An Attack Dog Name Reggie

Submitted by Barbados First
Senator Reggie Hunte

Senator Reggie Hunte

Is Senator Reginald Hunte the new attack dog of the DLP. Has he taken over from where Denis Kellman left off? Why is he cussing the BHTA? Why is he the public voice of the DLP to defend the criticsms arising from the sacking of Commissioner Dottin? Why is he the DLP’s mouthpiece on VOB’s Down to Brass Tacks politics program? Where are the Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister (agents of the people) and why are they so silent?


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25 Comments on “An Attack Dog Name Reggie”

  1. Old Onions Bag June 25, 2013 at 3:35 AM #

    Then the best way to quell an attack dog, is to loose a bald pooch CAT.



  2. Adrian Loveridge June 25, 2013 at 5:18 AM #

    I think the Senator would be slightly more credible if he was better informed. Lambasting the BHTA (or particular individuals) about the TIRF (Tourism Industry Relief Fund) when the fund was NEVER intended to provide a means to upgrade plant, but solely to keep staff employed. IF he is going to attack it would be much better if he did some homework, otherwise he just comes across as yet another square peg in round hole Government lackey.
    While the industry remains in crisis, surely the emphasis should be on SOLUTIONS not destructive rhetoric.


  3. old onion bags June 25, 2013 at 6:04 AM #

    MEOW at Reggie and like his fellows, its off to the races…..LOL ….If you want, here you can have one of these old onion bags (D holey ones) to hide face , …truth is Sheriff. R is a higher level plant than CCC or ac…put there to further distract Bajans from the on coming….Too long now we been thrown into the pending bucket ( and I did not say barrel) when it comes to pertinent information as to what is intended to be done, to avoid the on coming economic morass….and pls.don’t tell us borrow some more again….Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun…..when will the silence break?


  4. David June 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM #

    Be critical of the Senator but none of the elected members with the exception of Denis Kelman BEFORE he was made minister has been as spirited in his defense of the party. He will get some things wrong but it is what we need to hear more of from the party; more interaction, engagement, more communication. He needs to be briefed a little better that is all.


  5. Caswell Franklyn June 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM #

    Don’t be so hard on Reggie Hunte: he is only doing what he is supposed to do. After all, every court needs a jester.


  6. The Dummy @ Dumo June 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM #


    You working yet or are you still unemployed and drawing benefits like a tick on a cows back?


  7. David June 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

    Don’t you guys really your attacks do nothing to Caswell? If anything it serves to make him more motivated to expose his views?


  8. old onion bags June 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM #

    I give up!..BU has become an Attack Dog court, where accusers are given credence as bearers of gospel…and poor defendants are guilty until proven innocent..
    Daaaaaaah… I said before…probably how author Barbados First came up wid this one. Guys like Dummy like to attack even their shadow..without provocation….they seem to have an “attackisms fervor.”..real shame dat !


  9. mary_clyne June 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM #

    Why is every one in Barbados silent about Trinidad and now Jamaica coming into Barbados and destroying our economy.
    Jamaica is buying up luxury class hotels and then down grading them here, but those same hotels in Jamaica remains luxury class, that mean that the workers in Barbados salaries are below what they usually receive under the Collective Agreement, and now to add insult to injury the owners of Couples who just brought Almond Casuarina has just gotten rid of the majority of staff , and is bringing in Jamaican hotel workers to teach Barbadian how to do things properly.
    We are silent on this, but have a lot say about two consenting adults of the same sexual orientation having sex.
    When is Barbados going to wake up and realise that a WAR in going on in the Caribbean under the guise of CSME, the only countries that care about CSME is the smaller Islands, Trinidad and Jamaica only cares about Trinidad and Jamaica.
    The Government of Barbados needs too stop ALL work permits for any one now coming in to this Island until the people in Barbados have gotten back jobs, and all items coming in from those two Countries are HEAVILY TAXED.
    If i do not reply to any one right away do not be upset I am currently having problem with my internet or system, but just wanted to inform you on what is going on, I am using a friend computer to post this.
    Have a great day people


  10. old onion bags June 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM #

    @ mary_clyne
    and now to add insult to injury the owners of Couples who just brought Almond Casuarina has just gotten rid of the MAJORITY of staff , and is bringing in Jamaican hotel workers to teach Barbadian how to do things properly.
    On a point of clarity Mary…are the majority of replacements from JA?

