Don’t be fooled, Stuart warns Barbadians

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today urged Barbadians not to be fooled, as he warned that the “new-found fellowship” between sections of the private sector and the island’s trade unions would not last.

“A cat is a cat only because he is interested in catching mice. And I hope that those elements in Barbados who feel that a cat and a mouse can enjoy fellowship in the same space are not fooling themselves,” Stuart said, while addressing a luncheon given by the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s Christ Church West branch at Almond Bay Hotel.

“Anytime you see a lamb and a lion lying down together, the lion is dead,” the Prime Minister further cautioned, adding that, “at worst, both the lion and the lamb are dead”.

Ahead of tomorrow’s national march that has been jointly organized by the trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association, Stuart stressed that “anytime you see a mongoose and a chicken together there is only one element in that relationship that is going to end up losing, that’s the chicken.”

It was a veiled warning to the Barbados Workers’ Union, the National Union of Public Workers, the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union that their members were the ones who were likely to lose out at the end of the day.

However, Stuart said he remained hopeful the “same fellowship, goodwill and choral singing commonality” now being displayed would prevail when the time came around for the unions and the private sector to sit across the table from each other to negotiate wages, salaries and conditions of service.

In an hour long speech before party faithful, Stuart also suggested that there were elements in the country who were bent on removing the ruling DLP from office, ahead of the constitutional deadline next year.

“There are elements in the society who five years ago were saying the people can’t wait for so long, we have to do something. People can’t tolerate this for five years,” he said.

However, while warning Barbadians not to be misled, he referred to the biblical story of Esau and Jacob in which Jacob contrived with his mother to deceive his father Isaac into blessing him instead of his brother.

“Very often in life, the voice you are hearing is the voice of Jacob, but the hand you are feeling is the hand of Esau and you always have to be very careful when doubts are created over whether the voice is really the voice of Jacob and who that hand really belongs to,” the Prime Minister said.

He further warned that there was no such thing as one private sector in Barbados and that “when people hear that the private sector wants something, one should always ask the question, ‘which private sector?’

“There is one public sector in Barbados, there is one labour movement in Barbados made up of many different trade unions – NUPW, BWU, BUT and all the others – but there are many, many private sectors in Barbados. And not all of those private sectors make it to the table where decisions are made,” Stuart said, explaining that all of the barber shops and people selling at the side of the road, minibus owners and drivers, hairdressers and caterers were also members of the business community.

Amid obvious strain in his relationship with the BPSA in particular, Stuart also sought to explain his side in the current impasse over the recently increased National Social Responsibility Levy in which he has been accused of failing to budge.

On the contrary, Stuart said he had been engaged in ongoing dialogue with both the unions and private sector – in particular the BPSA President Charles Herbert  – on the matter. Therefore, the Prime Minister said it came as a surprise to him when Herbert issued a 72-hour ultimatum to him on Friday, July 14 to either schedule a meeting of face social unrest.

“He [Herbert] said he was giving me until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17 to get back to him. He was giving the Prime Minister of Barbados a deadline of 4:30 on July 17 to get back to him,” Stuart stressed.

In response, the Prime Minister said he sent Herbert a strongly worded letter in which he told him he felt compelled as Minister of Defence and Security to refer the threat of social unrest to the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Stuart noted that Herbert has since toned down “because I think there are things he did not understand which he understands now”.

203 Responses to Don’t be fooled, Stuart warns Barbadians

  1. Christine Taylor
    Christine Taylor July 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    We Lookin at a FOOL right now!

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    • John Everatt July 25, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Yes we are. The Social Partnership is supposed to be between government, business and labor. But fumbles is upset because labor and business have joined hands but his government has not reached out to either of them.

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  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore July 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    We were fooled by you & DEM in 2013. You did what you promised not to do & not do what you promised you would. Come 2018, DEM can’t fool we again. You would be made the fool for thinking that we foolish.

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  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    U right we are not going to be fooled by u and the DLP GOVERNMENT no more #DLPMUSTGO

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  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I wrotr

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  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I wrote on facebook after the restoration of the 10 percent that public workers would get a small increased, because it would contribute to they pension.
    We’re not reallocate fool . Your administration doing just what people expect.

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  6. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers July 23, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Yes he is a fool but watch them white people

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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye July 24, 2017 at 4:10 am
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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye July 24, 2017 at 4:12 am

      I don’t trust them people yuh!!

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    • Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock
      Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock July 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Lol…love this original comment… lol

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    • Lydia Collymore
      Lydia Collymore July 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Them white people? Really? And are you suggesting the the private sector is all white? No successful blacks…no sistas or brothers have businesses?

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    • Hyacinth Mayers
      Hyacinth Mayers July 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      But who actually run things ?

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    • Tricia Mondore
      Tricia Mondore July 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Bajans paranoid. Wanna so up in arms about white people and hidden agendas, try carrying that to the supermarket or paying bills. I would have thought the issue would be our standard of living and how these new measures will bury some if us, sad days. We already know we have accepted segregation here its nothing new but the one time we decided to come together for a common goal it’s paranoia all over.

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  7. hcalndre July 23, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Stuart wants to raise $500m in on shot, that is like a fly on someone`s head and he will use a sledge hammer to kill it.

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  8. Precious Gem
    Precious Gem July 23, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    The man has a point these unions tricky

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  9. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood July 23, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Lol lol fumble wake up

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  10. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian July 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Had he exercised any leadership at any point, maybe the masses would take anything you say seriously. worstPMever.com

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  11. Sean King
    Sean King July 24, 2017 at 12:02 am

    We have been fooled by you since 2008,and things got worst not a bit of improvement .Your time is up and you Mr PM knows it clearly, not again will the people of Barbados give you a 3rd term so talk all you want now, can’t be fooled again.You beginning to talk a bit too late .The people’s minds are already made up and it’s not in favor of you .

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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye July 24, 2017 at 3:29 am

      You may very well get surprise bajans dont get fool so easy. He maybe given a 3rd term by the same Barbadians you can only be sure on election night.

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    • Donna Haynes
      Donna Haynes July 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Just like how Trump get in chaaaaa then ..scary

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    • Kuumba Mohammad
      Kuumba Mohammad July 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Meee???? Wa I do now ????

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    • Sean King
      Sean King July 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Kimeko Gittens This is the script they have been singing since 2008 cause they don’t know any better or can say things have improved

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  12. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien July 24, 2017 at 12:04 am

    An island in the throes of the worst crisis in recent times; confusion on every side , rampant unchecked crime and deviant behaviour and yet this kind of fiddling!! May God help us all …He is our only hope and refuge!!!!

