Barbados Government BLP Blog Dying A Slow Death?

It is December 7th (Pearl Harbour Day for our Yank friends) and it has now been 11 days since the BLP Blog posted any material.

Further, most of the entries for the last few months have been reprints of the usual BLP newspaper columns.

I wonder if they are losing interest in their blog – or has two-way communication with Bajan citizens turned out to be more of a handful than the BLP expected?

Then again, at least they have a blog. The opposition DLP is still trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up.

Check out the BLP blog here.

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32 responses to “Barbados Government BLP Blog Dying A Slow Death?

  1. Jupiter

    It’s all part of the absolute disgust bajans now have for this administration.It is also reflected in poor attendance at political meetings,indenpendence free shows etc

    Bajans just don.t want anything to do with them, and they’re speaking with their feet.Next will be the ballot box.

  2. Hants

    I have been doing my duty and posting on the BLP Blog.
    Fellow bloggers you should share the love and post on the BLP blog. Try to wake them up.

  3. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Bye,bye BLP
    Even yuh free shows can’ ketch we
    Using de Church can’ help yuh case
    ‘Cause Bajans know yuh is a waste
    Whe yuh call elections yuh gun see
    Bye, bye BLP.

  4. Jerome Hinds

    That is the result of deceiving and hoodwinking bajans for the last 12 years. The BLP paid no attention to health care, housing, land/prices and cost of living etc……. Only their cohorts in big business got all the favours. We the electorate must rise up in mass and put an end to this. Can you imagine what a 4th term under this administration would be like if this is only the 3rd term and they behaving so. Just imagine………

  5. De Orginal

    Why am I not suprised the blog is a failure everything else is.

  6. Velzo

    BFP: Is there nothing good to report about the DLP web-site? For example, the clips of DLP meetings?

    And why don’t you use the site to raise some of your queries and see if you get a reply?

    A site is not a great site simply because it accomodates bloggers.

    I think the DLP site is modern, relevant and effective.

  7. Anonymous

    Velzo says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 2:40 pm
    I think the DLP site is modern, relevant and effective.

    I agree with you Velzo, but lets be clear i arrive at my opinion honestly and fair, you well,,, you are a partisan hack, you would have opinionated as you did even if it was still under construction. 😀

    The DLP site allowed me to hear Fruendel Stuart’s informative historical timeline, which was a welcome learning experience for me, It also allow me to hear other speeches which provided comic relief. 😀

  8. Velzo says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 2:40 pm
    I think the DLP site is modern, relevant and effective.

    I agree with you Velzo, but lets be clear i arrive at my opinion honestly and fair, you well,,, you are a partisan hack, you would have opinionated as you did even if it was still under construction.

    The DLP site allowed me to hear Fruendel Stuart’s informative historical timeline, which was a welcome learning experience for me, It also allow me to hear other speeches which provided comic relief.

    sorry about that. 😀

  9. Jupiter

    Wait adrian was that your post above uder anonymous?Interesting.

  10. Jason

    Hi Vezlo

    The DLP site is modern and the content is coming along. You will remember that BFP had to push them into having a website and they put one up after having none for almost 2 years as I recall.

    A website is like a sophisticated business card or even like a private television station with video, but a blog is different.

    A blog allows 2 way communication and conversation. It takes a lot of commitment and guts to allow 2 way communication. Maybe the BLP wish they had never started or maybe the DLP doesn’t want to make their mistake. But a pretty website is not a blog.

  11. Velzo

    Adrian, you seem to think that being partisan is a curse. But being a member or supporter of a party is no different to religion, race, creed, or other preferences. It does not make you blind.

    And thae fact that you STATE that you are NOT partisan does not move me. Those of you who think that because you do not support a party makes your an intellectual heavy-weight, or better or brighter or more objective are putting out nonsense.

    The brightest and best men in our world have believed in something and fought for it. Be it a political prize or a religious principal or some other goal. That was their guiding light.

