The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Governance, the People and the Constitution

Dismissed former Central Bank Governor DeLisle Worrell

Dismissed former Central Bank Governor DeLisle Worrell

If I had my druthers, today’s column would have been an analysis of last Thursday’s decision of the local Court of Appeal discharging the injunction restraining the dismissal of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr DeLisle Worrell, by the Honourable Minister of Finance, and thus paving the way for the unhindered termination of his contract of employment, as eventually happened.

Incidentally, I should wish to offer my heartiest congratulations to the newly appointed Acting Governor, Mr Cleviston Haynes, a schoolmate from Infant’s School at “Goodland” to primary school and, eventually, to both the secondary and tertiary undergraduate levels, even though he was at my junior by at least one year. What adds to Clevie’s just deserts for this new posting, although I feel certain that it did not play any role, significant or at all, in his selection, is that he is also an avid reader of this column. But I digress unnecessarily.

Alas, the local Court of Appeal has chosen to reserve its written judgment until Friday of this week and so there is no fodder for my anticipated musing today. As a general comment however, its decision was not unexpected. Section 11 of the Central Bank of Barbados Act, Cap 323C, makes it clear that the Governor shall be appointed by the Minister by instrument in writing for a period not exceeding 5 years and shall be eligible for re-appointment; and that “he shall be appointed on such terms and conditions as may be set out in his instrument of appointment”. This raises at least two presumptions; first that he is dismissible by the office of the Minister that appointed him under the principle that he who appoints may also disappoint and, second, since there is no local concept of permanent employment, that he is dismissible in accordance with the terms of his contract of employment.

In consequence, unless both necessary and reasonable in the circumstances , there could have been no implication of a term giving rights on termination to the employee beyond those stated in the contract. In last week’s column, I raised the issue of which entity was the Governor’s employer, whether it was the Crown or the Central Bank but, from the lay reports of the hearing in the printed press, this determination appears to have played no part in the matter. In any event, even if the Governor claimed to be entitled, under the Employment Rights Act 2012, to protection against unfair dismissal since he was an employee of a statutory corporation, this right is exclusively enforceable in the Employment Rights Tribunal and not in the ordinary courts.

Should an appeal in this matter to the Caribbean Court of Justice ensue, we shall, of course, return to its further analysis but, for now, the matter seems firmly closed.

Having been disappointed in that regard from providing material for my few readers today, I needed to find another source of discussion. It duly came last night during an online debate with some of the other contributors to a discussion forum in which I frequently intermediate.

The difference of opinion came when I offered the view that any call at this time for the holding of general elections was unlikely to be of any consequence, given that there is already a constitutionally prescribed procedure for this civic entitlement. To mimic Paul Keens Douglas, “who tell me say dat”?

I was reminded that there is still freedom of expression locally; a point I readily conceded, and that the Constitution is inherently amenable to alteration; again indisputable, although given the current text and configuration of Parliament, that is perhaps truer in theory than in practical reality. There was also a prompt that we are far too wedded to the provisions of a Constitution that was drafted by men who are long dead anyway.

My view is based on the wholly acceptable thesis that equity does nothing in vain, a maxim that should have figured significantly in the recent discharge of the order enjoining the termination of the employment of the former Governor. Why permit the continuation of a contract that has been stripped of its very substance of mutual trust and confidence? To what end?

Similarly, unless there is a plan afoot to change the basic norm (grundnorm) of the Constitution, whether by successful revolution or otherwise, a demand for general elections before they are called through the now constitutionally stipulated procedure amounts to nothing more than a vain and premature partisan political initiative cloaked in the mantle of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.

It reminds so much of the fable (suitably bowdlerized for a Sunday family newspaper) of the two bulls on a promontory looking down on a field of cows grazing. “I know, I know”, yells the younger bull animatedly, “let us run down there and copulate with one of them.” No, counsels the older animal sagely, let us walk down and copulate with all!” To those in the know, the late Captain Hutt would have appropriately added two “harumphs” here.

I am aware, however, that there is extant a groundswell of popular opinion for the reform of our governance architecture. This hews towards a more civic participatory governance and would include provisions for the recall of members of parliament; term limits for some officers of state; and the enactment of integrity legislation. Those political parties that hope to secure popular acclaim in the upcoming general elections would be well advised to bone up on these matters. In the coming months, I expect to muse on them at length also.