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  13. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch July 24, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Bajans can think for themselves though and they do not want to hear animal stories especially when a zoo short there in town.

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  14. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson July 24, 2017 at 12:38 am

    9yrs of being fooled is enough.Look at the state of this lil Country.We have regress so far in 9yrs.

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  15. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 24, 2017 at 12:46 am

    NOT THIS TIME FRAUDEL

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  16. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 24, 2017 at 1:07 am

    you are right boss…….i praying that wisdom will prevail in mass – 2018

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  17. fedup July 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I always knew that Freundel would have put his Shakespeare and history on wunna. Wunna stunned now and cant say anything.

    He gine quote some more bible verses and shut wunna up for good.

    Time to crack heads and shoot some people at this march if any of wunna bring either mongoose, chicken, lion, lamb or buffalo.

    I am convinced Froons needs a psycho evaluation.

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  18. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier July 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

    This is in response to a message circulating on social media about the rationale or in this case according to what is written in said message the racial motiviation behind the march slated for July24, 2017.

    Lest we forget, July 26, 2017 will mark the 80th anniversary of the civil unrest that took place in this country in 1937. Much of that unrest was attributed to the “social and economic conditions in Barbados…” at that time as unions were campaigning for better wages and better working conditions for workers. Are unions asking for anything different now?

    Let us be fair. The riots of 1937 were lauded as necessary when the white plantocracy was deemed the group taking advantage of workers in this country. Are we as Barbadians supposed to ignore the current situation and should we as a predominantly black nation stand up for justice only when the tormentor is white? Or isn’t it worse when the oppressor is a “democratically elected government”?

    We also need to remember the similarities between this scenario and the 1991 scenario in which DLP members and trade unionist Evelyn Greaves, Sir Roy Trotman and Robert Bobby Morris marched against the 8% salary reduction hand in hand with other social partners. This was not a racist conspiracy against and a predominantly black government and neither is this. Both speak to social and economic sectors cooperating in the interest of a better Barbados.

    Barbadians, regardless of race or ethnicity, are suffering and that is the harsh reality!

    You ask if we as a people do not smell a rat. Well we smell at least 17! So before we contract leptospirosis or the black plague (perhaps this might be welcomed since we are a predominantly black nation) and are completely wiped out we will march with our various pied pipers for what is just and right in these harsh economic times.

    This is no conspiracy to cripple our nation.

    And as for bringing down the government, we are a civil people and have a democratic electoral process that speaks to that!

    So with that understand that the attempt to make this pertinent issue about race will not be entertained. Understand that before we Barbadians fall for anything, we have decided to march for something!

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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye July 24, 2017 at 4:02 am

      Listening to the Prime Minister’s speech last night on CBC does not support your comment sir.

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    • Pauline Wharton
      Pauline Wharton July 24, 2017 at 6:50 am

      You have to decide for yourself who you supporting

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  19. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement July 24, 2017 at 1:20 am

    We won’t never again by you ..believe that

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  20. Lady Boss
    Lady Boss July 24, 2017 at 1:53 am

    What got he !! They are embarrass

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  21. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 3:05 am

    STOP listen,de prime minister talking in parables,he spoke about the conversation he had on the phone with this white man ,it tell me these white people does be directing from behind,he spoke about when he call him to complain for jepter Ince,ya all really understand what going on?

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    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman July 24, 2017 at 6:34 am

      no they don’t, the average Bajan is a pawn in this whole thing.

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  22. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I keep saying this union better watch out .i will not be marching with no mangoose I am only a chick.

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    • Biscuits July 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Totally agree!

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  23. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean July 24, 2017 at 3:13 am

    But sir, how much more can the people take? Things really are not good. It’s rough sir. Tax he, tax she, tax me, tax everybody. Tax tax tax til the dollar dead. Y’all fail to understand that yuh just can’t tax yuh way out the mess. The people has had enough.
    https://youtu.be/Khll5xuHk3o

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  24. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Wanna could in box me and Threaten me all wanna want ,I don’t like what this government doing and all fa de March ,but this private sector is de same people that jump up them prices,he threaten the prime minister with unrest if he didn’t get his way and using the union body,A union should never be in company with slave driver.

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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye July 24, 2017 at 4:04 am

      So true!!!

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    • hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Threats? Wow. Nah. Speech appears as free as the rope allows.

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    • Julian Reifer
      Julian Reifer July 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Ya dun know.

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    • Lydia Collymore
      Lydia Collymore July 24, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Should they be in unity with the slave driver of a different color? Or is it OK since them black….this race card is ridiculous and played out

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  25. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Check the motives of the private sector.white people don’t associate with us why now.but why this man had a private line to de prime minister, de government couldn’t give no more so ,he threatening unrest.people BECAREFUL never know how he plan to stir up unrest use the marchers,white peoples don’t go prison .

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    • Julian Reifer
      Julian Reifer July 24, 2017 at 4:06 am

      THESE PEOPLE ARE FOOLS IF THEY THINK THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS THEIR INTEREST AT HEART.

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    • Caribbean Food & Beverage Expo July 24, 2017 at 4:59 am

      igrunt you

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall July 24, 2017 at 5:03 am

      The private sector know if we continue on this path with the CITIZENS have no spending what life would be like for us,
      there’s no more middle-class this government wipe it out.
      These complaining about no money yet created a new talk show with two host, never in my working life did civil servants had to reapply for work after working over 10yrs. Workers were send home and after about 3 wks new faces turn.
      We out to be glad some businesses is supporting us. We try it on our own and fail and all they’re are asking for is back to the bargaining table. Eddie complain open and talk about people sending power taking away and he gone into hiding.

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      • Biscuits July 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        Not all agreed to the march despite their concerns about the apparent stalemate. Some of the other private sector heads had misgivings about the methods being employed. They did not go into to hiding.

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    • Itz Queen
      Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Sheldine Dyall understand what I am saying,yes foopdal must go ,taxes must come down,but de private sector using the union to get back at the government,I am saying the union should have never let them in ,These people was leading the prime minister from behind .them was asking for release and didn’t get it so this their motives,that why jepter call them parasites.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall July 24, 2017 at 6:37 am

      The unions under the last group of people were dormant for the past 10 years. But at least they’re feeling the effects and I really glad they have supported the unions.
      Yesterday I listen to the programme on Q100.7 and I was totally disappointed with what was said .Jepter is the biggest one because he used to talk positive and from the time he got a position his mouth switch.
      We know the business control the country but when businesses get involved it send a very Serious message.
      This People wouldn’t feel the effects like the poor and I’m glad for they support, really glad and this is not a black and white issue , it is about our country.

