PM Stuart joins Independence events in UK


Discussions about Barbados took centre stage when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart attended a reception last Thursday, as part of the activities hosted by the High Commission in London to celebrate the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart addressing the reception at Lancaster House, while the Minister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Alister Duncan; and Barbados’ High Commissioner to London, Guy Hewitt, listen attentively. Photo- Tyrone Roach

The reception at Lancaster House, where the negotiations for Barbados’ Independence took place, was attended by diplomats from the Caribbean and the Commonwealth, Buckingham Palace, heads of Barbadian organizations and friends of Barbados.


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart with some of the heads of Barbadian organizations who were present at the reception. Photo – Tyrone Roach.


National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers; and the daughter of Barbados’ Governor General, Susan Matheson, were also in attendance at the reception. Photo- Tyrone Roach


The Prime Minister later presented a citation for Sir James Cameron Tudor to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson; and Warden, Sir Jonathan Phillips, of Keble College.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Warden of Keble College, Sir Jonathan Phillips, on a tour of the college’s campus. Photo- Tyrone Roach.

In the citation, Sir James is described as “a man of impressive intellect, a persuasive debater, and a skilled mobilizer”.

During his visit, Prime Minister Stuart also renamed the Chancery as “Barbados House”; reflected on the life of the Father of Indepence Errol Walton Barrow, during the book launch for “Fathering a Nationand delivered the feature address at an Independence Awards Gala for the Barbadian Diaspora.

Mr. Stuart returns to the island tomorrow, Monday, October 31. (BGIS)

57 Responses to PM Stuart joins Independence events in UK

  1. Gloria Springer
    Gloria Springer October 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    In stead of tossing tell the queen to help fixed the hospital that have her name on it broken windows elevators don’t work the bed feet rotting the sheet have hole the hospital have a odor I was just there I see it for myself I am so scared of that hospital it make me sick to see how that place is that my opinion.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva October 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      After reading how bad this hospital is, can make a person sick enough to need medical help. I would be totally stressed if I lived there and did not have money to afford to go elsewhere for health services.

    • Brien King
      Brien King October 31, 2016 at 1:10 am

      Gloria Springer , I disagree with you, that hospital don’t need no fixing, it needs removing , it is too old and has long out lived its usefulness. A new hospital is urgently required as a high priority but for some reason that priority is too low which is too sad to talk about, for wicked people there is a need for that hospital to remain open but it should had been closed three years ago and a new one should have been three years old by now.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce October 31, 2016 at 3:31 am

      All DEMs doing is looking after their own interest. Government after government have bounced, skipped, passed, ignored the state of the QEH all they do is build new government builds. For example, Black Rock
      Police Station solid building all it needed a full refurbishment. Go around the island and there are solid empty, derelict buildings that’s in need of refurbishment, oh no we got to get our hands in the till. They are a told disgrace!

    • Dylon Bjorn
      Dylon Bjorn October 31, 2016 at 3:55 am

      I thought we were independent, why are we still working with the British Empire

    • Guto Owen
      Guto Owen October 31, 2016 at 8:38 am

      The old witch Elizabeth does nothing for the people here in the UK, so I can’t see her answering your plea, although she does owe the people of Barbados a huge debt!!

    • AniRo Burke
      AniRo Burke October 31, 2016 at 9:26 am

      A new generation will come and that still won’t appear. Don’t you get it, purposely leaving the Q.E.H alone will automatically mean that it will have to be privatised. So that we will be triple paying for services that our tax money already paying for.

    • AniRo Burke
      AniRo Burke October 31, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Veroniva Boyce Totally agree

  2. Jobe Prince
    Jobe Prince October 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    So true

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 31, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Just look at it! He need Deporting, a POOR excuse fuh a PM. I hope he don’t come to Birmingham cause he gine get Tar Roast. Barbados in a STATE and he travelling around the world skinning he teeth, collecting a salary for doing sod all, he’s a told embarrassment.

    • Dylon Bjorn
      Dylon Bjorn October 31, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Independence means you cut all ties with Britain, but we are not really independent.

    • sunshinecanada October 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

      you said it V , good

  4. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray October 31, 2016 at 5:12 am

    And the bill for that “visit” was how much exactly? Money would have been better spent being invested in the QEH. And what’s happened to the new hospital Donville Inniss promised five years ago this month?

  5. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke October 31, 2016 at 5:33 am

    That is what DEM so like . Eat up n drink up with them lickorish self and not address the serious issues affecting us .

