Blackett: Barbadians not so badly off

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett has accused the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of painting a much darker picture of the Barbadian standard of living.

He said the social work done by the Freundel Stuart administration strongly refutes any aspersions that Barbadians were “walking around with their bellies to their backs”.

Blackett made the comments during the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) ‘mid-term review’, dubbed ‘Facts’, held at the Queen’s College auditorium this morning,

“Never has there been a party that has described Barbadians in some of the worse terms and pejorative language as the Barbados Labour Party. They say they are eating Ramen (noodles) and spaghetti and sardines, as if eating sardines should be worn as a badge of dishonour,” Blackett said.

“I certainly prepare sardines at least twice per week and they are extremely protein-rich and nourishing. They [BLP] paint Barbados in the worse possible light and certainly doesn’t reflect the range social services in Barbados.”

In the wake of Standard and Poor’s latest downgrade, Blackett maintained that Barbados still had the right balance of economic and social pursuits.

“We have a good country and resilient nation. We can achieve most things with God’s divine help and guidance, using as our compass and our roadmap, the accepted mantra and grounded philosophy of the Democratic Labour Party. Barbados is socially balanced, economically viable and environmentally sound and characterized by good and transparent governance,” assured Blackett.

While several economic pundits have recommended that a fiscal debt reduction strategy should see Government shedding some of the state’s social care obligation, Blackett was adamant the governing DLP party should be proud of their record in this department.

“We in the Ministry of Social care have accepted our role in ensuring this model of governance is achieved through our own policies and programmes especially in the area of socially balancing our country,” Blackett said.

“We have undertaken to provide 60 per cent of the social services available to the citizens of this country. We have set about this task by first of all planning for the individual demographic spread of the persons who present to our agencies on a daily basis,” he added.

56 Responses to Blackett: Barbadians not so badly off

  1. Santini More
    Santini More March 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Speak for yourself Blackett. You just got an extra 10% added to your inflated wage packet, whereas most of us Bajans cannot even get a tax rebate from 2014.

  2. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith March 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    So true

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm


  4. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith March 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Dems holding an Alternative Facts conference today

  5. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan March 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    This man serious?

  6. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews March 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    So why I can’t afford to buy health food?

  7. Jay Manny
    Jay Manny March 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Think this guy is speaking for himself and his band merry- DEMs

  8. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan March 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    These goons and dem alternative factssss

  9. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Like alla DEM gone mad

  10. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton March 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Wake Steven we now refer to ourselves as the working poor…..can’t save a cent.

  11. Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Mr Blackett, when you say bajans are not badly off, exactly what criteria are you using and what is the evidence of YOUR conclusion. None is mentioned or is this just manufacturing stuff again.

    And Mr Blackett your belly sure look inflated.

  12. Harry March 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Blackett is like the rest of his incompetent cabinet buddies completely out of touch with reality in Barbados. He should be looking to assist that poor couple in St..John instead of talking untruths.

  13. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Is he for real people cannot pay there bill buy food pay rent

  14. v Elaine Van huis March 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Perhaps Barbados has a rabbit in the hat, but historically, most all the countries that take money from the IMF ends up with devalued $. I want to cry, for years I was so proud of Barbados for saying no, but the people chose their leaders. Hence, they will live with the consequences.

  15. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis March 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Perhaps Barbados has a rabbit in the hat, but historically, most all the countries that take money from the IMF ends up with devalued $. I want to cry, for years I was so proud of Barbados for saying no, but the people chose their leaders. Hence, they will live with the consequences.

  16. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith March 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Steve please ,where you living? You ppl needs to stop ,Barbados in deep trouble

  17. Debbie A.Leon
    Debbie A.Leon March 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    God give me strength

  18. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar March 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    speak for yourself we bad

  19. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    This DLP bunch of hooligans have been so disconnected from the reality of what Barbados has become that it no longer surprises us the utter folly that passes as comment from these DLP MP’s.

  20. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne March 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    It’s amazing when ever they speak lies can’t done,downgrades like peas, Minister said printing money is no problem, we can’t pay our bills,and eat, no tax returns, time to pay again, is he for real??? Both he and his pocket fat all is well,God is not sleeping.

