Blackett blames BLP for vagrancy

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett has accused the former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration of ushering in an era of vagrancy in this country.

He levelled that charge Tuesday during debate in Parliament on a resolution to acquire the former site of the District ‘E’ Police Station in Station Hill, St Peter and vest it in the National Housing Corporation (NHC).

Blackett claimed that vagrancy had become such a major issue during the BLP administration, that Government was forced to build the Clyde Gollop Centre in Hindsbury Road, St Michael to accommodate male vagrants.

“So stark were the cases of vagrancy in the country that the BLP Government of the day had to provide a solution for the issue. In fact, we inherited the Clyde Gollop Centre which now falls under the National Assistance Board. We had to refurbish it and expand it and upgrade it. We now accommodate a number of homeless men when night comes.

“The BLP now wants to pin vagrancy on the Democratic Labour Party. They also want to pin pit toilets on the DLP. Those scourges existed before the DLP assumed office in 2008,” Blackett insisted.

The St Michael Central Member of Parliament further contended that the ruling party had nothing to be ashamed of as far as its housing record was concerned.

He pointed to the Valerie Housing Project in Brittons Hill, St Michael, the high-rise apartment complex at the Grotto, and the Lancaster, St James housing project, where more than 700 families now live, as examples of what the present Government had done.

“The tenants can enjoy a feeling of empowerment and self-actualization for the first time in their lives,” he said.

Blackett stressed that when the DLP assumed office in 2008, housing was its flagship programme, adding that he expected it to remain so.

“We have provided more housing in the first five years of our stewardship than the BLP provided in the 14 years they were in office. They cannot argue about that. That is a given. We provided all kinds of housing solutions – rental, rent to own, clear sale and the distribution of lots. We have a stellar record when it comes to housing solutions in Barbados. That record cannot be eclipsed in any form or fashion by the BLP,” he said.

However, Blackett said he would like to see more land acquired and vested in the NHC to provide housing solutions for the people. He also suggested that Government divest more land so that the NHC could get more funds and be able to offer more housing solutions for Barbadians.

85 Responses to Blackett blames BLP for vagrancy

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

    What does he do ???

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    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler June 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Pretends he’s an anchorman or radio announcer every time he opens his mouth to speak

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      • harry turnover June 15, 2017 at 6:26 am

        Frank….so you noticed it too ? I thought I was the only person who noticed that whenever he talks he sounds like he is reading a news clip from a monitor and pretending to be sensational in a style reminiscent of an announcer for the World at One on a Radio Station.

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield June 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Yes. If they had won he and the rest would have been on the streets. They wouldnt have taken the loss good. Who’s remaining mental faculties that would be left would on the street.

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    • Horace Boyce
      Horace Boyce June 15, 2017 at 4:40 am

      Draws pay

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

    This is another clown Prince, This nam talk nonsense

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  3. Cynthia Tyrell
    Cynthia Tyrell June 15, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Reallylylylylyly

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  4. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett June 15, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Another idiot

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  5. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields June 15, 2017 at 4:41 am

    8 yrs of blaming..how tiring can you lot become

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  6. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood June 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    And blame you for what please tell me

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  7. Alison Weekes
    Alison Weekes June 15, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Tiresome

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  8. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch June 15, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Rubbish

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  9. Antonio Phillips-Griffith Bsc
    Antonio Phillips-Griffith Bsc June 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

    he is the bajan version of Donald Trump

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  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Ok, so are you trying to tell people that the increase in vagrancy in the last 9 years, under your administration’s tax and spend policy, but deliberately did not factor in the needs of Barbadians, are all the fault of the BLP? What type of kubba could you be. Even if it was so, and your administration recognised it to be so, wuh one can only think that the proliferation got to be attributed to the ignorance of your government, who have ignored the plights of the people for the last 9 years…..

