Our eyes are on you

Minister issues warning to users of social media

Embattled Government minister Dr Denis Lowe has sent a strong message to social media users from the floor of Parliament that they will be held accountable.

Lowe, who is under pressure from the local and regional gay and lesbian community for suggesting he would step down before supporting the passage of gender-neutral domestic violence laws, said some  “so-called journalists” were negatively influencing the country’s young people.

Dr Denis Lowe

“I want to make it clear today that those peddlers in the business of social media who believe that they are exempt from the responsibility that they have to be called to account because there are some people whose daily diet of intellectual stimulation is derived from a pottage of garbage that is spewed by elements in the social media,” charged Lowe, who is in charge of the Ministry of Environment and Drainage.

”They can write from now to the twelfth of never, they can talk from now till the cows come home, I know of where I stand and I know whose I am. I have a responsibility in this society and an honour to serve in this House of Assembly to ensure that my contribution to my country, Barbados, is one that will be remembered for a long time because of the efficacy of my views as they relate to how we should live and move . . . in this society we call our own.”

Police recently charged 39-year-old Omar Shawn Watson of Maxwell, Christ Church, for the offence of Malicious Communication after a message appeared on social media.

Lawmen say the message was menacing in character and caused Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley annoyance, distress and anxiety.

The police also warned residents to desist from this type of behaviour which, it said, constitutes a criminal offence.

In his comments before legislators yesterday, Minister Lowe said society was falling apart due to the “crumbing of the very values that define who we are”, and urged parents and churches to step up to the plate.

He insisted that there was need to rebuild a value-based society.

According to the minister, while the Freundel Stuart administration may not be considered to be the most intellectual to grace the halls of Parliament, it can be viewed as a Government driven by strong moral standards.

“As a political party in Government we should never allow ourselves to hand this country over to anybody or anyone or any system that does not demonstrate a commitment to the strong traditional values that have become part of the DNA of this country,” he said.

Last month, the Barbados – Gays, Lesbians, and All-Sexuals against Discrimination (B-GLAD) condemned the Minister’s statements on gender-neutral domestic violence laws, saying there were irresponsible, antediluvian, archaic and non-progressive.

They demanded his resignation.

The Caribbean organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, CariFLAGS, has now entered the debate, expressing disappointment over the prime minister’s silence on the matter.

48 Responses to Our eyes are on you

  1. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman December 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    There is nothing wrong with wunna having eyes on social media go and have eyes on the damn economy the time wunna tek to stalk peoples pages is the time wunna should be trying to get us out of the economic mess that we are in. stupppppssse long and hard too. i know wunna have eyes on my page too but i don’t care i know wunna causing me annoyance,distress and anxiety i cant take it anymore.

  2. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands December 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Im so sick of these politicians

  3. Tête La
    Tête La December 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    so the politicians threatening the people… ummm look at this…
    bring it on Lowe… bring it!!!!!!

  4. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man December 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

    B4 he talk about the garbage not taking up or the bushy high ways or the cave

  5. Roslind Codrington
    Roslind Codrington December 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Politricans believe that when they get vote in that they are on sacred grounds . He speaking about morals and values and getting back to the church but where are their morals and values ,how about telling the people the truth and stop only considering that they and their families have the right to feed from the fatted calf.
    Going to church for a ceremony
    don’t make you have christian values, it is how you live your lives daily. At least he admitted one
    true thing his members are not the most intellectual bunch.

  6. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne December 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    It’s a Happy Xmas time

  7. Emma St.John
    Emma St.John December 4, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I’m starting to feel annoyed, distressed and anxious that my freedom of speech is being violated.

  8. Piper Timaya Jordan
    Piper Timaya Jordan December 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

    The hospital is in crisis, they don’t want to speak about that, layoffs are on the horizon AGAIN after they said they WON’T be laying off anyone they don’t want to speak about that, no tax returns are being issued they REFUSE to talk about that. BUT their sole purpose and concern is what citizens are saying about them on social media are the politicians of the DLP serious? I’m sorry to say but this is what Barbados wanted, the way things are going now, independence is being showcased as a joke, we are not independent, if we have to be told when to speak, what to speak about, where to talk, the police can now issues public warnings about petty things and threaten citizens with charges for social media posts. Barbados is a pottage of garbage look how much is piled up daily, weekly and in some areas monthly due to no pick ups from sanitation department, the same department that Mr Lowe is minister of, GO DO YOUR WORK MINISTER LOWE and focus on your ministry, citizens are entitled to freedom of speech, massa day done!

  9. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis December 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

    …well…if people say nothing you will think everything is honky dory….it’s not….the people you serve, who you work for can’t be silenced.

