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Public and Private Sectors in Need of Urgent Reform

Submitted by William Skinner
Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow labelled the Civil Service an army of occupation.

Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow labelled the Civil Service an army of occupation.

The late prime Minister, Mr. Errol Barrow, singlehandedly turned the public against our public servants by declaring them “an army of occupation”. Barrow was known for literally inflicting fear in those public servants, who refused to bend to his crude form of professional and political bullying.

We are a strange country that expects to plant okra and reap peppers, even if we live outside of the Scotland district! As we developed, the need for a well educated and vibrant public service became vital to our development. Any serious objective analysis of our public service will reveal that it is perhaps, along with the growth of the trade union movement, the pillar on which modern Barbados was built.

While some may correctly point to the often ignored reports of the Auditor General, we cannot ignore that the lack of information forwarded to his office and the several negatives that he points out annually, are the result of widespread political actions and not any proven corruption, on the part of civil servants. We are quite aware that no civil servant “pushing paper” can seriously take on the political sharks known as government ministers, who have their party operatives well placed to ensure that the results they want are achieved.

It should also be obvious that by failing to reform the public sector, the political managerial class has created a service that can no longer effectively and efficiently serve the public. Hence when John or Ann Public goes to get his or her driving license renewed, they are incensed that they have to wait a couple of hours and then told to “come back” tomorrow. John Public fails to understand that the civil servants are working under archaic leadership, with equally archaic systems that should have been abandoned three decades ago.

In order to place more fire and brimstone on our public servants, the public often compares them with our private sector. This is a grievous mistake because in terms of modern management, innovation and corporate best practices, our private sector is the worst in the region. There is a reason why the Trinidadian corporate train has arrived. Our private sector is retail oriented and averse to serious risk taking. It is known as whiners and sophisticated beggars. It is only now ridding itself of proven racist practices in securing its top management. It is now abandoning all the interlocking directorships and other well known maladies with which it was afflicted since the abolition of slavery.

In a nutshell, both the public sector and the private sector are in need of progressive reform. One of the biggest mistakes made by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) was to become the concubine of the Democratic Labour Party. In many instances, that relationship has critically damaged its standing with the public.

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64 Comments on “Public and Private Sectors in Need of Urgent Reform”

  1. Bernard Codrington. September 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM #

    I am sure that the private sector and the public sector know that they have to reinvent themselves and continuously. The pace of change is faster than light and both sectors need to be on top of these changes. I think it is unreasonable for commentators to expect the politicians to initiate these changes. The leaders of every corporation and every public sector department and institution owe it to the tax payers and their customers to produce excellent service and products. It is a civil responsibility.

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  2. peterlawrencethompson September 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM #

    The public service before independence was indeed an “army of occupation” because that is exactly what it was designed to be, an institution whose major purpose was to maintain the disenfranchisement of Bajans outside the upper classes. The colonial administration also had their “operatives well placed to ensure that the results they want are achieved.”

    A “serious objective analysis of our public service will reveal that it is … [a] the pillar on which modern Barbados was built.” This is exactly the problem; as a pillar it has been a miserable failure, propping up a culture of time serving and corruption that has robbed Barbados of initiative and productivity.

    Of course it is not the only culprit: the primary and secondary education system, the churches, the business oligarchy, both main political parties… most of the institutions which have guided the past half century of development have failed us profoundly.

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  3. Bernard Codrington. September 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM #

    Furthermore political parties in the second decade of the 21st century need to do some introspection. They are behaving like post colonial politicians. Even though they initiated the political independence process, they tend to look over their shoulders at their former colonial masters for validation, handouts and political guidance. They seem to put the needs and aspirations of their citizens in second place.

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  4. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. September 8, 2016 at 7:39 AM #

    The BDS civil service is the ’employer of last resort’ and has been for decades.

    Until civil servants answer to the same employment realities as the private sector there will be no reform. ‘Job for life’ is the recruiting motto.

    The institution is rotten from top to bottom and the greatest impediment to progress in this country.

    Until the Ministry of the Civil Service sets up a complaints department to investigate and sanction civil servants publicly there will be nothing but abuse from the rest of the population.

    How do you think the rest of Bajan workers feel when their next door neighbour, employed by a gov’t taxing them to death, goes to work at 10am and comes back home or goes to a second job at 2pm without breaking a sweat just because he is the cousin of a gov’t minister? Nothing to do with actually trying to get any task completed within a civil service department and having to take days off work to do it, the relationship must be adversarial, if not overtly so.

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  5. chad99999 September 8, 2016 at 8:10 AM #

    The civil service in Barbados has never been as lazy or corrupt as its counterparts in most of the Windward or Leeward Islands, but it has always been paternalistic, secretive, and more than occasionally abusive towards ordinary citizens.To blame its bad behaviour on politicians is to forget that permanent secretaries and assistant secretaries used to behave with much of the arrogance we now observe in government ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

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  6. de pedantic Dribbler September 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

    @William, it’s time that we either dismiss some of these pithy Barrow quotes from our palaver or provide expansive riders to explain that Barrow was a consummate politician and that his words must be read in that realm of ‘sound and fury’ meaning little.

    Mr Barrow is also quoted regularly in effect to have said that Bajans should never look to Coleridge St. (lawyers) for justice. But this great man did not revamp the legal system or at minimum provide balanced relief for Bajans despite his long years in positions of power. So why do we even give him voice for making those remarks!

    Similarly he fostered and perpetuated the army of occupiers. So his words are very hollow.

    All this clearly shows, as has been noted here endlessly, that all these poor boys and girls who beat the books under lamp light growing up so ‘jacked and stupidy’ are the Squealers and Napoleons of ‘Animal Farm’.

    You rail against injustice from the outside only and until you can ‘execute’ said injustice from your own inside seat.

    How foolish are those old hard-working souls, big muscled and honest, who believe the rhetoric earnestly until that day …to the ‘tanners’ we go. We are a bunch of ignorant ‘Boxers’.

