Thompson: All is not well in St John

Member of Parliament Mara Thompson says she is both “horrified” and “angry” over the lack of attention being given to the urgent plight of residents of St John.

Speaking during debate on the 2017-2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Thompson zeroed in on the bad state of the roads in the rural parish, while voicing her strong displeasure over the current bus service provided by the state-run Transport Board, which she said also left a lot to be desired.

“The buses don’t come on time or don’t come at all, namely the Sargeant’s and the Martins Bay bus. [Residents] are not pleased about the lack of action in acquiring the ground at College Savannah where Sussex Cricket Club plays cricket. I have numerous letters,” Thompson said.

She also identified a number of communities that were affected by “ruts, potholes, bumps and craters”, resulting in “destruction of shocks, depreciation of cars, angry constituents and an angry Member of Parliament”.

Reading from a prepared speech, the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson, who took over the St John seat following his passing back in 2010, also expressed horror over Government’s plan for dealing with the current shortage of primary schools in the area, which has traditionally been a ruling Democratic Labour Party stronghold.

“They [residents] are not pleased about the condition of the St John Primary School and the closure of the Society Primary School, and they are as horrified, as I am, at being told that the new school to house the students of these two schools will be located at the site of the old outpatient’s clinic at Gall Hill. An absurd idea! And they have told me to say right here on the floor of the House today that they will not permit this to happen,” she reported.

The Government representative said she had written “numerous letters” to the relevant ministers outlining the residents’ concerns.

And though acknowledging that Government was constrained economically at this time, with its proverbial pie “actually the size of a cupcake”, she was adamant that “whatever size the piece is, St John deserves and demands its share”.

She was however pleased about the refurbishment of the post office at Four Roads, the pavilion at Gall Hill, the Lodge School, and the gift of a parcel of land for recreational use.

“I want to say how pleased the constituents of St John are at the completion of the St John Polyclinic and indeed another complex, the David Thompson Health and Services Complex,” she added.

In his contribution, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman acknowledged receipt of a letter “some time last year” from Thompson regarding the College Savannah land for the Sussex Cricket Club.

He said that his ministry and that of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport visited the area and both agreed the land should be acquired to help develop sport in the parish.

73 Responses to Thompson: All is not well in St John

  1. Krystle Howell
    Krystle Howell March 14, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I am confused….isn’t she an MP in the party she is frustrated with?

    Why now all of these previously dead silent politicians choosing to now speak out about issues and act like helpless by standers?

    If you have no power to make changes, why are you an MP drawing an MP salary?

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    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith March 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Self preservation …

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    • Krystle Howell
      Krystle Howell March 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      I hope they know that Bajans aren’t falling for that anymore.

      Actually, DLP should be put on notice, STOP the distractions, we want to discuss the real issues!

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    • Duane Burke
      Duane Burke March 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Reminder if the blame goes to the administration and the constituents believe them doesn’t the status quo remain?

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  2. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith March 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    … and she just realised …

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  3. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 14, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    It took “balls” to do what she did for her constituency…. she put her people and barbados first …got my respect

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  4. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls March 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    But don’t the St John people vote repeatedly for the dlp? And is the dlp not the government of the day? So I guess no reward for decades of loyalty. Insanity is defined I’m told as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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    • Sandor Barker
      Sandor Barker March 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles March 15, 2017 at 12:03 am

      A time back I said St. John had the dumbest set of voters and people had a problem yet they’re the ones who still voting for Barrow up there

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke March 15, 2017 at 4:29 am

      Just because you said it doesn’t make it so, since that is just an opinion. I don’t hear of any other constituents , with the exception of St. Lucy,being ridiculed like St.John for their constitutional right to vote for whom they please.

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco March 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Lol St. John ppl getting testy Nico HL Beckles.

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    • Mike Baje
      Mike Baje March 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Suzette Clarke Then accept your fate. That’s also your right.

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    • Maria T Holdipp
      Maria T Holdipp March 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Nico HL Beckles them more than dumb… At the end of the day despite all those issues, Dem going and put their X for Dem, because ya know what? Legacy must live on, so why do they complain… They should be quiet satisfy with the legacy.. #dumdmuch

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  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    THE PEOPLE ARE ALSO HORRIFIED OF THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE GOVERNMENT

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  6. Chris Evelyn
    Chris Evelyn March 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Mara finds her voice less than a year before elections are due…the plot thickens #SelfPreservation

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    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll March 15, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Mara has been speaking and lobbying for the people of St. John from the day she walked into parliament. It isn’t always carried in the media but she has never been afraid to stand up and speak for her constituents

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  7. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker March 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    These people feel that they can trick people all the time so. They are like parasites.

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  8. Beverley Bellamy
    Beverley Bellamy March 14, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Oh my…

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  9. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 14, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Dem falling apart. Every man for he self lol…

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  10. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay March 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    We know sis we know yah try,

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  11. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles March 15, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Watch how all of them gonna come out one by one hanging Chris and Fruendel out to dry but look how she now pretending to care about St. John what happened?? The Clico money run out?

