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Reach out to troubled youth, says PM


Prime Minister Freundel Staurt wants the DLP to do more to address the current crime situation

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to the reach into Barbadian homes, communities and schools where he believes the social failures leading to Barbados’ current crime situation began.

Speaking before the party’s packed headquarters auditorium this morning, Stuart warned that if they didn’t stop the failures in what he described as “upstream” areas, “we can with reasonably accuracy predict what we will be up against downstream.”

Stuart was this morning delivering the Prime Minister’s address on the final day of the DLP’s 60th annual conference, at the George Street, Belleville home of the party.


Some of the people who turned out for today’s final day of the DLP’s 60th Annual Conference

“We are speaking today of those scattered segments of our youth population which have not been touched deeply enough by our massive investment in education, or by the human values that have made Barbados the great nation that it is.

“This is a cohort of the population to which we must all reach out with a view to seeing how best we can, within reason and within existing constraints, minister to their needs and their requirements,” the Prime Minister pointed out.


31 Responses to Reach out to troubled youth, says PM

  1. Shurf De
    Shurf De August 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    U think he should start at home

  2. Alex Alleyne August 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm


  3. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Education without job is nill and void. You all sent home thousands of workers and plans to send home more, what did you expect. While mothers or fathers had jobs and could provide for those leaving school until they could fend for themselves, no longer so. Now their children has been thrown in the deep end. Swim or sink. It’s you all who has created the breeding ground for crime

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    ‘Reach out to trouble youth’ Freundel, that’s for you and your Cartoon Characters to put measures in place. It seems your colleagues decided to leave you, up the creek without a paddle. They are making bare mock sport at you, Dem Don’t Care.

  5. bajanguyster August 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    something wrong with this man for real ,freundel you are the person that dictated how this country and the youth run,you over taxed people,you putting people out of work for country when people are country ,cost of living is way to high for the salary you get you ever tax people for drinking a drink but you let me drink rum and smoke and now you are asking the DLP to be the god send to the youth ,how sad is this youre in power not them sir ,i can see that you really forgot where you come from sir

  6. zeus August 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Some of you all for real any of those persons women included that were charged for recent crimes look like if they work any where or interested in work ….some of you need to wake up and smell the coffee there are a set of young people who are not interested in work….when Mr Owen Arthur was pm he encouraged outside labour because he knew the attitudes of some young people in this country ….the culture of freeness has produce this type of young person in Barbados ……gun crimes are nothing new under the last admin in the 90s it was britton hill versus the pine …silver hill versus St Philip…..there was the CNN gang ..Lebanon gang ..Vietnam all these places developed under the last admin ….so stop playing the political game when it comes to crime in this country … this what some of you crying out for the pm to speak so that you all could cuss the man rather than offer a solution

  7. harry turnover August 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    ……and the blame game continues…lord have mercy.

  8. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne August 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Freundel, you are waiting until the last minute to speak on this topic? You certainly have no credentials of being a real, real Prime Minister. So much innocent lives are wasting away because of the nonsense you and Dems are presenting daily. Time to wake up and smell the Nescafe URGENTLY!

  9. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne August 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Of course. What goes around, comes around.

  10. Wayne dread August 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    How come the private sector are supported When they asked to import labour. We can’t say there are No jobs, I will say plenty of bajan want a job.but most don’t want to work.

  11. ch August 31, 2015 at 1:42 am

    @ zeus- I shake your hand. Crime is strictly in the mind of the criminal and you cannot change a person’s mind.
    Rich and poor people commit crime. Educated/ uneducated; employed/unemployed; black/white; Pine/ palace- you will find a criminal.
    Put your effort and resources into the young people who are trying to achieve positive goals and into protecting all of the persons who made the choice to do right in this society.

    • harry turnover August 31, 2015 at 7:30 am

      and I shake your hand too ch…people fail to realiize that the majority of the young people are very loving,caring,helpful and every thing that is nice at HOME, at SCHOOL and even in the CHURCH,but once on the outside among their friends some of them turn into ‘ demons’ ,that is why most parents expressed surprise when the law catches up with them.

  12. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne August 31, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Hi5 Lady was just about to say the same thing.

  13. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne August 31, 2015 at 3:00 am


  14. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins August 31, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Who is going to reach out to you? You are troubled yuh self.

  15. harry turnover August 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

    ……and some Pastors try to score some points when it comes to young women too in the name of the Lord.Some of them are genuine ( some of the older ones ) …but…I once heard a Pastor on TV on a program remarked about a guest having bedroom eyes.

    ……and a girl told me that a once popular Pastor on TV said he would put her in an Apartment,but that he don’t want any man coming there…and this Pastor was 50+

    ….and a certain well known Pastor ( who is married ) is having an affair with a Government worker and he feels that people don’t know.

  16. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson August 31, 2015 at 8:37 am

    You are a little slow on this. Your manifesto was to address crime and violence,but never did.

  17. hELICOPTER August 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

    We hear your pain mothers we feel your pain but don’t be fustreted! Our great forefathers can see what damage is being done to our fields and hills, and we still have loyal sons and daughters who are about ot be the craftsmen of our fate. These mothers are willing to govern their children’s destany with pride.

  18. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small August 31, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This man so out of touch with reality its amazing…y don’t u create a better environment for the youth to get a chance to help themselves

  19. Angela Fergusson August 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Seriously concerned and committed people will accept this reality: Many young persons in our island Barbados are very vulnerable, and lacking in self confidence. There is trouble in their homelife, school life and in most cases they are not involved in situations where they are being offered life skills.
    We can safely say; Parents need to reach out, Teachers need to reach out, Many Churches need to reach out, neighbours need to reach out. Yes we all need to reach out. Our children and young ones need our help urgently. Barbadians, particularly those of us who are quick to complain, judge and work our mouths in a negative manner, are encouraged to stop. Let us check on our children, show concern for children at large and try to change the compass from moving negatively in one direction of destruction of our Society and beautiful Barbados.
    There is some ongoing activity in trying to curb the violence, however we need an all out effort in every Parish.
    Children should be encouraged to get involved in loved activities so that lawlessness and destructive behaviours will be impacted. Let us start immediately to reach out and, therfore ultimately save ourselves and country. We all matter and we all need to play a part in reaching out for good.

  20. Bajan boy August 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Th Zeus who ever he or she is speak condescendingly just like the Prime Minister, in fact that behaviour is consistent with those enjoying the fatted calf. So we expect very little from people of your ilt. The Prime Minister has gone from a sleeping giant to a sleeping clown who continues to embarres this country. He seems to know a little more than nothing poor fellow..

  21. zeus August 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Bajan boy I don’t need to eat from the fatted calf I provide my own unlike some who is waiting for the calf to change ownership ….the majority here turn everything political whilst the whites in this country laugh at us ….we cuss our politicians whilst the trinis coming and buying up everything and we profess to be 100% literate…..when last have we produced a sportsman of class even little Grenada proud of theirs ….for a country to boast of 130 plus schools and by the way getting to them is not a problem walk around and visit the blocks and see the products of our education system some leave school not being able to read or write …..we don’t need a prime minister we need a divine intervention but in the mean time let us cuss a mere mortal call stuart

  22. cecil P August 31, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    zeus I’m on your side of the pond .Bajan boy want agree with you because you’re telling truth. and u know what happen when the truth do ? I have lots more say but I’m going to leave it @ that end of story


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