Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart won the head to head match up with Arthur in 2013.

Prime Minister STOP Harassing Taxpayers

Submitted by Anthony Davis
<p><strong>Chris Sinckler</strong>, Minister of Finance (l) <strong>Fruendel Stuart</strong>, Prime Minister and Head of the Civil Service (r)</p>

<p><strong>Chris Sinckler</strong>, Minister of Finance (l) <strong>Fruendel Stuart</strong>, Prime Minister and Head of the Civil Service (r)</p>

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has warned that if Government did not improve its revenue collection system, […]with the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) as the collecting agency,

his administration would be forced to ‘impose heavier burdens’ on Barbadians – Barbados Today (1 August 2015)

There are two things which jump out at me!

1) The Prime Minister seems to be saying: either Customs comes on board at the BRA – which it was agreed upon that it is not mandatory for them so to do – or we will be burdened with some pie in the sky tax as a punishment.

2) Once again this government seeks to lay the blame at someone else’s door step by stating that the BLP had this in mind, whereas they did not intend including Customs in the BRA they had envisioned.

This carrot and stick attitude reminds me very much of the colonial masters, and it does not augur well for our country and its populace because it does not matter what colour massa is!

These veiled threats are becoming too commonplace  these days.

What the Prime Minister should do is to tell his Minister of Finance not to give away our taxes as if they were his own.

He is always crying out that he does not have any money to aid the poor, the needy and the vulnerable in our society, yet he can find millions to give to every Tom, Dick and Harry who steps off a plane purporting to want to give us free deals!

There is no such thing as a free lunch!

Put the freebies you want to give to Cahill Energy to better use, and stop harassing the populace of this country for willy nilly taxes and then misusing them!

That is our money.

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135 Comments on “Prime Minister STOP Harassing Taxpayers”

  1. are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 7:05 AM #

    De Ingrunt Word;

    Yuh rite!

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  2. David August 10, 2015 at 7:07 AM #

    @Dee Word

    The T&T investigation exposed the deep intercompany transactions which a high quality forensic may only scratch the service. If you have been following Afra Raymond’s fight in T&T where transparency legislation exist you may grasp the enormity of the task.

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  3. de Ingrunt Word August 10, 2015 at 7:16 AM #

    Are-We, the thing about a virus particularly a political one as described so eloquently by Walter is that it takes a lot of willing participants.

    As much as I agree that there is “… the CLICO cover-ups here by a bevy of flawed DLP politicians …” . that coverup could not have been facilitated without the complicity of others in the BLP specifically and throughout our society.

    Tired and cliched now though it be: A Pox on both those parties and beyond.

    Has anyone, for example, ever explained/investigated how DT was able to administer funds to and from one of his Law Firms company accounts without the approval of office personnel although he was officially not affiliated with the company and would have been removed as a signatory to the bank accounts when he was appointed PM.

    Lots of people complicit beyond the clearly self-preserving DLP pols.

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  4. de Ingrunt Word August 10, 2015 at 7:32 AM #

    Oh absolutely David, enormous it is. What Alfa Raymond’s had charge also tells us is that the ‘coverup’ is firmly in place there.

    One actor there, Mariano Browne, we all all know here from his banking stints here and just seeing the role he played as a financially smart insider who went on to a senior Mn of Finance official and how he refused along with a few others to speak to the commissioners was interesting.

    The same question asked in the US, why were the investigators not given subpoena a power to make the matter a official legal matter was posed here. And same reason: cover up of financial misdeeds. But we know that.

    To your point on Alfa, T&T have their Richardson in him so maybe all is not lost on that front.

    He does need to be careful, however. T&T has this small problem of attempted robberies with resulting killings in driveways and so on. A fate akin to which which Selwyn Ricardson encountered.

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  5. Bush Tea August 10, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    @ David
    CLICO is a regional pox, …but NOWHERE ELSE has there been the degree of GOVERNMENTAL involvement, cover-up, obstrufication and downright LYING as in Barbados.
    Nowhere else have the PEOPLE been as docile and ACCEPTING of the crookery as in Barbados….

