Prime Minister Owen Arthur Declares He Will Send Barbados Citizens’ Tax Money To Less-Developed CARICOM Nations

UPDATED: Yup… Looks Like Bajan Tax Dollars Are In The Pot – Scroll To Bottom

Original Posting…

Read the PM’s entire address to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly as given last Monday, and you will never come across the phrase “Barbados will transfer some of its tax revenues to other lesser developed CARICOM nations”

Then, read it again.

Ain’t nothin be free, friends…

PRIME Minister Owen Arthur says Barbados will not take part in any integration effort that is “a permanent coalition of unequals”.

He gave the commitment yesterday while delivering the feature address at the formal opening of the 12th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at Sherbourne Conference Centre.

Arthur said the Caribbean admired the model of economic integration Europe had undertaken “and we also acknowledge that it has many positive elements which can serve as a very useful benchmark in our own regional integration exercise”.

He noted that the elements aimed at ensuring social cohesion within Europe and the perspective that had been followed there were especially attractive.

“Consequently, in the Caribbean, in seeking to structure our own economic model, we have recognised the need for social and economic cohesion within our regional integration movement,” Arthur said, “and have committed ourselves to paying further attention to addressing this special need.”

He said the most tangible expression of this was the recent creation of the Regional Development Fund (RDF) to enable lesser developed members to offset any disadvantage they might face on having to become part of a single Caribbean economic space….

Read the rest of the article at The Nation News (link here).

Updated: Bajan Tax Dollars To Be Distributed To Poorer CARICOM Nations Through Regional Development Fund

Some of our readers took issue with our headline – BLP supporter “Anonymous” said…

“I was shocked at how stupid the suggestion was and was worried what Owen was doing, but I realized I’ve been baited by the sensationalism that this gossip rag (Barbados Free Press)thrives upon.”

Un-Ominous said BFP was “…spinning out of control” with our headline.

Maybe “Anonymous” will be as shocked, and Un-Ominious will reconsider who is “spinning out of control” by this

Regional Development Fund to be set up
Web Posted – Fri Dec 16 2005
By Dorian Bryan

CARICOM leaders have agreed on the finances which will be necessary to make the Regional Development Fund a reality, prior to the formal launch of the CARICOM Single Market on January 1, 2006.

That announcement came after the First Special Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) which took place earlier this week as efforts heightens ahead of January 1, to ensure that all of the measures are put in place, ahead of that date. The meeting follows another a week earlier which stressed that the Single Market will be implemented by January 1, 2006. It was revealed that Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago will be Single Market ready by December 31 2005.

That decision was announced at the conclusion of the Eleventh Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on the status of the CSME, which was held at the Sherbourne Conference Centre. The decision of the CARICOM Heads came after they received a report on the state of readiness of the region from Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, the Lead Head of Government with responsibility for the CSME.

In the Report, Prime Minister Arthur spoke of the visits to member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to discuss issues and measures which relate to implementation of the special and differential treatment provisions under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and which also related to their ability to meet the December 2005 deadline for the
establishment of the Single Market. These visits were extended to Belize, Guyana and Suriname who face particular challenges. The visits were mandated by the Conference of Heads of Government at their last Regular Meeting in Saint Lucia in July.

The meeting was mandated to determine ways of secure the financing, structure and operation of the Development Fund a critical instrument to facilitate the successful implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The Fund is provided for in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing the Caribbean Community including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

Significantly, the Ministers agreed that Governments will not fit the bill alone for the Fund. It was agreed that in addition to Member States contributions, the regional private sector, international financial institutions and foreign governments would be approached to contribute to the Development Fund. The Fund will be managed by the Caribbean Development Bank.

Prime Minister Owen Arthur, stated that the establishment of the Fund was critical moving forward in the process. “We leave this meeting with the regional development fund now, not just being an abstract concept in a treaty; but it will receive resources beginning on January 1 and there will be in excess of 10 million to start it off, and we hope that we can quickly
build it once we agree on the way in which it will be funded, who will benefit from it and the criteria by which money shall be disbursed,” he stated.

It was also stated that a technical team would continue to evaluate all options to ensure the fund would be affordable and sustainable. A report from the technical team, the Prime Minister stressed, had suggested that the fund should be 250 million, of which member countries would contribute 100 million and with another 150 million coming from international donors.

