Barbados’ 41st Independence Day Celebrations To Be “Even More Spectacular” Than 40th Anniversary !!!

“Even More Spectacular” … So says Minister of State, Reverend Joseph Atherley.

Fabulous! Can’t hardly wait for the 41st Anniversary of Barbados Independence.

Isn’t it great when our leadership has all their priorities properly laid out?

Check out the CBC article link here.

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30 responses to “Barbados’ 41st Independence Day Celebrations To Be “Even More Spectacular” Than 40th Anniversary !!!

  1. Jerome Hinds

    The goodly reverend should be ashamed of promising a better independence mix next year. Why not for our 40 th anniversary this year when the BLP’S “Conversation with Nation” series were axed – presumably – so this phony government can prepare for our 40 th anniversary celebrations. I guess with the poor showing at their promoted events including their mass meetings – the reverend had to create some more spin.

    What he and his cronies in the BLP should realise, we Barbadians gained a proper education through the efforts of Errol Walton Barrow and the DLP and no kind of spin and fluff will make us forget or betray that ! As you and your party converse with the Nation we the people want to know from you and the BLP:

    1. What happen to the fishing agreement after spending so much millions of dollars (our taxpayers money) to secure one with Trinidad?

    2. Why Barbadians still cannot own affordable land and homes after you promised of having a land bank and Liz Thompson’s – less than Bds $ 50,000.00 homes?

    3. Where is the promised referendum on Republican status which PM Arthur promised by the end of 2006? Is the Republic song your party used during your 1999 general election campaign still ringing in your ears?

    Before you continue to chide the DLP and other right thinking Barbadians for bycotting your party’s “Dutty Wine” show (Independence Gala 2006) and inept attempts to “converse with the nation”, WE AWAIT ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS FROM YOU AND THIS DECEPTIVE GOVERNMENT – FAILING WHICH OUR PENS WILL DO THE REST ON ELECTION DAY!

  2. cat eyes

    Heard the show at the stadium was a flop attendance-wise. Rev Atherley was “disappointed” with turnout. How much did the fireworks cost? And why did we go to parliament yesterday to pay for a series of independ. events that already happened? What the heck are we doing? The international fair at Queen’s Park was also a flop. And these events were expensive to stage and free to the public. Bajans do not miss a freeness. This government needs to take stock. Looks like folks have had enough.
    Listened to the debate in parliament yesterday on the radio and Richard Sealy asked Atherley how come the opposition was invited to the bashment at the stadium but not to the consulation with the ministers of religion etc at Sherbourne when other civic leaders were invited. Good question. But Sealy needs to understand that even though they do not have clue about budgeting, spending or leadership, this administration sure as hell don’t forget to be petty.

  3. Velzo

    But who really wants to be with these BLP crooks? I don’t want even a bake from them at independence or otherwise. The message that was sent at the Stadium is that the majority of Barbadians share my view.

    Each BLP candidate was given two hundred tickets to the event to distribute to their supporters. Not a ticket was given to any DLP MP or candidate. No wonder it flopped!

  4. Spooky

    “Each BLP candidate was given two hundred tickets to the event to distribute to their supporters. Not a ticket was given to any DLP MP or candidate. No wonder it flopped!”
    Is this true Velzo? The Opposition must inform Barbadians more about this along with non invite to church leaders consultation. The DLP represents more than forty five percent of the electorate. And then you have Atherley mouthing off about somebody encouraging tribalsim. Is Atherley a real real reverend? Swaggart,Tammy Faye , Jippy? What is the church coming to?

  5. Spooky

    “Each BLP candidate was given two hundred tickets to the event to distribute to their supporters. Not a ticket was given to any DLP MP or candidate. No wonder it flopped!”
    Is this true Velzo? The Opposition must inform Barbadians more about this along with non invite to church leaders consultation. The DLP represents more than forty five percent of the electorate. And then you have Atherley mouthing off about somebody encouraging tribalism. Is Atherley a real real reverend? Swaggart,Tammy Faye , Jippy? What is the church coming to?

  6. Rumplestilskin

    Look. I am non-partisan, whether you believe it or not and I do not really care if you do.

    But when I saw the reported cost of the Independence celebrations, I was stunned.

    $600,000 plus?

    How many dialysis machines could this buy?

    How many homes can this build?

    Crackpots!

