The Grenville Phillips Column – Reducing the Cost of Living for Families

Grenville Phillips II, leader of Solutions Barbados

There are many families in Barbados who are living pay-cheque to pay-cheque and are vulnerable to major unplanned expenses.  Others cannot pay all of their mortgage payments, utility bills, and food expenses and must prioritize payments.  Some are cutting back on food, and are partially dependent on the kindness of family, neighbours, or the Church.

Many who are living on the boundaries of poverty will never bring themselves to stand outside of the Welfare department.  They will endure patiently while praying to God for His provision.  However, not all have this faith or patience.  Some mothers are known to prostitute themselves and/or their children in order to survive.  This then becomes a root cause of specific problems in our schools, which should concern us all.

What would a Solutions Barbados administration do to significantly reduce the cost of living in Barbados?  What would we do so that some mothers would not feel compelled to pursue such desperate measures?

To provide immediate relief, every household will receive a subsidence amount of water at no charge. Therefore, the genuine poor (whether working or not) can survive without embarrassment, having to beg, or having to engage in transactional sex.  To avoid paying a water bill, the family would need to use the limited amount of free water very efficiently.  The water rates above this subsidence amount will be increased to compensate for the free amount.

A similar initiative would be pursued with electricity, where a free subsidence amount will be provided to each household, with the rates above this minimum being increased to compensate for the free amount.  Like with the water, the family would need to use the limited amount of free electricity for important uses only.

With utilities addressed, the next important survival item is food.  For immediate relief, all import taxes will be removed from healthy foods to make them more affordable.  To address future needs, property taxes will be significantly reduced if one large ‘fruit’ tree (eg breadfruit or mango) is planted and maintained on every 500 sq ft of available land.  Therefore, in a few years, it is expected that no-one living in Barbados could claim to be hungry.

The next issue is the increasing burden of indirect taxes to pay for the ever increasing health care and criminal justice costs.  The costs of national health care are spiralling out of control, mostly due to the costs of treating an increasing numbers of persons who choose unhealthy behaviours.  To allow such persons to pre-pay for their health care, a health tax will be applied to all imported and locally manufactured high-salt, high-sugar, high-fat, and high-alcohol products.

To similarly remove the criminal justice costs from burdening middle class families, all offenses will attract fines of ten times the value of the offence.  Prison will be reserved for violent offenders, or those who refuse to pay their fines.  Fines can be paid on instalments.  If the offender is unemployed, then they can be assigned to maintain parts of Barbados’ infrastructure.  If they simply will not report to work or they are always very late, then they can reside at Dodds and arrive on-time.

The last issue that we will consider here can be called a ‘Peter pays for Paul’ tax.  Successful businesses can legally avoid paying any corporate taxes for decades, and since Government needs revenues, middle class families are normally called on to pay the taxes that such businesses legally avoid paying.  To remove this unfair burden, the corporate tax rate will be applied to gross revenues rather than to net profits.

All of Solution’s Barbados initiatives to lower the cost of living for families have been published on Solutions Barbados.com for the past 2 years.  They are still relevant.

Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com
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59 Comments on “The Grenville Phillips Column – Reducing the Cost of Living for Families”

  1. peterlawrencethompson May 10, 2017 at 8:12 PM #

    I think Grenville means subsistence: the action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level, rather than subsidence: the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 10, 2017 at 8:42 PM #

    Grenville does mean subsistence.

    With regard to subsistence electricity, will EMERA go for that.

    The last 10 years, everyone, including government, jumped on a solar panels to reduce the high cost of electricity for consumers train, without government actually doing anything about the high cost of electricity.

    Has everyone forgotten that the sun is free….as usual, all the solar hype sounded real good at the time, then it petered out, bunch of wusses.

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  3. Tudor May 10, 2017 at 8:56 PM #

    Methinks that you too along with Ms. Eastmond will lose your deposit.

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  4. Vincent Haynes May 10, 2017 at 9:07 PM #

    HMMM….AG. REDUCED TO PLANTING A FRUIT TREE…………….

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  5. Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 10:23 PM #

    Solar power is fast becoming the power supply choice of the government of India with the latest price of producing electricity at INR2.63 per kWh…chump change.Dare we hope for a radical change in the thinking of the government of Barbados or will Emera retain the new slave master of Barbados,preventing legitimate solar power suppliers and bankers from passing on cost savings to bajan households while saving the country valuable foreign exchange for fossil fuels.

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  6. William Skinner May 10, 2017 at 11:24 PM #

    If we want to ease the poor why would we want to ease everybody. That’s the problem. Only the poorest should be in line for breaks. This fear of being called a communist or undemocratic is inhibiting progress. That is why the poor can no longer afford UWI fees. We allowed the well off to get the same breaks and now the poor can no longer go.

