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Another Heather Cole Column – Bajan Monopoly

Submitted by Heather Cole In the original game of monopoly, players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game-board buying and trading properties, developing them with houses and hotels. Players also collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. Lots of money is available but the stakes are […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – The Way of the One Trough

History can be studied from an infinite number of perspectives, and no historian can study them all.  I study history from several different perspectives, one being seeking patterns among nations.  There seems to be a model that former colonies do not appear to deviate from once they have been granted independence.  It currently comprises seven […]

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The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – Today’s Morality, Yesterday’s Culture

It is, I suppose, inevitable in a modern developing society that previous conduct, not then expressly treated as illegal or even taboo, would come one day to be judged in the harsh light of an arguably more humane polity, one more officially respectful of the rights of each individual to dignity and autonomy. The examples […]

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Foreign Reserves Continue to Fall

It is the silly season and if we are to judge from debates of the past leading up to a general election, it is unlikely such an important issue will take place devoid of political claptrap. All indicators about the health of the foreign reserves confirm that this government has been unable to change the […]

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The Prime Minister, Attorney General and Gollop the QC

A few years ago Minister Michael Lashley was the starboy of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). He was complimented for expanding the housing stock, exponentially. He ensured Barbadians erased Liz Thompson’s ‘bumblebee’ prototype from memory. Years later many of the houses built by Lashley with tax dollars are unoccupied or rotted. If we include the […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Choosing the Right Boyfriend

As we approach the inevitable General Election, voters have a most important decision to make.  Who will they select to manage their affairs for the next 5 years?  During this time, political parties will try to entice voters to vote for them. There are currently 3 political parties with over 20 Candidates.  The Democratic Labour […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Don’t be a Lunatic

Whenever I discuss politics with persons who are critical of the current DLP administration, they normally become visibly angry and frustrated – and with good cause.  The 20 economic downgrades and generally poor delivery of government services can lead the public to conclude that this DLP administration is grossly incompetent.  The DLP’s response to the […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Need to End Embargo

Since December 8, 1972, Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have had formal relations. The countries are ‘thrust together by geopolitical realities and common regional and global challenges’, and the CARICOM-Cuba relationship has been sustained ‘by mutual respect for the right to self-determination and to the development model of their choosing’. In the name of […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Broadening Local Freedom of Expression

“Freedom of speech [expression] means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent…” Alan Dershowitz, US Law professor “As a former member of the US military, I took an oath to […]

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The Launch of Barbados First Virtual Political Party

Barbados First / Patriotic Party (BF/PP) # of member = 0 (at present). Hello fellow Barbadians. We all know of Barbados problems with the most important being the state of the economy. High Debt High Deficit High Taxes Low Growth Low Productivity Lack of leaders to make the hard decisions and lack of patriots to […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Keep Your Head Down

The slavery experience of our foreparents has left a legacy that we still struggle with today.  It is a legacy that everyone who has tried to improve a situation has felt.  Over the past quarter-century, I have talked with many persons who saw something being done incorrectly, whether on a construction site, or at a […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Hard Ears You Wouldn’t Hear!

Barbados has its colloquialisms, traditions, and high expectations regarding the provision of quality services and public goods. Barbadians expect focus on the key areas of: health, housing, transportation, education and poverty. These areas speak to national development. National development refers to the ability of a nation to improve the lives of its citizens and residents. […]

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Stephen for Mara in St. John?

The following document was received in the BU inbox which promotes the view that Mara Thompson will NOT  be contesting the St. John seat at the next general election. What is surprising is the suggestion that Stephen Lashley is looking to jump the Christ Church West Central ship? Discuss for 5 marks.

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Who is to Blame?

We arrived at a Government department before 11:00 am and the door was locked. About 9 persons were inside and it was rumoured that the staff were going to lunch after those inside had been processed.  The last person to be processed came out at 11:09 am.  Then some of the staff came out with […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – DLP’s Bus Conked-out

Last Wednesday night, a discerning audience got to hear from one of the sober minds emanating from within the bosom of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Ryan Straughn delivered an insightful, comprehensive, and forward-looking presentation that hailed the intellect, vision, and leadership of arguably Barbados’ best prime minister – JMGM ‘Tom’ Adams. Straughn’s presentation was […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Stuart’s Abysmal Communication

“Not the gun but the word is the symbol of authority.” – Charles Lindblom, former American political scientist and economist. Public discussion and debate are essential in a social democracy such as Barbados. Indeed, effective political language and communication are healthy for good governance, especially in the context where there is a contest of alternative […]

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Re-emergence of Potholes|Leading From the FRONT

Those of us who experienced the Barbados of the 70s and 80s participated in the transformation of an agrarian economy to service based. We can debate if successive governments have erred by deprioritizing agriculture and manufacturing by giving the international business/offshore sector pride of place to pay the bills. What is irrefutable is that Barbados […]

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