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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Does Government Even Care?

The Nation Newspaper clipped the last sentence of Caswell’s column, here is the unedited version.

On Tuesday May 10, 2016 debate on the Opposition motion of no-confidence against the Government started in the House of Assembly. I must confess that I did not listen. However from reports in the media, except CBC, it is my understanding that the Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, levelled a wide-ranging set of charges to justify her call for the removal of the Government.

She was on her feet for five hours outlining her case which in my view was overkill. To my mind, there was one allegation that if proven to be correct would more than justify the Government’s removal from office. She revealed that the Government proposed to increase the salaries and allowances paid to parliamentarians by ten percent.

The following day, I heard a news item on Starcom Network news quoting Minister Stephen Lashley as saying that they did not get an increase in salary. My first reaction, to those seemingly contradictory reports, was that they cannot both be telling the truth. At this stage, I was not prepared to allow anyone to prove anything to me. I had to find out for myself. I logged onto Parliament’s website only to find out that both were correct.

The website revealed that there are resolutions before the House of Assembly seeking approval of two orders made on April 15, 2016 by the Minister of Finance to change the salaries of parliamentarians. So far, Miss Mottley is truthful in this regard.

Section 5.(1) of the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries (Remuneration and Allowances) Act, Chapter 8 of the Laws of Barbados, empowers the Minister of Finance to make an order to increase or decrease those salaries. Section 5.(2) states, among other things that the order is subject to affirmative resolution. That simply means that before the order can take effect it must be approved by both Houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

In our system of governance, a member of Cabinet must support anything that the Government brings to the House or resign. So unless there are resignations from Cabinet in the offing, the thirteen members of the House who sit in Cabinet must vote “yes”. In order to defeat these resolutions both Mara Thompson and James Paul would have to vote with the members who do not support the Government. It can happen but that is hardly likely.

The next step in the process would be Senate approval. Government holds twelve of the twenty-one seats in the Senate. I therefore do not forsee a rebellion among Democratic Labour Party members in the Senate to defeat these resolutions.

Since the resolutions have not been approved in the House and Senate and assented to by the Governor-General, MPs would be unable to draw their new salaries. So in effect, Minister Lashley is also telling the truth.

Since 2013 Government has reduced its workforce by approximately 6,000. To date many of those workers have not seen one red cent in severance pay. In addition, Government has not seen it fit to even give vacation pay to former workers of Beautify Barbados. Mind you, if those workers were in the Private Sector, the Chief Labour Officer would have brought the employers before the court for failing to pay holiday pay. Incidentally, legal proceedings in such matters must be filed within a year of the holiday pay becoming due.

In light of all the suffering and deprivation that Government has inflicted on the most vulnerable in this society; How can they muster enough gall to even consider a proposal to increase the salaries of parliamentarians? This administration has deprived 6,000 public workers of 100% of their salaries and then made a token sacrifice of 10% of theirs. They are now seeking to reclaim the 10% that they lost. What about the 6,000 who went home? Does this Government even care?

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127 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Does Government Even Care?”

  1. David May 16, 2016 at 10:20 PM #

    @Caswell

    We have to be fair, the people elected them to do the job, what they did prior is irrelevant no?

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  2. Caswell Franklyn May 16, 2016 at 10:47 PM #

    David

    Let’s be fair. The people elected them because the people were under the impression that those politicians were capable of doing the job of running this country. Anywhere else they would have been fired for incompetence. They merit a 100% cut.

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Lawrence James Bauer, CFA May 16, 2016 at 11:07 PM #

    There is no such thing as “government” which does things. There are only people exercising the power that is given to them to exercise (or too often, abuse) on behalf of the people.

    The same applies to all other paper organizations such as corporations, charities, etc. The “company” never does anything; it’s always the actual people hiding behind the corporate veil.

    It’s always important to keep this in mind. Using the common rhetoric of “government did this” or “the company did that” (which the elite encourages) just allows them to hide from their responsibility for what’s happening.

