No audience for ailing nurse

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Former nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Coral Wilkinson Tuesday failed to get her desired audience with either Prime Minister Freundel Stuart or Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

Fed up with the run around she has been getting from Government since sustaining injuries to her back  while at work 34 years ago, Wilkinson headed to Parliament today in a last-ditch attempt to get the Stuart administration to attend to her plight.

Moving with the aid of a walking frame and clearly in discomfort, the former nurse arrived at Parliament Building about 10:30 a.m. just before the start of the sitting, but was prevented from seeing either Stuart or Brathwaite by security guards.

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As the clearly disappointed Wilkinson made her way from the building, she fell several times while descending the steps and had to be assisted by Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde and two members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

She departed in a taxi summoned by the police officers on duty.

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Wilkinson suffered the back injury while on the job in April 1981, and only yesterday she told Barbados TODAY she was at her wits end, and was left with no other choice but to try to appeal directly to Stuart and other members of his Cabinet, in the hope that they would listen to her cry for urgent settlement to her more than three-decades-old case for compensation.

In a brief conversation with Barbados TODAY before leaving the precincts of Parliament today, the aggrieved Wilkinson spoke again of her countless efforts and those of her attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC, to have the matter resolved.

The ex-nurse is seeking compensation so she can travel to the United Kingdom for surgery to ease the pressure of her lower back and stop the crippling pain.

She said the Attorney General had spoken to Crown Counsel Roger Barker on December 24 last year to have her case dealt with expeditiously and that on March 15 this year Sir Richard had written to Solicitor General Jennifer Edwards asking that the case be processed with the urgency it deserved.

Not satisfied with the speed with which her case was being processed, Wilkinson said she called the Prime Minister three Sundays ago and was told he would speak with the Attorney General, who later told her that everything was on stream for this month.

“When I called the Solicitor General’s Office last week I got no response from her. I called the Attorney General’s Office twice and left messages, but he has not returned my calls,” she said this morning.

Back in February Wilkinson said she had received a letter from Principal Crown Counsel Roger Barker, who was handling the case on behalf of the Solicitor General, offering her $145,159.70 so she could have the cervical surgery done in Britain.

That offer was rejected in a letter dated March 12, 2015 from Wilkinson’s attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC, who argued that “to offer the meagre sum in full satisfaction of her case, is virtually to condemn her to remaining in her presently helpless condition”.

While suggesting the sum of $400,000 instead, Sir Richard advised that the Solicitor General’s offer did not even cover the cost of the medical team in England, whose maximum fee is £33,000, neither did it include the expenses of going to England, which comprised such things as air travel, food, accommodation, internal travel and per diem allowance.

64 Responses to No audience for ailing nurse

  1. MissyPat ShoeBoss
    MissyPat ShoeBoss June 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Soooo this is how you treat a nurse?! Someone who had to change bed pans, tend to the sick, comfort loved ones and help deliver our nation’s children?! This is how you treat your nurses?! I see.

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  2. Ivy-Anne Duke
    Ivy-Anne Duke June 22, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’m not insensitive but with Barbados Labour Party St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde in this pic makes it look contrived. If it is, Forde’s BLP and the Democratic Labour Party should be embarrassed especially because her sweetheart former Prime Minister Tom Adams never helped this woman, subsequently Bree St John, Errol Barrow, Erskine Sandiford, Owen Arthur, David Thompson and Fumble Stuart

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    • Ivy-Anne Duke
      Ivy-Anne Duke June 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      May be, but it also looks like a political ploy orchestrated by the Barbados Labour Party

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Its no at this moment issue…. Her problem should have been dealt with within 5 yrs…. 26 yrs later and wunna want to blame d current gov… Papers gone missing, doctors died, ppl forgot what had happened, d union clearly aint involved, her supervisor that took her info musse done retire, etc etc….

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    • Ivy-Anne Duke
      Ivy-Anne Duke June 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      I’m not blaming any one administration, I’m blaming ALL. Since at least 1981 this matter should have been dealt with. I just find it suspicious to see Forde acting all sincere when her party led by PM Tom Adams who was her then constituency rep in St Thomas, did get the ball rolling. Now she and obviously the BLP, since I saw the other story was written by a big Bee, is trying to use it as a red herring. Shame on all of them.