    All a lot of BS …starting decidedly with Mr Errol Walton Barrow and continuing down the line. No doubt he was a great Bajan hero and man to revere but he was also a crass, duplicitous politician who pandered to his people just as these modern politicians do. They (Mottley, Stuart, Trump Clinton, Duerte etc) have simply upped the ante considerably.

    Every time I see one of his quotes (as above) I am reminded of how long we have been unknowingly in this political purgatory.

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  7. William Skinner September 8, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    @ de pedantic Dribbler
    I have no problem with your position. However, Barrow was the architect of what is called modern Barbados. Quite frankly no one has attempted to critically analyse how Barrow molded what is now considered the “Barbadian personality”. However your point is taken.

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  8. pieceuhderockyeahright September 8, 2016 at 11:32 AM #

    @ William Skinner

    Maybe this Stoopid Poster titled “Minister of Wuk Ups – Lil Caesar – of the DLP Party of Waste Foops will put your article in better context for readers

    Social Commentator William Skinner, in a recent article about the state of the public and private sectors of Barbados opined one a few matters

    Among which he commented on “the often ignored reports of the Auditor General” in which the Auditor General chronicles “the lack of information forwarded to his office and the several negatives that he points out annually” which may have been either the result of widespread political actions or inaction or (yet to be) proven corruption, on the part of civil servants.

    Certainly while much can be said for the certain underperformance of civil servants much of the blame can be apportioned to the “constant party mode” ministers like Lil Caesar Lashey who, even though married, can be seen gallivanting at every single local “Wuk-Up” party and “skin-out” dub across the island 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the 8 years of his inept administration

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  9. de pedantic Dribbler September 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    @William, that is an interesting and profound statement re “Quite frankly no one has attempted to critically analyse how Barrow molded what is now considered the ‘Barbadian personality’ “.

    I suspect that there are some studies however. We have heard and read often of the Bajan ability as being ‘well schooled’ (high literacy rate) and ‘rational’ (generally as opposite to hot-headed).

    What has not been spoken as loudly over these many years is our propensity to be elitist and to adopt a sense of entitlement based on where we went to school, who we know, or to whom we are related and of course our fawning over skin colour.

    All that is Mr Barrow’s legacy as well…all that he molded. As you know, he, for example was a voice of the people’s power at the same time that he diluted and outlawed Black power activism.

    He balanced perfectly his political white shadows to the DLP’s benefit even as he roiled his political grass root Blacks.

    As these millennial scholars settle in I am sure there will be more and fresh reviews of the great man with more probing works of the underside of the social changes NOT done well under his watch.

    There can be no doubt however that many of our Bajans scholars and other educated elites (political class) treat the average Bajan with a similar ‘disdain’ like that of the plantocracy …as has been noted here many times.

    What really amazes me is that broadly we cannot seem to accept that and ‘revolt’. Again.

    A sad stalemate situation.

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  10. Bernard Codrington. September 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM #

    Barrow, like every other citizen, was a product of the society into which he was born. He cannot be blamed for any of its ” failings”. He did not operate in a vacuum. Moreover, he did not vote himself into office. He offered a program which resonated with the rest of the citizenry and was democratically elected. He did an excellent job. We, who have to live in the present, must exert similar efforts and do something meaningful for Barbados.

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  11. Anonymouse - The Gazer September 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM #

    I agree with You BC.
    Barrow’s time was four to five decades ago. WE cannot hold him responsible for what happened afterwards and is happening today. If you select men without vision or principles, even the best of ideas will be run into the ground.

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  12. Gabriel September 8, 2016 at 8:06 PM #

    Anonymouse

    …”We cannot hold him responsible for what happened afterwards and is happening today”..
    Au contraire:—
    The 1974 CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION is the fundamental cause of the chaos in the Teaching Profession…in the Royal Barbados Police Force…..in the Courts…..in the Judiciary..in the Police Service Commission…..in the Parliament ….in the democratic labour party …..in the Schools….in every institution in which the DLP positioned their pimp followers and supporters most of whom did not have a proper upbringing.As a result,the halt,the lame and the blind occupying the foremost institutions that well brought up Bajans cared about and gave yeoman public and private sectors service in the interest of country and not self aggrandisement.
    He ABUSED THE CHURCH which criticized his decision to amend the Constitution thereby encouraging disrespect for the institution that raised the consciousness through education of most Bajans to the extent that most islands in the archipelago benefitted from the overflow of the informed and skilled Bajan.Just a few months ago the PM of Trinidad and Tobago was high in his praise of his mentor,the Headteacher of his former secondary school in Tobago who died at the ripe old age of 98 or 99,but essentially the Headteacher was a bajan from St John.
    This is not to take away from his positive attributes but he made some equally serious blunders,the last of which was to suddenly leave the scene which apparently paved the way for a wicked,lying,cheating,teefing underling to foist himself on a country that had hitherto not experienced such skullduggery before.

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  13. de pedantic Dribbler September 8, 2016 at 9:09 PM #

    It seems absolutely counterintuiative to correctly praise Barrow and his wonderfully smart team for all our stupendous development but then completely look pass their ‘errors’ as we pass judgement.

    I am not re-litigating EWB’s legacy as some panacea for our current woes. Of course not. We all must fight the good fight courageously, now in the present.

    I am saying however that we need to carefully re-access many of the pillars that we took for granted coming out of all his efforts – like that one highlighted by @Gabriel re that Tobago headmaster. How can we go from that sense of self-worth and acclaim to this abject corrupt malaise in almost one-two generations!

    As Gabriel also noted in his post that Barrow & team brilliance also spawned some very bad actors. So go figure!