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  4. William Skinner May 17, 2016 at 1:59 AM #

    @ Gabriel,
    To quote you:”And while I am at it,your pal and savior Worrell is the worse governor of the central bank of Barbados,a biased individual,kowtower of this perplexed administration.” As you said everyone has flaws.
    Are you telling me that a destructive, arrogant person cannot be successful? Now, unlike you I do not mark the competency of Arthur, Sandiford, Barrow, St.John, the Adamses, Thompson or soon to be Mottley, higher or lower than each other. You see, in my book they have done equally well and equally badly.
    I invite you to objectively analyse all the problems we now have. You would conclude that they have been around during the stewardship of all of them and they have remained. The BLP and DLP, are essentially bankrupt of ideas as to how to carry our country forward. You should by simple arithmetic understand that they have collectively ruled or is it govern us for fifty years and today we have a country in serious decline and decay.
    I don’t know how any sane person will elevate somebody else to be their deputy and give them all the important and powerful ministries and then come and tell the public that the person at their right hand for donkey years is unfit to lead and expect to just walk away without being questioned because he is a competent economist and considered to be a “great” leader.
    As much as you and others don’t want to hear it, I am saying that what Arthur did to Mia Mottley was destructive and self serving, and a betrayal of our country because he knew all along apparently, that she was unfit or unacceptable and still kept her as his deputy and in his cabinet. I assure you that he clearly demonstrated to all that he was destructive and arrogant. I never said he did not understand the economy or that he was a failure as Minister of Finance. I want to know if he considers Mia Mottley He owes the country an explanation.

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  5. William Skinner May 17, 2016 at 2:03 AM #

    the above should read: I want to know if he (Arthur) considers Mia Mottley a national security risk…….

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  6. balance May 17, 2016 at 5:54 AM #

    “I don’t know how any sane person will elevate somebody else to be their deputy and give them all the important and powerful ministries and then come and tell the public that the person at their right hand for donkey years is unfit to lead and expect to just walk away without being questioned because he is a competent economist and considered to be a “great” leader.
    As much as you and others don’t want to hear it, I am saying that what Arthur did to Mia Mottley was destructive and self serving, and a betrayal of our country because he knew all along apparently, that she was unfit or unacceptable and still kept her as his deputy and in his cabinet. I assure you that he clearly demonstrated to all that he was destructive and arrogant. I never said he did not understand the economy or that he was a failure as Minister of Finance. I want to know if he considers Mia Mottley He owes the country an explanation.”

    I agree with you 100% percent and I have been positing such comments in this forum which have been largely ignored time and time again. Mr Arthur needs to be held accountable for foisting an individual with much acclaim as a prospective leader on the people of Barbados.

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  7. Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

    Both balance and William are misleading the the blog with their irrational attacks on Arthur.

    The simple fact of the matter is that he has declared that the woman is ‘not fit to lead’.
    What is not to understand about that??!!

    There are multiple personalities who perform quite satisfactorily at mid-management level where they fall under the supervision and control of a boss…… but the business of LEADERSHIP …. where all roads end up, is an altogether different matter.

    By Bajan standards, Mia is very intelligent, she has the self-confidence that comes with growing up in a privileged family, and she went to a good school. Even then, her management performance has been poor at best…. Shiite man, Bushie would invite her to be part of BUP….but only under the proper control of a solid governance system and a strong leader.

    What the hell does that have to do with an assessment of her sitting in the ultimate position of power? Indeed, ANY assessment so far would STRONGLY support Arthur’s judgment.
    The woman CLEARLY suffers from an overwhelming sense of entitlement….dangerously so…

    The prison fiasco
    The edutech farce and scam
    The Crab Hill shiite
    VECO
    Four Seasons
    Appointing a bunch of her pissy girls to head important Boards
    …and just when you thought she had grown up….. Maria Agard.

    The two of you could REALLY hush with that stupid criticism of Arthur. Were it up to Bushie, for THAT advice alone, Owen should be knighted….. and even those of us who are now praying that she will kick the idiot Froon to the curb, KNOW that Arthur will be proved to be 100% right when she does….

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  8. Bajan boy. May 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM #

    @Caswell Franklyn..I have always assessed you as a very intelligent man. Now I am flabbergasted to think that you for even one minute stopped to think anything what so ever of dumb ass Denis Kellman.. He has always opened his mouth and showed bajans how dumb and indifferent he is. You seemed to have missed something some where along the way. David Thomson kept him away not only because he knew he didn’t support him but because he thought that poor Denis was incapable of leading a Ministry based on the standards he had set for him Minister. Despite them not being very high Freundel Stuart found room to lower them and hence Kellman.

