Stuart: Count our blessings!

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has declared that despite the economic challenges currently facing Barbados, as a people, Barbadians still have much to celebrate, and must continue to count their blessings

As he addressed a host of distinguished guests, including Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, Members of Parliament, the Cabinet, the Judiciary, members of the Diplomatic Corps and this year’s Independence honourees, at the Toast To The Nation at St Ann’s Fort yesterday, marking the end of national events celebrating 48 years of Independence, Stuart pointed out that Barbados did not enjoy “any special dispensation under the laws of international economics”, and stressed that the economic challenges currently facing Barbados flowed from those that had been impacting the international community since the last quarter of 2007.

However, the Prime Minister maintained that Barbadians had it within their capability to turn the situation around. He continued: “History does not unfold in a straight line, there are ups and downs. The history of Barbados has prepared us for all of this . . . . Our people are a resilient people, always exhibiting an exemplary strength of character and indomitable courage. Therefore, in spite of the challenges we have had to face over the past 48 years, Barbados and Barbadians have prevailed.”

Stuart also took the opportunity to thank the international community for its assistance during Barbados’ 48 years of nationhood.

Before the Toast To The Nation, hundreds of patriotic Barbadians early yesterday morning gathered at at the Bridgetown Port where uniformed groups participated in the two-hour-plus Independence Parade. Sir Elliott inspected the troops while Stuart took the salute.

The detachments represented included the Barbados Defence Force, Royal Barbados Police Force, Barbados Legion Drum Corps, Cadet Corps, Boy Scouts Association, Girl Guides Association, Barbados Red Cross Society, St John Ambulance Association, Seventh-Day Adventist Pathfinders, Barbados Fire Service, Barbados Prison Service, Government Security Guard Service, Barbados Youth Service, and Barbados Landship Association.

The National Flag being carried across the parade square by members of the Barbados Defence Force.
The National Flag being carried across the parade square by members of the Barbados Defence Force.
The mounted troop of the Royal Barbados Police Force making its way across the parade square.
The mounted troop of the Royal Barbados Police Force making its way across the parade square.
The Barbados Police Force Band marching through Broad Street.
The Barbados Police Force Band marching through Broad Street.
A unit of the Barbados Cadet Corps marching past Parliament building.
A unit of the Barbados Cadet Corps marching past Parliament building.

The impressively executed march past was directed by Commander Aquinas Clarke and Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce, second in command.

And, at the national service themed Hope, Healing And Strength Through Unity, held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Sunday, Independence Day, Canon Noel Burke appealed for greater unity among Barbadians to deal with the economic problems plaguing the society, crime and violence, and other challenges.

“We may sometimes argue that our major problem is money, or perhaps the lack thereof; but we may very well find on further examination that if we were to have all the money in the world we will still have some issues . . . and those issues may very well be moral and spiritual,” Burke observed.

The canon also identified other challenges as the breakdown in the family structure and dangers of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) and urged residents to exercise greater restraint when eating, noting that too many of the country’s young people were dying due to CNCDs.

“I’m calling on us to be watchful over ourselves, our lives, and our bodies and take greater control . . . ,” he pleaded.

There were cultural presentations through dance, song and instrumental renditions throughout the service.

54 Responses to Stuart: Count our blessings!

  1. Tête La
    Tête La December 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    stupesss… Sometimes I does just…

  2. Keisha Worrell
    Keisha Worrell December 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    While I am counting my blessing I am also counting…….the Taxes that I have to pay that keeps Increasing……my Spending Power which keeps Decreasing….the Number of Employees that keeps Decreasing…..the wasteful Government Spending which keeps Increasing….and….aahh never mind…Counting has become depressing…BUT I am back to counting my Blessings.

    • Lorraine Lewis
      Lorraine Lewis December 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

      …good one….can’t help but lol….but true

    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch December 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Keisha Worrell you are a riot!! Let’s not forget to count the income tax refund, oh wait that hasn’t come yet, oops sorry!

