Forget about potholes!

PM downplays concerns about bad roadways

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has responded to the recent public outcry about potholes, saying they were simply one of the inconveniences of life.

During a reception for repeat visitors at his official residence last night, the Prime Minister further downplayed the issue which has been a source of much national debate and consternation, especially among motorists, saying even tourists understood and expected to encounter potholes.

“They don’t behave as though they’ve never seen potholes in the roads in their lives, and they do not behave as though their societies are crime free,” said Stuart as he briefly entered the escalating public debate on the issue.

So concerned has been the Barbados Road Traffic Association about the pothole situation that just yesterday it embarked on an initiative to highlight major potholes as a means of giving advance notice to motorists of these dangerous cracks in the roads. With some motorists already said to be seeking compensation for damage caused to their vehicles, last weekend, Minister of Housing Denis Kellman also found himself in hot water for questioning whether potholes can save lives.

However, before a mostly international audience that included Kellman and other members of his Cabinet, Stuart appeared dismissive of the entire issue.

“They [tourists] understand the real world, and in spite of the fact that from time to time you may have the inconveniences, which are really transitory, the warmth and the hospitality of the people of Barbados is what keeps them coming,” he said.

“That’s the magnet that attracts them to this society,” he added.

Long-stay tourist arrivals shattered the 600,000 mark last year, with the island welcoming a record 610, 000 tourists. It was the second successive record year for Barbados, which attracted 592,000 long stay visitors in 2015 after a difficult period.

So upbeat was Stuart about the industry’s performance, that he challenged tourism officials, led by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy to set yet another record this year by bringing in an additional 40,000 tourists.

“I therefore confidently expect that at the end of the year 2017 it will be reported to me that we’ve had 650,000 visitors visit Barbados,” the Prime Minister said as he welcomed repeat visitors to the island to a reception at his Ilaro Court residence.

Stuart did not say how the major markets of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean performed. However, Britain has traditionally been Barbados’ premier tourism market.

The Prime Minister hinted to Sealy, who along with industry marketing officials attended the reception, that every effort should be made to have the US or Canada surpass the UK as the number one provider of tourists to Barbados.

“There is nothing wrong with United States or Canada becoming our principal source market, but what that would mean is we get the English to continue to come, but we get more Americans and more Canadians to come, and that will get to the 650,000 that I expect to see in Barbados in 2017,” he said.

It was in mid-December that Sealy announced that the bread and butter industry was performing beyond expectation and was on course to shatter last year’s record of about 592,000 tourists.

Sealy had told a breakfast ceremony to mark the reopening of the Infinity on the Beach hotel in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church that arrivals for November 2016 were 16 per cent higher than that of November 2015 and the island was on course to receive 620,000 tourists in 2016.

218 Responses to Forget about potholes!

  1. Angel Maria
    Angel Maria January 6, 2017 at 2:33 am

    No words….

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  2. Nathan Brewster
    Nathan Brewster January 6, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Does the Prime Minister understand that Barbadians vote in general elections and not tourist?

    Does the Prime Minister understand that with this type of governance, Barbadians may not be as “warm” as the tourist appreciate?

    Was Kellman not an example of how NOT to address this issue?

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    • Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
      Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor January 6, 2017 at 4:26 am

      just when you think they can’t say anything more stupid they find a way in the words of Steve Harvey to shock the world

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    • Nikki Bayley
      Nikki Bayley January 6, 2017 at 6:34 am

      And by the way tourist are saying they they have never seen Barbados this rundown….and guess what they can get the SAME white sand and blue sea in other island at a cheaper price

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  3. A Bajan Fox January 6, 2017 at 2:47 am

    What an insensitive, disrespectful man, and this is the leader of the country?? way to show you love your country men by dismissing their plight as unimportant.
    All I can say is wow.

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  4. Bryan Mayers
    Bryan Mayers January 6, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Look, I going back to bed cause I know I imagined I read this.

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  5. A Bajan Fox January 6, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I see that yall didnt post my previous comments?? its all good, cant handle criticism I see.

    Reply
  6. Renee January 6, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Maybe the tourists that aren’t bothered about potholes should take him as their prime minister instead…

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  7. Indrani Baxter
    Indrani Baxter January 6, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Well this is the ‘change’ Barbadians wanted. You certainly have it in spectacular form. SMDH.

    Reply
    • Sisi Greenidge
      Sisi Greenidge January 6, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Not the change they wanted. The change they wanted passed awayand left this nonsense in charge.

      Reply
      • Kevin St. Hill January 6, 2017 at 6:43 am

        That was fine the first time around but they voted this one back in so that excuse doesn’t fly anymore.

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 6, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Wunna vote twice remember. Thompson rotten bones was not enveloping his spirits urging anyone in 2013.

      Reply
    • Sisi Greenidge
      Sisi Greenidge January 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

      B won in my area

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  8. The negrocrat January 6, 2017 at 3:17 am

    An idiot of mammoth proportions

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  9. Hal Austin January 6, 2017 at 3:23 am

    This man is politically retarded. His desperation to say something positive about people’s concerns forces him to make silly statements that are an embarrassment to us as a nation.
    H|is political stupidity makes Donville Inniss seem intelligent. Bring on the general election when voters can remove both.

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  10. Tony Webster January 6, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I jes’ cyan help it: this gentleman , in some ways reminds me of the Trump phenomenom: he lives; he breathes; he occupies the highest office in the land; yet is amazing; flabbergasting; has elevated reticence to a science; incomprehensible; can do sleepwalking and sleeptalking simultaneously…while Rome burns. Lord, the onlies’ consolation, is that you must be having a really good belly-laugh at us voters here.

    The only thing needed to complete the picture, is for him to get going on Twitter.

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    • Darth Philfius Maximus January 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Donald Trump is far more intelligent and successful. If he makes a incendiary remark it’s for a purpose. This man is just plain ignorant in the true sense of the word.

