Blame me

Stuart says 50th anniversary bill is his fault

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told the country tonight that he took full responsibility for the $7 million price tag for this island’s 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations.

Winding up debate on a resolution to congratulate Barbados on its golden jubilee, Stuart told Parliament the expenditure allocated was fair and reasonable, considering what Barbados has achieved over those years.

“I have been concerned ever since we decided to celebrate Barbados’ golden jubilee that there are [those] who effected not to understand the importance of doing so,” the Prime Minister said.

He recalled that in 2014 when Barbados was celebrating the 375 anniversary of its Parliament, the voices raised in opposition then are the same ones now rejecting celebrations for the golden jubilee, and that the same arguments about spending the money on the poor were used.

“I cast my bucket down right there on that argument. We will never again have an opportunity to celebrate a golden jubilee [of this country’s] Independence. This is the moment and that is why we are doing it. So far as the funds allocated for the celebrations are concerned, I accept full responsibility for it,” he said to loud applause from members of his side.

The Prime Minister recalled that as a teenager, he was exposed to the highly politicized debate for and against this island decision to go independent.

“So this is not an academic issue for me; and I feel, have felt that our golden jubilee is deserving of celebrations. Barbados has done very, very, very well over the last 50 years and when I look at how some other developing countries like Barbados have done, and the agony that independence caused them, I know that we have a lot to be thankful for in Barbados and to celebrate,” he emphasized.

The resolution was adopted without opposition.

12 Responses to Blame me

  1. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph November 16, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Monies well spent Mr.PM it has resounded far and beyond the shores of Barbados our celebrations plans and I’m looking fwd to sharing in this monumentous occasion with 15 others from here in the uk! !

  2. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett November 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Did he check to see how taxpayers feel about their money?that money could have use for long term benefit, so ALL Barbadian can enjoy/benefit…instead of “big unnecessary celebration and the next day people still hungry,still homeless,still jobless,still struggling under the tax pressures and cost of living

  3. Loretta Griffith November 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I am all for the celebrations. Fifty years is no mean feat.
    For me, Barbados is a paradise but I am very aware to the HUNGRY person it is not.
    We all need to take the politics out of it whether it be the government or otherwise.
    BARBADOS belong to all of us, not B, D or C. Let’s get on with the celebrations and move FORWARD. Top the divisiveness.

  4. Patrick November 16, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Lynda, rubbish! They will always be homeless and poor people, even the great USA is having the same problem.
    Do you not celebrate an important milestone in your life?
    You sound like Mia.

  5. BoboTheClown November 16, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Let’s know how 7 million dollars was spent . Where it was spent and who was in charged of what ,because the roads are in real bad shape, some visitors might find themselves hunting for water to bathe, or cook with. Public Transportation is in the worse shape ever.There is more bush and grass ,mOnkeys ,Mongoose , Rats , Mice and Mosquitos than ever. Where has all this money been spent?

  6. Bobo November 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Barbadians –here is Both Barbados political parties strategy— there will be always money to spend on dancing on the streets–money to keep you, your children, and your country happy and healthy –money is not there- because Black political leaders have no love and respect for their people–period.

  7. BaJan boy November 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    He accepts responsibility first time because there is commissione in it for election funds. Arrogant indifferent,man he is..

  8. Natalie Murray November 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Can we blame you for the following?

    The injustices at Whitehill despite money being available!

    The NCC workers that were retrenched despite the last in first out policy!

    The current victimization of Akanni Mcdowall despite the Public Service Regulations.

    The fact that the workers at the Airport were denied their salary increases although the money is available!

    Can we blame you for the problems at Sanitation and Transport Board.?

    Finally can we blame you for the 6000 Public Servants that went home?

  9. Dap November 16, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Did some of you all took in the free education that was given come one and all let’s celebrate 50 years of independence for the most beautiful place on earth Barbados
    Money well spent Mr PM

  10. David Hall November 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Funny how the only thing the PM wants to take responsibility for in Barbados is spending money on Independence celebrations. At least six downgrades, and he avoids responsibility. A national water crisis and no responsibility, a garbage Crisis and no responsibility, A significant increase in crime and silence; Come on PM you talking rubbish. Stop trying to be sentimental to get pity and man up and rule the country or at least take responsibility for both the good and the bad.

  11. KEITH MURPHY November 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    fix POTHOLES cut down bush from side of the road and clean up the country

  12. Tony Waterman November 17, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Let’s have a LIST of those Acheivements Mr.Prime Minister.


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