Government Between a Rock and a Hard Place With General Elections Looming

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2013 Final Electoral Map, the government won by a 2 seat margin

1. Consider this argument. The Central Bank (CB) Governor has refused to print any more money for the Minister of Finance (MOF). The MOF needs printing to continue to pay civil servants and keep Government running. If the Government can’t pay the civil servants this month, all hell will break loose. Therefore the CB Governor has to be fired so that somebody who will agree to print the money can be appointed. These delays being granted by the High Court are making the MOF nervous. Time is of the essence. But Jeez, if the printing continues, the economy will only get sicker.

2. Foreign reserves are at an all-time low and heading further south, and with the poor tourist season we are now having, not much hope for recovery. The Government can’t even put its hands on the US$100 million from Kyffin for BNTCL in a hurry as that has to go through FTC regulatory process. Let us see if the Government is going to try to railroad the FTC and also what stuff the Chairman is made of.

3. Government can’t borrow externally because of low credit rating and the existing high debt service requirements are continuing to hurt the foreign reserves.

3. Every economist who has said anything (Frank Alleyne has been predictably silent) has told the Government it must act NOW to avoid a disaster, latest being the CDB which has issued a dire warning: “CDB President Dr. Warren Smith is warning there is “no painless way” to rein in the fiscal deficit and ballooning debt.” “But I think it is also important to appreciate that we need action now. The Government of Barbados knows what to do.” “Let me just repeat that we are ready to help but there are certain things that need to be done before the assistance of the multi-lateral institutions like ourselves can become available in a fulsome way. I think that the debt situation is one that needs to be addressed urgently.”

4. The Government’s hand is being forced every way it turns. It must act.

5. BIG Problem. Elections are imminent and the harsh measures required will doom the DLP’s chances of re-election. What would you do? Think like Stuart (and hope not to get a brain freeze). You have to call elections NOW. If you wait any longer, you will be forced to inflict much pain, especially on the civil service and statutory corporations, send home another eight to ten thousand people; you will have to further cut financial support to the QEH and UWI, BWA and SSA; you will have to increase bus fares; you will have to dismantle the community councils and cancel the football tournament and condemn the DLP to the annals of Barbadian political notoriety. A few of the painful pills.

The only hope of survival is to go to the polls BEFORE you are forced to inflict the pain. Tempus is fugiting and the hour must come. Truly between a rock and a hard place.

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119 Comments on “Government Between a Rock and a Hard Place With General Elections Looming”

  1. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. February 20, 2017 at 7:08 AM #

    Does no-one remember that this all happened before the last time the DLP attempted to run this country?

    The outcome was inevitable since the ignorant Bajan voters put them back in Gov’t House in 2013.

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  2. hamilton hill February 20, 2017 at 7:32 AM #

    Trial and error was the operation mode since 2013. Time to accept that every single strategy, long or short term was an abysmal failure. Trial over, its now time for Barbados to correct the error….

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  3. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. February 20, 2017 at 7:59 AM #

    hamilton hill February 20, 2017 at 7:32 AM #
    Trial and error was the operation mode since 2013. Time to accept that every single strategy, long or short term was an abysmal failure. Trial over, its now time for Barbados to correct the error….

    Because shedding statutory corporations and other free-loaders was always inevitable.

    If they had done it in 2013 while firing the civil servants holding up business facilitation, we would be well on our way to recovery.

    Instead we are condemned to another 4 years of misery after the DLP are booted from office.

    As I’ve typed several times before, we haven’t hit bottom yet. Soon.

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  4. millertheanunnaki February 20, 2017 at 8:03 AM #

    @ fortyacresandamule February 20, 2017 at 2:15 AM
    “A pegged exchange rate is a false psychological sense of prestige. At this point in time the economy needs a shock treatment. An IMF programme along with a 50% devaluation is what the doctor order.”

    Indeed, that first dose of ‘economic’ reality would be a shock to the conspicuous consumption stomach of Bajans who have been living in cloud cuckoo land of a false economy for a very, very too long a time.

