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Making Barbados Great Again: What Are You Doing Minister?

Submitted by Heather Cole

Submitted by Heather Cole

I have decided to adopt part of Donald Trump’s slogan. My slogan will be “Making Barbados Great Again.” I do not just wish to coin a cute phrase but to actually put forward workable solutions to make our nation great again. Many years ago, I visited my son at school, it was either when he was in Infants A or Infants B and as I approached the classroom door, there was a lot of chatter and I heard the teacher ask “What are you doing? Are you working?” I do not know if anyone responded as I was searching for that familiar face when I stood at the door. Some of the little boys saw me and ran to the door shouting “Kajani’s mummy!” The teacher bid me welcome and I entered. Only then did I set my eyes on the little boy whom I was searching and he did not even see me. Amidst all the noise and the disruption of my being there, he remained in deep concentration, so focused on getting the task at hand done that he was unaware of my presence until I called his name. From that day, I was in awe of him.

Now let us replace the above script with the people of Barbados, the Minister of Social Care and the work that is to be done there. Imagine me turning up at the Ministry of Social Care one morning to find out if the work that was set by the people of Barbados was being done. Would I find the Minister in the midst of distractions yet so focused on getting the work of the people done? Would I come away in awe of him? Based on the sum of what has been occurring with regards to social services in Barbados, I think not.

Recently, there were two separate and distinct occurrences that have added to the disaster of social care delivery in Barbados. The first was a story of a young woman whose new born baby was taken away by the Child Care Board due to the fact that neither she nor the father had suitable housing. The second was a story of two young men, one of who was chained and the other locked in a room of their home by their father. I have not heard of any utterances public or other wise of the Minister of Social Care regarding these two situations. As far as I am aware, the baby has not been reunited with its mother and the two young men are back with their abusive father.

I view both of the occurrences as the shame of every person who lives in Barbados and more so that of the Minister. For too long, the act of providing social care to special needs persons who are beyond school age have been ignored. Society has not done enough to help care for these fellow Barbadians and neither has the Government. I can but I have decided not to dwell on the inability of the Minister as he appears to be bankrupt of ideas to resolve these social problems. However, his ministry has witnessed the death of three young children and would rather use unenforceable legislation to imprison parents rather than resolve an age old problem of promiscuity. Added to the lack of performance are the two cases mentioned above. Since the State is either unable or unwilling to provide social care services to the population that are required in the 21st century, it should concentrate its efforts on creating the environment for others to do so, just as it does for business.

Therefore, if I were the Minister of Social Care, I would set about to enforce the following solutions as remedy for not only those three unfortunate individuals but to transform the current state of delivery of social services on the island. Even without a ton of money, these solutions can be implemented. We have seen government enter into public private partnerships where only the private sector benefits. Examples of these are the Villages of Coverley and the SBRC. It is time for the government to establish a public private partnership where the people benefit. The Ministry of Social Care sees it fit to spend thousands of dollars on football tournaments and the Government is spending $7 million in 50th Anniversary celebrations but yet refuses to undertake the required steps to enable all Barbadians especially those who need it most, a better quality of life.

Solutions

  1. That the government becomes a regulator of the provision of Social Services.
  2. That public-private partnerships are formed with several non –profit social innovation entities to provide care, housing, rehabilitation as well as preventative and respite services, services for homelessness, disabilities , seniors, childcare and other welfare services.
  3. That the government allocates grants for the provision of the above mentioned services.
  4. That the Non-Profit Organizations also seek funding from private and business donors.
  5. That the agencies will be referred cases by government, police, the hospital and members of the public.
  6. That the underutilized library buildings and community centers be used as places or learning for these persons; teaching them life skills and to utilize various computer programs and the Internet.
  7. A Volunteer Program is to be created for persons to help these individuals in their homes, until such time as funds are sourced to make their contributions paid services.
  8. Volunteers can be sought from the average of 1,500 persons who attend Q in the Community and therefore have free time on their hands.
  9. That the Government allocates funding for training volunteers.
  10. Government must set aside some of its housing stock for those who cannot care for themselves but do not need to be institutionalized.
  11. The Public private partnership can also assist with placing persons in temporary lodging until permanent solutions are sourced.
  12. The creation of economic based programs to help these persons supply their needs where possible; i.e. in terms on entrepreneurship or finding suitable work.
  13. That the Child Care Board is disbanded and that the services that it is intended to provide is provided by the created non profits.
  14. That a preventative programme be set up in all schools with social workers to prevent delinquency and promiscuity.
  15. That a respite service be set up for children in homes that are at risk. Trained volunteers can also be utilized in this area.
  16. That a Board of Advocates be created to lobby the government for the creation and advancement of public policy for Social services.

These solutions are not meant to be the complete package of what is required to transform the delivery of social services in Barbados but are meant to start a discussion with ideas to add to the contents. Without a visionary leaders and workers, the people will perish. We must be able to see what the Minister is doing with the responsibility that the people of Barbados have entrusted to him.

