Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley Asks For Justice – But Did The BLP Give Justice To DLP Supporters?

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Leader of the Opposition
Political Leader, Barbados Labour Party

Earlier this week, Prime Minister, the Honourable David Thompson indicated that all new contracts to CEOs of statutory corporations in his Government would be bound by a clause to resign within 3 months of a change of Government.

We oppose this policy as self-defeating. This is a backward step particularly given the Prime Minister’s comments on January 20th, 2008 at Kensington Oval. On that occasion, he declared that there would be no night of long knives and that the country should rise above partisan politics and should unite.

Firstly, this move reduces the pool of competent Barbadians who will come forward and be willing to serve as there is no security for them given the flexibility our system affords for the calling of a General Election.

Secondly, there is the risk of labeling persons who are appointed for their competence and qualifications as automatically supporting the Political Party in Government who appointed them.

Thirdly, this is a dangerous precedent that achieves nothing more than the polarization of politics in Barbados in a way that has not been part of our culture and in a way that will have consequences that will reinforce political tribalism. In this instance, Barbados and Barbadians will be the loser.

I would like on behalf of the Barbados Labour Party to state categorically that we will not support any such policy.

Further, that we do not believe that persons who have been appointed by a previous administration should be dismissed other than for cause.  Any future BLP Government will not seek to dismiss other than for cause and will appoint persons in these positions based on qualifications, experience, record and potential.

In any event, I fundamentally believe to dismiss someone because of whom they support politically is wrong. I have never supported this type of action since coming into public life.

It runs counter to the Constitutional right afforded to Barbadians for freedom of association. It is also for this reason that we have consistently over the last few months spoken out against the numerous unwarranted dismissals that have taken on  the character of a  Witch Hunt.

We call on Barbadians to publicly reject this policy and to let the Prime Minister know that he ought to be securing the rights of individuals, not seeking to restrict their employment opportunities.

26th July, 2008


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42 responses to “Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley Asks For Justice – But Did The BLP Give Justice To DLP Supporters?

  1. John

    She does have a point.

    ….. but having said so, I know in the case of boards it is normal for members to put their resignations in the hands of the minister after an election, change or no change of Government.

    There is usually no contract and the stipend offered is usually small for the time required.

    A contract is a different matter.

    In this case a person is given a job to do in a period of time, is paid suitably, and agrees to abide by the terms of the contract.

    I don’t see how either employer or employee can just up and repudiate a contract because of a Government change without there being a cost.

    I would not waste my time signing a contract describing a job and the time to complete that job which had an additional condition that I had to agree to end it based on a change of government.

    A job described based on possible termination for a change of Government is a political job and probably not worth doing.

  2. Bimbro

    Can’t find any fault with Mia’s statement and Thompson’s seems remarkable to me for its lack of foresight. What could have prompted such a silly, suggestion by the new government.

  3. Fool me once

    Good start for Mia however she too quick to insist that there be no night of the long knives. Her party got some bad history and she got to cleanse it before she move forward. It is all very well for her to criticize Thompy but she standing on very shaky ground.

    She only interim leader. BLP need open meeting to vote for new leader and let us all know platform. Put in place now some standards and policies for her party to live by.

  4. Adrian Hinds

    Adrian Hinds // July 27, 2008 at 1:29 am

    People would want to forget that everyone of the recipients of the “Politics of Inclusion” had to first revoke their membership of the DLP, and join the BLP, to get a pick. Thereafter they had to go above and beyond to justify their acceptance and pick. Neval Greenidge former cop and insurance executive resigned his DLP membership in order to get a BLP pick in either a Tourism office, or the consulate office in Canada. All of a sudden BLP hacks, cronies and yardfowls are to keep their membership and their hack job after a change of government. No way should Thompson allow this to happened.
    While there is a valid called for non partisan hiring in the civil service and that we should seek to institute this as soon as possible, I am not going to side with what i can easily suggest is a partisan call by Mia Mottley to let that time be now. They benefitted from the status quo and the DLP cannot be wrong if they are seeking to do the same. What should be the approach is for the political parties to reach a concensus at the end of this current parliament regarding merit base hiring, to be phased in. Until such time LET THE AXE FALL ON THE HACKS.

