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So What if it is Budget Day Next Week – President of the BCCI Eddy Abed Accused of Being Unpatriotic

The Minister of Finance has announced that Budget Day in Barbados will be on the 16 August 2016. It is evident to sensible observers that Minister Chris Sinckler’s policies have failed Barbados as we observe the country’s infrastructure crumble and the confidence of a proud Bajan dissipate. His PR effort this week on the talk show is duly noted.

The following Facebook entry by Senator John Watson caught the attention of BU for many reasons. At the top of our concerns is the challenge Barbados faces to generate forex to pay for imports. It is no secret Barbadians have developed an unhealthy consumption appetite post Independence and we will live or die based on our (in)ability to generate foreign exchange.

The concern raised by Senator Watson strikes at the core of what is wrong with Barbados today. Despite a huge investment in educating our people we have been unable to fan the entrepreneurial flame. There is no Pride and Industry to float the boat of national productivity, to purchase local. Our policymakers have gambled and placed all the chips on the tourism sector.

Senator Watson makes the strong point that if items are being manufactured in Barbados, Abed a leading retailer and president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce, should purchase local.  It is what a good corporate citizen AND Barbadians should do. The additional concern the BU household has is a retailer (Eddy Abed) heading the Barbados Chamber of Commerce at a time the priority need of the country is to generate foreign exchange. Does this make sense? We should not blame Abed because he was elected by the members. It is an indictment on all the members of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce.   In fact we go further and suggest it is an indictment on all Barbadians.

Middlecalss and not so middleclass Barbadians are travelling to Miami or buying online anyway so who cares.

It is Budget Day next week Tuesday and the feeling with many is – so what.

John A Watson

The Trade Association leaders need to set higher standards . Mr. Abed, President of the Chamber of Commerce, has chosen to import large quantities of school accessories, Bands and epaulets, which can be made locally. In fact, he may have used to the local products from which to give his Far East Supplier samples to copy.

I have to conclude that there is no regard for the welfare of Barbadian workers nor for preservation of foreign exchange. He has chosen to support the very poorly paid workers of the Far East over Bajans.

I hope that Barbadians understand that they should not buy these products because they are taking away Barbadian JOBS. Unfortunately, Barbados Industries Ltd (Uniform Factory Outlet UFO) at Wildey, and Hooper Garments at Pelican , both MANUFACTURERS, are selling those products as well.

The locally made products are being sold at Cave Shepherd, Woolworth Marmax and Wally’s. BUY FROM THESE.

Read the comments posted to Senator John Watson’s Facebook timeline HERE.

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115 Comments on “So What if it is Budget Day Next Week – President of the BCCI Eddy Abed Accused of Being Unpatriotic”

  1. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

    Old Baje….back it up. How do you think they get the money, selling old cloth and useless trinkets does not make millions unless you mass produce like China and have a population in the millions/billions.

    The money to launder has to come from somewhere.

    Ya sell millions of dollars in drugs ya have to launder the money….there has to be an explanation.

    If the money was legal they would not need to launder it, they have a storefront….all legal.

    Old Baje…tell me you were not schooled in Barbados.

    Dont start sounding like Alvin.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 8:58 AM #

    Will people please google words like money laundering BEFORE commenting on them, ya sitting in front of a computer.

    And for those who want more information about the Abed’s cocaine peddling…ask the police and Tony Abed…who who is afraid to speak to those blacks who bought cicaine from him in the 70s and 80s.

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  3. ac August 11, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    There was plenty economic recovery under the blp reign yet the country was left drowning in high debt.Am i now to believe that after years of creating high debt that six years is a reasonable amount of time by which any govt should be able to bring down the debt to a reasonable level Especially in an highly volatile economic enviroment that was unable to produce a sustainable forex and growth mostly dependable on the tourism a sector for about six years due to many burdensome factors beyond govt control
    In any case how is it that a blp govt which controlled plenty forex did not have the vision to construct pillars of productivity that would have support a viabale and sustainable economy for the country that would have produce long term growth and forex

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  4. Donna August 11, 2016 at 9:16 AM #

    Ha, ha! They sure do paint vivid word portraits, and illustrate magnificently why we are in deep chicken shit! No abstract confusion for the artistically illiterate here. Just yardfowls in their element scratching for grain on the ground and excreting EVERYWHERE. Boy, when you read them you can almost smell the filth.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 9:20 AM #

    Lol…

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  6. Old Baje August 11, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

    @ WW&C

    People do not only launder their own money. As I understand it there is a lot of money to be made laundering other people’s money.

