Manning Outsmarted

25 Jun

Well that is the only conclusion that one could come to. Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the new Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, despite all of the talk about not wanting a coalition government. It is the plight of every successful politician to read his hand badly, but maybe just like Gordon Brown his loss was inevitable. Even from Manning’s own supporters we had heard “too little too late”. Mrs. Bissessar’s win has raised discussions about women in politics and whether Barbados is ready for a female Prime Minister. This is perhaps the same question being raised by Jamaica. But was it so much about her gender as a about someone who the electorate felt embodied the qualities of a new leader? Given the political landscape at the moment Barbadians are becoming more comfortable with female candidates. They will be just as comfortable with a female Prime Minister when the time comes! Congratulations to Mrs. Bissessar.


2 Responses to “Manning Outsmarted”

  1. The People's Democratic Congress June 29, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    “Arthur said the DLP needed to go back to the policies that worked for Barbados between 1994 and 2008. He said even if Government now felt ashamed to have to rely on the ideas of another administration, they should swallow their pride and do it in the interest of the country.” – Taken from the Nation News on line, Monday, June 10, 2010.

    First of all, both these joke, visionless, intellectually bankrupt factions must be sent packing from the parliamentary precincts of this country Barbados by the broad masses of voters in this country within the next seven years.

    Secondly, these appalling and sickening BLP/DLP political mind games involving incessant and useless psychologically driven mind sapping cross accusations/recriminations, etc, (such as represented in the above extraction) must also be helped brought to an eventual halt by these said masses of voters of this country.

    And, what crass, infantile political behavoiur of the most perposterous kind that was reported of Arthur at a BLP political branch meeting two weeks ago at a time when this country is suffering from some of the most treacherous and dangerous political, material, financial and other convulsions ever seen at any time in its post-independence history.

    And, thirdly, it must be seen now more than ever before by increasing numbers of peoples of Barbados how both these factions are entirely irrelevant and useless to the political material needs of these people at this hour, esp. since it has long become clear that for the last 25 years or so NEITHER the DLP NOR the BLP has brought about any real substantial sustainable timeless progressive national developmentalist blueprints/action plans for the further and greater 21st and 22nd century development of this country, and worse yet when neither of them within that space of time has never intended to bring about any real positive fundamental transformations in the Barbadian society.

    Thus, it would not be surprising to find out that a former Prime Minister – who quite shockingly mistakably still yearns for public acclamation and attention, and, yes, at this time of the political sunset of his days, has still garnered enough temerity to be telling a government and by extension many people of this country – a country that incidentally itself needs to quickly emerge from the “Lost Years” of National Development – from 1987 to current – and to be as quickly as possible but properly substantially restructured, repositioned and redeveloped away, with a great forward thrust, from Westernism, Economics, Western Finance, and Elitism – that it ( the government) needs TO GO BACK to the policies that worked between 1994 and 2008, and implement such again?

    But, what manner of political animal is Arthur?

    How much of the global political economic environment and global financial architecture has NOT changed substantially since 2007 – 15 years after he entered governmental office as Prime Minister? Huh??

    Has the balance of power between many major international political states NOT been continuing to shift somewhat to the East?

    Have pro-Western chronically dependent CARICOM states – including Barbados – not been becoming more and more marginalized and shunted aside and devalued with these politically seismic changes taking place?

    Which of these particular policies that Arthur thinks about – which really from the outset were already mired in archaism and ineffectuality – was truly put in place by his former government to help avoid the present deepening material financial pitfalls this country now finds itself in?

    Which ones like hell?

    Furthermore, were NOT some of these same policies some of the same damned ones that would have in the first place been helping to put the country on the path to this ever deepening current material and financial recession (depression)?

    What about this mindless anti-masses and anti-middle classes anti-productive VAT system? What about the former stupid Cess Tax?

    Why should government policies fashioned on greater dependence by people in Barbados on esp. Western and European and even regional foreign capital and foreign investment and foreign financial inflows and their faulty structural overarchs like the EPA, CSME – for their own survival, be even made to take center stage of the entire gamut of policy prescriptions strictures applications of any government of this country at this a time when greater interdependence among countries is supposedly being fostered by them?

    Finally, what Arthur’s very unstudied, sophomoric utterances about going back to those policies of his former Administrations that have really far from worked, and that have really proved to be far from being sustainable, however does show is that Arthur has left NOT LEGACY WHATSOEVER AT ALL, NONE WHATSOEVER, and does show how too he is pretending to make some few really politically unaware and unenlightened persons believe otherwise!!

