The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Things Fall Apart…

Jeff Cumberbatch - Chairman of the FTC and Deputy Dean, Law Faculty, UWI, Cave Hill

Jeff Cumberbatch – Chairman of the FTC and Deputy Dean, Law Faculty, UWI, Cave Hill

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity…” –The Second Coming –William Butler Yeats

Frequently, on the Facebook social medium, one will come across an invitation to title a random situation with the name of some film, song or other creative work. Were I invited to do the same with a book title for a global assessment of the year 2016, I would submit that of “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. This work was part of my exposure to English Literature at secondary school, although I do not now recall the year. I choose this not because of the motif of the plot, although this itself (the conflict between tradition and a new culture) is not inapposite; but because of the seeming correlation and the direction in which the world seemed to be heading for the past twelve months.

More over, the title is likely, given its source, to find favour with those who believe that we are rapidly approaching the end time. The phrase comes from the poem by Yeats, “The Second Coming”, itself an event that has been prophesied to mark that occasion. According to Yeats,

“…Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!”

Mankind is, however, if nothing else, an animal of hope. And no matter how inauspicious things may seem, we have managed to transpose the hope wrought by the traditional story of Christmas into an integral aspect of the change of the Gregorian calendar from December 31 of one year into January 1 of the one following.

Hence, despite our apparently intractable adverse economic circumstances, the deplorable state of the roads; our significant loss of standing as state debtors; the damaging and unfortunate categorization of our nation as a tax haven; the uncertain outcomes of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the US and its implications for a settled world in future, we somehow expect, albeit illegitimately, since we have no reasonable basis for doing so, that 2017 will give rise to a brave new world of peace and prosperity.

…Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned…

Today, as we greet the first few hours of the week, month and year, it is worthwhile to contemplate what the months ahead portend for us personally, nationally and globally.

I had stated earlier that the human being is an animal of hope. He or she is, arguably no less, a political animal, and I use that epithet in its populist sense. For Barbadians, 2017 marks the final full year, constitutionally, of the current governing administration since next year, 2018, will be the fifth anniversary of the last general election in 2013.

And as is constitutionally provided by section 61(3) -“Parliament, unless sooner dissolved, shall continue for five years from the date of its first sitting after any dissolution and shall then stand dissolved”. Of course, under our system of governance, these considerations, as stated, do not preclude the Prime Minister from exercising his awesome power to advise the Governor General to dissolve Parliament at any time prior, thus clearing the way for a general election.

This colloquial “ringing of the bell”, whenever it occurs, is likely to result in a cavalcade of partisan campaigning inclusive of the usual promises and representations by all concerned to ensure electoral triumph. Much as it was in the US in the months leading up to October where, in spite of his alarming manifesto of xenophobia, intolerance and vain boasts of imprisoning his Democrat opponent that resonated with a plurality of states, Mr. Trump now finds it appropriate, thankfully, to recant from those very stances that served so significantly to ensure his success. We should hope for a more sincere electoral courtship in our circumstance whenever that fateful day arrives.

At the global level, we would wish too for a more equitable treatment of those nations with less geopolitical clout by those that are more substantially resourced in that area. The frequent changing of the goalposts as to the definition of a tax haven and a crude reluctance by some to recognize that one salient characteristic of these entities is their affinity for secrecy; a factor far more evident in and synonymous with well known larger jurisdictions- have led to an unwarranted labeling of Barbados as a tax haven with all of the disreputable connotations attached thereto. The struggle to correct this error that might only do further damage to our fragile economy should be national and not merely partisan.

The personal aspect should be particular to each of my readers and I should not be so presumptuous as to suggest how you should lead your lives during the coming year. Nevertheless, as we begin 2017, permit me to wish you good health , prosperity and freedom from distress during the months ahead. In any case or those of us of a certain age, the phenomenon of the apparent shortening of periods of time, whether owed to our slowing metabolisms, heartbeats and breathing rates or to the logarithmic scaling of time -that we perceive a period of time as the proportion of time we have already lived through, it should, hopefully, soon be time to wish you a blessed New Year again!

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144 Comments on “The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Things Fall Apart…”

  1. charles skeete January 3, 2017 at 5:04 AM #

    “There has never been any serious critique by you of this administration. Even for its worst failings”

    I support this view Pacha and I am sure Ms Malaprop would have aswell because she comes across as a who expressed her mind freely person and not one to couch her language as if she was singing for her supper.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 5:10 AM #

    NOT EVEN TRUMP’S TRANSITION TEAM WANTS TO DEAL WITH CARL PALADINO’S RACIST COMMENTS ABOUT THE OBAMAS
    The team called his remarks “absolutely reprehensible.”

    By Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    We’ve all got to draw the line somewhere. Donald Trump’s White House transition team has blasted former Trump co-chairman Carl Paladino’s disgusting comments about Barack and Michelle Obama after he said that his wish for them in 2017 was for the President to die and for the First Lady to go live with a gorilla. Paladino, currently a Buffalo, NY developer and member of the school board, previously worked for Trump during his New York State election campaign. He ran for governor of New York in 2010.

