Useless Barbados Environment Minister Should Be Sacked – Along With A Few Others

Some observers believe Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Environment, may have too much on her plate and could well see her responsibilities reduced…

… from the Nation article New-Look Cabinet Coming

Can Anyone Name One Real Achievement In Eleven Months?

Oh yes, Minister Byer-Suckoo obviously has too much on her plate because other than a series of public speaking engagements she has accomplished nothing in eleven months. Nothing.

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - Byer-Suckoo is All Talk, Zero Action

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - Byer-Suckoo is All Talk, Zero Action

Let’s consider the Environment Ministry position, shall we?

New legislation to set handling and disposal standards for toxic chemicals like those that resulted in the closing of Louis Lynch school?

Nothing

Petroleum pipeline standards that would require companies to measure transmission losses on a daily basis to detect pipeline leaks – to prevent another pipeline leak from going undetected for months as happened with Shell?

Nothing.

Targeting of the Top 10 polluters on Barbados to document, educate, notify and then charge?

Nothing.

New Environmental Legislation of any kind?

Nothing.

Major educational and enforcement efforts introduced to stop the island-wide littering that is destroying our value as a tourist destination?

Nothing.

Let’s Not Forget That David Thompson Didn’t Think The Environment Was Important Enough To Have A Dedicated Minister

The only real Environmental “accomplishment” of the DLP Barbados Government in the last 11 months has been HARMFUL to the environment. The DLP government passed a development plan that would allow commercial and residential construction on the Graeme Hall wetlands buffer zone.

That is the sum total of what your Barbados Government has accomplished in the last 11 months in respect of the environment!

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40 responses to “Useless Barbados Environment Minister Should Be Sacked – Along With A Few Others

  1. permres

    A very interesting and perceptive lead, BFP. I look forward to informed and enlightened responses. If they are not forthcoming, it may be that you have hit the nail on the head and and many are limping away nursing their injuries. We hope not!

  2. reality check

    The main difficulty in a democracy is that people are elected to office who have no experience or skill sets to take charge and run anything.

    Making things worse is a bureaucratic overlay ( a legacy curse from Britain ) of the civil service who do what they want because they will be in their jobs long after the politicians have been changed by the electorate.

    Thompson will now have a good idea of who is all talk and who, if any, can really do something that is meaningful.

    Unfortueately, he won’t have many people to rely on. Like Obama he may have to look beyond his elected members and call on Senators and the like..

  3. dogbitemuh

    Did you think there would be.

  4. CENTIPEDE

    Is this a case where a pretty face could not launch a thousand ships?

  5. Hants

    I would encourage BFP, Marcus and Cliverton and the serious contributors to this blog to spend the next week studying and discussing the world economy.

    Barbados cannot be left untouched by a worldwide recession.
    Our only hope is for the miracle of a very short recession.

    Realistically it will last a couple years.

  6. J

    BFP wrote “That is the sum total of what your Barbados Government”

    Are you sure that you do not mean OUR Barbados government?

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

    BFP says,

    My, my, my, aren’t we picky today? Do you suppose the writer might have been addressing the DLP members? Or perhaps they felt like disowning their own support for the Thompson government?

    Why don’t you write a 1000 word essay on this serious failing of the BFP author who wrote this?

  7. Sad To Say

    Any guesses as to who will be minister of this and minister of that after Thompson’s address to the country tomorrow night?

    I suspect that Donville Innis will become a full minister – Minister of International Trade and the Diaspora

    There is a fat chance that he will downsize Estwick.

    He may make Byer-Suckoo MOH

    He will make Ralph Taylor a Senator and he will become MOT. He will remove international trade from Boyce and combine it with Tourism.

    Sealy will replace Suckoo at Ministry of Environment and Youth Affairs

    Hutson will be relieved of his duties. He will be repaced by Irene Sandiford

  8. Anon

    This Govt. seems to be working in slow motion.

    We can’t even get the libary open.

