Dr Belle: It’s Govt’s fault

A leading political scientist is blaming the “erroneous and non-creative” policies of the Freundel Stuart administration for the heightened industrial action that has been evident in the country of late.

Dr George Belle used even stronger language in saying that these policies had been disguised by “clever political rhetoric, propaganda and manipulation”.

Dr George Belle
Dr George Belle

“Eventually these things don’t work anymore,” Belle said. “And if the policies are bad, you would have . . . to adjust, correct or suffer the consequences of them. So once your policies were initiated in error, then the errors would eventually compound and they create further error.”

As a result, the political scientist said there was the perception in society that everything was falling apart. He contended that Barbados had now reached the point where a government that had been very clever at political manipulation and propaganda was now getting the backlash.

Belle’s comments, in a Barbados TODAY interview, came against the backdrop of a crippling strike last week at the state-run Transport Board, a near one-week work-stoppage by waste movers and haulers, and planned industrial action next week by guards employed by Customs & Excise Department.

The political scientist argued that the policies he described could not be hidden from the people of Barbados for all time “because people eventually experience what the error is”.

“They eventually can feel for themselves what the error of the policy is and on the basis of that actual experience, they then will react; and they react by protest, they react by resistance and they react with dissatisfaction and that is what now you are seeing in the country at varying levels and across varying sectors.”

Belle bemoaned the lack of a consensus in Barbados to pressure the Government into calling early elections, saying it was not coping with the challenges facing the country.

“Call the elections and let the people decide whether they will maintain a government that seems to be a challenge to them, or whether they would change the Government,” he suggested.

However, he pointed out that even within the Opposition Barbados Labour Party there was no consensus on the issue
of pressing for early elections.

“As a result, the Government would therefore live out its term in office because of the fact that we cannot build consensus and say that the Government should go,” Belle stated.

13 Responses to Dr Belle: It’s Govt’s fault

  1. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister May 15, 2015 at 7:41 am

    My sentiments exactly

  2. wayne dread May 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Get on board….. now another polictical scientific analysis calling for a revolution…. our system calls for elections to be held every five years, it was meant to allow a considerable time for the government to initiate, and formulate a cirriculum to lead the country, Government should lead not rule… the action that is being sought here”EARLY ELECTIONS” challenges the democratic process and has the potential to set a precedent which will be seen as revolutionary.

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole May 15, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Dr. Belle has stopped short of calling this government a dictatorship which it really is. It is time for them to go. Praying that the opposition will unite on this issue and press for an early election.

    • Frederick Alleyne
      Frederick Alleyne May 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Fruendelism, Sincklerism, Lowetitis, Kelmanomics. It could not get any worse.

  4. dave May 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

    not involving the people in the decision making process and ramming things down people’s throats is not only the real threat to democracy, it is dictatorship. Go figure Mr Wayne Dread re your rather pathetic comment.

  5. villager. May 15, 2015 at 11:31 am


  6. Rickie Nurse May 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Am I to understand that just because our constitution states that general elections should be held every five years, that the call for general election before the required time can be deemed as revolutionary? Where did you get that logic and interpretation from? That is as ludicrous as to say it is daytime and outside is bright therefore rain should only fall at night. When ever a government has fail the people as this one has done from it’s inception seven years ago, it can and should be seen as the people failing themselves for putting their trush in an inept and incompetent government. It is the peoples right to call for elections whenever it has become blatant that the administration is incapable of performing the duties for which they were elected. Flawed and failed polocies with no vision is the perfect receipt for disaster of any economy, when compounded by personal selfishness covert corruption. It is high time that we be rid of this government before we reach the point of no return.

  7. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Yes call the elections.

  8. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I am watching and reading form the outside. Unfortunately it does not look good the way things are being handle by the current administration.

  9. Tony Webster May 15, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Tin Gods. And don’t forget: we made them.

  10. Miche May 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Selfish Political aspirations ,when mixed with feeble “When We get in” promises,,can be quite damaging to ones professional career…. When we allow ourselves to be the mouth piece of a cowardly set of Government Hopefuls,we sink to a level that is lower than a snakes’guts,, Dr Bell,when I read this,,I read it ,but actually thought I was hearing a gentleman referred to as “”Malek with teeth”

  11. Marcus Edghill May 15, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Yes, things in Bim are falling apart. I hope the present problems will unite people against the present crop of morons in government…. We can’t go on as we are, with a dictatorial government muddling its way towards fulfilling pension requirements for its MPs. We can do better. Mr Stuart, please call an election.

  12. Charles Worrell May 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    A very simple but necessary question seems right at this time. Are we serious about the things we are saying? Yes, you have demonstrations which have been one of the high lights of the democratic process in Barbados. Has anyone pause to ask if this action at this time is necessary? We are coming out of a very ugly economic situation and the measures that we are implementing would have been implemented by any other government serious about correcting the mess left behind by the BLP. WHERE were all of you when our bank left us? When our plantations left us? When our businesses were bought out; land prices skyrocketing along with building costs to the extent that only persons of other lands could afford to buy? When buildings went up at astronomical cost over runs and hotels went up while removing locals from the land and then handing them every right to push us to the side, WHERE were you? Barbados was moved away from its sugar production as a mainstay; it sold everything it had and we were and are now just waiting to get a little rent money from those that would take advantage of us but my question continues: WHERE were you? You shut your darn mouths, looked for some largesse and could not careless what happen to this country. Most of you accumulated your wealth and stood in the wings to leave and go elsewhere and so, nothing bothered you. Now the DLP have been entrusted by the people of Barbados to bring back some sobriety to their lives and wow, you have come to life! What wake you? Conscience, a good mirror job, what wake you? If we are to conclude that you are indeed awake, then please join with the government and lets keep Barbados going; reclaim some of what we lost, sold or give away; bring the cost of living down; have Integrity Legislation in place; begin to trade more vigorously with our Caribbean partners; Review and adjust the price of land and building costs; lets re-examine the school ciricular and bring it back to a place where children can enjoy being students again; review the behavioral challenges we are having at our schools as we attempt to bring better behavior to our schools and I can go on and on. And there is more but notice that there is much to do rather than complain and brothers and sisters, your help is necessary.


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