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  11. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite June 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    This man should have stuck to radio (he was not even good at that) and leave out the politics. Every time he open his mouth crap does drop out. Fool.

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  12. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke June 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

    All this time and you still playing the blame game,shame on you.

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  13. Amanda Corbin
    Amanda Corbin June 15, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Even if it was true, don’t make sense bringing up old crap when the new people running the island making things worse. If they thought things were so bad before why did we waste money on a 50th celebration last year when we didn’t really need, put up a bunch of false Christmas trees in town when that same money can go towards unfortunate people, pay certain celebrities to help spread to encourage foreigners to come to Barbados when those celebrities already have a crap load of money they didn’t have to fish out that kind of money, there was a lot of rebuilt buildings that might not of been necessary. The new government is just to superficial.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Because a lot of BLP operatives benefited from the over 7 million dollars. The DLP got to get their money one way or the other.

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  14. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell June 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Even if that was so what have you all done to correct it after all these years?

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  15. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell June 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Even if that was so what have you all done to correct it after all these years?

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  16. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis June 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

    9 yrs you a minister and you still blp for your wrongs by the way some these vagrants are products of drug and alcohol over use and some are products of your government laying them off who lost everything because they were not working house car and family turned they backs on them how you going blame this on blp sir please stop dreaming and come to reality

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  17. Pedro M Griffith
    Pedro M Griffith June 15, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Does anyone else believes some of these ministers should be dumb

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  18. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow June 15, 2017 at 6:21 am

    When is lingering becomes Loitering?

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  19. Jane Burnett
    Jane Burnett June 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Murdahhhhhhhhhhhh

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  20. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams June 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Stupes

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  21. harry turnover June 15, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Mac…I would have called him a F..IDIOT for short.
    Steve Blackett when the BEES built that centre it was in an effort to house those vagrants that all ya left on the streets.

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  22. harry turnover June 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Steve Blacket…hush ya mout…thought you had mo sense than that man…now I between a rock and a hard place whether to vote for you or the other [candidate].
    Think I gine stan home and watch cartoon network on election day and eat some white rice and sea eggs instead jack.

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  23. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson June 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    LOL…Mak’n sport.!!!! Certainly would be NO COMMON SENSE to blame The DEMS in Gov’t for past 9 1/2 yrs…They were too busy financially destroying Barbados….Mnister Blackett…nice to know U have serviced too, & out of hiding for 9 1/2 yrs too…Just say’n….

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  24. Sherla Gilkes
    Sherla Gilkes June 15, 2017 at 7:03 am

    This man for real .I think he should think before he speak.

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  25. Sherla Gilkes
    Sherla Gilkes June 15, 2017 at 7:03 am

    This man for real .I think he should think before he speak.

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  26. Rick June 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    And they (DLP) had 7 years to make a difference and have not been able to accomplish anything, positive

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  27. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony June 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Stop the blaming and do something about the problem

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  28. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton June 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Steve, STEVE, wake up and stop continuing with this facade, you built houses and left them to rot. the minister of housing has failed to convert them into cash to maintain the department. If people don’t have cash to buy them start some type of rental program similar to that at Coverley. And now you are telling us you want to build more ….. IGNORANCE get rid of current housing stock first. Tell the people of this country why no one is living at the Grotto and other areas and stop the blaming game, it is getting us tired.

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    • Anne-Marie Burke Brewster
      Anne-Marie Burke Brewster June 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Michael I think I the taxes are place the wrong place cause if ssome people had to pay taxes for the nonsense that the talk in the only place that is safe to talk it. We would not have economic issues. Lord knows the meaning of the trident needs to change.

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  29. just observing June 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    My grandmother would say to Steve Blackett,”if you don’t know wuh to say, shut up do !”

