BLP Blog Says Don’t Elect DLP – Because They Fouled Up In 1962!

Don’t elect the DLP because forty-four years ago, they did something that didn’t work out. That is the message at the Barbados governing party’s BLP Blog.

It is pretty bad when the party in power thinks they have to go that far back to find reasons why the electorate should not vote them out.

Read “Full Marks On Energy Pricing” at the BLP blog.

Oh, and while you’re reading the article, don’t you dare think about the increase to the national debt and annual deficit during the last 12 years. Nope… we wouldn’t want you thinking about that.

“Everything gonna be just fine. Really. Trust us. We be the gov’ment…”

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33 responses to “BLP Blog Says Don’t Elect DLP – Because They Fouled Up In 1962!

  1. william duguid

    The issue here is not the DLP made a mistake in 1962 when they entered into the profit gurantee agreement the issue is that they allowed it to persist and continue for 40 years when they should have sought to change it and remedy the situation. This was not done by them. People make mistakes but one must try to make things right if a mistake has occurred not allow it to persist and continue to wreck havoc on the competitiveness and lives of the people of the country.

  2. ross

    “People make mistakes but one must try to make things right if a mistake has occurred not allow it to persist and continue to wreck havoc on the competitiveness and lives of the people of the country.”

    Dr. Duguid shouldn’t this apply to government expropriations as well?

  3. Yo!

    Kleptocracy? is that what you mean, Ross?

  4. BFP

    William says, “The issue here is not the DLP made a mistake in 1962 when they entered into the profit gurantee agreement the issue is that they allowed it to persist and continue for 40 years when they should have sought to change it and remedy the situation.”

    Ah…. but haven’t the last 12 years been BLP’s watch? Why didn’t the BLP do something about it then?

    Something we’re missing here, William?

  5. Hants

    The above article is another diversion from the harsh reality of the problems facing Barbados.

    How are you going to maintain the high standard of living after CWC2007 (hopefully it is a success),and
    after the current construction boom ends (2009?).

    Also, I would like some reasonable person to tell me why it takes more than 12 years to correct mistakes made by previous administrations.
    Why it takes more than 12 years to eradicate poverty if the Economy is booming in this little country of 280000 people.

    Yes Barbados has been “progressing” because of the foreign investments in Real Estate, Hotels and Offshore companies but the middle class and those less fortunate are not benefitting in proportion to this level of “progress”.

    My fear is that there will be an acceptance of an underclass of Barbadian workers who will be forced to depend on the State to subsidise even their purchase of basic housing. They will not be able to buy land and build a home at market value.

    Will Barbados become like Bermuda? I hope not.

    BFP keep the focus on the real problems facing Barbados and let us all try to find solutions.
    The Sylly Rumblings can continue with the insults but the bigger picture is the country we love whether we live there or not.

  6. Hants

    Its has occured to me that if the voting public believes the BLP, Barbados could become a one party state.

    If the BLP continues accepting the migrants from the DLP, and continues this “politics of inclusion”
    real opposition could cease to exist.Politics of inclusion and financial persuasion can be powerful tools in creating a one party state even if that is not the intention.

    We could have a BLP government led by——– the
    Prime Minister for life and father of First world Barbados.

  7. Royalrumble

    Ross and Yo when you can tell me where the money from the Cotton aparently sold by the bulk under the last DLP administration is then I will start to examine the non issues of expropriation and kleptocracy, what ever the hell those are.

    Hants you will always invite my strongest criticism because you, primarily for political reason fail to understand the depth of deprivation to which this country was plunged in the early 1990’s by the DLP. The man who was at the centre of the social and economic disaster and who has show absolutely no remorse for that period, is today forcing himself upon us again and you support that. How do you expect me to respond to your invitation for someone like Thompy to destroy the hopes and dreams of my two sons. This is the same man who told Barbadians not to purchase shares in certain companies and while he was giving them that advice he was on the other hand buying up the same shares left, right and centre for himself and his family. So you see where the “Family First” concept came from.