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    • islandgal January 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Tony Webster his chalk board is his talk board.#Barbadosbiggestidiot

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    • David Hall January 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      The PM is amazingly out of touch with the rest of the population when he seemingly believes that because people are concerned about potholes that they dot appreciate the island tourism performance. Does he not realize that the said people who complain are the ones who help to make the island’s tourism product what it is. furthermore if tourism numbers are so great then some of the bounty should be directed to fixing pot holes. what happens when a Tourist falls or drives into a big pothole and sues the sate using the PM’s own comments as negligence on the part of government.

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  11. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose January 6, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Is this Bajan Puppet?

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  12. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting January 6, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Embarrassing. Lost for words. I despair for my country.

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  13. Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
    Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor January 6, 2017 at 4:14 am

    freundel you could only be an alpine goat cause i don’t know how you could say a pothole is a convenience of life. you is an idiot or wuh

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  14. Oswald Bridgeman January 6, 2017 at 4:16 am

    On Holiday here from England Barbados has some lovely roads in comparison to London. However from Oistins all the way down to Bay St. Is not a road. From the roundabout at the bottom of University hill and Blackrock,towards Holetown and beyond is not a road. Both are full Tourist like myself,these need a full and complete overhaul and I have not mentioned the flooding or the sewage water near some of the beaches. As for Donville Inniss he puts on a Great Old Years night party.

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  15. Lesa Griffith-Husbands
    Lesa Griffith-Husbands January 6, 2017 at 4:23 am

    How about we forget about road tax too. Damn clown. Stupse

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    • Barbara Barker
      Barbara Barker January 6, 2017 at 4:32 am

      Now cuz why are you insulting clowns by placing them in the same class as “FROWNDELL?”

      Reply
  16. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold January 6, 2017 at 4:24 am

    He don’t give ah ….

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  17. DA Corbs
    DA Corbs January 6, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Casting the title aside for a second, perhaps taking the time to read this entire article might be of benefit to all.

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    • Tessa Stuart
      Tessa Stuart January 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Explain please, cause I for one read the whole article.

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    • Michael Clarke
      Michael Clarke January 6, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Explain please cause you seem to agree with the ja

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    • Cherise Ann-Marie Rock
      Cherise Ann-Marie Rock January 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

      I read the entire article. The PM wants to know why we’re griping as potholes are a mere inconvenience which is transitory. From the way this government treated the word “temporary” I fear the use of the word “transitory”.
      How long will thou sleep oh sluggard?

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  18. Hal Austin January 6, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Jan,

    That is unfair. Mr Stuart is an honourable man. It is simply that he is brain dead.,

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    • John Everatt January 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

      No, He’s just sleeping. Resting. Getting 40 winks.

      Reply
  19. Maurice Campbell
    Maurice Campbell January 6, 2017 at 4:49 am

    The PM clearly learn politics big. I had no idea that we had 40000 extra rooms on the books, or is he hinting at a large hotel build out that we will hear about in the not so distant future??

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    • DA Corbs
      DA Corbs January 6, 2017 at 4:52 am

      That’s just one of the thoughts that went through my head. What about cost of airlift? What about tourist-spend? Are they up or down?

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    • Maurice Campbell
      Maurice Campbell January 6, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Apparently these people think that other people read articles without analysing what is written….well the spend even effin it is nuff clearly don’t offset the loses in the other sectors of the economy…..

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    • John Herbert
      John Herbert January 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

      I am sure you do understand that the same room can be sold more than once. So you do not have to have 40,000 extra rooms, the same way that we do not have 600,000 rooms but yet attract over 600,000 visitors.

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    • Maurice Campbell
      Maurice Campbell January 6, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Yes John By “on the books” one was refering to sale/resale, not physical rooms…however one of the justifications given by the Minister for the concessions given to a South Coast Hotel was that we needed more rooms if we wanted to grow the industry, if you are saying that the addition of this hotel allows for an extra 40000 visitor I say fine. But I am almost sure that the word on the town is we don’t have the rooms…….

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    • John Herbert
      John Herbert January 6, 2017 at 6:29 am

      I have heard that also Maurice, that we do not have the rooms. But there are non peak periods in our industry, where the occupancy levels are reduced. Maybe that is an opportunity for us where we can find a way to fill these rooms. As I understand it the Crop Festival is one way used to attract visitors when occupancy levels where traditionally low.

      It is now for our planners to look for other ways to fill these rooms all year round. Maybe, that is where we can get the additional 40,000 visitors.

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    • Liz Taylor
      Liz Taylor January 6, 2017 at 6:42 am

      John I am certain that 600,000 includes cruise ship passengers who stay for a few hours and hardly spend money. As far as I am concerned those numbers don’t tell me how the economy has improved.

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    • Maurice Campbell
      Maurice Campbell January 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Agreed, once we have the rooms, we may need to offer some concessions to the carriers coupled with some attractive packages and…….

      Reply
  20. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite January 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Silly old man…..!!Resign and take your cronnies
    With you….In God’s name !!!

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  21. Jack Jones
    Jack Jones January 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Can we forget about the road tax too? Or probably u can fix one of the worst roads in st philip from wellhouse to coles that u travel on daily as well as the minister of transport n works.. u all cannot be serious .. why don’t u forget about everything and call election cause your incompetence is overflowing now!!

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  22. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype January 6, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Ladies and gentlemen… your prime minister.

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  23. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann January 6, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Clearly the pm likes entertaining…

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    • Louis Swann
      Louis Swann January 6, 2017 at 5:33 am

      The pm is like that parental unit that waits until there is company over then to chastise you, thinking it will embarrass. it doesn’t… and nice try

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  24. Tessa Stuart
    Tessa Stuart January 6, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Ok so forget about the potholes, and forget about the road tax. Cause the high a** road tax is also a huge convenience of life when you have to pay that and also pay for damages that “potholes” cause to your vehicles. This governments job is not to give the citizens of barbados more inconveniences than they could handle!!!!

