‘March of Disgust’ just the beginning

Thousands of Barbadians shrugged off rain and sun to march through Bridgetown then assemble at Jubilee Gardens to hear political and non-political speakers repeatedly calling for a change in Government, with some saying the wait for elections next year is too long.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, the final speaker for the march, organized by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and titled, March of Disgust, said that Saturday’s action was just the beginning, and while asking those present to give her feedback on their mood in the coming days, she asserted that the people could not wait 51 weeks until the constitutionally due date of elections.

Though it was billed as a march for Barbadians in general, the Opposition party  displayed full unity when the former General Secretary George Payne, a person often touted as more of an Owen Arthur sympathiser than a friend of Mottley, made clear his feelings that the former prime minister should stay away from the governing Democratic Labour Party, retire and concentrate on writing his memoirs, and leave Mottley to lead the BLP.

The march, that wound its way through City streets to return to its starting point, Jubilee Gardens for a rally that spanned some three hours, garnered support from pan-Africanists and other activists, religious persons, and members of the private sector.

Amid intermittent showers, marchers stood their ground forming a sea of umbrellas as they made their way down to Lower Broad Street.

BLP speakers, who took to the stage at Jubilee Gardens,  emphasized that the march was but the beginning of things to come as the party prepares to crank up pressure on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to call an early election.

St James Central Member of Parliament Kerrie Symmonds

This point was emphasized by St James Central Member of Parliament Kerrie Symmonds when he told the audience to prepare for more acts of protest.

Mottley drew her energy from the crowd and was so moved that she departed from her planned presentation.

“Having taken instructions from you the people, we are now going back to talk with the other partners in this country [and tell them] that Barbadians cannot take 51 more weeks of this.

“We will resume consultation with the Social Partners [Government, Trade Unions and Private Sector].  They don’t invite us to the meetings, but we will ask to meet with them.”

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

The Opposition Leader also said that she would be seeking further feedback from the marchers, who she asked to consult with other Barbadians on the way forward.

“I am not taking any further action until you come back to me with a clear message, not just from the 10,000 here, but from the other people. I am asking you to go and be missionaries.

“In the same way all of us love our country let us go beyond the extra call of duty, put in that extra bit of work, talking. Talk to the people, and you get the message to us and we will go back to the Social Partners, and we will return and plan our next move and come back to you.

“I believe that if you stay true and do what we ask you to do that we will be able to get rid of this incompetent Government before [the elections are due].”

Payne, the Member of Parliament for St Andrew, made clear that he remains a friend of Owen Arthur. “I have no problems with the former Prime Minister of Barbados.”

However, “my advice to Owen Arthur would be to leave the Political Leader of the Barbados Labour Party alone,” he said.

“Mia Mottley has been elected leader of the Barbados Labour Party and if the Barbados Labour Party wins the next elections she is going to be the Prime Minister of Barbados,” Payne added.

Noting that Arthur has been touted to chair the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s Economic Council that advises Government, Payne reflected that not too long ago DLP parliamentarians had referred to Arthur as “a boy in the yard”.

Payne noted that Arthur “led the Barbados Labour Party well, and we know that he is not a boy in the yard.

“But if the former Prime Minister could accept an advisorship from the Democratic Labour Party – and I believe he would – well then he would be a boy in the yard.

“My advice to Owen Arthur is very simple . . . stay clear of the Democratic Labour Party.

“My further advice to Owen Arthur is to write his memoirs,” the BLP MP said. (GA)

54 Responses to ‘March of Disgust’ just the beginning

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

    After that we have has a very successful march, the focus should now be on getting this … DLP govt out of office. I implore every Barbadians that is of similar mind to join forces with the BLP candidate in your constituency to bring pressure to bear on these worthless DLP politicians. Canvass high & low, near & far, hills & valleys through sun & rain to rid the political landscape of a party not fit even to run for office.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Oh shush because it is going to be the same old same old with a BLP Administration. You are obviously deluded if you believe for once that a BLP Administration is going address the problems facing Barbados without addressing the improprieties and irregularities which gives rise to the corruptive nature of politics in Barbados.

