DLP statement on Tom Adams Memorial Lecture 2017

The following statement was issued today by General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) George Pilgrim.

FULL TEXT OF STATEMENT

A general election will be called in Barbados in the coming months. The people of Barbados will be asked to choose between candidates from different political parties.  The recent comments on public transportation from a key spokesman on economic policy from the Barbados Labour Party provides voters with a clear example of the philosophical divide between the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party. The guest speaker, who is a key person in the Barbados Labour Party economic team, sought to link the amount of cars on the road to a reduced need for access to public transportation. The logic of the statement is that because more Barbadians now own cars, it is legitimate to privatize public transportation and put hundreds of hard working public sector workers on the breadline.

The irony of the statement being made is that the lecture was held in the auditorium of the Barbados Workers’ Union. The very same movement that embraces the Transport Board as a bastion of support and yet not a word from the Councils of the union.  The alliance of party and union has been so real that a threat to the union membership can be issued on the grounds of the BWU.

The Democratic Labour Party is asking the public to dissect the speech delivered by the spokesperson on Finance and acknowledge the Opposition’s loud calls for a return to the failed Edu Tech programme and a relationship with the road building company of 3 S. Two distinguishing features of the former administration which help to define their politics of inclusion.

The Opposition’s slip is beginning to show as the declared intentions towards the Treasury are now public. The spokesman in a very cavalier manner addresses the issue of flyovers bridges and tunnels as if these are obtained in LEGO Land.

He states…..

“If physical infrastructure improvements are required whether flyovers, bridges tunnels …let us get them done and move on …. If it meant introducing a toll system, that measures should be taken ..”

The DLP is pilloried by special interest groups for keeping the International Monetary Fund at bay, we are balked at for keeping jobs and marched against for spreading the responsibility of taxes.  However, without telling Barbadians how funds are going to be raised, a key opposition spokesman is rolling out a suite of major expenditures, while hinting at a toll tax.

The Democratic Labour Party is on record as reminding Barbadians, the government is focused on finding ways and means of spurring growth. It is within this context we sought to develop two new sectors the Renewable Energy, Cultural Industries and the internationalization of education through off shore medical schools.

We will not allow a narrative which seeks to erode the gains made in the toughest of times by a small section of Barbadians who feel entitled.

The Democratic Labour Party is committed to maintaining public sector jobs, and to finding financially responsible ways to ensure those who can’t afford a car, or choose not to have a car have access to decent and affordable public transport. The divide and the choice is clear. We shall continue to preserve your jobs.

78 Responses to DLP statement on Tom Adams Memorial Lecture 2017

  1. Bajan Mongoose
    Bajan Mongoose October 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    To preserve what jobs? Y’all sent home over 4000 people! Don’t be talking nonsense Pilgrim.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete October 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      A way of not totally sinking the economy could be to go through all people employed by government, as some have husband and wife both working for the government. Once that is done plan for 18 months of if both in one family not losing their job but work three weeks per month not four figure out how many millions of dollars that would save. Review at 18 months if mo et saved on wages is working but debt not payed continue the working for 3 weeks not 4 weeks for another 12 to 18 months. It is a challenge but keeps people employed and economy moving as if 4000 people were to become unemployed that will also affect retail businesses like grocery clothing etc and every other aspect of doing business here. There should also be same plan for the oversized cabinet too 3 weeks not 4 weeks and no wage increases during this time. Prior to doing this pay up wage increases owing to employees then get the work three weeks per month started asap.

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  2. Oliver Smith October 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    lol! You serious George Pilgrim? The Transport Board is a disgrace. You have made it worse than it ever was. 2 hours before I can get a bus to get to work and up to 4 hours wait before I get home on evenings. That is 6 hours of mine time wunna tiefing every day.

    You really feel I think wunna got a plan? Wunna driving ’bout Range Rovers and Mercedes. He who feel it knows it.

    Furthermore, my daughter loss she job because she could not get to her work place in time. She needed to take two buses and even if she catch the first bus on mornings she could not get in for 8 o’clock.

    Don’t talk to me ’bout no financially responsible ways after wunna wreck the country.

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  3. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    And after the elections I 2018, 8000 will probably go home, cuz they have no other way out.

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  4. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    You shut to RH up, it better did cause the public in no better off now.

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  5. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis October 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Conscience is dead. Decent transport?

