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Peter Binose: How deep does the election fraud go in St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

Racist_Ralph_Gonsalves

How deep was the election fraud of PM Ralph Gonsalves?

Perhaps we should along with this consider “How high is the mountain, how deep is the sea?”

How deep did the election fraud reach in our last three elections? We all know about the Red T shirts and bottles of strong rum. Many of us know from first hand observation that it went much deeper than that. People were given roofing and building materials. It was actually delivered to their homes, and in many cases they were given tickets to go and collect lumber and other materials from the government small works yard at Arnos Vale adjacent to the airport runway.

Much was state owned materials. Delivery was made right up to 4am on the mornings of elections.

“Lumber, galvanised roofing, cement,  sheep, goats, chickens,  washing machines, cookers, refrigerators, 100 dollar notes in envelopes…

You name it, they got it.” 

It was claimed that many of the distributed items were for damage caused by certain past storms, but hundreds if not thousands received items when they lost nothing and had no damage.

The chosen recipients were known as supporters of the party in power. Continue reading

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Can MP’s leave their egos at home?

Journalist Ian Bourne

Journalist Ian Bourne

Like my old pal from Pull-Push, I also am not an Economist, but instead I wish to provide someways and means I have been mulling in the hopes Barbados would flourish once again, if they are used or adapted then at least progress is made – everyone is operating too close to the chest, as they seem to want to be the sole savior, Barbados needs to open up and thus advance in making the way forward as clear as possible!

DISAPPOINTMENT: BLP FAILS ALSO!

It is sad that David Estwick changed his mind so drastically from Saturday at 2 p.m. We may never learn what fair means or foul were used to achieve the base result which leaves more bitterness in many Bajans’ mouths already soured by the gall of hardships that continue to appear so odd when compared with the rest of the world, which appears to be mending at a steady pace…

The chance for either side of Barbadian politics to redeem itself saw the Grinch winning late last year when Mia Mottley failed to cut her own salary on Black Friday when the loss of 3,000 in the public sector was foreshadowed. She could have chosen to emulate, and even create a Bajan precedent, by doing like Nevis, Bermuda & St Vincent when their new leaders chose wage slashing as their first act in Office. Vance Amory chose to give his fellow Nevisians a savings of EC $70,000 a year for the next five years off of his salary; while Craig Cannonier in Bermuda did like Ralph Gonsalves in St Vincent – 10% for himself and 5% for the rest of Cabinet.

… continue reading this article at The Bajan Reporter

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Peter Binose: Politicians, political bullies and other cowards

Racist_Ralph_Gonsalves

Rubbish Caribbean Politicians and Marxist Pretenders!

by Peter Binose

Politicians who are haters, political bullies and distributors of malice and spite are always cowards.

They like to pick on small sections of society, little groups and little people. They know that little and disorganised people can be no threat to them so they are able to administer hatred, spite and malice without it affecting very much their support during the election process.

And in any case they can always re-buy them with a few trinkets at a later date, even on the very morning of an election.

Now I actually believe that the current leadership and the people who they insult and treat with absolute scorn and disdain fall into those very categories. What we can be sure of is that all our silences in the face of assault are acts of complicity. Its the very kind of acceptance that brought about the slavery of our forefathers.

Politicians who think with their epidermis or their genitalia, or their ruling class ancestry or clan and family, entitle them to be our masters – are the problem we should not tolerate.

One does not banish this spectre of bad behaviour by invoking it ourselves. If we would not vote against someone on the grounds of ‘race’ or ‘gender’ alone, then by the exact same token we would not cast a vote in their favour for the identical reason.

Yet see how this obvious question makes fairly intelligent Vincentian people say the most alarmingly stupid things and act in the most ignorant ways. If we are willing to accept scum behaviour from scum politicians perhaps we deserve to be ground under the boot of these political bullies. Continue reading

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LIAT Statement On Barbados Free Press Blog Post

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LIAT Statement On Barbados Free Press Blog Post

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan 21 2014 – LIAT (1974) Ltd. has taken note of the post, dated 17th January 2014, in the Barbados Free Press online blog of an Article entitled “Report of Conflict of Interest: Saint Vincent PM Ralph Gonsalves said to own 2 LIAT aircraft”.

The anonymous author concludes that “The conflict of interest arises because SVG is one of the major shareholders in LIAT. Government funds are involved and Prime Minister Gonsalves is heavily involved in decision making about the airline”.

