Bajans must pull their weight – Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has warned Barbadians that they must be prepared to carry “more of the weight” as the island moves into the next 50 years of independence.

Stuart believes Barbadians have come of age economically and can now be weaned off the multiple social services provided by various governments since the achievement of political independence from Britain in 1966.

The Prime Minister was speaking last night at the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s George Street headquarters where the party continued its 62nd anniversary celebrations with an awards ceremony for outstanding young people of Christ Church.

“The first 50 years of independence were years of entitlement, but the next 50 years of independence cannot again be years of entitlement because we have now built a middle class in Barbados,” Stuart said.

“We have now educated people in Barbados to the extent that more people than ever in this country’s history can take hold of their life chances and move in the direction in which they want to go.”

Asserting that “the doors of opportunity have been thrown open” to Barbadians, he spoke of young people with dreams and aspirations because “you now live in a country in which you dare to dream”.

He said that the present circumstances of Barbados and Barbadians were far removed from the “road blocks” faced by ancestors.

“We are now at a point of transition to another stage of Barbados’ development. There are people in the country who can now better afford to look after themselves in a way that their parents could not, or their grandparents could not.”

He said that in the interest of the country, such Barbadians will have to be asked to carry a little more of the weight.

“We couldn’t ask them that in the early 1960s because none of us could afford to carry any weight,” Stuart added.

The Prime Minister’s comments came against the backdrop of a worrying economic situation highlighted by dwindling foreign exchange reserves which fell precariously from $1.4 billion in 2012 to $681 million by the end of last year.

With the bread and butter tourism industry not producing the required financial returns while the island’s stock of foreign reserves is fast declining, the Stuart administration has been warned of the need for urgent corrective action to stem the downward trend.

“This requires a simultaneous parallel approach where incentives that earn foreign exchange are adopted, while at the same time measures to save foreign exchange are implemented,” a recent report of the Foreign Exchange Working Group of the Social Partnership said, while warning of the need for “some radical impactful measures”.

Currently, the island’s debt service is estimated at more than $300 million annually and rising, in the context of dwindling access to capital loans through private placement, the apparent weakening of the link between arrivals and tourism revenue.

123 Responses to Bajans must pull their weight – Stuart

  1. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe April 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Anymore pulling we will pop

  2. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow April 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    We will…next yr..

  3. Eileene Jordan
    Eileene Jordan April 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    What sort of mfi he is

  4. Corey Broom April 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    No comment. I just can’t. My pressure might go up.

  5. Peter April 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    What a way to tell Barbadians that DEM really screwed up and the country in deep sheet. He trying to say that nothing can’t change, we too far gone and it will start with devaluation.

    • Jennifer April 30, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      @Peter – you so observant and correct. This will surely end in PAYNE.

      • Jennifer May 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

        John 19:15 – “They cried out away with him, away with him. Crucify him. We have no god but CAESAR”. This is what we GOT for our sins – this CAESAR’S puppet, pawn, pushover, and Palin cock all wrapped up in bundle. And more cocks/puppets to come next year. You lot better wake up and look.

  6. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes April 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Lol the apple cart soon break down lol ………

  7. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch April 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Lead us heavenly father lead us.

  8. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson April 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Be a LEADER & your lackeys to DEMOSTRAT for Bajans so they can follow.!!!

  9. Sydonette Dennie
    Sydonette Dennie April 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    That’s the way to go
    Empowerment and reform.

  10. Glen Hinkson
    Glen Hinkson April 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Pull your own weight Fruendel!

  11. Andria Eversley
    Andria Eversley April 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I don’t no why [he] don’t keep he … mouth shut

  12. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore April 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    After this lot took advantage of a free tertiary education system, free health care, subsidise transportation, state collected garbage, low water rates etc, present & future generations will now be asked to dig deeper into depleated pockets to pay for social services that are paid for by our taxes. Govt revenues from taxation are higher than at any period in the country’s tax history, & at a time when taxpayers are burdened by a greater incidence, there are at the same time being asked to assume a greater responsibility for services provided by the state. When one considers DEM collective wealth over the last nine years, plus pension rights for life, this act by a beleaguered govt is nothing short of criminal.

