Dr. George Brathwaite

The George Brathwaite Column – Populism’s Promises Not to be Pelted

populism“The question as to who ‘the people’ are, where they/we will be made to stand, line up and be counted, the political direction in which they/we will be made to point: these are questions which cannot be resolved abstractly; they can only be answered politically.” – Tony Bennett, 2005.

In today’s article, focus is on several intricacies and fallacies surrounding the term ‘populism’ that deserve the nation’s critical attention. Populism is widely used but it is contested; it is one of ‘the most controversial’ and unclear terms used in the social sciences. One writer suggests that populism is ‘most slippery’ and “yet – if not for the very same reason – it remains appealing both as a term of confession and as a term of abuse.”

Populism generally embraces two connotations: (1) to describe political movements and, (2) to characterise a type of politician. The term, grew out of late 19th century American politics, and was used to describe a form of political language and political participation giving popular response to the severe social and economic problems that many farmers faced at that time. The outpouring and outgrowth of popular discontent against an incumbent government gives rise to this friend or beast we call populism.

Ernesto Laclau identified the “dichotomy of the social field between privileged and underprivileged as a key feature of populism.” Laclau indicated that populism historically tends to prevail “when a large number of social and economic demands accumulates, which cannot be satisfied within the existing institutional system.” It is not surprising, therefore, that populism thrives on the growing anxieties of the people. Rising displeasure gives impetus to a competing movement committed to the people and their struggles.

For us in Barbados, populism draws on democratic traditions, and promises open means for conducting political action via the regular holding of general elections. Our political culture accepts popularity and not money (vote buying) as the main determinant in a system of parliamentary democracy (first past the post). Inherently, populism is the defining characteristic in our Westminster-styled tradition of institutionalised party politics. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are the two main political vehicles within this institutional architecture promoting civic restraint, mutual accommodation, and ultimately the democratic stability that Barbados enjoys.

By extension, the crucible of populist politics further encourages formal political participation, invites increasing voter turnout, and generally, courts boosting the numbers of party membership. Have we not been hearing about voter apathy and derision of the political class? The pliant political party wanting to galvanise new forms of national engagement should appreciate populism. The electorate is calling for more rather than less forms of participatory democracy.

Both the BLP and DLP have been promising deliberative inroads and decentralised routes towards nation-building. More or less, the two major parties and their leaderships have mounted platforms giving opportunity for voices to be heard. On the one hand, Freundel Stuart may still be relentless in his procrastination, while the DLP tries to douse water on the wails of criticism regularly heard across Barbados regarding its failed and austere measures. The socioeconomic decline in Barbados has become burdensome and intolerable. This discontent gives fuel to populist politics.

Contrarily, Mia Mottley has soaked up loud outbursts from conservative elements in Barbadian society, while liberally rubbing shoulders with ordinary workers and the affected masses. As part of the popular pull, the BLP has repeatedly expressed lack of confidence in the government without demanding any quiet apologies from the political elites paying lip service to the palpable needs of the population. One way or another, populism continues to drive the daily practices of politics in Barbados.

One well remembers that during the 2007 – 2008 period, the DLP led by David Thompson, exploited uncertainties that crept into governance in Barbados. A main ploy by Thompson was the use of a corruption discourse against the Arthur-led regime. The ruse saw a theatrical Thompson cashing in on the visual dramatisation of a donated cheque. The DLP also reverted to a nationalist populism in relation to anti-Guyanese and other anti-immigrant sentiments. The results were that the DLP opportunistically snatched an overwhelming victory from a reasonably performing BLP administration. The DLP’s prize became the majority presence in Parliament for the first time after constant scuffling for three terms and almost 14 years in opposition.

Last week, Glyne Murray glibly ascribed the populist label to the BLP while moderating the popular call-in programme – Brass Tacks. Against a background of past discord, and tactical yet sometimes contentious decisions taken by past and present BLP leaders, Murray’s tone became waxed with challenge. His opening salvo was enough to invite a host of BLP defenders including the MP for St. James Central to get down on Brass Tacks.

Normally an agreeable fellow, Murray’s mythical candidness apparently spilled from his diplomatic pouch. His claims against the BLP sounded shallow; his hardened stance reflected an antithetical critique of his social democratic socialisation within the BLP. Quite frankly, Murray ventured into the darkness of negative scapegoating when he enunciated the term ‘populism’ as if it was a danger to be abhorred. Murray’s follow-up explanation revealed a hostile and injurious shot, especially when he tried to Trumpetise the discursive practices of the BLP.

Merit can be found in Murray’s argument that the BLP had a decade ago made constitutional changes to extend the age of retirement for public servants, and that it was reasonable to facilitate correcting an existing anomaly. However, it became regrettable that Murray would prefer putting party protection above protecting the people. Murray remained dismissive of any position running counter to his subjective argument; he called it lucid logic, others saw it as tragic. Ironically, Murray lapsed in his understanding on the philosophical moorings directing the BLP.

Murray’s selective referencing of Our Covenant of Hope failed to nail the hard principle appreciating that Government of the people, by the people and for the people does not mean going into Parliament and “dealing with the posts of two people.” Dale Marshall hit the nail on the head when he asserted that there are “more than two people in St. Joseph starving, more than two people in St. Joseph homeless, more than two people in St. Joseph that cannot go to university.” Of course, this is a recognisable populist discourse that is increasingly being heard across Barbados by the severely wounded thousands of workers.