The two aircraft mentioned in the article are owned by a publicly listed US based Leasing Company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). LIAT has always had arms length negotiations with this Lessor and its relationship with this Lessor is firmly set on a commercial basis. LIAT has no Aircraft Leases with Prime Minister Gonsalves or any shareholder of the Company and categorically denies the suggestion that the Prime Minister has anything to do with the leasing of aircraft to LIAT. LIAT views conflict of interest very seriously and abides by principles of good corporate governance.   Continue reading

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Barbados Labour Party organising protests against government

A train called CIVIL UNREST

A train called CIVIL UNREST

“Dear Barbados Free Press,

You should have been at the BLP meeting at St. George Secondary School. The Nation is soft selling the talk about marching in the streets. More nuff than talk is happening when former cabinet ministers telling people to organise marches.”

Received from an anonymous reader

‘Unrest’ word spoken again

Crime is already rising in proportion to the closed businesses and potholed roads. The Royal Barbados Police Force and the Defense forces recently increased crowd control training and joint practices.

The government hears it coming. Law enforcement and defense hear it coming. Private security patrol companies hear it coming.

Now you listen… Hear that train in the distance? It’s not so faint anymore, you can really hear it now. It’s coming…

Marching ‘may be only way’

Some prominent members of the Barbados Labour Party have come out in support of civil protest against the Government, despite recommendations to the contrary from the trade union movement.

During one of the party’s The People’s Assembly meetings at St George Secondary School last night, various speakers said taking to the streets in protest might be the only way for Barbadians to get their message across to the Freundel Stuart administration.

One such speaker was former Cabinet minister Anthony Wood, who said the imposition of university fees and the planned layoff of thousands of public servants were reason enough.  Continue reading

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Drugs, the Drug Trade and Us

HMCS Ottawa Barbados Drugs

Special to BFP by Phillip Alexander

Following on the almost billion dollar drug bust found a few years ago in the hull of a yacht bound for Spain outfitted in T&T, the six hundred million dollars worth of cocaine intercepted at Monos down the islands for which a handful of small fries are spending life in prison, and the soft drink that killed a foreign national ‘accidentally’ in the branded bottle of a Company now in the international spotlight once again as another of its brands are found to contain seven hundred and thirty pounds of narcotics, I turn my attention to the drug trade in Trinidad & Tobago.

At a local car dealership in San Juan a shipping container was opened and millions of dollars worth of drugs literally fell out onto the floor. A container full of chicken was opened on the port and found to contain again millions of dollars worth of drugs for which no one has been arrested, and, on the heels of both of those discoveries I ask, why has it not become mandatory that all shipping containers be unstuffed on the port?

A surgeon in east Trinidad has removed drugs from the stomach of a drug mule without reporting the matter to the police, and from what can be gleaned from the sanitized media stories, both surgeon and mule are still free to continue plying their trade. What is to become of this?  Continue reading

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Mottley – Arthur internal fight will kill any hope of a BLP victory next time around

Owen Arthur BLP Zombie 2

Owen Arthur: The Zombie who would not Die!

by Zackery Thumble

It is all rather simple.

Owen Arthur has not been able to take down Mia Mottley. He has been too smart by half: sucking and blowing, saying he supported her as Deputy Prime Minister but not as leader of the party because of her, well, her particular situation.

Then Owen tried a comeback that didn’t work out so well. Then he resigned as leader after badly blowing the election. Now he wants back… or wants Mascoll to be PM and BLP leader.

Or something…

But Mia hasn’t been able to rally enough support to shut down the torture. BLP stalwarts are being tortured to death by the drip drip drip drip of the Owen Arthur leaking faucet.

“Like a migraine headache lurking just below the threshold in the brain: threatening to return but never really surfacing.

Ruining everything without making a real appearance: that’s Owen Arthur.”

Owen Arthur doesn’t love Bim any more than he loves the BLP – which is not at all. Arthur is a political zombie, but he just doesn’t know it…

Yet.

Albert Brandford has his opinion too.

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Caribbean Court of Justice judgements cannot be enforced in Barbados!

CCJ can't make Barbados pay Shanique Myrie judgement

CCJ can’t make Barbados pay Shanique Myrie judgement

As an old friend used to say “IANAL” – “I am not a lawyer”

But if a judgement from the CCJ cannot be enforced, what’s the use? Isn’t the whole justice system a farce then? Why bother taking anything to the CCJ?