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69 Comments on “Making Barbados Great Again: What Are You Doing Minister?”

  1. Well Well & Consequences March 29, 2016 at 10:58 PM #

    We are seeing what the minister is doing, he is doing nothing. If he is the minister with tte porfolio and cant get it right, dont expect the other ministers, who are not doing any better than he is with their individual portfolios, to perform miracles re social care.

    It is plain to see that they do not posess the necessary skills for jobs that require handson interpersonal relationship interactions…unless of course it’s to make a photo op of handing over keys to some vulnerable person(s) so that the gesture will guarantee a vote(s) in the next elections…..bottomfeeding actions.

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  2. colonel Buggy March 29, 2016 at 11:30 PM #

    Today on Brass tacks there was a heated to and fro slanging match between a DLP supporter, and a BLP supporter, with David Ellis in the middle. The subject of the argument Political Heavy Rollers, aka Sweet talkers. Over the years we have been attending political campaign meetings, listened with awe to these so called Heavy Rollers, Words Smiths , etc etc, and then elected them to represent us in Parliament, and then are surprised that the majority of these politicians, have nothing practical to offer. Were dismal failures in any business venture that they entered. We have elected them solely on the skill of their mouths, not their hands, and for many certainly not their brains. Did not that chap on the radio, Cupid,a professions squawker, like the MOSC, had his chops set on becoming a member of parliament?
    For all intents and purposes, excluding the PM and the Member of St Andrew, we could as well elect parrots to sit in parliament.

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  3. Steve Small March 30, 2016 at 12:33 AM #

    I enjoy reading your blogs; which offer so much common sense solutions to the problems of social, economic and healthcare delivery systems that plague my country, Barbados. I have become more political in my senior years, with particular interest to Barbados politic, which I must say, has frustrated me beyond belief. I would encourage you to seek political office, you would certainly change the political landscape to put the interest of the people first and foremost , unlike the current representatives.

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  4. susannesss March 30, 2016 at 3:52 AM #

    That the government establish an adopt a home improvement programme that will allocate a few million to improve the state of homes in need over a prescribe restoration period of time.
    That the government allocate meaningful financial resources towards the creation of suitable social hubs for young impressionable minds to have their own centre to vent some of their energies equipped with various activities for peaking interests.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences March 30, 2016 at 5:21 AM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/03/30/parris-limbo/

    This is the only thing the government ministers and their parasitic friends and business partners are interested in……end of story.

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  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 30, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

    Oh come on girl child. The government is interested in a lot more than that. Remember, Leroy has millions but he is not in the money like before. He more than likely has to pay out a lot more than what use to be coming in. The loyalty is only because of secrets. You know what I think I am gonna remove my mug from off of here. Me got enemies.

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  7. Well Well & Consequences March 30, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

    SSS….what Parris has to pay out is what he stole from Clico policyholders, it will be plenty, but according to a negligence lawsuit going on in the Supreme Court, the former directors like Leslie Haynes, QC, et al, are being sued for $128 million for their negligence and conflict of interest they all love to practice….and can you imagine, that with the exception of Parris, who did not have anything past an elementary education, they all have advanced education, law degrees up the wahoo….and all at the taxpayer’s expense for over 40 years.

    Piece…look at ya dougla girlfriend…lol

    http://ow.ly/105FTo

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  8. Well Well & Consequences March 30, 2016 at 12:01 PM #

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  9. Bernard Codrington. March 30, 2016 at 2:22 PM #

    There is nothing new under the sun. All is vapour.

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  10. Gabriel March 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

    Clico International Life Insurance Limited,A member of the C L FINANCIAL GROUP….CHAIRMAN:Leroy C. Parris,DIRECTORS:Terrence A.Thornhill…Leslie F.Haynes Q.C,….Elridge E.Thompson,…….Woodbine A.Davis QC.JP,…….Vishnu Ramlogan,…..Dr.Basil Springer,……Dr.Adrian Lorde,…….E.David Griffith,……Anthony Ellis.

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  11. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

    WWC

    The entire connection involved in the CLICO scam needs to tumble. The evidence is there but the protection safety net is already in full force. If the Barbadian lawyers had any sense, they would seek to dismantle their systematic stronghold that stood them well and seeks to enact legislation and changes to make the judiciary run like clockwork. But, we know they cannot do that. The type of grease that has greased their wheels has placed a stain so entrenched on them that any attempt to come clean will have a cascading effect that would damage them permanently and for all time. Nicholls is one lawyer who has spilled beans we never ever expected in our lifetime to know about.I am sure other lawyers who get axed from the syndicate of crookery will soon place their spin on the many connections and controls that have our judiciary to be subject to the worse criticisms ever.

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  12. Artax March 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    @ Heather Cole

    I find you are being unfair, in this article, to Steve Blackett. Surely you must agree that Blackett has made a significant contribution to making Barbados great again by ensuring Barbadians are gainfully employed.

    If you were to read Chapter 6, pages 193 and 194 of the Auditor General’s 2014 report, the National Assistance Board, which falls under Blackett’s portfolio, exceeded its allotted staff complement by fifty-three (53) posts.

