A Heather Cole Column – Post-Colonial Misery

Submitted by Heather Cole

The nine year recession in Barbados has taken a toll on the economy. The government’s policy of trying to tax its way out of the recession has failed. As unemployment continues to rise it appears that industrial development has come to a halt. Foreign reserves are under threat. There is no longer ‘free education’ at the University of the West Indies for students who meet the requirements. The healthcare system is now in shambles and many citizens are struggling to make ends meet.

Unique to today’s situation is the middle class. The large black middle that exists in Barbados was virtually nonexistent during the 1930’s. Government’s homegrown austerity program has had a deleterious impact on this segment of the population. Not only the black middle class has suffered, the entire middle class has been affected. Unemployment amongst this sector continues to rise and part and parcel with that unemployment is the inability to pay mortgages due on their homes. Some will have nowhere to go if their houses are foreclosed on because many of their friends and family are already in the same situation or they have lost the connection to the villages from whence they came and will be unable to find accommodation in the Heights and Terraces. I do not have any figures to estimate the numbers who have been affected but each day brings a new client to Fairness in Action of persons at some stage of loan default.

If a significant portion of the middle class loses their homes, it will be the banks who will become owners of the largest amount of real estate on the island. The banks in turn will sell their debt to some external entity perhaps the rich Syrians or the Saudis. If this occurs, owing a piece of the rock will become a myth like regional unity. Stockpiles of empty houses will be available as the members of the former middle class will be unable to repurchase.

It is indeed a frightening situation to come to grips with. Nine short years ago the middle class of Barbados were enjoying the best of what the island had to offer. No one could have ever imagined that so many persons would lose their jobs, their vehicles, insurance coverage or watch all of their cash in their banks accounts dwindle. Along with all this the prospect for being rehired is dismal.

These luxuries were not available in the 1930’s so they would not have been missed back then. They are the trappings of the middle class that we called progress. Perhaps it would have been wiser to stay in the villages, build a chattel house and as time went by convert it to a bungalow. No mortgages would have been owed to the bank. Unfortunately, we cannot go back so we must deal with the situation at hand.

Someone told me recently that one of the commercial banks is running an advertisement let us make your dream home. In fact they are doing the direct opposite. If the bank repossesses your home especially if you have been paying the mortgage for decades, they are actually killing your dream.

I do believe that the banks in Barbados have a social responsibility to Barbadians. By now they are fully aware of the effects of the draconian policies of the government on the mortgagees. In accessing the situation the banks should have publicized an offer to refinance properties that are in difficulty knowing fully well that there is a cost to each foreclosure process which more likely than not causes the bank loses on its investment. Apart from Financial loses; most banks will suffer from a reputational loss due to the volume and gravity of the current mortgage crisis.

I also believe that more so than the banks that the government which the people elected should have a social responsibility towards Barbadians. Throughout this entire period of economic downturn and the harsh home grown austerity program of retrenchment and high taxation, never once has the government considered using legislation to put measures in place to prevent homeowners from being disadvantaged to the point where they will lose their home. It is highly unacceptable for a government not to have understood the gravity of its actions in the first place and secondly not to react.

During the housing bubble that led to the recession in the US, in 2008, the government stepped in and offered measures that acted as a cushion to prevent many home owners from losing their houses. The share volume of the people in Barbados affected now makes it imperative that the government must step in and assist them.

The late Errol Walton reaped the fruits of the seeds that were planted during the 1930 riots when he proclaimed Barbados as an independent nation in 1966. It is indeed shameful that his party has not only destroyed his legacy of education and healthcare but will also be responsible for the death of the thriving middle class of Barbados.

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60 Comments on “A Heather Cole Column – Post-Colonial Misery”

  1. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 2:58 AM #

    This is a very good contribution on the state of the Barbados economy, which raises as many questions: the poor state of household data; the awful arrogance of the banks and their practice or robbing traditional Barbadians. Repossession would not lead to selling homes at below market value to foreigners or New Barbadians, but to a group of New Barbadians who us religious beliefs to avoid interacting with the banking system. They usually buy in cash.
    Repossession should be a last resort. Banks can offer payment holidays if borrowers are in financial difficulty, for example by postponing repayment for six months. None of this is offered because they know they are dealing with incompetent regulators and a weak government. Most important of all, ordinary households need good financial advice, a role that the trade unions can fill.
    Excellent contribution, which should lead to a grown up debate.

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  2. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 8, 2017 at 5:29 AM #

    The banks are criminal cartels, bajans should shift their money, find alternatives..