Perhaps, this very populism that Murray dislikes, ushered in a national conscience on representativeness. It was sufficient to inspire Marshall to dare the haughty DLP administration “to use valuable parliamentary time to deal with those issues,” happening against his constituents and being replicated across the wider national polity. Large majorities in the population have had enough of a government stumbling from crisis to crisis. The DLP could not have done itself any favours by trying to better the benefits of two individuals, over and above dealing with the damage done to thousands of sacrificed lambs that worked in statutory entities.

Many statutory workers had to painfully stomach the devastating destruction of their jobs and pension security. The BIDC and the NCC immediately come to mind. The DLP’s priority to fix an anomaly that affects two persons before rehiring or positively reengaging the many that were plunged into despair after 2013 by the Minister of Finance’s sleight of hand, is to overlook the people’s plight. Clearly, there is a price to be paid for the political party, and the political leaders blindly upheld by their proxies and preferring to ignore the masses and their passionate pleas.

The fact is, political populism has evolved into a competitive and mobilising strategy that both the BLP and DLP are acutely aware of the benefits and the pitfalls. If it is that there are numerous Barbadians joining ranks with the BLP, they do so now because the DLP’s political elites have betrayed the trust of the people. The essence of populist politics emerges when there are plenty feelings of alienation and disaffection between the elite and the masses – between the governing and the governed. Today, Barbadians are speaking and want to be heard. If the DLP government fails to listen, it will pay the ultimate political price at the polls.

(Dr. George C. Brathwaite is a researcher and political consultant, and he is an academic consultant for an international firm. Up until recently, he was editor of Caribbean Times (Antigua). Email: brathwaitegc@gmail.com )

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55 Comments on “The George Brathwaite Column – Populism’s Promises Not to be Pelted”

  1. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM #

    I really don’t care which party is more guilty of populism.

    Please answer the charge that Mottley is guilty of opposing for the sake of it regarding the adjustment of the retirement age for two officials. I think it made her look petty. And it troulbles me because I really want these clowns out of office.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences July 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    But Old Baje…why would you wish a corrupt DPP on the taxpayer’s public purse for another 10 years…it’s not Mia have to pay him and put up with his collusion and alliances with the criminal element and “social demons” in the minority filled business sector….

    it’s the people being robbed and taken advantage of, when the DPP is unable to arrest these destructive criminals who prey on the population and whom he protects…..why do you want taxpayers to be saddled with Leacock frr another 10 yesrs, when he is part of the problem, not the solution.

    Ya want Fruendel & Co gone, but you want to keep their problems, of which DPP is one…makes no sense.

    The opposition’s job is also to protect the people…and why should they aid in keeping the appointment of a public official who does nothing in the best interest of the majority, but caters completely to the minorities, whom he believes are more important than the majority who pays his monthly salary..

    Does that make sense.

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  3. Well Well & Consequences July 26, 2016 at 9:31 AM #

    As I said, am sorry the auditor general, who clearly does his job, got caught up in that mess, but that is what happens when you have stupid government ministers who are unable to deferentiate and separate those who are corrupt from those who are capable.

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  4. Bernard Codrington. July 26, 2016 at 9:35 AM #

    @ Old Baje,
    The parliamentary opposition did not oppose for opposition sake. It abstained on the principle that they were other constitutional rights that could have been added to the issue of two persons whose advantages were removed by merging age of retirement with age of eligibility to qualify for an NIS pension.
    The purpose of mentioning them in the constitution was to give them security of tenure and a level of security from interference from the Legislature and the Executive. Monetary compensation and relativity to other public servants was secondary.
    Mia did not appear to the majority of us as petty . She used a strategic moment to score a political point.” That all public employees matter.” She is a bright girl.

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  5. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 9:38 AM #

    You have a point, but this is the first time I am hearing that argument advanced to justify the opposition to the extension. I don’t think it’s an additional 10 years though.

    Mia still looks petty. She has to raise her game and show why she would be a better minister of finance than Sinckler and a better Prime Minister than Stuart. Not hard tasks, but she has to make the case.

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  6. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    My 9:38 post was at WW&C

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  7. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 9:44 AM #

    @ Bernard

    I am sure that that principle was lost on most Barbadians. If it looked petty to me, someone who wants her to succeed, I am sure it looked petty to most.

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  8. Bernard Codrington. July 26, 2016 at 9:46 AM #

    Was not a precedent for pettiness set when the previous Chief Justice by convention should have had his tenure extended by two years and it was not done on some spurious technicality?
    We need to raise the level of our discourse and cease and desists from scoring cheap political points while the poor and working porr are being further marginalized.

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  9. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    @ Bernard

    Of course.

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  10. Pachamama July 26, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

    As an academician you owe us more.

    Wolin called the system in Barbados ‘inverted totalitarianism”.

    By that he meant a system in which corporate elites, not populism, are the controllers, are the real power centre. They make anything called ‘voting’ or ‘elections’ inert.

    You counterpoised money and popularity. We know for certain that a well known corporation, 2 elections ago, gave 1 million to each major party.

    We also know that most people seeking to be elected could hardly spend the limited amount the law allows. They are generally ‘breck’ people seeking to serve corporatists.

    We have previously called the political construction in Barbados an elected dictatorship. For as far as we can see the population has no enduring power, after an election, to influence any regime, whether B or D. Populist power in the case of Barbados last for one day, every five years.

    It is a nonsense that anything in Barbados resembles popular ‘democracy’.