    Shiite man…. EVEN THOSE WHOSE MONEY was stolen are quietly accepting the thievery and just hoping that someone, somewhere, would somehow give them their money back….

    How many cheated policyholders joined the pressure group?
    What have the damn group done except seek photo ops with Stinkliar and the other CLICO thieves?

    Bunch of brass…

    Spiritual law No 453B /22c
    ..where piles of shiite are allowed to accumulate, and no action is taken to properly dispose of such shiite in a country, said country’s ass shall be grass until such time as their donkeys REPENT of the lotta shiite, CLEAN UP the shiite, and take steps to properly SANITISE their surroundings….and to keep it so…

    BTW David,
    Bushie just noted your reference from an ’emailer’ for Bushie to take up the cause of the chicken farmers who are owed ‘millions’ by some fast food chain….

    YOU AIN’T SERIOUS RIGHT…?
    YOU AIN’T really pass that to Bushie in truth….!!!

    Skippa, Bushie has a WHACKER….!
    He is not a damn baby sitter.
    Tell them to join Unity… Caswell is into baby-sitting …not stinking Bushie…

    You telling the Bushman that MILLION DOLLAR FARMERS don’t know how to deal with some ‘fast’ crook? …and looking for a sugar daddy to do their dirty work for them?

    steupsss ….these farmers are probably the same shiites that own CLICO policies and waiting for someone to clean up their mess….
    In the meantime what do they do…?
    Run off and buy Stinkliar’s and Worrell’s Bonds – and will come again next few years looking for someone to ‘take up their cause…’

    Steupsss…
    Bushie would like to see the fast food outlet that owes the Bushman more than $500 …and is still open to business …or even have principals living in Bim……😦

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  6. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 8:03 AM #

    Dompey, BU is not about YOU or ME, the blog-master provided this forum for us to comment on local and international issues. Unfortunately, I strayed away from that purpose by engaging in an IMMATURE “tit for tat” with you.

    Interestingly, you NEVER, EVER COMMENT ON ANY ISSUE presented to BU for discussion. Instead, you prefer to come to the blog excessively CRITICIZE everyone who contributes in this forum.

    That seems to be your MISSION on BU.

    What does that say about you?

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  7. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM #

    @ Walter

    Whereas I am a local self employed individual, Deloitte is an international accounting firm.
    Do you really believe the judicial manager would want to pay someone like me at least $1M to conduct a forensic audit of CLICO’s operations?

    Walter, being self-employed in Barbados is not as easy as some people make it out to be. Many of us are confronted with issues of discrimination and dishonesty, which are generally perpetrated by people we know.

    You have “friends” who rather employ the services of PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young or KPMG, before they even consider us or any of the smaller accounting firms in Barbados. Why? It’s our mentality.

    However, if they want a favour or something done for free, you can guess who they will seek first.

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  8. are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    DIW;

    Agree essentially with your 7:16 am post. But in this matter the DLP PM’s were the main actors or instigators in the flawed denouement, passively abetted by the former BLP PM and not so passively by the Policy Holders group and by the numerous Bajan Brass Bowls as defined by Bush Tea.

    Artaxerxes;

    Your above post helps to put Walter’s earlier one in stark local perspective re. the probability of a Barbados Government, in the situation that the DLP was in, hiring a local unaligned professional or firm to be essentially part of a blatant coverup. Walter’s position on that was counter intuitive and really not essential to the construction of his major point on the need to set standards, guidelines, performance targets, etc. to ensure that qualified Bajan professionals and firms should not be discriminated against re. access to gainful employment opportunities by Government .

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  9. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

    @ AWTY

    I read you managed to sort out your land tax issue.

    We should also look at income taxes and how the removal of certain deductibles would affect the average working class individual.

    Sinckler proposed that from income year 2015, along with the existing personal allowances, the deductions allowed for filing income tax are (1) energy audit retrofits, (2) contributions to trade unions and statutory associations, (3) donations to charities including the church.

    The personal allowances include the personal allowance of $25,000 or $40,000 for pensioners; allowance for a spouse who is not working = $3,000; child allowance = $1,000 per child (not more than 2 children).