    Adrian, I am not a drifter. I believe in something and will stand up for it and your put-downs about my partisanship mean nothing to me. Since I believe that we both have partisan preferences.

    There are some others on this site who profess to be independent. But raise an issue relating to race, sex or religion for people like John and you will see that they have strong views similar to my political views.

    The truth is that I genuinely like the DLP website – not because I support the DLP but because I simply like it. It helps though that the party I support is relevant, effective and moving in the right direction.

  12. Jupiter say:
    December 7th, 2006 at 3:30 pm
    Wait adrian was that your post above uder anonymous?Interesting.
    ————————————————————-
    Yes it is me. That should be clear is it not?
    What ever conspiracy theory you’re thinking up would not fit me. I am Adrian first and always, and anonymous purely by accident. In my environment a computer and internet access is as ubiquitous as a telephone is, even while I am on the road I can log on. This morning I use an internet appliance I had never used before.

  13. Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    Adrian, you seem to think that being partisan is a curse. But being a member or supporter of a party is no different to religion, race, creed, or other preferences. It does not make you blind.
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    No no Velzo it is not a curse and neither is political party membership in the same realm or on the same plain as religion, race, or creed, maybe some other preferences, but just like religion, race, creed, and other preferences, some persons can make their particular practice of party politics much worse than a curse, and i think that you are demonstrating some of what makes it worst than a curse. You cannot logically nor factually defend your continual ascertion that i am a BLP hack and a paid one at that, but never the less you attempt to maline me as such and encourage others to do so. I think your views and party diehardism is to be viewed in the same light.:D Why must you judge me by your standards? why must i be presented as a party hack on the other side for you to comment on my statements? no need to answer. 😀
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    Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    And thae fact that you STATE that you are NOT partisan does not move me. Those of you who think that because you do not support a party makes your an intellectual heavy-weight, or better or brighter or more objective are putting out nonsense.
    —————
    It was not stated to move or influence you, it was stated because it is the truth. Uh mean i did not have to state it to no one but you. My comments if read objectively could not lead to the impression that you would have others intertain, and such nonsense about intellectual, and who is brighter, is and has been completely lost on me for sometime. I lay my case and invite feedback, i put forward my challenges and welcome clarity or defense of the positions i am challenging. That is all. in other words i luv a good argument. It matters not who the person is on the other end, I fear no man or woman and certainly could care less about the many titles that persons attribute to themselves. All i humbly ask of you is succintly state how any of my positions are nonsense, just saying so isn’t going to convince to see things differently or take a different approach. You have to win the argument by making the case, before i can believe or change my view. It is doable. 😀
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    Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    The brightest and best men in our world have believed in something and fought for it. Be it a political prize or a religious principal or some other goal. That was their guiding light.
    ————
    I believe in quite a few things and will fight for several others, but a politcal party is not one of them at this point. Certainly not todays BLP, or DLP.
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    Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    Adrian, I am not a drifter. I believe in something and will stand up for it and your put-downs about my partisanship mean nothing to me. Since I believe that we both have partisan preferences.
    —————-
    I am not a drifter either, I have not swayed one bit from my core political convictions which are much deeper than a mere political party affliations, and don’t your forget who started the put-downs, really i don’t even concider “one trick pony” poltical hack, or DLP yardfowl to be put-downs, i honestly believe that you are those things, by my understanding of what those things mean. 😀
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    Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    There are some others on this site who profess to be independent. But raise an issue relating to race, sex or religion for people like John and you will see that they have strong views similar to my political views.
    —————-
    Sorry i don’t read John in the same light as you, so if he anything like you i would prefer to hear so from him, as i think at this point you are looking for a comrade at yardfowlism. 😀
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    Velzo
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:05 pm
    The truth is that I genuinely like the DLP website – not because I support the DLP but because I simply like it. It helps though that the party I support is relevant, effective and moving in the right direction.
    ———–
    Look i don’t doubt that you do indeed and genuinely so, like the website. I question your ability to be genuine. 😀 My point is that i am not convince that you wouldn’t also like it if it was still under construction. Your love for this site isn’t to my estimation guided by any altruistic convictions, you are partisan don’t be ashame of it, you are what you are.

