PM: “Keep the faith”

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members to keep the faith, saying there are positive signs ahead and this year’s budget is a challenge to do better.

Stuart today delivered the keynote address at the second weekend session of the DLP’s 61st annual conference at the party’s George Street headquarters.

“I urge the family of the Democratic Labour Party to continue to have faith in the future and in the promise of Barbados. This is our country and it has been very good to all of us,” he said.

Advising members not to panic in the face of opposition contentions that “the bulk of the people in the country are suffering” he told the conference that “members of the Cabinet have stuck to the task and positive signs have been emerging in Barbados’ economic fortunes”.

“Those signs will become more evident as we implement the programme just announced in the recently delivered Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals,” Stuart said.

He also admitted that the 2016-2017 budget, presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last Tuesday, contained challenges for the country,

“The (budgetary) proposals are a challenge particularly to the private sector, through promised amendments to the Special Development Areas Act; a challenge to the small business sector through the $50m being made available to the sector by way of a blend of grants and soft loans; a challenge to students to continue to work hard and aim high encouraged by the recapitalization of the Student Revolving Loan Fund; a challenge to defaulting taxpayers through yet another amnesty given to them to regularize their tax status; and a challenge to those public officers whose employment status will be put on a footing more secure,” Stuart said.

During his 40-minute address the Prime Minister conceded that all is not well in a number of areas of Barbados’ development, however he said his presentation today was not intended “to exhaust the residue of challenges in agriculture, in statutory boards, in water and in the economy”.

Nevertheless he assured that “reforms are underway to put Barbados and its economy on a more secure footing”.

Stuart noted escalating costs to health care and the search for a solution, which he said will come at a price.

He also told party members that Government is committed to ensuring the Transport Board receives assistance in providing a satisfactory service, and that solid waste disposal remains a high agenda item for Cabinet.

28 Responses to PM: “Keep the faith”

  1. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson August 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Labour always tells people to “wait until something good happens”. Not “make something great happen”…

  2. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    the only time b’dos is good to its ppl is when the DLP , is not in office, you ppl are blights, should you not be giving ALL, bajans this message instead of DLP, yardfowls, that there is why b’dos is messed up,/it comes straight from the leader of the country.

    • Ras Small
      Ras Small August 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

      D nor B. Stop living an illusion of freedom.
      The more things change the more dey remain the same.

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd August 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm


  4. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke August 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  5. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley August 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Call elections, so we can show you that we “keeping the faith” you speak about. Please sir, call elections early, that we will believe you that “the economy is turning the 5 year corner” that you speak about, and I hope the corner is not being built by the ministry of transport and works, cuz if it is, I can understand why the economy can’t find the corner.

  6. Frederick Grimes
    Frederick Grimes August 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    U need to seek God face

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley August 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      God is real, alive and sits on the throne. He is alpha and omega. He is the breath of life! He is righteousness and holiness, he is Jehovah God of everything. We can’t vote him in and we can’t vote him out, he is breath of life, no nation, man or thing can come alongside, before or after him, he is God all by himself, he is the I am, that I am!

  7. Frederick Grimes
    Frederick Grimes August 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    An his direction

  8. Frederick Grimes
    Frederick Grimes August 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    To lead this Country an stop depending on man

  9. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews August 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    8 years , and we keep hearing the Same from the DLP about things are getting better , and Every year things have gotten worst . I remember 2007 , the Country has been going down hill since the DLP lied to win the Election , and in 2013 they lied again and Bajans put them back in , Come the next election I want to see how many people can be fooled again ? , “fool me once shame on you?

  10. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria August 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    De man want people keep what they never had in him. How that does work?

    • Messenger August 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      De man who happens to be the PM said he wants Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members to keep the faith, Not Angela Maria or any Queen Bee followers, He was speaking at the weekend session of the DLP’s 61st annual conference at the party’s George Street headquarters. . You understand now.

  11. wilggeese August 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm


  12. Jason Cayenne
    Jason Cayenne August 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    The faith died when thousands of people showed up for 250 positions at a job fair.

  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Freundel sleep walks again. Keep the faith that DEMs gine continue to collect their monthly salary for doing sod all. Barbados is in a state, QEH needs refurbishing, get rid of transport board buses altogether and replace them with minibuses because wunna incapable of employing experience mechanics to repair the vehicles. ZR vans drivers need to stop at bus stops and not in the middle of the road holding up traffic, waste of time department aka sanitation need to collect the rubbish, repaint the road surface markings and zebra crossings, and repair some of the roads that got pot holes, sort out water shortage & burst pipes,work ethic needs addressing all the snail pace workers and the turn up anytime we like get a full weekly or monthly salary need weeding out, get the fork and hoe work the land that full of bush and be self sufficient, price of food in the supermarket needs reducing, funding should be set aside for the genuine poor, poorer and poorest citizens.
    All Dems need to forfeit their entertainment benefits put the funds to good use. This government don’t deserve a retirement pension.

