Changing Laws And Policies – Weighed In The Balance Blog

Some common sense from a Barbados blog we hadn’t seen before – Weighed In The Balance

Once policies are changed, then it is near impossible to revert to the previous position, even if it is proven that the policy change was based on incorrect fundamental assumptions. It seems that governments worldwide deem it political suicide to admit their mistakes and take appropriate corrective action.

History has shown that most governments would prefer to pursue domestic policies that would lead their countries into unsustainable debt, moral decay, famine, disease, racial hatred, genocide, and war rather than revert to a previous policy. Their pride seems to blind them to the horrific consequences as they pursue their policies without restraint. It is a most befuddling practise.

… read the entire article at Weighed In The Balance – Changing Domestic Policies

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59 responses to “Changing Laws And Policies – Weighed In The Balance Blog

  1. Anonymous

    yes There seems to be a persistent lobby for the legalization of homosexuality, prostitution, and marijuana. legalizing those three would bring us a measure of control that keeping them swept under the carpet does not(suppression actually aids in their festering,in the wrong hands)

    On the subject of capital punishment, there is no persistent local lobby OF MAJORITY.
    90% on Bajans want the bastards hung, so we can stop supporting them at Bds$30 a day,if nothing else!

  2. Citizen First

    On the matter of the legalisation of homosexuality, prostitution and marijuana…

    What does legalisation of homosexuality mean? As far as I know, there is a law against buggery or sodomy regardless of the gender of the person being buggered. So this legalisation must be more than simply removing this law. I suspect it will involve explicit anti-discrimination laws and ultimately the right of persons of the same gender to marry and to adopt children.

    Legalisation of prostitution would suggest that brothels could then be openly set up with planning permission! Anyone care for a brothel next to their home?

    Around my neighbourhood there are more than a few people who are suffering from marijuana induced psychoses. I fear that with removal of restrictions the number of such persons will increase.

    I have considered the argument that control/ management of problems associated with these activities may be better done in an environment where criminality is removed. I acknowledge that there are some valid and helpful points in this approach but I also wonder if we have considered the possible challenges to our society consequent to such legalisation.

  3. Anonymous

    with legalisation will come education. its the only way. to teach people not to overdue things. the law didn’t help prevent your psychotic neighbors from their induced problem.in fact it probably aided them with their overconsumption,as in forbidden fruit is sweetest! i hope you are 100% sure it was herb that did them so and not your beloved alcohol which young people also consume to excess. or their DNA built-in by their equally psychotic ancestors, who had their psychosis triggered by oldage,alcohol,trauma/stress or a host of other triggers.
    their psychoses exists despite the law. were it legal, maybe some substance consumption discipline education in schools(where we can’t yet handle sex ed. too well: embarrassing!!) might have helped them avoid doing too much of anything, as young people are prone to do.let’s see how close i can come to actually killin myself. i did it,when 19 but i feel sure you did not – you were a good boy. the two worst drugs i ever did are legal but you and i both have shares in the companies that produce them so what do i care? i make money legally off the overconsumption.sorry to sound jaded but like everthing else in todays world this is about money not health.that’s just the excuse to keep protecting alcohol from competition, coz when herb get legal, alcohol in big trouble. when not if

  4. Anonymous

    the number of people in my neighborhood with alcohol-induced psychosis is also on the rise. we need to make that particularly nasty drug illegal.what say you

  5. Anonymous

    in days of yore a nearby colony imported whiskey for the white man, opium for the chinaman and ganja for the indian labourers. there was no problem whatsoever back then because there was no problem law to make it a problem. all was well. sure there was overconsumption,there always is, maybe even death too, thats a human condition.overconsumption.
    but then look at barbados sugar consumption. far too much to the point of a national obesity and diabetes problem! whats the solution? let’s illegalize sugar? i dont think so. the law is the problem not the substance. human ignorance and excess is the problem not the substance. stop blaming substances and start focusing on human irrationalities and behaviours out of wack

    why you never ask yourself why is alcohol and tobacco not popularly vilified by US.FED.GOVT? because the economy of their East Coast states would crumble if their entrenched cash crop was taken away from them thats why. but that thot never occurred to you. why not?

