Barbados Opposition Leader Thompson Speaking In New York Today, Sunday – But Does Anyone Know?

One of our readers in New York City alerted us to the fact that Barbados Opposition Leader David Thompson is speaking today in New York City at 4:30pm. Either this wasn't very well publicised or we just missed it.

Here are the details as we see them in the New York Daily News article by Jared McCallister…

Barbados opposition leader David Thompson will speak today (Sunday June 4, 2006) at Brooklyn's St. Alban's Church hall, 9408 Farragut Road (between E. 94th and E. 95th Sts.) at 4:30 p.m.

The event is part of the Friends of Barbados D.L.P. Association's Errol Barrow Lecture Series. Call Lennox Price at (718) 241-6123, Mona Byone at (718) 251-3928, Annette Alleyne-Merritt at (718) 493-2723, or Shirley and Audrey Hair Concepts at (718) 363-2656.

There was only one mention of this online – a New York Daily News article published just this morning, the very day that Mr. Thompson was speaking.

Not very well done DLP

I just wish that the DLP and PEP could get themselves together somehow – as Barbados lacks an effective Opposition, and has become pretty well a one-party state. That is not healthy for any country.

But before the DLP talks about running a government, perhaps they could learn to not wait until the morning of the event to announce that the Leader of The Opposition is speaking…

… unless, it is just not that important.

(big sigh)

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22 responses to “Barbados Opposition Leader Thompson Speaking In New York Today, Sunday – But Does Anyone Know?

  1. Adrian

    …Certainly had i known of it, I would have been there. I am always looking for an excuse to drive down to NY, from RI.

    …..I think your concerns about being a one party state is real, well it is real for me, as i think that the DLP is already Broken beyond the point of repair, and is merely going thru the motions, in essence they are trying to fool the public, by preparing to be on the rebound when in fact they are hoping to use the office of government to turn themselves around. It is time to stop with the partisan diehardism and focus on exposing the weaknesses of our system of government, and start pointing the way to reordering, and remaking it, as we the people will suffer the most from the current state of things.

  2. william duguid

    It is obvious that our friends at BFP are an equal oppourtunity lot after giving alot of help to the BLP Blog they are now offering the same to the DLP. The question is though if the DLP perceives that they need the help. I think not. Instead they will continue on their merry way preaching the doom and gloom and practising the politics of FEAR. Listening to or accepting advice from no one.

    This simple idea strikes at the difference between the two parties. The BLP takes care and attention in its structure and organisation. Embracing new ideas and technologies. Always willing to push the envelope or think outside the box.

    The other side stuck in the old days still surviving on the memory and policies of a time past.

  3. The DLP is having a hard time getting on track because they
    need some HIgh Tech help.

    Their Web Site should have been up and running so they could counter attack the BLP “people educating” machine.

    They should be in this Blog dealing with the words of wisdom from Mr. Duguid.

    According to him, The BLP is “Embracing new ideas and technologies”.

    I hope these “Technologies will clean up the Garbage in the Gullies,stop the sewage from running in the sea, lower the price of Gas, make the Bus service work , alleviate the traffic congestion, clean the drinking water and pump some to St.Lucy, move the people from Emmerton,

    I am not a member of any party so I should shut up. I just finish watching cricket so I popped in to my favorite Barbados blog.

  4. william duguid

    I am intrigued that Hanys would consider a Blog and Website High Tech help. Maybe some secondary school kid with his own site could help.

    With respect to the list of things Hants wants done I would say that we are cleaning up the gullies, Stopped sewerage and detergents from running into the sea, cleaned and desalinated the water, stopping it from leaking and pumping more to ST Lucy. (Hants does not live there by any chance)
    bought new busses to improve the service , plans inplace to improve traffic congestion and we are moving the people from Emmrton AGAIN.

  5. For the record, I am a Barbadian living in Toronto,Canada and visit Barbados 2 to 3 times a year.

    My comments are based on observations and experiances during these visits.

    However, BFP does not need my input as others in this blog are presenting the important issues fairly.