  9. Hopefully

    I Asiba -The Buffalo Soldier will be appointed senator and put in charge of the ministry of culture

    somehow that seems to rhyme

  10. Sundowner

    Sad to Say,
    I really hope you’re wrong about Ralph Taylor, he’s full of hot air, if it helps his business OK, but damn everyone else.

  11. Partial

    In addition to that, he continues to bring in foreign white chefs at Almond Beach and Casuarina when local chefs have been acting in the positions and getting the job done well.

  12. passin thru

    Excellent article.

  13. bushtea

    BFP

    I agree with the facts of the article.

    Now tell me – on what basis did we select Byer-Suckoo? because you are hung up on the Graham Hall swamp saga? It that not a bit petty?

    You tell me of ANY high level manager or leader in Barbados who have accomplished ANYTHING creative, new, or ingenious in the last 10 months.

    Leadership in this place is all about providing creative excuses for failure. The truth is that Byer-Suckoo does that with more charm and poise than almost anyone else. Why pick on her?

    What about those jokers who do not even provide any excuses or does it in poor taste…..

    If we are fair, and start firing people who do not perform, unemployment in this place will be 80%.

    …tell the truth, compared to last year I am beginning to wonder about wanna at BFP…. wanna best pull up wanna socks, these excuses ’bout Cliverton this, and Robert that, ain’t really cutting it… LOL

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    Hello BushTea

    BFP has always been “hung up” on the environment and all environmental issues. The lack of standards for the use and disposal of chemicals in Barbados is a disgrace. The lack of enforcement against persons who dump garbage anywhere is turning this island into anything but a tourist destination.

    Our main economic pillars are tourism and offshore banking – both of which rely upon a clean environment and public safety (which is why we also called for more money and a better police force since day one)

    Byer-Suckoo and her government have accomplished zero for the environment in almost a year.

    Name one real thing that the DLP government has accomplished regarding the environment! Go ahead… try!

    This blog has been hard on environmental issues since day one. Read our archives and you will see hundreds of articles about the environment that have nothing to do with Graeme Hall. Your attempt to spin our article on Byer Suckoo reveals that you have an agenda that has nothing to do with the subject of this government’s performance on the environment.

  14. Eye95

    Dr. Ester Byer Suckoo was supposed to be the face and image of the DLP. Her frequent press appearances mean that she became stale in less than a year, joust like her party.

    She was assigned ministerial responsibility for Family (eventhough her values on that subject are questionable).

    Environment ( but feels that fridge plugs should be pulled out when not in use – as a strategy to save on Barbados’ energy bill)

    Sports (to protect Ronald Jones and so he would not have to resign as President of the BFA) and Youth.

    What heavy work load when the woman has always been the Barbadian version of Sarah Palin.

  15. Hants

    Interesting theory on the world economic meltdown

    http://www.maybememe.com/post/60905775

  16. Politically Incorrect

    Seems to me a few months ago David, on your sister website thought Ms.. Suckoo-Byer was the greatest thing since “sliced bread”.

    I think that men in general need to be very careful not to allow their lust to take over common sense when it comes to politicians. Sarah Palin is a case in point.

    It would appear that the successful women politicans of our time: Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, did not attempt to set themselves up as sex symbols but rather used their cerebral abilities.

  17. Hants

    The biggest problem facing Barbados is the debt left by the BLP.

    The second is the impending 30% drop in Tourist arrivals and the potential failure of some of the “Offshore” companies in Barbados caused by the Worldwide Recession.

    Spend for Christmas, keep piece a change for next year and hope the recession does not last long..

  18. Eye95

    Hants,

    THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING BARBADOS IS THE DLP, WHICH DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS DOING!

    Stop looking for a scapegoat! What debt left by the former BLP Government?

    In 2006 when the DLP was talking nonsense about the debt, the Nation newspaper of November 28, 2006 quoted economist Professor Frank Alleyne as saying that Barbados was not then in a debt crisis, contrary to what was being said by the then Opposition DLP.

    He said that he had done and analysis and dismissed claims about a crisis as unfounded.

