Walter Blackman

A New Agenda for Barbadian Workers and their Families

Walter Blackman

Submitted by Walter Blackman

Generally speaking, over the past 35 years, the political class has taken full advantage of a trusting, docile electorate. With no effective checks and balances in place, both political parties have routinely accused each other of using taxpayers’ money to fund deals, bribes, foreign bank accounts,

and kickbacks, and to create multi-millionaires out of a few handpicked people. Most of the island’s newest multi-millionaires can show no work, and can demonstrate no application of a set of skills to justify the accumulation of their recently acquired wealth.

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Specifically, over the past 7 years, the David Thompson/Freundel Stuart administration and its advisors have exhibited a glaring inability to understand the economic and financial problems confronting the country. Since the government doesn’t understand the problem, it can never formulate an effective solution. Thus, Barbadians are beginning to feel the effects and hardships of an IMF imposed “homegrown” solution that must now be implemented by a reluctant, kicking, and screaming government.

Incompetence, arrogance, greed, insensitivity, ignorance, and disrespect for our laws and national reputation, on the part of the political class, have resulted in tremendous stress being exerted on a significant number of households in Barbados. After a prolonged period of economic and financial mismanagement created by the political class and their cronies, who do you think must suffer and pay the price in order to stabilize the economy? The workers of Barbados and their families must, of course.

Workers now have to grapple with the problems of small or no salary increases, high tax rates, unsafe and life-threatening forms of public transportation, rising costs of basic necessities, high personal and national debt burdens, and unfair and discriminatory hiring and firing practices at the workplace. Those workers born between 1951 and 1955 have now been earmarked, by government practice, for forced dismissal. Most government workers haven’t realized it yet, but there is a very high probability that both their government and NIS pension cheques will be repeatedly cut after they retire.

Investors and businessmen have to contend with the high costs of doing business, limited investment opportunities, frustrating “red tape”, the negative fallout of being domiciled in a country whose international credit rating has plummeted to junk status, uncertainty, and a lack of confidence brought on by a Prime Minister who has exhibited very poor leadership qualities to date, and a Minister of Finance who does not understand how a decimal point works. Additionally, bribes and kickbacks, paid by “shrewd” and unscrupulous businessmen to secure major contracts, continue to put honest and hardworking entrepreneurs at a great competitive disadvantage.

Property owners have been hammered with increased property taxes.

Young, intelligent, ambitious, but poor Barbadian minds cannot find jobs in a stagnant economy and they cannot afford to pay the mandatory university fees. Certainly, the devil will eventually find work for their idle hands to do.

If we put the performance of the Government of Barbados over the past 7 years under the microscope for just a couple of seconds, a few facts will be immediately revealed by simply following the money.

After inheriting a massive debt problem, thanks in most part to the Owen Arthur administration, the David Thompson/Freundel Stuart administration made a bad situation worse by borrowing whatever international currency it could get its hands on. Very little, if any, of the billions of dollars borrowed and spent from 2008 – 2015 contributed to the development of the country or the creation of sustainable jobs for its people. The country’s international credit card has now been maxed out and its international bonds have been relegated to junk status.

At the domestic level, the David Thompson/Freundel Stuart administration has displayed a similar insatiable thirst for money. Despite the fact that the actuary had repeatedly, albeit in vain, called on the Owen Arthur administration to control and reduce the level of NIS loans to government, the David Thompson/Freundel Stuart administration made a bad situation worse by continuing to treat NIS funds as a major source of government financing.

Who will suffer most when NIS funds eventually run dry? The workers of Barbados and their families will, of course

Now that the administration has had its feast and has left a skeletal NIS fund in its wake, it has now shifted its gaze upon the cash being held by the citizens of Barbados. Millions of dollars have been recently hauled in from citizens and have already been spent. There is a high probability that these trusting domestic investors will be literally “left holding the bag” of junk Barbados savings bonds.

