Bye, bye Stuart

St Michael South constituents ready to part ways with their representative

Amid strident calls from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to resign over his handling of the country’s affairs, the people of his St Michael South constituency have been having their say on the issue.

Earlier today Barbados TODAY visited the Prime Minister’s constituency, to hear  first-hand from the people who will ultimately determine the Prime Minister’s political fate.

With less than a year to go before general elections, the majority of residents who Barbados TODAY randomly spoke to during a drive through the urban riding said they were fed up with Stuart’s leadership and they wanted him to go.

“Things were going good for the first five years the Dees [were in power], but now things ain’t really living up for mark right now,” said Bayland resident Anthony Gay, who retired four years ago after doing various jobs, including working as a hotel cook and construction worker.

Anthony Gay

“Somehow I feel it is ten years coming up, and how things is now, I feel it is time for a change,” he told Barbados TODAY, while predicting that the economic situation would get worse before it gets better.

“It look like a lot of money spending and no one knows where the money going. The economy ain’t living up,” he said.

Gay, who also played in a musical band, lamented that money had been wasted building houses which no one was living in. He also complained that the road leading to his home was in a terrible state and in urgent need of repair.

However, he was not prepared to lay all the blame for the road conditions squarely at Stuart’s feet. He noted that the road had been in a poor state for years, pointing out that although the former BLP representative Noel Lynch had 15 years in the constituency from 1999 to 2003, “he never really do anything to this road either.

“The Dees get in and they do all in Brathwaite’s Gap, but this is part of the Prime Minister’s constituency and nutten ain’t do,” the irate constituent said.

His view was shared by other residents, many of whom predicted a bleak economic future for the country.

They were also reluctant to take Stuart’s word that there would be no devaluation of the Barbados dollar, but seemed to willingly accept the word of the international ratings agencies that “the economy ain’t going up, it going down”.

With the situation as it now stands, Melvin Brathwaite was very blunt when asked what he thought Stuart needed to do.

Melvin Brathwaite

“I feel he should have stepped down ever since, cause we like we ain’t going any further,” the Dalkeith resident told Barbados TODAY.

“We like we gine down instead of gine up. And the thing is, a lot of people like me really complaining and saying the same thing,” the self-employed builder said.

Speaking for his fellow constituents, Brathwaite said many in St Michael South were anxious to see the back of the Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.

“Too many people complaining . . . and we feel it, and who feels it knows it. I mean, how much more we can feel now and go through. I going through a lot right now, and a lot of us around here going through a lot right now. It hard man, it hard around dis place right now,” he stressed.

Brathwaite said the economic downturn had badly affected his small construction business, which was hardly getting any work these days.

“If I get something, it is just [enough] for me and one [other] man. Normally sometimes I would hire eight, nine or ten people . . . . I ain’t got that now.”

Further outlining his litany of woes, the self-employed contractor told Barbados TODAY there were days when he did not earn as much as $200 from his business.

“Things gone rock bottom . . . we need you out,” he said in reference to Stuart.

A mechanic, who only gave his name as ‘Benson’, said while he had been voting for the Prime Minister since he started running in the constituency back in 2003, he was now convinced that Stuart must go.

“I vote for he from the time he went in, but have not seen him even once! I does see he, but on tv, so I wouldn’t say he should go, I would say he should have gone,” Benson said, before turning his attack on Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

Poking fun at Sinckler’s name, he said instead of “‘St Clear’ … he should be turned to ‘St Dark’.”

He also  alleged that Stuart had stood him up for a promised appointment.

“I did done wid he from dat day,” he told Barbados TODAY, emphasizing: “He should be gone . . . done, done. He time up anyway. He time up!”

Based on his most recent political experience, he also sought to warn Barbadians that going forward they must ”never put a goat in a sheep pen . . . [since] you would get confused animals.

“Everybody confused. We need a change,” Benson said.

In addition to their concerns about Stuart’s absence from the constituency, residents also took strong issue with his leadership style, saying he was simply too laid back and was allowing “everybody to do wuh dey feel like.

“You sitting back, then you come and tell [people] don’t worry when there is so much to worry about,” the very vocal consitituent said.

