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Hypocrites and Parasites


BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — Naked, one can argue that the state in post-independent Barbados has never provided the environment to foster economic independence to the majority black population. Despite this, a few black businessmen managed to gain economic independence but the majority of the black population has settled for becoming the employed and never the employers.  On the other hand, the minority white population has more employers and entrepreneurs.

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Except for a limited apprenticeship period early in the history of Barbados, and in poverty-stricken areas like Martins Bay, the minority white population has always had economic independence and social independence. At emancipation, the blacks were given social independence; it was not economic because they were not paid reparations for the time they had spent as slaves. At independence in 1966, the island gained its political independence from Great Britain.

Herein lies the present structure of inequality of Barbados; 99% of the 5% whites have social, political and economic independence and the 95% of the black population believe that they have social and political independence. Of that 95 % less than 5% have economic independence.

There are several reasons for this. The outdated educational system in Barbados does not teach entrepreneurship; poverty among blacks, the prohibitive lending practices of the banks, limited scope of government’s business development schemes and the inability of back businessmen to receive lucrative government contracts. This article will focus on the latter.

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Throughout post independent Barbados, wealthy white businessmen have played prominent role to direct the political affairs of the island. In the past they were known as white shadows. Of late, they are no longer in the shadows and their presence now looms larger than life. Even the great Errol Barrow could not shake the hold that the minority whites held after his party achieved independence in 1966. They were the landowners and therefore voters before the backs obtained the right to vote. Did this give them preferential access to the government over blacks? One wonders why this preferential relationship has continued with successive black governments and why the whites do not seek political office.

In the midst of the present economic recession on the island, it is now essential more than ever that the black population achieve economic independence. Each successive administration has offered lucrative business contracts to the white minority and very few to blacks. This has created several white business magnates who by their portfolio now cater to every need on the island, leading to a concentration of power and wealth in their hands.

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The present reality is that we have a situation where a fraudulent election has produced a hypocritical government which pretends to have the best interest of the people but their actions to these minority white business men speak otherwise. This small group of business men has attached itself as a parasite to the public purse to create every scheme they can dream up. In essence government ministers are now the puppets of the whites who no longer control from the shadows. Every Minister of the elected government has compromised his position to the entire electorate of Barbados in some was as a result of his involvement with those businessmen.

Both the Prime Minister and the Attorney general have admitted that votes were bought in the 2013 election.  Bizzy Williams has admitted that he has given money to finance political campaigns for both parties as well as that he finances the police force. It is no wonder that the police never investigated the Cahill scam. Bizzy Williams, Bjorn Bjerkham, Cow Williams, Mark Maloney and Tempro have all found a way to achieve wealth off the backs of the black people of Barbados long after slavery has ended. They bring no genuine investment but depend on the taxpayers’ money to finance their business schemes.

The cash-strapped-present administration whose members have already sold themselves to the highest bidder is seeking to divest government’s assets. The Sanitation Service Authority seems to be on the list of things to sell and what has unfolded as the Garbage Crisis in Barbados is quite telling; for months the state refused to take hold of its responsibility to remove garbage and then there was the drama surrounding the infamous tipping fee that was to be paid to Mr. Williams’ disposal company and after that several mysterious green garbage trucks landed at the Bridgetown port. Now that the garbage collection system has almost collapsed, in comes Mr. Williams as a knight in shining amour to announce a proposal that he is willing to manage the garbage disposal in Barbados for $60 M a year. This alone is evidence that the SAS was allowed to fail so that the government could take hold of Mr. William’s offer. It is a clear picture of collusion between the Minister Denis Lowe and Mr. Bizzy Williams.

Since Opposition Senator Abrahams was able to comment on Mr. William’s announcement, an offer must be on the table and one must wonder of its contents. No manager of the SSA or the Minister is paid $60M a year. So exactly what does this management entail? Are those green garbage trucks that did not have an owner part of the $60M deal? What will happen to the workers currently employed by government? Does this mean that Mr. Williams, in addition to garbage collection will be responsible for garbage disposal? Will his new $60 M responsibility include decision making on any future waste to energy plants in Barbados for which land has already been vested and finders fees paid?

Mr. Williams is no angel, saint or savior.  There are already private waste haulers who could have done this job.  Chief among them is Mr. Cherry, private waste haulers who government seems bent n victimizing.  Mr. Cherry should now offer government a counter proposal to collect the garbage in Barbados.