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145 Comments on “The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Governance, the People and the Constitution”

  1. millertheanunnaki February 26, 2017 at 3:16 PM #

    @ Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 10:10 AM
    “Elegantly put, Sir. My sincere commendation on your use of the language.”

    Jeff, thanks for that encouragingly kind remark you have made to polish in fine style the ‘self-effacing’ literary ego of the miller’s son.

    But any kudos must be figuratively deflected to the potter in that Hephaestus-branded
    forge in that classroom of pure and applied Literature.

    That ‘potter’ of rare and precious metals was no less a goldsmith than the late great Professor extraordinaire Harold Wharton who took a rough diamond hiding in a ‘brass’ utensil (not the Bush Tea variety) and instill such a measure of confidence in the frighteningly shy little boy as to see him change into a giant lover of Shakespearian intoxication served in a golden chalice of literary appreciation.

    Thanks to the heavens above, the golden protégé of Master Wharton was not fully exposed to the debasing influence spread by the burning Bushman who spent his school days engaged in nefariously devilish pranks in another classroom of comic relief.

    With his Billy Bunter character the Bushman was never able to spread his distracting folly to the ‘studious’ Miller despite his exposure to the virally comedic influence of the then Master Lopey, the ace eccentric, who saw the other poor boy from the Bushy area as his scholastic bête noir.

    Now you know the real Bush Tea. His long-kept secret identity hiding as Billy Bunter the Tea Cat has now been let out of the bag of the ‘Anonymice’ by Miller the magician.

    ‘Despite (his) young age, (he) feared no other (bush) boy.

    Attack the Bushie boy and he will run away like wild fire from water.

    He knew the village He was from.

    It was a bushy village full of Bajan brass-bowls.

    He was (and still is) a wutless fella.

    He never knew the answers and even today in his BBE classroom he still does NOT know the answer(s) to man’s existence.… Now SIT DOWN, Bushie!!’

    All hail the Chief of the Bushes full of Bajan Brass-bowls!! LOL, BT.

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  2. Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

    @ Vincent
    …it is who is quoting ‘whom’…. (whom is the object….)
    …and it does matter….
    …and a list of VOLUNTEERS who serve their community at no cost cannot seriously be classed as ‘elitist’…

    ….and how the hell is it possible to pack so many errors into a single sentence without being Alvin ….?

    …ROTFLMAO

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  3. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM #

    If the Governor-General is of the view that the Government is imperilling the state, he can intervene to remove the Government. I think there is precedent in Australia.

    @ Caswell, you know that there would be a “fargin” war were this ever to happen! What if the PM refuses to leave? I smell a constitutional crisis!

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  4. David February 26, 2017 at 3:22 PM #

    @Miller

    Billy Bunter?

    Jesus!

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  5. Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    Well done Mller….
    Touché…

    However bushie’s whole being is conceived upon an adoption that, deserved or not, puts the bushman in a position to eavesdrop on some out-of-this-world information…..

    You may indeed have been Mr Wharton’s pet bowl, but Bushie step up pun yuh now…!!!

    ha ha ha
    murduh!!

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  6. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    @ Miller,

    *But the more important question is whether such ‘straightforward’ amendments would require ‘collusive ‘collaboration of the Opposition given the government’s lack of numbers to effect any unilateral decision.

    The weightier issue here is why waste parliamentary time and associated scarce financial resources to effect the consequential changes to the governance coachwork and State livery for example from ‘Queen’ to ‘King’ like QC to KC.

    Why not bypass such ‘easy’ amendments involving Constitutional lightweight matters and go for broke and bet on the fully–fledged Republic hog?

    That should put the electoral cat among the political party pigeons separating the ‘mouthy’ wheat from the garrulous sheath.

    BTW, nothing legal or political is above your intellectual pay grade. The proof of that pudding would soon be tasted in your FTC eating of the ‘oily’ sale.*

    You know that I am a Republican at heart. But I fear that it would be viewed as an irrelevant and easily dismissible gadfly distraction in any imminent local election campaign. Of course, I reserve comment here on FTC matters. Excellent blog, as usual!

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  7. NorthernObserver February 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM #

    Integrity CANNOT be legislated.

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  8. Vincent Haynes February 26, 2017 at 3:30 PM #

    Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

    Yes it was Stanton…..a fool thou art……what list of volunteers what….an unelected rabble with no mandate from the people, that translates into a totalitarian form of govt.