    Anyway, not much of a moral distinction.

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  7. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. August 11, 2016 at 10:27 AM #

    ac August 11, 2016 at 9:12 AM #
    There was plenty economic recovery under the blp reign yet the country was left drowning in high debt.Am i now to believe that after years of creating high debt that six years is a reasonable amount of time by which any govt should be able to bring down the debt to a reasonable level

    You idiot, your flock of jackasses have increased the debt (I am told we are now the third most indebted country in the world per capita) with not a single tangible improvement in Bajan quality of life to show for it. Not a road, not a hospital, not a school, not a building. One clinic in St. John after seven years and countless wasted billions is a legacy?

    Climb back into your den of vipers fool, there is no place for teefin fools like you in Bim.

    There will be no economic recovery under Fumble’s Fools.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 10:47 AM #

    Old Baje…ya might find a local bajan laundering other people’s money for a small percentage. …ya will never find Abed, Adam, Harris, Parris et al laundering other people’s money for a small fee or selling other people’s drugs and guns for a small fee, it will have to be their own.

    Selling old cloth to a small population and laundering other people’s money for a small fee does not give you a spread like the Abed’s in Club Morgan. ..try not to delude yourself…denial has the island in a very sad state, only facing reality can see the necessary changes made.

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  9. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

    Although I understand Peter Harris is laundering Leroy Parris’ money as well, but it’s not for a small fee, they are partners….so ya see, it really makes no difference, as you said.

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  10. Artax August 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    Bush Tea August 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    “The only reason to keep the ACs on the blog is that they present such a clear and vivid picture to the world of EXACTLY how idiotic and retarded our leadership has become…. that NO ONE could possible paint a better picture for Bajans……”

    Once again (and in true form) Bushie is correct.

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    Frustrated Businessman aka ‘Nation of Laws’ my ass. August 11, 2016 at 10:27 AM #

    “You idiot, your flock of jackasses have increased the debt (I am told we are now the third most indebted country in the world per capita) with not a single tangible improvement in Bajan quality of life to show for it. Not a road, not a hospital, not a school, not a building. One clinic in St. John after seven years and countless wasted billions is a legacy?”

    @ Frustrated Businessman

    These idiots write statements, include certain statements and phrases to sound “politically intelligent,” attempting to convince the gullible into believing they (ACs) have knowledge of the issue.

    Apparently the consortium of yard-fowls believes Barbados had zero debt balance prior to September 6, 1994. As such, they will argue that the increase in debt was due to this inept DLP administration borrowing to repay debt incurred by the former BLP administration.

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  11. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. August 11, 2016 at 11:14 AM #

    Artax August 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM #
    Bush Tea August 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    These idiots write statements, include certain statements and phrases to sound “politically intelligent,” attempting to convince the gullible into believing they (ACs) have knowledge of the issue.

    Apparently the consortium of yard-fowls believes Barbados had zero debt balance prior to September 6, 1994. As such, they will argue that the increase in debt was due to this inept DLP administration borrowing to repay debt incurred by the former BLP administration.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi-_46R07nOAhUDkh4KHf59AFwQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.actualitix.com%2Fcountry%2Fbrb%2Fstatistics-economy-barbados.php&psig=AFQjCNEGoK5O6USIM84sQOskdWv_Gx4kHg&ust=1471014713967503

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  12. ac August 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM #

    Yes the debt was raised but one would rather not include the factors that necessitated the high debt and solutions necessary that would enable to keep govt running. Many here would want all to belive that the govt policies were debt initated by wild spending.
    The truth being that given all of the past blp policies which included unaccounted debt.The slowing down of a global economy.There were very little options available by which govt could have prevented accumulating further debt and stabilizing the country.
    Options which would have been very severe and burdensome to the country
    Fortunately what were are now experiencing is a cooling down of a hostile economy initiated by a drop in oil prices and a boomingtourism sector placing barbados for further growth going forward
    However my question to FBM what are the blp solutions to create growth which is the bottom line of all econmies

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  13. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

    When will the AC pimps get it in their empty heads that it’s the government ministers currently sitting on their lazy do nothing, bribe seeking asses are the ones being paid a monthly salary by the taxpayers and have been for nearly 10 years……”to create growth which is the bottom line of all econmies”….

