‘Incoherent’ Opposition noises . . . , says Stuart

Democratic Labour Party leader Prime Minister Freundel Stuart does not see his job as responding to calls for statements on various issues, but getting about the work of managing the nation.

That was the message Stuart left at the George Street Auditorium full of the party faithful as he ended his feature address on Sunday, the final day of the two-weekend-long 60th annual conference.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart arrives to deliver the feature address at the DLP annual conference.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart arrives to deliver the feature address at the DLP annual conference.

The party leader departed from his presentation script to comment on requests by the Opposition and other persons for him to give voice to various national issues.

“I know the temptation was great for you to be distracted by a lot of the incoherent noises you were hearing coming from other quarters, but understand it is not the role of governments to get involved in infertile crosstalk,” he said to applause of the DLP members.

“The role of governments is to govern, because when the day of reckoning comes, voters do not ask how many times you answered the Opposition; they ask: what have you done to make Barbados a better place.

“And that is why we get on with our business,” he said, adding: “We’ve been having to deal with problem after problem inherited from a shameless Opposition party.”

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (fifth from left) with colleagues and US Ambassador to Barbados Larry Palmer (at right) at the DLP annual conference.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (fifth from left) with colleagues and US Ambassador to Barbados Larry Palmer (at right) at the DLP annual conference.

Stuart turned attention to the persons in his Cabinet who deal with the nation’s business and gave them sound votes of confidence.

Expressing happiness with Government’s measures to address a tight financial situation, he said: “The programme has been working, as we have seen our fiscal deficit slashed in half and our foreign reserves situation stabilized.”

On this achievement he commended Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, saying: “I have therefore frowned on the repeated calls for his removal, from some rather predictable but unhallowed quarters.”

He said Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy was similarly reviled, and he countered: “Minister Sealy has, with exemplary calm and strength of character, been nursing the tourism sector to ever higher levels of performance. In so doing he continues to place all who wish Barbados well in his debt.”

DLP party faithful at the annual conference.
DLP party faithful at the annual conference.

Stuart spoke of Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick dealing “creatively and courageously” with issues around sugar and non-sugar agriculture, along with water resource and water management.

“Minister [of International Business] Donville Inniss faces down the plethora of challenges with which the international business and financial services sector has bristled.

“Minister [of Health] John Boyce superintends the issues related to health and health care with a view to keeping alive the link between a healthy nation and a wealthy nation.

“Minister [of Education] Ronald Jones preserves and promotes the culture of education for self-assuredness and self-reliance.

“Minister [of Transport and Works] Michael Lashley manages our infrastructure and the public transport system to stimulate and encourage the generating of economic activity and facilitate productivity.

“Minister [of Culture, Youth and Sports] Stephen Lashley mobilizes the energy of our youth through the creative use of culture and sports.

“Minister [of Housing] Denis Kellman responds to the exigencies of low and middle-income housing solutions in Barbados.

“Minister [of the Environment] Denis Lowe responds to the challenge of creating an environmentally sound Barbados.

“Minister [of Social Care and Community Development] Stephen Blackett performs his role of using the concepts of social care and community development to realize the goal of creating a Barbados that is socially balanced.”

Stuart spoke of Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Senator Darcy Boyce “adeptly transforming initiatives in the energy sector”.

US Ambassador to Barbados Larry Palmer greeting Dame Maizie Welch-Barker at the DLP annual conference.
US Ambassador to Barbados Larry Palmer greeting Dame Maizie Welch-Barker at the DLP annual conference.

He said Minister of Social Security Senator Esther Byer was harnessing and developing the island’s human resource endowment.

The Prime Minister complimented Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean for her “untiring efforts” using relations with other states and organizations to maximise benefits to Barbados.