  21. Mikey March 4, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    @Van huis,,, The Americans chose their leader too , and know what ?
    They have to live with him for 4 years, that is if he does not get impeached !!!

  22. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith March 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The puppet on a string has spoken and he sound just like the puppet he is ignorant a bunch of thieves they are

  23. Mark Rosmar March 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Steve. The people want personal services not social services.

  24. Roslyn Sobers
    Roslyn Sobers March 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm


  25. Ernesta Catlyn March 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    The gentleman that your Minister of Finance is seeking to engage to help wunna get we out of this situation painted the same picture

  26. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe March 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    The ppl eating sardines because they can’t buy chicken gotta buy ramen because macaroni expensive surely he don’t shop or spend a day at poor ppl house but then again he aint going st poor ppl

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne March 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      So true. While we eating scraps, Dems eating bare cuisine and drinking nuff champagne.

  27. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe March 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    All they do is get on stage and gargle and let d spit fall back in their faces shameless bunch they are

  28. Vernon Harris
    Vernon Harris March 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    WOW. Mr. Minister of New Vehicles is saying Barbadians not so badly off. Just because you can change 4 cars in 8 years that doesn’t mean Barbadians are not badly off. Whilst you changing cars we scrunting to put gas in our cars and put food on our tables

    • Suzi Griffith
      Suzi Griffith March 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Him and the website owner…I wish I was driving a new Benz too. Instead can hardly afford gas.

  29. David E Hall
    David E Hall March 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Every time theses privileged persons open their mouths they telling people, many of whom are suffering economic hardship; that things not bad. whilst these same politicians bursting at every seem with all of life best benefits and privileges.It’s just sickening to hear them speak.

  30. Justin Moore
    Justin Moore March 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Two words:

    Alternative facts.

  31. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne March 4, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I really got to laugh at Dems though because they aren’t operating correctly and their heads aren’t good either.

  32. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Look what the blp all need to do is to go out when the dam bell ring becaues the dlp will we blp must stop calling name and get everyone to vote they will not stop so we must stop listen to them lies ok what i know karma is comming

  33. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea March 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    U mean you and the dems…or u living in la la land.

  34. Levi Mayers
    Levi Mayers March 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    i could onstan why DEM would tink bajans not so badly off because DEM just get back dem 10% so dem living grand!!!! DEM don’t cah nuttn bout we!!!! friggin waste of toilet paper DEM s

  35. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison March 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Steve Blackett needs to shut his damn stupid mouth and think long and hard before he even venture to open it again.
    This delusional idiot is going home comfortably on a Minister’s salary while Bajans are comparing prices in the supermarket or deciding which product they have to prioritize this week.
    I’ll say this, after such a stupid statement, any person who votes for this clown again is just as dumb as he is considering that he just voted to reinstate an increase in his salary while the average worker hasn’t had one in over seven years
    The stupidity of some of these politicians is incredible.

  36. Patrice Thorne
    Patrice Thorne March 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Demons of stupidity rampant in this place.

  37. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker March 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    These people in serious denial.

  38. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza March 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I live to see harassment by the Labour Dept. I am summoned to court to answer a charge laid by an independent so called auxillary nurse. When my husband was sick I hired these independent hired help. They made their own hours of when they can show up or not. I never signed no nis slips or i never had no written or verbal contract with her. Her sister works at the labour dept. So now she is claiming “holidays with pay act” despite she was an independent hired help. Its not the amount, its the principle behind it and all the nasty things this individual did including being in cohouts with the man who tried to kidnap me (a story where big money was paid to keep quiet) BUT I intend to fight this vincention wretch because I am a barbadian citizen who lived here all my life. The RBPF did not do no investigations and my husband was slaughtered at QEH. Wunna could read my issues in a few days. I HAD ENOUGH, I GOING PUBLIC AND TELLING THE WORLD. My name aint Jesus ya hear!!!

    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza March 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      And wunna hear this, I am to appear in the CRIMINAL COURT instead of a CIVIL COURT! I am the victim but I am treated like the criminal. I wonder if the results would have been the same had the other people been in power. A UK national can stage a kidnap attempt and get away while I live in fear and now I am tried like I am the criminal. I CALLING IN THE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE FOR THIS ONE and the rest of matters because I FEEL VICTIMIZED.