    • Diana Cave
      Diana Cave March 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Hush Mark !! Wait and see the table must turn one day .

    • Sean R. Phillips
      Sean R. Phillips March 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Sir your statement is one that I think many should heed and listen too. No one person or party, should assume that the country or its citizens will automatically vote for them. Just because the DLP is doing such a deplorable job, it doesn’t mean that the BLP will do a much better one.
      In times like these it easy to blindly run a vote for a party out of fear, without actually demanding that these candidates and their parties come to the table with some sort of plan to turn the country around. Demand better folks. If the last (8yrs) has taught us anything, it should be that the days of blindly voting along party lines should “STOP”
      I would seriously hope that the citizens of Barbados demand that these candidates work for their vote and not assume that they will get it….

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson March 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

      For some working for a vote is a $$$ settlement, some groceries or a Lil government job, dem does argue he/she int do Nain fa me etc….

  2. Carson C Cadogan March 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    After spending $100,000 promoting their sponsored walk the Barbados Labour Party must be very disappointed with the turnout.

    They certainly did not get value for the money they spent.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 8:29 am

      CCC – hail hail , do you know if corporate Barbados was there?????

    • Peter March 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Caeson C Cadogan, you parasitic DEM. Ask your Government why they spent hundreds of millions building housing units and years have passed and not one unit is occupied. They spent millions on Independence celebrations. Shut or put up. I challenge you already to stop defending DEM short comings and put forward some positive ideas on what you think they can do to help suffering Barbadians. Up to now you like Fruendel. You silent on that.

    • hcalndre March 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

      @C C Cadogan, you need some help badly and I would like to know if you came off the Prozac.

  3. Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Corporate Barbados and associates where r u ???????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Peter March 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

      They were too busy thinking of how to help solve this nation’s economic problems. while you were busy asking for money that you claim white descendants owe you and blacks who don’t want to cherish their independence and WORK their way towards becoming successful. .

      • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

        hahahahahaha – If I were you i would say the same thing.

        • Peter March 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

          That’s why and I don’t know why, But I love you Jennifer.

          • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

            Peter – is it because we are of the same big cat family. ARrrrrrrrr. I give you that kick, adrenaline rush. Don’t I ??????

  4. Maria March 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I guess Carson was not near that march or he is one of the poppets of the other party stay sleeping baby by the time you wake up Mia is going to be prime minister

  5. Dr.Mecanico March 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Ccc….shame on u ….ya like ya feeling bad & lost. Where are the millions wasted by u
    Bajans certainly didn’t get value neither.

  6. mervin kellman March 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

    If people knew Carson.C. Cadogan’s real identity they would have a better understanding of the positions he take. He is in essence a coward who is as dumb and inarticulate on this page as he is in that other place.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Mind you he is so dumb he gets intelligent people emotional attention. SO WHAT DOES THAT SAY about the intelligent people. Or is this a case of dumb and dumber.

  7. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham March 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Every one of us that march Yesterday is the Govt take that

  8. Larry Moore
    Larry Moore March 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Enough is enough

  9. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Same old same old . Cussing and no solutions. Both the BEES and the DEEES are happy with the crowd size of yesterday”s march. Mia is happy because she though she would have gotten less marchers and Freundel is laughing at why she didn’t attract a bigger size crowd after spending 100.000 dollars in advertisements. Cud GOD, yuh mean only 9,000 ”marched if they fed up”‘ ? 74,000 people voted for the BLP in 2013. Where were the other 65,000, assuming that the crowd was made up of all BBBB’s of voting age. If you deduct the young teenagers, unregistered voters and tourists enjoying an evening of entertainment, the ”march if yuh fed up” crowd size wasn’t more than 4,000. The Barbadians want change but the way things are looking, it wouldn’t be Mia at the helm. Grenville, please summon your troops. Don’t be scared to ask Owen for advice, He is for the party of inclusion.

