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David Comissiong

Let’s March for New Elections –NOW!

Submitted by David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is right in calling for and mobilizing a march against the governmental Administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, but she has not gone far enough in identifying the primary goal of the march. It is not enough to stage a march to express […]

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worrell-sinckler

The Moral Equivalence of Treason

Submitted by Pachamama For some time, there has a been a protracted ‘disagreement’ between the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados (CBoB), Delisle Worrell and the Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler. It represents a deepening political-economy crisis. In trying to flesh out this phenomenon, we will sometimes directly address the prime minister, himself, as […]

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richardhaynes

Why the National Democratic Party (NDP) Failed

Submitted by William Skinner, former member and candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP) There is always a root cause that sometimes leads to success and at other times failure. While the root cause of the NDP’s formation was somewhat similar to that of Errol Barrow breaking from Sir Grantley Adam’s Barbados Labour Party and […]

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Elton Mottley

Elombe Mottley Presents –How to Build Barbados Over the Next 50 Years

    FATPORK TEN-TEN PRODUCTIONS Present Baba Elombe (Elton D Mottley) In a National Conversation At the Barbados Workers Union Auditorium Hindsbury Road, Bridgetown On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm About the future of your children Your survival as you age, and How to build Barbados over the next 50 Years. DON’T MISS […]

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worrell-sinckler

The Sinckler-Worrell Phenomenon -Sacrifice Can Be Maniacal or Suicidal

Submitted by George C. Brathwaite (PhD) “Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell! I took thee for thy better; take thy fortune.”- (Hamlet – Act 3 Scene 4; William Shakespeare) The turbulence surrounding the Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr Delisle Worrell should come as no surprise to those Barbadians, […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Level Playing Field Required to Encourage Greater Sector Investment

Sometimes it is fascinating how numbers can be used to create what at best is a false impression and at worse what can simply be described as ‘fake news’. In one media report a Government spokesperson is boasting of the increase one property on the South coast has made to recent arrival numbers. The fact […]

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deep-state

It’s All About Asia, As Trump Becomes A Dud

Submitted by Pachamama We’ve spent considerable time trying to understand the meanings for the election of Donald Trump. And while he has been talking loud but saying little, we refused to relocate our primary foci as trained on the ‘deep state’ forces surrounding him. Yes, anyone calling himself POTUS must have some influence. But we’ve […]

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Jeff_Cumberbatch

The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Enjoining a Dismissal

Wonderful to relate, or “mirabile dictu”, as my two Latin masters of long ago, Messrs. Wellington and [CQ] Williams, would have preferred, I do not find it necessary today to resume my analysis of the Trump presidency; a phenomenon that seems anyway to be imploding towards self-destruction. Moreover, there is sufficient drama being played out […]

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taxes

“No equity about a tax”

BU followed some of the debate to the Barbados Revenue Authority (Amendment) Act 2017 this week and wondered why the government waited so long to implement measures to make tax collection more efficient. If we are to enjoy services financed by from the public purse taxpayers must pay their taxes. Who likes to pay taxes […]

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barbados_parliamentarians_2013

Government Between a Rock and a Hard Place With General Elections Looming

Submitted by Inkwell 1. Consider this argument. The Central Bank (CB) Governor has refused to print any more money for the Minister of Finance (MOF). The MOF needs printing to continue to pay civil servants and keep Government running. If the Government can’t pay the civil servants this month, all hell will break loose. Therefore […]

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David Comissiong

Barbados Needs a New Government Not a New Central Bank Governor

It is clear to me that the Freundel Stuart Administration is looking for a scapegoat for its 8 year long and continuing abysmal economic performance, and has decided that Dr. Delisle Worrell is to be that scapegoat. Let us be very clear about this— in the real world of politics neither a Board of Management […]

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classified

‘Leaks’, the Leveller

The elevation of Donald Trump to become President of the United Stated States of American has triggered a very eventful period in the history of that country. The most recent Trump event has seen the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because he reportedly lied to colleagues – namely Vice President Pence –  about […]

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delisle-worrell

No Tears for the Central Bank Governor

“Don’t cry for him Barbados The truth is he never loved you During these wild years He kept his promises to the DEMS So you keep your distance!” Perhaps a rewrite of the famous song about Eva Peron is in order with the above sentiments expressed by Barbadians. Clearly the bromance that never was, between […]

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Donville Inniss (DLP)      Sandra Husbands (BLP)

Sandra Husbands In a Class ABOVE Donville Inniss

Submitted by Debra Ifill The Honourable Donville Inniss is one curious fellow.  Who exactly is he speaking to when he makes those public declarations as he does?  His current area of concern is the inefficiency, and lack of IT training in the Customs and Excise Department.  And no, he has no new policy or plan […]

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Dr. George Brathwaite

Dems Low on Credibility: Barbadians Beware!

Towards the end of 2016, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler – speaking at a meeting of the Christ Church constituency branches of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) – asserted that his struggling party will make morality a key issue in the next general election. For some, it is hip-hip hooray! Yet, numerous Barbadians are convinced […]

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media

Local Media Houses Can Do Better Opines Retired UK Journalist

The following is a response to  BU question by retired journalist Hal Austin formerly of the UK Financial Times –Do you have a view on the role a local newspaper should play as far as community journalism s concerned? Is local media filling that role? Barbados Underground was motivated to ask the question because for […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Offering Value for Money Across ALL Segments

French based hotel giant the Accor Group are now in advanced discussions to acquire 100 per cent of the Atlanta based luxury villa rental company, Travel Keys, who offer over 5,000 properties in more than 100 destinations in the Caribbean, United States, Europe, Asia and Africa including over 200 located on Barbados. Accor currently operate […]

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markmaloney-hyatt

Draft Physical Development Plan Calls for Impact Assessments –Hyatt Hotel to be Built WITHOUT Impact Assessment Studies

Some are of the mistaken view that BU is anti-investment because we have advocated against projects like Cahill Energy and of most recent, the Hyatt Hotel project. Let us be pellucid as the English language allows, we are NOT. Instead all we ask is for our government to be forthcoming with relevant and timely information […]

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