    That you will limit political discourse to a permanent duopoly is anathema to any system of real people’s power.

    The unavoidable truism is that the party system, which you seem to suggest is local in character, has reached a cul-de-sac and can go no further. It shall continue to fail, without external intervention, until it collapses

    The mere fact that you would want to present a business-as-usual attitude to the wave of anti-establishment uprisings throughout the world suggests a personal interest in outcomes. Any academician worth his salt, within a development context, cannot be so biased.

    We do not live in a functional democracy and have not from the beginning.

    It is the failure of neo-liberalism which will give rise of the populism Adolf Hitler made infamous unless we get up off this fiction you have this day supported.

    We disagree with a lot of other things mentioned especially when linguistic tricks were emplyed to wash the BLP in the blood of the lamb.

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  11. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    @ Pacha

    “an elected dictatorship” Exactly!

    Our system depends on and assumes that our leaders have integrity. There are little or no checks and balances.

    We need:
    Parliamentary committees with powers of subpoena
    FOI legislation
    Ammendment of The Official Secrets Act
    Whistleblower legislation
    Integrity legislation
    Stengthening of The Auditor General’s office and power to seize documents and investigate
    Higher salaries for senior government officials in order to attract higher calibre people, see Singapore.

    Until this happens we are at the mercy of the politicians.

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  12. Pachamama July 26, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

    @ Old Baje

    These are precisely what we are talking about and more.

    We think you forgot the right to re-call any political or government official, senior civil servant. For example.

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  13. Well Well & Consequences July 26, 2016 at 11:36 AM #

    “Mia still looks petty. She has to raise her game and show why she would be a better minister of finance than Sinckler and a better Prime Minister than Stuart. Not hard tasks, but she has to make the case.”

    Old Baje…what I agree with is that Mia should be calling on Fruendel to fire, recall or just get rid of the DPP…Leacock represents the minority parasites who preys on the majority people on the island….same people whose votes both political parties now need to be reelected or elected…both parties need to give a little to get a lot of votes..

    to kill snakes, one must chop off their heads. ..figuratively speaking of course.

    If the dude is not yet 60, it cant be much less than 10 years for him to be 67…my poibt is, no one should be DPP for life…a corrupt DPP should be immediately dismissed, the judiciary is compromised due to his unethical and criminal actions.

    The US Embassy can tell ya, but won’t, that they are still smarting from the Hawkesworth cockup, thanks to the DPP….the taxpayers can thank him for the lawsuit fiked against the government. …what use is he.

    Something has to give.

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  14. Pachamama July 26, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

    The New European Fascists

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45182.htm

    …………………………………………..

    ”Populist ideologies sweeping across Europe call for the redistribution of “power, prosperity and dignity,” all of which have been taken from the working class by neoliberalism, Kurski said. “And we saw what such ideologies did to Europe in the 1930s. They led to war.”

    Chris Hedges, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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  15. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 26, 2016 at 1:11 PM #

    @ the Anti Owen Crew.

    One must understand a few things about the contra Mottley stance that Owen Arthur is committed to as well as which Parliamentary privilege protects others

    From where OSA stands/sits in parliament the Rules of that Honourable House do not permit him to say anything about Mottley.

    In that respect, it is possible to say that “Mottley, so much closer to the prize of Prime-ministership, has “changed”, or has presented to the world that she has changed.

    This overt representation is not because she was converted but because, over time, she has become thoroughly cognisant that certain action would “kill” the Barbados economy as surely as, and even more quickly than, the 8 years of lingering death we endure at the hands of the DLP.

    However the opinion that MAM, while seemingly “mature” enough to see that a former “strategy” was unwise, is intrinsically a “PapaDoc in Waiting”, the Barbados Birthed female version of Mugabe, waiting for her moment to be “PM for Life”.

    So, like Branford Taitt or Sleepy Smith would have deferred to The Dipper so too must Eddie and Kerrie and all the rest who would seek to be “King” during the rule of Mugabe

    @ former PM Arthur.

    To go beyond the verbal castigation of MAM in what is your campaign to “oust” Mia, default PM, at 2016, Anno Domini, will have deleterious ramifications.

    It may possibly permit some of the DLP curs to remain in Parliament WHICH, depending on the amount of the dogs, would be continuing anathema to Barbados.

    “Fighting Mottley” cannot be a head-on battle.

    That would be like you, OSA, as popular as you are, going in St Michael N.E and running against Mia, you would loose your deposit.

    The U boat attack of Germany on the UK island is instructive for your purpose.

    As you know, the Nazis employed a strategy of starving the British islanders of food and critical external life support/supplies.

    If you OSA seek to win a conflict with Mottley and “contain the Mugabe” DNA that courses through her veins, you have to craft your attack on a similar basis as the U2s because the head on attack, YOU CANNOT WIN.

    Other engagements permit you more than a fighting chance to keep Mugabe at bay

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  16. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 4:38 PM #

    Arthur still has a lot to offer. Pity his hatred of Mia is consuming him.

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  17. Well Well & Consequences July 26, 2016 at 4:50 PM #

    Arthur is compromised…he enabled the likes of Peter Harris to prey on bajans and destroy taxpayer funded Transport Board, time to get rid of these politicians who rely on minorities to think for them.

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  18. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 26, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

    @ Old Baje.

    You and I may look at this or anything differently based on our different socializations.

