Second-Hand Press Release From Barbados Peoples Empowerment Party

In over a year of running Barbados Free Press, we haven’t heard a squeak from the PEP – Peoples Empowerment Party. We don’t think they have a website, and we’re not sure they even have email as this press release reached us second hand and doesn’t indicate either a website or an email address.

You know what we think folks – the more talk the better it is for democracy, so despite the fact that the PEP calls the BLP the party of the “white elites” and sounds more like a document from the “workers’ paradise” of the USSR, here is a PEP press release we received second hand.

Side Note To The Peoples Empowerment Party…

1/ You can get a free email address from Hotmail, and a free website from WordPress.com. You don’t even have to have a computer – any of the local internet cafes would be happy to rent you some time.

2/ Shouldn’t “Peoples” be “Peoples’ ” with the possessive? 🙂

3/ I guess your supporters shouldn’t count on you to form the next government just yet.

PEOPLES EMPOWERMENT PARTY

PRESS RELEASE

Hold B.L.P Responsible For World Cup Failure!

The looming failure of the “Cricket World Cup” is the collective responsibility of the CARICOM governments, including our Barbados Labour Party government, the “big wigs” of the various “Local Organizing Committees”, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

It is therefore insulting and offensive for B.L.P Government Ministers to be now seeking to run from their fair share of the blame.

Wasn’t it our Prime Minister Owen Arthur who declared that he was assuming personal responsibility for Barbados’ participation in the World Cup and that he was prepared to “move heaven and earth” if necessary? Didn’t this B.L.P Government invest hundreds of millions of our tax dollars in “their” World Cup project without ever once consulting us, the ordinary citizens of Barbados?

Didn’t they encourage us to get into debt for the purpose of building new rooms and apartments unto our houses in order to accommodate the promised tens of thousands of wealthy visitors?

How can the Barbados Labour Party Government now say that it is not responsible for the unfolding fiasco?

Virtually every decision that the B.L.P government and their cohorts made about the “World Cup” was wrong!

Their decision to demolish our unique and historic Kensington Oval, and to saddle us with a debt of hundreds of millions of dollars was wrong. It was wrong to establish a narrow, elitist “Local Organizing Committee” led by people like Peter Boos and to fail to include important grassroots “Cricket” organizations like the “Barbados Cricket League”.

They were wrong to snub the cricket loving “masses” of the Caribbean with a whole host of foreign, intimidating and elitist procedures and regulations covering everything from the purchase of tickets to the behaviour of spectators.

Their decision to disrespect the Caribbean people and to look outside of the Caribbean for virtually every input, ranging from the choice of a “mascot”, to the choice of our West Indies cricket coach, to the choice of Indian and Chinese contractors to build the new stadia- was wrong!

But none of this surprises us in the Peoples Empowerment Party!

This example of “mis-leadership” is typical of the new “black” bourgeois class that, throughout the Caribbean, has taken over the leadership positions in Government, the professions, and in important areas of national life such as “Cricket Administration”.

They have constituted themselves into an elite, with their own narrow group interests and a narrow self- serving value system. They consciously see themselves as “junior” partners in the international, elitist, capitalist agenda of Western Europe and North America, and are therefore psychologically predisposed to be co-opted and used by the traditional local and foreign “White” elites. They are contemptuous of the working class base from which they originally sprung, and are dismissive of the intelligence and ability of working- class people. They believe that they are entitled to monopolize national decision making, and that the appropriate role of the working class people is to be supporters and “hailers”.

The harsh reality is that many of the privileged representatives of this class are going to walk away from this Cricket World Cup as millionaires, while the masses of Barbadian and Caribbean people are left to shoulder the enormous debts for many years to come.

David A. Comissiong
President
Tel: 425 5709 (H)
235 9849 (C)
435 2334 (W)

49 Comments

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49 responses to “Second-Hand Press Release From Barbados Peoples Empowerment Party

  1. Anonymous

    David Commissiong for PM.
    – we need that.

  2. Mr. David A. Comissiong,

    Before I spend (or waste) to much time wading through your ‘thesis’ above, might I ask why you insist on playing the race card, i.e., the ‘white’ elites?