How does this impact foreign investors who might be interested in doing business in Barbados or other Caribbean nations?

Can someone please explain this to me. Why bother having a CCJ if the judges have no power?

CCJ lacks mechanism to enforce Shanique Myrie judgement, says judge

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – A judge with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Friday said there was no mechanism to enforce the judgement following the recent ruling in the case involving the Jamaican national Shanique Myrie.

Myrie successfully sued the Barbados Government after she was refused entry into the island in 2011. Continue reading

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Opinion: Owen Arthur wants and needs Barbados economy to continue in crisis

Owen Arthur Mia Mottley fight

“Arthur has a history of using Mia Mottley when it is in his interest to do so and seeking to destroy her when it looks like she and the BLP have victory in sight.”

Arrived via Denmark or Sweden, and signed “Victory is in sight!”

Owen Arthur is known to say “sorry” because he believes it is a cool thing to do. He often says, “blame me” but that too is sarcasm.

He has already made it clear that Clyde Mascoll is his “quo leader.”

Mia thought they were in love... while Owen was getting ready to give her a shove!

Mia thought they were in love… while Owen was getting ready to give her a shove!

The one thing you can say with certainty about Owen Arthur, is that he never reverses himself on anything. Owen Arthur is driven by a type of obsessive hatred for Mia Mottley. Even if it means sacrificing himself, that is fine with Arthur as long as it destroys Mia Mottley in the process.

Owen Arthur has one unfulfilled obsession and that is to make sure that Mottley never leads Barbados and that Mascoll (his quo-leader) emerges to become the leader of the BLP and the next Prime Minister of this country.

Arthur’s interest is not served by being on an “Eminent Person’s Committee.” That would allow the Government to put Barbados on a stable economic path and spoil his plans.

Any economist of note who Mia consults will also immediately become an offense to Arthur because it means competition for Mascoll. In order for Arthur’s plan to work, he needs the crisis in the economy to continue, since it will also serve as the distraction he needs to execute his plot.

For the ‘Old Fox’, the plot is simple!

Arthur will continue to pick at Mia Mottley in the hope that she becomes distracted and responds. A brawl that pulls in bees from both camps and creates a spectacle and confusion would be good for Arthur. Once Mia falls for the trap, “check mate” and game over for her. Continue reading

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A new model of Governance for Barbados

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by David Comissiong

During the 2013 General Election season the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) spent millions of dollars on a propaganda campaign that was designed to convince you – the people of Barbados  – that the DLP was profoundly committed to maintaining all existing jobs in the public sector of Barbados.

They used the millions of dollars given to them by un-named wealthy “donors” on advertisements and public meetings in which they assured you that a vote for the DLP was a vote to preserve public sector jobs, and that a vote for the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) would be a vote for privatisation of public entities and loss of public sector jobs!

Indeed, they even went beyond this and actually created additional public sector jobs during the year leading up to the General Elections!

Now, a few months later, the leaders of the DLP have callously and unabashedly informed you that there are too many persons employed in the public sector ; that over 5,000 of these jobs are being cut; and that — in the words of Minister Donville Inniss – the decision to cut these jobs was not a tough decision to make!  This, mind you, is the same Donville Inniss that is a member of the largest and highest paid Cabinet in the history of Barbados – the same Donville Inniss who publicly rubbished the proposal that Ministers of Government should take a salary cut!

Well, there you have it!  Once again you have been taken for a ride!     Continue reading

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Dirty politics in Barbados? Sex Video said to be a well-known politician… but it’s not him

1 Barbados Sex Video

At least, we don’t think it’s him…

In the past few days eight readers have sent us a sex video that is supposed to involve a well-known Bajan politician having an excellent time with a woman not his wife.

Wuhloss! Who would have imagined such a relationship could happen on this rock?

After a thorough examination of the video, several times, with rum and beers in hand, your committee of Barbados Free Press editors and staff concluded that it sure looks like you-know-who, but it’s not. At least, we don’t think it’s him.

But that leads us to the next question: Who created or discovered a slightly-blurred sex video that looks like a Barbados politician but isn’t really? Who sent it around and put it up on the chat groups with his name? Was it done with a hidden camera? It looks that way!

