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A new day


By Neville Clarke.

Good Friday is over and Easter has dawned for Barbados, declared Prime Minister Freundel Stuart this morning as he touted that the island had risen from its economic troubles.

Stuart gave this upbeat analysis while addressing the congregation at the Covenant Life Teaching Centre on Green Hill, St Michael, as the Democratic Labour Party celebrated the 61st Anniversary of the founding of the party on April 27, 1955.


Using the analogy of the risen Christ on Easter Sunday, the Prime Minister said: “We have had a rough time over the last seven years, but as I have had to tell an interviewer in New York a few days ago, you only appreciate the value and the meaning and you can only internalize the joy of Easter because there is something called Good Friday.

While noting that his government had endured harsh criticism from some quarters, he pointed out that it did so with Barbadians, saying that they understood it [the economic situation], worked and walked with his government.



“I want to say thanks to them today for the sacrifices, understanding and the level-headedness they have shown in a very difficult period, but Easter is with us now” the Prime Minister said.

Stuart went on to stress that Good Friday and an Easter Sunday was a part of life adding that the island was in a better position despite the tough circumstances.

“No matter how anxious a woman is to hold over a cradle and smile in a baby’s face, she has to pass through something called labour. No matter how anxious any student at school is, to boast about how many CXCs or CAPE exams he has passed, the Good Friday is, that he/ she has to forego all those simpler pleasures that other friends are enjoying and burn the midnight oil in preparation for those exams. There is always a Good Friday before Easter comes and for countries there is also a Good Friday too and Barbados has had its own Good Friday too over the last few years in common with many other countries. Some that thought they had escaped it are basically now facing it. We crossed that road, we know the challenges, but never forget that in your own personal life at every single level if you are going to enjoy an Easter you have to pass through a Good Friday. Without a Good Friday, Easter is a philosophical and theological absurdity,” Stuart added.

Earlier, the Prime Minister recalled that 61 years ago a group of forward looking individuals led by national hero, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow met and decided that history should be given a nudge and they decided to form the DLP.



The St Michael South MP went on to say that since then the DLP has transformed Barbados from a village into a nation and continues to be a party that is more committed to securing human welfare than promoting human warfare.

He then identified such areas as the abolition of school fees at government secondary schools in 1962; the introduction of a school meals programme at the primary school level; the enactment of National Insurance and Social Security legislation; the Severance Payment Act which provided benefits for those who lost their work through fire or natural disaster; maternity leave with pay; the inclusion of children born out of wedlock in a father’s estate and equal pay for women as steps taken by the DLP to enhance the quality of life of the ordinary Barbadian.


Meanwhile, in his sermon, which was taken from the Book of Judges Chapter 7, Bishop Wesley Dear told the large congregation that when God is in the equation, losing is never an option.

Speaking directly to the DLP members and supporters present, Bishop Dear told them that God has a plan for them just as he had one for Gideon who with a mere 300 people overcame the enemies of Israel who had an army of well over 100 000 soldiers.


He said: “Sixty-one years ago few people believed that God could have used a few men who met to form the DLP, but 61 years later we can see all that the good Lord has done. God used the organization to change our lives. They were able to transform this nation to such an extent that today everybody now wants to be apart of it. Those people among us who are over 40 years old should be thankful. My son who is here does not have a clue what life was like in the 1960s. When you come from a place where you walked to school barefooted; you had to walk to an outdoor toilet in the middle of the night, I want to say glory to God, great things he has done.”


Bishop Dear advised the the Freundel Stuart administration to be more aggressive.


17 Responses to A new day

  1. jrsmith April 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    It seems as though the Priminister could only speak to members of his party when they are celebrating themselves, he have a lot to say when he is not in Barbados , he have a lot to say talking to foreigners, but he never go on the radio or TV to talk to bajans, he is in his own dream world, he treat bajans as like fools and second class citizens…

  2. jrsmith April 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I wonder is this Christian congregation of democrats, how many of them have false number plates on they cars and how many cars are not insured…

  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore April 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Jesus died on Good Friday & rose on Easter. The apostle Paul later told us that Christ died ONCE for sin, never again to die. In comparing the journey of this DLP to the Easter Story is as erroneous as comparing the joys of Heaven to the horrors of Hell. Unlike the Good Friday narrative, we die daily, a death prolonged & agonising as we suffer the pangs of death wrought at the hands of an admin who continue to pierce, not only our hands & feet but also our hearts.. The Good Friday experience of which he spoke was the precursor to the glorious joys that followed thereafter. The inference to the Dlp’s Easter is devoid of any semblance of happiness associated with such a joyous occasion. That we have passed our Good Friday of pain & suffering & entered into the bliss of Easter is verbiage from the mouth of one averse to the truth or one oblivious to the sensation of pain itself, even though it is clearly etched on the faces of a suffering populace.