  8. Royalrumble

    Additionally Hants, we in Barbados do not fear a one party state because we know that it is not possible. It is however one the scare tactics used by the DLP to drive fear in the hearts of the electorate. In the same way that we did not fear it back then when Barrow was in his full bloom we do not fear it now that the only real person who can work in Barrow fotsteps is in charge. We had full confidence in Barrow and we have full confidence in Arthur. Read the results of the poll done by the DLP.

    But how can a DLP ever rebuild itself when it abuses its members in the manner that they now do. You know little about the goings on in this country for us to take to heart your feeble opinions. Poverty reduction in this country has decreased significantly since 1994, check the latest international report, and the among of persons who now depend on the state has also been drastically reduced. Go and do your homework and stop making comments for which little intellectual ingredience is ever evident. If you need the data on these things just say so and I would be happy to provide it. This country is sound and for that we thank PM Arthur, The Father Of First World Barbados.

  9. Hants

    Royal Rumble, cut the crap as we say in Toronto, your 2 sons are likely to be sucessful regardless of who is in power because you will support them (I hope) with the same passion you support the BLP.Their hope and dreams are in your hands.

    Fear mongering about David Thompsom is not going to work He is only one man and if he screws up he will be crushed.

    I suggest to you Royal Rumble that it is your responsibility to look after yourself and your family regardless of who is in power. I have no doubt you are doing this.

    Yes I see problems for Barbados in the future but the the DLP is just as capable as the BLP in solving them.

    I will support the DLP as a party regardless of who its elected leader is.
    I am in the fortuitous position of having to “leave Owen alone” and even though I disagree with some of his policies I think he should be respected. I do not understand this intense dislike you appear to have for David Thompson but that is a matter for you and him.

    You should not waste too much time on me though.
    I do not live in Barbados.
    am not a member of the DLP.
    will never be a politician.
    am self employed and my Clients do not include the GOB or any political parties.

    I am a Bajan and love my country and that will never change regardless of where in the World I am living.

  10. Hants

    One more thing Royal Rumble,
    I really like this phrase from one of your posts which refers to your Prime Minister.

    “Prime Minister for life and father of First world Barbados”

    Will that be added to your Campaign slogans prehaps, “keep going with Owen” ?

    William I am still waiting for your comment on this title for the PM.

  11. william duguid

    Dear BFP,

    The first contract was for 25 years to end in 1987. When they came to renew for another 25 we rallied and urged the DLP to sign for just 10 years that brought us to 1997 and under a BLP administration the contract eneded and was not renewed. I believe this is the timeline of events.

  12. william duguid

    So in other words we had to wait till the last contract had come to an end.
    A similar thing was done with Cable and Wireless but in this case the facility was available to buy out the remaining time and enabled the liberalisation of telecommunications in Barbados.

  13. william duguid

    Dear Ross,
    I am not aware of any land acquisition that was illegal or inapropriate. If you have information to the contrary I would be happy to look at it.

    As far as I am concerned the Government always acts to acquire land legally be it by private treaty or compulsory acquisition.

  14. william duguid

    Dear Hants,

    I try not to enter into name calling and trivial matters of that nature. However what I question is the blind support you have been putting behind the DLP especially at a time when it is in self destruct mode. Step back and look at the issues in a dispassionate way then come to your conclusions.
    The time is gone when people blindly support political parties. Look at the issues. Look at the resources and people available to each party and draw your own conclusions.
    Of course I thnk that THE BLP will be the party of choice because from my point of view we have the best people to take Barbados forward.

  15. ross

    I am glad you are willing to look at the information. I need to find out whether we agree on a few basic things first.

    When the government takes private land it is to be used for a public purpose. Do you agree with that, William?

    Do you know what is the approved procedure that must be followed when the government wants to use private land for a public purpose?

  16. ross

    Yo! If the cap fits, wear it.