    “Carl’s comments are absolutely reprehensible, and they serve no place in our public discourse,” the transition team said in a statement, per The Washington Post. The Buffalo-based alternative weekly newspaper Artvoice asked 42 locals, including Paladino, what their wishes were for next year. Paladino responded that he wanted Obama to die of mad cow disease and for Michelle to “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe” to live “in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Friday calling Paladino’s remarks “racist, ugly, and reprehensible.”

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  3. Bush Tea January 3, 2017 at 7:52 AM #

    @ Chad99999
    Boss…
    The difference between Trump-the-bigot and Clinton-the-bigot, is that Clinton is constrained to some extent by political correctness.

    You must have a ‘Clinton-like’ supervisor…who hates your black ass, and really wish that you would “go back to the bush from whence you came” …. but who smiles sweetly whenever you are around – so that you can NEVER say that you were discriminated against….. even if you are the last to be promoted, first to be picked on and are always ‘dumped on’…

    Perhaps you see no difference with the ‘Trump-like’ boss who openly expresses his disdain for people like you, and promises to ‘build a wall’ between you and success.

    Skippa, you need to consider the likely influence of the latter type boss on the behaviours of the politically correct supervisors…. and understand that your ass is NOW in deep doo doo…

    Sometimes you seem to miss the trees for the forest…..

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  4. Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    Lol, hahaha. ..Chadster is damaged goods, the racists would shit all over him because he is going along to get along, as vile as racists are, they respect black people who have backbone and balls.

    Most of them are afraid of the Obamas cause they know when pushed too far both Michelle and hubby would black out on them.

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  5. Alvin Cummins January 3, 2017 at 9:22 AM #

    Pache;
    You just love to be indisciplined. You advocate any action that goes against established, and, because it suits your psyche, just deliberately refuse to adhere to established rules, even in your use of language. What is wrong with staying on the correct side of the rules?

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  6. Alvin Cummins January 3, 2017 at 9:25 AM #

    David,
    When Hilary referred to some Trump supporters as “deplorable” she was pilloried (rhymes nicely). Yet Trump can flippantly refer to those who are not supportive of him as “his enemies”, without a word of condemnation. Is this hypocritical or not?

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  7. Pachamama January 3, 2017 at 9:52 AM #

    @ Alvin Cummings

    Disobedience to Shatan …………

    Is obedience to ‘Pachamama’

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  8. Shontelle R. Brathwaite January 3, 2017 at 10:09 AM #

    Bajans are SO stupid; ethnically cleanse Barbados and then what? We pay it later in health bills…


    I sent out an email recently:

    It was brought to my attention that Windsor misunderstood our lineage and ancestry; claiming Barbados is African, mixed race and European, sorry, it’s Amerindian. To put it frankly, I did martial arts, and they are certain I am Amerindian, although I never mentioned it. I am Sogegih Ichiguanyan, from a meeting family…speaking Bajan as a first language…an Amerindian language, with several dialects. I am pure-blooded, and it’s obvious in my appearance. If we are un-welcomed in England or the United States, that should be made clear upon entry, as I mentioned in a petition. I shy away from vaunting, as I am a Pawmp.puhset.tuh by nature, you see our lineage when I walk.

    Stand corrected; Freemason secrets are secret, everyone knows the Caribbean is the sea, Kick’em kicks, and is Caribbean not Catholic or some other Europeans bloodline:

    England is dead: https://wordpress.com/post/schoolrenaissance.wordpress.com/1817

    I have explained grammar and terms for clarification, presented a genealogy and explained the lineage in a way anyone could understand as Bajan Dance, Bajan Proverbs and Healings, Bajan medicine, Bajan Songbook (including Bajan version of the “Psalms”), Christian Bible (Proverbs), Scientology (Thetan, our flag), Sumer and Babylon (Gilgamesh/Marduk/Neburu), Shinto (Nibiru), Baghavad Gita, Eastern Zodiac (meeting family), Quranic verses etc.

    Our Language (some grammar): https://schoolrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/280/
    Our Numbers: http://schoolrenaissance.wordpress.com/evolutioncreation-courageous-curriculum
    Our Proverbs: https://schoolrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/bayjan-sayings/

    Everybody knows the Caribbean is cosmic; so excuse you, sorry, the Lesser Antilles still reflect the cosmos in every form. I am the full-form hourglass Sogegih Ichiguanyan…Africa can’t produce my hair, and you are aware of that, all the snuff and pehperz, each hair color and all hair strands separated and gathered in ranks (an army). I am from the West Indian Caribbean Lesser Antilles island of Barbados, where everybody is an Amerindian, either a noble Sogegih Ichiguangyan or an Arawak; no contention no dispute. Simply, the white Barbadians are mostly Amerindian, and each darker skinned Barbadian “gaw’in white” somewhere on both sides of their family, although we are descendants of Amerindians of every complexion.

