House Built Under The Owen Arthur Regime Is Perfect Illustration Of Barbados Government

barbados-houseYour BLP Government At Work!

Nice little house, don’t you think?

Built in 2007 under the Owen Arthur government, it looks a little unfinished – or perhaps we should say it looks like everything else the government has anything to do with.

But this particular house has one very special feature that is quite noteworthy and was undoubtedly approved by someone – given that it exists. I mean, somebody built it!

What is sooooooo special about this home?

Ian Bourne has the full photo at The Bajan Reporter blog.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION…

Do NOT go to Ian’s blog with a mouthful of beer or coke, because it will come up through your nose.  🙂

The Bajan Reporter: Bungalow House Build In Barbados Back In 2007 Under The Owen Arthur Regime

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16 responses to “House Built Under The Owen Arthur Regime Is Perfect Illustration Of Barbados Government

  1. J

    Not half as bad as the many primary schools which are built with a central courtyard. The principal’s office as it should faces into the courtyard. Then one or two or more of the other blocks of the school are built facing away from the central courtyard so that the principal and administrative staff cannot keep an eye on things if the classroom teacher is away for a minute or two.

    Many of these were built in the late 70’s or early 80’s (so called World Bank schools) that is long before Owen Arthur was ever elected to Parliament. So no we cannot rightly blame Owen Arthur for these things.

    Too manyof our MALE contractors and government and private sector contractors are stupid people who feel that they don’t have to listen to anybody. And BFP I have to tell you that SOME of the stupid people look like you do.

    These idiots do not understand that the only reason to build a building is to SERVE PEOPLE. They think that building buildings is only about engineering.

    I had not gone into a primary school yard between 1962 and 1986.

    Yet in 1987 the first time in years I set foot in a primary school yard I noticed the defect.

    And no I am not an engineer, nor architect nor builder.

    Yet I noticed that the DEFECTIVE layout of the buildings would hinder the principal and administrative staff from carrying out effective supervision (and then we ask how the youth get so?)

    You never noticed this defefct BFP??

    Nobody else ever notice it?

    Any of you have ever been a parent or a teacher, or ever minded anybody else’s child for more than 5 minutes?

    Do you understand the necessity of having as many people as possible keeping an eye on the children.

    And I bet that every single one of those contractors got paid.

    They should have been fired and sued.

  2. Sargeant

    I see some “storm carpenters” are still alive and active. Don’t know what a storm carpenter is? After Hurricane Janet in 1955 there were so many homes to repair that almost any one became a carpenter of sorts with some laughable results.

    After that if you built or repaired a home and anyone called you a “storm carpenter” that was a devastating critique of your work.

    Since we haven’t had any hurricanes for some time maybe someone could come up with a name befitting today’s lousy contractors. Since this was built under Arthur’s BLP, how about Arthur’s artisans?

  3. Hants

    @J

    Which Government was in power between 1976 and 1985 when the World Bank Schools were designed and built?

    Who were the Architects and Engineers?

  4. J

    I believe that Tom Adams’ BLP was elected to office in September? 1976.

  5. J

    I believe that Tom Adams’ BLP was elected to office in September? 1976.

    And Errol Barow’s DLP was elected to office in 1986.

    Errol Barrow died in May or June 1987 and Erskine Sandiford of the DLP became Prime Minister.

  6. BUMBLEBEE

    I wanted to leave a comment on The Bajan Reporter’s site but there was so much bureaurocracy in order to make a simple comment, I had to defer.

    Well, I suppose this is the way we do things in the Caribbean ? ? ? Most of our people are stuck in the Middle Ages and they are happy to be there… happy to know the earth is flat and we won’t fall off…. happy to trot off to ‘church’ every Sunday to “worship” the Comic Book Character who we have been brain-washed to believe lives somewhere “up there” and we only have to fall down on our knees and bow our heads and ‘pray’ to this imaginary figure and HE will intercede, stop the workings of Universal Law, and grant us our little biased wishes…

    Anyhow, just like the ‘Bridge to nowhere’ we heard about when Sarah Palin was running, we see there a “steps to nowhere.” Maybe it’s a stairway to the stars?

    Let’s build a stairway to the stars
    And climb that stairway to the stars
    With Love beside us
    To fill the night with a song
    We’ll hear the sound of violins
    Out yonder where the blue begins
    The moon will guide us
    As we go drifting along.

    Thank you Ella Fitzgerald.

  7. D Insomniac

    Anyone who has an idea about domestic construction knows that the steps are usually constructed last.
    I would therefore assume that the house was remodeled and the door shifted to increase the size of the kitchen.

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    BFP says,

    That sounds like a well planned out house, considering it is two years old.

  8. Attn – Bumblebee;

    Comments are easy to make on my blogsite, instructions are listed at top left hand, you just need to take the time and read – or you don’t like moderated comments?

    Mine have to be approved before they go on.

    Unlike the Bajan Global Report, they insist on your logging on before remarking and although I have a WordPress sign-in, it’s few and far when I leave a comment there

  9. PiedPiper

    Bumblebee: I’m glad you came over to pay us a visit. You’ll find that the Bible does not get continuously thumped over here.

  10. Sundowner

    Sargeant

    “Since we haven’t had any hurricanes for some time maybe someone could come up with a name befitting today’s lousy contractors. Since this was built under Arthur’s BLP, how about Arthur’s artisans?”

    I could give you the name of a lousy contractor!! may be there should be an official list of of bad contractors and their bad work somewhere to warn other unsuspecting people.
    We had to get someone else to finish our house and replace the bad work that was carried out.

  11. It amazes me that consecutive governments continue to allow this fleecing to happen. Anyway we can be sure that reports will be made, cabinet will again be reshuffled, fresh condemnations made, and then..guess what?! More reports! Action does not seem to be on the cards.

  12. passing thru

    “It amazes me that consecutive governments continue to allow this fleecing to happen”

    That doesn’t amaze me, GBL Blog. The system has no rules so when a government is elected it is a feeding frenzy. The BLP even paid for entire houses that weren’t built!

    DLP could press charges and arrest people but they won’t because the next time they are shoved out of government they will be treated the same way.

  13. Checkin-out

    Ian Bourne

    I agree that the original picture is hilarious and begs some of the questions asked on this and your blog.

    But could you give us some more specifics? Was the house built by or for Government as everyone seems to have accepted but which was not explicitly stated anywhere?

    The finished steps under the window suggests that these were done first, unlike typical Barbadian construction practices, and that the original planned site for the verandah was there. Then the verandah was constructed in the more traditional place near the road necessitating new steps that we now see under construction.

    Hope they demolish the old steps for security sake.

  14. sundowner - I agree!

    An Angie’s List for Barbados — only thing is the contractors, builders, plumbers, electricians themselves might post their own biased reviews!

  15. of interest

    On a different topic but related, Town Planning fees are supposed to be going up from the first of next month, in some cases by 800% does this mean greater efficency? does this mean a greater turn around time? just asking?

  16. Foolbert

    Of course not.

    Are you not paying more road tax and still driving on bad roads?

    This administration is sucking the life from the people. It has made life harder for people by increasing fees and taxes and doing precious little to bring the cost of living down.