  7. Rumplestilskin

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

  8. cat eyes says:
    December 6th, 2006 at 1:20 pm
    Heard the show at the stadium was a flop attendance-wise. Rev Atherley was “disappointed” with turnout. How much did the fireworks cost? And why did we go to parliament yesterday to pay for a series of independ. events that already happened? What the heck are we doing? The international fair at Queen’s Park was also a flop. And these events were expensive to stage and free to the public. Bajans do not miss a freeness. This government needs to take stock. Looks like folks have had enough.
    Listened to the debate in parliament yesterday on the radio and Richard Sealy asked Atherley how come the opposition was invited to the bashment at the stadium but not to the consulation with the ministers of religion etc at Sherbourne when other civic leaders were invited. Good question. But Sealy needs to understand that even though they do not have clue about budgeting, spending or leadership, this administration sure as hell don’t forget to be petty.
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    The BLP has not learnt and hold fast to simple truths about Barbadians. You cannot cuss a Bajan, calling dem all kinda names “xenophobic, gimmie gimmie people, nasty, thiefing, and lazy even if um is true, while not listening tuh them and their concerns. I was hoping that the BLP would have spoken to the immigraton and high retail prices, and land availability issues in a way that lends to the average citizen’s perception that they are listening and working on these issues, but no they have not, uh mean i am writing this and asking myself who do these people think they are? at this point i don’t think a successfull world cup will help them, or even millions in access money from offshore drilling companies, not even if Manning comes at the eleventh hour with a fishing agreement. People real pissed of with this elitist, and aloof attitude of this current GoB, and de thing is i think they have had believeable response to these three main issues. Why have they not engage Barbadians is a mystery to me. Do they really believe that Bajans would not pervert the democratic process once again by electing this group of DLP bedwetters as their government? 😀

    enters Velzo on stage left. 😀

    seriously i think at this very moment a 30-0 win for the DLP looks possible.

  9. Jupiter

    Adrian

    The Blp has no intention of listening to anyone except cow & bizzy williams,david shorey,hallam niccolls,peter harris,alan fields and their other cronies.

    I often wondered looking on at the arrogant corrupt behaviour of these blp politicians if they weren’t setting themselves up to be the most hated politicians since self governance came in.

    Events as they unfold are proving me right.See the lack of response at their recent political meetings,see the same thing happened again at their independence gala and their fair in Queens Park?
    Those in the blp cabinet right now will one day if not already,rue the day they agreed to be part of this bunch.

    The stench of corruption will always be with them.

    As for those who allowed greed to influence them being ‘included’,well they will never again regain the credibility they once held.Take David Commissong for example,even though quite a few of the times he is right on message,the bajan public will never trust him again.They don’t pay any attention to him and he is often held up to public ridicule.Same with Clyde Mascoll,Johnny Tudor,Henderson bovell,mighty Gabby,hilary beckles,frank alleyne ,george belle kerrie symmonds etc.
    They sold their soul for a mess of pottage.For 30 pieces of silver.

    Owen Arthur’s legacy will be that of ‘the most hated prime minister in barbados.’You only have to be here in Barbados and hear the man on the street speak.

    The media persons were the ones who built Owen up as the most popular prime minister ever,even more popular than Barrow.
    David thompson and his group need to read the scenes and learn their lesson well.People want these over 25,000 illegal guyanese to be repatriated to their country because Barbados is turning into a slum.

    Citizens want politicians to know that they are there to serve us and to make laws for our benefit ,and not look after # 1.

    Sadly because of intimidatory tactics by arthur and a conniving press that was the willing partner of the blp, bajans kept silent,however they are not going to give the dlp such a long honeymoon becuse the nation and advocate newspapers and VOB talk shows will be jumping on the Dlp’s back as soon as they get in.

    So my advice to you mr Thompson is to put your house in order from now.

  10. ross

    Adrian said “seriously i think at this very moment a 30-0 win for the DLP looks possible”

    I hope not. This would put us in a far worse position than we are in now.

  11. Jupiter

    Ross

    Don’t be fooled by this spin that the Dlp looks as though they will get a 30 – 0 win.

    This is a strategy the Blp has used in the past saying; at least vote for us as a strong opposition (see grantley’s era),and of course every one thinks that the other person is voting for the dlp while they are voting for a strong opposition (ie the blp) and the blp gets back in.

    Be very careful with that strategy.

  12. Hants

    The BLP will likely win the next Election because they have the money to do it. I am not talking about cash or corned beef and biscuits.

    It is a Universal slush fund called CWC2007 and Hotel,Golf Course and Condominium Construction.

    The Election will be called prehaps at the height of “prosperity” soon after CWC2007.

    The only way they lose is if CWC2007 is a failure or some other major disaster occurs.

    Barbados is a Capitalist consumer driven society.
    Nobody is going to sacrifice their high style debt driven existence.

    There may be a heavy price to pay in the future.