    Stupidity…stupidness…ridiculousness…

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  9. Artax January 3, 2017 at 10:41 AM #

    chad99999 January 2, 2017 at 11:58 PM #

    When I read your contributions, I cringe at your apparent stupidity as well.

    It harrows me with fear and wonder that a man, who professes to be intelligent, consistently writes shiite.

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  10. Alvin Cummins January 3, 2017 at 10:48 AM #

    Well Well,
    Who chose Paladino?

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  11. Artax January 3, 2017 at 11:27 AM #

    Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 5:10 AM #

    “Paladino responded that he wanted Obama to die of mad cow disease and for Michelle to “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe” to live “in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla”…….”

    @ WW&C

    Paladino said he meant to send the comments to his friends, but inadvertently send them to a Buffalo weekly paper called the Artvoice, which published them.

    Having said that, I guess he was not offering an apology for being a racist; perhaps he apologised for publicizing the fact he is a racist.

    Paladino is known to post racists comments and videos showing bestiality.

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  12. David January 3, 2017 at 12:11 PM #

    The hignorance of some Barbadians knoweth no bounds.

    The suggestions to be Governor General…

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  13. chad99999 January 3, 2017 at 12:23 PM #

    Bush Tea

    is wrong as usual. The racist who is constrained by political correctness is no better for blacks, on average, than the one who is not.

    Compare Canada and the United States. Most people who have lived and worked in both countries will tell you Canadians are much nicer, on average, than Americans. In large Canadian corporations, you may have more peace of mind. You see more smiles. People are more polite, etc.

    However, Canadian racism is as exclusionary as American racism. In the cities of western Canada, you will typically see blacks with two and three master’s degrees reporting to white bosses who have one bachelor’s degree and no skills besides the ability to speak conversational English and make a PowerPoint presentation.

    Even in Toronto, a visit to ten or twelve corporate headquarters will usually show a clear pattern of stratification by race. Level One: white men. Level Two: white women. Level Three: East Asians. Level Four: South Asians. Level Five: Blacks and Aboriginals. Sometimes, these layers correspond to real differences in abilities. Sometimes they do not: The bright black guy will usually find it impossible to be promoted, no matter how obvious his superiority as an individual.

    Personally, I prefer to deal with racists who don’t bother to be relentlessly friendly and deceitful. However, the point of this post is to say we should all make fewer references to racism. It’s rather like saying “The sun came up today.” True, but so what.

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  14. Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM #

    Lol…Art, that’s why it ended up at a newspaper that published it, Paladino is a very hateful and unapologetic racist….they will fprce him off the school board upstate and he will become a pariah.

    Chadster is being an idiot as usual, racism must be exposed and highlighted each time it rears it’s ugly head and practiced……silence is acceptance….

    Why would anyone in their right minds suffer racism in silence, racists do not
    like being exposed. Sometimes I wonder about Chadster’s agenda on BU.

    ….. just look at the destruction of the society in Barbados where racism has been a staple for 50 years post slavery, until it has become accepted and institutionalized..

    I loved when racists asked me to spell words they were incapable of spelling while in the corporate environment, I would get a loud speaker and let the whole floor know that the racists were semiliterate and could not spell to save their lives.

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  15. Hal Austin January 3, 2017 at 1:27 PM #

    David,
    Plse remember the Governor General gets a 100 per cent pension and usually comes at the end of a successful career.
    The GG should not be a salaried position. In a small island economy we have to save as much ass possible,including parliamentary salaries and pensions.

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  16. David January 3, 2017 at 1:47 PM #

    The discussion about the replacement for the outgoing GG should be cloaked in the ‘should Barbados go Republic’. Can you imagine the caller recommended Mara Thompson for the job?

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  17. Hal Austin January 3, 2017 at 1:56 PM #

    What? Was the caller sober? And, of course, her daughter will take over the seat.

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  18. chad99999 January 3, 2017 at 1:59 PM #

    What is wrong with David?

    Mara has two university degrees (albeit in physical education) and was properly brought up. Comparable at least to Nita Barrow, who never even went to a university.

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  19. David January 3, 2017 at 2:10 PM #

    It is why it motivates some to question the type of democracy we practice.

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  20. Artax January 3, 2017 at 2:12 PM #

    Whenever Michael Lashley speaks to matters concerning TB, his comments often contain untruths.

    Lashley and the Transport Board waited until 4 working days before the school term begins to think about repairing at least 25 buses in an attempt to increase the number of units available per day and provide an adequate complement of school buses for the next school term.

    Politician never cease to amaze me; they would state a policy they want to implement, but not without making snide remarks about the past. In this case, Lashley referred to a bus, BM100, which he said was off the road since the 2000.

    Lashley and Transport Board officials know that this is an UNTRUTH. BM100 is a 1990 Mercedes-Benz Caio Vitoria omnibus with manual transmission. it was REFURBISHED on TWO occasions, only to be parked in the yard of TB’s Weymouth Headquarters.