33 Responses to ‘Incoherent’ Opposition noises . . . , says Stuart

  1. dave September 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I see Maxine McClean in the pictures. I remember when she was a moderator on a call in show she said that she was not a political party person. She really fooled me then. I have this on my mind all the time. She is a lucky person: not elected but gets two terms as a Minister. Politics today seems to be about personal aggrandizement. Sad !!!!

  2. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews September 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I would expect ignorant people not to understand the hurt Bajans are feeling, delusional as Usually , the DLP ministers Living in A Fantasy bubble .

  3. Pat Burrowes Speede Puckerin
    Pat Burrowes Speede Puckerin September 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

    A bunch a heartless jokers….Elections hurry up already!

  4. Donna September 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Forgive me, but I thought the Opposition was there to raise issues and demand accountability on behalf of all citizens but most definitely for the other almost fifty per cent of the electorate who voted for them. The message is clear. If you want a hearing or a response from the PM, join the Democratic Labour Party. To hell with the rest of us, even those who voted for him but do not belong. Democracy at its best, I’m sure. Long live the Emperor!

  5. harry turnover September 1, 2015 at 9:15 am

    “The role of governments is to govern, because when the day of reckoning comes, voters do not ask how many times you answered the Opposition; they ask: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MAKE BARBADOS A BETTER PLACE ”
    Can you state what the Government has done to make Bdos a better place since 2008 ?

    “We’ve been having to deal with problem after problem inherited from a shameless Opposition party.”

    Can you state the problems inherited by the shameless Opposition Party up to this time and how many problems this Government has created up to this time.?

    “The programme has been WORKING as we have seen our fiscal deficit slashed in half and our foreign reserves situation stabilized.”…so how come your Minister of Finance said sometime this year that we are NOWHERE near where we should be and the recent Budget verified what he said ?

    The MOF said sometime ago that he was seeing light at the end of the tunnel ,someone should have told him then that there IS always light at the END of ANY TUNNEL…..the task is to get to that end for it seems that every time he turns a corner he sees that light in the distance turning a corner as well.
    A yard fowl gine now come on board and say that the BLP moving the tunnel.

  6. carson c cadogan September 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The opposition Leader wants the PM to speak on everything under the sun, but she is silent on whether or not she has a LAW CERTIFICATE in order to legally practice Law here in Barbados.


    Which Law school in the Caribbean did Mia Mottley attend?

    “The Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established the Norman Manley Law School, provides for automatic admission of students graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
    Article Three of the treaty outlines that every person with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from UWI will be eligible for admission to the three law schools in the region. It states that every person with a degree from another university or institution recognised by the Council as being equivalent to the University of the West Indies LLB degree will, subject to the availability of places and to such conditions (if any) as the Council may require, be eligible for admission to the law schools.”

    • Olutoye Walrond September 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

      How is a law certificate relevant to the business of state? And is it not the within the province of the Ministry of Justice to determine who is qualified to practice in Barbados?

  7. harry turnover September 1, 2015 at 10:35 am

    @ ccc …..where is GODS UNIVERSITY ? find out where and tell me who in BIM attended it and the AG will tell you why Ms. Mottley is still practicing law or if he is still investigating it.

    YOU is just a YARD FOWL……the ATTORNEY GENERAL is in charge,so wait on him.he says he is investigating it There is a time and place for yard fowlism and this is the time for you to remain SILENT until he says yeah or neh.

  8. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt September 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Everybody making noises are far as you’re concerned. Y’all know that your mammoth pensions will be secured by the time y’all are voted out. So you can continue to disregard the voters that help put you there. Disrespect and insult our intelligence. But your day of reckoning will come

  9. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield September 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    It is incoherent yet he is able to decode it to know it is noise .Steuuupse

  10. carson c cadogan September 1, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Olutoye Walrond you will soon find out.

  11. jrsmith September 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

    @, Donna, on the button, must further add, bajans seems to be stuck in this void, of party politicians, the issue ,vote for the party, to hell with the issues of the manifesto for governing Barbados LTD. That’s why we are seeing so much ,try this ,try that policies, hoping something works from this present government. that’s why we are paying for failure.

