Barbados Election Results Flowing – A NEW DLP GOVERNMENT…

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Say Hello to Prime Minister David Thompson

… and don’t forget to keep the Prime Minister and all (we mean all) of our elected representatives in your prayers.

Recounts going on:

St. Joseph: BLP Attorney General Dale Marshall vs Randal Rouse (DLP)

St. James South: BLP Environment Minister Liz Thompson vs Donville Inniss (DLP)

1:33am Wednesday January 16, 2008

Cabinet Ministers Fell Like Flies

Leading or Elected…

BLP: 10 (some only a few votes ahead) 33% overall

DLP: 20 (some only a few votes ahead) 67% overall

(Buyer Beware! Compiled from a number of sources by a very tipsy Cliverton at 2am)

Christ Church East

BLP:Reginald Farley – 1090
DLP: Denis Lowe – 1353

Christ Church East Central

BLP: Ronald Jones – 2236
DLP: Dalton Lovell – 3182

Christ Church South

BLP: Jerome Walcott – 1061
DLP: John Boyce – 1081

Christ Church West

BLP: William Duguid – 2510
DLP: Taan Abed – 1859

Christ Church West Central

BLP:Joseph Edgill – 1600
DLP: Stephen Lashley – 2390

City of Bridgetown

BLP: Jeffrey Bostic – 1817
DLP: Patrick Todd – 2239

St. Andrew

BLP: George Payne – 2638
DLP: Irene Sandiford-Garner – 2588

St. George North

BLP: Gline Clarke – 1740
DLP: Colin Spencer – 1751

St. George South

BLP: Ian Gill – 2500
DLP: Esther Byer-Suckoo – 3455

St. James Central

BLP: Kerrie Symmonds – 1583
DLP: George Hutson – 2003

St. James North

BLP: Rawle Eastmond – 1135
DLP: Austin Husbands – 925

St. James South

BLP: Liz Thompson – 2570
DLP: Donville Inniss – 2881

St. John

BLP:Tyrone O. Power – 549
DLP: David Thompson – 3282

St. Joseph

BLP: Dale Marshall – 1269
DLP: Randal Rouse – 1259

St. Lucy

BLP: Peter Phillips – 2073
DLP: Dennis Kellman – 3484

St. Michael Central

BLP: Rudy Grant – 1880
DLP: Steve Blackett – 2289

St. Michael East

BLP: Trevor Prescod – 2060
DLP: Kenneth Best – 2639

St. Michael North

BLP: Ronald Toppin – 2353
DLP: Francis Depeiza – 2270

St. Michael North East

BLP: Mia Mottley – 3320
DLP: Patricia Inniss – 1665

St. Michael North West

BLP: Clyde Mascoll – 779
DLP: Christ Sinkler – 966

St. Michael South

BLP: Noel “Instant Millionaire” Lynch – 1212
DLP: Freundel Stuart – 1734

St. Michael South Central

BLP: David Gill – 1943
DLP: Richard Sealy – 2308

St. Michael South East

BLP: Hamilton Lashley – 2426
DLP: Undene Whittaker – 2271

St. Michael West

BLP: Joseph Atherley – 1075
DLP: Michael Carrington – 1400

St. Michael West Central

BLP: Rommell Marshall – 1975
DLP: James Paul – 1976

St. Peter

BLP: Owen Arthur – 3309
DLP: Haynesley Benn – 1754

St. Philip North

BLP: George Griffith – 1766
DLP: Michael Lashley – 3720

St. Philip South

BLP: Anthony Wood – 1973
DLP: Adriel Brathwaite – 1982

St. Philip West

BLP: Lynette Eastmond – 492
DLP: David Estwick – 670

St. Thomas

BLP: Cynthia Forde – 3490
DLP:Haldene Dottin – 1995

Reports Of Election Issues

1. There is word from good sources that names were added to the final elector list (yesterday) in Esther Byer-Suckoo’s constituency. The list was pulled by Sen. Tyrone Barker, who apparently has responsibility for EBC. It is alleged that he was adding the names of non-nationals in the constituency.

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157 responses to “Barbados Election Results Flowing – A NEW DLP GOVERNMENT…

  1. Andrew

    WOULDN’T HELP THEIR SAD AS*ES

  2. Anonymous

    It is 11 pm. I will sleep better tonight. My faith in my fellow Barbadians has been restored. We have shown that we have not crossed the point of no return.
    These results as they are shaping up should let the DLP know as well that when they play the ass they gone too. Thank you Barbados.

  3. Anonymous

    it sad to see the Blp losing to the DLP

  4. Anony

    First timer on here. I am glad the evil doers are finally gone. In the next few weeks everyone will hear of their dirty doings.

  5. Anon

    It would have been sadder for Barbados to have become a dictatorship!

  6. De Orginal

    Well well well this is what happens when we have no integrity, accountability and transparency………. Owen and the brigands done hope this is the beginning hoping that we get some arrest soon………

  7. block life

    As the DLP get in power i insists on the legalisation of MARIJUANA,which will surely decrease the crime rate

  8. Change is normal, and good

    From early in the week
    I sensed the big wind of change in the public sentiment, as I spoke to ppl.

    That wind has now blown and thank God Barbados will wake up Wed. morning to a new political scene LONG overdue.

    I was (uncharacteristically) feeling excited from around 1 p.m.
    it hit me again around 7 p.m. when I heard that voter turnout was better/larger than usual
    and especially among the youth!
    -that meant change!

  9. Fishpot

    I hear that Arthur try to extend some of the boundaries of certain parishes . This is true or de telling lies on he?

  10. the cynic

    So when are we getting a holiday????

  11. U.S.Control

    block life, my man..

    Unfortunately, that logical and sensible decision to legalize MJ
    and thus drop the lucrative profit out of its criminal trade
    is NOT up to puny island governments like Barbados.

    That decision can only be made in Washington DC, who owns us lock stock and barrel!

    A most unfortunate situation,yes
    but it’s them who own the Alcohol Industry,Inc. who benefits from the protection that keeping MJ illegal gives to the alcohol trade.

    __________________________
    It’s about protecting their intoxicant product
    from competitor intoxicant products.
    It’s Market Share wars.
    It’s NOT about your health.

    __________________________

    BigAlcohol knows damned well that if/when MJ is ever legalised, their product will take big licks!
    That must not be allowed to happen, in the eyes of Washington DC.

    Within my and your lifetime, we are highly unlikely to ever see MJ legalized

  12. cherry2enpowered

    Did not Barrow said he did not want anything erected in his name?
    That is why DLP never had any monument in his honour.
    Owen went and did just that AND WAIT UP THE DEAD.
    LOL.

  13. FamilyB (now going wid Dem)

    Congrats to the DLP for what looks like a sure win. Prime Minister Thompson, you now have great responsibility on your shoulders, and the shoulders of your team. There is much work to be done, but do not lose touch with the people who elected you into office. By all means declare the state of the economy to the nation as soon as you enter office, because your new Opposition will (as they have already tried) try to cast doubt on your economic management ability.

    May God continue to bless you, your team, and this nation of Barbados!

  14. Son of the Soil

    Praise God that the Dems have won. Praise God that my fellow country men and women have risen and have rejected the nonsense and malaise that have come to permeate our political landscape.

    Thank you BFP for the fearless reporting that I have come to respect you for. For far too long we have been subjected to a diet of mediocrity from the ‘established’ media houses.

    I am here watching George Belle and Prof. Boxhill twisting in the wind trying to ‘explain’ their collective positions. Hehehehehee :)

  15. De Orginal

    Well I here listening to Owen “No Integrity” Arthur and he has no Accountability and Transparency demitting the office of PM. I got news fuh he he aint demit we kick he and his gang of brigands out.

  16. De Orginal

    Well well Noel Lynch gone……..hope he spends his money well…on legal representation….heeeheeee

  17. Hants

    I am truly pleased with this result.

    The DLP will be good for Barbados.

    Integrity will return to Barbados politics.

  18. Sundowner

    Mascoll gone as well!

  19. De Orginal

    Congrats Hammie Lah we know you wid DEM

  20. Jerome Hinds

    Well my faith remains UNSHAKEABLE in my Bajan people .

    Jay, Royal rumble , B.F.P.E , Frankology where are you HIDING ?

    1994, 1999 , 2003….2008…Four Love in wunnah…….*.SS…..!

    Tek dat !

  21. Hants

    I am pleased that Peter Wickham has been proven to be a competent pollster.

    The efforts of the BLP to discredit him have failed.

    Character assassination should not to be tolerated.

  22. Johnnie Too Bad

    My good friends at BFP, we have done it,We are driving those crazy thiefing baldheads outta town. AT long last the arrogance, the corruption has come to an end. Lets see how Owen like it now with a 23 to 7 in the DLP favour.
    Boys and girls I am going to get pissing drunk with this win, Deliverance after 14 years. We have done it despite CBC, the nation and the advocate. Thanks in no small measure to you folks at BFP. Lets see what Adrian Hinds says now and especially that eyecatcher. Yes the folks at George street done good. Damn good.
    Johnnietoobad.

  23. Hants

    Jerome Hinds….you have proven yourself to be an unshakeable DLP supporter like myself and tonight we celebrate.

    We have faith in the people of Barbados who have proven that they are smarter than Owen Arthur and the BLP thought.

    Loyalty is a good quality.

    Where is RoyalRumble. He and his boss Owen must be consoling each other along with Owen’s CO Clydie.

  24. Jah Mali

    Yeah great logic “BLOCK LIFE”,,,,I guess we should all be glad you are a nob and cannot enforce any changes that you seem fit..

  25. cherry2enpowered

    Liz asking for a recount.
    Marshall asking for a recount.
    Owen not sure if he will be the leader of the opposition.
    Is this another admittion that he can’t face Thompson. Leave him to Mia?

  26. Lady Anon

    This is wonderful news!!!!!! I can’t stop smiling…skinning my teet!!!!!

    By now, O$A has realized that the electorate can think for itself and it is not a one man show.

    Leadership does matter.

  27. reality check

    Congratulations to all the winners and, in particular, a free press for Barbados.