    For example, you may look at Gunnery Sargeant John Basilone as a man who was mentioned as receiving some sort of war medal, I look at him in awe as one of the ultimate in killing machines, a marine who was part of a force that held off 3,000 enemies over three days. Then once relieved of Active Duty, choose to re-enlist, and die, someplace far from his native Italy because that is what marines do.

    Owen Arthur manifests his commitment to Barbados in a most focused way, and that, in the case of Mia Amor, is interpreted as “hatred” but history will record that Arthur was ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE IN BARBADOS who KNEW MIA MOTTLEY WELL.

    My girlfriend Dearest Suzanne gently chides me for being so relentless against the Demonic Lying Party led by Fumble while seeming to forget the Defaul Prime Minister.

    It would seem to many that I am similarly “consumed” by hatred given my commitment to this mission to obliterate the DLP from every seat.

    But that is because i fear that letting one linger, leaves a benign cell, it may become a malignant tumour and attract additional flotsam.

    Owen Seymour Arthur has been around Mia Amor for a longgggggggger time and knows the nature of this Beast.

    My girlfriend thinks that Mottley can change and hopes that she reorients her brilliance to control her predispositions.

    I like others, cringe internally at the prospect, because whereas Fumbles has shown that he DOES NOT WANT TO LET GO LLARO COURT, for the salary, and the perks and the company of the White people pun a THursday, Mia is a horse of a different colour.

    Her prize that she will not let go Power and Subjugation of any and all opinions other than her own.

    Dribbler once told me, when Mottley gets in, people like me must leave.

    He is right, I cannot stay here.

    That is the irony of this “Campaign” – the BLP IS GOING TO WHITEWASH THE DLP, IT MUST, BUT simple ole menses like me, and others of the BU audience that have spoken out against Mottley, and are known, WILL NOT BE WELCOMED HERE.

    That is indeed agape love, love of country, which like Basilone, has nothing to do with self, less to do with the Mugabe personality of Mottley but everything to do with the realization that Fumbles and his people must go.

    I pray that GOD spares Owen and gives him long life, unwavering mind and good health so that he may continue to warn Bajans concerning Mugabe Mottley.

    Please do not get me wrong, for there is nothing wrong with wanting to be Prime Minister but there is everything wrong to be and Erdogan and to effect Night of the Long Knives policies to remain there for life

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  19. David July 26, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

    We quibble about the Opposition abstaining on the recent vote yet on the government side members shout skunt words across the divide, the Committee of Previliges allow a tieffin Speaker to go free, a front bench member to draw a pistols etc etc etc.

    The hypocrisy!

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  20. Old Baje July 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM #

    I am also scared of Mia’s love of power but we can’t continue with these clowns.

    If Mia does anything to curtail civil liberties I will be out on the street.

    We are indeed caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

    I am hoping (more like dreaming) that Fumble, staring defeat in the face, will, in an attempt to eff up the BLP, pass the legislation I spoke of earlier. If he does that history will treat him more gently.

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  21. millertheannunaki July 26, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

    @ Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right – INRI July 26, 2016 at 1:11 PM
    “If you OSA seek to win a conflict with Mottley and “contain the Mugabe” DNA that courses through her veins, you have to craft your attack on a similar basis as the U2s because the head on attack, YOU CANNOT WIN.”

    Your advice to OSA is equivalent to one of trying to bring back EWB from his watery resting place to clean up the DLP with a vital bush bath administered to the current leadership.
    The man is a spent force whose shell has been taken to the Cahill Incinerator for reincarnation.

    OSA’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the lying Fumble (the worst primate into parris in Bajan politics) made sure the shadow of the political man will never return to stalk the political landscape of Bim.
    His ghostly return in 2011 was not grounded in any nationalistic fervour to save Barbados from economic Armageddon arising out of the incompetence of that bunch of dangerous lying party of wild boys or to protect the people from the evil’ dressed-in-white’ witch of Bush Hall but mainly as a quest of vindictiveness and political vendetta to satisfy his bruised ego.

    The Devil realized his position was being undermined by a Bajan upstart vying for the top job on the ladder in Dante’s inferno.
    The Devil had to put paid to that by using another political sewer rat to outsmart him in 2013.
    If OSA was genuinely concerned about the country’s economic direction and the necessity of keeping Mia away from the reins of corrupting power to save the innocent people from her budding Mugabe-like dictatorship tendencies, then he should have remained leader of the Opposition and the party in February 2013.
    Two defeats do not a real brave political general succumb to.

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  22. HAMILTON A HILL July 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM #

    Populism my ass. Glyne Murray is fiercely loyal to whomever he supports. Contrary to what some think he is still very much a B, albeit an Owen Arthur B. Owen Arthur, having recognized that Mia had chosen a topic that clearly had the propensity to gather public resonance, launched his attack so as to stymie the obvious support that would naturally follow. The mission at hand for the spiteful and very cunning old politician is to ensure that his former deputy never realizes her lifelong dream of being the first woman to lead Barbados.
    Glyne Murray was tasked with the responsibility of generating debate so as to have Mr Arthur’s red herring of a position articulated. Was he successful ? I don’t know….nor do I care. What I do know is this. Politicians of every persuasion have engaged in populism since time immemorial so even if such were the case this time around, who the hell cares? It does not change the fact that once again this TRIAL & ERROR cadre of clowns has shown the country that theirs is a DNA of ineptitude.

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  23. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 26, 2016 at 6:41 PM #

    @ Anunnaki the Wise

    Like you I cannot understand why OSA demitted the LoE position.

    Mottley could not have moved him not with her baggage, i nearly said clitoris.