One wonders if the outcome of government’s failure to collect garbage is a sign of things to come for the delivery of other public services for which taxpayers’ money is utilized. This brings me to the water crisis that is being experienced in the North of the island. Is the provision of tap water being allowed to fail so that a white businessman can offer to provide running water to those affected residents at let us say $300M a year?

At the end of the day there is a need for the ending of secrecy and beginning of transparency in the way the government awards contracts and other business initiatives, the tendering process must be followed. There is a need for a quota system in the awarding of government contracts. 95% of the island should receive 95 % of the contracts and the 5% who are already wealthy will not suffer if they receive 5% of the contracts. Black business men, community groups or cooperatives must be formed to present counters offers to the government in light of the proposition offered by Mr. Williams as well as for other projects. If Mr. Williams can do it off the taxpayers’ money any black business man can do it too.

If this situation persists unchallenged and unchanged, we are headed to what can only be termed as economic slavery where the government collects taxes just to pass on to this minority. To make this situation even worse, a fraudulent election means that there is no political independence of the electorate. This means that after 50 years of achieving independence, the black population is headed back to the pre emancipation period. We never had economic independence, our political independence was sold for a mess of pottage on the last election day and; social independence (our pride which some of us relinquished by giving up the right to vote for free and fair elections) which is dependent on the former also vanished on the last election day.   Heather Cole

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12 thoughts on “Hypocrites and Parasites”

  1. Thomas Harris, Peter Harris is also a thief, he steals policyholders money, he refuses to pay injured people.

    Name one injured person Peter Harris has paid compensation to in the last 20 years for severe injuries with CGI as the insurance carrier with liability, I am not talking pittances, I am talking real money for lifelong injuries. You show me one person and I will take back everything said.

    Stealing is stealing, whether it’s Bizzy and the minority welfare rats using the stupid politicians to steal from their people, or Peter Harris withholding compensation from policyholders and injured people, all is stealing.

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  2. The writer’s spot on, and I agree on everything except, as much as bajans would shudder at the thought, I think that realistically we’re past the time of these approaches. It’s too late. “The ending of secrecy and beginning of transparency in the way the government awards contracts and other initiatives” and/or a “quota system in the awarding of government contracts” will not come. You may as well wait on santa to bring you freedom. Even if they are implemented on paper, they would be unenforceable by us, and equally as disregarded as all the other laws they flout daily. The writer correctly noted that they don’t even hide the corruption anymore, so clearly the idea that govt ever intends to function above board in the best interests of the masses is a pipe dream.

    Straight up: that is begging. The people have been begging for these things for aeons. You are giving nothing, no bribes or favours, and asking govt for something, and what’s worse is that you already know it won’t be given, but you’re still demeaning yourself to beg your oppressors for things. These men care nothing about us. You may say you’re just telling them to do their job and you hired them. Okay, prove it. Fire one, then. Voters are misled.

    Anything we wish to have we must get against their will, because their will is their masters’ will, and massa wills for us to have nothing. Get real. Once we continue to wait for govt to change things they will never change. How has begging and waiting worked out so far?

    Asking govt for a solution leaves the solution up to them, and as such power over the future still lies with them and their masters. As stated above the people are taxed to pay these elites. If you have no say in whether you are taxed, or what becomes of the money, the only way to take power over the situation and take massa’s power base is to find your way not pay taxes, or reduce the payments as much as possible, however it is possible, as many as possible. For sure we can all stop spending so much (VAT for e.g.), stop glorifying material wealth and stop pressuring the weak-minded to keep up. We don’t need new cars; we may need reliable transportation. Car pool to cut down on gas. Support vendors and not supermarkets. Humility and grace are free. En masse we have enough to see each other through. It doesn’t take all of us, just enough. It’s called sacrifice in the name of progress. Sadly bajans are too comfortable as slaves, and have been intentionally led into a state where they can have easy life doing nothing for themselves (welfare), and everything for massa, and to shake up the system would change that in the short run. They would rather suck the teat and daydream of the govt giving them transparency and quota legislation, as if legislation, words on paper, ever changed reality. People solve problems. People change things. Sometimes it’s hard but how many truly good changes came without sacrifice? ALL progress comes at a cost. How much are you willing to pay to see this change? Or are we going to stick to paying govt to give our oppressors our hard-earned money, that they then pay the govt you are begging NOT to do anything for us?

