Ezra Alleyne: The DLP Government Is Just As Bad As The BLP Government

Have a read of Ezra’s piece in the Nation News this morning and see if you don’t agree with just about everything he says.

David Thompson made very specific promises that got him elected.

Now that he has power, nothing has changed.

David Thompson promised that a two-thirds majority of the House would be necessary to change land permissions from agriculture – and then he went and gave Sir Charles a free hand to develop agricultural land WITHOUT THE PROMISED TWO THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE.

The Nation News: What Change?

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Afterthought by Robert:

Just curious. Does anyone know if Ezra ever paid back the money to that client where there was a, ah.. er… misunderstanding” ? – you know… when he had that little problem with his trust account and was disbarred for three years? (Overturned on appeal, of course. David Simmons was his lawyer doan ya know!)

(I couldn’t help it. Every day needs a little mischief!) 😉

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48 responses to “Ezra Alleyne: The DLP Government Is Just As Bad As The BLP Government

  1. passin thru

    It is time to start another party based upon integrity from the start. Centrist politically, but solidly committed to ITAL. Start now and we’ll be ready for the next election. Target those areas where the vote between the DLP and BLP was close enough that an integrity party might take enough votes to make the difference. Be a sniper, a spoiler of victories. Get noticed and be taken seriously from the first.

  2. Anon

    Anyone who just arrived from the Moon could be forgiven for believing that the Barbados Labour Party was still in Government.

    Very little if anything has changed. It is business as usual. This is most distressing. Carol Jacobs was just reappointed to her AIDS prestige job.

    We are still saddled with David Simmons, Marion Williams, Cilfford Husbands, Tony thompson, and myrids of corrupt BLP opertives are still in place reaping sweets as usual. This is not what we voted for. We might have well have left the corrupt BLP in power.

    Bright young and not so young people from the DLP are still shut out just as when the BLP was in power. People who were fed up the corruption of the BLP are not being given the chance to clean up Government. BLP crooks are still in place and carring on merrily. The anti corruption Legislation now seems as dead as the DODO. The more things change the more they remain the same. Cow Williams just before the Jan. 2008, about a week or so, was heard on Brass tacks canvassing for the Barbados Labour Party telling the Population how good it was going to be when the BLP returns to power. And what happened, the people sick and tired of a disgusting BLP voted them out and put in the DLP. What is the result COW is rewarded by David Thompson “within five weeks” with the selling out of more Barbadian land. Have you no shame David Thompson? My sister still can not get a small spot of land for a 2×2 chattel house but the rich and famous can get acres and acres to do as they please. Is this what we voted for?

    We might as well as left the BLP in Government. It is said that DLP does little or nothing for their people when in Government and David Thompson is proving this to be true.

  3. John

    Before there were Blogs there was Lowdown!!

    .. just saying it again!!

  4. so we’re basing this all on less than 3 months of being in power?

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    BFP says

    Hi Jdid,

    There are two main issues right now. Both are a fundamental breach of trust by the government and Prime Minister Thompson.

    First, the Prime Minister declared during the election that immediately upon assuming office his government would adopt a Ministerial Code. The Ministerial Code was even presented in writing at a press conference. The Prime Minister did not adopt the Ministerial Code upon forming the government as he said he would.

    Secondly, the Prime Minister promised that if elected, changes to land use permissions that involved agricultural lands would require a 2/3 majority in the House. That promise was broken when David Thompson by grand fiat declared that Sir COW could transform some 80 acres of agricultural land without the promised vote in the House.

    Both of these incidents are such a fundamental breach of trust that even many die-hard DLP supporters have stopped defending Thompson. There is no defense.

    Now that the promised 100 day deadline is approaching, the silence of the DLP about the promised ITAL (Integrity, Transparency, Accountability Legislation) and the discussions that “100 days didn’t mean 100 days” are huge indicators that the DLP may turn out to be as corrupt as the BLP.

    The clock is ticking and the DLP supporters are silent.

  5. Time for Change

    There was a change. We changed the B in BLP to a D and made it DLP.

    Other than that it is business as usual (as I have always said it would be).