  3. Nicole Icandy Mayers
    Nicole Icandy Mayers December 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Remember watch wa say on these things ya comments might cause somebody distress! Still waiting for the income tax!

  4. Cherry Ann Wilkinson
    Cherry Ann Wilkinson December 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Don’t wanna cause no anxiety so I hushing n gine so>>>>>>>>>>>

  5. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde December 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Certainly the PM cannot be serious. The only thing the DLP has blessed us with are taxes and deceptive maneuvering, which obviously and clearly have hurt and continue to ravage the country. We await the arrival of the blessed overdue budget…only God knows what carnage that will leave in its wake. No no Froons I’m not feeling blessed especially with you at the helm. Please desist!

    • James Austin Bynoe
      James Austin Bynoe December 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Classic problem avoidance personality at full throttle …

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde December 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

      They honestly believe their own propaganda.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley December 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Bajans better don’t spend what lil they have cuz that budget fine be painful whenever it come

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde December 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

      U wait Beverley Headley let Bajans hear duty free day…watch them go crazy!

  6. EN John
    EN John December 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I need to have this man charged as he is causing me and many other annoyance, distress and anxiety.

  7. Nita Holligan
    Nita Holligan December 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Count you blessings….he’s right because things could be worse, let him go back to sleep before he say something smart.

  8. Sam Delmas
    Sam Delmas December 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    What blessings could he really be talking about?? The only blessing we have is the sun and sand.

  9. Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite
    Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite December 3, 2014 at 8:58 am
  10. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens December 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Sometimes is better to shut up and have the people think you are stupid rather than to open your mouth and confirm that you really are stupid.

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde December 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I’m in awe when he decides to speak. Honestly Bajans crave his words but for the life of me I don’t see why they do…it beats me every time.

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett December 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

      what are the blessings is he speaking of???yes im thankful for life, but a darn HARD one..unpaid bills, empty cupboards, no job..come on what blessings does he speak of..bringing bajans to their wit ends and making them papaurs??

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde December 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

      The middle class in this country have become the working poor…pauperism is very real.

  11. Derek Kelly
    Derek Kelly December 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Peoples its going to get a whole lot worse as the end of time gets closer. Right now we have a lot to be thankful for

  12. Shelly-Ann J. Walkes
    Shelly-Ann J. Walkes December 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I am definitely counting my blessing! Despite some amount hardship I have a lot to be thankful for. I live in a country where the social climate is peaceful, no police out and about harassing black people. True things could be a lot better economically but this is not the time to lay blame …. Let’s try to look for ways to be creative and innovative, support local products and business so we can keep out local people employed. Try not fall apart in time of adversity this is the time our creative juices should be flowing.

    • Elenor Young
      Elenor Young December 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Yes ..this is exactly what I was getting at…things are only bad economically..If Barbados can fix that…problem solved…Barbados is a very nice place…extremely beautiful…I felt better there when I came home than here in New York or London. ..If certain bajan will only get along and stop trying to wipe each other out with those dam guns our country will be top notch…Government and gangsters are the problem. ..but Government can be fix with the right people in there
      ..Barbados would never have a problem..
      But right now it gone to De dogs because of all these killings. .fa peace sake..stop De killings people…Barbados needs tourists as a business and not only that so they can love and enjoy our beautiful land but with all these killings. .this really running them off…

    • Elenor Young
      Elenor Young December 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

      There is no place like Barbados
      ..what a beautiful land scape..
      No police don’t harass and treat people like Animals..that is one blessing people over looking…but I guess that might have to change with sum of those bad boys out there. ..If they were out here. .trust me there won’t be no bad boys.
      American police don’t mess about…Marshall law is practice here every day.
      .Police does shoot first n ask no questions…Police have to train different in Barbados..more police snipers needed to take out of these people down there corrupting De place

  13. Derek Kelly
    Derek Kelly December 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Next year going be worse

  14. GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
    GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins December 3, 2014 at 9:13 am
  15. Kristy Layne
    Kristy Layne December 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Count which blessing

  16. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman December 3, 2014 at 9:19 am
  17. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis December 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