    Congratulations to Adrian Loveridge, Richard Goddard, Irene Sandiford-Garner and the many others in Barbados who stood up to immense victimizaton for speaking their mind.

    One should never discount that a democracy is a very fragile thing and can only survive in a free and open manner where honest disgreement is tolerated. and encouraged.

    Mugabe analogies were not too far from the truth and Barbados pulled back from the brink.

    Wisdom, strength and patience will be required to overcome the financial disaster created by OSA and his pals but Barbados can only prosper and truly recover in an open and honest dialogue with its people. No more secrets and victimizations.

    We look forward to obtaining our accountability, integrity and transparecy legislation as well as audited statements for all the government companies and organizations at the earliest possible date. We know it will be bad so we might as well face the medicine sooner rather than later.

  28. Lady Anon

    This election was also a contest between CADRES and CHAPO/Boxill. I am glad to see Peter Wickham out on top.

    Liz Thompson gone.

  29. Overseas Bajan

    Congratulations to Owen Arthur for losing the government! I am sorry he did not lose his seat too!

    Let the Commission of Enquiry into the former MPs wealth begin …

    … oh we need a new Commissioner of Police too.

  30. DENNIS&VERONICA

    WE ARE SO PLEASE THAT THE BLP GONE

  31. Andrew

    Daniel said:

    “Blessed be the name of God
    From age to age
    For wisdom and power are his.

    He changes times and seasons,
    Deposes KINGS and sets up KINGS;
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    And knowledge to those
    Who have understanding.

    He reveals deep and hidden things;
    He knows what is in the darkness,
    And light dwells with him.

    (Daniel 2:20-22)

    “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
    Blessed be the name of the Lord”

    (Job 1:21)

  32. congratuation to the DLP from a barbadian living in states

  33. Victor Callender

    What a wonderful time to be a Barbadian. Good bye to the cronies housed under the BLP umbrella, and away with that “Benedict Arnold” Clyde Mascoll. God in his infinite wisdom has allowed a man who has sojourned in the wilderness, to come out and to lead his fellow Barbadians to the promise land. David Thompson is a decent human being, he is going to be a great Prime Minister, who will make Barbados and Barbadians proud. “When god is for you, who can be against you.” Away with the arrogance of power, and hail to the politics of change.

    Vic

  34. Anonymous

    It’s time for change, not Owen again.

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Today is like a breath of fresh air, it is time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Anonymous

    Peter Wickham tell all your detractors to take that.

  36. frankology

    Jerome, I see you love linking me to the Bees. How come WIV are not on the blogs, or is he the one representing the DLP on TV.

    I hope that we will see and hear about the BOLT agreement, the real cost over-runs, the real position with our limestone to accommodate flyovers and why C.O. Williams was refused the contract.

    Remember, none of this was dealt with not until election time. We look forward to answers.

  37. reality check

    “oh we need a new Commissioner of Police too”

    and a new impartial Chief Justice. The present CJ needs to hand in his resignation or retire immediately.

    Will David Thompson be able to put the country ahead of his legal friends and associates? The Barbados legal profession needs a good house cleaning starting with a course on ethics, morality
    and conflict.

    now the focus should be to follow the green brick road, follow the green brick road

  38. cherry2enpowered

    Why is CBC spending so much time interviewing Owen?the man is no longer PM.
    Imagine Peter Thorne asking him, ‘if he has any advice for Thompson.’
    ‘Wake up to reality’ CBC finally cut him off.

  39. Anonymous

    Give it a rest Frankology…we whipped your asses fair and square!!
    Blog from next Tuesday….we will be drunk from now till then!!!!!!!!

  40. Lady Anon

    The fight now starts…to clean up. I hope all of us who are celebrating right now recognise that PM-elect David and his team have a challenge ahead of them and I hope that we suport them when the time comes.

  41. Anon

    WHAT happened in St. Andrew?

  42. Andrew

    “I will smite the head and scatter the sheep.
    I have seen the arrogance in the heart of those in authority.
    I will cause disarray to take place.

    Man will not account for friend or family.
    A NEW ARROW shall arise and what was
    Shall be no more”

    (Midnight Call pge 53)

  43. Lady Anon

    George Payne asked for a recount. Don’t know why. Irene S-G seemed to be ahead comfortably.

  44. Young GRADUATE

    i have always rally around my party dlp… as a new graduate i wanted to come home to contribute to my country but could not get a dam job because i had to compete with dam foreigners for jobs in my own dam country …..

    now that we are in (DLP) things will change it will take time to make this change
    …there are urgent matters that need to be address first thing is to enquiry into this mis-management of funds and have some sort of accountability…there is not a thing of can not confistcate their assets(BLP) and help pay back the loan.. on top of that do not forget the crooked Cheif Prosecutor he is not fit to be in office either make changes not only in government but in some of these public service offices as well or just send him back to his country cause he int no Bajan he is guyanese
    and finally what the dlp need to look at in dept is that F…. Up policy CSME we need to protect our own and provide for our own first instead of continuing to provide for foreigners ….
    OF COURSE DO NOT FORGET THE INFLUX GUYANESE PROBLEM

    they have a hard job ahead of them but with perseverance they will prevail and revamp our country

    Congrats to the DLP…. may GOD be with them they have a lot of Sh…t to clean up

  45. Anon

    BU has Payne as winner!

  46. cherry2enpowered

    Will be a recount in St Andrew today 16th at 10.00 am. One minute it is Garner next it is Payne. Can’t seem to get it right.
    What’s up?.

  47. TheTruthTheWholeTruth

    The DLP has defied the odds. The public has spoken and let Owen know they aint going nowhere further with him. Tonight was a great night!

  48. Son of the Soil

    I am looking forward to the day when our ‘journalists’ have the temerity to ask the really hard questions of those persons who are in authority.

    I am also looking forward to the day when we can have vigourous debate and discourse within our parliment of the issues that affect all of us. This would be in contrast to the situation that existed with the former PM, who with the priviledge offered by parliment, ‘bused and abased private citzens with impunity.

  49. Son of the Soil

    Has money talked in that part of the country? It would be a shame for a mute by choice to re-enter parliment and continue his behaviour.

  50. the duke

    thank god for this win and i hope and prayer that god will be they guide as the dlp take’s over this sweet barbados

  51. John

    Congrats to David Thompson and his party, but remember we are all of us Bajans and we care deeply about our country.

    Don’t be tempted to mess with it as some before you have.

    There are tough times ahead and the clock is ticking. Time to get to work.

    I think Owen Arthur was extremely gracious in defeat and realised that the force for change was unstoppable.

    He does deserve credit for calling the elections sooner rather than later and making the campaigns swift.

    The quicker we get back on track the better. A hundred days will pass swiftly and day one has started.

    …. lets see, 100 days is 14 weeks and 2 days, so 25th April, 2008 is the latest we Bajans should have our brand new integrity legislation and freedom of inmformation act.

    How much time after the passage of the bills should we allow for the 30 ladies and gentlemen to comply with the new act?

    Nothing to stop them preparing their declarations during these 14 weeks and 2 days.

    Other bigups need to also be included and of course we’ll tolerate debate about who should or shouldn’t be, but by say the end of April, we want to know the net worth of each of the 30 MPs.

    …. and we also want to know the net worth of each of the MP’s who we chose to serve us in our parliament and who we replaced in yesterday’s election.

    We want to know how well we have thanked them for their service, …. besides the salaries and pensions we work so hard to provide them with!!

    BFP, perhaps you could start a counter in the banner to remind us how much longer we have to wait.

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

    BFP says… Great Idea John! Thanks… working on it now.

  52. Victor Callender

    Branford Taitt was the architect of a wonderful DLP victory. Over the years he like David, Freundel, and Dennis have remained constant to the DLP. This victory must go down as the greatest political Victory in Barbados’ history, and a victory that is emblematic of earth shattering magnitude. Uncle Branford I am immensely proud of you, you’re a wonderful godfather, person and friend.

  53. Janice

    Congratulations to the DLP. Now it is for us to continue to support the new leader. Change does not happen overnight. There is a lot of work to be done. I pray that the Lord give them wisdom to govern the country in a manner that will benifit all Barbadians regardless of their party affilation.

  54. Lady Anon

    Hey…the unemployment figures just went up overnight!!!

  55. cherry2enpowered

    PM Thompson declaring a 4 day weekend starting from Friday.

  56. Lady Anon

    PM Elect just said Attorney General Freundel Stuart.

  57. Hants

    BFP….Cliverton and the rest of the BFP family.
    Thanks for keeping us overseas Bajans connected in a positive way to our Country.

    You certainly put Barbados first. Good job.

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

    BFP (all of us still here an dead tired) say “thanks, Hants”

    We hope you’ll back us when we hold Prime Minister Thompson and his friends to their promises!

  58. maureen

    congrat to Mr.Thompson on a wonder win i know you will make us happy .MAY GOD HELP YOU AND YOUR TEAM WELLL DERERVE,

  59. Victor Callender

    Yeah, BFP you’ve done a yeoman’s service in keeping us expatriates up to date with the political dynamics in Barbados. We must all be mindful that “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Power is the only thing that satifies man, Owen Arthur and his “Motley Crew” coveted and used power to blanket Barbadians for three terms. Barbados has spoken with a deep voice, which cried out for unflappable change. All Barbadians the world over must now be resolved to mend the fences of hysteria, remove the corrupt, speak for the voices crying out in the wilderness, give hope to those without hope, bring in the indigent from the scourges of their indigence. The instuments of power Mr. Prime Minister are on loan to you, there are not yours to keep, you Right Honorable David Thompson must be prudent, diligent, temperate and discrete. Failure Sir to follow this admonishment will lead you to keep company with one Owen S Arthur.

  60. Anony

    Congrats to the DLP and PM Thompson. It has been a while in coming but good things come to those who wait. Imagine I had to wait till those commies departed before I felt comfortable posting on this site.

  61. Max

    CONGRATS TO TEAM DLP.

    My wish is that we all come together Barbadians and start to work again. Fight for the things we believe in and that are Barbadian.