  10. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Can anyone tell me why the marched was switched from 10 a.m on a weekday to 4 p.m on a Saturday? Mia is no fool. School children didn’t have to attend school and the majority of Barbadian workers were off duty and wouldn’t get their pay docked. Oh my God, it backfired. The attendance was no different from the other 4 morning marches, if you deduct the school children, curious onlookers and people who love their wuk-up music

    • Hewers of wood March 12, 2017 at 10:55 am

      @Joan – But if corporate Barbados is involved off field, then they would pay their workers to leave to support Mia. Or Mia should ask them to pay the workers. Afterall they suppose to be smelling hell too. Support is support.

  11. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Above should read ‘Can anyone tell me why the march was switched etc etc.” instead of the ”marched”

  12. Lorenzo Johnson March 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Joan Worrell why don,t you admit you are a die hard dem everything Mia do does bother you Carson Cadogan Coralita Antoinette Sealy Zeus And Sherlock Holmes you can add Maureen Holder and David Ellis to that group.Keep up the pressure Mia.

  13. hcalndre March 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

    @Joan Worrell, more of you will crawl from under where ever you are and by tuesday morning talk show, the number of people that attended the walk would be down to 200. CBC 100.7 fm would not even bring it on their news this morning, I thought that radio station was the people`s station but it looks like the the party in power and the talk show hosts own the station, what a shame. How much it cost the taxpayers a couple of weeks ago to take 7 members plus of the DLP to Guyana, have not heard what was accomplished, independence celebrations $7m. Mia could bank roll $100,000, that is chicken feed.

  14. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    It isn’t me that you shud cuss. You shud be cussing the other thousands of ‘people who were paid to march but remained at home, limed on the block and played games . It mas a monumental failure to attract ”march if yuh fed up” Bajans.

  15. jrsmith March 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

    We must all be careful , scores of people visits funerals and they dont know the dead person names….
    Apart from a general election ,, I want bajans present to be in a position to make sure , we all would have the right now and should then be pass on to our young people, to rid ourselves of non productive and untrustworthy politicians , who is just there for the job protection by the voters,,,
    The said voters having a vote of no confidence in him/her and if the vote is against that person they are remove from the parliamentary system, this would be the only way we fight back………………….

  16. Lorenzo March 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Joan Worrell how do you know who was paid to march were you pimping around Mia,as another said talk about the 7 million wasted on Independence celebrations all year last year.

  17. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    @ Lorenzo

    The BBBBBBB’s saw Independence for Barbados in 1966 as a waste of money. I don’t expect you, a BBBBBBB to say anything different 50 years later. Thousands of your people were annoyed because we were no longer a colony of their Great Britain. They migrated to New Zealand, Australia, Canada , The USA and wherever they could get away from an Administration run by people like you and I . Some of their descendants were out there yesterday wuking up with you but today they are having fun on their yachts while you wasting your morning to to cuss me. Have a great day.

    P.S :- My husband would laugh his head off if he heard you calling me a DEM.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

      @Joan – Bring it girl. Let it rip.

  18. Harry March 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    folks step back and listen to yourselves

  19. Bradg March 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    The march served its purpose. I have learnt you can’t have an intelligent conversation with DEM supporters. The DEMS would continue to run this country into ground…..and all will be right in the world. Can’t understand how DEM supporters could be so blind to the truth, but it is what it is.
    For the rest of us that want better let’s continue to voice our disgust with this present administration…..what a sorry bunch they are!!

  20. Sheron Inniss March 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Hear O Lord the sound of my call is all I am doing ’cause 6 is 1/2 dozen and 1/2 dozen is 6.

  21. Lorenzo March 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Joan Worrell typical response from a yardfowl .Just heard George Pilgrim say the said thing about people being paid.What does Independence in 1966 have to do with anything?How do you know how many children and Tourist were there?were you there?You are just upset that the march was a success,with more to come.Grow up and put country before party.

  22. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Good riddance Barbados Today. You can censor my comments but you cannot stop the truth from emerging. The DLP will get what is coming to them, and the BLP will not be able to rule the way they think they can. Everything is going to come to the surface.