    ….. Counting the days that’ve pass and still no income tax return….and still counting

  18. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett December 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Count our blessings we should do that but we’ll wait for the ultimate blessing: THIS GOVERNMENT BEING VOTED OUT

  19. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund December 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    To be blessed means to be favored by God. …so your health and your strength..your family…those are God’s favor. .so I see those as our blessings
    now on the other hand….your struggles are a different story…but my great aunt, God rest her soul, always said learning ain’t the most educated man could mistake our struggles and our rising cost of living and our terrible health care system and a failing tourism industry along with a humongous unemployment percentage…oh yeah and indifference to making higher education a priority ..and the list goes on and on.. as blessings..I tell ya

  20. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    he is the most educated PM we ever had a brilliant man

  21. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

    i will count mine i travell through the caribbean we are truly bless

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 3, 2014 at 9:52 am


    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes December 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

      It is so true…I bet you most of the persons commenting on this post don’t travel the world… bajans need to start giving thanks because things could always be worst.

  22. Sandra Madea Straker
    Sandra Madea Straker December 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I hay counting de time fa wonna to leave and let de B.L.P. take over…

    • Melissa S Rollins
      Melissa S Rollins December 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      And Blp take over will solve everything??

    • Sandra Madea Straker
      Sandra Madea Straker December 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      No but i just want the Dems OUT.

    • Jadon Trotman
      Jadon Trotman December 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Its all about management but thru to so called independence the government has no one to answer to so they doing as they feel stupes is this why the forefathers want independence for no i don’t think so

  23. Brigitte Adams
    Brigitte Adams December 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I count mine and give thanks everyday, love my Barbados. I do hope that the challenges are faced by all of us and not just on the shoulders of the ones who are already just holding their own. All I ask is be fair, honest and have some sense of humanity and do not forget who put you there we all have a job to do do yours.

  24. Michael Ess
    Michael Ess December 3, 2014 at 10:02 am


  25. Wendy Wickham
    Wendy Wickham December 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    No he mean that he is counting money an blessings but he should be counting his days

  26. Gregg Moseley Clarke
    Gregg Moseley Clarke December 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    my blessings aren’t our blessings. just like the term “our canes are plentiful” only came from the house slave mouth…..

  27. Ramon Maynard
    Ramon Maynard December 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The blessings we enjoy are from the Heavenly Father…However, it’s a pity the Gov’t of the day hasn’t deliver to make the people even more blessed.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley December 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

      You are spot on Ramon

    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott December 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I did not know that believers now believe that the Heavenly Father can be outdone in terms of bestowing blessings.

  28. Chad Gerhon Bushell
    Chad Gerhon Bushell December 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    So… Owen is what? Man had 15 years and accomplished what?

  29. Rommel Jordan
    Rommel Jordan December 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    plz i would love ma lil incometax chirstmas coming up and i would like it plz

  30. Ralph White
    Ralph White December 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    This causing much distress, anxiety and annoyance. Again.

  31. Andrew Hulsmeier
    Andrew Hulsmeier December 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    He’s got nothing to worry about does he. He knows where his next meal is coming from

  32. Jadon Trotman
    Jadon Trotman December 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Wonder if he would have came out and talk so much crap if this was a middle east state lol

  33. read a little more December 4, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I never understand how bajans with such a high level of education finds it so hard to read and understand what’s has and is happening around the globe. .. the US parliament was locked down, but that in no way impacts lil bim. The government keeps pumping money into a very “bland” tourism industry for the sake of managerial utility (am I wrong). Unemployment. .. please check Greece, Spain, Italy, france, the places we love to spend our money. ….. tax rates… check Germany. We say we want to be a developed nation but we don’t often look at the costs along the way. Tax returns… all of us who were excited n voted because of the hike in tax return were fooling ourselves to think that the money would have fallen from the sky ( a ploy that both parties used). Just something to think about.

  34. Arther Lashley December 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Mr Stuart PM MP

    “some people got something to say”

    others (no names mentioned)

    “GOT to SAY something”


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