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  3. Rose June 8, 2017 at 12:07 PM #

    This has been a long time coming so it’s not really fair to blame the DLP government for this sad state of affairs. It started under the BLP rule with the massive spending that took place…i.e. that state of the art Dodds prison just to name one. It’s interesting to read lately that Owen Arthur of all people is giving economic advice to the government……STUPPS!!!

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  4. Vincent Haynes June 8, 2017 at 12:54 PM #

    Foreign reserves are under threat. There is no longer ‘free education’ at the University of the West Indies for students who meet the requirements. The healthcare system is now in shambles and many citizens are struggling to make ends meet.
    ………………………………………………………..

    Correct on the above salient points and what is hurtfull is that it this political class that benefitted from the free education and health care that are presently not only turning the middle class back to being poor again with repossesions being the order of the day…..but they are justifying the charges made on education and health care on the now no longer existing middle class by saying that the middle class still exists with many person being able to afford to pay for education and health.

    I am of the opinion that because the banks in Bim have a savings of about a billion that the govt is of the opinion that all Bimmers have money.

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  5. Whitehill June 8, 2017 at 1:13 PM #

    Can someone out there explain to me why every bajan always seek to justify some action by referencing similar by others? Before I took the 11+ many moons ago I was asked the question, ” if that schmuck jumps into a well, would you jump too.” I’m now a grand father and for the better part of my life thus far, I didn’t give a damn what tom, dick or harry did, my actions had to have sound reasoning and common sense. Case in point, take the Prime Minister, the people are catching hell, he takes delivery of a $700k car and to justify his actions, he spots a light on the BLP. The BLP ordered similar that David Thompson came into. The BLP jumped, he does likewise. In less than a year we’ll hear the same shit from the BLP, the DLP did this and that so therefore its alright.
    Another prime example, when I ask the women how comes so many bajan women are whicking, guess what, they answer,” the men are bulling too.” Of course WhiteHill is not a buller. LOL

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  6. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM #

    Whitehill…low intellect.lol

    This is a very valid reason that many people are hesitant to endorse Mia to be the next PM and like myself would much prefer see the voters split their votes evenly between several political parties and force  a minority government…..

    ……it is well known that both Mia and Jerome Walcott have  a relationship with the shady Peter Harris, but how will Mia justify having Jerome Walcott in her cabinet when Harris  gave 20% of Diagnostic Radiology shares to Jerome in order to ensure that the QEH referred/ outsourced all of their radiological needs to him…and will expect Walcott to help him privatize heathcare on the island to enrich them both.  

    How will that help bajans. 

    It is also known that Donville Inniss while minister of health was desperate to help Peter Harris privatize healthcare in Barbados, until he was removed as health minister.

    How will Mia prevent Harris from continuing that deadly plan against bajans, when she is thisclose to Harris.

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  7. Whitehill June 8, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

    @ W W&C…thanks!

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  8. Pachamama June 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM #

    Exit polls showing 314 for the Conservatives; 270 for labour; other parties.

    This indication gives no absolute majority to Theresa May

    And opens the door for a Labour led coalition government.

    Last time this was not so successful especially for the smaller parties, the Scots

    Of course, May has a similar opportunity, being about 12 short of an absolute majority.

    Let’s see how the night pans out.

    It’s yet early.

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  9. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 5:44 PM #

    This general election has put to bed a few myths. That it was about Brexit, it was not. It was about the NHS, education, social care, jobs.
    If arrogant May’s majority is reduced she must resign. Refusing to take part in debates, refusing to cost her manifesto. If the exit poll is right she has got her comeuppance.
    The other thing is the nuance. People in Britain have been talking about the shift to Corbyn. I knew this from my house, even my elderly barber was enthused today as he went out to vote and the young man in our home was instructing all his friends and relatives to vote Labour.
    You do not get this by Googling or going on websites..

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  10. Vincent Haynes June 8, 2017 at 5:58 PM #

    I stick to my prediction of a Labour/Lib-Dem/Greens govt made when the bell was wrung.

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  11. Bernard Codrington. June 8, 2017 at 6:03 PM #

    Is this another unanticipated election outcome? Is instant information a new dynamic in voter behaviour? Time for an in depth research.

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  12. Bernard Codrington. June 8, 2017 at 6:05 PM #

    Where are our resident political analysts ?

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  13. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 6:06 PM #

    Vincent,

    What about the SNP?

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  14. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 6:07 PM #

    Labour has regained Sunderland. Go, Jeremy, go.