    Surely there must be some ‘black’ elites, too? Maybe even some ‘polka-dot-pink’ elites as well? Talk like that does nothing but stir up trouble and shows that you are willing to grasp at straws.

    Everything is not about race. Black, white, so what?Mr. Comissiong, what do you think will happen when E.T. visits Earth?

    “Oh, look! We’re all the same, we’re all humans, blacks and whites together! United now against a new threat that affects us all!”

    Give me a break.

  3. Patrick Porter

    The Bystander

    You have posted a good piece. Although I have little value for Comissiong, democratic speech must be upheld. I think that Mr. Comissiong has a chip bigger than Canada on his shoulder, he thinks that he is black, but he is far closer to white. He is in a position to bring the races together instead of pulling them apart. I know the story on why he is so anti white, but will keep that for another day.
    It is a shame that people like him that want power at all costs pust the black and white theme

  4. No - Name

    David,
    Before you decided that you tricked by your cousin Mia into going over to the BLP to be part of the included and sing in Owen’s choir a number of persons warned you. You were warned that Owen was going to use you and discard you. It came to pass……and with it the people of Barbados has no more confidence in you. You are now classified into the same grouping as Rudy Grant, Hammy La, Prescod, Kerrie, Tudor, Clyde and all the other converted BLP Lapdogs.

    You are simply too unstable…today it is PEP, tomorrow who know what it will be?
    You have been tricked big time and will go down in history like Lynette Eastmond as the politicians who might have been!

  5. He was the same way at Kolij too, I am afraid… We always clashed at Students’ Council and it was so easy to get the better of him and Douglas Adams.

    As a prefect, Comissiong was a bully – had to threaten to haul him up before the Council all the time, recited school rules like a lawyer, LOL!

    Now William Duguid was okay, we traded comics back then…

  6. No - Name

    Ian,
    When you were at CBC, do you recall and can you say with any degree of accuracy whether or not there was an incident in which a certain politician barged into a meeting at the said CBC and slap a certain CEO in the face for not responding appropriately duing a telephone conversation?

  7. bdiix

    good press release, commissiong

  8. V.I.Lenin.

    Commissiong palys the race card eternally, because it is cost-effective.
    He has no other political mileage in his antiquated armory of Marxist-Leninist leftism.

    BooHoo! the ‘poor down trodden masses’ of yore
    are today’s BMW drivers…
    NOW who can we stir up to foment revolution and get me in, as head of the Politburo?

    (You gotta forgive him,peoples, he grew up in Highgate, but wasn’t quite white enough for the choice young ladies of the area, nor good-lookin like his bro. M.)

  9. True Native

    And to think that there are some bloggers who tell us to kick out the Bees, but DON’T vote for the Dems. So, I’ll ask once again – who would you have us vote for, the same Comic-Song, or perhaps Pickle Safari (he in the PEP too?).

  10. Bajanboy

    I remember in one of the Cadres polls a year ago, the people of Barbados said they would prefer Jesus Christ as Prime Minister (0.2%) over David Commisiong (0.1%). A laughed for about an hour.

    I truely respect David’s right to free speech and respect his role in the democratic process in Barbados, but he could be addressing so many more important issues than race.

    If the BFP was to form a party, now that would be interesting.

  11. BFP,

    Did you read Bajanboy’s post? How about having a little pretend poll on the BFP website. Let’s see how many people would vote for:

    1. BLP
    2. DLP
    3. BFP
    4. PEP
    5. No one

  12. True Native

    A coalition – BFP/DLP. (Oh, God, don’t shoot me, BFP!).

  13. CHANGE OF ADDRESS
    Although I am the original “bystander” (as the archives prove) going back months before The Bystander entered the scene, I realise that he (or she) has effectively pre-empted me, and it is time, like Prince, to consider myself “The Blogger Formerly Known as “bystander.””

    I do this without rancour as I know it was unintentional, and was not spotted by the BFP folks, who have too much on their plate already. It seems the most sensible course of action. One cannot copyright a blogname, after all and The Bystander is doing too good a job with his/her submissions to risk any confusion.

    So “bystander” is gone for good, now pondering on a new nom de blog.

    ****************

    BFP george comment:

    Let’s help out the poster formerly known as bystander.

    What name shall we suggest peoples?

    bfp george

  14. Warrior

    This is the classic problem of putting clean water in a dirty glass.

