Simply ‘fed up’

Retired couple explains why sign was mounted at Lowe’s home

A Christ Church East couple is challenging an account given by Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe in Parliament Wednesday to the effect that his private residence was recently defaced by supporters of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), amid the hype surrounding last Saturday’s national March of Disgust.

Making his contribution to the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure debate, Lowe reported that a “huge” sign, “laden with profanities”, was erected at his home, which boldly declared “Fed Up”, in keeping with the Opposition’s slogan “Step up if yuh fed up”.

In strongly denouncing the action, Lowe, who is the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East, had also warned that he was prepared to defend his property and person from any perceived threat.

However, while taking responsibility for placing the sign on Lowe’s gate last week, returning nationals Michael and Barbara Bryan, who are in their 60s, Thursday gave Barbados TODAY a completely different account of what had transpired at their MP’s home.

Chancery Lane North residents Michael and Barbara Bryan have been trying unsuccessfully to get their MP Dr Denis Lowe to attend to the overgrown bush in their community.

In fact, the retired couple said they were both “shocked” and “upset” after hearing the version of the story given by Lowe’s in Parliament on Wednesday, while making it clear that their action was neither politically motivated nor was there any profanity written on the sign that was left on the minister’s front gate.

The Bryans, who have been back home since 2003 but did not participate in the two subsequent elections in 2008 and 2013, said they were not affiliated with any political party.

However, they said they were motivated to mount the “small” sign on Lowe’s property in a last-ditch attempt to get his attention after years of complaining to him about overgrown access roads, poor lighting, poor garbage collection and drainage woes affecting them and other residents in the Chancery Lane community.

The “Fed Up” sign at Dr Denis Lowe’s house.

“I did not put the note there anonymously. I gave our address, asking him to please come see us and I also followed up with a note at the Constituency Office and spoke to the woman there. So I expected him to come and see us and do something about this. Instead, he used it as a grandstanding issue in Parliament, saying he would take any steps necessary to protect his property because I trespassed,” the wife said, while accusing Lowe of being disingenuous and of deliberately misrepresenting the facts in order to gain political mileage.

The overgrown bush.

The Bryans, who live in Fourth Avenue, Chancery Lane, said the general neglect of their area has been going on for several years. However, they complained to Barbados TODAY that none of their appeals to their parliamentary representative had been answered.

“We never get our streets cleaned and we have made several complaints to Mr Lowe’s constituency office. He is our representative and we expect something to happen and nothing has happened. We do not have a streetlight and we have been begging for one for the last 12 years. We have a safety issues because of the bush and we are concerned because it is so dark down here,” Barbara said.

The couple, who have opted to spend their golden years in Barbados after retirement in the United Kingdom, said that the situation was especially vexing, given that the streets in the nearby avenue in which Lowe resides, were in pristine condition.

“The 1st, 2nd and 3rd avenues all get cleared regularly, but the fourth gets neglected,” the woman claimed, while adding that they were forced to pull their own pockets to clear overgrown vegetation.

She emphasized that while Government workers were often seen cleaning the drains and clearing the streets in Lowe’s avenue, “we had our power lines come down due to vegetation overgrowth, which caused a power surge and damage to appliances.

“All of this happened after calls and urgent emails were sent,” she added.

The frustrated retiree also pointed out to Barbados TODAY a number of electrical poles which were leaning precariously in Fourth Avenue, Chancery Lane North, which is still under development, with a number of vacant lots.


colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

59 Responses to Simply ‘fed up’

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 17, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Wunna right to put the sign ⚠ dey, wunna should ah had a bigger one to block de gate. I bet you something will be done now.

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  2. Meakai March 17, 2017 at 12:59 am

    So wait, wunna tek down de huge, profanity laden sign and put up this small one?
    Now I know dat wunna doan mean to call de man a liar to he face, so somebody better produce de big able sign wid all de cuss words or I gine call e one behind he back.

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  3. Meakai March 17, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Awaiting moderation fuh wuh?
    Either one right and de other one wrong or there was another sign? Wunna should ask for evidence of the alleged sign.
    Do what wunna have to do. I done wid dat!