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  9. Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

    @ Jeff
    Caswell, you know that there would be a “fargin” war were this ever to happen! What if the PM refuses to leave? I smell a constitutional crisis!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wrong Jeff. Check again…
    The final arbiter of any ‘war’ in Barbados reports to the GG in the final analysis.
    Caswell ids right…
    This would be a non issue.

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  10. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 3:32 PM #

    @ Miller,Your reference to Mr Wharton marks you out as one extremely well schooled in the English language. I should not be surprised. Without the slightest intention to pry, he left Wesley Hall Primary in my pre 11+ years for Cawmere. Is it there you met him?

    And Bushie is of identical tutelage? Nuff respect!

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  11. Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:37 PM #

    Steupsss @ Vincent
    Last try with your donkey…

    What would you call a group of persons who have each been elected as a rep by a collection of all organised groups such as the churches, credit unions, unions, BCCI, manufacturers, Sports bodies, community groups, ZR association, Rastas etc to create a ‘vox populi’?

    If you use the word ‘elitist’ Bushie done wit dat!!!

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  12. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 3:38 PM #

    Wrong Jeff. Check again…
    “The final arbiter of any ‘war’ in Barbados reports to the GG in the final analysis.
    Caswell ids right…
    This would be a non issue.”

    @ Bush Tea,You have read far too prosaically. Are you sure that you were exposed to Mr Wharton?

    Of course I am aware that military warfare is a matter for the Crown. The war I spoke of, however, was metaphorical. Do you see a Barbadian PM meekly accepting the word of a GG that he or she should demit office after just securing a popular mandate?

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  13. Bush Tea February 26, 2017 at 3:44 PM #

    @ Jeff
    Do you see a Barbadian PM meekly accepting the word of a GG that he or she should demit office after just securing a popular mandate?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No…
    But it is not too difficult to see six soldiers throwing his ass into the road by the esplanade

    🙂

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  14. Alvin Cummins February 26, 2017 at 3:48 PM #

    But Miller,
    Since the present government has no intention of devaluing, it means that either your lot will have to do the devaluing, if you feel it is the cable option, from before the election of the Sanford Government, and every time since then that the DLP has been elected to govern,; is this what you are planning to do? (If so tell the people from now that, as soon as you get in you are going to devalue)or you are going to use the same monopoly money in the interim. First of all the PM has the ability; and constitutional right, to call an election whenever he chooses, and AFTER, the election, whenever the incoming party organizes itself, there will be a passage of time before measures are passed in the House, so what happens in the interim?
    Is that your B$5 million of dirty dosh stored in the CB fault will be commandeered to fight a life or death campaign to save the criminal ass of that leprous crook.ely from the list of departments? How many lawsuits are you prepared to defend? Do you plan to curb “the hunger”? Are you planning to express any disgust for the “imported garishly conspicuous consumption trinkets,” that are part of the “hunger”? Or are you going to indulge the masses in the types of Port Ferdinand type establishments? Are you going to undertake a massive encouragement of the Harlequin, or Pemberton types to real estate endeavours, and engage in the final sell off of ALL? Isn’t this what happened to encourage Jacob-like years of Plenty; the encouragement of land purchase at exorbitant prices, the enactment of the Special Development Areas Act, to encourage them through exemptions and tax concessions, like exemptions for both Developers and Investors? thus an Investor could also be a Developer and Investor and get two sets of exemptions from things like taxes and concessions; like building Prisons, highway infrastructure by the same; or similar,shill companies like the one that “built the Bridge to nowhere,”. Echoes of Cahill? Except that there was no public awareness then, as there is now, and Cahill came much later..
    Anyhow, since you and your cohorts are so anxious and intent on accepting the reins of power, and since you are all so farsighted you obviously see something of value ahead. Would it be fair to say that the present government also see the future in the distance and also are as anxious to share in the spoils of whatever lies ahead? Thus their intention to hold on to the reins of power would be more understandable. Thus their decision that there will be no devaluation, and delays in holding an election, which YOU predict they will lose, is perfectly logical.
    We have the Acting Governor, now ensconced. And you say :” $5 million of dirty dosh stored in the CB fault will be commandeered to fight a life or death campaign to save the criminal ass of that leprous crook.” Are you already challenging his integrity already?
    Are you echoing the call of Trump to “Lock ..up”?
    What is it with you?
    Argentina was not afraid of Credit Rating checks, when they decided to pay no attention to the usurious rates that its creditors were demanding, and decided not to pay them. Argentina grew, stronger, after that period.
    One of my solutions would be to forbid the importation of those same Mercedes Benzes, and garishly consumption trinkets. in other words, don’t import the cake for them to consume.

