Blame ‘Dem’ for the sewage mess, says Mia

Amid warnings of a sewage crisis, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has accused the Freundel Stuart administration of neglecting the south coast sewerage system in favour of three major tourism redevelopments – Sam Lord’s Castle, the Pierhead Marina and Grantley Adams International Airport.

Speaking last night to a large crowd of party supporters at the official launch of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) 2018 elections campaign, Mottley also contended that funding for much-needed maintenance of the sewerage system was denied because of an “internecine war” raging between Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and the Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick.

Holding aloft a set of documents which she said were Cabinet papers, Mottley further accused Sinckler in particular of dragging his feet on the repeated funding requests made by Estwick in relation to the south coast sewage mess, while questioning whether it was Prime Minister Freundel Stuart or the Minister of Finance who was in charge of Cabinet.

Back in October 2015, it was Mottley who had initially warned the Stuart, based on a leaked document written by the then Barbados Water Authority (BWA) consultant Patricia Inniss, that the south coast sewerage system urgently needed a financial injection to stave off collapse.

“This was the beginning and the middle of internecine warfare between David Estwick and Chris Sinckler, with Freundel Stuart watching on . . . [and] never stepping in,” she said last night.

Mottley further recalled that as far back as May 26, 2014, Estwick had applied to Cabinet for permission to seek funding from a Chinese bank for a project that not only would have built a new west coast sewerage system, but also would have upgraded the ones on the south coast and in Bridgetown.

“The Cabinet in May [2014] went ahead and agreed that the [Barbados] Water Authority should go to the Chinese government and borrow money, somewhere between $440 and $600 million pursuant to that,” Mottley said, while contending that BWA officials not only signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding, but also a formal contract with the Chinese company, China National Complete Plant Import and Export.

However, the Opposition Leader claimed that after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China forwarded the document outlining the terms of financing on August 6, 2014, the Ministry of Finance never acknowledged that letter.

Mottley, who projected aspects of the alleged Cabinet documents on a big screen during last night’s meeting and promised to release the full documents later this week to back up her claims, said the reason for non-acknowledgement was that Sinckler took to Cabinet a competing paper seeking funding from the same Chinese source to redevelop Sam Lord’s Castle.

“What then started to happen was a big-time war. And within a few days Sinckler started to prioritize what projects he wants.

“He want[ed] Sam Lord’s Castle first, Pierhead Marina, Grantley Adams Airport, water mains rehabilitation, and last was the sewerage project,” she said, while telling the gathering that included residents and business operators along the south coast, “they did not care one [thing] about you the people in the south coast or the people in Bridgetown, or the people in the west coast”.

Mottley also charged that the Prime Minister made things worse by writing the Chinese on Cabinet’s intentions, but never laid out the priority for either the south coast or west coast sewerage project.

“He told them first [is] Sam Lord’s,” she claimed, while pointing out that Stuart’s letter was written and dispatched after she had sounded the alarm, based on Inniss’ findings.

Mottley further disclosed that in a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resource Management, “the Ministry of Finance said on the 30th of November, 2015, ‘I have been directed to tell you that the draft Cabinet paper was not approved [and that] Clause 9-3 of the BWA contract should be utilized to exit the arrangement until the Government can afford it’”.

According to the Opposition Leader, it was not until Estwick made another plea to Cabinet in February 2016 that the sewerage works, embracing the south coast, the west coast and Bridgetown, were approved.

According to her, in that 2016 plea Estwick had said ‘the south coast sewage plant is currently in a state of disrepair and needs urgent attention to avoid compromising the health and the safety of residents, and the commercial entities surrounding the plants”.

However, she said, “the most damning memorandum of all” was issued by the Ministry of Finance to Estwick’s ministry on June 29, 2016 stating that with “reference your memorandum dated 29th of February . . . I have been directed to inform you that the finances of the Government of Barbados cannot support the implementation of the West Coast Sewerage Project [which included the south coast upgrade and construction of Bridgetown]”.

She said Ministry of Finance officials had advised their counterparts at water resource management that any negotiations for Chinese funding that had already commenced should be halted, and that the BWA “should concentrate on projects which address problems and/or infrastructural deficiencies in water collection and distribution”.

“In other words, forget about sewerage. If you got problems with water mains come to us, other than that the Ministry of Finance has not a red cent for you.