  6. Citizen First

    Anonymous

    there is some truth in what you have written. However it appears to me that the call to decriminalize the use of marijuana is not to help address problems associated with its abuse but simply to facilitate increased and wider access.

    I agree that liquor and tobacco use is probably harmful maybe moreso than marijuana but that is probably because of their pervasiveness and the marketing effort of companies. However, to add another substance to the list of potentially harmful substances that are freely available does not appear desirable.

  7. Citizen First

    A more important but related issue is the degree to which public opinion and discussion really matters in the formulation and operation of laws and policies on any matter. It seems to me that at the end of the day legislators will promulgate policies with scant regard to Barbadian public opinion but in accordance with their personal interests and/or views.

    Take the death penalty for instance, a High Court Judge no less could explain to me that in spite of the Law, the Government is constrained in carrying out a death sentence because of pressure from individuals, agencies and countries outside of the Caribbean, similarly the push to “legalise” homosexuality.

    Someone who sits on an official committee to examine the introduction of the breathalyser test could also comment privately that there is little support for it by the politicians because they frequently drink and drive.

  8. Anonymous

    – and so your entire ‘democratic’ system is rotten to the core,sir! rotten in the extreme,by yore own admision see statement above.politicians drink and drive so no breathalyser test.cool.uncool.
    if you think that in todays real world that legalization or illegalization has the slightest impact of consumption or availability you are quite mistaken. no government prescribes any longer what todays yutes will or willnot use misuse abuse. remember what one english magistrate once said that the law is an ass and this is proven almost every day. people will use exactly what they want to, without fear of any silly law(although most people incl.me do respect most sensible laws regarding to personal safety, like seatbelts)
    i have a freind who say that the day they legalize herb he done smoking it, coz it wunt be no fun any longer. forbidden fruit is sweetest, but you forget de days of thief mangoes, coz u dint have nuh boy days? you are a victim of washington.dc brainwashing and they have you accepting what they want you to consume, because it suits them to have you brainwashed into accepting and consuming north american ddrugggs, not south american ones. just say no to marketing-oriented laws, devised by kongresss to suppress any competition with their exalted produck.

  9. Anonymous

    thank you for your admission that your ‘democratic’ system is rotten to the core – your statement about politicians that drink and drive and therfore no breathalyser. rotten to the core.not just this administration, but all of them.once money passing.
    victorian days done and yet victorian days still with us.schizophrenic,nuh?

  10. Anonymous

    there is much truth to what i write. you just need to take a lil journey to the other side of the mirror that you thought,all your life, had only 1 side

  11. Anonymous

    straightppl have great difficulty seeing anything other than their little lawabiding side of life.cannot conceive that there might be another perspective.
    keeping anything suppressed has never worked. example lets illegalize coffee and chocolate tonight @midnight. what happens? first thing tomorrow morning Cali and Medellin take over the manufactrure distribution and sale.
    same thing for baked beans that we illegalize neckst week.
    turn your whole world upside down,nuh.
    and all becoz of a law that is an xxx
    the other side of the mirror.u dont understand thats becoz youre not supposed to. not yet. your time will come and all shall be revealed.
    go in piece

  12. Anonymous

    homo is already legal.who wantto bull will bull likewise wicca. no-one enforces this stuff anyway,after all washington.dc doesn’t have a competitor product to sell you.not yet.
    but when they do come up with the competitor product you will see us-reinforced local enforcement and a bull squad devised quick time,nuh.
    likewise prostitution. dont go up bush hill after 9pm coz the girls dressing real cute these days,yuh. jes a lil white panty. its all legal already.
    tip.theire there every night but fri and sat nites are best. dont worry your world isnt collapsing just changing and it is these transition periods that worry the old@phart! most of us have difficulty with change.its a human thing this need for stability of sorts.makes us feel good about ourselves and our ancient judeochristian ethics and mores that seek to restrain and modify human behavior.thingiz that product is now at the end of its useful working life and we are yet to concoct a new control mechanism now that fear and guilt are incresinglee impotent.lordee what to do now?

  13. Lollipop

    Anonymous, lordee what to do now? Stop using whatever it is you freaking out on.

  14. ??

    How can a state of being be illegal. Homosexuality is a state of being and cannot be legislated…. Homosexual acts are a different thing.