  13. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett April 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I convinced he lives in another world

  14. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder April 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Boy ignorance at it best can’t wait till election

  15. Francine Russell
    Francine Russell April 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Dis man fuh real??!! But then again, so much has been taken from us why not even more? These people are evil personified!!!

  16. Paulette Noel
    Paulette Noel April 30, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Every time this man open he mouth he does just talk a bunch of….

  17. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd April 30, 2017 at 6:06 pm


  18. Adam Tyler Mallett
    Adam Tyler Mallett April 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Barbadians will be replaced by the Chinese , poor people in paradise …. can be stopped but no one wants to stand up for reparations, ijs. Banana never stopped being poor and broke since the beginning.

  19. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers April 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    So in 2008 yawl we’re delivering free stuff but in 2017 we should pull our weight? Aite sir.

    In 2008 there was a middle class in 2017 there really isn’t a middle class.

    Thirdly I’m sure Bajans have no problem pulling their weight but the tax burden on them must be eased!!!!

    Let’s see if the budget and manifesto will consider Bajans pulling their weight.

  20. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield April 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Pull it where? Some people pulling theirs and thousands more

  21. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose April 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This man is . . . out of touch.
    Thats what you get for electing old . . . men with antiquated ideas and a lack of a moral and social compass.

  22. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz April 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Suggest he lead by example, albeit too late now

  23. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde April 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Hahshahahahahahah X marks the spot !!!!

  24. fedup April 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Oh please!! Tek a whole year fuh celebrate dee 50th yr before it even ‘arrive’ and waste $ to impress people; and now talking bout pulling weight? Yuh mean pulling wunnah name off d ballot sheets!

  25. Tony Webster April 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    The Oracle speaks….like an Anansi story you never heard: “How Anansi invented the thin edge of the wedge”….a.k.a. ” How to prepare simpletons for bad news”.
    My precious little volume of African Proverbs (Zululand) offers a few;-
    ” A fault confessed is half redressed”…or even: ” We start as fools but become wise through experience” ( Tanzania)

    Or even, Sir Sandy’s superlative recent offering: “How did we get back here?” ( No African proverb found, despite diligent searching)

  26. Lynette Ice-cream Rollock
    Lynette Ice-cream Rollock April 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Pull your nose? Lol

    • Kelly Scantlebury
      Kelly Scantlebury May 1, 2017 at 9:54 am

      My sentiments exactly cause that is all that want pulling he . . . nose. Stupess

  27. KJ Heir
    KJ Heir April 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    So Jamel what do we pay taxes for?

  28. KJ Heir
    KJ Heir April 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Climb up the ladder and kick it down!

  29. nanci April 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    they been pulling their own weight for ages, 17.5 percent on everything that a lot of weight. taxes on food, clothes, furniture, everything. what more you bad politicians want.

  30. Jamel Layne
    Jamel Layne April 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    KJ Heir asking why you pay taxes is like asking why do you work for a salary #EnoughSaid

  31. Michael Harris
    Michael Harris April 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    James Layne better recheck the word entitled! because if you are entitled to something it means that you have the right to it! this bunch of useless nitwits had ten years of blaming the last govt now anyone who dares to challenge them is now labeled as a enemy of the State

  32. KJ Heir
    KJ Heir April 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    So why are we paying twice for the same thing. Of taxes are to cover health care, education, roads etc, why should I have to pay out of pocket?

  33. nanci April 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    what about many unfortunate people that unemployed and need food and help from the government, homeless mentally ill people. the government should help them, not ignore them.