    The DLP’s much promoted first 100 days in office will end in less than three weeks on 30th April. What have they achieved so far?

    This from the same prime minister who just came on TV and said that the Africans are “not being detained”. Well, if you (quite rightfully) take Africans who have overstayed their time in Barbados and hold them at a defense force base guarded by armed soldiers, isn’t that detention? Of course he has to be politically correct in his pronouncements because he is dealing with citizens of a foreign state, but it makes me wonder if he was also being “politically correct” with the citizens of his own state when he told us “time for change”.

  6. Time will Tell

    You at BFP continue to pretend you are the voice of “the righteous few” YOU ARE NOT.

    You have spearheaded a campaign of reform that is void of the one important element that constitutes reform. Reform itself. sic

    Your lack of shamefulnesses in quoting Ezra Alleyne in a positive light is tantamount to crediting “Hitler with building good strong prisons”.

    You have failed to credit the good, honest, loyal elements within the BLP for having the tenacity to both criticize and reform at the same time. Your need to slander, blackmail, ostracize and burn is unprecedented hitherto.

    While BFP remains an inimitable place for the exchange of ideas and accountability, you are swiftly becoming irrelevant.

    The DLP under the leadership of David Thompson will NEVER keep it’s core promises to Barbadians.

    You have provided the political capital necessary to change from bad to worse. The flagrant and blatant disregard for the promise of character, integrity and transparency in public office is evident.

    We have you to thank.

    The least you can now do is, to admit that you too have been duped. And offer a “fair and balance” debate on the perilous times ahead for our nation.

    How hard is that ?

    Only time will tell…….

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    BFP says,

    Please tell us exactly what integrity “reforms” were accomplished by the BLP.

    Don’t lie about us supporting the DLP.

    We’ve said from the beginning that the DLP were as crooked as the BLP. We even printed photos of the two piggies at the trough together – Thompson and Arthur.

    When Thompson came out with his last-minute 100 days ITAL promises, we were doubtful and said so, but decided to give him a chance.

    In the next few weeks, we will probably confirm what we suspected all along.

    If (when?) that happens, it will be time to start a new political party. The current BLP bunch are still just crooks waiting to feed again, so we need a viable centrist new party capable of destroying the balance of power in some of the more closely contested areas next time.

  7. I am not going to agree or disagree about whether the DLP has or has not improved because I am currently not in Barbados, nor do I get into too much conversation with acquaintances and friends back home about what is going on.

    However, when the day is done, politicians are politicians and they will continue to lie and “try to fool” the people as needed.

    Unfortunately, it is not seemingly a Bajan’s culture to come together and say: “We won’t work for a couple days to show the government we are united” or we don’t “stop buying food or stop driving for a day or two because prices went up and we wish to protest”. Instead we seem to continue to bicker among ourselves over a few drinks and those who can afford to pay higher prices, then laugh at those who cannot.

    All I am saying is that, we can’t expect the government to change if we don’t try and make a change for ourselves. But how does one do that? I don’t have the answer to that question.

  8. PiedPiper

    Rather than post an uninformed opinion I would like to ask some questions. These questions are based on not totally understanding the political system in B’dos. I have always believed that the system in B’dos, much like Canada, is based on the old British system in that the ruling party and, in particular a ruling party that won the election with a majority government, replaces former government ministers with it’s own.
    How is it that these BLPers (David Simmons, Marion Williams, Cilfford Husbands, Tony Thompson, and other BLP operatives) are still in positions of power and involved in government policy making? Are all of these positions appointments that have a set tenure?

  9. Jerome Hinds

    Will Barbados Government Let Rich Crack Cocaine And Heroin Smugglers Back Into Our Country?
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    Hi BFP,

    Any mention of Crack Cocaine & Heroin……should always be linked to Ezra Alleyne !

  10. Beefcake

    PiedPiper:
    Only some of the positions that you’ve indicated, such as the Governor General, are for a set tenure such as 5 years. Others are open-ended, such as sitting on the Supreme Court.

