Dr. Ronnie Yearwood Invites YOU…

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  1. vincent haynes June 24, 2017 at 8:26 PM #

    The way forward…..community activism… Let’s hope he has the stamina to go to all the areas of BIM.

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  2. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 7:18 AM #

    Good luck, Ronnie. Barbados needs people with vision. Without vision the people perish. We as a nation are on the precipice of disaster, the dark clouds are closing in while we are partying.

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  3. David June 25, 2017 at 7:55 AM #

    @Hal

    Hopefully you will say good luck to Rawdon IF he throws his hat in the ling?

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  4. Pachamama June 25, 2017 at 8:27 AM #

    David

    We have seen the likes of these appear, disappear, or be consumed by personal ambition.

    In all cases these ‘missives’ were merely parts of misinformation campaigns to mislead the people of Barbados that some new economic medicine was not the snake oil it sounds like, tastes like, looks like.

    We should not be so easily misled by ‘imports’ from ‘over-in-away’, packaged in meaningless credentials and unable to speak to the shifting fundamentals of their own old formations which seek nihilism under some rubric of an uninspired youthfulness.

    We have yet to hear any discourses about a future dealing with interplanetary industrialization, human longevity derived from bio-medical breakthroughs and its proven value for delivering the greatest level of relative success across time.

    Instead, these would-be new boys (girls) on the political block continue to regurgitate meaningless, tired, political-economy stanzas, which prove that they are merely credentialed, mis-educated.

    In sum, there has never been any measurable differences between generations of politicians or would-be politicians in Barbados.

    However, we are afraid that those who now see themselves as heirs to the political kingdom may well be worst than their predecessors, by a country mile.

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  5. David June 25, 2017 at 8:34 AM #

    @Pacha

    A reasonable expectation on your part. Are the locals ready for a plebiscite and all that goes with it? One senses that there is a gap between what is required for a developing SID to sustain itself in a global space. Surely you have read that ALL Caribbean islands have now attained junk credit ratings? We are fighting a large problem away from a parochial place.

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  6. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 8:50 AM #

    David,

    Good luck to him. I have the highest respect for his paternal grandfather, but he too must prove himself. So special favours.

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  7. Pachamama June 25, 2017 at 8:53 AM #

    David

    Maybe we have to rid our minds of this small-island-state mentality. Small-mindedness generally. Have you seen anybody from a SID with a smaller brain than somebody from elsewhere? So why an implicit difference in orientation, expectation.

    And if we’re looking for leadership, which we question, why would we continue to look for the same types of people who believe we want to hear about adding and subtracting in political-economy terms, as we had before.

    Lastly, is it not worthy of consideration that the global economy model is seen by those at the centres of world powers to have reached its nadir and can go no further.

    And how are these mis-educated people, who religiously follow the textbooks, as Bible, being promoted here, are to help with these issues?

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  8. David June 25, 2017 at 9:11 AM #

    Again can’t fault your erudite comment. Our people are educated at Western universities, we read the recommended text books. One must wonder though to what extent the best leadership is possibly in an environment fashioned by preferential tariffs of the 70s, 80s and early 90s. We have not been able to craft policies to compensate for the financial hole as a result of so-called globalization. In summary we have produced a generation weaned on wanton conspicuous consumption and we have not been able to design sustainable viable approaches and or educate our people to creatively adjust at the household level.

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  9. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 9:18 AM #

    David,
    The idea of a free market of ideas is to think for yourself, and to learn from each other. Not just repeat what some old professor ha repeated from his 1960s notes when dinosaur ruled the earth. That is the difference. Listen to the economic narrative in Barbados and you go right back in time.

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  10. Vincent Haynes June 25, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    David June 25, 2017 at 9:11 AM #

    Again can’t fault your erudite comment. Our people are educated at Western universities,
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    The majority of our present members of Parliament were educated at UWI just like the majority of the leaders of our fellow Caribbean states…….what does that say about UWI….is it a western text book using Uni?.

    …….If so we are in deeper doo doo as the next bunch are equally so educated.