  10. Seth St John
    Seth St John December 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Oh dear, am I supposed to be scared of the ministers in Barbados? Jokes… Well let me post here as opposed to my page, where due to my privacy settings you may or may not read this mr ministers. I am disgusted beyond measure at your collective pathetic abilities to do your jobs, Barbados is in such a dismal state right now, you shouldn’t have the time to eat far less be concerned about what is being said about you on social media, we have ministers getting fat off the land while bajans tighten their belt another notch because we are not sure where the next tax is coming from, far less paycheck. I openly challenge any politician in Barbados to allow themselves to be audited by a competent accountant, until then, I have more respect for the dirt under my feet than any of you who sit in parliament and in positions of power in Barbados laughing and joking around while we suffer.

    • Alex Davis
      Alex Davis December 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Mr Lowe said ” As a political party in Government we should never allow ourselves to hand this country over to anybody or anyone or any system that does not demonstrate a commitment to the strong traditional values that have become part of the DNA of this country” – It’s these traditional values that are holding this country back!

    • Alex Davis
      Alex Davis December 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I think what he is trying to say is “we shall never allow ourselves to hand over this country to anyone who isn’t going to scratch our backs and fill our pockets with gold first”

  11. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman December 4, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Be careful little hands what you type Be careful little hands what you type
    Be careful little hands, be careful little hands
    Be careful little hands what you type
    There are Dems on your page, checking people account
    There are Dems on your page, checking people account
    There are Dems on your page, There are Dems on your page
    So be careful little hands what you type. ( sing along with me ) i need you all to sing with me

  12. Olutoye Walrond December 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

    If you continue in the present vein your tenure in office will surely be remembered, but not in the positive light you think. The world will remember you as the Barbados legislator, who, in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, had the gall to declare that he would support not laws designed to protect a particular group of people from VIOLENCE!

    How can we even think that violence against any group is permissible.

    This has nothing to do with morality. The only morality is the principle that all citizens should be treated equally before the law.
    The whole of the free world, of which Barbados claims to be a part, subscribes to this principle.

    • Olutoye Walrond December 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

      ….that he would NOT support.

  13. Alloy Austin
    Alloy Austin December 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Pleases fix the roads na!!!!

  14. Lisa St John
    Lisa St John December 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

    …..Obama must sleep with an oxygen tank attached for the amount of pressure he gets from ALL corners….these govt idiots real girly girly though! Like to give but ca’an tek!!

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  16. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    So here we go with the threats. Politicians must get up and make the most outrageous statements and we are all supposed to clap and say ‘hallelujah’. If you are so hung up on morals you should be anxious to help eliminate violence against all people. The statement you made was an embarrassment to Barbados in the international community.

  17. Sha December 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Of all the things that need to be fixed so that barabdians could regain some semblance of an affordable life … This is what was chosen to be dealt with …. I pray for my country!

  18. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris December 4, 2014 at 8:45 am
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    Ricky Harris December 4, 2014 at 8:45 am
  20. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury December 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Girly girly boys prancing around and looking girly.

  21. Piper Timaya Jordan
    Piper Timaya Jordan December 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Daily Barbados is looked at with disdain, people now say ” look at those fools”. Bajan politicians are creating a bedrock of disgust, they feel they now own the people because they are in government exercising a ” divide and rule” concept. The police are now used for personal security by the MOF, they now arrest and charge bloggers, they discriminate against gay violence, the police get away with the same crimes others are charged for, but it’s all good, they are the law. But don’t you dare speak of a DLP politician NO! It’s an instant charge or $10,000 fine, where does it end, when will Bajans wake up, these people don’t care about us, in the election they mounted platforms, insulted members of the other side, called names and brought some women’s rights activists to shame and tears but no charges were filed, no arrests were made. Poor June Fowler the cat called poochie , Poor Owen Arthur whom they called a PARO, but not the shoe on their foot it’s anxiety, depression and threats, but I say to the DLP day does run till night catch it, and do unto others as you will have them do unto you. Bajans I say to you LEST WE FORGET.

  22. Fraser Young
    Fraser Young December 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

    dont let fear take over, speak the truth over and over until its heard

  23. PJ White
    PJ White December 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Seth St John my new hero! Well said!

  24. William Bourne
    William Bourne December 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    so-called journalists— so-called ministers! glad to know there is responsibility to the society so it is about time you show it; what about the drainage workers and all the others? The society was falling apart meanwhile there has been a falling apart and dissection of Barbados in the last few years. I wonder who is responsible for that? You need to speak to the real ills of the country, after all, the country SICK.