    Mr. Comissiong might have some valid and accurate points, however because of the reputation that proceeds him, because of the damage done to his credibility and the shadows that’s been cast around his motives, no one will pay credence to his utterances or to his Political aspiration via the P.E.P.

    Just a word of advice
    Proverbs 22:1-3 (New International Version)
    New International Version (NIV)

    1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

    2 Rich and poor have this in common:
    The LORD is the Maker of them all.

    3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
    but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

    I believe that you and Minister Lynch could learn a lot from vs 3.
    If Minister Lynch acted with wisdom , then he would not have to stand the fire he is currently in.

    And if you had listened then your political reputation would not have been so battered. Good luck to you

  15. “CHANGE OF ADDRESS
    Although I am the original “bystander” (as the archives prove) going back months before The Bystander entered the scene, I realise that he (or she) has effectively pre-empted me, and it is time, like Prince, to consider myself “The Blogger Formerly Known as “bystander.””

    I do this without rancour as I know it was unintentional, and was not spotted by the BFP folks, who have too much on their plate already. It seems the most sensible course of action. One cannot copyright a blogname, after all and The Bystander is doing too good a job with his/her submissions to risk any confusion.

    So “bystander” is gone for good, now pondering on a new nom de blog.”

    ———————-

    Oh dear. I am truly sorry about that bystander. I’m very new as a poster to BFP and did not realize that the name was already in use. It was indeed 100% unintentional. No hard feelings I hope? Thank you also for your kind words and for pulling a ‘Prince.’

  16. Littleboy

    Friends,
    It is called democracy!!!
    Ian
    I got slapped (and retaliated) by both black and white at HC. I was a son-of-a-mitch , so they respected me( or my fist).
    Do not give the impression that College (or any other school) was a bed of roses.
    THERE WAS RACISM !!!
    What we have to do now is put an end to it!!!
    COW has NO black directors!!!Why??? He is not alone as a white company manager (they make up the majority business ownership).
    I have been married to a person of another race for umpteen years, and our children mix with everybody, however, they are aware of the differences that divide, but their up-bringing helps them to avoid the sickness called RACISM.
    Commisiong is no idiot. he has tried his best to make us all aware of the “diabolical force” called racism.
    Unfortunately, he has allowed himself to be fooled by O.$. Arthur.
    We all make mistakes!!! Forgive him!!!

  17. Littleboy

    Strathclyde and Belleville were dens of racism.
    Thank GOD and ERROL BARROW that an enlightened philosophy got the better of bigotry!!!
    Do not hate “Snuffy” for relating history!!!

  18. Free the press!!!!

    Hear hear Warrior

    I do continue to admire the ‘working class hero’ mentality of Mr. Commissiong, but the racism over the years lost me.

    Do you think we are in danger for saying these things, as per verse 3?

  19. The (one and now only) Bystander-

    No problem, comrade at arms. I know you will continue to be worthy of our name. Saludos.

  20. samizdat

    Grammar experts:

    shouldn’t it be , not …?

    Just asking….:}

  21. samizdat

    Wait…don’t know what happened there.

    My post should read:

    Shouldn’t it be people’s, not peoples’…?

  22. De Orginal

    Ian I say to leff out David he got the balls to speak out regardless of who it offend something you dont.

    Also respond to the query from
    No – Name
    April 7th, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Ian,
    When you were at CBC, do you recall and can you say with any degree of accuracy whether or not there was an incident in which a certain politician barged into a meeting at the said CBC and slap a certain CEO in the face for not responding appropriately duing a telephone conversation?

  23. Brabsoda

    Littleboy
    Your name certainly suits you.
    I can name many black companies that have only black people working for them. I wonder if you owned a company how many of them would be made up of family members or black people.

  24. “COW has NO black directors!!!Why??? He is not alone as a white company manager (they make up the majority business ownership).”

    ——————-

    Littleboy,

    I know very little concerning the corporate structure of C. O. Williams, however, his brother, ‘Bizzy,’ of Williams Industries has more than one ‘black director.’ At least that’s what their website states, see: http://www.williamsind.com/

    According to WII’s 2005 Annual Report, also available on their website, it would appear that WII has a profit sharing policy, whereby it distributes a percentage of company profits to employees and their shareholders . Surely some of these employees must be ‘white’ and ‘black?’ I’ll even bet you that there are a few ‘polka-dot-pink’ employees running around somewhere.