Who will ultimately pay for this disastrous level of national debt? The workers of Barbados and their families will, of course

Now let us look at the behavior of the David Thompson/Freundel Stuart administration when it comes to giving out lucrative government contracts and investment opportunities. Not surprisingly, most of the major contracts and investment opportunities are handed out on a platter to handpicked foreigners. Some of these foreigners are nothing more than financial vampires constantly in search of third-world victims. The remaining contracts are then handed out to a few handpicked local businessmen. Typically, these contracts generate massive cost over-runs.

Who benefit from the allocation of lucrative contracts by the political class? The workers of Barbados and their families don’t, of course.

Who will ultimately pay for these contracts and their associated cost over-runs? The workers of Barbados and their families will, of course.

Evidently, the workers of Barbados and their families have a proverbial bone to pick with their political bosses. Their bosses clearly have not been looking after the interests of Barbadian workers, and have now been caught again trying to dismiss workers in an unfair and discriminatory manner. I don’t have the time and space to even mention the Cahill Waste-to-Energy project which has long been exposed by contributors on Barbados Underground as a scam of scandalous and dangerous proportions.

After reading the above, any fool can see that the situation is no longer about the workers of NCC, BIDC, SSA, Customs, or QEH. It is about the political class trying to use extortionist measures against Barbadian taxpayers and trying to get rid of Barbadian workers in an abusive and prejudicial manner. The response, therefore, ought to be about Barbadian taxpayers and workers defending their rights and interests by trying to rid themselves of a parasitic, useless and arrogant group of politicians.

Contributors to the Barbados Underground have repeatedly warned readers that those parliamentarians who made their first entry in 2008 are now simply biding their time until February 2016 when they will qualify for a parliamentary pension. If Barbadian workers manage to rid themselves of their political bosses before 2016, they and their families will save millions and millions of dollars in pension costs.

Worded differently, it is in the personal interest of members of the political class to survive until February 2016. On the other hand, it is in the national interest, and the workers’ interest, to get rid of them before February 2016. Since the dice have already been cast, the battle lines must now be clearly drawn.

Who is in the best position to commence the fight, on behalf of Barbadian workers and their families, against an unproductive and oppressive political class? The trade union is, of course.

The next strike called by the unions should be a strike on behalf of all Barbadian workers and their families. This strike, national in scope, should not end until the resignations of our useless political bosses have been secured. Let us try, in a unified way, to secure those resignations before February 2016.

Walter Blackman is a pensions actuary. He can be reached via e-mail at walter.blackman@comcast.net

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118 Comments on “A New Agenda for Barbadian Workers and their Families”

  1. Simple Simon July 20, 2015 at 1:47 PM #

    I visited a friend yesterday. Her 72 year old father who retired at 60 now has Alzheimers. And a very small pension. He will need extensive and expensive supervision. She has self employed and has had to cut her own work hours (and income) to care take of him on his very small early retirement pension.

    The government needs to understand that we know. We live the harsh realities of providing care for our elders who receive too small early retirement pensions.

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  2. Artaxerxes July 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

    Donna July 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM #

    “Is there a law that states that all citizens must be in total agreement with every action or decision made by the Government?”

    Donna, your above comments “hit the nail on its head.”

    It is mind boggling that certain individuals BELIEVE that EVERYTHING Fruendel Stuart or any other member of the DLP DOES is ALWAYS correct. Stuart and his ministers are Jesus Christ incarnate, they are PERFECT HUMAN BEINGS who can do and say NO WRONG.

    I must also ask if there is a law that states if any individual, organisation, social or business group are not in total agreement with every action or policy decision made by the government, they should be characterized as being political, unpatriotic and opposition operatives.

    Then the usual political rhetorical comments follows, such as “not putting the country first,” wanting to see the demise of the government” or “you have a political agenda.”

    I remember David Ellis playing an extract from a St. Michael North West constituency branch meeting held at Ellerslie Secondary School, in which Chris Sinckler verbally abused, Ellis, Corey Layne, Nefatari Caddle and Dennis Johnson, and the supporters could be heard cheering him on.

    This type of mindset defies all sense of logical and rational reasoning.