  17. Hants

    William,

    I think the time has come for me to detach myself from this entire debate. I will leave it to others who have a greater stake in Barbados to decide if they want to support the DLP or your great party.

    Here is what you wrote”However what I question is the blind support you have been putting behind the DLP especially at a time when it is in self destruct mode.

    Here is my answer William. I do not believe in deserting a politcal party other than by an act of God and for the record I can see quite clearly.

  18. Rumplestilskin

    Unfortunately, listing one ‘reason’ for not supporting a party, while in some cases of outright abuse may be reasonable, in this case is not.

    What applies to Barbados today is a larger picture of multiple issues, which should be assessed on their own merit or problems and also on the overall macroeconomic picture and socioeconomic profile of Barbados, as it stands today.

    All political parties will lay accusations at the feet of opponents, however there are issues today in Barbados which urgently need addressing, the first being the manner ITSELF in which problems are dealt with by the current administration i.e. in apparent secrecy, with no accountability, with buck-passing and generally no sense of the unfortunate state of affairs, from the point of view of the country’s future AND from the point of view of the right of citizen’s to have proper accountability of events from Government.

    I suspect that as the election draws near the reality of events will sink in, at least a little bit, into the electorate AND the political representatives, as the uncertainty over the future, despite unsupported claims to the contrary, comes even more to the fore.

    I suspect that fancy slogans will not have quite the same effect on the election results this time, as they say, you can fool…..

  19. Dizzy Bajan

    It get’s worst – Just ten minutes ago Lynette Eastman (on CBC TV) exposed the IMF for reserving the least capable of their staff to send to Barbados to perform duties.

  20. Harvard Girl

    William Duguid commented “Dear BFP,

    The first contract was for 25 years to end in 1987. When they came to renew for another 25 we rallied and urged the DLP to sign for just 10 years that brought us to 1997 and under a BLP administration the contract eneded and was not renewed. I believe this is the timeline of events.”

    Mr. Duguid, you are a very valuable resource for this blog because you often are able to research and post contary information when BFP is incorrect.

    We have all noticed though that your silence says much more. When you are silent we know that BFP has struck home. Your dancing all around whether or not the waterpark developer Kerins had a private meeting with the Prime Minister is a “prime” example.

    You don’t answer it, so we know BFP has struck home. Your silence on many subjects tells us what we want to know.

  21. Velzo

    Royalrumble/Sylvan Greenidge is a character though. It was Thompy who gave him a job in the LOP office when the BLP let him down after 1994. Thompy saved his mortgage and his two sons. What a man Sylvan is, though!

  22. angela

    if the DLP did something so bad in 1962 ,why were they return to serve 2 term since then. bajans have short memories, and they dont have to go back 40 years to win the government.stop trying to side track us but we will not let it happen

  23. Velzo

    WD: You don’t see anything else on this site that requires your input. You stretching our senses to the breaking point here. What’s the pos. on the Water Park/PM meeting?

  24. Dizzy Bajan

    Dr. Duguid is a smart fella. His is one of those safe seats.

    The fact is that when the BLP is kicked out of office he knows that he is likely to be one of the few remaining.

    He may even end up as a major contender for leader of the opposition in a race between Owen, Mia, Duguid.

    By the way William, you guys promised full employment in this third term of government – how close are we now? (or was that just another bs promise)

  25. Green!

    Don’t you give my Paliamentary Rep. stick about quintessential campaign promises like Full Employment,
    coz you and I and Wm. know that THAT kinda BS is simply telling the masses what they want to hear..
    (to be filed under Krapola)

    I am however encouraged to hear that you consider Wm.D. to be a contender for future leadership,
    right up there with X and Y…
    coz we could do worse than have a medically-aware person at the helm, rather than all those goddam lawyer-things who usually hold those posts!