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  15. David June 8, 2017 at 6:15 PM #

    @Bernard

    It is early days but there is a swing to labour. If it holds Tories in trouble and perhaps another coalition in the making.

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  16. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

    Also another referendum. Death to Brexit.

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  17. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 6:25 PM #

    Is history about to repeat itself. In February, 1974, Ted Heath called a general election on who governed Britain. Harold Wilson defeated him. Then went back to the country that October and got a working majority.

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  18. vincent haynes June 8, 2017 at 7:23 PM #

    Hal

    Now Sturgeon has vowed to support Corbyn its done deal.

    Exit of brexit except in name……trade for open borders guaranteed.

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  19. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM #

    A fresh referendum to reverse the insanity of Brexit.

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  20. Caswell Franklyn June 8, 2017 at 7:35 PM #

    Heather

    I know everything that you said is correct but it is really hard having to read it. It is about time the people of this country collectively grow a pair and force these incompetent politicians out of office. Can the people of this country afford to wait until next year to remove them. How many more will die or end up in Jenkins by then?

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  21. Hal Austin June 8, 2017 at 8:54 PM #

    Down with Brexit. May out, Corbyn as prime minister.

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  22. Gabriel June 8, 2017 at 10:10 PM #

    Assuming Corbyn forms the next government,is another referendum required should he opt to remain in the EU.I don’t think Remain was offered as a platform by Labour.I would prefer Britain remain in the EU.

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  23. Artax June 8, 2017 at 11:27 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn June 8, 2017 at 7:35 PM #

    “It is about time the people of this country collectively grow a pair and force these incompetent politicians out of office.”

    @ Caswell

    I mentioned on another thread that you, David, Frustrated Businessman, Bush Tea, de Pedantic Dribbler, Bernard Codrington, Vincent Haynes, Are We There Yet, Sargeant, Northern Observer, Miller and a few others who I cannot remember at this time, make some very interesting observations and forthright contributions.

    In my opinion, you guys possess the characteristics that are sadly lacking in those individuals who currently present themselves as political representatives.

    Rather than endorsing some of these political jokers and misfits in this forum, it would be welcomed if you were to enter the political fray to bring a new, exciting and refreshing perspective to politics.

    Shiite, one political leader expects to bring a disgruntled four time loser, while another introduced a hair dresser with a few years experience as our “economic saviours,” when they have not presented any definitive initiatives to convince us they are appropriate for these times.

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  24. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 9, 2017 at 12:08 AM #

    Artax

    Ya bias. What about my sweet Pieceoftherockyeahright. Stuuuupse

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  25. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 9, 2017 at 4:41 AM #

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/97591/tied-debt

    Government keeps sucking away at NIS.

    “DIRECTOR OF THE National Insurance Scheme, Ian Carrington, is concerned about the level of National Insurance funds tied up in Government debt. Carrington told the WEEKEND NATION this week that while he was not bothered about the availability of funds to meet current NIS obligations, “the major concern that I have is the extent to which… Read More”

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  26. Artax June 9, 2017 at 4:49 AM #

    Sunshine Sunny Shine June 9, 2017 at 12:08 AM #

    “Artax: Ya bias. What about my sweet Pieceoftherockyeahright. Stuuuupse”

    @ SSS

    You are definitely a Bajan. Wuh part of “a few others who I cannot remember at this time,” you can’t understand? He included in dah part.

    It has been a number of weeks since I last saw a contribution from PUDRYR, so understandably, I forgot him.

    And by referring to PUDRYR as “sweet”, are you not being biased as well? And look, don’t expect me to refer to him as “sweet” either.

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  27. Bajan Free Party/CUP/.Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI June 9, 2017 at 4:52 AM #

    The lawyers the lawyers they will play both sides, lord help you if they like your home.Things will move very fast and you will be out, Most of the time they have a buyer or a Richard on standby, As the word get out things maybe changing in small ways and the lawyers as they keep saying they have to eat, Eating for them sometimes lead to your Death, It seems most dont know, understand or even care of the LEVEL of things in Barbados,No Village I see you house will burn once the fire start as the fire service shows up with a big truck and a water hose.

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  28. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 9, 2017 at 4:53 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/06/09/too-many-govt-entities-boxing-in-the-dark/

    Corruption is playing a huge role in this.

    “Too many Govt entities boxing in the dark
    Added by Kaymar Jordan on June 9, 2017.
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    It is responsible for the promotion and regulation of the sport of boxing in Barbados. But according to the Auditor General Leigh Trotman, the Barbados Boxing Board of Control has literally been boxing in the dark for the past 20 years – at least when it comes to its financial reporting.