  34. Smith Amanda
    Smith Amanda April 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    U need to pull urs Tha wa

  35. Jamel Layne
    Jamel Layne April 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    If these things no longer fall under the social programs the government is no longer obligated to fund them its a common sense thing but not much of that going around these days. When you pay for what you want you see an increase in the quality of services being offered. If we want to see the quality of life improve in this country we must be willing to invest in it

  36. Lynx Haynes
    Lynx Haynes April 30, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Since the government hasn’t pulled it’s weight for the last seven years to ensure bajans have jobs and education and otherwise for any form of economic growth this man needs to stop talking. Every time he opens his mouth he just insults people, but then again he got up in the estimates and stated there is no crime our education system is great and Bajans feel safe and ain’t got no problems smdh

  37. Alisa Cox-West
    Alisa Cox-West April 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    We will start pulling our weight when you start pulling yours

  38. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne April 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    There is nothing free, all is paid for by our taxes, do you think the Government has money its our money they are spending, if you have more to give I am happy for you,the rest of us has been bled dry.

  39. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin April 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    The system needs revamping — like last week. The time for a means test before citizens can access social services is long overdue, and it does not involve any rocket science. Folks, we have to grow up. Jamal is right. Those that are well off should not be feeding at the government’s trough. If you say you love Barbados you will think about this.

  40. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf April 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Jamel Layne Not with Government, the places are badly managed, tonnes of wastage. Sorry not paying for somebody to drive a duty free SUV while the infra goes to ruin. Miss me and that.

  41. Waiting April 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Sir Sandy asked “How did we get here?” and they have not answered him as yet. Friends and country men let us pray that that day comes quicker than we think and we remain as sane as possible so we can answer Sandy’s question, by pulling the dead weight apart.

  42. Bradg April 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    We have ourselves to blame for this mess we are in. It is we the electorate who put . . . his party in power. Income tax refunds for me and scores of other people outstanding from 2014, 2015 and now 2016 first time in history. Vat refunds not being processed either!!! Yet we getting blinded in taxation, And . . . [he] talking “carry more of the weight”. We are already a nation of weight lifters!!!!!!!

  43. Jamel Layne
    Jamel Layne April 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Hermine Alleyne Most other countries around the world taxes are collected and yet the people have to get their own health coverage and save for their children to go to school and college. That entitlement mentality is what has this poor country can’t catch itself. Those who lack the ability to change with the times are left behind. The private sector is thriving and the public sector is being left in the dark ages. Open your eyes people cause this tick for tack approach won’t get us anywhere. Look at the other Caribbean Islands advancing ahead of us.

    • Corey Broom May 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

      The world is not the United States of America, so please don’t compare lil Barbados to that. Please do some research and come again

  44. Katrina Welch
    Katrina Welch April 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I agree Hermine Alleyne there is nothing free..our salaries are heavily heavily taxed plus everything that we buy and pay for is taxed. It may seem as though everyone partying feteting cruising flying and buying as much cars as they can to park in front of their homes and have the latest clothes shoes hairstyles jewelery and technology but that is hardly generally the case; so many persons in this country are honestly finding it hard to get by daily. We can not generalise the entire country. Thanks for the grace of God.

  45. Reginald King
    Reginald King April 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m currently in your headquarters ( George Street Auditorium) and by the looks of this place you all don’t pull none at all if headquarters look as deplorable as it is.

  46. Johnathan April 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Thank God he said to pull the weight and not lift it cause it would give we goadies….

  47. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza April 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I handicap, i cant pull nothing and your departments deny me all my benefits thus far even my entitlements from that of my dead husband’s. SHAME ON YOU ALL DOINGS. Pull your weight first plz.

  48. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus April 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Smh…..pull weight…..the dlp headquarters getting a $10 million face-lift ( I ain’t sure how that gine work cause I doubt de whole building even costs that much) & ur telling us that we need to pull our weight?smh……every time you talk I understand more & more what an educated idiot is….

  49. hcalndre April 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Freundel Stuart having an education and no job is no way the people can progress and I did not hear you used the word “we,” just barbadians that will have to pull the weight, which do not include yourself and your coterie of friends who will live happily after when they are put out of politics. You talking about 50 years down the road, what about now or even 5 years.

