Venezuela more democratic than Barbados – Joseph

A university lecturer in political science has slammed Barbados for its support for a vote condemning the democratic process in Venezuela, declaring: “Venezuela is more democratic that Barbados.”

Head of Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Tennyson Joseph today tore into Bridgetown, along with fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia, for joining the so-called Lima Group of States in criticizing the Venezuelan government’s decision to hold a presidential election on April 22 without reaching an agreement with an opposition coalition.

The grouping claimed the election would not be free and fair as long as Venezuela has political prisoners, the opposition was not fully participating and Venezuelans abroad were not allowed to vote.

Barbados did not sign the latest declaration, but is listed as a supporter of the group, which was established following the Lima Declaration in August last year in the Peruvian capital, where representatives of 17 countries had met to plot an end to the political crisis in Venezuela.

In May of last year Barbados had joined 18 other countries, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and St Lucia, in approving the meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of American States, going against most of CARICOM.

Speaking last night just outside the Venezuelan embassy at a ceremony in observance of the death of that country’s leader, Hugo Chavez, Joseph contended that unlike Barbados, the people of Venezuela had a major say through a constituent assembly in changes to their constitution.

“When last did you have a national constituent assembly in Barbados to ask people to look at your constitution to review it and make it more powerful?” he asked, while championing Caracas’ social services.

“You had free education in Barbados. Wasn’t that a beautiful social revolution that [Errol] Barrow gave you? … I ask you, where is your free education today?

“Caribbean leaders can’t solve a sewage problem in their own backyard” but are seeking to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs, Joseph continued in an apparent reference to the ongoing sewage crisis on the south coast.

The UWI lecturer suggested that Guyana’s support for the statement was prompted by its border dispute with Venezuela, which dates back to over a century.

However, Joseph reserved his most blistering words for Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness, whom he described as a “lapdog” of the United States, and St Lucian leader Allen Chastanet, whom he called a “blockhead”.

He noted that US secretary of state Rex Tillerson had visited Kingston last month,   shortly after the American president Donald Trump had referred to Haiti and countries in Africa as “shitholes”.

“The same week after Trump called all of us shithole countries the prime minister of Jamaica [hosted] a secretary of state whose president has just insulted him and his people, and to do like a lapdog to do his bidding,” he said, adding that after hurricanes Irma and Maria had devastated some Caribbean countries last September Venezuela was among the first to send assistance.

“The Prime Minister of St Lucia, the blockhead that he is, went on the radio and said that we should diversify our sources of assistance . . . . He was so angry that Venezuela had the first plane on the ground the best he can say is he is asking Caribbean governments to diversify their sources of aid because we are depending too much on one country,” he charged.

78 Responses to Venezuela more democratic than Barbados – Joseph

  1. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Perhaps we should deport you along with David Commissiong to live in Venezula. Is Venezuela a greater Democracy because of the shooting of unarmed men and women and the starving of little children just to hold on to power? Is it democracy when citizens freely arm themselves with weapons and engage in civil war while ignoring the very constitution of Venezuela? You are insulting the Gov of Barbados.

    • Mark My Word March 7, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Tennyson Joseph why are you here? and not in that great Country Venezuela
      Educated No common sense what so ever

      • Ras March 8, 2018 at 1:43 am

        Correction Mr Joker Joseph
        Venezuela is more demonic than Barbados
        You got it wrong
        Now we see clearly when you are Educated it does not means you have Common sense

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      @saga boy maybe we should deport you since you are such a lapdog of the USA. Why don’t you go and live there? Stop swallowing the CNN propaganda like you haven’t got a brain. Investigate things properly before shooting off your mouth.

      • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm

        while you at it carry long mark my word………I got an idea what about a one way ticket to North Korea

        • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm

          maybe the both of them can take turns brushing the leaders hair.

          • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm

            @milli watt Have you ever been to the DPRK? Have you ever done any research on this country and do you actually know anything about it? Please don’t blindly swallow the propaganda from the likes of CNN, the BBC and other western media. Not a few years ago, these same media had convinced the whole world that black people were inferior to white people. My mother told me that when she first went to England in the 1960s, she was asked to show people her tail, as people in England, thanks to this same media, knew that black people had tails. In these days of the internet, it is quite easy to check things out for yourself and not rely on one source of information.

