PM defends political class
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.”