  50. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan April 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I knew there was a reason why black ppl weren’t slave masters.CAUSE THIS RIGHT HERE IS JUST HOW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

  51. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin April 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Katrina Welch And that is why the system must change, so that those scuffling at the bottom who are genuinely IN NEED can access, SPEEDILY, the services they need. There is going to be some pain people, but it will be less painful when those who are able to carry their own burden step up and do so.

  52. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Jamel Layne…so right ..overseas u better have good grades to get into college and also make sure rent money is there every month or week and let’s no t get started on healthcare…bajans are soooo comfortable and this generation. Of children are exposing it thinking that someone must give them this and that and provide this or that …
    Going to uwi my mom bought books bus fate clothes and anything g I didn’t pass I had to pass and I found a part time job to supplement. .. These young ones want the lifestyle …the money but not the work ..tell them go overseas with that mentality and see if someone gives them any leeway. A lot of them would get their feelings hurt badddd.

    • John Everatt May 1, 2017 at 2:51 am

      I certainly agree

    • hcalndre May 1, 2017 at 10:36 am

      @Queenie ShaSha, I not sure where overseas you are referring, but I want to ask you where would you prefer? are saying you could get into Cave hill with low grades? I`m sure you can get a summer job and if your parent do not earn a certain amount annually there`s help, food stamps etc., what do you get in Barbados when you working for minimum wages, paying taxes and can`t even get your tax refund, while the same politicians with all the freebies say that they can`t live the life style that they only know since they became a politician and needed that money back.

  53. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    He’s right …

  54. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph April 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I wonder how much more weight he expects the people to pull he ain’t pulling none at all he size will tell you that much

  55. Jamel Layne
    Jamel Layne April 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Katrina Welch no we can’t generalize the entire country but the reality that at least 1/4 of the adult population doesn’t pay NIS or TAX as there are many youngsters living at home with parents who encourage their reckless behavior living on the street corners, many self employed persons not making contributions and even some companies making deductions but not paying into the system. Taxes are high for one obvious reason and that is due to it being the strongest money earner for government to meet their obligations.

    Pastors building mansions and driving the biggest cars around but the congregation still going faithfully every week and paying tides but wanna want to crucify the politicians for trying to advance themselves. If you have an issue with how they living while in office you the people can change that. Society is so brainwashed so many lack the ability to think for themselves.

  56. Alex Alleyne April 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    “Bajans must pull their weight”. Meaning you will just have to pay for more things and get off the Government freeness.
    We run out of way to TAX you more, so i/we looking at other ways to totally clean wanna out.

  57. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley April 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm


  58. Alex Alleyne April 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    “You now live in a Country in which you dear to dream”. My dear PM, most of us stop dreaming long ago and set GOALS, because dreams are not always SUBSTANTIVE.

  59. Sheron Inniss April 30, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine…..

  60. Mrpuff April 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Need to get foreign exchange in the island! He should be going after the hotels who are the main earners of foreign exchange, who collect all the money out of the island and only bring in enough to pay staff, the little amount to local suppliers and utility companies. They get duty free concessions and only collect 7.5% Vat! They are many other companies who take reservations outside of the island and the money never ends up here!

  61. Deenee Thomas
    Deenee Thomas April 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    He does speak,, even if it doesn’t make much sense.

  62. Kirk Nurse
    Kirk Nurse April 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I will condem the lot of em, in theory both of the their puposes is to serve for the betterment of the society. The actuality It takes a certain degree of nacrisism to even want to go into politics or the clergy, to beleiev that you can make a difference but both are simply used to elevate a econmic and social standing. Thus why I will never be able to seriously digest anything that comes out of either’s mouth.

  63. Andrew Sealy April 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    This Gov. needs to rethink and come up with better ways of getting revenue other than Tourism . like getting into the Customer Internet and Cable TV service Industry for Canada , US and other Countries. These services are contracted out to India and other Countries. Key is low wages. We can do the same. Encourage the Auto Ind. to set up a plant in Barbados for the markets in the surrounding areas.. Gm is currently having problems in their south American plants and have closed one and will be looking to set up shop elsewhere. Why not Bajans. Again low wages.. These will bring in thousands of direct jobs pus the spring off effects… In Tourism they need a serious aggressive out perform the competition. we don’t have that in Canada. Jamaica, Cuba and St. Lucia have regular adv on TV. Barbados has the occasional one. so u see you can’t catch fish unless you go fishing and we are not fishing.