“These people for reasons best known to them did not want the south coast/west coast or Bridgetown fixed,” she added.

111 Responses to Blame ‘Dem’ for the sewage mess, says Mia

  1. Colin Carter
    Colin Carter January 15, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Stink

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  2. Malcom King January 16, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Incompetence but the DLP Mafia. Pass back ya hand is still alive an well in Barbados. Too many St.Philip politicians in the government we need an island wide balance. Too many Dr’s and QC’s. We need business and grass roots people in government. Stop being awed by letters behind some idiots name. Look at Ben Carson. Great surgeon but a fool otherwise.

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  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor January 16, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I wonder who build d sewerage system in d first place…. Cause both govs got d habit of over pricing stuff and then getting cutbacks! U could only get what ya pay for! That habit of looking for cutbacks wudda mek me build bear badword too!

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall January 16, 2018 at 7:36 am

      Sharon Taylor it’s not who build the sewage plant that cause the problem .
      The pumps to draw the sewage were down and for seven years and no one think about repairing them. I’m glad it have gone to the main road soit could be address.
      I personally had a problem with this in my home and had to pay to have it correct and when I complained the only answer I got the last four years were the pumps down for three years.
      When people ask for some of the Independence seven millions on the talk ya talk , they were shut down.

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      • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

        Lol,,ya gotta just love the optics of a Gov sponsored mouth shutting down constituents only to fall victim to same Gov(lack of funding) they are trying to defend.

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor January 16, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Which pumps were down? Not d ones at d south coast.

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    • David Brathwaite January 16, 2018 at 8:43 am

      The design of the South Coast Sewerage project was build soon after the BLP came to power in 1994 based on completed designs and plans by the previous DLP administration.

      Barbados does not stop when a new administration takes over and it would be expected that projects started by one administration would be completed by the next, unless there are clear reasons for not doing so.

      The issue with the South Coast Sewerage system is primarily about the lack of maintenance.

      You desperate attempts to make it about it’s construction can only highlight design flaws which would bring it back full circle to the DLP.

      But, that is not the point. The point is that it is the responsibility of any government to maintain the infrastructure of the country, and to abdicate that responsibility is reckless.

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      • tedd January 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        a lot of sewage systems use gravity to move the sewage as it needs no maintenance, electricity, and does not break down. we have become fat headed and think to high and complicated when the basics can work better.

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        • Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

          Gravity on the South Coast sir, Highway 7 where the sewerage pipes run under, from the looks of it when rain falls, appears to be below sea level or thereabouts.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall January 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Sharon u talking shut,I live in St Lawrence and I had the problem not you and an officer came to my home.

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    • Big Man January 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      The BLP built that sewage system without any vision

      Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
      Where there is no vision, the people perish

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  4. Lorenzo January 16, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Sharon Taylor the project was conceptualize around 1992,,who would have been in office at that time?The DLP,so do not go looking to blame others as you Dems like to do.Maintenence of Pumps seem to be the main issue especially over the last 2 years,which would fall under the current DLP,s watch capice.

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  5. Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Interesting article I came across:

    “”This south coast sewage project issue is one we wish would never have existed but it does and we the right thinking citizens are hoping a solution to it can be found right now. We know it’s not an over night wave a wand deal but we hope that it’s fixed soon and very soon. This SCSP issue surfaced even while the blp was a Government and yes it wasn’t as bad but the bottom line is problems with it existed then. Even more was the B’town’s sewage project issue which plagued the BLP Government between 1994-2007 and let me tell wunna B’town was stink;stink;stunk then but I can’t remember the DLP as they were opposition then making it a political football and an international issue. But the BLP and they cohorts the nation tabloid newspaper is making this an international issue hoping that under this Government it will hurt brand Barbados. I am not trivialising it nor down playing it; it’s an issue that have to be dealt with sooner rather than later and I know lots of work has and is being done to remedy the situation despite the BLP;it’s supporters and the nation tabloid newspaper saying nothing is being done. I remember Ms Mottley with her mottleyism saying there was an issue on the south coast she need to discuss with the PM and issuing him an ultimatum to meet with her or else. Now if as you want people to believe that you are a Barbadian who places country before self and your focus is national and not just party;you by whatever mean came into info that’s of a national treat to residents and the country and have the potential to cause international repercussions;why would you not just pick up a phone call the PM;MOH;MOE ect and say hey look this we having a problem here on the SC that needs urgent attention instead of going to the nation tabloid newspaper and issuing the PM an ultimatum?This is how you care about our country? This is how you care about the residents?This is how you being a nationalist seek answers on national issues?. There are certain issues that shouldn’t be turned into a political game and that both Government and opposition should put heads together and collaborate with other individuals and agencies to come up with the best possible solution(s). There is a time and place for playing political games. The SCSP I maybe wrong but I sure unlike the BSP was built with no maintenance plan and only one line. So that if it had two lines then one can be used and shut off for maintenance while the other is functioning on a rotation basis. The same BLP who now criticising was the Government who built the SCSP as I said with no maintenance plan. The nation tabloid newspaper a very close friend of the BLP hasn’t reported that there were foreign materials found in the sewer like towels;clothes;cloths ect which can lead one to think it was being sabotage(d). Now pray tell me how these items can find there way into a sewage system? There can’t go through the drains in bathrooms;drains in sinks and toilets so tell me how wunna think there got into the sewage system. The sewage system isn’t designed for these objects so equipment(s) recently bought was badly damaged by some of these foreign items. Both the BLP and nation tabloid newspaper is seeking to score political points with keeping this issue in the people’s minds by making negative reports on it daily and refusing to tell the truth. Which is lots of work has been done to remedy the situation and there have been some success. I hope that the BLP know that Barbados under a DLP Government isn’t just for the Dems and Barbados under a BLP won’t be just for the bees so any national issue won’t only affect the Party that is the Government and it’s supporters. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. It takes a life time to build a reputation and just one day to tear that reputation down. The news of the issue of the SCSP has reached Canada where the Government there has issued travel advisories and I sure this is what the blp wanted but I sure that’s not enough for them so they are hoping it will reach countries like USA,UK, ect the tourist countries. If tourist arrivals which is our main foreign exchange earner is affected because of this issue it won’t just affect the Government or its supporters but will have a debilitating effect on all citizens of Barbados. I read and listen to news daily weather local;regional or international. I have heard and still continue to hear where the Government and opposition have consulted with each other or collaborated to find solutions to some issues esp those that can have a national effect on the country but Barbados opposition is the only opposition I haven’t heard about working with the Government on national issues. Because for the Opposition BLP it’s all about creating history if they win and scoring political points even if it hurts brand Barbados.””

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    • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

      I cant get that read, to jumbled. Ever hear of edit?

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      • tedd January 16, 2018 at 12:31 pm

        And I thought I was the only one

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        • straight talk January 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

          This is the biggest bundle sh!t I ever seen anywhere. Put there by carson Cadogan C U Next Tuesday.

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          • Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:11 pm

            Not me tis you! while the people suffer.
            Incompetence Incorporated. Transport Boards buses. Sanitation Service trucks. Ambulance Service vehicles. At one time the Harrison’s Cave Trams. The BWA’s network. Louis Lynch School and all the other schools and Government Offices with environmental issues.
            But hey! Many are comfortable in the new Water Works Headquarters. The soon completed SSA Headquarters. The plush offices of the Ministry of Sports and Culture at Haggatt Hall.

  6. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Which ever Government is in power is responsible for the maintenance of the sewage system. And right now its the DLP. It has absolutely nothing to do with who build it.they had two years to get it fix but refuse to fix it.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall January 16, 2018 at 7:37 am

      Thank u Peter

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    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece January 16, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I agree with you

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Apparently the dlp got it going in the beginning ?

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    • Carl Andrew Williams
      Carl Andrew Williams January 16, 2018 at 8:30 am

      The thing about it, they knew about the problem and was told about it by the opposition party. Further more a company had went to the BWA and ask them to let them put a CCTV in the pipes to locate the problem and they were turned away, Now they’re are using the same tactics to bring in the CCTV to find and solve the problem. WTF.

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    • Wendell Pinder
      Wendell Pinder January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      What am I hearing it have nothing to do with who bulid it? If you start wrong you will end wrong.