  13. isabelle

    What about the money spent at Embassies and Consulates overseas. I heard that in New York alone around $350 000 US was spent for a concert that flopped and a ball. They give away tickets to the concert after noone bought any and still couldnt manage to attract 150 people. A lot of money was spent in the other Embassies too so that the political lackeys heading them could pompossette and look like they doing work.

  14. John

    Here is a very interesting article on Independence in Barbados in yesterday’s Nation.

    I get the impression that somebody might be finally twigging that most Bajans already know something different to the standard propaganda spewed by Governments for decades and they demonstrated it with their feet this independence.

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/bar/archive/2006/December/06/Editorial/29818.xml&start=0&numPer=20&keyword=peter+wickham&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2006&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

    No wonder the Rev. Joe is thinking forward to the 41st anniversary.

    Also, when I was looking at the stats from Transparency International I realised that there are five islands in the Caribbean Sea which have higher CPI’s than Barbados.

    This was the case solely because I assumed that these islands, Dutch and French, both remained colonies/departments/whatever of a first world country and assumed the cpi’s of these first world countries.

    The article makes me realise that a sixth island, Bermuda, is above Barbados in the cpi stats.

    Like the French and Dutch islands, Bermuda never “achieved” independence.

    What is apparent is that there is another interpretation (maybe more than one) of “independence” which many other Caribbean people have.

  15. Jupiter

    Isabelle

    Girl,that is the way of this blp party,spending OUR MONEY like it going out of style.

    I really think our comments need to find its way out to the wider public and not be confined to this blog,wonderful though it is.

    We need to shame ALL of these gov’t ministers , how we are going to do it more publicly,well perhaps the DLP can start having town hall meetings across the island and select specific topics for the public to vent on and give solutions.

  16. Jerome Hinds

    I agree with you Jupiter. We need to get the opposition candidates (DLP) to energise the populace about these and other concerns. These rascals in the BLP seem determine to lick out the belly of the treasury (Do I hear a like it or lump attitude being sent to barbadians). Let us get active without delay. The time to save Barbados is now.

  17. John

    … unfortunately, neither the D’s nor the B’s can do that, … ie save Barbados.

    They have both rendered themselves useless.

  18. Jupiter

    John

    I’ve noticed you have a very fatalistic attitude whenever someone speak of replacing the Blp with the Dlp.Is it that you’re that tired, or you prefer not to make a change?

    You know,like it or not we can’t continue saying ‘oh they’re all the same – blp – dlp same difference.

    If we took that approach then the blp will continue to gorge themselves on public funds until they choke in their own vomit.

    I see any party,(but since we only have the dlp as a viable alternative) – as being way better than the Blp.

    If you like P.R. and spin and glitz,glamour and empty rhetoric,then you will like the blp.

    If however you don’t mind some diamonds in the rough,a few bright sparks who sadly haven’t yet learn the new doctrine of spin,spin spin,and a few M.P.s who need to get off their soft spot (bums) and talk /interact with the public a little more, – then you wouldn’t mind selecting the Dlp.

    I for one I’m not going to let my country be run down while riff-raffs from other country turn this lil paradise into a slum courtesy of the Blp.

    Enough said.

  19. John

    Jupiter

    Please note, I am an optimist, also a realist.

    I separate saving Barbados from forming a Government because they are quite separate and distinct actions.

    The simple reality is that 30 people in Parliamant cannot save Barbados, that is an undisputable fact. No one in their right mind could dispute that.

    They can however sink it by permitting rubbish to take place under the guise of law and it is my observation that they have.

    Both parties agree to this and are on record. Look what the DLP did with CLICO the BLP says to which the DLP replies oh yes, look at GEMS etc.

    The sad thing is both parties are right!!

    At the end of every term of Government the opposition claims to be the saviours of Barbados if only they could get the chance. Doesn’t matter if they are B or D. The wicked party in control of Government has crucified Barbados.

    We have been through enough terms, to realise that both parties have crucified Barbados.

    Both have had their turns and still Barbados needs saving.

    It is simple logic, it has nothing to do with fatalism or being tired.

    Just think about it!!

    But there is hope, and it has nothing to do with the B or DLP’s even the MLP can’t do it, ….. although I think they can’t do any worse than either of the other two parties.

    Stop thinking 5 years and replacing B with D or vice versa.

    The time is gone, as Churchill said, “we are in a time of consequences”!!

  20. Jupiter

    John
    Forgive me if I’m a little dense since I’m not clear on your following comments:

    “But there is hope and it has nothing to do with the dlp or blp……
    Stop thinking 5 years and replacing b with d or vice versa.”

    The above explains nothing for me,could you please clarify?

