. BU genuinely believed with the coming of Marston Gibson – delivered by the DLP – we would have seen an improvement in the judiciary after David Simmons.

On page 55 of the DLP manifesto, in the section dealing with LAW REFORM: “while adhering to the a strict observance of the protection of rights, especially those basic human rights which the Founding Fathers of our nation thought to be fundamental to the protection of the basic freedom as to enshrine them in our constitution.” But it ignores the fact that we have a justice system where these rights “fundamental to the protection of the basic freedom as to enshrine them in our constitution” are breached daily by the very justice system that is sworn to uphold them. Again in BU’s Tales From the Courts several of the issues have been highlighted: 1) holding people on remand for years without bringing them to trial and often, after years of remand, the charges are dropped, 2) despite being told by victims that they have arrested the wrong person, continuing to hold that person on remand on the basis that a confession under duress has been extracted, 3) having civil cases drag on for in excess of 20 years at first instance, not even having gone through any appeal process – that adds another decade to the process 4) the habit of the Registry of losing files which in the age of technology should have been scanned and filed electronically with access to judges on a Network/Intranet and 5) the high level of Barbados decisions overturned by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Bottomline, neither political party has addressed the important requirement of timely and efficiency delivery of justice, a key pillar required to support any stable society, a society which the DLP likes to tout.

BU has left the subject of TOURISM to last. It is a volatile industry but one which Barbados is heavily dependent. All sensible Barbadians understand that tourism performance will be affected by the economic challenges being experience in our key markets; mainly the UK. What Barbadians have been annoyed about is the fact our performance continues to trail our Caribbean neighbours. The CTO is reporting 5% growth in long stay arrivals across many markets. Barbados recorded a 5.5% decline during 2012. January 2013 was down 8.2% across all markets and an alarming 18.4% down from Canada, one of the markets least affected by the global recession. Most alarming has been the lack of engagement by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and government with Barbadians.

A review of the BLP manifesto shows that it consulted with stakeholders; BU does not glean the same when we scan the DLP manifesto. The DLP promised to restructure the Barbados Tourism Authority Board early in its term (2008). We are about to enter another election (2013) and no restructure. How are thousands of voters who work in the hospitality expected to vote in the circumstances?

What is absolutely scary about General Election 2013 is that many fear the return of Owen Arthur, yet the same group is uninspired by a DLP government, who for the first three years of its term seem to be caught like a deer in headlights. The BLP finds itself on the verge of regaining government and relegating the DLP to the ignominy of a one term government. How the BLP has done it can be attributed to a DLP government who many believe could have done better.

Is it possible we are entering a period in our history which makes a third party or independent appealing?


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  1. millertheanunnaki February 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM #

    @ dread | February 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM |

    Your proposal is also arrogantly haughty and disrespectfully dismissive of the poor and suffering unemployed.

    What about the thousands of households who cannot benefit from the tax breaks far less buy and install photovoltaic systems.
    All of those thousands of Bajans living in rented accommodation, dilapidated house many in the City and the Inner St. Michael, those living in housing areas like Eden Lodge and Haynesville and Bonnets and working for minimum wages barely enough to put food on the table and pay the bills.

    Could you please come up with a set of proposals to help them too?
    What about this?
    Put some of the money hat you and other solar system operators received from the excess sale of solar generated electricity into a special fund that will be used to subsidize the cost to those poor consumers who are unable, financially or structurally, to benefit from photovoltaic systems. At least the first 200 kilowatt hours from the BL&P grid. What about it dread?


  2. David February 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM #


    Obviously Lowe feels confident that his resources are better allocated to the field if that is what he has done.


  3. Adrian Loveridge February 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

    David, your response must be tongue in cheek. Are you saying that Dr. Lowe does not have sufficient supporters to leave one or two in his office?


  4. Fractured BLP February 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

    Following on from AL comments above, as I was making the rounds to the constituency offices across the country this morning, I found OSA in his office.

    We exchanged pleasntries and I asked him how things are going. He told he is a bit tired and the constant beatings he is getting from the DEMS and some members in the BEEs it is taking its toll on his sugar levels.

    I wished him well and as I was about to leave he called me back and showed me page 27A in the Sunday Sun of 17th February, 2013
    and with a dejected look on his face , he said, ” only if Miller had not encouraged me to LIE…..the day may have been SAVED ”

    How sad !!!!


  5. Peter Jilkes February 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM #

    @ David

    The Prime Minister at Eden Lodge last night likened OSA to damaged goods on a shelf being sold by a vendor (BLP) all the while knowing that the goods are damaged but hoping the buyer would not notice.