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    • Bernard Mccollin
      Bernard Mccollin January 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      It is the responsibility of the ruling party when in charge u can’t place blame regardless to what the out going party did , thats why BARBADOS needs to take a chance on a 3rd party , we just go back & forth & its only going to get worse The blp will do same then go . God help us all

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    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson January 16, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Like a car on these roads parts need to change. Regardless of brand and model. There’s something called preventive maintainance, something the entitled country lacking

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Yes Wendell Pinder. It has nothing to do with who build it. As far as I gather I was only a matter of maintenance..but it got neglected just like the roads in Barbados

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Yes Wendell pinder. It has nothing to with who build it.. it’s a matter of maintenance….but apparently these people are just interested in collecting money.

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  7. sticks and stones January 16, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Of Course the Blp would like to believe that all Barbadians have short memories and the blp leadership would want barbadians to believe that the blp administration was flawless but if memory serves right under the blp reign their was the fire at glendary prison and the the fateful Arch Cot tragedy were lives were lost
    Although the South coast issue is very problematic it pales in comparison to the many tragedies which took place under the blp reign
    The Blp operatives might have forgotten and also their leadership who believes that scoring political points is the correct way towards solutions

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    • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Fire at prison, yes because of warning falling on def ears but they fixed it by building a new prison, Arch Cot was an accident/tragedy, between a private builder/contractor and owner of apartment with a family losing their lives in the process, what has that got to do with Gov?

      We are dealing with 2017, many problems not being fixed, no?

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      • Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 10:27 am

        What about the sewage problems in Bridgetown and surroundings when the BLP was power as they like to call it??

        The new orleans was a mess for a very long time.

        The BLP really think that Bajans have short memories

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        • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

          Some do CCC.

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  8. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens January 16, 2018 at 7:46 am

    If it was built shabby, correct it. You are the Government. Then you come out on top.

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  9. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece January 16, 2018 at 7:49 am

    A post says that the government in power is to blame for the sewage problem, wrong, ALL governments past and present have not maintained the infrastructure of the whole island. If the sewers where maintained ie repairs identified and repaired, the island would not be in the mess it’s in now. Stop passing the buck politicians run the country correctly, that’s what you promised to the people.

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    • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

      ok, so your parents died and your older brother took over the house they left,,he ran it down by not repairing it until he fled leaving you with a house in need or repairs,,what are you going to do Wendy Reece?

      Run him down and blame him,, or woman up and fix the house?

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    • Willz Power
      Willz Power January 16, 2018 at 10:59 am

      The DLP

      No one else

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison January 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Yes all governments are responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of a country and maintenance was done as required up to the point when this administration took office therefore laying blame is not passing the buck but assigning responsibility to those who dropped the damn ball.
      It’s ridiculous to expect the previous administration to maintain a sewage plant or any part of the country’s infrastructure from the Opposition’s bench unless you are some demented party lackey with some political axe to grind.

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      The present Government was in power long enough and they were warn by the opposition about the sewage problem…they have to blame themselves and stop blaming other s.if the opposition was the Government I would say the same thing. Who is running the country? Who is taking taxpayer’s money every day? Who is withholding people income tax? Who is collecting the increase road taxes everyday and not fixing the roads? tell me?

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  10. Oliver Levy Gong
    Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

    that problem was going long before de DLP n after them is out office it will still go on because none of these two parties don’t know how fix that problem so leave it for de next government to fix

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Meantime the one thing we have is literally going down the drain! Tourism suffering is not what we want. Such a disgrace

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Gillian Skeete yes it is ah shame Barbados has too suffer of these mishandling de country

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    • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:17 am

      It requires $ to buy the materials and contractors to fix it, its a matter of priority and budget, not a matter of expertise.

      No one in DLP or BLP has to know about sewage or pipes or pumps to hire a firm to fix.

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison January 16, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      There was no problem of significance prior to to 2008 but this administration has practised a policy of breakdown maintenance with everything in our infrastructure like road repair, the hospital (although this was ongoing), Water Authority, Transport Board, Drainage, Sanitation, School buildings, Police stations etc.
      Its basic commonsense the if you don’t fix and repair minor issues that they develop into enormous headaches, case in point the South Coast Sewage system so it’s ridiculous to ascribe blame to a political party that was out of office for a decade unless you think it wise to only maintain your home plumbing once every eleven years.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens January 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      BLP & DLP both new about this, this problem old old old like the hills but none of them did anything sit down and watch face and see who lap it drop in, but somebody big up should be fired but noooo it silent

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      i agree with you to de fullest

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Adrian Allisonyour going to sit n say that crap for real plz there was just owen was good @ what he did to sheaild us from it but some we still feel when i cud not so don’t say there was no problems ok you wud be a lair

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Adrian Allison they had problems too but not like this now today under dlp

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Oliver Levy Gong true but not like everything is now.