  5. Thomas Gresham

    In larger European countries, where the pool of talent may be larger, CEOs and indeed Boards of Government agencies do not change with every new government. They are supposed to be appointed for competence first. Recall that in modern life these jobs are complicated. You need competent people running the NIS for instance.

    Integrity legislation should be about supporting that process – of appointment by competence not favouratism and back handers. It should not be about politicisng government appointments further, which would guarantee more political backhanders. I am deeply disappointed about the quality of Boards appointed by the Thompson government, of people who know very little about their remit but are political appointees: see NIS, CBC, Invest Barbados.

    This move by Thompson is closer to a “me too” approach to the ills of patronage than a “change” approach. He unveils a misunderstanding of integrity.

    The US is different, and there is a culture of replacement of officials with a change of government. But they have a big pool of talent. They have a senate approval process. Changes are often done when the term of office is completed. And the US is hardly a model of integrity in government. Witness the recent news reports on the amount that quasi-government housing agencies, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, spent on lobbying government. Or
    the amazing case of Jack Abramoff, the Republican super-lobbyist. Is that the model to follow?

  6. Thomas Gresham

    I am sure there are past examples of favouritism. But two wrongs do not make a right. Moreover, you can have favouritism and competency. We ar not going to end all favouritism. What I am against is a politicisation that pushes down competence. Where politics is the only issue and that is what we appear to be moving to, rather than away from.

    I also note that the now Senator Darcy Boyce, and lynchpin of this government was given the biggest civil servant jobs under the previous administration. He was CEO of the BTI. He was a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados. He was the senior person on panels to approve capital expenditure decisions. I assume that was because the former PM found the man as competent as the current PM.

  7. We should be careful not to confuse two issues. To ask for resignations does not preclude the reappointment of individuals from the other side. As Adrian alluded to when Arthur was practicing the politics of inclusion some people would have argued that it had a destabilizing affect on the DLP which they are still trying to overcome. That approach only serve to deepen the political division in Barbados

    It will take time for our system to transition to what some would prefer i.e. let the BEST man or woman do the job. Unfortunately Barbados continues to be polarized along partisan political lines and that is the reality.

    If people want this change it will only occur if the if some other things are put in place. It will not occur in a vacuum. Forgive my pessimism but until I see people voting along conscience in our Lower and Upper Houses we are just blowing hot air.

  8. TrueDat!

    “Forgive my pessimism but
    until I see people voting along conscience in our Lower and Upper Houses
    we are just blowing hot air!”

  9. reality check

    Barbados has a history of tribal politics and passing favours around, often not based on competency.

    Until Barbados has full and strict ITAL in place, these people need to offer their resignations automatically. The new party coming in can decide to accept or reject the offer to resign based on track record and merit.

    At the moment, neither party is stepping up to the plate and I suspect there is a good chance the public will not put up with it for much longer.

    Several months can be a lifetime in politics. Don’t be suprised if any of the present leaders are not around in a year or two.

  10. Anon

    Pay Mia Mottley no mind, within days of coming to power, the BLP were busy dumping people from all over like so much garbage.

    Seems to me that she has a very short memory.

  11. Fairness

    We have a couple problems here…
    I understand what the PM is doing, but it is dangerous.
    A person who is appointed by way of his or her qualifications could find themselves without a job.
    I can see finger pointing, lies being told; a replay of the French Revolution when the citizens turned against one another.
    The PM has to very careful about the repercussions of such a move.

    However, if the PM is talking about political appointments such as Statutory Board members -Sure! They should offer their resignation letters the next day. It was pathetic to hear of people like Al Gilkes, and Gabby still hanging on (In Gabby’s case, he was “waiting on the Pm”). I suspect that these folks were still intoxicated with 14 years of the gravy trail.

    Mottley is just playing politics. No govt. would want to assume leadership with key areas being manned by known members of the rival party.
    Ask Tom – or better yet -ask Owen.

    Mr. Thompsons’s move though, has to be thought through thouroughly to avoid any dangerous precedent.

  12. Thistle

    Mia asking for … what?? JUSTICE?? She like she don’t remember when Lammy Craig stated that “all Dems should starve”, and that has been the BLP policy up to this day. DLP members have always had problems with their heirarchy being “too kind” to persons given key positions by the BLP. I have no use for victimisation, but a balance must be struck somewhere along the line.