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  15. Caswell Franklyn February 26, 2017 at 3:49 PM #

    Bushie

    You asked:

    “Does the male not impute the female and vice versa…?”

    The male imputed the female but the opposite is not necessarily true. If that were so men would be entitled to 12 weeks maternity benefit when they give birth.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  16. Vincent Haynes February 26, 2017 at 3:59 PM #

    Bushie

    Chuckle….that tantrum was to be expected,hard ears yuh ain gine change……

    The majority of the people do not belong to those groups and as far as the Church….very trumpean.

    Miller

    It would seem that you were a couple years behind me as I recall when Mr Wharton arrived and he did teach me as well………………If he taught Bushie we can see that he was not succesfull as his comprehension skills are sadly lacking.

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  17. Alvin Cummins February 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM #

    Vincent,
    Bushy just “own way.”

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  18. Caswell Franklyn February 26, 2017 at 4:07 PM #

    Jeff

    You wrote:

    “@ Caswell, you know that there would be a “fargin” war were this ever to happen! What if the PM refuses to leave? I smell a constitutional crisis!”

    We have an unnecessary defence force of which the GG is commander in chief. The GG could order the BDF to ensure that his order is carried out. He recently ordered the BDF deployed to St.Kitts, without any local public announcement, so he could order them deployed to Bay Street one Thursday. I for one would attempt to re-enlist.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  19. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM #

    We have an unnecessary defence force of which the GG is commander in chief. The GG could order the BDF to ensure that his order is carried out. He recently ordered the BDF deployed to St.Kitts, without any local public announcement, so he could order them deployed to Bay Street one Thursday. I for one would attempt to re-enlist.

    @ Caswell, I am not at all contesting the constitutional reality of local warfare as I told Bush Tea earlier . What i am saying is that it is not as simple as you fellows appear to insist. How would Bajans respond? Nobody voted for the GG.

    Bushy sees the PM’s donkey being “thrown into the road by the Esplanade”. In a word, we do not share ophthalmologists.

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  20. NorthernObserver February 26, 2017 at 4:19 PM #

    “Argentina was not afraid of Credit Rating checks, when they decided to pay no attention to the usurious rates that its creditors were demanding, and decided not to pay them. Argentina grew, stronger, after that period.”

    oufff….are you suggesting we should stiff the NIS? or the bondholders? or not pay all those locals owed monies by the GoB? or a selective bankruptcy? (only screw the foreigners)

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  21. Caswell Franklyn February 26, 2017 at 4:23 PM #

    @Caswell

    Has the GG responded you your mail yet?

    Not even an acknowledgement to the letter that I hand-delivered to Government House but he found time to disrupt a whole set of primary schools with his nonsense.

    Sent from my iPad

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  22. Pachamama February 26, 2017 at 4:31 PM #

    Jeff said

    ”Yes there is further agreement and perhaps your conclusion may be right. Indeed, I believe Bush Tea might have something to say about that and the true purpose of man on earth.”’
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    While you have a number of other ideas with which you are contending, we would like to think that the point was more earthly then the spring toward which you guided us.

    Do you as humanoid not have the ability to establish a more just system right here and now?

    And should your response be in the negative, should not try or die trying?

    We were not seeking esoteric guidance, for that never appeared to be your foremost area of competence.

    We wanted to make the point that your constitutional constructions, as they are, will never offer such – justice as a basic principle to all, only the appearance of such.

    Please recall the stream of ideas to which we had established a fairly robust agreement chain.

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  23. Caswell Franklyn February 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM #

    Jeff

    Barbadians don’t respond except from the comfort of their homes on Brasstacks.

    By the way, we might not share the same ophthalmologist either. I had to go in search of a new one because I was forced to write mine because he was treating staff badly. LOL!

    Sent from my iPad

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  24. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 4:39 PM #

    @ Pacha,

    I believe that we are doing the best we can with our innate mortal failings. It is said that the Devil himself knows not the mind of man and yet daily in the courts of law we attempt to divine man’s intention in a particular circumstance. Is there indeed true justice without the esoteric laws such as karma? I believe that we are merely scratching the surface with our feckless reasoning.