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    • Lydia Collymore
      Lydia Collymore July 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

      This fact that “white people” don’t associate with “us” should show you that it is serious now if they decided to stand in solidarity with “us”. From the racist remarks I’ve been seeing we see one common factor come up “white people only care about their money” so if they’re standing you should be worried and stand too….what this means is they’re losing money and if the rich worried about cash flow then you should be having sleepless nights….just saying

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    • Cyan Jada
      Cyan Jada July 24, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thank you lydia… what ever the reason, they are a formidable alliance at the present moment. A good leader knows when to make and break alliances when need be.

      What ever happens in the future… we will have to wait and see… but for now, the Government is feeling a little more pressure and that is good.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall July 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Lydia Collymore well said

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  26. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 24, 2017 at 3:31 am

    If he had been “engaged on ongoing dialogue” with Charles Herbert, why was a 72-hour ultimatum issued? Could it be that during that “ongoing dialogue” the PM was NOT shifting in anyway on the drastic hike in the social responsibility Levy?

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  27. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer July 24, 2017 at 4:23 am

    This crap will lead us back to the colonial days. It is funny people are falling for this crap from people whose pockets are lined with money, people who don`t associate with us privately, not even in sport if it is not polo or swimming.. And these fools are believing that they have their interest at heart. They are interested in bringing down the government to put their party (a party who is and always was for these people, a party who was against independence) in power. When that happens ya all will see suffering. The leaders of the private sector can strike all year round, they have the wealth for that. When they are in power, see if they will raise your pay, or even give ya all more jobs. The government needs to make this lot pay their back taxes or claim their companies, nearly a billion in back taxes will hurt any economy in the third world.

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    • Cecelia Cox
      Cecelia Cox July 24, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Well said!

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    • hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Colonial days??? Never left bro. .Any way why is it we are the only race who seem to always want to ASSOCIATE and mix with other races. The said hebrew Bible says to be separate. They need us more, check it.

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    • Kisha Pierce
      Kisha Pierce July 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

      It’s sad to see no matter what we do, we still lose

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Why you think they are not paying their taxes. Both the DLP and BLP have laid in bed with several private sector organisations for years. These political parties created this messed. It is the very same reason why none of them wants to go the route of accountability, transparency, whistle blower and anti-corruption legislation. The black leadership in Barbados have bowed to Massa and white modern Massa have been enjoying the sweets ever since.

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  28. Caribbean Food & Beverage Expo July 24, 2017 at 4:58 am

    “Don’t be fooled”???? You are a poor excuse for a PM and everyone knows this….. Want to see a fool? look in the mirror Frundel

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  29. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 24, 2017 at 5:06 am

    If the Stuart and Co did not Fup this would not be happening be happy they is togetherness or you not going be free from the problems Barbados in,you need the white Bajans it took long but this is a different Generation and to get rid this Government to show it is no joke all is a must.

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  30. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Not a fan of this PM nor any thing he says but he got a point about the lamb and lion and chicken and mongoose get together.Once I heard about this march it was obvious they were going to be winners and losers and somebody gine end up being used then gine get burn so PM is right about that.The private sector just using these unions for they own agenda remember every person that laugh with ya ain’t ya friend union members.

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    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams July 24, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Rawle the private sector is aligning with the unions in a show of support. Marching wont force the PM’s hand.

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    • Eric July 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

      the PM is a darn fool and believes that Barbadians are stupid, so he can fool us with his talk about lamb and lion etc. TELL THE PM I SAY THAT MY ENEMY’S ENEMY IS MY FRIEND. Or have you never heard that before? then study ancient history and you will learn how many times enemies join together to defeat a bigger enemy. DLP and their economic policies are enemies to the people.

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    • Lisa Cummins
      Lisa Cummins July 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Yeah…because has policy discriminates and decides it’s only going to affect white folks and not the black ones. Because only the white people are feeling the squeeze. Not the black ones. Yes, only white folks struggling to pay their bills so down with thwm, we don’t want their support. My people….cut off your nose to spoil your features then…

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner July 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Epaphras D. Williams but let’s be honest these people in private sector don’t care about these workers or unions they just using them to push private sector own agenda.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner July 24, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Adrian M Chase You are so right on point these union folks getting use hope they realize that.

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    • Patricia V. Gaskin
      Patricia V. Gaskin July 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      How quickly we forget. This is the same private sector that jacked up their prices before the NSRL was due on July 01. As usual divide and rule and we can’t see it

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    • Julia Whitehall
      Julia Whitehall July 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      And the fact that we can’t get past personalities and understand the reasoning is why fruendel keeps screwing over bajans.People are coming forward with ideas but we are throwing salt on the people because of who they are and if we like them or not.But yea the private sector has to be involved even if it’s for selfish reasons because the less money people have to spend it impacts their business as well and the private sector doesn’t only include the bigger people in the business it trickles down to the smallest of business that depends on patronage in order to feed their families and the 5 employees.If the people want to march it’s their prerogative if they don’t it’s their prerogative as well but at the end of the day just complaining on facebook won’t get you anywhere either.

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase July 24, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Yet you are on FB admonishing us…smfh

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase July 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Highlighting the obvious hypocrisy is not trivialising the concerns.

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase July 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Some of us can actually walk and chew gum.

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    • Tricia Mondore
      Tricia Mondore July 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Why does it have to be about race , we all live in Barbados and we are all affected by these measures. These same whites employ blacks and if they cannot afford to pay them guess what ,they will be going home. So while we are here playing the race a political card some of these people are spending money they foreparents earned.

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  31. Jeanetha Callender
    Jeanetha Callender July 24, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Why bajan don’t like to pay taxes….The first thing any Government in power has to is to start paying a small amount for health care.. calling an Ambulance then the person not getting.in .Taxes must be paid.

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    • Harriet Joseph
      Harriet Joseph July 24, 2017 at 6:13 am
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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco July 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

      List all of the taxes we have been saddled with in the last few years.

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    • Pauline Wharton
      Pauline Wharton July 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

      No one is disputing the fact that taxes must be paid – lady get with the program

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    • Angela Thompson Branch
      Angela Thompson Branch July 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Taxes paid should be applied where they were promised though, and I am sure if decisions are to be made and the powers that be get together with the masses to see how best to apply the tax and how each person can play their part to make the difference. Do not think people have a problem paying taxes.

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    • Jeanetha Callender
      Jeanetha Callender July 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Some workers need training. . no.manners

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco July 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

      How does worker training relate to your argument abut Bajans not liking to pay taxes?