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  9. Caswell Franklyn May 17, 2016 at 9:11 AM #

    Bajan Boy

    I always felt that Kellman had a screw or more loose, but I was mistaken to think that he was genuine in his idiocy. I always give people the benefit of the doubt, I didn’t know him well enough to pronounce on his honesty before now. His latest utterances have removed any doubt in my mind.

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  10. millertheanunnaki May 17, 2016 at 9:16 AM #

    @ Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Wuhloss, Bushie!
    So Arthur is now your clairvoyant knight in shining armour ready to save Barbados from the demon called Mia?

    Is that the same OSA you used to cuss daily for not only taking Bim into so much debt to fund conspicuous consumption as to hang a permanent financial millstone around the necks of future generations but also for having sold the country into the CSME game of prostitution giving your favourite bête noir, the Trickdadians, access to vital ass(et)s in order to screw Bajans daily?

    Come on Bushie, if your buddy Froon could whop OSA political ass so easily what does that same about the man not of 15 years ago but the man today who is just a mere shadow of his former self.
    OSA is just one unhappy vindictive spiteful, sickly little old man.
    If Froon, a known liar and defender of crooks and frauds, can belittle OSA in such a denuding fashion do you think the Bajan electorate would fall (again) for any wickedly contrived strategy to make MAM fall from favour in the eyes of the electorate?

    Who do you think is behind that deceitful stupid hypocrite Maria Agard’s assassination attempt on Mia’s character?
    Why can’t the DLP be truly Christian in their deeds by immediately welcoming the fallen angel Maria into the fold of that dear loving party instead of her sitting on the same side in Parliament as that lot of demons lead by the witch of Bush Hall all bedecked in white garments of evil?

    Trust me, the Arthur/Agard & DLP alliance will not work. Only sickness or death can stop MAM.
    If you doubt me, then let the Fumbling Fool call snap elections within 6 weeks to kill the demon once and for all and celebrate that victory over evil in true DLP ‘Christian Evangelical’ glory and with the award of a knighthood to King Arthur on November 30, 2016 and the erection of a statue in memory of his other leper pal in pederasty Camille Tudor.

    ‘Those sanctimonious hypocrites who wish to condemn other people’s sexual proclivities must come with clean hands all covered with moral condoms’.

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  11. Artax May 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    Hmmmmm

    The prison fiasco; The edutech farce and scam; The Crab Hill Shiite and VECO?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but were the above projects not sanctioned by the then BLP Cabinet of which Owen Arthur was head?

    Owen Arthur is as much to blame as Mottley for those projects listed above. He was Prime Minister of Barbados and had veto power to cancel those decisions.

    Unless Arthur and Bushy wants us to believe that Mottley was autonomous in her actions.

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  12. Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass. May 17, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    Frank and uncharacteristic comments here.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/81308/editorial-fast-dr-lowe-apology

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  13. Violet C Beckles May 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM #

    Denis Kellman

    37 mins · @ Has join the ranks of a top level Crook,

    10% pay before election,
    10 % pay again as we are down graded
    AND some talk of a 10% cut?
    well well ,,, Look, we must then take 30% to have them at 10% Cut.
    these are the DBLP we need no more proof of how crooks think .

    Remove them and let them stand outside in an old NHC or UDC housing,
    They play the same game with gas prices at the pump as they do with their PAY.

    here come the next level of fraud,
    Republic bank offering a 4.5% chattel loan? with the help of Clarke Gittens? Yearwood and Boyce?
    Slavery loans no clear title of land, Same lawyer in this Missive Land fraud of Barbados book keepers and records keepers of Beatrice Henry ,They may have some good title of fraud for you?

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  14. pieceuhderockyeahrightPiece May 17, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    @ Bush Tea

    I was trying to post this since 3 o’clock this morning. It would not post and finally my connection to the world ceased

    “Adult Onset Asthma”

    “People who are allergic to cats may have an increased risk for developing adult onset asthma. Exposure to allergens or irritants such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, mold, dust, or other substances commonly found in the person’s environment (e.g. home or work place) might trigger the first asthma symptoms in an adult.”

    Conditions that you did not have, rather, did not show the symptoms in your youth manifest in your old age, you get my drift?

    Wunna fellas evah had a girlfriend dat when wunna meet she, she was real nice and delectable and flexible and and and……?

    Fast forward years, months, weeks and whaplax listen tuh wunna “man she din nuffin but an ole Ho’ and…” (Wunna will note that I did not need to mention this to the women since they well under stand this concept as it applies to all men”

    Owen Arthur was, to the best of my recollection, not GOD.

