No more potholes!

Retired ambassador wants the national conversation to shift

Retired Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Robert Bobby Morris wants citizens to spend less time fixating on the size and amount of potholes on the island, and to spend more time talking about safeguarding the overall road network.

Recalling that Barbados came from a society of “cart tracks” and “marl roads” as major thoroughfares in its early years post independence, Morris said the country now had one of the largest road networks per capita in the world, while insisting that the national conversation should be about road maintenance and not about how many potholes are plaguing road users.

“We are concentrating in Barbados on looking at potholes. So much so that the Press will show you the depth of a pothole and go down in it because that is our vision, we are down in potholes . . . . I am asking you, has any economist every told you how many square metres of roads we have in Barbados?” he asked, adding that his personal fear was not about potholes.

“My fear is how do we maintain that now and in the future. It is one of the most frightening things to me. When I think about the highways and then we have all these little [roadways] through every little village, and then we have the people in White Hill saying they want a road put up there rather than moving them to the roads, what is our thinking. Why are we talking about potholes instead of talking about our road networks?” he questioned.

Morris was taking part in a panel discussion today on the topic Development: Does it Build a Society? It formed part of the 11th annual Ministry of Finance lecture series at the Courtyard by Marriott.

While further questioning why economists were not pointing out the “major, minor and secondary roads” on the island and talking about “what the difficulty will be for us in the future” to maintain them, Morris was also critical of residents who were demanding the construction of flyovers, saying they too were not thinking about how the existing road network would be maintained.

“That is part of the Barbadian difficulty that I have,” he said.

Morris’ comments came approximately two weeks after Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Senator Jepter Ince suggested that the vexing problem of potholes was a test from God.

It was during debate in the Upper House on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 two Wednesdays ago, that Ince had challenged Barbadians to resist the urge to complain.

He said God had spared Barbados from the natural disasters this year, including drought and hurricanes, but was now testing Barbadians with heavy rain which helped food crop farmers, but caused significant damage to the island’s road network resulting in a proliferation of potholes.

“The Lord said, ‘I’m going to test you with some potholes. I gave you rain; you had a drought and I gave water. The farmers could plant, and I saved you from the hurricanes. The roofs are on and I am giving you bread, I’m giving you transportation, but all I am doing is testing you with some potholes and we in Barbados are quarrelling every day . . . there are other people in other countries that would be glad if they were in a position that we are in today – hurricane ravaged countries,” Ince said at the time.

During Friday’s discussion at the Marriott, Ince was the one to initially raise concern about the state of the country’s roads, saying he believed there was a problem with management and maintenance.

“One of the challenges in Barbados is management. We have not been able to get our management and our maintenance of our resources right. I give you an example, we complain about our roads. We need structures in place to maintain our public road systems in an efficient manner,” said Ince, while pointing out that public and private sector buildings were also in need of proper maintenance.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

91 Responses to No more potholes!

  1. John Everatt December 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Morris, Ince, this is all insanity. One says it’s God’s test the other tells us not to complain. And the sewage still floods the roads on the south coast today. The people of this country do not seem to get too upset about anything. I can tell you about the sewage because I live there in the midst of it. I can also tell you about the potholes because I see them every day. The tax payers pay and the government does not perform. Meanwhile the prime minister sleeps.

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  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    There’s one major pothole left, the one in which your previous DLP sunk the country.

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  3. Delbert Griffith
    Delbert Griffith December 16, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Screw you Bobby Morris (and I dont really mean screw) We went past that era so many years ago. Do you remember when we did not have electricity also?

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  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 16, 2017 at 12:20 am

    He meant at on the Runway at Sir Grantley Adams …perhaps?

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    • Shane Castillo
      Shane Castillo December 16, 2017 at 12:53 am

      aright then cause under the Air Traffic Safety Act.Runway Safety is a top priority for everyone in aviation.

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  5. Ken R. Smith
    Ken R. Smith December 16, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Another RH moment

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  6. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne December 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

    He and Jester should fall into the same pothole! Wonder how many tyres he’s had to replace this year.

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  7. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 16, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I believe this guy has been senile for a long time now

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  8. luther thorne December 16, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Talking bare Sewage !

