Stuart’s vow

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The Democratic Labour Party will overcome its challenges for the betterment of Barbados.

Prime Minister and DLP President Freundel Stuart made that vow last evening as he addressed the opening session of his party’s 59th Annual General Conference at its George Street headquarters.

In a 12-minute address, the Prime Minister spoke of the party’s resolve and strength, and threw barbs at the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, while promising to say much more at the conference’s closing ceremony tomorrow evening.

“We in the Democratic Labour Party, whenever the strength of our character has been tested, we have always made sure that we win,” Stuart said to applause by hundreds of party members in the DLP auditorium.

“We have been living in challenging times, but when you are confronted with times as challenging as the ones through which we are passing, continuously from the time we came into office until now, you have a choice between describing what you are passing through as a problem, or describing it as a test of the strength of your character,” he stated.

Stuart reasoned that the challenge is a test, adding, “If you describe it as a test of the strength of your character, even though you would still be looking around to get the challenge wrestled to the ground, you will make sure that in that test . . . your character does not lose but that it wins”.

In reference to the turbulent economic times facing Barbados, the Prime Minister said, “What we have been going through as a Government since 2008 has been a test of the strength, not only of the character of the Democratic Labour Party in Government, but a test of the strength of the character of the people of Barbados.

“And both the Democratic Labour Party and the people of Barbados are determined to win.”

He said the purpose of the weekend conference was to exchange ideas within the party.

According to the leader, a number of significant DLP achievements were highlighted during such conferences, regardless of whether the party was in power.

“Many of our significant accomplishments as a party resulted from ideas that were generated in our party conferences from year to year,” he said.

“When the decision was taken to create, for example, a Barbados Development Bank to assist small businessmen who were having difficulty in accessing capital from commercial banks and other lending institutions, that idea was first floated and discussed very energetically here at an annual conference of the Democratic Labour Party.”

Fifteen years after its establishment, the BDB incorporated into the Barbados National Bank, of which majority shares were sold to the private sector in 2003.

Prime Minister Stuart said, “the Barbados Development Bank which made so mighty and so significant a contribution to large numbers of businessmen, until the time came when some political Philistines came and decided that it should be no more, and we are now without a Barbados Development Bank, and the same complaints that we were hearing in the 1970’s and we thought we had quelled, we now have to start looking at again”.

DLP members in good financial standing got down to business today with the election of officers, amendments to the constitution, declarations of policy, and resolutions.

Tomorrow the elected officers will be installed and a number of speeches made, including that by Prime Minister Stuart.

19 Responses to Stuart’s vow

  1. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua August 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    A long drawn out sigh………………..

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  2. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick August 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    LOL!!! joke of the day !!!

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  3. Justin Moore
    Justin Moore August 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Sure you will, Stuart. Sure you will.

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  4. Justin Moore
    Justin Moore August 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Sure you will, Stuart. Sure you will.

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  5. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio August 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    THE DAY YOU MAKE BARBADOS BETTER IS WHEN YOU ARE GONE

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  6. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio August 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    UP TO SUNDAY YOUR MINISTER OFF MEKSPORT MICHAEL LASHLEY SAT ON TV AND LIED AND TALK JUNK AND MONDAY PEOPLE WAS DYING TO GET BUSES TO GET HOME

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  7. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke August 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    He only got till next election to talk shyte. Don’t worry

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  8. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke August 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    He only got till next election to talk shyte. Don’t worry

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  9. Denise Vaughan
    Denise Vaughan August 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    You’ve been vowing since 2008 and nuttin ain’t get better it just keeps getting worst. And if wanna last out wif out getting throw out, we in real trouble

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  10. Anthony Daniel
    Anthony Daniel August 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The naysayers will have lots to say.

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  11. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne August 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The only question is: How? After all the silence and letting your crew members go and do as they please causing us to fight and quarrel with each other day by day. Please put your action into words, Mr. Stuart. After all what you’re saying is worthless.

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  12. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne August 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Enough talk, its time to act, all we get is words,words as my dad would say stop the Donkey and carrot promises.

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  13. P Buckley August 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It’s time politicians, and really anybody in a position of power, learn that respect cannot be commanded or demanded. It can only be earned. Disrespect is earned as well, and, like respect, it is earned through actions, not words.

    “Worse are wind, acts are facts.”

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  14. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman August 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Blah blah blah

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  15. Marcia Payne
    Marcia Payne August 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Another empty speech…..yawnnnnnnn

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  16. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett August 17, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Vow to finish mashing up bim?

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  17. jr smith August 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Well put Mr,Bayne.
    No one is really in charge, too much stupid things and too much bad behaviour, political.
    Where do bajans go from here. Canada, USA ,the UK, no we want a proper Barbados, with a strong honest government, we are bajans first, we must have our culture and way of life back.
    Others learnt from us for decades. we need not follow anyone, that would prove we are loosers.
    One major issue we have depended for too long ,on politicians, politicians who have let us down, we must now recover our selves.

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  18. Debra Hughes
    Debra Hughes August 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    But calamitously at our expense!

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  19. Debra Hughes
    Debra Hughes August 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    But calamitously at our expense!

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