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  25. Kwame Weekes
    Kwame Weekes January 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I guess this is what happens when you keep asking a person to speak on matters when them ‘ain’t saying nuttin’. Perhaps it’s best he doesn’t

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  26. Karen Walcott
    Karen Walcott January 6, 2017 at 5:32 am

    This is madness he really don’t know how serious this is coming from st Joseph Wednesday night the car I was travelling drop into a pot hole and had a flat tyre n the rim one side break off he better rewrite the script this country suppose to be the gem of the Caribbean smh

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    • Meshach Orlando
      Meshach Orlando January 6, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Go to the ministry of road works, they must compensate the owner for any expenses incurred.

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    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Submit your bills to the Ministry at the Pine.

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  27. Tanya Jordan
    Tanya Jordan January 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

    It is better to be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. He musse mad as hell…

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  28. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee January 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Look i prefer you when you keep you mout shut

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  29. jrsmith January 6, 2017 at 5:49 am

    What do we all expect ,he was just a replacement and the worst replacement ever..
    This bunch of politicians is in office to , ridicule and disgrace Barbados thats all there are there for. Fools , Idiots , clowns , Yard fowls, corned beef rum and biscuits guys,…
    Barbados , a little island with a political top heavy infrastructure and still nothing works…we have a bunch of wankers…………

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  30. harry turnover January 6, 2017 at 5:52 am

    This man now come and say something more INSULTING than Kellman…..and he is suppose to be we PM.
    These people are so caught up in stupidity that ANYBODY that highlights the INEFFICIENCIES of the Government must have to opposition led.
    Someone needs to tell him that potholes doan make the OPPOSITION look bad.

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  31. Tom Hoyos
    Tom Hoyos January 6, 2017 at 5:56 am

    When his Mercedes drop in a hole, it going up to Simpson to be repaired out of our pockets. Doesn’t affect him. I know where I will be placing my X next year.

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  32. Depablo Zino
    Depablo Zino January 6, 2017 at 5:58 am

    That’s Stuart for yuh. Trivialize every issue that Barbarians see as important. He is so insensitive and dismissive. I really hope he gets dismiss soon. What a brute.

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  33. Keisha King
    Keisha King January 6, 2017 at 6:01 am

    he always sounds like a real female rabbit

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  34. Joy Sealy
    Joy Sealy January 6, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Forget about you PM

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  35. Joy Sealy
    Joy Sealy January 6, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Forget Fumble

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  36. Joy Sealy
    Joy Sealy January 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Forget about DEM

    Reply
  37. Jacqueline Charmaine
    Jacqueline Charmaine January 6, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Forget about road tax

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  38. Sisi Greenidge
    Sisi Greenidge January 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

    So…forget about road tax too?

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  39. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore January 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

    It’s obvious that this PM has perform one role well, that of Entertainer-in-Chief. Other than that he cares nothing about the plight or concerns of Barbadians.

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  40. Cherise Ann-Marie Rock
    Cherise Ann-Marie Rock January 6, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I pray that he and this government will be just as transitory as the potholes. I pray that the inconvenience of the potholes and this government are soon a thing of the past.

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  41. Judy Kinch
    Judy Kinch January 6, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Not a supportive government at all, when he open his mouth about issues all he serves to do is to insult his people!!!!

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  42. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love January 6, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Yea forget about potholes. ..( Patch ups)resurface the roads/clean the beaches etc- …Let’s make Barbados beautiful again.

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  43. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine January 6, 2017 at 6:32 am

    The Prime Minister is an inconvenience to life.

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  44. Keke January 6, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Is he aware the guests complain about the roads to. They sit in taxis and on tour buses and say things like “wow this road is bad”or “omg such a beautiful country but I don’t care for the roads”

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  45. Celeste Belgrave
    Celeste Belgrave January 6, 2017 at 6:33 am

    We should all stop paying road tax then. Until the pot holes have been fixed we will continue to seek compensation for damages to our vehicles.

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  46. Dave Clauzel
    Dave Clauzel January 6, 2017 at 6:36 am

    forget about road tax

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  47. Andy Deodat
    Andy Deodat January 6, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Well I guess I won’t be paying my $1600 road tax this year

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  48. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell January 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I want my 1600 Dollars Road Tax Back – NOW

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  49. Santini More
    Santini More January 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Dear PM, Forget about re-election!

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  50. Claire Adam
    Claire Adam January 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I wish he’d just pretend to care…

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    • Peggy Stoute Morin
      Peggy Stoute Morin January 6, 2017 at 7:12 am

      No, we always want to see our leaders for who they are. If they re-elect this team of untalented clowns, they deserve their third nightmare.

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  51. Kelvin Clarke January 6, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Is that really the Prime Minister of Barbados who said that to people home and all over the Workd???

    Somebody need to get him a brain scan, the man is sick! No real Bajan PM would say that! Embarrassing!

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  52. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes January 6, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Great minds think alike Kells say dont worry bout them and now the PM say dont worry bout them ……..lol walks way slowly

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  53. Jenny Maynard
    Jenny Maynard January 6, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I don’t know why they continue too wake this pm

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  54. Marcia Walton
    Marcia Walton January 6, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Ok, and we will forget about voting for you party next election!

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    • Cecil Mayers
      Cecil Mayers January 6, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Damm like Lauryn hill said. U might win some but u just lost one

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  55. Shontelle Walker
    Shontelle Walker January 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I feel for us citizens

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  56. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin January 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I’m beginning to question his grasp of reality. He can’t be serious.

