The Grenville Phillips Column – Put Your House in Order Now!

Grenville Phillips II, leader of Solutions Barbados

The recent Estimates debates have confirmed that there is no workable plan to improve the national economy. Therefore, it seems that the ‘society’ of Barbados is being prepared to be sent over the economic cliff. Those of us who are old enough have seen this movie before. It is instructive that we watch it again in the hope that we can avoid it from being our reality.

After their independence in 1966, Guyana embarked on a socialist experiment.  Socialism essentially means that the Government, and not the private sector, manages major industries. By the 1970s, Guyana was one of the most prosperous countries in the Caribbean with an exchange rate of G$2.55 for US$1. However, two decades after their independence, the fatal flaws in their socialist experiment had damaged their economy and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was repeatedly warning them to change course.

Following are two of Prime Minister Desmond Hoyte’s blustering responses in 1985.

We have concluded that the standard IMF prescription is not only palpably irrelevant and useless, but also positively dangerous and counter-productive in our particular situation. We must resist, with all our might, the pressures that might be exerted to force us on to the IMF’s Procrustean bed.

“But let me make our position clear on this issue. While the People’s National Congress remains in office, the bauxite industry, the sugar industry and the other strategic industries which we have nationalized in this country will never, never, never be denationalized [privatized]. For one thing, to do this would be an admission that we are abandoning the socialist ideal, and we have no intention of doing that.

By 1988, this time as President following the death of Forbes Burnham, Hoyte finally admitted that his party’s 19-year socialism experiment idea had failed, and he surrendered the Guyanese people to an IMF programme. In 1989, the IMF stabilization programme had resulted in: a 70% devaluation of the Guyana dollar, doubling of the income tax rates, a ruined economy, dilapidated infrastructure, lack of supplies, reduced social services, mass emigration of professionals, and 75% of the population in poverty.

In addition, the Government-managed industries were privatized, including: mining (bauxite and gold), rice, timber, sugar, fishing and telecommunications. In the aftermath, Guyana’s citizens learned two simple lessons the very hard way.

1.  Politicians rarely tell citizens the true state of a poorly performing economy.
2.  Industries are not toys for politicians.
3.  Politicians are prepared to ruin the economy for the sake of their socialist philosophical ideals.

Barbados also embarked on a structurally deficient socialist experiment after our independence and, like Guyana, our politicians seem determined not to correct the fatal flaws in our system. Whenever the IMF gives us similar warnings to the ones that they gave to Guyana, the Government’s blustering response is that they do not understand Barbados’ economy. It may be useful to be reminded of our Prime Ministers response to Moody’s downgrade in June 2014.

What they say is only relevant if we want to embark on an orgy of foreign borrowing in which people should know how much we should have to borrow, how much our money should cost. But if we are not intending in the short or medium term to go to the capital markets to borrow money, what they say has as much value as what you would see in any garbage dump collected by the Sanitation Services Authority.

During the recent Estimates debates, the DLP politicians found themselves unable to provide any meaningful solutions to the national economy. However, to their credit, they requested solutions from the Opposition BLP politicians, who were also elected to govern. The Opposition reportedly noted that it was not their responsibility to offer solutions. Peoples, if we intend to elect either of these at the next general election, then we are truly sunk.

Over 20 months ago, Solutions Barbados published workable solutions for Barbados’ economy on SolutionsBarbados.com. They remain relevant. Since neither the DLP nor the BLP are solving the nation’s critical problems, then the time has come for Barbadians to put their houses in order and prepare for the foreseen dangers. Proverbs 22:3 advises: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

Next week, we will share the practical things that Barbadian employees can do to increase the likelihood of them: maintaining their jobs, maintaining their salary levels, and earning foreign currency.

(Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com)
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40 Comments on “The Grenville Phillips Column – Put Your House in Order Now!”

  1. vincent haynes March 29, 2017 at 7:23 PM #

    I can see the need for activist to educate the public and Solutions can fill that slot.

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  2. Tron March 29, 2017 at 7:32 PM #

    Grenville, you hit the nail!