    • Goody Smarts
      Goody Smarts April 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Arthur Collymore Jesus died and stayed dead, get over it

    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore April 24, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Goody Smarts Get over what, Jesus’ death or the Dlp’s suffering.

  4. Bajan boy April 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Freundel Stuart is always using some stupid analogy to justify his shallow,inept, uncaring,semi iliterate Governance of this country.The continued mockery he makes of us as a people is most sickening and should really remain silent as it seem s to be his most effective tool. Ralph Gonsalves spoke of it after the heads of Government conference last year when he sat beside him and spewed a large amount of the most condescending remarks any one could ask for. He is a shameless,indifferent man whom Barbadians must teach a lesson and ensure he nor any of his band is never given the opportunity to take this country down the slippery slope ever again.

  5. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls April 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    The pastor is clearly one of the dlp disciples. As I have maintained these churches were at the core of DT ‘s strategy to control the minds of the congregations already under the influence of the pastors .Here we go again!

  6. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas April 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    He and this analogy again. Big long stupeese!!! And please Pastor Dear stop shouting at people and lose the fake accent.

  7. recoanthony April 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    what ah monstrous perversion of common sense from that ass king herod or herod de great that is prime minister of barbados….i don’t know why all ah dem don’t fly off in de sunset an don’t come back to bim, sorry bunch ah regards to his loyalist god help dem

  8. Anderson Allman
    Anderson Allman April 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Don’t bajans listen to these false pastors who aim is they bank balance not saving souls

  9. Tristan John
    Tristan John April 25, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Just to be fair to both parties John, how is this meeting any different to the one held by the BLP last Sunday? Did you take a listen to their Bishop’s sermon? Or to Mia’s speech?! .. So, when you say A, you MUST say B.

  10. Johnathan April 25, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Check the scorn with which Ronald Jones cross eyes him. He is one that only speaks when he absolutely cannot do better and has to text him for a meeting…Poor big nose Freundel he just wake up and think bajans still sleeping.

  11. Donna Harewood April 25, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I am at a loss for words!

  12. jrsmith April 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Its nice to see bajans can no longer blame the Westminster Government for the mess our country is in, but hail ,would be nice if they could have come and rescue us.. We have a top heavy non productive political infrastructure, which seems to not know what they suppose to represent ..

    To add , the Religious Christians nominations seems to be so attached to the Democratic party, who then in they own rights keep brainwashing bajans that all is well just leaving it to God. With group of bajans having 5 bibles in they homes no jobs nothing in the fridge and is blessed.. how do black people ever think we are going to get anything better, when we try not to achieve anything ourselves , wanting everything handed on a plate and everything possible comes free and all blacks do is pray and quote verses fro the bible…..

    That’s why our Barbados is up for grabs but not by bajans, but by most dodgy corporates , who is using Barbados and its people as a guinea pig island,who is in the try this, try that mode as like the government.. Doesn’t it make you feel if bajans/Barbados is being sold down the river, when the Priminister statement him not caring about trade unions who is the people of Barbados…but leave it to God that’s why we have no water in our taps…

  13. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler April 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Lol. This is something that BLP supporters definitely do not want to hear. lol. lol.
    I does cant wait for positive things to be said about Barbados or its economy. All the BLP supporters start running around crying lies, lies, lies. lol lol. So amusing.
    C’mon guys. We are all Barbadians. Forget your partisan politics & lets us all hope for our country’s sake that the PM is correct. Your party being elected is not worth our dollar being devalued & our country being buried. U all ask for him to speak on matters & he is speaking & giving good news. I say, well done PM

  14. Janette reifer April 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I stop going into these building with these pagan Pastors, because they are not true to the word of the Most High. The same thing that the Most High says not to do, they are doing. They think that because they wear a collar around their necks and a robe or gown and call themselves Bishops. can impress me ? They think it makes then precious in the sight of the Most High ? I am certain that he is looking at them from a far off. Just the same how he looks at the proud. Anyone can speak eloquently and impressive. That’s not really a gift. It’s practice.
    Which Institution did the Most High, Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Enoch and the other went to ? This I would like to know, because I do not read it in scripture.
    Shouting loudly on a pulpit means nothing to me. Anyone can do it…Believe it or not !


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