    The main difference is that the appointments are not necessarily based on political affiliation (makes Canada different from its southern neighbour). The civil service positions extend beyond the governing party’s lifespan and in many ways represent Canada as opposed to an ideology that will be in place for 1 to 5 years.

    Actions of the Government in Canada face scrutiny from several sources. There are internal watchdogs as well as the media who can observe and question what goes on. It doesn’t mean that wrongdoing doesn’t happen in Canada’s governance, but it becomes a major event once it gets exposed such as the Liberal’s advertising scandal.

    The local media is incapable of investigative journalism.

    The absence of transparency will continue to encourage an atmosphere of cronyism, corruption, and contempt within a decaying political structure.

  11. Curious

    you know we must be living in the twilight zone, have a read of page 5 of today’s advocate – Senator Darcy Boyce says that Condominium builders should target locals as well – at the current prices???? does this mean that the government will continue to give permission for such developments

  12. Tell me Why

    Any mention of Crack Cocaine & Heroin……should always be linked to Ezra Alleyne !
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Jerome, you seems to lacking in clean debates. Do you have proof regarding the statements you constantly espouse on these blogs or it is your intention to denigrate individuals who do not sing in your choir.

  13. Tell me Why

    How is it that these BLPers (David Simmons, Marion Williams, Clifford Husbands, Tony Thompson, and other BLP operatives) are still in positions of power and involved in government policy making? Are all of these positions appointments that have a set tenure?
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    People have the believe that as soon as a new Government comes to power that all officials must be terminated and replaced with the officials. This type of scenario will only affect the smooth transition of the government. How will the outside world view the sudden dismissal of the head of state or Governor of the Central Bank or even the Commissioner of Police. Although a former Government might employ these officials, it don’t mean that these people will operate based on partisan politics, remember, these officials will also assure the public that the skills exhibited should be in the interest of the country.

    When the DLP won the election 1n 1976, Sir Hugh Springer was made Governor General and remained until 1990.

    In 1990, Dame Nita Barrow was made GG by the BLP Government. When the DLP won in 1991, she remained until loosing the 1994 elections. The BLP won the 1994 elections and retained Dame Nita until her death in 1995.

    I hope I enlightened you thoughts.

  14. Beefcake

    Condominiums are generally a more efficient use of land-space and should be encouraged.

    Furthermore, better consideration should be given apartment-style condos as opposed to just townhouses.

    The eyesore that has become Hastings Towers doesn’t have to be the standard. The newer projects on the West Coast show that structures can have character.

    It is time to get away from the necessity of having land as a measure of accomplishment.

  15. Sargeant

    I’ll bet that Ezra never intended that his comments would be interpreted in this manner, is he praising the DLP with faint damns? I hesitate to condemn the gov’t on the sale of a property after they were in power for less than three months, I am sure that this was in the works long before the election of Jan.15. My my how times have changed imagine Ezra criticizing the gov’t for its alacrity in authorizing the development of land controlled by Sir Charles, if I didn’t know that the governing party had changed I would have thought that Ezra was seeing the light in his dotage. If the story about the quick authorization is true it is only an example that the rich always have the ear of gov’t and Sir Charles can certainly be described as rich. His influence is so pervasive that he has transformed a sport that is probably played by less than 1% of the population into a national sport given the blanket coverage by the media in B’dos. I mean I’m training my stud mule to take part in a chukka or two.

    I don’t want to be a casualty in the war on hypertension so I will relax and say this too shall pass.

  16. Time will Tell

    If (when?) that happens, it will be time to start a new political party. The current BLP bunch are still just crooks waiting to feed again, so we need a viable centrist new party capable of destroying the balance of power in some of the more closely contested areas next time.
    *****************************************************
    EUREKA……………….

    THERE IT IS FOLKS………

    DIVIDE AND CONQUER……………

    NOW THAT’S ORIGINAL!

    Can I join ?

  17. reality check

    Has it come to quoting Ezra Alleyne as a source of accuracy and balance?

    Nevertheless, I note that Owen and pals have not left the country yet?

    Maybe the bureaucrats who supported Owen’s regime are safe in the knowledge that they will kill any efforts to find the truth in where all the peoples money has gone.

