Secret BLP plan

Solutions warns that Mottley-led Opposition intends to take Barbados straight to IMF

One of Barbados’ newest political parties is warning that if the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) wins the next election, it will take the country straight into the hands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Solutions Barbados candidate for Christ Church East Central Scott Weatherhead issued the warning at the weekend during a public launch in Independence Square at which he was equally adamant that the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) should not be returned to office.

While suggesting that both of the major parties were both responsible for the current economic mess in which the island finds itself, Weatherhead cautioned that neither party had a clue of how to fix the problem.

At the same time, Weatherhead dismissed a suggestion made last week by the leader of the United Progressive Party Lynette Eastmond that her party would be willing to enter into a borrowing relationship with the Washington based IMF, while cautioning that this would only result in immeasurable pain for Barbadians.

“Do you think we are feeling economic pain now? Do you know what prescription the IMF ordered for Guyana? They doubled income taxes in Guyana overnight, among other measures.

“Now look at the Guyana dollar. Two hundred and eight Guyanese dollars to one US dollar today. Do you want that for Barbados? Absolutely not,” the businessman stated before turning his assault on the BLP, which he warned was not a viable alternative.

“We know what the BLP will do if you elect them. We believe they will take this country straight to the IMF. Why? Because they have no clue what to do to solve our economic problems. None whatsoever.

“If they did, they would have told you already, exactly what they will do to fix the problem, [but] all they have said recently is that they will do whatever is legal and moral to fix this country.

“Legal and moral? There are a lot of legal and moral things you can do, but the BLP has not outlined a single one,” he said, while pouring scorn over the Opposition’s suggestion that it would have its economic stabilization and growth plan ready for presentation to Parliament within six weeks of taking office.

“So they want you to elect them first and then they will come up with an economic plan. Where will they get this plan from, the IMF?” he asked, adding, “We want to hear that plan now, or they don’t deserve a single seat. Not one.”

In the face of a mounting national debt in excess of 100 per cent of gross domestic product and a fiscal deficit in excess of $300 million, Weatherhead said “the citizens of this country are not stupid.

“Bring your economic plan,” he implored the BLP, while telling the electorate “when you see them canvassing asking for votes, ask them to outline to you exactly what their economic solution is and compare it with ours”.

Weatherhead was equally critical of the DLP telling Barbadians that “they don’t have a solution. If they did, they would have implemented it already.

“After all, they had nine years to perfect one and we are still facing economic suffering. So they clearly have no idea what to do either.

“The only plan I have seen from the DLP is tax and borrow, tax and borrow. That is their solution. More taxes, more debts, more borrowing, more economic suffering.

“[But] at least they had the good sense to keep away from the IMF so far,” he added.

98 Responses to Secret BLP plan

  1. luther thorne November 27, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Scott Weatherhead ?
    Hmnnnnnnn !
    I tell yuh
    Yuh better give people a cost benefit analysis of what you proposing.
    Wunna barely looking to run aground this shape on the Rocks so that the Pirates could come an pillage
    UUG H!

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    • Mark My Word November 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      It is not a secret
      Clyde Mascoll already said it

      A very cautious Mascoll said today he was prepared to follow an IMF blueprint in terms of crafting an appropriate “homegrown” economic solution for the island.

      “I am suggesting that the IMF model can be used. This model here, as a model to measure economic progress,” Mascoll said while pointing to an economic equation he said was not widely used but could be effective during a presentation at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies on the topic Which Way Out? Homegrown Strategy or IMF Plan.

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  2. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid November 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Pure RH….

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  3. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison November 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    People need to educate themselves and avoid the scare tactics of these fringe groups seeking attention.
    The IMF is not an entity to fear as most of us have been conditioned to believe and if the Barbados Labour Party decides that it must enter into an agreement with that body so that this country can access funding to get us out of the perilous situation that we were dragged into then it is a measure that we will have to take.
    What is important is that we have a competent government in place to commit to terms that the people of this country can endure.
    Whichever party, the BLP, DLP or any of these new political groupings take the helm of government it is an almost certainty that they will gave to go to the IMF in order to bring about any stability to our economy.
    We are where we are and the IMF is a bitter pill to swallow but considering our unhealthy economy and it’s outlook we must either take our medicine or refuse and perish.

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    • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

      “The IMF is not an entity to fear …”. That very much depends on if you are a rich foreign investor, local elite or an ordinary Bajan worker. At the completion of its recent Article IV visit to Barbados, led by a Canadian economist, the IMF stated that its advice to Barbados is to “…….focus on addressing the high transfers, containing other current expenditures and maintaining a strong revenue effort. Reforms of state owned enterprises should include improved management, cost recovery, reduced services, mergers, closures, and privatization. Containing other current expenditures including the wage bill and government pensions is also critical. Tax policy should be reviewed with a view to broadening the tax base and improving its progressivity, while efforts to strengthen tax administration must continue. Further, arrears to the private sector should be cleared, and remaining current should be a government priority.”