  14. Velzo

    He who excuses himself, accuses himself…

  15. Velzo says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 6:59 pm
    He who excuses himself, accuses himself…
    ————————————————————–
    and you quoted the above to make what statement? That each of are not unique in our thought, opinion and aspirations, that the above aptly describes the intent of every human being who “excuses” himself from whatever? Only a partisan yardfowl, one trick, one dimensional DLP hack could intimate such a glaring generalization. Do you any such person?

    Uh mean all a yardfowl sees amonst his fellow yardfowls, is a set behaviour, picking, and s***ing, so naturally he would think thats all that ever other moving/living thing does. 😀

    ***** Language please, friends.

  16. My deepest and sincer apologies, I got carried away a little, while tekking of my gloves fuh Velzo de Velcro ® DLP hack. 😀

    Adrian
    December 7th, 2006 at 7:29 pm
    Velzo says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 6:59 pm
    He who excuses himself, accuses himself…
    ————————————————————–
    and you quoted the above to make what statement? That each of us are not unique in our thoughts, opinions and aspirations, that the above aptly describes the intent of every human being who “excuses” himself from whatever? Only a partisan yardfowl, one trick, one dimensional DLP hack could intimate such a glaring generalization. Do you know any such person?

    Uh mean all a yardfowl sees amonst his/her fellow yardfowls, is a set behaviour, picking, and defecating bout de yard, so naturally he would think thats all that every other moving/living thing does.

  17. Jerome Hinds

    Hello…… Adrian and Velzo why are you all seemingly so up in arms over eachother’s presumed political views? This is exactly what the pimp (negrocrat) like owen Arthur hope to achieve. Keep the populace arguing among themselves while he and his other bandits rape the treasury,our lands and our women.

    Hi guys, raise the level of your debate(debacle?).

  18. Jerome Hinds says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Hello…… Adrian and Velzo why are you all seemingly so up in arms over eachother’s presumed political views? This is exactly what the pimp (negrocrat) like owen Arthur hope to achieve. Keep the populace arguing among themselves while he and his other bandits rape the treasury,our lands and our women.

    Hi guys, raise the level of your debate(debacle?).
    —————————————————————
    Sorry Jerome no can do. From the very start of these blogs Velzo has been on my case and no one came to my defense, not that i needed any, so i will not allow you or anyone to rescue him from me with my help. 😀 Trust me i can cuss he and Owen and debate the issues in a civil manner at the same time, i am not a one trick one dimentional political hack.

  19. Barbados has long been admired throughout the Caribbean as a perfect example of two-party politics. After two terms in office, faults creep in, the electorate realises it is time for a change, and at the next election the opposition returns to the crease.

    Unfortunately we are going through a lean time with an Opposition rich in rant and vehemence, but weak in leadership and drive. Apart from having their own house in disorder over leadership, they really lack anyone of the intellect or charisma to capture the voters’ support.

    In fact it could be said that if there is any effective opposition right now it comes from the BFP and its bloggers who toss some strong arguments into the pot. And are not afraid to speak frankly because the anonimity of a blog gives the contributors the same “privilege” they would have in the House.

    This is a great shame. But for lack of anything better right now BFP deserves full support for its spirited dialogue on issues vital to us. Hopefully the Opposition will garner some young turks (and lady turks) capable of winning with ideas and drive the hearts and votes of the people. The voters are yearning for a decent opposition to vote for so that they can correct the present imbalance in our traditional system.

  20. bystander says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Barbados has long been admired throughout the Caribbean as a perfect example of two-party politics. After two terms in office, faults creep in, the electorate realises it is time for a change, and at the next election the opposition returns to the crease.
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    The admirers that you reference “Other caribbean nations” are also referred to fifedoms. I don’t know that you can safely rely on their opinion of what is a good or bad polical system, and i don’t know that there is such a thing as a “perfect” two party system. Could you elaborate on what “perfect” means in the context that it was used?