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  57. Observer January 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    For some reason when he open his mouth BS comes out

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  58. Harry January 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    It is better for him to remain silent and be thought to be foolish than to open his mouth and confirm that he is foolish.

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  59. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin January 6, 2017 at 6:50 am

    They appear to be a bunch of tone-deaf idiots, from the top down.

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  60. please help Barbados January 6, 2017 at 6:56 am

    This is my response to you, if you want to see Barbados go down like the Titanic continue those unethical words.. Spry Street still has a man hole in front of a Popular discounted store, westberry road has a man hole also.. Close to the globe has a man whole taxis and van men have to avoid.. Why ignore things that can cause accidents.. Fix them !!!

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  61. Amos Olatunbosun
    Amos Olatunbosun January 6, 2017 at 6:57 am

    OK. It’s only in the crisis time, a woman with heavy buttocks knows she carries weight behind her.

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  62. Angel Marshall BSc
    Angel Marshall BSc January 6, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Hence…. thus… and therefore… done away with the road tax….

    I gone!

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  63. Jeff Weekes
    Jeff Weekes January 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Forget you !

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  64. Freda sobers January 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Good showing of tourist but where is the money to show for them. Surely not in this country.

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  65. sherry Denny January 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Mr prime minister u r so disrespect full to say pot holes r no problem when my car went into one of the pot hole’s amd broke my axcle broke and the wheel fly out and nearly cause me my death, and the thing I pay road tax every year .I should have sue the government because I still have pictures and recipes from that so wake up and c the light and stop disrespect ing ppl like that

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  66. Me January 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    With all the things going on in this country that he chose not to speak about this is the one thing you open your mouth for.
    Can someone please start making jokes about crime, poor health service, financial accountability and lots of other issues may be we could hear him more often…….big long stupseeeeee

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  67. Mariah welch January 6, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Forget bout we road tax tooo
    I’m sure we would love to hear that!

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  68. Loobie January 6, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Tourists don’t have to pay for damage to cars – wouldn’t be the same outcome if this was in their own country , especially the UK !!!

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  69. Mason Natasha
    Mason Natasha January 6, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Motorists should forget about road tax also!

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  70. Jackie Chase
    Jackie Chase January 6, 2017 at 7:15 am

    The Prime Minister of Barbados did not say that! These reporters! Cause the prime minister knows it is not a few potholes. I can’t believe this. I don’t even know what to say.

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  71. Lauren Rutherford
    Lauren Rutherford January 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Seems like “someone” has a pot hole where their brain should be!

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  72. Ju Li Anne Carter
    Ju Li Anne Carter January 6, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Mr Stuart, can I please borrow MP2 or M-50, one of your two Mercedes vehicles? I need to have the shocks, steering and suspension on my Suzuki repaired and since you understand all about the inconveniences of life, having only one vehicle at your disposal shouldn’t be a problem for you.

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  73. Valdene Lucas
    Valdene Lucas January 6, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Simply retarded….

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  74. Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn
    Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn January 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Ok ,Prime Minister these people does pay road tax. Fix the street. Why pay road tax if the road isn’t being fix.. oh yea paint is very cheap, the road need line also.

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  75. Marcia Robinson
    Marcia Robinson January 6, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps his mouth shut.

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  76. Alex Alleyne January 6, 2017 at 7:19 am

    “Public outcry about potholes were simply one of the inconveniences of life”. Such comments come from when you sit in the “high-chair” and look down on all below.
    Oh how nice it is to be Chauffeur Driven in a luxury vehicle and all repairs paid for by the Taxer Payer.
    What the PM should do is go over to China and collect a cool 4 to 6 BILLION BDS$ and repave the complete road network. For sure he and a few more will collect , plus serious cost over run.
    Think about it …..SIR.

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    • sunshinecanada January 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      well said Alex, Barbados is small china, just waiting for D signature,

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  77. Gillian Duggan
    Gillian Duggan January 6, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m a regular tourist and I care very much about the scale of the pothole issue which is noticeably worse than ever: anyone who thinks potholes save lives has clearly never cycled. The roads should be fixed using people on community service instead of prison as well as providing jobs for the unemployed. Invest some of that extra money coming in from tourism on the infrastructure.

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    • Peggy Stoute Morin
      Peggy Stoute Morin January 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

      But that would make sense. These people in charge do not operate in that realm.

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  78. John Herbert
    John Herbert January 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Anybody who believes the PM would say or said what this headline says would believe anything.

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    • Cherise Ann-Marie Rock
      Cherise Ann-Marie Rock January 6, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Anybody who believes he didn’t say it has just arrived on the island. Callous statements are made by PM whenever he speaks. “Pig tail mentality” “liliputians” …

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    • John Herbert
      John Herbert January 6, 2017 at 8:07 am

      A report in the media is taken as an accurate account of what occurred? The media has been weighed in the balance and found wanting too many times. Show me video, show me context, show me the speech, then I would ne more inclined to believe anything the media reports. I have seen too many blatant errors to fall prey to newspaper reports.

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      • Kat Daniel January 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        Respect! Feeling ya

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      • h.calndre January 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

        @John Herbert, are you saying that BT is not reporting what the PM said or you meant that the PM is incapable of saying what he said.

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  79. freeagent January 6, 2017 at 7:29 am

    The Prime Minister made his unpopular comment while addressing a reception for visitors from around the world. While the comments annoy Barbadians, some of these tourists know what potholes are, having seen some huge ones in their countries. The government has no control over the rainfall that caused some of the damage to the roads, and instead of complaining we should wait until the holes are fixed. Government cannot do everything we want done when we want them done seeing that money is in short supply. What will happen if a similar downpour comes under a different administration? The present administration deserves a chance to carry out its mandate until another administration takes over.

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    • LanZ January 6, 2017 at 8:00 am

      What are you talking about?! You speak as if this issue only started 2 months ago. Its time to do something about it. Smh

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    • Richard Johnston January 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

      But the PM said suck it up and put up with it.