    Asking him to take responsibility for foisting the once angel, now Troika bent Mottley onto the population of Barbados, is like wunna ole bembers telling de buddy who introduce wunna scvnt tuh dat sweet looking dugula tings dat used tuh rich wunna world, when she became dat “gold digging beatch from Berbice, doan mind she used tuh look real good” saying dat wunna buddy is a varmint and no good liar and thing.

    His assessment of her character was, like all human reasoning, flawed.

    Years passed and the cherubic shining star, in vein of the Luciferous one changed like our dugula girlfriend and Owen not wanting to get rid of the cancer at his side, kept her close.

    And he paid for it. Like how all uh we gine pay for it once she get in Llaro Court.

    All men have the gift of sight but few the gift of penetration.

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  15. pieceuhderockyeahrightPiece May 17, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

    Brother Bush,

    My last post was not ” @ ” you in the sense of “contra you” I should have gone back and written the names of all the other fellows who ascribed prescience to OSA

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  16. Brathwaite May 17, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

    Mr Tee (wait, you got the fancy hair style too) I can agree wid some of what you say about my boy Owen. He not too blame 100% for jucking Mia pon de people. Maybe 90% though. But he still was halfa-man to put de long-whip in she backside.

    She certainly showed leadership (in her roles) so you off-based there but she showed tyrannical leadership. You right as shite there.

    What de udder fellows saying is that when de big boss got a deputy who he no longer trusts he does bury dem. In Mafia style or virtually. He did neither and that’s why they pissed.

    He should have leaked via some friend of a friend of a friend enough garbage that she could never be leader again.

    De fellows right. He just talk a lot of shite. If in fact there is real and proper reason she should not lead den he is an absolute Vicchy style collaborator in de occupation of de country by a nasty pretender.

    That Mr Tee, a true leader would NEVER allow. So de boy Arthur looking shaky.

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  17. Well Well & Consequences May 17, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    “The simple fact of the matter is that he has declared that the woman is ‘not fit to lead’.
    What is not to understand about that??!!”

    As long as Owen is unwilling to tell the bajan public why Mia is unfit to lead, and to date he has refused to tell the public why…he is just as unfit as Mia for keeping her secrets and should be ignored.

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  18. Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

    @ Miller
    Two points that may be of assistance to you…

    1 – Neither Owen, William, balance NOR Bushie made any references to ‘sexual proclivity’ …so your ‘proclivity’ to do so in defence may well be revealing more than you intend….

    2 – Your presumption that, just because Bushie is wont to cuss Owen wrt CSME and some other indiscretions, the Bushman is totally ANTI – Owen is flawed…. and frankly, suggestive of feminine origins…. (women tend to think like that…)
    Bushie can easily cuss his very best friend, and praise his worse enemy – depending on the topic and the facts.
    Shiite Miller…. Wuh the bushman HAS been known to agree with even you … and on more than one occasion too…

    @ Piece
    Peace brother.
    No need to apologise if you feel the need to put some licks in the bushy tail…. somebody has to do it… and of late GP has been somewhat ‘lax’ in that regard, …and the de dribbler seems to be a ‘sweet boy’ and not a fighter…… so you have to do …what you have to do…

    @ Braff and WW&C
    Owen does NOT owe us one shiite. He could simply have gone home and played with his grand children. It is up to us to look, listen, think and reason for ourselves. When we ignore such advice or kill a messenger, we are only fooling ourselves… and wunna know the saying about ‘hard ears yuh won’t hear…..’

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  19. millertheanunnaki May 17, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

    @ Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    So Bushie, if it is NOT Mia propensity to bite what she cannot chew what else do you and your ilk have against the woman?

    She certainly can’t do any worse than that lying arrogant totally despicable creature called Fumble Froon who absolutely has no reservations in coming out of the closet to declare his undying support for a known crook in Carrington, an unending relationship with a forensically proven fraud called Leroy the leper of Buller’s Alley and his consummate adoration of Cameron Tudor a 100% leftie that you yourself (as a youngster like Froon) could have bowled against.

    Bushie, you misogynist, for goodness sake leave the blasted woman alone.
    What else must she do to avoid your acerbic tongue-lashing (nearly said licking)?

    Please give her a chance. She deserves it. You can always cuss her ‘blood klat’ when she screws up as you have been gently doing with Froon the stupid coon.