    • Big Man March 9, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Barbados has Yard Ducks and Yard Fowls
      Venezuela Has Political Prisoners

      Who is more Democratic again

    • Berestford Leon Phillips March 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Venezuela is more democratic that Barbados and this Infidel left his home Country to come and live and work in Barbados
      Why won’t he go then and live and work in Venezuela

  2. Richard Johnston March 7, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Utterly absurd.

  3. hcalndre March 7, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I agree with the professor about Barbados` Constitution, it should be shredded and a new one rewritten. The framers of this Constitution did not see pass 50 years and beyond.

    • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Well stated. But what would this mean?

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      The framers of our constitution are the self same slave masters and colonialists. Our constitution is based on a 1966 Act of the British parliament. And we’ve got Bajans with their heads stuck so far up the rear of the said colonialists who think it’s democratic when ordinary Bajans never had any say whatsoever in it. Steuuuuupse!

  4. Tony Webster March 7, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Professor, I would suggest you catch a flight to The great Bolivarian Revolution (or what’s left of it), to “enjoy life” there, but are there any airlines yet flying there? You cud go by fishing boat ex Trinbago, (Cedros village, really easy). Hmm…a fishing boat, cud carry more foodstuffs too. With so many thousands of Venezuelanos fleeing their country daily into Colombia ( and now, into Guyana also), you cud pick up a nice vacant home, for chump change too. If you want to make a real killing, take a boat -load of flour , plus Panadols ( the hospitals have run out of everything) for your new shop- with all sales in USD.
    Bon Voyage.

    BTW…you get paid to fill young people’s heads with such crap?

    • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      @ Tony Webster lucky for him he was spared having to instill in you learning of a kind that would harm the few remaining brain cells that stumble aimlessly through your head struggling as they go to muster the mediocrity of a response you just made which was btw a-d h-o-m–i-n-e-m please don’t hurt yourself trying to locate its meaning on line.

  5. Harry March 7, 2018 at 6:50 am

    What a load of crap, if what he was claiming was true then the authorities would have him in prison for saying so. and yeah Webbie he is paid to fill up young people’s head with this crap…….

    • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      cannot believe you lot actually got a franchise to vote.

  6. jrsmith March 7, 2018 at 7:13 am

    When last we saw a real show of democracy in Barbados, 20,000 people came out to march and why because the white folks was there ….. Bajans are frighten of the politicians , that’s why 10 years of a government which has done nothing ,end product our streets flowing with ***t and 100% chance they will be back in government…………………….
    My take unless the white folks in Barbados get they their fingers and help put Barbados back together we will remain how we are………………………………

    • winston March 7, 2018 at 9:14 am

      That is democracy for if it had happened in the SA country many would have been killed on site.

    • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Well said Jrsmith – Pigionholing, underdog status, rum shop talk, voting for the same gangrenous crooked people is their idea of democracy, leave things as is and grin and bare. Then again, this majority got neutered of their might long time ago.

  7. Tony March 7, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Pack your bags and leave for Venezuela…I will pay for your ticket.

  8. Falernum March 7, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Is this the type of baseless and insulting declaration we are supporting with our taxes ? You might throw out this statement in your tutorial room to stimulate discussion among undergraduates before shooting off to the press and ruining UWI’s chances of being recognized for solid research.

    “The public’s opinion is the strongest force” (Simon Bolivar).

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      @falernum don’t think that you are the only member of the public and your opinion is the public’s opinion. When will Bajans awake from this white supremacist slumber that some of us are trapped in. Like Malcolm X’s house negroes, some of us want to defend massa more than massa want to defend himself

      • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        It is their education.

  9. winston March 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

    That is most absurd statement I have ever heard. Education isn’t common sense that is why he could babble so. Get with it Mr. Joseph. Maybe you should pack your bag and head to the SA state.
    Have you not heard how thousands are leaving that democratic country?