    You can bet that Freundel Stuart efforts to find the truth are being sabotaged by the bureaucracy and judicial system that enabled Owen and the BLP from Day 1.

  18. Thistle

    Not only that, but a little bird whispered to me that Clyde Mascoll is under psychiatric care, so that when the Hardwood issue comes up again, he can be excused on grounds of being incapable of giving evidence or attending Court. Clever, isn’t it!

  19. Jerome Hinds

    In 1990, Dame Nita Barrow was made GG by the BLP Government.
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    TELL ME WHY,

    You political charlatan……….which BLP government was in power in Barbados in 1990 ?

    Which BLP government appointed Dame Nita Barrow ?

  20. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    Here is our ( DLP ) 60 day report…..which forms part of the 100 day pledge of the party .

    The 100 days began on 12th Feb 2008 the day of the Throne Speech.

    * Housing solutions have been positively identified !

    * Trading links have been firmed up with Latin America !

    * The QEH has received improved security systems !

    * Food prices have been stabilised ( while in T&T LOOTING is the norm ) !

    * Integrity & Transparency Legislation at an advance state of discussion !

    And Barbadians in the main are 99.9 % excited about the prospects ahead .

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    BFP says,

    AND NOW JEROME SAY THE 100 DAYS DIDN’T BEGIN UNTIL FEB 12TH THRONE SPEECH!

    What a joker you are Jerome.

    First the DLP’ers said the 100 days began “upon forming the government”

    then they said “upon first sitting of Parliament”

    Now you say the 100 days doesn’t begin until the day of the Throne Speech.

    And you think you can pull this off and retain credibility?

    By the way… seeing as you are so connected with the inner workings of the government, please provide all the details of the executive jet usage by the PM and other members of government.

    Integrity, Transparency and Accountability aren’t just words, you know. They aren’t just an attitude or an intent.

    They are actions or they are nothing.

  21. Jason

    “* Integrity & Transparency Legislation at an advance state of discussion !”

    Ha ha ha… Jerome, you mek sport!

    You dont talk about the 2/3 vote promise to change agricultural land. You dont talk about the promised code of conduct for Ministers not done.

    Broken promises. You mek sport!

  22. BFP

    BFP says,

    AND NOW JEROME SAYS THE 100 DAYS DIDN’T BEGIN UNTIL FEB 12TH THRONE SPEECH!

    What a joker you are Jerome.

    First the DLP’ers said the 100 days began “upon forming the government”

    then they said “upon first sitting of Parliament”

    Now you say the 100 days doesn’t begin until the day of the Throne Speech.

    And you think you can pull this off and retain credibility?

    By the way… seeing as you are so connected with the inner workings of the government, please provide all the details of the executive jet usage by the PM and other members of government.

    Integrity, Transparency and Accountability aren’t just words, you know. They aren’t just an attitude or an intent.

    They are actions or they are nothing.

  23. passin thru

    Jerome says the one hundred days didn’t start until the “thrown” speech? That is the first time we’ve heard that starting point used.

    What’s next? 100 days from two Crop-Overs from now? Yes Jason, Jerome must be making sport!

  24. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    Why are you getting so hysterical ?

    The 100 days began from the day in Parliament when the Governor General (ag ) His Excellency Eliott Belgarave uttered the following….” My government will implement Integrity Legislation….”

    BFP,

    Can you remind us what date in February 2008 Eliott Belgrave uttered those words in Parliament ?

    Forty (40) more days left after 12 th April 2008…..!

    We are on track to DELIVERING on our promises !

  25. Hants

    Anon says “We might as well as left the BLP in Government. It is said that DLP does little or nothing FOR THEIR PEOPLE when in Government and David Thompson is proving this to be true.”

    Word to Anon. Fend for Yourself cause there is very little pork left in the barrel.

    Cost overruns got it and gone.

  26. Jason

    How slimy that the DLPers are fooling with the 100 days. This is the VERY FIRST TIME we have heard the 100 days started at the Throne Speech. Before today the same DLPers were saying that it started not on election day but swearing in day, then not the swearing in day of the PM but of the whole government. Then they say the first day of Parliament.