“That was not the only proposal. We have had a large number of proposals. We have even had one by Professor Havelock Brewster [a member of the technical team] that we are hearing for the first time that was worthy of consideration” the Prime Minister observed.


	

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32 responses to “Prime Minister Owen Arthur Declares He Will Send Barbados Citizens’ Tax Money To Less-Developed CARICOM Nations

  1. Economix

    Somebody needs to confiscate that cheque-book!
    Like a mindless housewife run amok with Hubby’s money, this man is spending money he simply doesn’t have,
    and Me The Idiot Taxpayer is expected to find more, for him?
    Who the he11 does he think he is? Trinidad? with its real Mega-Millions?
    Me here in Barbados ketchin ass,
    with an ever spiralling cost of living,
    and he playing wealthy
    giving away Bajan Taxpayer Dollars to “less-fortunate” territories??

    Tell me this is a bad dream.
    Somebody pinch me, quick..
    wake me UP!

  2. Anonymous-

    Well I waited for my point of departure and this is clearly it. This is in fact the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard and I can only HOPE that this was said to impress the ACP-EU and will fail in practice. This is insanity.

  3. Anonymous-

    …and upon reading the article, and not just BFP’s preface, I realize that “Barbados will transfer some of its tax revenues to other lesser developed CARICOM nations” was not a direct quote, and that in fact the article itself does not even give grounds for that conclusion. I was shocked at how stupid the suggestion was and was worried what Owen was doing, but I realized I’ve been baited by the sensationalism that this gossip rag thrives upon.

  4. Un-Ominous

    I agree with Anonymous. BFP, you are spinning out of control. Either reword your preface or pull this story. Shame on you. Ya smellin’ REAL partisan right now. YUK!

  5. Jalfirez

    Who has funded the RDF? If Barbados tax dollars went into creation of the RDF then the BFP charge stands, if the money was put there by other agencies then it doesn’t?
    Does anyone know where the money in the RDF originates?

  6. AnonymousE- I take your point about the article title being at odds with it’s detail. I think it is BFP interest to report the news as it occured, give their editorial opinion on it and invite us to do the same.

    ….I think that the title although not true can be phrased in legetimate questions, and in the least can be arrived at from sequencing and linking, CSME, differences in the economies of member states, the need for parity in said economies, the reason for a Regional Development Fund, how and WHO WILL BE FUNDING THIS FUND.

    …..Since i have done this, what is the amount the GoB has committed to this fund? where is the money coming from? Now I am quite sure that the answers to these questions will bring us back to where BFP started. The problem may very well be an age old one, where socialist never seems remember at the time of committment and promises that the money they are giving away does not belong to them. So I think Anonymouse- that you are posturing and that it is not beyond us to see how BFP arrived at the title of this article.

  7. ross

    “Does anyone know where the money in the RDF originates?”

    Jalfirez this is Barbados and you do not have any right to ask questions like that. Sit down and shut up or you will go to bed without dinner tonight.

  8. Spooky

    Mouse isnt it true that Trinidad and Barbados contributed start up monies for RDF? Bulk of finance from Trinidad energy windfall fuelled by Iraq war.All caricom states can access Fund barring Haiti. But Barbados and Trinidad have agreed not to do so. Jamaica gave Fund a five year waiver before it exercises right to withdraw monies. I would like to learn more about the Fund , how its financed and works etc but our Government has drawn a cloak of secrecy around it. So much for citizens right to know. Stewps.

  9. reality check

    all these questions when you have no accountability and are left in the dark???

    so lets start with the Nation or One Caribbean Media ( OCM ) that according to the Nation is to be traded publically on the Barbados Stock Exchange.

    Come on BFP —lets see if a Barbados Stock Exchange Company has to prepare has to provide investors with the same information expected from citizens around the world in proper stock exchanges.

    Who are the major shareholders, directors etc?
    What is the yearly revenue, net profit, roi etc

    The Nation says it owns the Nation and Trinidad leading newspapers, T.V stations in Trinidad and Grenada and radio stations in Barbados, Trinidad and Grenada. Interesting concentration of media power. Wonder if there is any cross represntation between BNB and OCM?

    Lets compare the information that is or is not available and what if anything is missing?

    Who knows??

  10. RRRicky

    Barbados Free Press was right! Bajan tax dollars are going into the Regional Development Fund for transfer to other nations!

    THANK YOU BFP!