    Since the first past the polls system and party politics is still in place we have to utilise what we have and so the choice is either keep the thievin Blp in, or change to the ‘getting their act together’ Dlp.

  21. Velzo

    John, I seem to be dense too. What is it the DLP government did with Clico?

    Clico came here under the Bees. Clico agreed to purchase plantations in St. John etc. under the Bees. The sales and transfers were completed in 1994. Bree St. John Q.C. was one of their Attorneys. Mike Sinclair, the Chairman of the RDC, was the number two person at Clico until he died. David Shorey was Chairman of CCB which Clico owned.

    What specifically did the DLP do? Or are you going on gossip too?

  22. John

    Velzo

    I am repeating I thought was the rant and rave about David Thompson and CLICO.

    If I got it wrong, sorry, I wasn’t paying it too much attention. If the BLP are involved too, doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Jupiter

    I separate saving Barbados from forming a Government because they are quite separate and distinct actions. Thirty MP’s cannot save Barbados, but they can sure sink it.

    If after 40 years of Independence Barbados can still need saving then obviously we have had pure rubbish as Government up to now.

    The DLP has had 3 sessions, 1961-1966, 1966-1976 and 1986-1994 that’s 23 years in all if the 5 years prior to Independence is counted.

    The BLP has had two sessions, 1976-1986 and 1994 to present, thats about 22 years in all.

    That’s 45 years in all of party Government.

    Both D and B rant and rave when in opposition that the other party has ruined Barbados and Barbados needs saving.

    I simply say both parties have well educated personnel within them and so I must take what each says as true!!

    Since both parties are blessed/cursed by extremely well educated individuals I reach the inescapable conclusion that both parties have ruined Barbados and that after 40 years of independence, it now needs to be saved!!

    Elementary ……

  23. John

    I have hope that the more than 250,000 Bajans will get it right and save their country.

  24. Jerome Hinds

    Hello friends, following your exchanges I must admit there is merit in your views on past BLP and DLP administrations. But the crux of the matter should be that after 12 yrs of BLP rule and the emerging fiascos – Greenland not yet open after many promises, Warrens buliding still close after spending $130 million – overbudget by nearly $100 million, UDC poor people cannot get houses after paying for them to be built and on and on….it behoves any right thinking citizen of Barbados that there is time to put an end to this rot. Here is where I agree with Jupiter – he has stated that he is not prepared to see his (our) country go down the drain with this present administration. 2 years after returing president Bush to office (2004) Americans in 2006 put their pens (or fingers to the voting machines) to let Bush know that they did not like the path he was sending their beloved country. Democrats now control both Congress and senate. Americans use the ballot to effect the change they believe the country deserved. In Barbados today both BLP and DLP supporters are concerned about the way this country is heading – morality, economic, socially….. That is why we have to send a strong message to this group (BLP) That is why we have an opposition (DLP) guaranteed by the Barbados constitution to assume the reins of government. DO NOT BE MISLED BY ANY SPURIOUS ARGUMENT THAT THE OPPOSITION IS NOT EXPERIENCED ENOUGH. In February 1994 a man (Nelson Mandela) having walked out of prison 4 years before went on to become his country’s first black president in a country beset by racial and criminal turmoil and presided over a peaceful transition from white minority rule to a South Africa for ALL Races. What experience in government did he or his other cabinet members have? Right here in Barbados, around the same time (1994) Owen Arthur with no ministerial experience and leading a cabinet team with even less experience than he, took over from the DLP after the economic crisis of the 1990’s. In St. Lucia, The rise of Kenny Anthony is the same – straight from lecturing at UWI to leading the SLP.

    So it is with the current members of the DLP – though I must add that their leader Mr. Thompson has experience as a cabinet minister and Chris Sinckler personal aide to a former PM. So do not let us be blinded by this so called “lack of experience” factor. What we want is commitment to cause. THAT IS WHAT THE DLP IS SHOWING AT THE MOMENT. We will ALWAYS reserve the right to change them when that commitment wanes.