    We also need to have the DLP work with and for us. Let them account to us Every Quarter on what is going on in the Government whether good or bad, we need to know and understand.

    All of team DLP should continue to work in the communities to ensure that no issue is left out..

    I know them can’t fix everything overnight and fix every problem but the people of Barbados need to get back to help themselves and communites and take the pressure of the government so that they can do a more effect job.

    Thanks to the Educated people of Barbados for letting the common sense and wisdom guide them make the change.

    I would also like to encourage ALL BARBADIANS to get back to your christianity and serve God. Let bring back the values and morals that keeps us as one.

    We have chance to do thing right, let not disappoint ourselves.

    Remember to start working again and help ourselves and communites….

    Ah luv ma Bajans……………….:-)

  62. Anony

    The new PM must be careful though. There are entities out there that will try to sabotage him just like they did when they threatened to shut down Barbados in 1994. All those merchants care about is themselves. If I was PM I would give concessions to small supermarkets. This hopefully should increas competition.

  63. Time Will Tell

    Good Job bfp. You have prostituted your self’s, spread propaganda, Lies, damage and destroyed characters, presented a picture of doom and destruction to the world. However, you have the gall to credit this win to some divine source.

    Remember this feeling of accomplishment. You will ALL hopelessly need it, You sorry infidels!

  64. Anony

    Time will tell u can go and sleep u old fool. All of you are a pack of thieves.

  65. NUT CRACKER

    Goodmorning to all,congrats DLP,to my fellow men & women on the blog, we made it,owin what will you do now?asscoll you see what happen when ya is a traitor tek da.owin set ya up good,st michael nort west still belong to ya ,as ya boast.hardwood pun ya.for me i am very happy,i hope Irene pull through.for me this is my birthday gift for the 17th i’ll have a big drink GOD’s willing.

  66. EVE

    Don’t let all of us forget to give God the glory ….. great things He has done.

    God has intervened in the affairs of our country and shown us great mercy tonight: Praise His Holy Name.

    May God bless you David, Our Right Honourable Prime Minister elect, please accept this Word:

    Proverbs 3:5

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

    It is the Lord who gives and the Lord who takes away.

    May you and your team be cognizant of that at all times.

    Those who departed tonight may have still been there had they only sincerely served God and their country man and not just paid lip service to it.

  67. Time Will Tell

    Anony; I am willing to guess, you are a monumental failure, Never accomplished anything in you sad life, and probably still living in your mothers house. Look on the bright side ! social welfare is on it’s way back. Now you can enjoy a good meal of corned beef and biscuits.

  68. Anony

    Eve I was constantly saying a prayer that the tyrants would go. So God is not forgotten.

  69. congrats to david and fellow members for a hard fough victory one that my mum would be very happy about if she had been with us tonight, but she is watching from above over the party. I am excited, and richard congrats you are entitile to your new ministery and good luck.

  70. Anony

    Time will tell I have my own house and it is worth about $400 000. Maybe its you that still lives at home.

  71. Victor Callender

    Time Will Tell
    January 16, 2008 at 7:05 am
    Good Job bfp. You have prostituted your self’s, spread propaganda, Lies, damage and destroyed characters, presented a picture of doom and destruction to the world. However, you have the gall to credit this win to some divine source.

    Remember this feeling of accomplishment. You will ALL hopelessly need it, You sorry infidels!

    Yes I wanted to reply to this Arthur crony, Your village must certainly be missing an idiot. I took the liberty to place your ignoramus ranting and ravings above this, you sir/mam are as useful as an astray on a motor cycle. Your gravy train has come to a stop, you hopeless moron so don’t player hate because your party has been relegated to the minions of opposition darkness. We in the DLP have been in the wilderness forever, hope howerver spring’s eternal.

  72. Anony

    Where is time will tell oh yes and royal rumble you bunch of thieves.

  73. Time Will Tell

    Victor. My dear unlearned friend, I am not moved or in sorrow over the lost of this government, however, the general consensus on this site appears to be “slash and burn” propaganda. While in London last week, I overheard how the country had fallen in the hands of communist, drug dealers, dictators and sadly, crooks “run a muck”.
    That’s a wonderful picture to project when so much of you revenue derives from tourism. The DLP has always been the party of moderation and NEVER self serving. Those days are long gone. I am willing to gamble, that before the first 100 days pass, conflict will enter it’s joyous camp. Oh the seed you sow!!!!!!!!

  74. Time Will Tell

    yada yada yada

  75. Bajan in Beijing

    Congrats to our new PM Mr. Thompson and his new crew:) all the way from Beijing.
    My wishes like everyone else’s are for an honest government with integrity as its backbone.
    a few other wishes:
    don’t sell all the land to the foreigners (lease it) that way we can use it twice….
    try to start using solar power for electricity…the way oil prices are going if we don’t change we will be living in the dark!!
    be tougher on the prisoners…jail is not a holiday…
    thats my little 2 cents…

  76. Time Will Tell

    So much for free speech. Continue to suppress, alter, hinder my comments. see! it’s already started. Who would think at a time like this, you would not post my comments.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same…

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

    BFP Comments…

    You posted five comments including this one from the same IP and under the same name. Nothing in the spam bucket… so what’s your problem?

  77. Bimbro

    Many congratulations, Barbados, principally, on changing your government in a peaceful and responsible manner. We don’t need a reminder of how this has failed to happen in another black, country, very recently!!!!

    Forgive me, if I don’t celebrate too lavishly, at the moment! I will do so in five years time, if this government has delivered on the promises it has made and governed in a decent, honest and responsible way!

    In the meantime, I hope we may allow ourselves, in the words of the famous man, “a brief, period of celebration”!!

    Congratulations, Barbados and Barbadians!!!!

  78. Bajejun

    congratulations to David Thompson and the DLP your time has truly come, lead well!!!!!!
    Job well done BFP, continue to keep us focused and vigilant

  79. Bimbro

    Bajan in Beijing
    January 16, 2008 at 8:05 am
    Congrats to our new PM Mr. Thompson and his new crew:) all the way from Beijing.

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

    But wha a Bajan doing in Beijing, doah!!!! :)

  80. drdog

    2 weeks of stress, walking and talking. It has been worth it. Congrats to the DEMS. Free at last.
    I am so glad to see the end of this blp misadmin.
    LIZ, and CLyde now unemployed … whaahooooo
    Thank you Barbados.

  81. Yardbroom

    May I congratulate David Thompson and the DLP team, this was leadership of the highest order by him, in planning and evecution.

    In this moment of elation, I will repeat what I said some time ago, “when the history of Barbados politics is written, there will be a place for BFP”. You have done stirling work for your country, and deserve great credit.

    Some hours ago, long before the count, I wrote:

    “Barbados “will” be returned to its sons and daughters, along the paths, in the tracks where once donkey carts rolled , will come an avalance of our people. They will “now” have their say, those who were treated with contempt, arrogance and disrespect, will now have a voice, which will be heard like a conch shell reverberating around a stadium.”

    Today it is “the people of Barbados”, who have shown their mettle and resolve.

    May God bless Barbados.

  82. vetlet

    So long, you sorry losers!

    Finally, guys, you have gotten rid of the chaff…

  83. Hants

    BFP says “We hope you’ll back us when we hold Prime Minister Thompson and his friends to their promises!”

    Absolutely. I am a DLP supporter who believes that Integrity and responsible Government is the heritage of the DLP.

    They must deliver on their promises.Party loyalty does not mean a free ride once in power.

    I do have high expections for the new Government as I am confident that David Thompson is a capable leader even though he does not fit the “thug leader” requirement of Harold Hoyte.

    BFP…I am sure you will still be the forum of choice for those of us who care about Barbados.

  84. Rumplestilskin

    Congrats to PM Thompson and his Team.

    Now his work starts and our work continues.

    And the Almighty continues to watch over.

    I will post more soon.

    Peace.

  85. Straight talk

    Barbados, in the only opinion poll that counts, has reminded all politicians where real power really lies.

    The BLP has suffered for its arrogant disconnect from the electorate.

    Lies, pompasetting and intimidation are not leadership and they have been made to pay for their self–delusion.

    Politicians are not elected for their talents, but are given power by us to manage the country to the best of their ability.
    They are on a 5 year probation and will be judged by their “bosses” at the next election on their actual performance not a divine right to rule.

    This applies just as much to the incoming government as guidance, as to the BLP looking for an explanation.

    The promised Integrity, Transparency and Accountability legislation must be given the teeth necessary to make it truly effective.
    Any fudging on this will cast doubt on the whole exercise, and the removal of this doubt and suspicion is the whole point of this crusade against secrecy.

    As to the results, I welcome the change of administration, but perhaps perversely I wish the margin of victory could have been smaller.
    Democracy requires a strong and effective opposition to work to the people’s benefit.

    My teeth grated each time Roett pronounced “ methinks the Ayes have it” after no informed debate.

    After Arthur resigns as Leader of the Opposition and joins Payne in the northern wilderness, both being reluctant to make the long journey to Parliament, Mia will be left with a only a handful of working MPs, and a pretty poor hand at that.

    Their mettle as true politicians will be put to the test. I hope they come through for the country’s sake.

    At least she will be rid of turncoat Mascoll, last laugh Lynch and charlatan “ Reverend” Atherley.

    Particularly pleasing to me is the rejection of Liz Thompson’s and Prescod’s attempts to promote racial prejudice.

    Another plus is the election of James Paul.
    Agriculture, long a backwater in Bajan politics, has to be given absolute priority in our efforts towards food security if we are to survive in the face of coming world scarcity.

    Finally my commiserations to Taan Abed and Irene S-G ( if the recount goes against her), I have been impressed by both of you, how you have handled your campaigns, sometimes in the face of disgraceful tactics.
    I know you will live to fight another day successfully.
    Best of luck for the senate seats you deserve.

  86. Rumplestilskin

    I will only say one more thing of the past and then its on to the future.

    We, who are impartial, unaffiliated and objective, stating our case only for the good of Barbados, were ignored, when we noted the problems.

    We noted that Ministers were ignoring citizens concerns. We noted concerns with mis-management. We noted that our land is slowly being lost.