  10. seagul March 7, 2018 at 9:25 am

    It’s amazing how people speak of deporting others when they can’t afford the livity of a inter island round trip. Do they know who is carrying out these shootings other than what the fake news media tell them? Did we ever see real genuine democracy within the cornbeef mentality? We should not rely on another folk to ‘get their fingers’ to instill us with dignity Jr. nevertheless.
    ‘Corruption and mismanagement is a plague that seems to present itself in all of our countries, and manifests itself in many forms throughout our bodies politic. It saps our energy, hinders our progress and development, and makes it difficult for our people to reach their true and fullest potential. It is also a major threat to the peace and security of our countries and their respective regional economic communities.
    We must strengthened our resolve and political will to tackle the challenge of this cartel ideology with all our resources and bring it under control, particularly through institutional transformation. The declaration of 2018 as an “The Anti-fascism Year” in our Council will certainly serve to increase national, regional, and continental awareness of this menace.’ from Ajarain Vision–Ty Ajani..

  11. Carson C. Cadogan March 7, 2018 at 9:54 am

    “” St Lucian leader Allen Chastanet, whom he called a blockhead””

    Allen Chastanet political party humiliated Tennyson Joseph when he ran as candidate in the recent general elections in St. Lucia. The fact that the St. Lucian voting public voted for Chastanet’s candidate and not Joseph shows well that St. Lucians dont think too much of Joseph.

    I cant understand why we Bajans accommodate idiots like Joseph within our borders.

    Errol Barrow and Tom Adams would have made Tennyson Joseph persona non grata a long time ago.

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      @ Carson c cadogan the issue is not whether people voted for Tennyson Joseph. The issue is whether what he is saying is accurate. I challenge you to demonstrate that it isn’t.

      • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

        don’t be angry with carson PITY him just like his leader asked for pity for K…

    • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      CCC, I am shocked at your comment.

      • Berestford Leon Phillips March 8, 2018 at 1:38 am

        Tom Adams run Ralph Gonsalves out of Barbados when he was teaching at UWI Cave Hill during the BLP reign of Terror 1976-1986 if he was still alive with BLP in power the educated no common sense Head of Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Tennyson Joseph would also get run out of Barbados

        • Jennifer March 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

          Of course that supposed leopard would run Tennyson Joseph out, afterall……………….

  12. seagul March 7, 2018 at 10:02 am

    A people without the knowledge of their past history is a tree without root–BT. And a tree without root sooner or later dries up and die.

    • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 11:17 am

      This people is already dead dear:- dead to self knowledge and worth, aided by our politicians, European traditions their teachings and their philosophies.

      • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

        @jennifer. You are so right but we have to do all we can to wake them up

  13. seagul March 7, 2018 at 10:06 am

    St Lucians is worst off than us with this blockhead–bought and sold, that’s all.

  14. Ossie Moore March 7, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Tell them like it is jrsmith . . . .. . B A R B A D O S ! ! ! ! ( the most beautiful country in the world ) better known as BUHBADOS and also known as LITTLE ENGLAND , also called BIM , and used to be also known as the LAND of THE SEA and SUN . . . . and which is on it’s way to becoming known as The land of the SEA and SUN . . . . . . and SEWAGE.

    Bajans hate anyone who does not say all good things good things about the ” piece of rock ” , but yet still bajans like to say all bad things about all of the other countries in the world.

    Cases in point :

    (1) The high crime wave in Barbados is due to the Jamaicans and Trinidadians entering buhbados and buhbadians watchcing American television.

    (2) The increase in prostitution in buhbados is due to the Guyanese women entering buhbados.

    I lived in Caracas a few years ago and neither did the Venezuelan media or law enforcement authorities ever describe Venezuelans as CATTLE or WILD JUNGLE ANIMALS.

    Ahora en Español ( for the Venezuelans ) :

    Barbados ( Bar- baa- dose ) no le gusta cuando otro paises y personas del mundo hablan malo sobre del isla , pero la gente de bar – baa ‘dose les gustan hablan muy mal sobre los otro paises del mundo.

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      @ Ossie Moore and some of us have so much of a slave mentality that we don’t realise what a racist statement it is when our country is referred to as little England. Less than 3% of us are descended from the English and over 95% of us are descended from the African slaves but the 3% are so superior that they wipe out the 95%. Hence we’re little England and not Little Africa. And they have Bajans walking around and feeling proud that we are ‘little England’. So much waking up to do.

  15. Donild Trimp March 7, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Professor, not sure what type of logic you are using here.

    As intellectuals we can all agree that Venezuela was once a prosperous democracy but as it stands today are you not misleading your students and Barbadians in general by stating Venezuela is “more democratic than Barbados?