    Hopefully, this blog will not become a clone of one of Barbados’ Daily newspapers which advocates a BLP policy to the exclusion of all others.

    I hope BFP will find someone from the DLP to contribute to this Blog. Maybe Mr. Duguid can suggest someone he would like to do battle with.

    Keep up the good work BFP.

  6. BFP

    Hi Hants

    We have extended invitations to the DLP and PEP. If we hear from them, you’ll read about it.

    So far though, I guess they are all still recovering from the rally weekend.

  7. william duguid

    Sorry that you feel that I am battling with you Hants.
    It is just unfortunate that people tend to see only the negative side of things rather than the positive.

    Rome was not built in a day and things take time. Some times and inordinate amount of time.
    Sometimes you do something to fix one problem and this creates a different problem.
    We improved access to cars for all Barbadians. Great. Result increased congestion on the roads.

    We increased employment created over 30,000 jobs with increased wages.
    Result with increased spending power and disposable income more young people rather than living at home now everyone wants their own home resulitng in housing shortages and increase in land prices.

    Victims of our own success.

  8. Jane

    Willaim Duguid: We increased employment created over 30,000 jobs with increased wages.
    Result with increased spending power and disposable income more young people rather than living at home now everyone wants their own home resulitng in housing shortages and increase in land prices.

    You are joking, right? Are you saying this is what increased land prices?

  9. william duguid

    Supply and Demand. Greater demand and the supply not keeping up with the demand.
    These are not my words. This is from Sir Roy Marshall Former High Court Judge and Ambassador to London under DLP in his report on the National Commision on Law and Order.
    I am not Joking Jane.

  10. Jane

    So you are saying that Sir Roy says that it is young Barbadians wanting to own a piece of the rock who have driven up the price of land with their demand? Come again.
    Is it available on the internet and can you direct me to Sir Roy’s report on the National Commision on Law and Order?
    Thanks.

  11. John

    Those evil young Barbadians.

    Imagine wanting to own a piece of the rock and driving prices up.

    Soon those poor foreigners won’t be able to afford to buy land.

    Shame.

    What is Barbados coming to?

    What is the BLP doing?

  12. John

    How can there be a Supply/Demand problem with 20,000 vacant lots sitting idle from 1997?

    What’s the score on these vacant lots today?

  13. John: Does vacant mean that they are not owned? I owned a some land in Bim it has nothing on it except grass, and it is concidered vacant.

    Jane: Who do you blame for the high cost of land in Barbados? is anyone to blame?

    Too both of you: Is it possible for every aspiring Barbadian to own a house spot?

    David Ellis said: That Barbadians owns the most land on the island, is he correct.

    Peter Wickham said: that the unemployment figures are probably lower than the ones publish.

  14. Jane

    Cuh dear, Adrian. Who can afford the price of land in Barbados? Is it the young Barbadians who Dr. Duguid says are responsible for driving up the price?
    It seems to me that a land use plan which stipulates which land can be used for what purpose, and sticks by the stipulations, would have been helpful.
    Changing zoning is a costly exercise.

  15. John

    I thought the whole purpose of owning a lot was to build a dream house, not grow grass.

    Vacant means welll … vacant!!

    What a frustrated people we have become!!

    Don’t tell me you are one of these evil young people who is holding on to land and watching gleefully as the price rises?

    Peter Wickham says alot of things!!

    I don’t own any land so I can only take the words you ascribe to David Ellis with a pinch of salt. Logic would indicate that most land in Barbados is owned by Barbadians….. but I haven’t seen the figures. Should be a matter of fact and easily determined. However, if you take the Parish of St. John, I think most of that might be owned by the Hand from the South. St. James, well …. the jury might be out on that one in the absence of facts.

    I don’t think the nationality of the owner matters, it is the purpose for which he/she has acquired it which determines the price. Who knows, there might be oil or gold under it.

    I think its wonderful the price of land has gone up!! No blame is to be attached to anyone. Doesn’t mean we can’t try to figure out why it has risen and come up with differing reasons.

    Maybe we can make it go even higher.