    We were ridiculed.

    But today, Barbadians have themselves stated those concerns clearly and emphatically.

    The new Government must above all, listen to their own consciences and to the concerns of citizens ALWAYS!

    Peace.

  87. Tango

    Let us not get too excited. Remember they too are politicians and lets see if
    1. They keep their word about integrity legistlation
    2. They get that freedom of information act set up and passed within the first six months of this year.
    3. They at least make an attempt to get the whole Civil Service to be run at least in appearance like an efficient organisation rather than a bunch of time wasters as I’ve seen in some departments where watching TV was more important than dealing with the customers.
    4. We see some semblance of accountability and checks & Balances being set up ’cause from what I’m hearing and experienced ALOT O GUBMENT WORKERS WANT FIRING!!!!! NOT RE-ASSIGNING.

    Plus remember:
    Governments come & Governments go
    but Permanent Secretaries remain.

  88. Bon Bon

    It’s good to wake up to a change in Bim, congratulations to DLP. Errol Walton Barrow will be proud. To PM David Thompson and team always remember these few sayings in dealing with the nation
    1. Trust in God first
    2. Honesty gives a person strength but not always popularity.
    3. Plenty in the purse cannot prevent starvation in the soul.

    Keeping these sayings in mind, be honest to Barbadians about the state of our country and be prepared for the long road ahead. The victory is only the start but hey ‘the journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step’.

  89. one for democracy

    congrats,David you fought the good fight,you and your party showed unity.
    Maintain this in your qovernment.
    Happy,Happy for Donville he did not respond with malice.class act.
    Wonderfull James Paul.
    All of you god bless.
    please keep the integrity.

  90. Victor R Callender

    Time Will Tell
    January 16, 2008 at 7:54 am
    Victor. My dear unlearned friend, I am not moved or in sorrow over the lost of this government, however, the general consensus on this site appears to be “slash and burn” propaganda. While in London last week, I overheard how the country had fallen in the hands of communist, drug dealers, dictators and sadly, crooks “run a muck”.
    That’s a wonderful picture to project when so much of you revenue derives from tourism. The DLP has always been the party of moderation and NEVER self serving. Those days are long gone. I am willing to gamble, that before the first 100 days pass, conflict will enter it’s joyous camp. Oh the seed you sow!!!!!!!!

    I am responding to you mystery man. Yes to
    you who writes anonymously, your voice cowers
    with the lilliputian fears of an Arthur crony. You see dear man the power though derived from you and me belongs to the masses, it is not Arthur’s to keep or do with what he and his cronies want. I know for a fact that they are those in the BLP who attempted hijacking Barbados’ democratic ideals. I ay not be as educated as you “Mystery person”but I believe in hope and I believe in the future of my country. So when you write this negative nonsense about Barbados, I’ll always defend my fellow Barbadians against negativity and hopelessness. By the way why do you not speak for the record? Certainly, you should know that David is not like Owen Arthur or Liz Thompson or Mia Mottley, using the mean spiritedness of political power to run people out of Barbados. So if you want to attack me bring it on, you shiftless intellectual midget.

  91. Eyebother

    I am happy with this result– a strong DLP win and strong BLP opposition left in the House (although without the capacity to block legislation).

    I want to give credit however to Owen Arthur for his graceful concession of defeat, and for the fact that, whatever corruption took place under his administration, he never corrupted the electoral process in Barbados. If he had wanted to rig the election it could have been done, if he had wanted to intimidate the opposition and its supporters, it could have been done. He may yet face enquiries from a Royal Commission of Enquiry or indeed the police, but he deserves full praise for his respect for the democratic institutions of this country.

    (And to all a wunna DLP yardfowl who will want to buse me, I want to tell you I supported the DLP when you were in pampers, so carry yuh rXXX)

  92. I Support Dem

    Go DLP, GO!

  93. Get In The Action

    This is a fantastic result for our democracy. Congrats to the DLP and let us hold them to their promises over the first 100 days. Last night I saw a lot of the old yardfowls celebrating in George St.

    We have to keep them honest as well.

  94. Lady Anon

    Tango…yes PS’ remain but PS’ themselves have been lobbying for position since the date for elections had been announced.

    Quite a number of PS’ were political appointments and they are running scared. We will see what happens.

  95. Anony

    Time Will Tell
    January 16, 2008 at 8:07 am
    So much for free speech. Continue to suppress, alter, hinder my comments. see! it’s already started. Who would think at a time like this, you would not post my comments.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same…

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

    BFP Comments…

    You posted five comments including this one from the same IP and under the same name. Nothing in the spam bucket… so what’s your problem?

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

    Anony says…

    It’s hard for an old dog to learn new tricks.

  96. eureka

    First let me congratulate Mr David Thompson on a resounding and deserving victory over the BLP. I would wish however to sound a word of caution to the incoming government.

    More than ever before, the vast majority of bajans are informed and far more knowledegable than our politicians credit us for. If only Mr Arthur had recognised that there are more poor people than rich people, he would have realised that as a leader, you need to listen to what the masses of your constiuents are saying.

    In short, small wheels need the same grease to keep them rolling, albeit, not in the same quantities; but they need some grease nevertheless.

    Let’s take a look at some of the small wheels that did not receive any grease under the previous government: Small businesses like the re-con car dealers; Small farmers in Christchurch with their contaminated lands caused by Shell; the perceived uncontrolled influx of foreign construction workers, and I am referring not only to Guyanese but Chinese as well; we can include vendors in this group also.

    The emphasis nowadays appear to be predicated on cheap exploitative foreign labour but as a ‘caring’ government, home drums must beat first. While I am on this topic, bajans need to wake up and smell the coffee; we need to understand that the country does not owe us a living and we ought to be prepared to do jobs that other Caribbean people would come here and do.

    We cannot ignore the present unfriendly world economic situation since we are a very tiny part of the world. I want to caution my fellow bajans that the struggle continues amidst the euphoria of this victory, bacause the price of freedom is ‘eternal vigilance’.

    Finally, Mr Peter Wickham must be commended in the highest way; he has proven himself to be a man of the utmost integrity, calling things as he sees them; in other words calling a spade a spade. Keep up the good works Peter. I want to endorse your idea of term limits for Prime Ministers; it does make a lot of sense because no matter how popular you are, you tend to become stale over time.

    It’s like a new house guest; at first you shower them with the warmest hospitality but as time goes on, you wish they would pack up and leave. And before anyone tells me to follow my own advice, let me say adieu.

  97. Lanesse

    I keep reading how great DLP is, but I have yet to read WHY… is there some past blog here with a nice list of all the pros and cons of our new Government? we all know the good and bad of the BLP, I would like to get informed but I do not have an ear for political talk, so could someone please summarise it all for me?? I am in my twenties and cannot remember what it was like under the D’s, so those better learned and understanding could please help me out and explain?

  98. Sargeant

    As a bajan resident in Canada I would like to confer my congratulations to the David Thompson and the DLP. I have met Mr. Thompson on two occasions and he struck me as reasonable and sincere. As one who followed the election results via VOB (couldn’t get CBC for contrasting opinions) I couldn’t help but notice that Vic Fernandes was constantly carping for FOI legislation and a TV license for his employers. Where was Vic and VOB all these years? They could have struck a blow for FOI by contesting the law suit brought by Noel Lynch but instead they folded like a cheap suit and gave in for a lousy $60,000.

    Other election observations for me:

    • Vindication for Peter Wickham and Cadres
    • Tony Best bemoaning the money spent on the election and calling for rules governing election financing ( strangely I didn’t hear him calling for this before)
    • Arthur saying he is mellow in the post defeat interview ( I would be mellow too with the great pension and purported wealth)
    • The election panel on VOB did not give any credit to the corruption charges raised during the campaign for the defeat of the BLP, they also did not give any consideration to the blogs ( that was strange seeing that Peter Wickham recently used BFP to get an article published)
    • Tony Best’ voice as sombre as the mood of the BLP HQ during his reports ( funny how the political leanings come out during the report)
    • What was Dennis Kellman talking about? Isosceles triangle? Fear that he is the DLP’s HammieLa
    • Reports that Boxhill said that “other factors came into play after he made his prediction”. I think Boxhill needs to look for an attribute- how about honesty
    • Mascoll losing ( he wrote his political obituary by crossing the floor)
    • Silent George winning, the folks in St. Andrew must really believe in the maxim “silence is a virtue”
    • Thompson saying that he will be opting for forensic audits instead of commissions of inquiry. This is a good idea, we should be able to follow the money and confirm those stories of corruption.
    • I heard a cock crowing in the background during an interview with one of the victorious candidates, is this some sort of omen?

    Finally I hope that this ushers in a period of responsible government for Barbados and all of its citizens.

  99. Satonka

    I honestly hope this change is the best for the country.One turkey craw was filled, another is now double empty.Watch out !

  100. Anonymous

    I concur eureka.

  101. reality check

    The first and most important test

    Who gets which Ministry in the cabinet?

    Will Thompson make the same mistake as Arthur and try and take over Finance and final approval for Planning?

    Will he reach for the positions which allow siphoning off of money or will he leave these important issues of land and money to credible honest ministers?

    We are watching!!!

  102. Party in Power

    Let us all work together as Barbadians to ensure the success of the new government. If the DLP fails, we as Barbadians fail. Let us unite

  103. Bajan Touchstone

    I am happy that the people of Barbados have spoken. Congratulations to the new Government and they have a long road ahead to redirect this island.