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  9. Shane Castillo
    Shane Castillo December 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Hear what going on Loan C.O Williams some money to produce Asphalt from Used Tires.And get Barbados roads fix do enough with the long talk

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  10. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

    As a Trade Unionist he sure has some outdated thoughts. Someone should remind him that we are living in the 21st Century. His concept of Barbados is still in the 1930’s when it was felt that masses should be seen and not heard and we’re to be contented with their lot in life. I hope he wakes up to the reality that the masses want to move forward and not backward.

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  11. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams December 16, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Some people should be arrested for talking foolishness!

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    • hcalndre December 16, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Altheia; I say tarred and feathered.

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    • Ricardo Worrell
      Ricardo Worrell December 16, 2017 at 7:17 am

      That’s a life sentence for this dlp administration and its yardfowls

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  12. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite December 16, 2017 at 2:53 am

    The old man’s talking nonsense !

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  13. Tony Webster December 16, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Madness Incorporated: Why not celebrate our 51st with the same panache and enthusiasm ….and splurging cash…as our 50th?
    Perfectly logical…and there’s an additional reason for the season too….n’est pas? Roll out the Grantleys ex CBB, ad let’s have a really grand finale!

    May God deliver us from calcified thinking and let our fresh young brains have their moment and their due.
    Or should we distinguish ourselves by having our very own “Zimbabwe moment”? So long, Uncle Bob! Hello, Crocodile!

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  14. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 16, 2017 at 4:00 am

    He was always an idiot . What wins does he have on his portfolio. Just collecting money for nothing. A post created that is useless as a pack of salt nuts in water

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  15. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton December 16, 2017 at 4:18 am

    A RH IDIOT!

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  16. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews December 16, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Mr trade unionist for the record white hill people never refused to move only one person say they are not moving and we are living in d twenty first century why u want to put us back in time I taught better of u people loosing tires and rims even getting injured and this is all I can say smh

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  17. Alex Alleyne December 16, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Where is all our road tax money going ????. “We are concentrating in Barbados on looking at potholes”. IT’S BECAUSE WE WANT THEM FIX.
    Government rake in millions more in TAX on automobiles parts.

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  18. Alex Alleyne December 16, 2017 at 5:01 am

    The road builders told David Thompson it will cost the TAX PAYRES “one million dollars per mile” in order to get the roadways fix in Barbados. (that was back then). Just look at the short strip that was done in LEARS. Still standing up to everything the roll over it. Then check out the roundabout at St. Patricks……….Both BUILT TO LAST.

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  19. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 16, 2017 at 5:04 am
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  20. Colin Daniel December 16, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I always thought that pot holes and road maintenance were related. If you don’t maintain the road you get pot holes. It the road are poorly built, you get pot holes. If the roads are poorly drained, you get pot holes.

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  21. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 16, 2017 at 5:17 am

    DENNISS…JEPTER… AND NOW BOBBY THE YESTERDAY MAN…

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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray December 16, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Why you leave out the PM he is the biggest idiot of them all, they are taking lessons from him.

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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray December 16, 2017 at 5:40 am
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  22. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer December 16, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I fear that road tax collected to maintain the roads clearly is not being used for that purpose.

    I fear that the residenta at White Hill NEED relocating but a dangerous waiting game ia being played with their lives

    I fear that that the south coast sewage issue is still at the phase of spit

    We the citizens also have fears as well but alas no one cares as is evident

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  23. Mario Andrew Williams
    Mario Andrew Williams December 16, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Once again it is astonishing that your reporters could waste precious time covering such drivel!!! Are you not aware of the many real problems that we have in this country like the lack of programs in schools and in the media about littering?! What is your online publication doing to educate people not to litter?!!!

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  24. BIGSKY December 16, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Since you see it that way Sir,then eliminate the road tax.If people shouldn’t talk about potholes that are damaging their vehicle and causing them discomfort whilst paying high taxes then well well.You trying to water down things for the elcetion but that will not work.

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  25. Trevor Stuart
    Trevor Stuart December 16, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Them could shut up some times .

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  26. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Desperation brings out the worst in people.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield December 16, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Do they taste their words before they speak as the old folk would say ?