    “Barbados also embarked on a structurally deficient socialist experiment after our independence and, like Guyana, our politicians seem determined not to correct the fatal flaws in our system.”

    Indeed, this is a socialist society with a bloated public service and a “private” sector sucking the taxpayer´s money as well (cf COW and Monkey Hill Plantation).

    Welcome to the gates of hell, welcome to the fate of Guyana!

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  3. Crusoe March 29, 2017 at 8:19 PM #

    Well meaning. Unfortunately, what can one expect when voters allegedly sell their hands for a few pennies, not even of silver.

    Basically, a country gets the Government it deserves, as Bushie is fond of reminding us ..bowls.

    USA has got a lunatic for leader, succumbing to nonsense marketing.

    The same morons who voted for his lot will be the ones to suffer most.

    But,.,it is what they bought.

    Que sera sera.

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  4. nextparty246 March 29, 2017 at 8:24 PM #

    Hi Tron:

    We can still correct the fatal flaws in the democratic socialist philosophy of development, but neither the DLP nor the BLP (or any other party that worships that philosophy) are likely to make those corrections. Since we have almost run out of time, this will likely be our last general election to make the necessary corrections before we go over the proverbial cliff.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  5. Tron March 29, 2017 at 8:26 PM #

    Grenville, your analysis is correct. Wish you the best!

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  6. Bush Tea March 29, 2017 at 10:53 PM #

    Grenville’s analysis is correct, however his prescription is flawed.
    His set of prescribed ‘solutions’ (however logical) is not the answer to runaway brassbowlery.

    The problems that we face are akin to madness….. with educated ministers making consistently stupid decisions, public servants wasting time, and ordinary BBBBs standing idly by – like so many brass bowls… as their society is rubbished by idiots.

    One does not bring logical ‘solutions’ to mad-ass people…. they need medicine (or restrainers), and to regain their confidence…

    Grenville needs to articulate a brand new PHILOSOPHY for Barbados. One that is based on a foundation of uprightness, integrity, ethical-behaviour, and transparency.

    Upon that foundation, he can then set about enlisting talented Bajans to lead the myriad of ‘solutions’ that can be adopted to our ailments. Solutions ofter work best when they come from collaboration and involvement ….and not when prescribed by consultants.

    People – especially brass bowl Bajans – are not logical, predictable or reliable, …not when it comes to the application of prescribed ‘solutions’….. They tend to respond much better to soft approached like ‘involvement’, ‘discussion’, ‘compromise’, and ‘consensus’ from upright and transparent leaders.

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  7. Tron March 29, 2017 at 11:30 PM #

    Bush Tea,

    “Upright and transparent leaders” – you need an electron microscope to find such a person here. There is no Obama under the Caribbean sun with charisma AND integrity.

    One or two generation ago, the grandparents and parents of the present establishment lived in holes and chattel houses. And that is the problem. Their children, the present establishment, are hungry for consumer goods and big cars, they have materialistic values and even do not know what the common good is. We cannot and should not expect that a country jumps from stoneage to modernity within two or three generations. Barbadians are not ready in their minds.

    It might take one thousand years for some presently non-developing or developing countries to transform. Most of them will fail anyway. Some will fall into the abyss and vanish. Barbados has a very long way to go. None of us will see Barbados reaching the stage of a developed country. Even Japan took 100 years to overcome medieval times.

    In the meantime, let us buy enough toilet paper and water and wait for devaluation.

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  8. David March 30, 2017 at 12:36 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    Your man Glyne Murray seems hellbent on supporting Hyatt and the Del Mastro projects. In his arguments for the two projects he gives no credence to public concerns.

    Equally surprised that Grenville is on public reord that he wants to see tall buildings in Bridgetown if it is commercial.

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  9. Tron March 30, 2017 at 1:13 AM #

    Unlike Grenville, Jester Ince is smoking grass – tons of grass. Read BB Today, We can still borrow, assures Ince. Yeah, at a rate even my cat can catch. Hope the grass is fine, Jester. Go on, live in your bubble.