  64. Brett Blades
    Brett Blades April 30, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Carry more weight? Wean off services provided by gov’t? Do these people realize that we pay for these services through TAXES on INCOME? Nothing has been provided free to us. If the taxes weren’t used for providing services what would it be used for? In fact, our taxes have made politicians rich and kept us poor. So get it right, we don’t have to be weaned off anything or carry more weight unless you’re not going to ask us to pay for everything via taxes. No gov’t has ever provided anything for us free. Get it right and don’t let them continue to fool us.

  65. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I tell wanna ever since let that man keep he mouth shut,and y’all wouldn’t listen,keep ask for him to wake up from his wa wa happen,he talking in he sleep.

  66. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm


  67. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm


  68. Peter R Rock
    Peter R Rock April 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

  69. Bobbi Singh
    Bobbi Singh April 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Bill Tatem

  70. Brandon St.Rose
    Brandon St.Rose April 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    You should know that by going to these institutions we are paying, or we’ve paid already in the form of taxes..please understand how the process works before running up your mouth.. Citizens pay taxes and said taxes fund these services for them to people have been brainwashed by North America thinking that you have to punish people just because they can’t afford to go private.. Let those who can go private go but stop crying down the others for our forefathers paid and today we are paying taxes to fund these for this economic crisis you speak of please enlightenment me as to where it is..certain politicians ranted about a recession that was over for years and used it to get away with…

  71. jus me April 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Exercises in futility!
    Remember what I say.

    Stuart is a lackey of the Americans.
    The Elite have plans for the way they want Barbados and the way they want the WHOLE World.

    You see regularly that Barbados is a thorn in the side of those who will control us, and control the World.
    WE are accused of Money laundering and the like.

    At the moment ,process dictates you must have a reason to Beat the Dog.
    In the same breath provide a bone for the dogs to fight over ,and occupy them selves with.

    Remember this writing here in this WI FI Rag, , supports the ILLUSION of Democracy.
    Its your bone to play with, a support of your Illusions.

    Stuart is purveying a much wider ,harder message than you are reading.
    He is telling you that your time is up, and that the Illusions are fast evaporating.
    He is also telling you that reality will be
    like NOTHING you have EVER previously experienced.

    You, like the Lemming, rush onwards to the cliff edge, still believing in your own madness.
    STILL making the SAME actions and REALLY REALLY expecting a DIFFERENT result.

    PAUSE PLEASE. Just for a MOMENT.
    What are your options??

    DEFINITLEY not THE BLP or MOTTLEY, the same S**T off a different shovel.

    The system will never change UNLESS YOU CHANGE IT.
    The CHANGE Starts with YOU.

    VOTE for any new party, for a start, this way you will smash the existing Political groups.
    It is not the answer by any means, but it will START to stop the rot.
    DO NOT allow ONE DLP or BLP back into Power.

    Have written into Law that elected Members of Parliament can be DISCHARGED by the voters of the constituency, if they do not work with the right objectives or follow the Constituency mandate.
    YOU pay these people.
    He who pays the piper calls the tune.

    TAKE BACK YOUR RIGHTS, before they disappear forever.

  72. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Mr. Freundel Stuart you like to set up all sorts of commisions to determine or get to the bottom of matters that need to be settled. How comes you have not requested an evaluation census to determine those on the island who can ”carry more of the weight” and those who cannot. All this talk you putting down is a mere diversion from the fact that you are about to deliver them the bitter pill of further austerity and other burdens. The way you talk, you sound like if the problem of the economy is that the people need to be blame and not the fact that your government committed itself to a number of ignorant policies and spend foolish committments.

    Barbados Today, I wonder if you are going to keep this article up as long as the two Mottley articles you removed.

