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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Populist Solution and the Oxford Comma

It should be clear maybe even to the proverbial blind (or rather visually impaired) man on a trotting horse that what we choose, in our quaint way of using expressions to mean precisely what we want them to mean despite their traditional usage elsewhere, to call the “silly season”, has begun in Barbados. Most dictionaries […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Ministers Speak from Positions of Ignorance

Some time ago, I wrote that I did not want this column to become the Dear Christine of Industrial Relations. But I have been inundated by queries about the Public Service (Qualifications) Order, 2016 and since the just concluded Estimates Debate, many public workers and journalists have been seeking clarifications and comments on matters that […]

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Open Letter to the Religious Community

Submitted by BARBADOS INTEGRITY MOVEMENT (BIM) It is with utmost humility that I write as the Political Leader of the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and more importantly as Christian Believer to engage All Leaders in the Religious community together with their Congregants across the length and breadth of Barbados to stand up and be counted […]

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Is a ‘Partyless’ Political System the Solution?

The attached document was shared with BU and makes for provocative reading – Barbados Underground Division is killing us. I am in favour of a *CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, in a sovereign state where the ultimate power rests in its citizens, equally entitled under adult suffrage to vote to elect representatives to wield that power under […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – What Would Barrow Do? [WWBD]?

My friends spit on the government. I do not think is just the government. Suppose all the gods too old, Suppose they dead and they burning them…The Saddhu of Couva -Derek Walcott The current public discourse on governance and the economy is nothing if not a cacophonous babel of contesting opinions. To the few casual […]

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David Estwick UAE 4 Billion Dollar Proposal to Restructure Debt Rejected by Cabinet YET he Voted YES to Appropriations Bill

In January 2014 Minister of Agriculture David Estwick in a surprising move submitted a proposal to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart urging the Cabinet to refinance and restructure the public debt by sourcing 4 billion USD from the UAE. In what is described as the UAE proposal Estwick advised there was interest by the UAE to […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column–Mr. Prime Minister, We Still Have Options

Submitted by Grenville Phillips, founder of Solutions Barbados Dear Prime Minister:  Recently, there have been a chorus of calls from prominent Barbadians, insisting that you call an early general election.  Allow me to offer some unsolicited unbiased advice on this matter. As our Prime Minister, you are responsible for projecting calm during turbulent times, and […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – For Love of Country

Submitted by George C. Brathwaite (PhD) is a member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag, To uphold and defend their honour, And by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go. Barbadians everywhere are disturbed about the social and economic challenges […]

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Is Prime Minister Stuart Competent to Lead Barbados at this Time?

“The tax haven Barbados is dying just now. The escape clauses in the offshore contracts are activated e.g. in the case of a downgrade to C, financial breakdown or revolution. No foreign investor will come to Barbados now to do any fresh offshore business, since a tax haven must offer financial security. There are multiple […]

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Thousands March to Protest …

Many come to BU to gauge the political pulse of the country. With a general election on the horizon it is accurate to say the political temperature is rising. As part of our commitment to the BU family to deliver an informed perspective members of he BU family were embedded in the BLP March of […]

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‘Home Drum Beat First’ -The Sale of Barbados National Bank by Owen Arthur

For many one of the enduring memories from the Owen Arthur Barbados Labour Party (BLP) tenure is the sale of the Barbados National Bank (BNB) to the Trinidad based Republic Bank Limited. Arthur continues to defend his decision by offering that the BNB was a loss making entity hamstrung by a high level of government […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Who Needs to Take Bitter Medicine

Submitted by Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has reportedly noted that we need to prepare for some bitter medicine. The Barbados Workers Union has signalled its intention not send its workers to the front of the queue to receive this medication. Fortunately for us, the only […]

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Putting Up a Resistance

During and after the 2016 general elections in the USA, there were allegations of the undermining of the electoral process, conspiracy theories, scandals, computer hacks by Russia and fake news. The linkages in all of these stories are that they have exposed a threat to democracy in the USA. It is now self-evident that even […]

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Zoning, Congestion and Pollution -a Time to Plan

Submitted by Anthony Davis If Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins had his way, school children in Barbados would be walking to school, instead of driving there, as a means of easing some of the current congestion on this country’s roads. “However, the Town & Country Planning Department top official said the proposal for full zoning […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Regrets, We All Have a Few: From Mediocrity to Failure

“This parliamentary term envisions a Barbados that is socially balanced, economically viable, environmentally sound and characterised by good governance” (Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, the Throne Speech March 6, 2013). It would have been a wonderful thing if the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had come close […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – GEMs a Lesson in Squandermania

In an article carried by the midweek Nation on 24th February 2010 the declared value of the then three remaining GEMS hotels were stated at BDS$ 74 million plus an accumulated debt of $229 million. With a total of 244 rooms that values each room at $303,278 when averaging it across the Hotels and Resorts […]

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1991 Replay

It is obvious the governance system of Barbados serves to frustrate citizens clamouring for change as a result of eight years of declining economic performance. We should add that the social landscape has been changing as well be it crime, road rage and other unbajanlike behaviours. The recent public falling out between former Governor of […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Our Darkest Hour

They say we gone down de drain, They say no more could we see happy times again ………………………………………………. Now is the time to show we patriotism… – We could make it if we try– Black Stalin Some of the lyrics from the calypso, “We could (sic) make it if we try” performed by Black Stalin […]

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