    As for ‘whites’ owning the majority of businesses in Barbados, well, you may have a point, but there are many different types of business (i.e., small/mid/large) so we’d have to do a little research. Maybe ‘whites’ do own the majority of large businesses, but on the hand, maybe ‘blacks’ own the majority of small businesses. I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that ‘blacks’ not ‘whites’ are the major consumers in this island. Thus, an impartial observer (or bystander) may then conclude that both ‘blacks’ and ‘whites’ are in need of each other, at least from an economic point of view.

  25. “COW has NO black directors!!!Why??? He is not alone as a white company manager (they make up the majority business ownership).”

    ———————–

    Hi Littleboy,

    I’m not at all familiar with the ethnic make up of C. O. Williams’ management team, however his brother, ‘Bizzy’ Williams, over at Williams Industries Inc., has a few, ‘black directors,’ as you put it, on their board. Check out their website: http://www.williamsind.com/

    As for ‘whites,’ making up the majority of business owners in Bim, that depends on how you look at it (I might take some lashes here, but so be it.) Let’s say that businesses are of three types: small, medium or large. You might say that ‘whites’ own the majority of large businesses, but I doubt you could say that they own the majority of small businesses.

    I’d also like to point out that ‘black’ people as well as ‘polka-dot-pink’ people are the major consumers in the island. Plenty of power right there, if used wisely. Look at some of the consumer groups or watchdogs in the U.S. for example, and please don’t say that consumer groups can only work in big countries, because that’s not true.

    In conclusion, maybe we all need each other in some form or fashion? The ‘blacks,’ the ‘whites’ and even the ‘polka-dot-pink’ ones, too.

  26. Littleboy

    Brabsoda

    Good manners cost nothing!!! This blog is about debate, not name calling or petty,snide personal remarks.
    Please help us to keep it that way.Thanks!!!
    For your info, I do own a couple of companies and my directorate is MULTI-RACIAL.
    My problem with those that cannot see the error of “containing” directorates to those of similar pigmentation.
    And ,by the way, how come whites seem to have such a “large family unit” when it comes to managers and directors???
    Anyway, I do not support nepotism in any form!!!

  27. BFP,

    Sorry, for the double post. I thought my first comment was lost in the ether, that’s why I typed up another, somewhat similar one.

  28. Brabsoda

    Littleboy
    I don’t know why you take offence at being called Littleboy, because it was you that chose the name.
    You seemed to be a son-of-a-mitch and a bully in your younger years. I certainly hope you have changed.
    Mr. Commisiong has been a member of the NDP, DLP and BLP. He can’t seem to fit in anywhere. He uses the race card everytime he opens his mouth and he seems to attract support from people that think like him.
    I am sorry you thought that my remarks were out of place. Please don’t come and beat me up.

  29. Littleboy

    My Dad always told me to be kind to ALL people.
    “Turn the other ckeek” is also a good philosophy…if you want a broken jaw!!!
    Oh…Dad also said “be kind to dumb animals”!!!!!

    Why do people tend to see the preaching of “equality” by David Commisiong as race hate???
    I am not a member of his party, but maybe sometimes we can try to look at the POSITIVE in some of his positions.
    I am all for loyalty, but truth be told,Clyde Mascoll,Trevor Prescod, Johnnie Tudor,Rudy Grant,Hamilton LashleyKerry Symmonds and others all crossed from one party to another…so too did KNR Husbands, Harold Blackman,Richie Haynes,LB Brathwaite and a host of others…it is called DEMOCRACY…anyone is free to join the Party of their choice…it is not a crime!!!!!
    But the debate is not about Commisiong, he has not ruined the morals and economy of Barbados by exhibiting loose morals( e.g adultery) and practising squandermania…
    We all know who is guilty…get rid of them!!!

  30. Re: politician slapping incident? I know of no such animal, but chief in my memory is the level of justice when a former MP doubted like St Thomas over the coverage given the issue of the St George PO and they wanted the reporter fired!

    She defended herself well and laid out her horns of rebuttal like a red pole calf!