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  10. Pachamama March 30, 2017 at 7:29 AM #

    Bushie

    What talented Bajans what? Your hierarchy of ‘talent’ is flawed. Instead, we only need one set of national objects, accepted as consensus which any sets of idiots from the population could follow, in the absence of political parties etc.

    This thing about ‘talent’ leads to an intractable classism, and we have that. Instead of spending our lives looking for talent we should let talent look for us by letting everybody get a chance to do everything. Including the PM, the GG, trying their hands at garbage collection, sometimes. Or changing bed pans in hospitals.

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  11. Watchman March 30, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    @ nextparty 246

    you and Walter Blackman are almost the same ,your difference, you come rolling from the hills . as yet, you can’t even respond to an email about a situation, how can you help in finding a solution to anything ?

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  12. Bush Tea March 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM #

    @ Pacha
    Everyone knows that there exists completely different talents among even close families. This idea of ‘everyone doing everything’ is therefore so illogical as to be not worth pursuing.

    Even animals respect individual talent and will tend to follow those with a demonstrated knack for finding water, avoiding predators, and generally finding good grazing. Enlightened human beings are those who can not only identify talent at an early stage, but who then nurture and develop that talent to its max …. and channel the results into the overall social development.

    This is what directing square pegs towards square holes… and round pegs to round holes is all about. If we respected the value of ‘talents’, then neither Freundel, Stinkliar, Mia nor 99% of the square pegs currently trying to fit into wrong holes would be currently hanging around our necks like millstones. This is what we get for “giving every brass bowl a try…”

    Sometime you get into these extremist rants, …dismissing the value of leadership; the critical nature of ‘talent’, ..and particularly, the OBVIOUS supernatural design that guides our reality… in your disdain for the current folly that guides our present circumstances.

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  13. CUP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ March 30, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    Phillips @ We” CUP” told you, I told you, if you do not deal with the land issue this will never be fixed, Your head very hard for you are going against your Masters , the slave you are, You dear not go against them, You talk and they let you talk for you sound like a fool that dont have a clue, You can not rearrange fraud on a sinking ship and think it will float, Wake up , you are showing you don have a clue,
    For Barbados to work on a worldwide level you need clear title to land, So that money can give mortgages and receive interest placed on depositors account, so they can work an get car loans, credit cards, visa cards, school loans, jobs in constructions and other business loans, You still looking to cover up for the DBLP for even you and your company and other live well off the pain of others, All is well in your world when you get bids to work. The others who looking to join you in your scan thinking need to wake up and understand banking 101,
    Investment will come in from all over and we dont need to bull dose all the tress so white people can have fun, PONZi and and land fraud don work and you can see, We are near the bottom in the World and no Audit General will agree with a plan based on fraud, We have proof of that already, the World is not in your head , Check the records and archive to see your self clear,
    Wake up , We giving all you time to make an ass of self , you can not take back your words,its all on record and so are mine, You are dealing with crooks liars and scumbags,
    We were thinking that Masons were smart People , Maybe you need to check with your Grand Master and ask him about Me.

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  14. Hants March 30, 2017 at 9:50 AM #

    @ David who wrote “Equally surprised that Grenville is on public reord that he wants to see tall buildings in Bridgetown if it is commercial.”

    In theory tall buildings use less land and ” services “…….in Canada.

    Imagine a Trump tower on a single 4 acre lot at Apes Hill. lol

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  15. Bernard Codrington March 30, 2017 at 9:52 AM #

    Bush Tea at 9:26 AM

    You really on a roll today. But you must be aware that there are some pegs who are quite happy to contact the hole at only four points. And that is the problem . The sewage still seeps through.

    I particularly love the last paragraph.

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  16. Pachamama March 30, 2017 at 11:21 AM #

    Bushie

    We will remain diametrically apposed to this worldview.

    Our experiences are unlike yours.

    We’ve seen, for example, peoples schooled in one disciple, often excel in another

    Your notions of ‘talent’ leads to the entrenched classism we have right now.