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    • Timo January 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

      So. What is the Road tax used for?

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    • h.calndre January 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      @freeagent, I wonder if you ever witness after a snow storm how the trucks are there in numbers to remove the snow so that the main roads can be passable asap, I never heard them say that the mortorists should wait until the winter is over because more snow storms are expected. I heard the #1 comedian in barbados said that they have elected a man with no brain to be PM and he seem to be right.

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  80. Paris Astrid Posse Hardy
    Paris Astrid Posse Hardy January 6, 2017 at 7:29 am

    How about no repairs of potholes no payment road tax. …If enough people do it perhaps the penny will drop in the potholes!
    The gov should compensate for damage to cars. That’s what happens in Mallorca

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  81. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

    This clown talking smack to Bajans while spending taxpayer money to wine and dine outsiders gimme a friggin break.Ever hear de term ya lay down with dogs ya get fleas,this has got to be worst ever government in history of Barbados not that I’m any fan of the opposition either but this government stinks like de recent sewerage leak.

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    • Watchman January 6, 2017 at 10:20 am

      The outsiders being wined and dned are the lifeline of Barbados in case that point was lost on you. Those outsiders have no obligation to Barbados and other places would welcome their money, perhaps more than Barbadians do.

      It appears that Bajans do not know where their bread is buttered.

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    • h.calndre January 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Rawl Spooner, if barbadians would understand that the money that they pay in taxes are theirs` and these clowns can do do what ever they want with it and insults them whenever they please and don`t demand respect from them, who a few years ago could not even pay their rent or had a second pair of shoes.

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  82. akeem nurse January 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Ppl should stop paying road tax then

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  83. John Bynoe January 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Everyone wanted the priminister to break his silence and speak,he has obliged and proved that he can talk and still say nothing.Leaving the newspapers to publish **it.

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  84. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers January 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Forget about paying road tax

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  85. Von Marshall January 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I’m all the way in ATLANTA…this must be the dumbest thing ever said by a leader of any. Caribbean country….I visited BARBADOS. In 2015 and yep….saw ALOT of potholes everywhere….SHAME ON U PRIME. MINISTER…or whatever u r …

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  86. DH January 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Delusional
    ________________
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusion

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  87. Guy Smiley January 6, 2017 at 7:42 am

    You would say that John knowing your position.

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  88. Harry January 6, 2017 at 7:44 am

    after 8 years they deserve a chance ???? it is the lack of maintenance to roads just like in the case with the sewage plant that has the country in the current mess. As to the statement that the tourists are not bothered about the potholes, Wow that just shows how far removed he is, many English visitors -including some friends of ours – have remarked on the decline of the condition of the roads in Barbados, so both freeagent and Stuart need to stop drinking Kool aid.

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  89. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith January 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I am going to sit and digest this one for a while.

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  90. Kathie Daniel January 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Lost for words. Well, printable ones anyway…..

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  91. Haydee Bailey
    Haydee Bailey January 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Wow

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  92. Bill Sisnett
    Bill Sisnett January 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Better to remain silent and let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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  93. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull January 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Why this Government that spent over 10 million didn’t forget about Independence celebrations, Them knew the we needed the money to fixed the roads and to sink wells for flood water and now got the people suffering more than ever.

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  94. Jean Constable
    Jean Constable January 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Easy for him to say, he forgets about everything in an instance, potholes, sewage, taxes, garbage collection…..must be easy for him to sleep at night with no concerns, of course it’s not his car thats going to get ruined, its not his house or buisness that stinks of raw sewage, it’s not his garbage piling up outside covered in rats and breeding mosquitos, need i go on?

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  95. BaJan boy January 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    @ freeagent you sound just as retarded as the PM and Some John Herbert why should BaJans wwcontinue to to be contented with with inferior conditions and standards in their country after paying so much taxes. I thought taxes were for quality social services in return. In fact that’s what we are used to. Now in comes a classless,uncaring, condescending Prime Minister who was always been broke for his entire life and don’t care if we get like him. The same way he is known to have said the reason why he would never marry is because no one never married his mother the same he doesn’t care if we are broke as he never had money . So wunnah tyres and suspension get mash up I don’t careless go buy the back…. The man is just pathetic..

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  96. Anonymous0260 January 6, 2017 at 8:10 am

    The PM missed the point of the complaints by locals. Tourists DO NOT PAY road tax. So that was the wrong forum to use to respond to your people.

    Secondly, it is widely known and accepted that persons do not like to pay for something that they cannot enjoy. So if the tax collected
    Is to cover road repairs then put an action plan in place to stay on top of the repairs. Stop being dismissive. We are not children.

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    • annonymous January 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

      I agree whole heartedly

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  97. lee January 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I can easily forget about the potholes across the length and breath of Barbados because my road taxes are misappropriated and I see no reason to continue to pay a tax that does not benefit me. My moral compass guides me to an undeniable conclusion which is there is no need to pay road taxes since my basic needs are not taken care of. Likewise our wise and understanding pm should understand he too should forget about road tax receipts.

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  98. Angela Payne
    Angela Payne January 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Who would have thought the jokes would have started as early the first week of January 2017. Hope all of them suffer inconvenience in 2018 or possibly before.

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  99. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith January 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Even if we try to forget the potholes, they remind us that they are there when we fall into them.

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  100. Davie Etwaroo
    Davie Etwaroo January 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Then forgot about road tax people.

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  101. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund January 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He’s a Buffoon I tell you.a Buffoon!..forget about potholes…..smdh!!!