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  7. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 4:41 AM #

    Gabriel…same think in UK and other industrialized, COLD WEATHER countries are following suit, solar to lower the cost of electricity to consumers……but……in the caribbean where the sun is free and particularly hot, in Barbados where there is more sunshine than rain…and no snow…the slaves in parliament are waiting for some greedy white or other pig to charge them for the use of the sun.

    Emera should be made to get with the program, or leave Barbados and take their greed with them.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 5:30 AM #

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/96684/power-ups

    Instead of promoting solar….EMERA has come up with their latest scam to rip off bajan consumers…top up electricity.

    People have to manage their top up phones very carefullly, they have been many complaints from customers that their money disappeared off their phones before they even used them, or after using them briefly, now EMERA wants to employ the same tactics of top ups….let’s see if FTC allows this travesty.

    As long as EMERA is allowed to continue their greed, they will come up with scam after scam to benefit them and not the customers.

    “BARBADIANS WHO ARE HOT on prepaid cellphones will soon have the option of topping up the electricity to their homes when the supply runs low.
    Related articles

    With prepaid electricity gaining in popularity in other Caribbean countries such as Dominica, the Barbados Light Power (BL) is testing the local market for prepaid electricity where homeowners can top up rather than paying a monthly bill.

    Still to get regulatory approval from the Fair Trading Commission, the company said it was targeting the product for introduction next year”

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  9. David May 11, 2017 at 6:12 AM #

    @William

    We all accept we have to protect the vulnerable among us but equally we have to protect those who work hard and achieve. To achieve should not be made to feel punitive.

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  10. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM #

    Grenville got a long way to go.

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  11. Bush Tea May 11, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

    @ William
    Grenville’s plan is innovative and community-centric.

    There is nothing worse for a society than officially identifying a group as “poor’, and formally mendicant. Poverty is an albino-centric condition of the mind and it is perpetrated by philosophies that pre-define classes of people, their talents, and their resources.

    Being considered ‘poor’ should be an individual choice.

    Such a tax policy defines basic human needs, and then taxes excesses in such a way that the greedy and the super-albino-centric are asked to support a community-centric scheme.

    Another excellent concept from Solutions Barbados, …and yet another reason why BBBBBs will not vote for them….
    The overriding characteristic of the albino-centric mind, is the selfish resistance to community causes as opposed to personal interests. They always vote for those who promise to GIVE them things – even if the country has to borrow and beg in order to do so…

    Bushie recalls our joke PM complaining, at one point, that Barbados had become ‘too well off’ to continue benefitting from the largesse of the ‘developed’ countries. A mature politician would have praised the fact that we had reached the point where we could offer similar ‘largesse’ to less fortunate neighbours…. and would have proudly done so…

    Instead, we got our wish …. and are now back where we can benefit from our much vaunted largess….

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  12. angela Skeete May 11, 2017 at 7:34 AM #

    A joke of a plan which like any other welfare plan would be abused by those who knows how to undercut the system. Too many people in barbados society put wants before needs
    Soon crop over would be here and one can bet that the wants would outspace necessity and essentials that are important for betterment
    All Granville proposal would do is expand the welfare role with every Tom dick and harry using water problems as a basis for applying for substience and taxpayers being shafted
    A plan that is efficient in helping children and elderly would suffice

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  13. David May 11, 2017 at 7:55 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    Isn’t it disappointing the level of philosophical interjection informing public policy and debate?

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  14. William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 8:02 AM #

    @ David, Bush Tea
    Our country cannot afford to have s total
    Welfare state. At what point do accept
    that there are people who are simply
    falling through the cracks with no hope.
    Why should a child whose parents have
    never earned a joint income of say 30,000
    per year suffer because we decide that
    a child whose parents earn a joint income
    of 300, 000 per year.
    How can we seriously give the same
    breaks to the rich that we give the poor.
    If poverty is just a state of mind, please
    visit some poor people who don’t know
    where the next meal coming from and tell
    them they are only hungry in their minds.
    Please go and tell the poor black
    university student that dropping out
    of UWI has nothing to do with poverty
    but it is a state of mind.
    By the way, I will vote for any new party
    candidate or independent candidate
    before I vote BLPDLP.