Why it was done is an easy question to answer, and we’re not going to mention which party might have done it. *** (We’ve changed our minds… see the end of this post.)

All we can say is, politics is a dirty game everywhere, but especially in Barbados where there are no rules about conflicts of interest, there are no procurement standards for spending government money, and there is no Freedom of Information Act that would at least give citizens a hope of finding out the truth.

Do you want to clean up politics in Barbados? We have to start by stopping the feed at the piggy trough. Being elected shouldn’t be a guarantee of becoming a millionaire, but that’s the way it is ’bout hey.

As long as the rewards of being elected are that large, and the chances of being caught so small, the politicians of both parties will continue to use every dirty trick to discredit others and to get themselves elected to the piggy trough.

Continue reading

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Barbados Government censorship of news media a diversion for 3,000 workers fired at Christmas!

Barbados Opposition walks out

(click above image for large view!)

by West Side Davie and friends…

It seems to me that both the “Child Porn” (the teens’ faces were blurred, and the sex act is not well-defined) against the Nation and this latest salvo per Speaker striking a comment and paper carrying it is merely Government trying to build a case so as to muzzle The Nation. It is only a matter of time before they come after other news media as well. Why attack 6 weeks after the event? Prime Minster Stuart knew the 3,000 workers sent home was afoot an he and his DLP Government are scared as IMF is here for “Management”! This is nothing but a diversion. This is nothing except something to occupy the public’s attention while 3,000 families are gutted at Christmas.

I believe there might be a minor infraction in the Nation’s 10th paragraph that reported on a matter struck from parliament’s record – but it is minor. The fact that the DLP Government took six weeks to refer to the police indicates the smallness of the offence and a witch-hunting approach with backroom zealots poring over every report looking for media (Nation) slip-ups.

Dearest BFP: please reprint the Nation article, and ask everyone on the internet to reprint it. We must not let freedom of the press be gutted by a bunch of corrupt bastards.

Regards from the platinum coast,

West Side Davie

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How Sir Ronald Sanders swayed Caribbean support for Britain during the Falklands War

caricom-barbados-ronald-sanders.jpgSue Onslow of the University of London interviewed Sir Ronald Sanders as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The entire interview available to read online at Commonwealth Oral Histories, or you can download the PDF at the bottom of this post.

Sir Ronald was a diplomat starting in the 1980′s and was part of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group reporting in 2011. The first Eminent Persons Group included Barbados future Governor General, Dame Nita Barrow, who famously dressed in African garb to sneak into Soweto in South Africa and also met with Nelson Mandella in jail.

The interview covers a wide range of topics where Sir Ronald gives the perspective of someone right in the middle of the chaos that is international politics. Topics include South Africa (people, politics and apartheid), the US invasion of Grenada, the Falklands War and stories and opinions about famous people including then Barbados Prime Minister Tom Adams and lessor public figures like Reagan and Castro. ;-)

It’s a good read for anyone interested in history or politics.

Here’s a passage about how the Caribbean had decided to side with Argentina in the Falklands, but then Sir Ronald decided to convince the leaders that our collective interests favoured the UK…   Continue reading

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Henderson Bovell: Bajans must choose between fresh elections or the IMF and DLP – Democratic Labour Party

BLP Henderson Bovell

Editor’s Note: We had a little fun with Henderson Bovell in August of 2012 when we said Henderson Bovell loses memory, maybe his entire mind…, but now we have to admit that Henderson was at least half right – that the DLP government has been and is a disaster for Bajans. Where we differ with Henderson is that he still thinks that the BLP corruption experts are some sort of answer for the current financial woes.

Nevermind all that though: Henderson makes some good points in his latest piece.

Let ‘er rip, Henderson! …

Choose Bajans: Urgent Fresh Elections or an IMF/DLP Programme of austerity and suffering Even Worse Than 1991?

The downgrade by Standard and Poors is proof that, you can hijack the truth – even hold it hostage for a short time (as it is now crystal clear the DLP did before the February 2013 general elections) but “truth” will always escape and expose you, as the DLP is now finding out.

Before the February elections, Barbadians were assured by the same DLP that said that: it will not “cheat;” it will not “steal” and it will not “lie” – that the economy was “stable.” But soon after February, “truth” was able to escape and the country heard “for the first time” (despite an alleged report to the nation during the general election campaign when nothing was said) that the QEH could not pay a multi-million-dollar bill for medicines and that the Transport Board had spent $30 million it did not have and having done that – licked-out an overdraft for a further $10 million. You see part of why Barbados is in serious trouble?