    As recent as 2009, BM100 was used to service routes in the north. I was told the bus required a specific part for the gear-box because its reverse gear had malfunctioned. As a result, TB parked the bus in the yard before taking it to the “bus grave-yard” at Mangrove Depot.

    Additionally, I would like to offer some advice to TB and Lashley, whenever government decides to purchase new buses. If, for example, TB purchases 30 units, do not license and insure all 30 at the same time. Because the next year all those units must be taken off the road at the same time to be repaired in preparation for inspection, before they could be licensed and insured.

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  21. David January 3, 2017 at 2:16 PM #

    The problem Chad99999 in case you were lodged under a rock since 2008, Mara still has some unexplained business given her role as Office Manager at Thompson & Thompson. Plus, her contribution to date as an MP has not been stellar.

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  22. chad99999 January 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM #

    I haven’t been under a rock. An office manager does not usually make the big decisions in a law firm. Even if she is married to the boss.

    Collective guilt is not kosher.

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  23. David January 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM #

    Didn’t Lashley threaten to put a plan B in place a few weeks ago when the PSVS planned a work stop of sorts (partly successful) ? How did he plan to rollout a contingency?

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  24. William Skinner January 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM #

    @ chad99999,

    “……..comparable to Nita Barrow, who never went to university.”

    What institutions did she attend?

    St Michael’s Girls School, Barbados

    Barbados General Hospital
    – Basic nursing education

    Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Trinidad
    – Midwifery preparation

    School of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada
    – Public Health Diploma & Nursing Education Diploma

    Royal College of Nursing, University of Edinburgh, UK
    – Sister Tutor’s Diploma

    Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA
    – Bachelor of Nursing Science

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  25. Hants January 3, 2017 at 3:24 PM #

    “Mara Thompson for the job”. A furriner representin a furriner. Wuh wrong wid dat ?A perfectly colonialistic solution. lol

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  26. chad99999 January 3, 2017 at 3:33 PM #

    Well, this is the first time I have ever been wrong about anything, so I will admit it.
    Nita actually struggled and struggled until she got a bachelor’s degree.
    Comparable to Mara.

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  27. Walter Blackman January 3, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right – INRI January 1, 2017 at 3:49 PM
    “It is no different really to how when some of the BU Order of Testers (I know not who they are) do dat “tag team” pun (i) Danny Gill and den pun (ii) Walter Blackman.”

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right – INRI,
    God Almighty himself would have to come down from Heaven and tell me that bloggers like David the Blogmaster, Bush Tea, Millertheannanuki, Well Well, Sunshine Sunny Shine, Artaxerxes, Gabriel, Jeff Cumberbatch, Caswell Franklyn, William Skinner, ac, Alvin Cummins (to name just a few), and the many other strong-minded, independent thinkers on BU, allowed you to fashion them into a conspiratorial “tag team” against an insignificant being like me. Such an exercise would simply be a catastrophic and colossal waste of their collective time.

    Thus, without any strong-minded, rational thinkers in their midst, this is what your “tag team” members must have morphed into:

    BU Order of Testers (Simple-minded, Insecure, Effeminate Sissies) – BOTSIES for short.

    Happy New Year to you and them.

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  28. Gabriel January 3, 2017 at 4:12 PM #

    Taxpayers are paying Mara Thompson to represent St John and the woman promptly moved from St Philip to get away from her constituents.Pray tell,what has she done for those dumbass people in St John.Indeed what did EWB do?St John is the most neglected parish,only next to St Lucy in terms of disrepair and decay.In both parishes the Anglican Church is showing some pride in maintaining the parish churches.St Lucy’s rector Goodridge is doing an impressive upgrade,a work in progress.Both Kellman and Thompson oversee parishes that look the same as in 1966.Thompson might want to deny the extent of her late husband’s wealth and whether she has benefited to the tune of $39 million from his short professional life.

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  29. David January 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM #

    BTW, why have we not had sight of David Thompson’s will? >

    > >

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  30. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI January 3, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    Walterrrrrrrrrrrrr, how you good self?????

    Man the rumours of your passing, (like mine) were i see groundless.

    I see dat you was not invited to the Llaro Court ting nor to the Prince Harry ting but that is okay.

    Maybe it will make you repent of your ways and come back from the darkside, you can claim that you were drinking Alleyne Arfur and got confused

    [[SQUARE BRACKETS TIME

    Walter, as man, you should have know that, of all de ACRONYMS to choose to spell out, given your history about commercializing the trembling botsies of dem minors man why you have to go there my man!!!

    Steupseeee!!!

    You mean dat all dem one, one blows you get in 2016, got you punch drunk in 2017??]]

    Nonetheless I pray you good tidings and success is most everything that you do (barring running with the wolves) to you and your family good health, continued wealth and may your skills find fruit in the new upcoming BLP administration.

    (Just hope that the BLP witch-hunters, like the DLP paling cocks, do not frequent this blog, looking for those whom they may destroy in their victimization practices)

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  31. Vincent Haynes January 3, 2017 at 4:46 PM #

    Artax January 3, 2017 at 2:12 PM #

    Today on Brasstacks the point was raised again about buying replacement parts such as gear boxes,engines,transmissions,diffs,etc,etc as normaly the bodies outlast the mechanical parts.