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    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson January 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      In an article last year Adrial brathwaithe said the BWA management heads should roll. He know why better that all of us.

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  11. Oliver Levy Gong
    Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 8:05 am

    so when or if de BLP WINS GOVERNMENT what will in Barbados nothing i live here but i don’t have no faith in none of these two parties they talk sweet we’ll do this n that until in them in power them they forget who put them there in de 1st place n look to line they pokeys

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 8:31 am

      True but things are so bad now who ever wins election will be under a lot of eyes to do things right. People are fed up with false promises

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Gillian Skeete yes we are but big business Barbados will show it true colours n start spending if de ablp gets in

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      • Leroy January 16, 2018 at 9:20 am

        Any business man or investor who refuses to invest and make $ because one side is in power does not make sense. Business people wants to make $ irrespective.

        What you may mean to say is that big business has no confidence in current Gov to maintain a stable market/economy for their business to thrive.
        no?

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Oliver Levy Gong big business? We need to get a big injection to revitalize the economy and soon too or we will not progress at all. Things will get worse. Big business if it creates lots decent paying jobs so people can get bills payed buy food afford to live instead of the way things are with no growth no jobs no incentives no hope. Strict rules on any big business to pay their taxes no favours!

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward January 16, 2018 at 10:47 am

      BLP won’t do nothing different than what’s happening now, some people need to stop putting they trust in man and put it in God. Curse is the man that put his trust in man, no two ways about it.

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      • David Brathwaite January 16, 2018 at 6:57 pm

        @Ashanda Coward

        Ok then. Let God fix the sewerage system. How stupid can you be?

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    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain January 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

      @ Oliver when the BLP was in power were you suffering?

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    • Pat Codrington
      Pat Codrington January 16, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Politicians all say the same thing when they want your vote,the BLP will do just like the DLP.

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Sonia Romain are suffering right now no bajans are to happy love everything handed to them n as things don’t go they way blame who ever in power for Barbadians claim to suffering but still every dog show n cat show them @ spending 300 n 400 dollars so your points again

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones January 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Ashanda Coward so God going fix the sewage and pot holes and the economy? Might as well get rid of this political system and put faith in God and just sit back then.

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      • straight talk January 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm

        And even God will tell that you need a government just like it was back then over two thousand years ago.

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    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece January 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Pat Codrington if they love their country they will do their upmost to turn the country around and do better than the previous government.

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    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain January 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      @ Oliver…one time Barbados was top class compare to the Caribbean….people wanted to come to Barbados and sometimes when they come for a visit….they overstaying…not in these times though…them days done. But there is hope.

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Guess you don’t believe in God nothing happens unless it is de will of God so in time he show Bwa the way of this mess ok

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    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      oh plz tht is still happen ok so stop talking crap for real now listen to yourself please tell where is tht bajans suffering we complain we can’t pay light bill or water bill but very show we @ no matter de cost n next complaining both government spoon feed bajans n now we got do it on our own we can’t

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    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens January 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Wendy Reece they all end up putting their selves first. You watch and see. In fact you are seeing it now.

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      There are a lot of deceitful people bout here who know that things were a lot better before 2008 but would come here and post a lot of crap because their party don’t have a clue how to get the many problems in Barbados fix

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    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson January 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      when a new CEO take over a company two things can happen, why de people int say so 10yrs ago? no but it got worse

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  12. Jackie Bayne
    Jackie Bayne January 16, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Not true oliver

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  13. Jackie Bayne
    Jackie Bayne January 16, 2018 at 8:53 am

    We could have to supermarket an shop an still come back with money..now thing change..no money in your packet

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  14. milli watt January 16, 2018 at 10:44 am

    ohhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooo MIA………you know it start wid you. put in the cost over runs, botched construction techniques, planning after all you build the thing with a bypass. there is no way I accepting this belongs to these present CLOWNS you got to put on your NOSE.