    Things that made me smile on January 15, 2008

    1. DLP won election by 20-9. (I am still holding out hope that the recount favours Irene Sandiford-Garner and not the urban cowboy)
    2. O$A and Bees were swept out emphatically
    3. Clyde Mascoll got soundly beaten by Chris Sincler
    4. Noel Lynch lost his seat and this was our real ‘Finest Hour’
    5. Liz Thompson lost her seat: she now has more time to spend with her devoted husband who loves his wife so much he has to be interviewed to say so.
    6. Ministers lost their seats : Reginald Farley, Anthony Wood, Kerrie Symmonds, Trevor Prescod, Jerome Walcott and Rev Joseph Atherley (I feel de good reverend mussee shed even more tears than the crocodile ones he cry on nomination day when he get the news).
    7. JDB get a $2 million dollar head start to buy the constituents in Bridgetown AND STILL IN WIN HE SEAT! Todd destroys him at the polls in that constituency.
    8. Dr. Boxill is quoted and recorded on CBC TV last night stating that Peter Wickham’s CADRE poll was “superior” to his CHAPO/Boxill poll
    9. Dr. Esther gets her seat, and a lady of class and character becomes a member of Parliament.
    10. The youth of Barbados demonstrate their awareness of and willingness to take a stand for our future and depart from the status quo. We turned out in our numbers to vote in what has been the most interesting, exciting and decisive elections in the history of this great nation Barbados. I hope and pray that the new government lives up to the high expectations of the people who have placed it in office.

    GOD BLESS BARBADOS!!!!

  104. The fraud Lynch got his just rewards, to be kicked out of office.

  105. CHANGE

    Congrats to the the Rt Hon David Thompson and his hardworkworking team who worked very hard to make this possible.

    I sincerely hope that they all get on with the business of the people and remember that we have “100 days” to past the exam.

    Congrats go out espcially to the home boy from the East newcomer Adriel Brathwaite, well done… sorry Wood check Mascoll and get it hard; you fought well. Do feel disppointed the DLP expected that.

    Mascoll…….u r a real dog…good things come to those who wait…………….

  106. TIME

    I felt so good when I go the results re: St Michael South, Barney.. money cant buy certain things.

  107. BLESSINGS

    May God bless this precious nation and lead the present adminstration in the straight and narrow way.

  108. lessons from history

    i would like to convey my congratulationss to the DLP and offer a number of suggestions for their new administration regarding the QEH. The state of affairs there is a matter of life and death what is needed is a business administrator to help solve its problems and also a bigger more modern facility. It is plain to see that what is needed is not refurbishment but a new hospital.
    Ps. you need to complete the polyclinic in St. John which you started while in office.

  109. Justice

    Now that DLP have taken the reins from the BLP corrupt government. All of us who read BFP should forward the necessary supporting evidence onto his offices. Starting with the Ronja Juman matter this is right up his proposed integrity legistlature. Leacock and Dottin should be held accountable as the first batch along with Harwood’s flunkies asap. For those who support this you may forward your urgings for justice to Mr. Thompson at thompy@caribsurf.com
    Come on people lets get justice for Ronja Juman and make these corrupt people of our former government accountable NOW!!!!

  110. Anonymous

    Well……………….I guess at amy age 25 I can try and get a piece of the rock since the land has been retrieve out of the hands of non-nationals.

    Hope that the Immigration Dept would get busy and save us.

    Put the necessary legislation in place and if any arrests has to be done …GO AHEAD.

    Liz ……….you can check the site now.
    Barney……..money; no problem

    CONGRATS DLP

  111. Sanjean

    Congratulations to David Thompson and the entire DLP family. Well Done, we are going to have a big party here in London to CELEBRATE.
    Please remember what you told the masses on your campaign trails, and do not let the people of beautiful Barbados down. The party has been a long time in the wilderness, it now has a lot of work to do for all people of Barbados who will continue to support you as long as your are transparent in your governance of the country.

  112. New on the Blog

    I am listening to the local radio program to a woman who is devistated that Owen Arthur is now gone. I think she is over reacting. He did a job and held office for a long time…14 years? Well there is no shame in that. We all criticize him and his party for everything and anything that has gone wrong. He had to have done something right or why would the “people” keep voting for him? It is also a good thing to have change in government and let us give the new Prime Minister and his party a chance to prove themselves and STOP all the complaining before he even has started his new job, which by the way will be a tremendous challenge. Give them a chance. Then complain all you like if you don’t see any improvements or any of his promises come true. I think both leaders want the best for Barbados, they just have different views and ways of accomplishing and keeping this country on de map so to speak. There is life beyond tourism, fashion, music awards extraviganzas etc etc etc.
    Don’t worry there will still be loads of debates, arguing, and screaming matches between the two parties. It should be quite entertaining watching the new oposition!
    Get the children educated in manners, self esteem, taking responsability for their actions, and living a productive life, instead of handing them a weedwacker and a container of gas getting them to believe that is a job that will give them a future! They end up selling the weedwacker, purchase drugs and hang out under the trees with their pants hanging half way off their bodies thinking it’s cool, and figuring out ways to rob people until they become so stoned they fall asleep under those trees as life passes them by. I hope with all my heart that the new government will make some improvements in the training our young people in the trades, in agriculture and anything else that would make a young person proud to be doing the job they end up doing. Good Luck Prime Minister David Thompson, the people voted for you and you have a huge job ahead of you. May God Bless you and guide you in the coming days.

  113. Bimsha Boy

    Congrats Bajans!!! You have spoken and we hear you. You can now proceed with your heads held high.
    Peace and Love from “The Sunshine State”

  114. Pat

    Congratulations to the People of Barbados for changing the government.

    Reading the blog this morning, I have learnt some new ways of insulting people without cussisng. One that struck me in particular, “shiftless, intellectual midget”, I surely will not forget.

    With regard to Lynch losing his seat, I am not surprised. He did absolutley nothing for the poor in Bayland. One lady unemployed with several children has been hounding him for a referral to no avail. Come election time, he gave her several hundred dollars, a big ham, and food hamper. She had misgivings about taking his largesse and not voting him back. She told the family she would give him the vote. The woman goes to the polls and said her conscience bothered her about putting him back in and voted for the DEMS. I know, she is my cousin.

  115. DLP Young Supporter

    CONGRATULATIONS to the DLP!!! We young people and poor people NOW have a chance at opportunities that the BLP never gave us. I pray that God will guide Mr Thompson and his party to do all that they have promised us. May God Bless You…

  116. Proud Bajan

    Congratulations to the DLP. I had hoped for another outcome to the elections. Nevertheless I look forward to the fulfilment of all the promises made. We will be watching you!

  117. Lady Anon

    Can anyone clarify the outcome for St. Joseph and St. Andrew? The BLP site is saying 21 to 9, but the figures don’t add up.

    Thanks.

  118. Anonymous

    Congrats to the DLP!!!!!!!!! Special mention shudl be given to all the young people who voted and especially those who did so for the first time in their lives. That experience would always remain your minds.

    Admiration must be given to Pollster Peter Wickham for sticking with his tally and felt very sorry for George Belle last night, watching him looking so sad….George not your fault. Owen never expected that he would be looking in at this time, but the saying goes” The Longest Day has an End”; the end has come for the BLP. Its not too late just gather yourselves together and re-build.
    Mr Prime Minster, dont get too “pig headed”…the road will not be easy and the journey wouldnt be smooth either, just tread cautiosuly, the eyes of the WORLD will be on you. DONT DISAPPOINTED your detractors.

    All the forenics can begin right now.

    GOD BLESS THIS FAIR LAND AND KEEP THESE FIELDS OUR VERY OWN

  119. Anonymous

    Lady Anon BLP got those seats.

  120. Flower

    Congratulations to David Thompson and all the members of the Democratic Labour Party, special mention to Adriel Brathwaite, well done!

  121. Anonymous

    Mr Estwick, congrats….keep the good wok up. Will you be still sending your opponent on a long honeymoon lol.

  122. WILL BE WATCHING

    Just hope that you live up to all the promises you made.

    100 days……..time will tell.

  123. TOGETHER AGAIN!!

    The precious country of Barbados is back in the hands of its rightful owner….DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY.

    Congrats to David and his team…well done!!
    Choice not chance determines DESTINY

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

    BFP Comments,

    “Rightful owner” of Barbados is the DLP?

    What planet are you from?

  124. Anonymous

    20-10 not a bad score.

  125. Anonymous

    Clydie……..God takes care of his own.

  126. I WID DEM!!!!!

    Well we did it,and i can sleep peacefully knowing that Asscoll has lost his seat,”God is alive and well”
    i may be out of a job because of you Asscoll but
    now you might have to look for one,yourself.
    Congrats to my Prime Minister Elect Mr David Thompson We love you and we stand by you .
    Blessings !!!!!!!!!!

  127. People

    ‘Time will tell’. Listen. I live in the USA and decent people know the diference between right and wrong. Barbadians and tourists alike need and deserve to have a safe society. Stop being such a die hard and learn from what is happening in the world. Mediocrity cannot be tolerated ever! That is why the youth make mistakes: they see ‘adults’ breaking the law etc. and showing no respect for anyone’s intellegence or rights. What a shame. But God is watching. I will continue to pray for Barbados. Keep the Faith!

  128. Overseas Bajan
    January 16, 2008 at 4:51 am
    Congratulations to Owen Arthur for losing the government! I am sorry he did not lose his seat too!

    Let the Commission of Enquiry into the former MPs wealth begin …

    … oh we need a new Commissioner of Police too.
    ===================================

    Yes on a New COP. He would still be a joke even if he had gotten the job on merit.

    No commission of enquiries, yes to Forensic audits, these don’t end with legal opinions and suggestings, these end with undisputed facts that when laid in court, will be so as a mere formality to adhere to the principle that one is innocent until proven guilty in court of law and to say that due process has taken it’s course.

  129. Anonymous

    I hope Reudon or someone else on the gov side will continue to monitor these blogs since they are just as important and informative as Brasstacks. This is in the hope that the new gov does not wish to lose touch of the people and their concerns.

  130. PENSION

    Just wondering, will I still get my pension Barbados Defence Force.

  131. Anonymous

    Peter Wickwick….job well done. You still on the subject of having 2 Terms of office.

  132. Joe bloggs

    I am glad that there is a change in Barbados it was needed.
    Also the new government has won with a land slide they should keep up the momentum and clean house in every Government own businesses and civil service department’s to show the people that they mean what they say and keep their word.

  133. Time will Tell

    Wow ! I like this. This is absolutely orgasmic !!!

    My astigmatic bfp friends, let me slowly, yet authoritatively, define the meaning of a “progressive government vs non progressive” et al.