    The removal of $10,000 per annum home allowance will obviously affect those persons who are paying mortgages, since they can no longer claim interest or for repairs up to $10,000.

    They government has also removed the $10,000 per annum deduction for planning and saving for the future, i.e. investing in a registered retirement savings plan. This is a worrying development, especially against the background of a slowly depleting NIS funds.

    Sinckler mentioned the impact of the removal of these tax deductions would not be harsh, since he reduced the higher personal income tax rate to 33.5% (from 35%) and the lower band of 17.5% will be reduced to 16%. However, if you compare a calculation of your income tax return for 2014 to the 2015 return inclusive of the proposed changes, the overall impact would be somewhat negligible in comparison to the increased taxation resulting from the removal of the tax allowances.

    It is interesting to note that these measures are also expected to result in a reduction of 60% of the total tax refunds processed by the BRA.

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  10. Walter Blackman August 10, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

    are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 8:57 AM #
    DIW;

    “Artaxerxes;

    Your above post helps to put Walter’s earlier one in stark local perspective re. the probability of a Barbados Government, in the situation that the DLP was in, hiring a local unaligned professional or firm to be essentially part of a blatant coverup. Walter’s position on that was counter intuitive…..”

    are-we-there-yet,
    I believe that Deloitte would get a troubling visit or call from the Canadian authorities if it could be demonstrated that they were hired by the Barbados government as a “professional or firm to be essentially part of a blatant coverup.”

    There is no law, in Barbados, that gives the government the right to ban its citizens from doing a job, because it wants to cover up a crime!
    There is no law, in Barbados, that gives a minister of government the right to commit a crime, and then banish Barbadians from performing a legitimate job, in order to cover up that crime!

    Don’t get me wrong. I understand fully that you are trying to ram into my thick skull that politicians in Barbados can do any crap. They can violate the law and abuse us as citizens, and then we in turn must show them how bright, astute, and pragmatic we are by telling them: “we understand that you must treat us so in order to coverup the wicked acts you have done!”

    I am going to ask my question a second time: Can the government of Barbados be sued, if there is enough evidence to show that it is discriminating against persons for government jobs, simply because these persons are Barbadians? You might deem this question counter-intuitive, but my mind is seeking an answer.

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  11. are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

    Artax;

    Yes! Thanks!

    Have been struggling to see how myself and other pensioners will survive with so many allowances removed. It will be difficult, especially for those of us who don’t have a second property or other income to supplement the pensions or those who are providing support to elderly family or other dependants, some of whom are not working.

    One thing for sure is that next year few will have to wait for income tax refunds as the ones who normally get such refunds will instead have to pay Government arrears on their personal Income tax.

    What is also very worrisome is the current trend for NIS pension cheques to be delayed for various seemingly unlikely reasons. They’re at it again this month.

    There doesn’t seem to be any silver lining just beyond the horizon.

    I think the Unions need to be supported in their new militancy as the day seems to be rapidly approaching where a seemingly unsympathetic government appears to be hell bent on squeezing everything out of the easy targets, subsidizing the ones which can pay towards their retirements while doing nothing sensible to put the economy back on track, and it looks as if only the Unions can make them see reason.

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  12. are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

    Walter;

    You said above:-

    Don’t get me wrong. I understand fully that you are trying to ram into my thick skull that politicians in Barbados can do any crap. They can violate the law and abuse us as citizens, and then we in turn must show them how bright, astute, and pragmatic we are by telling them: “we understand that you must treat us so in order to coverup the wicked acts you have done!”

    All I’m trying to ram into your thick skull is that you need to appreciate what are the current realities of the situation, not try to pretend that Barbados has the same safeguards that the US has in matters of this kind. Nowhere have I condoned the situation both you and I have described.

    You made a mistake! Admit it and move on instead of trying to impute that I am welcoming their practices or suggesting that their covering up activities are acceptable, correct or immutable.

    I think my major fault, in your eyes, is questioning your analysis. You can’ deal wid dat.

