L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)

A Chance to Finish What They Started

Submitted by Old Onions Bag
Disgraced Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington

Disgraced Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington

It would appear as if this current administration is on a quest to engage the Barbadian populace in a lot of garbled debates on non-existing projects that inevitably will never come to being, hoping to distract from their poor economic performances during the past 7 years.

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Think it was then dean emeritus Harold’s rant (and the likes), whom with their pregnant cries and wishful perorations (for the ‘holding on til the last tethers), sought to garner a second term. Today we can all reflect where such idolatrous interfering has gotten us,

Back to a rambling
In an oddments land,
Into deeper slips
And now ever expanding shams
Spiralling downward to economic depths unknown.

One can recall from perfidious settlement times for both headmaster and teachers of Alexandra, (when a NCF doctor became stenographer)… to the sending of 300 odd NCC workers to a non- existing tribunal by a somnambulist, without as much a green slip or care.  Such would have entitled the workers to a paltry yet decent nine months unemployment benefits pay-pack to take home. As the usual, somebody got it wrong, again. “A chance to finish what they started?” True to form!

Now all this nonsense talk about a plasma gasification plant to burn imported garbage at the astronomical cost of $485 Billion over 30 years. Did I hear the minister say…“but it will cost us nothing up front to build?” As if future cost are irrelevant to present decision making. Where is the logic far less sense of economic realism? What about (if any) irreparable damage to the environs of this island as well as the opportunity cost of another abject failure?

Such talk coming from those who should know better, confirms square pegs truly occupy round holes. As if that was not repulsive enough, no (EAP) environmental assessment plan has been done to establish how the project will affect the water table or toxic gases emitted to surroundings, yet four mousy ministers were quix to pen a contract. A true Kodak moment indeed: We are made to understand that the designated, never built anything such before, PERIOD.

A chance to finish what they started right?”.. mellifluous comedy of errors continues.

Imagine a proposed closure of Andrews Sugar factory and build a plant costing $485 million to burn river tamarind to generate electricity for this island’s grid. Do away with all the sugar plants and plant wild river tamarind they dare say? Imagine Barbados’ once fanciful canefield, now gorgonly decked in wild rivers of tamarind. Have these people gone completely bananas?  Even Germany cold as ever, and covered with snow three quarters of the year, see sense in generating solar electricity at a fraction of the cost of fossil led fuels.  “A chance to finish what they started right?”… Nitwitism!

It would appear as if this current administration is on a quest to engage the Barbadian populace in a lot of garbled debates on non-existing projects that inevitably will never come to being, hoping to distract from their poor economic performances during the past 7 years.

A new Sugar Sweet cruise terminal costing in excess $400 million US in the works to start this year (Sealy). Really? Whatever became of the $500 million sunk cost on Four Seasons in Black Rock?…rebarrs and concrete outcrops propping up vines and bush. A half Billion dollars in taxpayers’ gone the way of Jacob’s horse nostrils and not even as much as a decent interment for the waste. Sugar Sweet?..or bare sweet talk to tantalize imaginations when truth is a hiatus abounds. Let’s face it, a government that cannot find monies to pay paltry income tax returns, hallucinates of grandeurs extraordinaire. Malvolio and a Mid Summer’s Dream come to mind.

The plot thickens, as the Ossie Moore’s stratagem unfolds, the SSA, Customs and Immigration workers on a ‘go slow’ at a time when most localized visitors frequent the island. Many relate of the long lines and inconveniences being experienced at both ports of entry during our largest cultural festival Crop Over. A golden opportunity wasted which could have maximized a cool $80 Million US. to our sluggish economy. Surely not rocket science here. Why one would have thought that anything to avert a ‘go slow’ action now would be a priority. “A chance to finish what they started right?” A resurgence of their lethargy!

Time we call a spade a spade …(or a shovel). This badly haemorrhaging administration is mortified and don’t have a clue how to kick start this economy (not even after 7 years). Their Medium Term Fiscal Plan (a now confirmed dud) gives them no leeway at this late hour to turn around the country. Bajans have grown tired hearing from ET about the projected miniscule growth and able stability when in fact the economy is spiralling downwards. We are tired too of empty excuses for they solve nothing. The administration has seemingly taken a siding to phantasmagoria and has adopted smoke and mirror tactics in hope of leapfrogging to 2018. “A chance to finish what they started you say?” This second term was nothing more than a continuum of the first but even WORSE,……unqualified failures.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me – OOB

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26 Comments on “A Chance to Finish What They Started”

  1. Violet C Beckles July 29, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

    All are crooks need to go , None can ever tell the truth and work to fix, More lies on top of more lies by liars lying.