    The same politician was angered about some programme and spoke to the Editor who now has a similar post elsewhere in this nation.

    At the time the then-M.P threatened to get an appropriate officer to smuggle an explosive to the Newsroom just to blow up ye Editor in question, was carried as high as those who are now interim but of course, nought happened to no avail, alas & alack, sigh!

  31. Jerome Hinds

    Ian Bourne, says,

    ” At the time the then-M.P threatened to get an appropriate officer to smuggle an explosive to the Newsroom just to blow up ye Editor in question, was carried as high as those who are now interim but of course, nought happened to no avail, alas & alack, sigh! ”
    __________________________________
    Ian Bourne,

    If what you report above is an accurate account of an experience you encountered, then it is CLEAR politicians in POWER in this country would go to any lengths to stay in POWER…!

  32. Brabsoda

    Littleboy
    Dumb animal. Ouch!
    Who’s being unmannerly now.
    I pity people who have to walk around with such a big chip on they sholder. You sound like a very angry and unsettled man.

  33. bussa

    Brabsoda do all of your people attend same training sessions in how to deal with racism issues? Whites responses on any discussion on racism are so predictable. Like they are programmed.

    When I read whites reacting to the multitude of race problems in this island I get serious. From Highgate Gardens where a black youth was beaten to COW business empire with no black directors in a 96% black country.

    Whites have no shame or sensitivity. They are arrogant and rude in the extreme with their racism. Bizzy insists all blacks looking for handouts while he races sports cars, sails, watches polo, airs his mouth and rakes in millions

    COW with his all white management boasts on BBC he employs 2000 blacks. Can you believe this lucky prima donna who makes his zillions from black peoples taxes.?

    White racism in Barbados is as rampant as it ever was. Dean Harold Crichlow of all people drew that to the attention of the senate recently.

    David Commisiong in spite of his party hopping is absolutely correct in drawing the wrongs of this society to everyone’s attention.

  34. No - Name

    bussa,
    COW and Bizzy were created by the Government of Barbados.

    The only body that attempted to do something about this was Don Blackman and they took him to court. When they challenged David Seale in relation to the Kola Syrup he protested.

    I maintain none of the successive Governments have had to balls to correct this problem. Government has the power to make the change. We must lobby for this change.

    Additionally we as consumers whether in the private or public sector can support black owned and operated businesses. Let’s talk with our monies. Make the change.

  35. bussa

    I could not agree with you more No-Name

  36. No - Name

    Ian,
    I really admire your guts. As a Gov’t servant I was never be so bold because I know of cases where people have been reassigned or transferred to places like the public library as punishment.

    I am afraid of this gov’t because I know first hand that they always get back at you one way or another. Be careful my friend!

    By the way what ever became of the Marsha, the news anchor who was doing such a great professional job on CBC?…and how can one explain how the former G.M of CBC could be fired for an alledged mismangement of finds and then find herself working as a project manager with CWC. I would have thought that having failed and have left under questionable circumstances at a gov’t owned entity that she should have resigned from CWC. Added to all the foregoing she is also still chairing a Gov’t fund in relation to HIV AIDS. This fund/project on HIV AIDS came out of a conference she attending in the

  37. “Additionally we as consumers whether in the private or public sector can support black owned and operated businesses. Let’s talk with our monies. Make the change.”

    —————————

    No – Name,

    I agree with you. But consider, if you will, the following:

    We can all support ‘black’ owned and operated businesses, but that kind of talk may end up becoming a hushed whisper if these ‘alternate’ businesses cannot compete with the others in terms of pricing, quality and economies of scale.

    Yes I know it will be difficult for new businesses to compete and that the established ones have an advantage, but you’re going to have to take your blows if you want to play in their sandbox.

    So let’s start boycotting tomorrow. I, along with hundreds or thousands of others, will decide to stop going to one supermarket and instead frequent another. The result is a powerful message being sent, but one that has serious consequences.

    That supermarket that you stopped purchasing from had distribution rights for certain foods that you love, so tough luck, go find another favourite food. Also, as a result of your boycott, that business may be forced to lay off staff (someone you know, or a friend of a friend) because it’s not as profitable as it once was and can’t afford to pay alot of salaries.

    This island is so small that everyone and everything is closely connected.