    “The NAB has one hundred and forty-four (144) established posts of Home Helper. During the FINANCIAL YEARS ENDING 31st March 2011, 2012 and 2013 funding of $1.015 million was PROVIDED for the PAYMENT of SEVENTY (70) SUBSTITUTES. An analysis performed on this amount showed that these funds NOT ONLY ALLOWED the NAB to PAY the seventy (70) substitutes when the regular home helpers went on leave, but ALSO ALLOWED PAY the WAGES of an ADDITIONAL FIFTY (50) HOME HELPERS for at least three (3) days of each week of the year.” [Page 193, Auditor General’s Report, 2014]

    Despite the fact that this includes 50 ADDITIONAL posts of Home Helper that were CREATED WITHOUT the PERMISSION of the Ministry of Civil Service, Blackett made sure 53 more people can feed their families.

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  13. Well Well & Consequences March 30, 2016 at 4:31 PM #

    SSS…it’s all starting to unravel, they are not as comfortable as before, now if they were really smart, they would dismantle the clique and systems that cannot remain sustainable or as profitable as before, because information about them and the wicked, unfair things they have done to clients, policyholders, et al is now open knowledge, people are passing around the names of lawyers and doctors who have made these professions look ugly and are being warned to keep their distance from these dangerous “professionals.

    That will spell disaster for them financially, going forward, the island is still small.

    Cause and effect.

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  14. Exclaimer March 30, 2016 at 4:39 PM #

    How about our lazy government having the intelligence to exploit what they see as threats to our environment. For example the African snail, the lion fish, the sagussum weed, et al.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sargassum+in+barbados&view=detail&mid=09E6D1CEC338099F45F209E6D1CEC338099F45F2&FORM=VIRE

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  15. Simple Simon March 30, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    @Heather Cole “However, his ministry has witnessed the death of three young children and would rather use unenforceable legislation to imprison parents rather than resolve an age old problem of promiscuity. ”

    Dear Ms. Cole: When you become Minister tell me how you would solve the age old problem of promiscuity?

    If you think that enforcing legislation is difficult, why do you think that enforcing morality is possible?

    The Saudis and ISIS cut off heads and arms for promiscuity, and yet every single day there are acts of promiscuity.

    In Barbados just a generation or two ago priests refused to baptise “bastards” on Sundays ans yet there were plenty of bastards, including both of my parents and all four of my grandparents, and all eight of my great grandparents (and probably yours too)

    In Barbados up until about 1976 a “bastard” could not inherit a part of its father’s estate, unless he had made special provision. And yet Barbados had/has tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of “bastards”

    The Christian Scripture, and the Muslim and Hebrew Holy Scriptures too prescribe both earthly and eternal punishment for those of us who are fornicators and adulterers (me too) and yet we continue to fornicate and adulterate.

    So tell me again.

    how do you plan to stop promiscuity?

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  16. Simple Simon March 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM #

    @Artax March 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM “Despite the fact that this includes 50 ADDITIONAL posts of Home Helper that were CREATED WITHOUT the PERMISSION of the Ministry of Civil Service, Blackett made sure 53 more people can feed their families.”

    If middle aged ‘children” are unwilling or unable to look after their parents then the NAB has to do it. if the NAB did not do it and the old people had to be dirty and hungry then a lot of wunna would be complaining that the current government/Minister are unkind, uncaring etc. etc.

    So what is a Minister to do?

    Do any of you want to do like me and spend 15 years looking after very needy, very disabled elders even while holding down responsible work and raising children.

    Do wunna men even know haw hard that is?

    Do wunna understand that that kinda work load leads to high blood pressure and heart disease, and bankruptcy?

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  17. Simple Simon March 30, 2016 at 5:06 PM #

    What we need in Barbado s is for every man to deliver the same level of personal care to his children and HIS PARENTS as women currently do.

    Or the men should be made to deliver the cash instead so that the NAB (and Child Care Board) can do a decent job.

    Or all ‘o wunna should shut up.

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  18. Simple Simon March 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    Have any ‘o wunna ever started your work day at 4:30 a.m. and finished it at 11:00 p.m. and carried on doing that for a decade or more?

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  19. Colonel Buggy March 30, 2016 at 10:04 PM #

    Simple Simon March 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    http://www.channel4.com/news/bank-america-merrill-lynch-intern-death-overwork

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  20. Heather March 30, 2016 at 10:10 PM #

    @Artax, before I concede that the Minister is a knight in shining armour, tell if he is only the Minister for the elderly. For all I know those 53 jobs were created due to a vacum that was left after the two sets of massive layoffs from the Public service. Find out how many persons were retrenched from that Ministry and in particular those worked as Home Help Aides. Another way of looking at those “new” jobs is that persons who perfromed those jobs were already working in them but the post were not yet created. Please clarify.

