Barbadians not understanding their worth, says king

Veteran calypsonian and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Phillip East John King has decried what he said was “a Barbadian legacy” of selling themselves short in the process of “grabbing at crumbs”.

In a wide-ranging interview with Barbados TODAY during which he accused the Democratic Labour Party government of doing a lot of talking but delivering little, King made reference to the announced sale of the Hilton Barbados Resort to press home his point.

While Government has yet to announced the details of the sale, the BLP has been quoting media reports that the administration had signed off on the sale for US$80 million, US20 million less that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had said Government would be seeking for the recently refurbished property.

King said the reported deal was a tragedy and further proof of the tendency of Barbadians to sell themselves short.

“That itself is a tragedy that we have come to,” the former calypso monarch said.

He made reference to rum and sugar, both of which he said were among the best products either invented, or produced, here, but “we sell it cheap”.

“So this continues a Barbadian legacy of not understanding their own worth and what we have to bring to the table.

“This is what you call small island mentality and until we get past that and we can get people like myself and others who understand very well . . . you sell yourself short grabbing at crumbs, not understanding what you are valued, and people will take advantage of that,” he stressed.

King said it was important to run state enterprises efficiently and profitably so there full worth can be assured if they were to go up for sale.

He suggested that he was not against the sale of such enterprises, but only after a full assessment was made of the overall benefit to the country.

“I am a firm believer that if the state continues to invest in enterprises, whatever they must be, you must run them efficiently so that they are profitable; so that we would not be at this juncture where people are afraid of selling of things. Now, if you are running something and it is not a money generator, but you have to subsidize it all the time, you have to look and weigh, is this more of a social beneficial programme or is this a more economical beneficial programme?

“When you make that decision or that determination, that should inform you of what route or what action you take to deal with it. I am not one of the persons that believes in selling off everything willy nilly. There must be something just as you were going into it, you should know what the pros and cons are and when you are getting out you should know what the pros and cons are and make the best decision possible,” he stressed.

King also addressed the south coast sewage problem, saying someone needed to accept responsibility for the continuing mess.

The BLP candidate said it appeared the maintenance plan for the plant had not been followed.

“When we built the sewage thing there were technocrats who dealt with it who would have known from early o’clock what it can hold, when it needs maintenance and what needs to be done. So if you had followed the plan that would have been put in place we would not be at this juncture. But we are at this juncture because again we have a Government who finds it difficult to act,” he said.

33 Responses to Undersold

  1. luther thorne December 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Who will be Barbados’s Next Minister of Culture, Sports and Community Affairs ?

    • Leroy December 23, 2017 at 4:32 am

      His team has to win first, slow down.

  2. archy perch December 23, 2017 at 2:34 am

    It won’t be this johnny for sure.

    • Leroy December 23, 2017 at 4:34 am

      There is so much hate for the dlp now that any johnnie will do…but questìon,, who are fav for the job besides him or is he a johnnie come lately.

    • hcalndre December 23, 2017 at 5:39 am

      @archy perch; your johnies can`t get anything done right, so go with this Johnny.

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 23, 2017 at 5:25 am


  4. Bajan boy December 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

    @Lillian Lloyd but they get nuff..

  5. Ricky Bynoe
    Ricky Bynoe December 23, 2017 at 7:23 am

    There is no constituency called St.Phillip East.

    • Mervin Kellman
      Mervin Kellman December 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

      You are correct. He is the candidate for St. Philip West but such simple error is common with Barbados Today.

  6. Patrick December 23, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Why don’t John King continue singing because he cannot beat Estwick

    • straight talk December 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      maybe that’s is because the people in st phillip just like estwick nuff bark and no bite and underperform in every thing he does.

  7. colleta December 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

    All bajans can do is criticized and small talk others, still can’t come up with any solutions that will help the country and give people a better life.

  8. milli watt December 23, 2017 at 8:47 am

    John leave dem wid de fast food, credit cards, mock hair, 3,000.00 phones, can’t pay when the month come mortgage, always hiding from the bailiff car loan. This crowd know their worth and I don’t need you trying to tell them different.

    • Jennifer December 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

      lol – just trending in other words.

  9. Jennifer December 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

    “we sell it cheap”. Mek a song John.

  10. Jennifer December 23, 2017 at 9:07 am

    “you sell yourself short grabbing at crumbs” This reminds me of that yardfoooowwwwl mentality.

  11. Jennifer December 23, 2017 at 9:51 am

    The whole crux of what John is trying to say is that this people were breaded to be consumers and nothing more. WHOEVER CONTROLS THE MAIN INFRASTRUCTURAL ENTITIES OF A COUNTRY IS ACTUALLY CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE AND LEAVING CRAPS FOR THE UNDERDOGS. Now this is the stage where this people are heading – the underdog stage and hence selling. What them should hold onto them selling and vice versa. While the key players lie in wait. We as a people will sell because that is in our breeding nature while the innovative nature is held back and lock down naturally and by compromising copycat systems. Monopoly, chess and mastermind are games which are intense and requires thinking, if not players will even find themselves bankrupt and even slaves. This will all happen because they have sleeping watchmen and lazy minded assistants. We really need as a people to throw out all the old furniture and clean our houses for the coming year. And for all the political henchmen/women and disarmed foot soldiers this does not only mean the current government. But all the fu@$er$ who remain dormant and dead. we need people in power who are talking for the majority and building the majority…… And not building for another people to use either.