    Owen’s hand written note to Mr. Stuart is being put on the stage tonight at all DLP meetings so everyone can see what Owen really thinks about Mia.

    Also remember Operation Free Flow? Dr. Estwick will show tonight how much, to whom and where all the ‘free’ money was flowing from the Treasury for that scam.


  6. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM #


    i know of what i speaketh and what is said in the board room. Have i hit a raw nerve with u? I hope not. But u know that i am not too smart, so why dont u ignore me anyhow. Blessed sunday to u.


  7. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM #


    if sickler is a liar, what would u call owen, the biggest liar and scamp that ever grace the stage of prime minister in bim and how about that?


  8. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM #


    i though all along that u were saying that the dlp will be beaten, so why waste time with pontificating on who goes where. u should be concerned with where pain and smiley go, how about that?


  9. millertheanunnaki February 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    @ TO THE POINT | February 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM |

    As a man, you,- like a true political whore sucking up to the Wickham pole (or should it be poll)- should be happy that Freundel is the preferred leader of a party which could lose the elections 17-13 not in the DLP’s favour.

    So if the poll is reliable as you seem to suggest this (time around) Fumble has gained ground in the leadership stakes more so at the expense of others than at OSA.
    According to your ratings OSA should be receiving less than 10%.

    But I am glad to see the Molasses man has finally been able to stamp his authority on the DLP at the expense of that liar Sinckler. Why not take it a step further and exclude that incompetent liar from a future Stuart-led Cabinet?

    The fact that Estwick has been speaking on platforms mainly on economic matters rather than those of agriculture is indicative of a change in the Doctor’s heart beat.
    Can we conclude that a deal has been struck between the Doctor and Fumble that the Minister of Finance inheritance worked so hard for since Mascoll fled the scene would be taken away from the lying buffoon and reinstated to its rightful owner?


  10. Fractured BLP February 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Well the Owen Arthur ” negative effect ” is already taking root among the BLP candidates.

    As a journalist you could well imagine I have to interface with both party camps. I was just on the phone with Edmund Hinkson and he told me he ” drop Owen from his platform with immediate effect !! ”
    I said Hinks what you mean you serious ???

    He pointed me to page 23A of the Sunday Sun of 17th February, 2013.

    The most revealing part of his disclosure to me was the he was acting on the advice of Miller , Onions , Enuff , Observing , Prodigal , Tackle of BU ” UNITY ” fame.

    What a day in politricks make !!!


  11. Amused February 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    @Adrian Loveridge | February 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM | With respect and as a warning because of that, your comments are becoming very silly indeed. You went to the BLP office to pick up a copy of their Manifesto, but they had run out…..and you see nothing wrong with that, because they had an office fully staffed who could talk to you, despite the fact that they had run out of what you went to get. Then you went to the DLP office, which was closed, which you see as being a contempt for the electorate. And you know that these Manifestos can be read online, but still………I think I have that right. So answer me the following:

    1. What is the cost of having a fully manned office with no Manifestos available, because they had run out? Would you equate that to increasing the size of the civil and building a new central police complex with money we do not have? Is that being fiscally responsible? And it is the Sabbath in a very religious country, when people like to go to Church and then spend some time with their families. But never mind. At some considerable expense, there was a staff in situ for you to talk to and to suck up to you (I was going to put it rather more coarsely) because you are supporting them, because, inter alia, you don’t like the fact that the DLP has not given the hotel industry a whole lot of money and concessions that the country cannot afford.
    2. So, if the BLP has run out of Manifestos, it is not outside the bounds of probability to suppose that the DLP may have done the same. So, mindful of the cost of manning the office, appreciating the fact that most of the electorate have computers (and printers if desired) and know how to use them and mindful that it is, after all, the Sabbath and their staff who are in for an extremely busy week might appreciate some time to go to Church and to spend with their families, before they have no time for their families this week, they did not open. Now you may or may not (probably not, in your case) view this as fiscally responsible as well as humanitarian and respectful of the fact that the electorate IS actually living in 2013 and DO know how to use computers (and printers).
    3. And you know that these things can be read online – or even printed off on a printer with which, I would hope, your hotel is equipped. You also have the choice of setting said printer for colour or b/w and also for fast and economical print (or not). Yet you get in your car and waste gas and time (during the tourist season) driving to both these headquarters in order to obtain copies of Manifestos that, for a fraction of the cost and trouble, you could have printed for yourself. Do you think that this was fiscally responsible of you.

    And how have you chosen to make your complaint? Why, by means of on an online blog…..or are you expecting members of the electorate to travel all the way to your hotel to collect copies of your complaint, which copies you may, or may not, have run out of?