    …..not BLP or anyone else.

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  14. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. August 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM #

    AC you fool. You lot couldn’t run a tap, far less an economy; it’s always someone else’s fault.

    Some Bajans are paying bribes, some Bajans have figured out how to work around you rather than through you, most Bajans are holding their money tight until you and the rest of the Fools are gone.

    You have not only destroyed business in the country, you have destroyed the way we do business.

    There will be no growth going forward until the day after your day of reckoning.

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  15. Artax August 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

    Your explanation of the economy is not based on “truth,” but the political rhetorical generalized spewed by your political masters. It’s just a lot of political hog-wash that you cannot substantiate.

    What you should attempt to answer is what does this administrative have to show for the substantial increase in debt under their tenure.

    It is ironic that after 8 years of asking critics for solutions, this inept DLP administration has been unable to develop solutions of their own. The Governor of the Central Bank is on record admitting the much touted Medium Term Development and Medium Term Fiscal strategies failed to achieve the required objectives. And recently, the Central Bank report is at odds with Sinckler’s view on the economy.

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  16. Gabriel August 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM #

    It is a possible that both FBM and the BLP have mutually inclusive solutions to growth creation.It is probable that the DLP has ideas towards growth creation.The difficulty is that there is such a lack of confidence in that party,based on their performance in government that no investor is willing to risk his money unless the conditions are sherlockesque.

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  17. Artax August 11, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    You refer to a decline in oil prices, which I believe is something you heard, but do not understood.

    “The loss of foreign reserves was about half as large as in the first six months of 2015. Fuel imports declined 33% mainly because of a continuing decline in oil prices.” [Page 2, Central Bank Quarterly Report, June 2016]

    Another interesting development in the economy was reported on page 3 of the report (excerpt below). I noticed that, so far, no one, including Walter, has commented on the issue:

    “When the Central Bank removed the minimum deposit interest rate stipulation in April 2015 an attempt was made to narrow this gap and reduce the Barbados risk premium, through intervention at the Treasury bill auction. However, because of Government’s cash flow needs, the minor rate reductions achieved could not be sustained. Since April 2015, commercial banks have lowered their deposit rates more substantially than their loan rates.”

    As a “snake oil salesman” (according to Bushie….lol), I explained in a previous contribution the rationale behind the CB relinquishing control of interest rates, also mentioning we would have seen, as a consequence, an offering of bonds on the market.

    Perhaps the ACs would care to explain, without the usually political rhetoric, the above excerpt, since they see themselves as economic gurus.

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  18. George C. Brathwaite August 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM #

    Rt. Hon. J. M. G. M. ADAMS (March, 1982): The facts of life are that Barbados as a small open economy, imports by value an amount equal to over 70% of our Gross Domestic Product — which is the annual value of the output of all goods and services in our economy. Therefore, in order to sustain imports of all kinds – food, fuel, intermediate and capital goods – on which our standard of living depends, we must acquire foreign exchange by exporting goods and services. While foreign exchange reserves can and have been augmented by judicious borrowing, this must be kept within strictly manageable limits and used for investment, not consumption purposes.
    In the face, therefore of declining foreign exchange earnings and reserve levels, there is no viable option other than adjusting domestic demand to our temporarily reduced capacity to import. To put it bluntly, in an economy which is not growing, there is no increased output available to enhance standards of living. If we try to improve our position by paying ourselves more than we are producing in extra output, some may gain at the expense of others, but as a country we will be worse off in real terms – that is in the amount of goods and services we acquire and consume.

    The above ought to be heeded by the current Minister of Finance.

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  19. Well Well & Consequences August 11, 2016 at 4:21 PM #

    An economy cannot grow if it’s perpetually debt ridden…economics101 for dummies..