    Even though the board receives an annual grant from Government and is required to have its accounts audited by the Barbados Audit Office, no such audit has been done over the past 20 years, Trotman revealed in his recently released annual report for 2016 in which he said he was specifically advised that no statements would be available for the financial years 1994 to 2004.

    And even though financial statements were presented for the 2005 to 2015 reporting period, the Auditor General said these had proven to be grossly inadequate.”

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  29. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 9, 2017 at 5:06 AM #

    http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/hung-parliament-labour-minority-government-theresa-may-downing-street-snp-liberal-democrats-john-a7780891.html

    British voters did a fantastic job of splittibg their votes last night, they firced a minority coalition, this is what bajan voters should copy, it is a positive, split your votes between several political parties and stop handing corrupt politiciabs majority government….force a minority coalition government.

    Bajans can do it.

    I could not stand that uppity, arrogant, frayd May…out with her.

    “Labour expects to oust Theresa May from No 10 and to form a minority government, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said.

    “We’re ready to form a government….we are willing to serve the country,” he told the BBC.

    “I don’t think the Conservative Government is stable, I don’t think the Prime Minister is stable. I don’t want to be derogatory, but I think she is a lame duck now.”

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  30. William Skinner June 9, 2017 at 5:27 AM #

    @Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger
    You are correct.
    “British voters did a fantastic job of splittibg their votes last night, they firced a minority coalition, this is what bajan voters should copy, it is a positive, split your votes between several political parties and stop handing corrupt politicians majority government….force a minority coalition government.”

    “Bajans can do it.”

    The question is whether Bajans want to do it ! It is time that the new third parties along with Peoples Empowerment Party(PEP) mount a serious combined challenge to the BLPDLP. I am convinced that a considerable portion of the electorate will give them a fair hearing. The BLPDLP is so comfortable and arrogant that two very notable things happened during the recent Budget Debate:
    1. Two cabinet members assailed the proposals and then voted for them;
    2. The Leader of the Opposition was not even in her seat when the vote was called

    The BLPDLP is making a mockery of the entire country and those who continue to prop them up are doing our country a disservice.

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  31. Hal Austin June 9, 2017 at 5:41 AM #

    William,

    I do not know if you got the feel from Barbados, but it was historic. We felt it from about two weeks ago. Even in my house, the young man, who lives in the provinces, rang up to make sure I was going to vote. And he enthused: “Vote Labour for me.” His sister, who lives and works in Dubai, was also on the phone and made sure she voted.
    My 80 something year old Jamaican barber and his elderly Trinidadian wife both were beside themselves with excitement voting for Corbyn.
    The campaign also brought out the nasty, latent racism of the British media in its bullying of Diane Abbott, but the voters in Hackney, East London, returned her.
    Even in Battersea, a once thriving South West London working class area now in transition, kicked out a Tory minister and returned a young black woman. London, as usual, did the Labour Party proud. What a city.
    @William, you cannot get this from just watching television or checking a website.
    It was the second time in 50 years that I have voted. The first and only time was in February 1974, almost similar historical circumstances.
    We now have to get rid of all the middle class Oxbridge graduates who thought they could not work for a working class party leader. And, in time, readers must start rejecting the reactionary press.
    All round, a good night for Labour and the progressive movement.

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  32. David June 9, 2017 at 6:06 AM #

    @William

    Not sure if your confidence that Bajans have what it takes to embrace alternatives. There is a hardcore base for B & D that is greater than the fringe (independent) vote.

    @Hal

    What is so great about a hung parliament? The adversarial nature of Westminster politics means there is no strong mandate to get the job done efficiently.

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  33. Hal Austin June 9, 2017 at 6:15 AM #

    There will be another general election sometime this year. What is important is that the Tories have been denied the mandate they sought. It will end in tears: May must go and negotiations with the EU start in nine days.
    All this open the way for a rejection of Brexit.

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  34. Artax June 9, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    “1. Two cabinet members assailed the proposals and then voted for them;
    2. The Leader of the Opposition was not even in her seat when the vote was called….”

    We have to be fair when making certain statements.

    Based on information received, the “two cabinet members (that) assailed the proposals” were not in the House when the vote was called and therefore could not vote.

    Why was it necessary for the Opposition Leader to be in her seat when the vote was called?