    Those bus bodies and seats can be ably repaired when needed by the succesor to ACME and we have many upholsterers in Bim……..what is so hard about it.

    That was rethorical as you have previously opined that commonsense does not help one to win elections.

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  32. Walter Blackman January 3, 2017 at 4:51 PM #

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right – INRI January 3, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    “Walterrrrrrrrrrrrr, ……

    I pray you good tidings and success is most everything that you do…. to you and your family good health, continued wealth and may your skills find fruit……”

    Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right,
    Thanks.

    The same to you and yours.

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  33. Hal Austin January 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM #

    Is Mara still a citizen of St Lucia? If so, how can a foreign citizen be our leading civic dignitary?

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  34. Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 5:07 PM #

    Lol…Happy New Year to you Walter.

    2 degrees in phys ed, exercising, yeah that really makes Mara suitable for a job as a sports instructor and nothing else and maybe not even that, the disrespectful woman sits in parliament in bright daylight and sleep, at taxpayers expense, on national tv,……and ya can see just how lazy she is just by looking at her.

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  35. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI January 3, 2017 at 5:07 PM #

    If de ole man is not mistaken Mr. Austin a Bajan can have dual citizenship.

    I am not sure about St. Lucians but one never knows is such is not the case it would suggest that she relinquished that one for this one.

    Otherwise you can be sure that it would have been a sticking point in the St John bye election and the next one.

    But you do not need to worry about it thout BECAUSE during this coming election, she cud be Ninja Man legal offspring with the Bajan woman dat all ovah de internet recently dat ent gine be sufficient fuh de whitewashing dat de DLP gine get.

    Not one effing seat….

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  36. Hants January 3, 2017 at 5:16 PM #

    Michaëlle Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=15227

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  37. de pedantic Dribbler January 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM #

    @chad99999 at 3:33 re “Well, this is the first time I have ever been wrong about anything, so I will admit it. Nita actually struggled and struggled until she got a bachelor’s degree.
    Comparable to Mara.”

    You do strive to say the most outlandish things . They are so absurd on their face that it’s amazing that people ever have the assurance to otherwise take you seriously on this blog.

    @Walter Blackman at 4:04 PM re “…Thus, without any strong-minded, rational thinkers in their midst, this is what your “tag team” members must have morphed into: BU Order of Testers (Simple-minded, Insecure, Effeminate Sissies) – BOTSIES for short.”

    Cute! You have morphed your enormous ego and a creative sense of humor to topical new year attention. Good stuff.

    Surely you will not become a ‘conny’ or sometimes listed with the ‘silent’ ‘U’ as ‘cunny’: Corrupt naysaying nefarious yardfowl !

    And @Pieces there is difference I think because Danny Gill ran from BU with his conny between his botsie. That was quite disappointing.

    Walter Blackman is clearly made of much sterner stuff.

    They were obviously schooled at different places, cut their political teeth under different mentors or something else.

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  38. chad99999 January 3, 2017 at 5:55 PM #

    BREAKING NEWS: The Clintons will bless the Trump Inauguration with their presence. Go Trump!!

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  39. Well Well & Consequences January 3, 2017 at 5:58 PM #

    Who says anyone takes the Chadster seriously.

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  40. are-we-there-yet January 3, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

    David; Re your 4:17 pm post.

    You might also ask:-
    Why didn’t we have sight of Barrow’s will?
    Why didn’t we have sight of Bree St John’s will?
    Why didn’t we have sight of Owen Arthur’s divorce settlement documents?

    What is BU doing about it? Could it be dat dem kinds o documents don’t fall off trucks?

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  41. David January 3, 2017 at 6:14 PM #

    @Are-we-there-yet

    Because with the exception of Thompson none of the former prime ministers were implicated in nefarious activity read CLICO.

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  42. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI January 3, 2017 at 7:04 PM #

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster.

    You should reach out to one Gabriel, he knows the exact amount of $39 million.

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  43. Artax January 3, 2017 at 7:28 PM #

    @ David

    Transport Board has been STRUGGLING for months to put at least 85 units on the road per day. “How did (Lashley) plan to rollout a contingency?” By providing his usual “lip service.”

    Lashley is only full of talk and can been deemed as being failure in his present role as transport minister than when he was minister of housing. Perhaps he is of the opinion “success” can be transferred from one ministry to the next without trying to achieve it through hard work.