    How can they expect to live that ostentatiously and not through earning their way in this bad competitively harsh world?

    They have been living off other people’s foreign money (loans) for far too long while failing to upscale their one-cylinder economy to carry the burden of a forex-based luxurious lifestyle, remy (dead people) hair and all.

    There is absolutely no economic justification the Bajan dollar could be so much out sync with the regional economic realities and where the disparity is so great between the local currency and those of its economic neighbours (all competing for the same forex earning business).

    The time for this market correction to the real value of the Bajan dollar has arrived.
    It would be foolhardy to expect the IMF (the foreign lender of last resort) to go ‘soft’ again on Bim this time around (as it did in the early 1990’s).

    The political class has learnt nothing from the ‘easy’ sentence Bajans were given there and then and have allowed their conspicuous consumption habit of living high on the imported credit hog to grow far too long like a bad hair day in need of a serious and permanent across-the-board cut instead of any 8%.

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  5. Bush Tea February 20, 2017 at 8:23 AM #

    @ Miller
    There is absolutely no economic justification the Bajan dollar could be so much out sync with the regional economic realities and where the disparity is so great between the local currency and those of its economic neighbours (all competing for the same forex earning business).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This is the most coherent, relevant and applicable assessment on this subject that has been made to date by ANYONE….ANYWHERE.
    Sometimes you are able to reach into yourself and find gems of wisdom that belie your inherent brass bowlery… 🙂
    ha ha ha
    LOL

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  6. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. February 20, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

    @ Miller
    There is absolutely no economic justification the Bajan dollar could be so much out sync with the regional economic realities and where the disparity is so great between the local currency and those of its economic neighbours (all competing for the same forex earning business).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This is the most coherent, relevant and applicable assessment on this subject that has been made to date by ANYONE….ANYWHERE.

    Imagine the savings we would realise if we closed the central bank and adopted EC at 1:1 value. It would also hamstring gov’t from manipulating the currency in future and alow us to compete with other Caribbean islands in the only export market we share: tourism.

    BUT: our largest trading partner for exports is UK (tourism); surely it makes more sense to drop our currency and adopt Sterling!!??

    That idea would go down like a lead balloon among the history-revisionists.

    Politics and business management are contradictory doctrines. We need much less of the former and much more of the latter.

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  7. millertheanunnaki February 20, 2017 at 9:19 AM #

    @ Bush Tea February 20, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    For true, Bushie!

    The miller’s son (not BBE) used to ‘ape’ you at school; brass-bowlery behaviour and all.

    He has indeed ‘learnt’ his lesson(s) well after being polished by you in true-brass bowl fashion over the BU years.

    Counsellor Harry Sealy Prof. Wharton- both looking down from the resting place of the sages- must be proud of their former charges and academic seedlings which have grown into intellectual giants in the BU forest of political rebels.

    Your mate Vincent Haynes has received his ‘touch-up’ from the Bushman and is right back in spic (spit) and span order.

    You need to do a similar job on your former protégé Walter B who has allowed himself to fallback into the cesspool of dlp depravity and through the curse of the reverse Midas touch has turned from your golden boy of shining intellectual stardom into a genuine political tainted brass-bowl of disappointment.

    Caswell can hold the brass-bowl while you apply the polish.

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  8. Gabriel February 20, 2017 at 9:51 AM #

    40 acres
    Disagree with you on the matter of a devaluation.Its totally unnecessary and bad advice.It achieves nothing other than widening the gap between the haves and the havenots with the chaos that can create in both the short and the long term.The first order is safeguarding the tourism sector and building upon it to make it more competitive to deliver more and this can include a reduction in rates, seeking a compromise with the unions and the limited introduction of casino operations.Greatly reduce and or consolidate statutory corporations.Reduce the number of ministers and parliamentary secretaries.Remove pensions from parliamentarians completely,in other words cut government expenses but maintaining the safety net for the vulnerable and empower the majority people in the process of privatization.Limit conspicuous spending by rationalizing import schedules and tariffs until such time as the economy improves with a return to growth.