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  20. Georgie Porgie May 17, 2016 at 3:26 PM #

    ok bushie
    select a group
    i coming home to BUP!

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  21. Artax May 17, 2016 at 4:12 PM #

    “I have found the solution to those persons who feel that politicians should not receive the money taken from them for 30 months. Seeing it is fair for the 10% cut , then I will ask the Minister of Finance to create the same 10 % tax for all citizens by introducing a tax to take 10% of everybody’s wages and salaries minus [politicians to level the playing field.”

    @ David

    Are you seriously suggesting that the above comments were actually uttered by Denis Kellman? Similar to Denis Lowe’s and Adriel Brathwaite’s request to have Mottley present her LEC, I would like Kellman to present his ACCA, CGA or CPA certificate to prove he is an accountant.

    Civil servants were asked, through their unions by this DLP administration, to place Barbados before themselves and agree to a salary/wages freeze so as to help the island manover the economic crisis. For EIGHT long years civil servants made SIGNIFICANT SACRIFICES for Barbados, including LOSING 100% of their income through RETRENCHMENT; 50% of their income as a result of working reduced hours; 85% of their income as a result of increased VAT and implementation of additional taxes.

    And let’s not forget the people in the private sector, who had to undergo similar reduction in income due to the closure of numerous businesses and reduced work hours.

    I cannot believe that Kellman is saying it’s NOT FAIR for him to forego 10% of his salary for 30 month, but it is fair for civil servants to forego their income for EIGHT YEARS.

    And people are actually agreeing with this nut case?

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  22. Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 4:37 PM #

    LOL @ Miller
    What give Mia what chance what??!!
    The lady does not need any slack from Bushie, Mia intends to gain her prize …just as her best-friend Thomo did…. and she will too…
    What you don’t seem to get, … is that ‘Bushman with whacker MUST whack’….

    Wuh you ain’t hear that Bushie walking with Mia on Thursday…??!! ….YES bozie…
    …will probably give her a big hug too….🙂

    Think Bushie foolish…? Wuh if the OFFICIAL opposition leader says that Bajans need to come out and show their concerns about government shiite … who is Bushie NOT to turn up…? Is that not what Opposition leaders are there to do in a democracy?

    @ GP
    You cannot fool Bushie.
    You are not going to BUP….
    You know MUCH TOO MUCH about the bigger picture….
    Five years ago …perhaps – when there may have a chance to make a difference …before time ran out… but now…??!!
    Nah….

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  23. Prodigal Son May 17, 2016 at 4:49 PM #

    Ecellent posts, miller.

    What OSA thinks or says about Mia is irrelevant, do you not notice that Mia does not respond. Mia will be many times better than Froon, she held ministerial postions something Fumble never did, hence his incompetence.

    He was thrown from a first time ever holding a cabinet position to months later acting as a PM and then PM. So he has had little experience that is why we are where we are today!

    As for Maria Agard, she has brought her pigs to fine market and now cannot deal with outcome. She allowed herself to be used to seemingly to resurrect OSA and it must hurt her to the core to see the same advisers at home in the BLP seemingly comfortable under the same person she accosted calling her a demon………..hence the hatred, vitriol and anger she spewed.

    This does not speak well for Maria! She was led astray. She should be mad with those who were advising her…………….she was outfoxed by the person she labelled a demon. She should be vexed with the same OSA under whose leadership her problems should have been solved……….the cans with the problems were kicked down the road and left for Mia to solve!

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  24. Georgie Porgie May 17, 2016 at 5:06 PM #

    @ GP
    You cannot fool Bushie.
    You are not going to BUP….
    You know MUCH TOO MUCH about the bigger picture….
    Five years ago …perhaps – when there may have a chance to make a difference …before time ran out… but now…??!!
    Nah….

    MURDAH OK I WONT BUP I WILL TRUMP THEN
    DAT WILL BE WORSE!

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  25. Caswell Franklyn May 17, 2016 at 5:50 PM #

    Prodigal Son

    I must take exception to your line of reasoning where you attribute Freundel’s incompetence to the fact that he never held ministerial office before. You cannot compare him to other prime ministers who did not hold ministerial office prior to taking the big job. Neither Tom Adams, Owen Arthur nor Errol Barrow, if memory serves me correctly, held ministerial office.