    For months commuters have been complaining about the “inordinate amount of time” they have to wait in the Fairchild Street bus terminal for TB to service routes in rural districts, such as Martins Bay, Sugar Hill and Bathsheba. How did Lashley respond to this situation? By saying “a DRAFT FRAMEWORK had been COMPLETED that would ALLOW private transporters, including operators of minibuses and tour coaches, to ENTER bus terminals DURING PEAK PERIODS and transport commuters on 14 routes. And they should START rolling into City terminals BEFORE the END of the Christmas holidays.” [Source: Daily Nation, December 19, 2016]

    This proposal “looks very good on paper.” However, surely Lashley and the officials at the Transport Authority should be aware that the Traffic Laws and Regulations would have to be amended, if this suggestion is to become a reality. Why? Because “tour coaches and private transporters” are NOT registered to “pick up and set down passengers at bus stops,” and are not insured to engage in this practice.
    As such, the operators of minibuses and tour coaches, through their collective bargaining agent, Alliance Owners of Public Transport Inc., [AOPT] have expressed their refusal to participate in the proposal. As at January 3, 2017, almost one week after the Christmas holidays, no tour coaches in the terminals and commuters are still complaining.

    And TB’s methods of allocating bus repairs to service providers are also a cause for concern.

    During the Budget debate in June 2015, while denying to suggestions from the opposition that TB allowed a private firm to install buses transmissions “at upward of three times what they cost, Lashley assured the House “MAJORITY of the MECHANICAL WORK REQUIRED by the Board was BEING ASSIGNED to UCAL, in preference to Quality Care, L&N, TransTech and Simpson Motors.” [PressReader, June 15, 2015]

    Recall UCAL’s workshop in located at TB’s Weymouth Headquarters. Yet, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, TB advertised an “Expression of interest for the repairs of ten (10) Hino buses.”

    Not only has TB been systematically reducing bus repairs to UCAL and breached payment agreements, the Board solicited the services “of three Trinidadian engineers who have set up shop at the Transport Board’s Mangrove depot in St Philip and are reportedly repairing a number of buses. Reports were that UCAL was directed to transport 14 buses to the Mangrove mechanical workshop to be assigned to the Trinidadians.” [Source: Daily Nation, March 15, 2016]

    Additionally, Sir Roy “previously charged that the Transport Board had been giving the repair work to outside sources and not to UCAL.” He said: “They continue to send buses elsewhere, even though UCAL is UNDER SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT to work day and night and to work as well on Sundays and public holidays, so that many days we a crew of workers available and on site, but they do not have enough work.” [Source: PressReader, December 8, 2016]

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  44. Bush Tea January 3, 2017 at 10:31 PM #

    @ Artax
    Some shiite is seriously wrong with those St Philip and St Lucy MPs…… mean you can’t see that? Bushie’s grand mother would have diagnosed them as ‘having the devil in their donkeys’ … especially the head one …who seem to have the devil in his face…

    This propensity to come on TV and talk a lotta shiite with a straight face is a ‘Lawyer thing’ and, thanks to Cave Hill and Jeff C, we have been cursed in multiple areas …..the most recent being the Lawyer fella talking shiite about renewable energy…. After the FTC rule on the hedging issue, he suddenly saw the wisdom in it….
    Would you not have thought that such a body would be kicking up a STORM seeking to influence the decision BEFOREHAND?…. proactively…? …and carrying the fight to BL&P?

    Lotta shiitey attention seekers!!! …the kind who use their real names on blogs to enhance their CVs….
    Steupsss…
    Only brass bowls would put a lawyer in charge of a technical body seeking to penetrate new ground in a new technology like renewables….. Lawyers are best suited to working in the background, seeking ways to frustrate each other …while intelligent, productive people get on with the business of social and economic development.

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  45. Alvin Cummins January 3, 2017 at 10:57 PM #

    Walter; Not me an dem others. Include me out. I eat in no league wid Bushie and Artax.
    Well Well;
    “… look at the destruction of the society in Barbados where racism has been a staple for 50 years post slavery, until it has become accepted and institutionalized..” Racism has been a staple in Barbados from the beginning of its existence. Lots changed after independence; that is why the “Royal” charter was removed from the Yacht club, and they were forced to refusing to serve Blacks. The same thing happened with a lot of the other practices that Blacks just used to ignore.

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  46. Sargeant January 3, 2017 at 11:37 PM #

    “Chad” employs some curious illogic when he cites people who call Trump a bigot as being “stupid’. He rationalises his opinion by writing the following: “There are plenty of research papers in social psychology, which taken together, strongly indicate that at least two-thirds of white Americans are deeply prejudiced in every bone of their bodies. At least two-thirds.”

    In other words, if two thirds of white Americans are deeply prejudiced we shouldn’t describe anyone as racist because it emblematic of that community. We should just sweep it under the rug and pretend that even if it exists it doesn’t affect us. Whether Hillary or Bill are racists bears little relation to whether Trump is a racist and they are for the most part on the margins of public life while Trump is now the Twitter in Chief. If Trump continues to marginalise or demean Black people or other minorities we will not turn the other cheek.

    We will call it as we see it even when he cavorts with Stepin Fetchit (Don King) and tries to parlay that as his entre into acceptance in Black households.

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  47. Artax January 4, 2017 at 1:16 AM #

    On December 30, 2010, during a Press conference held at the Transport Authority, the Transport Board’s marketing and corporate communications manager Lynda Holder announced the “smart card” initiative, which was to be formally introduced in February 2011, allowing passengers to use a card instead of cash, to pay for travel on TB buses.