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  2. Colonel Buggy July 29, 2015 at 10:48 PM #

    By the way, VCB I’ve noticed that the land around Wotton old plantaion yard is being cleared and the old buildings demolished. Has the land been sold to Massy to build their superstore?

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  3. Prodigal Son July 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    Excellent post, OOB.

    You seem to be like me…tired talking as these morons are not listening to a fellow!

    The Stinkliar is to meet today with the unions and apparently he is calculating how much this go slow is costing the country.

    They do not care about the people, are hell bent on doing whatever they want, ram what they want down the people’s throats with a like it or lump it attitude and think people are going to stand for this nonsense all the time.

    The previous government who knew how to manage an economy decided that it would not make sense to put Customs under a Revenue Authority but these morons with their “homegrown” IMF remedy had no choice but to do what the IMF said. And to boot the BRA is not even being managed properly.

    By the way, why was Caswell’s union not invited to the meeting after all he represents 72 Customs Officers?

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  4. Roebuck St. Economist July 30, 2015 at 11:17 AM #

    OOB,
    Nice to see you back……

    These moron on the move to commit a ‘Sandi’. Its just a matter of time. Never in the history of lil Bullbadoes has there been so much turmoil. All these strikes say something and they talking about adamant. Enough time \ rope and even a cockroach will hang its self,

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  5. Roebuck St. Economist July 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM #

    snip>

    ” to the sending of 300 odd NCC workers to a non- existing tribunal by a somnambulist,…….”

    You got me brekkin up Onions …a WHO ? LOL

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  6. Unequally Perched July 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

    The performance of this Government in its first term was suffice for a booting. That we all knew yet they were re-elected to do more mess. What does this tell you ? Bajans like stupidity and being tossed around goat. Well they getting all that they deserve and more. A somnambulist leading them to there abominations with tongue tied and pajamas on – a match made in heaven don’t U think/

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  7. Prodigal Son July 30, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    I guess we will forever be confused as to how these morons were re-elected in 2013.

    Every day when I see the nonsense being passed off as governance, I cringed as I recall what a dem friend of mine told me prior to the election……….”wunnah think wunnah gine win, think again, we got a plan for wunnah”.

    I never in my life thought the day would come when the dems would actually buy off the people of this country. Gullible people who now have Barbadians seeing hell!

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  8. Bush Tea July 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

    @ Old Onions
    Boss… wuh is all these funny names you posting under now bosie…?
    You hiding from the sea cat woman or de wife…?

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  9. Gabriel July 30, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Prodigal,
    Don’t forget the Dems flew in Bajan Yankees,Bajecanajuns and BOCFA Brits to bolster their chances at the polls.Recall the StKitts election was lost owing to a plane load of Denzil Doulgas’s overseas voters from the U.S. not arriving in time.
    When you add the overseas votes,the purchased votes and the apathy of almost 40% of the electorate who voted with their feet,the result is a hung Prime Minister on a gallows called the poor rakey parliament 2013-18.

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  10. Prodigal Son July 30, 2015 at 2:46 PM #

    One thing that you cannot fault the dems for, they know how to play politics……..as a blood sport, according to OSA.

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  11. Hants July 30, 2015 at 2:46 PM #

    This tells us a whole lot.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/70492/bl-cahill-discussion

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  12. Hants July 30, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

    “THE Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) has not been involved in any discussions on the multimillion-dollar waste-to-energy project by Cahill Energy”

    If true, how could “Cahill” make a proposal without knowing how much BL&P is willing to pay for WTE based electricity.

    Am I wrong to think that the first people Cahill should have discussed their proposal with is their only client in Barbados?

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  13. are-we-there-yet July 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    Hants;

    I got the impression that Cahill expected Government to purchase all the electricity generated from the WTE plant and then sell on to BL&P, hence the question of passing on savings to the consumer. But I might be wrong, will have to read the memorandum again.

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  14. Bush Tea July 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM #

    LOL…
    is that not EXACTLY what the BLP did with fuel and National Terminals? …force the oil companies to sell oil to BL&P through BNTCL and then added on their ‘cut’.