    He, like David Cameron gambled and lost.

    Cameron could have done a simple survey as opposed to gambling on a referendum and losing.

    OSA could have waited, there was no rush.

    Now here we stand with Mugabe

    And like Old Baje says we have no choice, we have to vote them out and in she goes.

    A choice between Satan and the Devil

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  24. Bernard Codrington. July 26, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    Populism? What populism.? That term should have remained in the political science textbook. Our issues stem from a breakdown in several systems in this society that we as an organized people find unsettling. Our response appears to be rooted in panic to the extent where we want to discard our cool collective approaches which serve us so well in the past.The economy is fixable. Crime is fixable. The justice system is fixable. The education system is far from destroyed but it needs substantial repairs. It would be more productive if we would concentrate on the issues and not personalities. This country is bigger than any of the names which surfaced in this debate. After all said and done,we all still have to live here. So gird your loins for the real battles.

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  25. Prodigal Son July 26, 2016 at 7:50 PM #

    But George, I was surprised that you bothered to call Glyne Murray.

    Big mistake………let him thrash the BLP every time he is on air. The people sees through him…..you should see the negative comments in the chat against him when he is on.

    Just ignore Glyne, as Hamilton said, OSA saw that the BLP was on good ground, he attacked two ladies and then sent his lackey to finish off the job. Dale and Kerry took the party line and OSA did not attack them, why?

    Remember how Glyne attacked MAM when he made a big deal about her being in St Lucia during their recent elections? Well Peter Wickham call in and lambast his tail, he backed off a bit but it was Hartley Henry who set the record straight.

    Watch how Murray starts his programme most days……..attacking the BLP. The dems love him. Did you hear the way he carried on Wesley from St Thomas when Wesley told him that he was being ungrateful and that the BLP was good to him………..oh my dear, he went off on a trantrum….

    Populism, my foot…..

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  26. Well Well & Consequences July 26, 2016 at 8:08 PM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/07/26/inniss-calls-for-less-incestuous-legal-body/

    And there goes Inniss using the lawyers incestous behaviors to make pre-election promises to the people..

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  27. Pachamama July 27, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

    @ George Brathwaite

    We wish to draw what is currently happening in France, to your attention.

    As you know France has had a real revolution around these matters, a bloody revolution.

    For us it represents a particularly interesting epoch in world history. As you will also know there was a certain antiquarian device used then which we have suggested should have current application. LOL

    Anyhow the French government is seeking to reduce airline workers’ wages and salaries to please their masters, the corporatists.

    A clear case of unelected people using government to game the system. And French politicians cannot say no to the pressured the finance capital is subjecting them to.

    This will only lead to a populism of the Hitlerian dimension.

    It represents the failure of neo-liberalism. A neo-liberalism grossly advanced by your last BLP regime/s.

    This is not the time for lies and half truths. Lives are at stake.

    In Barbados, the regulars do the same thing. We have corporatists, like Bizzy Williams, in hard times can convince the regime in Bridgetown that his business/es should be immune from market forces. Meaning the public purse is to guarantee success for him, Bizzy. And there are others.

    Where is the populism you talk about?

    Neither the people of Barbados nor those of France can do one shiite to show any government that something is wrong with the political culture. And even though they may try they will be duly ignored.

    Your only rejoinder will be for us to re-elect the BLP to do the same things in the future, that the DLP is currently doing, and that the BLP has done previously.

    Tell us, why is that antiquarian device not applicable in both scenarios. LOL

    For there should be a public sanction beyond removing a feckless, criminal government to replace it with the same people, from the same political culture.

    It is not what collective responsibility is about, in populist government? LOL

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  28. David July 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    @Pacha

    The failure is more to do with the downside to the multiculturalism project.

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  29. David July 27, 2016 at 6:54 AM #

    Do we know the details of this loan? Where is the term sheet?

    Barbados to borrow $244m via T&T bank *

    • of Barbados received its Parliament’s approval to borrow the equivalent of $244 million (BD$73 million or US$36.5 million) from Ansa Merchant Bank, the Barbados Parliament confirmed in a supplemental order paper released yesterday.

    Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler successfully “move(d) the passing of a resolution to approve the guarantee by the Minister of Finance of the payment of the principal and interest in respect of the issuance of a bond in the sum of up to BB$73 million Barbados dollars (BB$) or US dollar (US$) equivalent arranged by Ansa Merchant Bank Ltd for the purpose of providing working capital support to the Barbados Agricultural Management Co Ltd and to provide funding to the company’s expenses and costs relating to the Barbados Cane Industry Support Project,” the order paper said.

    Become a subscriber to the Trinidad Express Newspapers for access to all our articles via our vNEWS.

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  30. Pachamama July 27, 2016 at 6:57 AM #

    @ David

    No siree!

    That is meagrely a side issue.

    Promoted as a distraction, a self-inflicted irritant.

    Those EU economies are under extreme pressures, of the kind which will lead to war, colonial expansionism again, far-right or fascist government. This is much more fundamental.

    Keep your eyes on the ball.

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  31. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right INRI July 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM #

    So now Pachamama we watch and see how a government that is on the exit ramp is borrowing money from all over the place to provide exit parachutes for its ministers and try to get election campaign money for the snap election in January of 2017

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  32. Pachamama July 27, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

    Piece

    They maybe able to utilize the money for certain work projects, balance budgets, for the operation of government and such before an election.

