DLP slams leak of CBC finances

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has slammed the publication of a list of people who owe to the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) over $1.5 million, accusing an unnamed member of staff of betraying the broadcasting company.

While neither confirming nor denying that his party was among the entities heavily indebted to state broadcaster, General Secretary George Pilgrim, who also sits on the CBC board, said his concern was the “shameful manner in which confidentiality was breached”.

“I do not comment on party accounts and as a board member I do not comment on board matters. I bet you that all those persons’ names that were mentioned in that article may very well now have to receive an apology from CBC because this cannot be fair to the clients. It is a breach of confidentiality and my phone hasn’t stopped ringing as a result of that issue,” Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

According to the local newspaper article published yesterday, the state media entity was making serious efforts to recoup $1.6 million, the bulk of which was owed by Government corporations and departments.

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) tops the list at $257,783 while DLP, categorized as a private client, owes the TV station $109,609, second only to the NCF.

The article stated that the list of debtors and the amounts were revealed in an email from financial controller Kim Sealy-Lewis to the management team and account executives on August 23.

Even when confronted with the poor optics of the circumstances, Pilgrim insisted that it was the staff who would be most affected by the revelations, as financial institutions may now be reluctant to give loans to employees because of the perceived financial issues at CBC.

“The staff told me that they were concerned because they don’t know how a fellow staff member could betray the organization like this when they know full well that we go to the banks for loans. The next minute CBC is going to be treated as an institution that is not financially stable. This is not about the party, it is about the staff. It adds to the vulnerability of all the staff and it is not at all fair to them,” Pilgrim argued.

However, in statement released this morning, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) said both the DLP and the CBC management should be ashamed of themselves.

BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott, who in recent times has accused CBC of operating as an arm of the ruling party, pointed to the debt as clear evidence of “how crude partisan politics is destroying our state-owned corporation.

“We see such action as totally improper because it undermines and eventually destroys the governance of the institution, and leads to dissatisfaction and low productivity in the workplace. No wonder CBC staff continually express discontent with the goings on at the corporation.

“It is ironic that the DLP’s General Secretary George Pilgrim sits on the CBC board; its General Manager Doug Hoyte was a DLP candidate; and its Deputy General Manager Rodwell London boldly declares his close friendship from school days with the late DLP leader David Thompson.

“As key party players one would have thought they would have been able to ensure that the DLP bill was paid,” the statement read.

67 Responses to DLP slams leak of CBC finances

  1. Shonel Kingston
    Shonel Kingston November 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Who care that thing want shouting down

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt November 6, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Man i dead and say so that cbc want shutting right now garbage showing apart from news cbc got 1 good show no man not out loud i mean the one on friday nights with the doctors n lawyers but the rest is garbsge no wonder people n paying cbc.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Lennox Hewitt their radio program is disgusting too so out of touch

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt November 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Well i dont listen to there radio either news sports and the lawyers on fridays i never say i like d lawyers i ssy i like d program but really dem cannot sign my passport form but yes shut it down cbc out loud garbage .

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  2. Tête La
    Tête La November 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This CBC thing could of died a quiet death in a matter if days, but up comes Mr Must Say Something For Attention

    When will he understand that no one wants to hear him or actually cares about what he has to say

    What they need to do is fire the employee and let the staff strike from now until Easter next year

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  3. The Truth November 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    What a shame.

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  4. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers November 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    George as far as I am concerned there is nothing private about the accounts of a publicly funded institution. I also want to see who are the persons owing Taxes that benefit from the amnesty year after year

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    • Miche November 7, 2017 at 5:31 am

      that’s easy clown…90% of property owners benefit,,,a fact that you wouldn’t understand

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  5. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde November 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    #Facts

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  6. Mervin Stevenson
    Mervin Stevenson November 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    As a DLP spokesman I thought he would be perfectly qualified to speak on how long the DLP has owed this debt to CBC and the payment plan or otherwise they had put in place to settle the debt to “CASH STRAPPED” CBC. I would excuse him as later his ministers for Culture and Environment would then speak to the figures owed by the NCC and NCF. But the man sidestep every cent and called the person who supposedly leak the names of indebted companies “to a public company” a betrayer, but he cant see that those who put the CBC in that debt are to blame and have betrayed the CBC employees and the Barbadian public. YOU GOT TO LOVE POLITRICKS

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  7. luther thorne November 6, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
    We should laugh @ a joke. Shouldn’t we ?

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  8. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I guess they were busy checking Mia,s legal certification

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    • Beverley Griffith
      Beverley Griffith November 7, 2017 at 5:43 am

      True

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    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke November 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Fa real Ricardo .