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  27. Dawn Peters
    Dawn Peters December 16, 2017 at 6:52 am
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  28. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 16, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Old uncle tom stool pigeon coon

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  29. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens December 16, 2017 at 6:56 am
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  30. Fred Foster December 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

    So potholes must be a good thing because God sends them to us. Rarely have I read about a man so confused by his faith. I remember when the British maintained the island’s road system and rarely did one then encounter a pothole. Maybe with the rest of the government incompetence from lack of funds to guns at school it’s time to invite the British back. Bajans would have to work at it though because no country in its right mind would assume the cost of a losing enterprise.

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  31. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade December 16, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Will he fix all the potholes before the election why you all dont try and stop fooling the people

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  32. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 16, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Silly season is here

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  33. JT December 16, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Morris’ family really needs to do an intervention! This man is clearly exhibiting signs of dementia.
    Help him.

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    • MARIA Holder December 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

      In all seriousness, I have been worried about him for a while.

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  34. Rose Worrell
    Rose Worrell December 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Mouth open like that it’s a pothole

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  35. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams December 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    He needs to retire

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  36. harry turnover December 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Bobby Morris…you talking SH8 too ? because SEWAGE is in the air,you had to talk your load too ?..ya FIDIOT !! how ya mean people shouldn’t focus on pot holes ?…pot holes MASHING up people cars ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT WHEN DE RAIN FALLS and people don’t know how deep that pool of water ahead is.
    If something did MASHING up you insides or did getting severe headaches you din gine SEEK ATTENTION in an effort to get those problems fixed ?

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  37. Kathie Daniel December 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Dear Sir,
    It is entirely possible to think about more than one thing at a time. The potholes are a major issues because I have had to spend thousands of dollars on new suspension parts etc. for my car and I am not alone in this. As far as I know, no local company manufactures such car parts in Bim, so that is a lot of foreign exchange leaving the island. The same way that we can see the potholes, you mean MTW could not see them and have a plan to correct, maintain and prevent recurrence? Why are we paying them then, if they are not being allowed to do their jobs?
    The potholes are only the outward symptom of much deeper malaise.
    With whom does the buck stop, Mr. Morris?

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  38. Gregory December 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Is the guy for real!!
    good job he’s retired

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  39. Kwame Bradshaw
    Kwame Bradshaw December 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This pothole in walkers road st George resides around a blind corner on a road with no street lights 1 week ago a lady unsuspectingly drove in it on the car road and burst her tyre causing her to have to dead stop. Succeeding cars hit the pothole and had to take evasive action to avoid hitting her after being sent out of control by the lane size pothole. Unfortunately one driver wasn’t so lucky as he hit the pothole was thrown out of control and struck another car. Those ppl dam near lost their life to the “grave” as the responding police called it. But potholes are minor conveniences, but potholes save lives, but potholes are a test from God and now never mind the potholes. Barbadians citizens are being serious hurt and constantly being put in life threatening situations and those charged with representing the citizens of Barbados continue to make sport and make light of a suffering ppl.

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  40. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips December 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Every place this man go history is made,they put him in trinidad and now trinidad is the murder capital of the world,he now come into barbados as a dlp pimp and yard fowl and now barbados is the potholes and raw sewage capital of the world,bobby keep your ugly ass quiet and go and sleep.

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  41. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Frigging yardfowls telling folks not to complain guess congratulate useless politicians and shady government would be better.To this yardfowl clown the potholes are brutal on folks vehicles and all over island, why don’t government fix them properly once and for all instead of band aid fixes.

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  42. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett December 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Mouth ent big and broad fuh nothing,as bear jubbie coming out…..who put these idiots as representative for Barbados…hope Bajans don’t mek dat mistake for the third time,or we all will be gonners…so help us all!!!! Even Stevie wonder can see those craters, citizens complain,and day is what ” pothole mouth” can say to satisfy us….