  15. Citizen First

    Anonymous

    Your initial point that the criminalisation of an activity may actually make the situation worse is reasonable and supported by evidence re: prohibition of liquor in the U.S. (1920 -1933)

    However, the rest of your rant is unintelligible to me.

  16. Jerome Hinds

    ?? Question Mark

    April 18th, 2007 at 6:17 pm
    How can a state of being be illegal. Homosexuality is a state of being and cannot be legislated…. Homosexual acts are a different thing.

    ***********************************************
    ?? Question Mark,

    Mia Mottley scripted those words for you…?

  17. ??

    Hi Jerome, No I do not know Ms Mottley but I was just stating a fact… You can agree or disagree.

  18. Jerome Hinds

    ?? Question Mark,

    Just checking !

    That’s fine…!

    On another score, why do you think Noel LYNCH would say to Barbadians he & the BLP would have the last laugh after CWC 2007….?

    Think of your answer against the backdrop with 3 more days to go…..

    1. ### Vendors in & out of Kensington Oval recording HUGE losses….!

    2 ### Taxi drivers recording poor business & no provision was made for them to park & operate near Kensington….!

    3. ### US $ 15 MILLION of Bajan taxpayers money spent to hire Carnival Destiny for only 350 guests…!

    ?? Question Mark,

    At times on this BFP site you come across as a reasonable person…..!

    Do you believe after investing so much in CWC on the basis of Lynch & the BLP….HYPE… about this event….that he & the BLP should NOW prepare to laugh at these small business people and Bajan taxpayers….?

    I await your usual swift response…..!

  19. Hi All:

    Let me clarify a few issues.

    1. Legalizing homosexuality is the popular term used. The correct technical term may be to amend the Sexual Offences act section 9 which reads:
    “Any person who committs buggery is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life”.

    2. Marijuana may be beneficial; but there must be adequate medical protocols established to prevent abuse. My attempt to design one is provided at the link below.
    http://researching.wordpress.com/tag/marijuana/

    Regards.

  20. ??

    Jerome,

    I think Minister Lynch used a poor choice of words, personally I think that even though CWC2007 has not been what was expected you will find in the long run that Barbados will gain some benefit.

    With regard to the vendors quite a lot of their trouble stems from the early exit of India and Pakistan, there has been much discussion on this and frankly their absence has depleted the whole competition. So even though seats were sold and paid for, the lack of people in seats would have had a dramatic effect, the same applies for games that lasted 3 hours or so. I think the vendors should be given some easy by LOC .

    On the subject of the ship I cannot confirm the $15M, however what we have to examine is the time line when the ship was chartered The cruise industry is one of the most dynamic in tourism and scheduling of ships to maximise profits happens well in advance. If the ship was chartered back in October or November of last year, we would have felt then that there would have been accommodation issues and if all went according to plan we would have congratualated the BTA for a master stroke. Did the decline in bookings come after the final no refundable payment.. I am not in a position to know so cannot comment.

    With reference to the Taxi operators, to be honest my experience is that they are their own worst enemies, who negotiates with the LOC was there concensis amounst the operators or was it as usual an internal struggle to get all for me at everyone elses expense?

    What has to be done and hopefully in an open forum – so you and I and others can participate and question – is a full transparent post mortum of CWC 2007. It was touted as a World Class event… one of many we hope to use Kensington now we have it refurbished and in prestine condition.

    The question I ask is what of Kensington after World Cup I wait patiently to see where we go from here.

  21. Citizen First

    Researching and ??

    I think that there is more to the issue than the simple repeal of the law against bugggery. While not explicitly stated, proponents are actually requesting a constitutional amendment which would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime (Jamaica is a case in point and Trinidad re. the Equal Opportunity Bill).

    Please don’t assume that I wish to discriminate against anyone as far as employment, education, access to health care, housing etc. But once these amendments are made then the pressure to change the rules regarding marriage and the adoption of children can be applied. I think if this is where we going then we should acknowledge this up front.

    What disturbs me is that underpinning much of the argument for decriminalisation of buggery etc is the implied view that there is no moral absolute, that all is relative and there is no norm that can be defended or proposed as desirable. This post-modernist viewpoint is the slippery slope to other life style “choices” (paedophillia see the North America Man Boy Love Association) and to actions such as assisted euthanasia, late term abortion and other ethical questions.