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  4. Ian D. Bourne March 17, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Cut the bush and put the trimmings on his driveway a la Murphy Brown Vs Dan Quayle

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  5. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 17, 2017 at 2:19 am

    He wanted attention but mek he self look like a total ass as usual glad these ppl spoke about wat happen cause d way d clown talk ya would feel he ain’t kno who or why it get put there,stupseee

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  6. Leroy March 17, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Dennis Lowe come out of this mess looking like Donald Trump

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  7. ch March 17, 2017 at 3:28 am

    He should be fired.

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    • miche March 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Now ,equality must reign,,,Per chance he was fired,,and the union called for a strike,,,would you support them,,,

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  8. Sean Gibbs March 17, 2017 at 3:28 am

    It is about time people start taking these no good politicians to task directly. All that happened is he is afraid that someone came to his house. The march has really woken people up and I hope this drives home the point that the are fed up and are not sitting down and taking their crap anymore. If he doesn’t want to deal with his constituents then he should go live on the moon.

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  9. jrsmith March 17, 2017 at 4:18 am

    My take , bajans need to protect themselves from our non productive untrustworthy politicians ,,, we need to have something in place to make politicians accountable to the tax payers , because daily we see how bajan people are ridicule by our politicians, some people since they cast they vote they areas are falling a part and they haven’t seen that member of parliament ………………………………………………………..
    Again i said we cannot allow our next generation to suffer the same fate by the hands of our politicians…………………….
    We the people of barbados ,need to have the power in our hands our (Continuances ) to be able to remove him/her from office after a vote of no confidence if carried , we must retake some control of our lives……………………………………………….
    All we the voters do is to secure these people jobs for political term and if they are failures , we cannot do nothing other than bear the pains…………………………………………….
    We are seeing daily how our politicians still haven’t drop the rum shop ball and bat attitude, this must end…………………

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  10. Wade Alleyne
    Wade Alleyne March 17, 2017 at 4:25 am

    This government, recognizing they will probably only secure two seats next year is on the verge of desperation and is pulling every tactic out of The Donald Trump playbook. What next? Accusing people of wiretapping? Man, hurry up and call de election, do…

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  11. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 17, 2017 at 4:51 am

    What do anyone in Barbados expect from the Low Lowe. This man is one of the people who needs to be thoroughly investigate as his sudden claim to riches happen too quickly. The man does not know how the tell the truth. He is unethical and vile, and had his Cahill deal gone through he would have been rich beyond his wildest dreams.

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  12. Kristal Hctabrebmuc
    Kristal Hctabrebmuc March 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I agree with the couple!

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  13. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy March 17, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Wow…..talk about “alternative facts’!!!!!

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  14. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 17, 2017 at 5:09 am

    And he in parliament saying Bee’s supporters put the sign there, knowing it’s not they official sign and he didn’t let the public know a contact number were on it. A complete set of liarers

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  15. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Talk about alternative facts..wonder how many others alternative facts he has told us in parliament…help us Lord

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  16. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Aint Denis Lowe suppose tuh be some kinda christian?

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  17. Juliette Coward-Kellman
    Juliette Coward-Kellman March 17, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I see a change in DEM future.

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  18. BaJan boy March 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

    The people of Christ Church east are represented by the most reprehensible,indifferent ,lying,dishonest,classless, uncaring,shameless,vulgar,unmanageable and senseless politician one can ever imagine. We all know exactly why he entered politics and he has succeeded way beyond the imagination of the people of the constituency and his own expectations. The guy now got a lot of money and is still angry with himself. For him to come before a nation on national television at such a serious time in our nations history and stand up to lie so boldly Denis Lowe is a dangerous man and is sure not worth to e in our parliament.
    We are seeing a level of gutter politics in our country that is surely not good for the next generation and is turning off decent people from even wanting to vote farless enter politics. This Demeocratic Labour Party government under classless Stuart,lying Sinkler indifferent Low,iliterate Blackett and Paul,clownish Ince and the rest of them bandits are all taking this politics to the gutter of no return.
    Barbadians must ensure that this election sees the largest turn in its history to ensure that the entire DLP is relegated to just where they have taken themselves. Errol Barrow and Kammie Tudor,Russell Lowe a decent Lowe John Yearwood,Boy Child Smith,Sir Frederick,Reynold Weekes,Winter Crawford these men have to crying not only for where they beloved party is to see the country they made so many sacrifices to build is being dismantled by a band of thugs masquerading in the name of their DLP.
    I literally cry for this country and also the uncaring ,classless few who are so blind that simply because they are enjoying a piece of their so called fatted calf they are satisfied to see this country over the precipice simply for a few dollars and with no regard for future generations.
    The politics of LIES,DECEIT and CROOKERY must come to and end now and bajans must take a stand and take back their country back.