  12. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves September 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    He and all who support DEM are alike-wish yesterday was time to vote! Their supporters are more concern with the opposition doing their job, than this incompetent, untrustworthy, failure Barbados has been saddle with called a government/cabinet.

  13. Mervin Errol
    Mervin Errol September 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    On the other page where the story is carried,` Mr Carson C Cadogan again raised the subject of the Law Certificate and asked which Law School in the Caribbean did Mia Mottley attend. Mr Olutoye Walrond in his contribution wanted to know: How is a Law Certificate relevant to the business of the state? And is it not in the province of the Ministry of Justice to determine who is qualified to practice in Barbados? Let me state that I am very disappointed at the questions posed. The leader of the Opposition has an insatiable desire for Members of the House to produce their written professional qualifications so that John Public will have no doubt about those who serve. And that is to be commended. The Leader of the Opposition business is public and not private, so in essence producing that Legal Certificate , is business of the state, so that John Public would have no doubt to her legal status. Your second point did not take into consideration The Treaty of Chaguaramas. Article three delineates succinctly who are eligible to be enrolled. If your degree is from within the jurisdiction you have an automatic right to be enrolled providing that at the time there are vacancies. If your degree is from outside the region you are not automatic. ( You may even have to pass a qualifying examination. That is my understanding, but I stand ready to be corrected on that one). The question IS: With such clarity what went wrong initially to cause such confusion now? Ms Mottley became qualified in England after The Treaty of Chaguaramas became Law.

    • Josh September 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, this point needs to be addressed but it is a divergence and irrelevant to this discussion.

      I have no preference for either political party, however I am concerned at the everlasting list of achievements the PM cites in this article. His views of his party’s performance do not mirror the average citizens’ experience of living in Barbados and this makes him potentially delusional to the verge of mentally unwell.

      By blindly accepting the impact of poor political decision making, irrespective of which party holds office, Bajans are failing, collectively to hold the Government, who serve the Bajan public I might add, to account for their failure. This type of blind, partisan, hero- worship is what is holding the country back – its a bit like the people cheering the emperor for his new clothes when in fact he was parading around stark naked.

      The list of failing by the current administration are lengthy. Alongside the failure to embark in a meaningful dialogue about Cahill, for example and it’s potential short, medium and long term impact. The reality is, people are suffering; gun and other violent crimes increasing and the list goes on – citizens will be feeling the impact of the failures despite their party of choice – diverting to Mia’s certificate (which she may or may not have) or which party caused the problems in the first place does nothing to address the fact that the recession in Barbados is not abating and as a consequence people are suffering.

      I personally don’t think the Government is responsible for all that is currently going wrong notwithstanding whether Mia does or does not have a law certificate is important in terms of her integrity as the leader of the opposition and this needs to be resolved. Of utmost important however is whether Bajans’ can withstand the additional tax hikes; a focus upon reducing, the illegal importation of guns and, violent crime and whether the current cohort of Ministers can deliver sustainable economic growth for the benefit of all.

      My starting point is that an understanding of the current position, change required and challenge ahead is the prelude to a realistic, incremental forward plan. If the PM really believes his list of achievements above are the current start position….. we’re finished before we even started.

  14. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch September 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This is so sad

  15. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer September 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Stop the back and forth and let see the actions. Put talk into action. Too much tic 4 tac. Like little children.

  16. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer September 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It does not make sense getting mammothe pensions and them cannot enjoy it. It is possible that the Father may call anyone before they begin to enjoy their pension, especially if you have big plans. It must be understood, that you make plans, but he also have a for you. The writting is on the wall for some of the oppressors. The Father said in his word, no to oppress the poor. He also looks at the proud from afar off. He also said he will bring down the mighty from their seat and exalt the humble and meek. What about this people cannot understand ?