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  13. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM #

    Artax

    It is best that I inform you as I have done with so much others here on BU that my main purpose on this blog is to pine for the social, political and intellectual discourse of a people I love, and of a country which should forever remain etched in my consciousness to the day of my physical expiration from our human existence.

    Now, if you or anyone else here somehow mistakenly believe for one brief moment that I am concerned about what level of education you have achieved; what political party you have pledged your loyalties to; who you are seeing; and what you’re having to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’re sadly mistaking. Because my main purpose as I have described about, it to pine for that linage to a people I have much in common with, and to do so within an atmosphere that is conducive to uplifting one another. But some persons here do not wish to see this materialize, and that okay because we obviously have to leave room for the Devil to play.

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  14. Donna August 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    Dompey,

    Then leave that alone and make your point, Dear Dompey.

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  15. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM #

    Donna August 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    “Dompey, Then leave that alone and make your point, Dear Dompey.”

    That’s exactly my point, Donna, but he NEVER does. What does Harry Truman have to do with Barbados being over taxed?

    What sickens me about this individual is, rather than make meaningful contributions to any article posted to BU for discussion, HE PREFERS TO INSULT OR ABUSE OTHER CONTRIBUTORS. What does this say about his character?

    Take this present topic, “Prime Minister Stop Harassing Tax Payers,” for example. As at 11:19am there were 89 comments on this topic. Out of these 89 comments, Dompey made 20; and none of the 20 DID NOT have anything to do WITH THE TOPIC.

    Rather than using those 20 opportunities to add something of value to the “discussion” about TAXES in Barbados, he used his time to insult “Violet C. Beckles,” “Prodigal Son,” you and me, as well as to aggrandize himself and make the blog about HIM.

    Donna, this guy is a sickening, narcissistic braggart.

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  16. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

    @ Donna

    Dompey August 9, 2015 at 5:49 PM #

    I respect your opinion, but I respectfully disagree with your analogy regarding parades in North America because I find them quite mundance (MUNDANE) and very boring. Their (THEY) aren’t anything at all like our festivels (FESTIVALS) in Barbados and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

    Read the above contribution coming from a man who mentioned in previous posts he knows how and when to use there, they or their in a sentence.

    Additionally, “mundane” means “lacking interest or excitement, dull and BORING.” So, he’s essentially saying “…..I find them quite boring and very boring.”

    Shiite.

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  17. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    Artax

    Donna, it appears as though Artax seems to be just as childish as I am? Now, I have made a miscalculation with respect to the word “mundane”, which I actually meant to employ within the sentence yesterday, instead of the word “mundance” and he focuses all of his attention on this very minor miscalculation. It just goes to show his level intellectual mature, and his inability to distinguish when someone has genuine made an honest mistake. Artax, have I ever said to you that I am perfect? Of course not, but it appears as though you seem to think that I am because you have failed in your efforts to discredit my intellectual-stance to attribute my miscalculation to human error. Donna, this is what the antagonist does, he exploits your every weakness in an effort to undermine your intellectual stance, to aggrandize his sense of intellectual- prowess.

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  18. Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 1:53 PM #

    Narcissistic Personality Disorder (pathological narcissist) is a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by an EXAGGERATED SENSE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE and uniqueness, extreme selfishness, EXCESSIVE CRAVING FOR ATTENTION AND ADMIRATION, PREOCCUPATION WITH GRANDIOSE VIEWS OF THEIR OWN TALENTS AND FANTASIES CONCERNING THE SELF (I.E. BELIEVES SELF TO BE SUPERIOR), as well as a lack of empathy.

    They are of the misguided opinion they are “special” and unique and CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BY, OR SHOULD ASSOCIATE WITH, OTHER SPECIAL OR HIGH-STATUS PEOPLE (or institutions). THE PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSIST ALSO DISPLAYS ARROGANT, HAUGHTY (RUDE AND ABUSIVE) BEHAVIOURS OR ATTITUDES.

    People with narcissistic personality disorder often display snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes. For example, an individual with this disorder may complain about a clumsy waiter’s “rudeness” or “stupidity” or conclude a medical evaluation with a condescending evaluation of the physician.