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  20. David August 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM #

    > > The message of the late prime minister comes back to haunt us. >

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  21. pieceuhderockyeahright August 11, 2016 at 4:40 PM #

    one will expect George C Brathwaite to rely on a policy of a long time dead BLP ite who himself lived in a time of a one horse economy

    Neither he not George nor Fumbles can see any other route that reduce imports until, like Britain in the WWII, the island dies from seige.

    Indeed brilliant Economic Vision as is expected from a researcher and political strategist of his ilk.

    Steupseeee

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  22. David August 11, 2016 at 4:49 PM #

    @PUDRYR

    The timbre of the statement is no less haunting.

    >

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  23. Bush Tea August 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM #

    @ David
    “….In the face, therefore of declining foreign exchange earnings and reserve levels, there is no viable option other than adjusting domestic demand to our temporarily reduced capacity to import.”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Boss … PLEASE!!!

    This is just a lotta shiite talk – used by politicians when forced to make formal speeches ..and usually written by some civil servant ( which means it was likely copied from some other shiite speech ..and modified just enough to avoid charges of plagiarism)

    There is NOTHING original …or even creative about what Tom said…. shiite man, practically EVERY house wife in Barbados understands that BASIC rule …that one needs to cut one’s coat to suit one’s cloth.

    People like George (with his high degrees) should REALLY be thinking (and researching) at a much higher level … such as looking into the relationships between ‘ownership’ and ‘national development’…and the need for radical and revolutionary reform of land ownership in Barbados… instead of writing obvious shiite and allowing himself to be used to do political PR….

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  24. ac August 11, 2016 at 7:32 PM #

    Yeah FB you can holler and shout all you can not going to change the fact that the economic foundation of the economy was weakened long before this govt took office and as they say the horse once bolted nothing much can be done to reign it in.

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  25. Donna August 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM #

    Correct. Housewife economics otherwise known as Home Economics.

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  26. ac August 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

    i do not have to retract anything i said in my previous comment ,the complexities of this economy is tied to high debt levels which started under the blp administration tied to running away spending a govt payroll to civil servants which was unsustainable combined with a very low income tax rate , adding to recipe for disaster
    Very little was done to tackled any of the above as the past administration acted as if the good economic times were going to last forever
    well unfortunately when the high tide of a global melt down hit our sandy shores only thing left was a uncontrolled debt which was to be paid and govt hanging fiscally by a thread finding means to keep the country from falling off the fiscal cliff
    in 2008 when govt took office the debt had already reached an unacceptable level of over 93% Yes folks that was debt left over by the blp which had to be serviced and would not have simply disappeared forcing govt to take fiscal responsibilities by stringent methods towards payment of the debt
    The BLP has been living in denial for the past seven years propagating a bold face lie of “the great “economic under there watch yet unable to provide the fiscal evidence which would have shown that the country was structurally strong to withstand global economic shocks //shocks which help to further weakened the Barbados economy

    CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DEBT; TOTAL (% OF GDP) IN BARBADOS WAS REPORTED AT 92.73 IN 2008, ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BANK. DEBT IS THE ENTIRE STOCK OF DIRECT GOVERNMENT FIXED-TERM CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS TO OTHERS OUTSTANDING ON A PARTICULAR DATE. IT INCLUDES DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN LIABILITIES SUCH AS CURRENCY AND MONEY DEPOSITS, SECURITIES OTHER THAN SHARES, AND LOANS. IT IS THE GROSS AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT LIABILITIES REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT OF EQUITY AND FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES HELD BY THE GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE DEBT IS A STOCK RATHER THAN A FLOW, IT IS MEASURED AS OF A GIVEN DATE

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  27. Artaxerxes August 12, 2016 at 6:25 AM #

    Your ignorance is boundless. I don’t know why I does bother wid you, becausen you en learning nuttun atall, atall. But an organization is reflective of its membership, so there are not any significant differences between you and government ministers.

    I suspect that by using words like “global economic shocks” and metaphors such as “fiscal cliff” would make it seem as though you have knowledge of what you wrote, when in actuality, it is just a spewing of political shiite in an attempt to convince the “political gullible.”