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    • Ivy-Anne Duke
      Ivy-Anne Duke June 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Roslyn Hutson really? Making more sense now.

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Obviously Cherylann R Johnson but partisan yardfowls would think the present administration is to be blamed….smh.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      You don’t have to be politically minded to have common-sense because I totally agree with your comment. The PAST with its good and evil lives in the PRESENT, as the saying goes. As well as, the OLD is in the NEW concealed, and NEW is in the OLD revealed!

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  3. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Was there a union at that time? Case sounds straight forward…she fell on job supposedly the jobs’ negligence. What is the problem ? Sounding like a reality show. For whose benefit ? Smh..

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  4. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock June 22, 2016 at 11:52 am

    So both the BLP and DLP has been in out and in again and no one has compensated this lady. Shame on all of you

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  5. Jackie Campbell Moneypenny
    Jackie Campbell Moneypenny June 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Don’t make excuses for who’s to blame…it’s pathetic that she’s been ignored at all!

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  6. Merisa Jemmott
    Merisa Jemmott June 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    This is so sad they don’t care about we little poor ppl look dem fine dat woman fifty two thousand dollars dey an cant give d poor woman de lil change to help with her medicals

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  7. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe June 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    This neither B nor D the lady needs her money pay her

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  8. dave June 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I consider myself a hard individual. Crying is not part of my make-up but this brought tears to my eyes.

    I must be getting soft/ This is elder abuse too similar to the withholding of over 200 thousand dollars belonging to an elderly gentleman by a well know lawyer and politico in this country.

    I do not feel good about this at all

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  9. Olutoye Walrond June 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    What kind of heartless people could sit down and allow this woman to suffer this injustice for all these years. thirty years of denied justice. And to add insult to injury they couldn’t even grant her the courtesy of a meeting.
    Wow. if it’s like this on earth, I wonder what it would be like in hell.

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  10. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond June 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    What kind of heartless people could sit down and allow this woman to suffer this injustice for all these years. thirty years of denied justice. And to add insult to injury they couldn’t even grant her the courtesy of a meeting.
    Wow. if it’s like this on earth, I wonder what it would be like in hell.

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond June 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Isn’t it outrageous? These guys don’t seem to care about anything but their salaries and their pensions. They should remember that retribution can be a terrible task master.

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  11. jrsmith June 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Our politicians are behaving as the people they are ,the rum corned beef and biscuit brigade . don’t expect nothing more…

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  12. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell June 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Utterly shameful but one day you Stuart and Brathwaite need that NURSE to CARE for you, to attend to your NEEDS, to wipe YOUR tears, to TREAT you with Dignity, Respect and LOVE. That day will COME don’t doubt it

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  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    The living former Prime Ministers got no shame this matter should of been settled years ago. The lady is a human not a game of pass the parcel and it end up in Freundel hands. He’s stucked in Nodland most of the time. Was Freundel fully conscious when he promised the lady the matter was going to be dealt with? Wunna heartless fuh true. How wunna expect to see good? Then when wunna take sick wunna want help from the same nurses and doctors. Wunna went to the same school as Carrway speaker of the house. Freundel stands by his word “we are a rock, we are an island, an island feel no pain.” In other words Dems don’t care. And he wants a third term in office?

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  14. Leroy June 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    She really expect PM to hear her?

    When ya know a man ya dnt hv to on a light to see him.
    Thats just not how he rolls

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  15. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love June 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Adam Forester summed it up. Out for Maloney not for their own

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  16. G.G Billingy
    G.G Billingy June 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    that’s so cold

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  17. BaJan boy June 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Freundel Sturat is a heartless,indifferent hog who is gloating in the position he holds and then a senseless low class Attorney General. These two Johnnies come lately are just there for a salary and the pension they just qualified for. These people think they are bigger than the people they serve and hope bajans realize the mistake they made in 2013.
    They are a bunch of indifferent,ineffective,careless,uncaring classless,senseless men and women who have really brought our country to the gutter just like t where they were before winning a Government so don’t expect anything better..

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    • Carson C Cadogan June 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      You are not making any sense at all.

      When the Barbados Labour Party Govt. boasted that Barbados is a Billion dollar, they did nothing to help her.

      And they had loads of cash to play with.