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  30. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    EXCUSE THOMMO, CAUSE HE DIED IN 2010……FROM 2010 UNTO THIS DAY, THE DUST MITES THAT RUNNING THIS COUNTRY, IS BLAMING THE BLP FOR EVERYTHING….WHEN WANNA LICE WANTED TO GET IN, WANNA TOLD DE PEOPLE WE(DLP) WOULD DO AH BETTER JOB THAN DEM(BLP)….TODAY NEAR 10 YEARS LATER…..NO GROWTH, 23 DOWNGRADES, TAXES, TAXES, TAXES, CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL……..ETC.ETC….I’M SICK AND FED UP …

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  31. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    THE VAGRANTS IN PARLIAMENT, BLAMING THE BLP WHA LOSS..THEY LOATH AROUND ALL DAY, DOING NOTHING, BEGGING PEOPLE TO PAY 10 $ FOR NATIONAL STADIUM, TAXING YA TO DEATH, INSULTING THE ELECTORATE, GET AH BRAND NEW MERCEDES BENZ IN AH STAGNANT ECONOMY & WANNT 10% RESTORED…HUMMMMMMMM WANNA LIKE AH LOSS CITY THAT AH VOLCANO COVER UP….

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  32. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade June 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    HE GOT TO BE A JOKER EVERY TIME HE TALK IT THE BLP SO THE MONEY HE IS GETTING HE BLAME THE BLP TOO PLEASE MR BLACKETT DONT TALK

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  33. Tête La
    Tête La June 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    the nerve of some people…
    he walking about with a tv crew and want people see he giving houses to people, but he better don’t let the public start on him… he better not

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  34. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett June 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

    = Yall Had 8 YEARS TO RECTIFY THIS ISSUE DLP NOT SO ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? (I WANT YOU ALL TO START ACTING LIKE MEN AND STOP POINTING FINGERS.) THE CHILDISH BEHAVIORS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO BE ACCEPTED MOVING FORWARD

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  35. Randolph June 15, 2017 at 8:16 am

    He is a desperate man who knows he will lose his seat in the next election.

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  36. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Another one has join the list of “foot-in-mouth”. Just to think of it , “we pay these guys who won’t last till lunch at a regular job”.

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  37. Jay Manny
    Jay Manny June 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

    First class idiot

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  38. Suga Pun De Hill
    Suga Pun De Hill June 15, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I’m sick of the blaming. Prove that your party can do something about it and stop airing your mouth.

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  39. Angela Cronk
    Angela Cronk June 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Get these so call ministry out of ruining this country .is this they come back crack to win the election .PLEASE!

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  40. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan June 15, 2017 at 9:05 am

    What a dumb statement! But of course look who is making it! Vagrancy has been around from the inception of mankind. It is so sad when people that are supposed to know better make these kinds of idiotic senseless statements, it only shows up their level of common sense.

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  41. Mike Quarlessq
    Mike Quarlessq June 15, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Haha

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  42. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke June 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I like to be fair. People was living good under BLP. Things was hard but you saw your money and could spend at will. Now you ain’t seeing a cent because it ain’t even reaching you.

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  43. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones June 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    You sound stupesss

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  44. Wendel Walkes
    Wendel Walkes June 15, 2017 at 9:27 am

    This man so petty he does not make any meaningful contribution to this country’s social or economic issues

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  45. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 15, 2017 at 9:33 am
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  46. Arri Mayers June 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    What do you expect form this now fatted calf, when his chief adviser is Carson C. Cadogan.

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  47. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 15, 2017 at 9:39 am
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  48. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

    STEVE HERE LIES THE ANSWER

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  49. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker June 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Seriously Mr Minister
    Man, how in this world you all get to run Barbados.
    Look, vagrancy is a societal problem all societies have this problem so deal with it and cut out the finger pointing like a kindergartener

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  50. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde June 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    YOU STILL BLAMING THE BLP.MINISTER BLACKETT,SHUT UP.

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  51. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Not any fan of de opposition but DLP got to take blame they been in power for 9 years now so suck it up buttercup.