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  43. Trevor Bridges
    Trevor Bridges December 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Having driven around your beautiful island for years. I would have to say I agree with earlier comments. Fix parts of roads by re paving. Fixing pot holes never lasts. Especially with cold rolled patching material

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  44. Candy Gordon
    Candy Gordon December 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    He needs to go Draxhall jump st george

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  45. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith December 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Father in heaven please forgive us dems potholes turning into RH idiots all around this country

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  46. Ossie Moore December 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Add this old man Robert Bobby Morris to the BBI list . . . .to the list of one of Barbados Biggest Idiots.

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  47. Ossie Moore December 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Barbados seems to be ” asshole magnet ” . . . . . it attracts them all.

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  48. Sherry jordan December 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Why doesn’t he think before he talk

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  49. Ossie Moore December 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    . . . . . . to reiterate once again . There is an ” asshole magnet ” hidden somewhere in buhbados and they need to find where it is hidden very quickly to dispose of it.

    Then again will getting rid of this magnet be a good thing or a bad thing ?

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  50. just observing December 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Mr Morris , you understand that I had to replace two tyres this year after I not hit potholes? You understand that the police reporting you when you don’t pay road tax and then you are fined? Do you understand that we want to know what wunna doing wid de road tax that is collected daily?
    You actually got de audacity to talk de rot you just spit out? People new and old cars rattling like they gine fall apart on the road because of the condition of the roads.
    I don’t know about the rest of barbadians but I can’t wait to vote vote wunna out de place. All wunna doing is insulting we intelligence and patting wunna self on de back and saying’dat should placate dem.’ But you know what? That is infuriating us!

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  51. just observing December 16, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Correction ‘hit potholes’

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  52. Michael Harris
    Michael Harris December 16, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Really Mr Morris?? Is that all you can say that we came from cart roads? So? The point being the government’s job is to provide services to the society needs not talk foolishness about we came from cart roads!

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  53. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2017 at 11:25 am

    We may have a large network of roads per square mile, but if that network is so badly maintained that it is causing damage to vehicles and horrible driving experiences then it’s an empty boast. We have to focus on the condition of the roads; that is where we feel it. Having a large network is of no consequence to anyone if it will take you half an hour to traverse a kilometre of road and leave you with a burst tyre and/or axil.

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  54. Adrian Mapp
    Adrian Mapp December 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Stupse,potholes are traditional,oh boy,lol

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  55. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete December 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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  56. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie December 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Meanwhile lawlessness , under invoicing , drugs, Guns etc prevails , community spirit is steadily being eroded,,children are being taught to receive wonderful gifts rather than give of their time , many adults are over borrowed, buying things they can’t afford trying to impress people they don’t like …. Potholes are a symptom of a much larger problem …. Only a foolish doctor would treat symptoms – you’re spot on Mario Andrew Williams

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  57. Helicopter(8P) December 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Simple! Here it is! Lets take a look at the Motor Vehicle Licencing Department within the Ministry of Transportation. Fleet operators, businesses, and private operators who own vehicles register these vehicles including farm, and fishing vessels , the moneys collected should now be a lucrative amount. A percentage of this income should be automaticly inverted into the road repair maintenence program for a 52 week road inspection plan from River Bay to South Point and from Crane to Need Ham’s Point. We are a growing tourism identity in this global village. Tourist may opt-out for cruise vacations rather than Air travel or long stay due to adversed road condition and danger of road incidences due to bad road conditions along with aggressive driving practiced.

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  58. Rechelle December 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Dey talking s***e as uusual. Where has the money gone to maintain these roads?

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  59. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer December 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Those on Spring Garden need fixing before a deadly accident takes place. You like you on a different planet. That particular area also need to be lit. What are you talking about?

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  60. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer December 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    West bury New Road now Rihanna Drive is a link Road to Spring Garden High Way and pot holes on that road. Tourist don’t have to use the Spring Garden High Way as on of the entrance to Rihanna’s Drive? All the boasting about tourist coming to see this drive and have to drive along a cart road is a shame. Wanna don’t think !

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  61. Alwyn Babb
    Alwyn Babb December 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    This is the new era of malcontents and complainers. Social media has revealed a lot.