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    • Lavern Hinds
      Lavern Hinds March 15, 2017 at 12:26 am

      Was about to ask that very same question

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  12. Oriel Haynes
    Oriel Haynes March 15, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Girl you should have realise that you are just to make up number. They don’t give a damn about how you and your constituents feel.

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  13. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson March 15, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Wow she wait till now to speak

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  14. jus me March 15, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Mara,
    you sound like you digging your nails into the woodwork ,hanging on in.
    BUT
    Sorreeeeeee.
    You are a goner.

    Crocodile tears, Crocodile tears.

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  15. Kristal Hctabrebmuc
    Kristal Hctabrebmuc March 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

    wait she now come out her hole? go back to where u came from!

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  16. Tamesha Padmore
    Tamesha Padmore March 15, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Where she now resurrect from ??

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  17. Tom Cabrinie
    Tom Cabrinie March 15, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Despite all the issues going on up there , the St.John possie always stay loyal to Dem thing.

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  18. John Wick
    John Wick March 15, 2017 at 3:22 am

    All is not well in BARBADOS

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  19. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 15, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Cut throat

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  20. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting March 15, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Is she nor part of the ruling DLP.?? Well election must be imminent. She obviously was not doing her job yo be highlighting these issues now.

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  21. Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin March 15, 2017 at 4:27 am

    What does she really do beside get a free salary on the result that her husband was a pm,still st John had two pm who did nothing for the parish also

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  22. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 15, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Talking Loud and doing NOTHING!

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  23. S hope March 15, 2017 at 5:03 am

    She is a goner never help st john ppl and now want represent because ellection soon here bye

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  24. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 15, 2017 at 5:07 am

    St John need a change.Why put back some one that has no interest in the people. Time to wake up. These people already rich. Put some one that you all could see. Barrow and Thompson died.

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  25. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett March 15, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Stupppppppes,all of a sudden she know road bad,when she sit her ass there collected fat salary for seven years while people suffered,or maybe she was sleeping like frumble

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  26. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 15, 2017 at 5:31 am

    The absentee politician.

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  27. Santini More
    Santini More March 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

    So what have you as the sitting MP for St John actually done about their suffering? Your party is in power, SO WHAT HAVE YOU ACTUALLY DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF ST JOHN?

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  28. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy March 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

    “DON’T PANIC”

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  29. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa March 15, 2017 at 5:45 am

    She is still alive wow

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  30. Cee Greaves-Gibson
    Cee Greaves-Gibson March 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Wait…she now wake up from a 7 yr slumber. St. John had prime ministers as parliamentary representatives and still is one of the poorest parishes in Barbados infrastructural wise. Woman hush n go so do

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  31. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan March 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Don’t mind st john posse gin still vote she back in

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  32. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 15, 2017 at 5:55 am

    She is a waste

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  33. Rawle Agard
    Rawle Agard March 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Each parish should have one representative.

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    • Leroy March 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

      aye aye, with st Michael having an additional mayor of the city, so instead of 30, instantly we should be down to 12 and believe you me, this wouldn’t negatively affect the populace one bit.

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  34. jrsmith March 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Why you all taking it out on her, we are having comments made by politicians who never think before they speak , just showing up daily what we are putting up with……………………………..
    We are not asking the right questions, because our politicians show no respect for our black people and therefore is not accountable to anyone….
    So long the 1% of our population is okay, what matters……….
    Bajans have allowed our politicians to do what they please whether bajans like it or not…….
    Our people must change themselves and then we will have change ……

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  35. David E Hall
    David E Hall March 15, 2017 at 6:22 am

    All not well anywhere in Barbados. We all disgusted and fed up with this government not you alone.

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  36. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    BT you can moderate all you like you in that same wicked hole too.

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  37. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Did any of you people read the Lionel inniss story. Look at your hypocrisy. on all levels.

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  38. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:58 am

    When we can sort out our black end anything else will play for now nothing the only thing that playing is that 1%.

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  39. Lee R March 15, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The people of St. John need to send a message to the DLP in the next election.

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  40. MG March 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Now that everyone’s pension is secured their vocal cords have seemingly reappeared….smh….politicians really think people are dumb! A lot of Barbadians have amnesia though…..just saying!

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  41. No more March 15, 2017 at 9:09 am

    She now wrait to talk bout roads smh she is the worst can’t even ask she for a cup of water she would tell you straight she int she husband and she int got nothing giving way but as soon as election call she at people door with a big smile asking how your doing want some good hot water pelting on she this is 2 turns she had and int do nothing for st John nothing she int do but St. John people still gine vote for she again then she gone like the wind as always hurts a person hart to see the bad conditions St. John in for all these years if only Eswick did was running for St. John I feel people would get some work and roads would get do cause he the only one I know bout that helps he people

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    • No more March 15, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Wait*

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  42. Sam Clarke March 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    From Bthe late Prime Ministers, Errol Barrow, David Thompson and you Ms. Thompson, have never did anything for the parish of St. John. You now all of a sudden notice that? You are also a Somnambulist like Prime Minister Stuart and the entire administration.
    BUT I BLAME THE PEOPLE OF ST. JOHN WHO CONSISTENTLY KEEP VOTING FOR THE DLP, AND ELECTING YOU AND THE LATE PRIME MINISTERS, AND GO ZERO IN RETURN.
    SO IF THE PEOPLE OF ST. JOHN CONTINUE TO FISH IN A POLITICAL DRY POND, THEN THEY WOULD DESERVE WHAT THEY GOT FROM YOU AND THE DLP.
    IF YOU MRS. THOMPSON, WENT TO A DOCTOR OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION, AND KEPT GETTING THE SAME RESULTS, I AM SURE YOU WOULD SEEK ANOTHER DOCTORS OPINION. SO, YOU THE PEOPLE OF ST. JOHN MUST DO LIKEWISE AND GET DIFFERENT POLITICAL REPRESENTATION .