    Yes, Wm.’s seat is safe…
    I had every intention of voting for change(DLP) this upcoming election,
    but now the Dems have gone and swapped-out Peter Barrow in preference for the sheer oratorial skills of Taan iz D.Man tuh fix Yuh Van, in my area,
    I’ll either not vote at all,
    or throw one William’s way
    out of sheer bad-mindedness!
    ………………………
    Yesterday I questioned the young Cyborg I work with, about voting.
    His immediate answer was that he doesn’t vote, and is not voting!

    Why I asked?
    his equally immediate response was that “it doesn’t matter any more”.
    I believe he was alluding to the political representation ‘bind’ we find ourselves in,
    given the six-of-one//half-doz.-of-the-other politics on offer.
    I suspect voter turnout among the yutes
    will be poor.
    Older folk take this game a bit more seriously, even though it is just a game..

  26. william duguid

    Thanks for the support Green. I am just an average guy trying to help the people in the area I grew up in. Sometimes I am successful at other times the bureaucracy gets me down but I keep ploughing away and finding alternative solutions to problems.

  27. william duguid

    Dear Dizzy
    Full employment is measured as 5% umemployment because there is always a core of unemployable people so we are about 4 % away. Having said that of course it is our goal but please do not mistake a goal for a promise.

  28. william duguid

    Dear Harvard Girl,

    First let me say that always try to speak from a position of knowledge. That is how I was trained. If I do not know anything about it I will not comment. Do not read anything more into it than that. What I try to do is set the record striaght as much as I can.
    I appreciate this medium as it gives a clear and generally honest opinion of what people are thinking and it helps me to gauge public opinion.
    PS are you really studying at Harvard and what are you studying?

  29. Out dey in Bim

    CRAP,CRAP AND MORE CRAP.

    Dr dugid,if you are that sincere then please come out publicly and take a principled stand against the obvious corrupt practices at UDC,Rural, Gems, Barrack confusion etc and your fellow party parlimentarians who you know are on the take.
    There are some of us out here who want to believe that there are politicians of integrity that can still be found in the BLP so prove us right please and start some whistleblowing.
    Good doctor I can almost anticipate the rhetoric that you are going to give about not having any evidence of the above,and corruption not tolerated etc etc.

    But lemme hear yuh anyway.Make my day.

  30. Anonymous

    look william do not take on these fools.

  31. Harvard Girl

    Mr. Duguid

    I am no longer at Harvard and am doing my post-graduate work elsewhere. African Studies is my love and how I came to read this blog.

    You stated that you only comment from a position of knowledge and I respect that integrity. I notice that in the case of Gline Clarke, you went and asked him about the situation.

    Although I found the extent of your answers in the Gline Clarke situation to be most unsatisfactory and evasive, perhaps you could ask the Prime Minister about his meeting with the waterpark developers and if there is a written contract?

    You can’t have it both ways, Mr. Duguid. If you choose only to participate or comment on certain easy topics, your silence on other matters tells the tale.

    I intend no disrespect, Sir. It is obvious that you are constrained by your position, but please don’t try to shovel it higher and deeper in front of us when you have no answer. You are an intelligent man and must be embarrassed by many of the actions of your compatriots, and the necessity for you to remain silent on their actions.

  32. Pat

    Harvard Girl you said:
    “I intend no disrespect, Sir. It is obvious that you are constrained by your position, but please don’t try to shovel it higher and deeper in front of us when you have no answer. You are an intelligent man and must be embarrassed by many of the actions of your compatriots, and the necessity for you to remain silent on their actions.”

    Well, Dr. Duguid joined the party, defends the party, is still in the party, and plans to remain in the party. What is that expression? Ah, yes, a man is known by the company he keeps. I think it would be positive for Dr. Duguid if he gets the PM and Mr. Clarke to answer directly, some of the questions posed. It is time he stopped letting himself be used as a ‘fall guy’. It is this reason he is getting crapped on.

  33. Talls

    Dr. Duguid do you have any comment on Trevor Prescod’s speech”Listen TO the Land.” It sounded very uncomplimentary about people who look like you. I am not sure he called your name although he called many other names all from the Opposition. I believe Prescod is a minister of government in your party. I await your reply.