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  14. William Skinner September 8, 2016 at 11:23 PM #

    I am not saying that Barrow was a failure or not worth the adulation heaped upon him. Barrow engineered the Public Order Act of 1974 to appease white corporate Barbados. He was very abrasive toward the secondary teachers’ union andinfluenced the appointments of headmasters; he tried to crucify Dame Elsie Payne etc.
    I am of the firm opinion that Sir Frank Walcott was very instrumental in building the modern Barbados. Quite frankly, I think that he is one of the greatest leaders we have had. The UWI should be ashamed that none of their graduates has been able to write a number of books about Barrow and Walcott.

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  15. ac September 9, 2016 at 4:50 AM #

    Maybe we should look deeper into what EWB meant by the term “an army of occupation ” there might be some truth if taken in the context as to what society confronts on a regular basis when dealing with the civil servants , However i attest that it goes much further on a level that after given free education Barrow dream of a barbados having a unique determination of self ownership was squashed and a society given a helping hand through free education had no will to push barbados in a direction of self empowerment but instead took the easy path of relying heavily on govt to do it all
    one can understand EWB frustration in his terminology when he looks around with disbelief that his vision of high expectations through free education a building block for self empowerment was being filtered away and the seeds sown from the advancement through education was thrown by the wayside for other countries and nations to retrieve.. Surely it might have been a light bulb moment for EWB and frustration as well having to witness the progress for nation building was being lost and in it wake a new fight was being placed on his hand now replaced by an army of occupants who did not have the will or desire to fulfill the EWB dream but instead took an easy pass of self fulfillment by looking to govt for more and giving back nothing of real importance towards the progress and building of a nation
    Hell yes EBW was right when he saw a vision for barbados being squashed and a nation bound and determined unable to build bridges but shortsighted and limited in progress
    Moreover in the last fifty years we have seen his pronunciation become a reality as govt employment has gone beyond the levels of sustainability. a society still believing in a philosophy that govt is the life line of a nation of two hundred and seventy five thousand people and a society whose determination for self empowerment has reached a road block .

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  16. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. September 9, 2016 at 7:16 AM #

    @ AC.

    I am dumbstruck by your 4.50am post. Obviously the keyboard has been hijacked from the yardfowl ACs by someone with a brain.

    Please explain to me then, (before the keyboard is taken back by another Fumble Fool) how it is that Thompson, upon becoming prime minister in 2008, made it clear to all his cabinet “hands off the civil service, we will not micro-manage this gov’t”? I believe those were the exact cabinet meeting words.

    For ten years prior to the 2008 general election it was clear to anyone doing business in Barbados that progress was only being made when ministers kicked the civil service in its ass, an activity that Owen Arthur was particularly adept at, especially in his Town Planning and Minister of Finance portfolios.

    Instead, the new DLP gov’t set itself up in its high tower with seemingly no clue as to the necessity for the micro-management of BDS that is our legacy of slavery. ‘If massa ain’t looking, we ain’t wukkin’ is a reality that has kept Bajan businesses down for 200 years. Prior to 2008, only the business people who get to work first, stayed all day, skipped lunch and left last got anywhere in Bim. Your current cabinet added a new class of successful businessman, the BRIBERS.

    So now we have a civil service that is larger, more expensive, less efficient and in 8 years no effort has been made to shed the statutory corporations that are killing us, financially and morally. Why would any tax payer make any effort to be productive when the tax spenders are working 4 hours a day, creating nothing, adding nothing to anyone’s quality of life, frustrating and insulting anyone who comes into contact and living large?

    There will be no economic recovery of BDS until someone with Barrow, Tom or Arthur ‘balls’ deals with this cancer enveloping us.

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  17. David September 9, 2016 at 8:07 AM #

    @Frustraed Businessman

    The Governor of the Central Bank agrees with you based on his comments last night, the public service many believe has become unwieldy.

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  18. ac September 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM #

    Public servants getting better in service and attitude would become an ernormous challenge for any govt. In part to the many factions that have invaded and control that sacred space..Unions on one side and lawyers on the other.Maybe Thompson new what he would be up against and rather than brave the lingering and long term effects and political cost and a run on govt financial resources.He pursued a path of surrender.
    The evidence is clear that govt is no longer in control of this army of occupants since they have a blanket under which they can hide an a source from which they can resolved some of their problems
    Unless there is a govt that can remove this firebrand mentalilty indoctrinated by stubbornness and selfinterest the wheels of the wagon would eventually fall off
    The civil servants know what time it is and how to play the game.

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  19. Bush Tea September 9, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    The civil servants know what time it is and how to play the game.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The civil servants know that they are dealing with jackass losers and they manipulate them accordingly…

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  20. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. September 9, 2016 at 9:27 AM #

    The irony here is that you can only rebuild anything if you firstly tear it down.

    The tearing down of the snivel service requires nothing more than not replacing retirees.

    The same thing was done in Canada years ago in conjunction with separation packages that included contracts to provide the same services as private-sector enterprises.

    This isn’t rocket science.

    60% of Bajans are transported by privately-owned mini-busses, 20% drive themselves and 20% use the Transport Board busses. Yet the last 20% costs hundreds of millions. Why not just give the busses and routes to the drivers and stop the haemorrhage?

    BDS LIcensing Authority costs more to run than it earns, why not just scrap road tax and privatise commercial vehicle testing like in UK and Europe?

    And on and on and on the simple solutions are obvious.

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  21. Bush Tea September 9, 2016 at 9:51 AM #

    @ Frustrated B
    Stop being ridiculous do!!
    What ‘simple’ solutions what??!!
    You know full well that the WHOLE point of the exercise is to provide handouts to the ‘ACs’ of this world. Stop behaving as if we are seeking to reward merit and productivity.

    What you need to offer to the brass bowls, is a compelling reason why the mendicancy that drives the predatory politicians to exploit the mental slaves must be ended – EVEN THOUGH IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE ALL WILL HAVE TO EAT BY THE SWEAT OF OUR BROWS….