    Especially when there was not any clear indication the two government ministers would have voted with the Opposition and two Opposition members were absent, one due to illness and the other had an early engagement

    Additionally, recent history has shown that, as independent members of parliament, Owen Arthur and Maria Agard have been critical of everything Mottley does and says. Hence, a call for a divide or any other proposal brought by Mottley would obviously be voted against by them. Unfortunately, Agard is ill.

    Whereas the government had 15 – 2 = 13 + 1 (Arthur) = 14 votes, the BLP had 12 – 2 = 10 votes.

    Under these circumstances if, the BLP would obviously not have an adequate number of individuals to win, if there was a call for a divide.

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  35. David June 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM #

    @Artax

    All of what you wrote is ok but on principle she needed to force those who were present to record their positions in Hansard.

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  36. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 9, 2017 at 8:07 AM #

    William…Bajans will either use their voting power to affect positive change as a collective population …or continue to pay the price.

    Having a mandate as a majority givernment does not mean the elected government will do shit to benefit the people…as DLP has proven fir 9 yearsl

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  37. William Skinner June 9, 2017 at 8:17 AM #

    @ Artax

    Have you ever seen the West Indies walk off a cricket field because they figured they could not win a match? What I am saying to you that it is about leadership. We would have never seen Tom Adams , Errol Barrow or Owen Arthur absent themselves from a Budget vote, in such circumstances.These leaders under the circumstances would have determined that a divide was extremely necessary regardless of the outcome and the records of Parliament would have recorded them as either voted for or against a very unpopular budget.
    If as you have stated, although I have not heard, that the two cabinet members who assailed the budget were not in their seats, it makes the argument for a divide more compelling.
    By the way, please note that you introduced the divide into the discussion.

    Do you think that when Owen Arthur brought the no confidence motion against Sandiford that he would have been totally sure that DLP members would have voted for the motion? Good leaders explore ALL POSSIBILITIES when confronted with such opportunities.
    Stop making excuses for these two constipated political parties and their equally inept leadership.

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  38. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM #

    Carson….you corrupt human garbage, do you remember this…you confirmed the corruption that existed between Peter Harris and DLP.

    “Carson C. Cadogan April 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM #
    I tell people that everything in Barbados is politics. Some don’t believe me But it is true.

    Over the years the blog owner has tried unsuccessfully to damage the good name of the Harrises. He perceives them of being big supporters of the DLP. Hence his continuing mission against them.

    This foolishness which he has now come up with under the guise of ” de children” will not fool anyone but BLP supporters. I have known Thomas Harris for many years and he and his family are outstanding citizens of our country. I wish that they were more like them in Barbados.

    I will side with the Harris family on this issue. They are not the villains that the blog owner would have us believe(plus we know that he is always wrong). He is simply trying his best to damage the reputation of these fine people and he must not be allowed to get away with it. He is hoping that he can do the BLP a big favour by killing two birds with one stone. That is destroy the Harrises and at the same time remove a large pillar of support for the DLP. But it is not going to work.

    The blog owner has to wheel and come again, his plot will fai”

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  39. 555dubstreet June 9, 2017 at 9:58 AM #

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  40. Artax June 9, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

    It amazes me how someone stating facts could be interpreted as making excuses for political parties. The Minister of Finance can introduce new or raise current taxes, whether members from both political parties agree or not. This, in my opinion, makes the Budget debate is a waste of time and gives politicians an opportunity to grandstand and talk shiite. For example, for the past few years, Denis Lowe has been griping in parliament about his poor upbringing and “running ‘bout bare foot” in the village.

    And despite all the talk about the two traditional political parties, what have the other newly formed parties been able to “bring to the table” to attract the confidence of the electorate, other than trying to run on the wave of sentiment that people are fed up with the BLP & DLP?

    CAP cannot attract a full slate of candidates for the next election and said they were concentrating on the St. Michael seats. The political leader comes across as an adversarial, disgruntled political “has been,” who has surrounded himself with other disgruntled losers, such as David Gill and Mark Adamson.

    Grenville Phillips II of Solutions Barbados has demonstrated he is not ready for the political arena. This is evidenced by the fact that, if he cannot adequately defend his party’s policies in this forum where there is a limited amount of contributors, and reacts aggressively and retreats when criticized or placed under pressure, he would obviously succumb to the critiques and pressures of 150,000 voters.

    SB is of the misguided belief that a group of “successful business people” can efficiently and effectively manage an economy (where is the empirical evidence to prove this?), when there are significant differences between managing a business and an economy and against the background of any of SB’s candidates not being au fait with economic policy?