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  21. Hants March 31, 2016 at 12:11 AM #

    This is ridiculous.Molasses in Coles cave.

    http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb/

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  22. Artax March 31, 2016 at 12:56 AM #

    Heather March 30, 2016 at 10:10 PM #

    “For all I know those 53 jobs were created due to a vacuum that was left after the two sets of massive layoffs from the Public service.”

    @ Heather

    My comments were “tongue in cheek,” no need to “tear off your clothes.” Lol.

    No employees were retrenched from the National Assistance Board. Even though the Audit Department focused specifically on the Home Help Service, this government entity is “EXCESSIVELY” OVER STAFFED.

    The NAB facilitated the Housing Welfare Programme, (its operations were subsequently divided between the Urban and Rural Development Commissions); the Home Help Service; Assistance-in-Kind (which no longer functions) and a Promotions Committee that used to organize various activities, including theatrical plays, for the senior citizens.

    The only section remaining with the NAB is the Home Help Service. With a REDUCTION in SERVICES OFFERED, the Board’s ACCOUNTING SECTION comprises of 6 employees, an Accountant, a Senior Clerk and 4 Clerical Officers.

    There is an officer whose main function is to type reports, even though Board employs a Secretary and 2 Clerk Typist.

    Another officer is assigned to oversee the maintenance of the Board’s THREE vehicles, a Toyota Hiace Van (ML580), Suzuki Van (ML581) and a Daihatsu Truck (ML582).

    There is a Human Resources Manager and an Administrative Officer.

    The closure of the Black Rock Hostel resulted in the staff being reassigned to the Vauxhall Senior Citizens’ Home, increasing the number of employees at that institution.

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  23. Artax March 31, 2016 at 12:57 AM #

    @ Simple Simon

    I may know a little more about the NAB and the Home Help Service than you think.

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  24. David March 31, 2016 at 2:32 AM #

    Is it possible for the political class to bring scholarship to how it manages the affairs of state in Barbados. The question is relevant outside of Barbados as well.

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  25. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 31, 2016 at 2:59 AM #

    David March 31, 2016 at 2:32 AM #
    Is it possible for the political class to bring scholarship to how it manages the affairs of state in Barbados. The question is relevant outside of Barbados as well.

    And why is that, David. You certainly cannot imply that the reason could be grounded in incapability. So what means you, David.

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  26. David March 31, 2016 at 3:10 AM #

    @SSS

    The question is relevant based on current the state of the country with bearish prospects.

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  27. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 31, 2016 at 6:18 AM #

    David

    Not questioning the validity or relevancy of your question. There are many examples in the Barbados situation that proves you right. I just wanted your analytical spin.

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  28. David March 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM #

    @SSS

    Note the bottomline is that the political class has not been able in the last decade to attract quality players those with ‘intellect and a crushing desire to serve the public. Several examples we see where the ’emolument’ of an MP is considered as a serious matter to discuss in the context of taking a cut to share in the pain of those they serve. Not sure if this coincided with the birth of social media (citizen power) and demand for greater transparency, increase corporate governance and todays politician categorized as a politically exposed person which has a down side. It is an interesting conversation to have. We now need to drastically improve governance because of the lack of quality individuals involved in public service.

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  29. Heather March 31, 2016 at 7:41 AM #

    @ Artax, he needs to reallocate his resources where they are needed. Those 50 workers could have been trained to visit homes where children were identified to be at risk.

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  30. David March 31, 2016 at 7:46 AM #

    Minister Brackett was quick to defend Knight and the CCB in the Jahan matter for example. It appears there is a price we are willing to tolerate as far as allowing our children to be abused and murdered yet football tournaments continue as planned. A case of a political objective trumping a human cause.

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  31. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 31, 2016 at 9:06 AM #

    David

    By your definition of quality, you mean persons with values and a greater propensity to lean towards moral and ethical behaviour? Because I know that you know that the root of the problem in Barbados is societal. We are nurturing an environment for the continuation of poor quality individuals who are versed in words but worthless in the execution of their various wisdoms. Someone once said that base on the moral persuasions now influencing Barbados as a society you can expect that anyone placed in a position to handle or influence money would be subjected to the strong temptations to get some of it for themselves. In other words, anyone in Barbados could easily do the same thing as the political directorate and pretend that they have never done anything wrong.

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  32. Heather March 31, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    I did not mention it in the article but does anyone one know if the Ministry of Social Care will be providing any assistance to the 200 or so prisoners when they are released?

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  33. Artax March 31, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    @ Heather

    Although I understand your comment re: “those 50 workers could have been trained to visit homes where children were identified to be at risk,” you must appreciate that whereas dealing with child care issues require training in social work, home help does not. All that is required of a Home Helper is knowledge of “Care of the Elderly.”

    To train those 50 individuals would be an expensive exercise because they must be trained in areas such as counseling and interview techniques, as well as specific courses that are relevant to child care. Hence, they must pursue a BSc in Social Work.

    However, there are instances where some Home Helpers enrolled at UWI and completed their BSc in Social Work, and were promoted to Senior Supervisor or Welfare Officer.

