One more term!

Stuart predicts third straight win

Expect a three-peat!

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has issued a strong warning to his political opponents that the general election battle is yet to begin.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

And even before he makes the much-anticipated announcement, Stuart has attempted to put a nail in the proverbial coffin of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), whose fate he suggests is already sealed, since his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is assured of a third straight victory at the polls.

It was a tough-talking and confident Stuart who addressed yesterday’s church service marking the birthday of DLP founding father and National Hero Errol Walton Barrow.

However, Stuart, whose Government has recently been on the back foot over its management of the economy, seemed in no hurry to announce the date for the election, which is constitutionally due by next year.

Instead, he exhorted DLP members “not to grow weary”, while telling them, “you have nothing to be ashamed of” in the face of growing opposition to his Government’s policies and programmes.

The Prime Minister therefore appealed to party supporters to remain steadfast in their support for his administration, saying: “Don’t get distracted by a lot of the incoherent noises you hear from time to time. Those issues are going to be settled on a date that I will determine.

“We will rout our adversaries and put them to flight,” he said to the cheers of party supporters.

Addressing the Errol Barrow Memorial Church Service, Stuart also brushed aside calls by the BLP and its leader Mia Mottley for him to call elections now, while cautioning that “a horse can look very fast when he is training by himself . . .  but . . .  when he has the real competition, you realize that he is nothing at all”.

This drew more applause from members of the congregation at New Testament Church of God, St Lucy, including DLP representative Denis Kellman, who also came in for high praise from Stuart, even though he has been a constant thorn in the side of Government in recent months over various Facebook posts that sparked public controversy.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) was joined by DLP stalwarts, including (from left) James Paul, Ronald Jones, Dame Maizie Barker-Welch and Denis Kellman at Sunday’s church service.

Most recently Kellman has been under attack for suggesting that potholes could save lives, amid raging public debate over the state of the island’s roads.

However, Stuart said Kellman was assured of his continued support.

“We go back to the early 1990s, and I have satisfied myself beyond any misgiving about his commitment, not only to the parish of St Lucy and the constituents of St Lucy, but to the Democratic Labour Party, and also to the people of Barbados,” the Prime Minister said of the veteran DLP member.

“If it is one thing that could be said about Mr Kellman that would brook no dispute, or contradiction, it is that Errol Walton Barrow has always been his role model in politics, and he has committed himself to rendering the same quality of service that Errol Walton Barrow was able to do,” Stuart added.

The Prime Minister also used the occasion to reiterate his defence of Government’s economic management, while blaming the country’s recent economic challenges on the global financial meltdown, which he said predated the current DLP administration which came to office in 2008.

“It is not an excuse, it is an explanation,” he told the congregation.

“We came to office on the 15th of January, 2008, so we’ve had had to live with all of those challenges from then until now,” he stressed, while complaining that “there have been a number of false prophets running around trying to give the impression that we in Barbados are like a collection of  Robinson Crusoes in our little island.

“We are not affected by what happens anywhere else, that we can make our own decisions, do our own thing, and we can be as viable as we want to be.

“Not true,” he insisted, while noting that Barbados depends on tourists from North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, all of which continued to feel the effects of tight economic circumstances.

“We also have to depend on what is going on in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada; Canada in particular if we are going to get the kind of business out of the North Atlantic we want to build our international business and financial services sector,” he said, adding, “We have not allowed our faith to waver and our footsteps to falter as we have tried to deal with these challenges”.

15 Responses to One more term!

  1. jrsmith January 24, 2017 at 6:26 am

    This man should be a pastor of a church, he just fits in with them he is not priminister material, but you must remember he was the replacement not a real priminister……..

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  2. Harry January 24, 2017 at 7:21 am

    No, please Lord don’t let that happen……..

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  3. 3rdsun January 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

    All talk no action. Call elections now

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  4. 3rdsun January 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

    All talk no action. call elections now

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  5. Peter January 24, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Not even One more minute. Much less One more term.

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  6. Zeus January 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Mr Smith what is prime ministerial material… …i can sense some of you running out of steam when it comes to criticizing the PM..
    I was expecting a field day with this article

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  7. Nathaniel Samuels January 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    All I would want to say is, if we, the people of Barbados, return this sorry lot to office, then we are tame sheep and deserve to be slaughtered. This lot has done nothing to deserve another term after the lies they perpetrated in the last election round which has left many workers on the breadline.

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  8. Frank White January 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I must say that I am a proud Atheist and so glad to be, because, politicians can walk into a church, a building where god is said to dwell, and speak what Christian calls Satan’s language, and nothing happens, this god would have to be mock, guess that’s why they say what they say and act the way they act.

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  9. Gearbox1964 January 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I still trying to figure out how de hell they got a second term…so I suppose um is possible they could get a third. Bajans could be suh fowlish in trute doah?? Man Fundel ring de bell and get it over wid den!

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  10. Gearbox1964 January 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Should we expect to see some Peter Wickham polls hitting the press soon?

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  11. Ossie Moore January 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I Ossie want to know if wana got a better Land Ship crew or if dey is a new vessel in town? ‘Causin de whole ting is whey de dolla bills gine come from wid de new vessel ? It would still ha to mek back it’s moneys worth! De money got to come from not one or two sources but nuff sources of input internal and external!

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  12. The Negrocrat January 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    These jokers should not even mention Errol Barrow.

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  13. Sheron Inniss January 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Lord have mercy. I suggest bajans go to their computers; google the Goretti Group / Trinidad. Sing along to “Hear oh Lord, The sound of my call, Hear oh Lord and have mercy….. amongst others; ’cause He is the only one who can save us from this administration and all the problems we have.

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  14. Troy January 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Mr Stuart…..where ever you get that crystal ball from…please take it back. Ask for a full refund. It’s cracked. Also Mr. Stuart you need to realise that it’s the people who decide this thing …not you. Please eat some humble pie and keep yuh mouth shut ( something at which you are great at)

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  15. Jennifer January 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    @Nathaniel S – Good sheep tactic. A sheep is a naturally dumb and cannot be tamed. All they do is follow. But they are the most domesticated animal . Them LOT in parliament too, they are true sheep, but who do they follow and who leads them by the gonads. Maybe its the goats that got them in control. You see the goats like a particular set of sheep or they ain’t playing the game. The most the sheep in parliament can do is to seek for themselves. ALL THEM SHEEP IS BEING LED BY THE GOATS IN ONE FORM OR OTHER.

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