PM wants to talk

Stuart announces national consultation on social unrest

A national consultation is being planned this month in an attempt to unearth the root causes of the social unrest that seems to have a firm grip on a segment of the country’s young generation, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced Tuesday night.

In his contribution to the debate on the Magistrate’s Court (Amendment) Bill 2016, Stuart said the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports would organize the discussion.

The Prime Minister revealed little else about the planned discourse, but it was clear his focus was on the youth, who he said believed there was no verifiable way to prove what was right or wrong and felt they were free to do as they pleased.

“We are seeing this behaviour in all of its nakedness today. All of us in this House of Assembly are of a generation that still do something called a moral calculus. If you are going to do something you are going to ask yourself, ‘is it right or is wrong? Should I do this or should I not do it?’ We do this because we have been socialized to do an ethical or moral calculus as part of our everyday lives.

“Unfortunately, we now have a segment of our young generation across the Western World uninfluenced by any of those considerations and who ask one question: what is in this for me now? They do not want to know if it is right or whether it is wrong. In fact, rightness or wrongness is determined exclusively by what they want to achieve now,” Stuart explained.

The country’s leader added that of “such a caste of mind is the armed robber, of such a caste of mind is the rapist, of such a caste of mind is the man who wields a gun to achieve his objective”.

Stuart said that is what Barbados was dealing with in terms of certain elements in a certain cohort of our society.

He revealed this was why he had asked Minister of Youth Affairs, Culture and Sports Stephen Lashley to hold a national consultation on the society later this month to discuss the problems that had surfaced in Barbados in recent times, but that have been on the horizon for the last 25 years.

“The young men and young women we are talking about were not spirited into Barbados under the cover of night when we were all asleep. They were born of our men and women, they were nurtured in our homes, educated to the extent that they were interested in our schools, some even went to some of our churches, and they were socialized in our communities. They are a reflection of our failures as a society because we allowed ourselves to be so consumed with other things that we lost sight of the deficits that were overtaking these young people.”

The Member of Parliament for St Michael South lamented the fact that crass consumerism and materialism were eating away at the society, adding that a man’s value in society today is determined by the material items he has accumulated in life.

11 Responses to PM wants to talk

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 13, 2016 at 3:09 am

    17.5 Vat ,Tax and tax and tax,not having enough spending money ,and all the Social programs were cut because the Government Borrows to Build , and leave everything that needs fixing unfixed . then no information comes from this government About things that the people should know , So much money going to pay all the loans that every service that helped the poor, suffers a lack of funding

  2. Richard Braithwaite July 13, 2016 at 6:11 am

    The old man talking nonsense…..
    Like all politicians …..much Talk little action…
    I should know. I love in England……!!!
    Just vote this comic out….
    Vote someone in the will take action…..SIMPLE..

  3. Harry July 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Richard wherein lies the problem – there are all the same B or D

  4. Harry July 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

    they not there

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Barbados and its people are a reactionary bunch who wait until something happens before dealing with it.Gun violence/ no security at courthouses are just two examples,seriously folks change the mentality or de lil rock gine get left behind the rest of the world.Politicians are just opportunist who always looking to score votes so aint taking nothing PM or his gang say seriously because elections about 18 months away.

  6. Alex Alleyne July 13, 2016 at 8:01 am

    First , remove the AG, then take a swipe and move some ministers to other positions. Support the RBPF , hike in pay and up grade of fire power.
    Put back all murderers in DODDS and call their cases to order ASAP.
    “Matters fixed”.

  7. Alex Alleyne July 13, 2016 at 8:03 am

    That is phase #1.

  8. BIG SKY July 13, 2016 at 10:59 am

    The Prime Minister will loose his seat surely,after sending home so many people leaving them and their children scrambling.You have accused going to courts for cases 3-10 years and more with plaintiffs/virtual complainants not showing up and all that is done is another date is given to the accused, again wasting taxpayers money.Time limits should be implemented in courts where if these said persons dont show up for court after the case is called at least 10 times, these cases should be dismissed.

  9. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Stuart wants to talk..WOW. Stuart is suggesting according to his candour that he does not understand what is contributing to the social unrest that has a completely different root cause to the one he believes needs a national consultation. My goodness me.

    I hope you find out what it is because I am more interested to know and see what you will do about it.

  10. BaJan boy July 17, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Stuart has been playing games and disrespecting bajans for 8 years. He now feels like talking after all the suffering bajans have gone through and all the taxes,water woes,bus woes,garb ages woes and disrespect from the Minister and now he comes with his jackassery. He is the one who will be punished with laughter this time. Just wait until the fat lady sing.


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