Barbados the same as 1930s – Bishop says

by George Alleyne

A Roman Catholic cleric registered his concern about the island’s state of affairs as he addressed Barbados Labour Party members and supporters celebrating the grouping’s 78th anniversary at St Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.

Bishop of Bridgetown, Bishop Charles Gordon, stated in a message, which was read to the congregation by Father Charles Dominique, that the country was challenged with hard times and life was now similar to that of the 1930’s when the BLP was formed.

Father Charles Dominique

“Today, Barbados and the Caribbean face similar threats and challenges to those faced in the 1930s – marginalization of the poor, the worker and the middle class – in the face of global capitalism.

“The worker today goes home with a much smaller bag of goods than he/she would have during the 1970s.”

Gordon’s message chastised the leaders of Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean for not following their vision, opting instead to pursue” the dominant trends in the world’s political economy today.”

He said it was time for the island’s leaders to return to the fundamental principles that allowed Barbados to play a pivotal role in Caribbean development.

Following the church service, BLP members and supporters moved to the party’s Roebuck Street headquarters for an anniversary luncheon.

This morning’s service saw BLP leader Mia Mottley and former member, Dr Maria Agard sitting in the same pew.

Agard, the sitting member of parliament for Christ Church West, was months ago expelled from the party after public disagreement, and this is the first sighting of the two sides together since that separation.


No words were exchanged between her and Party leader, Mia Mottley, though they sat side-by-side. But the two later had an awkward handshake as they avoided eye contact.


Agard then exchanged hugs and greetings with some members of the BLP.



26 Responses to Barbados the same as 1930s – Bishop says

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Well said.

  2. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris April 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm


  3. Leon Anthony
    Leon Anthony April 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    The most foolish and misleading comment I have ever heard. I am not Bajan, nor have I lived in Barbados. I am Jamaican. And I disagree that Barbados is now the same as in the 1930s. Barbados has one of the most modern economies in the Caribbean. It is one of the most developed countries in the Caribbean. Yes, there are financial constraints being experienced. But hello! A lot of the islands in the region are going through a recession. If Barbados is truly 1930s then all past and present politicians, and political parties, failed the country. Sir stop talking nonsense. After all you are expected to be a man of the clothe, a truth speaker, not a deceiver.

    • Olutoye Walrond April 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      He said the country is facing similar threats and challenges to those faced in the 1930’s. That ‘s quite different from saying it’s the same as in the 1930’s. He didn’t write the headline.

    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck April 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Well said

  4. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne April 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for saying,what a lot of people can’t admit.

  5. jrsmith April 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    The bishop life is as like the 1930s, so religion and the churches has done nothing for the masses of Christians.. why 62 people in the world owns 49% of the worlds wealth, my take black people are failing themselves, close your eyes and you would bump into a church, with your eyes open hard to find black businesses employing people, 50 years ago and to the present 50 years black people in the USA and our region is worst off, signing and behaving in the same manner..
    Slavery religion and the bible work in favour to the white world, but has totally done nothing favourable for black people.. decades come and go and black people is at the same cross roads tin cup in hand waiting and praying. Our past generations has failed and if this present generation doesn’t change directions sad hard times will be the order of the day. Passing on to the new generation..

  6. Elizabeth Paul
    Elizabeth Paul April 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm


  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    No wonder Barbados still stuck in a backwards time because people like him can’t and won’t think like its 2016.Ridiculous to think island is same now as it was in 1930s.

  8. The Negrocrat April 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Rev, your sermon will cause the yardfools will pluck out their feathers

  9. johnny retsof April 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Which planet is he from?

  10. Warren Gibson
    Warren Gibson April 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    ah Boy religion and politics lol

  11. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor April 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm


  12. Seth St John
    Seth St John April 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Why do they keep giving public voice to these pastors… Stupse… He ain’t got tithes to count?

  13. bajan boy April 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Our educational system seem to have failed us more than the Bishop thinks. Has any if you clowns really understood what the Bishop said. I just wish you would read what one of the most balanced,rational and highy intellectual Barbadians in Olutoye Walrond wrote earlier in these replies. If you had done that and had the slightest bit of common sense so much crap would not have been written..

  14. dave April 18, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I do not agree with the goodly gentleman.

    To me Barbados is still like the 1830s. Blacks are treated worst than slaves. Workers in the Public Service are being treated worse than slaves . This Government has wreaked havoc on the workers of this country. Everyday you look around , there is protest action from workers: GAIA; Air Traffic Controllers; Customs workers; Barbados Water Authority etc. Slaves lived in houses, attended dances , sold produce at Market , had no say in “governing the country” , were not valued as human beings; insulted ; traumatized -discriminated against on a racial basis; denied opportunities, the whole gamut. Slaves were still able to go to a fete on Friday nights and have ‘women’ on other plantations and ‘enjoy ‘ life to some extent . What has changed in 2016 ? Could as well be 1816. They cant fool me : Nothing has changed fundamentally–Black people still under.

  15. Louise King
    Louise King April 18, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Yea ye are right -because Hypocrites like U Kept renewing curses of saint peter — A Saint is Satan– scriptures can be nothing more than curses of satan –Dont U dare classified barbados-as Downward–for Christianity is satanic insanity–homosexuals geeks–

  16. Greenidge Starr
    Greenidge Starr April 18, 2016 at 7:02 am

    The poor bishop was trying to connect the state of affairs in 1930 with the state of affairs today but he failed miserably. When you try to make a political statement you think it thru carefully. Who builds a country? Only political leaders? What about the countless others who give of their service everyday in the interest of their country? Barbados is so progressive thanks to the vision and leadership of many selfless persons, both political and without political interests, both named and unhailed that the Bishop should be made to apologize to Barbadians for this insult.

    • Greenidge Starr
      Greenidge Starr April 18, 2016 at 9:11 am


  17. Carson C Cadogan April 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Reports are that Mia is begging Maria to support her “no confidence” motion.

    Up to the Church meetings Maria was refusing to do so. Lets see if “sitting in the same pew” has changed anything.

  18. dave April 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Carson C Cadogan Margaret Knight and Michael Lashley will all be in Parliament for no confidence motion. The No Confidence Motion is not about winning. It is about the fact the PM has never held a Press Conference in Barbados. Your Barbados ‘ son held Press Conferences . Some people just want to be PM but do not want to answer any questions from the people so no Press Conferences , no Press Briefings just like no Deputy Prime Minister named after two terms in Office -so speak to the people Mr. PM -answer questions on Cahill; BRA, The Downgrades; Privatization. $7 million on Celebrations; 7 years of famine under the DLP ; 7 Tons of Sugar only in 2016 –Three Sevens clashed – This Government has failed .

  19. Nathaniel Samuels April 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Are you saying he is not supposed to give an opinion? If so, you should never make one either on any matter whatsoever. We can say what we think and it is allowed as freedom of expression. Government ministers make all kinds of statements and we accept them hook, line and sinker. Please read again what the Bishop said then make your comment. In fact, read what Olutoye wrote and be guided accordingly.

  20. Christine Nicholls April 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Is’t this what our PM Freundl Stuart always was looking for?! His dream came true! Congratulation!!

  21. Christine Nicholls April 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Isn’t that what our PM Mr. Stuart was always looking for?! Finally his wish came true!!! Congratulation!!!


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