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  15. Enuff May 11, 2017 at 8:25 AM #

    An improvement, but the lack of experience in formulating public policy remains evident. Ths land tax reduction for fruit cultivation is admirable; however, is SB referring to residential properties or open parcels of land? What is a significant reduction in land tax? Does the willingness to pay land tax outweigh that of planting fruit trees? There is a better way to approach this, but no further comment from me. On the issue of water and electricity, is the policy to assist the poor or promote “conservation”? On what basis would a subsistence amount of water be determined? Surely household sizes vary and usage as a result. Wouldn’t reducing water and electricity rates or facilitating solar and water tank programmes be more practical? Again, no further comment as i am a “troll”.

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  16. David May 11, 2017 at 8:32 AM #

    William some people as harsh as it may seem will always fall through the cracks, we do not exist in a Utopian space. Some people make the wrong decisions, choices and others are trapped in the vicissitude of the cycle of life. It is a never ending struggle with no perfect outcome.

    About the impact third parties can have note that it does not have to be a zero sum scenario. Already Grenville has brought a freshness to the political landscape although some armchair critics will label his views naive. He should be congratulated for taking the plunge.

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  17. Enuff May 11, 2017 at 8:35 AM #

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN186213

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  18. Bush Tea May 11, 2017 at 8:41 AM #

    @ William
    Why should a child whose parents have
    never earned a joint income of say 30,000
    per year suffer because we decide that
    a child whose parents earn a joint income
    of 300, 000 per year. (should be financed)
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is a genuine-sounding concern at first glance, but there are a number of complex human factors that you need to consider.
    1 – ALL of our children deserve equal access to the $30,000 education. Do you know that there are some parents who can afford to pay that money for a child, but who would instead prefer to invest in a BMW? Does THAT child deserve to miss out because the parent is a $%#&^?
    2 – There are ‘poor’ parents who send children through to PhD level ..without a savings account to speak of…. Would it be better if THOSE depended on welfare?
    3 – We have parents with high incomes, but with such liabilities (medical, legal, etc) that they cannot afford the $30,000…. where do they fit?
    4 – Who will, and how do, we classify the ‘needy’ from the ‘wutless’, from the genuine?

    It is far easier, less complex, and more EMPOWERING, … to NOT be classifying people AT ALL, but rather to create a SYSTEM that caters holistically to the less fortunate, while forcing the well-to-do to make reasonable COMMUNITY-CENTRIC contributions to the overall system.

    Bushie actually suggested such an approach to both water and electricity rates some years back (on BU).. and it can also be applied to tele-communications, insurance, health and other basic and generic community services.

    This is what a MATURING society should be pursuing in terms of overall social development.

    The present scheme encourages the lazy among us to find ways to be classified as ‘poor’ and so to exercise their mendicant, albino-centric attributes… where people CHOOSE to be non-productive in order to ‘qualify’ for the $30,000.
    Your suggestion will encourage the hard-working among us to moderate their contributions when they are forced to make contributions to – by their hard work – to clearly lazy mendicants. It is why ‘Socialism and Communism’ has not worked.

    It NEVER helps to formally create different CLASSES within any society. It is FAR better to have a SINGLE policy that applies to everyone who can define themselves within that system.
    Everyone can benefit …and everyone pays – depending on their current circumstance.

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  19. GreenMonkey May 11, 2017 at 9:20 AM #

    Shouldn’t we be investigating this promissing and less costly medicine (compared to big-pharma’s expensive, patented medications which can often have debilitating and/or outright dangerous side effects) in order to help reduce skyrocketing health care costs. The Cayman Islands are apparently taking the lead in thinking outside the box in the Caribbean.

    Hospitals Begin Dispensing Medical Cannabis Oil to Patients

    Grand Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Pharmacy Group has started dispensing cannabis oil to patients with a valid medical documentation. To meet expected demand, CTMH purchased nearly 13 liters of cannabis oil from Canadian-based CanniMed® Oils. Doctors at the hospital can now prescribe it to selected patients who reside in the Cayman Islands.

    The hospital officials stated:
    “These advancements in medicinal cannabis have been proven successful in multiple case studies around the world. These case studies reveal life changing results for patients suffering with many conditions such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain and seizures. As with all medications, care and caution must be exercised to minimise risks and maximise health benefits.”

    Success stories about using cannabis oil to treat illness continue to surface, and the medical establishment is listening. People have reportedly used cannabis oil to treat, and in some cases heal, brain tumors, leukemia, skin cancer, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease, and epilepsy. As a result, the medicinal value of cannabis is finally being reconsidered globally.

    In addition to the Cayman Islands, doctors in other parts of the world are giving medicinal cannabis the attention it deserves. For the first time ever, the National Health Service in Northern Ireland has prescribed medicinal cannabis oil, reported BelfastsLive. The recipient is Billy Caldwell, an 11-year-old Irish boy.