    We should also “stop making excuses for these (new) constipated political parties and their equally inept leadership.”

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  41. Pachamama June 9, 2017 at 12:16 PM #

    We are never particularly interested in the emotional responses on people on the ground.

    That is for the political idiots.

    Our overwhelming occupation is measuring the gap between significant Labour gains, in many regions, and they inability to drive home an absolute majority.

    These are the issues which interest us.

    We anticipate another general election within one year. And knowing the fickleness of the ‘masses’, those who currently feels that they are part of some misbegotten historical project, emotions could easily change and thus this fiction of a Labour transformation disappear overnight.

    A Labour re-awakening that at best lacks sustainable foundations.

    More generally, our interests are to connect the political failures in the UK with what is happening in Washington and by extension the rest of the White world.

    A world we have divinely judged to be in the final stages of collapse.

    So the emotional bullshit about who called whom to vote for whom is at best trite. Operates on the far-flung margins of our inquiry.

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  42. William Skinner June 9, 2017 at 12:59 PM #

    @ Hal
    Thanks for sharing . However, I must say
    that I was not too interested in the elections
    because I have not paid too much attention
    after I realized that Margaret Thatcher had
    become a hero and lionized for destroying
    the Labour movement. I don’t think that
    May is any more inferior than the ones
    that have gone before or those that will
    come after her.
    But I respect your opinion and your obvious
    understanding of the political scene in
    the former “Mother Country”. On the
    ground does make a difference. Continue
    to keep us informed.

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  43. Hal Austin June 9, 2017 at 1:45 PM #

    William,

    Well put. It important to remember, s most intelligent people know, that voters do not apply reason when casting vote. It is driven by emotion, be it historical o self-interest.
    The role of politicians is to capture that emotion by providing a manifesto with which they can identify.
    What we have seen in Britain – and across the EU – is the emergence of intergenerational rivalry. We have seen it in Greece, Spain, Portugal and France; Jeremy Corbyn tapped in to this in a different way by promising to abandon university fees and cancel all debt.
    Class politics is not what it used to b: with a rising middle class, 50 per cent of school leavers going on to university, more white collar jobs and companies offering greater benefit packages, thereby sidelining the trade unions, we are in the middle of a social rearrangement.
    Ignore the loud mouths and the hecklers, they are usually mal-informed and offer nothing of value to progress.
    A minority government cannot go in to Brexit negotiations with any confidence, no matter what they claim.

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  44. David June 9, 2017 at 1:53 PM #

    @Artax

    You are correct that the ‘budget’ is just an opportunity for MPs to piss parade on TV. Does it make you wonder why not the same energy during the Estimates.

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  45. de pedantic Dribbler June 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM #

    Hi all , a few off-shoots from Artax’s remarks above.

    re “… This in my opinion, makes the Budget debate is a waste of time and gives politicians an opportunity to grandstand and talk shiite. ”

    No doubt of the truth of that statement. The budget presentation is a spectacular event that absolutely allows pols to “grandstand and talk shiite”. Always has been.

    The tax and other legislative bills laid at the time are important but all the black briefcase type fanfare and public airings of each MP’s presentation is pure unadulterated BS. Fah sure!

    re “Grenville Phillips II of Solutions Barbados has demonstrated he is not ready for the political arena.” Also true dat.

    Yet the dude is a very interesting character. Frankly he is likable as a person because he does come over as being truly a man of integrity. That being said he is often infuriatingly impractical with his stances which also often scream arrogant dismissal, as you alluded to.

    Alas, one must accept that any truly successful person must have a good dose of arrogance.

    Were he to invite to his fold a messaging professional and strategist who can help him streamline, properly prioritize and refocus his solutions narrative he actually could be a serious third party spoiler….

    …Frankly he should also invite YOU, Artax, to his fold!

    It amazes me that he with all his intelligence he has not studied more carefully to adapt the positives and avoid the pitfalls of Dr Haynes.

    SB has a purity that generates real interest but its pure naivety stymies any real interesting political growth and development.

    And it’s fair to say that ‘true success’ (hard work and peer measured top achievement) can be transferred.

    I would certainly agree that empirically there is no apparent basis to validate that a business person can run a national economy better than anyone else but I think it’s fair to say that successful people period would have the mental acuity and ‘physical’ abilities (stamina for long hours) to get the job done – with professional civil service guidance – at the national level…..and oh let’s not forget to add that integral piece called ‘integrity’…that they must have.