    Lesson 1: The resounding difference between the BLP and DLP lies in merely they individual approach towards “Securing the common good” (pay attention Anony, Victor Callender)

    The fundamental tenants are as follows; Access, Delivery, Opportunity & Results. (the latter offers no guarantees)

    One sees the country as a whole, the other sees it from an individualistic stand point. Often times, the difference between absolute poverty and economic boom is merely the existence of economic genius. (see Owen Arthur)

    Taking the current global crisis, (post 911) any progressive government must enact fiscal, social and most importantly strategic policies that will sustain modest growth. The operative being modest. sic

    With that said, the past administration has remarkably weathered the largest decline in global growth, yet maintained economic equilibrium. (stop me if I’m going too fast) This is most evident in the following: GDP – Deficit – Foreign Reserves and lastly unemployment rate per capita. End of lesson one.

    Fact: The Arthur administration has displayed experience, judgment, familiarity and understanding of our unique diaspora. None None None of which is left within the new administration.

    Plus: Now the fun begins. 5 years of it……..

    Who am I you asked ? Just a guy with an M.S. in economics and Political Science. No one special !

  134. Time will Tell

    #
    People
    January 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    ‘Time will tell’. Listen. I live in the USA and decent people know the diference between right and wrong. Barbadians and tourists alike need and deserve to have a safe society. Stop being such a die hard and learn from what is happening in the world. Mediocrity cannot be tolerated ever! That is why the youth make mistakes: they see ‘adults’ breaking the law etc. and showing no respect for anyone’s intellegence or rights. What a shame. But God is watching. I will continue to pray for Barbados. Keep the Faith!

    Are you kidding me man ! The word is intelligence….

    You live in the USA ? Me too…. Long Island and Columbia University.

    A safe society…..? Stop you are killing me now !

    Learn from what’s happening in the world ? Teach me, Oh wise one….

    Mediocrity cannot be tolerated ever! Hummm Let me see. Erskine Sandiford- Richard Haynes – Peter Miller – Neval Greenidge – Lawson Weekes – Richard Byer

    Please get serious …….

  135. Victor Callender

    Time will Tell
    January 17, 2008 at 12:04 am
    Wow ! I like this. This is absolutely orgasmic !!!

    My astigmatic bfp friends, let me slowly, yet authoritatively, define the meaning of a “progressive government vs non progressive” et al.

    Lesson 1: The resounding difference between the BLP and DLP lies in merely they individual approach towards “Securing the common good” (pay attention Anony, Victor Callender)

    The fundamental tenants are as follows; Access, Delivery, Opportunity & Results. (the latter offers no guarantees)

    One sees the country as a whole, the other sees it from an individualistic stand point. Often times, the difference between absolute poverty and economic boom is merely the existence of economic genius. (see Owen Arthur)

    Taking the current global crisis, (post 911) any progressive government must enact fiscal, social and most importantly strategic policies that will sustain modest growth. The operative being modest. sic

    With that said, the past administration has remarkably weathered the largest decline in global growth, yet maintained economic equilibrium. (stop me if I’m going too fast) This is most evident in the following: GDP – Deficit – Foreign Reserves and lastly unemployment rate per capita. End of lesson one.

    Fact: The Arthur administration has displayed experience, judgment, familiarity and understanding of our unique diaspora. None None None of which is left within the new administration.

    Plus: Now the fun begins. 5 years of it……..

    Who am I you asked ? Just a guy with an M.S. in economics and Political Science. No one special !

    Time will Tell
    January 17, 2008 at 12:33 am
    #
    People
    January 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    ‘Time will tell’. Listen. I live in the USA and decent people know the diference between right and wrong. Barbadians and tourists alike need and deserve to have a safe society. Stop being such a die hard and learn from what is happening in the world. Mediocrity cannot be tolerated ever! That is why the youth make mistakes: they see ‘adults’ breaking the law etc. and showing no respect for anyone’s intellegence or rights. What a shame. But God is watching. I will continue to pray for Barbados. Keep the Faith!

    Are you kidding me man ! The word is intelligence….

    You live in the USA ? Me too…. Long Island and Columbia University.

    A safe society…..? Stop you are killing me now !

    Learn from what’s happening in the world ? Teach me, Oh wise one….

    Mediocrity cannot be tolerated ever! Hummm Let me see. Erskine Sandiford- Richard Haynes – Peter Miller – Neval Greenidge – Lawson Weekes – Richard Byer

    Please get serious …….

    Good! Now I’ve got you exactly where you should have always been. The exactness of your recitations merit full disclosure and not anonymity. I believe that The Thompson Administration has to in time bring about change relative to issues of sustained economic growth, lowering of crime and an evolution relative to Barbados’ health care ineptitude. Mr. Thompson will have to work feverishly to employ economic controls to stave off the devaluation of the Barbados dollar. Permit me to suggest to you good sir, that it was a DLP administration that allowed Barbados to be given the moniker “Most technologically wired Caribbean Island.” Mr.Arthur an economist like you, moved Barbados away from its technological base to a service sector environ. Again, my economist friend it was the Arthur Administration that has taken Barbados into the economic “Red Zone” with matters relating to great fiscal irresponsibility and disenfranchisement of countless Barbadians. Certainly, with a Masters Degree in Economics from Columbia, you paid attetion in class to fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint. If the United States of America sneeze’s Barbados will catch cold. Those like you who claim numeracy, have viewed Barbados’ economic vitality through jaundiced eyes. To say that you Mr. Economist, Arthur, Mascoll and the rest of the Arthur administration were economically malfeasant, would only further underscore your myopic inabilities to be in touch with the struggles of the Barbadian masses.

  136. Time Will Tell

    “Good! Now I’ve got you exactly where you should have always been. The exactness of your recitations merit full disclosure and not anonymity”

    Having read such a wonderful intro, I was at the very height of my anticipated climax, then suddenly this nonsense followed.

    “I believe that The Thompson Administration has to in time bring about change relative to issues of sustained economic growth”

    Correction: I believe that the Thompson Admin has to change, change relative to our sustained economic growth.

    Mr. Thompson will have to work feverishly to employ economic controls to stave off the devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

    Correction: Mr. Thompson will have to learn economic controls to feverishly stave off the devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

    Most technologically wired Caribbean Island ?

    Correction: Huuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh ?

    Mr.Arthur an economist like you, moved Barbados away from its technological base to a service sector environ.

    Correction: Barbados has NEVER enjoyed a Technological base. In the interest of full disclosure, Please do imply that Intel, and its likes represented our base. Don’t confuse exploitation with advancement.
    Go to the public library and check the historic data. Barbados has double its revenue base largely dependent on its service sector approach.

    The economic “Red Zone” ?

    Correction:An economic Red Zone is defined as an area exhibiting a comparatively high degree of absolute poverty. This has never been the case in Barbados….

    Must I go on ?

    Here, Take 2o min and re-read lesson 1. carefully then let’s do this again. Even you my friend are entitled to an education. I will happily enlighten the masses. After all, HC is unchallenged in its quest to educate not only Barbadian Prime Ministers but simple folk like you…

    Samuel Johnson said “The road to hell is paved with good intentions. You mean well…..

  137. Victor Callender

    Time Will Tell
    January 17, 2008 at 4:00 am
    “Good! Now I’ve got you exactly where you should have always been. The exactness of your recitations merit full disclosure and not anonymity”

    Having read such a wonderful intro, I was at the very height of my anticipated climax, then suddenly this nonsense followed.

    “I believe that The Thompson Administration has to in time bring about change relative to issues of sustained economic growth”

    Correction: I believe that the Thompson Admin has to change, change relative to our sustained economic growth.

    Mr. Thompson will have to work feverishly to employ economic controls to stave off the devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

    Correction: Mr. Thompson will have to learn economic controls to feverishly stave off the devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

    Most technologically wired Caribbean Island ?

    Correction: Huuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh ?

    Mr.Arthur an economist like you, moved Barbados away from its technological base to a service sector environ.

    Correction: Barbados has NEVER enjoyed a Technological base. In the interest of full disclosure, Please do imply that Intel, and its likes represented our base. Don’t confuse exploitation with advancement.
    Go to the public library and check the historic data. Barbados has double its revenue base largely dependent on its service sector approach.

    The economic “Red Zone” ?

    Correction:An economic Red Zone is defined as an area exhibiting a comparatively high degree of absolute poverty. This has never been the case in Barbados….

    Must I go on ?

    Here, Take 2o min and re-read lesson 1. carefully then let’s do this again. Even you my friend are entitled to an education. I will happily enlighten the masses. After all, HC is unchallenged in its quest to educate not only Barbadian Prime Ministers but simple folk like you…

    Samuel Johnson said “The road to hell is paved with good intentions. You mean well…..
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    My Learned Columbia economist, I am proud and honoured to even engage you in spirited discussion. Yes you are right I can indeed learn from you. I am enthusiastic like a child with candy when it comes to the acquisition of knowledge. The bible says “Pride comes before the fall of man,” so I humbly submit to you that where I fall short intellectually I seek your help and maybe, even your forgiveness. You and I share the hope that Barbados will be a model Island nation in the twenty first century. I am glued to the hope that our Island nation can return from the brink of depravity and not go the way of Jamaica. Those charged to be the temporary holders of the instruments of power, must act not with irreverence but must commit themselves to selflessly listen to the people. Those who are less fortunate voices crying out for help from their government, deserve the “Ears of hope.” Any Barbadian left behind, because of flawed economic, or health care issues deserves better. Unlike or Island neighbors Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the likes, we possess no natural resources. People our most plentiful natural resource will need to be retooled with a greater sense of “Pride in Industry.” Like you sir, when folks talk about a solid education, the statement should begin and end with Barbados being second to none. I am quiet in reflection when anyone mentions Barbados’ Competitive Advantage. I believe that Barbados is at the precipice of third world to first world status. In order to facilitate for true economic first world growth, Barbadians must move away from full service sector employment, to meaningful cutting edge technological employment. If you were to ask me how I would employ technological citizenship in Barbados, I would simply say short cut Asia as the replacement venue for offshore United States technological industry.

  138. Time Will Tell

    Victor.