    Mind you Freundel held ministerial office for two years under Thompson before assuming the burden of the office of Prime minister. Even if he didn’t, you still could not compare him to the other three. All three of the others had an over abundance of intellect. Freundel is not similarly burdened. From his conduct, there is evidence that his load is quite light in this regard.

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  26. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:13 PM #

    This government is like the unjust Shylock. It must have it pound of the taxpayers flesh, bone, blood, skin, sinews and all.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/284400.html
    The pound of flesh which I demand of him Is deerely bought, ’tis mine, and I will haue it.

    Pound of flesh:
    Something which is owed that is ruthlessly required to be paid back.

    Origin:
    Derives from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, 1596. The insistence by Shylock of the payment of Antonio’s flesh is the central plot device of the play:

    Pound of flesh:
    The figurative use of the phrase to refer to any lawful but nevertheless unreasonable recompense and dates to the late 18th century.

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  27. Prodigal Son May 17, 2016 at 6:28 PM #

    Okay, Caswell, take a bow……… I cannot fault your analysis of Fumble.

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  28. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    @David May 15, 2016 at 8:16 AM “What does the Bible say about fornication as a lifestyle?”

    It feels good, but in the long term it ain’t so good.

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  29. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:43 PM #

    @William Skinner May 17, 2016 at 2:03 AM “I want to know if he (Arthur) considers Mia Mottley a national security risk…”

    National security risk what.

    Nobody care about that stuff anymore.

    Except perhaps us, here isolated on this rock in the Atlantic.

    If Owen really felt that Mia was a national security risk he would/could/should take his concerns to the Minister responsible for defense would/could/should he not?

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  30. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:44 PM #

    If I felt that someone was a national security risk and I failed to report it would that not be treason?

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  31. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

    I am absolutely certain that NONE of our honourable members are traitors.

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  32. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 6:50 PM #

    @Bush Tea May 17, 2016 at 7:51 AM “Appointing a bunch of her pissy girls to head important Boards.”

    I hate to point out to you that men are more likely to suffer urinary incontinence than women, hence much more likely that women to be pissy.

    If you doubt me ask the medically objective Dr. GP.

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  33. Well Well & Consequences May 17, 2016 at 6:57 PM #

    “@ Braff and WW&C
    Owen does NOT owe us one shiite. He could simply have gone home and played with his grand children. It is up to us to look, listen, think and reason for ourselves. When we ignore such advice or kill a messenger, we are only fooling ourselves… and wunna know the saying about ‘hard ears yuh won’t hear…..”

    Then Owen should keep hos skinny little ass out of the people’s parliament and stop collecting taxpayer’s money, since he is still keeping Mia’s secrets….which means he is still loyal to Mia, not the taxpayers,

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  34. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    Somebody needs to tell the accountant Kellman that a 10% cut of $350 per week hurts much, much more than a 10% cut of $10,000 per week.

    The first cut means struggling to pay for clean drinking water.

    The second cut means only being able to save $5,000 USD per month in your bank account in Miami.

    I hope that Kellman understands now.

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  35. Well Well & Consequences May 17, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

    Simple…the restoration of the 10% cut is designed to guarantee a heftier pension, the cut itself is measley, but apparently the politicians only just realized that their pensions will be much lighter if they dont restore the 10%….so the greedy punks are rushing to restore it so they dont lose out on the big money to pay their doctors for heart attacks, strokes, cancer and all the other treatments they will need when their old asses start falling apart….never mind that they have not created any jobs to replace the ones of the people they laid off or that civil and public servants have not had a raise in nearly a decade…or that the roads on the island are so bad that people’s cars are dropping in holes and breaking their shocks……none of that concerns them…….Fruendel and Co are throwing a 7 million dollar party for the idiots and making sure their own pensions are secure….so there….lol

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  36. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 9:59 PM #

    So the civil servants who haven’t had a raise for 8 years, won’t their pensions also be affected by stagnant wages?

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  37. Georgie Porgie May 17, 2016 at 10:20 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn May 17, 2016 at 5:50 PM #
    FUMBLE IS BATZPAENIC
    HE HAS A LACK OF FUNCTIONING BRAIN CELLS

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  38. Well Well & Consequences May 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM #

    Simple…read Caswell post, the politicians were too busy thinking of when the 10% will be restored to think about how the cut would affect them to begin with, remember it was done under duress, but when they finally realised the effects, desperation set in…lol

    Caswell Franklyn May 15, 2016 at 6:48 PM #

    “All along I thought that Dennis Kellman was an honest politician but just a bit silly, well more than a bit. Now I have come to the conclusion that he is just another dishonest politician that is looking out for self interest, like most of his colleagues.