    What a joker ad nausem for a former Prime Minister!!


  2. The People's Democratic Congress July 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    The recent presentation by Mr. Owen Arthur to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC)28th Annual Conference, and titled: The global Economic Crisis: The Role of International Financial Institutions in the Caribbean, seems to us – the People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) – to have been presented to this group of Chartered Accountants, and by extension to a maze of regional publics with a political economic outlook that still casts the Caribbean in a 20 th Century immediate post-independence political material financial environment.

    A critical examination of Mr. Arthur’s address does show that this is indeed so.

    His clearly conjuring up imagaries of a group of G 20 leaders in London in 2009 (in some senses restringing and reproducing some false echoes of a long gone Bretton Woods era) in the midst of an international crisis among many countries, meeting to put together a programme to RESCUE the global economy – the leaders of the MOST POWERFUL countries of the world warming the hearts of men and women everywhere, a la a statement which said, inter alia:
    “We start from the belief that prosperity is indivisible; that growth to be sustained has to be shared; and that our global plan for recovery must have at its heart the needs and jobs of hard-working families, not just in developed countries, but in emerging markets and the poorest countries of the world too; and must reflect the interests, not just of today’s populations, but of future generations too.” – DOES DO SO.

    However, in his doing so, he failed to seperate certain myths from certain facts.

    Mr. Arthur has appeared now more than ever before to be a brazen bold chronicler of myths by peddling other persons’s own false beliefs that prosperity is indivisable; that for growth to be sustained it has to be shared and other hoopla.

    Thus, a serious analysis of the causes of this present relapsing international economic situation would show that the long, persistent greed of an elite few helped started this current situation, and that the long ongoing vulnerability of many local and international financial systems to tend almost always towards system crisis implosion owing to their own fundamentaly flawed designs weaknesses, would belie the above quotation and its meaning.

    But, what is worse, intellectually speaking, is that – in his address – Mr. Arthur spectacularly failed to comment on the fact that – even as he spoke – there have been views among many people in the Caribbean and beyond, that the US political economic recovery is very fragile, that the Eurozone debt crisis and the consequent spending cuts and taxation increases in many EU countries have been making the EU’s political economic recovery seem more and more distant (Finland has been reported to have gone back into recession), and that even in China – which was touted by some persons to be leading the world out of this so-called global recession – where the government of China has been recently thinking about reining in so-called inflation, and where manufacturing/industrial production – in many ways – has been declining some what – there have been some recent reports coming out of some international media of China taking steps to slow the economy there down – all of which and some more else – help contribute to making prospects for global political economic recovery more uncertain and even dimmer.

    So, how could Mr. Arthur have been making an address of the sort without properly considering that there is really no global economic crisis, but that what there has been is essentially a series of profound crises in many Western financial/debt management systems, and in their supporting ideological philosophical and psychological imperial structures, and which as a consequence have been terribly affecting the functioning of the economies of many pro-Western countries across the globe?

    And how could Arthur not recognize that these crises in these many Western financial/debt management systems, and their supporting ideological philosophical psychological imperial structures, and which as a consequence have been terribly affecting the functioning of the economies of many pro-Western countries across the globe, are now being more and more prolonged owing to clearly painful relapses?

    Why would the US Fed have said in the closing stages of a recent two day meeting that: “financial conditions have become less supportive of economic growth….largely reflecting developments abroad?” – (pg 22 Monday, June 28, 2010 edition of the Barbados Business Authority)

    Also, the fact that Mr. Arthur in his address focussed on “the response of the international financial institutions (IMF, IADB, World Bank, CDB, and their relevant mentioned funding facilities) to the plight that our region has faced as a result of the global economic crisis”, rather than his having focussed on the causes of what is essentially, again, a series of profound crises in many Western financial/debt management systems, and in their supporting ideological philosophical and psychological imperial structures, and which as a consequence have been terribly affecting the functioning of the economies of many pro-Western countries across the globe, has meant that Arthur’s misplaced useless address has provided evidence of the profound crisis in the so-called intellectual and political leadership of this country (Barbados now), and has clearly shown too that so-called regional leaders like Arthur are so dependent on the West and Western instititional frameworks for their supper – a type of chronic demeaning behaviour that of course do place the countries from which they have emerged in a very unfavourable light.