    You admire a man like Maduro who is imprisoning political opponents, he is allowing Government forces to kill political opponents who protest in the streets of Venezuela, he had a rigged election for a special legislative body that supplanted the country’s parliament with his cronies to expand his powers.

    I think you meant to say that from 1945 to 1948 Venezuela was more democratic than Barbados but today under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s democracy is fake.

    STOP using your intellect to spread falsehoods Mr.Joseph.

    Free speech is allowed in Barbados but this is not free speech from you, it is using your intellectual platform to denigrate Barbados and I do believe this gives the powers that be in Barbados to revoke your status and deport you back to St.Lucia.

    A person of your intellect should know better.

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      @ Donald trimp please stop and think for yourself instead of repeating the mindless nonsense that Cnn puts out. Have you ever checked the level of poverty and oppression before the bolivarian revolution? Why if Venezuela was such a great democracy did the people support the bolivarian revolution? Do you think that the street violence that the so-called opposition and ‘political prisoners’ practised in Venezuela would have been tolerated in any other country? If you want to compare the democracies in Barbados and Venezuela, why don’t you try some of the Venezuela opposition tactics in Barbados and let me know how you get through. You can burn down people’s places, shoot police officers and set on fire anybody who disagrees with you. Let’s see how that works for you in Barbados. Do you have any idea how the US government responded to the Black Panther Party? Some of this political prisoners are still in prison now, over 50 years after the events.

  16. Donild Trimp March 7, 2018 at 11:07 am

    ** the powers that be in Barbados the authority to revoke

  17. Sam clarke March 7, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Well said Mr.Joseph.

    • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      He is spot on. People think democracy and sheep go together. Or curtain, rum shop talk and corn beef eating or playing dead is true democracy.

  18. Nathaniel Samuels March 7, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Mr. Joseph, you are a man I like, but you talking bare sewage. I really think you have it wrong here and I can only hope you are trying to prick people into thinking seriously about democracy because what transpires in Venezuela is surely not democracy.
    Wheel and come again, Senor Joseph.

  19. Kathy March 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I know at university you are encouraged to think outside the box, but sometimes these stray so far from the vicinity of the box you wonder if they are lost. Mr Joseph, what went into your thought process for you to come up with the idea that Venezuela is more democratic than Barbados? Have you been having conversations with Ralph Gonzalves and David Comissiong? Because I believe that these two probably think so as well.

    • milli.watt March 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      kathy you need to read the article instead of asking questions to which there is a response

  20. Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Venezuela is more democratic than Barbados. That is why the country is in the state it is in, and to be honest Barbados can do with some of this democracy. But that will not happen as we got some stabilisers working hard to keep the status quo going. Everything expensive, systems geared to dismember the people and oppress. Then this whole lapdog behaviour will happen when there is no political might, or any might for that matter. Same dual monochrome behaviour. Our or should I say their education is of little use to this people currently in a state of dependency. If any real democracy ever comes to Barbados, we will be in the same state as Venezuela.

  21. F.A.Rudder March 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Mr Joseph you are then saying you are “willing and able” under Venezuela’s democracy report card; to go to the Guyanese border and conduct that great democracy that Venezuela has been establishing on the Guyanese/ Venezualan border? We are awaiting on your response?

  22. Francis March 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Mr Joseph
    Venezuela is a basket case.
    Why don’t you do us a favour and go there to live.
    Or back to your homeland. Leave us and our sewage alone just leave.
    Bon Voyage!!
    Bye bye!!

  23. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Jennifer you are a lot of hot air and a coward. Why is it that you continue to make outrageous statements and remain in Barbados? Tell me the truth, if I gave you a one way ticket to Venezuela would you take it and never come but to Barbados? Tell me why you agree with Joseph and what is so democratic about Venezuela when forces opposing the gov continue to be silence? Are you suggesting that this gov should do the same? Should they start killing the opposition?

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      @saga boy I know Jennifer can speak for herself but who the hell you think you is telling she where she supposed to live. You think that to live in this island we have to be some kind of lapdog to the slavemaster colonial system. If it wrong, it wrong and our foreparents shed enough blood and suffer enough at the hands of these same slavemasters that we will say it as we see it.

      • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        I want u SAGA to know unlike you I do not ki$$ or lick white or red Arse and hope for a xmas handout. Idiot.