    We are more likely to support polymathism than the specialization your eternal talent search requires. Yours represents a division of labour located within the Industrial Age. And is inhumane.

    And you are suggesting we should rely on those same ‘talents’ as a social lever, just like the 11-Plus, for example.

    Most people go through life having left undiscovered what they maybe best at.

    The truth is that anybody could be the best at anything, if they wanted to

    We’ve found that most people seems never to want to do that thing which they maybe perceived to be good or great at.

    We know a BBE who would prefer scrubbing the moss from the boats in the careenage than doing engineering shiite.

    Your mis-leadership matrix encourages anybody in the cabinet to think he/she has the ‘talent’ to be PM because they see a succession of talented idiots holding that office.

    We do not believe in following nobody, not even JC, as you would know.

    Why do people, in your mind, have to follow some Brassbowl body else when we all are supposed to be endowed with free will.

    This thing about talent at an early age is BS. We have known some promising young people who plateaued and some late learners who excelled.

    Maybe your albino-centric god-consciousness is deleteriously infecting your hardware.

    Life is more complex than squares and circles.

    Talent is a marketer’s fiction. We are surprised that you could be guided by that, take it seriously. Systems are far more important than anybody’s abilities or lack thereof.

    This writer has though and studied what you called leadership, for years, and we are not convinced by it and never will be.

    Indeed, it is because of notions of leadership, the world is where it is today.

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  17. nextparty246 March 30, 2017 at 11:29 AM #

    Hi David:

    We do support 15 storey commercial buildings in Bridgetown, on the singular condition that they not endanger our UNESCO designation. Clearly, like all other major projects, the impact on the coastline, surrounding communities, existing traffic, etc would need to be assessed and effectively addressed in order to obtain the requisite planning approval.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  18. Vincent Haynes March 30, 2017 at 11:58 AM #

    Bushie

    Hmmm….interesting comments by Pacha above,some of which you have cussed me for when stated by me…..I await your response.

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  19. Pachamama March 30, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    Bush Tea

    ”’Sometime you get into these extremist rants, …dismissing the value of leadership; the critical nature of ‘talent’, ..and particularly, the OBVIOUS supernatural design that guides our reality… in your disdain for the current folly that guides our present circumstances.”’

    Maybe our views are ‘extremist’ but there are ours and ours alone. We will never moderate our views for anybody’s f**king acceptance. And they can never be influence by a White man’s sky god, never seen but must be believed in.

    We prefer acceptance of death before such misguided submission!

    The people like you who support ‘leadership’ are looking for a saviour, we have no such impulse. We would prepare to be the God, than to look for leadership either in your Hell or Heaven

    We dealt with ‘talent’ as a misnomer, a construction, not significantly reliable in ensuring desired outcomes.

    The people who insists on some supernatural design are still to prove their point. Not insist on faith and biblical lies. There is nothing so obvious but that these are all lies.

    The ‘current folly that guides our present circumstances” (sic) have their genesis within the judea-christian BS. And how can we thus rely be the fountainhead for guidance.

    Congratulations, we see you have the quintessential Bajan, conservative, mindset sided with you.

    We need no friends here, nor elsewhere.

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  20. Dr. Sam J. Clarke March 30, 2017 at 12:42 PM #

    “Talent is a marketer’s fiction.”

    Garbage. The thinking of a fool. As every bit of reputable empirical research has demonstrated beyond refute, you come out of the womb with at least 40% of the general intelligence you’ll ever have. At least that proportion, and almost certainly more. It happens at the moment of conception, along with your propensity for daltonism or breast cancer. It’s as genetic as the hue of your iris, inborn and heritable, and there is no doubt about it.

    That unassailable truth, of course, raises serious questions about Barbados’s future if a significant proportion of the bright people leave because the country can’t provide them with an adequate livelihood. Then we’ll just be left with the children of illiterate Glock-toting assholes whose minds have been turned to mulch by Facebook.

    Hey, Bridgetown: welcome to your sister cities of Kingston, Georgetown, Belize and Port of Spain.