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  3. Colonel Buggy July 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM #

    Simple Simon July 20, 2015 at 1:47 PM #

    The government needs to understand that we know. We live the harsh realities of providing care for our elders who receive too small early retirement pensions.
    ……………………………………………………………..
    This government of the people, are treating the elderly worst than the plantations ,had treated them , prior to the early 1960’s when such poor and elderly people were packed away,after being unfit to work in the fields, into one of the many Almshouses. But at least the plantations would occasionally show a bit of compassion ,and send a load of yams or potatoes to the said poor houses to sustain the inmates there.
    We may need to resurrect these Almshouses , but unfortunately we cannot expect any handouts from the plantations, as they no longer have those products. The modern equivalent would be expired Sell-by-date tinned stuff from MASSY.
    When you are kicked by your very own, skippa, you are well kicked.

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  4. Simple Simon July 20, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

    But now the almshouses are run by the Ministry of Health. Does the Ministry of Health able to take care of all of the very frail, poor elders who require very close supervision and help with all the tasks of daily living? Bathing, feeding, getting in and out of bed etc.

    Or does the government intend to privatize the almshouses. And which business person would buy an almshouse full of poor, elderly, heavily dependent elders?

    Of course the government has the authority to lower the retirement age to 60 and all retirees would receive their full NIS and government pensions at 60. But can NIS afford to pay full pensions at 60? Does the government have the money to pay civil servants their full pensions at 60?

    Maybe the government will have to move to the We Jonesing plan and crack some heads and shoot some people, that is all those who are 60 or older.

    The Prime Minister is over 60.

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  5. Bush Tea July 20, 2015 at 7:35 PM #

    @ Simple Simon
    It is abundantly clear that ‘this government’ don’t have the slightest idea what the hell they are doing.
    Their mantra is to borrow as much money as they possibly can andlet our children worry about the repayments.
    Meanwhile, a number of tricksters in their midst have been developing various schemes to get their paws and snouts into as much of that borrowed money as possible…

    @ Stinkliar…. Boss, when do we Bajans get OPTION LETTERS to decide if we still want you wasting our damn money…? …or are these options restricted to Customs Staff?

    LOL
    Both Froon and Stinkliar were just on TV congratulating themselves on signing a loan agreement…
    …which they BORROWED to deposit in a BANK
    …so that they will be able to BORROW money from that new bank
    …to REPAY money ALREADY borrowed from others
    …and spent on things like the new waterworks building, Cahill, Bridgetown Marina plans
    …and of course the ‘consultants’, over-runs, and other unexplainable questions raised by the Auditor General.

    …you ever hear such shiite…?

    Wuh you and bushie could as well go and borrow some money from the Bank, put it on the Credit Union, so that we can borrow from the credit union and repay the bank…..

    shiite pun top ah shiite….🙂

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  6. HAMILTON A HILL July 20, 2015 at 9:11 PM #

    @ de ingrunt word…… On July 20th at 10:29am you gave the BU family concrete proof that logic could very well be found in ingrunt words. One could hardly miss your very clinical dispatch of the quirky YARDFOWLISM for which the AUSTERITY CONSORTIUM is known. Good job! Check that…..GREAT JOB!

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  7. Walter Blackman July 20, 2015 at 11:28 PM #

    Only Asking July 19, 2015 at 2:18 AM #
    “Pray tell Walter Blackman what is the alternative? I am tired of those who say to get rid of the Government and then proceed to offer no alternative.”

    Only Asking,
    Your question and comment above remind me of a woman who has a man that constantly beats her. Most of her teeth have been knocked out, her eyes are swollen shut, and her cheekbones have been elevated with stockpiled scar tissue.
    When asked why she doesn’t get rid of the abusive man, she angrily replies: “It is alright for “wunna” to talk. When I get rid of my man, “wunna” will help me get another one? I know what I putting down, but I don’t know what I will be picking up. And besides, he beats me because he loves me.”

    Only Replying.

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  8. Walter Blackman July 20, 2015 at 11:37 PM #

    Alvin Cummins July 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

    @ Walter,
    “Exactly who are you talking about when you speak of the “Political class”?”