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  6. John Everatt October 14, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Yes Mr. Pilgrim, that is precisely the problem. We can not continue to live beyond our budget. We can not afford to keep all these civil servants employed especially when they produce so little. So your belief is that there should be no reduction in the size of the civil service. Pray tell how do you plan on reducing government expenditure? And all these boards and government owned corporations are consuming millions of dollars every month. The CBC should have been sold years ago when it was actually worth something. Now there are very few advertisers willing to pay to run ads there so government must kick in to keep it running. The transport board is a mess but yet you seem to overlook this. Do you have some kind of secret plan to get it working again? Noooooo Mr. Pilgrim, the people of this country are tired of hearing all the lies from you and your prime minister and the whole dishonest bunch of you.

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  7. Roy Benjamin
    Roy Benjamin October 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    The silly political season has truly started.

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  8. Roy Benjamin
    Roy Benjamin October 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    What I find absolutely amazing is that Barbados Today misquoted Ryan Straughn. He never talked about selling the Transport board as their article said. And, just like the Nation misquoted Mia Mottley on that infamoue “ashamed” statement, the Dems have zoned in on it to confuse people. I truly wonder if these two news organisations are in cahoots with the Dems to make the BLP look bad. This is truly a sad day for Barbados.

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    • Pullhead Davis
      Pullhead Davis October 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Don’t worry we have the actual speech on social media so his fake statements will be exposed plus he and truth don’t speak

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    • Donna Husband
      Donna Husband October 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      The same thing happens to the dems all the time
      Wunna like to give well like to take

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  9. ebaje October 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I am reminded of the DLP’s promise not to send home workers or introduce tuition fees at UWI. I am also reminded of Dr.Estwick’s speech in which he said that anyone that sells the BNTCL is a madman. The DLP has sent home workers, introduced tuition fees and accepted an offer from Sol for BNTCL. George Bajans are not foolish!!

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  10. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell October 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This is a clear example of why kellman abandoned this joker in the st Thomas by election

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  11. Maria Benn
    Maria Benn October 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Stupes

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  12. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    GEORGE

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  13. Javon Griffith
    Javon Griffith October 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    What an idiotic response. This is the same DLP who wasn’t going to layoff workers, force UWI students to pay tuition fees, sell state assets like BNOC etc. What have you done?

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  14. Randolph October 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    You said that not one public worker would be sent home too,in a matter of days over 3k were sent packing.Tell me George How can this DLP be trusted again?Too late,you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.Just call the election.

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  15. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer October 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    It is time for the people to push back against the NONSENSE which is fed to us. We CANNOT continue as if we are still in the times of old we have evolved #itistimeforforwardthinkingandprogressiveactions

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  16. harry turnover October 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    George ( STAY TUNE ) Pilgrim YOU ARE A FRAUD from the TOP FLOOR.A year gone and people still waiting for you to say something about the BLP leadership and now you talking a lot a RH about the BLP again? You en got nutten else to do ?
    You want noticing ? ga down behind the Central Bank and stan up den.

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  17. RB October 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    It is the “number of cars and the amount ” Mr.Pilgrim. QC grad are you not? Proof read before publishing.

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  18. Sandrene
    Sandrene 'Rosie' 'Rose' Holder October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    OMG

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  19. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke October 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Come back home and run.

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  20. Greengiant October 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Both parties will destroy this country. One with dept by borrowing for costly capital works that’s not needed, the other with taxes that will destroy internal stimulation.

    The country have outgrown their ideas, time for a real change is crystal clear. Only those who suffer part blindness can’t see this. They’re both out of touch with 21st century developmental skills.

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    • Jennifer October 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      U fighting a losing battle.

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      • Jennifer October 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

        Not to worry, the other lot too. Them lock in confusion and lies.

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  21. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 14, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Mr Pilgrim do you actually check the facts before you write such utter garbage. edu- tech was a huge success after Sandiford total forgot about modernising the schools, this present admin has thrown well countless more private transport on the streets than any other and no regulation to match. the roads are very congested with 120000 cars on the roads we need overpasses to get past the bottle necks at all the roundabouts, mr. thompson’ god rest his soul’ was on meds when he fired the 3S / Flyover project. #nofoolsin2018 #election #freundelmustgo #loveforcountry #miaforpm

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd October 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald October 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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    • andy g October 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      if flyovers are built in Barbados it wont solve backups because they have backups of their own.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete October 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Plus stop importing so many cars. Our country is so polluted we are contributing to global warming and greenhouse gasses problem. Why? Stop it!!