    Billy started his cannabis oil treatment in the U.S., under the care of Dr. Douglas Nordli. Nordli is the director of pediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California, where medical cannabis is legal. The goal was to reduce the frequency and severity of Billy’s seizures.

    More:
    http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/05/10/hospitals-begin-dispensing-medical-cannabis-oil-patients/

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  20. Pachamama May 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM #

    ……………Reducing the Cost of Living for Families.

    Who else would the COL be reduced for?

    We have been taught to be suspicious of people using these kinds of redundancies

    And there’s areas in industrial psychology dealing with this

    Grenville like to talk about quality standards

    He should also know that psychological methods are resurging.

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

    People like Bushie, who are doing their darn best to encourage this backstreet abortion, that is SB, are conveniently lowering standards while encouraging the BLP and DLP to slip through, like the snakes they are.

    It should be clear to all by now that there is no real seriousness with SB.

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  21. Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    William
    Get over it.The NDP is dead and so are your protestations of the DLP and the BLP.Whether you support those parties or not is you choice.What you fail to accept is that the majority of Bajans support those 2 political parties and further their followers have very democratic right to follow their personal likes or dislikes.William,go bag your head.

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  22. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    Grenville should focus on solar powering the island, not building subsistence villages and communities….reduce light bills across the island through solar power.

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  23. Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 9:49 AM #

    Stuart has no doubt seen what just occurred in the Bahamas.The former PLP government has been removed with a vengeance losing 35 to 4 last night.Christie offended by his arrogance,his corrupted Ministers,his lack of leadership,his bungling of the tourism industry and in a country where the Anglican faith is alive and well foolishly challenged the Almighty to stop his victory at the polls.Guess what….Christie lost his seat to a newcomer.Christie can shake hands with the chump Trump.Trump will be impeached before the end of 2017.

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  24. William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 10:06 AM #

    @ Gabriel
    Funny thing is that you only respect the
    fact that those who support the BLPDLP
    have the democratic right to do so. You ,
    should therefore respect my right to oppose
    them and their collective destruction of our
    island state. Whether you want to accept
    it or not, the fact remains that they have
    been running this country for a half century
    sand they are BOTH responsible for the
    good and the bad. The problem DLPBLP
    supporters have is that they cannot bear
    when independent citizens expose them
    as six and half dozen.
    It is therefore my democratic right to urge
    our voters to VTO (Vote Them Out) It is
    also my democratic right to vote for a third party of my choice or an independent of
    my choice. I am certain that that an
    obviously brilliant mind such as yours
    have a very clear understanding of democracy
    I have followed your contributions and I
    must admit that your contributions are all
    of the superlative nature. Quite a number
    of bloggers been literally blown away by
    your objective and non partisan offerings.
    Your perceptions and understanding of
    local regional and international issues
    are unmatched on BU. Like many others
    I remain in awe of your tremendous
    intellect and will continue to be
    enlightened by your clear and reasonable
    approach to public discourse. We are all the
    more richer for having been exposed to
    your superior knowledge.

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  25. Hants May 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM #

    Win or lose Grenville is doing Barbados a great service.

    Bajans are being given an apparently viable alternative to the DLP and BLP.

    He needs to find a way to communicate his ideas so that all Bajans can understand what he is proposing.

    Rum shops, Cricket matches, Fish markets, Beaches where black Bajans lime on Saturday and Sundays. That is where you find a lot of “voters”.

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  26. GreenMonkey May 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM #

    Whatever policies a new PM or a new political party proposes, he/she/they must be careful not to give outside parties any excuse to “make our economy scream”, (well not any more than it’s screaming already, I guess). See the following video at the 6:20 mark.

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  27. William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

    @ Hants May 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM #
    “Win or lose Grenville is doing Barbados a great service.

    Bajans are being given an apparently viable alternative to the DLP and BLP.

    He needs to find a way to communicate his ideas so that all Bajans can understand what he is proposing.

    Rum shops, Cricket matches, Fish markets, Beaches where black Bajans lime on Saturday and Sundays. That is where you find a lot of “voters”.

    You are correct. The BLPDLP will never admit but they are aware that neither Mottley nor Stuart are seen as the leaders we want at the present. Grenville and company are refusing to go into the trenches and this is their major lapse. There are no original ideas to be found in the BLPDLP. They are bankrupt . There is widespread cynicism in the public; voter apathy is now higher than it ever was. Grenville , Lynette Esatmond , CUP and all the independents need to tap into this disillusionment with the BLPDLP. Failure to do so will result in the BLPDLP continuing their incestuous hold on the public.
    VTO (Vote Them Out)

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  28. Bush Tea May 11, 2017 at 10:52 AM #

    @ Pacha
    People like Bushie, who are doing their darn best to encourage this backstreet abortion, that is SB, are conveniently lowering standards while encouraging the BLP and DLP to slip through, like the snakes they are.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Did you mean people like ‘stinking’ Bushie…??
    LOL
    ha ha ha

    Boss,
    Bajans will continue with the DBLP because … “a people ALWAYS get what they deserve.”