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco October 31, 2016 at 6:50 am
    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 7:25 am

      As I was saying, Dems got we living on mauby pockets while they enjoying champagne tastes.

  6. Tony Webster October 31, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Jolly Good Show…what! All must surely be well at home…to expend precious time, and even more precious resources- almost surely , all of it in F/X…..for such a “worthy cause”.
    @Veroniva…my dear, you excel at pen-portraits. Go to front of de class and stay there -and may your pen always flow freely!!

  7. jrsmith October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

    @, Gloria,S, hail, hail, you sound a very sweet person, tell it as it is ( instead of tossing ) This made me laugh so much, but this is the word for our present Barbados government a load of (Tossers) as (Veroniva B) said looking after their own interest,,,,, and eating and drinking up as (Danny C C ) said with them lickorish self,,,,,,,,,
    What p,,,sess off to see how the way our politicians speak to foreigners , and the disrespectful way and attitude how they treat and speak to our local bajan people… how long can we bear this crap,,,,,,,,,,

  8. Mandy Unforgetable
    Mandy Unforgetable October 31, 2016 at 6:52 am


  9. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Well, well, well, looka de PM though. He enjoying bare champagne tastes while we scrunting people gotta be living on mauby pockets.

    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus October 31, 2016 at 7:19 am

      When has it been different??

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Glen Antrobus It has been so long I can’t remember. Let’s say that it bounced back since the late David Thompson became Prime Minister almost 9 years ago.

    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus October 31, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Ok…..but I distinctly remember there always being poor people while politicians travelled and drank champagne. I cannot remember any administrations that didn’t have at least two ministers being accused of the same thing………. While poor people existed and sucked salt.

    • sunshinecanada October 31, 2016 at 8:13 am

      and when he get back, he’ll puking all over the place,

  10. Edmund Harrison
    Edmund Harrison October 31, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy no worries the PM got this.

  11. Alex Alleyne October 31, 2016 at 7:30 am

    An audio of this speech should be put on “You tube”. Must have a listen.

  12. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister October 31, 2016 at 7:39 am

    This is all he good for!

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 8:11 am

      All champagne tastes and got we living on mauby pockets.

  13. Ralph Talma October 31, 2016 at 7:42 am

    1. So, the Independence celebrations have started. I did not realise the PM was in the UK, and I wish him and all those taking part in them every success. The publicity will be good for the B’dos tourist industry. I do believe an ‘Independence Fund’ was established years ago to cover such expenditure.
    2. Sad to hear about the state of the QEH, I thought plans had be made to build a new one? A fully functioning hospital is vital not only for Bajans but also the tourists whom we so badly need to visit the Island.
    3. Finally, happy celebrations to everyone and may the next 50 years be more fruitful for all.

  14. Natasha Natasha
    Natasha Natasha October 31, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Well Well Well and I cant even afford to get a bus to St. Lucy

  15. Whitehill October 31, 2016 at 8:24 am

    If a new hospital is placed in each of the eleven parishes, the doctors, especially females continue to behave as if its all about them, what good will new hospital serve? The nurses and ancillary staff are not much better.
    A new court house was erected at Whitepark road, has the delivery of justice been any better? Can someone explain what a man wearing an ear ring and a woman’s sleeveless dress got to do with
    justice and decent service?

    With all the graduates out of Cave hill, the informed citizens, why isn’t Barbados a hive of activity of citizens whose mantra is: “it will not be business as usual.” In stead we continue to talk about the rubbish DEM are doing.

  16. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson October 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Man, show de PM some respect lol

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Freundel ain’t need no goddamn respect from we. He needs to respect we first before he get it.

  17. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler October 31, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Respect is earned, not demanded. This PM hasn’t earned it.

  18. jrsmith October 31, 2016 at 8:43 am

    We are too educated, but when will it change the 1% who owns all the wealth dont even bother about the politicians , but after all we still have (Massa ) controlling everything , thats why Barbados is up for grabs but not by bajans…the only chains broken is on bussa statue , which seems to only visible at certain days of the week and times of the day……

  19. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens October 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Tell us what’s wrong with this picture. Chief of Protocol, please come to Freundel’s rescue. He’s an international embarrassment. Dear Freundel, Here’s a TIP you can Google. “White wine & champagne. Always hold your glass or flute by the stem. Holding it by the “bowl” warms your drink, and both white wine and sparkling wine taste best when chilled. Instead of holding the bowl, pinch the stem between your index finger and thumb.”