  13. Tell me Why

    A person who is appointed by way of his or her qualifications could find themselves without a job.
    Although people might be political we still must be cognizant to the fact that these CEO’s have families to look after elections. If this is the case, I can assure you that the quality of CEO’s will decrease since the real professionals would not put their career in jeopardy by apllying for a job with a five-year shelf life. Pure unresearched rhetoric.

  14. Anonymous

    but why thompson so foolish and backward though ????

  15. Thomas Gresham

    I find it amazing that the people justifying what the DLP is doing on the grounds that the BLP did it, were among those asking for change. Have they no shame?

    He is also shoo-ing away talent. Imagine you are a competent expert in your field and a political neutral, and the government of the day asks you to be a CEO in a job that you are expert in. You would now think that you will be associated with the government in power and the job is unlikely to last beyond the next election.

    What Thompson is doing is politicising the agencies of government, when we need to find ways of depoliticising it. I dont think Thompson is so foolish. I think this is a Hartley Henrism.

  16. Reudon Eversley

    So Mia Mottley is calling for justice for BLP supporters. Why didn’t she call for justice for me, when I was editor of the Advocate and was being persecuted almost on a daily basis by the BLP?

    The full story of how I was treated by the Barbados Labour Party has not been told but I will do so one day and Barbadians will see what an authoritarian government we had. How we were on the brink of dictatorship because when the press is attacked and bullied into submission, freedom is always in danger.

    Some ill-informed Barbadians said I was too big for my boots when I reported Owen Arthur to the World Press Freedom Committee. If you do not stand up for yourself, no one else will. If they only knew what was happening to me, they would have been in full agreement. The media in Barbados were afraid of carrying the story. They apparently did not want to experience the wrath of the BLP.

    How many Barbadians know, for example, that the BLP complained to the Advocate’s management because I refused to eat their food at a media luncheon to launch their 1999 general election campaign? As a result, I was threatened with dismissal. Well, I sought legal advice and was prepared to sue the Advocate for breach of my human rights so they backed off.

    Let me say that the then CEO of the Advocate Mr Metzgen was a decent man who recognized what was going on and tried to defend me. I cannot say the same for certain members of the then Board who seemed more eager to please the BLP than to defend their employee.

    Why would I want to eat from the BLP ? Their yardfowls used to leave the most foul messages on my voicemail, telling me they are going to get my … you know what .. out of the Advocate because I am a Dem. They could have easily poisoned me had I eaten their food and I certainly was not going to expose myself to that risk. I have my children to live for.

    The BLP wanted someone else to be editor of the Advocate. I never asked why the person in question did not get the job. I knew I was chosen on the basis of my professional track record, qualifications and vision. Systems Caribbean Ltd., after interviewing a short list, recommended me for the job. And, let me say this, without blowing my trumpet, the Advocate made a dramatic turn-around under my leadership. The record is there.

    I have a copy of a letter which Owen Arthur personally wrote to my chairman. I have kept it so that my grandchildren one day will see how this man tried to take bread out of my mouth. And I had done nothing wrong. He called my office one morning hopping mad. I told him I had just come in for the day and had neither pen nor paper in my hand to take notes of what he was saying. His letter, claiming I was disrespectful, said I told him I was taking no note of what he had to say. Different meaning!

    When all the crap was happening, I spoke to a certain well-connected BLP person and he told me they would have a problem with me because David Thompson is my friend. Imagine that? In fact, he even went as far as to tell me that I was on the phone in my office talking to David Thompson two days before, which was true. Talking to David Thompson was obviously a sin in the BLP’s books. Now, the person could have only found out this information from two sources: either the BLP had someone in the Advocate’s newsroom who was spying on me and reporting back to them or they had my telephone bugged.

    I will have more to say later and it will make uncomfortable reading or listening for Owen Arthur. I will relate an experience which convinced me beyond the shadow of a doubt that Barbadians had made a grave mistake in choosing Arthur as their leader. He should know what I am talking about if he remembers a certain phone call he made to the Advocate one day.