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  43. jennifer March 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

    You people truly need an alabaster box. Continue to be the donkeys carrying the pig food. .

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  44. jennifer March 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Mara I with u all the way. Because you showed that u are just like your peers and not prejudice and a hypocrite. BARBADOS AWASH WITH BLACK PEOPLE IN A WORST housing Plight. Well done to you sis. Bunch of Stockholm suffers.

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  45. Delia Browne March 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    About time!!!!!!!
    Oh wait – election time soon!!!!!!

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  46. jennifer March 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

    MARA I blame u and every politician in bim that has ever sat in Parliament for the plight of this people. When this people came out of the trans Atlantic slave trade, you guys starting with barrow did nothing to reverse what the white race did to this people mentally. Instead you continue to join with the enemy and mislead the people instead of bringing truth. Hence they remained at the bottom loving and upholding their oppressors. Fighting and feeling sorry for them regardless of what ever position they are in. This people is now ALIEN to looking out for and loving their own. So take what u get, when your own dog bite you – you well bite.

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  47. Nursey March 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I always tell myself that a John people does sit and accept alot of crap from the dlp. If it is two parishes that should get what they want us at John and at Lucy. They win the seat continuously and hardly anything is done for us. Yes I said us I am from st John but I ain’t stupid. Don’t tell me nothing bout at John polyclinic because had was building from the time i was at primary school and I am in my forties I moved pass that Eva since. I can’t wait til next year. None of them better don’t come at my place. Where i live the bwa laid pipe and July will be three years that it was there with cans at then junction of small town. They only got moved last week and the road still had not been fixed. Look I gone cause i getting hott. Stupseeeee. St John people better wake up.

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  48. Deliarose March 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Perhaps she should use some of she and she husband’s ill gotten gains from Clico to help fix de problems. All dem like to skin de teets to the public while behind closed doors the underhanded deals gettin made.

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  49. Mac10 March 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Well, Mrs Thompson, you have been the MP since 2010, what have you done about the situation in that time? Numerous times of estimates have come & gone. Where has been you voice in the past, they are still recovering from Hurricane Tomas in 2010 also.

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  50. Hellkath March 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    A reminder of st Phillip when cappy Greenidge was ministerunderOwen Arthur nothing done

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  51. John Quaye Quao March 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I cannot understand why some people are criticizing this MP for speaking out against problems as she see’s in her constituency.. It does not matter to which party she belongs. She is supposed to represent everyone living within her consistency. And she is only one member among so many members in her party. Why should anyone blame her for not resolving a seemingly local issue, if she is not in charge of implementation of economic planning or projects.

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  52. JBrathwaite March 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Just make sure you all pay your taxes,vat, government student loans(grants) and the Government will have funds to fix roads, provide water and electricity to required areas.
    Where would the government get excess funds, if they educate the children from early childhood to college for free and then turn around and employ them?

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  53. lime juice March 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    that is good for st. john they deserve no better

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  54. Shawn Phillips March 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    She does absolutely nothing for the people of ST .John ,lends no type of assistance ,now is pretending she cares just for a vote. ST.John people needs to wake up and see that they are neglected by the DLP because they feel the vote is secured .It’s time to vote out the DLP from ST.John.

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  55. BimJim March 15, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I think I hear an election coming… just around the corner… nuff noise, chest-beating and opinionated hot air bout de place… go inside, chrilren, y’all shouldn’t hear dis kinda nastiness…

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  56. Carolann Clarke March 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

    St John people are not dumb. Sometime one is forced to air your concerns in public when all else fails, cause it will look as though you are doing nothing

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  57. Ellen March 16, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Don’t the constituents of St Andrew always vote for George Payne who has held this seat for over 25 yrs. Yet he has done nothing visible for the constituency. But they vote for him repeatedly. MARA has alot going against her first she is a woman and next she is a St. Lucian you really think they pay her much mind. Next thing people tell her why she doan go back to St. Lucia. NEXT She is not agressive like some ‘female’ politicians. She is very calm and quiet….a lady.

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  58. Concern Baje June 13, 2017 at 3:09 am

    What has happened to my poor Bim. We not smart any more? I am an outside Baje looking on and I am. Very concerned. Yes, not only about the politricks but also the impending volcanic disaster. We need.to return to serving the maker and asking for his favour. We need to delight ourselves in the things of Christ. Let us not be another Haiti. God Bless.

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