    The retired University of the West Indies academic and “strong dems” went on to explain that he was not worried about Barbados’ debt, noting that if it had been consumption that was not building capacity, he would have been concerned.

    In fact he said: “Much of that construction is in building capacity in the tourism and hospitality sectors and related ancillary facilities.

    On the South Coast you will see the transformation in the hotel plant taking place. We did quite a bit of work modernising the airport and seaport.

    That is the type of infrastructural activity which will redound eventually to supporting the activities of the tradable goods sector.”

    Don’t get paranoid about the national debt, 30 per cent of Barbados’ debt is external and, most importantly, is manageable.

    In some countries any debt incurred by the national insurance agency or social security agencies was not counted as national debt. Here we have over $1 billion of our national debt coming from national insurance.

    What the Dems must never forget is that in 1991 it borrowed money in England at an interest rate of 13 per cent.

    The BLP tried to get that loan rescheduled but to no avail. That loan will remain part of the national debt for the next ten years.

    While the DLP is cutting wage and sending home people, the BLP used its time in office to cut taxes and create jobs.

    When the BLP was in office, the national debt stood at an estimated 71 per cent of the value of Barbados’ gross domestic product (GDP).

    The former government made a commitment to bring that down to 60 per cent by 2012. To do this, it agreed that it would not engage in net additional external borrowing over the period 2007 to 2012.

    Up comes the DLP, which does not know what it is doing and seeks to borrow money (create more debt) to solve debt?

    Hants, are you people aware that next Tuesday, the DLP will go to Parliament to amend the Special Loans Act, Cap. 105 of the Laws of Barbados, to increase the limit which the Government can borrow from $500,000 000 to $1 500 000 000?

    The BLP left $2.2 billion in foreign reserve. The Dems licked-out $129 million in ten months and all you can see them doing is travelling overseas and buying expensive cars?

  19. Wunna like dah nuh

    The biggest problem facing Barbados is the fact that we all seem to think that the world recession will by pass us. We are going to be in for a rude awakening as the gov’t continues to operate as though it’s still the opposition. Come on we elected a new government start to do some work.

  20. Sad To Say

    BFP: Let us have the realigned Thompson cabinet. This should make for interesting discussion.

  21. Hants

    Ms.. Suckoo-Byer Sports youth and family

    Estwick economic affairs trade

    Lowe Environment

    Donville inniss Minister of Health

    Sinckler Social care rural development

  22. Hants

    Benn Agriculture

    Maxine McClean Minister of foreign affairs

    George Hutson International Business and International Trade

    Darcy Boyce Finance Telecommunications

    My apologies for any mistakes regurgitating what I heard on VOB David Ellis.

  23. Hants

    My apologies for not naming Ministers by their full title. No disrespect intended.

    I am not a journalist nor a stenographer.

    Besides I just had a Vodka and ginger ale and de head a little light.

  24. Hants

    Could somebody tell the BLP that they are not in power except on VOB.

    David Ellis is giving Dale Marshall a free political broadcast out of politeness.

    The BLP must make it clear to Barbadians if they are willing to let the democratically elected Government of Barbados do their job.

    The people of Barbados voted by majority to elect the DLP.

    The BLP is refusing to accept the will of the people.
    I thought it was only OWING who wanted to be in the words of Sylly G aka royalrumball “Prime Minister for Life and Father of First world Barbados.”

    It seems the BLP wanted to be Government for Life.

    Sorry but the Electorate has spoken.

  25. Donald Duck, Esq

    they still leff blackett at culture!!!

  26. Donald Duck, Esq

    George hutson is international transport ( not trade, Hants) and international business.

    I wonder who got trade and commerce

  27. armchair critic

    One must really wonder as to what the PM is really thinking. How could he possibly move Chris Sinckler, one of the only ministers that not only was successfully executing his job but knew what his job was about. This is no time in global trade relations for on the job training.

    Sinckler is a qualified trade specialist and someone we as Barbadians could have justifiably felt proud of for representing this country admirably and with the requisite experience and knowledge required at the world stage.

    Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade are not ministries to play Russian Roulette with. It is the interface between a country and the wider world….

    To demote a man for doing his job is a most peculiar thing…..

  28. Cliverton Not Signed In

    Hello BushTea

    BFP has always been “hung up” on the environment and all environmental issues. The lack of standards for the use and disposal of chemicals in Barbados is a disgrace. The lack of enforcement against persons who dump garbage anywhere is turning this island into anything but a tourist destination.

    Our main economic pillars are tourism and offshore banking – both of which rely upon a clean environment and public safety (which is why we also called for more money and a better police force since day one)

    Byer-Suckoo and her government have accomplished zero for the environment in almost a year.

    Name one real thing that the DLP government has accomplished regarding the environment! Go ahead… try!

    This blog has been hard on environmental issues since day one. Read our archives and you will see hundreds of articles about the environment that have nothing to do with Graeme Hall. Your attempt to spin our article on Byer Suckoo reveals that you have an agenda that has nothing to do with the subject of this government’s performance on the environment.

  29. Hants

    @Cliverton Not Signed In

    Dr.Dennis Lowe is the new minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage.

    Clearly the Government is treating the Environment very seriously.

  30. Hants

    A Cabinet shuffle is good for several reasons.

    After 14 years in opposition it takes a little time to adjust to governing.

    More importantly, the world has changed dramatically in the last year.

    I hope that my fellow bloggers also read news about other parts of the world.

    There is a concerted effort by the BLP to bring down the Government starting with paid political messages after Brasstacks on VOB.
    Tonight the Dale Marshall attack dog response to the Prime Minister within 15 minutes of the announcement.

    I hope the Ministers will all perform well because Barbados is going into recession just like the rest of the world.

  31. Mac

    Both governments have paid lip service to environmental concerns. You have companies in the recycling business who cannot get any concessions on diesel,machinery or trucks. One company alone diverts over 98 million pep bottles from the dump and government aint assisting in the initiative. NCC puts grass in garbage bags to be dumped.

  32. Inkwell

    Hants made a provocative statement:

    “The biggest problem facing Barbados is the debt left by the BLP:.

    Eye95 took him up on it with what appears to be facts and Hants appears to have conceded without a whimper.

    C’mon Hants, your reputation is at stake here.

  33. bushtea

    @Cliverton not signed in

    Clive, you like you still overhung from the Friday night drinking spell yuh!!
    What scene you on?

    If you re-read Bush Tea’s post on this matter (after a strong cup of coffee) you will see that I agree whole heartedly with your assessment.

    The POINT of my submission was that NOWHERE in government or indeed in any area of senior management in this country have we seen a strong focus on dealing with issues, solving problems or creative innovation.

    So my question was – WHY SUCKOO? Why not Thompson, Boyce (either one of the two) Jones, or anyone else?

    I suggested that it was because of your particular interest in Graham Hall – and that it may be petty to pick on her alone, because of that BFP interest.

    Come to think of it Clive….. name one thing that BFP has accomplished in the last 10 months…. Go ahead… try! …. LMAO!!

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

    BFP Says,

    george here. One thing BFP accomplished in the last 10 months? Easy! BFP firmly established its total independence from any political party and surprised DLP supporters who now attack us for criticizing their governing party. After the election was won these DLP supporters fail to hold their DLP government to the same standards they called down the BLP for!

    You have your interests bushtea. We have ours and the environment is one of our big ones right after corruption issues and accountability for government officials.

    We are big fans of Graeme Hall in the context of our larger environmental concerns. That has always been. You have a problem with that. tough.

  34. bushtea

    @George,
    (….by george, Bush tea was only kidding… )
    But are you serious about THAT accomplishment?

    What accomplish What?!?

    dat sound like bare talk…. Independence my foot!!!

    Wanna used to ‘buse both the DLP AND the BLP before election – that aint nothing new…(why you think we did like wanna?)