      In layman’s language ‘transfers’ are the money the government spends on providing services for the people of Barbados, “containing other current expenditures including the wage bill and government pensions” is code for reducing government spending through attacking the wages and pensions of Barbadian workers, ‘cost recovery’ is code for saying that users of government services, such as Transport Board should pay enough to cover the cost of these services and the reference to ‘reduced services, mergers, closures, and privatization’ is self-explanatory. The IMF wants ‘arrears to the private sector to be cleared’ and, according to them, the government’s aim should be to have no arrears to the private sector but to always be up to date with their payments. That’s what the ‘remaining current’ means. Interestingly, the IMF made no recommendations about the various arrears which the government owes ordinary Bajans, such as tax refunds and redundancy payments.

      Any IMF programme will signal a full scale attack on the livelihoods of Bajan workers and must be resisted at all cost.

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      • Leroy November 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

        You are negative to a fault.

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        • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 11:02 am

          @ Leroy
          Read the statement for yourself. No negativity comiing from me. Just presenting the reality in the words of the very IMF representatives.

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          • Leroy November 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

            I find no negatives, everything the imf said has to be done, its how they are implemented thats the issue.

  4. John Everatt November 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Just where is this Solutions party intend to get the money. We are in debt up to our ears and sinking fast. There needs to be fiscal restraint and this government has not provided that. We can not go on like this and survive. We need to borrow money at reasonable terms and right now that is not possible with credit ratings like we have. Mr. Weatherhead is blowing a lot of hot air trying to deceive us into thinking that Solutions is not going to need FX in order to repay our current debt. He will try to convince you that tax reform is the way to go but this will not solve our economic problems.

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    • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

      I cannot speak for Solutions Barbados as I’m not a member of that organisation but what I can say that as Bajans we will not get out of the current economic situation by accepting the options that others offer us, without investigating our economy in an ecidenc based way soo that we can see what all the possible options might be. It is always very easy for the rich and their economic spokespeople to put forward ‘solutions’ that protect their interests and harm the poor.

      In my opinion, our problems stem from the failure after independence to develop a varied economy with a high level of self reliance and instead replacing the one crop sugar cane plantation economy with a new one crop tourism plantation economy. Everyone focuses on the government’s finances, but the government only takes 33% of Gross National Product in taxes. Shouldn’t we be looking at what is happening with the other 67% of GNP. Maybe we could find the money there to wipe out the fiscal deficit.

      But even if we look at government finances, why does it have to be the workers who have to suffer to balance the budget? For example, the government is currently spending BD$1.7 billion servicing debt and a moratorium on debt repayments would immediately bring the budget into balance. There are also the corrupt outsourcing contracts, such as the one with Mr. Bizzy Williams’ Sustainable (Barbados) Recycling Centre Inc. (SBRC), under which the government is obliged to underwrite a guaranteed minimum payment of $22.6 Million per year to SBRC over a 20 year period for the processing of solid waste at its landfill site.

      Don’t buy the hype that the only way out of the current situation is to accept attacks on social conditions.

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    • Leroy November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Or maybe he is a political operative of the DLP.

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  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore November 28, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I’ve been arguing this very point for some time. The acronym IMF conjure up fear in many who’re ignorant to the role the Fund performs in more recent economic history. We in Barbados are afraid to discuss tropics that are deemed taboo & this is partly out of ignorance. While we ought not to be in this position, Barbados’position is what it is. Had this DLP acted on the advise proffered we would not now be here contemplating going to the IMF. A few countries in the region have had their economies restructured with the fund’s assistance & there are now on a path of sustainable growth. Neither were their currencies devalued. We are allowing the fear & ignorance of the less imformed to paralyze a nation from doing what should have been done immediately after the 2013 poll. Before then & especially after, this admin have concocted one medium term fiscal strategy after another that have resulted in buff pain but little gain. Meanwhile the economic matrices have worsten to the point where we will now have to turn to the IMF as lender of last resort vecause of our poor credit rating. Our debt must be consolidated as a country with debt to GDP of over 140%. We are now left with two choices. Either we borrow from a financial institution that would date to lend us but at exorbitant interest rates or accept IMF financial & technical assistance at an affordable rate but with conditionalities. I prefer the route of the IMF because we have to account for the way we spend their disbursements. This DLP has show that by their very actions that DEM can’t be trusted with large sums of money. What is hurting Barbados even more is the thinking of those who choose to like in stupor.

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    • Duane Burke
      Duane Burke November 28, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Mr Collymore. Very well said. One of the only areas I would disagree is that I would say 3 years earlier in 2010.