    I also do not understand why you are down on Denis Lowe so badly. I recall seeing on BU an e-mail exchange from the McKenzie Files aka BUleaks in which it is reported that you attended a meeting with Denis, this fellow McKenzie and others of the Allard backers, dealing with Chancery Lane. I have to suppose that your present disenchantment with Denis is because, once Allard had provided him with the wherewithal to get elected, Denis didn’t do what Allard wanted. Is that what it is? Pay back? If so, SAY SO and leave equivocation to those running for public office.


  12. millertheanunnaki February 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    @ TO THE POINT | February 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM |
    ” i know of what i speaketh and what is said in the board room.”

    So you sit in the same boardroom the so-called white shadows sit?
    Is that of in the capacity of a knight around the table or as the messenger boy supplying food and beverages?
    Why don’t you shut your lying trap? You really think a black man with your level of intelligence would ever be listened too unless you are bad talking some other black politician or businessman?


  13. Adrian Loveridge February 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM #


    I really have to ignore most of your comments because they border on the ridiculous. I was not aware that all party supporters were paid salaries. Don’t they have any volunteers? You also seem to be implying that only DLP supporters go to church on a Sunday.
    As I have already stated, I can print both manifestos, if I chose to you so, but the point I was making is that both parties have assumed EVERY voter can do this or they just have the order quantity and/or distribution wrong.
    Again, you choose to ignore, what I have already said several times. In FIVE years and two months I have only see Dr, Lowe twice. Once at our hotel to discuss CRIME in this area and once at the Waterfront Cafe. I have NEVER discussed Peter Allard with him.


  14. Peter Jilkes February 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM #


    Dennis Lowe is not in the habit of talking to fools. Chances are Richard Sealy told him to stay away from after the Cabinet on the Minister’s recommendation, fired (revoked) your appointment.


  15. millertheanunnaki February 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    @ anthonyb | February 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Many here on BU and in the wider society will make no observations nor comment but thanks for the info and alert to the reverberations at the local level.
    Another early warning signal that we might be on the cusp of the fall of another financial giant with the feet of clay and a river of turbulent economic waters flowing by.
    The problem with the local weakening giant is that it is too heavy at the top. Too many parasitic chiefs feeding off the once fatted calf without adding any value to the business to justify the million dollar pay packets.
    We sympathise with any political party in charge of the affairs of this country in the coming 3 years.
    FSC, you have been duly warned!


  16. pieceuhderockyeahright February 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM #

    @ millertheanunnaki

    My scholarly colleague, i think that you, like BAFFY, are soon going to be banned!

    Why you may well ask, because you are making suggestions of how we can turn around this economic melee with a practical social safety net!!

    Such a contribution , and similar contributions, speaks of things that while i believe they are to be promoted in my dear BIM and should form part of the healthy dialogue that we have here, and in other real world fora, unfortunately are as rare as Chris Sinkliar giving Ms Foster a genuine apology without the gesticulations and obvious disdain and disrespect.

    Denigrate, descry, dissemble, destroy, undermine, tear apart, character assassinate, i believe that these have become the order of the day and are now the symbols of being a good bajan citizen.

    I must admit High Priest Millertheanunnaki that at this old age i am unable to understand how few of us are committed to contributing to a better Barbados.

    I find myself wondering why it is that constructive criticism is not encouraged and the King and his henchmen, on both sides of the divide, seek to descend on dissenters, like in the Night of the LongKnives.


  17. Amused February 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

    @Adrian Loveridge | February 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM | “I really have to ignore most of your comments because they border on the ridiculous.”

    But of course they do. I was responding to the ridiculous. And trivial.

    “You also seem to be implying that only DLP supporters go to church on a Sunday.”

    I never mentioned “supporters”, I was talking about office staff in response to your comments about office staff. You spoke of staff. By the way, “staff” implies, in the English language, people who are PAID. Nowhere did you use the word “volunteers”.

    “In FIVE years and two months I have only see Dr, Lowe twice.”

    I have no doubt that is true and I do not question and I NEVER made ANY comment as to time period. My recollection of what was posted on BU (and I am fairly sure that it was accurate) is that the meeting to which McKenzie referred, took place in 2006 (OVER 5 years and 2 months ago) and I will confirm this as a matter of accuracy and clarity AFTER the elections, which are now taking priority to your reluctance to print Manifestos off the Internet.

    @Miller. This new failure of a major corporation I have not had a whiff of. However, I know you (in the cyber sense) and you are unlikely to have mooted this without reason.