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  22. straight talk October 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    You all coming back with foolishness again?

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  23. Lorenzo October 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    GreenGiant why you always trying to equate the DLP and The BLP?Are you related to William Skinner?two disappointed Dems.This DLP is out to sea and cannot be compared to the BLP,so leave out the comparisons and as for new parties are concerned this is not the time for trainee drivers,as this situation calls for experience people who have been there done that,so forget this new party nonsense,it makes no sense.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Lorenzo, why are you always playing damage control for the BLP by jumping on any comment that paints the BLP with the same brush that the DLP uses to make themselves look stink? The BLP has a proven track record of questionable financial practices and numerous controversies. Two halves of one big stink. Accept it because it is so.

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      • Jennifer October 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

        SSS – well said. Blindness is a B.

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    • andy g October 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Lorenzo,mc-cain said the same thing about Obama.we all know that Obama will go down as one of the best presidents of the usa.be realistic.the blp wont do any better because there is no money.anytime you start getting rid of your collateral it means you are in finiancial difficulty.why is that so hard to understand. when you start to sell off your pigs and cows ,it tell me your pocket can no longer support you and your bank account is dwindling .this thing aint now started, just that it got worse,and you willing to give it back to the one under whose watch it started. pls open your eyes stop being so blind sided

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  24. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald October 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Wow no shame at all dis man an the DLP ain’t got no shame I sick a wonna ppl

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  25. ACST October 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    The DLP is a disgrace to the people of Barbados. I hope laws come for the curruption of politicians for all parties, and all are responsible for their actions. The politicians represent the people of Barbados not themselves and their pockets

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    • john October 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      they are heartless selfish and demonic!

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  26. Donna Husband
    Donna Husband October 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    And when you all vote in mia trump and the Republicans a lot more going home

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete October 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      They will go home regardless of who wins the election as country cannot support such a big government

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    • Dwayne Sealy
      Dwayne Sealy October 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      those going home might be the ones who were ‘hired’ from specific constituencies in an attempt to secure votes?

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  27. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls October 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    The gentleman clearly does.not listen to his MOF when he speaks about state run enterprises.

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  28. The Truth October 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    George is grasping at straws. What a bafoon. A clown. The DLP has wretched havoc on this country over the past 9 years. Away with your crap George. Away with you!!

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  29. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Why do people waste time responding to the crap this man does talk

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  30. Earl Anderson Brathwaite
    Earl Anderson Brathwaite October 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    It’s unfortunate that parties wish people to think that privatisation means loss of jobs. The key to privatisation of previously owned state agencies is creating policy that prevents new owners from severe retrenchment exercises along with intense cooperation with labour laws. It’s actually a bit weird that you expect good managers to come from the popularity contest that represents general elections and the selection of party faithfuls/ financiers to manage these businesses. Business people should run businesses and politicians should make policies.

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe October 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

      You know very well that the first thing a private company thinks about is cutting staff. Next thing….you know that Barbados is a very corrupt island, so all those policies that you are talking about will be a waist of time. they will never ever work..de only body that can make them work is God. Wanna does post these fancy sounding comments like if wanna don’t know what goes on in Barbados. If I didn’t know any better I would have swallow all your comments. There are two Government operations that should never be privatised. Those are the Hospital and Transport board .we have paid enough taxes to keep them running and not only that, the average bajan will not be able to afford to use t hose services if they are privatised.

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    • Earl Anderson Brathwaite
      Earl Anderson Brathwaite October 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

      The problem is that politicians have taken on businesses and using them to “create jobs” as a political ploy as you say. However, these businesses costing us more money in the general scheme of things versus job creation. For BIM to move past what you describe, some militant demands need to be forced on the political culture of the country. Policy frameworks for selling state businesses should ideally mandate strict retrenchment terms and labour laws cooperation. ( But we should have done that when it was worth doing it and the government could bargain forcibly to potential private owners. Now you practically have to accept any offer you get). Anyway, I just talking ideal. Trying to push the idea of how to do it. Very general and naive but we can’t continue throwing our hands in the air and saying we doomed or that’s just how it is. If everyone do that then accept the fate of BIM that is soon to come and don’t complain. Bim is in a dangerous place where you have no choice but to base your vote on “a hope it get better versus it can’t be worse” instead of “what is your exact plan to improve the country”. I hope the latter materialises as elections get closer. This scenario has at least shed light on the need for constitutional reform and an obvious need for change in political culture and reform. If you as the voting public don’t demand it, as there is no political will to change, then it will remain the status quo and you will have to accept years and years of political abuse. “like it or lump it” as they say.