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    • Sean King
      Sean King July 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

      she clearly just feels to make a comment even if it makes no sense

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    • Krystal Reece
      Krystal Reece July 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Jeanetha Callender someone ever said they don’t want to pay taxes , I’m real confuse by this statement tho

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    • Elizabeth Wiltshire
      Elizabeth Wiltshire July 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

      I honestly feel you living in la-la land. Cuz sweetheart the amount of taxes we are currently paying is ridiculous. We are literally being taxed into oblivion. And if you didn’t know taxation will not get this country out of the debt we are currently in. Plus people are tired of hearing from a government and prime Minister that have zero respect or regard for the citizens of Barbados.

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    • Jason Drakes
      Jason Drakes July 24, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Taxes were implemented for a reason, sinse wanna dlp faithfuls justifying everything the government doing, why are things getting worst and not one fiscal policy is not working every year when more taxes are added?

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    • Kimeko Gittens
      Kimeko Gittens July 24, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Juanita Blanco chain of thought lost i was saying the same thing

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    • Sean King
      Sean King July 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Jeanetha Callender what this got to do with paying taxes.lol

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    • Jeanetha Callender
      Jeanetha Callender July 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Let me clear this up some of the workers. .want wage increase ..lower or no taxes …When time come to serving the public …no manners. .enjoyable afternoon..

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    • Joan E Small
      Joan E Small July 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      It think she is one of those Bajan that vote for her friend and not her consciousness!

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    • Sean King
      Sean King July 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Jeanetha Callender lol you only repeat yourself ,you ain’t clear up nothing .lol

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    • Joan E Small
      Joan E Small July 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Every time she try to make her stupidity Right! She put her foot in her Mouth! Shut up!

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    • Philip F. Corbin
      Philip F. Corbin July 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      We all agree that taxes have to be paid, but our taxes have to be carefully and judiciously spent. This has not been the case with this administration, there is an abundance of examples of taxpayers funds being squandered, which has necessitated a chronic increase of taxes for the past 9 years, and the country’s infrastructure is in woeful state and continues to deteriorate. You may feel that a 400% increase in the NSRL is reasonable, many thousands in this country do not.

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    • Philip F. Corbin
      Philip F. Corbin July 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Jeanetha Callender , What has that got to do with the excessive taxation this country has faced under this administration ? Sounds like foolishness to me !

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    • Philip F. Corbin
      Philip F. Corbin July 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Jeanetha Callender, clearly your don’t understand the discussion.

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    • Paula Husbands
      Paula Husbands July 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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    • Itz Queen
      Itz Queen July 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Wanna meck jeanetha Callender gone in to hiding,

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  32. Sherlock Holmes. July 24, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Charles Herbert has that slave driver mentality and it is evident from the way he chose to speak to the Prime Minister. It was like listen to me boy who you think you are, you are going to listen to me or i will shut down this place and run you and your government from bout here. Well those days were supposed to be done since emancipation,some are saying this is not about race but what does such behavior leaves one to think? I have said before i am opposed to this tax and all of the burdensome taxes that Sinckler has imposed i am fed up with his tenure as finance Minister, but this talk of social unrest coming from Herbert was rude as hell,he would have never dared to send such a letter to former Prime minister Owen Arthur all like now he would be sitting down in some room being interviewed by the SB to say exactly what he knows about this plan of social unrest.Regardless of how one feels the office of Prime minister must be respected and Herbert needs to be made an example of i am also wonder how the great David Commisiong is viewing all of this since he is a 1937 man. I remember that is has been mooted that during the 1937 situation a man was detained if this is true or just folklore, for uttering the words today is a funny night, and of all things we now have a person from the planter class telling the Prime Minister in a letter you gine do what me and the unions say or expect social unrest wunnah feel he should be detained too? Boy i tell ya.

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  33. Sherlock Holmes. July 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Correction …. should read i am also wondering..

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  34. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith July 24, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Not a fan of Freundel Stuart but truth be told,he does have a point,Unions and public workers are being used for the benefit of the privileged,poor Bajans are still going to lose when all this boils down.
    Where are these people when persons are being laid off wrongfully,where are these people when it time for a wage increase,do they stand with us when it don’t benefit them,also when did it not ever benefit them.
    Where are the persons who were calling people slaves when they were looking out for they fellow workers,when they were working while persons stage a sick out,guess they have gone dumb now.
    Have a peaceful march,hope level heads prevail.

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  35. Dwayne Kirton
    Dwayne Kirton July 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

    No one cares what you have to say Stuart the only thing the people of Barbados wants to here you say is ” Goodbye ” !!

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  36. Maria Skeete
    Maria Skeete July 24, 2017 at 5:58 am

    All I know is this he can get and talk about cat and mouse game all he want but he don’t know what it is to go to bed hurry or he don’t have to think were he going to get money from to pay his light bill. Things in Barbados are really hard. So Mr Freundel Stuart u can get in a boat and sail to the north pole

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  37. jrsmith July 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

    @, Julian, R, hail, hail, your (4.23) slot who are you really supporting ……..The government need to make this lot , pay they back taxes ………………Really……… what government…….

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  38. Harriet Joseph
    Harriet Joseph July 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

    All of a sudden the TAX is so d Public Sector can get a raise I have to Smile

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  39. d-coolie-man July 24, 2017 at 6:17 am

    freundel !! u said dat not one fellow will be laid off…
    we thought it was the gospel and put u back in power and then within 4 months u dismiss bout thirty-hundred civil servants..

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  40. Andy Tull
    Andy Tull July 24, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Do you really feel the BLP if they get in are going to make things better??? All politicians just want to get in office to make themselves richer…They don’t [care] bout we poor niggers…:-(

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  41. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray July 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Why BT you carried this as a NEWS story. If the PM want to address Barbadians he would have come on national radio and do it, not at a party meeting.

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    • Pauline Wharton
      Pauline Wharton July 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Televised at that!!

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    • Shirley Drakes
      Shirley Drakes July 24, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I believe they frighten, they now realized that the people are fed up with dem? He need to wheel and come again

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  42. Harriet Joseph
    Harriet Joseph July 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I am not for any special party

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  43. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Okay bruh

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  44. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco July 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Hmmm some always existed but I have found since this situation with this March escalated, there is an increase in anti-March, anti-Union comments from accounts with 1 photo and no previous activity. Hmmm strange….

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  45. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2017 at 6:40 am

    “HARD EARS YOU WON’T HEAR , OWN WAY YOU SHALL FEEL”.
    Please note that the IMF just downgrades the Mighty USA & UK growth forecast.
    Maybe another downgrade coming for BIM.

