PM booed

Fiery BLP crowd vents anger at Stuart outside Parliament

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was greeted with incessant boos and jeers as he entered Parliament this afternoon, minutes before the commencement of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s official Budget reply.

A large animated crowd, comprising mostly supporters of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), gathered at the gates of Parliament and was quite vocal about its disgust with the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party as they made their way into Parliament this afternoon.

While it has become customary during this annual fiscal exercise for supporters on both sides of the political divide to greet their elected representatives as they enter the hallowed chambers, today marked one of the few times that members of the Government bench were openly subjected to continuous expressions of derision.

Arguably, the loudest of these expressions of contempt were reserved for Stuart, who remained unfazed amid the shouts as he exited his vehicle and made his way into the Lower House.

When questioned about their reasons for booing the Government bench, members of the crowd stressed that their actions had little to do with their support for the Opposition and more to do with the hardship that had been inflicted by the ruling DLP administration in Tuesday’s Budget.

“It is not only going to affect me, I have a circle of family, I have friends that are mothers who can’t even afford to send their children to school right now.

“That Budget is not for poor people and today speaks for itself. I have never seen anything like this in my 50 years on this earth. Last year when we had the Budget, it was not like this . . .  and people are showing who they want to run the country. Right now we need God to work a miracle for us,” said one woman, who opted not give her name.

“Those people [Government] put ten per cent back on their salaries while we ain’t get a raise in nine years, but we have to suffer while they living free and good,” added Omar Anthony in a clear reference to Government’s controversial decision to reinstate the ten per cent pay cut, which Cabinet ministers and other parliamentarians took almost two years ago.

“This is too much now. I wanted this Government to know that they have to go. I want all 30 seats. All of them must go. They suffer Bajans too long now,” added an angry Selma Mathews.

“Yes, we have respect for the office of the Prime Minister but it is clear that the Prime Minister has no feelings for me and my family, so he can’t have my respect. So I join in and boo he too,” added another member of the crowd, who spoke to Barbados TODAY anonymously.

In stark contrast, cheers rang out loud and long as Mottley, flanked by her parliamentary colleagues, made her way into the chambers to present her three-hour response to yesterday’s equally lengthy presentation by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

Midway across the courtyard Mottley raised her hand in acknowledgement of the supporters, a gesture which drew even louder cheers.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb.

30 Responses to PM booed

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne May 31, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Well, this goes to show that the people are fed up with Freundel and Dems.

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  2. Sean King
    Sean King May 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t think people will set about to disrespect the Prime Minister but we have a leader who does not show the ordinary person that he cares . Time for this administration to leave office .Too much hardships while they living good.

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  3. Marcia Clarke June 1, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Gross Disrespect!!!

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    • hcalndre June 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

      @Marcia Clarke; Gross Disrespect? Where is the people`s right of Free Expression? What should they do, genuflect in from of him?

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  4. jrsmith June 1, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Our present government should now call the election, he is always confident he will win because the bible whackers is backing him………………………………..
    Looking at (Mia) and her team , they look as though they mean business, kick ass day coming ………………………………….

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  5. Samantha Best June 1, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Politicians understand that this is a part of their life.

    Barbados Today where is the summary of Miss Mottley’s presentation? You pay attention and highlight things that are of no significance. Then there are people who then focus on matters that are not beneficial to them. After the Prime Minister is booed, then what? Were The BLP’s proposals more beneficial to the country? Did she have proposals that would benefit the economy and by extension the people of Barbados? We are always saying that we are seeking to have ‘developed country’ status. When will this happen with petty thought processes? We need to stay focussed.

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    • harry turnover June 1, 2017 at 6:30 am

      You VEX because the PM got JEERED and BOOED ? what are you going to do when DEM get kick out.?…..ALL AH DEM.
      …and how can Mias’ proposals BENEFIT the Country ?….they are NOT the GOVERNMENT as DAVID THOMPSON said WHEN HE WAS IN OPPOSITION in response to those same questions you are in love with.