    I thought that I would be hearing about a monthly print edition; or that BFP would have started a special educational forum to deal with the matters currently being hidden in so -called town house meetings; or that a special forum would be started to keep track on those jokers in positions of authority who do no do squat for their salary…..

    Man what independence from DLP what?!?

    …and for the last time I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH YOUR STAND ON THE ENVIRONMENT OR SUCKOO – as long as you have declared your bias.

  35. Hants

    @ Inkwell

    eye95 mussee right. I am sure he /she is far better educated than me.

    I guess I made a mistake.

    Doan worry. Be happy. Yuh living in Utopia.

  36. Hants

    For the record.
    @ George who says.

    “surprised DLP supporters who now attack us for criticizing their governing party. After the election was won these DLP supporters fail to hold their DLP government to the same standards they called down the BLP for!”

    I think you can understand why some of us DLP supporters are willing to give the new administration time to adjust after being in opposition for 14 years.

    So far this Government has done a reasonable job in a sudden volatile economic environment.

    It is up to you BFP and the BLP supporters to attack the DLP and I respect your right to do that.

    I will continue to support the DLP and BFP.

  37. Eye95

    Hants,

    The Cabinet reshuffle is nothing more than a political diversion and distraction tactic, which highlights the desperation of a failing, stale and tired Government, to buy another honeymoon or more time.

    It will not achieve the objective of down-playing the fact that: thousands more have been placed on the breadline since June; the cost of living remains high, that Barbadians are still being priced-gouged on petroleum products and land tax, while inflation remains high.

    Barbadians have long said that the DLP is doing a poor job, especially having failed to deliver on its “100-day” promises.

    This was a salvage job and a distraction tactic within a distraction tactic, where Thompson purported that he was settling the leadership crisis within his party, but was really firing Ministers who forget who they are elected to empower.

    The DLP’s world will crumble even faster now that a person who did not face the polls – has been elevated to occupy the number three spot in the party’s pecking order as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    This is not an exercise in the national interest but an attempt to win the next election by assigning the DLP’s most political savvy person, essentially as: Minister of slush funds and pork Barrel.”

    Still the reshuffle is more about what is not seen than what is. It therefore serves as an attempt by stealth – to protect Barbadians from DLP Ministers.

    Immigration was rescued from Maxine McClean. A lot of trouble for a person who did not face the polls! This rescue attempt therefore serves as a vote of no confidence in many who did.

    Since Thompson has no confidence in DLP Parliamentarians, why should the electorate?

    Consistent with his name, Lowe has been fired and essentially reassigned: Minister of gutters, gullies, flooding and cesspool water.

    Donville Inniss has been assigned Minister of Health but only because you could not have a person who did not face the polls getting a full Ministry and not him.

    After Monday, there will still be grid-lock on the roads, the wait in the Accident & Emergency Department will still be too long and there will still be a cost overrun at the Ministry of Community Development and Culture – by virtue of a person bring paid Minister’s salary to do a fifteen-minute per day job.

    Nurses, teachers and the police will be no closer to getting the increased pay or duty free cars they were promised. The DLP will still not build the 2000 houses it promised this year, the $40 million revolving loan for first time home owners with five years service will not, Ministers will not declare their assets, the Agriculture Protection Act will not come, neither will integrity legislation.

    Barbadians are still no better positioned to deal with “Thompson’s manufacture meltdown of the Barbados economy” and your dollar will still buy less than it did last week.

    With the DLP as the Government, but does not know what it is doing, David Thompson said Barbadians should pray. Barbadians should take heed. Worst is yet to come, but the DLP has no answers!

  38. Eye95

    The DLP’s Column in todays’ Advocate is as empty as the heads of Cabinet Ministers, which is posing major headaches for Thompson.

    The column is unpatriotic; does not have a message of hope and lacks inspiration.

    Having read that DLP’s trademark, partisan; political trash – no one should be surprised why the DLP is in crisis.

    It is more of the same though it would be interesting to know: where is the “change” that Barbadians were promised?

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