CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – Solutions Barbados urges Barbadians to find redemption like Scrooge




Dear Fellow Barbadians:

Sometime during the Christmas season, I normally find myself watching a movie of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The story describes the reactions the selfish Ebenezer Scrooge to visits by ghosts of Christmas’ past, present and future on Christmas Eve.  However, his redemption only happens after he sees the impact of his selfish actions on others in his likely future.

This Christmas, each of us need to see whether our planned actions will harm or benefit our fellow citizens.  For the first time since our independence, we can accurately predict the type of Christmas that most of our fellow Barbadians will have next year if we do not change.  That is a future with the IMF dictating our economy.  So let us get to know our planned new masters.

Before the World Wars of the last century, if a country could not repay its debts, the lender could invade the country and plunder its wealth in order to recover the debt and the cost of the invasion.  After World War 2, the principal lending nations decided to establish a bank of last resort from which indebted nations could borrow in order to repay international creditors.

As a condition of the IMF’s loan, indebted nations first had to agree to inflict severe austerity measures upon the population.  One reason is to punish citizens for electing politicians who would take out unaffordable loans in their names.

A former Prime Minister asked the now famous question “How did we get back here?”  We got back here because the last punishment was not memorable enough.  The most memorable IMF austerity measures are reserved for those countries who have run out of all good options, like us.  Guyana is another country that had run out of all good options, and their experience with the IMF is instructive.

Within one year of being surrendered to the IMF, Guyana had fallen from being one of the richest Caribbean countries to one of the poorest.  Guyana’s politicians became overseers who oversaw: a 70% devaluation of the dollar, doubling of income tax rates, a lack of supplies and maintenance parts, reduced social services, mass emigration of professionals, and 75% of the population in poverty.

Our Christmas next year may be similar because our dollar will likely devalue.  The obvious result is that everyone with a mortgage who is not earning foreign currency will likely lose their homes, our infrastructure will not be properly maintained, and the cost of imported products will be unaffordable for most.

Like Scrooge, we can ask “Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be?”  We can also learn from Scrooge’s insight that if you do not change your behaviour, then your future is predictable.  However, you can change an undesirable future by changing your behaviour now.

If you thought that your only option was to vote for severe austerity for your fellow Barbadians, then be assured that you can vote for Solutions instead.  Austerity can be avoided by: reducing taxes, depoliticising the public services, rooting out corruption, and properly managing public services.

All Barbadians can finally experience: a fair economy where everyone can participate based on merit and not whom they know; good quality public services delivered in a timely manner; and significantly more income left after paying their normal monthly expenses.  If you truly want to give all Barbadians that bright future next Christmas, then vote to give them Solutions, and not austerity.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and the founder of Solutions Barbados.  He can be reached at

18 Responses to CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – Solutions Barbados urges Barbadians to find redemption like Scrooge

  1. jrsmith December 25, 2017 at 11:52 am

    The Christmas message for bajans stop allowing politicians to dictate and control our people lives, they only look after themselves , start making politicians to be accountable for they actions whatever……… Bajans must get they fingers out and do for ourselves., God or Jesus is no help to the black man now or wasn’t in the past or the coming future……….

  2. Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    When you believe in things you don’t understand, you suffer. Now you see why this people continues to suffer world wide, as servants and consumers.

    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Now you why we cannot climb no further out of this ready made barrel. As long as them so called leader’s and want to b’s remain in an unconscious state.

      • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

        The leaders knock out in the said barrel too.

  3. Bajan USA December 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Its well known that Barbadians are very political gollable. The barbados school system don’t educate. Its just re regurgitate the same things over and over again.bajans like the brag about how educated them are. If that’s the case how come we cant fine smart capable candidates to run our country? The old school politician still behave like it’s the 1950s or 60s. I hope SOLUTION barbados can make a difference this coming election. Now let the yard fowls have it at me. I waiting!

    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      So true. Not to mention them even using old 1950’s ad 60’s laws, traditions, paying tribute etc. Then them suppose to be free. Stoooooopppp.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Any body got a $500 to $1000 ham ?.

    • Bajan USA December 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Alex Bajan figure out that its cheaper to eat out that cook at home. Hilton sold out today. People rush in at price mart just to get cakes. No more baking at home. I ain’t feel sorry for none of them when the government meking them snort with high taxes and the rich price gouging them. Some black bajans to dam ignorant. My grand thought me well.its not what you eat. Its that you had something hot to eat and prays God. As my old departed friend would say “A belly full”

  5. Ossie Moore December 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Xmas messages are like a** holes , everyone has a message and they all stink ! ! ! !

  6. archy perch December 26, 2017 at 4:07 am

    @jrsmith. You have now sealed the level of your stupidity below the bar of five, on a scale of one to ten. Your reference to God and Jesus as being irrelevant to the black man, shows the unfortunate condition of your intellect… a sad state of being at your old age. May God have mercy on your wretched soul, and forgive you for blasphemy.