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    • lester March 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      and do what baje, put in another set with the same credentials stupse do, all of them is the same thing

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  19. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett March 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Dem lying deceitful fake politician

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  20. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson March 17, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Well, if you can’t get an answer one way, you get it another.

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  21. R LeVere Harper
    R LeVere Harper March 17, 2017 at 5:58 am

    You see, his expectation was that he’s a minister so people will believe anything he says in Parliament!!! But those days are gone, people will say you’re a liar and use the media to let others know you have committed perjury!!! Minister don’t mean people scared of you, you work for us not the other way around!!!

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  22. Johnathan March 17, 2017 at 6:03 am

    We inherited a country better than our earlier generations and and they made sacrifices to ensure that happened. Will we leave this country better for the next generation sadly not and it is simply because of greed.I am ashamed to read this article if it is true and I have no reason to doubt this family to think that this indifferent lying despicable animal to come to a nation and do such is truly beyond and should not be taken likely. This indifferent group seems not to understand that they actions are affecting our lives and doing so in a most negative way. They will not call elections before next year as I think they understand what’s next to for them and despite the dangers on continuing as government they just do not care what happens to us.
    Their remarks during this appropriations bill were were so condescending they border on vulgar.
    If we look at Richard Sealy calling over ten thousand Barbadians ‘characters’ to Paul to Blackett’s threatening blood shed,to the boy Ronald Jones to Denis Lowe. The opposition leader in disgust threw away the poorly prepared estimates prepared by a poor RAKEY government but sadly she couldn’t stop the indifference and the unmannerly behaviours from these bunch of wild boys. Wonder how a decent man like Darcy Boyce or Maxine Mc.Clean feel among them and having to defend them with such indifference.

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  23. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith March 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Still don’t give them the right,to go on the man’s property to erect a sign,and to top it off with words that are affiliated with the recent protest march.
    They are wrong,even if he is not doing things in an efficient manner they do not have the right too erect the sign on his gate.

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    • Rad March 17, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Was there a no trespassing sign erected on his property? If so then I would agree with them not having the right to go on his property, speaking of… It looks from the photo, that his gate is only a few feet from the public road so I’m not sure if you can truly consider that trespassing..

      All the concerned residence did was leave a msg for the occupants of the property with their contact information, can’t see how that is criminal or even be considered vandalism..

      These concerned individuals have also tried other means to connect with the minister without success, I for one applaud their efforts and stick-to-itiveness to address a rather serious matter.. Which to date was done without any violence as threatened by the Minister, using the right to protect his property as an excuse to engage in such behavior..

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    • hcalndre March 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      @Michelle Griffith, you said that the couple is wrong, you would say that because you have probably live all you life in barbados. The entrance to his home should be block with bags of garbage and then you would see how things would change. So what if a sign was put on his fence, in order for the people of barbados to get these politicians to understand that they were elected by the people to do what`s right for the country, look at his mansion and I would like to see the one that he was raised in. These bajan politicians think that they are kings and barons because some of you make them feel that way by kissing up to them when they going in to parliament.

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  24. Johnathan March 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Denis Low mussy feel like a dog now..only thing he in got no shame at least he get some where to live now and treating the same people who cause he to get he rent now like dogs..

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  25. Jonathan Gonsalves
    Jonathan Gonsalves March 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    This is great!