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    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson November 7, 2017 at 6:09 am

      so thats where they wasted the funds. they could’ve just save money tome effort and hot air and simply gone to the registry and see that for the last 8 years they were in power the Government Registration Board had certified “and accepted her payment” as a lawyer to practice in Barbados. Now the funds they owe can be diverted back to paying CBC debts.

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  9. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Pay CBC the money owe to them. Or the B.L.P cause the money you all owe too.

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  10. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Poor georggie

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  11. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

    You in got no shame at all…wunna busy in Mia business…you is a real 2 foot fish…

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  12. Bajan boy November 7, 2017 at 12:15 am

    One would think the hundreds of millions of debt CBC is in would be more a handicap for staff than the 1. 6 owed to it. George is a real RH and this is who now wants to come back to elective politics. That kind of politics done.

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  13. Terry Phillips
    Terry Phillips November 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

    SOOOO…. People all in de papers for Petty crimes…wunna owe de RH ppl and vexxxx cause wunna get bawl out…STILL NSRL making money…George this bike too fast for you

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  14. Terry Phillips
    Terry Phillips November 7, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Ohhhhh…I hope Nobody don’t pay CBC neither an protest dem name getting publicized

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  15. Christopher David Alleyne
    Christopher David Alleyne November 7, 2017 at 2:26 am

    These guys like Poonka. All ovah de place. The look of desperation sets in. As all seems lost and they’re going downhill fast.

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  16. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma November 7, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Question: Is there transparency in all public sector companies? If not, then, a crime is being committed! The people of Barbados should have annual financial reports of these companies!

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  17. archy perch November 7, 2017 at 3:04 am

    I said before, that CBC is full of BLP yard ducks, and everyone knows what ducks do.Try rearing one and you’ll see.
    This is a non story, that the DLP owes the station 100 thousand and odd dollars. But it gives good political mileage to the Dark Shadows of Roebuck Street, who can be compared to a drowning man catching at a straw. But turn the coin. and we can see a BLP awashed with mucho money -mainly from the private sector- so they can have their way after the general elections next year.
    The parasites in the private sector want outing.
    We need to know those rascals who have not paid to the government roughtly 900 million Vat money THAT IS NOT THEIRS.
    It seems to help form part if not all of the BLP’s war chest.
    God help us!

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  18. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne November 7, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Freedom of information Act..if we going to talk development then follow most major developed countries and have a freedom of information Act immediately.The problem we have in Barbados is that politicians believed government belong to them so they can do as they please.It belongs to the people and we have a right to know what goes on with the affairs of government .

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    • hcalndre November 7, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Hi Charles, I agree with you, these politicians don`t get it, its not their house, CBC is a public entity paid for by the tax payers and as I always said that Barbados tries to copy what the developed countries do, when they know very well they don’t have the tools or the know-how. CBC should be publishing a yearly report so that the people could know about the finances and what about the Freedom of Information. George Payne ever heard of Whistle blowers? now he wants to crucify some body. They have to get some more pro bono people.

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      • hcalndre November 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Mr. George Payne; my apology to you, I mistakenly used Payne instead of George Pilgrim.

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  19. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde November 7, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Awwwright after ALL the long talk and name calling, PAY CBC. You people have absolutely ZERO integrity and talking about a certificate. Like REALLY??????

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  20. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville November 7, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Heyheyheyyyyyyyyyyh nine years ago you did flying high, a wonder if it is good governance that got you where you ate now?

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  21. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett November 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Idiot George,is it true or not dlp owe cbc? Then pay up…. lead the way and let others follow

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  22. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio November 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

    PAY YA BILLS FIRST THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OWED AN OLD MAN MONEY NOW YOU BUT INSTEAD YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO CAN PRATICE LAW OR NOT PAY UP PLEASE

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

      And it has been proven they can and do practice law here! Idiot people making false statements that should get sued as well

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  23. Tony Webster November 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

    LOL. George – as he sez, de DLP Big Brains… cud sue C.B.C. for defamation or summuch. One of the defences against such an action, is the defence of TRUTH. A very, strong defence, indeed!!!

    It does not take a genius to see what, and how, and the extent to which the ROT runs in this fair country: just read what the Auditor General writes in his reports. Makes yuh stomach turn, and yuh wallet sweat, at the Million$ leaking thru virtually every hole in the shredded administrative garment of Bim.

    Gotta extend Dodds.

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  24. Danny Clarke
    Danny Clarke November 7, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Oh so wunna want Mia papers to be public but wunna ain’t want nobody know the amount of money wunna owe CBC ? I also suspect that when the NIS audit is complete wunna wouldn’t want us to know how much wunna owe them either .