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  31. The Truth October 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Barbados today never post my comments. I’m just sick of them.

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  32. Adrian Sisnett October 15, 2017 at 12:32 am

    It will never happen. No administration could afford not to subsidize public transportation.
    There are obvious answers by those who think clearly, and think for themselves.
    Here’s a list of countries that subsidize public transportation:
    Dubai–Metro; Los Angeles–bus, metro;Chicago–metro, bus; Washington DC–metro; Edinburgh, Scotland–bus; Sydney, Australia–metro,bus; Munich, Germany–trans, bus,metro, subway; Melbourne, Australia–trans,bus; Copenhagen, Denmark–metro,bus; Panama City–bus; and I could go on and on.

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  33. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 15, 2017 at 12:41 am

    ” The logic of the statement is that because more Barbadians now own cars, it is legitimate to privatize public transportation and put hundreds of hard working public sector workers on the breadline.”
    Perhaps the words “the logic of” should be replaced with the words “the spin on”.
    The increasing number of private vehicles on the roads DOES mean that there is less demand for the service of the Transport Board, but by what stretch can this be used to infer that the Transport Board will be privatized?
    A word of advice to all politicians: This is 2017 not 1917; the people are lot more enlightened; they are going to swallow everything you feed them.

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    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

      @Mr. Pilgrim: With a proper and decent on time bus service, lots of people would leave their vehicles at home or close to the bus route and ride the bus to their destinations which would reduce the clogging up of the roads. So keep your idiotness within your party.

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  34. Heather Headley Corbin October 15, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I concur with most of the commentaries and wish to add one more. In election cycles, promises are made to attract the attention of voters who are often unaware of the subliminal persuasion employed to cause them to vote for whom they believe has the best intentions and policies aimed at improving their lives.

    For others who vote along ‘party faithful’ lines, there is the belief that one should never change one’s allegiance however dubious, fraudulent or nefarious that party’s activities. They in some cases represent the working poor and the elitist rich.

    Still others, anxious for the political patronage afforded by said allegiance, clamour to gather crumbs from the proverbial table via promotions or appointments to one or other boards or statutory corporations.

    But for those who think and analyze, who follow trends in the world economies of capitalist countries, who understand cultural norms and mores ( pronounced morays), and who understand the psyche of ‘power seekers’ the answer is very clear. No political party that promises a pie in the sky solution and a panacea for all the ills affecting society, can be taken seriously. IF God ain’t solve all the ills of this world yet? Which mankind will solve it telling untruths and pulling wool over people’s eyes.

    Please do not insult us. We will vote issues, performance, and viable options. That is our duty as citizens and that is what all intelligent hardworking Barbadians must do come election day 2018.

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    • Jennifer October 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

      @O.Walrond – Well said. Idiots and sell outs.

      @Heather Headley Corbin – nice entry. Problem is that many see Barbados as a lone and non-dependant island – silly thinking. if one is very observant and follow trends the world economies of capitalist countries, they will also be aware that these economies are also failing. So where will that leave Barbados???? Especially as non producers and not having a pot to pi$$ in ?????

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  35. BIGSKY October 15, 2017 at 5:27 am

    This man puts out more garbage than the Sanitation trucks can pick up.I forgot to tell him that the 3000 plus they sent home and the people living here with immigrant status whom they made pay for their medication is waiting for the next general election.The students at UWI also can vote .REMEMBER ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO YOU HURT ON YOUR WAY UP BECAUSE YOU WILL BE SEEING THEM ON YOUR WAY OUT.

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  36. Lola De Palma
    Lola De Palma October 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I lived next door to him, most of my life growing up. I couldn’t stand his look down on you attitude and I can’t stand it now. If I lived in Barbados now, I wouldn’t vote for him. Arrogrant idiot.

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    • Supermum Arthur
      Supermum Arthur October 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Girl he still the same way that’s why he can never get my vote plus to he on the wrong side but even if did on blp side I still won’t vote for him he to one-sided and like to look down on ppl

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  37. Mark Adamson October 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    21 reasons why the BLP (now led by Mottley) must NEVER EVER BE VOTED back into government again.