  73. Shawn Phillips April 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Mr Prime Minister you should pull your own weight and ease Barbadians of the heavy taxes and burdens you are putting on families .Do it by calling the election sooner than later ,we cant take anymore of you .

  74. Ann Ifill
    Ann Ifill April 30, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Well he wait to long to tell us to pull or weigh we was pulling it a long time he old enough to think for him self get up and smell the coffee we can’t take it no more

  75. jus me April 30, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Both solve nothing and are merely passing passions.

    Look at Mottley for Gods sake!!

    If I drowning and see its she throwing me the life belt????

  76. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson April 30, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Here we go again with this Joker.Who the hell voted for this dude.

  77. Dogum Gunu Pastasi April 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Very beautiful, I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  78. ThickkMadame Scantlebury
    ThickkMadame Scantlebury April 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Preach Brandon St.Rose

  79. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier April 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    We would like you to pull your way out of Parliament

  80. LaToya Marshall
    LaToya Marshall May 1, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Pull u weight and pay de ppl Dem tax return and income tax money

  81. Darren L. Fairest
    Darren L. Fairest May 1, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Sean Fairest lool

  82. Patricia Ifill
    Patricia Ifill May 1, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Yes we are entitled. Entitled to what we pay taxes for. You can feel free not to access what you pay for but don’t be telling us what to do. If the Government spent out taxes wisely, they’d be able to properly provide the services we are entitled to.

    People who can afford to pay and who don’t know other people’s circumstance, can afford to talk. I hope some of you know you are only one pay check away from needing help.

  83. Daniel A Boxill
    Daniel A Boxill May 1, 2017 at 3:15 am

    People who can afford to pay don’t use the “free” social services. Some things you don’t have a choice but to go to the hospital for and you’ll be sent there, and if you are sent by private doctors you are billed for it. No one who can afford to otherwise is going to go and use our abysmally serviced polyclinics. Education is mandatory up to 16 so I’m not even going to enter into a discussion on that in this constantly condescending debate on “entitlement” however I will point out that those who can, homeschool or send their children to private schools and most who can afford it send their children to tertiary institutions outside of the island. That covers the two major points of contention claimed to be entitlements but lets move on to the point about money and taxes.

    Our govt revenues have gone up but our expenditure has also gone up…. yet most of these same services, depts and ministries (ie health, education, youth etc) have had their budgets cut over the last few years. We’re cutting and laying off (but rehiring apparently) and our expenditure has reached new heights…. and you know the problem isn’t that people are entitled. That’s a misdirection, an excuse and fraudulent line of argument constantly being used. The reality is that there’s too much wastage, corruption and indiscretions that are being ignored, covered up and passed off.

    Considering that many ministries aren’t being audited or filing complete financial reports I have no idea where we get these numbers that are reported in the FInancial Statements but let’s continue to pretend we suddenly can’t afford social services as if we ever could when the country was once less developed and poorer…. As if we suddenly have more people or something….

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 1, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Daniel A Boxill

      You deserve a hug and kiss for blatantly stating what the truth is. I have been writing on here constantly about the need to address the AG reports and the fact that millions of dollars have various doors for which it is channelled into awaiting pockets. The need for far greater transparency and accountability and the need to provide the Auditor General with greater powers so that he can go beyond reporting to requesting deeper investigations and the power to effect charges against the crooks in the system design to make them rich. We have a Prime Minister who can say to an island we will celebrate our 50 th with the spending of 7 million dollars or more, and that same Prime Minister can still tell bajans that we cannot spend 7 million to purchase sanitation trucks to collect the garbage piles because the sanitation habits of Barbadians are just downward disgusting. We have a DLP that says the turf club is good for writing off 10 million but bajans must be taxed beyond what is unreasonable.. . . [They] have not account on where the 1.2 billion in foreign reserves have gone over the last 8 years, but have the audacity to be renting buildings from their campaign donors for exorbitant fees, giving Bizzy’s SBRC 10 million per year or more regardless if SBRC receives garbage or not and then want bajans to accept that their management is prudent and well above reproof! The wastage in government is deliberate and the poor accounting and unaccountability in a non transparent environment is doing what it was intended to do and serve.