    Why haven’t the Nation News and bArbados Advocate put it this way? Why hasn’t the PM put it so clearly?

    Bajan Tax Dollars are going to other countries. If that is what we want to do no problem. If that is what we as a country decide, then no problem.

    But don’t the politicians and Owen Arthur go hiding it behind fancy language. Tell the truth! You are giving BAjan tax dollars to other countries.

    It is a deceit to do this and to not tell it out loud in plain words.

    THANK YOU BFP!

  11. Out Dey in Bim

    If the barbadian media organisations had done their jobs properly and an investigation had been done on Owen Arthur’s track record in Jamaica re the economic advice given to the Jamaican gov’t on the bauxite industry and the resultant destruction of the bauxite industry,then maybe,just maybe bajans would have thought twice before they elected him as leader and put him in charge of the treasury of Barbados.

    Look where he has got us now.Up to our neck in debt while he and Julie living large off taxpayers dollars.

  12. Out Dey in Bim

    P.S. This is the same man who said he couldn’t live off his opposition salary now he is a multi millionaire driving expensive lexus jeep,and owning condos at Port st Charles and assets in miami and elsewhere.

  13. John

    I always remember the story (supposedly factual) of the politician (who shall remain namelss but carried the nickname of “the cashier” back in the 1960’s, DLP days. )

    He appeared on a landowner’s doorstep to visit and proceeded to inform him that there would be a fee for permissions to be granted to the landowner.

    When the landowner expressed shock at the sum, then $35,000, a wash pan of moneyin those days, he responded with “Cuh dear man, the boys have to eat”!!

    Since then the front man has become more developed and replaced the politician in doing the dirty work. He has passed through the stage of being a snazzily dressed a taxi driver to a chartered accountant suitable attired in three piece suit as the situation demands.

    The cost of living in Barbados must increase to finance the politician and the middle men who do his bidding.

    The sum of $35,000 has long passed into oblivion as the tastes for caviar and champagne have been acquired.

    We never really go forward.

  14. Out Dey in Bim

    The morale of your story is John that there was always some form of corruption in Barbadian political life.

    I guess what some of us are apalled at is the unprecendented level of thievin unashamedly going on,ministers forming companies to cream off Gov’t contracts,or using their friends who know nothing about e.g.equiptment,building etc to form a company to buy or build same,kick backs in the form of cost over – runs.
    Nowadays the boys just don’t have to eat,they want to own plantation houses,own lexis,buy private yachts,condos and large overseas bank accounts.

    I read Harold Hoyte’s article today and was saddened to see what it would take to bring this man – the publisher – the so called ‘doyen’ of journalism out – and what he chooses to write on in the midst of all that’s happening.

    On page 13 he writes:”The cadres poll revealed that the much talked about unpopularity of the gov’t party(LARGELY A FIGMENT OF WISHFUL IMAGINATION BY SOME PEOPLE ON THE CALL IN RADIO PROGRAMMES) turned out to be any thing but unloved.

    HUH? Has this negrocrat suddenly kissed and made up?Or has he suddenly realised that the Dems are gaining ground quickly and despite his dislike of Arthur he will say or do anything to keep his party (the blp) in power?

    You see why we in trouble people,that is our main newspaper trying to convince us that only a few persons feel this Gov’t is unloved.

    Unbiased journalism is not alive and well in barbados,and that’s why even David Ellis recognises that sites like this BFP one is going to play a great part in the citizens of barbados lives.

    I don’t even think the blp believe that spin Harold wrote above,since their candidates from all reports can tell them of the hostile reaction they have been getting in their canvassing from John Public.

    And if the comments on this site are anything to go by,they would do well to think twice on the above sugar water.

  15. Rumplestilskin

    Out Dey:

    I too was surprised by that ‘wishful thinking phrase’, based on the feedback I am also getting.

    However, that is also why I do think that the next election will be very interesting at the least and a bit of a shocker for some, not least because the Cadres poll, for some reason, was not representative of what I am hearing from all ‘walks of life’.

    One of the homes I was in recently and heard a very negative comment was (I thought) a BLP definite for various reasons I will not go into here.

    Although I knew the dissatisfaction ‘out there’, a comment in that particular home brought the reality to me, of just how far things have come.

  16. Rumplestilskin

    Out Dey:

    I too was surprised by that ‘wishful thinking phrase’, based on the feedback I am also getting.