      • Jennifer March 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

        Oh yes Tee, all like saga got this people oppressed.

  24. seagul March 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Despite the purported “best intentions” of the many NGOs now working in Haiti, a high percentage of the relief effort money donated is clearly not getting through to (or is not being spent on) the very people it was intended to help on the ground in Port-au-Prince.
    It’s a sordid tale of plunder.

  25. seagul March 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Media bias discloses how lost we are.
    Then, some people can’t afford decent transportation but still they want to offer someone a ticket to somewhere. Self delusion for the blind.

  26. Tennyson Drakes March 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I personally believe the Professor is going mad. He is so angry. Please Sir, cool down. You happen to living in one of the best Islands in the Caribbean (Barbados). You should be grateful. I would bet my last dollar that whenever you finish teaching in Barbados you are going to make this Island your homeland. Stop crying it down and just enjoy the “ride”. NOTE: Even though I do not agree with your positions I still enjoy reading your articles.

  27. seagul March 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    The last comment at 2.20 here shows how we worship my last dollar. If the professor is mad and you enjoy reading his articles you know what that makes you.

  28. jrsmith March 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I am going to also remind Mr joseph, you are not a white person , they could say anything they like for or against Barbados and get away with it, you would be banished from bim………..

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      @jrsmith loooool but so true……l

  29. Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Everybody getting vex coz the man said Venezuela more democratic than Barbados. But what do you understand by democracy? Do you buy the slavemaster concept that democracy is the party system of government whereby every 5 years or so, the politicians come round and bribe you with corn beef and biscuits and then you can’t see them again till the next elections? In the meantime the old plantation elite and the so called foreign investors buy the same politicians and get them to do their bidding? You as the citizens can’t even get a bus to get home from work, haven’t got access to a modern health care system, so-called housing developers building chicken cooks to put you in while they living mansions, 10 flying fish selling for $20 dollars and you are powerless to affect any of these things that impacting on your life. You think that is democracy as defined by the saying government of the people, by the people and for the people. Bajans wake up and stop trying to shoot the messenger.

  30. Tee White March 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    *Chicken coops

  31. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Tee White, you and Jennifer are full of hot air. Both of you are cowards. I can bet that both of you are more enslaved than any slave has ever been. Your thoughts are just a lot of hot air. You speak without saying anything. What exactly is your point? I bet that none of you would trade living in Barbados for Venezuela. Just nuff hot air.

    • Tee White March 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      @saga boy Barbados don’t belong to you and you can’t tell Bajans where to live. So instead of diverting from the issue and name calling, which is what people do when they have no logical argument to back up their opinion, why don’t you stick to the point and put forward arguments and evidence to prove that Tennyson Joseph is wrong when he says that Venezuela is more democratic than Barbados. Where people choose to live is irrelevant to this discussion. I look forward to seeing your logical argument and evidence.

  32. jrsmith March 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    To all the world experts out there, you all need to sit up and take stock of your all selves …………..Since 2007 we haven’t had anything positive from any individual ,,,, but we have got the Donald Trump , who say anything any time and gets away with it………. Then comes lots of other people who is trying they luck , but to remind them there is only one Donald trump , so you all clever dicks out there , the kids are up and listening

  33. Cecil Brooks March 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    where does democracy exist in Barbados? we are really a bullet away in this country if the masses in Barbados physically demanded democracy. I can guarantee the very people we have elected to our house of assembly the very BLP and DLP parties, would not hesitate to turn on us the guns of the police and defense forces, if the idea got into the minds of the masses that they had have enough of their (the elected) corruption. Look at our house of assembly for the past ten years and remember some of the sayings from that house. We have a minister of government who would not hesitate to crack heads, we have another minister who is not afraid to use his gun, another member who did not think he should give back money that was not is, and a prime minister who will tell members to get a lawyer to uphold the lunacy in our parliament. Have we forgotten the riots, and what got the masses to that position, those people endured hardships, the answer of the then government gun them down. The elected and a few others have given us this five year rotation of people who keep the corruption system going and tell us we are participating in this thing called democracy, Then hides behinds maintaining law and order, while raping us of our resources. So are we really any different from Venezuela. So I ask the question, what are we really willing to do and pay for DEMOCRACY in Barbados.