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  3. When are you going to decide you’ve had enough. Can’t keep doing the same thing over an over and expect a different result.

    Withhold your DOLLARS. That is the average person’s power. Use it.

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  4. I WOULD ONLY SAY THIS ! BIZZY WILLIAMS IS NOT A WHITE MAN ! HE IS WHAT WE CALLED A RED MAN ! (2) WE WERE THOUGHT TO BE EMPLOYEES NOT EMPLOYER’S ! (3) THE 5% WHITE’S HAVE ALL THE WEALTH ,BECAUSE THE 95%%% BLACK’S LOVE’S SPENDING THEY HARD SLAVE EARNINGS BACK WITH THEM ,AND REFUSED TO EMPOWERED ONE ANOTHER (4) BARBADOS IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT ISLAND, THE QUEEN CANNOT BE THE HEAD OF STATE OF MY COUNTRY ! IF IT’S INDEPENDENT, WITH THE CAMOUFLAGE OF A BARBADIAN GOVERNOR GENERAL TAKING INSTRUCTION’S FROM ENGLAND ! THE WORD INDEPENDENT MEANS FREE ! FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY ,SELF GOVERNED. SO BECAUSE WE HAVE A PUPPET GOVERNMENT !STILL TAKING ORDERS FROM ENGLAND ! IF THE QUEEN SAY RELEASE ALL PRISONERS KN DEATH ROW TODAY ,DO YOU NO THE PUPPET GOVERNMENT HAVE TO FREE THOSE PRISONER’S WITH OUT ?????? ASKED. FREE YOURSELVES OF MENTAL SLAVERY!p

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  5. well this is what black people deserve because all they think about is partying, ph–ping,and getting their hair and nails done and fancy clothes and b-lling. Thats the truth.

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  6. I WOULD ONLY SAY THIS ! BIZZY WILLIAMS IS NOT A WHITE MAN ! HE IS WHAT WE CALLED A RED MAN ! (2) WE WERE THOUGHT TO BE EMPLOYEES NOT EMPLOYER’S ! (3) THE 5% WHITE’S HAVE ALL THE WEALTH ,BECAUSE THE 95%%% BLACK’S LOVE’S SPENDING THEY HARD SLAVE EARNINGS BACK WITH THEM ,AND REFUSED TO EMPOWERED ONE ANOTHER (4) BARBADOS IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT ISLAND, THE QUEEN CANNOT BE THE HEAD OF STATE OF MY COUNTRY ! IF IT’S INDEPENDENT, WITH THE CAMOUFLAGE OF A BARBADIAN GOVERNOR GENERAL TAKING INSTRUCTION’S FROM ENGLAND ! THE WORD INDEPENDENT MEANS FREE ! FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY ,SELF GOVERNED. SO BECAUSE WE HAVE A PUPPET GOVERNMENT !STILL TAKING ORDERS FROM ENGLAND ! IF THE QUEEN SAY RELEASE ALL PRISONERS KN DEATH ROW TODAY ,DO YOU NO THE PUPPET GOVERNMENT HAVE TO FREE THOSE PRISONER’S WITH OUT ?????? ASKED. FREE YOURSELVES OF MENTAL SLAVERY!

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  7. This writer is so right in everything she has written
    Barbados is so corrupt now
    And these minister need to be charged
    How can you own a yatch in less than 6years
    When you came into politics all you have was x amount of dollars. Some not even a proper home
    The FBI AND SCOTLAND YARD NEED TO INVESTIGATED AND CHARGED THEM WITH DRUG DEALING AND MONEY LAUNDER ING AND UNDERAGE SEX WITH MINORS

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    1. @blacksugga2

      No one is coming to investigate anything. All across this world the people holding power run the show. Part of the power they hold is over politrickans…All governments are bought and paid for. The politrickans WILL DO the bidding of their masters, i.e. the elite. Understand the game then you can get a step ahead. Otherwise, you’ll be scratching your head trying to figure out how these things continue unabated. They continue because ALL are BOUGHT.

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      1. Well said. Stop complaining…understand the game and circumvent. Poorer folks need to teach their children how to be resilient and resourceful and how to just keep it real. Structural education is a necessary evil but it is imperative that you educate your children for life. Teach them how to business owners and less consumers. Forget the victim mentality learn how to be a full fledged warrior. Much of the world is structured based on capitalism. Countries are run by the oligarchs and democracy is pretty much not absolution.

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