  39. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba March 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Well I dead and say all wunna cut from the same piece ah cloth. You minister that aint no nah economics say a few years back that things ain’t hard wid bajans cause dah attending every cock fight in the island and deck down too. If I did living in you constituency and things did hard wid me, sa hard that some days I ain’t no how I gine feed de children , as soon as I pay the bills de next day another one in de mail box etc etc I wukking every month and can’t get a raise a pay , boy I will wait to you out day saying you canvassing and you mek de mistake and step pon wa I does got to pay tax fa, wah I will tell you and ya goons you will have to call de mad house fa me.

  40. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman March 4, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    so you got a voice all of uh sudden, may I suggest you use it to say I resigning smh at how out of touch you are.

  41. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne March 4, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Mr. Blackett in a different Bracket so he wouldn’t feel what regular folks feel

  42. Troy March 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Blackett…please for God’s sake shut yuh mout and go back to CBC. And oh yes I forgot …fire your barber…

  43. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke March 5, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Apparently it is a mirage. Allowances taken away many moons ago, VAT increased never to be reduced. An additional 2% added on imports, mega millions in debt and if you look around the country you can show where it has been spent. The Net spending power of most has decreased significantly through the 18 downgrades. It is Economics not Politics. Politics is for the foolhardy. It is time to stop the smoke and mirrors and start dealing realistically with a very dangerous problem.

  44. Nathaniel Samuels March 5, 2017 at 2:45 am

    What is this man smoking and drinking? We all know that we, the people are not better off than when your group came to government. Maybe you are speaking for your own group because you had the luxury of your 10% while those from the NCC are still waiting for what is theirs. There is also the small item of the BIDC workers and government workers who have not had a raise for so long while prices have gone up. That means, Mr. Blackett, that for us, our money has a devalued value as what we now spend doesn’t give the same as before. You lot are a selfish group and I am happy that you are now meeting as a group because thaat is exactly how we want you when we dump you as a lot; a useless lot of people who have desimated this fair country and who don’t care a hoot. It cannot be soon enough for us to get rid of you. Happy riddance,

  45. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 5, 2017 at 3:25 am

    What Blackrachette saying is true. Bajans are really not that bad off. Since the DLP is now the champions of the rich and well off that percentage constitutes the Barbadians that he is referring too. All the other Bajans suffering, which the larger percentage, does not count.

  46. hcalndre March 5, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Well Mr. Blackett tell the barbadian how dark is it, since the oposition, (BLP) has painted the picture too dark, lighten it up so every body can see a little. Things in barbados are so good the people that`s complaining never had it like this before, you said. You eat sardines because that your choice and drive the most expensive cars because you can`t do any better, right? Go and come again with more of your garbage talk.

  47. Tony Webster March 5, 2017 at 6:28 am

    The worst possible thing you can do, is to insult- even by insinuation- a person’s intelligence. You Sir, have elevated such to a new art-form. Yes, speaking in that eloquent, Etonian, affected, “Great-English” accent which sounds as if you are adressing the Opening Of Parliament…and which “grinds” our simple, tax-paying ear-‘oles hereabouts, and nowabaouts. We’d much prefer, a bit more professional performance, and genuine compassion, and to spend our precious tax-dollars, exceedingly carefully.

  48. Lord-Ridley Greene
    Lord-Ridley Greene March 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

    These people living in another realm!!!

  49. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    The Pothole talking about himself. He referring to the misers that like looking at their bank balance, live poor and die rich. They are no help to themselves or anyone. Some Barbadians are good at saving and cannot afford to take a chance or risk investing with so many lying crooks about the place. How long he thing their saving are going to last with this present government? Hard times in BIM, shocking to see some females walking up to men begging. That never use to happen. Where’s the morals, dignity and pride? Blackett, Ignorance is not a virtue yuh idiot!

  50. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke March 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I tired of these idiots speaking from their point of view.

  51. Sophia John
    Sophia John March 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

    ohh!!! how he come to that conclusion

  52. Thomas March 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I take it that Mr Blackett was reading from a script written by someone else. As usual so out of touch and arrogant with it .Too many dim second raters in control

  53. Lee R March 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    In all honesty, most bajans are still able to provide for themselves and their families. However, they are a few who are definitely struggling in these harsh economic times and the utterances from the Minister does not help to ease the situation.


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