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  46. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 24, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Ich rufe dich an jetze keine anwort,Ich versuche spáter an ins abend,Du bist Da

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  47. Deenee Thomas
    Deenee Thomas July 24, 2017 at 6:51 am

    He is actually speaking in sentences, that have some credibility. Wow.

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  48. Tiny Webster July 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

    The peoples’ voice is the Voice of God. Effin yuh cyan hear…you gine feel. I’ll tell you how I feel for this blessed country and our people: I feel, shame that a bunch of selfish, un-caring, self-centred, nincompoops; capricious; could inherit a vibrant economy, and lef’ us here in Rocky Gully in your broken-down ZR…park-up wid Rocky Gully, wid no money…no gas…flat tires…and only Chinese snakes all around our feet…smiling for some reason…and looking hungry… and de drivuh only saying …”Mo’ tax….we needs mo’ tax…in de tak…and alll will be well.”

    Day has run gentlemen….and night is falling…

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  49. Greengiant July 24, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Though this government has made several blunders, have fallen very short on communication with the people, and have failed to tell us the true economic picture since 2008. The Prime Minister has made some telling points here. Will the togetherness between the private sector, and unions remain when time for negotiations? The lamb, and the lion, and the Esau vs Jacob deception theories are notable. We all should take heed regardles of our political, economic, or social influence. We have never seen such comradery between the private sector and trade unions before, but as the PM stated, they’re several private sectors. Many of whom I will state don’t get a chance to be heard, or make decision recommendations, but have to fall in line with all decisions made. Why can’t this section of the private sector do likewise? Is it because they have been spoilt into getting whatever they want for too long? All governments over the last forty years are at fault for the current behaviour of the private sector. They have been made to believe they run the country, when it’s the sweat of the workers that create wealth.

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    • hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 8:04 am

      @green giant – Is Esau and Jacob a deception theory???? Believe u me it is the crunks of black racism WORLDWIDE. AND make a guess who is Esau. Go and read about him again. Gen:25-25. Read it SLOWLY. Know your colors u learned too from kindergarten. You people need to awake from sleeping. And all of this politics rubbish.

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    • Eyes Wide Open July 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Many of these other “private sectors” that are being referenced are indeed outside of the Tax Umbrella and have been so for a very long time. Many do not pay either NIS or PAYE for themselves or their employees… These employees also do not contribute to either the NIS or PAYE… VAT is the only catch all that is in place for these types of money earners. And as has been shown… VAT has not been the revenue earner that the Government expected…

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  50. Bajan boy July 24, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Don’t be fooled except by me..

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  51. Jeanetha Callender
    Jeanetha Callender July 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Sorry Government in.power should start charging a small few for some services..let start with health. .

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  52. sandy perkins July 24, 2017 at 7:24 am

    This is not a black or white situation,it’s about the high taxes that this goverment keep putting on us poor people.They don’t have to care as there pensions are secured and don’t talk about all of the money that everyone of them have stolen from the people of Barbados.All the work has been given to Mark Maloney as he is just like the government.I hope that we will soon be able to march them out.This is the worst government Barbados has ever had,and the worst worst primeminister.He will certainly go down in history as total trash.

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    • hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Sandy if this was true you should not mention maloney. He is aso called white man. The poor getting squeeze to keep that lion fed.

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  53. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton July 24, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Wunna fooled us nuff times ! Remember no University fees? Remember no layoffs??? Yuh memory short Froony!

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  54. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton July 24, 2017 at 7:27 am

    ACCOUNTABILITY we want. We want to see and know where our taxes are being spent. Where are the missing millions from the Auditor General’s report????

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  55. Darrell Catwell
    Darrell Catwell July 24, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Weren’t we supposed to be moving away from this sort of politics?
    Weren’t we looking at getting away from the monarchy and doing away with them as our “head of State” ? Huh? Probably why we still where we are mentally,why we still think the we way we do too!

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  56. Nicole Haynes
    Nicole Haynes July 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Wait he head look extra white

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

      GREY, GREY, MONGOOSE STYLE

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  57. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards July 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    The DLP is in bed with lots of the same white people most of you people are talking about. The DLP must go… Stuart is fighting to remain PM and enjoy the sweet life. Him and his group will be going all out to trick the voting public once again. Beware people

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

      yes sir in bed wid the elite few

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  58. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips July 24, 2017 at 7:50 am

    pm you have run out of tricks and jokes you raised the vat which were to run for eighteen months and now this is years .now you want the union to meet you the end of september which is about two months away to see if you give them a raise which you know will never happen .all you do last night is to shout hard in people ears you shore you don’T want the doctor this morning.

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  59. Carson C Cadogan July 24, 2017 at 8:03 am

    the BLACK Trade Union Leadership sells out BLACK people TO THOSE WHO WILL DO THEM HARM in order to bring down our BLACK GOVT

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  60. Carson C Cadogan July 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Herbert’s word cant be trusted.

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  61. Carlisle Norville July 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Sandy Perkins.I don’t have to comment, you said it all (spot on)

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  62. Thunder July 24, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Dear Frundel Stuart your ship is sinking, and you are too blind to see,but then again this is not a poor people’s government, you are arrogant and don’t care,and what you sow you will reap.
    You find it so convenient to quote the scripture when it suits you,but the Bible says,’All liars will have their part in the lake of fire’.
    This government claims to have no money,yet you can find so much money for independence,you Can’t borrow money to ease the people’s burdens yet you can borrow millions for energy,and at a time when people are suffering you can also purchase a top of the line car.
    We are tired of your administration, and our voices will be heard,today and also on the day of election when we vote you out.

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  63. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Only Cabinet can reverse the NSRL. March till wunnuh drop dead. Today at 12 o”çlock when the march is over, it will still be the law of the land. Rejoicing about what a great march it was, reminds me of the passages written about the days of slavery when the slaves assembled under trees on Sunday evenings and sang songs. The slave owners gave them sweet water and bread. They rejoiced. Up de ting wid wunnuh slave masters. The leaders of the BWU , BUT and NUPW should call up their parents and ask them if they rubbed shoulders at school with the parents of the Private Sector”s parents. It is only a generation ago that Errol Barrow broke down the barriers which you seemingly are unaware of. All the mice that running around with the cats this morning will be eaten in due course.

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  64. Javan Cook
    Javan Cook July 24, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Who like paying taxes? At the end of the day do you see any major growth in this country? I surely don’t. I don’t mind paying taxes but i don’t see where the money is goin to honestly. We need to create more resources cause taxing on everything isn’t going to solve the problem.