Trademark fiscal recklessness like the Transport Board spending that $40 million it did not have  – will hardly escape the Auditor General but it constitutes the same cost overrun the dems  said will not happen – under a DLP Government?  Do you see why you need to urgently reel-in the DLP and why no patriotic person in Barbados; sensible person within the Caribbean or  respected institutions around the world -  have confidence in the DLP; trust them or want to risk taking them seriously?

The Country was suppose to be “stable” but the Barbados economy is smaller now than in 2008! Stable, but the Foreign Reserves ‘nose-dived:’ from over  $3.7 billion in 2008 to less than $1 billion by September 2013: and the free fall continues!  Continue reading

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Donville Inniss ignores his own sex-industry profits to chastize Jamaica Gleaner

Donville Inniss associated website: Pregnant women porn at Orgasm.com

Donville Inniss associated website: Pregnant women porn at Orgasm.com

Minister of Industry and International Business has convenient memory lapse

Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss

Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss

Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss was part of the lucrative online sex business for years. He profited from websites where desperate pregnant women and teenagers performed sex acts for money.

Inniss also profited from websites showing humans committing sex acts with animals.

You know we couldn’t say this if it wasn’t true folks. Our WordPress hosting company would take us down faster than a rum disappears at Oistens on a Friday night.

DLP Democratic Labour Party government member Donville Inniss has a long and sullied history of internet sex profiteering. Mia Mottley first brought this up years ago, but the Nation and the other Barbados news media protected Inniss by ignoring the big story and only writing about the ‘Naked News‘ website in a humorous manner. The Bajan news media made no mention of dozens of disgusting porn websites that formed part of the Inniss online porn empire at the time.

The only Bajan journalist who has ever seriously questioned Minister Inniss about his online sex business is Ian Bourne of The Bajan Reporter.

You can find a list of BFP’s Donville Inniss online sex articles here: Questions about Minister’s porn business profiteering

Now Inniss has launched a “scathing attack on a Sunday Gleaner editorial” where the Gleaner supported the Nation staffers charged with child porn.

At the same time Barbados Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite reminded folks that ‘Not everyone involved in transactional sex is doing it willingly‘. That’s true: many of the men and women at the Inniss sex websites are quite desperate. It’s a wonder that Minister Brathwaite can sit in the same room with online sex profiteer Donville Inniss.

You should read The Gleaner articles at their website, but because so many news articles are taken down or changed we have to reprint the whole thing here:

‘Mind Your Own Business And Look At Rot In Jamaica’ – Bajan Minister Blasts Gleaner For ‘Political Undertones’

Gleaner, November 19, 2013

A BARBADOS government minister has launched a scathing attack on a Sunday Gleaner editorial, telling the newspaper to take its nose out of Bajan affairs and concentrate on the “rot going on in Jamaica”.

The fiery reaction stemmed from the editorial, published this past Sunday, on the controversial arrest and charge of three employees of The Nation newspaper in Barbados for publishing a story and photograph of two 14-year-olds having sex at school.

Bajan Minister of Industry and International Business Donville Inniss described the editorial as shameful.

Said Inniss, it is “one of the nastiest pieces of editorial work which I have seen in any media house in the Caribbean”. Continue reading

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Walter Blackman: Numbers don’t lie – People do!

“His silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion, and buy men’s voices to commend our deeds.”

William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

by Walter Blackman

by Walter Blackman

I make reference to a Nation News article dated November 4, 2013, entitled “Numbers don’t lie” and written by Sanka Price.

In that article, Mr. Erskine Griffith is highlighted as a top‐level civil servant who served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance under six Ministers of Finance and five Prime Ministers, dating back from his appointment to the post under Tom Adams to Owen Arthur, under whom he retired as the Director of Finance and Head of the Civil Service in 2000.

Mr. Griffith used the following economic indicators to demonstrate that Barbados is in deep trouble:

Economic indicator

Trend compared to 2007‐2008

GDP

Falling

Retail Prices

Rising

Disposable Income

Falling

Value of the Barbados $

Falling

Unemployment

Rising

After looking at the above trends, an impartial economics or finance professional would concede that Barbados is experiencing a recession. The following questions would then naturally follow: What can be done to raise the level of our GDP, disposable income, and employment? How can we suppress rising retail prices so that businesses and households could have more purchasing power?