    That Arthur could also have said that there were three other sets of economic forces ( loss of trade preferences, food and fuel crises, and high government debts – that have complicated the Caribbean region’s ability to cope with the effects of its share of this so-called global economic financial crisis – is to again – for him – to cast the Caribbean in a 20 th Century immediate post-independence political material financial environment – in a dependency mode still depending on bigger European powers for guidance and protection – or in a helpless mode such that when some adverse things are happening to the region, many parts of it (except Cuba) are to be seen crying out to these bigger European powers for lenience, relief like little children crying to mummy – just check Colin Jordan – the Barbados Tourism and Hotel Association’s President – and his very backward outrageous position on the United Kingdom’s APD ( Back page, Barbados Business Authority, 5 July, 2010 ) and see what we mean by that particular point – rather than they identifying and putting in place workable partial solutions to these particular regional political economic financial problems.

    And worse still is that Arthur seeks sheepishly hypocritically to blame those three claimed forces for making things worse ( economically financially ) in the region – when it is clear that in the case of the Government of Barbados – where 1, is concerned, both DLP and BLP Governments have had enough time to help restructure and reposition the industries concerned since the last round of the GATT (Uraguay Round) – to know what was coming – where 2, is concerned, DLP and BLP Governments have stupidly been allowing our food security to become threatened by allowing many of our agricultural lands to be converted into non-agricultural uses, and in many cases to be sold to foreigners; where fuel issues are concerned – both have failed to lead the way in relation to making sure that there is less dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation, and thus more progress towards greater use of alternative energy sources for most of our electricity needs, and in regard of 3, both these joke DLP and BLP Governments have been recklessly flagrantly increasing the government debt, and have been at the same time the biggest beneficiaries of a ballooning government debt

    No doubt similar things have been happening in many other Caribbean countries!!

    So politically comatose is Mr. Arthur when he thinks that “to carry out the programmes to bring about fiscal and debt sustainability, would mean pursuing policies to reduce expenditure, which could in turn deflate the economy, and that on the other hand, to offset the worst effects of global recession, stimulation of the economy by fiscal and other tools was necessary”, that we have only to look at our own ( PDC’s) policy outlooks/program for notions of the removal of TAXATION, Interest Rates, Institutuional Repayable Productive Loans from our political financial lanscape, to help instil in Barbados and the rest of the region how to overcome such unbearable thinking by him and others.

    And therefore what nonsense from him about there being “no easy answer that can or has been found to such a dilemma”??

    Finally, it is clear former prime minister Arthur went about his address without much a clear and good understanding of these following five fundamental facts too – which in different ways do undermine the central thrusts of his theme :

    1) that there has been really no global economic crisis ( China, India, Singapore, Australia, Uraguay, etc. did not go through recession in 2008/2009 and are NOT going through recession any time in 2010);

    2) that the so-called economic financial crises that have been occuring in the so-called Caribbean economy have been greatly caused by domestic factors – largely through archaic but destructive governmental fiscal financial policies and their impact on the cost of living and doing business in these countries, and largely through destructive policies of the core financial sectors of these countries and their impact on the productive sectors of the countries concerned – moreso meaning these national domestic factors in each country have meant a greater than expected role to play for those institutions rather than through external global factors;

    3) that the Caribbean is of no strategic importance any more Cold War over, so-called economically/financially, to the G8 countries – just check the demolition job helped done on some of the region’s sugar industries – banana industries – attempts to dismantle some offshore financial sectors of the region – in favour of some others’ interests – so for these multilateral financial institutions there has DURING the COLD WAR and SINCE the ending of it been hardly a real role for these institutions ( not CDB) to play in the political economic recovery of a region that only commands a very small fraction of world production, income, trade, etc.;

    4) that part of the process of making some countries help pay for some of the costs of US-led military coalition’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and banking elite financial skulduggeries have been leading to political economic crisis in many of countries of this world and have led to some grave debt crises in some Anglo-American European regions – trade preferences losses, food and fuel crises, and high government debts in the region in themselves are miniscule when contrasted with the ever burgeoning financial costs of such wars and their causes and the financial costs of the global banking elite’s dangerous financial actions and why they are caused ;

    5) and that multilateral financial institutions of the type mentioned are becoming more and more irrelevant to the needs of people of the region – esp. with the rise of the Chinese political economic behemoth and financial powerhouse.


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