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  25. Jeff Cumberbatch February 26, 2017 at 4:41 PM #

    By the way, we might not share the same ophthalmologist either. I had to go in search of a new one because I was forced to write mine because he was treating staff badly. LOL!

    Bravo, Caswell, you are a unionist to the core!

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  26. Wily Coyote February 26, 2017 at 5:20 PM #

    @HAL

    This is Barbados, must use the “KISS” system (Keep It Simple Stupid), Suck wells simple, Sewage Systems well above Bagan capabilities…. ie: south coast.

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  27. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 26, 2017 at 5:20 PM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/02/26/pine-residents-still-waiting-on-promised-title-deeds/

    The government told a lot of lies to the majority to be reelected in 2013, they will not be reelected again in 2018.

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  28. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 26, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

    Alvin…aint the same greedy, covetous ministers have Benzes, some have 5 and six vehicles, making them part of the import and cant support problem.

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  29. NorthernObserver February 26, 2017 at 5:46 PM #

    David’s favourite Minister Kellman….”MOONTOWN IS HAVING A BIG AGRO FEST SPECIAL TONIGHT ONLY 750 ML DEWARS, BLACK LABEL AND HENNESSY $110 ONLY”, this after telling us consumption is to be punished, and buy local….does this mean buying foreign made items at a local store is buying local?

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  30. Hants February 26, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

    @ NorthernObserver ,

    evabody doan drink rum. Bajans are cornersores of big mout drinks. lol

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  31. fortyacresandamule February 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM #

    @David. Under-invoicing doesn’t matter. Emperical evidence suggests that a thriving black market precedes a currency collapse . When the reserve gets dangerously low, people will want to hoard foreign currency, resulting in a shortage. So far I haven’t heard the business sector crying about fx shortage.

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  32. David February 26, 2017 at 6:43 PM #

    @fortyacresandamule

    Haven’t you heard? Businesses in Barbados are already being placed on a forex waiting list.

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  33. Tron February 26, 2017 at 8:25 PM #

    Politicians today: “Devaluation? What is that?”

    Walter Ulbricht, communist leader of East Germany, a few days before he commanded the construction of Berlin Wall in 1961: “Nobody has the intention to build a wall.”

    The louder the denial, the closer we are to D-Day.

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  34. fortyacresandamule February 26, 2017 at 8:40 PM #

    @ David. Excuse my ignorance, I haven’t heard. So the next phase should be panic buying of US$. The TT$ devalued last year after coming under serve attack in the black market and this occur despite their massive reserve . What is the black market rate in Barbados right now?

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  35. David February 26, 2017 at 10:45 PM #

    @fortyacesandamule

    The point here is that as a people we have to be eternally vigilant.

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  36. Alvin Cummins February 27, 2017 at 8:06 AM #

    Northern,
    Mount Gay is owned by Hennessy. It is no longer a solely owned Bajan company.
    Well Well, “…some have 5 and six vehicles…” Which ones? Name them. “Alternative facts”, or fake news?
    Forty… the exchange rate, even on the black market, is still 2:1. Don’t jump to any conclusions and try to contribute to a desire to create confusion.

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  37. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 8:20 AM #

    Alvin…as usual ya yardfowlism is only toxic to you…ask Dumbville Inniss how many vehicles he got and if he paid any duty on them.., then ask the others how many they got, copying trump’s “fake news”mantra just makes yardfowls look more stupid.

    Would it be real news if I said it was the opposition have all these unnecessary and unneeded vehicles…idiot.

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  38. NorthernObserver February 27, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

    Alvin
    “Northern,
    Mount Gay is owned by Hennessy. It is no longer a solely owned Bajan company.”

    It is actually Remy Cointreau, who bought Mt Gay. What was your point?

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  39. millertheanunnaki February 27, 2017 at 9:24 AM #

    @ Alvin Cummins February 27, 2017 at 8:06 AM
    “Forty… the exchange rate, even on the black market, is still 2:1. Don’t jump to any conclusions and try to contribute to a desire to create confusion.”

    Alvin, “forty acres” might be a mule but he has a lot more horse sense (known in the breeding circles of the sport of kings as “Commonsense”) than you the pure-bred jackass extraordinaire.

    How can the black market rate be the same as the official rate?
    Then there is no need to go the black market route in your purchasing of foreign dollars.

    How do you know what the black market rate is unless you dabble in illegal dealings and as a consequence further undermine the same official financial system to which your administration has dealt some serious body blows?