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  9. David February 20, 2017 at 9:57 AM #

    The challenge for the country is that the retail and distributive sectors control a lot of the economy read employment. Successive governments have been reluctant for example to put the squeeze on importation of vehicles.

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  10. millertheanunnaki February 20, 2017 at 10:06 AM #

    @ Gabriel February 20, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    But Gabriel, get real!

    All those options/recommendations have been proposed and discussed ad nauseam and to no avail.

    It is too late to even consider them anymore. The poor have already suffered tremendously under the current administration and have nothing more to lose other than their chains of enslavement to an image of the former dear loving party being a friend of the poor man.

    Devaluation represents the most ‘efficient’ method of achieving the necessary fiscal objectives without the long drawn out political palaver.

    The only political objective that ought to be pursued in the very short-term is seeking a mandate to do what is absolutely required. There is no turning back!

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  11. Vincent Haynes February 20, 2017 at 10:36 AM #

    millertheanunnaki February 20, 2017 at 9:19 AM #

    Chuckle…..touchup…..from Bushie……no way.

    The facts on our present situation will be made pelucidly clear come estimates time,so sit tight and wait for it.

    I have posited before that we should join the EC as a full member,using their currency and bank.

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  12. Bush Tea February 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM #

    @ Miller
    There is a viable alternative to devaluation, but it is not a practical one for brass bowl idiots. It would require a level of maturity that is not found in female rabbits of the brass bowl variety.

    Think about it….
    What would you (or any common sense endowed person not contaminated with ‘economics training’ – whatever the hell THAT is…) do if due to changes in circumstances (poor family decisions for example) the net family income fell below the net family expenditures – and this went on for over TEN years…?

    Cud shiite man!!!
    Would you not make some sacrifices?
    Would you not get everyone in the family together and agreed to CUT expenditures by the required percentage COLLECTIVELY ….. to restore balance…?

    Even brass bowl MONKEYS would take that obvious step …and institute -for example a NATIONWIDE 20% cut in all salaries, wages, and pensions.
    They would then implement a policy where all future increases would be productivity driven – in other words, future increases would be MERIT BASED.

    But what did brass bowl Bajans do instead….?

    Arthur passed a LAW making any such cuts illegal….
    The DLP dismissed ANY consideration of such an approach …and increased taxes on the PRODUCTIVE citizens instead…
    The parliamentarians then INCREASED their own pay – while calling on public and private sector workers to ‘hold strain – and to pay increased taxes….

    Boss…
    Bushie challenges you to even conceive of any bigger set of complete jackasses and female rabbits anywhere … or anytime in history….

    Can it be any surprise that they built the monument to Satan on the Garrison last year…?

    Mek Bushie LAUGH!!!

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  13. Bush Tea February 20, 2017 at 10:48 AM #

    @ Vincent
    I have posited before that we should join the EC as a full member,using their currency and bank.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    What posit what??!!
    The only reliable ‘posit’ you have is your daily shit.
    You think that the EC want a set of brass bowls involved in their union? The time has long passed when they looked to Barbados for inspiration – killed by brass bowlery.

    The damn people won’t even join the CCj.
    Have you noticed than even while dissing the CCJ they won’t put not one Bajan judge on the panel?
    Next thing you know the stupid-assed Bajans giving away all the EC money to white people like they did with the Bajan money…

    Everybody can see the brass bowlery of Bajans except Bajans…

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  14. Well Well & Consequences February 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM #

    Lol…..I am wondering just how long the 2 bajan governments thought that crap would last. ..without serious consequences. ..how could so many ministers from 2 political parties be that stupid for so many decades.

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  15. Vincent Haynes February 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM #

    Bushie

    Chuckle….yuh froffin suh uhrly in de mawnin wha fuh….tek yuh meds doo

    We the islands of the Caribbean need each other,it is as simple as that and we may as well start with the Eastern Caribbean lot.