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  46. de pedantic Dribbler June 9, 2017 at 2:44 PM #

    @Hal Austinat 1:45 PM…How does that work??? re “… Jeremy Corbyn tapped in to this in a different way by promising to abandon university fees and cancel all debt.”

    And yet you state: “… with a rising middle class, 50 per cent of school leavers going on to university, more white collar jobs and companies offering greater benefit packages, thereby sidelining the trade unions, we are in the middle of a social rearrangement.”

    The first remark will surely explode that same middle class further sidelining the said trade unions, not so!!!

    The one comment I have read about the British elections which resonated with me and tangentially match those remarks above is that : you Brits are freaking confused!!

    Just as the Americans are totally self-serving BSers. They elected a demonstrably pathologically liar yet are twisting themselves into pretzels on a daily basis as he attempts to ‘impeach’ the veracity of others who actually have INTEGRITY.

    Anyhow, a few locally tinged off-shoots from Artax’s remarks above.

    re “… This in my opinion, makes the Budget debate is a waste of time and gives politicians an opportunity to grandstand and talk shiite. ”

    No doubt of the truth of that statement. The budget presentation is a spectacular event that absolutely allows pols to “grandstand and talk shiite”. Always has been.

    The tax and other legislative bills laid at the time are important but all the black briefcase type fanfare and public airings of each MP’s presentation is pure unadulterated BS. Fah sure!

    re “Grenville Phillips II of Solutions Barbados has demonstrated he is not ready for the political arena.” Also true dat.

    Yet the dude is a very interesting character. Frankly he is likable as a person because he does come over as being truly a man of integrity. That being said he is often infuriatingly impractical with his stances which also often scream arrogant dismissal, as you alluded to.

    Alas, one must accept that any truly successful person must have a good dose of arrogance.

    Were he to invite to his fold a messaging professional and strategist who can help him streamline, properly prioritize and refocus his solutions narrative he actually could be a serious third party spoiler….

    …Frankly he should also invite YOU, Artax, to his fold!

    It amazes me that he with all his intelligence he has not studied more carefully to adapt the positives and avoid the pitfalls of Dr Haynes.

    SB has a purity that generates real interest but its pure naivety stymies any real interesting political growth and development.

    And it’s fair to say that ‘true success’ (hard work and peer measured top achievement) can be transferred.

    I would certainly agree that empirically there is no apparent basis to validate that a business person can run a national economy better than anyone else but I think it’s fair to say that successful people period would have the mental acuity and ‘physical’ abilities (stamina for long hours) to get the job done – with professional civil service guidance – at the national level…..and oh let’s not forget to add that integral piece called ‘integrity’…that they must have.

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  47. Vincent Haynes June 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM #

    dpD

    Are you suggesting that Philips who is washed in the blood of the lamb is a bit like the straight talking and some thought naive Jeremy Corbyn,the hero of last nights debacle in the UK?

    Note Jeremy for the 30 odd years has never deviated from his core beliefs as a left winger and community activist whose time almost came last night if it was not for Sturgeon giving away her 13 seats to the Con-Unionist.

    So hope exists for Philip steeped in managerial knowledge, at the poles when theology returns to the youth of Bim….interesting.

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  48. enuff June 9, 2017 at 5:06 PM #

    On Grenville and SB, where is his article this week? I see the party has released another set of candidates–more husband and wives combos and Christians. There are now about 3 or 4 husband and wife teams running as candidates. Like I said before, a bourgeoise, prosperity gospel outfit.

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  49. David June 9, 2017 at 5:37 PM #

    No article received.

    Let us continue to encourage SB.

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  50. enuff June 9, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

    Not with that attitude and set of candidates!

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  51. de pedantic Dribbler June 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM #

    @Vincent, I have never followed Corbyn’s political career and I did not pay close attention to the Brit elections so I can make no comparison between him and Phillips!

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  52. vincent haynes June 9, 2017 at 7:16 PM #

    DPD

    Chuckle…….fair enough.

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  53. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger June 10, 2017 at 3:17 AM #

    http://bit.ly/2sNrcWz

    Lawson…look at ya boyfriend,..lol

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  54. Thomas Lynley June 10, 2017 at 6:13 AM #

    Rose

    What is the problem with building a new prison or are you regurgitating nonsense of the DLP, and they are yet to tell Barbadians the problem?

    Snuff

    I knew Grenville Phillips’ article would be absent this week because he can’t take criticism. These guys believe when they mention God, justifies their agenda.

    It’s like a man playing loud music in his gap and the Christians would call the police. Yet, if their church.has an open air service with music blaring, it is justified because it’s the church, so no one should call the police for them disturbing the peace.