    This is why our fuel retail prices lag so far behind world fuel prices? If they think that the new Canadian owners will fall lamely for that scam like the lame Bajan whites that ran the place before ……government may be in for a shock… Emera like money too bad skippa…

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  15. David July 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM #

    If Cahill WtE will be designed to generate significant energy – king grass and all – does it not make sense to engage BL&P at an early stage?

    JAs

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  16. St George's Dragon July 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

    Answered on another thread. BL&P does not need to engage in discussion with Cahill. The Government has signed up to purchase all power generated by the plant (whether it is actually generated or not) for a kW rate far higher than BL&P generate for, or buys renewable energy at from private photovoltaic installations.
    Hang on for your power bills to go up if they ever build this thing.

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  17. David July 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

    If the government buys the energy who will be the buyer? Is it not necessary to give BL&P a heads up to facilitate planning?

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  18. Prodigal Son July 30, 2015 at 6:51 PM #

    This government does not think things through………..every thing is done as a knee jerk reaction!

    For starts, the government does not own BL&P, so why would they ever negotiate a deal where they have to BUY the energy from this plant?

    Mind boggling, to say the least!

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  19. St George's Dragon July 30, 2015 at 7:21 PM #

    Presumably Government can tell BL&P they have to take the power at the agreed rate, either themselves or through the ventriloquist’s dummy that they call the Fair Trading Commission. Same as they did with photovoltaic systems. On the basis that BL&P are guaranteed a 10% or so rate of return, they would be happy to make that on higher priced power, wouldn’t they?
    And yes, BL&P will presumably need to make modifications to grid infrastructure etc., but in the same way, 10% profit on that cost can’t be a bad thing for them.
    The people who lose will be consumers who will get passed the bill in higher power charges.

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  20. David July 30, 2015 at 8:16 PM #

    IF the government can force a purchase agreement down the throat of BL&P it doesn’t make it good business.

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  21. Bush Tea July 30, 2015 at 9:06 PM #

    @ Dragon
    Well said.

    @ David
    Boss, the previous government did the SAME thing with fossil fuel. Why would these not replace that ‘arrangement’ with Cahill? ….just that wunna ain’t figure out the big foot trick played with BNTCL yet🙂

    As long as the power company is guaranteed their 10% overhead why the hell would they complain? …did they not exceed that last year?
    It just means that those unfortunate enough to have to buy electricity will pay the piper…

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  22. Rank and File August 1, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    Time for reflection long gone and the whole Barbados dun ready to boot these LOSERS…that is if they doan implode before another Eager 15.

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  23. Samuel Agundy September 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM #

    Did PM Stuart at the recent Press conference in St.James South office not attempt to back peddle and do a ‘wuffle shuffle’ saying you Bajans will have the last say on this Cahill issue? So why did those slick wick minister so quix to put pen to paper on this Cahill issue?

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  24. Samuel Agundy September 15, 2015 at 1:03 PM #

    snip>

    A new Sugar Sweet cruise terminal costing in excess $400 million US in the works to start this year (Sealy). Really? Whatever became of the $500 million sunk cost on Four Seasons in Black Rock?…rebarrs and concrete outcrops propping up vines and bush. A half Billion dollars in taxpayers’ gone the way of Jacob’s horse nostrils and not even as much as a decent interment for the waste. Sugar Sweet?..or bare sweet talk to tantalize imaginations when truth is a hiatus abounds. Let’s face it, a government that cannot find monies to pay paltry income tax returns, hallucinates of grandeurs extraordinaire. Malvolio and a Mid Summer’s Dream come to mind.

    A good laugh!

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  25. Samuel Agundy September 15, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

    snip>

    “A chance to finish what they started right?”.. the mellifluous comedy of errors continues.”

    LOL …………One could not have said it better. JOKER UNLIMITED that what!

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  26. Deputy Dogl October 2, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

    Why is it that Chris and his gorillaphants are SO YELLOW that they are unable to speak the truths? Barbados is on a rapid decline with people losing jobs daily and yet still these morons would have us believe they have things under control.

    Every day more and more companies going belly up as draconian TAXES take full EFFECT dragging down the money supply to new lows.

    A chance to finish what they started eh?..Sure a bankrupt Barbados thaty what !

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