    Alvin Cummins,
    You are asking the wrong person. Why don’t you ask PM Freundel Stuart?

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  9. Colonel Buggy July 20, 2015 at 11:46 PM #

    Simple Simon July 20, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

    Maybe the government will have to move to the We Jonesing plan and crack some heads and shoot some people, that is all those who are 60 or older.
    ……………………………………………………
    In other words make good use of the Arms Houses.ie St Anns Fort, Coleridge Street, and the Clay Pigeon Club

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  10. Colonel Buggy July 21, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

    Why is it time after time the Immigration Department allows this rot to happen. Someone advertises a vacancy in the local papers, anonymously, using a P.O Box address, then later we see the same people,again using the same P.O Box address, notifying the public that they are applying for a Work Permit .
    The Immigration Department should insist that before a Work Permit is granted, that the vacancy be again advertised using the full business address or home address.
    Barbadians, and the Unions, especially in these difficult times need at wake up and endeavor to put a stop to this nonsense.
    PS. Following a recent announcement on the radio, by the BWU, I believe it was, I was under the impression that a Work permit is no longer required for Maids and other Domestic workers who are Caricom Nationals? So where is this live-in maid coming from ? Ukraine , like the previous two?

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  11. Hants July 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM #

    @ Colonel Buggy,

    Dem ent want nuh Bajan to help raise duh chilren.

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  12. Colonel Buggy July 21, 2015 at 3:23 PM #

    @ Hants,
    The Planter class in Barbados probably has not pass on to the “Come yah” newer citizens from Merka, Hingland, and Port of Spain, that Bajan ‘Mammies’ have been known to raise the great house children better than their very own.

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  13. St George's Dragon July 21, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

    I seem to remember that the advert for that post said to be successful you had to be able to cook Mexican food and speak Spanish. I somehow doubt that this one can be laid at the doors of the “Planter class”.

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  14. Colonel Buggy July 21, 2015 at 9:27 PM #

    Like advertising for a mechanic and stating that he must be Rolls Royce trained,and able to do Plasma Welding . Only to find that he is really needed to work on a old Suzuki van.

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  15. Ready to Vote July 22, 2015 at 1:41 AM #

    This administration persistently declared that it was not interested in the economy … that it was the society which was important. The administration is only now coming face to face with reality. It’s the economy stupid!!!!!!!

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  16. Colonel Buggy July 23, 2015 at 9:54 PM #

    Yesterday a Senator speaking in the Upper House stated that only 13 % of the black business persons seeking loans in Barbados are successful in obtaining such loans, while some 73% of the whites, who also apply are successful.He also quoted people of “mixed race” being 23% successful.
    Does this mean ,that our financial institutions in Barbados , still operate like the old South African apartheid regime, and has a column on each application form , with the heading “Colour of Applicant’s Skin”

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  17. St George's Dragon July 23, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

    Those statistics are scandalous. I thought it was illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race. What is being done to prosecute the financial institutions responsible?
    Can we start with finding out where was the data from and what the reasons for refusal were?

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  18. Simple Simon July 24, 2015 at 7:55 AM #

    @St George’s Dragon July 21, 2015 at 4:56 PM “I seem to remember that the advert for that post said to be successful you had to be able to cook Mexican food and speak Spanish.”

    Anybody who can read, and who has access to the internet, can find authentic Mexican recipes with which to prepare Mexican food that is, virtually 100% of Bajans can meet the Mexican food requirement. The Spanish maybe not so. But I would think that Spanish speaking parents would be glad of an opportunity for their young children to learn English from a native English speaker. Children learn quickly and the children would also retain their Spanish since presumably their own Spanish speaking parents would continue to speak to them in Spanish. I have countless Canadian born nieces and nephews who speak both English and French with native fluency because they attended French immersion classes from junior kindergarten on. It has done them a world of good to be fluent in two of the world’s major languages.