    I

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  11. enuff June 25, 2017 at 9:48 AM #

    David

    Throw his hat in the ring? For the St.Thomas by-election? lol

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  12. David June 25, 2017 at 9:58 AM #

    @enuff

    You are sufficiently aware that if the elders of the party line up behind Rawdon if he wants to run that room will be found for him to run.

    Agree?

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  13. enuff June 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM #

    Hence my comment; but the Senate is a door to serving in the Cabinet too, which is the most important thing right now.

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  14. David June 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM #

    Point taken but given his pedigree and training wouldn’t you want him on the frontbench?

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  15. Vincent Haynes June 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM #

    After 50 years of free education and we are still looking for Moses.

    …..even to the extent of being ready to anoint his grandson whether he wants it or not or even if he is capable or not.

    …..Bimmers just object to hard work…….easier to let somebody do it……which is why we are in ducks guts all the time.

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  16. enuff June 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

    The Cabinet is my frontbench.

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  17. David June 25, 2017 at 10:40 AM #

    If we are aspiring to a relevant democracy you want your best people in parliament leading the policy making narrative not so?

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  18. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 10:41 AM #

    David,

    What is his pedigree? What is his training? He is Tom Adams’ son, for heavens’ sake; and he is a fund manager. What is special about either of those.
    We must grow up at some time.

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  19. Vincent Haynes June 25, 2017 at 10:56 AM #

    Hal

    Totally agree,well said…..though you omitted that he is the grandson of the bajan Moses.

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  20. enuff June 25, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

    Hal why you must always come across as bitter and condescending?

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  21. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 11:07 AM #

    Vincent,
    He is the grandson of the greatest man in our modern history (read the thread properly) and the real father of our constitutional independence. But Grantley Adams was also the son of a great headmaster of a great school.
    What really concerns me is that we are at a dark place in our history when this government, nine months out from a general election, is not going to do anything radical, and the other parties, including the party of Sir Grantley, remains dumb to the social decline in our society.
    Our academics have abandoned any search fore the deepest truths in our history and our public intellectuals are not the most systematic of thinkers in the modern world.
    Our popular culture avoids ideas, preferring to promote mediocre personalities, including those who the nation believes have inherited entitlement.
    This is what we have done with our education, praising Crown Princes and planning for their coronation. I thought better of BU.

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  22. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

    @ Enuff (Whoever you are)
    That is your perception, not my intention. I have no apologies to make.

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  23. David June 25, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

    @Hal

    Do you understand what pedigree means in this context? Rawdon Adams grew up in a house where he heard discussions from political players, books strewn about in the house on related topics, relationship would have been forged with local and international players, general the benefit of being close to political animals etc. It does not mean this would make him a top drawer MP BUT it gives him an edge.

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  24. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 11:16 AM #

    David,

    What is so different about him and Mia? What is the edge? Barbados is a nation of political animals – always has been. He has got to prove himself, there is no entitlement for the sons and daughters of the Bajan political royalty.

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  25. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 11:18 AM #

    compared to Mia……

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  26. David June 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM #

    @Hal

    Such an illogical comment but you are entitled.

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  27. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM #

    David,
    We have had words about this kind of romanticism before. What is illogical about what I have said?
    Our nation is in serious crisis and you are favourable to the return of a son of petite-bourgeois privilege. But I believe in the power of ordinary working Barbadian to change the course of their history, a belief in the irreversible power of education and community cohesion, and not that of the bed one was born in.
    We must rid our culture of deference and de-theologise some of the ‘big’ family names that have cluttered our social history and led us down the social and economic cul-de-sace we now find ourselves in.
    The reiteration of nonsense does not give it a new discursive power every time it is repeated. We need new, dynamic and creative ideas to catapult us in to the 21 century. We need faith in knowledge, and not in certain families.
    You ought to know better, David.

    .

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  28. David June 25, 2017 at 2:18 PM #

    The good observation here is that we have a son of the soil willing to mobilize public discussion on the issues. It will be up to member of the public to participate in the fora he facilitates. Time for aggrieved bajans to up de ting!

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  29. Pachamama June 25, 2017 at 2:36 PM #

    David

    Is it not unwise to weight this business about ‘son of the soil’ with too much importance?

    How have such calculations helped in the past?