    1) The Greenland Fiasco – millions upon millions in dollars/credits wasted and not a shred in garbage collected at the time.

    2) The GEMS scandal – hundreds of millions in dollars and credits squandered in bailing out certain BLP interests – amongst others – in this country.

    3) The EDUTECH Debacle – hundreds of millions misused and squandered in the process of furnishing many government controlled schools with computer technologies.

    4) The NHC Warrens Offices disaster – millions upon millions in dollars and credits squandered and now the said buildings no longer controlled by the government but owned by Al Barrack.

    5) The Ackee Tree Disgrace – 11 000 dollars given to a man and a few others who cut down an ackee tree in the City.

    6) UDC Squandermania – multi-millions given to contractors and no evidence of many houses having been built.

    7) For its atrocity of transferring control of the Barbados National Bank to Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.

    8) For its gross lack of action when many of our precious land space rights were being transferred to foreigners – Billie Miller making the preposterous claim that Bajans were schizoprenic about the best allocations of the uses of their own land interests.

    9) For its diabolical contribution to the decline of Agriculture – massive declines in sugar output, whilst many once fertile agricultural lands came under bush/became idle and a few went the way of golf courses and residential development ( the stupid claim was being made by some that agriculture was dead).

    10) For its destructive contribution to the decline of Manufacturing – an almighty amount of imports of food, especially from Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, whilst entry of locally manufacturing garments, beverages, furniture, into their markets was exceeding little (the fatuous claim was made by some that manufacturing was dead), whilst support for national agriculture food security dwindled.

    11) For dastardly helping to continue the country’s chronic dependence on Tourism.

    12) For its flagrance and wickedness in contributing to the tremendous increase in the government debt – the reported doubling of the debt from the time of the BLP entry into government in 1994, until they left in 2008.

    13) For its continuation with the evil wicked and criminal TAXATION system – VAT, CESS, etc.

    14) Its having unnecesarily and unjustifiably increased Water Rates on the backs of the people of this country.

    15) Its use of borrowed credits on the international credit markets – as an unsustainable strategy which has long failed.

    16) Its allowing for the growth and consolidation of oligarchic power and wealth in this country – thus helping to maintain the unequal distribution of power and wealth in this country.

    17) Its blatant mistreatment of many sections of the poor and middle classes, eg, vendors, minibus operators – the destruction of the Swan Street vendors’ mall.

    18) The Ministers of Public Works total mismanagement of the Traffic ills – long hours getting from certain points to other points in public transport.

    19) The then Ministers of Health’ total mismanagement of the Health Care system – the QEH health care delivery system was in shambles, prompting Owen Arthur to set up a Commission of Enquiry into the operations at the QEH.

    20) The then immigration Minister’s inanity of allowing too many foreigners into Barbados in too short an interval thus helping to fuel unnecessary social and racial conflict.

    21) The then Prime Minister, his deputy – Mottley and the relevant others’ – total mismanagement of many of the country’s affairs – leaving himself – in the process – no legacy other than a terrible legacy of gross BLP misrule and wrongdoing for country men and women to inherit.

    So many BLP voters and supporters would agree that the above constituted some of the most lurid and degrading aspects by a modern government of Barbados of the dedevelopment, collapse and ruin in so many of this country’s affairs. So, people, like them, think about the national interest and do NOT ever think about voting back in a team of BLP incompetents who – since 2008 and up to now – have not even been proving that they will NOT do any WORSE than they did then.

    They are hoping and praying that the majority of voters in the majority of constituencies will make the stupid and foolish error and mistake at the next election of reelecting into the government of the people of Barbados this BLP – this intellectually and politically backward, bankrupt, decrepit and discredited BLP – that did untold horrific damage to Barbados – 1994 – 2008 – and which they will do AGAIN if such a nasty error and mistake is made.

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    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      @Mark Adamson; OK, besides the nice 21 or 22 down grades, the good taxes, say what else good the DLP have done for their 9 1/2 years that they were in charge.

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      • Chulang Searles October 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

        That is why we got them because the DEMS have to fixed the problems left

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        • Chulang Searles October 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

          you forgot AL Barack building issue

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  38. The truth October 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Give us 21 reasons why a DLP Government should be retained to lead this country.