    But I’m not saying that you should bend over and take it. You are a consumer, a very powerful entity. Everyone wants your money, COW, Bizzy, BS&T, Goddards, KFC and even the coconut vendor on the highway.

    It is your money at the end of the day, so you are in control. You choose how to spend that money and where to spend it. Before you spend it, know fully well that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The trick is to predict what the reaction will be and how it will affect you and everyone else.

  38. John

    no-name

    COW and Bizzy survived as long as they did because of the Govt of Barbados …. no argument.

    Rayside also survived as long as he did because of the Government of Barbados.

    This is also true of most electrical, air-conditioning and plumbing contractors in Barbados.

    All got construction business from Government, some more than others.

    None of their businesses were created/made by Government. All were created by the individuals which own/owned them to fill a need which the market said/says it wanted/wants filled.

    Government was/is a part of that market.

    As to whether there was an inside track which favoured some over others, well …… that is debatable, and until we have integrity legislation which requires assets to be declared by our politicians, we will continue to debate.

    Proof would be great, but in the absence of it, all we can do is debate, while our politicians wait for the furore to die away!!

    Time to get the proof, ….. if it exists!!

    The refrain often used by politicians to preempt discussions on such inconvenient topics as integrity legislation is that it needs to extend to the private sector as well.

    Of course it is true, but if we catch a politician with assets which can’t be explained, the obvious next step is to find out where they came from and explain them.

    It takes two to tango!!

    If Integrity legislation is properly enforced the private sector will also be exposed to scrutiny once the malfeasance comes to light.

    Let us move the debate on Integrity legislation up a notch so the politicians know it is pointless waiting for it to die away. The private sector will get the message too.

    Fellahs, we know!!! Time to come clean. Stop wasting time and let us get this foolishness stopped.

    (True Native, True Native’s mother and Patrick, please accept my apologies for using the F word. I know there are both males and females involved in the corruption and could have used the term guys and gals, but fellahs sounds so much more conspiratorial and applicable in this situation!!)

  39. Marsha is being “rotated” I understand, but lemme state this – Marsha was a freelancer and Deri is Staff…

    I no longer work at CBC, by the by, so I can afford to (within reason) talk on what I had to endure while there!

    Where I am now? It is better here since if I have an idea, I am actually LISTENED TO and advised as how best to achieve such! Appreciation plus betterment goes a long way!

  40. Lady Anon

    The PEP is nothing but a paper tiger…no matter what proposals are put forward, good or otherwise, Mr. Commissiong was silenced (and fooled) by the politricks of inclusion.

    No one listens to him now.

  41. No - Name

    The Bystander,
    We must encourage as many of our sisters/brothers as possible to do the same as you and boycott white owned businesses. We must encourage black owned businesses to work together. As long as we use the current system they will continue to screw us. Neville Rowe tried when he introduced the President’s and no-name brand of products and they took it away from him. There has to be a way of bypassing this sysytem as it exists on the island…create networks with black owned suppliers outside of Barbados…
    Let is find a way otherwise it will be the same old thing.

    John,
    I agree with you..but the salient point here is that as long as the Gov’t ( BLP or DLP) continue to award $300 mil contracts to the likes of COW they (COW et al) will be in a position to buy all the land dictate to Gov’t. One example was the COB. COB owned land in St.Peter which was purchased for about ($1.5mil). Some white developers ( I was told that COW was involved) got OWEN to pressure the Registrar of Cooperatives into selling the land. They did so by introducing a law or regulation ( someone more involved in the Credit Union movement can clarify/explain this) that said Credit Unions cannot own a none performing asset such as land. Under Pressure COB sold the land and I am told they made a profit of appprox $16 mil. Do you know that the developers held this land for two years ( no such law as none performing assets applied to the developers) and they recently sold the land for $40 mil!
    The common tread in all this is OWEN $ Arthur….the god in charge of Town and Country Planning.He is involved in pressuring the poor for the benefit of the rice and famous. That is why he dines with them at Sandy Lane Hotel and can feel included among the wealthy.

  42. Jerome Hinds

    John ,SAYS,

    April 9th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    ” Of course it is true, but if we catch a politician with assets which can’t be explained, the obvious next step is to find out where they came from and explain them. ”
    ___________________________________

    Well John, David Ellis tried to catch LYNCH….!