    If this is true Mary…..what a travesty indeed of epic proportions…….this is the first time I hearing of this….again..too much silence…will someone step up and clear the air on this one PLEASE


  11. LIKE IT OR LUMP IT June 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM #

    Our PM Freundel sleeping strong is shite boy. Man like he in hibernation…


  12. Gabriel Tackle June 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM #

    I do not listen to the Senator Hunte.Neither to John Lovell.I have a problem with everlastingly biased simpletons.It’s not what goes in that defiles,its what comes out.I have said before that David Ellis has become a bore.Now he has brought along another bore to Brasstacks named Hunte.Dennis Johnson continues to make a worthwhile contribution.


  13. Roverp June 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    The latest episode, which appears to have brought these apparent tensions to the fore is statements made at the BHTA’s recent annual general meeting, held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. At that event, which featured a speech by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, BHTA president patricia Affonso-Dass pointed to recent tourism statistics, specifically long stay visitor arrivals, which suggested the tourism sector in Barbados was on a downward spiral.

    Noting at the time that tourism arrivals had decreased by about 6.9 per cent when compared to last year, she added: “And in 2012, far from attaining the magical figure of 600,000 long-stay visitors, we only managed to reach 537,640 visitors, down from 572,065 in 2011.”

    BHTA Executive Vice president, Sue Springer, also listed her own concerns, including reduced airlift, decreased spending by visitors, and high operational costs.

    As if on cue, then came Government Senator Reginald Hunte, who while speaking in the Upper House implied that the BHTA was a bunch of complainers, who were not doing much to help themselves. And now he has been followed by parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, whose own words suggest the hoteliers and others in their grouping were being ungrateful.

    Neither the BHTA nor Government is perfect and both deserve criticism where warranted. The two, as representatives of people, also have the right to speak out when they feel they are being misrepresented or wrongly blamed, or when they feel the need to show true representation.

    Seemingly trying to crucify each other in public, however, solves nothing, especially when the sector they are both rooting for has been on the decline for some time. In this instance, both BHTA and Government are right, and in a sense both are wrong.

    The BHTA is right that tourism has declined, and no amount of excuses by members of the current administration will change that. All they have to do is consult the Barbados Statistical Service and such agencies to get the proof. But we do feel that rather than simply pointing out problems, this key tourism interest group needs to advance more solutions.

    Government also needs to be stop being so defensive whenever someone is critical of an aspect of their stewardship, and be more open to alternative views.

    Right now it seems that the two are strenuously pulling on the same rope — in opposite directions — while incredulously hoping to reach the same goal, a more vibrant and sustainable tourism sector. And unfortunately that is a strategy which guarantees defeat.


  14. Roverp June 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

    I agree with the Barbados Today article ….Tourism tug-of-war
    We have too many players in the tourism sector/industry that are selfish and playing games. This has been going on for a very long time. It is time that the players understand…“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt. There is a need to truly define what it is that we want from tourism and together pursue that goal. We can go no where with all this manipulation and game playing that is going on.


  15. Kevin June 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM #

    This article is silly. Before on these call-in programs the DLP hardly sent anyone to represent them and people complained. Now someone is their spewing the views of the DLP and this article appears. Stupse. As Kid-Site once sang ‘Bajans Dont Know What They Want’. And it appears to be true. Why didnt the author also state that a representative from the other side (Indar Weir) is also present spewing the views of the BLP?
    Also I don’t know how often the author listens to the news or read the papers but you do hear from Ministers. You hear from Donville Inniss, Richard Sealy, Kellman, Sinckler, both Lashley’s; and Kellman (aint hear from he in a while though). What has certain people is that they are note hearing enough of the PM, that’s it.
    So whosoever ‘Barbados First’ is you need to go and come again.