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  26. Ralph White
    Ralph White March 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

    She might be a member of Blue Box Cart….would have to get that clarified by Our Tourism Minister! But I would like to thank her for choosing Barbados to spend her Golden Years in, and for the foreign exchange you would have invested here…

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  27. Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Pram, toys and spin.

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  28. chris hill March 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    well done people, show how thin this man is in the skin. there was no profanity, no cuss words just the pure truth “step up if ya fed up” seems to be rocking this party to the core. lets keep up the pressure on all of them till they are long gone.

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  29. just observing March 17, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Dennis Lowe, I will soon put a bigger sign at your gate. I have not had a garbage pick up now in 3 weeks. I do not live in your constituency but will find where you live.I will also leave my name, address and telephone number cause I fed up too! Have one for Michael Lashley too! Real potholes in my avenue and I paying Land Tax, Road Tax, PAYE and have to pay a private collector and buy shocks too? FED UP to the MAX !!

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  30. harry turnover March 17, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wonder if some a DEM realize that in a years time ALL AH DEM will be ordinary citizens like you and me and will be treated as such.
    I wonder if some ah DEM about 4 a DEM especially are taking note of what is going on.. on a troubling subject in this Country?
    Some ah DEM still feel that everybody in BIM is blind and deaf and foolish too and that EVERYBODY who opposes them have to belong to the BLP including the RATING AGENCIES.

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    • Coralita March 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      So wah, Duh pension SURE!!!!!

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  31. Bobolee Popo March 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

    ..Lord Mellody sang a calypso in which they is a line..
    “Sparrow has a gun”
    Barbara becareful..

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  32. Donild Trimp March 17, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Wait a minute.

    Is that the sign causing all this commotion?

    Loud sssstttuuupppeeeeesssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Sue Donym March 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Kudos to BT for letting us have the other side of the story!
    Good that the Bryans had the presence of mind and a wide angle lens to snap the “huge sign”. Although… some people have reported dreams that seemed completely realistic. Is there a doctor in the House?

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  34. Aneta March 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Bajan boy I like your comments. Lowe is low. He ain’t got no shame. Grand standing was all he was about to gain points. Lol. That did not happen. All he did was show his true colours once again. Ask him what happened with all the money he misappropriated that in his mother’s bank account and cannot access. Clown. I would keep my mouth shut if I was him.

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  35. cJWilliams March 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

    My Goodness tooooo much.
    I empathise with this couple coming home to enjoy their retirement and acting out the way thety would have in the UK.bu this is Bim the politicians are untouchable and will use some of their supporters to deliver their disgust If you had made all attempts to have your problem addressed then the next option would have been to turn to the opposition.
    The constituency council obviously do not work fairly in your area.
    He probably noted you did not vote in the last two elections so he is vex or dont care the irony is He is the Minister of the Environment. Deplorable.
    The PM and the Min of Tourism frequently have parties for Returning Nationals Crash one of them Write them
    Tell them this is not the Bdos you wish to relax in or

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  36. Ernesta March 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Mara can expect one too cause I have real overgrown by me. And unlike many in my area I am demanding representation. I too pay taxes and on the heels of the BLP protest I was not impressed with Mara’s ‘all of a sudden’ grandstanding. I would prefer her to remain silent rather that now behave like she think we are all fools

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  37. Harry March 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

    If we bajans continue to so passive then we will continue to suffer, always remember peaceful agitation will get the job done i.e Cahill & solid waste tax. Despite what the Govt says they never expected that the march would have been so well attended and it has them rattled – witness the lashing out by MPs.

    What Lowe said in Parliament is quite different from what this Lady reports, she admits that she put the sign there and of her efforts to contact Lowe unsuccessfully of course.
    Lowe is despicable, untruthful and worse and a fine example of what a “poor rakey” MP is.

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  38. No double standard March 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    No one has the right to go on anyone’s property and erect such a sign, rather they could have hold the sign and protest…it is trespassing and illegal

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    • hcalndre March 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      @No double standard, Its called Civil disobedience and its a misdemeanor, a judge would throw that out.

