PM defends political class

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has roundly rejected the idea of changing the system of governance in Barbados.

And he’s insisting that he will not allow the democratic rights secured for Barbadians to be rolled back by “elitists and snobs”.

He made the comments in the House of Assembly today, days after financial analyst Peter Boos criticised the Westminster system of governance, stating that it breeds corruption and greed and is open to too much patronage.

But Stuart, in a hard-hitting statement, said he was happy to defend the political class despite the bitterness that is sometimes evident during debates in the House.

“They don’t want to dirty their hands by even having to shake the hands of ordinary people. They want to sit in ivory towers, use their wealth or their station in life to qualify them to preside over the destiny of people. I am proud to be a politician. If politics is messy, I enjoy the mess. If politics is dirty business, I am prepared to be dirty in order to uplift the interest of the people of this crown,” the prime minister said.

“I frown on all those people who believe that we have now gotten to the stage where you can now push politicians out of the way, undo what was done in the early 1950s, set aside and let privilege and status take over from the democratic procedures to which we have all subscribed and for which we have all fought.”


9 Responses to PM defends political class

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 4, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Wow I’m shock but y u wait to d economy get downgraded to say such a thing lord Jesus help please…

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins June 4, 2014 at 1:31 am

    I think he should defend our latest downgrade or better yet explain to the people of Barbados what the hell is going on; Perhaps he should start there. I think you need a lonnnngg break from politics Mr PM.

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 4, 2014 at 2:41 am

    What a statement to make! Not even a student from Standpipe High would make such a statement, a total disgrace. A* for being honest, he should said that before the citizens vote for him. He ain’t no Sleeping Giant. He’s a Crime Minister. It’s about time he call it a day and step down.

  4. Santini More
    Santini More June 4, 2014 at 2:55 am

    What else do you expect the man to say? You ever hear of a turkey or fattened pig voting for Christmas?…Time to ditch the whole bunch of jokers in that house.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 4, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Santini More, No. But I’ve heard: Every turkey feed he own craw.

  6. dd smith June 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Barbados is as like a 747, where the pilot has died ,our late pm, he left the plain on auto pilot and since then, no one knows how to drop the landing gear, trip the auto pilot or have any idea about landing the same which is almost out of fuel.
    We need a general election.

  7. dd smith June 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I agreed with Mr. boo, that the style of government at Westminster is corrupt and greedy also political and corporately, which is a developed world thing, but at least, the politicians there has demonstrated a lot of influence to lift the British economy.

    Its time countries/ island like Barbados and much larger, digest the free economic, financial and political education, that’s on offer world wide, from the various struggling governments.

    We must also take note , the amount of meetings which has taken place in the past 5 years of the G 8/7 group of countries of which a few are slowly recovering. Our government in Barbados needs to get they fingers out and realize we must be architects of our


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