    What Grenville is doing is akin to a messenger, whose message is designed to remove the opportunity to say ‘we did not know better…’.

    As to stinking Bushie, …he has a BIG whacker ..and he is therefore wont to whack….
    However on the odd occasion, the bushman may notice a young fruit tree among the shiite weeds …and MAY choose to whack AROUND it – instead of through it…

    Such is this case…
    This does not mean that the tree will grow to fruition…. or even that the Bushman will not put the whacker in its donkey next time around…

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  29. Pachamama May 11, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

    Bushie

    It has never occurred to us that that kind of language is befitting a man of you calibre!

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  30. Vincent Haynes May 11, 2017 at 12:47 PM #

    David

    Prof. Howard’s post in todays Nation is worth reading….if you could place it on here.

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  31. Hants May 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM #

    The crux of the problem facing the present Barbadian Government is their efforts to maintain an unsustainable social welfare model and a large public sector which does not earn foreign exchange or profits or enhance productivity.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/96679/belt-tightening-answer#sthash.GLZaYyv9.dpuf

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  32. Vincent Haynes May 11, 2017 at 1:12 PM #

    Hants

    Thanks….I was hoping for the full one as carried in the news paper as the e-edition leaves out valuable stuff.

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  33. SuckaBubby May 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM #

    Go all the way Grenville.You sound like you want to be revolutionary but “stepping lite” not to mash anyone’s corns.The cost of living is hinged on one principle, exploitation.Giveaways not cutting it.If you want cheaper water, encourage more people to have their own wells and provide infrastructure to do it.Want cheaper electricity, same as water.Then you can implement the ISO 9001 to keep that in place and wankers in check or ISO their behind into prison.Keep at it Grenville, your efforts are appreciated.

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  34. Bajan in NY May 11, 2017 at 4:50 PM #

    @Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    I enjoy reading both you and Mr. Skinner, so continue to debate him and don’t try to stop him from contributing.

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  35. CUP.Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI May 11, 2017 at 5:40 PM #

    Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    Grenville should focus on solar powering the island, not building subsistence villages and communities….reduce light bills across the island through solar power.@@

    CUP got that on the Table already, We are talking to others,

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  36. Pachamama May 11, 2017 at 5:46 PM #

    We don’t know but all these academicians seem to come to the same-me-same-me conclusions.

    When Howard is talking about social welfarism he’s talking ’bout poor people.

    We are yet to see any sustained critique about corporate welfare – which a bigger problem. The absence of such means they have no real argument against the corporate elites or are afraid to confront them. It must be poor people they always seek to further impoverish.

    And while he is right that a population under 9 years of austerity can’t possibly be squeezed anymore the dialectic needs to point to were the resources are.

    But that will never happen. We have never found one single local scholar with the courage to confront the structure on which he/she depends for a living.

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  37. CUP.Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI May 11, 2017 at 6:03 PM #

    William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 10:37 AM #@@@

    You are correct, We had a meeting last night and the gold of All parties is for a COUP/CUP , a full removal of the DBLP all 60 of them, One BLP had 14 years DLP going on 10 years 24 years of Skunt, 24 Billion in the bank stuck because of unclear land titles, Will move when we Audit all records, Our 2 year plan is in the working and not hard at all, The only outsider that needs to grow ball is SB, Phillips don’t want to step on toes with truth, instead of planning on winning he planning to lose, by not fighting with all he have, , We were trying to help him day one, He won’t even take time to look at what we have. As time get near and more proof comes out he may, He still have time to learn, No wants SB t to behave and act as the DBLP back up,

    CUP open the door 2013, 6 Person ran with CUP news reported 4, NEWS reported what they like and even the numbers of votes google online are wrong, More Fraud, NEWS we will not let SB tip toe, CUP going after Mia and PM, two-headed snakes.

    CUP do not have to Win , The CUP wins when the DBLP is gone and so does all of Barbados

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  38. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 6:43 PM #

    “We are yet to see any sustained critique about corporate welfare – which a bigger problem. The absence of such means they have no real argument against the corporate elites or are afraid to confront them. It must be poor people they always seek to further impoverish.”

    It’s poor people they need to fool to get votes to be elected. ..they are in the majority, the corporate welfare people are are less than 100 crooks.