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  21. David March 30, 2017 at 12:53 PM #

    @Grenville

    Are you saying the project required assessment studies before the approval that was given?

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  22. Enuff March 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM #

    More comedy! How do you support 15-storey buildings in Bridgetown if they don’t impact on the world heritage designation? Remember, the Central Bank is 10-storeys (single height floors). The addition of 15-storey buildings across Bridgetown would have an adverse impact on its townscape and architecture, which are key facets of the UNESCO designation. One must also ask why someone claiming to be solutions-driven woukd be promoting 15-storey commercial properties in Bridgetown? The type of commercial floorspace required in Bridgetown does not require such tall buildings or densities. Firstly, with a thrust towards creative industries, start ups, innovation, makers etc, tall buildings would not provide the type of floorspace flexibility or required affordability. Secondly, there is no and will never be demand for that level of office space in Bridgetown. What Bridgetown needs is leisure, tourism, cultural and residential (if one chooses to classify the latter two uses as commercial) floorspace to engender it’s regeneration–uses that again in the context of Bridgetown are more suitable to lower scaled buildings. Moreover, increased density means increased demand on hard infrastructure–roads, buses, safe and inclusive sidewalks, car parking, sewerage; and green and social infrastructure. I done!

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  23. enuff March 30, 2017 at 1:07 PM #

    And added to the above the micro-climate and wind conditions that could ensue. Tall buildings+ nuff cars and buses = an oven!

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  24. Bush Tea March 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM #

    @ Enuff
    Boss, is Grenville not a structural engineer?
    What response would you expect from a dentist if he was asked the wisdom of having your teeth checked monthly?

    @ Pacha
    How does the fact that there are multi-talented persons among us take away from the fact ALSO, that we are all differently talented, …and hence individually suited for different roles?
    Shiite man!!
    There are probably not ten other people who think like you do….and they are unlikely to be many who whack quite like Bushie does…
    Who the hell benefits from Vincent trying his hands at whacking … or from Alvin trying to pontificate at your level?

    Perhaps you need to consult with the Bushman on what true leadership is all about – rather than refer to the management jargon to which you would have been exposed 🙂

    Suffice it to say that Bushie’s investment successes has been tied to a simple principle of investing with outstanding LEADERS….
    …so right now, Bushie would go with GEL as long as Herbert is there,
    …Bushie would not buy a single Government bond as long as Stinkie is around…
    …If Herbert moved to CLICO, then Bushie buying shares there…

    This highlights how important ‘leadership’ is….IBHO

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  25. NorthernObserver March 30, 2017 at 2:54 PM #

    I would avoid using any xxxxx..ISM. The good/bad associated with each varies by person, as are the policies associated with each.

    You need to continually harp on YOUR POLICIES. Keep it short and simple, under the KISS principle. The average Bajan doesn’t understand or care about Debt:GDP ratio, the downgrades etc etc. Never miss the opportunity to hammer YOUR POLICIES.

    You diverge into commentary on socialist experiments, or however you choose to label them, and you are missing the chance to reinforce Solutions policies.

    People learn slowly, you must keep hammering away so you/party become associated with a short, and easily recallable set of principal policies.

    Both mainstream parties will eventually publish 50 page Manifestos or similar which cover nearly every imaginable policy/programme/project. Few voters will ever read them.

    Get social media friendly, it works, esp with the younger voters who are the hardest to get out to vote. Find out their “hotspot”. They may not be what you expect.

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  26. vincent haynes March 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM #

    Bushie

    Chuckle…I agree with a lot of Pachas positions but state it in my own way nut you will cuss me and not him who treat like an errant child.

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  27. enuff March 30, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

    @Bushie

    I ain’t going there with you–Grenville is not looking for work for himself and fellow engineers, he’s looking for solutions. Even so, this is not an engineering issue. lol

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  28. NorthernObserver March 30, 2017 at 3:06 PM #

    You two…BTea & Pacha are talking at cross purposes

    P. We’ve seen, for example, peoples schooled in one disciple, often excel in another
    BT. so right now, Bushie would go with GEL as long as Herbert is there,

    Isn’t Herbert a trained actuary, who has worked for (maybe led in this region) an actuarial consulting firm, since leaving Sagicor? Now betting on him as Chair of one of the larger publicly traded firms. Isn’t this schooled in one area, seeking to excel in another?