    What is the status of this project?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    On Monday, September 8, 2014, Lashley suggested that PRIVATE SECTOR VEHICLES could be integrated into the public transport system, to help ease public transportation problems across Barbados.

    Following his announcement, “Courtesy Garage OFFERED government a PROPOSAL to cater to some routes around Bridgetown.” Officials from the garage “showed Lashley and officials of the Transport Board a 30-seater bus yesterday which they said could adequately service some St Michael areas. The buses can be adapted to meet the physically challenged, holding about four wheelchairs.”

    “They OFFERED a package in terms of assisting with some of the routes around Bridgetown [that cater to] senior citizens with problems relative to a scheduled service . . . . That is the way we want to go,” Lashley said after the tour.”

    “The minister said they were still DRAFTING the POLICY and an INTERIM COMMITTEE was in place looking at the routes.” [Source: Daily Nation, September 10, 2014]

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    After two (2) years and three (3) months there has not been any PROGRESS relative to Courtesy Garage’s proposal. How could Barbadians seriously expect Lashley and TB to perform a similar undertaking in December 2016, within two weeks?

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  48. charles skeete January 4, 2017 at 4:21 AM #

    “The GG should not be a salaried position. In a small island economy we have to save as much ass possible,including parliamentary salaries and pensions.”


    Agreed matter of fact it should be abolished because the holder of the post struggles to find something meaningful to do. Kudos to the current one for adding visits to schools to the other charitable gestures the Governor General is supposed to perform.

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  49. charles skeete January 4, 2017 at 4:31 AM #

    ” Mara still has some unexplained business given her role as Office Manager at Thompson & Thompson”

    Just asking David but didn’t the Chief Justice exonerate or remove Mrs Thompson as a person of interest in this regard-

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  50. Exclaimer January 4, 2017 at 4:32 AM #

    @ Jeff,

    Interesting developments in France:

    “The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds.”

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2017/01/france-hold-corrupt-african-leaders-account-170103190243610.html

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  51. charles skeete January 4, 2017 at 4:44 AM #

    ” Perhaps he is of the opinion “success” can be transferred from one ministry to the next without trying to achieve it through hard work.”

    Based on the enthusiasm he brought to his role as Minister of Housing; I once described his performance there as a success as well but given the myriad of houses built by him dotting the landscape still unoccupied and related projects started under his watch dogged with problems I am beginning to rethink my view of his seemingly success as Minister of Housing.

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  52. Well Well & Consequences January 4, 2017 at 5:38 AM #

    Alvin….that is what happens when you are silent about atrocities to a majority population. …silence is acceptance…… and it never goes away unless you the people keep highlighting and exposing the nasty culprits, practitioners and enablers.

    This is 2017….all racists should be exposed all the time, everytime, bigotry and racism should not be accepted or allowed to flourish and be practiced in a 95% black majority country against the majority population, at any time.

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  53. David January 4, 2017 at 6:57 AM #

    The court released the third named defendant read the estate of David Thompson (executrix is Mara Thompson) in the matter Deloitte’s vs Branlee (Parris). Completely different matter.

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  54. dPd January 4, 2017 at 8:31 AM #

    David recntly there was a review of fake news and inaccurate reporting here. The analysis by Chad45 that an office manager would be bereft of knowledge of the company’s operations and query by @Skeete is clearly the fake news variety.

    Rather shameful attempts to create a piss poor false palaver!

    Based on the money figures being bandied it seems that Mr Thompson was an astute fellow even beyond his expected potentials. It also seems that he is held in high regard for his skills moreso than he is questioned about his wealth…does that suggest that corporate lawyers in Bdos are expected to have that level of wealth!

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  55. Hants January 4, 2017 at 8:59 AM #

    dpd asked, “does that suggest that corporate lawyers in Bdos are expected to have that level of wealth ?

    Yes.

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  56. Bush Tea January 4, 2017 at 9:03 AM #

    @ dPd
    The problem is that, if anyone dares to question Thompson’s unexplained wealth, that person then opens themselves to being questioned. It therefore someone with clean hands to initiate the process.
    The BLP cannot raise the issue, else they will find themselves trying to explain, among MANY other things, how a PM could have moved from almost destitute ….to giving away huge donations to legends….on a PM’s salary in a few years.

    Apart from probably Jeff C, No lawyer can raise the question … cause they are all a bunch of crooks … just waiting to be outed like the Speaker of the House and the roll of dishonour here on BU. …and Jeff now has to balance his status as FTC guru and Cave Hill icon – so he tends to be circumspect….

    It is one big brass bowl mess….

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  57. David January 4, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

    @dPd

    DT would have derived significant revenue from his liason with Parris and being lawyer of choice for CLICO group of companies along with related parties.