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    • Santini More
      Santini More November 28, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Well said. The IMF is not the devil. We are in a very deep, deep economic hole. If the DLP had turned to the IMF 5 years ago then most likely we would be in a far stronger financial position, however we are where we are, and a slow crawl out of this economic hell hole must begin soon. We have been taxed to hell and now have little option about what happens next.

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      • harry turnover November 28, 2017 at 7:21 am

        They didn’t want to risk it then because they would have been made to account for every cent and DEM din want that because every man jack knows what goes on when Governments are in power across the World.
        …..BUT seeing that the economy has reached rock bottom,whoever wins the next election will HAVE to go that route ,so in essence the DLP is just making things difficult for a certain trend to continue.

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        • John Everatt November 28, 2017 at 11:06 am

          This is the truth folks. If they had entered and arrangement with IMF they would have had to account for every penny which means they could not be very corrupt without getting caught.

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    • Deborah King
      Deborah King November 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

      so true, Arthur Collymore.DEM sure can’t be trusted with anything.

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    • Sue Ward
      Sue Ward November 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I fail to see why the IMF is viewed as something to avoid and be afraid of. They do what is needed – help countries in financial straits.

      Scare tactics to unsettle those who do not understand is the way of politics…!

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    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore November 28, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Agreed Sue Ward. It is not as though we have a choice at this time. Sometimes in life there’s what is called a “necessary evil”. And then there are those, we can simply call DEM evil.

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  6. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude November 28, 2017 at 1:18 am

    I would like to understand more about this IMF talk and maybe some sort of debate would enlighten the piblic ,and what is his plan ?

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    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore November 28, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Ferreira Claude, i like you. Many people have never opened an Economics text book far less browse it’s contents. They can be forgiven for fearing the worst when the notion is mooted that Barbados should go to the IMF. I’ve studied economics at the tertiary level but I’m no economist. Yet I try ever so often to allay the fears of Baebadian whenever this topic is mentioned as it relates to us going this route. I know others a are more qualified & can do a better job in leading this discussion. The party in office would neither raise it as a discussion point not join the debate. DEM only interest in the matter is to accuse the BLP of wanting to take us there. When last I heard Stuart speak on this issue it was to say that it was not an option for his govt at this time (earlier this year). Since then never a word. The economy can be likened unto a decaying tooth. The sooner you go to the dentist the milder the treatment. Barbados is now to the point of root canal or extraction. As you may be aware either one is painful. The deterioration of Barbados’ fortunes would suggest that the best time to engage the IMF was in 2010. We have tried a slew of home grown measures that have all failed. Only a few short weeks ago Chris announced to the country the same programme under a different acronym. The truth is this, economists in this country are affraid to give their take on this topic because their opinions will be take to be representative of the party he/she belongs. Meanwhile, the rest of us suffer in the silence.

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  7. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 28, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I am not going into the IMF comfort or control but unless the trade imbalances with wealthier countries are addressed we will always be going cap in hand to the colonial con-artists.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Absolutely correct. These clowns here have no idea who the IMF is. You all better talk to people around the world that took the devil’s money and still living in his created hell. Barbados is hemorrgine foreign dollar’s by importing 100% of everything it consume. And the reason it’s importing 100% of in consumable goods? Well since bajans have short memories i will tell you. Bobby Morris went overseas and signed a devastateing WTO Agreement that force barbados to purchase over a billion dollars worth of goods and services from world trade members states. While preventing Barbadians from even keeping a cow or chicken in they back yard to feed themselves. That was by design folks. That push every bajan into the import class expensive supermarkets. We should renegotiate all world trade agreements that previous barbados government sign……..TBC

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  8. hcalndre November 28, 2017 at 3:33 am

    You`ll know that`s how they barely won the last election by using scare tactics that the BLP would privatized the bus service and now the service is partially crippled and they can`t get from point A to point B on time, so they will do the same about the IMF to the misinformed bajans.

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  9. Mac November 28, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Mr. Weatherhead is asking the BLP to disclose its plans.
    When will Solutions Barbados disclose theirs.
    No to DLP and BLP. Neither have a clue.
    Are you saying that we should elect Solutions Barbados.?
    Why should we always be copy cats and elect a Donald Trump type leader.

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    • Mark Rosmar November 28, 2017 at 8:46 am

      What exactly is the problem with Donald Trump might I ask? You don’t have to drink the KoolAid you know? Barbadians have been conditioned to believe that Donald Trump is a roaring lion walking about seeking whom he may devour.

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      • 3rdsun November 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

        Mark he is the lying king

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    • Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      If our old folks had that same mentality, The late Grantly Adam’s and Errol barrow would never have been elected. We would have a completely different history. As Ron white said “You cant fix stupid” when your are stupid you are stupid for ever.