    • Bajan Yankee USA December 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Jennifer we had some of those people in power. Them all get tek from us. Them dead!

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Agree Barbados undersold but it’s by both of these two political parties that have ever only govern Barbados.

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Yuppppp.. 6 is stillllll 1/2 dozen…. Yup yup yuppppp

  13. archy perch December 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    It is folly to think that the blessed Democratic Labour Party – which had vision and led us to independence; created the NIS and even facilitated the UWI Cave Hill here- would seek to destroy their engraved legacy by destroying the structure of this beloved island. The DLP put together a booklet of all its achievements in the first five years since 2008, all documented for everyone to see. The BLP cannot match that. I hope my party {DLP) put together another booklet covering its achievements for the period 2013 until present also. The amount of new schools built and police stations; and massive health care improvements. The Domestic Violence Protection Orders Amendment Act 2016 which up until now nobody has heard MIa comment on. Neither has she commented on the Employment Sexual Harassment Prevention Act 2017. What a shame that neither you nor I have NOT heard my great oppositon leader express her self on this important legislation.

    • hcalndre January 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      archy perch; let`s start with independence, is Barbados really independent? was it that hard to obtain independence for Barbados from the Queen? was it profitable for England to hold on to Barbados any longer? Is the Queen still the head of State of Barbados? DLP created the NIS and abusing it like the money is in their bank account, Cave Hill attendance is at a low, thanks to the DLP for denying the poor kids from getting an education which they have enjoyed free of cost. What about the Integrity Law? scared of that one, massive health care improvements where medication is not available, people waiting for operations as long as 1 year. Politicians and a few stump a toe and its Miami or NY., not the QEH. I`ll get back to you on some more of their achievements.

  14. Sherlock Holmes. December 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    To think he is speaking about worth and went cap in hand begging for the job he now has. These guys are jokers period!

  15. Helicopter(8P) December 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    What about auction bidding starting at $100 million, at least that’s how the Chinese would conduct business. Today realestate is a world wide market, set wnder the abiding law and regulations.

  16. Kevin December 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I know St. Philip and St. James has to get another constituency, however I dont think St. Philip East come in yet. It should read St. Philip West.

  17. Bajan Yankee USA December 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    This fellow have nothing to offer barbados. I would love to be the interviewer. I would have ask him this question.

    Mr.King. Give me 6 workable solution to these questions.

    1. What qualify you to represent your voting district?
    2. What ministry are you quilify to manage?
    3 if given the environment ministry, What’s the first thing you would do to correct the south coast sewage issues? Would you hire our side help?
    4.What would you change or repeal in term of barbados laws?
    5. Would you support strong corruption legislation for elected officials?
    6. What would you say to Mia if she warned to enact gay

  18. Ralph W Talma December 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I repeat myself. The Hilton must not be sold en toto, the Government must retain a share thereof (at least 40%). Hopefully, that way, some of the future profits will help to fill the Treasury instead of being exported.

  19. Nanci December 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

    John king speak so one sided, what if that’s all the country was qualified to get, at least they didn’t walk away with nothing. You can’t be a beggar and make demands. Then he said barbados sell their products too cheap, don’t forget it’s a competitive market, so you can’t sell the products at high price , Florida produce sugar also.the state is a hot place like barbados. John is overrated in barbados, he thinks he’s this big celebrity.

    • Jennifer December 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

      And I must add, they like to talk about qualifications ad education etc in this place. What qualifications does he have?? This is why we keep getting these stagnant, murky square pegs in round holes. What they do is follow along on a party ticket and the divide train. And find hypocritical faults to further divide the shortsighted yardfowls. Get in and put on their docile do-little hats. Mind you they know full well they are just a bunch of caged oxen.

  20. ANDY G December 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What a pity,when in opposition bs talk,when in power bs walk.John this is bs.the fact is the technocrats you speak of should think of the future and not just of the time.they could have put bigger mains istead of those 2×3 that cant hold shhhhhhhh with the ever increasing developement.Now that you are a member of the party that was responsible for that project ,can you get hold of the same technocrats to find out why this is failing.YOUR RIDING IS WAITING FOR AN ANSWERE .BS TALK CANT WIN VOTES ANYMORE….AH GONE

  21. archy perch December 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Exactly Andy G. The crooked Barbados Labour Party under its then great leader Owen Arthur started that stupidly planned project and now the DLP administration is being blamed for it all. And that Occy (Occie) Donovan is a BLP yardfowl wanted to but did not get the top post at the Sports Council, hence his daggers for the government.


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