    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer October 31, 2016 at 12:26 pm


    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      As Noel Lynch said almost 4 years ago, Freundel ain’t got no wife.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 31, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      The man drinking for 275000 of usand then one plate of food the the dance floor

  20. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke October 31, 2016 at 9:25 am

    It’s all a greed game in the whole world. Everything is manipulated for the elite.

  21. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens October 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

    The next time we’re celebrating “Barbadiana” we think it’d be more fitting to give Freundel mauby in an enamel cup.

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Exactly. What we got, Freundel should get too. Bare mauby pockets.

  22. F.A.Rudder October 31, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Nationals of Barbados do you think that at a period of time such as our fiftieth anniversary of independence from Great Britain that defined persons would conduct their character to discuss discrepancies which are ailments of their society in not coming together to volunteer to uplift and remedy in the process of time? Ridicule is always there to be admonistered but remedial action is in the hands of all nationals far and wide. Nation building is not one half of the population building and the other half sabotaging and demolishing. Nothing gets done in an army that’s serving its nation with that format. We as Barbadians need to know when to pull the plug on degrading our nationalism and use a more diplomatic intercourse. Diplomacy has always been the key to success.

  23. Ras Small
    Ras Small October 31, 2016 at 11:40 am

    First of all he celebrating wid wrong ppl/person! Ah don’t kay if he hold de stem or bowl, where de Barbadians from outdey! Dat is who he shud be celebrating wid in full view!

  24. seagul October 31, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Lancaster house of false promises. Bob Marley and Robert Mugabe discovered this. Wake up and listen–human rights.

  25. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith October 31, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    PM nice seeing you in country of birth….so sorry I couldn’t be there with you but my pension wasn’t on…who knows next time…I told the Queen how well you treated me for 40+ years and do the same for you whilst there…Enjoy it bloke!

  26. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    And he nose it all as well.

  27. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 31, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I am with you, Dominique. Froons and crew clearly lost their way having us eating bare scraps and living on mauby pockets while Dems enjoying bare champagne tastes.

  28. Jennifer October 31, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Now we see why Barbados is not independent. By the way what is the purpose or role of the GG????
    I wonder what the PM spoke about up there with our oppressors. They used our people to make rich their nations then left a remnant here to carry on the major business infrastructure and financial might with all their old money. I bet he did not discuss one cent in reparations for our people. This is a better time than any. We are truly a nation of “well educated” people to fit their system. And very few of us can see the wood among the trees. The chains are truly on their brains as we continue being a nation of servants. We will never build Barbados until we sever that colonial umbillical cord and then deal with the ills of Barbados.

  29. Jennifer October 31, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    The only thing independent is that you get to go home and bade, powder up and go back to the global plantation.

  30. BaJan boy October 31, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    The enjoying he best days ever. What you seem not to realize that he doesn’t care who is scrunting as he has scrounged all of his life and cares nothing about us now. He know no life no wonder he holds the glass like a Collins in a cane ground. You will soon find some other f the fatted calf recipients like Sherlock Holmes and Carson C Cadogan coming to justify the election spending. He just barely trying to create an impression and looking for a momentum to call elections without considering the suffering Bajans. He is one uncaring and disrespectful private person that what he said he is and then his watchman walking around assaulting the female press.

  31. Johnathan November 1, 2016 at 12:03 am

    The High Commissioner is even worse than Freundel seem like the attempt to put the glass under the skirt failed..

  32. jus me November 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Is this E newspaper just another arm of the DLP>

    CENSORING the comments.
    Bad news.
    Where is Democracy or are you all afraid to see anything not IN LINE with what YOU decide Barbados should read??

  33. Bajan boy November 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I agree with u totally @jus me they do it to me all the time as recent as this morning..

  34. Ossie moore November 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Well ! Well! Well! it seems as though I am standing on the road in Horse Hill or in Bibby’s Layne as the mud-slinging goes on reaching as far off away as Buckingham Palice and Downing Street! It’s it a great thing that we country people can dig yams and sweet potatoes pull some butterstick and not have to worry about how we drink ot of a Milo can wid a handle!

  35. Jennifer November 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Jus me

    Democracy??? Of course u have to be censored. Can’t have you going against the status quo of sheeple. Now can we. u lot spewing disgust and anger. There is a limit to these things u know.


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