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  52. Teresa Payne
    Teresa Payne June 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    As my children father use to say may he R.i.p A bunch of educated jackasses running d country

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  53. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith June 15, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Wtf really!!!!!! If you will take some of the community council money you took and build a house for big hard back working men and help men in need with a house then that will help cut the number down.#last mass enjoy it

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  54. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman June 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    You’ve had 9 years! NINE YEARS! Are you hearing this? NINE YEARS! What have YOU been doing? Next thing he’ll be blaming the 1937 riots. Cheese on. What ARE these people smoking?

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  55. Mark Marlon Phil
    Mark Marlon Phil June 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Really!!! Come on now pure bs

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  56. The Negrocrat June 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    He is in competition for the most stupid.

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  57. Rickie Nurse June 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    How do I start to chastise this buffoon? You have stated that the BLP is responsible for the rise in vagrancy and homelessness, let me help you back track a little bit in your convenient memory.

    Stevie B, you conveniently chose to erase from your memory (but not the hard drive) that period 1987 – 94. Stevie B do you remember the infamous “like it or lump it” by your former leader and PM that set the runaway train in motion, when most lost their jobs, homes, families and by extension their possessions?
    Stevie B, have you forgotten the abject despair and hopelessness many had to face when different agencies stepped in and repossessed and in some cases confiscated additional assets from citizens who were unable to meet their obligations? Stevie B, that is where the real vagrancy began. Many had nervous and deep mental breakdowns and took to the streets, many turned to being drug users as a mean of hiding from the harsh reality that they were asked to accept.

    Yes, the Barbados Labour Party under the leadership of former PM Arthur, had to deal with the vagrancy and homelessness and they dealt with it as a national issue, but they dealt with it prudently according to what was feasible and what necessity dictated at the time when the Clyde Gollop Centre was built, the same cannot be said about your administration’s outrageous multimillion dollar wastage on the new BWA headquarters, where to this day the complete allotment from the previous location to the present still leave seventy percent vacancy that was never used. That is a debt that we will still be paying when you buffoons are evicted from loitering on the precincts of Bay Street and Parliament, but that’s another issue all by it’s self.

    Stevie B, you have stated that this current administration has an excellent record when it comes to housing needs with affordable direct rental, the option of renting to own, direct sales, or lease, all of which you stated was done for the lower income earners and the first time home owners.
    Stevie B, as a matter the of public record, you have stated that seven hundred (700) families are now occupying the Grotto housing projects and the Valerie housing projects.
    Stevie B, you are deliberately trying to mislead the people of this country with false figures to boost your Party’s image. Can you tell us the people, exactly where you got your figures from?
    There is a combine total of nine housing blocks between Grotto (5) (I have to pass there every morning on my way to work) and Valerie (4), each of them are five storey buildings with approximately nine (9) units on each floor. Now my maths isn’t on the level of the Finance Minister or your other scholarly experts, but my calculations giving me a total of four hundred and five (405) units which equates to families. Stevie B, your numbers are alternative facts.

    Stevie B, can you please tell us why the starter homes at Lancaster St James are still not occupied to bring it even remotely close to your figure of seven hundred families? Bare in mind Stevie B that as I said earlier, I have to pass by the Grotto Housing projects everyday and I can state with all clarity that the units facing the Adventist less than ten of those units are occupied, you only have to pass there late evening when house lightning is turned on, I believe everyone knows the difference between an occupied house and an unoccupied house when outside is dark.

    Stevie B, can you please tell the people, why to this day houses at Parish Land St Philip are not occupied? These houses along with those at Lancaster are supposed to be your administration’s Hallmark of housing excellence in housing every last citizen, do you remember that catch phrase Stevie B?
    The astronomical prices that your administration is asking the average and below average potential homeowner to pay for these houses, along with the rent for the units at both Valerie and The Grotto are what’s keeping most of them unoccupied, to become nothing more than white elephants.
    Stevie B, the only families you are saying that are occupants of these units that make up your 700, would have to be the green monkeys in those areas, because with the exception of the meagre few that are really occupied, the majority of them have visible structural damages to them and being over run by wall creeping brush and vine.