    Now they say the Throne speech day!

    How slimey how slippery these people are.

    Any person with integrity would not be content to have the 100 days start be some vague ever-changing day.

    How slippery! How slimey!

  27. Red Lake Lassie

    See how Jerome has to ignore the integrity issues of the business jet use by Thompson and the broken promise that he would adopt a Ministerial Code immediately. All of a sudden BFP’s call for the DLP to keep their promises is “hysterical”

    Jerome Hinds is the new DLP version of Royal Rumble.

  28. Rumplestilskin

    BFP says: That promise was broken when David Thompson by grand fiat declared that Sir COW could transform some 80 acres of agricultural land without the promised vote in the House.

    I hope that you are incorrect, because if you are not, this is very wrong.

    Irrespective of whomever it is and this is nothing to it being Sir Charles, Barbados cannot afford to lose this agricultural acreage.

    The world is going through a food shortage already, which will get much worse before it has even a chance of getting better and Barbados needs to be producing more locally, much, much more.

    Emphasis now should be on assisting farmers by grants and duty free concessions, from small farmers to large concerns.

    Absolute lunacy.

  29. Rumplestilskin

    PS – note that some countries are already having ‘food riots’ and this is not just Haiti.

    Jordan and Egypt are included, countires with oil revenues but too much of an import bill for food.

    In Trinidad, three food haulage containers have been robbed in the past week. While it is easy to blame criminal profiteers for these acts, note that this is not for electronics or clothes, it is for food!

    The decisions made today will have tremendous impact in the near and middle term future, let alone the long term future.

    Be careful, very, very careful.

  30. Rumplestilskin

    Finally, this is also what makes the comment made by the previous PM, that bajans should grow more food at home, so insulting and ridiculous.

    Converting good agrictural land to construction and resort projects at will, expecting bajans to take up the slack with meagre acreage and subsistence farming.

    Not only insulting, but downright stupid.

  31. Tony Hall

    I like good political discussion but I am amazed at the nonsense that has been writtten in some of these comments. Would some of you commenters do your research before writing on the blog? Do you think for instance that because a gov’t changes you can just remove a Governor-General or a Chief Justice like that? We say we have 98% literacy!!

  32. Getting it off my chest....

    Jerome Hinds said…

    The 100 days began on 12th Feb 2008 the day of the Throne Speech.
    ***First I’ve heard this benchmark, next we’ll be hearing how it’s when they finished their tours!****

    * Housing solutions have been positively identified ****They picked up the file in the ministry!!!****

    * Trading links have been firmed up with Latin America !

    ****Let’s see they signed a double taxation treaty with Mexico that was negotiated last year? How do they claim this one?****

    * The QEH has received improved security systems
    ****This would be the same security system that caught the guy sabotaging the elevator during elections wouldn’t it?*****

    * Food prices have been stabilised ( while in T&T LOOTING is the norm ) !
    *****Flour has stabilised because of a subsidy that they STILL haven’t said what will happen after March 30th!!!! My experience in the supermarket says that they keep on going up and up and up.****

    * Integrity & Transparency Legislation at an advance state of discussion !
    ****Translation: “We’re talking about it… really we are!”

    And Barbadians in the main are 99.9 % excited about the prospects ahead .

    ****And Barbadians are in the main wondering what their government is actually doing that’s any different from what was laid down before?????*****

    Jerome is pathetic!

  33. Tell me Why

    You political charlatan……….which BLP government was in power in Barbados in 1990 ?
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Whilst rushing I mistakingly wrote BLP instead of the DLP , who won the 1986 election 24 to 3 and came back and won the 1991 election 18 to 10. Thanks for the correction and continue to use your debating skills instead of your bellow-the-belt insults.

  34. Hants

    Rumplestilskin
    Finally, this is also what makes the comment made by the previous PM, that bajans should grow more food at home, so insulting and ridiculous.

    The former Prime Minister was running Barbados for 14 years and had an intimate knowledge of the economy of Barbados.hmmm

  35. Hants

    I read this on CBC

    “Government is looking to introduce high rise housing to Barbados in an attempt to solve the housing shortage.”