    There was never any indication to the public that the cut would have been temporary. If it were so that fact would have been noted when the resolution to cut salaries was passed and the 10% would have been restored automatically, without the need to come back to the House. The real reason behind the increase is that they misread the legislation with respect to their pension entitlement. Civil servants’ pensions are based on the average of their salary over the last 36 months of their employment.

    The politicians thought that the same applied to them and wanted to boost their average. According to their misinterpretation, ministers who served for three terms would gain approximately $800 per month every month for the rest of their lives. That was too much to give up in their estimation. That is why we are seeing this duplicitous behaviour coming from the DLP.

    They didn’t realise that the base for calculating their pensions was different from that of civil servants. While civil servants’ pensions is based on the average of their salaries for the last three years of service, the pension for politicians is based on the highest salary they ever received over a three month period.”

    Sent from my iPad

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  39. Well Well & Consequences May 17, 2016 at 10:28 PM #

    So ya see Simple…at least 30 lawyers in the house of parliament and they all misinterpret the laws…that’s why they all say the constitution cannot be amended, they dont even understand the shit themselves…lol

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  40. balance May 18, 2016 at 5:41 AM #

    “The two of you could REALLY hush with that stupid criticism of Arthur. Were it up to Bushie, for THAT advice alone, Owen should be knighted….. and even those of us who are now praying that she will kick the idiot Froon to the curb, KNOW that Arthur will be proved to be 100% right when she does”

    As far as I am concerned bushie it is not a criticism but a simple request for Mr Arthur to come clean and prove to me that he was not misleading the public when he acclaimed her as the best thing since slice bread.

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  41. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 18, 2016 at 6:24 AM #

    The point about the restoration at this time makes sound sense per the calculation of one’s pension which may even shed some light on the timing of the general election.

    These varmints WILL NOT CALL IT BEFORE THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS they are too vain for that, no siree but with some Kadooment in we as(h)es and Independence throbbing in we behinds and Xmas pun de horizon well I wud do a reduction in the VAT, restore a few niceties tuh de peeple and whaplax, it all ovah General Elections pun we

    They cannot linger too long with Moody’s etc pun dem tails AND THE BLP GAINING TRACTION it ha to be soon

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  42. balance May 18, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    Bushie sometimes you do behave like Ac in trying to defend the indefensible. Some years ago i got warm licks in a DLP camp for disagreeing with DLP apologists probably in the know who were suggesting that Ms Mottley’s transfer from Attorney General to the Ministry of Economic affairs was a demotion which on second thought could be construed as accurate judging from those holding the post in recent times. Nevertheless Mr Arthur dismissed such suggestions in the press and revealed instead that he was preparing Ms Mottley for higher office. Well as fate would have it. the BLP lost the 2008 election and Ms Mottley became opposition leader when Mr Arthur relinquished the leadership. In the interim, Mr Arthur publicly questioned Ms Mottley’s leadership and her suitabilty through thinly veiled references to her lifestyle. in all of this Ms Mottley remained silent. Mr Arthur subsequently regained the ledership of the party with the help of a coup and led a divided party in the 2013 general elections this time losing by a narrow margin. During the campaign Mr Arthur again acclaimed the positive attributes of Ms Mottley to the electorate of Barbados and the world. If the positive things said about Ms Mottley by Mr arthur were lies do you not think the public has a right to know? Do you not think that Mr Arthur needs to clear the air on this seemingly conflict of utterances?

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  43. Bush Tea May 18, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    @ balance
    Please explain what ‘saying nice things about a person’ have to do with judgment about their suitability for absolute leadership.
    Could you possible want a nicer person than the dribbler? the fella is a gem….
    Would you elect him as a political leader…? …NAH…the fella is lukewarm….🙂 ha ha ha

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  44. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 18, 2016 at 12:50 PM #

    @ Balance

    This is not a difficult thing to understand.

    (a) President Obama and Hilary Clinton fought a really rough battle for the Democrat nomination and once President Obama won, he gave Hilary a significant position, did he not, and not, as he demits office, he supports and will support another Democrat, probably Hilary.

    Theirs is a common enemy the Republicans and consequently the face they put up to the world is one of solidarity, but make no bones about it Obama and Hilary ent busom buddies and what Hilary tried to do during their contention for that Oval Office would still rankle Obama.