    I welcome posts which coherently reject my concerns and help inform what are or should be the salient issues.

  22. Anonymous

    The criminalisation of an activity may actually make the situation worse is reasonable
    and supported by evidence re: Prohibition of Marijuana in the U.S. (1937 -20XX)

  23. Anonymous

    funny how you see prohibition one but strangely not prohibition two. isnt that odd. law’s the same, but different stuff. same bacchanal over the stuffs.
    double standards? natch!

  24. Anonymous

    thinking outside of da box here. somuch of today’s homoactivity doesnt involve penetration of theanus, so truthfully as long as no actual penetrational buggery takes place, we’re cool!
    secks is somuchmore than peenile penetration. theres all that lovely oralstuff,too. Will they pass a law against that,too? Is there already a law against orrallstuff? even among married people?
    you better check to see!

  25. Citizen First

    Anoymous

    that is far from the truth…I am acknowledging that the criminalisation of narcotics may not be helping the cause of reducing the use and abuse of these harmful substances. What I am attempting to bring to the discussion is this… removal of sanctions against any potentially harmful substance (including liquor and tobacco) should be accompanied with factual (truthful) information and systems to mitigate their negative effects.

  26. Anonymous

    heres a proposition for the legalization of herb. you want it? you plant it+grow it. No-one else partakes of the herb you grow,but you. No swapping for comparison,no gifts,no exchanging mine wid yours,no sale no resale,no offering for sale or resale,no profit motive,only personal very personal consumption.within the walls of my own house. no smoking in the street. no drinking in the street,either. if you arent smart enuff to grow a plant for your own use maybe you shud b a plant instead. reckon such a ‘law’ would get many people agriculturally motivated if nothing else,and would ENTIRELY drop the dollar profit and thus the crime(the real problem) out of it. i can hear the dealers screaming at my proposition now coz they more than anyone don’t want it legal.only the user and the poor tired police want it legal. police? you better start talking to them about their manhours wasted in futile efforts to curb the uncurbable. they know too well the battle they are not winning despite all the bs you read in the ragpress

  27. Anonymous

    should be accompanied with factual (truthful) information and systems to mitigate their negative effects.
    ah.now we’re getting somewhere. hes talking education at last. real factual education (not dea bs from dc) re consumption rates and controlling yourself via personal discipline. can u just see it now in schools,where its most needed? personally I cant coz right now we cant even teach the kids about secks and simple stuff like that.
    My longterm grip on your society is firm.
    Victoria R.

  28. Jerome Hinds

    ?? Question Mark,

    A lot of has been made of India & Pakistan exit…but did any research go into the likely foods these people would buy from vendors if they had come……?

    A high percentage of Indians & Pakistanis consume low cost vegetarian foods ….. with some of the prices being charged at Kensington Oval and food types on sale…….. very doubtful if vendors would have benefitted from this group…!

    ***** But the salient point about the Indians & Pakistanis….was that the CWC 2007 schedule NEVER guaranteed that these teams would play in Barbados…!

    So Noel Lynch & company NEVER had a fall – back plan…… a.k.a plan B….!

    So it is RIDICULOUS for them to blame poor crowds , sales etc on the EXIT of these 2 teams…!

    They simply planned BADLY….!

    Before you blame the taxi men…did the Barbados LOC regard them as a critical stakeholder in this event…?

    If so how many times did the LOC meet with them to plan…?

    Do your research on that one…I did my own already and the LOC NEVER met with them to plan…!

    The Carnival Destiny was a HUGE fiasco…but I am going to share some information with you to expose the hand of politics & graft in that one…!

    Kensington Oval was refurbished to the tune of $ 200 million to showcase the 3rd Largest Sporting event in the world….!

    To save face after spending so much money…..our leaders were forced to ” open the gates ” and let people in FREE…!

    Keep waiting to see what it will be used for now that big EVENT has ended…….!

  29. Anonymous

    u have a problem with euthanasia? or assisted euthanasia? in a world drowning in people anyone over the age of eighty with a known terminal condition, who wants to die and knows damned well hes toast should be assisted in a kind manner. there are millions of old people waiting to die and make room for my and your grandchildren.im talking about people who want to die and who have zero 2 live 4. but our emotional attachment to allegedly precious life is strong – until u get past eighty and have cancer brekkin u up. no-one wants to attend great grandads funeral, so we postpone the inevitable as long as possible for we are not good with emotions concerning death. more education neede on that front too, but how to overcome biblical judeoXian emotional bs? we are talking major upheaval here.