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  16. Bajan in NY February 20, 2017 at 1:28 PM #

    Gabriel February 20, 2017 at 9:51 AM #

    I would not get rid of pensions for parliamentarians, and how they qualify for them can be debated and renegotiated. However, the time is right for us to go on a campaign to align the age parliamentarians pension benefits can be paid with that of the average Barbadian.

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  17. Bajan in NY February 20, 2017 at 1:36 PM #

    @Bush Tea February 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM #

    A massive cut in the govt salaries/wages bill is a must to get rid of the current accounts deficit which was ongoing since 2008. Don’t know which group of politicians will have the guts to break the news to Barbadians.

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  18. David February 20, 2017 at 1:48 PM #

    The pension plan needs to be grandfathered and replaced by a defined contribution plan.

    What about how we grow the economy and increase productivity?

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  19. Frustrated Businessman aka 'Nation of Laws' my ass. February 20, 2017 at 2:56 PM #

    Most of these comments prove that Bajans don’t understand our real issues or the current situation.

    Worrell has been printing BDS$50m per month in order for gov’t to pay BDS$72m in civil servant salaries and wages each month.

    He refused to continue doing it. He was told do it or be fired.

    He called an emergency staff meeting and explained to the entire BCB staff that BDS was not in a financial crisis, our crisis was one of management and governance and the symptom both display as lack of business facilitation which has failed to get various projects started and chased away numerous investors. He did not mention the blatant bribery extortion that has had the same effect but it was implied. He demonstrated his position with the usual grafts, figures etc. He told everyone in the meeting to tell all their family and friends so they would know how to vote in the next election.

    He was unofficially fired by Stinkliar. He knows that if he drags out his dismissal in the High Court past the end of the month, there will be no money to pay gov’t workers and parliament will have to do something radical. Hence the legal action he has taken to stay in position at BCB to choke the system.

    I have typed here for years that this inept gov’t would fall when they could no longer pay civil servants. That time is upon us.

    I have typed here for years that the only problem BDS has in an inept civil service that has been ineptly managed by an inept gov’t. Private enterprise will not invest one cent in a BDS run by these clowns. Just like last time.

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

    I hope there is enough rum in Bim for the day they are gone.

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  20. fortyacresandamule February 20, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

    @ David. That is why it is always a challenge to have a fixed exchange rate, a liberalise balance of payment account and an independent monetary policy. Something must give. In a perfect situation the increase bajan dollar in the economy could be mopped up central bank through OMO or increase the bench mark rate. This could temper the demand on imports. But then again there is also other negative consequences .

    @Miller. You know what time it is my brother.

    @Gabriel. Nice try, but you are only prolonging the inevitable. Our lifestyle is not a result our education, production and earnings…. but rather, living off other people (foreigners) savings.

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  21. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM #

    Frustrated is right, same information I am getting. No use Worrell just implying about the extortion and bribery….it should be made public by him, if he wants back his credibility….and by those negatively impacted…if they want it to end. It has been going on for decades.

    Have yall any clue how many of us have stocked up on the popcirn, alcohol and various delicacies, just to see this unfold in grand style.

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  22. Violet C Beckles CUP February 20, 2017 at 4:14 PM #

    Where are today was started by the BLP now , at what point did the DLP know? The DLP did not rat out the BLP and now its the DLP turn to loot the accounts,
    The DLP just got caught with no seat to sit,Both Parties must be removed.

    [audio src="https://zeno-devlab.s3.amazonaws.com/39047/media/290768.mp3" /]

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  23. Hal Austin February 20, 2017 at 4:39 PM #

    @ Gabriel

    You are wrong.

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  24. fortyacresandamule February 20, 2017 at 5:40 PM #

    Barbados pegged exchange model is not sustainable going forward. Over the years the rate was propped up by FDI into high end real estate projects . That bubble has been burst. The Bahamas model (with its strict capital account policy ) would have given us a better fighting chance and even that has some major drawbacks. Bahamas is not even a member of the WTO. The irony of our dwindling reserve situation, is that, on PAPER we have Billions and Billions of FOREX flows coming into the offshore financial sector.Go figure.