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    • jennifer June 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Bring it Sammy b. I taught it was me. All she said did was attack with nothing of essence, carefully trying not to fire at the private sector. Mia and that lot playing football and the masses head is it. Mia and her gang is going to leave everyone of those taxes in place. This was a coon budget and the opposition was subliminalty supporting the whole thing. All of them at that table eating and belching. Fools paradise.

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  6. BIGSKY June 1, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I didn’t vote in the last elections but I will be voting this time around because I was taxed by this DLP government for the wood ants in my coconut tree.What made matters worse was that I was required to count them and submit all information to the BRA. . LOL.

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    • jennifer June 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Hahahaha. And more coconuts coming too. The tree string with them. Wait and see. Nuff green coconuts and nuff dry coconuts. Some is full with water and some is bare jelly.

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  7. SMOOTHIE June 1, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Well said Samantha Best don’t mind the lackies,I didn’t hear her say that if and when she wins the election that she would reduce the taxes that we are complaning bitterly about.Whose fault it is that people who have five and six children cant feed or send them to school ? Protect yourselves.

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  8. Frank White June 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Booeds and jeereds int go fase the prime minister… You have to speak the language that they would overstand… 150 thousand Barbadians on the front lawn of the bay street office… Comprising of all public sector workers, police, air and sea port workers, private transportation minibus zr taxi zm… Show them that you mean business because at present, they are laughing all the way to the bank while you all are suffering in complete silence… Barbados is not going to get any better unless Barbadians take their heads out the sand…

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  9. BaJan boy.. June 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Marcia Clarke respect is earned… When we were at school there was something called dumb insolence….that is disrespect too…

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  10. Jea Alleyne June 1, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Even more distasteful is the fact that Barbados doesnt appear to be doing anything with regards to Reparations but……Mr. Stuart, the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide & Slavery, had a meeting, he received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda…..on May 3 2017 reported on Caricom Today on-line. Mr Stuart, this is another area that involves the people of Barbados and you appear to be very silent on the developments of the progress for the people of this Nation. What approaches did you suggest? There is too much secrecy is this Country from those at the top, obviously obstructing advancement and financial stability. of the people !!

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    • jennifer June 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      @Jae – THERE WILL BE NO REPARATIONS. as far as that no conscience lot is concerned them ain’t do a thing wrong. But time is short. Keep watching.

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  11. Jea Alleyne June 1, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Sorry should have copied the link
    http://today.caricom.org/2017/05/03/pm-stuart-holds-reparations-discussions/

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  12. Ossie Moore June 1, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I Ossie Moore see the Barbados political system operating in a two party monopoly! It goes as such; ” This four is for we and if we get lucky de next four is clean up time”! so in other words it takes eight years for the impowered politically inclined to set personal agends! Public service and the people’s business are the utmost of representation when called to representation my dear brothers and sisters!

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  13. joan Worrell June 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Samantha Best

    Ignore the negative comments coming your way. I am in total agreement with you. All I heard was
    ‘Lock up, lock up , lock up”‘ . I thought that I was liistening to a repeat of Donald Trump on the campaign trail saying that he would lock up Hillary Clinton. Not a word about how she would pay the Civil Servants if she becomes Prime Minister of Barbados. This is a ploy used by Tom Adams ( Duffus Commission) and more recently by the last Governmentl, when the current Leader of the Opposition was part of the Cabinet? They were a monumental waste of the tax payers’ money. After findings of the St. Joseph Hospital were made known, an article was published in another section of the press was captioned ‘ BLP has no Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital”. Don’t let politicians fool you. Barbados is a small country. One person in one party is the second cousin to another person in the other party. The Minister of ”X” in one party was a law partner of the Shadow Minister of ”X” in the other Party. The Attorney General in one Party is the Godfather/Godmother of the child of an M.P in the other Party and so on and so forth.