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  10. Mac November 28, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Mr. Weatherhead you obviously don’t understand the IMF.
    Barbados have in the past gone to the IMF.
    Barbadians have been conditioned to believe that the IMF is a roaring lion walking about seeking whom it may devour.
    The IMF should never be seen as a lender of last resort. (as is now the case with Barbados) As it is at that point that the medicine becomes bitter.
    We should have been there before 2013

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  11. Tony Webster November 28, 2017 at 4:51 am

    @John Everatt: right on da money…err sorry…our bottom of the bin rating now leaves us…without any high cards …or cards at all. Like going into the bank to get a loan…sans underpants…and smellin’ bad too.

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  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 28, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Name of the New Party?

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  13. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa November 28, 2017 at 5:31 am

    And so

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  14. Johnathan November 28, 2017 at 5:36 am

    The clowns could shut up and know none uh dum will even save duh deposit

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  15. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 28, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Every election another RH stunt and the shocking thing is the RH idiots believe it

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  16. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn November 28, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Well tell us what you is going to do if you WIN the next general election. You not going to the IMF. What is your plan.

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  17. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls November 28, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The silly season is truely upon us and we know how that turned out last time.

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  18. Ken R. Smith
    Ken R. Smith November 28, 2017 at 6:05 am

    A new RH on the block, perhaps he should spend some time enlightening us Barbadians as to what their plans are. Another hot air ballon has been inflated…stupseeeee

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  19. Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I smart man once told me, “you can learn a lot from a fool” its a good thing i never set foot in barbados secondary schools. Instead i hall ass out of barbados to get a world class information base education on how the real new world order work’s. I shook off the plantation mentality and tek off the donkey blinkers long-time. Too bad lots of these secondary education fools still wearing them. Grow up barbados. Its the information age. Re-educate yourself to the working of the real world Please!

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  20. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    SCOTT THAT`S YOURS

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  21. Chad Blackman November 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Year after year after year… Mia Mottley and the BLP has outlined their plan. She said this year at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon when asked what she will do, is that given that she’s already outlined those plans to the same audience year after year, she won’t repeat herself for repeating sake, but will simply say what ever is legal and moral, she will do to get things back on track, to which she received thunderour applause.

    You Scott Weatherhead choone to lie about a secret plan and twist her words, but it won’t work.

    The BLP has the experience and skills to lead us forward.

    Your party wants to win an election and present itself as an alternative based on scare tactics? No….!!!!

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  22. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite November 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Ignorant talk. The BLP is not running the country the DLP is, elections have not been called so why do they have to say what they will do. Barbados went to the IMF before and our currency was not devalued so why now. Stop with the scare tactics. The BLP would say what they will do when they are ready. You all want ideas from Mia but that ain’t going to happen. To the BLP don’t let these fly by night fools push you into saying anything before you are ready.

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  23. Chad Blackman
    Chad Blackman November 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Year after year after year… Mia Mottley and the BLP has outlined their plan. She said this year at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon when asked what she will do, is that given that she’s already outlined those plans to the same audience year after year, she won’t repeat herself for repeating sake, but will simply say what ever is legal and moral, she will do to get things back on track, to which she received thunderour applause.

    You Scott Weatherhead choone to lie about a secret plan and twist her words, but it won’t work.

    The BLP has the experience and skills to lead us forward.

    Your party wants to win an election and present itself as an alternative based on no track record and only scare tactics? No….!!!!

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  24. Alex Alleyne November 28, 2017 at 6:19 am

    If some Country don’t lend Barbados US$6 Billion by next election, we will have no other choice but IMF here I come.
    Barbados will have to take what ever is handed , under what ever conditions because we are too deep in the hole to be able to have any say. “Like a lamb to the slaughter’.

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  25. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson November 28, 2017 at 6:23 am

    And where you intend to carry we ? To the cleaners ? GTFOH !

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  26. Valerie Knight
    Valerie Knight November 28, 2017 at 6:25 am

    These new kids on the block will say any to be elected. The BLP do not need to outline their plans, the election date gas not been set. Only a fool spill their guts to the vultures.

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  27. Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 6:47 am

    These clowns here have no idea who the IMF is. You all better talk to people around the world that took the devil’s money and still living in his created hell. Barbados is hemorrgine foreign dollar’s by importing 100% of everything it consume. And the reason it’s importing 100% of in consumable goods? Well since bajans have short memories i will tell you. Bobby Morris went overseas and signed a devastateing WTO Agreement that force barbados to purchase over a billion dollars worth of goods and services from world trade members states. While preventing Barbadians from even keeping a cow or chicken in they back yard to feed themselves. That was by design folks. That push every bajan into the import class expensive supermarkets. We should renegotiate all world trade agreements that previous barbados government sign.plus remove all the laws that hinder bajans from self maintenaning themselves…….TBC

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  28. jrsmith November 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    This new party solutions is mouthing off , but where is the billion which is needed to pull us out the hole we are in…………………..