    Since you have persistently argued that the cut-plate Bajan dollar is as strong as any other currency in the world and can be used to conduct international trade why not use it to buy the things you claim are readily available under the ‘astutely’ competent management of the Bajan economy?

    You keep preaching about black power and the liberation of black people from their psychological imprisonment especially under a BLP administration.

    You constantly remind us of the outstanding ‘activist’ role you played in the vanguard of the civil rights movement in the USA and in Barbados under the Barrow administration.
    Yet you continue to use the word ‘Black’ in a most negative way by associating it with things illegal and underhand.

    Why not use the term ‘underground market or economy’ instead of the “black market” where only illegal dealing jackasses like you go trade especially in marijuana, the ‘decriminalization’ of which you dead set against?

    It is no wonder you want to keep it ‘under’ the control of the “black market” to keep prices high and be a serious drain on your country’s forex.

    Why not big up your totally beleaguered and soon-to-be discarded administration of your dangerous lying party and say; The Bajan economy is in the “Black” with its foreign reserves in the ‘red’?

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  40. Dompey February 27, 2017 at 11:21 AM #

    Mr. Cummins, it would be in your best interest to reserve your comments regarding the statement Miller has written with respect to your comment because the man is what Bajans would call a bare Johnie. He in all his wisdom and smart Alex comments, is asking you how do you know about the Black Market rate unless dabble in it? Do I have to have a firsthand knowledge of the CIA or the Delta Force, to know that these entites do exist? Man don’t even respond to the idiot!

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  41. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 12:16 PM #

    Dompey…do you know everything that CIA and Deta Force do..no…you have to be a member of either organiztion to know…..and sometimes they don’t, only the heads do, most ofthe time..so whatever happens on black markets…ya have to be a participant to know.

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  42. Dompey February 28, 2017 at 7:28 AM #

    Well Well

    I strongly disagree with you hypothesis which says that one has to be part of a specific entity to know that such an entity exist. Do I have to be a member of the Delta force to know that such a force does exist, when membes of that elite team of professional soldiers visits army divisions around the country seeking quality recruits annually? I may not have firsthand knowledge of the day to day operations of such a force, but that does not mean I do not know that it doesn’t exist.

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  43. Hal Austin February 28, 2017 at 7:43 AM #

    Well well,

    Do you know everything that print journalists d to get hold of ‘news’? One of my saying is that if readers only knew…..

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  44. Bush Tea February 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM #

    So Dompey …. tell us what the black market rate is then… cause you is a fella who is accustomed to peeping through holes at police stations etc…

    …and Bushie is not talking about the snow cone man who got US $20 to change….
    How about the drug dealer who want has Bds $800,000 to convert…?
    …or the businessman who is looking to buy US $500,000 without necessarily bothering the busy Central Bank people…?

    What rates are applicable there, do you think?

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  45. Alvin Cummins February 28, 2017 at 8:19 AM #

    Dopey,
    I will deal with Miller. He is just being his obstinate self, and hopes that by trying to denigrate my arguments he will make his point more substantial. Never happen, because at least he acknowledges that I am “pure-bred”, he, on the other hand, is not pure in anything. He is just an ass. In answer to him, however, I will just bring to his attention that first of all, he is the person who introduced the word “back market” into the discussion. So I will let that go, but remind him that I have “ears to hear”, and I am able to separate the “grounds” from the real coffee, which he should smell. He has been preaching devaluation for over ten years now. It has come to pass that his predictions have been just a smoke screen, hoping to confuse gullible persona. Yesterday the Minister of Finance, repeated for the umpteenth time; “there will be no devaluation!”, Yet people of his ilk are still trying (as at yesterdays’ post MOF press statement,”) along with callers to Brass tacks, to press that point.
    One important point people like Miller, who try to push for the legalization of Marijuana, and marketing of it as an “alternative” money making endeavour, fail to acknowledge, is that it cannot be grown as an export commodity, because it cannot be exported legally to bring in foreign exchange. As a consequence it can only be grown and sold for local consumption. Thus you would be circulating the money internally. Condemning the same “black” brothers they “care” so much about to live like zombies, and be eternally subservient to the drug, and the drug dealers.They should not be extolling the drug, they should be preaching against its use, and that money should be diverted to worthwhile pursuits. “…foreign reserves in the ‘red’?” The black market U.S. dollars used to purchase it should be deposited in the bank for the use of the wider community.
    Miller, analyse that statement carefully, and explain how “reserves” can be in the red. If you didn’t have any, the reserve “position” would be in the red, but if you have reserves on hand they cannot be in the red. there might be a deficit between revenue and expenditure, but that is with reference to the overall position with local currency. But of course you know this.
    Northern: you made the comparison. You implied that Local spirits instead of more expensive foreign should be preferred. By the way, the success of Air BNB which is boon to individuals with space to rent in their houses, shows that kellman’s concept of “community based tourism” is not as farfetched as many people thought, when they laughed at his proposal. Every fool got he sense.