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  39. enuff May 11, 2017 at 7:05 PM #

    Another side: https://medium.com/@RJGriffith/foodsecurity-b2dca8403b65

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  40. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 7:11 PM #

    People are fed up of arrogant government ministers and are willing to take a chance on new people ……but…..only if they are not coming with the same old tired insulting to the intelligence games and schemes.

    “By Royston Jones Jr.
    Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter

    NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamian voters on Wednesday delivered a wholesale and brutal rejection of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in an election that saw a wipeout of the former Cabinet, including political giants like outgoing prime minister Perry Christie, and the rise to power of Dr Hubert Minnis and his Free National Movement (FNM).

    It was resoundingly clear by 9 pm on Wednesday that the PLP had been voted out of office, and that voters had sent a strong message to the former administration that it did not approve of its performance.

    After representing the Centreville constituency for 40 years, Christie became the first prime minister of The Bahamas to lose his seat.

    At the end of the night, it appeared the PLP only held on to four seats in the 38-member lower house.

    At 8:47 pm, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts came on national television and acknowledged the loss. An hour later, Christie conceded defeat.

    The FNM won every seat in Grand Bahama and most of New Providence and the Family Islands.

    Outgoing foreign minister Fred Mitchell was among those former ministers who lost their seats.

    Noting that the FNM had a long fought battle, Minnis, the incoming prime minister, addressed a crowd of thousands at the carnival grounds, pledging to listen to the people and follow their orders.

    “Never, ever allow the politicians to be in charge again. This is your victory and you will always remain in charge,” he said.

    Minnis’ message was a play on the general theme of the FNM’s campaign — that the PLP had lost touch with the Bahamian people and had failed to be accountable and transparent.

    Minnis and the FNM repeatedly claimed the PLP is corrupt and the Christie administration had neglected the Bahamian people, sold out to the Chinese government, and that the PLP government was primarily about making deals to enrich themselves and their families.

    The FNM’s election to power comes amid widespread national concern over the state of the economy, the administration of public finances, the high rate of violent crime and the troubled education system.

    Minnis was due to be sworn in as prime minister at 5 pm on Thursday”

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  41. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 11, 2017 at 7:17 PM #

    “Noting that the FNM had a long fought battle, Minnis, the incoming prime minister, addressed a crowd of thousands at the carnival grounds, pledging to listen to the people and follow their orders.”

    Listen to the people, the people, the people, your bosses, your bosses, your bosses….and follow their orders, their orders, their orders…and stop predending to be small island dictators who are slaves to minority thieves….

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  42. William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    @ Pacha
    We both know at least one scholar who
    boldly confronted the system:
    John Cumberbatch

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  43. William Skinner May 11, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    @ Pacha
    We both know at least one scholar who
    boldly confronted the system:
    John Cumberbatch

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  44. Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 8:15 PM #

    WW&C
    On 4th May Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie opened his election campaign In the following words..”LISTEN,ITS GOIN’ SO GOOD NOW,GOD CANT STOP ME NOW”….Geez,that man was drunk with power,just like Denis Lowe,Denis Kellman,Donville Inniss,Michael Carrington,Ronald Jones,Freundel Stuart,Chris Sinckler,Richard Sealy,Steve Blackett,the 2 Lashleys and Adriel Brathwaite.
    The Bahamian electorate is known to turn out in high numbers,in the 80s and 90s percentile range,so when they voted yesterday it was to give the FNM an additional 25 seats in the 39 seat legislature and concomitantly take away the power of 24 PLP candidates.That reminds one of the vengeance wreaked on the PNM in Trinidad in 1986 when they lost 23 seats and the NAR came from nowhere and took 33 seats,including 8 of the combination with the Panday ULF.Barbados had similar experiences in ’86 and ’99.Barring a miracle this DLP administration is carded to go through the eddoes in disgrace on the basis of their arrogance,corrupt thieving ministers,failing economic performance,high domestic and foreign debt,scandals in the 4 Seasons project,the Sandals 40 year tax free bonanza,the Maloney and albino class exclusive hold and control of cabinet decisions,the substandard performance in the Ministry of Education,the scandals in the Ministry of Housing,the Clico affair,the massive loss of confidence in the administration affecting investment and the ongoing problems with all the Labour unions inter alia.

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  45. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 9:29 PM #

    @Enuff May 11, 2017 at 8:25 AM ” On the issue of water…is the policy to assist the poor or promote “conservation”? On what basis would a subsistence amount of water be determined?”

    Actually the Barbados water authority already does something similar.