    Laziness and mendicancy is what drives the whole mess…. AT ALL LEVELS.
    Those ‘solutions’ that you propose are intuitive …. but they do not address the root brass bowlery that we face…

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  22. ac September 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

    Got news for you everthing in barbados is rocket science reason there are too many intellectual jac.asses putting there two cents worth.
    You can bet that a simple task such as replacing a light bulb would complex.
    In Canada govt make sure their legislation is iron clad. Nothing left wide open for lawyers and unions to dig in
    When last you hear some moron in Canada taking govt to court about a proposed project

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  23. William Skinner September 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM #

    @ Frustrated Businessman aka ‘Nation of Laws’ my ass.

    Can we expect you to apply a critique of the business community as well ?

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  24. pieceuhderockyeahright September 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

    @ Frustrated Business Man

    As usual, you posit some very reasonable, and pragmatic actions, that should be employed, if we want to stop “the gangrened foot from killing the patient.”

    The late AG George Moe once opined that “it is better to be respected than liked” and what you are proposing is going to make the person/party who implements those considerations very much hated for all time and one cannot be sure that they will gain respect in the short term.

    One thing that I would ask you to remark on though.

    What would be the mechanism that you would use to effect the necessary culling?

    I would fire everyone at the same time and rehire them the following day as “contractors” and simultaneously? incorporate a system and tool that would measure their daily production and the standard of that output.

    No government employee would loose any of their benefits at the time of firing (whatever that translates to – barring the job security element) but what would be imperative in this modus of rationalization of the Public sector is (a) a begin point which (b) facilitates an unbiased mechanism of qualification of the HR, sine any nepotism AND (c) enables an ability to sever “the dead weight” BASED ON VERIFIABLE METRICS.

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  25. ac September 9, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

    Pdyr yuh talking sh.it about firing everyone at the same time and rehiring..yuh talking s.hit .The system is not geared to under taking such a humongous task. Further more there is no legislation in place to support such nonsense and the rest of your term in office would be spent battling all kinds of lawsuits

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  26. pieceuhderockyeahright September 9, 2016 at 12:28 PM #

    @ William Skinner

    “The Point of Genesis”

    Where Frustrated Business Man has “begun” is the starting point for the Public Sector.

    Many others here have made the observation that the private sector’s greatest bane lies in the fact that it is not in the forefront of R&D and innovation or cutting edge manufacture (barring one or two IBCs) but has continually been a sector that merchandises finished goods, importing products, using up forex, selling at 10 times the prices and reinvoicing themselves and ordering again.

    A parasitic existence akin to the Public sector only thing their metric is different AND, IF YOUR DONT WUK DEM DOES FIRE YOUR SCVUNT.

    It is true that many of the private sector companies practice nepotism, but they also make sure that for any one of their dead weight family and friends children, there is one native (read nigger?) who does the work of 10 men/women to offset their “corporate responsibility” to the 11,000 of them (assuming dat we talking bout the bajan whites and syrians and indians)

    It is impossible to sustain this inflated public sector cum imports/merchandising private sector model in the 2016 world, particularly with our dependence on tourism.

    The mantra that is becoming increasingly evident is that we either “produce products or viable, relevant, sustainable services” OR WE DIE!!!

    So one can be assured that FBM, being a practitioner of real real business, is equally aware of the short-comings of his sector and would be disposed to enumerate them if so challenged.

    I ent he Public Relations Officer though but I am just saying…

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  27. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. September 9, 2016 at 1:17 PM #

    William Skinner September 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM #
    @ Frustrated Businessman aka ‘Nation of Laws’ my ass.

    Can we expect you to apply a critique of the business community as well ?

    I already did.

    Our biggest weakness (slavery mentality previously described) has also turned out to be a great strength.

    In USA 5% of new businesses survive 5 years. In Bim, employees who can think and do for themselves usually become employers and I would bet anything our success rate is three times greater than the USA.

    On one hand we have been prevented from growing private enterprise to grand Trini or Jamtown scale, on the other had we have a much larger percentage of self-employed or employer class with a genuine stake in this country.

    In Bim when large companies become inefficient they go extinct, usually because their most capable employees went off on their own to compete against previous employers. None of these people are ever going to aspire to work in the civil service and none of the other market forces work within the civil service either.

    The civil service (and statutory corporations) must simply be shrunk to 1/3 its number through retirement and stripped of its assets. Barbados wasn’t built by the civil service, it was built DESPITE the civil service. There has never been a greater impediment to our progress. We don’t need politicians to have any vision, we need politicians to facilitate individuals who do, the same individuals who would never stand for election or work for gov’t.

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  28. pieceuhderockyeahright September 9, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    because we are dealing with the slow of mind and those bereft of grey matter one has to go through this slowing for their intake and then hopefully assimilation.

    The insertion of the George Moe quotation was solely to set a context that the “urgent and radical reform required” would need an action that would not be popular for the person or government that actioned it.

    Radical Action, whilst unpopular, may sometimes achieve a desirable objective, like the hugely unpopular 8% public servants’ cut that former PM Sandiford engaged in in the 90’s, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE SLEW OF LAWSUITS THAT SUCH WOULD OCCASION.

    Assinine Cretin, have you ever gotten up from a chair and your leg “went to sleep” as in it is under you but it just is not working, and a centipede appears from nowhere and runs straight towards you?

    You are poleaxed, you are incapable of running, walking fast, jumping out of its way, you are at the mercy of hoping that that sucker diverts because of all the hollering that you are making.

    In short AC you are helpless and at the whims and fancies of the horde that is the public service because, until that blood/circulation returns to your foot, you just cant move.

    The radical suggestion was and is to get the respective creative juices of men and women here, people who recognise that this is a challenge that besieges US, the population of barbados.