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  18. Tanya Thorpe
    Tanya Thorpe June 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    This is ridiculous. I prayer that Barbadians in higher power change the way they view and deal with the lower class Barbadians.

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  19. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid June 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    She ain’t name Al Barrack, she doesn’t have any buildings to lock any government out of or any leverage over them, so they aren’t interested in her plight. I remember when people used to clamour to work in the civil service, oh the pensions secure, oh this and that…look at this woman!!! Look at her and see how this and previous governments have done nothing to male amends for her situation! Bim is a sad place hear? A real sad place

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  20. Les Carr
    Les Carr June 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    A caring government in theHouse

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  21. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    There is no need to comment on this. If you do, you would only start to R-hole and speak in plenty G- blimahs that would not be pleasant descriptions for the heartless beast that are two political parties. If this is not evidence enough to show Barbadians without nuff money, who these political parties and civil servant operatives serve, then nothing will convince bajans to think differently.

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  22. Greg June 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Hmmmm let me see,,,,,,not saying that she shouldn’t get paid or shouldn’t have been paid long, but I didn’t hear of her harassing Cynthia Forde when her representative was in power, or Owen Arthur when he was at the helm, or even JMGM Adams or Bree ST.John,,,,she didn’t say she climbed the steps to see Erskine Sandiford or Errol Barrow, and I don’t think David Thompson would have been in office to help her,,,,,but at least she got some help from the sleeping giant Frundel Stuart even if the offer was not what her lawyer sees as fitting.

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    • Leroy June 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Stay on point Greg the issue is at hand 2016 lets deal with the now.
      Im sure what she was offered if it was even offered(going on your word which is sketchy at best) was chicken feed,,this woman has urgent needs which Fruendel could have allayed with encouraging words and by looking into it personally.

      Considering you know so much about the case and the offer declined by her attorney,,please Greg, divide up the offer by 35years + the amount of years remaining to age 70 and tell me what you get monthly.

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  23. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker June 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Yet as a nation we’re going to be celebrating our 50 year of independence.
    But this nation builder suffers because those in higher authority deem her not to be important. But when tourist came her got robbed and shot we paid every single bill. Who is more important?
    Yet millions are being spent to celebrate our wonderful Barbados.

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  24. Michele Richards
    Michele Richards June 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is so sad. What a heartless set of people. 34 years and no justice? This is so wrong.

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  25. Saundra Moore June 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    WOW

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  26. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar June 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    A very sad day in Barbados to see something of this magnitude . Can’t blame the government, blame the evil , wicked , nasty public servants employ in the government service. There is no sense of justice in Barbados .

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  27. recoanthony June 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    THIS IS NOT AH B OR D ISSUE 1981-2016=35 EARS AGO, THIS IS AN ISSUE ALL FOR COMMON SENSE, AN WHO EVER IN POWER OVER DE YEARS HAVE SIDE LINE THE ISSUE. THE WOMAN GOT HURT ON THE JOB PERIOD…..THE WOMAN STATED AH PAYOUT THAT WOULDN’T BE OF NO VALUE TO HER WHEN SHE GET THE OPERATION COSTING 33 THOUSAND POUNDS=NEARLY 100,000 BDS.. WHAT ABOUT OTHER EXPENCES?.

    SEEMS OVER THE YEARS GOV’MENT(S) HAVE LOTS OF MONEY FOR THE WRONG PURPOSES, BUT MOST HURTFUL OF ALL THE LAST DITCH EFFORT TO SEE DE PM OR AG ONLY TO BE SENT AWAY IN AH TAXI, JUST SHOWS DE BRUTE BEAST FOR AH GOV’MENT YA DEALING WID

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  28. recoanthony June 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    @BAJAN BOY…..REV: C MORRIS SUM UP THEM GOOD, AH MEAN AFTER ALL, THIS POOR WOMAN HURTING & MAYBE DEPENDING ON HER FAMILY FOR EVERYTHING. AND AH BUNCH OF RAT PACKS CAN DISMISS THE LADY JUST SO, BUT THATS NOTHING NEW WID FROOMS…….THEY C AN GIVE AWAY MILLIONS THROUGH DE BACK DOOR TO WELL ABLE BODY PERSON(S) BUT SOME ONE WHO GOT HURT ON DE JOB NOTHING(0) STUPESSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  29. Shane Paul Castillo
    Shane Paul Castillo June 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    imagine if them could treat a nurse that way imagine what they could do to we Bajan wow

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  30. Cindy Rickerby
    Cindy Rickerby June 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Not sure why she thought they would allow her an audience. After all the only thing they care about is themselves. Its sad.