  7. Jus me December 26, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Look all of you.
    Barbados is a barrel and we all in it.
    We cant get up far enough to see the real World thats over the top.
    But its there.
    You ,we, are.half blind and.totally stupid,this barrel we all in is only
    Significant to we.
    Up over the top and in the real World.,Barbados is a fly
    Speck, an insignificant,. smudge on the World map and in World
    In many ways we are just an annoyance, to the Elites
    who own and run the World.
    We.are a named misfit in Compliance,we upset the elite, by allowing, their legalised robbery ,named Taxation,.to be circumvented.
    Cant happen.
    So we are being shown.our Real place in World.affairs.
    That place is called.NOWHERE.
    They see us as insignificant, and treat us likewise.
    They appoint and pay,our own us.
    They own ALL politicians.
    Dont trick yourself into believing different.
    Those who do not politically comply,.are nullified.
    This World we have known.and grown up in ,is.ending.
    The New World order is already in place.
    Bow your head for the shackles to be fitted.

    • jennifer December 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

      @jus me – love all of it. One of your best compilations. Might I add “a fly in the ointment”. While the watchmen sleep.

  8. seagul December 26, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Our island basks in the peace of 51 years ‘independence’. Yes many are not satisfied with the paths of development taken. Will their voices be heard in our arrived democracy? We must all look at both sides of the coin when it comes to expressing views on the decisions.Why is someone called stupid because they refuse to believe in superstition? Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! Jah gave life to continue to do things that we would never have done.
    What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
    At the same time we must continue to strengthen our heritage in

  9. Greengiant December 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

    This message is about the IMF, the aggression of the rich lending nations prior to World War two, why the IMF was formed by the said nations, the methods used to punish the people in borrowing countries and why.

    The proposal is not to vote for parties who have publicly stated they will go to the IMF, or those who secretly plan to go to the fund. The UPP has stated clearly they will be engaging the fund, the BLP has said cleverly they will do whatever is needed to get us out of dept. The DLP has said they will not approach the fun like beggars, they must find a home grown solution first so as to soften the impact.

    Basically all three parties have given the expectation they either will or may go to the IMF once elected. We are already being punished for electing this government. Do we want more punishment by foreign forces?

    Solutions Barbados has made it clear they will not approach the fund, instead they will work entirely on a home grown solution by restructuring the way we deliver services, the way we apply taxes, and by simplifying complicated approaches. One former PM and trained economist has stated their solution can’t work. I beg to suggest their solution can’t work immediately, but ca work over an extended period while causing less pain on our people. The path the other parties and our former PM is suggesting will be like swift painful judgement.

    If we are critically ill, usually the diagnosis shows the illness is a result of unhealthy habits over an extended period, or inherited ailments from a family member genetically. The doctor would usually recommend treatment over an extended period that would help our bodies to cope with the chemical reactions caused by medications. Our economic solution for recovery can either be swift, causing the loss of property, nervous breakdowns, and other medical implications as the UPP, DLP, and BLP have already seen in this country.

    We can also experience an economic restructure and financial healing over an extended period, with little or no stress factors to cause the loss of asset, income, life limb or sanity. This new experience can only become a reality if we in 2018 go to the polls and elect a government headed by Solutions Barbados. Unless the people of this country choose a new solution we will again experience what we’ve already had. Don’t fear a new party, or solution, the old systems are obsolete and fading quickly.

  10. archy perch December 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    @seagul: I viewed your posted website. Just as I thought so I have no further comment beside my only rebuff.
    “Jesus Christ is the Answer”!
    Not Salassie or anyone else…..God Bless!.

  11. Lee December 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Your prediction is accurate. But your proposed solutions are infantile. Bajans cannot afford to take a chance with untested policymakers lest we get ourselves deeper in this morass. The bubble that is Barbados is about to burst because as an economic machine we are simply not offering the productivity that is needed to support the extravagant lifestyle that we want to have. How does a society push productivity when it is flat on it’s back? It FACILITATES productive activity rather than pamper labour. Labour can regain its ascendancy again later when the country is on its feet – it’s a cycle. UPP’s proposals are too unrealistic for immediate term implementation

  12. seagul December 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

    The Cultural expression defines Selassie..
    The Rastafarian belief was born out of a mindful society.
    Rastafarian is compatible with TRUE democracy and liberalism.
    Its political philosophy opposes any authoritarian or totalitarian system. Rastafarian looks to the basic values of justice love and liberty. These are perceived as “primary values,” as positive independent virtues, not servants of political orders—maxims and religious dogma. RASTAFARI has become established as the mainstay in Caribbean culture. In the name of our common values we must never accept hate on the basis of a religious or spiritual affiliation.—- Im Namen unserer gemeinsamen Werte dürfen wir niemals akzeptieren Hass/konflict auf der Grundlage einer religiösen oder spirituellen Verbindung.

  13. seagul December 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Sorry about mistake in inducting the German text..not intended..


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