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  25. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle November 7, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Is CBC not a government owned entity…..Perhaps you should explain why the government would not pay the bills

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  26. Ernesta Catlyn November 7, 2017 at 6:39 am

    For years I kept saying that this boy real stupid

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  27. harry turnover November 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

    George go and suck wha you like sucking.You have ZERO credibility …you told people to stay tuned about 3 LEADERS OF the BLP last November and every night people tuning into to wunna TV to hear you and you missing in action and every now and then surfacing like a drowning man clutching at straws.

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  28. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison November 7, 2017 at 6:48 am

    i sick of the nonsense if a lil poor person owed cbc for their tv shows you would have cut them off..but u continue allowing the gov to rack up debt…its amazing all the taxes being collected..all the taxes we poor people paying daily…but yet still the gov cant pay their bills…millions missing from BRA…god only knows what going on with the NIS money..loans gone to hilton they dont pay back…auditor general report says millions in loans not paid back…de professionals dont pay taxes…de big businesses owe millions in vat..nis…etc…so you mean to tell me government has no accountants or financial controllers…with all these supposedly educated people sitting making decisions and no proper procedures in place for collecting of or repaying money…no government department seem to be good financially…i think you should save some money by stop paying all those high salaries…fire every single accounting practitioner in government and hire ninja man…all de boards where everyone friend get a pick thats where de problems start…hiring friends who too spinelesd to make any proper decisions

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  29. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace November 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

    this is probably money owed since the 2013 election for the advert with the old lady on the bus cause a political party does not spend $109,000 in ads when an election campaign has ended.

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  30. Ernesta Catlyn November 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Nuff people at CBC, including the large number of DLP supporters up there would close their eyes and gladly leak that. Them disgruntled too – you know who it their Minister? The man that treats everyone like they are Lilliputians

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  31. Sam Clarke November 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

    It is time for public authorities and any government or public entity, be transparent with their employers, the public.
    It is time for a freedom of information act, to allow the public access to these public records.

    The release of these documents is a service of public good. Thank you to whomever did this country this great service.

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    • hcalndre November 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Sam; every time any documents that should be there for the public, all you hear, go to this place and pay for it while the big countries it can be found on the internet free of cost or the library. Why information in Barbados is so difficult to get hold of.

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  32. Ralph Greene November 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

    CBC a government owned entity. The Dems in government and owes CBC over a million dollars, after not making any profit from the island’s lone tv station. Now how you dunces supposed to run a country if you can’t run a television station?

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  33. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson November 7, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Smh…this man amazes me and this party has zero integrity or credibility

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  34. Janis Forde-Estwick
    Janis Forde-Estwick November 7, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Crop dishonest people

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  35. roger headley November 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

    “I do not comment on party accounts and as a board member I do not comment on board matters.”

    Tell me this is a misquote

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  36. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv November 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I tell wanna as I see them fixing pot holes them covering up them tracks

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  37. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I only have 3 words to say:
    “Wake Up Call.”

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  38. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

    We need more to leak what these wicked brutes are hiding. Let the leaks flow, someone has to expose these nitwits for the way they are wasting money to put in pockets that will reciprocate.

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  39. jrsmith November 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    These leaks are the only way bajans is going to have some idea , how this failed government is not managing barbados ………..
    We were told in the past new year , most government departments have not been audited for decades, this is because our bajan politicians is not accountable to the black masses…..
    Remembering one of the (Audit General’s ) report showing 900 millions cannot be accounted for ………….
    Thats where we are at , call this what you like…………………….

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  40. Ossie Moore November 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

    ( a) C B C needs to be sold immediately ! ! !

    (b) Whoever buys C B C will still face Political interference from the Government because Barbados is not an island of free speech and whoever ” is in pouwa (power ) ” will still want to control the airwaves just like how a communist Government controls the airwaves of it’s country.

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  41. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith November 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

    RH pay the people and shut up.#case close

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  42. luther thorne November 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    DLP Owing CBC?
    DLP Owns CBC.
    Why do you think that moderator can get away with the type of utterings that said moderator seems to get away with? That particular moderator seems bolder in recent times, a clear indication of desperation like when a batsman knows the innings is coming to a close and starts to swipe. That moderator is the worse thing ever heard on radio in Barbados. Seems to think that defending the DLP at all cost is paramount while not being aware of damage to credibility. Might not be even able to be employed by the DLP itself.

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  43. andy g November 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Great comedy reading comments from ites. do you folks think politicians realy cares about you.i hope that ites get a good pay from these politicians to buy some good Australian beef and enjoy a decent life cause I cant believe you getting on like this and have to beg for bus fare, living from paycheck to paycheck

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  44. Mark Rosmar November 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Call me naive – but I’m more bothered about the liability!