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  65. Sonia Seale
    Sonia Seale July 24, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Fool me once shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, fool me twice, shame on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Owen Arthur confirmed in yesterday’s Nation that only cabinet can reverse the NSRL. The Prime Minister alluded to the Bible story of Jacob and Esau and he is true true true. Jacob and his mother got rid of poor Owen “”Esau” Arthur in Roebuck Street one night.

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  67. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

    IF DIDN’T KNOW LIL BIT BETTER, I WOULD SWEAR THIS IS AH VAGRANT

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  68. Kevin Cave
    Kevin Cave July 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

    When will bajans understand, the soldiers are there for the GG and the police and there for the PM, there are no forces there for the soul purpose of protecting the people, that’s why they outlaw the owning of firearms by the average person, to hinded them from forming an effective militia against those who are oppressing us in times like these. The PM and his ministers are only talking powerful because they believe their lives are not on any real danger, that’s why they speak with such disrespect to the people of this nation, what they need to do is go into the neighborhoods of this country and tell the people these things to their faces and stop hiding behind the media and their forces, then they would know how much the people are for or against them.

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  69. hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Prime minister I seeing what you are saying. Esau Is the red one. NO ONE AINT WHITE. Who gave up his BIRTH RIGHT. Only idiots cannot see what he is saying. Mr prime minister I know EXACTLY what you are saying. The history of this people is the problem. Bob Marley said it, Dont let them school ya. You people need to start educating yourself. The great awakeming has begun. This is no game here. But you prime minister is still to blame for your nonsense to YOUR PEOPLE.

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  70. Maureen Straker
    Maureen Straker July 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

    All who complaining and trying to dis the P M should get out there and run for parliament and see how it really is to run a country you have be in some ones shoes to feel the fit .do you think about the amount of money government has to spend on health, welfare, schools, transportation, hospitals, roads, repairs, to buildings, wages and salaries, security ,housing and all the other things that ain’t mentioned how will a government get money, the only way is through taxes, so stop yapping and pull together and help the country marching and striking is not the answer I bet if one of the marchers do or say something out of the ordinary at their place of work (which is privately owned)it is out the door for them (fired) where will the unions be.?

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  71. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

    @Carson

    Happy to have you back. You were missed. How on earth could three of the four trade union leaders have read Caribbean History and are aligning themselves with the people whose parents or grandparents denied blacks decent wages, vacation pay, the right to be unionized, proper health care, pay when on maternity leave, secondary education, the right to worship in pews reserved for whites only ? Yes you can forgive but oh my God , yuh can’t forget History.

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    • hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Well said Joan. Them wicked and ignorunt so. This sell out thing was being done for many years. Look up them slave movies. History is the problem

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  72. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco July 24, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Look, lol I am just watching this play out and smh at Bajans. As Krystle noted in another post, when Ms. Harris the ‘white’ Bajan young lady won the chance to represent Barbados at Ms. Universe, and some were disgruntled about her lack of “blackness” nuff of wunna same ppl jump up hollering “oh she is a Bajan, white or black and I support her!” So how come all of a sudden some of wunna same ppl bawling “oh not me and de white ppl march!” Look Bajans are a peculiar bunch. Wunna does shift wunna convictions based on what suit wunna at a given point. Ppl who do that can never be trusted because you never know what are their true beliefs! Smh…

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  73. Princess M R Charles
    Princess M R Charles July 24, 2017 at 8:52 am

    We are being fooled all now

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  74. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

    @hewers

    Ignorance abounds among young people who allow themselves to be used by a mischief maker from Roebuck Street. They are paid money to ”block” on the blogs. Read their two-line comments of ignorance to every post criticizing the elected Government of the land and supporting the mercantile plantocratic employers who no longer contest a seat at election time.

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  75. Troy July 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Mr Stuart you should apply for.a job at National Geographic. You seem to know more about the behavior of animals than anything else.

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  76. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall July 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    You see if fruendel and his people were honest with bajans from the get go none of this would happen.but if the only time you could address people is when you are addressing your party faithful that is the whole problem there.the country is not only made up of party faithful.My opinion is who want to march will march and who won’t just won’t.If the only time freundel could come out is a time like this it’s indeed sad.

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  77. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 24, 2017 at 9:11 am

    “Anytime you see a lamb and a lion lying down together, the lion is dead,” the Prime Minister further cautioned, adding that, “at worst, both the lion and the lamb are dead”.

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  78. roger headley July 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    There is a lot of talk about the private sector and white people etc. but with all the wealth the black politician accumulate during their time in office do any of them open businesses to give a poor, black ‘lickle’ boy a job?

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  79. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    At groan

    Yes. We speaking out againt d snakes in parlament dat taxin we dry and supporting d mercantile plantocratic/ contractor employer and we can c where we taxes gine.

    one way or anudder we de mice getting eat. but if we stick together we can fight back against de cat when dat fight com up. de fight no is de fight againt de snakes.

    F u don’t know Snakes dus eat cat and mice tuh .

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  80. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Poor falla.

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  81. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

    @ joan

    If u don’t remember. Esau Arthur went in parlament crying bout how ting hard on he, trick henry ford to geh up he chance to become PM of Barbados.

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  82. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

    @ joan

    Errol Barrow geh we mice d opportunity to get “we heads ” outta de cats mouth (University education).

    De 17 snake in parlament cum and tek dat way from we and putting we head and tail back into d cats mouth.

    MAM gine find a way in she first term to correct dat and by she third term it gine be free fuh all me gans and greatgrans

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  83. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    DEM must go.

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  84. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    @ joan
    Duh align duhself wid dem de same way you went and lived in d “mudder country”.

    Yuh racist fake!

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  85. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Let my people go.

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  86. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    As I said earlier ignorance abounds among blacks who forget history. No amount of forgiving can delete the wickedness done to your parents prior to 1966 when Barbados became independent. Some of those people ran to Australia and New Zealand so that they wouldn’t have to work among your black parents as demanded by Errol Barrow. Unfortunately for them, they had to return to Barbados because they didn’t speak or look like the whites in those countries. Breadfruit, I would suggest you remove the cobweb from your brains and face reality. Are these the type of people that you should be marching with this morning? Forget politics and think about the history which you were taught at school or the history passed on to you by word of mouth.

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  87. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne July 24, 2017 at 9:35 am

    The BLP ain’t going to make it any better

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  88. Tennyson Drakes July 24, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Can you imagine the one entity that is trying it’s best to keep people in employment is having a march called against it. Also, can you imagine the Private sector and the Unions are marching together in solidarity against the Government. QUESTION: Who is asking for the Public Service to be drastically reduce?. Is it the Government or the Private sector. Interesting times. What a thing.

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  89. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    joan
    History is history.
    I living today and looking fuh a future fuh my offsprings. One way or de other we still duh support d white people so why cant we march wid dem?