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  58. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI January 4, 2017 at 9:15 AM #

    @ dPd

    To answer your question as to whether this is a universal characteristic of corporate lawyers one would suggest that you enquire as tot he assets of one Fumbles OR, and this is more pertinent to your query, one Michael Carry Away a Ton of money or more precisely $250K and the latter’s inability to repay it for 14 years.

    In fact you should note that both the pawper lawyer and the other abysmally bad laywer did converse when the sleeping giant told the loose handed one caught in the cookie jar to “get a lawyer”

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  59. Artax January 4, 2017 at 2:29 PM #

    @ WW&C

    Trump chose to believe the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Paul Assange, rather than the US intelligence community.

    How could Trump NOT TRUST information from the intelligence community, yet, he has to RELY on it for security advice as head of state.

    Interesting times ahead with “Donald Chump.”

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  60. David January 4, 2017 at 2:34 PM #

    There is fairly credible information starting to seep into the public sphere that accusations of Russian hacking was overplayed by CNN and other news outlets. No doubt there is more to follow.

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  61. Hal Austin January 4, 2017 at 2:58 PM #

    David,
    The implication is that the Yanks are honest brokers. Nonsense.

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  62. Artax January 4, 2017 at 3:03 PM #

    I can understand if the “accusations of Russian hacking may have been overplayed by CNN and other news outlets.

    However, we must bear in mind that intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, FBI, ISC, OIA, or the BIR, do not act on information received from or disseminated by the press.

    And speaking of media outlets, I find FOX News to be extremely biased towards Trump. Their interviewees are always pro Trump and there is a blatant lack of balance in presenting both sides of the story.

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  63. David January 4, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

    Artax we have observed US politics through the years to know US presidents have ignored and or followed faulty intelligence advice. Iraq comes to mind.

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  64. David January 4, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

    @Artax

    In light of exchanges on another blog this report supports your point.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-banks-volcker-idUSKBN14O0EH > >

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  65. de pedantic Dribbler January 4, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

    @David at 2:34 PM…In addition to @Artax’s point that “we must bear in mind that intelligence agencies,…. do not act on information received from or disseminated by the press” the question that has not been answered by Mr Trump and his acolytes is: to what avail would all the intelligence services make ‘false’ claims against the Russians? They certainly had no love for Clinton

    We know what drove the inaccurate WMD info; but what is the alpha and omega here!!!

    As a man of journalistic endeavor you know quite well that the media always “overplays” the most salacious and ‘reader interest’ stories, as that one surely was.

    And they always hype and overplay to get clicks leading to more ad revenue.

    But the awesome aspect of the story lays in Trump’s denials. The more he dissed the data then more was the story hyped by the media that a Pres-candidate and now Pres-elect was dismissing his US intelligence services.

    Frankly it’s all blarney from Trump. Pure, unadulterated Machiavelli world of PR.

    This is the SAME man who lambasted the generals and other flag officers from the military and on a dime changed tune to select more (and particularly recently current ones) to his cabinet than any recent President.

    So he will sing his nay tune until the very moment he changes to a yea tune and then spin it to his benefit. It’s all about his ‘Movement’.

    Yet, through it all the fact that he could speak on this matter as he has done is unconscionable.

    Over 18 million Twitter followers – 99% likely Americans- accept him as a patriot of his nation, despite his caustic rhetoric on the intelligence services. He clearly knows how to satisfy his peeps and that is unconscionably frightening!

    This scary demagogue will surely make the US and the world come to rue the context of that remark…’I could shoot someone on 5th Ave and still be elected.’

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  66. Artax January 4, 2017 at 6:19 PM #

    @ David

    Having read the Dodd-Frank Act on previous occasions, when I saw the article’s headline, I immediately scrolled through it to look for any statement which would suggest their reason for a repeal of the Act, is that Trump is seen as “pro business.”

    Low and behold: “Banks now see opportunities to unravel reforms under President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration and the incoming Republican-led Congress, which appear more BUSINESS-FRIENDLY, lobbyists said.”

    Interestingly, “As Tom Quaadman, executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, put it in an interview, Volcker needs to change “so businesses can get started, grow, and create well-paying jobs,” is consistent with Trump’s slogan “bring back our jobs.”

    Trump will soon come to the reality that managing an economy is not similar to managing his businesses or hosting “The Apprentice,” (where his decisions are autonomous).

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  67. Walter Blackman January 4, 2017 at 8:04 PM #

    @Well Well & Consequences: ” Lol…Happy New Year, Walter.” Well Well, Happy New Year to you and your family. 2017 will be a pivotal year in more ways than one.

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  68. Alvin Cummins January 5, 2017 at 4:44 PM #

    David,
    Trump, and the Republican party; who did not vote for the Affordable Care Act, are now learning how much it has benefited the people; the same ones that they encouraged to vote against the Democrats. As an example, miners in the Coal industry who developed Black Lung Disease, under the Act receive a grant from the Federal government; or at least the Insurance company. Many widows depend on this money to help them pay their bills. If ObamaCare is repealed, they immediately lose this benefit. The Republicans have nothing to put in place to replace this. They are beginning to understand their limits.

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