    The above is characteristic of Dompey. He’s just another immature jackass who comes to BU to nick-pick about everything and anything.

    A child who thinks he’s so intellectual, but he does not know when or how to use THERE, THEY or THEIR.

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  19. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 2:32 PM #

    Donna

    Artax, seems to be delusional because he has somehow mistaken me for Bush Tea. He claims or seems to think that I contribute little of value to the discussions here on Bu, and that my contribution is often enterlaced with negative critique. And this my God is the furthest thing from the truth because in essence, I often like to bring an international perspective to add and enhance the level of the topic before deliberation here on BU. Now, in certain areas of the discussion that I am not too informed about, I try my best to stay out of it unless someone levels a negative comment in my direction-which often happens and then I usually respond.

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  20. Donna August 10, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    Artaxerxes and Dompey,

    Will the bigger man put an end to this seemingly ceaseless nonsense?

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  21. Gabriel August 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM #

    For those of us who listened and practised the Use of English,this donkey is a red rag to a bull with his arrogance, scribbled in pidgin english.

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  22. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    Donna

    I hear what you’re saying and quite frankly, you’re correct, but there is an enigmatic quality regarding the human ego which the psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychologists and cognitive- scientist, haven’t been able to fully comprehend as of yet.

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  23. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    Gabriel, thanks for the laugh …. I needed that brother . lol

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  24. de Ingrunt Word August 10, 2015 at 4:06 PM #

    Donna at some point, if he has not already become so involved, I presume your son will become involved in his school debating society or have serious interaction at a club. There he will surely learn the art of verbal battles. Such is this skirmish. All good.

    And remember we get our joys in different way.

    Artax loves the art of verbal war and the lovely craftsmanship of words; he appears quite skilled there actually.

    Dompey drives Artax to a frenzy because the Domps thinks he is artful in these verbal skirmishes although he regularly mauls the language and is absolutely lacking grace in his stilted usage.

    Please leave Artax and Dompey to their fun. From the sidelines it seems harmless to me.

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  25. de Ingrunt Word August 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    Oh gee, Gabriel you have said it so well.

    Imagine how that red rag infuriates anyone who then has gone beyond that basic ‘use of English’ exposure and has truly embraced the wonders and joys of the English Language.

    Dompey is then like the worst type of insurgent …dare I say it a ‘language terrorist’!

    Artax is the avenger to that terror!

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  26. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Gabriel
    Brother, I don’t seem to get it or perhaps I am not the brightest candle on the cake here because I really do not see anything to be arrogant about. Now, firstly, we’re beholding to the knowledge of those that are amongst us, and those who have gone ahead of us. We haven’t made any significant contributions which have impacted positive change in the course of human civilization, and I certainly do not have millions in the bank. And could quite possibly die at less than a minute notice on the request of the Moral Arbiter above. So tell me Gabriel: what is there to be arrogant about?

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  27. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM #

    No ingrunt … just call me the verbal jihaist brother.

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  28. David August 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM #

    @Dee Word

    BU a play where the dullards and the intellectuals converge.

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  29. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM #

    It is mindboggling how some here are endeavoring to dissect the inadequacies and insufficiencies in my writing, but I have witnessed many on BU employing my commonly used words and phrases. Things that make one stop and pensively contemplate lunacy associated with contemporary academism

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  30. Donna August 10, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

    De Ingrunt Word,

    Throwing my words back at me, are you?

    I don’t think Artaxerxes is having fun. If he was he would have told me so. He is allowing himself to be rattled and distracted. There is no humour here, just childish insults whiuch demean a man of his apparent stature.

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  31. Donna August 10, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    which

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  32. Donna August 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM #

    Have fun! I have better things to do.

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  33. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 6:48 PM #

    Donna

    I am not quite sure how long you have been on the BU blog? But I have been on this blog for quite a few years now, and I can state without much equivocation that quite a few of the eldership on this blog can be very condescending as well as demeaning at times. And my emotional impetuosity leads me at times to respond to their belittlement, in a manner that is not conducive to the social niceties of modern day society.