    I am looking at my water bill now and for the first 8 cubic metres (a subsistence amount) I have been charged $2.48 per cubic metre; and in my case for the remaining 4.20 cubic metres I have been charged $3.10 per cubic metre, so I should have ben charged $34.84, however the BWA applied its “minimum charge” and I was actually billed $35.20

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  46. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 10:44 PM #

    @Enuff May 11, 2017 at 8:25 AM ” On the issue of water…is the policy to assist the poor or promote “conservation”? On what basis would a subsistence amount of water be determined?”

    Perhaps we can use the census data, and do adjusttments every10 years when anew census is taken. According to the 2010 population census:
    http://www.barstats.gov.bb/files/documents/PHC_2010_Census_Volume_1.pdf

    We know or ought to know how much money the BWA needs to do its work, we know or ought to know the numbers of users, including visitors, and the amount of water used, it should then not be too diffiult to determine how how to charge for water so that each household, gets enough water at reasonable enough rates so that we do not create public health hazards.

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  47. Bush Tea May 11, 2017 at 11:00 PM #

    enuff May 11, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Thanks for that entertaining paper.
    That was the most nonsense, from an obvious idiot, that Bushie has read since Carl Moore realised that it was MUCH better to keep quiet and be thought an ‘Ossie’, than to come on BU and confirm that in fact, Ossie was the smarter Moore…

    That author HAS to be an ‘economist’ (whatever the hell THAT is…) and is no doubt one of those who influence your CSME thinking…
    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  48. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:09 PM #

    @SuckaBubby May 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM “If you want cheaper water, encourage more people to have their own wells and provide infrastructure to do it.”

    COST: If some households are struggling to pay water bills of less than $50 oer month, how are they going to afford the cost of drilling their own well and the cost of maintaining same and the cost of testing to ensure that the water is safe? And if these households can’t afford it do you mean by “providing infrastructure” that the taxpayers will pay for this new infrastructure? And can the taxpayers afford to pay to install and maintain for this new infrastructure? And why would we pay for this new infrastructure when we have already paid for BWA’s infrastructure?

    PUBLIC HEALTH: I think that we have forgotten that Barbados was once a hotbed of both cholera and typhoid. If you doubt me spend some hours in the cemetery of any parish church and see whole families wiped out. My own father who died in this 21st century had typhoid back in the 1930’s and ended up hospitalized for 10 weeks. How much money does it cost to keep a young father in hospital for many weeks? And if he has no money who pays for it? And who supports his wife and young children while he is sick? How much does he suffer? How much does his wife and children suffer? And how many people can we afford to hospitalize? Public health is important to all of us because it is not a matter of letting poor people get sick or letting them die. We have to be mindful that it is poor people who prepare most of our meals in Barbados every day. our meals at home, at restaurants, at schools, day nurseries, in hospitals etc. If a poor person has a water borne disease soon enough it will be passed on to anybody. If yooou doubt me please Google “Typhoid Mary” Mary cooked for the richest families in her society. Poor people’s health is everybody’s business.

    TOURIST INDUSTRY: You do understand don’t you that if Barbados has a return of either typhoid or cholera that our tourist industry is dead, dead, dead, because who the hell wants to come to a place where they might catch a serious and painful and expensive water borne disease?

    To quote or misquote Donald Trump “who knew that government is so difficult”

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  49. John May 11, 2017 at 11:16 PM #

    Like it or not, the one individual actually tackling the corruption issue frontally is David Commissiong.

    He may or may not run for parliament.

    Corruption and ITAL legislation was the single reason it was said the DLP won in 2008!!

    It was all talk.

    So far all we hearing is talk from others …..

    But we getting action from DC!!

    I mean real action as in looking to bring the PM and others to book in the courts.

    Nothing play play!!!

    No sh!t talk.

    I am no fan of his in some of his utterances but actions speak louder than words!!

    The DLP clearly are taking him seriously with Kellman cringing behind the cloak of Parliament and speaking about enemies of the state.

    That only raises the stature of DC and any one who joins him.

    The words are not only meant as a threat against him but a warning to others to keep far from him.

    I wonder if prospective challengers of the DLP will wake up and see how they can give him a hand rather than looking the other way.

    They may benefit!!

    Reminds me a bit of Richard Goddard and Greenland two decades ago.