    We are not convince that these kinds of loans are susceptible to the activity you mentioned. We do not believe that they have reached that point of cravenness.

    We always tend to assumed that they mainly get their corporate friends to provide them with ‘largesse’, payoff etc. Sometimes using special purpose entities.

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  33. Artax July 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    In their 2008 election manifesto, the DLP alluded to the fact that, under the last BLP administration, the Auditor General’s reports were ignored. Unfortunately, this practice has continued during their tenure, for the past eight years. Additionally, the DEMS also promised to immediately enact integrity and freedom of information legislation upon being elected to form the government.

    I agree that the DDP and Auditor General’s retirement age should be brought in line with the retirement age of public sector employees in central government. However, if this administration was serious about the functions of the Auditor General, they should have also drafted legislation to extend his authority and duties to conduct thorough investigations where instances of financial improprieties are discovered.

    Forensic accountants are trained in investigation, gathering of evidence, questioning suspects and acting as an expert witness if the fraud goes to trial. Therefore, a forensic audit and fraud investigations unit, supervised by a forensic accountant/auditor, should be established within the Audit Department to investigate alleged fraudulent activity.

    As it relates to integrity legislation, recall in December 2012 the Prevention of Corruption Act was passed in Parliament, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on Corruption. However, when asked about legislation regarding integrity as well as freedom of information and of expression, Stuart said “There was a school of legal thought that the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act adequately cover most of the issues that would be covered in an Integrity Act.” This seems to be delaying the process.

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  34. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

    @ Pachamama

    I sought not to be my usual prolix rambling self but I know that with your acuity you would speak to the bribes, probes and bobo that is attendant to these machinations.

    How else can the car I am leasing come from the same company tasked with repairs to my Ministry? or the contract of works for school repairs island wide be allocated to a number one man in the number 2 business?

    Like you have pointed out, the system, irrespective of its facilitators, is flawed.

    As Frustrated Business Man, who may himself be part of the gratuity mechanism, said “until government gets out of the business of competing with the Private Sector, and takes up their mandated role to regulate and facilitate” we are going to be doing this same stupidness in 5 years time.

    Same # 2 with different # 1’s, Fumble goes and Mia and the Veco crew come back.

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  35. Well Well & Consequences July 27, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    ” “until government gets out of the business of competing with the Private Sector, and takes up their mandated role to regulate and facilitate” we are going to be doing this same stupidness in 5 years time.”

    Should read…until government STOPS colluding with and enabling thefts against the taxpayers and corruption between themselves and the private sector.

    The reality is, this present government has had nearly 10 years to do ALL the things they are all getting ready to PROMISE the voters to do NOW…they had more than enough time to fix the judiciary, get rid if the DPP and Peter Harris, stop their corruption with business people….institute , implement and enforce all the required legislation to bring the island into the 21st century. ..they malicioulsly and deliberately refused to do any of it….any promises they make now. ..are ALL LIES.

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  36. Pachamama July 27, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    We see George wrote this shiite about hay and disowned it. LOL

    If he’s going spread BLP propaganda, he must tek he licks.

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  37. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM #

    @ Pachamama

    That is the Modus Operandi of the Troika

    They, Brathwaite and the Vampire, set the fox among the wolves, and then they disappear.

    Go from a distance, bedecked in white clothing, and watch to see the effect of their efforts to incite and take notes on how to make the next submission elicit some more readershit sorry readership.

    Unlike Come-Sing-a-Song, they are unable to do anything more meaningful than talk pretty, bout populism and Petitions

    They seem to be stuck on the P’s populism, petition, pokies not men and peni*** and de other bad word, a thing which they normally will bite out

    To the benefit of David C, he at least is able to get the illegal laws stopped in court.

    He does do something but they like “talking pretty” and “putting up pictures of themselves”

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  38. George C. Brathwaite July 27, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    @ Pachamama and others

    I am right here reading and appreciating your views. Some I find interesting, some are dull; some offer insights into other issues, some do not. I value all of the opinions here even if I do not agree with all. Thanks for your feedback.

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  39. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    Here’s an insight for you to mull over Mr. Brathwaite and you sit on high having deigned to provide this flowing effluent akin to #2

    THe general populace is of the belief that this thing called populism is based on a cyclical thing which, for as long as we will live, will reoccur.

    It is like the seasons.

    So the DLP came for 10 years, the BLP for 14 and so on and so on like a veritable see saw of topical tastes.

    Since the issues remain the same, Social Services, Health, Road, Taxes, The economy Tourism, it is a moot point to discuss more of the same.

    So with that in mind let me see what you, from your seat on high have to offer as a solution to the economic woes of a country with no natural resources and dependent on a flailing tourism product, Brexit and the dwindling pound sterling tourists.

    Let us hear what spontaneity of pertinent ideas that will flow from your cranium that would show the depth of your views, things that would up the discourse and not leave you there amused “appreciating your reading or bored by the dullards here.

    Of course that may now require you to exert some mental effort which people of your ilk who abound around the Troika AND WHOM I PROPHECY will kill the Troika in utero, “fattened as you are on this false sense of self worth” join us dullards here with some crumbs off your table of great Wisdom of the Ages…

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  40. George C. Brathwaite July 27, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

    But I too am a dullard. Isn’t learning from each other fundamental?

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  41. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM #

    “Thar we go. hahahahaha….”

    Answered with such kindness and gentility for us poor unfortunate folk.

    Seriously though, you have outlined the definition and the genesis of populism.