Equally outspoken was Cherry-Ann James, a resident of Beckles Road, who declared upfront her political allegiance to the Opposition BLP, saying her family has always voted for the ‘Bees’.

“I would like them [BLP] to get back in [because] . . . I would like some help for myself,” said James, who was not confident she would receive the same support from the current administration.

However, not everyone was eager to see the back of Stuart or his ruling DLP, which came to power in 2008 and was immediately confronted with a global recession.

Preferring not to give his name, one constituent, who Barbados TODAY met up with in Paddock Road while he was taking a break from work early this afternoon, made it clear that he was not among those clamouring for change.

In fact, he was very satisfied with the Prime Minister’s level of representation.

“I don’t support the call for him to resign. He is doing a good job,” the DLP supporter said.

His colleague, Ken Holder, who was also taking a break from his mechanical task, would not commit himself to saying whether or not his parliamentary representative should step down.

Ken Holder

In fact, Holder questioned whether either Stuart or BLP leader Mia Mottley, who is seen as the ‘Prime Minister in waiting’ could achieve the desired economic turnaround.

“If he stand dey, he stand, but whoever come behind he, I know it gine get worse. If he stand, he stand . . .,” Holder said.

As for solving the country’s economic problems, Holder suggested that a good place to start was in the island’s Parliament, with a cut in the number of parliamentary representatives from 30 to 11, to reflect the number of parishes on the island.

“They should have 11 people representing the 11 parishes, not five people [in a parish]. . . Christ Church West, Christ Church East, Christ Church South . . . . That’s a waste uh time
. . . cause you don’t see them people at all in the area until voting time,” Holder said.

Another constituent, who told Barbados TODAY he did not want to be identified for fear of victimization, said he was not at all comfortable with how the country was being run.

“Who is really the Prime Minister . . . Freundel Stuart? No. I don’t think he is really the Prime Minister. I think Chris running the country, cause he [Stuart] aint saying nutten,” the disgruntled resident said.

“How things are now, a lot of lies telling. I think it is time for a change . . . we need a change,” he said.

His comments were also backed up by another resident, who did not want to be identified, but openly declared: “This is the worse Government ever.”

The Barbados TODAY team also dropped by the Prime Minister’s constituency office during today’s two-hour visit to St Michael South but there was no sign of activity.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb.

19 Responses to Bye, bye Stuart

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 18, 2017 at 5:18 am

    As one resident said, ” you doan put goats in sheep pens.” Ohh I love it. Miss my people and they way of expressing things. The thing is the Prime Minister has a certain liking for over and away functions, with a class of people he seems to appreciate very much. However, when it comes to the people of Barbados, the only ones he acknowledges are those with money and status, or the loyal puppets to whom he has their strings firmly in his grasp. But, if the words of his constituents are anything to go by, he is gonna be a goat who no longer will have a pen or a stake.

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    • Claire Ward March 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Not ever a nice rock to stand on when the rain comes.

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  2. FedUp March 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Lol!!

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  3. Kim Marshall March 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

    These comments only reflect what you hear around the country right now. As much as the DLP members of Parliament want to continue telling lies to themselves are surrounding themselves with only the people that say what they want to hear, the fact is that no one trusts or believes anything the Government says any more and this is directly linked to the fact that Prime Minister Stuart is not seen as a leader.

    He has failed to inspire hope in the people due to the fact that he does not speak frankly and directly to the people of Barbados about what matter to them. Real leaders do this. They are able to get you to buy-in to their plan for the way forward and thus work with you to get it done. Right now every Barbadian is worried about the future of their family in this country. Mr Owen Arthur in Parliament shared real ideas about the way forward to address our ballooning debt and Mr. Stuart’s reply was the country was not going to the IMF. Ok…… so what then is the plan?

    Mr. Sinclair announced about 3 weeks ago that he would announce the names of persons who would be advising him on the way forward and said that he would lay out some changes……shortly, that would be implemented to address our debt and dwindling foreign reserves. Have you heard any names (besides Owen Arthur who is now not in that group) or any list of things that will be implemented as yet? The lack of action is the reason why there is no confidence. How can you feel inspired to act and buy into the required sacrifices that still have to be made by every Barbadian when the Government has a strong track record of saying they are going to do something and then don’t?