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  39. Smiley March 17, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Take the millions in kitty and spend some cleaning up the place you don’t want to prove people right hardly working millionaires

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  40. Monica March 17, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Why didn’t dirty, low down Lowe address the complaints instead of grandstanding in Parliament? He is dirty just like the gutters he’s in charge of.

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  41. Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

    @No double standard – I was watching all morning to see if anyone will say something with sense and not upholding wickedness. WELL DONE TO YOU. This couple or woman is clearly in UK MODE AND NOT bajan mode. There is no sweepers to clean any roads here, no brush clearing etc. ALL of us would like that service which comes at a price. ALL OVER BARBADOS GOT THE SAME ISSUES, NOT THAT IT SHOULD. YOU CANNOT GO UP ON A PERSON PROPERTY AND PUT NO SIGN ON THEIR GATE. THIS IS WRONG. WOE TO YOU WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL. I too am a returning national and I know things are not what they are like over seas. What would it be next a CROSS BURNING. If she had done this to me I would have sent her a lawyer letter. When in the UK you have to wait until your troth put or follow the correct channels to complain. You people will cry for the BLP doings too. Mark my words.

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  42. Manblack March 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Now with all this said de people of his constituency should picket in front of his home to drive home de message

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  43. Manblack March 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Picket his house , come out and expose de man …Now with all this said de people of his constituency should picket in front of his home to drive home de message

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  44. Harry March 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    from what i saw it does Not appear that the lady would have had to have trespassed on lowe’s property to place the sign on the gate you two may have missed the point. or perhaps your political leanings may distort your reasoning.

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  45. jrsmith March 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    As I said many times bajans needs protection , against our politicians, we want our culture back , we need our barbados back we need our bank back and we need to fight for our way of life … we need to be able to remove them from office , and I will say again we dont want to impose this on our new generation………..
    Their are getting away with everything , treating bajans as second class citizens………………………….

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  46. Garcia March 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    So a politician’s residence is supposed to be targeted? They were wrong for going to the man’s house and placing that sign on his gate whether they left a note saying who they were or not.

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  47. Sheron Inniss March 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I would not have done it the way they did. However I think we need to re-invent the wheel in Bim. Independents only wanted for the next election. That way the elected oned would not have to take sides. You don’t do the work you are paid to do it will be out goes you immediately. I can hope, can’t I?

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  48. Ernesta Catlyn March 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Jennifer are you well. What do you mean that the woman is clearly in UK MODE AND NOT bajan mode. There is (are) no sweepers to clean any roads here, no brush clearing etc. ALL of us would like that service which comes at a price – in the Uk don’t these services also come at a price? And why is the area in which the Minister lives so spotless – do you think he paid to have it so? NCC and Beautify Barbados were doing a wonderful job at keeping this country debushed and clean. As your government, what happened?

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  49. The Negrocrat March 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Now the idiot is aware of who placed the sign there. What is he gonna do ’bout it.
    STUPES

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  50. Andrew Simpson March 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    The Lord don’t sleep and we will all get our just reward.

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    • Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      You fu****g got that right. Well said, and soon too. For both the past and present things too.

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  51. turnoff DEM March 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    if this is debate only God can help us poorakhe Min. Lowe is the lowest of the low. You should be in the gutter there is nothing honourable about you. One would have thought that after his illness he would have repented. After voting for the DEMS on the last two occasions I now want to vomit. All of them are a pack of wolfs in sheep clothing. Steve Blackett shame on you, why not keep the same noise when innocent children are being molested every day in this country. Please leave the 13 year alone, he made you look foolish, you got what you did not expect-Retard. Kellman should be in the mental, Michael Lashley is a fraud licking the white man . Chris is the minister of fine ants eating away at what little Bajans have he is leading us in the direction of Venezuela. Mr Inniss needs to stop talking people are getting tired of hearing you go fly a kite. Fooldel Stuart is arrogant and proud of it, but we will beat them with our X, cant wait to see this bunch of hog wash drown in their own cesspool.

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  52. Lorenzo March 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Jennifer I said before you are a Dem and your comments confirm it .What are the couple to do suffer in silence?Mr lowe is their representative who they were trying to contact unsuccessfully.they did what they had to do.not surprised to see Corlita,s commentanother Dem.

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