    As to whether every aspiring Barbadian can own a house spot …. lets see there are over 250,000 Barbadians and about 100,000 acres. It is possible to imagine all Barbadians owning a 1/4 acre which is more than adequate for a house spot.

    Guess that would mean ethanol goes throught the window, but that would depend on how you describe aspiring .

  16. Jane I take it that you don’t have an answer, or would not wish to say as it does not represent your tenuous position.

    John so people should not aspire to own more than a half acre? Will you be calling on cow williams and other large land owners to give up some land?

    ….I guest i will have to reshape the original question:

    Is it possible, and practical for every aspiring Barbadian to own a house spot?

    So what is fustrating about owning some land and not doing anything with it, but letting the dictates of the market increase it’s value? I guess by the same rational there is something fustrating about putting 10,000.00 of disposable income in CD at 7% for 5 years?

  17. Jane I take it that you don’t have an answer, or would not wish to say as it does not represent your tenuous position.

    John so people should not aspire to own more than a half acre? Will you be calling on cow williams and other large land owners to give up some land?

    ….I guest i will have to reshape the original question:

    Is it possible, and practical for every Barbadian aspiring to own a house spot, to get one?

    why the connumdrum spin on aspiring???

    So what is fustrating about owning some land and not doing anything with it, but letting the dictates of the market increase it’s value? I guess by the same rational there is something fustrating about putting 10,000.00 of disposable income in CD at 7% for 5 years?

  18. John

    Adrian

    If everybody aspires to own more than 1/2 acre, there will be a whole heap of frustrated bodies!!

    As for COW and giving up land I say more power to him.

    He is entitled to his aspirations to own more than 1/2 acre. It is a pity his aspirations frustrate alot of other aspirants, but, what the heck, that’s life.

    In some countries a man is entitled to as many wives as he can support, but he must treat them equally and well. The poor sod who can’t support a wife must make do with one at most.

    Don’t think the courtesy is extended to women and husbands, but then again, things are tough all over.

    There is of course nothing wrong with owning land and and letting the market dictate its value. Of course some people would describe that as poor husbandry. Different strokes for different folks.

    But remember, in households where poor husbandry is practiced, radical, unpredictable things happen!!

  19. Visit http://www.cariblist.com and you will get a good idea about real estate in Barbados.

    It is obvious that the price of Land is driven up by the ability of some middle class people to pay $20 to $30 a sqft. and this in turn has impacted on the price at the bottom.

    Townhouses and Apartments will be the housing for young people in the future.

  20. John

    Hants

    I guess what you are saying is that young people should not aspire to own much more than a couple of thousand sq ft of floor space above or below somebody.

    Forget the 1/2 or 1/4 acre, you will only be frustrated.

    I think you may well be right.

    Time will tell.

  21. John

    The difference between putting your disposable income into a CD at 7% for 5 years and putting it into owning land and leaving it vacant is immense.

    It is almost biblical.

    In the first case, you give up your husbandry duties to a bank or fund manager in exchange for a fixed return on your investment and a commitment from the new husband of your resources not to act foolishly. The new husband you have entrusted your resources to is controlled in what he/she/it can do, that’s why you get a fixed return. You may be actually missing out big time by choosing this path and providing another with the opportunity to husband your resources.

    If you choose to own land and leave it untended, you are giving up your husbandry duties period and gambling that others who are properly husbanding their resources to provide some stability and growth in the real estate market.

    This is a big gamble and can give big returns, but it can also lead to liabilities and loss. For example, your lawyer might overlook some aspect of the title when you purchased and when you decide to cash in, having largely ignored your resource for years, you might be in for a big surprise. Knowing and carefully husbanding your land resource will give you the opportunity to discover more about your resource and not get surprised sometime down the road.

    Owning a vacant lot while it can be profitable in the long run can also be a liability.

    OK, enough philosophy.

    But remember the parable of the talents.

  22. Karma_1

    check out
    http://bajandemocrat.blogspot.com/
    and let’s keep Barbados Democracy alive. Another opportunity to keep democracy in focus.