    Our mantra ” We write our names on history’s page
    With expectations great, Strict guardians of our heritage,Firm craftsmen of our fate” is more that simple words recited day in and day out for over the last 41 years.
    It represents a state of mind that propels and incites a pride that every bajan wears as a badge of honor “wherever we may go” .

    Sadly, our politics has descended to a new level of lows that can and will only destroy us from within.

    The world over, our adopted Westminster style of government has served us well, until now. BFP has given rise to a form of kamikaze Propaganda that is often masked as “freedom of speech”

    Before I unmasked, I implore you to objectively, “remember objectively” retrace the dialog leading up to this election “on this site alone” and the overnight pleasantries that has miraculously emerged thereafter.

    Having done such, then and only then can we seek to honestly appreciate the academic perspective offered here. And begin true civil dialog.

    You my friends, owe the people of this wonderful nation an apology.

    If not, just imaging if history repeats it’s self, to what level will our next political debate descend to hereafter.

    Exactly.

    footnotes: Walter Rodney – Ted Honeychurch – Maurice Bishop – Abu Bakar – Jean Claude Duvalier and our own Sidney Burnett Alleyne.

    TIME WILL TELL…….

  139. John

    Victor Callender/Time Will Tell
    January 17, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Mr.Arthur an economist like you, moved Barbados away from its technological base to a service sector environ.

    Correction: Barbados has NEVER enjoyed a Technological base. In the interest of full disclosure, Please do imply that Intel, and its likes represented our base. Don’t confuse exploitation with advancement.
    Go to the public library and check the historic data. Barbados has double its revenue base largely dependent on its service sector approach.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ….. You forget the sugar industry, the Barbados Foundry keeping the many sugar factories running making parts, the building of toys by generations of children to copy what they saw …….

    Before that there were the artisans who kept the 500 plus windmills running, and probably generations of children making toys to copy what they saw.

    Morgan Lewis Mill has been restored using modern lifting technology to put the pieces in place. It took years.

    This was routine work from the 1600′s and took place throughout Barbados using manpower, animal power and sailing boat technology. Conversion to steam power from wind power took all of 200 plus years.

    … then there is the development of cane breeding in which Barbados became a world leader.

    Barbados had a strong technological base through the sugar industry, …… centuries before Intel came along.

    Intel, Tansitor, TRW, Corcom etc. just showed what we could do and that we could pretty easily move to the more modern level.

    Sadly, that is now merely a memory. We abandoned our strengths for a few dollars.

    Our skill to improvise and keep things working in times of hardship is gone.

    This was developed over time by having a strong technological base which supported the sugar industry, now close to death.

    We have actually become more dependent than we have ever been since Independence.

    This probably explains why Trinidad controls much of our economy and our land is quickly slipping into foreign ownership.

    The Post Independence Market Driven Politicians (PIMPs) have seen to that pretty effectively.

    Both parties have shown themselves to be richly blessed with an abundance of these goodly people.

  140. robin hood

    So what is to prevent Thompson et al in the government to give full disclosure to their assets immediately. They should not have to wait on legislation to let us all know how much their assets total. Do they?
    On the other hand this is the same thompson who was minister of finance in 1994 when 20-30,000 BAJANS had to march in this country after that regime had broken this country after only one and a half terms in office. C’est la vie, mes amis!!!!
    So, r u gonna withhold this post too?
    r.hood.

  141. Makaveli

    “BARBADOS BETTER THAN EVER!!”

    That’s what the jokers running the BLP campaign tried to tell us, and we all knew Barbados is sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. How could any party brag economic genius with debt at 85% of GDP. One billion wasted in overruns on non revenue or minimal revenue generating projects. Many are BOLT projects on top of that. Then you have clown’s that always spouting off economic credentials…blah blah, but have no track record to back it up. I’d have a shopkeeper or a single mother with 6 children as a minister of finance before I choose most of them.

    On the ridiculous issue of devaluation. NEWS FLASH the Barbados dollar was DEVALUED during the last term 2003-2008. Its called being hard pegged to a sinking U.S dollar, but when I suggested diversification, and a softer peg back in September some fool ridiculed me, thought leaving the greenback
    was insanity. But what happened in October-November… As for high oil prices???High for whom…sure if its priced in U.S dollars then 100+ a barrel is a lot, BUT if you adjust
    it to euro over the 5 year period, then factor
    in inflation you’ll see that for them the rise is not as dramatic as it appears. Even now in REAL terms it has not approach 1973-74 levels.

    Stupse! here I am going on and on about economics… Yet again the DLP have to clean up the mess of excessive borrowing and squandermania. Good luck PM Thompson, never be to proud to call on Sir Lloyd for advice.

  142. Victor Callender

    John
    January 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    Victor Callender/Time Will Tell
    January 17, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Mr.Arthur an economist like you, moved Barbados away from its technological base to a service sector environ.

    Correction: Barbados has NEVER enjoyed a Technological base. In the interest of full disclosure, Please do imply that Intel, and its likes represented our base. Don’t confuse exploitation with advancement.
    Go to the public library and check the historic data. Barbados has double its revenue base largely dependent on its service sector approach.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ….. You forget the sugar industry, the Barbados Foundry keeping the many sugar factories running making parts, the building of toys by generations of children to copy what they saw …….

    Before that there were the artisans who kept the 500 plus windmills running, and probably generations of children making toys to copy what they saw.

    Morgan Lewis Mill has been restored using modern lifting technology to put the pieces in place. It took years.

    This was routine work from the 1600’s and took place throughout Barbados using manpower, animal power and sailing boat technology. Conversion to steam power from wind power took all of 200 plus years.

    … then there is the development of cane breeding in which Barbados became a world leader.

    Barbados had a strong technological base through the sugar industry, …… centuries before Intel came along.

    Intel, Tansitor, TRW, Corcom etc. just showed what we could do and that we could pretty easily move to the more modern level.

    Sadly, that is now merely a memory. We abandoned our strengths for a few dollars.

    Our skill to improvise and keep things working in times of hardship is gone.

    This was developed over time by having a strong technological base which supported the sugar industry, now close to death.

    We have actually become more dependent than we have ever been since Independence.

    This probably explains why Trinidad controls much of our economy and our land is quickly slipping into foreign ownership.

    The Post Independence Market Driven Politicians (PIMPs) have seen to that pretty effectively.

    Both parties have shown themselves to be richly blessed with an abundance of these goodly people.

    John you were right, you should charge those of us reading your commentary for the privilege of your economic recitation. I am glued to not only your command of Barbados’ history, but the grasp you possess relative to Barbados’ economic health. David Thompson must allow transparency and for “Truth to be spoken to power” if Barbados is to maintain its economic model. “The heights by great men reach and kept was not achieved by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept were toiling upwards through the night.” The United States is in a recession, the impact of which Barbados will feel. Barbadians therefore, must endeavor to begin tightening up on debt and reducing fiscal irresponsibility. The government must therefore act with vision to seek out the brightest minds to prevent the economic fiasco that is now “Jamaica.” I fear the devaluation of the Barbados currency, which will force Barbados into an economic abys. As you have so aptly illuminated in previous writings “Numerate One,” those of us who supported this Thompson Administration must approach our momentary joy with caution. Those of us who have spoken gleefully about Thompson’s first one hundred days, may come to understand that because of the global macro economic problems, Barbados may inherit an economic Tsunami.

  143. smallfry

    A prime minister should only serve 2 terms . That should be a law in Barbados . After 2 terms , one begins to feel “comfortable”, forgets how he got there and ultimately relaxation and neglect can set in . I am sure the new government will see things that have not been done , or started and abandoned throughout Owen’s reign. God Bless my homeland forever .

  144. Victor Callender

    Smallfry here’s the problem with developing nations and their politicians, once they’ve tasted power they can never give it up. Which of these politicians in their right minds want to give up all those perks, and yard fouls that come with being a PM or even a cabinet member. Next the absolute goal of most if not all Harisonians is to be Prime Minister of Barbados. I believe that this Victory by a product of combermere has sent shock waves through the HC fraternity. Although OS Arthur was a coleridge Parry product he eventually ended up at HC. HC alums have always felt the need to remind most of us in Barbados that we were not fortunate enough to have been educated at one of the caribbean’s finest institutions , HC. I never thought in my life time I would witness anyone become Prime Minister of Barbados who did not attend HC, there’s hope for us all.

    David’s victory is Barbados’ greatest political victory, primarily because had he lost, folks would have been trying to run him and his family out of Barbados. Owen Arthur tried his very best to make Barbados into a one party state, by employing the like of “Benedict Mascoll” and other political nomads who sought their places in the political “Potter’s Field” known as the DLP. As I read these contributions to this blog, I am sure now more than ever that the BLP is still the party of the “Plantocracy.” Owen Arthur invested in twenty first century “Sharecropping,” which was an attempt to make Barbadians the most comfortable slaves on the planet. “Condemnation without investigation, is the height of ignorance,” so as I’ve read news clips from my beloved Barbados, I saw Arthur as an old punched drunk leader holding on way to long. Like a shot prize fighter, fighting his last fight Arthur became destined for a shakesperian end. David, you too must learn that the instruments of power belong only to the people from whence they came.

  145. samizdat

    Time Will Tell says:

    “Who am I you asked ? Just a guy with an M.S. in economics and Political Science. No one special !”

    By which, of course, he wishes to imply the opposite.

    But actually (and with absurdly unintentional irony) he’s right: he really is no one special.

  146. Rumplestilskin

    VC – till you mentioned it i did not remember that PM Thompson is the first non-Harrison College PM!

    Noteworthy, as it is and should always be the person that counts for qualification and not specific ‘landmarks’ such as being from here or there.

  147. I Support DEM

    See Clyde Mascoll’s views on the outcome of the elections: http://www.clydemascoll.com/

  148. Victor Callender

    This is a very dangerous time in Barbados, a time when the sycophants* come running out of their disgusting little crawl spaces. Nothing is worse than a person who has no backbone, and no integrity. Those hangers-on that without some politrickster scratching their ass you would never know they were there. I don’t know if “Corn Beef and Biscuit” politiricks is still standard operational business in Barbados, but I hope that Thompson allows for a climate of truth and reconciliation. Remember David, those who bring news will carry it.