  30. Citizen First

    Actually I am a supporter of the growing of genetically modified marijuana. The narcotic properties have been removed from such varieties of the plant. Cannabis can then be exploited for its many other uses (fibre, oil, animal food etc). According to some it was the industrial use of cannabis/hemp and the threat to the pulp and paper barons that led to the criminalisation of marijuana in the first place.

    Further I wouldn’t put any punitive restrictions on the growing and use of marijuana other than those similar to the ones we are now implementing against tobacco use. (smoking in public places etc,) and a strong PR campaign explaining the potential negative health concerns. I believe in my “freedom” to make informed choices for myself AND to bear the consequences.

  31. ??

    My information was that there was a subcommittee on transportation set up when bid was being done that had Taxi representation..I think the group was active afterwards, I could be wrong but I don’t think I am.

    Re India Pakistan .. I am aware that there were no guarantees that any team would play in Barbados without being in Super 8. However the schedule did have expected clash of Pakistan and India in Barbados… check the schedule… Check with the Indian Tour Operators thats where I got my info.

    Re food I do not know if any research was done but any businessman in his right mind would attempt to know his market to maximise sales and while not all Indians are vegitarians your point is taken.

    I know you and others use Noel Lynch as the whipping boy, and he has deserved some of the comments but I think this blog has been basically nasty when deling with his. Should he resign, I don’t think so…. but you knew I was going to say that anyway.

    Have a great evening and hopefully we can continue our debates along this line in the future the personal attacks don’t bring any meaningful debate to the issues.

  32. Anonymous

    holland is a brave country. i have plans in place that when my time comes i am to be taken there and put down in a kind manner just like how we do a pet horse, cat or dog.
    no problem with that whatsoever, but then i dont scare easily certainly not for something as mundane and trivial as my own personal death.
    we euthanise our animals but not ourselves.
    are we kinder to our animals than to our own species? Why? because we are so special? in what way? because god gave man dominion over the animals? u still believe that stuff? i reckon the truth is far more likely to be that man gave himself dominion over the animals because it damned well suited him to do so when he was compiling his holey book.
    and remember too that man made god in his own image and likeness.dwell on these revolutionary thinkings but be aware they may change your carefully tuned mind.

  33. Wishing

    Lynch,Mia and Owing deserve any and everything that they are getting from the fallout of CWC they lied to the public and kept lying they have to be blamed for this mess in no small way they are the ones who led the program had it been a success they would be up front jumping and waving their own glory let them struggle with this around their necks and lets us hope it drowns each of them for their lies and dishonesty.

  34. Anonymous

    I am a supporter of the growing of genetically modified marijuana.
    and i am against all human fiddling with natures plants. we should be getting in tune with nature and not tuning nature to one species needs. we have impacted planet earth enough as it is. and you looking to impact it further. you should be ashamed. i hope nature comes back around and bites you in the axx, in your shoreline property about to go under in the next thirty years or so when the glaciers start melting bigtime from the co2 buildup emanating from your six cylinder suv. broad street will be flooded, along with madison avenue, and a good chunka london, and we will have richly deserved it. u keep fiddling with nature.

  35. Citizen First

    OK, up front, I am not trying to be some kind of moderator but do bloggers mind keeping the CWC/noel lynch/BLP/DLP/Owing(funny actually) posts to those threads whose captions relate to those issues? Quite frankly I find the whole Cricket World Cup thing tiresome.

  36. Citizen First

    Nearly every food crop has been genetically modified. Sorry.. EVERY food crop and most farm animals have been genetically modified. Its been going on for thousands of years. Because of such modification we have human civilisation. Now if you want to argue that we should be running around as hunter gatherers well sorry that is not going to happen again any time soon.

  37. Jerome Hinds

    ?? Question Mark, says ,

    ” Have a great evening and hopefully we can continue our debates along this line in the future the personal attacks don’t bring any meaningful debate to the issues. ”

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

    ?? Question Mark,

    For the sake of balance & truthfulness , I must remind you in the presence of fellow BLP readers that in our dialogue…..( ?? Question Mark & Jerome Hinds )…….it was you who introduced the personal attacks by referring to Clyde Mascoll ( a BLP convert ) as a
    ” Political Grasshopper “……!