    Our experience has been that they have served to avoid brutal assessments.

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  30. de pedantic Dribbler June 25, 2017 at 3:08 PM #

    @David at 11:22 AM re “Such an illogical comment but you are entitled.”

    As was asked what is illogical about @Hal’s remarks on Tom’s son?

    I am personally always amazed how facile it is to see-saw with political debate depending on location of one’s sentiments.

    Young Adams would need to prove himself as any other…hundreds of his peers from Kolig and other schools have gone on to make good after uni and scores of that group also lived in households where they were exposed to the hurly-burly of politics or intellectual stimulation at an early age from the Bajan glitterati in their midst because their parents were leading figures.

    So what is the freaking special dispensation about Rawdon at this juncture?

    Am I missing something!!!

    @Enuff, indeed @Hal often does come over as ‘bitter and condescending’ too often, but in the case above this didn’t come over that way to me.

    It was a rather straightforward – even if forcefully worded – query!

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  31. Vincent Haynes June 25, 2017 at 3:15 PM #

    Chucke……………Stranger things have happened…..Hal,dpD and I are of one mind….ad idem on the scions of the political class being gifted sinecures……hmmmmmm.

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  32. David June 25, 2017 at 3:15 PM #

    @Dee Word

    Let us explain it for you and Hal.

    Hal suggested n his comment that because Mia has a similar lineage to Rawdon therefore there is likely to be a similar result to what he appears to believe is an ineffective Mia. His conclusion is illogical. The simple point here is that Rawdon maybe able to bring some some things to the place given his exposure and training. It does not mean anything more.

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  33. David June 25, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    @Pacha

    The reasonable position to hold is to create a welcoming environment for ALL. It is up to the citizens to probe as much as is practicable to inform decisions about who should represent.

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  34. de pedantic Dribbler June 25, 2017 at 3:46 PM #

    Ok David, thanks for the clarification. I did not come away with your interpretation.

    Seems that you keyed on his 11:16 and 11:18 posts and not his 11:07 AM which actually suggests just the opposite of your interpretation.

    But be that as it may…to interpret as we experience the written word is a gift of life which we should all cherish.

    You have explained upon what your view is based…so all good.

    Yes, @Vincent… It was beyond shocking that I agreed so totally with Hal. The bane of my anonymous existence. LOLL.

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  35. Pachamama June 25, 2017 at 4:50 PM #

    David

    Unlike a representative poll, the welcoming which has been extended to all, has been so biased that you have gotten the same results over and over again.

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  36. David June 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM #

    @Pacha

    How do you propose citizens shortlist the talent recognizing that we operate in a so called democracy?

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  37. Hal Austin June 25, 2017 at 5:06 PM #

    Hal Austin – What is so different about him and (compared to) Mia? What is the edge? Barbados is a nation of political animals – always has been. He has got to prove himself, there is no entitlement for the sons and daughters of the Bajan political royalty.

    David – Hal suggested n his comment that because Mia has a similar lineage to Rawdon therefore there is likely to be a similar result to what he appears to believe is an ineffective Mia. His conclusion is illogical. The simple point here is that Rawdonwas ineffective? maybe able to bring some some things to the place given his exposure and training. It does not mean anything more.

    @David

    I know you like putting words in my mouth to reinforce your point, but where did I say, or imply, that Mia was ineffective? Which philosopher taught you logic?

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  38. Ali Baba June 26, 2017 at 9:41 AM #

    DID KING SOLOMON HAD ANY DEGREES? LETS SAY, BA, LLB, QC? ALL KING SOLOMON ASK GOD FOR WAS, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING….TO BE INTELLIGENT, TO BE LEARNING, TO BE COMPASSIONATE….ITS NOT WHERE ONE COMES FROM, BUT WHERE THERE ARE GOING.

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  39. Pachamama June 26, 2017 at 12:32 PM #

    David

    We never start with the assumption that a short list is to be a precondition.

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  40. David July 1, 2017 at 10:02 PM #

    It appears a productive session it was today.

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  41. Hal Austin July 2, 2017 at 4:16 AM #

    Bajans should get out and listen to Ronnie Yearwood. We badly need a new politics.

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