    I keep hearing persons say that Mr. Stuart is a nice man…..and he probably is; but I am not assessing Mr Stuart, the man. To be honest, I can’t do the latter because I do not know the man personally. What I am assessing is his job performance as PM of Barbados and it is his performance that is sadly lacking and has been lacking for some time now and especially now where it needs to be at its very best due to the high level of despair, uncertainty and fear that is all around Barbados at this time.

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  4. Johnathan March 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The people of St. Michael south got to take responsibility for Barbados’ woes and need to defenitely relieve Barbados of this man. He came from St. Philip after his own people who know he wasn’t worth much kicked him out and we run and pick him up. We need to promise Barbados we will relieve them of their pain and do the people from St. Philip and vote DEM out…

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  5. Carol-A March 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    More often than not you get what you pay for. The Barbadian public bought into a lot of foolish rhetoric from this DLP government, In 2008, there was a genuine world recession and none of these 16 jokers had the experience of holding office further more navigating through the rough waters of a recession. Yet they voted them in based on a campaign line of integrity and transparency. There was alot of murk and filth in that first term. Then, to add insult to injury, they turned around and accepted all manner of gifts and favours to sell their vote a second time in 2013, and along with it the precious future of our children to a bunch of charlatans who diligently oversaw and ensured the demise of the Barbadian economy. I feel that our education system needs a good overhauling because people are clearly not making choices based on the information available but based on personality and sh*t-talk. The fact the the politicians feel that they only have to spin a line to the dumb public sheep speaks to our parenting because there are 16 people representing us with no moral compass.

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  6. Carson C Cadogan March 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I wonder why the Barbados today sent out this team to interview only Barbados Labour Party members?

    These are People who vote only BLP anyway. If the Barbados Labour Party sent a dog in that constituency to represent it those BLP operatives would vote for it.

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  7. Zeus March 18, 2017 at 9:22 am

    CADRES gone in to public relations and BT gone into polling …..after the so called 10000 marched last Saturday I thought the writing was on the wall but something telling me the powers that be seemed not satisfied with those numbers ….the situation seems to be getting so desperate that children are taking to the podium well well ……does it really need to take all this to vote out the worst government ever …..it look like this is the worst opposition ever also

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  8. Carson C Cadogan March 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    “Bye, bye Stuart
    St Michael South constituents ready to part ways with their representative”

    The Barbados Today bias in favour of the Barbados Labour Party shines through crystal clear. This reminds me of the American News media bias in favour of Hilary Clinton. But we all know what the actual results are.

    The Barbados Today news team interviewed 6 persons but still came up with the ridiculous and untrue head line.

    4,164 were cast between the two parties to determine the winner in the St. Micheal South constituency.

    Yet from speaking to only 6 BLP members, Barbados Today came to the conclusion that they came to.

    6 from 4,164 total votes cast means defeat for the Hon. Prime Minister.

    Now tell any reasonable person how this article could be fair? The Barbados News Media needs to report the news in a truthful manner and not try to push voters in the direction they want them to go in. In this case to vote for the Barbados Labour Party. I dont think that is the way Journalism is taught in school.

    This article reminds me of PETER WICKHAM polls just before the 2013 elections.

    Somebody in the media houses of Barbados should have some sort of memory.

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  9. Waiting March 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hello Carson, the only true poll is the election one but I circulate among many DEMS and 70% of them feel strongly that they will lose the next election so it don’t take a reporter to be only speaking with BLPites which was not the case to know that there is much displeasure with your Party. I am a swing voter.

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  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

    The puppet CCC do not know that persons like me who voted for the DLP all my voting life, will never again vote for them. Likewise, me who never voted for the BLP was willing to give Mia ”I cannot stand” Mottley a chance until she did the Maria Agard thing. So I am supporting the thrid party coalition call. Right now I will look to BIM and see what they have to offer. If Mia had dealt with the ‘horsemen’ in her party , all of whom have stabbed her in her back from time to time, I would have been incline to cast my vote for the BEEs. But as long as George Payne in there, Dale Marshall in there, Kerrie Simmons in there, Gline Clarke in there, Jerome Walcott in there, and the Hardwood Housing man, in there, she cannot get my vote for shyte. Dog dead.