  16. Well Well. June 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    From what I understand and please correct me if the information is faulty, but if a foreign entity buys a business in Bim, they are only obliged to keep 10 bajans on staff according to law, this conversation came up when bajans finally realized that Trinidad now owns the majority of vital businesses in Bim, so it may need some research to confirm…………what i am saying though, if Bim has the best education in the Caribbean, why is everyone else in the Caribbean seeming to be more business savvy than the average Bajan, that is the issue i am trying to wrap my head around.


  17. Prodigal Son June 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    Give the man a chance, at least he is not as nasty as CCC.


  18. Yagga Rowe June 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    Errol Barrow nearly destroyed Barbados
    Richie Haynes should have been Prime Minister
    Barrow/”after he -Sandy-“(big mistake)
    big big mistake.


  19. Gabriel Tackle June 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM #

    It would be interesting to know the number of employees BS&T had prior to the sale of the company to Neal&Massy and what those numbers are now.Many Barbadian companies of old like BS&T,Cave Shepherd,Goddards made it a policy to employ members of the same family,so that you would find a father or mother and a son or a nephew or a neighbour’s son etc working at these companies.
    N&M has shown that its not into tourism the number one money earner in Bdos so they got shot of 3 major hotels.It was a big,big mistake to sell BS&T to N&M.It should have been sold to Leo Leacock,Andrew Bynoe,Audley Jordan,David Seale,COW,Bizzy,Kiffyn,the Goddards Group,John Simpson of JB’s of old,and Foster and Blades of automotive art.These are solid, dye in the wool,hard headed,successful bajan businessmen who are interested in our country.


  20. Common sense is not common June 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    Gabriel Tackle

    I agree with all you have said above.

    Wonder if Allan Fields got a cut from that deal.


  21. Adrian Loveridge June 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM #


    As you may know Almonds Resorts Inc., were one of the biggest benefactors
    of the TIRF (Tourism Industry Relief Fund), taxpayers monies GIVEN to protect employment. They received $934,544.24 on 11.06.2009 and $554,304.19 on 18.11.2009.


  22. Jan Jan June 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    A team of dogs would run Barbados better than Freundel Stuart and his pack

    I say so
    Yuh should clap for that


  23. Gabriel Tackle June 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    The headhoncho of N&M is a Trini named Lockjak .He was also chairman of the board of BWIA .He recommended and oversaw the closure of the airline,after its existence of almost 70 years.Barbados lost massively. Barbados was a major hub for the airline,with daily services to Miami,New York ,and 3 or 4 times a week to Toronto and London,Heathrow.Lockjak probably has an agenda for this country and its direction in tourism.For whatever reason,Redjet was allowed to collapse although it was good for tourism in Barbados in particular.Trinidadians have lots of disposal income and have been coming to Barbados in great number since the 60’s and staying at many south coast properties in the summer months.


  24. The Dummy @ Dumo June 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

    Jan Jan

    Is it not tragedy, a crying shame even, that the opposition is not even a team dogs? In fact, they are a team of nothing as was recently demonstrated by the open and brutal warfare of Payne and Hinkson.

    Can some please let MP know that cohabilitation is not a word in English language so stop using especially where your constituents can see first that they elected a nit wit to the House.


  25. millertheanunnaki June 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

    @ The Dummy @ Dumo | June 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM |

    Come on Dummy, don’t be so hard on the oratorical neophyte.

    We all heard him. But you must understand that he has a speech impediment.
    We were sympathetic to Kenny Best why can’t you be to poor Hinkson or even Jepter Ince who to this day cannot say “fiscal” deficit even if you gave him a billion dollars to say “physical”?

    ‘Those who live in glass house should not throw stones’!


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