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  15. Willz Power
    Willz Power January 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    The DLP is in power. It is their fault. Their responsibility.

    You gine blame de former bank manager who left in 2008 for de current issues faced in 2018?

    Who does that?

    How stupid can DLP yardfowls get when they think intelligence is blaming a previous government for 10 years of negligence under the DLP?

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison January 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      You ask ” How stupid………..?
      Simple answer, very damn stupid !!!

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    • Wendell Pinder
      Wendell Pinder January 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      If you start wrong you will end wrong

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    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson January 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Start wrong with giving Dlp a chance

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    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Kevin you hit the nail on the head….especially giving them that second chance after they did nothing during the first term

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  16. Paul Middleton
    Paul Middleton January 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Never mind the blame game fix it pls.

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison January 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      There will.be a blame game whether we want one or not.
      This is an election year and this administration has spent a full decade blaming the previous administration that went out of office ten years ago instead if getting to work and correcting issues if there were any considering that they were now responsible for the country’s affairs.

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  17. Barbara Stack
    Barbara Stack January 16, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Just fix it!

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  18. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain January 16, 2018 at 11:20 am

    When Mia was warning the Dems about the sewage…..you all make it seems as if Mia causing strive, she telling lies, blah, blah, blah. Two clowns went in the sea to bathe just . Prove Mia wrong. Now look what is happening now. Thus sewage thing should not have gotten to this bad…..Carl Andrew Williams your post complete what I was going to say…on point

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  19. Joe Blow January 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Both the BLP and the DLP are complacent in the south coast sewage mess. It was designed under the DLP administration, but funded and built under a BLP administration. It was managed under both administrations, and neither sought to upgrade it or maintain it properly. So the buck stops at both of them. This is one of many examples of why both the BLP and the DLP need to go in the next election. They are both incompetent. There is no difference between them politically. The DLP was formed out of the BLP originally in 1955, so technically the DLP is the eldest child of the BLP. Now the UPP is the youngest child of the BLP, so the only party not birthed by the BLP is Solutions Barbados. So you can’t expect any real difference in governance between the DLP, the BLP and the UPP when the DNA is all BLP. All need to go.

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  20. andy g January 16, 2018 at 11:25 am

    if what Mia is say now is true, then sinckler and fruns MUST GO.This is more knowledge than lots of us had. I was one who figured the only thing the blp could have done differently if this was on their watch would be to bring in outside help when when the bwa failed.It dosent matter which administration built it, maintenance is a priority .yet I still believe it badly engineered.

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  21. Ossie Moore January 16, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Lord looka life. Chris like he don’t know who he playing around with when it come to David; boy let me tell you like in de school yard, David would show you who wearing de long pants and de prefect badge.

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  22. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 16, 2018 at 11:46 am

    The proof is in the pudding. Records should show (not for getting the dates) when the past & previous government arranged for inspections and maintenance to be carried out on the sewage plant. Auditors should be able to confirm. No proof of records, therefore all to blame.
    Forget about name blame game, milk already spilt. Excuse after excuse, going around in circles, like a dog trying to catch it’s tail is not going to solve the problem. Borrow money don’t pay back and it pelt way on foolishness and neglecting vital services that keep the island going. Pure utter RH.
    Dems better start fund raising to sort the matter out ASAP before the Entire Island is affected.

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  23. Helicopter(8P) January 16, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Take this lesson from a fool Chris! It’s always done this way in life. Hygene and domestic science comes primus to all other money making escapades. Lessons learnt. Now sit back and allow Mr Estwick to show you how things are done in old fashioned educated Barbados and that is; not meaning the fashon industry!

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  24. Pamela Jones
    Pamela Jones January 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Stop pointing fingers get together and fix the mess B’dos is to small for this

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  25. jrsmith January 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    All of them the politicians is behaving as like a bunch of school kids , in future a test for our politicians , they must be able to run Johnny’s 2 door rum shop and be tested after…
    My take this lot they should all have been voted out of office long time ago…….. What’s strange when an election is pending the old government always try to up its game , but here we see this lot still is lost just don’t know what to do, what a ****e government Donald Trump isn’t far wrong is he…………………………….

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      lol

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  26. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Stop slinging blame and fix the freaking mess. Done.