    I repeated the term to you in my shock….to note that a BLP supporter like you would refer to your new found ” BLP friend ” by such terms…!

    But that is the nature of the BEAST…!

    oopps..that should have been BEE…!

  38. ??

    Coined the phrase from a DLP friend of mine.

    Have a good night

  39. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 19th, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Coined the phrase from a DLP friend of mine.

    Have a good night

    ********************************************
    ?? Question Mark,

    I know it is late and your brain is tired…..just reminding you though….that B comes before D….!

    Your tired hands forgot to prompt your weary mind to type:

    ” Coined the phrase from a BLP friend of mine ”

    Rest your weary mind….!

  40. Straight talk

    Jerome,
    Give a little push on the soft pedal and we might get some sensible answers from the MP.
    Answers we can analyse and argue, and get away from the partisan shouting match.

  41. ??

    Jerome

    Thanks for the laugh

  42. True Native

    Jerome, I think all of the decent folks on this blog would prefer that you don’t get down in the gutter with that lowlife piece of vermin called Royalrumble. That THING appears to be the devil incarnate. It cannot possibly be human.

  43. ??

    Jerome

    Had a chance last night to read the Advocate and they have a reference to the Taxi Operators having a good run with CWC check it out and comment. It runs contrary to what you had said earlier.. But I know you will say that we seem to be getting two sides to the story.. and I will agree with you on that .

  44. Jerome Hinds

    ??
    April 19th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Jerome

    Had a chance last night to read the Advocate and they have a reference to the Taxi Operators having a good run with CWC check it out and comment. It runs contrary to what you had said earlier.. But I know you will say that we seem to be getting two sides to the story.. and I will agree with you on that .

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    ?? Question Mark,

    I gave my source as the VOB news at 5 : 30 pm on 2007 – 04 – 17 , where a taxi driver was making the complaint of poor business on behalf of his colleagues.

    Similarly, some vendors complained about poor sales others claimed ” not too bad ” sales…!

    The Advocate story only highlights this fact…..!

    That’s life…..different shades of opinions…!

    The real story will be told when the event ends….did these groups made money or not…?

    I am happy to see you are doing your research…..! lol

    Now research this one for us….is the Prime Minister being seen at the cricket so far….?

    If not…then why…….?

  45. ??

    I don’t know the answer what I can say is that he seems to be keeping low profile. Must be contemplating election date…….

  46. ??

    Jerome I agree that the true story will only be known after the event. Hope todays game last longer than yesterdays… that way vendors have a chance at least to sell lunch.

  47. John

    …. I see the public servants are due to get their raises and backpay pretty soon!!

  48. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 19th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Jerome I agree that the true story will only be known after the event. Hope todays game last longer than yesterdays… that way vendors have a chance at least to sell lunch.
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    ?? Question Mark,

    They will have a better chance of selling the food if it the price is reduced from $ 25. 00 a plate…beers $ 8.00 a cup ( not bottle ) & soft drinks $ 4.00 a cup…….!

    But as Roosevelt King explained a few nights on CBC news….the concessionire i. e Goddard’s group, have them in a tight contractual bind…!

    They cannot even put a sign i.e John’s Bar….all you see when you go to Kensington is ….Concession….Concession….!

    No Freedom….it is like SLAVERY….!

    Looking forward to see the Goddards Group…CONFESSION…on this unscrupulous…CONCESSION..!

    Keep checking on Owen’s whereabouts though…..!

    Yesterday was the 27th Anniversary of MUGABE’s rise to POWER….he may have had a Caribbean admirer in the CROWD…..!

  49. Jerome Hinds

    John

    April 19th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    …. I see the public servants are due to get their raises and backpay pretty soon!!
    *******************************************
    John,

    I am happy for the civil servants .

    But there is a story that is going to emerge with this salary increase that is going to make some politicians smile all the way to the bank…!

    Readers may recall the recent regrading exercise…?

    Remember after saying yes ” I want mine ” Owen & some of his BLP colleagues peddalled back and said ” no ” we are not going to take the 22 % regrading increase…..?