    However, that is also why I do think that the next election will be very interesting at the least and a bit of a shocker for some, not least because the Cadres poll, for some reason, was not representative of what I am hearing from all ‘walks of life’.

    One of the homes I was in recently and heard a very negative comment was (I thought) a BLP definite for various reasons I will not go into here.

    Although I knew the dissatisfaction ‘out there’, a comment in that particular home brought the reality to me, of just how far things have come.

    By the way, some feel (including myself), that most elections are lost by the incumbent rather than won by the challenger. Although the challenger usually has to demonstrate some capability, such may in some circumstances may not be as high as we would like (I am not referring specifically). Thus, irrespective of what the journalists report of perceived capability of the opposition, as long as the DLP team keep their efforts cohesive and ‘follow their leader’ in the next election, I suspect that that should allay any fears ‘for the purposes of the election’.

    As a non-partisan layperson, seeing the results and comparing to polls, my interpretation etc will be interesting. My only concern is getting to whats right for Barbados.

    By the way, I am of the view that the only really reliable poll re elections is an exit poll, after voting.

  17. Spooky

    Agreed. The Cadres poll results caught me by surprise. After three terms I think the BLP must go. Of course they are not going to resign so Bajans must vote them out. But historically we have to take the polls seriously. After all the Cadres poll shows Mascoll as not being considered a leader by 98% of people polled. To me thats a correct reading.But a year ago the Opposition was neck and neck with Bees despite traitors secreted in Opposition ranks. Once the Opposition stays focussed and united as it is at present I see them regaining that ground within a year. Question does the CBC affair represent open split between Owen and Mia? I think so. Bajans must understand they are serious leadership squabbles in BLP. Any posters privy to thoughts Of George”Hats” Payne, Louis Tull, Ronald Toppin, Joe Edgehill etc? With departure of grasshopper Maskcoll the DLP leadership has nicely settled.

  18. Out Dey in Bim

    Rumplestskin

    Like you I too have been hearing from persons who previously voted Blp expressing their disgust at what is going on with this administration and their decision to vote Dlp this time.

    Some of these people are like me,floating voters who are not tied to any one party,but for whom the future of B’dos is paramount.

    I hear this level of diaatisfaction in all races black and white.

    I believe that as barbadians we must ensure that our patrimony is not lost to us forever.

    That in 50 years times guyanese stock don’t overtake us ‘home bred bajans’ in this lil rock.

    That’s why I admire Richard Hoad,he’s white and can easily be part of the bonaza but he has chosen to put his country first and speak out in his weekly column.

  19. Pat

    With regards to the contribution of funds to the Regional Development Fund, this is nothing new.

    It was done for the European Union to bring lesser developed states up to par. Most of the money came from the haves for the benefit of the “have-nots”. The countries that were considered unable to compete were Ireland, Italy, Spain and Greece. Certain areas of different countries were considered depressed and could, with municipal backing, get money from the fund as well. For instance the Midlands in England, where several mines had closed and unemployment high with no replacement industries about to locate there.

    In addition, there were special programs set up for small business and craft as these would be the first to feel fall0out from the open markets. Most states also implements programs to boost their countries competitiveness and instituted incentives for industry to improve technology, train employees, etc.

    My only hope is that someone in the Caribbean has studied how the EU developed and implemented their programs. What it meant, in part, was that people stayed in their countries instead of crossing borders ‘en masse’ employment. Some of this information may still be on CORDIS.

  20. BFP

    Pat said “With regards to the contribution of funds to the Regional Development Fund, this is nothing new.”

    You are correct Pat… but no one in the “real” Barbados media ever pointed out that what this involves a transfer of Bajan tax dollars to other countries.

    Further, when we said just that – plainly and clearly – many BLP supporters challenged us about the veracity of the statement – until we printed the above details.

    The Bajan press have a way of reporting the news without really truth-telling. Like the Prime Minister, they surrounded the story with talk of equality and all sorts of “feel good” words – without revealing the simple truth in a manner that could be understood.

    Barbados citizens were never asked if they agreed to hand over their tax dollars to other countries and they were never really told it was happening.

  21. honeybee

    So what is the benefit to us, the taxpayers?