    For those thinker, of which you dufus are not one, and should consequently, keep your donkey quiet, the idea was submitted solely to say that we are so far exposed by this beast called the Public Service that it would appear that the only option that we have is to “privatize every badword” and, because they now are private entities, DO THE SAME SHYTE DE OLE MAN SAID EARLIER, fire dem scvunt and implement the same systems of ergonomics measurements that I spoke of earlier.

    Steupseeeee.

    AC i hope that you could cook or ***k well cause, with all due respect you is one ingrunt scvunt.

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  29. ac September 9, 2016 at 1:49 PM #

    Pdyr ok fart hole.anyhow interesting comment makes me wonder when last you had a sexual orgasm seems as if your days are now spent pounding the key board

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  30. ac September 9, 2016 at 2:37 PM #

    Pdyr you have condemned yourself to backward thinking a man who still belives that putting policeman in the line of fire is the answer to crime and violence.stop turning back the hands of time with your ridiculous and nonsensical ideas.Talking tripe abiut firng people as if you think it is as easy as tossing a paper cup out the window
    Get real ole man

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  31. Tron September 9, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    The underlying problem of the civil service is the independence in 1966. Since then, the establishments tries to emulate the administrative structure of countries which are 100, 200, 300 or even 1,000 times bigger. The outcome is a bloated and distortured structure with too many ministers, state secretaries, judges, knights, medals and other badges. Just look at the number of Barbadian embassies around the world. We get more and more of them. For what purpose? Such an overhead is typical for developing countries and must be corrected.

    Solution: Whereas many other countries (not only Canada) have decimated their staff, Barbados just got rid off TEMPORARY workers. However, the temporaries were not the problem. What we need is to cut down the core of civil service itself:

    no hew hiring of civil servants for the next 10 years (exception: police, justices for criminal law)
    no salary increase before 2025; after that date only a moderate increase of 1 % per year
    abolishment of all allowances beside basic salary
    official cars paid by the taxpayer only for ministers; everybody else should use private cars
    the option for every civil servant to get a container, 10,000 dollars and a never-come-back-ticket to North America or Britain
    lower pensions for the civil service
    no access to free health care for civil servants anymore; instead, they get a voucher of 50 dollars per month to buy private health insurance
    purge the typical mentality of civil servants, improve work ethic

    also: privatization of public transport and other services, although it means high costs for transformation at the beginning (ref. Frustrated)

    Who can implement these drastic measures? Surely not a weak politician. We need somebody like Saint Bussa for that task.

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  32. Tron September 9, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

    Do not think that I fell in love with the private sector in Bim. The range of goods and services is very poor. The private sector charges you up to 300 % more for a specific item than in developed countries. That cannot be explained by warehousing, staff and overhead. If you pay the same price as in developed countries, you end up with some very rotten item made in China.

    I am sure, if we had no duties in Bim, it would be much cheaper for everybody to source high-quality goods abroad. Foreign companies are generally unwilling to ship to Barbadian customers directly, since they fear the administrative overhead. It is not about the shipping itself. A container is very cheap in relation to the tonnage.

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  33. Tron September 9, 2016 at 11:44 PM #

    The structural overhead in the system of civil service is obvious, when one looks at the personel plan.

    Examples

    1) The GG
    TWO butlers, THREE cooks, FOUR maids
    Why not ONE butler, ONE cook and ONE maid? The PM has only 1+1+1

    2) Civil Service Offices
    Ministry of The Civil Service: shrink by 50 %
    Office Of Public Sector Reform: terminate; was there ever a reform; do not remember any
    Data Processing Department: privatize
    Personnel Administration Division: shrink by 50 %
    Training Administration Division: terminate

    3) State bodies
    B’dos Accreditation Council: terminate
    B’dos Agri.Dev.: privatize
    Cave of Barbados Limited: privatize
    Central Bank of Barbados: privatize
    Erdiston Teachers’ Training College: privatize
    Fair Trading Commission: status quo
    Foreign Trade Development: terminate
    Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Grantley Adam International Airport Inc.: privatize
    Health Promotion Unit: privatize
    Higher Ed. Dev. Unit: terminate
    Invest Barbados: terminate
    International Transport: privatize
    Kensington Oval Management Inc.: privatize
    National Cultural Foundation: terminate
    National Assistance Board: terminate
    Office of Public Counsel,Office of Public Sector Reform: terminate
    Public Investment Unit: terminate
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital: privatize
    Rual Development Commission: terminate
    Sanitation Services Authority: privatize
    Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council: terminate
    Urban Development Commission: terminate

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  34. Exclaimer September 10, 2016 at 4:13 AM #

    @ Tron,

    It could be worse. Look at Zimbabwe.

    ” Speaking to parliament on Thursday, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said that currently the government wage bill takes up nearly 97% of the revenue it receives.

    He hopes to bring that figure down to 75% by the end of next year.

    The 25,000 job losses, which amount to 8% of the civil service workforce, were described in the state-owned Herald newspaper as a “bold measure” to reduce “unsustainable” spending.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37320976

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  35. William Skinner September 10, 2016 at 5:24 AM #

    Pray tell how politicians without vision can “facilitate” vision. We cannot seriously name one parliamentarian who has or possibly can articulate a vision for the country.That is why we cannot solve any problem from garbage collection to the management of one hospital. Without any visible evidence of true and progressive leadership, our public servants are scapegoats for a bankrupt political managerial class known as the Barbados and Democratic Labour Party.

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  36. balance September 10, 2016 at 7:04 AM #

    “de pedantic Dribbler September 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

    @William, it’s time that we either dismiss some of these pithy Barrow quotes from our palaver or provide expansive riders to explain that Barrow was a consummate politician and that his words must be read in that realm of ‘sound and fury’ meaning little.

    Mr Barrow is also quoted regularly in effect to have said that Bajans should never look to Coleridge St. (lawyers) for justice. But this great man did not revamp the legal system or at minimum provide balanced relief for Bajans despite his long years in positions of power. So why do we even give him voice for making those remarks!