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  27. Vance Taylor
    Vance Taylor January 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    VOTE LYNETTE Lynette V. Eastmond

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  28. Mack January 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Mia!! I know that very shortly you will be our new PM. My only concern now is. If you have a team at the ready to bell this sewage problem cat.
    All the mice knew that the cat needed a bell around his neck to alert them of his danger, but getting the bell around his neck was the real problem. Good Luck to you and your team.

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  29. Santini More
    Santini More January 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Mia was rocking!

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  30. Patty January 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Politics, politics, politrics…look let us all be honest. We keep allowing politicians to make us curse one another and cut each other’s throats all for them. The they sit down together and fire a drink and laugh.
    Seriously, no man has all of the answers. Stuart is no god neither is Mia..There have always been environmental problems. I do remember the Bridgetown sewage mess and the horror the people in that area experienced for years. Come to think of it I don’t recall the then opposition bellow and shouting all across the world and thumping their chests in glee and making Babados look bad. I don’t recall mass meetings and hollering about how Bridgetown and Barbados looks and smell. I do think they acted with a degree of responsibility. They spoke but never to degrade and denigrate Barbados. Come on, this is our country. Will we pull it down to gain power. The government has to do much better but this opposition seems extremely power hungry. Stop doing all you can to pull down Barbados. When the elections are called (and they have to be) people will make their decision. Stop being so power hungry…it is beginning to look that way. The emotions and lives of people are not to be used in political games for selfish motives. God help us all if we don’t learn that we are being used. Bet you, when these same self appointed “saviours” get into power, it will be hard to find some of them. Crying crocodile tears now, mingling with people. I hope it continues. Not one farmer from anyside can fool me.

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  31. Rosebud Taitt
    Rosebud Taitt January 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Stupesssss always blaming

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  32. Sylvie January 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Blog n cohorts seem to have conveniently forgotten that the sewerage system was implemented n installed by them.Jhonny Tudor was the Minister responsible for the sewerage project at that time.

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  33. Sylvie January 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    BLP n cohorts

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  34. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby January 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Love you girl

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  35. Bernard Mccollin
    Bernard Mccollin January 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Get a NEW PARTY A CHANCE , BUT HAVE GIVE THEM 25YRS 15 TO CLEAR THE MESS THEN 10 TO START THEIR THING PRAY PRAY

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  36. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson January 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    First it was built shabby,
    Next more people came on the system and it wasn’t built for that capacity, towels and fetuses clogging the system…….too much excuses. It takes 2 weeks for items to ship here. Couldn’t cost more than 7mill to fix but the 50th anniversary was more important than the years to come.

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  37. Lorenzo January 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Patty the more nonsense I hear from you the more I see you as a Dem apologist.Do you understand that the three main tourist countries placed advisories on Barbados,what has the BLP being power hungry to do with this?Who is holding on to the bitter end amidst growing calls to call an Election? Patty are you thinking,did you see the older guy on TV who was about to leave his house for his grand children sake because of sewerage?People up there have been suffering because of a don’t carish attitude by the Minister and the PM who I do not know if they have visited the are yet to speak with residents and visitors who are being looked out for by their governments but who is looking out for the locals?Therefore the BLP do not have to pull down any situation because with social media all this information is there,so to make excuses about what happen years ago ain,t cutting it,so reel and come again as you sound petty.,fix the damn problem you in office to do and stop the excuses and blame game.

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    • patty January 16, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      You are such a big joke that now you drivel in your own nonsense. Do you think that everybody must sing in your choir? As soon as someone gives an opinion which is different you call them a D.L.P apologist. If this is how B.L.P supporters behave, imagine when you in power. I believe there is and stll must be room for people to state their own opinion. You are behaving like a joke. come on, you have your opinion, other people will have theirs. Stop trying to bully people into thinking like you. Your responses are childish, immature and smack of arrogance. I an sure we are still free in this country to voice our opinions. Every time it does not agree with yours, you get real ancie. Come on man grow up. Read people’s submissions objectively. When elections are called people will decide. I also said the government got many things wrong, but you are so blinded by bitterness and anger you can’t see straight.. don’t CATCH A HEART ATTACK. Learn to think. I guarantee you in a few years from now you will be cursing the other side as well. It happens all the time. And don’t ever dare to try to tell other people what to say. I read all comments here and people’s opinions are their opinions.