  23. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    @ Lorenzo
    Obviously you weren’t around in 1966. However the mentality is no different from those who accused the then Government of spending millions for Independence from their beloved Great Britain. That is what it has to do with the BLP thinking 50 years later. How anyone in their right mind can say that 9,000 marchers (assuming that all were BBBBBB’s) out of 74,000 who voted BBBBB last election, as a success. For your information, the 65,000 who didn’t turn up are the ones who forgot to put country before party. You seem to forget that there are Owen BBBBBB”S and Mia BBBBB”s. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the Owen BBBBB’s back to Roebuck Street, all the marches , rubbing shoulders , town hall meetings and rubbing shoulders are all exercises in futility.

  24. Carson C Cadogan March 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Back in 2006 a US Ambassador said that Mia Mottley is not very bright.

    Is this reason why she is holding so many sponsored walks yet she is gaining no traction?

  25. G. Adams March 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Did anyone remember that this march took place on the anniversary of Tom Adams’death?

  26. Dorry Pi
    Dorry Pi March 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Six of one and half a dozen of the other when it comes to political parties really and truly. Thought they would have had a better turnout as well. Interesting. But hope for their sake the marchers march into the polling booth and vote for them after all the money they spent. But somehow I doubt it.

  27. Aneta March 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Carson Carson Carson. I can’t read you or hear you. Don’t matter what. If the BLP, the UPP or the whole ever wins the government it will be bloody better than tissue inept bunch that you worship.

  28. just Observing March 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Carson Cadogan we know who you are so we expect your response. Wise men used to come from the east but that doesn’t seem to bd the norm now. Don’t question Ms Mottley’s intelligence you are making yourself look like a fool. Give Jack he jacket. Say anything else but don’ t go there!

  29. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    @Sheron Inniss
    Yuh know yuh right!! .Six of one are half dozen of the other . Yard fowls like I , lol, are lining up at Roebuck Street for a pick on Boards, a Parliamentary Secretary, a job in school meals, a security guard at every Government department etc. etc.. The two parties cater to yardfowlism. I am going to vote for the individual who can promise among other things.

    (1) That Ministers will stop flying first class on planes when doing Government business.

    (2) That all Government Department vehicles will be parked at respective locations

    (3) Barbadians who can’t pay exorbitant fees for surgery would have the same urgent attention as the ones who can afford. I hope Dr. Wallcott of the BLP can make that the number one priority on his promises to the electorate. It is allged that Barbadians have short memories but they know that things aren’t any different now from when he was Minister of Health.

    (4) Heads of Government Departments be given a traveling allowance and not expensive motor cars to have their children chaufeur-driven to school and in some cases , for the children to jolly ride at night.

    (5) Purchase cheaper vehicles to carry messages from one Government department to the other if the correspondence is of confidential nature. All other mail can be sent by fax or email and a confirmation of receipt be signed by the secretaries of the respective departments.

    (6) Accountability for the spending of the 250 dollars per diem which public workers and Government officials receive when traveling. It is done in the private sector. Why can’t it be done in the public sector?

    (7) Privatize the Government bus services like how it is done in London i.e the bus services in London, although still ultimately privatised, are not deregulated to the same extent as other counties . In London, details of routes, fares and services levels were still specified by public bodies, with the right to run the services contracted to private companies on a tendered basis.

    (8) Get out of the airline business completely i.e stop being fairy godmother tothe other Caribbean Islands which enjoy freebies at the expense of the Bajan taxpayers

    (9) Make sure that vegetables, meat, bread etc. produced at Dodd’s Prison don’t end up on the tables of Government Ministers.

    (10) Government officials pay the same duty as other citizens on goods when passing through Grantley Adams Airport and Bridgetown Port.

    When I remember the other areas of wastage , I will publish them and ask if any one of the political parties is willing to put them into effect if elected to Government.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      @Joan – So you are saying in a nutshell that you are not voting. Well done. Remember thou the bus service is privatize in London that the children ride free up to college age.