    Lynch……..STORMED OUT….so no oppportunity to find out where the PLANTATION came from…..!

  43. John

    no-name

    What colour is O$A who as you say permitted the injustice to occur? He claims to be black. That is his belief and I would go along with him since he honestly, (????), seems to believe it.

    The only colour that matters is green, the colour of money.

    Jerome

    If you think Minister Lynch hasn’t been caught, think again.

    The question is, will we the people let him go?

    If we do, we only have ourselves to blame and the politicians can continue to laugh at us and chalk up one more scam.

    So, what colour are we?

    Hopefully not yellow, but our actions will show us up for what we are!!

    Black and white really don’t matter. Green, …. and yellow do.

  44. Littleboy

    Hope you all had a blessed Easter.

    The significance of one aspect of the period preceding Easter must not be lost.

    Jesus was BETRAYED by one of his own, who then committed suicide.

    How many more have accepted or will accept “30 pieces of silver” to betray one of their own?

    “What will it profit a man (or woman) to gain the whole earth and lose his (or her) own soul”.

    “Think on these things”.

  45. The Bystander,
    We must encourage as many of our sisters/brothers as possible to do the same as you and boycott white owned businesses. We must encourage black owned businesses to work together. As long as we use the current system they will continue to screw us. Neville Rowe tried when he introduced the President’s and no-name brand of products and they took it away from him. There has to be a way of bypassing this sysytem as it exists on the island…create networks with black owned suppliers outside of Barbados…
    Let is find a way otherwise it will be the same old thing.

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    Whoa Nelly (err, No – Name)

    I didn’t mean to say we should go ahead and boycott ‘white-owned’ businesses right away!

    When I said:

    “So let’s start boycotting tomorrow. I, along with hundreds or thousands of others, will decide to stop going to one supermarket and instead frequent another. The result is a powerful message being sent, but one that has serious consequences.”

    I was saying it (half sarcastically) in order to get across the NEGATIVE consequences that may occur if everyone or the majority of consumers on the island, were to start boycotting certain businesses. We have to think with our heads sometimes, not our hearts.

    Some consequences:

    “That supermarket that you stopped purchasing from had distribution rights for certain foods that you love, so tough luck, go find another favourite food. Also, as a result of your boycott, that business may be forced to lay off staff (someone you know, or a friend of a friend) because it’s not as profitable as it once was and can’t afford to pay alot of salaries”

    However:

    “We can all support ‘black’ owned and operated businesses, but that kind of talk may end up becoming a hushed whisper if these ‘alternate’ businesses cannot compete with the others in terms of pricing, quality and economies of scale. ”

    and also:

    “It is your money at the end of the day, so you are in control. You choose how to spend that money and where to spend it. Before you spend it, know fully well that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The trick is to predict what the reaction will be and how it will affect you and everyone else.”

    So, if after reading my thoughts above, you and a thousand other consumers still think it’s best to boycott, then by all means, do so. But always remember what you do as an individual or as a group, can affect someone else.

    As for the rest of your post, I don’t know what happened to Mr. Rowe and the brands he brought in and lost, but I am in full agreement that businesses should look elsewhere for other suppliers. In this day and age, the whole world is a market. Start looking, and remember, everyone wants your money.

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  47. John

    no-name

    Apart from skin colour, what is the difference between “Neville Rowe” and “DaCostas”, or “Mannings”, or “Wilkinson” or “Challenor”, some of the founders of BS&T?

    Family!!

    Neville Rowe is the name of a one man, the others are names of families who had busineses in operations for generations before they formed BS&T in 1917!

    Both you and I know about skin colour, because that is something we can see, but do you know if Neville Rowe is married and has children?

    Is/was his family involved in his business?

    I don’t know the answer.

    Not trying to say that one man can’t form a thriving business, but comparing one man to generations of asset accumulation, wealth and business knowledge will yield a most likely result.

    …. but not always

  48. I am interested in joining your political party. Will you send me the rrequirements, and your mailing address. I believe that this party has potential to grow in Barbados, and I will like to be a part of it. A lot of foolishness is happening on the island, and I think the people are readyl to get rid of the two political stuges, and seek a newer world.

  49. I am interested in joining the party