Solutions Barbados way to go, says Phillips

Founder of Solutions Barbados Grenville Phillips II

With both the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) having struggled to manage the country’s economy over the past five decades, now is the perfect time for Barbados to embrace a new political party.

That is the opinion of Grenville Phillips II, founder of the island’s newest political party, Solutions Barbados, who has argued that since 1966 and under the administration of the DLP and BLP, Barbados had accumulated over $10 billion in debt.

Speaking at the party’s launch at the Combermere School Hall on Thursday night, he described efforts by both parties to boost the island’s economy as, “inefficient, wasteful, expensive and financially unstable, while adding to our national debt.”

“After 50 years of trying we should be financing our development through tax revenues. Instead, we are almost out of options,” he lamented.

And while he contended that a third party was very much needed, he said there was a need for new blood to enter the fray.

“If a third party is composed of people who are just as capable as those in the existing parties, then we should not expect any improvements,” Phillips added.

He argued that Barbados’ economy should be managed by persons with experience in successfully implementing investment ideas, as well as growing a local economy.

The structural engineer revealed that with Barbados’ debt at 135 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there was a desperate need for the most capable people to “be at the proverbial wheel”.

He warned that both Guyana and Jamaica’s GDP were similarly high when their dollars were devalued.

Phillips said Guyana’s debt was 135.7 per cent GDP in 1998, while in 2013 Jamaica’s was 135.5 per cent.

Among Solutions Barbados’ plans to help improve the economy is to privatize the public transportation system and the sugar industry, make taxes more affordable and establish a new national bank.



14 Responses to Solutions Barbados way to go, says Phillips

  1. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister April 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Lord help us… this is supposed to be a solution?….

  2. jrsmith April 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I totally agree with the gentle man, but to consider a new political party in Barbados , a proper name is required and changing the political infrastructure of Barbados ,which is top heavy by at least 30% and very very non productive .. I would definitely join a new party but the party must have the financial clout to be the first ever real political establishment party in Barbados and the region. I could see myself risking some serious dollars, if the right people can be found. I will watch this space…

  3. Olutoye Walrond April 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Yes, Mr. Phillips, development is a struggle; and I’m sure you didn’t mean to suggest we have not advanced. It is true that with a little more vision we could have been further, but certainly there has been progress.

    The question is: what new skills and abilities will you and you team bring to the table.

  4. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons April 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    First Hammie La old people parliament and now solutions Barbados. I think Laff-It-Off need to copyright their production because now everybody trying to mimic their comedy.

  5. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin April 9, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Barbadians need another bunch of politicians like we each need a hole in our heads

  6. Les Carr
    Les Carr April 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Where will the broken hearts go?

  7. J. Payne April 9, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    New parties are crated in T&T on the regular. Why not Barbados?

  8. seagul April 10, 2016 at 5:01 am

    The harder they come………fall.
    Deeper S—-Ajani

  9. Andrew Simpson April 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

    The solution for Barbados economic management lies in less politics. A new direct participatory model must be designed, possibly on a digital platform, using modern information and communications technologies to provide an enabling environment where all participants are fully developed; and fairly rewarded in a competitive free market service economy.
    The sooner we recognize that greater individual responsibility is required in our everyday lives; that the few can no longer be expected to effectively act in the best interests of the many, the sooner we will be a truly independent nation. A system encouraging right behaviors must replace what we now have.
    Prosperity will come when we invest our time and talents to efficiently generate future returns; not by wasteful ly creating more debt for our children. We must ditch the “fast dollar” mentality.

  10. Alex Alleyne April 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    what BDS need is a NEW LAW that will lock up politicians that waste public funds.

  11. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man April 10, 2016 at 10:48 am

    waste of time

  12. Nathaniel Samuels April 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I laud your effort in bringing something new to the table but you really must come good. To state that both parties have ‘struggled to manage the country’s economy over the past five decades, now is the perfect time for Barbados to embrace a new political party’. What will this new political party bring that is so beneficial and awe-inspiring to the masses? Can we have a recall when you fail to deliver? There are a lot of questions that will be asked of you and your team so prepare for the grilling to show that you can be any different. By the way, both parties have at some time made progress; something which has been and is acknowledged by not only Barbadians and regional persons but also by the international community. Try not to sell us short as you try to make your lame point.

  13. Historic Bridgetown
    Historic Bridgetown April 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    The real solution the only one that can actually work. We have lost confidence in Barbados as a sovereign country and it needs to be replace by our solution not any other political party.

    Breaking news of a new island formed to the east of Barbados in the Atlantic Ocean after the eruption of an underwater volcano 6 years ago.

    Images have emerged of the island’s surface about 35 miles north-East of the Barbadian capital, Bridgetown on googles maps.

    The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the Caribbean the official source of information for earthquakes and volcanoes in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean have said that heavy cloud coverage in that area maybe the reason that the island, have only now been spotted.

    The island – which is 5 times the size of Barbados, was formed after an eruption of underwater volcano Kick em Jenny that started in December of 2010.

    Kick em Jenny is a submarine volcano located 8km north of Grenada erupted for the second time in five years in December 2010, the volcano last historical earthquakes in 1839 and 1843 in this region are possibly the same megathrust earthquakes along the geologically complex southern boundary where the Caribbean Plate interacts with the South American Plate forming Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago and other island all on the Caribbean Plate.

    The Rt Hon. Freundel Stuart prime minister of Barbados is said to be in urgent talks at an emergency meeting at Government Head Quarter involving members of parliament and high level official on discussions to claim the Island as belonging to Barbados. The nearest country to the island is Cape Verde on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Private interested have been shown in this new island also and a consortium of top construction magnets are seeking to break a historic deal with the Freundel Stuart administration to lease and develop the island from Barbados creating a new virtual country and economy of the island.

    Please share this is the only way this project can get any further.

  14. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister April 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Barbados needs dedicated conscientious people to be in government. People who will not be in it for themselves


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