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  29. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards November 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Wait is that a white man white people has been in the works all alone I keep saying bajans has been getting play as puppets all alone but yet they fight among each other about blp and dlp know your self people

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  30. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards November 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Black people can’t fix there own problems so they have to turn down the dark road (to a white man to fix the solution for them )

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  31. Blaazer Gee
    Blaazer Gee November 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    So u saying that the BLP and the DLP dont know how to fix the economy because if they did the first would hv said what they are going to do by now and the latter would hv implemented it by now, so pls tell us does ur party hv a solution to the economic woes…..i think not, because i hv not heard one single member of ur party mention anything in this regard and the IMF cannot implement anything in barbados, they can only advise the government what to do….and yes you are correct about one thing “the citizens of barbados are not stupid” we know that u are only blowing hot air as u and ur colleagues dont hv a clue how to run this country…..pls go back to ur day job.

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  32. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Dancing with the devil and not expecting to get yah foot mash, unbelievable. If only you people would spend your energies trying to assist the present government in keeping this island afloat economically, and in restructuring our economy (as the government is doing), Barbados would be in better shape.More attention is given to lies and fake news, as opposed to the truth and facts. There are many successes in Barbados despite the difficult times. One such success is in the health care, I personally can attest to that.I hear people demanding growth in our economy. Well there has been steady growth according to the Central. Let me give you some statistics from the great USA. The United States economy showed growth of 3.0% in the third quarter of 2017. Economic growth for the USA is as follows: 2012=2.2%; 2013=1.7%; 2014=2.4%; 2015=2.6% and 2016=1.6%. And I hear the CROOKED Barbados Labour Party demanding that economic growth in Barbados should be more than what currently is and as high as 3 or 4 percent. Strupse. Maybe if we could bottle/capture some of all this HOTAIR coming from the guts of these naysayers and peddle the N-product to foreign markets, we could earn enough foreign exchange to sustain us.The government is doing the best it can, and we citizens need to STOP wallowing in impressions and fake news. Accept truths. It is your fault if you allow a QC (fake) to fool you.

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  33. Michae chow November 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    What is the solution plan? Show it and do a national debate!

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  34. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith November 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Is Mr .wheatherhead connected to Sun General ?

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  35. Saga Boy November 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Solutions Barbados has in its lineup some decent candidates most of whom I would vote for before any of the BLP candidates. This elections will force bajans into being more analytical and hopefully more objective. The IMF does not have all the answers and cannot be the solution at this time. It is the system we need to deal with. The same private sector that is so critical of Gov is its own and the people’s greatest enemy. It does not encourage the growth of local argriculture and neither does it encourage innovation. The majority are primarily users and not earners if foreign currency. Tax reform must be our focus going forward.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      You couldn’t have said it any better. Reform the political system first. Put in place check and balances. Amend the constitution with articles that govern the conduct of elected officials. Also add an updated people rights bill to the amendment. Set a firm date for general election every five years. Change from MPs to People Representative. Build official representative parish office with full-time staff. Hire qualify Barbadians officials to manager each government departments. Change the names from Ministry of to Department of. Give those managers the authority to run those departments with out political interference.

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  36. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

    He was connected to Sunbeach that owed Cable and Wireless millions and he owns Mix 96.9 FM which he and his father Jeff Neil battled in public over

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  37. Bajanrambo November 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Before we go to the IMF, we should go to the IFC (International Finance Corporation). The IFC is the private sector development arm of the World Bank, who is largely responsible for the economic mess that Barbados. From 2008 to 2012 Barbados was not on the list of economies that the World bank recommended to global investors as a place to do business, hence the global investor bypassed our shores and took their money and the jobs they would have created to neighbouring islands. THIS IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REASON FOR OUR DOWNGRADES.
    BARBADOS SHOULD SUE THE WORLD BANK FOR DAMAGES FIRST! Settlement should include damages as well as loans at preferential rates.

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  38. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe November 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

    These clowns

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  39. fedup November 28, 2017 at 8:14 am

    If it’s a secret..how does he know?

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  40. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade November 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

    YOU KNOW IN THIS WORLD WE GOT LOT OF RH FOOL

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  41. Roverp November 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The games we all play. Barbados has experienced a 7 year local recession no one talks about. We heard the ruling party talking up to 2014 about a world recession still on that ended in 2009. We know of the downgrades and the debt levels. Yet in all this we do not want to admit that the IMF may be a solution. Any one who studied economics know that flat taxes like the 10% one proposed by SOLUTIONS disproportionately affects the poor. In other words the poor get the worst of such taxes and hence when VAT was introduced to Barbados the unions asked for the SOCIAL WELFARE protections needed for the poor and got them. We got here by POOR THINKING and IDEAS. We need GREAT THINKING and IDEAS. So sending home 4500 persons unless 80% of that number is continual POOR THINKING.

