Kick down the ‘Broken Trident’, says Thorne

Prominent attorney-at-law Ralph Thorne, QC, has poured cold water over this year’s national Golden Jubilee celebrations, suggesting that instead of moving around to schools with the commemorative ‘Broken Trident’, the Freundel Stuart administration should be delivering much needed school supplies to them.

Addressing a St James North constituency meeting of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Thorne, who is also the BLP’s candidate for Christ Church South, was scathing in his criticisms of the symbolic national emblem, describing ‘The Broken Trident’ as “plywood with cheap paint”.

He also called on Government to stop taking the ‘Broken Trident’ into schools and to instead take some soap and toilet paper and put them in the bathrooms.

“The teachers are taking soap and toilet paper into school for themselves and for their children,” the Opposition spokesman claimed, adding that “some have another bag with lunch, sweet biscuits [and] snacks – not for themselves but for the children in this society that this [ruling] Democratic Labour Party built”.

“They [Government] have destroyed your material conditions and no symbol is capable of restoring it,” charged Thorne.

“I would personally like to kick it [the national symbol] down, if they bring it near me, a piece of plywood and a rusty piece of wrought iron they dragging [around].

“It’s an empty slogan,” he stressed, while also advising Barbadians to, “kick it down. Kick down the plywood and rusted wrought iron covered with cheap paint”.

However, Thorne said, no one could accuse him of a lack of patriotism while insisting that it was wrong for Government “to be dragging a piece of plywood and a piece of wrought iron up and down the schools of this country, telling children that they must clutch onto this thing and take photographs next to it, as an expression of patriotism, and deep love of country, and commitment to the society that they [Government] have destroyed”.

The Opposition spokesman also predicted that “this 50th year of independence they talking about will be the worst independence over the last 50 [years]” since “this is a country that is insecure, tottering on the brink of failure.

“You live now in a failed society, and no symbolism or sloganism can restore, your sense of good feeling towards your country,” he told the gathering of party faithful.

15 Responses to Kick down the ‘Broken Trident’, says Thorne

  1. Brien King
    Brien King September 28, 2016 at 4:59 am

    It is a rare thing to come across someone truly wise in the Blp party, most of them I wonder how they ever got to their positions in this life. This fool here is advising people to comment an act of crime, will he represent them for free when they are arrested ? This is who Barbadains want to replace the Dlp with ?
    It is very rare for me to do this but I have reason to, Mr. Thorne , do yourself a great favor and shut your trap because I fail to believe that is your mouth you are using, you have a degree in hypocrisy ???

  2. Ejd September 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Even the colour is wrong.

    • miche September 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

      It is persons like you that causes discontentment in the island,,,you pull down what is there,,but offers no viable suggestions,…

  3. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts September 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Brien King for me it would be worth it because I work my backside off in preparation for the Trident to visit my school tomorrow, and he talking crap. boy it would be a real hot day in hell that does not exists.

  4. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts September 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

    If he want to talk about the problems in schools well that is his choice but don’t come and tear down my hard work, and know I ain’t got much pretty pretty sense or manners. lol

  5. david gibbs September 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I expected better from Mr. Thorne – this almost sound like something Donald Trump woulds say.

  6. Veronica Harris September 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

    My God, first Trump and now Thorne, maybe it is something with the letter T. What next? Tear down the flag because it is just a cheap piece of cloth and not always the right color? Kick down the cross of Jesus, it is only a cheap piece of wood. My God, what have we come to. These are all symbols to be respected. The cheaper the quality, shows the significance of humility, remember, Jesus was born in a stable. Must we kick him down too because he was born amidst hay and animal waste?

  7. ch September 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    He is arrogant and disrespectful. Ignorant as well, since there can be no correlation between our national symbols and any other thing.
    A political candidate should be able to address issues effectively without being insulting and derogatory towards our people and their sense of patriotism.
    The new Barbadian is not interested in gutter politics but sometimes persons of a so-called higher class think they can bring the lowest level to persons they perceive as the ” ignorant masses”.
    No sir, this is not the calibre of politician we want.

    • Coralita September 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm


      He does not have anything of value to contribute.

      In another article he said the AG was attacking women when he said they were responsible for how their children turned out. I didn’t feel attacked, I raised two productive citizens. Parents are responsible to a very large degree for how their children turn out.

      When he starts to address issues worth addressing I will probably give him an ear. In the meantime moving on….

  8. BaJan boy September 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Didn’t think they were so many iliterate people in Barbados 7 of you are 7 too many. Mr. Thorne is absolutely correct. You have children who cannot even get a meal some days,you have cuts in welfare for the poor people of this country. You have people who don’t even have bus fare to send school their children. You have people who have not sent their children back to school because they couldn’t afford uniforms and some who luckily got a few second hand ones. Are you guys really serious when you say Mr. Thorne shouldn’t ask to throw away the old piece of what you are calling a symbol which is totally meaningless and was only conceptualized to pull cob web over the eyes of the dumb and that is exactly what they have succeeded in doing with you lot.
    Can any of you state the clearly defined objectives of the object. Can any of you tell Barbadians what are the benefits to them? It is truly sad when the DLP goats continue to hold onto a sinking and rudderless ship with no thought of what the future holds.

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      HEE HAW HEE HAW, another Jackass and a poor example of a shill has brayed again. Bajan girl you are stupid to the point of no return.

  9. Johnathan September 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Mr. Thorne has so intelligently outlined a case for an were thinking that the clowns around will never understand. Your choice of a politician is one who manages an economy with 17 down grades. An educational system that deteriorated to the extent that it now produces clowns like you guys. An envoiornment that is so dirty even dogs vomit when they go them. A failed tourism industry. A housing Ministry that built houses for some to get rich and after 8 years they are still not coupled but are termite filled . A Ministry of economic affairs that has killed the off shore sector and same for agriculture.Whilst all this regression has been going on the cats got fat and you blind ones got dumb simply because you cannot hear.. Total clowns…

  10. Carson C cadogan September 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This man is a real JACKASS.

  11. BaJan boy September 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    @Carson Cadogan never thought you would call Freundel by his middle name…

  12. Roger Gibbons October 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Ralph my boy you got a lot to learn this is not the law courts you will as time goes by, think politics easy? start learning from now my naive friend.


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