  84. Harry May 1, 2017 at 6:14 am

    without doubt the worst Govt in the history of this country he want us to pull our weight BUT their 10% salary cut has been restored according to Jones ” its our money” while all allowances for the people who voted them into office have been removed.
    How is right that a pensioner with an income of just over $40K per year has to pay income tax 0f $3,200.00?

    Is it correct that a number of the Govt have reportedly just purchased duty free vehicles for their family? pity that there is not an investigative journalist in this country with the “balls” to investigate and report on this.

    • lester May 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

      not only that but one of the ministers and he PS took a flight to switserland in the tune of 39,000 bds couple of months ago and for what i hope he went to buy buses

  85. Laeticia Prescod-Birkett
    Laeticia Prescod-Birkett May 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

    How many do you see farming land(reduce our import food bill) , what do you manufacture here get some manufacturing plant

  86. Laeticia Prescod-Birkett
    Laeticia Prescod-Birkett May 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

    When BS&T was taken from us, who was sleeping?

  87. Keisha King
    Keisha King May 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    he sound like a real female rabbit

  88. Andre Kyte
    Andre Kyte May 1, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Jamal I fully understand what you’re saying but the question is, Is our taxes being properly managed? If not, the government will forever be asking us to foot the bill

  89. Angela Skeete
    Angela Skeete May 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Wth he now wake up again

  90. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 1, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Note to PM and his cronies agree everyone should pull they weight and that involves shady arrogant politicians and the small minority of well heel fat cats that have gotten pretty much all of taxpayer monies through government contracts.So stop talking crap and lead by example not just around election time.

  91. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Look in mirror, F.Stupse!
    Pot telling kettle um black.

  92. Milli Watt May 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    you have been warned people listen and heed the voice of Moses….I mean Fruendel

  93. Ossie Moore May 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

    The most exciting thing to see right now in the country is a breadfruit sucker. That would mean prosperity and full bellies !

  94. Jarmara Chandler
    Jarmara Chandler May 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Lord give me strength not to cuss . . .

  95. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay May 1, 2017 at 9:23 am

    A day will come when poor great hang hat high bajans realize money don’t drop from sky,

  96. Bruno Koegler May 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

    We offered them to brainstorm and act for as project worth US$ 1+ Bn of exports, and similar as GDP DIRECT boost, they just did nothing 🙂 Involved were Hon PM F. S. and Hon Min Of Industry and Trade D. I. Sadly, I was not introduced to Min of Finance, nor Central Bank…

  97. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay May 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

    One day u all brainwashed sheeple will understand tax money collect by government is not ours, I leave that tbete

  98. Ossie Moore May 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

    There is a problem here folks ! there has been a false poster recently who has been responding to comments using my name ” Ossie Moore “.

    Therefore I am now changing my name, the real Ossie Moore is now signing off.

  99. Jennifer May 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    @Johnathan – Well said. GOOD ON YOU FOR BRINGING THESE THINGS OUT. But do you think that they had a choice. This people has sold out a long time ago, to integration. There by keeping blacks in a submissive, substandard, sub conscious, positions. Kissing that 1% a$$ and being their ATM machines. Mind you the masses don’t want to deal with it either.

    • Jennifer May 1, 2017 at 10:01 am

      And instead of dealing with the real culprits they prefer to punch each other in the face within their depression.

  100. Helicopter(8P) May 1, 2017 at 9:59 am

    All Bajans from Fort Wainwright Alaska to Wellington New Zealand knows the type of man Ossie Moore is. He is a real Bajan yardie the only other persons known about the villages as he would have been Joe Tudor and Auntie Olga!

  101. Extranjero May 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Commenter ” Harry ” hit the nail directly on the head when he said that ” pity that there is not an investigative journalist in this country ( Barbados ) with the “balls” to investigate and report on this ”

    It is known throughout the region that the bajan media is very “weak ” and cannot report on certain issues. For example : the bajan media go to press conferences ( what they call press luncheons ) and are told by the Government individuals giving the ” press luncheons ” . . . .