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  102. Jennifer January 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Tourist would expect potholes because Barbados is seen as a third world country idiot. Its like leaving the garbage in town and saying the same thing.
    This is why i said where the head goes the body goes. They all will talk the same thing among themselves and plan to suit. He talk in front an international audience with his coconut coons why don’t they hold a public meeting and talk the same with the locals?? Look who he is talking too, this is why i say these coons are bred and raised to serve these people and not their own. But u let one of those tourist drive into a pothole and get injured and you will see how much money they sue this country for and get too. These people are nothing but inbred coons. When they ain’t cooning and chucking and jiving internationally they cooning locally. When the head sick the whole body sick.

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  103. Hewers of wood January 6, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Years ago a tourist hit her foot to an elevated road drain cover in Bridgetown and fell and hurt herself. She sued the government and got 86 000 dollars compensation. Leave the potholes – them same tourist will corn some money out of this country. This is why a lot of people are driving about not paying road tax, good for you.

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  104. Sam Lewis January 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

    This is an interesting response…I was in Bim for Christmas and the road conditions are startling! To ensure your tourism product I would expect that this is a priority…After its not like the country has to look far for asphalt…

    Granted in T&T that our roads are not the best, to see this in Bim was a shocker…

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  105. Barry Telesford
    Barry Telesford January 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Try Tobago

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  106. Barry Telesford
    Barry Telesford January 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Take a look at Tobago roads. Almost pot hole free. It can be down badoes it can be done

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  107. Sunshine Sunny Shine January 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

    There is a reason why it is best that this high-minded word smith continues his right to remain silent. To imagine that at one stage I had this man class up to be a pioneer of for change. He has pioneered change all right. How foolish I was to place my X next to DEM. Won’t make that mistake a second time.

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  108. Sue Donym January 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    @freeagent part of this administration’s mandate is to keep the roads in a state of repair as not to cause danger/damage to life, well-being or property. Noone would question whether potholes occur or are seen, more important is what is done about them, when and how.

    Esteemed PM, one expects to encounter potholes, crime and insensitive, privileged, overpaid, arrogant politicians; the effects are particularly distasteful when the frequency is unusually high and one feels powerless to be rid of either!

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  109. Drew Villion
    Drew Villion January 6, 2017 at 8:43 am

    amma just leave this here

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  110. Omar Francis January 6, 2017 at 8:43 am

    But we are the people who pay road tax!!!!

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  111. ENUF A DEM January 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    When the $100s, Ipads, iPhones, jobs, houses and promises start sharing out this year…I pray that de bajans bout here do not suddenly present with temporary amnesia and vote these fools back in. Stay focused people and hold these clowns to account for ALL (the list is endless) the nonsense that they have done to this country and it’s people for the past 8 yrs. I am sick to death of this rollercoaster…come Election Day we gotta get off this ride. NOT DEM AGAIN.

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  112. Ryan Jones January 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Is he the Prime Minister or Prime Clown? As the PM he need to address the departments/ministers that are responsible for these repairs.

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  113. Oats Walton
    Oats Walton January 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This is Sad we travel on these roads daily how can we forget about potholes . when ya got ta be constantly shifting and be very very vigilant on de roads. These pot holes is manholes now cause ya just dropping in. So forget about Road tax then until repairs are done. Man all them Guys up there are Madddd. I cannot believe the level of ‘Intelligence coming from the Earthly Powers. Thank God . God is the Almighty and he rules over all.

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  114. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Or St. Lucia.

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  115. Sukie Lamour
    Sukie Lamour January 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

    With comments from tbe pm like this, people could well refuse to pay road tax or insurance to drive on the *oads* with pot holes every where!!!!

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  116. Celestine Duke
    Celestine Duke January 6, 2017 at 9:02 am

    NO WORDS Mr P!!!!!!

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  117. Gully January 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has responded to the recent public outcry about potholes, saying they were simply one of the inconveniences of life.

    Why he don’t say that he and his government are also an inconvenience of life!

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  118. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

    amen veroniva amen

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  119. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith January 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Okay people forget about the potholes,also forget about Fruendel and his cabinet in the next election,and too forget to pay road tax because of the inconvenience.
    This man is a bigger ass than I thought.

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  120. Georgina Clarke Brathwaite January 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    A blessed good morning if We are to forget Potholes then We should remember INCOME TAXES

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  121. Dario K Alleyne
    Dario K Alleyne January 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    The solution is very simple kick that man outta office do what i tell yall..making bajans look stupid and all we doing is coming on social media and talking we dont want them in office get them to @$$ out …yall want change start there..

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  122. Fed up January 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Ok well forget about road tax cause I going in d pine now,I want back my so and so money I pay for road tax cause I damage two rims and a tire.Ah want muh money or else.

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  123. Pat BB
    Pat BB January 6, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oooooh france, buh looka this asswipe fuh muh doh, Dem don’t have nothing to worry about where their vehicles r concerned, wonna don’t have to pull their pockets nuh….this bold face @#%&?!

    We can hardly stand the wait,
    Elections don’t b late….sigh

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  124. Kathie Daniel January 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I found some words. Can potholes save lives?

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  125. lester January 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Bajans got short memory, Red Plastic Bag wrote a song about potholes and under whose watch it was penned? Rommel Marshall was the minister of MTW when the daily nation ran a pothole competition, the minister of MTW joined the competition by putting a large hole located in Yearwood Road Black Rock in the papers, wow and we cussing the PM STUPSE i bet if i ask all of you to withhold your next road tax payment i gine hear another story ah gone

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  126. EC January 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Government is designed to do the will of the people. It seems the Government has lost it’s way. I am Barbadian born but living in Connecticut in the US. Our roads are maintained on a seasonal basis roughly every 4 to 5 years. Winter salt destroys the roads causing potholes. Come spring the roads are milled(dug up) prepared and resurfaced. This ensures that they last for that 4 to 5 year period and then the process is repeated. This however is the peoples’ government at work regardless of who is in power. So don’t speak inaccuracies Mr. PM saying that tourists know and understand. You sound ridiculous and uninformed.