    We must bear in mind that statutory corporations are mainly used by the “presiding” minister to provide jobs for constituents in an effort to solicit their votes, and to appoint political lackeys in positions “for which” they do not possess the requisite qualifications, thereby IGNORING the SPECIFIC PURPOSE/INTENSION the agency was ESTABLISHED to PERFORM.

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  34. pieceuhderockyeahright March 31, 2016 at 9:59 AM #

    @ Artaxerxes

    “I may know a little more about the NAB and the Home Help Service than you think.”

    You slipped as I too have done and have now immortalized myself on the US Department of State Counter Terrorism List. Poor ole me.

    The collective is so stupid that it would make you cry. Instead of engaging they seek to estrange and subjugate.

    I do not know how many of you are serious history buff, or understand the mind of people and how they think and how to manipulate those thoughts like the US Government does through FOX TV.

    I do a little light reading when I can and among those few books sought to determine patterns of speech associated with emotive conversations and was led to despots and laureates.

    The reason that I did not comment on this article earlier was simple. Not because I did not think that it was worthy of commentary but because of the “make America great again” echolalia.

    Because of a specific thing I had done, and my current “activities” regarding Say “No to Trump” was reviewing the commonalities of speeches of American Presidents, the commonalities of what they said and I remembered where i had seen the words “make america great again” in a rousing speech by John F Kennedy in his acceptance of the Presidential nomination in 1960.

    Oh by the way, it is not specific to JFK, that is a chant that emotes a specific response from dumb americans for years, it is just that I dislike how it plays so many people.

    If you look at a submission and style long enough and watch the emphasis and listen to the heartbeat of a submission, one slowly recognizes the timber and the “stress” on a word or issue.

    After a while, when your heart is in the right place, while we hide behind the so-called anonymity of fancy blog hnames, who we really are comes out here on the blog.

    We get to see the ones who really want change and the ones for whom this is just an exercise in polemics, talking because it (i) is something to do during their retirement years, like me lol, (ii) it is just “wordsong” and the exercise hones their skills for other endeavours (like Heather and others whom we know) or (iii) the ones who genuinely want change and are exasperated by the crass stupidity of successive governments that has besieged us all these years, post independence and the subservience of the Bajan psyche.

    I forgot to mention the fourth category of wise sages who realise that “all is vanity and vexation of the spirit and nothing changes under the sun.”

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  35. Heather March 31, 2016 at 1:03 PM #

    @piece, why do you assume that I do not genuinely want change in Barbados?

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  36. Colonel Buggy March 31, 2016 at 2:20 PM #

    Hants March 31, 2016 at 12:11 AM #
    I am not all at suprised. When the news of dumping of molasses on lands formerly owned by Mount Wilton Plantation first broke Cynthia Forde voiced her fears, and I cited an incident some years ago which had caused the then Water Works Department to abandon two water wells near Coles Caves.
    We never learn.

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  37. Exclaimer March 31, 2016 at 2:35 PM #

    @ Heather,

    You asked the question: “How can we make Barbados great again?”

    I believe that their is a more fundamental question that requires an immediate answer: “In which year will the Bajan Negro be priced off the island?”

    http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/holiday-homes/holiday-homes-in-barbados-newbuild-flats-from-174k-just-a-short-walk-from-the-white-sand-beaches-a99856.html

    http://www.chestertonsbarbados.com/download-brochure/?id=4521

    @ David,

    Your comment about me being negative rankles with me. Does my honesty upset you.

    I am committed to Barbados but am saddened by her steep decline. Barbados Negro population is set to decline and will be decimated over the next two to three generations. Yet nobody seems interested to discuss this issue.

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  38. David March 31, 2016 at 2:43 PM #

    @Exclaimer

    Don’t let the comment rankle you good man. It was only in the context of a single comment to this particular blog. Your many links are a source of alternative thinking. Don’t be thinskinned like a few others here.

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  39. Exclaimer March 31, 2016 at 3:02 PM #

    @ Heather,

    Many years ago your average tourist was happy to visit Barbados solely to soak up the sun, walk on the beach and wade into the sea. Those days are history! The very land that your ancestors toiled on are now being coveted by those with liquid assets.

    Heather our country is in peril. Do not allow your sense of nostalgia to diminish the real existential threat that is menacing the livelihood of our Negro population.

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  40. Exclaimer March 31, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

    @ Heather,

    I forgot to include this link.

    http://www.battaleysmews.com/

    @ David,

    D’ont worry, I am blessed with thick skin. Just feeling a tad depress at the direction in which Barbados is going. Just between us. I believe that many parts of Barbados will become no-go areas for the Bajan Negro.

    I can not see how the Bajan Negro can survive in the country of his birth post-independence. Forgive the pun: the Bajan Negro is about to come toast.

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  41. Well Well & Consequences March 31, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

    I see the Canadians are trying to flood Barbados with marijuana. Alvin, what’s up with that…why are you not protesting. Is it because you thought it was Bajans importing the weed.