    You have spoken of Tony Bennett and all other wise and wisening topics, and in your treatise of the pendulum shift from BLP to DLP, you opinioned such and called front and centre the posit of a man whose name my ingrunt self cannot pronounce and therefore cannot spell.

    But such a one says “populism historically tends to prevail ““when a large number of social and economic demands accumulates, which cannot be satisfied within the existing institutional system.””

    And he continues “It is not surprising, therefore, that populism thrives on the growing anxieties of the people. Rising displeasure gives impetus to a competing movement committed to the people and their struggles.”

    I would ask you as “a researcher and political consultant, and an academic consultant for an international firm” to give your thoughts, not on why the pendulum swings like Big Ben’s Bell but to comment on what thing which 25 years between these two antipodes who thrive sorry capitalize on these “growing anxieties”

    I would ask you sir what specific things you suggest be employed, at 2016, and would be pertinent to offset these perennial “social and economic demands”?

    Help a poor ingrunt dullard nuh?

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  42. Well Well & Consequences July 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/07/27/rescue-mission/

    Fruendel did not think it necessary to “save the youth”…..at anytime during the last 8 plus yearsm but niw pre-election, he got a “rescue mision”…he cannot even call the names of those politicians he saw buying votes during election 2013….how does he plan to save the youth…LIES..pre-election empty promises.

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  43. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 7:05 PM #

    @ Well Well

    A Rescue Mission almost like a “Covenant of Hope” lololol.

    I wonder what that COH got in it though?

    Your read it?

    Anything about Freedom of Information, Integrity legislation anything like that?

    Lord knows that it would never have in the “Power of Recall”

    Dere’s a thought for you though!!!

    Suppose tomorrow dat Fumbles bring that legislation to the house”

    All three of those items

    I wonder what the response of the LoE Mugabe Mottley would be?

    We going have to go someplace else and talk though causing Dr. Brathwaite get orders from higher ups “DO NOT ENGAGE WITH THE DULLARDS!!!”

    What say you “researcher and political consultant, and an academic consultant for an international firm”, would you conjecture what the response of the LoE would be?

    You do know that if Fumbles were a smart man and he wanted to implement a real real “It shall neither be mine (cause he going loss) nor thine” strategy all he got to do is to bring that legislation tomorrow AND WHAPLAX”

    What say you researcher? help out a dullard nuh???

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  44. Well Well & Consequences July 27, 2016 at 7:45 PM #

    Lol…..Fruendel is too spineless to bring such needed legislation to fruition in less than 18 months, it wont cost him a thing to lie or promise this, that and the next…. pre-elections, shake the trees and see how many votes fall out..,.there are multiple ACs and Alvin idiots on the island to fall for Fruendel’s fantasies…lol

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  45. Old Baje July 27, 2016 at 8:55 PM #

    If Fumble feels sure that his time is up he might decide to poison the well for Mottley and company by really shaking up the system with an FOI Act etc.

    At least it’s something to fantasise about.

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  46. ac July 27, 2016 at 9:26 PM #

    what ever PM does would caught all u yardfowls by surprise he knows very well how to rattle the blp cages he has done it for the past eight years
    did any one notice the phto op of Mia skining her teet at a most somber moment which was to honor the name of our national hero and in the meanwhile could not resist her politics of yardfowlism to interject her usual nuisance and annoying political speeches the woman does not understand the role of being a diplomat

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  47. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM #

    @ George C

    I wish i cudda speak as pretty as you and Fumbles.

    All dem words and ting, “… the crucible of populist politics further encourages formal political participation, invites increasing voter turnout, and generally, courts boosting the numbers of party membership…”

    Whuloss I ent know all dem big powful words dat you and Fumbles does command all de ole man know is dese and other “Stoopid Posters”

    I tinks dat dem should make the DLP Demons, (and the BLP wanabees) think very carefully before they make their “Stoopid Speeches” in which they continuously seek to insult the people AND DULLARDS of Barbados. Whu you tink?

    Rememebr, remember, instructions “Even if he goad you George C, DO NOT ENGAGE, remember dat he is undermining de DLP demons, and de enemy of our enemy is our friend, until after de war …”

    Both parties that continue to practice this populist big word ting dat you talking bout need to understand that we have put wunna in the house of Assembly AND WE THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE WUNNA OUT.

    You need to convey dat to your boss Mugabe, Default prime Minister of Barbados.

    Tell her that she needs to bring meaningful solutions to Barbados OR THE BLP WILL HAVE 5 YEARS!!

    Irrespective of who Political Researchers/Pollsters testing dese antiquated political theories pun we dullards.

    “Remember, remember DO NOT ENGAGE, DO NOT ENGAGE!!”

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  48. Well Well & Consequences July 27, 2016 at 10:15 PM #

    Lol…

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  49. Well Well & Consequences July 28, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/83701/-fix-justice

    They all had a hand in the destruction of the judiciary, this present government had nearly 10 years to fix it…..and did nothing.

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  50. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 28, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    Because this is hard George I am going to explain what I am saying with a little story.

    A friend who returned from the USA brought me some Indian Girl Corn meal because it was “dirt cheap up there”. I love coo coo but I CANNOT COOK COO COO IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!!

    Next week Microsoft is hosting a function here in Barbados. Coordinating that function would have taken a while George, it would not be something that you do in 2 weeks, that is a year at least.

    What is this ole man’s connection? with that and my questions to you?

    “Ingredients George ingredients”

    You thought that I was goading you with my earlier questions about what do you see as the way to negate your “populism pretty postulate” and pistule on one’s pooch.