  14. Tony Webster August 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    There is an ocean of difference, between faith; blind-faith; due respect; credibility; reputation; and credit-worthiness. Yes, there is even a greater disparity between these weary platitudes, and stark, rank gullibility, which’in lives just short-there by the “Jam Tomorrow” shop, in Mo’ Promises Avenue.

    If it was not written, it ought to have been: “By their unfulfilled, repetitive, promises, and force-ripened fruits, shall you know them”

    Please God, remove the scales from our eyes; allow us to touch, to taste, and to savour those things visible, verifiable, and palpable; to enjoy the privilege of thinking for ourselves, and to arrive at our own conclusions. Amen.

  15. Zeus August 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    They say the only thing constant is change ….naysayers tell me what will we get please convince me what are we going to get if we change ….I will hold my breath waiting for the answer

    • harry turnover August 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

      In 2008 Bajans changed a “C” Government hoping to get a “B” but instead got an” F”.
      In 2013 they chose the same ” F ” Government and all they hearing now is that the economy has turned the corner YET EVERY BUDGET is MORE TAX….and EVERYTHING gone down the drain.
      If people were so bold as to change a ‘ C ” Government ( one that was performing ) and got an ” F ” Government…. common sense should tell you that Bajans should not only be just as bold this time but sensible too to change an ” F ” Government.

    • harry turnover August 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Zeius….if you employ a man and he is NOT YOUR family and he causes you to lose 3 dollars from every ten dollars your Company makes and you employ another man….from your. family and he causes you to lose 5 dollars from every ten dollars you make, which man you think your Company would let go ?
      In 2008 for every $10 the BLP made… $4 was passed on to the people.
      Since 2009 after one David Thompson TAXED the Country into oblivion for every $10 DEM made they passing on $2 to the people….which one would you change ?

  16. BaJan boy August 21, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    This disgrace really think bajans is cu€ts. He and the disgraceful bunch he is surrounded by with no regards for the development of our country just they big guts and he has not held a single press conference in almost fours to speak our nation. Everytime he opens his big stupid mouth it is at a DLP event. They could really go away never to come again. Bunch of old ,semi iliterates,who ha have abosolutly no regards for people.

  17. Kenmore Lynch
    Kenmore Lynch August 22, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Even if he brings down Jesus from heaven I will not be motivated by this man. His attitude towards the Barbadian public has already done significant damage. It cannot be repaired. I can no longer see him as a leader.

  18. Jenny Maynard
    Jenny Maynard August 22, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Keep the faith in who?

  19. jrsmith August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

    @ ,all hail, hail, Everyone on this forum so far is on the button . I wonder if any politicians in Barbados have the time to go on line join today to read what bajans is saying about and of them, but this in itself would be a task for them, because they are a bunch of people who have no respect for our bajan nation..

  20. Ras August 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    jrsmith if you go and spend sometime in Greece, Venezuela, Jamaican or even Guyana and Brazil you will love and respect Barbados more untill then I forgive you as you are not in control.

  21. BaJan boy August 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    @Ras u have been kissing the DLP ass for years and still broke. You should do like Freundel and go to sleep.

    • Ras August 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Bajan bwoy, you ah fool fool, I made it big time, I did my MBA with Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA
      Did my Bachelor of Science (Management Studies)
      University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica Diploma in Management Studies, University Of Technology Jamaica
      I taught for 20 yrs in Botswana at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Gaborone Technical College, I retired at 60 yrs old, am just travelling and cruising, just came back from England, South Africa and Botswana, I have business in Jamaica and Barbados my wife and sons run things I just relax now and have fun and I am wide awake, so if you kissing up to the Queen Bee I not kissing up to DLP, I am in Ocho Rios, have a Guest House there, business in Bog walk and Spanish Town, Zeen. And I help the less fortunate in Jamaica and Barbados, ah wuh you do Bajan Bwoy beside run yuh mout an lok fuh hand outs, which University you went to. I want a caretaker/handyman for my Apartments in St. James you want de job.

  22. Zeus August 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Harry is Barbados getting the same $10 in 2016 at the same rate they were getting it in 2003 ….secondly it is a known fact that the USA under Bill Clinton had its best years ever financially and they say our economy was the same also not only but around the world check and see when the blp came into power then in 2008 something happened world wide tell me who came into power then …..there are not economic gurus around here that can pull rabbits out of hats we are dependent on things that happen world wide ….look around the Caribbean where oppositions told they countries that they have the magic trick to make things happen they were voted in then voted out ….I await the abra cadbra


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