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The People’s Manifesto of Barbados

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted the ninety-five theses, which he had composed in Latin, on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. At the commencement he stated the following:

“Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

His manifesto was the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. The aim of this manifesto is to be the catalyst for governance and political reformation in Barbados; to protest against political abuses, against mismanagement of the funds from the public purse, against corruption, against inequality, against burdensome taxation and against obstruction to free and fair elections.

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140 Comments on “The People’s Manifesto of Barbados”

  1. Zoe February 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM #

    Laboring and Prospering WITH the Lord.

    “UNLESS the LORD builds the house ( Nation, family, economy) They labor in vain who build it; UNLESS the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psa. 127:1) Emphasis added.

    “Righteousness exalts a NATION, But SIN is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34)

    There is such a thing as corporate righteousness, which brings corporate benefit!

    Its not just our political landscape that needs radical reform; but our social and cultural behaviour that is in the gutter of debased immorality!

    I fear that we are in the season, generation, era, of the End-Times of God’s linear timetable, and, without a radical reform of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which can only be obtained through God in Jesus Christ, in ALL areas of our national consciousness, there, really is no hope for us to ENDURE to the soon cataclysmic END!

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  2. David February 6, 2016 at 9:31 AM #

    An people design systems.

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  3. Exclaimer February 6, 2016 at 9:33 AM #

    @ Georgie Porgie February 5, 2016 at 10:46 PM,

    Your analogy of the frog who finds himself inside a large pot of water is proof to me that you remain a puzzling enigma and one of BU’S most formidable and controversial contributor.

    I agree with your comments that we need a paradigm shift in direction as to how Barbados is governed. Heather’s contribution as always is excellent. This lady is Barbados equivalent of France’s Joan of Arc and England’s Queen Boadicea.

    @ Heather,

    I do not have the time to give a full commentary on your manifesto. I read it and was impressed with your lateral thinking. You appear to be a genuine, serious lady with big ideas on bringing change to Barbados. However, your manifesto is grafted onto an existing corrupt political foundation which has been subsiding since the days of Errol Barrow. We can only bring real change to Barbados by undergoing complete transformation.

    How do we bring change to Barbados and show that we are serious players? I would suggest that we should critically evaluate the works of all of our Prime Ministers whilst they were in power. If it can be proven that they were corrupt and colluded with businessmen and women at the expense of her citizens then all parties concerned must be sentenced, and be stripped of ALL their assets.

    This would just be a start.

    There is only one way to bring change to Barbados: disassemble her structure brick by brick; dismantle her foundation and then rebuild the country.

    The Battle of Algiers:

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  4. Heather February 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM #

    @ac
    Don’t you read the contents of a bottle or the label on a package a box or a tin to see its contents before making a purchase? Women shop around, checking prices and try on clothes before making a purchase. When investing in a car does not a person ask the salesman all the relevant questions and then test drive it and ask their mechanic for an opinion? When purchasing a house whether it is new or old, does not a person make all the relevant checks and inspections and ask all the relevant questions? Prior to conducting business or hiring a new employee it is a standard practice to interview that person and if they are suitable do a background check. Why should a politician that the people are hiring be an exception?

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  5. ac February 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM #

    What good is Reform when those seeeking change builds a framework to exclude the ordinary person views and ideas disguse under an umbrella of betterment

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  6. David February 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    @Heather

    Why waste a good argument on Wayne Dread?

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  7. Well Well & Consequences February 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

    Simple reason Hearther..politicians and their yardfowls do not see ministers of government as servants and employees of the citizens, they need stripping of the notion that they are “elites” a most stupid word that can ever be ascribed to a politician.

    Politicians need to be returned to their place by reminding them that when elected by the people, they are being hired, as employees, to work for the people, therefore they must be INTERVIEWED for their jobs, just like any potential employee who will be paid a monthly salary, with perks, by their employer……these particular jackasses do not see it in that light, it all gets lost in that arrogant glow of “victory” after they have been hired….elected….and have the new found status and new found friends which enables them to commit political mischief.

    Although we already know the politicians will lie and tell the electorate what they think they want to hear, to get that job.

    Yardfowls do not function in reality, they live in the comfort zone of delusions.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences February 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

    *Heather……

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  9. millertheanunnaki February 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

    @ Zoe February 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM
    “I fear that we are in the season, generation, era, of the End-Times of God’s linear timetable, and, without a radical reform of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which can only be obtained through God in Jesus Christ, in ALL areas of our national consciousness, there, really is no hope for us to ENDURE to the soon cataclysmic END!”