  17. David September 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    If the BLP do not find a leader , the election that is to come will be up in the air again , neither party can say they will win , with all the failures of the government as the BLP people see them , people look at the leaders of the party great , in detail under a microscope

    • harry turnover September 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      If the BLP don’t find a leader ??? wha kind a mumbo jumbo stupidness you telling yaself ? Mia Mottley is leader of the BLP and F. Jerome Stuart the leader of the DLP.
      If F.Jerome Stuart can lead a party and win an election you telling yourself that M. Amor Mottley can’t lead and win too ?
      As a matter of fact put ANY of the candidates to lead the BLP into the next election and dem gone through the eddoes….hook,line and sinker.You now come town !!

  18. carson c cadogan September 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Mia Mottley wants the Honorable Prime Minister to speak on the Crime situation in Barbados. Not withstanding that he has done so on many occasions. There is an old saying , “be careful with what you ask for…”.

    Crime is Crime and criminal acts all have penalties. The Hon. Dr. Lowe said from the floor of Parliament in the presence of all Parliamentarians that the CRIME of practicing Law without the required qualifications carries serious penalties which he outlined.

    The people of Barbados are eagerly waiting to hear that all persons calling themselves Lawyers are suitably qualified. Especially those seeking higher office.

    We all know what happens to those who practice medicine without being fully qualified.

    • harry turnover September 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      The AG is INVESTIGATING it,but the keep back seems to be in locating Gods University.
      Can you in your prestigious position of resident yard fowl ask anybody you KNOW where it is located so that you could pass on the info to the AG. so that he can get on with the peoples business of making sure that all lawyers are suitably qualified.
      Of course we all KNOW what happens to those who practice medicine without being fully qualified.

  19. cecil P September 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    be careful what u ask for. because u know what the opposition always talk a good game .and when they do get into power they turn around and do something completely different .come on Bajans u know the old story it happens all the damn time and we keep falling for it .to tell u the honest truth there all the same u put the BLP in and they going to do the same damn thing or even worse .so u ask your self who can i trust that’s a million dollar question .sorry I can’t answer that one for ya

    • harry turnover September 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      cecil p..it appears as though you want to tag up with the resident yard fowl one cc cadogan…..remember when L.Erskine Sandiford said the economy was performing like Gary Sobers BEFORE an election,and proceeded to lay off Public Servants and the ones that were left had 8 % of their salary ‘ tek way from them ” soon after he won back the election….remember that or were you in a comotose state ?
      The Opposition said that they would restore that 8 % when they get back in power and they did…remember that or were you still in a deep sleep ?
      Remember before the last election DEM said that there will be NO LAY OFFS in the Civil Service under the DLP…remember wha happened after they were re – elected…they said any lay offs would be a last resort,and after dilly daddling,and dilly daddling to make it look like the last resort,and after realizing that the dilly daddling only made things worst, thousands of Public Servants went home.
      My point is that when in Opposition BOTH Parties when they get the Government sometimes do something different….but this case involved a Government saying something before an election and doing something different soon after.,as people said just to win an election

  20. Marcia Clarke September 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    The PM always thinks before he speaks; most of us do not.

    • harry turnover September 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      @ Marcia Clarke….. so you are saying that the PM hardly ever thinks then….most of us think a lot.

  21. David September 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Harry turnover,time will tell .

    • harry turnover September 2, 2015 at 11:53 am

      @ David…yes sir !!…looks as though time will tell for 2 people.One now,the other later.

  22. Donna September 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    If it takes the AG so long to investigate the Leader of the Opposition’s credentials imagine how long it will take him to do more important and complex tasks. “…you will soon find out.” I wait with bated breath, CCC. NOT!

  23. jrsmith September 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    @, David’s, hail,hail,. on the button, our so call priminister. My family before me were Dems and so am I, but this is fast changing , I would incline to vote BLP, because of (MIA) ,


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