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  42. Heather March 31, 2016 at 9:09 PM #

    @ Exclaimer,thanks there is a growing disparity in the housing stock. These are not intended for the average black man. These town houses put the overpriced match boxes at Villages of Coverley in the shade.

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  43. Colonel Buggy March 31, 2016 at 9:52 PM #

    Here is a bit of old technology , which the Minister of the Environment could invest in for the SSA, making conditions more amenable for the mechanics to carry out timely repairs to the fleet.

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  44. Hants March 31, 2016 at 10:01 PM #

    Why are these prisoners allow to carry their hand bags ? They look more like they heading to a hotel than to jail.

    They will pay a heavy price for their stupidity.

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/03/31/canadians-on-drug-charges/

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  45. Simple Simon March 31, 2016 at 10:27 PM #

    Hants nobody told them that (1.) The climate of Barbados is quite conducive to rowing excellent weed outdoors all year long (no winter) (2.) If we are too lazy to grow our ow we can always import equally excellent herb from our friends in Vinceyland.

    Ah beg ya please warn de young Canadian gals dem.

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  46. Colonel Buggy March 31, 2016 at 10:29 PM #

    This week the NATION carried two stories of a dairy farmer in St Lucy lamenting the loss of grassland to an agriculture college, and the subsequent torching of this same grassland.
    Perhaps these Canadians girls are on a mission of mercy, bringing grass to Barbados.

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  47. ac April 1, 2016 at 6:29 AM #

    On a scale of one to ten where and when was barbados recognized for greatness and how does such a measurement of greatness compares to other countries except within the carribbean region
    I would say that for a small country with limited resources the country has stood tall in effecting and projecting an image of resilience which has worked to its benefit in that it has secured a place of safety worldwide which helps to inject a sufficient degree of confidence in its people .. However the word greatness in optimum form does not apply to this island whose people has not offered any initiatives that can capture world wide attention that is influential and can be beneficial long term for its economic survival

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  48. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM #

    Is this the intelligent AC, sounds like it. You know the SSS likes you out of all the ACs

    The only draw back to your assessment of Barbados is that eedie beedie word called image. Ya tend to more often than not use it as negative connate rather than an appropriate adjectival. Here you pelt the word in you sentence and all that comes to mind was that Barbados is good at keeping up appearances and that those appearances have stood the test of time in making us all believe that our boasted economic strength of yesteryear was the collective efforts of our very well established governmental model. Now the appearances have become obvious, what now? You provided the past and now we are at the present looking towards the future. What, therefore, is responsible for what is now, that the future seems to be heading down a road that is going to be affected by the decisions of what was, with the resulting impacts of the present providing the inevitable outcomes that will affect all our futures?

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  49. Well Well & Consequences April 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

    AC…translation, facades have a way of cracking when overused, it just takes time…lol

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  50. Well Well & Consequences April 1, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    What happened to our Alvin….I thought he would be in the Toronto Star protesting all the Canadian females importing big weight marijuana into Barbados, not a peep from Alvin who knows all the dangers of marijuana, does that only apply to certain people.

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  51. ac April 1, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

    Image ! A representation of one self in action or word.
    Not here to reconsider the word in its true context as barbadians has never been bashful of representing an image which supplements or make up for its short comings. ..an image of peace and tranquility which has worked well towards our endearment and boost a positive direction of trust from international financial markets.isnt that a positive
    However moving forward within a global community barbados /barbadians has to do more in expanding its skills or required knoweldge to present an image of self sufficiency

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  52. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 1, 2016 at 12:06 PM #

    @the intelligent AC

    The hallmark of Barbadiana is one of peace and tranquility. Couple with the fact that we are a relatively flat land mass that provides the desired incentive for attracting international business as it is automatically assumed that flatness means no major transport issues, I agree with you that peace and tranquility are two of a series of positives. But, it is not a stand alone. For example, Jamaica and Trinidad have significant issues with their peace and tranquility and yet they do not fail to attract international business probably due to their vast array of natural resources and ease of doing business. You will also agree, I hope, that with the financial rating agencies plummeting the fragility of our economic fortunes to attract international business to junk bond status, no amount of tranquility and peace will be attractive enough to entice investors to put a little into our shores. Therefore, peace and tranquility are all good, but continuity for ensuring that a good working model follows a set of prescribed establish principles must also be an accompanying factor if the continuation of what made Barbados excellent and strong remains on a trajectory that augurs well for the future. Do you agree?

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  53. ac April 1, 2016 at 12:46 PM #

    Agree!

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  54. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 1, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    WWC

    Why do you query the whereabouts of that egomaniac? I am not impressed by him. He reflects too much of an egotistic disposition to be of any effective use. Plus he serves his country only true the eyes of a political party. Please do not call him ma girl, He is better left where he is.

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  55. TheGazer April 1, 2016 at 7:46 PM #

    An excellent article.
    Let me applaud the members of the group who are able to maintain their focus and keep on fighting (even though it is an uphill battle). Sometimes I get tired after reading the various posts and my contribution becomes like that of the pedantic one, less than a dribble.