    Now when will the end come? On Monday 8th February, the start of the Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey?
    The only end time from above will be in the form of a comet or a rogue asteroid ten times bigger than the one due to do a flyby of Earth around March 5th.

    But my dear Zoe if true “RIGHTEOUSNESS” can only be obtained through your Jesus Christ where does that leave the millions of Jews, dead or alive? After all the people whom you defend to the hilt are also your god’s chosen people.

    Zoe, you are sitting on a nest of hornets while being gored by the horns of your own dilemma.
    Can the Jews today be your god El’s chosen people even though they continue to worship the bull and the ram instead of the fish?

    One is indeed shockingly taken aback when you make reference in your cut and paste robotic style to anything to do with ancient Sumeria. But we would let sleeping dogs lie, unless you want to pull at its tail instead of its coccyx.

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  10. David February 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    Many of you keep retreating to the comfortable arguments of blaming politicians. Look to strengthen the governance system to hold the actors accountable.

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  11. Heather February 6, 2016 at 11:01 AM #

    @ ac
    You missed the section under communication as well as re the environment. Read the entire document again. At present your government does not talk to the people. If it did, there would never have been a Cahill WtE and I can go on. Stop nick picking.

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  12. Heather February 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM #

    @ ac neither do they speak with the people.

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  13. David February 6, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    To borrow a quoted from the academician in our midst.

    “we subsist in a theatre of the absurd.”

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  14. Vincent Haynes February 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    millertheanunnaki February 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

    Chuckle….now why did you not let sleeping dogs lie…came across the below and must agree….never truer words spoken.

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  15. Violet C Beckles February 6, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    Jeff Cumberbatch February 5, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

    https://www.facebook.com/Coalition-of-Unified-Parties-Hon-Alex-MitchellEl-President-427129324101550/?ref=hl

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  16. Jeff Cumberbatch February 6, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    To defend one of ac’s points…what indeed would be a satisfactory answer to the question concerning educational background? Seventh Standard? High School? Associate Degree? UWI? Master’s? Doctorate? Post Doc? Academic? University of Life?

    Ms Cole, I clearly understand and sympathize with your concern for good governance, but you need always to be more specific…

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  17. David February 6, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    @Jeff

    Have we not had the very same ac questioning the qualification of Mia Mottley? Have we not had others questioning the qualification of Denis Lowe? Why not create an avenue to deflate these kinds of distracting arguments. All it does is to feed political rhetoric, polarize and soak up energy.

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  18. Jeff Cumberbatch February 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    Thanks, VSB! Appreciate it.

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  19. Jeff Cumberbatch February 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM #

    David, I don’t think that we disagree. I do not think that governance is essentially an intellectual exercise,… just goodwill and empathy for the plight of one’s fellowman is needed in my view. Why then a question as to educational background?

    AC is just being AC and the others similarly!

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  20. Alden Blackman February 6, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    @exclaimer
    How many years , do you think it will take to prove the PM, Ministers, MP, PS, Top civil Servants or any top Businessmen/Women in Barbados is corrupted and who in Barbados will be the Commissioners? who will appoint then? the PM ,HA,HAHA, our Government establish systems from 1966 were asked to focused on a sketch of EWB imagination of a better Barbados, but that sketch over the years developed too many blurred outlines to defined, mainly because of the myopic persons that run this country

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  21. David February 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    There are those  words Governance and Accountably.

    Accountability and Good Governance

    Can a State bring an action in tort for misfeasance in public office? Florencio Marin v. Attorney General of Belize, [2011] CCJ 9 (AJ) highlighted that two former ministers were alleged to have transferred land to a company owned by one of them for something of sufficient value in return (consideration). Remedies include dismissal from office, disciplinary actions, prosecution, and the imposition of legislation for a breach of trust and integrity.

    https://caribbeantradelaw.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/5720/

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  22. David February 6, 2016 at 11:23 AM #

    Folk cannot have the cake and eat it too Sir.

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  23. Vincent Haynes February 6, 2016 at 11:27 AM #

    David February 5, 2016 at 5:52 PM #

    I agree with you that for CUP to be relevant,they need to do more than the fb page,which I just looked at.Other than corruption and land fraud what else is it about?

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  24. Heather February 6, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

    @ Jeff
    Generalization or not, it is time that the people take control of that political exercise where a candidate turns up at their door smiling sweetly, they tell you what the party is willing to do and you meekly accept without asking any questions. I hope my suggestions to question them and make them sign a legally binding contract with you will start the ball rolling for a new era in politics in Barbados. It cannot be business as usual.

