Call it a day, Mr PM!

An outspoken local businessman says he is totally fed up with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s leadership style.

Robert Pitcher, owner of Fun ‘N’ Sun Publishing Inc, is therefore appealing to Stuart to urgently announce the date for general elections and to immediately quit active politics without offering himself as a candidate in the upcoming poll.

Pitcher, who wants Stuart to go home and enjoy his pension, made this call yesterday during a press conference at his Rendezvous, Christ Church office at which he took particular issue with the Prime Minister’s handling of the recent dispute at the Central Bank.

“You know that it is strange that even with the ongoing dispute between the Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr DeLisle Worrell, the Prime Minister is not uttering one word,” Pitcher said, adding that it was “a disgrace” to pick up a newspaper or go online to see the two top officials “at war” amid the country’s economic turmoil.

The businessman also vented his frustration with politicians in general, saying they must see themselves as the paid servants of the people and desist from the practice of using their positions of power to look after their interests.

“Future politicians must understand that when they are elected by the people, they must serve the people and the country first and anything else can follow,” he added.

Expressing strong concern over the direction in which the Barbados economy was headed, Pitcher was especially worried about the prospect of a dollar devaluation with this island’s currency said to be under threat due a free fall of its foreign reserves, which declined below the benchmark 12 weeks of import, to less than $700 million at the end of December.

As at January 2017, capital expenditure had also fallen by $36 million and the overall fiscal deficit, estimated at $665 million, was said to $5 million smaller.

While suggesting that the current leadership was the problem, Pitcher lamented that sister Caribbean territories no longer looked up to Barbados.

In fact, Pitcher warned that the country had found itself at “the bottom of the barrel”.

“It is a serious time and a crunch time in this country. When I reflect on the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar, the Trinidad dollar and to a greater extent the Guyanese dollar, I come to recognize the importance of good leadership,” the businessman said.

“I just returned from Guyana and the Guyanese dollar has just moved unofficially from Guy$200 to US$1 to Guy$216 to US$1. For us to have a devaluation of the Barbadian dollar only God then can help us,” he stressed. 

27 Responses to Call it a day, Mr PM!

  1. Bradg February 25, 2017 at 3:31 am

    With each passing day this country is inching closer and closer to the brink of total collapse. There will be a point where its too late to undo the years of mis-management, for all we know we could be there already!! And Freundel has the balls to be talking re-election to office…..what an a#s.

  2. ch February 25, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Well said.
    More Bajans need your courage to speak out and effect the required change by demanding early elections.
    We have that right because we basically employed this Government to do a job and they have failed.
    It is not an emotional issue but a simple, peaceful solution.
    We do enable our ministers to act like gods without any level of accountability and that is our fault.
    Bajans need to stop acting like sheep who have no choice but to be led and mis-led and take responsibility for our economy by voting for change.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 5:07 am

      It is so strange how many of us will talk about sheep, not understanding ALL the SHEEP are in the SAME PEN with the same “SHEPHERD” OPENING AND CLOSING THE door. Letting you out occasionally to GRAZE ON THE PASTURE.

      • Peter February 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

        Jennifer, my dear, you are literally saying we are under a well disguised dictatorship regime. Arthur was and still is NO DIFFERENT. People , especially those who are disenfranchised, and almost all are, are very afraid to speak out for fear of victimization. People drink alcohol, get a little liquid courage and explode. Some beat their wives, some their children but most of them cuss and go sleep it off. Bobby Pitcher is no different, although he is very correct. It will reach a point where some trigger happy person or persons will say “We have had enough” Note I am NOT calling for violence of any kind so people like Carson C Cadogan, Zeus the zilch and the Matthews guy that famed himself on Brass Tacks as Arthur. take note.

        • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

          This is why I like your comments. Peter you are always so transparent when you WANT to be. And you are so correct. IF only.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 25, 2017 at 4:55 am

    This government don’t care about the CITIZENS , he need to take a page from Sandie book , call election and save Barbados. When them give themselves back 10 percent, wastage of 7 millions on celebrations , having regular parties should should they have no interest in the CITIZENS.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      @Sheldene – don’t go there with this 7 mill on celebrations. There are a lot of these commenters who agreed with that and say it was a SEPARATE budget to spend on that. Load of nonsense. I do see your point.

  4. Ahad February 25, 2017 at 7:05 am

    We need Bajan spring just like Arab spring. That’s the only way I see that can change the government. United Bajan can bring down any government by peacr way

    • Hewers of wood February 25, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Agree, THEN WHO

    • Sherlock Holmes. February 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      I think you should leave that Arab spring talk just where it belong, in the middle east. We have always had an electoral process that has served us well some of you who lean towards radical behavior in your postings should just stop it.We certainly do not need any incitement for lawless behavior to rare it’s ugly head in this country. Stop with the Donkey alerts, when the citizenry go to the polls they will choose whom soever they want to lead this country. Personally i am tired of the political landscape i am all for a new party, and one made up of those less politically inclined,i am a Trumpster and primarily because he is not a politician he has kept his promises something alien to politicians and he is not part of the establishment.It is time to seriously consider those other parties who are vying for a chance on the political landscape.