    Similarly he fostered and perpetuated the army of occupiers. So his words are very hollow.

    All this clearly shows, as has been noted here endlessly, that all these poor boys and girls who beat the books under lamp light growing up so ‘jacked and stupidy’ are the Squealers and Napoleons of ‘Animal Farm’.

    You rail against injustice from the outside only and until you can ‘execute’ said injustice from your own inside seat.

    How foolish are those old hard-working souls, big muscled and honest, who believe the rhetoric earnestly until that day …to the ‘tanners’ we go. We are a bunch of ignorant ‘Boxers’.

    All a lot of BS …starting decidedly with Mr Errol Walton Barrow and continuing down the line. No doubt he was a great Bajan hero and man to revere but he was also a crass, duplicitous politician who pandered to his people just as these modern politicians do. They (Mottley, Stuart, Trump Clinton, Duerte etc) have simply upped the ante considerably.

    Every time I see one of his quotes (as above) I am reminded of how long we have been unknowingly in this political purgatory.”

    -SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR ALL POLITICAL SURROGATES-

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  37. Bush Tea September 10, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    @ William
    our public servants are scapegoats for a bankrupt political managerial class known as the Barbados and Democratic Labour Party.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Point taken, but not exactly fair.
    Whereas our public servants COULD seriously influence change (by guidance, coercion, threats and even whistleblowing where necessary,) they choose instead to try to EXPLOIT the pissy, semi-literate and greedy politicians for THEIR own personal ends – things like promotions, perks, security of tenure etc….

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  38. Bush Tea September 10, 2016 at 7:12 AM #

    @ balance
    Steupsss
    Get over your anti-Barrow bias do!!

    The man was exactly what was needed FOR HIS TIME….. including being “a crass, duplicitous politician who pandered to his people”…. Do you understand where Barbados was back in 1965…?

    What you need to look at is why, 60 years and billions of dollars later, we have been UNABLE to find anyone who have been able to take his baton to the next change-over point. Can you imagine that our most relevant quotes STILL come from a man from the 1960s?

    Who does that indict…… Barrow?

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  39. Gabriel September 10, 2016 at 7:21 AM #

    William
    Well said sir!You have my full support.In the absence of funded secondary and tertiary levels education Barbados produced some brilliant minds embued with an almost unquenchable desire to participate in the building of a nation state.These unpaid patriots were not looking for stripes but wanted to share their views on a path of development in which the citizen played a role as opposed to a political party seeing its members only to be the beneficiaries of the taxpayers hard earned money.All it needed was a primary school education as opposed to these UWI graduates we have masquerading as policy makers.Only they have no policy other than to roll out hairbrained imaginary building projects as quoted by minister Byer last night on DLPTV which she admitted she was unable to identify….

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  40. balance September 10, 2016 at 7:24 AM #

    Fair Trading Commission: close down not serving the interests of the consumers
    Central Bank of Barbados: close down and let it be an arm run from the ministry of finance as it was before.
    Office of Public Counsel- not currently serving interests of the consumer- Bring back retired head Mr Eli who seemed to understand the role of the department to the public on a contractual basis.
    Training Administration Division: terminate but publish the names of the persons who owe monies to this institution as well. passing strange that we are so quick to publish the names of the indigent and not the well to do.

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  41. pieceuhderockyeahright September 10, 2016 at 7:40 AM #

    There are only two types of politicians.

    The type like Hamilton Lashley or Reverend Atherley who are initially decent chaps who genuinely want to give service to their constituents

    Or thieving megalomaniacs who, in their substantive professions are failures, have no prospects, are one step in front of the bailiff and make this last ditch attempt to find what is a nationally supported lottery or public sympathy job for the superbly incompetent.

    De ole man give wunna Ronald Toppin, of the Slime bribery, Michael Lashes of the Baloney kickbacks and PSV scams, Downlow of the Cahill me wanna white meat fiasco and my mudda $5 million accunt, Dale Smiley Teets on the VECO Which currency is it? Dodds scam.

    The list is endless. Whether we are talking about Syrup for School Meals or Edutech Gems of Barbados, or Hardwood or Special Development Initiatives and Town and Country Planning permissions for yourself via proxies, the are either initially well intentioned, or psychotic thieves to begin with.

    Either one or the other and over time, the faceless spineless nature of the snivel service shows both of them how to teif from the system be it 20 bags of cement from MTW for their driveway or a whole Bobcat for their underhand cuntstruction business or $5 million for your mudda, or $700 million for a what the badword scam, or a 30 year Ionics Scam, all of it is the outcome of the national lottery for jobs for the inept.

    Once, every 50 – 75 years there arises a man or woman with vision who effects real chance.

    These are anomalies but the norm which we MUST EXPECT are the social outcasts and the feeble and the despots who like the foam of urine forms a bubbly convex structure on our nation of shyte lovers.

    For it is we who do this every five years, religiously, without skipping a heartbeat.

    Welcome to the sameness of our pitiful existences

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  42. ac September 10, 2016 at 7:44 AM #

    Barrow was not a Saint however he had high expectations for his people . Many of his policies were rejected by the opposition of the day who did not believe in EWB path for progress but rather believe that as a small nation the people did not have the wherewithal to progress by self empowerment , Most of what burdens Barbados goes in part to the weakness of the opposition of the day who fought tooth and nail to depress our nations confidence with a high intensity of keeping Barbados into the clutches of the Colonial masters the fall out from such a practice still resonate today as Barbados having no life line to call its own still reaches out in a desperation built upon eternal servitude

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  43. pieceuhderockyeahright September 10, 2016 at 7:50 AM #

    I would have listed Stinkliar formerly of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre and Fumbles in that list of underperformers and men just one step in front of the bailiff in the earlier post but their trails of personal performances in previous existences would have been a tome so de ole man left dem out

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  44. Anonymouse - TheGazer999999 September 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM #

    Not as knowledgeable about Barbados as I should be, but I cannot believe all the ills of Barbados can now be placed at Barrow’s doorstep. Reading what many state here one would believe that Barrow was still alive and was the only Prime Minister Barbados had from 1966 until now.