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  50. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:24 PM #

    @SuckaBubby May 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM “If you want cheaper water, encourage more people to have their own wells

    This is what happened in a wealthy first world country, in the 21st century. 7 DEAD, THOUSANDS sickened, when a municipality permitted itself to be driven by neo-liberal idiocy.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718503001076
    Poisoning the well: neoliberalism and the contamination of municipal water in Walkerton, Ontario

    In May of 2000, thousands of residents of the town of Walkerton, Ontario became ill from drinking municipal water contaminated by Escherichia coli and Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. Seven people died, while many suffered debilitating injuries. A highly unusual and risk prone local hydrological regime, coupled with manure spreading on farms near municipal wells, and lax oversight by municipal water utility officials, were quickly blamed by Ontario government figures, including then premier Mike Harris. However, the scandal surrounding Walkerton’s tragedy and a subsequent public inquiry into the incident also implicated neoliberal reforms of environmental governance introduced by Harris’s government subsequent to its election in 1995. This paper examines the Walkerton incident as an important example of a “normal accident” of neoliberalism, one that can be expected from neoliberal environmental regulatory reforms arising from systematic irresponsibility in environmental governance. This irresponsibility is promulgated by an overarching hostility to any regulatory interference with free markets, as well as specific regulatory gaps that produce environmental risks. The paper also serves as a case study of the extent to which neoliberalism is constituted by environmental governance reform, and conversely, how environmental governance reform is reconfigured as part of the emergent neoliberal mode of social regulation.

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  51. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:25 PM #

    Do not say that you did not know. Do not say that you have not been warned.

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  52. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:36 PM #

    @John May 11, 2017 at 11:16 PM “Corruption and ITAL legislation was the single reason it was said the DLP won in 2008!! It was all talk.”

    Yeah.

    That is why I did not vote for the DLP. I knew that it was all talk

    Talking about rooting our corruption and yet not a fella or lassie willing to expose their pockets to the citizen/taxpayers.

    Nearly a decade has passed and do we the citizen/taxpayers know what a single member of the political class owns, has earned, owes?

    And yet these things are fairly simple matters.\Any half decent accounts clerk could sit down with any TRUTHFUL member of the political class and come up with a statement of assets and liabilities in half a day or so.

    And yet we see no such statements?

    The TRUTH is the political class do not want us up in their financial business.

    The DLP politicians won’t reveal their financial business to us.

    The BLP politicians won’t reveal their financial business to us.

    And I bet that NOT ONE of the aspirants from the new, or newish parties will tell us their financial business either.

    We need to understand the sort of people (regardless of party) that we are dealing with

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  53. Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:45 PM #

    @Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 8:15 PM “On 4th May Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie opened his election campaign In the following words..”LISTEN,ITS GOIN’ SO GOOD NOW,GOD CANT STOP ME NOW”

    Well God must have been off duty, when the people skin his r@ss out.

    Good.

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  54. Simple Simon May 12, 2017 at 2:13 AM #

    Or the political class don’t even have to hire anybody to prepare a statement of assets and liabilities. They could simply give the Barbados Revenue Authority permission to release their tax returns from the day they entered the political class to the day they left that class. I mean the paperwork has already been done.

    Right?

    But these rascals just like Donald Trump will never let us into their financial affairs.

    Democracy what?

    FOI What?

    Integrity legislation what?

    Stupseee!!!

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  55. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 12, 2017 at 4:22 AM #

    That’s why the DBLP should never be elected again, they are not transpsrent, are arrogant, secretive, cirrupt and not in touch with reality. They should pay special attention to what happened to the overconfident Christie in the Bahamas.

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  56. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 12, 2017 at 4:31 AM #

    Gabriel…dont forget thd Cahill scam and particularly the NIS Pension fund money disappearing by the hundreds of millions into COW and his ilk’s pocket scam, DLP should not get one seat come election for that blatant disrespect of bajans and their money.

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  57. SuckaBubby May 13, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    Simple Simon May 11, 2017 at 11:24 PM #

    It can be done.People are doing it in Barbados and elsewhere.Safely.

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  58. ra1 May 20, 2017 at 7:08 AM #

    Grenville should realise that technology (photovoltaic/solar panels) are more effective at lowering electricity cost than taxes.Barbados needs a proper energy plan not increased rates for the middle & upper class.Impotant aspects of the energy policy:
    1) BL &P must accept electricity from every home with solar panels regardless of the size of the system.
    2) Remove thethe government tax placed on all domestic systems >5kw.

    3)All homes should have 2-4 panels.

    4)Renewable energy customers should only be charged for excess energy used( the net kWh ).
    KWh consumed – kwh sold to BL & P= net kWh. Charges for generation, fuel & vat would only be placed on excess energy (kWh) used.
    Customers with excess should be paid at a decent rate.

    5)100% reduction in vat on energy saving bulbs/LED bulbs .

    6) 50% of all new car after 2018 must be hybrids / electric.
    7) low interest loans for solar systems .

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  59. ra1 May 20, 2017 at 7:42 AM #

    Water Athourity lacks vision.Millions of dollars are wasted pumping water from electricity generated from fossil fuel imports. All water pumping stations should have solar systems.

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