    De government still taxing me poor a*s and de white man de big contracts.

    We de mice still gine in duh stores and shopping. etc etc.

    wha happen to Julie n?

    oh yes I no. d black man frig up and cant run a business

    long story short. I aint in wid yuh racist bull over a two hour march.

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  90. Helicopter(8P) July 24, 2017 at 9:54 am

    At present to be accounted for in a global society you must have national pride and unity to function as an identity. Domestic discomfort being displayed on a tourist oriented location is a recipe for disaster. No one leaves their country of origin and work place and expects to vacation on a volatile political location. How comforting is that ? There must be better places of relaxation and enjoyment in this global environment wouldn’t you think?

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  91. Kemal Harvey-Bowen July 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    He is right yes the strike is correct but government is being placed in a position by government officers because persons in both parties hands are dirty and no one will call out the other because of fare of exposion hence y we have to strike both parties have solid cases against each other but friendships business deals and deals with outside parties outstanding depts lack of social well being for bajans and a whole list if other things the truth is our parties both b and d has contrebuted to the distruction of our island but are both playing the blame game and none a them will man up and speak the truth or take responsability and the union also is not a good organisation to be in connection with from experiance i know because i lost my job standing up for “peoples children ” helping the union and was soldout lock stock and barrel by the same union my advice to bajans strike for change not party change but attutude change ministers need to understand that the treasury isnt their own private piggybank and when we pay taxes they are held responsable to insure it is use to benifit the country not to benifit the private sector. Next we as bajans need to understand the no private own company is coming here to help u the come to make money and at the lowest cost when it comes to labor and this entire country is being tricked into thinking that they want to help u in anyway a rich man only seeks to help himself and exploit the poorer persons in society so frundel is right but he is wrong he is making the same mistake sir lloyd made when he said ..”you can take it like it or lump it ” and his bad attitude although he was on the right path cost him.. we are being treated like slaves cause your bosses have all a you blind folded . The rich need to be taxed they can afford it and government needs to set them str8 either you pay or u leave i strongly believe no country should be giving any concession to any foren company because if 2 reasons. 1 the money that they are coming with are way greater than ours and 2 these are multi millionears so my advuce to government is this if they have a problem tell them leave or seeze allll their assets so then they would understand . Both of you are wrong and need to stop playing with peoples life before your actions cost the house and the private sector and start a war none of you cant even begin to contain

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    • Tee White July 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Well said

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  92. Petal Petal Ifill
    Petal Petal Ifill July 24, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I will bite that finger off that he got up there

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  93. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

    @breadfruit

    What a comment! It is no different from the comments which house slaves used when their brothers and sisters were beaten by the slave masters. You need to read and digest history. The late Cameron Tudor as Minister of Education in the post-colonial Administration of Errol Barrow mandated that Caribbean History be taught in schools instead of English History. Did you attend Secondary School and if so did you study history? In case you didn’t, go to the Library opposite Independence Square and read up on Caribbean History.

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    • Hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      @Joan – you too sweet. On point. Nice rebuttal.

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  94. Michael Brathwaite July 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Around the world, we are seeing the same story repeated again and again, as countries crumble, economies collapse, the poor become poorer, the rich become richer and the powerful gain more power. Tens of thousands of people around the world chose today

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  95. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

    @Breadfruit

    It is a pity that you are prepared to dismiss the racist bull which the youngest white child in Barbados practices up to this very moment of typing. The more you comment, the more you tell me that you can eat sh#t and swallow spit. Oh my God. Is this 2017 or 1817 ?

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    • Hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      @Joan – that hard blow. True too. they start from birth to be taught.

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  96. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

    aint gine mek no different. you living in d past. I living today and de future.

    all de history you got aint changing nutten, aint putting moh money in me pockets, and aint changing a shi* bout who running de country from front or back. all I seeing from u and winnuh is a lot of racism over a two hrs march dat when evuhting duh ting still gine back de same. de which man still gine get de big government contracts. d mice still gine and shop at cave shepherd and cheffette and at horse racing and car racing in de numbers.
    when winnuh suddenly black conscious people can open a business and geh me a jobs wid more a good pay and open a store and sell me good at de lowest of low prices den come back and talk to me bout race and business.

    No! winnuh gine be in hay talking winnuh rasict bull and de Indians gine come and cut winnuh out and net few years winnuh gine be spewing de same sh* bout dem.

    in de meantime all winnuh doing is crying bout d past and wont lift a finger to lift up a bro.

    if a bro start to rise on he own den winnuh pull he down.

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  97. Milli Watt July 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I would like to see the back of the administration but this situation has presented new considerations for supporters who I was hoping would stay home next year to harden their positions and come out now to defend their party. This has the potential of back firing in a major way. Another thing where is the Mia Mottley the last great black hope stupse. Suspect she hoping to keep her hands clean and ride in on a white horse but if she sits with her hands under her ass there might not be anything to ride to. This is a right mess and I waiting to see what happens after today.

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  98. Michael Brathwaite July 24, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Even the IMF says austerity doesn’t work. It’s the zombie idea that will not die
    Phil McDuff

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  99. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Milli

    after today is crop over.

    de unions aint plan fuh only to day.

    after kadooment there maybe another kadooment . according to how de music play

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  100. Breadfruit. July 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

    @ jaon

    Would it make a difference if the unions hold a march and den d pvivate sector/white hold a separate march?

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  101. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

    @Breadfruit

    Are you typing without thinking? The present thinking of whites is no different from the past. The relationship between white and black is work. fullstop. We co-exist but we must be weary of the past if we want to move on to the future. We just can’t forget the past and say that we are living in the present. Then again, all things seem possible with you.

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    • Hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      @Joan – Well said, because they forgot the past this is why they are currently sitting in the donkey boat and the whites and Indians still rule over them and use them.

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  102. jrsmith July 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

    @, Carson C C ,, hail , hail , your 8.03 shot who is this pointed at very racists my friend , …… You must ask the party you choose to follow , why they allowed our nation to be control by 1% of the population , refuse to collect taxes efficiently from certain bajans and cannot tell our nation why there is almost 1 billion bds dollars missing from the barbados treasury……………….
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    You better get hold of the (Audit General’s ) report the one before the last and them comment……………….. Your party ,your party has a lot to account for ……………. thats why bajans are so frighten and scared , to publicly challenge the government see what the priminster comes out with………………………………..

