Jordan chides PM for crime speech

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Colin Jordan has hit out at Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for choosing to speak only to Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members about crime in Barbados, instead of addressing the nation.

The BLP caretaker and candidate for the St Peter constituency rejected Stuart’s choice of sharing thoughts on this burning issue with delegates at the DLP’s annual conference while he remains leader of the entire country.

“Crime and the fear of crime is not a George Street issue,” Jordan told BLP St Peter branch members at the Alma Parris School Sunday evening.

“Crime and the fear of crime, and the unease that many people feel if they go into certain areas, when they walk the street, when they pull their curtains at night, the unease that many Barbadians feel cannot be comforted by the leader of our Government speaking to the party faithful in [DLP headquarters in] George Street.

“The leader of our Government needs to come to the people that he governs, and he needs to say to all of us, ‘I understand your fear, unease. This is what we are doing.’”

Jordan’s comments came after Stuart had earlier in the day delivered a feature address before the wrap-up of the DLP’s 60th annual conference and told members that a collective effort of the community “involving parents, teachers and church leaders, is needed to nip crime in the bud in Barbados.”

Jordan said BLP leader Mia Mottley was for a long time “begging and pleading and prodding and eventually getting about 24 words out of the Prime Minister .

“Today he spoke, but as usual, rather than coming to the people of the country, he speaks to the party faithful at George Street.”

Jordan contended that Barbados “is gripped by the fear of crime”, adding that recent comments by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, “don’t give the kind of comfort that comes when the leader of Cabinet, the Government, actually speaks.”

Making clear that no miracles were expected of the elected leader of the nation, Jordan said he did not expect Stuart to solve crimes or to go out and arrest anybody. However, he said the country’s leader was expected to give comfort.  (GA)

9 Responses to Jordan chides PM for crime speech

  1. jrsmith September 1, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I blame politicians for most of our problems, but blame the people for voting the wrong person to office.
    In Barbados ,bajans allow and give the politicians , the power over the people , making them not bothered of what ever concern the majority.
    In Barbados we the bajans must accept that we are paying for a bunch of politicians ,who are failures, when they speak, its all negative , what is so noticeable as well, that management in general , private and public carries with them an attitude, they say what they like ,when they like, without being challenge.

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne September 1, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I’m behind you 100 % C.Jordan (Y) (Y)

  3. zeus September 1, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Mr Smith the persons you are speaking of are some of these not the same persons that voted the last administration in for over fourteen years or are those persons dead or incarcerated …..and are you serious about returning to power the likes of forde toppin Clarke prescod payne you got to be joking

  4. harry turnover September 1, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Mr. zeus…..under the likes of Forde,Toppin,Prescod,Payne every $10 their Government made then I used to get $3.

    Under the likes of Stuart,Sinkclair,Lowe,Lashley,I getting $1.02,and when that is rounded off they taking back the 2 cents.

    YOU got to be joking if you feel that I going with dem that tell me i getting $1.02 when in truth and in fact i only getting a dollar.

  5. zeus September 1, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Harry can I ask you a question ….when the BLP came to power in 1994 until 2006 when the Barbados economy was good which other Caribbean countries was suffering also include international economies in your answer please.

    • harry turnover September 2, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Don’t understand what you are trying to ask me.You have to be more specific…..BUT..

      You say “the Bdos economy was GOOD between 1994 and 2006,weren’t Forde,Toppin,Clarke,Prescod Payne around at that time ?
      Then you go on to say which OTHER Caribbean Countries were suffering…big man you are implyng that Bdos was suffering then

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne September 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Don’t let Dems get you down, Colin Jordan. Dems were making mock sport at you spiritually when you were sick but now that you’re back, show them that you are always persevering for betterness. That’s all I have to say. Mr. Biggs said long time ago, “Fight the powers that be!”

  7. Kevin September 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    The Police Commissioner and the AG (the people responsible for law and order) spoke to the nation on the crime situation. What more wunna want. Would the PM speaking make things better?

    • harry turnover September 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Kevin you serious ?…he is the PRIME MINISTER…he IS the LEADER….come out and address the Nation even if only to say that the COP and the AG are the people responsible for the Law and Order in this land and the same way he talk about his ministers and their responsibilities at their conference
      The COP addresses the NATION,the AG. addresses the NATION and the PM addresses DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY SUPPORTERS, that en look strange to you ? and you asking “what more wunna want”?? we want him to come on board and address the NATION too and that would make things look better.


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