  34. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Tee White aka David Commissiong. I can now understand why you support Joseph. You are an unsuccessful communist pretender. One day you will be exposed. I know all about your dealings in Venezuela. No wonder you are so defensive of Venezuela.

  35. Tee White March 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    @Saga Boy I will take this as an admission from you that you have neither logical arguments nor evidence to support your opinions.

  36. luther thorne March 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Democracy without Transparency and Accountability is a joke in Barbados.

    People in Barbados have no Say
    ……..And they like it so
    Lazy docile slave descendants take a lot of crap so the politicos dish it out

  37. Mackar March 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Joseph you need to move over to venezuela. And enjoy the democracy.
    Or you can wait and enjoy the life style under our budding tirant and soon to be dictator.

  38. Ossie Moore March 8, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Now you see what happens when the s**t hits the fan in a s**t h**e _ 21 x 14 _ 166 Sq mile _ racist _ banana republic _ flying fish mentality _ piece of salt rock.

  39. Rhonda Alleyne March 8, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Professor buy a one way ticket to Venezuela. Thank You.

  40. Tee White March 8, 2018 at 7:08 am

    @ossie Moore correction. We are not a republic. We are a monarchy and the queen of England is ‘our sovereign’ with ultimate constitutional power over us through her royal prerogative. And yet we have Bajans coming on here vex as hell coz the man said Venezuela is more democratic than Barbados. At least they write their own constitution and no foreigner has ultimate constitutional power over them.

  41. Saga Boy March 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Tee White aka David Commissiong I am sure you would not object to a constitution written by a communist country. Why don’t you go live in a communist country and leave us alone.

    • Tee White March 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      @saga boy Barbados don’t belong to you and you can’t tell no Bajan where to live. Since you love the English queen so much, why you don’t go and live there and leave us alone?

  42. Greengiant March 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks to Tennyson Joseph being frank for the first time I can recall, some of us are offended, others are comparing the past actions of our former political leaders and parties to reinforce their political partisan opinions.

    However, don’t try to castigate Tennyson as like most of you, it’s simply his opinion, and I must say much of the points he’s made are totally correct. I however question his point on democracy. Our Constitution does need a serious upgrade, with input at the constituency level, but the councils must first be properly established, and the council representatives elected by the people.

  43. Cecil Brooks March 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

    This is my second comment on this subject, the first did not see the light of day. So I concluded that Barbados will never be a democracy for all it’s people, not only because we have a house of assembly of elected members who’s members are not accountable to the very people who elected them, but we have a news media which refuses to educate the people of what the power of a true democracy can do for them. So why does the news media continue to keep it’s readers in this state of ignorance, the answer is simple, the people who controls the news media for some reason (financial) allow the unaccountability of the elected members to the public to be swept under the carpet. Instead of helping the public to understand what true democracy is, our news media get us the public into this emotional state of mind called divide and conquer, which only leads to utter confusion. The democracy in Venezuela is no different from what we have now in Barbados, the results are the came, the public at large have no input in what happens in both countries and all matters of state is control by a few people and all the gains of the state is enjoyed mainly by a few, of which the news media owners belong.

  44. St Clair worrell March 10, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I would very much appreciate of a lot of Bajans would stop this ‘we’ and ‘us ‘ when speaking of Barbados as It never was truly controlled by us or we… Barbados was always, even to this day, controlled by foreign powers… Any Government failing to tow the line wouldn’t last too long…. Yes, we vote for ppl who are only allowed to make small, almost nil decisions for the country and it’s little people… But should the so-called leaders step out of line with the real powers, we would know whose ‘God’ we are serving… We should check the geographical make up of B’dos where the Whites control the best lots in Bim and most of the majority are confine to little villages, nooks and crannies… Maybe one these days we may have to get drones to take pics of what the beaches look like…So, don’t get too ‘smug’ in thinking that Bdos is a poster child for democracy….We don’t have much to rely on and must ‘go a begging’ most of the time…STOP!! this ‘go back to it country’ nonsense…We have Bajans in every part of the world, and l would bet anyone that there are not silenced…IJS

  45. F.A.Rudder March 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Some of you on this site have found time not to stick to the point but to let off your blighted, inferior complexes and racism without having a logical or methodical explanation for the litorate. We in Barbados have a past history which is unique to Barbados and it’s people and from it we have drawn a constitution.


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