Barbados better off because of Sir Frederick – Inniss

The late Sir Frederick Smith was one of the builders of modern Barbados, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss told Parliament today as the House of Assembly paid tribute to Sir Frederick, who passed away on July 11, 2016, aged 92.

Inniss argued that when the history of Barbados was written Sir Frederick would earn his rightful place as one who contributed to the social and economic development of the country.

He said from the beginning of his political career Sir Frederick identified with the black working class, adding that Barbadians were fortunate to have benefitted from his experiences during his long political and legal career.

“ I consider myself fortunate to sit with Sir Frederick at his home in Wanstead Heights and to engage with him and to learn first-hand what it was like in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and the struggles that people like himself would have endured to pave a better way for people like myself,” the Member of Parliament for St James South said.

The minister said Sir Frederick never participated in political tribalism, pointing out as an example the fact that while the country’s first post independence Attorney General had split from the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams, he was broadminded enough to shower praise on Sir Grantley when he became the first and only Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation.

The St James South MP contended that Barbados was much richer through his contribution to the political process and he suggested that every parliamentarian should purchase a copy of Sir Frederick’s autobiography, Dreaming A Nation, in order to recognize the struggles of a distinguished son who was born into a household of 11 children.

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