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  46. Alvin Cummins February 28, 2017 at 8:48 AM #

    Pompey, not Dopey.

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  47. Alvin Cummins February 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM #

    Bushy,
    It is illegal for either the drug dealer, the supplier, or the business man to “deal” in foreign currency. Even the snow cone person should not have the $20.00 dollar trade. All foreign currency is to be traded at a legal entity like a bank. The legal entities always have the time to do the necessary. And the Central Bank is Never too busy to accept foreign currency. Both the drug dealer and the “so-called businessman know that money laundering; and with that sort of money they have to be money laundering, is illegal and the U.S. authorities will be on their (our) cases in a hurry. That $800,000.00 from the drug dealer would have been realized from the sale of drugs to his own black brothers. If our black brothers could find that sort of money to blow out in smoke, then the Barbados economic situation is better than a lot of people realize, for nothing of value productive would have been realized for that sort of money. And people like Peter Wickham and Well Well, are advocating things like this?

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  48. NorthernObserver February 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM #

    @Alvin
    Is there no irony in “reward production, punish consumption” that he is promoting 3 imported products? Given his definition of production/consumption.
    Yes he wins on community based tourism. He didn’t create the platform (AirBnB), and similarly cannot be held responsible for how it develops. The Uber model is already under fire. eBay is nothing like it used to be, and changed completely, shifting from revenue from users to revenue from advertisers (Kijiji).
    And he is the perfect example of why the new 3rd party can fail. (a successful retail owner) I can guarantee you when you go into Moontown you will not find 3 freezers running but empty, or find him paying $600 for a 26 oz JW Black. Yet this is exactly what has happened under his watch as MoH, empty new houses in St.Philip, and cost overages at the Grotto.
    We tend to oversee our own money far more carefully than the money of others.

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  49. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 28, 2017 at 1:33 PM #

    Dompey…do you know what Delta Force and CIA DO DO, DO.

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  50. Hal Austin February 28, 2017 at 1:35 PM #

    Alvin,
    The Greenback is de facto legal tender in Barbados. We must ban its use.

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  51. Hants March 1, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    ” According to a document on the FTC website, the current annual figures are 760 000 barrels for gasoline, 460 000 for diesel – which together total 1.22 million barrels – and 1.2 million barrels for “avjet”. That is why the FTC should rule against the proposed deal that would give Sol sole ownership of the terminal facility and instead recommend the offer made by Rubis last week, when it offered to meet the Government halfway and buy 50 per cent of the terminal facility for US$50 million, the money to be paid by the end of March. Rubis, in making the offer, is literally doubling down on its investment bet that Barbados is a good place to do business, apart from also building its Caribbean headquarters here. That investment would put the company’s total investment in Barbados in just six years at over US$100 million.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/93964/hoyos-file-offer-ftc-shouldn-refuse#sthash.MINvpGkI.dpuf

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  52. Hal Austin March 2, 2017 at 5:06 AM #

    I see the Guyana-born director of public prosecutions now wants us to adopt the corrupt, cost-cutting American plea bargaining system to deal with the scandalous backlog of criminal cases to be tried in the high courts.
    What about appointing senior QCs as temporary judges, having weekend and night-time courts to reduce the backlog?
    Please bargaining is undemocratic in that it forces usually poor people to accept a so-called lower offence in exchange for deals, usually passing information on to the prosecuting authorities.
    What we need is a democratic justice system in which people who are not guilty can have a fair trial by a jury of their peers; and those who are guilty can plead in an open court and be sentenced in a fair and open way.
    Secret justice in smoked filled rooms may suit this Guyana-born lawyer, but it is not one for a civilised Barbados.
    Say no to this nonsense.

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  53. Hal Austin March 3, 2017 at 11:32 AM #

    I have noticed that the two officers accused of beating up a man in custody is set to be tried in July. What about officer Gittens who shot his neighbour and then got bail after the attorney general pleaded his case?