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  39. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan October 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Why is it that this no brain cannot make any logical decision for the DLP, always finding fault on what others are doing and not doing? All that he ever do is to blame others for the DLP lack of vision and the economic mess that they have the country in on others. Why is it that since he thinks that he has all the answers, that he does not face the electorate and try and win a seat that he can make a contribution to the country instead of always running off his mouth? it takes more than just a lot of long talk, what the people of Barbados needs is positive solutions in getting this country out of this horrible mess that the DLP has the country in!

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  40. archy perch October 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Prime Minister Mia Motley?????? LOL LOL LOL Follow the advice of TC who should know her well. Know what yah got.
    I dread the thought of the bungler.By the way I notice alot of former DLP loyalists now jumping ship to the BLP , as opportunists. And they are the biggest critics of the DLP. They know that once they join that party, they will become rich when it regains power, just like all the rest. I wish them great disappointment. Tannis will seek to establish his own umbilical cord beside Sutherland on Mia’s onions something which he did with Stuart. Jokers.

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  41. andy g October 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    a field day for the blpites. lol

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  42. Darson October 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    WHAT IS REALLY WRONG WITH PRIVITIZATION OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM?
    As a young man in Barbados ,I some of the private companies that run the bus service as it was back then and with very good effect : I can recall in St George and St John we had the Simpsons/ St Philip had theirs ,the Rocklyn in St Andrew and others .One bright leader decided to change that and have a national transport system , and when it was proven to be a failure Mini Buses were introduced on a larger scale to improvise ,they are all private and compete with the Government run Company :
    My Question ? if some of the workers want to work and be business persons/ why not lease the Buses to locals Current workers and designate by contract routes times schedules,share the Maintenance cost and subsidise the cost of school children/Pensioners .
    This was not a DLP Prime Minister that did it , and you were warned that it would fail ,so take a step back and stop blaming The DLP for your mistakes

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  43. Darson October 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Take a look at how David Thompson and The DLP solved the once Chaotic Wildey Traffic problem:
    No Flyover , No Tunnell .Just Good common Sense and a State of the Art round about system , at least acknowledge His good work .

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  44. Greengiant October 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    @The truth: You’re asking for 21 reasons why the D L P should be retained. I want you to give this forum 21 reasons why either B L P or D L P should be reelected.

    I won’t give you 21 reasons for either of them to be reelected, so I want you to give me 21 why the B L P should be reelected. I await your reply.

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    • The Truth October 16, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Its not for me to give 21 or even 1 reason why either B or D should be elected. The simple truth is that one of these parties (B or D) will lead this country come 2018. thats just the way it is.The simple truth again is that the DLP has not done a good enough job in my opinion to justify them getting another term.

      I am not a person that depends on any government to assist me in anything. All i want is good governance and a sense of hope that this country is on the path of prosperity. Unfortunately the DLP does not provide that in any way. At all.

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  45. Harry October 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Adamson is not to be taken seriously, poor fellow doesn’t have a clue. He could not find 1 reason why this incompetent lot should be returned to power.

    And if there were a third party which could inspire confidence then they would win the Govt

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  46. Lorenzo October 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Mark Adamson,why don,t you bring reasons for the DLp to be retained ,20 downgrades? you cannot be serious.As for SSS I brought up comparisons simply because a lot of these ex Dems like yourself rather than admit that this government has failed full stop ,want to drag the BLp into the equation who has left office since 2008 and has nothing to do with the dismal performance of this government and in my opinion would do a far better job as a Government,hence my comment.

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  47. luther thorne October 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    100 Reasons why nobody will vote for Mark Adamson. 100 reasons why Mark Adamson is s DLP yardfowl. Coming soon to Toilet near you

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  48. Darson October 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    A thought to remember: Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”

    There was a professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
    The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
    The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
    The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
    The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
    One should always remember two truths:
    1. There is no such thing as a free lunch and
    2. you can never hire someone to provide a simple service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.
    If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America & Canada, you might want to share this with your friends.

    If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this. BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!

    Think about this Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

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  49. Darson October 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Barbados is not exempted : Wild pigs ?/

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  50. Haskell Murray October 16, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    The transport board has been used by both political parties as a dumping ground for constituent jobs, and the time has probably come to privatize it and turn it into a professionally run operation,
    because now it is not run as a profit making operation.

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