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  34. Walter Blackman August 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM #

    are-we-there-yet August 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM #
    “Walter;

    You made a mistake! Admit it and move on instead of trying to impute that I am welcoming their practices or suggesting that their covering up activities are acceptable, correct or immutable.

    I think my major fault, in your eyes, is questioning your analysis. You can’ deal wid dat.”

    are-we-there-yet,
    You have lost me! I will take your advice and move on.

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  35. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM #

    Donna

    I have come under some harsh criticism for my grammar, syntax and punctuation usage, when I first came to this blog, but I took that criticism the way a real man ought; with temerity and boldness. So the fact the Artax is somehow emotionally shaken because someone has level an honest critique of his writing, demonstrates to some extent, his lack of emotional equanimity, and self- confidence.

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  36. Walter Blackman August 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    Artaxerxes August 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM #
    “@ Walter

    Walter, being self-employed in Barbados is not as easy as some people make it out to be. Many of us are confronted with issues of discrimination and dishonesty, which are generally perpetrated by people we know.

    You have “friends” who rather employ the services of PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young or KPMG, before they even consider us or any of the smaller accounting firms in Barbados. Why? It’s our mentality.

    However, if they want a favour or something done for free, you can guess who they will seek first.”

    Artaxerxes,
    I know precisely what you are talking about and I feel your pain.

    When it comes to our so-called friends giving us work, there is a point to bear in mind. Part of our people’s mindset is to walk about and try to convince others that they are millionaires rubbing shoulders with “high society” people. Some of them spend their lives doing this, because of class pressures in Barbados.

    We are professionals working in the financial services sector, so if it is a matter related to insurance, pensions, annuities, accounting, or tax services they have to provide confidential financial information to us. To their way of thinking, giving us such information would reveal the reality of their pretentiousness and allow us to peep into their financial soul. Thus, they flee from us as a vampire would flee from a crucifix simply because they don’t want us to “know their business”.

    Putting business aside, they have no problems playing dominoes, drinking with us, enjoying our company, and bragging to other people, behind our backs, that they have a very close friend who is an actuary, or accountant, or investment banker etc.

    Hang in there, my friend, and keep the faith.

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  37. Simple Simon August 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM #

    @Walter Blackman August 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM “Part of our people’s mindset is to walk about and try to convince others that they are millionaires rubbing shoulders with “high society” people. Some of them spend their lives doing this, because of class pressures in Barbados

    Thanks Walter. This is funny and so very sad at the same time. Timothy Callender/Alfred Pragnell had a few words for these people “poor great poppits” they are called in the literature.

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  38. de Ingrunt Word August 11, 2015 at 5:18 AM #

    Dompey, this is an early morn release so pay little attention.

    Over the years I have read many sterling articles and other writings. I have also enjoyed listening to the oratory of Don Blackman in particular and also Tom, Errol, Sir Cameron and others.

    I always remember two ‘simple’ articles (long ago now) that were absolutely powerful and worth their weight in gold; one by W. Gibbons on the Machiavellian ways of OSA and the other by C. Lovell as a riposte to a criticism. Both were masterful.

    Bro, when I read your commentaries I am deeply reminded of those things and better understand why they say ‘monkey shouldn’t handle gun’. LOLLLL Oh lawd!

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  39. Donna August 11, 2015 at 6:05 AM #

    Dompey,

    You may have taken it like a man but AC takes it like a duck. It flows off her back like water. I am a very expressive reader and as such I can hear your voice when I read your posts. You feel the blows.

    I am not a fan of blood sports but I have been known to watch a few boxing matches in the “greatest” of times. I know they make the combatants weigh in to confirm their weight before the fight. There is a reason for that.

    But, if you are a masochist don’t let me spoil your fun.

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  40. Donna August 11, 2015 at 6:06 AM #

    De Ingrunt Word,

    Enjoy the feeding frenzy!

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  41. Donna August 11, 2015 at 6:30 AM #

    Because contrary to what you seem to think (“At some point…. your son I presume will join his school debating society”) I have been aware of debates and debating society since my primary school days and this prolonged exchange cannot pass for debate. More like debasement.