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  54. Vincent Haynes March 3, 2017 at 12:49 PM #

    David

    Interesting to note that whilst the majority of BU bloggers were running behind the OSA&MoF farce,our PM was convening the social partnership committee at Sherbourne with the finances of Bim as the first item on the agenda……hmmm….leadership??

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  55. Hal Austin March 4, 2017 at 10:57 AM #

    This is off message, but we have a magistrate who remanded a 19 yr old for a month and fined him nearly $3000 dollars for the theft of a mobile phone, yet gave bail to a serving police officer accused of rape.
    This woman is particularly vicious with people coming before her. Are magistrates’ decisions ever reviewed? Is there any appraisals?
    Further, why does Barbados Today ‘moderate’ ie censor, criticisms of this magistrate and Owen Arthur?
    Is Barbados Today a newspaper or a PR outfit?

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  56. David March 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM #

    @Hal

    If any consolation David (BU) is blocked from posting as well to Barbados Today and the Nation newspaper.

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  57. Hants March 4, 2017 at 12:05 PM #

    This is scary.

    “Without naming those who might be guilty of burying their heads in the sand, Cummins alluded to politicians when he said, “we always know when there is a particular time coming in the political cycle because we see a proliferation of construction in Zone 1 areas”.”

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/03/04/protecting-our-water-a-bugbear/

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  58. Hal Austin March 4, 2017 at 12:11 PM #

    David,

    I wonder why? You cannot cover up bad journalism by banning people. Is the freedom of speech we hear so much about? Or is it the freedom of the press to ban those with inconvenient truths?

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  59. David March 4, 2017 at 12:17 PM #

    @Hal

    In the same way politicians are pride themselves on being members of the political class so too journalists in Barbados pride themselves on protecting the establishment.

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  60. Hal Austin March 4, 2017 at 12:28 PM #

    Barbados Today sends my postings for so-called moderation. Most often they never see the light of day.
    But the stories are often badly written. They have no sense of news reporting. I am sure they either studied journalism in the US or international journalism in the UK – a waste of money.

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  61. angela &&&&&Skeete March 4, 2017 at 2:28 PM #

    David i will keep posting no matter how many times you delete the post. To me this is personnel. For one when the press freedom is under attack it is dumfounding thst you would use similar methods to curtail individuals right to free speech under the guise of protecting the blog integrity.

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  62. Hants March 4, 2017 at 2:41 PM #

    Monitoring ? Assistant Director ? Regional Programme ?

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  63. Bush Tea March 4, 2017 at 2:53 PM #

    LOL @ AC
    ha ha ha
    Wah loss
    Looka Bushie crosses nuh!!!

    AC get ban fuh using she real name….. ha ha ha
    Murduh!!!

    uh tell you not to listen to Carl Moore or less … or Hal….
    ha ha ha

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  64. David March 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM #

    Not true Bushie!

    She needs to settle on ac, Angela Skeete or whichever but she CANNOT post using the names interchangeably. It is not her blog to do as she please as Stinkliar is dong with the Exchequer. She abides by BU rules or gt to rasshole outta Dodge.

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  65. Hants March 4, 2017 at 3:09 PM #

    @ David,

    There are several Angela Skeetes on Facebook and on LinkedIn.

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  66. David March 4, 2017 at 3:11 PM #

    @Hants

    We have been at this too long. As soon as election time comes around we have to spend precious time dealing with these yardfowls and yardducks. Not this time.

    Leave the moderating to BU Hants.

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  67. Hants March 4, 2017 at 3:19 PM #

    @ David, I am NOT moderating for or on the behalf of BU.

    Anytime I see a “real name”. I google it and search LinkedIn and Facebook for my own information.

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  68. David March 4, 2017 at 3:22 PM #

    @Hants

    Will repeat, the issue is not ac using her real name. It is about her using her real name and ac as she pleases.

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  69. Bush Tea March 4, 2017 at 4:09 PM #

    @ Hants
    What real name what??!!
    Only part….
    It looks like she got her eyes on marriage to a skeete….
    But most skeets would know better that commit such harikari …

    @ David
    Gotcha Boss…
    You know Bushie would have banned her donkey long time…..
    But the poor woman is so much in panic, that she don’t know her pseudonym from her panty…
    You know that the first thing Stinkliar will cut….is the scratch grain to the BU yardfowls…

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