Lashley ready to listen to the people

Minster of Youth Sports and Culture Stephen Lashley says the time has come for the Government of Barbados to listen to the concerns of citizens.

In fact, he believes that it would be “very foolhardy as a Government not to recognize that persons are concerned”.

So strong is Lashley’s conviction, he said the Government needs to take the concerns of the Barbadian people seriously and listen to them.

“I’m of the view that as the concerns are made known we as a Government have to be able to respond to those concerns in a manner that is reasonable and respectful to Barbadians,” he said on the sidelines of a CPR training exercise yesterday.

“I think it is for us to listen to the country. The Budget has come, I believe the rationale has been given, what I believe though is that we as a Government have to hit the ground and explain in detail the measures, why they are necessary and if necessary,” he said.

Lashley added that the concerns were not coming from one or two persons but from all Barbadians.

“You hear it on the call-in programmes, you hear it on social media, and Barbadians are concerned. I believe they are concerned that this particular tax has gone from two per cent to ten per cent. They are saying to us, does it have to be that much? We have to listen to that. And if it is that we have taken too big a jump that would impose significant challenges, then I think it is for us as a Government to review and to listen. I think over the next few weeks we really have to be in that mode,” he added.

He noted that he would be very open to having a dialogue going forward to address such concerns, adding that Governments has a responsibility to respond fairly to citizens and to present information to them in a way they can understand.

“We have a responsibility to be able to respond in the best way possible. At the end of the day, Government’s role is to ensure that we do what is in the best interest of Barbados but we have a responsibility to walk persons through what is a very difficult road. I think we need to do a bit more explanation because much of what I’m hearing is persons saying that hasn’t been explained before. And I think I agree fully that the Government of Barbados has to explain more,” he said.

He said, however, he does not believe that Government is trying to destroy the livelihoods of Barbadians.

“I don’t think you have a Government that is destined to destroy the livelihood of Barbadians. I don’t think that’s the case at all; the Government is very concerned about protecting the livelihoods of Barbadians. The Budget has been given and the citizens are responding. I think that’s democracy at work. It’s for the Government now to simulate those responses and to explain or make adjustments where necessary without further creating challenges as it relates to our fiscal challenges,” he said.

Lashley also noted that the time has come for more transparency with regards to budgetary proposals.

“I think we are rapidly getting to the stage in Barbados where the secrecy of budgetary methods has become irrelevant. We can give information to the public where we can give information to the public about proposed budgetary measures and get their feedback. We now have to be a bit more open with our measures. We have to explain policies in a way that persons can understand where we are going,” he explained.

Minster of Youth Sports and Culture Stephen Lashley participating in a CPR training exercise yesterday.


128 Responses to Lashley ready to listen to the people

  1. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan June 11, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    listening now when it suits u ,cause u smell your seat going out the door.too late for talking now.SO HIT THE ROAD JACK

  2. Eileene Jordan
    Eileene Jordan June 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    He still can’t do anything he feel people foolish.

  3. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman June 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Ok,You ready to listen to the people. Kindly ask the PM to do what is necessary for the Country. Thanks for your cooperation in this URGENT matter.

  4. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar June 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    too late

  5. Elizabeth Jones
    Elizabeth Jones June 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Years too late

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm


  7. Alex Alleyne June 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    “GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE THE CONCERNS OF THE BARBADIAN PEOPLE SERIOUSLY AND LISTEN TO THEM”. I wonder where was this guy hiding for the past 2 years when “the Barbadian People” keep asking the same Government to clean up the streets of the “gun and drug” thugs. Maybe when the TOURIST stop getting off the planes at GAIA then they might do something, but in the mean time “let the fools kill out one another”.

  8. Kayvonne Clarke
    Kayvonne Clarke June 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Really smfh

  9. Neeraj Vensimal
    Neeraj Vensimal June 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I live in his constituency and have never met him

  10. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney June 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Everybody trying them best to secure them seat smdh

  11. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt June 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    2 late lashley if u want to listen to the the people say tell PM call election yesterday tink bajans foolish bajans in foolish cause check and see ICE can get a bajan to send back .

  12. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt June 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Wunna gone next year .

  13. Laura Grant
    Laura Grant June 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Too late

  14. Aquarius Rastress
    Aquarius Rastress June 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm


  15. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis June 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah right we want action not your normal pretty talk and no action

  16. Alex Alleyne June 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Kept wondering how much more sleep they need, at least one “woke up”.