    (1) These are the questions that I want you to ask us.

    (2) We will not be answering any of your questions.

    Now what more do you expect from journalist who has just been given a free lunch ?

  102. Winston Goodridge
    Winston Goodridge May 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Why does this man even speaks, how much more are we suppose to pull??

  103. Donild Trimp May 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Thank you Mr Prime Minister for an enlightening presentation.

    For a while now I have called for an end to the entitlement mentality in Barbados.

    I am so happy with the following statement:

    “The first 50 years of independence were years of entitlement, but the next 50 years of independence cannot again be years of entitlement”

    That is what I call leadership Mr. Prime Minister. Only the entitlement minority crowd will disagree with you.

    The majority of forward thinking Barbadians will embrace your sentiments.

    Keep up the good work.

  104. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens May 1, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The old people used to say sweet life don’t last forever.

    • Jennifer May 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

      @lionel G – But that only apply TO CERTAIN PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS. Look good and see.

  105. jrsmith May 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hail, hail all ,…… (BAJANS )….must pull they weight ..( Stuart ) ..
    This is where our priminester needs to define ( which bajans ) the ones already pulling the cart , or the 1% sitting on it which is the government friends , who is protected…………………………..
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This man is spouting the truth , their are people in our nation who must be be look after ………………..

    @, Jamel ,L , hail, hail your ( 08.04 ) shot on the button well put together….
    @, Mr, Puff , hail, hail, beautifully done your (08.39 )……
    @ , Alibaba , hail, hail, spot on your (9.46 ) …..
    @,SSS , hail, hail, your (05.24 ) shot well put together…….
    @, Jennifer , hail, hail , as usual good (09.58) and Hun how are you doing , we have gone past the hundred , this is good ……..
    Do anyone think , (Today ) would encourage all politicians in barbados to go on line and see how much we love them……………

  106. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith May 1, 2017 at 11:37 am

    U talk with since but why are we now in this condition look at it this gov has been wasting the taxpayer money we will have to pay again darely only God can save us now

  107. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith May 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Ha ha ha the sleeping giant has awaken to bring more sudden deaths lol have mercy father on our country

  108. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    We have been pulling our weight for a long time, That is a FACT.

  109. sunshinecanada May 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Help us Heavenly father help us, that man wants to know what the people is thinking of him, he is playing, play with him too, help him people, to find a job, in the Jail or Jenkens,

  110. Tony May 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Mr Prime Minister,
    Thanks for reminding me of what I have to do when you decide to call the elections.
    I will certainly pull my weight to get you and the rest out of office.


  111. Donild Trimp May 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    @SC – @Tony: the two of you come across as members of the entitlement community.

    You all may not like the PM personally but any Barbadian who believes entitlement structure should remain would have to be a member of that lazy group of people.

  112. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Barbados Today, I see that you have the Stuart piece still up. I mean after all, it got 122 responses. Do not get me wrong, ok, Stuart deserves all the lashes he is getting due to his poor leadership skills and highmindedness. However, I cannot help notice how anything on the DLP stays and certain BLP things, like the silly woman’s proposal for more parliamentarians, gets pulled. How comes Mia Mottley’s RighWing proposal is not up as long as the Stuart nonsensensical parable dribbles. You really want a woman who is intelligent today and indifferent tomorrow, not to be held accountable by bajans for the nonsense she tends to do and say ever so often? The woman is intelligent but indiferent, articulate but foolish at times, rational in certain views but monstrously irrational when it comes to handling personal matters. Barbados Today, don’t you think you should lead news reporting far beyond a show of partisan ideals that is the image in many peoples minds concerning the nationnews paper and Advocate? In fact you should not have any conflict of interest issues period since you are a young online news agency and in the best position to show the otherd what high ethics, morality, professionalism and responsible investigative journalism is all about? Yet, here I am believing that you are all for BEE and oppose to DEE. Why is that?


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