    So do us all a favour stop the deviating from the real truth, I will not call you a liar, but you are bordering heavily on being a stranger to the truth, a fabricator of alternative facts, stop blaming the BLP for this government’s inertia and ineptness, nine years as the government and all you and your feeble bunch can do is point accusations at the Opposition? You will be charged, convicted and sentenced by us for malingering, dereliction of duty and sleeping on the job while Rome burned.

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  58. Natalie Murray
    Natalie Murray June 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Honestly………..at what point will this government accept responsibility for anything in this country.

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  59. Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne
    Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne June 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    One minister blames the opposition while another is asking for ideas/alternative policies. Then there are others who “speak out” against their own cabinet colleagues. Cohesion and collective RESPONSIBILITY no longer exist. How long will Barbados have to dogged by confusion and uncertainty?

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  60. Lorraine Trotman
    Lorraine Trotman June 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    This is sickening… Your party is in power, for 9 years and counting, ans you’re still blaming the other party????

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  61. Belfast June 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    He and his cohorts have ran out of ideas they never had in the first place, now they are running out of meaningful words. Perhaps he should start quoting the classics, like his boss, then we can only blame Shakespeare, or the Greeks, for anything nonsense which he utters. Load of first class jackasses.

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  62. Troy June 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Blackett…dont you have anything to do? All you do is point fingers. You are one the prime ones who will lose their seat next elections. So ride the wave till it over. You may get a job at CBC

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  63. straight talk June 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    A party of bear johnnys

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  64. Malcolm White
    Malcolm White June 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Stop blaming n get to work

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  65. Ron June 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I can’t wait to see the faces of these ministers when they loose the next election. Their ignorance and arrogance will be visible on their faces as they reflect on the hardship they have brought upon us. Some of them may even joined the vagrant community, but then again they all have become super rich in nine short years, so that is not quite possible. I have never seen a group of people failed to accept responsibility for their action like these have So Pathetic, are all of them foolish? I doubt, I think they beleived that we are all foolish, but we will show them the foolish ones on election day.

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  66. Yap Bait June 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Skippa..by the looks of things many of us are one pay cheque away from homelessness! Every now and then we get a declarative
    statement about our miserable condition! When a fella like this don’t talk too much,we can assume he has food in his mouth. Our parents always said, do not talk with food in your mouth! Bad table manners!

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  67. Rickie Nurse June 16, 2017 at 4:14 am

    How do I start to chastise this buffoon? Do you really want to go there Stevie B? Back track a little in your convenient mind and first remember truly where the vagrancy started, two terms with your party between 87 and 94, do you remember the “like it or lump it” by your former Leader that immediately drove some people to the point of hopelessness and despair, Stevie B? Where the first mass dissection from society started when most lost their jobs, homes, families and by extension their possessions? Do you remember that Stevie B?

    The Barbados Labour Party under the leadership of former PM Arthur endured it for a while until they were able to stem the flow by doing what was necessary and feasible at the time abate the rut, it wasn’t a case of unnecessary lavish spending, as is the case now with your administration and the ridiculous multi million dollar pricetag for the BWA new HQ that to this day with the total occupancy from the previous location seventy percent of the new building remains unoccupied and unused. Don’t go there Stevie B.

    Stevie B, you stated that your DLP has a stellar record of providing housing for lower income earners and first time home owners with affordable homes, either by direct rental, rent-to-own, purchase or leasing. You specifically named the Grotto housing projects and the Valerie housing projects as your hallmark of excellence, you gave a direct figure of seven hundred (700) families now occupying these two housing projects. Stevie B you are trying to deceive the people of this country. My quick

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  68. Buun June 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    The DLPs have a mental disease call EXCUSITIS

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