    Barrow should be judged in his time, and I am the one of the thousand of Barbados who thought he improved our lot. Diminishing the stature of the late Mr Barrow, does not put any of his successors in a better light

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  45. William Skinner September 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    @ Bush Tea
    The majority of our Public Servants are above those negatives you mentioned. If they were in the majority the country would have gone through the eddoes ever since. I still maintain that we have a very competent public service and an extremely competent police force.

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  46. Gabriel September 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM #

    While of the opinion that Barrow made a significant contribution to the modern Barbados,I am still to hear Sleepy’s contribution to the new nation state.In my humble opinion his contribution was ZILCH.The man was a comic.

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  47. William Skinner September 10, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    @ Gabriel,
    It is difficult to defend the money we have spent on UWI in relation to the output of its graduates. So, I agree with you completely. And the fact that the majority of them have not paid back the student loans is a further indictment of their outlook and belief that the country owes them everything and they owe the country nothing. I honestly do not think that free university education should be given to all and sundry anymore. It should only be extended to those whose households /parents cannot honestly pay. We have created a parasitical middle class that is crying foul while they reap all the benefits of the post independence period. We have now reached the stage where the government can no longer carry the weight for any and everybody. The sooner we accept this stark reality the better. To put it mildly the Barrow Social and Economic Manifesto has outlived its usefuness. Let us look after the very poor and make everybody else paddle their own canoe.

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  48. millertheannunaki September 10, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    @ Gabriel September 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM #
    “While of the opinion that Barrow made a significant contribution to the modern Barbados,I am still to hear Sleepy’s contribution to the new nation state.In my humble opinion his contribution was ZILCH.The man was a comic.”

    But Gabriel, you must admit that Sleepy- despite his comic relief contribution like his namesake Boychild Smith- was downright honest in his public utterances and whose heritage could never be associated with lies, graft and corruption unlike the current crop of DLP politicians like blackmout Downlowe, thieving Lashes, the Stinkliar, Pornville and Michael Carry-away-a-ton.

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  49. Gabriel September 10, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    A small state like Barbados with 1100 lawyers and a judiciary that is in crisis.You want anything worse than this example of unplanned development and use of scarce resources.To quote the man from St Lucy Denis Kellman,what is the opportunity cost of that stupidity.
    It reminds me of the man in the village with the only pig which he kept in his house because his several hungry neighbours all wanted to slaughter the animal.One day they attacked the house and the owner used his shotgun to defend his home and pig.The fight was fierce and in the heat of battle running from window to window,the pig got in his way once too often so he opened the door and kicked it outside.Now he could run freely from window to window.

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  50. Gabriel September 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM #

    Miller
    Agreed and we can say the same for brother Vernon….The Smiths were/are unbribeable and fiercely patriotic.

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  51. William Skinner September 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

    Sleepy Smith was an excellent representative of the St Michael South Central constituency. I can personally attest to this fact.
    On another point, nobody is trying to ignore Barrow’s contribution but a very critical analysis will show that he defended the status quo to the end. How come we can be critical of Sir Grantley Adams and not Barrow?

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  52. millertheannunaki September 10, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    @ balance September 10, 2016 at 7:24 AM
    “Fair Trading Commission: close down not serving the interests of the consumers
    Central Bank of Barbados: close down and let it be an arm run from the ministry of finance as it was before.”

    I do not totally agree with you in respect of the Fair trading Commission (FTC). As an important regulatory body it has a vital role to play in the pending (future) fully privatized commercial market place. What is required are additional legislative teeth and the removal of political interference in the selection of its management team and its decision making-process.

    But I totally support your call for the closure of the Central Bank in its present incarnation.
    I have previously posited a similar position of making some functions of the central bank a small division of the MoF. For instance, why can’t the issuing of and management of currency paper notes be done by the MoF given the rising tide of the use of electronic means to settle commercial transactions?

    The Central Bank is just too an expensive administrative behemoth to be fed in a free-for-all foreign exchange regime as will be required if the duty-free shopping with foreign money is to become legislatively active and operationally viable.

    We all know the monetary and fiscal statistics provided by the same Central Bank are just a tissue of lies massaged and manipulated to suit the partisan goals of the Guv and his political masters.
    What purposes do lies serve in planning for the monetary, fiscal and socio-economic development of Barbados?

    Up to this time neither can the MoF nor his created extension of his Pinocchio nose the Guv of the CB give a proper account of the missing $300 million which magically disappeared with a period of 3 months after the last set of general elections in February 2013.

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  53. Due Diligence September 10, 2016 at 11:34 AM #

    balance September 10, 2016 at 7:24 AM #

    “Central Bank of Barbados: close down and let it be an arm run from the ministry of finance as it was before.”

    Isn’t CBB an arm run from the ministry of finance now.

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  54. ac September 10, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    A critical analysis would show EWB aachievements out numbered his negatives for the island more so than those which can be attibuted to Grantley Adams legacy who had a belief in saving Colonolism engraved with a sense of superiotity which he though was an entiltlement deserving of our Colonial masters
    There are those would continue to strip away this Great man achievements in earnest in light of the many achievments he gave to Barbados .

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  55. millertheannunaki September 10, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    @ ac September 10, 2016 at 11:47 AM
    “A critical analysis would show EWB aachievements out numbered his negatives for the island more so than those which can be attibuted to Grantley Adams legacy who had a belief in saving Colonolism engraved with a sense of superiotity which he though was an entiltlement deserving of our Colonial masters..”

    Now here you go again with a cacophony of crap regurgitated to feed and fool your clones. There could have been no so-called Independence in white-controlled Bim without Adult Suffrage.