  25. Jerome Hinds

    Hello friends, following your exchanges I must admit there is merit in your views on past BLP and DLP administrations. But the crux of the matter should be that after 12 yrs of BLP rule and the emerging fiascos – Greenland not yet open after many promises, Warrens buliding still close after spending $130 million – overbudget by nearly $100 million, UDC poor people cannot get houses after paying for them to be built and on and on….it behoves any right thinking citizen of Barbados that there is time to put an end to this rot. Here is where I agree with Jupiter – he has stated that he is not prepared to see his (our) country go down the drain with this present administration. 2 years after returning president Bush to office (2004) Americans in 2006 put their pens (or fingers to the voting machines) to let Bush know that they did not like the path he was sending their beloved country. Democrats now control both Congress and senate. Americans use the ballot to effect the change they believe the country deserved. In Barbados today both BLP and DLP supporters are concerned about the way this country is heading – morality, economic, socially….. That is why we have to send a strong message to this group (BLP) That is why we have an opposition (DLP) guaranteed by the Barbados constitution to assume the reins of government. DO NOT BE MISLED BY ANY SPURIOUS ARGUMENT THAT THE OPPOSITION IS NOT EXPERIENCED ENOUGH. In February 1994 a man (Nelson Mandela) having walked out of prison 4 years before went on to become his country’s first black president in a country beset by racial and criminal turmoil and presided over a peaceful transition from white minority rule to a South Africa for ALL Races. What experience in government did he or his other cabinet members have? Right here in Barbados, around the same time (1994) Owen Arthur with no ministerial experience and leading a cabinet team with even less experience than he, took over from the DLP after the economic crisis of the 1990’s. In St. Lucia, The rise of Kenny Anthony is the same – straight from lecturing at UWI to leading the SLP.

    So it is with the current members of the DLP – though I must add that their leader Mr. Thompson has experience as a cabinet minister and Chris Sinckler personal aide to a former PM. So do not let us be blinded by this so called “lack of experience” factor. What we want is commitment to cause. THAT IS WHAT THE DLP IS SHOWING AT THE MOMENT. We will ALWAYS reserve the right to change them when that commitment wanes.

  26. Jupiter

    I’m always amazed when I hear people equating the corrupt practices of the blp with the dlp saying they are all the same.
    Yet when they list examples of corruption of the Dlp,all they can talk about is some concessions given to Clico,and even that is questionable since velzo who seems to be in the know has brought info showing these concessions started under the blp,and that clico main lawyer/lobbyist was the late Bree st john.

    On the other hand when you talk about corruption in this present Blp the list goes on and on;Gems,barrack construction fiasco,greenland, ackee tree,silver sands expensive bath,UDC/RDC,edutech,cost over runs,flyovers etc etc

    It is clear to me that it is a real stretch trying to say that the dlp are just as corrupt as the Blp,the evidence in just 12 years of blp rule doesnot prove it.

  27. John

    Corrupt practices are just that, corrupt.

    They undermine confidence people have in their “leaders”.

    There is no such a thing as a small corrupt practice.

    I make the point as I have made several times before that I will vote against the BLP this time around.

    If the DLP or PEP, or even MLP gets in, next time I will vote against the particular party in power.

    Five years is too long.

    I don’t subscribe to the spurious argument that a party needs AT LEAST 2 TERMS IN GOVERNMENT TO DO ITS JOB.

    One is enough and out they go. We would not be in the situation we are in if we had practiced this simple truth.

  28. John

    …. actually I might be partial to the MLP as its members will do nothing for personal financial gain!!

  29. Jerome Hinds

    The St. Lucian election results is a lesson on the horizon for Clyde “the great betrayer” Mascoll. How else can you describe a man who derisively chided the BLP on issues with a great deal of justification and evidence. The BLP in turn did nothing to amend the wrongs/ills that Mascoll pointed out – but through Political Negrocratism he accepts a Cabinet post from the pimp Owen Arthur and immediately get “locked Jaws” no more talk about the infelicities about GEMS, UDC, out -of- control national debt…..

    But, the St. Lucia results will not only be lesson for the great betrayer but a lot more in this BLP administration for while they keep uttering their empty promises to the Barbadian people – the more incensed the population will become. Electoral defeat was the price that Anthony Government paid for taking the St. Lucian people for a ride. St. Lucians stood and said their country deserves a different path. Wake up Barbadians our turn is next!!!!!

  30. Jerome Hinds

    The biggest LIE the Rev . ADDERLY ( he is addle like an EGG ! )

    With hours to go before the culmination of our country’s 41st Anniversary Independence celebrations………Barbadians are yet to see this promised ” Barbados’ 41st Independence Day Celebrations To Be “Even More Spectacular” Than 40th Anniversary !!! ”

    I am not surprised though……given all the free tickets for the 2006 spectacle and the EXTREMELY poor crowd at the National Stadium……the BLP stooges cannot risk that again !

    ** What with Owen Arthur not having faced David Thompson iin Parliament since the $ 750,000.00 cheque question !

    ** What with an election around the corner !

    ** HARDWOOD Inc. questions yet to be answered !

    ** Rising Cost of Living !

    ** The POLLS have the DLP in a deadheat with the BLP !

    Somebody looking SHAKY !