    You are attempting to imply that this inept DLP administration’s of over 100% of GDP is as a result of them borrowing to repay the debt incurred under the BLP. Your argument would “hold water” if the DEMS separated the BLP’s debt and “paid it off in full”

    However, and to the contrary, the evidence you presented does not substantiate your argument. Debt is a long-term liability and, unlike income statement accounts, the balances are carried forward to each accounting period. Hence, debt would have ACCUMULATED over a PERIOD of TIME and not END with the administration under which it was incurred.

    Since debt would have accumulated, the measurement of debt at 93.73% would have been based on a CUMULATIVE TOTAL of DEBT BROUGHT FORWARD from previous BLP and DLP administrations. Therefore, to imply that the previous BLP administration incurred debt of over 93% is ignorance and political rhetoric, unless Barbados DID NOT HAVE ANY DEBT prior to September 5, 1994.

    To ACCURATELY measure the debt incurred under the BLP, you would have to know the debt total as at September 5, 1994 and January 14, 2008, which are the days before the 1994 and 2008 general elections respectively.

    Therefore, the political shiite argument you are advancing, (ask “curious”), could be SIMILARLY APPLIED to the DEBT INCURRED under the Barrow, Tom Adams and Barrow/Sandiford administrations, “which had to be serviced (by successive administrations) and would not have simply disappeared forcing govt to take fiscal responsibilities by stringent methods towards payment of the debt.”

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  28. David August 12, 2016 at 6:33 AM #

    Also one has to examine the reason for the debt. Was it borrowed to build capacity in the economy or for consumption.

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  29. Donna August 12, 2016 at 6:43 AM #

    Artaxerxes,

    Don’t worry about ac! Her intentions are clear. Answer her so that others who read will not be fooled by her nonsense. Dismantle it methodically and calmly. That’s why we do this. Because others may not comment but they are here and they are reading. And they need to know.

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  30. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. August 12, 2016 at 6:59 AM #

    David August 12, 2016 at 6:33 AM #
    Also one has to examine the reason for the debt. Was it borrowed to build capacity in the economy or for consumption.

    The gov’t’s main reason for borrowing is to keep the civil servants who voted them into office employed.

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  31. Artaxerxes August 12, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    Seriously, ACs, the use of so many metaphors in your contributions takes away any seriousness to be implied therein, and they often come across as though one is reading a novel (i.e. fiction). But then again, you spew political rhetoric, which could be categorized as fiction.

    Over the years, HIGH DEBT LEVELS were ACCUMULATED under BOTH BLP and DLP administrations, as well as the practice of increasing government’s payroll by giving government jobs to constituents in return for votes (or sex). It is also interesting to note the yard-fowls’ mentioning: “with a very low income tax rate, adding to recipe for disaster.”

    Unlike you, my reading is not confined to the DLP’s web-site or Kellman’s, Irene’s or any other DLP member’s face-book page.
    The following excerpt was taken from the U.S. Department of State – Barbados: 1994 Country Report On Economic Policy And Trade Practices, Bureau Of Economic And Business Affairs:

    “The 1992 and 1993 reform of the direct tax system broadened the tax base while lowering maximum rates — a change which RESULTED in an OVERALL LOWER LEVEL of GOVERNMENT REVENUES in the first half of 1994.”

    “The overall deficit on central government operations widened slightly during the first half of 1994, from about 1% at the end of 1993 to between 1 & 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of June 1994. The INCREASED DEFICIT was due to a DECLINE in revenues — a RESULT of the 1993 TAX REFORM which reduced direct levies.”

    Wunnuh waan guess who did in power back den?

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  32. ac August 12, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    One has to question the reason for the govt borrowing exactly the point which when examined and analysis will show clearly and a one of stabilizing the high debt brought about by the accumulation of interest over the years
    Also govt having to struggle to pay civil servants and keep the country afloat when forex was declining
    Not to mention internal debt like the Barrack debt and other debts similar in nature brought about by law suits.
    The blp would like to wash their hands of any negatives they played in the fiscal downturn of the country but many bajans are astute and understand that a weakened foundation on a house would eventually collapse the house to the ground if not properly secured as in the case of the barbados economy which has struggle over the past seven years
    Fortunately the economy has started to show glimmers of recovery although the prophets of doom and gloom remain defiant in their recitations that govt is doing nothinga chorus that have not resonated with the vast majority of citizens

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  33. David August 12, 2016 at 8:13 AM #

    The economy is NOT recovering we continue to benefit from a bounce in tourist arrivals in the Caribbean.