    I can cook Mexican food. My command of English is in the top 5%. I speak, read and write excellent English. I am currently unemployed. I’ve successfully raised a few children to adulthood. I could do this nanny job easily, and when the parents move on their children would have learned perfect English from their Bajan nanny, and it would have cost the parents nothing more than regular nanny wages.

    This ad was very likely written by parents who wanted to import their own former Mexican nanny.

    Immigration would be foolish to grant a work permit in this instance.

    The parents are foolishly denying thier children an opportunity to learn English.

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  19. Colonel Buggy July 24, 2015 at 4:43 PM #

    We sat back and done nothing when a former Central bank governor applied for a work permit to bring in a maid .

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  20. David July 24, 2015 at 6:59 PM #

    BU understands from a reliable source the entertainment budget of the central bank is very generous and there has been no significant cut back dispirited recent loses.

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  21. Hants July 24, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    @David,

    When you have acquired a taste for single malt it is difficult to go back to drinking white rum. lol

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  22. de Ingrunt Word July 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM #

    St. George’s you said that ‘Those statistics are scandalous….”

    And on the face of it they certainly are.

    Firstly, the senator who provided those stats should be doing exactly as you noted…clarifying where and how those stats are derived.

    Based on the 2010 estimates, Barbados’ population is 92% black and 2.7% white so these figures make a complete mockery of our educational landscape and fundamentally reinforces the contention that the corporate backbone of the country is almost completely white.

    If these figures are accurate then all that has been said on BU re the political and corporate elite ganging together to the disadvantage of the average black person/businessperson is accurate.

    It would also be a clear indication that there is rampant classicism practiced.

    But why is a stats maintained on the the race of those who request business loans? Is that captured covertly by the bank or listed openly by the loanee?

    How can we accept the status quo in B’dos so blindly and meekly that no has paid even a passing comment to these remarks and your comments?

    This data on the face of it says that the banking industry knows beyond a doubt that black men and women in Barbados have less than a 2% chance of success in business but their white counterparts will be at least 70% successful. When one considers the % of business failures due to market conditions and other factors then the data suggests that Bajan blacks are abject failures on the corporate front, according to the banking industry.

    These data need to be explained. Surely, it cannot be accurate as reported!

    This is frightening that everyone accepts this so quietly.

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  23. David July 25, 2015 at 4:10 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Where is the comment link to what the Senator stated about Black and White loans?

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  24. Bush Tea July 25, 2015 at 7:38 AM #

    @ Dee Word
    “…the data suggests that Bajan blacks are abject failures on the corporate front, according to the banking industry.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You mean….
    “..the data suggests that Bajan blacks are abject failures on the corporate front, BECAUSE OF the banking industry.”

    The reality is that most blacks borrow money from Credit Unions…
    – the banks encourage this by asking really RIDICULOUS conditions of such persons and by requiring unreasonable collateral.

    The PROBLEM is that Credit Unions have (foolishly) concentrated on consumer loans…
    – so they provide LOANS- which blacks then use to support BUSINESSES – which are mostly funded by the banks.

    This is a well know and commonly accepted situation. The FUNDAMENTAL cause is that the retarded black leadership like the people in the Credit Union (INCLUDING CASWELL) are unable to raise their game….and yet are UNWILLING to give way to persons such as Oriel Doyle and Walter Blackman who seem to understand what is needed.

    …they can’t give up the annual trips to the ‘conferences’ bozie….BUT the Credit Union NEEDS to own banks, businesses and to influence who is in the House of Assembly….

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  25. balance July 25, 2015 at 7:53 AM #


    Those statistics are scandalous. I thought it was illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race.”

    If the government is discriminating on grounds of age; why can’t others discriminate on grounds of race- both actions are unconstitutional

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  26. Caswell Franklyn July 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM #

    Bushie

    I am beginning to agree with Dompey. Get this in your thick skull: a credit union is a bank that is owned and controlled by its members for the benefit of the same members. Anything a bank can do, a credit union should be able to do but legislation is preventing the credit unions from reaching their true potential. All that is required is for the members of parliament, who are also credit unionist, to introduce legislation to change the law. Unfortunately, their priorities are not the credit unions any longer.