  17. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    And you now realise this? Byeeee

  18. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton June 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    NOW…he ready

  19. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder June 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    And that’s his election sound

  20. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Why of course. Leave no vote behind time. And now you have admitted for the last how many years you were not listening? Interesting. I hope the electorate turn off their hearing and don’t hear or see wunna

    • Pullhead Davis
      Pullhead Davis June 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Yep hope they stop listening to any dlp canidate

    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt June 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Lol good point so that mean there were not lissenning then ?

  21. Tête La
    Tête La June 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Look who want to get re-elected… The utterances of these people

  22. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Pull out ya resume.ya qualified to do anything else imjs

  23. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett June 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Don’t you think it’s a bit too late

  24. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight June 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Too late shall be the cry. Yuh get all yuh want and now want to listen!

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield June 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Making sure that they won’t have to touch the money they have hidden away

  25. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Elections must be near because all of a sudden DLP politicians want to listen and talk but got news fa them it’s too damm late.

  26. Carol-Ann Waithe
    Carol-Ann Waithe June 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Well tell Sinclair that to forget about carifest and put back in the money in the Treasury for us as poor people to get because school stuff ,bills and food we have to buy…
    Thank you

  27. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    F is 1 body gun talk wid u is me so I hope u listen to me. Just resign das all

  28. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave June 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Chaa. Go away . Don’t wanna hear you

  29. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt June 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Man lashley d people did ready to talk 9 years ago and u wunt lissen but now u wan talk d people n lissenning to u and dem .

  30. Trident Black
    Trident Black June 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Should have been there to listen to the young people before their skate rink was demolished.

  31. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins June 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I had to check the calender to see if it was April 1st.

  32. Cheryll Lewis
    Cheryll Lewis June 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    To late

  33. Mervin Kellman
    Mervin Kellman June 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Well, the people have listened to you and co and we do not like what we hear so we politely bid you adieu.

  34. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan June 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t you all think that it is a little late? What happened to the last eight yers?

  35. Cheryll Lewis
    Cheryll Lewis June 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This is the time for all christains to get on their knees alot of peop le don’t want to here this, but still listen and he hear he said if my people that are call by my name ,he did not say the politicians or those that don’t know God read 2CHRONICLES :7 :14:15

    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix June 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      You obviously didn’t read where it said god helps those who help themselves

    • Sonia Lynch
      Sonia Lynch June 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Or the part that said faith without works is dead ..

    • Cheryll Lewis
      Cheryll Lewis June 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      God held those that help themselves is not in the bible ,i repeat not biblical we cannot help our self we needed all of God to change us and situations ,ihave faith ,God say ask believing,i believe what God say with all my heart .i had to before and have to now.nothing more to say

    • Kirk Nurse
      Kirk Nurse June 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      What the hell that has to do with the article?

  36. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby June 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm


  37. Oliver Nicholas
    Oliver Nicholas June 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    So now u know this?

  38. Perro Holloway
    Perro Holloway June 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    You ready listen to the sound of my pen talking. Hear what it going tell you

  39. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph June 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    He didnt listening all the time these people does make me laugh

  40. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier June 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    We have nothing to say to you or DEM

  41. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus June 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The ppl should ignore u now…..smh……you ready ta listen?most arrogant

  42. Alex Alleyne June 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    A perfect example of how these Politicians see the people of Barbados. In their eyes “we the people” are the Number 3 in the number 1 (DLP) and number 2 (BLP) business.
    The will continue to flush us down the drain. We are going to jump from one to the next with same/similar results that shift from here to there. The finger without the LUBS.

  43. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood June 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    You to late lil hitler

  44. Milli Watt June 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    wdr he did doing for the last 10 years…………sleeping. No he was deaf drawing my tax dollars under false pretense and now get the hearing aid he could afford eva sense stupse. pure class clown got a line through he name also

  45. Astra Holder
    Astra Holder June 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Constituency offices open with signs begging people to come in.

  46. Lavern Hinds
    Lavern Hinds June 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Alwin Ellis i want a muzzle to put over this jack-o-lantern mouth

  47. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard June 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    wait y now

  48. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    The worst set of politicians that the DLP ever produce. MOST of these DLP politicians are yes man. When they was in parliament Not One of them did not disagreed with SINCLAIR.One man is going to make DLP lose the government. Just because a lot of you ain’t man enough to tell the minister of finance in parliament .I don’t like this budget. Take it back because it’s going caused hardship on the people of BARBADOS. Some of You politicians, you have to becareful going around to people house begging for votes next Election. A lot of people are angry with this government.

  49. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    The best thing for some of you to do is to resigned from politic before the next general election. A lot of you DLP ministers going to get beat so back that you ALL is going to cry like a LITTLE baby. MARK MY WORDS.