    Yesterday’s performance in the House of Assembly was no different from what we expected from a night out at Cohoblah Pot, years ago at the Stadium. It was a rehash of the same old same old jump-up and wukup tune. lol

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  14. Sarifa Patel June 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Personally I have no intentions of casting no vote in the next election, as it makes no difference to who wins the government, because as far as I am concerned they are no honest politician in this world, all are out to gain for themselves and it’s time to wake up and smell the roses because things will not get better under a new government just worse. Let’s take an example from what is happening in the USA. Promises were made and today 23 million people have lost their health care and all sorts of scandals going on. Was always taught better the devil you know than the one you don’t.

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  15. Peter June 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I am sure that Carson C Cadogan, R Matthews who hides behind the name Arthur, Coralita AKA Miss Undecided and all DEM other supporters or foot soldiers will lament the remarks that Mia and the BLP organized that booing session. FACT is that Fruendel, using the brain located in his backside will think that he’s popular and they’re cheering him on. Other than that the booing and jeering noise will pass right through his empty , uncaring head in one ear and out the other in his usual manner of listening to his cabinet associates. Richard Sealy, your responsre was very hollow. Clearly you were looking for a black cat or in your case dog in complete darkness and you were wearing a blindfold at that. You were clearly trying so sow seeds of doubt in Mia’s mind as you have absolutely NOTHING in your bag on her. We understand you failed locally and was shipped overseas to Canada on a fly by night so called universities at great parental paid costs, You showed a lot of volume with no density. you remind me of Donald Trump He knows Nothing about political protocol, and like him, you surround yourself and depend of knowledgable professionals in tourism to report and write for you. I really thought you were smart. but I was so wrong.

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  16. Milli Watt June 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    mob calling for all de seats……….no DLP in de house after next year. wuh I like um. All dat missing is the fringe parties to take up de space. imagine wuh dis place coming to

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  17. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    His pompous, lying tail deserves to get booed. I would love the arrogant pretender to be thoroughly investigated.

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  18. Jea Alleyne June 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Well, actions speak louder than words…..the People in power are looking after themselves, it is up to the population to look after themselves……There is really no point in voting because you have no say after that !!! EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF !!!

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  19. Mikey June 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    @Joan Worrell, who is family to who in one party or the next is not the issue. Both parties have placed Barbados in this dirty situation, with big debts and deficit along with poor foreign reserves.
    STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE DLP TOO.
    BOTH PARTIES SHOULD BE DUMPED LIKE GARBAGE AND GET A NEW SET OF PEOPLE WITH FRESH IDEAS.
    YOU TOO ARE BEING FOOLED BY THEM PULLING WOOL OVER YOUR EYES. TAKE OFF THE BLINDFOLD !

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    • jennifer June 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      @ Mikey – nice. Both of them parties are two sides of the same coin. The more of this oppressor education/ indoctrination this people get the more they are blinded. Very little FORESIGHT. Ruminate, regirgitate, and flactulate. just like an ox.

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  20. Milli Watt June 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    can’t wait to hear de wind up to the debate more sport.

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  21. Greengiant June 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    It’s time now to change this tradition of persons entering the yard of parliament. Our environment has changed, and the area around the parliament must be out of bounds unless you are conducting business there. No gathering to greet government or opposition members. The security arrangements must change now. I’m sure if a B L P administration had endured this verbal aggression they would have had the security services act accordingly. We cannot take things for granted in these times, and this has nothing to do with party affiliation, this is a matter of improving national security.

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    • harry turnover June 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      You forgot that Owen and the BEES were BOOED back then too ? where were you ? wha nabody shun boo and jeer DEM too ?…wha DEM do mo SH8 than de BEES when they were in power

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  22. Evan Hutchinson June 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I think he needs to get a lawyer..lol

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  23. Lorenzo June 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Do not worry Joan Worrell is a DLP lackey looking for excuses for a useless government .Next we have Greengiant saying the area around parliament which for years have hsd supporters cheering and jeering must now be removed,why? because your leader was jeered.Mia Mottley went to town on themlast night,had them rattled especially the same sex union guy Dr Lowe who found out that morality comes in all forms.They had better leave Ms Mottley alone.

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