  5. harry turnover February 25, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Mr.Pitcher, knowing de man, he might probably hold a press conference to do just that to say Elections WILL be call between the 1st and the 31st of March 2018 and feel fussy,giving himself pats on the back and high fives all the while skinning he teet like a roast dog for giving such an important announcement.

  6. Carson C Cadogan February 25, 2017 at 8:08 am

    No one values your opinion, so just shut up.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine February 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

      No one values yours either, but here you are.

  7. Ernesta Catlyn February 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Excellent Sunshine Sunny Shine

  8. Zeus February 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The last time there was on out cry for elections what was the result ……anyone can answer

  9. Joan Worrell February 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Pitcher switched from flying planes to flying kites. He should pay some attention to the latest poll result which shows Mia trailing Freundel by 3 points with less than a year to go. They are both in the 30 % favoured by the electorate. However there is hope for the Party with Dale Marshall ahead of Richard Sealy by a couple points. Their numbers (in the 40″s) are much better than both Mia’s and Freundel’s. Mr. Caribbean Pollster is too ashamed to publish the result . Have you heard him recently on the call-in program? He sounds like if he would cry? You wonder why? He swallowed a fly. lol

  10. Donild Trimp February 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Barbados is in such a state of despair that the two leading parties are in a sinking boat in the middle of the ocean with no life support to save them.

    Wonder if the upstart parties can address the following.

    1: Businesses currently operating in Barbados owes the Government over $600 million BDS. Add the amount owed by private citizens and the total owed is close to one billion BDS.

    2: Privatization of the BWA.

    3: Privatization of the Transport Board.

    4: Privatization of the Sanitation Dept.

    5: Privatization of the Sea-Port.

    6: Establishment of a local bank.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      @Mr Trimp – Are u looking to kill this people????? You might as well say privatize the QEH too. Who are you privatizing these entities to????? Will there be price control?????

      The last point is great and get the rid of the defense force. The entire Caribbean does not even have a WAR plane. If a war plane came to attack barbaaados there is not even a plane to put up in the air to fight back. What we need too is a scrupulous control of spending.

      And you spend you life putting MONEY in THEM pocket.

  11. Donild Trimp February 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Jennifer, I observed the workings of the 4 entities and the level of incompetence boggles the mind.

    Something must be done to get rid of the inefficiencies and the dead wood. Privatization is the only way to go.

    There are a number of investors who are ready and willing to take over these entities but I am skeptical because the buzz is that there will be no kickbacks to ???????????.

    Not sure about getting rid of the defense force but I concur with the need for a scrupulous control of spending.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Then you will have to increase the WELFARE BILL.

  12. Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    @Peter- A sheep is a placid animal which only follows. They are very SIMPLE and LOYAL to their shepherds. ALL they will do is BLEAT, BAA BAA. You do not even have to TIE them just let them ROAM free and eat. Then they will come home and go into the PEN to sleep. Remember little bo peep who lost her sheep. LEAVE THEM ALONE AND THEY WILL COME HOME WAGGING THEIR TAILS BEHIND THEM.

  13. Ossie Moore February 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    You are very right Mr. Pitcher , ” Buhbaydus ” once the ‘ GEM ‘ of the Caribbean is now the ” LAUGHING STOCK ” of the Caribbean. Not even Rhianna can save Buhbaydus now , it’s past the point of no return.

  14. Ossie Moore February 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Jennifer ! Who is going to attack Barbados for what or why . . . . .who in their right mind would want to attack a piece of 2 x 4 little rock ?

    • Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      @Ossie – Exactly. I knew someone would get it. THEN WHY is there a need for THE DEFENSE FORCE??? To fight other NATIONS wars, THAT THEY ARE CREATING TO CULL THE POPULATION???

  15. Lorenzo February 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Joan Worrell why don’t you publish the poll information you claim to have as ihave not heard anyone else with it or are you in some dream world.Ms Worrell you like Zeus , Greengiant and
    Carson Cadogan care only of Partynot country.

  16. Joan Worrell February 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    @ Lorenzo
    How can I publish Mr. Pollster’s poll results. You want somebody to lose their little pick. Take it from me, the poll was done, the result did not please him and it was not published by him. For God’s Sake, please don’t call me a DDD nor a BBBBBB. I either staying home election day or I voting for the Solutions Barbados candidate or BIM candidate. For sure it wouldnt be a BBBB or a DDDD.

  17. Patrick Dottin February 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    This man is a failure, you can’t talk to my PM ,what are your achievements in life as a businesses man?


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