    If I were you Bushie, I would stop talking about things that I don’t understand.

    >

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  27. Caswell Franklyn July 25, 2015 at 8:45 AM #

    It is unconstitutional for Government to discriminate on the ground of race. Are you sure that applies to individuals?

    >

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  28. de Ingrunt Word July 25, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    David, re “Where is the comment link to what the Senator stated about Black and White loans?”, I was responding to a comment made by St. George’s of Colonel Buggy’s July 23, 2015 at 9:54 PM post.

    I tried – in vain – to find the original remarks on the House of Assembly website.

    Maybe you can point me to a current online source of Parliamentary debates (House and Senate). The website is not very useful in that regard.

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  29. David July 25, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    Thanks Dee Word, hopefully St. George’s Dragon points us to a link. The position as presented makes the person who uttered it a person a stranger to truth.

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  30. A Question for Caswell July 25, 2015 at 10:13 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn July 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM #, about credit unions, as you know, the ownership is represented by a small number of permanent shares held by each member and a small annual dividend is paid on those shares. If a member decides to terminate membership in a credit union, is that member entitled to a share in the accumulated, undistributed earnings of the credit union and, if not, who really owns the undistributed earnings of a credit union?

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  31. Winston Arthur Trechane July 25, 2015 at 11:57 AM #

    The facts of the reality have been presented. No deaf ears, please. Consciousness and open minds are on the order of the day.

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  32. Walter Blackman July 25, 2015 at 12:21 PM #

    Bush Tea July 25, 2015 at 7:38 AM #
    “This is a well known and commonly accepted situation. The FUNDAMENTAL cause is that the retarded black leadership like the people in the Credit Union (INCLUDING CASWELL) are unable to raise their game….and yet are UNWILLING to give way to persons such as Oriel Doyle and Walter Blackman who seem to understand what is needed.”

    Bush Tea,
    For the past 35 years, a nationally destructive money game has evolved in Barbados. Based on who the money grabbers ares, rules are applied or created to suit certain people’s purposes (the politician and top level civil servant play a key role here). Unwanted and undesirable competitors are identified and systematically hamstrung to keep them out of the game.

    Let me explain what I mean by way of an example.

    At the dawn of the 21st century, China had emerged as a new and major global manufacturer. Chinese goods were selling at prices 30% – 40% below their competitors on the world market. With Barbados being a major import country, the politicians realized that the leadership of the credit union movement might be tempted to invest some of its members’ funds into importing Chinese goods at lower prices. The credit unions would then be able to distribute goods to Barbadians at cheaper prices, and still make a decent profit for its members.

    Rather than allow Barbadian consumers and the credit unions to benefit from such an approach, the politicians decided that prices should be kept artificially high in Barbados, and the real benefits should be limited to a few handpicked individuals.

    Regulations were created and enforced to limit the scope of investment activities that credit unions could engage in. According to the arguments put forward, these regulations were necessary to protect members’ deposits. Pardon the interruption, but I think I hear a CLICO policyholder sobbing somewhere in the distance.

    Allan Fields, a financial opportunist and “dealer” operating in the retail sector, was hailed and lauded for his business acumen and superior management skills. On the basis of this advertisement (propaganda?), he was handpicked to receive a knighthood.

    After his “man” had been equipped with the necessary impressive credentials, PM Owen Arthur appointed Sir Allan to the post of Ambassador to China. Naturally, the relatively cheap Chinese prices were never passed on to Barbadian consumers, but a few handpicked individuals made billions, possibly. Mission accomplished!

    Sir Allan Fields, not surprisingly, eventually created a financial opportunity for himself by agreeing to a deal to sell Barbados Shipping & Trading to a Trinidadian company. The Trinidadians who bought the company publicly expressed scorn and contempt for the way the company had been managed. They said the company was being run as an “old boys network.” A knighthood bestowed under false pretenses?

    In this particular case, there was retarded black leadership alright. However, it did not come from the credit union.