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  29. Exclaimer March 30, 2017 at 3:56 PM #

    Mr Stuart is very fortunate that he plies his trade in Barbados. His bumbling incompetence and his general level of ignorance would never be accepted in a democratic and a transparent society.

    In today’s news ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39449681) it was reported that the Ex-South Korean president Park Geun-hye was arrested today for allegedly being a participant in a case of corruption which involved one of her friends:

    “The former president is accused of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies in return for political favours.”

    Since Mr Stuart became Prime Minister of Barbados the level of corruption has gone off the scale. He will claim not to be responsible for this state of affairs and as far as we know has never been linked to any tawdry corruption allegations. The same could be said of Park Guen-hye. Her fall from grace was due to the independent media in South Korea doing the job of professional journalists.

    Sometime ago i had sent BU a nauseating video clip of Mr Stuart being interviewed by the British journalist Nick Davies. The subject matter was corruption. Mr Stuart appeared to be very uncomfortable during this view. The poor man squirmed and mumbled his way through the entire interview. It would appear that it has has been deleted. However, the Nation newspaper wrote an excellent article on this notorious interview.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/17965/picture-corruption-barbados

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  30. Pachamama March 30, 2017 at 5:55 PM #

    Bushie

    Maybe Charles Herbert is doing well at GEL because he White and nearer to your god to be

    We wonder what are the chances of him being there in a population of 287K, plus Bajan abroad. Maybe he’s talented like you say, but we were never so convinced.

    Why not Walter Blackman who was more qualified as an actuary long before him, at a younger age.

    That is where ‘talent’ gets you!

    We have no idea why he’ll be doing so well in your eyes.

    Our knowledge of him is located in a prior era

    We don’t even understand, with all the corporate dislocations of recent times, why GEL, at least the Board looks the same way as 50 years ago. And don’t have time to find out.

    However, the culture in which Herbert was previously located was particularly repressive and he was no departure thus.

    How ‘talented’ is this!

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  31. nextparty246 March 30, 2017 at 8:23 PM #

    Hi David:

    The impacts on the nearshore environment, traffic and the surrounding community would normally be assessed for beach-front city projects. The impacts and the proposed damage mitigation measures would normally inform the Chief Town Planner’s non-approval or conditions of approval.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  32. nineofnine March 30, 2017 at 11:22 PM #

    We saw Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Ecuador 1981 , Panama 1981, Brazil, Argintina, Indonesia, Chile, Venezuela 2002, Libya, Iraq 1991, et al….Ukrain lost their legitimate governments, Yemen ongoing, attempt on Syria

    economic hitmen..

    Beware of economists and international consulting firms with agendas and resources offering large loans via World bank/IMF…. THESE LOANS/CAPITAL goes to foreign big corporations ‘setting up shop” to facilitate “infrastructure”, in part benefiting a few large local companies or “local wealthy people” while the country/its people carries the debt. When unable to repay VIA DESTABALISING DOWNGRADING TACTICS et al, demands repayment by way of local resources (if any ) or privatization OF industries to Corporations.

    Barbados said NO…
    …”What they say is only relevant if we want to embark on an orgy of foreign borrowing in which people should know how much we should have to borrow, how much our money should cost. But if we are not intending in the short or medium term to go to the capital markets to borrow money, what they say has as much value as what you would see in any garbage dump collected by the Sanitation Services Authority”

    TOM ADAMS and DAVID THOMPSON lost leadership,… well,…

    Guyana said NO…

    “We have concluded that the standard IMF prescription is not only palpably irrelevant and useless, but also positively dangerous and counter-productive in our particular situation. We must resist, with all our might, the pressures that might be exerted to force us on to the IMF’s Procrustean bed”.