  25. Colin Daniel December 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    The Minister should be aware that the truth and the expression of an honest opinion are neither grounds for defamation or for incitement. His comments as reported in the news on the domestic violence situation appears that he did not support legislation that gave LGBT partners the same protection as other intimate partners in domestic violence situations.

    Could the Minister please clarify to the community if he meant to say that while he did does not support same sex unions, that he against all forms on intimate partner abuse with out regard if it is a traditional or same sex relationship. If he cannot articulate this clearly, then we are left with the impression that he does not support the law if it covers domestic violence between LGBT partners.

    We have come so far in our journey to win equality in this country to have a position that articulates that one section of our community will not be afforded equally protection under the law.

  26. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Why do i suspect censorship.

  27. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley December 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Stuppsseeeeee-DEM all need to do a disappearing act-DEM disgust me!

  28. John Drakes
    John Drakes December 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    The people wanted change, change from what I still can’t understand til this day. . . In other countries, they would’ve been forced to step down.

  29. Strong Faith
    Strong Faith December 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Oh No! What! Is this Barbados? Really?

  30. Justin Moore
    Justin Moore December 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

    So he’s threatening us with being charged for saying what’s on our mind on social media?

    This is a nice little dictatorship we have going here.

  31. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands December 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Well said seth st john

  32. Wyn Carr
    Wyn Carr December 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I so agree with you Mr Minister. You’re a beacon in a sea of immorality. Stand your grounds. Somebody has to protect our society from this agenda of homosexuality. Someone has to be bold enough to take a stance and speak out and to save our children.

  33. Kamal Abdal-jabbar
    Kamal Abdal-jabbar December 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Seth boy just cool it Allah is in control an he does not give a man more than he can bear an Allah never lie. Also a lot of boogers would say they love your comments an give you in encouragement to go further on till something is said that’s is considered a treat to national security.be careful what to say in the public domain. Your my friend Seth. Be careful.

    • Emma St.John
      Emma St.John December 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Why, he hasn’t threatened anyone?
      Seth St John

      • Sunflower December 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

        Distress, Annoyance and Anxiety!! That is EXACTLY what this Administration is causing Barbadians. Layoffs, no garbage collection, the NIS, the SWT, no tax refunds, the political football that is Whitehill, pharmacies not being paid and on and on. Parliamentarians fat, happy, and prosperous amidst it all and only coming down from their pedestals to threaten and quarrel with people. With 2018 sooooo far away we are Distressed, Annoyed & Anxious!!!

    • Seth St John
      Seth St John December 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Kamal boy u know how I am, cool and calm at all times I just enjoy poking the hornets nest!

  34. Charlie B December 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I have no comment in many matters to be honest, but what I would say in my limited capacity is that when:

    1) any nation is crying out for an economic lifeline and policy makers choose that very time to showcase their financial exploits the country’s EYES ARE ON YOU, whoever you are

    2) in harsh economic times, any individual of “interesting standing” who seeks to derail the social fabric of society and exploit young people, sexually, financially and otherwise EYES ARE ON YOU, whoever you are

    3) a population of thousands can be neglected after the big celebration, then to be entertained to road tennis and free brandy and a few hundreds to purchase a “10 piece” or “5 bag” occasionally, some might hope that they close their eyes and walk away but guess what EYES ARE ON YOU, whoever you are

    4) when in the public domain, court settlements amongst family members of a questionable financial origin can have policy makers more consumed than the service they signed up for … guess what … EYES ARE ON YOU TOO

    I guess that’s the world we live in… and EYE for an EYE

  35. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning December 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Just do your job and no one will write about you. Plus, no matter how hard you try, this present Government is going down as the worse to date.

  36. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett December 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    He’s worried about these so call values and people worried about the poor state of the economy the min of education worried about sagging pants people worried about the poor state of the economy are you seeing the pattern

  37. sunsunglo1 December 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    This minister thinks he is God . . . He needs to look around and see that Barbados is going down . . . . The Hospital is in disarray, not even food to feed the critically ill patients. The people of Barbados needs to call a NO CONFIDENT VOTE against all the Ministers.

  38. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The time and money spent snooping around social media can be used by the intellectually challenged politicians to come up with ideas to solve the countries problems and the police force can be put to better use putting measures in place to reduce crime on the island. History has provened over and over again that fear tactics do not work. This government who has broken the people’s trust should be ashamed of the way they are treating the people now.

  39. Ungrateful Tracia Beckles
    Ungrateful Tracia Beckles December 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Comrade Crichlow alllllllll the time…..’OUT OF ORDER’.


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