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  11. Ernesta Catlyn March 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I personally have voted for persons representing both B and D and am fortunate to have friends who vigorously support both sides. My DLP supporter friend still seem to be leaning in that direction but are adamant the Mr Stuart needs to go if they are to continue with their support. Not him alone but this article’s focus is on him.

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  12. Donild Trimp March 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    ““If he stand dey, he stand, but whoever come behind he, I know it gine get worse”

    “They should have 11 people representing the 11 parishes, not five people [in a parish]. . . Christ Church West, Christ Church East, Christ Church South . . . . That’s a waste uh time”

    Sensible comments by an informed constituent.

    This gentleman Mr.Holder should run for office.

    He is articulating what every Barbadian knows but seems to be burying their heads in the sand.

    Why vote for another party when that other party cannot say what will be done differently if elected to power.

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  13. Jea Alleyne March 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    The state of affairs can only be expected…..In 2008 David Thompson revealed the DLP’s Integrity and Freedom Of Information Plans – https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com. Including A Ministerial Code and quote “Ministers of the Government are expected to behave according to the highest standards of constitutional and personal conduct in the performance of their duties”. etc. etc. Neither of the above which would have set boundaries and guidance of the workings of Government materialised.
    This system is based on the British Westminster Model which since 2005 incorporated “The Freedom of Information Act” and updated laws, the models are unrecognisable. The FOI provides transparency, accountability, participation, responsiveness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and inclusion and the Good Governance that the PM promised in his Manifesto of 2013…. Quote: “It assures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making and the allocation of resources” Too much talk and no action.
    The No Smoking Policy was implemented forthwith. The FOI is a fundamental human right, the United Nations say. All the progressive nations USA, UK, China, T&T, Guyana, Brazil, Jamaica, Canada ALL have the FOI in fact 90 other countries. Barbados is a member of the United Nations which works to enhance freedom of information, thereby supporting transparent and accountable institutions, it is important to the rule of law. Where is the FOI then? Without taxpayers will be exploited and disempowered !! as we lack information and thereby are forced into a powerless position hence the current state of the country !!

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  14. Carson C Cadogan March 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    None of you are from St. Michael South.

    So your views dont matter.

    Just like in Barbados all news organisations had Hillary Clinton to win the elections. All polls in America had Hillary Clinton to win the elections. According to them all the people they talk TO indicated that they were voting Hillary Clinton, just like you jokers are saying here in Barbados. That LESBIAN RACHEL MADDOW was scathing in her attacks on Donald Trump as far as she was concerned Trump would not get 100 votes. Who has egg all over her face now? Maybe because the Barbados Labour Party is chuck full of LESBIANS AND HOMOSEXUALS included the Leaders that is why The News Media here in Barbados which is full of LESBIANS AND HOMOSEXUALS are supporting the Barbados Labour Party. But our HON. Prime Minister is on record as saying in 2012 that the only poll which matters is POLLING DAY.

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  15. Lorenzo March 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Carson Cadogan where you now resurface from?How do you know the persons interviewed were Blp supporters?Do you live in
    st Michael South?I thought you were from St Michael Central by the way have you paid the old lady,s light bill yet?This caused you to Disappear from BU for years and since another Election is approaching you return.

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  16. Randolph March 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Why are so many reluctant to identify themselves to the public?Are they afraid of victimization?This is the most vindictive government Barbados ever had.

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  17. bajans March 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I have family in Stuart’s riding. She canvassed for Stuart, delivered flyers, etc. Now she is so fed up, she does not want to hear his name mentioned. She will vote for one of the opposing parties.

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  18. Helicopter(8P) March 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

    B.T how about going into the Sugar cane fields and farming districts for some one and one contact reactions? I M F decectives also look into how much productive land per square-mile is under (productivity) usage. They do this by Space satellites geo-technology or rather GPS. Nationals and citizens should strike a balance on this note.

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