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Duguid fires back at PM: I’m a family man

The battle for Christ Church West has turned personal with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the man carrying the flag for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Dr William Duguid engaged in a bitter public tussle.

Stuart launched a broadside against Dr Duguid yesterday at the annual luncheon of the constituency branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at Almond Bay, Hastings, claiming that the former BLP representative ran away from elective politics prior to the 2013 general election when he thought that it was of no value to him anymore.

An angry Dr Duguid fired back today, taking aim at Stuart’s family life and questioning why the Prime Minister never got married.

“I was extremely disappointed and quite taken aback to hear the Prime Minister utter those words. Unlike Prime Minister Stuart, I am very much a family person. I had a duty and a responsibility to my family and I had things to take care of which I took care of during the time that I was no longer in elective politics.

“Unlike the Prime Minister I have had a family for almost 20 years. I understand that he has never been married and I don’t know why. Certainly I had things to take care of and I am very disappointed in Stuart,” he told Barbados Today.

The dentist-turned-politician first represented the constituency in 2003 before resigning ahead of the 2013 poll and migrating to Canada.

In his place, the BLP had installed another dentist, Dr Maria Agard, who was expelled from the party last November at the height of a bitter internal impasse but remains the sitting representative for the constituency in Parliament while she awaits the outcome of her court challenge to her BLP dismissal.

Dr Duguid also contended that Stuart was rejected by family and friends in his native St Philip and had to run in St Michael South to win a seat.

Stuart first represented St Philip South for one term from 1994 before losing in 1999. He returned to parliament after winning the St Michael South seat in 2008, when the DLP was returned to office.

“ I, on the other hand, was asked to return by the people of Christ Church West who were sorry to see me go, and asked me to return after the difficulties they were having in the constituency when Dr Maria Agard was expelled from the party in November last year,” Dr Duguid explained.

He also took a shot at the Prime Minister’s stewardship since assuming office in October 2010, saying: “He has almost brought the National Insurance Scheme to its knees; he has completely destroyed employment and the economy of this country because there is absolutely no confidence in him. All Stuart does is pick on people who are just a simple candidate. I am not a Prime Minister; I am not a minister of Government and was never a minister. I am just a simple candidate who comes to election at great personal sacrifice to assist the people of Christ Church West. I am sure that when he comes to his senses he will realize that he spoke out of turn.”

Dr Duguid identified the Right Excellent Errol Barrow and the late Sir Frederick Smith as two DLP stalwarts who either took a sabbatical from politics or resigned from elective politics only to return at a later date.

“So it is not unheard of to hear of members of parliament who stepped out of politics for a while only to return. However, for Stuart to suggest that politics had nothing for me at the time of my resignation is absolutely ludicrous and totally ridiculous,” Dr Duguid explained.

The  DLP’s flag carrier in Christ Church West in the attorney-at-law Verla De Peiza.

11 Responses to Duguid fires back at PM: I’m a family man

  1. Ninian Peckitt July 26, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I knew Dr Duguid when he was an undergraduate student. For the record he is a man of utmost integrity and outstanding Mensa level intelligence and ability.

    He is calm level headed and compassionate, relating well to his colleagues and patients.

    My colleagues and I have always held him in the highest regard.

    Prof Ninian Peckitt FRCS. FFD RCS. FDS RCS. FACTS
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon / Facial Plastic Surgeon

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine August 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Calm level headed and compassionate!! You talking about Duguid of the past not the Duguid of the present. That man was subjected to a 360 turn towards devious and nasty. His head is no longer level.

  2. Rosemary P. Leon July 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I don’t believe that people dropping down dead because of stress, a failing economy, the government non performance and the prime minister has time to insult former MPs, sitting MPs etc.

  3. Ras July 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    This is the same Do Good mp who i heard cussing another member in parliament on my radio and on you tube, he is now a born again family man, I want his children and wife to her his you tube video

    • Messenger July 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Wait MAM aint married neither and she aint planning to get married either so wats Do Good point of Order, run way cuss bird, go back to Canada wid yuh family.

  4. Angela Fergusson July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Dr. Duguid it is downright wrong for you to be so personal in attacking Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart on a family basis in that way. Why are you asking why is he not married? That is out of order and not a question for you to ask of him. There are some questions one should not ask of another, and that is one of them.
    I am disappointed in your behaviour and would not recommend you with this behaviour, lacking in loyalty to country, consideration and respect to the Leader of our nation Barbados.

  5. Marcia Clarke July 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Respect is due to the Prime Minister.

  6. David G. Brooks July 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Respect is earned not demanded.

  7. Big Brown July 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    How has Stuart come to the conclusion that Dugiud left politics because it was no longer of value to him? Is this not a personal insult?

    Dugiud has previously explained that his decision was based on personal family considerations and he has again reiterated that here.

    Give me the good Doctor any day to people who will hold onto power at any costime at great cost to the lives of thousands of Barbadian. For heaven’s sake man, just go.

    • David G. Brooks July 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Good point.

  8. David G. Brooks July 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    But wait though … PM Stuart can get personal but he is not to be rebuffed by the person he gets personal with … last I saw we live in a Democracy, but then I am seeing signs that that could be changing if we don’t watch ourselves.

    And I note no one took any note of the short-comings of the PM. They must be correct then.


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