  50. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler June 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Surely the govt should be listening to the citizens ALL THE TIME. Not just now that elections are around the corner.

  51. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes June 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Now they want to listen …….

  52. Santini More
    Santini More June 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    After 9 years of virtually giving the Barbados public the proverbial middle fingers you now think you can turn around and say you ready to listen? The only thing you will hear from me is the almighty cheer when each and every one of you cabinet ministers lose your seat in the coming election.

  53. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale June 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    To late !! We want y’all out!!

  54. Franz Jordan
    Franz Jordan June 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm


  55. Ernesta Catlyn June 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    “Lashley added that the concerns were not coming from one or two persons but from all Barbadians.”

    There lies the crux of this government’s problem. Don’t wait until everyone is crying, pay attention to the ones and twos who all voted to put you there. This group is really not politicians at all; they do not understand the importance of weighing their words.

  56. Mavis Haynes
    Mavis Haynes June 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    To little to late

  57. Roslyne Wilkinson
    Roslyne Wilkinson June 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Ofter nine years you think that people is ass with you

  58. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    somebody has been reading social media along with listening to the talk shop oops I mean call in programs. Too late you people tek back wunnah 10% along with back pay for making the so called sacrifice. So the best ting wunnah could do is call early elections and go home as multimillionaires with as much integrity as a common thief.

  59. Randolph June 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Too late.For 9 years you all were not listening only filling your coffers but now want to listen?Listen to the polls.

  60. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam June 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Mr Steven Stephen Lashley for me your to late if I were you I’d keep straight when u visit my area

  61. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid June 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Before the last election, he said that he couldn’t deal with his constituents because they were hand to mouth (paraphrasing, not his actual words), and now he’s deciding he wants to listen?? Waste of space as far as I’m concerned. Stephen Lashley should’ve taken the time to listen to his constituents for the last 2 elections, not now…but he like he see the Grim Reaper down the road and clutching at straws..smh

  62. Tony Webster June 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I agree, Sir, that you and friends are going “to hit the ground”. Yep, dead cat bounce’n’all.
    Bit late to the party, though.

  63. Sonia Lynch
    Sonia Lynch June 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    It took u 9 years to understand we had a voice .hear wha I wan tell you tek a shovel and a hoe and dig wanna exit …

  64. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde June 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Psst Lashley, you listening??? TELL YOUR BOSS TO CALL ELECTIONS NOW.

  65. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones June 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    What de…man I dun

  66. Poster Man
    Poster Man June 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm


  67. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo June 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    wait i could cuss he on this page ?

  68. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton June 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Too kiss me ass late

  69. lime juice June 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Every night he on TV trying to look good and sound pretty and think he is Mr It and now talking bout government got to listen to the people. That bombastic arrogant government don’t care bout no body cause they all got what they wanted.

  70. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small June 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Too late ,tell your flock start packing.

  71. Lisa Oneale
    Lisa Oneale June 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    U wait too late

  72. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde June 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    He don’t need to listen he will HEAR come elections time .. X marks the spot !!!!!

  73. Barbara Hylton
    Barbara Hylton June 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm


  74. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull June 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    After the approval of the Budget ,why not

  75. harry turnover June 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You want to listen to the people NOW ???? why ya din listen back then when ya said I am the MINISTER….. blaa blah blue.
    This is wunna LAST MAS…ENJOY IT /

  76. Fallon Best June 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    No more party letters D and B.. we want solutions!

  77. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch June 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Oh Lord .

  78. Ricci Khan June 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Do you people really think that Barbados is going to survive if at midnight on Election Day next year the count reads…BLP 30 seats, DLP 0 seats?

  79. Bradg June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Cuh dear. Minister taking a good ole bajan flogging here for his poor choice of words.

  80. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock June 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Things politicians say when elections is on the horizon for $500

  81. Anton June 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    We are not as foolish as he and his colleagues we are. They are now like drowning men clutching at straws.

  82. Anton June 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I should have said think that we are

  83. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold June 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Not ah word from me

  84. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke June 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    You really think this is comedy fest, you sound jokingly, he who laught last,is the joker.

  85. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte June 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Wow… such an awesome original thought. Is it election time yet? Am not fooled!

  86. Kay Henry
    Kay Henry June 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    You had A lot of time to listen it’s too late now we ready to vote DEM out BLP to the world a dependable government and a much better Barbados for all

  87. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed June 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    TOO LATE……………

  88. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch June 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Wow is all I will say.

  89. fedup June 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    De horse dun bolt out d stable. Yuh late!!