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  33. Colonel Buggy July 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM #

    I too was surprised that the media,excluding CBC, did not pick up the speech made by the Senator. But if some 270, 000 Barbadians listening to the Senate speech broadcasted on CBC Radio , opted to turn a deaf ear, then my apologies to the hand full of media persons.

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  34. Colonel Buggy July 25, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

    …..That was the feeling yesterday of Sir Allan Clifford Fields on being made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List )
    ………………………………………………………

    What could be more fitting than the real mccoy British KCMG Knighthood for Alan Fields.
    I might have objected , just a little, if he was awarded the local KA, Knight of St Andrew. Like many of his now long dead KCMG holders , plundering and robbing the colonies , in the West Indies were part of their mandate. Alan Fields, followed in their footsteps, only in his case and in his time, the new Mother Country and Colonial Master, happened to be Trinidad and ,Tobago. Perhaps the KCMG is meant to be Knight Commander of the Order of Maraval and Gasparillo.

    (That was the feeling yesterday of Sir Allan Clifford Fields on being made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List )

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  35. St George's Dragon July 26, 2015 at 9:16 AM #

    I think there is a lot to be said for a return to old colonial values.
    In the news in the UK – Lord Sewel, caught on video snorting cocaine off a prostitute’s breasts through a 5 pound note. He is not only a Lord, but chair of the privileges and conduct committee and responsible for enforcing standards in the House of Lords.
    The Brits are so much better at this than our politicians and big-ups. Not only is it a much more interesting offence than withholding client’s money, but he also had the good grace to resign.

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  36. Bush Tea July 26, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    @ Walter
    In this particular case, there was retarded black leadership alright. However, it did not come from the credit union.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You are only partially correct….you probably mean that it did not ONLY come from the Credit Union. You would be surprised to know of the level of support for the government’s ‘controls’ that came from WITHIN the credit unions….
    Additionally, how do you classify the ‘leadership’ of a movement that then enjoyed membership of nearly 100,000 out of a population of 160,000 adults….and allows politicians who are created by votes, to chain their hands?

    …as to Allan Fields….
    …the less said the better.
    His reputation goes back MANY years before BS&T…and the very FACT that Arthur found him to be a ‘person of merit’ brings Arthur’s judgment in question.
    Shiite man…. that was even worse than the chicken feed man that was made supervisor of insurance to facilitate CLICO….

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  37. David July 26, 2015 at 10:01 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    Is that 100,000 number filtered for duplication?

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  38. Bush Tea July 26, 2015 at 10:17 AM #

    @ Caswell
    What Credit union is what bank what?!?
    Lotta Shiite!!

    If a Credit Union was a bank why do they ALL have to deposit their funds with a commercial bank? Why can’t they all do the same things that banks do?

    A Credit Union is a financial cooperative whose role is to pool its members’s funds and to use those funds for the mutual benefit of members,…and which is operated and managed along co-operative principles. Since business is done only with the members, little external control is required to protect customers (members) from owners (members).

    A damn Bank is a private company that offers financial services to the public, and whose mission is to maximise benefits to its shareholders. A banking act is therefore normally designed to ensure that the bank does not rob the public excessively.

    You need to seek repentance for your major role in hamstringing the Credit Unions from this type of expansion….and leave MANAGEMENT issues to people like Bushie (who rich as shiite) and Walter (who really understand this shiite)…and stick with your forte which is GOVERNANCE. There is a very simple reason why you are as ‘poor as a church mouse’ ….DO NOT continue to force that poverty on Credit Unions…

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  39. Bush Tea July 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM #

    @ David
    ‘nearly 100,000’ is ballpark …as in anything from 51,000 to 145,000.
    The point of the potential influence on national politics remains.

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  40. David July 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM #

    Agree with you Bush Tea the operating model is different based on vision of the credit union and bank. Even a simple issue of scale position banks to be more competitive.

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  41. David July 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

    Bear in mind the influence comes if it is a whole and not disperse?

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  42. Bush Tea July 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM #

    @ David
    the influence comes if it is a whole and not disperse
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    That is where LEADERSHIP comes in…

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