    The BLP is now demanding the justice they denied others. But they are getting a good deal. A well-known BLP person was recently appointed to a senior post at a statutory corporation which the BLP had refused to give that person. That would have never happened with a Dem under a BLP government. But I will say this: David Thompson is a gentleman — has always been. He has treated them all with decency and fairness which they did not show to Dems when they were in power.

    After I was forced to leave the Advocate, I could not find work in Barbados. I had to go overseas to earn a living to feed my children. I applied for a job at a government institution for which I was perfectly suited. I was invited to an interview but I was warned it was just a sham. My source told me that a certain person said I would never work in Barbados as long as the BLP was in power. I called up the HR person at the organization in question, told him to withdraw my name and keep the job because I didn’t need it as I had a better one overseas. A BLP yardfowl even saw me at a public event overseas and remarked, in front of everyone present, that the BLP had made a “refugee”. Incredible but true.

    My respect for David Thompson grew immensely during this period. You know why? He showed me his human side. He would call me quite regularly – not to discuss politics — but to enquire how I was doing. That meant a lot to me because you know who your real friends are, not when you are up, but when you are perceived as being down. This is the quality person who today is the prime minister of Barbados. It gave me great pleasure to work for him in the DLP election campaign in January as Communications Director and to have played a role in rescuing Barbados from the clutches of the BLP.

    I have told half of the story. The best is yet to come. You do not have to like me personally but, on the basis of what I have shared with you: Wasn’t I denied justice by the BLP? I am a citizen of Barbados — certain foreigners were treated better than some Barbadians by the BLP — and the Constitution of Barbados gives me the right of freedom of association. By associating with the DLP, I broke no law but the BLP government targetted me.

    But you see, the BLP always believes they are entitled to special treatment. Other people, however, can be treated like doormats. I wish them well, personally, but may they remain in the political wilderness for a long, long time to reflect on the evil things they have done and to repent for their sins. Perhaps the BLP was hoping I would have buckled and come to them on bended knee, like how some persons did, to beg them for a pick. If they were, they would have waited in vain. I would have preferred to die with my dignity than to debase myself by doing such.

    Further, I knew the God I serve would not have allowed it. God is good! God is great! I thank my greatgrandmother for my Christian upbringing. During those dark BLP days, it served me in good stead. It gave me the assurance that with patience this too would have passed, that the BLP would not be in power forever and that they would eventually fall in humiliation. Secondly, my Christian upbringing assured me of my ability to survive once I believed it was possible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    I expect certain BLPites on this blog will respond in their usual nasty way by going into the gutter because they can never face the truth. The truth always hurts. Going down in the gutter is not for me. The gutter is home to centipedes, slugs, cockroaches and other types of vermin and I am not at their level. Others however are free to make that choice through their behaviour.

    The long dark night of the BLP has come to an end. May Barbados never see the likes of it again. By the way, I want to encourage other Barbadians who were similarly targetted by the BLP because they were Dems or were otherwise affiliated, to tell their story. Barbadians must get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It must no longer be kept under the carpet.

  17. Tell me Why

    Why didn’t she call for justice for me, when I was editor of the Advocate and was being persecuted almost on a daily basis by the BLP?
    Eighteen paragraphs just to say that the same Advocate was the organ of the BLP during that period until the 16th January, 2008, Reudon you know that too. I can’t believe that you can make such a statement that the present CEO was never offered a job at a statutory organisation, maybe just cause was confronting the gentleman. Have you forgotten he was awarded the second highest local honours during that period. Anyway, the weak statement of the CEO now being offered a senior position is due to a new meaning of politics of inclusion that is wukking. The newspaper has now made a 360 degree turn. Please ensure that you give the true picture since it is your side, the other side and the way others will judge you based on the real facts.

  18. J

    Dear Reudon:

    I think that you took Owen far too seriously. Owen “cussed” a lot of journalists in Barbados. The excellent ones ignored him and got on with their work.

    Owen was never that scary. And for balance, David ain’t that scary either.

    Actually I think that you take yourself far too seriously. Do your job as a journalist. Do an excellent job. Be so good at what you do that you are indispensible to your employer. And then let the chips fall where they may. In your post above you not only come across as a victim, but as someone who enjoyed your supposed victimization.

    End the pity party.