    I was not.

    But that is why I posted it here and on Walther PPK’s inane statements about Diaspora mining BECAUSE NEITHER YOU, an avowed BLP Troika man, NOR WALTER, the Brutus of Sandiford, KNOW ONE SHY*E ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS for CHANGE, meaningful change.

    The Microsoft experience that will come off at Sherbourne WILL BE A FAILURE simply because the people coordinating on, on both sides, BLP & DLP do not know what should be the outcome of such a “collaboration”

    Let me give you a simple example of what that outcome should have been and IS NOT

    http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450301168/UK-education-system-failing-to-support-cyber-security-profession?utm_content=recipe8&utm_medium=EM&asrc=EM_ERU_61594355&utm_campaign=20160728_ERU%20Transmission%20for%2007/28/2016%20(UserUniverse:%202131903)_myka-reports@techtarget.com&utm_source=ERU&src=5536533

    “Countries and companies must act quickly to address the cyber security skills shortage through improvements in education, workforce diversity, training opportunities, security technology and data collection…”

    For there to be synergies achieved between the Microsoft GODsend and the people of Barbados concurrent with that “sponsorship” there should have been a national drive for content, digital content, that sought material was “consistent” with Microsoft’s engagement style and one which, UNLIKE THE RAPE OF IP BY COMPANIES LIKE AUTOMOTIVE ART WITH THERE ANNUAL “SEND IN YOUR IDEAS FOR A $2,500 FIRST PRIZE SHYTE” there should have been a studied “exchange of confidential materials” with and between Microsoft and our local talent, Microsoft AN ENTITY THAT RESPECTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

    It was not your DO NOT ENGAGE ORDERS that caused you not to reply GEORGE C BRATHWAITE, it was because YOU LIKE THE OTHER SIDE OF INTELLECTUAL POSTURERS SIMPLY DO NOT KNOW HOW.

    Neither of you have any idea how to cook the COO COO of the new frontier that national development necessitates, one that will take this country out of the morass that your short sighted vision, and limited experiences as “big up researchers and academics for international companies” have, and will continue to lead us.

    And this is why poor dullards like me come here on a day and WEEP BECAUSE IT IS YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU that we are putting our reliance in under your EMPTY COVENANT OF HOPE

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  51. Well Well & Consequences July 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

    Piece…did foolish Fruendel not say this week that Tech is destructive to the bajan society, trying his best to keep the island and people in the dark ages so that their only uses would be yardfowls, pimps for politicians, consumers and workers for the minorities…

    not only do the politicians and ministers in Barbados have no progressive vision for the people but they cannot get past the blight in their souls….of making slaves of their own people.

    They have no clue what hardcore techies do.

    As I said, I know of only one young lady born on the island but raised and schooled in North America who is a very successful Techie,…because of the nasty attitudes of the leaders and their inherent backwardness, ignorance and arrogance, she has no intention of being drawn into their nasty little self-defeating cabal….a real loss for the island.

    The leaders are too destructive.

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  52. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI July 28, 2016 at 10:26 AM #

    @ Well Well and Consequences

    How could tech be “destructive”?

    How could the very tech that he expresses disdain for, implemented in our inept Transport Board buses, functional GPS enabled technology, and “Near Field” enabled payment systems on an ubiquitous “Radio Supported” data transmission backbone be destructive?

    How could such technology that would permit the instantaneous record of traveller debits and corresponding real-time TB account credits not be the optimal desire for an appropriately outfitted, technologically enable Transport Board?

    Or any other government ministry?

    You see what I mean bout “knowing how to cook Coo Coo”?

    We are led by men and women for whom the computer is a glorified Gestetner or Olympia typewriter!!!

    It is impossible for these men to “see” where we have to go and to understand how we are going to get there.

    John F Kennedy was not a scientist of any sort but when he instructed NASA to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade such was his understanding that “we have the minds, we have the technology therefore IT CAN BE DONE!!!”

    Having made that statement and glaring indictment of this crew one cannot leave the cyberstage without mentioning the US$236 calamity that was Edutech under Mugabe Mottley and the fact that Ronald Toppin, WHEN HE WAS MINISTER OF TECHNOLOGY, in addition to championing the LIME rape of Bajans allegedly for millions of $$ in kickback, proudly made the statement that he had 3,000 UNREAD EMAIL IN HIS INBOX while hosting the internationally renown Brazillian Expert on Technology for Participatory Methodologies.

    That is the sexy phrase that George has adopted here

    Steupseeeee

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  53. Well Well & Consequences July 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM #

    Where there is no vision, the people perish..Piece.

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  54. Pachamama July 30, 2016 at 8:43 AM #

    George

    You have skillfully avoided the war of words we sought.

    But time is longer than twine.

    Next time you may want to bring Uncle Mia as backup.

    Below is another opinion, from the Rutherford Institute, supportive of our view.

    By John W. Whitehead

    ”Stop buying into the lie that your vote matters. Your vote doesn’t elect a president. Despite the fact that there are 218 million eligible voters in this country (only half of whom actually vote), it is the electoral college, made up of 538 individuals handpicked by the candidates’ respective parties, that actually selects the next president. The only thing you’re accomplishing by taking part in the “reassurance ritual” of voting is sustaining the illusion that we have a democratic republic. What we have is a dictatorship, or as political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page more accurately term it, we are suffering from an “economic élite domination.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45201.htm

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