  22. Out Dey in Bim

    BFP

    I agree with your above comments totally.What I find objectionable about the whole thing is that we were dragged kicking and screaming into CSME even while we tried to point out how this thing was going to hurt us,and unlike other caricom countries whose leaders listened to their citizens,things like this very fund etc were imposed on us and the little short man in effect told us at every turn to shut up because he was going full speed ahead anyway.

    What does B’dos have other than a lot of debt that puts us in a better financial position than St Vincent,Dominica etc.
    As a matter of fact we should be participating in the fund solely,rather than contributing to it.,But the P.M. like showing off you know with things that don’t belong to him.

    Owen Arthur is so.o.o.o.o. irresponsible(never forget the j’can bauxite matter people),he goes off and make big promises about our money to caricom leaders and is like a person living off their credit card.

    The chickens going to come home to roost soon people,and I hope he and his cohorts are made to pay,not just by losing the election but in ways that will send a strong message to future politicians.

  23. Pat

    Thanks for the explanation BFP. From what I am reading here, it seems as though nothing about the CSME was properly explained. It is sad, because there will be benefits to Barbados as well, especially in trade and the exportating of skills and know how. Dont forget, to some of those other islands, Barbados is developed, like (I hate to use this) First World countries.

    However, having said that, the fund was necessary. It just was not explained. At the same time, I hope the government is doing something to assist the local SMEs as these may be squeezed by CSME.

    The EU was one of my files in the 80’s and 90’s, and I was on top of the work there, alas, I have been retired for 3 years and no longer has an interest, so cant even write an article for the BFP.

  24. Out Dey In Bim

    Pat

    The CSME will benefit a few consultants like Peter Wickham who speaks as if it’s manna from heaven and engineers,architects etc.But remember all those persons were already benefiting before CSME.

    The politicians jobs aren’t threatened are they?

    How good is it for us to poach nurses from Jamaica or Guyana when these places are badly in need of them,but because of our higher currency value they leave and come.

    You see consultants can’t understand the picture the artisans or unskilled persons paint because their skills are in demand,and they can command large fees and per diems that allow them to have 2 places of domicile or be able to relocate their families – not so the unskilled persons and therein lies the rub.

    Everyone is flocking to barbados because of the high dollar;jamican lawyers,nurses and architect,guyaneese everything from the production manager to the prostitute;vincentian labourer,drug dealer etc etc.

    Why couldn’t the simple work permit where you had to match a person with a job continue?

    The person who benefits most from this is the buisness man where supply of labour soon far exceeds demand,thus driving the cost of labour down.

    However cost of living,high and numerous taxes donot go down and the already scarce and severly stretched social services are stretched further more.

    So as clyde mascoll told us before he was reincarnated ‘where is the ME in csme’.

  25. Spooky

    @Out Dey In Bim, your quote”So as clyde mascoll told us before he was reincarnated ‘where is the ME in csme’. ”
    hahahahahaha muh guts hurt. Clyde Mascoll is a real backside. Voters must rid themselves of this toothy Malick clown. I prefer the real Malick, he ent ‘fuh cup.’

  26. Out Dey In Bim

    Have you noticed that even on the eve of our independence,the prime minister in his address to NGO’s and some religious leaders on Monday, again made reference to xenophobia among bajans.

    Heard a moderator I think it was Dennis Johnson (yesterday – wednesday) and have also heard at convenient times some BLP politician talk about -‘ the uniqueness of being bajan, the bajan spirit’ – duh? I thought the idea was that we were to forget being bajan and having a line for bajans in the arrival lounge – since we are now carribbean people – so forget this bajan thing.

    But the P.M. couldnot forget his natural consituency – the Guyanese – and bash the second class citizens – the bajans about the latter’s Xenophobic behaviour even as we celebrate the hard work of generations of poor,rich, white and black bajans over the past 40 years in helping us achieve the success we have thus far with God’s help.

  27. De Orginal

    Please spend the tax dollars helping to empower the poor. I not saying give hand outs. There are several ways to do this. The following should not be happening in modern Barbados. Millions at Greenland dispite warnings from geologists and other several other but look at today’s Nation Newspaper http://www.nationnews.com/story/375338690774949.php. This is first world Barbados.

  28. Jerome Hinds

    The link below gives an indication of the good work Barbadians and their companies are doing throughout the region :

    http://www.anguillian.com/article/articleview/4427/1/135/

  29. J. Payne

    This is NOTHING new….