    And I am neither a B nor a D. I have voted many times for both parties and I plan to continue doing so.

    P.S. And an excellent journalist like an excellent doctor is always “on the job”. If you are in the office, or even on the road, to say to a caller whether that caller is a Prime Minister, or Ms. T’ing down the road, that you don’t have pencil and paper and so cannot take notes is indeed both rude and unprofessional. In that instance Owen was right to complain to your boss. And no I’ve never met Owen, and I don’t plan to either.

  19. J

    Never met David either and don’t plan to so so.

  20. Thomas Gresham

    Dear J,

    I agree with you 100%.

    Asides I thought we were trying to change things for the better, for the future. That’s my focus as someone who has also supported both parties at different times. Why is the past now the benchmark for the party of change?

  21. Tell me Why

    BFP, hope you are not still partying in the east coast. When you reach your desk, please release my article.

  22. J

    Thanks Thomas.

  23. J

    And as a matter of good practice, journalists should not be eating food at media events anyhow. When food is offered, they should ALWAYS GRACIOUSLY refuse, ALWAYS and GRACIOUSLY. The journalists are at these events to work, not to feast. As a matter of good practice ALWAYS eat a good breakfast before leaving home, stash a few portable goodies, fruits, nuts etc in your bag, and eat a good diner at home. At media launches you will then be too busy working and too full from your own good home prepared food to worry about anybody’s political food.

    If I was an official “consultant” I would charge ’nuff money for this advice.

    As I is sorowfully I have to offer it for free.

  24. 184

    Reading Mr Eversley’s post I am reminded that every story has 3 sides and his is the only one we shall probably ever know. If I were as literate as his uncle, Sir James Tudor, I would probably add some Shakespere quote about protesting too much.

  25. Sargeant

    • Quote from J
    • “I think that you took Owen far too seriously. Owen “cussed” a lot of journalists in Barbados. The excellent ones ignored him and got on with their work”.
    When the Prime Minister of a small two by four island writes a letter to your boss complaining about you better damn well take him seriously

  26. Reudon Eversley

    J, who are the “excellent ones” who got on with their work? Don’t you realize that there has been a major exodus of senior journalists to PR and other fields during the time the BLP was in power? This is why the quality of journalism in this country has slipped. Check the facts for yourself.

    By the way, J, you obviously do not understand the pressures under which journalism is practised in Barbados. The problem with people like you is that you seem unable to put the same shoe on your foot. You have just walked into an office, someone calls in an angry mood, you answer. You have not yet unlocked your desk, opened your bag, the person starts to talk and asks if you are taking notes, you say no, “you’ve just got in, you do not have a pen and paper in your hand”. Is that being rude and unprofessional? It seems you are a superhuman. Well, I will not pretend that I am.

    By the way, these events transpired between 1998 and 1999. The Advocate was not under the present ownership.

    The public of Barbados expects the best from local journalists. However, when they need support on some issues, as I did, the public looks the other way because they consider it is none of their business. Yet they will call you up and ask you to push this issue on their behalf. How then can you expect journalists to fight for you when you refuse to support them in their hour of need?

    That would never happen in a developed country.

  27. Bajantease

    Adrian Hinds July 27, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Wait lets see if this makes sense.. if you join the BLP party as a member isn’t it obvious you’d have to resign DLP membership.

    As an employee however your race, religion nor party affliation should not play a part in you either getting or keeping job, rather your qualifications and ability.

  28. Anonymous

    Reudon Eversley

    I sympathise with you greatly.

    Your story can be told many times over by certain professionals in barbados about owen arthur’s conduct.

    But day does run til night catch it.

    Please don’t believe you have to respond to persons like tell me why or Frankology,and J and thomas gresham.

    They have been pushing their BLP agenda while sanctimoniously pretending they are neutral – as if anyone believes them.

    I believe you should write your story now.

    Now that your memory is fresh and your emotions are still raw.

    Barbados must never be made to forget the tyranny that existed under owen arthur.He can try to polish himself up as much as he wants, we the people of barbados will never forget that we ‘escaped like a snare from the hands of the fowler’.

    Free at last,free at last,thank God Almighty we the people of Barbados are free at last.