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  25. Gabriel February 20, 2017 at 5:53 PM #

    According to the acting PM,Country Barbados boasts a comparative advantage par excellence.One hotel in the Bahamas is listed as employing 4500 ..one hotel.What is the problem in Barbados?Insular thinking?Small ain’t beautiful anymore?

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  26. fortyacresandamule February 20, 2017 at 7:15 PM #

    @Gabriel. Only ONE hotel in Bahamas right now could employ such huge number of people and it is the Atlantis Resort. However, the newly built Bahamar is being touted as the next big absorber of abundant labour. Barbados mindset is not attune to thinking BIG and every investment annoucement is greeted with all kind of opposition.

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  27. David February 20, 2017 at 7:23 PM #

    @fortyacresandamule

    Is it that investments ‘are greeted with all kind of opposition‘ per se or more the lack of transparency and good governance.

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  28. fortyacresandamule February 20, 2017 at 7:52 PM #

    @David. While it is true that some of the oppositions are reasonable and warranted I dare say a majority of them are political and idealogical point scoring disguising under the BUZZWORDs of Governance and Transparency.

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  29. Gabriel February 20, 2017 at 9:02 PM #

    Only the Fatted Calf Brigade and the capitalists albinos party of 5 will support blindly anything this current administration puts on the table.Its a total lack of confidence in the whole sorry bunch.I wish they would just exit and let the country settle down to growth again.

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  30. Alvin Cummins February 20, 2017 at 9:03 PM #

    Miller;
    “…living high on the imported credit hog to grow far too long like a bad hair day in need of a serious and permanent across-the-board cut instead of any 8%.:
    Are you suggesting that Sandi should have imposed a higher than 8% cut? What should it have been instead? Why then didn’t you, among others, prevent OSA from introducing the legislation that prevented Civil Servants: and politicians wages, because they are also tied by legislation, from being reduced ever again without a Constitutional change.?What is your suggested benchmark?What is your suggestion, apart from a general election? Will you promise that if you won the next election you would introduce the steps you suggest? Or would you do, like Frustrated suggests, and introduce a 20% cut, and fire all the Civil Servants, because you are getting on like there is no need for a Civil Service or
    Civil Servants. Many you are wishing to see the ship of state ground4d, because you don’t like the captain or crew; not realizing or accepting that all of you cannot swim.
    Why not all of you pull your weight to steady the ship, and putting aside your biases and dislike, persuade those willing to help, to join in fighting against the elements and reaching a safe harbour.
    All you are capable of doing is being negative.

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  31. Alvin Cummins February 20, 2017 at 9:06 PM #

    Gabriel,
    How much do you accept would be an acceptable rate of growth? There is growth occurring, but obviously not enough for you and Frustrated. Give me specifics and figures. Barbados is 166square miles, with a small po;elation (270,000) and a 2Billion dollar GDP. Don’t you think this is an achievement?

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  32. millertheanunnaki February 20, 2017 at 10:17 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins February 20, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Hello A C,

    You seem to be rather scarce (or should that be scared) these days.
    The scenario under Sandie would soon look like child’s play in a picture story book to what is on the horizon.

    At least Sandie had a number of cylinders “firing” in the economy.

    How many does the current administration have going for it even to resuscitate the economy far less grow it?

    Compare the output of sugar in 1992 to what prevails today and you would see the kind of wicket Sandie had to bat on.

    In Sandie’s time Barbados was the No.1 developing country in the World placing at No. 20 on the UN Human Development Index with Israel at No. 19. Where is Barbados now on that index?

    Didn’t the current DLP administration have a two thirds majority including the political grasshopper Hammie La in the 2008-2013 session of Parliament to right any
    Constitutionally encrusted wrong OSA and his gang might have committed?

    It’s really amazingly hypocritical how your current administration could talk about turning Barbados into a banana republic which would require the same two-thirds majority ruling in Parliament but could not see it fit to bring a more crucially important amendment to the Cutting of Public Servant Salaries Act to save the economic ship of state since 2014 or even at this drowning hour of final repeal.