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    • Carson C Cadogan November 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      The IMF is a “”solution”” for a FOOL!!!!!

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  42. Ossie Moore November 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    “buh”bados ( Barbados ) need a white government to bring it back it from the brink of disaster , because as my grandmother used to say “buh”bados is going to jalopy ( jalapy) in a small boat.

    The only running of the country that black government is doing is ” running the island to ruins “

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    • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

      @ ossie moore
      Barbados in the 1930’s under a white colonial government:

      The Moyne Commissioners, however, found stubborn evidence of a reduced capacity to enjoy this schooling on the part of the school-age population because of poverty and the demands of child labor on the plantations. In his testimony to the Moyne Commissioners, Dr J. D. Alleyne, Acting Chief Medical Officer, reported that malnutrition persisted “principally among the children of the lower classes.” According to an appended Memorandum on “the Nutrition of the Poorer Classes of the Colony,” the latest inspections of school children by the Sanitation Officer had revealed “18% of badly nourished children and 24.1% of sub-normal children.” And in response to Lord Moyne’s suggestion that children might be kept out of school due to poverty, Board Secretary Mahon admitted that “[i]n some instances the children have no clothes or they may have to stay at home when the mother is out to help with the younger children.”

      The 1938 –1939 Moyne Commission in Barbados: investigating the status of children

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    • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

      @ ossie moore

      Barbados under a white colonial government:

      “The foundations of modern Barbados were laid on the tectonic plates of race and class and their attendant, poverty. In 1954, for instance, everyone over the age of 68 who was eligible for the old age pension in Barbados was subject to a means test of $BD 1.75. This means test was, even by the standards of the day, low. Yet seven out of ten people eligible for old age pensions qualified to receive them.1 Despite the reforms initiated as a result of the Moyne Commission’s Report in 1939, 2 poverty levels throughout the West Indies, but particularly in Barbados, remained high. If poverty was the prevailing characteristic of the elderly, its bite was equally felt at the other end of the life cycle. In 1955, infant mortality was at 134 per 1,000 live births, significantly higher than its European or North American counterparts, and almost double that prevailing in other parts of the British West Indies.

      That malnutrition prevented labourers from working more than five hours a day, or that, many days of the year, there was not even five hours work to be had, did
      nothing to shift such views. Despite the conclusions of the 1936 Report of the Committee appointed to consider and report on the question of nutrition in
      Barbados ‘that there is extensive malnutrition in this island…[due to] the inability of people of poor means to purchase necessary foods’ 7 or the poverty exposed
      by the report of the 1938 Deane Commission 8, racist attitudes controlled the access to employment, health, education and welfare and denied access to the
      political process itself.

      This apartheid was enforced not only by a legal framework, but by custom and practice which, with the exception of a politically aware elite, remained broadly unchallenged until 1966 when a newly Independent Barbadian legislature outlawed racial discrimination. Until then, ‘If you want to see apartheid’ one informant told me ‘all you needed to do was go to Church. The white people sat in the front pews and the black people way behind them, or up in the gallery. You dare not, if you were black, sit where the white people sat.’

      Memories of Race and the Formation of Nation: Barbados 1937-1967

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    • Carson C Cadogan November 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      You are an idiot.

      A WHITE GOVT. is running England , just take a look at the poverty, homelessness, joblessness that presently exists in England.

      The chasm between the rich and poor in WHITE GOVT. RULED England is mind boggling.

      I await you telling me that I am wrong.

      IS THAT WHAT YOUR LOT DISCUSSES ON SUNDAYS DOWN Cattle Wash at your bay houses?

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    • Carson C Cadogan November 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      “”Last year, 112,070 people declared themselves homeless in England – a 26% increase in four years. At the same time, the number of people sleeping rough in London grew by 75% to a staggering 6,437. Why? A £7bn cut in housing benefit, welfare reforms and a huge lack of affordable housing.””

      THIS IS IN WHITE GOVT. RULED England. And I could go on and on.

      What I saw in England was heartrendering.

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    • Ras November 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      @ Ossie Moore which Plantation you working on
      Ossie you are a free man now so sad nobody told you

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      • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        @Ras – Ossie is working on the same plantation all of this people working on – just overspread. what will it take and when will you people see that Barbados is one big plantation. Look and see. And how can you people be “free” and still have your enemies names, culture, laws, clothing/dress code, religion, – including Christianity, the nationality they gave you and even remain in the land of your captivity. This is why this people was pushed into academia to continue your funneled roles. This people love and trust in oppression nothing new here.

        Add you CCC can really stop this white gov rubbish. You know full well that the politicians are only in the fore front giving the scratch grain out to keep the fowls happy and calm while the real big dickies control this place. Just let the idiots take charge and mismanage and them watch.

