More blows for DLP

The already battered image of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) took a further beating this week after the utterances and actions of some Government ministers only served to attract more criticism from members of the Barbadian public.

Minster of Youth, Sports and Culture, Stephen Lashley, was the first to feel the public’s wrath after he said the time had come for the Government 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”.

He said the Government needs to take the concerns of Barbadians 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.

One reader commented: “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. They 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. “

Another reader dismissed Lashley’s statement as a slap in the face. “After nine 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.”

“The worst set of politicians that the DLP ever produce. MOST of these DLP politicians are yes men. When they (were) in Parliament, not one of them did not disagree with Sinckler. 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 (to cause) hardship on the people of BARBADOS’, some of you politicians, you have to be careful going around to people house begging for votes next election. A lot of people are angry with this government,” yet another annoyed reader said.

The onslaught continued when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart confirmed the statement made by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo that Government may strengthen the laws to enable the authorities to enforce contributions to the National Insurance Scheme by self-employed persons.

Addressing the NIS 50th anniversary awards ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Stuart pointed to NIS figures that showed only 3,500 people who describe themselves as self-employed being registered with the scheme. He said 20, 000 were estimated to be working for themselves in the informal sector.

A concerned reader said: “I do understand what he is doing. However, can he and his colleague convince the employer . . .  who suppose to be paying National Insurance on the behalf of the employee gets paid in. . . .  These is things you should be emphasizing over.”

Another reader chastised the Government for constantly dipping into the NIS funds to do other projects. “How about the millions that they does take up from NIS and don’t pay back? You forget about the increase VAT that was supposed to cover everyone? You forget about the increase road taxes that don’t go towards fixing the bad roads? It’s impossible to get everyone to pay NIS. It never happen nor it will never happen. Everything was increased in this country over the last nine years. Ask them where all that money gone. Every morning that you wake up, the first thing you hear on the news is these people bullying people for money.”

The final blow for the week came when Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, claimed that vagrancy had become such a major issue during the last BLP administration, that Government was forced to build the Clyde Gollop Centre in Hindsbury Road, St Michael to accommodate male vagrants.

Reactions were dismissive. “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?  Even if it was so, and your administration recognized 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 plight of the people for the last 9 years.”

Another reader just wanted the Dems to get on with running the country. “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. . . . The new government is just too superficial.”

12 Responses to More blows for DLP

  1. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton June 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Not superficial… DUMB is the word

  2. Wayne June 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I pray that the staff at BT and BN are not counting votes collection time

  3. jrsmith June 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    This is the most clever government we ever had in Barbados, they make sure they themselves and the 1% of the nation is way out in-front of the black masses in barbados, this is what bajans get for 50 years of voting………………………………………………….
    How could a government serve 2 terms of nothing , the people shout in silence in they own little private world, standing up raise they right hand to the sky , bowing they heads and utter nothing from they lips,,,scared to talk, bajans living the democracy , but has forgotten whats it all about………
    This is a government who from an (Audit General ) report cannot account for 900 millions dollars of the nations treasury money ,,, make sure there is no one to be accountable to…………………… An opposition party who seems to be in another world , scared to challenge the crooked government , but is telling bajans they must vote for them why , its better if we give the chance to vote in the next upcoming election to all the islands in the region, then bajans would have an excuse , for casting a negative vote…………

  4. Zena June 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Kobie you have Jebter and again Blackett to include
    Next week, stay tune

  5. BimJim June 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    When elections come, I hope wunnuh don’t listen to the usual political election promises and give EITHER ONE the beg-back.

    Have no doubt that the critical situation Barbados is in is because of 50 years of BOTH BLP and DLP mismanagement.

    When elections come, I hope wunnuh remember the abuse and misuse and ignore BOTH “traditional” parties, They don’t care about actual people any more, they just want your votes so they can go back to BMW and Mercedes “business as usual”.

    When elections come, I hope wunnuh can manage to find and vote for OTHER PARTIES, because I cannot imagine any new faces could shepherd our country as badly as either of these grinning crowds of professional idiots and braying jackasses.

    THROW BOTH OF THESE BUMS OUT!! After 50 years of mismanagement it is time for new faces and honest people to have an opportunity to turn this sinking barge towards the shore. Put it back in BLP hands, and I hope every one of you has some kind of life jacket.

  6. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith June 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Them just putting gasoline in a burning fire.#Steve got to go

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba June 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

      i want all ah dem gone!!

  7. greengiant June 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I love for many years a Billy Preston Song titled ” would it go round in circles “.

    At this time in Barbados, and particularly in Barbados Today we have several journalist or columnist writing on repetitious topics.

    Young Kobe Broomes, you are a young writer mate, please don’t pay too much attention to the political tides and the currents that abound. I suggest you spend some time examining our political history from an economic standpoint, look at the manifesto promises of both parties, and how much they delivered on those promises, the central bank reports, the auditor general reports during the tenure of both parties. I suggest you venture as far back as 1971 to the current period.

    If you do, you can produce some interesting, and informative writings for the electorate. They need this information to make sound judgement in 2018. I will guarantee you that your production which will indeed take several week to deliver will elevate you to the very top of our journalistic ladder. Maybe even a future media editor. Yes the current topic is hot, but the research undertaken in preparation for that suggested by me will make for a change of title to this column. Maybe ‘ Hottest trending today ‘ instead of simply ‘ Trending Today ‘.

  8. Belfast June 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

    The Prime Minister is best advised to take heed of what has been done to the Haggatt Hall dog owner, and outfit his own George Street kennel with suitable dog muzzles.

  9. Johnathan June 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Greengiant you are such an idiot. How can looking back at political history 50 years ago make that big a differenc. We need look at where we are and make decision intelligent,honest and sincere decisions to take our country and its people forward. The tax and spend clowns you support have destroyed our country,so no looking back other than the 9billion taxes they have imposed in the last 9 years and have nothing to show for it other than luxury SUV’s and big houses. This government has destroyed our young people’s future and they need to wake up and help vote them out..

  10. Big pappa June 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Bajans will never learn. All this crap talk and still you all will pony up to the voting poles and put them back in charge to kick youall asses again. Most Bajan are not well educated to the working of party politics. A politician will say anything to get elected. With that in mind the smart bajans should register as independence canidate for public. Break up the party system. Having a collision government in barbados will get things moving. Its not too late to register as an independence canidate. Stop the insanity.

  11. Greengiant June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I will repeat myself only for you mate. I do not support neither the D L P or B L P @Johnathan. You may deem me an idiot, that’s your opinion, but i’m just a ‘Greengiant’ nothing more, nothing less.


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