  29. We never thought the day would come when a Press Release would generate so much discussion. But then we know why don’t we? Mr. Eversley has listed the pressures which the journalists have had to work under the Arthur administration and this may well be so.

    We wish to put the other side to Mr. Eversley. Unity is strength in any profession learn for example from the the Bar Association who has been frustrating honest Barbadians victimized by some unscrupulous lawyers for years. The journalists in Barbados will NEVER be taken seriously until they can come together under an umbrella body. The Barbados Association of Journalist needs to be resuscitated and perhaps registered as a union. Unity is strength and when the journalists understand that just maybe they maybe able to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough.

    So Mr. Eversley someone above said that the DLP was blown into office on the back of the wind of change. It;s time to move on The PEOPLE are watching Sire! We are tired of the old politics. We are tired of new wine in old skins.

  30. Reudon Eversley

    J, I wish to take you up on another point you made in first your contribution. It is the following piece of advice: “Do your job as a journalist. Do an excellent job. Be so good at what you do that you are indispensible to your employer. And then let the chips fall where they may.”

    It is very clear, from the above, that you do not understand the local media environment. You can do an excellent job, yes, AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT STEP ON ANY PROMINENT PERSON’S TOES. History shows that no matter how excellent a journalist may be, he or she is indispensable if they do operate within the straight jacket they are given. Step outside, as I tried to do, and you court trouble. Fortunately, in my case, I had options. However, many journalists after they are fired don’t have them and they have to remain here and suffer.

    The Barbadian elite expects positive coverage all the time. The media’s role is to photograph them smiling at cocktail parties, playing golf, looking busy behind their desks, and occasionally handing out cheques for community causes. The minute anything negative is written, the usual threat is to withhold advertising. As a result, journalists practise self-censorship and tend to be cautious in what they write. You also have the draconian libel laws to deal with where a dead person can sue you for libel.

    Within three weeks of my arrival at the Advocate in 1997, there was political pressure being brought to bear from Roebuck Street for the dismissal of Clyde Mascoll’s sister, a senior reporter, for reporting David Thompson as saying in an interview that Barbados was in “a morass” under the BLP. The BLP took offense, put in their complaint and I had to stand up for her and explain to certain persons what journalism was really about. They eventually backed off. You were not supposed to criticize the BLP government. Criticize and it brought howls of protests and threats.

    I will give you another example. As editor, I had asked a senior reporter to produce a series of articles for the Sunday Advocate looking at what it meant to be white in Barbados. White and black Barbados are disconnected worlds, let’s face it instead of burying our heads in the sand. When I was at Foundation, there were white Barbadian students with whom I interacted on a daily basis. I knew them at school but never in their social setting. The series was meant to be informative and educational with the aim of allowing white Barbadians to tell and share the story of their experiences with black Barbadians.

    Much to the reporter’s disappointment, the series was brought to an abrupt halt after a certain influential white Bajan applied pressure behind-the-scenes, making the absurd accusation that we were looking to stir up trouble. Some uncomfortable information came out, yes, and I guess he did not like what he was seeing in the mirror. But the media’s job is not to alter reality. It is to present it as it is.

    My friend, J, practising journalism in Barbados is not like doing so in the UK, USA or Canada. The pressures are real, not imagined. You have to live it to feel it. And you cannot compare being a journalist with being a doctor. A doctor has the independence which a journalist does not have.

  31. Brutus


    You started your post by conceding that “Owen “cussed” a lot of journalists in Barbados”.

    I think that this is the behaviour that most of us find reprehensible and inappropriate. Whether or not Reudon Eversley was unprofessional on one occasion while he was being “cussed” by Owen seems to be of lesser importance.

    What about his charge of being persecuted by the BLP almost on a daily basis, while editor of the Advocate? Is this what we want for Barbados?

  32. J

    Dear Anonymous:

    I am not now nor have I ever been a member of any political party in Barbados or elswhere in the world.

    I have voted for the BPL umpteen times.

    I have voted for the DLP umpteen times.

    I intend to continue doing so. I think that they are both great (but not perfect) parties.

    Actually I don’t think that any party would accept me as a member because I am what my partner in life call a “divergent” thinker.

    Said partner sometimes also calls me a s@!* disturber.

    Parties do not like s!%& disturbing “divergent” thinkers.