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        • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

          So wanna might as well let them whites take charge in this place. Trust me you people will be no worst off and will actually be in the same position you are currently in and them will be in the same position too. Don’t worry. Things will be more organized, crime will be down, etc.

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  43. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott November 28, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I like u bad ken r Ken R. Smith

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  44. Tee White November 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

    This IMF love fest is mind boggling. Next you’ll be telling us that that the Ku Klux Klan is not the devil.

    The reality is that the actions of the IMF in country after country is what has given its reputation. Contrary to its lying claims that it is there to support governments to maintain ‘fiscal prudence’, in reality its role is to ensure that wealth continues to flow from the ex-colonies and oppressed countries into the pockets of the money lenders and big capitalists of North America, Europe and elsewhere. To maximise the flow of wealth in that direction, it is necessary to restrict its consumption locally. That is why IMF programmes are always based on attacking the poor under the guise that the ‘country is living beyond its means’.

    But if that is the case, why don’t the IMF propose that there be a moratorium on the debt repayments because the country can’t afford it or that foreign companies be stopped from repatriating their profits because the wealth is needed to fix the local economy? If you want a better understanding of how this global swindle works and the role of the IMF and the World Bank in it, google Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

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  45. Tee White November 28, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Barbados Today you need to stop censoring comments which put information in the public domain that you are uncomfortable with. I do not use abusive language in my posts nor make personal attacks on individuals. Therefore, I can only conclude that your censorship of my comments is because you are unhappy with the political point of view I express.

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    • John Everatt November 28, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Well Mr White, there was only a hour between your 2 posts. Have a little patience man. They can’t monitor this every minute.

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      • Tee White November 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

        @John Everatt I’m a very patient person but they refused to approve one of my post dealing with government expenditure and I’m pretty sure it’s because I made reference to the outsourcing contracts which the governmemt has with Sustainable (Barbados) Recycling Centre Inc. (SBRC), under which the government is obliged to underwrite a guaranteed minimum payment of $22.6 Million per year to SBRC over a 20 year period for the processing of solid waste at its landfill site.

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  46. Carlisle Norville November 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    (Bagan patriot,) you got it right ( agreements were signed without the knowledge or consent of the people,& that is Barbados biggest problem, ministers go without our knowing & sign all kind of agreements that we the ignorant people don’t know about, to start with ,our laws in parliament are outdated & most of them are agreed to laws, passed down by whites from England ,blacks in barbados living in a fools paradice(, all i can say is drink ya rum till ya tumble down, cause you people in Barbads most of you are under some foolish spell ,that does NOT allow you to STAND up for your RIGHTS.( bajans so frighten & de athorites know it ,cause if you STAND up for your RIGHS, Police & Defence Force coming to keep you frighten people in place.( i waiting to see when & where r eal men & women in Barbados will get some guts, & demand their rights ( if you know them)

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    • John Everatt November 28, 2017 at 11:35 am

      “agreements were signed without the knowledge or consent of the people”. This is still going on today. Look at Cahill for example and that is only one.

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  47. Fallon Best November 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    @Roverp..you stated “Any one who studied economics know that flat taxes like the 10% one proposed by SOLUTIONS disproportionately affects the poor”…. well I have studied economics for over two decades and I find your statement grossly flawed in reality. I suggest you take the time to research something our honorable minister and yourself fail to understand but most economist do.. the concept of tax elasticity and dead weight loss.

    Try;
    http://www.econport.org/content/handbook/Elasticity/elasticitydeadweightloss.html

    Studies have revealed with some clarity the manner in which the overall tax burden is apportioned. Needless to say, this is a question that affects each of us in a vital way. Although the average citizen is concerned with the overall level of taxes, chances are he or she is even more interested in exactly how the tax burden is allocated among individual taxpayers.

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  48. Carlisle Norville November 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Fallon Best, great point( please make some more contributions)

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  49. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow November 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

    he could really shut he foolish mouth the woman tell he she going

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  50. N. Payne November 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    There is not one country in the developed world, not in deficit.

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  51. jrsmith November 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    @, Arthur Collymore , hail, hail, your (12:43 ) on the button , on the button …….. Way back when Barbados was punching way above its weight , there were issues with the IMF or any financial group in or who visited Barbados, …………………………….
    @, Carson ,C, Codogan , your (12:07 ) shot at England , most of everything in England works , people go hungry and loose they homes in the UK because of personal issues , you have all these figures , why you didn’t collect from the ghettos in the US…. In the UK any one of these said people became ill, they would have medical attention lot better than most of the world…………
    All at a sudden you are comparing Barbados to the UK , why …….

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  52. Ossie Moore November 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Carson Cadogan says : IS THAT WHAT YOUR LOT DISCUSSES ON SUNDAYS DOWN Cattle Wash at your bay houses?