      All these comments and they still can’t see the predator in the tree.

  30. Zeus March 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Lorenzo’s who ever you are I am glad you are gainfully employed …to be here analyzing who are yardfowls for the DLP and who are not …..by the way if the DLP has yardfowls what do you call the ones that back the BEES …..another question if the citizens of this country are so fed up why did SHE have to use jingles ….ads ….telephone operators to get persons to march on a Saturday afternoon in the cool evening ……you want to know what is desperate check the immigrants drowning of the coast of Italy trying to get away from being fed up and frustrated about where they trying to get away from

  31. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    @ jennifer

    I will wait and see if any of the politicians will read my post and promise to do as requested, before I make up my mind to vote. lol. Do you honestly believe that Dr. Jerome can make the promise which I requested earlier. Giirl, he would have to be washed in the blood of the lamb… Revelation 7;14. lol. Yes I know about the 60+ Oysters card for senior citizens and the Zip Oyster card for the children traveling in London.

  32. Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    @Joan – hahahahahahahaha. You are sweet and sick. Looovvee ya. We need more of these non blinded females on here. My SSS girl too. Keep it coming.

  33. jus me March 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I read some place that early visitors, would be settlers to the Caribbean left stocks on certain Islands, to ensure supplies latterly .
    Must a had very little left but Goats when arrived in Barbados.

  34. Lorenzo March 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    joan Worrell,you seem upset because I confirmed you as a Dem,along with Jennifer.Your critism of me does not bother me,bring it on.because I will respond to you.Tune in on Tuesday and Wednesday at 900am for dlp siter Maureen Holder as she also tries to minimize the effectiveness of the march with callers like Arthur and the Trini lady who is upset at critism of the Government but who did the same thing every day prior to 2008,the hyprocrite.

    Joan Worrell you seem upset that I confirmed that you are a Dlp supporter.youca attack me all you like I will respond to you,and Jennifer as well.If you are so confident call the election.tune in Tuesday and Wednesday at 900 am and hear your dlp comrade Maureen Holder try to minimize like you ,the success of the march with callers like Arthur and the Trini lady who is o so upset by Government critism but who did the same thing prior to 2008.The hyprocrite

  35. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Lorenzo my dear, all I am doing is trying save you from a heart attack when the results of the election are announced next year. The undeniable fact is that without the support of Owen Arthur, the BLP will not win the elections. It has nothing to do with whether I am a BBBBB, DDDDD, PPPP or QQQQQ. Y

  36. Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm


  37. Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    @Lorenzo – If you read any of my comments you will notice they are always MONOCHROME in nature and will not be of a B or D perspective. Reason being – I have come to realize that the yoke of iron that was around my fore parents neck has been remove and my people are now down in that BARREL OF IRON. So it does not really matter who you vote for the end result will always be the same. There is only one way out – Lets just say i know what Paul meant by being a prisoner. However, I do admire both you and Joan’s comments. Especially Joan’s. It is always good fun to have a for and an against discussion. 🙂 Love it

  38. jrsmith March 13, 2017 at 4:54 am

    @, Jennifer , hail, hail dear lady, using that foreign word set off a rush of phone calls from my friends , being you our favorite person ,we have decided to send lots of drones carring bottles of brandy and port gently landing at your home, to calm you down…after dinner,,, hail, hail…

  39. Lorenzo March 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Joan Dem is that your strategy for the coming elections?Unlike you whichever way things turn out I will not suffer any heart attack can you say the same?Newsflash ,this is not about owen bees or mia bees this is about Barbados Economy and who can better manage it.however as you spoke of the blp let,s look at the Dlp with the Pm Dems,Inniss dems Estwick Demsand Sinckler dems ,so both Parties are dividedtherefore don,t go there.I heard the Trini lady with Mr Broomes this morning saying she is not a member of any Party,i almost fell of my seat laughing.This lady told a moderator that the dlp opposition should not return to the House until Elections were called in 2008 and she is not a member of the Dlp,joke


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