submitted by Mahogany CoConut
The Mahogany Coconut Group submits that the real vote buying is in the upper echelons of our society. What we witnessed on Election Day was some voters getting cash, cell phones, iPods and a bill paid here and there. The real votes were bought by those shadows- black and white, – who Dr. Don Blackman referred to a few decades ago! Of course Dr. Blackman talked only about white shadows but the corporate landscape has dramatically changed over the years – we now have shadows of all colors and ethnicities.
While we shout from the roof tops about what took place on elections day, we bury our heads in the proverbial sand, by refusing to ask one simple question:
“How did the two political parties, both claiming to be rather financially impoverished, raise a conservative estimate of over twenty million dollars to pour into a three week campaign?”
We ask Dale Marshall (BLP) to tell us about the successful “cake sales and car washes” that raised their money. We ask Ronald Jones (DLP) to tell us more about the “$500 here and there” that was given to his party by well wishers. Let’s face it; elections are now big business and the corporate shadows are well entrenched in both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party.
Anybody who believes that car washes, cake sales and a five hundred dollar donation here and there, can raise this large amount of money, needs to seriously wake up from his/her slumber! Continue reading
“Campaign Donation” deposited to Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s personal bank account. Barbados political elites break laws without fear.
Bizzy Williams probably tired of being shaken down every election
by James M.
First off, who knows what Bizzy really told The Nation? I don’t trust Barbados journalists to deliver the truth any more than I trust anyone. Whatever Bizzy said about political campaign funding has been reduced to four paragraphs with no video as proof.
“I’m not in favour of Bizzy’s solutions, but he’s right about one thing: Bajan politics is a corrupt, unregulated mess that has to be cleaned up.”
If Bizzy wants to put his ideas forward about cleaning up politics, enhancing governance and reforming the election process, it would be better if he wrote an article or recorded a video and posted it on the internet instead of relying upon reporters and news organisations that have proven histories of misreporting and censoring news and ideas to fulfill agenda-driven journalism. I’m sure BFP or Barbados Underground would print Bizzy’s article.
Former Prime Minister Thompson money-laundered $3 million + dollars for pal Leroy Parris
Nevermind that though, I’ll comment upon what Bizzy Williams is reported to have said. Continue reading
Tell me this, my friends…
When was the last time the Government of Barbados forgave you any taxes owed?
Be honest… When did the guvment look the other way for you or your loved ones?
Never? Yes, that is about right.
How much did Neal & Massey donate to the Democratic Labour Party in the last three years?
With no election funding rules or transparency, nobody knows… and the political class wants it so!
The government of Barbados is expected to waive more than BD$2 million in taxes from the sale of the Almond Beach Village, the Barbados Nation reported last week, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Almond Beach is owned by the local Neal & Massy group.
According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report: “Management has not taken into account any amount in respect of stamp duty or property transfer tax on the sale of the transaction as they expect these charges to be waived by the government of Barbados.”
PwC added: “While we have been provided with correspondence to support management’s expectation of an official waiver, we have not been provided with statutory instruments or other audit evidence adequate to support the actual waiver. Had the stamp duty and property transfer tax on the transaction been recorded, assets held for sale, total assets, revaluation reserve and shareholders’ equity would all have been reduced by BD$2.5 million.”
… read the rest of the story at T&T Guardian: N&M to get tax waiver on Almond Resorts sale
Ian Bourne (L), Adriel Brathwaite
The ongoing battle between the Attorney General and a tenacious Bajan journalist just entered a new level. The Bajan Reporter’s Ian Bourne published a news story calling Adriel Brathwaite a “stinking coward” and alleging that the Attorney General “bullies local media, but cannot bear scrutiny…”
And that’s just a start.
The lapdog local press will not ask the questions that Ian Bourne regularly puts to the political elites, and Bourne has again shown those same elites that they ignore his questions at their peril.
Freedom of the press belongs to those who have one… and by the looks of this, Ian Bourne certainly has his own press! Wuhloss!
Where was Sir Roy’s complaint about preferential hiring?
General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, accuses the Government of unfairly selecting employees to be laid off. (Barbados Today article here)
Sir Roy says there is a ‘do not touch’ list of favoured persons who are not to be fired – because they are politically connected.
We agree with Roy Trotman: knowing what we know about how things are done ’bout hey, there probably is a ‘protected’ list where experience, seniority and performance don’t matter: only being a friend of government matters.
That much is probably true.
The only thing I want to know is this: Why is this political favouritism only a concern at firing time?
Why hasn’t Trotman previously complained about preferential hiring based upon political favouritism?
Where was Sir Roy’s outrage when a family of 3 all lost jobs at the National Housing Corporation?
Why didn’t he demand to know how three people from one family all came to have juicy NHC jobs within a short time?
Here ya go, Mr. Trotman. Family loses 3 jobs, exposes nepotism at NHC.
Come on Trotman – Let’s see some equal outrage about how folks get hired ’bout this place.
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
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