    Wouldn’t that have put the Opposition on the spot and exposed their unpatriotic red colour for a flag to save Bim from the economic collapse that is being played out right here today?

    But look what you guys have gone and done. Bury the pitchfork in a nationalistic show of evil patriotism to the Devil on the Garrison.

    Let us not dwell in the past as is your wont but deal with the present scenario where there is a total loss of confidence in your administration’s ability to steer the economic ship of state to a port of financial safety.

    Let us put you on the spot and ask for your views on the disgusting imbroglio which is taking place between your administration and its former loyal enforcer of dlp damn lies and propaganda, the turncoat Guv of the CB.

    We can bet that not even a pinch of snuff would enter your verbal rear end to make you sneeze a nanosecond of verbal diarrhea of a comment on this most inopportune politically embarrassing fecal matter.

    The frustrated businessman assessment of a 20% adjustment in public sector wages and salaries bill is not too far off of what the IMF would be demanding in its pound of flesh in lieu of a devaluation across the board.

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  33. NorthernObserver February 21, 2017 at 12:45 AM #

    “Why not all of you pull your weight to steady the ship, and putting aside your biases and dislike, persuade those willing to help, to join in fighting against the elements and reaching a safe harbour.”

    In your patriotic grandeur, you seem to conveniently forget that MANY people, warned the MoF, the PM, and other Ministers, their financial path was unsustainable. You know the reply? “Rubbish”. We were all idiots.
    When on one thread I mentioned Barbados did not have the “financial capacity”, you came unglued. YOU supported the path, hook, line and sinker.

    So maybe what you should be doing is using YOUR influence to get the powers to change course, because none of us have had any success.

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  34. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 21, 2017 at 4:43 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/02/20/its-unfair-2/

    The vicious, ungrateful Cow is getting pensioners NIS money, black people’s money, given him by 3 governments to expand his business and build Apes Hill. ..and he is still complaining he wants more tax concessions. ..when will these 2 stupid governments stop taking up black people’s money by the millions and give it away to greedy, ungrateful minorities.

    It’s unfair!

    COW cries out against duty-free system

    Added by George Alleyne on February 20, 2017.
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    Give us duty-free concessions too!

    This was the cry of prominent businessman Sir Charles Williams as he addressed the launch of his multi-million dollar Apes Hill Country Club over the weekend.

    Before a gathering that included Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss, the local developer accused Government of discriminating against investors like him, in favour of non-nationals.

    “Can any Bajan in here tell me how they would feel when you get a condition that [is for] a non-national in our country?” asked Sir Charles, who related two personal experiences.

    Sir Charles Williams
    He said some years ago he had received permission to import a duty-free vehicle in the name of the Country Club, on condition that “it must be driven only by a non-national”.

    More recently, the construction magnate said he had also applied for permission to bring in another pickup to be driven by his son and another Barbadian to take around prospective buyers of the Club’s luxury villas and houses.

    “You’re taking people around that are buying a million dollar lot, $2 million lot, a $500,000 lot. You’re asking to drive them in a pickup, and I was told in the last year that I seem to have missed what the condition was. It must be driven by a non-national,” Sir Charles lamented.

    In response, Sealy, whose Government has been criticized for offering millions in concessions to the hotel chain Sandals, offered little satisfaction to the affluent businessman, opting instead to make light of the situation by saying: “I can relate to your issue with the duty-free concession on the vehicles.”

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  35. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 21, 2017 at 5:05 AM #

    Alvin….you really got a nerve, the incompetent government neglected and destroyed anything that should benefit the majority and then the people should clean up the mess they leave, while the same government ministers restore their 10% salaries and leave the people to suffer….don’t you ever stop being a yardfowl.

    And instead of talking to the people who will definitely vote him and them out, Stuart is in NY vomiting his guts thinking he is impressing someone, do you know how much information is being filtered to millions of people about Fruendel and his Fiends’ lies and deceit to the people, just wait until Worrel talks.

    I am not the only one observing.