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  31. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty June 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Whether it is or isn’t the way a nurse ought to be treated in Barbados, is of little or no comfort to this woman because it has happened. What we ought to be talking about now is judicial reform as far as civil litigation is concerned, but until the people understand the importance of their Civic Power and its ability to effectuate political change, it will be business as usually. Nevertheless, attributing culpability to government for its inability to speedily address the social concerns is not the right course of action we ought to take at this juncture, but we ought to blame ourselves for not demanding and expecting more of government, both now and in the future.

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  32. miche June 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I sympathise with the lady,,but I find her timings a bit timely..and we know ms Brawler Forde will loose no opportunity to launch her 2017 campaign,,,The BLP won the government in 1981,,DLP in 86 and 91,BLP in 94 , 99 and 2003; The DLP in 2008 , 2013,and ( again in 2017) I know that frustration and anger can make you do things out of the normal,,,,but I still question her timings,,,,,,,,Why now..on the heels of the march,,the Failed No confidence motion,,,,the various REDMAN manias,,plus the opposition’s many attempts to frustrate the governments developmental plans, by misleading and confusing the populace;,Now this convenient opportunity of rendering of assistance from the person claiming to be the one representing St Thomas,,,,why did it take so long to come up with this parliamentary visit.

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  33. Donild Trimp June 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Well, well, well, all I can say is Barbados is full of “EDUCATED FOOLS”.

    The optics of this thing is so bad that I am led to believe the Prime Minister and Attorney General are two classless men.

    I understand this matter dates back 35 years but that should not be an excuse for the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to show such indifference to to this woman’s plight.

    Only in a banana republic like Barbados can men who hold such high office and are woefully unqualified for same continue as if it is business as usual.

    This Prime Minister and Attorney general are scum and I make no apologies for reaching that conclusion.

    This Nurse deserves better from the Government of Barbados.

    I hope all voting Barbadians take note of this arrogant bunch and kick them out of office at the next scheduled elections.

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  34. Carson C Cadogan June 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    The Barbados Labour Party is pulling out all the stops in an effort to avoid sitting on the opposition benches for a third time in a row.

    But using this unfortunate woman in this way is really disgusting. How is it that these people allow the Barbados Labour Party to use them like this is really beyond me.

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  35. dave June 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Miche !
    For somebody to even think about this collection of tuds winning elections in 2017 after all the nonsense that they have done is really hurtful . Says that there are too many iggrunt people bout the place.

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  36. Edith Judkins
    Edith Judkins June 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    What happened not understanding this

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  37. recoanthony June 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    2018 IS NEXT ELECTIONS, HOPING IT CALLS BEFORE DE TIME, GET RID OF THESE FOR EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
    WHO EVER ELSE GETS IN CAN’T DO ANY WORSE, BUT NOT DEM

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  38. Wendy Sthill
    Wendy Sthill June 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Where is the compensation for this lady that give most of her life to society sad sad sad

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  39. Edith Judkins
    Edith Judkins June 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    What is her church doing for her

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  40. Sherlock Holmes. June 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I have read all of the comments here i must say to ivy-Ann duke that you and Miche are two individuals who think, i have heard this woman on Brasstacks lamenting about this situation for sometime now i however never got the impression that this matter was so aged. On one occasion she even mentioned to David Ellis that she was contemplating obtaining a gun to blow her brains out,it was troubling to hear this, i never knew that this lady was in such a state especially since i would have heard her on more than one occasion engaging moderators about going into the various supermarkets, vegetable markets etc, and never mentioned that she was hindered by such a serious injury.I sincerely hope that she gets the necessary assistance and her due compensation is expedited, however i am of the opinion that this going to parliament as shown here was theatrics, it would pay this lady to keep out of the media and keep her mouth shut and also desist from taking bad advice from her advisors ,all you have done is bring a lot of unwarranted scrutiny to yourself.You have a very senior attorney and i am somewhat surprised that as some here recognized that your settlement was so hard to reach during the administration of the Barbados Labor Party,this charade that was put on in the precincts of parliament in my opinion was uncalled for,let your attorney guide you accordingly if you are having so much trouble walking around stay home and go to your business when it is imperative that you do so.On a matter of house keeping, do the persons who moderate this blog pay attention to what some persons post here?,How can you all allow a blogger to refer to the Prime Minister as a hog and allow that to be posted here without censorship? As someone who has been in law enforcement for many years that is a clear case of insulting language to the highest degree, and by the nature of it is an offense.