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  45. archy perch November 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Luther Thorne was once the class clown in a famous school. Was always standing on the bench during a lesson.
    And there is a chap overseas called jrsmith who knows absolutely nothing about the true situations in Barbados, but goes by the bull he hears daily coming from BT and the ten people Owen Arthur once said that call the talk show. The guys views are so outrageous that they even confuse idiots. Many of these idiots appear willing to accept double standards in Barbados to be prolonged.
    Proper qualifications are necessary for a professional, but some people are allowed to slip through the cracks and then offer themselves for high public office.
    It’s like Jack ass Trump (a draft dogger) now he is the Camander in Chief of the same army he dodged. ????? You get my drift? Go figure.

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  46. Milli Watt November 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    george dat ain’t de only ting dat leak

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  47. Ossie Moore November 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Question : Why can’t the Government pay it’s debts ?

    Common sense answer : The money that goes to pay the Government debts is spent by the island beloved “Ministers ” (
    G B Y bajans are very much in love with their ministers , dah es de troot dem can do no wrong ) :

    (a) buying yachts , houses and properties overseas.

    (b) sending their kids to Colleges and Universities in England ,the
    U S A and Canada.

    (c) Supporting their extra marital affairs.

    (d) Jet setting all over the world on vacations.

    (e) buying up and operating all of the ZR vans

    (f) Driving around in the latest American cars and SUV’s.

    Now add all of those things up and I’ll bet you that the total amount comes out to One hundred . . .. AND ONE . . . .million dollars.

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  48. Ossie Moore November 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    . . . . . G B Y ( God B***d ya ) ef wunna tink dat i telling wunna lies believe muh ‘ cause de guvment dat en pouwa now seems like duh gine loose de next elecshuns . Which means that they are going to spend money “ON THEMSELVES” like it is going out of fashion.

    BTW I am willing to pay sixty million dollars CASH MONEY for CBC . . . think that the Government will sell it to me ?

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  49. Lorenzo November 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    George Pilgrim are you for real you arethe GS of the DLP and come with this rubbish about a leak .Tell us when the money will be paid that is all we care about leave out the long talk.This guy predicted red October since last year ,another year has past still nothing,your credibility is shot to pieces.
    to be truthful all you see every night on the news is various Ministers parading every night and as far as the talk show is concerned the three DLP Moderators should go.This morning heard the female Dem trying to whip a Ms motley storm as usual but her efforts to be so biased can only impress simpletons since Mr Mottley tore up the other Dem onBrasstacks on Monday bringing clarity to that matter and told her if they are not satisfied take the matter to court but they believe it is better to leave the matter in the public domain but the distraction is over so as they say Next.

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  50. Francis November 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    George Pilgrim just shut up. You can’t be serious. CBC is financed by us the tax payers.
    DLP should be ashamed. Pay up and then shut up!!!

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  51. Belfast November 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    No wonder that Barbados is down in the pits. We have a dysfunctional Prime Minister surrounded by nitwits like George
    Pilgrim, et al.

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  52. Greengiant November 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    These two parties are the same, General Secretary Walcott accusing the government of having their operatives employed at the C B C, but it’s clear that the management, and the board of the C B C is controlled by the D L P while the appointed or long service employees are B L P. The release of these financials clarify this for all.

    Both parties have used the C B C as their personal mouthpiece during their terms in office, non dare privatize the corporation though they’ve both talked about it, and as much as placed it in their respective manifestos. If any of them are reelected it will be business as usual at C B C, recycled management and board members, with the public paying large sums of money to end the contracts of senior personnel hired by the party in power.

    We need a new party to govern this country. As Errol Barrow brought a new freshness to this country on assuming office with the new party then, the same is required now. It’s been enough of the same for too long.

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  53. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

    @ Belfast
    An ABSENTEE Prime Minister and a Visionless , Clueless useless Government

    That moderator on CBC needs to talk bout these things but that is like trying to get water out of iron. That moderator is totally out of hand now. Should be taken off the ‘ear’ . Definitely needs a break. Has totally lost it. A total breakdown cant be far away.

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  54. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Archy Perch of the DLP Consortium invading Social Media and spreading DLP nasty propaganda . The ad hominem shows the desperation of the DLP . We who discuss and debate know what conclusions to draw when we see this
    You and your ABSENTEE Prime Minister and Visionless , Clueless Useless bunch of wild people will soon be relieved of your meanderings. JOKERS !!

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  55. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Ossie Moore
    You are correct with your comments. Let the DLP Consortium deal with your rather poignant and stinging comments. True comments.

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  56. luther thorne November 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Never have the roads in Barbados been so BAD.
    The Economy so BAD. Garbage Collection, Transport, Sewage management, Bush all about, Crime against Senior citizens, CBC and all the rest.

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