    Besides, Artaxerxes and Dompey could easily have told me to buzz of if they so desired. Do they now need you to do so for them?

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  42. Donna August 11, 2015 at 6:45 AM #

    That’s buzz OFF.

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  43. de Ingrunt Word August 11, 2015 at 6:59 AM #

    So wait Donna, expressive reader as you are, when you read my pieces of palaver above you don’t feel my mirth!

    Why would I be so rude to tell you to ‘buzz off’ or indeed not recognize your familiarity with blood sports like debate – oh yes, even that can get very bloody or debased as you said.

    You are very experienced and able to handle yourself. I was merely being the joker on the wall in this matter. Feel the smile, Donna. Feel the smile!!!!

    Do you really feel that a man of Artax’s resumee needs either of us to proscribe his commentary in this folly with Dompey; particularly when as you highlight Domps is way out of his weight category and over-matched!

    You like you is a fairly serious lady yuh, and wud give even The Donald trouble! LOL.

    Some of this stuff is a release. Relax.

    Life is rough. Smile and save the energy for more serious matters!

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  44. Donna August 11, 2015 at 7:19 AM #

    It would surprise you to know that I have graced many a stage with my comedy. I don’t just smile. I make people laugh!

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  45. Donna August 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM #

    De Ingrunt Word,

    I have also been a fan of nature shows in my time and have not flinched from watching two lions fighting for territory. However I stopped watching when I saw a group of lionesses bringing down an elephant. Each got on his back and took her turn biting his spinal cord until his legs buckled and he fell to the ground. It took a very long time. That was torture. Didn’t much like watching the lions tearing apart a zebra either but at least they did it the easy way. One quick swipe!

    By the way, reread your last few posts to me and see that a condescending air is creeping in. That is what I’m feeling.

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  46. de Ingrunt Word August 11, 2015 at 7:48 AM #

    Donna, fah real. I think I should have said earlier: You like you is TOO serious, yuh !

    Dear lady, chill. Why would a little palaver here on BU take you into the realm of my being condescending?

    To what avail would I need to be such and on what is my tone of superiority based?

    Are you sure your ‘expressive reading light’ is turned on properly, or is the bulb wattage too low??

    Looka, I gone yah hear.

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  47. Donna August 11, 2015 at 7:59 AM #

    Men seldom need a reason to be condescending to women. When I first started here somebody asked David if had BU become a haven for “bored housewives”.

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  48. Artaxerxes August 11, 2015 at 8:44 AM #

    @ Donna

    I must admit that your are most certainly correct in your assessment of the “debate” between Dompey and I. I also believe I went over-board by helping to prolong the nonsense.

    BU provides us with a forum to express our opinions on issues presented to the blog for “discussion.” Rather than stick to that purpose, I entered into a “jousting” match with someone I believe is sanctimonious and condescending to the point where I ended up exhibiting similar characteristics as well.

    Overtime, BU’s popularity has been on the rise with people mentioning the blog on the calling programs, in discussions with their friends and on other social media. The reviews have been positive, which indicates there is something being done by contributors that has been inspiring and motivating people to instigate a change of the status quo.

    If you examine the responses to the CAHILL articles, for example, you would identify those contributors who enhanced the “discussion” by making an effort to conduct the relevant research and came to BU with excellent contributions. This is the purpose of BU.

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  49. Donna August 11, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    Artaxerxes,

    Thank you. You are indeed a big man.

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  50. Hants August 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    “FOLLOWING A PROTEST from the Ministry of International Business, Spain has removed Barbados from its tax blacklist.”

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  51. bookworm August 11, 2015 at 1:55 PM #

    I have not yet read all of the posts but it seems to me that what the fool said was….”If we are not able to collect all of the tax due, we will introduce more taxes……..that we will not be able to collect.”
    You really could not make this semi literate shit up! This is supposed to be an educated man, the premier politician of our country. If this is the pinnacle of our ruling party then God help us, ‘cos the rest must be dumber than pig shit.

