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Inniss wants PM to be more engaging

If outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss could change one thing about Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s style of leadership, it would be his lack of engagement with the people.

“I have said it quietly sometimes and not so quietly on other occasions that I would wish the Prime Minister would be more engaged with the country. Stuart has his style, but I would like him to adopt a style that is more engaging at the national level,” Inniss told party supporters during the monthly meeting of his constituency branch at the branch’s headquarters at West Terrace, St James, adding, “It is not Stuart alone. It is the rest of my Cabinet colleagues that ought to be more engaging with the country.

“If we do not do that the rest of the public sector will start to feel that they must withdraw and keep quiet on matters as well.”

Inniss contended that if communication with the country was neglected, a vacuum would emerge.

“Strategic interventions must be made. It does not mean that you must jump at every opportunity to speak to the press. There are those who say that I talk too much, but it may mean that others talk too little, so that I may be heard a little bit more,” Inniss explained.

Inniss contended that when people were entrusted with a management position or leadership position there ought to be no doubt as to where they stand on the issues.

“I am Minister responsible for Commerce and Small Business Development so I must be able to have a periodic conversation with the country about policies in these particular sectors.

“We have laid out the strategic plan for the International Business Sector in the House of Assembly and we are in the final stages of laying in Parliament the strategic plan for the micro, small and medium sized enterprises sector. There are things that I must put out there as minister and speak to them. I encourage my colleagues to do likewise in their ministries. Let nobody have any doubt as to where you stand on matters,” he stressed. 

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  1. Kim Marshall April 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

    This is the second Minister to say this in a public setting as if this is the only place that they can make this request.

    Do you not speak to the Prime Minister face to face? Is this not what you do when you are working with someone, i.e. speak to them about the quality of their work whether good or bad?

    All of our Ministers are adults and I hope by now realize that it is the person(s) in our lives that speak to us directly, rather than behind our backs or via other people that are really the ones that have our best interest at heart.

    It’s easy to see someone walk off a cliff. It’s another to care about them enough to try to stop them from doing so, even if a fight must happen or is seeing the Prime Minister walk off a cliff the ultimate plan?

    That is, you continue to let him lead the way he is currently doing, say nothing to him directly and so see him walk off the cliff. You wait a few minutes and then walk up to the ledge to make sure he has not survived and then say you tried to save him by talking to the people about what you did not like about his style of leadership.

    • Rick April 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      There is no reason to believe that the Minister never said this to the PM before. I see no reference in the article pointing to such a conclusion.

  2. Harry April 20, 2016 at 7:40 am

    we are between the devil and a hard place – We wish Stuart to speak and when he does we wish that he had stayed silent!

  3. David April 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I concur with what Minister Inniss said. The people of Barbados are like children in a family that need assurance and re-assurance that everything will be okay.
    Everyone in Barbados knows that we have some serious,financial,economic & social issues that the government have to grapple with.Barbadians are not stupid and once the PM comes and reason with us his government policies on dealing with these matters,we will understand.But the contemptuous,arrogant,insulting,don’t give a damn attitude adopted by PM Stuart have many Barbadians angry as hell.
    Additionally,the philosophical clap trap nonsense he talks while trying to epplain himself is also a turn off.
    Prime Minister Stuart your party has been elected by the people of Barbados and you in turn was selected by tose members to be the leader.PM Stuart you are not a self-appointed PM and you must stop operating loke one.
    PM S

  4. Carson C Cadogan April 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    This particular Minister suffers from “foot in mouth disease”. He speaks because he is not dumb but little he says make much sense.

    The PM can easily ignore him.

  5. jrsmith April 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    All the Barbados politicians behave the same way as if they are premadonnas, its there way or no way you like it or lump it..they speak to foreigners more civil than to the bajan public, many friends in London always ask me who is the Primister of Barbados, to be honest I cant remember his name some times..

    When I think of the real Priministers of Barbados, Mr Stuart is not one of them. Makes me feel Barbados is been sold down the river, as I always say we would be better off govern from Westminster…. Barbados is there for the taking but not by Bajans..

  6. GCDA April 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Perhaps the above statement is grammatically wrong….. and should simply read…. “The PM is ignorant!!!!”


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