    Ossie : New beginnings if the cattle are “washed ” away from “buh” bados

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  53. Ossie Moore November 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Since they are so many commentators commenting today , I’ll take the time to go off on a tangent here for while to discuss this issue .

    Now this is why the little piece of 2 x 4 salt rock , banana republic , flying fish mentality jungle of “buh”bados better known of Barbados is such a “cursed ” piece of land. . . . . and will never get any better.

    Below is how the bajan media and Police force describes black Barbadians.

    Are they describing the looks of the bajan politicians , bajan media and the Police force ? If this is the case then :

    All of the staff members of the B L A C K bajan media and the B L A C K police dept , and black bajan politicians have :

    (1) broad , round faces
    (2) thick lips
    (3) big noses, etc etc.
    (4) full eyes
    (5) thick lips
    (6) full breasted
    (7) large round heads
    (8) large foreheads

    which then put black Barbadians into the category of being , monkeys, apes , gorillas and orangutans.

    Black bajans will spit fire from their mouths and curse God and the switchboard at ” brass tacks ” will light up if a white person calls them a N***er , but here they all are calling each other wild animals

    If you scroll through the headlines of the today online edition of this paper , you’ll have an idea of exactly what I am talking about.

    To all of the “white tourists ” around the world . . .welcome to “buh”bados the ” land of morons ” where the black people call themselves monkeys, apes , gorillas and orangutans.

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  54. Alex Alleyne November 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    @Ossie Moore, No filthy rich WHITE bajan ain’t gine run for public office. They just control the poppet politicians from their board room arm chair.
    ECONOMIC POWER, POLITICAL POWER.

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  55. Thor November 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Pure RH and *untery and *uckry. and No we dont need an inexperienced untried party or leader.

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  56. Greengiant November 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    You all need to go to MARKETVIEWS.COM and read this article.
    ” Central Bankers Face A Crisis Of Confidence As Models Fail”
    Then and only then should any of you comment on what Weatherhead and Solutions Barbados said during their campaign launch in the square on Saturday night last.

    Their solutions has been posted on their page solutionsbarbados.com for the longest time. You can read examine, do any amount of mathematics you wish and confront them on the theories they’ve presented. Instead you are saying silly emotional things like. “They will lose their deposits, they don’t have a clue, third parties don’t do well, they may be a arm of the DLP”. Only our people, yes Barbadians are uniquely stupid, and that’s what the DLP and BLP has benefitted from for decades.

    Why hasn’t the economic specialist from either the DLP or BLP come out against the medicine being prescribed by Solutions Barbados? For one I challenge you to work out the figures, the difference in revenue if corporation tax is deducted before profit at 10% and the current percentage after profit. Do you all realise that if a company has no profit there’s no corporation tax?

    They’re many things to consider, but the main thing is, Solutions Barbados is the only party so far who has presented total solutions for this country’s recovery. The others, especially the BLP with over 50 years political experience is saying, “vote for me and I will present the plan to you six weeks after”. Do you let a painter paint first then to tell you the cost of the job?

    Come on Barbados, stop all the historical political partisanism now. This is time for change, how long is too long? If Solutions Barbados is adrift at sea economically I challenge the economist in this country to tell the people that the plan is impossible, tell us it’s short comings, tell us all that’s wrong with the plan. Or is it as Weatherhead said, “you all have no plan, no clue, no alternative than to cut 4,500 public service jobs, privatise state entities and enter into a prostitution agreement with the IMF?

    Please don’t compare any of the third parties with the former NDP. The NDP failed before it got properly grounded because as was said by their now late leader, ” we want to be the official opposition”. Who in their right minds will associate with a leader who wants to be the opposition leader? Be careful where you place you ‘X’ and for whom come 2018.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Bravo, bravo you nail it. Couldn’t have said it any better!

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  57. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott November 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    So you know!!!

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  58. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott November 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Politicians say one thing when they want votes but then act differently when in power

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  59. Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    If our old folks had that same mentality, The late Grantly Adam’s and Errol barrow would never have been elected. We would have a completely different history. As Ron white said “You cant fix stupid” when your are stupid you are stupid for ever.

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  60. Julian Goodluck
    Julian Goodluck November 28, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Private beaches, private water, private schools, private roads, liquidating tje rights to your natural resources, the restructuring of the foreign ownership rules. The IMF will be the straw that breaks the camel back.

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  61. luther thorne November 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The BLP has a secret plan to win the General Election and the bye Election (( there will be a bye – election soon after the General Election) I can see that they have plans and secret plans. Solutions and UPP will not even get 399 votes . Candidates of these two parties will get like 30 votes. Some will get 2 votes , 1vote – Lotto numbers. LOL Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha LEBAR. ROTFL. LMAO. LLDP

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