    DESMOND HOYTE lost leadership.

    Suffice to say, as long as there WAS a thrust for world dominance of power, one economic collective, global political control and the control of global assets and resources, countries ran the risk of “INTERFERENCE” by saying NO….UNTIL NOW!

    resource:

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  33. nineofnine March 30, 2017 at 11:28 PM #

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  34. Exclaimer March 31, 2017 at 3:33 AM #

    @ Bush Tea,

    Off message

    Good morning Sir,

    Let me reply to your post from several weeks ago.

    The last time that I was in Barbados about six months ago. I travelled the island, talked to the locals and used my eyes. My assessment of your country was grim. The island was in a pitiful state strewn with garbage, standing water everywhere when it rained, roads riddled with pot holes and the the rest. The island has regressed and has not progressed in a meaningful way for the majority of her citizens.

    Bush Tea, the evidence of your country’s regression is there to be seen by all those visitors who have knowledge of Barbados. I stated that Barbados will never be able to excel as a country. Barbados has a major problem with its population. Her people are frivolous and are simply not a serious people.

    This is why i suggested with my hand on my heart that Barbados should seek to insulate herself under the Union Jack or to find a serious nation who could help her to navigate herself towards a brighter future.

    Please look at the story below. Do you not find it sad that with our so-called vaunted education system that we lack the savoir- faire to safeguard our resources, our infrastructure and the future of our citizens?

    Do we really need Israel or any other country to show us how to suck eggs?

    I know what i have proposed is unpalatable. But we have to face facts. We lack the capacity to look after ourselves. We have become a pitiful people. How sad.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/03/31/israel-wants-to-help-cure-barbados-water-woes/

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  35. Bush Tea March 31, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

    @ Exclaimer
    The island has regressed and has not progressed in a meaningful way for the majority of her citizens.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Skipper, the phase of life that you have described for Barbados is well known in the human life cycle. It usually follows long periods of bad decisions -often with drugs, sex, crime and partying. Afflicted with multiple ailments, poor judgement and limited options, the victim is indeed, in need of some benefactor to guide any survival time they have left.

    By this time, they are usually difficult to look at… much as you have described…. and they are scrambling to sell of their car, watch, fridge and bed… in order to eat (or get their drug fix) next morning.

    This ‘benefactor’ usually comes in the form of a non-contributory NIS pension, a welfare cheque, or some kind neighbour….. or some shiite article in the Nation newspaper about how a ‘poor sick fella’ is unable to live like Bushie.

    You are frighteningly correct, but who will take us in?
    China? …they probably realise how beautiful the place could be without the lotta brass bowls, and if populated instead with Chinese ex-prisoners.

    Trinidad? …perhaps it could be a place to export their gunmen…

    Boss, when you have reached the stage in life that you are no more than a parasite on the world, ….. IT IS TIME TO DIE…..
    Unfortunately, It seems that we cannot even hope that the DLP undertakers will give us a decent funeral.

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  36. Tron March 31, 2017 at 8:15 AM #

    Exclaimer,

    I have old videos and pictures around 2000. You clearly see that Barbados was different many years ago. White tourists populated Broad Street during high season and pumped foreign currency into this country. Today, Broad Street looks like Kinshasa or Port-au-Prince around Christmas. You only see the poor local folks who are unable to buy any proper watch or golden ring.

    If you think that the situation will improve, you are wrong. The chances are very high that Barbados ends like Guyana in the 1980s. Nobody will bail us out. Why should the IMF, the Chinese or the Trinis finance the lifestyle of people who are unable to do any financial operation right.

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  37. Tron March 31, 2017 at 9:10 AM #

    @nineofnine

    There is no conspirancy against Barbados. All damages done the last 10 years is self-inflicted. Do you really expect that a bunch of light-minded islanders with low work ethic and zero financial expertise can do well? Not me.

    You cannot expect politicians with low social background to do well. All talk, no action. They put on a suit, but their minds are still in the gutter. They might be able to drive a Mercedes, but they do not understand the technology behind. If the workers in Germany would have the same work ethic as them, they would wait ages for the delivery of their Mercedes.