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    • Donild Trimp June 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Sherlock Holmes, the PM brought this hatred by the populace on himself.

      This is such a vexing matter that it is hard to find six people who agree with the PM ignoring this woman in her plight.

      Banana Republic leaders and administrators in Barbados.

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  41. Ras Milke June 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    This is ELDER ABUSE where is Rev Durant, come on man of God speak up call it as it is ELDER ABUSE.

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  42. David Hall June 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Court cases can sometimes take extraordinarily long time usually as a result of a flawed system.The point is not who is in power but the need to bring this one to an end. 34 years is a lifetime to many.

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  43. ch June 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    To be fair, the honorable Ms. Cynthia Forde is well-known as a very kind and compassionate person so she would lend that genuine helping hand. That is not a political ploy- that is her true nature.

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  44. BoboTheClown June 22, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    In most of these type of cases the Defense hope the person dies before it is resolved. This type of behavior should serve other Civil Servants as a reminder not put themselves in situations where by a mishap or going beyond call of duty might result in injury or death only to be left on your own without the proper care.

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  45. Debera June 23, 2016 at 7:38 am

    You take they words out of my mouth Ras Milke ,Rev.Durant where are you now ,you were on a which hunt a few weeks ago trying to eat the nurses for another person evil doing(don’t run)all of just make me laugh,all of you are a pack of hipocrits.

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  46. dave June 23, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Thin skinned people always seek to shut out the truth . Freedom of expression is a Must ! Freedom of expression is a right ! Express yourself ; Change must come . Insulting language my ass !

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  47. Sherlock Holmes. June 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Dave we all know that you have enough intelligence that can fit into an ants ear and enough space would still be left to hold wax.

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  48. Roger Gibbons June 24, 2016 at 1:57 am

    All those politicians are heartless brutes Bajans have to take a stand once and for all.

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  49. dave June 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    SHERLOCK HOLMES -I promise myself to ignore you
    You are a YARD DUCK for the DLP
    A big stinking yard fowl !
    STOP PICKING ON ME
    AND GO AND PICK UP THE NASTY CORN IN THE DLP’S YARD
    You flea infested mealy mouthed mongrel who defends every bit of nonsense the DLP does.

    I have never said anything to you and you keep trying to use insulting language to me and then you would want to accuse others of doing same. As far as I am concerned YOU DO NOT EXIST !! See me and don’t see me

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  50. Sherlock Holmes. June 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I SHERLOCK HOLMES THE GREAT DETECTIVE BY NAME AND NATURE WILL ALWAYS BE ON YOUR CASE THERE WILL BE NO LET UP PERIOD, UNTIL YOU ARE FREE OF STUPIDITY, BUT KNOWING YOU THIS WILL BE ONE OF MY TOUGHEST CASES EVER.

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  51. Sherlock Holmes. June 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    @DAVE

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  52. Sherlock Holmes. June 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    By the way Debera hipocrits?

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  53. dave June 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Ad hominem will never win over facts and logical arguments .It is is a very sad reflection on those who employ the Ad hominem approach and- says a lot about them. Really sad reflection . Such persons need to deal with the issues or subject themselves for psychological evaluation . Maybe some persons have to cluck cluck cluck for grains in the Big Yard of yardfowls and yard-ducks, feed on the fatted calf and suck up all the largesse that they can so they cant help but focus on individuals. They are so accustomed to sucking up and kissing rear ends that focusing on individuals is second nature . They probably would seek to line up individuals to see who have the biggest rear end to KISS !! and that is why they cannot see the issues —Faces buried in some rear end and covered in so much brown stuff that they walk around drunk and stupefied – and cant see the truth if it hits them like a ton of bricks . Its a pity !!!

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