    This is a great idea for Barbados but only for Upper middle Class and above.

    Any building higher than 3 stories is no good for low or middle income housing.

    The cost to run and maintain elevators would be expensive and you would have to install Clothes dryers.
    Water pumps would have to be installed and maintained.

    I know land is scarce and prehaps it is too late to encourage the Rich Developers to build luxury condos in the 10,000 sq.ft $20million price range.

    The rich have already settled on their 4 acre estates.

    One 4 acre lot could have two 10 storey buildings with 10,000 sq ft suites per floor.

    A smaller version of this concept would work for the “almost rich” Bajans who want to “cut style”.

  36. Rumplestilskin

    Hi Hants.

    Again, we have already commented sometime past on the high-rise concept for Barbados, as you say, it should be for the visitors and high income expat owners.

    It has been proven worldwide that high rise for low income also brings crime and these places are a den for the unruly and criminal to victimise decent poor hardworking individuals.

    We have said this previously a number of times, thus it is unfortunate that the current administration now appears to be ‘not listening’ and instead will allow the status quo to remain whereby a wealthy foreigner or developer can buy an acre or two and build to hearts content but locals will be limited to small two by fours in concrete towers.

    May I ask then, who exactly is running Barbados, because if this nonsense continues, it may be becoming evident!

    Mark my words, by these actions instead of planting seeds of fruit and labour on agrictural land, those who are complicit in this are planting seeds of inquity and discontent.

    We all know that seeds of inequity and discontent sprout.

    Time will tell and the harvest may not be so pretty.

    Peace.

  37. Rumplestilskin

    And if this continues,

    Will the last ‘average’ bajan to leave, please turn off the lights?

  38. So Long

    This is the So Long equation, developed after many years of research and observation:

    The BLP financiers EQAULS the DLP financiers.

    Issue is as it has always been that of campaign financing.

  39. Evergreen

    I am beginning to think some of you bloggers cannot analyse, reason or whatever you want to call it. Now, Ezra Alleyne wrote a column yesterday, in my opinion, to get the same responses that I am reading. Jacka…. give the new government a chance to settle in and take charge of things. For all of you is it about firing and running rough shod over people. There is a right and wrong way of implementing any decisions taken. So please, ease up a bit.
    By the way, as usual Lowdown was great yesterday, now we know that Ossie Moore was a real person.

  40. BIRDPICKMANGO

    There is an aspect of the political art form that persons like the late Sir Cameron, and Ezra Alleyne have mastered:creating political buzz by saying or writing nothingness. At the time of delivery, reading or listening, an impression of virtue or substance is immediate. Later reflection often reduces the impression to nought. Few have this skill. It is very useful in preparing a political wicket, sounding good when you have nothing to say or diverting attention.
    One of the good points of Barbadian politics is that after the campaign is done, whatever that is good remains. Free secondary education, Independence, the ABC highway and the The Central Bank are all issues that received scrutiny and abuse but remained for the high good. I do however recall that on one occasion when a government changed, some were immediately unceremoniously dumped more out of mischief than common sense.
    In the USA the change is planned and already a Zarr has been appointed. I accept yardfowlism is part of our politics. Bloggers should however know that they are certain appoints that require a search. Filling the job for governor of the Central Bank is not like going to shop, buying a cartoon of cigarettes and by selling them, you become a businessman. Let us say we decided on Delise Worrell, as governor of the Central Bank, wouldn’t he not have to give the IMF Bank notice as per his contract? The beauty in Blogging is that like talk, it is sometimes cheap.

  41. Hants

    BIRDPICKMANGO says
    wouldn’t he not have to give the IMF Bank notice as per his contract?

    He would probably have given notice on January 15th and negotiated an early exit if he was required to do so.

    BIRDPICKMANGO
    In the USA the change is planned and already a Czar has been appointed.

    People at this level do not hide their allegiances so the incumbents resign and a new person is appointed.

    The dance continues.

  42. Hants

    Now we know that Ossie Moore was a real person.

    Yes he was a real person and a kind one as well.

