DLP supporters divided over PM’s new ride

There seems to be a split in opinion among die-hard supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) over Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s timing in getting a spanking new $700,000 ride.

Barbados TODAY reported last Friday on the purchase of the sleek S-Class Mercedes Benz, less than 24 hours before Stuart had called during his Budget contribution in Parliament for personal sacrifice on the part of all Barbadians as the country grapples with severe economic challenges.

His move to acquire a new luxury vehicle has therefore created much national unease, including among staunch members of the ruling party’s National Canvass Team.

“We are of the opinion that the timing of the car was a wrong thing to do at this time, bearing in mind the sort of questions we have been getting about the Budget,” said spokesman Arnon Dyal, who emphasized that “it is a wrong move at this time” and that the Prime Minister should have taken into consideration the fact that “we are in tough times.

Arnon Dyall

“Maybe the car should have been kept and then later on brought out,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that this position had also been expressed during internal meetings of the ruling party.

Dyal also said the vehicle controversy as well the recent austerity measures announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in last week Tuesday’s Budget had only served to make matters more difficult for the team, which was focused on securing a third straight victory for the DLP at the polls, which are due here by the middle of next year.

“When we go canvassing we are confronted with people talking about the two per cent and the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) and the man in the street is concerned about that and the feedback we have been getting is that it was the wrong timing,” he stressed.

However, Stuart has brushed aside the criticisms of his new car, saying he did not own it, but merely had access to it. Furthermore, he has argued that the new vehicle was just a replacement, which was ordered in the Estimates of 2016-2017 but was only delivered a few days ago.

In support of her leader’s position, longstanding DLP supporter Jasmae Barton suggested that the entire vehicle debate was really much ado about nothing.  In fact, she told Barbados TODAY that she did not see what the big deal was about while vehemently defending Stuart’s response to his critics.

“It was good for the Prime Minister to respond because a lot of people don’t understand that the car is not any particular Prime Minister’s car, it is the car of the Prime Minister’s position.

“If the Government changes tomorrow whoever is Prime Minister would be driving that car. When they demit, they can’t carry home the car,” she insisted.

Lloyd Blackman

DLP stalwart Lloyd Blackman further argued that ordinary Barbadians should not begrudge the Prime Minister the comfort of a new luxury vehicle.

“I think he is well deserved to have a new vehicle as a Prime Minister of Barbados. The Governor General, judges, the Attorney General are among the people privileged to have a car and a driver,” Blackman said, contending that it would be inappropriate for Stuart to turn up at functions in a vehicle, which does not befit the high esteem of his office.

10 Responses to DLP supporters divided over PM’s new ride

  1. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott June 9, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    The government’s ride

  2. Mark My Word June 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Our PM who ever he or she may be should have an excellent bullet proof vehicle, with smoke screen and the works
    A smaller version to what Obama had

  3. fedup June 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    So when yuh see dee big ride wid d crown d average person doan say ‘look d GG car’? Steupse. We know um int Stuart car. Just admit dat DE TIMING WRONG.. PERIOD!!!

  4. Ricci Khan June 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Another red herring. I believe that a previous PM who had one year in office used that year to acquire TWO Official cars, both Mercedes Benz and spent a fortune renovating Ilaro Court including a massive $ 75,000.00 to change up the bathroom. And do not forget the $ 60,000.00 that Mr Adams spent to convert the Cadillac from left hand drive to right, a move which did not work as the car gave endless problems from Day 1 and was eventually scrapped. But all of these funds are a drop in the bucket when compared to the massive overruns in expenditure which the previous administration developed….The 3S Highway (which did not go to tender and had no budget allocated to it). The G.A.I.A., Kensington Oval, Harrisons Cave, the U.S. Dollar jail at Dodds, and oh my goodness…the 50 Million Dollar hole in the ground at Greenland. Bajans have very sellective memories.

    • miche June 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      With a name like Kkan,,I even question your right to comment on national affairs.

  5. Jea Alleyne June 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Very good “TAX SYSTEM” for all those handling the money !!!

  6. ARETHIA GOODMAN June 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I have come to the final convince that Barbadians are very underside when it comes to our own darker kind , thing like undervaluing , undermining , selfishness , lowering-selfesteem , self-defeating , rhetoric , envy , obstruct , are some of the things which we readily heavily put our ownselves under, which opens up a wider path for clearer persons to have ever right to disagree with our own black rich decision. I do hope that you all do realise that with these kind of brushes , blacks will always be a keep down with their own readily decisions. So next time you all having these discuss , I need you all to realise why there will never be a front row seat any where in history for you all people.

  7. miche June 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Arnon Dyall; The only thing that surpasses your Ignorance is your dishonesty ,,,willful deceit is a lie,,,“Maybe the car should have been kept and then later on brought out,” , And by the way,,,the car wasn’t ordered last week,,,,, It just happen to be delivered then,,,,and for you, to go flabbing in the news,,rather than to discuss your feelings amount your peers,,,,makes me question your loyalty.

  8. Belfast June 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Simpson’s Motors ,the local agency for the Mercedes Benz brand should hang its head in shame , for keeping silent on the question of maintenance and reliability of a brand that has proven itself all over the globe, except of course between Bay Street and Illaro Court/St Philip.
    Who in their right mind would now buy a Mercedes Benz , after the damning endorsement by the Prime Minister. Perhaps the next PM’s Official car should bear the Caterpillar logo , many of which are still hard at work in the dwindling cane fields of Barbados, after some 50 to 60 years of real sterling service.

  9. Jennifer June 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Who is Ricci Khan? Tell him to speak in the present not the damn past.


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