    But Heather, I wish to make a few comments and would welcome a response.

    I like the fact that you propose a number of solutions, but I must take issues with three of them (1) privatization, (20 a reliance on volunteerism, and (3) disbanding the child care board. Whilst I applaud those who volunteer, I think you would willingly agree that they may be an unreliable and limited source of help for children in need ;so I will not deal with that point any further.

    I am always afraid of those who would take responsibility from the hands of the government and put it in the private sector. The private sector often take shortcuts to maximize their profit. Their attention would be to the bottom line and not to the welfare of the children. I see a worsening of the current situation.

    Let me be a skeptic and state that If a fraction of what is written here is true, then privatization would just be a new avenue for corruption. I think regardless of it be B, D or a third party, the responsibility should remain with the government.

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  56. pieceuhderockyeahright April 1, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

    @ The Gazer

    Hahahahaha.

    I laugh because you have voiced what de ole man thought when he saw this entry a submission that that while technically sound and linguistically coherent lacked the element of what government and good governance needs to be.

    You CANNOT LEAVE OLE MENSES AND WOMEN who now in that twice a child stage, to the hands of volunteerism and private sector management.

    There is no money in old people care so this essentially does what the elephant herd does with oths old and less physically capable, puts us out to die when we have reached the end of our usefulness.

    “To Govern a People you show how you Care”

    People confuse efficiency and operational efficiency with competition and seem to wholeheartedly transfer this to government becoming a competitor against its citizenry as opposed to being a facilitator of its citizenry.

    Free school meals post Barrow should have found a successor who understood the collaboration with Guyana as the breadbasket of the region like the visionaries Chiquita and Dole rape the banana producing nations of the world, so too should the Ministry of Agriculture led by a capable Minister of Agriculture, be able to propose and champion a hydroponics strategy during the 70 and 80’s that would now be blooming.

    But we only had one Barrow, one Eric Williams, one Burnham call the names and thereafter all waste foops.

    Hyenas and Jackals who, because of their numbers, are able to steal and feed off another’s kill
    but are incapable of finding their own.

    “Lord I know that you are a hard master so that which you gave me I buried” mentalities.

    @ Mrs Cole

    I am a stupid ole man who in my ole age see so much wisdom in the Good Book and, as if with clearer eyes, looks at things in terms of deeds, and what people have done, not said.

    Many ask why I am so anti-Mia in my sentiments and I say I really dont care what Mottley says I wish to see what Mottley has done.

    She is one of the longest serving politicians in St. Michael S.E probably only to be outdone by Denis Kellman but here is the thing that I look at, not what Mia gets up and talks about in her voice that is two clefs below mine, i like a lot of Bajans don’t really care whose fronts she is reputed to have bit out, what i care about is the community that she serves.

    How many men were on the street in Bush Hall and Waterford and Upper Spooners Hill when Mia Went in? And during the years how many of them are still on the block? Barring Hose & Hose, how many other men have benefitted from her interactions with the “common man/woman” in her cuntstituency, sorry my Ipad tends to act up when spelling certain words, and what are the numbers?

    I am a stupid ole man who is impressed by the living testimonies, not the lot of long empty talk.

    So when I extrapolate from that street level to the level of Parliamentary representation of Mottley in the HOA as Minister of Education, of Home Affairs, as Attorney General as Leader of the Opposition as owner of the Glock, all i see is fluff that does not benefit my country.

    And frankly your pieces are pretty much in the same vein, fluff, that regurgitates quite impressively what the problems are but, like Granville the II show that you have catalogued the problems very well but fall short in solutions.

    I am a stupid man who is tired of manifestos and empty utterances and to be frank with you, you seem to be proposing much of the same as the party waiting in the offing.

    For you and Alvin and fellows like Fumbles and Stink Liar and Lil Caesar and Mottley while you play lip service to the concept of country (spelt right this time) is would encourage you to these Jose Marti words “La patria es ara, no pedestal – the motherland is an altar, not a platform.”

    Once you move out onto “the national stage of self-sacrifice”, all men and women below you in the trenches see your works and sense the difference between all the talking and the sacifice, forgive me but until then you are just chanting more of the same.

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  57. pieceuhderockyeahright April 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM #

    Sorry N.E North East, i was thinking of the other bungler in the S.E

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  58. Well Well & Consequences April 1, 2016 at 10:33 PM #

    SSS…some things Alvin will not answer, that is one of them…lol

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  59. Simple Simon April 1, 2016 at 10:47 PM #

    @pieceuhderockyeahright April 1, 2016 at 9:27 PM Once you move out onto “the national stage of self-sacrifice”, all men and women below you in the trenches see your works and sense the difference between all the talking and the sacifice, forgive me but until then you are just chanting more of the same.

    Dear pieces: a tough but wise assessment.

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  60. Simple Simon April 1, 2016 at 10:56 PM #

    @Heather Colee “The first was a story of a young woman whose new born baby was taken away by the Child Care Board due to the fact that neither she nor the father had suitable housing.”