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  127. colin daniel January 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    These are the most comments that I have seen on any issue in this paper. The PM does not seemto appreciate the overall impact of the pothole issue. While potholes are normal we have reacting to the fact that they Ave reach a level that we have never seen in Barbados before. He is asking Barbadians toaccept this situationwhich is the new normal. Is he going to wait until we ihavd a few broken axles, a few blow out and some major injuries as a result before taking this seriously. He continuesto treat uge peoplewith contemp anidi sure that he understands we will reward him with the same at the next election

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  128. VC Ward January 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    It is ok for visitors…they only have to put up with potholes for a couple weeks. They are on holiday and … it is not their car they are driving. How can you possibly be ok with this?
    Do something or get out of office…..

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  129. Road Warrior January 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Listen….De Roads Stink! No lighting, no markings, use artist water based acrylic to paint lanes, barrels n cones with no reflectors nain, enormous craters n de list goes on…Exterminate dat Fraudulent MF

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  130. Watchman January 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

    One day around year 1999, I was driving through Brittons Hill toward Fordes road and as we approached Clapham my passenger turned to me pensively then said,

    “Wait, you know de pot holes in dis road by heart !”

    I laugh when I read all of these articles and hear this talk about pot holes as if dem come for Christmas last year or something so.
    De more de electorate cuss de politicians, de worse it reflects on the electorate’s intelligence, especially as this set was elected twice.

    Who is the electorate vexed with, politicians or themselves for voting for said politicians.
    What’s that proverb again, oh yes “The mob is stupid.”

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  131. Watchman January 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Also, this talk about voting them out as if it will cause them any issue.
    They have put in 10 years in parliament, they now have cash for life !!
    The rest of us have to knock out 33 1/3 – 40 plus.

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  132. Sue January 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I agree with Tony Webster. I live in the U.S. and when I read the P.M.’s remarks my 1st thought was of the man who will soon “lead?” this country. We just returned from our annual holiday in Bim and right away we noticed how bad the potholes have become.Speechless, nothing more to say.

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  133. Manu January 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    U cant be serious!! I lost 3 car tires last year from those craters cause i cant call them pot holes Mr. Prime Minister. People does got to work hard for their money and to waste it on tires and body repairs is an added expense. You dont have to worry because you getting a heavy salary when the month come unlike other people!

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  134. Sherlock Holmes. January 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Mr PM sounds like you are trivializing this matter and this is something that i will not condone! Your behavior in this matter is callous and reprehensible.In as much as tourist are coming here in droves we need proper infrastructures to ensure the safety of all,i am disgusted with this approach.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Read all the comments from this man, and you will see a distinct pattern. Notice that when he talk his shyte it is always at some function involving the people he sees as important.

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  135. Ann Thomas January 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Insensitivity at its best. But I suppose that Barbadians have come to expect this from our supreme leader.

    I am sure that many of us would like to forget about the last eight years and start again.

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  136. CuriousBaje January 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Not often do I get involved with the politics of Barbados but this one cannot pass me…NO way!!!
    I will not name call but you can if you like.
    Mr Prime Minister these are for you.
    All I have heard mentioned here is “Tourists” should not Barbadians be the most important people here?
    You state that “Tourists” visit our shores mainly because of the friendliness of Bajans,are these not the people that you should be making happy first, in order for them to pass on their joy and to these visitors?
    How do you expect our Ambassadors that transport these “Tourists” all over the place to reply when asked about our roads?
    In what mood do you think drivers are in when they know the damage their vehicles are getting during their island drives? Do you honestly think that their attitude and expressions will be positive ones?
    Many Bajans still believe that tourism does not really impact their lives (no one will ever be able to convince these differently), how do you expect them to greet these guests that you apparently think are more important than them?
    Increased arrival figures that you mention are from booking made as far back as 2015, what will the falloff be when our GUESTS are met with discontented (once upon a time happy and friendly) Bajans?
    We all have running water in our homes?…this is not a privilege Sir, this is expected in a developed country…ooh I am sorry but some Bajans up north/east will have difficulty in remembering what running water is.
    Mr. Stuart, I am a VERY proud Bajan, I am proud to be of this precious soil and for my entire life I have worked in the building of our Islands tourism but I find it extremely difficult to stick my hear in some time warp in order to find the friendly, happy Bajans that once made up this PROUD Nation.

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  137. Bridget January 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Interesting article, as I was one of those Canadian visitors for 2016, and when I came home it was not how beautiful the sights were, but how a small family could move into many of the pot holes I came across the whole island.

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  138. Winston Arthur Trechane January 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Mr. Virtual Reality. He even believes he was honoured by the queen on Old Year´s Eve (this is correct).

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  139. Nathaniel Samuels January 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    It is obvious from his ‘chats’ that he is not planning to run again- so too Ronald Jones. such insensitivity could only mean that they care not a thing and we will have to fend for ourselves.
    As far as the road tax is concerned, I suggest that you pay your tax when it becomes due.

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    • harry turnover January 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Exactly !! ..who not ‘ running again ‘ just don’t care..the PM and his gang are playing on the passiveness of Bajans…hope it doesn’t backfire on them cause life should go on after elections.
      That is why Bajans MUST embarrass DEM NOW.

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  140. eddy murray January 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Do not worried about the potholes, we have 610,000 vistors and counting and they are not worried about the hole they have the warmth, hospitality

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  141. Nolan HAll January 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Frundel Stuart is truly an inconvenience to the office of Prime Minister. And to think the some Barbadians were expecting him to chastise Kellman for his ” Pot hole save lives” utterances.

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  142. Brewster January 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    So what are you saying: If the tourists aren’t complaining there is nothing to complain about! You are a real big arse fool! You’re HEAD is so far up your arse that you can’t SEE! Freundel’s time needs to be over.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      These are the people who are important to this imbecile.

