Jones: It’s a sad day

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has accused the Opposition Barbados Labour Party of inciting its supporters to “disrespect” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart by booing him as he entered Parliament here on Wednesday.

A large animated crowd, comprising mostly red t-shirt clad BLP supporters, gathered at the gates of the House of Assembly and was quite vocal in expressing its disgust with Stuart’s ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Arguably, the loudest of these expressions of contempt were reserved for the Prime Minister himself, who was seemingly unfazed amid the negative shouts as he exited his vehicle and made his way into the Lower House.

When questioned about their reasons for booing the Government leader, members of the crowd said it had little to do with their support for the Opposition and more to do with the hardship that was inflicted by the ruling DLP in Tuesday’s Budget.

However, in his contribution to the Budget debate on Thursday, Jones took issue with the behaviour of the Opposition crowd, saying Barbadians had always maintained respect for the dignity of elected leaders regardless of which party they supported.

“I know Barbadians become very puffed up when the smell of the theatre politics is in the air, and over the last two days I witnessed much of that theatre. On the outside I saw all kinds of orchestrations were delivered and I thought what I saw was a sad day in the political history of Barbados. We had always been a mature people with probably one of the best democracies in the world,” Jones said.

“However we are moving the goal post more and more very dangerously to what could be described as conflict. Yesterday I heard loud booing; I don’t know who started the booing, but, looking outside, I realized that it was several persons dressed in red and I realized that the Prime Minister was being driven in.

“You don’t have to demonstrate disrespect to our leaders. You don’t have to like them, not everybody likes us, but we must always practice a certain level of respect in our political dealings,” he counselled.

The Minister of Education also cautioned the Opposition that it could sow the negative seeds it reaps.

“I hope that when they reap the repercussions of those seeds that they do not say, ‘I did not plant those seeds’. The harvest might be the most dangerous to those who planted the seed,” he warned.

9 Responses to Jones: It’s a sad day

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 2, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    THIS IS WONNA LAST F##KING MASS.

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  2. hcalndre June 3, 2017 at 3:56 am

    @ Jones; well you`re thinking about cracking some heads again, not that barbados have one of the best democracies in the world, it is bajans are docile and want outsiders to fight their cause. Leaders all over the world are being heckled and have protection 24/7 so the PM and the rest of you believe that being a politician in Barbados, the citizens should pay homage and genuflect to you. That is for the apologists, yard fowls and the beggars.

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  3. Johnathan June 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    You should go crack some heads..He needs more than being booed. After imposing so much taxes on bajans and you dirty bunch taking back 10% salary you guys could watch him bring a brand new 500 000 $ Mercedes Benz the day after these draconian measures. Man wunnah really don’t care bout nobody …..

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  4. Troy June 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Jones you need to shut up and ship out. You become very vocal on issue that don’t matter. It’s your DLP lead government that has brought the country to its knees. You can’t assume that because the people were wearing red that they were BLP supporters, they could’ve been Man U supporters. The point is stop picking at nonsensical issues and deal with the matters that are affecting our people. Don’t worry the Boos will be transformed in to Boots shortly…..to kick wunna out.

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  5. GZB June 3, 2017 at 8:16 am

    “The Minister of Education also cautioned the Opposition that it could sow the negative seeds it reaps..”

    Huh????

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  6. BimJim June 3, 2017 at 8:27 am

    We live in a democracy where our “leaders” are elected by the people and given every opportunity to govern – some call our system “elected dictatorship” because, after we have made our selections, they then all bow to the command of ONE person who WE did NOT elect to that particular office.

    When our “leaders” do well they are feted, clapped and congratulated everywhere in public… but when they are abject, abysmal, dismal, totally unperforming failures – and the most complete idiots – who have exhausted every accommodation and “chance” the voters are able to optimistically donate, then they SHOULD BE roundly boo’d, heckled and shouted down in public, NOT “respected” and left alone.

    THEY ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS, yet according to their behaviour one would be led to believe they are public royalty. Now, in a time of reeling national finances, the Chief Jackass just got himself a brand new $350,000 Mercedes Benz – OUT OF OUR POCKETS.

    Freundel Stuart is getting nothing more, and nothing less, than he deserves for dragging his country down into the gutter of poverty, neglect and bankruptcy. In fact, I wish he could get more of it.

    I lived in Antigua for some time, and when I first went there in 1980 dissatisfied people would go and call Prime Minister Vere Bird OUT OF HIS HOME early in the morning to air their grievances – and he would go out and speak to them.

    The two Parties – DLP and BLP – who brought us to this point deserve nothing less than being left out in the cold when election time comes around.

    I am not partisan (not a yard fowl), and in my opinion Bajans should put a new Party into power – nobody could do any worse than these two bunches of incompetent greedy career hypocrites and losers who suck long and deep at the public trough for personal gain, leave the citizens nothing to show for 12 Billion dollars in national debt – and THEY ARE STILL PRINTING MONEY..

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      You said it well Bim Jim. Both parties do everything in their power to win the election. Then after that, they become puppets to those who finance their campaign. Messa days certainly ain’t dead in Barbados.

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  7. Peter June 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Typical of a politician, Jones has no understanding of the true nature of respect.
    “Respect cannot be commanded or demanded, it can only be earned through actions. Disrespect is also earned, through words, actions and inactions.”
    If Jones and his I’ll are feeling disrespected, maybe they should take a long, hard look in the mirror to find the reason so many believe they are just another bunch of useless politicos doing everything for their own gain.

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  8. Peter June 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Typical of a politician, Jones has no understanding of the true nature of respect.
    “Respect cannot be commanded or demanded, it can only be earned through actions. Disrespect is also earned, through words, actions and inactions.”
    If Jones and his ilk are feeling disrespected, maybe they should take a long, hard look in the mirror to find the reason so many believe they are just another bunch of useless politicos doing everything for their own gain.

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