    Well now that this 10 % has been voted for Civil Servants……Owen & his boys are now looking forward to getting upwards to 32 % ( 22 % & 10 % = 32 % ) added to their salary….coming this FAT Tuesday…..24 April 2007…..!

    And this has nothing to do with the arrears from the regrading and new salary increase…..!

    A check with anyone at the Ministry of Finance or Inland Revenue would confirm this…!

    Also remember what Clyde Mascoll said about this while in Opposition & where he sits now in Government……!

  50. ??

    Jerome ,

    who held the gun to vendors heads and made them sign contracts, was there no negotiation.. as far as I know contracts are a 2 way street, both parties have to agree. if I were a vendor I would not have signed any contract which put me at a disadvantage.

    On the subject of pricing one expects to pay more at these events but if the rates you are quoting are right who set the prices ? not my $8.00 for a beer, no wonder sales are down.

  51. John

    ….. Jerome, I wasn’t even thinking about the regrading of salaries the MP’s might/might not get/take.

    I was thinking that this money at this time may relate to elections!!

    .. but then I guess you are way ahead of me with the point on the MP’s.

    It could actually bite them in the days to come .. if elections are on the horizon

  52. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 19th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Jerome ,

    who held the gun to vendors heads and made them sign contracts, was there no negotiation.. as far as I know contracts are a 2 way street, both parties have to agree. if I were a vendor I would not have signed any contract which put me at a disadvantage.

    On the subject of pricing one expects to pay more at these events but if the rates you are quoting are right who set the prices ? not my $8.00 for a beer, no wonder sales are down.

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    ?? Question Mark,

    The gun to their head was…..Noel Lynch hype about 90,000 tourists….75,000 cruise ship passengers…..28 cruise ships coming for CWC 2007….!

    You being in Business would have been preparing for this windfall….?

    On the prices and foods to be sold….check it out for yourself it was part of the Goddard contract…!

    BDS $ 8,000.00 for a stall…..!

    As Roosevelt King said…..pretty tight contracts…!

    Hearing Lynch….the vendors thought they were on good ground…!

  53. ??

    I see your point but surely one does not go into a contract without doing some research for your self. Depending on someone elses dreams can create nightmares, we have seen this before and I guess we will never learn… the love of money!!!!!

  54. Jerome Hinds

    John,

    The salary increase negotiations were concluded since November 2006, and was promised to be paid early 2007….at least by February the latest…!

    With CWC 2007 in the air….and hoping to cash on the ” feel good ” factor, Owen thought it best to delay the ” windfall ” well with things not going to well for CWC 2007……to commitment to pay was already there…!

    So to delay the money any further was turning out too be bad PR to the BLP…..!

    But we all no MONEY cannot buy love……so Civil Servants still vex….!

    Imagine the CESS off and prices still high…!

    Owen put on the CESS but could tell Bajans if when it comes off if prices would come down…!

    Adrian Clarke once sang ” Who de HELL dat duz be ruling we….”

  55. John

    ….. isn’t he the person who also sung … these creatures ain’t have no brain!!

  56. John

    … remember,

    “Mission Control Mission Control, this must be some kind of hellhole…”

    That was years ago!!

  57. Jerome Hinds

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    April 19th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I see your point but surely one does not go into a contract without doing some research for your self. Depending on someone elses dreams can create nightmares, we have seen this before and I guess we will never learn… the love of money!!!!!

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    ?? Question Mark,

    Read the link below and you would see the vendors in St. Kitts also complained about the Goddards Group and in turn Goddards Group blaming CWC….!

    http://sunstkitts.com/paper/?asknw=view&asknw=view&sun=165812098504032007&an=333919087503302007&ac=Local&aop=393847089103302007_sunsknw

    It is the same conditions the Barbadian & other vendors throughout the host countries faced…!

    The big boys had CWC 2007 lined up to be their
    ” millionaire ” status launching pad….!

    Some may have made it so…..but the small people going to be smelling hell for years to come….!

  58. Hants

    Barbados will benefit from hosting the finals. The rest of the islands will probably suffer huge losses.

  59. Warrior

    Could someone confirm/dispell the rumor that Leprosy has resurfaced in Barbados and that a young woman just died with it.