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  62. Araya Sunshine
    Araya Sunshine December 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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  63. chris hill December 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    the question is. How did the roads get in this mess in the first place. all money goes to the BRA, and the minister of tax (still leaning on the job) does not let out the money. so the roads fall apart but waiting in the wings is a 60 million $ road contract for concrete roads supplied by the DEM very close ally, mr Preconco. as for the idiot Roy Bobby Morris, well all the old yard fouls coming trying to save the DLP from what is looking like the biggest loss ever.

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  64. Jus me December 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Jobeee!
    Bobeeeee!!

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  65. Belfast December 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    When we had cart roads and marl roads, the cart roads were properly maintained, and the public roads adequately maintained by the then Highways and Transport, the forerunner of MTW.
    Vehicles in those days were built much sturdier and were able to withstand any regularities in the road. Today’s vehicles are not so robust. Suspension, brakes, steering parts, and tires, among others, are badly affected by the massive potholes in our aptly described road NETWORK (like a string vest, made up of a number of holes joined together by a strip of tar) Replacement vehicle parts are not cheap,and its an affront to the already overburdened motorist/ taxpayer to have to pay VAT on these replacement parts to the Government who has neglected to maintain the road network in the first place. Something that may not affect Bobby Morris and his cohorts, as they are either running about in taxpayer-funded MP registered cars or are the recipients of a grand taxpayer- funded traveling allowances.
    It is bad when every other nationality comes to Barbados and consider Bajans to be stupid and easy pickings, but its heartbreaking when the same is done by our very own village boys.

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  66. Arri Mayers December 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Mr Morris is simply being loyal and agreeable to his like-minded boss, just like The Mouth, Kellman. Just the other day Bobbie was doing his grocery shopping for macaroni and corn beef at his local gas station convenience store.

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  67. Sean King
    Sean King December 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    This man still living in the 60’s

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  68. Sean King
    Sean King December 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    What nonsense are you talking ….

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  69. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville December 17, 2017 at 12:36 am

    He was one who had free education….see why we don’t have a fishing agreement, he was busy checking on our road network.

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  70. BIG SKY December 17, 2017 at 1:18 am

    You Sir,can’t set the agenda for the unions or for Barbadians.We will talk on what is affecting our lives,whether it be potholes,garbage collection,income tax refunds,lack of water from the BWA etc

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  71. Ralph W Talma December 17, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Ambassador Morris please wake up and face reality. You are currently dreaming, which is bad news for all road users.

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  72. Ossie Moore December 17, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Someone should give Bobby M. a piece of toilet paper to wipe what he believes is his mouth that he is talking through , but it is very obvious that his mouth and his ass has switched places with each other.

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  73. jrsmith December 17, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Bajans must wake up to the fact , these has beens contributed nothing to Barbados in past and has nothing to offer for the future …………..All you need to do is to marry up the failed sewage projects with the politicians……..Might be better if we also import some politicians…………………………….

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  74. Rickie Nurse December 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    That is the kind of condescending contempt that All of the Dems and their supporters have shown to us, the people, whenever we have to complain about the the state of affairs in this country. “cart road” and “marl tracks” as major thoroughfares.

    Mr. Assclown, every single country, nation, society, started at that stage, and developed, it was not meant for any of them to stay in that stage or regress to it again, but apparently you and your misfitted government seem to believe that we should be thankful for the current state that we are presently in through your deliberate mismanagement of our economy and we should just go in a corner and keep quiet, don’t say anything and you all go alone on your merry way. But I have news for you all, it ain’t going to happen, the inevitable judgement day of the ☓ is coming and there isn’t a damn thing that you can do to stop it.

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  75. Calypso December 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Retired is the suitable place for you, with the amount of pot holes what safegfuarding are you talking about?

    we have long pass that society of “cart tracks” and “marl roads” we are a developing island and would like to continue for the good of the people and all visitors.

    Robert Bobby Morris please say nothing else, enjoy your retirement.

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  76. R.harvey December 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I guess we don’t pay any more Road tax,and have enough money to pay for the car

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  77. Johnathan December 18, 2017 at 2:01 am

    He guts full so he can talk any of garbage as he knows quite well that is what we are used to. The superstitious one bring he back thinking by some far stretch he can pull off the same as 2013. Why he dfont call it on the same date as ladt time as well. They are all a bunch of uncaring out dated jack asses…

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