    Are you sure that the child was taken into care because the parents lacked suitable housing?

    Did you not infer from the newspaper story that perhaps that the parents are unlikely to be able to provide suitable housing?

    Did you not infer that the parents lacked necessary social support from the extended family?

    Did you not infer that the young mother was a special needs person herself and so perhaps lacked the emotional, psychological and social resources to raise her children?

    I think that if you had the opportunity to examine the situation yo will find that the Child Care Board acted as it is legally bound to do IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD.

    Sometimes unfortunately (for the parents) it is in a child’s best interest NOT TO BE RAISED BY ITS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS.

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  61. Simple Simon April 1, 2016 at 11:01 PM #

    @Heather Cole “I view both of the occurrences as the shame of every person who lives in Barbados and more so that of the Minister. For too long, the act of providing social care to special needs persons who are beyond school age have been ignored. Society has not done enough to help care for these fellow Barbadians and neither has the Government.”

    And indeed you ought too be ashamed.

    Neither society nor government can provide optimum care for children whose parents cannot or will not care for them; nor for disabled young adults.

    Such care is best provided by loving competent foster parents.

    Why don’t you Heather step forward and say “here I am. I will provide the care.”

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  62. Exclaimer April 2, 2016 at 2:18 AM #

    @ Piece,

    Your critique of Heather’s policies was quite harsh.

    One way of making Barbados great again: improve the quality of your local media.

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/04/01/if-only-we-could-publish-all-we-know/

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  63. David April 2, 2016 at 5:58 AM #

    @Exclaimer

    A creative media can get the message out by leveraging social media, enough said!

    The article is a cop out.

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  64. Well Well & Consequences April 2, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

    I agree…when you have clothes hanging outside, you too have to look out for rain…lol.

    Smart people who live in glass houses, cannot pelt stones or someone might pelt back bigger stones, boulders…lol

    I can do this all day,

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  65. Heather April 3, 2016 at 12:18 AM #

    @ the Gazer, I just saw your response. I will respond to your questions later today.

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  66. Heather April 3, 2016 at 7:40 PM #

    @ Simple Simon, if the CCB can send the child to New York, yes I can look after it.

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  67. Heather April 3, 2016 at 7:44 PM #

    @ Piece why are you comparing me to other people? I wonder why you are so persistent in discrediting my intentions.

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  68. Heather April 3, 2016 at 8:13 PM #

    @ the Gazer,

    “But Heather, I wish to make a few comments and would welcome a response.

    I like the fact that you propose a number of solutions, but I must take issues with three of them (1) privatization, (20 a reliance on volunteerism, and (3) disbanding the child care board. Whilst I applaud those who volunteer, I think you would willingly agree that they may be an unreliable and limited source of help for children in need ;so I will not deal with that point any further.

    I am always afraid of those who would take responsibility from the hands of the government and put it in the private sector. The private sector often take shortcuts to maximize their profit. Their attention would be to the bottom line and not to the welfare of the children. I see a worsening of the current situation.

    Let me be a skeptic and state that If a fraction of what is written here is true, then privatization would just be a new avenue for corruption. I think regardless of it be B, D or a third party, the responsibility should remain with the government.”

    I am not suggesting privatization which is to be undertaken for a profit. I am suggesting that a system of non profit arrangements be set up with several entities not one. Set up in the right way with government as a regulator, it can be more beneficial as compared to the current system.

    I would disband the child care board as a provider of care and make it a regulator of the child care sector. At present it is self regulating and there has been no redress on several cases and that is a problem. There should be a body to complain to; licenses withdrawn or other penalties when cases of death or other injury occur when the care provider was not being diligent.

    In New York there is one care provider that I know of for sure who hires part-time staff that do not have degrees in social work. They are trained to visit homes in the evenings, send a few hours on the weekend with children. A few hours a week may be all that is required in some cases. However when funds are available these persons can be trained in social work. It is just to fill a gap that presently exists. Special needs teachers are also needed to work with the older persons who are past school age and in my example, I had suggested utilizing the library buildings and the community centers to instruct them on a wide range of areas.

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  69. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 4, 2016 at 1:56 AM #

    Heather Cole

    ”I would disband the child care board as a provider of care and make it a regulator of the child care sector. At present, it is self-regulating and there has been no redress on several cases and that is a problem. There should be a body to complain to; licenses withdrawn or other penalties when cases of death or other injury occur when the care provider was not being diligent.”

    Profound indeed and sentiments I have expressed and shared as well. Having the governmental establishment perform the task as-regulator- will create an environment for greater compliance. The same approach should be applied to government financing where the Auditor General’s office be given the necessary teeth and bite to not only audit government financials and point out inconsistencies via an annual report, but the power to affect criminal proceedings against any government engaging in inappropriate practices, and make the necessary changes needed to come in line with prescribed and stipulated good accounting and financial procedures. Such a system would make it very hard for the current eases at which taxpayers money are filtered into vested interests an impossible undertaking to undertake.

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