    >

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  34. The People's Democratic Congress August 12, 2016 at 8:18 AM #

    The DLP and BLP governments will have been primarily responsible for Barbados becoming a failed governmental system in the not too distant future.

    This country had a fairly good start – socially, politically, materially and financially – at independence in 1966 – and, in about 25 years time – by the early 90s, it was clear that it was bound to become such a very failed governmental system in the long term, owing to the hordes of adverse and negative policies and programs that have been implemented by the relevant principals of these intellectually and politically backward, bankrupt and discredited factions called the DLP and BLP.

    The truth is that it is the TAXATION, Interest Rate, Cost of Use of Money and other adverse and negative implemented policies and programs of these very inept and incompetent DLP and BLP governments that have over the years been among the fundamental causes why this once fairly well organized country will -‘ from here onwards – but in fewer than 4 and a half and no more than 9 and a half years – become a starkly failed governmental system on this current political economic financial trajectory.

    More Barbadians must therefore join the PDC and thousands more people in this country in this great thrust to remove both these jack o lantern factions – and each with the worst leaders so far in the post-independent governmental and parliamentary opposition politics of Barbados – from the political governmental landscape of this country.

    Down with the Damned DLP and the Blasted BLP!!

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  35. Artaxerxes August 12, 2016 at 9:09 AM #

    There are significant differences between FACT and POLITICAL RHETORIC.

    “High debt brought about by the accumulation of interest over the years,” is an INDICATION government has DEFAULTED in repayments. And since you mentioned “over the years,” the loan facilitators would have taken action against Barbados by this time.

    The debt owed to Barrack had no SIGNIFICANT IMPACT on the island’s ECONOMIC STATUS and is only a political red-herring raised by you and DLP yard-fowls. Both BLP and DLP administrations are responsible for him not being paid. The BLP in the first instance by not paying him at the due time; and the DLP who had options of paying him in installments, but chose to politicize the issue to accumulate cheap political points.

    As it relates “to debts similar in nature brought about by law suits,” are you IMPLYING that law suits were ONLY brought against the government during the period between September 1994 and January 2008?

    People and businesses sue government on a daily basis and, due to our “snail paced” court system, those cases sometimes take years to be heard. As a result, due payments would have spanned successive administrations.

    Your political masters would have us believe “fortunately the economy has started to show glimmers of recovery,” because it is politically expedient for them to say so. However, an analysis of the recent Central Bank report says otherwise.

    Think rationally and not yard-fowlery.

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  36. William Skinner August 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    We need more John Watsons. He exposed Abeds.

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  37. Gabriel August 13, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    John Watson spoke out and identified Abed’s and 2 local manufacturers selling the imported uniforms.He also identified 4 stores selling the locally made items and advised his fellow Bajans to buy from those stores.
    Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner is credited in the Saturday Sun ‘Pudding and Souse’ column as writing “So we sweat to get airlift,brand name hotels,international sailing meets etc to garner foreign exchange and create jobs in this country and the people who lambast us daily as a ‘do nothing government’ ship that money off to the Far East sweat shops?Deprive Bajans of work?Really?”
    “Thanks for sharing,”she continues,”I know where I will not be buying the god-children’s school things ”
    Score 1 for Irene Sandiford-Garner and John Watson.Hopefully James Paul would get the balls to identify Pornville and Chris in the chicken wing scandal.

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  38. Gabriel August 13, 2016 at 12:38 PM #

    Errata et addenda……Sat Sun Column is ‘Flying Fish and Coucou’

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  39. Enuff August 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM #

    What makes Abed’s decision to import epaulettes and other school items from the Far East anymore egregious than the importation and establishment of Rock Hard cement? The government Senator threatening to buy school things elsewhere should explain especially given the alleged special treatment granted! Would be interesting to know Senator Watson’s position.

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  40. Gabriel August 13, 2016 at 4:38 PM #

    Enuff
    Watson went public as a manufacturer and Arawak went public as a manufacturer each with their special interests at stake.

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