    ….How do faults creep into a system withing the time line you suggested? and if this is a continual expectation, these “faults” that you mentioned,
    1: please explain “”perfect” two party system”and how i should relate it to “faults creep in”
    2:Clearly the correction to the faults did not occur with the last election. Either the electorate did not play their safety valve part or the fault did not occur.

    Do your really think that we can make changes to the way we do business, the way we shape our society, without making changes to the way we govern ourselves?

  21. Adrian- Life is too short to split hairs with you at too great length so I will keep my response short:

    1. I concede “perfect” was ill-chosen. “The best” or even “a very good” would have been strong enough.

    2. The fact that the seesaw mechanism did not work in the last election was not the fault of the electorate nor the system, but of the poor quality of the opposition members on offer and their manifesto.

    3. Yes, I do think our two-party system can make the changes needed, and shape society without our altering the way we govern oursleves. The alternative under consideration, a republic with God knows what for a constitution, seems certain to attract those who prefer the extremism of a one-party state, excessive use of authority, restriction of liberties, and abuse of power.

  22. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Checked out the DLP speeches on their site.
    The Weston and St Lucy meetings are good examples of a new breed of politician, speaking to issues.
    A bit of fun-poking too; but that is all part of a political platform, isn’t it?
    Maybe you folk should check the site out too.

  23. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Also read Peter Wickham’s review in the Nation.
    Interesting!

  24. John

    Adrian

    “Sorry Jerome no can do. From the very start of these blogs Velzo has been on my case and no one came to my defense, …….”

    This is simply not true. I have already dealt with Velzo’s comments about you.

    I can appreciate your position in wanting to deal with attacks in your own style and I know they aren’t going to phase you one little bit.

    If Velzo hasn’t figured you out by now, ………. well …

  25. John

    “Also read Peter Wickham’s review in the Nation.
    Interesting!”

    Hooray for Independence is the title and it is very worthwhile reading.

  26. Velzo

    Oh, Adrie, You are pathetic. Since when were you losing the argument?

    Who needs to help you put your foot in your mouth, shift the goal post, tke the down-low route, viciously and partisanly attack, gossip, insult, abuse, assault the language we speak and boast? These are your stock in trade. And you are great at them.

    You can’t sustain a serious intellectual or theoretical or sensible discussion for more than two comments without twisting, turning, writhing and politically and partisanly hacking!

    And since is Velzo Husbands relevant?

  27. Velzo

    Oh, Adrie, You are pathetic. Since when were you losing the argument?

    Who needs to help you put your foot in your mouth, shift the goal post, tke the down-low route, viciously and partisanly attack, gossip, insult, abuse, assault the language we speak and boast? These are your stock in trade. And you are great at them.

    You can’t sustain a serious intellectual or theoretical or sensible discussion for more than two comments without twisting, turning, writhing and politically and partisanly hacking!

    And since when is Velzo Husbands relevant?

  28. 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.

  29. karma_1

    Littleboy56@caribsurf.com is correct in his statement, “The Weston and St Lucy meetings are good examples of a new breed of politician, speaking to issues.

    A bit of fun-poking too; but that is all part of a political platform, isn’t it? Maybe you folk should check the site out too.”

    The DLP website is obviously emerging. It seems to me that the DLP is trying to reach those persons who do not go out to political mass meetings and those who are not satisfied with the scripts as carried by the Nation and Advocate Newspapers. The multimedai clips are interesting additions to the website and I surely look forward as the site continues to emerge over the coming months. Take some time out to listen to some of the speeches and you will get an understanding of some of the issues being dealt with.

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  31. John

    What exactly is a new breed of politician?

  32. William Duguid

    Sorry for the lapse in posts guys we were away for a couple of weeks but we hope to have a few new posts up soon.