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  25. Violet C Beckles February 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    David February 5, 2016 at 5:52 PM #

    You guys push CUP on BU and FByet there is no website like Solutions Barbados for example to disseminate your manifesto or philosophy. You are not on the radio shows, neither do you write articles to traditional media etc. How will people hear about CUP and know what you represent if you want to achieve mass appeal?

    On 5 February 2016 at 21:39, Barbados Underground wrote: @@@@@

    By Now David BU , You may know that what we hold in our hands can change this Nation for the Better. Many of the sitting Ministers including the PM, AG, MOF, COP, DPP may have to see jail time for these crimes,

    Along with many heads of the Government Departments, Most of the Land holders including the CHURCH and many Banks like FIRST CARIBBEAN AND CLICO .

    When the power was placed in our hands, then to the COP Dottin under PM David,AG Freundel Stuart, The crook Ass PM NOW,
    The Nation,CBC, VOB, Brass tacs? Barbados Today, after Roy Morris leave for the Nation After the last Election of 2013 buying votes we were shut down,
    The DBLP and COW and family seem to SHUT us out “CUP”, CENSORED for all new media in BIM,

    What backs ALL money loan in and out side Barbados is based on Land titles, Plantation Deeds is root Title, So until People in BU and other Places stick this in their Bell Housings, Nothing they write or talk of can change.

    We do not have to re-write the laws , We just have to enforce them no matter the Pimp titles of the crooks,

    We can show more than 70 years of Clear Title lands, over 90% of all land dealings in the Media with the IADB 60,000,000$ in the City or even 160,000,000 $ dealing with FOUR SEASONS, NHC AND UDC lands. COW lands he move on and sold.

    Our records even say the MOH/ NHC will not pay out unless you can show CLEAR TITLE. But yet Barbados is run on good title , that is not equal,

    By the time you go to get your CLEAR TITLE land to be paid , these bitches REMOVE THE RECORDS FROM THE Archives and the land Registry,

    Best Lawyer posted on Naked Departure is Samantha Cummins, of NHC then to Land Registry then moved again as we were told? NHC again?

    SO this is DEEP BU< So dealing with the Most truth we know the CUP will push and apply the law before the ACT of 166 pages to launder land,, All Land have an owner ,,,Most of the People and lawyer today do not own what they have papers for, The BLP frig up this and the DLP looking to make this their turn to take what they can get,

    WHAT IS TAKEN MUST BE RETURN, WHO will benefit from this will be the People and not the lawyers and Ministers, So we are looking to remove them ,

    Beatrice Henry and Violet Beckles leave running Orders that We have to apply too,

    All those with us who look to sell out their plan , Now are All DEAD ,, even her Son Dennis,

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  26. Alvin Cummins February 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    @Jeff and David.
    I have not finished reading through all the contributions, but when I read Bushies early comments, the first thing that jumped out at me when he’s said “…follow naturally”; which Jeff picked up also, i s the fact that ANY PROPOSALS FOR CHANGE TO THE CONSTITUTION (INDEPENDENCE ORDER) REQUIRES a 2/3 majority of Parliament, and approval in the Senate. It thus requires discussion in parliament and people of one mind. Difficult ,if the governing party is not sufficiently strong.
    More later.

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  27. ac February 6, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    So what so wrong with questioning a framework that already has built in mechanism against the ordinary purpose. Yes that is the way the farmework is being built with more thought on selectiveness than inclusiveness

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  28. Violet C Beckles February 6, 2016 at 12:43 PM #

    http://nakeddeparture.com/2015/08/30/corruption-in-barbados-is-like-a-cancer/.

    Others are saying the same thing , but not local or even the news, News seem to side step fort the All NEWS media in BIM is also part of the Problem ,

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  29. Heather February 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM #

    @ac
    Are you afraid that these questions will cause your candidates to plead a “5th ammendment?” An established system does not mean that it does not contain flaws. If your candidates are men and women of integrity who have the best interest of Barbados at heart they will not only respond to the questions but sign on the dotted line as well. Why do you think that there is a word call ‘future’? It is for all that has not yet happened. The problem here is that your candidates want to continue to live in the past.

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  30. Heather February 6, 2016 at 2:29 PM #

    @ac
    “Yes that is the way the farmework is being built with more thought on selectiveness than inclusiveness” This is a contradiction. Why even bother to go to the polls if the intent is to exclude the population. Why not set up a legal dictatorship? The sole purpose of an election is to select candidates by including everyone who meet the requirements to vote. The people must exercise their right to question any politician.