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  143. Alex Alleyne January 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    With the position over at Central with the top brass in the RBPF, one should easy get the permit for one and all to drive up to the PM office with a “pot-hple” on a card while blowing our horns.

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  144. BRAD January 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    he wasnt meant to be pm, he got it by default….

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  145. Penny January 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Put him in Verdun house where he belongs

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  146. Peter January 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Look closely at the PM. His head has a pothole I wish it was a bullet hole instead. Like leff brain and Kellman, all he brain leak out. Stuart is afraid to axe any of his ministers. just doesn’t have the courage. None of them. Not one.

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  147. jrsmith January 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    A fool cant axe any of the fools , because they are all fools…..

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  148. Loobie Hall January 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Tourist do not have to pay for repairs to vehicles , if it was in their own country it would be a much different story . Especially in the UK !!!!

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  149. Arches January 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I would hope and pray Mr. Prime Minister would REALLY address the pothole situation again because it is VERY VERY IMPORTANT.
    It’s all good to have the tourist visiting and breaking records but they also need to have better roads to drive on and better street lighting for the night driving.
    I am a Barbadian and I am ashamed of the roads and street lighting conditions in my country. Some places make me feel like I’m in a backward Third World country.
    Wake up Mr. PM and smell the coffee and let the roads in Barbados be of great concern.

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  150. Sampson S January 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    We are at a stage where it is no longer about Stuart, Donville, Kellman or any of the other hapless bunch jokers we have for Ministers. It is about us people! It is about us and whether are accept incompetence, smoke screens, and empty rhetoric. And don’t be fooled by Donville’s attempts to break free from the Dem’s abysmal record. He trying a Trump, telling people what he thinks we want to hear, but he is right in the thick of the DLP-led mess. We ultimately have the power. Keep calm! Agitate! Keep calm! VOTE! Keep calm! Stay engaged!

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  151. Troy January 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Face it ppl…the Rt . Hon. Stuart is in no way interested in the development of this country and it’s citizens. But yuh know what he didn’t put himself there. It’s up to us to make the change. When election time come and the DEMS canvassing …..shut wunna windows and doors. If we continue to do the same thing and expect different results …..we all then should be in the Mental

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  152. Ivana Cardinale January 6, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    In the history of Barbados there isn’t a coup d’ etat. May be Stuart is looking for that? People pays taxes every year to be able to drive a car on these roads, full of potholes, that are damaging the vehicles more and more. I wonder if where Stuart drives there aren’t potholes. Barbados is looking more like the moon that an island

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  153. Marcia Clarke January 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Mr. Prime Minister, do you think you are dealing with little children. Why are we pay road taxes. Are your tourist more important than your fellow Barbadian. We are the ones who have to repair our cars when they are damaged by these craters.

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  154. nineofnine January 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Does it not seem that all systems and institutions are imploding? Is this by coincidence or is it by design? Look at the economy, finance, health, transport and works (roads), Labour, NIS, judiciary and law, education, drainage, the environment, housing and lands, commerce and small business, agriculture, food and water management…..ALL are having BIG issues and these are the portfolios of governments’ mandate.

    Those that seem unaffected are tourism, International trade and transport… coincidence or by design?

    The Madam Chairman of the Cabinet is physically impaired of sight?….. kudos but…coincidence or by design?

    Concern yourselves with what will come after ALL is at ground zero, IF IT GETS THERE.

    See Barbados how You want it to be…. How/what is that?

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  155. blaazer ge January 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    When the head bad the whole body bad, more mad men out than in, cause he would hv to be mad to make that statement and in the presence of internationally invited guests….smh

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  156. halleem1979 January 7, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Well lets march come out shut down the country force dem out of office dem was in there too long really tired of dem now cant take it no more lord

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  157. Stephen Walcott January 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Unbelievable to hear such a statement from the PM. Simply shows that he is in complete denial of the situation. Maybe it’s time for Mr Stuart to wake up and face reality and DO something about it.

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  158. John stewart January 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Well well well…what does tourism have to do with potholes. We could have a tourism base on how many potholes are on the roads right now for them to view. He just evaded the whole situation about the peoples concerns about the potholes to talk about tourism wth!!!!…..peoples cars being destroyed and we emptying our pockets for road tax, and then they wanna know why some people don’t pay road tax…..idiots!!!! Bring on the election.

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  159. William January 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I agree that it is an inconvenience, but it is proving to be a costly one to the motorist.

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  160. Carmen January 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Barbarians have a lot more to worry about than potholes.
    Your Prime minister is making great strides for your island.
    Trying to keep Barbados on the map to attract visitors.
    Every country has issues with their roads.
    In England we have road humps that cause major damage to our cars, we live with it.
    We also have plenty potholes and roadworks that last for years.
    Just because you do not understand or agree with an individual’s perspective, there is no need to be insulting or disrespectful.
    Remember what you give you will also receive.
    Please let your words be useful

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  161. MJ January 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I hope when a tourist crash they rented car in Barbados by hitting one of these pot holes they have a good international lawyer to sue him because of his lack of interest to fix the pot holes in Barbados.

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  162. EPB January 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Whilst i do not support the Prime Ministers remarks i this this is a very one sided affair and is politically Biased. i remember the roads in Barbados being so bad a Calypso was made about them.

    I blame the politicians for the state of roads as i too have had extensive damage to my new car travelling along Welches Christ Church. I made a report to MTW 6weeks later the hole was still there. to be honest the MTW supervisor is to blame because even if the “material” was unavailable under another administration the used marl as a temporary block.

    But MTW workers sit in the depot do nothing then they leave by 1pm this freeness needs to stop. I have to work for my Salary MTW workers need to also do the same.

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  163. Salena Spice January 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Unbelievable – this Prime Minister lives in another jurisdiction.

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