    Barbados’ foreign policy has always been under the BLP that Barbados should not enter into any agreements (that are in Barbados’ interests) but may also be to the detriment of the OECS states.

    -Barbados was under intense pressure (by the other OECS states) in the late 90’s to join the OECS because Cable & Wireless was clustering all of the OECS operations into Barbados… And in exchange Barbados was going to be expected to provide aid to the other states. Some how Barbados made it thru that pressure without joining. But I think it was the P.M. of either Dominica, Saint Lucia or Saint Kitts and was howling that no longer will you be able to press zero in their country and get an operator there. Only ones in Barbados.

    – Barbados and Guyana I think are still the only to states that recognize the Caribbean Court of Justice as their last court of appeals. So then wouldn’t these be the only two states supporting all those CCJ judges on their own????

    -A few years back Arthur again was very generous during a speech he offered students in Africa the ability to goto school free at UWI. I think it was Botswana that the gesture was extended to. Botswana has 1.6 million people. UWI must have “money for-so!” (as my grandmother used to say)

    -Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago had wanted to enter NAFTA directly in the early ninties but I believe Arthur had announced at CARICOM that if they did thatthe OECS would end up marginalised and the two of them pulled back. Jamaica did break ranks a few years ago though and signed an “Open Skies agreement” on their own which I do remember several states in CARICOM chided Jamaica for weakening the overall regional position that could have been taken.

    -Barbados + Trinidad and Tobago are large contributors to the CARICOM regional stability fund.

  30. J. Payne

    To Out Dey In Bim:

    Well it is true. Barbadians shouldn’t be percevied as having any Xenophobic behaviour because as you may know every time the “New world Order” changes a different state in the Caribbean rises. Back at independence Guyana was well off. It was the breadbasket for the region as they used to say…. And all of them used to talk about “The little small islands” and how they’re so impoverished and “dah-dah-dah……” Then the world order changed. Suddenly it became better to have a smaller population becuase based on the aid given— you could spread that more thickly than states with more people. So the bigger states in CARICOM didn’t do so well until recent years. (Save for Trinidad and Tobago because they have that LNG/Oil etc.)

    Now— the new world order is changing again. You must be an economy of scale now… If you want to make decisions and form policy in the world now…. Small states’ voices no longer count and everyone is looking towards the giant states (China, India, etc.) to lead the world now… Suddenly the more fashionable thing is to have more people not less. And the rules of the game, and the way the game is played is being changed now to favour larger states. So if Barbadians spent their time mocking their larger states for their misfortunes. Beware— The new world order is making it so that they will be in a better way in the world of tomorrow. Don’t mock them or else they’ll be the ones doing the laughing in the new world order.

  31. Jerome Hinds

    Well our Caricom brother next door is having a rough time…!

    Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent RECENTLY :

    1. Pardoned a CONVICTED drug Lord…!

    2. Had to perform DAMAGE control over a
    STUFFED ballot box found behind a Police
    Station…!

    3. Endure a possible ” accident ” or ” attempt ” on
    his life….!

    4. Had to be FLOWN to CUBA to recuperate after
    the # 3 event mentioned above…!

    Does the trip to CUBA has anything to do with 1 – 4 above and the need to find ways of staying in POWER at all COSTS….?

    Would Prime Minister Owen Arthur journey to CUBA to be cured of…..Worldcuppis-itis as well….?
    Well our Caricom brother next door is having a rough time…!

    Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent RECENTLY :

    1. Pardoned a CONVICTED drug Lord…!

    2. Had to perform DAMAGE control over a
    STUFFED ballot box found behind a Police
    Station…!

    3. Endure a possible ” accident ” or ” attempt ” on
    his life….!

    4. Had to be FLOWN to CUBA to recuperate after
    the # 3 event mentioned above…!

    Does the trip to CUBA has anything to do with 1 – 4 above and the need to find ways of staying in POWER at all COSTS….?

    Would Prime Minister Owen Arthur journey to CUBA to be cured of…..Worldcuppis-itis as well….?

  32. 194

    But I dont understand…. its okay for Trinidad to give its $ and erase debts forever..? when exactly did you think that Barbados would actually have to contribute more..? Its actually commendable… misleading as the story is…. dont think it doesnt have ketch a** people in the mega million dollar Trinidad who not complaining when Manning goes on debt erasing sprees either. Its all for the regional effort. God… take a hint and stop complaining…!