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  31. ac February 6, 2016 at 3:34 PM #

    Listen a democracy is not a dictatorship that,s why the system allows for checks and balances through a voting process and not this ad hominem idea that triggers
    a course setting a side that only a few can participate. So far your check and blaances are being set in a course of elimination and not one a man determination of individual choice before going to tge ballot box

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  32. Heather February 6, 2016 at 4:10 PM #

    @ ac
    where are the checks and balances in the present system? Did you mean that flawed voting process that resulted in rampant buying of votes last election? Even your PM and the AG though they admitted this failed to even attempt to rectify the problem. If they were indeed serious about addressing that problem they would have at least started by enforcing the integrity legislation. If I understand what you were trying to write, you are right one man cannot determine individual choice prior to going to the ballot box but one woman sure as hell will try to make individuals make an informed decision on where their X is placed! Your comments make me laugh…

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  33. Alden Blackman February 6, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

    @ David/BU

    Please don’t think I dislike lawyers, but, as it may 5 lawyers as Prime Minister

    The accountability for good governance in Barbados from 1966 is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, our system of government allowed the PM to share some,( but as it is today all ) of that responsibility, to who he like / think may be a trustworthy Ministers that will or should have integrity and be responsible to provide good governance for the people, perhaps as to the lawyers in government with knowledge of sharp practice and EWB gamesmanship at the polls, set the notion for skullduggery to developed and slide without a dismissal of a Minister, only shifting, or statement like I leaved him (the Minister ) to the people, P M. Adams use gamesmanship, and the skullduggery continued, Sir Lloyd had dismissals/shifting/resignations that were of personal bad natured, PM. OSA used dismissals of Ministers as gamesmanship but skullduggery got worse, the present PM, ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-.

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  34. Enuff February 6, 2016 at 6:03 PM #

    @David

    Yes they do, and different systems with the same types = same result!

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  35. Well Well & Consequences February 6, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

    And the crap continues…..

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  36. Well Well & Consequences February 6, 2016 at 6:22 PM #

    This is the end result of decades and decades of corruption in Haiti….with the same politicians every year running around talking about “democracy”…talk is cheap.

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/02/06/transitional-government-to-be-installed-in-haiti/

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  37. Walter Blackman February 6, 2016 at 7:14 PM #

    Heather February 6, 2016 at 4:10 PM #
    “Did you mean that flawed voting process that resulted in rampant buying of votes last election?”

    Heather, “that flawed voting process” has been facilitating vote buying since pre-independence days. By the time we came along, vote buying had manifested itself in the expression “corned beef and biscuits politics”. By the time Aaron, (or is it Arson?) passed along, the “corned beef and biscuits” had been replaced by fridges, TVs, stoves, paid rent, and paid utility bills. Today it has reached the stage of significant cash.
    Based upon what I have observed, I would conclude that the incidence of vote buying is increasing in Barbados. The last election showed me, not that the practice had become “rampant” for the first time, but that those involved had become brazen and open in their operations.

    It is against the law for a candidate or voter, to buy or sell votes in Barbados.
    No political party, in Barbados, instructs its candidates to buy votes.

    Let us manufacture a scenario.
    A candidate believes that he has a good chance in an election. He hears that his opponent, who holds the seat, plans to “give away” $100,000 in the constituency. He also hears, that if he manages to win the seat, and his government wins, he will get a ministry. Talk in political circles leads him to believe that If he gets a ministry, he can make as much as 5 million dollars per deal, and four deals per term.

    He doesn’t have any money, so he borrows $150,000 from friends and investors to “backraise” his opponent. The constituency is small, so the voters can see him and his opponent spending thousands in the rum shops, the fetes, and the Karaoke sessions. They see “old” house boards coming off, and “new” boards going on. New cell phones, I pads, and computers being paraded…..Mothers getting lunch money for their children…
    He notices how deceitful some of the voters are. How they are taking from him and his opponent. How they always want more..more…
    Visited by this viewpoint, he sees the vote buyers as repulsive parasites with whom he must now do business in order to become a millionaire. He reminds himself, that should he win, he doesn’t want to see any of them for another 5 years. They have already been paid for their services.