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  55. angela Skeete June 10, 2017 at 6:35 AM #

    Sunshine Sunny Shine
    June 10, 2017 at 5:05 am

    This is bare BS. If she does not have a certificate to prove she has studied law how then is she a lawyer for over 30 years? You mean as long as you are status quo, you can do all sorts of nonsense and get away with it? If she cannot produce the proof, then she should be subjected to the full weight of the law for being a fraud, and those who help perpetrate this fraudulence should also be submitted to it as well. Show me any doctor in Barbados who did not study medicine, who does not have the qualification to prove that they can perform surgery, not be subject to some serious disciplinary action and charges. Just because she came from prominent family and got big name friends in high places should not be a free ticket for her to practice law. Can’t produce the certificate then she should be disciplined for being false.

    extracted from barbados today

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  56. angela Skeete June 10, 2017 at 6:48 AM #

    Mottley ministers have stated in legal documents that she cannot be trusted when her leadership was placed under a microscope in heated debate and argument during the vetting process for her to become the leader of her party, Her LEC would be brought to the forefron in this election cycle not because she does not have the ability to be a lawyer but because she has set a trap for govt ministers without having hardened evidence to prove corruption of any form connected to them
    Soon Barbadians would get to hear the fully story of how corruption helped paved the way for Mottley to become a lawyer giving a nood and a wink to bypass her legal certificate and allowed her special right to practice law in barbados

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  57. angela Skeete June 10, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    Mottley ministers have stated in legal documents that she cannot be trusted when her leadership was placed under a microscope in heated debate and argument during the vetting process for her to become the leader of her party, Her LEC would be brought to the forefron in this election cycle not because she does not have the ability to be a lawyer but because she has set a trap for govt ministers without having hardened evidence to prove corruption of any form connected to them
    Soon Barbadians would get to hear the fully story of how corruption helped paved the way for Mottley to become a lawyer giving a nood and a wink to bypass her legal certificate and allowed her special right to practice law in barbados

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  58. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 11, 2017 at 2:05 AM #

    Artax

    Born, bred, raised and hopefully want to be buried in the land of my birth! Yes, I am a bajan to the bone, so the few others you cannot remember do not cut it with me when you deliberately left out my sweet piece.

    Angela Skeete

    Unlike you, I am fighting for everything that is contributing to the many wrongs in Barbados to be dealt with so we can get back on the right track. Mia Mottley is not genuine, though she is trying hard to come over or appear to be turning a new leaf. However, a wolf cannot pretend to be a sheep for too long before instinct kicks in and it forgets it is only dressed as a sheep and start eating itself.

    Solutions Party

    Grenville, the SSS have been reading extensively your ideologies for what you believe is the best governance model for the country at this time. The SSS, have objectively critique your approach and believes it to be better than the approaches that we have been getting from the two major political parties over several decades. We cannot go wrong if we give you and the members of your party a chance since you have not been tried and proven, and since you cannot be compared to the trappings, failings, corruptions scams, and arrogance of the two other major political parties. The SSS is going to support you, commencing with a few posters to promote your brand, and the approach you are planning to take as an attempt to help change left and right fowl cock thinking of supporters trap between the DEEBEE divide.

    David

    Seems I am having major problems with IMGUR (LOLO) can I email the posters and write up directly to you. How do I do that and where is your email address?

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  59. Artax June 11, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

    Angela “yard-fowl” Skeete”could really give this LEC nonsense a rest.

    In June 2015, none other than the Attorney General of Barbados, Adriel Brathwaite, committed his office to investigate whether or not Mottley can legitimately practice law in Barbados.

    Taking into consideration that, as Attorney General, Brathwaite is the Leader of the Bar of Barbados, Parliament’s and Government’s principal legal advisor and guardian of the public interest, surely a simple investigation should not have taken his office TWO YEARS to complete.

    If the investigation has been completed, as a matter of public interest, the onus is on him to reveal the results, or be held accountable for upholding “how corruption helped paved the way for Mottley to become a lawyer giving a nod and a wink to bypass her legal certificate and allowed her special right to practice law in Barbados.”

    However, while Brathwaite has continued to remain silent on this LEC issue for the past TWO YEARS, the DLP yard-fowl Angela Cox-Skeete has been making it her campaign slogan.

    In the absence of Brathwaite presenting to the public evidence to prove Mottley cannot practice law in Barbados, but waits until during an election campaign to talk shiite to appease party supporters, surely he will lose credibility in the process.

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