  18. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM #


    ur stupidity is showing. you jack ass, u dont have to be in a baord room to know what is discuseed, like how owen got info leaked to him. I though u had sense, but then again, it seems that u aint gun get a chnace to sip what was promised to u. u ninconpoop.


  19. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    @miller the flute

    the race is not for the swift, but he that endureth, will endure to the end.


  20. Adrian Loveridge February 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM #

    Peter Jilkes, clearly Dr. Lowe doesn’t need three votes of ‘fools’ like us.
    Perhaps if re-elected you can change the law to deny ‘fools’ the right to vote, but there again, 5 years and two months wouldn’t be long enough for you to pass the legislation and of course there is the recession.
    Just to remind you that I was one of nine BTA directors to be revoked, including DLP stalwart, Eric Mapp, the former Resident Manager of Sandy Lane Hotel. Do you consider him a fool too?
    Now a foolish question. How are you going to make up the 100,000 long stay visitors lost during the last administration and the 92,000 plus lost cruise ship passengers last year alone?


  21. Peter Jilkes February 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM #


    I am not in the hotel business, never was so that’s not my problem that’s for parties with a vested interest, even owners like you who owner two bit piece a hotel.

    The lot of you we’re fired for conduct not appropriate as a director. Screaming and shouting and carrying on like animals in zoo at board meetings, deny that if you dare cause I know what I witnessed. We rejoiced when you were fired, you are a complete waste of time.


  22. Adrian Loveridge February 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM #

    Peter Jilkes,

    I believe (and that can be verified by the BTA Board meeting minutes) that I was one of the very few Directors who attended EVERY meeting and I cannot recall one single incident of raised voices, let alone shouting.
    Were you disguised as a fly on the wall?

    And you didn’t answer the question about Eric Mapp and the other eight directors. Were they shouting too?

    I am proud to have contributed to taking a derelict property, employing up to 20 local people and turning it into a multi award winning hotel that has paid millions of dollars in taxation. ‘two bit a piece hotel’ but highly successful.


  23. Crusoe February 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM #

    Quote ”Peter Jilkes | February 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM |
    I am not in the hotel business, never was so that’s not my problem that’s for parties with a vested interest, even owners like you who owner two bit piece a hotel.’
    Maybe this is why Barbados is in the state it is in. Such as the jackass above who mocks a hardworking ntrepreneur who employs people, rather than having everyone work as government workers, our reall economic issue.

    Well done Mr.Loveridge, dont mind morons like the above, armchair experts who do nothing for the foreign exchange and mock others who work hard at such.


  24. Crusoe February 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

    ”Dennis Lowe is not in the habit of talking to fools.”

    From what I am hearing he may shortly have plenty of time on his hands to talk to whomever he wishes..


  25. David February 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM #


    It took Stuart easing pass Arthur in the poll numbers according to CADRES to drag you out of sabbatical?


  26. millertheanunnaki February 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

    @ TO THE POINT | February 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM |
    “miler: ur stupidity is showing. you jack ass, u dont have to be in a baord room to know what is discuseed, like how owen got info leaked to him. I though u had sense, but then again, it seems that u aint gun get a chnace to sip what was promised to u. u ninconpoop.”

    Anyone reading what you wrote will not be able to tell the difference between a jackass and a nincompoop, right TPP? Decipher that if you could read between the lines of bitter irony.

    The people who leak information from boardrooms are in breach of their fiduciary duties and responsibility not to disclose unofficially information of a confidential nature.

    Now here is piece of malicious information that was disclosed by a former member of the CLICO Board.
    Leroy Greenverbs is afflicted with AIDS and has given it to his wife and dead pal David who in turn gave it to his spouse along with the black Coachie boy Dopey.

    Now, PPP the officious messenger black boy, run with that and deliver! It’s time you know your intellectual place, not so?


  27. David February 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    @Peter Jilkes

    BU would appreciate if you use another moniker.


  28. Well Well February 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM #

    That was really enlightening and entertaining, but on another note, the last PM who told Arthur he was afflicted with an expiration date, expired first, now some are wishing that he be dug up and buried at Dodds prison.. Sounds like a paradox to me, careful what you wish for others, sometimes it’s best to bite your tongue.


  29. Observing(...) February 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM #

    Just read the dlp manifesto. Nothing at all on cost of living??? Seriously?

    Just observing


  30. David February 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM #


    What could they have written?

    Barbadians need to curb their artificial lifestyles.

    We import all of our oil and food. Any tactic to reduce cost of living is a bandaid measure.


