Time for Stuart to go, says Opposition

Opposition spokesman George Payne wants to know where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been living.

Responding to Stuart’s contribution to the 2017-2018 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue, Payne concluded that Stuart was totally out of touch with the economic reality of the average Barbadian.

“He spoke about buses running, about people working, people paying their bills and hospitals providing medical care. I cannot believe it,” said Payne.

He also took issue with Government’s recent announcement that students attending the University of the West Indies would be required to pay 20 per cent of their total costs, saying hardly any time was given for the changes to “sink into the minds of the average Barbadian.

“They did not even come and say, ‘let us set up some fund whereby those persons who could not access education would be able get a loan to go to university’. Now the Prime Minister has come in here saying that ‘everything is working alright’,” the Member of Parliament for St Andrew added.

Payne also took issue with Stuart’s response to the island’s latest downgrades, saying the same way the Prime Minister was dismissive of the pronouncements of Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, his Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss was dismissive of him.

“When I heard the Minister of Small Business spoke earlier this week, I was saying maybe he has gone a little bit too far [but] having heard Stuart today, I am more than disappointed,” Payne said, as he took a further jab at Stuart in light of recent retrenchments from the public service.

“It is clearly obvious that he does not know what is happening in this country as I speak. Maybe he is not aware of the people who were sent home and who are out of work. It reminds me of the situation in 1991 when a former Prime Minister, who spoke of gloom and doom, came to this House and said ‘all is well’,” Payne said in reference to former Democratic Labour Party leader Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, now Sir Lloyd, whose implementation of public sector layoffs and an eight per cent pay cut eventually broke the back of his then ruling administration.

“He [Sandiford] said, ‘you only have to send home a few people to balance the books’,” Payne reminded before taking another jab at Stuart, saying “he is trying to make us believe that all is well, totally dismissive of everybody else – he is dismissive of economists who have made dire pronouncements about the economy of Barbados”.

However, the St Andrew MP said it was obvious that the economy was not doing well and that the time had come for a national debate on the economy.

“He [Stuart] comes in here to tell us that that debate must come. What debate is he talking about? The debate is already here. He is not aware of the fact that we have gone past that?” Payne asked, adding that he had lost all confidence in the Prime Minister.

“What builds up a country is the confidence that international investors place in the country. Anybody listening to the Prime Minister today would no longer have any confidence; any international investor listening to Stuart would not have any confidence in this country. None whatsoever!

“I really do not know what to say especially when you look at the Estimates,” the Opposition spokesman said, while noting that Stuart had not only dismissed the need for devaluation, but that he had also ignored the sentiments of former Prime Minister and independent representative for St Peter Owen Arthur on delinking the Barbados dollar from the United States currency, as well as his advice on the printing of money.

“He just glossed over it,” Payne said, adding that it was incredible that a political leader who was in charge of “a sinking ship” would behave in this manner.

Payne’s position was reflected in a statement issued tonight by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley who said the Prime Minister’s position was unacceptable and he should resign.   

“When the country needed explanation, he gave us silence, and now that the country needs action, he has given us explanation. Barbadians, if you were in any doubt as to it, this Prime Minister is out of touch, out of
tune, tired and unmotivated to carry on . . . and we simply say, Prime Minister Stuart needs to go,” the Opposition Leader added.

11 Responses to Time for Stuart to go, says Opposition

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Your are so right Mr Payne. Stuart needs to go but certainly we do not want the likes of you, either. You are not exactly the type of material that gives people confidence. On the contrary, you are a very controversial figure and a giddy head one at that. Mia should have rid herself of you. Instead, she choose to flex her muscles with a first time light light weight who had more integrity than you. She should have been given a second chance.

    • Peter March 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Sunshine Sunny Shine. I cannot agree with you more. Payne is using tact and strategy to slide in Dale and make him Prime Minister. Owen is trying to kill a whole flock of birds with one stone. He is looking to show Mia her right cross still burning. He is trying to get back ay Estwick whose economic skills as shadow minister, removed him in 2008, He is trying to tell Sinckler that the DEMs need him. He is looking to destroy Fruendel by encouraging him to go to the IMF and be forced to devalue the BDS dollar and align it with any other currency in terms of exchange value. Payne is also using his tactics and dancing with Mia’s shadow.

  2. Meakai March 16, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Signs and wonders, I never knew George Payne could talk.

  3. Meakai March 16, 2017 at 1:59 am

    If we agree that this administration is the worst in the history of Barbados; should we not also agree that this opposition is the worst in the history of Barbados.

  4. Bradg March 16, 2017 at 5:40 am

    @Meakai, i cant agree with you. THIS administration holds the record as the worst performing. This is my own assessment, and i am neither affiliated with B or D.

  5. lester March 16, 2017 at 10:47 am

    George Payne, Mr. Stuart was the same place where you were when St,Andrew folks long for representation, duh

  6. Randolph March 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

    What made me laugh is when he said that he would be bold to speak to the nation if Barbados had to turn to the IMF.This is a PM who has not addressed the nation since he was elected.But he seems to indicate that he was not bold enough to do so.

  7. Sam Clarke March 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Mr. Payne, the Prime Minister has been a somnambulist prior to becoming Prime Minister, he does even know that he is Prime Minister.

  8. Gearbox1964 March 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    It was time for Fundel to go since last election…but some foolish people bout Barbados vote he back in. Chuuuupse!

  9. Samantha Best March 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Remembered when George Payne said that those students who had already started university and had been asked to pay the 20% tuition fee were not legally required to do so because they already had their terms and conditions set out for attendance at university. At that time he urged any university students who were asked to pay fees to come to see him and he would not charge them anything for his services.

    He immediately went into hiding!! Now where was he? He has now returned. I believe he just turns up for elections. I find it difficult to believe anything he says.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      He is the worst of the worst. An incompetent arrogant son of b…… When Hinkson labeled him according to his nasty deeds he was right to do so. If Barbados was an island high on integrity and rule of law, all like this Payne in the azz would be in prison. Bajans would be foolish to vote for his pretender.


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