Another former First Lady unhappy with 50th celebrations

First it was Lady Stella St John, now a second former first lady is taking the Government to task for its handling of the island’s 50th Independence celebrations.

Responding to a recent criticism levelled by Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was not taking an interest in Golden Jubilee celebrations, Genevieve Adams said as far as she was aware “little discussion had been had between the Government and Opposition, so it was hard to take part in plans that you had not been a party to”.

Genevieve Adams, widow of late Prime Minister Tom Adams.
Genevieve Adams, widow of late Prime Minister Tom Adams.

The widow of late Prime Minister Tom Adams, who recently attended a tribute event held on Heroes Day in honour of her late husband and the other six Heads of Government, complained that the event was “pretty biased politically”.

She explained that the videos shown of the Prime Ministers were “very sketchy and left out really vital pieces of information”, adding that “all the [ruling Democratic Labour Party] Prime Ministers were shown speaking while none of the BLP Prime Ministers were shown speaking at all.”

Adams, whose husband served as Prime Minister from September 8, 1976 until his death on March 11, 1985, further pointed out that “an excerpt from Tom Clark’s book was all about Errol Barrow rather than a pure literary tribute to the author.

“The whole celebration of 50 years of Barbados Independence appears more and more like a party political election campaign and less and less like an inclusive, national celebration.

“This whole attitude is so childish and petty and seeks to belittle our Independence by using it as a means to win an election, rather than as a mature and thoughtful celebration of what nationhood could and should really mean,” she said in her email to Barbados TODAY.

Last month, Lady St John, widow of the late Bernard St John — who succeeded Adams to become the country’s third Prime Minister, serving from March 11, 1985 until May 29, 1986 — accused Government of committing a grave error of omission in its preparations for the event, entitled: A tribute to the Prime Ministers of Barbados: Friends of all, Satellites of None.

In response to a letter from Maxine McClean, chairperson of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebration Coordinating Committee, she said: “ . . . You end that letter by writing that, ‘you seek my input into what will be a stirring and fitting acknowledgement of Barbados’ seven Prime Ministers.

“[However] in your letter you failed to state that you intended to unveil a portrait of only one Prime Minister,” she told McClean, who is this country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

“Since that particular Prime Minister has already got a delegated holiday of his own – Errol Barrow Day, January 21st, I seriously suggest that portrait be unveiled on that day,” the former first lady said, while also suggesting that a more “fitting and stirring acknowledgement” of the island’s 50th anniversary of political independence would be the “unveiling of seven portraits of all seven Prime Ministers or none at all”.

The BLP had also accused the ruling DLP administration of seeking to politicize celebrations marking the 50th.

Addressing a group of party supporters last month, General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott said he felt the DLP administration had been slighting the Opposition in relation to the Independence anniversary activities.

Dr Walcott also accused the organizers of the recent dramatic presentation at Golden Grove Plantation, St Philip, tracing Barbados’ development from the 1816 Bussa slave rebellion through to Independence until today, of a “ bold attempt to re-write and re-interpret history and to try to denigrate the contribution of the Right Excellent Grantley Adams to this country, one of our National Heroes.

“It is not right,” he said then.

11 Responses to Another former First Lady unhappy with 50th celebrations

  1. Bobo May 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Sad day for Barbados Celebrations —The so-called professionals of my beloved Barbados –a Bunch of primitive heathens— self -interest can only ‘organized ” to rob the poor and criticize the rich.

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  2. Ossie Moore May 27, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Lets not make this English Language word “Ethics” become a new Oxford or Webster interpreted ” Political ethics”!

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  3. Debera May 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    What a Shame,When Guyana is having such a wonderful time together regardless of who you ate ,and where you came from,as long as you to celebrate(with peace & love).

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  4. Carson C Cadogan May 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Why does this not surprise me?

    The Barbados Labour Party bitterly opposed Independence for Barbados. So the fact that they are showing little interest in the 50th year celebrations is to be expected.

    They rubbished Barbados Independence in 1966 and now they are doing it again for our 50th.

    Barbados Labour Party, the OPPOSE, OPPOSE, OPPOSE, political party of Barbados!!!!

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  5. recoanthony May 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    SO WANNA IS SUPPOSED TO DO WHAT EVER U ALL LIKE AND NO ONE IS TO SAY NOTHING? DE DEMS ARE AH BUNCH OF DISRESPECTFUL LOT, WHAT STELLA AND ADAMS SAY IS NO LIE, BUT U KNOW WHAT, AFTER WANNA DISRESPECTED EVERYTHING BAROW STOOD FOR, MASH UP DE LAGACY AN NOW PLAYING WANNA DISPLAYING HE POTRAIT WHICH WAS MOST DISGUSTING CAUSE 4 SHOULD BE MADE, BARROW, ADAMS, ARTHUR, ST.JOHN….DE 2 WORSE PMS LEFT OUT 1987–94 AND 2010—–BUT ENJOY WANNA 50 FOR DE NEXT 50 IS SILENCE FOR DEMS. C C C U SOUND IN UR WRITING LIKE AN MP THOUGH, MUST CHECK NAKED DEPARTURE AN SEE WHAT I COME UP WITH HEHEHEHEHEHEHE

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  6. recoanthony May 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    OH AN ONE MORE THING I NOTICE WANNA BARROW IN PICTURE AN IN TONGUE, BUT THATS NOT GOING TO CUT IT THIS TIME, I WOULD TEK ANY AMOUNT OF SOLID WASTE, BEFORE I TEK 1 AH WUNNA……I DISPISE CESSPOOLS

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  7. Sherlock Holmes. May 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    RECOANTHONY does your post makes any sense to you at all?

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  8. Sheron Inniss May 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I am not opposed to a small sum of money being spent. I would have preferred more discourse and educational projects during the year. I do not believe we are independent. I came to the conclusion
    a long time ago that Britain no longer wanted to own us and were merely divesting herself of the colonies she was no longer interested in. Also we cannot feed ourselves and the country who cannot do that is not independent. Furthermore the debt Barbados owes to so many suggests to me that we are moving backwards and not forwards.

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  9. miche May 28, 2016 at 1:51 am

    De funny thing bout deze two so called first women ( All women are not ladies ) is that together, they done even make one,,,they have no color.They had no life of their own,,,but rallied on their husband’s coat tails. With their husbands now gone, they have returned to a life of obscurity.

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  10. Elliott May 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    miche that is downright disrespectful, insulting and uncalled for, you aught to be ashamed of yourself.

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  11. recoanthony May 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA @ SHERLOCK DON’T WORRY TO MUCH ABOUT THE POST AT ALL, KNOW AH DETECTIVE AROUND DE CORNER WOULD SORT IT OUT FOR ME.

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