  31. Well Well February 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM #

    I don’t think anyone was seriously expecting to hear anything about the high cost of living in Barbados or any plans to lower it.


  32. Observing(...) February 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM #

    @david and well well
    So this is finally an admission of what we knew all along without admitting it. Lol

    Just observing


  33. Crusoe February 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM #

    I dont think anyone has confidence in Manifestos. After all, in the last election, the main issue bar none, PROMISED by the DLP Leadership (including PM Stuart), was a recuction in cost of living.

    But, instead of that (at the time on these blogs it was stated early to raise the VAT, but before doing that they raised ALL of the folliwng):
    – land tax
    – road tax
    – professional fees
    – cut allowances (could have reduced tax band rate to compensate if as they say, ‘it was illegal’, so, simply compensate by changing bands. But no, not done so it was simply a money grab.

    Is THAT reducing cost of lviing?The ONE thing they promsied above all? If they knew it could not be done then why promise?


    Hence, we know that their manifesto is irrelevant.


  34. Damani February 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

    You forgot bicycle tax! Lol


  35. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM #

    @miller the scavenger, i am balck and proud, r U. U ninconpoop, why u worrying with an illiterate like me that cant even spell or consturct a sentence poperly. the irony is u dumpsy like me. U will get ur handouts black boy,


  36. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM #


    that should go for others, i am seeing arguments that would led one to believe that others are double and triple monikering. Hope miller got only one.


  37. islandgal246 February 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM #

    Crusoe ……yuh forget de cheaper food from Dominica and cost u more!

    Seriously the DLP failed to keep their promises, tell me why should I believe them now?

    Many may say Arthur is promising pie in the sky and won’t produce BUT wasn’t the DLP’s 2008 manifesto promising most things that never came to fruition? Let us face it the DLP are incapable of governance in times like these. They have continued to spend and spend yet there is no growth. This year’s Tourist season will be disappointing, Sugar a dismal performance and nothing to export. The DLP has done nothing to grow the economy. They have governed continually looking over their shoulders.

    We will see on the 22nd and may that day come quickly!


  38. Hants February 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM #

    David “We import all of our oil and food. Any tactic to reduce cost of living is a bandaid measure.”

    Don’t worry David. The landscape of Barbados will change dramatically in 2 years when there is no forex to import.

    Kitchen gardens and car pooling will be part of the new economy.


  39. Damani February 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM #

    Lollll..someone seems to think I’m miller..LOL! I don’t even think that we’re the same gender ..not to mention age


  40. TO THE POINT February 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM #


    i dont think u understand development economics, not u want tal the shoite u did. This country has done well in the circumstance, look at britain,spain,ireland and the list continues. U fah real girl. yes the people will decide who they want come feb 22 and there will be a lot of surprieses.


  41. Damani February 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM #

    @to the point
    No amount of explanation could get through to you so I won’t even bother but I implore you to do your own research and stop swallowing political rhetoric you hear on either political platform.


  42. roverp February 18, 2013 at 6:50 AM #

    If per chance the DEMs are returned to office i would expect the decline to continue as they would feel they have a mandate to continue their failed policies….the party of denial willl continue to live in the land of illusion and place that folly on all Barbadians….


  43. TO THE POINT February 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM #


    i need no advice from u, for 31 years i have been researching issues yah hear. Give the advice to ur leader, one of the commandments say thou shall no lye to ur coutrymen and women.


  44. BEE GONE February 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM #


    Time bomb or not, Fruendel has already put an end to Owen Arthur’s ambition to be Prime Minister again. What a clown he would have to be to send a hand written to Fruendel Stuart begging him to take Mia off his hands.

    Barbadians want a respectable Prime Minister not one who takes cheques written to him personally, who cashes those cheques on Election Day (21st March 2003) and maniacal enough to want destroy a fellow party member and who whom he has wronged.

    SHAMEFUL. Time clean up politics in Barbados, time put OSA into retirement for GOOD.


  45. TO THE POINT February 18, 2013 at 7:08 AM #

    @Bee gone



  46. BEE GONE February 18, 2013 at 7:16 AM #

    He can’t trick anyone in Barbados again. He is done and I along with thousands of bajan say ‘Good riddance’

    Owen is never going to be able measure up to Fruendel, a decent, kind and intelligent man who has a good moral grounding.


  47. Observing(...) February 18, 2013 at 7:39 AM #

    In the back of my mind is that fear as well. Most of them “barely” got in, and to “barely” get back in will amplify the arrogance. It would be up to the now undisputed leader to correct, chop and change where necessary to move us forward. If he doesn’t then he should be prepared for a backlash in under 5 years.

    Just Observing


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