One would have hoped that a person with Mr. Griffith’s experience and background, realizing his country is in the throes of a deep recession, would have been able to leverage his knowledge of the intimate workings of the WTO, his long‐term control over the country’s financial services apparatus, and his presumed access to the policymakers of Barbados to recommend at least a few strategies aimed at generating sustainable employment and future economic growth.

Instead, by comparing the above current economic indicators to those in 2007 and 2008, Mr. Griffith deliberately chose to walk Barbadians down the proverbial garden path with the aim of getting them to swallow two falsities:

  1. The first myth is that the Owen Arthur administration, in conjunction with the BLP, had placed Barbados on the road to sustainable economic growth by 2007‐2008. (We were presumably all living in a paradise back then. Of course, Mr. Griffith, having functioned effectively as an operative for over 25 years, was then enjoying the highest level of his political rewards in the form of a member of the Senate and Minister of Agriculture).
  2. The second untruth is that the present Freundel Stuart administration, in conjunction with the DLP, is totally responsible for the country plunging precipitously from its heavenly, idyllic state in 2007‐2008 to “deep trouble” in 2013.

Truth be told, in order to trace the origin and depth of some of our national troubles, it might be worth our while to return to the start of the 1980’s, so that we can get a feel for what was happening then: Continue reading

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What the hell does New Zealand want with Barbados?

Barbados New Zealand

New Zealand sends ambassador to Barbados – for good reasons!

How small the world is today, and how wonderful it is when one can have friends on the other side of the globe.

I couldn’t figure out why New Zealand would bother putting an ambassador anywhere in the Caribbean, so the recent announcement puzzled me. Then I started reading some of the news articles and press releases in New Zealand (thank you internet!) and I understood immediately. None of the Caribbean news sources made the connection: It’s a big chess game at the United Nations where no card is too small to count.

Barbados might be a small card – but we count big time where our vote can push national and international campaigns over the top. That’s why New Zealand is interested in little Bim – they think we can help them to be elected to the Security Council at the United Nations.

New Zealand people are typically called ‘Kiwis’, and from the few I’ve met I can tell you that if you thought Aussies were friendly, loud and largely out of control… you ain’t seen nothing yet! I know from my time drilling out rivets in the Middle East that there is no finer, more loyal friend than a Kiwi. It’s in their blood. Let’s hope that’s true on a national scale too.

And another thing: I think those Kiwis are going to love our rum.

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What happened to the Bim I knew?

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“How can a prosperous flourishing country which gained it’s independence from mother England in 1966 have fallen into such a Political, Economic, Social & Financial morass in 47 years?”

by Wily Coyote

How can a prosperous flourishing country which gained it’s independence from mother England in 1966 have fallen into such a Political, Economic, Social & Financial morass in 47 years?

Under the leadership of the British the country flourished, economically, financially and socially. It can be argued that this flourish was on the backs of black slaves, indentured white slaves and an aristocratic over bearing British master.  The point is that the country did flourish and was looked on as the JEWEL of the Caribbean.

During the initial years of independence the leaders of the country were black and white, British educated and schooled in old world ethics. Eventually locally educated and raised individuals assumed the day to day responsibilities, the political entity controlled by the blacks and the economic identity controlled by the whites. Today in 2013 these black/white control distinctions are becoming somewhat less distinct in the economic forum as the non-whites are now responsible for the majority of lower/mid level commerce.  The non-blacks still control the majority of the larger corporate end of the economy which may or may not reside within the country.

The education, political, economic, social and financial learning of all these new controlling groups was heavily influenced by the Caribbean Culture, both in Barbados and surrounding countries.

Caribbean people are well known for their “laid back attitudes”, poor work ethics, liming, put it off till tomorrow attitudes. This is not necessarily to be taken as a bad thing and in fact is good for ones longevity providing you do not interfere with thy neighbours wife.

However this attitude can get you into trouble very quickly economically should you not keep close attention to exactly what’s happening in the global environment that we deal in today.

Barbados economy has moved from being agricultural based to one of tourism and off shore banking, both of which the country is not in control.  Barbados has attracted a large off shore banking economy by offering LOW TAX rate shelters for higher tax jurisdictions. Continue reading

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