  43. Chris

    Did you really expect change from David Thompson when you endorsed him BFP? How naieve.

    What about David Thompson or his govt of yes men (save Kellman) made you think the 100 day promise would be kept.

    That in the face of a global recession one man would be able to do what the US and other countries all over the world are failing to do- stem the rising cost of living. Why did you not ask how he realistically planned on achieving this when flour and gas are on an unimpeeded rise globally. Why did you not point out that the cost of living issue was a global one not one confined to these shores?

    So much of what Thompson said in the elections was mere rethoric and BFP ate it up like puddin and souce on a Saturday afternoon without asking the tough questions that needed to be asked of Thompson. It was as if your hatred for the Arthur Administration made you blind to Thompson’s faults or inconsistencies. In this aspect BFP you failed your readers.

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

    BFP says,

    You Lie.

    We were suspicious of Thompson’s last minute cut and paste from the internet, but decided to give him a chance to prove himself. The proof of that is in our article David Thompson Reveals DLP’s Integrity and Freedom Of Information Plans – Much Cut and Pasted From The Internet Only A Few Days Ago

    You are a mischief maker.

  44. Hants

    Rumplestilskin says,

    “the current administration now appears to be ‘not listening.”

    Prehaps they are not reading this blog and our friends who are close to Ministers are not passing on our comments.

    The problem also is that we as a people have a tendency to copy things from Amurka and Canada but we look only at the glossy stuff.
    Those of us living in North America see the real stuff.

    I hope the Professionals advising the Government will do the right thing.

    I am a layman so my opinion don’t count. I just believe that The cost of maintaining a High Rise building is too high for low to middle income Housing.

    If you want to see an interesting High Rise building go to the cbc.bb web site.

    Is that herbal products growing on the balconies?

  45. Rumplestilskin

    And the Haitian President has been ousted due to high food prices.

    It may be Haiti, but Egypy, Jordan, Yemen and many others are having difficulty as well.

    The only solution is…produce more local food i.e. stop giving permission for the change of agrictural land to ‘developemnt land’.

    Provide additional incentives for farmers as well as increased ciminal sanctions on those stealing from farmers. This will remove one of the things hurting farmers pockets and encouraging them to keep plating.

    As for that 80 acres, reverse the decision asap.

    Very simple…food available, then no problem OR expensive food, social unrest in the future.

    In addition, to save foreign exchange, put increased duty on prepackaged meals, unless diabetic or other special diet needs.

    Those ‘Betty Crocker’ things etc.

    We do not need them, we can cook and we have our own local caterers and local bakeries.

    Increase duties on imported liquor and cigarettes. We make our own liquor here and this will give the local producers a leg to get into such markets as brandy.

    Peace.

  46. Chris

    I am no mischief maker lol. That is one article where as you said even thought you were critical of the cut and paste job you gave him the benifit of the doubt.

    Honestly BFP if all you can do is show one article and call me a mischief maker I think I have a point! During the election period you did have an obvious bias for Thompson which came out in your coverage. It part of the reason I prefer BU’s blog since I find it more balanced in its coverage.

    I notice you didnt comment on the second paragraph of my statement about the cost of living promises.

    BFP all I am saying is as an independent blog you are by all means allowed to have a bias one way or another. However you also have a responsibility not to let that bias cloud your judgement. If saying that makes me a mischief maker I gladly accept that as my new comment name!

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    BFP says,

    Bias? Sure we’re biased… for Barbados.

    And if the 100 days passes without true, actual real ACTION and RESULTS, you’ll see our bias all right!

  47. Mischief Maker

    So then the question to you becomes when does your hundred days expire are you using the throne speech as your deadline thus giving the DLP a few more weeks?

    I was actually wondering if once the govt changed if your blog would continue to exist since I was convinced that you were a DLP run blog but I must say that you have surprised me post Jan 15th by putting the new govt under the same microscope as the old one. (thats a compliment by the way 🙂 )

    Oh and btw Owen Arthur is the former PM not the late PM (late makes him seem dead…but im sure that word was chosen for a specific purpose and to give a certain conotation)