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  38. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar January 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    ok blame place now what is your plans for Barbados after your party or if your party win the next election

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  39. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley January 16, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Its not about blaming. It’s about fixing it. The problem been identified fix it. Then once the sewage done. We can fix the potholes. Then once that done address the rip off grocery prices. Then address why so many guns around n killings. Once all that sorted we can live sweet. That’s what a real politicians should be doing. Not blaming.

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  40. Lorenzo January 17, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Patty the only person that needs to grow up is you on here talking rubbish.I am not trying to change your or anyone,s opinion.However wwhen people suffering and people like you come on here talking about some event about the Bridgetown project years ago,and accuse people of being power hungry and pulling down a country for forewarning a Government about a problem which they refuse to fix until it reaches crisis proportions I get angry.This is typical yardfowl behaviour.therefore you all need to stop the blame game and fix the damn problem,simple that is what Governments do,take responsibility.This would never have occurred under Mr Barrow,Mr Adams or Mr Arthur and been allowed to drag on so long without people being fired.

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    • Patty January 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      so predictable…like a child tit for tat must get in the last word…cursing those who have brains to have a different opinion..I expect you to fly into your usually tantrums and attack me again. Let me repeat since you don’t seem to understand. The elections will take care of what people want it to. Stop getting high blood pressure cursing and insulting those who disagree. You mean if someone disagrees u label them a Dem. What a world, we are suppose to lap our feet and sit down and all say yes master…Grow up…When the elections are called i am sure people will vote and make their choice…stop fighting people…Only God knows if we will live to see it.

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  41. Mark Adamson January 17, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Mottley is the biggest political buffoon to ever have become any BLP leader in this country.

    Realize that this woman and some others spoke on the platform of a BLP meeting in Worthing two nights ago;

    Realize that they have understood from reliable and credible media and other reports that households, businesses and others have been helping to cause material that ought not to have gone into the sewers of the South Coast Sewerage System – to have gone into it, thus having been helping to block up the inflow sewer line;

    Realize that there have also been illegal connections to the system thus having been helping to cause unplanned and unregulated greater amounts of material to go into the system and to overload it beyond the capacity it was built to serve;

    Realize that these people, businesses and others, by those foolish actions, have been helping cause the health of the nation of people of Barbados to be seriously at risk of contracting of various diseases and have been helping cause the sanitation of the people of Barbados to be seriously undermined.

    Yet they – and Mottley in particular – refused to CALL OUT those same persons, businesses for their improper and irrational uses of the South Coast Sewerage System;

    Refused to criticize the reckless and irresponsible actions of these people – which have been in violation of the rules giving guidance on the proper uses of the system;

    And refused to criticize their actions that have led to health and sanitation scares of various people in this country, and visitors to it.

    Right is right and wrong is wrong!!

    Hence, Mottley spectularly FAILED to lead the BLP in CALLING OUT those persons, businesses and others and their egregious wrongs, and miserably FAILED to lead it in SPEAKING the TRUTH – when she and they ought to have.

    Such is evidence again of the very ungodly and immoral nature of this woman.

    Once more, more evidence that Mottley is ABSOLUTELY and TOTALLY unqualified to become any prime minister of any governmment of Barbados.

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  42. Lorenzo January 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Patty you wantto have the only word but I will respond.Instead of looking for excuses and telling me about some project years ago what that has to do with a sewerage crisis in 2018?Who is in charge the BLP?Why don,t you call a spade a spade or better yet go live in Worthing for a month and see if you like it.To top it off not a word from the PM or the Minister and you telling me crap about an opinion,you need to go to the South coast and help clean up the sewerage instead of speaking it and get the Government to fix the problem.I done with you and that J/A.

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  43. Patty January 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    You can’t help it. Can You? Sitting waiting to see if someone responds to you. Poor fellow. You can’t stomach someone disagreeing or having their own view.. You must have lots of time on your hands…I hope they find something for u to do….I am not doing like you taking sides. Elections will come. The pen is mightier than the sword. You will burst a blood vessel, rushing to a party’s defence. when most of these guys sip champagne together..Man stop being s bitter…And beofre u chomp at me again i finish since you don’t seem to know wen to quit

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