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  36. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 21, 2017 at 5:37 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/02/21/81000-owed/

    Why is this being allowed to happen in that banana republic island, children should also be supported by their fathers, where is Adriel Nitwit Dimwit, the attorney general to talk about this travesty, the dullard will probably say it’s the fault of the mothers and grandmothers.

    These 2 lowlife deadbeat snakes are obviously bribing the island constables not to serve the summones so they appear in court, the island constables should be charged for this dereliction of duty, locked up and or forced to pay the child support themselves, since they do not want to see these children supported, what vicious animals.

    “$81,000 owed
    Lawyer appeals for relief for mother of two

    Added by George Alleyne on February 21, 2017.
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    A mother of two young children is now owed $81,000 in unpaid child maintenance over the past eight years, her attorney claims.

    While complaining bitterly that the woman was yet to receive “one blind cent” of the outstanding amount, attorney-at-law Arthur Holder Sunday night suggested that the two delinquent dads –– who both reside in St John –– were not the only ones to blame, since neither had yet been summoned to appear in court.”

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  37. Andrew Simpson February 21, 2017 at 7:57 AM #

    Exo 18:21
    Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

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  38. Spanky February 21, 2017 at 1:29 PM #

    People God is in control like it or lump it
    Rich will get richer…..
    Seek Gods face let Him in Barbadians you all seem to forget God

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  39. David February 21, 2017 at 3:52 PM #

    @Spanky

    You are saying we give up the fight?

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  40. Joycelyn Maynard February 21, 2017 at 6:38 PM #

    I thought this government was elected to save Barbados from the last. However to me it seem to have brought Barbados further in dire straights. The refusal of the mute master to keep the citizens abreast of what is happening is shameful. No man is an island, and sooner or later the buck stops with him.

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  41. David February 21, 2017 at 7:22 PM #

    It’s unfair!

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    Charles Skeete

    Charles Skeete When a currency is overvalued an alternative to devaluation is subsidies and concessions in order to remain competitive. The trouble is you eventually run out of money. Choices, choices.

     

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  42. Colonel Buggy February 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM #

    Lets hope and pray that Stuart does not usurp Camera-on Lashley, like he did for the 50th Independence celebration, over the coming months with Barbados hosting Carifesta in August. We are still awaiting the final bill on the independence celebrations,and especially the price of the Garrison Monkey.

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  43. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 22, 2017 at 5:46 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/02/21/weve-failed/

    The government has failed, they all know they have failed, but Fruendel is up in NYC trying to deceive bajans in Barbados…. from NY….let’s hope his “do whatever it takes to win the election” comment does not translate to vote buying.., again.

    Why are government ministers and politicians in Barbados so disconnected from the majority black voters in Barbados. ..whose votes they need to win each and every election. …it will never be any different.

    And as for this two faced, forked tongue, self-serving fraud, he does know that no one trusts him right….they all know they failed…, all of them, particularly Fruendel, they should know they have to go…..but are all pretending otherwise.

    ……printing money from 2010 means they lied and deceived the people to win the 2013 election, they never had a viable plan for the economy, they were making it up as they go along and praying for the best until it backfired with Worrell v. Sinckler…..they will lie and deceive the electorate again because they have made the economy even worse than in 2010…and still dont have a viable fir it’s recovery.

    “We’ve failed!
    alternative economic plan needed – Estwick

    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on February 21, 2017.
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    In an apparent slight of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, outspoken Cabinet Minister Dr David Estwick said Government’s economic policies had failed and the Freundel Stuart administration was facing an uphill task in seeking to correct its errors.

    And in what can be seen as an “I told you so” moment, the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management today reiterated that an alternative economic plan which he had presented to Cabinet just over three years ago, should have been accepted instead of the policies pursued under Sinckler’s supervision.

    Estwick never mentioned Sinckler by name during his interview with Barbados TODAY, but it was evident that he was no fan of the policies pursued by his own Government over the past seven years or so.

    The controversial minister reminded the country that as far back as 2010 the Stuart administration had been printing money – something Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr Delisle Worrell recently warned must stop immediately and which Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss contended was only meant to be a short-term measure.”

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