    Which would you think is more important? The introduction of Free Adult Suffrage for black Bajans or a false sense of imagination of Independence in which the commanding heights of the economy country are owned by foreigners and all institutions dictated by foreign agencies?

    Would you say Bim is better of today than Bermuda or the Cayman Islands?

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  56. ac September 10, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

    Miller the last part of your question should be directed to those whose quest for power and who followed after Barrows demise has netted us nothing of worth upon which we can secure our future

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  57. millertheannunaki September 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

    @ ac September 10, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I would agree with your comment if you are prepared to include present lot of the DLP leaders who did not grow up stupid under the Union Jack and were indeed the prime recipients of the social and economic largesse distributed under EWB’s experiment.

    Now could you want a bigger socialist than Barrow who is an idol and icon without clay for the likes of Comissiong and your partner in hypocrisy Freedom crier.

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  58. de pedantic Dribbler September 10, 2016 at 12:41 PM #

    This was a robust round of posts.

    @FrustratedB are you not ‘cherry picking’ the narrative to suit your business centric focus. How does one balance ‘hands off the civil service’ as necessarily a bad thing IF, repeat IF, one sees them in the guise of the technocrat professionals who know their job dynamics well for whom the politician sets policy and gets out of their way. As compared to a political class that micromanages the ministry when they have neither the technical knowledge, have not studied the issue well or have not removed all the obvious conflicts of interest surrounding their election and then the operations of the ministry.

    You can conflate whatever narrative you want to meet your needs, clearly.

    Corporate culture is exactly similar to this political wasteland we inhabit. As was noted the principal difference is that in private enterprise the ability to terminate is easier. But the nepotism, conflicts and all other vices are seen many fold. Of course on the other side where is the excellence of work and accountability in government.

    If corporate executives had to sustain their tenure based on their employees’ well-being as politicians have to from their voters there would be a lot of bloated company payrolls also. That is self-evident based on the fact that executives terminate workers in a flash if it can improve their bottom line because their ‘voters’ (the shareholders) demand profits. The executives pander to the same base needs and emotions as the politicians. Let’s be clear on that. Different results expected but same motivations to get there.

    All that said, but yes most gov’t payrolls are too large and bureaucratic.

    Our economic recovery requires honest politicians establishing sound polices for a small island (still) without ‘mineable’ natural resources/minerals by employing well educated experienced practioners to create the well organized tarmacs upon which our corporate and educational leaders can fly their planes to the new horizons.

    As others have noted the format idea does not require a rocket scientist. But getting the honest, forth-right people to execute the idea clearly requires big-brain genetic manipulation. Or in simple Bajan…selective and specializing ‘breeding’.

    That is the problem, obviously.

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  59. Anonymouse - TheGazer September 10, 2016 at 12:51 PM #

    I find myself agreeing with ac and then with miller.
    Take a rest ac, that brain must be stressed out…

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  60. de pedantic Dribbler September 10, 2016 at 1:24 PM #

    @AC, no honest discussion on Errol Barrow could EVER strip away his many achievements. That would only come from people like yourself who can only see through partisan lens.

    We can discuss Barrow as father of the nation rationally and should be able to reflect on current behaviors (and criticize him) with a clear hind-sight on the impact of his generation and their leadership actions.

    It is absolutely impractical and nonsensical to suggest that “those whose quest for power and who followed after Barrows demise has netted us nothing of worth upon which we can secure our future”.

    The development and plans for the future for things as simple as the ABC Highway (which he opposed) are profound. Obviously, there has been tremendous economic/GDP since Barrow’s tenure…a signal to a vastly different set of conditions and plans that those he left n ’87.

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  61. ac September 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM #

    Miller there is no evidence of any socialist imprints in any of EWB policies which has been a bench mark and a guide to Barbados social progress and if what you say is true to a socialist agenda attached to Barrow then the argument of him maintaining the status quo is a artifically placed on political propaganda right alongside that of EWB being called a socialist.
    For what it is worth Comissiong has never hid or excuse his intentions or affilations alligned to socialism

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  62. ac September 10, 2016 at 1:44 PM #

    Sir yes there have been economic progress not only here but all over the world for small and large countries. However what underscore my argument are those policies which Barrow implemented and has served as long term instruments in good times and bad times for overall stability

    Yes there are none who have followed Barrow who have added any such policies which have been the bed rock of Barbados progress for long term stability

    Anyomous Gazer i think i will take that much needed time out

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  63. Violet C Beckles September 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM #

    to much fraud , to much lawyers , to much Ministers doing business that under cuts the public from making and getting work, ,a lack of rule of law and law applied equal ,to much taxes and Vat, to many liars, to many crooks, to many scumbags , to many wrong people acting like they are doing right, to many wrongs covered up by those deem to know the law,no free press , no freedom of information, to much bulling of the public,

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  64. Violet C Beckles September 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

    William Skinner September 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

    Sleepy Smith was an excellent representative of the St Michael South Central constituency. I can personally attest to this fact.@@@

    You have to be out your rabbit ass mind, Sleepy was a long time crook , liar , scumbag like most of the QC and lawyers today ,

    That is maybe how you end up in the Bay Plantation house, He must have sign over his Aunt Beatrice Henry to you as he did in Cherry Ave houses also owned by Beatrice Henry to Violet Beckles,

    One scumbags cover for another,and life goes on like nothing ever happen,
    Time short ,

    St Michael South is a pit , full of good people that was lied to for many years,, the people are in pain and not even the lying ass PM can help, Hes walking on egg shells as the truth comes out about him ,

    There is no Brittons Hill Plantation in Barbados public records and yet your pm is Rep, of that area and lies about Bay Mansion written by the Barbados National Trust,

    Ever time you post lies We will come at you , you are nothing more than another AC on line,
    You now have NOTICE TO LEAVE THAT HOUSE, You nor your family will live there for long , So start looking for another place to live,The Ghost of the owner will see you at night,
    this is your September 11 2016

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