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

    BFP geroge Comments

    I had to look it up. Here it is…

    Webster…

    sycophants
    One entry found.

    sycophant

    Main Entry:
    sy·co·phant
    Pronunciation:
    \-fənt also -ˌfant\
    Function:
    noun
    Etymology:
    Latin sycophanta slanderer, swindler, from Greek sykophantēs slanderer, from sykon fig + phainein to show — more at fancy
    Date:
    1575

    : a servile self-seeking flatterer
    synonyms see parasite
    — sycophant adjective

  149. dennis

    may God bless the new Government

  150. Time will Tell

    He’s Back !!!!!!!!

    Just thought I would set the bar for the new Gov.

    Good Luck Guys !!!

    Lesson 2:

    IMF Executive Board Concludes 2007 Article IV Consultation with Barbados
    Public Information Notice (PIN) No. 07/113
    September 13, 2007

    Public Information Notices (PINs) form part of the IMF’s efforts to promote transparency of the IMF’s views and analysis of economic developments and policies. With the consent of the country (or countries) concerned, PINs are issued after Executive Board discussions of Article IV consultations with member countries, of its surveillance of developments at the regional level, of post-program monitoring, and of ex post assessments of member countries with longer-term program engagements. PINs are also issued after Executive Board discussions of general policy matters, unless otherwise decided by the Executive Board in a particular case. The staff report (use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this pdf file) for the 2007 Article IV Consultation with Barbados is also available

    On September 10, 2007, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Barbados.1

    Background

    Barbados has one of the highest per capita incomes in the region, ranks high on social, political, and competitiveness indicators, and enjoys an investment grade rating. Services, particularly tourism and increasingly financial services, account for three-quarters of GDP and an even higher share of exports.

    The economy has been growing at a solid pace, and the outlook for this year is generally favorable. Robust output growth of about 4 percent is expected to continue this year, supported by tourism and construction. Inflation, which was pushed up in 2006 by higher energy prices and a temporary import surcharge, is set to decelerate to 5½ percent in 2007. However, the current account deficit, despite having narrowed in 2006, is still high and projected to remain unchanged at about 8½ percent of GDP.

    Macroeconomic policies were tightened significantly in 2006. Nominal interest rates were raised in line with U.S. rates, and even though real interest rates declined, financial conditions tightened as a result of an appreciating real exchange rate. More importantly, the combined public sector position strengthened by 3¾ percentage points of GDP to achieve a balance in 2006. This year, however, the public finances are projected to return to a deficit of 4 percent of GDP, reflecting mainly a number of large-scale government projects.

    Discussions took place against the backdrop of the government’s decision to liberalize the capital account, starting next January vis-à-vis other Caribbean countries. This move reflects a commitment under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the government has announced that liberalization with respect to all other countries will follow as soon as practical thereafter. At the same time, it remains firmly committed to the dollar peg, which has been in place since 1975.

    Executive Board Assessment

    Executive Directors welcomed Barbados’ strong economic performance and the favorable near-term outlook for economic activity and inflation. Looking forward, Directors observed that the authorities should be prepared to tighten fiscal policies in order to improve the public sector position and reduce the large current account deficit.

    Directors generally regarded the announced liberalization of the capital account as a milestone in the government’s strategy of regional and global integration. They noted that, while the removal of remaining controls is not expected to trigger large immediate market reactions, liberalization does entail medium-term risks. In particular, sizeable current account deficits financed by short-term capital inflows could heighten the risk of sudden capital account reversals and challenge the credibility of the peg or force sharp and disruptive policy adjustments. Directors agreed that Barbados’ real exchange rate currently appears to be broadly in line with fundamentals, and stressed the importance of continued sound policies to maintain competitiveness and contain risks. Sufficient internal economic flexibility will be needed to allow the real effective exchange rate to continue to move in line with the equilibrium over time.

    Directors welcomed the government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation and to a reduction in the public debt. Given the government’s debt objective and the importance of reducing vulnerabilities arising from high current account deficits and a declining trend in international reserve coverage, they observed that fiscal policy needs to be strengthened further, while acknowledging the authorities’ commitment to take additional steps should risks materialize.

    An early tightening of policies would reduce the risks of stronger and more disruptive adjustments later. Directors saw a range of options for the government to achieve fiscal savings, including reining in future public projects, raising VAT rates, reducing tax exemptions, and adjusting selected utility tariffs. Directors also encouraged the authorities to consolidate the activities of all public entities in the budget presentation to facilitate proper planning.

    Directors welcomed the authorities’ recognition that market-based monetary policy instruments will need to be developed to effectively manage domestic liquidity in a more challenging open capital account environment. In this connection, they supported the authorities’ intention to liberalize domestic interest rates and stimulate banks’ use of the discount window. They recommended a gradual phasing out of the minimum deposit rate and encouraged the authorities to also put in place procedures for conducting open market operations.

    Directors also noted that capital account liberalization will expose the financial sector to greater volatility and risk taking, and thus will require stronger prudential regulation and supervision. Directors welcomed the progress being made on containing financial risks in the banking sector and encouraged the authorities to proceed with the speedy passage and implementation of pending financial sector legislation, and improved prudential oversight of non-bank financial institutions, and encouraged the development of a regional framework for financial regulation and supervision.

    Barbados: Selected Economic Indicators

    Prel Proj.

    2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

    (Annual percentage change)

    Output and prices

    Real GDP
    0.6 2.0 4.8 4.1 3.9 4.2 2.7

    Consumer prices (12-month increase)
    -1.2 1.6 1.4 6.0 7.3 5.5 3.6

    Unemployment
    10.4 11.1 9.6 9.1 8.7 8.4 9.0

    Money and credit

    Net domestic assets
    8.7 1.3 43.5 14.1 14.2 8.6 6.7

    Of which
    0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

    Private sector credit
    3.3 0.9 16.7 21.7 13.2 7.5 6.3

    Public sector credit
    -621.4 38.3 33.6 -40.8 -11.4 28.3 11.7

    Broad money
    10.3 6.5 17.4 6.9 11.3 9.0 6.3

    (In percent of GDP)

    Public sector operations 1/

    Overall balance
    -10.1 -5.0 1.3 -3.7 0.0 -4.0 -1.6

    Central government balance
    -5.5 -2.4 -2.5 -1.4 -2.0 -2.2 -1.0

    Off-budget activities
    -5.7 -2.9 1.3 -1.9 -1.4 -3.3 -2.2

    National Insurance Scheme balance
    2.4 2.4 3.6 3.6 3.9 3.9 4.0

    Public enterprises balance
    -1.3 -2.0 -1.0 -4.0 -0.5 -2.3 -2.3

    Primary balance
    -5.3 -0.3 5.5 0.8 4.5 0.3 3.1

    Public sector debt 2/
    87.8 86.0 87.4 89.0 87.0 88.4 89.0

    Central government debt
    78.5 75.4 76.4 75.0 73.1 73.2 72.4

    External sector

    External current account balance
    -6.8 -6.3 -12.4 -12.5 -8.4 -8.6 -8.5

    Public sector external debt 2/
    28.5 27.1 27.1 27.7 26.8 27.9 27.3

    Gross international reserves (in millions of U.S. dollars)
    683 752 595 619 600 620 623

    Sources: Barbadian authorities; and IMF staff estimates.

    1/ Fiscal year (April-March).

    2/ Includes central government and government guaranteed debt.

    1 Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to headquarters, the staff prepares a report, which forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities.

    IMF EXTERNAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
    Public Affairs Media Relations
    Phone: 202-623-7300 Phone: 202-623-7100
    Fax: 202-623-6278 Fax: 202-623-6772

  151. Starrr

    I want to congratulate my party the DEMS…YAYYYYYYYY. Out the marginal wins for the BLP I have to say that Candidates Irene S-G, Austin Husbands, Randall Rouse and Francis Depeiza all had hard luck. It’s unfortunate that mis-representatives had sympathy votes by less than 300 to defeat these wonderful people and potential representatives at the polls. This are lookin up for Husbands and S-G though. Anyone care to expand on the sickly Rawle and the ever tried and tired Payne?
    Let me as a human being though wish Eastmond better health and ask to retire not only as a Dem but as one who can’t understand how one could put job before health even when the equation is evidently failing him… All the best to the new PM and government. Long live the DLP!

  152. I would like at this time to congratulate the Mr.David Thompson on his recent victory leading to his prime ministership land slide and also to the other candidates in the general elections of Barbados.
    I have been waiting for this moment since the days of debates on CBC where Mr. Thompson had shown his leadership qualities from early on. Barbados has in the past ten years has spent to much money for an Island in my opinion and it seems that the cost of living are not matching what the average workers are earning, leaving a great void in the balance of family excistance, thank God for David.

  153. I am a bajan , I’ve been a DLP for years . I beleive the dlp was founded in my end of the country.I WAS BORN IN St.Lucy and live there and voted for Williams and Branker and later E Graves. However I hope Mr.Thompson is as good as the founder of the DLP the Hon. Errol W Barrow. I will soon be returning to Barbados when I retire in the near future. Go dems. This the first time I read your blog however I hope to continiue reading. Keep the good work up. Frank.

  154. Thistle

    Mr. Frank N. Harris:
    It’s always good to hear of a hopeful returning National. I’m afraid NO ONE can step into the great Dipper’s shoes. Owen Arthur thought he could, and set about to portray himself as a reincarnated EWB, poor fool! He just made a complete ass of himself. What I do believe is that David Thompson sincerely has BARBADOS and BARBADIANS at heart and will do his best for this island. Unfortunately, there are people who are behaving as if the DLP government has been in office for 5 years and has done nothing – they are not willing to give the new government a chance. I think at the moment they are having a battle royal trying to clear up the mess and corruption left by the BLP and more and more horrors are coming to light daily. Don’t be deterred by the detractors, go ahead with your plans to return to Bim.

  155. Thistle

    Knock, knock, BFP! Your spam filter has grabbed my comment!

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