    Good thing partner and I have been in love for a good long, long, time.

  33. J

    Dear Brutus:

    Of course we do not want politicians cussing journalists. I was NOT defending the cussing. But journalism is hard work. Journalists have to expect to get cussed from time to time. It is part of the job. A good journalist has to expect to have virtually no friends.

    Firemen get burnt.
    Policemen get shot
    Doctors, undertakers and priests have to get up out of their warm beds in the middle of the night.
    Mummies get peed on (regularly)
    Life is tough.

    Journalism is NOT for the faint of heart.

    When J’s children were at school J never wanted to hear Litle Johnny complaining that “the teacher don’t like me” J told the kids the teacher is not your mummy or daddy. The teacher ain’t supposed to like you. The teacher supposed to teach you, you Little Johhnny supposed to learn. Life is tough Little Johnny. Maybe the teacher don’t like you. So what?

  34. Anonymous

    So Mr. Eversley someone above said that the DLP was blown into office on the back of the wind of change. It;s time to move on The PEOPLE are watching Sire! We are tired of the old politics. We are tired of new wine in old skins.
    In every sphere of endeavour, you will get the head honcho dictating the final outcome. Even a simple scenario like a retail store. The sales person will try to sell an item at the price dictated by management, a friend of management will come in and say he want the item but he ain’t paying that amount and insist he want a discount on the agreed price but is sternly denied. The customer gets on his cell phone and speak to management and say that the sales person refused to give him a discounted price and the sales person is drawn over the coals. The worst form of corruption can be dispelled by the media due to its power in informing the public. This is the real world Reudon, just grow up and realise that journalism is filled with corruption from the top to the bottom and is due to corrupt business people, corrupt politicians and corrupt publishers. But again, not everyone is corrupt, can be corrupted or will allow others to corrupt them.

    And to Anonymous, who ever you are, please note that I know far more more than you on this subject. This is the behaviour with Bees and Dees, it is simply partisan journalism that have been affecting journalists for years, we need to move on in this dispensation, this is your favourite word Reudon. I will always be your friend. Take it from me and as a professional, waking up the dead brings more problems than solutions.

  35. Tell me Why

    The above post is mine.

  36. Tell me Why

    They have been pushing their BLP agenda while sanctimoniously pretending they are neutral – as if anyone believes them.
    Neutrality can be aligned to Dee or Bee according to the situation. My participation on the blogs ranges from politics to economics and the law to medicine. The only subjects that I don’t get involved are religion and race. We need to accept the other view instead of linking people to political parties.

  37. Tell me Why

    CORRUPTION WILL NEVER END – unless our politician embraced ITAL. Otherwise, we will be still talking about corruption when our kids are grandparents.

  38. Redds

    Reudon “long suffering “victimize” “enslaved” Eversley you are no more than a hypocritical, DLP political hack/yardfowl. The article in the Nation ” Stuart coup d grace” summed it up all for me, the name of your game is “political retribution” plain and simple. You talk about what your christian beliefs and upbringing wouldn’t make you do but now after Jan 18th you are an avenger and judge, even more bias and partial.

  39. Tony Hall

    Don’t go down that road!!! Owen Arthur and his thugs need to be exposed. A lot of sh** happened during the last two terms of the BLP. People were too afraid to talk because they feared victimisation on their families. I once had to speak to Ronald Toppin in a harsh manner about a matter he was not addressing in St. Michael North. I believe he is a decent man but my sister was so paranoid indicating to me that I don’t live in Barbados,and that when I go back to New York they might go after her and my brother by putting pressure on them at their respective jobs. Is this the type of Barbados we want to live in?

  40. i am fed up with dlp- blp and angry at the people of barbados you have the power to stop this mess you are the ones who put these people in power and then you are acting so surprise that you are getting screwd if you put mongoose in the chicken coope do you expect to find chickens and for years you are doing the same thing and keep crying coruption konwing that their all corupted

  41. it is so sad to see a proud nation going through this mess starving for leadership and the so call leadership could not lead them self out of a wet paper bag we the people of barbados do not realy know a bout pollitic i have not once heard a canidate say how he or she is going to make your househole better how there are going to protect your kids future ask our self are we selling our kids short

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