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  38. James Lynch April 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM #

    I enjoyed reading your Post, especially this paragraph…
    — “During the recent Estimates debates, the DLP politicians found themselves unable to provide any meaningful solutions to the national economy. However, to their credit, they requested solutions from the Opposition BLP politicians, who were also elected to govern. The Opposition reportedly noted that it was not their responsibility to offer solutions. Peoples, if we intend to elect either of these at the next general election, then we are truly sunk.”

    I have written elsewhere that our two ancient, rigid and petrified Labour Parties no longer give a damn about “Labour” or the people, and are merely using those labels to continue to fool the people. Our Chief Corpse, for example, is so wrapped up and motionless that he is all but placed in the tomb.

    At the next election I would like to see a concerted effort by ALL Bajans to lock out ALL DLP and BLP representatives – they have ALL demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that their concerns and aims are narrow, self-serving and disastrous. Of course the other side of the coin is that there are so many “Yard Fowls” that this is unlikely.

    The Bajan voter needs more options, preferably WITHOUT the current Labour Parties or any of their current or past Members.

    I would like to see Solutions Barbados come strong in the next election and, if elected, enact a series of effective Laws and measures designed to make the entire political system more honest.

    The fact is that the elected politicians are the only persons who can enact laws, and the usual suspects are not about to put in place measures which limit their freedom to promise, misbehave, steal and be corrupt with impunity – first under the mis-understandings of pre-election canvassing and speeching, and then afterwards under the protection of Parliamentary Privilege.

    But it should be possible to ensure that if politicians want to make wild promises before being elected they should have done some basic research as to whether their promises are even possible – NO politician should be able to lie to the public without recourse.

    Yard Fowls are Yard Fowls because they do not have the minimum of common sense reasoning – they are unable to objectively assess a candidate’s true capabilities. Surely these poor ignorant souls are worth protecting from political abuses.

    I truly hope you are making preparations for your Party behind the scenes. What is at stake here is not merely which political Party will govern, but probable devaluation under either Labour Party, and a continued disastrous ride down a political Horse Hill to complete bankruptcy of the country we all love.

    And for Heaven’s sake, make sure that this disaster of a Prime Minister does NOT get knighted. The DLP has already similarly honoured the worst PM Barbados has even previously seen (Sandi), and in our fall from being the best country in the EC years ago we need not also become known globally as a country which rewards the far extremes of stupidity and stubbornness.

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  39. CUP Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZ April 5, 2017 at 9:55 AM #

    James Lynch April 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM # @ most of your post is on point, the BLP will not help the DLP for all this mess got going under the BLPm Owen, Mia, Sir ham
    and sir Cow,,, We met with Phillips the night he came out, with his SB party and spoke for hours, His problem is the same two DLPand BLP fed him well, Now he is gun shy to deal with them to fix the problem the 2 parties started and the cover up take us to downgrades 19 on out way to 20 to 23 next, this is by no way over for the fraud goes on,

    The people of barbados knows truth when they hear it , but even Phillps want to do the same, Books acconting of money records need an Audit like never seen before , We gave the Police and the last 2 AG meaning the PM also with info and all governments departments,

    So until he SB wake up he can not help, SB feels this is a management problem , How can you manage fraud and Ponzi,by changing the top with out rule of law and enforcement of such,
    For this reason we do not support him , But if some of us get in we will band together to make sure the DBLP stay out, They will be fighting for their lives . He cares no who owns what as long as he get a contract of trespass,

    more down grades to come, root title are the keep to clear title , 95 well known plantations missing like Water Hall i see in a Blog , we have the deed , Brittons Hill, also missing of St Michael South, Ask the PM about that one,

    clean up your ACT SB if you mean business, or CUP will shoot you down every step

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  40. David April 5, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

    @Grenville

    Did you read the response from Errol Humphrey to your critique of the EPA? He basically rubbished your concerns. Using diplomatic ‘speak’ of course.

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