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  52. Bush Tea August 11, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    LOL @ bookworm
    cuh dear, yuh had to be so blunt?
    Bushie had put it down to the poor man trying to be light hearted…but then he did not smile …or even wait for a laugh from the audience..
    Wuh shiite man…. even AC must be able to figure out that if the PRIME MINISTER himself is admitting that they are powerless to collect legitimate taxes that are due from some citizens, then it does not matter one shiite how much Stinkliar raises other taxes ….cause only jackasses will pay anyhow…
    Why the hell will ANYONE pay taxes if the only penalty for not paying is that OTHERS will be asked to pay instead?

    …and to think that these morons running things bout here….downhill – of course..

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  53. David August 11, 2015 at 2:29 PM #

    Caswell has repeatedly pointed to Courts and others let off the hook by the VAT office, owing millions to the Treasury.

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  54. Donna August 11, 2015 at 3:44 PM #

    It’s just like with the BWA. Those who were already paying their bills suffered drastic increases so that those who weren’t paying their bills could continue to get free water.

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  55. St George's Dragon August 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Wait until the BWA’s payments on their new headquarters building kick in. Water prices are going to have to rise again.

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  56. Bush Tea August 11, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

    @ Hants
    “FOLLOWING A PROTEST from the Ministry of International Business, Spain has removed Barbados from its tax blacklist.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Spain?
    Boss man… Wuh they may be even further up shiite street than we are…

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  57. Hants August 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

    @Bushie,

    They have something in common with Barbados.

    beautiful beaches and beautiful women.

    ….and they have nuff debt too 100%of GDP

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  58. Due Diligence August 11, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    Hants August 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    “FOLLOWING A PROTEST from the Ministry of International Business, Spain has removed Barbados from its tax blacklist.”

    You left out the best part.

    “Mr. Inniss further indicated that bilateral discussions with those countries which still have Barbados on their lists are ongoing. He noted that the countries were sent diplomatic notes to ensure they were aware of the errors in their listing; to formalise tax treaty relations with them; and, more importantly, to endeavour to have this island removed from those lists.

    The countries include Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.”

    The FDI floodgates will be bursting now that Spanish investors, and those from Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia, are protected against double taxation on the profits they earn from their investments in Barbados.

    The Spanish hotel chains will be lining up at the MOF office for permission (and concessions) to build hotels in Barbados – after they finish building new properties in Cuba to meet the demand from US tourists flocking to Cuba.

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  59. Artaxerxes August 11, 2015 at 5:44 PM #

    Walter Blackman August 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    “When it comes to our so-called friends giving us work, there is a point to bear in mind. Part of our people’s mindset is to walk about and try to convince others that they are millionaires rubbing shoulders with “high society” people. Some of them spend their lives doing this, because of class pressures in Barbados.”

    Walter, although I laughed at your above comment, they are quite true. I remember a few years ago liming and conversing with a few “friends.” One asked me how he could go about setting up an accounting system to monitor his business income and expenses as well as paying NIS contributions so he could be eligible for pension.

    As I proceed to tell him what he should do, three of those present told me I was talking nonsense because “book work” does not run a business. One guy said he was in business for years and benefited without the benefit of an accounting system. Bear in mind, all the millionaire business men employ financial controllers and appoint them to the board of directors of the businesses.

    As you rightfully said, they “walk about and try to convince others that they are millionaires rubbing shoulders with “high society” people,” who only tolerate them within a certain social environment.
    These men prefer to spend money in clubs, drinking brandy and receiving lap dances or other sexual favours from scantily dressed Guyanese women. The women take advantage of their generosity and the 2:1 ratio of our currency to the US dollar, by sending foreign exchange to Guyana to invest in taxis, properties and businesses.

    Some of these men have their priorities “in reverse.” They live their younger lives as though they are retired, and subsequently have to spend their latter years working sometimes beyond retirement, trying desperately to achieve what they did not when they were young.

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  60. Due Diligence August 11, 2015 at 7:19 PM #

    OOPS – Forgot

    The Spanish hotels change will not need a DTA to avoid paying taxes twice, because with the Sandals precedent they won’t be paying income taxes in Barbados for 40 years

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