  90. Pat BB
    Pat BB June 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Wow!! At this time?? Well its our turn not to say anything.

  91. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry June 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    because elections are near

  92. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow June 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    These Empty suits are irresponsible Pariahs

  93. laila June 12, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Yes wunna foolish. Who vote them in a 2nd time?

  94. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite June 12, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Too late, you people believe bajans are a bunch of fools. You did what you like for 8/9 yrs, ain’t hear the crys of the people and now want to listen to the people. Bajans have been shouting loud long, you all were deaf or asleep, so now you all get hearing aids or wake up, people don’t want to hear you all. Bajans don’t be fool by these people, get out and vote them out.

  95. Greengiant June 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I would’t waste my time commenting on this, ” most of the members of this cabinet have already acquired their parliamentary pension. The Bees want to come, secure their pension as well, then it will be free for all. Those who are still around after securing their pension understand that they can begin to take advantage from day one on the job as a government minister. We will be foolish to return either of these two to office with huge a majority. I urge Barbadians to get some other party’s candidates into parliament, make the B L P or D L P form coalitions where they’ll be answerable to their coalition partners.

  96. Larry Moore
    Larry Moore June 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    After 10 yrs stupid

  97. Ms. Fed Up - Going with MIA (BLP) June 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Now that everybody’s pension is secure they can speak…but all along they were mum, death and dumb to the people’s plight. WAKE UP BARBADIANS!!!!

  98. Harewood Ann
    Harewood Ann June 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

    All of these years and now you want to talk to the people when your members already EATEN us Barbadian for bater high taxes no income tax food bill high can’t no money to pay our bills and now you want to talk or eat us THINK HITLER small COKE

  99. jrsmith June 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The time bajans are wasting on this government could have been spent , preparing small plots of land planting foods and establish a cottage industry , the failed government has reflected on the people who seems to never made any plans to be productive in any way possible to help our nation………………………….

    Our political problem in barbados , how after this present crooked and corrupt government our black masses can trust any one ….
    This question I must ask , of all you new want to be politicians…
    ????????????????????????? ( What if anyone of your parties have the responsibility to form a new government , this also go for the (BLP ) would the new government go after the missing (900 millions bds dollars , bringing the people accountable for the losses to justice ………………………………………………..

  100. Jea Alleyne June 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Can you believe it…….9 years on: “We have a responsibility to be able to respond in the best way possible”….I was told by Government Officials “The Governement dont care where you get it from” and “dont bother to call here because I dont have to answer your questions”

    You’ve set the budget already and now its time to listen to the people……. Jokers too little too late !!! Is anyone going to explain what happened to the disappearing millions for the Auditor General’s Reports…….I think not, but we are being taxed for it !!

    The NSRL now 10% is hardly going enhance any Barbadian’s life, “he does not believe that Government is trying to destroy the livelihoods of Barbadians”…….Really 🙂 because you cant identify with the average Bajan with the money/Allowances you enjoy as an MP !!

  101. Caroline Clarke
    Caroline Clarke June 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Too late shall be the cry all of a sudden he ain’t deaf no more he get hearing aids now

  102. Natty June 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

    The people of barbados was speaking out longgggggg before now…and now you think it’s time to listen the people of barbados are tired and fed up of all tht this government is doing.

  103. lester June 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Truth be told this is a vicious cycle of west minister politics both B’s and D”s are guilty of it they study sociology most of them they know how to trick the masses, so don’t ask for a change of government ask God to change their hearts

  104. Danny Mascol
    Danny Mascol June 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    2 late

  105. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields June 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    WHY NOW Lashley
    Don’t worry be happy
    When the people were crying..
    They voices were falling
    On deaf ears… No one was listening
    The leader and his merry band
    Bake pork was eating
    Long necks were drinking
    Soon the people will be speaking
    That X they’ll be placing

  106. Karen F-Glasgow
    Karen F-Glasgow June 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Money gone, culture gone, and you Mr. Lashley gone too…bye Felicia!!!

  107. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith June 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Ready to listen now !!!!to what or whom no money to put in the pockets it all gone please give the poor ppl a break it is time to go we the ppl will now speak and we say cant take no more sufferation give us a clean departure or a fast move out go go go peacable God will deal with u all

  108. Dru Haynes
    Dru Haynes June 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Too little to late

  109. Belfast June 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    The people of Barbados had their ears pricked and ready to listen to wunnah since the demise of PM Thompson, but it appears that the words were bypassing out lug holes, as most of the time the PM and others saw it fit to talk down to the people .
    Now at the 11th hour you want to listen?
    Well listen good….GET BLOODY WELL LOST!!!!!!!


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