    On election day, he distributes his last $30,000 to voters. In an act of desperation, his opponent scrambles together $60,000 and comes with a final blitz.
    Convinced that he has lost, and going for broke, our candidate tells the authorities that he personally saw his opponent buying votes. “The law has been broken”, he asserted. But when the results come in, he is declared the winner. From that point onward, he keeps his mouth shut. “My opponent can’t do or say anything. He is crooked just like me”, he reasons to himself.
    He submits a candidate expense account showing he spent only $3,000. Therefore, he spent $147,000 on buying votes.The report is accepted. No questions are asked.

    He gets a ministry. “I don’t want these malicious natives to know my business. Now where can I find some people in China, Europe, or North America to make some deals with?” he asked himself.

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  38. Well Well & Consequences February 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Lol…..from your post to the Divine’s ears….Walter, who already knows and saw, so did the PM & AG, according to what they said to the media..

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  39. ac February 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

    the fact being that there is and never will be a perfect system , her alice in wonderland dream like approach of weeding out corruption based on questions being asked to candidates is ridiculous, How many of those question she poised would one find the perfect candidate to answer all truthfully , Then what ? does the new system and its process become obsolete thereby thrown out and a new system takes it place every five years
    Right now the system with all its flaws can be revisited when election time comes around with the x being the voice of the people giving resounding no,s to thieves liars and scalliwags who made their way into the system. if an individual refuse to exercise their power of the vote the flaws in the system would continue and society have no one to blame but themselves

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  40. Zoe February 6, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

    @Miller-NAKI,

    “Now when will the end come? On Monday 8th February, the start of the Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey?
    The only end time from above will be in the form of a comet or a rogue asteroid ten times bigger than the one due to do a flyby of Earth around March 5th.”

    Naki-Monkey, You are such a deceived FOOL! If the light that be in you, IS* DARKNESS, Oh’ how great is that DARKNESS!

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  41. Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 6:41 AM #

    AC….you are right, the politicians will lie anyone. So why not make them honest by letting them sign on the dotted line as evidence. Yardfowls love evidence.

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  42. Well Well & Consequences February 7, 2016 at 6:45 AM #

    *politicians will lie anyway…..anyway.

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  43. chad99999 February 7, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

    Note: Wittenberg is a university town in Germany, between Berlin and Dresden. It is not in Austria.

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  44. Bush Tea February 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM #

    @ Enuff
    It is possible to design systems that are ”brass bowl” proof.
    What is not possible, is for this to be done – or even conceived, by brass bowls….

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  45. Heather February 7, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

    @Chad you are correct

    @:David please change to Germany.

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  46. Enuff February 7, 2016 at 7:17 PM #

    BushTea
    Haha, the cooperative movement?

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  47. Bush Tea February 8, 2016 at 1:01 PM #

    @ Enuff
    Haha, the cooperative movement?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Well – Bushie DID mention the challenge that brass bowls would have with the concept….

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  48. Artaxerxes February 8, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

    Heather February 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM #:

    @ac: Are you afraid that these questions will cause your candidates to plead a “5th amendment?” An established system does not mean that it does not contain flaws. If your CANDIDATES are MEN AND WOMEN OF INTEGRITY who have the best interest of Barbados at heart they will not only respond to the questions BUT SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE AS WELL. Why do you think that there is a word call ‘future’? It is for all that has not yet happened. The problem here is that your candidates want to continue to live in the past.”

    @ Heather

    Heather, you must bear in mind that resistance to your ideas will come from especially those who continue to benefit from the “fatted calf” and would have to maintain “political correctness” in addressing the issues.

    Ironically, during the general election campaign the DLP sought to address issues pertaining to the honesty and integrity of their candidates and entire voting system. This was also articulated on pages 46 and 47 of their 2008 election manifesto, as follows:

    “At the moment too many Barbadians perceive voting as a waste of time since many PARLIAMENTARIANS HAVE MADE PROMISES DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, WHICH THEY HAVE NOT DELIVERED. They have subsequently made themselves INACCESSIBLE AND BECOME UNRESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS. Very few people outside political cliques want to pursue a career in politics, for a variety of unflattering reasons.”

    “There is therefore a need to clean up politics in Barbados. The Democratic Labour Party has SELECTED a TEAM of CLEAN, CARING, COMPETENT AND COMMITTED POLITICIANS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO A CODE OF CONDUCT THAT PROMISES GOOD GOVERNANCE.”

    Amidst claims of corruption by the DLP throughout that election campaign, the status quo remains the same as a new era of corruption raises its head in projects such as CAHILL and the arrangements made to repair Transport Board buses and SSA garbage trucks by a particular company or party associated lawyers charging a government entity almost $900,000 to give legal opinions on contracts. The BLP now eagerly await their turn.