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  103. Sam Clarke July 24, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
    Have you no shame? You owe it to the people of Barbados to tell them the truth.
    You hop-scotch your way for the pass 8 years, and now the chickens have come home to roost.
    You are to be blame, for putting an incompetent person as your Minister of Finance, knowing full well, that he had no idea of what he was doing.
    Mr. Prime Minister, you have no one else to blame but yourself, for the buck stops at you Sir.
    There is no ifs and buts about this current situation of the Barbados economy. It IS YOURS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
    YOU REMIND ME OF THE CHILD THAT KILLED ITS PARENTS, THEN COMES TO COURT ASKING FOR MERCY BECAUSE HE HAS BECOME AN ORPHAN.
    MR. PRIME MINISTER, YOU HAVE BECOME ONE PATHETIC LEADER.
    THE ANSWER SIR, IS FOR YOU TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

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  104. Boyce Maureta
    Boyce Maureta July 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    The comments here tho

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  105. Boyce Maureta
    Boyce Maureta July 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    The pen /pencil is mightier than the sword…

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  106. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    That is why the Private Sector workers can’t get wages increases and improved working conditions. What is mind boggling workers being paid to march. I am hoping come next year the same workers are not pay to vote

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  107. Rose Emily Lewis
    Rose Emily Lewis July 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Like he

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  108. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    By you again

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  109. Sharon Newsam
    Sharon Newsam July 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    It’s a bit late for that weekend are already been fooled for the longest time.

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  110. Wolsley Grannum July 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Whoever help wunna buy a big foot horse ain’t gine help wunna feed it.

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  111. Joan E Small
    Joan E Small July 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    When the great Errol Walton Barrow at that time become the Prime Minister of Barbados! I thought we were all free from those Colonial Days! When we had independence! I thought we were all free from the mother country ( England) and those days were Gone!! What’s the matter with you people! stop worrying about the white Man! Stand up and March in solidarity for each Other! Get up stand up for your Rights! Or not you’ll would be sitting in the back seats again! Martin Luther King make some changes without VIOLENCE ! Stop killing each other ! And make a change! The white man like to see that black on black Crime!! By the time you’ll finish the killing! They will be Ruling Barbados again!

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  112. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    = YOU FOOL WE FOR 8 YEARS ……HOW YOU WANT BAJANS TO CHANGE AND BE SMART NOW ?

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  113. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    = Putin over in RUSSIA telling people dont be fooled to just SAYING !

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  114. Crisann Simon
    Crisann Simon July 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Wanna fool we enough…so we ain’t being fool by you no more Mr prime minister….

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  115. Amanda Greaves
    Amanda Greaves July 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Bull frog stupzzzz

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  116. Saga Boy July 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    This was a sad day. Perhaps we should get the employees to submit a list of all the complaints employees had against the companies which insisted that their employees March.

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  117. Mona Robinson July 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I am only slightly surprised by many comments above. I see that racism is alive and well by both blacks and whites. I hope that we can see that the past is the past and that it is our future that we must build together. Do we fight against injustice and poor governance only when the perpetrators are White or Indian? I am seriously disappointed in the current government who refuses to dialogue with the people and I am not a BLP supporter. I have no desire to overturn the government. I stand for right and justice for every single person, regardless of colour. Each of us has a contribution to make and together we ought to demand from each other the behaviour and attitudes that will bring about the best for our country. We need to stop living in the past. What happened to our fore parents happened. Nothing we say can change that. Let us ensure that it doesn’t happen again and let us build up rather than pull down. Stop painting every white person with the same brush! There are good and bad people of every race. Together we are all stronger.

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  118. Winfield Harr
    Winfield Harr July 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    YOU FOOLING WE TOO SO WHO TO TRUST ? GOD!

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  119. Victor Benn July 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    The citizens of this country have free healthcare, free education, Government pays 80% of the cost of university education, we pay BD$ 2.00 busfare. School children and pensioners ride free, Primary school children gets school meals. In addition to these so called entitlements that government pays for 53cents in every dollar governments collected is used to pay salaries and pensions. there are approximately 27000 civil servants who have to be paid every month as well. Government has been advise to reduce expenditure by sending home civil servants (7000 -10000) a solution which the Private sector supports. It is mind boggling to see that the civil service unions BUT, BSTU and NUPW would join the private sector to march against the government. if the government is seeking to keep people employed should the Civil Service Union not be supporting governments efforts to keep the union members employed. Why with ll the initiatives in place for the private sector to invest and expand Government still remains the single largest employer in this country. When you examine the private sector most of them have a “buy low sell high” mentality and markup as much as 700% on some items. The question still remains why should workers union leaders get into bed with the private sector?

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  120. Leonard R Phillips July 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Some are asking how our social partnership that once was touted as a model for other states to emulate has deteriorated to a point where the PM could feel so threatened by a letter from Charles Herbert of the Barbados Private Sector Association that he would refer the letter to the Police on the grounds that the letter was threatening social unrest.
    I am not so certain that marches, strikes go- slows, sick out and the shut down of a country are activities that the Police Force is authorized to crack down on in a democracy. If Mr Herbert threatened more than traditional trade union action then the PM should publish the letter for all Barbados to read. If Mr Herbert did threaten the country with illegal social unrest other than stated previously then by all means he should get a visit from the Police.
    If Mr Herbert however simply was conveying the message that if the PM did not meet with the Unions and his organization in the specified time then go-slows strikes, marches, and the dreaded shut down of the island would commence, one would have to conclude that the PM acted peevishly and unadvisedly in referring Mr Herbert’s letter to the Police.

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  121. hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Listen Mona U can stay somewhere in lala land. This racism will stay until the return of the Almighty. This is the problem, what ever caused the Holocaust of blacks in the past is still alive and well. The fake carpet covering the whole thing in endured by many. Where ever blacks are living world wide they suffer racism at the hands of whites and the nations they live among. The reason why the racism in bim and the Caribbean appears hidden or dormant is because whites are out numbered. And you can throw every nation in the book into this equation. Indians Hispanics Mexicans, Chinese, japanese arabs etc. Go and Google racism on blacks or search U tube. So U can stay wondering. This is why I like the Arabs. Touch me and I bury you. Now you can see why the khazars in Israel is not the HEBREWS of the Bible. Go read the book the 13th tribe by Arthur koesler.. You know what go get educated in history.

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  122. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    @hewers

    It is very much alive and kicking. I can write a book on whites and the parts they play to fool blacks that they are their friends. I went to school with them, work with them and lived among them. Only a fool will fall for their deceit.

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    • Hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      @Joan – And we got a lot of them running around here.

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      • Hewers of wood July 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm

        This is why one set of people is where there are and the other set is where they are. Head and tail = bottom and top conundrum.

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  123. Black0pz July 25, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Lion and lamb probably dead cause you killed them both!!!

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