    (b) Owen has seen Mia come through the ranks and what he sees, AND KNOWS, rubs him the wrong way but, here is the thing.

    To win a GE as a conjoint BLP he wisely endorsed Mottley irrespective of all his insights.

    Expediency caused him to consort with the demon/despot/deviant or whatever we wish to call mottley BECAUSE OSA is a politician.

    (c) Saying “I endorse one of the most popular of my politican colleagues in public DOES NOT MEAN THAT I LOVE HER!!

    I have been privy to much as Prime Minister that I dont come on VOB or brass Tacks and air my mouth about.

    When I say what evil things she got up to in every single ministry that I put her in, what is the best thing to do? demand her registration? as i have done on a few occasions? and risk alienating the people? and supporters of the BLP? or bring her ass close to mine and give her a useless ministry, or one where I have to sign the cheques in?

    Then I go on the news and say whatever the shy*e i like about grooming her, because you and other sheeple are easily duped.

    Mia did not win the LoE seat, Owen in a fit of despondency, gave it to her.

    Now here we are in the shadow of the DLP, the most inept government this cuntry has ever seen.

    Does the man expose his hand and let the DLP scvunts ef up his home forever? as is clearly playing out? or does he hope that the despot, appeased, by the seat, would stop her megalomaniac ways?

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!!

    This is what peeple like my ole ass pray for a Damascene Moment that moves mottley from that Me, Me, Mine, I psychology that would make her ravage her own Maria Agard, EVEN WITH THE VERY PRIZE OF PRIME MINISTERSHIP 2 years away.

    Do you understand this now?

    Why would you like piranha seek to devour your own blood?

    And the answer comes back like Owen said, “Mia Mottley is a despot” but without a third party as a viable alternative, IN THE FACE OF THISES COLOSSAL BVHKVNTS, you choose the lesser of the two evils and keep quiet.

    If there is one thing that can be said of Owen Seymour Arthur, is that he loves his country.

    Had he been younger and in better health I believe that he would have fielded a third party and, contrary to all belief about third parties in Barbados, OSA would have won.

    But then again, I does have dem “moments” that are not induced by the substance that Amused encourages me to use. And no this is not a contact high.

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  45. ac. May 18, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

    Balance a right to know what..? His mouthings was representative of the growing blp yardfowl support for Mia. In other words he was being a politician caught up in the euphoria of political speech of encouragement and felt comfortable saying all the right words the blp yardfowls wanted to here about Mia
    But being no longer goaded and guided by party politics he was free to speak the truth about Mia and her tenacity to do gawd awful things that does not represent and is contrary to the blp party practices and principles
    What Osa has said about her about her faults and failures has been so forceful that it has literally sent her on a high wire act of trying to reimage and rebrand herself under the guise of morality
    Well we shall wait and see how many bajans would buy that snow job.although i belive not many

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  46. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 18, 2016 at 1:25 PM #

    @ AC

    A broken clock is right but twice a day

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  47. Colonel Buggy May 18, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

    About six weeks ago we heard the Minister of Water Resources and his professional side kick squakeress, thumping their chests asking the people of the water scarce Scotland District, to hang on for two weeks or so and they will be rewarded with and abundance of water from the new found well at Sweet Bottom.
    Today, six weeks on, we heard an advisory of radio, that “due to its mains laying program the road along Coffee Gully in St Joseph will be close from May 18 until May the 24 ,” to facilitate the laying of that section of the main from, Sweet Bottom to Castle Grant.
    Does this Government and its ministers ,intend to fool all of the people all of the time?

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  48. balance May 18, 2016 at 9:26 PM #

    “Bush Tea May 18, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    @ balance
    Please explain what ‘saying nice things about a person’ have to do with judgment about their suitability for absolute leadership.”
    You are indeed correct for it does say a lot about not only Mr Arthur’s judgment but credibility as well.

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  49. balance May 18, 2016 at 9:30 PM #

    Bush Tea May 18, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    @ balance
    Please explain what ‘saying nice things about a person’ have to do with judgment about their suitability for absolute leadership.
    Piece you could only be joking in trying to link the two scenarios but for the record all those who dealt with Mr Arthur in public life ( His economic skills notwithstanding) regarded him as a despot.

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  50. Colonel Buggy May 18, 2016 at 9:38 PM #

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