    As you rightly alluded to, the PM and AG appeared agitated on television after the 2013 elections as they spoke about “election irregularities” and promised investigations. Those occurrences should have spurred Stuart into tabling integrity legislation as priority.

    However, he did not, and we will not see any investigations since candidates from both parties were guilty.

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  49. Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. February 8, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    ac February 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

    Right now the system with all its flaws can be revisited when election time comes around with the x being the voice of the people giving resounding no,s to thieves liars and scalliwags who made their way into the system. if an individual refuse to exercise their power of the vote the flaws in the system would continue and society have no one to blame but themselves

    Unless, of course, the names on the ballot represent different versions of the same corruption, in which case, people vote by not turning up to vote for either.

    The point being made here is not that thieves, liars and incompetents exist in the system, it is that thieves, liars and incompetents THRIVE in the system.

    In fact, it could be argued that it is now THEIR SYSTEM!

    I cannot imagine the pressure of embarrassment the couple honest cabinet members must feel right now; no-one could be oblivious enough to not know what their bed-fellows are doing to this country. If there was any conscience left in any of them there would have already been resignations.

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  50. David February 8, 2016 at 4:20 PM #

    A democracy is not defined by the x every five years. It requires everyday interactions between the citizenry and government.

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  51. Hants February 9, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

    FUH TRUE ?…..FUH REAL ?……. A BAJAN OWNED COMPANY PERFORMING.

    “The DAILY NATION confirmed that fresh from earning a $62 million profit and its “highest earnings per share ever” of 83 cents last year, GEL has received shareholder permission to hike the remuneration of its seven non-executive directors from $276 000 to $418 000 annually.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/77634/gel-sweets#sthash.rtNBziXL.dpuf

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  52. Hants February 9, 2016 at 12:18 PM #

    “We will never forget where we come from. We stay true to what we are. I always correct people who say we are a restaurant. We are not. We are a traditional Bajan rum shop that sell modern-day rum shop cuisine.” – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/77535/raising-bar#sthash.kIHr6cYj.dpuf

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  53. Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. February 10, 2016 at 7:31 AM #

    HANTS, you remember a couple years ago when GEL said it was no longer investing in Barbados because of gov’t ineptitude?

    They followed through, hence the performance.

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2014/08/31/goddards-issues-ultimatum/

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  54. Bush Tea February 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    @ Frustrated B
    Boss
    ANYTHING that Charles Herbert runs will be successful……

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  55. Well Well & Consequences February 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM #

    SSS….don’t know if you followed this from the beginning but you can’t have officials, civil servants bullying you around, transfering your child and you did not sign off on it, even if you asked for the transfer, you should have an opportunity to speak to the same officials and find out from them why they think the school they chose for the girl is the best fit and will her grades continue to improve in a changed environment or if it would be more prudent to leave her at Springer and I would want to know why the hell she is being made to pick up garbage of other children who have no sense of cleanliness for their surroundings. ….I know you will not accept any old crap from a teacher, principal, Jones, none of the idiots in Bim that think so highly of themselves.

    In addition, we know the problems on the island, they are even being spoke about in international circles….you cannot want change but keep the same nasty dehumanizing practices in place that continue to be passed on from one generation of practitioners to the next, it will never end.

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  56. Well Well & Consequences February 10, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

    David,,, I believe my screen changed on me….

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  57. Hants February 10, 2016 at 4:42 PM #

    @David,

    Did you read the BarbadosToday Editorial?

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/02/09/on-balancing-freedom-with-responsibility/

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  58. David February 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

    @Hants

    When Kaymar was editor in chief at the Nation did she not publish flying fish & cou cou. Agree with her the Nation is satisfying an agenda.

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  59. Vincent Haynes February 10, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

    David February 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

    This I believe is about ratings….you may have noticed a full page Add for the last week or so in BT suggesting that the Nation is loosing the position of #1.

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  60. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 1:51 PM #

    @David
    You asked about the distribution of the water supply in St Joseph. This was common knowledge many years ago when the then Water Works Department was decentralised, unlike the BWA today ,where all reservoirs had foremen and employees who knew the system. The following photos are an indication of the BWA’S uncertainty.

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  61. Colonel Buggy September 15, 2016 at 1:53 PM #

    oops! . Wrong place

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  62. David September 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Thanks Colonel Buggy, will highlight this in a separate blog.

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